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October 14, 1993 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Street racers applauded and cheered as the Board of Harbor Commissioners voted Wednesday to temporarily allow drag racing on Terminal Island--effectively creating the only legal drag strip in Los Angeles. "As of right now, all five of you commissioners are our heroes," said Willie A. (Big Willie) Robinson, president of the National and International Brotherhood of Street Racers. The strip will be on a site bordered by Navy Way, Seaside Avenue, Ferry Street and Terminal Way.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1993 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Street racers applauded and cheered as the Board of Harbor Commissioners voted Wednesday to temporarily allow drag racing on Terminal Island--effectively creating the only legal drag strip in Los Angeles. "As of right now, all five of you commissioners are our heroes," said Willie A. (Big Willie) Robinson, president of the National and International Brotherhood of Street Racers. The strip will be on a site bordered by Navy Way, Seaside Avenue, Ferry Street and Terminal Way.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1993
A plan to return drag-racing to Terminal Island came closer to reality this week when members of the Harbor Commission said they will approve the project if its organizers meet a set of strict conditions. Port staff had recommended that the board deny the National and International Brotherhood of Street Racers' request on the grounds that a drag strip is "incompatible with existing and future land uses of the area."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992
Ten years after the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners rejected his idea of building a drag strip at Los Angeles International Airport, Willie A. (Big Willie) Robinson is eyeing vacant airport property near Palmdale as an alternative site. Robinson, president and founder of the National and International Brotherhood of Street Racers, met this week with the commissioners to discuss his idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1993
The Board of Harbor Commissioners voted Wednesday to allow drag racing on Terminal Island--effectively creating the only legal drag strip in Los Angeles. "As of right now, all five of you commissioners are our heroes," said Willie A. (Big Willie) Robinson, president of the National & International Brotherhood of Street Racers. Racers in the audience cheered after the board voted and instantly began making plans for competitions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
"Big Willie" Robinson was a 6-foot-6, 300-pound former Los Angeles street racer, a gentle giant who promoted organized drag racing as a way to unite people of all races and classes and ease racial tensions. "When you get around cars, man, there ain't no colors, just engines," he told The Times in 1981. Willie Andrew Robinson III, 69, the founding president of the National and International Brotherhood of Street Racers that ran a drag strip on Terminal Island for many years, died Saturday of an infection that led to heart failure at Sharon Care Center in Los Angeles, said Bill Chaffin, a close friend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1993 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The thick, stinging smell of burned rubber is like incense and the roar of car engines sweeter than harp music to the hundreds of street racers who are in heaven because legal drag racing has returned to Los Angeles. For almost 10 years, drag racing fanatics have had to go to Palmdale or Bakersfield to test their machines legally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1993 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The thick, stinging smell of burned rubber was like incense and the roar of car engines sweeter than harp music to the hundreds of street racers who were in heaven Saturday because legal drag racing returned to Los Angeles. For almost 10 years, drag racing fanatics have had to go to Palmdale or Bakersfield to test their machines legally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Willie A. (Big Willie) Robinson is again promoting his plan to build a drag strip that would steer the interests of youngsters away from Uzi machine guns and crack pipes toward grease guns and chrome tailpipes. Ten years after the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners rejected his idea of building a drag strip at Los Angeles International Airport, Robinson is eyeing vacant airport property near Palmdale as an alternative site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1993 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A plan to return drag-racing to Terminal Island came closer to reality Wednesday when Harbor Commission members said they will approve the project if its organizers meet a set of strict conditions. Port staff had recommended that the board deny the National and International Brotherhood of Street Racers' request, on the grounds that a drag strip for street racers is "incompatible with existing and future land uses of the area."
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