These are actions shots. This is where emotion, triumph and heartbreak are captured. Wheelies are performed. Engines are blown. Oil is splooged all over the track like a teenage boy who just discovered you could make out somewhat of a boob if you flip back and forth from the Skinemax channel. TV gold!
Are you pregnant, or think you may become pregnant? Do you have a medical condition that your doctor doesn’t know about? Do you get a semi whenever you see under the hood of a 1967 Chevrolet Nova sporting twin turbochargers and a Chevy big-block engine? If you fall into the last camp, you should personally thank our man in the trenches, Joel Chan.
Drag Week is a time when some of the fastest cars in the country come together to settle old rivalries and create new ones. Feelings are hurt and egos are stoked only to crumble like the Roman Empire. Cars of all delicious flavors and creeds come out to the event as drivers violently race their way to the top of their respective classes. This is where drivers are made and legacies are lost. This isn’t a fancy-pants event waiting to hold your hand through the minefield that is competitive drag racing.
Day one of Drag Week is over and there has been plenty of excitement already. With 310 cars flying down the track the first day alone, the week is guaranteed to be action packed. There are cars of all flavors taking part, from classic Corvettes to modified, late-model Ram pickup trucks. While competition is fierce, the first day was for drivers to get used to the track and their machines on the strip.
The first things one notices while roaming the paddock at the Lime Rock Historic Festival are the diversity, age and rarity of the cars on display and in competition. You can see everything from pre-war Blower Bentleys to one-off circle track cars—name a brand and it will be there. This includes cars that many people have never heard of, but it also includes cars that you would never think would be raced at all.