Fremont Saturday Night T-Shirt
Opening its gates in 1959, the quarter-mile Fremont Dragstrip near San Francisco Bay was renowned for dragster automobile racing. After Southern Pacific Railroad attained this land post-World War II, the track was established adjacent to a popular gliderport known as Skyways Airport, thus contributing to the growing popularity of the Fremont Dragstrip as its occupants were drawn to the exhilarating high speed races and the deafening noise of not only the cars but the fans cheering. At the end of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, business was booming at the races as a multitude of radio ads sparked interest among pop radio station listeners in San Francisco Bay, beckoning them to the thrill of the competitions. Races fueled the economy in the surrounding area as thousands of fans were eager to witness world-record performances by Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Connie Kalitta, and more. Many champions heralded the low humidity air from the San Francisco Bay that allowed them to acquire astounding speeds. Although the venue was renamed Baylands Raceway Park a few years prior to closing in 1988, it will always be revered as the infamous Fremont Dragstrip, drawing fans from all over the San Francisco Bay area.
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