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Santa Pod Racers Club Perpetual Awards for the 2017 season

Santa Pod Racers Club and are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation on Saturday 27th January 2018. The votes of readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon its winners.

For several of the 2017 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail.

How to vote

The shortlists for the Perpetual Awards will be published on a regular basis starting on Sunday 24th December 2017. Nominations for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy will be accepted starting on Sunday 24th December 2017 and throughout the voting period.

To submit a vote, click on the link under the name for which you would like to vote. An E-Mail will automatically be generated with your chosen name in the title; all you then need to do is to hit the Send button.

If the E-Mail is not automatically generated with your chosen name in the title then simply send an E-Mail to giving the category (Most Promising Newcomer, Best-Appearing Car, Best-Appearing Bike etc) as the subject of the E-Mail and the name of the person for whom you wish to vote in the body of the E-Mail.

One vote per E-Mail address will be accepted for each Award. Voting is per Award, so for example when you have voted for Most Promising Newcomer then you may of course vote for Best-Appearing Car, Best-Appearing Bike and so on.

Please note that blatant attempts at organising mass votes - for example asking workmates, forum members or Facebook friends to vote en masse - are easily identified and all such votes will be disallowed as they have been in previous years. Concerted attempts at vote-rigging will result in the nominee being removed from the shortlist whether or not that nominee had any knowledge or involvement.


Nominees for SPRC Most Promising Newcomer have impressed whilst contesting their first full season or making their on-track début in 2017.

The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Adam Charnley, Sportsman ET
Vote for Adam Charnley

Rob Creswell, Sportsman ET
Vote for Rob Creswell

Andy Harrison, Super Gas
Vote for Andy Harrison

Austin Jaques, Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET
Vote for Austin Jaques

Leah Kellett, Super Comp
Vote for Leah Kellett

Archie Wray, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster
Vote for Archie Wray


The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows. Click on a picture to see a large version.

Tony Betts
Nostalgia Funny Car

Vote for Tony Betts

Ronald Huis
Super Comp / Super Gas

Vote for Ronald Huis

Guy King
Nostalgia Super Stock

Vote for Guy King

Luke Mugridge
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster

Vote for Luke Mugridge

John Przybyl
Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET

Vote for John Przybyl

Guido Uhlir
Comp Eliminator

Vote for Guido Uhlir

Jon Webster
Pro Modified

Vote for Jon Webster


The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows. Click on a picture to see a large version.

Ian Chrichlow
8.50 Bike

Vote for Ian Chrichlow

Jasmine Cordelle
ET Bike

Vote for Jasmine Cordelle

Mark Dainty
8.50 Bike

Vote for Mark Dainty

Bobby Frazier
8.50 Bike

Vote for Bobby Frazier

Neil Midgley
Supertwin (owner Chris Hannam)

Vote for Neil Midgley

Steve Venables
Super Street Bike

Vote for Steve Venables


The Most Professional-Appearing Team trophy recognises not just the presentation of a race vehicle but the team's overall approach to racing. As well as a well-turned-out car or bike, the Committee have considered such aspects as the appearance and attitude of team personnel, the organisation and appearance of their pit area and support equipment, and their readiness when their class is called.

The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order of team / vehicle (not racer) name, is as follows:

Drummin' Man (Joe Kellett, Super Pro ET and Leah Kellett, Super Comp)
Vote for Drummin' Man

Protek Racing (Rick Stubbins, Super Street Bike and Josh Stubbins, 8.50 Bike)
Vote for Protek Racing

Sticky Situation Racing (Jordan Payne, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster)
Vote for Sticky Situation Racing

Venom (Tony Betts, Nostalgia Funny Car)
Vote for Venom

Voodoo Hemi Racing (Marck Harteveld, Pro Modified)
Vote for Voodoo Hemi Racing

White Noise (Bob Molden, Pro ET)
Vote for White Noise


The James Edgar Memorial Trophy is awarded for outstanding performance by a Crew Chief, tuner, racer/tuner, or crew member. The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Jack Brewster (Super Pro ET)
Vote for Jack Brewster

Chris Hannam, for Neil Midgley (Supertwin)
Vote for Chris Hannam

Andy Hone (Comp Eliminator)
Vote for Andy Hone

Luke Robinson, for Andy Robinson (Pro Modified)
Vote for Luke Robinson

Rick Stubbins (Super Street Bike)
Vote for Rick Stubbins

Glenn Tooke, for Warpspeed Racing (Funny Bike)
Vote for Glenn Tooke


This trophy was first awarded to Santa Pod Raceway's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing.

There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the Trophy was awarded to Andy Marrs of SPRC's timing crew.

Click here to send an Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination