From the Editor’s Desk
by Connell R. Miller
“And the hits just keep on coming…!”
Whew!... We’re still celebrating the response we’ve had from our 100-page March issue of Nostalgia Drag World, but we’re not resting yet! Dig this one with some great articles by Stormy Byrd, Ben Griffin, Eddie Buck, Bill “Badco” Ott, Ed Miller, Roger “Riceman” Lee, “Animal” Jim Feurer, and Chuck Klein as well as a great interview with Robin Broidy, the CEO of Storywise Productions and the producer of the highly acclaimed, big-screen drag racing movie, Snake & Mongoo$e. She gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the filming and how it came about as well as her own feelings about this “golden age” of drag racing. You’ll also enjoy the article about “Miss STP” Paula Murphy – the “fastest woman alive!” From the drag strip to Bonneville, this lady had a fabulous career racing everything from Datsun sedans to funny cars and jet cars.
Great photos? As always, our intrepid shooters have sent us a bunch, ranging from amazing old pics from the ‘60s to coverage of current events here and abroad…thanks guys!
In our tireless crusade to stem the flow of young folks deserting the path of “hot rodding pleasure” in favor of the weekend spent in front of the flatscreen, mindlessly thumbing their game controllers, here’s another suggestion for you……
Many schools have an auto shop class. If there is one near you, go by and check with the instructor and see what it encompasses. If you have racing experience, see if he would be interested in having you speak to the classes about drag racing and the fun you had (have) as well as the fun they could have with a sport they may know nothing about. Organize a field trip to a local racer’s garage or, better yet, to a local event. Become a mentor. Bring in your pals who can add interest and help. If things get going well, you might even start a car club with them and - gasp, we’re talking retro here – build a “club” car to go race! There might be some local racers, Facebook friends or parents of the kids who would be happy to donate time, money or parts for such a project. Think about it!
The racing season has really begun well with some great events already in the books all around the country. Dust off the ‘gimme’ caps, clean out the coolers, find the suntan lotion and plan a trip to a strip near you. While you experience the gasser wheelstands and the eye-watering nitro fumes from a field of fuel altereds, know that by putting your butt in the stands, you’re helping to keep that facility open and put a few bucks in a racer’s pocket. After a day or weekend at the strip you will come home tired and dirty, but with some great memories, maybe a new poster or t-shirt, and possibly some killer photos in that phone or camera, as well as a feeling of satisfaction that you have made a small difference in helping the bottom line of the drag strip’s operator (whose cash flow maybe isn’t always on the positive side!).
We at Nostalgia Drag World take pride in our featuring the hundreds of great photographs of our sport. Many of these are scanned from old photographs or negatives and well document the sport from the early days. These really are “treasures” and should be saved and preserved like any historical artifact. Before the ravages of time claim them, dig them out of your photo albums or desk drawers and scan them; then, burn them to a CD as well as saving them to an external hard drive or thumb drive. If you have quite a few, you might want to invest in a good Canon or Epson scanner – they will usually give you better results than the scanner in your combo printer and can be found for less than $100. Oh, and don’t forget those priceless old family photos while you’re at it!
If you like to “tweak” what you’ve scanned, there are a number of software programs that will do the trick and at low cost. I have Photoshop CS5 – a very powerful but expensive program – however, 95% of the time I prefer my old Corel Photo Pro X2 that I bought six years ago. The current version sells for about $49, but I’ve seen it advertised lower. Stores like Staples and Office Depot/Max sell it. Real easy to crop, sharpen, add contrast, saturation, get rid of spots and marks, fill-in flash, reduce shadows, add watermarks, create collages, and a ton of other features available with a click or two – and it saves the original for you automatically! The artistically-minded will also like the host of cool effects in there as well. For old color photographs that have faded, the easy-to-suss-out drop-down menu provides a “one click” to nirvana – usually making them look like they were shot recently!
Reminder: If you are a manufacturer, seller, strip operator or race team owner, don’t forget that we have special advertising programs and rates tailored for each. Please contact Rob Huckstadt at email@example.com for information.
Reminder: We would love to hear from you with your feedback, suggestions, gripes, shout-outs, rumors…whatever! Just keep it civil and no politickin’…….
Nostalgia Drag World - by Connell R. Miller; Editor-in-Chief
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