The abrupt news of Atco Dragway in Atco, NJ closing forever after 67 years sent shockwaves and sorrow throughout the motorsports and drag racing community.
In this video we take one last drive to this closed down drag strip to see it’s current state and relive some of the special memories that made Atco so dear to Cycledrag, including traveling there as a young boy with my father and family, watching motorcycle drag racing legends like Larry “Spiderman” McBride, Elmer Trett, Jim McClure, Dave Schultz, John Myers, the start of the AMA / Prostar series, a Top Fuel Motorcycle explosion the Spiderman was lucky to survive and a ton of other cool memories.
We also talk about what we can do to prevent more drag strips from closing as top NHRA teams from Tony Stewart racing, to Mike Salinas to the Capco Boys of Torrence Racing have all commented on what must be done to keep drag strips open after watching the closure of Atlanta Dragway, Houston Raceway Park, Bandimere Speedway and so many more.
We pay homage to a lot of great people who have passed on including “Atco” Joe Sway who was in charge of the iconic racetrack for so many years. Join me for this trip down memory lane to Atco Dragway in New Jersey.