Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at a National Hot Rod Association drag racing event? The folks at 1320 Video on YouTube got some great behind-the-scenes access to help viewers understand what’s going on in the world of top-tier professional endurance racing, and it’s a great video for both veteran fans and newcomers. curious arrivals.
Basically, 1320 made it to the NHRA Finals for the first time in 2021, which took place at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. As you can imagine, it was a great event, which meant there were tons of races to watch and tons of great stories to learn.
The full video is below:
Here’s a tour of it all: what it’s like to be a fan or member of the media, how to produce a race, and how each category is broken down. You can also listen to a funny story about how the markers at Pomona are much shorter than normal because the runway is at an airfield and once a plane crashed into the dash.
I love the logistics of motorsports. It’s like watching a really cool traveling circus come into town for a few days, where everything is assembled and disassembled in record time. and with a few races in between, so seeing the Jumbotron with its own trailer and the portable studios that NHRA brings to events is a big part of what made this video so fascinating to me.
And then, yeah, there’s the fun part: the actual race cars (which include a raceable PT Cruiser). Despite making plans to go over and over again for the past three years, I have yet to attend a proper NHRA drag event. After chatting with our lovely managing editor Lalita Chemello today, and finally sitting down to watch this video from 1320 in its entirety, I finally set out to hit the drag strip in 2022. COVID-permitting, of course.