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About Redding Drag Strip
“It was about 1948 when local hot rodders, including Roger Whipp, first sought a safe place to drag race their cars, and in Roger’s words, “…offer encouragement to be legal”.That search lead to the dusty but straight abandoned runways at Redding Airport. With support from community elders, including the mayor, city council and newspaper editor, some who enjoyed racing themselves or whose young teenagers showed interest in hot rods, is where the meager beginnings of a long, grassroots history of the Shasta Roadsters and Redding Drag Strip began.”
Today, we are the oldest continuously operating NHRA drag racing facility in United States. Redding Drag Strip signed up in the Fall of 1955 to become an officially sanctioned NHRA track, and has run ever since. In the early 1960s, the Redding Dragstrip became the place to race for locals and other Northern California events. Early films have been converted to video HERE. The NCDRA (Northern California Drag Racing Association) actively made improvements to the facility over the years. Redding is a very automotive oriented town, and community support for our Dragstrip has always been very enthusiastic.
Today the dragstrip is leased to the Bramson Drag Strip, a non-profit corporation, and managed by Shirlene Bramson. Recent improvements include the resurfacing of the start area, the moving and refurbishing of the control tower, and new and expanded westside seating. The dragstrip under the leadership of Shirlene seeks to become the premiere facility for far northern California racers, while retaining our family friendly and welcoming environment.
Our facility hosts several big events during the year. Our biggest community event is the racing during Redding’s Kool April Nights car show and parade. Attracting nationwide attention and participation, Kool April Nights weekend is widely recognized as one of the West Coast’s not-to-be-missed auto premiere events. We also host Big Bike Weekend, and other community events.
As a Division 7 NHRA facility, our racers participate in ET Bracket Points Racing in the Summit Super Series, which includes Junior Dragsters. We also host bi-monthly community Street Racing events designed to keep street racers safe and legal by giving them an opportunity to race the track instead of the streets.
Shirlene and the entire community of Redding invite you to race here, or to just come and enjoy the spectacle. We guarantee that our spirit and friendly atmosphere will impress!
-The above content was reprinted, in its entirety, from Redding Drag Strip – also known as the Redding Dragstrip.