(By Greg Rourke) – Why do most drag racers not run on giant rims? Perhaps a visual aid is in order and this huge-wheel equipped Monte Carlo is it.
Here we have the Track Mania event at Memphis International Raceway. I’m assuming this is an event where a promoter leases the facility for the day, and gives the tech inspectors the day off. First off, we have more people on the starting line than there are in the stands. It takes less folks to line up a Top Fueler than what these guys have for what I’m guessing are 12 second (I’m being generous here) cars.
A couple of G body Monte Carlos roll into the water on huge rims. After fooling around with burnouts and staging the cars like it’s a Pro Stock final round, they launch. For the guy in the left lane, literally. Both rear tires exit the car at the same time, and the ball cap clad driver (Helmets? Nah…) gets a real good view of the track surface.
Our hero grinds to a stop, the tires make it farther down the track than the car. Now we have the sidewalk superintendents crowding around with a bunch of NSFW assessments as to what happened. One helpful fellow decided it was the driveshaft. This ten minute video is about seven minutes too long.
Somewhere in Nebraska is Grandma Agnes driving the last G body on the planet that hasn’t been turned into a grudge racer with “NT” scrawled on the glass in shoe polish.