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Oct

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

During the second round of eliminations at the NHRA Fall Nationals top fuel driver Steve Torrence would suffer a blown tire at over 320mph which would cause him to lose control and crash.  Thankfully Steve would walk away. To see all my shots of the hard crash continue on….

Normally I shoot the second round of eliminations from the starting line but Dallas features a nice grandstand a few hundred feet past the 1000 foot finish line which makes for a great shooting location for side by side shots so I would be there for the Richie Crampton vs Steve Torrence match up.

I had been shooting Torrence earlier in the run but right before finish line I decided to aim at Crampton.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Whoops!  Notice right when I made move you can see that Torrences dragster is sitting sideways as he just blew the tire.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Thankfully my eye caught the abnormality and I was able to drop back and pick up the now out of control car.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Since the blowout happened as Torrence was crossing the finish line he was already in the process of deploying his parachutes, which would help his cause a lot.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Prior to the session I was debating if I should shoot with just my 300mm lens instead of having the 1.4 converter on (which turned it into a 420mm lens)

These next couple shots should answer what I WISH I had done…

Bodywork and the ugly greenish yellow paint of the Texas Motorplex wall peel off as hard contact is made.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

The car goes on its side along the wall with the rear wing actually coming over for the rare 50-50 wall grind.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

As annoyed as I am for having too much lens, I don’t think it made too much of a difference as the high wall past the finish line would block most of the car from my view.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

The heavy impact would fold the front of the chassis (as designed) to absorb out the forces of the impact.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

In the below shot note the steering wheel breaking free from Torrences hands (not that it matters when you no longer have front wheels!)

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

The car finally comes off the wall which allows you to really see the destruction.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Thankfully Torrence was on the parachutes right when this happened, otherwise the car is most likely upside down flipping at this point.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

As the dragster began to slow, the front end of the car would almost catch up to the back.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Note the fuel spewing from the front end of the car which still contained the fuel cell.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Steve Torrence would quickly pop out of the wreckage and walk away!

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 2000iso, f4, 1/8000th, Manual

Awesome job by the employees of the Morgan Lucas Racing chassis shop who made the safe car that protected Steve Torrence through the hard wreck!


 
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