York US30 Dragway to be Highlighted at Annual York Aviation Days

York, PA – York US30 Dragway was an important part of the history of the York Airport in Thomasville. The track was operational as South Penn Dragway from 1955 to 1959 and operated on Sundays under​ ​the auspices of the Hanover Rod and Custom Club and Oscar Hostetter, then​ ​owner of the airport. In​ ​1960 the drag racing operation at the airport became known as York US30​ ​Drag-O-Way under the​ ​​direction of Bill Holz, Henry Weber, and Oscar Hostetter, and operated on​ ​Saturday nights. The dragway​ ​became world renowned in 1965 with the presentation of the Super Stock​ ​Nationals an event to this​ ​day known as "the Woodstock of Drag Racing."

The dragway played a significant role in the history of the airport and will be included in this year’s​ annual Aviation Days with a display of four drag racing vehicles, a York US30 Heritage Days display​ outlining the history of the dragway and a display from the Eastern Museum​ ​of Motor Racing. The​ ​annual Aviation Days event takes place on Father’s Day weekend June 17-18th.​ ​Hours will be 9 a.m.​ ​to 5 p.m. both days.

The normal Aviation Days display will feature bi-planes, and World War II​ ​aircraft, in addition to airplane and helicopter rides. The drag racing display will include the "Old Reliable" Camaro of Mike​ ​Strickler, son of drag racing​ ​legend Dave Strickler, who was a regular at the dragway. Richard Hahn will​ ​have his B/Fuel Dragster​ ​along with Karl Nishwitz with the Nishwitz and Barnhart A/Competition Coupe​ ​and Gary Swenson’s​ ​’55 Chevrolet gasser.

The days provide a combination of aviation history and drag racing history​ ​rolled into two days of memorable moments at the York Airport. The dragway ceased operations in​ ​October 1979. The event Is open "FREE" to the public.​

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