RELATED STORY - WHEN THE LIONS ROARED
Part two of the acclaimed video documentary, “Lions – The Greatest Drag Strip”,
will be released on DVD at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, Calif.,
October 12-14, 2007.
The latest installment on the revered Long Beach,
Calif.-based track, by veteran motorsports journalist, Don Gillespie, picks up
speed, literally, in 1962, when nitro-burning cars returned after a five-year
ban under founding manager, speed king Mickey Thompson.
40-MIN) presentation concludes near the end of 1966, with the sport’s explosive
growth in everything from dragsters and supercharged coupe match race wars, to
early funny cars, etc.
“Initially, this was supposed to be a two-part
video,” began Gillespie, “but, the enormity and importance of the Lions story,
the amount of pictures and movie footage, plus the tales as told by the sport’s
early pioneers, make it necessary to conclude the epic tale with a pending third
and final edition.”