Top Fuel Dragsters: Drag Racing’s Rear Engine Revolution is the story of racing’s most powerful construction. Top fuelers are dragsters enhanced to be the fastest of the fast, taking the lead in speed, excitement, technology and cost. This book is about top fuel dragster’s history from the point of view of someone who was there recording all its greatest moments. And now he’s sharing that with everyone that loves the sport.
Hot rods, racing and speed had been fascinating audiences around the world for decades when a hot rodder named Mickey Thompson revolutionized the quarter-mile race. Thompson was inspired to shift weight to a vehicle’s rear wheels, in essence creating stronger traction and a faster car. Not surprisingly, the sport embraced the idea of faster and dove into varying lengths, tubing and tire sizes, widths, gear ratios and engine variations in combination with Thompson’s “slingshot” theory to improve the design of their racers. In 1963, along came nitromethane and no one’s ever looked back.
Top Fuel Dragsters: Drag Racing’s Rear Engine Revolution is top fuel dragster’s history filled with never-before-seen archival photography and an abundance of recollections and stories from the people who were there. Author Steve Reyes is a highly regarded drag racing and sports photographer and writer with a special affection for top fuelers. His work has appeared in Popular Hot Rodding, Super Chevy and Street Rodder. He finally decided there were enough anecdotes, tales and photos to compile a comprehensive book about top fuel dragster’s history. The result? A loving tribute to every driver that had a bellhousing failure put them in harm’s way and for every fan that couldn’t get enough of the unexpected and wild mishaps that could occur at any moment of a race.
Thompson’s influences are still evident today with rear engine layouts designed to put more power behind the driver and into the rear wheels. We not only have Thompson to thank, but the likes of John Wiebe, Jim Bucher, Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney. Read Top Fuel Dragsters: Drag Racing’s Rear Engine Revolution to find out why.
Subject: History of Top Fuel Dragster construction and racing.
. ISBN-10: 1613252188 | ISBN-13: 9781613252185 | CarTech Books CT547