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Bug Jam coverage.
21st July: We are in place at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you all the action from Bug Jam in association with
John Woolfe Racing.

Our coverage will consist of end-day galleries each day courtesy of Julian and Diana, and the usual real-time reports and results from the start of qualifying at 16:00 on Saturday and throughout Sunday. The Webster Race Engineering/Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line broadcasting live video and commentary/Nitro FM audio so long as the track is open each day.

You can check out our Bug Jam Event Index, which also contains links to the final, final official entry list and provisional running orders, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Liam takes it all.
21st July: Graham McDonald writes that Irish Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald took number one qualifying spot and the event win on his first trip to Germany's Jade Raceway:

Liam and family flew to the UK and on to Holland where we were met at the airport by fellow Junior Dragster racer Cheyenne Visser and family with whom we travelled on to Jade, pronounced ja-da, Raceway which took about three hours driving from Groningen airport.We arrived in the dark but thankfully some of Cheyenne's team had arrived earlier with Liam's car and had set up our tent which saved us having to do it in the dark. A big thanks to Remco and Al for their help.

Next day (Friday) we were up early and brought the car to scrutineering and had a quick look at the track. All the teams were pitted on concrete and with lots of room, good toilets and spotless showers, a really nice professionally-run event with timing by the Dutch timing crew and really good track PA call outs. Benny the track announcer did a great job all weekend.

So Friday we had six or seven qualifying runs and on Saturday we had another seven, giving lots of time to set up the car. Jade is almost at sea level and this did cause us some trouble as with the good air we broke out of the 12.90 index (I think they are changing to the 11.90 index in the near future). We ran a 12.70 so we had to reduce our top end speed, we were running at least 0.75 seconds quicker at Jade than anywhere else we have run in Europe so far. So after settling on an ET that would keep us out of trouble the whole weekend, as with running until eight o'clock each night the car was getting quicker with changing temperatures, we stabilised our ETs somewhat within a ball park setting and watched air pressure and the air temperature.

Liam qualified number one with a 0.008 which we believed would hold, but we knew someone could have beaten us at the last minute. However it held and Liam actually pulled a perfect light in Sunday's Test and Tune before the eliminations, but at that stage we didn't need it.

Into Sunday's eliminations with a seven-car field, Liam had a bye run for number one qualifier then fought through to the final and won by breaking out less on a double breakout.

One funny thing that happened was that we were bringing Liam's car to the start line and were being helped by Cheyenne Visser's granddad Al who wears clogs, we were showing Al how to set up the revs on Liam's car and stage it. At one point we had Al's clog in stage with Liam's car nowhere near the start line.

Final words on Jade as a place to race would be that at close to sea level with temps in the 16° to 28° C range and cold air blowing off the water you are bound to see your Personal Bests fall at this track, well worth the journey.


Smax's roll of honour.
21st July: Having come down, inasmuch as he ever comes down, from son Aidan's first five-second passes in the Ant Hill Mob Top Alcohol FC ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith has been looking at his qualifying stats since his first race in NHRA competition:

2015, Epping: Out-qualified JR Todd, Antron Brown, Dave Connolly and Terry McMillen.

2016, Charlotte: Out-qualified Pat Dakin, Chris Karamesines and Terry Haddock.

2016, Topeka: Out-qualfied Rob Passey.

2016, Reading: Out-qualified JR Todd, Shawn Reed, Terry McMillen and Terry Haddock.

2017, Charlotte: Out-qualified Luigi Novelli.

2017, Atlanta: Out-qualified Brittany Force.

2017, Epping: Out-qualified Steve Chrisman.

2017, Englishtown: Out-qualified Blake Alexander.

Along the way in qualifying I also beat Ritchie Crampton at Epping in 2016. in Reading in 2017 I beat Shawn Reed then won the first round beating Tony Schumacher and in New Jersey I beat Shawn Langdon. I'm dad proud of the fact that I'm the first Englishman to win a round of Top Fuel over here in forty years!

A huge thank you to the Leverichs and all our crew! We have run 4.11/285 to 1000 feet and 4.84/297 to the quarter with the belt off at 1200 feet. Hopefully I will see my first 3.9 and 300 mph 1000-foot soon.


Swift snippets.
20th July: Nigel Taylor asked us to wish a big Happy 77th Birthday to long-serving drag racer, engineer, fabricator and top man Arthur Bonner of Detroit Spinner Racing. "We all thank Arthur for all the years of entertainment that he has given to the sport and the encouragement that he gave us all to rebuild the car and get a great group of people together at the strip", says Nigel. And so say all of us, Happy Birthday Arthur.

Are these your caravans?
19th July: Santa Pod Raceway are seeking the owners of three caravans which are placed amongst the marshals' caravans at the top end of the track.

If any of these caravans belong to you then please get in touch with Darren Prentice at Santa Pod either at darren@santapod.com or call 01234 782828.

If the owners do not come forward shortly then the caravans will be removed.


A season's aims.
19th July: Carla Pittau has been in touch with an update on the Heaven & Hell team's weekend at the FHRA Nitro Nationals:

This season started with the firm intention of going after the EDRS Pro crown again after Rick's success with that Championship last year, and so far the chances seem pretty fair, at least for him.

My own aim is to get seat time and squeeze all the power that can be squeezed out of the excellent Brian Tilburg-built small block and to try to avoid red lights, possibly even go a few rounds, and so far... not quite there! At the FHRA Nitro Nationals, sadly the last to take place at the lovely Finnish venue, I qualified number five and won my very first heads-up race against Vilma Palasmaa, daughter of experienced and much respected racer Hannu Palasmaa, although I must confess that as I knew I had more power I made sure I wouldn't pull a red light and sat on it a little on the start line. Maybe this made me want to get a sharper reaction in the second round against Jarmo Grönman, where I threw it all away pulling a cherry. It was all over for me, but the beauty of a two-car team is that we still had one more chance, which Rick grabbed with both hands.

The field at Alastaro was quite intimidating, the usual Swedish suspects there, all excellent racers whose reactions certainly push you to sharpen your pencil on the start line, plus the usual and unusual Finnish suspects including Rickn nemesis Jarmo Markkanen, an experienced and refined racer against whom he still has to score a victory. However fate wanted, for a change, that Rick should not meet Jarmo in competition, but he still had to face serious contenders like Lars Nyberg, Sari Kainulainen, Iiro Mikkola and Kai Suilo.

Although our long-suffering but fantastic permanent crew was unable to attend, we had the good fortune of having our very own Finnish crew at Alastaro, composed of our good friend Mira Sultanen with her children Tuomas and Suvi, her partner Tomppa Ahonen and his friend Janne. What the brand-new crew lacked in experience they certainly made up for in enthusiasm and helpfulness, as they were extremely reliable throughout the four days, turning up early and even bringing supplies of anything they thought might be useful, were great fun to be with, and made the whole experience even more enjoyable: we were thoroughly spoilt and are really grateful to them.

Rick's car was doing her duty cheerfully and enthusiastically, and if she wasn't qualifying any higher than twelfth she certainly still had a few aces up her sleeve, as she never missed a beat, consistently and diligently getting her wheels up on the start line and turning on the win light at the finish. The driver was also very consistent, dishing up a bunch of respectable RTs including a 0.004 during eliminations.

Repeating the wonderful success of the Tierp Internationals seemed like asking too much of fate, but obviously the gods of drag racing felt that Rick's little brush with the wall at Söderhamn should be compensated with the good fortune of an incredible second win in a row, and this arrived with a dead-on in the final against Kai Suilo, with a 9.987 on a 9.98 dial in, for which the Crew Chief shall take credit...

When Rick came back from the final we were overwhelmed by the sincere congratulations we received from the other racers. It was humbling to see such a level of sportsmanship and we feel honoured to be part of this community.

So far the main aim of the 2018 season seems to be on track, as Rick McCann the Wheelie Man has increased his lead in the EDRS Pro Championship and we very much look forward to the next round at Gardemoen where we will compete in the Drag Challenge, a race which we very much enjoyed last year and which also ended in a win. We will try to encourage Lady Luck again, and even if the entry list is unfortunately small we will have to contend with some of the best competitors in the class to bring home a trophy. We'll do our best!

We would like to thank Mira, Tomppa, Janne, Tuomas and Suvi for their help and good humour as well as the videos and photos they took, the track crew for being attentive and professional, and all of the Stock/Super Stock racers for being the best bunch in the world.


Swift snippets.
19th July: Andy Frost's racing visits to the Bahrain International Circuit to attempt to get into the fives with a street-legal race car are the subject of an excellent documentary now available on YouTube. Five Seconds or Bust - Bahrain Edition can be checked out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBfmmDz587A or click on the picture at right.

Eurodragster.com reader Michael McDonald has been in touch seeking experience working with a Fuel team. "I'm nineteen years old and want to pursue a career in a Top Fuel team, therefore I want to get experience", says Michael. If you have room for a new crew member on your Fuel team then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com and we'll put you in touch.

Many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official Dragstalgia timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Jay, Michelle, Mum, Dad and everyone at Orange Pop Racing asked us to say a big Happy 50th Birthday for today (Thursday) to UK Outlaw Anglia racer Simon Barlow. Our pleasure, have a great day Simon.

Paul Bryan tells us that he is suffering problems posting to his usual Flickr gallery so his Dragstalgia pictures are currently available on his Facebook page by clicking here.


Dragstalgia bike review.
19th July: Photo-journalist Keith Lee says that Dragstalgia was a brilliant event, even if it left him totally shattered:

First I would like to say a big thank you for the Spirit of ’76 award, which was very special for me. When Pete Crane presented the the perpetual shield, he did comment that the little version was for Annie, who enjoyed the excellent coverage as she watched from home!

The twenty four-strong NSA bike group put on a great show as always, and produced some outstanding performances. It was obvious that John Hobbs was up for it, as he pulled out the stops to run both bikes in a couple of sessions. From fighting a dancing front end on Olympus, he moved on to the heavyweight double-Weslake and laid down some truly impressive times on the Hobbit, hitting a best of 8.57/160. These are numbers which would have been competitive forty years ago in his prime, and gives an indication of just how much he enjoyed the new Santa Pod track surface.

It was a shame that Martin Willmott had to shut off prior to the final run-off against John, after earlier recording one of his best ever times on his 500 Triumph, at 9.37/148. A throttle return spring had slipped, and he was left with no option but to let John solo to another strong eight second pass for the class win.

Not sure of my favourite bike moment of the event, but Terry Homan turning 11.57/127 on the unforgettable Drag Waye after just a few runs on this unique machine was pretty special indeed. Jeff Byne also improved his times, and hit 10.46/134 on his double Triumph, which left him thinking in terms of nine-second runs being possible next time out. There was a fair amount of attrition in the fearsome heat, which included Jan Honee holing a piston, and damaging the conrod after a 9.00 opener on his fearsome 500 Jawa. A major casualty were the start rollers, kindly provided by Neil and Ray Baskerville. The strain of starting the twin-engined bikes actually caused it to throw a rod! Using his road bike on a spare set of rollers, Anthony Billinton stepped up to start the bikes for the remaining sessions, which was much appreciated.

The new pit area worked well, and our foreign visitors all had a great time at the event, as they found out what Dragstalgia is all about. So many people came up to say hello over the three days, which makes this meet so enjoyable, as old racers make a point of coming along to enjoy reliving old times.

Finally, bike-wise, I would like to add my congratulations to the Pegasus team on being inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. All of them were there for the weekend, with Derek Chinn fielding his Pegasus Reborn Vincent for Graham Martin to ride. Well-earned guys!

For all those who asked about the Dennis Priddle book progress, please check back here on Eurodragster.com this coming Monday when the launch plans will be announced.


The iconic car continues.
19th July: Blown-nitro Daimler dragster racer Robin Read says that he and the team were disappointed not to do better at Dragstalgia:

There was a lot of anticipation to run well but it was not to be.

For our first run we had settings in the car which should have run a high six-second pass, as we thought that the weather conditions were similar to last year's meeting. But we recorded a 7.15. The car felt lazy, indicative of being too rich. When we did the engine turnaround we were surprised to see that we had burned seven of the eight new type of plugs which we had hoped would increase speed and lower our Elapsed Time. This conflicted with how the car had felt on the track, a burned plug usually indicating a lean mixture. We decided to ignore the burned plugs and revert to our usual brand - the new plugs did not suit our tune-up nor the engine configuration. The clutch setting was also the same as at our last meeting, the 2017 Flame and Thunder Show. We hadn't gone more aggressive as we didn't know how the new track would be. It was OK, so we adjusted it and left the finger weights the same.

The tuning decision was to put more air into the engine to compensate for the hot conditions, this was as opposed to removing fuel to correct the rich condition. This is done by turning the supercharger faster by changing the sizes of the pulleys driving it. The least amount of overdrive we could have with the pulleys we had was 15%, a bit more than we wanted, but we needed the extra air. We also added another 2% fuel to our mixture and richened the system overall. The warm-up for the next run went well, lots of positive comments about how good the engine sounded.

Down for the next run. We made a mistake here by rolling too far through the water box before starting the burnout, the tyres were too dry and instead of getting up on the tyres and burning out the car tried to hook up and launch but in high gear this couldn't happen. But then we were shut down by the ever-vigilant start line team as something was amiss - fluid on the track. Back at the pit we discovered that an engine water jacket bung had been displaced. We thought that a head gasket had gone to cause this but all our checks indicated that this was not the case. We interpreted the signs that maybe, due to the poor burnout, as the car hooked up it had suffered a bit of tyre shake and that this may have dislodged the bung.

The necessary repairs were done, adjustments made, down for the afternoon run. All went reasonably well. Burnout OK, run OK, this time the engine was responsive and lively, I thought it would be good! But the run was a 7.0/192, still not what we were hoping for. On the turnaround for the next pass we found two bent exhaust push rods, an indication that we had over-revved the engine, and a lot of clutch wear. We had mis-read the grip of the new track and also hadn't compensated in the clutch for the additional engine power.

On to Sunday and the first run. All adjustments made, more finger weight on the clutch, car warmed up, full of promise! The burnout was perfect, but then shut down again for another dislodged engine water jacket bung letting water onto the track. Back in the pit the checks now showed that a head gasket was leaking pressure from number eight cylinder into the water jacket. This time though we worked out why it was happening: with the extra air being put in from the overdriven supercharger, the cylinder pressures when running were great enough to overcome the head studs' ability to hold the cylinder head down which then allowed the pressure to pass into the water jacket and push the bung out.

We then made the decision to not run again. We had been lucky, both times the bung had dislodged on the burnout; had this happened on the run, under full power, wetting just one rear tyre, the results could have been catastrophic! I was downhearted for a short while, but on the positive side, we still have a complete race car. We had also found the next limiting factor with a Daimler, we would have to find and work out how to fit larger, stronger cylinder head studs. There were other positives too: our new rocker geometry was perfect; we had checked the crankshaft bearings on the Saturday evening and they too were perfect; we had found a tune-up which would work with the new track; and the new rear end gears had survived.

As most people are aware we are constructing a new car, which has been happening alongside the running of the current car. We had wanted to run the first 200 mph pass by a British engine with our current car, it would be the final endorsement of greatness for this iconic and historic dragster, but it is eating the budget and time to finish the new car. Prior to Dragstalgia there has been a discussion that it should be parked up whatever happened, to allow the new car to be finished and débuted this season . But I am excited and pleased to let you know that our whole team voted to effect the necessary upgrades to the current car and try again for the 200 later this year whenever we can find a suitable event.

My thanks go to my all-important sponsors ACL Bearings, ARP Fasteners, Arrow Precision, Kent Cams, Venolia Pistons, Engine Parts UK, Tamworth Heat Treatment, Thames Cryogenics, Thomas Fabrications, Kershaw Engineering, Impel Engineering, Hopkinson Engineering, G Max, Nimbus Motorsport and Yukon Gear and Axle. Thanks also to all at Santa Pod Raceway for the superb facility, to the track crew for keeping me safe, and finally to my loyal and hardworking team Mark Evans, Bertie Hopkinson, Bill Mears and Ella Chapman.


Running on all seven.
19th July: Dragstalgia Slingshot Showdown runner-up Bob Hawkins was 12.5% down on cylinders by the end of the weekend but still managed an impressive performance:

The Slingshot Showdown started off on a real high for us with a Q2 in the first qualifier! It was a big boost for the team after all the engine damage from the Retro Show. We went on to run pretty consistent sixes at over two hundred in the eliminations on Sunday.

We started to ramp up the power a little on each run, trying to resist the temptation to just tip the can in, and it was looking like we were in with a fair shout for the final as the gap was closing. Unfortunately shortly before the final we discovered we had some detonation issues in number two cylinder. The exhaust valve had burnt and we now had zero compression in that cylinder!

Now what? Well, we came up with a plan to push up the blower boost and try to pump out the same HP on just the seven good cylinders and let number two just burn off the excess fuel despite having no compression. It worked! So we gave it our best shot but trying to beat the newly-crowned fastest slingshot in Europe was a lot to ask. Huge congratulations must go to Joe Bond and his team who did a stunning job, and it was their day with a  thoroughly well-deserved win.

My own crew worked their pants off in the heat to get our car turned round each run and also to deal with our problems, thank you so much guys! Lastly but not least, it came a huge surprise when I was presented with the Spirit of Dragstalgia award for our efforts! A massive Thank You to all, especially to James Forster who still seems extremely  keen to set us on fire on Saturday evenings, and also to all at the Pod for a very fast and safe track - it had the best grip I've experienced to date!


T break.
19th July: The UK's Paul Watson débuted his blown-alcohol altered at Dragstalgia in 2017 and attended a couple of test days after that, but then things started to go up and down, mainly down:

2018 started badly when we found that our Kobelco blower had broken. Also I had three months off due to an accident at work. We finally brought the car out at the SPRC Summernationals where we still had to complete a licencing run. We ran a 7.50 followed by 7.45 and we really thought we had finished with all the problems.


Dragstalgia was the one I looked forward to the most, we had a few issues just before the event but was all done just in time. We warmed the car a couple of times in the pits but the next time we had ten-foot flames. We knew it must be ignition-related, and on inspection we found that the roll pin in the mag drive was broken. After that all seemed good but then disaster on the first run as it threw number two rod on deceleration. We don't know why, but we will investigate.

I started a Facebook page for the car where I could show the story of my last race car called Grumpy's T but unfortunately now we have a sad ending as the damage is extensive and beyond my budget, I would like to thank everyone for the support shown and to thank all those who have helped me along the way.


Redline Rumble entry update.
18th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 1 of the official entry list for Redline Rumble, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-19th August and which is a double-header ACU and UK National Championship round for Funny Bike, Comp Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike and Supertwin Top Gas, and a non-Championship Shootout for Super Street Bike.

You can check out the Redline Rumble entry list by clicking here.

Entry closes on Friday of next week, 27th July, after which date a late entry penalty may be applied. You can find the official entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about Redline Rumble entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Important NitrOlympX entry update.
17th July: Yasin Özer has been in touch with an important update for racers entering next month's
NitrOlympX at Hockenheim:

Entry closes on Friday of next week, 27th July, except for Junior Dragster which is full so we cannot accept any more entries for that class.

Please remember that under privacy law it is absolutely necessary to sign the Declaration of Consent, please see the entry form. Without your signature we can't accept your entry. Some of the FIA racers have not signed their Declaration of Consent.

You can see the current entry list and status (PDF format) by clicking here.


Bug Jam Perfect Awards.
17th July: This weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £100 will be on offer for perfect performance.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award remains at £50 after the special additional award was not won at Dragstalgia. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award will be 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 then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Mopar EuroNationals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Mopar EuroNationals. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals will be available in the Signing On office or from the Eurodragster.com office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).

The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Pro ET racer and Award sponsor Al Platt at the SPRC Summernationals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to run +0.000 on index or dial-in during qualifying or eliminations. The Perfect ET Award will be available this weekend in VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £100 for the Redline Rumble; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Redline Rumble.

To be eligible to win the Award, decals (right) must be carried, clearly visible, one on each side of the vehicle. If a Perfect ET is recorded without decals then there will be no argument, we will not pay out and the money will be awarded to the next racer to record a Perfect ET. Decals will be available in Signing On from this Friday.

For more information about the services which Vitesse Labelling Products can provide please see Al Platt in the Modurstang Pro ET pits or visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk.


Dragstalgia results.
16th July: Congratulations to the winners at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway:

Nostalgia Cannonball: Nick Davies 6.2135/231.70 def. Ramon van der Weurf 6.4113/215.93
Slingshot Showdown: Joe Bond 6.5779/221.12 def. Bob Hawkins 6.8621/193.06
Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar 7.5100/179.96 def. Scott Crookston 7.8496/169.81
Nostalgia Super Stock: Tom Watkins (9.59) 9.5921/139.00 def. Lee Chiles (11.07) 11.1074/122.51
Gasser Circus: John Grant (11.83) 11.9359/101.47 def. Kjell Andersson (9.55) 9.5946/139.44 DQ red
Willys Wars: Philip Moules 10.5953/130.14 def. Simon Daniels 13.1123/112.74
Wild Bunch: Terry Clifford 0.0295 average against dial-in
Supercharged Outlaws: Glenn Pallant

Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike: Andy Lambert 9.0736/143.84 def. Tyne Blight no time broke

Congratulations also to the winners of the Special Awards:

Best Burnout: Stefan Flodell (Gasser Circus)
Best Wheelie: Ian Merryweather (Supercharged Outlaws)
Moment of the Weekend: The homecoming of Havoc
Best Appearing Vehicle: The Villain (Chris Manning, Slingshot Showdown)
Best Appearing Team: Stiff Shifter (Joel Kerr, Supercharged Outlaws)
Spirit of Dragstalgia: Bob Hawkins (Slingshot Showdown)
Driving Job of the Weekend: Mick Taylor (Outlaw Anglia)
Best Back-Up Girl: Lynne Coulsell and Anna Cassisi (Wild Bunch)
Low ET: Nick Davies, 6.2157 seconds (Nostalgia Cannonball)

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Dragstalgia reports, pit notes and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

British Drag Racing Hall of Fame 2018.
13th July: The British Drag Racing Hall Of Fame continues into its thirteenth successful year and is pleased to announce the 2018 intake. Nominees are eligible by dint of having raced, owned, designed, built, maintained, prepared, promoted, officiated, supported or taken part in British drag racing in any capacity, having been involved for at least twenty years, or having made a significant and recognisable contribution to the sport.

The 2018 inductees are:

THE COOKSON FAMILY Profile by Simon Groves

Gerry Cookson first became aware of drag racing when his brother-in-law David bought Hot Rod magazine and showed it to him in the early 1960s. They, and Gerry's wife Joan and son Jeremy, travelled together from their home in Sutton Coldfield to the 1965 Dragfest.

Enthused by the spectacle they saw, Gerry decided to build a slingshot dragster powered by a Morris Minor engine. The car was almost ready for the track at the same time that Santa Pod opened in 1966. Tuition in welding the chassis came from Ken Cooper, and Gerry did all his own work on the car. The slingshot, first known as Minor Leaguer, evolved into Trouble Shooter after new bodywork, engine and chassis changes to enhance performance.

In 1969 when Joan was pushing the car down the fire up road, the dragster's push bar collapsed, resulting in the car going into the guardrail and rolling. Undeterred, Gerry built a new chassis as he had previously done. By 1973, using a 1071 cc Mini Cooper engine with a Godfrey cabin blower on methanol, the car was recording times in the mid ten second zone and had many wins in the Junior Dragster class. Gerry then built a Berkeley Sports and entered it in the Modified Street division. By the early 1990s he was racing an MG Midget with which he won the Four Pot challenge, and, in the early 2000s, ran at RWYBs at Shakespeare County Raceway forty years after his track début.

Whilst Jeremy helped his dad prepare his car for racing, he soon joined the Junior section of the Midlands Drag Racing Association and helped Gerry edit the Club magazine, the original Fire-Up. Jeremy was soon writing race reports for various motorsport and drag racing publications. A job at a local printer helped him gain the printing work for the club. At the end of the 1980s, he started editing a new version of Fire-Up magazine published by Avon Park manager John Wright and, after that closed, he embarked on editing European Dragster with promoter and publisher Keith Bartlett. These magazines got Jerry known to other journalists and racers.

Jeremy started commentating at Avon Park in the early 1990s, and his comprehensive knowledge soon resulted in him being widely engaged within the sport. He also publicised Avon Park and its associated track safety operators FAST. In 2006 when the then external promoter of Avon Park departed, Long Marston airfield owner Anthony Hodges decided to bring the function in-house and employed Jeremy as head of marketing and promotions. With Anthony's goodwill, Jeremy relied mainly on voluntary work for help with the various functions around the track until it was sold for development and closed early in 2018.

For over forty years, Gerry Cookson was an active and winning participant in UK drag racing, and for nearly as long, Jeremy Cookson has been closely involved in media and marketing of the sport, and for these reasons we are delighted to induct the Cookson family into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

STEVE HORN Profile by Lesley Wright

Steve Horn first entered Santa Pod Raceway courtesy of his Dad's friendship with one of the gate staff back in the early 1970s. He'd just started an apprenticeship in Electronic Engineering at RAE Bedford and soon became known for helping to fix various track equipment, which he saw as payback for the free entry he'd gained.

At RAE Bedford Steve was involved in Research and Development of the Harrier Jump Jet and at Santa Pod joined the Jet Set, as the bunch of young lads who hung out with the Scorpion Jet Car began to be known. By the Blue Thunder Jet Nationals, held at Santa Pod in August 1983, Steve was driving Hellbender and won the Cannonball style shootout against four other jets with consistent 7.20s at 220 mph, the eventual winner being indicated by the arrow win light manually lighting up in the lane in which he stood after the race was over.

When the Midnight Cowboy Jet Funny Car was being developed, Steve would drive the few miles to Santa Pod in his lunch hour so that he could sit in the pilot's seat, whilst Allan Herridge was trying to sort out the afterburner, then he would go back to work for the afternoon! The sad events later that year made Steve hang up his helmet and fire suit for good but he continued to crew for the jet cars.

Steve had a lot of interest in the original timing system (DRAGS Mk2) developed by Peter Billinton, but the most significant development was the purchase of the TSI system from the USA in 1991. Since then he has overseen the track re-wiring four times. With the TSI system, drag racing had reaction times, 60 foot, 330 foot, eighth mile ET and speed, as well as 1000 foot and the full quarter along with the finish line scoreboards. Lots of study and dummy runs of the system were needed to get used to the new choice of Sportsman and Pro Trees and now drag racing also had the Progressive ladder system. Bracket racing was born and with it the need to train staff, often in his living room in the evenings.

When drag racing achieved FIA status, Steve Horn was one of the first in the sport to be recognised as an MSA International Speed Timekeeper and travelled to many events across Europe and Worldwide.

It has to be remembered that the work of the timing team starts long before the race meeting starts and ends long after it finishes. Steve said that it always makes him smile when records are set although his focus has always been the equipment on track, keeping watch to see if any damage has been done or bulbs need replacing to get the action moving again.

It is for his long-standing dedication and hard work in helping to develop the systems and people required at Santa Pod and beyond for races to be won and records to be set, that Steve Horn is being inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

TEAM PEGASUS Profile by Keith Lee

Of all the iconic machines in the history of drag bike racing in Europe, one that is truly legendary is Pegasus. The name is synonymous with the show and go aspect of the sport, as one of the first show quality machines to grace the strips.

Team Pegasus came about as three friends from the Bedford area, Derek Chinn, Mick Butler and Ian Messenger, decided to have a go at sprinting and drag racing in 1967. They started with an old 600 cc single cylinder Panther-powered bike, aptly named Long Rod, which still survives today, and they soon acquired an appetite to challenge the top racers of the day who mainly used vee-twin motors.

The first incarnation of Pegasus was an unblown 998cc Vincent in 1968. Taking it in turns to ride the bike, the elapsed times quickly improved. A Shorrock supercharger was fitted for 1969, and the bike started to fly. That year, Pegasus was the first drag bike to race in Sweden, and Mick Butler rode the bike to its first British Drag Bike Championship win, defeating John Hobbs in the final.

In 1970, the beautifully-prepared Vincent was one of two British bikes on the first trip from the UK to race at the NHRA US Nationals at Indy. Despite transportation delays, the experience of competing at the sport's number one drag race was a brilliant adventure for the young team. The bike joined the nine-second elite, recording best times of 9.83/150.

In many smoky side by side charges, Pegasus notched up a good number of wins. It took the 1971 BDR&HRA and NDRC Championships. Derek tried to extract more power for 1972, by upping the capacity to 1458 cc, after which the original Pegasus was retired.

Mick Butler decided to strike out on his own after 1972, previously running a Norton-powered bike alongside Pegasus, as he wanted to race more often. He built Super Cyclops, a 1000 cc double Norton, which dipped down into the low nines, followed by a Weslake vee-twin, which Mick rode into the low eights.

In 1974, Derek and Ian unveiled the double-engined 1656 cc Pegasus Norton - a true work of art. Early times were fraught due to an overworked motorcycle gearbox and clutch. Once the bike was fitted with a Lenco two-speed and slipper clutch, the wins started coming again. Eddie Keightley joined them as a team crewman.

The Norton was a big hit on the show circuit, and won numerous Best Appearing and Best Engineered awards at the races, with several different airbrushed murals applied over the years.

Best times achieved by Pegasus were 8.39/170. The bike was retired at the start of the 1980s but happily it was sold to the National Motorcycle Museum where for many years it was the main attraction in the entrance foyer.

Derek built a replica of the original unblown Pegasus in the late 1980s in order to have some fun racing at sprints, and it still runs at Dragstalgia. Amazingly, in 2016, after the double Norton had spent some thorty three years in the museum, Derek and Ian got the bike running again. It was quite something to see and hear the iconic Norton out on track, with Derek riding it for one last time.

The three original team members all shared the same values regarding quality and will always be linked together, after their time spent in establishing the Pegasus name.

ANDY ROBINSON Profile by Robin Jackson

Andy Robinson is the MSA British Drag Racing Champion six times over. That distinction alone might warrant his induction into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, but it is only part of the story of the UK’s long-serving Mr Pro Mod.

The MSA Championship class since 2007, Pro Modified had emerged in Britain in the late 1980s. By then, Andy Robinson had already been involved in drag racing for over a decade. In 1974, during an engineering apprenticeship, a college lecturer had suggested he try marshalling circuit races as a pastime. Marshalling at nearby Blackbushe, he found himself attracted to the Run What You Brung activities of local Hot Rod and Custom Car clubs, something not available in the circuit racing world. A home-built, high-riding Ford Zephyr was his first serious racing machine and won him his first title, the NDRC Allcomers Street Championship at Long Marston in 1981.

A Chevy Monza followed, and then a Ford Sierra Sapphire, Andy's first venture into the burgeoning Pro Mod scene to take on leading contenders of the day such as Tim Cook, Dave Mingay, Dave Warne and Dave Pollen. In 1991, a new house with space for a custom-built workshop launched Andy's career as a professional racing car constructor. On the track, an innovative Rover 800 coupe dominated the Pro Mod scene, winning national championships in 1997 and 1998, and was replaced by Andy's best-known car, the purple, flamed Studebaker Commander, first in unblown nitrous form, then adopting the supercharged methanol power the team employs to this day. The Studebaker won three MSA Championships. Its replacement, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 2013, has notched three more and is chasing its fourth in 2018.

Racing cars are a full-time, Robinson family occupation. The company, Andy Robinson Race Cars, finds Andy and son Luke busy in the workshop while Kate, Andy's wife, manages the business. At the track, daughter Stefani is part of the large team preparing the Camaro for action. Moreover, the company's products are a constant feature of any European Pro Mod field. For example, The Main Event's entry list this year included four other ARRC vehicles competing against the Camaro. The Robinson pit is renowned as a source of practical help and advice for racers throughout the paddock, whether company customers or not, a significant factor in the minds of the Hall of Fame's selectors as they deliberated their choices. Andy and Luke also serve as inspectors on the SFI Foundation's annual European racing equipment recertification tour, and Andy sits on the MSA Drag Racing Sub-Committee too. Drag racing forms only part of ARRC's product portfolio. The company's reputation is second to none in Historic and Classic circuit racing, where it specialises in building roll cages and provides all manner of other fabrication work.

It is for his abundant contributions to the practice and spirit of British drag racing over so many years that Andy Robinson is inducted into membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

PETER LANTZ Profile by Tog

Peter Lantz Racing fired a shot heard around Europe on 16th August 1997 when Kent Persson drove the PLR Top Fuel Dragster to Europe's first-ever four-second pass, a 4.987/472.87 kmh (293.83 mph) at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim. Although rightly remembered as a crowning moment, it was one of many achievements in Peter's career.

Peter Lantz's first race car was a Volvo-powered Competition Eliminator dragster built with two friends in 1979. The rail gave way to a Keith Black-powered dragster which was campaigned for two years before Peter ordered a Pro Comp dragster from the Kjellin brothers. Whilst that car was being built some of Peter's running gear was placed in Jonny Nilsson's Pro Comp Funny Car, which was driven by Kent Persson and which came out on top of a sixteen-car combined Pro Fuel and Pro Comp eliminator at Pite Dragway. The car won the Swedish Championship and set a European record before being campaigned in the USA. During this time Peter also crewed with Bjorn Ardin and Torsten Dahl to learn about alcohol tuning.

Peter drove the Pro Comp dragster from 1986 until 1989 and then built his own dragster which he campaigned until 1991, when he also took the seat of the ABC Top Fuel Dragster and started to work with tuner Morgan Svensson who became a firm friend and with whom Peter credits all of his subsequent performances and successes. Peter took over the ABC Top Fuel Dragster in 1992 and then built his own Top Fueller in 1994. With backing from Optima Batteries Peter won the ETFA Championship in 1994, running Europe's quickest ET of 5.11 seconds. After a successful weekend at Mantorp Park in July 1997 Peter was invited by promoter Rico Anthes to the NitrOlympX where history was made.

The PLR dragster was equipped with a revolutionary injector hat known as the Sharkfin, which was designed by Morgan. The injector sat in clean air high above the roll cage and blower pulley. The blower design was also changed to front-load the air pressure since at that time 90% of the air went towards the back of the blower. Now standard practice worldwide, the idea was way ahead of its time in the 1990s.

Anita Mäkelä drove the PLR Top Fuel Dragster in 1998, finishing third in the FIA European Championships, then Peter climbed back into the car and won the first two Swedish Top Fuel Tour Championships in 1999 and 2000 before selling the dragster.

Although nominally retired Peter was asked to drive Pelle Lindelöw's Top Fuel Dragster in 2002 to sort out problems with the car. Peter hung up his firesuit for good after the 2002 FIA European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.

After Peter retired from driving he and Morgan supported and consulted for other racers including Jens Nybo, Tommy Möller, Jöran Persåker, Jonny Lagg and Björn Mårtensson. Most recently Peter has been working with Top Fuel Dragster racer Stefan Gunnarsson alongside the US's Mike Domagala, who he says has taken his knowledge into another dimension. With support from Peter and Mike, Stefan was the first Swedish racer to run a three-second 1000-foot time.

For his Championships and achievements, and for conferring success upon those racers whom he has supported, Peter Lantz is inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Members of the Hall of Fame receive a 'Bootsie', a trophy encapsulating an image of the late Allan 'Bootsie' Herridge, a man who put so much into British drag racing, together with an exclusive commemorative pin. They join the élite list of inductees from previous years and will be listed on the official British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the British Hall of Fame link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The 2018 inductees will be presented at the Gala Awards Dinner to be held on 17th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey. The BDRHoF are taking reservations for the 2018 Gala Awards Dinner by E-Mail at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone on 01933 279102. This year the dinner tickets, which include table wine, are competitively priced at £70, £5 more than 2017 due to price increases. The BDRHoF have managed to keep the same rates for hotel rooms of £115 for double rooms and £94 for single rooms which includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you would like to join us for the occasion we suggest that you make your reservation sooner rather than later. On receiving your reservation you will be given the procedure to book rooms.

On-going news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, here on Eurodragster.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.


Millar, on the record.
13th July: New Outlaw Anglia ET record holder Colin Millar and the Flyin' Fyfer team are over the moon about setting the new record of 7.372 seconds and a new PB speed of 184.37 mph:

I had to make some difficult decisions last year. I decided to part with the Top Methanol Funny Car; the main reason was that I wanted to have a crew based in Scotland who could grow together and work as a team building on experience on and off the track, but in the end this was not something that was achievable. My good friend Tony Betts now has the car and I can't wait to see it out running real soon, good luck Tony and team.

Once I had the cash in my hand I did have some ideas and one goal I wanted to try and achieve was the OA record which has been held by Paul 'The Guv' Wright for around eleven years. The numbers speak for themselves at 7.400/190.57, pretty impressive to say the least especially if you have managed to see some of Paul's in-car footage, it's no picnic! A lot of people watch the awesome show the Outlaw Anglias put on as they are always a huge handful and a pleasure to watch but you should be inside driving... it can be challenging, let's just say that.

So we had the cash and it had to be spent. It was decided to upgrade the motor to a Shafiroff 632 Top Sportsman Nitrous motor with a potential of 1900 horse power. We had numerous issues fitting it as it's just massive, but we got there and the first outing was The Doorslammers. No gas as I wanted to ease the motor and myself in with the new combination. On both days we managed to get to the semi-finals with a pot of £500 at least paying for our fuel up and down to Scotland. Then out to the Main Event with good results, sitting in fifth position in Super Pro ET I thought "Nothing to lose" on Saturday night - the air was good, the track still had temperature, let's give it a hit with gas. We did and it exploded the yoke on the prop and chewed the end of the casing on the Powerglide. That's when I realized the potential of the new motor.

I hectic thrash as we were heading to France in less than nine days and everything had been booked and paid for. I was going and nothing was stopping me! Big thanks to Geof Hauser for the new prop, Andy Frost at Penn Autos for sorting a new tailshaft and making sure the box was good to go, Al Mac who runs in Street Eliminator for parts, Kevin Cerasale for a spare billet yoke, Scotty Crookston for helping, and my Lynn for putting up with me never being at home.

France has been talked about and it was fantastic, so onto the Summernationals and my first Outlaw Anglia event of the year - that Ed Sheeran has a lot to make up for (Why, was he driving it at the first OA round then - Ed). I was going to run the tune I had put in when I broke the prop but was persuaded to turn it down to a sensible 200 shot on the gas. Off we went down the fire-up road full of anticipation. Gas on, purged and launched and I thought "That was a bit tame" but I had forgotten to press the gas button, d'oh!

Back down late afternoon and the conditions were good but unfortunately Jedd Guy had a problem and we needed a clean-up, eventually getting to run at a cool 8.30 at night. The run was perfect and straight as you like with Paul Hensher beside me all the way to around 1100 feet then he disappeared, later telling me it got out of shape. I thought it was a nice run and hoped for a 7.7 or maybe even a 7.6 but never in my wildest dreams did I think it had a run a 7.37. Emotion, jubilation and jumping around like a nutter were just a few things which happened top of the track and getting back to the pits with so many people taking the time to congratulate me. It was brilliant and much appreciated, thank you.

Sunday, and getting to the final was icing on the cake and backing the record up with a 7.41 and Jedd Guy and myself on the podium, it doesn't get much better than that. A big shout out for Paul Hensher running a 7.5 new PB on the Sunday, well done Paul.

The Flyin' Fyfer and the Flyin' Scottsman will of course be pushing the boundaries at Dragstalgia. Scott suffered some engine damage at the Summernationals and we've yet again been hard at it in the garage to make sure Scott was ready to rock and roll.

You have the opportunity this weekend of watching a twenty three-car field and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

A big Thank You to Callum Pudge for all the fantastic photos he captures of my car and of all the Outlaw Anglias as well as for everything he does behind the scenes. Please have a look at the updated Outlaw Anglia web site at www.outlawanglia.co.uk, and Happy Birthday for the other day Callum, I wish I was twenty one again!


Swift snippets.
13th July: Bob's Photo Finish Award sponsor Bob Roberts and Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson took a break from straight lines and visited Le Mans where Bob found Derek Drinkwater's recreation of Le Monstre. "I think that it is a classic hot rod, following the ethos of many of the cars at Dragstalgia", says Bob. "The original was raced in 1950 and was a rebodied Cadillac saloon which proved to be slower than the saloon. Its idiosyncratic styling and size earned the name of Le Monstre and ensured its reputation as a Le Mans legend."

Thanks to MSA British Championship PR Robin Jackson for letting us know that the official Pro Mod race report and accompanying data from the SPRC Summernationals are now available on the MSA British Drag Racing Championship web site at  www.msadragracing.co.uk.


Another five-second Smith.
13th July: With his Top Fuel career on hold, ex-pat Brit Smax Smith is channeling all of his energies into the Top Alcohol Funny Car career of son Aidan. Smax writes:

I was to be driving the Leverich car at the Canadian Nitro Nationals but the weekend before at Norwalk they broke the input shaft necessitating major surgery to get same input as everyone else is running, all sorted out in time for Epping the following weekend. I was gutted! Meanwhile this has given me more time to concentrate on getting Aidan down track with our real nice screw blower alky Funny Car.

We organised a mini Funny Car series at Cayuga with four cars for three events. The first outing was 24th May, Victoria Day national holiday (I find it really amusing that the Brits don't celebrate it). First pass was a planned shut-off and Aidan ran 2.64 to 330 feet which is a reasonable number for a 5.80 run. Car checked, no damage ready for run two. Perfect burnout from Aidan who now is really getting a handle on this 3000 hp machine, then it quit. It turned out after much CSI that the plug for the killswitch wires grounded out so I took that off the car and Aidan now controls the kill switch.

On run three a massive burnout then screamed a 6500 launch but it shook, so short shifted then shook again so pedalled and plugged high gear and it laboured down to a 6.70. Hmm, too much wheel speed but it ran another 2.6 to 330 feet! We broke our titanium wheelie bar so crew guys Josh and Gilby used their stock car tactics to effect a reasonably safe repair, then back out for run four.

Our buddy Vince Rastelli had blown the engine in our lane but we didn't have lane choice to swap. Track OK'd us to run and again Aidans burnout was amazing. We raced Chris Zygoda, Aidan launched hard and got a great lite but the one chute shook out then he hit oil from Vince's last run which wasn't cleaned up properly and that turned  the car sideways and hit a reflector so we were done. But a great driving job again by Aidan and again 2.60 to 330 feet dragging a chute.

We were then invited by a car club to demo back at Cayuga couple of weeks later so our good buddies at Clearshot Customs fixed up the damaged body just in time so we were hoping for our first five.

A massive burnout from Aidan, nice and straight, and a strong 6500 rpm launch then disaster - it broke a rod and windowed the block. We run eighteen litres of oil but never oiled the track, weird! Back in the pits a huge crowd gathered to watch us strip everything to bare block but we haven't got a spare so we were done, shame as we had been sponsored by CP Carillo and we were putting new rods and pistons in for the next race. They showed up on Monday at our sponsor and good friends Engine Technology. I took the block there and got a bar machined to clamp in the mains so that they could weld the block (and pan) and line hone ready for the next race at the Cayuga Nitro Nationals on Canada Day, 1st July.

All the crew were complete stars as we all thrashed weekend before to get everything ready with all the new parts so that Aidan could take everything to the track Thursday for Press Day. He met with the morning show host of Y108 Breakfast Radio and sat him in the car and fired it up for him - he was blown away!

I finally arrived and met up with Dave Bryant, Lee Webb and the Shockwave crew who flew over to help Terry Haddock with his Funny Car, who was now supposed to bring his dragster to substitute for me not bringing the Leverich Top Fueller. A massive screw-up at the border meant that Terry couldn't cross into Canada so the Nitro Nationals was down to one Top Fuel car, Barry Paton, and the Funny Cars of of good friend Jeff Diehl, Dale Creasy Jr and Jack Wyatt.

Meanwhile I was figuring out how to get our first five. I switched first gear in the Lenco from a 1.68 to a 1.64 and tuned the fuel as best I could to compensate for the ridiculous heat, track temp and lack of air. Aidan was against prior NHRA winner buddy Paul Noakes. Completed perfect burnout and waited for Paul before pre-stage. He went in and revved up to 6500 rpm but the car started dragging forward so he had to lift out of it then the lights came on so he flat stabbed it and chased after Paul who ran a 5.91 Aidan lifted in 5.2 seconds and still ran 6.20 - we were buzzing! In the pits a big thrash revealed no damage so we were ready for the night run in front of the sold out crowd.

Aidan was on a solo and the nitro cars had not run that great in the heat so a lot of focus on us doing a great run. Aidan did an eighth mile burnout then took his time to get perfect startline rpm. He rocketed away and ran nice and straight then the scoreboard lit up 5.96/238! Yahoo - I lost my shit and did a roll on the ground! The crowd went ecstatic and everyone on the start line congratulated us. It was a huge moment for us! Everyone was screaming at us as we drove the golf cart to collect a beaming Aidan and when we towed back in front of the stands Aidan got a standing ovation, amazing! We just partied till 5:00 am as our great friends band Dog House Roses played in the bar that's built on the start line.

We got up early to service the car and found no damage thankfully. Ready for semis on a bye, a perfect burnout from Aidan so I said to wind it out to 9000 rpm in first gear but after a perfect launch it shook really bad and broke away the battery and shut the car off (as the msd kill switch has battery power). We towed back to the pits and checked the car over but we had shaken the circlip off the Lenco output so a big thrash to fix for the final. I made it just in time but no time to fire up.

Aidan was again against Paul Noakes and cut a 0.055 light but Paul was 4 mph ahead at the eighth and won with a 5.88/245 but Aidan almost had him with a 5.97/241 so another Personal Best and only 4 mph behind at the stripe. Great final!

Once I can control the wheel speed he won't need to short shift and will be in the 5.80s. Watch this space - I'm still buzzing.


Bug Jam racer update.
11th July: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway:

Thursday 19th July
10:00 Gates open
21:00 Gates close

Friday 20th June
09:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
12:00 Track opens for Run What You Brung NB DVLC licences only
14:00 Scrutineering commences, no specific order (
Sign-on / scrutineering instructions)
19:00 Track closes

Saturday 21st July
07:00 Signing On office opens NB Competition licences required for racing, DVLC licences for RWYB
07:00 Scrutineering commences, no specific order (Sign-on / scrutineering instructions)
09:30 Track opens for Run What You Brung
15:00 Run What You Brung ends
16:00 Track opens for qualifying

Sunday 22nd July
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering commences
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

The provisional running orders are now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

No race vehicle motors are to be fired up before 09:00 or after 20:00 on any day of the event including Friday's Run What You Brung. Before 09:00 vehicles should be pushed or towed to Scrutineering, not driven or ridden. Non-observation of curfew will result in exclusion from the event.

Junior racers please remember the rule about pushing vehicles back to the pits once through the arch beside Scrutineering.

Colour commentators are requested to come to Commentary only when their class is at the head of the lanes, to vacate Commentary as soon as their class has run, and not to bring guests to Commentary with them.

At the request of SPR management the Eurodragster.com office at the Bankside end of Race Control is out of bounds during racing except to race officials, Eurodragster.com staff, Zeon TV crew and racers or crew collecting Eurodragster.com Perfect Award money.


Dragstalgia NSA preview.
11th July: Keith Lee has been in touch with details of the National Sprint Association;s bike field at Dragstalgia:

For me, this is my favourite event of the year, which will entail a three-day break from working on my book about Mister Six, Dennis Priddle, whose company I will again be enjoying for the long drive up to Santa Pod.

This weekend we expect to see six double-engined bikes out on the strip, all of which were regular entrants in the 1970s. John Hobbs was the biggest name on two wheels, over a fifteen-year period, and will top the entry list, as he has at every Dragstalgia, with his supercharged twin-engined Weslake, as well as riding his faithful replica of his record-holding 500cc Triumph, Olympus.

The sixties and seventies were a time of innovation, which is summed up when you look at the amazing Drag Waye. Originally built by Clive Waye, it has been restored by Terry Homan who has only made a few test runs himself on this unique projectile. One of the most unusual bikes ever built, it is a tribute to British ingenuity, from the days when anything was possible.

There are likely to be a couple of extra bikes running, not listed in the programme, which were stars of their day. More information to come on these during the weekend. Do take a close look at the bikes in the pits, and have a chat to the riders. Racers from mainland Europe often came over to compete, and it is very pleasing this year that we have accepted entries from riders based in Holland, France, Italy and Belgium, who want to be a part of this unique event.

If you are wondering what the National Sprint Association is about, this club was formed in 1958, and this year celebrates its 60th anniversary. The legendary Allan 'Bootsie' Herridge was an early member, and pioneer car drag racers were allowed to run at club events in the early part of the sixties. The NSA were involved in the original Drag Festivals, which kicked off the sport in the UK. This club, which is strictly non-commercial, still exists, running bike sprint events. Although not officially involved with Dragstalgia, this class recognises the part the NSA played in drag racing history.


A swansong for Havoc.
11th July: Nick Davies says that Dragstalgia has always been kind to the Havoc Fuel Altered team:

A breakage to the Rat Trap AA/FA in 2014 gave us the opportunity to run against the enigma that is Pure Hell – now the fastest classic Fuel Altered on the planet. It was the run which started an extraordinary chain of events for us. It is fair to say that with the alcohol Chevy in the car it was less than entirely predictable and, though Pure Hell ran faster that day, it was a run for Havoc that was pretty memorable to those involved. It also started dialogue between the Havoc and Rat Trap Racing teams which would culminate in a huge tick on the bucket list.

In 2016 we returned to Dragstalgia with the newly-installed nitro Hemi and, though much time was spent finding our feet with the new combination, we held our own against the travelling Americans, and the plan was hatched to ship the car to the US for 2017. The last time running at Santa Pod was the 2016 European Finals where everyone was surprised to see a 6.29 on the boards on the final pass (Those of us who know you were not remotely surprised - Ed).

The 2017 US tour has been well-documented and ended with the fairy tale of the little green altered from the UK winning the coveted California Hot Rod Reunion with a PB against the legendary Nanook.

The support which we received during the entire 2017 tour, but especially at the Reunion, was remarkable. Not only from our extraordinary sponsors, Beech Underwriting Agencies, US Automotive, Rat Trap Racing, Lucas Oil, Goodyear Tyres, ARP Fasteners, Motorstate Distributing, the NFAA, VP Race Fuels, Thacker & Friends and the Sherratt family, but also from all the UK-based fans both travelling and at home.

We promised to run the car again in the UK as a thanks to everyone for their support, so this weekend we are returning to our home track, Santa Pod, for Dragstalgia. We will be racing against almost the entire pride of European Nostalgia Funny Cars as well as other altereds and are aware that we are by no means the fastest in the field. But we weren't in California either...

As has been mentioned, the car will be mothballed after this meeting as we have other projects which require a deal of focus and attention. We completed the car with the Chevy towards the end of 2005 as a bit of fun from a heap of parts which we had kicking around and we never anticipated it to generate the interest that it has over the last decade. It was completed with the hope that eventually it might run a six-second quarter mile at a speed of 200 mph. In America we ran bests of 6.11 seconds and 234.99 mph. No-one is more surprised than us, I can assure you.

Thanks very much to everyone for all the support over the last few years. It's a reminder of just how proud we are to be British. It has made a huge difference. For now it's the end of the road, but we'll never say "Never"!

Awesome pictures by the late Stuart Mitchell


Dragstalgia snippets.
11th July: This beauty is Matthew Wright's All or Nothing Nostalgia Funny Car which will be on display at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend. Simon is sharpening his pencil as we type.


Paul Watson says that his Grumpy's T blown-alcohol altered will be at Dragstalgia one way or another. "After a great début at the Summernationals we unfortunately found debris had been through number one main and end possibly due to damage from a rocker", says Paul. "We have also fitted an Accusump to aid oil pressure when the chute is deployed. We also looked at the Lenco which had reversing issues, Martyn Jones kindly came to the rescue but there were more bits than I liked so on Sunday we pulled out the Lencodrive and found a damaged washer. As no-one has one over here and time was against us we are getting one made which I should have today."


Dragstalgia ever-presents 2018.
10th July: Simon has been consulting his notes, entry lists, record books and everything else he can find about this weekend's event and has compiled a list of racers who have contested every Dragstalgia since 2011:
  • Joe Bond
  • Mark Bracking
  • Keith Crampton
  • Andy Hadfield 
  • Bob Hawkins 
  • John Hobbs
  • Nervous Nick
  • Ray Turner
  • Rob Tyrrell
  • Paul Watts
Many others have participated in every Cacklefest or have crewed at every event. Simon adds that there are no less than forty five racers making their Dragstalgia début this year.

Finally Simon has compiled a Spotters' Guide to this weekend's Dragstalgia contestants which includes race number, type of vehicle, motor, identifying marks and more. You can take a look at the PDF-format Guide by clicking here.


Swift snippets.
11th July: Simon Barlow and the UK's Orange Pop Drag Racing are pleased to announce a new and exciting sponsorship with Omni-Tech Corporation. Omni-Tech, a leader in the technical metrology industry, are excited to carry forward their technologies in performance engineering with Orange Pop to help achieve their goal. Brian Curtis says "Orange Pop Racing is a direct fit to promote and enhance our products."


Photo-journalist Mike Kraaij has been in touch with this great picture of the EDRS Pro Nordic MC Super Street Bike racers lined up waiting to run at the recent FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro. Left to right are Kimmo Pulakka, Micke Öén, Ida Zetterström, Anders Blanck, Mogens Lund, Alex Hope, Vesa Ruhanen, Mark Hope,  Kim Hilander, Matte Bohlin, Robert Häggblom, Bianca Nilsson and Robban Nilsson.


We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today (Wednesday): please join Tog, Simon and Julian in wishing a very Happy Birthday to our Photographer and Sportsman ET racer Kirstie. Have a lovely day Kirstie and see you on Friday. Happy Birthday also to Track Announcer and all-round top bloke Graham Beckwith. Have a great day Graham and see you in two Fridays. Finally, too late for yesterday's update for which apologies but a Happy Birthday for yesterday to Pat Salt. Hope you had a good day Pat.


Half time analysis.
11th July: After securing a Super Comp drive with Panther Racing last winter, signing Sales-i as main backer and VP Racing Fuels as fuel supplier, the UK's Craig Wright felt that the team had something good with which to go into the 2018 season:

Easter soon came round but as we all know weather hampered any preparation which the first class Santa Pod track crew could throw at the fantastic all-new race surface. Nerves were certainly high and in honesty after seeing many other drivers struggle in the freezing conditions I really wasn't comfortable making my first few passes that Easter weekend and as a blessing in disguise, the event was called for us. We left there a little subdued, relieved but gutted for the SPR staff and crew who were throwing all they could at the track but to no avail. Also thoughts to Jack Brewster and Nigel Green who lost their cars that weekend. 

The weather then changed and in May we were at the hot and dry FIA Main Event where we were certain to make it happen. We made our first pass in the dragster, going 0.06 on the tree and 8.82 on my very first pass. We were all happy and it was now time to dial in the stop. This is where the head-scratching came in. The more stop we put in the car ran around the same numbers, so we finished qualifying without even running the right side of 8.90. In E1 we faced Billy Gane, no stranger to going rounds in this class but yet again we went too quick with an 8.88. Damn.

Onto the SPRC Summernationals and the boys were pretty sure why the car acted how it did at the Main Event. They put it down to the new track literally being so much better than last season. We had no spin, just 100% grip. As we slowed the car down the track got better and that was it.

So Q1 came round we set the stop and 8.93 came up on the board, which put us top of the shop after the first session. Now we were getting somewhere and very happy. Throughout qualifying we tried a number of different things and all came back as expected and we ended up fouth with a 8.933. In E1 we were due to face Phil Bennett but he was a no show so we took the bye and tried another setting which gave us a 8.89, we now knew our limit in the blistering hot heat. Straight into the semis where we met Paul Letchford. I've watched Paul win numerous times in Gas and Comp whilst growing up, and he actually won the Main Event in May so we just gave it all we could. My 0.07 R to his 0.06 RT meant that it was close and he pulled out on me at the finish but went 8.87 to my 8.93 giving us the win light. Wow, what a change from the Main Event!

The final paired us with Stuart Doignie, quite literally The Man in this class and also in Super Gas. No games, straight in and out with my 0.07 having nothing on his 0.01 and he just nosed me at the stripe and his 8.91 to my 8.92 lit up his lane. This put us up on the podium for the first time, we were collecting silverware for the first time outside Sportsman ET, and it was certainly up there with the wins in the old Civic. Well Done Stu and team though, a stellar effort.

We currently sit fourth in the Championship and we're over the moon with how things are going with such a small amount of track time. We're still learning but we'll get there.

A huge thanks to Conrad Stanley, Trevor Graves, Rob Stanley and Wayne Graves for trusting me in their dragster also being part of the great team morale we have and then of course taking my team in and teaching us what's what. I've got to say a Thank You as well to my good friend Collin Morrice for all the support and tips up to this point. Also a huge thanks to my team: my biggest fan, my son Harrison,  Chris Hardinges, Kat Rudd, Dave Rudd, Holley Marshall, Katie Weller and my parents who all play a part in this.

Then of course thanks to our sponsors Sales-i, VP Racing Fuels, Straightline Installations, RD Motorsport, No11 Barber Company, Nitro FM 96.2 and Pudgey's Pictures. They have all made this season possible and we hope to have a good strong back half this year to put their names out there some more.

See you all in September.


Field set for the Showdown.
10th July: The Slingshot Showdown at this year's Dragstalgia has ten entries, six from the UK and four from Sweden. Mark Bishop, one of the competitors and part-time lumberjack, has been in touch with a preview of one of this weekend's signature attractions:

Will either previous winner Joe Bond or Bob Hawkins be able to take the crown again, or will we have a third different winner since the Showdown began? Here we catch up with some of the teams' upgrades since last year's event.

Bob Hawkins in Time Traveller 2, in a nutshell: "We've only managed three passes so far this year since going over to nitro! We ran 211 mph on our first checkout at the Nostalgia Nats but blazed the tyres off the line, bent six valves! Then at the June Shootout we ran a 6.9 on the Saturday despite a lot of wheel spin. On our next pass (Sunday morning) we'd changed the tune and the track had just been freshly glued. The grip was really great but unfortunately massive tyre shake broke the gear shifter, the resulting over-revving broke both heads and holed two pistons! We will definitely be ready to try again at Dragstalgia. I'm hoping we've finally put our teething problems behind us now and we are fully intending to go all out again this year. Good luck to all the teams, see you at the track!"

Chris Manning says of The Villain "We have new slicks, going to connect up the high-speed on the second run if first run is a solid pass. We have learnt with The Villain that if the track is not good we start sliding about at the top end. On the Sunday at the Retro Show we ran a new PB of 7.89."

Steve Johnson in Motormouse says "A lot has changed, it is a completely new short motor, better cam, higher comp, all-new valve train, refurbished blower by Kenny Gomez, change of gears in the axle, larger diameter and wider tyres, injection is still work in progress by Derek Flynn and myself, we just need to get all this new-found power down the track. 7.7 best so far on six and a half cylinders."

Mark Bishop in Grey Vegas says "We have made the switch over from blower carbs running on E85 to an injected alcohol set-up as we aim to put our trusty Big Block Ford into the sevens. We finally got the car fired up on Sunday and can't wait to hit the track and have some fun."

The rest of this year's line-up consists of Joe Bond, Mick Hannah, Rolf Nilsson in Hocus Pocus, Leif Andersson, Caj Carlsson in Strip Teaser and Magnus Larsson in Fools Gold.

The only question left is who will come out on top this year?


Another plug for Dragstalgia.
10th July: UK blown-nitro Daimler dragster racer Robin Read says that he is very happy and excited to be running a new type of spark plug in his six-second car:

I normally scrounge plugs from the Alcohol cars, but these are Fuel plugs. The Alcohol plugs generally complete one run before being discarded as they are difficult to read for a second time. I tend to run them until the earth strap or centre electrode has burned away or they get dirty from warm-ups .

The new plugs are supposed to bring about a better, cleaner burn and were designed to work with the Pro Mag 44. They are quite different! Cars which have run these plugs have benefitted with lower ETs and increased speed. We can hardly wait to try them.

Many thanks to Mark Evans for procuring and supplying the new plugs for Dragstalgia.


Swift snippets.
10th July: Dragstalgia has long been the traditional weekend for the announcement of the year's inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame and it will again be the case this year. The 2018 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced here on Eurodragster.com News at 12:00 midday this Friday (13th).

SPRC Summernationals Bob's Photo Finish Award joint winner, UK Junior Drag Bike racer Meggie Talbot, has donated her £50 to two worthy causes. Kerryanne van den Berg says "The first donation is to make Christmas gift bags for the homeless, which we as a family distribute each year. The second is in memory of Anita Board who sadly died driving her Junior Dragster in Australia. Anita's organs live on in three people today and Meggie wanted to support the bravery shown by Anita's family and to help to raise awareness for organ donation."

Our very best wishes to photographer and all-round good guy Colin Donisthorpe who suffered a stroke in late June. "Twenty minutes later and I would have been travelling to work on my motorbike, so somebody was looking out for me", says Colin. "I spent a week in hospital but I am now home and making slow progress, but a long way to go yet. I was gutted to miss the Summernationals, the first event I have missed in several years (We were gutted you weren't there - Ed), and I do not think I will make Dragstalgia". You take your time and get properly better Colin, we will all still be there when you are ready to return.

It came too late to make yesterday's news, for which apologies, but we would like to say a big Happy Birthday for yesterday (Monday) to photographer and occasional Eurodragster.com Event Coverage contributor Callum Pudge. Hope you had a great day Callum. Happy Birthday for today to one of Your News Editor's longest-standing friends outside racing, Malcolm Pellett. Have an excellent day Malcolm.


Dragstalgia Perfect Light bonus.
10th July: We are pleased to confirm that a bonus Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award will be available at this week's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway.

The Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards are usually posted at UK National Championship events but sponsors Cath and Tig Napier of UK Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing have kindly offered to post £50 for the first 0.000 Reaction Time at Dragstalgia.

The Perfect Light Award will become available at the start of qualifying, currently Willys Wars Q1 which is scheduled for 17:00 on Friday, and from that point will be available to all racers in all classes. As ever, the money will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. As this is a bonus event, if the Perfect Light Award is not won at Dragstalgia then it will remain at £50 for next week's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway.

Eurodragster.com decals are not mandatory to collect the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate if it they are carried, although we do of course understand about decals on period-correct cars and bikes. If you would like to carry Eurodragster.com decals then they are available in Signing On.

The next Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award will be posted at Bug Jam.


British Hall of Fame Dragstalgia plans.
9th July: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be attending the Saturday and Sunday of next week's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway and will have its own marquee courtesy of its title sponsor Lucas Oil Products and Santa Pod Raceway.

The marquee will be located in the traders' area near Janne Johansson's Swedish historic Funny Car display and will be manned all day both Saturday and Sunday. There will be an opportunity to meet British drag racing legends including Nobby Hills, Dennis Norman, Gary Page, Dennis Priddle and Barry Sheavills, all of whom who will be attending a signing session from 13:00 to 14:00 on both days. To mark the start of the signing sessions, the Yesterday's Dreams AA/FD of Bill Sherratt (pictured) and the True Blood dragster of Ian Turburville will be cackled at 12:45 pm.

Memorabilia will be available to raise money for the BDRHoF Benevolent Fund, and the BDRHoF have struck a deal with sponsors Kelsey Publishing for a special giveaway of current editions of Custom Car in order to promote subscriptions to the magazine, itself a member of the BDRHoF. You will also be able to sign up for the Gala Dinner to be held on 17th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey which is near Brooklands and Mercedes Benz World.

BDRHoF Chair Stu Bradbury said "Dragstalgia is looking to be another fantastic event and fans will have an opportunity to meet and to talk to some of the most iconic names and pioneers of our sport, as well as experiencing cars cackling up close and personal. We look forward to seeing race fans at our marquee on both days."

The 2018 inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced here on Eurodragster.com at 12:00 noon on Friday 13th July.


Gulf Oil team kick off with a bang.
9th July: After their foray in the USA Manufacturers Cup series in 2017 the Gulf Oil Dragracing Top Fuel Bike team returned to the opening round of the FIM European Championship with a new rider and significant changes to their traditional tune.

Greek nitrous Pro Mod Bike rider Filippos Papafilippou aka Fast Fil steps into the seat traditionally filled by ten-time European Champion Ian King, whilst Ian continues to run the team with his experienced crew formed over almost two decades. With Filippos fulfilling riding duties in the European Championship Ian will still be seen in the seat for some of additional events including the 115th Anniversary Harley Davidson event in Prague, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the Manufacturers Cup Finals in Georgia, USA in November.

However, any illusions that the team had for Filippos to spend a few events getting the feel for riding the 1500 HP machine (and prescribed first half pass) were quickly dispersed when he ran an outstanding 6.099/214.08 on his very first pass on a Top Fuel Bike to put him immediately number one qualifier, a position he did not relinquish for the entire event.

But the best was yet to come when he ran a fantastic 5.783/236.16 on only his second ever run on the bike. The changes the team had made to the bike over the winter were clearly working and Filippos a 'rookie' but competent rider able to handle the new tune.

Day two featured further quick qualifying runs of 6.16 and 6.041, and the team looked forward to eliminations and a first round against Swedish Funny Bike rider Thomas Petersson. A timing malfunction meant that no times were recorded for their match up but Filippos was a clear winner and progressed through to a semi-final against UK 'New Age' Funny Bike rider Lorcan Parnell on his unique Puma-powered twin-turbo machine. Despite a fine 6.74/218 for Lorcan it was no match for the supercharged nitro Puma which ran 6.25/195.55 which advanced Filippos through to the final against Swedish rider Rikard Gustafsson (who had earlier set a new European Speed record).

The final was a nail-biting affair for the Gulf Oil team, but Filippos took the event in his stride with a 6.017/227, despite the chute being deployed just after the eighth mile, to see off the current FIM European Champion on a similarly-powered nitro Puma

Filippos takes his lead in the Championship to the next round, the NitrOlympX in Hockenheim, Germany, but the next outing for the bike and team will be at the Harley Davidson 115th Anniversary event in Prague, Czech Republic in conjunction with Lubrand followed by the Goodwood Festival of Speed the very next weekend, with Ian King assuming his regular riding duties at both events.

For more information on the Gulf Oil Dragracing team please visit their web site at www.gulfoildragracing.com, their Facebook page, and their YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/kingracingpuma. For more information about Gulf Oil International please visit their web site at www.gulfoilltd.com.

The Gulf Oil Dragracing team uses and endorses exclusively Gulf Oil greases and lubricants in their history making machine. The team is extremely proud to be supported by many leaders in their chosen markets in their participation in the 2018 FIM European Championship:

APE - The world's most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for drag bikes
Barnsdale Leisure – The UK's Premier Knaus Caravan dealer
Cometic Gaskets - The premier manufacturer of racing gaskets
Gates - The world's most trusted name in drive belts, hoses and hydraulics
Goodridge - The original and the best in fluid transfer systems
Grand Prix Originals - The brand for drive and lifestyle, past and present
Graphite Additive Manufacturing - A leader in 3D printed technologies and rapid prototyping
Gulf Oil International - The world's most iconic brand in automotive fuels and lubricants
H Craft Customs - Race car preparation, roll cages, fabrication and custom projects
Hotrod Hangar– Home of the world renowned custom artist Knud Tiroch
Hyperpro - The leading producer of progressive suspension products for motor bikes
JE Pistons - The world's premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons
John and Dea Morgan Racing - The creators of the world's most advanced New Age Funny Bike
Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Inc -The highest quality valve train components on the market
Mickey Thompson Tyres - Simply the best drag race tyres in the world
MRE - Leaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems
MTC Engineering - Manufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world
NitroShutter - Europe's leading drag racing photo-journalists
NCT Engineering - Manufacturer of the world's leading non contact torque sensors for motorsport
NGK Spark Plugs UK - The world's number one spark plug manufacturer
Pär Willen - Master webmeister and proprietor of HarleyDrags.com
Scott Perri Trucking - Logistics solutions par excellence
Portable Shade - The best custom branded collapsible canopies available
Pro Alloy Motorsport - UK's leader in fabrication of alloy racing tanks, intercoolers and radiators
The UK's largest importer and stockist of Thule RV products -
Trim-Tex - The premier manufacturer of vinyl drywall beads and accessories
Tryka LED - The UK's cutting edge LED lighting manufacturer
Van Es mobility - The leading manufacturer of telematic products for management of moving objects
Vanson Leathers - The most iconic brand in motorsport leather goods
Web Camshafts Inc - Simply the company for Top Fuel Bike camshafts
Worldwide Bearings - The world's leading supplier of ceramic bearings for racing
Zodiac - Europe's largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts


Santa Pod weekend galleries.
8th July: It was a warm and busy weekend at Santa Pod Raceway with a Saturday Night Special yesterday and then a rammed BMW Show today, both in very hot weather.

Racer involvement was minimal although Martin Hill provided 5.8- and 5.9-second highlights in the Fireforce 3 Jet FC despite the heat and Jason Phelps made three passes in Mark and Jackie Hawkins' Fuel Funny Car. A launch with 0.9638 sixty foot time yesterday was followed this morning by a 5.0882/179.26 shut off just before the eighth then in the afternoon a 3.7110/219.19 eighth, shut off just before the thousand with a cylinder out but still 4.7245/225.76.

You can check out our Saturday Night Special and BMW Show galleries, which are presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Many thanks to Diana Macrae, aka DD, whose first experience of trackside photography was in very uncomfortable conditions this weekend, but who still worked tirelessly and managed to produce a large number of high-quality pictures.


Here comes Crazy Tak.
8th July: Job Heezen writes that this year's NitrOlympX, at Hockenheim in August, will welcome a special guest in the person of Japan's Tak Shigematsu who will be racing in FIM Europe Supertwin:

Tak is currently the quickest guy in the world on a Harley Nitro bike, setting the record at last year's ManCup event at Valdosta, Georgia, USA with a 6.021 run. This run at Valdosta could easily have been the first five-second Harley pass in the world if Tak's handlebars had stayed in one piece: at the top end of his handlebars broke and he hit the wall at over 200 mph. Nevertheless he managed to get the bike to the finish line, setting the new record. It wasn't the first time that this has happened to Tak: at a race in Bristol, Tennessee in 2008 he rode his bike to a win after breaking his handlebars at the start and making his whole pass with only half of the handlebars left.

Whilst Tak lives in Japan, making his money as a Harley Davidson dealer, he has crossed the Pacific on a regular basis since 1999 to compete successfully in various US series with several Eastern Championships and even a National runner-up title, setting ET and speed records many times. With all these performances, combined with a special style of riding, he deserves his nickname Crazy Tak by which he is widely known amongst US race fans.

In Hockenheim Tak will campaign a bike owned by Finland's Juha Hintukainen, and he will most likely bring his Crew Chief from the US - a guy equally famous among drag racing fanatics, Donald Johnson aka DJ, also aka the Nitro Santa. DJ has constructed numerous drag bikes with great success. With his entry in the 2018 NitrOlympX one of Tak's long-standing dreams is coming true and we are very happy to have him racing with us. It will be a joy for the spectators and an interesting addition to the Series for all of his competitors.


Robinson's Bests weekend.
8th July: Six-time and reigning MSA British Pro Modified Champion Andy Robinson made his presence known at the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway when he made history as the first British Pro Mod driver to record a 5.8-second pass.

The SPRC Summernationals, held at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th June-1st July, was the third MSA Pro Modified meeting of the year. Andy's performance so far this year has been good, dipping back into the fives twice at two events in May. It was no suprise in the first session of qualifying that the team were able to lay down a 5.95 at 243 mph securing the number one spot. In the second qualifying session there was no improvement for the Anger Management team when the burst panel popped and caused an aborted run. With the root of the problem found and fixed the team were back out for the third session which took place in the early evening of what had been an exceptionally hot day. With the track cooling slightly the conditions were favourable which allowed Andy to jump well into the 5.8 bracket with a 5.867 and to lower his Personal Best by five hundredths of a second. The run was also a new Santa Pod Raceway track record.

Andy backed up his 5.867 pass in the first round of eliminations with a 5.889 which secured him MSA record, which along with the track record were previously held by long-term rival, Micke Gullqvist. Although Andy was the clear favourite for the gold, it was not meant to be this weekend as another popped burst panel put an end to the team's hopes in the semi-finals. However Andy and the rest of the crew were still smiling.

"It's hard to be sad when you've run a 5.86", said Andy. "We tested on the Friday before this meeting, and after two planned shut off passes the short incrementals told us we were on to a really good pass. Obviously we didn't want to count our chickens too early, but we knew it was possible."

The next meeting for the team is the Mopar EuroNationals, back at Santa Pod Raceway at the end of July. Andy and the team will be aiming to continue with the consistent performance which they found at the Summernationals and to increase the lead which they have over the rest of the Championship contenders.

Andy was sure to thank his sponsors and performance partners NGK Spark Plugs UK, Torco Oils, Nimbus Motorsport, PAC Racing Springs, Aurora Rod Ends, Weld Racing, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Victory 1 Valves, Mike Janis Superchargers, Hoosier Tyre UK, PRS and Manton Rocker Arms. Also a huge thanks to the dedicated and hard-working Anger Management crew!

For more information on the Anger Management Pro Mod Drag Racing Team, please visit our Facebook page.


Nicholson enjoys 2018.
8th July: UK Pro Modified racer Wayne Nicholson and the Lucky Devil team have had a great first few events on Santa Pod Raceway's new surface:

Congratulations to Santa Pod'a management for going ahead with the investment and coming up with the goods. The whole crew there deserve a a very big pat on the back for the continued hard work in keeping the racing schedule where it should be, track prep and looking out for our safety too. Thank you!

Of course our own performance has improved this year too. From the lessons we learnt last year and the investment and changes over the winter we have enjoyed some reasonable strides forward so far this year, with more to come I am sure.

The whole team have stepped up, thank you to you all. Gareth is doing a sterling job as Crew Chief with tuning, Joe, Richard and Tim keep the car in shape and well maintained and Amy has joined us this season with enthusiasm. Belinda (The Boss) keeps us all in shape and of course none of what we do would be possible without her involvement I am sure about that.

The team have always enjoyed fantastic support from our sponsors: "Uncle" Ken at EDA has been there for years and I have learnt so much from him, thanks Ken. Lucas Oil have again been a strong supporter of ours for many years now, they genuinely have the best products going. NGK Spark Plugs, thank you for giving us the best availableand igniting our power.

We all know racing isn't cheap and in order to keep moving forward we are always keen to talk to any company or individual who would like to get some great exposure for their company and services. We are here waiting, feel free to contact me at waynenicholson@btinternet.com.

I know for sure that we are looking forward to the rest of the season. See you all at the track and come by to say Hi.


Liam's European tour.
8th July: Eire's Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald has already contested six events this season including two in Germany and one in France, with the intention being to attend as many of this year's British, German and French rounds as he is able:


After Liam's Summernationals outing we managed to secure quite a few points in the UK series qualifying in number one spot with a 0.0000 light and going to the third round. Not bad in a hired car, but a well-prepared SPRC Club hire car. Thanks to Ian Marshall for all his help, and a special Thanks for their help to John Everitt and Kevin Wray and to Joe Holland-Villa for behind the scenes help.

The first German event we attended was at Bad Söbernheim which is not too far from Frankfurt Main airport, about the same distance as to hockenheim. Liam's car was taken out there by Junior dragster driver Frankie Fordham's team. Frankie and Liam ended up finishing up first and second at that event. Bad Söbernheim is a beautiful track and, as people commented, would remind you of Shakespeare County Raceway, relaxed and professional at the same time.


Next up in Germany was Alkersleben which was an eight-hour drive from Drachten. We flew into Groningen Airport where we were picked up another Junior Dragster driver's family namely that of Cheyenne Visser with whom we traveled to the track. Liam qualified in second position but went out first round, but not bad as we are winning points in the German series, with up to three rounds still to attend - at this moment we are getting ready to attend Jade Raceway.

Finally our trip to Clastres in France was fairly successful. Liam qualified number one with a 0.001 light and went all the way to the final, finishing runner-up. We would like to thank the French Association Trophée Dragster club for a truly fantastic event. As others have said on here before, it's well worth the trip. Also a big thanks to Milwaukee Power Tools France for a beautiful gift to Liam of a power drill and batteries in a hard case. What beautiful people.


So next it's off to Jade in Germany, then back to Clastres in France then hopefully the NitrOlympX in Germany then Tierp in Sweden, the European and National Finals and Nationals in the UK, and then back to Bad Söbernheim. And hopefully Malta in November.


Ålund's historic twofer.
8th July: Jimmy Ålund entered the third race of the FIA drag racing season in two classes again last weekend. The venue was Alastaro Motopark in Finland and the race and the event was concluded under good weather and good track conditions.

FIA Pro Modified: Due to rain delay on the Friday, there were only three qualifying runs. Jimmy drove Magnus Petersson's The Old 51 Chevrolet Business Coupe to the #1 spot but it wasn't pretty. The Old 51 only made it to the finish line twice and only once under full power. Jimmy says "We had issues with the shut-off box and tyre shake but got that one 6.86-second run in and it was enough for the top spot."

Sunday's eliminations turned out a lot better. Jimmy won round #1 with the second quickest ET of the round and continued to the semi-finals courtesy of a bye run. The semi-final was won with the quickest ET of that round, and in the bottom half of the ladder, reigning FIA Pro Mod champion Micke Gullqvist did his job to get to the final against Jimmy.

In the final Jimmy left hard whilst Micke ran into problems, The Old 51 winning with a 5.92 against Micke's 6.55 seconds. "This is great, the team overcame some less than perfect qualifying rounds and we took it all the way and won the last event here at Alastaro" says Jimmy.

The win at Alastaro means that Jimmy extends his points lead in the 2018 FIA Pro Modified Championship.

FIA Pro Stock, history in the making: Jimmy suffered the worst qualifying rounds of his career. The Summit Racing Camaro never made it to the finish line under full power, not once, and Jimmy qualified last with the slowest ET ever for an FIA Pro Stock car, a somewhat less than stellar 19.08 seconds. "There are firsts for everything", says Jimmy, "at least we came in under twenty seconds but, to add insult to injury, the hopped-up exhibition combine harvester had us covered by more than three seconds in its exhibition runs.

"We went through the whole car, everything, and concluded that the problem was in the tyres. We had tested all the pairs of tyres we brought along but no go. Then fellow racer Michael Malmgren stepped up and let us have one of his sets of tyres for Sunday's eliminations. We can't thank Michael enough for his generosity, it paid off well".

It was a slightly worried Jimmy in the pits before Sunday morning's eliminations. "Sure, we wouldn't know if the problem was solved until we got to the sixty footer in the quarter finals."

Eliminations turned out totally different to qualifying. The car and tyres worked perfectly. Jimmy won the quarters and semi-finals running the quickest ETs and fastest speeds in both rounds. And just as in Pro Mod, Jimmy went up against the reigning class Champion in the finals, Bengt Ljungdahl. Jimmy did his job one last time this weekend and won the FIA Pro Stock class at Alastaro.

Historic, of course: this is the first time ever that one driver has won both FIA Pro Mod and FIA Pro Stock on the same afternoon. "Unbelievable", says Jimmy, "to say that we struggled in qualifying would be the understatement of the century. But like the saying goes "It ain't over 'til it's over" and Sunday turned out just perfect for both The Old 51 Pro Mod Car and the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro."

The next event for Jimmy Ålund is FIA Pro Mod at the NitrOlympX at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Jimmy leaves the Pro Stock car at home for that race and will fire up The Old 51 for the first round of qualifying on Friday morning, 17th August. Jimmy says "As always, we can't wait to get there and put more rounds in the car in front of the record crowd that is the trademark of the NitrOlympx."

Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrimålning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod car and Jimmy's Pro Stock Camaro this year. This is in addition to Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuel. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.


Swift snippets.
8th July: UK blown-nitro Daimler dragster racer Robin Read has started a Facebook page which you can apply to join by searching Robin Read Drag Racing. "Many thanks to Neil Dilkes for proposing the idea and setting it up", says Robin. "We have a competition with a prize in relation to Dragstalgia, so please get involved. This is in addition to the latest news and developments from the Shed including photos and information regarding our new car shortly. Many thanks to Tony Kershaw at Kershaw Engineering for devising and carrying out the engraving on our latest generation rocker covers which are required to clearance the revised rocker geometry. Thanks also to Bertie Hopkinson for his hard work mapping and then manufacturing the parts to optimise the correct geometry."

Denny Hummel.
6th July: Brian Taylor writes to mark the debt of gratitude which UK drag racing owes to Denny Hummel, who died a few days ago:

Denny was the man who recreated the 354 Chrysler Hemi engine for Europe's first dragster, Sydney Allard's 1961 Allard Chrysler. The original engine was used in the 1965 Mark II Allard Chrysler which eventually ended up with Clive Skilton. Hence we needed a replacement that would be based on magazine reports, notes from the car's designer David Hooper and lots of photos.

After some research and advice, in 2010 the Allard Chrysler Action Group chose Michigan-based engine builders and nostalgia specialists Booth-Arons Racing Enterprises Inc of Berkley in Michigan to recreate the engine. Wally Booth was a very successful Super Stock and Pro Stock driver from the late 1960s through to the mid-1970s. He and engine builder Dick Arons started Booth-Arons in 1971, but neither man was associated with the business by 2010. Denny Hummel worked for the founders and became the co-owner of the business overseeing the shop operations.

Lots of racers and knowledgeable performance street enthusiasts relied upon Booth-Arons to build and maintain their engines. It was not uncommon to see seven or eight engines in various stages of disassembly / reassembly, and the resurgence of the nostalgia (or vintage) drag racing cars for competition, cackling or restoration had brought many engines into the Booth-Arons shops. Chrysler power plants, particularly the Hemi and Wedge head engines had become a speciality for Denny's touch.

The Allard Chrysler 354 project became an obsession for Denny and it took twelve months to complete. But his dedication continued once the restored dragster was able to cackle and then eventually parade under its own power. He sourced replacement parts and gave much advice on servicing and operating the vehicle. I doubt whether the restoration of the dragster would have been completed without his dedication and skill.

RIP Denny. It has been a privilege to know you. You have made your mark on both sides of the Atlantic. Not many can say that.


Swift snippets.
6th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 1 of the MSA Pro Modified entry list for the Mopar EuroNationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday-Sunday 27th-29th July (racing 28th-29th). You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. You can find the official Mopar EuroNationals entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about Mopar EuroNationals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for posting the post-SPRC Summernationals points standings in the UK National Drag Racing and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach 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 (right) came with no words. If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.


Colin does Clastres.
5th July: Outlaw Anglia racer and new ET record holder Colin Millar writes that the Outlaws' recent trip to Clastres in France was an all-round excellent experience:


Six Outlaw Anglias - Mick Taylor, Ronnie Mercer, Rob Stone, Scotty Crookston, Garry Hill and I, as well as Frankie Taylor in her Junior Dragster - set off for sunny France and arrived safe and sound on the Friday. Clastres is just one hour and fifty minutes when you come off the boat or out of the tunnel; a trouble-free run up the empty A26 and then five minutes and you're there.

None of us had been before so we had no real idea of what to expect. What we found was warmth kindness and enthusiasm. A lot of people had put a lot of work into delivering a quality facility, lots of space and the gentleman who was pitting was kind enough to allow us all to form a circle which was great for a good social evenings after the racing (and in case of Cherokee attack - Ed).

The facility is large with a circuit with lots of track cars giving it some, a full dirt bike track, and a lot of learning going on with bikes and cars. It seemed to me a very well used-facility. Small but clean shower block, water on tap and clean toilets and food vendors on site as well as some sideshows, we loved the air rifles and even won a huge big snake to the dismay of Annette Mercer who was definitely not keen for it to be sitting in the back window of Ronnie's Pop, but you have to agree Annette the colour did match well!

Saturday loomed and we were quickly called. All of us took it really easy as we didn't know what it would be like but after finishing and watching others it was evident that we could give it some, and being Outlaw Anglias we did!

My first real pass was an 8.07 and that was the slowest I went all weekend. I could have had eight or more runs on the Saturday as it opens at 09:00 and closes at 21:00. Sunday was the same, finished at 17:00, but due eliminations less cars were running and we had the opportunity in RWYB to do a good few passes. The track is narrow but nobody was wandering around too much. I finished the weekend with a new PB on the motor of 7.999 and out of the six Outlaws who went four came back with new PBs. No breakdowns, no dramas, no stress all helped to make the memory better. The last bit of icing on the cake was that the class won a trophy... actually I still don't know what it said on the wee plaque but it's a trophy and that's good enough for me.

We were woken up each morning by a wee wifey tooting her horn providing us with fresh bread, croissants and coffee which were very much appreciated. The nearby village is minutes away and can also be walked to with small shops a place for refreshments and a fish restaurant run by an ex-SAS man, lovely fellow and lovely food, my new Facebook pal. St Quentin is fifteen minutes away and again a fabulous place to visit either for the history or just the square with cafés and pubs for sitting out in the sun. We found an electric karting track and wasted a few hours being very competitive as you do ! Four teams decided to stay on and we moved on to the camp site in Seraucourt-le-Grand about a mile from the track. We didn't do a lot but it was so nice to chill and relax until we all went off on Friday to catch the ferry back to Dover and onto the Summernationals.

A fantastic experience and also a great holiday. Would I go back? For sure I would. Next year it would be fabulous to try to get at least twelve Outlaw Anglias over and run as a class.

To top it all off I could not have had a better time at the Summernationals with cracking weather, cracking racing with the usual great people and all the Santa Pod crew who look after us so well. Thanks to everybody and hope to see you all at Dragstalgia.


Alfie Embraces the Nitro Bug.
5th July: Owner and driver Andy Raw and racing partner Karl Harrison are supporting Embrace CVoC, who support young victims of crime and their families, on the début of their brand new Volkswagen Beetle Funny Car the Nitro Bug next week.

Andy Raw, owner of AMR Motors and TSR Engine Conversions located in Exning, Newmarket, has been working extremely hard building the one-of-a-kind Funny Car for the last four years. Andy and Karl have put blood, sweat and tears into the build and are thrilled to announce that the car will be making its début appearance at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway next Friday-Sunday (13th-15th).

Andy, a keen supporter of Embrace, is delighted that he can help support Embrace cause with the launch of his new Funny Car. "I'm hoping that we can raise lots of money for this incredible charity", he says. "The work they carry out is a true blessing. We will be at events with the car throughout the summer where I will be doing my best to help spread awareness of Embrace CVoC."  

Andy and Karl have very kindly offered to brand the Nitro Bug with the Embrace CVoC logo and to have Alfie the Embrace Bear riding shotgun as it goes down the track. As the Funny Car is one of a kind, and expected to reach up to 260 mph and 0-60 mph in under a second, there will be plenty of publicity over the weekend and at future events. Embrace will be at Santa Pod Raceway on the day supporting Andy and his dedicated crew. They will have a stand in the pits selling branded items and helping to spread awareness of their cause.

Fundraising Support Officer Chloe Raw stated "We're all very excited for the launch of Nitro Bug and to be working closely with Andy and his crew. Its a great opportunity to help spread awareness of Embrace and we are very grateful to Andy and his team for choosing to support our cause."

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Turbo's two birthday candles.
5th July: Ian Turburville and daughter and Super Pro ET racer Laura enjoyed the glorious sunshine and laid-back atmosphere of the SPRC Summernationals, and Turbo enjoyed his surprise birthday present at Friday's All Torque Test Day:

Laura was competing in the Nottingham College-sponsored Bad Blood dragster. She did really well and made it to round three of eliminations where she met her constant nemesis the Pryzm dragster. Unfortunately the heat and quick turn-round had a bad effect on her car and the performance dropped away leaving John the winner in an exciting close race.

It had come came to Derek Flynn's attention that it my 66th birthday so he offered me a couple of runs on his Top Gas bike on Friday. I had not raced a bike since I quit racing my Supertwin in 2010 but I jumped at the chance. To everyone's great surprise my leathers still fit me and there were some puzzled looks from the start line staff when I roared around from the pairing lanes.

I had also never raced a bike with gears as Mr Spokehead was a single-speed bike; that bike is doing very well in the EDRS Pro Series and Lasse rode it to a stunning 6.62 at Tierp in June. However I quickly got to grips with the gears and had great fun. Could this be my return to two wheels? Well, Derek's fabulous TL drag bike came runner up with a stout 9.8 run at the meeting and is up for grabs cheap, so if you are interested contact him at Gold RV.


D2BD a hit with D2BD.
5th July: Following the highly-successful Dare To Be Different events at Santa Pod Raceway, which introduced Key Stage 2 schoolgirls to the world of motorsport, two weeks ago Dare's Senior Account Manager and event organiser Jenny Morse has thanked the racers and drag racing ambassadors who took part.

Jenny writes "I truly believe that it is so important for the young and impressionable girls who attended our events to see, meet and learn from inspirational women such as yourselves. To see girls and women who are actually competing within the sport will have hopefully inspired them to see that it really is possible - even from as young as eight years old."

For Dare To Be Different, previously focused on circuit racing, these events provided a first encounter with drag racing, and were warmly embraced by all parties. Should any female members of the drag racing community – racers, crew members, marshals, officials, administrators, media – wish to learn more about the Dare To Be Different project or to support its mission, the organisation's web site address is www.daretobedifferent.org and its E-Mail address is info@daretobedifferent.org.


Web site updates.
5th July: Our good buddy and photo-journalist Steve Moxley's FIA/FIM Main Event report and pictures are now showing on the Eat My Ink web site at www.eatmyink.com.

Another good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two FHRA Nitro Nationals reports on the Autosport.nl web site. There is a race report which you can check out by clicking here and a report of "Other things I saw" which you can check out by clicking here.

Bianca Booij of SPRC Summernationals winners Pro Dutch Racing has forwarded an account of Michel Tooren and team's successful weekend at Santa Pod Raceway. The Dutch-language PDF can be checked out by clicking here.


Swift snippets.
4th July: We have two birthdays today. First up, a Happy Birthday and hugs to Santa Pod Racers Club official Kathy Taylor. Have a lovely day Kathy. Happy Birthday also to six-second street-legal racer Andy Frost. Have a great day Frosty.

Also on the subject of birthdays we would like to wish all of our friends and readers in the USA a Happy 4th July. Have a great day guys.


More SPRC Summernationals winners.
3rd July: Having received the SPRC Summernationals timing data courtesy of Andy Marrs we are pleased to confirm that Junior Drag Bike racers Meggie Talbot and Blade Dummer are the winners of the first Bob's Photo Finish Award for their semi-final race which was decided in Meggie's favour by 0.26 inches (0.0002 seconds).


Meggie and Blade will each receive £50 very shortly courtesy of longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Bob Roberts to whom a big Thank You. Bob tells us that there will be a repeat performance at the UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway in October.

As well as the UK National records listed yesterday, Marrs confirms that the following track records were set at the SPRC Summernationals. Track records do not require a back-up:

Pro Modified ET: 5.8673 seconds, Andy Robinson (also a National record)
Outlaw Anglia ET: 7.3728 seconds, Colin Millar (also a National record)
Outlaw Anglia speed: 184.39 mph, Colin Millar
Funny Bike speed: 218.24 mph, Lorcan Parnell
Super Street Bike speed: 215.12 mph, Steve Venables
Comp Bike speed: 198.91 mph, Sean Mills

Marrs has also updated our table of European and UK Bests which you can check out by
clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

You can check out the SPRC Summernationals timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

We would also like to say a big Thank You to photo-journalist Steve Moxley for his assistance in identifying records and pit note hints over the weekend.

Paul Bryan has updated his Flickr site with some great shots from the Sunday of the SPRC Summernationals. You can check out Paul's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/paulbryan_photopedia.


One tick left on the Bucket List.
3rd July: UK blown-alcohol altered racer Paul Watson says that the d&ecute;but of his car at the SPRC Summernationals was intense:

We had a blower failuire which delayed us this season but a big thank you to Tony Betts who came to the rescue with a similar blower, still a Kobelco 1471 but a Superman which is longer, rotors set back a few inches which in itself caused some issues. We also had starter issues and again Tony Betts came to the rescue and let us borrow his blower starter. We had a rough ride with this build but fingers crossed we were at the end.

In testing on Friday we had a few fire-up issues in the morning but finally made a pass in the afternoon, rolled through stage with a 1.5 sixty foot and an early shut-off due to oil from the rear inlet manifold covering me during the run. It was a 9.2 but from the ticket I could see it was on a decent pass. We took off the blower and manifold, sealed the leak and went for a fire up but then disaster: a pushrod had jumped out and damaged the rocker. I made a few calls and Pixie was on her way with the parts. Gary Springford had come on board again for this event and worked till 11:00 that night putting it back together. It turned out that the rocker post had loosened very slightly but enough to allow it to jump.

Saturday the pressure was on. I still had to do my final licencing pass and pull the chute. We had also kept having Lencodrive issues, very hard to select forward and reverse hence my erratic backing up. Launching off idle we ran a 1.10 to sixty, 4.7/147 at the eighth and 7.50/172 clicking off at 1000 feet. Absolutely amazing and a credit to all those that have played a part of this build (and to you Paul - Ed). We came out again and ran a new PB 7.45/178.

Home and back to reality, we have gone through the car and have some damage in the reverser at which I am looking right now, but nothing will stop us being at Dragstalgia. I have just one more box to tick in my drag racing career, which started in 1977 at Blackbushe racing Street against Dave Mingay. That is to run a six-second pass, then the car is for sale and it will be time to hang up my boots for good.

I can't thank these people enough for their help and advice, I couldn't have done it without them; my team Pixie, Muffins, Gary, Andy and John Atkinson; Jon Golding at Home Grown Hot Rods; Spud Miller at FIE; Kenny Gomez at Superpower Unlimited; Tony Betts; Luke Robinson at Andy Robinson Race Cars; Jeff Bull at Jeff Bull Race Engines; Matt Couter at Image Worx; Mick Snyder at Snyder Motorsort; Martyn Jones and Crunch; and all my mates who pop round when I need a little help. Thank you everyone.

See you at Dragstalgia.


Swift snippets.
3rd July: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version 3 of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday-Sunday 20th-22nd July (racing Saturday and Sunday). You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about Bug Jam entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs for passing us post-FHRA Nitro Nationals tables of round wins and qualifying standings, Low ET and High Speed, winners and runners-up in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. "Notable at Alastaro was Jimmy Ålund becoming the first to win in two FIA classes at the same event, the first person to score seven round wins at a single event, and beating the reigning Champions in each class", says Marrs. Click here for the table of FIA Championship round wins and click here for the table of FIA Championship qualifying and results.

Thanks to Åsa Kinnemar for passing us the post-FHRA Nitro Nationals points standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. You can check out the European points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Marcus Christiansen raced to victory in Super Twin Motorcycle at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro, round two of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship. Our good buddy Remco Scheelings writes that the young Danish rider was the quickest in all elimination rounds and defeated home favourite Samu Kemppainen in the final. In Super Street Bike Mathias Bohlin remained undefeated and still has a 100% score this season after doubling up his Tierp win with a victory at Alastaro. In Top Fuel Motorcycle Rikard Gustafsson took the win, while Timo Savolainen gave the home crowd something to cheer about by winning the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. You can read more on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.


Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us the usual preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, available if you are quick, plus bonus material exclusively for Eurodragster.com readers. Click on the images above for the PDF downloads.

Eagle-eyed Eurodragster.com readers will have noticed a couple of amendments to our John Woofe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage schedule, namely the addition of end-day galleries and Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam from this weekend's Saturday Night Special and BMW Show at Santa Pod Raceway, and the addition of a webcast on the Friday of next week's Dragstalgia. You can check out our full Event Coverage schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


More Go, more Show.
3rd July: Paul Marston has been in touch with an update about No Prep Nationals 3 at Rockingham Drag Strip on August Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August:

The strip features no prep, no time, no speed Big Tyre (4WD allowed), Small Tyre (FWD allowed any size tyre), Monster High Roller Big Bracket (all run, with buybacks) and RWYB (anything goes except bikes, lawnmowers welcome!). All eighth mile, flashlight start for Big and Small Tyre, Christmas Tree for everyone else.

The entries are coming in thick and fast. Some of the garages are still available for rent during the event, but please get your entry in soon if you want one. E-Mail pmdragracing@gmail.com, Facebook Rockingham Dragstrip or call or text me on 07831 650230.

Adding to the event is a brand new Rod and Car Show, which will feature some of the very, very best rods and customs. There is a huge four-acre hard standing exhibit area and also opening up for the first time the Rockingham Exhibition Hall which will house the cream of the eodding scene. This first annual show is called The Big Oolite and will become a regular feature of the August meeting. For more details Like their Facebook page or call Keith or Bill on 07793 035729.

Adding to this is the Rockingham Drift Track Day which will attract around one hundred Drifters (including my niece's partner - Ed). This is a very popular event with at least two drift tracks being featured. They are situated on the National Circuit and at the back of the Super Speedway oval.

So all in all a pretty action-packed day awaits you with alot going on. For more details check out the Rockingham Dragstrip Facebook page or check the Rockingham Motor Speedway web site.

Spectators have access to all areas on the day; admission is £10 in advance or £12 on the gate, under-16s free. Gates open at 08:00 and the track opens for RWYB / qualifying at 10:00.


European Top Gas Round 3 review.
3rd July: Herman Jolink writes that th third round of this year's European Top Gas Series took place at Hoskovice in the Czech Republic where qualifying was over the quarter mile but eliminations took place over the eighth:

On Friday we made some test runs to get a feeling for the track. We had some rain and wind but the sun dried the concrete track. On Saturday and Sunday we had three qualifying sessions planned but we had two because of the conditions. Final qualifying:
  1. Jorg Lymant DE on 2622 Pro Stock V-Twin 7.708
  2. Jan Malmberg SE on 2600 two blower V-Twin 7.793/279 kmh. 7.793 was a new PB.
  3. Anders Jensen DK on 2000 home-made mechanical turbo V-Twin 8.257, new PB but the engine broke and it was not possible to repair it.
  4. Herman Jolink NL on Ducati 1198 RS (1266) 9.054/239. I made some modifikations to the Ducati 1198 RS but it did not get me a quicker time.
  5. Martin Buhler CH on 1600 home made mechanical blower V-Twin 9.210
  6. Peter Niklas DE on Turbo Honda 1000 SP 9.634
  7. Sven Ole Schleichert DE on 1300 V-Rod Destroyer 9.800
  8. Janek Severa CR on 1000 Suzuki V-Twin 10.259. Some problems with the ignition cutting when shifting gears.
Jorg Braune's new 2000 Turbo V-Twin was not ready so he competed in Modified Harley. In the third qualifying pass I blew a cylinder head gasket. I got help from two Czechs to put the spare Ducati 999 RS (1214) engine in the frame but time ran out for the first round of eliminations. We needed the help of more people but didn't get it; some years ago at Drachten we put the spare Ducati in the frame in an hour and a half with the help of six people.

Because of a crosswind Top Gas decided to race over the eighth mile. Comp Bike and Super Street Bike ran over the quarter.

E1: Lymant 5.144/224 def. Severa 13.383/50 again with problems shifting; Buhler 6.188/152 bye run, Jolink broke; Malberg 5.023/227 def. Schleichert 6.296/181; Niklas 5.922/201 bye run, Jensen broke.

E2: Lymant 4.988/229 def. Buhler 5.695/203; Malmberg 5.708/148 def. Niklas 5.716/203. Malmberg's bike was not running well.

Final: Jorg Lymant DE (0.144) 4.971/233 def. Jan Malmberg SE (0.255) 6.237/153. Again Malmberg's bike was not running well.

European Super Twin Top Gas Championship:
  1. Lymant DE 1850 points
  2. Buhler CH 1000
  3. Malmberg SE 775
  4. Menzi CH 750
  5. Niklas DE 750
  6. Jolink NL 670
  7. Jensen DK 630
  8. Schleichert DE 520
  9. Waterschoot BE 480
  10. Caspari DE 440
  11. Foit DE 360
  12. Petersen DE 310
  13. Larsson SE 300
  14. Brodbeck CH 300
  15. Severa CR 260
Thank you Yvonna Kneblova and team.

The next Top Gas event is at Drachten in The Netherlands on 27th-29th July.


You could develop a healthy Obsession.
3rd July: Craig Gibbs says that the family's seven-second Camaro is still for sale:

We've had to call time on our racing endeavours with Obsession for personal reasons. Everything is for sale, and we are open to offers on it all. Obsession has been in our family since the early 1990s, having been imported from Florida in 1990 where she was a big bracket money winner, running 9.40s. Tony Gransden initially drove Obsession and then in 1993 Dad Terry took over before turning his attentions towards promoting, and I took over the driving seat in late 1997 I took over the driving seat.

In 2000 it was decided that Super Modified and the seven-second zone were what we wanted, maybe with a step up to Pro Mod in mind at a later date, so we needed a car built to enable us to do that with cost in mind if we wanted. So Obsession was stripped, the original chassis removed and apart from the body which received some fairly major modifiations, a new car was constructed.

A 25.1E twin rail moly Pro Mod chassis was built to take the car ultimately into the sixes, and the body was modified to take the larger Pro Mod wheels and tyres so that upgrades later would be minimal.

Having run a best of 7.55/182 with a 489 ci chevy in Super Modified trim (0.600 lift cam and restricted on valve sizes) the car still has a lot of potential. The car itself can and will run sixes, everything is there to do it, if you've got a six-second motor this car will take everything you can throw at her. Or run her as she is and slot into Super Pro ET, Super Comp or Comp Eliminator, go run sevens and have loads of fun. 

Obsession has always run straight and true, and I have always trusted her 100% to get me to the other end of the track.

So I guess this is a fantastic opportunity to own a piece of modern British drag racing history, or stamp your own identity on her and begin a new chapter. We will be sad to see her go, but she needs to be on the track racing where she belongs and we can no longer do that.

Please get in touch at craiggibbs2@aol.com for more information and pictures.

Obsession can be found under Cars For Sale on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.


SPRC Summernationals results.
2nd July: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

MSA Pro Modified: Michel Tooren 6.1093/237.76 def. Bobby Wallace 6.2260/227.76
Comp Eliminator: Andy Hone (7.93) 13.3399/62.55 def. Tim Mugridge (7.99) 7.5651/182.77 DQ red
Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET: Scott Hauser (7.55) 7.5611/176.38 def. Brad Jackson (7.63) 7.6049/176.35 DQ b/o
Modurstang Pro ET: Simon Innes (10.55) 10.5723/126.14 def. Bob Molden (9.63) 9.6854/138.61
Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Ricky Hale (15.40) 15.4447/87.34 def. Holly Sanders (15.01) 15.0357/88.04
Super Comp: Stu Doignie 8.9140/153.10 def. Craig Wright 8.9223/147.19
Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout: Simon Gough 9.9219/153.68 def. Tayler Letchford 9.8958/142.47 DQ b/o
Super Street: Dave Cherrett 10.9550/81.10 def. Leigh Morris 10.8955/120.12 DQ b/o
TopSpeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Joe Stevens 8.3436/169.82 def. Martin Smith 8.0501/183.63
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Charlotte Bradford (7.96) 8.0243/81.52 bye, Bonnie Wallace (7.90) broke
Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar 7.4127/184.39 def. Jedd Guy 8.0956/167.91
Wild Bunch: Phil James (9.35) 9.3663/141.14 def. Darryl Howells (8.93) 8.8684/143.91 DQ b/o
VW Pro: Paul Bargate (12.01) 12.4318/111.80 def. Adrian Solly (12.00) 11.9857/118.04 DQ b/o
VW Sportsman: Aaron Beales (13.90) 13.9339/94.68 def. Polly Judge (15.62) 15.8440/79.51
Nostalgia Super Stock: Amy Watkins (9.83) 9.8657/136.02 def. Guy King (9.75) 9.7912/138.62 DQ red

ACU Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt 6.3734/215.16 def. Allan Davies 7.7555/166.68
ACU Funny Bike: Dale Leeks 7.0130/188.92 def. Len Paget 7.5294/175.75 DQ red
ACU Comp Bike: Jeroen van den Belt 7.5185/187.42 def. Scott Collier 9.9534/111.93 DQ red
ACU Super Street Bike: Graham Balchin 7.2812/204.16 def. Steve Venables 10.4307/111.79 DQ red
8.50 Bike: Ian Chrichlow 8.5193/159.16 def. Jake Mechaell 8.5372/160.19
9.50 Bike: Dave Bowe 9.5252/123.10 def. Brett Cordelle 9.4707/144.43
Junior Drag Bike: Liam Holgate (7.90) 8.0277/85.87 def. Meggie Talbot (9.25) 9.2411/71.28 DQ b/o
ET Bike: Phil Pratt (9.03) 9.2689/126.59 def. Dave Grundy (11.37) 12.3224/112.64
Supertwin Top Gas: Michael Gooding 9.5101/144.81 def. Derek Flynn 10.1231/130.64

Congratulations to the following who set new National and class records (subject to ratification):

MSA Pro Modified ET: 5.867 seconds, Andy Robinson
ACU Funny Bike ET: 6.676 seconds, Lorcan Parnell
ACU Funny Bike speed: 206.93 mph, Lorcan Parnell
ACU Comp Bike speed: 196.39 mph, Sean Mills
ACU Super Street Bike ET: 6.925 seconds, Steve Venables
ACU Super Street Bike: 211.10 mph, Steve Venables
Outlaw Anglia ET: 7.372 seconds, Colin Millar

Congratulations also to Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald who took the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award with a more than perfect 0.0000 Reaction Time, and to and Modurstang Pro ET racer and Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award sponsor Al Platt who won his own Award with a more than perfect +0.0000 on dial-in. Both Awards have been reset to £50, for Dragstalgia and Bug Jam respectively. Junior Drag Bike racers Meggie Talbot and Blade Dummer are the leading candidates for the Bob's Photo Finish Award posted by longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Bob Roberts with a finish line margin of 0.26 inches (0.0002 seconds) in their semi-final race. We will confirm the winners when we receive the official timing data.

You can check out our SPRC Summernationals reports, results, pit notes and galleries, which are presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Please join Tog in a big Thank You to Simon, Julian and Diana Macrae who worked hard in sometimes uncomfortable conditions to bring you the weekend's coverage.


Swift snippets.
2nd July: Yesterday's results at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro included an FIA Pro Modified and FIA Pro Stock double for Jimmy Ålund, a Top Fuel Dragster win for Home Boy Timo Lehtimäki, and another victory for Timo Harbermann in FIA Top Methanol. You can read all about it on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here

We would like to wish a big Happy Birthday for today (Monday) to Podington Pea and Eurodragster.com Off-Track Photographer Diana Macrae. Have a lovely day DD. René Martin asked us to say big Happy Birthday to photographer David Beitler, which we are very happy to do. Have a great day David.


The impending Nitrocalypse.
2nd July: Sweden's Tobba Jansson tells us that he has completed the conversion of his Nostalgia Funny Car to Nitro and that its first outing is due at the end of this month.


Tobba crewed on the Rimfrost and Tre Kronor Nostalgia FCs before deciding that it was time to have his own Nitro. Tobba owns the former Apocalypse FC, which was originally campaigned by Anders Lian in the 1980s, and ran it in Pro Comp as an alcohol FC before deciding upon the conversion in 2017.

The FC now sports a 496 ci TFX with BAE fuel heads, Littlefield 6-71 blower, 21-gallon fuel pump, single mag and Lenco two-shift gearbox. Nitro load will be 85%-93%.

The car's first outing in its fire-breathing configuration will be the Mantorp Revival on 27th-29th July. "I am looking forward to burning some Nitro", says Tobba.

You can find out more by searching Nitrocalypse or Apocalypse Drag Racing Team on Facebook.


FHRA Nitro Nationals gallery.
30th June: VWDRC Chair Luke Stevenson is at Alastaro and kindly sent us a gallery of off-track pictures, which are presented in association with Lucas Oil Products and which you can check out byclicking on the picture at right, by clicking here, or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Results sheets are being posted on FHRA's forum and can be checked out by clicking here. On page one just scroll down a little to seethe first results.


The generation game.
29th June: UK Modurstang Pro ET and Super Street racers John and Nicole Parker, aka Billy and Li'l Miss Billie, have scores to settle at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway in July, not least with each other. John explained in braille to Eurodragster.com:

Parker Racing are looking forward to their Dragstalgia début in the Custom Car Invitational. To date my best time in the family Chevy Nova is 10.80 whilst Nicole has run a 10.58.

The Chevy is getting some last-minute prep at Zannetec and then we'll be looking to transbrake launch and to run the old girl right out the back door. Like Highlander there can be only one, so Dragstalgia is where we settle bragging rights for this season. I will be running on Saturday and Nicole will run on Sunday. It's as simple as that, although if Nicole goes quicker on Sunday the track, conditions, headwind etc were rubbish on Saturday.

What we need now are some incentives to run fast. Who is running in the Custom Car Invitational with a low ten- or high nine-second car whom we can call out and chase down?


Clastres #6 a hit.
29th June: Our good buddy Markus Münch had a fantastic time at Clastres #6 in France last weekend:


French, British, German, Swiss, Dutch and Belgian racers had fun in the sun. A good track resulted in some serious PBs including by Alain Dürr, Franz Aschenbrenner, Christophe Dubois and Dirk Kunold, so the track had to be right. The warm and sunny weather (not too hot) heated the track and provided decent air.


Pro ET, Super Pro ET, Junior Dragster, Street and Test and Tune all had plenty of tracktime. Six qualifying sessions and then eliminations were run throughout Saturday and Sunday. Many spectators where there, especially from the GB to see what it is like in France. All of them will return with their cars in tow and not just the Brits.


Thank you very much to the French ATD, Custom Gang Racing, Eric Angeloni and all of the helpers. We will be back.

You can check out a gallery of Markus' excellent pictures at www.dragmag.de.


Girls of F1 take a Dare.
29th June: Two hundred girls, comprising local school students and the daughters of Formula One team personnel, gathered at Santa Pod Raceway last week for an eye-opening insight into the thrilling behind-the-scenes world of the motorsport industry. 

Santa Pod, the home of European FIA Drag Racing, provided the perfect adrenaline-fuelled backdrop for the eight-to-eleven-year-old audience who were treated to impressive on-track displays by some of sport's fastest female stars. One of these was a leading Junior Drag Bike racer, twelve-year-old Meggie Talbot,  who has been competing internationally since she was eight. Meggie put her race bike through its paces on the track to the delight of the excited crowd and afterwards spoke about her love of the sport and how she became involved. 

In addition to witnessing the high-speed spectacle that Santa Pod had specially laid on, the Dare To Be Different girls also took part in hands-on motorsport and STEM activities - real-life 'tasters'  as to what a future in this and other related industries could potentially offer them. 

Included in the timetable were a 'pit-stop challenge' where the girls worked in teams to change a wheel against the clock; interview and presentation tutorials with D2BD's media ambassador Louise Goodman; a guided tour of a McLaren Formula One car; an entertaining, educational and team-building exercise to construct a working hoverboard assisted by National flagship programme STEMnet (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network); a Reaction Time test with the Pirelli Batak Board; a lesson in life-saving resuscitation techniques and vital aspects regarding health and safety. In addition, the F1 In Schools Programme was there to showcase its inspirational learning resources.

Santa Pod's Robin Jackson says, "Dare To Be Different's visit to Santa Pod has been rewarding and significant for two major reasons - it brings together spheres of motor sport that rarely meet; and also we hope will inspire a new, young generation of potential female participants. We are fortunate that female participation and achievement throughout drag racing is already at high levels to the extent that, within our sport, a driver's or rider's gender is simply not a story. Drag racing's keenest contribution to Dare To Be Different might prove to be its long history of gender equality."

Susie Wolff says "It's fantastic to have such a successful D2BD headline event at Santa Pod  and to combine this with the F1 daughters and schools day. For most of the girls that were here,  this was their very first encounter with drag racing, a branch of motorsport which has been crowning female Champions for decades. It's been extremely inspiring for all of us on the D2BD team to see just how many girls and women take part in this discipline and how massively successful they are!

"The whole idea of Dare To be Different is about pushing girls out of the their comfort zones and encouraging them to try something new. Ultimately we want to see more girls coming into motorsport at grass-roots level and looking for careers within the industry."

Launched by Susie Wolff MBE and the Motorsports Association back in 2016,  Dare To Be Different aims to inspire, connect and celebrate women not only in motorsport but in all perceived male-dominated industries. Since its inception, the ground-breaking project has already hosted over twenty five headline events in the UK, Germany and Australia and touched the lives of almost three thousand primary-age school girls.


A picture for Priddle.
28th June: Keith Lee has been in touch to inform us that UK Legend Dennis Priddle, the subject of Keith's forthcoming book, is celebrating his birthday today. Along with Keith and his wife Annie, we at Eurodragster.com wish Dennis a very Happy Birthday.

As a timely little birthday present, Keith is pleased to report that he has just received the finalised front cover artwork for the book which he has so been busy writing, Mister Six: The Story of Drag Racing Legend Dennis Priddle.

Keith says "My thanks to Darren West for all his efforts in producing the cover, which I am very pleased with, and am able to reveal today. I am now working on completing the final chapter of what has been a mammoth task, prior to starting on the final book layout. I must thank both Annie and Dennis, and also Dennis' wife Sandra, for all playing such an active part in checking the text over the past few weeks. It has proved invaluable work - and probably caused Dennis to silently curse me along the way, as he underwent a cataract removal during that period!"

There is some exciting news to come during the next week about the launch being planned for this major work about one of the sport's most famous characters.

More information about the progress of the book is available on Keith's Author's Blog on the excellent Acceleration Archive web site at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk. The Facebook group Mr. Six - The Dennis Priddle Story can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/398554693879332.


Dragstalgia update.
27th June: James Forster of
Santa Pod Raceway has been in touch with an important update both for those running at, planning to run at, or planning to attend Dragstalgia on 13th-15th July:

If you are planning on racing in one of the invited classes please remember to book in before 17:00 UK next Friday, 6th July. We will not be able to accept any entries after that point. To book in to race, call the Dragstalgia team on 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828).

Next Friday is also the closing date for advanced price admission tickets so whether you're racing or coming along to spectate then make sure you book in before that deadline to save a few quid.

The entry list is already looking great with strong fields in all classes but we know there are more to come. You can view the current list at www.dragstalgia.co.uk.

Don't forget that we will be holding an additional race session from 17:00 on Friday for Willys Wars, Nostalgia Superstock, Wild Bunch, Outlaw Anglia and Supercharged Outlaws.

The Friday Run What You Brung will be starting earlier than previously. RWYB will be taking place from 10:00 to 16:30 which offers a great opportunity to sneak in some pre-event testing or simply make the most of the available track time. This is open to all pre-1980 vehicles so even if you're not taking part in the weekends racing, you're welcome to get some RWYB in before sitting back and watching the Pros.

Gates will be open to those with racer tickets only from 12:00 to 19:00 on Thursday 5th. Gates will then re-open at 08:00 on Friday morning.

Don't forget you need to present your race vouchers in the Signing On office to get yourself signed in for the weekend's racing.

To see the full line-up visit www.dragstalgia.co.uk - you don't want to miss it!


Bug Jam entry update.
27th June: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 3 of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday-Sunday 20th-22nd July (racing Saturday and Sunday). You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The official closing date for Bug Jam entry is this Friday (29th), after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can find the official Bug Jam entry forms on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

If you have any queries about Bug Jam entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Thirty years of Bert.
27th June: UK Pro Modified racer Bert Englefield, who has been much-missed this season but who is thankfully contesting this weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway, writes that he is now in his thirtieth year of Pro Modified:

In 1998 I entered the first ever Pro Modified Racers' Association Championship in a Ford Sierra powered by a 440 Chrysler.1990 featured the début of the Toyota Supra with a 500 ci Chrysler B1 motor and Lenco. In 1994 the power plant was changed to a 648 ci nitrous motor with Dart Big Chief heads. At the 1996 Cannonball I ran my first six-second pass, a 6.96 which was also the first side-by-side six beating Alan Packman's 6.92. By the end of 1996 I had lowered my ET to 6.873 which at the time was the quickest in Europe. By the end of the 1999 steel chassis were being made illegal in Pro Mod so the 1938 Ford was started. At the same time, Andy Robinson started building the Studebaker.

By 2001 Pro Mod was dying and we were told that Super Modified was the future and we were mad to be building Pro Mods. Now they say that Nostalgia Funny Car is going to be the future...

There are so many stories about what has gone over the thirty years. We could write a book about it. The arguments, tantrums etc and that's just Andy Robinson!

Further to the above sentence Bert and Andy can be found in the BA Racing pit at Santa Pod this weekend.


Swift snippets.
27th June: Another welcome returnee at the SPRC Summernationals is Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Andy Bond whose Ugly Sister Chevy has been rebuilt after a crash last season. Photographer Matt Woods stuck his nose into Andy's workshop and kindly sent us the picture below left.


Bob's Photo Finish Award sponsor Bob Roberts stopped by the Flywheel event at the weekend and spotted Gasser Circus racer Julian Balme (above right) taking a display circuit corner with difficulty. Which, so far as any decent drag racing web site is concerned, is a good thing.


Weekend viewing starts tomorrow.
27th June: The FHRA Nitro Nationals commences at Alastaro tomorrow (Thursday) and FHRA are again providing their excellent free Web TV. Broadcast commences at 08:00 UK / 09:00 European and you will be able to tune in at www.livestream.com/fhra.

From Friday the choice of live streams increases to two as Eurodragster.com's Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be broadcasting from Friday's All Torque Test Day and then the weekend's SPRC Summernationals. In each case broadcast will commence shortly before the track opens, which in practical terms means approximately 09:15 UK / 10:15 European. Wherever the stream page is located (it changes occasionally) the Landing Page link at www.eurodragster.com/webcam will always take you to the right place and hosts a Share button to boot.

Those of you watching from your day jobs please don't get yourselves in trouble, with the exception of regular viewer Tobbe Ekström who always displays an admirable lack of concern.


Close to the money.
25th June: We are pleased to announce that, in addition to the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light award and the Eurodragster.com /
Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award, an additional £100 will be available at this weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway.

Bob's Photo Finish Award, which is presented in association with longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Bob Roberts, will award £50 each to the racers involved in the closest race of eliminations at this weekend's event. The Award is open to all classes and although Eurodragster.com decals are not mandatory we would appreciate if it they are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available in Signing On.

The closest race will be decided upon distance rather than time since, for example, 0.001 seconds at 230 mph is further than 0.002 seconds at 110 mph. For this reason the official timing data will need to be consulted so the winners will be announced here on Eurodragster.com as soon as possible after the event and the winners will then be contacted for their preferred method of payment.

We would like to say a big Thank You to Bob for suggesting and supporting the Photo Finish Award, and we would like to wish everyone good luck.


Jon Leret.
23rd June: We were very sorry to hear of the death of Norwegian Top Fuel Bike racer Jon Leret.

If you needed an example of a fearless racer who worked hard and played hard then Jon would be at the top of that list. He was very popular within the racing community and could be relied upon for spectacular performances both on the track and in the pits. Never to be forgotten was Jon bailing from the bike on Mantorp Park's notoriously short shutdown area in 2004, just after passing the stripe at 215 mph; at the time we were memorably told that he would have got up and walked back to the pits had the medics let him.

Our deepest sympathies to Jon's family and friends.


SPR statement: Two Seater Dragster.
23rd June: We have received the following statement from Trakbak Racing and Santa Pod Raceway CEO Keith Bartlett:

During a corporate charity day at Santa Pod last week the Santa Pod Two-Seater Dragster crashed during a solo demonstration session. The car was being driven by Susanne Callin-Bartlett for a demonstration of women in motorsport in support of the Dare to be Different charity. The exact cause of the crash has not yet been fully established but the driver was unhurt, although the car was quite badly damaged.

On behalf of Susanne and Santa Pod Raceway I would like to thank everyone for their E-Mails and concerns for Susanne and the Two-Seater Dragster. Susanne is fit and well and with no injuries. She will be back driving race cars again very soon. Santa Pod is looking forward to being able to continue with the Two-Seater Dragster programme, once the repairs and re-build to the car are completed.


The Hog is ready to roast.
23rd June: Derek Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV writes with news of a new ride:

Since buying Tilly the Suzuki TL 1000 Drag Bike from Les Harris, we have got to know each other better and Les has been very supportive in helping us run her. We both love Tilly and she is so easy to run and is a great bike. She is still for sale.

We both love Harleys; Les is in mid-build of his own Harley Supertwin and I was going to quit the bikes. However Les then told me about a Harley Super Twin that was available from Dave Bartz who was selling it due to some health issues with which he is battling very bravely - hope it all goes well Dave (Hear, hear - Ed). We both wanted the bike but could not justify the expense individually so I suggested that we go halves. We both thought about it for all of one night and decided that it was a good plan, we would run as a team and alternate as riders at the various events.

We took delivery yesterday and to say that we are both very happy with our new acquisition is an understatement - it's just awesome! It needs a little fettling and recommissioning as it has been in storage for a while now. Dave was brilliant going over things with us, like how to start it, some minor things we should do to it and advised that we should put on a new front tyre. But apart from that The Hog is basically ready to go and is now in the Gold RV Motorcycles stable. It was obvious that Dave loves the bike and that it was hard for him to let go, it must have felt like selling one of his babies.

Hopefully we will be taking The Hog to the Red Line Rumble in August. Needless to say the trailer is no longer for sale, but anyone who is interested in Tilly (right) should come to see me in the pits at the SPRC Summernationals where I will be running her.

At the Summernationals I will also be assisting Steve Johnson with tuning and running Motor Mouse with its new engine, rear end etc. So far the new combination has given us a few headaches, it seems to have too much power but you can never have too many horses, it's just a matter of harnessing ‘em correctly. Steve has specified and built a great engine and the blower has been refreshed over the winter. I am sure that we will get a handle on it after a few runs and hopefully we will be ready to make the Mouse really roar in the Slingshot Showdown at Dragstalgia, which has been the goal all along.  Fiona and I have really enjoyed helping Steve; as we all know he lost his long-term crew, wife and life partner Pat whom we still love and miss. We have had some tears, cheers and we reminisce over some of the great times and adventures we all shared together.

I would like to thank long-term friends John Clark aka Nobby, Nigel Turner and Ian Turburville for all their assistance with my racing and crewing on the various projects with which I have been involved with over the last couple of years.


SPRC Summernationals Perfect Awards.
23rd June: Next week's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £100 will be on offer for perfect performance.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET racer Brad Jackson at the FIA/FIM Main Event. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award will be 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 then the Award will be increased to £75 for Dragstalgia; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for Dragstalgia. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals will be available in the Signing On office or from the Eurodragster.com office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).

The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Modurstang Pro ET racer Bob Molden at the FIA/FIM Main Event. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award will be available this weekend in Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout, Super Street, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), VW Pro, VW Sportsman, the Wild Bunch, Nostalgia Super Stock, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike and Junior Drag Bike, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £100 for Bug Jam; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for Bug Jam.

To be eligible to win the Award, decals (right) must be carried, clearly visible, one on each side of the vehicle. If a Perfect ET is recorded without decals then there will be no argument, we will not pay out and the money will be awarded to the next racer to record a Perfect ET. Decals will be available in Signing On from this Friday.

For more information about the services which Vitesse Labelling Products can provide please see Al Platt in the Modurstang Pro ET pits or visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk.


PMR racing school closes.
23rd June: Paul Marston has been in touch to announce with deep regret that the Paul Marston Racing Drag Race School has closed:

Due to circumstances beyond our control the school is sadly no more. Over the past sixteen years a lot of racers have passed through our doors and we feel that we made a difference to drag racing in our own small way. We would like to think that the sport is a safer place due to pupils being shown how to do things properly and being taught the right way, how to handle situations and to take care of their own safety and consequently the safety of others.

The School was started as a way to give something back to this great sport of ours, to provide new racers somewhere to go and to be taught how to do things right. It was always run on a non-profit basis to enable more people to take advantage of a valuable resource.

We would like to thank everyone in the PMR team who voluntarily gave up their time to help run the school over the years. The list is long and distinguished and without their care, attention and professionalism the School could not have existed. To all of them we all owe a great debt of gratitude.

Then there are the graduate pupils of the School, so many of whom have shined so bright. You all are the real reason why the School existed, to enable you to fulfil your dreams and ambitions. There are drivers who got their start with us all the way from Sportsman ET up to Top Fuel and Funny Car, all of whom make us very proud.

Lastly there are the drivers who have driven with us who have won UK National Championships, Club Championships and countless National events driving our cars. Once again we would like to thank them all and wish them every success in the future.

If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the School cars then please contact us directly. Over the next few weeks the cars and spares will appear for sale on the Jeff Bull Race Engines Swap Meet here on Eurodragster.com.


Web site updates.
23rd June: If you were at the FIA/FIM Main Event or if you were tuned in to our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage then you will recall that FIA Pro Modified, also Round 2 of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship, put on a great show. You can relive the action, courtesy of our friends Helen Todd and David Coleman of Zeon TV, on Santa Pod Raceway's YouTube channel by clicking at right or at www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSo0o3ghSZE

Our good buddy Steve Moxley has had his FIA/FIM Main Event report and SPRC Summernationals preview posted on the ACU web site at www.acu.org.uk.

Also updating from the FIA/FIM Main Event is Paul Lister whose 300+ pictures can be checked out on his Drag Car Anon web site at www.dragcaranon.co.uk.


SPRC Summernationals racer update.
22nd June: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's SPRC Smmernationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Friday 29th June
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
10:00 Signing On office opens
11:00 Car scrutineering commences, no specific order
16:30 Bike scrutineering commences, no specific order
18:45 Signing On office closes
20:00 Bike scrutineering ends

Saturday 30th June
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Scrutineering commences
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Sunday 1st July
07:30 Signing On office opens
07:30 Scrutineering commences 09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

The provisional running orders are now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

No race vehicle motors are to be fired up before 09:00 or after 20:00 on any day of the event including Friday's All Torque Test Day. Before 09:00 vehicles should be pushed or towed to Scrutineering, not driven or ridden. Non-observation of curfew will result in exclusion from the event.

Junior racers please remember the rule about pushing vehicles back to the pits once through the arch beside Scrutineering.

Colour commentators are requested to come to Commentary only when their class is at the head of the lanes, to vacate Commentary as soon as their class has run, and not to bring guests to Commentary with them.

At the request of SPR management the Eurodragster.com office at the Bankside end of Race Control is out of bounds during racing except to race officials, Eurodragster.com staff, Zeon TV crew and racers or crew collecting Eurodragster.com Perfect Award money.


Daring to be Different at Santa Pod.
20th June: Santa Pod Raceway today teamed up with Dare To Be Different to hold a highly successful Schools event to promote the cause of advancing female talent in motorsport. Simon writes:

Dare To Be Different is a non-profit organisation founded by former racing driver Susie Wolff and the CEO of the Motor Sports Association Rob Jones in 2016. The organisation helps to inspire, connect, showcase and develop women who either currently work in, or want to work in the motorsport arena. It runs six schools events, two community events and attends five shows or races per year. Children attending today were family members of the Mercedes, McLaren, Renault, Force India, Williams and Toro Rosso F1 teams.

Groups of participants were led through five different motorsport-related activities, interspersed with drag racing demonstrations from female drivers. Activities comprised a Drag Racing Experience hosted by Dave Warren with Fuel racer Shelley Pearson, TV presenting with Sky Sports hosted by TV presenter and journalist Louise Goodman, an F1 STEM challenge to construct a ride-on hovercraft, a reaction challenge, pit stop challenge, and workout and resuscitation.

Race teams present comprised the Junior Dragsters of Jacqueline Bartlett, Lara Bartlett, Holley Marshall and Caitlin Wilson, the Junior Drag Bike of Meggie Talbot, the Pro Stock Bike of Bobby Frazier, the Comp Eliminator Chevy S10 truck of Belinda Bull, the Santa Pod Thrill Ride two seater dragster driven by Susanne Callin, the Super Comp dragster of Leah Kellett, and the Pro ET dragster of Rhiannon Bellenie. Following racing demonstrations, the participants were given a pit tour by Grace Roaf to enable them to meet with drivers and talk about the cars, bikes and drag racing.

The prizes for winners in each activity were presented by Isle of Mann TT racer Maria Costello MBE and Louise Goodman.

You can check out a photo gallery of today's activities, which is presented in association with www.lucasoil.co.uk, by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Tierp's happiest team...
20th June: Tierp Internationals FIA Pro Stock winner Michael Malmgren says that he clinched the event title by hitting it hard on the Sunday:

We struggled some with the tune-up on the car during qualifying. On our first run on Friday we ran 6.59 which was good enough for #2 qualifier but then Bangt Ljungdahl ran quicker. On Saturday we couldn't improve whilst Stefan Ernryd picked up to 6.56, Jimmy Ålund to 6.54 and Thomas Lindström to a good 6.58 so we ended up #5 qualifier. We were not pleased with that.

For Sunday's eliminations weather changed. It got hotter and the corrected altitude went from 1400 feet to 2600 feet, which is normally 0.5 seconds in performance. We could see this on the cars which had been in front of us in qualifying as they slowed down and ours turned out to be the fastest car in every round of eliminations.

With the right call from my super crew Bjarne Cox, Kent Jonsson , Kent Eriksson, guest mecanic Mikael Sjökvist and Monica Bengtsson we managed to run the same in first round on Sunday, another strong 6.60 against Thomas' 6.63 and we took the win in a good side-by-side race. In the second round we thought we would face Bengt, but he lost in the first round to a holeshot by Magnus Pettersson, a 6.62 against Magnus' 6.67. So we faced Magnus in the second round we and had lane choice. Another strong 6.60 whereas Magnus shook off the line trying too hard, so a final round appearance now became a fact.

We were of course very pleased to be in the final and I could run it my way, no pressure and just go for it, and it worked out with another good ET 6.62 against Stefan's 6.64. Stefan also tried too hard and redlit, but I had it covered anyway with a 0.002 light.

No one can say it was a walk in the park, we raced hard every round and faced stiff competition and it was good side by side racing, except against Magnus who shook off the line. So we are very proud and super happy with our win, as it has been three years since we last won a race.  We are now second in points, less than one round away from Stefan, but there are four more rounds to go and a lot can happen. But we feel that we are definitely a contender for the title this year.

All this would not be possible without our support from our USA performance parts manufactors:  PAC Valve Springs, Diamond Pistons, Trend Performance, Richmond Gears, Braswell Carburetors, MSD Ignition, Victory Valves, Speed Pro Bearings and Rings, Fel Pro Gaskets, VP Racing Fuel, Champion Spark Plugs, ARP Fasteners, Pro Fabrication and Auto-Verdi Oil Pumps.


...or was it this team?
20th June: Stock/Super Stock racer Carla Pittau says that there was one winning driver and one very happy Heaven & Hell team at the Tierp Internationals:

It was immense fun to race side by side with Rick again, and watching him go through the rounds to win the event was a fantastic end to a busy and happy weekend.

We rebuilt Rick's engine last year using the block from his Rick Watters engine and the heads from his John Gulius engine, finally ending the problems with leaking heads which plagued us for the previous several years. This produced excellent results with practically no breakages at all in the season, allowed good consistency which surely helped to secure the 2017 EDRS Pro Championship, and made us proud of our engine building skills. The accurate honing of the block by Raymond Karlsson at Stålteknik in Harbo was also a big help.

After achieving consistency, as the '84 Camaro is a bit too heavy for the class (GT/GA) and there is no weight we can take out, we thought that perhaps this season the combination could possibly benefit from moving to a lower class by adding a bit of weight. This we did, adding 66 lbs to race in GT/HA, although with hindsight we shouldn't have added to the rear. Eager to test the combination we entered the Helsinge Dragracing Challenge at Söderhamn Drag Strip, a lovely eighth-mile track with a friendly and helpful crew a couple of hours' drive from our house. Unfortunately our poor judgment with regard to the location of that weight, combined with a fairly strong head wind and a giant wheelie, resulted in the Camaro turning to the right whilst still in the air, unable to steer, and coming down too close to the wall to miss it. Luckily the damage was luckily not too great although the steering and alignment needed to be urgently addressed. This was done in Stockholm by Björn Bondesson, who put aside his busy work schedule to accommodate us and whose team made sure that Rick's car would run straight and true in time for the Tierp Internationals.

We patched up the body damage as best as we could, resigned to race the car showing her battle scars due to lack of time, moved the weight from the boot to behind the front seats and adjusted the front shocks to ensure a milder launch and lower wheelies, which seemed to do the trick very well. In qualifying at the Tierp Internationals Rick ran a PB of 9.819, or 0.68 under index, which put him in the ladder at number twenty. Perhaps this is not impressive in itself but is a big improvement over the past and possibly the best we can get out of this not very competitive combination. However the class change was shown to work in our favour.

In round one Rick got past number four qualifier Lars Johansson in the lovely '66 Belair with a better light, hitting the brakes at the top end. In round two he was paired with Timo Eronen in the eight-second '68 Hemi Dart who had put yours truly on the trailer in the previous round (although I helped by pulling a cherry), and again he got through with only a hundredth advantage on the tree. This was Saturday, half the team still in, we could quietly celebrate. The third round only arrived ,after a long wait, at about three o'clock on Sunday afternoon and was rapidly followed by rounds four and five in the space of barely one hour! No time to get tense or worry about anything, just refuel and get back to the start line where Rick turned on the winning light against number eight qualifier Uffe Edwardson in his one-second-under '70 Challenger, then Glenn Applegren in the lovely '64 Polara, and finally Per Fägeström in the A/SA '68 Camaro.

Rick had had very consistent lights throughout the eliminations, but Per's 0.01 reaction against his still very respectable 0.05 could easily have spoilt the final result, but fortunately a better dial in, running 9.99 on the brakes on a 9.96, against Per's 10.28 on a 10.20 saved the day and turned on the big winning light! A Heaven & Hell team hug and many high fives on the start line, the hard-working and now ecstatic Dave and Chris Buckland, joined on crew duties by Yours Truly after round one, danced in sheer delight.

As for me, I had been waiting all winter for the big day of my début in Stock/Super Stock, the class with which I fell in love during one of our visits to the States in 1994, hurrying back to the stands whenever they ran, preferring it to Top Fuel and Funny Car, interviewing some of the racers for the old Sportsman News newsletter which we used to prepare with my work photocopier, drinking in the stories of engine combinations which could not possibly make that much power, much less propel heavy cars to low ETs and yet did.

At the time my Camaro, which I had owned for about four years, was competing in Street ET and running low thirteens over the quarter mile with a little 350 ci Small Block. That same mild street engine would propel the 3600 lbs street car to a best time of 10.82, albeit with more than a little help from the laughing gas in the big blue bottle in the boot. Fast forward twenty four years and the very same Camaro, now a bit lighter at 3300 lbs, rebuilt by the Williams Brothers in all steel after the long spell with fibreglass doors and front, went 10.60 at Tierp Arena with a 350 ci engine, NHRA Stock legal, built by Brian Tilburg of Tilburg Racing Engines. A few chassis and suspension adjustments helped make the difference, as we started to learn the new combination at the Test and Tune and first race in the class in Söderhamn where fellow competitors offered help and advice to steer us in the right direction including Uffe Edwardson, Björn Bondesson and Thomas Strand, thanks guys. I also earned my Swedish licence there and got a bit more used to the car, the "Clean neutral" transmission, and the two-step launch, although I noticed that not many competitors shift into neutral and click off at the top end, judging by questions from officials in the collection area who asked if I had engine trouble!

The 10.606 means I ran 0.944 under the index at Tierp Arena, which qualified me twelfth of thirty two competitors in a very tough field in which top qualifier Mathias Färm ran a very impressive 1.17 seconds under his index. I still have to iron out a few small problems and understand more of the Racepak workings to make full use of the data this excellent data recorder provides, but with the help and support of Dick Koster at Post & Dros I have made a lot of progress. Incidentally, I highly recommend purchasing a Racepak system from this man (or any other racing equipment, check his web site for anything from engine components to safety wear, from hoses and hose ends to tools, clutch parts etc). He makes time to always come to our pits if we have any questions or issues, even if he's fully-committed to helping many of the Pro drivers.

We would like to give heartfelt thanks to all the people who have helped us, in particular all competitors in Stock/Super Stock for the warm welcome which they gave me and their high level of sportsmanship: Björn Bondesson for being a great friend ready to help when we needed it; Thomas Strand and Uffe Edwardson for their advice; Dan Williams for his advice on the set-up even though he was busy with his US adventure; Brian Tilburg for building a great engine, the marshals and track crew; the Eurodragster.com team for keeping us up to date with what was going on, as always (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed); the series and class sponsors Summit Racing Equipment and Ljungdahl Racing for their contingency prizes; and last but by no means least Dave and Chris Buckland, who have been such a great help with all aspects of ensuring that the cars were always ready and well-looked-after and who still put up with us after over ten years of crewing. We missed Colin and Grace Roaf greatly but we know that they were both there in spirit.

Next stop is Alastaro, where we will compete in the second round of the 2018 EDRS Pro Championship which, did I mention, Rick is leading (insert big smile here), and where I will do my best not to screw up on the line!

Pictures courtesy and copyright Christine Buckland and Carla Pittau


One out of two.
20th June: Sweden's multiple FIA European Pro Stock Champion and FIA Pro Modified racer Jimmy Ålund is contesting both classes in 2018; the full Pro Modified Championship in The Old 51 and three events in his Pro Stock Camaro. The Tierp Internationals was Jimmy's first double-header this year which Pär Willén says made for some interesting challenges:

In Pro Modified Jimmy got off to a good start with the Magnus Petersson-owned Old 51 Chevrolet, with more than solid performances during qualifying. This was not only a European Championship round but the first leg of the Swedish Pro Mod Championship was also contested during qualifying runs here. Five runs, two new PBs, 5.8457 and 392.16 kmh (243.67 mph), three runs in the mid 5.8s, and three runs over 390 kmh (242.33 mph). Not only did The Old 51 end up as the #1 qualifier but Jimmy also won this leg of the Swedish Pro Mod Championship playing his part in running the quickest- and fastest-ever Pro Modified side-by-side in Europe, again.

"A hectic weekend, three races in one, FIA Pro Mod and Pro Stock plus the Swedish Pro Mod Championship", says Jimmy. "It feels great winning the first part of the Swedish Championship. The Old 51 team did their work and we stepped up our qualifying numbers again compared to last year."

Pro Mod eliminations started out in an excellent fashion for Jimmy with wins in E1, the quarter finals and the semis, dipping into the 5.8-second zone in each round, running like a bracket racer with ETs of 5.87, 5.88 and 5.89. That was unfortunately the end of the weekend for the team. The Old 51 lined up against #2 qualifier Andreas Arthursson in the turbo Chevelle, but when it was time to fly the engine would not start.

"Mixed feelings", says Jimmy. "We pulled very solid numbers all weekend and an ending like that is very disappointing. But be sure that my hat is off to the Andreas Arthursson and his crew who really has got a handle on that beautiful Chevelle, I'm sure that we'll see that car going lots of rounds in upcoming races".

Jimmy left Tierp in first place in the Pro Mod points standings for both the FIA and Swedish Pro Mod Championships.

It was the first race of the season for the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro. The first day of qualifying did not go as expected with a #4 place but the second day of qualifying was a lot better and took Jimmy up to #2 spot with an ET of 6.532 at 343.95 kmh (213.72 mph). "There were some first-race-issues but we got them cleared out", says Jimmy. "Our KB Racing engine is strong as evidenced by the high speeds which we ran all weekend".

Sundays eliminations were in hotter weather which slowed things down a bit. Jimmy won round one with a 6.60 with that round's top speed but was taken out by Stefan Ernryd in the semis. Jimmy again ran top speed of the round but no matter, Stefan crossed the finish line first.

"The Pro Stock part of the weekend could have been better", says Jimmy. "The Summit Racing Camaro was good and strong with the fastest speeds in three of the qualifying sessions. The Tierp track was high-quality as usual but we misread the changed conditions for Sunday's eliminations. Stefan had a better handle on the tune than I did and he won it fair and square."

The next race is the second race of the "Northern Swing", at Alastaro Motopark in Finland, on 29th June-1st July.

Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrimålning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod and Jimmy's Pro Stock Camaro this year. This is in addition to Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, P.O:s Harley Davidson, All American AB, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten and VP Racing Fuels. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.


European Top Gas Round 2 review.
20th June: Herman Jolink writes that the second round of the European Top Gas Series took place on a no-prep eighth-mile at Alkersleben in Germany:

There were a lot of cars there for the King of Germany Championship. There were a lot of oildowns but the track crew were very good at clean-up. Timing was by Cary Kooper and the DHRA team from The Netherlands. We were very lucky with the weather. On Friday we had very hot sunshine, cloud and sun on Saturday, and cloudy but nice on Sunday.

On Friday morning we made test runs to get a feel of the track and then on Friday and Saturday we had five qualifying sessions. Qualifying:
  1. Jorg Lymnant D on 2622 Prostock V-Twin 5.297/222.91 kmh, Horg did not make all five qualifying sessions.
  2. Olaf Menzi CH on 2622 Prostock V-Twin 5.329/218.18, Olaf had a Hungaruan Crew Chief and mechanic and three Swiss team members. He rode very well transferring his weight on the bike.
  3. Gerd Caspari D on 2240 V-Twin home made 5.637/201.68, after one run the belly pan was loose under the motor.
  4. Martin Buehler CH 1600 mechanical Turbo V-Twin (home made by Otto Bauer) 5.678/201.78 a PB for Martin courtesy of the right set-up from the Bentec slider clutch.
  5. Herman Jolink N L on Ducati 1198 RS (1266) 5.860/201.12, consistent 5.8-second runs but it was not easy to get the power onto the track with the seven-inch tyre. Crew Chief was Kalle Viehrig from near Chemnitz.
  6. Horst Petersen D on 1330 V-Rod Destroyer 6.267/179.10
  7. Sven Ole Schleichert D on 1300 V-Rod Destroyer 6.381/177.34
  8. Andreas Herr D on V-Twin 6.399/176.90
  9. Dirk Waterschoot B on water-cooled Rotax-Buell with home made frame 6.649/174.76, Dirk was celebrating his 50th birthday on Friday 8th.
  10. Peter Niklas D on 1000 SP Turbo Honda 7.394/172.66
  11. Malte Foit D on water-cooled Rotax Buell with longer swing arm 8.060/130.43
  12. Janek Severa CZ on Suzuki 1000 V-Twin 11.873/57.83, was not running well.
Sascha Brodbeck CH 1300 V-Rod Destroyer still had gearbox problems, and Jorg Braune D from Chemnitz (not far from Alkersleben) was not ready with his new 200 Turbo V-Twin.

E1: Lymant 5.219/220.86 def. Severa 8.562-118.81, Petersen 6.214/179.10 def. Schleilichert 6.308/173.49, Menzi 5.669/201.12 bye (Malte Foit broke), Jolink 5.941/201.68 def. Herr 7.403/131.39 (Herr waited a long time to go into stage, Jolink staged first and made a nice straight pass), Caspari 6.182/173.91 bye (Peter Niklas broke), Waterschoot 6.524/173.91 def. Buehler 10.449/134.33 (problems with the slider clutch).

E2: Lymant 5.250/222.22 def. Petersen 6.214/177.78, Menzi 5.396/216.22 def. Jolink 5.864/201.68 (after re-run, the first time the timing did not work), Caspari 5.611/200.56 def. Waterschoot 6.941/160.36

Semis: Lymant 5.159/222.91 bye, Menzi 5.285/214.29 def. Caspari 7.794/109.09 (clutch problems)

Final: Jorg Lymant D (0.159) 5.235/220.18 def. Olaf Menzi CH (0.284) 5.269/220.18, Menzi's riding this weekend was very good.

Championship standings:
  1. Lymant D 1370
  2. Buehler CH 760
  3. Menzi CH 750
  4. Jolink NL 520
  5. Niklas D 520
  6. Waterschoot B 480
  7. Jensen DK 470
  8. Caspari D 440
  9. Schleichert D 400
  10. Malmberg S 380
  11. Foit D 360
  12. Petersen D 310
  13. Larsson S 300
  14. Brodbeck CH 300
  15. Severa CR 150
The next round is this weekend's Drag Day 1 at Hoskovice in the Czech Republic.


Web site updates.
20th June: Regular readers will have noticed a pause in postings on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet. There was a problem which has now been fixed and Your News Editor spent a couple of hours last night clearing the queue. If you have submitted an ad for the Swap Meet and it is still not showing then please either resubmit it via the Swap Meet page or E-Mail your advertisement to editor@eurodragster.com. Self-posting is also available using a link which we can supply on request; simply E-Mail us at the Editor address and we will send the link to you by return.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with two large galleries from the Doorslammers at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


More work towards 200 mph.
18th June: Blown-nitro Daimler dragster racer Robin Read has been in touch to confirm that his six-second dragster will be contesting the Cannonball at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway on 13th-15th July:

We have made a few changes to the car since last season. The engine was experiencing more frequent valve train damage which was, in part, caused by the tune-up we were running; it is much harder to control engine RPM with nitro loads in excess of 90%. To help with this, some new rear end gears have been sourced which are 3.2:1. We have changed this from 3.5:1 and these are street gears as race gears are no longer available in the ratio we require for the Chrysler 8¾ axle - if they ever were! The gears have been re heat-treated by Tamworth Heat Treatment, the process softens them slightly thereby increasing the resistance to shatter due to the shock loading. If the gears survive then this should also increase top end speed. We are hopeful that there could be a world first 200 mph quarter mile by a British-engined car at Dragstalgia.

We have also re-engineered the rocker geometry which had over the years changed from the optimal pattern to less than ideal caused by increased valve sizes which required pocketing deeper into the chambers. We also have longer valve stems to enable fitting of stronger springs. There have been other changes as successive generations of heads were developed. Bertie Hopkinson has spent a considerable time mapping the valve and rocker movement and machining new components to bring the geometry back to the optimum setting. This has caused other issues, for example the push rods were the wrong length, so a whole set of push rods have been made from heat-treated titanium tubing. The rockers also contacted the valve covers requiring machining apertures in the covers and welding patches to get the required clearance.

The whole team are looking forward to taking part in Dragstalgia again. We realise that we will be the underdog, but with everything to play for we will be running the car as hard as we dare. And probably further.

I would like to thank Tamworth Heat Treatment for their work, and I would also like to thank my crew Mark Evans, Bertie Hopkinson, Bill Mears and Ella Chapman without whom I could not continue.


All Betts are on.
18th June: UK Nostalgia Funny Car racer Tony Betts went into the FIA/FIM Main Event hoping for good things, and got them:

We had a new supercharger from DMPE via ex-pat Baz Young, so Kevin Miller had to come up with a fuel setting to suit the new blower. We had a new set-up on the clutch as well, so we had a lot of changes. To make sure that we have all runs logged Dick Koster and Racepak set us up with all the parts needed to make sure that we knew everything which happened on a run.

We decided to do a launch to 330 feet on the Thursday and all was good. On Saturday we were ready and the weather was good, Venom launched real hard and kept pulling all the way. I knew it was a good run and that was confirmed when the crew came down to get the car, 6.03/233. The crew stripped the car ready for the evening run but we were bumped until Sunday.

Sunday's run was a repeat of Saturday but I short-shifted and ended up with a 6.01/245. We were all well pleased and had a great weekend, two very good runs.

The crew were awesome working on the car and talking to spectators including a talk to three sets of students. Vicky was busy selling T-Shirts and giving away hero cards etc. As we have now got used to, Elaine kept the whole team fed and watered. We're now looking forward to the next meeting.

Big thanks to Lucas Oil, DMPE, Super Power Unlimited, JA Mackenzie Haulage and MHD Group Ltd for their continued support.


Impeccable timing.
18th June: Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member and Timing and Stats guru Andy Marrs has been hard at work bringing his various analyses and spreadsheetosaurs up to date.

Firstly Marrs has confirmed the Bump Spot and Side-by-Side records which were broken at last weekend's Tierp Internationals:
  • FIA Top Fuel Dragster side-by-side ET
  • FIA Top Fuel Dragster side-by-side speed (NB first side-by-side runs over 500 kmh)
  • FIA Pro Modified side-by-side ET
  • FIA Pro Modified side-by-side speed
  • FIA Pro Stock side-by-side speed
  • FIA Pro Modified sixteen-car bump spot
  • FIA Pro Stock eight-car bump spot
You can check out the new records on our European and UK Bests spreadsheet by clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Marrs has also updated his table of round wins in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships and introduced an equivalent table of round wins in the FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships. Notable in the FIA round wins table is Jimmy Ålund becoming the first FIA-class racer to exceed 150 career round wins, which he achieved at the FIA/FIM Main Event. Marrs' newly-completed table of FIM career round wins is led by retired Pro Stock Bike racer Roger Pettersson although fellow Pro Stock Bike racer Fredrik Fredlund is a mere one round behind him: Finally Marrs' tables of qualifying standings, Low ET and High Speed, winners and runners-up and more going back to the start of both the FIA (1996) and FIM (1998) Championships have also been updated: Marrs would be pleased to hear from anyone who can fill in gaps or who finds any errors; you can get in touch at andy@tsitimers.co.uk. Given the amount of research and sheer hard work involved in their compilation Marrs also requests that any citations from these spreadsheets are credited.


SFI Foundation wins Achievement Award.
18th June: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame and Lucas Oil Products UK are delighted to announce that the SFI Foundation is to receive the 2018 BDRHoF Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award. The Award will be presented at the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner which will be held at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey on 17th November.

The SFI Foundation came into being in 1978 as a specifications programme which had previously been pioneered in 1963 by the then-named Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association (now Specialty Equipment Marketing Association). As a separate organisation, and in an era in which failures were all too common, the SFI Foundation drove up standards for racing parts and safety equipment. SFI Foundation Inc has sixty four motor racing sanctioning bodies as its members, applying the standards which it sets. On its creation in 1996, the FIA Drag Racing Commission joined the SFI and Santa Pod Racers Club has been a member of the SFI Foundation since 2000.

Carl Olson said "I speak for each and every one of our staff members when I say that we're honoured and humbled by this Award. Because SFI is a not-for-profit foundation that does absolutely no advertising or promotion, it's easy to assume that its work takes place under the radar. While there's a huge amount of pride in knowing that SFI's work significantly improves the level of safety at motorsport events, each and every one of the small but efficient SFI team dedicates every minute of every working day to the cause of maintenance and improvement of motorsport safety."

Accepting the Award on SFI's behalf will be Vice President Jennifer Faye, who has managed day-to-day operations at SFI for many years. Jennifer is familiar to many European racers as administrator of the SFI Recertification Tour which, with the involvement of Tech Inspectors Andy Robinson, Luke Robinson and L-G Eriksson, attends four locations to inspect various key components.

BDRHoF Chairman Stuart Bradbury said "We have selected SFI Foundation for the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award in recognition for its raising of safety standards in drag racing and motorsports in general. The standards applied to our sport have undoubtedly saved lives and prevented serious injuries. As well as the specs programme SFI certifies technical inspectors, incident response training and enables manufacturers to test their products. These all have a crucial part in creating a safe environment for drag racing and motor sport in general."

The BDRHoF will be taking reservations for the 2018 Gala Awards Dinner by E-Mail at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone on 01933 279102. This year the dinner tickets, which include table wine, are competitively priced at £70, £5 more than 2017 due to price increases. The BDRHoF have managed to keep the same rates for hotel rooms of £115 for double rooms and £94 for single rooms which includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you would like to join us for the occasion we suggest that you make your reservation sooner rather than later. On receiving your reservation you will be given the procedure to book rooms.

On-going news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, here on Eurodragster.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.


Web site updates.
18th June: Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two Tierp Internationals reports on the Autosport.nl web site. There is a race report which you can check out by clicking here and a report of "Other things I saw" which you can check out by clicking here. Don't worry if you can't read Dutch because, as ever, it is pretty clear what is being said and if you were paying attention to our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Tierp Internationals coverage you will know how good Remco's pictures are.

Retro Show gallery.
17th June: Many thanks to Eurodragster.com off-track photographer Diana Macrae for sending us a gallery of pictures from today's Retro Show at Santa Pod Raceway.

You can check out DD's mainly off-track Retro Show gallery, which is presented in association with
John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage gallery on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Torches at the ready...
17th June: Paul Marston writes that Rockingham Dragstrip will host No Prep Nationals 3 on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August:

After the runaway success of No Prep Nationals 2, held over the Mayday Bank Holiday, Rockingham were keen to hold another event this year. Rockingham Dragstrip is an eighth-mile No Prep track; the track is the Pit Road of the Super Speedway and makes for an excellent No Prep venue. Hosting some of the fastest No Prep cars in the country, this event is one to put in your diary.

No Prep 3 will feature some exciting upgrades, with two Heads Up feature classes: Big Tyre, and yet another first here in the UK, Small Tyre. Big Tyre is, as the name says, for big slick race cars and street cars, plus the addition of 4WD cars, to make the mix of competitors even more exciting. Other than safety there are no rules on engine size, minimum weight or power adders. No Prep 2 had twenty four cars competing, the addition of 4WD should ensure that this count stays about the same or maybe even grows. Either way, with at least £1500 cash up for grabs there is plenty to play for. There are still sponsorship bonuses to add, so expect the prize money to hit nearer £2000 if the car count remains good. Same as last time it's a flashlight start, no ET and no speed.

Next up is No Prep Small Tyre, which never been done here in the UK before. Expect this class to bring out some real sleepers and shockers, the small tyre size is a max of 275 Drag Radial or an equivalent in a slick. This is also open to FWD cars and in their case there is no restriction on tyre size. That's it, other than safety anything goes, you have just got to make it stick to the track. Any amount of motor, power adders, grip juice, no minimum weight, just bring it and have at it. This class will be wide open as it's simply never been done before. The entry fee and the prizemoney is the same as big tyre, so based on a sixteen-car plus field there would be £1500 plus in cash to be won and expect that to grow with sponsors. As with Big Tyre it's a flashlight start, no ET and no speed, just like Street Outlaws.

Both classes random pairing and lane choice out of the hat.

By popular demand No Prep 3 also features the addition of full Portatree timing equipment for the next new class, Monster High Roller Bracket Racing. This is an all-run bracket race class, you can run simply any door car. You have read accounts on Eurodragster.com of people racing in big bracket races in the States with rental cars. Well now is your chance to compete in the very same class here. All you need is a UK driving license and a car. Anything from a street car to a race car, it's eighth-mile No Prep, so no high-horsepower Super Pro race cars please. This is for fun and a very nice prize fund: a thirty two-car field will pay £1500 cash to the winner and pay to semi-finalists at least. First round buybacks will be available at £30. There will be one time trial run in the morning then the first round. Random pairings and lane choice out of a hat.

Otherwise you can just come and join in the fun with the Run What You Brung, which now features timing tickets. You can RWYB all day long in between the above classes; at No Prep 2 there was plenty of RWYB time available and No Prep 3 will doubtless be the same.

For entry forms with a more detailed information pack and garage bookings, please E-Mail pmdragracing@gmail.com, or contact us through the Rockingham Dragstrip Facebook page.

From the spectator and fan point of view, there are great viewing positions to he had, pit and garage access, plus a huge drifting event with one hundred drift cars booked in on the same day. There is also a huge Rod and Custom Show on the outer paddock, and the exhibition centre is also open with those real high-end Rods and Customs you so rarely see. Make a date, see you there.


Bug Jam entry update.
15th June: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday-Sunday 20th-22nd July (racing Saturday and Sunday). You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The official closing date for Bug Jam entry is two weeks today, Friday 29th, after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can find the official Bug Jam entry forms on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

If you have any queries about Bug Jam entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


WBR check in from Numidia.
14th June: Nic Williams of Eurodragster.com sponsor
OCS Paint has been in touch from the USA where he is all set to contest the first race of Williams Bros Racing's US Tour:


We set off on our first trip to the USA on Sunday afternoon and checked into our hotel to get rested ready for Monday. The first item to collect was the hire truck, followed by the trailer which we bought off the internet having had it checked out by a contact in the States. Finally we collected the Camaro and headed over to Brian Tilburg's place just outside New York where we knew everything would be safe. Tuesday was spent recommissioning the race car and having plenty of time with Brian. We also had to spend a fair amount of time on the trailer cleaning inside and out and repairing the hinges on the rear door.


We made the customary raid on Walmart yesterday resulting in the purchase of much-needed supplies for the remainder of the trip including a massive coolbox and three pit bikes. Today we head over to the drag strip which will be our base for the next four days. We will be racing in Stock, and early indications are that more than sixty cars will be in this class alone! You will be able to see the web broadcasts live on YouTube: We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters without whose help this trip would not be possible:
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  • Xpertees (Mick Bell), Wow! They dealt with the difficult design and number of colours turned out the order in super fast time, fantastic quality, the very best service, well recommended for all your printing requirements. Thank you;
  • Doug Tait Design, a genius with design and development thank you so much for you help;
  • Anglo American Oil Company, for all the Joe Gibbs oil supplied for the whole trip, a very professional company with great stock. Thank you;
  • Tilburg Racing Engines, Brian Tilburg is the best guy out there for Stock / Super Stock engines, and his support has been fantastic.
I must of course thank the guys and girl who are left in the shop to carry on with current projects, of course without their support Dan and could not have taken the time off, thank you. Finally I need to thank Elaine and Dan Williams, Dan for his support, fantastic maintenance of the Camaro and all of our team cars, without him the cars just wouldn't be as successful as they are... and thank you to Elaine for letting him go! Lorne Denny my Crew Chief, despite his piss-taking he always ensures the car is right and keeps things consistent and taking the time off from work is just awesome, thank you. My wife Alix Williams, without her support none of this would have been possible. for letting me leave her and Frankie thank you Missy. My mum and dad who always support our racing in every way, again without them this would not have happened, thank you. And finally Colin Theobald for your continued support and updates over the next week.

So that's all the Thank Yous done, time to go racing. Follow Williams Bros Racing for updates and robzneed4speed on Facebook for live feeds.

A big Thank You to Colin Theobald for forwarding us this news item - Ed


Swift snippets.
14th June: We were very sorry to learn of the death of US legend Tom Mongoo$e McEwen. Our introduction to The Goose was in the 1970s courtesy of the excellent film Once Upon A Wheel which, if you have not seen it, you should see. We never had the privilege of meeting Tom but he was one of the small but select group of racers whom you felt you knew anyway. Our sympathies to Tom's family and friends. A typical and fitting tribute to The Goose is that from John Force which you can check out on Competition Plus by clicking here.

Entry forms are now available for Santa Pod Raceway's 6th Annual Junior Drag Racing Fun Day which takes place on Thursday 23rd August. You can download the entry form by clicking here (PDF format), but Juniors wishing to take part in the Fun Day day will need to telephone the Santa Pod office to book their race voucher. The race entry fee of £20 will go towards this year's chosen charity For Zachary DayZaway. For more information on the Junior Fun Day, visit the event page on Santa Pod Raceway's web site at www.santapod.co.uk/juniorday.php.

Pete Walters of Eurodragster.com sponsor Pete Walters Race Design is offering Shakespeare Country Raceway Never Forgotten T-shirts, part of the proceeds of which will go to the Shakespeare Hospice. The premium quality shirts are available in mens' and womens' fit and in sizes Small - 2XL. The design features large print on the back and small print on left breast. Prices are £17.50 mailed or £15 collected. Order on-line at pwrdapparel.bigcartel.com and use the discount code TRACKCOLLECT if you want to pay in advance and collect at the SPRC Summernationals. You can pay in cash at the event, but Pete cannnot guarantee availability.

Editor's note: As you may well have worked out, the recovery from the Tierp Internationals has taken a little longer than usual. The bounce-back has begun and we will catch up with the rest of the news backlog on the next update, due on Saturday.


France, you have been warned.
14th June: UK Outlaw Anglia Racer Colin Millar says that a number of OA racers answered the call for expressions of interest in making a trip to France's Clastres Dragway next week:

None of us have been before so we kind of relied on Billy Gane, who has been over several times, telling us what the place was like and what the track was like. All of the feedback from Billy was good describing toilets and shower block, some food stalls and a baker's van bringing in fresh bread and milk in the mornings. So we set the wheels in motion and have a final count of six Outlaws attending. We are all going out to race in RWYB so that we can all just have fun and have a wee race together, as well as a crack with everyone else attending.

The final list was Mick Taylor, Ronnie Mercer, Rob Stone, Scott Crookston, Garry Hill and myself. For sure there will be lots of laughs along the way and fingers crossed everyone makes it to the track. It is less than two hours directly south from Calais. We will of course bring the presence of Outlaw Anglia to France and I'm sure they will enjoy us as much as we will enjoy them. We are all planning to be in bed by 10:00 pm and I don't think that there will be any time for alcoholic beverages and late night parties, as Billy says he is normally very tired due to the amount of garlic he consumes. I'm sure he said garlic!

It's a fair old run down from sunny Scotland for Scott and I, but once we set off it's only eleven hours and we should be used to it by now. My long-suffering Lynn will be tagging along as she does love a wee holiday in France.

We are really looking forward to this as it's something different. Some of the guys and girls, including us, are staying in France until the Friday morning then we're back over to Santa Pod for the Summernationals.

There is a decent British contingent heading over with Harry Redshaw and Frankie Taylor in Junior Dragster, Stephen West and Clive Dandridge in Street, Christopher Redshaw in Pro ET, and Billy Gane and Glen Pallent in Super Pro ET. I'm sure we will all represent our country with pride and have a few laughs along the way.

Hopefully the car will stay in one piece this time, unlike at the Main Event. This new engine was finding a few weak spots but is all fixed with stronger and better solutions - thanks to Andy Frost at Penn Autos and Geof Hauser at Hauser Race Cars.

We will catch up with everyone at the Summernationals.


Ale aboard for Bloodwise.
14th June: Darren Prentice of Santa Pod Raceway has been in touch with an update on the special ale which will be on sale to benefit Bloodwise at Dragstalgia:

As part of the Bloodwise fundraising at last year's UK National Finals, we held a Name The Ale competition which was won by Jon Morton. Quarter Porter was Jon's winning name, chosen by the Santa Pod Raceway staff. After liaising with Jon a design for the ale pump was created; Jon suggested an image of the iconic Al's Gasser Ford Pop under the famous Santa Pod finish gantry.

Our good friends at Pot Belly Brewery have donated a barrel of Quarter Porter to be sold at Dragstalgia. All proceeds from this barrel will go directly into fundraising for this year's UK National Finals, again in aid of Bloodwise.

Quarter Porter is a 4.6% mild with cocoa, vanilla and fruit cake aromas backed by a satisfying yet subtle bitterness. Very drinkable! So make sure that you visit the Beer Festival trailer located at Fuelers bar in the marquee where you can buy a refreshing pint of Quarter Porter.

Our thanks to Pot Belly Brewery, Paul Savage and all the staff in Fuelers bar, and to everyone who entered the Name The Ale competition helping to raise some of the staggering £6,500 for Bloodwise last year.


SPRC Summernationals entry update.
12th June: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th June-1st July. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

If you have any queries about the SPRC Summernationals then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Tierp Internationals results.
10th June: Congratulations to today's winners at the Tierp Internationals at Tierp Arena:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Anita Mäkelä 4.8413/247.03 def. Micke Kågered 10.2018/123.37
FIA Top Methanol: Dennis Habermann 5.3273/436.89 def. Timo Habermann 5.4320/424.19
FIA Pro Modified: Andreas Arthursson 5.8822/407.55 bye, Jimmy Ålund did not start
FIA Pro Stock: Michael Malmgren 6.6295/337.92 def. Stefan Ernryd 6.6517/318.21 DQ red

Swedish Pro Modified Championship Round 1: Jimmy Ålund 5.8486/391.16 def. Micke Gullqvist 5.8915/400.30

Comp Eliminator: Jens Eklund (7.86) 7.5046/271.08 def. Gideon Liljegren (7.79) 8.9427/175.21
Super Comp: Micke Nilsson 8.9188/258.25 def. Johanna Granholm 8.8704/258.74 DQ b/o
Super Gas: Patrik Wickman 9.9901/210.77 def. Annica Larsson 9.9686/212.01
Super Street: Isak Lagg 10.9635/204.78 def. Åke Törnqvist 10.9464/185.95
Stock / Super Stock: Rick McCann (9.96) 9.9958/204.86 def. Per Fagerström (10.20) 10.2883/208.33
Pro Street: Christian Kongshem 7.6114/295.93 def. Lars Berglund 7.6631/291.26
Street: Helena Olsson 8.6473/247.25 bye, Angelica Larsson broke
Junior Dragster: Laura Blomberg (7.96) 8.0107/131.10 def. Lina Andersson (9.06) 9.1037/111.36 DQ red

EDRS Pro Nordic MC Top Fuel Bike: Rikard Gustafsson 6.0650/376.57 def. Peter Andersson 7.3691/302.86
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Supertwin: Vesa Lipponen 6.3069/328.47 def. Marcus Christiansen 6.4189/345.93
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Pro Stock Bike: Thomas Lysebraate Olsen 7.1839/301.17 bye
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Super Street Bike: Mathias Bohlin 7.1311/330.48 def. Mogens Lund 7.6124/212.68

Super Comp Bike: Ulf Fridolfsson 8.6271/251.51 def. Anders Gerdtsson 8.7908/233.77
Super Gas Bike: Jami Oksanen 9.6005/199.48 def. Ellen Ødegaard 9.6252/222.22
Junior Drag Bike: John Rolfstad (7.35) 7.6276/146.70 def. Eemeli Helkkala (7.25) 7.9155/112.50 DQ red

The event featured quickest-ever bump spots in FIA Pro Modified and FIA Pro Stock as well as quickest side-by-sides in FIA Top Fuel Dragster and FIA Pro Modified. There are likely more such records but we will go through the timing data properly when we get a chance to sit back and draw breath.

Many thanks to Åsa Kinnemar for passing us the post-event standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. You can check out the European points on our
OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Tierp Internationals reports, pit notes and galleries on our Event Index by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

A big Thank You to Remco Scheelings and to Lena Perés for providing us with photographs throughout the event.


Swift snippets.
7th June: The UK's Paul Watson sent us this shot of his Grumpy's T blown-alcohol altered being fired up at his workshop. A bit of work on the timing then, Paul says, he plans to test at the Retro Show at Santa Pod Raceway.

Tomorrow (Friday 8th) is the official closing date for entry to the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th June-1st July. You can find official SPRC Summernationals entry forms on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and you can check out Version 4 of the SPRC Summernationals entry list, courtesy of Ian Marshall, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about SPRC Summernationals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for posting the post-FIA/FIM Main Event points standings in the UK National Drag Racing and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships. You can check out the UK points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks to MSA British Championship PR Robin Jackson for letting us know that the official Pro Mod race report and accompanying data from the FIA/FIM Main Event are now available on the MSA British Drag Racing Championship web site at  www.msadragracing.co.uk.


The month of May at Santa Pod Raceway.
7th June: Keith Bartlett CEO of Trakbak Racing Ltd writes:

The month of May at Santa Pod Raceway was a very different story to the previous 3 months – firstly we managed to hold four events with a minimum amount of rain, which was a new experience in 2108. Secondly, we held two new events within a three-week period of May. Thirdly we managed to see our new concrete track in action after months of delays caused through wet cold weather.

The first new event (for Santa Pod) was the 'Nostalgia Nationals' an existing NSRA event previously held at Shakespeare County Raceway (now closed for housing development). We are happy with how the first year went, especially given that it rained all day Saturday. We feel that working with the NSRA and the promoters we can help them to build that event to become a much bigger event all round, while totally retaining its DNA and laid back atmosphere.


This was followed by the new event the 'Door Slammers' run the week before the Main Event. This was a combination of being a KB vanity project (from my street racing days with 'Slick Tricks Racing') along with the potential to become a major event on the Santa Pod calendar within three years including the first year 2018 – any new event will take 3 years to become established or not as the case may be. We pride ourselves at Santa Pod Raceway that we generally get it right most times. 'Dragstalgia' only took 4 years to really take off due to the first two years being rained out – today that event is massive. Meanwhile the 'Door Slammers' event was blessed with glorious weather the whole weekend – always a bonus in any events first year. I believe the whole event was a huge success and it seems that the feedback from the racers, teams and spectators are all in agreement – it was a brilliant event! I am sure that paying out £75,000 in prize money for what was basically a street racing style and format event added to the success. At the Door Slammers, we also introduced on-line betting to drag racing for the first time ever anywhere. That too was very successful, although we intend to take the development of that area of our business very carefully and sensibly. On a personal note, I am keen to keep the on-line betting down to small wagers and bets, making it more of a family add-on to the day out, or to add some extra excitement for the people watching the livestream at home. All in all, it was a very successful event and I am already looking forward to next year's 'Door Slammers' where I anticipate a much greater entry in all classes as a result of this year's event. Note the 2019 'Door Slammers' will again be the weekend prior to the Main Event.


The week between the 'Door Slammers' and the 'Main Event' was hectic to say the least. Not only did we have the launch of the new Ford Mustang with the press and media on Wednesday, but there was also lots of demonstration runs being made in front of the people from Ford. We have been working with Ford for some months - seeking to see if we can get them into drag racing in Europe, especially, at Santa Pod. That project is ongoing. As always, I used Freddie Fagerström to do some demo runs in his 'Pro-Modified' truck – (even if it is a Chevy truck) running in front of the people at Ford and more importantly the press and media – both were blown away by pro drag racing vehicles. In addition, we ran Ford Mustang bodied cars from other classes, including Kevin Kent in his Ford Mustang bodied nitro Funny Car – just the launch blew all the press and media away! Some had never seen drag racing live before. We have just done the same with Jaguar cars. Another successful day for Santa Pod and British drag racing. We do hold many of these type events and corporate promotions throughout the year, many of which produce good benefits to Santa Pod and drag racing overall.


Then came the big one – the 'Main Event' and the first round of the 2018 FIA & FIM European Drag Racing Championships. Several of us at Santa Pod were quite nervous going into this event as this was going to be the first event on the new concrete track with all the professional classes running in both FIA and FIM classes – yes, the 'Door Slammers' had shown the track capability for the Pro Modified and other door slammer classes, but how would the Top Fuel Dragsters and Pro Stock cars along with the Top Fuel Bikes and Super Twin Bikes perform – well the times said it all on Saturday's qualifying sessions – plus with some good records set along with many PB's plus a sub top-ten fastest time run in the world in a door slammer (at the Door Slammers) and the fifth fastest ever run for a Top Fuel Bike, means the track does have the potential that we thought it was going to have. When we do get the track surface to the standard required (there is a lot more work to be carried out), then at that level of track performance, coupled with the race teams dialing into the track - it could become one of the worlds super-fast drag racing tracks – only time will tell, but you never know we may be able to reach that situation sometime in in 2019…

The Main Event also saw us changing slightly the format of our livestream web-based broadcast programs. The majority of the broadcast was via 'Facebook live' and we have experimented with many new add on graphics, plus a new style of presentation and interviews involving a more rugged and street style program. This will appeal more to our younger audience which will hopefully lead to more young viewers and wider interests in drag racing - not just yet another motor sport, but as an entertainment activity for the non-motor sport people. Those people who work with me and know how I operate, know that is the market I have been targeting with Santa Pod Raceway and the FIA and FIM European Drag Racing Championships over the past 2-3 years and which I will continue to expand into in the next coming 2-3 years.

For those of you old enough, like me, to understand this slogan – 'the future is Orange' - for Trakbak Racing and Santa Pod Raceway it is looking that way...


Tale of a Good track.
7th June: FIA/FIM Main Event Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET winner Nick Good says that the weekend had great weather, great competition, a track with which the team could definitely work, and an unexpected result:

I would normally stick a couple of photos of the dragster on here but the stars of the show were team-mates Cristiann Carlo, Greg and Terry Robins and Chrissie Fox. We made ten runs over the weekend and the car was at its best every time. It definitely makes driving easier when a team is that good.

Not having not run on the new track it was a case of basing our dial-in on the tarmac track. The changes we had made to the dragster over the winter had added some weight and calmed the car down slightly, so we went with a 6.88 and ran 6.886. Good enough to take the Super Pro award for being number one qualifier off the trailer; I had forgotten but Julie Walters reminded us we did the same at the 2017 Main Event.

After that first run, and knowing we were in the field, it was a case of trying to understand the track, lane differences, changes due to the weather, glue etc. It is very different to the old track and some cars have taken to it better than others, it changed through this weekend and will change through the season as it beds in, but that's good, and interesting, and a challenge for the teams. 

Eliminations were fairly straightforward. A more than tight semi final win against Paul Pryzybyl, 0.008 secs at the stripe, twenty five inches, neither of us ever sees the win lights and so we had to wait for the crews to come down to know who had won. The final was against Dave Evans, with two of the more senior racers going for the win - the Super Pro kids aren't going to have things all their own way yet! Dave made it easy for me in the final by pulling a red.

It has been a few years since our last win so Thank You to our sponsors who support us, especially to Les Downey for having faith and sticking with us over the years; Lucas Oil Products are the best bar none and play an essential part in the wins for the other racers in our team Brad Jackson, Dave Catton and Chris Parker. Our other partners are Samco Sport, Chris Brown Body Repairs, Johnson Ironworks, Morris Armitage, Leatt Brace, East Coast Signs, Windscreen Wizards, BGC Motorsport Components, and Carter Haulage and Storage.

The new Santa Pod track is going to be awesome. It's a learning curve for everyone at the moment, roll on the Summer Nationals!


Captain Caveman's double trouble.
7th June: After a very positive weekend at the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals, at which his Oldmobile ran consistently around 10.90 seconds, the UK's Alan Medley and the Captain Caveman team decided upon a double-entry at the FIM/FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. Emma Doyley takes up the story of the team's fateful outing in Modurstang Pro ET and Super Street:

The double entry meant that a few adjustments were needed, so the car firstly went to Webster Race Engineering to have new roll cage fitted.

The Main Event weekend didn't go smoothly; problems with the alternator bracket and belts made for a testing few days. A big Thank You to Redneck Racing for all their help in keeping us going! Despite this we ended Friday qualified sixth in Pro ET and fourth in Super Street.

Round 1 of Pro ET took place on the Sunday. We faced James Oliver in the Williams Bros Firebird, Alan went 11.16 on an 11.12 while James went red.  Round 2 was on Monday and we faced Karen Stevens in the Lass Vega, looking stunning after its off-season work.  This time was Alan's turn to go red and Karen went through to the next round.

In Round 1 of Super Street we faced Karen again.  No matter how hard we tried we couldn't get the car back to 10.90 times which it ran at the Nostalgias, so it would be a tough race.  Alan pulled a 0.3 light so we knew that Karen had it. Despite this it was a brilliant race to watch, until things started to go wrong. As Karen's car turned right and gathered ours up, all we wanted was for both drivers to get out unharmed. As much as we suffered, Karen bore the brunt of the collision and we are all pleased to hear that she is making a slow but steady recovery. We hope that she continues to improve and look forward to seeing her at the track again. Unfortunately this is one of the risks of racing, something which we accept every time we get in a car, so there is no need for apologies.

We owe a lot of people a huge Thank You. Firstly the Santa Pod crew and medics whose quick reactions and excellent support was unbelievable. Then thanks to Kirstie Tramm for quickly pointing the Caveman Crew in the right direction, Spencer Tramm for providing a voice of reason and much-needed transport, Elaine Hancock for running to our aid and holding our hands throughout, John and Billy Everitt for stepping in and getting Alan's family to where they needed to be, to Dave Cherrett and Nigel Hale for looking after Gill, and to Andy Dibley for turning round when he was half way home to make sure that his 'Dad' was OK. Finally, thank you to all everyone who sent us their best wishes, we are sorry for scaring / worrying you.

But now it is onwards and upwards, we won't let this hold us back. We'll be back at the Summernationals with the His'n'Hers Mustangs whilst we work out what will become of the Oldstimer Oldsmobile.


Tierp Internationals webcast.
6th June: Thanks to Åsa Kinnemar of Speedgroup for confirming that this week's Tierp Internationals is to be webcast free courtesy of Nitroz TV and Tierp Arena.

Broadcast commences at 09:00 local and continues whilst the track is open between tomorrow (Thursday) and Sunday.

You will be able to tune in at www.twitch.tv/nitrozplay. A link is also available on our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Tierp Internationals Event Index by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


SPRC Summernationals entry update.
6th June: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 3 of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th June-1st July. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The official closing date for SPRC Summernationals entry is this Friday (8th) after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can find the official SPRC Summernationals entry forms on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

If you have any queries about SPRC Summernationals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Reminder: APIRA racing members.
6th June: Ian Marshall also asked us to remind racing members of the Avon Park International Racing Association that their APIRA memberships will be honoured throughout 2018 when entering SPRC-organised races. Then from 2019 it will be necessary to be an SPRC member.

If you have any queries about Club memberships then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


EDRS Pro Motorcycles kick-off.
6th June: The EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship kicks off with its traditional opener, the Tierp Internationals at Tierp Arena, this weekend, writes Remco Scheelings:

Stability is what teams and promoters want and so the most prestigious motorcycle championship of Northern Europe once again counts six different categories and will be decided in four races. Tommy Grimes Jr, Thomas Lysebraate Olsen, Jan Sturla Hegre, Mogens Lund, Emil Östlund and Iiro Reinola are the 2017 Champions and until a few weeks ago the great news was that they would all be back at Tierp to start their title defence. Unfortunately, the Beast Dragbike Team have had to withdraw their entry as Tommy has to deal with some health issues and can't come to Europe.

Looking at the entry lists, the five defending champions will get nothing for granted and will meet tough competition. You can read more on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.


Herbert's pain of an Event.
6th June: FIA/FIM Main Event Modurstang Pro ET winner Keith Herbert took the event title even though Team Furyous' weekend had an inauspicious start:

An awful tummy bug stopped me wandering too far from the motorhome; a painful groin injury not helped by the Irish dancing in our pit on Friday night didn't help... apologies to our long-suffering neighbours.

Qualifying was a bit hit and miss, swapping dial-ins then breaking out with a PB of 9.43 and finishing up twelfth. I had a bit of luck in the first round when Guy King rolled through, it happened to us last year so knew how he felt. Unfortunately our next opponent Wayne Hiscock had broken, which was a shame as we haven't met up for years. In to the quarters after Karen's and Alan's awful crash, I am so glad that they were both OK as well as Mike who was so distraught when he came back from the line. Newbie Ben Newsome, who was dynamite in the last round against Mike, had me worried about this one but he was a tad late on the Tree and that gave me the win.

The semi-final against Nick Barnett's high-riding Falcon was a fantastic race, so tight at the top end, so a good job that I cut a 0.004 as I would have been in the poo again, literally. On to the final against Paul Brown's dragster, we had all the time in the world to get the car turned around until we were called and it wouldn't start. We all kept our cool and methodically worked through the problem... not! Swearing, tools flying, shouting the blame etc raised the stress levels and no time to use the toilet. Paul lost time at the hit, I cut a slightly better light and took my first Main Event win.

A big Thank You to all the Pod crew and staff, to Eurodragster.com (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed), to commentator Colin for the kind words at the presentation, and finally to my crew Jim Massey, Kyleigh Devlin, Paul Hawkins and of course my beautiful Anna. Thank you to my crew for everything.


Lucas Oil sponsor Hall of Fame.
4th June: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is excited to announce that Lucas Oil Products has agreed to become its headline sponsor. Lucas Oil Products is an American manufacturer and distributor of automotive oil, additives, and lubricants and was founded by ex-trucker Forrest Lucas and his wife Charlotte in 1989.

In drag racing, Lucas sponsors several NHRA events and many drag racers in the US, Europe and Australia. It also sponsors other forms of motorsport with its marketing platform Team Lucas and, since 2011, has owned the cable network MAVTV, which it has transformed into a leading motorsports network Lucas Oil Racing TV. In Europe, Lucas has a network of retailers extending right across the continent.

Les Downey, Managing Director of Lucas Oil UK, said "Since it was formed almost twenty years ago, Lucas Oil has been heavily involved in supporting UK and European Drag Racing. Our story has been built upon hard work, an unparalleled line of premium lubricants and fuel treatments and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. So we are proud as providers of premium products to be associated with the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, which has grown into an organisation which honours the great champions of the sport."

Stuart Bradbury, Chairman of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, said "We are very grateful to Forrest, Les and their teams for the support that Lucas Oil Products have given to many racers and drag racing tracks and events over the years and it is a great pleasure for me to have them step up to become headline sponsor. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership as the BDRHoF continues to celebrate our wonderful sport."

The BDRHoF will be taking reservations for the 2018 Gala Awards Dinner by E-Mail to stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone on 01933 279102. This year the dinner tickets, which include table wine, are priced competitively at £70 each, an increase of £5 due to price rises. The HoF has managed to keep the same rates for hotel rooms at £115 for double rooms and £94 single which includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you would like to join us for the occasion we suggest you make your reservation sooner rather than later. On receiving your reservation you will be given the procedure to book rooms.

Ongoing news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, here on Eurodragster.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.


Web site updates.
6th June: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with two large galleries from the recent NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.

Lass Vega trips over.
4th June: UK Modurstang Pro ET and Super Street racer Karen Stevens has been in touch about her two-car crash at the top end during Super Street eliminations at last week's FIA/FIM Main Event:

The Main Event started well as Mike revealed my new paint scheme. I had no idea that he was doing this for me, so what a wonderful surprise. I arrived at the track to find it sitting there in all its glory. I had so many compliments over the weekend.

First run in qualifying and it was already starting with its tantrums, a pushrod and rocker issue and a oil leak from the crank seal on the timing cover. We managed to get it fixed and made the last qualifiers in both Super Street and Pro ET and got in the field.

Round 1 eliminations in Pro ET and I got lucky with my opponent pulling a red light, so through to round two. Ironically we faced Alan Medley in round two and managed to beat him. Then we got called for first round in Super Street where we faced Alan again.

All was going well and we felt that the car had found its rhythm again. I pulled a 0.006 reaction and ran a 10.93 on the 10.90 index with the brakes on over the finish line. Then for some unknown (at the moment) reason the car turned hard right and collected Alan. I bounced off and the car started to roll, four times we think, shedding all of its fibreglass panels. I came to a stop looking back towards the start line and saw the debris of my car everywhere. Somehow I was not badly injured and managed to get out of the car without help. The first thing on my mind was poor Alan. Distressed and upset, I needed to find out if Alan was OK. He fared better than me but his car was also badly damaged. I am so sorry Alan for hitting you.

I have had a very difficult week with concussion, headache and bad bruising. I have spent most of the week in bed in pain, but I feel very lucky that this was all I received. It could have been so much worse. The roll cage and safety equipment probably saved my life.

I firstly want to say thanks so much to the Santa Pod safety crew who were with me within seconds*, and to the medical team who were fantastic with the way they cared for me. I also want to say how perfect the track was all weekend. One thing's for sure, the track had nothing to do with my crash. I was so sorry to put Mike and all my drag racing family through the pain and worry they were all going through at the time. Finally, thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes this week. So many that we have struggled to keep up with replying to them all.

The Vega has unfortunately raced its final run. It is beyond saving and is shockingly badly damaged. This should be a wake-up call for anyone who feels that their car does not need a roll cage. Don't skimp on your safety as it's a small price to pay if you want to stay alive.

We will continue to race with Mike's car in Pro ET but I will be back to crewing duties for the foreseable future. See you all at the Summernationals and don't forget that it's Party in the Pits with our band Never The Agreed" again. I can't wait.

*Our video of the incident shows top end safety crew members moving within two seconds of Karen's car turning right, and the pick-up and ambulance both through the gate and on the track within twenty seconds of that right turn. That really is good going but, to be honest, no surprise at all to anyone familiar with SPR's safety and medical crews - Ed

Tierp Internationals coverage.
4th June: A subset of the Eurodragster.com team will shortly be departing from the UK for Sweden to bring you all the news from the Tierp Internationals which takes place from Thursday to Sunday of this week (7th-10th).

Our coverage, which will be presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, will consist of the usual real-time reports and results throughout each day of the race, pit notes updated throughout each day, and a photo gallery at the end of each day courtesy of our good friends Lena Perés and Remco Scheelings. As is usual at Tierp Arena we will be using the popular split screen for our reports showing our commentaries on one side and results, courtesy of Time-Tree, on the other.

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 Tierp Internationals coverage index, which includes a link to the official entry list, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Saint Janne blesses Tierp.
3rd June: Pelle Lindelöw has been in touch with news of one of the many legends who will be at Tierp Arena this week to celebrate fifty years of drag racing in Sweden:

The first drag race following NHRA rules was arranged and organised at Anderstorp Raceway in August 1968 and named the "First Go". But the first steps had already been taken a few years earlier by guys wanting to compete, and with influences from the States they started racing anywhere they could find 402 metres of asphalt. Could have been on an airfield, but not always... By marking a finish line with a chalk, and manual timing with stopwatches, they started a new movement.

One of the drivers from the early days is Jan "Janne" Carlsson from Stockholm who for the last twelve years has lived in the countryside outside Köping, two hours' drive west of Stockholm. There Janne found the perfect place to store his small, but very nice, collection of 1950s Fords. He raced several cars in the early years of Swedish drag racing and clearly remembers the First Go at Anderstorp.

"It was cool, especially for me, being crazy about cars", says Janne. "I got my first ride at the age of seventeen, a year before I got my driving license. In the early 1970s the TV show The Saint, with Simon Templar in his Volvo P1800, was extremely popular on Swedish television. Of course, the P1800 was well suited to become a Funny Car body of a Funny Car."

Janne's, co-owners and builders Böje Holmgren's and Leif "Leffe" Dahbäck's Volvo was named the The Saint after the TV programme and became one of the most famous race cars at the time. Later that car was rebuilt and renamed Backfire. That car met its destiny at Mantorp Park when Leffe had an accident and it was totalled. "There wasn't that much left of the car", says Janne, "maybe the engine block could be used again but nothing else."

Janne says that a lot has happened in fifty years. "In 1968 there was no internet, information about the sport and the competitors was spread from one person to the next. A new grass-roots movement was emerging. Later it became more business-related when people with commercial skills entered the scene.

"In fifty years the racing has developed with cars today performing on a totally different level and with extremely powerful equipment. All of the information the crew need to fine-tune the car is recorded by an on-board computer which tells them everything which happened during the run. In the early days the driver tried to remember everything he felt happening during the run and reported to the mechanics as well as he could remember: if the car was pulling to the left or right, if it felt strong, pulled hard, nosed over at the end etc. We looked at the tyre marks on the strip, the colour of the spark plugs and all the other things which could tell us how the car was feeling."

"At the same time a lot is like it was before. Drag racing is about friendship, teamwork, excitement and that special atmosphere which still exists in the sport. After all these years I still love the sport and will not miss an event at Tierp Arena for any reason."

Janne Carlsson is one of several veteran racers who will appear at Tierp Arena this week. Others honouring this event include Mr Six aka Dennis Priddle, Roland Larsson and Åke Ryman (Canon Funny Car), Anders Lantz (Dynapac altered and several Pro Comp entries), Tage Hammerman, Björn Andersson and the beautifully-restored (by Janne Johansson) Opel Manta Funny Car, and Leif Helander. You will also find lots of memorabilia from the early days of Swedish drag racing and films and pictures will be shown non-stop on a fifty inch screen.

The drag racing veterans will be in the Tent of Legends, close to the Top Fuel pits, all weekend and will be happy to sign autographs and to answer questions from visitors.


Exit the She Devil.
3rd June: UK Top Methanol Funny Car racers Steph and Dave Milam have announced that the She Devil team have retired from racing:

It all started over thirty years ago with the A30, when it was just us and our friend Nigel on grip juice. Actually, I should have said that it started a few years earlier than that when someone told us that we needed to go to Santa Pod and see this great thing called drag racing, "You'll love it!". We did, and we caught the bug good and proper.

Things moved on when we got a dragster and Martin, who was twelve at the time, came on a couple of days out but we had problems both times. Later when he was older he came on as a full-time crew member and has been with us ever since, work permitting. Things really grew when the Funny Car arrived, with a bigger crew and an upscale of everything. The amount you need to go racing is incredible. If you haven't got a part or tool at one meeting will probably end up with two the next time you go.

Over the years we have been blessed with enthusiastic people who have wanted to join us and help out. This culminated with what we called the A Team and our first five-second run. The picture, taken with the help of Gary Kay, caught that moment and shows Nick, Denroy, Dan, Aaron, Martin, Toby (Thank You all), myself and Dave.

Another big Thank You to all of our sponsors, friends, members of the public and everyone who has been with us on the journey. It has been one hell of a ride.

On a more serious note there is lots for sale. The chassis and bodies have been sold already, but if there something you want or need then give us a call on 01892 661245.

It is a sad time, but although we have retired from racing that doesn't mean that you won't see us around (Great news - Ed).


Swift snippets.
3rd June: Wayne and Pam Hiscock asked us to say a big Thank You to Santa Pod Raceway's safety crew for getting to Wayne's Modurstang Pro ET Chevelle so promptly after its engine destroyed itself at the top end at the FIA/FIM Main Event. "Apologies for the clean-up and the down time caused", they say. "We are just really thankful that we had decided to fit diapers last year as we are sure that this helped prevent any further damage or oil spillage under the tyres. We hope to be back on the track again soon."

No news update yesterday as your News Editor was under the weather so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday to our good friend and Eurodragster.com Team Nutritionist Syd McDonald. Hope you had a great day Syd.

The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (below left) came with no words. If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.


Geoff Stilwell asked us to say a big Happy 80th Birthday to Mike Kuhl of Kuhl & Olson fame. "There is party for Mike in Long Beach today", says Geoff, "which over two hundred racers will be attending. Mike (above right) is seen standing behind the land speed car which I now own."


Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us the usual preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, available if you are quick, plus bonus material exclusively for Eurodragster.com readers, especially those who like their Funny Cars. Click on the images above for the PDF downloads.


The Main Event, as a Package.
3rd June: UK Super Gas racer Simon Gough says that he and The Package had an excellent five days at Santa Pod Raceway last week:

Although we only managed one test run on the Thursday we were very confident in what delay was needed for our first first run in qualifying. But down came the rain that night, a clean track and I forgot to put some more in the delay box so we ran a 9.88 in the first qualifier. We ran 9.91 in the second round, 9.9076 in the third round, and 9.9009 in the forth round. Pleased was an understatement! Now we had one more run to get the car in position. We managed to end up number one qualifier even though Dave Fulton matched our number 9.9009... first come first served.

We had a bye in the first round, excellent news as that gave us another test run and the more data we could collect the better. Over the last two runs we were noticing a pattern in our sixty foot times. We went through the Racepak to find our issues and whilst doing that we came across another problem. Both of the problems were down to one thing, the rear tyres were past their best. I was struggling to keep it straight in the burnout and we found that the tyres were producing more slip at start line. After an hour of discussion whether to go home and get the new set we decided to stay with what we had and put more in delay.

The next round was against Simon Fulton, wasn't looking forward to that. So into the burnout and pushed myself sideways, excellent I thought "The tyres are proper shagged". So up to the line and into pre-stage, then stage, a little bump forward then a huge red light came on, what a tw*t. Got back and viewed the Racepak and kicked my own arse, after my crew had had their chance at kicking it.

The Main Event was over for The Package but we achieved number one qualifier, we went home with more data from the new track, and we learned a few more things that will help us at future events. So she's now in the workshop. New tyres, deep clean all over, oil change, set the lash, and let her sit there waiting for the Summernationals.

A massive thank you to all my sponsors and crew: Sharron, Bret, Debbie, Gary, Dick Koster, Jeff Bull, LAS Motorhomes, Racepak, Zelltec, Opie Oils, K&N Filters, Cadman Transport. Also a big huge congratulations to Santa Pod on the new track.

A big Thank You to Simon from Mrs Tog and I for carrying the Get Well message for Belle during the Main Event - Ed


Web site updates.
3rd June: Chris Eyre has been busy having updated two sites with FIA/FIM Main Event coverage. First up is a gallery of Chris' general Main Event photographs which you can check out at dbfphotography.jimdofree.com. Nostalgia Funny Car fans should also check out Chris' update on his European Nostalgia Funny Cars site at euronostalgiafunnycar.jimdo.com. "I would like to thank Neil Dilkes for his fantastic video footage, Andy Marrs and the Santa Pod timing crew for the numbers, the Eurodragster.com staff for all their amazing efforts (Thanks! You're welcome - Ed) and all the amazing Santa Pod people!", says Chris.

Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two FIA/FIM Main Event reports on the Autosport.nl web site. There is a race report which you can check out by clicking here and a report of "Other things I saw" which you can check out by clicking here. Don't worry if you can't read Dutch because, as ever, it is pretty clear what is being said and, as ever, Remco's pictures are great.

Also updating from the FIA/FIM Main Event is Paul Bryan whose shots you can find at www.flickr.com/gp/paulbryan_photopedia.


NitrOlympX entry open.
1st June: Many thanks to NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey for letting us know that entry forms are now available for the race at Hockenheim on 17th-19th August.

Forms are available on the Racers' Page at
www.nitrolympx.de.

A reminder that entry is limited; totals can be found in Part 6 of the Official Invitation. Racers in Junior Dragster, Pro ET and Super Pro ET must submit two current time slips with their entry forms and also submit a bank transfer for their entry fee. Racers in all other Sportsman classes may also want to send two recent time slips in case other classes fill up earlier than expected.

Racers who have built or purchased a new race vehicle must also submit two time slips with their entry form as proof that the vehicle has been tested recently and that it can run respective numbers for the class being applied for.

We look forward to seeing all racers at the 2018 NitrOlympX.


SPRC Summernationals entry update.
1st June: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Versions 1 and now 2 of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th June-1st July. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The official closing date for SPRC Summernationals entry is next Friday (8th) after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can find the official SPRC Summernationals entry forms on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

If you have any queries about SPRC Summernationals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Editor's note: Still shagged out from the Main Event so we have a backlog of news with which we will catch up on tomorrow's (Saturday's) update. We always have room for more, of course; please send your updates to news@eurodragster.com.


Brian Glæsner.
31st May: We were sorry to hear from Job Heezen of the death of Brian Glæsner after a brave fight against cancer.

Brian was a Top Gas racer of some repute before becoming Crew Chief for mulitple Pro Stock Bike racer Fredrik Fredlund. Fredrik's record stands as a fitting tribute to Brian's skill.

Our deepest sympathies to Fredrik and to all of Brian's family and friends.


Those Main Event records in full.
31st May: If you were tuned in to our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored FIA/FIM Main Event coverage then you will know that a number of European and other records were broken. Now that he has had time to go through the timing data, timing guru and Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member Andy Marrs has been in touch with a full list of the records set at Santa Pod Raceway at the weekend:

European records

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike speed: 250.55 mph, Rikard Gustafsson
FIM Europe Super Street Bike ET: 6.928 seconds, Steve Venables

European quickest and fastest side-by-sides

FIA Top Methanol ET: Timo Habermann 5.3012 secs v Dennis Habermann 5.3766 secs (Final)
FIA Top Methanol speed: Timo Habermann 267.34 mph v Dennis Habermann 269.88 mph (Final)

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike ET: Filippos Papafilippou 6.0173 secs v Rikard Gustafsson 6.0277 secs (Final)
FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike speed: Filippos Papafilippou 227.82 mph v Rikard Gustafsson 240.32 mph (Final)

FIM Europe Supertwin Top Fuel ET: Marcus Christiansen 6.3371 secs v Ronny Aasen 6.4623 secs (E2)
FIM Europe Supertwin Top Fuel speed: Marcus Christiansen 212.10 mph v Ronny Aasen 228.92 mph (E2)

FIM Europe Super Street Bike ET: Steve Venables 6.9345 secs v Mogens Lund 7.0380 secs (Final)
FIM Europe Super Street Bike speed: Steve Venables 210.00 mph v Mogens Lund 210.81 mph (Final)

European quickest bump spots

FIA Pro Stock (four-car field): 6.7159 seconds
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike (four-bike field): 7.5127 seconds
FIM Europe Super Street Bike: (sixteen-bike field): 7.6380 seconds

Santa Pod Raceway track records

Pro Modified ET: 5.8687 seconds, Micke Gullqvist
Top Fuel Bike speed: 250.55 mph, Rikard Gustafsson
Supertwin Top Fuel ET: 6.3371 seconds, Marcus Christiansen
Supertwin Top Fuel speed: 228.92 mph, Ronny Aasen
Super Street Bike speed: 214.82 mph, Steve Venables

You can find out more on our table of European Bests, compiled by Marrs, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the European Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

We can't post a list of bests without paying tribute to Jet Dragster pilot Martin Hill who made several 300+ mph runs in the Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster including a 310.41 mph blast which kicked his Personal Best into next week and which consolidates his position as quickest and fastest Jet pilot outside North America... and he could hold his own with most of those in North America.

Thanks also to Marrs for passing us the official FIA/FIM Main Event timing data which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


FIA/FIM Main Event results.
29th May: Congratulations to the winners of the weekend's FIA/FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Stig Neergaard 4.2364/202.42 def. Anita Mäkelä 4.3981/199.38
FIA Top Methanol: Timo Habermann 5.3012/267.34 def. Dennis Habermann 5.3766/269.88
FIA Pro Modified: Micke Gullqvist 5.9048/246.71 def. Jimmy Ålund 6.8982/147.66
FIA Pro Stock: Stefan Ernryd 6.6031/207.21 def. Robin Norén 6.7035/207.06
Fuel Funny Car: Steve Ashdown 5.1110/155.32 bye, Kevin Kent no show

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Filippos Papafilippou 6.0173/227.82 def. Rikard Gustafsson 6.0277/240.32
FIM Europe Supertwin: Hans Olav Olstad 6.8460/200.56 bye, Marcus Christiansen shut off
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Maurice Bertrand 7.4551/174.41 def. Alex Hope 7.7893/138.63 DQ red
FIM Europe Super Street Bike: Steve Venables 6.9345/210.00 def. Mogens Lund 7.0380/210.81
FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike Cup: Liam Holgate (8.13) 10.4390/66.97 def. Blade Dummer (8.64) 8.6338/75.67 DQ b/o

Comp Eliminator: Andy Hone (7.90) 7.4738/180.69 def. Robin Orthodoxou (7.49) 7.7651/179.88
Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET: Nick Good (6.83) 6.8848/194.48 def. Dave Evans (8.04) 9.1321/100.14 DQ red
Modurstang Pro ET: Keith Herbert (9.52) 9.5316/137.27 def. Paul Brown (9.00) 9.1421/123.82
Super Comp: Tayler Letchford 8.9440/136.45 def. Stu Doignie 9.0069/152.17
Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout: Stu Doignie 9.9007/157.41 def. Jon Giles 12.9863/75.29
Super Street: Dave Cherrett 10.9161/86.53 def. Leigh Morris 10.8567/120.90 DQ b/o
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Kaitlan Deevey (8.75) 8.7689/70.78 def. Harry Redshaw (9.00) 9.0321/72.53
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Martin Smith 7.8298/191.32 def. Nick Hale 9.8495/140.71

Two new European records were also set. Congratulations to:

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike speed: 250.55 mph, Rikard Gustafsson
FIM Europe Super Street Bike ET: 6.928 seconds, Steve Venables

Rikard's 250+ mph passes and Filippos Papafilippou's 5.782-second Top Fuel Bike qualifying pass put them in the top few quickest and fastest TFB racers anywhere on the planet.

Congratulations also to Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET racer Brad Jackson and Modurstang Pro ET racer Bob Molden who won the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award respectively. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for next month's SPRC Summernationals.

Many thanks toÅsa Kinnemar and Peder Eneroth for passing us the post-event standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships and FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships respectively. You can check out the European points on our
OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored reports, results, pit notes and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Birgitte's Wish.
27th May: Norwegian Fuel Funny Car racer Birgitte Bremnes did a bit of commuting before coming back to Santa Pod to stay for the weekend.

"Jamie and I drove the Funny Car from Norway, dropped it off at the workshop and drove straight back home again", Birgitte told Eurodragster.com. "We have not really done much to the car over the winter. The biggest difference which people will notice is that we've increased our support for Make A Wish, giving the car a new wrap on which Make a Wish really stands out on the front. I love the new blue colour, and I hope that we will increase the awareness of the organisation and the great work they do.

"Last season was my first year in a Funny Car. It was a massive learning curve compared to anything I've driven before. We didn't get many runs due to the weather so I still have a lot to learn. I have a great team who are putting in a lot of effort for me to race, so hopefully I can pay them back this year by putting down some good numbers.

"We're really happy that Lucas Oil UK are still with us as a sponsor this year. They deliver the best oil for our race car! BDO Norway is also continuing as a sponsor and we would also like to welcome a new sponsor this year: Kongshem, who deliver sub-sea support. For more information check our their web site at
www.kongshem.no.

FIA/FIM Main Event traffic alert.
23rd May: Neale Saunders of Santa Pod Raceway writes that if you are planning to attend the Main Event and if your usual route to Santa Pod takes you off of the M1 at junction 15 and then down the A45, you may well be used to taking a turning which leads you over Hardwater Crossing - two small hump-back bridges across the River Nene (
map) - however this route is now closed due to an accident and is likely to remain so throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.

Your preferred route will now be to continue on the A45 to the Wellingborough turn off and then on to the A509 where you can pick up your original route. With the weather set fair it's likely to be a great weekend so please allow additional time for your journey if this closure affects your usual route.

Thanks to Stephen Billings who also alerted us to this - Ed


Time to forget 2017.
23rd May: 2017 was a disappointing year for Swedish Pro Stock Bike racer Kenneth Holmberg but he and Gabriella "Gabbi" Nikolovska and Kent "Kenta" Carlsson have forgotten all about that and are looking forward to the new season which takes in the FIM European Championship, the EDRS Pro Series, and maybe a date in Denmark:

We have updated our two engines for this season and made pretty big changes to other components. As well as the faithful team we may have some well-known guest mechanics, who have had great success in Pro Stock, at some events. All of our sponsors have returned including our primary sponsor Swecomposite.

We are really looking forward to the wonderful atmosphere at Santa Pod as well as the new surface.


Habermanns look to repeat.
23rd May: Top Methanol Dragster racers Timo and Dennis Habermann say they are excited to see the concrete track at Santa Pod and that they can't wait to make some good runs to start to defend Timo's title and Dennis' runner-up.


"We plan to make all of the FIA rounds", they say. "We are going to use some new engine parts on Dennis' car and and we will be getting out our tuning set-ups from 2015 when we ran all the 5.2s. Our team remains the same and they are hot for 2018 as are our sponsors.

Our main sponsor is again Mitsuboshi Star Racer, the blower belt, along with Höfler Fenste, Autokrandienst Habermann, Tommy Werbung, Fuchs Lubricants and Exide Batteries. For 2018 we are proud to add Bergheimer Stahlhallen, a German company who construct steel buildings, as a new partner."


Calming the Storm.
23rd May: Lorcan Parnell says that the Storm Funny Bike team have had academic help with their plans for 2018 and that they plan to slow the bike down, sort of:

Storm has undergone a complete rebuild over the winter following our PB of 6.74/210.9 at the Straightliners event in October. A new billet cylinder block has been made and the cylinder head converted from "power rings" to a more conventional copper gasket.

The team is now supported by the University of Wales Trinity St David Motorsports Engineering Department in a project aimed at improving drag bike aerodynamics. CFD analysis of 3D scans is underway and as an interim measure the existing seat unit has been extended by some sixteen inches.

Overall gearing has been reduced by 7%, reducing top speed at 11, 000rpm from a rather optimistic 250 mph to 233 mph, with the intent of improving short times. Larger diameter clutch plates are on order from Bob Malloy (ex nitro Honda Funny Bike).

The bike has also been repainted in a new colour scheme. Our thanks go to turbo sponsors Owen Developments for their continued support.

We have never won a round in either FIM or ACU competition, so apart from improving our times that is our goal for this year.


7.5s or bust.
23rd May: Swiss Super Street Bike racer Sandro Haldimann has a clear target for 2018 but it is not the FIM Europe Championship:

During winter the whole bike was disassembled for normal repair work and inspections. We also changed the frame from the original to short-necked, to lower the front of the bike so we also shortened the fork pipes. A new exhaust has been installed and has been routed differently. From the electronic point of view, we have replaced our boost controller with an AMS 2000.

Testing in Switzerland is not possible so our first outing was the FIM race in Kunmadaras, Hungary, which went very well. We have reduced our PB from 7.834 to 7.71. Our goal for this season is to run into the 7.5s. This is our first priority, our Championship result is secondary.

We like to thank to each and everyone in our "12er-Club", which is our donation club made up of friends and family. Thank you also to all of the others who are there all the time when more hands are needed to help.

Our team members are Alexandra Kormann Crew Chief, Beat Binggeli Mechanic, Fabian Baumgartner 12-er Club organiser, Peter Lenzinger Marketing and PR. For more information please take a look at our web site at www.drtb.ch.


Granica returns from break.
23rd May: After sitting out 2017 for financial reasons German Super Street Bike racer Thomas Granica is back this season courtesy of sponsors Straßenreinigung Oberheiden and Turbo Total:

We have made big changes to the bike. We have a brand new clutch, a new head, and a new Garrett GTX Gen2 delivered by Turbo Total.

We had our first outing in Hungary where the first round of the FIM Europe Super Street Bike Championship took place. In the first round of qualifying we blew an oil line and sprayed the whole track with oil. But not only this, we did the whole run with no oil pressure. So we had to pull the engine after one run as it tried to spin a rod bearing. With the help of my awesome crew and fellow racers we had it back in the same day.

Back on it the next day to an easy 7.7. The next run was a 7.49 and I was over the moon as I did not expect to be so fast in that short time. So we were qualified ninth if seventeen by the end of the day. In eliminations we faced Christian Jasz of Hungary. He was slightly better than me in qualifying so we turned it up slightly but it was a tad too much so it wheelied in first gear and I had to back off, but hey that's racing. All in all it was a fantastic weekend for me. The Hungarian organisation really stepped up their game and did an awesome job.

For the upcoming races I will try to qualify in the top ten and to go as many rounds as possible. A new PB would be awesome.

The only really hard downer this year is that my Crew Chief and brother Peter can't follow us due to a illness which won't be cured in two weeks. We all miss him (Hear, hear, get well soon Peter).

Thanks to all my fellow racers and crew, to Simon Giordmaina for tuning the bike, and again to my sponsors Straßenreinigung Oberheiden and Turbo Total.


Bowe kept in ECU.
23rd May: UK Super Street Bike racer Garry Bowe has not changed much on his bike as he is still working on a new Motec M130 ECU which was installed for last year's NitrOlmpX:

The bike went 7.0 on its second pass with the totally new set-up. For this year we have added a nitrous kit using a Wizards of NOS revo system, more for control than power. We made three runs at the Fast Show to test the set-up but went with a really soft setting due to the weather and ran a very surprising 7.5 then a 7.4, which is a credit to Brad at BTC Moto who has time and again proven that he is one of the best, it not the best tuner out there. We then turned it up and had bad spin.

We are not expecting to win the Championship this year as some of the other teams have already made the making the 3100 mile (for us) journey to Hungary. We just want to win races, go quicker than our 211.7 mph record, and run another six-second pass.

Thanks also to Trevor Langfield from Wizards of NOS for advice and to Seb at NLR Systems for his latest G Assisted Tuning System which we will be using to control the nitrous power. Thanks to our sponsors Fuchs Silkolene for what I believe to be the best oil on the market, NLR Systems, Wizards of NOS, Central Scanning, Cometic Gaskets, and to all the family for their support. And of course thanks to Eurodragster.com for the tirelesss reports and information (Thanks! You're welcome - Ed).


The Team 817 trio.
23rd May: Thomas Pettersson writes that Sweden's Team 817 will be fielding a Funny Bike and two Super Street Bikes in 2018:


During the off season we reviewed the Funny Bike to see where we had to update or upgrade. Our new engines are based upon Gator race cases and for this season we have built up two new cylinder heads, for this we would like to recognise our good friend and tough competitor Rikard Gustavsson at TH Engineering and thank him for a great job and and for a lot of help providing other parts at the eleventh hour. We would also like to thank GIK Turboteknink for providing brand new Garret turbochargers. We will continue with the Robinson gearbox. The frame remains the same as in previous seasons with a slight modification to the handlebars to improve the driving position.

Our goal for the Funny Bike is to improve upon our PB 6.83 from last year and to establish consistency with the bike. We also hope to be strong and competitive in the Top Fuel field and to give the nitro riders a good  fight.


Team 817 is entering the Main Event with myself TFB 817, Robert Häggblom SSB 817, and we are proud to welcome a third rider in the team: Mikael Ölen SSB 917 has decided to step up from Super Gas Bike and during the winter has built a new engine for his Hayabusa. TEAM 817 has signed up both for the European Championships and EDRS Pro this season. Our schedule is:

25-28/5 Santa Pod, England
7-10/6 Tierp Arena, Sweden
28/6-1/7 Alastaro, Finland
26-29/7 Gardemoen, Norway
17-19/8 Hockenheim, Germany
23-26/8 Tierp Arena, Sweden
31/8-1/9 Mosten, Denmark
6-9/9 Santa Pod, England

We would like to thank our partners and sponsors who have made this possible: Moped Garage, Inseco, Söderhamns Stuveri & Hamn, Algolan AB, Stonetown Custom, Solings, Genuine Swede, Hydroscand, GIK Turboteknik, DIBA, and many more. The list can continue for ever.

New for this season is also that we have our own photographer with us. Laurence LCR Richt has joined us to document the season with photo and video coverage.

The entire team has worked very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and really looking forward to laying some rubber and burning some fuel.


Zodiac plan an end to the drama.
23rd May: Norwegian Supertwin racer Ronny Aasen says that his journey with The Netherlands' Ton and Vincent Pels has been both fun and exciting, as the Zodiac team always try to think ahead and always work hard:

There have been a few ups and downs over the last two years, but that's racing. Hopefully this season will give us some more track time, so more data to make the bike fast and reliable. As always I am very much looking forward to getting in the saddle again at one of the coolest places for drag racing in Europe... Santa Pod Raceway!

Obviously we have been looking at the valve train issues which we have had with the Zodiac-sponsored supercharged Top Fuel Harley-Davidson. At this moment we are finalising the last parts of the valvetrain components. New cams from S&S Cycle with a re-designed profile, new lifters (aka cam followers or tappets) from Jesel, which we modify to make them adjustable, new valve springs from Kibblewhite Precision Machining with a higher seat and peak pressure to keep the valve train under control better, new double ceramic crank bearing set-up on both the output shaft and the pinion shaft which should give more strength and enable us to run the super-slick SAE 70 Spectro Oil. We have more spares so that we can build two complete engines and have spare parts ready in the trailer.

Last year was one of our most disappointing race seasons ever and obviously we want to come back stronger. The new cam galley which we developed in 2017 should have been the cure for a lot of issues we had with our 1000+ HP V-Twin engine, but it gave us some hiccups which ended in a very dramatic (and expensive) engine failure at the Main Event, and again issues which stopped us from continuing the race season last August at the NitrOlympx in Hockenheim Germany. Looking at all the damage we could only trace it back to lifter failure, but on a nitromethane engine the damage is often catastrophic when something in the valve train lets go. The amount of fuel going into the engine needs to be able to get out, or a fuel lock is inevitable. Hopefully this season will be better.

We are not planning to run records at the moment, but we want to have a quick and reliable bike to win races and ultimately Championships. Last time we held the big FIM Europe cup in our hands was 2013, and that feels like too long ago!

This year we will have a new crew member on the team. Thomas, a friend and colleague of mine, will help us out to speed up the between-round maintenance so we have more time to analyse the data and set up the bike.

Zodiac Racing is proudly sponsored by Zodiac International BV, Spectro Oils of America, Kibblewhite Precision Machining Inc and S&S Cycle Inc.


FIA/FIM Main Event snippets.
23rd May: Robin Orthodoxou and the Chaos Bros Racing Team asked us to say a big Thank You to fellow Comp Eliminator racer Kev Perkins for sharing speed secrets before this weekend's race. "We now feel ready to take on the growing number of diverse racers in Competition Eliminator at the Main Event", says Robin. "Having attended the Doorslammers meeting I was astonished at the performances in the 4 Cylinder and riceburner classes. As expected the Santa Pod crew did a great job all weekend, they are often taken for granted but can be relied on when things get hot."

Stuart Crane's Pro Mod Bike has been through major surgery before all three Warpspeed Racing bikes contest the entire FIM tour. "It was stripped back to the bare chassis for a total rebuild after the fire and engine blow-up", he says. "We fitted the newly-freshened spare motor as we haven't tested it so want to start the season with it. We have also had new bodywork made which moves the tank forward three inches, and a new nose cone which should help more with the aerodynamics as it passes the air past my hands and allows me to get further towards gettign my chin on the tank. There has been other lightening work and we are testing a clear rocker cover which allows us to keep an eye on the valve train between rounds. Many thanks to my MPM Oil UK and Warpspeed Racing."


Swift snippets.
23rd May: Sand Drags racer Sebastian Lindau writes that entry is open for the Obersaxen bike-only off-road drag race. "This event takes place right the middle of the beautiful Alps", says Sebastian. "It's still possible to sign up but interested parties need to be quick - the number of racers is limited to 100 and 92 racers are already confirmed. So take your chance and get your blast. The entry form is available at www.offroaddragrace-gr.ch. If you have any questions then feel free to ask either at info@sanddragracing.de or at info@offroaddragrace-gr.ch."

Many thanks to Andy Marrs for passing us the official Doorslammers timing data. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


European Top Gas Round 1 review.
23rd May: Many thanks to Herman Jolink for forwarding us a report of last weekend's first round of the European Top Gas Series at Malmö Raceway:

We had two days of sunny weather, the track was very well-prepared for some fast cars and there were spectators in the stands.

Final qualifying:
  1. Jan Malmberg SE on 2600 two Blower V-Twin 4.910/221 kmh, Jan made runs of 5.2 and 5.1 and then the 4.9.
  2. Anders Jensen DK on 2000 home-made mechanical turbo V-Twin 5.204/204, a new PB for the Jensen team with a very good sixty foot time of 1.159.
  3. Jorg Lymant D on 2622 V-Twin 5.599/227, some problems finding the right set-up.
  4. Peter Niklas D on Turbo 1000 SP Honda 6.116/194 in the last session also with some set-up problems.
  5. Sven -Ole Schleichert D on H-D V Rod Destroyer 6.166/181.
  6. Martin Buhler CH on home-made 1600 mechanical turbo V-Twin 7.550/137.
Mats Larsson S on 2600 Turbo V-Twin did not qualify as he had tuneing problems. Frederik Schack is still waiting for a gearbox from the USA, and Jorg Braune was at Malmö with his family as a spectator as his bike was not ready. I was not at Malmö due to personal problems.

E1: Buhler bye run as Malmberg's bike did not start; Jensen 5.780/157 kmh def. Schleichert 6.266/175 - at 150 metres Jensen's head gasket blew; Lymant 6.130/170 def. Niklas 7.917/185, both riders had problems.

E2: Buhler 9.391/73 bye; Lymant 6.500/163 bye as Jensen broke.

Final: Lymant 4.788/232 def. Buhler 11.926/51.

European Super Twin Top Gas Championship:
  1. Jorg Lymant D 685
  2. Martin Buhler CH 530
  3. Anders Jensen DK 470
  4. Jan Malmberg SE 380
  5. Peter Niklas D 350
  6. Sven-Ole Schleichert D 340
  7. Mats Larsson SE 300
The next Top Gas date is the King of Germany race over the eighth mile in Alkersleben, Germany on 8th-10th June.


Bad Sobernheim welcomes the Juniors.
22nd May: Graham McDonald writes that Phoenix Raceway at Bad Sobernheim in Germany was the venue for the second round of the Junior Internationals, organised to bring together European Junior Dragster racers into one series, and that Frankie Fordham and Liam McDonald successfully represented the UK and Eire respectively:

Initially Kaitlan Deevey was meant to travel with us but unfortunately her engine gave her trouble and after switching engines her clutch blew up, so it was down to Frankie and Liam to take on Europe's finest on the new track. The track was unprepared but with an anti-skid surface as you would see before a roundabout or before traffic lights. Initially we wondered how the quicker Juniors would react on this kind of surface, but the track proved to be ideal with no wheelspin that I observed. Plans are afoot to resurface for the faster Pro cars but at the moment it can handle cars and bikes down to nine seconds. The track is I believe seventy metres wide by three kilometres long so there is more than enough room to stop the bigger cars with ease when they upgrade the track.

We encountered a wonderful atmosphere at the track and from the people there - it reminded us of the relaxed feeling which we all loved at Shakespeare County Raceway. The event was very professionally-run, and if your first qualifying run was at say 10:00 am then your next and further qualifiers were on the hour for the rest of the day so you knew when to be ready. Frankie qualified top and Liam second and both went through to the final which Frankie won.

So not bad for first time out there with nine Juniors from various countries including England, Ireland, France, Holland and Germany.Hopefully next year we will have more Junior drivers and more countries involved. So a big thumbs-up to the 1 on 1 Motorsports Club in Germany for organising a very professionally-run event and to Kalunki for organising the Junior International Series in Europe. We will definitely be back again.


Ernryd cleans off the rust.
22nd May: After final-round appearances at every event and runner-up spot in the FIA European Championships in 2018, Swedish Pro Stock racer Stefan Ernryd is aiming to maintain his momentum in 2018:

Over winter we serviced our two engines at Roy Jonson's shop in Tennessee. A few other adjustments has been made to the car as well as repairs after the Hockenheim incident. We are confident that we have a winning combination with a good car and and a strong team, which is the same as last year.

We will contest the full season and our goals are to win the Championship and to set a few records! We tested Malmö last weekend and most of the winter rust is gone from both driver and team. We will test at Santa Pod on Thursday to break in new tyres and to get a feel for the new track.

New for 2018 is a new design in another classical Dodge colour. This year we chose Plum Crazy, with the Hemi billboar?d on the side. Ernrydcars, one of the longest-established car importers in Sweden, is our main sponsor for 2018. Ernrydcars sell new Dodges, Rams, Fords and Chevrolets.

It shall be a great pleasure to meet all of our fans around Europe and the premiere of Santa Pod's new track is very exciting! See you at the weekend.


Margot's busy schedule.
22nd May: The Netherlands' Margot Schmidt is planning to contest three FIM Europe Super Street Bike rounds in 2018 as well as some National Championship rounds:

We made some major changes to the bike during the winter. We replaced the eriginal ECU for a standalone unit from Linq. We also placed a boost controller on the bike so that we will be able to make much more power then we had last season. We also made some major changes on the engine: new rods, pistons, bigger injectors, and a billet fuel rail. To protect the engine case we have added an output shaft support. Major thanks to Orient Express Racing for the amazing fast and great service.

After all the adjustments the bike went on the dyno and recorded 400+ hp. We tested at Santa Pod in March. Due to a technical issue the bike went pretty much airborne on the first run. I managed to stay on the bike but suffered a few broken ribs when the bike came down. Thankfully I am fully healed.

We will be testing at the Peak Performance Day on Thursday to fine-tune the bike further. Our schedule for this season is quite busy, after the Peak Performance Day and Festival of Power in March / April our calendar is:

25th-28th May: FIA/FIM Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway
30th June-1st July: SPRC Summernationals, Santa Pod Raceway
28th-29th July: ATD, Clastres
17th-19th August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheim
6th-9th September: FIA/FIM European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway
6th-7th October: UK National Finals, Santa Pod Raceway

I would like to thank our sponsors who make all of this possible: Ad van Gils Motors, Oriënt Express Racing, Jennes Motorsports and Dolfo Tuning. Also a huge Thank You to my husband and Crew Chief and husband, I would never be able to do what I love the most without all his of help, support and patience!

Picture courtesy and ©Blackett Photography


Larsson rates his chances.
22nd May: Swedish Top Methanol Funny Car racer Micke Larsson is excited about 2018 including his first visit to Santa Pod Raceway this weekend:

Since last season we have built a new engine with our good friends Post en Dros. The new engine has a little higher compression ratio and heads from Jonnie Lindberg. The old engine will be our spare after repairs at Post en Dros. We haven't tested, so the Main Event will be our first race this year.


We are going for all of the Championship rounds this year and we think we have a good chance.

My fantastic team is Ed Crew Chief and tuner, Daniel and Evelina engine mechanics, Roy the diver, Bengt is our clutch man, and Liza and Lill take care of photography, social media and hospitality. Our fine sponsors who make this possible are DynaMate, Facom, Q8 Oils, Europafilter, Karmaseal, Kranbolaget, Hydroscand, Alderholmens Mekaniska, Ljusmontage, Gula Maskiner, Milenko Mekaniska, Tälf & Fest, Air Liquide and Hemköp.


Abraham: Speed and trophies.
22nd May: French Pro Stock Bike racer Charly Abraham is headed for Santa Pod Raceway having finished preparing the Parts Europe Buell last Thursday:

Last year was my first with the Buell in FIM Pro Stock Bike. It was a practice year, I learned what I must do and also what not to do!

Over the off-season I rebuilt the complete engine, but there are no modifications or updates. We will make some passes during the Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune on Thursday to break in the engine before the Main Event.

We plan to race the whole FIM season this year and the targets are simple: continue to learn, go faster, and why not get the trophy!

I would like to say a special Thank You to the Parts Europe team, you rock! Without you it wouldn't be possible. Also Thank You to Silkolene Oil and S&S Cycle for their support and a huge Thank You to the Star Racing team who help me more and more. Thank you Jackie and George! I'm proud to be a part of your adventure.


FIA/FIM Main Event snippets.
22nd May: Swedish Pro Stock racer Robin Norén and team have upgraded their GTO with new and upgraded struts front and rear and a new motor built and delivered by Gray Motorsports. Testing at Malmö was a struggle finding a tune-up for the new motor but the team are looking forward to a full season of FIA Championship rounds. The team's main sponsors this year are Westers Group and Westers Mark and Transport without whom none of this would be possible.

UK Super Street Bike racer Pete Field says that the main additions to the OBP-sponsored bike are a new full BTC Moto race wiring loom and the latest version of the AMS 2000 boost controller with Gats enabled to help fine-tune the bike. "We had a few issues last year", says Pete. "Out early at Hockenheim due to a fuel pump failure, and at the following round we torched the head as we didn't realise that two injectors were partially blocked so it ran very lean. We haven't tested so far with Easter being a washout but we are confident for the Main Event and the rest of the year. Hopefully this will be our year to run a six, if not then a very low 7.0. Our sponsor OBP are continuing their support as they have for a number of years, and our other sponsor is Route 21 Leathers."

Maltese Super Street Bike racer Franklyn Borg overcame a dangerous journey and what looked like an early end to his Championship hopes after a mishap shipping the bike to Kunmadaras for round one of the FIM Championship. But after sixty hours' travel including two ferries and thirty hours' driving the team made it to Hungary only a day late. "With only two shots at qualifying we started with a 7.1 off the trailer", says Franklyn. "On race day we lost in the semis to current Champ Rick Stubbins. Hopefully we'll get some better luck overall from here on. We can't wait to hit the new track at Santa Pod."

Fellow Maltese racer Glenn Borg is excited to be racing his Funny Bike again. "We have been in the sixes since the early days", he says. "This bike was purchased in 2015, but we always struggled to find consistency. After testing and changing several different set-ups we are now managing to be more consistent thanks to a new fuel system we implemented, giving us more control. Testing over the winter looked very promising as we ran no less then nine six-second passes in Malta. Coming all the way from Malta is very difficult for us and this tour wouldn't be possible without my hard-working team, Racetech by Tzanidakis and Race by Togias for the bike preparation, Gabriel Briffa for all the series logistics and parts preparation, and main sponsors Glenn's Highway Auto and Belula Garage Malta."


Swift snippets.
22nd May: On behalf of Nitrous Junkie HQ Lizz Charman asked us to say a big Happy Birthday for today (Tuesday) to Jake Charman. Our pleasure, have a great day Jake.

Editor's note.
21st May: Thanks to those who have been in touch to express concern about Your News Editor's domestic emergency over the weekend. The emergency concerned one of the family dogs who has had to have major surgery today (Monday), but she has come through it OK so far.

We have a large number of Main Event previews to post here on the News page; they will be posted but because of the situation with Belle the greyhound the coding sessions may have to be spread, so there may be more than one news update each day. This does however mean that you can get yourselves some practice for the coming weekend by hitting Refresh on the News page every so often.

Everything submitted will be posted in time for the race .


Terry Gibbs Super Gas sponsors.
21st May: Jon Giles writes that the list of sponsors has been finalised for the
2018 Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout:

We would like to thank the following for supporting Super Gas in the UK in 2018: Mario's Hairdressers, OCS Group, Bob Hopper Plumbing, Layer 2, Unity AV, Kmor Contract Limited, R Douse of Snap-On Tools, Premier Automation, Rooster Racing Equipment, J Turner Upholstery, Lucas Oil Products, Albert Carter Racing, Fantoni Solutions Limited, CM Frost, Paul Foote Ink (PFI), Tim Lane Decorators, GKW Wrought Iron and OCEE Design (Northampton).

There will be cash prizes for number one qualifier and for first to fourth places. The total will be announced this Thursday (24th). We believe that, as the successful Doorslammers meeting has proven, if you add a little financial incentive it really does make the event that more appealing to all concerned. Hopefully everyone will back the cars and the teams in trying to excite the crowd and win to fund their passion.

Good luck to all racers and crews at the Main Event.


Curbishley gets another Fix.
21st May: UK Super Comp racer Martin Curbishley would again like to welcome Fix Auto Penzance as his main sponsor for this weekend's FIA/FIM Main Event, where he will be driving the dragster owned by Paul Marston Racing.

Stuart Cameron, Managing Director of Fix Auto Penzance, says "We are excited to renew our sponsorship and advertising link with Martin and Paul Marston Racing. It really is the perfect platform to get the company name out there. I couldn't believe the amount of spectators at last year's FIA European Finals, which I attended.


"We are about to embark on a major expansion programme at Fix Auto Penzance, which will almost double the size of our operation, so the advertising aspect of the sponsorship is vital. We have a strong customer base in Cornwall and were delighted to win two major awards last year, Body Shop magazine Body Shop of the Year and Fix Autos' Outstanding Customer Service Award.

"I will be attending the Main Event with several key members of staff. I would like to say Good luck to Martin and the other members of Paul Marston Racing."


FIA/FIM Main Event snippets.
21st May: Top Methanol Funny Car owner and tuner Danny Bellio says that Danny's Racing Team Belgium, who sponsor Eurodragster.com through Dyno Unlimited, are almost ready to go with their FC, driven by Sandro Bellio. "We are looking forward to discover the advantage that the concrete will offer over the old track", says Danny. "We haven't changed much on the set-up from last year, just updated the clutch and fuel system. Thanks to our sponsors Danny Cars, Dyno Unlimited, Molinari Racing Clutches and Evchargeking."

Super Street Bike racer Jemma Venables now sports a Motec M1 ECU with integrated boost controller with the aim of more consistency this season. After sacrificing the 2017 Championship to develop his bike Steve Venables shipped it to the USA to race in November 2017 and ran a best of 6.94. Steve hopes for performance gains and consistency this year. Jemma and Steve are pleased to receive continued support from DME Racing, Owen Developments, Suzuki GB, Protec Fuel Systems, Cometic Gaskets and Nimbus Motorsports.

Top Methanol Dragster racer Jonny Lagg will be contesting the Main Event with his spare motor due to a cracked crank. "There is a long delivery time", he says. "Other than this we have done minor chassis work and we will be trying a new tyre combination. "We have the same old farts in the team."

Reigning FIM European Supertwin Champion Martijn de Haas says that the team have not changed a lot on the bike and are focusing on the clutch this season. "As the competition is steep with nine entries we realise that we have to improve our sixty foot times", he says. "Our bike is strong at the top end so we mainly are focusing on the start. We are very happy to welcome some new riders and to be racing Hans Olav Olstad this year."


Race car insurance on offer.
21st May: Wayne Jackson writes that through his work as UK agent for HRX Racewear he has been introduced to Sports Insure, who insure all aspects of sport including a wide variety of motorsport from track day cars to cars competing in the 24 Hour Race of Le Mans. Wayne has been working with Sports Insure for eight months to introduce an affordable and sensible pricing structure for drag racing and says that you will be able to find out all about it at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend:

This project is almost complete, the documentation with the underwriters for signing off. Jason Leach from Sports insure will be with Brad and I on Saturday. Because of the complexity of some cars and bikes Sports Insure will tailor a package to suit all levels of drag racing, so we look forward to seeing some racers for a chat. We will welcome any racer who wishes to speak with Jason regarding insurance for their car.

The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed the Sports Insure logo on Brad's car at Autosport International and at the Festival of Power!


FIA/FIM Main Event Perfect Awards.
21st May: This week's FIA/FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway is the second event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £125 will be on offer for perfect performance.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at the Festival of Power. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award will be 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 then the Award will be increased to £100 for the SPRC Summernationals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the SPRC Summernationals. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals will be available in the Signing On office or from the Eurodragster.com office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).

The inaugural Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award starts at £50 and will be awarded in cash to the first racer at this weekend's event to run to 0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award will be available this weekend in Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Super Comp, Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout, Super Street, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only) and FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike Cup, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £100 for the SPRC Summernationals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the SPRC Summernationals.

To be eligible to win the Award, decals (right) must be carried, clearly visible, one on each side of the vehicle. If a Perfect ET is recorded without decals then there will be no argument, we will not pay out and the money will be awarded to the next racer to record a Perfect ET. Decals will be available in Signing On from this Thursday.

For more information about the services which Vitesse Labelling Products can provide please see Al Platt in the Modurstang Pro ET pits or visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk.


Web site updates.
21st May: Keith Lee has been in touch to let us know that his Blog detailing the progress of his book Mister Six: The Story of Drag Racing Legend Dennis Priddle has been updated on Alan Currans' excellent Acceleration Archive. The book is scheduled to be released in the latter part of this year but in the meantime you can read Keith's Blog at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Our good friends Julie and Steve Moxley have had their March Meet report and pictures posted on the Eat My Ink web site at www.eatmyink.com.

Paul Bryan has posted Doorslammers pictures on his Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/paulbryan_photopedia and on Facebook.

Also updating a Flickr album is The Mad Welshman whose No Prep Nationals pictures you can check out at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Doorslammers results.
20th May: Congratulations to the winners of this weekend's Doorslammers at Santa Pod Raceway:

VP Racing Fuels Pro Doorslammer: Jimmy Ålund 6.5680/227.00 def. Marcus Hilt 6.6410/208.96
OCS Group Big Bracket 1 (yesterday): Collin Morrice (8.64) 10.3061/83.93 def. Billy Gane (8.28) 8.2605/166.03 DQ red light
OCS Group Big Bracket 2 (today): Lee Huxley (9.54) 9.6049/136.47 def. Jens Könnecke (8.25) 8.2721/161.87
Lucas Oil Pro Street: Mark Todd 7.9173/193.74 def. Joe Stevens 8.3655/168.55
Turbo Technics True Street: Mark Biggers 9.3864/148.09 def. Gary Carr 9.8041/146.23
Spal Automotive Front Wheel Drive: Stephen Ray 10.8636/129.41 def. Adrian Solly 12.5231/118.08
Webster Race Engineering 4 Cylinder: Chris Todd 10.0182/143.92 def. John Martin 10.1549/139.88
EBC Brakes 6 Cylinder: Mark Moseley 8.8387/157.99 def. Justin Muscat staged

You can check out our Doorslammers reports, pit notes and pictures by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

FIA/FIM Main Event racer update.
17th May: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's FIA/FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway:

Thursday 24th May
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
10:00 Signing On office opens
10:00 Car scrutineering commences, no specific order
20:00 Signing On office closes

Friday 25th May
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Car scrutineering commences
09:00 Bike scrutineering commences: Bike sign-on / scrutineering details
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Saturday 26th May
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Scrutineering opens 09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

Sunday 27th May
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering opens
09:30 Track opens for eliminations

Monday 28th May
09:30 Track opens for eliminations

The provisional running orders are now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

No race vehicle motors are to be fired up before 09:00 or after 21:00 on any day of the event including Thursday's Peak Performance Day. Before 09:00 vehicles should be pushed or towed to Scrutineering, not driven or ridden. Non-observation of curfew will result in exclusion from the event.

Junior racers please remember the rule about pushing vehicles back to the pits once through the arch beside Scrutineering.

Only race officials and SPR staff are allowed in Race Control whilst racing is underway. Should racers wish to raise any matter with race officials then please do not visit Race Control; please firstly see the Race Secretary who is based in Signing On.

Colour commentators are requested to come to Commentary only when their class is at the head of the lanes, to vacate Commentary as soon as their class has run, and not to bring guests to Commentary with them.

At the request of SPR management the Eurodragster.com office at the Bankside end of Race Control is similarly out of bounds during racing except to Eurodragster.com staff, Zeon TV crew and racers or crew collecting Eurodragster.com Perfect Award money.


Sweden celebrates 50 years.
16th May: Pelle Lindelöw writes that organised drag racing in Sweden reaches its fiftieth anniversary this year and that plenty is being done to celebrate the quarter-milestone:

In 1966 Calle Hansen, together with a bunch of fans of American cars and V8s, started up the Drag Racing Club and some events were held. Manual timekeeping with stopwatches, illegal racing on motorways under construction, wherever 402.33 metres (the exact measure of a quarter mile) could be found. They were always looking at what was happening in the UK and of course in the States and copied as much as possible.

In 1968 it was time for the premiere of organised drag racing in Sweden. Anderstorp was at the time the only fully-equipped race track which could handle the cars. The race was called the "First Go" and it took place in August.

  A number of big names from UK were invited among whom were Rex Sluggett, Clive Skilton and their teams. For Swedish spectators and officials it was their very first time hearing and smelling the exhaust of nitro engines. Unfortunately Rex injured his foot and a certain guy by the name of Dennis Priddle stepped in as a replacement. And the rest is history...

To be able to honour the people who actually put Sweden on the drag racing map I have accepted a role as Co-ordinator for two of the celebrations this year, those at the two European Championship events at Tierp Arena. 

In three weeks from now, at the Tierp Internationals on 8th-10th June, we will hold the first half of the celebration of the first fifty years of drag racing in Sweden and honour the people who built the sport for us. We will have a two hundred square metre marquee with lots to see. Three of the beautiful Funny Cars from Janne Johansson's collection, his wonderful Peterbilt tractor-puller and his no less wonderful trailer, motors from different decades, and films and posters, etc from the early days of Swedish drag racing.

But what would drag racing be without the people who were there from day one? I'm extremely happy to announce that the King of Anderstorp '68, Dennis Priddle, will attend all three days in June. We will also host veteran racers from the early days of Swedish dragracing. Some of the names will be familiar to fans around Europe and the UK, but of course there will also be some well-known local names. It's a great honour for me, as a rookie of the early '70s, to be able to meet my idols from the past.

Some of our heroes are unfortunately no longer with us, but I'm sure that everyone visiting us in the Tent of Legends in June and August will get a flavour of the warm and friendly feeling which we all had in the early days. And if that isn't enough we can surely surely share a couple of good laughs from those days, I know that there are tons of funny stories out there...

See you at Tierp in June!


Gullqvist eyes the Wulcano.
16th May: Multiple FIA European Pro Modified Champion
Micke Gullqvist is headed to Santa Pod Raceway for this weekend's Doorslammers, a race which he says will be an odd one for the team since they have not raced no-rules since the 1990s:

A big challenge is of course that we have the first round of the FIA Championship coming up next weekend. A supercharged Pro Mod car is a highly-restricted racing vehicle. We have restrictions on valve sizes, electronics (no traction control), no lock up clutch or converter, supercharger type and design, overdrive and minimum weight. The reason for those rules has been to protect the nitrous cars so they are able to compete with the blown cars. Looking at the entry list for the Doorslammers, I see thirteen entries designed for Pro Mod racing and one entry which has everything we're not allowed to use on a Pro Mod car.

That one-off car is Mathias Wulcan's '69 Camaro, which is purpose-built for no-rules doorslammer racing. That car is actually the only "correct" car for an event like this, and in theory they could be cruising to win the event. In a way it feels good to not be one of the favorites to win, as we really should not have a chance. Those cars normally run over the eighth mile, but a few have tested their performance over the quarter mile and ran in the 5.4s. I believe the record for those kind of cars is around 5.45 over the quarter mile, whilst world class performance for a Pro Mod car would be in the low 5.7s. An FIA Pro Mod has more weight than NHRA, but 3.5% more overdrive, so it's very hard to compare with them.

For us it will be a good test session for the Main Event and who knows, maybe we could even go a few rounds on Sunday. See you at the track!


Lucas with your Sprout.
16th May: Just in time for next week's round of the FIM Europe Super Street Bike Championship at the FIA/FIM Main Event, UK Super Street Bike racer Steve Mead is pleased to announce that Les Downey of Lucas Oil Products UK has confirmed continued sponsorship in 2018. Steve also has some good news on the tuning front:

Lucas Oil Products have been a huge support to me for more than five years now, supplying me with a huge range of products. I also have Walter Sprout tuning for me again this year. He is also tuning for various racers over the Pond and in Europe and the UK. I think that most people know he's been behind Mogens Lund's very quick bike for a while now.

I'll be looking to improve on last year's 7.28 PB in what is getting a tougher Super Street Bike field at every event!


Guy's perfect start.
16th May: Jemma Bromley writes that Jedd Guy's victory in Outlaw Anglia at the weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals was the perfect start to a season which nearly didn't happen:

After a tough winter with financial struggles the 2018 season was nearly over before it had even begun. Some cutbacks were made, plenty of overtime was worked, and things started to pick up and look brighter for this season... even if we have now got a wedding to plan!

The excitement of being back on our feet was short-lived once Big Bang was cancelled and added a month to the wait when the team was already itching to get back to the track. However, this was definitely in the best interests of the whole drag racing community as there was some much needed sun in that gap!

Around came Nostalgia Nationals and the nervous excitement started to build about racing on a new track for the first time, especially as Jedd felt like he hadn't driven the car in a lifetime, a bit dramatic I know. All the nerves quickly vanished once he was in the burnout box about to do the biggest burnout we've had in a while.

On to qualifying and we took it easy to get a feel for the track. This then gave Jedd the determination to get a seven-second pass on the new track and our first event of the year. Alas it wasn't to be! We had an 8.01 which bagged us the top qualifying spot and the NSRA Quickest Outlaw Anglia ET Award.

Eliminations on Sunday and we had a bye in the first round, followed by a very lively race with Gary Bird in which we both experienced traction issues but we took the win. After Gary we faced Mick Taylor and then into the finals with Steve Wells. This was set to be a close race as Steve had been running quite consistent 8.4s all weekend and, as always, was wired to the Tree. We made a few changes to the car to make the wheelies smaller and to add more control to get it down the track straighter.

All in all this seemed to help as we ran an 8.2 against Steve's 8.7, however the race had already been won on the start line as Steve went red. We came home with the event win putting our season off to a perfect start! The celebrations were certainly added to by the fact that it was Scott Crookston's début event with the sister car (Jedd Guy chassis). Scott ran a PB of 8.53, got second qualifying spot, and got to the semi-finals!

Thanks to everyone at Santa Pod Raceway and theh NSRA for putting the event on, and thanks to the Outlaw Anglia class for being the usual bunch of loonies! Last but not least thanks to Jeff Bull for building a fantastic "street" engine which has far surpassed anyone's expectations. Can't wait to see what he builds next... wink wink.


Web site updates.
16th May: Paul Bryan has been busy recently updating his Flickr site with pictures from the No Prep Nationals, which you can check out by clicking here, and from the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals, which you can check out by clicking here. Both galleries are excellent and well worth a look.

Stuart Mitchell.
15th May: We were very sorry to hear of the death of photographer
Stuart Mitchell whose work sometimes graced the pages of Eurodragster.com and whose name, although he photographed widely, was particularly familiar in the racing community courtesy of his spectacular Gasser Circus pictures.

Far too many people add the word "Photography" to one's name these days but Stuart had every right to do so. He was not just a photographer but an artist. A very friendly and helpful guy into the bargain, widely-known and well-liked and one of those photogs who never felt the need to tell you how good he was.

Our sympathies to Stuart's family and friends. It probably does not offer much solace now but Stuart's pictures will ever stand in tribute to a fine fellow.


Recall: RJS SFI 3.3 arm restraints.
15th May: Thanks to Tech Inspector Frans Steilberg for passing on the news that arm restraints manufactured and certified to SFI Specification 3.3 by RJS and equipped with snap-clasp type tethers have been found to be non-compliant with SFI Specification 3.3. All snap-clasp type arm restraint assemblies manufactured and certified to SFI Specification 3.3 by RJS must be immediately be removed from service and returned to RJS.

You can read the full bulletin from the SFI (PDF format) by clicking here.


Doorslammers update.
15th May: The eagerly-anticipated Doorslammers event returns to Santa Pod Raceway this weekend with a new and improved format and whopping prize fund. The entry list is looking strong and one which is sure to produce some of the most exciting racing seen in recent years. Tickets are still available at www.eticketing.co.uk/santapodraceway or on the gate.

James Forster has been in touch with key details of the arrangments for racers contesting the event:

Gates are open between 10:00 and 19:00 tomorrow (Thursday) for race teams only.  After that, gates open at 08:00 on Friday for the duration of the event.

Don't forget that this Friday is also an All Torque Test Day, which still has plenty of spaces available at the moment to get some testing in. With that said, spaces are limited and issued on a first-come first-served basis. Details at www.rwyb.com.

You'll find some drivers' briefing information in your ticket envelope. Please have a good read of the information. There is also a drivers' meeting taking place in the announcement area, next to the shop in the pits, at 09:00 on Saturday. You must attend so please make sure you're in for then. The track opens at 09:30 for heads-up qualifying, and the bracket test run is at 10:00. Full running orders are in the event programme with which you'll be issued on arrival.

The track is scheduled to close at 18:00 on Saturday at which time heads-up qualifying will end, so make sure that you've recorded a time with which you're happy before then, especially in classes which aren't all run. The fire-up road will be closed shortly before that to allow us to finish on time so don't be disappointed if you've left it too late and are turned away. If you're not in the field at that point, and miss the cut-off, you'll be out.

Keep it safe – if you normally run in MSA / FIA competition you will be expected to have the same safety equipment with which you normally run, so make sure that you bring all of your kit.

Entries into the heads-up classes must record a time on Saturday to qualify for Sunday's eliminations, even if it's an all-run field.

Heads-up racers must attend the first round draw on in the announcement area at 18:30 on Saturday. You must at least send a team representative for the subsequent draws on Sunday.

Power will be turned on from Friday lunchtime.

Please be aware that you will need to sign on as usual.


Outlaw Street racer Simon Paul adds: "As we look forward to the Doorslammers I have found three dash plaques from the original Gary's Doorslammer Nationals at Santa Pod in 1985, 1986 and 1987).  I can't remember whether the 2½" square dash plaques were given away free or if I bought them. However an interesting piece of memorabilia from some great events from over thirty years ago. I hope that the new Doorslammers event will be as successful!"


SFI 61.1 turbochargers.
14th May: Geoff Martin of the UK Tech Team has been in touch to remind racers that of 20th Apri, SFI Spec 61.1 turbocharger certification life has been revised from one year to two years.

For more details see our news item of
27th March. If you have any queries then you can contact Geoff on ukchassis2@btinternet.com.

NSRA Nostalgia Nationals results.
14th May: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy 8.2122/163.07 def. Steve Wells 8.7097/154.68 DQ red light
Nostalgia Super Stock: Lee Chiles (10.90) 10.9973/117.01 def. James Oliver (9.74) 9.7530/135.68 DQ red light
Gasser Circus: Tim Holmes (10.70) 10.7966/112.63 def. Martyn Hallam (10.92) 11.0377/117.43
Tri Chevy Shootout: Rob Smallworth 8.7577/150.07 def. Graham Smith 10.0381/136.98

The Gasser Circus final was decided by 0.0010 seconds, which equated to 2.07 inches.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NSRA Nostalgia Nationals pit notes, pictures, qualifying and elimination results by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


NitrOlympX Sportsman fields reduced.
12th May:
NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey has been in touch with some important news about a reduction in Sportsman field sizes at this year's event on 17th-19th August:

Based on our past experience of time problems during our three day event, we are forced to reduce the number of entries which can be accepted for 2018. We can no longer accept almost 300 entries as in the past and risk losing finals or reducing the planed number of qualifying rounds. All Sportsman classes have been reduced as follows:

Class Qualifying Eliminations
Supertwin Gas 16 16
Funny Bike 10 8
Competition Eliminator 16 16
Super Comp 16 8
Super Gas 10 8
Pro ET 40 32
Super Pro ET 32 32
Junior Dragster 20 16

The standard entry fee until 27th July for all classes excepting Junior Dragster is €250. The new entry fee for Junior Dragster until 27th July is €30.

In order to ensure that we are accepting the best in each class, we are forced to strictly enforce our long-standing General Acceptance rule that two time slips must be submitted with your entry form. This rule has been in our Invitation for several years. Those racers with the best results based upon the time slips submitted with their entry forms, and transferring the entry fee, will be processed first. Entry acceptance and verification will take place via E-Mail as in the past.

We plan to have all our 2018 invitations, entry forms and racers' information on our web site at www.nitrolympx.de no later than mid-June.

We appreciate the racers' understanding our decision to make changes which we think will make our event even stronger, and which has been made in the interest of both racers and spectators.


Official: Shakespeare County Raceway closed.
10th May: Jerry Cookson has been in touch to confirm that the UK's Shakespeare County Raceway is officially closed:

It is with regret that I now have to inform the UK drag racing community that after 44 years as an operational drag strip there will be no more racing activities taking place at Long Marston Airfield's Shakespeare County Raceway. The owners of the airfield along with the tracks marshals and officials would like to thank everyone who over the years has supported the track since its very first national drag meet in 1973 by the National Drag Racing Club. Furthermore we would like to wish all the racers and fans every success for the future.

If any racers and supporters have caravans stored on site we ask that they please remove them from the airfield's storage area by the end of May. The removal of caravans can be made during any week day between the hours of 9.00 am and 6.00 pm or Saturdays between 9.00 am to 1.00pm. The airfield is closed on Sundays. Prior arrangement and pick up details can be made by calling Kenny on 07595 412482 or me on 07595 411079.

It's been a pleasure knowing everyone in my twelve or so years looking after the Raceway's interests, calling the races over the PA, and organising some great events, and I think I can safely speak for everyone who has been involved with the track since its early beginnings. I'll see you somewhere at the strip real soon.


50 years of John Woolfe Racing, Part 2.
10th May: Dave Riswick, CEO of Eurodragster.com sponsor
John Woolfe Racing, is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of involvement in drag racing as Easter 1968 marked the date of the first appearance of the JWR name and colours on a drag racing car. Below is the second of ten instalments of the story of John Woolfe Racing's involvement with our sport, this chapter starting in 1968. Mouse-over any picture for a caption:

The Elvington World Records Weekend which John attended in early October also presented an opportunity for him to watch Rex Sluggett's fuel dragster Tudor Rose set a new World Record with Dennis Priddle at the helm. John had never witnessed the shattering sound of a supercharged fuel dragster before. The sheer power of the 426 Keith Black Chrysler took his breath away.


This encounter in Yorkshire led John to consider how he could become more involved in drag racing. Before the paint had dried, I had rounded up some of the key people in the sport for him to have a get together with at his London flat to discuss the idea of locating a drag racing venue site much closer to London. In attendance was Dick Lawrence, Bernard Davies, Peter Billinton, Clive Skilton, Dennis Priddle, Mark Stratton, and myself. The meeting went well and everyone contributed to the discussions resulting in a job list for each constituent . John held a subsequent meeting between Rex Sluggett and Dennis Priddle during which John suggested that he take a financial interest in the continued running of the Tudor Rose Partnership.


In this year John Woolfe really changed my life and that of drag racing with the Hustler team. Once Woolfe was on board with drag racing he knew that he wanted more. About this time, my stint with the United States Air Force was almost finished and I was heading back to my West Coast roots.

John invited me down to London for talks about the future of his organisation and in doing so he proposed that I came back from America once I was free from the US Government and join him in managing John Woolfe Racing and the newly planned operation based on the A1 near St Neots, in Huntingdonshire. Having accepted the challenge of going into partnership with him, I was able to return to the UK in July and dive into a dream job and take up the opportunity of opening one of the first American style Speed Shops in the UK.


By the end of the year we held our Grand Opening of what became Pitstop Motors, the trading name to front the John Woolfe Racing workshops at the back of the petrol station site. I became an official petrol pump attendant for AMOCO petroleum. What a challenge, I didn't look back on this for many a year. So busy was I handing out quadruple Green Shield stamps!

John Woolfe was very active with the Roundy Round brigade and he left the drag racing to Mark Stratton and the Hustler team for 1969. John gave Mark the heads up to build a new drag racing machine. Mark was not idle and as the 1968 season drew to a close the development of John Woolfe Racing, drag racing style really took off.

Mark Stratton's profession was, of all things, button salesman. Yes, buttons. His father was the MD of a London based company specialising in this product and as a result Mark scaled the whole of the UK visiting large department stores. This gave him the chance to get to know where various drag racers hung out and Mark found himself in the north of the country visiting some of the early regional representatives appointed by John Bennett, Chairman of the British Drag Racing & Hot Rod Association.

One of the reps worked for Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, Staffordshire on the A5 and one day while visiting, the rep mentioned that Reliant just announced the launch of a new estate version of the Scimitar saloon, the Reliant Scimitar GTE. Well the next thing we knew there was this fibreglass GTE body sitting in Mark's driveway which mysteriously appeared one night in late November, compliments of Reliant.


It wasn't long before the Hustler boys gathered and began constructing one of the very first Funny Cars British Style. The Big Block Chevy from last season's BSA Scout now found a new home and a state of the art B&M Turbo Hydro Clutch transmission was ordered from California and by the early weeks of April the Reliant Scimitar GTE was débuted at the Pod for shakedown runs. It was a handful but showed great potential for the period. With the exception of Colin Mullen's Invader, nothing like it had arrived in drag racing and was an immediate sensation. Mark's wife Daphne christened the car Whistler.


John's chief mechanic Mike Treutlein was the first to drive it and after one run said it goes like hell but it doesn't have any brakes. Next, I took it out and did a couple of half-track runs and decided that Mike was right! It frightened me big time. I thought "This isn't for me" and there was Stratton smiling when we pushed it back into the pits. Teething troubles were soon resolved and a parachute was fitted that afternoon and so out I went again. This didn't make any real difference and I decided that it would take a much braver driver than me to make this work. No one else wanted to drive it so back to Mark's workshop and a major overhaul of the brake system was carried out.

We took it back to Santa Pod again for the early May meeting and there was Dennis Priddle mooching around the car. Having had an interesting chat, I said "Would you like to have a go at driving Whistler?". He smiled and signed on. He kept his foot in it and much to our surprise the car ran a respectable mid 11.00 second time at about 108 mph and Dennis actually managed to stop before the Reliant went into the pile of pig shit at the end of the runway. Whistler won the Top Competition place that day. But wait a minute there were only a couple of Jags running in that class. Well what the heck, we were all impressed and so was Dennis. That being settled I offered him the opportunity to drive the car again at the Whitsun meeting at the end of the month, and for everyone's efforts this day, Priddle and the Hustler team won a little trophy.

Mark had settled the car down and the Whistler was becoming predictable and Dennis appeared to be enjoying it. A few weeks later at the BDR&HRA's Big Go over the Whitsun weekend Dennis was back at the wheel, proving the car and himself worthy by winning Top Competition Altered with an ET of 11.35/122.

Less than two weeks later the whole world stopped.

In the opening lap of the 1969 Le Mans 24-hour race, John Woolfe crashed his Porsche 917. Having been thrown from the car, he died instantly. Everyone was in shock. All of us being so young found it difficult to cope with the reality that John who was only 37 years old was gone.


Things were going so well and then all of a sudden you realize just how fragile life really is. John died doing what he loved. He was put to rest at the Hoop Lane Synagogue Cemetery in Finchley, North London. This was so long ago and to this day it rings in my head... what if? What captures the time that has passed is summed up by explaining that this all happened before man set foot on the Moon.

Some weeks of down time and reflection took place before Arnold Burton, John's partner in the John Woolfe circuit racing side of things, visited Pitstop Motors and after lengthy discussions said that he wanted to carry on and felt that John would have wanted it this way.

Soon we were attempting to get back up and going again. However, it was difficult. But then the Swedish Hot Rod Association invited us to their 2nd International Drag Race meeting being held at Anderstorp Raceway on 26th-27th July. Whistler had clutch problems, however Dennis did manage to win the event and the Swedes loved the John Woolfe Whistler. Dennis was already a household name with the Swedish drag racing fraternity from driving Tudor Rose at their inaugural drag race meeting the year earlier.


Once back in the UK, Whistler was entered in the Woodvale, Merseyside drag race and was beaten by Hush Too, a Jag-powered altered which caught Dennis by surprise when Ed Gurney put a hole shot on him and won with a slower time. "He who snoozes loses", but not for long...


Dennis drove Whistler again at the 1969 August Bank Holiday meeting at Santa Pod, winning with a personal best of 10.58/129.99 against Fred Whittle's Shutdown. This signalled the last race in which Whistler competed. Dennis was presented with the Championship Trophy by Bob Phelps. I was impressed.


No Prep Nationals report.
10th May: As promised we have augmented our No Prep Nationals coverage with a report and second gallery kindly supplied by Bob Roberts.

You can check out No Prep Nationals report and galleries, which are presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Perfect ET Award continues.
8th May: We are pleased to announce that Vitesse Labelling Products will sponsor the Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award for the remainder of 2018.

The first of eight companies to offer to take up the Perfect ET Award, Vitesse Labelling Products is owned by Modurstang Pro ET racer and multiple UK National Sportsman ET Champion Al Platt and offers labelling services to small and large companies including those in the clothing, chemical, food and automotive industries as well as to the NHS, local authority and government. For more details visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk or call 0161 343 3383.

The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award will be awarded for the first run at an event +0.000 on index or dial-in and will start at £50. If not won at an event then the prize fund will be increased by £50 for the following event; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the following event.

To be eligible to win the Award, decals (right) must be carried, clearly visible, one on each side of the vehicle. If a Perfect ET is recorded without decals then there will be no argument, we will not pay out and the money will be awarded to the next racer to record a Perfect ET. Decals will be available in Signing On commencing with the FIA/FIM Main Event.

The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award will be available at the following events, all at Santa Pod Raceway:
  • FIA/FIM Main Event
  • SPRC Summernationals
  • Bug Jam
  • Redline Rumble (Championship bike classes)
  • FIA/FIM European Finals
  • UK National Finals
A big Thank You to Al and Linda Platt for their support of the Perfect ET Award and of Eurodragster.com.

We would also like to pay tribute again to Derek and Fiona Flynn of Gold RV for their long support of the Perfect Awards scheme and their continuing support of Eurodragster.com.


No Prep Nationals gallery.
8th May: Lee Huxley and Harrison Brown duked it out for the final of the headline event at yesterday's No Prep Nationals at Rockingham Drag Strip with Lee merging victorious in the eighth-mile flashlight-start race.

A report will follow shortly but you can check out a gallery of yesterday's events, which is presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Many thanks to Diana Macrae and Callum Pudge for their hard work and rapid turn-round of pictures.


Sisters make the finals.
7th May: UK Pro Stock Bike racer Bobby Frazier returns from Kunmadaras in Hungary with news of success for the family and for Shark Attack Racing:

Three UK Junior Drag Bike entrants made the trip to Hungary: Meggie, Blade Dummer and Liam Holgate. All three riders were a credit to their sport and represented the UK with smiles and professionalism. Meggie Talbot left Hungary with a new PB of 9.23 seconds, number one qualifier and victory in the first-ever round of the FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike Cup, beating Blade Dummer in a close-fought final. 


At the last minute I decided to take the Pro Stock Bike to test. Having never done a full pass my PB was originally 9.24 and I went into the weekend with no expectations other than a hope to get into the eights. After running an 8.47 I decided to enter the Hungarian Championship round in Competition Bike. An 8.48 and an 8.34 followed and then I ran an 8.13 to get into the final.

Unfortunately we lost in the final by the smallest of margins but to be runner-up never having made a full pass, and having gone in to the weekend expecting to leave in the high eights, we were more than happy with this result.

Meggie and I would like to thank all of our sponsors Eurol, Tijger Leathers, Bikers World, NGK and doyousee.me, and to thank all the crew at the Hungarian Drag Arena for a top weekend. Special thanks go to Rene van den Berg for making all of this possible and finally to Kerryanne van den Berg and Chris Hope.


Swift snippets.
7th May: Our sympathies to the family and friends of steam rocket pioneer François Gissy who was killed in an accident at the end of a high-speed run on his rocket bicycle at the weekend. François' world record speed of 333 kmh is likely to last a long time which makes a fine legacy.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday with hugs to Hayley Fyfe of the UK's Wrathchild Wild Bunch team who was a willing participant in this year's April Fool at the Festival of Power. Have a lovely day Hayley.


VHRA Vintage Nationals gallery.
7th May: The VHRA Vintage Nationals took place in beautiful weather at Santa Pod Raceway yesterday (Sunday). In association with John Woolfe Racing we have posted an end-day gallery which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettit has posted a fine highlights video of the event which you can check out on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RzktoV7sFQ.

Apologies for the audio problems with yesterday's webcast. The two exterior mics, which feed in the trackside sound, were hissing, popping and banging. We tried everything with the remote assistance of Julian of Nitro FM but nothing worked so we had to go with the PA feed which was mainly music. We have since had an idea of what may have been wrong but, whatever, we will sort it with Julian for this weekend's Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast of the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals.


OCS Group Open Day gallery.
5th May: Today's Open Day at the premises of OCS Group wasa joyful occasion which took place in glorious weather. It was attended by a large number of fine-looking cars as well as those in the workshops. The paint shop and dyno room were also open for inspection.

In association with
John Woolfe Racing we are pleased to bring you a gallery of 100 pictures courtesy of Kirstie and your News Editor. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

We are now in place at Santa Pod Raceway setting up the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam kit for tomorrow's webcast of the VHRA Vintage Nationals.


Garrett gives it up.
3rd May: UK Pro Modified racer Rick Garrett has announced that he has to retire from racing and that consequently his low six-second Willys is up for sale.

"I have had some great times with all the other racers, but unfortunately my racing days are over", Rick told Eurodragster.com. "The car has got to be sold due to work commitments. It really is quite an upsetting time but I have got to hang my boots up."

The Mauney-built carbon fibre-bodied Willys is up to spec and comes complete with 872 ci motor and a stack of spares. Rick's all-but-new tractor-trailer is also for sale. For full details check out Cars For Sale in our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.


Swift snippets.
3rd May: Many thanks to Andy Marrs for passing us the official Fast Show timing data. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Weekend event coverage.
3rd May: Eurodragster.com will be out and about this weekend to bring you event coverage in association with John Woolfe Racing.

We start with Saturday's OCS Group Open Day from which we will post a gallery late in the day.

We then move on to Santa Pod Raceway for Sunday's VHRA Vintage Nationals. The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line so long as the track is open, and we will post a gallery at the end of the day.

Finally a report of Monday's No Prep Nationals at Rockingham Drag Strip will be posted after the event is finished.

We will post direct Home Page links as appropriate over the weekend, but you will be able to reach our coverage of all of these events by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


FIA/FIM Main Event entry update.
1st May: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us the final version of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM Main Event, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-28th May and which is the first round of the FIA European Championships and the first and second rounds of the FIM European Championships as well as a UK and/or SPRC Championship round for Comp Eliminator, Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Super Comp, Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout 2018, Super Street, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster.

You can check out the Main Event entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Standard-rate entry has closed; entry now, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. If you have any queries about Main Event entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


North Weald petition opened.
1st May: Thanks to Damian Burke for passing on details of an on-line petition to Epping Council to reconsider their refusal to allow North Weald Drag Strip a licence for RWYB events this season.

As well as running tightly-organised and hugely popular events the organisers of racing at North Weald have for several years contributed in a major way towards the reduction of street racing in what is a very large catchment area. As ever there are probably other interests and motives about which we do not know but it is not an unfamiliar story that a single individual making enough fuss stops a race track operating despite majority support, and that is what has happened here.

If you would like to add your name to the petition to Epping Council then you can read more and sign by clicking here.


Swift snippets.
1st May: Our next - or, thanks to the weather, the first - scheduled Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast is from this Sunday's VHRA Vintage Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway. There will also be an end-day gallery presented in association with John Woolfe Racing.


Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us the usual preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, available if you are quick, plus bonus material exclusively for Eurodragster.com readers. Click on the images above for the PDF downloads.


No Prep entry update.
1st May: If you are planning on entering the Gearhead Garage No Prep Nationals, which is to be held at Rockingham Dragstrip this coming Monday (7th), then advance entry closes this Thursday. Paul Marston writes:

You can enter via Facebook on the Rockingham Dragstrip page, E-Mail pmracing@gmail.com, or call me for an entry form on 07831 650230. If you want to arrive on Sunday ready for Monday then you must pre-enter. After that we are happy to accept entries on the day for all classes - No Prep, Grudge or RWYB - and for cars, bikes and karts.

We must thank our sponsors who have been such a great help. Mick Pusey and Gearhead Garage for taking the title sponsorship and providing the commemorative T-Shirts to every No Prep and Grudge Competitor, lane sponsor and prize money from Comanche Racecars - a fair number of the entries come from their workshops. Lane sponsor Southern Rebel Speed Shop, again we appreciate all you help, and last but by no means least JT Construction who are sponsoring the trophies and has added another £500 to the prize fund for the winner of the No Prep Nationals. I am sure I speak for all the competitors when I say that we very much appreciate the support of the sponsors.

With more than twenty entries in No Prep Nationals 2 there is a prize pot of £1500 cash up for grabs for the winner. There is no favourite, no way of telling who is going to win. This is no prep, heads-up, eighth-mile, no time, no speed, flashlight start, Street Outlaw-style racing here in the UK. Come and watch history being made at Rockingham Dragstrip, the new home of no prep racing.

As most people now know the drag racing is just one part of the RD3 Event at Rockingham Motor Speedway on Monday. Also featured are drifting and track day testing on the National circuit, there is also a show'n'shine car show in the inner paddock. Spectator admission to all areas is £10 in advance and £12 on the gate. Gates open sharp at 08:00 and the track action starts at 09:00. Look forward to seeing you all there. Special thanks to Rockingham Motor Speedway for hosting us.



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