Recently seen on 1320, the crowd didn’t see it coming at Drag Week 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. Hauling down the drag strip against a third-generation Chevy Camaro, this Ford rod has a slight malfunction with one of the doors blowing off.
Custom with a suicide door setup, the drag coefficient and g-forces definitely played a factor with this particular incident. It is the reason why suicide door setups are not recommended for drag racing.
The driver claimed the pins didn’t hold on the door latch. The driver may have beat his own personal record on the drag, but at the cost of a few repairs. Heck, even the glass shattered onto the strip as well.
We’re glad the driver has respect for the track and isn’t letting the damage get the best of him. It may be an unfortunate circumstance, but the driver is a custom enthusiast who takes the situation in an optimistic manner. The driver even lost his hat in addition to the door, which will probably need some refinishing to bring it back to its former glory.
Despite the door breaking, the driver suited up and continued to race. He may have not won, but it’s his personal accomplishments that matter more. Which begs the question, would you drag your custom, even with a suicide door setup? Should these door configurations have stricter policies on the drag? Be sure to share your thoughts and opinions below.