Hot rod history with Jack Beckman—Episode 7: In 1957, drag racing banned nitromethane [Video & Photos]
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 7 of Hot Rod History with Jack Beckman—In 1957, the world of drag racing banned nitromethane, Jack recounts how speed records were catapulting forward thanks to innovation, the Chrysler Hemi, and nitromethane fuel. When Emory Cook's 166.97-mph run at Lion's Drag Strip in Long Beach, Calif., what has historically been known as the nitro ban came into existence.
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.