Drag strips are not typically found in beautiful environments. The requirement for the better part of a mile of flat, straight terrain means mountains are unsuitable.
There are exceptions, and Bristol Dragway is one of them. Set between Tennessee mountain peaks, ‘Thunder Valley’ has earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful drag racing venues in the world.
The facilities are typical of track owner Bruton Smith, with a professional tower and corporate facilities and much to keep the spectators happy too, including plentiful bathrooms and showers, free drinking water and golf carts constantly shuttling people from car parks to their seats.
The 2018 Thunder Valley Nationals took place from June 15-17, with three days of hot weather testing race teams and the endurance of spectators alike. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite images of the event.