Awesome array of dragsters spotlight Memorial weekend celebration - JW Martin


Their brute force shook the foundation of the Motor Mile Dragway. From their jet motors shot incinerating fireballs the length of limousines. Their mere presence brought awe to the eyes and noise of unparalleled proportions to the ears. These were the extreme and exotic machines- the essence of the Fire & Ice Tour.


A near maximum capacity crowd witnessed Saturday night’s spectacle. In a display of sheer muscle and raw power, four of the world’s most unique dragsters entertained a crowd of over 4,300 in two action-packed thrill shows.



There were the Hanna Motorsports twin jet funny cars. The mammoth Freightliner “Xtreme Machine” Jet Semi Truck. And the “Queen of Diamonds” jet dragster with one of the world’s fastest females behind the wheel.



All were racing down a simple drag strip in the most unconventional fashion imaginable.



In the pits

Based out of Sarasota, Florida, “Pepi” Urban piloted the gargantuan 1995 Freightliner Semi Truck down Motor Mile Dragway twice Saturday evening. But this was no ordinary rig. Flames shot out from every pipe; plumes of smoke preceded the rushing stream of fire from the jet engine. Its horn beckoned speed as the force of the motor-out of an F-104 Star Fighter airplane- propelled the truck down the strip in a parade of light and sound.



Patrons were also treated to jet drag racing. The Hanna Motorsports’ “GOJO Firebird” Jet Funny Car and the “Top Secret Eastern Raider” Jet Funny Car participated in a pair of exhibition races in the name of friendly competition and for the wonderment of the fans.


Jill Canuso


The fastest attraction of the evening was Jill Canuso’s slender “Queen of Diamonds” jet dragster. After a lighting quick first pass, Canuso topped the charts at 217 mph down the eighth-mile dragstrip in her nightcap run.



Saturday’s show marked the second installment of Motor Mile Dragway’s Fire & Ice Tour, expanding this year to include the Super Street Outlaws drag racing series. The Hanna Motorsports Jet Funny Cars will make their final appearance of 2012 as a supporting act of the highly anticipated US Auto Plus Independence Day Monster Truck Show presented by at Motor Mile Speedway. Daredevil wheelmen Rich Hanna and Ken Hall will stage their first-ever performance inside the walls of Motor Mile Speedway in what promises to be a must-see attraction.