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December 31, 2001 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM DRAGLIST.COM! Our sincere best wishes to you and yours for a happy and restful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year! We have had a wonderful year at draglist.com with readership absolutely skyrocketing in the past few months. We will have shared our vision of "drag racing coverage from the hard core fan's point of view" with visitors hitting over 1.5 million page views in 2001. We are on track for over 3.5 MILLION page views in 2002! Thanks so much for making us part of your daily web surfing. We do it for the love of the sport and it is really gratifying that you choose to spend time with us. We hope to put in some big site upgrades soon. For now, we'll just say SEASON'S GREETINGS!

Drag Racing Story of the Day: More Memories of Caddo Mills. Olin Davis follows David Ray's lead and provides the story of the venerable Texas drag strip from the beginning.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: The Greene Machine Fuel Funny Car Blows a Slick at 275! Cheryl Greene sent along these Jon Gall photos of this weekend's action at the QUIT Motorplex in Western Australia. Allan Dobson in the Greene Machine funny car blows a slick and saves it.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: The Greene Machine Fuel Funny Car Blows a Slick at 275! Luke Nieuwhof sent this awesome video footage that captures the Greene Machine as it makes its full run, including blowing the slick sky high.

You write, you shoot, we print! We are always searching for new stories of the day AND movies of the week! If you have a drag racing memory you want to share with your fellow racers or drag fans OR if you have taken a good video clip, send it to bilden@draglist.com. Don't worry too much about spelling, grammar, and that stuff. All stories and photos will be credited to you and we can add a link to your site or email address. Let's make The Drag Racing List YOUR site -- send us a story!

Updated Draglist Links.

December 30, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Chevy II Much -- Inexpensive Funny Car Fun. From the great Northwest, Don MacGowan sent in a profile of his outrageous Chevy II alky funny car.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Crazy Jake Crimmins in the Swensen and Lani Vega Funny Car. Peter Kumble sent in another cool top end shot from the '74 Summernationals.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Robin Moore's Blown Ford Mustang. Sharkman provides film of one of Europe's baddest looking doorslammers.

December 29, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: How Dick Bell Once Scared the Hell Out of Me. David Hapgood talks about where and where NOT to stand during a funny car match race.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: The Triple Nickel D/Altered. Pete Garramone provides a shot of a neat car that exemplified backyard engineering in the '60s.

December 28, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Return of the Tee-Rat, One of Britain's Finest Fuel Altereds. Jeremy Cookson, one of our oldest drag racing friends (going back to the DRL's booklet days), provides the lowdown on the return of one of Britain's favorite hot rods.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Tom McEwen Wheelstands the Yeakel Plymouth Fuel Dragster in 1965. Paul Hutchins offers up another great shot from the glory days as the 'Goose gets 'em up at the AHRA Winters at Beeline, Arizona.

December 27, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Memories of Caddo Mills. Funny Car veteran David Ray talks about and shows photos from his first time at the drags.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Jim Boyd's Wild Ride in 1999 - Nostalgia Dragster Crash. Mark Hovsepian grabbed this awesome Jim Boyd crash footage at the 1999 California Hot Rod Reunion (Jim walked away).

December 26, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Let's Get an Injected Nitro Front Engine Dragster Class Going in NHRA Comp. Former Comp and Pro Comp racer Stu Sandhaus is building a car for A/ND alcohol but he wants to run fuel and he needs your support!

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Steve Tryon's '59 Corvette Blown Alcohol Funny Car. Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Lyle Greenberg was at the Pro Nitro event in 1999 and grabbed this shot of Tryon's great looking nostalgia-bodied 'Vette. 

December 25, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: The (Almost) Complete History of Drag Racing, 1949 through 1971. Bill "Badco" Ott takes us through a series of names that will bring back a flood of memories. Sit back and scan this list at your leisure.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Errol Quartermaine's DD/G Holden Torana. Luke Nieuwhof sent in this pic of a squirrelly Aussie doorslammer pulling the wheels in second gear.

December 24, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: The Fallon Film: Video Review of the ADRA Race from Fallon, Nevada. Danny White provides a no-holds-barred review of the Main Event Video release from ADRA Fallon.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: David Hirata's 270 MPH A/Fuel Dragster. Lee Ecker captured the second generation racer at Joliet this year as he took the FMDRS race in September.

December 23, 2001 - eDrags.com Hits the 'Net! We put up a new website this week, eDrags.com. eDrags.com is a drag racing "portal" that provides daily news updates and links to the best drag racing news, photo, and chat sites on the Internet. I designed it to be a perfect place to start your internet search each day. (Thinly veiled hint there!) Here's the link: http://www.edrags.com.

Drag Racing Story of the Day: Let's Get Funny Car Circuit Racing Going Again. James Morgan argues that there are so many good alky funnies out there, we should be able to put together a viable circuit. We jump on the bandwagon...

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: The Super Cat Mercury Cougar Funny Car. Joel Naprstek pulled this one out of the RaceCarArt archives and as always, provides a great history of the car as well as the shot.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: English Blown Alky Dragsters. Brian Fawcus provides this shot of two British alcohol dragsters going for it.

December 22, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Jr. Digger Winning Secrets. Fred Vosk takes a satiric look at modern drag racing that imagines a driver training program that begins at six months old and makes sure the "shoes" are schooled the proper corporate way.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Don Garlits Starts a Junior Fueler Match. Jeff Brunette sent in this shot of Large Father flipping the switch on two Junior Fuelers at Super Chevy Las Vegas.

December 21, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Photo Review: Murray Anderson - The Real Wizard of Oz. Brian Wood gathered photos from John Baremans, Murray Anderson, John Gall, Roger Richards, and Steve Embling to showcase the wide range of fast doorslammers produced by Australian Murray Anderson. Be sure to read the full story from yesterday.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Mr. Checkers and Linda Vaughn. Darr Hawthorne provides a photo of his dad chauffeuring lovely Linda around Hawaii in a checkerboard painted ragtop.

December 20, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Murray Anderson - The Real Wizard of Oz. Brian Wood introduces us to the man who has revolutionized doorslammer chassis construction from halfway around the world. Be sure to see the photos of Murray Anderson machines HERE.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: David Rowe in the Blue Chip Top Alcohol Funny Car. James Morgan showcases one of the toughest players in the rough and tumble Northeast alky wars.

December 19, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Congratulations to the 2001 IDRC World Champions. Michael Ferrara introduces the 2001 Import Drag Racing world champions and provides some background on their efforts.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Don Dicero's Dago Express II Blown Altered. Dawn Mazi-Hovsepian took this great shot of Don's neat machine at Sacto 2000.

December 18, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Bracket Racing a Vintage Dragster. John Spradlin cherishes his Hanna-built, Nancy-upholstered vintage digger and he makes the case for bracket racing it as an affordable hobby.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Gary Cagle's Fuel Roadster at Lions 1964. Proud son Troy Cagle sent in this shot of his dad smokin' 'em off at Lions in 1964.

December 17, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: SEMA Members Urged to Take Action. The legislators are after the hot rodders again. Read the story and click the links to find out what to do.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Dusty Rhodes Fuel Dragster at Lions 1965. Daryl Huffman offers up another classic from the golden era.

December 16, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: The State of the High Performance Industry. Jim Hill describes healthy participation at the PRI show and makes some predictions for 2002 and beyond.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Chris Stinson's Dream Weaver AMX Funny Car. Chris Stinson sent in this shot of his old Dream Weaver AMX funny car (the former Glass Rat machine). He wants it back. Have you seen it around?

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Super Street Drag Bikes at Speed. Tom "Sharkman" Ward captured two high winding Super Street bikes as they faced off in the Cannonball final at Santa Pod this year.

Updated Drag Racing Lists! We finally got a free weekend and updated all the drag racing lists. There are still a few races we need to get into the lists for 2001, but we thought it better to strike when the iron was hot instead of waiting. We will insert those stats into the lists as soon as possible and will try to get the lists updated again by the end of the year. Check out the Drag Lists page for all the new stats and rankings.

Updated Match Race Madness Game! When the Drag Lists get updated, the MRM game is not far behind! This time, we did it all on the same day, so retro-gamers, go get it! AND... we FIXED THE BUG! So once again you can race your "fantasy" car against all the stars! You can download the ORIGINAL two-out-of-three match race computer game HERE! 

December 15, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Having a Ball at Car Craft Magazine. Former editor Terry Cook tells about what a blast it was to work at Car Craft magazine in its heyday.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Jerry Williams' Wild Thing Outlaw Fuel Altered. Chris Graves grabbed another shot of a killer altered from the Southwest.

December 14, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: John's Once in a Lifetime Event. British superfan John Hutchinson tells about his trip to the World Finals and all the drag racing stars he met there.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Doug Vancil's Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley. Brian Wood sent in another awesome shot, this of the wicked Vance and Hines Fuel Harley.

December 13, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: 2001 Sport Compact Season Comes To an End At Moroso. Angela Wall provides full race and show results from the final import drag race of the year at Moroso Motorsports Park.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Stan Bowman's Flying Dutchman Vega Fuel Funny Car. Bob Strait got this cool shot of Bowman's tough flopper on a cold Ohio day.

December 12, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Fire Protection and Cockpit Intrusion. Franklin Ratliff outlines some innovative safety strategies for fuel cars that could be implemented within a year.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Funny Car Match Racing with the Vallco Game. Bob Plumer sent in this funny photo of East Coast alky funny car match racers John Speelman and John Paris putting aside their full size floppers for a while to compete against each other with the Vallco Drag Racing game.

December 11, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: A Front Engine Dream Come True. Christon Gerber tells how he found his dream car by finally acting on one of the classified ads in National Dragster.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: 1970 Bob Banning Dodge Challenger Pro Stock. Bill Peters shows us a simpler time in factory hot rod, including a "real" 1970 Dodge Challenger and a ramp truck.

December 10, 2001 - Draglist Links Hit 10,000! We eclipsed the 10,000 link mark this week on our Draglist Links page. That's a good round number... I don't think we'll go for 20,000. Still, if you have a drag racing or automotive website and we don't have you listed, go there now and Suggest a Link.

Drag Racing Story of the Day: Fuel and Rockets -- Dave and Vern Anderson, The Untold Story. Ron "Big Yohns" Johnson tells the tale of two Minnesota drivers who followed their dreams despite bad luck and tragedy.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Smax Smith's Oldsmobile Achieva Fuel Funny Car. Aidan Smith sent along this awesome photo of his father's funny car.

December 09, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Buying Parts with the Home Improvement Money. Gary Peters tells a well-known tale of the financial priorities of drag racers and their incredibly patient wives.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: The Burkholder Bros. Fiat AA/Fuel Altered Smoke's 'Em! Bob Plumer provides another jewel from the Drag Racing Memories vaults.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Raymond Raaymaker's Supercharged Outlaw Dragster Debuts Down Under. Carl Witt sent along this clip of a guy having big time fun with a low buck combo in Australia. Alex, I'll take blown alky dragsters for 200...

December 08, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Recap: History of the Big Bud Shootout. Rick Howard walks us through all the winners, runners up, qualifiers, and interesting notes from the hugely popular funny car shootout.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Grounds for Divorce -- Vauxhall Firenza Drag Racing Car. Anni Valder got a shot of a neat British doorslammer whose name is all too often true in the sport.

December 07, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Wheelstanding in the Kmart Parking Lot. Tommy McNeely tells a funny tale of firing up and running two wheelstanders in a shopping center parking lot for a TV feature.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Pat Foster in the Barry Setzer Vega Fuel Funny Car. Tom West got this arty shot of the baddest fuel coupe of the early '70s.

December 06, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: 2001 IDRC International Finals Results. Michael Ferrara fills us in on the full results from the big import drag series finals at LA County.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Spy Photo: An Eight Motored Nostalgia Fueler? Did Tom Delello really see a vintage Top Fuel car with EIGHT motors at Moroso last month?

December 05, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Citrus Nationals Notes - Greek vs. Fanning. Jet funny car crewmember Greg Brubaker reports on the Chris Karamesines versus Nitro Cow fuel dragster match at Moroso.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Hunchback! 600 HP 4-Cyl '53 Volvo Doorslammer. Hasse Karlsson sent us this great photo of the world's wildest 4-banger.

December 04, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Peter Kapiris Runs 6.07 for Top Doorslammer New World Record. Luke Nieuwhof was on hand in Perth this past weekend when Peter Kapiris' PSI-blown Studebaker became the world's quickest non-nitro doorslammer.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: European Drag Bike Champ Graham Dance. Sharkman grabbed a shot of the man who won two Euro bike championships in the 2000 season.

December 03, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: The Drag Racing List Tally of the Top 200 Drag Racers. Here's who we submitted to the NHRA for our list of Top 50 drag racers of all time, plus the remainder of our Top 200. Lots of surprises; lots of room for argument. Let the sparks fly!

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Tom Akers and Dave Sebring's "Wizard" Alcohol Funny Car. Don Dilley got this pit shot of Aker's pretty green alky FC at Bristol in 1988.

December 02, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: Top Fuel Safety Q&A with Jim Murphy. Dale Smith caught up with nitro veteran Jim Murphy, who has seat time in fuel funny cars, as well as conventional and nostalgia fuelers, to find out which one was the safest and why.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Gary Reinero's Pro Supercharged '48 Austin. Robert Briggs sent in this shot of Reinero's whimsically painted neo-Gasser. OK, so it looks like the taxicab from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", but kicks with the best of the West Coast doorslammers.

Drag Racing Movie of the Week: Dobbo Does It! Allan Dobson in the Greene Machine Fuel Funny Car. Luke Nieuwhof sent

December 01, 2001 - Drag Racing Story of the Day: The "Hemi Hunter" Story -- Gary's Reflections. Gary Peters wrote our incredible Hemi Hunter history. Thanks a million to Gary for sharing his story with us. In this final installment, Gary takes a few moments to reflect on the changes in the sport and on the whereabouts of the old Hemi Hunter crew.

Drag Racing Picture of the Day: Northwest Brawl - Al Hofmann vs. Mark Oswald in Seattle 1995. Ralph Reiter sent in this side by side top end shot of the two funny car stars with header flames flying high. What that season really six years ago?

 

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