Remembering . . .


Drag Strips

Freight Train vs. Gas House Gang, Stardust International Raceway, 1968. Rick Finch, photographer


  • Thunderbird Raceway, circa 1958-59
I'd go to St. George. They had that airport up on the bluff where the airport was. Then I'd go to Henderson, Nevada, sometimes. I'd put 3:39 gears and drive down there, put 4:56 in to race, then drive back home. That was racing in those days. At Henderson, it wasn't class racing. It was just run what you brung. There was different time factors. At the time, a 10-second run was fast. That old Chevy that I had probably run about 15 seconds.

Rex Pearmain, telephone interview
with Mel Bashore, August 14, 2017

Las Vegas

  • Stardust International Raceway, ca. 1965
I raced there once just after they opened. The thing I liked was they gave you free rooms at the hotel.
Ron Lorenz
Ron Lorenz's race car at Stardust Raceway. Courtesy of Ron Lorenz