It was pretty well inevitable following Larry Larson’s fifth-straight Hot Rod Drag Week title on Saturday that the sometimes heated, back-and-forth arguments concerning what truly defines the “world’s quickest street car” would kick into overdrive. And it has.
The folks at Hot Rod have made their opinions on the matter known this week, eliciting some negative attention toward Englishman Andy Frost and his Red Victor 3 Vauxhall, which has proven its street-worthiness on several occasions and carded a 6.59 elapsed time back in June to become the world’s quickest street car by most generally-accepted standards. But hey, you’ve drum up controversy somehow, right?
A rather interesting development has arisen out of the argument this time around though, as Hot Rod Magazine has questioned Frost if he would bring the Red Victor 3 stateside for Drag Week 2013 if they picked up the tab. No one is quite sure how serious they are, but it certainly makes for a good story. Frost has stated on several occasions that he would eagerly accept the opportunity to challenge Larry Larson, Jeff Lutz, and the other Unlimited class players at Drag Week if someone else were to foot the bill, and with each passing year, it seems more inevitable that eventually, someone will put the money together to make one of the most anticipated match races in all of drag a racing a reality.
Naturally, Andy fired back across the North Atlantic on Thursday morning to the naysayers, stating:
Larry Larsons Nova = full tube frame, wheelie bars, race fuel and slicks
RV3 = the same
This, by the way, is sort of the cleaned-up version of Andy’s words. And the comments from those abroad are pretty rough, in their own right A war of words? Absolutely.
now, it’s true, Larry Larson has completed and won the most grueling test of a street car five times running and reset the record virtually each year without fault — now standing at 6.940-seconds. However, Andy Frost does indeed hold the time slip to the quickest elapsed time ever recorded by a licensed, insured, street legal, street-driven doorslammer. What it all boils down to is these are two completely different cars, built for two relatively contrasting purposes, and one just happens to be thousands of miles from this year’s Drag Week site in Oklahoma. Until its settled on the same track at the same place, both of them deserve credit where it’s due. But really, let’s get this match race lined up.