Lions Drag Strip was a US raceway in the Wilmington district of Los Angeles, California adjacent to Long Beach that existed from 1955 to 1972. The track was named after its sponsors Lions Clubs International and featured many races that were sanctioned by the AHRA and NHRA. As the area surrounding the track increased in population, complaints regarding noise were made to government officials and subsequently, efforts were made to deny the operators of track continued use of the facility. The track was opened with a 30 notice clause that could be enforced at any time and on November 2, 1972 that notice was given. After the last races took place on December 2, 1972, the track was torn down through the efforts of the Los Angeles Harbor Department to make space for overseas shipping cargo containers which exists to this day at 223rd Street & Alameda Street in Wilmington, CA. The abandoned track location remained for over 10 years until it was developed into the mega container facility by the L.A. Harbor Commission. The 1971/72 noise issue was/is seen as a political ruse to close the track by many local fans, though this cannot be substantiated. This same scenario has been repeated across the country as residential areas develop around older racing facilities. This design includes a large back print celebrating the event and a front print featuring the racin' at the beach track signage.
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