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 http://nhra.cjonline.com/content/look-back-history-nhra