It’s Christmastime again, ladies and gentlemen. Let the friends and family go out and roast chestnuts – we want to be out roasting tires like the guys in the above video were doing at the NHRDA World Finals in Ennis, Texas.
This was the burnout contest portion of the event, where it wasn’t elapsed time that determined winners, but the reaction of the crowd. Using a decibel meter, an NHRDA announcer gauged the whoops and cheers from spectators and ranked the contestants accordingly.
This wasn’t about hauling cargo through the Ike Gauntlet, or torture-testing at below-zero temperatures in Alaska. This was just about having pure and unadulterated fun at the drag strip, made all the more awesome by the varied and unique vehicles that show up.
You had your expected contenders – guys driving mid-90s C/K pickups, crosshair-grille Dodge Rams, and late model Ford Power Strokes were there. But surprises like a semi rig and even a quasi-hot rod made for some real crowd pleasers, that’s for sure. The semi rig driver could be seen wearing a gas mask while cooking rubber, as the smoke billowed in, around, and all through the vehicle during the burnout. He pops out of the truck at the end looking like Walter White mixed with a farmer. For his efforts, he got 109.6 decibels from the audience.
Shortly afterward, that hot rod showed up. Some internet searching told us this was none other than the “Fodge,” a creation of Jefferson State Diesel and formed from a vintage 1931 Ford Model A body atop a 1997 Dodge Ram truck frame. Its burnout really got onlookers up on their feet, as the cheering amounted to 118.6 decibels of diesel dominance.
Which of these vehicles did you enjoy watching the most? Let us know in the comments below.