Over the last few days, I've been rummaging through Google's Life magazine photo archives. I came across an absolutely stunning series of photographs that Grey Villet made at a small dragstrip in Illinois, sometime in the late 1950s. They're terrific, and, amazingly, they've never published.
The series offers a rare glimpse into the culture of drag racing at virtually the time of its birth. You can see many more of Villet's photos and learn a bit about hot rodding culture on my racing photography blog, here.
Grey Villet: Drag Racing In Moline , Ill. © Time Inc. (Click directly on the photo to see a much larger version of this wonderful image.)
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Yes, I've decided to separate my racing photography and writing from my documentary photography and musings about photo history. Documentary photography and photo history remain on this blog. You'll find most things related to racing on my new blog, John Edwin Mason: Racing Photography.