Rat rodders and “cacklefesters” recently came together with
nostalgia fuelers and Funny Cars for a fantasy weekend at Famoso
The personal 8mm movies of pioneer drag racers and lakes racers from the 1950s and ’60s have been merged into a fascinating new DVD, “The Way It Really Was: The Rough Cut.”
Burt Munro, Mickey Thompson, Norm Thatcher and the Summers brothers are among the legends filmed by their fellow racers at Bonneville. Just about every streamliner that ever raced is shown, in color.
Extensive dry-lakes footage includes a scary spinout recorded by a
primitive onboard camera.
Action and pit film from legendary drag strips at Long Beach, Santa
Ana, Riverside, Pomona, Fontana, Saugus, Fremont and Famoso
illustrates the evolutions not only of slingshot dragsters, altereds,
gassers and drag bikes, but also of “push cars” and female fashions.
Two hours long, “The Way It Really Was” (PN 6930) can be
purchased 24/7 from Hot Rod Nostalgia’s SECURE Web store at www.hotrodnostalgia.com
To charge to Visa or Mastercard, call (209) 293-2114 Monday through Friday, 9-5, PT. To order by mail, send $24.95 plus $8.95 delivery to Hot
Rod Nostalgia, P.O. Box 249, West Point, CA 95255-0249. (Calif.
residents, add $1.81 tax.) Your DVD will be rushed out the next
business day, via Priority Mail.