Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Flyin' Cuda
Dave Milcarek got a wild shot at Englishtown of a black notchback Cuda showing the need for wheelie bars.
NHRA Newsmakers
Schumacher and Anderson finalists for Speed Driver of the Year, Full Throttle promotion says Pittsburgh over Seattle in big game, chair position named in honor of Coughlin, Sr., final weekend of pre-season testing, gold medal winning Olympic cyclist goes drag racing, and more insider info.
Grubnic and Force Tops in Phoenix Testing
Dave Grubnic and John Force were tops in their respective categories following four days of pre-season testing at Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix.

Monday, January 30, 2006

BHRA Started Its Engines On The Weekend, Commencing Drag Racing Season
Most of the automobiles that participate in The Bahamas Hot Rod Association used Saturday’s ZNS car show on the weekend to tune up for the 2006/2007 season, which commenced on Sunday at the association’s racetrack located at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Woodchips Racing Gallery
Lots of great 70s drag racing shots from Englishtown.
Maksar Racing Team
11-second semi trucks from the island of Malta.
Graybeard Racing
Event galleries, links, old photos, and bios on nostalgia drag racing driver.
Suede 37
Thousands of images of hot rods and customs.
57th GNRS "Cackle Cars"
Nostalgia 'cackle car' photo coverage of the 57th annual Grand National Roadster Show.
Drag racing's 1st couple share drive for victory
As Tommy Johnson Jr. and Melanie Troxel travel through their worlds at about 325 mph, the fast lane continues to be nothing but thrills for one of drag racing's only married couples.
More street racing feared when track shuts down
The impending closure of Hawai'i Raceway Park in April has parents and police concerned about a potential rise in illegal street racing — while machine shops and other racing-related businesses are wondering how they'll keep operating.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Super Stocks Get it Up!
This Greg Gage photo of two Super Stock Camaros shows that traction at Englishtown is not lacking.
Gentilozzi receives honor in Michigan Racing series
Rocketsports Racing team owner Paul Gentilozzi has been awarded many honors throughout his 37 years of involvement in the auto racing industry, both on-track and off-track. Most recently, Gentilozzi was named as one of the fourteen inductees into the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2006 class.
Smithfield OKs charity drag racing at airport
Four drag racing events at the Stroudsburg Pocono Airport were unanimously approved by the three-member Smithfield Township Board of Supervisors.
The Passing of a Drag Racing Icon: "Dyno Don" Nicholson
'Dyno Don' Nicholson, a pioneer drag racer whose career spanned six decades and became an icon in both Funny Cars and Pro Stocks passed away in Southern California Tuesday, January 24.
Force looking to regain top spot in NHRA
In the high-speed world of the NHRA, one name has stood out at the top of the list in the Funny Car class. John Force had been the man, until he was kicked off the throne last season by Gary Scelzi.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The County
The rise and fall of drag racing’s original “Super Track” – Orange County International Raceway.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

NHRA Newsmakers
NHRA, Harley-Davidson Announce Milestone Partnership, Hillary Rocks in Vegas, Pre-Season Testing Schedules, Snake & Mongoose Honored, Team Force is Hot, Three of a Kind, and more tidbits from the world of NHRA.

Killer Rat!
Jason Ellis of dragmonkey.com provided us with these two sequences of Brendan Murry from the Governor's Cup race in 2004.
Puerto Rico Drag Racing.com
Seems like the place to be for all the drag racing info you need for Puerto Rico. Bring an English/Spanish dictionary!
Puerto Rico WOW: Auto Racing Tracks
A guide to racing tracks in the PR... man, wouldn't you like to be there racing right now?
Drag racing can be legal
Attention racers: There is a place you can drag race your motorcycle, souped-up Mustang or dad’s Suburban without ever worrying about seeing a police cruiser’s cherries flashing behind you.
NASCAR to Adopt Unleaded Fuel in 2008
NASCAR, reaching a long-sought agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, will begin requiring unleaded gasoline in its race cars in 2008.
World of Change Is Likely as Toyota Joints Nascar
Toyota is about to become as American as Nascar. Having dabbled in stock-car racing's lower levels in recent years, Toyota took it a step further Monday, when officials announced that it would compete in Nascar's elite Nextel Cup and Busch Series beginning in 2007.
Turbos: 100 Years Young and Still Pushing Hard
Turbocharged engines are the yin to a big V-8's yang, producing lots of power from a small package.
Best cars for cops
The Michigan State Police Precision Driving Team puts police cars to the test.

Rad Flamed '55 Chevy
Here is a gem of a 55 Chevrolet raced by P.J. Giacalone. Eddie Honeyfield shot the flamed Super Gas Chevy.

RIP, Don Nicholson
We lost a legendary racer Tuesday. Don Nicholson passed away this morning. The racing community will remember “Dyno Don” as one of a handful of drag racers who reached the absolute pinnacle of the sport.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Legendary racer “Dyno Don” Nicholson passes away
Legendary drag racer 'Dyno Don' Nicholson passed away Jan. 24 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Gene Mooneyham, 75; Pioneer in Drag Racing as Driver, Designer, Builder and Businessman
Gene Mooneyham, a pioneer in drag racing as a racer, designer, builder, chief mechanic and business owner, has died. He was 75.
Drag strip loses to neighbors
Neighbors expressed their concerns to the Wilson County Planning Board Monday night about a proposed drag strip at Southern National Speedway. The board took notice.

Monday, January 23, 2006

'Sacrifice' Needed, Ford Says Of Massive Job Cuts
Ford Motor Co. says it will cut 25,000 to 30,000 jobs and idle 14 facilities in North America by 2012.
He feels ready to be a Force again
It's been nearly three months since National Hot Rod Association icon John Force experienced what once seemed to be the unthinkable. But after the reality of failing to win the Powerade Series Funny Car title for just the third time since 1990, Force is ready to reclaim what most believed was practically his birthright.
75 Most Significant ’32 Ford Hot Rods Selected By Panel Of Experts
Cars to be Gathered in 2007 to Honor 75th Anniversary of the Legendary Car and Innovative Engine.
John Force 2006 Mustang Funny Car
Featured are pics released by John Force Racing of the long anticipated 2006 Mustang funny car body. Force was expected to unveil this body at the beginning of 2005, but various delays kept the car from being finished in time.
NHRA Nitro Blast Off
The team from Competition Plus did a great job of capturing the first test session of the year.

Smokin' Cuda
John Bell shares another great painting with us. This time the subject is the Austin-Grassi funny car hybird, a Barracuda body mounted on the team's Top Gas dragster chassis.
NHRA Founder Parks Celebrates 93rd Birthday
NHRA Founder Wally Parks celebrated his 93rd birthday today. A motorsports pioneer who moved drag racing off the streets and into safer, organized race tracks, Parks continues to be actively involved in NHRA by serving on the drag racing sanctioning body’s board of directors. Happy birthday, Mr. Parks!
Draglist.com 'Advanced Search' and 'Add' Features Ready for User Testing
The new 'Advanced Search' and 'Add Your Car' features are ready for use at draglist.com. Find your car and edit anything we have wrong. If we don't have you, Add your car to the drag lists!
Living Life in the Fast Lane
The high school student won the Thunder Nationals last year at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Kalamazoo and finished in third place overall last year in the local points series held at the same track.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Weber Precision
This site has been developed to promote the hobby of model engineering, I would just like more people to know what can be built with a lathe and milling machine. Anything you can dream up can be built, with patience and a little time of course.
Draglist.com Advanced Search Page Ready for User Testing
Hi everyone. The new 'Advanced Search' page is ready. You can search the drag lists by driver name, owner name, car name, engine type, and dozens of other ways. Click the Advanced Search link. Let me know how it works out for you... We still need to do some cleanup and add the "ADD ENTRY" page, but we are getting there... thanks to the racers and fans who have updated over 1,500 drag list entries since we put the new system into public testing on January 2, 2006. This new, easier search should kick off a new wave of updates. Let me know if you have any questions, either here or at draglist@hotmail.com. Thanks. bp

The Photos of William Holmes
Absolutely incredible early funny car shots from the Northeast.

Flame ON!
Michael Yoksich caught Debbie Madej as she had a small barrel valve problem during testing. The ensuing fire ball caused no injuries.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is this photographer's favorite show of the year.

John Bell wonders if it's time funny car teams forgot product identity completely to promote parity (something Don Skuza promoted a few years ago). Should NHRA just pop out a single body form for all the FC teams?
Dave's Drag Pics
Photo galleries of Top Alcohol drag racing teams.
Mechanical Masterpieces
Original Cars, Restorations & Recreations of Great Cars from the Past. Along with Driver Bio's and Stories.
EPA: NASCAR Lead Fumes May Pose 'Serious' Risk
Noting that an Environmental Protection Agency report warns of possible "serious health risks" from NASCAR leaded gasoline fumes, the non-profit Clean Air Watch is urging the agency to begin checking for toxic lead in the air at NASCAR races.
Nataas' dilemma
Norwegian Top Fuel Dragster racer Thomas Nataas has told Eurodragster.com how he found himself the unwitting victim of organised crime. The world-famous painting The Scream, which was stolen from a museum in Oslo, was hidden in Thomas' Bat bus by one of the gang, leaving Thomas in between a rock and a hard place and in fear of his life.
Northern Thunder Press Clippings, 1970-2000
Reprints of several terrific drag racing magazine articles spanning 30 years.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Cheap Thrills - Part One
The trick to getting the most from a blown fueler without going completely broke or getting your fool ass killed is to understand the basic function of the beast and follow a few simple operating guidelines.
Interview With Melanie Troxel, the Fastest and Quickest Female Driver in NHRA History
In a whirlwind re-debut last year, Melanie Troxel demonstrated her talent on the track immediately. She qualified for every event she entered, steadily bettering her performance. Here's what Melanie has on her mind for 2006.
Super Stock Chevy at the Barrett-Jackson Auction
Among all the high priced iron being auctioned at Barrett-Jackson, the legendary Briggs Chevrolet Ray Allen Chevelle LS-6 Convertible was on the block, as well.
Eliminator! The Legacy of Dyno Don Nicholson
Arnie 'The Farmer' Beswick, 'Fast' Eddie Schartman, Roger Lindamood, and Ronnie Sox... names from drag racing history that started and helped shape today's Funny Car and Pro-Stock formats. But the name that may stir the most memorable emotions in today's classic Cougar owners is 'Dyno' Don Nicholson.
North American Eagle Project
The site of the challengers to the world land speed record, currently @ 763 mph, or Mach 1.02. Our goal - 800 MPH - or Mach 1.05!
Stars and their Cars: Steve McQueen
The late movie legend and motoring enthusiast Steve McQueen has been honored with his own exhibition in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Former racer, supercharger wiz Gene Mooneyham passes away
Gene Mooneyham, a successful former drag racer and longtime supercharger manufacturer, passed away Jan. 17 after battling pneumonia. He was 75.
NHRA Newsmakers
Force's new audience, pre-season test schedules, Stoffer preps for return, Dixon's checklist, and more stories from the NHRA.

Chip off the Old Block!
Stephen Densham, son of Gary Densham, earned his TA/FC licence a couple of years ago. The rumor mill says we may soon see Stephen behind the wheel of a classic "Teacher's Pet" AA/Funny Car.
Digital Orchid, NHRA Enter Into Exclusive Wireless Partnership To Provide Mobile Content To NHRA
Digital Orchid, the industry’s leading provider in the development and distribution of real-time wireless applications for major sports and entertainment brands, today announced, The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the world’s largest motor sports sanctioning body has chosen Digital Orchid as their exclusive wireless partner.
A&E Takes Drag Racing Mainstream with 'Driving Force' Reality Series
A&E Network on Thursday revealed its plans for Driving Force, a 2006 reality series focusing on NHRA champion John Force and his attempt to re-connect with a family estranged by his all-consuming 30-year-long obsession with professional drag racing.
In Detroit, the Rebirth of the Hip(s)
Big hips are back. The swollen rear fenders that dominated car design in the late 1960's, the shape of oversize muscle and latent sensuality, are bulging from many of the dream machines at the North American International Auto Show. They were on the retro muscle cars from two Detroit automakers, the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro.
E.P.A. Planning Closer Estimate of Car Mileage
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed the first major overhaul in 20 years in the way it calculates fuel economy ratings for cars and trucks, a shift the agency said would reduce mileage estimates by 5 to 30 percent, depending on the type of driving and kind of vehicle.
A Stolen Love Is Found, 37 Years Down the Road
There is a happy ending to the story of a young man whose heart was broken when his Corvette was stolen from a New York garage in 1969.
Don Garlits at Drive Online
Usually when you hear the term 'silly season,' it refers to announced or rumored driver/crew chief changes, regardless of what form of racing you're talking about. We've had our share of silly seasons in drag racing, and it looks like the '05 version of it is well underway.

Monday, January 16, 2006

County studies proposed drag racing strip
Commissioners have approved a study to determine whether a section of federal land near Farmington, New Mexico, would be suitable for a new drag strip.
Don Prudhomme 2006 NHRA Q&A
Don "The Snake" Prudhomme reflects on the 2005 season, recent crew changes, and his expectations for 2006.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

The World's Fastest Indian
The movie based on one hell of a true story.
Gary Newgord's Vintage 70's Drag Race Photos
All of the photos in this set were taken by Gary's father, Noel Newgord, at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wisconsin.
The Golden Commandos
Photos and history of the legendary drag race car.
Tina's Atlantic City Drag Racing
Old photos of cars that ran at Atlantic City Speedway.

Vandergriff, Part Two
Chris Vandergriff , the younger brother of Bob, made his Top Fuel debut at Atlanta 2003.

Images from Bristol 1970
Tim Lopata owns film of the 1970 winter race in Bristol, Tennessee, that he's captured into some great photos of the event.
Cacklefest- The 21st Century Drag Racing Phenomenon
What could possibly possess normally rational human beings to go on an endless quest to find a large hunk of 40 year old pipe and tin? What could justify spending thousands and thousands of dollars to restore or recreate a ghost from the past?

Saturday, January 14, 2006

This site is a showcase for high quality pictures of Hot Rods from the UK. There are currently over 3,100 photos & more are being added on a regular basis.
NHRA Newsmakers
Connolly suffers testing setback, NHRA sponsor renewals, pre-season testing schedules, and more from the world of NHRA.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Richard Grant Merrell passes on
Richard Grant Merrell began working on cars in 1955 and served as a sponsor and crew chief at local drag races. The veteran racer died on Dec. 29 in San Bernardino at the age of 88. RIP, Richard.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Baca and Windham forge alliance for 2006
David Baca, driver and owner of the Baca Motorsports Top Fuel entry on the POWERade Drag Racing Series, has announced an alliance will Bill Windham, owner of the Big O Tires A/Fuel Dragster entry on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series driven by his brother, Joe Windham. The new alliance will be called Baca and Windham Motorsports.

Fuel Funny Car Goes Wheels Up!
Master tin man Al Bergler shows the fans at Dallas International Raceway how to pull a wheelie in a fuel funny car.
The Magic of Drag Racing, Seattle 1971
The magic of drawing dragsters, playing with Hot Wheels, and seeing the stars at Seattle International Raceway 1971 through the eyes of a ten year old boy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Drag Racing for Health
When we got married 26 years ago, we decided to support each other in everything. It took him five years to talk me into racing.
Drag Racing for Health
Drag racing keeps 73 year old young because it requires a clear head and physical dexterity.
Drag Racing Appeals To Corporate Masses
An enterprising union between drag racing and beauty products was instigated in Queensland during Willowbank Raceway's International Top Fuel showdown on January 6/7.
IHRA Turbo Pro Stock Program Postponed for 06
The IHRA Competition Department has announced that turbo charged entries will not be a part of the Torco Racing Fuels Pro Stock program in 2006.
Eurodragster.com interview Doug Herbert
The latest in Eurodragster.com's occasional series of interviews is with US Top Fuel Dragster racer Doug Herbert, who is currently in the UK on a series of visits with the Motorsport Industry Association. We asked a jet-lagged but still very co-operative Doug about the condition of his Crew Chief Wayne Dupuy, his long-term relationship with sponsor Snap-On Tools, his steady supply of race cars to European racers, and more.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Southwest Vintage Dragster Association
New team owner Ladwig optimistic about 2006 NHRA season
After amassing some of the more impressive statistics in the short history of NHRA sport compact drag racing, two-time NHRA Hot Rod-category champion Marty Ladwig will embark on a new venture in 2006.

Draglist's John Bockelman Debuts New CD
John Bockelman, AKA WildcatOne on the Draglist/ Computer Magic message board, has just put out a brand new CD with his band, The Citykings. These songs are as good as or better than anything you're hearing on the radio today and they make PERFECT cruising tunes to help pass the time as you tow to the drags. It's music for the new American Millennium.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

NMRA Ford Drag Racing News
The NMRA-Denso Ford Drag Racing Series is proud to announce that the Hedman Hedders Wild Street class will be run at the 2006 N MRA-Nitto Tire Spring Ford Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Plus other NMRA news.
Ronnie Sox: Send Cards and Letters to the Boss
Ronnie The drag racing legend underwent back surgery four weeks ago for a pinched nerve. The surgery was a success and Ronnie is doing well, but let's flood his mailbox with letters, cards, and emails with good wishes.

Wright's C10 leaves the Skunk Works

The latest race car to roll out of the east-of-London "Skunk Works" of UK race car builder B+J Nostalgia Race Cars is Matthew Wright's Chevy Cheyenne C10 stepside pick-up, which started life in full street trim but now sports a full tube chassis and an all-new 572 ci Chevy. For the latest of Eurodragster.com's occasional series of vehicle features we went along to B+J Nostalgia to check out Matt's pick-up and to get the low-down on one of the most intimidating-looking race cars we have seen in a long time.
Bob Bradley's Winter/Spring East Coast Fuel Testing Dates

Just some general information on possible testing dates. The nitrocentral.com team will be testing twice in early 2006. 1st test will be with the backup alky motor. 2nd test will be with the rebuilt nitro motor after November's bad day at the Rock.

You can join in. If any of these dates appeal to you, let Bob know as the tracks always appreciate a little advance notice.

The following dates are free ($20) and/or shared rental dates.

Gainesville test and tune Feb 18
Bradenton test and tune February 18 & 19
Bradenton test and tune March 4 & 5
Bradenton test and tune April 22 & 23
Valdosta GA Shared track with Pro Mods February 15,16 & 17 $200 per day

Bob Bradley
A/Fuel Dragster
Nitro Central

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Open Top Fuel Dragsters
Our intent is to promote ALL Front Engine Dragsters on Nitro! This includes 'Newstalgia' (VRA Legal), Open Top Fuel (426's, 2-spds etc.), as well as 'original' front engine dragsters from the past.
JRO23 Online Photos
A terrific gallery of classic drag racing photos. Many classes and eras to choose from.
Youngster dragsters
Two North County boys are among the county's half-pint hot rodders zooming down race tracks at up to 85 mph.
Teens drag-racing -- against police officers
Crossing the finish line first in a drag race against a cop is an exhilarating experience for Travis Haack, one of eight teens in the Howards Grove chapter of Beat the Heat.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Ben Bray an International Superstar
sporting evolution of enormous International proportion is on the horizon as the Bray family name further absorbs itself into Australian drag racing folklore and at the very same time appears destined to infiltrate the World over.

Firestorm Jet Funny Car wallpaper

By kind permission of the Race Director, Eurodragster.com News Editor Tog got to stand in front of Roger Goring's front-loading Firestorm Jet Funny Car to photograph Roger's pre-launch flame and thunder show at the 2005 Halloween Showdown at the UK's Shakespeare County Raceway. This spectacular photograph is now on offer to Jet fans as a Windows wallpaper file, in three sizes and for a limited time only.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Local racer has Will to win
Traveling at speeds up to 300 mph, its hard to enjoy the scenery, something Fortuna native and newest member of Kalitta Motorsports Drag Racing Team Hillary Will sometimes regrets.

Can You Hemi?
Larry Morgan has been fighting the Pro Stock wars since the 80s with many ups and downs. The car in the photo represented an up year.

The Killer Fish!
Jack Wyatt is a longtime funny car racer from Iowa who competes against much better funded teams on the NHRA tour. Popular with racers and fans alike, people like it when Jack does well.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Three Kings
British author Peter Jones did a book on British drag racing in 1980. Jones shot several races that year, including this shot of American Harlan Thompson in the Tre Kronor fuel flopper.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Speed and thrills for Nicole.. then back to school
Many teenage boys may think that Nicole Rivers would make the perfect girlfriend. The 15-year-old was one of the competitors in Round Three of the Summer Nationals, New Zealand's Drag Racing National Championships.

Monday, January 02, 2006

New Drag Lists Ready for Public Beta Testing
The new online Drag Lists are about 80 to 90 percent done, and now we need you to take a hard look at what we have so far.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Mission Raceway Park Photo History
A fantastic page of drag racing photos compiled by Larry Pfister of Horsepower Heaven of the legendary Northwest track.

Bad Habit Motorsports
Custom made waterslide decals for models, etc.

Blast from Past
MaxRace software offers this terrific page of pit and action shots of drag racing stars of the 70s.