The United States is a major world centre for drag-racing, the flat-out speed battle by specially-built cars over a measured quarter-mile.
GV PAN Start & end of race bonnet flies off of one car
CU ZOOM BACK TO MV Cars in pits (4 shots)
GV PAN Start & finish of race
GV & MV Spectators (3 shots)
MV & CU Drag car (2 shots)
GV PAN Drag cars race parachutes open at end of race
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Background: The United States is a major world centre for drag-racing, the flat-out speed battle by specially-built cars over a measured quarter-mile.
The American Hot-red Association held their National Drag-racing Championships at Gary, Indiana, recently, and some of the cars reached speeds of more than 200 miles per hour (322 KM).
The competitors came from all over the country, many of them racing in the category called 'super-stocks', cars which can be bought ready-made from dealers. Their speeds are usually below the 150 m.p.h. mark. (241 KM-HR).
But the most popular cars with the drag-racing fans are the specially-prepared monsters, driven by dare-devils like Leroy Goldstein of Detroit, whose nickname is "The Israeli Rocket".
In an eliminating run at Gary, Goldstein drove his car over the quarter-mile at 230 miles per hour (370 KM-HR) to set a new world record of 6.92 seconds.
The dragsters go so fast that conventional brakes are rather impractical. Like jet aircraft and space-capsules, they rely on parachutes.