If you watch NHRA drag racing, you’ve seen four-wide contests (at the zMax Dragway in North Carolina and The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), and Netflix’s “Fastest Car” series has lined up a handful of vehicle in a single race — but 10 vehicles wide? That’s a new one. And what if we told you they weren’t cars, pickup trucks, or motorcycles, but big rigs? As in semi tractors, that pull trailers and traverse the highways and byways of America?
The gang at Shift S3ctor did just that, at its Abilene, Texas event back in October. The 1/2-mile speed event, held on a local airstrip, brought out a group of truckers, who had anything but your average big rigs. Where the typical truck rolls out of the factory with somewhere in the neighborhood of 500-600 horsepower (but with torque for days), these guys have modified theirs to upwards of 1,200 — and they still use them every day to put food on their family’s table and Christmas presents in your living room! But on this day, they were drag racing, reaching speeds of 125 mph in a sitting 1/2-mile as they rowed through umpteen gears like each one owed them money. After a couple days of side-by-side racing for kicks, 10 of them lined up door-to-door across the complete width of the runway and went at it in a sight that has to be seen to be believed.
Credit to our friends at 1320Video for the clip!