THE SNAKE, MONGOOSE AND LIONS: BIXBY KNOLLS GIVES THANKS FOR THE MEMORIESBy LBReport.com
Forty years after Don Prudomme and Tom McEwen rocketed down the quarter mile at Lion’s Drag Strip in a legendary showdown that’s become known as The Last Drag Race, the former rivals will be at the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show this Saturday (July 14) to share memories with one another and their fans.
This is the seventh edition of the popular annual event, which runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue between Roosevelt Road and San Antonio Drive—the stretch blocked off in an echo of the way street racers once did it illegally when the Greater Long Beach area was still something of an island surrounded by ocean, oil fields, dairies and farms.
The Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show will present more than 200 classics and special categories—not counting Don “The Snake” and Tom “The Mongoose,” themselves—and pays tribute to the late, great Lions Drag Strip (1955-1972), Long Beach’s long lost place in racing history.
For information, go to the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show website.