OVERVIEW Super Stock & Drag Illustrated (SSDI) was started by John "Monk" Reynolds, the publisher of
Eastern Drag News and owner of US30 drag strip in York, PA. The publishing addresses for the Eastern Publishing Company were
initially at 1913 Mt Vernon Ave. and later 522 Pitt St., Alexandria, Virginia.
The magazine was started in November, 1964 and was published continuously until March, 1999.
Mr. Reynolds was assisted by editor Jim Davis and technical editor Bill Jenkens in the beginning. The magazine went through many changes
in editorial staff in its lifetime.
In February, 1974, SSDI changed ownership to Lopez Publications. Lopez published continuously until the 1990s when the title was sold. It operated as
Super Stock and Drag Illustrated Inc. Ownership is unknown at this time, and more research is needed.
PUBLICATION DATA Super Stock & Drag Illustrated started reporting net paid circulation data to NW Ayer and Sons starting in 1967. At first, the title
was consistently in either the 12th, 13th or 14th position with the average monthly volume of 17,000. It grew steadily through 1975 (the end of the reporting
period for this website), and by then was in 8th position relative to all other automotive titles. Publication had grown to an average monthly volume of
22,000. This represents a growth rate of 3.9% over this time period.
A total of 378 issues was printed from November, 1964 through June, 1996. The magazine was then re-titled to Drag Racing.