Drag racing and its impact on the motorsports world
Posted 06 September 2001 - 01:32
I do know that Richard Petty drag raced sometime during the 1960's, anybody out there got a pic of his car?
And from my own personal endeavors, I know that Masten Gregory's interest in motorsports started out drag racing on the streets. I am sure that quite a few other American drivers interests in racing started out hod rodding and drag racing on the streets too. Side note, I recently was able to talk to one of Masten's drag racing buddies the other day. And he told me some good stories. There is a street in Kansas City that they used to drag race on that was a desolate area away from all the police. This street (Troost) was uphill and they used to race up the hill and someone would stand at the top of the hill to watch for the cops and serve as a start/finish line. He vividly remembers Masten asking him all the time in his drawl, "Jerry, you wanna go to Twoost and wace?
Posted 07 September 2001 - 10:35
Posted 07 September 2001 - 20:15
Thanks for posting that pic Ford Prefect!
Posted 07 September 2001 - 20:24
He competed in NHRA drag racing for 10+ years.
In 1965 Danny became the first driver to exceed 200mph on a European track. He took his last US National Funny Car title in 1969. He also has the honour of beeing granted the NHRA Drag Racing Licence #1 in 1964.
Danny would later become an icon in Indycars. His friend Ted Field usually backed him with Interscope sponsorship.
He was also seen in Formula One and Group 5/IMSA Porsches.
Posted 07 September 2001 - 23:05