|Posted by Galfur on August 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM|
Spent yesterday visiting Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio for a little "Night Under Fire" drag racing. Gotta tell you, some of those cross-dressers run quick too, ba dump bump. This isn't really my thing. My Brother-In-Law is big time into this so I go for him. He grew up on drag racing and knows (personally) many of the legends of the past. Examples: he is on "Big Daddy" Don Garlits email distribution, he is friends with a few members of the Kalitta racing family and he is very close to Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, the 1st Lady of Drag Racing. He's wired in, so I tag along. Been doing this for about six years now.
It's an interesting event. If you're not into the cars then the people watching alone will keep you amused. On the car front, there is everything from nostalgia to raw power (nitro funny cars) to pure insanity (jet cars and trucks). On the people front, well, words can't describe.....and the drunker they get, the less effective words become. Man, do they get drunk too......whoooooowee.
Yesterday was less than a wonderful memory. First off, my bro-in-law got side-swiped on the drive down (I was following and watched it take place). Some crazy old woman from Pennsylvania decided to change lanes into him while driving about 70 MPH. Thought for sure she was going to lose control and I-80 was going to be an EMS scene. But she brough it under control. Then she parked it IN THE RIGHT LANE and got out to inspect her vehicle. And once again I thought we were going to be part of an EMS scene. When the troopers showed up, they caught on quickly to her bizarre behavior, called in a second car and had her blocked in so she couldn't flee.
Anyway, we made it to the park and toured the pits. Apparently JDIN was there somewhere. I couldn't find her but I did find her car (www.tinyurl.com/3qmba9s) .
Like I said, the people watching is intense. There are some really gentle, thoughtful, fun loving people in attendance. Take this couple for instance (www.tinyurl.com/3w87mne). Can’t be sure if they were making a withdrawal or hold-up. I do know there is a very respectful rivalry between the many Browns fans in attendance and the few Steelers fans who drive in (www.tinyurl.com/3varmnp). And then there are some things you just don’t want to experience in life (www.tinyurl.com/3vohvbo). So, my advice is, if this is your state of mind (www.tinyurl.com/4335j47) just stay away from Norwalk on race day.
John Force (www.tinyurl.com/4xlg2bn) is the current “legend” of the sport, I guess he’s the biggest name (and winner) of all time. There are all kinds of cars from old nostalgic (www.tinyurl.com/3ofwg4f) to 70s legends (www.tinyurl.com/3l47ueu) & (www.tinyurl.com/3hbjfwc)
And there are the death defying acts like Spiderman (www.tinyurl.com/3wdnu35). This guy drives this motorcycle down the track on one wheel at 240-250 MPH steering only by leaning his body from side to side. Of course the Nitro Funny cars are AWESOME but these little “wheel standers” (www.tinyurl.com/3oufvsa) are fun to watch too. And then there are the Jet Cars (www.tinyurl.com/3dpt4kf) and the Bob Motz Jet Truck with 17,000 pounds of thrust. I couldn’t manage that even in my twenties. Seriously, watching these things is like watching death about to happen. CRAZY.
Anyway, the night ended on about as bad a note as it began. Before the night time show (which is the best part) began, the entire complex lost power. We sat for 90 minutes in the dark, watching the drunks stagger around and finally packed it in and headed back home. Too bad, the end of the show is great each year but we’ll have to wait for round seven to see it again.
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