Standing alongside a 2,500-pound, 15-foot long Pro Modified car, it’s hard to wrap your mind around the stark reality that something so big can be tossed effortlessly through the air like a rag doll in a windstorm — but such are the laws of physics and aerodynamics, which holds true with everything from 10,000-plus-pound racing boats to a fully-loaded 400,000-pound 747, know no limitations.
Unfortunately, those two scientific factors got the best of European Pro Modified veteran Andy Robinson at England’s Santa Pod Raceway while he was taking part in the MSA British Drag Racing Championship finale at the track’s National Finals. Robinson, a six-time MSA Pro Mod series champion and a 30-year veteran of the class dating back to its earliest of days, advanced to the final round where he was paired alongside the nitrous oxide-injected machine of Chris Isaacs.
Locked door-handle to door-handle, Robinson’s Anger Management supercharged Camaro drifted right of the groove beyond half-track and glanced off the retaining wall. Reacting instinctively to save the racecar, Robinson overcorrected and sent the car spinning around, at which point it captured air under its flanks and somersaulted across the finish line. While a scene reminiscent of other devastating and deadly accidents in recent years, Robinson was fortunate that the car returned to earth on its passenger side rather than slamming down roof-first, sparing him serious injury. According to Robinson’s team, he climbed from the car under his own power and was released from the medical center.
National Finals 2018. MSA Pro Mod Final.
National Finals 2018. MSA Pro Mod Final. Andy Robinson against Chris Isaacs. This video has been shared with the permission of the Anger Management team.Posted by Neil Dilkes on Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The legendary Santa Pod Raceway, which features a familiar arch over its finish line, has positioned forward and rear-facing cameras over the structure, which has captured a number of wild scenes already, and this was no different — you can see in the video above two angles from above of Robinson’s car taking flight right underneath the camera view. Wild stuff!