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Prior to 1950

1950 to 1959

  • June & July 1950 - NETA hosts two drag races at Beverly Municipal Airport in Beverly. Mass. Scheduled August race is canceled due to a dispute with pilots over runway access.
  • September 1950 - NETA hosts first drag race at Sanford Airport in Sanford, Maine. NETA continues to host small racing events intermittently at Sanford through 1954.
  • March 3-11, 1951 - First Annual Hartford Show held in Hartford, CT.
  • September 6, 1953 - NEHRC hosts a one day drag racing event at Pease Air Force Base in Newington, NH.
  • July 8, 1955 - NEHRC hosts their first event at Sanford Dragway in Sanford, Maine. Sanford becomes an important location for drag racing in the Northeast and begins to attract attention from across the country.
  • August 5, 1955 - City Car Club hosts their first annual event at New Bedford Municipal Airport in New Bedford, MA., one week before the NHRA Safety Safari meet in Orange, MA. The event attracts a large number of competitors hoping to get some practice runs in before the race in Orange. The club hosts two more annual events at the airport, in 1956 and 1957.
  • September 2, 1956 - SNETA hosts first trial drag race at the US Navy's Auxillary Landing Field in Charlestown, Rhode Island.
  • October 14, 1956 - SNETA hosts a second trial drag race at Charlestown. These events are successful and as a result, SNETA runs drag races for the next eight years at the airfield in Charlestown.
  • October 5-6, 1957 - The three organizations that were running drag races in New England, SNETA (Charlestown); MAC (Orange); and NETA (Sanford) gathered together to host the Tri-Council Championships at the Charlestown, RI track. Rain-shortened the event and the final round for Top Eliminator was run two weeks later in Orange, MA, with the Bannister Brothers winning the eliminator.
  • 1959 - Frank Maratta hosts the first National Hot Rod and Custom Show in Hartford, CT.

1960 to 1969

  • August 18, 1963 - Lebanon Valley Dragway opens in West Lebanon, NY. It is now the oldest of the four active drag strips serving racers in the New England region.

1970 to 1979

1980 to 1989

1990 to 1999

2000 to 2009

2010 to 2019

2020 to Present Day

dragstrips/timeline.txt · Last modified: 2021/04/02 14:57 by nitroneil