More drag racing – again with alcohol rail drag cars at Thunder Valley Raceway. This car has the big engine air scoop, but doesn’t have the rear wing on the back. Not sure why all the others have it and this one doesn’t. This car was going against a slower car in a bracket race, so the slower car launched first as you can see in the left lane. This rail dragster just got the green light and was launching as I snapped the picture – notice the wrinkled rear tire. The race director is at the left of the photo and he is the one that launches the cars once they are properly staged.
Looks like I got my timing down on this alcohol rail dragster I photographed on my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, Oklahoma. His front wheel is lifting, the light is green, and his rear tire is wrinkled up quite well as he launches from the start. When you only have one shot every 2-3 minutes, practice and timing is crucial to catch the decisive moment.
This time I am showing a Camaro funny car dragster going up against an alcohol rail dragster in the background. The Camaro is quite a bit shorter in length than the rail dragster so is further to the left in the frame. Notice the huge tires and the air scoop on the hood. This is not your normal every day ragged out Camaro. Whomever made this sunk some cash into this car.
Lots of drag racing pictures coming up from Thunder Valley Raceway. Unfortunately with a huge 4×5 view camera it is not easy to move around and capture different angles. I often just put it on a tripod and try to capture the decisive moment. This is one of my favorites from the alcohol rail dragsters that were running that day. I really like the engine scoop. I snapped the shutter a but soon and trimmed off his rear wing. Oh well, practice.
Today we have another alcohol rail dragster shot with my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, Oklahoma. Once again I caught a little of the tire wrinkle as the car launched from the starting line. To catch this I have learned to watch the starting tree, not car. If I watch the car launch I will be too late in the frame. These experience racers have lightning fast reflexes and learn to anticipate the light and launch quickly with sub-second reaction times.