Have you ever seen a car doing 420 km/h (263 mph)? I just had this chance. I could never imagine that something could move that fast! And that loud!
Vancouver auto enthusiasts know about a very special place – Mission Raceway Park, a race track located in Mission, BC, just 75 km out of Vancouver. I finally had a chance last weekend to visit it, and I was lucky as it was the weekend of Lordco Auto Parts BC Nationals – a big drag racing event, featuring dozens of cars in several categories, from cars built from production ones, to top level dragsters.
I was amazed by really friendly atmosphere of the event. $20 pass gives you access everywhere – to stands, to nearby areas, and most importantly, to pits! And it is not just access to walk close to where cars are parked – it is epicenter of all action. Mechanics servicing cars, team motor homes, souvenir and food shop, custom car display, etc. And everyone is so open and friendly – I easily talked to racers and their crews, and they were happy to answer all my questions, show me their cars and explain every details I was asking about.
The race itself was really fascinating. The most memorable part was race of Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars – these beasts can cover 1/4 mile in about 5.5 seconds, hitting over 420 km/h!!! I could not believe it was possible until I have seen it myself. And most of all, I could not imagine that regular people, not astronauts, can handle such huge G-forces! What a show!
Here is a typical Funny Car: custom chassis with big huge V8 covered with fiberglass body.
Top Alcohol dragsters look different:
The heart of this dragster is a V8 with a supercharger, burning methanol alcohol, producing around 4,000 hp! The transmission is 3-speed manual. Engine is serviced after each run!
The video below shows you Funny Cars run. 0-420 km/h in 5.5 s. Unbelievable!
Let’s take a look into pits!
There were also some really amazing looking cars:
The race went on, and there were some interesting events on the drag strip:
Needless to say how amazing this event was. Hell, I have enjoyed it more than Formula 1! Can’t wait for the next event!