Classic Drag Radio Ad: A Fantastic Late 1960s Screamer For The Gold Cup At Niagra International Drag Strip


Classic Drag Radio Ad: A Fantastic Late 1960s Screamer For The Gold Cup At Niagra International Drag Strip

From the early 1960s right into the middle 1970s Niagra Drag Strip was there to serve the needs of drag fans in the Toronto, Canada and Buffalo, New York areas of the world. The place brought all the big names one would expect to hear and had their own premier events like the Gold Cup, a mid-summer classic that brought in the money, the stars, and the people from all over. This ad is for that race and while we’re not sure of the year we’re going to place it somewhere around 1968.

It is not a totally obnoxious screamer but rather a fast paced and perfectly dictated lineup of sweetness that ranges from Prudhomme and McEwen to Mr. Norm, Jack Chrisman and even Jon Lundberg gets plugged in this one. Of course that made us smile because when you were as big a deal as Jon was in this era, of course the announcer would get brought up on the radio ad. That’s pretty freaking awesome if you ask us.

The event would also feature sportsman racing in various classes and the zaniest part? This was a one day show! The guy in the ad is going about 300mph and then he drops the one day bomb and we want to get in the hot tub time machine to see this event in person. We bet it was awesome.

Maybe it is just us but we could listen to ads like these all day long. There’s something about the guy’s voice, his excitement and the outlandish nature of the whole deal that we’re loving. Press play below and you’ll love it too.

Press play for this awesome radio drag strip ad for Niagra International  Drag Strip


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3 thoughts on “Classic Drag Radio Ad: A Fantastic Late 1960s Screamer For The Gold Cup At Niagra International Drag Strip

  1. Alex

    Sunday August 3rd was 1969. My girlfriend and I left Eastern Ontario at 5am, drove to the races and home the same day.52 years later we still talk about it. Alex

  2. Philip Leonard

    Awesome spot. He would later become a popular talent in the Los Angeles radio market, KFI if my memory serves me right. He developed a bit where he voiced his own sidekick “the gorilla,” Thanks for this great post.

  3. CHIP

    I visited it a few years ago. The track is still there mostly intact. The area that would’ve been the shutdown is mainly massive pot holes but the concrete racing surface is still fair. The bottom half of the timing tower is mostly still there too. It’s pretty easy to get to but since it borders an Air Force base you’ll need to keep your eyes open for the fuzz. It was pretty awesome to take it all in in pure silence.

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