Rockets on wheels
Saturday 25 May 1996
The heat is on: "The Lucky Fisch", the Pro-fuel dragster, warms its tyres before the racing begins at Santa Pod. Using nitro methane fuel, acceleration can be as fast as 0-100mph in less than a second
Warming up. A set of tyres costs around pounds 500, while the fuel costs pounds 13 per gallon
An owner's child looks on as an RAC scrutineer (hidden) conducts his pre-race examination
Fay Fischer, who runs "The Lucky Fisch" with her husband Paul, prepares for action
Pro-fuel dragster and transporter. The sport was born after the Second World War when Californian kids began illicit street races between traffic lights. In 1964 the British Drag Racing Association was formed
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