For those of you who don’t know where Suriname is, it’s a country in northern South America, bordered by French Guyana to the east, Guyana to the west, Brazil to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. As a former Dutch colony, it is the only independent country in the Americas where Dutch is spoken.
But that’s not why you came to Dragzine, is it? So let’s get right down to the nitty-gritty on the vid. The first interesting thing we notice is the choice of track dryers – a helicopter that without a doubt costs a bit more than a standard jet dryer to operate. Not only is the copter itself more expensive, but you need an actual pilot to fly it, not just the same guy who’s flagging the racers on the starting line – which we love, by the way. We have to assume that these races are taking place on an airstrip by the surroundings (especially the dirt dunes and lack of guardrails), and the dust kicked up by the cars also lends an air of authenticity to the whole works.
We found some information that Randel Daby’s Supra makes north of 1,000 horsepower, so the CJ owner has his hands full without a doubt. One thing we are definitely curious about is how a Cobra Jet landed down there. As far as we are aware, potential CJ owners need to prove to FoMoCo that they are planning on racing the car in NHRA competition – they’re not just for anyone to purchase. Since most people aren’t really equipped to take their race car on vacation, it’s possible that the owner just has pockets with no bottoms.
There were a couple of shots of this car on our Facebook newsfeed this morning, and one of them was posted by a higher-up at Ford Racing Parts, so we have to assume the owner has their blessing. Regardless of how the car ended up at Suriname Motorsport Park this past weekend, it’s awesome to see some Ford power making noise in another country!