Now that Nostalgia Funny Cars are sweeping the nation like some sort of nuclear powered wild fire, it seems about time for the same thing to happed with Jet Funny Cars. Yes, we know that is a crackpot assumption, but it is the reasoning that we’d use when trying to convince our wife that we need to own this car. Burner pops in our suburban driveway? Yeah, that’s 100% BangShift approved (although probably not 100% local fire department approved).
Our pal over at DragRacingOnline, Darr Hawthorne sent us over the link for the car and while we think the price is a little steep, it is a complete machine that would need seemingly “minor” investment to get into running order again. The chassis would need upgrading and re-certing and the turbine, which is a 1951 J-34 would need to be serviced, as it has not generated smoke and fire for a long time. Other than that, the fun stuff, which would inclide licensing could get rolling pretty quick.
Jet Funny Cars put a lot of asses in seats across the country each year. The put on a fun show, look spectacular, and have a cost ratio that is far more favorable than anything powered by nitromethane. One thing that many people overlook is the inherent danger in any machine capable of running north of 200mph. Many men have died behind the wheels of jet powered machinery, including a friend of ours, Chris Gould, who passed a couple years back at the Citrus Nationals, held at PBIR, before it was renovated.
Thanks to Darr for the tip!