Bud King on Ice!
By Julian Bayley
|This top fuel dragster measures 20
feet long and was carved from three tons of ice. It
made its debut at the Canadian Events and Meetings Expo at the
Metro Convention Center on March 28, 2001. Photo by Julian Bayley
[This item is from March 2001. It got lost on my hard drive, but is too
cool to pass up, so here it is. bp]
This top fuel dragster is not about to break any speed
records but it has to be the coolest ‘hot' car around. Created by Iceculture
of Hensall with the cooperation of the Grand Bend Motorplex, the car was
built from three tons of ice in a freezer studio. It when was dismantled
and transported to The Metro Convention Center in Toronto where it was
re-assembled for the Canadian Events and Meetings Expo. The theme of the
Expo was ‘Power'.
A little artistic license was taken with the design to
make sure the dragster would fit in the 20-foot long booth. (It would
normally require 33 feet).
Track Manager of the Motorplex, Ron Biekx, provided a
scale model, technical support and kept a watchful eye on the project
while Heidi Bayley, General Manager of Iceculture, developed drawings for
the carvers to follow when producing the life-size version. Ron gave the
finished design a nod of approval before it left Hensall for the display.
At the Convention Center, individual components were
fused together to complete the dragster in front of a 20 foot long wall of
ice sporting the red, yellow, and green colors of the electronic ‘staging
tree' at the start of the track.
For the uninitiated, a top fuel dragster costs about
$250,000 and is powered by a 7,000 hp nitromethane-burning engine. It can
attain speeds of up to 330 mph in a quarter mile - that's a little over
four seconds - great performance but not too impressive when it comes to
gas mileage -- 13 gallons every time it runs down the track. Four shower
heads turned on full blast couldn't keep up with that fuel consumption!
The Canadian Events and Meetings Expo ran for two days, March 28 and 29,