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What got you hooked on DRAG RACING??!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flatheadz-forever, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. flatheadz-forever
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 501

    from new jersey

    About 3-4 years ago I was at saac 33 in millville new jersey at the not even finished millville roadcourse. Saac is a mostly shelby only club with the exception of tigers, bosses, and gt-40's. I loved watching the cobras and gt-350s rippin' up the road course but what really caught my eye was a 1969 rice-holman (al Joneic) boss 429 drag car (I know it is not a hamb accepted car but....) anyway the car was brought there by a restorer along with other high dollar restored fords. The car had this mean attitude about it that it had me from first sight. I religiously looked the car over, and over, after a few minutes later a man from the restoration shop that brought it asked me if I wanted to sit in it I said yes PLEASE!. I felt like a million bucks sit'n behind that wheel. While I am taking everything in : the sheetmetal interior the toggle switches the big hurst stick stickin outta' the floor it was impressive, the man says" wanna start her up" I swear I never smiled so big. He told me what to do and I started it up man that sucker was loud open header full boat I believe pro stock motor, My highlight of it was when he said gas it up! I was about 10-11 at the time and I had always loved drag racing but when this happened I really was hooked, Hope you all enjoyed my story time to hear yours.
  2. shoprat
    Joined: Dec 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,109

    Member Emeritus
    from Orange, CA

    It's a decease! I love it myself even at my level for years.
  3. CruZer
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,904


    Having an older cousin give me his old Hot Rod mags back in 1956 when I was 9.
    I didn't get to actually see a drag race until I was 16.
  4. old soul
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,094

    old soul
    from oswego NY

    The burning of the rubber the jamming of the gears the bending of the neck.
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  5. CruZer
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,904


    I should put a plug in here for Tom Cotters new book on the life of Tommy Ivo. I just read it and it's great. Lot's of pix for us "non-readers".
  6. flatheadz-forever
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 501

    from new jersey

    My dad and I were out driving in a friends 2010 shelby gt500 and a guy we new came up and said whats on the menu for dinner fried tires, witha side of shredded rubber?
  7. frankenfords
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 278

    from SoCal

    My dad took me to OCIR when I was 8 years old. I've never been the same since.

    As night fell, right before they started running the funny cars, I remember the announcer saying "As the sun sets in the acid haze, we bring you.. (both cars on the starting line fire off, growling and spitting nitro flares out the pipes) ... DRAG RACING!"

    I still have the Budwiser King poster and the Pit Pass that I got that day.
  8. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,773

    from Michigan

    Been hooked since I was 10 years old....
    And of course..... This guy! :)....

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  9. fifTsix
    Joined: Jul 26, 2008
    Posts: 486

    from TEXAS

    My dad taking me and my brother for a cruise in his screaming 55 Chevy 4 on the floor!
  10. justabeater37
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,219

    from Iowa

    My neighbor took to me to the World Series at Cordova. He was a roundy round guy but knew a guy racing a Brogie 27T super comp car. That was the better part of thirty years ago and I still hang out with the guys that were there racing that night when I get a chance. I found drag racing was one of the hardest addictions to kick of all my bad habits, but my billfold thanks me.
  11. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,756

    from vail az

    A friends dad took us to Lyons. Tommy Ivo in his peppermint stripe dragster was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. Big Daddy when he was just Big D. lol.
    I was at the Grand opening, and the closing of OCIR. I met Linda Vaughn there too.
    Now THATS all it took. I was just a kid but cars, really fast cars, and babes.
    What could go wrong here?
  12. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,218


    my dad took me to detroit dragway in 1968 I was 5 to watch our cousin race
    my older brother got bored and fell asleep I had to be pryed off the bleachers

    after I got married and the kids came along I did a 12 step program away from going 12 seconds and I fell off the wagon again about 4 years ago
  13. troylee
    Joined: Jul 10, 2007
    Posts: 683


    Nitro funny cars. in 1975 or 76. I still get a little chub everytime I hear one.
  14. 61 chevy
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 891

    61 chevy

    the cars,speed,noisy,burning rubber,the smoke, wheel stands,hp, paint jobs, ford veres chevy,nitro, O also the grils,and beer:D
  15. chevelle bob
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 209

    chevelle bob
    from Linton

    Actually my Mother did. When I was in second grade she used to take me to the strip to watch the drags. Then the next year Don Garlits came to the track to do a match race with Dale Funk. Been a huge Garlits fan ever since. Never have raced personally except drag racing slot cars but always been a big fan.
  16. das858
    Joined: Jul 28, 2010
    Posts: 656


    I was hooked when my Dad took me to a 16 car Top Fuel show in August of 1969. It was the first time I ever saw Big Daddy run, I've been ruined ever since.
  17. Mark Hinds
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 544

    Mark Hinds
    from pomona ca

    The first smell of Nitro at San Gabriel 1963....
  18. Seeing the drags for the first time in INDY in the early 80s, my friends dad took us, I was blown away.
    From that day forward it became a part of me.
  19. 71Dart440
    Joined: Dec 21, 2008
    Posts: 95

    from Wichita KS

    - Where to start?!?!? Got the bug in the 70's with:
    - Brother-inlaws 68 Plymouth GTX (440 powered)
    - Standing directly behind a 4-speed, tunnel rammed, 10KRPM, open headered 67 - Camaro launch on the streets of Philly
    - Muscle cars left and right driven daily in the 70's roasting tires on block long burnouts
    - Street Racing in Philly (Front St.; Delaware Ave; Passyunk Ave. etc.)
    - Could go on, and on, and on...
  20. afaulk
    Joined: Jul 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,187


    names like The Hawiian and Swamp Rat smokin' the hides for a quarter mile inflamed my imagination. I'll be 60 in December and still have the disease--and the HP to smoke-em myself though not in a HAMB accepted car (well maybe, 63 Vette)
  21. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,130


    Friend took me to Santa Ana in the summer of '57...first car I watched as a spectator was a bright red '29 roadster, smoked off the line and ran around 129...said "Harrell Engines, Los Angeles" on the side, I soon realized that it was Willy Borsch driving and that that first run I saw hooked me...Gene Adams was there in his Olds fastback B/G, Don Rowe in Pancho Gonzales dragster, etc...
  22. B/G and altered roadsters!
  23. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,265


    What got you hooked???
    I thought it was a GIVEN that boys liked drag racing..........
  24. Poor Horatio
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 40

    Poor Horatio
    from Mayberry

    Well it all started for me when my uncle took me to Beach Bend raceway. The first cars i seen go down the drag strip was a top fuel dragster. Thats when i decided that i wanted to bee a top fuel dragracer.
  25. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 755

    from Wis.

    Pic of 67 Grumpy's Toy
  26. Hemiman 426
    Joined: Apr 7, 2011
    Posts: 484

    Hemiman 426
    from Tulsa, Ok.

    In summer of 1964, my uncle took my cousin and I to Cecil County Drag Strip . That night I saw some goofy looking old coupes with their front ends jacked up a mile high and throwing exhaust flames as they went down the track! I can still hear those engines! If only I had a camera......
  27. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Who says I'm hooked? I've quit several times...:rolleyes:
  28. Well first when I was a kid and didn't have a license yet, it was Keith Jackson and ABC Wide World of Sports that I never missed.

    Then when I got a little older I'd ride my mini bike down a trail to a shop that had several drag cars in it. A few times I would go along with one of the guys from the shop to Lancaster Speedway to watch live drag racing. That's where I fell in love with a particular car driven by a particular driver. It was a local car driven by a somewhat famous guy. The guy was Jim Oddy and his car at the time was his Blown Injected 426 Hemi Powered Opal GT gasser. It was that car that truely sealed the deal for my love affair with small cars with big engines, gassers and drag racing. Today I run an Oddy built 408 SBC in my Nova Wagon. Funny how things go!

    Here is the only photo I could find of Oddy's Opal GT. I also included a shot of Oddy's Austin he had prior to the Opal.


  29. ardyboy
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 664


    Hearing SUNDAAAYYYY NIAGARAAAA on the local radio stations. My buddys dad would fill his 58 Buick Special with us kids and take us to see the spectacle. RIP Art Murray and thank you.
  30. magoozi
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,698

    from san diego

    The little red wagon, man I love that thing

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