Video: 1965 Chevelle Drag Race CRASH!

A 1965 Chevelle lines up at the starting line. The green light flashes and the driver puts the pedal to the floor. The car hooks and launches like a bat out of hell while the motor screams. The car appears to be black and has a big snorkel on the hood to shove more air into the motor. 

Sideways is not good on a drag strip!

Halfway down the track though, the car loses some traction and starts to drift a bit. The driver tries to correct the car, but as any dirt track racer would tell you not to do, he lifts off the the throttle which causes the car to fish tail. Even though its against our natural reaction, if he would have kept his foot in the gas he would have had a better chance of saving the car. 

After lifting, the car slides back and forth a few times before violently smashing into the guard rail. From there the car flips over and lands on top of the roof. We hear the scream of a woman in shock, and the cursing of a gentleman in shock as well. Instantly there is a crew of track members running to the car, checking on the driver. After a brief few seconds, the driver climbs out of the car, unharmed but will most likely be sore the next morning. 

Unfortunately for the car, it would appear to be a total loss. This race happened at the now defunct Carlsbad Raceway, in Carlsbad, California. To find out more information about the closing of the historic Carlsbad Raceway, click here

About the author

Tim King

Tim grew up in the garage with his Father. From those early years grew a passion for anything with a motor. Helping his Dad and brother restore a '67 Nova is what fueled Tim’s passion for cars. At the age of 15 he bought his first car, a 1966 Chevelle which he still owns to this day. That car started his journey into the automotive world where he’s done just about everything, from being an auto mechanic to an aftermarket Sales Manager. Not only is he a gear head, but he also holds two Bachelors degrees from Cal State San Bernardino.
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