Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

For years drag racers relied on the man with the green flag to send  them fairly down the strip.    Buster Couch was one such fellow.    I’m sure he saw many changes in the NHRA.  One in particular was saying farewell to that green flag.  In 1963 the Christmas Tree was invented by Oliver Riley.   As with most changes it took some getting used to, but remains today as the official way a drag racer sets off to win a race that is over in a matter of seconds.  A more romantic version of the Christmas Tree is happening somewhere down a two lane road as a young woman is lowering her neck scarf or hair ribbon. Ahh who isn’t thinking about James Dean right now?  And some hot rodders  enjoy the public asphalt version of a Christmas Tree…shhh don’t tell.  In the end (or the beginning) green always means Goooo!  PS Anyone up for a late night visit to an abandoned air field?……..Enjoy the link and video.

A timeline of the NHRA can be viewed here

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Love cars, love writing, love family...that about does it.
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8 Responses to Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

  1. Rahrready Sahssteady Gooo !


  2. Surely yoi don’t mean that asphalt traffic lights are actually a traffic management system. Everybody knows that red means line up with your opponent, rev a few times sideways glance and a nod. Amber means rev to the optimum torque band. Green means dump the the clutch and release the horses like they have been branded on the butt, see u at the next set of lights! 🙂
    Informative, thanks Debbie.


  3. Yvonne, the BFF says:

    Wow, you learn something new everyday. Loved the video! PS–I enjoyed Buster’s accent! 🙂


  4. Debbie says:

    Hey BFF, thanks for your comment. I know what you mean about his accent.


  5. Katie says:

    Informative! Thanks.


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