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Dragster Racing

Dragster Racing: Everything you need to know

Not into supercars? Tanks a bit tame? Now you can channel the Dukes of Hazzard (if you can remember them) as you take to the track with one of Wish.co.uk’s awesome drag racing experiences.

With a top speed of 130 miles per hour (that’s 0-60 in one-and-a-half seconds, fact fans), these awesome drag racing cars present the ultimate challenge for folks who like their cars beefy, speedy and very, very noisy. You won’t believe the power of these awesome drag race cars until you’ve been there and done it yourself.

Your fully trained dragster buddies will kit you out with everything you need, including a crash helmet (just in case) and a seat behind the wheel of a classic drag racing car - something like a Dodge or a Cherry Vega. All you need is a driving license and a bit of chutzpah.

Wish.co.uk’s dragster racing experiences take place at a range of locations around the UK. Like all our other motor sports days, all participants are fully briefed in the art of ‘not crashing’, which helps. As long as you know how to drive and have a licence to prove it, you’re all set.

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FAQs

Q: A dragster? Like Grayson Perry and Eddie Izzard?
A: I will not even dignify that with an answer. I think we all know we are talking about the incredible American speed machines. .
Q: Like in the Hollywood movie shows?
A: Just like that. This is your unique chance to get inside a classic hot rod racer.
Q: So what are we exactly talking about here?
A: Vehicles like the astounding Grumpy's Dodge or the staggering Chevy Vega Pick-up. With speeds of 0-60 MPH in 1.5 seconds and top velocity of 130 MPH, it’s possible to take a mere 10 seconds to complete the quarter of a mile track.
Q: Hot Carumba! Where are we doing this?
A: At our specially designed dragster type track in Northamptonshire, the hot roddingest county in the country.
Q: Can I bring kin folk?
A: Spectators are welcome, however track entry fees may be applicable, so maybe check with us or them if you are planning on bringing people.
Q: Anything to stop me slipping into that hot rod right this instance?
A: There might be height and weight restrictions connected to the experience and obviously this is a high-octane event, so if you have any medical problems that might affect your fun, let the supplier know. Also you’ll need to have a full UK driving licence and be 18 years or above.

Fun Facts

  • 1. Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1 1/2 gallons of nitro per second, the same rate of fuel consumption as a fully loaded 747. Though I bet they show better films on dragsters. And you don’t have to pay for headphones.
  • 2. In dragster lingo, the ‘Christmas Tree’ is the electronic starting device between the lanes on the starting line. So don’t put presents under it or decorate it with baubles – that would be redundant.
  • 3. Top Fuel racing is a class of drag racing in which the cars are run on a mix of approximately 90% nitromethane and 10% methanol. The same mix they use in certain alcopops (not really).
  • 4. Before their run, racers often perform a ‘burnout’ in order to clean and heat their tyres and apply a layer of fresh rubber to the track surface. And because it looks cool. And smells great.
  • 5. Funny cars are characterized by having automotive bodies over a custom fabricated chassis, giving them an appearance vaguely approximating regular cars. Except a bit ‘funny’ if you know what I mean. Hence the name.
  • 6. A ‘dial-in’ is the time a driver estimates it will take his or her car to cross the finish line, and is generally displayed on a window so the starter can adjust the starting lights on the tree accordingly. So they tell them how long it will take them? Why do they even bother racing? Why don’t they just pass around the bits of paper to the crowd?
  • 7. The famous drag race in the movie Grease was filmed at the Los Angeles River, between the First and Seventh Street Bridges. And I bet against John Travolta every time. I’m such an idiot.
  • 8. The fastest Top Fuel Dragster time over ¼ mile is 4.42 seconds at 336 mph while the Funny Car record is 4.65 seconds at 333 mph. But not as fast as me, that time I sat on those hair straighteners.
  • 9. Dragster was the first video game developed by Activision for the Atari 2600 console, and released in 1980. The world record on Dragster is currently held by video gamer Todd Rogers with a time of 5.51seconds. Worth that 30 quid for the game then, wasn’t it?
  • 10. The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is the drag racing governing body, founded by Wally Parks in 1951. And was he a wally at parking? Is that why he started racing cars?