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San Francisco’s Power Tool Drag Races

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This would have been a drag racing championship—except that there are no racing cars speeding up the track. In fact there is no big, concrete track. And the spectators, all cheering loudly in the bleachers, are mostly enthusiasts and curious who just want to have pure, unadulterated fun time—hilarious even.

The idea for this racing game is simple: take a hand-held power tool and turn it into a drag racing machine. We’re talking about belt sanders, angle gliders, drills, chainsaw, weed whackers, circular saw, and indeed any other equipment intended for handheld operation. These machines may look bizarre for the untrained eye but they are creatively engineered to speed their way on the drag strip (which is actually just a make-shift wooden track of about 22 meters long). Two power tool race machines are positioned side by side, and whichever gets to the finish line first wins.

This rather odd event, the power tool drag racing started in 2002 created by local artists in the San Francisco bay area, and is now gaining popularity in three continents where similar contests are held. Click here to view some interesting photos of previous competitions.

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