Dan Franks' Tribute To

Local Legends

Welcome.........UPDATED........01-12-2015......01-24-2014.... Racecars For Sale Page............MORE STUFF COMING!!!!.......Chance Leishman Franks............

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Playland Memories:

Howard Koziol

Jim Taggart

Don Rasmussen

The Stenders

Darlene Rowe

Dave Rankin

Stan Shinabargar

Gerald Leazenby Lotsa PICS!!

Jim Brennan

Dan Marr

Dale Swanson 

Cool Playland Stuff:

Track Photos  

 Race Results dating back to 1947, Most of 68-77 are here.

 Memorabilia Brochure and  Centennial Program 

History Page Lots of info!

 1956 NASCAR RACE Did you see it?

Racecars and parts for Sale


Onawa Pictures

More Shop Photos

 ODDS and ENDS emails and such.


Playland Cars Today Where are they now?


Is this Glenn Robey's Old Coupe??

If you know the location of ANY of the old Playland cars, coupes, Bronco cars, Super stocks, Get pictures and send them to me! Let's get them out of mothballs (or ditches) and onto the track.  e-mail at playland@excite.com 

There are several OPEN race events each year to race  'em . 

Here is One Event

Please Support these Businesses!!  


Main Street Cafe 102 So. Main Street in council bluffs.  

For you bikers out there...


If you are a Vietnam Era Vet, contact us through our website:



Tell them "RACER" sent you!

Join the Patriot Guard.  It's free to join. You don't need to be a veteran or a motorcycle rider.  Just need to respect the service and sacrifice of others. www.patriotguard.org

Contact race_66@yahoo.com

Onawa Pics

More shop pics


Welcome Playland Speedway Fans!  To my  tribute to the late, great Playland Speedway. With the help of many good folks, we hope to bring you a glimpse of the storied past of Playland Speedway. There are hours of reading here! 

Playland in 1976

Click on picture to see Playland Aerial Photos



Racecars and parts for Sale

Council Bluffs Drive-In - dedicated to the last drive-in in the entire area. The drive-in is closed forever, replaced by Google's "water-feature".  

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Press the f5 refresh key to be sure you have the latest changes!! 

You'll find the web pages of nearly 40  Playland Drivers   HERE!!  


Click here to read about the the last  reunion in 2006  St


Click here to read about the 2005  reunion!!  St

Click here to see the April  2004 Reunion pics!!

Click here to see the Nov 2003 Reunion pics!!


the playland t-shirts are Nearly gone and for sale locally only.

Click here for details!!


Questions? email   race_66@yahoo.com  

 Lee Ackerman from the Nebraska Racing hall of Fame recently sent  writeups on Bud Burdick, Bob Burdick and Bob Kosiski that appear in the driver pages .

My Baby The "DEVIL WOMAN" 46 Ford Coupe 

At The The Cornhusker Vintage Nationals


I do a little racing myself, as a member of GOTRA since 1997. www.gotra.com  I've been racing coupes on dirt tracks within a 150 +/- mile radius of Council Bluffs. My son Jeremy started racing a few years ago as well. VISIT BACKYARD RACING our pages dedicated to our vintage racing effort.


Click to visit the Backyard Racing  Page.

Playland Speedway was originally a dog track.  The dog track was started by none other than infamous gangland czar Meyer Lansky, who in 1941, spent $50,000 building the Council Bluffs dog track and grandstand.  The Dodge Park Kennel Club was it's name........  Click here to visit the History Page for the rest of the story!

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I would like to publish your remembrances as well, so e-mail me at race_66@yahoo.com or  playland@excite.com with your stories of Playland days. 


I would be remiss if I didn't mention the moral support I've received from folks like Howard Koziol, Darrell Taylor, Dave Hellerich and Dave Hubbard, Don Ronk and the Vandoorns. Other behind the scenes folks like Kim Elder and Kim Robey who have  helped get the "Big Ones", Glenn Robey a "big one" himself who put me on to Bobby Parker, and Bud Pash.

Note from Dan:  Glenn Robey's  Alpine serves great broasted chicken, and is located on Calhoun Road, north of the 30th st exit off I-680 in Omaha, Ne.  Visit Glenn if you get the chance.  Tell him Dan Franks sent you.  Hopefully, he won't hold that against you!


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