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There will never be another racer like the NHRA’s Chris “The Greek” Karamesines

The Greek—Chris Karamesines, according to official government records—is finally retiring from drag racing at the age of 89, following the 2020 NHRA nitro racing season. He’d been chasing a life on the drag strip practically non-stop since 1954.


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I had the privilege to see the Greek make some of his last runs at Norwalk Summit Racing Motorsports Park.  He would hall in in a 5th wheel trailer on pick up truck like the old days. 

over the years I saw many of the greats before they retired and the Greek is the last of the originals. 

I have a collection of parts and last year I added a blower belt to my piston and rod from the Greeks car. It is a important part of my man cave collection.