Posts Tagged ‘Drag Racing

11
Dec
09

Photographer Escapes Death, Gets the Shot


I dare you to show me a person with bigger set of stones than British photographer Andy Willsheer who was on hand at the Pomona Raceway for the Auto Club drag racing finals. As Steve Gasparrelli started off the line his car hit an oil slick and immediately swerved out of control, heading towards the barrier and exactly where Willsheer was standing. In an instant a hulking tower of metal was flying out-of-control right for him. Without panicking, Willsheer stood his ground, snapping photograph after photograph despite the inherent danger. The car ultimately came to a rest a mere 3 feet from him, and while everyone else rushed away, Willsheer stayed put and got the shot. Awesome!

[Daily Mail]

12
Nov
09

Why I Don’t Drag Race Any Longer

Now you might say I no longer drag race because I live in Brooklyn and having a car is unnecessary but I say it’s because I didn’t want to die like this. I love drag racing. There were many times when I was at a red light, next to some tiny-d mid-life crisis Porsche-driver and my Corolla would straight up BURN them. They knew we were racing; I gave them the revving engine signal, they just couldn’t hang.

John Bartunek of East Pearl, NY had the fastest qualifying time of 6.123 but his ride ended in near-disaster when he had some tire-shaking that led to his ’68 Camaro flying into the air and ultimately coming to rest burning against the guard rail.

“It was a nice, clean run. It was pretty much business as usual,” Bartunkek said after he emerged unharmed from the car.

“Maybe one of our ‘chutes got under the wheelie bar.” After that, he said, it was “just smoke and fire. You just hang on and hope it stops soon,” Bartunek said, “But Jerry Haas builds an awesome car. We’ll be back.”

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Fast forward the video to the 1:57 mark for the good stuff.

[Competition Plus]




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