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2017 UK Champions.
24th September: Congratulations to this year's Champions in the UK:

MSA British Drag Racing Championship (Pro Modified): Andy Robinson
UK National Super Pro ET: Scott Hauser
UK National Pro ET: Team Dark Horse
UK National Sportsman ET: Andy Dibley
UK National Super Comp: Stu Doignie
UK National Super Gas: Stuart Doignie
UK National Super Street: Leigh Morris
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Billy Everitt
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Mark Todd

ACU Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt
ACU Pro Stock Bike: Len Paget
ACU Funny Bike: Alan Davies
ACU Comp Bike: Eddy Smiley
ACU Super Street Bike: Rick Stubbins
ACU Junior Drag Bike: Blade Dummer
UK National 8.50 Bike: Jake Mechaell
UK National 9.50 Bike: Richard Sawatzki
UK National ET Bike: Phil Pratt

VW Pro: James Gould
VW Sportsman: Holly Sanders
Wild Bunch Series: Team B'Sting
Wild Bunch Springbridge MSA Series: Bob Hawkins
Wild Bunch Spirit of Nostalgia Series: Team B'Sting
Nostalgia Super Stock: Tom Watkins
Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar


UK National Finals results.
24th September: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

MSA Pro Modified: Andy Robinson 5.9183/242.43 def. Marco Maurischat 6.2957/232.84
Comp Eliminator: Andy Hone (7.99) 7.3768/183.60 def. Rob Smallworth (7.99) 7.4807/178.48 DQ below chassis tag
Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET: Scott Hauser (7.62) 7.6440/166.03 def. Daniel Giles (7.42) 7.4171/177.81 DQ breakout
Modurstang Pro ET: Nic Williams (9.86) 9.8537/129.02 breakout def. Lee Huxley (9.45) 9.4196/141.62 DQ breakout
Sportsman ET: James Forster (12.00) 11.6283/117.93 def. Stephen Cherrett (17.95) 17.9894/76.30 DQ red light
Super Comp: Stu Doignie 8.9252/152.16 def. Collin Morrice 19.3686/41.51 DQ red light
Super Gas: Tim Adam 10.9579/108.33 def. Stu Doignie 12.5233/68.89 DQ red light
Super Street: Karen Stevens 10.9072/121.23 bye, Paul Marston no show
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Caitlin Wilson (8.83) 8.8440/71.91 def. Thomas Cook-Abbott (8.04) 8.0324/75.54 DQ breakout
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Mark Todd 7.9791/191.32 def. Al Williamson 9.0924/153.11
Wild Bunch: Bob Hawkins (6.66) 7.0324/143.90 def. Mick Gleadow (9.75) 15.9069/61.20 DQ out of bounds
VW Pro: Natalie Wood (12.60) 12.6016/15.64 def. James Gould (12.80) 12.9127/102.65
VW Sportsman: Paul Day (14.88) 14.9653/86.49 def. Lee Chisholm-Brown (16.70) 17.1188/77.46 DQ red light
Outlaw Flat Four: Start Dodgson 10.7560/133.72 def. Fredric Dussrt 11.3839/117.00
Nostalgia Super Stock: Guy King (9.53) 9.5637/130.59 def. Tom Watkins (9.57) 9.5503/143.36 DQ breakout

Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt 6.2452/185.52 bye, Rene van den Berg no show
Funny Bike: Allan Davies 7.4566/179.97 def. Phil Crossley 7.8393/164.87
Comp Bike: Mark Hope 7.5100/192.85 def. Eddy Smiley 7.7490/178.53
Super Street Bike: Rick Stubbins 7.0635/202.46 def. Graham Balchin 7.3618/198.99
8.50 Bike: Jay Roe 8.5229/149.07 def. Jake Mechaell 8.4686/155.80 DQ breakout
9.50 Bike: Garry Bowe 9.5405/137.28 def. Lewis Burgess 9.4600/139.10
ET Bike: Phil Pratt (9.01) 9.0498/148.64 def. Gary Hester (10.60) 10.7067/124.76
Junior Drag Bike: Blade Dummer (9.10) 9.1400/67.51 def. Meggie Talbot (10.50) 10.5128/59.11
Supertwin Gas: Jack Shook 10.0337/131.76 def. Alfie Udall 11.8128/76.03


UK National Finals coverage.
24th September: The Eurodragster.com team are at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you all the news from the UK National Finals in association with
John Woolfe Racing.

The plan for today is for the usual real-time reports and results, Championship updates courtesy of Simon (for which reason there will be no pit notes today), and an end-day gallery courtesy of Julian and DD. The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line both today and tomorrow broadcasting live video and commentary / Nitro FM audio so long as the track is open. The fine for waving at the webcam has been waived this weekend on condition that a donation is made to Bloodwise.

The order of business today is to settle this season's UK Championships; with big thanks to our own Simon for a late night doing sums those 2017 Championships which have already been settled going into today's eliminations are:
  • MSA British Drag Racing Championship (Pro Modified): Andy Robinson
  • UK National Pro ET: Team Dark Horse
  • UK National Sportsman ET: Andy Dibley
  • UK National Super Street: Leigh Morris
  • Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Billy Everitt
  • Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Mark Todd
  • ACU Pro Stock Bike: Len Paget
  • ACU Funny Bike: Allan Davies
Congratulations all.

You can check out our UK National Finals Event Index, which also includes links to the final official entry list and provisional running orders as well as a gallery from yesterday's Charity Football Match (which Highlander United won 4-3), yesterday's qualifying and Friday's All Torque Test Day, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Get Well Soon Jerry!
24th September: Chris Schreier has asked everyone to wish Shakespeare County Raceway's Promotions Manager and all-round good guy Jerry Cookson a speedy recovery after suffering a heart attack yesterday at Pistons and Props at Sywell Aerodrome.

"Jerry is on the road to recovery, but was going to be kept in Kettering General overnight", says Chris. "He is in high spirits considering the procedure and ordeal he has just been through, and has already mentioned the next race meeting at Shakey next weekend! Speedy recovery and see you back soon."

We'll second that; Get Well Soon Jerry and we look forward to seeing you fit and well very soon.


Swift snippets.
23rd September: We have four birthdays today. First up a very Happy 50th Birthday to timing guru, Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member and all-round good guy Andy Marrs. Also celebrating a 50th today is UK Bike Scrutineer and Steward Steve Johnson. Celebrating their birthdays but certainly not 50th are SPRC Chief Starter Ian Marshall and SPRC marshal Paul Marshall. Have a great day all.

Pipped by Spiderman.
23rd September: Following the huge disappointment of the rained-out Memphis event, multiple FIM European Top Fuel Bike Champion Ian King and the
Gulf Oil Drag Racing team made the long trip to the inaugural Galot Motorsports Park event in North Carolina with hopes for better luck than the season had provided to date. The venue was not only new to the US Championship calendar, but was unique in that it was an eighth-mile track rather than the typical quarter mile to which the team (and their class peers) were used.

However, despite the impressive new facility and accommodating track staff the hot and steamy weather conditions affected the ability of the track surface to cope with the 1500 HP monsters in the class, and as a new venue the teams struggled to find a base setting to exploit their full potential.


In the first pair Ian King was up against against Mitch Brown piloting the Denis Bradley Top Fuel Motorcycle. King was first away with a 0.146 reaction time Mitch responded with a 0.223 to put him behind the curve out of the gate. At the finish line King had extended his advantage over Brown with a 4.15 to 4.50 for Brown to take the win.

On the other side of the ladder US Champion Larry McBride had earned a bye-run and it was fortunate as he lit the tyre on the launch and had to get out of the throttle right away.


King had lane choice for the semi finals against McBride and a great drag race ensued with King losing traction immediately at the hit, and then chasing down McBride who also suffered loss of traction further down track. McBride's momentum at the later traction loss prevailed and he just pipped King at the stripe with a thrilling and oh-so-close 4.48 to King's 4.50.

The team move on to this weekend's next round at Rockingham Dragway, again in North Carolina with hope again for better weather conditions and a track on which they can exploit their full potential.

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.

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 2017 USA National Championship:

APE - The world's most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for drag bikes
Barnsdale Leisure – The UK's Premier Knaus Caravan dealer
Bell Helmets (UK) - The most iconic name in helmets, since 1954
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
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


Time to take a Gamble.
22nd September:
Shakespeare County Raceway's popular Bracket Gamblers series steps up a gear with the 3rd Annual Super Gamblers scheduled for next weekend's Autumn Madness Public Track Weekend (30th September-1st October). Jerry Cookson writes:

Open to all doorslammers whether race car or daily driver this once a year race has attracted many star names from the drag racing world as well as the Warwickshire track's regular bracketeers who race for fun!


Last year the Super Gamblers attracted the biggest entry to date, a healthy field of thirty four entries featuring some well known heavy hitters from the UK National Championship series. Lee Huxley from Team Dark Horse went rounds and eventually picked up last year's title and cash prize after taking out Dave Baldwin's Forty Below Austin A40. Among the usual muscle cars entries included a Tiger Cat kit car, K series Rover Metro, pick up trucks and an assortment of Jap cars.

Entry is £30, in addition to the usual admission and track fee, which automatically goes into the winners and runners up prize pot. Qualifying begins on Saturday followed by one or maybe two -hot qualifiers on Sunday for those who just want to race on Sunday. This will largely depend on the size of the entry.

Entry Forms are available from the Downloads page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk or can be completed on the day with your entry fee. Payment can also be made via Bacs from the details on the form or on the day.

In addition to the winners and runners up, supporters Rob Co. Tooling has pledged their support with prizes but there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available for product support.

It's promising to be a super weekend of racing in other classes too which also includes two days of RWYB, Outlaw Street, Classic Mini Rumble, the final round for the Supercharged Outlaws, a Wild Bunch Special and those mad crazy UK Drag Karts. Details can be found on the SCR web site or Facebook page. See you there!


Swift snippets.
22nd September: This seems to be the date upon which everyone who is anyone has a birthday. Ladies first and a big Happy Birthday to Crown Princess Emma Wray of Race Control, SPRC timekeeper Sharron Norris, SPRC marshal Becky Bashford and former Junior Dragster racer and still far too tall Belle Wheeler. Have a lovely day girls. Spencer, Jedd, Ray, Andrea and Vince asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to UK Pro Modified racer, race car builder and Eurodragster.com sponsor Chris Isaacs, and a big Happy Birthday also to UK Outlaw Anglia racer, hedonist and sybarite Colin Millar. Have a great day, guys.

Thanks to Robin Jackson for letting us know that a report of the Pro Modified action at the FIA / FIM European Finals is now available on the official MSA British Drag Racing Championship web site at www.msadragracing.co.uk.


KB sings the rainy day blues.
21st September: Trakbak Racing CEO and Santa Pod Raceway owner Keith Bartlett has been in touch with a message about the FIA / FIM European Finals:

The 2017 European Finals were rain affected on the three main days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is the first time for many, many years that the finals have been so rain affected over three days. We have in the past lost a day or half a day to rain - but three days of continuous on/off rain was a very big disappointment for everyone involved in the event from Trakbak Racing, the Promoter, all the track and race organisation crews and all the racers and race teams themselves - let alone our loyal and brilliant spectators.

Perhaps even more disappointing was the fact that we had such a great entry of race cars and bikes both in the Professional and Sportsman classes. When you add to that a special line up of Jet cars and exhibition vehicles for the Friday night show the weekend was full of promise.

Rain over the three days certainly put paid to the best laid plans of mice and men...

What can be said is the Santa Pod track crew are one of the best in the business – worldwide.

After hour upon hour of drying the track and, perhaps more importantly, working so hard to get the track back to a level where it was as good as before the rain, while dealing with track temperature swing and at the same time having this situation four or five times a day, demonstrates just how good the Santa Pod track crew really are. It was a very difficult weekend for everyone at Trakbak Racing and the SPRC. I feel that the whole organisation at Santa Pod is so far ahead of the game that at events where the weather is kind, or even good - we make our events and track organisation look very easy – the bottom line being the harder we work the easier it looks. I am very proud of my organisation at Santa Pod covering both Trakbak Racing and the SPRC. I must also add that the spectators at Santa Pod are also the best anywhere – loyal knowledgeable fans - who get it totally. They stayed out in the rain for over five hours on Friday, waiting for the Friday Night session. So many of the Professional drivers and riders are always telling me they love the spectators and fans at Santa Pod for their passion and understanding. I would second that any day of the year.

I can imagine how disappointed all our fans and spectators were when all the Top Fuel cars turned around and went back to the pits – having waited so long in the rain. My own view and that of the track crew is that the track was safe and did not have a wet surface at any point along its entire length - that was proven some thirty minutes later with the performance of Super Street Bike. However, with that said, we were all aware of the moisture levels in the air around that time, which can bring about moisture on the screens. This is of course a bigger problem for Pro Stock Car than Top Fuel Dragster. As I have always made clear any driver or rider is entitled not to drive if they consider the track to be dangerous and no promoter or organiser should ever try to challenge that. The outcome was sadly the fans who had waited patiently in the rain all day to see the Top Fuel cars in the evening, did not get to see them run. Let's be clear here, these are die-hard drag racing fans attending on Friday, who follow the sport and events religiously...

To all those drag racing fans, plus any new spectators, who were in attendance on Friday I am sorry that the Friday night session was not what it should have been – however we cannot beat the weather. I can fix most things in drag racing, but the weather remains out of my control – so far! The Friday night session will return in 2018 at the European Finals.

See you at the track in 2018.


2018 SPRC Dinner Dance.
21st September: Santa Pod Racers Club are pleased to announce their 2018 Dinner Dance Trophy Evening which takes place at 6:00 pm on Saturday, 27 January 2018 at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel, Daventry Road, Staverton, Daventry, NN11 6JT (
map). This event will present Champions and runners-up in the 2017 UK National Drag Racing Championship, MSA British Drag Racing Championship, Santa Pod Racers Club Championship and SPRC Perpetual Award winners

The arrangements for the SPRC Dinner Dance are as follows, with thanks to Yvonne Tramm:

A free drinks reception, hosted by Staverton Park, will take place between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm outside the County Suite serving bottled beers, glasses of wine and soft drinks for non-alcoholic drinkers and children only.

Proceedings will start prompt at 6:00 pm with trophy presentations to the 2017 SPRC Champions and runners-up. For this reason it is important that everyone is in their seats in the function room at 6:00 pm sharp as the presentation will not be held up for latecomers. If you miss your presentation then we will not be going back!

Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.

After dinner, the 2017 UK National Champions and runners-up will be presented with their trophies, followed by the 2017 MSA British Drag Racing Championship, and finally the 2017 SPRC Perpetual Award winners.

Tickets to the Dinner Dance are £35 per adult and £20 for under-12s, which includes a three-course meal plus tea / coffee and mints. An additional £1 per ticket should be added if paying by credit card (please note that we cannot take payment on American Express). If you wish to pay direct to the SPRC bank account then the details can be found on any event entry form or contact Yvonne Tramm (see below) and she will forward details.

The main meal for children will be chicken nuggets and chips followed by ice cream; please choose a starter for your child and also specify on the booking form that it is for a child.

If you have any special dietary requirements then please inform Yvonne Tramm at ytramm@africonnect.com and she will include them on the menu selection list for the hotel. Please do not approach the hotel yourself regarding special dietary requirements.

SPRC have negotiated a preferential rate for rooms in the hotel. These are priced at £79 for a single room and £89 for a double or twin room, including breakfast on Sunday morning. To book your room, please call the hotel on 01327 302002 quoting reference SANTA270118. Please do not try to book your room on-line as the electronic reservations system has been told that the entire hotel is booked for that evening, so your attempt at reservation will fail. Please note that SPRC have blocked-booked a number of rooms which will be available until 31st December, when any rooms not taken up will be put into general availability and the preferential rate will cease.

You can download the Dinner Dance booking form (PDF format) by clicking here. Please note that booking forms should be sent to Yvonne Tramm at the address specified on the form and not to the SPRC office.

If you have any queries about the Dinner Dance then please contact Yvonne Tramm, not the SPRC office, at ytramm@africonnect.com.


Anglias close 2017 in style.
21st September: 2017 Outlaw Anglia Champion Colin Millar has been in touch with an update after the Outlaws' final round of their twenty fifth anniversary season, which took place at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway:

What a show we put on (Agreed, apart from you not pulling your chute for Callum and I on Sunday morning Colin - Ed), twenty five Outlaw Anglias at the last event of our twenty fifth anniversary year. The weather report was not good for the weekend but as time drew near the forecast was improving. There was some track time for testing on Friday then a late start on Saturday on a challenging track. On Sunday the tables were turned with some sun and a breeze giving us a great track to race on.

The ladder was constructed from Championship points as we were unable to run a qualifier due to weather and circumstances outwith our control. We went into a sixteen-car eliminator with those teams who didn't manage to qualify tagging on the back to get some track time and push their cars hard.

Some fantastic racing was had with thrills and spills along the way, all of which can shortly be seen in the Hot Rod Drags race report on the Outlaw Anglia web site at www.outlawanglia.co.uk.

People say to us that drag racing is easy, just drive in a straight line, but both Phil Ginner Middleton and Pete Rollinson had other ideas which you can see from the picture at right which for me sums up Outlaw Anglia drag racing. The amazing picture comes with thanks to Helen and Dave at Zeon TV who have been collating footage throughout the Outlaw Anglia series and will have a fantastic DVD ready for you very soon. This is a one-off twenty fifth anniversary review which will never be repeated and which will be highly sought after.

I hope that everyone who watched us this year as a racer, crew member, fan, supporter or race official were really entertained by what is a fantastic group of people who love to race heads up but who all look after each other. Roll on next year!


Swift snippets.
21st September: Thanks to Bianca Booij for sending us an end-season review from Michel Tooren and the Pro Dutch Pro Modified team. You can check out the Dutch-language PDF by clicking here.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday with hugs to Stock / Super Stock racer Carla Pittau and with a manly handshake to Santa Pod Racers Club Chief Timekeeper and Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member Steve Horn. Have a great day both.


A busy season in the bag.
21st September: Pär Willén writes that Jimmy Ålund's season was a bit different from the norm:

This year Jimmy competed in two FIA drag racing classes. A full season in Pro Modified driving the Magnus Petersson-owned Old 51 Chevrolet, and three races in Finland and Sweden in his own Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro.

The season started out in good fashion for the rookie and car combination. #1 qualifier in Jimmy's first FIA Pro Modified event, the FIA / FIM Main Event in the UK, together with a five-second run in eliminations was an indication of things to come. Final eliminations were rained out and the Tierp Internationals in Sweden was up next with Jimmy in the points lead.

Jimmy raced both cars at Tierp and made history by being #1 qualifier in both Pro Mod and Pro Stock after the first day. In eliminations for Pro Mod, the Old 51 picked up two round wins and a 5.8-second time slip but mechanical issues led to an early exit with Jimmy in second place in the points. In Pro Stock Jimmy's was the fastest car on the grounds but Jimmy got into tyre shake in round one and was out of that event.

At the third event of the season, the FHRA Nitro Nationals in Finland, Jimmy was again in two cars, showing solid performances in both classes. #2 qualifier in Pro Mod and #1 in Pro Stock, setting both ends of the Alastaro track record. Another early exit in Pro Mod, overpowering the track in the quarter finals meant an exit and Jimmy left Alastaro in third place in the Championship. In Pro Stock, electrical issues in the semi-finals put an end to the weekend.

At race number four, the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim in Germany, the Old 51 team kept up their high performances in qualifying. #1 qualifier, a new Personal Best for speed, and quickest in all qualifying rounds. Jimmy ran quick and consistent but was taken out in the semis by reigning Pro Mod Champion Micke Gullqvist. That run was the quickest side-by-side Pro Mod pair in FIA history. The round wins made for enough points for Jimmy to regain second place in the standings.

Back to Sweden and Tierp Arena for Championship race number five. Jimmy was in both cars and this event also included the Swedish Pro Mod Championship. In Pro Mod qualifying Jimmy qualified #2 and also won the Swedish Pro Mod Championship. In Pro Stock Jimmy was #1 qualifier and had the best ET and speed of the event. On race day in Pro Mod Jimmy made three runs in the 5.8s and 5.9s but was stopped in the semis by Micke Gullqvist. Again, that pair recorded yet another best for the quickest side-by-side Pro Mod pair in FIA history. In Pro Stock Jimmy pulled out all the stops and took the event win with best ETs and speed in all rounds.

This made for an exciting season-ending event at Santa Pod Raceway's FIA / FIM European Finals. Jimmy was in second place in the FIA Pro Mod Championship with Micke Gullqvist too far ahead to catch, but The Netherlands' David Vegter was nipping at the heels of the Old 51 so second and third placings in the Championship were to be decided at this event. Rain ensued all day Friday. One qualifying round came about late in the evening but the dewpoint caused troubles for the Old 51: with too much moisture in the air the injector butterflies froze solid and the car was shut off.

The bad weather continued on Saturday with rain on and off all day. A lull in the weather allowed for one qualifying round, and Jimmy and the team made the best of it with yet another #1 qualifying run. Straight and solid, the only car in the fives that far, David in fourth place without any bonus points.

Raceday still had very touchy weather with rain delays but eliminations finally got under way. In E1 Jimmy launched the Old 51 with a solid Reaction Time, a straight run and took the win with the best Elapsed Time of the round. Quarter finals, another first off the line and a win. Semi-finals against David Vegter, Jimmy first to the sixty-foot beams but then things went awry with tyre shake sending the Old 51 all over the track and that was the last run of the 2017 season for the car. Well enough, Jimmy gathered all the points needed to stay ahead of David Vegter and ended runner-up in the very competitive FIA Pro Modified class.

"What a great season for a rookie, I'm very pleased with where we ended up" says Jimmy. "Swedish Champions and second in the FIA Pro Mod Championship behind seven-time FIA Pro Mod Champion Micke Gullqvist, 0.02 off the European best Elapsed Time, most number of #1 qualifiers this year and runs into the 5.8s. But be sure that Magnus Petersson and the whole crew are hardened veterans of this sport and obviously keep raising the ante in all aspects of tuning the Old 51 race car. Thank you very much for letting me be a part of the team". The Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro only raced at three events this year. "Yes, could have done better in all but we qualified #1 at two of the three races we attended and cleared the table with the event win at Tierp which was very satisfying, proving that we can go all-in for a whole event with that car", says Jimmy.

The big question, 2018? "It's way too early to say" says Jimmy. "The teamwork this season has been fantastic as is evidenced by the results, we now have to let the impressions and experiences of this year sink in for a while. So as not to cause any speculation, I'll go with "The future will show" for now".

Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrimålning and Exclusive Cars sponsor the Old 51 Pro Mod and the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro this season in addition to Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, Tradepac, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuesl and X Parts. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.

The first race of the 2018 FIA Drag Racing Championships takes place at the FIA / FIM Main Event, held at the historic drag strip Santa Pod Raceway in the UK, on 25th-28th May. Qualifying starts on Saturday morning, 26th May.


European Top Gas Round 5 review.
21st September: For the twenty fourth year Mosten-MC held the Mosten Race Days at Allingaboro in Denmark, an eighth-mile sprint as part of a motorcycle festival with live music. Eight thousand attended from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, and 180 bike and car racers contested the single-lane sprint including the European Top Gas Series. Herman Jolink writes:

The track was as always very well-prepared by Holger Dueholm and the Mosten-MC Team. It was a very nice meeting with a good track and good organisation and we were very lucky with the weather: no rain, nice and dry with some sunshine. There were eighteen Supertwin Top Gas racers and we had three qualifying runs, two on Friday and one on Saturday morning.


Final qualifying:
  1. Jorg Lymant D on 2622 V-Twin 5.027/231 kmh, first run was 6.356/208
  2. Cord Albers D on 2622 V-Twin 5.038/235, Cord's Crew Chief was Gerd Caspari who did not race himself
  3. Janne Malmberg S on 2600 two blower V-Twin 5.175/225, first run was 6.645/143. Between runs Janne put on new electrics and a rear sprocket. After Hockenheim he put on new piston rings as the E85 was washing oil away between the piston rings and the cylinder liners due to the blower pressure
  4. Frederik Schack DK on 2622 V-Twin 5.259/209, adjusting the fuel system with help from Kars van den Belt
  5. Herman Jolink NL on Ducati 1198 RS (1266) 5.392/207, first run 5.455 second run 5.392 and third run 5.422. The traction was improved so higher launch revs were set for the first round
  6. Anders Jensen DK on 2000 V-Twin with mechanical Turbo 5.680/195
  7. Olaf Menzi CH on 2622 V-Twin 5.710/158, Olaf had a lot of power but couldn't get it all down to the track
  8. Martin Bühler CH on 1600 V-Twin home made (ex-Otto Bauer) with mechanical Turbo 5.785/196 and a 5.8 run
    --- DNQ ---
  9. Jorg Braune D on 2000 V-Twin 6.000/180
  10. Horst Petersen D on 1340 V-Rod Destroyer 6.100/181
  11. Chris van Nimmen B on 2600 V-Twin 6.132/187
  12. Dirk Waterschoot B on 2000 V-Twin 6.214/179, a lot of smoke from his engine
  13. Sven-Ole Schleichert D on 1340 V-Rod Destroyer 6.318/174
  14. Maik Krüger D 1340 V-Rod Destroyer 6.325/175
  15. Janek Severa CR on 1040 Suzuki TL 6.386-177
  16. John Heinrich Hansen D on 2400 V-Twin 6.85/162
  17. Peter Niklas D on Turbo 1000 Honda 8.012/165
  18. Sascha Brodbeck CH on 1340 V-Rod Destroyer 10.559/61, problems with the gearbox
Marc van den Boer was at Mosten but when he started the motor a rocker arm broke, Bernd Foit had problems with his engine, and Mats Larsson had problems adjusting his fuel injection.

On Saturday afternoon the quickest eight Top Gas racers went into a Cannonball with the quickest eight riders in round one, the four quickest in round two, the the two quickest in the final session.

Round 1: Lymant 4.934/232, Albers 4.972/231, Malmberg 5.168/216, Jolink 5.385/203 kmh; out at this point Menzi 6.096/154, Bühler 7.094/178, Schack had problems with his gearbox, Jensen out on the start line.

Round 2: Albers 4.895/237, Lymant 5.164/218, Jolink 5.412/205, Malmberg had a broken rocker arm in the burnout.

Final result:
  1. Cord Albers D 4.735/242
  2. Jorg Lymant D 4.954/225, traction problems
  3. Herman Jolink NL 5.412/205, a little tyre spin in second gear
European Super Twin Top Gas Championship after five rounds:
  1. Lymant D 2180
  2. Malmberg S 1760
  3. Albers D 1570
  4. Schack DK 1515
  5. Jolink NL 1000
  6. Braune D 950
  7. Schleichert D 870
  8. Bühler CH 790
  9. Severa CR 740
  10. Menzi CH 730
  11. Caspari D 680
  12. Jensen DK 660
  13. Niklas D 550
  14. Waterschoot B 520
  15. Bernd Foit D 440
  16. Krüger D 420
  17. Bruun DK 300
  18. Foit D 300
Thank you Hans Jorgen Hitz and the Mosten MC Team.


Attention FIM Europe racers.
20th September: Palle Lind of the FIM Europe Drag Racing Commission has been in touch with an important message for FIM drag bike racers:

The annual FIM Europe Drag Racing Commission meeting takes place in Rome on 27th-28th October. Amongst the agenda items is changes to the 2018 regulations. Therere we kindly ask that if you have any suggestions for changes then please send them to me at
palle6913@gmail.com before Friday of next week, 29th September. Suggested changes should be clearly marked and accompanied by an explanation for the change request.

The FIM Europe Drag Racing Commission would like to thank everyine who participated in the Championships and Cup throughout 2017 season. It is appreciated. We would also like to congratulate the winners of the Championships and Cup, you all did a good and sportsmanlike job for the organisers, promoters and spectators.

Thanks to Palle for forwarding us the final standings in the 2017 FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships, which you can check out on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Oblivion gets unbent.
20th September: Crewman Pete Moore says that Matt Fuller is already at work on repairing his historic Oblivion Funny Car after its huge and unexpected wheelstand at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway on Sunday:


Matt already has the car up on stands. The tube front axle needs some time in the hydraulic press, we need to replace the Canton engine oil pan which took a it took a fair whack but the welds and seams didn't split - quality. We also need to rectify some front body damage and I suppose we'd better start looking at some wheelie bars!

Matt popped a small wheelie at the Nostalgia Nationals, and he was buzzing after receiving an NSRA Dirty Dozen at the Hot Rod Drags. After a couple of 10.0s at 134 mph he was after a nine to cap a brilliant weekend. Well the rest is history. As said above the wheelie was totally unexpected, but it'll be sorted. See you next year!


Extra Perfect Award funds for Bloodwise.
20th September: We are pleased to announce that there will be two Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Awards supporting Bloodwise on offer at this weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. Each Perfect ET Award will be £50, and for each Award won £50 will also be donated to Bloodwise by Derek and Fiona Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV.

"The additional Award and donations to Bloodwise are in memory of my father John, who recently died after a long battle with leukaemia", says Derek Flynn, "also in tribute to our dear Paula Marshall and to all of those who have bravely fought this terrible disease."

Together with the £50 Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award, £150 will be on offer to racers for perfect performance at this weekend's event.

The Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Awards supporting Bloodwise of 2 x £50 will be paid in cash to the first two racers this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index, and £50 will be donated to Bloodwise when each Award is won. The Perfect ET Award is available during qualifying or eliminations in Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Al's Gasser Super Gas Shootout 2017, 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.

If not won then both £50 Awards will be donated to Bloodwise in addition to the 2 x £50 donations. If one Award is won then the remaining £50 will be donated to Bloodwise in addition to the 2 x £50 donations. You can donate to Bloodwise yourself at www.bloodwise.org.uk or at the track this weekend.

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry Eurodragster.com / Bloodwise decals, one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull one of the event's first two Perfect ETs but are not carrying decals then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to pull a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Decals are available in the Signing On office.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Super Gas racer Jon Morton at the FIA / FIM European Finals. The Award will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds in competition. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available in the Signing On office or from the Eurodragster.com staff.


UK National Finals racer update.
19th September: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for this week's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Friday 22nd September
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
08:30 Signing On opens for All Torque Test Day participants
10:00 Signing On opens for UK National Finals participants
10:00 Car scrutineering commences, no specific order:
Car scrutineering details
10:00 Bike scrutineering commences, no specific order: Bike scrutineering details

Saturday 23rd September
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Car scrutineering commences: Car scrutineering details
07:00 Bike scrutineering commences: Bike scrutineering details
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Sunday 24th September
07:30 Signing On office opens
07:30 Scrutineering opens
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.

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 Perfect Award money.


2017 UK Championship outcomes.
19th September: This weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway is the final round of all UK National Championship car and ACU Drag Bike classes, as well as MSA British Drag Racing Championship (Pro Modified) and Volkswagen Drag Racing Club. Simon, who with Yvonne Tramm co-ordinates the UK National Championship points, has provided the following analysis of Championship outcomes:

In MSA Pro Modified, Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson leads Bobby Wallace by 95 points. With nine entries, a maximum of 103 points are available including all-rounds bonus and Low ET. So Andy only needs to qualify to secure the Championship. Bobby is 25 points ahead of BA Racing (Andy Wright) and needs to qualify better and go more than a round further than Andy to defend his second place.

Conrad Stanley leads Super Comp with a margin of 90 points over Collin Morrice, less than a round of racing. Collin is ahead of Leah Kellett by 70 points and Leah is ahead of Stu Doignie by 30 points. So we are anticipating quite a battle in Super Comp. With nine cars entered, 730 points are available.

Super Gas is led by Stuart Doignie with newcomer Andy Harrison 580 points behind. Andy would have to have a lot of lucky breaks to beat Stuart to the title with 730 points available. Andy is the only class racer to have the 200 point bonus for attending all rounds which makes his second position safer, but should still watch out for Jon Giles (250 points behind including bonus) and Jon Morton (a further 80 points back) as either of these could catch Andy if they win the event and qualify better.

Congratulations to Leigh Morris in Super Street who has a 760 point advantage over Team Paul Marston Racing (Paul Marston in the car at the National Finals) and 480 points being available. So Leigh is Champion-elect and this is his sixth National title. Paul Marston has only a 10-point lead over Dave Cherrett so these two will be having a tussle to get second place.

In Super Pro ET there are 960 points available. Twice category Champion Scott Hauser has a lead of 150 points over Brad Jackson. With an entry of twenty two, Brad could make the difference up in qualifying, or by going a couple of rounds ahead of Scott. Joe Kellett in third place and John Przybyl in fourth both lack the 200 points all-round bonus so a 220 point deficit for Joe is 420 in practice with John a further 170 points back. So it looks like Scott or Brad.

Team Dark Horse have a 700 point advantage in Pro ET over second-placed Mike Lacey with 980 points available. So Brian and Lee Huxley are close to tying up a fifth National Championship. There are several drivers within 500 points of second-placed Mike Lacey - Lee Guy is 120 points behind, SPR's own James Forster 90 points further back, Leigh Morris 10 points further back. So as in previous years, Pro ET will be one of the most exciting Championship finales.

In Sportsman ET, too, there is a large gap at the very top and then the next few are very close. Leading the class is 2016 Champion Andy Dibley who is 590 points ahead of Felicity Gibbs. He needs to win three rounds, or qualify well and win two rounds, to secure the title. Elaine Hancock, Holly Sanders, Alan Medley, Gill Medley, our Eurodragster.com colleague Kirstie Tramm and Chris Creswell are less than two rounds behind Felicity.

Mark Todd has tied up his second Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator Championship in three years, besting Al Williamson with a lead of 910 points plus 200 all-rounds bonus. With a maximum of 590 points available congratulations to Mark. Al Williamson is relatively safe in second place as third- and fourth-placed Alex McIntosh and Joe Stevens aren't able to attend.

In Lucas Oil Junior Dragster Billy Everitt has a margin of 910 points over second-placed Jordan Payne. With 30 cars entered for the National Finals a total of 1040 points will be up for grabs. Whilst Jordan has a mathematical chance to overcome Billy's lead, it is quite unlikely that Billy would have enough problems for Jordan to win. Billy needs to win one round of racing to confirm his Championship. Jordan is 250 points ahead of Thomas Cook-Abbott. Thomas must qualify six positions ahead of Jordan and go two rounds further or win the event to become runner-up.

VW Pro is closer than many other classes. James Gould is 280 points ahead of Ed Keech who with 740 points available could gain the lead. James needs get to the semi finals to secure the Championship and Ed needs to to qualify well, get to the final round and James to go out in round one to take the title. Holly Sanders is in the lead in VW Sportsman by 450 points from Frances and Tom Herbert. Andy Voce and Official Eurodragster.com Epithet Generator Polly Judge are a further 50 and 20 more points back respectively. Twenty one cars are entered meaning that 950 points are available. So Holly needs to qualify well and get to the semi-final to secure the title, and Frances and Tom need to get to the final round and qualify well to take the Championship.

In UK Nostalgia Superstock Tom Watkins is leading the class Championship going into this final race by 380 points from his sister Amy Watkins who is a further 140 points behind. With nine entered, 730 points are up for grabs so Tom should qualify well and go two rounds to get the title whereas Amy could take it with good qualifying and a semi final finish if Tom goes out early and qualifies towards the bottom.

Outlaw Anglia was formally decided at the weekend's NSRA Hot Rod Drags and congratulations to Colin Millar in winning his first title.

Steve Woollatt, 2017 Inductee to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, leads ACU Top Fuel Bike by 320 points. With four bikes entered, 390 points are available including bonuses. So Steve just has to sign on to secure the title. Other contenders Neil Midgley and Rene van den Berg have a 20 point gap between them, are both entered and either of them can get the runner-up trophy.

In ACU Funny Bike, Allan Davies has a lead of 400 points over 2016 Champion Phil Crossley. Whilst nine bikes are entered, third-placed Eric Richard has said he will miss the event as his bike needs repair after he departed from it at the Euro Finals. Consequently with 540 points available, qualifying fifth or better will be enough to secure Allan the Championship.

ACU Pro Stock Bike only has one entry, so Len Paget is provisional Champion with a lead of 330 points over runner-up Ian Burns, so congratulations to Len.

In ACU Comp Bike, Eddie Smiley leads Mick Winyard by 315 points and 710 points are available with a bumper field of sixteen bikes. Eddie needs to qualify in the top half of the table and get two round wins to secure the Championship. If Eddie goes out first round then Mick would need to get to the semi final and qualify well to make up the deficit. Sean Mills is only 50 points behind Mike and could reap the rewards if Eddie and Mick unexpectedly stumble.

Rick Stubbins could add to his 2017 FIM European title with the ACU Super Street Bike Championship as he is leading Graham Balchin by 95 points, less than one round of racing. Qualifying should be exciting with sixteen bikes and a spread of qualifying of 160 points top to bottom. Pete Field is only 110 points further back from Graham.

In 8.50 Bike, it is very close at the top with Jake Mechaell leading Ian Crichlow by only 30 points. Third-placed Andy Haley is 800 points further behind, so it really is between Jake and Ian with ten bikes entered.

Multiple Champion Richard Sawatzki leads Lewis Burgess in 9.50 Bike by 210 points, 410 after all-race bonus is added. 620 points are available and Richard will have to win a round to secure the Championship.

ACU Junior Drag Bike has had reduced fields but the quality of racing has been as good as ever. Blade Dummer is leading the Championship by 180 points from Liam Holgate. 350 points are available and Blade will need to win just one round to secure the title. If Blade goes out in round one, Liam will need to win the event to take the title.

Finally, ET Bike has had large fields of varying types of bikes with close racing, surely a recipe for drag racing success. Phil Pratt is the points leader with a margin over Gary Hester of 770 points, 570 after all-race bonus is applied. Thirteen bikes have entered meaning, coincidentally, that 770 points are available. Phil needs to qualify better than Gary and finish to two rounds ahead of him to win the title.

The post-FIA / FIM European Finals UK National and SPRC Championship standings are now available on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. ACU UK Drag Bike Championship points are available on the King Racing web site at www.kingracing.com.

Eurodragster.com will be covering the UK National Finals, as well as Friday's All Torque Test Day, in association with John Woolfe Racing, with Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast on all three days. You can check out our UK National Finals Event Index, which includes a link to the updated final 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.


Wild Bunch Finals preview.
19th September: Race Co-ordinator Claire Meaddows writes that the UK's Wild Bunch are really looking forward this weekend's UK National Finals, at which there will be a field of seven cars competing:

This event will be the finale of the Wild Bunch Series. Bob Morgan and Andrew Murphy sharing the driving in the B-Sting altered have already won the Wild Bunch Series for this season, their second-ever win. Jim Tanner in his Shindigger slingshot has already secured second place, his first ever Top 4 finish in Wild Bunch. Darryl Howells in the Chemical Reaction slingshot in fifth place and Keith Crampton in the Soul Town Shaker slingshot in sixth both have a good chance of moving in to the Top 4 with a round win.

The event is also the tenth and final round of the Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge Series, which takes place over four MSA events and six RWYB events. Team B-Sting have already secured the Challenge win with a couple of events in hand! Jim Tanner is currently in second place. There is only one point in it between third-placed Darryl Howells, fourth-placed Phil James and fifth-placed Terry Clifford in the Ratcatcher Resurrection slingshot, with Keith Crampton not far behind. Any of these last four drivers can finish in the Top 4.

Also, the club's four-round Springbridge MSA Challenge Series concludes this weekend. The Club would like to thank sponsors Springbridge Direct Limited for their continued and valued support of the Series. The Challenge is currently led by Phil James with a one-round lead over Tom Hawkins in Time Traveller I (which was sold earlier in the year).   He in turn is one round ahead of dad Bob Hawkins in Time Traveller II, who is only two qualifying places ahead of Terry Clifford. Phil, Bob or Terry can take the win in the Challenge at this event with a good result. The Series winner earns the Springbridge MSA Challenge Cup and one free MSA event entry for 2018.

Many Congratulations to Phil James who has won the APIRA Series after finishing runner-up for the last two seasons and to Terry Clifford who is runner-up. Congratulations again to Terry Clifford who has won the Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series, and to runner-up Keith Crampton, third-placed Phil James and fourth-placed Team B-Sting. Well done all!

The competition this coming weekend should promise some more close racing in the Bunch. Can current Wild Bunch #1 Keith Crampton move back on up into the Top 4 in his Soul Town Shaker slingshot and earn another event win and more trophies? Will super-consistent Bob Morgan consolidate the team's massive lead and notch up another win for the B-Sting team? Can Terry Clifford run close to dial-in and show more good form and move in to the Top 4 in a couple more Series in his Ratcatcher Resurrection slingshot? Will Phil James hold on to the lead and take the title in the Springbridge MSA Challenge for the third year in a row in the Rampage Funny Car? Can Darryl Howells get the car repaired and put in some more great mid eight-second passes in his Chemical Reaction slingshot and go further up the rankings in the Wild Bunch and Spirit of Nostalgia Series? Will Mick Gleadow quickly get a handle on his new Jurassic Parts II slingshot and run some PBs and get amongst the winners? Can quickest-ever Wild Buncher Bob Hawkins set more WB records in his flaming six-second Time Traveller II slingshot and show his usual consistent form and emerge the winner of the Springbridge MSA Challenge for the first time?! We can’t wait for Sunday, Sunday, Sunday to find out! Best of luck to all the teams!

Huge thanks to all the marshals, officials and track and safety crews at Santa Pod Raceway for all their hard work over the coming weekend and indeed all year long. Big thanks to the Eurodragster.com team for the always-excellent event coverage (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed for the team). Results and news from previous Wild Bunch events can be found on the Club's web site at www.the-wild-bunch.co.uk.


Miss Billie's successful new ride.
19th September: Following a brief hiatus John and Nicole Parker (aka Billy and Li'll Miss Billie) took their new-to-them Chevy Nova to the APIRA Open Sport Nationals and cleaned house in Pro ET. John writes:

After a few seasons of trying to compete in Pro ET with Nicole's stick, Small Block blown Fox Mustang we decided with mixed feelings to let go the old Cidertown Hustler and get one of those Big Block and 'Glide cars which kept beating us. Des Taylor's Motown Gold car fitted the bill and following a day trip to Huddersfield with the ramp truck in May of last year we dropped it in to Zanntec for Zane to confirm that it had all the makings of a car with which we could double duty in Pro ET and Super Street.

There's some history with ex-Des Taylor cars as my first dedicated race car was the ex-Des, and ex-many more by the time we got it, Pinto running at Avon Park back in 1990.

We tested at the Pod and Shakey and then spent the winter changing the Nova from Des' old car to Nicole's new one. A refresh turned into a restoration: thanks to Roger Carbin for untold hours of toil getting the body sorted and to Charlie and Ade at Charlie's Classic and Custom Body and Paint for a quality finish. It's a fact that this car has enjoyed six paint schemes during its life yet at no time previously did anybody remove the trim on the passenger front fender and paint under it!

The engine is a BBC 454 with some Jeff Bull heritage which I am told used to run in a Ford Prefect Super Gas car back in the 1990s.

Nicole's expanding business dictates that we'll have to pick and choose our meetings, and an all-out assault on the Championship isn't part of the plan, but now we have a Nostalgia car we hope to take in some lifestyle events as well next season. See you at the track.


Sportsmanship decides the title.
19th September: Thanks to Dale Leeks for sending us an update from the UK's Warpspeed Racing drag bike team:

What a year for the team. Team Manager Stuart Crane finished off the year number two in the European Top Fuel Bike Championship, narrowly missing out on first place in a very interesting final round. At the beginning of the meeting Stuart was trailing Rikard Gustafsson in the points and the number one spot looked to be out of reach but due to bad weather, a one-shot qualifier and mechanical failure (chain breakage) on Rikard's Top Fuel Bike Rikard failed to qualify for eliminations. Now all Stuart needed to do was win the event to take the Championship from Rikard.

In E1 Stuart faced Fast Fil, and Stuart's team mate Dale Leeks would be taking on Top Fuel veteran Steve Woollatt. First up was Leeks and Woolatt; Leeks knew he would have to cut a light on Woollatt to even stand a chance of advancing a round, but there was no out-reacting Steve as he pulled a red light handing the win to Dale. Dale was to advance to his first European Topfuel Bike final. The next pair was Fil and Stuart. Stu stormed away from the start line with a stonking front half, Fast Fil had a poor launch and was off the gas and Stuart was heading for the win when the cam shaft decided to exit the bike, punching a hole in the cam cover at 1000 feet. Stuart was off the gas but a huge fire built around him in the shutdown area forcing him to stand up on the bodywork at 170 mph to get away from the heat. Stuart did well to stay on and bring the bike to a stop in the shutdown area. Stuart's team mate Dale watched Stu come round the corner at the top end on fire but Santa Pod's safety crew were quickly on hand to extinguish it.

At this time Stuart was unaware that he had run a huge PB of 6.81 losing drive at 1000 feet, making Stuart the quickest British nitrous rider in history - something for which he had aimed for a long while and off which he had never taken his eye.

So it was lined up to be an all-Warpspeed Racing final. The giants had fallen to the nitrous bikes of Warpspeed Racing and at this point we imagine that Rikard was on the edge of his seat. Regrouping in the pits, Stuart had the option of loading a new motor and some skeleton wiring and team mate Dale could declare broke and not show for the final. Then Stuart would take the light for the win and take the number one plate in FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike. Many suggested it, but for us at Warpspeed that is not racing, and that was not the way we wanted to win a Championship. So under team orders Dale went to the start line to take the win light and end Rikard's anticipation to confirm his Championship win.

From everyone at Warpspeed Racing we would like to congratulate Rikard and Team on their Championship win and we look forward to racing with you again next year. And congratulations Dale, after only qualifying to run with the big dogs on his last run at the NitrOlympX with a 6.992 (making Dale the third quickest Nitrous rider in Britain), last man standing and took the win in the Top Fuel Bike final.

Mark Smith has finally got over long-standing setbacks and is back in the seven-second zone on the Pro Stock Bike. We will be looking to push this bike harder next season and with a new number one engine in the planning we hope to put this bike where it should be.

Stuart's bike is already stripped completely to inspect the damage and rebuild over the off season. Now the real work starts to improve the bikes over the winter and I'm sure that more PBs will be smashed by the team next year.

As always we would like to thank our long-standing sponsors MPM Oil, Upperton Racing, TW Metals, Draper Tools and Acorn Plating for their long support, and also a big thanks to all the team who make racing possible - without them we would not be able to do it as these bikes don't get themselves ready whilst Dale is in his pool.


The European Finals win.
19th September: Paul Marston Racing attended the FIA /FIM European Finals in force with a strong driver lineup, which included Martin Curbishley in Super Comp, with Fix Auto Penzance as primary sponsor in the Miller four-link dragster, Mick Howling in Super Pro ET, the American branch of PMR ex-pat Tony Morris who flew in from Florida to compete in Super Gas in the PMR 100% Whoopass Monza, and Paul himself in Super Street. Paul writes:

As we all know the event was greatly affected by the weather and we would collectively like to express our appreciation for all the very hard work put in by all the SPRC and Santa Pod crew and management over the event. Tough decisions were having to be made on a daily basis and selfless acts of hard work certainly did not go unnoticed. The mantle of being the best organisation in Europe was certainly lived up to at the FIA European Finals where everything which was humanly possible was done to try to get the event finished.

All of the PMR drivers qualified strongly and due to some comprehensive and detailed preparation there were very few issues with the race cars. This event is always a real test both for the equipment and for the PMR crew. On Sportsman Thursday, twenty qualifying passes were split between two race cars and the PMR crew really had their work cut out for them. As did the drivers: with only Sportsman classes qualifying, you are nearly always on the move and the drivers have to buddy up to maximise their chances of qualifying well. Sharing information and data is key to ensure that the pooled resources net the best results.

I was once again into eliminations on Thursday with this exciting new format which is currently being trialled in Super Street. There are just two qualifiers then into eliminations, for Super Street with the three rounds of eliminations the whole race is completed on Thursday. I was runner-up to Leigh Morris in a real squeaker of a final in which I took the stripe by 0.004 only to break out by 0.0016. Without interference from the weather there would have been a second qualifying session commencing Friday and a second elimination, so effectively two races at one event.

Unfortunately, same as at the FIA / FIM Main Event where I beat Dave Cherrett in Super Street 1, this class again had the only Sportsman elimination to be was completed because of the weather.

It was great to see our good friend, Florida-based ex-pat Tony Morris, who as ever kept himself busy helping out other teams with software issues, carburettor advice and tuning. Tony converted another one of our BLP alcohol carbs over to the latest Mark Whitner of Lightning Carburettors spec, which crispens up throttle response and helps warm-up times. These carbs are also very good with throttle stop racing as they help the motor accelerate a lot cleaner when coming off of the throttle stop. On our 100% Whoopass Monza we gained four miles per hour terminal speed when running in Super Gas. For more details please contact Tony or Mark via Facebook or stop by and talk to me in the PMR pits.

It was also nice to meet Martin Curbishley's sponsors from Fix Auto Penzance, who made a special trip up to see for themselves what Santa Pod Raceway and drag racing has to offer. Despite the weather I think they were impressed with the crowds and enjoyed the event, so we hope to see more of them in the coming season.

Special thanks go out to all the PMR crew from all the drivers: the Crewchief, Dave Gibbons, Sefton Whitlock, Lisa Farmer, and Lee and Aaron Springford. Last but not least all the fans and friends who passed by over the weekend and of course Eurodragster.com for keeping us all so well-informed (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed).


Hot pipes at the Reunion.
19th September: Chris Murty has been in touch with a report of the Hot Rod Reunion weekend at York Raceway:

Saturday was set aside for RWYB and with plenty of track time available we had over ninety drivers signed on. We had over four hundred runs with many people getting more than twenty runs. The highlight was when Darkside Developments smashed the track record for FWD with a 10.59 in a diesel-powered Seat Arosa. As the RWYB day visitors left at the end of the day, the pits were swelling ready for our 6th Hot Rod Reunion and 40th Birthday celebrations. The conditions were excellent, the pits were full, and with most opting to run in two Championships we had a lot to get in and a lot to report.

On both Sunday and Monday, we were treated to an epic race between Robin Read's nitro Daimler dragster and Roger Goring's Firestorm Jet Funny Car. The jet gets up to its ear-splitting full volume which was remarkably drowned out by Robin doing one of his signature burnouts. Bangs on the re-heat from Roger as the thrust-driven car crept to pre-stage. Robin now backed up pulling the pin from the chutes, both cars pre-staged, staged, green, and an explosion of eight nitro cylinders and full re-heat going head-to-head down the track. The most thrilling part was how closely-matched these cars were despite them being so radically different from each other. Robin took the best of three shootout; there are couple of videos on our Facebook feed, please check them out although they will never do it justice.


In American Super Stock, Lee Chiles took the Round 7 win but had to retire on Monday. Current Championship leader Dave Billadeau took full advantage, taking the Round 8 win. In Pro ET, the winning form continued for Lee Chiles taking the Round 7 win. Vic Parsons took the Round 8 win. In Sportsman ET, James Murray won Round 7, and Andy Taylor won Round 8.

Super Cup had its most entries for a long time including a return to the track for Spencer Tidswell running consistently in the eights whilst some of the faster cars faster struggled with breakages. But consistency is the key and Spencer took the double win. In Volkstock, beginners luck won Martin Oliver the Round 8 win, Andy Taylor winning Round 9. In JDM-DRC, Championship leader Shaun Rounthwaite won Round 8, Peter Richardson winning Round 9. In PRO FWD, Lee Openshaw won Round 8 and Peter Richardson Round 9.

Thank you to everyone who has done their own fundraising: Megan Wilson for the cake sale, Jeni and Saffi for the raffle and Ashley Dale for selling prints with the proceeds going to the Save York Raceway pot. If you enjoyed this weekend and want to have more weekends like it for the next ten years then please, please donate. We need to raise the money to redevelop the site and secure it as a drag racing venue for the next ten years at least. You can donate on our crowdfunding page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/york-raceway, direct to the Pennine Drag Racing Club at pdrc@btinternet.com, or for sponsorship opportunities please E-Mail info@yorkraceway.org.uk.


Web site updates.
19th September: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the mid-August Saturday Night Special at Santa Pod Raceway which included a round of Outlaw Street. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.

Paul Bryan has posted nearly 140 pictures from the weekend's NSRA Hot Rod Drags on his Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/paulbryan_photopedia.


Racers v SPR/SPRC 2017: You can help.
18th September: Sam Lewis has been in touch with an update on this weekend's Racers v SPR / SPRC football match at Santa Pod Raceway supporting
Bloodwise in memory of Paula Marshall, including ways in which you can help:

Craig Wright and I started getting our head together whilst we were away racing in Hockenheim. Once we were back from a great time away, we set up our annual Bloodwise Charity Page on Facebook to start to let everyone know the basics of the football match at the National Finals.

The reason behind this news item is to say a massive Thank You to everyone who has shown unbelievable levels of generosity by donating prizes for the auction at the National Finals. "True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share"

Craig and I would love to say personally to everyone who has donated for this fantastic event we are holding at Santa Pod Raceway that we have been so honoured with the support we have had from everyone in the drag racing community. We really have the best drag racing family in the world. We want to let you know from the deepest of heart we love you all and we appreciate everything you have done.
  • Thank you Donna Giles for setting up the Just Giving charity donation page on the internet. You can donate by clicking here.

  • Thank you Nic and Dan Williams at OCS Group are offering a day including set-up time on the Williams Bros Racing Superflow Engine Dyno.

    Thank you Bonnie Wallace who has very kindly offered to make a spectacular cake.

  • Thank you Lee Webb who unbelievably donated his treasured, signed piston, signed by none other than the legend that is John Force and is from John's motor from Dallas last year!

  • Thank you Alix Williams for an inspiring, moving and emotional story which made Craig and I cry: "I would like to donate to the auction please. This is something close to me and my family. My auntie died from leukaemia and my dad gave bone marrow to her. So my family business BSI Transport Ltd would like to pay for a year's race entry for the following events in 2018:

    • Festival of Power
    • FIA / FIA Main Event
    • SPRC Summernationals
    • FIA / FIM European Finals
    • UK National Finals

  • Thank you Barry Sheavills for donating a signed conrod from the motor that was in his car on that historic pass when he was the first driver in Europe to 300 mph.

  • Thank you Nigel Hale who has put forward a passenger ride up the track in his legendary Chevy Truck at this year's Flame and Thunder Show at Santa Pod Raceway.

  • Thank you Santa Pod Raceway for two VIP Hospitality Tickets to the Flame and Thunder Show. This mega prize is valued just shy of £350!

  • Thank you Anais Shepherd and Yam Borghini for donating the unreal package of a ticket for the last meeting of the year at Hal-Far Raceway on Malta. Fly with a very large group of UK racers and teams from Gatwick at 07:20 on Thursday 16th November and return at 16:30 on Monday 20th. This is an all-inclusive break so that's flights and accommodation sorted and the highest bidder will be with the gang, staying in St Julians, right next to the night life.

  • Thank you Pat Weidman who has offered to design, make and send out two hundred A6 hero / postcards of their choice to the highest bidder; normal price €120.

  • Thank you to Europe's newest and youngest Top Fuel Dragster driver Maja Udtian who has obviously seen how well our engine parts are doing, so is offering a signed piston and rod from the licencing passes at Tierp Arena during which the engine let go.
There are many more prizes which have been donated for various teams and companies. The bidding for these will start at half time during the football match. We would like to say thank you to following people who have donated: David Downes, Paul Watson, Emma Doyley, Ethan Lisle, Simon Innes, Stefani Kate Fisher and Robert Day. We would also like to say a big thank you to Santa Pod Raceway for supplying some alcohol for the match. I'm sure it will be an entertaining night.

A Massive thank you goes to Craig Wright for all the status and updates for all the prizes on Facebook. I have tried helping with sharing and updating myself but I have been busy organising the background parts of the events.

Thank you for everything everyone.

If you are going to be at the National Finals then we shall see you throughout the meeting and but if you can't make it then please help us out and bump the figure up before the National Finals. You can donate at the JustGiving page. or donate £10 by texting SPRF50 to 70070.

In 2014 it was 4-2 to Highlander Utd; in 2015 6-1; in 2016 was 4-1. 2017... ? What a night it is going to be!


NSRA Hot Rod Drags galleries.
18th September: Eurodragster.com attended the weekend's NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway and we were and are pleased to present two daily galleries courtesy of Grace, Diana Macrae and Tog in association with John Woolfe Racing.

You can check out our NSRA Hot Rod Drags 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.

We would like to say a big Thank You to Maikel Gloudemans of our streaming service supplier Doyousee.me and to Wayne Schreier of APIRA's Tech Crew for their help, advice and suggestions after the PC which runs the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam refused to boot first thing on Saturday morning. It was a lively couple of hours but it got sorted.

Please also join Tog in thanking Grace and Diana for their hard work on photography.


Swift snippets.
16th September: A big Thank You to those Eurodragster.com readers who helped to take the
fund-raising effort for Santa Pod Raceway's Medical Centre in memory of Ben 'Panda' Butler over £3000 The bank still has room for more so if you would like to contribute in Panda's memory then just follow the link above.

Having set a world best for a on a rocket-propelled bicycle of 0 to 333 kmh in 4.8 seconds, François Vissy says that he has moved on to small rockets made from soda bottles filled with rainwater and compressed air reaching 261 kmh (162 mph) on a homemade trike. Francois says that the trike has accelerated from 0 to 100 kmh (62 mph) in a mere 0.55 seconds and pulled a 0.852 sixty foot time. See video below left for more.


UK Supercharged Outlaw racer Sam Freeman was one of those participating in the recent race on the refettled track on the Isle of Man and you can check out a video above right. Sam's partner Lindsey tells us that it was a challenging but brilliant weekend.


Early snow.
16th September: Following a frustrating Bonneville Speed Week when the car which he drives suffered some small technical issues, Geoff Stilwell of British Drag Racing Hall of Fame sponsor Beech Underwriting has returned to the salt this week for the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association's World of Speed back at Bonneville:

Our crew this week is Brian Hope, Steve Hope (Ron's brother), Bob and Sharon Muravez, and Jim Mulvany who crews with Steve Hope on Ron's Bonneville car. Oh, and not forgetting Junior who drives the truck and looks after us all. We had a great day on Thursday. 7551 arrived looking great. Brian had made a number of changes to the car in between the Speed Week and this meeting, solving the small technical issues we had had in August. We got the body off and took the car down to go through tech inspection. That all done we got back to the pits and I cleaned the car, then the body went back on.


Getting up time is 3:30 am; we have to be at the track by 6:30 to get the car out the trailer. We have the racers meeting at 8:00 am, then we can drive the course. The salt yesterday was very sticky, a bit like snow sticking to your boots. But it is actually quite smooth and in better condition that in August. Racing would start at 9:00 am but a storm came in overnight and there has been a a drop in temperature from 90°F yesterday to 50°F plus winds of thirty miles per hour putting everything on hold.

When we can start the plan is to put in a shakedown run as early as we can, the reason being that there have been so many changes to the car since last year that we need to make sure that everything stays tight. Running a car at Bonneville puts unreal stresses on the car so safety is our prime concern. Once we have made the shakedown I need to upgrade my licence to A and then, fingers crossed, chase the record.


Event entry update.
14th September: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the official entry list for next week's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out the National Finals 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.

FIA/FIM European Finals mop-up.
14th September: On behalf of the FIA stewards and race officials Phil Evans, who heads up the UK Tech Committee and is also a member of the FIA Drag Racing Comission, has been in touch to express thanks and appreciation for the amazing efforts of Santa Pod's crews as they battled the elements this weekend. "Because of the crews' dedication all of the FIA Championships were settled on the track and not in the paddock", says Phil. "I am so proud to be associated with the wonderful assembly of people who comprise the Santa Pod team. They always do their best to present the best race meetings possible, whatever the British climate throws at them. Well done everybody, you should all be very proud."

SPRC's International Race Director Carole Ismail of Eurodragster.com sponsors CEJ Training Services Ltd and Phoenix Personnel Ltd, echoes Phil's sentiments. "I am so proud of the whole team on the track, off the track and in Race Control", says Carole. "Thank you all so much for the hard work, for keeping the faith and for never giving up."

Thanks to Andy Marrs and SPRC's timing crew for forwarding the official Timing Data from the FIA / FIM European Finals, 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.

Thanks also to Marrs for forwarding an updated table of UK and European Bests now including Franklyn Borg's new SPR track record for Super Street Bike ET. As if that is not enough he has also updated his three Spreadsheetosaurs of historical qualifying and elimination records in FIA and FIM Europe competition, and round wins in FIA competition. You can check it all out as: The charity raffle of two paintings by Paul Whitehouse to benefit the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Benevolent Fund took place at Santa Pod Raceway on Saturday. Seen below are the paintings of Nobby Hills' Houndog 7, driven by Owen Hayward, and Shockwave, driven by Gordon Smith, being handed to winning ticket holders Ken and Julie Jeffs and Phil Dorrington respectively by Benevolent Fund Trustees Robin Jackson and Eurodragster.com's own Simon Groves. A total of £360 was raised by the raffle and the Benevolent Fund Trustees thank all those who generously took part.


Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two FIA / FIM European Finals 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 under the heading of "Other things I saw" is the excellent picture below from Eurodragster.com reader Sarah Miles, taken at the point when everyone on the facility was just about ready to shove the dove's olive branch where the sun doesn't shine.


Paul Bryan has posted nearly 200 pictures from the FIA / FIM European Finals on his Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/paulbryan_photopedia.


Swift snippets.
14th September: Santa Pod Raceway have confirmed that Frøya's Maja Udtian will be making passes in the Islanders Top Fuel Dragster at next weekend's UK National Finals.

Eurodragster.com Contributing Photographer Grace asked us to wish a rapid recovery to UK Pro ET racer Ethan Lisle who has fractured a shin in a trampolining accident. Our pleasure Grace, very best wishes to you Ethan and hope to see you back behind the wheel very soon.


First BDRHoF Benevolent Fund donation.
14th September: When Swedish Pro Mod star Roger Johansson crashed at over 200 mph at last year's FIA / FIM Main Event, it was Huntingdon-based Magpas Air Ambulance which airlifted him to hospital from Santa Pod Raceway. This past weekend at the European Finals, making his first competitive Santa Pod appearance since that traumatic day, Roger was delighted to return the favour by presenting Magpas with a cheque for £1000 to mark the start of National Air Ambulance Week. The donation was made on behalf of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Benevolent Fund.

The BDRHOF Benevolent Fund is a registered charity formed in 2016 with the object of helping distressed members of the racing community. This purpose includes contributing to Air Ambulance services that cover the main drag racing venues in Britain. The coincidence of Roger Johansson's return to Santa Pod and the start of National Air Ambulance Week provided the ideal opportunity to make the Fund's first donation to Magpas Air Ambulance.

Magpas Air Ambulance's Head of Communications, Antonia Brickell, said "We're thrilled to see Roger Johansson looking so well and to hear he has made such a good recovery. We of course wish Roger well and every success in his future racing career.

"We'd also like to thank the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund for its generous donation. Magpas Air Ambulance is not a state-funded service and relies on generous public donations to continue saving lives. Once again, thank you from everyone at Magpas Air Ambulance for helping us to continue delivering our vital service."

After Santa Pod's track crew and medical team had rescued Roger at the crash scene, they worked alongside the Magpas enhanced doctor and paramedic team to stabilise his condition. Magpas Air Ambulance then transferred the injured racer safely to hospital, monitoring his condition all the way. Santa Pod's Commercial Manager Caroline Holden was instrumental in arranging this weekend's presentation and said "We think the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund is an admirable initiative and we're pleased that its inaugural donation should be made to Magpas during our biggest drag racing event of the year, the European Finals. We had planned a grand public presentation to take place on the start line around midday on Friday, but the downpour defeated that. Instead, the presentation took place under cover in Roger's pit area, and we're now eager to spread the news of it far and wide."

The presentation was filmed for regional television news.

The BDRHOF Benevolent Fund was launched with a generous donation from an American guest at last year's Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and is now keen to encourage donations from the UK drag racing community which it is intended to support. A BT MyDonate internet fund-raising page is live at mydonate.bt.com/charities/bdrhofbenevolentfund.


Millican, Lindberg, Lutz, Record for HoF Gala.
14th September: The special guest list continues to grow for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, to be held at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey on Saturday 18th November. The BDRHoF is proud to announce that a further two current NHRA stars will be attending, joined by the two-time winner of Hot Rod Drag Week and owner of the quickest and fastest Street car on the planet, and a British drag racing journalist who has held senior positions in the US racing world.

Clay Millican, from Drummonds, Tennessee, got his first race car at the age of sixteen. After working as a forklift driver as well as competing in IHRA Modified Eliminator, his friend Peter Lehman moved Clay to the professional ranks by buying a Top Fuel team in 1998. With Peter, Clay was dominant in IHRA competition and won six IHRA Championships. Clay became a full time NHRA competitor from 2012 with crew chief David Grubnic. In 2017 he won his first NHRA title at Bristol, and recently at Brainerd, Minnesota he ran the second and third quickest times in history at 3.655 and 3.658 seconds respectively. Clay has also hosted Speed Channel's Blow It Up and Drag Race High, and co-starred in Pinks All Out.


Clay will be joined by Jeff Lutz who is the two-time winner of Hot Rod Drag Week, a test of five drag races in five days at four different tracks with the race cars having to drive from track to track for more than one thousand miles on public highways. Jeff previously ran two '57 Chevys titled Evil Twins and became a crowd favourite, then built a street-legal Pro Mod Camaro known as MadMax which had run at NMCA Pro Street events. Following his win at the 2016 Hot Rod Drag Week, Jeff ran bests of 5.85 / 250 with it and then built a third '57 Chevy to campaign at Drag Week in the USA this very week, and in the TV show Street Outlaws.

Jonnie Lindberg from Upplands Vasby, Sweden first came to prominence in 2008, then aged twenty one, as Crew Chief on brother Johan's Pro Mod. Jonnie tuned Johan to a FIA Pro Modified Championship in 2010. But there was a racing itch which Jonnie needed to scratch and the team bought a Top Methanol Funny Car for Jonnie in 2012. Jonnie drove to his first FIA Championship in 2013. The team took the car to the USA in 2014 and astonished the racing world by becoming back-to-back NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion in 2015 and 2016. He was also the first TAFC driver to run a 5.3s time and speed in excess of 270 mph. For 2017 Jonnie joined the Nitro FC ranks with Jim Head Racing. He reached the final in his first race at Gainesville and continues to race in TAFC and tune cars when his schedule permits.


Born in Nottingham, Melvyn Record became a drag racing journalist in the UK having seen his first Top Fuel Dragster pass at Santa Pod Raceway at the age of eleven. In 1989 Melvyn moved to the US and was employed by the NHRA as a writer and photographer with their weekly newspaper National Dragster. Later, he was promoted by the NHRA to Director of International Relations and Director of Field Marketing. In 2000 he became Vice President of Marketing at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California and now holds the position of Vice President Marketing and Sales at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca.

BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury said "We are delighted that the Gala Dinner is attracting so many figures from the US scene who can share in the excitement of the inductions and awards being given. It gives us a real international reach".

Tickets for the 2017 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner are £65 per person. More details are available by clicking here. For advance booking of tickets contact stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.


Editor's note.
14th September: Apologies for the delay in posting news this week, a combination of one very shagged-out News Editor and disruption to daily schedules caused by a well-known Merchant Banker (Not the first with whom we have had to deal in recent weeks - Ed). As you can see we are starting to pull it together again. There is more to come; please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com and we will post it here.

Colin Digby.
11th September: We were sorry to hear from Terry Revill of the death of Colin Digby. Terry Revill writes:

Colin was one of the leading lights of the Street Bike class in the the early 1970s riding a gold Dresda Honda, and was one of the first to race a Japanese bike. Colin then crewed for me and was instrumental in my becoming the first person outside of the states to run nines on petrol. He then helped to build Assassin, the double-engined Kawasaki gas bike.


Lots of memories of racing including many trips to Holland. Colin was liked by many and will be missed by many. Rest in peace.

Thanks to Keith Lee and Kelvin Fagan for forwarding pictures


2017 European Champions.
10th September: Congratulations to the 2017 European Champions, subject to official ratification:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Duncan Micallef
FIA Top Methanol: Timo Habermann
FIA Pro Modified: Micke Gullqvist
FIA Pro Stock: Bengt Ljungdahl

Many thanks to Åsa Kinnemar for forwarding us the final 2017 standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships which you can check out on our
OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Rikard Gustafsson
FIM Europe Supertwin: Martijn de Haas
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Fredrik Fredlund
FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup: Rick Stubbins

Congratulations also to Pro Stock Bike racer Fredrik Fredlund who has taken over as the highest cumulative points winner in the history of the FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships. A big tip of the hat to previous incumbent, Top Fuel Bike racer Ian King, who held the postition for a number of years and to Andy Marrs who did the sums and let us know.


FIA/FIM European Finals rained out.
10th September: Today's eliminations at the FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway were rained out in the afternoon. European Championship classes were down to finals but Sportsman classes had several rounds yet to run, however persistent rain gave race officials no option but call the event.

Congratulations to the winners of those finals which could be run:

FIM Top Fuel Bike: Dale Leeks staged, Stu Crane no show
FIM Pro Stock Bike: Fredrik Fredlund staged, Robert Karlsson no show

Super Street 1: Leigh Morris 10.9070/119.19 def. Paul Marston 10.8984/143.01

Congratulations also to Super Gas racers Jon Morton and Andy Harrison who won the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting Bloodwise respectively. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for the UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway in a couple of weekends.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored 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.


Attention FIM Europe racers.
8th September: Job Heezen of the FIM Europe Drag Bike Commission has been in touch with an important message for racers competing in FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike, Supertwin, Pro Stock Bike and the Super Street Bike Cup at the FIA / FIM European Finals:

We hope that a lot of new records will be set. Just to make sure that nothing goes wrong with the application for your record, I strongly advise you to take the time to read the relevant rules:


I fully understand that you like to go to your tent (and for the beer) as soon as possible after your record-breaking pass but keep in mind that you have to adhere to the rules to enjoy the honours and points which come with a record. It takes a little time but it can save a lot of hassle.

OK guys, go for it!


Fensome goes Super Pro.
8th September: Derek Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor
Gold RV has announced that UK Junior Dragster Aaron Fensome will be acquiring his six-second blown-alcohol Super Pro ET dragster at the end of this season.

"Aaron will be licencing at the All Torque Test Day before the UK National Finals", Derek told Eurodragster.com. "Pete Walters will be driving the car at the National Finals and then his own car should be ready for next season. Next year Aaron's car will be part of a two-car Gold RV / RW Custom Paint team.

"I will still be involved with the car tutoring Aaron and tuning the motor until the team are ready to take over."


Matthew: Got the T-Shirt.
8th September: UK Junior Dragster team Matthew Dowdy Racing is pleased to announce that they are promoting Rusty's Speed Shop Legends of Nitro T-shirts at the FIA / FIM European Finals.

Bruce of Rusty's Speed Shop said that the Legends of Nitro T-shirts had proved very popular since he had started to sell them at the start of the season. In particular, the Blue Max and LA Hooker shirts had sold well. Rusty's Speed Shop also offer Hot Wheels and M2 Machines die casts, Revell and Monogram kits, and a range of performance books and magazines from his trade stand located next to the start line grandstand (seats 31-50). The main business is actually American vehicle parts and accessories; full details can be found on the company's web site at www.rustyspeedshop.com.

Matthew would also like to thank Nic at OCS Paint for painting his crash helmet just in time for the recent Junior Fun Day at Santa Pod, and of course Eurodragster.com (Thanks! You're welcome - Ed).


Free Evening Nitro seats for race teams.
6th September: Donna Finnegan of Santa Pod Raceway writes that racers and crew members are again welcome to watch this Friday's Evening Nitro session from the main grandstand free of charge:

Free entry will be permitted from 7:00 pm on Friday only, with access through gate number 81 – 110. A racer ticket or start line pass will need to be shown to the grandstand steward before entering.

NB Can we also politely remind everyone that the grandstand operates a strict No Smoking policy. Anyone found smoking in the grandstand will be asked to leave.


Finals painting raffle for BDRHoF.
6th September: The
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Benevolent Fund will be holding a charity raffle of two paintings kindly donated by drag racing artist Paul Whitehouse on the Saturday of this weekend's FIA /FIM European Finals.

The two paintings are of Gordon Smith in the Shockwave Fuel Funny Car and Owen Hayward in Nobby Hills' 1970s Houndog 7 Funny Car.


Paul says "Gordon Smith in Shockwave measures 580 mm x 770 mm framed. It is double mounted and framed in a box-style frame. The actual painting itself measures 550 mm x 370 mm. The painting of Houndog 7 measures 770 mm x 490 mm framed, with the actual painting measuring 550 mm x 270 mm. Both paintings are in the medium of gouache on artboard."

Raffle tickets cost ££1 and will be on sale on the bank and in the spectator Grandstand during Saturday. £5 of tickets will get you a free BDRHoF Benevolent Fund decal. Look for the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund collection buckets.

The draw will take place on Saturday evening, with the first ticket drawn having the choice of painting.


Event entry update.
5th September: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 4 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 23rd-24th September. You can check out the National Finals 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. UK National Finals entry has been extended to tomorrow (Wednesday) and entry forms will be accepted at the track. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Erbachers aim to team up.
5th September: Swiss Top Fuel Dragster racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Urs Erbacher has been in touch with a review of the team's season so far and their plans for the future:

The plan was that I would race the whole season if we won the Main Event. But after the first round loss at the Main Event we instead concentrated on licencing my daughter Jndia in my Top Fuel Dragster, which she did at the SPRC Summernationals.

We skipped the first race in Sweden and the race in Finland because of budget, but we decided that Jndia should race at Hockenheim and if she made the final then we would go to the second race in Sweden and the European Finals. With some extra help from our sponsors we made it and the truck has left for Santa Pod today. Jndia will drive my car and we will try to win the race and to get her into the threes.

Next year we plan a two-car team so that we can race together. Jndia will race whole season and I will do it too if we can find sponsorship. But car number one is the new generation of Top Fuel racing.


Let the fun begin!
5th September: Attentive readers will have noticed the name of ex-pat UK Super class racer and fuel system expert Tony Morris on the entry list for this week's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. Tony will again be racing Paul Marston's Whoopass Monza in the Al's Gasser Super Gas Shootout:

Back at the FIA / FIM Main Event we managed to run 9.904 in the first qualifying session, which was #1 qualifier until the last session on Sunday morning. Everyone is excited to see where the chips fall after qualifying is over this weekend, and with twenty one cars entered including some of the best racers from Europe and the UK we should see some very close racing indeed. I made it to E3 on my last trip in May and then the rain stopped play. Hopefully that won't be the case this coming weekend and we'll get to see the event completed.

I have been busy in the USA helping Mark Whitener from Lightning Racing Carburetors building new carb plus conversion, also helping Mike Laws to start setting up his shop for his new company Get'M Garage which is also carburetor-related. I will be going on full-time with Mike after my return to the States with, carrying on part-time with Mark.

The last car I drove down a drag strip was the Monza so I am keen to get back behind the wheel.


Salakari's cold world best.
5th September: Pasi Uponen writes that until last weekend no-one would ever have expected any world records to be broken in Finland:

The fact is that this time of the year it's only 57 F at Alastaro. Jaakko "Jaska" Salakari, the very experienced Supertwin motorcycle rider, didn't pay any attention to this and ran 6.010/213.08 at the FHRA Night Race Finals last Saturday. That is, he improved upon Tak Shigematsu's nitro Twin record of 2010 by 0.125 seconds.

Jaska's bike, including the engine, was entirely built and constructed in Finland by himself and the key members of his team. Right now Jaska wants to thank everybody involved in this project for the good job they did. He also takes the opportunity to thank the Finnish Hot Rod Association and the entire track crew at Alastaro for ensuring that conditions on the asphalt track were optimal to set this record.

It all began in 2003 and it wasn't until 2012 that Jaska ran the quickest time in Europe in his class, 6.273/222.26 at Tierp in Sweden. And now finally the hard work paid off with the world's quickest ever time in V-Twins. Take a look at the speed; the data shows that he shut off before the finish line. According to this there is great potential to run a five-second time. However, he was quite happy with his other runs during the weekend. He ran 6.2 twice and in the Night Show he finished the race in full darkness with a 6.5 and he even recorded an eighth mile of 3.950/191.20 despite the fact that the air temperature had fallen to 50 F!

The bike's engine is 103 cu in (1690cc), sixty degree V-Twin with four valve DOHC heads, bore 4.5" and stroke 3.25". Fuel system is digital designed by Jaska and his team, totally different from the traditional systems. The supercharger is Autorotor HPS 2.1 and maximum pressure is 50 psi. This bike is a high gear bike so there's no gearbox at all. The clutch is Jaska's own design and manufactured by himself, too. It's a single-stage clutch and all the set-ups are made by adjusting the ignition and fuel systems. Jaska made his world's quickest pass on 83% nithromethane, but he certainly has even more potential left because the engine was designed for 90%.

The maximum engine power has been calculated by a simulation programme also used by the Formula 1 teams and car manufacturers. The calculated engine power is 2,400 hp and the good news to all his challengers is that these engines are available to anyone so you can buy one if you like. Here at our European tracks there we are going to see one or two of them very soon.

Pictures courtesy and ©Pasi Uponen


FIA/FIM European Finals Perfect Awards.
5th September: This weekend's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2017 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £150 is on offer for perfect performance.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by ET Bike racer Fiona Moor at the Open Sport Nationals. The Award will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds in competition. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the UK National Finals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available in the Signing On office or from the Eurodragster.com staff.

The Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting Bloodwise has been increased to £100 after it went unclaimed at the Open Sport Nationals. The Award will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available during qualifying or eliminations in Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Super Comp, Al's Gasser Super Gas Shootout 2017, Super Street and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £125 for the UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the UK National Finals. The Perfect ET Award is presented by Derek and Fiona Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV in support of Bloodwise; you can donate to Bloodwise at www.bloodwise.org.uk.

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry Eurodragster.com / Bloodwise decals, one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull an event's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to pull a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Decals are available in the Signing On office.


Curbishley Fixed again for Finals.
4th September: UK Super Comp racer Martin Curbishley would like to welcome
Fix Auto Penzance on board as his main sponsor for this week's 2017 FIA / FIM European Finals, at which he will be racing the dragster owned by Paul Marston Racing. Martin says that Fix Auto Penzance Managing Director Stuart Cameron was blown away by the amount of publicity which the company received when he sponsored Martin at the FIA / FIM Main Event in May.

Stuart comments "Unfortunately I was unable to attend the meeting, but I was glued to the internet watching the excellent Eurodragster.com and Santa Pod TV coverage for the whole of the event. I will be attending this weekend to support Martin along with several key members of staff from Fix Auto Penzance. Good luck to Martin and the other members of Paul Marston Racing."


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Swift snippets.
4th September: Our best wishes to Dave Milam of the UK's She Devil Racing Top Methanol FC team who is under medical orders to rest his eyes after suffering an injury to one. This has necessitated Steph Milam's withdrawal from this week's FIA / FIM European Finals, which we were also sorry to learn.

Seasons of stats.
4th September: Just in time for this week's FIA / FIM European Finals, timing and points guru and Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member Andy Marrs has been hard at work updating his three "Spreadsheetosaurs" of historical qualifying and elimination records in FIA and FIM Europe competition, and round wins in FIA competition. You can stat yourself up as follows: "As far as FIM European records go this is as good as I have been able to make it", says Marrs. "There are some holes in it since either the data doesn't exist or it was never there in the first place; to be frank if Eurodragster.com didn't exist I wouldn't have got half of what is on that sheet (Thanks, you're welcome: more than half of our stats wouldn't be there without you - Ed).

"I also have to give a nod to Petteri Haapaniemi, Lars Andersson, Oscar Lindgren and Palle Lind who have supplied me with information over the years.

"If anyone out there has any more information then I'd be very grateful, likewise if anyone spots any errors or omissions then please drop me a line."


Eurodragster.com gallery catch-up.
4th September: The current frenetic Event Coverage schedule at Eurodragster.com has not allowed much time to catch up with outstanding work but we are pleased to present some additional pictures from recent events.

First up is a gallery of Kirstie's pictures from the Junior Drag Racing Fun Day which took place at Santa Pod Raceway on 24th August, whilst the rest of the team were out of the country. You can take a look at Kirstie's Junior Fun Day shots, 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.

Elisabeth, our second photographer at last week's Dico Internationals, had to leave Tierp Arena before the event ended on Sunday and was then left with the not-inconsiderable problem of transmitting five and a half gigabytes of pictures to us. After a lot of hard work Elisabeth got the shots to us and so we have appended one hundred additional pictures to our Dico Internationals Sunday gallery, again presented in association with John Woolfe Racing. You can take a look by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

As well as all the on-track action our two John Woolfe Racing-sponsored galleries from the weekend's VW Action at Santa Pod Raceway include pictures from the pits and the Car Show areas, and you can check those 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 join Tog in thanking Kirstie and Julian for their hard work at Santa Pod, Julian whilst suffering a bad cold.

Attentive viewers may have noticed the appearance of Facebook Share buttons on our VW Action galleries. At Kirstie's suggestion FB shares will now be included at the top of all Event Coverage pages whether report, pit note or gallery, as well as on the landing page of our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam. It was a bark to code up, but we have already noticed the Share buttons being used so hopefully the effort will prove worthwhile. Retrofitting previous coverage is on the task list but is probably one for the off-season.


Lucas sponsor Allard Awards.
4th September: Eurodragster.com sponsor Lucas Oil Products UK have announced that they are to sponsor the three 2017 Sydney Allard Media Awards which will be presented at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner, this year being held at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey on 18th November.

The crystal trophy awards are for Best Written Journalism, Best Photo Journalism, and a new Award for Best Video Journalism. The judging panel, consisting of experts from the Guild of Motoring Writers, Octane Magazine and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, have begun sifting through the entries. Lucas Oil is a major supporter of the BDRHoF, also sponsoring the BDRHoF Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award and co-sponsoring the pre-dinner drinks reception and the Junior drag racers' tables.

Lucas Oil UK Managing Director Les Downey said "The Sydney Allard Media Awards have become an important part of the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner and we are pleased to sponsor them this year. Expanding the drag racing audience is crucial and the work of those in the media – including social media these days – is vital. It is right that this work is recognised at such a prestigious event as the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Annual Gala."

The Hall of Fame trophies will be presented at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge on Saturday 18th November. Reservations can be made for the Gala by E-Mail at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone on 01933 279102. This year the tickets are priced competitively at £65 and this includes a pre-dinner reception and table wine. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you would like to join us for the occasion then we suggest you make your reservation sooner rather than later. On receiving your reservation you will be given the procedure to book rooms at the negotiated room rate which includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking.


VW Action coverage.
3rd September: We are in place at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you all the fun from VW Action, our traditional curtain-opening coverage in FIA / FIM European Finals week, in association with
John Woolfe Racing.

Our coverage will consist of a photo gallery at the end of each day courtesy of Kirstie and Julian, and the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line broadcasting live video and commentary / trackside audio so long as the track is open. Thanks to Doyousee.me for the provision of streaming services.

You can check out our VW Action Event Index by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Euroragster.com page.


FIA/FIM European Finals racer update.
3rd September: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.

Wednesday 6th September
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
08:00 Signing On office opens
09:00 Car scrutineering commences, no specific order
     Sportsman scrutineering details
     Pro car scrutineering details

Thursday 7th September
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Car scrutineering commences
     Sportsman scrutineering details
     Pro car scrutineering details
09:00 Bike scrutineering commences (Bike scrutineering details)
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Friday 8th September
07:30 Signing On office opens
07:30 Scrutineering commences
09:30 Track open for qualifying and eliminations

Saturday 9th September
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering commences
09:30 Track open for qualifying and eliminations

Sunday 10th September
09:30 Track open 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 Friday's RWYB. 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.

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 Perfect Award money.

For the benefit of racers, sponsors, family, friends and fans please note that next week's webcast schedule is as follows:

Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day, Wednesday 6th: Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam

FIA / FIM European Finals day 1, Thursday 7th: Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam

FIA / FIM European Finals Day 2, Friday 8th 09:15-19:00: Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam

FIA / FIM European Finals Day 2, Friday 8th 19:00-21:00: Trakbak Racing / Track Group Europe / Santa Pod Raceway Web TV

FIA / FIM European Finals Day 3, Saturday 9th: Trakbak Racing / Track Group Europe / Santa Pod Raceway Web TV

FIA / FIM European Finals Day 4, Sunday 10th: Trakbak Racing / Track Group Europe / Santa Pod Raceway Web TV

Links to both webcasts are availably by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Event entry update.
2nd September: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 3 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 23rd-24th September. You can check out the National Finals 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. UK National Finals entry has been extended to next Wednesday (6th) and entry forms will be accepted at the track on that day. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Lady first.
2nd September: Sue Morris writes that what started as "We've got nothing to do Bank Holiday weekend, so let's go watch the racing at Shakey" turned into "Well, if we're going, we may as well take the bike" and then a totally awesome weekend as Phil Pratt took the ET Bike win at the Open Sport Nationals:

Qualifying for ET Bike was really tight in the sweltering heat, with Saturday's first session ending with Phil and Satan's Lady in second spot running 8.99 on his 8.98 dial-in. He hung on to it through Q2 and Q3, but finished the day in fourth spot after a surprise end-of-day qualifier which we watched from the grandstand. So it was game on for Sunday, and the fifth session put Phil right at the top with a 9.015 on his 9.01 dial-in and that's where he stayed for the rest of the day. It was great to welcome Derek Flynn into ET Bike and to get to qualify alongside him, Derek getting away first on his 13.75 dial-in, leaving Phil to play catch-up with his 8.98. The timing ticket, in Phil's favour, showed a margin at the top end of just 0.00534 (9.26 inches - Ed), now there's a slip to keep!

Monday's race day dawned hotter than ever but with a slight tail wind, so who knew what would happen? Having raced Gary Hester in three finals in three events - score, to those not keeping up, being 2-1 to Phil - none of us could help laughing when the first round pairings were unveiled, leading to Joe Elliot's Phil v Gary - £1 Pay Per View board appearing in the pits. With conditions very different to the previous two days, it could have gone either way but it was Phil who earned himself the bye in E2. Knowing that the turnaround was going to be quick we toyed with the idea of just taking the beam, but that's something we don't like to do so Phil stuck an 8.95 on the board and went for it, running 8.96. So we knew what The Lady could do under those conditions.

Further rounds against Dave Grundy and that pocket rocket which is Louis Davies set us up for the final with number three qualifier Pete Austin. A great, close race with the win light in Phil's lane (resulting in major team celebrations on the start line) meant there was just one more job to do, to collect the winner's trophy!

We have to say a huge Thank You to longtime friend David Hiley and son Chris who, due to the lightning fast turnarounds needed for a thirty two-bike ladder, took charge of pushing Satan's Lady back to the pits after a run, and back down to the start line for the next. A massive Thank You must also go to fellow racer Paul Adams and his lovely wife who, despite already being out of competition, allowed us to decamp down to their pits where their electric fan was put to very good use. We honestly couldn't have done it without you all... thank you so much!

We absolutely love the class, the racers, the banter, the laughs… and, of course, the real close racing – nothing is ever a given and no pair is an easy one! Thanks to Tony Smith and Les Harris for all their hard work to get the class brought in. Sixteen ET Bikes at most rounds, with eighteen at Shakey over the Bank Holiday, and it's only going to grow! Bring it on!


Grumpy's Fun Day.
2nd September: Successful car, bike and car racer, then retired, then returned, blown-alcohol altered racer Paul Watson had a successful outing at the recent Junior Fun Day at Santa Pod Raceway:

The car was put together by Gary Springford at DRE with the help of my crew Joey Muffins and I. After the début of the car at Dragstalgia, where we only just got the motor fired up, we took it back home and went through everything to make sure that all was well. Absolutely no problems with the Jeff Bull Racing motor.

Santa Pod kindly let us test at Junior Fun day. As always with a new car I was very apprehensive. The plan was just to get used to doing the burnouts and some launches. The first attempt burnout was OK although I was a bit taken by surprise how the revs picked up, almost instantly coming off the gas then going back on. The thing about which I was most worried was the reverser as I have heard many horror stories about using the Lencodrive but I think I've got my head round it now.

The launch was great, footbrake off idle, 1.17 sixty foot then off it, a great first effort and I was on full throttle - even suprised myself.

We made three runs altogether, managing a gear change too. Although the track wasn't prepped, so it was a bit loose, at the end of the day the best sixty foot was 1.13 after they put a bit of sticky stuff down for the first sixty feet.

I am over the moon with how the car has come out. Unfortunately I've not yet gone fast enough to enter the Europeans Finals so I am off to do the Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway with the Supercharged Outlaws, then the UK National Finals. There are too many people to thank individually but you all know who you are and I wouldn't have got here without the help of all of you.


Nitro bests jet fuel again.
2nd September: The UK's Robin Read has previous racing jets in his world record-holding blown-nitro Daimler-powered dragster, and he had the chance to have another go at York Raceway last weekend:

A couple of days prior to leaving home I had a phone call from Steve Murty at York. "Would you like to run against Roger Goring in the Firestorm Jet Funny Car over the eighth mile at the weekend?". Wow! Straight away I said "Yes", not knowing anything about the performance of Roger and Helen's beautiful car, but with a victory and happy memories of last year's duel with Julian Webb's Split Second Jet Dragster there were no issues with running against Roger: the detailed and superb engineering and build quality of his car, coupled with his skill and experience with Jet Funny Cars, outweighed any reservations I might have had.

I was a bit short of crew as Crew Chief Mark had a prior commitment, but a call to longtime friend and school pal Greg and his wife Julie in Devon proved positive and so we had myself, Ella, Bill and Bertie. We set out for York Raceway in lovely weather which was forecast to remain for the weekend.

Mark and I had devised a conservative tune up for the weekend and these settings were in the car for the first run against Roger in Firestorm, but sadly Firestorm failed to fire up and we made a solo run. We left the line OK but went into violent tyre shake as soon as I made the shift from first to second. I pedalled which didn't help the shake but punished the motor: it went lean and sneezed, destroying the blower belt. We ran a 5.15 at a shut off 122 mph. We could have claimed the win but after some discussion it was decided to discount the first run and commence the best of three with the next pass.

I had done some work in the clutch to try to alleviate the tyre shake and we were ready for the next run. This time Firestorm performed as it should and we had a good run together. Roger got a 0.1 advantage at the Tree and went through in front of me running 4.37/190! Wow! That was really quick. We ran 4.77/137.5 which was on a par with what we'd run last year. There was less tyre shake but it was still present. The actual race on track was closer than the numbers suggested, however it was a convincing first win for Firestorm.

We were all looking forward to the next day. The spectator appreciation was really enthusiastic, they were as excited as us! I knew that to stay in the hunt for the overall win I needed the next race so a plan was hatched. We put in the tune-up which ran 6.69 at Dragstalgia, less a couple of degrees of ignition advance. I figured that I'd leave the clutch as was because the extra power would make it slip. The last thing was that I had to get as good a hole shot at The tree as I could. A tall order against Roger!

Both cars fired up OK and did their pre-race routine. I left the line and went into instant tyre shake but stayed with the run because I couldn't see or hear Roger but I was expecting him to come by any moment. The eighth marker seemed to take forever, the tyre shake the worst I've ever experienced, but Roger didn't pass. Phew! We were still in contention.

I was elated until Ella, gathering the chute, drew my attention to the oil pouring from the rear cover on the axle. The shake had fractured the housing. We made up a makeshift nappy held on with duct tape to stem the flow whilst we returned to the pit bay. We had done it; we ran 4.58/158 to Roger's 4.28/191, the win margin being 0.017. The rest of the crew worked on normal turnaround whilst I concentrated on how to save the fractured axle housing. Roger came to congratulate me on the race win and saw the damage and immediately offered me a solution using compound and tools which he supplied. What a lovely chap - it's at times like this which just reinforce how unique and wonderful our sport is. We managed to get ready and I got into the clutch again, knowing that neither the car nor I would survive another pass like the previous one. We waited until the last moment to refill the axle with oil and crossed our fingers and toes that all would be OK. I also knew that to win I had to repeat what I'd done on the previous run, again a tall order!

Both cars fired up and again completed each respective pre run rituals. I saw Roger go into pre-stage and then light his first stage light and I did the same. There was a delay which felt like hours but then Des the Chief Starter signalled me into stage and an almost instant green. We ran through but I didn't see or hear Roger - I didn't know that he had shut down at the last moment due to some technical difficulties. We had won! The axle had survived but our ET and speed had suffered at the expense of a overly slipping clutch - we ran a 4.88/141.

The spectator reaction over the weekend was awesome and we also had an enthusiastic response from officials and competitors alike. What a weekend! We drove home tired with a wounded race car but happy hearts.

I would like to thank Steve Murty and family, all at the PDRC for a safe and organised racing environment, the medics and fire crew, Graham and Karl in the tower, Roger and Helen and the Firestorm crew for their involvement and assistance and my own team Ella Chapman, Bill Mears, Bertie Hopkinson, Greg and Julie Veale, and Mark Evans.


Swift snippets.
2nd September: Phil Evans, who heads up the UK's Tech Committee, has been in touch to confirm that he has got the MSA to clarify a rule change for next season which was taken to read that burnouts would not be allowed in drag racing from 2018. Burnouts will continue to be allowed in drag racing. "The new rule was aimed at preventing the use of tyre-warming blankets during Sprint and Hill Climb events", says Phil. "Even in these disciplines the spinning of tyres, to clean them before a run, is allowed. Because the regulation had been placed under the general heading of Sprints, Hill Climbing and Drag Racing it has caused some concern that burnouts would be banned in drag racing next year. This is not the case and I asked for a clarification of this regulation to be published by the MSA."

UK Super Gas racer and Al's Gasser Super Gas Shootout organiser Jon Giles says that, courtesy of Cadman Transport in Colchester, there will be a trophy and a cheque for £150 to the number one qualifier at nect week's FIA / FIM European Finals. "The trophy will be presented after all qualifying rounds are completed on Saturday", saus Jon. "Can I also invite all Super Gas teams to a meeting in my pit space at 8:00 pm this Thursday to discuss the way forward for Super Gas in 2018."

The UK's Richie Webb got in touch from Los Angeles where he is preparing his Beetle for Hot Rod Drag Week. "I am making final adjustments to my turbo stock-suspension Beetle cabrio", says Richi. "The car is ready and I have adapted a roof rack to allow us to carry the essentials as, unlike most cars competing, we will not use a trailer. We are just taking what we can in the car with us, and we are using the same wheels and M&H tyres for road and tracks to simplify things. I will set off on Monday towing the 2000 miles just to get to the start of the event, and then I will compete in the Small Block Power Adder class."


It didn't take Eurodragster.com and Perfect ET Award sponsor Derek Flynn of Gold RV long to get the bug for two-wheeled drag racing as after an outing in ET Bike at Shakespeare County Raceway last week he has stepped up to Les Harris' nine-second Supertwin Gas bike for the UK National Finals. "I wanted to go faster and have wheelie bars", Derek told Eurodragster.com. "We know how this goes..."

The UK's Chris Orthodoxou will be running his Viper Pro Mod in Comp Eliminator at next week's FIA European Finals to get more track time. "We have fixed the broken transbrake and sorted out the exploding starter motor issue, which was why we did not reappear at the Mopar EuroNationals", says Chris. "The root of both the solenoid and starter motor problems were that they're inferior Ch*vy pattern items, so obviously not up to the job of handling the awesomeness of a monster Chrysler Hemi engine. I will be at Wednesday's Pro Peak Performance Day hopefully making observed runs."


Drag racing enthusiasts who would like to obtain a special souvenir of this year's Dragstalgia will find a five-page photo essay featured in the new October issue of Motor Sport magazine (not to be confused with Motorsport News). Photographer Lyndon McNeil and Features Editor Simon Arron visited Santa Pod during Dragstalgia and plainly enjoyed the occasion. Along with Lyndon's pictures, Simon also includes the event in his own column, on the theme of "Alternatives to Silverstone and the British Grand Prix". The October issue of Motor Sport has just gone on sale and will be available from good newsagents at £4.99 soon if not now.


Top Gas Round 4 review.
2nd September: Herman Jolink writes that the fourth round of the European Top Gas Series took place over the quarter mile at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim:

The track was very well preparid by the BDRC and Santa Pod. Some rain on Friday night but the rest of the weekend had nice sunshine and there was a very big crowd as always at the NitrOlympx. There were a lot competitors in bike and car classes but there were some oildowns in the car classes so the Top Gas racers got two qualifiers, one on Friday and one on Saturday. Qualifying was as follows:
  1. Jorg Lymant D on 2662 V-Twin 7.693/275 kmh, first run was an 8.831/204 with some problems.
  2. Cord Albers D on 2622 V-Twin 7.845/276 supported by his Hungarian Crew Chief Istvan.
  3. Gerd Caspari D on 2240 V-Twin 8.724/254 kmh.
  4. Peter Niklas D on 1000 SP Turbo Honda 8.741/236.
  5. Martin Bühler CH on 1600 mechanical turbo V-Twin 8.831/247, new Personal Best.
  6. Joel Della-Vecchia F on 2000 V-Twin 9.103/234.
  7. Chris van Nimmen B on 2600 V-Twin 9.229/211 with a new Delkron four cam crankcase. Too much oil pressure so the van Nimmen team worked on the motor until late Friday.
  8. Sascha Brodbeck CH on 1300 V-Rod Destroyer 9.454/224.
  9. Jorg Braune D on 2000 V-Twin 9.627/221.
  10. Dirk Watersloot B on 2000 V-Twin 9.703/215.
  11. Janne Malmberg S on 2600 two blower V-Twin 10.009/142 with some problems.
  12. Sven-Ole Schleichert D on 1300 V-Rod Destroyer 10.126/211.
  13. Janek Severa CR on Suzukli 1000 TL 10.173/212.
  14. Yan Gennisiieux F on Buell 1125 R 10.493/206.
  15. Maik Kruger D 10.664/207.
  16. Olaf Menzi CH on 2622 V-Twin 12.628/101.
  17. Olivier Maurice F 12.851/124.
  18. Frederik Schack DK on 2622 V-Twin 19.436/42, Fredrik had problems going straight, the bike was making hard right moves.
Marc v d Boer's engine was not ready.

Sunday E1: Lymant 7.858/272 def. Menzi 9.926/177; Brodbeck 9.391/221 def. Braune 9.682/207; Severa 10.413/210 bye, Niklas was broken; Schleichert 9.975/210 def. Bühler left before the Tree ran; Kruger 10.292/209 def. Albers 17.213/136, Albers lifted the front wheel at the start then went for the centre line, closed the throttle as his steering flattened; Waterschoot 9.813-210 kmh def van Nimmen 12.785/153; Caspari 8.361/256 def. Gennisieux 10.313/198; Malmberg 7.898/273 def. Dalla-Vecchia 9.180/233, a new Personal Best for Malmberg after problems in qualifying, the team found the right set-up.

E2: Lymant 7.608/275 def. Brodbeck 9.378/221; Schleichert 9.988/214 def. Severa 10.216/215; Waterschhot 9.913/207 def. Kruger 10.240/215; Malmberg 7.846/275 def. Caspari 8.367/255, again a new Personal Best for Malmberg.

E3: Lymant 7.635/267 def. Schleichert 9.893/214; Waterschoot 10.344/154 def Malmberg 11.744/120 red light.

Final: Jorg Lymant D 7.580/282 def. Dirk Waterschoot B 9.760/214. The Waterschoot tea, were very happy, qualified tenth and runner-up.

Championship points:
  1. Lymant D 1630
  2. Malmberg S 1260
  3. Schack 1065
  4. Schleichert D 870
  5. Braune 750
  6. Albers D 745
  7. Severa CR 740
  8. Caspari D 680
  9. Waterschoot B 670
  10. Jolink NL 600
  11. Niklas D 550
  12. Bühler CH 540
  13. van Nimmen B 530
  14. Foit
  15. Menzi CH 430
  16. Kruger 420
  17. Jensen DK 310
  18. Bruun DK 300
  19. Foit Jr D 300
Top Gas are attending the Mosten Race Day sprint this weekend.


Gender wars loom at Santa Pod.
2nd September: A gender war is bubbling up at Santa Pod Raceway. Three women will take on six men in a battle of the world's fastest, most powerful racing cars at next weekend's FIA European Finals. Piloting 300 mph, 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel Dragsters is not an exercise for the faint-hearted, but that will not deter the men… and certainly not the women.

The supreme prize, the 2017 FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Championship, is already spoken for – the race will determine which of two men will inherit the crown – but the glory of winning the season's most prestigious race is open to all the contestants, and will carry particular resonance for the three female drivers.

For Anita Mäkelä, a strong showing will provide some redress for a dismal season. The veteran racer from Finland won the FIA Championship for the second time last year and was expected to offer a stout defence of the title. Yet she has advanced to the second round of eliminations only once and languishes a distant sixth in the points. She remains the quickest in the field, with career-best figures of 3.878 seconds - the official European record - and 313.30 mph over the 1,000-foot racing distance, and her 3.900-second pass at Tierp, Sweden, in June is this season's quickest. In drag racing's decisive, split-second world, a return to all-conquering form will surprise no one.

Jndia Erbacher lies just one place behind Anita in the points, which is some achievement as she has only competed in two races. The Swiss twenty-year-old caused a near sensation three weeks ago by reaching the final round on her competitive Top Fuel début at Hockenheim, Germany, and will be determined to improve on that finish at Santa Pod. Though new to drag racing's Formula One-level class, the daughter of multi-Champion Urs Erbacher is no newcomer to the sport, having most recently raced an unsupercharged A/Fuel Dragster in America and Europe.

Even newer to the class, though again not to the sport, is nineteen-year-old Maja Udtian, who makes her competitive Top Fuel début this weekend. As a young member of Norway's renowned Islanders team collective, Udtian began racing as a child in Junior Dragster (they start at age eight) and has lately competed in the Super Comp class. The Islanders are placing great faith in their driver's youthful but accomplished abilities. Maja has been licensing for the class during the year, with a best clocking of 4.110/276.85 to date. With no great expectations weighing on her shoulders, simply to qualify for Sunday's eliminations will be considered a success. Another Islanders graduate, Birgitte Bremnes, will race in the Fuel Funny Car division.

2017 marks the fortieth anniversary of Shirley Muldowney's first NHRA Top Fuel Championship in America. Since then, women drivers have earned more top-level success around the world in drag racing than in all other motorsports combined.

For the record, the two male racers left in contention for this year's FIA Championship are Malta's Duncan Micallef and Finland's Antti Horto and either will be a first-time Champion. Duncan holds the edge with a fifty one-point lead, but a repeat of the outcome at Tierp's August race – victory for Antti, first-round defeat for Duncan – could result in the crown heading by a hair's breadth to Finland for the second year in a row.

While international and inter-gender relations are harmonious off the track, fellow feeling vanishes as the engines fire up. Once the start line comes into view, it's every man and woman for him or herself.


Web site updates.
2nd September: Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two Dico 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, as ever, the pictures are great.

Alan Currans has just updated his excellent Acceleration Archive web site to include the latest blog instalment by Keith Lee, featuring the first visit to Dragstalgia by Dennis Priddle plus latest developments on Keith's book Mr. Six - The Story of a Drag Racing Legend, Dennis Priddle. You can check it out via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Alan has also updated The Acceleration Archive with a gallery of shots from the Saturday of last weekend's Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. Again you can check it out via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

In the latest instalment of his exclusive Racer Blog presented in association with Gearhead Garage Paul Marston brings us up to date with the construction of his twin-turbo Cortina. You can take a look by clicking here or by clicking on the Gearhead Garage Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with more than six hundred pictures from July's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Finals FIA / FIM prizegiving.
1st September: Trakbak Racing Ltd are pleased to announce that they will once again be hosting the FIA / FIM European Finals Championship Prizegiving. The event is free of charge for Champion, runner-up and third-placed FIA and FIM Championship racers to celebrate with their team and to collect their trophies.

The prizegiving will take place in the VIP Hospitality Village. Doors will open approximately two hours after the close of racing. A self-service buffet meal will be available featuring a range of street-style food options. Musical entertainment is also included and this year features a disco.

Each team finishing in the top three Championship positions of the following classes will each be given ten wristbands to attend the event:
  • FIA Top Fuel Dragster
  • FIA Top Methanol
  • FIA Pro Stock
  • FIA Pro Mod
  • FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike
  • FIM Europe Supertwin
  • FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike
  • FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup
Please note that admittance is strictly by wristband only: due to space and safety restrictions we are sadly unable to accommodate more teams than those listed above. Teams unable or not wishing to attend the prize giving banquet may donate their wristbands to other FIA / FIM Championship teams if they wish.

Trakbak Racing Ltd wish all riders and drivers good luck in the coming rounds of their respective Championships.


Event entry update.
1st September: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 23rd-24th September. You can check out the National Finals 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. UK National Finals entry has been extended to next Wednesday (6th) and entry forms will be accepted at the track on that day. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Swift snippets.
1st September: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for posting the post-APIRA Open Sport Nationals points standings in the 2017 UK National Drag Racing 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 also to timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us an updated table of European Bests including not only Micke Gullqvist's Pro Modified ET record set at the Dico Internationals but also new side-by-side bests for Top Methanol ET, Top Methanol speed, Pro Modified ET, Pro Modified speed, Pro Stock ET and Pro Stock speed all reset at the Dico Internationals. You can check out the European Bests table by clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

We have a backlog of news with which we shall catch up once we get to Santa Pod Raceway this afternoon (See below - Ed). Stay tuned.


Accommodation offered near SPR.
1st September: If you are looking for accommodation ahead of next week's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway then Country View House offers idyllic self-catering accommodation in Bozeat village, which its owners tell us is the closest accommodation to the track:

Without the restrictions of a traditional hotel or B&B, you could benefit from complete independence in contemporary and tasteful surroundings just a ten-minute drive from all the action. As the name suggests, the property benefits from countryside views with horses almost literally on the back doorstep. Not only will you be guaranteed a well-deserved, quiet night's sleep away from the fast-fuelled action, you will also be spoilt with mod cons and home comforts including Sky TV on wall mounted plasmas, ceiling speakers and unlimited free Wi-Fi.


Country View House is frequently enjoyed by spectators, race teams and crew.

Rates start from £75, booking conditions apply. for details please visit www.countryviewhouse.co.uk, call 01908 234555, or E-Mail stay@countryviewhouse.co.uk.


Event entry update.
30th August: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding an updated final version of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway next week. You can check out the European Finals entry list, which contains some significant additions (see below), by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 23rd-24th September. You can check out the National Finals 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. UK National Finals entry has been extended to next Wednesday (6th) and entry forms will be accepted at the track on Wednesday. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.


Adding Fuel to the fire.
30th August: The largest entry of supercharged, nitro-burning dragsters and Funny Cars for a decade promises a true assault on the senses at Santa Pod Raceway's FIA European Finals next week. The late addition of Mikael Kågered brings the Top Fuel Dragster entry to nine, while Kevin Kent's arrival raises Funny Car numbers to five.

Fourteen blown fuel cars: by current reckoning, that's a staggering sum total of 140,000 brake horsepower about to be unleashed on Santa Pod's carefully primed surface. And that's not counting a pair of Nostalgia Funny Cars on exhibition duty during the weekend – a number also expected to rise.

The battle for Top Fuel Dragster's FIA championship is back on. While Duncan Micallef remained undefeated over the season's first four races, the title's destination looked a foregone conclusion. All that changed last weekend at Tierp. Micallef's first-round defeat and Antti Horto's victory reduced Micallef's lead over the Finn to 51 points, and a similar outcome at Santa Pod could hand Horto the crown by a hair's breadth.

There's a gender war also bubbling up in Top Fuel. One third of the entry is female. Anita Mäkelä will be desperate to salvage some recompense for a season in which she has advanced to the second round only once. At 3.878 seconds and 313.30 mph, she maintains the strongest personal-best figures in the class, and her 3.900-second low qualifier at Tierp's June race remains the year's quickest ET. Jndia Erbacher almost caused a sensation on her competitive Top Fuel début at Hockenheim two weekends ago, losing only narrowly to Micallef in the final. Nineteen-year-old Maja Udtian achieved her Top Fuel licence at Tierp this past weekend and will hope to achieve a similar flourish to Erbacher's on her début in the class at Santa Pod.

There is diversity too in the fuel Funny Car field. American Funny Car stars were familiar figures at Santa Pod in decades past. Now US nitro racer Terry Haddock makes a first UK appearance, piloting Bob Jarrett's Showtime Mustang, the popular car not seen in action for two years. Ranged against him will be Norway's Birgitte Bremnes at the wheel of Roy and Jason Phelps' Gladiator, while Gary Page renews his family acquaintance with another Panic creation, this time the new Dodge Stratus-bodied entry from Mark and Jackie Hawkins. Steve Ashdown and The Undertaker and Kevin Kent's West Ten Mustang complete the quintet.

Friday Evening Nitro will showcase the Fuel cars at their most spectacular. The event's second qualifying session truly lights up the dusk, and there are Jet Cars too, and a fireworks display to cap the show.

On two wheels, there's a chance to witness Top Fuel Bike maestro Rikard Gustafsson taking another pot at the 240 mph barrier. Gustafsson clocked an unworldly 244.70 mph at Hockenheim, a speed too fast to register as an FIM European record in its own right but which served to back up his first-round 240.73 as the new official mark. British Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee-elect Steve Woollatt will be eager to take on the high-speed Swede, and it's a last opportunity to see Fil Papafilippou's Funny Bike on international duty before the Greek rider embarks on the nitro Top Fuel route next year. Woollatt and Papafilippou will be remembered for drag bike racing's most famous incident at 2014's Euro Finals, when Fil wound up riding on Steve's wheelie bars after a mid-track collision. The video went viral.

Away from the nitro scene but no less spectacular, Fast Freddy is back. Fredrik Fagerström's late Pro Mod entry returns the manic Chevy pick-up for another tilt at the Santa Pod quarter-mile. Pro Mod's twenty two-car entry list brings the class' polar opposites together for the first time: Freddy's truck at one extreme, and Jon Webster's sleek, new, waist-high turbo Mustang at the other. Webster's entry is due to make its competitive début. If its recent test pass at July's Mopar Nationals is any indication, Webster will soon be challenging Fagerström for the title of supreme burnout king. And there's a special welcome back for Roger Johansson, last seen here being helicoptered to hospital after a fearsome finish-line crash at 2016's FIA /FIM Main Event. Johansson débuted his latest monster-motored, nitrous Mustang – a brand new creation from the Rick Jones stable in America – at Tierp in June and clocked a 6.0/240 pass, close to his Personal Best marks, there last weekend.

The FIA-FIM European Finals take place at Santa Pod Raceway from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September. Visit www.santapod.com to book tickets on-line and print them out at home, or telephone 01234 782828. If you hurry, you can still catch the discounted advance booking rate which closes at 5:00 pm this Friday. And as ever up to three kids go free per paying adult.


2017 APIRA Champions.
30th August: Many thanks to our very own Simon for forwarding the list of Champions in the 2017 APIRA Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championships. Congratulations to:

Super Pro ET: Rick Cooke
Pro ET: Brian Huxley
Sportsman ET: Andy Dibley
Super Comp: Andy Williams
Super Gas: Andy Harrison
Super Street: Leigh Morris
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Jordan Payne
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Joe Stevens
VW Pro: Jacob Bailey
VW Sportsman: Holly Sanders
Wild Bunch: Phil James
Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar
UK Nostalgia Superstock: Amy Watkins

Funny Bike: Allan Davies
Super Street Bike: Graham Balchin
Comp Bike: Mick Winyard
8.50 Bike: Ian Chrichlow
9.50 Bike: Richard Sawatzki
ET Bike / NAST: Louis Davies
Junior Drag Bike: Blade Dummer

You can check out the full APIRA Championship points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Swift snippets.
30th August: It arrived in time for yesterday's news but we were not in a position to update the file so, with our apologies, a belated Happy Birthday for yesterday to Isaccs and Tramm Pro Mod team member Vince Pinhorn from Spencer, Chris, Rosie, Jedd, Ray and Andrea. Hope you ad a good day Vince.

Entries for the 2017 Sydney Allard Media Awards for Written and Photographic Journalism will be closing tomorrow, Thursday. If you are a writer, photographer or producer of videos posted on Youtube, amateur or professional and have not yet entered, then you are urged to enter as the deadline cannot be extended. Entries must reflect coverage of British drag racing and associated activities during the twelve months ending 31st July. The winning entrant in each category, together with a companion, will be invited to attend the Hall of Fame Gala on 18th November where they will receive a crystal trophy in recognition of his or her achievement. Full entry details are available on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk.

Editor's note: Copying news and results from us without the courtesy of a credit is one thing, but insults and personal comments from some of the culprits when pulled up on it is something else entirely. Rude and/or aggressive reactions to our trying to protect our hard work, our copyright and our sponsors are on the rise and as a result there is some serious discussion going on about the future both of our Event Coverage and of Eurodragster.com as a whole once this season is finished. If this is the way things are going to go then you can count at least one team member out.


APIRA Open Sport Nationals results.
29th August: Congratulations to the winners of the APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway:

Super Pro ET: Joe Kellett (8.08) 8.132/167.88 def. Rick Cooke (8.21) 8.205/154.78
Modurstang Pro ET: John Parker (10.90) 10.835/126.70 def. Brian Huxley (9.42) 9.495/131.17 DQ red
Sportsman ET: Andy Dibley (13.50) 13.495/101.91 def. Holly Walters (17.55) 17.516/78.66
Super Comp: Andrew Williams 8.917/147.30 def. Conrad Stanley 8.905/147.32
Super Street: Leigh Morris 10.811/121.71 def. Dave Cherrett 10.562/91.23
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Joe Stevens 8.610/168.82 def. Alan Williamson 8.746/152.65
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Matthew Dowdy (8.90) 8.969/70.31 def. Jordan Payne (7.95) 7.929/83.03 DQ b/o
Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar 9.502/tbc def. Ronnie Mercer 13.854/79.59
VW Pro: Ed Keech (12.30) 13.066/90.88 def. Graham Fairhead (12.99) 13.836/102.26
VW Sportsman: Holly Sanders (14.95) 16.031/70.61 def. John Devlin (14.90) 17.188/87.79
Wild Bunch: Phil James (9.33) 9.375/140.07 def. Terry Clifford (9.12) 9.105/148.36 DQ b/o
UK Nostalgia Superstock: Amy Watkins (9.88) 9.885/138.30 def. Guy King (9.48) 9.473/143.14

Funny Bike: Allan Davies 7.618/148.86 def. Phil Crossley broke
Super Street Bike: Graham Balchin 7.730/187.54 def. Dave Thomas 8.079/181.47
Comp Bike: Mick Winyard 8.211/176.84 def. Scott Collier broke
8.50 Bike: Ian Chrichlow 8.581/162.21 def. Andy Haley 8.464/158.04
9.50 Bike: Richard Sawatzki 9.534/121.98 def. Stacey Reed 9.570/140.38
ET Bike/NAST: Phil Pratt (8.92) 9.020/140.20 def. Peter Austin (9.60) 9.820/140.97
Junior Drag Bike: Blade Dummer (9.05) 9.036/70.75 b/o def. Liam Holgate (9.55) 9.525/66.27 DQ b/o

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored APIRA Open Sport Nationals reports 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.

Dico Internationals results.
27th August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Dico Internationals at Tierp Arena:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Antti Horto 3.9982/474.10 def. Micke Kågered 8.0254/135.85
FIA Top Methanol: Sandro Bellio 6.4414/391.30 def. Timo Habermann 7.2229/196.08
FIA Pro Modified: Micke Gullqvist 5.8339/400.30 def. Åke Persson 5.9644/388.87
FIA Pro Stock: Jimmy Ålund 6.5303/342.64 def. Stefan Ernryd 6.5870/333.75

EDRS Pro MC Top Fuel Bike: Jan Sturla Hegre 6.3928/355.03 def. Thomas Pettersson 12.1283/104.85
EDRS Pro MC Supertwin: Marcus Christiansen 6.5970/344.61 def. Tommy Grimes 6.5990/276.21
EDRS Pro MC Pro Stock Motorcycle: Robert Karlsson 6.9740/308.22 def. Fredrik Fredlund 7.0172/304.40
EDRS Pro MC Super Street Bike: Mathias Bohlin 7.4649/307.34 bye, Anders Blanck broke

Comp Eliminator: Daniel Jedborn (7.52) 10.1175/121.98 def. Lasse Britsmar (7.79) no time DQ red
Pro Street: Mats Lusth 7.6073/283.76 def. Peter Nordlund 7.6196/292.05
Super Comp: Matilda Sjöström-Andersson 8.8856/258.25 b/o def. Micke Nilsson 8.8852/260.49 DQ b/o
Super Gas: Patrik Wickman 9.9087/203.16 def. Lina Braathen 9.7792/190.01 DQ b/o
Super Street: Uffe Lundgren 10.9967/184.74 def. Åke Törnqvist 10.9089/181.27
Stock / Super Stock: Per Fagerström (11.48) 11.5480/174.25 def. Mathias Färm (9.43) 9.4752/222.68
Junior Dragster: Oskar Norling (8.09) 8.1457/123.80 def. Patrik Lind (7.98) 8.0510/130.72

Super Comp Bike: Emil Östlund 8.6137/232.26 def. Peter Svensson 8.5554/255.68
Super Gas Bike: Micke Ölen 9.8466/182.49 def. Magnus Pollack 9.7649/226.42
Junior Drag Bike: Eemeli Helkkala (7.90) 8.0129/128.57 def. John Rolfstad (7.50) 7.8152/141.10

Subject to ratification the following records were set. Congratulations to:

FIA Pro Modified ET: 5.833 seconds, Micke Gullqvist
EDRS Pro MC Supertwin ET: 6.291 seconds, Tommy Grimes

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

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Dico Internationals reports 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.


Swift snippets.
27th August: The only sure way to stop people from thieving from our Event Coverage is to stop doing the Event Coverage. Discuss.

We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today. Please join Tog, Simon and Kirstie in wishing Photographer Julian, currently working hard at Tierp Arena, a very Happy Birthday.


Open Sport Nationals racer update.
24th August: Many thanks to Tony Smith for forwarding Saturday's provisional running order for this weekend's APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can check out the running order 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 that, as ever, the running order is provisional and subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

Thanks also to Jerry Cookson for forwarding us Version 5 of the official entry list for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals. 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.

Please note that no entries or changes to entries will be accepted after close of business tomorrow (Friday 25th).

If you have any queries about the APIRA Open Sport Nationals then please contact Shakespeare County Raceway at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com or call 01789 720180 (outside the UK +44 1789 720180).


Open Sport Nationals Perfect Awards.
24th August: This weekend's Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway is the latest event in the 2017 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £125 is on offer for perfect performance.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Gasser Circus racer Martyn Hallam at the Mopar EuroNationals. The Award will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds in competition. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the FIA / FIM European Finals EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the FIA / FIM European Finals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available in the Signing On office or from the Eurodragster.com staff.

The Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting Bloodwise has been increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at Bug Jam. The Award will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available during qualifying or eliminations in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), the Wild Bunch, VW Pro, VW Sportsman, 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 this weekend then the Award will be increased to £100 for the FIA / FIM European Finals EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the FIA / FIM European Finals. The Perfect ET Award is presented by Derek and Fiona Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV in support of Bloodwise; you can donate to Bloodwise at www.bloodwise.org.uk.

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry Eurodragster.com / Bloodwise decals, one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull an event's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to pull a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Decals are available in the Signing On office.


Open Sport Nationals racer update.
22nd August: Many thanks to Jerry Cookson of
Shakespeare County Raceway for passing us details of the arrangments for this weekend's APIRA Open Sport Nationals:

Friday 25th August
12:00 midday Shakespeare County Raceway's gates open for the duration
17:00 Signing On office opens
17:00 Car scrutineering commences
17:00 Bike scrutineering commences
20:00 Signing On office closes

Saturday 26th August
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Car scrutineering commences
08:00 Bike scrutineering commences
10:00 Track opens for qualifying  

Sunday 27th August
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Car scrutineering commences
08:00 Bike scrutineering commences
10:00 Track opens for qualifying

Monday 28th August
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Car scrutineering commences
08:00 Bike scrutineering commences
10:00 Track opens for eliminations

Version 4 of the official entry list is 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. The final version of the entry list will be posted on Wednesday or Thursday.

Racer tickets, final instructions, vehicle passes and scrutineering slips have now been sent out to every racer who submitted their entries with an SAE before close of play last Friday. Anyone who posted their entry since last Friday will be able to collect their tickets on arrival at the main gate. If any crew member arrives before their respective racer then to gain entry they must either notify the track beforehand or wait until their driver / rider arrives at the track.

Entry to the pits will commence at 12:00 midday on Friday. If racers wish to arrive on Friday morning, before the pit gate opens, then they are more than welcome to park up and wait. Please note that pit marshals will escort all racers to their designated pit. So please be patient if a queue develops on the entrance road into the pits. Anyone who pits incorrectly will be asked politely to move to their allocated pit space.

Scrutineering will commence for both cars and bikes at approximately 17:00 on Friday. Scrutineering will resume at 08:00 on Saturday. The Signing On office will also open at these times.

Saturday's running order will be posted here on Eurodragster.com later this week. Copies will be available in the Signing On office which will be open between 17:00 and 20:00 on Friday.

Shakespeare County Raceway would like to remind everyone of the safety requirements in the staging and fire-up lanes. No crew members under the age of seventeen may enter these areas. Under-age Junior crew members can still watch their respective teams race from the grandstands which can be accessed from the top of the lanes by the Signing On office. We understand that this may upset some of the Junior crews, however safety is paramount and must be considered at all times. These rules obviously do not apply to under-seventeens who are riding or driving a race vehicle which is in the paring lanes (for which you must either be holder of an MSA / ACU licence or participating in observed runs). All children remain the responsibility of their parent or guardian at all times. Thank you for your co-operation.

Junior racers please remember the rule about pushing vehicles back to the pits once past the Medical Centre.

Please do not start engines before 09:00 or after 18:30 on any day of the event.

Colour commentators are requested to come to the Commentary side of Race Control when their class is waiting to run, and leave Commentary after the class has run.

If you have any queries about the APIRA Open Sport Nationals then please contact Shakespeare County Raceway at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com or call 01789 720180 (outside the UK +44 1789 720180).


Statement from York Raceway.
22nd August: Further to previous news items about the future of the UK's York Raceway, we have now received an official statement from Chris Murty:

Since the beginning of the year, the landowner has been made a better offer from a major international parts manufacturer to use the main runway for testing. This means laying a nine mertre wide road down the centre of the rally school, York Raceway pits, York Raceway start line, through the drag strip and the braking area at a cost to the land owner.

As part of the agreement between the parts manufacturer and the landowner, everything has to be cleared from the main runway. That includes the barriers, banking, control tower, cabins, toilets and drag racing.

Negotiations have been underway with Pennine Raceway Ltd, the management company of York Raceway, to keep drag racing on the main runway of Melbourne Airfield, the home of York Raceway for forty years, for at least another ten years.

For York Raceway, or drag racing on the airfield, to continue we must invest money into the facility starting with re-laying a new drag racing surface separate to the surface laid by the landowner on the behalf of the parts manufacturer.

This allows us an excellent opportunity to lay a brand new track, which is overdue, at a cost of £100,000. We have listened to you and decided to double our fund-raising to £200,000 to redevelop the site in other key areas such as new buildings and toilets, which will be agreed between the promoters, the PDRC and any new board directors.

As has been reported, PDRC and Pennine Raceway Ltd have donated £10,000 each and we have already received another £10,000 from individuals. So we are well on the way to a new updated drag racing facility in the UK.

Ways you can donate:

Donations under £500 through our crowdfunding site www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/york-raceway. If the target is not reached then all monies will be donated to charities associated with drag racing / motorsport, due to the way that crowdfunding sites work.

Donations from RWYB / PDRC racers / spectators between £500 and £1,000 to be paid to PDRC's new fund-raising bank account. E-Mail pdrc@btinternet.com for more details. If the target is not reached then all monies will be refunded.

Independent race classes who may have monies to invest between £500 and £1000 to be paid to PDRC's new fund-raising bank account. E-Mail pdrc@btinternet.com for more details. If the target is not reached then all monies will be refunded.

Sponsorship / VAT-registered businesses between £500 and £10,000 will be invoiced by Pennine Raceway Ltd. For a full sponsorship proposal E-Mail info@yorkraceway.org.uk. If the target is not reached, all monies will be refunded.

Investors and partnerships over £50,000 please contact Steve direct on 01422 84365.


Flame and Thunder demos sought.
22nd August: James Forster writes that Santa Pod Raceway are seeking a variety of race vehicles for the annual end of season extravaganza that is the Flame and Thunder Show on Saturday 28th October:

Quirky vehicles and those that pull wheelies, and/or are renowned for long smoky burnouts are encouraged to get in touch! Cars quicker than 11.99 and bikes quicker than 9.99 are preferred but please note that we only have a limited number of spaces available for each class so not everyone's application will be successful.

If you would like to be considered for an invitation to this showcase of drag racing entertainment then please contact James on flame17@santapod.com or call 01234 782828.

Don't forget that vehicles are also sought for display at the Classic Car and Bike Meet at Earl's Barton on Wednesday 6th September and that vehicles attending this event will be positively encouraged to fire up. For more details about the Classic Car and Bike Meet please see our news item of 17th August.


I think it was the leathers...
22nd August: One of the surprises on the official entry list for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals was the appearance of Derek Flynn of Gold RV, sponsor of Eurodragster.com and our Perfect ET Award supporting Bloodwise, in ET Bike. Does this presage Gold RV Motorcycles?

It could, as we now have a collection of twelve bikes. Not only has Gary Jenkins been my Crew Chief throughout my drag racing career, but he has rekindled my love of motorcycles - in particular Triumphs. Gary has five of them and thanks to him I now have four! Most of our collection are classics from 1954 onwards, the newest being my 2014 900cc Bonneville which I am going to be racing at Shakespeare County Raceway this weekend.

I am really excited, and quite nervous, about my drag racing début on a bike. After speaking with Ian Turburville about doing the quarter mile on a bike he gave me contact details for Tony Smith and Les Harris, and we exchanged messages regarding how to get an ACU licence, rules etc. Both have been very helpful, thank you. The rest as they say is history, although when I saw the price of full leathers I thought "Maybe next year"!

However after helping Steve Johnson at Dragstalgia I saw a used suit, reasonably priced, tried it on, and guess what? I am entered in ET Bike this weekend. Fiona is a little worried about my latest exploits but she says I do look the part and she likes the leathers.

Looking to the future, all being well hopefully the Gold RV / PWRD / Walters Motorsport / RW Custom Paint team is going to have a really busy weekend at the UK National Finals as we may be licencing a new Super Pro Driver as well as running Holley Walters in Sportsman ET, myself in ET Bike, and Peter Walters in Super Pro ET.


Read makes history yet again.
22nd August: UK Super Pro ET racer Robin Read reset both ends of his own world bests for a British-motored race car at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway. Robin got in touch to let us know that it did not come without cost to his blown-nitro Daimler:

Our Dragstalgia weekend started badly on the Friday when we lost a lash cap in the burnout and hydraulicked #8 cylinder. That lifted the head and broke the head studs, pushed the gasket out, and pressurised the water jacket pushing out two core plugs, destroyed the cylinder head-sealing o-ring , crushed the piston and bent the gudgeon pin and con rod.

We decided to load up and return home to repair overnight. We managed to get all of the work done, although we reassembled with a damaged cylinder head face, to which I applied plenty of silicon sealer. We also reviewed our tune-up and decided to calm things down. We put a 990 pump back on, downsized the hat nozzles, and took 21% out the blower.

When we got to the track and tried to fill with water for the warm-up it poured out of the clutch can! When the damage had occurred it had also pushed a core plug out of the back of the engine, hidden behind the motor plate. So we had to remove the gearbox and clutch complete with flywheel and motorplate to replace the core plug. Fortunately there was some rain which delayed proceedings and allowed us to complete our repairs. I also decided to curtail the burnout procedure as it was proving too difficult to control the RPMs.

Our first run on 85% fuel was 7.11/185. We sustained no damage and the motor was clean and tidy. For the next run we upped the fuel to 88% and richened it up on the main, but left all other settings the same. We ran 6.76/196, a world record time and speed! Again the motor was clean and tidy, but we had an issue of some water drips from the damaged head face which was weeping a bit. For the next run we upped the fuel to 90% and richened up the main by ten thou. That run was a 6.89/190 with no problems other than the water drip. The car did feel a bit lazy on that run so for the last run we left everything the same but leaned it out the ten thou on the main. I also packed the area under the head but behind the side panel with tissue to absorb the water drip from the damaged head, plastic tie-wrapping it to anything I could.

The last run was 6.69/199.89... we had beaten the world record for time and speed twice in the same weekend, unbelievable!

We had been working towards a new record for two or three years and had been confident, but the formula had eluded us and we had been disappointed again and again. Several people had said to me that maybe we were at the end of the engine's limitations, but a chance conversation with Andy Robinson whilst ordering parts for the new car started a chain of thought which eventually solved the problems which had prevented the car from performing perfectly. Andy also helped out with some parts which we only had a week to engineer on to the car. As it turned out, the changes were the missing part of the tune up which allowed all the other alterations to play their part.

So, a weekend charged with drama and highs and lows, but one which made history!

The engine has been stripped , inspected and freshened. There were a few issues which we have addressed, but it was mostly in good shape. This weekend the team is headed for York Raceway for the 40th Birthday Hot Rod Reunion. It is a great weekend with an enthusiastic and dedicated bunch of people from the promoter to the organising club and everyone else who works so hard to keep drag racing alive in the North. It is especially significant, too, with the appeal for donations to effect the track changes necessary for a new era at York Raceway.

I would like to thank Andy Robinson, James Forster and my own crew Mark Evans, Bertie Hopkinson, Bill Mears and Ella Chapman for their invaluable input and dedication.


NitrOlympX results.
21st August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Duncan Micallef 3.997/487.35 def. Jndia Erbacher 4.056/451.12
FIA Top Methanol: Timo Habermann 5.308/430.98 bye, Sandro Bellio broke
FIA Pro Modified: Micke Gullqvist 5.935/394.73 def. Håkan Persson 6.007/385.01
FIA Pro Stock: Stefan Ernryd no time def. Bengt Ljungdahl no time DQ

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Rikard Gustafsson 6.107/383.44 def. Stu Crane 6.929/309.09
FIM Europe Supertwin: Martijn de Haas 6.795/338.04 bye, Marcus Christiansen broke
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Fredrik Fredlund 7.105/306.51 def. Alex Hope 7.406/293.35
FIM Europe Super Street Bike: Rick Stubbins 7.013/330.28 def. Mogens Lund 8.865/154.44

Comp Eliminator: Rene Meierhofer (9.07) 8.410/250.24 def. Robin Sattler (9.65) 9.045/215.68
Super Pro ET: Brian Pateman (8.78) 8.747/253.33 def. Alex Halter (7.92) 7.964/271.30 DQ red light
Pro ET: Gino Bernadine (9.24) 9.283/225.84 def. Karl Geiger (9.49) 9.683/241.56
Super Gas: Stevan Reffelrath 9.961/232.46 def. Gerd Habermann 9.839/193.93 DQ breakout
Super Comp: André Müller 8.907/241.34 def. Marco Leder 9.041/243.43
Junior Dragster: Morgan Wilson (8.08) 8.154/130.32 def. Sara Valesova (8.00) 8.041/131.26 DQ red light

Funny Bike: Kars van den Belt 7.143/298.39 def. Dimitrios Gkosios no time broke
Supertwin Top Gas: Jörg Lymant 7.580/282.15 def. Dirk Waterschoot 9.760/214.17

Subject to official ratification the following records were set:

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike speed: 387.41 kmh / 240.73 mph, Rikard Gustafsson
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike speed: 308.25 kmh / 191.54 mph, Fredrik Fredlund

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

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored live reports, results 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.

Julian and Tog are now heading home for long enough to pick up a change of clothes (And more meds - Ed) before heading out to Sweden for this weekend's Dico Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena. Kirstie will be attending this week's Junior Drag Racing Fun Day and Simon and Callum will be covering the weekend's APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway.


Open Sport Nationals entry update.
18th August: Jerry Cookson of
Shakespeare County Raceway has been in touch with a message for racers entering next week's APIRA Open Sport Nationals.

"If you have sent in your entry but are not on the list then please wait for the publication of Version 3 before panicking", says Jerry. "We can only process the entry list as quickly as Postman Pat delivers the mail! Furthermore, if you are intending on paying for your entry by Bacs and have marked the entry accordingly and you haven't yet done so (we know who you are!) then please make sure this part of the entry has been completed by the end of this week."

Entry is still open; official entry forms can be downloaded from the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk. Racers are encouraged to pay their entry fee by bacs rather than credit/debit card or cheque as this cuts down on administrative charges and time. APIRA's account details can be found on the entry forms. If you have any queries about APIRA Open Sports Nationals entry then please contact Shakespeare County Raceway at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com or call 01789 720180 (outside the UK +44 1789 720180).

You can check out the APIRA Open Sport Nationals 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.


Racers invited to promote Finals.
17th August: Santa Pod Raceway are inviting racers to attend an event to help to promote the FIA / FIM European Finals. A bonus is that fire-ups will be positively encouraged:

The Classic Car and Bike Meet has quickly become a firm favourite on the calendar of all automotive enthusiasts. The show, held in Earls Barton on the first Wednesday of every month, welcomes classics and modern classics on two and four wheels alike. You'll find a bit of everything with hundreds of vehicles including American muscle, British classics, modern day supercars, VWs, Japanese monsters, scooters, classic bikes and a whole lot more.

The next congregation falls on Wednesday 6th September, which is the day before the FIA European Finals. So, as the show is only fifteen minutes away from the track, it would be rude if we didn't have a little takeover wouldn't it? Santa Pod Raceway are teaming up with the Classic Car and Bike Meet organisers to have an area within the show to promote the European Finals. So if you're entered for the Finals then you're invited to come along and join the party. We've even got a time to fire up the vehicles to really grab some attention too!

If you'd like to come along and join us at the European Finals display then please contact Jo at
josephine@santapod.com or call 01234 782828 no later than Friday of next week, 1st September, to enable us to book the space.

The Meet opens to the public at 4:30 pm and finishes at approximately 9:00 pm. Exhibitors will need to arrive between 3:00 pm and 4.30pm.


Remembering Sag.
16th August: On the day of late UK Wild Bunch racer Dave 'Sag' Southworth's funeral his friend and fellow WB racer Martin Holgate writes with a tribute:

My wife and I are deeply upset at losing a good friend, Dave Sag Southworth. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to know him and his family as a racer and socially as well.

I first met Sag when I was racing in the Ultimate Street Bike series back in 1985. He still had Jeepers Creepers and it was at a one-off meet at RAF Bitteswell in Leicester. We were chatting about rock'n'Roll and it turned out we both used to go and watch Teddy Boy band Crazy Cavan in the Roundhouse, Newton Hill, Wakefield.

When I switched to drag racing on four wheels I stuck to Jaguar power and Sag had Rover power, so it was always great rivalry on the track, mainly at York, for a few seasons until I had a crash in Barry Giles' old altered Tequila Sunrise. I always admired what could be done with scrapyard parts and little money in their team, and with Elaine's quest for sponsorship the achievements were plenty and the whole family crewed.

We enjoyed the Americana show as well as other events when not at the track. Daddy Cool will be missed by many. Godspeed Sag.


Event entry update.
15th August: Many thanks to Jerry Cookson for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for the APIRA MSA / ACU Open Sport Nationals, a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships, ACU UK Drag Bike Championships and other series, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 26th-28th August. 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.

Entry is still open; official entry forms can be downloaded from the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk. Racers are encouraged to pay their entry fee by bacs rather than credit/debit card or cheque as this cuts down on administrative charges and time. APIRA's account details can be found on the entry forms.


Moores announce retirement.
15th August: The UK's Roger and Dave Moore have announced their retirement from Pro Modified. The brothers' last outing with the Viper was at the recent Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway and the car is now for sale. Roger, Dave and Lucy Moore write:

Our first trip to Santa Pod with a race car was in 1988 with our 400 ci Pontiac-powered Triumph Herald. Much fun was had as the car evolved over the years, culminating in a best ET of 7.87 at 170 mph.

In about 2004 we decided to build a Pro Mod, mainly to keep Andy Robinson quiet as he had been nagging us to enter the class for years! Nine fantastic years have passed in Pro Mod with achievements of first, second and third in the MSA Championship. The dedication and hard work from all the team resulted in a best ET of 6.38 at 218 mph.

Being asked to show the car at the RAC Club rotunda at the 2013 Night Of Champions, when we received our trophy, was a huge honour and was only the second drag racer ever to be displayed in this prestigious venue.

It has been a brilliant journey, lots of hard work and late nights, and many friends made going back many years: Steve Johnson; Martyn Jones and Crunch; Pat and Steve Talbot; Tony and Ray Guy; Gordon and Alan Smith; and Chris Orthodoxou.

From Pro Mod: Andy, whose enthusiasm for every level of the sport is infectious, Kate, Stef and Luke Robinson; Kev Slyfield (get well soon mate), James Woodsford, Clive Phayer; Bert Englefield and Andy Wright (Senior and Junior); Roger Johansson and Alex Olsson who have almost single-handedly kept pro Nitrous racing alive in Europe, thank you for all the advice even though I am a stubborn Englishman who doesn't listen.

From Santa Pod: All the Race Directors from Carlo Gandolfi to Carole Ismail; Ian Marshall; Robin Jackson; Angie Daly and the entire top end crew who are some of the hardest working unsung heroes. Pushing thirty Pro Mod cars round the corner when the whole class has stopped short is no mean feat.

Photographers: Andy Willsheer; Roger Gorringe; Rose Hughes and Ivan Sansom. Thanks for all the lovely photographs which will provide lots of great memories in the years to come.

Jane Moore, who has a birthday at the beginning of September, has spent more years than I care to mention at Santa Pod for it. To all the crew, but particularly to their wives who have let us borrow them for countless weekends, thank you.

Last but not least Tog, Simon, Kirstie, Julian and all the staff at Eurodragster.com who have been a tremendous asset to European drag racing over the years (Thank you, you're welcome - Ed).

I'm sure there are hundreds more people whom we should have mentioned but have forgotten, but that's the problem with getting old.

The Moores' Viper Pro Mod can be found under Cars For Sale on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.


Germany calling.
15th August: Darren Prentice and Ian Marshall, who are working on the track prep team at Hockenheim, says that the track surface seems to be coming in nicely despite a day and a half of rain before the traditional Public Race Days curtain-opener:


After rain delays on both Saturday and Sunday mornings quite a lot of racing was done with large queues on both days. The event was enjoyed by the large crowds which this race track always seem to attract. A wide and varied range of public cars and bikes, and a very generous sprinkling of race cars and bikes, was just what the track needed to get that all-important racing groove started.

As we write we are now, ironically, basking in the thirty-degree heat trying to get some that final rubber on the track surface. I will leave you with some more photographs from the weekend then you can keep up with the live race reports on Eurodragster.com and via the live Web TV from Saturday.








Once again a massive thank you Michael Vogel and his entire team who have been with us every step of the way working to make this the best possible race. For those of you not lucky enough to be joining us out here at the Hockenheimring we will see you back at the Pod.


Three Englishmen on Fuel.
15th August: UK Fuel Altered pilot Nick Davies says that US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, where the Havoc team raced this past weekend, is quite a facility:

Concrete quarter-mile; huge, permanent stands; four-storey tower with integral viewing. Quite a place. The Northern Nationals is a huge bracket race with an added Pro show to help crowd attendance. Quarter-mile Top Fuel Dragsters, Nostalgia Funny Cars, Jet Dragsters, even the Precision Turbo Pro Mod Camaro testing for a bit of extra spice!

There were six altereds in attendance: the 'Bowling Green Four' comprising Havoc, Rat Trap, Bradfords and Nanook joined by Mike Hilsabeck's Arizona Thunder and a local big-show style Transformer as a late addition. A one-day deal with a Pro session at 5:00 pm, quick turnaround and a second run at 7:30 pm.

Havoc arrived from Tennessee close to 1:00 pm and we reacquainted ourselves with everything we hadn't seen since the beginning of June! Axle shafts in, new coil fitted, clutch adjusted, pushrods installed and valves set, tyre rollout adjusted, fuel mixed, blower pulley changed back (we were set to 'kill' at Bowling Green just before electrical gremlins). The boys from the UK were ready...

Dave Hough, owner of Nanook, was the ringmaster for the weekend and paired us with our old adversary, Ron Hope in Rat Trap. "Let's get it on lads!".


Into the right lane and the sun shining. Roll into stage and the Tree runs. All-too-familiar cylinders dropped, picked up, then start to haul. Track is good and I see nothing 'til the chutes are pulled. Feels good. All smiles as the crew arrives... 6.34 at 234.99 mph. Nice.

Forget the high-fives, there's another run to make and we have two hours and a crew of three. A point worth making: we have less crew than many but the way Scott, Rob and I work together is enviable to many. Having worked together for five years or so, we have come to an understanding. Things get tight, things get warm but each goes about their business with a common goal. It works.

The 7:30 call comes and we're paired with Nanook. The US team want revenge for the Bowling Green race and have it loaded. The UK team expect it and have a couple of plans of our own. Right lane again, burnout completed and into pre-stage. And sit there. A wise old sage once told me "Protect the clutch! Under no circumstances stage first. If they make you wait, then wait!". And so I wait. And wait. Vincent isn't going in so I move. We leave together, cylinders drop then re-light. Two hundred feet out the little green car stands on its now shorter wheelie bars. For years, the car has driven on its wheelie bars and it's comfortable. The new short wheelie bars aren't dialled-in quite so well yet so when it comes down, the barrier is a little closer than is comfortable. By this time, Nanook is hauling. Give it up.

Nanook went through with a 6.11 and a few sacrificed pistons. They wanted it bad and deserved it. Great team. We came away 1-1 for the weekend and 1-1 against Nanook. All to play for at the finale of our tour, the California Hot Rod Reunion in October. Be there. We'll be racing for Queen and country.

Once again thanks to our tour partners: Beech Underwriting Services, Lawrie Gatehouse and the NFAA, US Automotive, Rat Trap Racing, Lucas Oil, Goodyear Tyres, Motorstate Distributing, Thacker & Friends, the Sherratt family, ARP Fasteners and all the supporters back home for your kind words of encouragement - it is greatly appreciated! Thanks also to all the supporters at home in the UK, whom we also greatly appreciate!

Editor's note: We will shortly be departing for Germany so news updates and Swap Meet postings will be on a best-endeavours basis from tomorrow (Wednesday). Please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com, though, and we will post when we can. Before anyone pulls Your News Editor up on his oft-stated view that a large proportion of Facebook updates may as well start with the words "Dear Burglar", please note that Eurodragster.com HQ will not be empty and that anyone who fancies taking on a territorially-outraged Mrs Tog is very welcome to try it.


£200,000 to save York Raceway.
14th August: Thanks to Mike L'Alouette for passing on an official statement from the Pennine Drag Racing Club about the future of York Raceway, which we present verbatim:

"Main point; we have an agreement for the use of the facility for at least the next ten years. This is in the form of 7+3 years – this could be extended further.

"Obviously, this now comes at a cost. We need to raise £200,000... We have to resurface the part of the track we use. Estimates have ranged from £90k to £190K alone!

"We also have to remove the Tower and the other buildings. Some can be relocated others will need to be replaced.

"There is a huge amount of work to be done but this is our chance to get the track we want. PDRC will have direct input into what we do / what the track looks like.

"A crowd funding page is being set up for donations. Large donations should be directed via me (
pdrc@btinternet.com). We are currently putting together a package of offers from gate entry, lane sponsorship to partnerships. Contact me for details.

"A separate bank account is being set up and all monies donated will go into this account. The account will be controlled by the PDRC Directors Alan Perkins and Marjorie Lyon along with Pete Youhill.

"Should this project fail all donations will be returned – however, we do not envisage this being the case.

"So NOW is the time to stand up and be counted... if you want a track to race on at York from 2018 either donate or find companies to donate, we need to reach the target of £200k very quickly.

"PDRC has pledged £10k, matched by Pennine Promotions already. A further donation of £1000 was put on the table last night from Chris Murty. So we already have £21k, over 1/10th of what we need.

"Over to you!"

Thanks also to Dave Rudd for letting us know that the JustGiving page is now available at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/york-raceway.


Two tributes.
14th August: Lee and Sue Johnstone were saddened to hear of the death of their good friend and racing buddy, UK Comp Altered and then bike racer Dave Burfitt. "We raced in the Jaguar heydays of the 1970s and 1980s, with our Apple County Cannon against Dave's Boss Cat", they say. "He was a great competitor on the track but also a great fellow off the track, always a smile and ready to chat. Our paths had not crossed so much of late, but our family and old team-mates hold fond memories of Dave, his car, his team and his family."

On behalf of himself and wife Carolyne, Graham Beckwith writes with memories of late Wild Bunch racer and supporter Dave 'Sag' Southworth. "I first came across SAG at a fairly early Belle Vue show", says Graham. "He wore the famous illuminated belt buckle. When I saw that, I was fascinated by the fact that there could be real, original characters in this world of hot rods and drag racing. SAG was always someone I was pleased to come across throughout my involvement with drag racing. Always an original thinking man, always a top class genuine Northener (despite being a Lancastrian), and always a gentleman. I will miss him deeply. Wherever he is now, I hope they're prepared to Rock and Roll! RIP SAG, you lovely man. Our thoughts are with Elaine and the family."


Swift snippets.
14th August: Thanks to Andy Marrs and SPRC's timing crew for forwarding the official Timing Data from Ultimate Street Car, 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.

Thanks to Stephen Billings for letting us know that if you are attending Santa Pod Raceway's Junior Drag Racing Fun Day on Thursday 24th August then you may be affected by roadworks which will close Wollaston Road in Irchester. You can check out a map and more information by clicking here.

The latest addition to our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet is UK Modurstang Pro ET racer James Forster's Mustang. The package on offer looks very reasonable to us and makes a great entry to racing, although the car could also very easily be reverted to street-legal. If you are interested then click on the link above or on the Jeff Bull Swap Meet link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com and take a look at Cars For Sale.

No news update yesterday (Ministering to a sorry-for-herself greyhound and doing Hockenheim pottering - Ed) so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday to UK drag bike legend Chris Hannam. Hope you had a great day Cannon.


Success at Clastres.
14th August: Didier Canicave tells us that the second round of France's ATD Championships, which took place at Clastres Dragway, was efficiently-organised and turned out perfectly:

The track, the organisation, the timing team and the race officials were perfect, and we had two days of really cool weather with sunshine all weekend. It was a real pleasure after the unlucky Rivannazanno race with two days of rain. More than a hundred racers on two and four wheels came from all over Europe.


The Junior race went to H Redshaw who won the final against C Dubois. Super Street A went to L Mausquet, B to F Peeters' Dodge Challenger, and C for N Chevassus' Pontiac. In Pro ET it was a big battle all weekend for the most popular class and the winner was F Besset with his Chevy Nova in a hard final against F Dubois and his purple Chevy Nova. The big one, Super Pro ET with many cars in sevens, went to P Dubois in his grey dragster against E Baila who had come all the way from Italy with his Chevy Nova.


ATD and Clastres Dragway both showed us that the place has become a real cool European venue for drag racing. All of the racers from drivers from France, Italy, England, Belgium, Holland and Germany went away impetient to return for the next race.


UK Top Sportsman review.
14th August: Paul Marston writes with a review of the Seventh Annual JT Construction UK Top Sportsman event which was hosted at the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

With twenty five entries from the very best and fastest Sportsman doorslammer teams in the country, and with twelve potential seven-second doorslammers amongst their numbers, it had all the signs of being one hell of an event and didn't let us down.

Freshly-rebuilt and débuting at Top Sportsman were Jack Brewster's Pontiac Firebird now sporting an all-ally New Century-blocked 14-71 Blown Big Block Chevy. The second début in competition was Joel Kerr's Pontiac Starchief, again sporting a BBC with another 14-71 supercharger. Then there was George Chiarella with his '34 Ford Coupe Straight to the Point, sporting a huge 106mm single turbo on an injected LS motor. All in all a star-studded entry list of some of the biggest players in Sportsman doorslammer racing today, capped off by the Moore brothers and their stunning Dodge Viper Pro Mod powered by a 736 ci fuel-injected, nitrous Fulton motor but this time with Crew Chief Dave Moore driving instead of usual shoe Roger. You can find the full list of entries on the Eurodragster.com Mopar EuroNationals Event Coverage page.

Friday's Fast Bracket went five rounds in total and had some seriously close races. Adding to the mix this year was a very strong presence of race teams from York Raceway: Pel Norman, Marc Manning, Spencer Tidswell, 2017 Street Racer Champion Russ Pursley, Simon Boot, and Pete Youhill and Joel Kerr both sporting new rides.

When the dust had settled it was Paul Letchford in his 1968 Camaro and Simon Boot in his Camaro in the final. It was a tough battle with a double break-out and Paul Letchford came out the worthy winner. So the Fast Bracket still holds the distinction of never having had a repeat winner in its nine-race history. Plus for the first time ever we actually got the Fast Bracket done and won on Friday!

On Saturday with nothing scheduled on track until the evening some teams relaxed whilst others joined the RWYB queue to get some practice runs in prior to the one-shot Heads-Up qualifier, which was moved forward due to the threatening weather which was rapidly closing in. At the end of the one-shot qualifier there were, bizarrely, only fifteen cars qualified due to heavy attrition amongst competitors who suffered various woes including Jack Brewster crossing the centre line in his bid and Dave Gibbons recording no time.

Sunday included a stunning array of Personal Bests and storming runs. The out of competition Jack Brewster gave us just a glimpse of the performance potential of his Firebird, smashing into the sevens with a 7.49 with the Firebird's first ever full pull with this combo. In the first round Joel Kerr went into the sevens with a 7.91/171.74 taking out Simon Boot's slowing 10.13/134.57. Pete Youhill kept Simon Gough very honest with an 8.95 to 8.78 with Simon moving on. Marc Manning made a fist of it but his 9.49 with a wounded transmission was no match for Fast Bracket winner Paul Letchford's 8.06/153.63. Spencer Tidswell disposed of Russ Pursley who was however very pleased to have got into the eights for the first time in his SBC-powered Dutton, Russ' 9.0052 losing to Spencer's 8.50/154 mph. Pel Norman had a bye as Dave Wiggins, winner of the No Prep Heads Up at North Weald, was a precautionary no-show with potential valvetrain issues. Pel however showed that he meant business all the way with a blistering 7.86/173. Kev Perkins had a potentially tough round against George Chiarella who is still mapping the fuel curve on new motor combo. Kev took no chances running 7.75/177 to move on. Last pass was a single for Dave Moore with the Viper, Dave now comfortable with the car clicking it off a 6.85/199.

In the second Round Simon Gough with his ever improving new Package destined for Super-class racing was up against Dave Moore and the Viper, Dave prevailed with a 7.02/199 mph but only after Simon took 0.14 off Dave on the tree, which bodes well for Super-class racing. Spencer Tidswell got his marching orders from Kev Perkins, 8.54 played a 7.69, but wait until the Procharger gets figured out and bolted on. Pel Norman had the bye and soloed to another storming 7.84/173.73. Paul Letchford should have faced Joel Kerr but Joel was a no-show, Paul killed the Tree with a 0.02 RT and shut off for a ten-second ET.

Come the semi-finals all of the remaining competitors were in for a good payday, providing that the event was completed, courtesy of John Tebenhams company JT Construction and the Top Sportsman prize fund; semi-finalists were guaranteed £500 cash. First up were Kev Perkins in his trusty Oldsmobile Cutlass and Pel Norman in his 632ci BBC powered Mk 1 Cologne Capri, neither were stellar on the tree but Pel took a 0.03 advantage. Other than that it was Kev all the way, booking his place with a 7.66 to Pel's 7.88. A cracking race nevertheless. In the second semi that Dodge Viper, which had been the picture of reliability, faced Paul Letchford in his 582ci N/A '68 Camaro which had been solidly in the seven-second zone. Pretty even on the tree then it was the Dave Moore in the Dodge Viper all the way, 6.76 played a strong naturally-aspirated 7.95 from Paul.

This set up a final with a pair of nitrous cars. Kev drilled the Dave on the start line with a 0.08 playing a 0.24 but the Viper had 0.05 back by sixty feet and all of the deficit back by 330 feet; from there it just gapped the Oldsmobile more and more. There was also a haze of piston death smoke from Kev's Oldsmobile Cutlass as the second nitrous kit helped the motor eat itself up. Dave's winning 6.83/198 took the win against Kev's wounded 7.63/157.

All of this was done despite some real heavy rain over the weekend: it rained significantly every evening and Santa Pod's track crew really deserve some recognition for forcing this event to be completed and refusing to give in, despite what was thrown at them (and there was plenty of it). The award of the trophies and the giving out of the cash was all completed as quickly as possible as the inevitable weather front finally took its toll, but we got it done. Kev Perkins collected £750 cash and the runner-up trophy. Dave Moore collected £1000 cash and the winner's trophy for his trouble. Semi-finalists Pel Norman and Paul Letchford pocketed £500 cash each, all courtesy of JT Construction and the Top Sportsman prize fund.

There have been a few Pro Mod teams which have tried to win in Top Sportsman and the Moore Brothers and their Shakespeare Engineering-backed Dodge Viper are the first team to actually get it done. Their Viper was the picture of reliability and consistency, never shook and never broke, that is very easy to say but not easy to do. Well done on a richly-deserved win. Kev Perkins put up a very game fight and would have made it a heck of a lot closer have it not been for the sacrifice to the piston gods.

There has still only ever been one repeat winner in the Head-Up race never a repeat winner in the Fast Bracket, which just shows how even the competition is and how hard it is to win this. With numerous new combinations being débuted this year and others in the pipeline, it will be very interesting to see who appears on the entry list for 2018. Over the years the performance of the entries has definitely progressed.

Special thanks go to everyone who has contributed to making Top Sportsman such a solid fixture on the map. This year we would especially like to thank our sponsors old and new who believe in giving something back to the Sportsman racers, John Tebenham and JT Construction for being a great supporter of Top Sportsman, Kenny Coleman at EDA, Jeff Bull Race Engines, Gary Halls Damn Yankees ACC, Gary Springford's Drag Race Engineering, Dave Gibbons' Rough Diamond Engineering, Eurodragster.com for their great coverage (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed), the Mopar EuroNats Committee for hosting us once again, and all of the PMR and Santa Pod crew for running the event so smoothly. Without all of the above there is no Top Sportsman.


Web site updates.
14th August: Norsk Dragracing Gardermoen got a measure of revenge on the weather with a very successful Drag Challenge to make up for last year's event. Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted a report on the EDRS Pro MC classes on the Drag Racing Europe Blog and you can take a look by clicking here.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with more than six hundred pictures from July's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Hockenheim track prep report.
12th August: Darren Prentice of Trakbak Racing and Ian Marshall of Santa Pod Racers Club have once again been invited by NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey to join Michael Vogel and his track preparation team at the Hockenheimring in Germany in readiness for this weekend's Public Race Days and next week's NitrOlympX. Darren writes:

We arrived at the track on Monday of last week to find the track already ground and rubber being applied to the first eighth mile. We were soon joined by the rest of Michael's team Robert Wolfbeiz, Tobias Bardenstein and Heiko Ruder. We made a plan of action then set off to start the many hours of track grooming which lay in front of us.

One of the first surprises laying in wait for us was not one but three brand new tractors - each one which they drove around the corner was bigger than the last - courtesy of Jochen Nerpel who has recently joined the Hockenheim team as the Track / Facilities Manager and who had secured a deal with Claas Tractors of Hockenheim. These machines, each with as much as 400 bhp, have really helped us power up and down the track, easily dragging the sleds behind us and driving in complete comfort. We have also been joined by Michael Behrens and his team from Jade Racing who have brought a counter-rotating machine, which is helping us to apply as much rubber as we can to the track surface.

For the first week we worked through the night as the famous Hockenheim circuit had a full calendar of track hires, so we just turned the floodlights on and hit the track.

At this weekend's Public Race Days the racers will give us an indication of how the track is coming around, ready for the final push of track prep before the NitrOlympX begins. Hopefully we will have time to send an update from the weekend, which normally attract some of the best tuning houses from across Europe as well as racers from around Europe have made the journey early for some pre-event testing.


Event entry update.
12th August: Entry is still open for the APIRA MSA / ACU Open Sport Nationals, a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships, ACU UK Drag Bike Championships and other series, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 26th-28th August. Official entry forms can be downloaded from the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk. Racers are encouraged to pay their entry fee by bacs rather than credit/debit card or cheque as this cuts down on administrative charges and time. APIRA's account details can be found on the entry forms.

Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 4 of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 7th-10th September. You can check out the European Finals 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-free entry closed yesterday (Friday) but entry may still be acceped subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.


Sag Southworth.
10th August: We were very sorry to hear of the death of UK Wild Bunch racer and supporter Dave Southworth, universally known as 'Sag'. A testament to Sag's mettle is the fact that even though terminally ill he continued to race, and in fact set a new Personal Best for speed in recent weeks.

Having run an altered named Jeepers Creepers Sag and Crew Chief Alan Grimes built and ran the Daddy Cool dragster, running it into the eights at 145 mph. A longtime supporter and very popular member of the Wild Bunch with whom he raced, Sag posted an annual trophy for Personal Achievement.

Our deepest sympathies to Elaine and to all of Sag's family and friends. If you would like to send a tribute to Sag then please E-Mail tributes@eurodragster.com.


Mini in the Park demos sought.
10th August: The organisers of this weekend's Mini in the Park at Santa Pod Raceway are seeking sub-9.90 dragsters, altereds or doorslammers to make demonstration passes on Sunday (13th). Neale Saunders of Santa Pod Raceway says that participation will involve taking part in the demo sessions on Sunday, but that free access to the track is on offer at Saturday's Run What You Brung if racers wish to make a weekend of it. However you must run on Sunday and your dragster or doorslammer must be a 9.90 or quicker runner.

If you are interested then please get in touch with Neale at neale@santapod.com.


Swift snippets.
10th August: British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Honorary Chair Stu Bradbury writes that today would be the seventy eighth birthday of the legendary Allan "Bootsie"Herridge. "We miss Bootsie dearly", says Stu. "The legend whose image is featured on the Hall of Fame trophies and after whom the trophy is named. Allan built one of the first dragsters in the UK in 1962 and was inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in its founding year, 2006."

Event entry update.
10th August: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 3 of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 7th-10th September now including a cat out of the bag in Fuel Funny Car as US Fuel racer Terry Haddock takes the wheel of the returning Showtime FC. You can check out the European Finals 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. Entry closes tomorrow, Friday 11th August, after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Smoke and nonsense.
9th August: UK Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia racer Colin Millar is again headed to Hockenheim to give the locals a show they will never forget:

Early in the year I had a wee chat with Jerry Lackey as he does like the excitement and thrills and spills surrounding Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia. We hoped to get six Outlaws put together to head out to Hockenheim which would have been no mean feat. We just about managed five but in the end there were three definite candidates: Jedd Guy, Ronnie Mercer and myself, and we are joined for the weekend by Andy Hadfield in Twister so it will be fun and full of nonsense - not forgetting all our crews as without them we couldn't do what we do.

It's a first for Ronnie and he will just love the event, running in Pro ET with a real big field and I believe only a thirty two-car field for eliminations, fingers crossed for Ronnie. Jedd, Andy and I are all running in Super Pro ET and again it's a tight class with an entry of forty and again going into a thirty two-car field for eliminations. Jedd has been to Hockenheim before but it's a first for running his car there. Andy and I have been before but we will all be rusty running a Sportsman tree, in fact this year I've never run one yet, let's hope that unlike my first year at Hockenheim I don't go on the first amber!

We all set off next Wednesday and we all arrive somewhere across the water the next morning with a hope to meet up somewhere en route to Hockenheim. Hopefully we will all have good journey and get there in plenty of time to get scrutineered and make the eight o'clock cut off for the drivers' meeting, set up camp and relax and enjoy before being out for the early morning call on Friday.

The big bonus for all four of us is that we are all in the Night Show which, if you have ever managed to be there, is awesome and that is a word which really can be used as it should be. Jerry puts so much work into this fabulous evening of entertainment: whether you are a spectator, a racer, a crew member or a marshal it is just the very best.

I wish everybody who is attending or racing at the event the very best of luck; it is one event where we really do just have fun. There is live Web TV running all day Saturday and Sunday, including the Night Show, so keep up to speed with Eurodragster.com and the team for all the information (Thanks Colin - Ed).

If we don't see you at Hockenheim then we will all catch up at Open Sport Nationals, European Finals or the Hot Rod Drags. Be fast and safe everybody.


Swift snippets.
9th August: Geoff Martin of the UK's Tech Crew, who raced the iconic Oxford Builder Comp Altered, says that he and the late Dave Burfitt both go back to the "Screaming Jag" days. "We used to park together in our seven foot wide pits", says Geoff. "We raced in Holland, twice I think, where he kept his welly in even when on the grass verge. Economic racing for families and socialising was our stock-in-trade back in the 1980s. A big friendly guy with a heart of gold. RIP Dave."

Our good friend Robin Jackson tells us that a report of the Pro Modified action at the Mopar EuroNationals is now available on the official MSA British Drag Racing Championship web site at www.msadragracing.co.uk.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has published the fourth issue of its online magazine HOFtalk which is designed to facilitate communications with members and supporters of the BDRHoF and which is edited by our own Pit Reporter Simon, who is a member of BDRHoF Ltd's Board. You can download the PDF by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page, or you can read it on-screen at www.drceurope.co.uk/hoftalk/issue4.

Aidan Heatley Smith asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer and regular Eurodragster.com contributor Smax Smith. Our pleasure Aidan, have a great day Smax. A big Happy Birthday also to UK Fuel legend and newlywed Gary Page. Have a great day Gary.


European Top Gas Round 3 report.
9th August: Many thanks to Herman Jolink for forwarding us a report of the third round of the European Top Gas Series which took place over the quarter mile at Drachten on 28th-30th July:

We had a lot of luck with the weather, only a little rain. We had qualifying at 13:00, 16:00 and 19:00 on Friday and Saturday and the last qualifier on Sunday. Top Gas qualifying:
  1. Jorg Lymant D on 2622 V-Twin 7.702/214 kmh off the throttle early and there was a strong headwind.
  2. Cord Albers D on 2622 V-Twin 7.751/271. On the second run Albers had problems with his fuel pump.
  3. Jan Malmberg S on 2400 two blower V-Twin 8.140/264. On a previous qualifying run the wheelie bar was too low so the front end did not lift, after adjusting the wheelie bar height it was better.
  4. Patrick Kras NL on 2622 V-Twin 8.567/237. This was his first time racing after he broke his leg in a road bike accident.
  5. Jorg Braune D on 2000 V-Twin 9.653/214
  6. Sasha Brodbeck CH on V-Rod Destroyer 9.657/215. Brodbeck was Champion in the V-Rod Destroyer class several times. Broke his gearbox on the last qualifying run.
  7. Martin Buehler CH on 1600 Blower V-Twin (ex-Otto Bauer) 9.789/222, new Personal Best.
  8. Sven-Ole Schleichert D on V-Rod Destroyer 9.993/208, new Personal Best.
  9. Janeck Severa CR on TL 1000 Suzuki 10.211/208
  10. Frederik Schack DK on 2622 V-Twin 13.359/86, gearbox problems.
Championship leader Fredrik Schack did not qualify as he broke a chain and then had gearbox problems. Herman Jolink did not participate because of some personal problems. Also not participating because of engine damage at Claestres was Dirk Waterschoot B (con rod through crankcase), Chris van Nimmen B (broken crank case), Marc v d Boer B (broken valves).

Sunday E1: Lymant's engine stopped after the burnout so he was not allowd to restart, Severa (first alternate as Buehler was broken) bye run 11.817/151. Kras' engine stopped shortly after starting, Braune's engine also stopped shortly after launch, problems with fuel injection. Albers 9.502/203 def. Schleichert 10.537/207; Albers' launch was not so good and he had problems with the strong wind. Malmberg 8.402/256 bye, Brodbeck had a broken gearbox.

Sunday E2: Severa just activated the lights then his clutch burned (bye run). Albers 7.807/261 def. Malmberg 8.511/257, Albers 0.602 RT and Malmberg 0.389.

Final Cord Albers D 9.495/239 def. Janeck Severa CR 10.405/201. RTs Albers 0.397, Severa 0.287. Albers again had problems with the strong wind. 3rd place Jan Malmberg S.

European Super Twin Top Gas Championship after three rounds:
  1. Schack DK 965
  2. Lymant D 945
  3. 3th Malmberg S 900
  4. Jolink NL 600
  5. Braune D 570
  6. Schleichert D 520
  7. Albers D 495
  8. Caspari D 340
  9. van Nimmen B 330
  10. Menzi CH 320
  11. Niklas D 320
  12. Buehler CH 320
  13. Jensen DK 310
  14. Bruun DK 310
The next Top Gas round is at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim next week.


Ready for all comers.
7th August: Nick Davies, Rob Loaring and the UK's Havoc Fuel Altered team are gearing up for the half-way event on their US Tour with a whistle stop at US131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan this weekend. Nick writes:

The meeting is the US 131 Northern Nationals featuring a six-car field of Top Fuel dragsters, an eight-car qualified field of Nostalgia Fuel Funny Cars, Bob Motz's Jet Kenworth and an invited field of six classic Fuel Altereds.

It seems as though the little green Altered from the UK has gained some popularity in the last couple of meetings as our invite list has increased far further than we are able to commit. This time, we are advised that we are joining Ron Hope's Rat Trap, Dave Hough's Nanook, Randy Bradford's Fiat, Mike Hilsabeck's Arizona Thunder and Dave Benjamin's T. It may change, so don't shoot the messenger (Oh, that only applies to Yours Truly - Ed)...


The meeting will give a nod to drag racing traditionalists by featuring the world's fastest race cars competing over the full quarter mile and the bill includes Larry Dixon, Dom Lagana and Pat Dakin, amongst others.

Our own schedule comprises just two runs this Saturday night, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The format for racing is "To be clarified" but, needless to say, we will be flying the flag and trying to add to the scalps already collected. Exhibition? Not for us.

Scott and I will try and keep you updated via FB, Instagram and any other means available including Eurodragster.com.

Thanks, as ever, to our tour partners: Beech Underwriting Services, Lawrie Gatehouse and the NFAA, US Automotive, Rat Trap Racing, Lucas Oil, Goodyear Tyres, Motorstate Distributing, Thacker & Friends, the Sherratt family, ARP Fasteners and all the supporters back home for your kind words of encouragement - it is greatly appreciated! Thanks also to all the supporters at home in the UK, whom we also greatly appreciate!


Swift snippets.
7th August: Former Comp Altered and Pro Comp racer Tim Claxton was sorry to hear of the death of Dave Burfitt. "What a lovely man", says Tim. "I got on very well with Dave, win or lose. We had a few laughs until we got to the line, then he took his racing seriously. RIP Dave, and my thoughts to his family". Charlie, Jim and Dave Draper add that they too were sorry to hear of Dave's passing and send condolences to his family.

Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy future to UK Fuel legend Gary Page and his bride Jane Page who were married on the QT yesterday.

Sweden's Team 817 Funny Bike and Super Street Bike team are preparing for next week's NitrOlympX buoyed by PBs at the NDRG Drag Challenge at Gardermoen. "I saw off the previous 6.887 with a 6.831 / 286 kmh off the throttle at 100 feet, and Robert Häggblom ran a clean 7.70/305", says Thomas Pettersson. "We are looking forward to setting more new PBs on the track at the NitrOlympX".

Trakbak Racing and Track Group Europe have confirmed that they will again be providing a free Web TV broadcast from the NitrOlympX. The High Def, multiple-camera broadcast will be available on the Saturday and Sunday of the event and will of course include the Night Show. The link to the Web TV is ready and waiting on our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NitrOlympX coverage index which also includes a link to the official entry list. You can take a look by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted a photo review of the NDRG Drag Challenge on the Autosport.nl web site. You can check it out by clicking here.

We continue to receive appreciative feedback for our triple stack of John Woolfe Racing-sponsored event coverage of Dragstalgia, Bug Jam and the Mopar EuroNationals, for which many thanks. As we are quite used to drag racing being gender-blind we didn't give a thought to all four of our photographers at the Mopars being female until it was pointed out to us. Next week's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim will be the first of six straight race weekends' coverage including a double-header of the Dico Scandinavian Internationals and APIRA Open Sport Nationals on the second of the six. Our full Event Coverage schedule including Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcasts 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.


Smax and the maddening TAFC.
7th August: Ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith had a weekend off from the long car last weekend and concentrated on son Aidan's Top Alcohol Funny Car at Grand Bend:

We were quietly confident that we had addressed the issues of putting burst panels out before half track as we found that our crank trigger to the msd grid wasn't wired correctly. Aidan came out for his first run and did a perfect long smokey burnout, the car sounded totally on kill. He backed up then staged and brought the rpm to 6500, launched but put out the burst panel out before sixty feet.

The stripdown revealed that we broke an intake rocker so likely backfired the blower. All the bottom end was perfect so a quick fix and turnaround ready for Q2. Again Aidan did a perfect burnout and brought the rpm up to 6500 and launched, but car didn't rev much past 6900, went 400 feet and put the burst panel out. By now was losing my mind.

I decided to run just off the mag and replace kill switch, which I was suspecting, and the points box but rain was forecast for Sunday's eliminations plus the track were getting pissed that we weren't performing, so Aidan said stuff this for a game of soldiers (My paraphrase - Ed) and loaded up and we partied until five the next morning.

On Monday I decided to order a new kill switch from MSD and hey! In the catalogue it said no not use two pole switch on Mag 44 and use a starter solenoid to shut the mag off, so this may have been my problem all along. Damn!

As usual we had a fun weekend but still going through hell with our Funny Car. At time of writing we were scheduled to be back at Grand Bend this weekend with the Top Fueller which has new blower and command module, and a new kill switch on the Funny Car, so watch this space!


Dave Burfitt.
5th August: We were very sorry to hear of the death of longtime UK Comp Altered then bike racer Dave Burfitt. Dave's son and fellow racer Andy writes:

Dave started drag racing in 1976 with a Jaguar-powered altered called Expectations, which he then ran in Junior Comp. His first win with the bog stock 3.8 Jag came at only his second meeting at Snetterton, qualifying third and managing to drive around the likes of Tim Claxton and Brian Mondey for the win. In 1977 the car was re-bodied with a Pat Cuss Austin A35 to, in his words, "Hide the awful chassis!". The car then changed names to Boss Cat. Dave enjoyed success with this car in 1978 and in 1979 won the NDRC Senior Comp championship.

In late 1979 there was a change to the Topolino, and a new chassis was bought from the Cross Brothers. The most memorable race with this car was in Holland at the 1984 Zandvoort circuit meeting, run over the eighth mile. Dave managed the Bracket 3 win over John Mullan's Camaro in the final. In 1985 Dave took a year out to build his own house down in Dorset, however during this time Dave he bought a rolling chassis from Andy Muir and the Dart team (formally Norm Wheeldon's Wheel Thing). The same 3.8 Jag motor now, with a few goodies from Jim Tester and a different clutch, was fitted to the above mentioned chassis.

Dave ran this car with success until 1987 when he decided to revisit his love of motorcycling. Riding around Europe and competing in various trials and rallies kept his thirst for competition fuelled.

Forward to 2004 and after helping Son Andy with his 10.90 Bike Dave's passion for drag racing was re-ignited. With the purchase of Fred Furlong's Suzuki GSXR 1100 Dave joined the racers in 10.90 Bike. At the 2004 FIA European Finals Dave took the 10.90 win and Son Andy took the 9.90 Bike win. This would be such a memorable race for both, and the last time that both 10.90 Bike and 9.90 Bike classes would run at the European Finals.

In 2004 Dave finished runner-up in both the UK National Championship and the APIRA Championship. In 2005 Dave added nitrous and a lock-up clutch and moved to the changed-index 9.50 Bike class. Over the next few years Dave would enjoy many memorable races at Santa Pod and Shakespeare County Raceway with Son Andy running in the same class.

Dave will be sadly missed but will always be remembered by us and many others as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who would always put others before himself. A quiet and unassuming man who took pride in all that he set out to achieve.

Our very deepest sympathies to Andy and to all of Dave's family and friends. If you would like to send a tribute to Dave then please E-Mail
tributes@eurodragster.com.

Swift snippets.
5th August: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 2 of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 7th-10th September. You can check out the European Finals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes next Friday, 11th August, after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday with added hugs to Libby Mottershead. Have a lovely day Lady Lib.


Have you seen this caravan?
5th August: UK Supercharged Outlaws racer Jim Usher's caravan was stolen from Wincanton on Thursday night and Eurodragster.com readers are asked to keep eyes and ears open:

It's a Luna Lexon RS twin axle with a few dents on the back rear panel where a deer ran into it. It also has LED lights running all the way down the side. Apart from that it has some silicone marks around the wheel arches where I have taken off the LED lights from the bottom of the van. It's got all our clothes and firesuit ready for the Bulldog Bash next week.  Please can you help find it.

Jim can be contacted by Facebook messaging.


Demos sought for Junior Fun Day.
3rd August: Donna Finnegan writes that Santa Pod Raceway are seeking vehicles to make demo passes at the Junior Drag Racing Fun Day on Thursday 24th August:

We are seeking racers with vehicles which run 11.99 or quicker. Admission tickets will be fre eof charge but there will be a sign-on fee of £20 and of course any further donations to our associated charity the Helping Harry Trust are most welcome.

If you would like to make demonstration passes at the Fun Day then please contact Donna at
donna@santapod.com before 11th August.

The pitfalls of steel.
3rd August: UK Modurstang Pro ET racer Tim Stanbury says that he will have to sit out the rest of this season:

After eight seasons pushing and pulling my all-steel 1968 Camaro, both at the track and at home, I managed to strain something in the nether regions last year. Of course I'd like to say it followed an energetic session of something else, but the reality was merely an old fart pushing his race car too hard.

A winter of rest seemed to cure that so we commenced the season as usual, aiming to have a crack at all seven MSA rounds. But after a worthy beating by friend and fellow racer Mark Bailey at the SPRC Summernationals I set about loading the car as usual for our long ride home. It started to rain hard, and there I was pushing and shoving the Camaro trying to get it lined up for the trailer, and something went twang. I ignored this message and carried on as usual at home, selling my motor accessories - not an especially vigorous pursuit - and running our farm in my spare time. Four straight days in a twenty five-year-old tractor and something just didn't feel right. So off to the doctor.

I've given myself a hernia, bringing my racing season to an end. Hopefully I'll be back as usual next year.

I want to thank my sponsors Lucas Oil Products, for all their support and understanding. It has been an honour to represent them for the third year. I'll miss all my friends at the track. Have fun, go fast, and stay safe. All you boys and girls with lightweight racing cars just don't know how lucky you are. But I'm sticking with steel thank you.


Street Car Shootout pictures.
3rd August: Many thanks to Bob Roberts for sending us shots of the Street Car Shootout at the weekend's Silverstone Classic.


Ballooning in Canada.
2nd August: Ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith has been in touch with a report on the appearance of the Leverich family and the Ant Hill Mob at Toronto Motorsport Park's Nitro Nationals:

As defending Event Champion running a 4.84 quarter mile with the belt coming off at 1200 feet we were more than excited to perform in front of our home crowd at my local track. I did a
radio interview and a TV interview.


We had some neat developments on the car showing good promise for our first three-second, 300 mph 1000 foot pass. We were scheduled to run at 4:00 and 8:00 but the heavens opened at 4:00 and the rain battered us for three hours. Damn! However the track crew persevered and dried the track but no time for street cars and put the three jets on for the Night Show first! Then came the Funny Cars of Jeff Diehl and Dale Creasy. Dale hooked up and went 900 feet but Jeff broke an oil line and the clean-up took a long time. Then Terry Haddock ran his Funny Car but spun the tyres. I watched as the mist crept up my windshield and knew it was not a good sign.

We were paired with good friend Todd Paton and although we did good burnouts and managed to launch we got out about 400 feet out and both spun our tyres, so we lifted at same time. The data showed we were trying to turn the tyre from the hit! We then partied until 5:00 am.


Up on Sunday morning, Aidan had the clutch done before I got out of bed and we got ready to run the 2:00 pm session again against Todd. We were hoping for good numbers. Aidan belted me in then we did our burnouts and staged. We rocketed off to 280 mph but dropped a cylinder at the hit and mixed them up down track so only produced a 5.20. The throttle also hung for a second again! What we found was the blower which we restripped after backfiring it when we beat Tony Schumacher was eating the new strips so only made 39 lbs boost at the hit. The case is ballooned so Gary has got us another blower which makes 53 lbs boost but we have to wait to Grand Bend this weekend to find out the results.

Meanwhile we had brought Aidan's alky Funny Car along, after addressing a few woes from last season we were excited to get him running fives. The car sounded great. We towed Aidan for the first qualifier, planning an eighth-mile pass unless was it pulling hard.


Aidan did a monster burnout and the car sounded great. Pre-staged brought the rpms up, launched but didn't seem to rev up much and laboured then put the burst panel out at 400 feet. Aidan kept it rolling and qualified. We changed the coil and the mag was fresh from MSD so we played with the wiring on the grid etc. The team did amazing work stripping the whole car, we had hydraulicked and bent number two rod pretty bad but the crank was fine.

We went for the first round on Sunday, again sounded great with a monster burnout. Pre-staged at 6500 rpm and Aidan was away first but again the same thing, the car didn't really rev up and put the burst panel out at 400 feet. Bummer, this is getting stupid. Unfortunately didn't get any data again to see what was really going on so packed up and headed home.


Swift snippets.
2nd August: Regular readers of our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage will know that it has some very faithful fans and we are very pleased to say Happy Birthday to one of those today. James Humphreys, a particular fan of our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcasts as well as a member of SPRC's timing crew, is seventeen years old today and Tog, Kirstie, Simon and Julian would like to wish James the very happiest of birthdays.

Ted Peddle.
1st August: We were sorry to hear from Mike Lintern that Ted Peddle, one of the founding directors of National Dragways, the original operators of Santa Pod Raceway, has passed away at the age of ninety:

It was in 1965 that John Bennett, Chairman of the British Hot Rod Association, publisher of the club's Drag Racing & Hot Rod magazine and co-proprietor with Ted of the South London bodyshop Spa Engineering, "discovered" the ex-USAAF airfield of Podington.

At the time, the airfield had recently been purchased by local farmer Ernie Braddick and used on occasions for National Sprint Association meetings, though Ernie had plans to break-up the runways and taxiways for the value of the hardcore. But Ernie joined the other National Dragways directors – who also included Bob and Roy Phelps of Fibre Glass Repairs – in a vision of the site becoming the BHRA's permanent drag strip, a project which became reality with the opening of the Raceway in 1966.

Our deepest sympathies to Ted's family and friends.


Of Vipers and lamb shanks.
1st August: Lucy Moore writes that Roger Moore was dragged kicking and screaming from the driving seat of the Moore brothers' Pro Modified Viper to allow tuner Dave Moore and crew Gary Butters to have a go at the Mopar EuroNationals:

Roger never did like sharing his toys as a child. It was an ambitious venture to attempt to get two rookie drivers down the track in one weekend, but with the experience of the team and our never-say-die attitude we were optimistic.

"Weekend" is a loose term considering Roger, Lucy and Dave arrived at the track on Wednesday to set up for the event! The first obstacle was when Dave arrived having been stung on the head by a wasp the day before. His face was so disfigured by an allergic reaction that we were unsure he would be able to race at all. Fortunately, copious use of a bag of frozen peas and a large amount of antihistamine subsided the swelling by the following day.

Dave pulled rank over his ex-apprentice to take the first drive on Friday. His last pass was fourteen years ago in their infamous Triumph Herald; you wouldn't have thought so as he ran a solid eight-second run. Gary was next, looking a bit apprehensive but determined he ran a 7.53, the competitive edge creeping in. Dave jumped back in on an absolutely storming run to make a 6.83/198.08, fantastic!


As the passes continued and experience grew we all began to enjoy seeing them reach new targets with Dave attaining his goal of 200 mph, the crew got used to the adjustments with Roger being on the start line and looking like a lamb shank without roast potatoes. Although the weekend was a bit of fun away from Pro Mod for Dave and Roger, and a reward for Gary after twenty years of excellent crewing, it was fantastic to see Dave win the JT Construction UK Top Sportsman Heads Up Race.

It was great to have longtime crewman Martin Tilley return on Saturday as a spectator and to lend a hand after illness, he has been a huge asset to the team over the years. As well as a huge thanks to him there also are thanks in order for all our dedicated crew members, but particularly those this weekend: Roger 'Chief Whip Cracker', Dave 'Lamb Shank', Jane 'Prosecco', Kane 'Bahlsen Leibniz', Gary 'Double Cheeseburger with Bacon' and Lucy 'The Boss'.


Swift snippets.
1st August: UK street-legal racer Andy Frost is holding a Five Second Club night in Wolverhampton on Saturday 30th September to benefit his return to Bahrain to race Red Victor 3. A custom car and bike show, live bands, food and a bar will be on offer and festivites commence at 15:00. Tickets are £25, under-12s free. You can find out more on the official flyer; click on the picture at right.

Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for posting the post-Bug Jam points standings in the 2017 UK National Drag Racing and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships. You can check out the 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.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs and SPRC's timing crew for forwarding the official Timing Data from Bug Jam and the Mopar EuroNationals, 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.


Mopar EuroNationals results.
31st July: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

MSA Pro Modified: Andy Robinson 6.1451/234.88 def. Marck Harteveld 6.1290/234.88
JT Construction UK Top Sportsman Heads-Up Race: Dave Moore 6.8353/198.896 def. Kev Perkins 7.6382/157.94
JT Construction UK Top Sportsman Fast Bracket: Paul Letchford (8.00) 7.9665/161.35 b/o def. Simon Boot (9.60) 9.3711/146.66 DQ b/o
Nostalgia Super Stock: Dave Billadeau (10.71) 10.6918/126.14 b/o def. Clive Dandridge (14.21) 14.1589/95.02 DQ b/o
Gasser Circus: Ray Turner (12.35) 13.1215/80.35 def. Brian Gibson (11.00) 14.1750/101.18 DQ red

Congratulations also to Gasser Circus racer Martyn Hallam who won the £100 Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award with a 0.0007 Reaction Time in qualifying. The Award has been reset to £50 for the Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway.

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored 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.

Swift snippets.
30th July: Good luck and stay safe to Maja Udtian of the Islanders Drag Racing Team who plans to complete her Top Fuel Dragster licence at Gardermoen today. Terje Håkensbakken tells us that Maja pulled a 0.97 sixty foot time on her first pass on Friday and then ran a half pass yesterday.

Good luck and say safe also to Robin Lantz who is licencing in Stefan Gunarsson's injected-nitro Top Methanol Dragster at Tierp Arena. You can stay in touch with Maja's and Robin's progress courtesy of the webcasts above.

Congratulations to Sverre Dahl who becamse Europe's latest five-second Top Fuel Bike racer with a 5.98 and then 5.93 in qualifying at Gardermoen. First of many we're sure.

Best wishes also to Adam Flamholc who escaped uninjured from a top end crash in eliminations at the NMCA-NMRA Super Bowl at Route 66 Raceway. The Corvette is badly damaged but Adam is not and we look forward to seeing him back at the track doing the usual proud job of representing Europe.


Warpspeed for Hockenheim.
29th July: Thanks to Brin Tourle for forwarding us a pre-NitrOlympX update from the UK's Warpspeed Racing drag bike team:

Stuart Crane (Funny Bike): At the Main Event at Santa Pod everything went really well. The bike ran beautifully and straight as an arrow. I have not made any changes to the bike, just gone through the motor, a clean and freshen up, an oil change and routine maintenance. All the changes we made over the winter made it a new bike. Went down the track straight and a lot smoother to ride, so now we can start adding more power. As I run the Firestorm I can load two settings in the bike which allows me to choose as I go down the track.


My goal this season is to run a 6.8 or lower. At the Main Event the bike was showing the potential to so it as I ran PB after PB, my best sixty foot, eighth, thousand foot and quarter. So at the next meeting in Germany I'm hoping to run a new PB but there's no way I could do this without my team, my crew and our sponsor MPM Oil.

Mark Smith (Pro Stock Bike): Well, where do I start? We changed a lot on the bike over the winter break so we came up to Santa Pod on the Wednesday before the Main Event and met the Warpspeed team to get in some testing and data on the Thursday. We are running a Firestorm and had no base settings. Then came race day so got everything done on the bike, made my first pass and everything seemed to be OK. On the second run I did a burnout and the bike didn't sound right so I killed the motor as I didn't want to break it. I didn't make that run as I lost all of my valve clearance. Dale Leeks sorted that out for me but I didn't get any more runs in that day. Next day first run, did my burnout, got to the line, light went green and away I went. Half way down the track and the motor let go and broke so that was the end for me.

I had some spare time on my hands so changed the motor over ready for Germany and sent the broken motor back with Stuart Crane to be fixed and put back together. Fingers crossed everything will go smoothly at the next meeting in Germany.

I would like to thank all my team, crew and our sponsor MPM Oil and Draper Tools. Without you guys I wouldn't be going to Germany.


Dale Leeks (Funny Bike): We went up to Santa Pod on the Wednesday night to do some testing on Thursday, as we had made a few changes over the winter. The test runs went well and we got some data. I wasn't happy with my first pass on the Saturday so we changed some data and set-up to see if it would help. On the next run the bike was going well but at the top end the engine didn't sound right. I got back to the pit area to see what the problem was and after looking over the motor I discovered it had suffered damage at the top end so that was me out.

The front half is getting much stronger every pass and showing that the big numbers are there if I put in the missing pieces of the puzzle. In Germany we could get that long-awaited six-second pass. To throw a spanner in the works if racing the nitro motorcycle wasn't enough I fractured my leg in a sky-diving incident six weeks before the NitrOlympX. I have had to seek out specialist services to get the bone repair accelerated with laser treatment in the hope that I can get on the bike and do the business pain-free in Germany.

I would like to say a big thank to MPM Oil for their continued support of the team through our European Championship tour.


We couldn't thank our sponsor MPM Oil enough for all their support over the years. They have taken us forward to Germany and supply us with the best products on the market today including top end oils, and their support helps us to match products most suited to our motors. Richard Stevens at MPM also supplies us with sealants, cleaning products and merchandise and our race awning. A lot of companies out there would find it hard to beat their products and knowledge. Check out their web site at www.mpmoil.nl.


From £907 to £1000?
28th July: Emma Doyley of Captain Caveman Racing writes with a huge Thank You to everyone who supported the cake sale in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support over Bug Jam weekend:

We raised a total of £907.05! To anyone who bought cake, stuck stickers on their cars, or simply chucked some money in the pot - thank you.

The support from our friends in Sportmans ET was unbelievable. Unfortunately Gill Medley wasn't able to make it to BugJam but everyone involved did an amazing job of keeping our spirits up over the weekend. A big thank you to the the Clueless Racing team for letting us take over their pit space to hold our cake sale. Thanks must go to Andy Dibley and Eurodragster.com for their very generous donations to the fund after all racing was rained off (You are very welcome - Ed).

Last but not least, thank you to anyone and everyone who baked cakes, the amount of cake was unbelievable and kept the cake sale going over all three days of Bug Jam.

I'd really like to push the total amount raised to £1000, so we will again be taking the car stickers and money pots to the Mopar EuroNationals this weekend. If anyone is feeling generous, please help push us over the £1000 mark.


Swift snippets.
28th July: Dick Koster of Eurodragster.com sponsor
Post en Dros says that the company has a container at Hoosier which is scheduled to leave in two weeks and which has plenty of space for more tyres. "If racers need new tyres for this season or want to stock up for next season then please place an order via my E-Mail address webshop@post-en-dros.nl", says Dick. Price enquiries can also be sent to the same address.

The EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship is at its halfway point for 2017 and Norway's Gardermoen Raceway is the third track and third country in the Series. Samu Kemppainen, Mogens Lund and home favourites Thomas Lysebraaten Olsen and Jan Sturla Hegre are the leaders in their respective categories after two races, but as at Tierp and Alastaro they will face tough competition. You can read more courtesy of our good buddy Remco Scheelings on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.

We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today. Please join Kirstie, Tog and Julian in wishing Pit Reporter, Blog Editor, Links Editor and Photographer Simon a very Happy Birthday. Have a great day buddy.


DFDS ferry discount continues.
28th July: With the NitrOlympX fast approaching photo-journalist Andy Willsheer has been in touch to remind racers that discounts are available on ferry sailings with DFDS.

There is no rate increase in 2017, however in line with DFDS Group policy on all routes a charge has been introduced for each additional driver or passengers. The concessionary rates still offer a considerable discount when compared to DFDS' standard freight tariff and, until further notice, each driver and passenger will be able to take advantage of a free main course offer in the Freight Drivers Road Kings restaurant on board their vessels.

You can download the booking form by clicking here for PDF version or clicking here for Word version.

For more information about DFDS check out their web site at www.dfdsseaways.co.uk but to benefit from the Santa Pod Raceway discount please be sure to use the form, not the web site, to make bookings.


A Kalitta Collective at BDRHoF Gala.
28th July: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Connie kalitta, Doug Kalitta and Jim Oberhofer or Kalitta Motorsports will be attending its 2017 Gala Awards Dinner to be held at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey on 18th November, and that they will be offering a special charity auction prize for bids to raise funds for the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund.

The prize on offer is a package of two event tickets and Kalitta Motorsport VIP Hospitality tickets to the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, Florida from 15th-18th March 2018. In conjunction with BDRHoF sponsors DialAFlight, the prize includes two return flights from UK to Orlando and seven-day car hire. Up to £500 towards hotel cost booked through DialAFlight is also offered. The prize can only be used at the 2018 NHRA Gatornationals.

In order to bid for this fantastic prize valued at over £2,000, you will need to hold a ticket for the 2017 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner. Bidding will take place in sealed envelopes to be circulated on the day of the dinner and collected during the event. Bidding is open to all attendees except the Board of Directors and Selection Committee of the BDRHoF. The highest bidder will win, and in the event of a tie, the winner will be selected by drawn lot.

BDRHoF Sponsor Partner and international liaison officer Geoff Stilwell said "This is a fantastic prize and we are hugely grateful to Kalitta Motorsports and DialAFlight for their generosity in enabling us to create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are lining up other amazing prizes for the Gala Dinner so every guest will have several chances to bid."

Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations for Kalitta Motorsports, said "We are thrilled to be attending the BDRHoF Gala awards dinner and the chance to provide hospitality in return for two lucky winners of the charity auction was too good to miss. Congratulations to the BDRHoF for making all this possible."

Connie Kalitta: It takes a special kind of man to run one of the most successful Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster teams on the American drag racing scene while also operating one of the world's largest and award-winning cargo airlines. But 79-year-old Connie Kalitta is such a man. His drag racing career spans seven decades during which he has guided nephew Doug Kalitta and his late son, Scott Kalitta, to victories and Championships. In fact, since its launch in 1959, he or his teams have won six World Championships and over one hundred national event titles. Somehow he also found time to prime Shirley Muldowney's drag racing career, as featured in the film Heart Like A Wheel.

During the 1960s Connie moved steadily up the ranks, first as a Top Gas Dragster driver and then in Top Fuel. It was in Top Gas that Kalitta's Bounty Hunter nickname was coined. He painted a list of drivers he vowed to defeat with a large Wanted at the top and as he beat each one on the list he crossed off the name like a gunslinger, earning the name Bounty Hunter'. He later moved into Funny Cars when match racing Funnies became lucrative.

Connie was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1992 and is the first recipient of the NHRA's Lifetime Achievement Award. He continues to compete at the top level of drag racing on a massive scale, currently fielding a five-car team. His nephew Doug Kalitta gave up a solid driving career in open-wheel sprint cars and midgets to take over a Top Fuel driver's seat. Other Top Fuel dragster team members are Troy Coughlin Jr and Shawn Langdon. JR Todd and Alexis DeJoria drive the team's Funny Cars.

Doug Kalitta is the nephew of Kalitta Motorsports' owner and multiple drag racing Champion Connie Kalitta. Doug formerly raced in USAC events, becoming 1991 USAC Rookie of the Year in the midget series, and winning the 1994 Championship in the Sprint Car category. In a successful USAC career he won twenty one USAC events: fourteen in midget races and seven in sprint competitions. In 1998 he switched to drag racing, successfully driving a Top Fuel Dragster for Kalitta Motorsports. He is fifth on the all-time Top Fuel wins list, netting forty two career wins with eighty eighth career final rounds and winning the NHRA Finals at Pomona in 2016. His quickest Elapsed Time for 1000 feet is 3.686 seconds and his fastest Terminal Speed is 331.85 mph. He also finds time to operate airline Kalitta Charters.

Jim Oberhofer is the Crew Chief for the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster driven by Doug Kalitta, and Vice President of Operations for Kalitta Motorsports, a business with which he first became involved in 1983. Jim's father Dave campaigned a Junior Fueller as well as a Top Fuel Dragster in the 1960s and 1970s so drag racing is in Jim's blood, and in 1988 he joined Kalitta Motorsports full-time, working with Dick LaHaie after 1993 and later Ed 'The Ace; McCulloch. He met his wife Tammy there but sadly she succumbed to cancer in 2013. Jim's daughter Ashley and his brother Jon also work for the business and his book Top Fuel For Life has been much acclaimed. He is a sought-after speaker and media commentator talking about building a successful drag racing team and dealing with family tragedy. Alongside his responsibilities with one of the most successful teams in drag racing, he also finds time to take part in competitive ballroom dancing.

The BDRHoF is now taking reservations for the 2017 Gala Awards Dinner by E-Mail at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone on 01933 279102. This year the tickets are priced competitively at £65 which includes a pre-dinner reception. 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 at the negotiated room rate that includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking.

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


Web site updates.
28th July: Chris Eyre has updated the European Nostalgia Funny Car web site with a write up from the amazing Dragstalgia including videos and photos by Neil Dilkes and Andrew Green. "A massive Thank You to the Santa Pod crew for getting the track dry to enable all sessions of the Cannonball to run", says Chris. "Thank You also to SPR timing team for the numbers and thank you as always to the Eurodragster.com team for the excellent coverage (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed)". You can check it out at euronostalgiafunnycar.jimdo.com.

Paul Lister has updated his Drag Car Anon site with pictures from the FIA Main Event and Dragstalgia. You can take a look at www.dragcaranon.co.uk.


Bug Jam racer credit.
27th July:
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall says that racers entered in competition at last weekend's rained-out Bug Jam are to receive a credit against entry at a future event:

Following the cancellation of racing at Bug Jam 31, Santa Pod Raceway and SPRC are offering a £30 credit to all Sportsman racers who were due to compete at the event. The credit can be used at any permitted race event up to and including Bug Jam 32 next year.

SPRC will also be carrying over last weekend's prize fund to Bug Jam 32, so next year's Bug Jam will automatically be a double prize fund event for all of the Sportsman classes. The reason for holding the prize fund to next year is that this year's UK National Finals already has a double prize fund after the SPRC Summernationals was not completed.

If you have any queries about SPRC event entry then please contact Ian Marshall at SPRC on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


50 Shades of Macmillan.
26th July: Reigning UK National Sportsman ET Champion Andy Dibley has been in touch with an update about the weekend's 50ShadesofRacing.com Reaction Time Award:

Thirty four of the thirty eight drivers took part, each put £5 in the hat which topped the prize fund up to a grand total of £220! 

When Saturday was rained off it became apparent that the Award could possibly come down to just two qualifying runs. Rain further delaying racing on Sunday, and word spreading round that there would only be a one-shot qualifier, meant there could be a lot at stake on just one run: thirty eight drivers trying to make a thirty two-car field and one person picking up a handful of cash. 

Sadly, due to the persistent rain, racing was called and after speaking to all the drivers the prize fund was given to Alan Medley to include in the already-brilliant total made for Macmillan Cancer Support at the Sportsman ET Cake Sale (Several hundred pounds - Ed).


Swift snippets.
26th July: On behalf of Jake Charman and herself, Lizz Charman has asked us to say a big Happy 50th Birthday to her "Crackers" (Unquote - Ed) husband, Top Fuel Bike racer Kev Charman. Sure thing Lizz, have a very Happy Birthday Kev.

Continuing the recent thread of when the first drag race took place, photo-journalist Mike Collins thinks that there is a good case for Florida 1902 being viewed as the date. You can check out Mike's pretty tight reasoning by
clicking here (PDF format).

UK Pro ET racer Brian Huxley has been in touch to recommend the Engine Super Coolant manufactured by Eurodragster.com sponsor Lucas Oil Products. "We are blown away by how good it is", says Brian. We used it in the V8 Ford motor of our Dark Horse Mustang and we found that it works excelllently. We can recommend it to anyone with overheating problems - one bottle was enough to do the job in our car."


Mopars Perfection extended.
26th July: We are very pleased to announce that Cath and Tig Napier of the UK's Bad Habit Racing Pro ET team, who sponsor the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award, have extended coverage of the Perfect Light Award at this weekend's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. Ordinarily the Award is available in National Championship classes but this weekend the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award will be available in JT Construction Top Sportsman, the Gasser Circus and Nostalgia Super Stock as well as in MSA Pro Modified.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £100 after it could not be won at Bug Jam. The Award will be paid in cash to the first racer in MSA Pro Modified, JT Construction Top Sportsman, the Gasser Circus or Nostalgia Super Stock to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available during qualifying and eliminations, not RWYB, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £125 for the Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Open Sport Nationals.

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 from Friday morning or from the Eurodragster.com office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).


Weekend webcasts.
26th July: Race fans are spoilt for choice for webcasts this weekend.

First up is the NDRG Drag Challenge from Gardermoen which starts tomorrow (Thursday) and whose webcast commences on YouTube on Friday. You will be able to tune in by clicking here.

Starting at lunchtime on Friday is Eurodragster.com's Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast from the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. Broadcast will commence just before the track opens, which is scheduled for 12:00 midday, and will continue so long as the track is open each day. You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Mopar EuroNationals Event Index, which includes links to the official entry lists and webcast, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Our buddies at Nitro FM will also be streaming at www.eurodragster.com/nitrofm, and of course broadcasting at the track on 96.2 FM, from 07:00 Friday morning.

The RaceStar Nats takes place at Tierp Arena on Saturday and Sunday and the guys at Nitroz.se will be providing a webcast which you will be able to watch at www.nitrozplay.se.

Don't forget that you can find a comprehensive list of drag racing webcasts from around the planet on the excellent 1320Online web site at www.1320online.com.


Event entry update.
25th July: Many thanks to Paul Marston for forwarding us Version 4 of the official entry list for JT Construction UK Top Sportsman which takes place during this weekend's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out the UK Top Sportsman 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.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 1 of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 7th-10th September. You can check out the European Finals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on 11th August after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.


Feature: Bowling Green Blog.
24th July: The latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products is Rob Loaring's account of the Havoc Fuel Altered team's recent successful outing at the National Hot Rod Reunion at Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Rob's highly-entertaining and informative Blog commences with pre-event work in the workshop shared with the Rat Trap team and continues to the end of the race.

You can check out Rob Loaring's Bowling Green Blog by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Bug Jam rained out.
24th July: No qualifying or eliminations took place at the weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway after rain washed out competition sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. RWYB took place on Friday and for a while on Saturday before the weather took over.

Obviously neither the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award nor the Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting Bloodwise were won and so have been increased to £100 for this weekend's Mopar EuroNationals and to £75 for August's Open Sport Nationals respectively.

In the absence of a single competitive pass the £100 prize money for Eurodragster.com Sportsman ET was added to the money collected at Friday's coffee and cake morning in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Fund, and the box of Quality Street which was also up for grabs was passed to Alan Medley to give to wife Gill who was unwell at the weekend. The 50 Shades of Racing prize for Reaction Time was also put into the Macmillan pot; there will be more about this shortly.

Saturday's RWYB was marred by the top end crash of Sam and Olly Young's Black Current Beetle, however Sam was thankfully unhurt and set some sort of record for exiting a car.

We were able to post three galleries; you can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Swift snippets.
24th July: John Goodman, to whom thanks for the picture also, writes that the new PBR Top Fuel Bike designed and built by Phil Baimbridge took to the track for the first time at Shakespeare County Raceway at the weekend. Ridden by former Top Fuel Harley rider Al Smith the unique three-cylinder machine performed a couple of noisy burnouts to allow him to get used to the feel of the Baimbridge designed and built machine. An attempt at an eighth had to be abandoned after an oil feed came loose after the burnout. The team are very happy with the results of testing and John can confirm that it has a unique sound and is very loud.

Staying on two wheels, Kerryanne van den Berg has been in touch with an urgent request for a five-speed auto gear and shift drum for Bobby Frazier's Comp / Pro Stock Bike. If you can help then please contact Kerryanne on 07703 343534.

We have no less than three birthdays today. First up is a very Happy Birthday to Heaven & Hell and Earsplittenloudenboomer team member, Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member and Contributing Photographer Grace Roaf. Have a lovely day Grace. By one of those nice coincidences which you get all too seldom it is also the birthday of Grace's mum Mary Roaf. Happy Birthday and hope you have a lovely day too Mary. Finally another big Happy Birthday to our good friend Lotta Andersson. Have a lovely day Lotta.


Bennetts join the Posse.
24th July: UK blown-alcohol altered team Bennett Racing are delighted to announce their latest team sponsor, Pit Posse Motorsports:

Pit Posse Motorsports are an on-line retailer and manufacturer of motorsport and motorcycle accessories, tools and trailer / garage / shop accessories and more, upporting some of the top racers and race teams in the game including Trey Canard, Justin Barcia, Haiden "Danger Boy" Deegan, Traders MX Racing, and now Bennett Racing.

Barrett Smith, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, said "We're delighted to have our name associated with one of the best and well-known drag racing teams in Europe. They have two phenomenal cars which are very exciting to watch."

Bennett Racing are grateful to all at Pit Posse and we're really looking forward to the future working with them!


Won the Circus, won the Wars.
22nd July: The Gasser Circus reached a new milestone over Dragstalgia weekend with the biggest field ever assembled: no less than twenty six Gassers were on the plot. Nick Brooke Langham writes:

The ranks of cars waiting to do battle were boosted by four Gassers which had made the long trip from Sweden and the ever present and popular Laurent Levi hauling in from the South of France. Qualifying looked like it could be a frantic affair and upsetting as ten Gassers would miss out on Sunday!

Mechanical gremlins were set to reduce the field with Gas Guzzler and Honky Tonkin' not making it down the fire up road. Old Harper made it down but sadly did not make it through the burnout.

The stars of qualifying were definitely the Swedish drivers as they brought a whole new meaning to the term "Rolling burnout". More often than not they burnt out until mid-track but Stefan Flodell in his Chevy Nova and Kjell Anderson aka Lufson in his 1956 Crown Victoria on occasion hit the 1000-foot mark. The stands, starting crew and fellow racers loved it.

Unfortunately once qualifying was done only two of the Swedish cars were in the show with Bengt Eriksson's 57 Chevy Rattler and Lufson in his Dog Catcher 56 Ford. Missing out on the UK side were a few regulars more used to racing on Sunday, with Bad n Blown, Gas Junkie and Sean Milson in his Ain't Misbehavin Morris missing out on Sunday. He however had the consolation of being one of the five quickest UK cars and he would along with Honky Tonkin' 2, Psychedelic Relic, Wragged Wedge and The Mighty Mouse be representing the UK in the Gasser Wars! This was a heads up race against the five European Gassers.

With rain affecting chunks of Saturday, Santa Pod took the decision to extend racing until 9:00 pm. At around 7:20 the ten Gasser Wars cars were in the fire up road paired up and ready for battle. First up was the pairing of Katie Booth and Stefan Flodell who did another huge rolling burnout. As the lights dropped both cars left greens on the tree but by three quarter track Katie was ahead a lead she held over the line the UK going up 1-0. The second pair were already burning out with Lee Pike in Honky Tonkin' 2 deciding he needed to get in on the rolling burnout show, and a very fine half-track burnout followed. In the other lane Leif Ostberg in his Sharp Teeth Barracuda had warmed his slicks. When the two cars left, Honky Tonkin' was on one with the UK going up 2–0.

Next up was the Dog Catcher, a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, with the crazy Kjell (Lufson) Anderson behind the wheel. He knew he had to register a win for the Europeans or it was all over. He did his by now customary rolling burnout and Tim Holmes in his Wragged Wedge Dodge patiently waited until the Ford was backing up before commencing his burnout. The cars ran hard but the honour of the Swedes was upheld with Lufson taking the win it was now 2–1. Sean Milsom and Laurent Levi were next up with the both burning out at the same time. Sean's reaction to the tree was somewhat slow, he later confirming he intentionally did this as he did not want to hand the win out on the start line with a cherry. Sean was now chasing down the ever-fast Laurent, at the lights he had just edged ahead, this meant that the UK Gasser Circus had just secured an unassailable lead in the Gasser Wars 3–1.

As eyes turned to the final pair something was missing, the '57 Chevy of Bengt Eriksson, as Merv Barnett was already warming his slicks but the nearside lane remained empty. Unfortunately Bengt had issues in the fire up road when his 57 Chevy refused to start. This was later traced to a faulty relay. This left Merv on a solo pass which concluded the Gasser Wars in the favour of the UK with a 4-1 win. Just as well it wasn't penalties!

Back in the pits the two sides celebrated with a bottle of bubbly putting in a brief appearance, and as the bubbles vanished the Gasser Circus barbecue was underway. The racers and crews gathered around and in just over ninety minutes we had fed over one hundred people. The socialising and bench racing went on well into the next day.

Sunday was race day and within the Gasser Circus pits preparations were underway for a full day's racing. Two of our Swedish visitors who had not qualified would still get to keep on running, tagging on at the end of each round of eliminations. This was to prove costly for Bengt and his 57 Chevy Rattler and a lot of work for the start line crew, as the car was just about to emulate its name. As Bengt prepared to race Hoch in the B & G Falcon his launch was followed by a metallic-based bang and exiting under the car was a contorted, twisted and split propshaft and various parts of the diff! Afterwards Bengt was quite philosophical about it and still had a smile on his face, especially as he rode back up the fire up road with the propshaft gaffa-taped across his pushbike with the gear drive and pinion shaft occupying the shopping basket on the front!


Lufson in his Dog Catcher Crown Victoria then suffered an issue with its transmission as he lost out to Katie Booth in The Mighty Mouse Pop. Laurent took on Goldrush driven by Kev Strevett and lost, Kev would then face the winner of the clash between Mick Allen in Horrid Henry or Tim Holmes in Wragged Wedge. Kev would race and win against Tim advancing his golden car to the semi-finals. Mighty Mouse took on B&G racing with B&G coming out on top, it stayed that way when they raced Goldrush. This time Ty Strevett was driving and he laid down a huge burnout. This filled the car with tyre smoke and as Dad Kev tried to fan it out of the car by means of the driver's door, he was directed to move away. He complied, but the car was till packed full of smoke and as Ty edged towards the line he could not see the Christmas Tree. Somehow he staged and as he flew down the strip you could not really see him because the car was in a white out inside! B&G Racing had no such problems, and took the win.

On the other side of the ladder it was the battle of the Willys brand with John Gumble's Willys pickup, this weekend piloted by Tom Margessen, and the 33 Willys of Martyn Hallam. Tom was getting a good handle on the car and soon put Martyn on the trailer. Harvey Turner was driving father Ray's Green Onions 55 Chevy and he was up against Lee Pike and Jerry Denning in their Honky Tonkin' 2 Nova. Harvey is consistent and it showed when the lights at the finish line lit up as they did over his lane. Next up were the Gibson brothers, in a re-run of the final from Nostalgia Nationals, but this time in Round 1 of eliminations. The brothers always run hard against each other, and when they got to the top end John had the win, but did he? First round elimination threw up a glitch with the Santa Pod system, with some cars were receiving, not only a win light but the words 'winner' on their timing slip, which in a few cases was not correct. John had in fact broken out so actually lost to Brian. I hoped I may have been one of these as in my first round race in Nogbad the Bad, I had dialled in 11.66 and ran 11.66 but lost. The slip was correct and closer review showed that Merv Barnett in the other lane was the winner, treeing me off the line!

Stefan tagged on at the back of eliminations but was nursing his engine. This curtailed his next rolling burnout to half track! When he got back to the pits he was surprised when he was the recipient of a pair of upholstered racing seats donated by another sponsor of the Gasser Circus, Matt the Stitch who chose Stefan to receive them due to his awesome rolling burnouts.

Back on this side of the ladder, Tom in Rat Poison saw off Brian in Identity Crisis and Merv in his light blue Pop brought an end to Harvey's afternoon in Green Onions. The second semi-final had Merv taking on Tom in the 38 Willys pickup, however Tom's luck was about to run out, with Merv putting in yet another supremely fast and consistent mid ten-second run.

With the 5:00 pm curfew fast approaching, the final pair burnt out and we realised this was not only a Bristol final but also a battle of the Grandads! Merv Barnett in his gorgeous period Pop, and John (Hoch) Grant in the B&G Racing Falcon. Both cars left hard on clean passes, they were side by side all the way, the win light coming on in Merv's lane. A quick look at the times confirmed that Hoch had run faster than his dial in. Despite this the team deserve a big pat on the back, as the engine having spun bearings at the previous meet was still in pieces on Wednesday night.

A delighted Merv picked up his Winners Trophy and the tools supplied by one of our sponsors Speedking. Laurent Levi picked up the Number 1 Qualifier Voucher and the Gasser Circus proudly collected the Gasser Wars trophy on the start line.

It was a weekend of winners, as we got to race with some fantastic like-minded visitors from Sweden and France and make a whole new bunch of friends along the way. Gasser Wars 2018 anyone?

The Gasser Circus wish to thank the Santa Pod crew who kept all the racers safe, the backroom team and commentators for all their hard work. We also want to say thank you to all the drivers who visited from Sweden and France and our sponsors the National Street Rod Association, Speedking and Matt the Stitch.


Nearly set for the salt.
22nd July: Further to his news item of 22nd June, Land Speed racer and sponsor of various drag racing parties Geoff Stilwell of Beech Underwriting has been in touch with an update on his racing trip to Bonneville Speed Week:

Following my quick trip to the Rat Trap race shop a few weeks ago to get the seat cell poured, Brian Hope has really been burning the midnight oil to get 7551 Landspeed car ready plus fitting in races with the Rat Trap Fuel Altered in Canada and elsewhere. The newly freshened motor is ready with its new dry dump system, electronic fuel injection and of course the Procharger. The new on-board computer system has to have a new wiring loom which will take time to wire up and we need to make sure that everything on the car is compliant with the SCTA construction rules so we don't have any surprises on any record run.

The salt at Bonneville has really improved over last year and this year we will have four courses on which to run compared to three last year. Joining us on our quest this year will be Nigel and Jordan Payne (junior drag racer) plus Eurodragster.com reporter Simon plus a number of our US friends including Bob and Sharon Muravez, Carl Olson, Steve Gibbs, Ed McCulloch, Al Teague and Marvin Graham to name a few.

Make no mistake, this project takes up a lot of time so many people give their time and input to make this happen. I thank my family for letting me do this. Ron and Brian Hope and the Hope family for everything they have done to make this happen. Plus I need to thank 'Genius' Ed Iskenderian the Camfather for coming onboard and helping put together a very special cam just for this motor, Technocraft Cabinets for kitting out our trailer, Rat Trap Racing LSR and not forgetting Bob and Sharon Muravez whose help, encouragement, advice and support has been endless.

The whole project is being filmed for TV and should be going to air later this year so, many thanks go to Ray Iddings, known for filming the IHRA NitroJam seriesm for taking on this project . Clips will be uploaded as soon as we can.

If anyone wants to follow our project then please visit www.scta-bin.org. Bonneville Speed week starts on 12th August and there will be a live feed. We will be reporting on our adventures while we are there. If anyone else is making the trip come to find us and say hello.


Web site updates.
22nd July: Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has updated Drag Racing Europe Blog with a review of Janne Koskinen's first outing in EDRS Pro MC Pro Stock Bike at the FHRA Nitro Nationals, a début which had both good and bad aspects. Sensationalists who compete to post bad news on Facebook feigning concern for the victim and / or who get on our case for not webcasting the aftermath of accidents might like to read and digest the views of one such victim, i.e. Janne, on the subject. You can take a look by clicking here.

Paul Bryan has posted a huge Dragstalgia gallery on his Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/paulbryan_photopedia.


Swift snippets.
21st July: Many thanks to Paul Marston for forwarding us Version 3 of the official entry list for JT Construction UK Top Sportsman which takes place during next weekend's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. 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.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to our good buddy, His Worshipful Protuberance The Very Reverend Sir Neville Mottershead ODE. Have a great day Nev.


No Prep, no problem.
21st July: Paul Marston has also been in touch on behalf of the organisers of the Gearhead Garage No Prep Nationals at North Weald to express sincere thanks to everyone who participated and spectated:

The first No Prep Nationals to be held in this country was blessed with great weather and some awesome competitors, and was a success by any standards. The format was very simple: £125 to enter, two test hits, eighth mile, no times and no speeds, numbers out of the hat to determine the pairings. Heads up, first past the post, there was no way of telling who was going to win.

The final paired Dave Wiggins in his Matt Black Chevy II against head honcho of Taz Racing Chris Skinner in his diminutive SBC-powered Fiat 126. Dave took it by a nose - it was very, very close and needed the finish line video camera to separate them.

A special Thank You goes out to Jeff and Belinda Bull of Jeff Bull Race Engines who threw in another £250 cash on top of the posted prize money of £1000 cash for the winner and £100 for the runner-up.

From what we can tell, everyone was happy. It was great fun and there was a lot of close and entertaining racing. You can see the short film shot and edited by Aaron Springford on YouTube by clicking here.

Thank Yous go out to Tony Huck and his crew at Maitland Racing for hosting us, the velvety commentary tone of the legendary John Price, all the No Prep competitors for making it such a great event, Mick Pusey at Gearhead Garage for the one-off event T-Shirts, Jeff and Belinda Bull of Jeff Bull Racing Engines for the extra cash, all the PMR crew who ran the event so smoothly, and last but by no means least Aaron Springford for the filming and Grace and Tog from Eurodragster.com for support and coverage (Thanks! You're welcome - Ed).

We hope to be at North Weald next year but would also consider other venues. So if anyone fancies some of the most exciting racing you will ever witness, contact us: all we need is about a quarter mile of anything flat! We will take it from there and the crowds will love it. Contact Paul on pmdragracing@gmail.com or call 07831 650230.


Allard Awards still open.
21st July: Entries for the 2017 Sydney Allard Media Awards for Written and Photographic Journalism will be closing on 31st August.

If you are a writer, photographer or producer of videos posted on YouTube, amateur or professional, and have not yet entered then you are urged to do so before it is too late as the deadline cannot be extended. Entries must reflect coverage of British drag racing and associated activities during the twelve months ending 31st July.

The winning entrant in each category, together with a companion, will be invited to attend the Hall of Fame Gala on 18th November where they will receive a crystal trophy in recognition of their achievement.

Full entry details are available on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, and you can download the official entry form (Word format) by clicking here. Completed forms should be E-Mailed to entries@britishdragracinghof.co.uk with the relevant attachments or links.


Event entry update.
20th July: Entry is now open for the APIRA MSA / ACU Open Sport Nationals, a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships, ACU UK Drag Bike Championships and other series, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 26th-28th August.


Official entry forms can be downloaded from the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk. Racers are encouraged to pay their entry fee by bacs rather than credit/debit card or cheque as this cuts down on administrative charges and time. APIRA's account details can be found on the entry forms.


Mopar EuroNats racer update.
20th July: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway.

Friday 28th July
09:00 Gates open for the weekend
11:00 Signing On office opens
12:00 Track opens for Run What You Brung (DVLC licences only)
14:00 Scrutineering commences, no specific order (details)
20:00 Signing On office closes

Saturday 29th July
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering commences, no specific order (details)
10:00 Track opens

Sunday 30th July
07:30 Signing On office opens
07:30 Scrutineering commences
10:00 Track opens

The official MSA Pro Modified entry list has been updated 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.

Running orders for MSA Pro Modified and JT Construction UK Top Sportsman are managed by the organisers and will be posted when available.

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 RWYB. Before 09:00 on any day vehicles should be pushed or towed to Scrutineering, not driven or ridden. Non-observation of curfew will result in exclusion from the event.

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.

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 Perfect Award money.


Pursley takes Street Racer title.
20th July: Chris Murty has been in touch with a review of the recent 40th Street Racer Championship at York Raceway:

As the sun rose on Sunday morning and weary racers made their way out of their caravans or tents, there were three recent Street Racer winners ready and waiting in the pits: Russ Pursley with his nitrous Chevrolet-powered Dutton, Ian Walley and his turbo big-block Ford Cortina and Simon Boot and the Blown BBC Bootlegger Camaro. All three were on brand new street tyres which made qualifying very interesting with tyres not yet bedded in, meaning the drivers really had to drive their cars.

After three rounds of qualifying, Simon Boot was in the #1 spot with a 10.03, Russ Pursley with a 10.05 in #2, wild card and unknown racer Ged Jefferson with his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution #3 with 10.06 and Ian Walley #4 with a 10.2. The top three were within three hundredths of each other, this laid out what was going to be a thrilling Street Racer Championship.

Round 1: Peter Richardson in his Honda Civic sporting cheater slicks, which are allowed for FWD, was the only FWD representative in the top eight and was up against Ged. Pete was out the traps with a 0.5 Reaction (on other timing equipment would be 0.0) but lost out, running 11.7 to Ged who chose that moment to run a new PB of 9.6. The rest of the Street Racer competitors were unnerved by the wild card, it was clear this wasn't going to be a three-horse race. Simon Boot was paired up with Andy Crolla and his Camaro, Simon got his nose ahead and did what he needed to do, running a 10.7 to Andy's losing 11.8.

Ian Walley was up against Brian Coward's Subaru floor-panned Escort. Brian knew he needed to cut a good light to be in a position to be competitive, but unfortunately he set off before the green, handing the win to Ian who was still trying to get the car back to where it was last event, running an off the pace 10.7. James Murray in the Rover V8 powered Cortina estate running Megasquirt and nitrous v Russ Pursley who found form, winning comfortably with a 9.6, James running a new PB of 11.6.

Round 2 (semi-final): Simon Boot vs Ian Walley. A replay of the 2016 Street Racer Championship final - both cars ran 10.7 in the previous round, both drivers frantically adjusting suspension, tyre pressures, doing everything they could to get the best out of their vehicle. Both drivers not wanting to red light and let the car do the racing, both reactions were 0.97 (0.47), both sixty foots were 1.7 - Simon just started to get his nose in front at the eighth markers with a 6.7 to Ian's 6.8. Simon then opened the lead and took the win running 9.9 to Ian's losing 10.4.

Russ v Ged - both cars ran 9.6 in the previous round, so on paper it was going to be another close race. Ged was out the traps first, Russ' sixty foot was better though with a 1.5 to Ged's 1.6. At the eighth markers, Russ had stretched the lead to four tenths - a 6.1 to Ged's 6.5. Ged didn't lose any more ground and went through the traps with a 9.8 but losing to Russ' 9.4.

The final: As is now traditional, the Street Racer Championship final was the very last run of the day. Both finalists were busy tinkering and changing their set-ups, then it was final time. The crowed stayed back and the other racers came down to watch.

Burnouts done (both drivers preferring a rolling burnout), both backed up, chute pins removed, rolled in to stage, revs up, lights dropped...

Russ was out of the traps first but only by eight thousandths of a second (0.7708 to Simon's 0.7788 ). Russ got the better sixty foot with a 1.6 to Simon's 1.7. He stretched out the lead at the eighth with 6.4, Simon had to pedal to straighten the car, following Russ with a 6.6 eighth mile. With Russ just in the lead the next stage of nitrous unsettled the car and he had to pedal it straight, Simon caught up and they were now neck and neck through the finish. Both drivers had no idea who had won as they went through the traps, they turned around at the bottom of the track and returned for the presentation. The scoreboards showed 9.83 for Russ and 9.83 for Simon. Only the win light gave us an indication of the winner.

Congratulations to Russ Pursley - the 40th Street Racer Champion winning with a 9.8340 and commiserations to Simon Boot, who narrowly missed out, losing with a 9.8391.

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping us raise the £1000 prize fund: Blue Bar Caterers, AB Auto Performance, Evil Tuning, La Racing Parts, Max Car Care, Nationwide Electrical Ltd, Northrace Speedshop, Performance Unlimited and The Turbo Shop. Thanks to Aford Award and the PDRC.

Pictures courtesy and copyright Richard Smith.


And the prize goes to...
19th July: Regular and / or attentive readers will know that Eurodragster.com will be sponsoring Sportsman ET at this weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway. Today we are pleased to announce exactly what it is that the winner will receive.

The winner of Eurodragster.com Sportsman ET at Bug Jam will receive a box of Quality Street. As if that is not enough, the winner will also be presented with £100 cash. In the event that eliminations do not complete the cash and the box of Quality Street will be presented to the number one qualifier.

Racers please note that to win the money and the confectionery Eurodragster.com decals must be carried, one on each side of the vehicle. Eurodragster.com decals are available in Signing On and from the Eurodragster.com office.

Don't forget that Andy Dibley and the Fifty Shades of Racing team will be posting a prize for the weekend's best cumulative Reaction Time in Eurodragster.com Sportsman ET, with up to £250 potentially up for grabs. You can read more about that on our news update of
21st June.

Swift snippets.
19th July: It has been called the Burnout of the Century and if you weren't at Dragstalgia on Friday to witness Arne Kallevik's tremendous smoker for yourself then we are pleased to present this clip from our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast. If you watch full-screen then you should be able to spot Arne's right head gasket saying "Enough!" as he passes the 330-foot reflector.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs and SPRC's timing crew for forwarding the official Timing Data from Dragstalgia, 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 and dad and the rest of the team at Orange Pop racing would like to wish a massive Happy Birthday to UK Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia racer Simon Barlow. "Have a great day Simon and a wonderful year ahead", they say, adding "See you all back on the track soon".

Editor's note: We have a small backlog of news which we will clear on the next update, but we always have room for more so please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com.


Bug Jam Perfect Awards.
19th July: This weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2017 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £125 is on offer for perfect performance.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at Dragstalgia. The Award will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds in competition. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £100 for next week's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Mopar EuroNationals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available in the Signing On office or from the Eurodragster.com staff.

The Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting Bloodwise has been reset to £50 after it was won by ET Bike racer Joe Elliott at the SPRC Summernationals. The Award will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available during qualifying or eliminations in VW Pro, VW Sportsman and Eurodragster.com Sportsman ET, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway in July; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Open Sport Nationals. The Perfect ET Award is presented by Derek and Fiona Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV in support of Bloodwise; you can donate to Bloodwise at www.bloodwise.org.uk.

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry Eurodragster.com / Bloodwise decals, one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull an event's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to pull a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Decals are available in the Signing On office.


Bug Jam racer update.
18th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for this weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway.

Please note that the gate times have changed from those detailed on the final instructions.

Thursday 20th July
12:00 Gates open
21:00 Gates close

Friday 21st July
09:00 Gates open for the weekend
12:00 Track opens for RWYB (NB DVLC licences only)
14:00 Scrutineering opens, no class order (details)
19:00 Track closes

Saturday 22nd July
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering opens, no class order (details)
09:30 Track opens for RWYB (NB DVLC licences only)
15:00 RWYB ends, track closes for prep
16:00 Track opens for qualifying
20:00 Track closes

Sunday 23rd July
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering opens
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

The provisional running orders are 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 RWYB. 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.

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 Perfect Award money.


Diapers at the NitrOlympX.
17th July: Frans Steilberg has been in touch with an important message for Sportsman racers running at the
NitrOlympX at Hockenheim in August:

All Pro ET and Super Pro ET cars running 9.90 or quicker must have an accepted lower engine oil-retention device (diaper). A belly pan may be used in lieu of a device attached to the engine; the belly pan must extend from frame rail to frame rail and extend forward of the harmonic balancer and rear of the engine block and must incorporate a minimum two inch high (51 mm) lip on all sides unless specified in Class Requirements.

A non-flammable, oil-absorbent liner is mandatory on the inside of the retention device in order to prevent oil spilling out.

If you have any further questions regarding the technical rules at the NitrOlympX please contact Frans at dragracingtech@eircom.net.


Dragstalgia results.
17th July: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway:

Nostalgia Cannonball final: Ramon van der Weurf 6.3594/216.13 def. Tony Betts 6.5146/214.87 DQ red light
Nostalgia Cannonball 3rd-4th: Tim Garlick 6.7469/155.79 def. Robin Read 6.6920/199.89
Slingshot Showdown: Bob Hawkins 6.6604/194.72 def. Joe Bond 11.8367/50.66 DQ red light
Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy 8.0398/154.68 def. Mick Taylor 8.5121/159.06
Nostalgia Super Stock: Adam Nowak (10.94) 10.9732/120.12 def. Lee Chiles (11.03) 11.0416/122.49 DQ red light
Gasser Circus: Merv Barnett (10.49) 10.5385/125.48 def. John Grant (11.67) 11.6614/115.93 DQ breakout
Wild Bunch Top Four: Bob Morgan, Des Taylor, Liz Malcolm, Jim Tanner
Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike: Andy Lambert 8.9888/147.60 bye

Spirit of 1976 Award (presented courtesy of Peter Crane): Claire Meaddows

Best Back-Up Girl / Guy: Jemma and Nicole, Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia
Burnout of the Weekend: Arne Kallevik, Slingshot Showdown
Moment of the Weekend: Radio-controlled Fuel Altered hits the wall
Low ET: Tim Garlick, Nostalgia Cannonball
Driving Job of the Weekend: Henri Lübke, Supercharged Outlaws
Spirit of Dragstalgia: Giedrius Jurevicius, Invitational RWYB
Wheelstand of the Weekend: Vito Versluys, Outlaw Flat Four
Best Appearing Team: Team Ballbreaker, Wild Bunch
Best Appearing Vehicle: Jamie Faulkner, Wild Bunch Altered

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award was not won and so has been increased to £75 for this weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway.

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.


Bradbury inducted into Hall of Fame.
15th July: A special British Drag Racing Hall of Fame ceremony has been held on the start line at Santa Pod Raceway to induct former Santa Pod Raceway Chief Starter and BDRHoF Honorary Chairman and Stu Bradbury. It had to be special because, to protect the integrity of the selection process, the rules of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame prevent those on the Selection Board and the Management Board from being inducted. However it was felt that in the case of Stu these rules needed breaking and with the unanimous backing of both Boards, the Honorary International Ambassadors, ten randomly-selected existing inducted members and BDRHoF Benefactor Geoff Stilwell, he was presented with his crystal trophy along with a special certificate.

Few personalities in British drag racing are as well-known and respected as Stu Bradbury. For years he served as Chief Starter at Santa Pod Raceway and subsequently became Founding Chairman of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, which has since achieved international acclaim.

Stu discovered drag racing in 1964 not at one of Sydney Allard's International Drag Festival events, but at a famous stately home, Woburn Abbey. Performing in a pop group at a function there, he stumbled across a display organised by the British Hot Rod Association, then a sparse group of enthusiasts with a dream of organised drag racing in the UK. The hot rods and dragsters on show struck a chord with Stu and he joined the club, beginning a love affair with drag racing that has lasted over fifty years.

In 1965, Stu and his parents provided accommodation to Club Chairman John Bennett while a permanent drag strip was being developed on Podington aerodrome, a disused wartime base located near Stu's Wellingborough home. Stu himself lent a hand building Europe's first permanent drag racing venue, christened Santa Pod Raceway.

Santa Pod opened in 1966. Stu spent non-race weekends digging and painting, while his first race day job was crowd control. The following year he was promoted to Deputy Starter and then Chief Starter in 1968. Stu encountered his first American racers when the American Commandos team visited Santa Pod in 1966, and Scandinavian, Dutch and even South African entrants followed. Stu controlled the line when Don Schumacher and Paula Murphy brought over their Funny Cars in 1973 and when Don Garlits made his historic appearances in 1976 and 1977. Many other US stars he started included Tony Nancy, Raymond Beadle, Gene Snow, Don Prudhomme, Sammy Miller and TC Christenson.

Stu even spent time on America's NHRA start line with Buster Couch. Alongside these drag racing stars, show business personalities became involved and Stu's circle of friends encompassed many household names.

In 1990 Stu quit as Chief Starter to join then-employer John Woolfe Racing in a venture to develop Long Marston Airfield into an NHRA-sanctioned track. Local planners thwarted the full plans, but the track continues today as Shakespeare County Raceway. Stu joined UK parts supplier US Automotive on its launch and also assisted Top Fuel Dragster star Andy Carter.

Remembering departed friends, in 2005 Stu and several colleagues founded the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, his chief focus since then, together with the restoration of Europe's first dragster, Sydney Allard's 1961 Allard Chrysler. He has lent support to Santa Pod's Dragstalgia meeting, now Europe's premier nostalgia drag racing event.

Stu's personal credibility has helped his team develop the BDRHoF into today's internationally-respected organisation. Sometimes fighting ill health, but always supported by wife Bev and daughter Genna, Stu has continued the task of preserving the names of those who helped create the sport in the UK. Stu Bradbury – an inspiring individual who truly deserves to be in the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Profile by Robin Jackson and Brian Taylor


British Drag Racing Hall of Fame 2017.
14th July: The British Drag Racing Hall Of Fame continues into its twelfth successful year and is pleased to announce the 2017 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 2017 inductees are:

LAWRIE GATEHOUSE Profile by Simon Groves

For over half a century Lawrie Gatehouse has contributed much to drag racing in the UK. His story started with sprinting a Triumph Bonneville, however things changed after his first contact with drag racing at the Blackbushe Drag Fest meeting in 1964. He had learned of the American racers coming over and was "Amazed and dumbfounded" at what he witnessed. He became one of drag racing's regular photographers contributing to magazines like Autocar, Motor, Autosport, Custom Car and National Drag Racer. He then took a few years away from drag racing to start his own company Process Systems International. His training as a professional mechanical engineer provided the foundations for business success and this gave him the resources to return to the sport with some bold new ideas.

Lawrie initially sponsored a few teams but in 2004 he renewed his acquaintance with Ollie Burn, whom he knew from the 1970s. Ollie inspired him to get more closely involved with a class for which he always had a passion – Fuel Altereds. Lawrie conceived and formed the Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association with the prime aim to put on a show like it used to be when he was in the US. The first meeting for the NFAA was Easter 2005 and, later, as many as fourteen teams competed, with Lawrie providing run money to contribute to the teams' running costs.

He then turned to race car ownership and had the legendary Chaos Fuel Altered built from scratch in twelve weeks at the start of 2006. John Wright was the original driver and Crew Chief, experiencing the car's evil handling. It usually ran mid- to high sixes, but got away from John at Shakey and a new chassis was in order - with which John recorded even quicker runs. Gary Page was the next driver of Chaos but the aerodynamics of the car still made it a handful with it rolling twice more, each accident requiring a new chassis.

The turning point came with the involvement of Jason and Roy Phelps in constructing a lighter body with improved aerodynamics. Nick Davies drove the car until it was retired at the end of 2015. Its PBs were 6.08/232.76.

It is for his contribution to photo-journalism both here and in the US, the formation and running of the NFAA, and creation of the quickest Fuel Altered in Europe of its day, that Lawrie Gatehouse is inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

PIP HIGHAM Profile by Graham Beckwith

Pip Higham's first introduction to Drag Racing was in 1964 when a round of the International Drag Fest took place at Woodvale. After crewing for Fred Whittle of Shutdown competition altered fame at early UK drag races he switched to two wheels and in the early 1970s was competing as a rider with a selection of his own machines, a Rickman Triumph, a Honda and a triple Kawasaki.

There followed a series of giant killings with a Suzuki GS750 during 1977 as he made a name for himself in production drag racing and record breaking at Elvington the following year.

The quest for more performance saw the development of a Suzuki GS1000 followed by a GSX in subsequent years - racing across Europe and ultimately America, during which time he also campaigned a turbo-charged Suzuki Funny Bike alongside his regular stable.

The background for all this success revolved around Pip's own business, the Village Bike Shop in Manchester, where he provided a service for those who wished to go that much quicker than the rest. Built following the successes of his previous Street class rides, where Pip had become first European into the ten-second bracket and then the first rider ever into the nines, The Deuce, a VBS development producing 160 bhp from Pip's own tuning parts, ran in the 9.0 second bracket many times at terminal speeds up to 154 mph for the quarter mile. With backing from Heron Suzuki GB, Texaco and Superbike magazine, he did more than his fair share to establish Pro Stock Motorcycle racing in Europe.

The Brighton Speed Trials saw Pip take The Deuce GSX1100 to an incredible 160 mph through the beams. In the course of its competitive life this bike saw racing at Santa Pod, Brighton, York, Le Mans, Paul Ricard and Monza along with several regional events. The stablemate for The Deuce at this time was the innovative Suzuperbike, a turbocharged B-class Gasser which lay claim to a best ever 9.00/152 from just 1176 cc. Pip's incredible career continued with winning the Pro Stock Bike class three years running at Le Mans, on board a VBS Suzuki. He also built and prepared the late Chris Hampson's ACU Championship winning Turbo Suzuki.

He made a significant contribution to the future of drag racing in the North when he became the catalyst that brought together sponsors, workers, fund raisers and contractors to create a new quarter mile tarmac track at York Raceway capable of holding the best of Europe's racers. The result of his efforts has enabled PDRC and York Raceway to hold safe and successful drag racing events on the original strip to the present day. It is for his support and enthusiasm for bike drag racing as a competitor and a builder, plus his help in establishing drag racing in the North of England, that Pip Higham is inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

STEVE WOOLLATT Profile by Keith Lee

Steve Woollatt has successfully raced in the top tier of drag bike racing for some thirty years. He started in 1976 riding a Z1 Kawasaki. It ran low twelve-second times and was the catalyst for racing a full season the following year during which he won his first Street Bike Eliminator. The following year saw him win five more and by this time he had fitted the Kawasaki motor into a distinctive Egli frame. The desire to go quicker led to purchasing a part-built blown Kawasaki drag bike that was believed to be the first of its type to be built in the UK. With help from Pat Neal, the Daytona Motorcycles sponsored machine was completed and running in 1979. Reliability on nitro was a major issue so the pair decided something better was needed.

In 1980 they fielded their completely new entry – a distinctive blue metalflake B/Fuel machine that raced in the Top Bike Eliminator. It quickly hit the mid nine-second bracket, and over a number of years of development it ran a best of 7.8/175, winning on its final appearance in the Pro Fuel class of the late 1980s. Steve was then offered a ride on the Fuel bike of fellow rider Phil Baimbridge. Enjoying the experience he took up the offer to purchase the bike and still rides it today. Phil has remained a big help over the years, as numerous developments to produce ever more power have been made.

Over the years, Steve has won no fewer than fifteen ACU Top Fuel Bike Championships on that bike, known as The Dealer. One of the highlights of his many years of racing was cracking the sixes and 200 mph in the early 1990s. Since those days times have improved to a best of 6.19/228 in Top Fuel Bike, making him the third quickest British rider of all time. His best sixty-foot time is an impressive 0.97 seconds!

Steve really made the headlines in September 2014, when he featured in an amazing race against Fil Papafilippou at the FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod. An out of control Fil changed lanes under full acceleration - and crashed into the side of Steve's bike at high speed! Somehow the Greek rider ended up hanging on for dear life to Steve's wheelie bars. Totally unfazed, Steve rode his own monster bike safely to a standstill, to the immense relief of his unexpected passenger, who escaped with just minor tyre burns! This unsettling incident happened in the first round of eliminations, but it did not stop the fearless Woollatt going on to win the final!

With help from his hard-working team, this low-budget veteran racer shows no signs of slowing down in the premier league of two-wheeled racing. It is for his long and successful career in the top echelons of drag bike racing that Steve Woollatt has been inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

JOHN AND LESLEY WRIGHT Profile by Simon Groves

John and Lesley Wright have substantially influenced the direction of drag racing in the UK. In 1985, after racing a series of cars since 1973, John commenced his involvement with the sport's organisational side. As Chairman of the Midland Drag Racing Association he helped overhaul the safety rules, race licence procedures and the introduction of log books for cars. In 1988 he joined Anthony Hodges as Track Manager at Long Marston. The track was renamed Avon Park Raceway in 1989 and in the same year John published Fire Up magazine, which became an international journal of the sport. In 1991, with Ron Clark, John promoted the Pro Comp Classic.

He was an active Committee member of the Avon Park International Racers Association and around the same time was a founding member of Santa Pod Racers Club, representing APIRA and sat on the RAC sub-committee. After a period working with Stu Vallance, Jonathan Lovett and Oyver Jacobsen, he commenced a successful period as Crew Chief for Swedish racer Viveca Averstedt which culminated in 1998 with two events in the USA running a best of 4.88/271 – at that time, the quickest run ever by a European team. He went on to work with Alan Jackson, Knut Söderqvist, Tony Betts and Smax Smith. Between 2002 and 2005, with Darryl Bradford, he owned and tuned the Wildside Top Fuel car. Following this from 2006 to 2009, he was Crew Chief and driver of the Chaos Fuel Altered, recording a 6.195, then Europe's quickest Fuel Altered pass.

Lesley Wright (née Digby) grew up locally to Santa Pod. She and Allan Herridge became partners during the period when Allan was Track Manager at Santa Pod, and her job was to hand out the pit gate money to racers. After Allan's passing, Lesley joined the BDR&HRA Committee to represent Street classes, and with Al O'Connor undertook a tour of the US in 1988 attending seventeen NHRA events. After a further US tour in 1990, which was documented in Fire Up magazine and seeing bracket racing first hand, Lesley promoted it in the UK, joining the newly-formed SPRC committee. She also gained sponsorship for the Super Gas Drag Racers Association.

By the mid-1990s Lesley was full time SPRC Secretary and she masterminded its formation into a Limited Liability Company to protect its members. She worked with the Technical Committee to revise the drag racing rule book that John had worked on a decade previously which introduced SFI safety measures to Europe. In 1997 she and John were married and Lesley became the lynchpin of the Wildside and Chaos crews. Lesley was also involved at the start of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. It is for John's and Lesley's work in helping to create a stable and safe platform for drag racers that has lasted over twenty years, their achievements in promoting the sport and competing at the highest level, that John and Lesley Wright are inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

KARSTEN ANDERSEN AND PER ANDERSEN Profile by Tog

On a trip from Denmark to Mantorp Park in the late 1980s, fellow Car Club members Karsten Andersen and Per Andersen noticed a Comp Eliminator dragster for sale. The rest is history.

After alternating drives in the Comp Dragster Karsten and Per were invited to join the Top Fuel team of fellow Dane Jens Nybo. Jointly calling the shots, they tuned Jens to European series wins preceding the FIA era and then the first FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Championship in 1996.

Kim Reymond bought Jens' dragster in 2002 and, tuned by Karsten and Per, took that year's FIA Championship. In August 2003 there was a sign of things to come at Gardermoen in Norway when the team didn't bother with the 4.8s but went straight from 4.9s to Europe's first 4.7-second run, followed a few weeks later by the shot heard around Europe, Kim's 4.645/317.56 in qualifying at the 2003 FIA European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway, although an injury sustained at the hit of the parachutes ended Kim's racing career. In 2005 Karsten and Per assisted Swedish Top Fuel racer Tommy Möller to runner-up spot in the FIA Championship.

Karsten and Per started their own Top Fuel operation in 2006 with a state-of-the-art dragster imported from the USA and driven by Swedish Pro Modified standout Håkan Nilsson. Håkan set an ET record of 4.830 seconds and won that year's FIA Championship before retiring. UK legend Andy Carter stepped into the dragster and Karsten and Per tuned him to the FIA Championship in 2007 and 2009, equalling Kim's 4.645 ET then in 2010 setting his third quarter-mile record of 4.572 seconds, which will never be broken.

Karsten and Per shipped the car to America for several events with Norway's Thomas Nataas in the seat before returning to Europe. American star Tommy Johnson Jr drove the dragster in 2011, setting a 1000-foot ET record of 4.008 seconds and building a clear Championship lead before a licence suspension ruled him out mid-season. Thomas returned to the seat and won the FIA Championship in 2013. Thomas set three speed records, finishing with a best of 316.40 mph, and amassed the most Championship points in 2014 before a controversial points reallocation after a licence suspension robbed him of the European title. As a result Karsten and Per withdrew from European racing and sold the dragster to US racer Scott Palmer.

Karsten continued in racing, working with Sweden's Jonnie and Johan Lindberg in Top Alcohol and Fuel Funny Car on the NHRA Tour, whilst Per retired from racing to develop his business although remaining involved in a local Car Club.

Tuning seven Top Fuel Dragster racers to a long list of European Championship titles, event wins, round wins, and ET and speed records is one of the most outstanding achievements in the history of European drag racing and it is for the tuning skills and tactical nous which generated this success that Karsten Andersen and Per Andersen are 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 Hall of Fame trophies will be presented at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge on Saturday 18th November. Reservations can be made for the Gala by E-Mail at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone on 01933 279102. This year the tickets are priced competitively at £65 and this includes a pre-dinner reception and table wine. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you would like to join us for the occasion then we suggest you make your reservation sooner rather than later. On receiving your reservation you will be given the procedure to book rooms at the negotiated room rate which includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame could not exist without practical help and support from sponsorship partner Beech Underwriting Agencies, major sponsors US Automotive and Santa Pod Racers Club, and event sponsors Lucas Oil Products UK, DialAFlight, Institute of Professional Drivers, Atlantic Fluid Tech, Rat Trap Racing, Straightliners Events and Kelsey Media. Thanks also to the Pennine Drag Racing Club, Avon Park International Racing Association, Aptitude and Prop Portfolio for their support.

Trophy picture courtesy and ©Ian Messenger


Dragstalgia: The Ever-Presents.
13th July: Eurodragster.com Pit Reporter Simon has been working hard researching and identifying potential Event Coverage victims at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway, and has again compiled a list of those racers who have attended every Dragstalgia.

The 2017 Dragstalgia Ever-Present List is:
  • Joe Bond (Supercharged Outlaws / Slingshot Showdown / NFAA)
  • Mark Bracking (Outlaw Anglia)
  • Nick Brooke Langham (Gasser Circus)
  • Cliff Griffin (Outlaw Anglia)
  • Andy Hadfield (Supercharged Outlaw)
  • Bob Hawkins (Wild Bunch / Slingshot Showdown)
  • John Hobbs (NSA)
  • Clive Mechaell (Fuel Altered)
  • John Reeve (Supercharged Outlaws)
  • Ray Turner (Gasser Circus)
  • Rob Tyrrell (Nostalgia Super Stock)
  • Paul Watts (Supercharged Outlaws)
  • Steve Wells (Outlaw Anglia)
  • Nic Williams (Gassr Circus/Nostalgia Super Stock)
Ian Turburville (Wild Bunch / Slingshot Showdown) raced in 2011 to 2016 and plans to cackle this year.

Simon has also compiled a list of Dragstalgia débutants which you can check out by clicking here (PDF format) and a webcast and spectator bank Spotters' Guide to Dragstalgia contestants which you can check out by clicking here (PDF format).

You will be able to check out Simon's Dragstalgia pit notes on our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Dragstalgia Event Coverage 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.


SPR Junior Fun Day entry.
14th July: Entry is still open for Santa Pod Raceway's Junior Drag Racing Fun Day which returns for a fifth year on Thursday 24th August. Donna Finnegan writes:

Since the first Junior Day, held in 2013, almost 13,000 spectators have attended the event with over £9,000 being raised for various charities. Our chosen beneficiary for 2017 is the Helping Harry Trust based in Daventry. Harry suffered severe brain damage after a traumatic birth and as a result he now has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy along with many other complex needs.

As always, the track action is dedicated to the Junior racers and the entry form is still available for Junior Dragster, Junior Funny Car and Junior Drag Bike racers wishing to take part on the day. The entry form can be downloaded (PDF format) by clicking here. Racers will need to telephone the Santa Pod office on 01234 782828 to book their race voucher (outside the UK +44 1234 782828). There is a sign-on fee of £20 which will go towards the Helping Harry Trust. Any forms submitted without payment will not be entered into the event.

For more information on the junior day and The Helping Harry Trust, please visit www.santapod.co.uk/e_junior_day.php.


More money for UK Top Sportsman.
14th July: Paul Marston writes that the prize fund has increased for JT Construction UK Top Sportsman which takes place during the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway on 28th-30th June:

The prize money for the Heads-Up race has doubled courtesy of John Tebenham. So the prize fund now stands at £1000 cash for the winner, £750 for the runner-up, and £500 to both semi-final losers. These are guaranteed amounts regardless of car counts. The Fast Bracket race will still enjoy the usual Top Sportsman purse which is based on car count. It's the richest, toughest, hardest-fought Sportsman doorslammer event on the calendar where everyone who is anyone comes to beat the best to prove that they are the best. The very best Sportsman doorslammer teams will be there fighting it out for the money, the trophies and the kudos of having won the event.

The format remains the same. Friday Fast Bracket Race with buy-back for first round losers, run to conclusion. Saturday, relax and enjoy the day or join in the RYWB. Saturday night the one shot qualifier for the sixteen-spot Heads-Up eliminator with eliminations on Sunday. Early entry is available and included in your entry is an electric hook-up for the whole weekend.

This is an outlaw race so as long as you have the correct safety equipment, which does not have to be in date as it does at MSA events, then you can race. Other than safety there are no rules, no weight minimum, no engine size capacity, nitrous, turbos, prochargers, superchargers or even all of them. You use a normal driving licence as at RWYBs, you go not need a race licence. This is an event run by racers for racers, so don't delay enter today - there is still time, entry is not closed, we will keep it open as late as we can.

Last year this was one of the very best events with flawless track conditions. The Pro Mods run at the same event so you know the track prep will be up to the usual high Santa Pod standards.

You can check out the Version 2 of the JT Construction UK Top Sportsman 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.

For more information please E-Mail our new address pmdragracing@gmail.com (the old address is dead thanks to Orange), Facebook UK Top Sportsman, or call 07831 650230.

Special thanks to all our marketing partners new and old, Eurodragster.com (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed), the Mopar guys for hosting us and Santa Pod management for all their help. Last but by no means least, thanks to all the Top Sportsman crew who come together once a year to make this run smoothly. See you there... bring it on!


Swift snippets.
14th July: Good luck and stay safe to the UK's multiple FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike Champion Ian King who is contesting this weekend's third round of the USA Drag Bike Championship, the Manufacturers Cup, at the new eighth-mile facility at Galot in North Carolina. Results will be available at Dragbike.com, Stripbike.com, and on Ian's Facebook page.

Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has updated the the Drag Racing Europe Blog with a report of the highlights in EDRS Pro Motorcycle classes at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro. You can check it out by clicking here.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with two large galleries from the Saturday of the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Northern Summer Nationals review.
13th July: Chris Murty has been in touch with a review of the recent Northern Summer Nationals at York Raceway:

All our racing took place on the Saturday, as Sunday was going to be dedicated to the Street Racer Championship.

In American Super Stock, Dave Billadeau got #1 in qualifying running a 10.5800 on a 10.58 dial in, Kris Thoburn took the number two spot in a borrowed Mustang. Both Kris and Dave made their way through the ladder to meet in the final, a sharp reaction of 0.52 gave Kris the edge – Dave, having to wait 5.5 seconds before the green, knew not to be too keen otherwise he would risk a red light, set off 0.64 after the green and went on to take the win.

In Sportsman ET, Kris' form continued, getting all the way to the final to meet CJ in his £50 Subaru. CJ knew Kris was pulling excellent Reaction Times all day and had to find a little more, but found too much and red lit, gifting the win to Kris.

In Pro ET, Team Nowak took the #1 spot in qualifying and got themselves to the final, where they met Mia in the Wraith Chevrolet pickup. Two excellent Reaction Times, but team Nowak lost some time down the track, giving Mia enough to get her nose in front and keep it there. Current Championship leader Richard Granger met reigning Champion (and current number two in the Championship ) Lee Chiles in round 1 - a breakout from Lee let Richard though to the semis where he lost out to Mia.

In Super Cup, reigning Champion and current leader Paul Grainger and the Ford Anglia was sat in the # 1 spot in qualifying and met Mason Griffiths with his LS1-powered rail In the final. Paul kept his nose in front, taking the win.

In JDM-DRC, CJ took the #1 spot in qualifying, but had a huge breakout in the first round. It was a Lexus battle in the final, as Shaun Rounthwaite and his V8 Lexus met Dave Smith in his Lexus, a red light for Dave gifting the win to Shaun as he lengthened the lead in the Championship.

In Pro FWD, new racer Ricky Barker joined the pack with his turbo Peugeot. Just running the engine in hetook out Lee Opey in the UK's fastest Punto in the semis, but did not have enough to beat Pete and his Civic in the final.

In Hot Rod, Terry Morgan and the Morris that won the war met Derek Beck and his TVR in the final, with Derek taking the win.

We have another double round of all of our race classes at our UK National Hot Rod Reunion (and fortieth birthday!) on 27th-28th August.


NitrOlympX Junior Dragster harnesses.
12th July: Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall has been in touch with a message for Junior Dragster racers attending the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim in August:

Following discussion with Frans Steilberg of the Tech Crew, please note that Junior Dragster harnesses will be inspected to the current UK spec of five years from the date of manufacture. Dates must be stamped on the harnesses in order to comply.


Web site updates.
12th July: A couple of great YouTube videos have been released in the last day. First up is the coverage of the recent Gearhead Garage No Prep Nationals at North Weald which you can check out at
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6nEmoLQ1Ss.


In addition Helen and David at Zeon TV have released the latest Web TV coverage of the MSA Pro Modified round at the SPRC Summernationals. You can check out Zeon TV's programme at www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hmt5TSyCcg.


FAO Super Street Bike racers.
11th July: Job Heezen, former Supertwin racer and now Technical Advisor to the FIM Europe Drag Racing Commission, has been in touch with a message for European Super Street Bike racers:

At Alastaro last weekend I had a good meeting the Super Street Bike racers about the rules for 2018. Riders from Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK and Denmark were able to discuss matters related to the rules. It was an open and interesting conversation and I am planning to hold a similar meeting at the FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway, preferably on the Friday night.

This would be the final round of consultation as the rules have to be finished before the start of October.

I would like to invite everybody who would like to take part in the discussion, or who thinks that they can make a valuable contribution, to come to the meeting. Please E-Mail me at
jheezen1@hotmail.com so that I know who will be coming and so that I can arrange a place to meet.

At the same time I'd like to invite racers in all FIM Europe classes to come up with suggestions for the rules in their specific class. If you have any comments then please talk to me at the track or E-Mail me at the above address. This will help us make better rules for everyone.

Don't get me wrong: we are not necessarily looking for more rules. Keeping the rules as they are, or less rules, are both an option too.


Dragstalgia racer and fan update.
11th July: Many thanks to James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway for passsing on details of the arrangements for this weekend's Dragstalgia:

Santa Pod Raceway's gates are open to those with racer tickets only between 12:00 and 21:00 on Thursday (13th). All those booked in to race should have racer tickets. Those with General Admission tickets will not be allowed in on Thursday.

Santa Pod's gates will then be opened to all at 08:00 on Friday for the duration of the event.

Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's event schedules including provisional on-track 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 that, as ever, these running orders are provisional and subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by the organisers.

The usual noise curfew applies: no race motors are to be fired up before 09:00 or after 20:00 on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Thanks to Nigel Taylor for letting us know that the A43 Silverstone by-pass is a no-through road between Friday and Sunday due to the British Grand Prix, so please plan an alternative route.

Finally a reminder that Eurodragster.com will be announcing this year's inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame at 12:00 midday on Friday, coinciding with the scheduled start of the RWYB.


Another Perfect Dragstalgia bonus.
11th July: We are very pleased to announce that Cath and Tig Napier of the UK's Bad Habit Racing Pro ET team, who sponsor the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award, have again requested that we post the Award at this weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway. The money will be on offer during Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racer Harley Jay Darby at the SPRC Summernationals. The Award will be paid in cash to the first person to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to all, whether in the organised classes or Invitational Run What You Brung, during Saturday and Sunday (NB Not during Friday's RWYB - Ed) but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for next week's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for Bug Jam.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried, although we understand that this may not be possible on period-correct vehicles. Eurodragster.com decals will be available in the Signing On office from Friday morning or from the Eurodragster.com office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).


An old-school reunion.
11th July: Participant Dave Gibbons says that those who neither contested nor attended last week's inaugural Gearhead Garage No Prep Nationals at North Weald Airfield missed out on something truly special and fun:

No-prep racing is getting big in the USA, and while this was not on the scale of Street Outlaws there were similarities. The event was the brainchild of Paul Marston, who already runs the UK Top Sportsman doorslammer event at the Mopar Euronationals each year. With the blessing of Tony Huck, the organiser of the North Weald Test and Tune sessions, a plan was formulated.

There was none of this "Banging the light" you get on TV, the traditional Christmas Tree being utilised for the start so there was at least no question over "Jumping". However we were only running over the eighth-mile, no times or speeds were recorded, and the winner was declared by the eagle eye of Gary Springford backed up by video recording. After two practice hits the pairings and lane choice were pulled from a bag. And with only fourteen cars making it on the day there were a couple of handy bye runs (but not for me).

Having had experience of racing back in the day on airfield tracks such as North Weald and Blackbushe - yes, I am that old (Not just you - Ed) - it was great to get back to the old way of doing things. An event held and completed in one day - five hits in as many hours - has immense appeal, back to using grip juice and actually having to pedal a car to control the traction.

Being only eighth-mile and with a £1000 winner-takes-all prize fund, it brought out a couple of cars you might not otherwise have seen and no-one had it easy. It was anyone's race to win. We were racing the track as much as each other, and I can't say that I knew any of my opponents - I don't think they knew me. There were none of the probably-totally-scripted (Probably? - Ed) arguments seen on Street Outlaws, but there was plenty of banter and gamesmanship in the form of "I've got a problem with my car" type statements to put the opposition off-guard.

I drove the Paul Marston Racing Whoopass Monza and ended up going out in the semis with a red-light, however in my defence Paul repeatedly told me "You won't go red here" and after pulling a red on the second practice run he made some adjustments to the car saying "Now you definitely won't go red"! Hmmm.

Thanks to Paul Marston Racing and the team for organising the event and to Paul for inviting me to drive the Monza. Also event sponsor Gearhead Garage, Tony Huck at Maitland Racing for allowing us to infiltrate the event, Super Crew Seff Whitlock and Sam Marston for looking after me and the car, and finally congratulations to Dave Wiggins who took home the pot.

All in all a terrific day which I hope will be repeated soon. I haven't heard anything negative about the event, and I know Paul is investigating opportunities.


The retirement is off!
11th July: On return from an outstandingly successful test session at Santa Pod Raceway Karl Harrison writes with a mid-season review for Rod Harrison and the NUA / RKS Top Methanol Dragster team. "Where do I begin?", says Karl. A quick overview of the start of the season is a good place:

We arrived at Santa Pod for the Festival of Power to carry out some pre-season testing, but we didn't really achieve anything as we were plagued with gearbox issues all weekend. A massive thanks to Steve Woollatt for loaning us his only spare B&J sprag. We came away from that meeting very frustrated and unhappy with the weekend's runs. As a team we could only look forward and hopefully upwards to the FIA / Main Event. We resolved the problems with the gearbox and arrived at the Main Event feeling hopeful that things would be back to normal. Sadly this didn't happen. As most of you know, for the whole of this event we were chasing electrical problems and we ended up only getting one run with no issues, in the first round.

It was time for a major rethink. Dad wasn't happy driving the car, the crew had lost all their enthusiasm, and it was looking like we were going backwards instead of forwards. We had a team meeting and Dad proposed that we changed back to using a three-speed transmission and clutch set-up. A three-speed B&J transmission was purchased from Habermanns, and we already had a new Crower clutch. Once we had gathered all the small components required we set to and got it all fitted.

The first procedure was to fire the car up on its stands to see if everything worked correctly and to ensure that we had three gears. The next decision was to ring Santa Pod to see if we could test the car at the BMW Show / RWYB. At this point we would like to thank all the staff at Santa Pod who were working to enable us to attend, and an extra thanks to Bob Day and John O'Shea for their efforts prepping the track, you guys made our weekend.

We arrived at the startline for our first run and things were looking promising, unfortunately there was an issue with the timing system so we didn't get a timing ticket plus the datalogger decided not to play ball. Having got the car back to the pits we carried out a full service and on Saturday evening enjoyed the rest of the evening with Rob Elsom and his crew. Sunday morning arrived and Dad decided he was ready to put in a full pass.

We warmed the car up and again arrived at the start line. The car was fired up, I signalled Dad forward for his burnout, the burnout was perfect and the car reversed back to the start line, the normal checks were carried out and the car was put into stage. Dad then went up on the revs, the lights ran and he was gone. Everybody had their eyes glued to the gantry and what came up was just amazing, a PB 5.74/234 with a 0.96 sixty foot. To say we were delighted would be an understatement. Having got the car back to the pits Andy, Abby and Jacko carried out the service of the engine, Jono checked and cleaned the oil filter and refilled it whilst Tasha and I removed the gearbox, dismantled the clutch, reassesed the measurements and reassembled it ready for the next run.

We arrived at the start line for the 2:30 pm slot. Permission had been given for Mum to run against Dad in her Pop. Mum was waiting for Dad to do his burnout then they both went into stage. Unfortunately Mum got shut down with a water leak (well spotted John), so back to the other lane. Dad went up on the revs, took the green light and launched. The launch was incredible, it was an arrow straight run and what came up on the gantry sent us all into orbit: 5.63/250 with a 0.93 sixty foot. We had smashed every PB we had ever run. I don't really know nor can describe what was going through my mind on the startline. Having got the car back in the pits and on the stands, Mum downloaded the datalogger which had worked perfectly and has given us some impressive data to use next time out.

What a fantastic weekend we had. As always a massive thanks to our super crew Andy, Abby, Jacko, Jono, Lisa and a special thanks to Tasha for putting up with the countless hours I spend in the workshop and helping with doing the dirtiest job on the car... the clutch! I must also give a huge thanks to Dave Wilson for the countless hours he has spent on the phone with me for our clutch tune-up and also Timo Habermann and the whole Habermann family for their help and assistance and for supplying us with a superb three-speed transmission.

So what's next then? We had hoped to return to Hockenheim but due to work commitments and the lack of finance, bearing in mind the amount spent getting the car to where it is now, we have had to make the decision not to attend this year. So our next outing will be the European Finals. The good news is that we have talked Dad into not retiring at the end of this year (Yay - Ed) and to carry on for another season. The whole team are delighted about that and are looking forward to the rest of this year and next.

Last but not least a sincere Thank You to our sponsors NUA. If there are any individuals or companies who would be interested in sponsoring the UK's only Top Methanol Dragster then please contact Rod on 07798 644186.


Ålund doubles up again.
11th July: Sweden's Jimmy Ålund again raced in both Pro Modified and Pro Stock at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro. Pär Willén writes:

As has been the case this season, Jimmy ran a solid set of qualifying rounds in Magnus Petersson's Old 51 Chevrolet Business Coupe Pro Mod. Every round worked out as planned and Ålund ended up in the #2 qualifying spot with an elapsed time of 5.97 seconds. "Qualifying was good", said Jimmy. "The car did what we expected including testing of settings from which we learned". There were some engine issues after qualifying concluded and the team worked into the evening with the result a stronger car for eliminations.

Jimmy won E1 with an ET of 6.01 seconds but ran into trouble in the quarter finals. "The car overpowered the track with the result was that I pedalled" says Jimmy. "It was a wild ride going all over the track and that of course led to losing the race."

Jimmy qualifed well and set both ends of the Alastaro track record in Pro Stock during the weekend. The new ET record is now 6.59 followed up by a speed record of 340.32 kmh (211.46 mph). Jimmy won the quarter finals with a strong ET of 6.63 seconds together with the track record speed, and was set for more of the same in the semi finals but it was not to be. "We were doing great all weekend up to that point when one of those unpredictable electrical gremlins showed up", says Jimmy. "As soon as I let out the clutch I was in trouble and the weekend was over".

Summarising the weekend, Jimmy says "We have two very strong cars and highly skilled teams and we are more than satisfied with our qualifying efforts. Unfortunately, we need to get Lady Luck on our side when it comes to going through every rounds on the Sunday. But, of course, that's racing."

The next event for Jimmy Ålund is in FIA Pro Modified at the NitrOlympX at the Hockenheimring, Germany. Jimmy will leave 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, 19th August. "As always, we can't wait to get there and put more rounds in the car in front of the record crowd which is the trademark of the NitrOlympX", says Jimmy.

Summit Racing Equipment is sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod and the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro this season. The Old 51 Team and Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing Team are very grateful for the continuing support from such a great company.


Swift snippets.
11th July: We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today (Tuesday): please join Tog, Simon and Julian in wishing a very Happy Birthday to our Photographer, Sportsman ET racer and Fox Hunt winner Kirstie. Have a lovely day Kirstie and see you on Friday. Happy Birthday also to Track Announcer, comedian and all-round top bloke Graham Beckwith. Have a great day Graham.

Hockenheim prepping to prep.
10th July: Since the Rico Anthes Quarter Mile attracted record times like a strip of fly paper during the 2016
NitrOlympX the directors of Hockenheim-Ring GmbH, and the race organisation led by Race Director Jerry Lackey, have again teamed up with Santa Pod's and SPRC's "Lane Whisperers" Darren Prentice and Ian Marshall to prep the track this year:

Starting on 7th August Ian and Darren, in close collaboration with Hockenheim's Head of Track Michael Vogel and crew, will drag slicks over the asphalt, then grind, drag slicks again, spray hundreds of litres of glue, check, and then so it all over again until by 18th August the quarter mile asphalt lanes will have been converted into pure traction for the up to three hundred participating teams from across Europe.

Race Director Jerry Lackey is looking forward to the NitrOlympX. "We welcome all classes Pro or Sportsman as we have for over thirty one years", he says, "and we will invest all of our efforts to provide our racers with a track which is the best of the best."

As in previous years, teams which bring used slicks for use on the drag strip will receive a team ticket for each tyre.

At this point we would like to take the opportunity to put an end to a rumour: over the first sixty feet the glue is not hand-massaged into the asphalt in small circles with small brushes. If you have the opportunity to watch one of the track preparation sessions (indicated in the running order) the complexity of the job will become evident.


Double your numbers.
10th July: This weekend's Dragstalgia ar Santa Pod Raceway includes the second running of the Slingshot Showdown with an entry double the size of last year's contest. Slingshot racer Mark Bishop writes:

Going from six slingshots to twelve is quite a jump and should make for some interesting and fast racing. With four front-engined cars making the trip from Sweden and one from Norway there will be a great opportunity for the fans and the UK teams to see and race these guys for the first time. We look forward to meeting Caj Carlsson, Rolf Nilsson, Magnus Larsson, Leif Andersson and Arne Kallevik.

This year we also have Dave Nelson, Roy Wilding and Mick Hannah joining us. Last year's runner-up car is back again to have another go, but in the hands of new owner Steve Johnson who has already got to grips with car running low sevens. Also returning is last year's Champ Joe Bond for whom everyone will be aiming, especially Bob Hawkins who has just had the front of his chassis rebuilt and a bigger motor than last year's between the rails.

Finally that leaves us, in the Grey Vegas slingshot having switched fuels from C14 to E85 at the end of last year and dropping a few tenths off our best time at the Flame and Thunder Show. We have produced some T-Shirts this year and they will be on sale in our pit at only £12.


Swift snippets.
10th July: Further to yesterday's news item, Ian Turburville writes that UK legend Dennis Priddle will be reunited with his legendary, record-setting Donovan Hemi #144 at Dragstalgia this weekend. The motor, which formerly resided in his Mr Revell as well as his STP Avenger and Don Garlits' Swamp Rat 21 held the record as the world's quickest slingshot for nearly twenty years, now resides in the True Blood slingshot built and raced by Ian and daughter Laura for Bloodlines Racing. It will be on display in the historic display marquee and will be cackling several times over the weekend along with Wild Bill Sherratt's American car.

Congratulations from her Eurodragster.com colleagues to Photographer and Sportsman ET racer Kirstie who took the ladies' Fox Hunt Gamblers' race at Shakespeare County Raceway yesterday (Sunday). Driving Andy Przybyl's Subaru Legacy Kirstie qualified #1 and took the event win against Holly Baldwin. Kirstie's eagerness for fruit robbed her of the overall Bracket Gamblers' title against Neil Lalouette to whom congratulations also, and to Leo Lester who took the title in the bike event.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to APIRA race official Pat Salt. Have a great day Pat.


Mister Six goes to Dragstalgia.
9th July: Keith Lee writes that UK legend Dennis Priddle will be making his first visit to Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway next weekend:

Europe's first six-second drag racer, and a member of both the British and International Drag Racing Halls of Fame, will be taking in the atmosphere at this great nostalgia drag racing event over 14th-16th July. Dennis is particularly looking forward to being able to watch one of his old team members, Brian Savidge, in action in his beautifully-prepared black '32 roadster during Friday's RWYB session.


Dennis' own racing career started more than fifty years ago, and exactly forty years back he was in the hot seat of the well-loved Olavi Knuutinen Monza funny car which he had just completed building down in Somerset. He was busy setting records, and had some fierce battles with the late Bootsie Herridge in Sweden and at Santa Pod during July 1977. These were a major highlight for race fans. All these years on, Dennis might also get to see that selfsame Monza body still in action at Dragstalgia in the hands of Wild Bunch racer Phil James.

The Slingshot Showdown will be something to catch Dennis' attention at Santa Pod, as it was in this class that he set a world quickest elapsed time of 6.04 seconds in his Mr Revell dragster - a mark which remained unbeaten for so many years.

Currently the subject of a book being written about his colourful racing career, titled Mr Six - The Story of Drag Racing Legend Dennis Priddle, Dennis is coming to the event with book author Keith Lee, who should pick up a few more amusing stories during the long journey. Over the weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, Dennis will be joined by a number of other drag racing heroes in the signing sessions organised by the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.


Swift snippets.
9th July: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to photographer and occasional Eurodragster.com Coverage Team member Callum Pudge. Have a great day Callum.

Web site updates.
9th July: Continuing the Nostalgia theme, Chris Eyre writes that the Euro Nostalgia Funny Car page has been updated with a report, videos and pictures from the SPRC Summernationals. "It was great to see the cars running so strongly", says Chris. "Not long until the next non-points event, Dragstagia, where five FCs are entered for the Nostalgia Cannonball. A great event for lovers of old school racing". You can take a look at the Euro Nostalgia Funny Car site at euronostalgiafunnycar.jimdo.com.

Photo-journalist Dick Parnham has updated his Flickr site with some excellent 1970s shots from Blackbushe, which you can check out at www.flickr.com/photos/dickparnhamdragracing.


Terry Chandler.
8th July: Terry Chandler, philanthropist extraordinaire and enthusiastic supporter of professional drag racing – best known as the lady backing Don Schumacher Racing's Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero Top Fuel Dragsters and Fuel Funny Cars – sadly passed away in Florida on 27th June aged 65 after a short battle with brain cancer. Mike Lintern writes:

Make-A-Wish grants adventurous wishes to children with serious or life-threatening conditions, while the Infinite Hero Foundation, combats mental and physical issues facing returning military heroes and their families, both charities receiving valuable support by Terry and family via the funding of DSR cars carrying their liveries in recent years.

The UK's FGR Motorsport Fuel Funny Car team were introduced to Terry by Don Schumacher at this year's NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville and from that meeting sprung a tie-up which has led to the team's Gladiator Fuel Funny Car carrying the Make-A-Wish banner for its UK operation.

Both the FGR Motorsport team and Santa Pod Raceway, who are jointly hosting the first visit to the track by Foundation "Wish Kids" at Bug Jam later this month, extend their sincere condolences to Terry's family for their loss.

Thanks to Mike Collins for letting us know that you can read tributes to Terry on NHRA.com by clicking here and a feature on Autoweek by clicking here.

Picture courtesy and ©Andy Willsheer


Swift snippets.
8th July: Unfortunately continuing on a sad note the UK Outlaw Anglia pits will never be the same again following the death of Phil Middleton's friend and crew, the legendary Scott, after an illness which from his behaviour you would never know he was suffering. A strong guy and one of our irreplaceable characters who always had everyone in stitches. Our deepest sympathies to Scott's family and to Ginner and his other friends.

A big Thank You to those Eurodragster.com readers who quickly took the fund-raising effort for Santa Pod Raceway's Medical Centre in memory of Ben 'Panda' Butler over £1000. Your News Editor can't go into details of how he knows but the bank definitely has room for more so if you would like to contribute in Panda's memory then check out yesterday's news item.

Many thanks to Producer and all-round good egg Julian Parsons for letting us know that Nitro FM will start its Dragstalgia broadcasts at Santa Pod Raceway at 18:00 this Thursday (13th). Broadcasts will then commence at 07:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You will be able to tune in at the track on 96.2 FM and elsewhere around the planet at www.eurodragster.com/nitrofm.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to UK Super class racer and Al's Gasser Super Gas Shootout organiser Jon Giles. Have a great day Jon.


Coffee + cake = cancer beaten.
8th July: Eurodragster.com Photographer and Sportsman ET racer Kirstie tells is that a Charity Coffee Morning is to be held in the Eurodragster.com Sportsman ET pits at Bug Jam on Friday 21st July:

Our Coffee Morning on the Friday is to raise money for Macmillan, the cancer charity. As you may know, a very special lady in the Sportsman ET ranks, Gill Medley, has recently been diagnosed with cancer and after a swift meeting between myself and Alan Medley at the SPRC Summernationals we began to hatch a plan!

The best plans always involve cake, coffee and drag racing.

We are holding the Coffee Morning on the Friday as we are all there setting up anyway, and we aren't qualifying until the next day, so it seems the perfect time. It also means that we can eat cake without the hazard of our dial-ins suffering! Cake donations would be most grateful and extremely welcome but even better would be for everyone, whether Eurodragster.com Sportsman ET racer or not, to come and eat the cake for a small fee.

Thank you to Clive and Jane McCready who have already offered the loan of a water urn for drinks and to a family friend of Alan's who will be making fresh samosas. If anybody can help with donations of cake, biscuits, coffee machines or anything which you would like to donate, please do get in touch. If anybody has a table which they could lend for a morning, this would be extremely helpful too. Alan and I are both on Facebook or you can contact me at kej_brite@hotmail.com.

Whilst the Coffee Morning is going on, Alan will be organising a slot drags elimination in which you can compete for a donation (Oh, hello - former Slot Drags racer Ed). The track is 1:64 scale which is about Matchbox size and is thirteen feet long. It is equipped with Christmas Tree, red light sensors and win lights. Alan says that he has a choice of cars but people are most welcome to bring their own if they so wish, the more the merrier!

Hope to see you all there and supporting a great cause. Together we will beat it.


Reunited and it feels so good...
8th July: UK Fuel legend Gary Page will be reunited with his biggest love when he straps in to the seat of Mark and Jackie Hawkins' new Panic Fuel Funny Car at Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway on 21st-23rd July. Gary has been crewing with various Top Fuel Dragster teams for several years, most recently with Liam Jones, but has dearly wanted to get back into a car himself.

"This has been a long time coming but now it's two weeks away I'd better start worrying about it!", Gary told Eurodragster.com. "Mark and Jackie have put so much money into it. It's a brand new chassis which has never been on a race track so it should be perfect. But if you get in a brand new rental car you still want to know how it works, you want to know if the cigarette lighter works, you want to know how the cruise control works. And I need to get back into it, I need to make familiarisation passes and get my licence signed off again. Hopefully it will be like riding a bike - you can't compare it to my last drive, the Chaos Fuel Altered, that was like riding a pair of roller skates compared to a Funny Car!"

Gary says that no-one wants him to do well more than his Rune Fjeld Motorsport colleagues. "I enjoy working with them and they are all chuffed for me", he said. "But it's good to be back on the other side of the fence. Mark's crew are all young guys and they are very good and enthusiastic. They are clever kids and you need younger guys coming into the sport. Mark and Brett are overseeing it all but the three of us are getting a bit long in the tooth now. I hope I won't let them down."

The team are loading up the trailer this weekend and will be at Bug Jam early on the Friday (21st). The plan is to put in a sixty foot launch as early as possible and then maybe a 330-foot pass and then to take everything apart and inspect it. "It'll be good to get back out there and see what we can do", said Gary. "It has been a bit of an epic getting there."

As well as Gary strapping in to Panic the Bug Jam entry list has been further enhanced with the addition of Kevin Kent in the West Ten Motorsport Fuel FC. You can check out the Bug Jam 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.


Event entry update.
7th July: Many thanks to Paul Marston for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for JT Construction UK Top Sportsman, which takes place at the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway on 28th-30th July.

You can check out the JT Construction UK Top Sportsman 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.

For more details about JT Construction UK Top Sportsman E-Mail Paul Marston at pmdragracing@gmail.com, call 07831 650230, or search for UK Top Sportsman on Facebook.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 2 of the MSA Pro Modified entry list for the Mopar EuroNationals, 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.

Today (Friday) is the official closing date for MSA Pro Modified at the Mopar EuroNationals after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about SPRC event entry then please contact Ian Marshall at SPRC on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


500% for Panda... we can do it.
7th July: On behalf of herself, Lizz Charman and Suze Morris SPRC Pit Marshal Caroline Boncey has been in touch to ask Eurodragster.com readers to help to obliterate the target set for a fund set up in memory of late safety crew member Ben 'Panda' Butler.

As you can see at right, Panda's partner Natalie set up a Just Giving account in his memory to benefit Santa Pod Raceway's Medical Centre, of whose services Ben was known to avail himself occasionally. Natalie set a target of £200 which was easily beaten; at time of writing the fund has reached £795 or 395%. We reckon that £1000 or 500% is achievable in such a good cause.

If you would like to donate to Santa Pod's Medical Centre in memory of Panda then please visit the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/santapodmedcentre.

In addition Oscar, Lizz and Suze asked us to thank all of the racers and crew who had their photos taken with the two toy pandas at the SPRC Summernationals, and to Nigel Hale for taking them on the Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator Cruise. "It meant a lot to us all, and especially to Natalie", they say. You can check out the Panda Album by clicking here.


Dragstalgia bike preview.
6th July: Keith Lee has been in touch to give us a heads-up on what we can expect on two - and three - wheels at next week's
Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway:

Once more, Santa Pod will resound to a super mix of old style drag bikes in the NSA Shootout during an action-packed weekend. One always hopes to see some new additions to the mix, and once again we should get to see just that. Headlining the entries will be no less than six of the double-engined bikes, led as always by John Hobbs on The Hobbit. Jeff Byne has been busy freshening up his double Triumph; while Gary Norman has been beavering away with the help of the Baskerville family to really improve both show and go aspects of not one, but two doubles to run over the weekend!

One of the most unusual bikes ever built is Drag Waye, which is powered by a blown VW car engine. Shown before at Dragstalgia, the aim for restorer and rider Terry Homan is to take the bike up the strip this year. With similar styling to a slingshot dragster this former World Record holder will be something to watch. Terry is a glutton for punishment, as he is also working flat out to bring another bike back to the track, which I remember first watching in 1967. Dennis Allen's Ram Rod was a very successful supercharged Triumph of the period, and is still owned by Dennis. Both bikes will be welcome additions to the original machinery which forms the majority of the NSA class at this event. Definitely a pair of entries that I am really looking forward to seeing in action once again. The Methamon sidecar outfit, which predates the Drag Fests, will again be piloted by Chris Illman, along with an original passenger in the form of Sheelagh Neal. It is especially good to see Pip Higham back out again this year, after an unfortunate off in 2016 when a wheel adjuster broke on the Orient Express.

I am pleased to announce that we will have representatives from both Holland and Sweden at the event. Jan Honee will surely get that elusive eight-second run on his 500 Jawa this time, while Björn Eriksson is bringing over his recreation of a 70s style Harley to run. They will add to the diversity of engines which were such a feature back in the early days of the sport.

An additional group has been included by event organiser James Forster this time around in the form of a Nostalgia Pro Stock class, which is a welcome move. It was the class which brought the late Brian Johnson to the fore, before he embarked on his hugely successful Top Fuel Bike career. Nick Pepper has previously run with the NSA group, but this year should have four or five other Pro Stock Bikes to have a go against.

In the Historic Marquee, I always try to attract something different to display. This year we will be able to enjoy one of my all time favourite bikes. Mick Hand's little twin cylinder Honda was the noisiest bike you were ever likely to hear on a drag strip, and mighty quick. Justin Newell will be out on track once again on his neat Hagon Weslake Triumph, while also showing the restoration progress on the Honda which is now in his possession. The aim is to have it running once again, initially in original 250 cc form - so Dragstalgia 2018 it is then, Justin! Joining the Honda will be the double Triumph of Kev Fields, along with an interesting exhibit which has not seen the light of day since 1974!

I can't wait for the event to start. As a bike and car enthusiast of a certain age myself, I'm looking forward to catching up with a lot of old friends, and taking in all the action at another brilliant weekend of Dragstalgia.


Smax rocks Jersey.
6th July: Having beaten Tony Schumacher in E1 at the NHRA New England Nationals this becoming the first Englishman to win an NHRA Top Fuel round in forty years, ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith and the Leverich family headed for Englishtown although Smax made a side trip on the way:

After Epping I worked for two days then got up early on Wednesday morning to join Jake (our bottom end guy) to drive to New Jersey to see the Iron Maiden concert. We had ten backstage passes so I took five of Scott Palmer's crew as they had done nothing but help us, and Shockwave's Lee Webb who was to help us over the weekend. It's a shame that Aidan couldn't make it due to work commitments after being away at Epping. It was cool driving down Martin Luther King Boulevard then pre-drinks at the hotel, then we headed to the venue for the sold out concert! Security took us to the party room for free drinks and we met lead guitarist Adrian and few a others before going to our very good seats for the show. The place was rocking and an excellent visual and light show. We then went to pub across the road and met Ron Capps and couple of the Schumacher team for drinks - a great night.

Up early the next morning for brekky and a short drive to Englishtown to work on car as we had thrown it together for second round (which we missed) at Epping. We wanted to go through it all properly. Jake repaired the blower cover and our two piece intake and I fixed up the throttle cable and clutch linkage whilst Gary and Dan did the heads and stands. Then we went to the Texas Steakhouse and back to the room for a good sleep.

Next morning up early for brekky and back for more work on the car to get ready for Q1 at 4:30. We fired up and did our mind blowing two nitro whacks of the throttle and watched everyone lose their minds! We towed down and faced Shawn Langdon, did a good burnout and Lee backed me up perfectly but by the time I was pre-staged motor didn't normal. I launched to a lazy sixty foot then it picked up but felt like it nosed over so I lifted, but again the throttle held open for a second, obviously wounding the motor. Still we qualified number eight and beat Shawn with a 4.92 at a slowing 162 mph.

Back in the pits all was revealed. We had put on different stands, rockers and pushrods but four pushrods had mismatches with the rocker adjusters which destroyed them and as soon as it dropped a cylinder it mixed up and torched a head gasket and head. The block was ok but it pulled on the main studs and damaged a cap where the side bolt goes in and hurt the cam, so we decided to put our last block in albeit it was just bare. We worked hard all day Saturday to get ready for E1 on sunday morning then left the track after a pint at Scott Palmer's pit!


Up early again but the fire-up curfew was 10:00. We discovered that the blow-up against Tony Schumacher had pulled the thread inserts in the blower so the front of the injector was lifting causing air to get in when I lifted throttle. So we had a mad thrash to repair but at least we found the sticking throttle issue - phew! This happened at exactly the same time at the same race last year and I faced Steve Torrence in E1 too... weird!

Two nitro whacks later we were ready to run three seconds at 300 mph. I dashed off to the driver introduction and got a huge cheer for being #13 qualifier!

We got ready to race our friend Steve Torrence but Gary reminded me that if we were getting beaten then shut off as we don't get anything for first round loser and if we blow up and oil the track it's a $4000 fine this time. Gary was right of course but as a driver I was bummed. Stevo shot off to a 3.83 so I lifted before the eighth to a 4.83/177 but the car was perfect, no damage, and left on eight cylinders so we had a good car for the Nitro Nats in Toronto last weekend.

Smax will be in touch about the Nitro Nats very shortly.


Web site updates.
6th July: Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two FHRA Nitro Nationals reports on the Autosport.nl web site. As usual 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.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr gallery with pictures from the Saturday of the Street Drags Public Track Day  at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Event entry update.
4th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 22nd-23rd July (RWYB Friday 21st and until 15:00 Saturday). You can check out the Bug Jam 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.

Thanks also to 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 28th-30th July. You can check out the Mopar EuroNationals Pro Mod entry by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

This Friday (7th) is the official closing date for the Mopar EuroNationals after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about SPRC event entry then please contact Ian Marshall at SPRC on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


An Anniversary to remember.
4th July: Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia racer Colin Millar writes that the class' 25th Anniversary party took place at the recent NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. Colin is a self-contained party, but on this occasion a large number of others were permitted to play:

The word went out to all past, present and future people engaged with Outlaw Anglia to come along and enjoy what is one of the best classes in drag racing. Most of us made the effort to get to the track Thursday evening and we set about making a large area for the party. With Simon Barlow's large awning and a number of large party tents it was quite a spectacle when it was all pulled together.

Up and about early on Friday, not forgetting why we were there: to race in Outlaw Anglia. We made sure that those who would be racing on Saturday had their cars all ready to go, but the guys with street-legal cars were taking advantage of the time and venue to take part in the Ford Pop Shootout, which was the root of the class and how it all began twenty five years ago.

It was an early morning cruise into Stratford upon Avon with a good eight-car field, all sounding strong but in full street trim with the exception of a few wheelie bars sticking out: Mark Bracking in OA70, Barry Woodford in his alternative but beautiful blue Pop pick-up, Ian Tweddle in OA95, Lee Taylor in OA98, Gary Hill in OA107, Danny Wilson in OA 108 and finally Ronnie Mercer in OA 109. Everyone went out and everybody returned safe and sound. The Shootout started at midday and the two fastest cars would race each other on Saturday on a heads-up, first to the finish win. The bragging rights went Ian Tweddle who won with Lee Taylor a close second. Jerry Cookson of SCR had even organised some medals which was a very nice touch. All of the boys had chipped in a tenner with the winner getting the prize fund and in true OA style Ian gave all his winnings to the Al's Gasser fund which was a great gesture I thought (Hear, hear - Ed).

By this time the general layout for the party was in place including speakers that were twice my height and all the hardware you need to entertain five thousand people, a big thanks to Pete Rollinson for his efforts. Needless to say we... well the royal we, that's Ginner and myself, decided to have a test run on Friday night to ensure that the sound system was man enough for the big party. DJ Ginner and DJ Millar hit the decks. Serck Motorsports Graham Smith and his good lady Rachael had unfortunately parked nearby in their motorhome and in the morning they informed us that both his plates and his teeth could be heard rattling into the early hours. Of course I think he was exaggerating.

Roll on Saturday and everyone was buzzing for a great day's racing with a ninteen-car field, as Barry Woodford had unfortunately damaged a piston and was unable to run. We had a lot of great racing with a big surge in new PBs both in ET and speed - all of the racing information can be found on the race report for the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals in the News section of the Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia web site at www.outlawanglia.co.uk.

After the racing we set up ready for the big party. The food was collected form Lee Hillier, a local butcher in Stratford Upon Avon whom we must thank for fantastic-quality home-made food. Lee Taylor was ready with two huge coal barbecues and had no idea he would be cooking for most of the night as the queue just never seemed to go down. We must have fed at least 250 or more... I had no idea that Outlaw Anglia was this big or maybe we just fed the whole of Shakey (Can I take a wild stab in the dark - Ed). Al's Gasser's bucket was placed at the end of the food table and instead of paying for anything we asked those attending if they could make a donation to Al's fund and this was done very generously. I have to thank everybody for this.

The cakes were fabulous as well. Raych made a fantastic large Outlaw Anglia cake and lots of individual Outlaw Anglia cup cakes. There was also a cake made in the form of Al's Gasser, unfortunately I never found out who made it. We even had Outlaw Anglia chocolate biscuits and Outlaw Anglia lollipops thanks to the Woodford family.

Once everybody was fed and watered we fired up the music, initially quietly to get people's taste buds going and then slowly cranked up the sounds, Peter Rollinson's boy Jake was on the decks and doing a great job. Then we had a real treat for everybody: Eleanor Sideway came on stage and sang for us for around an hour, and for those who have never heard her before she is truly fantastic, thank you Eleanor. Back on the decks and by this time the party was in full swing and it was getting hard to get a space far less a seat. The kids had an area to allow them to play and they enjoyed every minute with young Jake Bracking winning the prize for the most autographs collected on the Saturday, well done Jake! With the help pof all fo the kids young Freddie headed up a collection fund to sell stickers he had collected and raffled off some prizes with all the proceeds given to Al O'Connor who was very much touched by this kind gesture. As expected the party went on into the small hours but as the Outlaw Anglia drivers were up early we were all tucked up before midnight, honest (Bzzz! Bullshit - Ed).

All in all the party was a great success and yet another demonstration of how the drag racing family get together and put on such a fantastic event for everyone to share and enjoy. I've been asked to do the next Twenty Five Year party in 2042. It's long enough away to allow me to forget all the stuff you have to do!

Sunday was a good day with great racing and fantastic burnouts and close heads-up racing from all in what is the spectacle of Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia drag racing.

It was very unfortunate that we ran out of time and couldn't fully finish the meeting but that's what makes racing. It was a great meeting with no major incidents, which is what everybody at the track wants, with the exception of Rob Slater trying to cut down most of the grass at the top end of the track. We were all glad to hear that Andy Bond is on the mend and we all wish him a speedy return.

The special one-off Outlaw Anglia 25th Anniversary T-Shirts and hoodies were available at the Nostalgia Nationals. We are trying to ensure that everyone has one; we still have some more and we will have these available at Dragstalgia, which is the next Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia event. With a stunning twenty one-car Outlaw Anglia field we are all looking forward to Dragstalgia and one thing is for sure: we will put on a show which can only be delivered by everyone involved with Outlaw Anglia.

Party pictures courtesy and ©Callum Pudge


Guess the outcome...
4th July: Nigel Taylor writes that Arthur Bonner will be back in the seat of the Detroit Spinner at Dragstalgia, one week before his 76th birthday, and that there will also be a special guest driver behind the wheel of the Prefect for one run:

Arthur is thriving on the thought of the Prefect, now running its 555ci Dart motor, taking to the quarter at such an iconic meeting. The Spinner, originally built in the 1970s, is still running its rare Fairbanks gearbox, MGB front suspension, 1½ ton steel body, nine-inch Ford rear end with 4:88 gearing, and its original ECA 46 race number! 


For the second run on Saturday the Spinner will be handed over to Andy Frost, who is used to going fast in Red Victor 3 with all its stability and technology, but how will he cope with the shed-built Prefect?

The Detroit Spinner Racing Facebook page is open to anyone who wants to predict what time and speed Frosty will run. Obviously we will always encourage you to go onto the Red Victor 3 page, donate to the RV3 team and take a guess at the time and speed which Andy is likely to run in an unknown car.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors who have made this possible!


Swift snippets.
4th July: With four weeks to go before the SPRC / BDRC / Hockenheimring team start to prep the Rico Anthes Quarter Mile for this year's NitrOlympx, a reminder that a crew ticket worth €60 is on offer for each used slick which racers donate to the NitrOlympX organisers. All you need to do is to inform the team in the Signing On office and your slick(s) will be picked up from your pit and exchanged for a crew ticket.

Many thanks to Geoff Stilwell for forwarding this picture of Le Mans winner Johnny Adams trying out the Rat Trap Fuel Altered for size under the gaze of owner and driver Ron Hope at the weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Staying with Nostalgia and back to Dragstalgia and Eurodragster.com will be announcing this year's inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame at 12:00 midday next Friday (12th), coinciding with the scheduled start of the RWYB at Dragstalgia. Longtime readers will recognise a change from the midnight Friday / Saturday announcement of previous years.

Thanks to our good buddy Steve Moxley for letting us know that his and wife Julie's FIA / FIM Main Event report is now available on the ACU web site at www.acu.org.uk, and that he also has an APIRA Springspeed Nationals feature now showing in the July 2017 issue of Custom Car magazine.

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.


Gun for hire.
4th July: Top Fuel Dragster tuner and professional engineer Eddie Corr tells us that the drag racing bug is niggling away at him again and that he is available for work for race teams whatever they run:

Within the drag racing world I tuned Top Fuel cars for almost twenty years, including two European Championships with Carter Motorsport and a third with Lex Joon. I tuned the joint first car to 300 mph in Europe and a few European records along the way. I also have NHRA experience and tuned the car which beat Tony Schumacher in Round 1 of Chicago in 2009.

Outside drag racing I have also worked in the World Rally Championship and Formula 1 working for Porsche, Lotus, Williams and Prodrive. With extensive engine and chassis experience I can turn my hand to anything from normally-aspirated petrol engines to turbocharged or supercharged engines, and any oxygenated fuels or additives. I also have experience of chassis tuning and motorcycles.

My experience includes everything from training and leading a crew to the actual building, commissioning, testing, and race tuning of the car. Basically I can bring something to any team, no matter how large or small. Rates are negotiable depending on programme.

If you are interested then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com and we will put you in touch with Eddie.


Your Sunday winners.
2nd July: Congratulations to your Pro winners at this weekend's FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro: Duncan Micallef (FIA Top Fuel Dragster), Timo Habermann (FIA Top Methanol), Åke Persson (FIA Pro Modified), Bengt Ljungdahl (FIA Pro Stock), Teemu Kettula (EDRS Pro MC Supertwin), Thomas Lysebraate Olsen (EDRS Pro MC Pro Stock Bike) and Mogens Lund (EDRS Pro MC Super Street Bike). You can find full Pro and Sportsman qualifying and results of what was an eventful weekend on the FHRA web site at www.fhra.fi.

Many thanks to Åsa Kinnemar for forwarding us the post-FHRA Nitro Nationals standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. You can take a look at the FIA 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.

Congratulations also to Dave Wiggins who won the inaugural Gearhead Garage No Prep Nationals at North Weald in a close race with Chris Skinner over an untimed eighth (right). The guaranteed £1000 prize money was increased to £1125 to the winner and £225 to the runner-up courtesy of an additional £250 posted by Jeff and Belinda Bull of Eurodragster.com sponsor Jeff Bull Race Engines.

Congratulations also to Hussain Cetin and Bobby Semple who won North Weald's own Quick 8 FWD and Quick 8 Bike eliminations.

You can check out our No Prep Nationals report and No Prep Nationals and Test and Tune galleries, which are presented in association with John Woolfe Racing and 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.


Swift snippets.
2nd July: Kerry and Jacques Jeyes asked to add their own good wishes to our own love and hugs to Podington Pea Diana Macrae whose birthday it is today. Hope you are having a lovely day DD.

Bond's thanks.
1st July: Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Andy Bond has been in touch to thank all of those who came to his aid after his crash at the SPRC Summernationals:

I'd like to say thank you to the fire, safety and medical staff at the track. I'm grateful for their speedy response and diligence when removing me from the car, particularly Paul Bowman for his endeavours to ensure the car stayed complete.  Also thanks to all involved in moving the car from deep in the field so carefully. Thanks to Darren Prentice for his help and for allowing my family to stay at the track during this time.

Big thanks both to my solid crew and to the Redneck boys for all their efforts in loading the car without any further damage.  Apologies to all racers for cutting their meeting short.  

Many thanks to all who have contacted me with their good wishes. 

We're both a bit battered, bruised and uglier than ever but, after taking a few months out to get in shape, we'll be back.


A Stocker in waiting.
1st July: Stock racer-in-waiting Carla Pittau, currently at Alastaro where husband Rick McCann is racing in Stock / Super Stock, writes that there is a lot of waiting in a drag racer's life:

Waiting for parts, waiting for the new workshop to finished, waiting for the new workshop's heating system to be installed, waiting for the machine shop, waiting in the pits to be called, waiting in the lanes during an oildown, waiting in the motorhome for the rain to stop, hurrying up and then waiting... and then there is waiting for a Stocker to be finished.

As I write I'm on the ferry from Kapelskär to Naantali, on route for the FHRA Nitro Nationals, and I'm waiting for the sea journey to be over. Of course it seems that the traffic between Sweden and Finland has increased of late, so I couldn't get on the Tuesday ferry and had to book for the Monday; this means that we will be in Finland on Monday night and will have to wait until Wednesday, somewhere, before we are allowed in the pits at the track.

If you are waiting for something at the moment perhaps you can kill some time reading my piece about waiting.

The season started abruptly for us: no sooner had we settled down in the new workshop than we started taking apart Rick's two Super Stock engines, hoping to be able to make one out of two. The first one, a 400ci SBC, was built by Rick Watters with heads prepared by Gary Hettler, and as a combination had many problems. We bought it with much hope and expectations as it was owned by the then GT/CA record holder, Byron Setters. Nobody bothered to tell us that it was a combination that he never managed to get to work well and that he bought it for a song. We were very disappointed as we started to learn the ropes of legal Super Stock engine building. Although in the GT class you are allowed to use an engine from a different model year than your car, the heads must be the originals which came with the engine in that year. In other words, if you use a 1975 Chevy Small Block, you must use the original iron heads which were used on that engine in 1975, and if by an unfortunate set of circumstances that particular engine came with a Rochester Quadrajet, that's the carburettor you have to use. Period.

We managed to tune the Quadrajet to the best of our abilities and in fact the much-maligned carb revealed much more race attitude than it is credited for, and the heads made a fair amount of power, but they leaked. They leaked because they are old, they are porous, and they are carved to a millimetre of the water passages to try and extract as much power as humanly possible within the strict rules of Super Stock - this is NHRA Super Stock, not the UK version which shares the name but none of the rules. The size of the valves must be stock, the volumes must be stock. NHRA tech will measure the volume of the combustion chambers, the intake ports and the exhaust ports, and all of them must be the same as the stock heads would have been. So for every ounce of material removed from one place, some material must be reapplied somewhere else. The wizardry consists in knowing where to remove and where to apply to make the heads flow to the best efficiency. However, even if you obtain the best possible result, if your heads leak and you spend most of your time repairing them, you are not going to go rounds. We repaired them with gas tank sealer and JB Weld and they leaked again after the first season, so we sent them back to the States, they were repaired and they leaked after a couple of meetings, we had them repaired in England with a super-duper indestructible ceramic coating, and they leaked again after a few meetings more.

In between repairs we managed a best of 0.56 under index, which normally places us around twenty fifth or twenty sixth position in qualifying, and of course we wanted more.

This is a real problem for many racers who use this combination, not just us; so many complained to NHRA that perhaps replacement heads should be allowed. This is indeed allowed in some classes, normally in Super Stock only, and it means that you can use any within a list of equal performance aftermarket heads which NHRA have specifically approved for your combination. NHRA still have not issued any such list for the 1975 400ci SBC, but they made a concession: they re-rated the combination at 319 hp, down from 324... big deal. In plain speak, this means that the minimum weight for our combination went down from 3086 lbs to 3041 lbs.

In the meantime we had acquired a second engine, another 400ci SBC built by John Gulius which at least this time came quite cheap and together with two carburettors, a torque converter and a Scott McClay transmission. We dropped it in last year and went racing, leaving the leaking heads behind. Unfortunately this second engine made a bit less power than the first and we suspected that the first block may have been a better one. The quest for power with these engines resembles trying to get blood out of a stone, but it is amazing to open one up and find that the friction is so low that the rotating assembly almost turns if you blow down one cylinder. Low tension rings, magic cylinder honing and tweaking the oil rings, as well as seriously low weight pistons contribute to the ease of rotation, preserving your horse power and allowing it to travel further down the drive train to your rear end. The biggest restriction to this are the fierce valve springs, which are needed to keep in check the aggressive cam profiles which are thankfully allowed. We therefore thought that perhaps using the first block with the non leaking (yet!) second heads might be a step in the right direction, and this we proceeded to do as soon as we had a viable workshop.

We measured very carefully and established that there was plenty of piston to valve clearance and that we could use the same intake, we had the block re-honed by local wizard Raymond Karlsson, got a set of bearings, a rebuild kit, and put it together just in time to leave for the Main Event with a couple of days to spare, as we intended to put it through its paces at the Williams Brothers' new dyno. The day at the dyno was very fruitful, and with some tuning, by the end of the day, we managed to get over 600 hp. Sadly the performance at the track did not match our expectations, the track was tricky and the tyres past their best, and the only saving grace was that Rick managed to go two rounds before the rain stopped play.

We had to wait (!) until the Tierp Internationals before we could tweak the engine to give us a bit more, and the qualifying runs there confirmed that horsepower is not all of the story when you are chasing ET. Retarding the cam timing had indeed improved peak HP, but although it looked like the torque sacrificed in the process was minimal and that we certainly did not need more at the launch, when we tried advancing it the ET immediately responded, showing that as well as improving max torque the four degrees' advance seemed to improve mid range, with the top end staying almost unchanged. However we are still only 0.50 under index (well in fact 0.4982 under) so we still have to match the previous performance, never mind improving.

We are now going to do some more testing and tweaking at Alastaro and will hopefully find a little more power, but the future of Rick's Super Stock racing might change if we finally decide that it's just too hard to make this work with the current NHRA rating and perhaps we should go to a more competitive combination. Meanwhile we wait... for my car to be finished. An ex-Pro ET seasoned bracket car, but which stayed as faithful as possible to her Stocker stance, the 1970 Camaro was always a prime candidate for the jump up to NHRA Stock. The stock chassis with nine inch tyres and Caltracs, Small Block and GM ten bolt rear has gone a best of 9.54 seconds on the quarter mile with a 1.28 sixty foot, not bad for an old girl weighing 3150 lbs despite the fibreglass doors, front fenders and hood. However Williams Brothers Racing have done a complete frame off restoration and the car should be ready... sometime in the future... for her Stock debut.

Nothing left to do but wait, I guess, before I can talk about her new personality. But it's OK, I am a drag racer. I have a lot of experience of waiting...


Walters' season so far.
1st July: Super Pro ET racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Peter Walters has been in touch with a report of his first two outings in the Gold RV / PWRD / RW Custom Paint Super Pro ET dragster:

After a not very successful 2016, with many engine breakages and transmission issues, Walters Motorsport decided to park their blown Small Block dragster for the 2017 season to rebuild the car and change the engine combination to a big block Chevy. The original plan was for Pete's sister Holley to make her racing début driving the family's Mustang in Sportsman ET. Then to make the season even more fun-filled, Derek Flynn of Gold RV, long time supporter of Pete's racing, stepped up and offered Pete the chance to drive his six-second dragster. Due to Derek spending most of the year so far in a hospital gown, we unfortunately didn't make the Festival of Power, but we are glad he is back to full health now! We agreed to miss the Springspeed Nationals and début at the FIA Main Event in May.

Thursday testing was successful, with the new engine combination running well. We had a couple of twitchy half passes but the early numbers looked good, so we were ready for Friday's qualifying. Back to launching off idle and footbrake, Pete's sixteen years of experience came into effect and he ripped off a perfect 0.0000 Reaction Time to take the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award. After a day's qualifying we ended up in twenty fourth qualifying position running a 7.166 on a 7.10 dial-in.

Saturday didn't quite go to plan. After damaging various parts in the transmission and zinging the motor, we found a few valvetrain issues Saturday night. We sat down and discussed whether to call it a day or to drive back to Hampshire to get spare parts. Pete's longtime crewman Mick Slocombe stepped up and took the six-hour round-trip with Derek's wife Fiona, returning at gone one in the morning!

We woke up early Sunday morning and got to work on changing the parts, firing the motor just a few minutes before we were called. "Derek, Dad (Richard), Mick and Chris, really pulled all the stops out and worked amazingly together to get it finished, I couldn't have been more proud", said Pete. We pulled down to the line and after Derek checked the lanes he asked Rich to rub the six off leaving a 7.10 on the wing. The car launched hard and went straight down the groove to give us an incredible 7.1000 run to go into the unassailable #1 qualifying position. "When the crew gave me the ticket it was easily one of my career highlights, I'm not one for words anyway, but I was speechless when reading it", said Pete.

We went into eliminations as the #1 qualifier, and matched up with Mick Howling in Paul Marston's dragster. We dialled 7.16, Pete pulled his usual 0.02 light and caught Mick, backed off the throttle, then dabbed it again, but too much... 7.148 breakout, our weekend was done! We came away from the Main Event happy, the car worked well and the team worked even better!

The SPRC Summernationals soon came around, and we were raring to go. A few adjustments to the tune and we were aiming for 6.9s, but a heavy headwind put the sixes on hold for now. Our three runs on Saturday resulted in a 7.064, 7.085 and a 7.069, we ended up in #2 spot, 0.009 off the dial-in. The weekend's Super Pro ET Group special award was for best package in qualifying. On the final run Pete pulled a 0.016 light, coupled with 0.009 off the dial to leave us with a 0.025 package taking the big trophy and the prize money.

Eliminations came round quickly Sunday morning and we were paired with Laura Turburville. Pete tree'd Laura with a 0.020 to her 0.094, caught at the top end, lifted (properly this time!) and ran a 7.131 on a 7.06 to take the win. A Round 2 bye left us in the quarter finals with four other ex-Junior Dragster racers. We faced Brad Jackson in the Lucas Oil dragster, but Pete threw it all away, leaving too soon by 0.04, so our weekend was done.

We are hoping for a top ten finish this year, and two good points hauls have helped. The next event for the dragster will be the FIA European Finals where we hope to go some rounds, and run some six-second passes.

The Walters Motorsport Mustang had a lot of problems at the first three events, but after finally finding the issue it was super consistent at the Summernationals, with Holley running between 17.99 and 18.06 all weekend. A first round win against the 2016 Champ and #1 qualifier Andy Dibley gave her some confidence. A poor light (not helped by Pete's advice) and a 0.003 breakout in the second round put us on the trailer, but fun was still had by all. Pete will be piloting the family Mustang at the Bug Jam and Holley will be returning to the seat at the Open Sport Nationals in August.

Pete would like to thank Derek and Fiona of Gold RV, Peter Walters Race Design and Rich Walters Custom Paint for the support this season, as well as the whole team for their continued efforts.

Just as we coded and posted this news item it became Pete's birthday so a big Happy Birthday Pete, have a great day.


Gasserly love.
1st July: Nick Brooke-Langham writes that there was thrilling conclusion to Round 2 of the Gasser Circus Showdown on Sunday when brothers Brian and John Gibson brought their cars to the line at the Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway:

Brian and John had occupied opposite sides of the ladder. John and his' 55 Chevy Crowd Pleaser took the semi-final win over Sean Milsom and his nine-second Morris Van Ain't Misbehavin', Sean lighting the red bulb having made it to the semi without the normal aid of his transbrake. Brian in his Identity Crisis Dodge took his win in the semi-final by the narrowest of margins with an 0.126 win over #1 qualifier Nervous Nick, i.e. me, and my Austin Devon Nogbad The Bad.

The final looked set to be just as close, and this was even more assured when the brothers decided to place identical 11.19 dial-ins on their back windows. Both went into their burnouts with Brian staying in his a little bit longer ensuring that he not only got his tyres nice and sticky, but also that he created a shroud of tyre smoke which encircled his car as it edged into pre-stage.

The brothers left together both leaving behind green lights, with the wheels on John's '55 scrabbling in the air as he shifted into second. The brothers stayed side-by-side all the way down the quarter mile with everyone in the stands, like the siblings, focused on the finish line. As they crossed the stripe the win light glowed bright in Brian's lane, and the boards showed that John had broken out with an 11.14. The final was a fitting way to conclude what had been a brilliant weekend.

A huge Thank You to our sponsors the National Street Rod Association and Speedking, and to the guys and girls at Shakey who made the weekend possible and kept all the racers safe.

Roll on Round 3 at Dragstalgia, when the Gasser Circus take on Gassers from Sweden.


Swift snippets.
1st July: Many thanks to Donna Finnegan of Santa Pod Raceway for forwarding us a couple more pictures from the Goodwood Festival of Speed including a shot of Donna herself with SPR colleagues David Warren, Robin Jackson and Will Thompson, and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson with his Pro Modified Camaro on the stand of his sponsor NGK Spark Plugs.


Robin Jackson tells us that the Summer 2017 issue of the Motor Sports Association's quarterly MSA Magazine features Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Mark Todd as the subject of its Weekend Warrior column, illustrated with a striking photograph by Matt Woods.

Rene Martin asked us to say a big Happy 35th Birthday to photographer David Beitler of Speedseekers. We are very happy to do so, have a great day David.

Further to Wednesday's news item, our good friend Alan Currans tells us that he has posted an update to Keith Lee's Blog about the writing of his book on Dennis Priddle. You can take a look at wwwtheaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Also updating a Blog is Liam Lodge who has decided to add posts about the golden era of each class in the FIA European Championships to his site at liam66europeandragracing.wordpress.com. Liam's first Golden Era post is about Top Methanol Funny Car in the early 2000s.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr gallery with pictures from Saturday of the Yanks Weekend / Gary's Picnic at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


K&N Filters back the Bennetts.
1st July: Luke Bennett writes that as sponsors of Bennett Racing's blown-alcohol operation since 2005 K&N Filters are no strangers to the drag racing scene, so when the team approached them about changing from their outdated conventional panel style oil filters K&N Filters jumped at the chance to not only supply but to make sure it was the correct filter for this harsh environment:

And so began many conversations to ascertain which style of filter would be right for two supercharged Chevrolet-powered, methanol-burning altereds with a combined horsepower of around 5,000. Factors which K&N needed to consider were:
  • Filter material
  • Flow rating
  • Spin on or inline
  • Micron size
  • Burst strength
  • Overall size
  • Weight
We were very keen to reduce service time between rounds and the panel type we currently use requires the removal of four 9/16" nuts then the disassembly, cleaning and refitting of the filter. It desn't sound much but when time is precious every minute counts. In the end, we all agreed on the HP-3001 spin on filter which at just under six inches will give us more actual filter volume over the existing set-up and couldn't be faster to remove! Literally a one-inch exposed nut designed for easy oil filter removal, not only this but there is the option to add a lock wire if needed. Another key factor was weight; we're actually saving two pounds over the old system. Here are some key features:
  • Provides over 550 psi hydrostatic burst strength
  • Captures contaminants as small as 10 microns
  • Uses a resin-impregnated filter media to provide maximum filtering and an inner core to lend extra structural support to the filter, preventing filter collapse
  • Industry standard 3/4-16 inch thread size
  • Developed for demanding race applications
  • Compatible with our Ravenol Lubricants 50wt oil
It was fantastic to rely on the many years of knowledge which K&N Filters possess and to trust their advice and recommendations totally. We're delighted to be supported by such a great company and cannot wait to race at Santa Pod Raceway and Shakespeare County Raceway.


Lindtek join VP distributors.
1st July: Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels has announced a new partnership making Lindtek.dk APS its newest distributor for the European market. Based in Østbirk, Denmark, Lindtek will distribute VP's full line of race fuel blends throughout Denmark, with plans to expand distribution to northern Germany later this year.

"We're excited to partner with Tom Lindstrøm Petersen and his team at Lindtek" said Marc Wesler, International Regional Manager for VP. "Besides operating a successful and well-respected business, Tom and his family have been involved in racing for many years. In fact, at the third round of the Danish Rally Championships recently Lindtek fuelled the winner of the Historic class with VP's R5 race fuel. They truly know motorsports, and we anticipate they'll provide a big boost to our European business, particularly in the rally, motocross and vintage racing markets."

"After a bad experience with race fuel sales in the past, we became aware of VP Racing Fuels and were impressed with its reputation, quality and breadth of its product line" said Tom Lindstrøm Petersen, Owner and CEO of Lindtel. "We believe it's a great fit for our business and we look forward to working with VP for many years to come."

More information about Lindtek and its inventory of VP Racing Fuels products is available online at www.lindtek.dk. More information about VP Racing Fuels is available at vpracingfuels.com.



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