Back when men were men and liability attorneys stayed away from dragstrips, the horsepower-to-safety-equipment ratio on many drag race cars was pretty close to infinity.

The folks at Pep's Garage have gathered a great collection of old-time drag racing photographs, including quite a few from Mickey Thompson's legendary Lions Drag Strip. Wheelstanding bathtubs, puking engines, and some head-clutchingly scary setups are here for your viewing enjoyment.
[Pep's Garage, thanks to McLarenF1LM for the tip]