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Old Oct 10, 2010, 11:13 PM   #1
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Okay...it's not a farm truck....so I'm not going to insist on haybales, but what shipper is going to want his products fried behind this?



I went to the Little Rock Air Force Base Air Show today and the Shockwave truck, powered by an engine assembly cannibalized from a jet trainer.....went more than 300 mph. In this series of shots, the ruck didn't hit speed, but was more concerned with making fire.




The intensity and closeness of the jet exhaust confused the light meter of my camera ...(as well as singing the hair on my arms)...... but the capabilities of the truck were amazing.

The light meter confusion caused the meter to shut down the lens on the K-7, thinking all was brighter than it was.... the result?



Although technically, an error, I liked this result.... If anyone has seen the homecoming scene from Animal House, this looked like the Continental coming through the smoke.

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As I remember reading, jet dragsters only do 1/8 mile now since a death in the nineties. They are unbelievably fast.
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Great captures of the action & excitement! Thanks for sharing!!
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Good shots, Paul.
I'd have to say, these are really hot!
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Hi Paul,

Nicely captured! I get a real sense of the noise and power from these shots -- of course it helps to have seen a number of jet dragsters in person way back when. . .

I'm just guessing, but I don't think this one gets any high mileage awards. . .

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Nice set. Sign of the times i suppose that it has a Sponsor Wanted sign on it.

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Good captures. Brings to mind the old Green Monster - one of the original jet dragsters.

Bet this puppy would have turned the Smoky and the Bandit movie into a short feature.

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Good captures. Brings to mind the old Green Monster - one of the original jet dragsters.

Bet this puppy would have turned the Smoky and the Bandit movie into a short feature.

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Dang, Brian.... you just took me back. I saw the Green Monster on a trailer once in downtown Little Rock. It had to be the mid-60's or so because I was with my mother at the Little Rock Volkswagon dealership (a major trip for us, but the only place you could get a VW engine worked on then). Maybe it says something about the trivial things I remember....but Art Arfrons was the driver of the Green Monster, right?

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Yup, I don't recall how the last name is spelled, but Art was the driver, and I think, builder. He and his brother had a rivalry going with Craig Breedlove (recall that one?) who built Spirit of America. At one time, there were three or four of these machines vying for the land speed record, at Bonneville salt flats. I remember seeing the GM run in Phoenix. Saw SoA on display at a different time, but I think it was also in Phoenix. Memories of a really different time.

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I believe that is Art Arfons!
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