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#1 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 19 February 2024 - 18:42

According to an American forum of racing enthusiasts, in the 1960s there was a track north of Waco, Texas, called "Mustang Dragstrip". Owner and operator of the strip was one Roy Stone, a Mustang motorcycle dealer (thus the dragstrip's name). It was in activity since 1962 and was closed in 1974, actually owing a fatal accident which happened at the track during a racing event.

 

Nothing is available about this track and the fatality. I am not able to find information, no newspapers, sites, books, nothing. Even AEB book does not list Mustang Dragstrip in Texas chapter.



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#2 Catalina Park

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Posted 20 February 2024 - 05:42

https://dragstriplist.com/texas-f-o



#3 Bob Riebe

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Posted 20 February 2024 - 17:28

https://www.jalopyjo...o-texas.633554/

 

https://www.newspape...trip/109458588/



#4 Jim Thurman

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Posted 20 February 2024 - 18:57

Jalopy Journal is the source cited in the opening post: "an American forum of racing enthusiasts." That thread there, prompted this thread here.

 

Glad to see Drag Strip List mentioned. I don't know whether Nanni had used it or not.

 

Allan E. Brown always stated that he did not remotely have all tracks listed, it was an ongoing process. In one of my later e-mail exchanges with Allan, he told me he had added more than 80 tracks just since the last edition had published  :eek:  Nanni, aren't you working from a previous edition? Sadly, I've compiled additional, more precise information for hundreds of entries in the book, but I do not know if any of it will see the light of day in wake of Allan's passing  :cry:

 

Texas is a state with a lot of gaps in newspaper archive coverage. 



#5 Jim Thurman

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Posted 21 February 2024 - 17:49

In a few minutes yesterday, I found a column in a Waco (TX) newspaper that mentioned, in a passing reference, a fatality involving spectators at a local drag race the week before. The date of publication is July 22, 1971.

 

This might turn out to be the one referred to by the poster at The Jalopy Journal as being 1974, it might be a different one, or it might be from a different strip in the area altogether. Message board/forum posts based solely on fading recollection can be notoriously unreliable.  



#6 Rupertlt1

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Posted 21 February 2024 - 19:24

Art Arfons, Dallas, Texas, 16 Oct 1971. Three fatalities.

 

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