When it came to East Coast drag racing in the '60s and '70s, few tracks could match the legacy of York US 30, a small airstrip that served double-duty as a race plant outside this modest Pennsylvania town. It hosted the notorious 1965 Super Stock Magazine Nationals, the first NHRA Summernationals in 1970, and numerous match races, points meets, and special events until the on-track legacy ended in the late '70s. Motivated by a yearning to relive the good old days, former NHRA Division Director Darwin Doll and York-based car tuner Bill Stiles decided to bring the thunder back, even if they couldn't race down the track.
Taking a page from the playbook of the big indoor car shows, the duo proposed delivering an eclectic assortment of vehicles to a pair of buildings on the York County Fairgrounds. Presented by Budweiser and other associate sponsors, the first edition last year was a solid success, and the 2nd Annual York U.S. 30 Musclecar Madness last July attracted over 135 rare musclecars, lightweight drag specials, restored and replicated race classics, and active nostalgia machines.
In addition to the cars were displays of memorabilia, famous racing personalities, dealers of rare musclecar and racing items, an indoor Super Stock "Cacklefest," and more. The cars, ranging from 427 Camaros to Hemi Pro Stocks to flathead dragsters, came from collections as far away as Arizona and Minnesota while others included local cars still adorned with York US 30 class decals.
The plans are already made for next year's event, which will again be on a Friday-Saturday schedule (July 9th and 10th). Proposals for next year include a cruise-in on the property, so it will be a combination indoor/outdoor car show. For Mopar fans, the huge Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals will be happening only 30 miles away, while Sunday will find vintage funny cars, dragsters and Super Stockers in action at the "Geezers at the Grove" race at Maple Grove Raceway, about 70 miles east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. If you were there in the old days or wish you had been, you won't want to miss it.
Maple Grove Raceway