I come from a long line of car-guys (and gals!), so when looking through old family photo albums, I occasionally discover automotive gold. This was the case on Thanksgiving 2012. I was scouring through old albums looking for pictures of muscle cars that my parents, aunts, and uncles once owned, and there it was. Amidst some blurry pictures of “Jungle Jim’s” famous funny car, was a New England Dragway entrance ticket from August 6th 1972. How intriguing I thought… I pulled it out of the album and flipped over the business card that was with it, only to discover something truly incredible. The business card was actually a time slip from my dad’s voyage down the quarter mile. And how quick & fast was he? Continue reading In the 1972, Drag Racing Was a Bit Slower.
Remember last summer when we watched the 4G63 (read: Mitsubishi Eclipse engine) powered dragster go deep into the 7’s in the quarter mile at 190 mph? Well this year it runs 6.85’s and 195. According to math, science and history, that officially makes this thing sickly fast, and a new record holder. The guys at turbo4.com deserve a round of applause for really pushing the limits with this engine, and the car that it is strapped into. Amazing work as always! Now let’s see what 200mph looks like!
Remember how you always wanted to have an old 4-speed Mustang, painted orange, with a super rare SOHC head engine in it? Well, now is your chance, and you currently have 1 day left to think about it. There is only one problem, such greatness does not come cheap. You’ll have to grab a few extra hours of overtime in the weeks ahead to cover the nominal $765,000 asking price for this fully documented A/FX Holman Moody Mustang. Just imagine how fun shifting gears while in a wheelie would be. Ebay Item Number: 260898918761
So we’re at the track a few weeks ago for a “street night”, and these two big rigs nonchalantly pull up to the starting line. One is a giant, yellow and chrome, super ridiculously clean, semi that blows fire. The other, well it’s an equally spotless, sort of sleepy looking, blue dump truck. My friends and I were in the audience, perplexed. The two of them stroll through the water box and proceed to absolutely obliterate their duallys past the 60 foot mark. What the heck were we watching? The battle of the decepticons? They both reversed back to the starting line and staged like they had done this before. When the light turned green, they tore down the track like Sam Witwicky had just stolen their cube again. Diesel was feverishly burned, boost was made, blow off valves honked, and major fun was had. The craziest part you ask? Well, that was the blue dump truck’s slowest pass of the night. It was running mid 14’s consistently down the 1320 until they shut the lights off. The rumor in the crowd was that it had over 1000 horsepower, and we’re betting its torque was fairly decent as well.
Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GwPY_3vPmA
Special Thanks to Chad S. for the great video footage as always!
Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhW7ozV7Alo
If you’re in Norwalk Ohio, swing by the Summit Motorsports Park for the Pontiac Nationals. Watch Mike Green pilot the his 1966 1AAuto.com sponsored GTO to mid 10 second runs down the 1/4 mile.
If you would like to swing by and say hi, our booth is located right in back of the main grandstand; also located beside the Tin Indian display.
If you need a part for your car, Tony from 1AAuto can assist you, or if you would like to hang out and talk racing feel free to do that too.
Here’s a picture of Mike getting ready to make a pass down the 1320!