Heres the first installment of DINO’S PHOTO PICK OF THE WEEK….each week I’ll dig out something of interest from our vast ODF 3500+ Photo galleries and see what you can remember ,comment, or clarify to it. Don’t know who this is BUT , “He went Hunting in the Peat Bog” , past the entire shut-down length, with a ’59 ragtop. “Hold them on the Line- we need a Wrecker at the shut-Down”………..from Roger Hibbert Collection-1964
Maybe he thought he could taxi then lift off at the end of the track.
Rear end would actually lift in a high wind or at high speed. Love that car. 😀
. . . . . . .think he was going so fast on our “down Hill ‘ shut down area ,with a funky bad weight transfer due to Convertable model ,that his braking was effected.??? Now thats getting a little space-age …Maybe he was just a jerk with bad brakes and no good depth of field vision…waited ‘just’ a little too long to put on the binders…Only HE knows ..dino
About the Shut Down area…..Found in Brians great collection of Actual press releases announcing the opening of the track from local newspapers. SPECS stated —–>Quote from may 13,1961: “The strip is 3400 feet long, 70 feet wide, cut 9 feet below the surface of the spectator and pit area, and paved with epoxy based asphalt.Two 4 feet natural earth barriers for maximum pectator protection.” Did that to figure Shut-down was 2080 feet (3400 minus 1320).Wonder how that figures to modern day tracks.Short ? OK ? Same?
Island Dragway says their track is 3360ft!
OH, and as we know, DDS was downhill !
Dino, Bill Kerslake from Banksville had a 59 white ragtop 348 tri power with a 3 speed and ran at Dover a bunch in the 60’s……..Maybe that one was his…………Don……
Looks like Gramdogs car to me. If you turn up the volume on your ‘puter you can hear Elvis on his reverb! 😆 😆 😆
remember …photo from ’64
That 10 foot drop off at the right end is a topic of discussion in itself right there. Is that the reason that the NHRA reneged on sanctioning privilages after the first year…? Was there ever any accidents there because of that…? Other stories…?
Left side too…Darwin Doll (Division Director was amazed). Shottgun Express went off the left .( Right through the cable and posts) ..way back, so did Capolla. Hibbert and Cullen collections in ODF Premium Members Galleries show a lot of them,.On the Historic Photo disc Too.
Hey Maso, that drop off didn’t cause any wrecks that I remember in my time at Dover, but it didn’t stop any either.
If you had a good head of steam up, and got a little crossed up, you could wind up in the trees off to the right side.
Just ask Bill Casey where that VW that almost cleaned his clock landed!! ………………..Mikey 😮 😯 😆