• Dec 15, 2009

Click above to watch video of the crash after the jump

When a 250-mph funny car suddenly loses control and launches like a missile in your direction, common sense dictates that the best thing to do is run away. As fast as possible. While the instincts of the shutter bugs at Pomona Raceway in California told most to run for cover, Andy Willsheer just kept on shooting. And when Steve Gasparrelli's Ford Mustang funny car came screaming at him full tilt and completely out of control, Willsheer snapped off several of the most up close and personal shots you'll ever see.

Gasparrelli's Mustang funny car slipped on some oil right out of the gate and made an immediate 90-degree right turn right for the concrete barrier. The drag car was immediately upended by the barrier just three feet from where Willsheer was shooting. Neither Willsheer or Gasparrelli were seriously hurt in the incident. We're not sure if Willsheer was brave or stupid for not moving, but we sure do like the pics. Be sure to head over to the Daily Mail to check out Willsheer's amazing photos and hit the jump to watch video of the accident. Pretty amazing stuff.

[Source: Daily Mail]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see that photo. That guy just step back two paces.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It was an 'oh sh**' moment for the phtograper but he only had enough time to get to 'o'.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have never seen photos that made me repeatedly say "oh f*ck!" out loud so many times
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        This. You made me laugh :) Thanks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm pretty sure he just didn't see it coming....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Heh, good one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Considering his age, I think his rheumatism just kicked in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing photos. Terrible Daily Mail writing. "as an out-of-control drag racing car careered towards him out of control." Redundant much? "as the 250mph dragster bares down on him" Bares? Also, the constant breathless references to a 250 mph dragster are a bit much considering this car only just launched as was was probably a good 200 mph below its terminal velocity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFdGKeQph-Q

      I love how this guy just casually dodges the car haha
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, this is a common response by veteran still and video news photographers. There's a certain suspension of self-preservation reflexes when looking through the viewfinder -- kind of like watching something on TV -- that lets practiced photographers look "straight down the barrel" and keep on shooting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BTDT...just watch America's funniest home videos and even the amateurs stay planted. I think the word is 'deny'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Happens with drivers too. That semi that just jacknifed up ahead? Can't be happening. 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . BAM!

        It's a reality disconnect well known to psychologists.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He just had a slow reaction!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does the writer of this understand "depth of field?"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hahahaha seriously.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure it's balls of steel...
      • 5 Years Ago
      So that's what would happen if you launched a drag car without the locked rear.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, that's what happens when one tire loses traction and you don't have enough bite on the front end to control it!!! If you launched a drag car w/o a locked rear the wheel on the oil would simply spin and car wouldn't go....

        Same thing can happen if you happen to have a muscle car that can lift the front end....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ed:

        Pants. Brown.
        • 5 Years Ago
        balls. steel.
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