Detroit Dragway Founder Gilbert Kohn

We were luck enough to find, and purchase a couple of photos of Detroit Dragway’s founder & promoter, Gilbert Kohn.  In 1959 Mr. Kohn was able to get the 59 Nationals, ” Ingenuity in Action” brought to his new dragstrip, Detroit Dragway in Brownstown, Mi.  After the 59 & 60 Nationals in Detroit they went to


Indianapolis.   Kohn was also part of the persons responsible for the ads we heard on the radio,  remember Sunday, Sunday Sunday, Sunday at Detroit Dragway.  The ads were also used for other nights.  Mr. Khon also owned the “UHRA” United Hot Rod Association.  Detroit Dragway was home to most of the big racers at that time.  They held many match races with the likes of “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Connie Kalitta, Sherly Muldowney, Sox & Martin, and many more.

In 1978 the three day Summernationals drew a crowd of over 30,000 race fans.  Detroit Dragway had the largest purse to date of $40,000.

Gil Kohn also held midweek shows on Tuesday nights, under the lights.   Mr. Kohn also owned a fleet of funny cars.  These cars would run at Detroit Dragway, or Mr. Kohn’s other race track New York National Speedway.  Detroit Dragway was one of the top tracks around for great shows.  Sadly all that came to an end in 1998.  Although Detroit Dragway is gone physically, it’s alive and well on the net. If you have any photos or stories you would like to share sigh up on the board.

59photo of Gilbert Kohn & his mom