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When NHRA founder Wally Parks submitted a letter to the editor of another publication praising their coverage of the Winternationals and the accompanying artwork of then struggling art student John Jodauga, the foundation was laid for a partnership that has spanned four decades and counting.

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									W                  hen NHRA founder Wally Parks submitted a letter to the editor of
another publication praising their coverage of the Winternationals and the
accompanying artwork of then struggling art student John Jodauga, the foundation
was laid for a partnership that has spanned four decades and counting. A
celebration of the 50th anniversary of National DRAGSTER wouldn’t be complete         The first full-color illustration covers began to appear in 1970 and were
without a look back at a few of the many renderings created by resident artist and    most commonly used for national event special editions. The 1970
ND Associate Editor Jodauga, whose first National DRAGSTER cover drawing              Supernationals piece, a favorite of John Jodauga’s, depicted a full-color,
debuted in 1970.                                                                      head-on shot of a Barracuda Funny Car, inspired by John Mazmanian’s
   “The man who played a major role in finding use for my illustrations was Wally     entry, combined with a sepia-tone rendering of the huge tower and
Parks,” said Jodauga. “Just as he was the mentor for all of the National DRAGSTER     grandstands at the old Ontario Motor Speedway, where the original
editors, from Dick Wells to Phil Burgess, Wally was a great help to me in not only    Supernationals was held.
coming up with ideas for drawings but also providing strong direction in selecting
the style for each assignment. Wally was a firm believer in the importance of
graphics as an element to promote NHRA, and I was very fortunate to be able to
work with him during that
period.” ND

   Beginning with the April 14,
         1970, issue and lasting
     through the late 1970s, ND
covers featured illustrations of
  each week’s PROfile subject.
 The illustrations were done in
  black-and-white pen and ink
  but were often printed with a
  duotone process that infused
   the rendering with a second
  color. Virtually every drawing
 was made from a photograph
  shot by the late Leslie Lovett,
    ND’s longtime photo editor.
       “Lovett’
								
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