Ford Capri and Pontiac GTO Drag Race Ends in Horrifying Crash
Throttle of the Ford hangs, sending it down-track into the back of the Pontiac before head back up-track.
The video above comes to us from the ViralHog YouTube channel and it features a drag race between a Ford Capri and a Pontiac GTO at South Coast Raceway in Victoria, Australia. These two were squaring off at the ‘Wild Bunch Wars’ racing event, but when the Ford ran into mechanical problems in the burnout box, things got far-wilder than anyone in attendance had expected.
The racing action in the video above takes place between the green Ford Capri driven by Jason Duncan and the Pontiac GTO driven by Dean Cleary. There are no details on either car, but the GTO appears to be an NHRA-spec pro stock body while the Ford is clearly a heavily-modified version of the Aussie street car. We don’t know what is under the hood of either car, but we can tell from the roar of their engines that they both pack monster V8 mills.
Unfortunately, the V8 in the Ford didn’t cooperate, turning what could have been a thrilling drag race between a modern GM product and a classic Ford product into a terrifying example of how badly a straight-line battle can go.
Burnout Goes Wrong
The video begins with Cleary’s Pontiac doing a nice, pro-style burnout, disappearing down-track as the camera follows Duncan’s burnout in the Capri. Right as one of Cleary’s team members jumps over the wall to back him up, things go wrong in the far lane.
Rather than the burnout ending and the car coasting down the track, the throttle of the Ford hangs up, kicking the back end towards the outside wall and hurdling the car across the track. Fortunately, the man on the track is able to get out of the way, but the Pontiac race car isn’t so lucky.
Duncan’s Ford slams into the back of Cleary’s GTO, pointing the Capri back towards the starting line with the rear wheels still spinning hard. Even without any traction, the green car begins to build speed as it moves towards the starting line, plowing through the fence at the head of the track and crashing into a group of trees on the other side. At some point as it was hitting trees, the engine of the Ford expired, ending the situation.
It is unclear whether Duncan was ok, but his Capri was completely destroyed while the Pontiac will require some serious rear end repairs.