We are always up to watching some vintage drag racing, especially when it shows the American hot rodding culture spread outside of the US. Footage like this lets us know that we weren’t the only ones that were crazy enough to race our cars on the backroads long before sanctioned events took place.
This video was filmed over in Southern Australia, which explains why all the vehicles are right-hand drive. It’s pretty hard for us to imagine power shifting through the gears with our left-hand, and driving from what we consider to be the passenger side of the car.
After watching the video, we were amazed at how many of old Henry’s Fords made it over to the land down under. There’s some extra tooling and design into producing a right-hand drive ’32 Ford, or any car, for that matter, especially back in those days.
Can you imagine that Henry had to make provisions on all the export cars for the right-hand drive, and if Ford did it from the factory, there must have surely been a market research plan designed and implemented – pretty impressive stuff!
There’s another thing that comes to mind…” What were these guys thinking?” There are no roll cages, no helmets worn, and no safety equipment of any kind being used by any of the participants. That alone makes the viewer think – “balls of steel or have times really changed that much?” T
Either way this video definitely brings back some nostalgic times of how the guys down in southern Australia and all over the world got it done! It also leaves us wondering if the guy that drove the crazy home-built dragster at the end of the video, is still alive. It looks like he slammed a Hot Rod Flathead engine between two railroad tracks, added a rear end, some wheels, and called it a day – so if he is, luck is definitely on his side.