Video Fun: This Vintage Ad For Irwindale Raceway Will Make you Long For SoCal Living 50 Yars Ago


Video Fun: This Vintage Ad For Irwindale Raceway Will Make you Long For SoCal Living 50 Yars Ago

After having just basically lived in SoCal for a couple weeks for the NHRA Auto Club Finals and the associated after effects, it is kind of crummy to wake up in the frozen badlands of New England. It was a great couple weeks and I cruised passed the Miller Brewery that sits on top of what was once one of the hottest strips in the country. SoCal is the case study in drag racing facilities being swallowed up by “urban expansion”. It is the nature of the business in some sense but it does not lessen the stings less.

The lineup of cars in this ad is awesome and it is certainly typical of what the tracks in SoCal had to work with back in the day. Guys would run their stuff multiple times as week as there were ample tracks and ample opportunities to get after it during this point in time which predated date and noise restrictions by a couple of decades.

We’re not crying for how it used to be here, we’re celebrating the colorful history of drag racing and recognizing that fine weather 12 months a year makes things a lot more pleasurable on everyone. Maybe we’re crazy but rolling out of bed to 70-degree mornings in November make a person overlook a load of the inherent flaws of the area…until the ground starts shaking.

Then we’re out (at least this guy is).

Press play to see some awesome 1960s drag racing images and better radio action!


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