May 25, 2009 · 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. C.J. "Pappy" Hart's perch is visible on about midway down on the right-- below that was an old. Santa Ana Drags: 65 years later, drag strip still revs up the hot-rod hearts of fans there was Santa Ana Drags, which was the first drag strip in the United States. Orange County Register Author: Johan Moreno.
Santa Ana Drags was the first drag strip in the United States. The strip was founded by C.J. "Pappy" Hart, Creighton Hunter and Frank Stillwell at the Orange County Airport auxiliary runway in southern California and was operational from June 19, 1950 until June 21, 1959. If the drag strip had no official name (or research was unable to determine it), the city near where it was located is named followed by a generic "Drag Strip" in quotes. Drag strips that are still operating presently, although not always continuously, Santa Ana Drag Strip (CA) 1955 [Jim Beardslee].
Sep 12, 2018 · For those unfamiliar, the Orange County Airport is essentially the birthplace of organized Drag Racing. In 1950, Pappy Hart, Creighton Hunter, and Frank Stillwell got together with the suits of the airport and arranged for their auxiliary runway to become the "Santa Ana Drags.". A perspective by Don Prieto - 1999. Forty years ago, this past June 21, Santa Ana Drags closed its doors permanently. The first organized drag strip, founded by C.J. "Pappy" Hart, Creighton Hunter and Frank Stillwell ended its nine-year run and closed out a chapter of .