It is no big secret that the fuel altered class was one of my personal favorite classes to photograph in drag racing. Capturing this class during the day was a challenge and at night, it was even more so. Whether shooting available light or with a strobe, night or day, these cars were true action on four wheels and sometimes three wheels. I found photographing these cars was somewhat different than top fuel or funny cars due to their differing body styles and length of the cars. All this played into the strategy of how to capture them on film, especially at night.
I liked to use a tri-pod for those nice flame shots at the starting line. The altered guys would tip the nitro can for some immense flames at night. Photographing this class at night will always be something special from the bygone days of drag racing.
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by an Oldsmobile powerplant and ran in the AA/A class. This photo of their Bantam was
shot with available light and tri-x B&W film pushed to 1600 a.s.a. Now their AA/FA in
1968, I used a strobe light in the shutdown area producing a cool night time chute shot.
available light with track lighting and fast B&W film producing a unique effect.
at night. With nitro flames reaching the stars, Willie staged at Irwindale, California in 1969.
Magnificent 7 AA/FA at Irwindale, California. Ferraro was driving because Chadderton
was found with an expired NHRA license and he stepped in and saved the day and night.
the header pipes at Fremont in 1970. Peace's altered was the former Pure Hell
of Rich Guasco. In 1969, while towing back from the NHRA Nationals at Indy,
Guasco's rig crashed. Pure Hell was badly damaged but brought home and
repaired by Pete Ogden. Guasco decided to sell his Pure Hell when it seemed
the funny car class was the hottest class in drag racing.
Heck, you really never knew who would be driving the yellow and black bantam.
This long-ago evening at OCIR, George "The Stone Age Man" Hutchinson was
doing the driving chores. Again. a tri-pod was used to showcase the car but
also to see the score board at OCIR.
slow shutter speed and this is the result - a wild night shot of Dennis Geisler in
the Geisler and Graf Instant T AA/FA at Lions.
fire burnout at Tucson, Arizona. About all I did was aim, focus and shoot.
Hough and his fire ball just about lit up the Arizona desert.
this nice action shot of Mike Sullivan and his AA/FA Fiat at OCIR in 1973.
There are nice colors and reflections off the AA/FA with pushed film
and the track lighting at Irwindale, California.
This car was one of those I needed to capture at its night time best. I caught up
with Howard at Sacramento, California, and finally was able capture his
Sweet Thrills doing its thing at night.