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Kings of the Quarter-Mile : Rail-jobs, Slingshots & Mid-engine Dragsters - Lou Hart

Kings of the Quarter-Mile

Rail-jobs, Slingshots & Mid-engine Dragsters

By: Lou Hart

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When our young heroes began returning from World War II, they applied the knowledge gained from Uncle Sam towards the fledgling hot rod movement. While speeds increased, rodders learned the hard way just how dangerous it was to “drag it out” on the city streets. In the mid ‘50s, organized drag racing gave hot rodders a safe place to race. Cars evolved from pre-war coupes and sedans to crude “rail jobs,” which were stripped and narrowed frame rails with nothing more than an engine, driveline, seat, and steering gear. As hot rodders were the true Mothers of Invention, the cars later became hand-made, finely crafted “Slingshot Dragsters.” Dubbed the “Kings of the Sport,” these supercharged, fuel-injected Slingshots burned exotic fuels and captured the attention of every young enthusiast from coast to coast. The cars dazzled with gleaming chrome, Candy Apple, Pearlescent, and Metalflaker paint jobs, while the nitromethane fuel produced an unforgettable thunderous sound. This new volume contains all the stars that waged war on quarter-mile strips of asphalt from California to Maine. It’s a vivid pictorial display that captures the true essence of extreme acceleration in all its glory.

ISBN: 9781583882344
ISBN-10: 1583882340
Series: Photo Gallery
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st June 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.66