Motorcycle Drags

This was May 1972 at Green Valley Raceway near Fort Worth. I’m usually not into drag races. They are all or nothing in just a few seconds. Lots of sound and fury, then the fun is over until the next race.

However, the machinery of drag racing is eye-popping. The labor and the innovation that go into these machines are something to behold. First, a look at some of the marvels of those days.

The Kawasaki Mach III was a three-cylinder two-stroke that went like a bat out of College Station. The power peak was very sharp, meaning if you gave a little throttle at the wrong time the rear wheel would take off on its own. The first one sold in Austin wound up in a car rack off Bee Cave Road with the rider dead.

Here somebody has bolted two of these engines into a drag frame. Hold onto your hats, gentlemen. This thing is going to go.

Kawasaki Motorcycle Drag Racer

Motorcycle Drag Racer

Two is not enough for you? How about three engines in a drag frame?

Three Engine Motorcycle Drag Racer

Enough of the engineering side. Now let’s see some action:

Motorcycle Drag Racer

Motorcycle Drag Racer

Motorcycle Drag Racer

Motorcycle Drag Racer

Motorcycle Drag Racer

Motorcycle Drag Racer

Honda Motorcycle Drag Racer at Green Valley Raceway

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About John Blanton

I'm a retired engineer living in San Antonio, Texas. I have served in the Navy, raced motorcycles, taken scads of photos and am usually a nice guy. I have political and religious opinions, and these opinions tend to be driven by an excess of observed stupidity. Gross stupidity is the supposed target of many of my posts.
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