I did security at the NHRA Grand National race one year here in Indianapolis. I was at a gate in a fence maybe 50 feet from the starting line, in between where they did the burnouts and where they took off.
The sound was absolutely biblical. I had foam earplugs in and earmuff style hearing protectors over them and it was still very loud. My boss dared me to take off the hearing protection for just one start and the noise and sound waves made me projectile vomit. He, of course, knew what would happen and got 99 giggles from it, as I did when I did the same thing to my replacement and he threw up also.
This comment is a fun read every single time it gets bestof'd.
That's really cool. I recently read that by the time the rear wheels cross the start line the car is already moving over 60mph. I don't understand how that's possible, but, having seen them in person, I completely believe it.
I remember reading this copy pasta on the SVT forums back in the day. This is definitely one of the oldest reposts on the internet.