CompetitionPlus.com has uncovered another classic drag racing video gem.
This time, courtesy of Diamond P Sports, we bring you coverage of the 1977 NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ. Travel back in time when the term Summernationals was one of the major and ALWAYS meant drag racing in July at the famed Raceway Park.
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CompetitionPlus.com has uncovered another classic drag racing video gem.
We’ve uncovered another one of the popular 1970 drag racing documentaries, this one titled Wheels of Fire.
This documentary, according to the youtube.com channel was written and directed by Douglas Kent Hall. Wheels of Fire focuses on the lives of five major drag racers of the era: Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, Shirley Muldowney, Richard Tharp and Billy Meyer.
This hour long movie was produced by Texas race promoter Buddy Boren.
You can buy this video on DVD AT Dave Wallace’s Hot Rod Nostalgia online store. This video is a neat find on YouTube but to be appreciated you must see it on the big screen in your living room.
The video can be purchased here – HOT ROD NOSTALGIA
The staff of Competition Plus would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
In these troubled times it’s vitally important that we all stop and reflect upon the blessings we receive each and every day. Often, as we deal with the complexities of modern life we overlook many of the things that should be most important to us, the things that really matter.
For years and years, CompetitionPlus.com has asked members of the racing community to provide our readers with what they are most thankful for during this holiday season. This year's featured driver is Erica Enders-Stevens, driver of the Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker. Two weeks ago Erica made drag racing history by earning the first female NHRA Pro Stock championships.
We join her in celebrating being thankful for a lot.
The Super Chevy Show event series will join the Velocity Network as the newest TV program in the lineup of automotive-driven content with 13-episodes highlighting the 2015 season. Discovery Communications’ high-definition cable channel Velocity, will bring the same namesake Super Chevy Show into 62 million households across the U.S., and is scheduled to air on 13-consecutive weeks from October through December 2015.
With a focus on the car show, Velocity will follow the 2015 Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance tour with stops at each event across the country for 12 high-octane 30 minute Chevrolet-packed episodes. The 13th episode and season finale will spotlight the best cars of the tour.
The 2015 Mid Atlantic .90 Schedule will once again consist of 10 races on 5 weekends ranging from tracks such as Atco Dragway, Maple Grove Raceway & Cecil County Dragway. As always the series will consist of 3 categories of Super Comp (8.90), Super Gas (9.90) & Super Street (10.90).
It wasn’t just teased; it was GUARANTEED that Street Car Super Nationals X Presented by Chris Alston’s Chassisworks would shatter records and the Pacific Street Car Association delivered. In a weekend that saw Turky al Zafari double up by winning the Outlaw Pro Mod title here after taking the Anarchy at the Arch championship in August, class records fell early and often.
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was prepared masterfully by the track’s staff with the starting line manned by the NHRA’s Chief Starter Mark Lyle under near-perfect weather conditions. Larry Larson took the record for fastest-ever street car Thursday night and improved on that pass repeatedly until Sunday when he hit a Mind Blowing 5.950. In ProCharger Pro Radial, Roger Holder, always fast, not only won the event but took the title of fastest/quickest ever on a Drag Radial Tire with a monster ET of 6.127 at 245.54 mph. While al Zafiri kept his title of quickest-ever door-slammer with his ET of 5.461 seconds earned in St. Louis, Paul Mouhayet took the belt of fastest-ever with a pass of 273.39 mph. In MagnaFuel Outlaw 10.5, Canadian Nick Agostino had the fans not believing their eyes and ears as he set the new Small Block Outlaw 10.5 ET record with a 6.105 and on that same pass, broke both ends of the 1/8th-mile Small Block records (4.012/194.04). New Mexico racer Mark Meiering set a new mark with a 7.42/185.79 as the world's fastest Supercharged GT500.
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"Cyber" Monday, Dec. 1 and running until midnight, Dec. 7.
In a continued effort to grow its sportsman programs and continue to provide an abundance of options for its competitors, the International Hot Rod Association is pleased to announce a brand new, entry-level sportsman index class that will be run at select events in 2015.
The new class, currently labeled the No Throttle Stop (NTS) 11.50 class, will be run at four events in 2015 and will feature entry-level, heads-up index racing for racers without the need for additional expenditures.
In its nineteenth consecutive season the Painless Performance Products Outlaw Fuel Altered Association crowned it's ninth different series Champion at the final event of this year's season. John Broussard of Lake Charles, Louisiana not only won his first OFAA Championship, but also became the youngest person to do so at the age of 25. Broussard stepped into the seat of the family owned "Purple Haze" entry in 2007 after his father and crew chief Kevin passed the seat down to his son. The car is a 1932 bantam bodied 125" altered powered by a blown 526 cubic inch Alan Johnson alcohol burning combination.
Broussard was able to clinch the 2014 OFAA Championship despite not winning a single event in the eight race season. Consistency was the determining factor in a points battle that came down to the first round of eliminations of the final event in San Antonio. Broussard and three time defending Champion Jimmy Jones entered the event separated by just 1 point with Jones leading. After two rounds of qualifying in San Antonio, Broussard sat atop the pack to claim his fourth number one qualifying effort of the season and held the points lead by a slim margin as the first round of eliminations approached.
The Professional Drag Racers Association plans to field nine classes in their sophomore season. Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Junior Dragster and Top Junior Dragster will be contested at all ten 2015 events.
“We had a great turnout of racers for our inaugural year,” said PDRA's Bob Harris. “All classes are a big asset to the PDRA and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2015. We want to thank all our sponsors, racers and fans for a great 2014 season, as well as the media for their great coverage and support.”
The International Hot Rod Association announced that it will be returning to national event-style drag racing for its sportsman competitors beginning in 2015 with increased payouts, contingency and prestige at Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events across North America.
The 2015 edition of the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will return to the look and feel of traditional national event style class racing for competitors in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod.
Star Racing has kicked off its 35th Anniversary Season of Celebration with the announcement of a 30 Rider Challenge where one champion will win a prize package worth over $25,000 and the opportunity to be a teammate to 3-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion, Angelle Sampey and Rising Star Chaz Kennedy at one NHRA event in 2015.
“We want 2015 to be a year to remember at Star Racing,” said Founder and CEO George Bryce. “This Riders Challenge will give thirty different racers the chance to live their dream with our team at one NHRA event. We hadn’t even officially announced it and five people had already said I am in…where do I sign up.”
NHRA officials have released the 2015 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series schedule, headlined by the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car categories.
Entering its eighth season, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series features Nostalgia Funny Cars and Dragsters and has become a fan-favorite among drag racing enthusiasts across the country with classes for front engine dragsters, altereds and gassers.
The National Muscle Car Association (NMCA), along with series sponsor Flowmaster, announced the following official schedule for the 2015 season:
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