Posts tagged ‘top fuel wormhole’

October 7, 2010

TOP FUEL WORMHOLE GOES ELECTRIC, SAVES THE PLANET

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 7, 2010, K-Bomb Centcom, Los Angeles, CA—In what is arguably a drag-strip journalism first, both Cole Coonce’s Top Fuel Wormhole (his collection of drag racing essays), and its predecessor, Infinity Over Zero (an impressionistic history of the Land Speed Record), have both gone electric. Which is to say these may or may not be the first books on the topics to have a presence on Amazon.com’s Kindle store, but, arguably, these are the first essential ones.

With new, paper-less versions of both of Coonce’s rocket-fueled books now specially formatted for e-readers, modern motor-sports esthetes can download these delicious digital documents and enjoy them with the knowledge that the trees spared by the lack of pulp-processing can now serve as emissions credits for burning rubber and fouling spark plugs.

To that end, K-Bomb Publishing, the imprint that produced both the electric and paper versions of these thick tomes, encourages all consumers to brandish their Kindles at the drag races and, as the next pair of monopropellant-powered Funny Cars blasts by, exclaim to anybody who can hear over the noise that with enough pulp-free purchases of Top Fuel Wormhole, drag racing could ultimately be considered carbon neutral.

Indeed, with an electronic acquisition of Top Fuel Wormhole, the drag-racing reader can enjoy Coonce’s exhaustive essays on San Fernando Raceway, Arley Langlo, Lions Drag Strip, “Wild Willie” Borsch, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, “Jocko” Johnson, Blaine Johnson, the “Surfers,” Tony Pedregon, Mendy Fry, John Force and others, guilt-free! A similar, relaxed experience is available with the consumption of Infinity Over Zero, which recounts Andy Green’s smashing of both the Land Speed Record and the actual Sound Barrier in a jet-powered car, and explores the intrepid exploits of other fearless land-speed racers such as John Cobb, Mickey Thompson, Glen Leasher, Craig Breedlove, Art Arfons, Gary Gabelich and more.

These thorough, stout books are available for wireless auto-delivery to one’s e-reader for the nice prices of $6.95 (Infinity) and $7.95 (Top Fuel Wormhole).

And for old-school consumers, hard copies of both Wormhole and Infinity Over Zero can still be purchased, of course, at Amazon and elsewhere. But that’s hardly cool these day, is it?

 

Top Fuel Wormhole is now Kindle-ready

 

 

March 19, 2010

Roland Leong: “The Hawaiian” Speaks! May HOT ROD Magazine

Future fodder for Volume 2 of Top Fuel Wormhole? Catch the Roland Leong feature in this month’s HOT ROD Magazine. Out on better newsstands now!

Beyond memories and quotes from notorious compatriots such as Don “the Snake” Prudhomme and “240 Gordie” Bonin, in this feature Leong really opened up to writer Cole Coonce with his thoughts about his life as a nitro-addled greenhorn driver in the early 1960s; his early successes dominating NHRA’s Top Fuel Eliminator with his Hawaiian slingshot dragster; his professional life as a barnstorming Funny Car maven in the 1970s; his involvement in NHRA cutthroat, corporate-enabled circuit of the 1990s; and now as a tuner and consultant in the exploding nostalgia-style AA/Funny Car scene. Essential reading. Mahalo. -30-

Roland Leong, as featured in the May HOT ROD Magazine

February 17, 2010

Chris Karamesines: Top Fuel Wormhole Volume 2 Fodder?

HOT ROD Magazine’s feature on octogenarian dragster-driver Chris Karamesines is now available both on the newsstand and online.

Nitro-addled cybernauts can point their browsers here: ‘Never Slow Down: Keeping The Candles Lit With Chris “The Golden Greek” Karamesines’

Penned by author and drag strip journalist Cole Coonce, Karamesines rags-to-drag-strip-hero story is timeless — as is, apparently, “The Greek” himself, who, between rounds of competition in Top Fuel at last November’s NHRA Finals, blew out the candles on a birthday cake commemorating his eighty-one years on Planet Earth, packed his parachutes and then consented to his interview with Coonce, in which he looked back at his epic history. While retracing his sixty years of racing, Chris’s biographical retrospective included a thorough analysis of Karamesines’ provocative and debatable 1960 clocking of 204 mph in his Chizler AA/Fuel Dragster — an occurrence that has historians, bleachers bums and members of drag racing Fourth Estate still arguing amongst each other.

Because of Karamesines apparent disregard for — if not subversion of — the dictates of time as we know it, his story seems like perfect fodder for a Second Volume of Top Fuel Wormhole.

June 29, 2009

“I remember him for being an absolute lunatic… The good kind.”

In its “Folks of Interest” column, The Jalopy Journal evaluates the “Target Speed 29 Palms: The Guerilla Renaissaince is Now!” essay, excerpted from the book Top Fuel Wormhole: The Cole Coonce Drag Strip Reader.

To wit: “I remember him for being an absolute lunatic… The good kind. He thought differently than most, worked differently than just about everybody, and defined the very essence of a “maverick.” Put simply, “Jocko” was an eccentric… a very mysterious eccentric.”

Among the Jalopy Journal reader’s comments:  “‘HOLY CRAP! Who the hell is Cole Coonce? That is bad ass. I particularly enjoyed ‘drag racing is much more punk rock that any slacker gen X shithead with an out of tune guitar.’ Truer words may have never been spoken.” (There is also a small debate in the comments section about how much Hunter S. Thompson influenced Coonce’s work.)

(Top Fuel Wormhole can be found at amazon.com, lulu.com and AutoAero Books)

June 13, 2009

DragFink’s View From Inside The Top Fuel Wormhole

In a piece he calls “Top Fuel Worm Hole……Shot, ” artist Jeffrey DeGrandis (aka “Drag Fink”) takes an omniscient look at the tear in the fabric of Cole Coonce’s drag strip space-time continuum….

"Top Fuel Wormhole...shot" by Jeff DeGrandis

"TOP FUEL WORMHOLE..SHOT" by Jeff DeGrandis

April 3, 2009

Top Fuel Wormhole now listed on Amazon….

(… as well as on lulu.com …)

In the words of some wise savant: “Get you some!”

Top Fuel Wormhole available on amazon.com

Top Fuel Wormhole available on amazon.com