.
.

the car junkie daily magazine

.

Best Of BS 2012: Watch a Rear Axle Failure Completely Destroy The Back Of 1968 Camaro Drag Car


Best Of BS 2012: Watch a Rear Axle Failure Completely Destroy The Back Of 1968 Camaro Drag Car

We’ve all seen the videos of rear ends completely breaking free from drag cars, launching them into the air and smashing back down to Earth. This video is different from those in the fact that the housing stays in the car but the driver’s side axle breaks and the massive rear slick literally tears the rear quarter panel and trunk off of the car in just a few tenths of a second.

Filmed at Ohio’s Dragway 42, the Camaro completes a burnout with no problem and then stages to launch down the track. As soon as the driver lets go of the transbrake button, the poop literally his the fan. Thankfully the driver reacted quickly enough to prevent the car from hitting the guard wall as it tries to rotate 90-degrees to the left when the tire exits the program. The cool part about this footage is that we see in-car, out of car, and slo-mo tape of this failure.

If you run a race car and have not pulled the axles out for an inspection lately, this video will certainly encourage you to do just that!


  • Share This
  • Pinterest
  • 0

11 thoughts on “Best Of BS 2012: Watch a Rear Axle Failure Completely Destroy The Back Of 1968 Camaro Drag Car

  1. CdmBill

    Hard to be sure but it looked like the wheel studs sheared. I wonder if they were stock Chevy 7/16″ or 5/8″ drive studs? Trans brakes will find the weak link.

  2. Dallas

    That’s one way to get rid of rust. “Honey..I REALLY need to buy that new quarter panel now!”

  3. bob gates

    This was my buddy Dave Park & my car.. i filmed this, the axle broke at the wedding ring, ford 9 ” aftermarket axles… was not studs! Back out in 10 days with new axles and lots of new fiberglass

  4. Chad

    Paul Kruger, the photographer almost got a face full! What is great is that the starter is on his way to the car before the car even comes to a stop.

  5. Cross Thread

    I heard that the axle bearing had just been replaced and heat had been used on the axle. This may have changed the temper of the metal.

Comments are closed.