This is one of those videos that you watch when you know you have the drag racing thing bad. Why? Well it is some really amazing 8mm footage set to classical music from the 1964 NHRA Nationals. The footage was made by someone who had starting line access back then and made the most of it. You are going to see cars like the Sachs and Sons Comet, with its fuel burning engine make a run, Garlits, Al Eckstrand, The Ramchargers, and a host of other legendary cars. Why is there no sound? Well because this was an 8mm camera in 1964, that’s why. Buzz your lips together if you need the engine noise!
What we dig about this video is that it shows the “pre-burnout” era of drag racing. Cars were push started and then ran down the track. Stockers maybe scrubbed the tires and then ran down the track. The old question of “how did they run events like the Winternationals in one day?” is basically answered by this video. They were firing pairs down the track as fast as they could at a regular meet and when they had to speed it up they did. No burnout, no back up, none of that stuff. Fire it, line it up, and go baby go!
What an awesome window into the world of drag racing in 1964. From B/Altereds to top fuel dragsters!