In the 1950s and 1960s, drag racing was an exciting new sport that anyone with a car could participate in. Based on their equipment, the participants' cars were assigned to specific classes. This structure made it possible to compete against others with similar equipment, and for the most talented tuners and drivers to become National Champions and/or World Record holders in their class.
This class format encouraged amateur participation on a level never before seen. Drag racing was a popular hobby for many, and their competition vehicles were typically warmed-over street cars that had been strategically upgraded to the limits of their specific class. This made drag racing wildly popular and amazingly attainable. The end of the class structure meant a great loss in the sport's popularity, but these amazing times will never be forgotten.
Stock-class drag racing is celebrated in this new book, with hundreds of vintage color photographs showing the way it used to be. If you were a fan or participant back in the day, or are a lover of vintage drag cars, Junior Stock: Stock Class Drag Racing 1964-1971 is a book you'll thoroughly enjoy.
"If you enjoyed our historic racing romp through the lower doorslammer ranks in last month's issue ("The Stocker Files," HMM#110, November 2012), you will flat-out love this book. It's a two-handed tear into the delicious smorgasboard that was basic Stock-level drag racing from the middle-Fifties onward. We don't have room here to adequately address the sheer variety of Stockers in Junior Stock's 176 softcover pages, but we'll tell you the lineup runs all the way from a Hudson Jet with a flathead straight-six to Hudsons, Studebakers and all the small-block Tri-Five lashups you could ever want. The copious history is spiced with outtakes on the Hydra-Matic era, Truppi-Kling engines and category legends such as Ted Harbit and George Cureton. The memories just won't quit. A terrific effort." -Hemmings Muscle Machines, December 2012
"Boyce chronicles the year by year changes in the Stock/Super Stock classes with break downs of NHRA event winners, keying on class pioneers and cars that dominated Stock and Super Stock classes and the innovations and changes that helped cars go faster. In total 173 pages chronicle the rise and fall of this great class and included are hundreds of never-before-published vintage photos of the era. See... you don't even have to read that much if you don't want to." -Canadian Hot Rod, December 2012
"Junior Stock: Drag Racing the Family Sedan covers stock-class drag racing from 1964-1971 and covers the early days of drag racing and the Junior Stock classes in particular. These classes evolved during the 1960s and stopped in 1971 when the NHRA implemented a "10-year" rule stating that cars more than ten years old were no longer able to compete. Pages packed with color photos offer views of cars and drivers, while technical discussions of specifications, classifications and more accompany vintage black and white and color photos. Any collection strong in auto racing and history will find this a powerful story!" -The Midwest Book Review, November 2012
"If you love Fifties and Sixties American Cars, even if drag racing doesn't float your boat, you will be hard pressed not to like this new book by Doug Boyce-- it's an absolute joy." -Classic American, May 2013
Doug Boyce turned his first wrench at age 8 and attended his first drag race at age 10. By age 14, he was working on restoring cars and swapping engines. Doug has worked on many drag cars and has written several articles for automotive magazines. He spent 15 years as an automotive technician and still enjoys turning wrenches for fun. He lives in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.