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Let me tell you something about drag racing; NOTHING PREPARES YOU FOR THE SENSUAL ONSLAUGHT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE.

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I warn you now, my words here will fail to convey the biblical volumes at which these cars shout their way down the strip.

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This is not an event that can be read about, not one you could explain.

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As cliche as it may seem, this is something you really need to experience, to feel.

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I will try and paint you a picture though; James, Paul and I got there nice and early, this gave us a chance to walk around and poke our heads around the pits.

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I rather naively remarked that it seemed “rather sleepy”. It was only 0800 hrs.

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A mere 15 minutes later, God started shouting through his 8 megaphones!

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It was nice to see the relatively serenity around the pits interrupted sporadically but teams firing up engines to make final checks. We even had the pleasure of getting gassed by at Top Fueler.  A byproduct of burning NitroMeth is Mustard Gas. A gas that really hates your eyes, nose and mouth. It makes it very hard to stand next to an idling dragster as I found out in the pits.

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With the ever growing tension/excitement in the pits we thought it wise to go and secure a position on the already packed banks and prepare for the symphony of power that was making its way to the strip.

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Loud? Loud doesn’t quiet cut it. Sure it’s loud, it’s louder than anything you’ve ever heard before.

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It’s so loud it will literally shake your bones. Cars explode into action and it is the test of the photographer to not jump and keep a smooth pan.

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This sport is so rewarding to watch, I’ve never been to an event where the crowd get so behind the action.

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Maybe it’s because of the getting over the initial shock leaves you a little euphoric? Or maybe people love seeing fast cars.

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And they really do go fast. It is unreal how fast they move. Gathering speed with absolute unrelenting savagery. Exciting? YOU BET!

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Let me give you some figures here; a F1 car would do 1/4 mile from standing in around 9 seconds, give or take a tenth or two.

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Well, a Top Fuel dragster will do it around 5!

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They will do 0-100mph in twice their body length! I saw one cross the finish line at 305mph!!!!

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This power comes from NitroMeth fed 10 litre V8’s bolted to a 30ft long dragster.

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Mind you the gas may well be a great deterrent to save your ears from concussion wave that the exhausts emit when the mechanics blip the throttle.

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I kid you not, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! It physically moves you.

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James and I had an absolutely amazing time at Santa Pod. If you are even the slightest bit interested in cars then I encourage you to go and actually experience it for yourself. This write up simply just does not do the day justice.

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You really must go there to smell it, to hear it and to taste it. And trust me on this, once you have tasted it, you will want more…and more…and more!

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It was also nice to actually be shooting cars running down the strip as last time I was here, things were a little more relaxed, which you can read about here.

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Thanks for reading

SHOOTINGDAVE

http://facebook.com/shootingdave

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