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America's Fast Time: The Surprising History of Diversity and Innovation in Drag Racing

The Harley-Davidson Museum, first and foremost, tells the story of one of the most iconic brands on two wheels. While the majority of the artifacts and vehicles on display are motorcycles, a new exhibit brings to light another pastime that places a lot of stock in going fast.

"Drag Racing: America’s Fast Time" is all about drag racing, and features both motorcycle and car racing. The exhibit is about more than speed and octane, though. It illuminates the place of drag racing in popular culture, and also shows how the sport mirrors some bigger things going on in America.

"Everything in the sport is surprising," says exhibits curator David Kreidler. "From the diversity of the people who participate, to the ingenuity, to the fact that even today, if you wanted to take your car to Great Lakes Dragaway and race - you could do it."  

"Drag Racing: America’s Fast Time" will be open at the Harley Davidson Museum through September 5th.

This piece originally aired July 13, 2016.