U.S. 30 Drag-O-Way, Part III: ‘We would watch the dragsters on trailers head for Thomasville’
This was the scene at the 2005 Musclecar Madness event at the York Expo Center, an event inspired by weekend racing at the York Airport – the U.S. 30 Drag-O-Way. The dragstrip operated from the late 1950s to 1979. Background posts: U.S. Drag-O-Way, Part I, U.S. Drag-O-Way, Part II.
Tim Rearich, a former York countian living out west, remembers the U.S. 30 Drag-o-Way, subject of a couple of previous posts.
He particularly remembers the radio ads that went something like this:
“Saturday, Saturday, Saturday night at the US 30 dragoway… .”
And he recalls the funny funny laugh they would have in the ad.
“I don’t believe the basic background of the radio ad changed over the years, just the names and dates.
“My grandma had a house on Philadelphia St. when it was US 30 and we would watch the dragsters on trailers head for Thomasville. I left for the USAF the last year (79) they had the drags and didn’t realize it had stopped until a couple of years later.”
Organizers used the York Airport near Thomasville for their weekend drags, which lasted about 20 years before closing in 1979. The dragway is remembered with an annual event at the York Expo Center.
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