After attending the Route 66 Classic in Joliet Illinois on August 15, 2015. I have to say, it was great! This event featured classic drag racing cars of the 1960s and 1970’s. It was really a tribute to classic drag racing. Gassers, Funny Cars, and rail jobs everywhere!
Who remembers the famous “Sox & Martin” Team? They were there, along with funny cars “Runaway” and “Solid Rock”. It was an absolute joy seeing these cars run down the track.
The Funny Car “Runaway” was by far the loudest car on the scene. The bleachers rumbled and shook with every pass down the drag strip they made. The fans including myself loved every second of it. I’m sure my hearing will be fine again by tomorrow.
I want to give a special thanks to the guys and girls of the “Solid Rock” Funny Car Team for allowing me to hang out with them in the pits, and for letting me jump in the cockpit of their race car. I never sat in a Funny Car before, and it was by far a memory I will never forget. And “Solid Rock” has the coolest burnout in drag racing today. It is their signature move. If you have never seen what a 1/8 mile burnout or longer looks like in an Earth rumbling Funny Car, you have to see the “Solid Rock” do its thing!
The real highlight of the evening was Barry Richter’s “Hypersonic” Jet Funny Car. His Funny Car is propelled by a fire-breathing jet engine, capable of speeds up to 280 miles per hour in a quarter-mile! I got a chance to talk to him for quite a bit. Barry Richter defines what drag racing is all about. He thoroughly enjoys every moment, never missing an opportunity to meet and greet a fan, take pictures and answer any question you may have. He is courteous, friendly, and by far one of the nicest professional drag racing drivers you could ever meet. A personal thank you to Barry Richter for allowing me to talk with him and answer all of my questions. He gave me some valuable advice as an amateur drag racer that I will never forget. I greatly appreciated every moment and it was an honor talking with him. Thank you.
Hypersonic staging: I apologize for the video quality, but you can see the flames and hear what it sounds like.