Larry Davis was a hobby drag racer between 1960 and 1970, competing in various Stock Modified Production and Super Stock classes. His efforts included participation in the 1967 and 1969 NHRA National Championships in Indianapolis. When he wasnt racing, he was an avid fan of the Super Stock class and took many photos of the cars and crews. He currently resides in Canton, Ohio. Davis is the author of the very popular Super Stock: Drag Racing the Family Sedan and Gasser Wars: Drag Racings Street Classes 1955-1967.
Over the years, as always seems to happen in racing, the original vision morphs into something completely different, and in the case of Pro Stock, that meant tube frames and flip-up fiberglass bodies that resemble nothing seen on the street. And in that, there becomes a little bit of a disconnect with the fans, whose interest in Pro Stock originated in the relative stock appearance of the cars. For this reason The Dawn of Pro Stockby Steve Reyes is a celebration of the early years, when fans could really connect with the cars, and brand rivalries were intense.
Legendary drag racing photographer Reyes was trackside at the biggest and best NHRA events from the mid 1960s throughout the 1990s. He had a unique perspective on the development of Pro Stock, as he was able to document the evolution of both the cars and drivers as he observed them throughout the season. For a genuine insider's view, Steve has gotten together the very best shots he had, and supplemented them with some great images from his contemporaries to offer this new collection. Steve's own observations punctuate the outstanding images to give the reader a trackside view of Pro Stock's early days unlike any offered before.
McClurg is an accomplished magazine writer and photographer, but he's best known for his drag racing images of the 1960s and 1970s. His lens captured all of the action of the Roadsters, Gassers, Altereds, Top Fuel, Funny Cars, Pro Stocks, and even the modern age of nostalgia drag racing. Follow each of the classes as they evolve, each year bringing more speed and lower elapsed times. Follow the exciting careers of 'Big Daddy' Don Garlits, Don 'Snake' Prudhomme, 'TV Tommy' Ivo, 'Big John' Mazmanian, and many more.
Now available in paperback for the first time, McClurg's best drag racing photos are brought together in one volume, a book that is a necessary addition to any drag racing fans library. With a foreword by John Force and more than 350 color and black-and-white photos, this book is an exciting visual history of the sport's most exciting years: the Golden Age of drag racing.
Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors: Then & Now takes a unique look at the most memorable, interesting, and successful cars from this golden age of drag racing. Chronicled are Diggers and Rail dragsters, Funny Cars, wild Altereds, door slammers like Super and Junior Stock cars, early 70s Pro Stock cars and more. Vintage and modern photography in a unique "then and now" format cover the cars as they first competed, through their evolution (or inactivity) over the years, and how they look today. Cars driven by legends such as Mickey Thompson, Tommy Ivo, Dick Landy, Grumpy Jenkins, Sox & Martin, Don Nicholson, Bob Glidden, and more are featured in evolutionary detail.
Never before has a book covered the cars from the golden age of drag racing and combined it with a modern look at where the cars are today. From full restorations to still competing in nostalgia events, from museum pieces to collecting dust in a dark corner waiting for another day in the sun, Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors: Then & Now gives you a unique look at how these cars have fared over time. No drag racing library is complete without it.