If you’ve ever been to an NHRA drag race in the past three or four decades, there’s a good chance Ron Lewis was, too. You most likely wouldn’t recognize him because, well, he’s the one shooting the photos, and, like Ron, you were probably focused on the 10,000-horsepower Funny Cars and Top Fuel dragsters sending header flames over 12 feet skyward.
Ron shot his first drag race back in 1965 at just 11 years of age. “It was a big Top Fuel race in Carlsbad Raceway featuring Don Prudhomme in Roland Leong’s original Hawaiian Top Fuel dragster,” Ron explains. “I got interested in shooting the drags because I wanted to capture all the cool cars I was seeing at the races.”
Starting out in the mid-’60s as a teenager, Ron has been covering automotive races (mostly drag racing) ever since. Throughout his career, Ron’s photo assignments have included many of the major sponsors in NHRA drag racing. There’s a good chance you’ve seen his photos in everything from beer ads, to oil company displays. His extensive portfolio also includes more than 100 magazine covers and over 3,000 published photos.
Considered one of the premier drag racing photographers on the circuit, Ron’s experience puts him in the right place at the right time at the strip, which enables him to grab the most dramatic photos.
Enjoy this all-Chevy drag racing photo gallery from the 2017 NHRA Winternationals through the lens of Ron Lewis.