Charles Carpenter is recognized as one of the godfathers of guts-out doorslammer racing. He is one of the great ones, racing 1955 Chevys throughout his career, which started decades ago. His son and crew chief Mike is a great guy who we can proudly call a friend.
Last season Carpenter had an ultra-trick, ultra-light 1955 Chevy built for him to use for competition in the ADRL’s Pro Nitrous category. The car is an amazing piece and a truly worthy successor to the many ‘55s that Charles has run in the past.
Last weekend at the ADRL event in Houston, things went way wrong for Carpenter. The car is bent up, he has apparently cracked a vertebrae in his back, and we can only surmise that his driving career is on hold for a long time.
Photographer Van Abernethy got an astounding set of photos when it all went wrong for Carpenter and we stumbled across it. Tough stuff. See more here at ProModZone.com.