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Friday 1st August: It's back!

As you read in yesterday's news item, I now have my record breaking six second, Super Pro Dragster back. Thanks to Nigel and Emma Turner for selling and delivering it back to us.

Obviously we know this car very well and know its full history having met the chassis builder and its first owner who put it all together, with some later mods by us to push it that bit further & faster and we have some great memories with this car and even though it is now 10 years old the chassis has done very few runs and most of them made by me, it looks just as it did when Gary Jenkins drove it last at the Flame & Thunder test day in 2006, and it has not been run since, wow where does the time go. It’s just a shame we do not still have the engine, gearbox, ignition and fuel system we had then, as it was never appreciated by its next owner and we have had to put up with many negative comments about our old record breaking combo and even about me personally, with always one important part left out, that being as soon as he said he was not happy with our engine etc. which was even before he got the engine to his home, we offered to take it all back and give him his money back or we would even come and collect it all and give him his money back. It is a shame he did not do that, rather than bad mouthing us over a number of years, as I could have just dropped it all straight back in this car as we had it and we could be running mid sixes at 200 plus MPH again.

This year marks the tenth year anniversary of Gold RVs involvement in UK Drag Racing, thanks to Darryl Bradford and the Wildside Team who introduced us to the sport in the UK. And thanks to all you drag racerholics who also support our sport and special thanks to Tog and all at Eurodragster for all they do for European drag racing in assisting us to promote our sport, teams and sponsors. In association with Eurodragster, Gold RV have sponsored the perfect ET awards for seven years now and with Eurodragster we have paid out to many teams over the years well done guys and girls.. It was really neat seeing the reaction of Saskia Jell and her Mum when they won the whopping £150.00 at the Summer Nationals as it had rolled over a few times.

We hope to get this car back on track either later this year or for the start of next year, once we have sourced an engine/drive train combo for it, we are then planning to licence another of our Gold RV Junior Dragster drivers, Lisa Selles in Super Pro, it was a natural choice as the Selles Family are my extended Dutch Family and Lisa has proven herself as very competent racer and won the Dutch and even a European Championship and has shown she can be a match for any of the boys, but not only does Lisa drive she was also responsible for servicing and the turn rounds between rounds, and as with nearly all the junior drivers she can be lightning on the tree, but she will have to get used to the extra horsepower. Obviously the licence runs will be done after I have personally checked the car out, just to make sure it is all ok for her, as am sure you can understand.

Here at Gold RV Sales & Service Ltd. we are also celebrating another anniversary, thirty years ago Gary started Gold Motor Service Company and specialized in USA RVs, later we merged Gold Motor Sales into the one company Gold RV some 11 years ago now. I was a customer of Gary’s 17 years ago and after selling up our house in 1999 Fiona & I drove off in our RV for an adventure in Europe and Turkey to see in the new millennium after all doom mongers were telling us the world was going to end after the millennium bug bit… I must say if the world was going to end then we would have been quite happy, we had parked our RV at a campsite on the edge of a lagoon, with a beach to ourselves bathed in lovely sunshine in the middle of winter, so obviously we did not rush back and when we did eventually return to the UK we parked up at Gold and it still feels like we are living our RV’ing adventure now and the rest as they say is history, we all really love RV’ing and get away as much as we can. Drag racing has also been a huge part of our way of life over the last 10 years and we have been RV’ing all over the world, racing or catching up with our many drag race friends. After a few annoying health issues over the last couple of years, I should be fighting fit soon, and I cannot wait to blow out a few cobwebs and exercise my right foot a little. I would also just like to say a huge thanks for all the get well messages etc. It was overwhelming the support I received from all my drag racing friends and family.

It is great fun being involved with Peter Walters in Super Pro and we had a great time licensing Peter in Grumpy’s A Fueler too and we cannot wait to complete the job before the Euro Finals.. and who knows where this may lead in the future. We can not wait to have both Peter & Lisa racing in Super Pro as it has always been a class that I love and like to think we even contributed a little in promoting this very successful and entertaining class.

Whilst I do miss the driving, I actually miss the competition, tuning and running a race team more and I just love it when I see the reaction of the many drivers we have supported or assisted over the years as they achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Below is a photo gallery of our first ten years in racing that you can click on the thumbnails for a larger view and scroll through. Thanks to all the photographers, professionals, friends family and race fans for sending me all the photographs, I have many thousands over the last 10 years and it was hard to leave so many out, I was trying to get 10 years in just 10 photographs but it was impossible.

I would also like to say a huge thanks to the Go Gold Crew and all the other crews and teams I have had the pleasure of working with.

Life’s A Trip, Go Gold, Go RV’ing, Go Drag Racing !

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