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Nuthin' Fancy Racing
Blown-alcohol altered racer Joe Bond has drag racing in his blood. He attended his first drag race at Blackbushe in 1986 at the age of two weeks, and grew up watching and then helping dad Doug Bond who spent several years ended up in Top Methanol Dragster sponsored by Shell.
Joe spent five years racing in Junior Dragster class, starting at the age of twelve when he was one of the first ten racers in the UK to get a Junior Dragster license. After three years in Junior Stock, in which he won the APIRA Championship in 2000, Joe stepped up to Junior Modified and was runner-up in the UK National Championship in 2002 and 2003. In June 2006 at the age of eighteen Joe made his début in the Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association racing the Nuthin' Fancy blown-alcohol Topolino altered.
Kirstie paid Joe a visit at the Bond family's workshop in February 2008 to see how preparations were progressing for the new season.
I asked Joe why he decided to join the NFAA having previously run in Junior Dragster. "When we sold the Top Methanol Dragster dragster we had quite a few parts laying around", he said. "We did think of a Super Comp car or something like that but then that winter Lawrie Gatehouse announced the formation of the Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association. We saw a rolling chassis for sale in the States, purchased it in July 2005, and it arrived that October. After a few alterations to bring it up to altered spec and a few long nights it made its début at the 2006 SPRC Summernationals". Quite a quick turnaround if you ask me!
Before the interview Joe said that he had lost a lot of weight. I didn't realise how much but he was not joking when he said he would need a new firesuit! The firesuit was sourced very soon after the interview and at time of writing Joe was hoping that it would arrive in time for the Easter Thunderball.
As you can see from the pictures Joe had a long way to go to get the altered ready and in case you had
not noticed there is no body! "The body is currently at J + W
Automotive having a re-spray for the 2008 season", Joe explained. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognise
Joe's injector and crash helmet from a spy picture submitted to Eurodragster.com in January 2008.
Joe has just replaced his old 426 ci Keith Black hemi with a 484 ci engine. "The change was for reliability
and hopefully to get us into the sixes", said Joe. "The old engine will be used as a spare should the need arise".
I could see the engine in bits all around the workshop waiting to be put together. "On the bench are some new heads
and sitting over there we have a new blower", said Joe. Joe has a super crew and they are confident the car will
be ready in time.
I asked if Joe would like to go to Europe. "Definitely Europe!", he said. "Hockenheim would be fantastic as they love big burnouts and the class is something totally different to what they are used to". I have to agree that if the whole NFAA class were to make the trip I'm sure it would be a fabulous occasion. Joe is no stranger to Europe, however, as when I asked him his earliest memory he replied "Going to Holland – Zandvoort in particular in the early nineties. There is a famous photograph of me helping dad work on the engine!". If anyone has a copy of this photograph then they know the Eurodragster.com address to send it in to.
I asked Joe who were his drag racing heroes. "Gary Page definitely", he said. "I was so pleased that he was able
to drive Chaos even if it was for one meeting. Another driver I hold in high regard is John Spuffard. I've
grown up watching him drive Fuel Funny Cars, and he loaned me a firesuit for the Summernationals at short notice."
Joe is positive that he will be staying in the NFAA for some time yet. "I would love to get into the sixes and
maybe in a few years go down the nitro route". I asked where he sees himself in a few years time (at which point
we ask Joe's mother to sit down). "In a Fuel Funny Car would be awesome!", he said.
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