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Location Portland, OR, United States
Introduction Albert Drake has been a practicing hot rodder since 1951, when he built a '29 A-V8 Ford roadster. But it was two years earlier, in 1949, when he became interested in the California dry lake time trials, and this interest has become an obsession. Over 300 of his articles have appeared in a variety of magazines, including Street Rodder, Street Rod Action, Rodder's Digest, Popular Cars, Hot Rod Mechanix, Street Rodding Illustrated, Street Rods Unlimited, Custom Car, Hot Rod and Custom (England), and many others. For the past sixteen years he has written a monthly column for Rod Action called "'Fifties Flashback". He is also known for his poetry and fiction, including two novels: One Summer and Beyond the Pavement. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fiction grants, he was also director of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop for several years. He is currently Professor Emeritus of English at Michigan State University.