Video: Chevelle Transmission Explodes At Arkansas Drag Strip

Drag racing is a dangerous sport, which is why it’s illegal except on tracks. Even on a designated track, there is usually a list of rules, regulations, and barriers designed to keep racers and spectators safe. While the racing is just as intense, being fully strapped into a car with with lots of safety precautions does take a big of the edge away from the sport. No longer are the days of a lap belt and an open strip. 

However one drag strip, George Ray’s Dragstrip, in Paragould, AR takes a step back to the nostalgic days of drag racing.

Theres an old wooden bridge above the starting line and no concrete barrier separating cars from spectators. But there is two layers of fencing. While we aren’t sure on the safety regulations for the driver, having a helmet or pants doesn’t seem to be a concern in the video. 

The video shows a white 1967 Chevelle lining up against a black second gen Camaro. The cars both launch and take off, heading down the strip. The Chevelle is a little loose but manages to keep the car on the track. In the blink of an eye the transmission explodes, locking up the rear wheels and sending the car off the track. The Chevelle’s nose bounces off the fence and he spins back around completing a full 360 degrees. 

The driver hops out unharmed but obviously distraught that his Chevelle blew up and now has a crunched front end. What makes the video crazy is that he hops out in shorts, a t-shirt and no helmet. Even the most basic street drags usually require a helmet. Looking up other videos of George Ray’s, we see other racers wearing helmets so it’s unsure if thats a rule or not. Luckily nobody was harmed, except the drivers pride. 

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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