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.
Two is not enough for you? How about three engines in a drag frame?
Enough of the engineering side. Now let’s see some action: