HISTORY

Anyone from the Detroit area has to remember the radio spots, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday at Detroit Dragway. Ben Christ is reported to have been the person that came up with this ad.

 Gil Kohen’s Detroit Dragway open in 1959 and it closed in 1998, almost 40 years of history gone.  Detroit Dragway sat close to most of the American car companies, making it a hot bed for the car companies to prove their products. Detroit Dragway hosted the U.S. Nationals in 1959 and also in 1960. The local car manufactures took notice of this sport, and how it could sell their products. Auto manufactures’ took noticed, and began to put many of their vehicles in the drag race.

Anyone from the Detroit area has to remember the radio spots, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday at Detroit Dragway. Ben Christ is reported to have been the person that came up with this ad.

Detroit Dragway was a major force in drag racing for a number of years. But time and politics caught up with it and it closed in 1998.  The dragway was removed and a warehouse complex sits in it’s place.  Today when I drive pass the historical corner, I can’t help but hear the words, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday at Detroit Dragway.  Gone, but not forgotten.

Many of the top drag racers came from all over to race at Detroit Dragway.  Shirley Muldowney, “Big Daddy”  Don Garlets, Connie Kalitta, Sox & Martin, The Ramchargers, Color Me Gone,  there was always a good race show.

 

My first trip to Detroit Dragway was in 1961 when my cousin took me.  I was hooked after that.  I was lucky enough to only live about 10 minutes away from DD.  Does anyone remember the old Detroit Dragway commercials??  Sunday, Sunday at Detroit Dragway, see the Jet Green Monster.  Brings back some good memories huh.  Well Detroit Dragway is long gone, but Milan Dragway is going strong.  They have a lot of great races every week.   I hope to be there a few times next year.  Milan Dragway also has a great website so you can keep up with all their events. 

Anyone with pictures they would like to share of their racing events please send them,  This year enjoy what Milan & the other Dragways have to offer for all us hot rod fans.

I wanted to confirm why the 1994 deal to rebuild Detroit Dragway fell through, so I talked to a person that was in the Twp. government at the time.  I was told the citizens of Brownstown did not want the dragway, mostly because of the noise, so they voted it down.  The thing that is hard to take is Detroit Dragway was there long before most of the people that didn’t want it.