JamesB

This is why you don't drift a drag car

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I put this particular animation together for another forum to because there was some debate about the possibility that the individual images were presented out of sequence. I figured that as my animation is being passed from forum to forum, I might as well let you guys see it.

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This happened very recently at a "Cruise" event at the local circuit race track. It was a "low speed" cruise event, so helmets weren't required, and the poorly installed 4 point seatbelts proved useless in a rollover.

Fortunately there were no serious injuries. The passenger (on the left side ... the car is RHD) received grazes and needed stitches for a gash in her head from hitting the roll bar, but was back at work within a couple of days.

The car is an LJ series ('72 to '74) Torana. That generation Torana is basically a late 60's Vauxhall Viva with the nose lengthened and an inline 6 installed in place of the Viva's 4 cylinder. They were small, light and fast. The one in the images has had the inline 6 removed and a small block V8 installed in its place.

It's a 9 second drag car, but the suspension and tires are exactly what you don't want for drifting.

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That looked incredibly nasty. The second or third to last picture looked like somebody may have had some serious damage done.
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That looked incredibly nasty. The second or third to last picture looked like somebody may have had some serious damage done.

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They were both very lucky to get out if it with no serious injury.
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