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SET YOUR REMINDERS! JOHN FORCE IS ON TONIGHT'S POWER HOUR

 

Power Hour goes LIVE at 9PM EST Tuesday night Guest: The one and only John Force Hosts: Slammin' Sam and The Monday Morning Racer along with pit insider Jeff Arend

Join us live as we talk about the world of drag racing and bring you in on the conversation.

CLASSIC VIDEO - TELEVISION BROADCAST OF 1981 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

 

The old NHRA races recorded off of the original syndicated broadcasts are extra special.

There was one thing you could always count on when it came to racing at National Trail Raceway located outside of Columbus, Ohio. More times than not it would rain on your high horsepower parade.

The NHRA recognized the true meaning of sideways rain during the 1981 event which was rained out and returned the following weekend where it rained more through severe thunderstorms. While today's drag racing coverage is accustomed to video at night. Back then, producer Diamond P, did the best they could with the resources available.

BACK TO THE FUTURE - PRUDHOMME, BERNSTEIN PONDER THE FUTURE OF FC DESIGN IN '86

Funny Car design and technology was at a crossroads in 1986, and two of drag racing's premiere Funny Car racers knew it. In this excerpt from a Diamond P video production, the late Steve Evans along with drag racing legends Don Prudhomme and Kenny Bernstein discuss their thoughts related to a futuristic rendering from iconic drag racing artist Kenny Bernstein.

It's a amazing, just two years later Bernstein would unveil his "Batmobile" Funny Car design, and in essence jump start the space race for aerodynamics in Funny Car racing. This short clip is an entertaining piece to watch.

CLASSIC VIDEO - TELEVISION BROADCAST OF 1981 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

 

Travel back in time to 40 years ago, when the NHRA schedule expanded to 11 races. However, regardless of how many races NHRA staged in a season, there was only one race no other could hold a candle too -- The U.S. Nationals.

The 1981 U.S. Nationals represented a change toward what would become the future as 32-car Top Fuel fields were replaced with 16. The Funny Cars were starting to spread their wings and fly, and of course the Pro Stock category featured its clash of titans, as Bob Glidden and Lee Shepherd continued their war from 1980.

Enjoy an hour of entertainment, complete with commercials from a race which has proven to be like no other over the decades.

CLASSIC VIDEO - TELEVISION BROADCAST OF 1978 NHRA SUMMERNATIONALS

 

Take a trip back to 1978, when the NHRA Summernationals lived up to its name in early July, at the legendary Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. Take some time and watch this affiliate broadcast which features all the action of the incredible drag race and the accompanying commercials of the time

Let's set the stage. Shirley Muldowney was the defending Top Fuel champion, but a young Jeb Allen was coming into his own. Don "The Snake" Prudhomme was on his way to another series championship in Funny Car, but on this weekend there was a mounting opposition to the Snake's dominance. And who could have ever thought what would happen when Bob Glidden showed up with a Ford Fairmont.

Enjoy the day, or at least an hour of it, with this gem.

CLASSIC VIDEO FLASHBACK - '77 NHRA SPRINGNATS SPORTSMAN

Travel back in time when NHRA Sportsman racing scored time on the big stage of television with the Winston professional series broadcasts. The video is from the 1977 NHRA Springnationals in Columbus, Ohio with the primary focus on the sportsman divisions with mentions of the professional classes.

You will see eliminations in Pro Comp, Comp and Modified. There are highlights from Stock and Super Stock as well as the professional finals.

Dave McClelland is your host.

CLASSIC VIDEO: TV BROADCAST OF FIRST NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS BROADCAST

 

Travel back in time to the inaugural NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. With the uncertainty of the future of the track, let's travel back in time to the first one.

This event was the first sanctioned after the facility made the switch from IHRA sanction to NHRA.

The quality is a little rough but good enough to appreciate this blast from the past. In addition to the great racing, there's a glimpse of the nighttime qualifying from the original April 1981 event.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: HIDDEN HEROES FEATURING DARRELL GWYNN

Travel back to the mid 1980s when the show Hidden Heroes followed some of drag racing's iconic names. The show, broadcast on the Nashville Network was a Diamond P production and took the cameras behind-the-scenes to introduce race fans to some of the sport's more dynamic individuals.

This episode spends time with the up and coming Darrell Gwynn and his acension from Top Alcohol Dragster into Top Fuel.

VIDEO FEATURE - STEVIE FAST SHOOTS STRAIGHT: YOU ASK, HE ANSWERS

 

On this weeks episode of Stevie Fast Q&A, the two-time Pro Modified champion covers the following topics:

1.) I've noticed the procharger banner on the wall, what is your opinion on procharger? #Q&A

2.) Will a g- meter pull timing?

3.) What is the highest launch G you've ever had? Q&A

CLASSIC VIDEO - DRAG RACING, A SPORT OF THE PEOPLE

This classic video, produced in the early 1970s. explains the value of drag racing in the entertainment community. Plenty of old cars and interesting people in the promotional/documentary sport extolling the virtues of straight-line racing.

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