Nostalgia drag racing
Nostalgia drag racing started in the 1980s when older racers started using their front engine dragsters, funny cars and super stockers to race again and it picked up again in the early 90s. The cars raced on a mixture between restored originals and other recreations of older cars. Today you can find nostalgia drag racing events coast-to-coast run by organizations, groups, tracks along the NHRA and IHRA. Nostalgia drag racing is gaining in popularity as the original drag racers become old man and there are many nostalgia drag racing teams trying to preserve the vehicles in the race and culture of the 60s and the 70s.
After Henry Ford started making automobiles affordable for most Americans by manufacturing them on an assembly line, it wasn't long until people started racing. Drag racing is to find a straight-line speed races. Initially it was highly illegal and the first legal drag racing track was set up on an Orange County airport runway in 1950 by a man named CJ Hart in Santa Ana California. In 1991 Hart was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. In 1991 he joined the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Drag racing began with a meeting of the first few automobiles but it's real allure again in the 50s fueled by writers such as Henry Flesen and the need for excitement due to war and the Great Depression. Chuck Klein revived the 50s nostalgia of this era with the set in 50s hot rod intensive books Circa 1957 and The Way it Was, Nostalgic Tales of Hot Rods and Romance and his columns in the Street Broad Action Magazine and Nostalgia Drag World.
Drag racing has continued with six types of cars used: top fuel, funny cars, pro stock, pro stock bikes, top fuel dragster's and pro stock trucks. Top fuel cars are the fastest cars used and they use nitro methane fuel. They can accelerate from zero to hundred miles per hour and under a second and can reach 330 mph. Funny cars are field by nitro methane and methanol and use a forward mounted engine on an aerodynamic carbon fiber car body. Pro stock cars are powered by gasoline and cannot use turbocharging, supercharging or nitrous oxide. Pro-stock bikes are nitro methane powered motorcycles, which are regularly similarity to pro-stock cars. Top field directors were built specially for drag racing and use 90% nitro methane and 10% alcohol with an engine in a rear and a parachute to slow them down at the end of the race.