Fast Lane

Fast Lane

by National Hot Rod Association
     
 

A cloud of vaporized rubber at the starting line, flaming exhaust headers, and a roar like nothing you've ever heard before. Drag racing's machines are the fastest race cars on earth — capable of accelerating to 330 mph in less than five seconds. And for tens of thousands of drivers and crew members and millions of fans, this is the most exciting sport in the

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A cloud of vaporized rubber at the starting line, flaming exhaust headers, and a roar like nothing you've ever heard before. Drag racing's machines are the fastest race cars on earth — capable of accelerating to 330 mph in less than five seconds. And for tens of thousands of drivers and crew members and millions of fans, this is the most exciting sport in the world.

From hot rods speeding across abandoned airfields, salt flats, and dry desert lakes to nitro-burnin' Funny Cars rocketing down the strip to the cheers of thousands of fans, The Fast Lane chronicles fifty years of heart-pounding drag racing and the organization that made the sport what it is today: the National Hot Rod Association.

Unlike any book ever published on drag racing, The Fast Lane captures the heart and soul of NHRA. With more than 230 bold, full-color photographs, this lavish book showcases the achievements, the glory, the drivers, the fans, and the highenergy spectacle that make NHRA drag racing a national passion. The Fast Lane is also a dazzling photographic celebration of innovative technology — dragsters and Funny Cars burning nitromethane; stock cars, trucks, and motorcycles on high energy spectacle that make NHRA drag racing a national passion. The Fast Lane is also a dazzling photographic celebration of innovative technology — dragsters and Funny Cars burning nitromethane; stock cars, trucks, and motorcycles on highoctane gasoline — machines whose power and fury are truly unmatched. If you love drag racing, you must have this book!

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VOYA
This glossy, oversized volume is packed with photos of the fifty-year history of drag racing. It breaks the sport down into divisions—pro-stock, funny cars, top fuel, stock eliminators—and gives the history and details of each facet. Cars and drivers from the 1950s through the 2000 season are featured, and the information ranges from complex details about engines to the lives of the famous drivers. There also is much information on the culture of drag racing, covering the first desert races to the formation of the National Hot Rod Association. Images from movies such as Grease and American Graffiti are compared with the reality of early organizing groups and the efforts to promote the hot-rod-menace image while providing safety improvements to drag racing. There is engine lingo for gearheads, but it will not overwhelm someone new to the sport. This book is not just a collection of crash photographs. The focus is on safety and having a fun day at the track. There is some strong language in the drivers' quotes, and the cars run alcohol and tobacco logos for their sponsors, but this issue is not addressed specifically in the text. Although this book surely will have its appeal in the auto sports section, it also is a great browser for anyone who just likes looking at photos of cool cars. To top it off, the drivers profiled include two female champions and a teen! Index. Illus. Photos. VOYA CODES:4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses;Broad general YA appeal;Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Regan/HarperCollins, 204p, $45. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer:Hillary Theyer—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No.5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060394059
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.25(d)

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