Tuesday, December 7, 2010

not such a drag after all....

the rumbling felt like it came from the earth, vibrating through the crowd as if there was an angry giant under the ground, shaking through the stand like an earthquake. never before had i been in the presence of such powerful cars, and in that second i completely understood why people wanted to do this.

on the weekend i had my first drag racing experience – and it was freakin amazing! i’ll be honest, i had never seen or understood why drag racing was so awesome. it saddens me to say that i actually thought it sounded kind of lame - sorry speedtech! but on sunday morning i hopped in the stm ute and headed down to fram autolite dragway for the nzpc vs. nzv8 drag combat to see what it was all was about.

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there was a wicked collection of cars there; an interesting mixture of classic muscle cars and modified import vehicles. the performance car crew were there in full force too – i’m loving their new t-shirts, check it out…

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so cars had to go from start to finish point and see who got the fastest time, what was the big deal? after watching nzpc magazine cover car owners robbie ward in his RB30 dragster and brent curran in his triple turbo 20B powered mazda RX-2 go head to head on the dragstrip i realised that this whole time i had been missing the point completely. it wasn't about getting from a to b, it was how you got there that mattered. these monsters made my toyota bB look and sound like a little black sewing machine.

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this studebaker was doing 6 second runs throughout the day and it was just amazing to watch. even sitting in the stands next to the dragway i could feel the power thundering through my whole body and without ear plugs i couldn't even take a picture as i needed both hands to plug my ears. it sounds cheesy but it really made my organs feel a bit funny! the car needs a separate starter motor hooked onto it to even get the car running the engine is that enormous.

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my friend vath and i decided this was our favourite car pictured below. this mini was doing 10 seconds and the back wheels took up half the car! so funny!

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i love the hellaflush car scene, watching tough drift cars battle it out and love heading along to events and checking out showcars, but until this weekend i'd never experienced anything to do with drag racing and i never realised how awesome it is. the next big drag event coming up will be the 2011 series of the 4 & rotary nationals on the 30th january. if you've never been before i'd seriously recommend going along and checking it out for yourself, i sure will be!

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