WOULDN'T IT BE SO GROOVY IF DRAG RACING CARS HAD NAMES AGAIN??... WELL, AT LEAST THIS GAL SURE BELIEVES IT WOULD...

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Today I'm going out on a limb, addressing a subject and point of view that lots of people in the drag racing business and community will most likely (secretly) agree with me on, however, admittedly, I'm pretty darn sure that my words typed here, that I'm dictating over the telephone to my trusty assistant Stephanie, will have zero to little affect on the overall situation... Well, anyways, whatever, for what it's worth, here it goes... I genuinely long for the days when the sport and culture of drag racing was far less inhibited and uptight, back when there was no hesitation whatsoever for a racer to give their race car a name. You know what I'm talking about, when you see photos of race cars from the 1960s and 1970s, most of 'em have a catchy name painted on the side panels, a unique identity, maybe even a cleverly designed and painted cartoonish caricature to correspond with the car's name... I firmly believe it was that particular aspect of drag racing that was greatly responsible for attracting so much of America's youth to subsequently fall in love with, and follow the sport of drag racing -- People like that sort of catchy creativity, or at least they, uh, used to, I think... And yes, I understand that racing today requires so much money, that racers have to dedicate practically all the space on their car's body to providing signage for their sponsors, because quite frankly, if it wasn't for their sponsors, there's no way in heck they could afford to campaign a race car -- yeah, I get that argument... But gee whiz, golly gooey gummy bears, wouldn't it be nice if the practice of giving cars a name could come back and become the norm again?? I know, I know, I'm only dreaming, and I'll probably get a handful of nasty emails from the usual internet snerts telling me to "shut the **** up" and stop "rocking the boat"... Oh well... Below is a photograph of the Black & Linblad "Green Hornet" Mustang. This is an example of what I'm longing for, cars with groovy names. This is a prime sample of drag racing's more colorful, less uptight and inhibited past...

 

 

There's just something so darn cool about a drag racing car with a name. Here's a groovy blast from the past.