An interview with C.J. Hart and Creighton Hunter—the creators of the Santa Ana Drags that ran in Southern California from 1950 to 1959—featured great photos, including a drag race between Don Blair (foreground) getting the jump on Dick Kraft in his legendary stripped-down T, regarded as the first dragster.
At 23 years old, Rob Ida was at the beginning of his hot rod building career when he started working with his father, Bob, at Ida Automotive, which is based in New Jersey. He and his '41 Willys made STREET RODDER's June '93 cover.
An overview of Altered race cars from the '60s and '70s was put together by master photographer Bob McClurg, who has probably captured more incredible moments from drag racing's most dynamic era than anyone else. The collection includes this fire burnout shot from 1974 that featured Mike Sullivan's "Topolino", Dave Hough in "Nanook", and 12 gallons of Super Shell.
No one was really restoring legendary vehicles from hot rodding's past before Bruce Meyer began doing it in the early '90s, and he has since built an impressive collection, which includes the restored drag/salt racer Pierson Brothers Coupe. Jerry Weesner spoke with both Pierson brothers, Dick and Bob, for an in-depth interview for the magazine.
The 41st annual Detroit Autorama was held in its home for many decades, Cobo Hall, and Mark Vilano's traditional T was displayed there with a Chrysler 392 Hemi topped with six Stromberg carbs.