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Jensen wrote DSL: "A paved road ran west from Webster St. The Oakland auto club ran drags there, no timing or classes.
They were not bothered by cops as it was private property!
It was called the West Coast Championship Drag Races.
Eight thousand spectators watched Tony Waters take the top eliminator prize in his GMC-powered roadster.
In 1953 races were regularly held on the first Sunday of each month.
This track held NHRA-sanctioned races conducted by the Optimist Club and Antelope Valley Timing Association on the fourth Sunday.
The Bakersfield Smokers Timing Association conducted the first 1/4-mile drag race on September 9, 1951.
In the first season, drag races were held 25 miles south of Bakersfield on Highway 99 to Mettler Station, then seven miles west on the Maricopa Cutoff.
Don Jensen, a DSL reader who first started drag racing in California in 1950, interviewed Jack Hagemann (1916-2009) in 2007 about the early years of drag racing.
Jack told him about drag racing that happened in Alameda from 1931-33.
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In late June 1959, Ira Mahoney won top eliminator in what appears to be an all-cycle drag race. Kibbe of Lancaster had top speed of the event with a 123.47 MPH run.