“…and I really suppose that some day we’ll see a 5 second quarter mile at over 300mph.” These are the final phrases spoken by Mickey Thompson on this superb video which we’ve seen snippets of earlier than however by no means as a complete piece with correct sound and narration. The 1969 movie was referred to as “Ford Flat Out” and that is the drag racing portion of this system which stars Mickey Thompson and Danny Ongais whereas racing on the AHRA Spring Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee. Eagle-eyed viewers will be aware that there’s footage from just a few completely different tracks spiced in right here however the coronary heart of the matter is settled at Bristol.
The NHRA tour swings into Bristol this weekend and that all the time means one factor, craziness. Between the observe’s breathtaking location and look, the very robust nature of the racing floor itself, and the elevation that racers battle with, the place can actually be a home of horrors if a staff loses the deal with on their tuneup or makes errors. This may even be the third race of a four-in-a-row that has examined groups laborious for the primary time this season. The ultimate cease shall be Norwalk, Ohio the next weekend.
This video has superb footage of Danny and Mickey however it has a great deal of different vehicles in there as properly. None are proven for too lengthy however most of them are Fords with some Dodges thrown in for good measure. The NHRA’s relationship with the observe was bizarre at first. It opened as an NHRA observe, relatively shortly swapped to AHRA, was the house of IHRA for many years and eventually got here again round full circle within the 1990s. Historical past abounds at Bristol.
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