Volume X, Issue 8, Page 84

Words by Jeff Burk - Photos by Jeff Burk collection, cartoon by Pete Millar - 8/8/2008

When the sport of professional drag racing was just beginning to develop during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s on the county roads, little-used airports, and tracks across the United States, a select few men and women chose to make drag racing their career -- or perhaps it chose them. Those men and women would become the early stars of their sport and household names that every gearhead knew as well as he knew which drive-ins were hang-outs for the really fast cars and which back roads the cops didn’t know about.