Post by tonycocacola on Sept 20, 2019 19:13:34 GMT
I'm a big drag racing fan, but I'm ashamed to say I've just discovered this race series. Started in 2018, with a 7 round championship for this year. Heads up, outlaw, anything goes, nitro, methanol, nostalgia body or modern swoopy jelly moulds, go for it funny car racing. My only disappointment is that it's only over an 1/8th not a thousand feet or a full 1320. But hey, I can let them off for that. Anyhoo, less waffle, let's have some pics.
I had a thing about funny cars as a kid, just the sheer weirdness, the speed, the mind boggling fuel they use to do a run. What mad curse word came up with the first one, and what reaction did it provoke the first time it ran...
Really wish I lived a few years earlier and closer to a strip, only ever seen them static on a trip to the states 20 years ago.
Do they run at Pod? I've recently taken my boys to the Monster Truck Nationals and they were more interested in the cars running down the strip, so I've had the go ahead for more 'daddy day's' and it's so local it's rude not to go
Post by tonycocacola on Sept 22, 2019 21:11:25 GMT
gte86 yeah, they run funny cars and top fuel at the Pod. The season has finished now, but they've still got the Flame and Thunder event coming up. Mix of everything running plus a bonfire and fireworks. Great family day out. Check out www.santapod.com for details.
We camped at Monster Truck Nationals and boys loved it ( 3yo identical boys) we have ear defenders and was definitely planning on flame and thunder. I definitely want to make a point of going Pod as I know there is already talk of housing developments nearby. Its a sad state when you can buy a house next to a drag strip, yet complain that people race cars there. Back to OP. Why only 1/8 mile? Is that to allow closer gearing? Never understood running so much power for shorter races. Always assumed 1/4 mile was the yard stick
Post by tonycocacola on Sept 22, 2019 22:11:02 GMT
I'm not entirely sure, but I think these guys race the 1/8th because of the tracks they're on. They don't look like they have the run off area a quarter mile run would need, also they all look like grass roots/ lower budget tracks so they might be a bit more Spartan with emergency facilities. That's just a guess though, so I could be way off. My wife and I took our 2 youngest to the Euro Finals earlier in the month. Hannah, who's 10 didn't like the noise of the Top Fuellers and Funny Cars which made her cry, despite having squishy ear plugs in with my radio defenders over the top. She was ok by the end of the weekend though, but I don't think she'd go back. Of course, that's if we can. Let's hope the developers get the heave ho and The Pod continues to entertain many thousands of people for many years to come.
Post by stealthstylz on Sept 22, 2019 23:47:18 GMT
I think another reason they run 1/8th is it's a lot softer on parts which makes it more affordable for people to run. I love Funny Cars but there aren't many that can get down the track consistently over here, it's definitely not an easy undertaking.
They were originally built for putting a show on, the road car based bodies meant they were instantly recognisable to fans, which meant manufacturer rivalries could be played upon. A vast majority of racers at the time (60s) got paid for match racing (individual events rather than championships) and they were a huge draw for crowds.