Happy 2018 Everyone!
With dragrace season a week away (not even, February 8th in Pomona, CA), I wanted to talk about my experience being a B.U.G. A B.U.G. is a Back Up Girl.
What is a Back up Girl you ask?
Well, it has nothing to do with a back up dancer for Justin Timberlake, that’s for sure.
You are not even in the back of the car either.
Let’s start from the begining….
First, I never thought I would ever see the car that my father raced that was loved by so many people. They had to put up barriers for when they raced at New England Dragway. It is crazy to think that they took this car all over the country.
June they unveiled the dragster.
July I watch the car race, I was on the starting line a few times and got to see my father do the same routine he did in the late 70s and early 80s.
August/September, I was asked to be the B.U.G. for a race. The woman that usually does the backing up of the car was away for a race with another car. So, I was the next option.
WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
My father and I talked in the car on the way up. It was one of the HOTTEST days that we had all summer and at the drag strip.
Photo by Mike McCarthy. Go to his website and you will find more photos of cars.
One of the original owners of the car had passed away that week leading up to this. Keith Hughes was an amazing man, a goof ball, and you would never know what trouble you would get into with him. RIP. We love you Keith. Also that week the car was in a funeral home. Ummm….. WHAT????????? You heard me right.
Anyway, it was crazy. I backed up both dragsters that weekend. I’m not sure how to explain it, but here it goes.
I have to say the driver we have is a great driver for this job. He really knows the car and makes it look easy (no F&%*in way am I getting in the car to race it). Backing the car up is amazing. Seeing the car from on the track and seeing the sun hit the car the way it does is just an experience in itself. It is bright from the glair. The cars are very loud (at least to me), but when you are in front and backing them up you cannot hear a thing. You go into automatic tunnel vision. Everything goes silent and you see the car and Arnie in the back with his hand in the air directing me to put the car in the right spot.
I did this for the last two weekends of racing. The very last weekend of racing the driver didn’t hold back and hit the petal to the floor and scared me. He went half the way that we were suppose to go racing to. I let him back the car up until the point of where he past me and I jumped the wall. Then started to back the car up. It was fun.
I feel apart of the family. I can say I am so excited for this coming season, but that is an understatement. This winter has been a long one so far. At least the days are getting longer now.
I have learned a lot. I am excited for 2018 to see what is in store.
Happy New Dragracing Year Everyone!
See you again!
Dream Big! Stay Positive!