If you didn’t already know, drag races are usually intended to be a ground-based form of motorsport. The vehicle is designed to stay on the ground, with room for a mild wheelie in some cases. But sometimes, that wheelie can get out of hand and result in some rather spectacular crashes. That’s just what’s happened to this classic Chevrolet Camaro dragster, only the insane turn of events sent the Camaro completely airborne, and the driver managed to save it like it was a walk in the park. Take a look at this absolutely unbelievable drag race below.
As you can see, the Chevrolet Camaro is lined up against a newer Ford Mustang bodied dragster. All looks normal, including the wheelie off the start. But soon, that wheelie grows and grows until there’s enough lift for the Camaro to go completely airborne. It looks like the driver lifted during the initial wheelie, but possibly got on the power a bit too soon, bouncing the front of the car when the tires hit the ground. It flies some distance with the nose in the air, then levels out when the parachute deploys, remaining off the ground for another couple hundred feet to our eye. Here it is from another angle:
While the first video shows how far the Chevy Camaro travels airborne on the strip, the second vehicle shows just how high the drag car was off the pavement. But as unbelievable as the unplanned flight was, the landing was more impressive. We’re not sure how the driver, Tim Slavens, reacted to the crash, but things couldn’t have gone more smoothly all things considered.
Whether he was terrified beyond belief as his Camaro left the ground, or calm and collected bringing things down safely, it’s hard to tell. But another video shows Slavens had the bravery to go out again and try to nail the run, which he does in a rapid 3.893 seconds at 193 mph.
Hats off to Tim Slavens, as this Chevy Camaro dragster save is might just be the greatest we’ve ever seen. And above all else, we’re grateful nobody was injured. Here’s his second, successful run.