Sports

NHRA making debut at New England Dragway

This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to BostonGlobe.com

The first car John Force owned was a 1960 Ford Fairlane.

He was a 14-year-old, and the scent of gasoline was like oxygen.

The original motor was a six cylinder. He replaced it with a four-speed .350 police interceptor.

“You had your girlfriend’s picture in the car, your football helmet and your schoolbooks because that’s where you lived,” Force said.

He was the son of a truck driver, Bill, and a cook, Betty. Before the cars fully consumed him, he did the same things. They raised their three boys and one girl in a small trailer in California.

The car was Force’s way out.

Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.

Get the full story with unlimited access to BostonGlobe.com.

Just 99 cents for four weeks.

Share