Here’s a film that’s been around a while, 60 years to be exact. It was lost to the public eye for many years, but in today’s times it has been passed around the Internet. This most recent version that we found on YouTube is the cleanest copy we’ve seen, and it’s presented full length, 27 minutes of greatness. The film we’re talking about is Ingenuity in Action, produced by Hot Rod magazine in 1959.
The YouTube title says this is from 1958, though the race depicted is the 1959 NHRA Nationals, the first year that event was held in Detroit. In 1958 it was in Oklahoma City.
In this you’ll see many huge names of the time, as well as Hot Rod writers including NHRA founder Wally Parks. It’s corny at times, but that is what makes this absolutely fantastic, the most epic tale of how it was there ever was.
Come back to this when you have time to see the full 27 minutes. It’s worth it.