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Drag Racing on the Caspian Shore

Iranians enjoying drag racing  for first time. Iranians enjoying drag racing  for first time.

Gilan Tourism and Racing Association has staged Iran’s first organized and regulated 400m drag race in Bandar Anzali.

Drag racing is a type of motor racing in which automobiles or motorcycles compete, usually two at a time, to be first to cross a set finish line. The race follows a short, straight course from a standing start over a measured distance, most commonly 402 meters.

“The drag race was held in Anzali Free Trade Zone in seven classes, including 0-400m….The overall level of the competition was high and the event attracted 100 participants,” Mohsen Vahedi, head of the event said IRNA on Friday.

“We hope that Gilan’s purpose-built automobile racing circuit will open soon so that the ‘speed enthusiasts’ come and use it.”

Each driver is allowed to perform a burnout before each race. S/he heats the driving tires and lays rubber down at the beginning of the track, improving traction. Each driver then lines up at the starting line.

Once one competitor is staged, their opponent has a set amount of time to stage or they are instantly disqualified by a red light on an electronic system known as a Christmas tree.

Anzali Free Trade Zone encompasses the entire port city of Bandar Anzali to Talesh further north.

The area has become famous in recent years for its tax free status and people can import any car they wish without the punitive taxes placed on foreign cars in the mainland.  


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