In the 1930s drag racing was born with hot rods in the backstreets of America. In drag racing two drivers drive against each other from a standstill over a short distance. Usually this distance is 1/4th mile (402 metres) or 1/8th mile (201 metres).
In 1937 the Road Runners Club was founded in America by Wally Parks. He organised the first street races, and ten years later he helped form the ‘Southern California Timing Association’ where he became general manager.
In the following years the first races were held "against the clock". Cars were already being modified to accelerate faster and reach higher top speeds. In 1951 the NHRA was founded by Parks, the National Hot Rod Association to structure the 'chaos' of racing and legalise it with regulations and official timekeeping. Since then the sport has spread to many countries, and several smaller motorsport organisations have been established, including in the Netherlands.
Wilmink Performance can supply various performance parts which can contribute to the power of the drag race car. Pistons, gaskets and connecting rods have been a popular group of products in this motorsport for many years.