In 1951, several pioneer drag racers opened one
of the Midwest's first drag strips known by local
racing enthusiasts as the "Fulton Airport
Champions Raceway." For the next eight years
half-brothers Art and Walt Arfons, Otis "Otie"
Smith, and "Akron Arlen" Vanke raced here.
Both Arfons, who were long time bitter rivals,
at one point held the world land speed record.
Otie, the first president of the Cam Jammers
car club in Akron, won the National Hot Rod
Association's 1959 championship. Vanke won many
national championships as a Stock, Super Stock,
and Pro Stock racer.