Australia. It’s the land of where the seasons are backwards and awesome car/truck creations colloquially known as utes roam the streets. It’s wonderful.
It’s also home to a form of drag racing called Top Doorslammer, which uses replicas of American or Aussie vehicles strapped with supercharged 540 ci (8.8L) V8 engines that run methanol (it’s similar to the Pro Modified class in the U.S.).
While funny car style bodies aren’t allowed, it’s one of the fastest production-based race categories in the world, and that means big trouble when things go wrong.
Just three days ago, a JSS Racing Top Doorslammer Chevrolet Camaro went wheel-to-wheel with a Ford Mustang at Sydney Dragway when the Camaro suddenly rolled on its side, bounced off the wall and skidded down the track on its roof. Thankfully, the driver was able to exit the vehicle under his own steam and appeared to be relatively unscathed.
We also have to tip our hats to the pit crew for their immediate and well-executed response. As you’ll see in our video above, they fly on the track to assist the driver in exiting the Camaro and have fire hoses at the ready just in case.
It’s a scary reminder of just how quickly racing can go wrong. We’re just happy everybody made it out okay.