Odds and ends from the wacky world of motorsports...
I was at North Carolina's Rockingham Dragway, last weekend, to cover the International Hot Rod Association's [IHRA] revamped Nitro Jam series. (You can read my report, here. Let's just say that it's now less of a race and more of a circus.)
The good news is that I failed to qualify for this year's Darwin Awards. Just barely. (See the photos below.)
The Shock Wave jet truck makes an exhibition run, Rockingham Dragway, 2 May 2010. (Photos copyright John Edwin Mason, 2010, except as noted. Click directly on any of the images to see larger versions.)
The Shock Wave jet truck makes an exhibition run, Rockingham Dragway, 2 May 2010.
I don't like everything about the new Nitro Jam, but I do like the Prostalgia Funny Cars (which are essentially modern race cars made to look 30 to 40 years old). They're loud, fast, and fun to watch. I was playing around with slow shutter speeds and made some photos that I like a lot. That's one below.
In Prostalgia Funny Car, Greg Jacobsmeyer, Rockingham Dragway, 2 May 2010.
While I Rockingham, I discovered something that many believe can't possibly exist -- good track food.
Munchie Wagon, Rockingham Dragway.
But, sure enough, Mike Chambers, the man behind the Munchie Wagon, Glenda, his wife, and the whole family are seriously good cooks. Try the orange and ginger-glazed chicken pita sandwich.
Finally, it looks like someone connected to GM's Pro Stock effort is finally getting a clue. CompetitionPlus is reporting that a contemporary Camaro Pro Stock car might debut next season, in the National Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock class. It's about time. Right now, the class is full of awful econoboxes -- Chevy Cobalts and Dodge Stratuses -- that nobody really wants to see on the track. Only Ford, with its Pro Stock Mustangs, has had a clue.
Illustration via CompetitionPlus.
A Pro Stock Camaro is way overdue. So is a Pro Stock Dodge Challenger. In this economic climate, the transition won't be easy for many teams, but I've got a modest proposal for how to make it financially feasible -- Cash for Pro Stock Clunkers.