Showcases amazing machines and their riders in the ultimate acceleration sport - drag bike racing. Great photographs are combined with the author's in-depth knowledge, to explore, for the first time, the sport in the UK, and chart its relentless pursuit for ever more speed. The diversity of motive power and machine design is examined, as is the influence of racers from the home of drag racing - America - in this unique and fascinating look at the most thrilling sport on two wheels.
A story of ultimate raw power on two wheels. Drag bike racing developed from a strong history of sprinting in the UK, with riders battling awesome machinery to become the quickest over the standing start ¼ mile.
The variety of bikes constructed to assault the track was incredible during the sport's formative years. From V8 power and triple-engined behemoths to an unbelievably quick 500 Vincent - all are featured here. But biggest was not always best, as this book highlights.
The author is well qualified to chart the progress of the sport's outstanding riders, having witnessed first-hand their amazing progress. He has been a spectator, racer, Santa Pod commentator and leading photojournalist, and in this entertaining and gripping volume, his photographs capture the essence of this highly visual sport.
About the author
A qualified mechanical engineering designer, Keith Lee has been actively involved in drag racing for 20 years. From impressed young spectator at the drag festivals, he went on to compete on one of the more unusual machines, before spending many years as a writer and photographer working for various national and international publications – most notably, as drag strip correspondent for Motor Cycle Weekly.
Keith was also a commentator at Santa Pod Raceway for ten years, and served on the committee of the main organising club of the period, the BDR&HRA. He now works as a professional photographer.