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18th May: The first of this weekend's three webcasts is from the Cramo Nationals at Malmö Raceway, which commences at 10:00 European / 09:00 UK today (Saturday) and tomorrow.
Thanks to Stenn Brunnström for letting us know that the Cramo Nationals webcast can be found at www.ustream.tv/channel/malmo-raceway.
SPR Test Weekend coverage.
18th May: We are at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend to bring you the action from today's Run What You Brung and tomorrow's Peak Performance Day in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car.
Our coverage will consist of an end-day report and an end-day gallery each day. The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line and broadcasting live video and trackside audio so long as the track is open each day.
You can check out our FIA Main Event week coverage index, which includes the official entry list, by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
FHRA Spring Nationals webcast.
18th May: A webcast of this weekend's FHRA Spring Nationals at Alastaro is available for €10. You can sign up at www.fhra.fi.
18th May: European fans have two racers to cheer on in the USA this weekend as ex-pat UK Top Alcohol Dragster racer Mike Manners of Eurodragster.com sponsor Cosmo Residences and ADRL Pro Modified points leader Adam Flamholc are contesting the NHRA Kansas Nationals and ADRL Spring Drags IV respectively. You can stay up to date with the progress of both of our heroes courtesy of our Drag Race Central colleagues at www.dragracecentral.com and a webcast of the ADRL Spring Drags IV is available courtesy of our friends at Bangshift.com. Good luck to Mike and Adam, safe guys.
The Oscars are calling...
17th May: What did your race car do this winter?
Mark 'Chalky' White's FX Racing Super Gas Chevy Vega spent a month on the film set of the upcoming Marvell Comics summer film Kick Ass 2 starring Jim Carrey. The car is the bad guy's favourite car and is in pride of place in his top secret underground lair! It had to have a bit of a little facelift for the role and also a name change to something we couldn't possibly mention on a family web site (Think Oedipus - Ed).
Most of the graphics have now been removed from the car but there are a couple of decals left inside and maybe one hidden underneath which could make for an interesting wheelie shot. You can check out a trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UuQfuxq_sA.
17th May: Thanks to Eurodragster.com readers who inundated UK Top Methanol Dragster racer Tethys with offers after his plea for the loan of a firesuit on Wednesday. "I now have a suit for the weekend, many thanks to all those who contacted me", says Tet. "It just goes to show what a great community we have, and what a great resource we have in Eurodragster.com which enables that community to keep in touch at times when we're not at the track (Thanks - Ed)."
European fans have two racers to cheer on in the USA this weekend as ex-pat UK Top Alcohol Dragster racer Mike Manners of Eurodragster.com sponsor Cosmo Residences and ADRL Pro Modified points leader Adam Flamholc are contesting the NHRA Kansas Nationals and ADRL Spring Drags IV respectively. Mike is first up with Top Alcohol qualifying today and Adam's race weekend starts tomorrow. You can stay up to date with the progress of both of our heroes courtesy of our Drag Race Central colleagues at www.dragracecentral.com. Good luck guys and stay safe.
Richard Alder writes that Alders Automotive is pleased to be a sponsor of Super Pro ET in the UK this season. "We would like to wish everyone the best of luck for this season and also to remind you that Alders Automotive are offering a 10% discount on transmission work to all racers in Super Pro ET, the Wild Bunch, and members of Santa Pod Racers Club and Avon Park International Racing Association", says Richard. You can contact Alders Automotive via their web site at www.aldersautomotive.co.uk or call 01323 848448.
17:00 UK time today is the deadline for ordering advance tickets for next week's FIA Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. To order your tickets visit www.santapod.com or call 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828).
We would like to wish a big Happy Birthday to our good buddy Anders Envall. Have a great day Bostic and we hope you liked the umbrella.
We ♥ Scott Hauser!
17th May: The Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway started with a disaster for UK Super Pro ET racer Vince Gibbs and the Nosferatu team, but it wasn't all bad news:
Igor and I attempted to erect our marquee in high winds and just as we had the roof tarpaulin in place and the legs inserted, the wind got underneath and flipped the eight meter by four meter tent upside down onto a fellow racer's lorry. The bent and twisted mess managed to wedge itself between the cab and trailer but with the help of fellow racers and crew we managed to dislodge it without causing further damage. Luckily the truck was okay but the marquee was toast leaving us open to the elements for the weekend. Bummer!
The next bit of news is far more positive in that we have two new team members (see picture). We advertised for crew at the Festival of Power, Stuart Bradley and Susie Purser stepped up to the mark and we agreed to try them out at the Shakey meeting. I am very happy to report that they both did a cracking job and in the words of Igor (Crew Chief) they both "Exceeded expectations". All we need to do is find their new names to join The Fearless Count, Igor the Silent One, Mina, Pugsley, Wednesday and Vlad. Stuart and Susie will be part of the core team attending each meeting, with Fearless and Igor, the others will come and go as and when available. Please join me in welcoming Stuart and Susie to the team.
At the start of the 2012 season we attempted to take some power out of Nosferatu to improve consistency and reliability. At the same time we added new parts and unfortunately lost our way with the tune resulting in a loss of power at the top end. We managed to recover this at the end of the season by returning to our high power tune but ran the risk of breakages. At the Festival of Power we were back in the sixes, due to the good air and fantastic track, but with each pass we had fingers crossed for no damage. For the Springspeed Nationals Igor came up with a tune for 6% blower overdrive, instead of 18%, that worked and we ran a respectable 7.5 on a green track.
Now, this is where our love of Scott Hauser begins. In qualifying it's a coin toss who you are paired with and in this round we were paired with Scott. Next qualifying round we improved to a 7.42, improved on our qualifying position and we were paired with Scott Hauser. Final qualifying we joined the pairing lanes and, blow me down, guess who we were paired with? Our buddy Scott. We ran another 7.40 but we dropped down the qualifying list a few places as the rest of the class got a handle on the track and conditions.
Pairings were published for the first round of eliminations and guess who we had in the first round? Our stalker mate Scott. Now we know that Scott is a great racer so we needed to have a good dial-in and I needed a good light. Burnouts completed we both nudged into stage and the lights started to come down. I had a wait of about 0.3 seconds on the tree and managed a 0.02 light against Scott's 0.04. As I chased him down Nosferatu developed a misfire at the top revs of first gear so I had to manually shift into second. The result was a 7.50 on a 7.42 dial in and Scott crossed the finish line 0.04 seconds ahead of us to take the win. Back in the pits we downloaded the data from the logger and could see that the motor had run too rich for the higher altitude air for that time of the day compared to previous qualifying runs, resulting in the misfire. Scott went on to win the meeting for his first victory on Super Pro ET.
I have the new parts for the marquee, Nosferatu is ready for the Main Event, the team is great so all we need to do is stay away from our nemesis Mr Hauser Jr.
Springspeed JDB review.
17th May: Many thanks to Lizz McCarthy for forwarding us the Junior Drag Bike racers' reviews of their weekend at the Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway:
Scott Collier: In the first qualifying run I dialled in a 7.90 and ran a 7.92 handing me the number one qualifier slot. Unfortunately in the final round of qualifying I went a little under the class index so I got an official warning. I ended up second after qualifying. In the first round I was against Jake Charman, the bike launched hard and I just got past him in time to brake and slow down to avoid breaking out but I still ran a 7.9! In the second round I was against Jordan Kenway and I got past him but didn't slow down enough and ran a 7.85, disqualifying me from the meeting. Well done to Jordan on his first of many finals and see you all soon!
Jake Charman: When Dad and I arrived at the track, most of the setting up work was already done thanks to Lizz, Gipp and Nige. Thanks also to Don Kennedy, Bois Reed and Ray Debben for helping to find some spark plugs at short notice.
First run out in the morning we started out with a 9.89 dial but it soon became clear that the bike was having real trouble leaving the line without bogging. I ran a 10.34/65h. I came back to the pits feeling sure I had let go of the clutch too slowly and it spun the clutch instead of the tyre. Saturday morning, and another attempt at leaving the line. This time I made a point of reminding myself to ping the clutch and there was still a bog. Back to the pits and we put even higher pressure into the tyre and lowered the front in order to get the wieght away from the back wheel. We decided to lean out the fuel mix but still had the same problems as before. It was the last run before eliminations and lean didn't work so we decided to try rich. Thanks to Binz for finding us some jet drills to use as we proceeded to make a richer jet. Even now, we still had the same problem.
We went into eliminations thoroughly baffled. We could only hope for Scott to break out. He ran a 7.97 on his 7.90 dial to my 11 on a 10.91 dial. Oh well.
As always thanks to my sponsors Doug at Ensys and 'Uncle' Steve Wood. Thanks also to Dad, Lizz, Gipp and Nige for helping me throughout the weekend. Please visit www.youtube.com/nitrousjunkieracing for videos of this weekend.
Liam Holgate: The weather was great, real hot. I was tired and it showed I could not get the same time once. I thought my bike was not right but could not say what was wrong with it. After my last race, as we were putting my bike away, my Dad realised that the back brake was stuck on my wheel. I think this is why I was not near my time. I was sad, but still had a good weekend and can't wait for the next race. Well done Lizz for getting back on, I would be scared to.
Jordan Kenway: We got up on Saturday morning to rain, when the rain stopped mid-morning Dad and I went up to the top end to try out the bike after some modifications, but it didn't go so well. We couldn't get the bike to run properly so when Q1 arrived we decided to dial in a 13.00 just so that we could get a time on the board. I ended up running a new PB of 12.52, after that we went back to the pits and fitted a new coil which sorted everything out. The bike ran better and better for the rest of the qualifying sessions.
In Round 1 of eliminations I had Siobhan Moor and I managed to get my first ever round win. In Round 2 I had Scott Collier and I won because Scott broke out. It was my first ever final in racing and I had Louis Davies unfortunately I lost because I broke out but I did run another PB of 12.003. A great weekend, thanks for all the help, well done to everyone who raced, and well done Louis for winning.
Louis Davies: When we arrived at Shakey it was much warmer than the last meeting. We had had to rebuild my electrics before the meeting and the battery eliminator had destroyed itself so I was not sure how the bike would go.
In Q1 I dialled in a 9.50 but ran a 10.02 and found it very windy. In Q2 I raised the dial in to 9.60 and ran a 9.86 so was slightly better. In Q3 I raised the dial in again to 9.80 and ran a 9.85 which was much better but only good enough for fourth as things were very close. In Q4 I raised the dial in to 9.83 and ran 9.88 this left me 4th after qualifying. Congratulations to Jasmine Cordelle for qualifying first with an almost perfect run.
The first round of eliminations was against Alfie Udall who was dialled in quicker than me so I would leave first, I dialled in 9.77 and ran 9.87 which was good enough to get through. The semi was against Jasmine so I was going to have to run close to my dial in. I dialled in 9.80 and ran 9.82, Jasmin ran 10.23 on a 10.19 so it was very close but I had won and had made the final.
The final was against Jordan Kenway who was in his first final at only his second meeting. I dialled in a 9.78 and Jordan a 12.20 so I had quite a long wait then set off to chase him down. I only caught him right on the line and was not sure if I got there first or not, we had both broken out but I broke out by less so won. Big thanks to everyone at Shakey and all the people who came and helped us at the weekend, now looking forward to the Summernationals.
Sioban Moor: As it was my first time in competition on the bike, I was rather nervous but excited and ready to get out there. With lessons from my dad I managed to master the art of burnout! I felt qualifying went well but then got knocked out in the first round against Jordan Kenway. Overall I was very pleased with how the weekend went.
Web site updates.
17th May: Our good buddy Patrik Jacobsson has posted a large gallery of EDRS Nationals shots to his personal web site at www.racebilder.nu and to the EDRS Facebook page.
SPR Test Weekend coverage.
17th May: In association with Alamo Rent-A-Car, Eurodragster.com will be at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend to bring you the action from tomorrow's Run What You Brung and Sunday's Peak Performance Day.
Our coverage will consist of an end-day report and an end-day gallery each day. The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line and broadcasting live video and trackside audio so long as the track is open each day.
We will post a direct Home Page link to our coverage as soon as it commences, but in the meantime you can check out our FIA Main Event week coverage index, which includes the official entry list, by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Slyfield looks to Main Event.
15th May: UK Pro Modified racer Kev Slyfield has been in touch with the great news that after a massive effort by everyone concerned it looks like his Coupe will make next week's FIA Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. Kev's first outing of the year at Easter was marred by a second-eighth crash into the guardrail although all who saw it agreed that but for some good driving by Kev the impact could have been a lot worse.
"At times it has felt like an episode of DIY SOS", Kev told Eurodragster.com. "With the help of my trusty Crew Chief James we rebuilt the rear quarter so that a mould could be made by Keith at KNG Developments (01202 581856). Special thanks go to Kate Robinson for sourcing and organising parts delivered in super quick time, and to Andy Robinson for a speedy turn-round with the chassis work.
"The car is now back at my workshop where it will be prepared to attach the new rear quarter and re-assemble. Loads of time!"
Race suit urgently sought.
15th May: UK Top Methanol Dragster racer Tethys is urgently seeking a race suit to use for his planned testing at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend.
"Although I had a race suit lined up for my TMD début at the Main Event, I've run into a problem with it", says Tethys. "I've managed to source another for the race itself, but it will only arrive just in time for the event, and I'm left without a suit for this weekend's RWYB.
"I'm 6'0" (1.83m) tall and around 14 stone (90 kg). If anyone has a suitable suit (SFI 3.2A/15 or /20) which I could borrow for this weekend, I'd be very grateful. Because it's a RWYB, the suit doesn't need to have up to date tags. I can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone on 07855 385616."
MT slick urgently sought.
15th May: FIM European and ACU UK Top Fuel Bike Champion Ian King also has an urgent need, in this case for a Mickey Thompson slick due to a delayed shipment from the USA.
"Do any of your readers have one or two Mickey Thompson 3073M 31.0/14.0-15M Top Fuel Bike tyres which they can either loan me until my shipment arrives, at which I will replace with new, or sell to me for use at the Main Event?", says Ian.
If you can help then please drop Ian a line at email@example.com or call 07785 341099 (outside the UK +44 7785 341099).
15th May: Further to yesterday's piece about Vic Hammond's funeral, Sam Freeman tells us that if anyone would like to make a donation to the Shooting Star Chase children's hospice in Vic's memory then you can donate on-line at www.justgiving.com/victor-hammond or send it to Shooting Star Chase c/o T A Ellement and Son Ltd, 51 High Street, Ruislip HA4 7BD.
Race fans have no less than three webcasts from which to choose this weekend. Available on-line will be the Cramo Nationals at Malmö Raceway which starts on Friday, the FHRA Spring Nationals at Alastaro which takes place on Saturday and Sunday and whose webcast costs €10, and Eurodragster.com's own Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast of the pre-FIA Main Event Run What You Brung and Peak Performance Day at Santa Pod Raceway. We will of course post direct Home Page links to these webcasts when they commence.
Many thanks to our own Simon and to Yvonne Tramm for forwarding us the post-Springspeed Nationals standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championships and APIRA Ultimate Power Championships. You can check out the UK and APIRA points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Bloodlines at the Springspeeds.
15th May: The Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway turned out to be quite a weekend for UK Super Pro ET racer Laura Turburville and the Bloodlines race team:
The weather started out a bit grim but steadily improved over the weekend culminating in glorious sunshine and a great track. The gremlins got into the Christmas Tree and ate the green and red lights but a good solution was found and racing went on unhindered whilst Ian, Laura, Martin and Ingrid got to grips with the new car. There were a couple of small problems, like the starter motor deciding to break in the pairing lanes and Ian taking a nasty tumble when he tripped over the wheelie bars, luckily the inimitable Captain Crunch was on hand to help out!
Laura had her hands full learning to drive the slingshot which can be difficult with its hand braking system, but by the end of the weekend she had mastered it and ran PB after PB (Looked like a natural to me - Ed). The good news was that the handling problems of Easter were cured and the car was launching hard and straight. The first round was a bye run as Laura was due to face good friend Jack Brewster who unfortunately blew the motor in his super-fast Firebird. This gave Laura a chance to settle her raceday nerves as Super Pro is a big, fast, daunting class to race in!
The second round was against Laura's old nemesis Steve Saunders in his immaculate Ford Zephyr. Steve was bigger, faster and quicker than Laura but a lot heavier. Laura's Young Blood car is lighter but has the smallest motor in the whole class at just 355ci, so it was going to be tough. The dial-in was all important but as this was only her second meeting, and her times had dropped every run, so it was a bit of a lottery. The quickest Sarah, the previous driver, had ever gone in the car was 8.9-something and Laura had already run close to that so the team guessed that that was the car's limit with that tune so dialled in an 8.95.
Laura and Steve lined up and staged perfectly, you could feel the concentration as the pair of them stared down the tree. The lights went down, the revs went up, Laura exploded from the line on the last amber (We're not talking literally, you understand - Ed), was it a red? No, it was a fantastic 0.003 reaction, Laura's years in Junior Dragster showing and Steve blasted off in hot pursuit. At the stripe it was Laura by a nose but she had broken out big time running a new PB of 8.83, a fantastic race. Laura and Steve were all smiles at the top end when the dust settled, and both agreed it was one of the best races either had enjoyed... ever!
The day was filmed by the BBC for a segment of The One Show which will broadcast later in the year after some more filming at Santa Pod, so we look forward to seeing that.
Commiserations to Jack Brewster and Jayne Kay who both broke their motors, we hope to see them back soon. Well done to the track crews and staff at Shakespeare County Raceway for a great Bank Holiday meeting and to Crunch for jumping in to help on the Monday. Congratulations to Scott Hauser on a great win.
The next round for Laura in Super Pro ET, the most exciting class in Sportsman racing, is the Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway on 24th-27th, which also happens to be Laura's eighteenth birthday!
Bloodlines Racing is partnered by Turboville Racing, Nottingham Platers, Topspeed, Ingrid and Martin, Tim Fountain, EGT, Gates, Kenny Youngblood, DJ Safety, Superpower Unlimited and Nefarious Pinstriping.
Farewell to Vic.
14th May: Sam Freeman tells us that Vic Hammond's funeral was even better attended than anyone expected:
An estimated six hundred people turned up, overflowing the chapel before the queue seemed to move. The overspill was directed to another chapel to watch on closed-circuit TV screens, then that chapel overflowed too with a great many people left to stand where they could to see the screens.
A fair contingent of drag racers past and present turned up including former Pro Fuel driver Trevor Young and a great many former workmates from the the film industry were in attendance along with his family and friends. Vic's choice of music Great Balls Of Fire and That'll Be The Day finished up the service.
I'm sure that I speak on behalf of the family by thanking those who came to say goodbye and to send Vic off in the style he deserved. The world will be a sadder place without him (Hear, hear - Ed).
14th May: There is still time to get in last-minute testing before the FIA Main Event as Santa Pod Raceway is hosting a Run What You Brung this Saturday (18th), Peak Performance Day this Sunday, and a Pro Racer Test and Tune next Thursday (23rd). For more information check out www.rwyb.com.
Steve Dudley writes that the final slot drags of the 2012-13 season at MrD Raceway will take place at 8:00 pm on Friday of next week (24th) at The Cathedral Primary School, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1PA. "There is a small car park in the school grounds which should be able to accommodate us all", says Steve. "Entry and racing are free, all we ask is that you make a donation of a couple of pounds to help toward the hire of the hall, although it's not obligatory. I have loan cars for anybody wishing to try out this exciting form of slot car racing. We try to run a couple of elimination races during the evening to add some element of competition / tension to the meeting. Come and have a go, it's great fun!"
Old Skool Ford Round 2.
14th May: Jo Peters writes that numbers for the Old Skool Ford Championship continue to be strong with no less than fifteen cars turning out for Round 2 at the weekend's Street Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway:
The weather was not kind and we started late on Sunday as an ambulance had to go off-site. The Old Skool Ford racers were running in sessions between the Outlaw Street, FWD and Jap Drag Series cars and due to a number of oil-downs and breakages the day was very slow. Our entrants managed one or two runs each but many of those ran PBs including Paul Mags in his Cossie-powered Classic Ford mag-featured MK1 Escort (left) which ran a superb 10.9. This car has much more to come but it was a pretty impressive time for a damp day.
Veteran drag racer Kev Jenkins' XE turbo'd MK1 Escort spat its prop three quarters of the way down the track causing damage to a ladder bar and panhard rod – thankfully the prop loops which were fitted to the car in 2008 so that it could race at Hal-Far Raceway in Malta did their job and prevented far worse damage, and he still managed an 11.1! With only three weeks until the next round Kev has some work to do!
1. Glenn Jefferson (MK1 Escort)
2. Iain Hogg (MK1 Escort)
3. Lee Jessup (MK1 Cortina)
Round 3 is at the Classic Ford Show at Santa Pod on Sunday 1st June.
A full report for Round 2 can be found at www.oldskoolford.co.uk and in Classic Ford magazine.
PMR take a win.
14th May: Paul Marston Racing re-entered heads up competition at North Weald Airport this past weekend, in the Quick Eight eliminator at a drag race organised by Tony Huck's Maitland Racing. Paul Marston writes:
The lion's share of the day was blessed with beautiful sunshine. Driving the Whoopass Monza I entered the fray, qualified on pole, and ultimately won the final against a '33 Plymouth Super Gas / Comp race car. This was the first event of 2013 at North Weald and it was very well-attended, with a good crowd of spectators. North Weald is our local track and it was great to see so many friends who stopped by to say Hi. It was particularly nice to see Colin from C&P Hot Rod Ts who had a small stall and who, considering he only had triple-bypass surgery eight weeks ago, looked fantastic. Expert commentary and hosting were courtesy of the velvet tones of the legendary Mr John Price.
Our sincere thanks to Tony Huck and Maitland Racing for organising such a great and friendly event. I would also like to thank Gary Springford, Mad Mick Howling, the Crewchief, and Funsize for their expert crewing: it’s a tough race in which to compete and needed some quick thinking. PMR look forward to returning for the next event in June to defend our title.
Two-car Erbacher limits schedule.
13th May: Swiss Top Fuel Dragster racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Urs Erbacher has confirmed that he will not be contesting the entire FIA European Championship in 2013. Urs says that despite working very hard on sponsorship and despite selling his Championship-winning Supertwin the funds are not there to run the whole Tour. As previously revealed here on Eurodragster.com Urs does however plan to run a two-car team later this season:
We are currently working to build a second Top Fuel Dragster. The pilot of the second car will be Noah Stutz who is eighteen years old and who is ready for his Top Fuel licencing. The plan is that Noah will compete in his Super Comp dragster at the FIA Main Event but at full throttle so that the car will run in the sevens which will give him a feeling for the Top Fuel car. In June we will go to the SPRC Summernationals with Noah's car which is my Hadman dragster with a new front and back half from ME Racing in Sweden. I ran this car in Abu Dhabi and it's a state-of-the art car like the guys in the States run.
After licensing Noah and I will both attend the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim. If everything works out fine and we are winner and runner up there then we will maybe go to Sweden or to the European Finals at Santa Pod.
It's has been a lot of work to upgrade the cars and to buy the tools, and to train Noah and his new crew whom we are training in my shop every Tuesday evening. The Crew Chief for both cars will be Robin Grice. My own crew is the same as last year. I am sorry for all of my fans and friends all over Europe that we are not doing the full Championship but we will be back soon. We are still planning to go to Las Vegas and Pomona for the NHRA races at the end of this year - I still have an NHRA race win on my list.
Urs is also starting a new Supporters' Club named the Erbacher 111 Club, so called because basic membership is 111 Swiss Francs or about €90. An upgraded membership is also available for 889 SFr. You can find out more (PDF format) by clicking here.
Pit tour guides sought.
13th May: Allard Chrysler Action Group Chair Brian Taylor has been in touch seeking volunteers to host tours of the pits at the FIA Main Event.
"It looks like there will be approaching 1000 Institute of the Motor Industry guests on the Friday of the Main Event", says Brian. "These are apprentices and youngsters looking to make a career in the motor industry and on the 1st Gear or Accelerate programmes. These are the next generation of drag racing fans and maybe racers.
"We are trying to find suitable volunteers to take groups of twenty five guests on pit tours. Each tour will take about forty five minutes with introductions to racers and crews in their pits. The format worked well last year. We have some volunteers but we need more, even if you can only give us a couple of hours. If you are interested then please E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Race report from Ms Bump.
13th May: UK Comp Bike racer Lizz McCarthy took runner-up spot at the Springspeed Nationals in a somewhat painful fairy-tale having hit the guardrail during qualifying. Lizz says that thinking about the weekend, and the catalogue of events, made her realise how incredibly lucky she was, and how blessed with the most amazing crew and friends:
Set up was as usual on the Friday – Kev went to fetch Jake, and I got the bikes organised and scruinteered. By the time they were back, the whole ensemble had arrived and we were ready to race! On Saturday we awoke to the sound of rain and thought "Here we go again!". The wind was quite blustery so it soon dried up. We were called down and it rained again, and back to the pits we went. A few hours later we were back in the fire-up road. I paired up with Allan Davies and I was in the left hand lane. I was advised to do a bigger burnout than normal, as I had had a new tyre fitted for this meeting. Big burnout I did! Up to pre stage, launched, and immediately turned left, and although I tried to keep it away I hit the armco like a bouncing bomb. I can't tell you why I kept it pinned, but the paramedics and fire crew were chasing me down the track and eventually I came to a stop not long after the first exit as I was unable to stop due to only having one brake lever which had been been snapped off together with a footpeg on the armco. My leathers were also scraped. Thankfully I sacrificed my leg and elbow to save the bike from worse damage! Adrenaline is an amazing thing. Once stopped I was very shaken, and in quite a bit of pain, so I was taken to the Med Centre in the ambulance. I am so sorry for holding up everyone elses racing.
Eventually I was allowed to go back to the pits where I found that the bike had been pretty much turned round, a new lever found - thanks so much to Nigel Barker - and the footpeg was about to be welded back on by Rick Cooke. Thanks so much to him, and for the secondary offers from Jim Usher and Richard Walters. All I had to do now was convince big cheese medical type chap Ian Connop that I was OK to race, and to get the bike and leathers re-scrutineered, and I would be ready for the last qualifier of the day. Happily they all gave me the go ahead, just in time to hear a couple of Comp Bikes burn out. I was given permission to do a refamiliarisation pass after the last session, but nerves got the better of me and I burnt the clutch out in the burnout so I would have to get my head sorted and race the following day. I must thank my Junior Drag Bike buddies Jake Charman and Louis Davies for being total superstars and cleaning my clutch, and all the plates and steels, and putting them all back together again which is a rotten job – thank you so much.
I got out at about 2:30 on Sunday, very sore and quite stiff. I was so nervous, I really thought I wasn't going to be able to do it. Kev had taken a load of timing out, so it was going to be gentle and I was allowed to go solo. It was a normally aspirated run just to get me back in the saddle and I ran an 8.71 – the quickest the bike has gone with no nitrous, so was pretty pleased with that – and the team were just thankful I made it up there with no dramas!
The second run was awesome. I found my mojo! Still solo, but ran a 7.71/173, my highest speed to date. It got me up the ladder to number one qualifier... sorry guys, seems a bit rude really !
What a day Monday was! All sorted, and was up against Harold Woldenden in the first round of eliminations. I love racing Harold as we always have a giggle, and he is a good mate. The poor bloke redlit whist I ran a 7.89/162 and took the win. Tony Clark came up next and we were all so chuffed for him to find that he had run his first seven on the Outlaw, brilliant! Phil Crossley had run another 7.8, another PB, and we were very pleased for him too. I had a bye into the Final so just staged and waited to race Tony. I was very much looking forward to this too. Ken Cooper looks after both of our engines - it's been a while since a Cooperized final!
Needless to say, Tony put me in the left hand lane which completely messed with my head. So with a reaction of about two weeks and an "After you Tone" I chased him up the track, but he had me. He beat me on the Tree with another seven, 7.9 to my 7.8. I am going to have to watch him!
Huge thanks as always to my fantastic crew. Kevin, thanks for being so patient with me. Jake, Minx, Julie, Nigel, and Chris who had heard about my accident and texted to see if I was OK even though he was on the other side of the world. Richard Gipp, Allan and Clair Davies and Kerryanne Frazier. Paramedics, Race Control, track crew and pit runners, Mark Cousell and Linda Williams, you rock! Lastly to Eurodragster.com (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed) and some incredible sponsors - Doug at Ensys, Tony Gillam at Abbey Motorsports, thank you so much for coming to see us at the weekend. Uncle Steve Wood, Vizman Kustom Art, Jeni at Yawning Cat Photography, Simon at Claron Graphics - thank you all so much for all your support.
Double up, double red.
13th May: Paul Marston Racing enjoyed a dominant performance in their Trashman cartoon character-liveried Whoopass Chevy Monza at last weekend's Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. Paul himself was at the wheel, competing in both Pro ET and Super Pro ET, and scored pole and runner-up in Super Pro ET and made ths semi-finals in Pro ET. Paul says that it was a very positive weekend:
The Whoopass Monza has developed very well after we put a lot of work into her over the winter. At last year's Open Sport Nationals at SCR, we felt like it was the car to beat, then unfortunately we had a ring and pinion failure which ended the event for us. We bounced back at the 2012 FIA European Finals, qualifying very strong and winning Pro ET. Unfortunatley the cold weather at the 2012 UK National Finals cost us the SPRC title and National runner-up as the Monza struggled for traction with a track temperature in the fifties on eliminations day.
We put up a strong showing at the Festival of Power at Easter in some of the most challenging conditions we have ever faced, qualifying strongly and going three rounds in Super Pro ET, so it's safe to say that the traction issues which cost us dear at the UK National Finals are resolved. There are still areas to work on, the double reds in Pro ET and Super Pro ET which ended both efforts are ultimately my fault. I have learnt from that, and ou won’t see it happen again. There is more work to be done on the Monza, we have some plans and the FIA Main Event will tell us if we are on the right track.
The Springspeed Nationals was great. The track was tricky to read and constantly evolved, culminating in an awesome race surface on Monday afternoon. Personally I think that everyone at SCR did a great job - they had plenty thrown at them and got through it, well done to all. Congratulations to Scott Hauser for taking the title in Super Pro ET, it was his day and he deserved it. That also goes to dad Geof Hauser, your son must have made you a very proud father. Congratulations also go to Nic Williams who won what I believe was his first event title in Pro ET, Nick was pure badass all day and deserved the victory in his beautiful Camaro.
I must also recognise the peerless crew who make Paul Marston Racing what it is. They are just the best bunch of friends to go racing with, everyone worked their tails off, none of us had time for breakfast or lunch on eliminations day as there simply was not enough time - we were double classing and ran eight rounds of competition in four hours which included rescuing the Monza when a faulty valve left her needing to be recovered from the top end, repairing the damage, and still making the next round. My thanks also to the PMR crew for not beating the driver to death for going double red! You come racing to play hard and race hard, after all that is why we are there. Win or lose all you can do is your best.
After a day at North Weald this past weekend we will spend next weekend running the PMR Drag Race Driving School, teaching and giving a passenger ride. Then it's back to Santa Pod for the FIA Main Event, with good weather and that simply awe-inspiring new track, it will be a record breaking-event for sure. Last but by no means least, check out the FIA Main Event entry list for a second entry from Paul Marston Racing in Pro ET... oh yes, he is back! On that note stand by for another announcement regarding a returnee.
Our sincere thanks to our racing partners and associates Gary Springford at DRE, London Road Tyres, Geddex, JW Performance Transmissions, Black Box London, our many fans, and of course Eurodragster.com who provide such great coverage (Thanks! - Ed).
EDRS Nationals webcast.
12th May: Our good buddies at Smart TV are broadcasting this weekend's EDRS Nationals in High Def at www.smarttv.se. Broadcast commences at approximately 08:00 UK / 09:00 European. Registration is necessary to pick up the webcast but registration is free as is the webcast itself (despite the PPV wording).
For the number crunchers out there results will be available at www.dragracing.eu and www.nitroz.se. There have certainly been some spectacular numbers led by Simon Andersson's 0.000 in Junior Dragster qualifying and a 5.897/397.64 kmh by Micke Gullqvist to take top spot in Pro Modified, whilst a recovered Elvira Karlsson has kicked her Personal Best into next week with a 7.124 in Pro Stock Bike testing and Jimmy Ålund similarly impressive with a spectacular 6.595 in Pro Stock testing.
EDRS Nationals update.
10th May: Speedgroup Co-ordinator Åsa Kinnemar writes that the EDRS Nationals, a round of the EDRS and Swedish Championship, takes place at Tierp Arena tomorrow and Sunday:
164 teams are entered for this full-scale EDRS European Drag Racing Series event. A number of FIA and FIM Europe Championship teams are also on site for Test and Tune. The event is also included in the Swedish Championship for Pro Modified, Stock Superstock, Comp Eliminator and Junior Dragster. You can see a preliminary running order (PDF format) by clicking here but please note that changes may occur.
If you cannot follow the action live at Tierp Arena then you can join us via Web TV at www.smarttv.se starting at 09:00 tomorrow. Results will be posted at www.dragracing.eu and at www.nitroz.se.
10th May: Thanks to Ian King for letting us know that the latest standings in the ACU UK Drag Bike Championships are now available at www.kingracing.com. Ian thanks PiPPi and Eurodragster.com's Simon for their assistance.
Can UK Super Pro ET racer Ian Powell please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, thank you.
Springspeed Street Eliminator review.
10th May: Many thanks to Matt Atkinson for sending us a review of Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator at the Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway:
With good weather forecast over the first May Bank Holiday we were hoping for a strong turn out of competitors and some close racing. Street Eliminator had a six-strong field for our first outing of the year at Shakespeare County Raceway although that nearly ended up as five before a wheel was even turned at the track. Stu Williams and the Carmasupra Team had set out on their trip from South Devon on Friday afternoon sporting a very professional appearing new rig. Unfortunately a few hours into the journey Stu suffered a severe blowout on the back wheel of the truck leaving him stranded at a service station waiting for help! Stu eventually made it to the track and then had the small task of assembling the race car as it was only 75% complete.
Saturday came round and despite a promising-looking morning showers started to descend on the track leaving us stuck in the pits eagerly awaiting our first runs. We finally got the first run in mid afternoon with defending champion Brian Payne in his Mustang topping the pile with an 8.559/182 off of the trailer. Martin Smith in the Team Extreme Nissan GTR r25 followed in second with a 9.400/138.53, great show for his first full pass down the track. It was also good to see Mats Anderson back on song with a 9.462/156.24 following electrical problems at Easter. Following Q2 Brian still sat on top of the pile, Andy Bond made his first appearance with a 9.303/159.30 missing the first round with a gearbox problem.
Onto Sunday and Q3 and with the weather improving Stu Williams and the team were seriously thrashing to get the car ready to try and get at least one run in. We had our first run at 2:00 pm and some big changes in the leader board with race car builder Jon Webster jumping up from number five to the number one spot in his Comet running an 8.469/164.79, a big improvement also for Mats Andersson running through with an 8.579/163.09. With the last round of qualifying quickly approaching and despite the best efforts of Stuart and the Carmasupra team time just ran out, a great effort from the team to make it to the track and even better effort to try and put on a show. Stu will however be ready for the Main Event at the end of May and we look forward to seeing the car out once again.
The last round of qualifying ended up with Jon Webster staying on top with a slightly improved 8.764, whilst Martin Smith had seemingly overhauled the transbrake issues on the line and ran through with an 8.798/170.89 with which the team were most happy! Final standings were:
All cars made it successfully around the Cruise with no major incidents, despite Martin Smith's best efforts to race back to the track and nearly missing the hot start. He ended up having to reverse up the lay-by to reconvene with the others!
Moving into eliminations with some interesting match-ups and points at stake. Courtesy of his number one qualifier Jon Webster benefited from a bye run and it was just as well as problems with the fuel pump hampered his chances of improving on the qualifying time running through with an 11.124/109.47. Next up was Mats Andersson against Team Extreme's Martin Smith and with just two tenths between them in qualifying it was sure to be close. As the lights came down Martin was still raising boost on the turbos of the GTR whilst Mats wasted no time and was off to take the win with an 8.566/162.53. The last pair was a re-run of the final at Easter which Brian took, however Brian had struggled on Sunday to find a set-up which suited the track and Andy Bond had been consistently running 9.3s. Andy was hoping for a good light and for Brian to spin off the line, but Brian and the team had gone back to Saturdays tune-up and came through with an 8.480/177.24 setting himself up nicely for a bye run to the final.
Onto E2 and Mats Anderson in the yellow Opel was looking to overcome number one qualifier Jon Webster and with less than a tenth separating the two it was going to be won or lost on the start line. Jon was into stage first followed closely by Mats, the lights came down and Jon was away first but unfortunately with a -0.003 red handing the race to Mats who duly accepted with a bracket-like ET of 8.569. Brian followed with his bye run and again seemed to be back on track with an 8.468/181.52 to reach his second final of the year.
In the final and a happy looking Mats Andersson and Brian Payne made their way down to the start line, another close race in store since despite Brian's top end speed advantage there was nothing to choose between the ETs. Into stage and Brian got the drop off the Tree and ran through with an 8.472/182.88 closely followed by a charging Mats Andersson with another 8.5/162.95 (Mats would be giving the Super Pro guys a run for their money at this rate!).
Back to back victories for Brain Payne and great start to the season building up an early points lead. Well done and congratulations again to Brain, Paul Wright, Paul Payne, Joe and Liam.
A big thank you to our class sponsors to whom we are very grateful: Topspeed Automotive, Custom Car magazine, RPM magazine, Webster Race Engineering, Doctor Flock, Quartermile High / Zeon TV, Matt Woods Photography and Eurodragster.com, all of whom can be found on our web site at www.streeteliminator.com.
Thanks also to the track crew and staff at Shakespeare County Raceway for a good weekend and providing some outstanding weather! Three weeks and counting to the FIA Main Event and with ten cars entered we look forward to posting some really quick competitive numbers.
Web site updates.
10th May: Continuing on the Springspeed Nationals theme, our good friend Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with a gallery of superb shots from last weekend's race. As ever you can check out the latest update via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.
Also posting some excellent photographs is York Raceway ever-present Richard Smith whose shots of last weekend's Super Street Shootout and UK Open Nationals you can check out at rdsmith.zenfolio.com.
Running for Paula.
9th May: UK Pro ET and Wild Bunch racer Sarah Howells will be taking part in the Great North Run on 15th September to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in memory of the late Paula Marshall.
The Great North Run is the biggest half-marathon on the planet and its runners have raised millions of pounds for charity during its lifetime. Sarah is aiming to get around the thirteen miles in two hours and twenty minutes. "The dedication, commitment and determination I will need to do this doesn't compare to that shown and given by Paula in the recent years but I'll hopefully do her memory justice and would appreciate support to raise as much money as possible", she says.
If you would like to sponsor Sarah in Paula's memory to raise funds for this very deserving cause then please visit her Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/dashracinguk. Sarah's sponsorship target is £2000 but let's see if we can't beat that. You know what to do, folks.
Doignie and Lane's new ride.
9th May: UK Super Gas racer Stuart Doignie has been in touch to admit ownership of the car in one of the two spy pictures published here on Eurodragster.com on 31st January:
The car is owned by myself and long term crewman Tim Lane. The intention is to race the car in Super Gas and Super Comp and to share the driving duties, although Tim will probably use this year to get used to the car and then enter competition next year. We have entered the car for Super Gas and Super Comp at the FIA Main Event and we are looking forward to testing at the Peak Performance Day before the Main Event.
Special thanks to my dad Bob and to Gary for all the hard work assembling the car, and to Nic Williams at OCS Paint for painting the car, and to Darren West at Power Race Graphics for the paint design.
9th May: 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, National Association of Supertwins and European Top Gas Series racers are reminded that the Yanks Weekend, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 25th-27th May, is a round of their respective Championships. You can download the entry form from the Downloads page at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com.
Our good buddy Anders Envall tells us that Robert Karström and the Smart TV team are headed for Tierp Arena to broadcast this weekend's NDRS Nationals live on the internet in 1080 High Definition. The race takes place this Saturday and Sunday and the webcast will commence at approximately 08:00 UK / 09:00 European on Saturday. You can find out more at www.smarttv.se. For the number crunchers out there results will be available at www.nitroz.se.
Hot on the heels of the announcement that the awesome Monster Energy have joined UK blown-alcohol team Bennett Racing, the team are very pleased to announce their latest sponsor Design Engineering, Inc. Design Engineering, Inc. are one of the foremost suppliers of thermal tuning product featuring products for racers, street performance enthusiasts, and hobbyists alike. In addition to supplying the performance aftermarket with thermal tuning products, Design Engineering serves the needs of the powersports, marine, industrial and commercial industry markets the world over. For a full range of products, check out their web site at www.designengineering.com and don’t forget their Twitter and Facebook pages.
ET Bike arrives.
9th May: The weekend's Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway hosted the first running of the new Pro Bike ET and Sportsman Bike ET classes. Although there was only a small entry which resulted in the classes being combined, all of the runners had a cracking weekend:
Phil Steele riding the Parny Express qualified number one after the first round, but it turned around most rounds with Gary Hester riding the ex-Chris Richards Katana taking over top spot for the next two rounds, with Paul Furlong (Furlong Tyres Suzuki) getting closer in the third. NSA Southern Champion Jasper Joy was out on the ex-Mike Taylor Mickey Taker blown Triumph. At the end of qualifiying, Paul was on top with Gary dropping to second and Jasper and Phil down to third and fourth.
In the elimination between Paul and Jasper, Jasper pulled a red and Paul took the win just 0.05 off dial-in. Phil took Gary out. In the final, Phil was slow off the line due to his clutch blowing through and Paul took the win with a backed off 9.30/119 on an 8.90 after a re-run final, due to a timing glitch.
The next outing for the ET classes will be the Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway in August where hopefully a full ladder of riders will turn out. The riders would like to thank the crew at the track and all who made this great idea possible. Don't forget to check out the ET Bike Facebook page or for more information contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Euro Top Gas Round 1 review.
9th May: Many thanks to Herman Jolink for sending a report of the first round of the 2013 European Top Gas Series which took place last weekend over the quarter mile at Hoskovice in the Czech Republic:
Yvonne Kneblova and her team organised the Drag Days for the 23rd time on the very good concrete track north-east of Praha near Mlada Boleslav. We were able to make four qualifying runs on Saturday and two on Sunday morning. Qualifying was as follows:
Sunday was a little cloudy, luckily no rain but the concrete was still cold, when there is some sun on the concrete the times will be better. Semi final: Jolink 8.468/248 nice straight run with the Ducati. Schack 9.376/189 beat Heitmann 9.577/245 red light, Heitmann going 0.344 seconds too early.
Final: Herman Jolink NL on Ducati 1198 RS 8.518/249 def. Frederik Schack DK on 2622 V-Twin 11.952/98 kmh with shifting problems. RTs Jolink 0.236 and Schack 0.308.
Euro Serie Super Twin Top Gas Championship after the first round:
25th-27th May: Shakespeare County Raceway, GB
30th May-2nd June: Bechyne, CZ
3rd-4th August: Vandel, DK
9th-11th August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheim D
16th-18th August: Drachten, NL
30th August-1st September: Mosten Race Days, Randers DK
MPM UK appoint OE distributor.
9th May: Eurodragster.com sponsor MPM UK is pleased to announce the appointment of a new OE distributor in the UK. Universal Automotive currently supply numerous auto factors and buying groups across the UK and are committed to getting the MPM, Arexons and Svitol product ranges into all. Feel free to contact them directly for further information or ordering, and check out their web site at www.universalautomotive.com for the MPM Product Recommendation Tool.
Universal Automotive only deal with OE products, and currently stock and supply Denso, Monroe, Brembo, Trico, Veco, SKF, Dayco, Fister and now have added the MPM, Arexons and Svitol products to their itinerary through MPM Oil UK Ltd.
Richard Stevens of MPM Oil UK Ltd says that MPM are very happy not only to be supplying but also supporting Universal Automotive here in the UK, and see that the partnership will ensure that the end user gets the correct OEM oil products to meet their specific vehicle manufacturer requirements.
Nick Davies, Managing Director of Universal Automotive, says "We fully understand that oils and lubes are no longer a commodity product, but a specific part number to the vehicle, and we believe we have found the best solution to meeting the demanding requirements of modern fleet engines by embracing the MPM UK Ltd OEM ranges. With the MPM range, we can cover any vehicle in the automotive, commercial, truck and bus, motorcycle and marine overnight with OEM product, and are happy to be associated and supplying and distributing the MPM brand in the UK. I'm really looking to attending the Main Event later this month with a group of Universal Automotive employees, and to meeting some of the MPM teams."
Contact Universal Automotive if you have an enquiry, or if you want to place an order then please get in touch with their friendly Sales Team on 01562 512 512 or E-Mail email@example.com.
Springspeed Nationals follow-up.
8th May: Shakespeare County Raceway and APIRA have been in touch to thank all the racers, teams and spectators for supporting last weekend's Springspeed Nationals. Although it was at times a difficult event with Saturday's rain as well as a malfunctioning Christmas Tree, everyone finally made it through the weekend and for some the spoils of victory were trophies and prize money.
"We all know the weekend wasn't easy so we welcome any kind of feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org", says SCR's Jerry Cookson. "We will continue to address the issues of concern and Shakespeare County Raceway will endeavour to make your racing experience the best. We look forward to seeing you all again at our August Bank Holiday Open Sport Nationals."
The next event at the Raceway will be the USAutomotive Yanks Weekend on 25th-27th May. The event will be a Public Track Day weekend as well as the NASC's Gary's Picnic, 20th Anniversary of the National Association of Supertwins, and rounds for 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, European Top Gas, NAST and more. Full event details can be found at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com.
Jerry Cookson adds that as part of Shakespeare County Raceway's Fortieth Anniversary celebrations of drag racing at Long Marston Airfield the drag strip will affectionately be known as Wigmore Way in honour of National Drag Racing Club co-founder and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Alan Wigmore:
In his time Alan was known as the voice of the NDRC as both the Club's Chairman and commentator at Long Marston drag racing events in the 1980s. Like many of the world’s drag strips, such as Pomona's Parker Avenue and Gainesville Raceway's 301 Bernstein Way, we thought that it would be a fitting tribute by honouring all of Alan's efforts towards establishing drag racing at Long Marston, as well as laying the foundations towards the sport's second permanent home with the Airfield's landowners, by naming both lanes with two American-style street signs bearing the Wigmore Way name. The signs were put in place in the start area at the Springspeed Nationals.
Alan was taken from us in November 1998, five months short of his sixtieth birthday, having devoted his life to the sport he loved so much; a true gentleman gone but not forgotten.
Invitations to race.
8th May: Rob of Quartermile Dragracing tells us that Drachten's first event of the season is fast approaching and that all racers are welcome. The Quarter Mile Nationals on 21st-23rd June will include a Pro Mod battle. Many Pro Mods and even faster cars will compete for the prize money. We are still busy talking to a major national TV channel to bring our sport to the attention of a larger crowd.
Registration is €250 per entry except for Juniors which are €125. A double entry, with the same vehicle in another class, is also €125. New racers in Sportsman ET and Street ET Bike can register for €150.
Teams which registered and paid for last year's cancelled event can double-enter the Quarter Mile Nationals with the second entry free, or they can receive five weekend tickets free.
You can register for the Quarter Mile Nationals at www.quartermile.nl.
Jo Peters writes that Round 2 of the Old Skool Ford Drag Challenge takes place at this Sunday's (12th) Street Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway. The competition will include the return of 2012 OSF Champion Iain Sutton in a newly-built Mk1 Escort along with ex-Rover Challenge racer and fellow OSFDC organiser Kev Jenkins who is aiming for the eights following a 9.19 at Round 1 in his Mk1 Escort. New entrants are welcome. See www.oldskoolford.co.uk for more information and Classic Ford magazine for full coverage.
The UK's National Association of Supertwins is twenty years old this year and in celebration of this momentous occasion Bev Batsford writes that Supertwin racers and supporters old and new are welcome to join NAST at Shakespeare County Raceway on 25th-27th May. "Anyone who wishes to bring their bike to race or just display is more than welcome", says Bev. "So that we can add you to the guest list please an RSVP as soon as possible either to email@example.com, to firstname.lastname@example.org, to NAST, or to my Facebook page. We are very proud that we can celebrate the last twenty years with the people who have made it so special and we look forward to many happy years of racing to come."
Black Seven fired up.
8th May: Germany's Black Seven Nitro Racing Team held their traditional pre-season Warm Up last Saturday and our good buddy Markus M¨nch of the der Beschleuniger web site got in touch to tell us all about it:
The team started the bike for the first time this year, first on Methanol, then on twice on Nitro, and it sounded strong and mean.
The team plans to run the complete FIM European Championship and are keen to improve on the ST2 plate which they won last year with a runner-up finnish in the FIM Supertwin Championship.
I asked rider Christian Jäger what is new on the bike. "First of all we have a new front on the bike, which we designed and produced ourselves", he said. "We hope that I will have a better position on the bike to avoid the violent airflow pulling on my hands while on a run. It's hard to hold the handlebars with all the vibrations and wind on the run. We will see how it works out at the FIA Main Event, our first race of the year.
"Beside the normal maintenance routine over the winter months we got our fuel pump refreshed at Waterman in the US. We saw during the warm-up that there is more pressure from the pump than at the end of last season". Other updates are pressure regulation on the fuel injection and clutch, which will now be regulated electronically. "We can now regulate the pressures more precisely and hope to learn fast how it works", said Christian.
There is also a new fuel tank on the bike which is insulated from the motor to avoid engine heat from warming the fuel. The bike will also be fitted with a chute for the first time to help to slow down.
The Team tried to organise a private Test Day at Santa Pod Raceway on the Wednesday prior to the Main Event but did not go through with it as there was not much of a response from other racers. They will therefore test at the Pro Racer Test and Tune Day on the Thursday and prepare themselves for the first race of the 2013 season, the FIA Main Event.
You can read this article in German at www.derbeschleuniger.de.
Allard Chrysler hot news.
8th May: Allard Chrysler Action Group Chair Brian Taylor writes with news of Sunday's fire-up of Europe's first dragster:
We are now running on 66% nitro with ignition advanced to 42 degrees. We may advance this further. Next Sunday additional team roles will be rehearsed with Martin, Gareth and Nick taking turns in the driving seat and then carrying out Crew Chief duties when not behind the wheel. This training will be based on short run times with methanol / nitro / methanol switch. This is because, at four hours, cool-down time is causing concern as it will limit display possibilities. But we are working on reducing this.
You can watch Gareth Kent's video of the fire-up at youtu.be/akS9hChkIfo.
The picture at right shows the 5th May team in the new Allard-Lucas T-shirts which are available for just £15 plus postage by contacting email@example.com. Only 100 have been produced, each one with its unique number.
Web site updates.
8th May: UK Junior Dragster racers Paige and Belle Wheeler were filmed for a feature on the Red Bull web site towards the end of last season, and dad Andy Wheeler of Eurodragster.com sponsor Alamo Rent-A-Car tells us that the feature is now on-line for viewing at www.redbull.com.
Eurodragster.com News Editor Tog spent a rare weekend photographing trackside at the Springspeed Nationals and you can now check out his full gallery of shots, including the ever-popular parachute pictures, at eurodragster.smugmug.com or www.togsdragracing.com.
Springspeed Nationals results.
7th May: Congratulations to the winners of the weekend's Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway:
Super Pro ET: Scott Hauser (7.64) 8.532/115.41 def. Paul Marston (8.85) 28.668/29.90 red
Pro ET: Nic Williams (10.13) 10.107/130.28 def. Liz Malcolm (11.05) 11.048/120.23 red
Sportsman ET: Craig Wright (16.43) 16.514/83.13 def. Nicky Hale (17.60) 17.533/76.19
Super Comp: Paul Brown 9.010/147.42 def. Andy Williams 9.059/147.39
Super Gas: Jon Evans 10.000/128.42 def. Mark White 10.343/113.30
Super Street: Harrison Brown 11.047/103.06 def. Dave Cherrett 10.894/91.33 b/0
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Joe Kellett (8.07) 8.128/78.53 def. Jacob Kopasz (8.01) 8.044/81.08
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Brian Payne 8.472/182.88 def. Mats Andersson 8.594/162.95
Outlaw Anglia: Cliff Griffin 7.840/175.63 def. Colin Millar 14.538/138.35
Wild Bunch: Bob Hawkins (8.06) 8.182/165.66 def. Adam Price (9.25) 9.249/145.74 b/o
VW Sportsman: Jason Anslow (15.80) 15.874/84.38 def. Luke Stevenson (13.65) 13.680/95.58
VW Pro: Matt Attwood (11.22) 11.339/112.52 def. James Hodson (11.20) 12.471/94.63
Pro Stock Bike: Len Paget 7.646/171.75 def. Mark Smith 8.916/108.03 red
Funny Bike: Maarten Zijlstra 7.966/163.83 def. Stuart Crane 11.122/74.35
Super Street Bike: Graham Balchin 7.478/190.03 def. Chris Reed 7.651/184.82
Comp Bike: Tony Clark 7.939/169.19 def. Lizz McCarthy 7.822/159.70
8.50 Bike: Phil Bloomfield 8.887/134.39 def. Dave Thomas 9.509/167.47
9.50 Bike: Alex Hope 9.523/144.37 def. Fred Furlong 9.457/134.79 b/o
Supertwin Comp: Joe Elliott 9.363/145.53 def. Nigel Batsford 9.494/140.13
Supertwin ET: Carey Wadey (11.39) 11.325/119.75 def. Peter Harrison (11.10) 11.268/114.48 red
ET Bike: Paul Furlong (8.90) 9.308/119.17 def. Phil Steele (9.48) 10.638/141.11
Junior Drag Bike: Louis Davis (9.78) 9.725/65.79 def. Jordan Kenway (12.20) 12.003/49.07 b/o
Neither the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award nor the Eurodragster.com / Gold RV Perfect ET Award were won at the Springspeed Nationals so they have been increased to £75 and £100 respectively for the FIA Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway.
You can check out our Springspeed Nationals coverage, which is presented in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car, by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link on the lef-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
A step back to take two forwards...
7th May: No one has ever said that running a Top Fuel Dragster team was going to be easy, but the off-season has been very challenging for the UK's Chris Andrews and the F&A racing team:
After the FIA European Finals the team started planning and ordering the parts for the 2013 campaign - piston, rods, heads and new superchargers, and not forgetting the hundreds of small parts which a team needs to go racing.
During the winter, when servicing the car, we discovered that a new ring gear and pinion was going to be needed as ours was showing signs of wear and small fractures were found. The parts were ordered but sadly have yet to arrive. The same goes for the pistons and rods. Without these parts we will not be able to race at the Main Event and we are going to have to delay our start of the season, but we will be out as soon as we can.
We have the truck and trailer nearly finished and we hope that they will be back at the workshop by next week so all the parts that we do have can be organised and stored properly. The standard of work that has gone into the truck and trailer from the guys at GB Motorsport has been out of this world. We have also had some changes in the crew and the new guys are going to fit in really well and help to move the team forward with new found energy. A few more weeks of training and we will be ready.
I would like to thank everyone who has been messaging me on Facebook and texting me asking about what we are planning for this season. I am sorry that our start to the season is going to be delayed but we will be back out and will be testing at Santa Pod before you know. In the meantime we want to wish everyone taking part in the 2013 season all the very best, and we look forward to getting back to the track soon and hopefully going faster than ever.
7th May: 17:05 Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the official entry list for the FIA Main Event, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 24th-27th May. You can check out the FIA Main Event entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Monster Energy back Bennett Racing.
7th May: UK blown-alcohol altered team and Eurodragster.com Blogger Bennett Racing are proud to announce their latest team sponsor: none other than Monster Energy, one of biggest energy drink companies on the planet:
Bennett Racing is the first drag racing team in Europe to be supported by the energy drink brand and we look forward to working with them to promote the sport using the epic Topolino, which pulls 0-100mph in just over one second: a true Monster!
To keep up to date with our progress this season check out our brand new web site at www.bennettracing.co.uk and our official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BennettRacingUK .
We're looking forward to a long a very successful relationship with Monster Energy! Roll on 2013!
Web site updates.
7th May: Coverage of this weekend's events at York Raceway is available on the UKDrag.net Blog at www.ukdrag.net.
Fencing with Santa Pod.
3rd May: Santa Pod Raceway's Operations Manager Neale Saunders writes with news of more development work at the facility:
As well as the new track surface, new debris fencing has been installed to protect the pit side of the track from an area just beyond the end of the grandstand all the way to the scrutineering building. The main portion of the debris fence is 350 metres long, five metres high, and is strengthened by 1750 metres of tensioned steel wire rope used to suspend 700 metres of heavy duty chain link from thirty three steel girders.
This new addition replaces the tired and scruffy fencing which people would have been used to seeing for over ten years and shows that Santa Pod are not only committed to providing the safest environment possible for racers and fans but that we also care about the appearance of the facility. Racers and spectators are politely asked to refrain from securing tents and awnings to the fence or from climbing it.
Though it has been said that the new fence has something of a Jurassic Park feel to it we won't be putting high voltage through it.
3rd May: A brace of spy pictures (below) has arrived with the words "383 heading for the mixing bowl". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eurodragster.com sponsor Topspeed Automotive can offer secure gated hard standing at their Wellingborough distribution centre just three miles from Santa Pod Raceway. If you would like to use this secure facility then please Topspeed Automotive on on 07720 678147.
Please note that as we will be away on duty at Shakespeare County Raceway until Monday there is a chance that postings to our Jeff Bull Race Engines Swap Meet will be delayed. However, please send your classified ads as normal and we will post them when we can.
Web site updates.
3rd May: Marcus Sjödin writes that the new Top Doorslammer web site has been launched featuring the latest team news, driver biographies, race calenday and more. Marcus adds that live reports will also be posted on the site during the season. Check it out at www.topdoorslammer.com.
Springspeed Nationals update.
2nd May: Thanks to Shakespeare County Raceway for passing on more information about the APIRA Springspeed Nationals, which takes place this Saturday-Monday (4th-6th):
Version 3 of the official entry list can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com.
An amended provisional running order for Saturday is now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com. Please note that this running order is provisional and is subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.
If you have any queries about the APIRA Springspeed Nationals, then please contact the Raceway office at email@example.com or call 01789 720180/414119 (outside the UK +44 1789 720180/414119).
Webcam as pain relief.
2nd May: Big Bang Outlaw Anglia winner Colin Millar and the Flyin' Fifer team of Scott and Gus have asked us to say a big Get Well Soon to Crew Chief - and owner of one of the prettiest Model Ys you'll ever see - Andy Park, who was taken ill at the event.
"Andy came down with us on Thursday night and felt quite ill", says Colin. "By Friday night was in serious agony and eventually he had to seek help with the local medical team at Santa Pod whom he cannot praise highly enough. The medical team tended to him and drove him straight to Kettering A&E where he had various tests and was diagnosed with gallstones. Andy has been down there on his own in the hospital ever since, he had his operation yesterday and they managed to remove the stone.
"I gave Andy a call to see if he needed help with travel arrangements to get him home but was told that he now has two days' recuperation, so I have to remember his suitcase and pick him up on Friday night on my way down to the Springspeed Nationals at Shakey.
"Andy was gutted not to be there on Sunday for the fantastic final between Cliff and myself but he managed to suck on the gas and air whilst watching the webcam in between the waves of pain. The nurses thought he was in serious trouble but he had to explain that all the roaring was just a Scottish thing on winning the final, but they didn’t really understand!
"Finally a big thanks from me personally to Andy for his help and continued support, see you soon Andy."
2nd May: Thanks to George Kinghorn for letting us know that Pennine Drag Racing Club Championship points are now available on the UKDrag.net blog at www.ukdrag.net/pdrc/pdrc-championship-points. A link to the PDRC points is also available on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Steve Dudley has been in touch with a reminder that the next slot drags at MrD Raceway will take place at 8:00 pm tomorrow (Friday) at The Cathedral Primary School, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1PA. "There is a small car park in the school grounds which should be able to accommodate us all", says Steve. "Entry and racing are free, all we ask is that you make a donation of a couple of pounds to help toward the hire of the hall, although it's not obligatory. I have loan cars for anybody wishing to try out this exciting form of slot car racing. We try to run a couple of elimination races during the evening to add some element of competition / tension to the meeting. Come and have a go, it's great fun!"
Springspeed Nationals coverage.
2nd May: Eurodragster.com will be at Shakespeare County Raceway this weekend to bring you the news from the Springspeed Nationals in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car.
Our coverage will consist of frequently-updated reports on the on-track action each day together with a photo gallery at the end of each day. There will be no pit notes this weekend as usual Pit Reporter Simon will be writing the race reports.
The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line and will broadcast live video and commentary / Shakeysounds feed so long as the track is open. Thanks to Maikel and the guys at Doyousee.me for the provision of streaming services.
We will post a direct Home Page link to our coverage as soon as it commences but in the meantime you can check out our Springspeed Nationals event index page, which includes the official entry list and Saturday's provisional running order, by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link on the lef-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Web site updates.
2nd May: 2013 Edition 3 of the Speedgroup newsletter looks forward to the European Championships with previews of FIA classes and updates from the venues on the Championship tour as well as racer features, the latest on the EDRS Series, and Eurodragster.com Editor's Diary recounting an icy Festival of Power. You can check it all out at club.speedgroup.eu.
Springspeed Nationals racer update.
1st May: Thanks to Shakespeare County Raceway for passing on more details of the arrangements for the APIRA Springspeed Nationals, which takes place this Saturday-Monday (4th-6th May):
Version 2 of the official entry list can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com.
The provisional running order for Saturday is now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com. Please note that this running order is provisional and is subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.
If you have any queries about entry to the APIRA Springspeed Nationals, then please contact the Raceway office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01789 720180/414119 (outside the UK +44 1789 720180/414119).
Back from the brink.
1st May: The start to Team Griffin's defence of their Outlaw Anglia Championship didn't go exactly as planned at Santa Pod Raceway at the weekend. Callum Pudge writes:
After an engine warm up in the workshop, and then another in the pits, all was looking well. But during a strong burnout in the first qualifying session, one of the new valves decided it didn't like hard work and decided to make a hasty exit. It was an expensive burnout! After assessing the damage in the pits, it was decided that it was far too early to give up and a mammoth thrash was started to get it sorted.
Cliff stripped the engine while Frank and Lynne drove back to the workshop to collect more pistons, the old heads, rocker gear and everything else needed to get it back to the old set-up which we had last year. Work eventually finished at around 3:00 in the morning. When we arrived at 8:00 in the morning we were surprised to find it all back together and Frank itching for everybody to wake up so that we could run and check it!
After a brief run to check the timing, it was tweaked and then run again sounding pretty strong! Much to everybody's surprise we were first in the queue for Q2. All fingers were crossed and after another strong burnout Cliff clicked off a fairly easy 8.2 pass. We decided to sit out the remaining qualifying rounds to give the engine a brief check-over. In round one we were up against Mark Bracking and took a 7.89 win. The second round was a bye but Cliff wasn't going to take it easy, giving us another consistent 7.89 which gave us lane choice for the final.
In the final we were matched against Colin Millar who was also running sevens. This turned out to be really thrilling, close race - just like the final last year. This time Colin took the well-deserved win with a holeshot but Team Griffin were thrilled to be runner up after what was a very hard weekend.
Team Griffin would like to congratulate Colin on his win, and I personally would like to congratulate Team Griffin on getting the car back into the 7.8s after a very late night and lots of hard work!
Big Bang for Bloodlines.
1st May: Big Bang at Santa Pod Raceway was the first test session for Bloodlines Racing's newly-supercharged True Blood slingshot:
The injected motor was sold on to Ed Yates and the DB team while Ian Turburville installed a magnesium Ed Pink 8/71 blower, originally from Raymond Beadle's Blue Max FC, and a vintage Hilborn four-hole hat on the 555ci BBC. Running all this cool vintage equipment meant that the base set-up was a pure guess so this weekend was to tweak it and find out what it needed.
The car seemed to attract a lot of welcome attention and the blower has transformed the looks of the car, it is now just how it should look - as if it was born in 1965 instead of 2008. People kept asking about the history of the car and looked confused when told it was almost new!
Ian and Laura unloaded the car and Crunch and Gregory Robins were on hand to crew. The first few fire-ups were a bit hit and miss while the fuel system was adjusted and measured several times. It was also a time for a whole new maintenance routine. The weather on Saturday was not very helpful and included hailstorms and an ever changing wind direction with a nasty wind chill factor. The track was only open after 4:00 pm and the car was ready at the head of the lanes then but weather and several broken cars delayed proceedings for four long, weary, hours. The call to fire it up came at the very last minute before the track closed in the dark at 9:00 pm.
The car barked into life but with huge header flames which surprised everyone! Ian tried a burnout but it was a bit lacklustre for some reason. He staged and launched into the darkness blowing huge header flames all the way down the track but it was a slow test run. No matter, it looked absolutely stunning in the dark, like a Saturday night at Long Beach in 1965, perfect!
Next day the car was looked over and the team found that the magneto had crept just a couple of millimetres, not easy to spot. When the timing was checked the advance had slipped from 38 degrees to 18, hence the big header flames. Once re-set and tightened the car was sounding doubly strong and making proper power. Time for some more runs! The blower was presenting a whole new world of situations which had to be attended like frozen butterflies, burnout clip lengths, increased fuel wash down, etc. All new to Ian but familiar to Crunch. On the last run on Sunday the car was at last responding nicely and leapt from the line as it should but then, as if to keep it really nostalgic, a gasket blew and gave Ian a good old oil bath so he had to shut it down at half track as he couldn't see a darn thing! All part of the slingshot experience and lots of fun.
All in all a very successful weekend and début for the car thanks to all the hard work from Crunch, Greg and Laura. True Blood's next appearance will be Dragstalgia but Laura will be racing the Young Blood car at Shakespeare County Raceway this coming weekend and then at the FIA Main Event.
Bloodlines Racing is partnered by Turboville Racing, Gates, Nottingham Platers, Topspeed, Kenny Youngblood, DJ Safety, Superpower Unlimited, Ingrid and Martin, Tim Fountain, and Pete and Duncan.
1st May: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for forwarding us the post-Big Bang standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championships. You can check out the UK points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (below left) came with the words "Out with the old electrical disaster area, watch this space". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at email@example.com.
UK Super Comp / Gas racer Jon Giles asked us to say a huge thank you to Dave Southcombe, Rick Johnson, Chris Round and Tim Adam for all their help and hard work trying to get his Willys (above right) back to some form of race car. "We have made some steps towards this", says Jon, "fingers crossed we will get it finished and ready for the Main Event."
Many thanks to Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe for forwarding us the official Big Bang timing data. You can check out the data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
UK Super Pro ET racer Billy Gane is organising another summer party on 3rd August at Ladygrove, Ongar Road West, Writtle, Essex CM1 3NT (map). £10 buys you a hog roast, subsidised bar, live band, disco, show and shine, bouncy castle, Chelmsford Hot Rod Club Show and Shine and more. Motorhomes, caravans and tents are welcome. For more information get in touch with Billy via his Facebook page.
Springspeed Nationals Perfect Awards.
1st May: This weekend's Springspeed Nationals is the third event in the 2013 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £150 is on offer for perfect performance.
This weekend's Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Junior Dragster racer Belle Wheeler at Big Bang. The money will be awarded to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the FIA Main Event; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the FIA Main Event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with UK Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing (Tig and Cath Napier).
Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried.
This weekend's Eurodragster.com / Gold RV Perfect ET Award has been increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at Big Bang. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend during qualifying or eliminations in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), 9.50 Bike, 8.50 Bike, the Wild Bunch, VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Junior Drag Bike, Supertwin ET, ET Pro Bike and ET Sportsman Bike, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Run of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £100 for the FIA Main Event; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the FIA Main Event. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with RV sales and service specialists Gold RV. For more details about the services which Gold RV can provide see Derek Flynn or visit www.goldrv.co.uk.
To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry decals, one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull this weekend's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to pull a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Eurodragster.com / Gold RV Perfect ET Award decals will be available in the Signing On office.
Web site updates.
1st May: Our good buddy Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with a gallery of shots from the Public Test Day at Shakespeare County Raceway on 20th July. As ever you can check out the latest update via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.
See MPM Oil for specifics.
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