There is a line in a Lovin’ Spoonful song that says, “It’s like trying to tell a stranger about rock ‘n roll.” Motorcycle drag racing is a bit like that. To those who follow it, the sport makes perfect sense. To those who don’t, it makes none at all. This book is for both.
While the book explains many of the mechanical aspects of motorcycle drag racing, the people are what make it interesting. In the words of former Cycle editor, Cook Neilson, “Stein gives dimension and warmth to the people who built and rode these bikes, some of whom are still banging their heads against the quarter-mile reality. Clem Johnson. Sonny Routt. Boris Murray. John Gregory. Leo Payne. Byron Hines. Joe Smith. Dozens more. Geniuses all, innovators all. John Stein has done them – bikes and men – proud.”
This book covers old and new. Some you might recongnize include: Russ Collins, Pat Miller, Bob Davis, Jim Bernard, Ron, Teson, Bo O-Brochta, Sam Wills, Carl, Ahlfeldt, Brian Johnson, Terry Vance, Byron Hines, Terry Kizer, Elmer Trett, Tony Lang, Larry McBride, Jim McClure, Angelle Seeling, Steve Johnson, Mike Bruso, Bob Carpenter, Mike Keyte, John Mafaro, Sid Pogue, Paul Gast, Dave Schultz, Greg Cope, John Meyers, Antron Brown, Matt Smith, Bill Vose, Kent Stotz, Regie Showers, Matt Hines, Andrew Hines, Korry Hogan, Geno Scali, Rickey Gadson, Tony Nicosia, Karen Stouffer, George Bryce and many others.