Buck, Sam | Chassis Research | Thompson, Bob
Dragsters are designed to do one thing: cover a quarter-mile from a standing start as quickly as possible. They contain nothing that does not contribute to that goal. To maximize traction, weight is concentrated as close to the rear wheels as possible. In this style car, popular from the mid 1950s through the early 1970s, the driver actually sat behind the rear wheels, "like a rock in a slingshot". This car was built and driven by two young men from the Rockford, Illinois area, Bob Thompson and Sam Buck. It was very successful in the Midwest from 1960 to 1963. Read more »
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The Henry Ford
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Bob Thompson.