Lost Drag Strips Book

A couple years ago, I wrote my first book, entitled Street Sleepers. It was published by CarTech Books and it’s widely available through many book stores, both online and in stores. You can click here to find out more about it. Soon after finishing the sleeper book, I decided to pitch a few more ideas to CarTech and see what might be the next book in my future. I knew that a book about abandoned drag strips would be interesting, from the angle of the reader and from my perspective.

Lost Drag Strips book by Tommy Lee Byrd

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover…click the photo to view the Amazon product page and pre-order your copy now!

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Lost and Found

Lost and abandoned drag strips have become a huge part of my life, as I continue to make progress on my new book. I’ve photographed a few abandoned tracks, but I had the opportunity to make a trip to North Carolina this weekend to investigate a couple more tracks. While I was in the Charlotte area, I thought it would only be fitting to visit Charlotte’s abandoned Shuffletown Dragway, as well as one of the newest (and biggest) drag strips in the country, zMax Dragway.

Tommy Lee Byrd Photography

The magnificent zMax Dragway...my first trip to the track! It is unbelievably big!

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Writing a New Book

Yep, it’s official. I’m writing another book with CarTech. I had a decent breather between the Sleeper book and this project, so hopefully it won’t be a terribly overwhelming project. I’m working toward a big goal, and I have 9 months to do it, so I’m sure I’ll be busy for a while, but I enjoy the work. I hope these books fly “off the shelves” and people thoroughly enjoy them.

Byrd Photo

My first book--Street Sleepers: The Art of the Deceptively Fast Car...a new book is in the works!

With my first book being about street sleepers (how to build them, as well as more than 20 awesome examples of well-built sleepers) I decided the next book should lean a little more toward history. I’m not talking about wars, presidents or the Declaration of Independence…I’m talking about the history of drag racing. I can’t disclose too much information about the book just yet, but it will be about abandoned drag strips in the United States. I’m still laying out chapters and getting all the details ironed out, but I should be able to really get started on it when the car show season winds down a bit. The book should be fun to assemble, and I’m hoping it’ll be fun to read when it’s all said and done.