Author Bob McClurg is one of the best-known drag racing action photographers in the world. His vintage photos appear monthly in Popular Hot Rodding magazine.
This book includes nearly 400 stunning action photographs,mostly in color,of drag racing's golden era -- 1965 to 1980.
Drag racing is one of the biggest spectator and participant sports in the nation -- there are more than 200 drag strips across the country,most of which have racing two to three nights a week.
In the '60s, drag racing evolved from a "run what ya brung" grass roots effort to a full-blown professional motorsport - along the way, it created some of the most exciting racing and race cars ever built. And Bob McClurg was there with a camera. McClurg is an accomplished magazine writer and photographer, but he's best known for his drag racing images of the '60s and '70s - his lens captured all the action of the Roadsters, Gassers, Altereds, Top Fuel, Funny Cars, Pro/Stocks, and even the modern age of nostalgia drag racing. Now for the first time, McClurg's best drag racing photos are brought together in one volume - a book that every drag racing fan will have to see. With more than 350 color and black-and-white photos, this book is an exciting visual history of the sport's most exciting years - the Golden Age of drag racing.
Foreword by John Force, 12-time NHRA Funny Car season points champion.
About the Author
Bob McClurg has been involved with cars ever since he knew what they were.As a kid he hung around at a barber shop in Orange, Calif.that had all the hot rod-type magazines an 8- to 10-year-old kid could read.Across the street was a used car lot which was usually full of Chevrolets, and on a good day even a Corvette or two. Next door was a shop owned by Jack Hart, who later became the National Hot Rod Association's first Competition Director. McClurg spent as much time there as he could, & Jack always took the time to answer his many questions. In 1963 McClurg attended his first drag race at Lions Drag Strip. In 1964, he snuck onto the starting line at the National Hot Rod Association Winternationals and took his first drag racing photos and was hooked. He started working for the Orange Daily News, and then for the Anaheim Bulletin, as a sports photographer and refined his skills as a high-speed automotive photographer on weekends at drag races. He later worked for Super Stock magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and in 1978 went to work as photo editor for Hot Rod Magazine.In 1983 he became editor of Hot Rod Corvette and Kit Car magazines. He left in 1986 to work as editor of Mustang Illustrated Magazine for 14 years, during which time he also created Ford High-Performance Magazine. McClurg left the company in 1998 and continues to work as a successful freelance photographer. Diggers, Funnies, Gassers and Altereds is McClurg's fifth book.
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