Gassers Midwest: Fast and Fabulous

The Hill Brothers, Bill and Pete, were charter members of the famed 1960’s informal group known as “The Ohio Gassers”. They built and ran a series of very successful, traditional Gassers. Each Hill Bros. race car was known for its beautiful paint, chrome and workmanship as well as blistering performance that made all fan favorites. […]


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Hank Hankins’ Non-Stop Journey As A Larger-Than-Life Drag Racing Legend

Story by Jim Hill James Hankins always thought of himself as a local, little guy racer, one of the tens of thousands of weekend warriors that fill the staging lanes at drag strips across the nation. His modesty notwithstanding, Hankins’ lifetime and career achievements touched tens of thousands of individuals. This restless stamina reached far […]


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Rick Holladay Still Prefers A Clutch Play

Story by Jim Hill That insatiable drag racing bug chomped down on Rick Holladay in 1964. At the time Rick was a student at the University of Arizona. On a whim, he took his daily driver, a ‘64 GTO, to the local track at Tucson. Holladay was at once thrilled by the speed rush, power-shifting […]


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Roy Johnson: Carrying The Mopar Banner, Chasing The Pro-Stock Dream

Story by Jim Hill As he nears his 75th birthday, Roy Johnson looks in both the rear-view mirror and to the future. He sees both with a simple, yet crystal-clear perspective. Not many men who have reached three-quarters of a century have the unique life story, or lifestyle of the Greenville, Tennessee resident. For much […]


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Do You Know These Famed Drag Racers? They’re The Class of 2017!

East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees 7 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame list of honored inductees includes racers, three famed race car chassis builders, a world-class afamous “Jet Car Bob” Smith   Pioneer Jet Dragster Driver J. Ed Horton   Race Car Chassis Builder Randy Stewart   Sportsman Drag Racer, Fabricator (Posthumous) […]


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The Legend of Levi Holmes, the “Black Knight” of Newark Street Racing And NHRA Legal A/Modified Production

Story by Jim Hill The Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws” series is enormously popular, and one of Discovery’s highest rated shows. This success is in spite of their “street races” being staged on totally controlled street surfaces with the same safety provisions of a sanctioned drag strip. Of course, strict safety standards are mandatory to satisfy DSC-TV’s […]


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Rust-To-Diamonds: The Long Journey of Harry Luzader’s Classical Gas ’32 Ford

Story by Jim Hill For a car-crazy teenager in the 1950’s, the “stuff dreams are made of” were not a black painted statue of the deadly Maltese Falcon. Instead, those dreams often began amid the rust, dust and hoped-for diamonds of a local junkyard. Back in the day they were called “junkyards”, not politically-correct “auto recyclers”! Monroeville, Pennsylvania’s […]


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Gene Schwartz: Strawberry Fields DeLuxe With A Heavy Bass

ECDT Hall of Fame Story by Jim Hill This is a story about a kid from Cleveland grabbing a guitar, learning a few chords, then going forward until he gains considerable fame in the  music world. That’s what happened with Gene Schwartz, and along the way, his other love, building and racing fast cars, created for him […]


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