The Woodstock Of Drag Racing

And to think it all started because back in the Eisenhower years, it wasn’t politically incorrect to wear fur coats. The story of York truly begins with the Vagabonds Car Club of Lancaster, which Dick McLaughlin founded in 1958. “Bill Holtz ran the drag strip, but there was a chinchilla farm next door to the track, and when the really loud cars ran, the chinchillas would start fighting each other and rip out their fur because of the noise,” McLaughlin said. Decades before he was the NHRA’s world champion in Funny Car, Pennsylvania racing hero Bruce Larson was another York luminary. “York was my home track after we left Lancaster,” Larson recalled. We’ve really missed York, ever since it closed in 1979.”.

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