Sunday Sunday Sunday! Half Moon bay Drag Strip and American Dream Machines Show

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I had the honor of going to the American Dream Machines show in Half moon bay at the Half moon bay airport where the drag strip was once located. The drag strip was started by a auto parts company called Chamion, located in San Francisco.

A great deal of San Francisco bay area drag racing action played out by-the-sea at the Half Moon Bay Drag Strip. Shown here is Swinging Sammy Hale in the Champion Speed Shop special getting out against against Lee Pendleton’s Allison V-12 powered monster machine at Half Moon Bay. The inverted wings on Pendleton’s car were an early Jocko Johnson effort at rear wheel downforce, and a reminder of how aeronautics and aerospace knowledge played into drag racing and motorsports innovation throughout the sixties.

The Champion Speed Shop has been a name synonymous with velocity and innovation for over 50 years. Founder Jim McLennan built his first dragster in 1953. By 1957 the Champion Speed Shop legend was born. It has been a little over two years since the “Smiling Irishman” motored onto the great dragstrip. The Champion Speed Shop lives on in celebration of his pioneering spirit. This video was produced in honor of Jim’s induction into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Jim Started the Half moon bay drag strip which was one of northern California’s finest drag strip and one of the few that the strip still exists. Fremont Drag strip’s black top still exists, although due to illegal racers doing “midnight passes” they have since bull dozed the strip about every 4-5 feet.

There is talk that they may revamp the “HMB” Drag strip, which is a great idea. It may cut down the death rate of teens due to illegal drag races.

Anyways I have collected a collection of old HMB Dragstrip photos, including a shot of the “bread van announcers box” (which I would love to see remade) Below is a collection of historical photos from the strip during it’s operation from 1957-1969 and photos of this years American Dream Machines, which pays tribute to the holy record breaking grounds also known as the Half Moon bay Drag strip, located on the Half Moon bay Airport.

It was a great show, and awesome to know the nostalgia and history of the area. Hope you made it to the show. I will be back next year.

Thanks for reading,

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