Classic Drag Boat Photography

We have a vast drag boat and race boat photo archive, from 1981 to 1997. NDBA, IHBA, NJBA and APBA. Because all of our images are stored in a 35mm film format, each must be custom scanned before viewing or printing. We do not have prints in stock. For new customers we require a $20 research deposit before you can view your desired photos. This fee will be applied to your print purchase. However if you do not make a purchase, the research deposit is non-refundable. Please call or email ( to start your order. I can also be reached from Facebook.

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Rick Cline’s first experience in photography came at a young age while he was in the sport of surfing. But it wasn’t until 1981 that he turned professional. A native Californian, Rick has since earned several awards for professional photography and photojournalism. His images have been published around the world in hundreds of publications including the National Enquirer and The Los Angeles Times to name only two. In addition to photography Rick has written three books and enjoys many outdoor activities. Rick’s first exposure to drag racing came at Lions Drag Strip in Wilmington, California, around 1964. He once raced a 1955 Chevy at OCIR, Orange County International Raceway, in Irvine, California. Raised in a power-boat family who spent nearly every summer water-skiing, it seemed almost second-nature for Rick to take interest in drag boat racing. And so in 1981 he turned to the exciting sport and became deeply involved.

For over ten years, Rick was the unofficial historian for the IHBA (International Hot Boat Association). His race articles and photographs appeared in many publications including; National Race Boat, Powerboat Magazine, Trailer Boats Magazine, Hot Boat Magazine, National Drag Boat and many others. Rick also covered circle boat, K-boat and Unlimited Hydroplane races, and did various work for the APBA (American Power Boat Association). Following the 1986 drag boat season he produced a high-quality full-color drag boat poster, “The Liquid Quarter Mile.” Five years later in 1991 Rick followed it with another classic, “The Liquid Quarter Mile – Part 2.” Both can still be purchased right here on our website.

Below, just a few of the thousands of classic images we have on file:

PGF March 88 FB AA 364x400 - Classic Drag Boat Photography

Rated X Oct 1983 55 400x318 - Classic Drag Boat Photography

CoorsLightSpecial Aug 81 33 400x297 - Classic Drag Boat Photography

IronMikeExp 1985WF 1 400x277 - Classic Drag Boat Photography

Hillbilly 1986 WF IMG 400x289 - Classic Drag Boat Photography

JimHinds PS Apr 1990 A 11 400x267 - Classic Drag Boat Photography

BillyVance IrvineJune1983 52 A 400x235 - Classic Drag Boat Photography

SunnyJonesBAF June1987Chow 400x276 - Classic Drag Boat Photography

Virginian RonnieAnderson USDBA AugustaGA July90 1 400x287 - Classic Drag Boat Photography