Drag Racing’s Rebels:
How the AHRA Changed Quarter-Mile Competition
by Doug Boyce
foreword by Don Garlits
When the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) was formed in
1951 by Wally Parks, the reasoning for the formation was to “create
order from chaos” by instituting safety rules and performance
standards that helped legitimize the sport of drag racing. Some
organization was certainly necessary. A postwar boom in automotive
enthusiasm was reaching new heights, and Hot Rod
magazine and the NHRA were right in the thick
NHRA hosted its first drag racing event in 1953, and in 1955, the
organization staged its first national event, which was simply
called “The Nationals.” The AHRA formed in 1956 as an alternative to
the NHRA, where the drivers voted on the rules (rather than
sanctioning bodies and tracks), and their influence on the sport was
felt almost immediately.
the NHRA denied the use of nitromethane in 1957, the AHRA approved
it. When the NHRA banned aircraft-powered dragsters in 1961, the
AHRA welcomed them. When the NHRA said no to the emerging Funny Car
in 1965, the AHRA said yes. When fans and racers screamed for a
heads-up Super Stock category in 1968, the AHRA delivered. The AHRA
was called a rebel association. Some say that it was more of an
association that got things done—to the delight of fans and racers.
The AHRA was on equal ground with the NHRA by the 1970s, drawing
enormous crowds and racer entries.
this fascinating history, veteran author Doug Boyce tells the story
of the AHRA: the rise, the competition, the events, and the eventual
downfall of the organization. After AHRA President Jim Tice passed
away in 1982, internal fighting for control of the association
resulted in its doom. Get the whole story here, and add this
wonderful volume to your drag racing library.
192 pages, 437 B&W and color photos.
In Stock Now!
ED PINK: THE OLD MASTER
The remarkable life and times of racing’s most versatile engine
by Ed Pink with Bones Bourcier
Ed Pink’s gift for designing and building engines made him a
motorsports icon. His handiwork has powered, among others,
drag-racing superstars Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, Indy Car
Al Unser and Tom Sneva, sports car heroes Bob Wollek and Brian
Redman, and USAC champions Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne.
But this is not a technical book. Pink began his long-awaited
autobiography with one goal: that it would be more about people than
Mission accomplished, yet again, for auto racing’s Old Master.
Hard cover, 276 pp, 253 color and B&W photos.
Roland "The Hawaiian" Leong
Drag Racing's Iconic Owner & Tuner
by Lou Hart
Foreword by Don Prudhomme
racing the family Oldsmobile in 1960 to winning the Winternationals
in 1964, read about the meteoric rise of drag racing’s greatest
owner and tuner in the first-ever book about "The Hawaiian" Roland
Soft cover, 176 pp., 311 color/B&W photos.
Speed Parts: The Equipment That Fueled the Industry
by Tony Thacker
people think of speed parts, they rewind a few decades and think
back to the Ford flatheads that were so prevalent in the 1940s and
1950s. However, the speed-parts industry actually began way back in
the Model T era. As soon as vehicles were mass produced,
manufacturers were looking for ways to make them faster.
Manufacturers, such as Roof, Rajo, Winfield, Miller, Frontenac, and
Holley, made speed parts for 4-cylinder Model T engines and
accomplished speeds of up to 100 mph!
Vintage Speed Parts: The Equipment That Fueled the Industry,
veteran hot rod historian Tony Thacker looks at the history of hot
rodding through the eyes of speed-equipment manufacturers. Covered
chronologically, the book begins with the early 4-cylinder engines.
In 1932, Henry Ford introduced the flathead V-8, which was slow to
be adopted as the engine of choice in racing until the parts
industry caught up. Once it did, the flathead, although interrupted
by the war, was the engine to run until the automobile manufacturers
introduced overhead-valve V-8 engines in the late 1940s.
early-1950s Hemi and Chevrolet’s small-block V-8 in 1955 spelled the
end for the flattie. Both mills dominated well into the 1970s, and
the speed industry was there to support all platforms in spades.
During that period, every auto manufacturer made a V-8 worthy of
modification, and the speed industry boomed. Eventually, the
speed-equipment manufacturers grew to the point of becoming
corporate entities, as mergers and acquisitions became the much
less interesting story.
covered include special cylinder heads, magnetos, camshaft and
valvetrain upgrades, downdraft carburetors, headers,
multiple-carburetor setups, and even superchargers. Everyone figured
out how to make engines more powerful, upgrading with the type of
parts that were being produced decades later, even to today. Join in
the fun of reviewing the history of speed through this tale of
vintage speed parts.
cover, 192 pages, 455 B&W &
Glass: Bob Riggle and
by Mark Fletcher
While the established stock and
modified brackets are long-recognized as the heart and soul of drag
racing, it was the wheel-standers that more often than not put butts
in the bleachers. In that category, some of the most well-known
names included Bill "Maverick" Golden's
Little Red Wagon, Bill Shrewsberry's
L.A. Dart and Chuck Poole’s
Chuck Wagon. Most memorable of all
was the Hurst Hemi Under Glass
Plymouth Barracuda campaigned by Bob Riggle.
Riggle started his career in the early
1960s as a car builder and mechanic for Hurst-Campbell and
eventually rose to pilot the Hemi Under
Glass. When he left Hurst in 1969, the
Hemi Under Glass franchise
transferred with Riggle. He continued for six more years as the
owner/driver of a succession of Hemi Under
Glass renditions. In the 1990s he resurrected the concept
of the original car―making four different versions (1966, 1967,
1968, and 1969)―and continued to thrill drag racing fans with his
This is Bob Riggle’s story. Mark
Fletcher and Richard Truesdell, co-authors of the 2012 book
Hurst Equipped, say the story
was easy to tell―given their unprecedented access not only to Bob
but also to his vast archive of photos that reflect his ongoing
popularity. Many of the photos in this book are seen in print for
the very first time.
Soft cover, 176 pages, full of color
and B&W photos.
FACTORY DRAG CARS:
Dodge & Plymouth's Quarter-Mile
by Steve Holmes
Stock-based drag racing
throughout the 1960s demanded that the cars competing on the track
be genuine production models and that they could be purchased by
anyone. The strict regulations dictated total commitment from the
manufacturers if they were to be successful. No one was more
committed than Chrysler. Chrysler attacked Stock (Super Stock) drag
racing in the 1960s with the same fervor as it did the NASCAR Grand
National, which itself spawned the reintroduction of the Hemi
engine. Its engineers designed and produced a new factory Super
Stock turnkey race car most years throughout the decade and enjoyed
absolute success on the track, forever cementing its legendary
The introduction of Pro Stock in 1970 brought
with it exciting heads-up racing with the expectation of producing
multiple winners from a variety of brands. Instead, it resulted in
total Mopar supremacy, as Hemi-powered Chrysler cars won 12 of the
15 national races throughout the first two years, prompting the NHRA
to introduce weight breaks to scupper the Chrysler domination. The
new 1972 regulations favored small-block-powered compact cars and
were the first major step toward Pro Stock spiraling away from its
roots and into the tube-frame silhouette formula seen today.
Racing historian Steve Holmes delves into
this fascinating period, capturing the careers of the Ramchargers,
Melrose Missile, Bud Faubel, Dick Landy, Sox & Martin, Herb
McCandless, Don Grotheer, Motown Missile, and countless
others, providing a blow-by-blow account of Chrysler’s factory drag
car programs and the incredible cars it produced to trounce its
rivals during the most epic era in Stock drag racing history.
Soft cover, 176 pages, 304 color & 102 B
&W photos. S-1740 $36.95
MATCH RACE MAYHEM
Drag Racing's Grudges, Rivalries, and Big-Money Showdowns
by Doug Boyce
history of match racing through the cars, the drivers, the events,
the classes, the rivalries, and everything else that was fun about
match racing during the golden era.
all here, complemented by wonderful vintage photography provided by
fans and professionals in attendance.
cover, 176 pp., 297 B&W and color photos.
Back in Stock!
History of Ford's Pony Car
at the Dragstrip 1964-1/2 - 1978
by Doug Boyce
down the quarter mile in the first two generations of Ford's
legendary pony car across all drag racing classes in Quarter-Mile
Mustangs! Since first becoming a mass-market success in mid-1964,
the Ford Mustang has made millions of passes down the quarter mile
on sanctioned dragstrips. With styling flared toward the youth,
aftermarket parts manufacturers saw an enormous opportunity to
produce go-fast components to aid in propelling Ford's pony car down
the 1320. The success of these cars was immediate.
hands of successful and seasoned pros, such as Gas Ronda, Bill
Lawton, and Dick Brannan, Ford unleashed the devastatingly potent
1965 A/FX Mustang fastback, which was built by Blue Oval stalwarts
Holman & Moody with the 427 SOHC (Cammer) engine that unleashed
havoc on mother Mopar. From those very first factory drag cars
through the fabled 1968-1/2 Cobra Jets, drag racing historian Doug
Boyce highlights the many successes of pioneers, such as "Dyno" Don
Nicholson, Les Ritchey, Phil Bonner, Hubert Platt, and Al Joniec.
However, it's not just all doorslammers. As A/FX transitioned into
Funny Car, a whole new chapter in Mustang drag racing was written
with Mickey Thompson taking the reins and steering Mustangs to
success throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.
muscle-car-era Mustangs joined the Mustang II and soldiered on the
best they could as ever-changing rules hampered Ford's new pony
body, with drivers Bob Glidden and Nicholson trying to squeeze every
bit of performance out of the Mustang II.
Soft cover, 144
pages, 241 color & 111 B&W photos.
BUTCH "THE CALIFORNIA FLASH" LEAL
by Bob McClurg
Check out the first ever biography on the popular drag racer, Butch
“The California Flash” Leal.
Born and raised in central California, Larry “Butch” Leal was
obsessed with cars from a very early age. What began with field cars
turned into hard work and new Chevrolets. This took place when the
golden era of drag racing was in its infancy, and Leal joined with
enthusiasm. He performed well at the track with his early Chevys and
had an impressive number of wins before he was out of high school.
His success brought him plenty of attention and collaboration with
other big names in the sport.
In 1963, GM pulled out of drag racing on an official basis. As a
result, Butch (at age 19) teamed up with Mickey Thompson and joined
the Ford camp, securing a ride with the factory team and its new
Thunderbolts for 1964. After his success that season, including
winning the Super Stock (S/S) class at the 1964 NHRA US Nationals in
Indianapolis, Chrysler came calling, and Butch signed on to race the
new altered-wheelbase cars in match races for 1965, as the NHRA did
not have a class for these new “funny” looking cars. While Leal
dabbled again with Ford and Chevrolet later, his relationship with
Chrysler lasted well into the following decades, running both Funny
Cars and Super Stockers.
Penned by talented automotive historian Bob McClurg, who was there
for it all, and featuring full collaboration with the book’s
subject, Butch “The California Flash” Leal
covers the span of his fascinating career during arguably the most
interesting era in drag racing history.
Butch was an 11-time NHRA champion and 4-time recipient of
Car Craft magazine’s All-Star Driver
of the Year award in a career that spanned the 1960s through the
all here: the events, great vintage photography, and the stories
from one of the best storytellers the NHRA has ever known.
cover, 160 pages, 275 color/B&W photos.
BONNEVILLE'S WOMEN OF
LAND SPEED RACING
by Louise Ann Noeth
Bonneville, record holders must first earn the right to present
themselves on the starting line. This requires passing rigorous
safety and technical checks for driver, rider, and speed machine.
Gender is inconsequential.
years, more than 200 women have made the cut and donned fireproof
clothing and helmets. Dozens have set land speed records—35 in
excess of 200 miles per hour, six above 300 miles per hour, and one
deaf female racer who roared past 500 miles per hour. Equally
impressive are the women who helped propel the helmeted ones into
glory. Few know how many women are skilled fabricators, mechanics,
crew chiefs, and all-round land speed racing experts, all working
out on a brutal, merciless, and barren sodium-soaked playa. Without
question, land speed racing has more women actively participating
and setting records than any other segment of motorsports in the
“LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth raced jet dragsters, helped capture the
458mph world wheel-driven record, and guided the Breedlove and
Fossett teams. Here she has collected images of some of the notable
women in her sport.
96 pp., 149 color/B&W images.
Early Funny Cars: 1964-1975
of Tech Evolution from Altered Wheelbase to Match Race Flip Tops
by Lou Hart
Blast through the evolving early years of Funny Car drag racing when
doorslammers morphed into flip-top rail monsters. The era features
historic mounts from Arnie "the Farmer" Beswick, Al "the Flying
Dutchman" Vanderwoude, "Jungle" Jim Liberman, Don "the Snake"
Prudhomme, and many more. The metamorphosis wasn't ever a cut and
dry plan. As drag racers pushed the envelope for more speed, a
series of innovations quickly evolved and refined the genre.
Cars cut their teeth in the A/Factory Experimental (A/FX) and
Experimental Stock (X/S) classes in 1964 with the 2-percent Mopars
that looked funny with their axles moved forward. However, it was
Jack Chrisman’s supercharged, nitro-fueled 427 Supercharged Factory
Experimental (S/FX) Comet Caliente that trailblazed the class on
which the NHRA turned its back and the AHRA fully accepted.
Showmanship became the draw in the dawn of Funny Car, with
half-track burnouts and flame-throwing headers that packed fans five
deep at the fence.
1969, the NHRA had no choice but to create a class for these
nitro-breathing, flip-top-sporting rail bruisers, indoctrinating the
Funny Car (F/C) class at the Winternationals with 40 cars vying for
16 places in the field.
Soft cover, 192 pages, 450+ B&W and
Shirley Shahan: The
by Patrick Foster
drag racing legend and pioneer Shirley Shahan, the Drag-On Lady! As
the first woman to win an NHRA national event when she was named Top
Stock Eliminator at the 1966 Winternationals, Shahan blazed a trail
for women in drag racing. During the golden era of drag racing, it
was rare to find diversity in the sport. Shahan is what’s commonly
known as a living legend.
career that spanned the 1950s and into the early 1970s, Shahan drove
1956 and 1958 Chevys and was one of the lucky few who was able to
purchase one of the rare 1963 Chevrolet RPO Z11 Super Stockers.
Later, when she was driving for Plymouth and Dodge, Shahan made the
name Drag-On Lady both famous and feared. She then moved to American
Motors and raced very successfully with the new SS/AMX.
1958 to 1972, Shahan set records and won numerous awards. She was
inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame,
Super Stock Magazine Hall of Fame,
and Mopar Hall of Fame, and she was honored with a lifetime
achievement award at the Bakersfield racetrack. In addition, Shirley
won the Top Stock category at the very first March Meet at the
legendary Famoso Raceway track near Bakersfield, California, which
made her the first person (male or female) to do so. In 1966, she
was the named one of Hot Rod
magazine’s Top 10 Drivers.
raced against the best drivers during the golden age of drag racing
and more often than not blew off the doors of her opponents. She had
a fierce passion for winning, and in this book, you’ll feel what it
was like to be behind the wheel as she steers you through her
cover, 175 pages, heavily illustrated with B&W and color photos.
a novel by Henry Gregor
Seventeen-year-old Bud Crayne built the fastest cars in town and
drove his high-octane machines on the ragged edge. His need for
speed would prove dangerous to him and the people around him,
including his wannabe starlet girlfriend, La Verne, and the kids in
his small hometown of Avondale, all of whom were dragged down his
path to high-horsepower hell.
captured the heart and soul of 1950s hot rod culture. The lean, mean
story follows Crayne’s hard-driving path to rodding redemption,
riffs on some meaningful messages, and unleashes a fast and furious
read. Dig in and learn what millions of readers already know; the
world’s most popular hot rod novel is a hopped-up high-horsepower
Note from Coastal
181: This book, and the series that followed, became a
cultural phenomenon in the 1950s, and this title sold almost 8
million copies. Penske’s Don Miller told us that
Hot Rod was the subject of his first
book report in third grade, and perhaps the start of his lifelong
love affair with cars. We have many customers who claim this
was the first book they read all the way through!
Fiction, Soft cover, 196
Racing's Warren "The Professor"
The Cars, People and Wins
Behind his Pro Stock Success
Warren Johnson navigated the world of factory hot rods for more than
45 years, devoting himself to full-time racing in 1975 and
relentlessly pursuing horsepower and victory from the driver's seat
and the engine room. Johnson's devotion to research and development
opened the door to a long-standing relationship with Oldsmobile and
GM Performance, beginning with the birth of the Drag Racing
Competition Engine (DRCE) that is still used by every competitive
team in the class.
excelled when it came to outthinking the competition and was
outspoken on matters that he deemed vital, pushing boundaries to
affect change in terms of both safety and the advancement of the
class, but he also knew when it was appropriate and necessary to put
on a good show for the fans. Through his tireless efforts and with
the support of a small crew that included his wife, Arlene, and son,
Kurt, Johnson claimed two IHRA championships and six NHRA world
titles, along with an astounding 97 national event wins that made
him the most-winning driver of all time in the Pro Stock category.
book, complete with photos from the family archive and striking
professional images of Johnson's many race cars, dives into it all,
beginning with his childhood and early days of match racing when he
developed the stern frugality and fierce resourcefulness that was
the foundation of a tremendously successful, though sometimes
Soft cover, 176 pages, 45 B&W, 362 color photos.
Drag Racing in the 1960s:
The Evolution in Race Car Technology
by Doug Boyce
many forms of racing, the 1960s brought technological evolution. The
decade began with big engines in even bigger stock chassis and ended
with purpose-built race-only chassis, fiberglass bodies, fuel
injection, nitromethane, and blowers.
Quarter-mile times that were in the 13-second range in the beginning
of the decade were in the 7-second range by the end. New classes
were formed, dedicated cars were built for them, and many racers
themselves became recognized names in the sports landscape.
In Drag Racing
in the 60s: The Evolution in Race Car Technology,
veteran author Doug Boyce takes you on a ride through the entire
decade from a technological point of view rather than a
Covered are all the classes, including Super Stocks, Altered
Wheelbase cars (which led to Funny Cars), Top Fuelers, Gassers, and
Soft cover, 176 pages with
including never-before-published vintage photography.
Arnie "The Farmer"
by Dean Fait
Beswick was called "the consummate underdog" by Hot Rod magazine.
Born a third-generation farmer in a small Illinois town, Arnie
Beswick's driving career began not behind the wheel of a
straight-line terror but that of a tractor. On local dusty roads,
Arnie's budding reputation grew with street cars, as the "flying
farmer" was coined to describe his driving style.
drag racing began in the Midwest in the early 1950s, Arnie was one
of the pioneers who campaigned Dodges and Oldsmobiles. In 1960, he
purchased his first Pontiac and utilized the "farmer" nickname to
lull his competition into complacency. Throughout the 1960s, Arnie's
"Mr. B's Passionate Poncho," "Mystery Tornado," "Star of the Circuit
I and II," "Tameless Tiger," and "Super Judge" all contributed to
dispel the myth that a simple farmer couldn't dominate straight-line
Arnie was an innovator, fierce competitor,
entertainer and showman who always gave fans their money's worth at
the track. He is still brand loyal--sticking with Pontiac long after
production models ceased. He continues to be a fan favorite with his
cast of potent Pontiacs.
Soft cover, 184 pages, 450 photos.
by Bob McClurg
history of hot rodding and performance cars has been well chronicled
through the years. Books and magazines have covered the cars,
builders, pioneers, engineers, early racers, muscle cars, street
racers, etc. Most take a nostalgic and fun look at the cars that
many have loved their entire lives. Some even cover the lifestyle,
the hobby as it involves people, and the effort, time, and
commitment people put into it. It is more than just a hobby to most,
and to many, a certain wave of nostalgia comes over them when
remembering what the car scene was like "back in the day."
local speed shop is an important element of the nostalgic feeling
that people have when fondly remembering their hot rodding youth.
Speed shops were not just parts stores, they were a communal
gathering place for car guys wanting to talk smart, bench race, and
catch up on the local scene, as well as to solicit the expert advice
from the owner or staff behind the counter.
longtime hot rodder and industry veteran Bob McClurg brings you the
story of the era and the culture of speed shops as told through
individual shop's histories and compelling vintage photography. He
covers the birth of the industry, racing versus hot rodding,
mail-order, and advertising wars. You learn about the performance
boom of the 1960s and 1970s, lost speed shops as well as survivors,
and an overview of the giant mail-order speed shops of today.
Hard cover, 192 pages, 415 color & B&W photos.
The Fast Life and Extreme Cars of
Racing Legend Craig Breedlove
An L.A. hot-rodder with a
high-school education, a family to support, and almost no money,
Craig Breedlove set out in the late 1950s to do something big:
harness the thrust of a jet in a car. With a growing obsession that
would cost him his marriage, he started building in his dad's
garage. The car's name was Spirit of America.
Through perseverance and endless hard work, Craig completed
Spirit and broke the land speed record on the Bonneville Salt
Flats, setting a new mark of 407 mph in 1963. He went on to be the
first person to drive 500 and 600 mph, breaking the land speed
record five times. In the early 1970s, he turned to rockets and set
an acceleration record at Bonneville that stands to this day. He
built a jet car in the 1990s, Spirit of America-Sonic Arrow,
to go head to head against Britain's ThrustSSC to be the
first to Mach 1. Craig's subsequent crash at 675 mph remains the
fastest in history.
Even today, at the age of 80, he is
going strong with plans for yet another Spirit of America
racer. The ultimate goal: 1,000 mph.
Ultimate Speed is the authorized biography of Craig Breedlove,
with a foreword by Craig himself. A candid revelation of one of
motorsports' most interesting figures, the book is based primarily
on countless hours of interviews with Craig and dozens of people
connected to his life.
Hard cover, 304 pages, B&W photos.
Don "The Snake"
My Life Beyond the 1320
by Don Prudhomme with Elana Scherr
Don Prudhomme reveals for the first time ever his incredible life
and career on and off of the drag strip. Imagine spending a year
with Prudhomme, having coffee together and talking about his life,
his racing, his friends, and his family. He'd tell you about how he
rose from being a high-school drop-out who was painting cars to a
respected Top Fuel dragster driver and successful businessman. You'd
hear how he toured the country with Tommy Ivo and "The Hawaiian"
Roland Leong, racing all the legends from "Big Daddy" Don Garlits to
"The Golden Greek" [Chris] Karamesines.
He'd say how he met Tom McEwen and recall how they became the Snake
and the Mongoose, leading to a career in Funny Cars that netted him
four championships in a row. He'd talk about the thrill of first
wins and owning his own teams but also the struggles of bad seasons,
crashes and fires, broken parts, and broken contracts. Along the
way, he'd speak about the people in his life, such as engine-builder
Keith Black and NHRA president Wally Parks, and those who were
killed in the wild and unpredictable sport of nitro racing.
It wouldn't be only racing, though. Prudhomme would share lessons he
learned about business and life from such varied sources as a
neighbor in Granada Hills to Ford GT40 driver Dan Gurney. He also
would talk about the importance of family: how his wife, Lynn, and
daughter, Donna, changed his world and how finding out about his
African-American roots opened his eyes to a culture and inheritance
he'd always wanted. This is the experience you'll get in
Don "The Snake" Prudhomme: My Life Beyond the 1320.
Hard cover, 192 illustrations, 121 color & 138 b/w photos.
BULLITT: The Cars
and People Behind Steve McQueen
by Matt Stone
A complete behind-the-scenes view of arguably the most iconic
automotive movie, car, and scene in history.
Foreward by Chad McQueen
on location in San Francisco in 1968, the movie not only features
the historic chase but also many outdoor scenes filled with cars and
architecture of the period, filmed in crisp clear color.
fifth-highest-grossing film for 1968, it was well-received by
critics, and the chase scene won an Oscar for editing.
cover, 192 pp., 300+ color/B&W photos.
Missile: Mopar's Secret Engineering Program at the Dawn of Pro Stock
by Geoff Stunkard
Mopar's skunkworks racing team and its rise to dominance in this
of 1970s Chrysler Pro Stock drag racing unfolds in this new book,
which focuses on the racing and technological evolution of the
legendary Motown Missile and Mopar Missile racing
programs from 1970 to 1977. Unequaled by any other drag racing
development program, this was a huge undertaking in terms of time,
money, and effort.
The 1970s saw great change in Detroit and in auto racing, with Pro
Stock being a huge draw for fans. Chrysler racing historian and
author Geoff Stunkard presents a chronological recollection, drawing
from many interviews and summaries of the actual technical efforts
that the factory accomplished and includes both rare/unpublished
technical and personal images from the team members and some of the
most dramatic images taken by the sport's best photographers.
From the earliest days of owner/engine builder Ted Spehar, factory
engineer Tom Hoover, and driver Don Carlton, the narrative is a
colorful look at the team's inner workings, programs, victories, and
even defeats. Set against a backdrop of characters like Bill Grumpy
Jenkins, Dandy" Dick Landy, and Dyno Don Nicholson, Carlton's
driving prowess had few equals. Indeed, called by one period scribe
as a cyborg, the likeable pilot would pay the ultimate price as a
drag racing driver. From the Challengers and `Cuda to the Demons and
Colts, the book showcases the cars that made Chrysler so much a part
of this racing era, as well as Ted Spehar's never-before-revealed
information on the 1970s Pro Stock engine program.
Soft cover, 176 pages, 400 photos.
Racing 1955 - 1980
by Doug Boyce
Relive the glorious first 25 years of Chevy drag racing in this
comprehensive and nostalgic history. With the introduction of
Chevy's OHV V-8 in 1955, the brand's domination on the drag strip
immediately snowballed. Drag racers loved the compact V-8. It was
lightweight, revved high, and responded like no other engine
previously produced. Chevy saw a record year in sales in 1955,
thanks to a combination of a restyled body and the new mill.
It was the age of ingenuity, and those who could get their hands
on the new engine were swapping it into engine bays that once housed
other weaker motors. Ford's flathead, one that had dominated for so
long, was rendered obsolete almost overnight.
gave rise to such stars as Bill Grumpy Jenkins, Jungle Jim Liberman,
Sneaky Pete Robinson, "Dyno Don" Nicholson, Sox & Martin, Dick
Harrell, Dave Strickler, and many more. World champs and fan
favorites all drove Chevys.
The success showed in the record
books. No brand has won more races and events or has set more
national records than Chevrolet. And unlike the other manufacturers,
Ford and Chrysler, it was done with little to no factory support.
Soft cover, 176 pages, 214 color, 99 B&W photos.
BACK IN PRINT
COOL CARS SQUARE ROLL BARS
Photos and Recollections of Fifties Hotrodding in New England
edited by Bernie Shuman
Reprinted courtesy of Mr. Shuman and the North East Motor Sports
Museum, this is the authoritative history of hotrodding in New
England in the 1950s.
Chock full of old-time coupes,
roadsters, and dragsters – any early race or hot rod fan will
appreciate the timeless beauty of these cars, whether they were
built to race straight or on ovals.
100s of B&W photos and a
Soft cover, 240 pp.
Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding
by Matt Stone
To tell the life story of Ed "Isky" Iskenderian is to tell the
history of hot rodding in America. This book tells Isky’s whole
story, from his pre-war Lake Muroc and car club activities, to his
service in the military, starting a small business fabricating parts
and making cams in the back of a rented shop, and then selling cams
to other rodders. It covers how he grew a business from a single cam
grinder and became the leading cam authority in barely 10 years.
Ed's company name went on to become one of the household names
in the performance community. His continued success is an
entertaining tale of mingling with industry icons, insight into the
business of hot rodding, great stories of yesterday and today, and a
life very well lived. You will enjoy the stories recorded here as
much as Ed "Isky" Iskenderian seems to enjoy telling them.
Hard cover, 208 pages, loaded with color and B&W photos.