It’s a story of intrigue, history, and forensic research. It’s the story of drag racing record being stripped from its longtime and legendary holder. It’s a story that may leave you scratching your head but boy is it fun to read about. Perhaps you have heard of the Atari 2600 game Dragster which was out in the early 1980s. Maybe you even used to play it back in the day. Well, so didn’t a guy named Todd Rogers who was one of the most celebrated video game gods of the 1980s and Rogers claimed to have set an elapsed time that was basically eons quicker than anyone else had ever gone. It was such a mark that it actually made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records. But things are not always as they seem, are they?
Because we live in a video game obsessed culture, there are still guys who play the oldies and after decades of trying to match Rogers performance, no one could. That lead to some of the more interesting geek detective work we have ever read about and it ultimately led to Rogers losing the decades long record.
NHRA.com’s Phil Burgess does a wonderful job of telling the story, filling in the context and it is one hell of a read. If you have not heard of this story or even if you have, you’ve got to eat Phil’s piece. It is awesome!