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The “Pollution Packer” Runs 311 MPH At Cecil County Drag-O-Way In 1973!!!

February 21, 2009

America was not in a good mood in 1973! It seemed like we were fed up with everything. The Vietnam War, the hippy culture, inflation, high unemployment, Nixon’s Watergate situation, the death of muscle cars, sky rocketing car insurance rates, and the first Arab oil embargo all weighed heavy on our minds. Even NHRA was […]

Captain Jack McClure: One of Drag Racing’s Oddest Acts: by K. Scott Teeters

February 21, 2009

Captain Jack McClure Update #2                 On October 1, 201 I received the above image of Captain Jack McClure and The Bacardi Twins. Captain! You scallywag! You dawg! You’da Man!   The good captain isn’t blasting down the 1320 on a rocket-powered cart these days, but he’s catching […]

I Could Have Had Roy Hill’s Pro Stock Duster!

February 21, 2009

I had a great part-time job right out of high school. My local drag strip, Atco Dragway, in Atco New Jersey was looking for a new track announcer because their long-time announcer, Bob Fry was planning to leave. After a lot of coaxing from my girl friend I decided to try out for the job. […]

“Not-So-Legal Idea, Jungle” by Gradey Bryant

October 14, 2008

A GREAT story from the wild and wooly early days of funny car racing. We need to start this chapter by explaining just how some racers are not afraid to try new ideas, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but nevertheless they still try. Their innovations of how to keep cash flow going has […]

Showing Grumpy Jenkins & Dave Strickler How to Speed Shift!

October 11, 2008

Untitled Page Showing Grumpy Jenkins & Dave Strickler How to Speed Shift! NHRA’s inaugural Supernationals in 1971 at Ontario Motor Speedway east of Los Angeles brought all the big name drag racers to town. As a cub reporter for Car Craft Magazine, a prominent drag racing publication, I was part of the circus surrounding the […]