A Mission of Serving the Drag Racing Community
Dragscope seeks to enrich people’s lives through excellent journalism developed and presented with imagination, enthusiasm, and integrity.
Dragscope aims to be fair, accurate, objective, ethical, and truthful so readers gain a clearer understanding, a deeper appreciation, and a more profound enjoyment of drag racing.
Extent of Coverage
Dragscope is an online publication (digital only – no print component) modeled after a community newspaper. Dragscope focuses on NHRA Division 3 and the North Central Region (for Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car), which consist of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and western Ontario. As Dragscope grows, coverage will be about other groups and associations in the Midwest, but the core coverage will remain on the division and region.
News and feature articles are about racing events, competitors, crewmembers, chassis builders, engine builders, transmission builders, component manufacturers, designers, painters, sponsors, and the 16 division tracks.
About Fred Noer, Editor and Publisher
Fred has been involved in journalism 40-plus years, including approximately 25 years contributing writing and photography to regional and national drag racing publications. He has written features about people, vehicles, events, and businesses for such publications as Drag Racing Action, Drag Racer, Performance Racing Industry, Drag Review, National Dragster, Competition Plus.com, Inside Motorsports, Chicagoland High Performance Gearhead News, Fastest Street Car, Drag Racing Monthly, and United Racer.
A lifelong passionate interest in drag racing began in Fred’s youth. He has had four 1955 Chevrolets, one he drag raced at a local track. He also owned street cars – 1963 Corvette convertible, ‘68 SS396 Camaro, and ‘70 Corvette convertible. He has attended countless drag races across the United States and lives 15 miles from the historic Great Lakes Dragaway near Union Grove, Wisconsin, once owned by the late “Broadway Bob” Metzler, a legendary promoter.
Fred grew up in a family that for nearly 30 years had a weekly newspaper in Walworth, Wisconsin. For several years he served as owner, editor, publisher, and general manager of the paper. He also has edited other mainstream and specialty publications, and he belongs to the Society of Professional Journalists, LION (Local Independent Online News) Publishers, and the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.
He is interested in hearing from readers about submitting articles, photos, news releases, ideas for articles, and suggestions for site improvement and discussing any other matters relating to Dragscope.