Timing Slip From Oswego Dragway, Used with Buck & Thompson Slingshot Dragster, 1963

Summary

Drag racing is in principle the simplest form of auto racing. From a standing start two cars compete to be first to the finish line one-quarter mile away. At the end of the run the competitors are given a slip of paper saying how fast they went. This timing slip was issued at Oswego Dragway, a track about 25 miles southwest of Chicago. It shows that car number 30, a Class D Dragster (class D was for cars powered by flathead Ford V-8 engines or straight six cylinder engines) covered the quarter mile in 11.32 seconds (the Elapsed Time, or "E.T" in drag racing lingo) with a top speed of 123.29 mph. This car, run by the team of Sam Buck and Bob Thompson, is now in The Henry Ford's collection.

Drag racing is in principle the simplest form of auto racing. From a standing start two cars compete to be first to the finish line one-quarter mile away. At the end of the run the competitors are given a slip of paper saying how fast they went. This timing slip was issued at Oswego Dragway, a track about 25 miles southwest of Chicago. It shows that car number 30, a Class D Dragster (class D was for cars powered by flathead Ford V-8 engines or straight six cylinder engines) covered the quarter mile in 11.32 seconds (the Elapsed Time, or "E.T" in drag racing lingo) with a top speed of 123.29 mph. This car, run by the team of Sam Buck and Bob Thompson, is now in The Henry Ford's collection.

Artifact

Timing slip

Date Made

1963

Subject Date

1963

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2007.45.4.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Buck & Thompson Racing Team.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Handwriting
Printing (Process)

Color

Green
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 2.938 in

Width: 3.625 in

Inscriptions

Printed headings on front, with data handwritten in pencil opposite them: NUMBER 30 / CLASS D / ELASPED [sic] TIME 11:32 / MILES PER HOUR 123.29. Printed at bottom: Oswego Dragway / OSWEGO, ILLINOIS / OFFICIAL TIME Handwritten at top: D-DRAGSTER

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