by NHRA.com staff

Jack Beckman: NHRA Funny Car driver, drag racing instructor, car guy, and hot-rod historian. During this pause in racing action, Jack is taking us through his favorite moments in drag racing history.

In the early days of drag racing there was no clearinghouse of information for who ran what, how quick they ran, and who they ran against. The biggest drag racing media platform in town was Hot Rod Magazine, and it was run by none other than our own Wally Parks. But one of the limitations of Hot Rod was that it had to cover more than just traditional drag racing—and it was monthly.

Watch Episode 1 of Hot Rod History with Jack Beckman Now!

In Part 1 of Hot rod history with Jack Beckman: A quarter-mile at a time, Jack walks us through the basics of when commercially successful drag racing began, and how Wally Parks made the case for the creation of a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) using a pen name and a letter to the editor in Hot Rod.

Part 1 is now available on Dodge Garage.