We’ve seen a lot of carnage at the drags, but never have we seen a rear axle destroyed in quite this fashion, or with a camera mounted at this angle. We can only assume they had the camera underneath the back of Paul Marston’s Monza to watch shock travel or some such thing, but what they got was way more than they bargained for as they got an up close and personal view of this 9-inch Ford explode. I’m not sure if this was a high strength nodular iron third member or not, but it certainly goes to show you that there is a reason why companies like Strange built big bulletproof carriers to avoid this type of thing.
In the video you’ll see the car doing it’s burnout, with smoke covering the screen. But all is clear when driver Martin Curbishley puts it on the chip and then lets go of the trans brake. It’s at this point that all goes wrong, as the center section is ripped apart. It would appear that something went wrong inside the third member and the pinion tried to climb the ring gear and shoved the entire front of the third member toward the front of the car. I’ve never seen this actually happen, although I’ve seen the same aftermath a time or two. This video angle is one not usually seen, that’s for sure, but we’re sure thankful to Andy Dibley for sending us the link. This isn’t pretty, but you’ll find yourself watching it a couple of time at least.
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