3 of the most famous straight line race cars in the history of motorsports are pictured on the cover.

The Chrisman Story

This is the story of the Chrismans, an all-American family made up of honest, hard-working men and women who always made their own way, and never asked for a thing they hadn’t earned.

During the Great Depression, Evert “Pops” Chrisman closed his auto repair shop in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas and moved his family to Compton, California, where he could find work in the war effort and start a new life.

After World War II was over, Pops returned to his first love—being around cars—and opened an automotive repair shop in Compton, right at the very beginning of the Southern California “hot rod” movement. Soon he and his sons, Art and Lloyd, were deeply involved in building these exciting new vehicles, and their reputation for doing high quality work and being honest and fair spread quickly throughout the Golden State; a handshake from a Chrisman was considered better than any legal document.

No one in the Chrisman family realized it at the time, but they were starting to build a legacy that would last for decades to come, and be passed on to future generations.  In addition to building amazing machines, they also raced them—and with tremendous success.
I believe you will find The Chrisman Legacy/Always Faster an informative, entertaining history of a hard-working, hot rod-loving family embodying every characteristic we Americans hold dear: tenacity, ingenuity, honesty, loyalty, independence, determination, and the will to succeed against long odds.

- Tom Madigan



Art Chrisman

Jack Chrisman

"The most unrecognized superstar. The epitome of NHRA racer/pioneer."
- Steve Gibbs, former Director of Competition NHRA

"One of the greatest early drivers. He won the NHRA World Championship when it was open to all categories, won the U.S. Nationals, and pioneered the fuel Funny Car that changed the face of the sport forever."
- Greg Sharp, Curator of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

"Multi-talented as a driver, tuner, engine builder and crew chief in the twin-engined, gas dragster era and later with his series of fast, quick and spectacular SOHC Ford-powered, nitro burning Funny Cars. He was an early world champion with the famed Howard's Cams "Twin Bears", chasing points at drag strips across the nation."
- Jim Hill