Nostalgia drag racing

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Nostalgia drag racing started in the mid 80's when old racers started using their front-engine dragsters, funny cars and Super Stockers to race again, and picked up in the early 90's.[1] The cars raced are a mixture between restored originals, while others are re-creations of older cars.[1] Today, you can find nostalgia drag racing events from coast-to-coast run by organizations, groups, tracks along with the NHRA and IHRA. Nostalgia drag racing is gaining in popularity as the original drag racers become old men and there are many nostalgia drag racing teams trying to preserve the vehicles and racing culture of the 1960s and 1970s.


After Henry Ford started making automobiles more affordable for Americans by manufacturing them on an assembly line, it wasn't long until people started racing them. Drag racing is defined as straight line speed races. Initially highly illegal, the first legal drag racing track was set up on an Orange County Airport runway in 1950 by C.J. Hart in Santa Ana, California.[2] In 1991, C.J. Hart was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.[2] In 1999 he also joined the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.[2]

Though 'drag racing' began with the meeting of the first few automobiles, its real allure began in the 1950s, fueled by such writers as Henry Felsen and the need for excitement not hindered by war and the Great Depression. Chuck Klein revived the 50s nostalgia of this era with set-in-the-fifties hot rod intensive books Circa 1957 and The Way it Was, Nostalgic Tales of Hot Rods and Romance and his columns in Street Rod Action Magazine and Nostalgia Drag World.[3][4][5]

Drag racing has continued, with six types of cars used: Top Fuel, Funny Cars, Pro Stock, Pro Stock bikes, Top Fuel Dragsters and Pro Stock trucks.[6] Top fuel cars are the fastest cars used, nitro methane fueled, can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in under a second and can reach 330 mph.[2][6] Funny cars are fueled by nitro methane and methanol, use a forward mounted engine on an aerodynamic carbon fiber car body.[6][7] Pro Stock cars are powered by gasoline, and cannot use turbo charging, super charging, or nitrous oxide.[6][7] Pro stock bikes are nitro methane-powered motorcycles which are regulated similarly to pro stock cars. Top Fuel Dragsters were built specifically for drag racing, use 90% nitro methane and 10% alcohol with an engine in the rear and use a parachute to slow them down at the end of a race.[7] Pro stock trucks use gasoline.[6]

Nostalgia Events[edit]

In 2008, in support of Nostalgia drag racing, NHRA Museum started the Hot Rod Heritage Series, which has races across the U.S. with most of the points races on the West Coast.[8] The Cacklefest features push starts with flames shooting out of the zoomies and the smell of nitro in the air everywhere.[9] The March Meet is the biggest sporting event in California every March.[10] In Marion, Ohio in August of each year is the largest gathering of old-school blown alcohol nostalgia funny cars at the Marion County Nostalgia Funny Car Nationals.


  1. ^ a b Tom Pohorilla. "Back In The Day". Nostalgia Drag World Magazine. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Douglas Martin (4 July 2004). "C.J. Hart, 93, Dies; Took Drag Car Racing From Dry Lake Beds to Success". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Chuck Klein. "Circa 1957 2nd Edition Revised and Expanded: Coming of Age: Girls, Cars and Rock & Roll". Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Chuck Klein. "The Way It Was: Nostalgic Tales of Hot Rods and Romance". Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Chuck Klein. "Last Knight". Nostalgia Drag World Magazine. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Drag racing". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "The History Of Drag Racing". Top Speed. June 1, 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "NHRA announces formation of Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series". Hot Rod Heritage. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "History". Cacklefest. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 March Meet". Auto Club Famoso. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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