No one really knows where or when the car racing was actually originated. However, you can estimate that it has become the favorite pastime of thousands of car aficionado starting. Perverse to circuit racing, you didn’t need a suitable racecourse or rigorous set of rules. You just needed two cars and a quarter mile straight. That’s why it became so widespread in America.
The 1948 Hot Rod magazine began to concentrate on the brand-new racing phenomenon and emerging hot rod culture. In 1951, the National Hot Rod Association( NHRA) was established. Then, sooner or later, the drag racing became an appropriate national sport. It has not been long. The car manufacturer started paying attention to a bunch of kids racing empty airfields on weekends. Soon, corporate sponsorship money started rolling in, making the hobby a real career. Find out more about how they created history.
1962 PONTIAC CATALINA 421 “SWISS CHEESE”
Back in the early 1960s, Pontiac attained the racing assisted sell cars. They found out that the famous Detroit mantra, “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” really worked. Back in that period, Pontiac was massive NASCAR, but its drag racing status in the NHRA championship was slim. Pontiac had a sound basis for a fast-super stock car in the form of a two-door Catalina. Though it had a potent 421 V8 engine, it required more power and less weight.
1962 DODGE DART 413 MAX WEDGE
In the early ‘60s marked Dodge entry to the drag racing with numerous versions. The first was the viciously fast Dart 413 Max wedge. The 1962 Dart was a mid-size family model choice of six-cylinder and v8 engines and a long list of voluntary extras. Basically, it was a high – volume car with no racing pretentions. It was until one day shoehorned a big 413 wedge engine with high compression and up to 420 HP.
1962 PLYMOUTH SAVOY SUPER STOCK 413
The mechanical and almost indistinguishable to the Dodge Dart 413 Max Wedge, the Savoy Super Stock was the Plymouth version of a drag strip special. It showcased a unique design, but the platform was the same as well as the engine, which was the mighty 413 wedge delivering 420 HP in top trim. However, the fascinating element was its automatic transmission.
1962 FORD GALAXIE 406
For was always a presence on the drag racing scene. Though in the early ‘60s, the company was squandering ground to the powerful Mopars and Pontiacs. The largest “Blue Oval” engine was the 390 V8. But it was not as powerful as the mighty 421 Super Duty and the 413 Max Wedge V8. To solve the crisis, the boys from Dearborn bored the venerable 390 to build a new 406 V8 for the 1962 model year.