British Drag Racing: The Early Years

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, May 1, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 96 pages
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A detailed look at the first ten years of drag racing in Britain from 1960-1969, complemented by 100 color pictures. It includes the visits by American dragsters, and the running of drag races on RAF airstrips by a growing band of enthusiasts with home-built machines. 1966 saw the opening of Santa Pod Raceway, Britain's first permanent drag strip; this book takes a look at the first four seasons racing there, and the development of the facility as entries and performances increased.


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Santa Pod opens 1966
Gathering speed 1967
Battle of the giants 1968
End of an era 1969

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About the author (2011)

Nick Pettitt is a recognized expert on British drag racing history. He has produced over 70 DVDs on the subject, using cine film and video footage combined with his own researched narration. From 1995-2000 he raced a Chevy-powered nostalgia slingshot dragster at various drag strips in the UK, and currently drives a Ford Popular hot rod on the street. Nick has written two articles on British drag racing history for Custom Car magazine. In 2008 he was asked to join the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, both as a board member and as their historian, and has been writing the profiles for the new inductees.

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