Thursday, November 4, 2010
Legendary racers coming to Holly Springs for drag strip reunion
Thirty years ago Lakeland Drag Strip in Memphis, Tenn., was the location where some of the greatest names in nitro and fast door car racers spent their weekends.
The long shuttered facility closed in 1979 but it remains a legendary Southern drag strip for many racers and fans in and around Memphis.
On November 5-7, racers and fans who remember the old track are going to meet at historic Holly Springs Motorsports Park (30 miles south of Memphis) for a reunion to celebrate and relive their memories of Lakeland Drag Strip. Some of the racers who called the track home will be on hand, along with drivers participating in nitro funny car and nostalgia super stock racing. There will be at least four nitro funny cars, 20 super stockers and around 250 vintage pre-1979 race cars at this event.
The list of famous Southern pros who will attend the reunion is impressive indeed. Among those racers who’ve said they will participate include Raymond Godman of “Tennessee Bo Weevil” fame, his driver Preston Davis, nitro funny car owners Bill Taylor and Larry Coleman and their driver Larry Reyes, sportsman racer and cam guru Joe Lunati, and many more drivers, car owners and tuners from that era.
Fans will see four nitro-burning funny cars making laps including the “Texas Jungle” Jungle Jim Liberman Chevy tribute car and Texan John Hale’s “Nitro Boss” Mustang. A wheelstander, the Gasser Geezers and a bunch of other classes including a run-what-ya-brung Quick 16 Eliminator will be there.
There will also be a “cacklefest” for period correct top fuel dragster, where all the vehicles start at once – the sound is incredible.
The event promises to be a blast from the past and a great chance to revisit the glory years of drag racing and Lakeland Drag Strip.
Adult tickets are $25 for a single day or $50 for all three days. Kids 6-12 pay $10 per day or $20 for all three days.
The track is located at 159 Old Highway 7 South in Holly Springs. For more information call 573-644-3272.
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