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The Golden Age Of Drag Racing Part 1

HOT ROD Logo By Petersen Publishing Archives, Dave Wallace of HOT ROD | Slide 1 of 29

Introduction

In each of five upcoming installments, we’ll revisit one drag-racing season, 1962 through 1966, in chronological order. This introductory installment hints at the good stuff to come, from ads and unseen action photos to magazine covers and shop scenes.

While opinions inevitably vary about exactly when this young sport’s so-called Golden Age started and stopped, we’re going with the five-year span that produced the fastest evolutions of innovation, performance, and popularity. As the final full season of NHRA’s seven-year fuel ban, ’62 seemed like a logical starting point. As the first season for the flip-top Funny Cars that changed everything, for better or worse, ’66 is a natural closing chapter—for now, that is.

Petersen Publishing Co.'s incomparable photo archives go back to 1955 (Petersen is the erstwhile publisher of Hot Rod and other enthusiast magazines). The slides are of a quality previously unseen, so toggle the full screen and enjoy.

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