40 YEARS AGO
November 1978 (116 pages, $1.25): A street-legal AA/Altered set the stage for an editorial package heavily tilted toward drag racing. Ex-Editor Wally Parks’s interview recalled the highs and lows of building NHRA since 1951. Defending Pro Stock champ Don Nicholson took Tech Editor C.J. Baker inside a 516-inch version of Ford’s rare Can-Am aluminum small-block. Our U.S. Nationals coverage opened with freelancer Tim Marshall’s classic final-round shot of Don Prudhomme’s heavily favored Arrow losing traction against Tom McEwen’s victorious Corvette.