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Hot rod history with Jack Beckman—Episode 2: How NHRA created sanctioned drag racing

Jack Beckman: NHRA Funny Car driver, drag racing instructor, car guy, and hot-rod historian. During this pause in racing action, Jack is taking us through his favorite moments in drag racing history.
18 May 2020
Posted by NHRA.com staff

In the early days of drag racing there were lots of cars, lots of would-be racers, and lots of open land. The one thing in short supply was the structure needed to bring early hot rodders together to turn them into drag racers. Wally Parks, and his vision of a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), promised to do just that.

In Episode 2 of Hot Rod History with Jack Beckman—How NHRA Created Sanctioned Drag Racing, Jack explains how Wally Parks leveraged his experience as President of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), and created a standardization of drag racing rules, drag racing tracks, and drag racing procedures for quarter-mile competition.

Watch Episode 1 of Hot Rod History with Jack Beckman—From Hot Rod Magazine to National Dragster

Watch Episode 2 of Hot Rod History with Jack Beckman—How NHRA Created Sanctioned Drag Racing

Future installments will be hosted on DodgeGarage.com, NHRA.com, and Jack Beckman's Facebook page. All episodes will ultimately  be indexed on all three platforms for your reference and enjoyment.

What is Hot Rod History with Jack Beckman: A Quarter-Mile at a Time?

This is a master’s class in drag racing, taught by a 300-mph professor. Jack Beckman offers a unique perspective on our sport, as one of the few active NHRA racers who’s also student of the sport’s technology, history, records, and exceptional moments. We are joining Jack on this journey, and partnering with Jack and Dodge Garage to share the experience.