A LITTLE DRAG RACING DÉJÀ VU FOR
BAILEY, LITTON AT BRADENTON
IHRA Media - 4/19/13
Sun, sand and beautiful beaches, that is the life for former Top Fuel pilot Jim Bailey.
After decades behind the wheel of anything that would go fast, Bailey finally hung up his helmet and gloves for good just a few years back. Years of 300 mile-per-hour passes and hundreds of earth-shattering runs would finally be replaced with the much slower, much calmer joy of life at the beach.
Now was the time for rest and relaxation.
So in 2010, after nearly two decades of vacationing on the Gulf Coast and with dozens of threats that one day he would retire to the Bay area, Bailey finally did. Tired of the cold and dreary conditions in Ohio, Bailey packed up and headed south with his lovely new bride and planted his flag in the town of Bradenton, Florida, far from his old drag racing stomping grounds.
But as they say, life always seems to find a way to catch up to you.
Bailey called it quits racing in the brutal existence of the world's fastest class in 2001, but he continued to race a beautiful '63 Dodge Max Wedge Stocker from time to time until he put racing behind him for good in the late 2000s. His last ever event win came at an IHRA Summit Pro-Am divisional race in 2007 in Martin, Michigan and since then the car has simply collected dust while Bailey soaked in the rays of Florida living. CONTINUE READING...