I am Jay S. Mangum from Kingwood Texas, and can be reached at email@example.com .See the last 3 pages for the newest pictures. These photo originals are large format color slides with more detail if viewed in original size. Please contact me if you would like to use or publish one of these images in the larger format. With help from veteran racers and fans we have made progress on identifications of the first set of photos. Thanks to all! If you have additional information or comments on the old dragsters shown here please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome your comments. All of these photos (except the Miller Lite and Scott Kalitta pix using a modern SLR) were taken by me with large format cameras, a Rolleiflex twin lens or a Yashica Mat 124 twin lens reflex wide angle set up. Back then you could walk right up to the guardrail and walk down track taking pictures only a few feet from the cars going by. With no Press Pass I could get a blast of smoke and fumes in the face from a nitro-powered fuel dragster as it went by under full throttle 6 to 8 feet from me. In the very early sixties many of the National Championship contenders towed their prized machines on open, flat trailers or simple flat bed trucks, exposed to the rain and wind, with only the motor covered, and often with little or no pit crew. They would occasionally enlist race fans to help with any chore that took more than two hands. It was easy to be a "crewmember for the day" back then.