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FREEDOMLAND DRAG STRIP

Post: # 1665Post Hemi-GTX-Man
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:20 am

DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE 1/8 MILE DRAGSTRIP THEY MADE IN THE PARKING LOT OF FREEDOMLAND IN THE BRONX WHEN IT WENT OUT OF BUSINESS. ANY PICTURES OF IT?

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Post: # 1668Post Plain Busted
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:41 am

Hi,

We raced there a few times back in the 60's with my brother and his 409 Chevy. I don't think I have pictures, but I will look.

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Post: # 1669Post DINO
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:45 am

I remember That ! went by it heading to the Island . It was on the right heading south...in what looked like a swamp . Probably "projects" now...Have to ask the "New Yawk boyz"...yonkers ,bronx...check in here !

HERE's What's in Wikipedia:

Freedomland U.S.A. (usually just called Freedomland) was a short-lived, themed amusement park in the Baychester area in the northeastern part of the Borough of The Bronx, New York City. Its slogan was "The World's Largest Entertainment Center" (later, "The World's Largest Outdoor Family Entertainment Center").

Freedomland opened on June 19, 1960. It closed at the end of the 1964 season when it failed to make a profit.

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Post: # 1675Post bossguy
Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:11 pm

Is Flip from Flips Speed Shop on here? I remember Freedomland when I grew up in Yonkers but Flip could probably hear them from his house. He has his speed shop on Central Ave in Yonkers now. Also Jimmy Messinger from "The Brewmaster" Dragster lived around there.

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Post: # 1678Post DINO
Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:00 pm

Good Questions Boss Man...we have A Brewmaster on the Forum??? and I'm sure you'l get an answer about Flip soon here . Plenty of cars with "Flip" on them in the ODF galleries and have not seen to my knowledge "The Brewmaster" photos show up yet.....But we'll send Video Bob to the Attic and the Florida guys will go searching!
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Post: # 1684Post Maso
Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:03 pm

I'm from Yonkers and lived there in the 1960's and I never heard of that. I have been to the 1/8th mile at Islip though. Pretty crappy drag strip if you ask me...
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Re: FREEDOMLAND DRAG STRIP

Post: # 1687Post Hemi-GTX-Man
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:09 pm

I WAS WEANED AT FREEDOMLAND DRAGSTRIP. I WAS INTRODUCED TO THE 62 409'S, A MOPAR WITH BUTTONS CALLED MR. FROG, A BLACK PRIMED 55 CALLED BRUTUS. AS I GOT OLDER WE RACED AT CONNOR ST. I REMEMBER BOBBY DELSO,S SMALL BLOCK MG, J&J CUSTOM SHOP AND A FRIEND KENNY NESTER HAD BURKE AVE SPEED SHOP. I MIGHT HAVE SOME DATES WRONG IN MY MIND, BUT WHAT A TIME. I HAD A BUNCH OF PICTURES THAT WERE LOST IN A FLOOD, BUT I STILL HAVE A FEW FROM DOVER. I WILL TRY TO DIG THEM OUT.

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Post: # 1691Post DINO
Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:09 am

Got more...Freedomland Closed because of Labor Union disputes (paying 3 times for the same job), the fact that eveybody went to the '64 World's Fair instead of it, and they never planned ahead to be able to maintain in harsh winters. It became CO-OP city and as far as Racing ...nothing showing up. Our guys may have more info THAN ANYBODY about the racing. A lot of new names / cars being dropped here and lets track them down !
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Post: # 1694Post Gene Terenzio Sr.
Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:39 am

We ran there with The Let It Fly A/A What a S#!t hole, cracks had grass growing out of them, but hey back then would have ran on dirt, was like 25 miles from Stamford, just pass the "Hutch", where all the big boy street racers would run at night, Not us.
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Re: FREEDOMLAND DRAG STRIP

Post: # 1695Post DINO
Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:51 am

Did this thing-TRACK -actually have a name ?and was it Run by an actual business? Who ran it ? How ? and can we contact anybody ?
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