In Part 1, I discussed the history of the Top Fuel car that put the Northwest on the map in the sport of drag racing.
In the 50s and 60s, hot-rodding was at a fever pitch in the Northwest.
Hot rod shows and rallies were very popular, with events taking place
nearly every weekend in the Portland-Vancouver area. Drag strips,
mainly just airstrips, ran events every weekend in places like
McMinnville, Aurora, Madras, Eugene, Woodburn, Scappoose, and Delta
Those tracks were just in Oregon. In Washington there were tracks in
Puyallup, Shelton, Kent, Bremerton, Deer Park, and Arlington.
“Gearheads” could attend or compete in several events every weekend
during the spring, summer and fall months. Madras, Oregon, would start
up the season in February, well before the tracks on the wetter side of