Bee Line Dragway Vintage Arizona Drag Racing F/B T-Shirt
Bee Line Dragway Arizona Drag Racing
This design includes a large Bee Line Dragway imprint on the back and a small AHRA logo on the front making it twice as cool! On July 20, 1963, ground was broken for a drag strip to be built on the Salt River Indian Reservation in what was then a pretty rural area in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jim Rodgers, national 1962 C/S drag champ, built the track on eighty acres of land leased for ten years from the Salt River Pima Indian tribe. Directions to the track were given as being four miles north of the McDowell Road on Arizona Highway 87. It was a 60-foot wide quarter-mile asphalt strip, with seating for 2,000 people, and a pit area to accommodate 300 cars. It opened for every-week Sunday racing on October 6, 1963, under AHRA sanction. On November 24, 1963, Bob Sullivan from Kansas City, set a new low track ET record of 7.97 in his "Pandemonium IV" A/FD. The 1964 AHRA Winter Nationals was held at Bee Line. Art Malone turned low ET of the meet with an 8.03 run, but top eliminator was won by Ron Goodsell driving Bob Sullivan's "Pandemonium V" fuel dragster. Bee Line hosted the AHRA Winter Nationals again in 1965 and for the next several years. In 1968, the AHRA Winter Nationals was split between Bee Line and Lions Drag Strip on two successive weekends, a first in the history of the event. The race was split because the race had simply gotten too big to just be held at Bee Line. In 1967, 1,400 cars and 40,000 spectators had attended the Bee Line Winter Nationals.
Pay a visit to the decaying racing facility, which closed more than 35 years ago, and you might hear the sound of the wind blowing through its abandoned timing tower or the whisper of traffic from the nearby Beeline Highway, which inspired the bygone track's name. The only remnants of Beeline's racing past today are its three-story timing tower, where race organizers tracked the speed of competitors. The track itself is still there but is slowly being reclaimed by the sands of the Sonoran Desert like so many artifacts of bygone times. Like many other abandoned structures on the edges of the Valley, the building has become a canvas for graffiti artists, who have found their way through the fencing surrounding the property and left dozens of spent spraypaint cans after creating their works. Thankfully, graffiti artists haven't tagged the portion of the tower that features a fading and flaking advertisement for bygone Mesa business Saguaro Automotive, allowing a small reminder of the property's history as a local Mecca of drag racing.
Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature 'relic-ing' process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium BELLA+CANVAS 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can't be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you've dreamed of and more - it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
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*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.