Race events during the first year of operation regularly attracted 100 racers and over 2,000 spectators. Ernie Hashim was a frequent winner in the early years.
In 1953 races were regularly held on the first Sunday of each month.
The inaugural March Meet race was first held on March 6-7, 1954.
It was called the West Coast Championship Drag Races.
He tried to do a broadside skid, but his car overturned. Cheatham had been a frequent winner at Northern California drag strips over the course of several years.
Another early casualty was Sunnyvale's Jay Cheatham, who was killed in a fatal accident during the first U. Bill Crossley, driving Ernie Hashim's dragster, ripped off a strip-record 170.45 MPH run on August 3, 1958, becoming the "first man in the history of western drag strip racing to reach the 170 mph mark." (Bakersfield Californian, Aug.
Jack told him about drag racing that happened in Alameda from 1931-33.
Jensen wrote DSL: "A paved road ran west from Webster St. The Oakland auto club ran drags there, no timing or classes.
On December 7, 1958, Glen Ward set a world record for gas dragsters in the twin-engined Howard Cam Special, with an aggregate best of 9.10 seconds and 166.06 MPH.
In the first season, drag races were held 25 miles south of Bakersfield on Highway 99 to Mettler Station, then seven miles west on the Maricopa Cutoff.
This first season's location was southwest of Bakersfield.
Eight thousand spectators watched Tony Waters take the top eliminator prize in his GMC-powered roadster.
The Bean Bandits from San Diego sold one of their race cars (less engine) to donate money to benefit the Crippled Children's Fund.