Paus­ing for a pic with the tro­phy queen dur­ing the Den­ver stop of the ’55 Drag Sa­fari.

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If you’ve read through this month’s “Back­stage Past” in­stall­ment, you saw E. Rick Mann draped with all kinds of cam­era gear—much of it be­long­ing to Bob D’olivo, as it turns out—for a 1958 HOT ROD sub­scrip­tion ad.

This photo, from the 1955 NHRA Drag Sa­fari stop in Den­ver over the Fourth of July week­end, il­lus­trates the amount of gear Rick­man ac­tu­ally toted around at an event. It’s not a light load by any means: There’s a twin-lens re­flex cam­era hung around his neck, what looks like a movie cam­era in his right hand, and a flash unit stuck in his back pocket. That doesn’t in­clude the cam­era he handed to some­one to get this photo of him pos­ing with the tro­phy queen for the Den­ver race, Mary Saun­ders. —DREW HARDIN

• PIC: ERIC RICK­MAN, PETERSEN PUB­LISH­ING CO. ARCHIVE

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