On the road trip back in May, the conversation drifted round to top-fuel drag racing & some of the numbers associated with it.
Like - the ground physically shakes when the top fuelers launch.
Like a top fueler is the fastest accelerating thing-with-a-person-in that exists & I include space craft & the rocket sled things they use to test ejector seats with.
Like the car in the pic, on one run shut down the engine no more than 1/2 way along the 1/4mile - it still passed through the trap at 4.1sec.
The first pic was taken by Duncan, I was sitting closer to the start line & couldn't get a moving top fuel car in frame.
This omission was clearly something that needed correcting, so a little research was done & the euro finals at SantaPod was chosen as an event that would showcase the world of going-in-a-straight-line-very-fast - and it did it in spades.
That's drag racing.
Yes it's an E-type dragster - what of it?
Drag bikes - a special kind of madness
But the big news is of course that the engine WORKS - ish. Before it "ticked" from the cam box, now it ticks louder. This is not good & I'm seriously considering buying a replacement engine. Also the electric water pump which I really can't see the need for, is now leaking, so do I but a new EWP, or do I buy an Escort pump & go back to mechanical, or do I use the Mondeo pump that came with the car & rig up some means of adding a pulley so the pump is driven off the back of the belt?