Funny cars are some of the most powerful cars in existence with horsepower ratings not in the hundreds but THOUSANDS! It’s not a surprise then when something goes wrong it does so in such spectacular fashion like in the video below. “Fast Jack” Beckman piloted his funny car with a great start but according to him in the interview:
I think it had just started to spin the tires. And, it’s one of those ones where you wish you had a tenth of a second earlier to get off the throttle, because, what could have happened is that it might have tagged an intake valve, and big explosion. I mean, that’s one of the biggest ever.
What’s also amazing as evidenced by the video and the interview is the advancement in fire protection as he had to sit in front of a fireball for a while, as Beckman stated “40 years ago that wouldn’t have been the case”