Since the invention of cars and motorcycles, drivers have been drag racing them. We can’t say the same about snowmobiles, at least not on asphalt, but it turns out that drag racing ski-doos are a thing. There’s also a Snowmobile Asphalt Drag Racing Association, which holds competitions regularly, and the yellow snowmobile you’ll see below belongs to Brian Lamb, who recently won an MSDRA race. He took his updated 1999 BRP snowmobile to Byron Dragway and raced a Suzuki Hayabusa in a pair of 1/8-mile sprints.
Probably the Fastest Snowmobile Ever
This isn’t your typical Ski-Doo, as you might have guessed. It’s been updated to run on asphalt and has a rebuilt engine that’s ready to go quick on the drag strip. The 0.8-liter (49.3-cubic-inch) two-stroke three-cylinder engine runs on racing fuel and nitrous oxide. It’s also impressively quick.
Before taking on the Hayabusa, Brian ran a test 1/8-mile in 6.88 seconds at 95.30 mph (153.37 kph). While this snowmobile competes in quarter-mile races, Byron Dragway was forced to run 1/8-mile races due to strong winds and bush fires in the area.
With a 6.54-second ET in the first race against the Suzuki Hayabusa, the bike wins. In 6.86 seconds, the Ski-Doo crosses the finish line. Given that the Hayabusa’s trap speed was nearly 20 mph (32 kph), the disparity makes sense.
Brian wins the second leg, this time with a 6.63-second sprint at 97.39 mph, which is significantly faster than the first (156.73 kph). The Hayabusa rider completes the 1/8-mile in 7.42 seconds at 84 mph (135.18 kph), but the rider is struggling to keep up with the powerful wind.
Snowmobile Racing Surely Is Worth the Attention
It’s certainly the strangest drag racing video you’ll ever see, but we believe snowmobile asphalt racing deserves a lot more attention than it currently receives. Sure, they’re not as fast as a funny car and top fuel racers, but it’s a sport that everyone can participate in.
Meet the Ford GT40 Roadster Which Could Sell for $10 Million at Auction
This 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster is one of just five ever built, and it looks set to fetch millions when it goes up for auction in July. With actual racing experience at Le Mans, this GT40 can be yours for the princely sum of around $10 million.
Racing at Le Mans
One of the most exciting things about this car’s history is the fact that it actually hit the track at Le Mans in 1965. The GT40 was built in England and entered into Le Mans by Ford France. Although this car did enter the famous race in 1965, it only managed 11 laps before retiring due to gearbox issues. Still, that’s a rich history, and it’s sure to be the reason people are going to be bidding millions to add the car to their collection.
The Car’s History
After leaving the 1965 Le Mans race early, this GT40 was sent to Shelby American to refresh its V8 Shelby Cobra engine. It then became a development car for Ford as the manufacturer created automatic transmissions for its high-performance vehicles. Stuntman Dean Jeffires later acquired the car in 1968, and the legendary screen star kept it until his passing in 2013. Dana Mecum, the founder of Mecum Auctions, then bought the GT40 and restored it to its original condition, including the original V8 engine.
After restoring the Ford GT40 Roadster, Mecum has decided to enter it into his own company’s auction in Indianapolis in July 2020. Mecum believes it will be sold for anywhere between $7.5 and $10 million, matching the only other surviving GT40 Roadster that sold for $7.65 million in 2019.
After restoring this car to its former glory, Dana Mecum looks to be selling one of the most sought after GT40s in the world. It might not become the most expensive car ever sold at auction, but $10 million certainly isn’t cheap.