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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Steve & Brenda Taylor: The Tag Team That Ruled Eastern Bracket Racing.

Story by Jim Hill The formidable husband and wife drag racing team of Steve and Brenda Taylor created a powerful one-two competition punch that often found both members of the Taylor household taking home dual Eliminator wins! That one-two punch lasted for more than three decades, until May 20, 2007, when Steve Taylor passed away. […]


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2017 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Car Show Sat., Oct. 21, 2017

Saturday, October 21 7:30 am – 11:00 am Registration for 1978 and older antique/classic cars & nostalgia drag cars on Winder St.   Judged cars $25.00. Non-judged cars $20.00. Dash plaques to the first 300 cars. 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Show & Shine awards, entertainment by: TBA and Announcer/DJ, Cliff Cox. Legendary drag racers, […]


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Drake Viscome – “The Vindicator”

This hairy looking, wildly modified Ford Falcon was built for A/Factory Experimental match racing. The Falcon carried a 427 Ford “FE” Series wedge engine and the long intake ram tubes that became iconic with A/FX racers. Story by Jim Hill Drake Viscome jumped into drag racing early, and with both feet. Originally from Carmel, in […]


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Quantico Joe Tucci: Fastest In The East

Story by Jim Hill Joe Tucci’s success at the end of the 50’s and in 1960 brought him considerable acclaim for his noteworthy performances, at least on the east coast. Out in California, most were skeptical of outsized speeds reportedly recorded by Tucci. That skepticism never bothered Joe, he just kept on working, tuning and going […]


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2016 Hall of Fame Member Jim Zakia Steps To The Head Of The Line!

Jim Zakia poses with his 2016 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Inductee plaque following the ceremonies, October 16, 2016, in Henderson, NC. Zakia’s involvement in very competitive drag racing dates to the early 1960’s, and always with top-flight Gassers. Editor’s Note: Jim Zakia is a respected, well-liked veteran racer from Niagara Falls, NY. […]


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