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1991 Chevy Camaro Crash - 'Action!!

The 20 Year Old Wowed The Heavy Street Crowd In Just His Third Heads Up Race, Later

By Lan Tocher, Photography by Lan Tocher

Orlando InfernoThings got hot in a hurry for Horsham, Pennsylvania's Elliot Thompson at last year's World Street Nationals in Orlando. In just his third heads-up race, the 20-year-old wowed the Heavy Street crowd, first by qualifying number one in his turbocharged '91 Camaro, and then with this massive explosion and fire in the opening round of eliminations. "I don't remember the tree going down, but I remember flames up my arms and I remember trying to go for my seatbelt latches and my helmet getting stuck as I tried to get out. Then I felt people pulling at me. Other than that, I don't remember getting out." The fire, which turned out to be transmission related, died down fairly quickly and the young driver suffered only minor burns to both wrists from the elastic cuffs on his sleeves.

By Lan Tocher
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