Saturday, May 13, 2017

A day at the races

Today I went to the races in Drachten. I got there around 10AM when they were still preparing the strip by putting down some rubber:

I walked around a bit and checked out some cars:

Work on the strip kept on going...

Not all cars were racers.

A big-ass Mustang in between two tiny VW Golfs.

The weather guys forecasted 50% rain which unfortunately turned into 100% monsoon just before the final preparations of the drag strip:

Everything turned into one big puddle and no cars were allowed to drive for at least one hour. Shortly after the monsoon they fired up a huge blowdryer to dry the track and I just walked around a bit more:

This is what you get when front-wheel drive's go drag-racing ;-)

Before the races started there was a Jet Truck show which was pretty cool. I had seen it before though. I reckon this dude shows up at all these events.

There were surprisingly many female drivers.

The track was ready aroung 13:30 and cars (and bikes) were asked to line up.

Japanese dragster... They sound like mosquitoes...

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This Ford Mustang was sooo loud it nearly made me shit my pants, Very aggressive car, awesome though!

And then, finally the races started!

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Proper dragster action

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Here's that Mustang again, it took off really fast but it sounds like something went wrong after a hundred or so meters...

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Here's an older Mustang in the back-lane. I doubt there's much original of the car left though ;-)


Get ready....

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Some more awesome cars:

And finally a few shots before I left to go home again:

Would you believe there were even little Opel Corsa's racing?

It was a fun day and I'm happy to better understand drag racing now :-)

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