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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 and GKW Wrought Iron.

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 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.

Urgent Festival of Power update from SPR.
30th March: We have received the following statement from Santa Pod Raceway regarding this weekend's Festival of Power:

Due to the recent bad weather, more rain forecast and muddy, waterlogged car parks, we regret to inform all non-ticket holders that we are now unable to offer any further tickets for sale for this weekend's Festival of Power. Further heavy rain is forecast in the next 24 hours and although Sunday's forecast is better, it is pretty clear that the venue car parks and camp sites are at their limit to accommodate further vehicles and traffic movement.

Advance ticket holders are also advised not to attend and non-attendees will be offered a 100% credit value on their tickets to be used at a future event (see adverse weather ticket policy). Should you be in possession of an advance ticket and still choose to turn up, then please think very carefully about your decision especially if bringing children. You will need plenty of stoicism, patience, a suitable vehicle and wellies! The car parks are incredibly muddy and some areas are simply unusable so space is limited and not guaranteed. If you do decide to risk turning up, then only our normal adverse weather policy will apply which may be a lower credit or none at all depending on the track action. This decision has not been taken lightly and we know many of you will be incredibly disappointed but in the interests of your health, safety and enjoyment, then we feel this is our only option and to forewarn as early as possible.


York Raceway update.
30th March: At this time of year the UK's York Raceway would normally be getting ready to open its gates for the first event of an action-packed season of racing at The North's Drag Strip. This year however, things are a little different with TMD Friction now having an interest in the venue and moving towards development of their vehicle test track which will operate on the site with York Raceway.

Negotiations during 2017 gave the opportunity to retain the current site on the former Melbourne Airfield as a permanent drag strip, the original proposal from TMD being that they would require sole use of the site. Pennine Raceway Ltd, the operator of York Raceway, were set a target by the landowner of raising £100,000 by 1st January 2018 in order to be able to make the significant investment which would be needed to allow drag racing to continue at the site alongside the TMD Friction facility. Pennine Raceway Ltd, Pennine Drag Racing Club and their racers, friends and corporate partners surpassed this total in December 2017.

Pennine Raceway Ltd are currently holding all funds from corporate sponsorships and Pennine Drag Racing Club is holding all monies raised from personal donations. PDRC unanimously voted at their AGM to release funds, alongside the funding from Pennine Raceway Ltd, to the landowner in order to facilitate resurfacing works pertaining to York Raceway as and when they are required.

Pennine Raceway Ltd, alongside its consultants and partners, have worked hard to meet the requirements of the landowner as they have arisen, but contract negotiations between the landowner and TMD Friction over-ran the original timetable. This has delayed both the required resurfacing works and the negotiation of the terms of the new ten-year lease which the landowner has offered for York Raceway. It is still hoped that resurfacing works for both the TMD Friction test track and York Raceway can take place simultaneously in order for all parties to benefit from cost savings but this cannot be guaranteed.

With contractual negotiations between Pennine Raceway Ltd and the landowner ongoing and infrastructure still needing to be put in place York Raceway is not yet able to release its event calendar for 2018, but the team at Pennine Raceway Ltd are planning a series of events which will build on previous successes and to introduce new event formats which will sustain and strengthen the drag racing scene in the UK.


Big Bang entry update.
29th March: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 2 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 next 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.


Swift snippets.
29th March: Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET racer Tom Atkinson says that the Time is Money Cortina will not appear at the front of the pairing lanes this weekend as the clutch of the team's trusty bus has given up the ghost. "After a bit of a rush about and an attempted master cylinder rebuild, the seals which arrived today just weren't quite right and our newest crew member split one of them trying to reassemble it, so we're going to replace the clutch with a Bruno Lenco", says Tom. "I'll still be heading up in the Toxico.uk Ranchero to tow the caravans round (some of the way at least) and to give Kirstie a hand with the 50 Shades of Racing Camaro in Sportsman ET. We would like to thank folks for the kind offers of tow vehicles and trailers, and wish everyone a safe and fast Festival of Power. See ya at the track!"


The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (above right) came with the words "Hatched in the Nic of time". 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.

Not long after the news of the possible demise of the drag strip at Alastaro comes much better news that the Finnish Hot Rod Association and their partners are constructing a new drag strip at the former military air base at Kauhava. The track will host its first races in August of this year and it is planned to host European Championship events there from 2019. You can read more, with judicious use of Google Translate if necessary, by clicking here.

Llangollen Motorcycle Show organiser Peter Rogers is seeking a Top Fuel Bike for static display and, if possible, a couple of fire-ups at the Show which takes place on 4th-5th August. If you are interested then you can get in touch with Peter at progers.gse@live.co.uk.

Sam Marston and the whole PMR team asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to racer and longtime Eurodragster.com News contributor and Blogger Paul Marston. Our pleasure Sam, have a great day Paul.


Not if, but when...
29th March: The UK's Sara and Steve Unsworth, whose Mustang contests Super Street and Modurstang Pro ET, say that their return to racing may be as soon as the FIA / FIM Main Event or may be in 2019. Sara takes up the story:

Following on from gearbox damage to third gear at the end of the of the 2017 season - yes we're still manual! - a damaged TKO box was sourced, extensive research by Steve and numerous E-Mails and calls later we are now the proud owners of new sparkly Liberty gears and all the extras required to run a TKO box on our set-up.

Our plan was a mini strip-down and freshen up of the engine and our chance to change to an electric water pump, coil on plugs and a few other bits and pieces. After finding damage to one piston this inevitably led to a full rebuild, which in turn led to... we've been toying with the idea of a new ECU for a while after repeated problems with overheating and a rather distinctive sound during the burnout courtesy of the rev limiter. So we finally bit the bullet and all of the original wiring has been removed. Cue a Mustang, meat and beer weekend in the North East. Our Crew Chief Barry Halliwell arrived with cake from the Hospitality Team, aka Sally Halliwell, our sponsor and fellow racer Dave Withington of GFX Power - find him on Facebook and Twitter! - arrived then they worked their black magic electrical wizardry and a new FAST system has been installed. It's a thing of beauty and we can't thank the lads enough.

Cue the steep learning curve of how to operate and even start the Mustang!


Work commitments, overspending and not enough time in the garage, along with a much needed sprinkle of John Sleath's magic, means that we'll not make the Festival of Power. We're aiming for the Main Event but even that's up for debate. It's a completely new set-up and we need time to adjust and get a handle on it, not to mention the track time required. We'll be keeping up to date with the racing via the fab Eurodragster.com site (Thanks! - Ed) and we wish everyone all the best. Here's hoping that Super Street grows as a class... we'll be back as soon as we can!

We've been lucky enough to pick up some new sponsors who are keen to support us and our team: Mammoet UK, specialists in heavy lifting, transport, and modular construction, and Metcalfe Farms who specialise in heavy haulage and truck repairs.

On a side note it seems we can currently lay claim to the fastest blown 2v modular stick shift Mustang in the UK - not bad for a built not bought car.

So it might be two months, it could be six months, maybe we'll have to wait for 2019. But don't forget us, we're still here and we'll be back ASAP!


NAST hold Anniversary Challenge.
28th March: Robbie Dobbie writes that the National Association of Supertwins 25th Anniversary Challenge Cup takes place over three events at Santa Pod Raceway:

The dates are Saturdays 5th May, 22nd September and 20th October.

The format will be the same as in 2017 with £10 in the pot from each entry with NAST adding £100 and trophies for winner and runner-up on the day. This is open to any motorcycle regardless of number of cylinders. However, points at each event for Twin-cylinder entries will be carried to the final where, in addition to trophies and additional cash for that day, there will be overall winner and runner-up trophies and an additional prize fund, for twin-cylinder bikes only, of £500 for the winner and £250 for the runner-up (current NAST member - £10 fee, unless you were a member in 2017 then your membership carries over into 2018).

Overnight camping is available if you pre-book and arrive before 5:00 pm on the Friday and as all dates are Saturday Night Specials there is camping on Saturday night as well but you must make an early departure on Sunday unless you have a weekend ticket.

More details and an entry form are available at
www.supertwins.co.uk/supertwins-25th-anniversary-challenge-cup.

Many thanks to James Forster at Santa Pod Raceway.


The art of avoiding Racepak questions.
28th March: Dick Koster of Eurodragster.com sponsor Post en Dros says that with the new season approaching he fields a lot of questions related to Racepak dataloggers:

Most of the issues which people have these days are related to the older versions of Datalink II or the firmware in the datalogger. To make both of our lives easier in quickly finding any issues, please update your laptop / computer and also your datalogger with the latest software and firmware.

Software is on your laptop or computer. Datalink II vurrent version is 4.8.9. You can find your current version of Datalink II by clicking on the Help tab in Datalink II, About Datalink II.


Firmware resides inside your Datalogger, PRO III (A), V300 (SD), V500 (SD), Sportsman, G2X (Pro) IQ3 Drag Dash / Logger Dash or IQ3 and UDX display-dash. You can find you current firmware version by right-clicking on the datalogger channel when you have your configuration file open.

As well as new options in both software and firmware, it is also recommended that you update to get newly-installed V-Net modules to work properly. We keep developing for your racing pleasure.

Both software and firmware updates are free to download at store.racepak.com/support/downloads.

My first drag race visit of the year will take place at this week's Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway. As always you can put your name on the list in the Pro Dutch Pro Modified pit if you would like me to come to visit you. I will be bringing a lot of spare parts and complete systems such as the V300SD, IQ3 Drag Dash and Sportsman. If you would like any information or need help picking the right system for your application then I'll be glad to point you in the right direction.

If you need me to bring any other parts such as engine bearings, blower belts (Clevite), tools, spark plugs, you name it and we probably have it. Please E-Mail your orders to dickkoster@post-en-dros.nl.


Swift snippets.
28th March: Stefani Fisher tells us that 2018 marks thirty years of Pro Mod racing for Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson. "To celebrate, we're posting photos, videos and memories from those thirty years on our Facebook page", says Stef. "There have been lots of successes and also challenges over the years and it's nice to look back and remember the various different events in our team's history. We're pretty much all set now for the Festival of Power which is Round 1 of the MSA Pro Mod Championship, hopefully we'll be able to pick up where we left off from the National Finals which was by far one of our best meetings. We look forward to seeing everyone there!"


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 sponsor could sponsor her for this good case. "The Bubble Rush is a 5 km walk / run in Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead in 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.

We were pleased to hear from Remco Scheelings that our good buddy Pär Willén, aka PiPPi, is to take up the microphone and commentate at EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship rounds. You can read more on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.

If you are joining us at Santa Pod Raceway this week then courtesy of Stephen Billings the good news is thst Hinwick Road (the road opposite the exit from the track) has now reopened after the bridge reconstruction.


First absence in twenty.
28th March: Easter attendees since 1998, Paul Marston Racing, will be missing from this week's Festival of Power. Paul writes:

Unfortunately work commitments have got in the way, with my day job of supplying sound and lighting production to events clashing. I have managed to avoid this situation pretty well in the past, although it has been close a couple of times. But this one was unavoidable: the contract was signed in January, I was hoping it would be rescheduled as looked likely but alas it never happened. The event is for 2,000 people and is for a very old friend so it's a different kind of noise!

Paul Marston Racing wish everyone the very best of luck at Easter, its the first time in twenty years that we won't be there. So we are looking forward even more to the FIA Main Event at which we will be out in force with at least three entries. More details of our 2018 driver line-up will follow shortly.


Thanks again to Paul Foote Ink.
28th March: We are again very grateful indeed to longtime Eurodragster.com sponsor Paul Foote Ink for supplying the latest of several seasons' worth of Eurodragster.com decals. Paul, whom Eurodragster.com readers will recall for his striking Super Gas pick-up, produced decals in car and bike sizes and arranged for their delivery in a matter of days.

Paul Foote Ink, whose web site you can find at www.paulfoote.com, supply corporate and bespoke sign management including complete design concepts, production and installation throughout the UK. Prestigious clients include Siemens, The Crystal London, Domino's Pizza and The Ace Café.

Please show your appreciation for the support of Eurodragster.com sponsors by considering their companies when shopping for goods and services. Again a big Thank You to Paul.


Festival of Power Perfect Awards.
23rd February: This week's Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway is the first event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £100 will be on offer for perfect performance.

Cath and Tig Napier of Bad Habit Racing are again kindly sponsoring the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award which commences at £50 this weekend. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award will be available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £75 for Big Bang; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for Big Bang.

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

The Eurodragster.com / Gold RV Perfect ET Award is again kindly sponsored by Derek and Fiona Flynn of RV sales and service specialists Gold RV. The Award, which also commences at £50 this weekend, will be paid in cash to the first racer to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available in Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout, Super Street, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Junior Drag Bike, ET Bike, VW Pro, VW Sportsman and the Wild Bunch, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £75 for Big Bang; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for Big Bang.

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry decals, one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull an event's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to pull a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Please note that the decals have changed since last season; those from previous seasons will not be valid. 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).

For more details about the services which Gold RV can provide please either see Derek Flynn in the Gearhead Garage UK Super Pro ET pits or visit www.goldrv.co.uk.


SFI expiration extended.
27th March: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for letting us know that following clarification from the FIA and further consultation with the MSA, SFI expiry dates for the below pieces of equipment have been extended for racers competing in Europe (only):

Spec Previous recertification period New recertification period
7.1 Lower engine containment device 1 year 5 years
14.2 Supercharger restraint device 2 years 4 years
14.21 Screw type supercharger restraint device 2 years 4 years
14.4 Containment valve covers / valve cover shields 2 years 4 years
14.5 Manifold blanket 2 years 4 years
27.1 Window nets 2 years 4 years
49.1 Top Fuel rear wing assemblies 1 year 2 years
61.1 Turbochargers 1 year 2 years

If you have any queries then please contact your local Tech Inspector or get in touch with Ian at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).


Here comes the concrete.
26th March: After the weather kiboshed a proper christening of Santa Pod Raceway's new concrete surface on last week's opening weekend, the track started to earn its keep for the second time of asking with a Run What You Brung on Saturday and a Peak Performance Day yesterday.

On Saturday conditions were difficult whatever the track type but yesterday the new surface started to respond to the track crew's loving care and to the springlike weather. A number of PBs and impressive runs were reported, for example an 8.149 by 8.50 Bike racer Jay Roe, and Santa Pod Raceway's Two Seat Dragster, as ever in the hands of Steve Warner, equalled its best-ever sixty foot on its first half pass of the year and then was straight back into the sevens on the following full pass, the passenger being Santa Pod Raceway's Neale Saunders who was Project Manager for the track upgrade.

In association with John Woolfe Racing we have posted galleries from both the RWYB and the Peak Performance Day, which you can check out via our Festival of Power Event Index by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Many thanks to Kirstie and Diana Macrae for their hard work on the galleries especially in


Swift snippets.
24th March: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Pro Modified colour commentator and Eurodragster.com News contributor Lucy Moore. Have a lovely day Lucy.

Festival of Power racer update.
23rd March: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway. Please note changes from the Final Instructions sent out to racers; car scrutineering now commences at 10:00 on Thursday, and Supertwin Top Gas' running orders have been amended.

Thursday 29th March
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
10:00 Signing On office opens
10:00 Car scrutineering commences, no specific order:
Car sign-on / scrutineering details
16:30 Bike scrutineering commences, no specific order: Bike sign-on / scrutineering details

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

Saturday 31st March
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Scrutineering opens
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

Sunday 1st April
07:30 Signing On office opens
07:30 Scrutineering opens
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 20:00 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 Perfect Award money.


Swift snippets.
23rd March: Your News Editor would like to say a big Happy Birthday with hugs to his good friend Karen Brumby. Have a lovely day Karen.

Big Bang entry update.
22nd March: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 1 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 on 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.


No Prep Nationals 2 classes.
22nd March: Paul Marston has been in touch with racer and spectator details for the second No Prep Nationals, which takes place at Rockingham Drag Strip on Monday 7th May.


After discussion with racers, the classes are as follow:

No Prep Nationals 2: The feature class. Eighth-mile, no prep, no time, heads-up flashlight start. All run, anything goes, door cars only, two wheel drive only. Other than safety there are no restrictions on weight, engine size, power adders etc. Your car does not have to be street-legal, any tyre or slick permitted, grip juice permitted. The start line and finish line will be filmed. If you jump in eliminations you will be disqualified. A "jump" is defined as cracking the tyre or moving the car on its suspension before the light is on. We will be allowing call-outs for first round only. Same as at the North Weald No Prep Nationals last year all pairings other than call-outs will be drawn from a hat, including lane choice, up to the final. Also same as North Weald the entry list will not be published anywhere. You show up and find out who's in. The prize fund is £1000 cash to the winner, minimum sixteen cars.

No Pre No Time Grudge / Call-out: This has never been done before in the UK, a class for people who want to run for money but who want to pick their own fight. The way it works is simple. Your entry fee includes Rockingham No Prep Dollars, wager money vouchers. All Grudge Racers will get a sticker to show that they are eligible for Grudge. You then walk around the pit, look at what's there and pick your own race. You negotiate your own wager with the other driver, providing he likes the match up. We will only entertain heads-up starts, no gapped starts like in Pinks. You line up in the Grudge staging lanes and when you come to the front the money is handed to the purse holder and you tell him what the deal is. Once the race is run and the winner confirmed the money is handed to the crew of the winning car. Again flashlight start and it's filmed so the same rules apply as No Prep. The cars do not have to be street-legal and you can run 4WD in No Prep Grudge. You can run as many races as you want for as much money as you want, no limits. The person who wins the most money will receive a trophy and at the end of racing all vouchers can be cashed in, with some people going home considerably richer!

No Prep RWYB: If you just want to just come to RWYB and be part of it then please feel free to do so. Obviously we will run you as quickly as we can but priority will be given to the Grudge and No Prep Nationals racers. Pre-entry is available, or pay on the day. If you want to arrive on Sunday you must pre-enter, also you must include gate admission for everyone who is coming Sunday.

For more details about classes, or for an entry form, please E-Mail pmdragracing@gmail.com, contact us through the Rockingham Dragstrip Facebook page, or call me on 07831 650230.


Our track is the pit road, which is laid with a tarmac with the priority on traction. The racing distance is an eighth-mile, with an eighth-mile of shutdown area which leads on to main oval, so there is plenty of room to slow down safely.

There is an excellent viewing area for spectators on the roof of the pit garages. It runs the full length of the track and is purpose-built as a VIP viewing area for major circuit race events. At the No Prep Nationals access to the spectator area is free and access from the pit area to the viewing area is quick and simple via staircases.

Rockingham Motor Speedway is a major facility and the Rockingham management have had to move stuff around to accommodate us, for which we are grateful. There are two other motorsport activities happening on the same day as ours; the National Circuit will be hosting a track day and the Drift Arena will also be operational. Neither will affect our operation, as we are completely self contained. Your spectator admission ticket, £10 in advance from Rockingham's web site or £12 on the day, will allow you access to the other motorsport activities as well as to the drag strip.

This is our first event, we are guests, so can competitors and spectators please be respectful and courteous to the Rockingham staff and marshals as we would like to come back.

The postcode for your satnav is NN17 5AF.


Firestorm ready to rumble.
22nd March: UK Jet Funny Car pilot Roger Goring, Helen Rusling and the new Firestorm team are looking forward to the 2018 season, which commences with testing at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend:

Firestorm has been in the workshop over the winter and is now ready to go. We had a mixed 2017. Following successful testing the previous year we had a really shaky start but with sheer determination, hard work and lots of testing we were confident to head off to Germany for the NitrOlympx at Hockenheim. With that under our belt we also attended the Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway, the National Hot Rod Reunion and the UK Northern Finals at York Dragway and the Flame and Thunder at Santa Pod. All a great end to what at times had been a very trying 2017 season – to put it mildly.

So, on with 2018. We recently carried out the initial start-up away from the track. It went well, so we are now packing to head to Santa Pod for this weekend's testing to be ready for the Festival of Power. We are excited about that. So far the ETs have been respectable but as always we will work on increasing the speeds in small increments. We are still working with what is a new car and new systems. Settings are totally different from the old car, so there is much work to do there. We also have a brand new body in the form of a Ford Mustang rather than our old favourite of a Pontiac Firebird. The new body is fitted with a totally different inlet system which is proving to be very beneficial not only to the breathing of the motor but also to the aerodynamics.

We haven't yet managed to go the whole hog and replace our Firestorm T-Shirts, which always went down well with fans, but we have at least invested in new Firestorm posters with a fantastic picture courtesy of Tog (You are very welcome - Ed). We also have new hero cards, which some of you may have seen in the latter part of last year. A massive thank you to artist Anth Knight of D73 Creative for his contribution in designing our new hero cards and creating the necessary artwork for it all to go to print.

This year you will also see us with some new crew. John Hughes, who gave up his own racing last year to help look after us, will be bringing out his Spiderman alcohol altered for 2018, so we will be joined by Andy Lockwood and Steve Vardy for what is shaping up to be a good year. Firestorm will be appearing at:
  • Festival of Power, Santa Pod Raceway 30th March-1st April
  • NSRA Nostalgia Nationals, Santa Pod Raceway, 12th-13th May
  • FIA / FIM Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, 25th-28th May
  • Bug Jam, Santa Pod Raceway, 20th-22nd July
  • NitrOlympX, Hockenheim, 17th-19th August
  • Flame and Thunder Show, Santa Pod Raceway, 27th October
Let's hope that the weather gods are kind to us for the coming weekends and we look forward to seeing you all at the track. Please make sure you drop by and say Hello!


Rascals' return.
22nd March: UK Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET racer Harley Smithies and the Rascals Racing team are returning this season:

After having an off season in 2017 due to a planned house move - which still hasn't happened - we are eager to get back to the track and race alongside the great bunch of guys and girls of Sportsman ET.

2016 was our début in competition and although we only competed in three events - the Festivl of Power, Big Bang and Bug Jam - we really enjoyed it. It didn't start off well as the Festival of Power was rained off after just a few qualifying runs. Big Bang was an improvement as we had some good qualifying but unfortunately I got knocked out in the first round by Andy Dibley - can't complain, he went on to win the Championship for two years. Bug Jam was a really good event for us. Nice hot weather, our team enjoyed the event and all it had to offer. We had some good qualifying and even managed to get to round two in our third event, which I never imagined. After all we are racing a French car with a French engine in a sport which requires consistency. But hey, we like to be different.

The car will be virtually unchanged since its last outing other than some minor updates .

I would like to say a big Thank You to my team of Rascals: wife Kellie and sons / Crew Chief duo Fletcher and Connor (aged 3 and 2).

News and updates can be found on our Facebook page.


Swift snippets.
22nd March: Pedder Eneroth of the FIM Europe Drag Racing Commission tells us that the recent seminar hosted by SVEMO and presented by Palle Lind and Job Heezen attracted race officials from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Lithuania. "During the presentation we realised that there was a total of over three hundred years of drag race experience in the room!", says Pedder. "With that amount of experience in the room there was a lot of interesting discussion. After the seminar we had thirteen Clerks of the Course and five Technical Stewards. Now we hope that these Clerks and Stewards will soon be able to use their newly-acquired knowledge for FIM European Championship rounds in the Nordic zone."

Eurodragster.com will be at Santa Pod Raceway to cover this Saturday's pre-Festival of Power Run What You Brung and Sunday's Peak Performance Day in association with John Woolfe Racing. The current plan is for a gallery at the end of each day; Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast is not currently confirmed but should it take place then it will initially be on test with all which that implies.


Breaking up is hard to do, but...
22nd March: Lucy Moore writes that the Moore Brothers' Viper Pro Mod is still up for sale turn-key but that the time is soon coming when parts will be sold:

Now is the perfect time to look to the future and whatever our goals may be. Growing up at Santa Pod has given me such an insight into the uniqueness of the sport we all know and love. However the time came, as it inevitably does, for Dad to sell up. It's never an easy decision to give up something which brought so much joy to us and it would be such a shame to see the car sit and collect dust when I'm sure there are many people out there who would do it justice.

That being said, it's now getting to the point where we will begin breaking up the car and selling off parts individually. So, if anybody has any interest in the car as a whole then please get in touch via the contact details on the Swap Meet advertisement. We will offer as much support as we can; we want this car to continue being raced and be enjoyed by someone else. Even if you feel unsure please do get in touch and we will help you with any questions or concerns you may have even if you then decide it's not for you.

I'm very much looking forward to this season and hope to be at the track as much as possible to continue being involved in the sport as much as I can. I hope to be at the Festival of Power at some point so if anyone has any questions or would like more information on the car then please find me!

Good luck to every team for the season. I can't wait to see what the Pro Mod boys can pull out of the bag this year!

You can find the Moore Brothers' Pro Mod in the Cars For Sale section of our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.


Web site updates.
22nd March: In the latest entry in his exclusive Racer Blog, Luke Bennett brings us up-to-date on work to get the team's blown-alcohol cars back on track despite various problems not of the team's making. 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.

Our good buddy Steve Moxley has had his Bonneville Speed Week report and pictures posted on the Eat My Ink web site. You can take a look at www.eatmyink.com.


SFI 3.2A/10 and higher suit recertification.
20th March: Tech Inspector Frans Steilberg has been in touch with an important message about recertification of firesuits of Specs 3.2A/10, 3.2A/15 and 3.2A/20:

The SFI Spec for driver suits states that all jackets and pants or driver suits which meet SFI Spec 3.2A/10 or higher must be recertified at a five-year interval. Suits with these higher ratings have SFI patches which indicate the year of manufacture.

Below are the recertification dates for the different year patches currently available (please note that the five-year recertification period includes the year displayed on the patch):
  • No date patch: Certification expired on 31st December 2004
  • 2013 date patch: Certification expired on 31st December 2017
  • 2014 date patch: Certification expires on 31st December 2018
  • 2015 date patch: Certification expires on 31st December 2019
  • 2016 date patch: Certification expires on 31st December 2020
  • 2017 date patch: Certification expires on 31st December 2021
  • 2018 date patch: Certification expires on 31st December 2022
For recertification, owners of driver suits should contact the original manufacturer to find out their procedures for returning the suits for inspection and recertification.

On driver suits with sewn-in arm restraints, the date stamped on the arm restraints is a reference date for the manufacturer and has no bearing on the suit's expiration date.

For further questions on the requirements contact either the manufacturer of your driver suit, the
SFI Foundation, or send me an E-Mail at dragracingtech@eircom.net.

Far from Grumpy with Rockingham.
20th March: Paul Marston tells us that Paul Marston Racing recently tested the surface at Rockingham Dragstrip at Rockingham Motor Speedway, the venue for the second No Prep Nationals to be held on the early May Bank Holiday, Monday 7th May:

The temporary drag strip is eighth mile, as opposed to the more traditional quarter mile standard here in the UK. However in the United States this distance is very common. We went to put in some test hits on this new surface, just to christen it, to see what the grip level was and how the driving experience felt.


Prior to our runs, the Rockingham track crew very kindly ran the sweeper down the track to ensure that it was clear from small stones or debris, although it was hardly needed as Rockingham is immaculately maintained. But we were very grateful for the attention to detail. The weapon used was Grumpy's Dodge; she runs 9.50/135 over the quarter and is a traditional Super Gasser which we felt would give is a representative example of the available grip and handling.


The track temperature just about made fifty degrees. We put two hits on the track. The first run was a burnout across the start line and full pass to the eighth. The second run was a burnout across the start line, back up, use some grip juice for a second burnout, and another full pass. Both of these were with a flashlight start which we will be using at the No Prep Nationals.

Testing went well. The track took some rubber quite nicely and the grip level was not bad at all, taking into account that these were the first ever hits made on the track by a drag racer. From the driver's perspective Grumpy was planted, not skating around, and the shutdown area presented no problems other than becoming familiar with different surroundings.


Santa Pod opens with £1000 for charity.
18th March: The ceremonial first run on Santa Pod Raceway's new concrete track took place at the Run What You Brung yesterday (Saturday), as a result of which Magpas Air Ambulance and The Air Ambulance Service were each £500 better off after the chance to make the first pass was posted for auction on E-Bay.


After a presentation ceremony Jordan Bradford and Neale Saunders, who was Project Manager for Santa Pod's track upgrade, took the first run gently in cold and windy conditions, Neale in a Jaguar loaned by stunt driver Terry Grant. Both Jordan and Neale came back later for a higher-throttle pairing when the brief and frequently weather-interrupted RWYB commenced.

In association with John Woolfe Racing we have posted a small gallery of pictures of the presentation ceremony, the first run, and the RWYB. A big Thank You to off-track photographer Diana Macrae for braving the snow and gale. You can check out the RWYB 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.


Swift snippets.
18th March: We were sorry to hear from Geoff Stilwell of the death at 78 of legendary Funny Car and Fuel Altered pilot and Crew Chief Dale Emery (right, picture below left). Dale is remembered in the UK for driving the Chadderton and Okazaki Funny Car, which became Gladiator, at Santa Pod Raceway in the mid-1970s but we were also lucky enough to see Dale as recently as last November when he attended British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Bench Race, at which it was a privilege to speak to the modest and unassuming legend. Our deepest sympathies to Dale's family and friends. You can read the superb Dragster Insider account of Dale's career on NHRA.com.


The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (above right) came with the words "No more words needed, lol!". 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.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to our good buddy, former Track Announcer and all-round good egg (Apart from the country music thing, of course - Ed) Barry Bohannon. Have a great day Barry.


Santa Pod Raceway completes the new track!
16th March: Trakbak Racing Ltd and Santa Pod CEO Keith Bartlett writes:

Many of you will have been following the exciting progress of works around the build of our brand new state-of-the-art concrete quarter mile track over the winter months and this has now finally been completed. This project was started back in August 2017 with the design and planning, followed by construction commencing in early November.  I must add that so far, 2018 has certainly been both eventful and full on for many of the staff at Santa Pod Raceway given the weather in that period. With the time-line and schedule we had programmed to complete all the works and construction,  to be frank it really became squeaky bum time with Easter looming, a major event on the horizon and the weather preventing the concrete being laid. Most, if not all, of the staff at Santa Pod Raceway are used to working under pressure most of the time and we all mange to take that pressure in our stride, week in week out, but the recent stress of facing an unfinished race track by Easter sent the barometer up and way above even our normal levels.

The design and planning of the reconstruction of the old asphalt track began in early August 2017. This was followed by the awarding of the contract to relay the whole quarter mile race track in concrete to Knights Construction, based in Wales. Soon after, fact finding and technical information gathering trips were made to NHRA tracks in the USA by Matt Jones, MD of Knights Construction and Neale Saunders, TBR (Trakbak Racing Ltd) project manager. After much discussion with various NHRA track personnel the final design for the new track at Santa Pod was complete.

Track works began after the Flame and Thunder event at the end of last season. It was soon discovered the ground works required was going to be a far bigger job than at first estimated and budgeted for. We had to undertake a far greater amount of ground works, drainage works and preparation of the ground ready to be able to take the very high level and density of concrete we were planning to lay.  With most of the ground works complete, we were ready to start to pour concrete by late November (2017) – then the major enemy of Santa Pod, struck again – the weather! Due to a combination of rain, snow, cold air temperature and high winds we were unable to lay any concrete until late February; way, way past our deadline for completion of the concrete laying. By some small miracle, we had a 3-5 day window in very late February and early March when the weather allowed us to pour and lay the concrete track in the 5 sections needed. The job went 90% to plan and we had our new concrete track ready for track crews to prepare ready for racing. If that all sounds all quite straightforward, all I can add is that the whole project was anything but straightforward.


With that said, we now have a new, laser-laid, all-concrete track the full length of the quarter mile with such smoothness and levels that we have not had previously, despite having had the fastest asphalt track in the world. Where we go from here and how fast this new concrete track becomes in the future is a very exciting prospect indeed. Although potentially, we now have a very fast race track indeed, I must add a note of caution to everyone; it is going to take a few months for the race teams to dial into this new concrete track and indeed for our own track crews to learn the dynamics of how to achieve the best preparation for the best results – meaning fast times across all classes. We have prepared and worked on concrete tracks before at the other events we run across Europe but each track is different. Also, remember that the drivers, riders and teams only have read-outs and graphs of how their race cars and bikes have performed on the old asphalt track. However, I am optimistic that by the FIA/FIM Main Event (May) some of the teams will have a handle on it and, given the right weather conditions, good times and speeds will follow. If I am right, then by the European Finals, I am hoping to see European records fall to Santa Pod once more – that is our goal to produce a European record-holding track.


It is not only the race track that has undergone a full refurbishment. During that same project, we've also undertaken a full refurbishment of the spectator grass bank. This has involved a complete re-shaping and profiling of the bank along with a much wider path on the top with better, improved access from the rear of the bank. Oh, and easier access to the hill top bar for those who like a little liquid refreshment during the racing! The bank like the track was laser levelled and it is a pleasure to, at last, see an even bank running the entire length.

Typically, things didn't go to plan and the same issues affecting the track have also impacted on the completion of the bank – the weather AGAIN! The "Beast from the East" took its toll. We have been unable to get the new grass seed to germinate in time for Easter due to the weather being too cold. To try everything possible we had even invested tens of thousands more in a special type of grass seed and application that would germinate in colder conditions – but alas not that cold and for once too dry. Who would think we would be saying at Santa Pod the weather has been too dry! This has meant putting into place Plan B for the Festival of Power event with temporary ground cover and free arrangements for sections of the grandstand. I would like to thank everyone for their incredible patience, support and understanding in this particular matter. Please see the Santa Pod web site for further information on those particular arrangements.

In closing, Santa Pod has invested nearly £1,000,000 this winter in the new track and bank projects and we are all hopeful that this will become another big leap forward in Santa Pod's ever-improving facility. When I look back to 1996 when I purchased Santa Pod we have come a long way – but I'm nowhere near satisfied we are there yet – in fact not by a long way!

See you at the track.


Double Redshaws in 2018.
16th March: The UK's Redshaw Racing will be a two-car team in 2018 as Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racer Harry will be joined by Modurstang Pro ET racer Chris, who writes:


Harry would firstly like like to say a very big Thank You to our sponsors at Odyssey Battery for supporting us for the third year running. Harry was very lucky to get Odyssey Battery as a sponsor when he started racing and we cannot thank them enough for all their support. Harry has had a amazing two years in the sport and has loved every minute of it. Last year we competed in the Association Trophée Dragster at Clastres in France at clastres and we had such an amazing time. Harry managed to win the Championship, we couldn't believe it as it was only our second year. It was such a amazing time and we met some amazing people. We are going to compete in the ATD again this year so we start the season at Rivanazzano in Italy then we have two meetings at Clastres and the Finals are at Vichy.

We are looking forward to the UK season starting and we are really looking forward to racing on the new track at Santa Pod, it is looking amazing.

I will be starting my racing career in Pro ET, I have watched Harry racing and every time I am on the track with him I just want to race myself. So last year we acquired the old Mark Richardson Pony Express altered. Our very good friends the Ford family spent last year updating the altered for us, without all their help we could not we could not have had the car ready for this season. We will be running the altered with a Fiat Topolino body shell and under the name The Joker Express. We are so looking forward to racing in both Junior Dragster and Pro ET this year.

Our sponsors at Odyssey Battery are so happy with our progress that they are also supporting me in Pro ET, and we have been very lucky to have some new sponsors too: we are also being supported by Teng Tools and DFDS Ferries. Without the support of our sponsors we could never do what we do.

With the extra car we are also bringing in a new crew member, my nephew Mark Hamilton be joining the team. It is his first time around drag racing and he is so looking so forward to it. Harry and I would like to say a very big Thank You to dad Brian Redshaw for being Crew Chief on both cars. Grandad Brian will be running Harry then running back around to run me so he is going to have a very busy year too.


Swift snippets.
16th March: If you are joining us at Santa Pod Raceway tomorrow for their first RWYB of the season then courtesy of Stephen Billings we can warn you that Hinwick Road (the road opposite the exit from the track) is closed due to bridge reconstruction (map). Alternative routes are available off the A6 via Wymington or off the A509 via Bozeat / Hinwick.

We would like to wish a big Happy Birthday to our good friend and Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member John Hackney. Have a great day Hackers.


SPAL Automotive join Doorslammers fun.
15th March: SPAL Automotive is expanding its relationship with Santa Pod Raceway in 2018 with the sponsorship of the Front Wheel Drive class of the Doorslammers on 19th-20th May.

SPAL design, engineer and manufacture a wide range of axial fans and centrifugal blowers for the world's most demanding markets. They have a worldwide reputation for innovation and combine commitment to best-in-class quality with advanced technology to develop our industry leading products from initial concept through to final manufacture. "We supply the latest cooling technology to the motor racing industry, which means we operate to the most exacting standards and apply those same quality standards across every sector we serve. Our range includes over 3000 products, including traditional brushless and latest generation brushless fans and blowers.”

Andy Saracino-Clift, Aftermarket Business Development Manager for Spal, said "We're delighted to support the event and no doubt in such high-paced conditions, those vehicles will have to be packing some high performance cooling fans from SPAL.  In fact we've already had a Thank You for sponsoring the event from one of the competitors who has installed a SPAL fan as a gesture of support! Good luck to all the racers!"


Swift snippets.
15th March: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "Crate expectations". 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.

2018 FIA Championship rules.
14th March: Thanks to FIA Drag Racing Commission President Lars Pettersson for letting us know that the FIA have released updated
rules for the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championships:

The FIA Commission have made some adjustments to the Technical Regulations to lower costs in Pro Modified and Pro Stock.
  • In Pro Modified we corrected a mistake in Section 1.1 regarding Electronic Fuel Injection.

  • In Pro Stock we have changed Sections 1.2 Cylinder Heads and 1.3 Engine. The rules have now been opened up so that a Pro Stock vehicle can use engines from other manufactures. For example, teams can use a GM or Ford engine in a Chrysler vehicle or vice versa. This was a rule which we had in the 1990s before we started to follow the FIA international drag racing rules.
The rules were approved at the FIA World Motorsport Council meeting in Geneva on 9th March, which I attended to represent drag racing and to present and explain the changes.

The 2018 Sporting Regulations for 2018 have also been released and there are some rule changes and costs reductions for organisers which we hope will help the FIA Championships to advance in future. There has been a lot of hard work by FIA officials working at events and by individuals who have sent in suggestions. I have to thank everybody for a good job.

You can check out the 2018 FIA rules at www.fia.com/regulation/category/101.


Nostalgia's nostalgia.
14th March: James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway writes that after a quiet period on the Dragstalgia front he is pleased to announce that Sweden's Janne Johansson fill be bringing some of his stunning Nostalgia collection to display at this year's event on 13th-15th July:

Janne has a whole workshop full of cars, parts and historic drag racing memorabilia from all over the world and we're delighted to welcome him with some of his display to Santa Pod for the first time.


Janne will be filling his show-worthy, Peterbilt towed, transporter with no less than four historic Funny Cars and a Fuel Altered, plus he'll be bringing a '69 Chevy C20 Ramp Truck towing yet another Funny Car, just like they used to in the good old days. The restored treats Janne will be bringing to Dragstalgia are:
  • Opel Manta B 1976 Funny Car, ex-Björn Andersson and Tage Hammermann
  • Flygvapnet Datsun 280ZX 1980 Funny Car, ex-Lee Anders Hasselström 
  • Volvo 343 1979 Funny Car, ex-body from DEX Volvo, (Björn Ardin)
  • Bubble Up Pontiac Trans Am 1977 Funny Car, ex-Gordie Bonin and Jerry Verhuel
  • Plymouth Arrow 1979 Funny Car, ex-Li'l John Lombardo (restoration ongoing)
  • T-23 Fuel Altered 1975
Janne's vehicles won't be running on track, but instead populating the show marquee with the Björn Andersson Manta and Lee Anders Hasselström Datsun being fired up to cackle throughout the weekend, including participation in the Cacklefest.


The Peterbilt, Ramp Truck and transporter are all show pieces themselves with everything being custom made to transport Janne's collection around Sweden and beyond. These will be in pride of place next to the display too.

Whilst Janne's cars are here, we're also going to take the opportunity to combine his cars with the current crop of European Nostalgia Funny Cars in a bid to recreate this iconic photo of the line-up on the Friday evening. Who knows, we may even be able to line up even more floppers than we did in the original photo.


Don't miss out on this opportunity to get up close and personal with some meticulously-restored Funny Cars from yesteryear. We'll see you there.


TF and PSB roped together.
14th March: Thanks to Remco Scheelings for passing on the news that longtime friends and business partners, UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Liam Jones and UK Pro Stock Bike racer Alex Hope, have joined forces to form Team Asylum with sponsorship under the colours of their company CBD Asylum.

"CBD Asylum manufactures and supplies CBD products derived from hemp from around the world and is continuously developing exciting ways to administer CBD", says Liam. "We are at the forefront of CBD innovation in Europe, having the only fitness industry aimed CBD products in Europe and sponsoring athletes such as professional cage fighter Alex Montagnani and the World's Strongest Man, Eddie 'The Beast' Hall.


"Alex and I will be doing the full European tour again. It's going to be a really exciting year and we are expecting good things. I'm not going to tempt fate by predicting figures and standings, but it should be good!



SFI Tour stops at Santa Pod.
13th March: The fourth and final leg of the 2018 European SFI Recertification Tour took place at Santa Pod Raceway yesterday (Monday). Simon went along to talk to the inspection team and the attending racers:

SFI Foundation Vice President Jennifer Faye was in charge of administering the recertification process. She was joined on each leg of the tour by Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson who was inspecting transmission shields, bellhousings and flexplates, Luke Robinson looking at clutches and L-G Eriksson of ME Racing Services in Borlänge, Sweden who was in charge of inspecting wheels. The parts under inspection all have specific SFI safety specifications according to the class of vehicle.

Also attending were Geoff Martin, Mark Norton and Tim Read of the UK Tech Team who will also be able to certify chassis to SFI specs during the year.

Jennifer reported that the numbers of parts inspected are up on last year and that there is a trend, as well as for new cars, for racers who have had a break from racing for several years to come back to the sport and consequently needing to upgrade their equipment to current standards. In Sweden 174 parts were inspected, in Finland 41 parts, and in Holland 64 parts. During our visit, more than 50 parts had been inspected by lunchtime, with last year's total of 75 likely to be exceeded; in the UK more racers are getting SFI certification in order to be able to enter MSA permit events.

Whilst photographing the SFI Day for our Feature we also gathered a few Pit Notes which are presented below in the order in which we spoke to the interviewees:

Fuel Funny Car racer Kevin Chapman will bring out the former Showtime car acquired from Bob Jarrett after licencing in a Top Fuel Dragster in September. Kevin said "We are having to make a few upgrades to keep up to date. I will be making a licencing half pass on Good Friday which will be my first hit in the car". Kevin will be crewed by former FC racer John Spuffard and he said that the rest of his crew had been recruited, with only one position vacant.

Nostalgia Fuel Altered and Pro Mod racer Nick Davies is preparing the ex-Robert Koper Pontiac Firebird Pro Mod for a début later in the year. Nick said "With other projects on the go, we haven't been able to move the Pro Mod along as much as we wanted. It previously had nitrous Big Block Chevy power and we will be using a turbo Hemi engine, however the transmission will remain a Lenco clutch". Other projects keeping Nick and Rob Loaring of ICE Automotive busy include refurbishment of Andy Bond's Street Eliminator Chevy, David James' planned Pro Mod car and work on the Street Eliminator cars of Nick Hales and Jeff Meads.

Top Methanol Funny Car / Altered team Steph and Dave Milam were having transmission components checked, although the car in Altered format has been put up for sale (see Jeff Bull Swap Meet). Dave said "My eye has recovered from a problem last September but I am now waiting for a replacement for an arthritic hip. The car may be out later in the year as an Altered to maintain interest in it. We may split it if there is demand for the running gear or the chassis separately, and the engine still has the PSI blower on it". Once the car is sold, Dave and Steph will still maintain involvement in the sport by crewing.

James Willaday is planning to run his rotary-engined turbo Mazda RX8 in Comp Eliminator and will also race at the Doorslammers. James said "It has a Hauser tube chassis, an engine I built, and tuning help will come from racers in Puerto Rico where rotary-engined drag cars are huge". James has worked with the engines for thirteen years and had a street car which ran 8.8. The new car, which is for the track only, features a Liberty trans, 91 mm single Pro Mod-style turbo and a Microtech ECU which can be set up remotely. He is discussing with race officials which class he can enter, and points out that the effective capacity of the 1308 cc engine for racing is still only 2616 cc.

Wild Bunch racer Mick Gleadow was at getting his Jurassic Parts II dragster's bellhousing, flexplate and trans shield certified to enable him to run at MSA permit events this year. Mick said "I raced at an MSA event in 2014 and was runner up at the 2017 UK National Finals. Competing at MSA events increases the race meetings available for Wild Bunch teams to compete in. The Festival of Power has a field of six cars, more than last year". Mick aims to run an eight in the dragster, which is modelled on a Junior Fuel car, "Even if it involves nitro".

Nostalgia Funny Car racer Rob Elsom suffered major mechanical damage at a VW meeting where two rods let go. He admitted "It wasn't the best year as I couldn't get further than two hundred feet down the track, and I haven't completed licencing". On the brighter side, Rob's new engine fired up successfully for the first time last Sunday and he is planning on running six events this year, with the Festival of Power coming first. He said it was tune-up problems that contributed to the lack of performance. "We were chipping away at it, but it was falling flat on its face early in the run, once the RPMs drop the fuel volume is wrong and there is more risk of a dropped cylinder and breakage."

Super Pro ET racer Aaron Fensome, who bought the ex-Gold RV blown-alcohol dragster with sister Saskia Fensome Jell, will bring the car out for his final licencing pass at the test day before the Main Event. Aaron thanks Derek Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV and Pete Walters of Eurodragster.com sponsor Peter Walters Race Design who, after an upgrade to a Big Block Chevy, will be working with Aaron on his similarly-powered car.

Super Comp and Super Pro ET racer Nicky Frost will be returning from a year off with a new chassis under the car, built by Eurodragster.com sponsor Chris Isaacs and featuring a four-link suspension replacing the previous ladder bars. The engine will be a Steve Schmidt 584 ci with twin carburettors. The car will be back on track at the Main Event.

Wayne Allman of the Intergalactic Custom Shop, running the Mental Breakdown VW pick-up, missed a part of the 2017 season following damage caused by the tip of a valve coming off at 1000 feet into a run, taking out a lot of his engine. After Wayne rebuilt he came back at the Hot Rod Drags and ran an early-shut-off 7.20. Wayne said "The car is legal to run MSA events and my target this year is to run a six at over two hundred miles per hour". Wayne is also working on improvements to Phil 'Ginner' Middleton's Outlaw Anglia Fordson, and a new Fordson build for a yet-to-be-identified racer.

L-G Eriksson of ME Racing Services has been working on updates to Top Fuel Dragsters for the FIA series, and on rally cars. The amount of Docol tubing being used for construction doubled in 2017 and the tubing features on Pro Mod racer Mats Eriksson's rebuilt Green Goblin Crown Victoria, which is scheduled for a mid-season Scandinavian return.

In association with Lucas Oil Products we are pleased to present a gallery of the SFI inspections, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Swift snippets.
13th March: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us the "Final, final" version of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th March-1st April. You can check out the Festival of Power entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about Festival of Power entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

OCS Group back The Doorslammers.
12th March: Santa Pod Raceway are delighted to announce yet another class sponsor for their new
Doorslammers event in May. OCS Group have confirmed their position as title sponsor of the Big Bracket class.

Said Nic Williams of the OCS Group "This is the perfect event for us to showcase our products and services so it makes perfect sense for the OCS Group to be the title sponsor of the Big Bracket, especially as so many of our customers that have had mechanical or paintwork with us will be competing in the class. Our new Northamptonshire based premises offers a one-stop facility for all of your needs from minor paint repairs to full bare metal restorations with OCS Paint, then next door the Williams Bros Racing workshops offers everything from routine American car servicing and parts to full builds, specialising in hot rods and NHRA Stock-legal race cars. We will be fielding at least three cars under the Williams Bros Racing banner ourselves and look forward to pairing up with cars from other classes that we do not normally race against. The whole team from OCS Paint, Williams Bros Racing, WBR Engine Dyno and WBR Speed Shop will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, we look forward to seeing you there."

OCS Group join other class sponsors VP Racing Fuels, Turbo Technics, Spal Automotive, Lucas Oil, Webster Race Engineering and EBC Brakes to complete the line-up of class sponsors for the event which takes place on 19th-20th May. For more information on the event, the latest entry list, and to book tickets, visit www.santapod.co.uk/doorslammers.php.


7707 moves house.
12th March: Geoff Stilwell writes that BUA Motorsport's iconic 7707 Land Speed racer, previously owned by the Kuhl and Olson team, is now in its new home in Los Angeles and undergoing a lot of work:

With the Land Speed race season fast approaching, on 18th-19th May at El Mirage just north of Los Angeles, the BUA Motorsport Team of myself, Bill Schultz, Sparky Perry (tuner and Top Alcohol Funny Car racer), Bob and Sharon Muravez, Carl Olson and a few others whom I will name later have all been very busy.


Since the car arrived in Los Angeles we have got the fuel system, mag, blower, cylinder heads and fire bottles out for servicing. In addition we needed to make some upgrades because of rule changes regarding the seat harness. We have taken delivery of a Valesco crank, new Crower rods and Venolia pistons, Iskenderian Cams have supplied a new cam, lifters and cam kit with valve springs. On order are new oil lines, blower belts, valves and a few other bits and pieces. Bill Schultz and Sparky Perry will be putting the motor together shortly so that we can get it on a dyno and make sure that everything works as it should.

Let me stress that putting something together like this to go for a new Land Speed Record in its class is no mean feat. It takes up so much time and I need to thank those already mentioned plus Doug Stringer owner of the Parts Plus and Great Clips Top Fuel Dragster Team and driver Clay Millican, Ed "The Ace" McCulloch, Ed Iskenderian, Waterbed Fred Miller, Peter Muravez, Fast Eddie from the LA based Road Kings Car Club and the Legendary Tommy Ivo for all their help and support, and not forgetting Allen Bridges of Simpson for supplying my new firesuit and helmet. None of this would be possible without the help of Les Downey and Tom Bogner of Lucas Oil and the Camfather himself Ed Iskenderian.

We are targeting El Mirage to make some gentle passes and get used to the car. Further updates to follow and our new Facebook page will be launched very shortly where you can follow our progress, plus we will be doing live broadcasts at the events connections and internet permitting.


Swift snippets.
12th March: 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 Glory Days exclusive for Eurodragster.com readers.

UK Top Methanol FC and blown-alcohol altered racer Steph Milam tells us that the She Devil Racing race car is for sale in its altered guise. More details under Cars For Sale on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.


Swift snippets.
10th March: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us the final version of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th March-1st April. You can check out the Festival of Power entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about Festival of Power entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Geoff Stilwell asked us to say a big Happy 80th Birthday to his good friend and mentor Bob Muravez aka Floyd Lippencotte. Our pleasure Geoff, have a great day Bob.


Event entry update.
8th March: Many thanks to József Hadnagy for forwarding us the official entry form and Supplementary Regulations for the FIM Europe Super Street Bike and FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike Cup rounds at Kunmadaras Raceway, Hungary on 29th April-1st May. You can download the entry form and supplementary regs by
clicking here.

"Kunmadár is awaiting you with an excellent track and a renewed drag arena!", says József.

Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 6 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th March-1st April. You can check out the Festival of Power 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 tomorrow (Friday); entry after tomorrow, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can fill in and submit or download the official Festival of Power entry forms via the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

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


You could be first...
7th March:
Santa Pod Raceway are offering a one one-off opportunity to be in the first pair of cars to race down the brand new all-concrete drag strip:

For the first time in its history, the Santa Pod drag strip has been completely rebuilt with concrete (previously asphalt) after digging up the original WW2 runway over winter. This marks the start of a new era for the Home of European drag racing. The legendary Harold Bull was the first man to record a time on the original race track way back in 1966 and here is your opportunity to etch your name in Santa Pod's illustrious history books.


The Ebay auction comprises two lots and all proceeds will be split between the Air Ambulance Service (East Midlands) and Magpas Air Ambulance (East Anglia). One auction is for the chance to drive in the left hand Coldfire lane. There is a separate auction for the chance to drive in the right hand Autoglym lane. You will receive a certificate to mark the occasion.


These first runs on the track will take place at the Run What You Brung event on Saturday 17th March. All you need is a valid driving licence (UK, European or International). After the first run you will also be entitled to unlimited runs that day and you'll receive a personal performance print-out showing your reaction times to the start lights, sixty foot time, eighth and quarter mile times and terminal speed. Visit www.rwyb.com for full rules and more information.

Click here to bid to open the Coldfire lane
Click here to bid to open the Autoglym lane

As can be seen above work continues on the new strip at Santa Pod with the timing equipment being reinstalled ahead of fresh rubber being laid. You can check out a full gallery by clicking here. To see the new track in action at the upcoming Festival of Power, grab your tickets at  www.santapod.com.


Swift snippets.
7th March: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with no words. If you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.

Further to yesterday's snippet the latest update from The Netherlands' Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team is now available in English as well as Dutch. Our good friend Remco Scheelings tells us that future updates will be available in both languages. Click here to check out the English-language update (PDF format).

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday for today (Wednesday) to our good buddy, Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member, and imminently Pro Modified racer Spencer Tramm. Have a great day Spencer.

Our good friend Jim Kelly's time travel thriller Found In Time is now available as an audiobook. Jim's forthcoming book about his racing experiences including working with Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels, which we are expecting to be a Match Race Madness for the 21st Century, is currently undergoing final editing and we understand that there may be enough material for a second volume. In the meantime you can find out more about Found In Time including purchasing options on Jim's web site by clicking here.


WRE back The Doorslammers.
7th March: Santa Pod Raceway are also pleased to announce that Eurodragster.com sponsor Webster Race Engineering, situated next to Santa Pod Raceway, are the latest sponsor for the eagerly anticipated Doorslammers event on 19th-20th May:

Jon Webster is a name well known to Santa Pod having built and / or driven just about every type of race car conceivable and his reputation precedes him. Webster Race Engineering are kindly putting their name to the 4 Cylinder class to put their engineering services in front of competitors and spectators alike.

Jon said "It's a particular discipline we are interested in with several customers that could make an impact in the class. I was involved with the design and build of Wayne Saunders' World Record setting Ford Focus back in 1999 and the enthusiasm for the potential of the possible combinations out there has stayed with me. The Doorslammers is an excellent platform for these cars. Heads up competition is the real place for them to battle it out. We are currently involved with vehicles that may appear at the inaugural event and offer extensive workshop services and support with respect to race car construction and associated services and support."


Event entry update.
6th March: Jonny Niesner of Drag Race Union says that the race is on to be part of this year's Pro ET Challenge but that entry closes on 25th March. "The prize money is fixed", says Jonny, "entry is in full swing, but the deadline is approaching. If you are interested in joining the Pro ET Challenge then you can find all the information you need at
www.dragraceunion.eu/proet-challenge or on our Facebook page."

Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 5 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th March-1st April. You can check out the Festival of Power 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 (9th); entry after this date, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can fill in and submit or download the official Festival of Power entry forms via the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

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


Proud for Sag...
6th March: On behalf of the whole Daddy Cool team, Alan Grimes has been in touch to thank the Eurodragster.com readers who voted to award the APIRA Iris Page Memorial Trophy to late Wild Bunch racer Dave 'Sag' Southworth:

The team felt honoured even to be nominated for this award, let alone be the fortunate recipient. I have been friends with Sag since I was fifteen years old and our history with Daddy Cool dates back at least twenty five years. Sag was always astonished at the progress we made with the car and never thought we would ever achieve the performance levels we did. A best of 8.84 and, more importantly to Sag, 150.26 mph as he was always a speed junkie on track. On the road he was the exact opposite.

This award, together with the Don Garlits Spirit of Drag Racing award from the wonderful Wild Bunch, are everything Sag would ever have wished for. He was a great friend over the years, he was best man at my wedding, and his wonderful family are such special people to me so I know how much this will mean to them. With Sag I first went to Santa Pod a long time ago, we both loved the Page family and the great performances of Panic over the years, particularly the win in Pro Comp all those years ago so thank you so much to the Page family for the inspiration over the years. 

I have been privileged to be involved with this sport for so many years now and don't have any idea what life would be like without all these wonderful people involved in drag racing in every capacity.

We hope to be racing Daddy Cool again this year with a family member driving the car, I think that is only fitting as a memorial. 

See you all at the track folks. "Good racing and everyone home safe" has to be the mantra.


York Air Ambulance donation.
6th March: The 'PDRC Nite of Champions', the 43rd Annual Pennine Drag Racing Club trophy presentation night and dinner dance, took place last Saturday 3rd March at the Campanile Hotel, Bradford.

A donation from the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund was made to Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity by Graham Beckwith, British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Selection Board Member, trustee of the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund and MC for the evening. Graham stood in for fellow trustee and BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury, who was to have made the presentation, but was unable to travel from his Wellingborough home due to the weather.

Receiving the cheque was Vickie Bowden, West Yorkshire Community Fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity. Vickie said 'Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity is very grateful to the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund for their generous gift and for supporting the YAA, it really is appreciated'.

For the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund, Graham Beckwith said ' The announcement of the presentation to YAA was well received and was applauded loudly and the rest of the evening went very well too. It is good to be able to make an award to organisations who provide services to the community as a whole as well as drag racing'.

Photo of Graham Beckwith and Vickie Bowden courtesy and copyright Richard Smith


Swift snippets.
6th March: A new block and other bits and pieces, smart new T-Shirts, a pull at Eurodragster.com sponsor Dyno Unlimited and a tricky calendar dilemma all feature in the latest update from The Netherlands' Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team. Even if you don't read Dutch it is not too difficult to catch up by clicking here (PDF format).

APIRA Perpetual Award winners.
4th March: The winners and runners-up in the 2017 APIRA Ultimate Power Championships and National Association of Supertwins were presented with their trophies at the APIRA Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation in Warwick last night (Saturday). The winners of APIRA's Perpetual Awards, for whom Eurodragster.com readers had the chance to vote, were also presented with their trophies.

Congratulations to the APIRA Perpetual Award winners:

APIRA Iris Page Memorial Trophy: The late Dave 'Sag' Southworth (The Wild Bunch)
Shakespeare County Raceway Award for Outstanding Achievement: Outlaw Anglia (as a class)
APIRA Shakespeare County Raceway Sportswoman of the Year: Kirsten van Croonenborgh (Supercharged Outlaws)
APIRA Endeavour Award: Andy Hadfield (aka Fadster, Supercharged Outlaws)
Alan Wigmore Memorial Trophy: Dave Rowlands (Shakespeare County Raceway track prep)
McDonald Racing Ireland Best Newcomer Trophy: Amy, Neil and Tom Watkins (Nostalgia Super Stock)

Thanks to all of the Eurodragster.com readers who voted.

Congratulations also to APIRA's Track and Safety crews who were presented with the Anya Yates Memorial Trophy.


Darren Bullock.
3rd March: We were sorry to hear from Chris Bates of the death in Cambodia of friend and race fan Darren Bullock. Chris writes:

Darren Bullock was one of the most enthusiastic drag race fans you could ever meet. He was a controversial character but his love for the sport and knowledge for figures and times often amazed some of the European teams.

I know he would have loved to have come back to the UK and seen the new track at Santa Pod.

RIP Darren.


APIRA Trophy Night is Go.
2nd March: Jerry Cookson writes that tomorrow's (Saturday's) APIRA / NAST Trophy Presentation is going ahead as planned:

Please drive safely. Pre-Dinner Drinks will commence in the hotel bar at 6:00 pm followed by the evening meal served at 7:00 pm. Please can we have everyone seated by this time.

Presentations will commence at 8:30 pm. We would appreciate it if background noise can be kept down during the presentations; it is only common courtesy both to the trophy winners and to hosts Angie Woods and Shaun Wilson. If you wish to hold conversations then please go to the bar.

Due to high demand and late bookings it may not be possible to seat everyone with whom they wish. We have accommodated everyone as best we can to meet the hotel's deadline. We trust that everyone will understand, and thank you for the continued support. With over 190 guests coming the evening promises to be a memorable one!


Final SFI Tour details.
1st March: Many thanks to Jennifer Faye of the
SFI Foundation for forwarding us the final arrangements for next week's European SFI Recertification Tour.

Thursday 8th March: DHRA HQ, Het Aambeeld 11, 1969 NC, Heemskerk, The Netherlands (Inspections 08:00-12:00)
Friday 9th March: FHRA HQ, Helsinki-Malmin Lentoasema, 00700 Helsinki, Finland (Inspections 08:00-12:00)
Saturday 10th March: Persåkers Speed Shop, Åkers Styckebruk, Sweden (Inspections 12:00-17:00)
Monday 12th March: Santa Pod Raceway, UK (Inspections 10:00-16:00)

The inspection team will be Jennifer, Andy Robinson, Luke Robinson and L-G Eriksson. A list of items which can be inspected, now including SFI 61.1 turbochargers (Precision brand only), can be checked out by clicking here (PDF format).


Swift snippets.
1st March: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us Version 4 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th March-1st April. You can check out the Festival of Power 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 download the official Festival of Power entry forms via the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Diana Macrae asked us to say a big Happy Birthday with added hugs to fellow Podington Pea Kerry Jeyes. Our pleasure DD; have a lovely day Kerry and please accept additional hugs from the Eurodragster.com team.


EBC Brakes back The Doorslammers.
1st March: Santa Pod Raceway are delighted to announce that EBC Brakes have been added to the ever growing list of partners for the Doorslammers event to be held on 19th-20th May.

EBC Brakes are one of the biggest independent brake manufacturers in the world supplying pads and discs for all forms of motorsport. EBC Brakes, whose global headquarters are located close by to the track in Northampton, have signed up as sponsor for the 6 Cylinder Class which heralds a prize purse of £5000. EBC said “This year is shaping up to be an exciting season for our automotive teams who will be racing worldwide in a wide variety of classes, including drift racing, off-road rallying, Autocross, classic cup racing and much more! We're delighted to be involved with drag racing at Santa Pod this year and proud to sponsor the 6 Cylinder class at the Doorslammers."



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