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Here you'll find some photographs of the fastest accelerating motor vehicles on planet earth, those AA/FD and AA/FC NHRA dragsters, caught in action at the recent WinterNationals Drag Racing Championships, held at the AAA Pomona Fairplex racing facility this past February 8, 9, and 10. These images were shot with a Pentax K10D DSLR camera, using a special Pentax 18-250mm wide-angle telephoto lens. I'm catching the cars at speed at about the 1/8th-mile marker/timing lights (it's the red box in the center of the track in some of the photos) where they were going approximately 240 to 260MPH, reaching that absurd velocity in less than 2.5 seconds, that's two-and-a-half seconds, 0-260MPH! That's not to speak of their terminal speeds, which were in excess of 330MPH in less than 4.5 seconds at the end of the quarter-mile traps, yes four-and-a-half seconds!! How about that? With their 8000HP nitro-methane-fueled motors, superchargers screaming and the deafening sound literally shaking the ground like an earthquake going off every time they launched, the fuel dragsters and the Funny Cars (dragsters with bodies over them) put on quite a show that weekend, setting some new top speed and elapsed-time records for the Pomona AAA Track. There were some "normal" drag racing cars and trucks there too, but I went to photograph the Big Dogs, the dragsters and Funny Cars, and I think I got some pretty crazy pictures of them, so enjoy them. I'll have them up for awhile!
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