Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Akron Fulton Airport Champions Raceway
Erected 2016 by Akron Airport Racing Pioneers and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 47-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 2.547′ N, 81° 27.78′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of Triplett Boulevard (Ohio Route 241) and Masillon Road Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Triplett Blvd, Akron OH 44306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Airdock (here, next to this marker); Karl Arnstein (here, next to this marker); Motorless Flight (a few steps from this marker); The Soap Box Derby (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alaskan Totem Pole (approx. 0.4 miles away); Franklin Augustus "F. A." Seiberling and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (approx. 2 miles away); Middlebury Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Middlebury Lodge No. 34 F.&A.M. (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
More about this marker. Marker was cast in 2015 but was erected in 2016 and dedicated June 19th of that year.
Also see . . .
1. Ohio to Honor Drag Legends Arfons, Smith & Vanke with Special Historical Marker. 2016 staff article in On All Cylinders blog. Excerpt:
During the early 1950s, the runway at Akron Fulton Airport in Akron, OH became the first National Hot Rod Association sanctioned drag race track east of the Mississippi. It was here that drag racing legends Art and Walt Arfons, Otis “Otie” Smith, and “Akron” Arlen Vanke began their incredible careers.(Submitted on November 19, 2019.)
The four drag racing pioneers will be the subjects of an Ohio Historical Marker plaque dedication on Father’s Day, June 19th, at the Akron Fulton Airport to honor their
2. The Early Days of Drag Racing: 1950-1970. 2017 article by Robert Tate in MotorCities. Excerpt:
The history of drag racing started when a group of automotive enthusiasts decided to make high performing cars and race each other in parts of southern California and on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. The sport wasn’t “officially” founded until June 19, 1950 when CJ Pappy Hart organized first commercial drag race on a runway at Orange County Airport.(Submitted on November 20, 2019.)
After that, It didn’t take long for the spectators to flock to this new and super-charged sporting event. The American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) has developed a large following of loyal fans since its inception in 1955. Over the years, drag racing spread to every major city in the U.S. from coast to coast.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on November 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.