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Clayton/Deer Park HIstorical Society "Mortarboard"

November 19, 2013

By GREG FURY and PETER COFFIN
The following is an excerpt from the historical society’s article “Drag Racing at Deer Park.”
In late 1969, Orville Moe and the Spokane Timing Association announced that they would be building a $2,000,000 racing complex in western Spokane County and this was recorded in the November 19, 1969, Deer Park City Council meeting notes.
The five-year contract between the Spokane Timing Association and the Town of Deer Park was terminated.
A new group, known as Deer Park Raceway Incorporated, and Ray Moss of Spokane had signed a five-year lease with Deer Park for use of the southern runway for a seasonal rental of $7,000 to be paid between the months of April through September each year.
The lease contained a clause that the Deer Park Raceway Incorporated could break their lease with the city in the event that a “competitive race track” was going to be ready for the 1974 season so the Deer Park airport could no long be the site of drag racing.
The attraction of the Deer Park drag strip did not end in 1974. In 2005, the Deer Park drag strip reunion was held at the fairgrounds in south Deer Park. All of the following reunions were held on the lot of Parkway Automotive.
Many individuals who raced and had been spectators attended and brought their cars for show. Over time, the reunion has grown with several hundred cars being on display, including some of the original dragsters.

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