Motor Trend has been drag racing cars since we published our first issue in September 1949, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that we arguably had our best idea yet: World’s Greatest Drag Race, a spectacle that brings some of the hottest high-performance cars together for one epic sprint. With 12 of the world’s fastest cars lined up and ready to launch when World’s Greatest Drag Race 8 premieres on Friday, September 21, Velocity decided to dive deep into the background of past World’s Greatest Drag Races in a new special dubbed, World’s Greatest Drag Race: A Legacy of Speed, set to air on Monday, September 17, at 8:00 PM EST and available on MotorTrend.com/bdc.
World’s Greatest Drag Race: A Legacy of Speed aims to take you behind the scenes with your favorite editors and drivers of Motor Trend. It promises to give you a look at how surprisingly challenging it is not only to get 12 supercars together at one time but to find a place where we can run them all flat out.
The show also looks at two constants over eight years of the World’s Greatest Drag Race—the domination of the Nissan GT-R and the ever-present Porsche sports car—and examines what’s to come in the future. Just like our drag races, it’s a thrilling affair.
As Jonny Lieberman, senior features editor and host of Head 2 Head, says, “Why do we do it? Because we can.”
World’s Greatest Drag Race: A Legacy of Speed airs Monday at 8:00 PM EST on Velocity and is available to stream on MotorTrend.com/bdc. World’s Greatest Drag Race 8 premieres at the end of Best Driver’s Car Week on Friday, September 21, also on MotorTrend.com/bdc.