Drag Racing's Glory Days, Part 1
This documentary, hosted by Dave Despain, features incredible footage from the 1971 NHRA SuperNationals in Ontario, Ca. There are neat interviews with Dick Landy and classic footage of Top Fuelers and Funny Cars. This two-parter is 30 minutes in length.
Drag racing's 1st live TV show Lions Drag Strip KTTV 1961.mov
On September 16, 1961, history was made at Lions Drag Strip (Wilmington/Long Beach, CA), when local Los Angeles television station KTTV (Channel 11) aired the first-ever "live" drag racing TV program. Hosted by Bill Welch, plus the legendary track's first manager and iconic hot rodder, Mickey Thompson. Clip is from Part 1 of the three-disk DVD trilogy "Lions - The Greatest Drag Strip", by Don Gillespie. Early day film clips include Tom McEwen, Dode Martin, Zane Shubert, Bob Muravez and Gary Cagle. TV show was the result of manager Thompson's second job, as a pressman for the Los Angeles Times, and friendship with its owners, the Chandler Family, whom also owned KTTV. Each "Lions - The Greatest Drag Strip" DVD is nearly two hours in length, and chronicles the track's incredible history from its opening in October 1955 thru "The Last Drag Race", held on December 2, 1972.
Sportsman Drag Racing in the '70s and '80s
The grass roots of Drag Racing, the weekend warriors, my old racin' buddies, as we were 25 or 30 years ago. Includes some exhibition cars too. These are pictures and video that I took at US 131 Dragway in Martin, MI, Central Michigan Dragway in Stanton MI, Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd Minnesota, and Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis IN. The soundtrack is just me jammin' on some Foreigner and Police.
Vintage 1970's Drag Racing - rare footage