fuel curve top 10 stories of the year

Fuel Curve’s Top 10 Stories of the Year #10

Editor’s Note: In this countdown series we are reviewing our favorite ten stories of 2017, stories you may have missed or enjoyed so much you wouldn’t mind seeing them again. We have been here just seven and a half months but it seems like much longer. Scouring the globe to find the coolest cats, cars, and trucks, we have successfully established this platform to showcase the people and the power. So CJ and I thought it would be good to review ten of our favorites. CJ and I both weigh in on why we liked them so much. Enjoy!

Full Story @ Two Decades of Vintage Drag Racing – A Retrospective

fuel curve's top 10 stories of the year

John: Lots of cool stuff here. Marc Gewertz is a master at capturing the magic of drag racing, painting photo essays with his lens. Marc has been the lead photographer at NHRA for a long stretch but in his spare time, he photographs vintage drag racing and other hi-speed contests. This tapestry of images paints the picture of retro California drag racing with scenes from Bakersfield, Sonoma, and Pomona. The composition, the colors and the angles make this a satisfying sample of how this popular sport evolved.

CJ: I remember going to Fremont Raceway as a kid seeing the Top Fuel and Funny Car heroes of the 1970s. Marc’s photos bring me back to those glory days. Larry Huff in Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” doing a fire burnout is something you just don’t see anymore. The lead photo in this story, taken a few years back in Bakersfield looks like it could have been taken in 1965. The variety of pictures makes it seem like I can hear the thunder.

Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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