During the 1960s in California, events like the Watts Riots had politicians and lawmakers searching for answers as to how to keep their streets safe and Big Willie Robinson was one of the people they turned to. Willie reasoned that one way to get people off the streets and into a controlled environment was to build a local drag strip so that young men and women would have a place to go. This would not only help to take racing off the streets but it would create a community for like minded racers. Due to his efforts the city donated a strip of land on Terminal Island so that a drag strip could be constructed. From the 1970’s until the late 1990’s Brotherhood Raceway Park ran events that helped keep kids off the streets and on the straight and narrow.