|The links found on this
page will take you to other sites that I visit fairly often. If you've
not "been there," I would suggest that you take the time to check them
out. I feel quite sure you'll enjoy much of what you encounter along the
- The Wheeler
Dealer Diecast Model is sold out! In 2001 1320 Inc.
introduced the first six cars in their "The Fuelers" series
of 1/24th-scale diecast models featuring historic front-engined dragsters
from the 1960s. The original
Wheeler Dealer was the second
in the series, the first being Tony Nancy's "Sizzler" car, with Don Garlits'
1968 "Swamp Rat XII" number three, Dick Kalivoda's "Joker" number four
and so on.
Old friend and photographer
Wells chronicled 1960's New England drag racing at Sanford, Maine and
Conn. Dragway. Go to this public Facebook
album to see some nice examples of his
work from that era.
Don Ewald's Fuel
Dragsters...We Did It For Love: The ultimate front-engine and
early rear-engine Fuel Dragsters picture pages, and a whole lot more. Absolutely
not to be missed!!!
The popular nostalgia drag
racing related phenomena known as "Cacklefest"
has grown by leaps and bounds in the past ten years or so. Nostalgia fan
"Big Yohns" Johnson created a site devoted to this ever-growing segment
of the sport. Learn the history of the "craze," and check out the schedule
to see if there will be a Cacklefest "coming soon" to your neighborhood.
Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is not to be missed if you find
yourself in SoCal with time on your hands. Great restored historic drag
cars and lots of fascinating static displays will keep avid drags fans
busy for a whole afternoon...or a lifetime!
Two other museums that should
be of significant interest to all serious gearheads are
Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and the Don
Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida.
Back in the early days of
organized drag racing, beginning in the mid-1950s, the weekly publication
News was the most widely read source for the latest news and
views. It was noted especially for it's
Standard 1320 class records
list, and the fiercely fought Standard 1320 "Mr. Eliminator"
for supremacy in the various dragster classes. Many of the movers
and shakers that were in the headlines in those heady days are now a part
of today's Standard 1320 Group
- some 300+ died-in-the-wool drag fanatics and Nitro Junkies of all ages
and genders. Check out the 1320 membership
roster -- how many folks do you remember...or know?
Drag Racing in Hawai'i?
bet! Three of the four major Hawaiian islands currently have drag strips.
Raceway Park is my "home track," and is one of the oldest continually
operating strips in the country. Here are links for info on the Hilo
(Big Island) and Kauai
tracks. Also, photographer Mike Thompson covers the drags action
statewide. Check out his Islandracer.com
for his latest race photos. (O'ahu's Hawai'i Raceway Park
officially "closed its doors" in April, 2006. The future of 1/4-mile drag
racing on that island is still very much in limbo at this point in time.
For information on all kinds
of motorsports scenes here in Hawai'i, be sure to check out Hawai'i
Motorhead Magazine and Honolulu
Streets. Lots of "good stuffs!"
A drag racing social networking
site, Drag Racers Reunion,
is a popular place to "hang out" at. Lots of photos of all types of drag
cars, both past and present, are well worth taking a look at. Sign up to
interact with fellow racers and fans throughout the world.
1320 "was designed to be more than just a film to document
the sport's roots and pat ourselves on the back, it is an important step
in bridging the gap between us - automotive and drag racing enthusiasts
- and those people not involved in our world."
The NHRA's Hot
Rod Heritage Series is the premier nostalgia drag racing
series. Among the series' events are the National
Hot Rod Reunion, at Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, KY,
the fabled California
Hot Rod Reunion at historic Famoso Raceway, near Bakersfield,
and new in 2013, the New
England Hot Rod Reunion, at New England Dragway, Epping, NH.
Every October the north
central North Carolina town of Henderson hosts the East
Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame event. Many of those who have
contributed to the sport of drag racing over the years are honored at this
annual gathering. (It's more of a glorified bench racing session and car
show, no actual racing takes place.) Friends who have been fortunate enough
to attend this event speak very highly of it.
- with photographic help from husband Mark - has created an outstanding
that covers the Nostalgia Drag Racing circuit extensively in words and
My pals George &
Karen Adams have a site that's dedicated to the glories of drag racing
in the Northwest quadrant of the country. Check out their 15 pages of photos
from last year's California Hot Rod Reunion at nwdragracing.com
... you'll be glad you did!
Now, here is a prime example
of a nostalgia racing organization resurrecting itself. The American
Nostalgia Racing Assn. is alive and well. Visit
their website to see what's going on.
Are you into racing stats?
Do you want the very latest news and photos from the "wide world of drag
Racing List site is the place to go!
If you're totally into Nostalgia
Top Fuel Dragsters, the All American
Fuel Dragsters site is where you need to be. Also, be sure
to check out AAFD
News/AAFC News for a lot
of timely info and great photos by Pam & Darrell Conrad.
Fuel Magazine is yet another good source of news and views
about the goings on in the world of nostalgia drag racing.
is the "Car Junkie Daily Magazine, featuring news, videos, car features
and community in the world of muscle cars and hot rods." These guys did
a great job with a live feed from the 2009 California Hot Rod Reunion!
That coverage was absolutely priceless to a nitroholic like me!
Racing Online showcases the talents of some of the finest writers
the sport has known including Jeff Burk, Bret Kepner and Ro McGonegal
plus cartoons from your DragFink pal, Jeff DeGrandis. For the very
latest news and commentary (no BS!) be sure to check it out!
Another popular internet
magazine is Competition
Plus which features up-to-the-minute news and views from the
drag racing mainstream.
Auto Blogs are always full of truly obscure &
interesting information. I like it, you will, too!
For a somewhat "different"
perspective on drag racing check out Drag
Racing Underground, the cyber home for "The Doc" and
others from the lunatic fringe! (Just kidding J & D!)
Then, of course, there are
the two "major players" in the drag racing sanctioning game: NHRA
IHRA. Check them out
for the latest happenings in the always fascinating world of "corporate"
straight line racing.
Also, be sure to check out
Dragster editor Phil Burgess' "Dragster
Insider" blog, a must read for his excellent insights into
the history of drag racing!
For news from the world
of Rock 'n' Roll, check out Rolling Stone's rockdaily
page for all the latest haps!
Finally, if you're into
digital photography at all, be sure to check out the Digital
Photography Review web site - a true leader in this field!
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