Art Arfons and Pit Crew with the Trophy for Top Speed, NHRA Nationals, Detroit Dragway, 1959

Summary

Detroit Dragway opened in Brownstone Charter Township, about 20 miles southwest of downtown Detroit, in 1959. The "Dirty D" -- its affectionate nickname -- hosted NHRA's U.S. Nationals in 1959 and 1960. Though it thrived in the 1960s and 1970s, by the 1990s Detroit Dragway suffered from declining crowds and aging facilities. The drag strip closed after the 1996 season.

Detroit Dragway opened in Brownstone Charter Township, about 20 miles southwest of downtown Detroit, in 1959. The "Dirty D" -- its affectionate nickname -- hosted NHRA's U.S. Nationals in 1959 and 1960. Though it thrived in the 1960s and 1970s, by the 1990s Detroit Dragway suffered from declining crowds and aging facilities. The drag strip closed after the 1996 season.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1985

Subject Date

1959

Creators

Rickman, Eric 

Petersen Publishing Company 

Creator Notes

Photographed by Eric Rickman. Published by Petersen Publishing Company in Hot Rod magazine.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2006.54.8

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Resin-coated paper

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.875 in

Width: 10 in

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