Part two of the Hot Rod drags starts with the racing. Whilst watching the 2012 Olympics earlier this year I saw an interview with the guy that was going to start the 100m men's final. When asked what constitutes a false start, he replied that if an athlete reacts quicker than 2 hundredths of a second after the gun has fired, then this is a false start. He said this is because the human brain cannot react to a stimulant, be it a sound or light quicker the 2 hundredths of a second. With that in mind I witnessed several drivers race down the strip with reaction times of 2.3 / 2.4 hundredths of a second after the green light had come on. Amazing reactions which normally won them the race.
|In the staging lane the green channelled '32 |
Ford 3 window and a dragster. When staging,
the car you are next to does not always mean
that is the guy you will race.
|Talking about reaction times, the '32 Ford|
got away quicker than the model A pick up.
|A pair of pro street Ford Populars peel out|
to ensure their tyres and hot and sticky ready
for the start.
|A very even reaction time for both these,|
so it's down to how much power your car is
producing when you cross the finish line.
|The hotter and sticker you can get your rear |
tyres,the more traction you will get.
|The red Ford Pop had an amazing reaction |
time and had over a cars length over the
burgundy and black Pop over the first 100m.
After this it was a case of just keep the throttle
to the floor and victory will come.
|This awesome dayglo yellow Pop, 'Gas Attack'|
did some amazing burn outs and got the slicks
really hot and super sticky.
|Which along with his reaction times helped him|
to some comfortable wins. This is one of the
drivers with the 2.3 hundredths of a second
|My old mate from way back, Ken Brookes|
in the staging lane waiting to race.
|Red Gasser Ford Pop against the grey pro|
street Pop. I think I'm right in saying the grey
Pop won this duel.
|Lovely '55 Chevy, 'Green Onions' may have|
had a slower reaction time against the Thames
van, but once the Chevy horsepower kicked in
it was an easy win.
|Another old mate (who I haven't seen for ages)|
is Nick in his Austin A40.
|Yellow '55 Chevy against a '41 Willy's|
|Whatever class you race in, there is so little |
difference regarding horsepower and top
speed, that it's all down to reaction times, and
the '41 Willy's driver was on the ball.
|Walking through the pits I saw this dragster,|
and had to look twice, yes that is 2 big blocks
mated together. The noise this made when
they started it almost made my ears bleed.!
|This is the view the driver has, as he goes|
down the track at 200mph plus.
|'Green Onions' a 1955 Chevrolet. This is |
another car that has been around for at
least 30 years, again nice to see the car
still looks the same externally.
|Written above the door on 'Green Onions'|
Nothing to add from me...
|A better picture of Nicks Austin. Such a good|
|Flathead V8 with triple carbs,the only way |
to go if you want nostalgia.
|Gasser style Ford Pop. If you don't need it,|
get rid of it, every piece of weight counts.
|Interior is sparse, but then your only in it for|
about 8-9 seconds..!
|This early Plymouth was gorgeous.|
|Remember the channelled '32 Ford, well this|
is the rear end. Massive 15" x 15" wheels
with Hoosier slicks.
|Red with yellow flames on the Plymouth. |
Pure Hot Rod.
|I spotted this brown '32 Ford 5 window in the |
|Right a mid mounted V8, anyone care to have|
a guess as to what vehicle this is in?
|It is in a Bedford CF Van. This is another|
vehicle that my mate Stuart tells me has
been around for years.
|Time for a Volkswagen fix... I spotted this |
lovely looking split screen in the camping
|Hot rods around every corner.. heaven.|
|There were plenty of trade stands at the drag|
strip selling every conceivable product.
|Nostalgia is my thing and this high riding |
model 'A' looked just right in bright red paint
and cream steel wheels with whitewall tyres.
|A '32 roadster in red with contrasting black|
chassis, and matching wire wheels.
|This really was nice. When my numbers come|
up on the lottery watch out for me driving
something very similar.
|A channelled Model 'A' pick up with ratty |
paintwork, small block Chevy motor and
awesome wheels, love it.
|This is just brilliant. Looks so good from|
|This dayglo orange Ford Pop was nestled|
between 2 tents, it'll take more than that
to hide this car!
|Very low single cab split screen with extra|
rat look paint. doesn't get much better.
|This bug is starting to be a regular on my |
blog, but it is nice so I don't mind.
|'32 Ford Hi-boy roadster with a channelled|
'32 pick up.
|This stunning 1950 Plymouth Suburban was |
for sale, all totally original £13,950. Bargain.
|Red and black, the ultimate Hot rod colours|
and put them on a '32 roadster, you have
a winning formula.
|This modern looking '32 roadster looked a bit|
like a street sleeper, until I noticed the
headers. They are not there for show.
|At the hot rod drags there were plenty of|
quality period motorcycles, but this hard
tail really caught my eye.
|Hot rods of every make and model were at |
the event. I did like the brown Model 'A' pick
up, must be the rust colour.
|Maybe the low stance, or maybe the steels|
with whitewall tyres, whatever it was it hit
|As we started to leave I spotted this funny car|
with the body up, So I couldn't resist taking