Friends & I drove from Spring Branch area to run the strip back in the late 70s to early 80's. I was living in KW when it finally went away 90ish???.... I heard rumor that someone in the area still has the timing tower in their backyard(moved from original location) as a tree house for the kids.... never confirmed... I don't remember a house, but we just came to race, didn't really hang around the area.
Hell yea I remember it. As a youngster, it was a short walk from the Cove through the woods to the track. My dad used to race, so he should have some pictures of it. Remember the house, but didn't know it was haunted. I beleive at the time the owners or whoever was responsible for the upkeep of the property still lived there.
We never made it out there when it was around, as much as Dad always wanted to go. I remember on calm winter nights I could hear the engines being run up to full-throttle from the back corner of Elm Grove...
Thank you so much for the facebook link. I used to love to go to the drag strip on Saturdays and Sundays.
I grew up in Sherwood Trails in the 70's and you could hear the engines with every pass.
Our neighbors from across the street moved down with the mob of folks from Michigan during that time and they raced a Vega or Maverick out there. I think the entire family worked at Kenneth's as mechanics.
The entrance road is still visible on the 494 side of the RR tracks. You can still see where everyone used to turn into the strip. Of course, after the tracks there is a neighborhood and a school.....lol
Oh...and the house was haunted. No doubt about it.
In 1983 a Bandido was killed in a confrontation with members of the Banshees, at the Eastex drag strip near Porter, Texas, just north of Houston. Also killed in the melee was the Banshees' president; Bandidos member John Batchelor cut his throat. Batchelor was subsequently shot to death with a .25-calibre automatic pistol by one of the Banshees; two other Bandidos received stab wounds.
One of the most memorable accidents caused by a race tracker goer was that of a Doctor coming home after his shift at Northeast Hospital. There were no medians on Hwy 59 at the time and the car crossed over and hit the doctor head on. He was killed but the drunk who hit him lived. There were many local car accidents, mostly those who had left from the drag strip and it's questionable festivities.
oh i remember it when it was.. when i was small and lake houston park in New caney was a girl scout camp we would come home from there and drive by the strip.. i still remember going to the movie in kw around where sears hardware is now on kw drive. never saw a race at the drag strip but Bf did a lot when he was younger.
yeah I'm asking about the house it was at the end of the drag strip by the bayou. in earlier mid eighty's it was already have burned down, yet really creepy with clothes still in the closet and stuff still in the a pantry. then, around 86 or 87, 8 got totally burned down. my question is, what happened to the original owner, and why was the house sitting there all creepy and semi abandoned
Wasn't in this area during that time...but just talking about the old dragstrips brings back memories. The one I went to, starting in the mid 60's was just a 10 min drive from where I lived in Illinois. The first 200 mph run happened there by Chris Karamasines...
I use to work for a car lot back then and my boss (Ronnie Crawford) had two cars that he raced. The car was named Halloween it was orange and he had one that was silver it was called Silverbullet after Coors Lite.