Alan Bockla was one of the best top fuel dragster owners and drivers to come from Colorado. In his teens, Bockla started drag racing a Chevy-powered 1940 Ford Coupe. By 1960, he was driving a Chevy-powered T-Roadster at local drag strips. Then, in 1962 he started driving top fuel dragsters. In 1963, he drove his own top fuel dragster in a number of match races at Continental Divide Raceways, including one match race against a jet-powered dragster. In 1964, set a speed record at Rocky Mountain Drag way of 200.44 miles per hour, and he became the first driver to run over 200 miles per hour in the state of Colorado.
In 1967, he set a speed of 217.90 miles per hour, the second fastest speed ever turned at Continental Divide Raceway. All-in-all, he set six Colorado speed records, with nine top fuel eliminator titles and turned in 12 top times at drag racing events. Bockla retired after the 1970 drag racing season.