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Smile Our local dragstrip

Here's a short newsclip on the action at our local strip in Clarenville, Newfoundland, Can. and were I've spent a lot of time over the years. It should be noted this is a part-time operation run at a local airstrip by a bunch of gearheads who have invested a lot of their own time and money to get it up and running, and keep it running. So no fancy towers, stands or other equipment - just a bunch of diehards enjoying the sport all they can. How much to go racing all day? 10 bucks.

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Cool vid mate.

Cant get over that price its a bargain if ever i have seen one
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Yeah $10 is cool. I just checked out the local one here. it's $15 a night, may head down somewhere to beat my .041 reaction and 13.2 1/4..
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It's a pretty small drag racing community here and everyone basically knows everyone else. So a race weekend is as much of a social event as anything else and the minimal fees are just to cover the tracks expenses.
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Do you have drag tyres FT? I didn't bother really spinning mine as there road tyres and tried to drive round the water. chances of warming up a tyre that takes 2 miles on a road track are pretty slim I guess.
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I just have the stock Pirelli's on mine easty. You were on road racing tires I take it? I've never used such so I don't know how they'd take to a good burnout before staging. We can't drive around the water at our track, so I just rolled 'em over a couple times to dry them off.

I've used drag radials on previous cars (used them as my daily tire too) and it's a night and day difference for traction for sure. I just wish they made them in an 18" size to fit our cars.
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I just have the stock Pirelli's on mine easty. You were on road racing tires I take it? I've never used such so I don't know how they'd take to a good burnout before staging. We can't drive around the water at our track, so I just rolled 'em over a couple times to dry them off.

I've used drag radials on previous cars (used them as my daily tire too) and it's a night and day difference for traction for sure. I just wish they made them in an 18" size to fit our cars.
ah now I understand why bill had the 17's on the rear. yeah I had stock road tyres on and we didn't bother emptying the boot/trunk, as there wasn't really any area to do so. I also ran a couple of runs with my friend just to give him the experience then he got "jettersoned" as I ran a 13.8 with him in.

The track seem'd ok at first. I think I did the 13.2 on my 2nd run. then I didn't run for 2 hours or so. When I went back on it seem very different. I was short shifting 1st and struggling to get any where in 2nd only really hooking up in 3rd. I think my left foot braking worked better than heel toe, maybe due to my crappy shoes. as I said I had no interest previously. But it was fun and I'd be interested to go local with an empty boot and my driving shoes. its not a fraction the fun of a road track though.. hehe had to say that!
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ah now I understand why bill had the 17's on the rear. yeah I had stock road tyres on and we didn't bother emptying the boot/trunk, as there wasn't really any area to do so. I also ran a couple of runs with my friend just to give him the experience then he got "jettersoned" as I ran a 13.8 with him in.

The track seem'd ok at first. I think I did the 13.2 on my 2nd run. then I didn't run for 2 hours or so. When I went back on it seem very different. I was short shifting 1st and struggling to get any where in 2nd only really hooking up in 3rd. I think my left foot braking worked better than heel toe, maybe due to my crappy shoes. as I said I had no interest previously. But it was fun and I'd be interested to go local with an empty boot and my driving shoes. its not a fraction the fun of a road track though.. hehe had to say that!
I've never road raced so I'll just go no comment there . Have autox'd though (not the SLK yet, a previous car - below) and certainly enjoyed that. Back to drag racing, being an automatic I find the '55 to actually be not too hard to launch (much easier than my 6-speed Formula was that's for sure) - half throttle til moving then quickly (not slammed) to the floor to keep the tires on the edge of traction. Unfortunately this is not a real aggressive way to launch (thus hurting ET), but the best available with the limited traction of the stock rubber.


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That all depends on the power at the rear wheels. when its over 400 to the wheels and torque is near 500 is is a lot of fun
It's a whole other skill set for sure and not as easy as it may appear to the uninitiated. And I haven't even touched on bracket racing and the skill required at the lights. The way I see it the various racing forms are not mutually exclusive of each other, but rather just different ways to enjoy the same thing - having fun driving!
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