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Pro Peak Performance Day coverage.
24th May: An advance guard of the Eurodragster.com team is in place at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you all the news from the Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day in association with
John Woolfe Racing.

We plan to post a live report throughout the day and then a photo gallery at the end of the day courtesy of Julian. The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport will be on-line broadcasting live video and trackside audio so long as the track is open.

You can check out our Peak Performance Day coverage via the FIA/FIM Main Event index, which also contains links to the final entry list and provisional running orders, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Picture courtesy and ©Blackett Photography


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Everything submitted will be posted in time for the race .


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at the Festival of Power. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award will be available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £100 for the SPRC Summernationals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the SPRC Summernationals. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

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

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

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

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


Web site updates.
21st May: Keith Lee has been in touch to let us know that his Blog detailing the progress of his book Mister Six: The Story of Drag Racing Legend Dennis Priddle has been updated on Alan Currans' excellent Acceleration Archive. The book is scheduled to be released in the latter part of this year but in the meantime you can read Keith's Blog at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Our good friends Julie and Steve Moxley have had their March Meet report and pictures posted on the Eat My Ink web site at www.eatmyink.com.

Paul Bryan has posted Doorslammers pictures on his Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/paulbryan_photopedia and on Facebook.

Also updating a Flickr album is The Mad Welshman whose No Prep Nationals pictures you can check out at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Doorslammers results.
20th May: Congratulations to the winners of this weekend's Doorslammers at Santa Pod Raceway:

VP Racing Fuels Pro Doorslammer: Jimmy Ålund 6.5680/227.00 def. Marcus Hilt 6.6410/208.96
OCS Group Big Bracket 1 (yesterday): Collin Morrice (8.64) 10.3061/83.93 def. Billy Gane (8.28) 8.2605/166.03 DQ red light
OCS Group Big Bracket 2 (today): Lee Huxley (9.54) 9.6049/136.47 def. Jens Könnecke (8.25) 8.2721/161.87
Lucas Oil Pro Street: Mark Todd 7.9173/193.74 def. Joe Stevens 8.3655/168.55
Turbo Technics True Street: Mark Biggers 9.3864/148.09 def. Gary Carr 9.8041/146.23
Spal Automotive Front Wheel Drive: Stephen Ray 10.8636/129.41 def. Adrian Solly 12.5231/118.08
Webster Race Engineering 4 Cylinder: Chris Todd 10.0182/143.92 def. John Martin 10.1549/139.88
EBC Brakes 6 Cylinder: Mark Moseley 8.8387/157.99 def. Justin Muscat staged

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

FIA/FIM Main Event racer update.
17th May: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's FIA/FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway:

Thursday 24th May
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
10:00 Signing On office opens
10:00 Car scrutineering commences, no specific order
20:00 Signing On office closes

Friday 25th May
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Car scrutineering commences
09:00 Bike scrutineering commences: Bike sign-on / scrutineering details
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Saturday 26th May
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Scrutineering opens 09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

Sunday 27th May
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering opens
09:30 Track opens for eliminations

Monday 28th May
09:30 Track opens for eliminations

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

No race vehicle motors are to be fired up before 09:00 or after 21:00 on any day of the event including Thursday's Peak Performance Day. Before 09:00 vehicles should be pushed or towed to Scrutineering, not driven or ridden. Non-observation of curfew will result in exclusion from the event.

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

Only race officials and SPR staff are allowed in Race Control whilst racing is underway. Should racers wish to raise any matter with race officials then please do not visit Race Control; please firstly see the Race Secretary who is based in Signing On.

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

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


Sweden celebrates 50 years.
16th May: Pelle Lindelöw writes that organised drag racing in Sweden reaches its fiftieth anniversary this year and that plenty is being done to celebrate the quarter-milestone:

In 1966 Calle Hansen, together with a bunch of fans of American cars and V8s, started up the Drag Racing Club and some events were held. Manual timekeeping with stopwatches, illegal racing on motorways under construction, wherever 402.33 metres (the exact measure of a quarter mile) could be found. They were always looking at what was happening in the UK and of course in the States and copied as much as possible.

In 1968 it was time for the premiere of organised drag racing in Sweden. Anderstorp was at the time the only fully-equipped race track which could handle the cars. The race was called the "First Go" and it took place in August.

  A number of big names from UK were invited among whom were Rex Sluggett, Clive Skilton and their teams. For Swedish spectators and officials it was their very first time hearing and smelling the exhaust of nitro engines. Unfortunately Rex injured his foot and a certain guy by the name of Dennis Priddle stepped in as a replacement. And the rest is history...

To be able to honour the people who actually put Sweden on the drag racing map I have accepted a role as Co-ordinator for two of the celebrations this year, those at the two European Championship events at Tierp Arena. 

In three weeks from now, at the Tierp Internationals on 8th-10th June, we will hold the first half of the celebration of the first fifty years of drag racing in Sweden and honour the people who built the sport for us. We will have a two hundred square metre marquee with lots to see. Three of the beautiful Funny Cars from Janne Johansson's collection, his wonderful Peterbilt tractor-puller and his no less wonderful trailer, motors from different decades, and films and posters, etc from the early days of Swedish drag racing.

But what would drag racing be without the people who were there from day one? I'm extremely happy to announce that the King of Anderstorp '68, Dennis Priddle, will attend all three days in June. We will also host veteran racers from the early days of Swedish dragracing. Some of the names will be familiar to fans around Europe and the UK, but of course there will also be some well-known local names. It's a great honour for me, as a rookie of the early '70s, to be able to meet my idols from the past.

Some of our heroes are unfortunately no longer with us, but I'm sure that everyone visiting us in the Tent of Legends in June and August will get a flavour of the warm and friendly feeling which we all had in the early days. And if that isn't enough we can surely surely share a couple of good laughs from those days, I know that there are tons of funny stories out there...

See you at Tierp in June!


Gullqvist eyes the Wulcano.
16th May: Multiple FIA European Pro Modified Champion
Micke Gullqvist is headed to Santa Pod Raceway for this weekend's Doorslammers, a race which he says will be an odd one for the team since they have not raced no-rules since the 1990s:

A big challenge is of course that we have the first round of the FIA Championship coming up next weekend. A supercharged Pro Mod car is a highly-restricted racing vehicle. We have restrictions on valve sizes, electronics (no traction control), no lock up clutch or converter, supercharger type and design, overdrive and minimum weight. The reason for those rules has been to protect the nitrous cars so they are able to compete with the blown cars. Looking at the entry list for the Doorslammers, I see thirteen entries designed for Pro Mod racing and one entry which has everything we're not allowed to use on a Pro Mod car.

That one-off car is Mathias Wulcan's '69 Camaro, which is purpose-built for no-rules doorslammer racing. That car is actually the only "correct" car for an event like this, and in theory they could be cruising to win the event. In a way it feels good to not be one of the favorites to win, as we really should not have a chance. Those cars normally run over the eighth mile, but a few have tested their performance over the quarter mile and ran in the 5.4s. I believe the record for those kind of cars is around 5.45 over the quarter mile, whilst world class performance for a Pro Mod car would be in the low 5.7s. An FIA Pro Mod has more weight than NHRA, but 3.5% more overdrive, so it's very hard to compare with them.

For us it will be a good test session for the Main Event and who knows, maybe we could even go a few rounds on Sunday. See you at the track!


Lucas with your Sprout.
16th May: Just in time for next week's round of the FIM Europe Super Street Bike Championship at the FIA/FIM Main Event, UK Super Street Bike racer Steve Mead is pleased to announce that Les Downey of Lucas Oil Products UK has confirmed continued sponsorship in 2018. Steve also has some good news on the tuning front:

Lucas Oil Products have been a huge support to me for more than five years now, supplying me with a huge range of products. I also have Walter Sprout tuning for me again this year. He is also tuning for various racers over the Pond and in Europe and the UK. I think that most people know he's been behind Mogens Lund's very quick bike for a while now.

I'll be looking to improve on last year's 7.28 PB in what is getting a tougher Super Street Bike field at every event!


Guy's perfect start.
16th May: Jemma Bromley writes that Jedd Guy's victory in Outlaw Anglia at the weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals was the perfect start to a season which nearly didn't happen:

After a tough winter with financial struggles the 2018 season was nearly over before it had even begun. Some cutbacks were made, plenty of overtime was worked, and things started to pick up and look brighter for this season... even if we have now got a wedding to plan!

The excitement of being back on our feet was short-lived once Big Bang was cancelled and added a month to the wait when the team was already itching to get back to the track. However, this was definitely in the best interests of the whole drag racing community as there was some much needed sun in that gap!

Around came Nostalgia Nationals and the nervous excitement started to build about racing on a new track for the first time, especially as Jedd felt like he hadn't driven the car in a lifetime, a bit dramatic I know. All the nerves quickly vanished once he was in the burnout box about to do the biggest burnout we've had in a while.

On to qualifying and we took it easy to get a feel for the track. This then gave Jedd the determination to get a seven-second pass on the new track and our first event of the year. Alas it wasn't to be! We had an 8.01 which bagged us the top qualifying spot and the NSRA Quickest Outlaw Anglia ET Award.

Eliminations on Sunday and we had a bye in the first round, followed by a very lively race with Gary Bird in which we both experienced traction issues but we took the win. After Gary we faced Mick Taylor and then into the finals with Steve Wells. This was set to be a close race as Steve had been running quite consistent 8.4s all weekend and, as always, was wired to the Tree. We made a few changes to the car to make the wheelies smaller and to add more control to get it down the track straighter.

All in all this seemed to help as we ran an 8.2 against Steve's 8.7, however the race had already been won on the start line as Steve went red. We came home with the event win putting our season off to a perfect start! The celebrations were certainly added to by the fact that it was Scott Crookston's début event with the sister car (Jedd Guy chassis). Scott ran a PB of 8.53, got second qualifying spot, and got to the semi-finals!

Thanks to everyone at Santa Pod Raceway and theh NSRA for putting the event on, and thanks to the Outlaw Anglia class for being the usual bunch of loonies! Last but not least thanks to Jeff Bull for building a fantastic "street" engine which has far surpassed anyone's expectations. Can't wait to see what he builds next... wink wink.


Web site updates.
16th May: Paul Bryan has been busy recently updating his Flickr site with pictures from the No Prep Nationals, which you can check out by clicking here, and from the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals, which you can check out by clicking here. Both galleries are excellent and well worth a look.

Stuart Mitchell.
15th May: We were very sorry to hear of the death of photographer
Stuart Mitchell whose work sometimes graced the pages of Eurodragster.com and whose name, although he photographed widely, was particularly familiar in the racing community courtesy of his spectacular Gasser Circus pictures.

Far too many people add the word "Photography" to one's name these days but Stuart had every right to do so. He was not just a photographer but an artist. A very friendly and helpful guy into the bargain, widely-known and well-liked and one of those photogs who never felt the need to tell you how good he was.

Our sympathies to Stuart's family and friends. It probably does not offer much solace now but Stuart's pictures will ever stand in tribute to a fine fellow.


Recall: RJS SFI 3.3 arm restraints.
15th May: Thanks to Tech Inspector Frans Steilberg for passing on the news that arm restraints manufactured and certified to SFI Specification 3.3 by RJS and equipped with snap-clasp type tethers have been found to be non-compliant with SFI Specification 3.3. All snap-clasp type arm restraint assemblies manufactured and certified to SFI Specification 3.3 by RJS must be immediately be removed from service and returned to RJS.

You can read the full bulletin from the SFI (PDF format) by clicking here.


Doorslammers update.
15th May: The eagerly-anticipated Doorslammers event returns to Santa Pod Raceway this weekend with a new and improved format and whopping prize fund. The entry list is looking strong and one which is sure to produce some of the most exciting racing seen in recent years. Tickets are still available at www.eticketing.co.uk/santapodraceway or on the gate.

James Forster has been in touch with key details of the arrangments for racers contesting the event:

Gates are open between 10:00 and 19:00 tomorrow (Thursday) for race teams only.  After that, gates open at 08:00 on Friday for the duration of the event.

Don't forget that this Friday is also an All Torque Test Day, which still has plenty of spaces available at the moment to get some testing in. With that said, spaces are limited and issued on a first-come first-served basis. Details at www.rwyb.com.

You'll find some drivers' briefing information in your ticket envelope. Please have a good read of the information. There is also a drivers' meeting taking place in the announcement area, next to the shop in the pits, at 09:00 on Saturday. You must attend so please make sure you're in for then. The track opens at 09:30 for heads-up qualifying, and the bracket test run is at 10:00. Full running orders are in the event programme with which you'll be issued on arrival.

The track is scheduled to close at 18:00 on Saturday at which time heads-up qualifying will end, so make sure that you've recorded a time with which you're happy before then, especially in classes which aren't all run. The fire-up road will be closed shortly before that to allow us to finish on time so don't be disappointed if you've left it too late and are turned away. If you're not in the field at that point, and miss the cut-off, you'll be out.

Keep it safe – if you normally run in MSA / FIA competition you will be expected to have the same safety equipment with which you normally run, so make sure that you bring all of your kit.

Entries into the heads-up classes must record a time on Saturday to qualify for Sunday's eliminations, even if it's an all-run field.

Heads-up racers must attend the first round draw on in the announcement area at 18:30 on Saturday. You must at least send a team representative for the subsequent draws on Sunday.

Power will be turned on from Friday lunchtime.

Please be aware that you will need to sign on as usual.


Outlaw Street racer Simon Paul adds: "As we look forward to the Doorslammers I have found three dash plaques from the original Gary's Doorslammer Nationals at Santa Pod in 1985, 1986 and 1987).  I can't remember whether the 2½" square dash plaques were given away free or if I bought them. However an interesting piece of memorabilia from some great events from over thirty years ago. I hope that the new Doorslammers event will be as successful!"


SFI 61.1 turbochargers.
14th May: Geoff Martin of the UK Tech Team has been in touch to remind racers that of 20th Apri, SFI Spec 61.1 turbocharger certification life has been revised from one year to two years.

For more details see our news item of
27th March. If you have any queries then you can contact Geoff on ukchassis2@btinternet.com.

NSRA Nostalgia Nationals results.
14th May: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy 8.2122/163.07 def. Steve Wells 8.7097/154.68 DQ red light
Nostalgia Super Stock: Lee Chiles (10.90) 10.9973/117.01 def. James Oliver (9.74) 9.7530/135.68 DQ red light
Gasser Circus: Tim Holmes (10.70) 10.7966/112.63 def. Martyn Hallam (10.92) 11.0377/117.43
Tri Chevy Shootout: Rob Smallworth 8.7577/150.07 def. Graham Smith 10.0381/136.98

The Gasser Circus final was decided by 0.0010 seconds, which equated to 2.07 inches.

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


NitrOlympX Sportsman fields reduced.
12th May:
NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey has been in touch with some important news about a reduction in Sportsman field sizes at this year's event on 17th-19th August:

Based on our past experience of time problems during our three day event, we are forced to reduce the number of entries which can be accepted for 2018. We can no longer accept almost 300 entries as in the past and risk losing finals or reducing the planed number of qualifying rounds. All Sportsman classes have been reduced as follows:

Class Qualifying Eliminations
Supertwin Gas 16 16
Funny Bike 10 8
Competition Eliminator 16 16
Super Comp 16 8
Super Gas 10 8
Pro ET 40 32
Super Pro ET 32 32
Junior Dragster 20 16

The standard entry fee until 27th July for all classes excepting Junior Dragster is €250. The new entry fee for Junior Dragster until 27th July is €30.

In order to ensure that we are accepting the best in each class, we are forced to strictly enforce our long-standing General Acceptance rule that two time slips must be submitted with your entry form. This rule has been in our Invitation for several years. Those racers with the best results based upon the time slips submitted with their entry forms, and transferring the entry fee, will be processed first. Entry acceptance and verification will take place via E-Mail as in the past.

We plan to have all our 2018 invitations, entry forms and racers' information on our web site at www.nitrolympx.de no later than mid-June.

We appreciate the racers' understanding our decision to make changes which we think will make our event even stronger, and which has been made in the interest of both racers and spectators.


Official: Shakespeare County Raceway closed.
10th May: Jerry Cookson has been in touch to confirm that the UK's Shakespeare County Raceway is officially closed:

It is with regret that I now have to inform the UK drag racing community that after 44 years as an operational drag strip there will be no more racing activities taking place at Long Marston Airfield's Shakespeare County Raceway. The owners of the airfield along with the tracks marshals and officials would like to thank everyone who over the years has supported the track since its very first national drag meet in 1973 by the National Drag Racing Club. Furthermore we would like to wish all the racers and fans every success for the future.

If any racers and supporters have caravans stored on site we ask that they please remove them from the airfield's storage area by the end of May. The removal of caravans can be made during any week day between the hours of 9.00 am and 6.00 pm or Saturdays between 9.00 am to 1.00pm. The airfield is closed on Sundays. Prior arrangement and pick up details can be made by calling Kenny on 07595 412482 or me on 07595 411079.

It's been a pleasure knowing everyone in my twelve or so years looking after the Raceway's interests, calling the races over the PA, and organising some great events, and I think I can safely speak for everyone who has been involved with the track since its early beginnings. I'll see you somewhere at the strip real soon.


50 years of John Woolfe Racing, Part 2.
10th May: Dave Riswick, CEO of Eurodragster.com sponsor
John Woolfe Racing, is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of involvement in drag racing as Easter 1968 marked the date of the first appearance of the JWR name and colours on a drag racing car. Below is the second of ten instalments of the story of John Woolfe Racing's involvement with our sport, this chapter starting in 1968. Mouse-over any picture for a caption:

The Elvington World Records Weekend which John attended in early October also presented an opportunity for him to watch Rex Sluggett's fuel dragster Tudor Rose set a new World Record with Dennis Priddle at the helm. John had never witnessed the shattering sound of a supercharged fuel dragster before. The sheer power of the 426 Keith Black Chrysler took his breath away.


This encounter in Yorkshire led John to consider how he could become more involved in drag racing. Before the paint had dried, I had rounded up some of the key people in the sport for him to have a get together with at his London flat to discuss the idea of locating a drag racing venue site much closer to London. In attendance was Dick Lawrence, Bernard Davies, Peter Billinton, Clive Skilton, Dennis Priddle, Mark Stratton, and myself. The meeting went well and everyone contributed to the discussions resulting in a job list for each constituent . John held a subsequent meeting between Rex Sluggett and Dennis Priddle during which John suggested that he take a financial interest in the continued running of the Tudor Rose Partnership.


In this year John Woolfe really changed my life and that of drag racing with the Hustler team. Once Woolfe was on board with drag racing he knew that he wanted more. About this time, my stint with the United States Air Force was almost finished and I was heading back to my West Coast roots.

John invited me down to London for talks about the future of his organisation and in doing so he proposed that I came back from America once I was free from the US Government and join him in managing John Woolfe Racing and the newly planned operation based on the A1 near St Neots, in Huntingdonshire. Having accepted the challenge of going into partnership with him, I was able to return to the UK in July and dive into a dream job and take up the opportunity of opening one of the first American style Speed Shops in the UK.


By the end of the year we held our Grand Opening of what became Pitstop Motors, the trading name to front the John Woolfe Racing workshops at the back of the petrol station site. I became an official petrol pump attendant for AMOCO petroleum. What a challenge, I didn't look back on this for many a year. So busy was I handing out quadruple Green Shield stamps!

John Woolfe was very active with the Roundy Round brigade and he left the drag racing to Mark Stratton and the Hustler team for 1969. John gave Mark the heads up to build a new drag racing machine. Mark was not idle and as the 1968 season drew to a close the development of John Woolfe Racing, drag racing style really took off.

Mark Stratton's profession was, of all things, button salesman. Yes, buttons. His father was the MD of a London based company specialising in this product and as a result Mark scaled the whole of the UK visiting large department stores. This gave him the chance to get to know where various drag racers hung out and Mark found himself in the north of the country visiting some of the early regional representatives appointed by John Bennett, Chairman of the British Drag Racing & Hot Rod Association.

One of the reps worked for Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, Staffordshire on the A5 and one day while visiting, the rep mentioned that Reliant just announced the launch of a new estate version of the Scimitar saloon, the Reliant Scimitar GTE. Well the next thing we knew there was this fibreglass GTE body sitting in Mark's driveway which mysteriously appeared one night in late November, compliments of Reliant.


It wasn't long before the Hustler boys gathered and began constructing one of the very first Funny Cars British Style. The Big Block Chevy from last season's BSA Scout now found a new home and a state of the art B&M Turbo Hydro Clutch transmission was ordered from California and by the early weeks of April the Reliant Scimitar GTE was débuted at the Pod for shakedown runs. It was a handful but showed great potential for the period. With the exception of Colin Mullen's Invader, nothing like it had arrived in drag racing and was an immediate sensation. Mark's wife Daphne christened the car Whistler.


John's chief mechanic Mike Treutlein was the first to drive it and after one run said it goes like hell but it doesn't have any brakes. Next, I took it out and did a couple of half-track runs and decided that Mike was right! It frightened me big time. I thought "This isn't for me" and there was Stratton smiling when we pushed it back into the pits. Teething troubles were soon resolved and a parachute was fitted that afternoon and so out I went again. This didn't make any real difference and I decided that it would take a much braver driver than me to make this work. No one else wanted to drive it so back to Mark's workshop and a major overhaul of the brake system was carried out.

We took it back to Santa Pod again for the early May meeting and there was Dennis Priddle mooching around the car. Having had an interesting chat, I said "Would you like to have a go at driving Whistler?". He smiled and signed on. He kept his foot in it and much to our surprise the car ran a respectable mid 11.00 second time at about 108 mph and Dennis actually managed to stop before the Reliant went into the pile of pig shit at the end of the runway. Whistler won the Top Competition place that day. But wait a minute there were only a couple of Jags running in that class. Well what the heck, we were all impressed and so was Dennis. That being settled I offered him the opportunity to drive the car again at the Whitsun meeting at the end of the month, and for everyone's efforts this day, Priddle and the Hustler team won a little trophy.

Mark had settled the car down and the Whistler was becoming predictable and Dennis appeared to be enjoying it. A few weeks later at the BDR&HRA's Big Go over the Whitsun weekend Dennis was back at the wheel, proving the car and himself worthy by winning Top Competition Altered with an ET of 11.35/122.

Less than two weeks later the whole world stopped.

In the opening lap of the 1969 Le Mans 24-hour race, John Woolfe crashed his Porsche 917. Having been thrown from the car, he died instantly. Everyone was in shock. All of us being so young found it difficult to cope with the reality that John who was only 37 years old was gone.


Things were going so well and then all of a sudden you realize just how fragile life really is. John died doing what he loved. He was put to rest at the Hoop Lane Synagogue Cemetery in Finchley, North London. This was so long ago and to this day it rings in my head... what if? What captures the time that has passed is summed up by explaining that this all happened before man set foot on the Moon.

Some weeks of down time and reflection took place before Arnold Burton, John's partner in the John Woolfe circuit racing side of things, visited Pitstop Motors and after lengthy discussions said that he wanted to carry on and felt that John would have wanted it this way.

Soon we were attempting to get back up and going again. However, it was difficult. But then the Swedish Hot Rod Association invited us to their 2nd International Drag Race meeting being held at Anderstorp Raceway on 26th-27th July. Whistler had clutch problems, however Dennis did manage to win the event and the Swedes loved the John Woolfe Whistler. Dennis was already a household name with the Swedish drag racing fraternity from driving Tudor Rose at their inaugural drag race meeting the year earlier.


Once back in the UK, Whistler was entered in the Woodvale, Merseyside drag race and was beaten by Hush Too, a Jag-powered altered which caught Dennis by surprise when Ed Gurney put a hole shot on him and won with a slower time. "He who snoozes loses", but not for long...


Dennis drove Whistler again at the 1969 August Bank Holiday meeting at Santa Pod, winning with a personal best of 10.58/129.99 against Fred Whittle's Shutdown. This signalled the last race in which Whistler competed. Dennis was presented with the Championship Trophy by Bob Phelps. I was impressed.


No Prep Nationals report.
10th May: As promised we have augmented our No Prep Nationals coverage with a report and second gallery kindly supplied by Bob Roberts.

You can check out No Prep Nationals report and galleries, which are presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Perfect ET Award continues.
8th May: We are pleased to announce that Vitesse Labelling Products will sponsor the Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award for the remainder of 2018.

The first of eight companies to offer to take up the Perfect ET Award, Vitesse Labelling Products is owned by Modurstang Pro ET racer and multiple UK National Sportsman ET Champion Al Platt and offers labelling services to small and large companies including those in the clothing, chemical, food and automotive industries as well as to the NHS, local authority and government. For more details visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk or call 0161 343 3383.

The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award will be awarded for the first run at an event +0.000 on index or dial-in and will start at £50. If not won at an event then the prize fund will be increased by £50 for the following event; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the following event.

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

The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award will be available at the following events, all at Santa Pod Raceway:
  • FIA/FIM Main Event
  • SPRC Summernationals
  • Bug Jam
  • Redline Rumble (Championship bike classes)
  • FIA/FIM European Finals
  • UK National Finals
A big Thank You to Al and Linda Platt for their support of the Perfect ET Award and of Eurodragster.com.

We would also like to pay tribute again to Derek and Fiona Flynn of Gold RV for their long support of the Perfect Awards scheme and their continuing support of Eurodragster.com.


No Prep Nationals gallery.
8th May: Lee Huxley and Harrison Brown duked it out for the final of the headline event at yesterday's No Prep Nationals at Rockingham Drag Strip with Lee merging victorious in the eighth-mile flashlight-start race.

A report will follow shortly but you can check out a gallery of yesterday's events, which is presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Many thanks to Diana Macrae and Callum Pudge for their hard work and rapid turn-round of pictures.


Sisters make the finals.
7th May: UK Pro Stock Bike racer Bobby Frazier returns from Kunmadaras in Hungary with news of success for the family and for Shark Attack Racing:

Three UK Junior Drag Bike entrants made the trip to Hungary: Meggie, Blade Dummer and Liam Holgate. All three riders were a credit to their sport and represented the UK with smiles and professionalism. Meggie Talbot left Hungary with a new PB of 9.23 seconds, number one qualifier and victory in the first-ever round of the FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike Cup, beating Blade Dummer in a close-fought final. 


At the last minute I decided to take the Pro Stock Bike to test. Having never done a full pass my PB was originally 9.24 and I went into the weekend with no expectations other than a hope to get into the eights. After running an 8.47 I decided to enter the Hungarian Championship round in Competition Bike. An 8.48 and an 8.34 followed and then I ran an 8.13 to get into the final.

Unfortunately we lost in the final by the smallest of margins but to be runner-up never having made a full pass, and having gone in to the weekend expecting to leave in the high eights, we were more than happy with this result.

Meggie and I would like to thank all of our sponsors Eurol, Tijger Leathers, Bikers World, NGK and doyousee.me, and to thank all the crew at the Hungarian Drag Arena for a top weekend. Special thanks go to Rene van den Berg for making all of this possible and finally to Kerryanne van den Berg and Chris Hope.


Swift snippets.
7th May: Our sympathies to the family and friends of steam rocket pioneer François Gissy who was killed in an accident at the end of a high-speed run on his rocket bicycle at the weekend. François' world record speed of 333 kmh is likely to last a long time which makes a fine legacy.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday with hugs to Hayley Fyfe of the UK's Wrathchild Wild Bunch team who was a willing participant in this year's April Fool at the Festival of Power. Have a lovely day Hayley.


VHRA Vintage Nationals gallery.
7th May: The VHRA Vintage Nationals took place in beautiful weather at Santa Pod Raceway yesterday (Sunday). In association with John Woolfe Racing we have posted an end-day gallery which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettit has posted a fine highlights video of the event which you can check out on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RzktoV7sFQ.

Apologies for the audio problems with yesterday's webcast. The two exterior mics, which feed in the trackside sound, were hissing, popping and banging. We tried everything with the remote assistance of Julian of Nitro FM but nothing worked so we had to go with the PA feed which was mainly music. We have since had an idea of what may have been wrong but, whatever, we will sort it with Julian for this weekend's Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast of the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals.


OCS Group Open Day gallery.
5th May: Today's Open Day at the premises of OCS Group wasa joyful occasion which took place in glorious weather. It was attended by a large number of fine-looking cars as well as those in the workshops. The paint shop and dyno room were also open for inspection.

In association with
John Woolfe Racing we are pleased to bring you a gallery of 100 pictures courtesy of Kirstie and your News Editor. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

We are now in place at Santa Pod Raceway setting up the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam kit for tomorrow's webcast of the VHRA Vintage Nationals.


Garrett gives it up.
3rd May: UK Pro Modified racer Rick Garrett has announced that he has to retire from racing and that consequently his low six-second Willys is up for sale.

"I have had some great times with all the other racers, but unfortunately my racing days are over", Rick told Eurodragster.com. "The car has got to be sold due to work commitments. It really is quite an upsetting time but I have got to hang my boots up."

The Mauney-built carbon fibre-bodied Willys is up to spec and comes complete with 872 ci motor and a stack of spares. Rick's all-but-new tractor-trailer is also for sale. For full details check out Cars For Sale in our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.


Swift snippets.
3rd May: Many thanks to Andy Marrs for passing us the official Fast Show timing data. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Weekend event coverage.
3rd May: Eurodragster.com will be out and about this weekend to bring you event coverage in association with John Woolfe Racing.

We start with Saturday's OCS Group Open Day from which we will post a gallery late in the day.

We then move on to Santa Pod Raceway for Sunday's VHRA Vintage Nationals. The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line so long as the track is open, and we will post a gallery at the end of the day.

Finally a report of Monday's No Prep Nationals at Rockingham Drag Strip will be posted after the event is finished.

We will post direct Home Page links as appropriate over the weekend, but you will be able to reach our coverage of all of these events by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


FIA/FIM Main Event entry update.
1st May: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us the final version of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM Main Event, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-28th May and which is the first round of the FIA European Championships and the first and second rounds of the FIM European Championships as well as a UK and/or SPRC Championship round for Comp Eliminator, Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Super Comp, Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout 2018, Super Street, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster.

You can check out the Main Event entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Standard-rate entry has closed; entry now, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. If you have any queries about Main Event entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


North Weald petition opened.
1st May: Thanks to Damian Burke for passing on details of an on-line petition to Epping Council to reconsider their refusal to allow North Weald Drag Strip a licence for RWYB events this season.

As well as running tightly-organised and hugely popular events the organisers of racing at North Weald have for several years contributed in a major way towards the reduction of street racing in what is a very large catchment area. As ever there are probably other interests and motives about which we do not know but it is not an unfamiliar story that a single individual making enough fuss stops a race track operating despite majority support, and that is what has happened here.

If you would like to add your name to the petition to Epping Council then you can read more and sign by clicking here.


Swift snippets.
1st May: Our next - or, thanks to the weather, the first - scheduled Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast is from this Sunday's VHRA Vintage Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway. There will also be an end-day gallery presented in association with John Woolfe Racing.


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


No Prep entry update.
1st May: If you are planning on entering the Gearhead Garage No Prep Nationals, which is to be held at Rockingham Dragstrip this coming Monday (7th), then advance entry closes this Thursday. Paul Marston writes:

You can enter via Facebook on the Rockingham Dragstrip page, E-Mail pmracing@gmail.com, or call me for an entry form on 07831 650230. If you want to arrive on Sunday ready for Monday then you must pre-enter. After that we are happy to accept entries on the day for all classes - No Prep, Grudge or RWYB - and for cars, bikes and karts.

We must thank our sponsors who have been such a great help. Mick Pusey and Gearhead Garage for taking the title sponsorship and providing the commemorative T-Shirts to every No Prep and Grudge Competitor, lane sponsor and prize money from Comanche Racecars - a fair number of the entries come from their workshops. Lane sponsor Southern Rebel Speed Shop, again we appreciate all you help, and last but by no means least JT Construction who are sponsoring the trophies and has added another £500 to the prize fund for the winner of the No Prep Nationals. I am sure I speak for all the competitors when I say that we very much appreciate the support of the sponsors.

With more than twenty entries in No Prep Nationals 2 there is a prize pot of £1500 cash up for grabs for the winner. There is no favourite, no way of telling who is going to win. This is no prep, heads-up, eighth-mile, no time, no speed, flashlight start, Street Outlaw-style racing here in the UK. Come and watch history being made at Rockingham Dragstrip, the new home of no prep racing.

As most people now know the drag racing is just one part of the RD3 Event at Rockingham Motor Speedway on Monday. Also featured are drifting and track day testing on the National circuit, there is also a show'n'shine car show in the inner paddock. Spectator admission to all areas is £10 in advance and £12 on the gate. Gates open sharp at 08:00 and the track action starts at 09:00. Look forward to seeing you all there. Special thanks to Rockingham Motor Speedway for hosting us.


Fast Show results, gallery.
30th April: In association with
John Woolfe Racing we have posted a gallery from yesterday's Fast Show at Santa Pod Raceway.

Conditions were difficult with a late start due to rain and then drizzle and low temperatures but the strip was open for several hours with FWD and JDS Street able to run to completion. Congratulations to our winners:

Front Wheel Drive: Dan Frost 10.0955/151.59 def. Kiel Prestman 10.1592/140.84
JDS Street: Jeff Ludgate (13.03) broke def. Simon Durrans (13.91) 13.7367/113.91 breakout

Congratulations also to Martin Hill who set a new Personal Best speed of 308.34 mph in the Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster on a pass of 5.063 seconds.

No racing took place at the preceding Saturday Night special due to rain but you can check out a small pitside gallery courtesy of Callum Pudge and Diana Macrae, and today's Fast Show gallery, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


FIM Championships commence.
29th April: The 2018 FIM European Drag Bike Championships commence today at Hotrod Majális at Kunmadaras in Hungary featuring the first rounds of FIM Europe Super Street Bike and FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike.

You will be able to stay in touch with events at Kunmadaras at
www.kunmadarasmotorsport.hu.

Swift snippets.
29th April: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to UK Junior Dragster racer Thaliah Gibb. Have a lovely day Thaliah.

Williams Brothers head west.
28th April: Further to our spy picture of
15th April, the UK's Williams Bros Racing Modurstang Pro ET team have announced that they will be racing in the USA including at the legendary NHRA US Nationals in Indianapolis:

The 15th April spy shot was the very distinctive green bonnet, or should I say hood, of Nic Williams' 69 Camaro which is now waiting to be loaded into a container to go to the USA. It has always been the dream for Nic and Dan to race in the States; now it is about to become a reality.

The engine in the Camaro had been away to Tilburg Racing Engines for a major rebuild and to try to squeeze every extra horsepower possible and looking at the dyno figures I can only report mission accomplished. Brian Tilburg is one of the most respected and revered engine builders in the USA and this engine is certainly right up there in the power stakes. The Williams Bros Racing team have always been well-known for their dedication to NHRA Stock-legal race cars, and now it is time to take on the Americans at their own game.

At the first event Nic will be behind the wheel as the team head to Lebanon Valley, New York to race at a Lucas Oils Divisional event on 13th-15th June. The next event is the big one, the US Nationals at Indy on 29th August to 3rd September, again with Nic behind the wheel. As soon as Indy is completed the team return to England so that Dan can compete at the European Finals with the '69 Chevelle, then back out to the States to compete in the Dutch Classic, one of the biggest and toughest Stock meetings of the year. Dates for this one are 27th-30th September but this time Dan will be racing. Depending on schedules we may try to get in one more event in by the end of the year before the Camaro heads to Florida where it will be staying until next year when a race schedule can be planned. If all goes well then we could possibly look to send Dan's 69 Nova to race there as well later.

We really cannot wait to do this and fly the flag for the UK. We will of course be telling everyone about Eurodragster.com and will ensure that as many cars out there carry the stickers like they do here in Europe (Thanks! - Ed). We will also be letting everyone know about Santa Pod Raceway and will be promoting them as well.

We should have our new Going Home Tour T-Shirts available very soon and will have them for sale at the Main Event.

It goes without saying that taking on this schedule whilst racing in the UK and running OCS Paint and Williams Bros Racing is a lot to ask but the team are up to the challenge. There are numerous people to thank already: Brian Tilburg for building a kick ass engine and helping with obtaining a race trailer and storage for the car, Joe Gibbs Oils for helping the team with lubricants, Darren Prentice at Santa Pod Raceway, Ian Marshall for helping with the competition licence formalities to name a few. We will of course keep everyone updated through our Facebook pages and here on Eurodragster.com.


Swift snippets.
28th April: After a gap of a few years in which he occasionally contested Pro Modified Sweden's Jöran Persåker has announced a return to Top Fuel Dragster at June's Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena. Jöran will be driving the car previously campaigned by Monica Öberg with Monica's long-time racing partner and tuner Dan Söderberg calling the shots.

Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 8 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM Main Event which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-28th May. 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.


European Championships' future discussed.
27th April: Trakbak Racing and Santa Pod Raceway CEO Keith Bartlett writes that all of the track promoters and organisers who hold rounds of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships met in Sweden on Wednesday (25th) to discuss the future of holding European Championship events in 2019 and onwards.

Representing the tracks and promoters were Leo Laurell, Lasse Koskinen and Esko Raisvuo from FHRA (Finland), Jerry Lackey from Hockenheim (Germany), Christopher Hamilton and Urban Axelsson from Tierp Arena (Sweden) and Keith Bartlett from Santa Pod (UK) along with Åsa Kinnemar and Roger Lyrén from Speedgroup (Sweden).

The main issue under discussion regarded whether the tracks and promoters are going to continue with the FIA European Drag Racing Championships in 2019 or to bring about another series. This has been a major ongoing issue for the past three years. What is, today, quite different from the past is that all of the track promoters and organisers along with Speedgroup are now on the same page and singing from the same song sheet - this is a first - and at the same time a major step forward for European drag racing, the teams, racers and track promoters involved. Whatever decision is taken for 2019 will be a joint decision and one to which all of the major tracks involved will agree.

There was an agreed plan of action starting next Tuesday, 1st May, along with a timeframe for decisions to be taken in good time for everyone involved, racers, teams and organisers, to be able to plan and schedule their 2019 season.


Main Event entry closing.
27th April: Today (Friday 27th) is the official closing date for entry to the FIA/FIM Main Event, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-28th May and which is the first round of the FIA European Championships and the first and second rounds of the FIM European Championships as well as a UK and/or SPRC Championship round for Comp Eliminator, Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Super Comp, Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout 2018, Super Street, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster.

Entry after today, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can fill in and submit or download the official Main Event entry forms via the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 7 of the official entry list 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.

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


Pit Guides sought at Main Event.
11th April: Volunteers are again sought for the Institute of the Motor Industry Students' Day on day one of the FIA/FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway (Friday 25th May).

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has been asked to assemble a team of Pit Tour Guides to accompany groups around the pits and to introduce them to the technology, racers and crews. The busy period tends to be between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, so if you are with a team and not running during those times please get in touch. Or if you have been involved in drag racing and think that you can pass on your knowledge and enthusiasm to students entering the motor industry then get in touch. The BDRHoF will be based in Pitside VIP.

If you are available and would like to join the team then please contact Stu Bradbury at britishdrhof@aol.com.


Racetech put Jordan in the chair.
27th April: UK Junior Dragster racer Jordan Payne is delighted to announce a new partnership with Racetech Europe:

Racetech Europe, based in Tamworth, Staffordshire UK, is the official distributor of Racetech safety equipment for the UK and Europe. Their world-renowned composite and carbon fibre race seats can be found fitted to thousands of race cars across the globe, newly including my new ride for 2019. I met Racetech at the Autosport International Show in January. After hearing of their great reputation, I knew that a Racetech seat would be my safest option when strapped into the car, behind the wheel.


As well as the wide range of racing seats which Racetech have on offer, they also stock harnesses, steering wheels, roll cage padding and many other racing accessories. To find out more about Racetech Europe visit www.racetecheurope.co.uk/

I am looking forward to begin testing in the Sticky Situation Racing Corvette later this season and I fully intend to compete in Super Pro ET throughout 2019. To find out more information about Sticky Situation Racing please visit www.jordanpayne.co.uk and our Facebook page.


Swift snippets.
27th April: Karen McGarrigle asked us to say a big Happy Birthday for today to Hutchison & Dibley Sportsman ET racer Jon McGarrigle. Our pleasure, have a great day Jon.

Of legends and lakesters.
27th April: The UK's Geoff Stilwell has been Pond-hopping supervising his 7707 Salt Shaker Land Speed car but also visited Los Angeles last weekend to attend a birthday party for three of the sport's icons:


The birthday boys were Top Fuel Guru Bill Schultz who was 81 and my dear friends Marvin "Who" Graham (76) and the one and only TV Tommy Ivo (82). Held under the lovely clear California Skies and on a warm evening the birthday party took place Sharon and Bob Muravez' (the latter aka Floyd Lippecotte) hacienda in Burbank where Sharon supplied the amazing food, cakes and drinks. Joining the birthday boys to celebrate one of the all-time greatest racers and now part of the 7707 Landspeed Team Al Teague with his wife Jayne. Also there were Jerry Glenn, Top Fuel racer and driver of the Schultz and Glenn Nostalgia Top Fuel Car, Top Fuel racer Joel Limbeck, legend and sponsor of the 7707 Landspeed car Ed Iskenderian, plus numerous other family members and friends.


Of course there was lots of bench racing and story-telling from the birthday boys. Bob Muravez also gets all racers to sign the huge poster hanging in his workshop and Ed Iskenderian took time to climb the ladder and sign it.

Geoff adds that he has constituted his Land Speed team including the above-mentioned Crew Chief and Top Fuel guru Bill Schultz, buddy, Top Alcohol FC racer and tuner Sparky Perry, Bob Muravez and Al Teague who will be consulting and giving guidance:

I cannot thank everyone involved in this project enough but I need to mention well-known tuner Norm Grimes who has serviced all the heads and has made them look like new; I cannot recommend him highly enough. Thanks also to Isky for his amazing support and help in supplying the cams and lifters for our two 482 ci KB motors, a huge thank you also to Carl Olson and Mike Kuhl for helping us put together an amazing parts inventory, and Hilborn Injection for servicing the fuel pumps and giving us a fully flow-tested system.

So where are we currently? Many old-time racers will remember Howard Cams, well Howard Cams built many years ago an amazing cam which would take up to 4000 BHP. Over the years it didn't get used but I am glad to say that Bill Schultz has located it and a very quick refurb is underway. Our target is to get our main motor built and on the dyno for testing before we put it in the car. That will give us a baseline tune-up so that we can get out and test the car before Bonneville which is creeping us on us very quickly. We have to be ready to be on the salt by 10th August.


Many small jobs have already been completed such us cleaning the DJ Safety parachutes and buying spare drogues as the salt eats those up very quickly. All the safety equipment has been refreshed and recertified, we have new blower restraints and a new seat harness from Simpson, and I took delivery of my new firesuit and helmet Allen Bridges at Simpson. Again I have to thank Allen and the crew for giving me the very latest technology in my firesuit and helmet.

So there we are... it's now time for building up and getting everything ready. If anyone is planning on visiting Bonneville this year then please make that sure you book your hotel rooms right now as they sell out very quickly.


Swift snippets.
26th April: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 6 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM Main Event which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-28th May. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. You can find the official Main Event entry forms on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to longtime Eurodragster.com reader and occasional News contributor Stephen Billings. Have a great day Stephen and thanks for the long support.


Through the bubbles for Nan.
25th April: SPRC marshal Caroline Boncey is again taking part in a charity Bubble Rush to benefit the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, where her late grandmother was cared for, and would be pleased if any Eurodragster.com reader could sponsor her for this good cause.

"The Bubble Rush is a 5 km walk / run in Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead on 29th April", says Oscar.  "They have four bubble stations - pink, blue, yellow and green - each of which we go through twice. The first year I looked like a smurf and the second year Oscar the Grouch. 

"What colour this year? Every year I look forward to raising as much as I can to help the hospice which cared for my nan".

You can find out more and donate on Oscar's Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caroline-boncey3.

State of the Union.
25th April: Our good friend Markus Münch has been in touch with a pre-season update on the Drag Race Union Super Pro ET and Pro ET Championships:

The start of the season is looming and so far we have twenty entries in Super Pro ET. Best wishes to those teams who are no longer racing with us this year and a very warm welcome to the teams who have joined us. Entries so far: Oliver Petzold (willing to defend his Championship), Stefan Eisenhauer, Eric Angeloni, Jochen Beck, Franz Aschenbrenner, Jens Könnecke, Billy Gane, Alain Dürr, Robert Gassner, Enrico Bailo, Fabio Cassinelli, Walle Strobel, Florian Uebel, Alex Halter, Beat Rechsteiner, Simon Rudiferia, Marc Henney, Gerhard Dold, Fabien Dubois and Elodie Dubois.

Another big thank you to our sponsors, many of whom have stood with us for a long time, and welcome to those who are supporting us for the first time in 2018. We are happy to announce that the winner will take home 2500€ at the end of the season. Thanks to all sponsors and participants: Eisenhauer KFZ Service, Team 74 (Mike Bruckmüller), Hillbilly Hellfire Racing, Geiger Cars München, Spedition Schumann, Skull Racing, Farber und Steigner GBR, Alex Halter, Racepoint.it, Rechsteiner Bedachungen, and BDRC.

The Bechyne race unfortunately got cancelled again but I'm looking forward to seeing you all at Rivanazzano, Santa Pod, Clastres, Kiskunlachaza and Hockenheim.

Meanwhile, twenty five teams have registered for Pro ET. There are many familiar faces, but also some newcomers. The full list of participants is published on the Drag Race Union web site at www.dragraceunion.eu. If you click on the start number or the team name then you will be taken directly to the driver profile.

We would also like to thank our sponsors US Speed Shop, Spedition Schumann, Glas Schöninger, Zollshop.de, Computech, All Automotive, Skull Racing, Färber and Steiger GBR, Hoosier-Rennreifen.de, Quick Performance and Sacotec.

The Challenge scoring runs are fixed and can also be found on the homepage. They are marked with a "ProET Siegerkranz".

The first race, Wide Open in Rivanazzano, is a few weeks away so do not waste any time in finishing your race car and equipment.


Swift snippets.
25th April: We have a birthday in the extended family today in the person of our good buddy Maikel Gloudemans of our streaming service provider Doyousee.me. From Gijs and from the Eurodragster.com team have a great day M@ik.

We have firmed up our plans for coverage from Santa Pod Raceway this weekend. As well as a Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast of the Saturday Night Special, we will in association with John Woolfe Racing post an end-day gallery. We will also post an end-day gallery after Sunday's Fast Show. Kirstie has been granted an exeat to tend to a singed Camaro so Callum Pudge has kindly agreed to join Diana Macrae and Tog. You can check out our 2018 coverage schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


FIA/FIM Main Event entry update.
24th April: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 5 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM Main Event, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-28th May and which is the first round of the FIA European Championships and the first and second rounds of the FIM European Championships as well as a UK and/or SPRC Championship round for Comp Eliminator, Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Super Comp, Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout 2018, Super Street, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster.

You can check out the Main Event entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Standard-rate entry closes on Friday of this week (27th) after which date entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can fill in and submit or download the official Main Event entry forms via the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

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


Swift snippets.
24th April: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday for today (Tuesday) to our good buddy, Heaven and Hell and Earsplittenloudenboomer crew and Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member Colin Roaf. Have a great day Colin.

Geoff Stilwell asked us to say a big Happy Birthday for today to his friend and Crew Chief on the 7700 Land Speed car Bill Schultz, seen at right tucking in to a birthday cake at a weekend party with fellow US legends Tommy Ivo and Marvin Graham. We were lucky enough to meet Bill at Piteå and elsewhere in Europe in the early 2000s and have good memories of some great laughs including Bill's classic take on weather forecasters somehow keeping their jobs despite screwing up daily, which is as true now as it was back then and ever shall be. Have a great day Bill.


Web site updates.
24th April: The latest updates on the Drag Racing Europe Blog include news of VP Racing Fuels' official partnership with Speedgroup and a catch-up with 2017 FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion Duncan (The Maltese Lion) Micallef. You can check it out at www.dragracingeurope.eu

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the recent Saturday Night Special at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out Mad's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.

Also posting pictures is Paul Lister whose Festival of Power Friday pictures you can check out on the Drag Car Anon web site at www.dragcaranon.co.uk.


Roland Pratt.
22nd April: We were very sorry to learn of the death of Roland Pratt of the UK's 1960s-70s Hillbillies team.

Roland and Mike Derry of the Hillbillies fielded a classic short-wheelbase Topolino-bodied Comp Altered, campaigned Funny Cars with Vauxhall VX, Avenger and Scimitar bodies, and a former Skilton rear-engined dragster. A
top end crash in the VX Funny Car and a huge fire in the Avenger earned Roland a reputation for being indestructible. Roland also built one incarnation of the Stones' Tee Rat Fuel Altered.

We never had the privilege of meeting Roland but as fans of long standing we were well aware of his good reputation and of course of his occasionally-spectacular career. Our sympathies to Roland's family and friends.


Take a bet on The Doorslammers.
21st April: Santa Pod Raceway, in collaboration with Argyll Entertainment, the UK licensed operator of RedZoneSports.bet, are pleased to announce the first-ever on-line betting on drag racing at the Doorslammers event to be held over the weekend of 19th-20th May. The prize money and the atmosphere will set The Doorslammers apart from Santa Pod's other traditional drag racing events and the competition will be open exclusively to door-bodied cars. With the growing popularity of TV shows such as Roadkill and Discovery Channel's Street Outlaws this eagerly-anticipated, street-style racing event is expected to attract intense interest from fans and racers alike. 

Especially for the event, the lanes of Santa Pod's famous drag strip will be renamed Red and Black, and a number of exciting betting opportunities will be made available throughout the racing weekend. The first specials are now live at RedZoneSports.bet/SantaPod.

Warren Llambias, Co-Founder of Redzonesports.bet, commented "As the British home of American sport, RedZoneSports.bet is delighted and immensely proud to be the first on-line bookmaker to offer odds on drag racing. Customers in the UK will receive the exclusive opportunity to bet on races from Santa Pod via mobile or desktop, when the famous Doorslammers event returns to Santa Pod on May 19th/20th. Although this is a one-off event, we very much hope to provide betting on a wider range of drag racing events in the future."

Keith Bartlett, CEO of Trakbak Racing and Santa Pod Raceway, added "Santa Pod has been looking to develop on-line drag racing betting for some time and we're delighted to have found the perfect partner in Redzonesports.bet. Our new Doorslammers event is the ideal occasion to introduce this exciting new element to drag racing and further to enhance our spectator experience. As a high-profile venue and host to such a spectacular sport, we are always looking to add value and enjoyment to our events. Therefore we look forward to working with Redzonesports.bet in the future to add a new dimension to the sport of drag racing."


Swift snippets.
21st April: Congratulations to Glenn Ramsden of UK Event Safety who suggested the best name for Santa Pod Raceway's new counter-rotator. We had several entries but Glenn's Sled Zeppelin takes the £25 put up by our good friend Bob Roberts, to whom many thanks. This name is, of course, neither official nor binding but we had a good time reading everyone's suggestions.

This weekend's Saturday Night Special at Santa Pod Raceway is scheduled to be our first Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast of the season. If you are running at any of our webcast events this season then the best address to give sponsors, fans, family and friends will always be www.eurodragster.com/webcam. The forwarding address from that landing page may change, but eurodragster.com/webcam is guaranteed to get you there. For our current webcast schedule click here or click on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


FIA/FIM Main Event entry update.
19th April: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 3 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM Main Event, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-28th May and which is the first round of the FIA European Championships and the first and second rounds of the FIM European Championships as well as a UK and/or SPRC Championship round for Comp Eliminator, Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Super Comp, Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout 2018, Super Street, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster.

You can check out the Main Event entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Standard-rate entry closes on Friday of next week, 27th April, after which date entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can fill in and submit or download the official Main Event entry forms via the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

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


Off to a Flyer.
19th April: After spending what seemed to be a lifetime in the garage over the winter helping Scott Crookston with his new Outlaw Anglia, Fyfe's finest Colin Millar got to spend some time with his own car and had it ready for testing at Santa Pod Raceway last weekend:

I got it all back together in one piece and was desperate to get back in the driving seat and actually run down Santa Pod's new concrete track. It was a very last-minute decision to load up and head down, just Lynn and I and no Scott, his car will be back down the last weekend of April for testing. A couple of phone calls and Ronnie Mercer jumped at the chance as he has also been very busy in the garage over the winter. "See you Friday night" was the call on the phone.

Down the road and got all set up with a view to race Sunday, but the sun came out on Saturday and we couldn't help ourselves. So a few launches and a squirt to 300 feet then off the gas, car back and check everything was all good. Three runs, all checkout passes.


Sunday and it was very overcast, with the sun trying so hard to peer through the haze, the heat did start to come through though and off we went for a full pass, but not full out-and-out. All good with a 9.1 and nice and straight. Break for lunch but Ian Marshall kept on prepping the track, another glue session and the track felt great underfoot so I made the decision to give it some. A nice long rolling burnout, back into stage then a sensible launch rpm and away we went. 8.0/170, was well happy with that. Back around again for the last one of the day with an 8.1 which was great, hooked and went lovely and straight. So for me the track was great and we were as always well looked-after by Ian, Dave and Darren and all the fabulous Santa Pod marshals.

What was also fantastic was that Rocket Ronnie Mercer ran his first ever nine, well done that man.

Special thanks also to Mick Taylor, Rob Chilton, Ginner, Ronnie, Annette and Lynn for crewing, food, banter and an all-round great time. Roll on the last week in April when I hope to help Scott. And roll on the Doorslammers, that's gonna be busy!

Pictures courtesy and ©Blackett Photography


Clear your diary...
19th April: After a successful move into new premises, it's time to finally open the doors for Williams Brothers' Racing's first OCS Group Open Day:

Finding a suitable day was always going to be a challenge but the date is set and we hope that many drag racers, fans, hot rods, muscle cars and classics can come along on Saturday 5th May. OCS Paint and Williams Bros Racing have become very highly-regarded and are responsible for many stunning cars that have emerged from their workshops, many of which will be on display at the event including Fast Company, Jon Webster's Pro Mod Mustang, Jon will also have his fantastic Ford pick-up three as well. 00 Heaven, the Doignie and Lane multiple-Championship winning Vauxhall Victor, James Oliver's stunning Firebird Formula along with his WBR built '32 Ford, Allan Davies' Top Fuel bike along with WBR apprentice Louis Davies and his 8.50 Bike, and SPRC Pro ET Championship-winning WBR Chevelle to name but a few.

There will be absolutely loads of project cars for you to see from '50s pick-ups, vans, E-Type Jags, '30s hot rods, muscle cars, the list goes on and you will be surprised at some of the cars we will be showing, but you will have to come along and see for yourselves. You will also have a chance to see inside our engine dyno room, main engine shop, spray booth and main workshops. Knowing some of the people attending the car park will be a show of its own as many of our customers and friends will be bringing along a wide and diverse range of vehicles.

We will have live music performed by The Whatevers, a local band who will be on stage for two forty five-minute sets, burger van, ample parking and loads of other attractions including some of our suppliers on hand including Snap-on Tools, Earls Performance Products, Webster Race Engineering, Topspeed Automotive and more. Knowing Dan and Nic Williams, things will probably get fairly noisey with various engine fire-ups during the day.

The day runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are located just off the A5 four miles north of Towcester, Northamptonshire. It will be signposted on the day but please check out our Facebook page for more details as more attractions are being added almost daily.


Swift snippets.
19th April: Martin Black has been in touch to say that at the weekend he spoke to some of those involved in running drag racing in Spain. "These guys are really struggling out here and have been since 2009", says Martin. "Are there any racers out there who would be interested in travelling to Spain and putting our sport on the map in 2019?". If you are interested in helping the Spanis racing contingent then drop Martin a line at greenlightshirts@gmail.com.

Editor's note: Apologies for the delay in getting this news update posted, which was due to a perfect storm of laptop problems and non-materialising forwarded E-Mails. All sorted now.


Bank Holiday threesomes.
19th April: Paul Marston has been in touch with an update on Gearhead Garage No Prep Nationals 2 which takes place at Rockingham Dragstrip on 7th May:

Advance spectator tickets are now available from Rockingham's on-line ticket provider at rockingham.seetickets.com/. Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the gate. Gates open at 08:00 and racing starts at 09:00.

The event at Rockingham Dragstrip is part of a three motorsport-activity event named RD3. Drag racing takes place in front of the main grandstand, the Drift Arena is in the outer paddock and the National Circuit plays host to a Track Day. Your ticket allows you entry to all three. More details from the Rockingham web site at www.rockingham.co.uk.

Rockingham Dragstrip track action offers No Prep Nationals 2: Heads Up, No Time, No Speed, grass-roots, Street Outlaw-style flashlight start racing at its best. The fastest No Prep racers in the country are attending for a prize fund which just keeps growing. Someone is going to go home considerably richer: at No Prep Nationals 1 at North Weald in 2017 Dave Wiggins went home with £1250 cash for his day's work, the winner at Rockingham will be taking more than that and a very substantial trophy. The next class is Grudge / Call Out in which you pick your opponent and how much you want to race for, again heads-up. Details can be found on the entry form. Lastly No Prep, No Time RWYB, anyone can enter. We are now welcoming bikes and karts.

For more details and entry forms, E-Mail pmdragracing@gmail.com, Like our Facebook page Rockingham Drag Strip, or call or text me on 07831 650230.


Swift snippets.
18th April: Geoff Stilwell asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to US former Top Fuel racer and his dear friend Marvin Graham, and also to legendary US racer Tommy Ivo who is 82 today. Our pleasure Geoff, have the best of days guys.

The Hustler, new in Town.
17th April: The European Nostalgia Funny Car contingent has increased by one courtesy of the UK's Paul Harris who has acquired the Chi-Town Hustler FC from Troy Martin in the USA. The plan is for the Dodge Omni to make its first appearance at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway in July.

"My first visit to Santa Pod was in 1972", Paul told Eurodragster.com. "I have come and gone over the years. I lost count of the stuff we ran! I used to be involved with Doc Claydon, I was on his Fuel Altered team then ran the Willys, and worked with John Sultuna on the black Manta. I had a couple of street cars, including a '71 Barracuda convertible. I'd drive to the track, put the hood up, put slicks on it, put on my crash helmet and run twelves. Then I'd put the tyres back on, put the top down, and go home. I stupidly sold it - I think it's in Norway now!"

Paul said that he had wanted a Funny Car for a long time. "I am quite friendly with Dennis Priddle", he said. "I talked about getting a car. I purchased one of the Budweiser cars which was driven by Harlan Thompson, bought it as a roller with a Ken Cox chassis and an '82 Trans Am body. In fact I still own it. I spent a lot of time looking to make it a race car. I went to see Rob Loaring and Nick Davies at ICE Automotive, I walked in and Rob looked at me and said "I know you! Didn't you wrench for John Claydon?". We talked about the logistics of getting the car up to race spec but they said would be post-2018 whatever.

"I thought more about the logistics and just after Christmas I told my wife that I was going to start browsing the net and I found the Hustler on Racing Junk. I looked at other cars, including one of Paul Romine's. I left Troy Martin an E-Mail and he got back to me. At that point the Hustler was sold, in Outlaw Funny Car set-up, but the guy let him down. I said to Troy that we don't have a class for Outlaw, could it be run as a Nostalgia Funny Car? He said that it used to be a Nostalgia FC, he would have to buy some parts to get it back to Nostalgia spec, but yes. When Troy said he could do it I said "Let's do it" - even down to the 34½" slicks!

"The chassis is a 2016 Conode, the motor is John Force with Schumacher rods and pistons. I have a spare motor which is identical even down to the camshaft grind. I bought as much as I could!"

Having been purchased in January the Hustler is in a container and headed for the UK where it will be readied for its first outing at Dragstalgia. "When the car arrives we will check the car over", said Paul. "Troy said that it is pretty much ready to run, we just need to check the bearings and reset the clutch, that is how confident he is. But we will probably take it to Dave Milam who is a friend, a racer and a bloody good engineer.

"The plan is to have Troy over to drive the car at Dragstalgia. He will be bringing his crew Ken and Tom. He will set the car up and put it down the track at Dragstalgia, then will run me through the procedures and put in a user-friendly tune so that I can get used to the car. I won't drive at Dragstalgia, I will be licencing at a later date. The crowd at Dragstalgia have come to see full passes, they don't want to be bored by me sodding around!"


Swift snippets.
17th April: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM Main Event which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-28th May. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. You can find the official Main Event entry forms on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Back to the Funny Car theme, albeit present-day, and the Drag Racing Europe Blog has been updated with interviews with Top Methanol Funny Car racers: the returning final FIA European Top Methanol FC Champion Johnny Oksa and the taking-up-where-he-left-off-last-year Sandro Bellio of Eurodragster.com sponsor Dyno Unlimited. You can check it out courtesy of our good buddy Remco Scheelings at www.dragracingeurope.eu.

Geoff Stilwell of 7707 Salt Shaker Land Speed team tells us that US Top Fuel Dragster star Clay Millican has joined the team and will be present at Speed Week in Bonneville in August. Geoff has just launched a Facebook page for 7707 which you can check out by clicking here.


Swift snippets.
15th April: We have two spy pictures for you today. The first came with the words "Pipe of peace ready to smoke with the gods of traction"...


...whilst the second came with the words "Coming home". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at
eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.

Feature: 2018 March Meet.
13th April: The latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products is photo-journalist Steve Moxley's account of the recent Good Vibrations March Meet in Bakersfield.

You can take a look by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Web site updates.
13th April: In a one-off entry in his former Racer Blog, Eurodragster.com sponsor Derek Flynn explains why he and wife Fiona will no longer be sponsoring drag racing. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the Racer Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

FIA/FIM Main Event entry update.
11th April: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 1 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM Main Event, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-28th May and which is the first round of the FIA European Championships and the first and second rounds of the FIM European Championships as well as a UK and/or SPRC Championship round for Comp Eliminator, Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Super Comp, Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout 2018, Super Street, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster.

You can check out the Main Event entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Standard-rate entry closes on Friday 27th April after which date entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can fill in and submit or download the official Main Event entry forms via the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

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


Swift snippets.
11th April: Didier Canicave has been in touch to remind racers that they are welcome to attend the Association Trophée Dragster race at Clastres Dragway on 23rd-24th June. "Clastres is located 120 miles from Calais and 60 miles north of Paris", says Didier. "The quarter mile track is 1800 metres long and eleven metres wide. The ATD staff do a great job of preparing the track and the Drag Race Team have a lot of experience on timing systems and Christmas Trees. You can run in RWYB, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Street Cars and Junior Dragster. See you at the track". For more information or to enter please contact the ATD at atd2003@free.fr or call +33 673 5836.

We were unfortunately unable to get near the server to post a news update yesterday (Tuesday) so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday to Lizz Charman, Thomas Cook-Abbott, and Colin Theobald. Colin got in touch to add that yesterday was also Keith Williams' 60th birthday. "Hope you liked the velcro shoes from everyone at OCS Paint and Williams Bros Racing", says Colin. Hope you all had great days.

We have had a number of great suggestions for a name for Santa Pod Raceway's new counter-rotator sled. The final choice of winner of the £25 put up by Bob Roberts has now been placed in the hands of Your News Editor so his own suggestions won't be winning. We will keep entry open for another couple of days so if you would like to suggest a name for the counter-rotator then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.


Lucas Oil back The Doorslammers.
11th April: Lucas Oil Products UK have confirmed sponsorship of the Pro Street Class at The Doorslammers on 19th-20th May.

"As a big fan of this kind of racing, Lucas Oil was always favourite to sponsor one of the classes" says Les Downey, Managing Director of Lucas Oil Products (UK). "It was just too good an opportunity to miss."

Lucas Oil is a major sponsor of drag racing. Doorslammers is an exciting format and it's expected that the prize money will attract a lot of Lucas Oil-sponsored drivers. The Pro Street Class is an ideal showcase for the Lucas Oil brand:

"Every car on the track must be taxed and must have a valid MoT certificate", says Les. "It will attract lots of racing enthusiasts and that makes it very likely that lots of them will feature the Lucas Oil logo. Everybody watching will be able to buy the Lucas Oil range of oils, lubricants and additives from the Santa Pod Shop. It's a win-win for us."

Lucas Oil join other class sponsors VP Racing Fuels, Turbo Technics, Spal Automotive, OCS Group, Webster Race Engineering and EBC Brakes to complete the line-up of class sponsors for the event. For more information on The Doorslammers, the latest entry list, and to book tickets visit www.santapod.co.uk/doorslammers.php.


FIM Championship rule changes.
9th April: Many thanks to Job Heezen of the FIM European Drag Bike Commission for sending us news of recent rule changes for the 2018 FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships:
  1. DR10.10.7 ParachutesNew: Any use of the parachute in the opponents lane which jeopardises his or her safety can be reason for disqualification from the event.

  2. DR14.4.4.1 and DR14.6.21 Wheels. New: Both rules have been removed.  For further information on the use of carbon wheels please read the information on the FIM-E Championship Facebook page.

  3. DR14.7.5 Frame. New: Can be purpose-built of tubular construction or use a stock frame, utilising a rigid rear end. Riders must be able to reach all controls safely and be able to place both feet flat on the ground. Wheelie bars are mandatory.

  4. DR14.3.6 and DR14.5.4 Body. New: Body to resemble manufacturer's stock bike whose engine is used.
For more information check out the FIM-E Championship Facebook page. The schedule for the 2018 FIM European Drag Bike Championships can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the 2018 FIA/FIM Championships Schedule link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


A fund for Jack.
9th April: UK Super Pro ET racer Pete Walters of Eurodragster.com sponsor Peter Walters Race Design writes on behalf of the Super Pro ET Group that a fund has been set up to assist Jack Brewster with the repair of his much-loved Just Mustard Pontiac, which was badly damaged in a crash at the Festival of Power:

As no racing took place, racers who entered the event have each agreed to donate their personal share of the prize fund to Jack. This will not be a regular occurrence; the racers agreed due to certain circumstances at the weekend, it is only fair, and I'm sure that you can all understand this.

In addition, there has also been a very generous £500 personal donation from Steve Johnson, as well as £200 from Derek Flynn and £100 from Richard Walters. If any other racer, supporter, sponsor or anyone else would like to add to this fund then please contact the Super Pro ET Group through Richard Walters either through Facebook or E-Mail reloaded881@hotmail.co.uk.

We all wish Jack a speedy recovery and hope that he can return to the track as soon as possible (Hear, hear - Ed).


Swift snippets.
9th April: Longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Bob Roberts has been in touch to offer a £25 prize for the best name for the new counter-rotator sled built for Santa Pod Raceway by Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson Race Cars. Sleddy McSledface has already been submitted but if you would like to suggest a name for a shot at £25 then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.


No news update yesterday so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday to UK Super Gas racer and sit-down comedian Simon Gough. Hope you had a great day Simon.


2018 British Hall of Fame Gala.
9th April: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that its 2018 Gala will take place on Saturday 17th November at the historic Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge. The BDRHoF also welcomes two new Directors and a new adviser to the Board.

BHRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury said "We are delighted to have made a firm booking for the dinner and awards ceremony which will once again take place in the York Suite of the hotel. The main focus of the event will be on inducting our new members of the Hall of Fame for 2018. There will be a Bench Racing session in the afternoon, and we will be welcoming an array of sponsors and special guests whom we will announce in due course."


At the 2017 Gala, British drag racing fans took part in a Bench Racing session sponsored by Beech Underwriting Agencies in the hotel's Terrazza, or terrace, during the afternoon before the evening's three-course dinner and prize ceremony. A large contingent of special guests included Connie Kalitta and Jim Oberhofer from Kalitta Motorsport and Steve Gibbs, former NHRA Competitions Director and now organiser of the Nitro Revival nostalgia gathering to take place this year in May at WeatherTech Raceway, Laguna Seca. Steve was presented with the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award for his long career in the sport.

The BDRHoF is also announcing changes to its Board of Directors. Ian Hart has joined as Director in charge of sponsorship, and Nigel Payne is Director helping with transport arrangements. Ian and Nigel are known for their involvement in UK Junior Dragster racing, with sons Ruaridh Hart and Jordan Payne helping the BDRHoF alongside their racing activities. 2017 BDRHoF inductee Lesley Wright has joined as an Adviser and Guy Loveridge, previously a director, has become Adviser for Historic Motorsport.


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

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


Test Day entry for FoP / BB racers.
7th April: Further to
Thursday's news item regarding rescheduled events at Santa Pod Raceway, in order to redeem the promised free admission for the All Torque Test Day on Sunday 15th April please contact James Forster at james@santapod.com or 01234 782828 so that your new tickets can be arranged.

Please remember that this offer only applies to those entered but whose classes did not run eliminations at the Festival of Power, and those who were entered for Big Bang.


Swift snippets.
7th April: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for posting the post-Festival of Power points standings in the UK National Drag Racing and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships. You can check out the UK points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Amazon is offering a Kindle-edition book Junior Dragster Racing - A Beginner's Guide. Written by Richard Chrichton the book covers equipment selection, techniques, technical details and racing tips designed to aid everyone, whether just curious or considering starting racing or seasoned racer who wants to understand more about the technical side. The download is £4 and can be purchased on Amazon by clicking here.


Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us a preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, available if you are quick, plus for Nostalgia fans a Legends Edition featuring European fan favourite Harlan Thompson. Click on the images above for the PDF downloads.


Racer credits from SPRC.
6th April:
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall has been in touch with an important update for those racers who did not race at the Festival of Power and for those racers who had entered Big Bang:

After a very trying Festival of Power, and following consultation between SPRC and Santa Pod Raceway, it has been decided that racers whose classes did not get to run eliminations will receive a £50 credit towards any race meeting within the next twelve months. This will include the 2019 Festival of Power even though that event falls slightly outside the twelve month period.

Obviously this credit will not include those classes whose eliminations ran to conclusion.

SPRC and Santa Pod Raceway would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the racers and crew present for sticking with us during a very testing weekend for all concerned, and we look forward to much better weather and warmer temperatures the next time we meet.

Following on from Santa Pod Raceway's unfortunate but necessary announcement cancelling the racing aspect of Big Bang, and moving the date of the Festival part of Big Bang, all racers who have entered the Big Bang round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships will of course receive a full refund of their entry fees. Please note that this is only for racers entered for this event.

We are actively seeking an alternative date to allow us to run the missing round of the Championships. As soon as we have details of the proposed date, we will keep you informed via Eurodragster.com.

On behalf of the whole SPRC Committee, thank you for your understanding.


Swift snippets.
5th April: Many thanks to Andy Marrs for passing us the official Festival of Power timing data. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Derek Flynn, long-standing sponsor of both Eurodragster.com, and to former Top Fuel Dragster racer Kim Reymond. Have a great day, both.

As a result of yesterday's announcement by Santa Pod Raceway we have updated the schedules for our John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage and Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam. You can take a look at our coverage schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Santa Pod reschedule events.
5th April: Santa Pod Raceway have announced that they are rescheduling some of their forthcoming events, including the cancellation of the racing element of the rearranged Big Bang. Santa Pod Raceway CEO Keith Bartlett writes:

It will come as no surprise to any of you reading this that all of us here at Santa Pod had perhaps one of the most difficult Easter events for many years – if not the most difficult event ever! After a very difficult winter period in which we were unable to lay the new concrete track in the time-line we had hoped for - we were not only looking forward to some easy times, but hopefully towards having some clear weather windows to allow us to get the track prep completed to the standard we wanted. Alas and yet again the weather stepped in to prevent that in the build up to the Easter Festival of Power. May I add that this was the first Easter event where we have actively discouraged spectators and fans from turning up due to waterlogged fields.

We were not alone in this, as several other major motorsport venues had the same problems over the Easter weekend.

The early Easter brought with it numerous challenges for the Santa Pod venue and racers alike, both on and off the track; wet weather conditions in the run-up to the event meant that our fields very soon became difficult to cope with and the cold temperatures during the event had a direct effect on the new track. 

The Sunday before Festival of Power saw a Peak Performance Test and Tune blessed with some rare sunshine, the heat that this instantly put into the surface of the track had a transformative effect; traction levels immediately increased and a few PBs were recorded. Our own Two Seater Dragster produced performances a whisker away from numbers recorded at the European Finals the previous September. This tells us that the new concrete track is sensitive to temperature in a way that the previous asphalt surface was not. As I said to many teams, drivers and riders over the weekend, the concrete track is going to behave very differently to our old asphalt track, especially in colder weather – and Easter was very cold and very wet.

We believe that traction issues experienced on Sunday were mainly down to the very low temperatures and how this affected the performance of the prep that had been applied leading into the event. Quite simply, the lower the temperature, the less effective the glue will be. You then must add to that, the fact that we are trying to prepare a virgin track to take rubber and all in cold conditions.

The concrete itself will take much longer to absorb heat so when the sun goes in after only a few hours on a cold day, the warmth in the surface dissipates very quickly. Conversely after a long period of warm sun, the concrete will retain heat as it has longer to soak the warmth up. This is just one of the ways in which concrete behaves differently, the track crew will constantly be learning lessons as we go through the season with the new track. As we move towards the busier period of the season the 2.6 to 3.7 degree temperatures we experienced at Easter will of course be a distant memory and all the processes involved in prepping the new surface will become much easier and reliable as things warm up.

The litany of weather related problems stemming from Easter includes the necessary re-scheduling of certain events: The Fast Show and Big Bang. Because of The Fast Show's heavy reliance on the camping and parking fields we have had to move the ever popular modified event to the end of the month where Big Bang was scheduled to be (though the MSA permitted round remains in place and the FWD and JDS classes will still run). Unfortunately, relocating The Fast Show to the Big Bang weekend will mean that the National rounds and racing element of Big Bang will have to be cancelled, this is not a decision we have taken lightly and we have never before pre-emptively cancelled a round but the weather cannot be ignored and we have little choice. There will now be an opportunity to get some track time on the weekend that Fast Show was originally scheduled for. We are now holding a late night RWYB followed by and All Torque Test Day on the vacated date. 

The non track-based element of Big Bang (camping and evening entertainment) will join on to the new Doorslammers weekend and the Doorslammers event will now enjoy another day of testing with the track now opening on the Friday. We are also actively searching for ways to re-accommodate the racers that will lose a round of racing at a new date later in the season, with August being a possibility - we'll keep you posted on these efforts. All those racers who were entered and unable to run at Easter and those racers who will be losing a round at Big Bang will now qualify for free admission with their racer tickets on the 14th and 15th April test days (track fees will still apply).

Date Was Now
Saturday 14th April RWYB / Saturday Night Special RWYB / Saturday Night Special
Sunday 15th April The Fast Show All Torque Test Day
Saturday 28th April Big Bang RWYB / Saturday Night Special
Sunday 29th April Big Bang The Fast Show
Friday 18th May - All Torque Test Day / Big Bang
Saturday 19th May The Doorslammers The Doorslammers / Big Bang
Sunday 20th May The Doorslammers The Doorslammers / Big Bang

In closing all of us here at Santa Pod are very disappointed to find ourselves in this situation and making last minute changes to our events calendar – something we have never done before. But I can assure everyone that we are doing this with the best possible intentions for both the racers and spectators alike. We are always looking to improve the facility for both the racers and spectators and will continue to do so for many years to come. I have not invested £1,000,000 over the winter to do anything but improve Santa Pod, however sadly I cannot improve the weather – well not just yet – that's going to be our next big project. We have the staff - we just need to learn the rain dances required! I am sorry for all of you who had such a poor Easter at Santa Pod and those that will be missing out on racing at Big Bang, but I am sure that better times are ahead.

See you at the track.


Tanaka SFI 16.1 harness recall.
4th April: Many thanks to Maxim Spaans for letting us know that the SFI have announced that driver restraint assemblies manufactured and certified to SFI Specification 16.1 by Ruian Dragon or Ruian Dongjinlong, and sold under the Tanaka brand, have been found to be non-compliant. The use of these harnesses should be stopped immediately and they should be returned to Ruian Dongjinlong.

For full details please check out the SFI's Recall Notice, released last Monday, which you can read by
clicking here (PDF format).

Big Bang entry update.
4th April: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 3 of the official entry list for Big Bang, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 28th-29th April and which is a Championship round for VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Flat Four, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, 8.50 Bike (SPRC Championship), 9.50 Bike (SPRC Championship), ET Bike, Outlaw Anglia, Nostalgia Super Stock and the FWD Drag Series. You can check out the Big Bang entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Standard-rate entry closes this Friday, 6th April; entry after that date, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can fill in and submit or download the official Big Bang entry forms via the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

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


Day return to the bleach box.
3rd April: Following on from last Wednesday's announcement of the construction of a new European Championship-standard track at Kauhava in Finland, mentioned in last
Thursday's Swift Snippets, Esko Raisvuo got in touch to give us some background:

The Finnish Hot Rod Association has signed a long-term co-operation agreement with very some wealthy people to have have a full-sized drag racing arena on their premises, which they purchased from the Air Force a couple of years ago. The Air Force had had their flying school there since 1929 and the local people got mad because the noise meant they had no lives. Hawks and Hornets used to fly day and night, but now it is too quiet.

The idea is to have a race track and arena only. Quarter mile and standing mile events, no circuit racing. This is to regenerate the area and to increase tourism. Since everything is in working order we have hotels and common rooms available, a great kitchen, plenty of saunas, showers and an indoor hangar for a couple of thousand people to party - or to find shelter from elements.

This place is located practically in the middle of the countryside town of Kauhava. There are supermarkets and service stations within a mile. The railway station is about two kilometres from the burnout box. It is about three hours' train trip from Helsinki Airport and other cities, travelling smoothly in the restaurant wagon, and five hours' drive from Helsinki. PowerPark, one of the biggest amusement parks in the north, is within twenty kilometres. The area itself is the most active Hot Rodding area.

Naturally we have co-operated with local authorities and businesses. This is a place to stay for decades - very long-term and very serious.


A white Dark Horse.
3rd April: With the exception of the weather, the Festival of Power was a good meeting for the Championship-holding Dark Horse team who added a gorgeous and instantly-successful Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET Mercury Comet to the Modurstang Pro ET Mustang. Brian Huxley writes:

The Mustang had a leaking oil cooler, which we found and fixed after discovering a oil slick under the car on Saturday night. On Sunday we made our first run on the new track and did well, with a 9.45 dial-in I ran 9.64 which we thought was good, we had no problem with the track we were just being careful. So we were well pleased, especially with a fresh engine and axle thanks to Tim Hines and Wayne Allman.

Marc Huxley, driving his dad's freshly-imported Mercury Comet, did well in a completely unknown and untried car. The car was built in the States but had never raced. So it was a completely unknown quantity in qualifying. We dialled in a hopeful 14.00 and ran 15.70, we thought the axle was slipping so we tried it again on the next run and the axle started to work OK as the car ran 14.14. We were all stoked, we couldn't believe it.

Getting to the final and winning in a car which had never raced has make the Dark Horse teams well pleased, to say the least. Congratulations to Marc for being our guinea pig test driver and thanks and praise go to the Santa Pod team and crew for working very hard to give us what we got. We think that the track is going to work just fine, well done everybody.

Many thanks to our sponsors Lucas Oil Products, ETB Tyres Worcester, Sneddon and Sons Roofing, Bradfords Building Supplies and Tool Hire, Worcester Produce, Cars Car Sales and Servicing Worcester, M F Hydraulics, B A Irons Block Paving, Adley Developments Ltd, Forge Motorsport, Przym Clothing, Pipercross Air Filters, Hashtagsixty6 and Huxley Motorsport.


50 years of John Woolfe Racing, Part 1.
3rd April: Dave Riswick, CEO of Eurodragster.com sponsor John Woolfe Racing, is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of involvement in drag racing as Easter 1968 marks the date of the first appearance of the JWR name and colours on a drag racing car. Below is the first of ten instalments of the story of John Woolfe Racing's involvement with our sport. Mouse-over any picture for a caption:

It was early 1966 when the formula for permanent drag racing began. Londoner John Woolfe was 33 and had been racing powerful cars for the past ten years. Most, eventually became icons in motor racing history.

Drag racing was relatively unheard of to the general public until Santa Pod opened up and the seed of accelerating began to germinate with Woolfe. By the end of the year John had answered an ad in Autosport placed by a well-known engineer, John Tojeiro, credited for designing the AC Ace Sports Car which developed into the AC Cobra. John and John had known each other as far back as the late '50s when they were competing with Jaguars around the UK tracks. Woolfe purchased not one but two 427 Ford full house AC Shelby Cobras from Mr Tojeiro with the help of his race partner Arnold Burton. Soon, Cobra Chassis Number CSX 3167 would enter the Guinness Book of Records as the world's quickest accelerating road car. It currently resides at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.


In early September of 1967 Mark Stratton's Hustler Drag Racing Team were celebrating, having just clinched the British Drag Racing Championship Super Eliminator Title. At the same time, Woolfe had set the Fastest Time of Day at the Brighton Speed Trials in one of his seven litre Cobras. John had read about an up and coming drag race meeting in early October and entered his Cobra for the Last Chance Meeting at Santa Pod. Things were never the same again. John got his doors blown off of the AC Shelby by Mark's little 283 Chevy BSA Scout.


Well this just had to be the best thing to have happened to drag racing. John was so shattered by the realisation of the events that had just unfolded, and being the gentleman he was, he went over to Mark in the pits and introduced himself and started asking questions as to how a mighty AC Cobra could be beaten by a little small block Chevy. The drag racing bug had bitten and this led to John sponsoring Mark and his Hustler team in the from of financing a brand new 427 Chevrolet L-88 engine.

At the start of the 1968 drag racing season John Woolfe Racing's blue and yellow race colours, along with the now famous Woolfe Head, were firmly written into drag racing. It represented the very first semi-professional drag racing team in the UK and things began to happen. John was also keen to drive this Stratton-built beast, and in early May Woolfe took the BSA-based Altered to Silverstone fitted with this new Big Block Chevy V8 for a press interview with Motor magazine, plus some other machinery in his stable and a full three-page colour feature was written about this new venture. Many roundy-roundy racers took note and soon there were some very interesting entries appearing at the Pod.


In that year's final, Mark drove Hustler, the John Woolfe Racing-sponsored seven-litre Chevy BSA Scout and won the British Drag Racing Super Eliminator Trophy for the second year running.


There were other projects within the same year with John and Mark. One in the form of a twin-engine Chevy V8 dragster, Hustler II and this too was featured in the May Motor magazine article from Silverstone. In October John entered the Stratton-built twin 283 Chevy engine dragster in the over eight-litre class of the International Sprint Organisation's World Records Weekend held at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire. Stratton set the firing order of the two engines and timed them as a V16, and as the Standing Start quarter mile record for over eight litres had never been established, all John had to do was make the two way passes and the record was his. Mark was there in support of John and the event went smoothly. John Woolfe established the FIA World Record of 73.02 mph in 12.33 seconds. Not much to shout about but nevertheless!


Before the end of first year of sponsoring the Hustler Drag Racing Team, John formally announced his intentions to continue support for 1969 in the form of a 427 Chevy-powered Reliant GTE. This too became a winner for the Hustler team in the hands of a young West Country lad: Dennis Priddle...


Swift snippets.
3rd April: We had one or two other things to think about yesterday so we didn't get round to 'fessing up about this year's April Fool, which was Sunday's Pit Note featuring Hayley Fyfe bemoaning officially-sanctioned frumpiness in our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Festival of Power coverage. If that story had been true then Your News Editor would have been at the front of the mob armed with a pitchfork or torch. Apologies to any SJW who took the Pit Note seriously. Sunday's conditions did not allow us to post our decoy April Fools so Roger Goring building a Jet Altered and Nitro FM introducing phone-ins at the FIA/FIM Main Event will have to wait until next year. A big Thank You to Hayley for readily agreeing to our putting a tissue of whoppers in her mouth, and for posing for a picture for added authenticity.

Minor point of order: If others can get upset on social media then we can get upset on here. If others can criticise us on social media then we can criticise them on here, however infrequently we have historically done such things, although we will not stoop to the disgusting and Social Media policy-breaching language with which we were described yesterday. Anyone who wishes to discuss should feel free to E-Mail.


Web site updates.
3rd April: First with the Festival of Power-related picture updates is The Mad Welshman whose pictures from the Peak Performance Day of Sunday 25th March are now available for viewing at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.

Not far behind is Paul Bryan whose shots from the race proper you can check out at www.flickr.com/photos/paulbryan_photopedia.


Gold RV pull Perfect Award support.
2nd April: As if spending several days wetter than a haddock's lingerie and colder than a bucket of penguin crap then seeing much-loved racers suffer accidents were not reason enough to be upset, this morning we have been informed by Derek and Fiona Flynn that they have withdrawn the support of
Gold RV from the Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award with immediate effect. This is due to grief which they received from racers over the weekend; we are not aware of the full details but it must have been bad to produce this outcome and it is an absolute disgrace.

Whoever it was who tipped the balance: well done, we hope you are proud of yourselves. As things stand that is the end of the Perfect ET Award. Thank you so much for kicking the teeth of a couple who have put thousands of pounds of sponsorship and prize money into the sport and who have supported Eurodragster.com for a very long time. We hope that you also feel proud that you have robbed your fellow racers of hundreds of pounds of prize money this season.

Anyone who even thinks about getting in touch with Tog and playing the victim, it is probably best that you don't. Anyone who plays the victim on Facebook, be warned that Tog may break his usual rule and post a response. And if Tog doesn't then any supporter of Eurodragster.com should feel free to do so on his behalf.

Derek has stressed his and Gold RV's continued support and sponsorship of Eurodragster.com as a site; a big Thank You to Derek and Fiona for this and for their long support both of Eurodragster.com and of the Perfect ET Award until some ingrate screwed it up for you all.


Festival of Power results.
1st April: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway:

Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Marc Huxley (14.50) 14.4818/81.22 def. John McGarrigle (18.95) 18.9016/72.49 b/o
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Jordan Payne (8.04) 8.0527/80.93 def. Caitlin Wilson (8.07) 8.1548/81.81
VW Sportsman: Polly Judge (15.65) 15.7185/90.87 def. Jon Crawford (16.40) 16.5136/85.36

8.50 Bike: Jake Mechaell 8.5349/146.16 def. Jay Roe 8.4947/142.09 b/o
9.50 Bike: Dave Bowe 9.6834/140.74 def. Lewis Burgess 9.6619/137.37
ET Bike: Bradley Head (10.00) 11.4682/132.86 bye
Supertwin Top Gas: Jack Shook 10.0760/132.45 bye

No qualifying was possible on Friday or Saturday due to the weather and yesterday's planned one-shot qualifier and eliminations were abandoned for all but the above classes due to the conditions. Modurstang Pro ET racer Nigel Green and Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET racer Jack Brewster suffered crashes; Nigel was unhurt whilst Jack was taken to hospital as a precaution after reporting back pain.

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Festival of Power 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. Please join Tog in a big Thank You to Pit Reporter Simon, Photographers Julian and Kirstie, and Off-Track Photographer Diana for their hard work and lack of complaint in what have been very unpleasant working conditions these last couple of weekends.


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