Drag Racing - Magazine Covers - 1964 to 1969
Drag Racing magazine was a full-size monthly publication with a primary focus on drag racing. The first issue was published in February, 1964 by Rex Publishing. The magazine was re-titled in 1970 as Drag Racing USA, and there was a change in ownership. It continued under the new title until June, 1975 and was published by Lopez Publications.
Modern Rod, Drag Racing and Drag Strip titles were published by conmpanies owned by Lou Kimzey Sr. In the 1950s, Mr Kimzey published DIG magazine, and in the 1960s published teen and adult titles including Cavalier, Teenville, Black Belt and Teenset. And in June, 1971 he started Easyrider, the first biker lifestyle magazine. Mr. Kimzey died in Los Angeles in 1997 at age 69.
Lopez Publications was owned by Adrian Lopez. He had a long career in publishing, and from the 1930s forward his companies owned such titles as Vital Detective, True Life Detective Stories, Mr. and Man To Man magazines. Mr. Lopez died in 2004 at the age of 98.
PUBLICATION DATA: Drag Racing had six years of publisher provided net paid circulation data. It was consistently near the bottom of the list of automotive titles printed and distributed. At the #15 or #16 position, monthly print volumes ranged from 13,800 to 17,000.
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