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Drag racing star lives slower life in Everett

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EVERETT — Alan Bockla used to put on fireproof underwear and blast down racetracks at record speeds.

Handsome, fearless and a bit of a showoff, he was drag racing’s “King of the Rockies.” Popping wheelies in his hot rod was his trademark, driving crowds wild.

Now he steers a motorized wheelchair with shaky hands and that same daredevil moxie.

“There’s one spot on the hill by the alley if I hit it just right I can get the wheels off…

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