Video of the Day: Drag racing follies

Classic failures to launch at the starting line

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A Camaro comes apart under pressure

Drag racing is usually some serious business, except when it turns into comedy.  Here’s a compilation of drag-racing mishaps that shows what happens when thing go awry just as the bottom light turns green.  Talk about funny cars!  

Amid all the smoke and noise and drag racers hurtling forward on the quarter mile are these classic failures to launch.  Or maybe launching with a little too much gusto.

My favorites are the ones in which the cars simply tear themselves apart on the starting line. Or the guy who starts his drag race in reverse.  And humiliated bikers who flip their motorcycles right out from under themselves.  Super awkward.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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