Ron Colson: Still In The Driver’s Seat

  Colson had a successful stint in the Chi-Town Hustler, one of the most popular and famous Funny Cars on the match race circuit. Story by Jim Hill There are only a few drivers who have driven more different types of top-level drag race cars as Illinois’ Ron Colson. Colson grew up in tiny Oregon, […]

Pat Bilbow, Joe Tucci & Lyndwood Chassis: Part 2, The Joe Tucci Saga

  Quantico, Virginia’s Joe Tucci (in car) readies himself for a push-start in his 454 CID Chrysler Hemi powered AA/Gas Dragster. Tucci’s Lyndwood Welding chassis shows its robust construction. Tucci later replaced the front wheels with a pair of spoked motorcycle rollers.  Story by Jim Hill Joe Tucci And The Leatherneck Missile Joe Tucci’s success at […]

Pat Bilbow and Joe Tucci: The Rise Of Lyndwood Dragsters and Altereds

Lyndwood dragsters were simple, sturdy-built cars that handled well and were tough enough to survive the often rough drag strip surfaces of eastern tracks.   Story by Jim Hill Much of the performance advancements in drag racing speeds and ET’s can be credited to those uniquely specialized vehicles known as “dragsters”, and the art of […]

Mr. Gasket: From The Trunk Of A ’57 Chevy To Wall Street

Joe Hrudka (left) turning the wrenches on the Hrudka Brothers’ ’33 Willys panel truck, C/Gas Supercharged, in 1966. The Willys used a blown, small-block Chevy with Hilborn injection and a manually-shifted, four-speed trans. (Todd Wingerter Photo)   Story by Jim Hill These stories typically deal with drag racing’s wildly varying personalities rather than with speed equipment businesses. […]

Is Ransom E. Olds The Most Famous Man You Never Heard Of?

  Ransom Olds himself designed the iconic Olds “Curved Dash” horseless carriages of the very early 1900’s. These open cars paved the way for safety, comfort and reliability improvements in U.S. autos.     Story by Jim Hill Ransom Eli Olds may be the most famous man you never heard of. And even though you […]

Flags In The Dust: A Wave Of The Green

“Stormin Norman” Weekly (foreground) is out on Chris “Greek” Karamesines at 1963 NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, CA. The flagman starter is perhaps unwisely looking downtrack from the pair of smoked-in dragsters. Luckily, there were no OSHA laws to comply with 50 years ago!   Story by Jim Hill This must begin with an apology to the […]