The Return of Drag
News... On CD-ROM!
By Bill Pratt
racing was in its golden era during the '60s and early '70s. There were
hundreds of tracks all across the country holding hundreds of weekly races
for thousands of drag racers. Top Fuel car counts were at an all time high
and southern California held three to four fuel shows a week. Fuel
Altereds stormed the nation's strips with reckless fury. Factory
Experimentals and Super Stocks thrilled doorslammer fans with rosin swept,
two of three match races across the south. Supercharged Gassers did the
same from coast to coast. There had never been more weekly professional
drag racing action -- and those days will probably never return.
All during this incredible period, Drag News was
there to bring drag racing fans ALL the action. With reporters from coast
to coast (and some who TRAVELED from coast to coast), Drag News brought all the
action to its readers' doorsteps. Each issue of Drag News provided enough
hard core information to drive drag racing fans into Nirvana. I remember my first
issue of Drag News. It was honestly a mind-expanding experience. I was at
the drags, at a funny car race no less, but I couldn't put the newspaper
down! Drag News was a priceless publication in every way.
In 2000, an idea started to brew among some online drag racing friends.
Standard 1320 Drag Racing -- an online collection of former racers and
fans dedicated to remembering drag racing's golden era -- wondered if it
would be possible to "scan" the old Drag News papers and put
them on CD ROM. Dennis Holding, one fourth of the famous "Frantic
Four" Top Fuel team, took the lead and tracked down all the facts
about getting this done. Once he found that it was indeed possible,
Dennis Holding pulled out his wallet and FUNDED THE ENTIRE THING! After
gathering complete sets of Drag News from varied sources, including Big
Daddy Don Garlits' personal collection, Dennis started having them scanned
to compact disc.
And now, we are proud to announce that the first two
sets are DONE! Each CD contains the COMPLETE run of Drag News papers from
the era. EVERY PAGE WAS SCANNED. That means all the cool advertisements of
the era are there in addition to all the fantastic stories and photos. What would
you pay for a complete set of Drag News on a CD? When we were just talking
about this concept, I stated that I would gladly pay $1,000 for such a
thing. And I still would if I had to. But I don't have to. And neither do
you. That's because these priceless pieces of drag racing
history are being made available for only $49.95 a volume.
If you are a racer or a fan from the
era, how can you pass up a chance to see that golden era again? And if you never got to see
those magic days, a Drag News CD will give you insight into why so many
old timers miss the good old days. Every
race, every week, every month, every year, every ISSUE is captured
on CD ROM. Drag News on CD ROM is the perfect gift for any drag racer or
drag racing fan from any era.
Thanks again to Dennis Holding, Don Garlits, and Lee
Schelin and the entire Standard 1320 Drag Racing group for making these
priceless memories available. Click HERE
for ordering information. bp/drl
Volume 1, Drag News on CD -- The Early Years, 1955 -
Volume 2, Drag News on CD -- The Golden
Years, 1962 - 1966