NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing season finals at Auto Club Speedway in Pomona. Keezer goes every year, but for some reason his Dad couldn't make it this year, so this n00b got to go instead.
While I don't normally find drag racing all that interesting, holy crap, the Top Fuel and Funny Car racers are impressive. 500 cubic inch (8.19L) V8's with massive superchargers (55-74psi!) on nitromethane, barfing typically up to 10,000hp (8,000hp on Funny Cars due to lower redline) and a 6G acceleration on a standing start. The bellow that hits deep into your chest, especially on the Top Fuel cars, is impressive in person.
Sporadic rain was a bit of an issue, causing several delays. Other classes, such as Pro Stock, were much closer to something my brain wraps around, but they're not nearly as powerful or dramatic. Motorcycles are so specialized (as almost all the vehicles here are) that they bear little relation to the street and race bikes in other venues.
Still, damned impressive, and quite a change from the more usual WRC, F1, V8 SuperCar, or Indycar that I'm used to watching. Plus they do engine rebuilds in an hour-- after every run-- which was a beautiful process on its own to watch in the pits!
Avoided the county fair-type food at the track and had a late lunch at 101 Noodle Express after. The customary, very tasty ox-tail noodle soup, pork dumplings, and of course, beef roll!