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During the summers of 1965 and 1966 I worked for L &L Concessions. We walked around the dragstrip on the weekends selling food and drinks. I remember shouting out “Peanuts, Popcorn, Coke and Orange”. I made about $15.00 per night and it was the greatest job for a young teenager in love with cars and racing. I got to talk and meet with my heroes while they prepared for their races; Garlits, Kallitta, Karamsines, The Ramchargers, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter-Linda Vaughn, etc. All the great ones. I will never forget two incidents. One being standing near the starting line watching Art Arfons with his Green Monster. The other when Don Garlits owned a black Dodge Dart Funny Car and the driver flipped it going through the lights.
The next year I came back with my Mom’s 1967 Ford Fairlane 390 GTA and turned a 14.01 at 98 mph winning C Stock Automatic.
Years later I ran into Linda Vaughn at The Performance Racing Industry show and we reminisced about Detroit Dragway and Gil Kohn .
I continue to be in racing albeit road racing and attribute it to those early days at Detroit Dragway that set the hook of the smell of burning rubber and gas which gives me a thrill.
Those were fun times.
We want to acknowledge the Staff that made Detroit Dragway what it was. One of the top drag strips in the nation.
Thank you for being part of this great track. Although Detroit Dragway is gone, it is not forgotten.