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Shuffletown Dragway

21 Mar

If you go up Bellhaven Boulevard going towards the Coulwood Neighborhood you may notice Shuffletown Park on the right within eyesight of I-485.  If you go past the baseball fields and dog park you will notice some pavement that may resemble a street.  This is the remains of the old Shuffletown Dragstrip, which was closed in 1996 after residents complained about the noise from races held there.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the raceway was opened in 1958 when the area was more rural.  As progress and growth growth followed, so did those who wanted their peace and quiet and was not fond of listening to the drag races in their backyard.  While googling the dragway, I found this YouTube Video that was uploaded on September 11, 2008 by diamondpvideo (which can be found at https:///www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNpOG8Hl4II) – this is a good look into amature drag racing in a period before the ZMax Dragway was built near the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Today, the park takes up a lot of the old track property but there are remnants left if you look carefully:

Remains of the old pavement.  Picture taken by the author.

Remains of the old pavement. Picture taken by the author.

Remains of the electric poles used at the Shuffletown Dragway.  Picture taken by author.

Remains of the electric poles used at the Shuffletown Dragway. Picture taken by author.

I’m so glad that the land is not being forgotten, but is being used for good.  While a part of Mecklenburg County’s rural past has been erased in the name of progress, at least you can still see some if you look carefully.

I accessed the Charlotte Observer via their website: Sportsplex Delays Might Not Affect Opening Date by Karen Sullivan, Charlotte Observer September 8, 2008 accessed March 21, 2015.

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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in History, Neighborhoods, Places

 

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5 responses to “Shuffletown Dragway

  1. FRED JONES

    January 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I saw Ohio George Montgomery, Don garlits & that swamp rat slingshot & t v. tommy Ivo all at the same event back in the 1960’s there are not many people that can say they witnessed history as I did on that great sunny Sunday afternoon. # 1 drag racing fanatic & faithful fan Freddy jones Gastonia n.c. thanks for letting me share that story.

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  2. Bill Randolph

    May 7, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    anyone aware of something on the Shuffletown Park property that goes MUCH further back in history than the old Shuffletown Dragway?

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  3. Bill Randolph

    May 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    anyone aware of what else is on the Shuffletown Park property that goes MUCH further back in history than the Shuffletown Dragway?

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  4. Rick

    July 6, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I have great memories of Shuffletown Dragstrip. Really pisses me off that the Dragstrip was there long before the houses were. Idiot builders knew the Dragstrip was noisey but built beside it anyhow. Then the goofballs complain about the noise. That’s like building beside a dam then complaining about the water.

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    • Bill Randolph

      July 6, 2017 at 2:40 am

      Couldn’t agree with you more, my friend. There is a degree of hypocrisy by those that got it closed down. I frequently go on walks on the paved trail there at Shuffletown Park, per my cardiologist’s recommendation, and occasionally will walk the old, abandoned dragstrip, or whats left of it, and remember some good times I’ve spent there. Then, occasionally, will go and look at the remains of the old Dunn Gold Mine adjacent to the Park, and try, in my mind, to picture it as it was in it’s heyday, with the stamp mill running and would-be miners converging in the area, each one hoping to strike it rich.,

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