Quarter Mile Muscle
In many ways, drag racing spawned the muscle car era of the ‘60s. Super Stock drag racing was huge in the early ‘60s, and the factories encouraged their teams’ success by building high-power, lightweight cars that’s be sure hits at the drags. Then in ’64, Pontiac introduced the GTO, with the classic “small car, big engine” formula that hot rodders had been using for years. Other manufacturers responded with their own pony cars and muscle cars, and for nearly 10 years, muscle cars
ruled the drags. Larry Davis, an active muscle-car fanatic and author of the hugely successful Super Stock: Drag Racing the Family Sedan and Gasser Wars: Drag Racing’s Street Classes 1955-1968, has just completed another exciting book covering the muscle car era. Quarter Mile Muscle, available in June 2005, covers the development and success of the muscle cars at the drags in all classes, from Super Stock to the early muscle car-based funny cars. The book pays special attention to low-production factory cars that were intended specifically for the drags – cars like the COPO Camaros, Ford Thunderbolts, and the dealer-built specials from Yenko, Motion, and others.Davis, who was a racer himself in the ‘60s, tells this exciting story in the first person and includes more than 200 must-see color photos and close to 100 black & white photos. Available in June of 2005, this softbound, 128-page book may be ordered by calling CarTech at 1800-551-4754 or by visiting www.cartechbooks.com.