Hart established the Santa Ana Drag Strip along with his then neighbor Creighton Hunter on an unused runway at the Orange County Airport and conducted drag racing events on Sundays from through Within the first month of operation, Hunter sold his interest in the track to Hart, who owned a gas station in Santa Ana at the time. Hart charged the small sum of 50 cents to race or watch at Santa Ana.
Streamlined hot rods are lined up at Orange County Airport in this undated photo. The drag strip was an unused runway at what is now John Wayne Airport. It opened on June 19,and operated until June 21,with races Sundays from dawn to dusk.
He was Hart managed a number of drag strips in Southern California, but is remembered best for operating, with his wife, Peggy, the Santa Ana Dragstrip on Sundays from to It shut down when the expanding airport required the space.
Just business as usual at the Santa Ana Drag Strip. Hambone waves the flag and the drag racers who usually had a rolling start to save their rear-ends from tearing apart would start screaming down the track. The cost for a run at the strip— 50 cents. The experience— priceless.
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The day was bright, sunny and warm; a typical Southern California autumn day. The event honors all those who raced at or attended the first professionally run drag strip in California and possibly the world. Leslie Long was an early dry lakes and drag racer and his interest in the sport has never waned.
Santa Ana Drags Forty years ago, this past June 21, Santa Ana Drags closed its doors permanently. The first organized drag strip, founded by C.
All of these—along with the sport itself—can be traced to a surplus taxiway at the Orange County California Airport, a former military base. A local street racer and mechanic, C. After one Sunday of testing the layout, Santa Ana Drags officially opened to a huge turnout of stockers and spectators on June 19, Race or watch, everyone paid 50 cents.
Before it was called "John Wayne Airport" it was called "Orange County Airport", and during the 's it was the place for drag racing. A man named C. The drag strip operated from tountil the County of Orange forced it closed due to increasing air traffic.