Like a scary sequel to your favorite horror flick, we're back with another edition of ghost tracks. Every serious drag fan, of course, had a favorite haunt in his or her formative years, and many of them have passed away, leading to the sport that's sweeping the sport: ghost-track hunting. And, naturally, the leaders in this field of haunt hunting are readers of this column, who have been so kind as to share their finds with us. To this day, the land has not been developed, and there is still some asphalt left to be seen.
When modern V-8s trickled down from Cadillac, Chrysler, and Oldsmobile to the Chevys, Fords, and Pontiacs that any kid with willing parents and job could afford, drag racing took root in the Motor City. Thankfully, Robert Baumgartner, a local police lieutenant, realized something had to be done to avoid street racing carnage. Club members pitched in to prepare the quarter-mile track, which opened in as the Motor City Dragway. Flag men started each race and signaled the winner at the end of the run. Later, the finish line official was replaced by hoses capable of identifying the winner and reporting trap speed.