Lost Drag Strips may be subtitled “Ghost of Quarter-Miles Past,” but it’s no Scooby-Doo mystery. It’s the story of old drag strips that kept the sport alive for decades. It’s text and gorgeous photography of yesteryear’s great tracks. It’s the story of drag racing seen through the venues that brought fans together to see what was essentially street racing in a professional format. This book reveals the history of stripped down and souped up vehicles designed to go from zero to get-the-heck-outta-the-way in the blink of an eye.
For fans of drag racing past, this will be a great, if sobering, read. Get the scoop on the:
- Riverside International Raceway
- Dover Drag Strip
- Smithville Drag Strip
- Southeaster International
- Brainerd Optimist Club Drag Strip
- Lakeland International Raceway
Alongside the reminiscences are a litany of gorgeous archival footage, including images of Don Garlits’s Swamp Rat I and nitro-powered dragsters that look like something out of a Frankenstein movie. There’s a look at how professional drag racing was actually an attempt to stop illegal drag racing, leading to the construction of what are now old drag strips and the spread of the drag racing bug. Lastly, you’ll see the tides turn and how today these great spots are now the home to strip malls and housing developments.
Author Tommy Lee Byrd, is a well-regarded contributor to automotive enthusiast periodicals like Hot Rod and Street Rod Builder. His portfolio includes writing, photography, features and technical how-tos. Among his titles are Detroit Speed’s How to Build a Pro Touring Car and Street Sleepers: The Art of the Deceptively Fast Car. Lost Drag Strips won the 2013 International Automotive Media Award.
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Subject: Book about Old Drag Strips - stories about their glory days and what happened to em now.
| ISBN-10: 1613250452 | ISBN-13: 9781613250457 | CarTech CT514