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High Horsepower Drag Car Attempts To Navigate Road Course And Fails Miserably

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Put a vehicle notorious for its inability to safely navigate a perfectly straight drag strip on a driveway race track with plenty of turns and disaster is almost painfully inevitable. The car in question is the vintage fuel altered "Rat Trap" dragster and the "race track" in question is the driveway leading up to Rod Millen's New Zealand ranch.


Inspired by the Goodwood Festival of Speed, every year the racing champion invites a selection of unique high horsepower machines and talented drivers to race the mile long single stage race course that leads to his home. The spectacle of high horsepower race cars navigating a course the width of a normal driveway is already beyond cool, but as you can see from the above video this year the Leadfoot Festival also had vintage dragster carnage to offer.


The "Rat Trap" was originally built in 1968 at the height of fuel altered drag car popularity. According to owner/driver Ron Hope's website, the very cool fuel altered shown in this video is "the latest version of the original 'Rat Trap'". From the looks of this burnout and subsequent injury free roll-over at last weekend's Leadfoot Festival we'd guess Hope will stick to straight tracks in the future.