its first two decades drag racing was somewhat free of strict
rules, corporate influence or formal protocol. Overall, drag
racers were not politically correct - in fact, just the opposite.
Most of the NHRA was made up of racers and
not wimpy accountants. There were no "cookie cutter"
cars accompanied with hospitality rigs. The majority of us used
open trailers and carried our spare parts in milk cartons. From
the early 1950's through the 1970's the race cars were, for the
most part, financed out of pocket and innovation was foremost
and many paid the ultimate price for those innovations. Very
few racers broke even - let alone made a living... for what other
reason would we do it? We loved it!
This site is
dedicated to all those who ... Did It For Love
John" Wiebe - AA/FD - Irwindale, 1970
an instant the night air literally explodes around you. The
ground rumbles under your feet. The unique aroma of nitromethane
assails your nostrils. Your eyes water... your eardrums
vibrate then your brain goes on hold.
right with the world!
John Shanks Photo