Dec 01

reLaunch: West Coast Electric Drag Racing Association (WCEDRA) & Project Street Legal

By Bo'neFly | WCEDRA Racing

Bo'neFly RacingBo’neFly Racing and WCEDRA is pleased to reLaunch and support “Project Street Legal” as a proposed community policy partnership initiative. Our proactive goal is to reduce street racing and dangerous sideshows by promoting code enforcement sanctioned events with the assistance of elected city, county & state officials and positive community leaders.

We will commit to participate in engaging constructive debate forums throughout the country, speak to children, seniors, schools, racers, community leaders, developers, Law Enforcement Agencies and Public Officials. Our prudent commitment is overwhelmingly accessible to address ecological and environmental sustainability for alternative energy resources.

WCEDRA (West Coast Electric Drag Racing Association) is the newly formed west coast chapter of the International Electric Drag Racing Association. One of our many goals is the global education and the non-biased environmental impact benefits of alternative powered vehicles (e.g.: aircraft, aerospace, motorcycles, buses and cars), as well as, enhancing the viability of hybrid vehicles and the DIY electric vehicle conversions.

As steadfast advocates of ZERO emission vehicles we shall continue to develop the infrastructure of silent electric racing awareness and sustainability with the support of EAA (Electric Auto Association), Brotherhood of Street Racers, SEMA, Formula E, NEDRA, BDR (Black Drag Racers), AMA (American Motorcyclist Association), SCCA, IHRA and NHRA events.

Most notably, Bo’neFly Racing will always promote and showcases motorcycles, trucks, street legal dragsters and funnycars racing events in a safe confined environment. The showcases will definitely include rebuildable gas, nitro, hybrid powered vehicles and totally electric vehicle, as well as, create a rolling tour component in support of hotels, restaurants, machine shops, transporters and race tracks.

Bo’neFly Racing, WCEDRA and its associated IEDRA group, is the future of racing. Our goal is to represent and build-out the West Coast. We look forward to maintaining a positive collaboration with local, state and federal officials in support of this unique opportunity to drive at night and generate revenue for all inter-related businesses without the worries of impacting noise ordinance/restrictions, traffic safety concerns and illegal street racing.

Peace and much Bo’neFly LOve…

Nov 16

Baylands

By Bo'neFly | Baylands

Fremont/Baylands

The next time your shopping at Pacific Commons Shopping Center you might feel a slight rumble under you feet..It’s not the Hayward Fault..

It’s the ghost of Fremont Bayland’s Raceway…..20 plus years after the last dragster crossed the finish line…

In the late 1950′s, Fremont’s own Ron Lawrence  with support of local Washington Highs School auto shop teacher Vern Eichner “…partnered  with several local area individuals to propose the construction of a quarter mile dragstrip that would be located off Durham Road next to the Fremont Sky-Sailing Airport and West of the Nimitz Freeway. Interest in the sport was soaring,”1 the car culture of the 50’s needed a place to let there speed out and “…despite the presence of other tracks in the area, including Half Moon Bay, Cotati, Vacaville, and Lodi, another track would be a warm welcome to the infantile but fledgling sport…”1 and to a new city as Fremont was incorporated in 1956.

“As with any racing venue, receiving the permits for the project was a struggle for Lawrence and company, but once finalized, two perfectly straight paved roads measuring 3/4 of a mile long appeared on the site of an abandoned air field that served as an auxiliary landing strip for nearby Moffett Naval Air Station during World War II.. Amenities like grandstands, concessions, a timing stand and announcers tower, and ticket booths were then added and Fremont opened for business in 1958.” 1

“The thousand of racers and fans that poured into the facility was a huge boon to the area economy and more importantly, it virtually eliminated illegal street racing in Fremont. From the outset, the Fremont Drag-strip was the site of world record performances by the likes of “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Don”The Snake” Prudhomme, Art Malone,Connie Kalitta,Shirley”Cha-Cha”Muldowney and others. It was said by many top racers that visited the track that the low humidity air in the nearby San Francisco Bay area helped them to attain incredible speed numbers.” 1

As a child of the “Baby Boom” riding your bike to the drags with 10 of your friends and “haranguing” the ticket taker to let you in for free could make your weekend…if not you stood on your bike and watched through the fence,either way it made your weekend.

While the nationally known drivers brought fame to Fremont, it was the weekly grudge racing, offering a safe and controlled environment for former street racers, that was the real heart and soul of the track. All one had to do was show up, sign up to race, pass a simple safety check, and you were ready to race.My mom’s 69 Kingswood Station wagon tore down the track soon after I got my drivers license.

The 1/4 mile paved drag-strip operated from 1959 through 1988.
A 1/4 mile dirt oval operated from 1974 through 1984
A 3/8 mile paved oval operated from August of 1981 through November of 1988.
The drag-strip was the site of the first 7 second run (7.962) on May 14th, 1960. It also was the site of the first 6 second run (6.99) on April 29th, 1962 (jet dragster).

Fremont operated until November of 1988, then under the name Baylands Raceway Park, and after its closing, the site remained  a vacant lot…

And then progress came…

Catellus Development Corp. presented a plan to the City Council in September 1996 to “transform a crusty, flat expanse of cow pastures and wetlands into one of the Bay Area’s largest business parks.” A later map showed the former drag strip and former glider airstrip within the proposed project boundaries between Auto Mall Parkway and Cushing Parkway. A local writer noted, after council approval, that “Catellus Corp. has been given the go-ahead to develop one of the Bay Area’s largest business parks from the vast, scrubby tract of flat pastures and cracking concrete where Fremont’s drag strip and glider airport once operated.” After 12 years of wrangling, Fremont Drag Strip was slated to become part of the Pacific Commons complex development.

And so as progress developed the street racers are back illegally racing on streets and another shopping mall exist..

at least we have a In&Out Burger now!

sources:

http://www.dragzine.com/news/flashback-friday-californias-fremont-dragstrip/

www.facebook.com/FremontDragstrip/page_map

http://na-motorsports.com/Tracks/CA/Baylands.html

http://www.tricityvoice.com/articlefiledisplay.php?issue=2008-11-26&file=Fremont+Drag+Strip.txt

Photo: Happy New Year! Traditionally Fremont Dragstrip/Baylands Raceway opened the gates bright and early on January 1st for the Nitro Bowl! It was a great way to start the new year with a nose full of nitro fumes. The crowd went wild and the stands were packed!

Photo’s-http://www.dragzine.com/news/flashback-friday-californias-fremont-drag

https://www.facebook.com/FremontDragstrip

Citations:

(1).Wolf,Andrew “Flashback Friday:California’s Fremont Dragstrip” http://www.dragzine.com/news. 1 April.2011.

The attached media and written content is attributed to Andrew Wolf of Dragzine Magaine and other
“LocalWiki Contributors,” and the map attribute it to “© OpenStreetMap contributors”.

 

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