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Shooting Thunder Mountain

July 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Shooting a variety of dragsters blasting off at the legendary NHRA Bandimere Speedway in late June was a first for me.

The family owners – friends of my brother Chris and family – gave us tickets to a Saturday qualifying race and a press photo green vest to me during my recent family visit to Denver.

Driving one of those sonic machines must be an ultimate rush – especially for the motorcycle drivers.

from Sesame Street to Bandimere

Four hours of fuel smoke, fire plumes, screeching engines, body-thumping noise and incredible speed … with me just ten yards away from the starting line. Two 20,000 gallon tanks of water cool the starting line area with water pumped through a network of pipes below the track surface. It reportedly cools the surface 20 degrees lower than the air temperature.

better do buckle up

Karen Kinney Photo

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