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.
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.
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.