There wasn't always a class for these funny-looking cars. In the mid 1960s, many of drag racing's fastest drivers were outgrowing the Super Stock and Factory Experimental classes, building cars that stretched and eventually broke the rules. Promoters discovered they could pair up these altered-wheelbase, injected, blown machines in exhibition match races-and the spectators came running. Rivalries were born, the Funny Car class was created, and the cars kept getting faster and faster.
Funny Car Fever is a humorous, heart-felt, first-hand account of the most exciting and memorable years of the Funny Car class. Steve Reyes followed these fiberglass-bodied, nitro burning machines and their drivers from the years leading up to the creation of the Funny Car class through its halcyon days. He's included over 350 of his favorite images and more than a few never-before-heard stories to bring the feeling of the class and the era home to you.
"Steve Reyes takes us back to a magical era lost in the mist of time. If you love early Funny Cars and the history of our sport, you will want Funny Car Fever in your library." -Drag Review Magazine, reviewed by Jim Marchyshyn, May 2007
"The book is of the utmost quality, and if you are like us, flipping through the pages will be a mesmerizing blast fromt he past." -Mike Kelly's Cruise News, July 2007
"Amazing photos and captions from one of the best-ever drag racing photographers will leave you wanting more!" -Georgia Drag Racing.com, July 2007, reviewed by David Dilbeck
"Drag fans will be giddy Reyes put his work into a treasure trove." -Old Cars Weekly, October 2007
"These are not just collections of old photos, these are fantastically illustrated history books written by someone who shared the passion of the drivers and the racecar builders of the time." -Custom Car (UK), reviewed by Mike Pye, June 2008
Steve Reyes is the author of previous CarTech drag racing photo books Fuel Altereds Forever, Funny Car Fever and Quarter-Mile Chaos. He is one of the most noteworthy and respected drag racing photographers in history. Reyes is also recognized for his outstanding photography skills in other sports coverage as well, especially for his work covering NHL hockey. From the 1960s-1990s, he was the staff photographer for Popular Hot Rodding magazine and published both new and vintage imagery in every issue. He has also shot and written car features for Super Chevy and Street Rodder magazine, along with a wide range of motorcycle and chopper magazine features.