They don’t call Orlando Speed World Dragway’s annual grudge fest No Guts No Glory for nothing, as this gutty high-flying acrobatic feat illustrated.
Michael Boykin, driving Frankie Gurano’s big-block nitrous Camaro known as “Tainted Blood” negotiated and locked-in a race with Jamie Hawes in Tim Huddleston’s “Ghostbuster” Fox body Mustang on the opening day of the eighth edition of the No Guts No Glory event. In their contest, Boykin and Hawes were locked wheel-to-wheel when the nose of Boykin’s Camaro began to head skyward. Of course, without guts, there is no glory — the race flyer even says so — and Boykin hung with it as the Camaro inched ever-higher before taking flight, sailing (by our best visual estimates) about 350-feet, crashing down just beyond the 1/8-mile finish stripe.
The flight shredded the nose, and the landing was absolutely brutal — fortunately, Boykin was unhurt in the incident. Images that circulated the following morning showed “Tainted Blood” taped up and patched back together, but Gurano shared that was merely a facade.
“I made a post that it was ready the next day but that was just because we had another race locked in and that car didn’t show so we rolled to lanes and got paid the punk-out and rolled back to trailer,” he says with a laugh.
With a little extra cash in his pocket to offset the expensive weekend, Gurano said he will be disassembling the car to send off the shocks for repair and have the chassis inspected for any damage before gearing up for the 2021 season.
Video credit: Dirty South Grudge