Funny Car Fever: The Birth of Drag Racing's Wildest Class

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There wasn’t always a class for these “funny-looking” cars. In the mid 1960s, many of drag racing’s fastest drivers were outgrowing the Super Stock and Factory Experimental classes, building cars that stretched and eventually broke the rules. Promoters discovered they could pair up these altered-wheelbase, injected, blown machines in exhibition match races—and the spectators came running. Rivalries were born, the Funny Car class was created, and the cars kept getting faster and faster. Funny Car Fever is a ...
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Overview

There wasn’t always a class for these “funny-looking” cars. In the mid 1960s, many of drag racing’s fastest drivers were outgrowing the Super Stock and Factory Experimental classes, building cars that stretched and eventually broke the rules. Promoters discovered they could pair up these altered-wheelbase, injected, blown machines in exhibition match races—and the spectators came running. Rivalries were born, the Funny Car class was created, and the cars kept getting faster and faster. Funny Car Fever is a humorous, heart-felt, first-hand account of the most exciting and memorable years of the Funny Car class. Steve Reyes followed these fiberglass-bodied, nitro burning machines and their drivers from the years leading up to the creation of the Funny Car class through its halcyon days. He’s included over 350 of his favorite images and more than a few never-before-heard stories to bring the feeling of the class and the era home to you.
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Editorial Reviews

Drag Review Magazine
Steve Reyes takes us back to a magical era lost in the mist of time. If you love early Funny Cars and the history of our sport, you will want Funny Car Fever in your library.
—Jim Marchyshyn
Georgia Drag Racing.com
Amazing photos and captions from one of the best-ever drag racing photographers will leave you wanting more!
—David Dilbeck
Mike Kelly's Cruise News
The book is of the utmost quality, and if you are like us, flipping through the pages will be a mesmerizing blast from the past.
Old Cars Weekly
Drag fans will be giddy Reyes put his work into a treasure trove.
Custom Car (UK)
These are not just collections of old photos, these are fantastically illustrated history books written by someone who shared the passion of the drivers and the racecar builders of the time.
—Mike Pye
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932494433
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Reyes is one of the most published automotive photographers from the 1960s to the 1990s with over 300 magazine covers and a multitude of features within a number of automotive magazines. Reyes is one of four photographers inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. He resides in Florida.

















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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    If you love Nostalgia funny cars, funny car history or the good

    If you love Nostalgia funny cars, funny car history or the good old days in general, you'll love this book! Flipped through it back and forth for a week after I got it. Probably read through it 5 times that week alone. Great little stories for each of the pics in the book. Buy it!

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Amazing Photography!

    Steve Reyes has to be the quintessential drag racing photograhper. I own several of his collections and continue to be a fan. I grew up idolizing the cars and drivers from the golden era of drag racing and love to review the photos and captions to refresh my memory. We live near the famed Great Lakes Dragaway in Wisconsin and would see many of these cars at the track; back in the days when drivers had nicknames like Snake, and Ace, and Jungle Jim rather than having to bow down the the mighty corporate sponsers. At any rate, this is a must buy for lovers of classic drag racing. Also a perfect visual referance for you model car builders!

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