Highland Lakes Timing Association -Est. 1956
The Highland Lakes Timing Association (HLTA) was established in the central Texas area in 1956. Common for the era, most of the racing was held in World War II-constructed training air field grounds. In general, the regional associations would be constructed primarily of local car clubs and individuals looking to get organized to promote the new sport of drag racing and to create a safe place to race. In magazine publications and club subscriptions, all regional timing associations and car clubs were to be structured closely with the association founded by Wally Parks in 1951 -the NHRA. Stop watch timers and flag man starters were the common tools of the trade. The idea was for all regional winners to move on into the semi finals and have a chance to race all the semi finalist from across the state. The regional semi finals were held at Caddo Mills where the NHRA safari team also hosted a meet and greet with the contestants. The finalists moved on to the NHRA nationals. The HLTA’s history was short-lived like many others but the racers and the drag racing sport moved on to the new era of established drag strips. Today, as a non-profit assoc. based on a group of people built by friendship along with Texas car clubs the new ‘HLTA’ carries on the tradition of rolling back time to 1956. We tell a story of how it was done.
Some of the best racing goes on at Little River Drag way, go and click on the link to see what’s in store for you on the schedule at: http://littleriverdragway.com/
Examples of drag racers and Car Club members who participated in forming organized drag racing in the central area. -Austin American Statesman News 1950 – 1956