Dodge//SRT and the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving have joined forces to teach everyday drivers and car enthusiasts how to drag race. They are calling it the “Dodge //SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School”. If you are the proud owner of a Dodge//SRT product, you already have access to this amazing opportunity. If you don’t own any of their products, no worries because you can still take classes and drive the wide range of cars that Dodge//SRT includes in the program. Demon owners can participate in the full day of classes at no additional cost.The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is a driver training and racing school located in Phoenix Arizona. The school features a three-mile, 26-turn track with 11 different configurations making for a world-class performance driving school. Bondurant also has over 200 race-prepped vehicles.Students will receive both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction about all the elements of drag racing. Proper … [Read more...] about Learn How To Drag Race… In A Demon!
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Dodge has already unleashed an 840-hp, rear-wheel-drive muscle car onto public roads, but at least it’s offering owners a no-cost way of learning how to manage all that power. Dodge SRT is starting up a new drag-racing course at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving that is included with the purchase of any Challenger SRT Demon. Taking place at Bondurant’s official NHRA drag strip at its HQ in Chandler, Arizona, the one-day class will also be available as an upgrade on top of the general high-performance driving class that Dodge already offers for buyers of other SRT models.The day starts off with classroom instruction surveying some drag-racing fundamentals including launch, staging, reaction time, signals, and all sorts of safety checks. Then participants are let loose on the drag strip in a variety of Challenger models, including the 485-hp Challenger SRT 392, the 707-hp Hellcat, and, of course, the big kahuna that is the 840-hp, drag-optimized … [Read more...] about Closed Course, Do Attempt: Dodge Demon Owners Now Get Free Drag-Racing School
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is built with the drag strip in mind. That said, it can be a little intimidating getting behind the wheel of an 840-horsepower monster with front-wheel lift and aim it down a thin strip of pavement. Now, though, Dodge Demon owners can get professional training from a new drag racing course through the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.The course is for free to Demon owners, and it includes a day of instruction at the drag strip. SRT owners (who already get a free day of training) can upgrade to a two-day course for $999, with a day on the drag strip and a day on a road course. If you don't own a Dodge, you can purchase the Dodge SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School course for $1,999, and learn to drag race in a Challenger SRT Demon, SRT Hellcat, Hellcat Widebody and SRT 392. "With great power comes responsibility," says FCA Head of Passenger Cars Tim Kuniskis, "so we want our enthusiasts to respect the full capability of their machines. … [Read more...] about Learn to drag race a Dodge Demon with Bob Bondurant Racing School
Ford racing icon and 10-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden passed away December 17 at the age of 73. Glidden, of Whiteland, Indiana, was one of the most prolific builders and drivers the sport of drag racing has ever seen. Glidden’s career spanned over 25 years and in addition to running Pro Stock, Glidden made a few appearances at World Ford Challenge events behind the wheel of his son Billy’s popular Fox-Body Mustang. Bob Glidden passed away at 9:40 pm, Sunday evening—he was with his wife of 54 years Etta, and their sons Billy and Rusty.Glidden’s storied career began in the late 1960s behind the wheel of a 427 Fairlane and a Galaxie in the Stock ranks, and he continued driving full-time in Pro Stock until 1997. Along the way, he acquired the nickname “Mad Dog” for his relentless work ethic and dedication to giving it all. Glidden dominated the scene in the 1970s and 1980s, winning back-to-back NHRA Pro Stock championships in 1974-1975, … [Read more...] about Drag Racing Legend Bob Glidden Passes at 73
Those who attended the 2006 Ames Performance Pontiac Nationals were treated to a very special display. It was a reunion of some of the surviving cars and people behind the successful Knafel Pontiac “Tin Indians,” raced out of Knafel Pontiac in Akron, Ohio, from 1959 to 1970. The head “Tin Indian,” William J. “Bill” Knafel, passed away on February 1, 2006 at the age of 79 after a long history of health problems. The display paid tribute to Mr. Knafel in a way that he no doubt would have enjoyed. The Knafel “Tin Indians” helped shape Pontiac’s performance image through a long line of racecars over an 11-year period and a longer string of victories. As a personal friend of Pontiac General Managers Elliott M. “Pete” Estes and John Z. DeLorean, Bill Knafel was one of a few Pontiac dealers across the country chosen to act as a “backdoor outlet” for racing activities. GM was officially out of racing, but the … [Read more...] about Historic Tin Indian Drag Racing Pontiacs – Tin Indian
Don Garlits came back to Bakersfield in March at age 74. Two things had not changed in the 47 seasons since his 1959 West Coast debut: Now, as then, Don was the feature attraction of a controversial event, and he was well paid for traveling 3,000 miles from Florida to Famoso Raceway. The biggest difference this year was his reception by the locals. In March 1959, nobody asked for an autograph or cheered him on. “We knew coming out here that they didn’t believe Don had gone as fast as he had,” recalls Pat Garlits, who accompanied her husband on this return trip. “I did not expect the announcer to make fun of him all weekend.” “That was horrible,” agrees her husband. “I dearly loved the guy, later, but Bernie Mather just rattled constantly on the P.A.: ‘How’d you like that 180 run, Dan Garbage?; Bring that piece of crap out here and see what it’ll do, Tampa Dan!’ Nobody had ever called me Dan before, let alone … [Read more...] about Don Garlits Return To Drag Racing Famoso Raceway – Big In Bakersfield
You are Leah Pruett-LeDuc. You are young, fast, and blond. You drag race an old-school Funny Car in Southern California, which, if not the center of the nitro universe, is at least the part of the world that The Beach Boys once championed as being sanctified with its “warmed-up weather,” “suntanned bodies,” and “waves of sunshine.” So, like, how bad can life be, really? Well, regardless of gender and hair color, if you are a real racer with the demeanor and compulsion of a cold killer and have never quite tasted the blood of your quarry, you want to tell the flowery SoCal surf musicians to stick it where the sun don’t shine. Until you win, there is a hole in your very being. This is the story of one fuel-flopper femme fatale who struggled to fill that emptiness-who, despite her fetching demeanor and come-hither image, overcame a plethora of rather daunting obstacles to reach the pinnacle of her field of endeavor: She won the ’10 Nostalgia … [Read more...] about Leah Pruett-LeDuc, Funny Car Driver – “I Want To Live My Life At The Drag Races”
Who needs fancy focus groups or scientific demographic analysis? Not HOT ROD Deluxe, whose editors have always known exactly who you are, where you came from, what you want to see in your magazine, and what you really, really don’t—because you tell us so. Newsstand sales and subscriptions are obvious indicators, but those cold, hard facts aren’t finalized for months after an issue prints. Besides, the success of any issue can be skewed (and screwed) by everything from natural disasters to recessions. Your old-fashioned letters and newfangled emails are far more credible and valuable to the editorial team that bolts this baby together, plus way more timely. Since the magazine’s 2008 rebirth, invaluable correspondence reveals that you were probably born either during World War II, a bit before, or just after. You prefer vintage black-and-white photographs, however flawed, to crisper digital color. You like full-bodied race cars, as long as the bodies aren’t … [Read more...] about The Golden Age Of Drag Racing Part 1
Editors note: The advent of IHRA’s Crate Motor Stock classes has opened up some great opportunities to race in Stock Eliminator without spending a bundle on finding and developing old parts. Myron Piatek was IHRA’s Holley Sportsman Championship Division 2 Stock Champion in 2000 (he was Second this past season) and finished Third overall in the Summit National Championship for Stock Eliminator in 2001. We thought you would like to hear first hand some of his experiences and to also get an idea of what it takes to compete in this form of racing. Most people in drag racing get their feet wet in the bracket divisions. I live in Holly Hill, Florida, and I began ET bracket racing in 1978. While I enjoyed every minute of it, I have always admired the Stock and Super Stock classes with their factory bodies, limited rules, and wheels-up launches. Like many bracket competitors, however, the time, money, and know-how to race in these class divisions kept me as a spectator of those … [Read more...] about Drag Racing Experience With Racer Myron Piatek – Do The Locomotion!
Author’s note: Kenny Safford passed away in 2014 at the age of 72. He is high on my list of heroes. He could outwork several ordinary men, so he accomplished much. He was a dedicated, loving husband to Carolyn for 50 years and a great dad to Kenny Jr. and Kristi. As a professional drag racer, he won big on small budgets. He was an outstanding mechanic, machinist and tuner. He was a teacher who took disadvantaged kids into his business and gave them vital skills. Perhaps most importantly, he was a kind and generous man. I was a small part of Kenny’s world for just seven years, when we both lived in the Chicago area, and like all who knew him, I called him friend. This is his story, as told by Carolyn, Kenny Jr., Kristi, Kevin Martinie, Gary Dyer, Dale Pulde, Bob Muravez, Don Prudhomme, Tom Ivo, Austin Coil, and the rest of Kenny Safford’s many drag-racing pals. —Paul Stenquist Kenny Safford didn’t just live the California hot rod dream, he helped create … [Read more...] about Quick to Make Friends and Reach the Finish Line, Road King Kenny Safford was Drag-Racing Royalty