Wheelie-bars? We don’t need no stinkin’ wheelie-bars!
Pulling the front wheels off the pavement at the start of a quarter or eighth-mile run is typically an indication that a competitor is “hooked up” properly and will post a good time. Watch what happens when a car is so powerful that three – and sometimes even four – wheels leave the pavement and the driver is forced to compensate.
To be clear, the Wheelie bars are removed intentional. It’s a Wheelie Contest. Exhibition.
The reality is that a lot of people do this on purpose. It becomes clear what a lot can go wrong. As a driver, you have almost no control. In fact, you cannot even see the track. Vision is blocked by the car’s nose being in the air, and in some cases pointing straight to noon. It comes down to the thrill of being able to do something that few other people can do. The entire launch can end in disaster. Vehicles become damaged when the car slams back down to earth, especially the front drive train.
Surely, these guys have now invested in a good set of wheelie-bars after tearing up their rear-bumpers, roll pans, and other miscellaneous components, by slamming their backside into the pavement.
Check out these muscle-bound beasts as they attempt to go airborne. Some are literally up and down, from one end of the track to the other, and a few are just epic failures. Cinch the belts and press play!