A Colorful Look at the Golden Age of Drag Racing

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Ingenuity in Action, a 1959 documentary from Hot Rod Magazine, follows a team of hot rod enthusiasts across the country to compete in the national championship in Detroit. This excerpt covers the final race, but the 30-minute documentary is full of great footage of the highways, cars, and landscapes of the era. The film available in its entirety courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, in part one and part two

  
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For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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