92. What 420 km/h Looks Like!

92. What 420 km/h Looks Like!

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.

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Drag race at Mission Raceway Park

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.

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Preparation before the race
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Amazing looking Camaro
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Race cars need good grip, and to get it they need to warm up their tires. The best way is a huge burnout!

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.

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Funny Car drag car

Top Alcohol dragsters look different:

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Top Alcohol dragster

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!

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Dragster engine
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Dragster cockpit. The two knobs are used to shift gears.

The video below shows you Funny Cars run. 0-420 km/h in 5.5 s. Unbelievable!

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Funny Cars drag race
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5.20 is the time it took to cover 1/4 mile (402 m) from 0, 276 mph or 444 km/h is the to speed at finish line.

Let’s take a look into pits!

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This Oldsmobile dragster was kicking some! Very fast and nice looking, it went all the way into finals
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Custom motor home build on Freightliner Agrosy chassis.

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There were also some really amazing looking cars:

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It take huge effort to have engine compartment like that
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Maybe the icon of all American cars – Ford Mustang

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The race went on, and there were some interesting events on the drag strip:

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Fast motorcycles. Very fast motorcycles.

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Up to this day I thought that cars do wheelie only in Fast and Furious movie. I was wrong.
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Muscle Cars doing wheelies. I am in love.

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Needless to say how amazing this event was. Hell, I have enjoyed it more than Formula 1! Can’t wait for the next event!

Bonus:

More video!

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