Official Start of First NHRA Drag Racing Meet, Great Bend, Kansas, 1955

Summary

The National Hot Rod Association, established in 1951 to govern drag racing, held its first national championship meet in 1955. The event took place on an airport runway in Great Bend, Kansas. Drag races run like tournaments. Two cars at a time face off, the winner advances, and the loser is eliminated. The last remaining driver earns the grand prize.

The National Hot Rod Association, established in 1951 to govern drag racing, held its first national championship meet in 1955. The event took place on an airport runway in Great Bend, Kansas. Drag races run like tournaments. Two cars at a time face off, the winner advances, and the loser is eliminated. The last remaining driver earns the grand prize.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1985

Subject Date

1955

Creators

Rickman, Eric 

Petersen Publishing Company 

Creator Notes

Photographed by Eric Rickman. Published by Petersen Publishing Company in Hot Rod magazine.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2006.54.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Resin-coated paper

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.875 in

Width: 10 in

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