My first exposure to European drag racing came when my good friend Tog invited me over to attend the FIA Main Event in 1998. The timing was perfect, as I had been involved in US drag racing since the early sixties but was wondering where the fun and innovative, creatively engineered machinery that had drawn me to the sport had gone. I found it had gone to Europe. Drag racing in the US had evolved from cars representing many different approaches to getting quickly down the quarter mile to sixteen car fields featuring thirteen cars identical to last yearís winning entry and three or so unique cars with little chance of advancing past the first round.
The 1998 Main Event
was a turning point for me; I could not believe the variety of
well-engineered sportsman entries, the ingenuity and professionalism of
the pro teams, and the great enthusiastic attitude of the officials,
competitors, and fans alike. The Santa Pod facility itself had a
great feel, just the right combination of modern safety and convenience
with history. I was hooked on European drag racing.
As Tog and his
colleagues continued to improve and expand Eurodragster.com, he asked
me to become the US correspondent, reporting on US events having
significance to European drag racing. Many European teams have
travelled to the US to compete in NRHA and other events with great
success and it has been great fun to photograph and report on their
outsider approach to US competition.
Tog got me started as a
trackside photographer at a Good Guys nostalgia event we attended at
The Strip at Las Vegas motor speedway in September of 2001 back in a
primitive era when we were both still shooting on film. I was
privileged to fill in as the Eurodragster.com trackside photographer at
the 2008 Mantorp FIA race, had made the switch to digital and was
totally hooked on trackside photography and European drag racing.