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on 7 July 2004
This is not an entry level book for drag racing novices but as a technical history of the developemnt of drag racing it cannot be beaten. Many automotive sport fans fail to appreciate the technical developments that have been pioneered by drag racing believing that F1 is the pinacle of motor sport. It isn't. This book covers the true pioneers of speed and although written as an academic treatise it has been written by a fan and historian who happens to be an academic and it is this love of the sport that shines through. I have many books on drag racing and this is the best by far.
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on 25 July 2002
Robert Post is a serious academic historian of technology, who also happens to have been a fifties hot-rodder and longtime drag racing enthusiast. He's therefore almost uniquely placed to produce this insightful and exciting story of drag racing, which balances people, technology and history almost perfectly.
Confines itself entirely to the USA which may disappoint those of us on this side of the Pond, but it's still a fascinating story well told.
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on 30 March 2010
I've read a great many articles about the history of drag racing but this book goes a step further than any other in seeking for a theme or thread behind the bare facts. It is, of course, rather academic in tone but with a wealth of anecdote and period references that lighten the burden on the reader. It is interesting to read that the three-way tension between technological advance, necessary (?) regulation and promoters income has been apparent since the beginnings of the sport. And it confirms that an individual's addiction to the sport has always been a more significant motivator than the opportunity for financial gain.
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on 22 November 2013
The hardcover 1st edition of this fine work has been on my bookshelf for some years now and it is on my special shelf for outstanding reads. In my experience there is no better book on the development of Drag Racing from it's very start. All the information, participants and cars are to be found here, described in a way that only a person who was actually there can. It brings Drag racing to a new perspective as the reader begins to understand how the events in the early years formed the sport into what it is today. Utterly fascinating, a jewel of motorsport literature.
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