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What is Drag Racing?
Drag racing began in the USA in the late 1920's when young people would race each other away from the traffic lights down the main `drag' (highway) of small American towns. As Police clamped down on this illegal activity, car clubs formed and these people in their `souped up' vehicles (`Hot Rods') moved from the highways to disused airfields and dry lake beds. Then in 1951 the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) was formed which established a set of safety rules. Permanent drag racing facilities (`drag strips') were then set up over the whole of the USA.

A drag race is held between two cars or motorcycles from a controlled set of lights over a measured quarter mile straight track with the first to the finish line declared the winner. In order to beat the competition, the machines became increasingly more powerful in order to accelerate faster than their opponents.

These machines evolved from standard road legal cars and motorcycles into the specially designed high technology machines at the cutting edge of the sport today. In order to encourage new people into the sport, various classes have been established for road legal cars and motorcycles through to the premier classes, Top Fuel Car and Motorcycle.

It is hard to describe the awesome spectacle of a Top Fuel machine in competition. The sight and sounds of these machines as they reach speeds of over 230 mph (320 for the cars) in around five seconds has to be seen to be believed. Engines are pushed to the brink of destruction as the vehicles fight for grip as they try to apply their awesome power to the ground. With only one tyre through which the motorcycles grip the ground, the task of controlling the awesome power is immense.

The machines pull over 3g of acceleration (more than an astronaut experiences at take off) from the startline and lift the front wheel off the ground. Struts with small wheels at the back are employed (wheelie bars) to prevent the machines flipping over. The only way to steer the bike with it's front wheel off the ground is for the rider to hang his body off the side to alter the balance. The skill and bravery of the motorcycle riders is paramount in attaining competence in this, the most powerful sport on earth.

FIM drag racing, 2019:
  24th-27th May:
  FIA/FIM Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, UK
  6th-9th June:
  Tierp Internationals, Tierp Arena, Sweden
  5th-7th July:
  FHRA Nitro Nationals, Kauhava, Finland
  16th-18th August:
  NitrOlympX, Hockenheim, Germany
  5th-8th September:
  FIA/FIM Euro Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, UK
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