photo by Scott Beale
Every year in San Francisco, Chopped Chainsaws and Supercharged Speed Wrenches go head-to-head down 75 feet of two-lane blacktop at ACE International Speedway (aka ACE Junkyard). From Super Stock off-the-shelf machines, to full-tilt multi-motor Top Fuel moooooonnnstrosities, it is capacitor blowing, carbide tooth shrapnel mayhem brought to you by, well, *you*- the finest redneck fabricators (a.k.a. machine “artists”) in the world. Participants and spectators alike thrill to the speed and smells as Black and Decker, Porter Cable, DeWALT and Milwaukee battle it out for supremacy, dubious claims to glory, lots of cold hard cash, and yet another turn-the-key-and-drive-it-away EDSEL for the fastest run of the day (also known heretofore as “The Edsel Cup”).
Have an idea in the back of your brain? Do you go into shiny-thing vapor-lock at the hardware store? Do you have niggling fears that the truth about the relative size and capacity of your reproductive organs will come out in a sordid manner if you do not prove their worthiness?
See you at the races!
UPDATE: Here are my photos from the 2006 Power Tool Drag Races.