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CAPTURING THE MEMORIES OF ORANGE COUNTY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Dwight Guild worked for many years on Funny Car teams racing at and around Orange County International Raceway. One day Guild realized the memories he had couldn't be shared just by speaking. So he invested in a video camera in the late 1970s, still largely an undeveloped market and began documenting the action at his favorite strip located in Irvine, Ca.

Little did Guild realize that in four years, the iconic strip, built in 1967 as one of the first super track drag strips, would be closed forever. This video documents Guild's bid to film the action from the strip right up until the final NHRA national event in 1983. He was there at the Last Drag Race at Orange County, but that's a story in itself.

#CLASSICDRAGRACING - 1973 IHRA NORTHERN NATIONALS

Take a trip with CompetitionPlus.tv via You Tube to 1973.
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This was not exactly an easy time in American history. The cost of a barrel of crude oil increased ten-fold, and the gas companies then passed on the price increase to the consumer. The controversial U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War drew to a close. Even the Professional Racers Organization went head to head with the NHRA's Labor Day tradition in Indy with a professional only race in Tulsa, Ok.

However, on one Sunday afternoon, in Muncie Ind., all was well in the world. At least it was for those who made the trip out to Mid-America Raceway for the IHRA Northern Nationals. One look at this video and you will see just how far drag safety has come since then.
According to noted drag racing historian Bret Kepner, this clip is taken from the repackaging of Bud Lindemann's Chicago-based "Car & Track" syndicated TV series which aired from 1968-1975. Speedvision rebroadcasted many of the original shows from 1993-1997. This nearly 10 minute video has Top Fuel racers Dick LaHaie, Paul Longenecker, Dale Funk, Pat Foster, Jim Paoli and Al Hanna.

#CLASSICDRAGRACING - THE FIRST NHRA CALIFORNIA NATS IN SONOMA

NHRA added four new races to its expanding schedule in 1988. One of those four was a track new to the national scene, even though Sonoma had first held sanctioned events as early as 1969. You will see the legends like Joe Amato, Don Prudhomme, Bob Glidden, and so much more. This particular season would be the first of the explosive and expanding years of the sanctioning body.

WILD VIDEO: WATCH THIS DRAG RACE END BADLY

​Check out this Sean Melton Urban Hillbilly video. The Big Tire Final at the Ozark Raceway Park No Prep Event got ugly fast. Glad both drivers were OK. The Homewrecker Motorsports Studebaker 'The Frigg' got the worst of the deal being pushed into the railing.
 

WATCH THE BILL BADER SR. CELEBRATION OF LIFE LIVESTREAM

Watch the livestream of the Bill Bader celebration of life ceremony from Norwalk, Ohio.

The beloved track operator turned sanctioning body president was a promoter of the highest level. He was also a friend who never met a stranger. There was only one Bill Bader, Sr., a man who loved drag racing and its people beyond measure.

RARE CLASSIC VIDEO - 1977 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

RARE CLASSIC VIDEO: 1976 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

 

The total excitement generated by the quarter-mile sport comes from all angles, and the 22nd edition of the National Hot Rod Association's United States Nationals had 'em all covered. It was outstanding performances in all categories, crowd-pleasing upsets by the dozens and drag racing's own-style of drama (quite common to Indy) that made the premiere event of 1976 another epic in the traditional manner of the United States' true National Championship event.

LIVE VIDEO - HOLLEY HOT ROD REUNION, BOWLING GREEN, KY.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1987 IHRA SPRING NATIONALS, BRISTOL, TENN.

This is the last big IHRA Spring Nationals event with Larry Carrier as president of the sanctioning body.

Travel back to a time when the drag strip was carved out of the middle of the Tennessee mountains, and was known as Thunder Valley.

You'll see fuel Funny Cars, including a speed frenzied Mike Dunn behind the wheel of Joe Pisano's beautiful Oldsmobile Funny Car. Plus there are the mountain motor Pro Stocks.

CLASSIC VIDEO - HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 1969 AHRA SPRING NATIONALS

Now, this is a blast from the past! We've happened across in our extensive collection. This video appears more to be a documentary, much of which is shot at the last AHRA event hosted by Thunder Valley Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.

Much of the video follows the Mickey Thompson Mustang Funny Car driven by Danny Ongais in the formative years of the division. Travel back in time, because there's something for everybody in this old school visit.

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