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Old 07-11-2009, 11:14 AM
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Using the most Nitro? Educate me, I thought they were running STRAIGHT nitro?

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Old 07-11-2009, 11:21 AM
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90% nitro 10% methanol
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:52 AM
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Ahh, thanks Rich, I didn't know that. The Autolite nationals are coming to the nearest strip to me later this month, I think I am going to go. I havn't been to a "modern" drag event since the seventies!

Last night a commerial for the event came on our tv. I asked my 12 year old if he would like to go to it. He looks at me and says with this DUH DAD look on his face, "No dad, I don't like 300 mile per hour fire spitting cars".

I think I'll go.

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Old 07-11-2009, 12:19 PM
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Brian, I'm sure your going to enjoy yourself, I'm going to the roundy rounds tonight over in NJ, they have the BBs tonight,
they do over a 100 in the straights & at times are four abreast through the turns, exciting, next weekend for the drags at maple grove.
Brian Have fun & keep safe,
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Nitro Mix

WAY back when (when I was racing although NEVER in a fuel class!) - they used to measure % humidity, temperature, barometric pressure and a bunch of other stuff with an "amateur weather station" in the pits and mix the % alky to nitro as a custom blend before each run. (and NO, I have no idea what they used as guide to how much of each for each set of circumstances, but I watched them use a sling hygrometer, a big thermometer, a barometer and consult charts and then begin blending, and then check with a specifc gravity thingy to ensure that they had what the wanted to use for the next pass.

"Tipping the can" is adding a higher % nitro to the mix. If you got it wrong you were either underpowered or you blew it up

Now NHRA has a max % rule, so no 100% nitro runs are allowed - and considering they are still getting 8,000 plus hp out of an engine limited to "only" 500 inches, I don't think to really need to tip the can all that much!
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Largest explosion????
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[QUOTE=richard stewart 3rd]Brian, I'm sure your going to enjoy yourself, I'm going to the roundy rounds tonight over in NJ, they have the BBs tonight,
they do over a 100 in the straights & at times are four abreast through the turns, exciting, next weekend for the drags at maple grove.
Brian Have fun & keep safe,
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Huge explosion, but what was special about it that it was proclaimed a record.
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Huge explosion, but what was special about it that it was proclaimed a record.
The loudest, the most expensive, the most fans hit by shrapnel, It threw parts the highest, The first to use an on board fire retardent system to put it out, the biggest grass fire started by a cars explosion, most fire trucks to put out a car fire, the most expensive BBQ, the biggest car explosion seen from outerspace...........

FOR GOD'S SAKE TELL US, WE GIVE UP!

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That should cover it.
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You got it. Kinda roundabout but right. A picture taken of the explosion showed the blower way above the trackside light poles. Someone triangulated it in at 110 ' above the track surface. They didn't know if it was on it's way up or down. Hot Rod mag declared it the highest blower explosion ever.. Don't know if it has ever been bested.

Your up.

Edit- He came back and competed in the next round.
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The Buick Opel GT had a nick name, what was it?

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Buick Opel GT?

Brian, did you mean this one?

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