In our own little subsection of society, few men have had as much influence on our pistonhead way of life than Wally Parks. Over 94 years, he was a test driver for
, founded the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), had a hand in starting
in 1948, co-founded
magazine and deemed a quarter-mile as the length of a drag race. Far better scribes have eulogized him after his death on Friday, and we'd ask you to check out the
for every detail and facet of his life, rendered in heartfelt words and historic pictures. Godspeed.