Car racer Austin Theriault challenges an airplane to a drag race

18 August 2012

FRENCHVILLE – On Saturday, August 18, at the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport's 2012 Fly-In and Airshow, race car driver Austin Theriault raced a Pitts S2-B aircraft while driving a 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT 650hp.

The vehicle, which Pelltier Ford of Fort Kent provided, reached 160 m.p.h. on the runway. 

The aeronautics celebration continues on Sunday.

Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 adults/teens; free for children under 12 and seniors over 60.

No coolers, pets, alcohol or glass containers allowed.

The organizers are featuring three major aerobatic performances both days of the event. Other activities include: airplane and helicopter static displays; military, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Warden Service demonstrations and fly-bys, airplane rides, remote controlled aircraft demonstrations, candy drop for children, music, entertainment, and various food vendors. Emergency medical support and restrooms present on-site.

Acadia Air Tours will provide rides in a Waco, open-cockpit, biplane for $60.




OK. Now this is a little

OK. Now this is a little silly. Even if you cram up all known speed boosting gear or use up all your cold air intake benefits that your car can consume, you can never outrun an airplane. Its got a bigger and faster engine and physical form than your car can get. How do you think it flies? Of course with it's speed!

Not entirely true

Not necessarily true. The airplane was a Pitts S2-B, which has a maximum speed of 210mph, compared to the Mustang's 200mph. In this race though, the plane was already travelling at top speed when the car started; and with only one mile of runway there wasnt enough time for the Mustang to hit top speed and still slow down safely.

Is this true that some one

Is this true that some one can race against an airplane? Wish i could watch this event live because its really hard to believe. Hats off to Austin Theriault for showing such guts.