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« on: April 02, 2012, 12:13 AM »

Saturday, Bambi, Kent and I went to the NHRA drags.

The highlight for me came at 10:30 PM as the final run of the entire day.
It was the 2 jet engine dragsters. They were supposed to have run around 5:30 PM.

Sadly, there were maybe 40 people left in the stands.
On a positive note, I was able to walk right up to the
fence to shoot this with our trusty little Canon S100
shooting in stereo HD at 24fps. Not bad for a camera
the size of a deck of cards. Hope you like it.

https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/NHRALasVegas#5726669838406311810
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 07:10 AM »

Cool, I haven't been to drag in forever or been following them much. How did the time/speed compare to the normal Top Fuel wheel driven cars? ET used to be significantly longer but top speed often faster on the jets. Last time I read something on NHRA it was interesting to see that they were hooking up the horsepower they are making now. That was a limiting factor when I was young, they could make more power but they couldn't get it hooked up through the tire technoligy of they day to transfer that to forward motion.

You did wear your ear plugs?

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 10:23 AM »

The Pro Top Fuel boys were slightly faster with several runs
under 4 seconds and speeds around 305 mph.

The jet car people told us that they are limited to a top speed
at each track. Here, at LVMS, that speed was set at 310 mph.
However, for the 40 or so people left in the stands, they tuned
it down a bit to cut fuel costs (30 gal @ $60/gal/car).

The jets were significantly quieter than the Top Fuel chaps.
Still, we wore surround ear headsets for all the Pro runs
and the jet cars. There were many in the stands who wore
no ear protection.  Shocked

If you click on the gear (lower right), you can change the quality
of the movies up to 1080 HD.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 03:09 PM »

I haven't been to drag in forever or been following them much.


I did too back in the 70s  up into the late 80s and use to make good money betting on them
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 04:26 PM »

I was shocked to find out the Pro categories only went 1000 feet (for safety purposes they say).

All other categories still go 1320 feet (1/4 mile).
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