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Chevy Drag Racing 1955-1980: A Celebration of Bowtie's Success at the Drag Strip

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Relive the glorious first 25 years of Chevy drag racing in this comprehensive and nostalgic history.

With the introduction of Chevy’s OHV V-8 in 1955, the brand’s domination on the drag strip immediately snowballed. Drag racers loved the compact V-8. It was lightweight, revved high, and responded like no other engine previously produced. Chevy saw a record year in sales in 1955, thanks to a combination of a restyled body and the new mill. It was the age of ingenuity, and those who could get their hands on the new engine were swapping it into engine bays that once housed other weaker mills. Ford’s flathead, one that had dominated for so long, was rendered obsolete almost overnight.

Chevy had a winner and dominated the sales charts for years to come. Aftermarket manufacturers got on board and offered all the go-fast goodies needed to make Chevy a winner, no matter what category they ran. From Dragsters to Stock, Chevy’s success was immediate. And it was a long-term success, thanks to a combination of years of great styling and a vast array of driveline combinations.

Accomplished racing author Doug Boyce takes a celebratory look at those years of success, with a focus on the first 25 years (1955 through 1980). Chevrolets gave rise to such stars as Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, “Jungle Jim” Liberman, “Sneaky Pete” Robinson, "Dyno Don" Nicholson, Sox & Martin, Dick Harrell, Dave Strickler, and many more. World champs and fan favorites all drove Chevys. The success showed in the record books. No brand has won more races and events or has set more national records than Chevrolet. And unlike the other manufacturers, Ford and Chrysler, it was done with little to no factory support.

Whether you are a hardcore Chevy fan or just love catching up on the history of drag racing during the golden age, this nostalgic look at Chevy racing history is sure to entertain for hours on end.

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Relive the glorious first 25 years of Chevy drag racing in this comprehensive and nostalgic history.

With the introduction of Chevy’s OHV V-8 in 1955, the brand’s domination on the drag strip immediately snowballed. Drag racers loved the compact V-8. It was lightweight, revved high, and responded like no other engine previously produced. Chevy saw a record year in sales in 1955, thanks to a combination of a restyled body and the new mill. It was the age of ingenuity, and those who could get their hands on the new engine were swapping it into engine bays that once housed other weaker mills. Ford’s flathead, one that had dominated for so long, was rendered obsolete almost overnight.

Chevy had a winner and dominated the sales charts for years to come. Aftermarket manufacturers got on board and offered all the go-fast goodies needed to make Chevy a winner, no matter what category they ran. From Dragsters to Stock, Chevy’s success was immediate. And it was a long-term success, thanks to a combination of years of great styling and a vast array of driveline combinations.

Accomplished racing author Doug Boyce takes a celebratory look at those years of success, with a focus on the first 25 years (1955 through 1980). Chevrolets gave rise to such stars as Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, “Jungle Jim” Liberman, “Sneaky Pete” Robinson, "Dyno Don" Nicholson, Sox & Martin, Dick Harrell, Dave Strickler, and many more. World champs and fan favorites all drove Chevys. The success showed in the record books. No brand has won more races and events or has set more national records than Chevrolet. And unlike the other manufacturers, Ford and Chrysler, it was done with little to no factory support.

Whether you are a hardcore Chevy fan or just love catching up on the history of drag racing during the golden age, this nostalgic look at Chevy racing history is sure to entertain for hours on end.

Pages : 176
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 214 color, 99 b/w photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613254998
Product Code : CT659

Acknowledgments

Introduction 

 

Chapter 1: The Building Blocks 

The Mighty Mouse  

W-Series Engines 

The Biggest Blocks

 

Chapter 2: Boss of the Stocks

1964 NHRA Nationals  

Monster Mash 

The Wenzel Brothers 

u201cLittle Georgeu201d Cureton 

Dave Boertman 

The Final Go for Junior Stocks 

Cal and Mary Ann Method 

Jerry McClanahan 

 

Chapter 3: Super Stocku2019s Finest

Eddie Vasquez Sr. 

Bill u201cGrumpyu201d Jenkins 

The Rat Pack 

Truppi and Kling 

Bernie Agaman

The Hardy Boys 

Bobby Warren 

Larry Tores 

Joe Scott

 

Chapter 4: Sizzling Sportsmen

Gas Explodes 

The Mallicoat Brothers 

Jack Merkel 

Seibert and Bugenski 

Ralph Ridgeway 

Carroll Caudle 

Scotto and Blevins 

Reher, Morrison, Cross, and Shepherd 

Jack Trost 

Keener and Mercure 

Cotton Perry 

Dennis Ferrara 

Bill Hielscher 

Harold u201cBou201d Laws 

Larry Nelson

Larry Kopp

 

Chapter 5: Pro Stock Brigade

The Kimball Brothers 

Bill u201cGrumpyu201d Jenkins 

Frank Iaconio 

Joe Satmary 

Richie Zul 

Lee u201cthe Generalu201d Edwards 

Warren Johnson 

Reher, Morrison, and Shepherd 

 

Chapter 6: The Funny Pages

Kelly u201cthe Professoru201d Chadwick 

Dick u201cMr. Chevroletu201d Harrell 

Bobby Wood 

u201cJungle Jimu201d Liberman

Doug Thorley

Malcolm Durham 

Tom Sturm 

Bruce Larson 

Seaton and Hedrick 

 

Chapter 7: Off the Rails

Ollie Morris

Chester u201cChetu201d Herbert

u201cSneaky Peteu201d Robinson 

Freight Train 

Jim Bucher 

Lidtke-Zeller 

 

Epilogue 

Chevy Drag Racing 1955-1980: A Celebration of Bowtie's Success at the Drag Strip

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