During a Pawn Stars episode recently, Rick Harrison was considering a purchase of a dragster. For a change, he was not behind the desk trying to pawn gold or jewelry from a customer. No, he was out in the field on this one; refreshing change of pace in the show. At any rate, the seller of the dragster was all enamored with the whole television environment and seemed to be convinced that good old Rick was his new bud and would by the speedster.
It was a real surprise when Rick decided to jump in and take it for a test drive; makes sense, right? The decision was a smart move since there could be anything wrong with it not detectable unless it was driven.
Well, Rick seems to have some real racing blood running, or should I say, speeding through his veins. When sitting at the starting line waiting for the lights to go from red to green, he really got into character. Sweat beading down his forehead, an intense look on his face, and a tight, no, a very tight grip on the steering wheel were all obvious just watching the screen.
The light hits green and suddenly the tires start spinning and smoking, just like you see when professionals are slicking up their tires. The wheels grabbed the surface and he shot out of their like the Navy’s F-15 fighter jets at take-off on an aircraft carrier; literally a slingshot effect.
It is a shame that there was no camera shot of his eyes when that bad boy took off. Rick admitted he was a little scared, but that the car steered good and got him to the finish. It appeared that the car would be worth the $30,000 being asked.
Whoa! Stop the presses! Rick could have knocked the owner over with a feather when the price offered was a mere $11,000; a small $6,000 for the dragster and $5,000 for the trailer. You could see the huge disappointment on the owner’s face; he went completely pale.
“That would be giving it away.” remarked the owner when later he was interviewed, but accepted the fact and was ready to move on. Rick was really on target with this when he later described just how poor of a shape the vehicle was in; bad engine, out-dated front-end, and vital systems needing an overhaul. Got to hand it to Mr. Harrison, he really does know what he is talking about.
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