As a racer there are very few things better than unbridled horsepower and whiplash-inducing acceleration. The smell of fresh laid rubber, eye-burning nitro fuel and the heart-stopping sound of horsepower rocketing away from the starting line is what feeds this maniacal addiction called racing. It’s why competitors spend many long nights wrenching and thousands of dollars looking for just fractions of a second in the unending pursuit of victory. (more…)
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It takes concentrated effort to put on a successful drag racing series. Most of us are familiar with the roles of the drivers, crew chiefs, mechanics, race officials and publicists that comprise the NHRA Full Throttle Tour. But there’s one key component of the equation that labors in relative obscurity, but clearly helps keep the show on the road, the field reps of the various sponsoring manufacturers. Whether there is a need to get a new set of tires, weld a broken bracket, replace a valve train component or get a case of oil, it’s all there on the Manufacturer’s Midway, the world’s largest portable speed shop. (more…)
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When other sports are said to reinvent themselves, the changes are typically minor and gimmicky, artificially engineered to fatten the wallet of whomever’s in charge. Drag racing might be unique in its ability to continue evolving the original concept while spinning off additional, specialized subspecies for vehicles being overlooked or left behind by technology or politics or the changing tastes of fans. (more…)
The Course Was Rough and Daylight Often Could be Seen Under all Four Wheels
Most people think of museums as dried-up, dusty old places with no relevance to what’s happening in the world around them. Well, it’s not like that here at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. For example, we recently received a call from an auctioneer who had sold an auto parts store back east. Leftover was an old trophy from the Pomona Drags in 1953. The name on the trophy was M. Serar, and the guy asked if I knew anybody by that name. I said I did. So I called my friend Rudy, and sure enough, his mom had won that trophy in 1953. What a great feeling is was to reunite Rudy with his mom’s long lost trophy. (more…)
Story of legendary racing rivals adds Wayne Holloway to direct; Casting underway
Rhino Films and newly formed shingle, Storywise Productions, have acquired life-story rights from legendary drag racing rivals, Don “ The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “ The Mongoose” McEwen and partnered with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to produce a motion picture about their years revolutionizing one of the world’s most thrilling sports on and off the track. (more…)
The 2010 American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season began with a rainout and ended with a “get out” as series’ president and cofounder Kenny Nowling was abruptly relieved of his duties late in the year, tossing the 6-year-old organization into uncharted waters. (more…)
The World Champions Have Been Crowned
The King is dead. Long live the King.
Names old and new make this very rarified list of 2010 winners. One name is glaringly absent, Tony Schumacher. For the first time in seven years, we have a new Top Fuel Champion. One name absent for four years is back, John Force. (more…)
The Big Three have jumped into the grassroots performance scene in a lot of different ways, while others are dabbling in class-specific racing, the gang at GM Performance Parts (GMPP) tapped their area of expertise of crate engine production for its grassroots efforts. The GMPP catalog has staked its claim as being the leader in crate engine offerings from entry-level small-blocks and four-cylinder power plants to robust 572-ci street monsters. (more…)
The braking systems in various forms of racing differ significantly. Dirt cars, such as sprint and late models, vary greatly from asphalt vehicles, such as road race and NASCAR. Drag racing is especially unique and has its own special requirements. (more…)