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SPECIAL - BOTH ISSUES FOR $27.99

 

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Volumes 1 & 2 on CD

Volumes 1 & 2 (dual disc set) which includes the 1965 DSI color calendar as a bonus.

The CD’s contain over 100 scanned issues, from March 1963 to March 1965. Original cost was 25 cents per issue,
price today .14 cents per issue.

Was $19.95
$14.95 with FREE SHIPPING

 

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Volumes 3 & 4 on CD
The Surfer years, the genesis of funny car, coast to coast
race results, all class coverage and tons more.

This CD contain every issues, from March 1965 to July 1966.

Was $19.95
$14.95 with FREE SHIPPING

 

Sample Issue from 1965 - Representative of ALL PAGES - ALL ISSUES

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The CDs are in the PDF format and are viewed in Adobe Reader. This is the same format the Drag News collection was released in and allows the viewer to adjust the size to a comfortable viewing level to their taste. The photo quality is 100% better than the Drag News discs and every effort has being taken to make each and every page as viewable/readable as possible including blocking a lot of the news print ink bleed. Keeping in mind that these "newspapers" are nearly 50 years old one can only imagine the care being taken.

 

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By 1963 Drag News was ensconced as drag racing's 'Bible' and appeared set to continue unchallenged. And it might not have been were it not for a kid from South San Gabriel named Phil Bellomy who thought he could do it better. And for a little over three years,he did.

Bellomy partnered up with well-known track photographer Jim Kelly and gained the generous support of So. Cal. printer Carl Bennitt,who made possible the first and subsequent issues of Drag Sport Illustrated ™ (DSI). Later, support was given by Lee Hallerberg.

DSI was all about pictures, lots of great pictures. Reporting the weekend's races was important, but secondary to drama and impact.It was a week-in, week-out visual treat made possible by high grade Electrabrite newsprint, in stark contrast to Drag News' less expensive paper.

DSI was also about recognizing the talented contributors with by-lines and photo credits, something that was missing frequently in other publications.

In those days, most track photographers and writers worked for nothing or almost nothing, because they loved the sport. Recognition was about all they could look forward to,and in DSI they got it.

Drag Sport showcased the talents of photographers like Kelly,Dave Shipman, Tim Marshall, Bill Turney, Charles Strutt, Bellomy himself and others.

From the time the first issue of Drag Sport rolled off the presses on March 3, 1963, they and writers like Ralph Guldahl, Dave Wallace,Forrest Bond, Mike Kotowski and Steve Gibbs made it happen, week after week.

Within a few short months DSI was a must-have weekly newspaper at tracks from coast to coast. The issues ranged from 12 pages to 30 pages and they all trumped Drag News in the number of photos and quality of publication.

The main focus was always on dragsters, but DSI gave a ton of coverage to all the other classes, from stockers to gassers, from motorcycles to alterds.
From Washington to Florida, DSI was there.

In addition to better photo reproduction, Drag Sport pioneered a magazine format among weeklies in lat 1964, with 20 to 30 pages every week.

In July of 1966 DSI was abruptly shut down. This was a huge loss to racers and fans alike but not so much for Drag News. Two other publications using the DSI format popped up but didn't grab the fans that DSI had. Both Drag Digest and Drag West folded within a year. However, they will both be available on CD down the road.

The CDs are in the PDF format and are viewed in Adobe Reader. This is the same format the Drag News collection was released in and allows the viewer to adjust the size to a comfortable viewing level to their taste. The photo quality is 100% better than the Drag News discs and every effort has being taken to make each and every page as viewable/readable as possible including blocking a lot of the news print ink bleed. Keeping in mind that these "newspapers" are nearly 50 years old one can only imagine the care being taken.

 

More samples, click the links below to view the very first issue of DSI and imagine that the quality only gets better from there. There is also a samle of the publication when it went to a book format in late 1964.

DRAG SPORT ILLUSTRATED VOL. 1 ISSUE 1 03-03-63

DRAG SPORT ILLUSTRATED VOL. 2 ISSUE 4 01-30-65

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