The Rapp-Rossi-Maldonado "Purple
Gang" driven by Gary Gabelich during the HRM Meet at Riverside
No ID digger at the "Watering
Hole" at Lions circa 1964.
The Late Denny Milani in the
ill-fated "Gotelli's Speed Shop" AA/FD in 1965. This
fueler was a real terror on the West Coast. Unfortunately, Denny
was killed in this car at Half Moon Bay a week after this shot
Ron Rivero wheels up
at Irwindale in 1968.
Bruce Wheeler's "Wheeler
Dealer" center stage in the staging lanes at Indy in 1968.
Drag racing was nothing more
than a media step child until NHRA cut a deal with ABC Wide World
of Sports to cover two events a year to be aired on national
TV. Needless to say, the broadcast equipment was archaic by todays
standards but it did get our sport out there.
Keith Jackson began his career
as a broadcaster in 1952, became a radio news correspondent for
ABC News Radio and sports director of ABC Radio West in 1964
before joining ABC Sports in 1966. He covered many NHRA events
for the networks Wide World of Sports program, including the
Winternationals and the U.S. Nationals at Indy.