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Old 06-19-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Where did "drag" racing name come from?

Any old timers out there know why it's called "Drag" racing? Just curious. What do you think?

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Old 06-19-2010, 12:17 AM   #2
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:25 AM   #3
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Only thing I'd ever heard was in the olden days they would "drag" a road to smooth it up. So you would go out to a smooth road and race your cars. Don't know if thats close?
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:45 AM   #4
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I heard that in early farming days when men wanted to prove whose horse was the best, they would hitch a loaded sled to the horses, set a determined distance, and which ever horse could drag the load to the stopping point the quickest, was the better horse. And somehow this became a means of competition that involved autobiles and eventually became drag racing. Oh, and FYI, I heard this from Don Garlits. Who knows?
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The use of “drag” in “drag race,” meaning a car race held on city streets (as opposed to on a track) comes from one of the earliest uses of “drag,” that being “wagon or cart” (”dragged” by a horse), which dates back to the 18th century. By the mid-1800s, “drag” was being applied to the streets themselves, a sense we still use when we speak of “the main drag” of a small town. A “drag race,” which appeared in the early 1950s, was originally simply a race held on the “main drag,” but the term was carried over to such races held in more isolated spots, such as abandoned airstrips
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The use of “drag” in “drag race,” meaning a car race held on city streets (as opposed to on a track) comes from one of the earliest uses of “drag,” that being “wagon or cart” (”dragged” by a horse), which dates back to the 18th century. By the mid-1800s, “drag” was being applied to the streets themselves, a sense we still use when we speak of “the main drag” of a small town. A “drag race,” which appeared in the early 1950s, was originally simply a race held on the “main drag,” but the term was carried over to such races held in more isolated spots, such as abandoned airstrips

Kinda like what they did with woodward ave ?
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The use of “drag” in “drag race,” meaning a car race held on city streets (as opposed to on a track) comes from one of the earliest uses of “drag,” that being “wagon or cart” (”dragged” by a horse), which dates back to the 18th century. By the mid-1800s, “drag” was being applied to the streets themselves, a sense we still use when we speak of “the main drag” of a small town. A “drag race,” which appeared in the early 1950s, was originally simply a race held on the “main drag,” but the term was carried over to such races held in more isolated spots, such as abandoned airstrips
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I just figured because on a normal race, it appears as though one is is dragging the other down the track. lol
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I have heard it came from street racing on the "main drag" also. But I have also heard that it started from racing horses dragging logs. But modern drag racing started on the beaches of southern Cali then moved to dry lake beds then to the streets.
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I have heard it came from street racing on the "main drag"
I like that one, makes sense.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:57 AM   #13
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Although the tire tracks of its history are clear, the origin of the term "drag racing" is not. The theories are almost as many and varied as the machines that have populated its ranks for five decades. Explanations range from a simple challenge ("Drag your car out of the garage and race me!") to geographical locale (the "main drag" was a city's main street, often the only one wide enough to accommodate two vehicles) to the mechanical (to "drag" the gears meant to hold the transmission in gear longer than normal).
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