Hubert Platt: The Legend of Southern Drag Racing Lives On

Lined up and ready to race for Little Eliminator Sunday afternoon at Newton County Dragstrip, near Covington, GA. Hubert Platt’s potent and much-feared Terminal Transport ’37 Chevy B/Gasser and ’57 Chevy C/Gasser are shown at far-left. Newton County hosted many NHRA Southeast Division 2 points events in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Story by Jim […]


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George “Papa Kook” Kryssing: Hall of Fame Member 1940-2015

George “Pappa Kook” Kryssing (front row, second from right) was honored as a 2012 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame inductee in Henderson, NC.   “Papa Kook” Kryssing came from a hands-on, drag racing background. He retained a love of all types of racing and going fast and was a familiar figure at the Kooks […]


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Lamar Walden: 2012 Hall of Fame Member and 409 Racing Legend

Lamar Walden helped to create the rebirth of the Chevrolet 348-409-427 Z-11, V-8 engine. Shown here with his highly modified, improved and strengthened “409”, Lamar’s engine included new aluminum heads from Edelbrock, and the new aluminum BMP block. These Lamar Walden-influenced components produced 409-based engines easily capable of 1,000+ hp.   Lamar Walden’s knowledge and experience […]


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Della Woods: This Funny Honey Never Lost Her Groove!

During her early Funny Car career Della Woods drove this Dodge Charger named “Bernella’s Funny Honey”. Della’s brother Bernie Woods tuned the blown, 426 nitro hemi to 200 mph speeds. Together, their combined names formed the team name, “Bernella”. Here Della smokes ‘em on a burn-out in California. (Tom West photo) Della Woods poses with […]


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Ray Price, Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion 1937-2015

Smoke, flames and thunder, Ray Price’s Top Fuel Harley-Davidson motorcycles were amazing for their craftsmanship as well as their brute power. Ray’s skills as a racer were known and respected across the drag racing world. Ray Price and his wife of 57 years, Jean pose with Ray’s plaque after being inducted into the 2012 East […]


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Roger Gustin, 2012 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Member, Jet Dragster Pioneer and Super Chevy Shows Passes Away at 76

Roger Gustin began his driving career in nitro Funny Cars, then in 1971 he moved to jet dragsters. Daily-C, a vitamin C supplement was among several mainstream consumer companies he signed. Roger Gustin (left), Cleveland, Ohio racer and chassis builder Joe Schubeck (Lakewood Industries) and “Papa Kook” George Kryssing (Kook’s Headers) share memories during Roger’s […]


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Frank LeSueur: Drag Racer, Promoter, Entrepreneur, Visionary

2015 HOF inductee Frank LeSueur’s career included being a drag racer, track manager, promoter, booking agent and for securing a reliable source for nitromethane. Frank’s son Steve LeSueur was on hand in Henderson, NC, Oct., 18, to receive his Hall of Fame plaque. Photo by Al Crews Frank LeSueur is best remembered as the founder […]


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Ed Kowalski: Keystone of Pennsylvania Drag Racing

Ed Kowalski’s son E.J. Kowalski accepted the 2015 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame plaque for his dad. Presenting is Hall of Fame board member and 2004 inductee “Jersey John” Anselmo. Ed Kowalski’s 50’s era A/Fuel Dragster featured a Lynwood Welding Chassis with a nitro burning, fuel injected 392 Chrysler Hemi for power. Notice […]


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Mike Kosky: Alcohol Runs Through This Hall of Fame Member’s Veins

Mike Kosky’s career as weekend Sportsman racer has earned him several wins in NHRA Divisional racing as well as on the major event circuit. He’s known as a serious and inventive racer with tremendous engineering, fabrication and welding skills plus tuning and driving talents. Kosky has remained with the supercharged Hemi-based, alcohol fueled TAD combination […]


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