Originally Posted by Uncle Bubba
I have my unused High School senior activites ticket that I used to get Gary Beck's autograph in 1983 when he held the record at 5.33. Real nice guy. Got a good pic with him too. That's when these guys were accessible. I remember Garlits going around the old AHRA circuit counting his wins versus Shirley's...Great stuff. Nothin better than a Top Fuel motor cacklin...makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Nitromethane rules.
The bug never leaves you. I used to live in York. There was a track out there on US30. My Dad knew a guy who knew a Superstock racer named Dave Strickler. I was very young but got to go into the garage and watch. I also used to watch from the pits. Gave me a Champion Spark Plug sweat shirt I wore into a rag. Introduced me to Bill Jenkins (deep bow) and I think Jerry Stahl.
Man the smell of that tire smoke. The smell of the fuel when those top fuelers went through.... so sweet....
That must be the connection with BBQ. Top fuel smoke BBQ smoke =P~
Nice reminiscing with you.
I'm finishing up some modifications on my ride in the next 30 days or so. Be sure to have a look. It'll show you what happens to 10 year old kids who hang out at drag strips 30 years later after they have families but never lose the love.