Every city has it’s own little stretch of road that locals use as their private raceway. They exist in every state, in every city and in every small town. For example, if you grew up or lived in one of the five boroughs of New York you ran on Connecting Highway. This was a quarter mile link between the Gowanus Parkway and the Triborough Bridge and was the urban drag strip used to source out who had the fastest car in the boroughs. A lot of these guys came from Queens and in fact, much of the photo’s you’ll see on the Connecting Highway website where taken at a place called Astoria Park in, you guessed it, Astoria. I used to live in Astoria at 28th & Ditmars to be exact, and I can tell you that from the photo’s, the park looks exactly the same now as it did 40 years ago. It is the true and quintessential New York City park.
Those out in sunny California utilized Mullholland Drive in Los Angeles County. I have driven Mullholland and to say it’s one of the best roads in the country would be an understatement. It’s twists and turns go on for miles and you’d have to be dead for it not to leave a smile on your face after you drove it. Mullholland was a road racers paradise and was a completely different animal than that of the straight line runs that the Connecting Highway was famous for. Like I said, some places had straight line runs and others yearned for the turns. Whichever you prefer, local race tracks like these spawned gear heads all over America and helped to keep this great hobby alive.