Tag Archive for drag racing

National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)

The National Hot Rod Association – more commonly referred to as the NHRA – is a North American drag racing organisation. It was founded in 1951 by Wally Parks, at a time when autos tuning and hot rodding were becoming increasingly popular. His aims were to take drag racing off the highways and inner-city streets and into safe and well-organised venues, as well as to provide clear rules to ensure safety amongst the hot rodding community.

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Drag Racing

Drag racing is hugely popular around the world, and today consists of competitions in which specially prepared cars, or motorcycles, race in pairs from a standing start, over a set distance. Most races take place over a distance of 400m (one quarter of a mile), but it is also common to find races being held over 300m, or even as little as 200m. Today races are timed using electronic sensing equipment, and faster vehicles can accelerate to speed that require the use of a parachute to assist in stopping the vehicle.

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