The Big Race
Men and their machines line up against each other to try and better the other in speed and performance. The roar of the engines…the squeal of the tires…green light…high octane…….drag racing is a life. Raised in a small country town in the middle of nowhere, Jake Palmer had always loved cars. His father, Raymond Palmer, had served as a mechanic in the Vietnam War and after the war was over he settled down in the modest town of Caldwell, Texas and opened up his own little auto shop. Jake at the young age of 15, started working in his father’s shop to further his knowledge about the inner workings of cars hoping that someday he would become a famous NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) drag racer. Since Jake was as poor as dirt, he had to delivered newspapers, mow lawns, and work at his dad’s shop to try and earn enough money to buy his own car. After thousands of newspapers, after hundreds of yards, and after countless hours of working in his dad’s shop until he was dead tired, he was now able to purchase his own car. After many phone calls and visits to neighboring cities in search of the right car, he finds a reasonably priced 1970 Pontiac Trans Am and purchases it. Jake was so excited that he had finally gotten a car of his own that he hadn’t checked the condition of the parts within the car so when he got home with the car he was astonished to find that many of the car’s parts needed to be replaced. Not having the money needed for the purchase of new parts Jake goes to the bank and, with his father as a co- signer, the bank issues him a loan. The bank loan and his continuous work at his dad’s shop enabled him to purchase the needed parts for his car. After many days and many hours, as well as busted knuckles, he completes the task of replacing the parts. Excited about how his car is performing he goes to the local country road drag strip. Jake pulls up in his smoking, unpainted, rusty muscle car to see a familiar face but...
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