Flathead Fords and Nostalgia Drag Racing

All contents © Copyright James H. Marlett



The Ford Motor Company's flathead V8 was at the very root of drag racing when in 1949 a pair of Merc-powered hot rods clutched off at Goleta in the first organized drag race. Despite all odds, it's still around, but even its "modern" replacements are now out of date nostalgia pieces.

So, this site is primarily to share photographs of flatheads and other nostalgia drag racing cars and to pass on some technical information as I run across it.

Flatheads and Drag Racing

The Old Days

Races 2014

Races 2013

Races 2012

Races 2011

Races 2010

Races 2009

Races 2008

Races – 2007

Races - 2006

Races - 2005

Races - 2004

Races - 2003

Races - 2002

Races - 2001

Races - 2000

Races - 1999

Races - 1997 & 1998


Flatheads aren't my only interest. My wife and I like to travel and thanks to my zoo career, we have gotten to go to some interesting places. If you would like to check some of these out, click the travel link.

Travel not related to flatheads


Other Assorted Unrelated Photos


Note: I have tried to make this site work quickly at the expense of making it fancy, so if it works slowly for you, please let me know. Also, I'm always interested in additions and corrections. Contact me through this link, but please call me Jim despite the James in the copyright notice.

Jim Marlett