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no place like home

Burlingame, CA

#1 Aug 21, 2010
Do you have any photo's of the drag races at utica rome speedway from 1970s? Remember the the excitement on saturday nights? Mr.'Z" 69 camaro,vs.'KONG camaro The mini-bike dragbike that used to strike fear into the field of motor cycle eliminator contestants.All the regulars pairing off weekley-causing the spectators to bet and exchange money after race in open view--Those were the days--Are you the same Tom Loughlin?
glenn beck

Watertown, NY

#2 Aug 21, 2010
What a waste of 3 minutes, Tom obviously politics and photography are not your strong points. Try going back to selling insurance....
I was there and saw it

Rome, NY

#3 Aug 21, 2010
no place like home wrote:
The mini-bike dragbike that used to strike fear into the field of motor cycle eliminator contestants.
The black Honda 750 that the kid from Chenango ran used to kick everybodies butt including the McCulluch minibike run by the Jacobs kid. The Jacobs kid used to have to run along with the minibike to get it going.
Utica Rome Dragway

Rome, NY

#4 Aug 21, 2010
I have pictures of UR Dragway, the jet cars, the funny cars, TV Tommy Ivo, and a slew of others. Some pictures are even taken from the tower.

Were you there the night the jet car blew over the popcorn stand?
TELJr

United States

#5 Feb 5, 2011
Utica Rome Dragway wrote:
I have pictures of UR Dragway, the jet cars, the funny cars, TV Tommy Ivo, and a slew of others. Some pictures are even taken from the tower.
Were you there the night the jet car blew over the popcorn stand?
Sure was.
TELJr

United States

#6 Feb 5, 2011
no place like home wrote:
Do you have any photo's of the drag races at utica rome speedway from 1970s? Remember the the excitement on saturday nights? Mr.'Z" 69 camaro,vs.'KONG camaro The mini-bike dragbike that used to strike fear into the field of motor cycle eliminator contestants.All the regulars pairing off weekley-causing the spectators to bet and exchange money after race in open view--Those were the days--Are you the same Tom Loughlin?
Answer is "yup."
TELJr
TELJr

United States

#7 Feb 5, 2011
glenn beck wrote:
What a waste of 3 minutes, Tom obviously politics and photography are not your strong points. Try going back to selling insurance....
Dear Mr or Mrs Ansel Adams,
Thanks for the critique. I will try to do better. I would be unforgivably egotistical (and wrong) if ,too, did not feel there was room for improvement.
As far as politics, you are dead right. You won't get a breath of argument from me.
While we both await an upswing in my talent, may God's blessings and the love of Christ enfold you.
TEL Jr.
no place like home

Newark, NJ

#8 Feb 7, 2011
Lets all be thankfull that Tom Loughlin Jr has the talent and passion to be there during these treasured times of drag racing at utica rome dragway.Tom is a ICON and great photographer who I am very thankfull to have crossed paths with on my life journey. I owned and drove the G/MB dragbike minibike which held the track record at UR 1/8 mile dragway at 9,08et at 77mph
no place like home

Newark, NJ

#9 Feb 7, 2011
The jacobs kid ran a drag minibike at UR. Then the aiello kid ran a drag mini bike which held the g/mb track record.the dragbike ran between 9.20s---9.50s at 70-75mph and never lost class runoffs with 250-350cc motocycles.winning your class got you into motocycle eliminator with now different hadicaps based on your class and figured into the starting line X-mass tree lights.Just for the record the aiello drag minibike won motocycle eliminator one time that season, and took runner up also one time that season.all the other weeks always winning class and making to the semi-finals quite often.oh--i forgot to mention that tbe night aiello won motocycle eliminator with a packed standing and betting crowd--aiello g/mb dragbike took a 4 light handicap headstart from the black 750 honda dragbike that used to kick everybodies butt , and lite the win light --much to the delight of the crowd.Sweet Victory!!!!!
no place like home

Newark, NJ

#10 Feb 7, 2011
I was there and saw it wrote:
<quoted text>
The black Honda 750 that the kid from Chenango ran used to kick everybodies butt including the McCulluch minibike run by the Jacobs kid. The Jacobs kid used to have to run along with the minibike to get it going.
T i was there and i not onlysaw it -- but i lived it-- and i drove it--i am so happy to hear fromsome one who was there during these great times of drag racing--keep posting --bring back the memories....
TELJr

Vernon Center, NY

#11 Mar 3, 2011
The Utica Rome Photos---drag and stock car are being reassembled right now thanks to the encouragement of folks like you and supporting shops. Thanks for your kind expressions. and wait'll you see the end result a 40 year class reunion for a class which hasn't had a reunion since graduation.
TEL Jr.
no place like home wrote:
Lets all be thankfull that Tom Loughlin Jr has the talent and passion to be there during these treasured times of drag racing at utica rome dragway.Tom is a ICON and great photographer who I am very thankfull to have crossed paths with on my life journey. I owned and drove the G/MB dragbike minibike which held the track record at UR 1/8 mile dragway at 9,08et at 77mph

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Since: May 11

Geneva, NY

#12 May 4, 2011
no place like home wrote:
Do you have any photo's of the drag races at utica rome speedway from 1970s? Remember the the excitement on saturday nights? Mr.'Z" 69 camaro,vs.'KONG camaro The mini-bike dragbike that used to strike fear into the field of motor cycle eliminator contestants.All the regulars pairing off weekley-causing the spectators to bet and exchange money after race in open view--Those were the days--Are you the same Tom Loughlin?
Yes and the photos will be for sale by August.

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Since: May 11

Geneva, NY

#13 May 4, 2011
no place like home wrote:
<quoted text>T i was there and i not onlysaw it -- but i lived it-- and i drove it--i am so happy to hear fromsome one who was there during these great times of drag racing--keep posting --bring back the memories....
IF you enjoyed the black Honda knocking me off week after week on my Triumph dragster, and the "no longer a kid" Neil Jacobs (51 years old now) racing his minibike to 90 mph clockings at ESTA...dig this
"slide-o" (slide video) I made at Valdosta Ga last fall...ENJOY !

http://youtu.be/_XSBqPJCEjs
I ran the Black 750 Honda

Utica, NY

#15 May 5, 2011
Somebody sent me the link to this conversation. I ran the black 750 Honda and can prove it - I still have the gas tank hanging in my cellar with 4 UR Speedway decals on it.

About the mini bikes: I never lost to them, period. Oh, I had my share of losses as does any drag racer, but the 2 minibikes that ran never took any money away from me.

The best story I can tell about UR is the night it came down to a Harley lay-down dragster ran by (Buzzy?) Bennett, Neil Jacobs on his McCollough minibike and myself. None of us had by-runs yet, so the pit steward pulled 3 cards and told us whoever pulled the Ace of Spades got the by-run. Neil starts blabbering about never having the by-run and asks if he can have it anyway.

I ignored him and pulled a card - and it was the Ace of Spades! I got the by run.

Jacobs and the Harley dragbike line up, Jacobs gets what seemed like 2+ full trees and I was right behind them watching the whole thing.

When the tree lit green for the Harley, all I heard was RRRRRRRRRoar and I watched to see who would get the win light.

Bennett did, and I took my by-run. When I stopped to talk with the 2 guys on the return road, they were laughing their ass off and telling me they had never seen anything like it. When the Harley caught Jacobs in the traps, he went by him so fast the minibike started wavering side to side. I laughed and headed back to the start line to be either Eliminator or runner-up (both paid $ and at that time I was poor - it was lunch money for the week; if I lost I starved).

I got 2 lights, and Bennett did catch me in the traps and won.

But I didn't care. I got to watch the best and funniest motorcycle drag race ever from the best spot in the house - the staging lane.

Like Tom, I also have a roll or two of 35mm photos taken at UR, and Tom, we should get together and compare sometime.

But I never lost to any minibikes, no matter what sort of stories float out here. Oh, I also have all my timecards and plenty of UR Speedway unused decals too. Good memories.

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Since: May 11

Fairport, NY

#16 May 8, 2011
I ran the Black 750 Honda wrote:
Somebody sent me the link to this conversation. I ran the black 750 Honda and can prove it - I still have the gas tank hanging in my cellar with 4 UR Speedway decals on it.
About the mini bikes: I never lost to them, period. Oh, I had my share of losses as does any drag racer, but the 2 minibikes that ran never took any money away from me.
The best story I can tell about UR is the night it came down to a Harley lay-down dragster ran by (Buzzy?) Bennett, Neil Jacobs on his McCollough minibike and myself. None of us had by-runs yet, so the pit steward pulled 3 cards and told us whoever pulled the Ace of Spades got the by-run. Neil starts blabbering about never having the by-run and asks if he can have it anyway.
I ignored him and pulled a card - and it was the Ace of Spades! I got the by run.
Jacobs and the Harley dragbike line up, Jacobs gets what seemed like 2+ full trees and I was right behind them watching the whole thing.
When the tree lit green for the Harley, all I heard was RRRRRRRRRoar and I watched to see who would get the win light.
Bennett did, and I took my by-run. When I stopped to talk with the 2 guys on the return road, they were laughing their ass off and telling me they had never seen anything like it. When the Harley caught Jacobs in the traps, he went by him so fast the minibike started wavering side to side. I laughed and headed back to the start line to be either Eliminator or runner-up (both paid $ and at that time I was poor - it was lunch money for the week; if I lost I starved).
I got 2 lights, and Bennett did catch me in the traps and won.
But I didn't care. I got to watch the best and funniest motorcycle drag race ever from the best spot in the house - the staging lane.
Like Tom, I also have a roll or two of 35mm photos taken at UR, and Tom, we should get together and compare sometime.
But I never lost to any minibikes, no matter what sort of stories float out here. Oh, I also have all my timecards and plenty of UR Speedway unused decals too. Good memories.
Thanks for the details...that's fun. Amazing how things stick in our minds.
Come by Mohawk Automotive out on Commercial Drive across from Symeons sometime and bring the shots...we'll reminisce !
Tom Loughlin Jr.
no place like home

Watertown, NY

#17 Jun 22, 2011
any pics of the g/mb mini drag bike?
Utica Rome Dragway wrote:
I have pictures of UR Dragway, the jet cars, the funny cars, TV Tommy Ivo, and a slew of others. Some pictures are even taken from the tower.
Were you there the night the jet car blew over the popcorn stand?
No place like home

Sutton, MA

#18 Dec 1, 2012
For the record the McCollough mini drag bike owned & driven by Doug Aiello did beat the 750 drag bike for bike eliminator. Just verify & ask the racers & fans who were there!!
Allen J Bagg J

Ithaca, NY

#19 Dec 8, 2014
I was there and saw it wrote:
<quoted text>
The black Honda 750 that the kid from Chenango ran used to kick everybodies butt including the McCulluch minibike run by the Jacobs kid. The Jacobs kid used to have to run along with the minibike to get it going.
Hi, I'm Allen J. Bagg and I origanally built the laydown Mccullach fuel minibike dragbike as well as several previous versions. I raced here and at Cicero. I gave it to Neil Jacobs when I started racing motocross in '71 or '72. And if Neil only got 77mph out of it then I hold the record. Somewhere buried in my old records I have timeslips of speeds in the 80s. I used a McCulloch 101b of 118cc with a full circle stufed aftermarket crank, magneto/ flywheel off an Olson &Rice motor, two Tillotson carbs with the fuel passageways drilled out, transfer ports filled with epoxy and aluminum chips and finger ports replacing them with cooresponding holes machined in the piston(to increase crankcase compression ratio and to cool the piston) and had a plate of aluminum on the top and bottom of the motor with stressed allthread to keep the block from separateing due to high cylinder pressures. It had very high compression that with a 28% nitro, 10% klotz oil, the remainder being methanol. to this mix i added 4oz. per gallon of acetone. once warm this motor would diesal and had to have the fuel cutof to shutdown. The motor seals had to have sheet metal plates held with screws to kep them from blowing out. After launch i would reach down with one hand and screw the jets out a couple turns to richen the mix on the high end. The centrifical clutch was hand made in my mothers cellar, with a fabricated shell and shoes ground from a broke up iron engine block. I found the spring for the clutch in my grandfathers spare parts bin. The clutch did not begin to engage until 11,000 rpm and was squirted full of a mix of STP and Marvel before the launch to keep it on the pipe pulling my single spped tal gearing. My mother would sit on the bike while I fired it with a dolly mounted 2hp briggs and a v belt connection. I filled the fuel lines with a gas oil mix before being fired. The same gearing produced 100 mph time slips at cicero at over 18000rpm. It always ran better on the return road and one time i did a wheelie the ful length of the return road at cicero for the crowd.

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