I was down in Miami for work last week and by pure luck it was one of the biggest motorsport weekends in the region. Obviously, my friend, Ale had everything arranged: Cars & Coffee at Brossard Lamborghini, followed with Street Racing Made Safe event at the Palm Beach International raceway. Then, DRT 2018 Porsche event with Magnus Walker and finishing off with the Lamborghini Urus revealing at Prestige motorsports. I hadn’t been around cars this much since college.
Even though all the events were really cool, the Street Racing Made Safe took the top spot, because it was my first time at a drag strip.
Not a lot of people know my love for cars and motorcycles because I have been racing/riding bikes for close to last decade. That said the only reason I got into cycling in the first place was to get stronger for motorcycle racing. So, being back on a track was a lot of fun.
Being from Europe, I have always been skeptical about racing on a straight line or driving around an oval circuit. I know that there is talent involved, especially on the technical side, but I was never interested. That’s why I never had a chance to see a drag race in person.
Car racing is always thought to be for the rich and that is one of the reasons that my experience at the drag strip was eye-opening. Everyone was equal during this quarter mile. The cars at the event ranged from Honda Civics to Lamborghinis and from cars worth 10k to 250k. It didn’t matter what they were. When they got on that strip they were equals and that’s what made it special.
Also, drag racing makes you realize that the love for motorsports can happen on many different levels. The driver of a Maxima loves his car the same way a Ferrari owner does.
Another aspect that differentiates drag racing is that the action is constant. It's impossible to get bored. Everything happens in front of the spectators.
If you like cars and never been to a drag race, you should search for the next event in your area now. During the 5 hours I spent at the strip, I saw 2000hp GTR, a sub 7 second Civic, met new friends from many different backgrounds. The passion all these drivers have for the sport and their car creations is contagious. You might find yourselves searching eBay motors for a Dodge Demon when you get home.
PS. I want to thank to Mario from Street Racing Made Safe for making it is super easy for me to document his event.
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