Hot rod history with Jack Beckman—Episode 6: The 150-mph club, and the challenges to drag racing in 1956
Dodge Garage Hot Rod History, Ep. 6
The sixth installment of my Hot Rod History with Dodge’s #DodgeGarage is live, looking at the sport a quarter mile at a time! Check it out, and let me know what you think! 👇Posted by Jack Beckman on Monday, June 8, 2020
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 6 of Hot Rod History with Jack Beckman—Top speed records, the 150-mph club, and the challenges to drag racing in 1956 , Jack recounts how NHRA headquarters moved to its new home on North Vermont Ave in Los Angeles, how different drag racing organizers were running similar events, and how the Art Arfons was the NHRA's first member of its 150-mph club—even though Lloyd Scott's Bustle Bomb had been the first to break that record the year before.
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.