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#21 blackandwhite

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 08:06 AM

I would love to see some of the cars over there and how things are set up. I was just at a local drag strip by me last Saturday.

My friends car who we went with, it went 11.1 and then we blew out one of the half shafts :/
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Shop in the states. This is one of their track cars going mid 9's
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Loved your pictures

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:42 PM

Niko,
When you do come to the U.S. I would like to have you as a guest at Raceway Park!
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:44 PM

wow those are great photos! i had no idea drag racing was so big in finland. do you have nostalga cars running there too, especially rail dragster "diggers" like this:

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i remember back in the day seeing features in hot rod magazines about drag racing up there too, back in the late 60s

that road course shown in the aerial photo looks impressive too!

i gotta check your videos next!

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:06 PM

Cool thread!

When I was in scandanavia this summer I was suprised to see so many American Muscle cars, I even saw a drag race event advertisment

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:28 AM

Thank you all for the interest on the subject!!

Jim Whalen: That's true, it's one of the best ways to find inspiration for all kinds of builds... Maybe that explains why I'm building more and more Drag Cars. :lol:

Rob: Thanks, and cool pics! That BMW is quite fast, is it turbocharged? And that car on the other picture remids me of Finnish Audi which was 4WD Drag Car, went low 8's. B)

JBWelda: We have very few Slingshot Dragsters, which is a shame. But the coolest one is this one, it's driven by Aulis Hämeenkorpi, SBC and does nice little wheelstands. B)
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These pics are taken at West Coast Street Cup Race at Pori Airport.
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He has also very nice '32 Ford 5W Coupe with Chevy 409 under the hood, custom trailer and this is the way he comes to racing:
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Okay, I had to think twice if I wanted to post this or not, but I decided to post it. Since you all know (or at least I hope so :lol: ) the risks of Drag Racing, sometimes there happen bad accidents, and sadly there happened one this year, and the car what crashed was one of my favorites in SPET Category. :(

It's, or it was Mazda Marella with Huge Chevy Big Block. It was quite wild car, and fast too, but sometimes awfull thigs happen. Luckily the driver, Ari Latva Korte didn't hurt badly because of good safety equipment.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:32 AM

Here's little set of pictures so you can see what happened in the accident:
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Sorry the last picture is very blurry, but it wasn't easy to take as good as that picture with full zoom.

Only one tail light was survived from that crash, if I remember correctly. Luckily the driver has new project now, a Chevy II.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:35 AM

And a Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ70T0BMCrE&feature=plcp

Also I found a picture of Timo Korpela's Ford Pinto Wagon, I liked this car too, the picture is taken in 2008, nowadays he drives a Super Comp Dragster. On another lane, there's Juho Yijälä with Ford Maverick, nowadays he drives very fast Street Mustang.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 11:04 AM

Ive been to Alastaro for the last 2 years now with a top fuel dragster with not the best results but all good fun at the same time.

My first year of going the rest our team kept saying i had to sample the legendary "giant" meal att he trackside resturant. A challange to say the least.

This year was the first time i had a chance to get to the top of the track and i have to say i like the view from the top of the hill on the tow back road, As its a nice view of the track and espeacialy if you catch the end of top fuel race.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:11 AM

Wow, what Dragster you had with you?

I like seeing the race also from the hill, but especially in the Nitro Nationals, when it's full of people it's bit difficult to see. So we've been many times on the other side of the track sitting in the grandstand (?).

Next year I might be the mechanic, my dad will drive Stock Eliminator with '74 Chevelle. B) Well, not much compared to Top Fuel Dragster, but pretty cool anyway. :lol:


Okay, last videos from SPET Car Category, then I will move on to another favorite group of mine: Street!

First, one video of Hannu Tekoniemi & AMC Javelin SST. And pretty long burnout, too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-k2Gu0VCjE&feature=plcp

Then one video where you can see Rust Racing '26 Ford T and '28 Ford Funny Car. And Huge burnout by Jukka Mattila in '26 T Ford.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8u4_o_58dA&feature=plcp

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:12 AM

And last, Hollow Heads' Altered 8,7 second run, team's personal best, I guess (and a massive break out with 9,11 index.).


As I said above, next I'm going to move on to Street!

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:51 AM

Wow, what Dragster you had with you?

I like seeing the race also from the hill, but especially in the Nitro Nationals, when it's full of people it's bit difficult to see. So we've been many times on the other side of the track sitting in the grandstand (?).

Next year I might be the mechanic, my dad will drive Stock Eliminator with '74 Chevelle. B) Well, not much compared to Top Fuel Dragster, but pretty cool anyway. :lol:



Sorry just re-read my post and could have worded that better. I was/am crew on a top fuel dragster. Only wished i could aford my own but sadly not and have to settle for 24th & 16th scale models lol

2010 season i crewed for Andy Carter until he retired at the end of last season.

This year i crewed for returning guy Chris Andrews, This car is a former 2010 NHRA car owned by Mr Morgan Lucas himself.

I was one of the lucky ones and walked straight into a position on Top Fuel team and never had to work my way up through the ranks on stock cars etc. It will be good fun for you and you will have a great laugh and will always be able to look back in years to come and say "I did that"

Sadly i lost all of my photos from my first trip Finland when my PC crashed. A friend of my mine took this one us rushing to the start line for our final shot to make the field at this years Nitro Nationals at Alasataro.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 09:26 AM

Yeah, heh, I saw actually that you were not a driver, since I haven't seen any Gareths driving Top Fuel in Alastaro. :lol:

We have always liked Stock & Super Stock cars, since they are always nicely finished and body modifications are not allowed. And even if they're not the most powerful cars in the world, they're fast and they do nice wheelstands etc. I also like those engines with original carburetors, intake manifolds etc. B)

Here's a video of Top Fuel Qualification at 2012 Nitro Nationals. Finnish Drivers took all of the places from 1 to 6. :blink:


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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:01 AM

He has also very nice '32 Ford 5W Coupe with Chevy 409 under the hood, custom trailer and this is the way he comes to racing:
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Man, you 'gotta love this tow vehicle!!

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:55 AM

Yes, it's maybe the nicest Hot Rod that I've seen in Finland. Since I like Hot Rods and Chevy W-Blocks, the combination of those two things is fantastic. B)


Okay, let's start one of my favorite categories: STREET!

On 2012 season, Street was one big group where Street B, Street D and Street D Cars were running together. I will explain what car belongs to B, C or D group in a minute.

Street is all about Heads Up Racing, no handicaps or "Safety Indexes" needed. The fastest wins. They drive with a Pro Tree. Cars can't drive with real Drag Slicks, they need to have only Drag Radials. Tube frames are not allowed either, but rear and front suspensions can be modified a bit. Engine tuning is pretty much free, but there can be no more than two superchargers, turbos etc. NOS is not allowed. Lenco is not allowed.

I guess that's the most important, if you have questions, just ask.

What Car Runs in B, D or D Street?

B/Street: Smaller engines than 244 Cid, Turbocharged or Supercharged.
C/Street: Bigger engines than 244 Cid, and smaller than 366 Cid if you are using Roots-Supercharger. If there are no superchargers, then you can run maximum of 410 Cid. engines.
D/Street: Bigger engines than 366 Cid and smaller than 640 Cid engines without superchargers or turbos. If Supercharged, or turboed engine, maximum engine size is 480 Cid.

Okay, few examples of cars that run Street Category. Let's start from STREET B. These cars run usually with 4 or six cylinder engines with turbochargers:

Let's begin with Jani Lindqvist's BMW 2002. It goes 8,4 times.
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Then Osmo Isokungas' Mercedes Benz TurboDiesel. Lots of Diesel Smoke, but it's fast, too, goes low 10's or high 9's if I remember correctly.
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Then Jani Hautakoski's '74 Ford Escort. Best time 8,767.
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Then Another MK1 Escort, can't remember the driver or best ET, but cool car anyway.
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Aki Kulmala's Toyota Starlet, goes 9's I guess.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:25 AM

Then Kimmo Priuska's Datsun 140 Y. Best ET is 8,6 if I remember correctly, and sometimes it does huge wheelstands, too.
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And the fastest Street B Car in Finland: Timo Erhomäki's Opel Ascona Wagon. Best ET is 8,2 seconds. B)
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:06 PM

Then cars what run C/Street and D/Street:

First, Suojanen Brothers' Ford Mustang. Very fast car, no blowers, turbos or anything like that. B) Goes low 9's and runs in C/Street with 362" Engine.
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Kenneth Matfolk's Plymouth Valiant. Runs in C/Street too. No blowers, turbos etc. and the best time so far is 8,6.
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Toni Nyström's Miami Vice Racing Valiant with 358 Cid. engine, no blowers, turbos etc on this one either. Runs high 9's. (Yes, it's a Street Legal Car!) Runs in C/Street.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:15 PM

Sauli Hituri's Plymouth Valiant, runs in C/Street, too. Goes 9 second times.
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Michel Seeck's Dodge Dart, runs in C/Street Too. Can't remember the best times of this one, though.
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Risto Vataja's Firebird. Runs in C/Street and it's Street Legal car too. Goes mid 10's.
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Toni Peräkasari's Chevy II, runs in D/Street and it has no blowers or turbos etc., either. Goes low 9's.
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Janne Nykänen's Blower Powered Valiant in D/Street. Goes 9's if I remember correctly.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:29 PM

Tommi Hammarberg's Valiant. Runs 9's in D/Street, but can't remember the engine size. Anyway there is no blower, turbo etc.
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Kari Koli's Camaro. 489 Cid engine with Tunnel Ram if I remember correctly, runs high 8's.
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Antero Kauppila's Chevy Impala with 454 BBC and Blower. Not the smallest or the lightest car, but goes nicely.
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Pasi Laine's Ford Ranchero with 473 Cid engine, no blower, turbo or other that kind of stuff.
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Mika Rajamäki's Buick Grand National. No blower, turbos or anything in this 582" engine and it goes high 8's.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:37 PM

Then The Fastest car in Street categories: '67 Plymouth Vip. On season 2012, it was driven by Jussi Lahti. The best time was 7,9 and that wasn't the cleanest run ever. Driver had to lift up throttle few times and car didn't go 100% straight. But this is pretty wild car.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:49 PM

Oh and I had to say: That Plymouth Vip has 477" engine and TwinTurbos.

Another fast car, Juho Yijälä-Räty's Mustang. It has 5,4 liter engine with ProCharger. Goes 8,4 times.
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Sometimes this Mustang does wheelstands, too.
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