Sport: The Dragsters

Once they were standard American autos—the friendly coupes and roadsters of the '30s, or hefty contemporary sedans. Now they were barely recognizable. The hot-rods, crowding the runways of the airport at Lawrenceville, Ill. for the "World Series of Drag Racing" last week, had come a long way from the Detroit production lines where they were born. Some had been entirely rebuilt. Some were stock cars with souped-up engines. Some consisted merely of a stripped-down frame and cockpit. All had that something extra: they could get up and go.

The 340 drivers, too, were something special, a far cry from the hopped-up...

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