Lost Drag Strips II is a continued love letter and tribute to the many facilities that kept the sport alive in the heydays of the 50s, 60s and 70s like the Avenue G Drag Strip in Oregon, the SRCA Drag Strip in Kansas and the Minnesota Dragways. We’re talking a world of quarter-mile battlefields that reveal the history and glory of high-velocity racing. These lost and forgotten drag strips are lovingly remembered from the exciting beginnings right up to the “closed” signs that signaled the end of that era.
From funny cars to the NHRA, drag racing remains one of the most unique sports in motor competition. Unlike NASCAR and other races, there are usually only two entrants. Instead of lap after lap, the dragsters have to streak across a set, straight distance, hitting top speeds within seconds. It starts with a burnout, heating driving tires and laying rubber to enhance traction before heading off to the starting line. It’s as much street racing as anything.
Picking up where the first volume left off, Lost Drag Strips II recounts the debut of the Christmas tree in 1964. The tree wasn’t necessarily embraced as one of the dragsters mowed it down. This history of lost and forgotten drag strips reveals the collaboration between the likes of Duane Becker, Bob Duedall, Ed Marrs and Ron Salisbury. Their combined work resulted in a Competition Coupe that set a number of West Coast track records. You get the full story on the most famous dragging from Louisiana to New York and Florida, and wondrous side stories like making films with legends like Don Rickles.
What we really love about Lost Drag Strips II is the breadth of photography that records the history so accurately. Lush with archival photos, these stories of lost and forgotten drag strips, the dragsters and the sportsters behind the wheel, and the extensive coverage of the tracks from day one to how they exist today make a great read.
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| ISBN-10: 1613252234 | ISBN-13: 9781613252239 | CarTech CT550