One of my favorite cars to watch at ECTA meets is the belly tank lakesker of Connecticut's Ron San Giovanni. Powered by a flathead V8 that appears to be wearing a hat which looks very similar to an 8-71 blower, it sounds the business and can wick up to more than 170mph by the end of the mile long course. On Ron’s first run in 2013, things were looking good as he made a clean lap with respect to the front half of the course, but things went awfully wrong for him in the shutdown area. Just as he crossed the timing trap at the end of the course, the car launched into a series of spins that show you a cool, albeit high speed panorama of the facility. After sliding off the course, the car got into the grass and thankfully stayed on all fours. It sure was wild to watch it go down from the announcer’s stand. In true racer fashion, Ron got it cleaned up and hit the track again, running 170mph later in the afternoon with no spinning dramatics. That was cool to see.
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