Beeline Dragway: A Decaying Blast From Phoenix's Racing Past

Categories: Hidden Valley

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Benjamin Leatherman
The timing tower at the old Beeline Dragway outside of Mesa.
The barren land surrounding the Beeline Dragway outside of Mesa can be a quiet place.

Pay a visit to the decaying racing facility, which closed more than 35 years ago, and you might hear the sound of the wind blowing through its abandoned timing tower or the whisper of traffic from the nearby Beeline Highway, which inspired the bygone track's name.

Had you visited back in the day (specifically a 15-year stretch during the '60s and '70s), the place was alive with the roar of souped-up engines, squealing tires, and the clamor of thousands gathered in its grandstands, as the Beeline Dragway was one of the premier racing destinations in the Valley.

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A remnant from the dragway's racing past.

Built in 1963 by local entrepreneur Jim Rogers on land leased from the Salt River Pima Indian tribe, the facility featured a pair of quarter-mile asphalt lanes where fired-up four wheel speed machines burnt rubber and shot forward at breakneck speeds of well over 200 miles-per-hour.

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The Beeline Dragway back in the day.

Tricked-out muscle cars that were wildly popular amongst motorheads in that era - including Dodge Chargers, Ford Mustangs, and Pontiac GTO - regularly raced at the track, earning screams of delight from crowds as drivers put their pedals to the metal. The long and skinny custom-built dragster vehicles that are widely associated with the sport were also a common sight at the Beeline.



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Beeline Dragway

14263 Beeline Highway, Scottsdale, AZ

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3 comments
dc57chevy
dc57chevy

I bought the rights trademark 1998. I was the first women starter from Tucson Drag Way. I use to do shows with Rick Lynch. I was head tech at Tucson. I owned Speed Hut Speed Shop. That was the good old days

VernStedman
VernStedman

I do not believe this place ever existed.

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