Duane “PAWNBROKER” Raced at Detroit Dragway

The 60’s and 70’s were a great time for us hot rod lovers at Detroit Dragway.  One of the guys that raced at the ole “Dirty D” was Duane “PAWNBROKER” Ong…

Duane was a local guy from the Downriver area, which is walking distance to Detroit Dragway. Duane raced a dragster called the “Torque PAWNBROKER”  this was an old RAMCHARGERS hot rod.  This dragster had vertical fins located over the rear wheels, and was powered by a blown hemi.

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on August 30, 1970 Duane raced at the AHRA Nationals at New York National, Duane won this race, and his dragster became the first rear engine dragster to win a national event.

Duane also teamed up with car owner Ray Gallagher, and raced a NITRO Mustang, called TRADER RAY.TraderRay1-vi

Duane made it to the 2013 Detroit Dragway Reunion @ Milan Dragway to meet & greet old friends & fans.

 

There are many articles about Duane and his hot rods online, we only put a brief couple of lines on just to acknowledge, and remember Duane for his contribution to Detroit Dragway.

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