Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago, there was no internet or social media. Newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines were our social media. The sport of drag racing relied on still photographers to get and present images of drag racing to help fill seats at national and local events. Being one of those "never say die" freelance photographers, I was always looking for that eye-catching, interesting place to photograph a drag race car. Sure, I could wheel a car out of its garage or on the front lawn of the owner's home; but to me, that was a big yawn. I wanted something cool and different. The more eye-catching, the better. I hoped that my different photo shoots would put a smile on the faces of drag race fans across the USA. Most of these different photo shoots ended up in Drag Racing USA Magazine and Popular Hot Rodding Magazine. Drag Racing USA's editor/publisher, Mike Doherty, really seemed to enjoy some of my oddball locations and always made room in the current issue of the magazine.
I was very lucky to work with a great group of car owners who knew the value of getting their car and the sport of drag racing into the public spotlight and for this, I must thank each and every one of them.
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them the ink they deserve. Owners Joe Colello and Gary Cromwell did
just that when we took their AA/FC to the local Taco Time Restaurant.
The Seattle, Washington, based chain was thrilled with the coverage I
got for their restaurant and their sponsored AA/FC. The red Vega looked
great on the cover Popular Hot Rodding's funny car issue.
went through all the D.C. red tape and got the thirteen permits needed
to photograph Malcolm Durham's Strip Blazer AA/FC with the
United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Tinsley, Bob McClurg,
and myself shot some great images of local resident Mr. Durham and his Camaro.
Robert Anderson's new top fuel dragster got photographed with
the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. West and Martin
manned the strobe lights and I worked the camera. Harry and
Maxine Lehmann's American Way streamliner was co-sponsored
by the U.S. Navy. Lehmann made a phone call and there we were
in front of U.S. Navy ships. All the photos had to be approved by the U.S. Navy.
by photographed there. Wild Bill Shrewsbury and I made it happen on a
long-ago morning in 1975. This is the only slide that remains from that shoot.
to work with. The Syndicate AA/FD was shot for a DRM USA cover at
a Los Angeles based Jack in the Box. Keeling and Clayton's California
Charger Pinto AA/FC was photographed at a Northern California
Jack in the Box. That is driver Tom Ferraro hangin' out with Jack.
I wish I still had the color from this shoot but it was lost by the
knuckleheads at Popular Hot Rodding.
of drag racing was Dave Hough. Dave and his wife Lynn were always up
for anything to promote the car, the class and the sport they loved.
While on our way to Tucson for an AA/FA event, we made a detour and
Now remember, this was a city street with the side streets blocked for two blocks.
NorCal's Leo Dunn had just finished his beautiful twin engine dragster
and I wanted a contrasting background. This junkyard worked out well
for the spread in DRM USA. I had to take care of my NorCal guys!