As some of our more social media attentive readers are likely aware by now, street car racing legend, esteemed chassis builder, and all-around great guy Larry Larson is currently on tour in Australia with both of his world famous rides — his Drag Week-dominating 1966 Chevy II and his 5.8-second, street-legal Chevrolet S-10 — for a series of exhibitions at the Willowbank Raceway in Queensland against everything from the country’s fastest street cars to, this week, the supercharged Top Doorslammer of Ben and Victor Bray.
Of course, when you’re that far away from home — more than 8,000 miles, as the crow flies — with little access to spare or replacement parts, the last thing you want to do is tear anything up, and there’s no doubt that thought crossed Larson’s mind over the weekend while making a particularly hairy ride in his pickup.
Larson, as calm and cool as the other side of the pillow regardless of the situation, had the laundry become entangled behind the truck at the close of a 200-plus mph, 1/4-mile lap. With Willowbank’s sand trap growing ever-larger in a hurry, Larry waited until just shy of the beach, climbed on the brakes, and whipped the steering wheel around, pulling off a nearly 360-degree turn like a pro and avoiding a potentially destructive nose-first plow into the sand.
As you can witness from the camera mounted on the dash, at no point did Larry ever show any sign of desperation or concern behind the wheel, later laughing off the ordeal with officials and his crew while taking the time to admire the local kangaroo population.
Video credit: Drag Videos Australia