High Performance The Culture and Technology of Drag Racing, 1950-2000

ISBN-10: 0801866642
ISBN-13: 9780801866647
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
Authors: Robert C. Post
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Description: High Performance is a dramatic, firsthand history of this daring sport, from the earliest "legal" drags run on rural airfields to the spectacular--and sometimes tragic--careers of drag racing's most daring innovators. Post, a former racer himself,  More...

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List price: $25.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 5/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 452
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

High Performance is a dramatic, firsthand history of this daring sport, from the earliest "legal" drags run on rural airfields to the spectacular--and sometimes tragic--careers of drag racing's most daring innovators. Post, a former racer himself, was an eyewitness to many of the episodes he describes. He has interviewed many of drag racing's legends and superstars, such as "Pappy" Hart, who opened the first commercial strip in Santa Ana, California, in 1950, and Florida's "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, the first person to define himself as a professional drag racer. Post looks at all aspects of drag racing: the sport, the business, the means of personal affirmation. But most of all he explores it as a case study of technological enthusiasm, tracking the innovations that permitted racers to disprove on pavement the "laws of physics" authorities had laid out on paper. What emerges is a compelling look at the men and women who have devoted their lives to this extraordinary pursuit. In this revised edition, Post continues the story into the present, surveying the dynamics of the sport during the past decade.

Matthew W. Finkinis Albert J. Harno and Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Law. He lives in Champaign.Robert C. Postis Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School. He lives in New Haven, CT.

Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface
Introduction: A New Theater of Machines
Warming Up
Staging
Gathering Speed
Power
Fame
Fortune
Competition
Hustling
Revolution
Finesse
Television
Men and Women
Enthusiasm
Choice
Appendixes
Notes
Essay on Sources
Index

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