its first two decades drag racing was somewhat free of strict
rules, corporate influence or formal protocol. Overall, drag
racers were not politically correct - in fact, just the opposite.
Most of the NHRA was made up of hard core racers, not wimpy accountants.
There were no "cookie cutter" cars accompanied with
hospitality rigs. The majority of us used open trailers and carried
our spare parts in milk cartons. From the early 1950's through
the 1970's the race cars were, for the most part, financed out
of pocket and innovation was foremost and many paid the ultimate
price for that innovation. Very few racers broke even - let alone
made a living... for what other reason would we do it? We loved
This site is
dedicated to all those who ... Did It For Love
John" Wiebe - AA/FD - Irwindale, 1970
an instant the night air literally explodes around you. The
ground rumbles under your feet. The unique aroma of nitromethane
assails your nostrils. Your eyes water... your eardrums
vibrate then your brain goes on hold.
right with the world!
John Shanks Photo