Lakin, Kansas racer Randy Williams was uninjured after crashing his “Purple Rain” 1968 Plymouth Valiant at this weekend’s Street Outlaws filming at the Tucson Dragway in Arizona. Williams, one of the elder statesman of no prep racing, was competing in Friday night’s Race Your Way In contest — an undercard, if you will, of racers vying for the final two spots in Saturday’s $40,000 main event against the best of the no prep world and Discovery Channel’s star-studded cast — when he lost control of his machine and got upside down.
Racing alongside Texas’ Shawn Wilhoit in The Mistress, Williams’ Valiant turned hard right near the 200-foot mark, quickly turning onto its side and subsequently its roof just behind Wilhoit’s charging Chevy II, striking the wall-nose-first.
Williams climbed from the wreckage unharmed, but the same certainly cannot be said for Purple Rain, as the damage was extensive: the front end, driver’s side, roof, and rear half all subjected to the forces of a high-speed collision with the immovable concrete.
Video and photo courtesy of Tom Adie