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Pittsburgh International Dragway Nostalgia 1964 through 1976 Cecil, Pennsylvania
PID was once a coal mine area in the small country town of Cecil, PA, about 10 miles south of Bridgeville along rte 50. PID was opened in 1964. PID was by very popular during a time when drag racing was rapidly growing, but during a time when racing was strictly grass roots and low budget at all levels, as you will see on the following pages. I learned the sport of drag racing here during the late 1960s with my 65 GTO and will forever remember this place. Take a few minutes and enjoy some of the great cars that raced at PID in the 1960s and 1970s.
These were the girls that worked the timing tower, driver registration and ticket boot. Check out the big hair !
One of my favorite hot rods of all time was Harry Luzaders E/Gas (also D/Altered) 32 Ford Coupe. It was powered by a ultra high revving, hilborn injected small block Chevy. He drove this car to the track every Sunday from his home in Carnegie, PA !!
Pittsburgh Press, 2-8-70 In the mid 60s, Factory Experimental (A/FX) cars became more and more radical. Here is Len Petruskies Ultra Stock (U/S) Mustang, a forerunner to the Funny Cars of today. There were two big speed shops in the Pittsburgh area. Broughers in West Mifflin was located within a mile from where the Century III Mall sits. The other was the Gates Speed Center in Homestead. Gates sponsored al lot of big time racers including Connie Kalitta.
Bob Gottschalks Ohio Thunder Vega Funny Car from Toledo, OH. 1973 Looks like an early Sunday morning in the Spring at PID.
Jungle Jim Lieberman (right) gets ready for a match race at PID. Lots of men came just to see Jungle Pam (not pictured here). What really caught my eye in this picture was the 68 Hemi Cuda in the background. Sorry about that.
Jungle Pam with heavy clothing. Jungle Pam checking for oil leaks. Not PID.
This is a classic. Connie Kalitta gives some tips to a young Shirley Cha Cha Muldowney prior to a match race with Tommy Ivo at PID. Nice push truck.
No Fancy 18 wheeler haulers back in the early 70s. This was as nice as it got. Today this guy owns 25 Boeing 747 cargo planes flying out of Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI
1969 at PID 2006 Mike Kosky, Cuddy, PA – A Lifelong Drag Racer Top Alcohol Dragster
A pair of Camaros race on a typical pretty Sunday afternoon !
I remember this light weight 65 Hemi Plymouth so well. Schrello was a prolific winner at PID.
WIFE TROUBLE ! Another one of my favorites and a consistent winner at PID. This is Bill Brookman driving his beautiful Fuel Injected D/Altered 62 Corvette.
Another pretty modified Corvette. And the tow vehicle is a big Impala. Nice
There were exhibition cars too. This car was powered by a Hydrogen Peroxide rocket engine ! There were two cylinders in the car under high pressure. One had hydrogen and one had Oxygen. Of course H2 and O2 have a strong affinity for one another. They want to get together really bad and make water ! But not without quite a reaction ! Result: Quarter Mile in about 3.50 seconds. This car was outlawed after one season. 1975, I think. It was just too dangerous.
Heres another classic picture. Two of the winningest Super Stock / Pro Stock racers, Bill Grumpy Jenkins and Ronnie Sox seem to be in serious discussion at a Match Race at PID in 1974.
Walt Arfons. Saturday evening night under fire.
Wild Willie Borsch at Pittsburgh International driving the famous Winged Express AA/Fuel Altered. This car went over 200 mph.
I saved this picture for last. This has got to be the most awesome drag race picture ever. It seems that nothing could stop the track from opening early in the spring, and the racers came !! With the picture taken through the spectator fence, the snow is a perfect back drop for this fantastic red Chevy leaving the starting line.
2008 – Rest in Peace And thanks for the memories. ~~ ED