If you’ve never had the fortune of visiting the Milan Dragway, you should get it onto your bucket list. The track is famed for it’s Heads-Up series and No Time events, where starter and head track-prepper Tom Copus glues the starting line to within an inch of its life in an attempt to give his racers the best possible surface for their racing exploits.
In this video, we get a two-for-one show. First off, watch the guy in the grey hoodie in the right lane attempting to line up the heavy Chevy as it gets ready to compete at a recent event. As he steps in front of the car, not only does he lose one shoe, but the second one comes off, stuck to the track, just prior to the gentleman eating a few mouthfuls of racing surface on his way to the ground — evidence of the sticky surface, but there’s more.
Typically you’d think “why a dry hop” when the driver heads toward the starting line, but we’re about to find out why. The light drops, and the Chevy reaches for the sky, hammering the bumper not once, but twice (see a theme here?) as the trunklid pops open and he roars down the track, open headers screaming — proof of the track prep detailed for you to witness. Now we know why Ford Motor Company and the rest of the Big Three head to Milan when it’s time to test their track-oriented factory hot rods like the Cobra Jet, COPO Camaro, and Drag Pak Challenger.
Moral of the story? Buy a belt, and tie your shoes, especially if you’re planning to hang out on the starting line at Milan. Oh, and maybe invest in some longer wheelie bars. But then again, that might ruin the show for the rest of us!