Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Frank N. Beans, May 28, 2009.
Went to Bristol for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals a couple weekends ago.
love the first and last ones.
jesus look at the tires
Nice pictures but borders, seriously?
DoF on #2 is just a little too shallow, but otherwise, cool shots. Never realized how distorted the rear tires stay as it moves down the track.
Border comment = trashed reply
Neither did I, until I took my 300D and Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 to a NHRA event about 4-5 years ago. I took some shots around 1000ft, since it was one of my only open windows I could shoot, due to the crowd. Needless to say, I went .
I did shoot f5.6 or so all weekend, I used the 100-400L. I've gotten close to the same shots the last few years, I was going for something a little different. Of course I suffered on Fridays late qualifying with the low light and f5.6........as you can obviously see in the 'fire' shots. Had to bump the ISO....
I knew the tires "crumpled" off the line, due to low tire pressure for grip, but even at 1000 feet they're still trying to form back out to an ovoid shape
Yeah even drag radials on a 300rwhp car will wrinkle with lower air pressure and a nicely prepped track. As far as the nitro cars with the extreme tire warpage past 660'......its basically inertia. The 7000-8000hp is driving the tires so fast that the actual contact patch touching the surface is going faster than the rear-most half of the tire. So the brutal force the tires is getting pressed with to the ground, causes the distortion at the back of the tire......hence the crazy shape.
i had my own theory as to what caused it, as far as layman's terms, but thanks for the info.
great pictures of the tires, i love seeing how distorted they get. i miss going to the nhra craftsman nationals around here. anyone who hasn't seen/heard/felt those top fuel rails in person is really missing out.
I like the 6th picture best. Is it OOF or is the distortion from teh heat?
While the tire shots look cool, I think it would look better with teh whole car in the shot.
The car in the far lane was the subject I focusing on. I was shooting at f5.6, so the car wasn't completely in focus. You can, however, see it in focus near the exhaust flames.
And you are right about the tire, I just snapped the picture before the car disappeared behind the wall. I was hoping one of them would start their burnout further back towards the water.
I'm only a couple hours away from Brainerd International Raceway, and still haven't gone out there for an event... i really should
do it. you might think you've heard some loud muscle cars or big v8's, but there's nothing like the squeezing feeling in your chest when 2 of the top fuel rails hit the gas.