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Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

John Bandimere says racing jet cars is pure adrenaline. Racers can anticipate the initial push off the starting block, but there’s no preparing for what comes next, he says.

TERMINAL VELOCITY

Nothing can prepare you for racing a jet on wheels

With a bright orange sky as a backdrop, spectators peppered a long stretch of waist-high railing at the Western Colorado Dragway on Saturday night to watch a variety of cars streak down the quarter-mile stretch of pavement.
There were larger crowds of people in the stands and near the pits, but one middle-aged man stood alone farther down the track in blue jeans and white T-shirt, leaning against the guardrail with a lit cigarette hanging loosely from his mouth.
Even some distance from the starting area, the arrival of the jet dragsters could be heard. It sounded like an airplane preparing for takeoff.


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