Hey truck drivers and drag racing fans! This week our friends at Hot Rod Unlimited take a closer look at one of the most grueling and difficult drag racing circuits in the country; the Unlimited class. Unlimited class means the racing team must follow all IHRA safety rules, they can use any type of fuel, you can use any bolt-on power booster like a turbo or supercharger, but the drivers can’t use a hauling crew (sorry truckers!), which means the car they use must perform both on and off the strip.
This is the most brutal test anywhere of real drag-racing, street-driven cars, as the competitors hit the road for 1,400 miles to race five times at four different drag strips in five days in a battle to post the lowest average elapsed time at the end of the week. The winner is crowned the HOT ROD Fastest Street Car in America.
Imagine cars that run 7 seconds in the quarter mile, in excess of 200 mph, and then drive on public roads—in the rain, over potholes, whatever it takes—to make it to the next race day to do it again. Five times.
We’ve featured the current and past crowned king of the street rods before at CDL Life. The man’s name is Larry Larson and he drives a 1966 Chevy Nova with 2,400 horsepower on board. The crew of Hot Rod Unlimited ask him to reveal a few secrets about why he’s considered unbeatable (they don’t get very far).
We hope you enjoy the episode, truck drivers!