By Larry Jewett - July 15, 2011 03:31 PM
The Quarter Mile Foundation secured interviews of 16 East Coast drag racing legends at the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion (US 30 Dragway) on July 8-9, 2011. The interviews covered some of the stars of the formative years of the sport in what today is considered NHRA’s Division 1, as well as the extreme northern portion of Division 2 (Southeast Division). Don Gillespie, the respected drag racing historian asked these legends to recall their past, and that of their fellow racers. The interviews touched on the East Coast Gasser scene, as well as Fuel Altereds, Top Fuel, Super Stock, Pro Stock and A/FX-Funny Cars of the late ’50s through the early ’80s.
Quarter Mile Foundation chairman, Traci Hrudka observed, “We uncovered some interesting facets of the sport’s early days in the Eastern U.S. The York US 30 Reunion provided an ideal setting to access these pioneers, and to help provide us with a regional perspective of the sport that is not that well known in other areas. Thanks to the Reunion’s promoter, Darwin Doll, and the staff, we were able to get the interviews done efficiently. The Reunion’s reputation for a first-class event makes it a ‘must do’ for the racers and owners of many of the East Coast’s best known race cars, and that made it perfect to reach the stars of yesterday in the region.”