Bill Ellershaw: Master Designer, Engineer and Fabricator

East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Story by Jim Hill Way back when the sport of drag racing was still wet-behind-the-ears, NHRA’s founder Wally Parks labeled the amazing mechanical innovations he saw being daily created by drag racers as: “Ingenuity in Action”. Parks’ astute observation is certainly exemplified by the lifetime career contributions of one Bill Ellershaw. Largely […]

Jim Kerr: Prime Minister To The Merchants Of Speed

Story By Jim Hill For five decades, Jim Kerr and his business, Jim Kerr & Associates, Manufacturer Representatives, has provided critical manufacturer to distributor service for the makers of racing and performance products. “Jimmy” Kerr has managed to achieve this while maintaining a high-ground position on honesty, ethics and loyal service. Kerr is also well […]

Cobra Killer: Pete Arend’s Hemi Powered, 1963 Split Window Corvette “The Mongoose”

  Story By Jim Hill Photo from The Jim Hill Collection Pete Arend’s “Mongoose” 1963 Corvette split-window coupe did little to relate itself to the cobra-killing, lightning-quick little creature in Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, “Rikki Tikki Tavi”. However, Pete Arend’s “Mongoose” Corvette did become symbolic of the possibilities provided by an almost unlimited budget and an obsession to […]

Cool Threads for Hot Rods!

Story by Jim Hill Tune in to major event drag racing TV coverage and you’ll see numbers of crew personnel, each swarming over their race car as it waits to make a run. Each of these minions will be attired in a professionally designed and sewn race crew uniform that billboards their corporate sponsors and […]

Ron Colson: A Life Spent In The Driver’s Seat

Story by Jim Hill   There may be only five or six drivers who have driven more different types of drag race cars – and been as successful at the task as Illinois’ Ron Colson. Colson grew up in tiny Oregon, Illinois, with a population of just over 4,000 souls. As a young teenager he […]