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Drag Racing: The World's Fastest Sport [Paperback]

Timothy Miller
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15 Nov 2012
Once considered the "bad boy" of motorsport, drag racing has evolved into one of the most technically sophisticated and exciting forms of automotive competition. Where at one time it was a sport practiced on deserted roads, today there are almost 400 professional racetracks in North America devoted to competitive drag racing. This action-packed book reviews the history of the sport from its origins in post-WWII California to the widely respected sport it is today. It explains the differences between car classes, such as Top Fuelers and Funny Cars, Alcohol Cars, Pro Modifieds and Pro Stock, and profiles the sport's pioneers and today's best-known racers. Drag Racing describes the latest developments in power, speed and racing safety. Consider these remarkable statistics: - From a dead stop a Top Fuel Dragster is the fastest-accelerating vehicle in the world and, at full throttle, it consumes the same amount of fuel as a fully loaded Boeing 747. - During the launch of a fuel car, the driver sustains close to five Gs of force - more than a space-shuttle astronaut. - Today's Pro Modifieds are capable of travelling a quarter mile in less than six seconds at speeds that exceed 240 mph. - A competitive NHRA Pro Stock engine produces over 1300 horsepower, and consumes gasoline at a rate of 7.5 gallons per minute. Dedicated and new fans alike will thrill at the rubber-burning pages of Drag Racing.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd (15 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 177085097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770850972
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 24.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Review for hardcover edition] Readers can almost smell the rubber burning in this glossy overview of drag racing.... Not an encyclopedia--it doesn't list titles or records or have an A-Z format--Miller's work provides a chapter-by-chapter introduction to the rules of the sport, the classes, and the drivers, both legendary and contemporary. From an explanation of the iconic "Christmas tree" lights that start a race to a diagram that plots the quarter-mile of a contest, the text is enthusiastic but not fawning. Over 160 photos, mostly color but some vintage black and white, make up half the book. The confusing array of classes--fuel, alcohol, pro modified, pro stock, and sportstman--are explained. Women are especially well represented, in both a separate chapter and in chapters on legends and top drivers.... Essential for drag racing fans and libraries in communities where drag strips draw crowds.--Susan Belsky, Oshkosh Public Library, WI"Library Journal" (02/15/2010)

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Tim Miller is an automotive journalist and the author of NASCAR Now!, just published in its third edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Drag Racing Book Ever... 26 April 2011
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Whether you are new to the sport or an 'old hand', this book will delight you with it's superb pictures and very informative text. Well worth buying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern day Drag Racing 2 April 2010
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This is a great book with lots of good pictures. It covers all forms of drags except Pro Bikes. Great text also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Fun Pictures 7 Dec 2009
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This is a book review written by one of my wonderful students as a class assignment. His name is Chez, and this is what he wrote:

I read "orag Racing" and I liked it, because I like to race too. I love cars and anything else with an engine. The mcdonald's car is my favorite because I ike their food. If you want to know more about drag racing as a sport ,or just want to see cool pictures, then read this book.
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