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What is a Drag Racer?
« on: July 15, 2008, 03:55 PM »

Found this on another site I frequent and felt it summed up the true attitude of the guys I grew up racing with.
If there are others around on this place that have the same affliction as me maybe we can set up a Drag Race/Hot Rod thread on it's own to tell stories and swap lies.

From Texas' own John Raven:
What is a Drag Racer?

Between the innocence of childhood and the indignity of the front porch at the nursing home we find a delightful creature called a Drag Racer.
Drag Racers come in assorted sizes, weights and colors but their common goal is to go as fast as possible and to stop before they run out of real estate.

Drag Racers are found: on top of, inside of, underneath, swinging from, pushing, pulling, jumping on, running after and running from drag machines. Mothers worry about them. Fathers are proud of them. Non-racing relatives think they are crazy.
Heaven protects them. Cops chase them. Mainstream media ignores them. Nobody but other Drag Racers understands them.

A Drag Racer is beauty in faded jeans and a T-shirt that says “Isky”. A Drag Racer can be as deep as the ocean and high as a kite all at the same time. A Drag Racer, strapped in, with his race face on is way cool.

A Drag Racer likes: anything loud, wrenches, firecrackers, red shop rags, bright colored paint, chrome, airplanes, jet motors, rockets, boats, fire trucks, chainsaws, hammers, more wrenches, explosions, polluted air, tire smoke, hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, big cold drinks, members of the opposite sex, having their pictures taken and winning.

A Drag Racer doesn’t like: porta-cans, broken parts, starter motors, red lights, leaving late, tire shake, unplanned slippage, hot oil, unplanned fires, center line cones, putting tire marks on guard rails, shooting ducks, bicycling, parachutes that don’t open, catch nets or sand pits and losing.

Drag Racers live by the code set down years ago:
“If some is good, more is better and too much is just right”.
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2008, 06:55 PM »

wb Pappa! Did you have a good trip?  :)
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2008, 05:25 AM »

We had a great time in the mountains. Hiked a bit, ate too much and really enjoyed ourselves. :thumbs:
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2008, 10:47 AM »

 :thumb: Nice!  :)
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2008, 06:33 PM »

We had a great time in the mountains. Hiked a bit, ate too much and really enjoyed ourselves. :thumbs:


Sounds Wonderful Papa!  Welcome Back!    :waveh:
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2008, 01:28 PM »

As a follow up on what Drag Racing means to me and why I am building a vintage rail, there is a line in a song on a Chris Le Doux CD that sums up the reason.......

"I'd gladly take ten seconds in the saddle, for a lifetime a watchin' from the stands."
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2008, 05:01 PM »

I have the need for speed, but I like road courses also.
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2008, 09:47 AM »

Half mile clay ovals are awesome, but I don't think this old body is up to the abuse anymore. :lolg:
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2008, 07:25 AM »

This thought comes from a fellow vintage drag racer and sums up part of why we build our class of car, it's done for the love of the running, not the search for wins or records.

"It ain't all about how fast you go.......its about how cool you go fast, its about style, period."
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2008, 06:47 AM »

I heard drag racing was a bunch of guys in dresses and wigs doing the 100 yard dash.

See what I get for living in a blue state.
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2008, 03:23 PM »

I heard drag racing was a bunch of guys in dresses and wigs doing the 100 yard dash.

Only in San Fransisco!! :rofl1:


See what I get for living in a blue state.

It ain't easy being a red person in a blue state. :lolp:

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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2009, 09:31 PM »

Finally got some "visible progress on the project, so for those who are interested here's the beginnings of our rail.

For those who can relate to it, the basic parts the assembly started out with before it got to this state:

Frame rails the chassis is built on.......1920 something Ford Model T.

Front axle.......1940s vintage Lincoln Zephyr.

Front wheels.......1928 Ford Model A.

Rear axle.......1960s vintage Ford.

Engine.......1934 Dodge 218 cubic inch flathead 6.

Transmission.......1934 Dodge three speed floor shifter.

Feeling on getting it to this point.......PRICELESS!!

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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2009, 09:50 PM »

Finally got some "visible progress on the project, so for those who are interested here's the beginnings of our rail.

For those who can relate to it, the basic parts the assembly started out with before it got to this state:

Frame rails the chassis is built on.......1920 something Ford Model T.

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Transmission.......1934 Dodge three speed floor shifter.

Feeling on getting it to this point.......PRICELESS!!



That is awesome Papa!  Now I'm singing Johnny Cash's "One Piece at a Time".  Do you know that song?
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2009, 06:11 AM »


That is awesome Papa!  Now I'm singing Johnny Cash's "One Piece at a Time".  Do you know that song?

In the words of Sarah Palin......."You Betcha". :2thunbs:
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2009, 06:18 AM »

Wow!  That's awesome Papa!  Thanks for sharing!   :2thunbs:
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2009, 06:37 AM »

Papa, where did the driver's seat come from?  It looks like a vintage 1970's school cafeteria chair.   :lolg:
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Re: What is a Drag Racer?
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2009, 08:11 AM »

Papa, where did the driver's seat come from?  It looks like a vintage 1970's school cafeteria chair.   :lolg:

First thing I thought too, when I saw it!  :rofl1:

Thanks for sharing Papa!
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