Funny/stupid drag racing stories
One of the funnies was during the Jr Fueler era. (AFD) Naturally aspirated dragsters burning nitro an maximum cu in of about 305. Little turkeys were turning over 200 in the quarter. One guy decided he was going to build a two wheel Jr Fueler. He sat a Ford V-8 side winder at the rear, driving a 12 inch slick. he built a long frame with tall forks and took it to the track. On his shakedown run he turned 164.something mph and when he opened the parachute a weak point in his plan showed up. When the chut opened it was a 22 ft dragster crossform chute. When that chut opened the bike went Skeeeeek, and he did a single gainer over the handle bar at 160 mph. He landed on his ass with his legs spread and slid to a stop. Then the lucky bastard got up and hobbled away.
A jet dragster, similar to the one shown, was the star of the next story. I think it was on the Ohio Turnpike many years ago. The crew was coming home from an exhibition drag race when their truck crapped out. They figured the best way to the next turnpike gate was to fire the car in the back of the trailer and push the rig. It worked great til they saw a toll booth and tried to stop. The throttle was stuck open and did not stop till it burned up all its fuel. It did not run out of fuel til it had pushed the tow rig through the toll booth at considerable speed. They conned their way out of a serious ticket, but the toll booth operator said it sounded like a jet plane going through his gate.