2016 Hall of Fame Weekend Oct. 14-15-16 Will Be Bigger and Better!

More than 30,000 car enthusiasts jammed the one-mile stretch of downtown Henderson, NC for the 2015 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Saturday car show. In 2015 the show drew over 1,500 entries ranging from famous drag race cars to street rods, musclecars, restored antiques, and trucks. Story and Photos by Jim Hill If […]


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2004 Hall of Fame Member & Gasser Legend “Coney Island Ralph” Landolfi

Jack Merkel’s small-block Chevy with Hilborn fuel injection powers the perfectly replicated ’48 Anglia B/Gasser of “Coney Island Ralph” Landolfi. Ralph, seated behind the car, watches over the flawlessly recreated “Eastwind III” during the York U.S. 30 nostalgia event in 2004.   Story by Jim Hill East Coast drag racing fans and in particular, Gasser fans recently lost a […]


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2016 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Schedule Oct. 14-15-16, 2016

Make your plans to be with us once again for the 15th Annual, East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 14, 15 & 16, in Henderson, North Carolina. The schedule below covers all the activities during this don’t-miss weekend of fun. If you love hot rods, performance cars, drag racing and a […]


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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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