Aviation Days at York Airport will feature York US30 Dragway display


York US30 Dragway will be featured prominently during this year's annual Aviation Days at the York Airport on June 17-18.

The dragway played a significant role in the history of the airport, but ceased operation in October of 1979.

This year, during Aviation Days, there will be a display of four drag-racing vehicles as part of a York US30 Heritage Days display that will outline the history of the dragway.

The Nishwitz and Barnhart A/Competition Coupe will be featured at Aviation Days at the York Airport on June 17-18.

There will also be a display from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

The normal Aviation Days display features 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 track was operational at the airport 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, the 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 known as “the Woodstock of Drag Racing.”

The hours for Aviation Days will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days.

The event Is free to the public.