While we are hugely impressed with the world of drag boat racing around here at BangShift, we are largely ignorant of its amazing history and the fact that we are so floored by this video from 1967 is proof positive of that. You are about to see an incredible array of drag boats lined up for battle at the Long Beach Marine Stadium, a venue build for Olympic rowing in the 1930s that also served as a place for drag boat enthusiasts to flex their muscles in the 1960s.
We had no idea that there were “twins” in drag boat racing like there were in asphalt racing or the fact that there seems like as many hemi engines if not more in boats that we ever saw in cars! Injected 426s, blown 426s, 392s all over the place and all of them nestled into amazing looking hulls with custom paint and the kind of hot rodders finish we’d expect to see at a show let alone a race!
Other awesome snippets here are the boat and trailer being towed by a Cadillac and the trailer wearing neatly polished Cragar S/S mags, a couple of, ummm, people shots that show off the fashions of the day, and the general vibe of the whole scene. Between the Lions drag strip, the marine stadium, and the port, Long Beach was a happening gearhead destination back in the day!