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The Golden Age Of Drag Racing Part 3

HOT ROD Logo By Petersen Publishing Archives, Dave Wallace, Thomas Voehringer of HOT ROD | Slide 1 of 40

Part Three: 1963 — Introduction

Bans. Perhaps the biggest news of this pivotal season involved a temporary end to one unpopular ban and the beginning of another. They affected the hottest, fastest spectator attractions of the early ’60s. Although his seven-year-old, pump-gas mandate would still be in effect for open competition at NHRA-sanctioned strips and the ’63 U.S. Nationals, Wally Parks shocked the sport by adding an invitational, “experimental” Top Fuel Eliminator to his only other national event, the Winternationals. He did it again by outlawing jet propulsion. While aircraft powerplants had been banned from actual competition since 1960 but allowed to make exhibition runs, these new “weenie roasters” were strictly forbidden, despite a solid safety record to date. NHRA’s controversial verdict was reached after 84 percent of its track operators voted in agreement with president Parks, according to HOT ROD.

(Pictured: Art Malone)

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