Friday, September 29, 2006

2006 NHRA Maple Grove Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying results from the 2006 Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

"Outlaws at Atco" Pro Mod Video Clips
Arnie Cohen shot the entire Outlaws at Atco Pro Mod race and Go Drag Racing has them all available for download.
Doug Foley To Be Released This Afternoon
CAYUGA, Ontario (September 27, 2006) – Doug Foley will be released from West Haldimand General Hospital in Ontario this afternoon. Following a crash at Toronto Motorsports Park on Monday, Foley was rushed to West Haldimand General for observation. He was then temporarily transported to Hamilton General Hospital for further screening, and then back to Haldimand. The doctor has already issued his release papers, and Foley will fly to his home in New Jersey this evening. Family and friends with Foley said the hospital and nurses have been very accommodating, and Doug is in much better spirits today.
Billy Meyer Q&A
Billy Meyer was in the finals 20 percent of the time during his NHRA racing years. Not bad for a guy who was also racing in IHRA events, doing match races as well as running any number of businesses.
Qatar set for racing extravaganza
Motor sport fans in Qatar are in for a riveting period of bike and car racing in the new season.
Rick Kopp fueled by passion for drag racing
Many of us lead busy, fast-paced lives, but Top Dragster racer Rick Kopp never stops.
Bishop Racing Offers $20,000 Racing Photography Contest
Stuart Bishop has orchestrated an Australia-wide photographic competition where junior, amateur and professional photographers go in the running to win cash and prizes worth more than $20,000, courtesy of Wallace Bishop Jewellers.
Waterloo man big on boat drag racing
Most people have heard of drag racing, but have they heard about boat drag racing?
Local woman to honor late husband’s drag racing legacy
Southern funny car match racer Skeeter Hernandez will be inducted posthumously into the Old Drag Racers Reunion Hall of Fame at the sixth annual Old Drag Racers Reunion in Florida.
Richard Caleal, 94, Who Helped Design Innovative ’49 Ford, Dies
Richard D. Caleal, a self-taught automotive designer who, working at his kitchen table, helped create the 1949 Ford — the compact, streamlined and hugely popular car credited with lifting the company out of its postwar financial slump — died last Saturday in West Bloomfield, Mich.
Burton Ends a Nearly 5-Year Winless Drought
Jeff Burton is the NASCAR equivalent of the NHRA's Richie Stevens, enjoying a win after several dry years. But in NASCAR, under the soon to be adopted by NHRA 'Chase' rules, Burton is now leading the championship points.
A Boat Racing on Biodiesel, but Running Low on Money: Pete Bethune's goal was simple: to complete the fastest circumnavigation of the globe in a motorboat while using nothing but biodiesel, renewable fuel that can be made with salvaged French fry grease, refined soybean oil and other organic and recycled oils.
Prequel to a Hydrogen Future: Driving G.M.’s Fuel Cell Prototype
If an afternoon behind the wheel of General Motors’ latest prototype hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Sequel, is any indication, automotive powertrains of the future will not feel much different from the engines that drive today’s cars and trucks.
Following an Electronic Voice Through the Back Roads of Kansas
There was no longer any such thing as the blithe anonymity of an unfamiliar landscape. I felt that the earth had been well and truly surveyed. Again and again, I turned off the calculated route — following my nose across country — and the G.P.S. patiently rearranged its plans.
Fueled up for the highway to heaven
The loving husband, father and grandfather, house painter extraordinaire and well-known local hot-rod collector may have been dead. But he still had style.
Moonshine Runners & Cars They Drove
Tom Wolfe Dubbed Junior Johnson and the North Carolina Moonshine Runners the Last American Heroes and We All Know Their Connection to NASCAR. But Who Were These Guys? And What Did They Drive?
Taking Delivery at the Plant to See Their Babies Born
Today’s hyperefficient assembly plants are not welcoming environments for a strolling visitor. But a few factories, including some that build cars with followings of devoted enthusiasts, let buyers witness the entire creation process.

Monday, September 25, 2006

2006 IHRA Toronto Final Results
Final event story coverage from Cayuga. Round results and points standings to follow.
2006 NHRA Dallas Final Results
Final eliminations results and updated NHRA Powerade championship points standings after the 2006 O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas.
2006 IHRA Toronto Postpnned Until Monday
Due to inclement weather, IHRA officials have postponed Sunday’s eliminations of the Canadian Nationals at Toronto Motorsports Park.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Samoa strip wraps up racing today
Today marks the last regularly scheduled race for the 2006 season at the Samoa Drag Strip, and this year was one that saw many familiar names near the top of the rankings.
2006 NHRA Dallas Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the 2006 O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex.
2006 IHRA Toronto Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the 2006 IHRA Canadian Nationals at Toronto Motorsports Park.
Mid-Michigan Motorplex Hosts the 5th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Drag Race
Affordable head to head drag racing, "instant green" starts, and good times are on tap for Saturday, October 14 at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Abby Christian roars to drag racing title
After 10 years of competition, the Abbotsford Christian Knights drag racing team has its first-ever national title.
Drag racing days now behind him
With the exception of the skin grafts on his right hand, there is little to remind Bruce Allen of the horrific crash that ended his NHRA drag racing career nearly one year ago.
A storied career
Stories? A few. Easy if you've racked up as many miles racing as Marshall Mormyluk has.
Stewart Finds He's Racing From Outside
Tony Stewart is finding out what it's like to compete as an asterisk to the proceedings, as one of the 33 stock-car racers shut out of this season's NASCAR Chase for Championship.

Friday, September 22, 2006

2006 NHRA Dallas Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying results from the 2006 O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Ennis, Texas.

ANRA Fall Nationals Photos
Gary Brown sent photo coverage of the winners in action at the ANRA Fall Nationals at Palmdale, California, on September 9.
2006 IHRA Toronto Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying results from the 2006 IHRA Canadian Nationals in Cayuga, Ontario, Canada.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

TV host seriously hurt in crash
Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond remains seriously ill in hospital after a crash in a jet-powered car while filming for the BBC programme.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

In Midst of Nascar Title Chase, the Also-Rans Tiptoe
Since NHRA is going in this direction with its own 'Chase,' I guess we'd better keep an eye on how this deal is working within NASCAR. bp
Honda sees possible ethanol breakthrough
Honda announced Thursday that it may have found a breakthrough in converting leaves, plant stalks and other biowaste into the alternative fuel ethanol.
Philanthropy Google’s Way: Not the Usual plans to develop an ultra-fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid car engine that runs on ethanol, electricity and gasoline.
Last Flings of the Season for a Fuzzy Dice Fraternity
There is not much cruising at most cruise nights, but you will find lots of car enthusiasts reliving their youth.
Detroit Flails in Latest Effort to Reinvent Itself
Despite insisting all this year that they had solutions to their financial struggles well in hand, both the Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Group conceded Friday that the steps they had taken were not working and that more bad news was coming in one of the deepest auto industry crises in Detroit's history.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Sunday, September 17, 2006

UK Pro Mod Loses Wheel!
Alan Currans of the Acceleration Archive asked UK photographer Peter Donaldson to share these dramatic shots of Gordon Appleton losing a wheel after launching his '68 Camaro Pro Mod.
2006 NHRA Maple Grove Postponed Due to Rain
The 22nd annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway were rained out and are rescheduled for Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1.
Peter Donaldson's Drag Racing Photos
A bazillion British drag racing photos.

Friday, September 15, 2006

2006 NHRA Maple Grove Friday Rained Out
Friday's two professional qualifying sessions at the 22nd annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway were rained out and will not be made up.

King Kong Meets Brute Force
Flyin' Phil takes a whack at editing a great piece of fiction written by Carlos & Mary Cedeno about their restored King Kong Anglia.
Hoyttech Helmet Cams
Holy helmet cam, Batman! Helmet cams and in car cameras.
Covering the unlimited speed trials of the world's salt flats.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Drag strip not closing, owner says
Elmer Wachter was admittedly surprised this weekend when he learned of a report that his Mason-Dixon Dragway was closing at the end of the year.
Sunshine, Salt and Speed: The Fastest Show on Earth
The 3,000-square-mile salt plain 120 miles west of Salt Lake City, bisected by Interstate 80, is one of the few places on earth suited to driving vehicles as fast as they can go.
Biofuels Come of Age as the Demand Rises
The biodiesel industry is coming of age as demand for renewable fuels increases.
How low can gasoline prices go?
After marching relentlessly higher this year, gasoline prices suddenly have made a sharp U-turn in the past few weeks. And analysts say consumers can expect even more relief at the pump in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Fun Drag Racing Trivia
Which Funny Car driver is the nephew of famous drag racers Art and Jack Chrisman? If you don't know this, or several other trivial facts, get over to this site... Updated!
Flyin' Phil Elliott's Nitro Nova funny car build up website has been updated with two new chapters. We also gave it a little face lift for good measure. Read along as the Flyin' one attempts to do the impossible -- build a nitro fueled nostalgia funny car on a non-existent budget.

60s Funny Cars Site Updated
Danny White has partnered with several of our top correspondents to put together four more pages of the 60s funny cars site. You've seen sneak peeks on, but they are all uploaded to the main site now. Enjoy, flopper fanatics!
NHRA Newsmakers
This week's inside glimpse at the world's fastest motorsport.

Monday, September 11, 2006

2006 IHRA Epping Final Results
Final eliminations results and up to date 2006 IHRA eMax championship points standings after the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers.
2006 Norwalk and Indy Personal Bests
Steve ran the numbers and offers up the updated personal best performances from 2006 IHRA Norwalk and NHRA Indy.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Drag racing not dragging its feet on gender
Shirley Muldowney arguably is the most significant female sports figure of the last century, having competed not only against women, but also against men – and with great success. She opened the door for women in drag racing decades ago, and many women today are able to walk through that door when given the right opportunity.
Bruce Litton Conscious After Top Fuel Crash
EPPING, N.H. (September 10, 2006) – Top Fuel driver Bruce Litton, of Indianapolis, Ind., was conscious, alert and talking following a top-end crash during the IHRA’s North American Nationals drag race in Epping, N.H. The driver was competing against Bobby Lagana Jr. in the semifinal round of the event. The on-site physician at New England Dragway ordered Litton to be transported by helicopter to Massachusetts General in Boston.
2007 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductees Named
The following individuals have been selected for the induction into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame on March 15th 2007.

1-Kenny Bernstein
2-Frank Bradley
3-Donnie Hampton
4-Ted Jones
5-Jim McLennan
6-Dale Pulde
7-Don Schumacher
8-Dave Uyehara
9-Dave Zeuschel
10-Darrell Zimmerman

Don Garlits
Selection Committee
2006 FIA European Finals live coverage
The final round of the European Championships is taking place at Santa Pod Raceway in the UK this weekend and are on-site and reporting live with race reports, photo galleries, pit notes and webcam.
2006 IHRA Epping Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the 2006 Amalie Oil North American Nationals.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

NHRA honchos fuel anger
I was appalled after the National Hot Rod Association announced last week it plans to implement a bastardized version of NASCAR's in-season playoff format. A week later, the timing of the decision by drag racing's Mr. Peabody and Friends looks even more shortsighted.
2006 IHRA Epping Friday Qualifying Results
Day one professional qualifying results from the 2006 Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers in Epping, New Hampshire.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It's 5 times the fun
Two drivers who have made O'Reilly Raceway Park their personal playground this decade were at it again Monday as Tony Schumacher and Greg Anderson each drove away with his fifth trophy from the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
NHRA Newsmakers
Your inside glimpse at the world’s fastest motorsport.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

From the Marbles: What a drag
Although I enjoy all different forms of motorsport, I've always had a special place in my heart for watching two cars race side-by-side down the quarter-mile.
The National Hot Rod Association for years has been forced to crown its drag racing champions before the end of the season due to its points system. There had been discussions for years about changing the system, but it took last year's Funny Car title run – combined with NASCAR's successful Chase system – to convince NHRA officials to change their championship format.
Recollections of the Last Drag Race
Carl Olson has had a long and storied career in drag racing, from winning top fuel racer to Vice President of NHRA's international operations, but the last drag race at Lions Drag Strip remains the highlight of his career.

Monday, September 04, 2006

2006 NHRA Indy Final Results
Final eliminations results and up to date NHRA Powerade Championship points standings after the 2006 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
In Memory of Ronnie Sox Decals
The Ronnie Sox Foundation has been formed by Diane Sox and Buddy Martin to aid several of Ronnie's favorite charities. Proceeds raised through this foundation will support charities in Ronnie's Memory among them being St. Jude Children's Research Foundation and the National Prostate Cancer Coalition. Anyone making a donation will receive a specially created "In Memory of Ronnie Sox" decal crafted specifically for the Foundation. Send your contributions, payable to the "Ronnie Sox Foundation," to Diane Sox, at 1673 Independence Court, Richmond, VA 23238. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the prompt return of your decal(s).
2006 NHRA Indy Final Qualifying Results
Final eliminations results from the Skoal Showdown, plus final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the $2.6 million Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Nostalgia Pro Comp Association
Don't miss the NPCA Fall Nationals at Indy on September 9 and 10. This organization really takes car of the little guy nostalgia racer and offers a ton of thrills for the fans with diggers, floppers, altereds, and more.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

2006 NHRA Indy Saturday Qualifying Results
Final Ringers Gloves Pro Stock Bike results and day two pro qualifying results from the 52nd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.
Hot Wheels - Ed Shaver's AMX
Ed Shaver was a US Serviceman based in the UK and his Hot Wheels sponsored AMX is probably THE most desirable Hot Wheels AMC product ever made.
2006 Brainerd, Memphis, Martin Personal Bests
Steve Klemetti studied the results from 2006 NHRA Brainerd and Memphis and IHRA Martin and came up with a list of new personal best performances for the participating teams.
2006 NHRA Indy Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying results from the 2006 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
Tribute planned for late racer
During the last five years of his life, drag-racing legend Ronnie Sox lived quietly near Richmond with his wife playing golf, watching NASCAR and dining with friends. But when the couple hit the road for car shows and drag-racing events, fans lined up for autographs.

Friday, September 01, 2006

NHRA's Countdown doesn't add up
Instead of letting the spotlight shine solely on drag racing's biggest weekend of the year, the NHRA opted Wednesday to release its 2007 pro tour schedule and unveil its version of NASCAR's Nextel Cup Chase for the championship.