It was so prevalent, records say, that Long Beach Judge Fred Miller took it upon himself to declare war on the dangerous racing tactics. He was so alarmed by the continuing incidents and dire headlines that he contacted service clubs to see if they could help find an area where people could race legally. According to Drag Scoop magazine, it was considered one of the finest and fastest tracks in the country during the 17 years it was open. The Lions Drag Strip Museum will have its grand opening at 1 p. Saturday at the Price Automobile Group, E. Del Amo Blvd.
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Track owner, Chris Payne, is targeting an opening date for the drag strip 60 days later in mid-July. The new drag strip will be named Central Power Dragway. So there's a generation that hasn't even set foot on that track. There's definitely some buzz and excitement to get out there," said Todd Parker, with Forward Sports Marketing.
Opening in , the same year as Disneyland and in the middle of a population boom. The core purpose of Lions Drag Strip was to cut down on criminal street racing and create a legal venue for such shenanigans. Long Beach Judge, Fred Miller, reached out to service clubs in the area to obtain financing.