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The Golden Age of Drag Racing Part 5

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Mickey Thompson Drag City

Welcome to Part 5 of The Golden Age of Drag Racing. In this installment, we'll focus on 1965.

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 evolution 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.

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

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