Never got hit by shrapnel but in the very early 60's we'd stand so close to the line at York US 30 we'd have to keep our eyes closed while the fuelers, with pre-zoomie weed burners staged, just so we'd be able to open them and see absolutely nothing but tire smoke when they launched. The view from the stands was way better but we thought we were cool standing up close. Young and dumb. First time I went to York was 1961 when I saw Ammon R Smith and Emerich Chevrolet both running 1961 409's. The Emerich car had a galvanized hood scoop that looked like it was made in a 7th grade shop class. Sometime in '61 or '62 I saw Arfon's jet car and the Speed Sport Sidewinder roadster at York. One of my favorites was Bob Carroll's beautiful blown hemi competition coupe (Marietta PA) with a baby blue Topolino body. Bob's son gave me some video of his dad's early years when he ran a 32 coupe with a flathead on fuel and then his first Fiat altered with the same engine. Unfortunately, I'm too fucking dumb to figure out how to post it here. Another early 60's favorite was Clyde Harnish's B/D (at least I think it was B) with an injected Chevy and a 4 speed in a much modified 32 Ford frame(!). He'd use third and fourth when really racing but in time trials he'd sometimes use all 4 gears and yank the front end in the air on every shift, just to show off. Nothing like a dragster pulling a 4th gear wheelie at speed to get the crowd going and while this ride was crude, he was a consistent winner. Also can't forget Bruce Larson in his pre-funny car days driving the Costillo (sp?) and Larsen 289 Cobra in A/SP and knocking off all the 327 fuelie Corvettes. I actually beat him for Street Eliminator one time with my puny F/SP Corvette (with about a 3 second handicap!!!!) but I don't remember any other Corvette beating that Cobra.