A lineup of 'dragsters' at the Ventura Auto Show on Main Street. No definitive origin for the word "Dragster" exists. Perhaps it started when auto jockeys challenged each other "to drag their race car out of the garage". Another explanation is racing required dragging the dirt road to make it smoother.
The love of human competition took over automobiles, with racing on dry lake beds and straight two lane strips of paved roadways throughout America. The first official drag strip opened in Santa Ana, California in 1950, on an unused section of airport runway. The most popular length of race was a quarter of a mile, with the winner the first to cross the finish line.
The format evolved the dragsters into long front frames with small front wheels, rear mounted engines, and large rear wheels to help in the weight distribution and keep the cars in as straight a line of drive as possible.
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Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-09-22 6:11
Another fine selection of vehicles that I never get to see, so once again a pleasure to view this in your gallery. These are immaculately kept. I particularly like the deep red car with no ads on it, it has the finish of a very expensive guitar or piano! This must be some sight to see on the side of the street.
All the best
serp2000 (33225) 2013-09-22 6:42
Once in my childhood I had read an article about the dragsters. I remember the words: the front wheels taken from bike and the back wheels from Formula 1.
Good presentation, I like your comparison with "my" bikes.
Today I hope to visit an old fortress on the Staten Island. The colonies had defended themselves ))
emilbo (21511) 2013-09-22 9:51
Une très intéressante photo et nous montre de vrais bijoux avec de brillantes couleurs. J'aimerais bien voir la compétition. Une excellente présentation de qualité.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne semaine,
ktanska (22712) 2013-09-22 9:56
Impressive line of dragsters. Tilted angle on this one fits perfectly. good variation of colours. Patchy sunlight is tricky, but exposure is right on those vehicles.
bukitgolfb301 (32680) 2013-09-22 16:13
Hi dear Ray
So vivid color touch is very attractive and eye-cathing at all. Leaning abgle setting is the best idea to adjust this situation so well.
All the best and have a good start of a new week! TAKERO
batalay (33439) 2013-09-24 4:26
You've chosen a good vantage point to maximize the content of the image. These must be the "funny cars" that accelerate to spectacular speeds in minuscule times, employing nitro enhanced fuels. I've never seen an actual drag race with such machines, but I am convinced the drama is intense.
eldancer1 (20850) 2013-09-26 7:48
I've been meaning to attend one of those drag racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway but can never find the time. I like your pov of those racers, I like the tilted slant. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
mcmtanyel (5321) 2013-09-29 21:49
I like the tilt you have given to this shot. Repetition is a nice effect, colors and light are excellent. If I may suggest an alternate cropping: You might sacrifice a portion of the yellow dragster to emphasize that it is not meant to be complete, but just there for the sake of repetition. I experimented by dragging my browser down until the lower edge of the photo went off the screen. Just a thought, an experiment easily performed.