Video: Sandrail Gets Airborne And Goes For A Wild Ride

Sandrail Spring Hill Climb duramaxOUCH! Was the censored version of what we shouted when we watch this wild Sandrail crash. At the Spring Hill Climb 2015 at the Silverlake Dunes in Michigan, Kristy Wagner the driver of the Merchant Automotive Duramax diesel sandrail took it out for her second pass.

Her first past was excellent and went with off without a hitch, the second pass not quite as lucky. It start out great as she launched her sandrail towards the hill and you could hear the sweet sound of whining turbos. She quickly got airborne however she didn’t quite get the lift she needed and came up short which caused her to miss her landing mark. The rail smacked the ground nose first before flipping over. Thankful Mrs. Wagner was alright and was able to climb out and tell the tale.

Sandrail Spring Hill Climb wreck


At first glance, her Sandrail didn’t look to bad itself, but upon closer inspection the front axle was toast, putting her out of commission for the remainder of the event. For those of you who are from back east or are unfamiliar with Sand Rails. Sand Rails light weight vehicles, built around a roll cage primarily for racing through the desert. They are usually bigger and more powerful than Dune Buggys but not quite as advanced as a Sand Car (lacking the doors and multiple seating to be considered one). In the simplest terms they are basically car engine powered go-karts designed for the desert.

Despite the weekends pitfalls, hopefully Kristy and Merchant Automotive will be back at it once again. Perhaps next year they can make their at the Spring Hill Climb.Sandrail Spring Hill Climb

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