Kansas City Timing Association

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Kansas City's Drag Strip, scene from opening July 17, 1955.
The Kansas City Timing Association annual from 1956.
The Dragettes was an all-girl hot rod club from Kansas City, Missouri. They were members of the Kansas City Timing Association, and according to The Southeast Missourian - Apr 21, 1959 the Dragettes was the only all-girl hot rod club in Kansas City. At the time, the club consisted of seven members. The members were either wives or sweethearts of members of other clubs.

The Kansas City Timing Association was established in 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri. The club consisted of a gang of enthusiasts from the Kansas City area. The guys in the club contacted a lawyer, and got the KCTA name incorporated so they could hold drag races. The club held drag races at an old WWII emergency air field that they rented from the chamber of commerce in Edna, Kansas for $35.00 a month. Bob Taylor was president of the club at the time. KCTA held officially sanctioned and insured drag races, with classes of cars and safety inspections sanctioned through the National Hot Rod Association.[1]

In 1955 Ray Erickson was elected president of the KCTA. By then the club consisted of about a dozen members. The same year the Kansas City Police Department asked interested parties and car enthusiasts to attend a meeting regarding the illegal street racing problem in Kansas City. At the meeting, who was held at Masonic Temple in Kansas City, the Kansas City Police Department said that the city needed proper clubs, and one association of the same clubs to deal with the Police. Present from the Police Department was an official named Major Eugene Pond. The KCTA informed Major that their club was already incorporated, and that they had the perfect name for such an association. So they agreed to donate their name to the new drag strip and associated clubs.

After the KCTA became the association that organized the other clubs, the original club changed name to the Kansas City Cranktwisters. After the meeting Major Pond got the Kansas City Southern Railway to lease property to build a dragstrip on Front Streep near the river, he also got Midwest Precote to build the dragstrip. The dragstrip should afterwards be paid off from gate receipts collected from spectators at races. At that time Ray Erickson, who was president of the Kansas City Cranktwisters, was also elected by the KCTA officers to be president of the KCTA. Along with Major Pond, Ray signed a note for $60,000 to build the drag strip.[1] The new drag strip was opened july 17, 1955.

In 1956 NHRA wanted to hold official National Drag Races in Kansa City at the newly made strip. NHRA wanted the strip wider and longer, so Major Pond and Ray signed another note for $10,00 for improvements. After improving the strip, the National Drag Races were successfully held with huge crowds attending.[1]

Officers of 1956 were Ray Lee Erickson that acted as President. Robert Taylor that acted as Vice-President, William Rodgers that acted as Treasurer, Lee Williams that acted as Secretary, and Lee Dorrell that acted as Liaison Officer.[2]

In 1957 Ray declined renomination as President, as both family and work were pressing him for time.[1]

Ray Erickson engraved and had castings made for both the KCTA and the Cranktwisters plaque. Later on, Ray made a silicone rubber mould for John Povenmire ho had the plaques duplicated.

Member Clubs

Coachmen of Kansas City
Crank Twisters
Dragging Diplomats
Flying Cams
Gear Grinders
Grandview Stockers
Johnson County Road Knights
Kansas City Coupes
Kansas City Cranktwisters
Kansas City Dragettes
Kansas Customs
Kansas Road Runners
Oil Burners
Road Aces
Road Knights KCK
Trophy Bandits


Lee Dorrell
Lee Williams
Ray Lee Erickson
Robert Taylor
William Rodgers



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