Snap Cackle Pop

Bakersfield: Burning Nitro in America

Book Description


This exciting collection of photography by award winning photograper Ted Soqui documents the visual, white heat and sensed audible intensity of professional drag racing.

The Famoso drag strip, Bakersfield, is one of the few major track venues that host the full ¼ mile and features the cars from the golden age (the fastest cars can turn speeds of over 250 mph and cover the ¼ mile in 5½ seconds). The March Meet is considered to be one of the last great independent events in drag racing, often out drawing modern professional drag racing venues. The track also features a "cacklefest" held once a year at night, nostalgia cars are lined up on the track and fired-up revving their engines with fire shooting from the exhaust pipes. The sound can be deafening with over 100 nitro vehicles pushing their throttles. For drag racing purists, it's a living history of nitro and drag racing.

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