COMMENTS & COMPLIMENTS


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I'll be plugging the site [Drag Strip Deaths] in the September installment of Hot Rod Deluxe's 'Power Struggles' series (1960 season). Sometime, I'd like to interview you about this wonderful resource.  Very impressive, Mel! [ Drag Strip List] You're providing a terrific service here--as with Deaths .com. Warmest regards, DW
Dave Wallace, Jr.
Hot Rod Magazine
5/14/16


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Mel, after looking over your list of tracks, I saw many of them that I ran at, or went to as a crewman, or spectator. It brought back many good memories to me. When I have time, I would like to share some of these memories. It is kind of hard for me to find much time now, I am still working in my shop every day, and working on our Bonneville car at night, trying to get it ready for Speed Week. I don't know if you knew it, but I have a CG/MR that we have been running since 2002. In 2006 I set a record for my class (238 MPH)  and got into the 200 MPH club. Will you be going to Speed Week this year? If so, let me know. I would like to meet with you somewhere (if we don't get rained out again). I would like to talk to you on the phone sometime, if and when you have time call me. My no. is   ----------.   I hope to hear from you. I will be 80 my next birthday (Sept. 29). I have been around for a long time, and can share many stories and experiences with you.
Charles "Boogie" Scott
Covington, Louisiana
5/16/16


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I want to thank you on your website and congratulate you on an excellent job on the Old Dragstrips. I'm a drag racing historian and I live in South Florida (West Palm Beach) and it gives me goosebumps on some of the locations of the previous dragstrips.
Chuck Grimes, Jr.
West Palm Beach, Florida
1/22/20


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I just wanted to say a big thank you for doing this information on the history of motorsports. Finding memories at Bonneville, Rocky Mountain Raceway, and Pocatello, plus Firebird in Eagle, Idaho. I was born and raised in Malad, Idaho. Thanks again.
Marc Thomson
​Star, Idaho
1/11/20


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Hello, I've referred to your site many times for research regarding my race car artwork. Great site. Keep up the good work. Thanks.
Joel Naprstek
JFN Studios
Park Ridge, New Jersey
1/1/18


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I greatly admire the work you put in to gather all this information. I wish I had such time to have done the same. I have a facebook page  www.facebook.com/lostandforgottendragstrips/ that I started a few years ago, but it's almost overwhelming trying to come up with information, locations and pics of these places. Also I've had little time to keep the page up lately. I was born in '72 so nearly all these tracks I never been to, but I love drag racing and history related to it. I'm trying to preserve memories of the old tracks to keep going for generations to come. I know some of my info is incorrect, but I strive to be as accurate as possible. Could I use any info that you have gathered for use on my page if I give you credit for the information? Thanks for creating this page to keep history of our sport alive.
Billy Kirpens
​Pittsfield, Massachusetts
8/21/16


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Nice job. This is something I've wanted to do, but never had the time. Too busy with my own site, WDIFL.com. If you need any photos for this project I have thousands. 
Don Ewald
www.wediditforlove.com
Grants Pass, Oregon
3/12/17


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Hi, I am a Pennsylvania racing historian and enjoy your web page.  Keep up the good work.  
Steve Bubb
Stephen Bubb's Pennsylvania Motorsports History
3/26/16


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Hello Mel, All I can say is WOW! What a great job you have done! You nailed it when you said there is information out there, but it is often incomplete or incorrect. I have been involved in drag racing since 1969 as a racer, publisher, announcer, timing system maintenance, and I currently own Mo-Kan Dragway, having purchased it in 1999. I will be happy to contribute to this project and help anyway I can! Thanks! Carl Blanton 
Carl Blanton
Joplin, Missouri
4/19/17


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Growing up in 1960s industrial, dull, wet, cold northern England, drag racing and everything American seemed like non-stop sunshine at Bonneville and raceway drag strips. STP stop friction and other drag-related stickers adorned my walls with posters of drag machines. It seemed like everything was possible in America. From the 1950s through the end of the 1960s, anything American seemed best. Reading of GI's who came back from WW2 and building speed machines with discharge grants, setting up speed shops, privateers building speed machines in the backyard. America had it all. It doesn't look quite so good now. But thanks for the memories. This website has photos of some of the cars I had posters of on my bedroom walls in the 1960's. Even the clothing people wore in them posters--button-down collar shirts, baggies, windcheaters, baseball boots. I had them all. I would have loved to come to Speed Week, but never did. In the next life, I will for sure.
Kevin Swithenbank
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2/16/20


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Dear Mel, I can't begin to thank you enough for this lovely presentation [Mountville entry on Memories (Pennsylvania) page]. I couldn't get it [the website] to open on my phone so fired up the laptop. When I scrolled down and saw it, I started yelling and crying. Buddy is so thrilled! Neither of us could have imagined getting in touch with such a kind and thoughtful, not to mention very talented, fellow. We are certainly passing your site on to all of our friends.  Keep up the incredible work that you do. Thank you a zillion times over. Best wishes always, Betty
 
Betty Shaffer
3/11/20