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Hot rod history with Jack Beckman Episode 1: From Hot Rod magazine to National Dragster

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
Hot rod history with Jack Beckman

In the early days of drag racing there was no clearinghouse of information for who ran what, how quick they ran, and who they ran against. The biggest drag racing media platform in town was Hot Rod Magazine, and it was run by none other than our own Wally Parks. But one of the limitations of Hot Rod was that it had to cover more than just traditional drag racing—and it was monthly.

Watch Episode 1 of Hot Rod History with Jack Beckman Now!

In Part 1 of Hot rod history with Jack Beckman: A quarter-mile at a time, Jack walks us through the basics of when commercially successful drag racing began, and how Wally Parks made the case for the creation of a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) using a pen name and a letter to the editor in Hot Rod.

Part 1 is now available on Dodge Garage.

Part 2 will be available on Wednesday May 20, at 9 a.m. ET on NHRA.com

Future installments will be hosted on Jack’s Facebook page, and ultimately will be indexed on Jack’s Facebook page, DodgeGarage.com and NHRA.com 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 DodgeGarage.com to share the experience.