Ingenuity in Action - 1959 Hot Rods and Drag Racing Documentary by Hot Rod Magazine - Ella73TV

Hot Rod Magazine takes us on a cross country trip to compete in the September 1959 Hot Rod Nationals. We see all the action on the dragstrip - big cars, little cars, V8's are all seen. The film also features a number of personalities from the era including: Chuck Jones, racer from sidewinder crew in Long Beach, California Wally Parks, president of NHRA Ed Cole, general manager of Chevrolet Robert Petersen, publisher of Hot Rod Magazine Mr. Tex Colbert, president of Chrysler Corporation . . Ella73TV - https://www.youtube.com/user/Ella73TV2 - A curated collection of old films, newsreels & archive footage spanning the 20th century.

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