European Drag Racing News

Dale Edmonds.
16th September: We were sorry to hear from Chris Hannam of Cannon Engineering of the death of team member Dale Edmonds:

"We have been asked by the family of Dale Edmonds of DRE Carbon Composites to sadly announce that Dale passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday 13th September at Sobell House Hospice, Oxford. For over 30 years, Dale ran DRE and in that time he has contributed his skills to many drag racing cars and bikes, from street driven vehicles to Pro Mod cars, and many historic circuit racing cars from the UK, Europe and USA. He also spent time helping out cars on race weekends, to name a few Nigel Payne, Paul Mander, Ray Turner and recently being part of the Cannon Motorsports team of Neil Midgley.

"Dale was a brilliant and loving Son, Dad, and Grampy, that we know will be sadly missed by all". We at send our deepest condolences to Dale and his team mates, friends and family.

Hot Rod Drags Gasser Circus preview.
16th September: Many thanks to Nick Brooke Langham for sending us a preview of the Gasser Circus's entry for the NSRA Hot Rod Drags this weekend:

The fast approaching weekend of the NSRA Hot Rod Drags marks the conclusion of the 2021 Gasser Circus Showdown, it is the weekend that will see the new Champion crowned. The championship like previous years is finely poised with several drivers still in contention, with Nick Barnett in his B&G Racing Ford Falcon heading the standings. Nick only needs to progress a few rounds to secure the overall win, but we all know drag racing is never that simple or straightforward, especially when there are another 19 Gassers trying to beat you. Included in the 19 is the debut of Adam Kruczynski in his ‘Not So Mellow Yellow’ 55 Chevy.

It looks set to be another enthralling and exciting weekend of nose high racing, with 20 Gassers chasing one of the 16 places available in eliminations. Hosting this weekend is a great achievement for all involved. As it was only a few months ago when none of us knew if we would be able to race this year, let alone be able to conclude a season of Drag Racing.

All Drag Racers are so grateful for the determination of the team at Santa Pod and the Gasser Circus will salute you all the best way possible, by racing hard and putting on a performance worthy of the ‘Big Top’.

Make sure you visit us in the pits and get up close to the cars that pay tribute to the mid-60s Gasser Wars.

Gasser Circus – Racing the Dream.

Look out tomorrow for's coverage of the NSRA Hot Rod Drags at this link.

EDRS Champions crowned.
16th September: In a triptych of season ending races in the last two weeks, the final points were fought over by racers in the Summit Racing EDRS series.

In Haapsalu Dragway, Estonia about 60 teams gathered at Haapsalu Raceway on 4th-5th September to end Estonia’s drag racing season. Two days of fantastic racing with teams from Finland, Latvia and of course Estonia. You can read a report by our good friend Lena Perés on the event at this link.

Last weekend 10th-12th September the Finland Finals took place at Kauhava Raceway. Only one qualifying round was able to be completed on a very slippery and damp track so qualifying points only were awarded. The EDRS web site contains pictures and a report at this link.

Likewise at Gardermoen Raceway in Norway the weather was not on racers' or organisers' side and the race was called to a halt after Hans Olav Olstad's accident. Lena reported at this link that "It was certainly not the best ending of a shortened season, but things happen and the weather is something that no-one can do anything about. The track crew did whatever they could to offer racers and spectators some great racing during the weekend, Friday did show some good qualifying rounds and in total there was 140 drivers and riders who produced 649 timeslips.

Congratulations to the 2021 EDRS and EDRS Pro Champions, for which you can see detailed points for at this link:

Pro Modified (EDRS Pro): Michael Gullqvist (Swe)
Top Doorslammer: Stefan Carlsson (Swe) (pictured right, top)
Competition Eliminator (EDRS Pro): Niklas Heikkilä
Pro Street: Seppo Raussi (Fin) (pictured right)
Pro Street (EDRS Pro): Michael Maderer (Ger)
Street: Lars Erik Persson (Swe)
Stock/Super Stock: Theodor Brandt (Swe)
Stock/Super Stock (EDRS Pro): Thomas Strand (Swe)
Super Comp: Mikael Nilsson (Swe)
Super Gas: Håkan Mattsson (Swe)
Super Street: Åke Törnqvist (Swe)
Super Pro ET: Mikael Nilsson (Swe)
Pro ET: John Thidé (Swe)
Junior Dragster: Victor Barstad (Nor)
Super Comp Bike: Peter Östlund (Swe)
Super Gas Bike: Mikkel Jensen (Dk)
Street Bike: Otto Eralahde (Fin)
Junior Drag Bike: Riku Polla (Fin)

Doorslammer Tour Finals.
16th September: The Doorslammer Tour series, conducted at Hudiksvall Raceway and Malmö Raceway in Sweden, had an entry of 68 cars in its finals at Hudiksvall last weekend, however the excellent traction was an incentive for quicker cars to enter with eight in Top Doorslammer, four in Super Pro Street and a sizeable number in Test & Tune. This report will concentrate on three of the classes, however you can see full results at this link by clicking on Doorslammer Tour Finals 2021:

Qualifying in Top Doorslammer went as follows:
  1. Anders Edh (supercharged '70 Camaro) 3.9291/302.18 kph
  2. Fredrik Lundh (supercharged '69 Chevelle) 3.9481/306.12
  3. Åke Persson (supercharged '70 Camaro, above right) 4.0238/257,02
  4. Fredrik Fagerström (supercharged Chevrolet pickup, above left ) 4.2049/261.75
  5. Henrik Brink (turbo '97 Camaro) 4.2218/258.25
  6. Jonas Andersson (turbo Ford 34 pickup, below right) 4.3579/250.00
  7. Jonas Boberg (supercharged 2007 Pontiac GTO) 5,1488/175.50
  8. Stefan Jansson (supercharged Chevrolet Bel Air) 7,1468/140.15
The class winner was Fast Freddy, who was up against Henrik Brink in round 1 and won 4.228/248.5 to 4.990/157.3, with a much quicker reaction from Henrik. In the semi final Freddy met up with #1 qualifier Anders Edh and won 4.046/292.8 (his quickest of the event) to 5.009/161.1 for Anders. The final was Freddy against Åke Persson who had run the two quickest times of race day and looked sure to be a close race, but he slowed to 6.775/118.4 and Freddy went on to run 4.179/273.0 for the win.

Tommy Abrahamsson (above left) dominated Super Pro Street by qualifying #1 with a 4.4599/251.98kph pass in his '67 Camaro. He went on to defeat Lars-åke Söderlund ('55 Chevy) in round 1 of eliminations, and Johan Hedman (Pontiac Trans Am) in the final, Tommy running a 4.412/254 to Johan's 4.706/241.

In Stock/Super Stock expat Brit Carla Pittau qualified #2 with a -0,8450 but lost to Åke Hedberg in round one. Eventual winner was Jonas Bengtsson.

Photos courtesy and © Cenneth Schiller

Apache A is retiring.
16th September: Tim Garlick has confirmed the information we relayed about Apache's long serving 'A' engine which has been retired after the Euro Finals Shootout:

"Just a simple thank you to Rob and Nick at I.C.E. for building this bullet and educating both myself and the team to run it for almost 8 years, completely unscathed!

"It still has the original Bryant crank which we believe is approaching 100 passes. A string of low sixes and a couple of fives. Amazing engine, amazing crew.

"For simplicity we call this engine “A”, engine “B” is built and engine “C” is on its way, but that’s another story…"

Euro Finals Shootout bike class racer comments.
15th September: Many thanks to all those who posted their thoughts to us or on social media, we have collected those or commented on all the bike classes:

Banks Night Club Top Fuel Bike was as so many times before dominated by Steve Woollatt (below left), three faultless runs in qualifying and then, after winning the semi final following Allan Davies red lighting, ran low ET of the meeting for TFB in the final, 6.182/223.

Engineer and bike owner for Al Smith (above right), Phil Baimbridge wrote "The Euro Finals Shootout TFB field epitomised why fuel bike racing is my passion. The four bike field included an in-line 4 (Steve Woollatt), the Rocket, an OHC V twin (Neil Midgley) and a “staggered” push rod parallel twin (Allan Davies).

"The PBR team (Al Smith, Joo Smith, Neill Curtis, Andy Kirk and I) entered the pre-event test day as well as the race meeting. Stopping the motor hurting itself had cost us a lot of HP which we had to retrieve – so the plan was to step up (ignition and percentage) and adjust the fuel system to try and keep the motor firing through the second half – for which we needed as many passes as possible".

In testing Al ran 6.942/145mph and 6.68s with a misfire. However for qualifying the team raised the nitro percentage from 83% to 88% resulting in a harder leave but tyre spin in Q1, and after gearing and clutch adjustment, went into tyre shake but achieved a 1.02 60ft time, the quickest of the event for the class. The last qualifier was effectively lost to a lack of compressed air. Work on the engine to regrind valve seats caused the team to have a late Saturday night.

In the first round of eliminations the new setup worked on throughout qualifying paid off with a 6.335/201.7mph, Al getting off the line quicker than Neil Midgley and beating his 6.41/186. However the team was unable to make the final after a dropped valve seat insert – a disappointing conclusion for the team but with distinct progress on power. You can read more at Phil's Facebook page and his web site. The team thank their sponsors (Burlow Engineering, FIE, APE & B&J) for their support and their thoughts are with Hans-Olav Olstad and his family, following his accident at Gardermoen (he came through his operation well and is now at the start of a long convalescence - Editor).

After a major engine rebuild Allan Davies was in test mode but reported that by the end of the meeting the team had cured the off line misfire on his fuel bike that had slowed it to 8.1s.

Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike was a fairy tale weekend for two riders. Jake Mechaell on his self built machine (below left) had impressed on its debut, and with a new engine and chassis tweaks for this event, he took the performance to a new level running running his first six in the final qualifying session and winning the event over defending champion and 2021 points leader Steve Venables.

Donna Anderson wrote: Wow...what a weekend! Jake only went and won the Euro Finals! He made great progress on his self made Super Street Bike joining the 200mph club and 6 second club. He qualified 2nd yesterday, then got through eliminations today leading to the final against Steve Venables. There may have been a few screams and tears when he won the final, and we are all very proud of him. What an achievement in your first SSB season!

The other fairy tale is Alan Morrison Jnr (above right) who was second with a 6.98/210 until the fifth session but came off the bike. The incident and his subsequent appearance in the final qualifying session has been posted on Youtube by Santa Pod. Craig Wright wrote: "Some boy Alan Morrison Jnr, we had our hearts in our throats watching on bro, but you just brushed it off like it was nothing, in his words "Well, it was just an inconvenience. What A Guy."

Cudos must go to Matte Bohlin, the sole racer from Sweden who braved the travel restrictions and ran an out of the trailer 7.045/211 to top the standings in session 1 but wasn't able to improve on it.

Garry Bowe was back on track after two years and got back to his performance bests, at 6.959/203, just short of his PBs and going one round before being defeated by Steve Venables, 6.833/218.97 (a new ACU record for speed) to 7.095/175. Steve said of his defeat to Jake (7.069/206 to Jake's 7.009/208) "I carried the front through first and second, was equal with Jake but hit the rev limiter in fourth which lost me the race by 0.03 of a second".

Leeks Landscape Funny Bike had the addition of two Pro Stock Bikes of Maurice Bertrand from France and Martin Bishop who was running for the first time in two years. Maurice went to the top of the standings in Q1 and then Tony Clark ran a 7.19/185 on the Phil Crossley machine (below right) to go #1 for the rest of qualifying improving to the bike's best of 7.096 in session 4.

Stu Crane ran at the start of qualifying but was not able to come back, and Warpspeed Racing focused on Mark Smith who was on a new turbo machine (above left) following some bad damage at the Summer Nationals. Mark defeated Martin Bishop with a 7.15/185 in round one, had a bye in round two after Tony Clark's engine had let go and ran a fantastic 6.971/191 in the final after Maurice couldn't start. An account of Mark's great weekend is at blog page.

Roger Moore had qualified with his best on a Funny Bike of 7.675/168. Lucy Moore wrote: "Our first competitive event in Funny bike was halted when we broke on the test day back at the Summer nationals. This meant the euro finals was an important event for us to get some track time and qualify for the event. After 2 runs on Friday and 3 on Saturday we finished qualifying in 6th and without any damage (hooray!). One of the runs was very close to a PB! "Unfortunately a technical mishap meant the bike had already shifted into top gear before the launch in the first round of eliminations. However I don’t think we could have matched the storming run by Light Speed Drag Racing anyway!

"It was a fantastic weekend and a lot has been learnt. Thanks to all the friendly faces in the bike pits for your continued encouragement and laughs. We look forward to sharing some drinks with you all. Fingers crossed for some even better runs at the National finals in 2 weeks A big Thankyou to Bob & Debs as always for their continued support."

Lorcan Parnell and the Storm Drag Bike team suffered loss of boost, you can read the account of their trials and tribulations at their excellent blog page. Comp Bike racer Louis Davies (below left) was no. 1 qualifier with 7.164/178 and won Comp bike with a 7.001 PB to Jordan Kenway's 8.094/163, also a PB and with two ex junior bikers meeting in the final.. Jeff Kenway wrote " I can’t believe we got to another final and ran a PB we can’t wait for the next round well done Louis Davies on the win, it’s well deserved. Thanks to some great people for helping us get down the track Mark Hope, Stuart Crane, Jake Mechaell and Mark Smith for helping us with our clutch setup. After trying to ride the bike up to scrutineering on Thursday and giving up after twenty feet I am even more in awe of how Jordan can ride".

Chis Neary (above right) had run a PB in Friday qualifying of 7.646/181 and in round 1 defeated John McLean Snr who ran a PB of 8.0881/157.41 in Saturday qualifying. There was attrition in the class however, John McLean Jnr's engine was in pieces after his final qualifying run, having run a PB of 7.8204/169.82 on Friday, Paul Hambidge had gearbox issues and Sean Mills also didn't show for round 1.

JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike winner Joe Elliott (below left) who crewed for SSB racer Steve Mead as well as riding his own bike "Had a awesome weekend at the biggest drag racing event of the year which 8.50 bike doesn't normally compete at so probably a one off experience with a personal best time, a wheelie, winning the event and helping out in between in the best class Super Street Bike which had all time low bump spot to get in the show.

Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike racer Phil Harrison (above right) sent us his thoughts on his first ever event win in 9.50 bike:

"Friday was a slow start, a 9.88 was OK, but well off our previous best times of 9.55 and 9.59. Saturday started better, after Q2 we were in third with a decent 9.58. We were battling with Martin Hallett for third place in the championship, and before the final run (and our first ever night run) he stated that he didn't want #3 in qualifying, due to #4 getting an effective bye against Brett Cordelle who had destroyed his clutch and was not going to make eliminations. Well, Martin went right ahead to take #3 with a 9.56 giving us the bye in E1.

"To ensure we had enough nitrous should the impossible happen and we went all the way to the finals, we decided to make our bye in E1 a no nitrous pass with the intention of just doing a launch to get our hand in, but the launch felt good do I stayed with it for a nice clean 9.89 - a PB for a no nitrous pass. In E2 we were up against one of the two big dogs, Craig Wright. Craig is a merciless competitor, so we knew our day was about to end... Except it didn't. We got off the line well and ran strong all the way, with Craig breaking out by the tiniest margin, losing to our 9.56. I simply couldn't believe it when I saw the win light in our lane - I was screaming through the whole shut down area. We were ecstatic, we were in the finals, and guaranteed our first trophy, but we were against Martin, boy was he making us work for the third place in the championship!

"The finals came around and I was telling myself in the staging lanes that we were just choosing the size of the trophy. The lights dropped and off we went. Just after the 1/8th Martin slowed and our win light came on. The impossible had happened - knowing that the gap he had to ride into was quite small if we were on a good pass had meant Martin had pulled a cherry...

"The job was done, we had taken our first event win. I simply can't describe how I felt, we had taken the ZZR from the junk yard to victory lane. We had a big dose of luck, but we were there. With Craig Wright and Richard Sawatzki both going out early this means the championship has closed right up. While it's a long shot, the top four go into the national finals with a shot at the championship... That meant us too!

"Anyone who knows me knows I'm never lost for words, yet here I am... Lost for words. I'm humbled by the support we have received, especially from our competitors who were so pleased for us. For me, a particular highlight was Craig's son Harrison coming over to congratulate us. What a class, what a sport, Team special K are proud to be a part of it, and will give it our all in two weeks."

Thanks to Blood Cancer ET Bike co-ordinator Suze Morris and crew for winner Phil Pratt (below left) for her report on the class at the event:

"European Finals, not an event ET Bike would normally run at, but as one round of our 'double header' rounds at Greenlight Nationals had been dropped we found ourselves pitted alongside the track fence right on the 1000ft marker, and we had absolutely no complaints about that!

Qualifying on Friday was very much affected by rain, with only three of the scheduled five happening, with one of those being at the end of the day pulling into the burnout box in the dark (at which point Phil spotted a livestream camera being turned in his direction and went straight into "Flame & Thunder" mode, with a massive show-off, rolling burnout and then wondered why he ran his worst 60ft in years!

"At the end of Day 1, Phil and "Satan's Lady" were on the top of the pile. Saturday saw another 3 qualifying sessions on a hot and sunny day, Gary Hester taking over the top spot, and Paul Adams bumping us back down to 3rd. To be perfectly honest, we'd been all over the place during qualifying, but were happy to be in the top half of the field for eliminations.

"Sunday, RaceDay, and a tough first round pairing with Robbie Dobbie, and it was double breakouts, thankfully the win light coming on for us, despite running a 9.06 on a 9.10 dial-in (oops).

"Another tough one for round2 where Dave Grundy awaited, but gear issues for Dave meant another win light for "Satan's Lady".

After 'lucking' our way through the first two rounds, things came good for the semi final with Gary Hester... a 0.05 RT for Phil made the difference at the top end, with Gary breaking out trying to get past, and so it was that "Satan's Lady" found herself being refuelled ready for the most important mission of the day.... a Final against Michael Gooding.

"That Final round was "Mission Accomplished", with a best ever 0.0093 reaction time, a win light, and another trophy for the cabinet.

As always we'd like to say a massive thank you to all of the SPRC track crew and marshals who worked so hard over the 3 days, to the Boxlane Team, commentators and photographers for the awesome livestream and great pics. But the biggest thank you has to go to our classmates, I know I always say it, but the camaraderie in the ET Bike pits is second to none... you guys totally rock!

"So we head back in a little under 2 weeks time to do it all over again at the National Finals, with a huge field in the class for this final round, and, oh boy, that is going to be fun! We hope to see some of you there, thank you again for the support!"

Ollie King, Junior Drag Bike winner Hollie King's father wrote: "So the weekend's, done Hollie (above right) took the win in junior drag bike, a sharp learning curve for a first season, seeing as she's only just learnt to ride a bike this year. We are now where she can do a burnout, how to roll off if she needs to look for another racer, how to show true sportsmanship and, most importantly, win or lose, to have fun and enjoy it. It's not a opportunity everyone gets, and she's loving every second, not only on the track, but what racing and racers are truly about.

All the junior drag bike racers were on point this weekend, here's a insight to how close the qualifying numbers were over dial: 0.01, 0.03, 0.07, 0.09 and 0.15 for the five qualifiers. All of these kids are absolutely amazing a great weekend, well done to you all. And the crew at Santa Pod, as always, completely top of the game without them we couldn't all do what we love."

Swift snippets.
15th September: Happy Birthday and many happy returns to ten times FIM Top Fuel Bike champion as a rider, twice as a team owner, and ACU Championship Co-ordinator Ian King. Have a great day Ian, and see you soon at the 2021 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala on 20th November.

Kieran has posted videos from Doorslammers to his Youtube channel. You will be able to see videos of the Pro Doorslammer, Street and Front Wheel Drive classes, and individual racer videos of Paweł Pietrzak (FWD), Al McSweeney (Street), Tom Atkinson, Billy Gane, Marc Huxley, Nic Williams (all Big Bracket), Darren Peart (Pro Doorslammer) and Richard Prydden (4 Cylinder). A video, with in-car footage, of Kieran's dad Kevin's Fraudster C20LET engined Mk1 Escort running its new PB of 7.66 has also been posted.

Veedubracing videographer Simon Letkey has been posting video of recent events, some incorporating interviews to his Youtube channel. Included are a Bug Jam walkabout, interviews with Alex 'Jesus' Leiserach about his 'Second Coming' VW Single Cab, Buzz Pattar with his Lamborghini Huracan, also footage of Mike Whittaker's V6 24v R32 powered VW Mk1 Caddy, the 1.9 TDI Seat Ibiza of Helder Pereira and highlights from Saturday at the 2021 Doorslammers.

Euro Finals Shootout car class racer comments.
14th September: Many thanks to all those who posted their thoughts to us or on social media, we have collected those or commented on all the car classes:

In the
G2E Motorsports-sponsored Top Fuel, Ida Zetterström wowed us all with a 3.86 licensing pass, going on to defeat Susanne Callin in the final, 4.020/222 to 4.161/216.

She said on Facebook "A great ending to a great weekend, we got the license and won the Top Fuel shootout tonight after qualifying first on that killer 3.86 run and ended up taking home the win tonight in the final. We’re now on our way to the airport hotel to fly home to Åland tomorrow morning, gonna miss this team until next season - can’t wait to run a full FIA season with you guys next year!

"Major thanks to my great partners for backing me up and continuing to believe in me as I step into this new world of Top Fuel: Eklunds Bygg /, Cinderella Sverige, Lackcenter, Mekonomen Åland, TiAL Sport, Hansen Racing / Autoracing, and Klipphus 3".

Séan Bowe remarked "If only that blower belt had stayed intact...0.01 seconds quicker (3.03) and 4mph faster (282mph) to the 660ft markers than what Maja Udtian was on her 3.80 European Record run 2 years ago at the same event, in the same car. Big shame that the blower belt came off just past half track, otherwise we could have witnessed Europe's first 3.7-second run!" Ida will be one to watch in 2022 as she takes on the FIA Championship.

In Fuel Funny Car, also sponsored by G2E Motorsports Steve Ashdown was the winner despite traction issues with his car, issues shared by other racers in the class. Steve's low ET of the event in qualifying of 5.3114 was just ten thousandths of a second below Kevin Kent's round 1 time of 5.3115, these two being by far the quickest runs.

Shockwave team member Lee Webb wrote: It’s been a long ‘off season’ and acknowledged team members Dave Bryant, Marie Mills, Tim Parker, Tyler Arron Ashdown, Steve Brookman, Grace Roaf, Jeff Bosworth, Big John and of course Steve Ashdown. One big expenditure during the off season was a new rear axle and the John Force Racing-manufactured part was up to the awesome power from the nitro fuelled engine.

After taking home £3500 with a holeshot win over Kev Slyfield at the Doorslammers the previous week, Bruno Bader had sky high confidence going into the Euro Finals in Motorsport UK Pro Modified. He ran a qualifying pass of 6.097/227 to go straight to the top in session 1 and improved with a 6.065/228 in session 2. The rest of the field were at least a tenth behind, and many were suffering mechanical woes. It was only session three that eventual runner up David Vegter showed his performance potential with 5.876/243 and in the last session Nick Davies found form to go to a new PB ET of 5.944/246 leaving Bruno in third position despite improving to 5.957/233, close to his 2016 PB.

In round 1 of eliminations Bruno ran a new PB of 5.931/231 with a big lead over Jean Dulamon who had a wretched RT. Then in round 2 Bruno improved his PB to 5.920/236 to score a holeshot win over Nick Davies who himself had recorded a 5.885/245 PB. Then to complete his dream racing day, in the final Bruno ran his third PB in a row, 5.914/237 to defeat David Vegter, whose team had been desperate to win a trophy to look at during their upcoming quarantine and were close with a 5.951/226. Their reaction times were 0.0178 for Bruno and 0.183 for David. An outstanding final to cap a great elimination.

Nostalgia Funny Car had the pairing of Tim Garlick and Tony Betts who, with their team, worked hard on their cars to bring us a great show by going down the track five times each. Despite Tim winning all the matchups the cars were well matched performance-wise, the final being 6.11/229 to 6.22/236 in favour of Tim. After the event engine suppliers I.C.E. Automotive posted "Tim Garlick and the Apache team had some great match races with Tony Betts 'Venom' Funny Car. The last run on Sunday which was not only the best of the lot, but also the last pass for the team's trusty KB. Tim had us assemble an identical spare engine in 2018 and this will replace the original for 2022. After seven years in the car the original engine will now see service in the team's AA/FA project."

In Track Worx Competition Eliminator Williams Bros Racing had a hold on the whole field. Their racing operation is of such quality they are attracting ink from across the Pond, as an article in Race Pages Digital shows. 12 qualified cars made for a 16 car ladder and four rounds of racing. As Nic's new COPO Camaro ran a 8.47 in testing, officials had suggested his 9.40 FS/AA index from the NHRA was too soft and so an pre-event adjustment to 9.30 was agreed. Nic ran a 0.6984 under this new index in qualifying to go #1. Meanwhile brother Dan was scarcely less under his 10.70 index (NHRA index is 11.00) and was #2 with his Chevelle at -0.6269. Jordan Payne (SM/A) and Robin Orthodoxou (A/A) defended the traditional Comp Eliminator classes with -0.5381 and -0.4775 below their respective indexes of 7.99 and 7.45. Kev Jenkins suffered from a DD/AT index of 7.58 (same as NHRA) but, as you will see below, had personal satisfaction and the admiration of all who saw it at the end of qualifying.

In eliminations, Nic ran 8.6597, as this was 0.6403 below his index it got adjusted to 9.16. Nic can expect his index to be 9.26 in future as the -0.6403 prompts a permanent change to the index of 0.04. After receiving a red light against Dan in the final, Nic had the foresight not to run the COPO Camaro out the back door, as any more reduction in index would be a disadvantage in future and not just for the final race in 2021 where he has to defend his championship prospects from Jordan Payne .

Kev Jenkins, without the luxury of being able to run under the index, concentrated on his car's impressive performance. The consistency he displayed in Doorslammers (five consecutive 7.9s runs with a turbo four cylinder engine) was outstanding. He said "At Doorslammers we achieved consistency but for Euros the plan was to beat our PB of 7.86 at 173 mph. Well we blew the boost pipe off on one run and suffered with tyre shake in 2 runs but it all came together on the final qualifier with a new PB at every point of the run and a 7.66 at 175 mph!

"We qualified 8th out of 12 competitors but eliminations is always going to be a hard battle for us with our index being 7.58. For Round 1 drew No.2 Qualifier Dan Williams who can go 6 tenths under index so it was a very big ask! Anyway we went red but run a 7.82 at 172 mph and Dan went on to take the event win (Well Done Dan!)".

No doubt about it, the addition of Stock Super Stock has spiced up Competition Eliminator and has made racers more index-aware.

Ron Bartlett who is having a great year with his 105e Anglia in Peter Nee Super Pro ET, gave us some insight into the competitiveness in the championship: "Well what a weekend, top 3 in the championship all through to the semi finals. I felt I missed a chance not to get through but well done to Pel Norman and team with the awesome Shogun Capri. Pel said it was a long time coming and I know how that feels.

"Giles and Hartley have been unstoppable this year and Billy Gane on a charge puts me in 3rd place. Testing in the left lane Thursday to get my reaction time up to speed certainly done the trick on race day. 0.08, 0.003 and a 0.013. One quarter final, two semi finals and one event win so far this year has been awesome and couldn't do it with out my crew. The last two rounds with Hollie and Simon Eykyn working together to get car sorted, fantastic. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement, and the amount of well wishers from spectators was brill. Thanks to Callum for the Pictures. Tom Atkinson - did I mention the tyres?" (they're in the post - editor).

Ronnie Mercer's first win in Modurstang Pro ET followed a barrage of 10 runs in the 8.82-8.92 region, amazing consistency for a Ford Pop with nitrous. He was given many congratulations from his Pro ET and Outlaw Anglia peers for his achievements. Ronnie's 0.0097 light in the final was the main factor in the win over Lee Huxley. Team Annie crew member Jordan Amps said "What a great weekend it turned out to be for us! Through to the final against lee what an awesome race ! Well done to everyone in the pro ET class, think we can all safely say it’s been a great weekend for racing, track was great too!

Fast R Super Comp was won by Martin Curbishley, supported by Fix Auto of Martin's home Penzance in Cornwall who crewed for him and transported the car to Santa Pod. Martin had great lights in qualifying although struggled to remain over the class 8.90 index. In eliminations, the great lights continued, Martin stayed ahead of the competition on track, and his last two opponents Paul Hudson and Leah Kellett both broke out.

Carburettor supplier Tony Morris posted "Congratulations goes out to TMC/RDR team mate Martin Curbishley who took the win today in Super Comp at Santa Pod in the UK! Martin had Dave Gibbons of Rough Diamond Racing in the UK, our UK TMC representative, go through his Twin Blade Carburettor and rebuild it and prepared it for him for this weekend races!

You could have seen Andy Harrison's win in Dave Grady Super Gas coming in qualifying when he ran five consecutive 9.9s times in the Sierra, ending up in second place to Tim Adam. The class was at full strength with four past champions competing. In eliminations, Andy had three 0.0 RTs and in the final with Andy Dibley also cutting a great 0.06 light to Andy H's 0.02, he lifted the throttle at just the right time to get the double breakout win by 0.04s or half a car length.

Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator had some pre-race attrition. Joe Stevens had suffered a blown turbo, Al Williamson's truck needing repair following a coming together with the wall, and several others with mechanical woes left six cars to compete. Mark Todd was the first to dial into the track with a 6.906 and 6.833, followed in the final session by Andy Bond to 6.859 alongside Mark.

Both of these six second 200+mph runners ran conservatively in round one, then Andy turned it back on in the semi against Al McSweeney, who himself ran a new PB of 7.73/179 but was defeated by Andy's 6.88/207 with a slower 60ft, as Mark, with a bye, found the limits after a quickest-of-all 1.10 60ft. The final had no burndown, but much anticipation of the first side by side SE six second pairing, however Mark's car broke traction early on and Andy went on to record a new class ET record of 6.826 with a jaw-dropping 212 terminal speed. Well done to Andy and crew chief Martin Kerr.

Purdie Hadfield in Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, showed the value of testing after going to the Friday of VW Action/Doorslammers. She posted on Facebook "How do you sum up a weekend as great as this (you can’t)? Started the weekend off with a rainy Friday! Ended the day qualified with an 0.06 light (playing it safe) but on Saturday I decided that wasn’t enough and pushed myself to pull a 0.004 light on the last qualifier(brave)! I was absolutely delighted that this put me in no.1 qualifier which I celebrated with quite a few rides on the waltzer.

"Moving onto Sunday, elimination day, I had Luke Mugridge first round and we both went red luckily for me he went red first, so I got the win! As I was no.1 qualifier that mean I got a bye second round meaning I went straight into the quarters where I raced Lola-Belle Kent, she red lit so I played it safe pulling a 0.2 reaction (see, I do know how to play it safe) then moving onto the dreaded semis Harley Darby and I had a really close race, with me winning on a hole shot anyway, I realised I had the current champion in the final, Harry Redshaw - how daunting! I decided I would be happy no matter what, but it didn’t stop there, Harry ended up handing me the win with a red light and both me and my car were excited and ended up running a 7.97 (where did that come from?).

"Anyway, the smile on my face could not be wiped off from the moment I saw that win light to the moment I’m writing this… I could not be happier with what I’ve achieved this weekend and I am so thankful for all the support of friends but mainly my Mum and Dad!! Seriously couldn’t do it without you And well done to Thomas Cook-Abbott for getting through to the semis… proud girlfriend

"Thank you so much Geoff Stilwell for sponsoring the juniors at this event, very generous. Anyway to wrap up this autobiography I’ve had such a good weekend and have a trophy to add to my shelf Thank you to all the Santa Pod Santa Pod Raceway crew and everyone there who made this weekend so enjoyable".

We were also touched by the appearance of two of the sport's personalities who suffered ill-health but undoubtedly view being at the track a big help to their recovery, blown altered racer Dave Grabham and radio broadcaster Nigel Fitzmaurice.

We'll be covering the bike classes tomorrow, come back then for more racer comments.

Euro Finals Shootout media.
14th September: As well as our own galleries by Julian and Diana which you can see in our Euro Finals Shootout coverage page you can see photo galleries of the race at the following links: Second Coming apparel available.
14th September: Many thanks to Outlaw Flat Four racer Alex 'Jesus' Leiserach for an update on his unique VW bay window pickup:

I was at Doorslammers and on the Saturday, Second Coming Single Cab took its first full passes down the track. It has been a five year build so it was pretty monumental to do a pass under full power.

The first pass was 11.01 @ 129mph, this was a big surprise to me, but not to Richie from RJ Volks Performance who has been tuning it. Second pass was an 11.2 but @ 142mph. I made an error after the burnout and left the line in second gear. The mph was very promising though. Third pass was 10.37 @ 136mph. Sadly we saw the fuel pressure drop by 25-30psi on the 2nd to 3rd gear shift way before the 1/8th mile. So to run such a number with it wounded was great. Sadly as I pulled off the track at the top end the missing methanol ignited.

The Fire Crew and marshals were amazing and I can't thank them enough for all they did, including offering me advice on how to make things easier in the future. The fire caused a fair bit of damage, which is pretty gutting considering I have only done three full passes on a brand new build. The main damage is the entire wiring loom and all the hoses and fittings need replacing.

To try to help fund the repairs, I am selling Tee's, Hoodies and Stickers which you can get from my on-line shop. As always I am documenting the rebuild on Facebook under 'Second Coming Single Cab' and an Instagram account @secondcomingsinglecab.

I am desperately trying to get it all fixed up before the end of the season, even just to do a test to know its all working before the winter. We are currently only running 16psi of boost and have over double that available to us. Our best 60ft so far is only a 1.7 as we are still getting to grips with the clutch management system. There is a lot more potential in the Single Cab and we look forward to racing a full season next year!

Euro Finals Shootout results.
13th September: Congratulations to the winners of the weekend's Euro Finals Shootout at Santa Pod Raceway held over the weekend 10th-12th September:

Top Fuel Dragster: Ida Zetterström 4.0205/222.35 def. Susanne Callin 4.1617/216.52
Fuel Funny Car: Steve Ashdown 10.6541/66.67 def. Kevin Kent 10.8732/57.32
Motorsport UK Pro Modified: Bruno Bader 5.9148/237.78 def. David Vegter 5.9511/226.78
Nostalgia Funny Car: Tim Garlick 6.1184/229.07 def. Tony Betts 6.2247/236.54
Track Worx Comp Eliminator: Dan Williams 11.0389/88.73 (10.46) Nic Williams 8.9639/118.63 (9.16) red
Fast R Super Comp: Martin Curbishley 9.1366/122.88 def. Leah Kellett 8.8951/154.21
Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout: Andy Harrison 9.8736/138.55 def. Andy Dibley 9.8710/146.73
Peter Nee Super Pro ET: Daniel Giles 7.4903/164.23 (7.36) def. Pel Norman 7.7372/176.39 (7.69)
Modurstang Pro ET: Ronnie Mercer 8.9274/142.46 (8.84) def.Lee Huxley 9.3063/139.06 (9.28)
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Andy Bond 6.8269/212.90 def. Mark Todd 15.3573/53.46
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Purdie Hadfield 7.9771/80.93 (8.07) def. Harry Redshaw 8.4682/76.80 (8.45)

Banks Night Club Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt 6.1823/223.41 def. Al Smith, no-show
Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike: Jake Mechaell 7.0091/208.17 def. Steve Venables 7.0699/206.14
Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike: Mark Smith 6.9716/191.31 def. Bertrand Maurice, broke Comp Bike: Louis Davies 7.0015/186.66 def. Jordan Kenway 8.0948/163.10
JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike: Joe Elliott 8.5827/153.21 def. Alan Morrison 8.4938/146.68
Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike: Phil Harrison 9.6148/146.27 def. Martin Hallett 10.8750/85.06 red
Blood Cancer UK ET Bike: Phil Pratt 9.0839/143.82 def. Michael Gooding 9.2776/147.69 Junior Drag Bike: Hollie King 11.5379/48.53 (11.20) def. Meg Talbot 9.7818/66.62 (9.10)

Although two sessions of qualifying were lost to Friday morning rain, the remainder of the event was held under clear and sometimes sunny skies with temperatures conducive to personal bests and records. In particular it was great to see fuel classes represented and a larger field of Pro Modifieds, particularly European visitors, some of whom have had to quarantine on their return. We are truly grateful to them for visiting.

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

Motorsport UK Street Eliminator ET: Andy Bond 6.826
ACU Super Street Bike speed: Steve Venables 218.97

The following Santa Pod Raceway track records were set:
Street Eliminator ET: Andy Bond 6.8269
Super Street Bike speed: Steve Venables 218.97
Comp Bike ET: Louis Davies 7.0015

Many thanks to Andy Marrs who has updated his table of UK and European bests which you can check out by clicking here or clicking on Data, then UK European Bests at the top of any page.

Congratulations also to Super Pro ET racer Mick Howling who won the Twister Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of £75, and Pro ET racer Mason Griffiths who was the winner of the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award supported by Cath and Tig Napier, who received £50. Both awards have been reset to £50, and are next available at the STP National Finals.

Bob's Photo Finish Award of £50 each goes to the competitors in the closest race by distance, thanks to sponsor Bob Roberts for posting the award. Congratulations go to Pro ET racers Simon Fulton and Jon Giles who had a margin of 3 inches in round one (margin of victory 0.0013). We will be in touch with the winners in due course.

We were also proud to have presented cash awards, along with Lucas Oil Landspeed Racing Team 7707 t-shirts, to the winners and runners-up in Lucas Oil Junior Dragster and Junior Drag Bike courtesy of sponsor Geoff Stilwell.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Festival of Power reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend, and well done to the Santa Pod Raceway track crew for doing their usual fantastic job in providing a top-notch racing surface.

We look forward to publishing racer comments on the event tomorrow.

Melbourne Raceway’s Duck All prep 18th and 19th September.
13th September: Sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing Parts writes that this weekend’s Melbourne Raceway Duck All prep heads up cash weekend race has had some event updates since our last Eurodragster item:

We have increased the categories for the competition by two more:

Pro Small Tyre Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, maximum height 30 inches, maximum tread width 11 inches, interior removed.
Super Pro Comp: Pure competition vehicles, altereds, rear engine dragsters, front engine dragsters and funny cars, where the driver is seated in a central position in the vehicle.

The original categories still remain:

Pro AWD: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street AWD: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Rear Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Front Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Front Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior

The prize fund has also increased with the support of VP Racing Fuels placing over £1000 worth of products shared to all the winners over both days which we really appreciate. Also Renegade Race Fuels will be awarding merchandise to all winners on both days.

With two days of separate eliminations, one on Saturday and another on Sunday , giving a driver a chance of winning £800 over the weekend, if they choose to run the whole weekend.

Based on a 16 car field the winner gets £400 in each category. In the event of numbers in each category not being fulfilled, there will be a reduced prize fund, for example in a 4 car category £150 and 8 car category £200. In event of the category exceeding 16 cars, the prize will go up from £400. Entry fees: Fees include driver entry to the duck all prep race with Run what you brung included, plus two crew tickets and free camping For the best deal, pre- enter, as entry will cost more on the day. Driver entry on Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th only is £115, weekend entry for both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th is £200 Click to enter at this link. All there is now to do is to get entered! On Saturday night we have a live band and bar to make it a great weekend. Supporting this event will take the venue another step forward. Follow Duck all prep drag race competition Melbourne Raceway on Facebook

Hans Olav Olstad injured.
13th September: With thanks to his partner Maggis Margrethe Winther Nilsen for updating us, we have a report that Norwegian Super Twin racer Hans Olav Olstad was involved yesterday in an engine explosion at Gardermoen Raceway, Norway, yesterday from which he suffered severe injuries.

Hans Olav was flown to the Hospital with injuries to his face, chest and damage to one lung. He will undergo surgery today and know all of our readers will wish him well for a speedy recovery.

Stuart Bradbury elected to International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
11th September:
The Directors of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame are delighted to announce that the late Stuart Bradbury, our founding chairman, has been elected to membership of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, based at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida.

‘Stu’, who died in July 2020, had been elected by general acclaim to membership of the British Hall of Fame in 2017. He becomes one of only five eminent individuals to hold membership of both British and International Halls of Fame, joining fellow dual members Sydney Allard and Dennis Priddle (UK) and Carl Olson and Don Garlits himself (USA).

Stu was appointed Chief Starter at Santa Pod Raceway in 1968 and served until the late 1980s. He joined several colleagues to establish the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2006 and chaired the organisation until his death.

Stu’s wife and daughter, Bev and Genna, have said that they are “bowled over to hear the news of Stuart’s election into the International Hall of Fame. We feel very proud for him, and he would have been thrilled and honoured to receive this accolade. We’re grateful to the Hall of Fame selectors for bestowing this most special honour.”

Stuart’s induction into the International Hall of Fame will take place at its annual banquet, scheduled for Thursday 10th March in Gainesville, Florida. His fellow inductees on the occasion will be:

Scotty Cannon;
Jack Ewell;
Jack Moss;
Tim Richards; and
Rick Stewart.

NSRA previews Hot Rod Drags.
10th September:
Many thanks to National Street Rod Association committee member Alan Martin for a preview of the NSRA Hot Rod Drags, now in its 33rd year:

Well, the countdown has begun. With only one week to go before the gates open on Friday 17th September for this year’s thirty third Hot Rod Drags at Santa Pod Raceway, an action packed weekend is certainly on the cards.

With record numbers of participants, the on track action courtesy of event regulars Outlaw Anglia, Gasser Circus, Wild Bunch and Supercharged Outlaw looks set to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Add in three full days of pre ’73 RWYB action and regular exhibition runs from Julian Webb in the Split Second jet dragster, this promises to round off this year’s hot rod season in style.

With restrictions now eased, we are pleased to announce the return of live bands, with Skabucks taking the stage on Friday night and Eastwood doing the honours on Saturday. Also back this year is the hourly courtesy bus service on Saturday to the Rushden Lakes Centre for those in need of some alternative retail therapy or the chance of leisurely lunch.

There will of course be dedicated ‘show car’ parking for all pre ’73 vehicles, so don’t forget to pick up your pit side parking sticker from the NSRA checkpoint if you want to power park. You can browse the offerings from a host of suppliers in the nostalgia trade village and be sure to grab a bite to eat from the caterers on site and get some liquid refreshment at one of the track bars.

Of course the NSRA team will be on hand to answer any questions, not to mention sell you some club merchandise, in between making the selection for the NSRA ‘Dirty Dozen’ trophy pick. You can even renew your club membership, or sign up for the first time. Just ask for details.

Official Hot Rod Drags merchandise, including T shirts, mugs, posters and stickers will be available, but numbers are limited. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

This year, all tickets must be pre booked through the Santa Pod website, so just visit and all the information will be there. If you plan on putting the pedal to the metal and take part in the RWYB action, you need to book that online too but available slots are limited.

Stay safe but above all, have fun. We’ll see you at the track.

Mace win do.
10th September: Many thanks to Fast R Street winner Dave Mace for writing in with his account of his Doorslammers triumph, won last weekend after a personal best ET and a memorable final against Andy Bond:

"As the dust starts to settle after returning from Santa Pod's Doorslammer event, the enormity of our achievements has just begun to sink in. The weekend didn't start so well with a fueling issue slowing the car,the water pump then stopped working and a lost tyre pressure gauge, all in the first morning! Things improved,with the fueling issue resolved, a replacement fuse for the pump (phew!) and a kind soul had handed our gauge in to the ticket office(thank you!).

The elusive (for 5 years) 7 second pass finally came on Sunday in the semi's against our good friend Joe Stevens. To say it was emotional is an understatement and the monkey was finally off our back. The final and subsequent win against another good friend of ours,Mr Andy Bond will stay with us forever.Thats one each now, Andy!

I'd like to say a huge thankyou to: all of the Santa Pod crew, expecially Ian and Dave, we owe you some jelly tots! Andy, Luke and Kate Robinson, Nick and Rob at I.C.E, and finally my crew, Dan, my son, Joe Etridge and my beautiful lady, Pippa, without these guys none of this would be possible.

The whole meeting will take some beating, but Doorslammers 4 will be interesting, can't wait! In the meantime we hope to see you all at the Hot Rod Drags!

Apologies to Star Wars fans for the headline - editor.

Northern Spirit's lifted.
10th September: Many thanks to Northern Spirit Supercharged Outlaw racer Neil Townson who has confirmed the car, which had a torrid time at Dragstalgia, is being rebuilt:

Just to give you all an update about our incident at Dragstalgia 2021. Due to the car not handling well in 2019 (even though we ran a PB of 7.3) we carried out extensive modifications to rectify this problem during 2020. We ran the car at the Retro Show at Santa Pod and was very happy with all the modifications. The car handled very well.

We then went to the Dragstalgia meeting with high hopes of some good close racing with all our Supercharged Outlaw family. The first run was nice and straight with no dramas.The second run didn't go as well. About half track the body lifted and destroyed itself as it hit the rear wing. Unfortunately the body was destroyed and the rear of the car sustained heavy damage. Santa Pod safety crew did a fantastic job and made sure that I was OK.

After many discussions with Tracy and my Girls we have decided to rebuild the car. Yes, it will have a 1932 Ford body on it. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family / crew and everyone else for their concern and support. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks to Pudgeys pictures for photos.

VP Racing Fuels Powers Winners at Doorslammers 2021.
10th September: Two VP-powered cars finished in the winner’s circle this past weekend at Doorslammers 2021 at Santa Pod Raceway.

Keith Herbert and Billy Gane both ran VP race fuel to claim OCS Group Big Bracket wins. Herbert 9.6131/124.50 (9.51) defeated Peter Lane on Saturday while Gane 8.5440/159.59 (8.52) held off Lee Huxley on Sunday. Huxley also runs on VP race fuel.

"It was great to be back supporting such a fantastic event," said Tom Davis, European Business Development Manager for VP Racing Fuels. "The venue was full and the racing was outstanding. It always adds an extra shine to proceedings when drivers running your product take the win."

VP was the headline sponsor of the event, which was postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Doorslammers 2021 featured two straight days of non-stop racing and produced some compelling head-to-head battles.

"It was great to see VP back here … again," said Santa Pod Commerical Manager, Caroline Holden. "We are proud to sell the very best products on-site … it was a pleasure hosting them throughout the weekend."

Keith Herbert image courtesy and © Bob Roberts.

LS turbo into Cortina will go.
9th September: Many thanks to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer James Murray for letting us know some developments on his sleeper Cortina Mk2 Estate:

"I was supposed to be racing in Street Eliminator this weekend at the Euro Finals, but despite burning the midnight oil for the last weeks, the Cortina isn't ready for racing yet.

"I've been doing a turbo LS upgrade to try to at least catch up with the Hales. However, I only fitted the new engine and gearbox yesterday and there's still lots to do. I'm now aiming for the National Finals.

"A piece of good news, Kieran Astley bought some fuel pumps from me just a couple of weeks ago and was successful in his thrash to get his turbo LS up and racing."

Euro Finals Shootout racer update.
8th September: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us details of track opening and signing on at this weekend's Euro Finals Shootout, 10th-12th September, including scrutineering times.

Pro cars and Junior Dragsters will have to sign on and scrutineer for this event, but those are the only car classes that are required to scrutineer.

If you have entered the test day on Thursday 9th September you will be allowed access to the track on Wednesday 8th within business hours 8am to 6pm. If you’re going to arrive later, please contact the track.

The main gates to the track will open at 08.00 on Thursday, 9th September 2021.

Thursday 9th September:
08.00 Signing on office opens / scrutineering, please see the class specific listing below
09.00-18.00 Scrutineering for bikes at the Scrutineering Building.

Friday 10th September:
07.30 Signing on open and scrutineering for bikes/Junior Dragster.
09.30 Track open for qualifying.

Saturday 11th September:
08.00 Signing on and scrutineering open.
09.30 Track open for qualifying/eliminations.

Sunday 12th September:
09.30 Track open for eliminations.

The Pro Car Scrutineering will be as follows:

Thursday 9th September (test & tune day)
09.00-14.00 Pro classes - in pits, 4 cars per hour:
09.00-11.45 Pro Mod (12 cars).
11.45-12.00 noon - Break.
12:00-12.45 Top Fuel (3 cars).
12.45-13.15 Nostalgia Funny Car (2 cars).
13.15-14.00 Fuel Funny Car (4 cars).
14.00-15.00 Lunch.
15.00-19.00 Junior Dragsters - in scrutineering building.

The detailed running orders and printable entry list can be seen in our event coverage page. Ian says "Please note there has been a small change to the running order there is an additional to ET bike qualifying session on Friday.

"Also note for Comp Eliminator Drivers, the FS/AA index has been lowered from the European Finals onwards to 9.30 seconds following discussions between the SPRC and the Driver/vehicle owner concerned".

G2E Motorsport partners with Santa Pod for TF and FC Shootouts.
8th September: Santa Pod Raceway is delighted to announce a new partnership with G2E Motorsport, part of the Go2 Engineering Group, that will support the G2E Motorsport Top Fuel Dragster and Fuel Funny Car Shootouts at this coming weekend’s major event, The Euro Finals Shootout.

G2E Motorsport is the culmination of bringing together the best and the brightest from the Go2 Engineering Group. As a partner of the group, G2E Motorsport develops, designs and manufactures high performance parts for a range of motorsports, developing everything from cylinder heads to differentials.

The Go2 Engineering Group is a one-stop engineering shop expanding by both acquisition and organic growth. It includes start-ups, such as G2E Motorsport, that specialise in specific sectors such as motorsports. The Group aims to be the ‘Go2’ destination for all engineering solutions from conceptual design through to production and testing.

The Group currently consists of nine acquired Partner businesses that include precision engineering specialists Alman Engineering, Bradon Engineering, Green Precision and Seychell Engineering. CV Precision Engineering supports jigs, fixtures and specialist tooling and the latest acquisition partner is Uniform Tooling which specialises in the plastic injection-moulding modification and repair market. Tech Projects and 316 Engineering are the fabrication, conveyor and material-handling specialists, with NDT Equipment Supplies supporting the non-destructive testing and calibration block market.

The G2E Motorsport Top Fuel Dragster and Fuel Funny Car Shootouts are scheduled to begin at Santa Pod this Friday, 10th September, at 6.30pm, with further morning and afternoon sessions following on Saturday and Sunday. Both the Go2 Engineering Group and G2E Motorsport are based locally to Santa Pod, with their headquarters in Wellingborough, NN8 2QE.

The Euro Finals Shootout takes place at Santa Pod Raceway, near Wellingborough (NN29 7XA) from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th September, 2021.

Event information is available at this link and tickets may be booked online at or by telephoning the Box Office at 01234 782828.

Euro Finals Shootout perfect awards.
8th September: £225 is up for grabs at this weekend's Euro Finals Shootout courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Nick Hale at the STP Greenlight Nationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing (racing this weekend in Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET). A special decal produced by Cath and Tig, and designed by Peter Walters, will be presented to the winner.

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

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Race Team has increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at the STP Greenlight Nationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available in Peter Nee Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, B Fast R Super Comp, Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Blood Cancer UK ET Bike, and Eurodragster Junior Drag Bike. but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of the Twister Race Team.

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

Bob's Photo Finish Award, which is presented in association with sponsor Bob Roberts, will award £50 each to the racers involved in the closest race of eliminations at this weekend's event.

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

Bob's Photo Finish Award is open to all classes during eliminations only and although decals are not mandatory we would appreciate if it they are carried. decals are available in Signing On.

Furyous thanks.
8th September: Thanks to Saturday OCS Group Big Bracket winner Keith Herbert who said "Mr Furyous would like to thank Santa Pod and all involved, including sponsors Williams Brothers Racing, for hosting a fantastic meeting.

Huge thanks to my awesome crew Jim, Anna Kyliegh, with guest appearances by Paulie, Dan and Paul 2, and of course my Fury who didn't miss a beat all weekend, can't wait for next year, thankyou.

Mosten Rock n' Race report.
8th September: Mosten Raceway in Denmark hosted its famed Race Day under a new name last weekend on 3rd-5th September. To reflect the reduction in racing activities in 2021 the event was renamed Rock n' Race. The superb weather and huge crowd compensated partly for the lower number of racers, and the track which had been relaid and well prepped was able to take some very quick times over the single-lane eighth mile. Our motorcycle pit reporter Mike Kraaij was able to attend and send us some notes and pictures:

Rikard Gustafsson on his immaculate Puma engined Top Fuel Bike (below left) was crowned King of Mosten again and ran a great 3.997/307.87KMH (190mph), the only drag bike that make a 3 second run at the event. Rikard holds the motorcycle track record at 3.96.

Stig Neergaard ran a 3.31/316.16 (196mph) in his top fueler (above right) - for a video of the pass by Kennet Christensen, click here. Mike said "It was a awesome run to witness close by, as he is storming by and just standing a few feet away at 330 on the grass, the earthquake rumble is unheard of".

Kars van den Belt won in Funny Bike with his turbocharged Honda (below left) and ran 4.72/250.46. Yannick Richard from France competed in Funny Bike with his Suzuki Hayabusa Turbocharged Super Street Bike (below right). Yannick managed a 5.338@222.68KMH with big wheelies, looking for a good set-up. Dad Eric Richard and a couple of Pro Stock Bikes completed the field.

Marc van den Boer from Belgium brought his beautiful 120 CI nitro injected Super Twin (below left). He has changed his fuel injection setup and also has a new rear wheel with some other small changes. He was going great guns here before he dropped a cylinder at around 330", but still managed a best of 5.416@181.94 with incrementals showing the bike rolled out of stage at the start of the run. Before this run he was still looking to go straight, as the rear wheel set-up made him pull to the right, and he had to click off early every run before this one It was a shame that he dropped the cylinder, because the start looked promising.

The good thing is that he and the team have more data to work with, he had track time on a good track and the team made progress, A great father and son team, Jimmy is always there by Marc's side and is an very skilled welder and mechanic, the same as dad Marc. The van den Boers love to race at Mosten Rock n' Race and will be back for sure in 2022.

From Sweden in Top Fuel Bike Peter Ström ran on his immaculate inline 4 Supercharged Top Fuel Bike. Unfortunately Peter hit the barrier before the run photographed and although it did not look too good, he was fine. The only damage to the bike was the pulley holder and bracket which got scraped. Peter and his crew could fortunately repair the damage and he came back with an awesome run that same day. It was with great applause that all the spectators and crew cheered for him! What an great run he made, straight as an arrow. Well done to all involved and Peter for his awesome dragracing skills, it takes a lot to tame these powerfull beast of Dragbikes!

Super Twin Top Gas Racer Anders Jensen from Denmark brought his mighty Supercharged V-Twin and managed an 5.154@214.63KMH.

Mike thanks the Mosten crew for track prep and took a photo of Mosten Crew with their chief Hans Hitz after the race (above right). All above pictures courtesy and & copy; Mike Kraaij at Kraaijmotorsportfotografie.

As well as Mike's write-ups and you can see photo galleries from Mosten Rock n' Race at these links:
Shark Attack to the north.
8th September: Thanks to Top Fuel Bike racer René van den Berg whose team Shark Attack Drag Racing attended both the Malmö Winter Nats at the end of August with Mosten's Rock n' Race a week later, and sent us this report:

"On the weekend of August 28 there was an opportunity for us to race at Malmö Raceway in Sweden. Shark Attack therefore left the Netherlands for the north.

"René and Aswin le Noble were able to run here again after a year. It was a very good feeling to be on the track again! Both René and Aswin were able to make several passes. It was very nice to get the feeling of and being at one with your motorcycle again. This of course makes you want more and more!

"We the the crossing to Denmark from Malmö where to attend Mosten Rock n' Race in the weekend of 3 September. The team arrived there on Wednesday and Thursday was used to get the motorcycles ready again make to race for two days.

On Thursday evening, the team made preparations for Anouk Burgering to ride her Junior Drag Bike for the weekend. On Friday morning after the drivers' meeting, Anouk was the first to hit the track. This went very well after not driving for a year.

Aswin had some teething problems at times but other than that the runs went very well. René's runs (see video at this link) also went very well. All in all, we look back on two instructive weeks and many great experiences!

Special thanks to Viep Bloemen, Eurol Lubricants, Tijger Leathers and Do you see me.

Invitation to Flame & Thunder.
7th September: Many thanks to Santa Pod Raceway Events Manager James Forster for letting us know that SPR are now accepting applications by e-mail to this years Flame & Thunder Show:

Santa Pod Raceway are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications to the end of season celebration event; Flame & Thunder on Saturday 30th October. We’re looking for a variety of cars proven to have ran 11.99 or quicker, and bikes that have ran 9.99 or quicker. This is an exhibition event so the quicker, louder, and the brighter the vehicle, the better! Big burnouts and wheels up launches are always a plus too in what is one of few opportunities to race under the lights. Spaces are limited so please be aware that we can’t accept every application, we have a limited number of spaces for each class to maximize variety!

To apply, please contact James on or 01234 782828 with details on your car, current PB if it’s new to us, with an image.

VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers racer quotes, timing data, media.
7th September: Many thanks to those racers who have written in with their comments on the VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers or posted remarks on social media: Winner of the VP Racing Fuels Pro Doorslammer class Bruno Bader from Switzerland, returning to competition after rebuilding his Corvette following a 2018 accident at Alastaro, said "I'm happy to be back after three years, I hope we can make it a little bit faster for next week. I hope we will be at the Doorslammers next year and again for the next twenty or thirty years!"

Winner of the Front Wheel Drive class Andy Nicholls had a new Civic to dial in, with testing completed at a test day in July, and leaving his nine second Integra at home:

"What a great weekend, we only went and won it, get in! Doorslammers 2021, the best event there is in this country. I can't thank my son Matt Nicholls enough for the help over the weekend, we are slowly getting this new car dialed in with a pb of 9.2523/154.21 and without banging a lot of boost in, just enough to go round after round and running consistent mid nines.

"Paul Bargate said it could be my event and how right you was mate, thanks for the support and somewhere to sleep. Luke Stevenson, thanks to you and the Pod team for putting on a great weekend, it was amazing and I'm already looking forward to Doorslammers 2022. I need to get this Civic on some proper fuel and tyres, Chris Backshell, thanks for looking at the launch strategy with Matt. Kirsty Nicholls, thanks for the support and letting me do this even if its only to get the telly to yourself lol.

"Also thanks to Matt Hurlbut at Speed Factory, Luke at 4 Piston cylinder heads, James at IPG and thanks for the parts, thanks Frank Rehak for the best driveshafts period, Lee Owen for the turbo although we will need to make it better for 2022 please. James Howarth for the turbo manifold top work as always, Dave Gammon for the PPG gear kit, is that better for you, Doorslammers FWD winner. Adam Buckley thanks for helping out when you're not playing with the big boys. Motec M800 still going strong Mark Harrison, 10 years now. Karl Hart, Lynn Chamberlain still using your bottom end and flywheel carbon clutch assembly, Kiel Priestman, thanks for the chassis, man, it's coming together.

"Anyway, finally nothing can take away missing dad and bro so this win is dedicated to them and I hope you enjoyed the win up there, jumping around."

Kev Jenkins, twice winner of the 4 Cylinder class of the Doorslammers, was delighted with the Fraudster's consistent and dominant performance over the course of the event, the Vauxhall powered Escort Mk1 a full second ahead of its competitors:

"The car performed faultlessly all weekend running more consistent then ever with five 7.9 second passes in a row. We had the unfortunate draw of facing our Crew Chief (and tuner!) Chris Todd in the first round but random pairings are what makes Doorslammers so great.

"We’d like to thank our sponsors who help us go racing - Vulcan Engineering, Burton Power, FCP Engineering, Ralloy Engineering, LA Racing Fuels, Kent Cams, Mk1Kieran, Pro-S-Fittings UK, Melliard’s Modern Custom Paint & Ladmu Chassis.

"Also a big thank you to the crew Chris Todd, Neil Melliard, Jo Peters, Alison Jenkins & Kieran Jenkins.

"We look forward to this weekends Euro Finals where we will start to turn it up a little bit!"

Semi finalist of Pro Doorslammer and Big Bracket participant John Tebenham was as enthusiastic as ever: "A whole lotta shaken going on, Elvis, my man. A great weekend, we just didn’t bring enough, I took a guess against Kev and I still stand by that as some times that tree runs so fast. With Kev who is an amazing racer, you have to do enough to win. In hindsight, we should have had a 6.2 car which is strange to say but quite easy to drive. Well done to Bruno, I always said he was going to win. We still have two cars in one piece so come and cheer us on at the Euros, hopefully we will leave Ronnie Redlight at home". The Crew Killer Pop was better behaved as well, after its antics at the Green Light Nationals. You can see an interview with John at Santa Pod's Motor Mouth FB channel.

Outlaw Street racer Owen Forrest summed up excellently what it's like to be a racer after following the sport as a fan: "When I was a kid, I had posters on my wall of cars doing this sort of stuff. I never dreamed I’d be able to it. I love to think events like Doorslammers at Santa Pod Raceway inspire those young kids now. We ARE the show. Thank you all the racers and Santa Pod for the event, and providing me with turning what I used to dream about into experiences".

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

More media from the Doorslammers has been posted. As well as our event galleries you can see images at the following links:
The Burndown.
7th September: The final round burndown Fast R Street between Dave Mace and Andy Bond has been a big talking point with a range of opinions from rule-setting to great entertainment value (ask the drivers about that). We've had mails and posts describing previous Santa Pod staging duels:

Pro Doorslammer racer Chris Orthodoxou wrote to say: "I wish I’d been there. It was a great meeting in 2019, when I got through to the last four in Pro Doorslammer with the Viper. Congrats to all the winners, I was watching the live Youtube stream all day Sunday from out in Kazakhstan where I’m working.

"Got to say, the pre-stage burn down in the final of Street car was a truly superb spectacle. I was on the edge of my seat, as I knew exactly what was going through the minds of Dave and Andy - having been there before myself. Many years ago, Pete Austin (pink Plymouth ‘Cuda) & I (blue Dodge Dart), got b*ll*cked by Ian Marshall for doing the exact same thing when we were in a semi-final in Pro ET. Great stuff!

"The burn-down is an exciting experience. The secret is to stay cool, never look across at the opponent and simply wait for his full stage bulb to glow. Then give it even another 10 or 15 seconds to go in yourself. But you need to be on the ball and ready to react very quickly, coz Ian will either hit the ‘go’ knob instantly or wait a few seconds himself as a little ‘punishment’ heheheheheee, so if you’re on a transbrake, you need to have your wits about you and have a heart rate monitor wired into the RacePak!"

Other burn downs remembered include Lex Joon and Leif Andreasson in 1998, remembered by Matthew Seamarks who asked if they were the last two people that Ian Marshall had to shut down for there burndown? You can see this burndown at this link.

More recently, there was a Top Methanol staging duel between Sandro Bellio (TMFC) and Manty Bugeja (TMD) at the 2019 FIA European Finals which you can see video of at this link. It didn't result in the car's being pushed back, but it was memorable as it was Manty's last race in the Mr Whippy team car before ceding the drive to Matthew Carrabott - and Manty came out on top in the relatively brief staging duel.

Special prize for Euro Finals Juniors.
7th September: With thanks to our sponsor Land Speed Racer and former Pro Stock Bike racer Geoff Stilwell of the Lucas Oil 7707 Land Speed Team, we are proud to announce the Motorsport special cash prize for Junior racers at the European Finals.

The winner of the race in each of Lucas Oil Junior Dragster and Junior Drag Bike will receive £150 cash in prize money, and the runner-up in each of these categories will receive £100 cash. is very grateful to Geoff for funding the cash prize. Geoff said "The junior classes are the future of the sport and it's a pleasure to be able to give them a cash prize at a time of life when they are not yet earning a wage. Both categories are well supported by racers and their parents, and this prize is by way of a thank you, and well done, to all participants for their efforts".

Prize money will be handed out in cash at the conclusion of the meeting. If rain prevents finals being run, the cash prize will be held over to the next championship event when eliminations are able to be run to their completion.

Gladiator Colouring Competition.
7th September: Darren West of Power Race Graphics writes with details of a new colouring competition:

"Our colouring book brand RAD Design Lines is back with an exclusive FREE A3 colouring sheet featuring the Hawk Racing Toyota Gladiator funny car - available at this weekend’s Euro Finals Shootout at Santa Pod Raceway!

"These colouring sheets are only available at this event from the Hawk Racing pit and in limited number! So drop by the Gladiator team and pick one up before they are gone! For the chance to win a colouring book and a special prize from the Hawk Racing Gladiator team - just take them away, design and colour them up and post a picture on our RAD Design Lines social media pages on Facebook at this link and Instagram at @rad.designlines.

"We can't wait to see your amazing work! Car owners Mark and Jackie Hawkins and driver Jason Phelps will pick the best 3 entries with RAD Design Lines 'Doorslammers' colouring books going to all three and a special prize for the winner from Hawk Racing. Winners will be announced at the end of September and contacted.

"Stay tuned in to the RAD Design Lines pages on social media for news of the next drag racing themed colouring book release which will be launched in time for Christmas!"

ACU report and preview.
7th September: Many thanks to photojournalist Steve Moxley for letting us know that his report on the STP Greenlight Nationals and preview for the European Finals Shootout can be seen at the highlighted links.

Whilst Steve is unable to attend the European Finals Shootout, he will be posting a report of the event from his contacts with riders.

Dick Cruse.
6th September:
We were sorry to hear of the death of Dick Cruse, former Stones crew member, driver of their Hemi Hunter II and III and Starliner Top Alcohol Dragsters in the mid 1980s.

Andrea Morris writes: "It is with great sadness and disbelief that I am having to type this message to our drag racing friends both here and overseas.

"Sadly I have to announce that our old friend Dick Cruse passed away in a hospital in Cannes, South of France on Saturday 4th September 21. I had been in daily contact with the British Consulate in Marseille and on Friday it was decided by the doctors that there wasn't any hope. Dick had suffered a huge stroke following a series of events and his brain was far too damaged to save him.

"He had lived the past 20 plus years in his happy place in the South of France and that is where he will remain. Dick was a big part of the drag racing world and spent many happy years/decades with the Stones team, amongst others. Both crewing and driving for them and loving it. He also spent many years working at Santa Pod and loved his drag racing life.

"Thank you to Allan Bates for keeping this information private with me until I was ready to share. I managed to speak with Dick (phone held to his ear) giving him comfort as he was leaving this world. He passed peacefully two minutes after I said Goodbye. I am hoping that Dick has met up once more with his old buddy Stu Bradbury, drinking some Jack Daniels and remembering old times at the drag strip."

We send our deepest condolences to Dick's family and friends.

Picture courtesy and © Colin Donisthorpe

VP Racing Fuels Doorslammer results.
6th September: Congratulations to the winners of the VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers held at the weekend in conjunction with VW Action:

VP Racing Fuels Pro Doorslammer: Bruno Bader 6.0639/232.59 def. Kev Slyfield 6.0445/237.64
Fast R Street: Dave Mace 8.0702/165.52 def. Andy Bond NTR, stage foul.
Front Wheel Drive: Andy Nicholls 9.6777/153.12 def. Stephen Ray 10.4298/134.92
A-Plan Insurance 4 Cylinder:Kev Jenkins 7.9379/170.46 def. Andy Hughes 9.2044/153.72
Six Cylinder: Gary Gooding 7.9584/170.43 def. Jeff Ludgate 9.5322/135.22
OCS Group Big Bracket (Sunday): Billy Gane 8.5440/159.59 (8.52) def. Lee Huxley 9.6471/137.68 (9.60)
OCS Group Big Bracket (Saturday): Keith Herbert 9.6131/124.50 (9.51) RT 0.0370 def. Peter Lane 11.9059/110.71(11.80)

In the Fast R Street final, a four minute staging duel took place, starters Ian Marshall and Dave Warren eventually sending the cars back for them and their drivers to cool down. On the second attempt Dave went straight in, whilst Andy bumped over stage. To see the drama unfold go to this link from Santa Pod's live stream.

During the weekend there were many personal bests set, after some review of the race report, we found no less than 50 racers scored PBs. You can get the list (pdf format) at this link and congratulations to all those who improved on their previous PBs. There were no major incidents, but we commiserate with racers who suffered mechanical damage.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend, and many thanks to those who gave feedback on our coverage. You can see photos posted by Callum Pudge at this Facebook gallery,

Mark Windridge's tribute to Kevin Mortimer.
6th September: Thanks to Mark Windridge for letting us know about a special tribute to his close friend Kevin Mortimer at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags. "The next meeting for the Supercharged Outlaws is the Hot Rod Drags. I lost a very dear friend who was like an older brother to me during Covid, Kevin Mortimer from the Shy Talker team (a blown slingshot the ones who started fire burnouts again in the UK).

I have been asked by his wife Janet to spread some of his ashes at the track. Santa pod have given me permission to do this and I feel greatly honoured to do this. My son Aaron will be driving our car. If anyone wishes to pay their respects to Kev, then please watch our last run on Saturday.

Spitfire Raceway Drag and Drift this Saturday.
6th September: Spitfire Raceway in Perranporth, Cornwall, are proud to announce that VP Racing Fuels have increased the prize fund for this Saturday's Drag and Drift for the top 16 quickest runners on the 1/4 mile drag strip. All top 16 quickest riders and drivers will receive a VP Racing Fuels 20 litre jug and delux filler hose, VP Racing Fuels goody bag, and a bottle of VP Racing Fuels cool down.

Spitfire Raceway promoter Lee Child commented "We appreciate VP Racing Fuels' support and thank everyone involved in making this happen. VP Racing Fuels Madditives will also be on sale at the signing on office. There is £500 cash up for grabs for the quickest car on the 1/4 mile plus £250 for the runner up. Another £250 is up for grabs for the quickest stick shift car this Saturday 11th September".

You can see all the details for the Spitfire Raceway Drag and Drift with media links by going to our story on 19th August.

Swift snippets.
6th September: A very Happy Birthday to former Top Fuel and Super Twin Bike racer Roel Koedam who reaches the landmark age of 65 today. Have a great day Roel from all of us at

For those who want to know the origins of the widely-used GMC 6-71 and what those numbers mean, we direct you towards a fascinating article at Mac's Motor City Garage.

Post-Greenlight Nationals points posted.
2nd September: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm for forwarding the latest points standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championhips and SPRC Club Championships after the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our points standing pages by
clicking here, or by clicking the Points Standings link under News in the main menu above.

VW Action/VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers preview.
2nd September: This weekend, the traditional VW Action combines with VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers for an action packed race that is likely to spring a number of surprises. As before, Santa Pod have a formula for Doorslammer classes which enables a wide range of participants. Also, Friday will be very busy with not just open Doorslammers qualifying, but also the VW Run What Ya Brung which in the past has been the staple of VW Action, plus Outlaw Street action towards Round 4 of their championship. The Fireforce 3 Jet Funny Car of Martin Hill will be making passes down the SPR quarter mile on Saturday and Sunday.

The main action will be in Doorslammers though. With several qualifying sessions planned it will be a great opportunity for drivers to dial their cars into the track. Let's have a look at the classes and see which cars are the quickest and which are dark horses and new entries.

In VP Racing Fuels Pro Doorslammer, headlines will be made by sponsor Andy Robinson's Anger Management 2.0 Pro Mod Camaro (above left). A complete new build, Andy will be using the race as a test session to run the car with its tried and tested powerplant before the Euro Finals Shootout, where he will face the toughest UK Pro Mod field of the season. Of the other racers in the class, Kev Slyfield in the Blown Bird PM is the most experience runner having continued throughout the truncated 2020 season and can run low sixes almost at will.

Bruno Bader is a most welcome returnee having sat out the 2018-20 seasons and coming back at the Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp last month where he ran a best of 6.103. John Tebenham has hit the fives and promises he will "try to change the world of drag racing" in the next two events, but has a new crew chief and fewer crew as revealed in his most recent news item.

Other Pro Doorslammer runners will be entertaining and PBs will undoubtedly be run; a new car/driver combination we are looking forward to is Dave Smith who will be racing the ex-Jens Zimmerman Jaguar XKR for the first time (above right). This US car has run a best of 7.3 with its previous owner and we wouldn't be surprised to see it sorted and running the numbers very quickly.

In the FastR Street class, sponsored by FastR, supplier of bespoke teamwear apparel, there are three runners from Street Eliminator who will bring racing experience as well as quick cars to the event. Andy Bond has been running his Ugly Sister Chevy 210 (below left) with relatively soft launches this year which has improved consistency, whereas Al McSweeney has just hit the seven second bracket with his Volvo 162 and Joe Stevens has been in the sevens before too. These three are joined by multi championship winner Brian Pateman (who raced in the 1980s editions of Doorslammers) who is the possessor of a seven second time slip and has been using nitrous on recent runs. New drivers and cars to competition are Asim Hussain's Porsche 911 Turbo and Buzz Pattar's Lampoorghini (below right) which show an expansion of the sport to supercar enthusiats, and Chris Prendergast's new build late model Camaro SS.

The Front Wheel Drive class has a large field with several nine second runners. Ahmed Jamshaid's Civic (below left) ran 9.189/154 at the start of May. Allan Duthie's Corsa has been in the 9.4s and Andy Nicholls' Honda Integra hit the 9.5s in July, also Raggy Conversions' Craig Evans's (below right) chances are fancied by his test day peers. But as seen in the past mechanical stress and FWD traction issues can create huge upsets in this class, we remember Nicolas Hackiere in his Citroen AX in 2019 qualifying with a mid-ten and then really getting to grips with the track to run a succession of nines and get the win on Sunday.

The A-Plan Insurance 4 cylinder class at 31 entries is the largest class of the event. Kev Jenkins' Fraudster Escort Mk1 (below left) is the quickest runner and another racer whose recent runs have shown consistency as well as speed. Lee Connor's Lotus Elise has run in the eights, pro ET racer Gino Bernadine is a regular low nine second runner, whilst previous winner Chris Todd ran a 9.17/148 in June. Five others have been in the mid nines as well. Along with the FWD class, 4 cylinder can easily produce an upset winner.

The Six cylinder class is the province of Nissan GTRs, Toyota Supras and Golf VR6s which exclusively occupy the entry. Gary Gooding's Supra (above right) has a great performance pedigree having run in Street Eliminator and capable of mid sevens. Ian Cleminshaw's GTR R35 has run 8.2s at Elvington and he is hoping for a seven on the prepared surface at SPR. Jeff Ludgate and Mark Moseley are mid eight second runners, but the Sonic GTR of Mohammed Ali intrigues us, it has a stated power output of over 2000hp and could be a surprise if he can get it tuned into the track conditions.

The Williams Bros Big Bracket, being run separately on Saturday and Sunday, contains racers from a variety of classes with a few run what ya brung racers wanting to hone their racing skills. David Swift's AMX will be making its UK racing event debut, and we notice Jordan Payne has entered the Sticky Situation Corvette sponsored by VP Racing Fuels, to run in the bracket.

Jordan said "Bracket racing is something a bit different for us with the Corvette. The last time I took part in any form of bracket racing was in 2018 with my Junior Dragster! However with big money up for grabs this weekend we thought it’d be worth a shot.

We completed the standard between round maintenance, dropping the diaper to check the oil, completing a leakdown test etc, as well as treating the car to some polish and making a few setup changes in preparation for the weekend. These changes included adding and moving ballast around the car, installing a larger gurney flap to the rear wing, and also loading a softer tune into the MSD to put less stress on the motor. These changes will all likely slow the car down a little but should greatly benefit the cars consistency which is key at this upcoming event". You can't rule out Jordan's chances to win his sponsor VP Racing Fuels' bracket event. will be present on each day of VW Action/VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers and you can follow all the action by going to our event coverage page.

Prize fund for Spitfire Raceway.
2nd September: sponsor Lee Child has announced that the Spitfire Raceway Drag and Drift event to be held on 11th September at Perranporth Airfield will have cash prizes for the quickest car on the drag strip (£500), the second quickest (£250) and the quickest stick shift car (£250).

Camping for racers is only £10 per night per head and kids go free, you can pre enter the drag racing or drifting online at this link first, then book your camping by calling 01872 552856. Any roll over credits from cancelled event please email

Pictures © Andrew Johnson Photography A Show & Shine will be held with no charge after admission, and spectators can enter £10 per person under 16s go free, drag racing is from £10 after admission with crash helmet and full driving licence required.

All vehicles are welcome at Spitfire Raceway, Perranporth Airfield, Cornwall TR5 0XS. Gates open at 8am and track action, after a safety check and drag strip riders and drivers meeting at race control 10.45am, will be from 11am to 3pm.

For further details and media links go to our story on 19th August.

National Finals entry closes Friday.
1st September: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that the closing date for the STP National Finals to be held at Santa Pod Raceway closes this Friday, 3rd September. Entries received after this date will incur a surcharge.

The STP National Finals is the final round of the 2021 SPRC National Championship for Pro Modified, Competition Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragster, Nostalgia Super Stock, Wild Bunch, VW Sportsman, VW Pro, Outlaw Flat Four, Top Fuel Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Super Street Bike, Funny Bike, Comp Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Supertwin Top Gas, ET Bike and Junior Drag Bike.

You can enter the event by going to this link. The current entry list is at this link.

ACU points updated.
1st September: The latest ACU/UK Championship positions have been updated on the King Racing web site.

ACU Championship Co-ordinator Ian King would like to congratulate all the winners especially Junior Drag Bike rookie Samuel Hope who not only qualified in P1 position but also won his first ever event at the first attempt.

Ian believes that he also made further history in joining his father Alex and grandfather Chris by becoming the first 3rd generation family of drag bike racers to have each won an event in ACU/UK Championship history. Congratulations Samuel!

Carla and Rick at the Mid Sweden Nats.
1st September: Many thanks to expat UK Stock/Super Stock racer now resident in Sweden Carla Pittau and partner and crew Rick McCann for a report on their successful race at Sundsvall last weekend. Carla describes their race as Hell, Hell and Heaven, or our Trials and Tribulations (but there is always a bit of heaven!).

The season started late for the Heaven & Hell team, as we preferred to wait until we were both vaccinated before socialising freely, but with so many meetings here in Sweden from which to choose, we still managed to enter five races between July and August, and had good hopes to put on a good show and have fun with our fellow racers in Stock/Super Stock.

After the Drag Racing Tour at Hudik Raceway at the beginning of July (see previous report on all seemed to be ok with our engines, the numbers were slightly down but no cause for concern, so we did only a few mods on the ’70, mainly to try and better distribute the weight and improve the suspension reaction on the launch. We fitted a light weight lithium battery on advice from Peter Lindberg at PPM, then added the saved weight back in the trunk and decided to tune the front shocks at the track, hoping for better weight transfer and better grip.

The ’84 was a little sluggish, but we didn’t expect too much out of a “temporary” combination, while we wait to solve carburettor issues in the new combo, so we decided to continue on the quest by trying different carbs with different settings to see if we could pinpoint the best compromise on the air-fuel delivery.

So on the 22nd of July we showed up at the Mid Sweden Nats at Sundsvall Raceway, one of our favourite tracks in Sweden, where we have always been warmly welcomed. The track used to be a secret Air Force base during the cold war, and it is located on the top of a very steep hill (the famous transmission killer for many a towing vehicle!) and was then purchased by a group of drag racing enthusiasts and ran on a no-profit basis, who ran the meetings virtually on a break-even formula, just for the love of the sport! This obviously carries the danger of income not matching expenses, but somehow the guys and gals who look after the place manage to put up a good show every time, and be cheerful, helpful and fair to all. A real pleasure to race there. However things did not get off to a good start when the engine in ’70 would not turn over at all, the starter motor just stuttering and stopping. Of course the new battery was initially blamed (but was innocent!) and when we removed one of the plugs we saw what the problem was: water in cylinder no. 4… we removed all of the plugs and span the engine over, and water came out of virtually all cylinders… We took the heads off and inspected the gaskets, which did not show any signs of blowing, so we suspected the heads or the intake, or that, worst of all, the block could have developed some cracks. The ’70 was out of the race before she could even pass tech inspection, so we concentrated on the ’84. Regrettably the car did not seem to want to treat us, or the audience, to its spectacular launches, hesitating on the line and running slow.

With a flurry of suggestions (some good, some silly) from bystanders, we swapped carbs, checked valve lash, chased phantom ignition and fuel problems, but the car did not respond to any tuning, before finally revealing that the valve that Rick had to adjust was out again, and this was due to a broken roller on the lifter, which may have been sticking at first but broke and was duly ground to a paste during the following passes, damaging the camshaft and the block. Not exactly what we set out to achieve at this meeting: a no show in the first round and a no show at tech inspection!

We returned home with two broken cars, and to finish in style we suffered a blown tyre on the motorhome, (as always the inside one on the twin axle) and afterwards even ended up in one of the rare Swedish traffic jams, just to put the cherry on the cake. A real downer on our hopes, the Hell part of Heaven & Hell… No choice but to cancel both of our entries for the Drag Revival at Mantorp, which was to take place only 3 days after the end of the Mid Sweden Nats, a meeting in which the Swedish Championship in Stock Super Stock was going to be contested, and in which Carla would have had a chance to defend the title she earned in 2019 as the 2020 championship was cancelled due to the pandemic. Nothing to be done, except roll up our sleeves and get to work to repair the motors!

We stripped Rick’s engine, then Carla’s, and with some help from Mikael Lind and Raymond Karlsson with parts and pressure testing the heads, we proceeded to put Carla’s engine back together after lightly honing the block, having found no damage in heads, block, or intake. We couldn’t get the correct head gaskets, so we used the closest possible, which would very slightly reduce the compression, and managed to get it back in the ’70 with two days to spare before the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals.

Full of hope and some fear (!) we fired it up and it sounded great, crisp, responsive. We were going racing!

The ’70 wasn’t finished with the scares, though. On arrival at the track we tried to start the engine to go to tech inspection and it wouldn’t turn over, exactly as it had done at Sundsvall. We took no. 4 plug out with some trepidation, and water appeared to come out of the cylinder. At this point the clouds of despair were heaviest on the team: what did we miss, where was the damage we didn’t find, what the hell is going on… when Mikael Lind, appearing like a knight in shining armour, went “Sniff… sniff… it smells like fuel to me!” We checked the float bowls on the carb and the rear was empty! The needle and seat assembly must have stuck open at some point and the fuel siphoned off into the intake and found its way into cylinder no. 4 via an open intake valve… just to scare us!

We took all plugs off, span the engine to get all the fuel out, let it dry, put the plugs back in, made sure the needle and seat in the secondaries bowl was free, and got the car inspected. Phew!

Both Carla and the car performed well at this meeting, and we liked our chances when she qualified no. 10 with a 10.60 and went past Jimmy Arvidsson in the black ’66 Fairlane in the first round, then Lars Nyberg’s silver GT500 in the second with a 0.015 reaction to a -0.014. We really looked forward to the third round against Marcus Svensson, but the weather gods put an end to our hopes, and everyone else’s… the meeting was rained off, and we headed for home.

In the rainy days that followed we decided to reinstall the Pro Trans in Carla’s car, to see if we could find a little ET and better launches. The rain continued, on and off, and the day we were to leave for the Mid Sweden Finals at Sundsvall Raceway was wet, dark, and miserable. We loaded up and Carla insisted that we tow the trailer with the Suburban, so that the motorhome would not be too heavy going up the transmission killer hill, and that decision proved to be a very wise one, as during the journey the old trusty Winnebago started to miss and refuse to accelerate, and we stopped at the rest area off the E4 just outside Tierp. The curse seemed to be still in full swing… It sounded like ignition, so we inspected the plug leads, which looked fine, so before we resistance-tested them, we looked at the distributor cap, hoping we could just file off some corrosion and WD40 our way back to locomotion… As Rick removed it from the distributor, however, the spring on the coil contact inside the cap fell out in three pieces, the plastic housing around it more or less disintegrated under our eyes and the contact itself just fell out. No gaffer tape or WD40 was going to fix this one! But where on earth (well, in Uppsala län, anyway) could we find an HEI distributor cap for a 1997 big block Chevy?

We called good friend Erik Jansson, Super Gas racer who runs a workshop and auto parts shop in Östervåla, and although he didn’t have one he suggested we try Proffs Bildelar in Gävle, only about 50 km from where we stopped. We called Nisse at “Den lilla butiken med det stora sortimentet”, and sure enough, he had one. Had we not had the Suburban with us, it would have been a lot harder to organise, but as it was, (Carla is always right, even for the wrong reasons) we could just abandon the motorhome there, drive up to Gävle, get the cap, drive back, stick it on and drive back up the E4 again towards Sundsvall!

All went well, and as we drove north the road got drier and drier, the clouds disappeared, and a glorious sunshine finally accompanied the team in their drag racing quest. We were glad of our good fortune, but there must have been some Greek Gods fighting for our success and some fighting against it, as when we finally reached the famous Sundsvall Raceway hill in convoy, suddenly a shout from Rick came through the walkie talkie, which sounded more or less like “@#*CK/!!!”

Carla shouted back on the two-way, but there was no answer, so she stopped the rig and ran back to see what had happened, and her heart stopped when she saw the motorhome at 45 degrees in the ditch, with Rick desperately trying to get out. She recalled a small truck towing a horse box which had passed her like a train going in the opposite direction, without so much as slowing down to allow enough space in the very narrow dirt road, and knew what must have happened. It looked near impossible for Rick to get out of there, and Carla started pushing the Winnebago in pure desperation, while Rick attempted once again, in reverse, to get out of trouble. Trying to reverse out of it proved to be a better strategy, as little by little the motorhome managed to get back on the road. A quick inspection showed virtually no damage to the parts of the body that had literally embedded themselves in the dirt and weeds, and looking at the soft edge of the road revealed that the gravel and soil must have literally sank under the weight of the motorhome, maybe because of the copious rain in the previous days. We guessed that Athena, or Apollo, must have won against Zeus, Poseidon, or whoever wanted our demise on Mount Olympus…

Our heroes arrived at the track too late for the tech inspection, but so happy to have made it there, that it seemed that racing would be easy and relaxing by comparison!

It was lovely to see the track officials and our fellow racers at the track, the evening was sunny and clear, and all was well.

The qualifying started with a 10.56, a good improvement but not enough of a difference, but as Carla shifted a little late first to second, we hoped there would be more. Sure enough, the second run produced a 10.52, then a 10.50… Carla was number 1 qualifier! 1.04 seconds under index, but Thomas Strand in his gold ’72 LeMans and Theodor Brandt in the white Nova were breathing down her neck, though, with a 1.03 and 1.00 respectively under index and Thomas made this perfectly clear in a humorous way in the fire up road, miming “I’m watching you” with a menacing stare. This friendly rivalry is part of the fun in drag racing, especially as Thomas and his crew chief Magnus “Mankan” Lindahl have given us much good advice and help over the last couple of seasons, including during this meeting!

After each run the car has to be weighed to ensure that it complies with minimum weight, 1478 kg, and unfortunately it was found to be a kg short after the first one, despite adding weight. We had forgotten that the Pro Trans is lighter than an ordinary TH350! However, we added some more weight and were ok after that, although this didn’t stop the tech guys playing a prank on Carla by giving her a ticket that said 1464kg, and only turning it around to reveal the actual weight, 1483kg, after laughing at the dismayed expression on her face!!!

The fourth run got us a 10.48, over 1.06 seconds under index, and the number 1 this time was there to stay. Yay! A little bit of heaven! On race day all worked like clockwork, Carla was focused, cut good lights, and found herself in the final against Theodor Brandt. This young man is a much respected racer and is known for his consistent and fast reactions, so it was with some trepidation that Carla approached the staging lanes. We dialled 10.50 to Theodor’s 10.99, a 0.49 wait. The trepidation disappeared almost completely by attending to the routine checks on the car, putting on the safety equipment, and sitting quietly in the car, but panic ensued when the car would not start just when called forward by the track crew. A few frantic seconds pushing the ignition button, then the light came on and the starter motor came back to life, and the Camaro reached the burnout box.

In Carla’s words, this is the race that follows: "A quick burnout just to clean the tyres, all seems well, panic over, crawl to pre-stage, pump the brakes, bump it into stage… make sure the 2 step warning light is on… floor the throttle, stare at the bottom bulb… NOW! Let go of the brake and the rest of the world becomes invisible, the universe is enclosed in the cockpit of the rocket starting towards the sky, a nice wheelie, the shift light shines like an exploding tiny red firework, second gear, the engine sings, roars, tiny firework again, third gear, foot through the floor, the finish line approaches, I pass Theodor, I’m almost at the line, I tap the brakes, I know I definitely crossed the line first, I shift into neutral and switch off, coast to the end of the track, then just before the exit I switch back on, restart the engine and cruise to the scales. I don’t know if I won or not, if I broke out or not… only that I got there first, so I hope I didn’t run under 10.50…

At the scales they don’t know who has won, so we both get weighed and we are both legal, Theodor restarts and drives to the pits, I press the button… but nothing happens. The cut off switch is faulty, or broken, or the battery is gone, but there is no power… The chief tech inspector helps me check the most common causes, then we give up, he tells me that I can leave the car there and he gives me a lift back to the pits, where Rick has been waiting for me and has just got on the bike to see what the problem is. “Did I win?????” I shout as soon as I see him. “YEAH!” he shouts back. Sweet."

What a stroke of luck… the battery only died completely after the win! We killed it by putting the hold down strap over the re-start button, but whatever god or goddess was routing for us made sure it would last just long enough for us to collect our trophy.

The weekend ended on a high, and all the tribulations were forgotten, the heaven part of Heaven & Hell prevailed. We couldn’t have got to this victory without all of the people who supported us, on and off the track, and we would like to especially thank all the officials at Sundsvall Raceway, who went over and above the call of duty to make us feel at home and gave us an excellent track to race on, our fellow racers for being such fun, so friendly and so fair, in particular team Strand, for their friendship and advice (and for not taking the white Firebird to Sundsvall, which would doubtless have qualified number 1 instead of Carla’s Camaro…!) Mikael Lind, Raymond Karlsson, Erik Jansson, and finally our new part time crew members: Elisabeth Jonsson Viklund who crewed for us at the first Sundsvall meeting and cruised the pits looking for parts to try to solve Rick’s engine problems, and Susanna Sundberg, who joined the team for the Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp in her very first drag race meeting and took to it like a fish to water, learning about all aspects of racing with great enthusiasm and good humour, and then put up with the trials and tribulations on our way to the Mid Sweden Finals without panicking!

Photos courtesy and copyright of Hans Eriksson, Håkke Sjöström, Sanna Sundberg, Elisabeth Jonsson Viklund and Carla Pittau.

Swift snippets.
1st September: Kieran has updated his Mk1Kieran Youtube channel with 38 minutes of footage from last Sunday's Ford Show. Kieran says "Highlights for me were seeing the ex-Team Extreme Racing Ford Escort Cosworth back in action, this is a car that is fully street legal and has previously been down into the low 8s powered by a Twin Turbo SBC. It was also good to see Darren Peart and his Mk3 Cortina getting some test runs in before Doorslammers next week where he's entered in the Pro Doorslammer class!". You can see Kieran's video at this link.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has updated his Youtube channel with three uploads of film produced by Dave Derry, Steve Clifton and Jerry Cookson of action at Long Marston Raceway in 1980 and 1981. The 1980 production includes Clive Mechaell's Corvette crash, Top Bike, Pro Comp action, Malcolm Olley's Jet, the Entertainer Capri Funny, Tina Page, Dennis Priddle and Trevor Young in Top Fuel. In the first 1981 production there is Street and Modified action including the Hot Tomato C-Cab of the Clifton Bros, and Gerry Cookson's Berkeley, Dave Warne's Vega Panel Van, Steve Hales, Graham Barrs, Andy Robinson, Sylvia Hauser, and in the second production from 1981 we have Top Fuel, Funny Car and Trans Atlantic Drag Bike action at Long Marston including Tony Boden, Jim Read, Trevor Young, Dave Wilson, Andy Craddock, Ronnie Picardo, Dennis Priddle and from the USA Bo O'Brochta.

Happy Birthday for today to Super Street Bike racer Steve Venables and to Outlaw Anglia racer Mick Taylor. Have a great day guys from all of us at

Teboul for Euro Finals.
31st August:
After seeing pictures of rocket bike racer Eric Teboul on social media testing a new engine on his rocket bike, we waited with bated breath for an announcement from Santa Pod Raceway and are delighted to see that Eric will indeed be attending the Euro Finals Shootout to ride his bike.

Eric commented "The first test was with low pressure and less peroxide density. The temperature was correct, so it looks ok for more pressure and stronger fuel". It was cool to see that Eric was able to run his test in his yard". In September 2020 he wrote "During the covid period I have started to make modifications on the catalyser to make a new world record in 2021. I started with the rocket bike in 2001 so in 2021 I will have been riding it for 20 years. After the 2021 season I will stop competing with my rocket bike and spend time to assist David Pertué to come back with his rocket car". So this could be the last opportunity to see Eric go up the track at Santa Pod Raceway, although Il ne faut jamais dire jamais (never say never).

Eric will be making three passes, timetabled for 18:30 on Friday 10th September, 15:00 on Saturday 11th and 13:00 on Sunday 12th. Other exhibition vehicles lined up for the event are Martin Hill in the FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car, FireForce 5 Jet Dragster and Roger Goring in Firestorm Jet FC who will be running alongside FireForce 3 and FireForce 5 during the event. A full timetable can be seen at this link.

Lindahls winners at Malmö.
31st August: Mikael Lindahl won the Pro Xtreme class (known also as Top Doorslammer) in the Winter Nats at the eighth mile Malmö Raceway on Sunday. Friday was rain affected but qualifying was able to take place between showers. On Saturday the weather worsened and all on-track activities were cancelled, however conditions improved on Sunday to allow eliminations to be run to their conclusion. Qualifying in Pro Xtreme was as follows:
  1. Rimbert Vahlström (supercharged '53 Corvette) 4.0786/299.50 kph
  2. Mike Reymond (nitrous '07 Mustang) 4.4996/220.45
  3. Roger Johansson (nitrous Mustang) 4.6767/214.03
  4. Mats Stefansson (Mustang) 5.3326/145.04
  5. Mikael Lindahl (supercharged '09 Mustang) 5.7448/139.35
  6. Hans Falkenberg (turbo Firebird) 7.0151/105.48
In round one, Rimbert Wahlström was a no show against Hans Falkenberg (pictured right) who ran 7.015/115kph; Mikael Lindahl (pictured left) defeated Mike Reymond 4.240/278.80 to 4.749/190.50; and Roger Johansson went through to the semi finals with a 6.664/109.1 when Mats Stefansson didn't show.

Semi finals were Hans Falkenberg with a bye of 4.321/258.2 and Mikael Lindahl defeated Roger Johansson 4.274/270.7 to 5.721/135.60. The final was another consistent run by Mikael 4.278/272 to take the winner's trophy against Hans Falkenberg's 11.231/71.80.

In other classes, Pro Street was won by Sven Holst with a 4.948/214.1 run, after Mats Jeppe had qualified #1. The largest fields were in Junior Dragster won by Felicia Rudnert and Street 5.5 which Martin Hagström won. Full results can be seen at this link by clicking on Winter Nats 2021.

A couple of racers were testing, Jens Zimmerman from Germany has a new 69 Camaro doorslammer and he ran a 4.6582/225.21, also Rene van den Berg took his Fuel Bike to Malmo for testing prior to the Mosten Race n' Rock (replacing RaceDay) this weekend.

Facebook Photo albums from the event can be seen at Jonas Ek's Cruzing.Just.Nu Facebook page.

The generation game.
31st August: One of the moments of the season was the joy of seeing third generation drag racer Samuel Hope win Junior Drag Bike in his race debut at the Greenlight Nationals. Knowing that dad Alex and grandad Chris have both been winners in Pro Stock Bike, we were prompted by Lynn Hope to research whether this is the first time in British Drag Racing history that all three generations have been event winners.

After some head scratching by statistical guru Andy Marrs, former editor Tog and pub quiz contestant extraordinaire and Stock / Super Stock racer Spencer Tramm, we are in a position to state that, unless anyone can prove otherwise, we think that the Hope family are the first to have three generations of event winners.

We should state in fairness that the three generations of Pete, Allan and Louis Davies are all deeply involved in the motorcycle side of the sport, although Pete as an award winning engineer restricted his racing activities to grass tracks, and three generations of the Coulsell and Fulton families have competed in the car classes although we could not find records of the eldest generation winning an event. We look forward to correspondence...

VP Racing Fuels named official fuel of Doorslammers.
30th August:
VP Racing Fuels, Inc., sponsor of and regarded worldwide as the leader in racing and performance fuel products, has been named the Official Fuel of Doorslammers, happening on 3rd-5th September at Santa Pod Raceway in the UK.

"With a successful partnership already in place at Santa Pod, we felt that Doorslammers was a perfect opportunity to showcase our relationship and support of drag racing in the U.K.," said Tom Davis, VP’s U.K. & European Business Development Manager. "With the raceway’s history and an outstanding reputation for racing, we’re delighted to being closely involved as headline sponsor."

The Official Fuel arrangement will result in VP’s wide array of products being available to pre-order in time for the large amount of testing and race day events held. Race teams can pre-order at VP fuels will also be available at the Raceway on the day of the event.

"We are delighted that VP is partnered with us for Doorslammers," added Caroline Holden Santa Pod’s Commercial Manager, "and together, we will be able to offer a first-class race fuel solution to all of our competitors and visitors."

In addition to a prize fund of £40,000, Santa Pod will be running several competitions for tickets, VP goody bags, and some autographs from VP-supported drag racers over from the US. The Raceway will also be featuring a range of special show offers on VP Motorsports Containers®, Madditives® fuel additives, and other consumer products over the weekend.

For more information about VP and its products for racers, enthusiasts, and general consumers, visit

Firestorm's new PB at Ford Show.
30th August: Santa Pod Raceway held its Ford Show yesterday. Attended by 18 Ford clubs from around the country, the Ford Show coupled a car display and swap meet with on track run what ya brung and drag demonstrations. You can see a gallery of photos from the event taken by Kieran by going to this link or going via the Event Coverage list in the menu on any page.

The highlight of the drag demonstrations was the Firestorm Mustang Jet Funny Car of Roger Goring which recorded a new PB ET for runs at Santa Pod Raceway of 5.9862 coupled with a speed of 265.11 (Firestorm recorded a 5.92/245 at Shakespeare County in September 2016 - editor). Roger had previously run a five on 5th September 2020 (5.9919/263.69) and yesterday's pass was quicker with a 60ft time of 1.1038 and eighth mile incrementals of 4.1040/198.71. Roger's quickest recorded speed was 266.83 on 27th June. Crew Chief Helen Rusling commented "A fab day, met some great people, now drag racing fans, and put in a good strong run - all very happy. Roll on the The Euro Finals in two weeks!"

Other drag demonstrations included Gary Parkes' Model T altered from the Supercharged Outlaws, which ran a strong 7.8122/175.69. Darren Peart's Cortina Mk3 was making test runs prior to competing in the Pro Doorslammer class in The Doorslammers next weekend and achieved a new PB of 7.8709/169.80 using nitrous in his 489ci engine. Darren said "We have been struggling with tyre shake for a few events now and this event was no different, but after a few small adjustments and with the track glued, we finally had a run with no tyre shake and a massive wheelstand. We are finally happy enough with the chassis setup we can start to gradually bring in more power!"

Two members of the Taz Racing stable were running solidly in the nines, Brian Nixon's 105e naturally aspirated big block Anglia back in the eights with 8.9922/148.58 and Lee Denham's 400ci nitrous Capri running 9.4405/146.72. There were three members of the Modified 100e group which we hope to see in force at the Hot Rod Drags, co-ordinator Scott Collin running a new PB of 10.1987/132.07 after a loose radiator hose caused the car to spin on track on Saturday, and Stuart Flitton on 10.4771/130.16, close to his PB of 10.30. The third 100e of Paul Lorne unfortunately suffered engine breakage with a bent pushrod and chunks of aluminium ending up in the sump. Also scoring a PB was the imaginatively signwritten FWD Escort Van of Terry Newton who ran 10.0228/150.13, his first 150mph and surely with a nine on the cards for Doorslammers.

The Orange Pop team of Simon Barlow was in attendance and although no headline numbers were run, the guys and gals were in testing mode with new parts. Crew Chief Karl Harrison said "It moved two feet then spun the tyres as the wheelie bar was too low and the engine made a sh*t load of horsepower; all ok though and all the bits are working as they should. We had more ups and downs, but more progress made and lots learnt; we know now we have way more power with the new engine/blower/CDI ignition system and fuel system than we had before". As the previous best was 7.08/192 we think we know where that is heading...

Photo credits: Roger Goring by Kieran, Gary Parkes and Scott Collin by Sarah White, Simon Barlow by Jason Yates.

Julie's Bowling Green win.
30th August: Congratulations to expat Norwegian NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster racer Julie Nataas for a win at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, Battle at the Beech yesterday.

In a field of six, Julie started with a disadvantage qualifying in bottom place with a 26.040/22.48 run. In round one she met Rich McPhillips Jr. and scored an identical ET to Rich, 5.259 with 276.92 speed, Julie's 0.064 RT making the difference. In the semi final, Julie's 5.313/275.06 defeated Mick Steele's 5.512/259.11 and in the final, Julie had a holeshot win over Jasmine Salinas, a 5.294/272.01 coupled with a 0.053 light defeating Jasmine's 5.283/278.06 with a 0.077 RT.

You can see onboard footage of Julie's round one win at this link. The win consolidates Julie's lead in the North Central Region TAD points standings, and she is currently fourth in the national points out of 55 racers.

Swift snippets.
30th August: Can you help Netherlands Pro Mod racer Marck Harteveld get back on track? He says "I'm looking for a Lenco CS1 part, a gear set 1:28 fine spline". If you have some for sale or you know somebody who has one they want to sell, contact Marck at VooDoo Hemi racing, on 0031 6534 00718 or at his e-mail address.

We've several birthdays to celebrate today. Happy Birthday to Top Methanol racer, British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member and team owner Krister Johansson, drag racing artist Paul Whitehouse who reaches 60 today, also to Finnish Pro Modified and Top Doorslammer racer Tero Laukkanen, race car builder and former nitro slingshot racer Johnny Hall, and last but not least former Pro ET racer Heide Stanley. Have a great day all.

Further prize for Perfect Light Award winners.
28th August: Tig and Cath Napier of Pro ET racing team Bad Habit Racing have been generous supporters of the sport for many years and sponsors of the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award since 2013.

So keen are the Napiers to raise awareness of the award winners that they have generously come up with a special decal which will be handed out in future to any racer winning by scoring the first 0.000 RT at championship events where the award is given. The decal, designed by sponsor Peter Walters Race Designs to whom Cath and Tig give grateful thanks, will also be given out to past award winners, who Cath has been diligently listing.

Cath says "I'll be giving them out at the Euros and National Finals to everyone who has won the PL since we started sponsoring it in 2013 and Simon has kindly agreed to hand them out to future winners". We thank Cath and Tig for their kind contribution and, make no mistake, they will be sought out as a sign that the racer carrying one can cut killer lights. A pdf list of those who have won the Perfect Light Award since Bad Habit Racing sponsored it can be downloaded from this link.

As with all awards, display of these decals on your race vehicle is not mandatory but would be appreciated.

Kasey remembered.
28th August: Many thanks to Martin Drake of Drakie's Photography who has sent a photo never before published and tribute to Kasey Dixon-Grainger who we lost ten years ago today:

"Today is 10 years that Kasey Dixon-Grainger lost his life in a top end accident at York Raceway, I have only just released my last burnout shot I took of him on that last run; it's been sitting on my hard drive all that time as I didn't feel I could let it out to the world yet.

"He was one of the greatest men alive, a great man to his family, loved by everyone, he was always around whenever you needed anything if you broke at the track, just an all round fantastic human being.

"On his last run he would get his best time, a 10.1 second pass, and was billed to be the best racer with so much potential, sadly that run on 28th August 2011 would be his last one, grieved by his Mum & Dad Tanya and Paul, and his brother Scott Dixon-Grainger and his many friends and associates in the UK racing family".

JT repairs.
28th August: Thanks to regular contributor Pro Modified and burnout-across-the-line Pro ET racer John Tebenham for another update on his activities in the lead up to The Doorslammers 3rd-5th September:

We have managed to get another half shaft, as that’s why the burnout went wrong in the Crew Killer. Paul Marston has diff spares, so we will be back out at The Doorslammers. Also, thanks to Luke Robinson and my new crew chief Ricky Packham, we are ready with my mad Pro Mod, come on, 191 mph in 3.91 seconds.

We have had a massive change around of crew as less is more, so less crew but I am determined to win something with two cars at two meetings. At least somebody put a burnout trophy up, as I can assure you I will win that. This could be the best two weekends of my life (or maybe the bloody worst).

Come and buy a poster off us which Callum Pudge took, £2.50 or £5.00 and sit in the Crew Killer.

Ford Show preview.
27th August: The Ford Show takes place this Sunday, 29th August at Santa Pod Raceway. Fords of all ages and from both the US and UK will be seen at the event, either on track or in the Show & Shine.

Santa Pod will be running an invitational sub 12 second class which will include Scott Collin, Paul Lorne and Stuart Flitton in their Modified 100e cars and others. For those who want to go in the Ford-only Run What You Brung, you can make unlimited runs for £35 by going to this link. RWYB entrants will need to buy an admission ticket online as well as a RWYB ticket.

Off track, there will be areas for clubs to display and you can see the list of the 18 clubs that have registered, and where they will be displaying, by clicking on the image. If you wish to take part in the Show & Shine, you just book a ticket online at this link when you arrive, park in the Show & Shine area after 8am and fill in the form. Spectators should book in advance at the same link.

We will be attending as Kieran will be taking photos and video for his Mk1Kieran Youtube channel.

Pictured Scott Collin (left) alongside Paul Lorne, and Stuart Flitton (right).

Williams Bros Speed Shop to sponsor Doorslammers Big Bracket.
27th August: Santa Pod are delighted to announce that the Williams Bros Speed Shop are back to sponsor the Big Bracket Class at the forthcoming VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers event on 3rd-5th September. 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 Williams's Bro's Speed Shop (part of the OCS Group) to be the title sponsor of the Big Bracket, especially as so many of our customers that have used our mechanical, paint or engine (WBR Race Engines) services will be competing in the class.

Our 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 Williams Bros Speed Shop 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 Williams Bros racing team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, we look forward to seeing you there. Check out our facilities online at -,, and

EDRS update.
27th August: The Mid Sweden Nationals Finals will be taking place this weekend at Sundsvall Raceway, Sweden, the event having been shortened by one day to Saturday and Sunday 28th-29th August only. It's the final EDRS race in Sweden this year.

Spectator numbers are restricted to 600 per day including children (these Swedish restrictions will only provisionally be lifted in September), and the race entry is down from what it would have been. However all sportsman classes are represented with a sprinkling of quicker machines on-site. You can see the entry list at this link and results will be published at this link (click on Mid Sweden Nationals).

The current points positions for the Summit European Drag Racing Series run by Speedgroup can be seen at this link. The final two rounds of the championship will be at Kauhava in Finland on 11th-12th September and Gardermoen, Norway on 10th-12th September. These will be preceded by Super Comp Bike and Super Gas Bike running at Mosten, Denmark on 3rd-4th September and Super Gas Bike, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street Junior Dragster and Pro ET racing at Haapsalu, Estonia on 4th-5th September.

Pictured: Top Doorslammer racer Stefan Carlsson, who will be making demo runs at the Mid Sweden Nationals Finals.

Malmö Winter Nats this weekend.
27th August: The Malmö Winter Nats will be taking place from today to Sunday at the eigth mile Malmö Raceway. Details and the entry list are at this link, and you can catch up with results at this link (select Malmo Winter Nats).

The race will be highlighted by eight Pro X-Treme cars (aka Top Doorslammer), and although there is no live stream of this event, we will bring results early next week.

Swift snippets.
27th August: We have a birthday on the team today, Many Happy Returns to photographer Julian, have a great day from Diana, Kirstie, Kieran and Simon.

Mustang Owners Club GB private track day.
26th August:
On Friday 13th August the Mustang Owners Club of GB held a private track day at Santa Pod Raceway. Starting on Thursday evening, members stayed at The Sharnbrook Hotel & VesuviO Restaurant ready for the club's exclusive track day at Santa Pod.

On Friday, over 110 cars including many generations of Mustang, Dodge Challengers, Hellcats, Chevrolet Camaro and Trucks attended the MOCGB Race Day, many members taking to the track, some spectating and soaking in the atmosphere. During the evening around 40 members went back to the hotel for a Pizza and Pasta Buffett. Over 800 runs were made over the course of the day and as well as Sharnbrook Hotel, Mustang Maniac Ltd and A-Plan Insurance supported the event.

Our regular photographic correspondent The Mad Welshman attended the event and have uploaded two large albums from the track day to their Flickr account which you can see by going to this link. Mad says "We were lucky enough to get some trackside shots and there were also some additional non-Mustang guests on track too."

The MOCGB was founded in 1979 to help ensure the preservation and enjoyment of the Ford Mustang. It welcomes owners and enthusiasts of all models, years and styles of Mustang. A full membership of £25.00 per annum provides a printed copy of the magazine together with being able to access the magazine online, or there is a digital subscription offer available for £15.00 per annum.

Hippo-Drones at SPR.
26th August: Santa Pod Raceway was the subject for Youtube vlogger (not social media influencer - editor) Peter O'Connor who runs the Hippo-Drones Youtube channel who visited the track last Sunday for the Greenlight Nationals. Peter writes:

"I was very kindly invited up to Santa Pod Raceway to see what it was all about by a friend and subscriber, Dave Grundy. I have never been before and had no idea what to expect as the racing is so very different than the circuit racing I am more familiar with.

Dave Grundy is racing in the Greenlight Nationals in the ET Bike class on his lovely Triumph Street Triple 765, and when I arrived he introduced me to Jon Crawford who is racing in the VWDRC Sportsman class, and is the current champion. Jon then introduced me to many of the other 4 wheeled racers in the paddock and Dave also introduced me to many of the two wheeled competitors. Every single person I met up at Santa Pod was incredible, so very friendly and welcoming. It truly was a pleasure to meet and chat and hang out with every single one.

"I thought drag racing was going to be so different, but the reality is that it is one big family. My eyes have been opened, just need to book myself on a RWYB (Run What You Brung)".

Peter's video gets off with a bang with the Top Fuel engine explosion of Mona from Sweden in the first few minutes, however the interviews, interspersed with the runs of the interviewees, are the main element of the production. These are conducted in a friendly and concise way with great camerawork. All-in-all, the video provides a brilliant insight to racers as individuals and personalities, something that is missing from many other video productions that focus solely on the track. We hope that Peter will be able to return to the track in the near future to report on more SPR races.

Crew required for Comp Eliminator AMX.
26th August: Former Outlaw Flat Four racer David Swift whose last (and rather fiery) ride was the John Maher tube chassised Beetle, has made a change of direction and bought this AMC AMX in which he will be competing in the OCS Group Big Bracket at The Doorslammers 3rd-5th September and in Track WorX Comp Eliminator at the following week's European Finals 10th-12th September.

Dave says "The car was built by Autofab Race Cars with a new 632ci Steve Schmidt engine with 3 stages of gas and an Abruzzi Powerglide gearbox. It's going to be a steep learning curve from the Beetle. I am looking for an experienced crew member to assist with general race prep/maintenance whist at the European Finals and future events at Santa Pod. If you're interested, call me on 07595 366306 or e-mail on this address. You can also see Dave's request in our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet and if you have similar needs for crew, do let us know at

Top Doorslammer at Motopark.
26th August: Yesterday we reviewed the Fueltech Nitrobike Shootout at Motopark Raceway, Finland at the weekend, and also noted from the entry list and results there was a good field of Finnish Top Doorslammers. Although eliminations were rained off, some good times were run during the two qualifying sessions. Here are the qualifying results from the event:
  1. Tero Laukkanen (turbo 2016 Camaro) 4.072/300.08
  2. Hannu Flink (nitrous Willys Coupe) 4.169/288.56
  3. Lasse Niskavaara (supercharged 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt) 4.202/282.56
  4. Jari Sokura (supercharged 1957 Chevrolet Belair) 4.583/277.43
  5. Marko Leivo (supercharged 1967 Chevrolet Camaro) 4.677/233.84
  6. Ville Haga (turbo 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS)4.737/259.07
  7. Mikko Siironen (supercharged 1971 Plymouth Barracuda) 4.764/266.02
  8. Jaakko Lauhasmaa (supercharged 1971 Plymouth Barracuda) 5.082/240.78
  9. Henri Hälikkä (supercharged 1970 Plymouth Duster) 6.473/119.97
  10. Jarmo Nyberg (supercharged 1969 Dodge Dart)7.861/84.17
In the FHRA Top Doorslammer points, Tero Laukkanen leads from Hannu Flink by two points with Lasse Niskavaara and Jari Sokura only three more points further back, and Mikko Siironen and Jaakko Lauhasmaa four and six points behind them. Both events in 2021 only had qualifying points awarded, so the 11th-12th September race at Kauhava should be highly competitive.

You can see the cars and other vehicles from the event in action, with fantastic on-board shots, at Teemu Multisilta's Youtube channel at this link and other media links are in yesterday's report on the Nitrobike Shootout. Tero Laukkanen photo © Teemu Multisita

Doorslammers entry deadline this Friday.
25th August: We remind racers that entries for the Doorslammers to be held on 3rd-5th September are due to close this Friday 27th August. The link to go to for Doorslammers racer entry is, and you can see the current entry list at this link.

Colin's Outlaw Anglia update.
25th August: Many thanks to Renegade Outlaw Anglia co-ordinator Colin Millar for bringing us up to date about his racing operation and plans for the class at their next event, the NSRA Hot Rod Drags on 17th-19th September.

After attending a family wedding which also clashed with Dragstalgia and caused me to drop down the ladder by 1000 points (I'm not bitter, honest, well maybe a weee bit!), I was more than ready, in fact I would compare myself to a coiled spring looking forward to the Greenlight Nationals.

We intended to leave on Friday morning and as the event drew near, it changed to midnight and by the time we had left it was 5.30 on Thursday afternoon. We had a great run down and even stopped for dinner just over the border; the journey was so smooth that we rocked up at Santa Pod at 3 o’clock in the morning.

Even using my sweet nature we never even had a minute chance of getting into the pit, so off to the parking field I said to Lynn (I could see she may have been a tad upset by now). The new rig is fantastic but to sleep in it, the car needs to go outside; I said it's ok, its only a few hours. The fact we have that much gear in the Discovery means the seats don’t go back and sitting up for four hours didn’t seem to agree with my Lynn after flies, daddy long legs and various other beasties had come in as I left the light on and opened the door. Obviously, and way too often, the strain of the coiled spring was showing signs.

Entry to the event was had at 07.45 and after pitting and a weeee sleep we were back on track.

A very wet affair was experienced by all, but eventually we managed only one qualifier and it was the race of our lives, creating history by running the fastest ever speed and ET in a side by side run in Outlaw Anglia in the class's 29 year history, well chuffed for me and for Jedd. On to Sunday and again the heavens opened but we again managed the 1st round of eliminations. I had Rob Stone, Mick Tayler had Jon Webster and Ben Kennedy had Jedd Guy.

Into the semi-finals with Jedd having a bye into the final, and for the first time ever I had an elimination race with Jon Webster, to be honest both of us were really looking forward to this race, mentally ready and pumped up. However it was not to be, my Holley fuel pump shaft seal popped and leaked race fuel on to the race track. Eagle eyed Dave Warren spotted this and immediately shut me down, the first time in 11 years. Two new pumps are on order from Topspeed !

Although the weekend was slow and wet we still had an absolute ball, thanks to everyone who raced with us supported us and to all the track crew and marshals who do an incredible job.

Onwards and upwards as the Outlaw Anglia class look forward to the NSRA Hot Rod Drags with an entry field at present showing 15 cars but with my calculations this will increase beyond 30 plus cars, and everyone is ready to race and have a fantastic time. We have 1st 2nd and 3rd trophies, most consistent ET and best 1st round elimination reaction time trophies and OA Bracket class 1st and 2nd trophies, so plenty of opportunity for all involved.

As always we are looking to put on the very best show with a few more familiar faces coming back out to play but just as many new faces coming out to face the challenges of what is (in my opinion) the very best class out there.

Look forward to seeing everyone real soon, see you at the track!

Wild Bunch news update.
25th August:Claire Meaddows has updated the Wild Bunch web site with news from last weekend's Greenlight Nationals.

Claire commented: We had a small but excellent field of 5 cars participating in the event. New PBs for speed were recorded by Mark Coulsell in ‘Ballbreaker’ at 161.92 mph and Andy Clifford in ‘Snake Eyes’ at 154.21 mph (his first time over 150mph). By winning the event Mark has taken the lead in the Springbridge MSUK Challenge and the SPRC Championship for Wild Bunch

The next Wild Bunch round is at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags on 17th-19th September, with the final MSUK round at the National Finals on 25th-26th September.

A very Happy Birthday to Claire's other half 'Crazy' Chris Hartnell, have a great day from all of us at

Fueltech Nitrobike Showdown back in Finland.
25th August: After the round at Mantorp Park in Sweden it was back to Motopark in Finland for the Fueltech Nitrobike Showdown's penultimate round of its inaugural champsionship.

With rain the main feature of the weather, cancelling the third round of qualifying and the whole of the Sunday eliminations, the results we can share are the qualifying positions after session 2:
  1. Vesa Lipponen 6.588/238.30kph
  2. Samu Kemppainen (Skull Racing) 6.649/335.07
  3. Roman Sixta 6.830/326.90
  4. Jaska Salakari 7.142/213.25
  5. Mikko Rajaniemi (Sirpa TFB) 7.195/277.61
  6. Lasse Leponiemi (Team ST60) 7.382/304.03
  7. Marko Lantto (Reckless Racing) 7.742/217.47
  8. Torsti Kettula (Gruff drag racing team) 7.772/203.96
  9. Alternate: Harri Piensalmi 22.921/46.04
There were a couple of non-qualifiers too, Juha "Sushi" Hintukainen (near lane, below right, Veskun Kuvatukset photo) and Kalle Myllyä. Roman Sixta (far lane, below right) suffered an accident where the front end of the bike washed out after the finish line the bike going across the grass area into a tyre wall at high speed. Roman was kept in the local hospital overnight for observation and released on the following day, unhurt apart from a sprained wrist, but in shock. He's now resting at home and we send our best wishes

Vesa Lipponen (near lane, above left, Timo Aartomaa photo) came out of the race #1 in points with the next and final race of the season at Kauhava 11th-12th September.

You can see photos of the event at the following links:
RIP Crew Killer burnouts.
23rd August: Many thanks to Pro ET and Pro Modified racer John Tebenham for sharing his plans for The Doorslammers and European Finals and reflecting on a burnout too far, literally, at the Greenlight Nationals:

The mad Crew Killer pop did a great burnout (for video click on
this link from Patrick O'Connor) this Sunday, but after a chat with Dave Warren who was absolutely right to disqualify me as I went over the start line (love you Dave), the start crew have said no more mad burnouts. So the Crew Killer Pop is up for sale, people don’t come to watch that sort of thing.

We can now concentrate on my Pro Mod. A massive thanks to Keith for the car park (say no more). Come to the Doorslammers and be entertained (obviously with boring burnouts).

September - how could you not be excited about it. First The Doorslammers and as we are the poster car we had better come and play, but I am only 50% sure we are 90% going as my crankshaft is still in the USA. Luke Robinson, the man who runs my team, has assured me we will be ready.

I am going to enter the Doorslammers and the Euro finals with both cars, I just hope we have enough spares, but I’m not too worried as my driving instructor is coming up to race (about bloody time). Yeah, my hero Andy (rev it) Robinson is back. A shout out to Andy who was unbelievable when I got the Pro Mod, teaching me how to drive one of these beasts. We would get back to the pits, I’d say 'Andy it was swaying left, right, left, right at about 200 mph' He said 'Yeah keep your foot down, sit it on the rev limiter at 10,400 revs, it will calm down, then change gear', yeah, we went 6.02. A massive respect to Andy for his wins , his bad runs (what we don’t talk about), and how many times he keeps bouncing back, the man must be a ball. Good luck Andy and remember, we are pitted together so we share all spares as Andy has engines and we have spark plugs. Bring it on.

Greenlight Nationals racer comments.
23rd August: We've gathered up a selection of social media comments from some racers following the weekend's race (apologies for not including every word or acknowledgement). But first, let's have a roll call of those finals (or in a couple of cases, semi finals) that didn't happen due to the final rain shower which occurred close to the 8pm curfew:

Competition Eliminator: Robin Orthodoxou or Jordan Payne vs Steve Lloyd or Spencer Tramm
Peter Nee Super Pro ET: Billy Gane vs Barry Giles
Dave Grady Super Gas: Andy Dibley vs Mark White
Modurstang Pro ET: Ronnie Mercer vs Tom Watkins
Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Gill Medley vs Holley Walters
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Katie Ellis vs Harry Redshaw
Nostalgia Superstock: Dave Billadeau vs Spencer Tramm
Renegade Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy vs Jon Webster
VW Pro: James Hodson vs Luke Stevenson
VW Sportsman: Jack Gooding vs Daniel Boucher or Rob Creswell

Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike: Stephen Mead vs Alan Morrison Jnr
JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike: Brad Head vs Brett Cordelle
Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike: Brad Head vs Brett Cordelle
Blood Cancer UK ET Bike: Bill Marsh vs Phil Pratt

Daimler nitro dragster racer Robin Read had a frustrating Saturday followed by a great run on Sunday. He said "In the end after many delays caused by rain, we were shut off after the burnout for a fuel leak from a loose fitting on the main fuel line into the metering valve, repairs were carried out, but it was the rain that finally curtailed our activities. We only managed to get one run in on Sunday and were very pleased with a 6.9018/196.40. After all the work that has taken place on Spirit of Le Patron since the Hot Rod Drags last year, we needed a good solid pass. The run was faultless, Spirit arriving at the other end undamaged and clean and tidy, a good starting place to expand on the tune up; we got some good data too. You can see regular updates and a list of those Robin thanks on his Facebook group.

In Competition Eliminator, Jordan Payne beat a red-lighting Nic Williams (for video click here). He said "Due to circumstances out of our control, our second round of eliminations was delayed and was unable to take place before the rain arrived and caused the event to be called for the weekend. Many thanks to the Santa Pod track crew for all of their efforts today to get the track cleared and dry for us to race. It’s very much appreciated by the Sticky Situation Racing team!"

The debut of Tim Moore's 'Tim's Toy' '55 Chevy in Super Gas got the attention of everybody, what a beautiful new build. Wife Tina said "Well what a weekend, on Friday I thought that’s it, we’re going home with all the problems we had, but with our extended drag racing family the problems got ironed out. I have so many people to thank, Rob Chilton for all the fabrication work, Richard Walters for a great paint scheme, John Atkinson for all the electrics on the car, to Paul Watson and John for setting the grid up, Steve Hitchcock for sponsoring us this weekend and his help, Simon Fulton for use of the trailer and Dave Fulton for helping getting the brakes sorted and putting the engine in. ‘Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring’ Jon Giles for his encouragement all weekend and to all the Super Gas guys. If I have forgotten anyone I apologise. Bring on the Euros!"

Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET racer Holley Walters said "What a brilliant weekend racing. After spending what felt like most of the weekend waiting in the pairing lanes for the precipitation to pass, I managed to reach the final for the first time since 2017 at Shakey! I had some great races against Chris Winn , Rob Creswell and Georgina Smith, but I have to give special mention to my semi finals race against my better half Dan Holloway. I'd have been made up for either of us to take the win, but luck was on my side for once and I was almost bang on my dial in. Thank you to Cath Dodge and Tig Napier for the bounty prize, awarded for taking out Dan as the reigning winner from Bug Jam. I was gutted Gill and I couldn't run the final as the rain eventually set in for good, but I'm sure we'll get another chance some day". Holley thanks her mum and dad Richard Walters and Julie Walters for their hard work in getting her to the track and looking after her and brother Peter all weekend.

In Outlaw Anglia, Jemma Guy, for husband and sponsor Jedd Guy, wrote "The weather was 100% not on our side on Saturday however thanks to the awesome track crew we were able to get a qualifying run (for video click here) which put us straight in at number 1 with a 7.099 @ 192 off the trailer! A new PB speed with the engine bogging after the launch (and the quickest side by side Outlaw Anglia run ever with Colin running 7.175 @ 192.24 – editor). On Sunday, again the weather couldn't make up its mind, we had Ben Kennedy in the 1st round and then a bye in the Semi Final. The final was then to be against Jon Webster and both our teams were rushing round to get ready but the skies opened up and ended the day! Big thank you to Santa Pod Track crew for all there hard work this weekend!

VW Pro saw a new PB for Paul Jackson at the Green Light Nationals in the il Pirätä 20vt Lupo, at 10.34@134mph, Paul crediting engine work by Pro-Race Engineering mapping by Volks Workshop. The final included the dragster of Luke Stevenson who pointed out his record to date in the new car: Summer Nationals - Round 2 exit, Bug Jam - Semi Finals exit, Green Light Nationals - uncontested final, National Finals ??? But first roll on European Finals in a few weeks for Comp Eliminator and time to turn it up a little.

VW Sportsman racer Jon Crawford gave a full account of his weekend on the Crawford Motorsports Facebook page. "We went into this year's event with some confidence after an awesome day's testing on the preceding Monday at the VWDRC Drag Day. We went into the event 350 points behind Rob Creswell, and we knew that it was important to leave the event with the points lead. We put Monday's testing pb on the car, knowing full well that we wouldn't get close, a calculated decision which paid off. Over half the field went quicker than their dialled in time, and we qualified number five in the list of 17. It then rained, and the fields were set.

We were up against Ethan Lisle, a feared competitor who had been superb in Friday testing. However of his four 0.0x reaction times on Friday, two of them were on the wrong side, and so Jon knew as long as he stayed safe, there was a good chance the Rollin Pea Racing Lupo might lean on the tree too hard. And so it turned out. Round two pitched us again against Morgan Wilson for the commentators to compare my skills so favourably to hers is such a compliment. On this occasion Jon was able to get a better reaction time, caught and passed the yellow Beetle around 1000' and lifted to make sure he took the win. In The third round Jon raced the points leader Rob Creswell, left first but lifted too early and Rob sneaked past and took the win". Jon thanks Jim Broome, Damian Burke and Dave Grundy for their help over the weekend. (photo from VW Drag Day by Kirstie)

Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike had some great performances, Alan Morrison Jnr going to the top of the qualifying standings with his first six, 6.9421/211.81. It's difficult to realise that Alan is in his first year in the class after previously competing in 9.50 Bike, so confident is he in riding his new and much quicker bike. Whilst the rest of the qualified field struggled in the difficult conditions, Sunday saw some good runs, with Steve Venables stepping up in round one to 6.9736/217.94 (just short of his 218mph speed record) and then running 6.9116/217.88 but pulling a cherry against Steve Mead in the semi final. Meanwhile Alan improved his PBs further to 6.9132/211.91, so we were robbed of a potentially great final.

The Funny Bike final had Tony Clark, riding Phil Crossley's bike, getting another great pass of 7.2375/192.97 (new PB speed) in the final against Jiri Lukes in his first final. Jiri suffered an engine fire on the launch which got his attention but nevertheless he kept the machine straight down the track. He remarked "Put more Nitrous in, they said, it will be ok, they said!" Jiri was fine, looking down to check momentarily before he continued down track, and posted Ian Blackett's slo-mo video with the Jerry Lee Lewis classic 'Great Balls of Fire' playing in the background…

In Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Brad Head had his best racing weekend ever up to the point the rains came for the final time on Sunday evening. He said: The weekend started off well with posting a pb with the bike 9.69 qualifying us 4th, unfortunately no more running happened on Saturday due to the rain so that ended leaving us 4th and having to face our pit mate Craig Wright which was a shame but that’s racing - the winner would take a bye to the final! Craig got the jump on me at the start but my light was still one of best I’d had for a long while, Craig had trouble in the other lane and luckily me and the bike finally showed up to post a 9.54 to Craig’s 9.74, a win and a bye to my first final!

We were inches away to facing off against Brett Cordelle in the final when the rain decided it would give us one more blow! I was bsolutely gutted as I know this would have been a great race with Brett getting a good handle on his new clutch, hopefully a re run at euros ? If not I’m sure we will meet again!" Brad wanted to say thank you to all the people that helped him get to this point, Andy Head, Jake Mechaell, Charlotte Cook-Abbott, Billy Everitt, Andy Fadster and Hayley Hadfield. (Photo by Callum Pudge)

You can see photo galleries from the event by Callum Pudge on Facebook at this link and Patrick O'Connor at this link.

Frantic for sale.
23rd August: Regular readers and followers of the Wild Bunch will recall the incident at Dragstalgia where Andy Stones suffered a stuck throttle as he was coming round to the start line, and his 'Frantic' altered crashed into the the steel pillar of the barn.

After some thought Andy has decided to sell the car, originally built in 1978 and reworked over the last few years with a fresh chassis (see picture before the accident). He says "The car comes complete with everything - TH400 turbo with trans brake, Jaguar V12 engine with steel crank, Cosworth pistons and rods, ported and flowed heads, Ford 9 inch axle with 4:11 gears and much more besides.

The car chassis will need to be front halved, with a new drop beam and front wheels needed and a few other bits. If car doesn’t sell, Andy will break her up for parts, but is hoping someone will rebuild this classic drag car. If you're interested in acquiring a piece of UK drag racing history, contact Andy on 07970 274573 or at his email here.

European Finals update.
23rd August: Thanks to Santa Pod Raceway CEO Keith Bartlett who has provided an update on this year's European Finals:

As we near the end of the summer season, we are delighted to be able to hold an International Drag Racing event at the European Finals weekend on 10th-12th September. For the past 25 years, this has traditionally always been the FIA Championship Finals event, the last big international event of the season. However, because of the Covid-19 crisis and the subsequent restrictions it has placed on most events, the FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Championship was cancelled in both 2020 and again this year. In 2020 we held a replacement event called “Not the European Finals” which at least kept the event and the traditional date alive for all our dedicated drag racing fans and supporters, albeit on a much-reduced level.

Once again in 2021, we will be holding a major Drag Racing event on the same date, with nearly all the normal European Finals classes. However, whilst there will be European teams appearing, it will be reduced from the normal levels of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. Fortunately, we will still have Top Fuel Dragsters, Nitro Funny Cars, Nostalgia Funny Cars, Jet Cars, the wild Pro Modified plus all the regular national classes. Furthermore, the event will host an exclusive ‘Nitro Shoot-Out” to headline the event. Check the
Santa Pod website or the SPR Facebook page for more updates.

The event will also change from a 4-day event to a 3-day event (10th-12th September) with Thursday 9th Sept being a full-blown test day, but Friday 10th Sept will be the first day of actual racing (Qualifying).

The first round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship is normally held each year over the May Spring Bank Holiday preceded by the ‘Doorslammers’ event the weekend before, when again, a full field of European drivers and teams provide the competition. The Doorslammers couldn’t be held in 2020 or in May this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, the event is now scheduled for the week before the European Finals Shootout on the 3rd/5th September but again at a reduced level to previous years.

All these reductions are as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in place for travel for our foreign teams and drivers. With that said, both events will still produce fast and exciting drag racing whether you’re a regular die-hard fan or a first timer to our incredible sport!

It has been a very difficult 18 months for Santa Pod with the restrictions and closure of events etc. but I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our spectators, teams, sponsors and suppliers for the huge support we have received all of which has helped contribute to us surviving this hugely challenging time.

Remember, if you want to see Nitro cars – Shootout style and 300mph, 3-sec Top Fuel Dragsters and then Santa Pod on 10th-12th Sept is the place to be.

See you at the track!

SPRC European Finals refund.
23rd August: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for a notice about refunded entry fees for the event:

Following the shortening of the European Finals event by a day, Santa Pod Racers Club have taken the decision to refund the difference between the four day event as entered, and the now three day event to all race teams entered.

The refund will be as follows, for all sportsman classes the refund value will be £40 and all pro entries it will be £50. This will be reimbursed to you dependant upon how you paid for the event, card payments will be refunded back to the card used for the entry payment, whereas bank transfers will have the money returned to you.

Any racer who has yet to pay their entry fee, please now only pay the lesser amount of £215 for a Sportsman Entry and £235 for a Pro Entry.

STP Greenlight Nationals results.
23rd August: Congratulations to the winners at this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Be Fast R Super Comp: Steve Hudson 8.9176/143.43 def. Leah Kellett 8.9189/164.87 DQ red (Leah went red by 0.0009)
Springbridge Direct Wild Bunch: Mark Coulsell 8.4772/130.57 (8.25) Andy Clifford 15.4263/63.38 (9.00)
Outlaw Flat Four:Paul Bate staged, bye

Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike: Tony Clark 7.2375/192.97 def. Jiri Lukes 14.3542/113.79 Comp Bike: Louis Davies 7.0669/188.92 def. Sean Mills no-show Junior Drag Bike: Samuel Hope 13.3811/46.17 (13.25) def. Casey Holgate 10.2055/63.53 (9.90)

The event was marked by rain during both days which the Santa Pod Raceway track crew worked tirelessly to clear and return the track to racing condition. A single qualifying session for each class was completed on Sunday morning after a downpour on Saturday afternoon brought proceedings to a halt. Eliminations on Sunday were also interrupted, however were able to be run through to semi finals, and for almost all classes it was only the finals that couldn't be run, a great achievement in the damp conditions.

Congratulations to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Nick Hale who was the winner of the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award supported by Cath and Tig Napier, receiving £50 (Nick also won a cash award from Street Eliminator sponsors Edge Performance Gearbox Specialists so a profitable weekend for him). The award will be reset to £50 and is next available at the European Finals.

The Twister Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of £50, went unclaimed and rises to £75 for the European Finals.

Bob's Photo Finish Award of £50 each goes to the competitors in the closest race by distance, thanks to sponsor Bob Roberts for posting the award. Congratulations go to Peter Nee Super Pro racers Billy Gane and sponsor Peter Walters who had a margin of 0.87 inches in the final (margin of victory 0.0003). We will be in touch with the winners in due course.

There were thankfully few incidents during the event. Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Al Williamson on a suffered an issue at the rear of his Howlin' Hauler pickup truck which sent him over the track at full throttle which he speedily corrected before glancing off the left hand wall. You can read Al's account of the aftermath of his accident below.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Festival of Power reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend, and many thanks to those who gave feedback on our coverage.

Billadeau NSS lifestyle champion.
23rd August: Many thanks to Chris Goodale of Nostalgia Superstock for sending details of the class's 2021 Lifestyle Events championship, which was competed for at VW Breakout, Dragstalgia and the Mopar Euro Nationals:

The class held a trophy presentation for the Lifestyle Events champion and congratulations to Dave Billadeau as championship winner with 2310 points, with Stuart 'Kiwi' Thompson coming second on 2270 points me, Chris Goodale, coming third on 2020 points.

Dave is extremely pleased with his new Challenger which was fresh out this year. Kiwi is running a Billadeau-built engine and transmission along with Chris whose car Dave has extensively worked on.

So it’s been a very good result for everyone, Dave and Kiwi were extremely close in the points at the end, and Dave would like to congratulate Kiwi as he’s a very good friend and racer.

Big thanks as always to the tireless efforts of the crew at Santa Pod - it’s much appreciated, and to the committee members & everyone that races in Nostalgia Super Stock for making it such a competitive class and also a massive laugh at the same time.

We're looking forward to the National Finals this year and a full season of racing next year.

Howlin Hauler on the mend.
23rd August: Many thanks to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Al Williamson for sending us an account of his on-track incident on Saturday at the Greenlight Nationals:

The Howlin Hauler team was looking forward to the GLN having had a good season to date and lying second place in the points for street eliminator With a couple more improvements we were keen to get things started and maybe achieve the elusive 7 sec run. With the day delayed due to rain, we finally got the call for the 1st qualifier.

On the burnout the truck did move to the left which in itself was unusual, but my thoughts were, due to the weather this could end up being a one-shot qualifier, so I was conscious of getting a good time on the board. The launch seemed to be ok but within no time at all the truck did a sharp turn left, crossing into the left lane and unfortunately ended up making contact with the wall. The main damage was to the front suspension, strut, steering rack, wheel, and the radiator which took most of the impact.

The chassis has a few bent tubes but looks repairable, and there is some bodywork, after having a good look at the truck we definitely think it could have been a lot worse.

I have a lot of people who deserve special thanks, the amazing Santa Pod track crew and medical staff, who seemed to be there within seconds of me rolling to a stop; my wife June who was watching on the live feed, this being the first meeting ever I think she has missed; my fantastic crew of Iain, especially Kay who came and found me in the medic centre and kept the family up to date on what was going on, and Dave who looked after the aftermath while I was being checked over. A big thanks to all the SE drivers and crews who helped and offered to help, especially Damian who was in the other lane (sorry Damian, I didn’t have time to indicate I was turning left) and all the many hundreds of messages I’ve received from family and friends.

Unfortunately the incident has resulted in us being out for the remainder of the season, with the plan to repair and be ready for next season, maybe with a few improvements.

Jesus's Second Coming.
23rd August: If you saw our photos of the Performance Run What Ya Brung held by Santa Pod Raceway on Friday, you will have noticed a cool-looking VW Bay Window pickup. That vehicle belonged to Alex 'Jesus' Leverich who has written in to give us some more details about its build over the last three years by sponsors Robinson Race Cars:

It's been difficult keeping it off the internet for five years during the build, but I now have a Facebook page 'Second Coming Single Cab' and an Instagram account @secondcomingsinglecab both of which have lots of pictures and details about the build. I would really appreciate anyone who wants to give both pages a follow.

It all started September 2016. I took a trip to Das Drag Day in Bitburg, and my friend Trevor Sharpe spent most of the trip persuading me to live my dreams, apart from financial ruin, whats the worst that can happen? We heard about a very early 1968 VW Single Cab which came from an olive grove in Italy via Monaco. I was ready to fly to Monaco to view it, rang Kieran the owner and he explained that there was a little issue, it was soon to be in Essex.

The Robinsons requested I didn't cut anything out till I got it to their workshop, as none of us where really sure what we were going to keep or not. So in March of 2018 the time finally came, and I was handed a plasma torch and set to it in their yard. It's the closest to a Jedi I have ever felt.

It's an 8.50 tagged chassis with double wishbone suspension front and rear, with the rear being rocker to spread the load longitudinally down the chassis rather than across it. It's powered by a 2931cc Pauter aircooled flat four engine, with a small 6466 Precision turbo, running on methanol. Behind the engine is a four speed sequential Mendeola IRS gearbox. A Fueltech FT550 is handling all the control and logging.

It's a brand new vehicle and as you can imagine a lot to set up and tune before it starts to get anywhere near its full potential. Thanks to Richie at RJ Volks Performance for all the assistance in the past month getting it running and tuned.

NGK Anger Management 2.0 breaks cover.
22nd August:
NGK-sponsored seven-times UK pro mod champion and sponsor Andy Robinson is set to return to the drag racing scene next month with a completely new look for his ’69 Camaro race car three years after it was written off in a 200mph accident.

Andy is set to debut the NGK-liveried ‘Anger Management 2.0’ at The Doorslammers meeting on September 3-5 at Northamptonshire’s Santa Pod Raceway, the scene of his spectacular crash.

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and Andy’s company, Robinson Race Cars, have a long-established relationship spanning more than ten years and the arrival of Andy's new Pro Mod will mark an even closer bond between the two.

Andy said: “It’s been a long journey getting Anger Management 2.0 ready for racing. It looks great and I can‘t wait to debut it in front of our fans at Santa Pod."

The building of this new race car followed Andy's 200mph accident in the 2018 National Finals at the Santa Pod Raceway. So bad was the damage inflicted by the high speed crash that the team were left with no choice but to write off the original race car, known as ‘Anger Management’. Fortunately Andy, driver and owner of the race team, walked away shaken but otherwise unhurt, testament to the team‘s acknowledged excellence in chassis and roll cage design and fabrication.

The accident came at the end of a season that had seen the team continually raise the performance bar, culminating in a record breaking run of 5.867 seconds and a top speed of 246.37mph for the quarter mile.

Andy later reflected: “It was such a shame because the car was getting faster and faster. Earlier in the year we had set our best time ever, setting a track record in the process. We were looking forward to going faster still in 2019 with two goals in sight, breaking the 250mph barrier and setting a 5.7 seconds time, and the way we were developing the car I think we could have done it.”

However within days of the accident, the team promised a comeback and started to plan the build of Anger Management 2.0, a car that they vowed would be even faster than its predecessor, but in saying so they knew that no small task faced them and it was a project that couldn’t be rushed.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “With a relationship that spans more than ten years we told Andy we would stand by the team for as long as it takes to build the new car. When Andy came to us with his new design proposals we were thrilled to see how he’d integrated NGK into the overall design. Now we can’t wait to see if it’s as quick as it looks.”

While Andy's car was out of action NGK set him another challenge in the shape of its MO70 Dragmower project (pictured left).

The original ride-on mower, on which MO70 was based, was transformed by Andy and was piloted by NGK Sales Representative John Catterson at Santa Pod in October 2019 when it reached 115.53mph in just 9.49 seconds, believed to be a record for a ride-on mower over the quarter-mile distance.

Andy values his long-term relationship with NGK. He said: “We’ve always felt very privileged to have a name like NGK behind us and it seems absolutely right that ten years on we celebrate that relationship by having NGK featured so prominently on our new car. Now it’s down to us to deliver. No pressure then.”

For more details go to NGK’s UK Facebook page at and also the Robinson Racing Facebook page.

Event entry update.
20th August: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that today is the closing date for the European Finals at normal rates. Racers may enter for the European Finals by going to this link on The entry list can be seen at this link.

Also entries for the Doorslammers to be held on 3rd-5th September are due to close on Friday 27th August and SPR would prefer racers to enter ASAP if possible. The link to go to for Doorslammers racer entry is, and you can see the current entry list at this link.

Motor Psycho returns.
20th August: Many thanks to fuel altered racer Adam Gleadow for sending in an account of his first hit with his rebuilt Motor Psycho altered.

After a lot of waiting, and cancelled testing opportunities over the last 18 months we finally got to make our first appearance with the latest iteration of Motor Psycho.

There's a lot of people who have helped us get to this position, but I want to say a huge thank you to two people who it would have been impossible without, and who are sadly no longer with us. Lawrie Gatehouse and Ollie Burn, we just wish you could have been there with us. Fuel Altereds Forever. We started the day with a few niggles, those overcome we headed to the lanes mid afternoon, apprehensive but excited to finally run a fully fledged fuel altered.

It had been 6 years since I last ran down the quarter mile, so a gentle burnout to get a feel for it, which brought everything back instantly, the car felt fantastic. On reaching for the reverser lever I hit the killswitch, rookie error. Pushed back and re-fired, pulled into stage and a soft 150ft checkout launch. Everything went to plan, and the car did exactly what was asked if it.

Back to the workshop for a full check over and a few tweaks, looking to get out again soon to start progressing with testing.

Thanks to the always brilliant Santa Pod track crew and marshalls, Joe Bond and Chris Eyre for coming on board to help out for the day and always, Dad, Darren, Martin & Chris for helping make all of this happen. It felt great to get back to the track running the car.

Your can follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with our progress at and @motorpsycho_aafa on Instagram.

Finally, get well soon to our fellow blown altered racer and friend, Dave Grabham.

Photo © Blackett Photography.

1000 and (still) counting runs!
20th August: Happy Birthday for tomorrow, 21st August to 9.50 Bike racer and eight time class champion Richard Sawatzki. Richard's wife Debbie reminded us that Richard was approaching a landmark number of runs in competition and we've updated our records from when we last looked.

We reported on 21st August last year had a running total at the end of 2019 was 972 runs since he started competing on his Suzuki Hayabusa in 2003 (thanks to our statistical guru Andy Marrs for arriving at this figure). Richard did 14 runs in the short 2020 season making 986. In 2021 so far, he has made 17 (two at the Springspeed Nationals, nine at Festival of Power and six at the Summer Nationals). So Richard actually passed his milestone of 1000 runs at the Summer Nationals, a fantastic achievement and congratulations to Richard!

All the best for tomorrow Richard, and we look forward to many more runs.

Photo of Richard at Shakespeare County Raceway test & tune in 2003 © Tog.

Gredzinski '80s book progresses.
20th August: Photojournalist Mark Gredzinski of Accurate Dragster Publishing has been in touch to tell us of his book picturing UK drag racing in the 1980s, which we first reported about on 2nd June.

"I need about 250 pics for the book. Scanning is ongoing and over 2000 images have been done as raw scans from which to make a selection and edit. I honestly don't know how many pics I have from the eighties but will know by the end of the month! Writing starts soon as I have a rough plan in my head. Among the inevitable duff pictures are some gems, so I'm looking forward to putting things in place. More later..."

The image of Charlie Draper's Funny Car debut in the late eighties in the EMS-Togo Firebird demonstrates it's well worth all that scanner whirring.

This weekend in Europe.
20th August: With the STP Greenlight Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend the largest event in terms of competitor numbers, several other events are taking place across the continent.

In Finland the FHRA Street Mayhem & Test n´Tune today at Motopark Raceway is followed by Salon Peltituote Nationals at the same track on Saturday and Sunday (pictured: Miami Vice Racing's Vamos Low Brow Plymouth). This is a round of the FuelTech Nitrobike Showdown 2021 and also a round of the FHRA Top Doorslammer championship. 11 Nitro Bikes are registered and no less than 14 Top Doorslammers, all from Finland. We'll report on the results of this event as soon as we hear them.

A piece of good news from Finland is that the season-ending FHRA eSend Winternationals at LSK Business Park, Kauhava on 10th-11th September (the final round of the FuelTech Nitrobike Showdown) looks to be taking place, as the club announced yesterday that the venue has requested permission from the City of Kauhava Environmental Agency to hold the event under the existing permit despite the appeal made in Spring which resulted in two earlier events being cancelled.

There is action this weekend in Hungary, too, as Kunmadaras hosts the KNMDR Extreme Horsepower weekend. This features qualifying today and eliminations tomorrow and Sunday with other festival-style activities as well. You can find out more on

At Trenčín Airport, Slovakia there is racing tomorrow, 21st August in the Drag Wars Slovakia vs Czechia series, with quarter mile racing and US car show & shine. More details are at the Power Fest web site.

The next championship events in Sweden are the Mid Sweden Finals at Sundsvall Raceway and the Malmö Winter Nationals taking place next weekend 27th-28th August, the Tallhed Dragway Autumn Open 2021 planned for this weekend, and Vårgårda Nationals for next weekend sadly having been cancelled.

STP Greenlight Nationals racer update.
19th August: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us details of track opening and signing on at this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals, 21st-22nd August.

Road closure: Note that if you usually approach from Bozeat using Harrold Road, this road is closed at the junction of Airfield Road, and racers are advised to use alternative routes via Wollaston and Hinwick Road.

Junior Dragster will have to sign on and scrutineer for this event, but that is the only car class that is required to scrutineer.

The main gates to the track will open at 08.00 on Friday, 20th August 2021.

Friday 20th August:
10.00-18.00 Signing on office opens.
15.00-19.00 Scrutineering for Junior Dragster at the scrutineering building.
16.00-20.00 Scrutineering for bikes at the scrutineering building.

Saturday 21st August:
07.30-19.00 Signing on office opens.
08:00 Scrutineering for bikes at the scrutineering building.
09.30 Track open for qualifying.

Sunday 22nd August:
08.00 Signing on office opens.
09.30 Track open for qualifying/eliminations.

The detailed running orders and printable entry list can be seen in our event coverage page. Ian says "Please note there has been a small change to the running order for Nostalgia Super Stock, they will now run two classes later after Junior Drag Bike".

Duck-All Prep at Melbourne.
19th August: Since we announced the upcoming cash prize no prep race at Melbourne Raceway Round 5 on 18th-19th September, it has been rebranded Duck-All Prep by organisers Straightliners and sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing Parts, and an additional category has been added.

The cash prize no prep race can now be booked at the new web address No-prep weekend race entry is £200 (£115 per day) before the earlybird discount expires on 3rd September when racer entry will rise to £225 or £125 for each day.

Rules are at our update on 17th August. A seventh category has been added, Pro Small Tyre Rear Wheel Drive. Details are: modified, competition tyres maximum height 30 inches maximum tread width 11 inches, interior removed. Lee adds: "Many thanks to everyone that contributed their views to this decision".

There are two days with separate eliminations, one on Saturday and another on Sunday, giving a driver a chance of winning £800 over the weekend if they choose to run the whole weekend. Based on a 16 car field the winner gets £400 in each of six categories.

The Duck-All Prep race will be running along side the Big Bike Bonanza, 2-stroke Bike Bonanza, Straightliners Championship and Run What You Brung for everyone, any of which can be entered for at this link. Weekend race entry is £120 (£70 per day) before the earlybird discount expires on 3rd September.

Weekend spectator tickets are £25, or £12.50 per day until the earlybird discount expires on 3rd September when ticket prices will rise to £15 for each day.

Swift snippets.
19th August: A big Happy Birthday today to fuel altered racer Adam Gleadow from all of us at Adam celebrated early by taking his 'Motor Psycho' (pictured right) to Santa Pod Raceway for the first time on track for the rebuilt car last Saturday. Adam made a soft 150ft launch to check everything over and you can see a Facebook video of Adam at the track at this link (photo © Blackett Photography).

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has uploaded to his Youtube channel the cine film of Steve Clifton. The first upload is the 1978 September International, marked by the debut of Sammy Miller and the crash of Mickey Naylor which totalled his 'Medicine Man' fuel slingshot (the former Mr Revell of Dennis Priddle). The second upload covers the 1978 Fireworks Meet, the 1979 Easter Internationals and the 1979 May Day Meet at Santa Pod Raceway.

Spitfire Raceway drag and drift coming up.
19th August: sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing Parts has announced the next event at Spitfire Raceway, Perranporth, Cornwall.

"It's the best speeding ticket you will ever get, no points, no fine, no prosecution. Spitfire Raceway, Saturday 11th September, just open up that throttle. For track competitors, camping is £10 per night per head and kids go free. Pre enter the drag racing or drifting on line first at then to book your camping by calling 01872 552856. If you have any roll over credits from the cancelled event back in April, please email

You can take part at Spitfire Raceway on the drag strip with Run What You Brung drag racing with all vehicles welcome, or drifting with all welcome to the Drift What You Brung. There is also a Show & Shine competition with no additional charge after admission.

Spectators are welcome and entry is £10 per person, under 16s go free. You can even drag race from £10 after admission (crash helmet and full driving licence required).

Gates are open at 8am with track action 11am to 3pm. All vehicles have a safety check for drag racing and drifting and there is a drag strip riders and drivers meeting at race control 10.45am. Spitfire Raceway is at Perranporth Airfield, Perranporth, Cornwall TR5 0XS.

Media from the 26th June meeting, at which Dan Jacobs in his Audi TT (pictured above left) stole the show with the quickest elapsed time of the day, 9.68/144 mph, can be seen by clicking on these links:
Greenlight Nationals preview.
18th August: The Greenlight Nationals this coming weekend at Santa Pod Raceway contains 22 classes of racing plus exhibition runs from Tony Betts and Robin Read. It's good to see new racers entering the sport and there are several making their competition debuts or with new cars.

In Track WorX Competition Eliminator, Steve Lloyd will be racing in the ex-Williams Bros Chevrolet Impala, utilising a 327ci small block engine, with which he licensed at the Mopar Euro Nationals. We will also see the amazing and brand new COPO Camaro of Williams Bros Racing in the hands of Nic Williams, which has already run mid eights.

Dave Grady Super Gas sees the return of Tim Moore with his new Tim's Toy '55 Chevy, a show quality car which has been seen on social media. Peter Nee Super Pro ET sees the competitive senior class debut of former Junior Dragster racer Saskia Fensome Jell (above right) following a great 7.0415/196.23 licensing pass at the Summer Nationals, also the return of Doomsday Impala racer Dave Evans for the first time this year after engine damage at the 2020 Not The Euro Finals. We hope Andy Thetford has resolved the ignition issues in the Black Pearl Camaro's engine which prevented an earlier debut this year, and the class welcomes Pro Modified racer-in-waiting Matt Peters in the Norbert Kuno owned Dodge Avenger.

In Modurstang Pro ET two new female racers, Marie Mills (above left) will race the 23T altered she licensed in at the Retro Show, and Baylee Ashdown (above right) will be in the Paul Marston Racing-owned Banks Night Club sponsored dragster which she licensed in during July. Another licensee from that test day in July Pete Dodd (below left) will be in the ex-Mike Lacey Metamorphosis Camaro (double classing with NSS in his debut event), and Andrew Garnett in a Tesla Model S.

Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET has a long time returnee, Dave Ward who last raced in Super Pro ET in 2014 returns in a Formula Vauxhall Lotus, no less, and is doubtless covering up his Camel signage as we type. Kate Warner-Simcoe will be trying out the sport in a Nissan 350Z named The Warrior, AC Bell will be in a Chevrolet S10 under the gaze of dad Ashley.

In Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator, we the Plymouth Cuda of Mark Sheridan is on the entry list, and we have fingers crossed for the appearance of the much reworked car. Sadly one racer in the class, 6 Appeal's Mark Todd, has had to withdraw due to unavailability of an intake rocker which was found to be broken, and Mark's other car, the Freight Train GTO, has had cylinder liners on order since December, these things being a sign of the times.

In VW Sportsman Emma Sadler makes her debut in a Golf Mk3. Last but definitely not least, we have the debut of Samuel Hope (above right), Alex Hope's son, in Eurodragster Junior Drag Bike. Samuel will be licensing on Friday on Meg Talbot's bike which Alex tells us has been kindly lent to the CBD Asylum team.

Back to the exhibition cars, Tony Betts will be running his Nostalgia Funny Car after a successful Dragstalgia running 6.4001/220.05, and Robin Read will be running his Spirit of Le Patron which ran a best of 6.7873/200.67 at last year's Hot Rod Drags; you can read all about this engineering marvel at Robin Read Drag Racing Facebook Group.

Good luck and stay safe to all competitors and a warm welcome to those making their debut. Spectator tickets are available at

STP Greenlight Nationals Perfect awards.
18th August: £200 is up for grabs at this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Nostalgia Superstock racer Stewart Arthur at the 27th Mopar Euro Nationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing (racing this weekend in Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET).

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

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Race Team has reset to £50 after it was won by Nostalgia Superstock racer Jake Cawthorne at the 27th Mopar Euro Nationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available in Peter Nee Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, B Fast R Super Comp, Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Wild Bunch, JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Blood Cancer UK ET Bike, and Eurodragster Junior Drag Bike. but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of the Twister Race Team.

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

Bob's Photo Finish Award, which is presented in association with sponsor Bob Roberts, will award £50 each to the racers involved in the closest race of eliminations at this weekend's event.

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

Bob's Photo Finish Award is open to all classes during eliminations only and although decals are not mandatory we would appreciate if it they are carried. decals are available in Signing On.

Julie on list of NHRA Future Stars.
18th August: Thanks to Santa Pod Raceway PR Robin Jackson for forwarding to us an article from which lists the racers on the cusp of making their mark in the NHRA. Included in it is expat Norwegian Top Alcohol Dragster racer Julie Nataas.

The article, penned by Susan Wade, says that Julie started in Karting and then into Formula Basic. But her heart was in drag racing - after all, dad Thomas was a noted Top Fuel racer in the FIA Championship, winning the crown in 2013 - and she made the decision to move to Santa Barbara, California, where she earned a degree in business and marketing from Antioch University.

Susan continued: She said she came “here for school, but in the back of my mind, I was like, ‘Well, if I’m over here, there’s a bigger chance of me getting to go racing here.’” Her plan worked. Swedish Funny Car racer Jonnie Lindberg helped her, introducing her to decorated sportsman team owner Randy Meyer. She finished ninth in her first season, steadily improved to fourth, then third, and in mid-August was second in this year’s standings behind teammate Rachel Meyer.

“My dad, when I told him, ‘I want to be a race-car driver, and I’m going to try to do it,’ he was like, ‘No, you’re not going to be a race-car driver’—like ‘just realize it’s too hard. You’re not going to get there,’” she said. “I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to get my marketing and business degree, and I’ll go do it.’ I think I’ve had him realize I want this by now. So now he’s like, ‘Okay. If you can get sponsors, you’ll make it. You’ll be fine.’”

You can read the article in full to find out who the other 11 future NHRA stars are by going to

SPR event entry update.
17th August: Two urgent reminders today about entry for Santa Pod Raceway's forthcoming events.

Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that the closing date for the European Finals is this Friday 20th August. As well as Top Fuel Dragster, Nitro Funny Car, Nostalgia Funny Car, Top Doorslammer and Pro Exhibition, the European Finals is a National or Club Championship round for the following classes: Pro Modified, Comp Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragster, Top Fuel Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Funny Bike, Comp Bike, Super Street Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Super Twin Top Gas, ET Bike and Junior Drag Bike.

Racers may enter for the European Finals by going to this link on The entry list can be seen at this link.

Thanks also to Santa Pod Raceway Events Manager James Forster who reminds racers that entries for the Doorslammers to be held on 3rd-5th September are due to close on Friday 27th August and SPR would prefer racers to enter ASAP if possible. The link to go to for Doorslammers racer entry is here.

Drag Day debuts.
17th August: Thanks to Swap Meet sponsors Jeff and Belinda Bull for getting in touch about the return of the Brogie roadster built by the late Kevin Cerasale in the hands of his stepson and his granddaughter at the VWDRC Drag Day yesterday:

"We had a great day. Kevin would've been so proud of his stepson Richard Tunstall, and his granddaughter Jazmine who also did a pass in the car. They certainly fulfilled Kevin's wish that they should both have some fun in the car. Neither of them had ever driven anything over the 1/4 mile before! So what they achieved yesterday was incredible.

"Jeff and I were so happy we could be there to support them just as Kev had asked us to. (pictured: Richard Tunstall, his wife Becky and their daughter Jazmine with Jeff and Belinda). "Richard and Jazmine thank Jay for help with transporting the car to the track and also Paul Letchford and Paula and Stan Atkin for their help. Richard hopes there will be another opportunity to test some more this year but will definitely be back next year".

As well as Richard and Jasmine, other racers enjoyed plenty of track time thanks to the VWDRC and Luke Stevenson. The quickest time of the day was an outstanding 8.340/163.05 by Outlaw Street racer Sally Woolner, which sets a new record for the group. James Willday made progress with his Mazda RX8, going as fast as 181.29mph in 8.8311 seconds. Pro Modified racer Paula Atkin made some test hits with her new Fueltech system, Pro ET racer Gino Bernadine ran 9.020/149.57 his fastest so far in 2021, and other VWDRC and Outlaw Street racers made runs.

Thanks to Kirstie for supplying a gallery of the action which you can see at this link or via the Event Coverage menu link on any page.

Northern No Prep.
17th August: Thanks to sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing for letting us know that on the weekend of 18th and 19th September at Melbourne Raceway, there will be a new format with six categories and titled Northern No Prep cash weekend:

"There will be two days with separate eliminations, one on Saturday and another on Sunday, giving a driver a chance of winning £800 over the weekend if they choose to run the whole weekend. Based on a 16 car field the winner gets £400 in each category as follows:

Pro AWD: Modified, competition tyres , interior removed
Street AWD: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Rear Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Front Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Front Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior

All pairings are pulled out of the hat for eliminations until the finals in each category. In the event if numbers in each category are not filled, there will be a reduced prize fund, for example:

4 car category: £150
8 car category: £200
In event the category exceeds 16 cars the prize will go up from £400.

Entry fees include driver entry and two crew tickets:

Saturday 18th only
Early bird entry £115
After early bird deal £125

Sunday 19th Only
Early bird entry £115
After early bird deal £125

Weekend entry Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th:
Early bird £200
After early bird weekend deal £220

Online bookings will be live soon for the Northern No Prep Cash Weekend feature race. will once again be at Melbourne Raceway for the Northern No Prep Cash Weekend with former editor Tog taking photographs on our behalf.

HOFtalk #12, gala decision.
17th August: The Summer 2021 edition of HOFTalk, the magazine of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, has been published by compiler, UK Nostalgia enthusiast, and BDRHoF director Jerry Cookson with additional words by editor Simon Groves.

This latest issue is a tribute to the late Dennis Priddle, dedicated to his tremendous contribution to British Drag Racing from racing Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars and his engineering skills, with many photos of him, on track and off-track, coupled with pages of tributes.

You can also read about the activities of BDRHoF members, tributes to members who have passed away, and a retrospective look at the 2010 BDRHoF inductee presentations.

2021 news includes details of the auction held at the 10th Anniversary Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway by BDRHoF chair and director Lesley Wright, news about our great supporter Geoff Stilwell and his land speed racing plans, plus Pro Modified and Fuel Altered news from 2020 inductee Nick Davies.

Nick will be joined by other 2020 inductees Jeff Byne, Ian King, John Price, Dave Wilson, Pelle Lindelöw and Gunnar Elmqvist at this year's Gala to be held on 20th November. Save this date in your diaries and the BDRHoF will be announcing all the details very shortly.

To read the latest packed 35-page edition of HOFtalk (in PDF format, file size 50MB) you may download it direct from this link, or click on the Lucas Oils-sponsored Features link in the main menu at the top of any page.

Tierp snippets.
17th August: Some race teams and media have posted remarks on the weekend's Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena in Sweden:

Sometime pit note supplier Mike Kraaij remarked that Marcus Christiansen (Stefan Boman photo below left) after his new PB 6.1456/366.85kph run on Sunday on his 175ci engined bike is "now the 3rd quickest Super Twin on European soil, by far the quickest nitro injected Super Twin in Europe, and third quickest nitro injected in the world (behind Bob Malloy and Joey Sternotti with 196ci engines)". Marcus now uses a carbon fibre wheelie bar and this came into full use as his front wheel rose high into the air on the 6.14 pass and Marcus kept on full throttle, clearly with complete confidence in the machine. Marcus's team remarked that it was the second full run with this setup and were delighted with the result.

Another run highlighted by Mike was the Super Street Bike run from Mathias Bohlin. He said the "great PB run of 6.930@342.64 moved Mathias up to the #5 spot for quickest runs in SSB in Europe with the third highest speed".

Andreas Arthursson, #2 qualifier in Pro Modified at 5.8015 with fastest PM speed of the meet at 409.09 (253mph), was upset in the first round of eliminations and gave an insight into his problems: "A boring to end a great weekend with losing first round. Both Roger Johansson and Andreas had problems with shake in first gear over the first 60 foot. The track was so cold and tight and we hadn’t the car set up right for it. We shook so badly that we lost the power so it wasn’t possible to just pedal and get through. Andreas tried to re-start but the power switch was just off. It was a fun weekend overall and you always learn something hopefully.

Robert Arthursson (Stefan Boman photo above right) was #1 in Competition Eliminator in his incredible Toyota 2JZ engined Camaro, running 6.2125/368.10 in qualifying on a 7.05 index. Tuner Andreas Arthursson of PPF said the engine was running 96 psi (6.6 bar) of boost after a Fueltech FTSPARK upgrade.

Also in Competition Eliminator Michael Westberg who won the Street Week Sweden in July ran a quickest of 6.6032/331.29 in his pickup in his first round win. He said "The car worked most of the time insanely well and I was running times I didn't think I'd be able to get down to this season thanks to my master tuner. Who would have thought that my home built chassis I built myself on the garage floor a few years ago could perform 1.02 feet and respectable times for even clean race cars after I drove almost 160 miles with it this summer".

The photographic media have been posting galleries of the action from the Scandinavian Nationals:
Diamonds for sale.
17th August: Dave Gibbons has announced he is changing direction in his racing life, and two race cars are for sale as a result:

Forty years ago I ran the Rough Diamond Tee for the first time, and I only ran it for three full seasons before selling it to Tony Morris. Finding it thirteen years ago dragged (no pun intended) me back into drag racing, and ten years ago I began racing the reconstructed car once again. Unfortunately all good things come to an end, so it’s time for me to move the car on. I’m not quitting racing - I just want to go in a different direction, one that suits my life at this time, and to do so means that the faithful steed must go - along with Scott’s junior dragster.

I’m looking to continue with something a little more sedate, something that I can manage and run on my own if necessary, and more importantly, share with friends and family who want to drive something reasonably quick. I also want to be able to spend more time at the track supporting my Tony Morris Carburetors clients, and creating new business in that area. So I guess whatever I end up with will have a carb on it!

The car’s been great fun, given me fame (but not fortune) thanks to flame burnouts, and on more than one occasion, made me clench my buttocks.

Adverts for both cars are on the Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored">swap meet, and I’m open to negotiation. I can be contacted at

Scandinavian Nationals rained off.
16th August: Many thanks to photojournalist Remco Scheelings for sending his summary of the eliminations that took place on day three of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena yesterday, the race disappointingly rained off:

The weather was not with the Pro Modified racers at Tierp Arena on Sunday. With the quarter finals of the EDRS Bilsport Pro Mod Series completed, it started to rain. With more rain to come in the next couple of hours, the race director was left no other choice than to cancel the remainder of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals.

Eliminations of the EDRS Bilsport Pro Mod Series started with two major upsets. Number two qualifier Andreas Arthursson had problems and was defeated by Roger Johansson while number five qualifier Mats Eriksson pulled a red light and was defeated by Marcus Perman (pictured below left). There were less problems for Jan Ericsson (winner over Micke Johansson), Fredrik Fagerström and Michael Gullqvist (both with a bye run), Åke Persson (winner over Jan Bränvall), Marck Harteveld (winner over Bruno Bader) who ran a great 5.95 seconds and David Vegter (pictured below right) (winner over Jean Dulamon) who was quickest in round one of eliminations with 5.92 seconds.

In the quarter finals of Pro Modified eliminations Ericsson improved to a great 5.81 seconds to defeat Persson, while Perman had no problems to beat Fagerström. Harteveld advanced to the semi-finals with an easy win over Johansson as the Swede ran into problems and crossed the center line. There was drama for Vegter at the start line as the Dutchman had to shut off his engine due to oil pressure problems, handing the win to Gullqvist who stormed to a great 5.83 seconds.

In the semi-finals Gullqvist should have faced Harteveld and Ericsson Perman. But the weather had other plans, bringing eliminations to an early end.

In the final round of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship, only one round of eliminations in Super Twin Motorcycle and Super Street Bike were completed, and with Pro Stock Motorcycle in the line-up, it started to rain.

It was a strange first round of eliminations in Super Twin Motorcycle. In all three runs the riders in the left lane (Julia Wagner, Roman Sixta and Juha Hintukainen) ran into problems even before the start, handing the win to the riders in the right lane. These winners were number one qualifier Marcus Christiansen, who stormed to a stunning 6.14 seconds, Samu Kemppainen (pictured below left) (6.57 seconds) and Greger Johansson. In the semi-finals Christiansen should have had a bye run while Johansson should have faced Kemppainen. But the weather had others plans, bringing eliminations to an early end.

In Super Street Bike Kalle Lyrén (pictured above right) surprised with a win over number two qualifier Anders Blanck while Peter Rundström defeated Roberth Häggblom to advance to the semi-finals. Number one qualifier Mathias Bohlin recorded another 6-second run with a great 6.97 seconds to defeat Jens Karlsson. In the semi-finals Lyrén should have faced Rundström while Bohlin had the advantage of a bye run.

When the rain started, Pro Stock Motorcycle and Top Fuel Motorcycle still had to run their first round of eliminations.

For all qualifying results go to

VWDRC Heads Up at Das Auto Show.
16th August: Congratulations to Jacob Bailey (pictured below right) for winning the VWDRC Heads Up eliminations held yesterday at Das Auto Show at Santa Pod Raceway. Twelve cars were entered for the competition, however only eight were able to better the 11.99 cut-off:

  1. Jose Leite 10.4066/131.68
  2. Paul Jordan (VW Polo) 10.4605/146.16
  3. Jacob Bailey (VW Jetta) 10.5338/139.51
  4. Ant Mincher (VW Golf) 10.9465/125.84
  5. Chris Waterhouse (Audi S3) 11.2218/124.07
  6. Helde Pereira (Seat Ibiza) 11.4715/117.45
  7. Bruce Kopasz (Porsche 924) 11.8468/120.91
  8. Dave Lea (VW Golf) 11.8620/116.72
Eliminations round 1:
Jacob Bailey 10.4612/139.49 def. Helde Pereira 17.7237/49.58
Ant Mincher 11.9076/117.15 def. Chris Waterhouse no-show
Paul Jordan 11.9363/132.99 def. Bruce Kopasz 13.0797/106.26
Dave Lea 11.8670/115.63 def. Jose Leite 26.4462/22.77

Semi finals:
Jacob Bailey 10.1931/139.49 def. Paul Jordan 17.0816/56.95
Dave Lea 12.1236/112.78 def. Ant Mincher 19.1440/49.25 DQ red

Jacob Bailey 10.1223/133.72 def. Dave Lea 11.9599/105.79

Jacob improved his personal best ET in the last two rounds with only Paul Jordan having a quicker terminal speed in qualifying. Jacob said after his win "I thought the last run was a nine, but I stripped 4th gear not long before the line so was just coasting." Many thanks to David Anniwell of the SPRC timing crew who has posted the results of the VWDRC Heads Up at Santa Pod Raceway's official results site.

The VWDRC remain at Santa Pod Raceway today for their VW Drag Day 2021. is represented by Kirstie trackside and we will publish a post-event gallery of racers on track and in the pits.

Eliminations at Tierp.
15th August: Thanks to for publishing results of the eliminations that occured, which we reproduce below:

Pro Modified eliminations: Round 1
Jan Ericsson 6.149/376.3kph def. Micke Johansson 6.350/356.4
Åke Persson 8.645/201.5 def. Jan Bränvall 8.213/220.4 (Jan alternate for Michel Tooren)
Fredrik Fagerström 6.438/353.6 def. Andres Arnover, no show
Marcus Perman 6.255/347.7 def, Mats Eriksson 6.390/381.4
Roger Johansson 8.968/253.3 def. Andreas Arthursson 13.345/99.7
Marck Harteveld 5.956/381.6 def. Bruno Bader 6.103/365.9
Michael Gullqvist 6.081/379kph def. Olof Andersson, no-show
David Vegter 5.925/378.2 def. Jean Dulamon 7.966/214.1
Round 2
Jan Ericsson 5.810/396.20 def. Åke Persson 9.559/148.4
Marcus Perman 6.268/368.35 def. Fredrik Fagerström 7.294/292.52
Marck Harteveld 6.242/370.4 def. Roger Johansson N/T, crossed centre line
Michael Gullqvist 5.832/396.48 def. David Vegter shut off

Pro Stock Eliminations: Round 1
Jimmy Ålund 6.566/341.1 bye
Richard Sundblom 6.718/334.4 def. Lasse Britsmar 7.019/315.2
Stefan Ernryd 6.654/329.5 def. Michael Malmgren 14.159/93.3 red

Top Methanol Eliminations: Round 1
Jonny Lagg 11.359/122.3 bye
Daniel Jedborn 5.530/404.2 def. Tony Bryntesson 5.679/392.2

Super Twin Motorcycle Eliminations: Round 1
Marcus Christiansen 6.146/359.52 def. Julia Wagner broke
Samu Kemppainen 6.573/345.21 def. Juha Hintukainen shut-off
Greger Johansson 9.060/158.92 def. Roman Sixta shut-off
New PB for Marcus Christiansen, well done Marcus, Speedy and team!

Super Street Bike Eliminations: Round 1
Kalle Lyrén 7.500 def. Anders Blanck 14.234/81.0
Peter Rundström 7.714/258.37 def. Roberth Häggblom 8.574/196
Mathias Bohlin 6.977/340.91 def. Jens Karlsson 16.786/58.6

Well done to Stock Super Stock racer Carla Pittau for getting through to round 3.

At 15:15 CET, after heavy rain, the decision was taken to cancel the remainder of eliminations as there would be insufficient time to dry the track. We'll report more tomorrow with links to video and photo galleries.

Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals Saturday report.
15th August: Many thanks to photojournalist Remco Scheelings for sending his summary of events in day two of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals held yesterday:

After another great day of qualifying Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified), Jonny Lagg (Top Methanol) and Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations. Although not a race for the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, the 25 teams from the three FIA classes will do everything they can in tomorrow’s eliminations to take the trophy back home with them.

Perfect track conditions and cooler temperatures made the second day of qualifying of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals very interesting. There were numerous improvements in all three categories.

In Pro Modified Jan Ericsson (above left) stormed to a great 5.79 seconds to take over the number one qualifying position from Friday leader Andreas Arthursson. The FIA European record holder himself improved to 5.80 seconds but even that was not enough to remain the number one qualifier after five runs. Michael Gullqvist (above right) was also one of the many improvements. The Swede recorded 5.83 seconds to take over the number three position from Andres Arnover. Mats Eriksson and David Vegter remained in fifth and sixth position. Marck Harteveld (below left) was the seventh driver to record a 5-second run with 5.97 seconds. Michel Tooren (below right), like Vegter and Harteveld also from The Netherlands, is the number eight qualifier with 6.10 seconds.

In Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund was in a class of his own. The multiple FIA European Pro Stock champion improved to 6.53 seconds to claim the number one position. Stefan Ernryd is second (6.63 seconds) and Richard Sundblom, who improved to 6.66 seconds, third.

In Top Methanol Jonny Lagg couldn’t improve on his Friday performance but the 5.41 seconds from Friday qualifying was enough to remain the number one qualifier. Daniel Jedborn is second and Tony Bryntesson third.

In the 2021 EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship, Rikard Gustafsson (Top Fuel Motorcycle), Marcus Christiansen (Super Twin Motorcycle), Bertrand Maurice (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Mathias Bohlin (Super Street Bike) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations. There were numerous improvements and in three categories there was a new leader compared to Friday’s qualifying results.

In Top Fuel Motorcycle Rikard Gustafsson (above left) stormed to a great 5.87 seconds to take over the number one position from Friday leader Jan Sturla Hegre (above right), who improved to 6.35 seconds. Peter Andersson-Ström remained in third position.

In Super Twin Motorcycle there were so many improvements that Friday leader Juha Hintukainen finished qualifying in fifth position. Marcus Christiansen (below left)improved to 6,31 seconds to take over the number one position, with Samu Kemppainen (6.41 seconds) second and Greger Johansson (6.69 seconds) third. Roman Sixta improved his elapsed time to 7.13 seconds but still dropped from second into fourth position.

In Super Street Bike Mathias Bohlin (above right) saved the best for the last. In his fifth and final run Bohlin stormed to a great 6.93 seconds to take over the number one qualifying position from Friday leader Anders Blanck (7.26 seconds). Peter Rundström remained third.

Bertrand Maurice from France improved to 7.17 seconds and is in a class of his own in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Eliminations for the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals will start on Sunday morning. You can see the run order at this link.

For all qualifying results go to The race is available to stream live at this link.

Text and pictures courtesy and © Remco Scheelings.

New cars and PBs at Tierp.
15th August: Some new cars were competing at the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals over the weekend and here we highlight a few of them:

Andres Arnover (Pro Modified) who raced in the UK in 2019 in Top Doorslammer has a new FIA-legal turbo '67 Mustang (see Friday review for photo). The car looked great and performed fantastically, Andres getting into the 5.8s with a fantastic 5.886/399.11. Sadly an explosion and subsequent fire have likely sidelined the car for the remainder of the event and our best wishes go to Andres for a speedy recovery and return. Andres said "At about 150m the oil was forced out of the gearbox turbine and because it was very hot oil, it caught fire and the underside of the car was on fire. Fortunately, the damage is not big, but still a little plastic work and a new color".

Micke Johansson (Pro Modified, below left) replaced his Dodge Challenger with a 1969 Dodge Daytona with a more modern chassis (he had raced the Challenger since 2011). His new car with the iconic rear wing was first constructed in 2014 by Paige Racecars in the US and has supercharged Brad Anderson Engineering power.

Lasse Britsmar (Pro Stock, above right) aged 62 has made his way into the class after starting racing in 1988 and spending a number of years in Competition Eliminator. He runs a Pontiac GTO and made his first six second pass today 6.9872/318,77 in conditions which must have had most Pro Stock drivers scratching their heads about chassis setup.

Stefan Jansson (Top Doorslammer) (below left, Patrik Jacobsson photo) has run his '57 Chevy for the last couple of years, previously driving a Volvo 340 that ran low eights. The Chevy Bel Air built in 2000 by Stroupe Race Cars, first being run in Sweden by Micke Lindahl, and has a KB Hemi 451ci blown alky setup with Powerglide, running a best of 4.419/270,68He was co-driver to Mikael Modin in Street Week Sweden this year, an event we have on our list of features for future publication.

Nick Jensen (above right) from Denmark started in Comp Eliminator this year with a C/Altered Pontiac GXP, the car running a naturally aspirated 498ci engine. Crew chief is former Pro Stock racer Jackie Hansen. Best ET so far is 7,1275/311.42 on a 7.90 index (Photo by Anne Mandahl).

Michael Westberg (below left, Cenneth Schiller photo) in Competition Eliminator has a rapid Chevrolet S10 running in AT/Altered on E85 into its Chevrolet LS 6ltr engine. He ran a new PB 6.697/329,87 in qualifying.

Juha Hintukainen (Super Twin, above right) ran a best of 7.391/221.86. Juha, who hails from Sundsvall in Sweden, rides a Jay Turner-built bike from 2010, with OCR chassis and unblown PRP engine. It's his first year in Super Twin competition and he plans to race the Fueltech series as well as EDRS Pro, both series shortened from their original plan. Juha said that clutch issues had slowed the bike from its 6.2s potential.

Former Pro Stock Bike racer Kalle Lyrén has made a transition to Super Street Bike with a Suzuki Hayabusa, however still has his Pro Stock Suzuki for when full competition returns.

Others running new PBs were Pro Mod racers Marcus Perman (Camaro) with 6.292/368,60, Olof Andersson with 6.357/364,13, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider and 2018 FIM Champion Bertrand Maurice with 7.176/297,36 utilising a Vance & Hines 1755cc engine.

Pictures courtesy and © Remco Scheelings or stated photographer.

Swift snippets.
15th August: We all wish a Big Happy Birthday to our good friend photojournalist Steve Moxley. Lizz Charman of NitroJunkie reminded us and sent in the photo of Steve for which thanks.

Steve has been in touch to say that his report on the ACU bike classes at the STP Summer Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway has been published on the ACU web site, as has a preview for the Greenlight Nationals, the next round of the ACU Championship this coming weekend.

Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals Friday report.
14th August: Many thanks to photojournalist Remco Scheelings for sending his summary of events in day one of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals held yesterday:

Andreas Arthursson raced to the provisional number one qualifying position in Pro Modified at the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena. In Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund claimed the provisional number one qualifying position while in Top Methanol Jonny Lagg is the leader after day one. Although not a race for the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, 25 teams from three FIA classes take the opportunity this weekend to test and race in championship conditions.

Sunshine, not too high temperatures and a great track made the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena a perfect day for racing.

Although many teams hardly made any runs in race conditions the last two years, the competition in Pro Modified was intense from the very first run of the day. No fewer than six drivers recorded a 5-second run!. Leader after day one is Andreas Arthursson (above left) who recorded a great 5.843 seconds in his second run of the day. Jan Ericsson claimed the provisional number two position with 5.884 seconds and Andres Arnover from Estonia (above right) surprised with a great 5.886 seconds and is third. Michael Gullqvist, Mats Eriksson and David Vegter were the three drivers with a 5.9-second run.

In Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund (below left) is once again the leader after day one. The multiple FIA European Pro Stock champion stormed to a great 6.56 seconds to claim the number one position. Stefan Ernryd is second (6.63 seconds) and Richard Sundblom third with 6.74 seconds.

In Top Methanol Jonny Lagg (above right) claimed the number one spot with 5.41 seconds with Daniel Jedborn second and Tony Bryntesson third.

In bike classes, Jan Sturla Hegre, Juha Hintukainen, Anders Blanck and Bertrand Maurice were the Friday leaders at Tierp Arena, the race being the final round of the 2021 EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship.

In Top Fuel Motorcycle Jan Sturla Hegre was the man to beat with a great 6.44 seconds to claim the provisional number one position, with Peter Andersson-Ström in second (6.69 seconds) and Rikard Gustafsson third.

In Super Twin Motorcycle Juha Hintukainen surprised with a 7.39 seconds to claim the provisional number one qualifying position with Roman Sixta from the Czech Republic second and Greger Johansson third.

In Super Street Bike Anders Blanck recorded a great 7.26 seconds and that made him the number one qualifier after Friday, with Mathias Bohlin second and Peter Rundström third.

All the way from France is was Bertrand Maurice who claimed the number one spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Qualifying for the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals continues today (Saturday) with two sessions for the quicker classes. You can see the running order for today by
clicking here. For up to date qualifying results click on this link. The race is available to stream live at this link.

There is still a limited number of tickets available for Saturday qualifying and Sunday’s eliminations. You can buy your tickets by clicking on this link.

Text and pictures courtesy and © Remco Scheelings.

Get well soon Dave Grabham!
14th August: We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Freddy's Revenge blown alky altered racer Dave Grabham who was hospitalised with a stroke on Thursday night.

As recently as Dragstalgia Dave was as usual giving us all thrills and running Freddy's Revenge as hard as he knows how. We hope your recovery is fast and complete. To quote Jerry Cookson, "You know where your rightful place is Dave, out on that drag strip with Freddy's Revenge".

Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals preview and prize draw.
12th August: The Summit Racing Scandiavian Nationals will be taking place this Friday to Sunday 13th-15th August at Tierp Arena, and will be available to stream live at
this link, Svensk Bilsport's own channel.

The race has survived what many might consider as overwhelming obstacles: first, Tierp Arena came up for sale following financial difficulties of its parent company, then the 2021 FIA Championship, which the race originally was part of, was sadly cancelled. But organisers NDRS Motorclubb headed by Kjell Petterson have persisted, and won, against the odds and put on the race with the club and its sponsors helping to provide finance for it.

The entry list which as at this morning consists of 194 competitors, includes 17 Pro Modified cars, 5 Pro Stock, 3 Top Methanol, 4 Top Fuel Bike, 6 Super Twin Motorcycle, and 7 Top Doorslammers. There are several teams amongst them that haven't raced since 2019.

International competition is evident in Pro Modified, with three teams from Holland (Marck Harteveld, Michel Tooren and David Vegter) entered, Bruno Bader from Swtzerland, Jean Dulamon from France and Andres Arnover from Estonia. In Super Twin Motorcycle Roman Sixta from the Czech Republic joins the Nordic riders. Four of the 16 Comp Eliminator cars are from outside the Nordic countries, whilst our good friends Carla Pittau and Rick McCann are competing in Stock/Super Stock.

To watch all three days you should opt for All Access for 219 SEK (about £19) which will give you access to all streams, replays and videos from, valid until 19th August 2021. Or alternatively you can enter a draw to win access to during Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals 2021.

To those of you who can´t visit Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals on 13-15 August at Tierp Arena, in collaboration with Svensk Bilsport, Speedgroup are handing out access to watch Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals from Tierp Arena on

Speedgroup along with race organiser NDRS Motorclubb, have set up the criteria to win an access pass to follow the event on Meet one of the criteria below and you can participate in the draw for access to to watch Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals on 13-15 August at Tierp Arena. Publish your competition entry no later than Thursday evening at 19.00 on the Summit Racing EDRS Series Facebook page. The jury consists of officials from Speedgroup and NDRS Motorclubb.

The criteria to enter the prize draw are as follows:
  • Do you have your own photo taken on a drag racing car or motorcycle with the main sponsor's Summit Racing logo
  • Do you have a Photo of happy junior dragsters or junior Dragbike riders
  • A picture you have taken of a drag racing car or motorcycle with the magazine Bilsport logga
  • What is the name of the winner in the class Top Methanol Funny Car at the first FIA European Drag Racing Championship competition at Tierp Arena on June 12, 2011
  • Did you work as an official at the first sanctioned Dragracing competition in Sweden 10-11 August 1968 at Anderstorp Raceway or at the first FIA European Drag Racing Championship competition at Tierp Arena on 9-12 June 2011. Describe your function during the event.
If you're looking in from near Tierp, there are still a limited number of tickets available which you can buy by going to this link.

We will bring you the results of the event at the start of next week and can only hope that the taste of competition will encourage many teams to head for Santa Pod Raceway for the first fortnight in September.

Julie wins at Indy.
12th August: Congratulations to expat Norwegian Top Alcohol Dragster racer Julie Nataas for winning the class at the NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Divisional Series last weekend.

Julie's team with her and Rachel Meyer both racing under the Randy Meyer banner were at two tracks, Julie at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and Rachel in Western Kansas at SRCA Dragstrip. Randy was with his daughter and tuned Julie's car remotely over the phone. Julie said before the race “It might be the first time we’re splitting the team up at two different race tracks,” said Julie, “but it’s going to be the second time I have Randy tuning over the phone. Last time we went to the finals so I’m confident that we can win at two different races this weekend!”

Julie made one qualifying pass on Friday at which she went to no.1 running a 5.22/275, In the first round of eliminations Julie defeated Brad McBride 5.337/274.11 to 9.854/88.75, and Duane Shields on a holeshot in round 2, 5.270/275.45 (0.020 RT) to Duane's 5.256 274.16 (0.048 RT). In the final Julie was up against Rich McPhillips Jr. and scored a winning 5.218/277.20 to Rich's 5.277/271.68.

Julie continues to lead the points for the North Central Region of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series with three event wins so far this year, and is second to teammate Rachel in the National LODRS points.

Julie videoed a cockpit tour of her A/Fuel car which you can see at this link, also see more images and follow her progress at her Facebook page.

Trakbytes update.
12th August: Thanks to webmaster Chris Dossett for letting us know that the latest update to his excellent Trakbytes website has been uploaded.

Chris says: "The new material added spans 35 years, from September 1963 to August 1998, from Sydney Allard to Barry Sheavills. Among the racers featured or included this time are Alf Hagon, Allan Herridge, Tony Densham, The Stones, The Pages, John Hobbs, Sammy Miller, Brian Johnson, Tim Cook and plenty more.

"The upload of programme covers continues with 84 new scans and a few new entry lists, there's also a request for help finding pictures of Mick Collingham and any of the cars he raced, and there is an unoffical, and probably incomplete, list of all the outright strip records at Santa Pod from 1966 to 2002. "A reminder that I am always happy to receive any new contributions that racers or fans feel should be included in the archive, from a single personal best to a complete meeting report, all are welcome. There are still many meetings for which I have no details. Corrections to any misinformation on the site are also welcome."

One feature of the site that Chris has developed is the Dos Palmos Diaries and Jerry Cookson has provided an expanded post on the Facebook page UK Drag & Sprint Strips That Time Forgot! where you can read about how drag racing, in the form of Dos Palmos, first came to RAF Dishforth in 1964 and to Croft Motor Racing Circuit in 1965 as part of a drag demo.

Swift snippets.
12th August: Happy Birthday and Get Well Soon wishes go to Super Gas racer and class supporter Jon Morton who was hospitalised last weekend for two slipped discs (he never does anything by halves). Jon reports "I will do what ever is needed to get the No Hair Camaro back on track. It does look like I picked the wrong week to have my Birthday." Take it easy Jon, rest up and we'll see you back at the track when you're pain-free.

Mark Firmin, Director of Autism In Motorsports (AIM) has been in touch with a reminder that he will be delighted if any racer was able to display a car to be displayed at a charity karting event on 14th August, taking place at the Wild Tracks Activity Park near Newmarket in Suffolk. The event is open from 0900 to 1600. The event hosts will be delighted to ensure that anyone bringing their car or bike will be suitably fed and watered on the day. Please do contact Mark Firmin direct on 07968 525733 if you can help.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with two large albums from Saturday and Sunday of the Mopar Euro Nationals from Santa Pod Raceway covering a total of 386 images, any of which can be downloaded as hi-def copies. You can check out Mad's pictures at this link.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has uploaded video of the 1989 Mantorp Park Drag Festival to Youtube at this link. The broadcast production for Swedish TV, presented by an impossibly young-looking Björn Sundkvist and Ronnie Krabberød, includes the first rounds of Stock/Super Stock, Modified/Street Altered, Econo Gas, Competition, Street Bike, Super Street Bike, Super Twin Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Pro Stock, Pro Comp, Top Fuel and Competition Bike.

Thanks to photographer Pat Weidman for letting us know he has posted pictures from 15e European Dragster at Clastres Dragway to the Facebook page and at the web site.

Gardermoen Drag Challenge report.
11th August:
The entry list of 111 for last weekend's Gardermoen Drag Challenge may have been down on previous years due to Covid (it was 182 in 2019), but the event signalled the recommencement of international competition in the Nordic countries with Clement, Fabian and Patrick Dubois of Custom Gang Racing team competing for France, Super Pro ET racer Michael Maderer from Germany and a sprinkling of Swedish and Danish competitors.

The quickest times were essentially in demonstration classes with less than three competitors. In Top Fuel Bike Sverre Dahl of the Sunshine Express Topfuel Bike team, assisted by mechanic Morten Dekko, ran a 6.0210/357.32 (221mph) on Saturday (for onboard video click on the image) and in a field of four Super Twin bikes, Hans Olav Olstad ran 6.9466/321.00 (199mph) on Friday to qualify first.

In the four bike Super Twin ladder, Hans Olav defeated Trond Jostein Høiberget in round 1 7,142 295.3 (183mph) to 8,969/181.1 (112mph). In the other pair, Jan Erik N. Klausen defeated Julia Wagner 8.325/232.8 (144mph) to 16.618/68.3 (42mph). The final was another Hans Olav Olstad triumph as he ran 6.973 318.7 (197mph) to defeat Jan Erik who ran 8.124/245.8 (152mph).

In Pro Modified cars, there were two entrants and whilst both ran in the sevens on Saturday, Odd Erik Fossum of FMV Racing was the winner over Terje Håkonsen two out of three in their match race over the weekend, running a best of 6,41/352,1 (218mph). The team said "It was a hard working weekend with much struggle from spinning and shaking the tires, but we managed to get it to work".

The Fossum family indeed had a good event as Odd Erik's daughter Trine was the winner over a field of 18 cars, her 7.610/282.1 (175mph) run in her dragster defeating Steinar Løvold's 9.260/259.60. The Custom Gang Racing trio all entered Super Pro ET with Patrick qualifying 3rd and red-lighting against son Fabien in round 2, 7.670/299.80 to Fabien's 7.248/290.1. Fabien then faced Trine Fossum in round 3, and broke out 7.215/293.0 to Trine's 7.589/275.4 on a perfect 0.0008 light. Clement qualified seventh and red-lit away a 8.671/232.6 in the first round.

You can see full results of the event at the Norsk Drag Racing Gardermoen web site. The next and final 2021 race at Gardermoen is on 10th-12th September.

Photos and video courtesy Sunshine Express Topfuel Bike team, FMV Racing and Custom Gang Racing

Sunny Drag Challenge for youngster Tian.
11th August: Many thanks to Polly Magnussen for sending the story of his and son Tian Magnusson's Gardermoen Drag Challenge.

At Norway's only drag race track Gardermoen Raceway this weekend, a young boy named Tian Magnussen, age 8 year, raced at his first drag bike competition. Tian took his license at the Spring race but this was his first real race, with over 100 teams ready to burn some rubber.

Tian is racing in the Junior Recruit class and this means that its not a full competition class, only for show and training. But this dident stop the young racer from pushing his Honda 80ccm to the limit and with a top speed personal best at 46,3 mph on the 201 meter he said to his dad that he felt like riding a lightning:)

This years version of Drag Challenge went down with 3 perfect days with sunny weather all day and run after run after run. Tian managed to race 12 runs this weekend, with some fun and play with his other friends in between rounds, so when it was time to pack up and head for home it was a tired but really happy boy falling asleep in the car.

Tian is part of Magnussen Motorsport, a team he and his dad Polly Magnussen runs in Norway.

Mälardalen Open results, media.
11th August: Swedish photo journalist Henrik Lindberg has written a report with several photos on last weekend's Mälardalen Open race at Kjula Dragway for which you can read in English if you have a Chrome browser with automatic translation.

Henrik said "the race was rain-affected with only one qualifying session run on Saturday, then, after a second qualifying session on Sunday, eliminations were unable to be completed". You can see results at by clicking on Mälardalen Open 7 in the left hand column. Video of the event can be seen at this link, costing SEK150 (approximately £12.50).

Pictured: Caj Carlsson's historic slingshot which ran 7.262/308kph (Mikael Pflügler photo), Mikael Blomberg who ran 7.7118/292kph and video of the gasser of Stefan Flodell (Sten Lundgren photo and video)

First contact memories restored?
11th August: In yesterday's update, viewer Clive Lewis recalled how he was at Lascelles Secondary Modern School in Harrow NW London in around 1971 and a dragster appeared in the playground one day looking like a fuel altered and was fired up, starting Clive's interest in drag racing which has remained after 50 years.

Out of speculation we posted two pictures of contemporary altered from the nearby area (your Editor remembering seeing Pete Atkins' Slo-Mo-Shun in a park close to his home in 1970 and getting very excited), however thanks to two readers both giving us a lead, we were able to contact Gary Page who lived with his family close to Harrow at the time.

Gary said "I do vaguely remember taking the car to a school in Harrow, it could very well be Lascelles". Thanks to Gary, and the picture is of the first edition of Panic which the Page family ran in 1971.

Photo credit: Peter Quinn (aka Powerful Pierre), from Acceleration Archive

Bonneville snippets.
11th August: Congratulations to Ron Hope of Rat Trap Racing, visitor to the UK and the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame on many occasions, who broke the existing B/BFMR record at Bonneville with a run of 262.029 mph. However, we understand from Geoff Stilwell that, due to mechanical issues that couldn't be fixed at the track, Ron was unable to back it up for a new record. To see more details and video of the start of the record run, click on the image.

US automobile journalist Elana Scherr, who co-wrote Don 'Snake' Prudhomme's autobiography and visited Santa Pod Raceway with Funny Car legend Roland Leong in 2019, has published a timely article for Car & Driver on this year's Bonneville Speed Week. Great writing, and some fantastic images too.

SPR Marshal positions vacant.
10th August: Many thanks to Santa Pod Raceway track manager Darren Prentice for letting us know that Santa Pod Raceway and Santa Pod Racers club are currently seeking to strengthen their Marshalling and Fire Crew team:

"We are currently seeking help for all types of events from Run What a you Brung to full International events, you don’t need to commit to every weekend, just if and when you can, full training will be given and uniform will be provided following a period of attendance and training, so if you're spectating, racing or crewing and fancy seeing our sport from a different angle, then drop Darren Prentice or Ian Marshall an email at or for more details.

"Please note that applicants must be 16 and over only, and if under 18, must have parental consent".

Euro Finals Shootout biggest UK drag race for two years.
10th August: Santa Pod Raceway will present The Euro Finals Shootout over the 9th-12th September. In normal times, the weekend hosts Europe’s most prestigious drag racing event, the FIA/FIM European Finals, but Covid-19 has forced cancellation of the championships these past two years and has robbed Santa Pod of the vivid presence of teams from 16 or 17 nations who usually attend.

Now, loosening travel restrictions promise a welcome return of some of the colourful Continental entries so missed since the pandemic struck. The outline programme features Pro Shootouts for Top Fuel Dragsters, Nitro Funny Cars and Nostalgia Funny Cars. Pro Exhibition classes are also planned for Top Methanol Dragsters, Pro Stocks and Scandinavia’s outrageous, outlaw Top Doorslammers.

Round 5 of the Motorsport UK British Drag Racing Championship – the fast, furious Pro Modifieds – will headline the event’s UK national championship programme, heralding the first competitive appearance of Bobby Wallace’s latest entry. Imported from the USA last year, the 14-litre, V8-powered, nitrous-boosted Chevrolet Camaro dipped into the 5-second zone, at almost 240mph, on only its seventh test pass. The event’s expected influx of European Pro Mod heavyweights will pose an exciting challenge for the Wallace team and their UK counterparts.

A potential new star appears on the horizon among the 10,000-horsepower, 300mph Top Fuel Dragsters. After rising through the Junior Dragster ranks, Finland’s Ida Zetterström switched to two wheels, winning Scandinavia’s ferocious Super Street Bike championship – ultra-hairy, 6.8sec/215mph, turbocharged motorcycles running on street-legal tyres without the benefit of wheelie bars. Back on four wheels and duly quarantined, Zetterström began her Top Fuel licensing process guesting at Santa Pod’s recent VW festival, Bug Jam, and is expected to complete the procedure with a single remaining full pass at The Euro Finals Shootout, allowing her to compete for the first time with the world’s fastest, loudest racing cars.

Among opponents facing Zetterström will be Santa Pod’s own Top Fuel speed queen, Susanne Callin. Guesting at the same Bug Jam event, Callin set new career-best elapsed times with three consecutive 3-second passes, to add to the 300mph terminal speed she had clocked while still a teenager in 2005.

In normal times, Santa Pod’s annual calendar of 75 or more events is settled by September of the previous year. Covid has made planning on the hoof an entirely new experience for the venue’s management, and fresh details of The Euro Finals Shootout will be unveiled as they develop. The programme will include all Santa Pod’s regular attractions, such as Jet Cars, Monster Trucks and stunt driving and riding displays. As the sun goes down, the Friday Evening Nitro Show will showcase Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars and Jets at their most spectacular.

The Euro Finals Shootout takes place at Santa Pod Raceway, near Wellingborough (NN29 7XA) from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th September, 2021. Advance adult ticket prices begin at £20, with children aged 5 to 15 at £5 per day. All tickets must be booked in advance – there will be no admission on the gate. Overnight camping is included with multi-day tickets and parking and paddock access are free.

Event information is available at this link and tickets may be booked online at or by telephoning the Box Office at 01234 782828.

Racers must enter through the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at this link and you will be able to see the entry list at this link.

Wildcat at large.
10th August:
Many thanks to photojournalist Andy Willsheer for letting us know about a historic altered which was on display at the UK's premier hot rod show at the weekend:

Standing out among the NSRA’s Hot Rod Supernationals serried ranks of rods and customs on hand this past weekend at Old Warden near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire was the bright red Wildcat Comp Altered. A member of the Wild Bunch Nostalgia Drag Racing Club, the Jaguar XJ6 4.2-litre-motivated blast from the past has been around the straight-line scene since the Seventies and is currently campaigned by Raygun-Industries, a group of individuals who quirkily describe themselves on their website as being not right in the head! A slight exaggeration, I feel, but as publishers of The Raydar Magazine, a perfect bound publication portraying a unique slant on the alternative motoring scene which, incidentally, is produced - and I quote - when we can be bothered, it’s fair to say that the gentlemen in question seemingly take pride in being, er, unconventional. Be that as it may, Wildcat was among the bumper entry of some 35 class competitors at July’s Dragstalgia event, where it completed the Pod’s memorable meeting in a commendable 4th spot. Pictured left to right in front of their trade stand are driver Ian Wild, Paul Haywood and Tim Odell, all of whom happily dare to be different. And why not?

Goodwood Revival celebrates NHRA.
10th August: This year, Goodwood Revival (17th– 19th September) will mark 70 years since two momentous events which took place in 1951, one in the UK and the other across the Pond. Each was emblematic of the nation in which it took place; the Festival of Britain and the founding of the National Hot Rod Association. The summer of 1951 saw millions of visitors flock to the Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank, a national showcase of British manufacturing and design,promoting British science, technology, industrial design, architecture and the arts. The Festival proved immensely popular as a “beacon for change” that helped reshape British arts, crafts, designs and sports for a generation.

To celebrate the occasion, Goodwood will be recreating a slice of that festival atmosphere at Gate 2 of the Motor Circuit with nods to the vibrant colours of the Festival of Britain with colourful ‘lollipops’ throughout the trees and geometric patterns on the buildings. Goodwood will also be reviving the Festival of Britain Trophy.

2021 also marks 70 years since Wally Parks founded the National Hot Rod Association in America and Goodwood is hoping to host one of the largest ever gatherings of the mean machines in Europe with the aim of there being one car for every year of the NHRA’s age. This iconic slice of Americana will be celebrated at a relocated Gasoline Alley which will feature bleachers, a mock drag strip , performance stage and dancing.

In addition, 16 of the infamous Rolling Bones cars are confirmed to attend. The Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop in Greenfield Centre, New York is a renowned hub of automotive craftsmanship run by Ken Schmidt and Keith Cornell for over 20 years. The Rolling Bones will be joined at Revival’s colourful display by a number of their UK cousins, with representatives from key Hot Rod groups such as the Low Fliers, the Detonators (of which American F1 legend Dan Gurney was a member), the Originals and the Vultures.

There will also be the UK’s biggest gathering of 1932 Fords; the ‘Deuce Coupe’ of hot rod legend made famous by the Beach Boys. Over 60 of these iconic cars are planned to attend.

New racer and sponsor for 100e Challenge.
10th August: Many thanks to regular contributor Nigel Taylor who has given us an update on the Modified 100e Challenge including the competition debut of his son Kenzie Taylor, who is also a talented photographer:

"More and more 100es are being built all the time and entering into the Modified 100e Challenge with 22-24 cars looking like the potential for next season . "Kenzie Taylor will become the youngest at 16 years old, making licensing passes at this years Hot Rod Drags in our 2.9i V6 100e, and after that no doubt more power may be required for next season.

"Glenn Blake, who runs the Hayling Hotrods at the Beach Meeting on the first Tuesday of every month on Hayling Island, has become the first sponsor for the 2022 Modified 100e Challenge and will put up £100 for the winner of each round in the new season.

"Glenn has been into the hot rod scene, Yank cars, customs and the rockabilly scene for years, regularly puts music gigs on and feels that now is his opportunity to put something back into the scene he enjoys so much.

"On behalf of the Modified 100e Group we would like to thank Glenn for choosing the class and look forward to what the 2022 season will bring. Massive thankyou to Ian Marshall and the Santa Pod Raceway team for looking into the MSA licience for Kenzie Taylor, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

First contact memories.
10th August: Thanks to regular viewer Clive Lewis for getting in touch about his initial contact with the sport with an appeal to anyone who knows the car involved in the demonstration he describes:

Back in (now a year either way possibly) 1971 I was at Lascelles Secondary Modern School in Harrow NW London and how it came about I do not know however a dragster appeared in the play ground one day from memory it looked like a fuel altered. It was possible a friend of a teacher or a teacher who had a hobby outside school.

The playground was surrounded by the school buildings. When the dragster was fired up many of the school kids hit the deck including myself. We thought the bomb had hit. We could not believe that a vehicle could make such a noise.

I know this is a vain hope question but it has been at the back of my mind for 50 years.This incident (and it was indeed and incident with many deafened and confused school boys) started my interest in drag racing. Like many things it will possibly be lost in the mists of time.

Editor's note: here are our two guesses as to possible cars at Clive's school demo, Kevin Pilling's Pure Seven (Roger Phillips photo) and Pete Atkins' Slo-Mo-Shun (Neil Baskerville photo); please write to if you have any other candidates from the London/Hertfordshire area.

Melbourne Raceway round 4 results.
9th August:
Congratulations to Ian Walley, the winner at the weekend's Melbourne Raceway round 4, Straightliners round 6 and NSCC shootout held at the Melbourne eighth mile track at the weekend:

NSCC Eliminations (Sunday): Ian Walley 7.10/116 def. Douglas Hague 9.29/84
NSCC Eliminations (Saturday): Ian Walley 6.65/117 def. Pete Smith 7.06/101

Racing commenced around 10:50am on Saturday and was able to continue for the whole day until an oildown resulted in the track crew springing into action, applying detergent to the unprepped surface to return it to racing condition. Then heavy rain on Saturday night dumped a large amount of standing water on the track and the crew worked hard with their sweeper to remove the water and get the surface dry; racing commenced late Sunday morning and with one break for another downpour continued to 4pm on Sunday. The weekend was yet another reason to ignore the weather forecast, and a living example of Yorkshire grit. Due to rain disruption, eliminations were cancelled although all racers present were able to continue to make runs.

Congratulations also to Methanol Funny Car racer Mark Flavell who re-set the track record on Saturday by running a 5.53/143. After this, Mark and son Andy held an auction of memorabilia to raise money towards the restoration of Melbourne Raceway, the pairing lanes area and the shut down run-off area being up for further work.

Among the racers visiting the track were Keith Freeman and Des Taylor from the Supercharged Outlaws, newcomer to Melbourne and Super Pro ET/Super Comp racer Allan Schofield, who was quickest in the Run What Ya Brung, and Old School Stocker riders Kevin Melling, Tyne Blight, Rod Spry and Chris Spry.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Melboune Raceway round 4 reports, results and former editor Tog's galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page.

Full official results from the event and previous Melbourne rounds in 2021 can be found at the Straightliners Melbourne Raceway 2021 results repository, courtesy Martyn Greathead. All Straightliners results and championship points from 1997 onwards can be found at this link.

New Rebellious RED driver Dave Glover posted images and video from the weekend, including the 'Cackle for Casey' to Facebook, and you can see more footage on Melbourne Raceway's Youtube page.

Melbourne Raceway's round 5 will be on 18th-19th September. In the words of Melbourne Raceway Community moderator Kelli Barrett, "Put it in your diaries, book it off work, ignore the weather forecast!

USC FWD Shootout results.
9th August: Congratulations to Craig Evans for winning the FWD Shootout at Ultimate Street Car held at Santa Pod Raceway from 6th-8th August. Seven cars were entered into the FWD Shootout, the qualifying cutoff being an ET of 12.99s. The results (with thanks to David Anniwell from the SPRC timing crew) were:

  1. Craig Evans (Corsa 2000cc) 9.9521/146.18
  2. Ahmed Jamshaid (Honda Civic 1999cc) 10.1839/133.63
  3. Terry Newton (Escort Van 2100cc) 10.3211/149.11
  4. Matt Davison (Civic 1600cc) 10.5390/135.23
  5. Darren Dewhurst (Corsa 2000cc) 10.5729/134.06
  6. Pete Cole (Renault 5 2000cc) 12.1126/116.84
  7. Ant Mincher (VW Golf 1800cc) 12.3032/95.83
Eliminations round 1

Craig Evans 10.9602/140.81 bye
Ahmed Jamshaid 11.9022/83.64 def. Ant Mincher 13.7923/66.47
Darren Dewhurst 10.6647 /133.23 def. Matt Davison 12.8397/103.06
Terry Newton 15.2876/81.26 def. Pete Cole no-show

Semi finals

Terry Newton 15.2478/112.22 def. Ahmed Jamshaid no-show
Craig Evans 10.0472/143.49 def. Darren Dewhurst 16.0683/64.99


Craig Evans 9.9145/144.30 def. Terry Newton 12.3593/127.37.

For streaming video of the event go to Santa Pod Raceway's Youtube page, and SPR has posted a gallery of photos of the event on its Facebook page.

Picture courtesy and © Mk1Kieran.

Swift snippets.
9th August: More details about the generous prize money for Doorslammers are now included with our news item posted on 5th August. To enter now, head over to the Santa Pod ticket portal at Entries close 5pm UK time on Friday, 27 August.

Happy Birthday today to British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member, Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car driver and crew member Gary Page, have a great day Gary!

We also gather from Ant Hill Mob Dragracing Team that it's former FIA Top Fuel Champion Smax Smith's birthday today, Happy Birthday and have a great day Smax! Son Aidan Heatley-Smith said "We fired the car up yesterday for our birthdays," so a belated Happy Birthday to Aidan too.

Gardermoen and Bonneville streaming.
8th August: Thanks to French team
Custom Gang Racing, aka the Dubois family, who have posted a link to a stream at the Gardermoen Drag Challenge where they are competing this weekend, and can be seen by clicking this link. You can keep up to date with race results from Gardermoen by going to the news page of the Norse Drag Racing Gardermoen web site.

Thanks also to Nitro Revival sponsor and currently dormant Land Speed Racer Geoff Stillwell, with whom we will later in August be announcing an exciting prize award, for bringing to our attention a live video stream of Bonneville Speed Week which you can follow by going to Facebook and following the Gearhead Hobbies page. The video consists of a high quality view of the startline area which is the prime spot for seeing cars before they commence their run on the long course, well worth a view as it captures the atmosphere well.

Dishforth debut.
6th August: RAF Dishforth in Yorkshire is the site of the new Armstrong Raceway to which Straightliners organisation travelled up the A1 last weekend to run the first race there. The July 31st/August 1st weekend featured the fifth round of the Straightliners Championship and a RWYB.

Mark Flavell who in his alcohol funny car was the quickest car there, commented "Dishforth is a brilliant venue, the track, the pits, the return road & the location. A big thank you and a big well done to everyone involved in get us this exciting new venue!" Mark did a nice straight tyre smoking crowd pleasing run but low oil pressure curtailed any further runs.

NSCC cars were running well with the Presland brothers Ford and Toyota pickup plus Derek Beck and Ian Walley, Ian having to nip home for a spare cam follower on Saturday evening to replace a faulty one, thankfully managing to run again on Sunday.

Jason King, who helped to secure the venue, was first to crack 200mph at the 1/2mile later bettered by Phil Wood on Dave Jones's Busa at 206mph. Riding in 12.10 class Rob Brittain, riding his Harley Sportster 1200, took his first ever class win beating Rob Kneeshaw. 11.10 class saw a 6 bike field whittled down to Oliver Tindall and Daniel "Helfor" Leather Daniel taking the win.

In the 10.10 class, after Saturday's runs the top 3 were all on 10.22 secs split only by the speeds, Pete Field at 147mph, Ashley Hodgson 142mph and Philip Tomblinson 140mph. Sunday saw Pete post a 10.17sec. Pete uncharacteristically red lit in his semi so it was Ashley and Phil in the final, Ashley posting a near perfect 10.13sec to take the win.

In the 9.10 class, Ian Wicks held top spot all weekend making it through to the final against David Storrie, Ian just edging the win. Sprint Legends saw a red light in the semis for Mark Taylor so Mickey Blackburn lined up against Chris Urwin, Mickey taking the win. Scooters were putting in some impressive speeds Adrian Horrocks flying on the 150cc small frame Vespa 102mph at the 1/4 and Eric Cope on a 12.86secs and 103mph.

Photos of the new venue, which is hoped will be long-standing, are at a Flickr album, taken by Becci Ellis, which you can see by clicking here. You can find the detailed results for the event on Sunday by clicking on the following links to quarter mile times, eliminations, and half mile speeds. Saturday results are at the Straightliners news channel.

The current Straightliners championship points by clicking on the following links to car points, bike points, and scooter points.

The next round of the Straightliners championship is at Melbourne Raceway this weekend and as sponsors of Melbourne look forward to a weekend of action.

Malta night event.
6th August: The Malta Drag Racing Association held its first night event of 2021 on 29th-31st July. The entry list and running order are available via this link. A total of 55 cars took part in various classes. Results can be seen in the online edition of the Malta Times Sports Desk.

Juan Wolf of MDRA thanks all the competitors who participated and their crews who helped us to have a wonderful quarter mile competition again The committee of the MDRA has also confimed that there will be a members' presentation night on 25th August, and the next full night event will be on 1st-3rd October. You can see media coverage of the event by clicking on the following links:
Swift snippets.
6th August: We wish a big Happy Birthday to SPRC pit marshal Caroline 'Oscar' Boncey, have a great day Oscar!

Ford Show demo drag cars callout.
5th August: Thanks to Santa Pod Events Coordinator Dan Melrose for passing on an appeal for race cars to run at the Ford Show on Sunday 29th August:

This August Bank Holiday weekend is our annual Ford Show, and we’re looking for some of the baddest Ford drag cars in the country to put on a show! We’re looking for about 16-20 Ford-bodied and/or Ford-engined cars that can run 11.99 or quicker for the day. For anyone interested, please send applications to Dan in the Santa Pod office at before the close of business on Monday, August 16th including your personal best ET and a blurb about the car.

Doorslammers entries now open.
5th August: The Doorslammers, Europe’s biggest doorslammer race weekend is back at Santa Pod, and entries are now open for the event! Running from the 3rd-5th September and with £40,000 in prize money on offer, it promises to be three days of non-stop action. We have seven brackets on-track across the weekend as follows:
  • Pro Doorslammer: sponsored by VP Racing Fuels - Entry Fee £500 - Prize Pot £10,000, Winner £5,000
  • Street: Entry Fee £250 - Prize Pot £5,000, Winner £2,500
  • FWD: Entry Fee £200 - Prize Pot £5,500, Winner £2,500
  • 4 Cylinder Entry Fee £200 - Prize Pot £5,500, Winner £2,500
  • 6 Cylinder Entry Fee £200 - Prize Pot £3,000, Winner £1,750; and
  • Saturday/Sunday Big Bracket Entry Fee £200 per day - Prize Pot £5,500 Per Day, Winners £2,500
Outline rules and details of prize money are shown at

To enter now, head over to the Santa Pod ticket portal at Entries close 5pm UK time on Friday, 27 August.

Note: The Doorslammers race will take place alongside the VW Action show; VAG owners can sign up here to take part in the Friday 3rd September Run What Ya Brung.

ACU points posted.
5th August: ACU Drag Race Series co-ordinator Ian King has updated the ACU points tables which can be seen at this link or via our points standings page.

Many congratulations to the new ACU British record holders following ratification:

Stuart Crane - Funnybike ET, 6.4702 secs
Stuart Crane - Funnybike MPH, 207.99 mph
Steven Venables - Superstreet Bike MPH, 218.24 mph

Clastres report.
5th August: The 15th European Dragster event organised by Association Trophée Dragster took place at Clastres last weekend. The results have now been posted to the ATD web site and there was a good entry of 21 in Super Pro ET, 22 in Pro ET 11 in Street Run and 9 in Junior Dragster in addition to Run What Ya Brung, making a total of 110 in all.

ATF president Eric Angeloni said "health constraints have not spared our organization, but our motivation is stronger than that - our motto is: the race must go on! The ATD has created a 200mph club to encourage a rise in performance. Despite the capricious weather on Saturday the track was restored in very short notice thanks to the hard work of the Yellow People (track crew). Thanks to everyone who, near or far, contributes to this track preparation. Also there was a marriage proposal on the start line, we wish all possible happiness to this beautiful couple Kelly and Jean (click for video) of team French Burn Impact".

In Super Pro ET, Michael Mikuscheit from Essen, Germany was the #1 qualifier in his Chevrolet El Camino with a perfect 0.00074 on his 8.60 dial-in. The top 11 were less than 0.1s off their dial. In eliminations, Laurent Arnaud was the winner after defeating Eric Angeloni (RED), Olivier Coulon (gen 2 Camaro), Alex Halter (Plymouth Road Runner), Fabien Dubois (RED) and Thierry Senges (Mustang) in the final (pictured at top).

Pro ET had a field where the top 13 were less than 0.1s off their dial. Top qualifier was Sophie Zaninetti (Plymouth Belvedere) who was 0,01947 over her 11.20 dial. Eliminations saw Laurent Levi in his Gasser style Comet Cyclone take the win, defeating Franck Besset (Chevy Nova), Peter Soursas ('70 Cuda), Dirk Kunold (Beetle) and, after a bye in the semi finals, Jean Luc Arnaud (Mustang) in the final.

In the Street Run class, Laurent Arnould was the winner,and in Junior Dragster Chantal Wagner triumphed over the field of nine, the top eight having RTs of less than 0.1s. RWYB had a mixture of cars, with two notable runners being the Pro Modified Corvette of Marcus Hilt (click for video), aided by a masked-up but still recognisable Camp Stanley and the blown Camaro doorslammer of Walle Strobel (both pictured above).

Several photographers and videographers were at the event and you can see their work by clicking on these links: The final round of the 2021 ATD season at Clastres is on 4th-5th September.

Images above courtesy and © Stéphane Cousin

Swift snippets.
5th August: A very Happy Birthday to our good friend Libby Mottershead. Have a good day Libby and see you at the track soon.

Photojournalist Steve Moxley has had his report on the drag bike classes at Santa Pod’s Festival of Power published on the web site Eat My Ink. In it you can read many snippets of the teams' weekend mechanical issues and how they were mostly overcome.

Pro Modified and Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham wanted to acknowledge the contribution of his team member Mr Greed (pictured left, photo © Mad Welshman). JT said "He is possibly the bravest man in the world and my new Tracy Island. I will always win the burnout competition - if you look at the windscreen I couldn’t see out at this time. Greenlights - bring it on.

Thanks to Motorsport UK Pro Modified PR Robin Jackson for letting us know that this week's Autocar magazine has an article on Annie Wallace and her STP Summer Nationals win which you can read by clicking here.

VWDRC Drag Days entry open.
4th August:
Entry is now open to VWDRC Drag Days, a special test and tune session to be held by the VW Drag Racing Club on 16th August at Santa Pod Raceway.

VWDRC chair Luke Stevenson said "After the Success of the 2020 event, the VWDRC are proud to present Drag Days 2.0, Could it be any Hotter! We are taking any make or model bikes or cars for testing. Entry is to open non members, this is perfect test and tune opportunity whether you’re a seasoned racer making final tweaks on a setup or just fancy a go down the strip, you won’t find a better value or more chilled out exclusive couple of RWYB days." Car entry is limited to 100 to ensure generous track time is available.

Racer entry ticket costing £150 includes unlimited runs over the two days and overnight camping on Sunday 15th August. Crew entry tickets are being offered separately at £10 each. Media support will include our Kirstie trackside and resident Santa Pod photographer Ian Blackett. You can sign up to VWDRC Drag Days 2.0 by clicking here.

Gasser Circus at the Mopars.
4th August: Many thanks to Gasser Circus co-ordinator Nick Brooke Langham for sending us an exclusive report about the class's latest outing at the 27th Mopar Euro Nationals:

The final weekend of July played host to the Mopar Nationals at Santa Pod, and as well as a fine gathering of Dodge cars spanning many years, the Gasser Circus were also in town. With 14 Gassers on site, it looked like being a good weekend of racing, and with the forecasts saying Sunday would be the better day, all the drivers knew they would have to make the most of the qualifying when it arrived.

When Round 1 began, not all Gassers made it down the track. Lee Pike with Honky Tonkin 2 didn’t make a run and neither did Nogbad the Bad, the latter being down to not arriving at the Pod until after the first round had been completed! The cause, ending Covid isolation at midnight Friday. Speaking of which, the Circus welcomed a new driver this weekend, with Drew Mason taking the wheel of Ain’t Misbehavin and on his first run stopping the clocks at 10.17. The reason for his debut was also Covid isolation, with normal hot shoe Sean Milsom, not completing his until midnight Saturday.

The second round of qualifying arrived just before 2pm, and this time all 14 Gasser entered the fire up road, unfortunately, not all of them made it out of it and down the strip, Lee Pike suffering fuelling problems with his ‘Honky Tonkin 2’ Nova. The problem was later traced to there being a distinct lack of fuel in the tank! The qualifying also bore witness to a selection of breakouts, Mark Dibley in the ‘Ansen’ Pop just missing qualification by 2 thousandths and Jason Pickett in his ‘Cherry Bomb’ 55 Chevy (pictured right) running 11.60 on an 11.60 dial in. With two more rounds of qualifying scheduled Lee and Mark would have more opportunities to qualify, but for now number 1 qualifier was Billy Jones in his ‘Grumpy Grizz’ Willys (pictured left).

Shortly before 6pm the Circus were called to the lanes, and a race was on, that being could we get another round of qualifying before some ominous looking rain clouds arrived at the Pod. The answer to that question was forthcoming moments after we entered the lanes. The foretellers of this were the rain drops on our screens, which were rapidly like a cake topping being hundreds then thousands. The fire road soon emptied as the gathered classes headed for shelter and the day drew to a close, as did Mark and Lee’s chance to qualify their Gassers.

Peering out through the caravan curtains, was a disappointing experience at 7am Sunday, as the sky was full of grey clouds and there was a hint of drizzle. During the morning the sound of the track drier in the distance gave all racers optimism but, despite the highly valued efforts of all the track officials their work was soon being literally rained on. As midday approached and the rain showed no signs of abating, the sound of cars going onto trailers punctuated the air, and the space in the pits steadily grew. After several sessions of berating the inaccuracies of the multitude of weather apps, and reports that had said Sunday would be a good day, a small cry went up when someone spotted a bit of blue sky. Admittedly it was a very small gap between still looming grey clouds, but it was a glimmer of things to come. Just after 3 in the afternoon, the track was dry, the racers were slightly damp, but cars were ready to race once again. Racers are nothing if not a determined bunch of people, and sitting out the weather was about to pay off.

Gasser Circus Eliminations got underway just after 3:30pm and first pair up was Number 1 Qualifier Billy Jones against Tony Pearson in his 56 Chevy ‘Guzzler’ (pictured below left). Billy dialling in 10.65 and Tony 10.85, this could be a close one. The cars left and we had a green light race, the cars were evenly matched and they stayed side by side down the track, as they went under the gantry the boards showed that both drivers had broken out with Billy running 10.63 and Tony 10.72, Billy taking the win as he broke out by 0.0196 to Tony’s 0.1204!

Next pairing had Tom Margesson in ‘The Tinsel Town Hustler’ Pop 11.38 taking on Graham Barton in his ‘High Anxiety’ Austin Devon dialling 10.71 (pictured above centre). As the tree dropped, Tom left fractionally earlier than Graham but both with green lights, and again the cars were side by side as they powered down the strip, but at the lights it was to be a breakout loss for Graham with a 10.68, Tom safely through with a 11.49.

Next pairing had the Jason’s racing each other with Jason Pickett and Jason Hollamby lining up against each other. Simultaneous burnouts from the ‘Cherry Bomb’ Chevy and the ‘Jumpin Jalapeno’ Ford (pictured above right). This was destined to be another side by side race, with neither driver backing off, as underlined by both drivers breaking out, the win going to Jason Hollamby as he broke out by less. This was good news for Jason as he had started the weekend second in the points, sandwiched between Billy Jones in third and Nick Barnett in first.

The next Gassers up had Nick taking on an ex Bristol car , with the 57 Chevy ‘Honky Tonkin’ of Steve Matthews, who had been plagued by the Chevy pulling hard left each time it left the line. Steve did not suffer these issues on this run, but did unfortunately leave a cherry on the tree, the Championship leader Nick advancing to the next round. Also trying to join him there was Sean Milsom, who having concluded his Covid isolation was back in the driver’s seat of his ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ Gasser. He was lining up against the Austin ‘Nogbad the Bad’, I had dialled in 11.72 and Sean 10.14. At mid track I was wondering where he was the answer wasn’t long in coming as he shot past taking the win.

Final pairing had Paul Dominey in his ‘640’ Austin Dorset, lining up against Brian Gibson in his ‘Identity Crisis’ Dodge following one of Brian’s customary rolling burnouts. Paul was looking for 11.46 and Brian 11.24, so Paul would be leaving first, as it turned out Brian left the line first, but not with a cherry, as Paul’s reaction time told the story of his run 0.514. Brian pulled another pleasing wheelie off the line and took the win with 11.32. Just before 5 the Gassers were at the end of the fire up lane, ready for the quarterfinals, first pair was Nick Barnett who whilst sat in the fire up road, had changed his dial in from 11.72 to 11.70, he was up against the Pop of Tom Margessson and John Gumble, ‘The Tinsel Town Hustler’ with their car dialling 11.38. Tom was in chase mode and when the clocks stopped Nick had run 11.73 and taken the win as Tim had chased a bit too hard with a breakout 11.30 which equates to getting there 4 inches ahead of his dial in.

Brian Gibson and Jason Hollamby came to the line and Brian left with another big wheelie, he and Jason had another very close race, but with Jason in full chase mode having dialled 10.72 to Brian’s 11.24, he had overcooked it by breaking out by running a 10.70, Brian advancing.

The winner of the next pairing had a ‘bye’ waiting for them that would whisk them to the final. Sean Milsom (pictured below left) and Billy Jones prepared to do battle with Billy dialling 10.60 to Sean’s 10.09, when they left we had a green light race and they were neck a neck down the strip and both crossed the line at 124 mph with Sean taking the win with a 10.10.

Some of the eliminated Gassers were running on the back of the winning cars, one of these was just about to post a stunning reaction time, with Graham Barton recording a 0.000!

Semi-final time and Nick Barnett in the B&G Racing Falcon (current points leader) came to the line against Brian Gibson, with Nick on an 11.70 against a 11.24. Brian again pulled a wheelie and with his front wheels back on the strip the race was on, another close fought battle followed but with Nick running 11.76 and Brian stopping the clocks with a 11.57, it was Nick that advanced to face Sean who made sure on his bye run that his wheelie bars worked properly with a wheels up launch before powering through his bye run.

Ten to six arrived and so did the Gasser Circus final, with Nick and Sean performing stout burnouts, then edging to the line. Nick had 11.68 on his back screen and Sean had 10.07 on the rear door of his van. The scene was set as the cars edged into Pre stage, then Stage, the tree activated and Nick left rapidly followed by Sean, but unfortunately too rapid as he planted a cherry on the tree. Nick (pictured below) took the win but with both still on it down the track, Nick went onto break out, but that didn‘t matter as first or worst applied. This win puts Nick neatly in the money seats for the Championship which will be decided at the Hot Rod Drags in September.

His win also meant he was able to pick up another superb winners pin from the talented Melliard’s who sponsor the Gasser Circus. Looking back a day after the event, it showed what determination and dedication to drag racing means to not just all the racers that stayed and never gave up hope of being able to race, but just as much to the superb team at Santa Pod, who ensured that we could race safely to a conclusion. I am sure we came close to the event being called, but instead of that the hard work by the Santa Pod crew, saved the event and made our weekend. Long may that determination and dedication prevail. The Gasser Circus wish to thank Neil Melliard for his sponsorship and trophies, Simon Prest who sponsors the Best Reaction Time and Closest to Dial in awards, the National Street Rod Association, Renegade Fuels and all the team at Santa Pod especially the track and timing crew. See you in September.

Gasser Circus – Racing the Dream.

Wild Bunch news update.
4th August:Claire Meaddows has updated the comprehensive and long running Wild Bunch web site with news from last weekend's 'Summer Showdown' at the Mopar Euro Nationals, 30th July - 1st August.

Claire concurs with our views, "A really good event! Well done to all those Wild Bunchers who took part and huge thanks to the track crew and all at Santa Pod for getting racing in despite the weather! Much appreciated!

The next Wild Bunch round is at the Greenlight Nationals.

Mantorp Drag Revival.
4th August: Last weekend's Mantorp Park Drag Revival was the largest race meeting held in the Nordic countries so far this season. The Mantorp atmosphere is unique and attracted over 190 racers in 18 classes. We covered the Nitro Bike Showdown in our Monday update. Below we highlight some of the other outstanding performances and teams running in the quicker classes. Full results can be seen by clicking on Drag Revival 2021 at this link. The event was rain-affected but got completed with the track crew getting the track back in shape for eliminations on Sunday.

Four Top Methanol cars were entered for the race and whilst the returning former Top Fuel pilot, Tony Bryntesson got his license upgrade (from 1995) with a 5.93 run in his A-fueler, the problems from dropping cylinders in his licensing pass led to him making only a test pass on Sunday. Jonny Lagg (above centre) qualified top with 5.4390/421.30, followed by fellow A-fuel runner Daniel Jedborn (above right) with 5.8022/378.15 and the sole TMFC of Magnus Larsson (above left) completed the qualified trio at 6.2022/368.10. In eliminations, Jonny went through to the final on a 5.481/426.00kph bye and Magnus ran a 6.147/377.80 single when Daniel couldn't make the call. The final saw Jonny running his best of the weekend at 5.433/428.60 but a red light gave the win to Magnus on 6.500/336.00, Magnus getting the 0.22 handicap advantage on the tree.

The entry in the eighth mile Pro Xtreme (otherwise known as Top Doorslammer) was a relatively healthy thirteen qualified cars, and it was former FIA Pro Modified champion Jan Ericsson (above left) who pretty much swept the board. Jan qualified #1 in his Camaro with 3.9352/305.99kph and after a first round 3.893/310.00 bye, got another single go in round two when #7 qualified Roger Johansson was a no-show, Jan nevertheless going 3.899/307.80. The semi final was the first pairing and Jan got by Henrik Brink (above centre) with a 3.860/310.20 to Henrik's 4.048/299.80. The final was Jan's third single of eliminations when #3 qualifier Mats Stefansson who had run 4.010/305.60 to defeat Adam Anderson in round one, 3.934/306.30 to overcome Mike Reymond's 4.441/247.00 in round two and 3.877/309.30 to get ahead of Fredrik Lundh's (above right) close 3.975/303.50 in the semi final, in which Fredrik suffered damage and was unable to make the call against Jan.

Other highlights were Peter Larsen running a 7.954/238.30 in 4to6 with his Toyota Supra to go #1 (although eliminations in this class fell victim to rain), a characteristically tight field in Pro Street (7.60 index) with Svend Holst qualifying #1 at 7.6070/279.18kph and Pär Norgren winning the eliminations, and the eighth mile Super Pro Street (4.40 index) where Tommy Abrahamsson qualified #1 and went on to win the final.

In exhibition runs, Hans-henrik Thomsen improved his electric bike quarter mile world record to 6.7407/311.42, runs were also made by Nostalgia Funny Car racer Torbjörn Jansson in Nitrocalypse, his best being 6.8083/312.50.

Many thanks to Patrik Jacobsson for giving permission to use his photos above. A full gallery of Patrik's photos is on Facebook and you can also see photos on Facebook by Cenneth Schiller and Nico Bremnes, and watch video of the event for SEK100 (£8.35) by clicking here.

Davies wins PM, 20 years on.
3rd August: The last Pro Modified win taken by the double championship winning team of Nick Davies and Rob Loaring was in 2000, their second Championship winning year in the UK. The PM duck was broken at the Mopar Euro Nationals last weekend with their turbo Pontiac Firebird taking the victory. The field was reduced to four cars when lack of parts sidelined returnee Mick Payne and licensee Matt Peters, Jon Webster also signalling a pause in his Pro Mod campaign due to a broken gearbox and converter.

Nick and Rob's chance to race three other quick cars at the Mopars paid off for the team. Nick said "We are carrying on picking away at it; although we have done less than 12 runs on our new Rossler transmission and Neal Chance converter combination, I am getting more comfortable with it."

As can be seen from the videos of Nick's runs or indeed any turbo car in the class, the staging process is different for a turbo boosted Pro Mod. "You have to get a handle on the spooling of the turbo, we go into pre-stage before spooling and then I check the fuel and oil pressure and build the boost to a level I'm happy with before bumping it into stage. Our car has enough base power to spool rapidly, however nitrous and blower cars will always reach launch rpm more quickly than we can. In a race situation spooling quickly does give you more confidence as the other racer is less tempted to force the turbo car to stage first.

Photos of Nick, Rob and team and Nick with Annie Wallace © and courtesy Andy Willsheer.

"The conditions have been different at each of the events we have run at this year, the Springspeed Nationals being a shakedown of the new combination. The best conditions were at the Festival of Power, then at the hot Summer Nationals the air was poor. The conditions at the Mopars were quite tricky; with a high proportion of street-tyred cars it was difficult for the track team to get a consistently high quality racing surface. We were however able to get down the track every time we did a full pass.

"Our first run was to bed in new rings on the engine, which we had replaced after the Summer Nationals along with the rods and just ran it to half track. In the second session, Kev (Slyfield) had run a 6.12 in the previous pair and I was going for the bonus points for low ET of the event. I was able to drive through manageable shake and ended with a 6.14 but at a good speed of 236mph. I was confident that the time would improve if we had a third qualifier but, with the rain, that was not to be. Back in the pits we noticed from the data the engine was down on boost from 36psi to 32psi and on inspection found that one of the main pipes from the turbo to the inlet manifold had a crack in it which we were able to fix before Sunday's elimination.

"In the first round we had lane choice, chose the right lane – and the car shook hard in first gear. I was able to get most out of the run though, running 6.40/239. I couldn't see Wayne (Nicholson) in the other lane and guessed he had a problem, so got back on the throttle anyway. In the shut down area I heard a clattering from behind me and realised the wheelie bars were broken. It wasn't a problem as although Scott Bares was able to weld it, we had a spare pair we could use anyway and Scott welded the parachute bracket back which had come loose.

"In the second round which was the final we were up against Annie Wallace, it's great to have the Wallace family back in the sport and they have some exceptional talent. Annie had lane choice and we left together, I saw her in front at 60ft which was expected as a nitrous car would leave quicker than ours. If a turbo car gets level with a nitrous car by half track though, there is only one winner and we ran 6.057/241. Before that we both had to pedal, hers was just slightly longer than ours but there was not a lot in it.

"So, our first win since 2000 although, as Rob said, we have been doing other things since.

"We drove to the weighing station and got through the tech inspection, and then I was able to drive it back to the pit bay. It's very tractable at low revs, we might even think of running Street Eliminator some time…

"A huge thanks to the Santa Pod Raceway guys for never giving up with all the rain the racers really appreciate what they do for the sport, and we had a very good surface to race on despite the nature of the event.

"Thanks to our team as well, The crew understands each other, work well together and have confidence." Dave Read helps Nick on the engine, Rob is focused on chassis setup and Scott Barnes, James Hurley and my son Callum Davies all help in servicing the car, checking it and looking at data from which Nick and Rob make tuning decisions.

"A thank you also to our generous sponsors USAutomotive, BUA Motorsports, Roberts Motor Bodies, also to our eminent suppliers Rossler Transmissions, Neal Chance Racing Converters, Fuel Tech USA, Precision Turbos and Vanishing Point Race Cars.

"We'll be back at the Euro Finals, see you then."

Keith Lee sells scooter - again.
3rd August: Thanks to drag racing author and biographer Keith Lee for sending us an update on his recent activities:

Over the past months, I have been busying myself working on my new book - John Hobbs and the Age of the Twins.

During the course of this process, I have been considering what to do with my own tiny piece of oddball drag racing history, which I first raced in 1971. I did actually run alongside John a couple of times during that period - way behind him being the correct description of those qualifying encounters!

Having raced my Triumph powered Lambretta only sporadically during 1973, as I was spending much more time writing about and photographing the sport, I ended up selling it to a young Robin Read at the end of that year. It provided Robin with his first entry into competition. Now Robin would progress onto much greater achievements on four wheels over the years that have followed. For myself, track side and commentating seemed a more sensible option.

It was my belief that the machine was cannibalised and scrapped over 40 years ago, but although in poor condition, and missing many parts, it had still survived, thanks to Alan Richardson. I was offered it back a few years ago, and rebuilt it up to a point that ensured it’s immediate future. Not having the facilities to complete it, and not being daft enough to ride it again anyway; I did not want it to end up with someone who would just want it for parts. It seemed to me that Robin might like to once again own and run it after completing the build. Who knows, maybe I can persuade him to run it at Dragstalgia, once he has achieved that 200mph goal in his amazing blown Daimler dragster.

Thanks to Annie for taking the shot of myself and Robin when he collected the bike on Sunday. It must be some sort of record, for the time gap between selling one machine to the same person twice!

For more information on John Hobbs and the Age of the Twins, updates will be available at: and on the John Hobbs Book facebook page.

Rodfathers car show appeal.
3rd August: Thanks to drag racing historian Jerry Cookson for passing on a request for car at a show in Rushden, Northants.

"The organisers Rushden Historical Transport Society in collaboration with Rodfathers and Boyds of Bedford want Hot Rods, Dragster and Yanks for display at the all new one day show on Saturday 28th August. It's the Steam N' Gasoline Hot Rod and Custom Bike Show, being held at the Rushden Historic Transport Museum, Rushden, NN10 0FW.

There's free entry to all show cars including driver and passenger. Inside space is available with power if needed. Food Court, Bar, Music and Trophies all within this great new venue after it has undergone a remarkable refurbishment.

Anyone wishing to display please email or call 07597 300422 for more details.

Swift snippets.
3rd August: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with large albums from the STP Summer Nationals covering a total of 200 images, and another from the July Yam Yam Racing Private Test Day of 175 photos, any of which can be downloaded as hi-def copies. You can check out Mad's pictures at this link.

Photographer Patrick O'Connor has uploaded to Facebook an album of photos from the Mopar Euro Nationals from last weekend.

27th Mopar Euro Nationals results.
2nd August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's 27th Mopar Euro Nationals held at Santa Pod Raceway:

Motorsports UK Pro Modified: Nick Davies 6.0575/241.58 def. Annie Wallace 6.5237/225.52
Nostalgia Superstock:Chris Goodale 10.4796/125.44 (10.45) def. Don Scott 9.8278/140.45 (9.70)
Gasser Circus: Nick Barnett 11.6352/115.52 (11.68) def. Sean Milsom 10.1255/132.50 (10.07)

It is a tribute to the hard-working Santa Pod Raceway track crew led by Ian Marshall that eliminations were completed, as following the loss of the whole of Friday to persistent drizzle and disruption to the end of Saturday's qualifying and first round of NSS eliminations with another downpour, we were faced with drizzle for the whole of Sunday morning and racing was only able to be started by 3:30pm. So a big vote of thanks to the SPR track crew, they lierally saved the day.

Congratulations to Nostalgia Superstock racer Jake Cawthorne (Andy Willsheer photo of Jake with Nïamh Frances Smith and your editor) who won the Twister Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of £50; the award has been reset to £50, and is next available at the STP Greenlight Nationals on 21st-22nd August.

Congratulations also to Nostalgia Superstock racer Stewart Arthur for winning the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award supported by Cath and Tig Napier, of £50; in only his second competitive event. The award has also been reset to £50, and is next available at the STP Greenlight Nationals.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored 27th Mopar Euro Nationals reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page.

Please join Simon in thanking Diana, a returning Kirstie and Julian for their hard work over the race weekend in sometimes difficult conditions, and many thanks to those who gave feedback on our coverage.

Goodale triumphs after six rounds.
2nd August: Congratulations to Chris Goodale who ran six rounds of eliminations on Sunday afternoon to win the huge field of Nostalgia Superstock at the Mopar Euro Nationals.

Chris had a single in round one when Perfect Light Award winner Stewart Arthur was a no-show, then defeated Perfect ET Award winner Jake Cawthorne in round two. Simon Rickwood was Chris's victim in round three and points leader Stuart 'Kiwi' Thompson in round four. The semis saw Chris take out Ty Strevett who had had his best race ever up to that point, and in the final Chris defeated class organiser Don Scott.

Chris said "I'm really pleased with my first ever event win this weekend - what a surprise! I'd like to give a special mention to Dave Billadeau for all the help and advice with the Camaro and making such a fantastic job of the car over the last couple of years (even though it’s a Chevy lol), also to James Ellis who is also now racing in Nostalgia Superstock with an NHRA Stock Eliminator '67 Camaro and has been helping me with my various car endeavours for the last 25 years!

Thanks also to Santa Pod for providing a fantastic facility to race at, and carrying on with drying and prepping the track yesterday as we thought the whole day was finished in the morning due to the continual rain. Thanks to everyone in NSS for being a great bunch of people and especially the committee members for getting everything sorted out for us at every meeting and providing us with the best Drag Racing Class in the UK".

Chris has owned his immaculate '69 Camaro for over 20 years and despite its original 307ci engine being upgraded to a 540ci ten years ago, it is still registered for the street and has covered over 4000 miles with the latest engine.

The Camaro is not the only race car that Chris is focused on, his other car being a fondly-remembered Top Street car from the early 1970s UK scene which Chris is having restored. He said "I’ve had the Russo's Rat Super Stock '69 Chevelle for most of the last 20 years. It's well on the way to being restored, Dave Billadeau has already restored the rolling chassis, Dave McCallan has put a roll cage in (as he did on my blue Camaro), Ash Rawson has completed all the body work which looks fantastic and then the car is going to Andy Pryzbl for paint and then back to Dave Billadeau for final assembly.

"It is being restored to almost exactly as it was around 1970, I have spoken with Frank Russo and even the guy that painted the car 50 years ago! So it’s going to get a proper period style restoration with a slightly larger motor than it originally had which will be built by EDA; we are hoping the car the will run well into the 9’s."

Pictured: Russo's Rat at its original home track of Dover Drag Strip, NY and at Santa Pod in 2003, raced by Chris.

Fueltech Nitro Bike Showdown reaches potential.
2nd August: After a rain-affected first event and then cancellation of the next two events at Kauhava, Finland following a complaint by an environmental protester, the much heralded Fueltech Nitro Bike Showdown was able to be held over the eighth mile at the Mantorp Park Drag Revival over the weekend.

Photos © and courtesy Kettil Rautio.

Photographer Kettil Rautio said "A great race day is behind us, hard racing and in great weather, so the Nitrobike Showdown really gave its best". There were fourteen bikes qualified at Mantorp Park after two sessions with Vesa Lipponen (pictured above left) #1 qualifier at 3.9603/306.25kph, TFB racer Rikard Gustafsson second on 4.2251/275.97, Aku Lantto third on 4.3067/270.98, TFB racer Jan Sturla Hegre (above right) on 4.5063/212.14 in fourth and Roman Sixta fifth on a fuel-spraying 4.5780/271.60, following mechanical problems in Q1.

The organisers made the decision to run two ladders. In ladder A, Vesa defeated #8 qualifier Greger Johansson who crossed the centre line, #7 qualifier Harri Piensalmi went through when Rikard was a no-show due to oil pressure issues, Aku defeated brother and former Pro Mod racer Marko Lantto 4.5464 to 6.4766 and Roman defeated Jan Sturla in a close race, 4.6783 to 5.0144. In the semi finals, Harri defeated Aku and Vesa defeated Roman, and Vesa on his supercharged twin took the winner's trophy with a 3.9148/310 after fellow Finn Harri couldn't make the call.

In the meantime, the B ladder consisting of six bikes had Peter Ström run a solo 4.4446 when Juha Hintukainen didn't show in round one, whilst Teemu Kettula defeated Mats Larsson 6.2355 to 6.4755 and Torsti Kettula ( above left) defeated Julia Wagner 5.3763 to 8.6506. In the semi final Peter Ström had another single and Torsti defeated his son Teemu, leaving the final to be a Tosti victory over Peter.

The next round of the Fueltech Nitro Bike Showdown will be held at Motopark Raceway, Finland on 20th-22nd August.

Williams Bros Racing debut COPO.
30th July: Thanks to Dan and Nic of Williams Bros Racing and Colin Theobald for giving us the exclusive story on their new car:

This weekend at the Mopar Euronationals sees the debut of the latest addition to the Williams Bros Racing stable, but this is the first car they haven’t built themselves. Rewind a few years when the team started their racing endavours in the USA. Watching the racing out there was one thing, but to actually ship your car out there and compete was the absolute dream come true story, firstly with Nic’s 69 Camaro then Dan’s 69 Nova (which is still out there awaiting the team's return). One class that really caught the brothers' eyes whilst racing was Factory Stock Showdown. These low 8 second factory built cars were simply jaw-dropping and within a few short years the class has become a major spectacle and now sees times regularly in the high 7’s. Ask the boys what their ultimate dream car would be and the quick answer would be a COPO factory stocker.

Fast forward to today, business for the OCS Group and Williams Bros Racing has seen unprecedented growth and of course a very understanding wife (Thanks Alix xx), this has allowed Nic to realise his dream. After numerous communications with GM in America just to be approved as a buyer, then the process of ordering what would turn out to be the penultimate 2020 COPO Camaro to be built (only 69 to be built each year). This Camaro is the only one from their heritage colours in frost green (to match Nic’s 69 Camaro) and the only 2020 COPO supplied new outside of the USA. Massive thanks must go to GM for all of their help, especially Mike Lawrence and Todd Gallant. The car arrived in the U.K. on Monday and Dan, Nic, Keith & Lorne collected the car from DHL’s incredible facility at East Midlands Airport and cannot thank Mark Evans and the team at DHL for supporting the team with the handling of the airfreight of this very special cargo.

The plan for this car is to run in Comp Eliminator, but the team's main focus remains their NHRA stock legal cars with both Dan and Nic looking to compete Stateside once again when restrictions are fully lifted. Once again the team couldn’t even contemplate buying a car like this without the support of Keith and Adele Williams, Alix Williams and the teams many friends and supporters.

Editor's note: For a brief history of the COPO Camaro see this link.

Whitehouse does Gleadows.
30th July: Artist Paul Whitehouse has posted an image of his latest drag race painting. Paul says:

"For the drag racing fraternity, this one doesn’t need a lot of explanation. The Gleadow family have been involved in the sport since the 60’s running ‘Motor Psycho’ dragsters. I decided to show Adam’s latest '34 Ford Coupe bodied 417ci nitro Rodeck Donovan altered running alongside the iconic ‘B/CA 6’ Pop".

Paul is organising a 30-off signed, limited edition A3 print run of this painting and if you are interested you should message Paul via his Facebook page to register interest.

If you are interested in seeing more of Paul's work as well as posting regularly on Facebook examples of completed work and work-in-progress, a range of his art is at his web site

Greenlight Nationals entry closing tomorrow.
29th July: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that entry to the STP Greenlight Nationals on 21st-22nd August closes tomorrow, Friday 30th July.

The Greenlight Nationals is a National or Club Championship round for the following classes: Comp Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Street Eliminator, Outlaw Anglia, Nostalgia Super Stock, VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Wild Bunch, Outlaw Flat Four, Junior Dragster, Pro Stock Bike, Funny Bike, Comp Bike, Super Street Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Super Twin Top Gas, ET Bike and Junior Drag Bike.

Racers may enter for the Greenlight Nationals by going to this link on The entry list can be seen at this link.

Surrey Pioneers' reunion at Blackbushe.
29th July: Yesterday at Blackbushe Airport, site of the original DragFest back in 1964, its damp follow-up in 1965 and susequent meetings until September 1984, some of the pioneers of the sport from Surrey and drag racing historians and journalists met for an informal reunion, sponsored by

Organised by John Hunt, former Blackbushe racer himself and interviewer for the first series of UK Pioneers' stories which published last winter, the event was held under typical British summertime weather – cycles of bright sunshine and warmth followed by torrential downpours. The group shared memories and memorabilia, comprising historic photos, posters, race suits, a few iconic car parts and video kindly provided by Nick Pettitt.

The group comprised racers and their car names were: Tony Anderson (Trouble, More Trouble and Even More Trouble), Rod George (Mintrepid, Midnight Creeper and Krypton), Bill and Linah Haynes (Konkerer and Quarter Horses I to III), Derek and Pam Metcalf (Wombat and StripStar), Geoff and Jan Miles (crew with Tony Anderson and Russ Carpenter), Keith and Lyn Stacey (Whiskey Peddler), John and Gill Smith (crew for many of the teams), Richard Jarman (StripStar and Hepolite Hustler), John and Brenda Newman (crew on Russ Carpenter's Glacier Grenade) and Chris Pattison (Allard Dragon, Grim Reaper, Tiki T). Stories from many of the Surrey Pioneers can be seen by clicking on this link.

Earlier, drag racing authors, historians and photo journalists gathered under the chairmanship of John Hunt to discuss ways of sharing material, establishing a portal page to their respective work, preserving the relevant web sites and ultimately what should happen to their collections when they pass. One main agreement was for a further meeting next year. Those present were Jerry Cookson (Facebook pages Memories of a Warwickshire Dragstrip and UK Drag & Sprint Strips that Time Forgot!), Chris Dossett (founder and webmaster of Dave Dick (photographer), Simon Groves (owner, editor and publisher of, Keith Lee (author of Mr 6 – The Dennis Priddle Story and John Hobbs and the Age of the Twins) Nick Pettitt (British Drag Racing and Hot Rodding Archive), Clive Rooms (Facebook page UK Drag & Sprint Strips that Time Forgot!), Paul Foote (printer and designer), Tog (founder and former editor of, Andy Willsheer (photo journalist) and joined later by's photographer Julian Hunt.

Hospitality at the Pathfinder Café, at Blackbushe Airport managed by Becky and Kierin, was sponsored by and John Hunt with Peter Walters Race Designs came up with a design for a commemorative label for bottles of Hepworths Brewery beer with Paul Foote Ink kindly sponsoring the cost of printing and cutting the labels. You can see a gallery of photos of the event courtesy Julian Hunt, Tog and Andy Willsheer by clicking here.

It was an enjoyable evening for all present and those who stayed until the end enjoyed a new experience, one somewhat unlikely for present times – being locked inside an airport!

Nick Pettitt has posted over an hour of video of the occasion to Youtube.

Mopar Euro Nationals Perfect Awards.
29th July: £125 is up for grabs at this weekend's Mopar Euronationals courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at Bug Jam. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available from 09:30 on Saturday to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with 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 decals are carried. decals are available in Signing On or from staff.

The Twister Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of £50; has been reset to £50 after it was won by Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET racer and member Kirstie Tramm at Bug Jam. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer at the event to tun +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend to racers in Nostalgia Superstock, Gasser Circus and Wild Bunch but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy Hadfield aka Fadster of the Twister Race Team.

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

Big Summit prize for Tierp race.
28th July: Speedgroup have announced via that there will be a big prize in vouchers for the August Tierp race. There will be a special Summit Racing Shoot Out with certificates to win for a total value of over 16,000 US Dollars at Tierp Arena, August 12-15. Super Pro ET and Pro ET Racers can enter the event now to take part in racing for some big bucks! The certificates are good for payment when ordering parts at

Field size 16: USD certificates to Winner $1500, Runner-Up $750, Semi-final $500 Quarter Final $250, Round 1 $100

Field size 32: USD certificates to Winner $2000, Runner-Up $1000, Semi-final $700, Quarter Final $300, Round 2 $150, Round 1 $100

The entry has seen a big increase in the last few days and the prize for these classes is sure to increase participation even more. Once the entry list increases to more than 250 in total the event can be confirmed as all four days of racing at the Tierp race, which is being organised jointly by Speedgroup and NDRS Motor Club. Kjell Petterson of NDRS Motor Club said "We hope racers will support the event".

Wheatley's first OFF win.
28th July:
Dave Wheatley, winner of Outlaw Flat Four at Bug Jam, had to overcome a long journey and mechanical issues in order to compete, but overcame these problems to win the class's first eliminator of 2021.

Dave told us: "I started racing on airfields in 2012 and built up a business called Bugbitz in Armagh restoring VWs and building engines. I joined the VWDRC and started to race at Bug Jam and VW Action. I've always loved the festival events because there is always something to do, even if it rains! During 2017 I raced at Avon Park with VWDRC and the car was running in 11s. At Bug Jam in 2019 I made a fluky 10.9, just below the 10.99 cut-off for Outlaw Flat Four.. But I never got the car running right and it was stuck in the mid-11s.

"During 2019 and the Covid-affected 2020 I didn't race as my daughter was studying and eventually started at the University of Stoke on Trent. I had a chance to drop her belongings in Stoke and race the car at Bug Jam! So we left Armagh at 11pm on Wednesday and took the three hour Stranraer ferry, arriving at Santa Pod at 11am Thursday after 450 miles travel.

"My Beetle has a lot of stock parts which I've modified. The turbo 2.1ltr cases are is from a T25 van with the water cooling parts removed and I made the cylinders using ductile iron, you can see pictures of the result on my Bugbitz web site. I did most of the machining myself. The cylinder head is modified to fit the cases, the turbo is a HX35/40 hybrid 110mm. I did have normally aspirated engines but breaking them is very expensive!

The crank is a stock 76mm one and a friend honed the cylinders, the pistons are Wiseco and rods are by Scat. The engine runs on E85. The gearbox is from a Type 1 which I strengthened a bit by welding some webbing around it. The innards are good, however many others run stronger van cases.

"Otherwise the suspension is standard, with stock torsion bars and 20 year old shock absorbers with stock driveshafts. The car is a floorpan with roll cage and the body has fibreglass wings and doors, the remainder being double skin steel, overall it weighs 700kg.

"The main issue was preventing the gearbox and drive train components breaking. My strategy was to start the event with 25psi in the rear slicks and passing up the burnout, driving around the water box. This resulted in us proving the power of the engine allowing us to tune it. The tyres were spinning in first and second, but I was pleased that the second half of the pass was quicker than other Outlaw cars. I set new PBs on each qualifying run and my final one was my first nine, 9.8955/142.13. This was achieved with a two step launch which lowered my 60 foots from 1.7 to 1.4, however for eliminations I chose to stay with the two step but at a less aggressive rpm setting. The staging for quarter final wins was a bit odd but the car went 10.009/140 against Jonny Marriage and 10.395/137 over a broken Darren Shephard in the final.

"My thanks go to tuning guru Mark McCabe of Elite Motor Performance, Liam on spanners and Steve who kept the car gleaming, they all came over with me and helped with funding. It was my first time in eliminations as before I had breakage, but hope it won't be long before I travel over the Irish Sea to compete again at Santa Pod".

Big NSS entry at Mopars.
28th July: Many thanks to Nostalgia Superstock organiser Don Scott for letting us know that the class entry for the Mopar Euro Nationals has reached levels not seen since…er…Dragstalgia three weeks ago.

"Nostalgia Superstock have another fantastic entry of 48 cars (I know it only says 46 on the SP website but there's a couple of late entries) at the Mopar Nationals, also a little surprise for everyone, there will be a car tagging on the back of our class in the pairing lanes, not in competition, just testing but should be quite a sight". We have no idea what Don is talking about.

Welcome James Sweeney, Howard Holmes, Shelby Watts and James Ellis who will be making their competitive debut in the class this weekend and welcome back to Craig Elliott and Mick Elsworth who will be racing competitively for the first time since 2016 and 2017 respectively.

UMC becomes DFR.
28th July: Thanks to Travis Smith for sending a report of the newly merged Dual Fuel Racing team racing in Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Well, what a couple of weekends it has been for Dual Fuel Racing, our first event under our new name previously United Modified Cruisers. Not only did we re-brand but we gained a great team member Carl Magedera driving Kuki the Tesla.

At the Summer Nationals, Carl placed 2nd in qualifications and Steve Mellors driving Hulk MX5 placed 3rd. It was time for eliminations, where Steve unfortunately red lit in round 1, however Carl smashed it coming second to Felicity Gibbs who took the number 1 spot.

Dual Fuel Racing driver Steve stayed on at the pod to repair Hulk MX5 and help Santa Pod Raceway. Set up for Bug Jam 34 with the VWDRC guys. We had a ball of a time helping out securing the pits, setting up the Bug Wam and a few other bits.

Then it was time for Bug Jam. Both drivers tested on the Friday ready for qualifying round 1, Carl placed 9th and Steve 10th. After participating in the human powered race wearing the Hulk suit, Steve got back to the pits ready for qualification runs, with a twist. Team member Dillon Window took the suit and lined Hulk up in true Hulk style really getting the crowd behind Hulk MX5.

In eliminations Carl won his first round and then was knocked out in round 2 , Driver Steve Mellors ran a side by side run in E1 with Jon Crawford of Crawford Motorsports what a race it was, the cars were right next to each other all race, then in eliminations round 2 Steve won due to Gill Medley unfortunately red lighting and then breaking out.

It was quarter finals time and Steve lined up against Rob Creswell however the gearbox let go when trying to select 3rd and had to go straight to 4th gear. We are nevertheless still very happy on how both drivers raced during both weekends. Steve Mellors clearly has the racing bug he wants to go faster alot! Faster. Give the team and cars a follow on Instagram Dual Fuel Racing will be back at the Greenlights, we might even bring Hulk out again. A huge thank you to everyone that got behind the cars this weekend!

Swift snippets.
28th July: Photographer Alice Fairhead has posted 344 photos from Bug Jam 34 to this Facebook Gallery. Alice's desciption of the event, which we echo, was "What an amazing weekend!"

Car signing on and scrutineering at SPRC events.
27th July: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall who has sent details of signing on and scrutineering for car classes for the remainder of the season:

Following further changes to the current requirement for car scrutineering, it has become necessary to continue with the current Signing on and Scrutineering Declaration for the remainder of the 2021 season. This includes the Green Light Nationals: if you race a car and have already entered the Green Light Nationals prior to the 27th July, please follow this link to also complete the MSUK form. You do not however need to complete the track and trace element of the form, just the declaration for signing on and scrutineering. For the remaining two events in 2021 (Euro Finals and National Finals), the entry form will now include the declaration.

To summarise, Bike racers do not need to complete this form. Also, Junior Dragster entrants do not need to complete this form as you will sign on and scrutineer as normal.

But, if you completed your entry before 27th July, please complete the form. After the 27th you will not need to complete the additional form, it is now part of the entry form. You do not need to complete the crew information/contact details sheet.

Three threes are...
27th July: Top Fuel racer Susanne Callin of Slick Tricks ran times of 3.9556/267.09 on Friday and 3.9919/250.85 with an evening 3.9866/264.93 on Saturday at Bug Jam last weekend. They were tremendous performances as the team's Facebook video (click on image) shows. Also, we gather from team member Gary Page that damage was limited to only a repairable crank and a blower belt over both days. How big an achievement is that, running three 3-second Top Fuel passes in a single event?

Looking through past race reports, have found only one other European TF racer who ran their first three and followed it up with two more consecutive 3-second passes at the same event. At the Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp in August 2013, Anita Mäkelä ran her first three, 3.9747 in Q4 and followed it up with 3.9683 and 3.9909 in E1 and E2. So Susanne's achievement is remarkable, the first time ever that a maiden three second pass has been followed up by two others at Santa Pod Raceway. It also places Susanne in a strong position for next year's FIA Championship that, after two years, teams and fans will be looking forward to with relish.

Ida's Top Fuel baptism.
27th July: Ida Zetterstrom has kindly given permission to publish her Sunday post describing her Top Fuel licensing at Santa Pod at Bug Jam:

"Just got back to our room at the airport hotel after a great weekend at Santa Pod Raceway working on my Top Fuel license. The weekend was super!

"My first time in a Top Fuel car and it can’t really be compared to anything else out there, it’s definitely incredible. I’ve done everything needed for the licensing except backing it up with a full 1000ft pass, weather today didn’t cooperate and the track was very cold so we didn’t run anything today.

"But I did get a fantastic run to the 1/8 mile yesterday with a 0.83 60ft and a 3.07 to the 1/8 mile, straight as an arrow! The run after was gonna be a try for the 1000ft but a cylinder out and tire shake took it away and made me drift towards the wall instead. I’ve experienced both tire shake and wheel spin and I’ve learned so much this weekend!

"I had an amazing team around me that made me feel both calm and confident in the car, I couldn’t have had it any better. What an experience, now I want back to continue soon, I want to get a replay of that 3.07 run and take it all the way to the stripe".

Ida's boyfriend who works for Ida's sponsor, also known as construction company Eklunds Bygg, Super Street Bike racer Kim Hilander, said "This has been a weekend I never will forget, some hard work and awesome people arround the car! I learned a lot about these cars and I think it has worked really good. Thank you for this everyone, and of course Ida is badass for doing this!"

Post-Bug Jam points posted.
22nd July: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm for forwarding the latest points standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championhips and SPRC Club Championships after Bug Jam 34. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our points standing pages by clicking here, or by clicking the Points Standings link under News in the main menu above.

Hodson's big Bug Jam haul.
27th July: Many thanks to Bug Jam VW Pro winner James Hodson for telling us the story of how he got on at the race with a new engine, eventually overcoming his problems and winning the big cash prize fund on offer after VW Pro were allocated it in a class shootout:

I arrived at Bug Jam second in the points but still with an unhappy engine. I had to change it two rounds ago as my 17 year old race engine finally said enough was enough. It is a slightly different spec and I haven't been able to get it remapped on the rollers yet. On top of that the nitrous wasn't working. We had our annual Pro vs Sportsman competition at lunch on Saturday. I unfortunately lost my round but Pro did win overall so all money would go to the winner of Pro.

In qualifying I came 10th with a disappointing 12.6. Saturday night, and a couple of beers in, my crew chief Noel Sosso and me decided to try and fix the nitrous. Repositioning the activation switch worked and we were good to test in the final qualifier on Sunday morning. Well, after a panic that I had lost the ignition key overnight! Thank you to who ever found my key in the dance tent and handed it in to security. Disaster avoided. Phew. Final qualifier and the gas was working. I ran a 10.49 which was great although it was on a 10.50 dial in!

Eliminations came and after some cracking races I made it to the final against Adrian Solly, VW Pro points leader. I had gear change issues but that didn't matter as Adrian broke out handing me the win and all the Pro vs Sportsman competition winnings! Am now just 80 points behind with 2 rounds to go. Bug Jam 34 was a truly fantastic event and I thank Santa Pod and all the staff for a great weekend. I'd also like to thank crew chief Noel Sosso and the whole of the VWDRC.

Swift snippets.
27th July: All of us at would like to wish our good friend the currently unfired Drag Race Union organiser Markus Münch a very Happy Birthday. Have a great day Markus.

Wild Bunch racers Matthew Hollins and Alan Skipp, previously known for their Ratchet Strap slingshot, have announced they are the new owners of The Villain body and chassis. Best of luck to Matt and Alan for getting the car back on track in the future.

The web site Chronicles of Boost has published a well-written article in English about Dutch Pro Modified racer Marck Harteveld, the history of his team, what drag racing means to him and his ambitions in the sport. Well worth a read.

Our good friend Lena Perés has written a preview of the August meeting at Tierp, now titled the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals, at The final registration date is tomorrow.

Event entry update.
26th July: Many thanks to to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for posting version 1 of the entry list for the STP Greenlight Nationals on 21st-22nd August. A reminder that event entry at normal rates closes this Friday, 30th July.

The Greenlight Nationals is a National or Club Championship round for the following classes: Comp Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Street Eliminator, Outlaw Anglia, Nostalgia Super Stock, VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Wild Bunch, Outlaw Flat Four, Junior Dragster, Pro Stock Bike, Funny Bike, Comp Bike, Super Street Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Super Twin Top Gas, ET Bike and Junior Drag Bike. Racers may enter for the Greenlight Nationals by going to this link on

Bug Jam results.
26th July: Congratulations to the winners at Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway over the weekend:

VW Pro: James Hodson 11.5268/98.84 (10.50) def. Adrian Solly 11.1731/124.23 (11.30) breakout
VW Sportsman: Paul Day 16.8713/63.21 (13.30) def. Rob Creswell 13.7718/102.16 (13.90) red
Outlaw Flat Four: David Wheatley 10.3957/137.41 def. Darren Shephard, broke.
Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Dan Holloway 16.3468/79.65 (16.25) def. Gary Lake 14.2633/95.23 (14.20)
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Andy Bond 7.5812/206.29 def. Al McSweeney 14.4422/75.55
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster exhibition: Caitlin Wilson 8.0514/81.66 (8.02) def. Jacqueline Bartlett 8.0759/79.79

For Supercharged Outlaws see the report below from sponsor Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield.

There were a variety of vehicles carrying out exhibition passes. Quickest were the three 3s passes by Top Fuel racer Susanne Callin, incredible performances in the conditions. Ida Zetterström from Åland, Finland, made licensing passes with only a full run now required before being granted a TF license. We will be publishing tomorrow her thoughts on the weekend. Nostalgia Funny Car racers, Jet cars, Gasser Circus cars and a pair of Junior Dragsters completed the exhibition line-up.

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

Motorsport UK Street Eliminator: Andy Bond 212.88mph

Many thanks to Andy Marrs who has updated his table of UK and European bests which you can check out by clicking here or clicking on Data, then UK European Bests at the top of any page.

Congratulations to Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET racer and member Kirstie Tramm (pictured right) who won the Twister Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of £50; the award has been reset to £50, and is next available at next weekend's Mopar Euronationals. The Habit Racing Perfect Light Award supported by Cath and Tig Napier, went unclaimed and rises to £75 at the Mopar Euronationals.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Festival of Power reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page.

Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend, and many thanks to those who gave feedback on our coverage.

Supercharged Outlaws at Bug Jam.
26th July: Thanks to Perfect ET Award sponsor Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield who has posted a report on the Supercharged Outlaws at Bug Jam:

This is the first time the Supercharged Outlaws UK have been invited to Bug Jam and what an event! We had a nine car field, comprising Mike Couch, Keith Freeman, Andy Fadster, Gary Parkes, Luke Watts, David McCallan, Aaron Windridge, Paul Dale and Steve Clarke with Nigel Rigden making their S/O debut in the Good Guys Topolino.

The action was thick and fast with Keith Freeman (below left) and Luke Watts (centre) grudge racing most rounds and swapping the win back and forth, PB’s being nudged bragging rights being swapped.

Nigel Rigden and Steve Clarke were alternately driving the Topolino (above right to get some seat time and running into the 9.50’s to get into the class index with room to spare, lots more to come from this tidy operation.

Aaron Windridge ran the Tiki T (below left) through to a useful 8 zero pass but the team have some work to do on the blower intake to make the combination work, again there is a lot more to come from the new set up.

Mike Couch ran the Lil Hemi (above centre) to a new PB of 8.7 but has hit the limit with the rear gears, time to swap them out and chase that low 8. Always smiling Mike was thrilled with the numbers achieved.

Mr Consistent, Dave McCallan, kept hitting the numbers in his super quick C10 (above right) with no dramas and providing the fans with some superb racing.

Having solved the oil pressure issues, Gary Parkes (below left) had a good weekend's racing but the altered is now overpowering the single chute and giving Gary some eye opening shut down action...... twin chute time!

Paul Dale ran a new PB of 8.3 in the Acute Angle (above centre) but finished the weekend with an annoying misfire, the team working hard to track down the problem but I’m sure it’ll be back on form for the next round.

Andy Fadster is still trying to get Twister (above right) to launch so there were no PB’s but some challenging runs to net a 7.6 run. MPH was always there and showing the power this new set up has. Many plans afoot to get the tyres to plant.

Entertainment at this event was amazing and the atmosphere incredible, I very much hope Santa Pod Raceway invite us back to compete and provide the spectacle for which we are renowned.

Thanks to all our fans and friends for coming to the pits and sharing laughs with the teams and lastly to the track marshals, they keep us safe and always with a smile on their face.

Next Santa Pod Raceway event for the group is Hot Rod Drags.

Lydden Hill No Prep report, gallery.
26th July: Lydden Hill Race Circuit in Kent dipped its toe into No Prep at this weekend’s Custom Cup. Whilst we worked to bring you the Bug Jam news, our former News Editor Tog overcame his circuit reluctance and went along to enjoy some grass-roots drag racing:

As you will see from the gallery of photos from the event, there was an impressive turn-out of cars. Some were regular attendees – the Taz Racing team really should get an award for their ceaseless support of events such as this – but there were a number of racers whom I guessed were Lydden track day enthusiasts.

Making its racing debut in its new owners hands was Mick Sharpe’s just-acquired classically-styled 1971 Dodge Dart which is already sporting a Nostalgia Super Stock number. Herb Andrews said that the car is street-legal and that Mick had in fact driven it to a show in Brighton very recently. I also met longtime racer Dave Gibbons who mentioned that he was looking at selling his fabled Rough Diamond altered; if you fancy an eight-second car with some great history then get in touch with Gibb.

The racing surface started right on the end of a bend, necessitating an immediate but very slight left turn upon launch, and then headed uphill; the track initially appeared narrow to my eyes but once two cars were side-by-side it was clear that there was plenty of room – this is plain to see in the gallery.

The first session started with byes to allow racers to get used to the track but then in the later sessions the majority of runs were singles with not that many pairs. It could have been coincidence but it appeared to me that the pairings were between racers with a lot of experience in running side-by-side. Having said that, there was a single track-wide set of timing equipment so maybe those on singles were Lydden regulars being timed as part of the larger competition.

The track held most of the cars. There were some heroics – a few good driving jobs especially by Taz Racing who are used to such things and Mick Sharpe chose to eschew drifting on a couple of occasions – but as you would expect from experienced racers there was no stupidity.

The weather mizzogs got one in the eye again as apart from a few sprinkles which almost without exception fell during planned breaks it was dry and mild, and indeed hot when the sun broke through.

A big Well Done to Lydden Hill Race Circuit for giving No Prep a try; a little bird tells me that they have already decided to do it again which is great news. I can see this taking off not least because the track is so easy to reach, being next to the A2 a few miles from Dover. Paul Marston and the No Prep team also deserve a big pat on the back as do the racers who repeatedly support the events. Personal thanks to Reuben Elman at Lydden Hill for his help and to Paul Marston and the No Prep team.

You can find the Lydden Hill No Prep gallery, which is presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page.

The next No Prep event is at Melbourne Raceway on 7th-8th August and you can find out more either here on News or on Facebook at No Prep Drag Racing.

(Pictured: Mick Sharpe's '71 Dodge Dart, photo © Tog)

Dutch PM teams for Tierp.
26th July: Many thanks to our good friend Remco Scheelings who has contributed an article to about Vegter Pro Mod Racing's plans to visit Tierp to compete at the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals.

Prior to the race the team will pay a visit to European Pro Modified record holder Andreas Arthursson’s company PPF Racing. “PPF have a test facility capable of simulating the whole run over the quarter mile, including shifting through all the gears. “It’s a great way to collect data and to find a good set-up without having to make many expensive runs at the track,” said team owner David Vegter.

Vegter Pro Mod Racing have been working with the Dutch company and sponsor Post & Dros Performance Parts, the European distributor for leading brands like Racepak. David and his team will take a wide range of Racepak parts to Tierp Arena and can deliver parts there to teams who placed orders with Post & Dros.

Dutch Pro Mod teams have been particularly hard hit by the travel restrictions brought about by the Covid pandemic, without a permanent champsionship standard home track to run on. David Vegter's team will be joined at Tierp by Marck Harteveld and Michel Tooren, and we fervently hope the three teams, along with many Scandinavian teams, will be able to travel unrestricted to the UK in September.

M&M Racing's Summer Nationals.
26th July: Many thanks to Dave Turner for sending us a report of brother Mark Turner's Summer Nationals at which he switched on his Toyota Supra's nitrous for the first time:

STP Summer Nationals turned out to be the hottest ticket of the year so far (not just for the cars) as reported a couple of weeks ago we had taken the decision to fit NOS to the M&M Racing Supra and to say it worked would be the understatement of the year! Straight out the trailer the car went 8.63 @ 153 mph which was an improvement of 0.55 on our previous best ET with only a 100 shot of gas! This meant that we had gone from being just outside the Super Pro ET to fully entrenched in it, now all we had to do was get a number on the board as we had underestimated our dial in (8.80), oh well, we had two more shots and finished up 11th.

Sunday morning saw us paired up against Bob Doyle in his lovely 240Z who had qualified 3rd, well this meeting brought an end to our weekend as Bob cut a great light and held us off for the win. But after 4 runs with the new combination, we now have ourselves an 8 second Supra, video of which you can now find on our YouTube channel M&M Racing.

We want to say thanks to everyone that's helped and supported us achieve our eight second goal starting with the Crew Michelle, Dave, Paul, Kieran T and Kieran B, Also to Colin Millar, Jedd Guy and Jeff Bull for their guidance with the nitrous system. To AD Coach Systems Ltd and Scope Automotive Ltd for their support for the team.

Some of the sharper eyed may have noticed new decals on the rear quarter of the car? This is to show our support for the Lyme Trust a charitable organisation based in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. The Trust provides support and accommodation for people living with mental health issues. Alongside aiding people with drug and alcohol addiction. The Trust aims to provide a safe, stable and comfortable environment in which residents have access to high levels of support and a good quality of life.

So, we now look forward to the STP Green Light Nationals over the weekend of 21st and 22nd of August.

Swift snippets.
26th July: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with two large albums from Dragstalgia covering a total of 254 images, which can be downloaded as hi-def copies. You can check out Mad's pictures at this link.

We wish a Happy Birthday to Nitro Junkie and Top Fuel Bike racer Kevin Charman, have a great day Kev!

Lydden Hill No Prep this weekend.
23rd July: This weekend at Lydden Hill Race circuit in Kent, the Custom Cup event will run on 24th-25th July with a No Prep race on Sunday 25th. Paul Marston writes:

"This weekend all roads lead to Lydden Hill No Prep. With the rest of the booked in Custom Cup No Prep Competitors. The total car count with our eleven entries makes it over 50, yes you read that, 50 cars.

"So it should be a fun weekend. Take no prisoners. We have a reputation to upkeep".

Included in the line-up will be up to five cars from Kent-based Taz Racing, Paul's own nine second Procharged SN95 Mustang, Mick Howling in his new era Dodge Hemi Challenger and many others. will publish a photo gallery courtesy of former editor Tog.

Lydden Hill Circuit announced: "Action on circuit is now going to be run on just the Sunday, but there will be a raft of entertainment on Saturday including a show & shine competition for static displays, live music from Hullabaloo, an outdoor cinema (weather dependant) from our friends at The 360 Cinema, bars, street food and camping.

"This has been done to ensure that we can make this event as good as it can be for those on-track and those off-track, condensing the Custom Cup into just the Sunday will result in one action packed day to remember!"

Spectator tickets, only availble on-line, can be obtained from
this link and further details on the event are at this link.

Newmarket charity display appeal.
23rd July: Mark Firmin, Director of Autism In Motorsports (AIM) has been in touch with a request for a car to be displayed at a charity karting event on 14th August:

"Last October, Ollie Card, a 12 year old karting enthusiast, tragically died from a brain tumour. His parents, together with many friends, have organised a special charity karting event on 14th August, taking place at the Wild Tracks Activity Park near Newmarket in Suffolk. Funds raised will go to three charities chosen by Ollie's family, in his name: The Air Ambulance, Autism in Motorsports and the Shooting Stars Hospice.

"If there is a local drag racer, from any class, on two wheels or four, who would be kind enough to bring their machine across for the day (or part of it) so that the youngsters can marvel at it and have their pictures taken with it, it would be wonderful. No financial reward can be offered, but the other rewards, and what it might spark in these young people, could be priceless. The event is open from 0900 to 1600.

"Any assistance would be most gratefully received, and the hosts will be delighted to ensure that anyone bringing their car or bike will be suitably fed and watered on the day!

Please do contact Mark Firmin direct on 07968 525733 if you can help.

Stilwell's LSR bid curtailed.
23rd July: British Land Speed racer and Nitro Revival sponsor Geoff Stilwell fears that, as a result of travel restrictions lasting longer than expected, he will have to curtail his planned trip to Bonneville with his 7707 fuel roadster (pictured at the 2020 Grand National Roadster Show) to break the 300mph barrier and set a new record.

"Originally the borders were going to be opened up on 21st July but the latest announcement from the U.S. President indicates this now won't happen until 21st August which is after Speedweek, scheduled for 7th-13th August.

"My team have been working on the car in Pomona and it is fully ready to be towed to Bonneville in August for our record attempt and to see which of Ron Hope and I can be first to 300mph. Flying to Mexico and quarantining there for two weeks is not an option business-wise. I am getting in the position now of having to think about cancelling consumables, for instance 15 barrels of nitro are due for delivery to Bonneville in August.

But any disappointment over Bonneville does not signal the end of Geoff's 2021 season. "I am still planning on racing at other events such as El Mirage on 12 September and 24th October, the World of Speed 10th-13th September and World Finals at Bonneville 28th September to 1st October". Speed records set at other events run by the Utah Salt Flat Association will be included in Southern California Timing Association record books.

"The condition of the salt this year is amazing, even better than last year when George Poteet ran 481mph on his record run (470.015 official record) in the wheel-driven Speed Demon, and there are hopes that he will exceed 500mph this year using a twin turbo engine running on methanol. The salt condition is suitable for running up to a 12 mile stretch and after the brine pumped on it over the winter months has spread and dried, the condition is harder than 2020.

"Danny Thompson is also returning this year with a front engined Fuel Roadster having sold the iconic Challenger which set the previous piston driven record at 448.75 mph.

"There has been great media support such as a documentary film by Brad King about the paintwork design and application on Geoff's trailer for 7707, and MAV TV were planning to film the car at Speed Week including Go Pro cameras on it for its record runs.

"I'm grateful to my team out in California who have been continuing to prepare the car even though my travel plans have been in doubt for some time. Tony Thacker has been going through the car and found the non-mandatory blower restraint was out of date, so got through to DJ Safety and Big Ben supplied replacements which Tony and Mick Jenkins installed. Thanks also to Silky and Cory Silk for their help and John Beck for his engine building, Kiwi Steve, Pauly Rivera, Rick Le Fever, Donny Cummins, Paul Bowman, Nick Davies, Rob Loaring and Scotty Barnes (when are you I.C.E. guys going to build a LSR car?)

"I'm also disappointed for sponsors Lucas Oil, Rat Trap Racing, CARS Recon, Inc., Mick's Paint, Circle City Hot Rods, Henderson Insurance, and So-Cal Speed Shop.

"The battle for the first to 300mph between me and Ron Hope is still on although Ron has a not-so-secret weapon in the services of Shane Tecklenburg to tune his 755 roadster which will be capable of running 300mph".

Let's all wish Geoff well for being able to get to the US and reach his dream.

Post-Summer Nats points posted.
22nd July: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm for forwarding the latest points standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championhips and SPRC Club Championships (cars and motorcycles) after the STP Summer Nationals. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our points standing pages by
clicking here, or by clicking the Points Standings link under News in the main menu above.

Points for ACU bike classes will be published at a later date.

Bug Jam Perfect Awards.
22nd July: £100 is up for grabs at this weekend's Bug Jam courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Super Comp/Super Gas racer Paul Brown at the STP Summer Nationals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available from 16:00 on Saturday to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with 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 decals are carried. decals are available in Signing On or from staff.

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of the Twister Race Team has also been reset to £50 after it was won by VW Sportsman racer Steve Stone at the STP Summer Nationals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer at the event to tun +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend to racers in Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), VW Pro, and VW Sportsman but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy Hadfield aka Fadster of the Twister Race Team.

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

Private Test Day results, video.
22nd July: A private test day organised by Scott Lewry of Yam Yam Racing took place at Santa Pod Raceway on Monday. To those leaving the track after the conclusion of the STP Summer Nationals, this will come as no surprise, as cars were being towed to the strip on Sunday evening.

You can see trackside footage of the test day taken by our Kieran at (Part 1 - morning) and (Part 2 - afternoon), also video from the tower taken by Luke Stevenson and his trusty iPad on the European FWD Facebook video page.

A list of racers' quickest times is shown opposite. Trophies were given for the best times in each class:

Class A (FWD treads): Calvin Skerritt – 10.8900
Class B (RWD/AWD treads): Rod Atkinson – 9.8610
Class C (FWD slicks): Andy Nicholls – 9.5554
Class D (RWD/AWD slicks): David Downes – 7.7504 (see above picture)
Best Reaction Time overall: Chris Winn – 0.1041
Fastest MPH overall: Matthew Preen – 185.89
Best ET overall: David Downes – 7.7504

Organiser Scott Lewry commented: Thanks to everyone that attended today. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the day and got as much out of it as possible with the weather. It's great with the uncertain times just to get out and meet up with like minded people. Thanks again to all who supported and a big shout out to the track staff, Darren Krauesslar, Ricky Loughborough and the team who work so hard to get the track moving. Thanks to Luke, Callum and Kieran for the awesome media support as always. Keep your eyes peeled in a few weeks for hopefully some further dates!

Other racers commented: "Thanks as always to Scott Nobby Lewry and to the others who helped organise today. Quality day as always. Was a battle all day but buzzing to finally be in the 11s new PB 11.91@ 119mph. (Ryan Wilson, Vauxhall Corsa)". "Pete Dodd did really well considering he had never driven a race car, let alone a wheelying race car. Never driven the car until this morning and after going down the track just to get himself acclimatised to the situation, made his three licensing runs and was licensed". (Mike Lacey)

Neil Gillet hot-lapped to no less than 27 passes, all runs bar two in the nines at over 140mph, giving him great value for money.

As well as posting videos to Mk1 Kieran, Kieran has posted photos to his Mk1Kieran Facebook page. Also our good friend Callum Pudge posted a gallery of 132 photos on his Pudgey's Pictures Facebook page.

Swift snippets.
22nd July: Yesterday would have been the birthday of Nev Mottershead. Leah Hinchcliffe writes, after a special gathering held to mark the occasion: "Happy heavenly birthday, you aren’t here and yet everyone still wanted to be together for your special day, we miss you and love you lots". We echo Leah's thoughts and will always remember Nev on what would have been his special day.

Photographer Richard Smith has updated his web site with shots from Dragstalgia and you can see his results in a gallery on his Zenfolio site. Also included are photos from he first three events of the year at Melbourne Raceway.

Amongst our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet, we have a For Sale advert for a special engine with lots of trick parts. If you have a chassis, £25,000 and want to go at least 7.0s/200mph, why not contact Chris Manning on the contact details shown?

Bug Jam racer update.
21st July: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us details of track opening and signing on at this weekend's Bug Jam, 23rd-25th July.

The main gates to the track will open from 10am until 9pm only on Thursday, 22nd July and then from 9am on Friday, 23rd July.

Junior Dragster will have to sign on and scrutineer for this event, but that is the only car class that is required to scrutineer.

Friday 23rd July:
09:00 Main Gates open
10.00 Signing on open for RWYB only
12.00 Signing on open for race vehicles (Junior Dragster only)
12.00-19.00 RWYB only

Saturday 24th July
07.00 Scrutineeting and signing on open for competitors (Junior Dragster only) Competition licenses required.
09.30-15:00 RWYB only.
16:00 Competition vehicles only – qualifying

Sunday 25th July
10.00 Track Open for qualifying/eliminations.

The detailed running orders and printable entry list can be seen in our event coverage page.

Annie's thanks and radio interview.
21st July: Pro Mod racer and winner of the STP Summer Nationals on her debut Annie Wallace has sent us her impressions of her landmark weekend:

"What a weekend! When I first got into the car on Friday and ended up in the field on the first run after the parachutes failed I would never have thought that a day later I would have my pro modified licence and continue to win the event. I got more comfortable and confident with the car on every run that I made and exceeded my expectations of myself by miles. This weekend has been an experience I will never forget.

"Thank you to everyone that has supported me and for all of the kind messages and I look forward to getting back into the driving seat in two weeks time."

Photos © and courtesy Andy Willsheer. Pictured (left) Annie and runner-up Nick Davies, (right) Annie, Bobby Wallace, Bonnie Wallace, Hannah Salton (top row); Sandra Wallace, Bob Wallace, Andy Wright, Ellie Davis (bottom row). Click on photo for larger version.

Yesterday evening Annie was interviewed by Chris Milligan on BBC Three Counties Radio, here is a transcript of the interview:

Chris: Some great news in the world of motorsport happened when Bedford drag racer Annie Wallace created drag racing history on Sunday at Santa Pod Raceway. She made her debut in the Motorsport UK British Drag Racing Championships and she won first time out, a feat not previously achieved.

Women compete equally in men at all drag racing levels, one in seven of this event's entry list were female yet few have ventured into Pro Mod either side of the Atlantic. She is only the second British woman to do so. I'm very excited to chat to her.

Congratulations, how does it feel?

Annie: Thank you very much, very good.

Chris: Did you ever expect to come out on top?

Annie: Not at all, especially when I was in the field on Friday!

Chris: Research suggests that you are the youngest female driver ever to race in Pro Mod in Europe or America. What does that feel like, that you hold that record?

Annie: Crazy!

Chris: I saw a picture of the car it's a Ford Mustang it has a massive hood scoop, and I can't imagine how you can see past it. How did you get involved in drag racing, how did it all start?

Annie: My dad's always been into cars and my dad and my brother went up originally in a Ford Pop just to play with the car. From there we ended up buying a Willys. We were meant to be going into Super Pro but my brother decided to go straight into Pro Mod.

Then I started in the juniors with my sister Bonnie and then I moved on to the Ford Pop when Bobby was getting used to the Willys and then I decided that I wanted a bigger car as well. I always loved this Mustang because It was my friend Dave's (Dave Townsend - Editor) car.

I always used to say to him I really want your car, and then one day he said I'm going to sell it, so I said to Dad please can I have it. I got used to it with the engine that was in it and then I decided to be like my brother so I decided to go into Pro Mod.

Chris: Amazing! What is it about drag racing that is so special to you?

Annie: You get a big adrenaline rush and also just being with your family, you just get to spend that quality time even though you're doing the car you're still doing it all together. We are a close family and we do it all together so that's nice.

Chris: It seems pretty inevitable you were going to get into it. It was an incredible weekend, it's a pretty amazing achievement. You're racing now at Santa Pod, do you go and race up and down the country at different drag strips?

Annie: When we were in Juniors we went to Stratford Upon Avon but that track has shut down now, so we don't have anywhere else. There is a track at Hockenheim in Germany that I've been to with the junior but haven't been there with anything faster than that yet.

Chris: How fast does you Mustang go?

Annie: I've been at 229mph so far but it might have a bit more in it, I'm not too sure how much more.

Chris: What was best time you got?

Annie: My best was a 6.13, I wasn't really aiming for anything in particular, the best that I did previously was a 6.92 so anything quicker than that would have been a bonus. When I ran the 6.1 it was just unbelievable!

Chris: It was an incredible achievement and you must be so proud, well done to you, what's next for you, to go faster?

Annie: Every one's dream is to run a five, I think definitely think I can aim for that.

Chris: Congratulations and well done to you. How can people follow you on line and on social media?

Annie: A lot of my racing stuff is on Facebook and also Santa Pod Raceway's page shares a lot and they are very good at promoting the sport.

Chris: Amazing achievement, brilliant work, on her debut as well, she won first time out, a feat not previously achieved, and only 22 years of age.

Jayne's biggest break-out.
21st July: Many thanks to ET Bike racer Jayne Kay who has been telling us about her progress with the transfer from a blown funny car and an altered to an eight second bike:

We’ve made loads of progress this weekend at the Summer Nationals. We finally got a full pass down the track, with new PB’s of 8.81 and 156mph – and the biggest break out of the weekend!

We ran without the nitrous this weekend so the bike was a little slow off the line, but now I’ve been down the track and got a really good feel for the bike, we can work on going faster. I’ve been asked a few times over the weekend if I prefer two wheels to four… I’ve loved everything I’ve driven but it’s a bit more wild going down the track head first, the bike is just bad ass.

We’d like to thank Steve French for his help and guidance over the weekend, we were struggling to burn out with the set up of our new clutch, but we are now close to perfecting it. I’d also like to thank the guys in ET Bike for welcoming me into the class, and congratulations to Phil Pratt who went on to win the event after beating me in the first round, (I will get you next time!)

Always a big shoutout to my Dad for building this awesome bike! And my crew; Mum, Aidan, Phil and Dawn.

We have some exciting news that we will be able to share next week, you may find some spoilers over on our Facebook page

JT's hot, hot, hot.
21st July: Many thanks to Pro Modified and Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham who was racing in Pro ET with his Crew Killer Pop at the STP Summer Nationals for his event report:

Hot, hot, hot...

We lost Friday as the timing figures were wrong, so by Saturday we soon discovered the little white Pop doesn’t like the heat.

On the first run I did such a big burnout I ran out of fuel in the shutdown area (no...) We changed classes and went into Pro ET, man, they greeted us with open arms, tough, bloody tough, all are great race teams. We didn’t last too long.

Photos © and courtesy Callum Pudge.

Two of my crew drove the Pop around the pits and couldn’t believe they don’t steer, brake and accelerate like a car. Massive thanks to the Santa Pod team in incredible conditions. Next time will be Pro Mod and Crew Killer. We will be back to run 5s this year. Never give up faith. JT.

Greenlight Nationals entry closing in 10 days' time.
20th July: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that entry to the STP Greenlight Nationals on 21st-22nd August closes on Friday 30th July.

Ian adds "The Greenlight Nationals is a National or Club Championship round for the following classes: Comp Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Street Eliminator, Outlaw Anglia, Nostalgia Super Stock, VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Wild Bunch, Outlaw Flat Four, Junior Dragster, Pro Stock Bike, Funny Bike, Comp Bike, Super Street Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Super Twin Top Gas, ET Bike and Junior Drag Bike".

Racers may enter for the Greenlight Nationals by going to this link on

Happy 80th Arthur!
20th July: "A very Happy Birthday to the legend drag racer Arthur Bonner today, writes Nigel Taylor:

"Arthur Bonner started racing in the early 70s with the Detroit Spinner Ford Prefect built in his back garden, powered by a strong Pontiac 400 motor. He campaigned the car for many years, becoming a true legend, not only on the track but also in the bar. Arthur's smiley face and his sense of humour was contagious and became a well liked figure through the UK drag racing scene.

"After a couple of incidents and a long time racing, Arthur sat the car up until 2014 when a great group of friends, supporters and sponsors helped me rebuild it and back it came again with Arthur Bonner back behind the wheel! A superb sight that everyone in the drag racing world appreciated and we continued to campaign the car at nostalgic events to 2018 when although we called it a day.

"The Detroit spinner, now owned by Pep Xampro in Barcelona, is guaranteed to return and we will do our utmost hardest to make sure Arthur sees his car run yet again.

"Happy 80th Birthday Arthur Bonner from all the Detroit Spinner Racing supporters, friends and crew and a massive thankyou for all them years of entertainment! A true Legend!" Congratulations to Arthur from all of us at

Summer Nationals racer quotes.
20th July: We've gathered comments from social media following the weekend's STP Summer Nationals:

Pro Modified was dominated by Annie Wallace (pictured right) who sensationally made a couple of practice passes on Friday (one a 6 at over 200mph), licensed on Saturday morning and then went on to win the event. Her performance improvement during the event was something we hadn't ever seen, six consecutive personal best ETs coupled with PB speeds. Annie will be sending her account of the event which we look forward to bringing to you.

Runner up was Nick Davies of ICE Automotive - Project 260 who said "Well, it seems that we’ve built ourselves a bracket car. 4 x 6.0 ETs all at 240 and change. Would have been a fifth in the first round had the ECU loom not nearly fallen off. A sixth in the final? Who knows? A loose fuel fitting prevented us finding out…Huge congratulations to Annie and the Wallace Motorsports team for an amazing debut and well-deserved victory.

"Thanks to my supercrew of Rob, Scott, James, Callum and Dave. Also to the Santa Pod track prep and safety guys who save us more than we realise (cheers Bob!). And to the Santa Pod faithful whose support is valued hugely and also to my competitors who provide friendship and/or motivation. All greatly appreciated! See you at the Mopars..."

Blown Bird Drag Racing team boss and driver Kev Slyfield made it to the semi-finals STP summer Nationals 2021 when a blower belt snapped, but up until that point had provided great entertainment with long burnouts and a pole-setting 6.017/237.31.

Lucky Devil Drag Racing team boss and driverWayne Nicholson remarked "We were dealing with a greasy track and a little issue on the motor, which we found to be a cracked liner, so ended up struggling with a 6.30 at 230 in qualifying. So , Team effort putting a liner in and we decided to fit a set of rods too , a little early . Our new rods are a touch shorter as it’s all we could get and it hurt our combination too much we ended up all in one piece though. Wayne thanks his team, wife Belinda, Joe Nicholson, Amy Gibson, Richard Harker, Tim Asquith, Sandy Cockram, Andrew Wright".

In Competition Eliminator the final came down to two Stock/Super Stock cars, allowed to compete in Comp Eliminator so long as their index is below 12.15. Williams Bros Racing were represented in the class by team owners Nic and Dan and customer Spencer Tramm. They said After Q1, all cars made great passes, seeing where we sat with the heat. Dan in 2nd, Nic 3rd and Spencer 4th. During Q3, Nic jumped to 1st in Comp. In Comp E1, Spencer took the win over Elaine Hancock in the Zephyr and Nic took the win over Robin Orthodoxou in the Chaos Bros altered. During E2, Spencer was on top of his game and took the win over Kev Perkins and Nic also def Kevin Jenkins. This set up the final for Comp meaning Spencer and Nic raced eachother in the final with Nic taking the win (pictured left). Congratulations to them both and thank you to all the Comp Elim competitors for some awesome races!

Runner up Spencer Tramm posted "I'm not usually one for big posts but after a great weekend I'll break tradition. After a 12 year 'hiatus' to go Pro Mod racing I got back in the driver's seat at the Festival of Power, just two meetings later and with a combo of luck and half decent driving found myself runner-up at the Summer Nationals.

A massive thanks to the whole Williams Brothers Racing team, especially Nic, Dan, Keith and Lorne who have made the whole journey of driving again easier and more enjoyable than I could ever want or hope.

Also, I have always had the support from my family, Mum, Dad and especially Kirstie who has gone out of her way to be around to help me with the Camaro (see @quantumleapracing on Instagram)

To everyone who has taken the time to say such nice things about the new car, it's appreciated, see you at the next one.

Kev Jenkins ran some good times in Comp Eliminator in the Fraudster, not quite as quick as the Fraudster's PB of 7.867/172. However as reported by son and Eurodragster team member Kieran, We had some issues yesterday with what we think was the map sensor not allowing the car to rev in the burnout, so managed to source one from Dave Rowe at EPS Motorsport on Friday night.

"Problem solved the car ran 8.0890/164.83 in Q3 and 8.0492/163.03 in an E1 bye but then the electrical gremlin reappeared, 1.16 to 60ft and then out of it to a 8.69 at 126 mph, going out to Nic Williams. This little pressure sensor has caused us a plethora of headaches this weekend, we were getting erratic values in the data logging on every run and also random misfires and cuts, turns out it was intermittently shorting the 5V sensor supply to ground bringing the 5V supply down that also supplies other engine sensors.

"Just before the finals at the Summer Nationals, Kev was able to do a time trial pass to see if the electrical fault was in fact down to that sensor, 8.22 at 165 mph and a clean run with useful data that we can now work with."

The team remained at Santa Pod on Monday for Scott Lewry's private test day so got a couple of chances to resolve these issues. The result was two great runs of 8.19/152 mph, 1.18 60ft, 5.19 at 133 mph to the 1/8th followed by 8.09 at 165 mph, with 1.16 60ft and 1/8th mile - 5.14 at 133 mph, so back on the right path.

Sticky Situation Drag Racing Team Comp Eliminator racer Jordan Payne said "An unfortunate first round loss here for the team today at Santa Pod Raceway. An electrical issue prevented the car from exceeding the burnout rev limiter on the pass. Consequently I needed to abort the run just after the hit. Congratulations to Kev Perkins and team for the first round win. It was time to service the car, load up and make our way home after yet another busy race weekend".

Elaine Hancock returned after repairs and said before the meeting "Huge thanks and gratitude to Wayne Allman, David Smith, Spencer Henley, Gary & the lads from Bristol Car & Commercial for all your hard work over the last 2 weeks". Elaine improved her PB to 7.7181/180.66 in her round one defeat to Spencer after qualifying with a 7.7379/171.06.

Super Comp and, first-time Super Pro ET racer Leah Kellett (pictured left) had a great Summer Nationals. She wrote:

"Was definitely not expecting that! First time entering Super Pro and first time double classing and ended up reaching both finals?! Eh? How in the hell? Honestly cannot believe it. What an absolutely awesome weekend though! As much as the weather was killing me (and everyone else) we wouldn't want it any other way to have such a great weekend!

I started off the meet in Super Pro with Dan Giles as he was my first pair, and ended the meet with him in the final. Well done Dan for taking the win! Racing my Girl Power Pal for the first time too, Laura Grace Turburville-Wilson, was just the best thing ever.

Massive thank you to my fabulous crew, my amazing dad Pete Kellett for managing not only setting everything up but prepping the car, keeping it going etc etc whilst hot lapping.

To my borrowed and stand in crew man Jordan Wilson (thank you Paul for letting me steal your man!) for absolutely everything!

To Spencer Tramm as always for your help and huge well done for reaching the final in Comp Eliminator.

And a massive thank you and well done to my bro Joe Kellett for setting the stop and making me run a perfect dial in the final in Super Comp, but just so sorry I lost my focus and let the team down but these things are sent to try us from time to time eh! Massive well done to Simon Fulton taking the win. Got to say thank you as always to the track crew, wow you guys in this heat must have been super tough! But as always gave us a great track to play on I still have no idea how to work that blinky blinky tree but it's something id like to practice a bit more.

Thank you as always to everyone who has supported me this weekend, your well wishes, your messages, it gives me the boost and i do appreciate it so thank you and as always to Jeff and Belinda Bull for their amazing continued support and for such an awesome ride!

And thank you to Callum Pudge for these awesome shots.

Already want to do it all again even though I'm absolutely knackered see you in a few weeks! And well done to everyone this weekend.

In Pro ET, the presentation photo of winner Simon Innes and runner-up Keith Herbert and their families summed up the sheer joy in the class.

Jim Massey of Keith Herbert's team wrote: "What a brilliant time I had at the Summer Nats, after not having the Fury out for nearly a year,we dragged it out blew the dust off and raced it. In a 29 car field we managed to get to the final. All the races were really close and in the semi final we beat William Clark who he'd become a bit of a nemesis. Clark racing are great friends with us and took it brilliantly big hugs all round.

I'd like to thank the Herb's crew of Kyleigh Devlin and Anna-Marie Herbert both done a great job on the line and helping keeping us fed and watered, oh and Keith's driving was top notch as ever. In the final Keith red lit giving the win to Simon Innes who thoroughly deserved to win his first event. Great racer and lovely family.

Keith doesn't do as many events as we were doing in past year but in the last three meetings we have got to two semi's and one final. So beware, the Herbs are back.

In Street Eliminator Mark Todd took the win after a final against fellow 6 second, 200mph runner Andy Bond, and said "We needed this after the lows of having to miss The Festival Of Power and a big thank you to my crew Spud and Aussie Nick".

The Street Eliminator UK racing association added "Congratulations to a couple of our members for getting new personal bests! Elliot Day has now joined the 8 second club. Al Mac (McSweeney) got a 8.3 at 160mph, Damian Halliwell Ran a 10.4, Anthony Higgs a 8.3 at 166mph before not making it to the first elimination due to the fuel pump leaking."

In sponsor Renegade Outlaw Anglia, there were some great passes and the quickest racers in the class are getting massive practice at pedaling with their latest setups. No sixes (yet) but huge entertainment.

Winner Colin Millar with a best over the weekend of 7.1154/190.61 remarked "She done real good, Aaron Springford finding the tune, not the best way to win the final but hats off to Jedd Guy for a hard fought weekends racing, GreenLight Nationals bring it on!"

Early in qualifying Colin had a 202.47 timing ticket but admitted "Jedd Guy blew the last block away giving an incorrect MPH for me, would be nice to run over 200mph but not on this occasion but nice 0.0044 reaction time" sponsor Jedd Guy had a great weekend performance wise but had a part fail in the final. Wife Jemma said "Where to start....we ran a 7.04 even with backing off at 1000ft we then couldn't do Q3 on Saturday as, unknown to us at the time, the starter switch cable had come off. Sunday morning we then ran a 7.07 and then while doing the valve lash found it was loose, thought it was fixed, next run a pop and a flame from the exhaust suggested it wasn't fixed so we replaced the parts ready for the final, however it obviously just wasn't meant to be as after the burnout Jedd heard some loud knocking so he shut off, initial investigations have found the top of the pushrod is melted/smashed, however fingers crossed we should be back out at Greenlight Nationals!"

In Top Fuel Bike Phil Baimbridge, team boss and engineer for Al Smith (pictured in the far lane against Steve Woollatt in the final), in his comprehensive PBR Top Fuel Bike Facebook page wrote: "It was much hotter than we are used to with the startline air temperatures when we ran ranging from 27.7-33.9C (82-93F). Air density was typically around 90%. We knew that it was going to be a challenge with a racebike which already struggled to keep the cylinders lit in the second half under “normal” ambient conditions.

The weekend was hard work, but turned out to be rewarding. The Rocket completed a total of 8 passes – two at the pre-event test day and three each on the Saturday and Sunday. The cylinder leak downs were consistent throughout. We changed the top big ends shells once (they we OK, but while we were in there…..). We didn’t damage any of the drive belts. It really was just a case of changing the oil, resetting the clutch, gapping spark plugs and refuelling. Al won the race meeting and closed the gap on Neil Midgley in the ACU championship. To cap it off, it looks like we have our race bike back!

The team members who undertake the majority of the routine activities (Andy Kirk and Neill Curtis) worked efficiently and effectively despite the conditions (more so because I was suffering a mild arthritis episode and was more physically useless that usual). Joo Smith kept us well fed and watered". You can read much more in Phil's Facebook page.

Neil Midgley's team owner on the Lucas/Cannon Engineering bike, Chris Hannam, wrote "It was not our weekend this time as we just chased the whole meeting from low oil pressure which we put down to heat, then a gearing change back due to different conditions. We got a half decent test pass on Sunday morning only to get no data as we had left the card out, we made what I think was a good call but had a blower drive belt issue in the semi against Al, so we called it and let Al single to the win. After looking at the bike it would have run but we made the best call , congrats to Al and the PBR team on a ground out win , for us it was hero to zero but we will be back. Thanks to Lucas Oils for a great product and Santa Pod for a great place to race.

In Funny Bike racing, Stuart Crane of Warpspeed racing (near lane) again dominated the event with record-breaking performances. Our pit note contributor Mike Kraaij wrote "Again a new PB for Stuart Crane in Funnybike during the Summer Nationals, a great 6.4702@207.99mph! A new ACU record too! And backed it up with an 6.50@207.20mph! How about that for concistency!". Stuart thanked his sponsor Hel Performance for great brake calipers and Simon Lane and Lee Owen for turbo parts which were "working great". Class sponsor and sometime FB racer Dale Leeks added "Congratulations to my team mate Stuart Crane for winning the 3rd Leeks landscapes British Funnybike round in a row and collecting £200 contingency from The Leeks Landscapes Group, also resetting the British record".

The other member of the Warpspeed team, Mark Smith of Draper Tools had another torrid time on his Funny Bike. "Well what a weekend. Shame it had to end. Sorry, Ann Smith (Mum), I broke it..." The problem, a broken clutch gear, resulted in an aluminium shower on the start line and this dramatic photo of the damage. We documented the ups and downs of the Storm Dragbike team in our race report. Rider Lorcan Parnell ran a great 6.674/210 in testing on Friday, but a tendency of the bike to go left, originally suspected to be the front wheel contacting the inner fairing on braking, resulted in Q3 in a more serious incident. Lorcan wrote: "Q3 saw our hardest launch yet and quickest 330' ever but the bike broke traction, turned, tucked under and hit the wall. I stayed on but have a badly bruised forearm. Thanks to the Santa Pod medical centre for their swift attention".

In Super Street Bike Steve Venables' main sponsor D.M.E. Racing said "Steve Venables breaking more records with a 217.17 mph British Super Street Bike record today in round two of qualifying at the STP Summer Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway. He then went on to reset the record in round 1 of eliminations running 218.24 mph. He ultimately won the event to make it a perfect weekend".

Super Street Bike runner up (near lane) Mark Dainty's crewman Mark Lemis said "In the Finals we found ourselves in 2nd place losing to Steve Venables by 0.006s. A big thanks to all the sponsors and people who helped achieve this 2nd place. Thanks to Kostas Giannopoulos Stephen Mead Steve Venables who helped replace the engine on Friday night and a big thank you to Harold Finklemyer for his excellent tuning and support all days of the race. Mark added: Thank you to all my crew, tuner, and friends and family who supported me this weekend and made this all possible. Congratulations Steve Venables on the win".

Suze Morris posted on the ET Bike UK Facebook group: "Congratulations to Phil Pratt and Robbie Dobbie on reaching the Final. Gutted for Blade King who suffered engine damage during Q2. I'd also ask you to please join me in sending our very best wishes to Peter Harrison who was taken to Bedford Hospital by ambulance but not admitted due to an incident which occurred after racing involving a finger, a bike chain, a bag of ice and an ambulance... I'm sure you know where I'm coming from. We all wish you a speedy recovery after plastic surgery Peter."

Return of the Good Guys.
19th July: Many thanks to The Good Guys, Steve Clarke and Nigel Rigden who have given us details of their new blown altered which makes its debut at Bug Jam this coming weekend. Nigel writes:

So back in the day, in the 1980’s, Steve and I campaigned a front engined dragster with a 3.8 Jag motor, injected and running methanol. The chassis was the old Methdrinker (before that Limelight, before that Phaeton II), and we ran under The Good Guys name (ED/36) and, as now, shared the driving duties. After a case of piston assisted valve closure at North Weald the car got laid up and then a whole lot of life type things got in the way and that seemed to be the end of it.

Pause for 40 years, where the hell did that go?

In 2018 Steve persuaded me to go to Dragstalgia, I was blown away by what an amazing and civilised facility the Pod had become, proper clean toilets for heaven’s sake and, more than anything else, there was a place for race cars from the era that I loved to come out and play.

We sat there watching car after car go down and wondering why it hadn’t been like that when we were racing. At the end of the day we both knew this was going to have been an expensive day out.

The decision was made, we were going racing again, on the nostalgia circuit. Firstly we thought of getting the old car out (yep, we still have it) but (and I am still not quite sure how this happened) we ended up buying the ex El Bandito (before that Felstead Best & Lotsabeera, before that Time Warp) rolling chassis from John Reeve. Shortly afterwards we bought Adam Clayton’s old motor and work started.

We do have a slight problem in that Steve lives just outside Ely and I live on The Black Isle, just north of Inverness, so things were never going to be straightforward. It would seem that we are older but no wiser. As before we are equal partners in the project, sharing costs and driving and, in theory, work. Covid restrictions however have meant that Steve has had to do the lion's share of the build and survive without my unique skill set of systematically setting out to break every drill bit that he owns.

He has done a great job under very difficult circumstances.

There is not a bit of the car that hasn’t been reworked in some way and we couldn’t have done it without the talents of the following:

Jon Webster - Webster Race Engineering – Roll cage, steering and front end. (We can’t praise Jon enough, helpful, friendly and stunning workmanship)
Ben Speechley – Hanger 30 – assorted fabrication and welding
Colin – Insignis Performance Engineering – Machine work on the back axle
Paul Allen – assorted fabrication and welding
Ted – Ted’s Fab P.A. – the headers
Nick Davies – ICE Automotive – For answering all our stupid questions and never once getting cross, oh, and for building a damn fine motor
All at Przym Paintworks, the paint speaks for itself
Elaine (my wife) and Sharon (Steve’s wife) for supporting our madness.

So,the details.

It's a Fiat Topolino Altered, with ICE 489ci BBC, 8-71 Blower, 2 Holley 950cfm blower carbs running on 120 racing gas. The motor is set up for a 150 shot of nitrous but it has never been used and for this year we will be running on motor only. Neil Chance torque converter and 2 speed Powerglide.

We will be running with the Supercharged Outlaws.

The data would suggest that the car should run low eights, high sevens but it’s early days. The aim is to get it running solidly in the sevens next year. Steve and I will both be driving, sometimes alternating at the same meeting (just to confuse everyone) and we are running a small crew, the two of us and Steve’s wife Sharon.

Sorry to ramble on, still slightly over excited about the whole thing and it’s starting to get real very quickly. The images include one of the old car with a very young Steve looking slightly uncomfortable.

One bike, no rider.
19th July: Thanks to Jeff Kenway, dad of Comp Bike racer Jordan Kenway for his account of a torrid test day and successful race in Comp Bike:

That has got too be the most bonkers weekend we have ever had. We decided to do the test day so Jordan could get some more seat time. We went down for the first run, Jordan did his burnout, the clutch got hot expanded and wouldn’t disengage.

He came flying out of the burnout box just missed running his brother Connor Kenway over and the track crew, sorry Ian Marshall, as the bike picked up speed he decided to bail off the side. The track crew were absolutely fantastic the way they looked after him.

We managed to borrow a better clutch lever, on Saturday he was still a little apprehensive and did a couple of slower passes, then last qualifying came around and the old Jordan was back, a long smoky burnout and a new PB of 8.66/156mph.

We got up Sunday and found out we had two bye runs in to the final. So we went from being on the floor to picking up a runner up trophy and a PB.

I can’t thank Chris Hope and Mark Hope enough lending and helping me fit the clutch lever and Mark spends so much time helping Jordan with the Maxx ECU and calling him a knob when he pushes the gear shift to soon. We have a fantastic video that Connor filmed on the GoPro of Jordan coming off, look out for a link to it.

Pictures © Julian Hunt for used with permission of Jordan.

STP Summer Nationals results.
19th July: Congratulations to the winners at this weekend's STP Summer Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Motorsport UK Pro Modified: Annie Wallace 6.1333/229.31 def. Nick Davies, broke
Track Worx Comp Eliminator: Nic Williams 10.7933/112.46 (11.30) def. Spencer Tramm 11.2344/114.93 (11.55)
Be Fast R Super Comp: Simon Fulton 8.8860/145.33 def. Leah Kellett 8.9070/166.06
Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout: Tim Adam 9.9172/137.81 def. Simon Fulton 9.9204/147.14
Peter Nee Super Pro ET: Daniel Giles 7.4699/173.01 (7.38) def. Leah Kellett 7.7601/173.01 (7.72)
Modurstang Pro ET: Simon Innes 10.7368/122.05 (10.70) def. Keith Herbert 9.5671/(9.57) DQ red
Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Felicity Gibbs 17.4484/80.50 (17.28) def. Carl Magedera 12.7634/70.01 (12.90)
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Mark Todd 7.6855/189.69 def. Andy Bond 7.5530/156.83 DQ red
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Luke Fulton 8.2657/78.00 (8.28) def. Jessica Bishop 8.1194/78.69 (8.02) DQ red
Renegade Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar 7.2447/190.59 def. Jedd Guy broke
Springbridge Direct Wild Bunch: Pete Brown 8.5560/154.75 (8.51) def. Phil James 9.6278/136.46 (9.39)
VW Sportsman: Jon Crawford 16.0896/73.09 (15.99) def. Steve Stone 15.9263/80.93 (15.90)
VW Pro: Graham Fairhead 11.4951/108.95 (11.24) def. James Hodson 12.9152/117.29 (12.50)

Banks Night Club Top Fuel Bike: Al Smith 6.9420/144.76 def. Steve Woollatt broke
Steve's bike shed a belt on the line. Al's incrementals 1.0497 and 4.1197/171.09.

Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike: Steve Venables 7.2414/197.26 def. Mark Dainty 7.2454/198.89
Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike: Stuart Crane 6.5175/207.01 def. Tony Clark 7.2681/182.87 DQ, hit centre reflectors Comp Bike: Chris Neary 7.7448/181.40 def. Jordan Kenway 10.3361/117.14
JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike: Jay Roe 8.6444/135.23 def. Joe Elliott 8.7207/155.87
Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike: Richard Sawatzki 10.0404/111.95 def. Dave Hall 10.4405/144.77
Blood Cancer UK ET Bike: Phil Pratt 9.1079/145.21 (9.02) def. Robbie Dobbie 10.2436/125.53 (10.50) Junior Drag Bike: Casey Holgate 10.2531/62.71 (9.80) def. Lyra Humber 17.7140/41.94(18.00)

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

Motorsport UK Street Eliminator: Mark Todd 6.990
ACU Funny Bike ET: Stuart Crane 6.4702
ACU Funny Bike speed: Stuart Crane 207.99
ACU Super Street Bike speed: Steve Venables 218.24

Many thanks to Andy Marrs who has updated his table of UK and European bests which you can check out by clicking here or clicking on Data, then UK European Bests at the top of any page.

Congratulations also to VW Sportsman racer Steve Stone who won the Twister Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of £50, and Super Comp/Super Gas racer Paul Brown who was the winner of the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award supported by Cath and Tig Napier, also receiving £50. Both awards have been reset to £50, and are next available at Bug Jam.

Bob's Photo Finish Award of £50 each goes to the competitors in the closest race by distance, thanks to sponsor Bob Roberts for posting the award. Congratulations go to VW Sportsman racers Jon Crawford and Steve Stone who had a margin of 5.56 inches in the final (margin of victory 0.0039). We will be in touch with the winners in due course.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Festival of Power reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian, Diana and Paul for their hard work over the race weekend in the hot conditions, and many thanks to those who gave feedback on our coverage.

Swift snippets.
19th July: Happy birthday to Simon Barlow, exhibition driver and team owner of the Orange Pop Racing Fordson.

Have a great day from, Jay, Michelle, Karl, Tash, Joe and Ian!

Photographer Alice Fairhead has posted 258 photos from the STP Summer Nationals to a Facebook Gallery. Alice added about her dad Graham who was runner-up in VW Pro: "We were really happy with the result, we've had some niggly problems for a while but it all came together and worked, despite the heat the car stayed quite consistent".

Patrick O'Connor has posted a Facebook gallery of 137 pictures from Saturday at the Summer Nationals which you can see by clicking here.

Top times from test day.
16th July: With thanks to David Anniwell and Adam Bentley of the Santa Pod Raceway timing crew, we have compiled from a list of racers' top times under 8.00 seconds recorded in today's Performance Run What Ya Brung preceding the STP Summernationals (click on image for larger version).

The table on the right shows that Jon Webster's Mustang Pro Mod was the quickest car on the property. Notable for overcoming the issues that had plagued the Storm Drag Bike Team was Lorcan Parnell who ran a great 6.674/210.9, getting close to his bests of 6.567 and 218. Lorcan brought the bike to a safe stop when it took a hard left in the shutdown area. He said "It just about stayed off the left wall with some scraping underneath. The Pod crew were on the scene but no harm done to bike or rider apart from a new belt needed".

Back in the sixes for the first time since September 2019 was Robin Orthodoxou. Annie Wallace ran a great Pro Mod licensing pass of 6.952/200.65, however her second run slowed to a 9.395/80.11, so may need to run another observed pass tomorrow.

Interestingly 19 out of the top 24 runs were in the right (Autoglym) lane.

STP Summer Nationals preview.
16th July: A glance at the STP Summer Nationals entry list and points reveals new teams still coming into the UK championship in its third round with leading teams (in most cases, winners at the Festival of Power) intensifying efforts to remain on top with the fields remaining as full as the first two rounds, and three more rounds available for most classes.

In Motorsport UK Pro Modified, Kev Slyfield is leading the way in points with Nick Davies placed second. Mechanical carnage has claimed a couple of competitors, however Annie Wallace (pictured right) makes her class debut this weekend and becomes the fourth female to compete in the premier doorslammer class in the UK, and only second Englishwoman to do so (the first being Paula Atkin). She will first need to licence, and that can be challenging, as several have found over the years.

Track Worx Competition Eliminator includes Rob Smallworth (pictured left) in his new '55 Chevy with chrome moly chassis and 529ci engine. Having made tremendous efforts to effect repairs to Lethal Zephyr following a burnout whoopsie at Festival of Power, Elaine Hancock is returning to competition this weekend. Jordan Payne leads the points although missing the first round of the year renders him ineligible for bonus points.

Be Fast R Super Comp is seeing a trend of increased numbers and the class is joined for the first time by former motorcycle circuit racing champion Allan Schofield who impressed at the Festival of Power, and Paul Brown who has kept his driving hand in by making several runs in the Santa Pod Raceway two seater. The points leader is Leah 'Dolly Daydream' Kellett. Dave Grady Super Gas has four drivers double teaming with Super Comp, and a field of 10 will ensure a healthy points haul at this event. Andy Harrison in the Brute Force Sierra is the points leader.

Peter Nee Super Pro ET has the first appearance this season of Martyn Jones in his five second dragster, amazing how he lifts to remain above the 6.00 cut-off. The class also has Saskia Jell making her senior class debut in the ex-Derek Flynn supercharged car. Leah Kellett is also in the class for the first time, and Andy Thetford will be making the debut of his new Black Pearl Camaro. Ron Bartlett leads the points after a stunning performance at the Festival of Power, with Scott Hauser chasing hard.

In Modurstang Pro ET there is as often the case a mixture of cars that run lifestyle classes at other races. Question. Which lifestyle class has only featured one car in Pro ET in recent years? Answer: Gasser Circus with Nick Barnett in 2017 and 2018. (ok, Jerry Denning ran Pro ET in 2012 and a few years in the "naughties"). Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET features the competition debut of Stef Pateman, daughter of sportsman racing legend Brian. Stef was runner-up to Carl Magedera at the Dial In Day in March 2020. Perfect Light sponsor Tig Napier joins the class for this event in the right hand drive Barracuda 'Ruby'. Currently the points are headed by Gary Lake.

Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator has a bumper field of 12 cars, the best the class has had since the 2019 Euro Finals. Sadly SPR commentator Colin Theobald won't be racing as during a match race with Santa Pod CEO Keith Bartlett at Dragstalgia last weekend, he suffered transmission damage which won't be able to be repaired. Ben Barnwell makes his second event in the class after a gap of five years with a well known car, the Bentley Continental originally built and brought out by Steve Neimantas 2014-15 and later raced by Martin Smith 2017-18 (pictured right). Andy Bond leads the points.

Lucas Oil Junior Dragster has the competition debut of Ellie Brown, or Miss Stig as her Half Scale built JMA car will be labelled. Ellie was helped in licensing by Andy Fensome who does so much to bring new drivers into the class and train them to be competitive. Luke Mugridge is the points leader with Harry Redshaw and Lara Bartlett not far behind.

Renegade Outlaw Anglia sees the return of Colin Millar after a family wedding last weekend. Although only four cars are entered, it is Colin and Jedd Guy who have made the performance headlines over the last year and Colin will surely want to beat Jedd to the first UK Outlaw Anglia six. We hope that Ben Kennedy manages to get his Toyota 1UZ engine repaired in time for the event following damage at Dragstalgia.

The Wild Bunch will have Bob Hawkins returning after his Big Block Chevy on nitro experienced problems at Dragstalgia. He said "We had ignition problems and after many hours of unreal,crazy dead mag problems…finally we have fire again! Not quite the flame thrower ignition set up I was hoping for but my old faithfully baby Super Mag has saved the day and that’s not for the first time!" Phil James leads the Motorsport UK WB points.

VW Sportsman are joined by Daniel Boucher (Polo) and Paul Robinson (Scirocco) for the first time in competition this season. Rob Creswell leads the points. In VW Pro Luke Stevenson will be making the debut of his Sechstoy dragster which has been receiving last minute detail as you can see in Luke's FB page. John Brewster (pictured left) and Ian Dale are in competition for the first time this season with their Beetles as is James Rhodes in a Lupo. Adrian Solly heads the points.

Banks Nightclub Top Fuel Bike has the four runners from Festival of Power returning. Neil Midgley on the Cannon Motorsports DOHC nitro twin ran a new PB of 6.28 at the Festival of Power and will have his eyes on PB performance as well as the championship. Allan Davies on Surprise Attack has hopefully solved the issues after an engine explosion on launch in Session 1 of the Festival of Power, Al Smith's PBR Top Fuel Bike has reported delivery of a replacement magneto to replace a failed unit at the FoP and identifying a bent connecting rod. Hall of Famer Steve Woollatt completes the quartet of Top Fuel Bikes.

Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike sees the return to the class for former Pro Stock Bike champion Len Paget who was last in the class in the early 1990s. Len will be racing a Hayabusa. Points are led by Alan Morrison Jnr who in his second race in the class ran 7.00/203 and won the event, a great performance.

Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike has Roger Moore racing in the class for the first time on his Box Of Frogs Racing bike with a billet Suzuki based engine. Record setter Stuart Crane returns and Lorcan Parnell and Tony Clark will be hoping for better luck this weekend. Comp Bike has points leader Louis Davies who will be looking to run his first six after setting records at the Festival of Power. Jay Roe in JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike, Craig Wright in Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Phil Pratt in Blood Cancer UK ET Bike and Meg Talbot in Junior Drag Bike will all be looking to hold on to their points lead.

The STP Summer Nationals will be held in conjunction with Transitmania, a show for owners and enthusiasts of Ford's legendary Transit Van, this weekend at Santa Pod Raceway. Spectator tickets are still available at Santa Pod's ticket site. Those travelling to Santa Pod today should beware the traffic restrictions in Podington.

ACU points posted.
16th July: ACU Drag Race Series co-ordinator Ian King has updated the ACU points tables which can be seen at this link or via our points standings page.

Many congratulations to the new ACU British record holders:

Stuart Crane, Funny Bike ET: 6.4922 secs
Stuart Crane, Funny Bike MPH: 207.92 mph
Steve Venables, Super Street Bike MPH: 214.89 mph
Louis Davies, Competition Bike ET: 7.0263 secs
Sean Mills, Competition Bike MPH: 198.02 mph

Dragstalgia 10 Gasser Circus report.
16th July: Many thanks to Nick Brooke Langham for sending an exclusive report on the Gasser Circus at the 10th Anniversary Dragstalgia:

For racers the 10th Anniversary Dragstalgia got underway on Thursday, as that’s when Santa Pod flung open their gates. Many teams took full advantage of this, and the pits began to quickly fill up. I think it’s fair to say that the gathered racers showed a huge if not total bias to UK based teams, with the stalwart race classes of the event being maximised with Gasser Circus, Outlaw Anglia, Supercharged Outlaw, Dragstalgia Cannonball, Wild Bunch, Nostalgic Superstock and Willys Wars. Away from the track action, there was a gathering of Hot Rods and Customs and the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame had a marquee, where they had various donated items up for auction over the weekend.

The event could not have live music, so it was welcome back to the Santa Pod Drive In Movie, Friday taking us back to 1977 and Smokey & the Bandit, Saturday nights offering taking us back even further to 1966 with the 2019 film Le Mans 66.

By Friday the pits were packed and the RWYB entries that took to the track were many and varied. Within the Gasser Circus pits excitement was visible as we had our first round of qualifying scheduled for the Friday evening at 18:15 and with 20 Gassers ready to race, this had all the ingredients for an excellent weekends racing. Many eyes were trained on phone and wrist watches waiting for that time to arrive, but soon there was also something else drawing the eyes, and that was a massing dark cloud several miles away but looming ever larger at the end of the track. Shortly after 17:00 the end of the track appeared like someone had turned the lights out as it was in darkness, and 30 minutes later the rain was falling, and that rain was soon followed by what could only be described as a monsoon! The shear amount of water not just falling from the sky but descending at speed was amazing. I recall looking towards the bank, and the rain had sent everyone scurrying for shelter, except for one couple, who had decided to stick out the truly awful conditions. I admired their stoic stand and umbrella control, but when Santa Pod called the day, even they knew it was over and we knew that Round 1 of qualifying had gone with it.

This was frustrating for all 20 of the gathered Gasser Circus drivers, but I am sure there were 4 who felt it a touch more, for differing reasons. Mark Dibley as he was making his debut with the ex Merv Barnett ‘Ansen’ Pop, Simon Glenn in his ‘Straight Shooter’ Austin Pickup as he had his newly built and dynode Pontiac engine, Ray Turner as following his disappointment at Retro Weekend, he was back running a 350 Chevy that had be generously lent to him by Jonathan Gibson and last but not least Keith Bartlett and his ‘Roarin Rat’ 57 Chevy, all so keen to get their qualifying nerves and excitement exorcized.

Saturday arrived and in the Gasser Circus pits we were visited by our International member Dale Snoke, unfortunately this was only via facetime, but once we knew he was planning on watching the live feed from the Pod, many of the cars carried messages to him over the weekend. Rather surprisingly they were all very polite!

Racing was delayed for a while following a bizarre accident involving Andy Stones, but thankfully he was okay. When racing recommenced the Gasser Circus were soon in action and the not so good soon arrived for Ray Irish in his ‘Gas Junkie’ Willys pickup. Ray noticed at the end of his first qualifying run, that his oil pressure rapidly dropped and he shut it down. Metal filings were discovered in the oil, which meant he was on the trailer, for him his new blown motor cannot come quick enough.

The problems were not confined to Ray as Martyn Hallam and his ‘Hallam, Hallam & Couch’ Willys, was still having teething problems with his new Hemi engine. The problems involved the car dying on launch and a flash carb fire, which resulted in a pass of 31.64. Brian Gibson was also getting a bit hot, well his ‘Identity Crisis’ Dodge was, as the water pump failed on his first qualifying run. Racers are nothing if not resourceful and it also helps if you have a network of friends and family willing to help out. A few phone calls, a bit of house breaking and a 70 mile dash to the Pod with a replacement water pump soon had Brian ready for the next qualifier.

Other Gassers in the 1st round of qualifying, were making good runs and Keith Bartlett was amongst these. Keith dialled in a 10.82 and broke out when he stopped the clocks with a 10.61 signalling his intentions with the first run.

The standout for Round 2 of qualifying was the number of times that No1 qualifier position changed, from Qualifying 1 it was Sean Milsom who was deposed by Billy Jones, who was quickly deposed by Tom Margesson who himself was then deposed by Sean Milsom.

Round 3 of Gasser Circus qualifying got underway but it didn’t continue for too long. Ray Turner behind the wheel of his ‘Green Onions’ 55 Chevy, disappeared in a cloud of smoke just after the gantry. Unfortunately, this was from within the engine, this caused a long stop in proceedings while the track surface was cleaned. This was not only bad news for Ray and engine owner Jonathan, but disastrous news for Mark Dibley in his Pop, this was because he had suffered problems with his battery, and on this the final qualifying with him just 4 thousandths of the Gasser Circus qualifying time, he had opted to start his Gasser with a jump pack. Within the GC rules, this can only be used before the crossing in the fire up road. Mark had duly complied, and even though other Gassers had tried to get him to the front of the lines, the long delay meant he could not keep the engine cool enough, and had little choice but to shut the car down and withdraw from the fire up road.

Issues in the Fire Up Road were not confined to Mark, as with 18 cars qualified, number 10 qualifier Lee Pike had not been able to run the final session having had issues with his fuel pump. Resulting in him having to take the long route back to the pits via the exit gates by the garages. The fault was diagnosed late into the evening and without a replacement part it looked like Lee would not make eliminations and he was up against No1 Qualifier Sean ‘Chili’ Milsom. However, I had two broken Barry Grant fuel pumps at home, so that’s where I headed. Once back with the pumps, Lee and his crew were able to rebuild his pump, but with this being completed late into the night, there was no chance to fire the blown Big Block Chevy to be certain if the repairs had worked.

Sunday was a glorious morning, with high temperatures and it was only 8am.

As the Gasser Circus were called to the lanes, the racing was already underway on the strip. As the cars edged their way down the fire up road and neared the end, the track fell silent as unfortunately there had been a crash on the strip, but thankfully the driver Rob Brindle had emerged unscathed from his fresh out, Outlaw Anglia.

When the strip opened again it was soon Gasser Circus Eliminations. However, it was minus Ray Irish, Ray Turner and Slick Mick Allen, whose starter motor had cried foul on his tasty Corvette.

Round 1 of Eliminations got underway just before 11.30 and ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ red lit so ‘Honky Tonkin 2’ took the win. Nick Barnett took on and beat Keith Bartlett in a very close race. In a rematch of the final from Retro Weekend, ‘Jumpin Jalapeno’ was up against ‘The Tinsel Town Hustler’ of Tom Margesson, with the same outcome as the spicy Gasser progressed. In the battle of the Austin Devon’s, ‘High Anxiety’ put ‘Nogbad the Bad’ on the trailer winning it on the tree with 0.09 to a slower 0.30. ‘Guzzler’, ‘The Mighty Mouse’ and ‘Straight Shooter’ had byes to the next round as ‘Green Onions’, ‘Quick Buck’ and ‘Gas Junkie’ could not be repaired in time. Steve Matthews ‘Honky Tonkin’ took on ‘Identity Crisis’ with the latter taking the win on a side by side race with a 11.22 pass with the margin of victory being 0.0106. This despite both cars leaving the line on two wheels. ‘Grumpy Grizz’ and the newly named and freshly sign written ‘Cherry Bomb’ 55 Chevy of Jason Pickett were the final pairing and this one saw Grumpy go through with a 10.74 on a 10.60 dial in. Eliminations 2 paired Jason Hollamby in his ‘Jumpin Jalapeno’ Falcon against Tony Pearson in his ‘Guzzler’ 56 Chevy. The former dialling 11.60 and the latter 10.68. At the finish line Tony took the win in an exceptionally close race, which equated to being just 17 inches between them at the finish line. Billy Jones in his Willys Coupe ‘Grumpy Grizz’ lined up against Graham Barton in his Austin Devon ‘High Anxiety’, and Billy unleashed a holeshot which took him all the way to the next round.

Lee Pike in ‘Honky Tonkin 2’ Chevy Nova had a bye and Nick Barnett in ‘B&G Racing’ Falcon prepared to take on Brian Gibson in his ‘Identity Crisis’ Dodge. The win lights going on in Nick’s lane. The final pairing had the ‘Straight Shooter’ Austin pickup of Simon Glenn racing Katie Booth in her ‘The Mighty Mouse’ Pop. This was the first time in the second round for Simon, a great achievement as he has had a difficult time with his Pontiac power. The tree activated and he left slightly too early leaving a Cherry on it.

The third round of eliminations began with all the protagonists in the fire up road ready to battle. Lee Pike was taking on Katie Booth, with this the battle of Bristol cars, they came into stage the tree dropped, and Katie left ahead of the green handing the win to Lee. He however, launched hard which by the 60 foot mark had him heading towards the centre line, surely he was not going to throw away a win. He was not and wisely backed out of it. Next up was Tony Pearson in his 56 Chevy, against Nick Barnett. Tony unleashed another of his now customary rolling burnouts. Nick was slightly more subdued in the burnout department. The winner of this run would be on a bye to the final and as the tree activated it was Tony who would take up that spot as Nick left early leaving a red bulb glowing on the tree on a - .006!

The final race wasn’t one as Billy Jones was on a bye run in his ever impressive Willys Coupe. He still ran a 10.77 after which he knew he had the task of racing Lee in the fast approaching semi-final.

Gasser Circus semi-final and Tony had a bye to the final, he waited to see the outcome of the other race, which had Lee in ‘Honky Tonkin 2’ racing the consistent Billy Jones in his ‘Grumpy Grizz’ Willys. Both gassers went through their burnout routines and edged to the line, Billy dialling in a 10.72 with Lee choosing 9.30. Therefore, Billy would be leaving the line first by just over a second, Billy blazed away from the line and Lee was not far behind, we had a green light semi-final, with Billy staying ahead all the way and crossing the line first, but the win bulbs did not illuminate next to his side of the track, because they were glowing on Lee’s side. A quick look at the boards and Billy had broken out by 300th of a second running a 10.69! Billy was gutted, and Lee was through to the final against Tony who followed Lee and Billy with a more sedate bye run.

As the finalists returned to the pits, all was not well with the blower temperatures for ‘Honky Tonkin 2’ being excessively high. Normally this may not be a problem as between rounds there is plenty of time to let the components cool naturally. However, we had been notified a quick turnaround may be necessary. Tony’s crew removed the 56 Chevy bonnet and the car cooled, in Lee’s pit the bonnet was off and a team of 4 – 5 took up roles to cool the Big Block and its blower. Soon cold water soaked rags and ice were being carefully applied to the engine, an airline also put in an appearance as air was ironically blown over the blower to aid the cooling.

Both cars were soon called and both fired and drove to the Fire Up Road, ensuring they stayed within the rules of the class. This was not Lee’s first Gasser Circus final but it was definitely Tony’s, both drivers and their ever supportive crews, along with the rest of the Gasser Circus drivers were looking forward to this the clash of the Chevy’s.

When signalled to come round to the burnout area, both cars assumed their positions and commenced their burnouts. Lee’s was relatively short and Tony’s very short when compared to the stonking rolling burnouts he had blessed us all with over the weekend. Ian Marshall signalled them to the line, and they both edged forward, both rolled into pre stage and with the top bulbs lit, Tony was first into Stage. You could hear he raised the revs on his Big Block Chevy, yet Lee still had to stage, Lee edged into stage, and the tree dropped, Tony left and with a green glowing the race was on, Lee left and by mid track they were together and gradually Lee was edging ahead and as both cars flew under the gantry the win lights went on next to the lane occupied by Lee Pike and ‘Honky Tonkin 2’. The superb final was a befitting way to conclude what had been a weekend when not only Nostalgic drag racing had made a welcome return to the Pod, but also one which had the stands and the bank buzzing with spectators.

The best thing of course is we get to do it all again at Round 4 the Mopars. Congratulations to Tom Margesson and John Gumble as their Gasser ‘The Tinsel Town Hustler’ was awarded the Best Appearing Car and Brian Gibson was awarded Best Burnout of the Weekend. The Gasser Circus are grateful for the continued support of Neil Melliard’s Modern Pinstriping and Lettering, Simon Prest, the NSRA and Renegade Fuels.

Gasser Circus – Racing the Dream.

Pictures courtesy and © Jungle Pat

Wild Bunch Dragstalgia news update.
15th July: Wild Bunch co-ordinator Claire Meaddows has posted a comprehensive and entertaining report on the class, following Dragstalgia, on the Wild Bunch web site.

As ever, the report covers in great detail the activities of the class, with 35 teams taking part. Listed in it are the top six with the closest average variance to their dial-in (pictured: Rob Brown, who was top with co-driver Pete), spot prizes for the class, with notes on each and every car taking part.

You can read Claire's report and see the updated points via the Wild Bunch news page at

STP Summer Nationals racer update.
15th July: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us details of track opening and signing on at this weekend's STP Summer Nationals, 17th-18th July.

Junior Dragster will have to sign on and scrutineer for this event, but that is the only car class that is required to scrutineer.

The main gates to the track will open at 08.00 on Friday, 16th July 2021.

Friday 16th July:
08:00 Main Gates open
10.00-18.45 Signing on open for Bikes and Junior Dragster only
15.00-19.00 Scrutineering open for Junior Dragster – no specific order
17.00 Scrutineering for bikes – no specific order . Riders, please note the Scrutineers will again be visiting your pit area.

Saturday 17th July
07.00 Signing on open. Scrutineering & signing on open for Bikes and Junior Dragster only.
09.30 Track open for qualifying.

Sunday 18th July
07.30 Scrutineering & signing on open
09.30 Track Open for qualifying/eliminations.

The detailed running orders and printable entry list can be seen in our event coverage page.

STP Summer Nationals Perfect awards.
15th July: £200 is up for grabs at this weekend's STP Summer Nationals courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Super Pro ET and Super Comp racer Mark Coulsell at the Festival of Power. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing (racing this weekend in Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET).

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

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Race Team has reset to £50 after it was won by Super Comp racer Paul Hudson at the Festival of Power. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available in Peter Nee Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, B Fast R Super Comp, Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Wild Bunch, JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Blood Cancer UK ET Bike, and Eurodragster Junior Drag Bike. but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of the Twister Race Team.

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

Bob's Photo Finish Award, which is presented in association with sponsor Bob Roberts, will award £50 each to the racers involved in the closest race of eliminations at this weekend's event.

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

Bob's Photo Finish Award is open to all classes during eliminations only and although decals are not mandatory we would appreciate if it they are carried. decals are available in Signing On.

ACU Festival of Power report.
15th July: Thanks to photo journalist Steve Moxley for letting us know that his report on the ACU bike classes at the Festival of Power has been published on the ACU web site.

The next round of the ACU Championship is this coming weekend at the STP Summer Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway on 17th-18th July.

Villain succumbs.
15th July: When we reported that the Villain glanced the wall at Dragstalgia on Sunday, moving across the track in the shut down area of Santa Pod, but remaining under the control of driver Chris Manning, we were sadly over-optimistic over the outcome of the incident.

Last night the team announced on Jon Spoard's UK Drag Racing News & Nostalgia Facebook page that "after its visit to the wall at Dragstalgia, the stunning Villain dragster is no more.

"The chassis is beyond repair so the engine, glide, and axle will be put up for sale as well as the body and other bits".

Jon added "The car was without a doubt one of the most popular in our scene with its huge burnouts and storming 200mph low 7 second runs. I want to personally thank Chris, Tania, and all crew for the years of entertainment they have provided us and wish them all the best in the future. The car and the team will be sorely missed."

We echo Jon's sentiments, and thank the team for a fantastic car and wonderful showmanship.

Web site offer.
15th July: Former fuel altered team member Luke Bennett of Escape Web Design has written with a website design and build offer to announce to racers.

Essentially, a 3 page website (including domain name) for £99. We take care of everything. You supply the information, we build it. Simple as that. For those that think that they don't need a website, as you may have a Facebook page, you need one... if you want sponsors to take you seriously.

We build and maintain websites for Malmgren Racing, Bennett Racing, Venom Racing to name a few. All these guys pull in (and keep) sponsorship very well.

Please reach out for options, we can of course build a website with as many pages as you like, but this offer is a great deal for a 3 page website. Our email is - please reach out and ask anything, we're happy to help.

Zetterström to license TF at Bug Jam.
14th July: Many thanks to our good friend Remco Scheelings who has published an interview with Super Stock Bike racer Ida Zetterström about her career to date and future plans.

Following records and the 2019 EDRS championship in Super Street Bike, Ida plans to license for Top Fuel as soon as possible and has the ultimate goal of running a full FIA European Top Fuel Championship in 2022 with Rune Fjeld Motorsport.

We're excited to have learned that Ida's licensing passes will be at Bug Jam in just over a week's time on 23rd-25th July. Also running at Bug Jam will be the Top Fuel Dragster of Susanne Callin, meaning not just a number of exhibition runs, but also the prospect that the two will go head to head should Ida complete her licensing as planned.

You can read all about Ida's plans by going to the Drag Racing Europe web site.

Working with a TF team.
14th July: Many thanks to Harry Briggs, who studies machine engineering at Silverstone UTC, for contributing, via our good friend John Hackney, an account of his first experiences of working with Rune Fjeld Motorsport on Antti Horto's Top Fuel Dragster at the Festival of Power:

It came round to the Saturday morning of my first race weekend at RF Motorsports, and I was fired up and ready to start an amazing weekend with something that I love to do. It was an bright and early morning to start on, and I can remember arriving at the front entrance to Santa Pod Raceway and being nervous but also so excited to start. We started to drive up the long road to where the trailers and the two FIA Top Fuel Dragsters had been parked, just after the pit road to start line of the drag strip.

I dropped all of my belongings in the lounge area of the race trailer and walked out, prepared for what was to come. I spoke to clutch specialist Ruaridh Hart who I worked with and he ran me through everything and what we had to do in a limited time to get everything ready for our race timetabled for 4 hours time.

We had a lot to do in so little time but we managed to get the car out, ready on time but with minutes to spare. Ruaridh had introduced me to the legend himself, Antti Hortto, just before the race was due to take place. I was shy to meet him but I did it, and he is an amazing person to work with. It came round to race time and we were waiting on pit road, two pairs of cars away from being the most tense I had ever been. I was nervous and my heart was racing but I knew I had got this and I knew that I had to get out there and do my family and one of my best mates, John Hackney, proud.

We were just getting ready to send the dragster off for its first run of the weekend, we had just finished the burnout and I felt like I was 50% nitro that had come out of the exhaust, and I was getting into position for when the dragster comes back from the startline to brush off all of the rocks to make the tires last longer and to stop any punctures.

We ran a 0.9152 second 60ft time and my adrenaline rush had just gone through the roof but I had to walk as quickly as I could back to the trailer to get everything ready for me and Ruaridh to get started stripping the clutch and then rebuild it again. We finished rebuilding the clutch and we did it an hour with some time to spare so we could get the warmup done so we could get back out to racing.

The second run just flew by (it was the quickest European 1/8 mile time of 3.0382 - Editor) and my heart was racing quicker than ever before but we had a massive issue when we got back to the trailer. The driveshaft had fallen out of one of the disks inside the clutch and got stuck in the reverser, so we spent over an hour trying to get it back into place, but then we found another way to get it out. We had to take out the rear diff and to do that we had to take off the rear spoiler and wheelie bar and take off the tyres but we had fixed it and had it ready for Sunday! Thank you for reading.

To see Harry's videos of Antti's runs on Facebook, click on this link or by clicking on the above image.

Traffic report for STP Summer Nationals.
14th July: Thanks to Firefighter Racing Juniors team boss Andrew Willcox for giving us a reminder to anyone coming to the STP Summer Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend the A43 will be closed to through traffic due to the British GP at Silverstone.

Also VW Sportsman racer Jon Crawford has spotted that racers and spectators driving through Podington village to the track will find there is a road closure Thursday to Friday this week from Manor Cottages (at the bottom of the hill) to the New Inn in Wymington). Alternative routes are recommended.

UK champions racing at Dakota.
14th July: Thanks to Dakota Raceway promoter and sponsor Lee Child who has updated us on the 1/8 mile heads up cash day race at Dakota Raceway, Smeatharpe, Devon EX14 9RF on 17th July for which entries will close tomorrow, 15th July:

"We have some great names entered, like former Super Gas champion Phil “Do you mind if I stage last" Drewitt in his Ford Anglia, local Outlaw Street racer Dave Mahoney with his turbo charged 68 Camaro, making the trip from East Sussex, fellow Outlaw Street racer Graham Butler with his turbocharged 32 pick up, fresh out of Gasser circus action Nick Barnett with his Ford Falcon who tells us he is ready to call out Phil Drewitt, ET national championship racer John Parker who is a long-time supporter of Dakota raceway, from the very first day, 14 years ago.

With all the other great drivers entered you will be in good company, so get your entry in for a great day at Dakota raceway. You can see all the details from our post on Monday.

M&M Racing sets their target.
14th July: Many thanks to Mark and Michelle Turner for a review of M&M Racing's latest outing, and their objectives for the STP Summer Nationals:

The Festival of Power unlocked at Santa Pod Raceway marked the team's second competitive outing with the Supra, and was a bitter sweet weekend for the team. After finding a few issues at the Springspeed Nationals, we had high hope of achieving our goal of meeting the Super Pro ET requirements and running that first eight second pass.

During qualifying and with super crew Michelle, Scottish Rob, Rich Burton the two Kierans and sunny weather, we lined up: the first run saw us knock two tenths off our previous best, but despite our best efforts we couldn’t break into the eights. Our best time was a 9.18 (close but no cigar), so the decision was made to swap into Pro ET for the weekend. On our second attempt we managed to qualify in what was a very tight 32 car field.

Sunday dawned dry and sunny. We set off for our first round race against Geoff Cowley in his beautiful Nova. We dialed in with 9.19 and with a great reaction Mark chased down and passed Geoff for his first ever round win! Next round saw us up against Dave Cherrett, but unfortunately Mark reacted just a little too soon leaving a glowing red in the tree.

After the disappointment of not getting the prized eight second pass, there was a lot of pondering and discussions about how we were best going to achieve this. Thoughts of switching to a methanol set up were looked at, but after discussions with Jeff Bull and Jedd Guy the decision was made to fit the nitrous plate that came with the engine when we bought it from Jedd to give us that extra push we need to get back into Super Pro and that magic eight.

So here we are, the changes have been made to the motor and control systems and, with tuning advice from Jedd and Colin Millar, we are heading back to Santa pod for the STP Summer Nationals!

Craig's list.
14th July: 9.50 Bike racer and points leader Craig Wright says he is happy with his achievements so far this season, but is short of funds to be able to see it out:

We've had a dream start to the 2021 Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike National Championship, qualifying top twice and an event win is quite unbelievable. After a few upgrades at JKE Raceworks over the winter we knew we'd have a good bike this year and it has been just that. We have been faced with all different types of changing conditions and what ever changes we make to the bike to dial it, it just works. Credit to Jake Mechaell.

We are still looking for anyone to come on board and help us see this season out with various sponsorship/advertising opportunities for the final 4 rounds of the year. Whether it be a one meeting, two meeting or rest of the season deal. We'd be happy to talk to anyone that could help.... We currently have the lead in the National Championship and to throw it away and not make the remaining rounds would be a tough pill to swallow.

We'd just like to thank a few people who have helped us achieve what we have so far this season...

The Santa Pod Raceway crew and marshals who chave worked their butts off at each event this year as always, Jake Mechaell at JKE Raceworks, Steve Ashdown and his Banks Nightclub team, Lewi Williams and his Hendrix BarberCo crew, Chris Hardinges of Straightline Installations, Callum Pudge of Pudgey's Pictures, my parents Eileen and Graham Wright for the support they give us every year, and of course Ian Chrichlow for trusting us with his awesome Hayabusa. Then there's my team, Kat, Chris and Kate who give up their spare time to come racing on a weekend. It wouldn't be possible without these people.

If you want to join our team and get us to the next or remaing events, get in touch. We hope to see you all this weekend.

Williams Bros NSS report.
14th July: The ever-expanding Williams Bros Racing team had a busy weekend at Dragstalgia, as their report testifies:

What a weekend everyone in the Williams Bro’s team had, from match races to a final finish, Dragstalgia really had a lot to give! This weekend we had 7 cars running in Nostalgia Super Stock, keeping us super busy. It was also great to have Guy King back with us!

Q1 – In the first qualifier on Saturday morning, most of the team went for a general checkout pass, however Gary Carr went straight to the no.1 spot with a 8.91 on a 8.90 dial.

Q2 – Later in the day, during the second qualifier, Guy stormed up to the no.1 spot with an almost perfect et. Well done Guy! Ollie heads up to no.3 with a 9.298 on a 9.29 dial in, Gary drops to no.4 due to this. Dan improves with a 10.42 on a 10.40 dial putting him in the no.6 spot and Nic in 12th. Spencer breaking out and so ends up in 21st. Simon’s car was running consistently into the 9.70’s!

Q3 – During the last qualifying session, Guy kept the crown for no.1, Dan moves up to no.2 with a 10.42 on a 10.42 dial, Ollie moves down to 4th and Gary moves down to 6th. Spencer finishes in 11th with a 11.11 on a 11.09 dial, Nic saw no improvement and Simon finishes in the 13th spot with a 9.73 on a 9.71 dial.

Onto eliminations, this weekend saw a whole lot of holeshot wins and ultra-close races, just how we like it!

E1 – During round 1, Gary unfortunately lost to Paul Smail in a really close race, Dan defeated Glynn in an awesome race. Ollie took the win over Ty Strevett. Spencer took the win over Bev Tyrell due to a breakout. Guy and Nic faced eachother and after a tense burndown, Guy took the win. Simon red lit. On the Saturday evening, Colin Theobald also took a massive holeshot win over Santa Pod CEO Keith Bartlett during a match race in his Williams Bro’s 1969 Camaro, ‘Bruce’.

E2 – In round 2, Ollie took the win over Adrian Portelli due to a red light. Spencer defeated John Davidson in the ‘Soper and Heck’ car. Guy had a bye into the next round and Dan defeated Jerry Raymond in a fantastic race with a win margin of only 0.001!

E3 – During the third round, Dan had a bye run into the quarter finals, Guy defeated Jack Bishop with a 10.12 on a 10.08 dial. Spencer had a great close race with the eventual event winner, Stuart ‘Kiwi’ Thompson.

E4 – Onto round 4, Chris Layram defeated Dan who was unfortunately not close enough to the dialed number and Guy took the win over Dave Billadeau in a holeshot win.

E5 – During the semi finals, Guy defeated Chris Layram due to a red light to move onto the finals against Kiwi.

During the final, Kiwi took the win over Guy who was just a little too far off his dial. It was a great race and congratulations to Stuart and the whole team for the well deserved win!

Overall the whole team had a brilliant weekend with far too many highlights to name. We will be back with 7 cars next weekend at the STP Summer Nationals and hope to see you there!

Motorcycles at Dragstalgia.
14th July: Many thanks to author and commentator Keith Lee who has sent in a report on the NSA Shootout at Dragstalgia: Thanks to all the bike riders, who put on a great show at Dragstalgia, and also those helping out - especially Ray and Neil Baskerville with the start rollers.

In the NSA Shootout, it was excellent to see and hear Gary Norman riding both the Triumph and Norton doubles (Norton pictured left below), which are now sounding so much stronger, after a lot of work has been put in on them. Although class numbers were down this year, there were still five twin-engined bikes running - and all riders were running on nitro! There were a few gremlins; with Jeff Byne (pictured right) sadly plagued by mag problems, which prevented him making a good run on Hurricane. Graham Sykes was a late rider addition, as Chris Illman unfortunately had to pull out of the event. Colin Fallows offered Graham a ride on the Black Cat blown Triumph, as Graham’s own Mistral machine is being fitted with a new chassis.

John Hobbs (pictured left below) took another NSA Shootout win, this time on Olympus, which was running flawlessly in the low tens, during his match races against Dave Clee on Shotgun. Martin Willmott would normally be in with a shot at the final on his 500 Triumph, but could not get his new slick to perform. So it was John against Ray Law (pictured right) in the final. John fired up, and waited patiently, but Ray was unable to fix an oil line problem on starting, which left Olympus to win with a solo 10.14/134.

Over in the Old School Stocker ranks, it was two-stroke triples v four strokes. Good to see class organiser Tyne Blight back in the saddle again, on his orange and black Suzuki. Nick Pepper had a wild ride on the old Steve Tong stocker - and needed a change of underwear after somehow keeping the bike sunny side up! Dean Stevens was learning quickly on father Mark’s rapid green triple - and dipped into the eights on one run, before breaking the gearbox. After some strong 8 second times earlier, riders were fighting to match these times as the competition progressed. A triple eventually came out on top of the class, with Rod Spry taking the class win over Claire Rule - 9.70 to a slower than normal 10.07s.

Chris Spry (pictured left below) writes that the Old School Stockers, comprising Pro Stock Bikes from back in the day, had he and brother Rod competing, with Rod (pictured left), substituting for a recovering Mark 'Nipper' Stevens, taking the class win after several of the favourites had succumbed to breakage:

We arrived Thursday afternoon to setup camp and be ready for the RWYB and qualifying on Friday.

Rod's second run of the day was a disaster, a gudgeon pin circlip popped out and the motor seized. On checking one other cylinder was about to do the same. Major work entailed with a new piston, a hacksaw and some rusty files and a honing tool to clean up the bore. Pins were modified to prevent this happening again. This work was done trackside.

After a few clutch issues were resolved on the FBG bike and the ignition problems sorted on the Super B Carpenter bike, the highlight for us was running a side by side 9 second pass on both H2s.

The damaged motor didn’t seem to upset the performance as it ran constantly in the 9s. Rod then went on to win the 2021 Dragstalgia Nostalgia Pro Stock Final. A crazy weekend but so happy to be both running in the 9s.

We had a great time and really appreciate the help and support from Old School Stocker group of guys and gals.

What with Kev’s new world record for a piston port H2 on the quarter and Rod's win in the final made for some very happy Kawasaki triple fans.

Dragstalgia photos and web site update.
14th July: You can see more photos posted from Dragstalgia 10 at the following links: Photographer Brian Hicks says "I have been writing a blog for a few years now and has many posts on Drag Racing at Santa Pod, also several pages of my old shots from the 70's & 80's. I have added a new post with some shots from the weekend's Dragstalgia 10". You can see Brian's blog from Dragstalgia at this link.

Jedd goes close.
13th July: Many thanks to sponsor Jedd Guy and wife Jemma for sending us an exclusive account of the Shortys Hotorod Racing's landmark Dragstalgia event:

Wow what a weekend! We reset the Outlaw Anglia ET record to 7.01 at Dragstalgia however it certainly didn't come easily!

We arrived early Friday morning for 1st qualifier that night however the clouds opened up and that session had to be cancelled.

Then Saturday Morning came around and unsurprisingly after our PB at Festival of Power (7.14) Jedd was like a kid at Christmas bouncing around waiting to run. When the time then came it didn't quite go to plan as our first 2 qualifying runs we struggled with tyre shake and heading towards the centre line however we still managed a 7.15.

Later that day we then got the call for our 3rd qualifier, we had tyre shake, then further up the track it started to wander so Jedd pedalled it a bit and pushed through to 7.01 @190mph!

The team were all absolutely ecstatic at having the first half of the new OA record however slightly gutted at being oh so close to that 6...

Sunday morning was then when more issues started, we got through our 1st round against Shane Bird and then our 2nd round we had a bye but as Jedd crossed the finish line an Oil line split causing a big cloud of smoke and a bit of a clean up needed on track (massive apologies to Ian and the track staff). We got the car back to the pits and after a roll of blue roll, all hands on deck and a new hose (thank you Ben Kennedy) we were then ready just in time to head down for our race with Rob Stone which we managed a 7.06 getting us to the semi final and backing up our 7.01 to get us the record.

Semi Finals we then had Ben Rushforth, we started the run with the same 60ft as the 7.01....with more power than before... and then the dipstick came out the gearbox and covered the inside of the car with gearbox oil and Jedd then having to pedal it to the finish to get through to the final!

We then had yet another clean up to do on the car to get ready for the final so again all hands were on deck and blue roll everywhere cleaning the inside of the car this time.

We got down for the final in time and after a bit of a mid track wander again, we managed a 7.49 and took the Dragstalgia 2021 Win. This weekends win was also 4 years after Jedd won Dragstalgia back in 2017 when Jemma had the trophy for best backup girl with the Fez Bra tribute to Scotty Durant. So although we've had a very trying weekend, Dragstalgia is going to stay a favourite for us for a long time! Big thanks goes to Santa Pods staff and Ian and his track staff! Also Eurodragster for all the coverage (you're more than welcome - Editor).

We look forward to this weekends Summer Nationals where we will have another attempt to get the 6 with also Mr Millar returning to give it a try! Side by side 6's?

See you all soon!

JT: one car now, more later.
13th July: Thanks to Pro Modified and Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham for providing an update on his plans for the STP Summer Nationals this weekend:

One wounded Pro Mod (if you are ever thinking of going Pro Mod, do it - they are beyond belief when it starts shaking, the screen turns into a blur and you can’t see your hands at 10,400 rpm - you have to make that choice, change gear, lift, or hit the wall) but, man, we can’t stop chasing the damage. So Crew Killer is going to be our no.1 bitch.

Signseen have stepped up and brought us a pair of slicks from Topspeed Automotive. They are about 1” taller and 1" wider. Mmmm...150 mph...

I am just about to buy and build two new cars as we need a new fit for next year. It’s not that I’m not happy, but we need more track time. My Dad always said you would have tough days racing, but he never told me we would have so many going home broken again and again and again. (Gladiator) JT.

If you see JT in his pits next weekend, he is still putting all sales of his t-shirts and posters in memory of Dave Rowlands.

Dragstalgia Cannonball racer notes.
13th July: We thank all racers who posted their thoughts on Dragstalgia to social media and giving us permission to reproduce them here:

Winner of the Nostalgia Cannonball Tim Garlick's team worked hard and the established combination allowed them to run consistent 6.2s throughout the weekend (with bests of 6.213 and 231.24) and come winners of the Cannonball. Runner up was Dave Grabham in the alky fuelled Freddies Revenge who ran his PB numbers of 7.24 at 175 and 7.15 at 189 on Saturday, 7.206/189 and 7.212/190 on Sunday. Both teams had engines prepared by I.C.E. Automotive.

Nostalgia Funny Car racer Tony Betts, placed third in the Cannonball, brought out his latest Venom out for its first runs on the full quarter following a 1000ft pass at the Festival of Power. Tony's times for the quarter were a great 6.400/220.05 and 6.583/157.92. He said "There were a few issues this weekend but the crew worked well and they were nice runs apart from pinching a few piston ring's before the finish line."

The nostalgia Funny Cars were all of show quality, if pressed to select one, the Monza of Paul Harris would be the most admired for its iconic body, paint scheme and association with the late Dennis Priddle who we all remembered on Saturday morning in a minute's silence following a tribute from announcer Darryl Bradford. Paul's best time with the car was negated by an errant timing reflector block.

A mention in despatches should go to Rob Elsom whose 'Dirty Deeds' Camaro made it on track on Sunday for a checkout pass, very nice looking car.

The quickest slingshot in the competition was Chris Manning who achieved fourth place in the Cannonball after his engine cut out after the burnout. Chris made representative runs in each round, the best coming in the third with a 7.075/202.45. In an exhibition run after restarting at the end the car suffered directional stability issues in the shutdown area, coming into contact with the wall and we hope the damage is not severe.

Robin Read revealed in his Facebook posts that the nitro fuelled Daimler engine in his dragster suffered a component failure that was serious enough to put the team out of contention for the Cannonball.

"The crankshaft broke behind number 8 connecting rod just where the rod journal joins the rear main bearing web! There could be many reasons for this, age, number of runs, tyre shake! However I’m fairly sure that the best reason is that, after all the work and fuel system modifications carried out, Little Car is making more horsepower than a standard Daimler crankshaft can cope with".

Plans are afoot for a billet crank to be made, a previous one proving durable. Further investigations and a check of the block will determine the extent of repairs needed. Robin thanks his team, Dave Wilson for fuel flow work and Paul Siddles for help with the fuel cost and to the NSRA for the Dirty Dozen award from the 2020 Hot Rod Drags.

Having run rear engined cars throughout his racing career, apart from Hemi Hunter which he ran at the 1979 Fireworks meeting (thanks to Jerry Cookson for the info - Editor), Doug Bond was getting to grips with the Nuthin II Fancy slingshot with a best of 7.681/155.76. It was also great to see and hear Mick Hannah, Bob Hawkins, Steve Johnson and Adam Clayton with his Firecracker altered and hope to see you back at the track soon.

Fadster survives event, Usher returns.
13th July: In the Supercharged Outlaws, sponsor Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield and Jim Usher have both updated Facebook on their experiences at Dragstalgia:

Fadster said "Incredible weekend. My borrowed Pro Mod crew from Team Blownbird were immense. We started with gearbox issues that resulted in a complete strip down on Friday but within 40 minutes, the box was back in on Saturday morning and we were warming up. From that point on, Twister gave very few problems, our biggest problem being getting the new power level to the track. (Fadster's best times were 7.915/176.34)

This new set up is making so much power and with Alan Grimes help, we were down tuning on every run but still blowing the tyres away. But we chipped away and saw some real progress. Lack of track time was really the problem for us to iron out the rear suspension but plans are in hand and we expect to have a different animal for Bug Jam.

Tony, James and Kevin were so professional and didn’t miss a trick, on many occasions saving my ass on things that would have normally been missed. Thanks lads, I’m learning so much! My BUGS, Purdie and Charlotte were, as always, stunning and impeccable in their duties so thanks so much to them. We leave Dragstalgia 10 with fantastic memories and zero breakages...and that is always a result. Thanks of course to my amazing Hayley who always has my back and is so supportive when times are tough.

Finally, special thanks to Nikki and Ian Marshall for the loan of your immaculate truck for the photo shoot which was done very kindly by Andy Wilsheer and Jon Spoard on Saturday evening for Thomas and Purdie to celebrate a year together, and thanks to all the marshals and track crew at Santa Pod Santa Pod Raceway who made the weekend so special and memorable especially the commentary from Darryl Bradford and Colin Theobald who had me giggling on the replay of the live feed.

Winning the Spirit of Dragstalgia was the cherry on top. To my supporters and friends, thanks and I really look forward to seeing you all at BugJam or the Hot Rod Drags!

Jim suffered issues following two years since he had a wheelstand causing damage to Hemi Hunter, resulting in chassis repairs. He commented on Saturday that the team had "gone through his historic Hemi Hunter slingshot today, with fuel leaking problems and electrical problems sorted; the oil drive sheared the roll pin but that was fixed, the team worked their butts off to get it sorted". Jim made it to the crackle fest and out on Sunday to a good looking 8.070/ 170.45 and thanks Leo Knight, Roy Wilding, Tony Betts and Mick Hannah for their help.

Other performance highlights in Supercharged Outlaws were Des Taylor running two 7.5s, the best a 7.5720/178.54, Roy Wilding with a 7.3908/179.91, Paul Dale with a 8.539/159 on Friday. It was also great to see the new cars of Luke Watts and Aaron Windridge on track.

BDRHoF's auction success.
13th July: Thanks to British Drag Racing Hall of Fame chair Lesley Wright for reporting on the activities of the Hall of Fame at Dragstalgia:

A huge thank you to all those who supported our Auction at Dragstalgia. It was very well received by all participants, with friends up-bidding each other on the spot and others putting in some very generous bids to absolutely secure the items they wanted. It was a pleasure for us to bring to the Santa Pod audience some rare and autographed items which are now the treasured possessions of the auction winners.

(pictures by Jerry Cookson: auction winners Ryan Bayes (Dennis Priddle painting by Paul Whitehouse), Mick (Don Garlits print by Kenny Youngblood); lower row: Brandon Mitchell (Micke Kågered poster from Fire Up magazine), Ben Rushforth (James Warren print by Kenny Youngblood)).

I would personally like to thank those who donated - Paul Whitehouse, Lynn at US Automotive, Steven Bishop, Paul Harris, Phil Cottingham, Tommy Ivo, Ron Hope, Don Prudhomme, NHRA Motorsport Museum, So-Cal and to Tony Thacker for collecting items from the US and US Automotive for shipping them over for us. We were also offered donations of items for auction during the weekend so we have already started the collection for what we hope will become an annual event for us.

Also my thanks to the BDRHoF team who ran the Auction and Sales - Phil & Angie Cottingham, Robin Jackson, Ian Hart, Graham & Carolyne Beckwith, Syd MacDonald, Bev Bradbury, Ian Messenger and Jerry Cookson. All backed up with technical support from Julian Parsons.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of Santa Pod Raceway and especially James Forster who make Dragstalgia the great event that it is.

Dragstalgia photos.
13th July: Several photographers have been posting photos of Dragstalgia 10 over the past couple of days: We'll add to the list as other sets get uploaded. If you've photo sets you'd like to share, why not get them listed on by contacting us at

More Mike memories.
13th July: Many thanks to former Santa Pod announcer and photojournalist Mike Collins who has supplied a third piece on Dragstalgia, this time from 2018 (first published in Hot Gossip in Street Machine magazine) when we saw visitors from the continent whom we fervently wish to return in 2022.

Mike also supplied his 'Best of the best' published by American Autoparts in Retro Ramblin’s in 2012, starting with a shot of Danica Patrick from Sports Illustrated. Click on either of the images above for the full pdf version (3Mb each).

Dakota's cash day this Saturday.
12th July: Many thanks to sponsor Lee Child for reminding us of the next event in the South West this coming Saturday:

Dakota Raceway comes to life again this Saturday 17th July with its 1/8 mile heads up drag race cash day. This is a pre-entry event and entry for drivers which closes Thursday 15th. Entries so far are a real selection of drivers from the Gasser Circus , Outlaw Anglia, National Championship winners, bracket race champions, Outlaw Street, tuners and fine RWYB racers. Open practice on the ¼ mile starts from 9.30am until lunchtime, and pairings are out of the hat for the 1/8 mile heads up drag race eliminator.

Each sixteen car category has a £400 winner takes all prize fund. Also there are awesome trophies for winners and runners-up sponsored by Outlaw Street racer and winner of the rear wheel drive category at the last event, Pete Lane. Pete’s company has given fantastic trophies and are providing trophies for the whole 2021 season.

In the event if numbers in each category are not for filled there will be a reduced prize fund for example, in a 4 car field £150 and in an 8 car field £200 In event of the field exceeding 16 cars the prize will go up from £400. We are looking for sponsors to increase the prize funds so be aware things are subject to change.

All categories will have the 16 car pairings decided from out of the hat selection until the final two race for the money.

Entry fee: Driver and one crew member entry is £100 . If you get eliminated from the 1/8 mile no time drag race, you then can do timed 1/4 mile test runs at no extra charge. Passengers have an additional charge.

The categories are:

Pro AWD: Modified, competition tyres , interior removed.
Street AWD: Factory appearance, full interior.
Pro Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres , interior removed.
Street Rear Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior.
Pro Front Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres , interior removed.
Street Front Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior.

Entry is online and it is pre-entry only, no entry on the day. You can enter by clicking on this link. Spectators are welcome, admission is £10 per person and kids go free. Racers can arrive Friday and leave Sunday. The track address is: Dakota Raceway, Smeatharpe Airfield, Devon EX14 9RF. Latest information can be seen on Facebook at Dakota Raceway Southwest.

Dragstalgia results.
12th July: Congratulations to the winners at Dragstalgia 10, held over the weekend at Santa Pod Raceway:

Nostalgia Cannonball: Tim Garlick 6.3888/221.22 def. Dave Grabham 7.2127/190.59
Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy 7.4940/159.04 def. Mick Taylor 8.2258/149.11
Gasser Circus: Lee Pike 9.3544/116.53 (9.35) def. Tony Pearson 10.7211/121.72 (10.68)
Nostalgia Superstock: Stuart 'Kiwi' Thompson 9.8489/134.47 (9.80) def. Guy King 10.2294/132.44 (10.10)
Wild Bunch (average variance from dial): Rob Brown 0.0537, runner-up Phil James 0.0772
Willys Wars (quickest ET): Phil Evans, 9.5339/142.10, runner-up John Dalrymple 9.9405/132.85

NSA Shootout: John Hobbs 10.143/134.11 def.Ray Law, broke
Old School Stockers: Rod Spry 9.7063/128.09 def. Claire Rule 10.0796/142.94

Congratulations to Jedd Guy for setting a new Outlaw Anglia ET record of 7.0145 backed up by a subsequent 7.0690. You can see the official timing data for the event by going to this link or by clicking on Data, then Timing Date in the main menu above.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs who has updated his table of UK and European bests which you can check out by clicking here or clicking on Data, then UK European Bests at the top of any page.

There were many personal bests also set which we will endeavour to highlight in our usual follow-up to the race as well as gathering racer quotes. If you've a report on the race you'd like us to include, contact us on The bonus / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award supported by Cath and Tig Napier was not awarded as no-one achieved a perfect 0.000 light during the event. The Award will be carried over to the STP Summer Nationals next weekend.

There were four on track incidents, which fortunately resulted in no injury. On Saturday Wild Bunch racer Andy Stones suffered a stuck throttle as he was coming round to the start line, and his 'Frantic' altered crashed into the the steel pillar of the barn at full chat, coming to rest in the garage area with Andy temporarily unconscious. Later, part of Supercharged Outlaws racer Neil Townson's fibreglass '32 Ford body disintegrated at 1000'. On Sunday, Outlaw Anglia racer Rob Brindle got sideways with his newly built car which rolled once and came to rest on its side. Later, Chris Manning's slingshot dragster came into contact with the wall in the shutdown area after a quick run. In all of these incidents, thanks to the quick aid of medical staff and track crew, racers were given the necessary care and attention to ensure they could walk away from the incidents relatively unscathed.

You can see our coverage of Dragstalgia 10, sponsored by John Woolfe Racing, with on-track and pitside galleries thanks to Julian and Diana, at our event page.

Happy 100th Birthday to Isky.
10th July: Today is the auspicious occasion of Ed Iskenderian's 100th birthday and we at on behalf of the British drag racing community would like to wish Isky the happiest of birthdays with many more to come.

Known as the 'camfather' Ed (pictured at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Bench Racing session in 2016) is a pioneer of making hi-performance camshafts, and has applied his engineering expertise to develop lifters and valve springs to match his camshafts. He is also one of the first to use computer aided design for camshafts and back in the 1950s pioneered sponsorship displays on racing vehicles.

Happy Birthday Isky!

SPR announces Kestrel Beer lane sponsorship.
10th July: Santa Pod Raceway and The Kestrel Brewing Company are delighted to announce a new partnership which will establish the premium lager beer brand as an official Lane Sponsor at the north Bedfordshire motorsport venue.

Santa Pod’s Commercial Manager, Caroline Holden, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Kestrel Beer as our new Left Lane Sponsor and to add them to our growing family of partners. Our Lane Sponsorship is one of the highest-profile programmes on offer and we look forward to developing the relationship throughout the remainder of 2021, 2022 and beyond.

“We all know how hard the events and hospitality industry has been affected by the pandemic, but as we slowly emerge from the restrictions, both Santa Pod and Kestrel Beer will enjoy the return of visitors and fans in greater numbers. Plans are well underway to introduce draught Kestrel Beer and cans to our bar operation as soon as possible.”

Enjoyed since the 1980s, Kestrel was acquired in 2012 by Nigel McNally, founder and CEO of Brookfield Drinks Ltd., who recognised the brand’s potential and relaunched its beers as award-winning, premium crafted Scottish products. Mr. McNally added: “We at Kestrel Beer are extremely excited to be partnering with Santa Pod Raceway as part of our ongoing investment in the Kestrel Beer brand. Santa Pod is an iconic venue which will no doubt fuel our links with the motorsport industry and will further support our position as one of the UK’s leading beers.

“As a bold brand we continue to develop interesting and exciting properties that communicate the originality and personality of a beer that’s been enjoyed since the 1980s.”

The company recently made news with the remarkable story of its new corporate mascot: The Flying Kestrel.

Last year, Mr. McNally and his son, Joel, both committed motoring enthusiasts, found a 1935 Riley Kestrel 9 which had been gently rusting in a barn since 1965 and delivered it to specialist fabricator Jon Webster, at Webster Race Engineering, for a transformation the car’s pre-war manufacturer could never have envisaged. The bold challenge Kestrel beer set itself was to achieve internationally recognised land speed records while retaining the same look and feel of the original Riley Kestrel 9.

When The Flying Kestrel emerged, a new aluminium body, gilded in gleaming company livery, cloaked a turbocharged, 2.5-litre Audi engine dispensing 900 horsepower, with underpinnings and components to match.

In June, with its restorer Jon Webster, a veteran drag racer, at the wheel, The Flying Kestrel clocked 159.63mph on Elvington Airfield to demolish the existing Class D 2.5-litre record for the standing half-mile. The car has since topped 175mph and now has seven official land-speed class records to its credit.

Away from the track, The Flying Kestrel becomes a roving brand ambassador in Kestrel’s extensive marketing programme. A busy schedule of guest appearances at shows and events across the UK and internationally includes Santa Pod outings throughout the summer to help cement the new partnership.

Nigel McNally said: “Our recent documentary series with Insight TV also features content filmed at Santa Pod, so the sponsorship was a natural progression for us.”

Santa Pod’s Caroline Holden echoes the sentiment: “Today’s announcement and the backing of Kestrel is hugely appreciated and further strengthens our optimism about the future prospects of our sport.”

Happy Golden Wedding to Ron and Diana.
10th July: Our Nitro Revival Sponsor Geoff Stilwell comments: this weekend is a momentous occasion for Ron and Diane Hope celebrate 50 years of marriage.

We all at congratulate Ron and Diane on their Golden Wedding Anniversary and look forward to seeing them in the United Kingdom very soon after restrictions are lifted, and at Santa Pod Raceway in Rat Trap whenever possible.

Happy wedding day Laura and Chris!
8th July: Many thanks to Ian King for the following happy message:

All of us at King Racing would like to wish many congratulations to our great friends Laura Turburville and Chris Wilson on the happy occasion of their wedding today. Good luck for the future!

We're sure all our readers will join with us in wishing Laura and Chris every happiness for the future.

Gasser Circus Preview – Dragstalgia.
8th July: Many thanks to Gasser Circus co-ordinator Nick Brooke Langham for sending a preview of the class at this weekend's Dragstalgia:

The countdown is on as we rapidly approach, the Drag Racing Nostalgia event of the year Dragstalgia. The event is celebrating its 10 th Anniversary and it’s also the 10 th time the Gasser Circus have raced at the event. The first Dragstalgia was rain affected, but it has steadily grown year by year to the premier weekend it now undoubtedly is.

Pictured: Steve Matthews in Honky Tonkin' and Graham Barton in High Anxiety vs Nervous Nick in Nogbad The Bad

I am delighted to confirm there will be 21 Gassers on site this weekend, all doing battle in what is Round 3 of the Gasser Circus Showdown 2021. Within the Gasser Circus pit, you will see all manner of manufacturers and models represented, including Willys '37 & '41, Chevrolet Corvette, Nova, '55, '56 & '57, Austin '48 & '50, '64 Dodge, '47 Morris, Ford Falcon '61 & '63 and of course a trio of Ford Pops. Make sure you visit the pits and to get up close to these period race cars.

Race weekend report to follow next week.

No Prep Nationals 5: 7th-8th August 2021.
8th July: Many thanks to No Prep organiser Paul Marston for updating us on his next No Prep Race taking place at Melbourne Raceway on 7th-8th August.

No Prep is 1/8th mile Heads Up, no rules other than safety. It's doorslammer racing at its very best, featuring two classes.

Big Tyre is where anything goes, as many power adders as you like, superchargers, with no weight limit or cubic Inch capacity. Just bring everything you have. That said, you also have to be clever as the surface is not prepped like at a track like Santa Pod for instance. You have to apply the power effectively and efficiently, you need to prepare the car so it can go from A to B. It's not just a money class, it's a clever class.

The same applies to Small Tyre where the cars are only allowed a 10.5 inch tread width, this is more your stock wheel well class where it's bolt on go fast parts and not pure tube chassis cars. Maybe a back half car at most, here you are the same as Big Tyre, working with what you have, in this class 6-700 hp or less is all you need if the car works well.

Entry for No Prep Nationals 5 is now open and filling fast, if you want to enter please contact us on the No Prep FB page, email or call Paul on 07831 650230 for details. Entry process has been simplified, so contact us now to learn how it is done.

The classes featured will be the same as No Prep Nationals 4 in June at Melbourne, Big Tyre and Small Tyre. We do expect a good field so don’t delay, enter today.

Obviously Melbourne is to all intents a brand new track with a brand new team, as I said prior to No Prep 4. We will all make mistakes and we will all learn. A big thank you to everyone who came to the last event, your helpfulness and cooperation is a credit to you all. The racing was simply stunning in both classes, hard fought and a real spectacle for spectators. Moving on, this is what will be different for the next event:
  • All No Prep Cars will be pitted in the same area, they will not be spread out as they were last time.
  • Big and Small Tyre will run to a strict schedule, everyone will be informed of the timetable/Running Order.
  • There will be specific exclusive allocated staging lanes for No Prep cars and separate lanes for RWYB and other classes. So the pit layout will be a little different to accommodate this.
  • Scrutineers for No Prep Competitors only will come to you in your pitbay, you do not have to take your car to be scrutineered. There will be scrutineering Friday nite for No Prep competitors only.
  • Scrutineering for all RWYB and other classes will be moved to the far end of the pit area where there is more space.
  • The signing on procedure will be alot quicker than before.
  • The whole pit area HAS been swept very, very thoroughly by the onsite sweeper to clear all debris and small sharp stone. It will be swept again and again just prior to No Prep Nationals 5.
  • We will be endeavouring to add additional PA speakers to cover the main grandstand for the benefit of the spectators and to keep them all well informed.
  • We also intend to add an additional Portable PA system to the pit area to aid in keeping the running order schedule on time and everyone aware.
Any cars double classing in other classes will have to work around the schedule of No Prep to keep the show running smoothly for the benefit of everyone. Once again a MASSIVE thank you to all the No Prep Pit marshalls and runners who made No Prep Nationals 4 the success it was. Special thanks to Eurodragster for your excellent coverage (you're welcome - Editor) and the Melbourne/Straightliners organisation for hosting us. We all look forward to seeing you again at No Prep Nationals 5.

Straightliners announces new strip.
8th July: Straightliners, headed by Trevor Duckworth, has announced Armstrong Raceway, a new straightline racing venue which will host its first event on 31st July-1st August:

"Armstrong Raceway at RAF Dishforth comprises a two lane 1/4 mile dragstrip and a single lane half mile 'top speed' track. The 31st July-1st August event will be the Straightliners Championship round 5 and Run What Ya Brung".

RAF Dishforth is a former Royal Air Force station located 4.4 miles east of Ripon, North Yorkshire and 11.5 miles north east of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. It is located next to the A1(M) at Junction 49 with the A168.

The airfield opened in 1936 as use by Royal Air Force (RAF) until 1943, when the Royal Canadian Air Force took over, but the airfield was returned in 1945 before the site was handed over to the British Army in 1992 and became Dishforth Airfield. As Dishforth Airfield it is operated by the 6 Regiment RLC component of the British Army. In November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced that the site would close in 2031.

Armstrong Raceway is a great addition to the number of tracks already being used in the North of England and it you can support it by going to this page and booking weekend entry for £100 or £50 for juniors.

Report from Jetfest at Melbourne Raceway.
8th July: Thanks to Paul Cumpstone and Martyn Greathead for updating us on Jetfest at Melbourne Raceway on 3rd-4th July:

With rain mid morning after car and bike action down the strip on 3rd July, the decision was made for the jet cars, Firestorm of Roger Goring and Julian Webb's Split Second to do a side by side flame and thunder show, this a rarity, Roger and Julian putting on a superb show like a flame and thunder symphony to great applause from the appreciative crowd.

The weather changed for the better and to finish off the day's racing Roger and Julian did spectacular full power runs. Julian first posted a 4.93sec at 145mph followed by Roger running a 4.56sec at 162mph.

(Picture credits: Mike Burrowes and Phil Evans)

After nature's own torrential rain, thunder and lightning show on Saturday night Sunday 4th July dawned bright and sunny the track soon drying. Prior to the lunch break Julian and Roger did full passes. Roger first with an early shut down 5.37sec at 96mph Julian then let rip with a slow 60ft and 6.64sec but a stunning 169mph, Julian utilising pre planned emergency braking strategy!

Speaking afterwards both Roger and Julian said they had thoroughly enjoyed the weekend so thanks to them and their crew members for a superb show. In Motorcycle classes, with rain curtailing any chance of eliminations, points will be awarded on qualifying times.

How tight it was in the 6.00sec class. David Storrie just pipping Maxine Taylor by 1mph David a 6.41sec at 125mph Maxine 6.41sec at 124mph. 6.50 class saw a battle of the Rose's on Saturday Phil Tomlinson having 24hrs of glory in top spot for Yorkshire edging Lancashire lad Ashley Hodgson by a tenth, 6.52sec to 6.62sec and Leigh Williams suffering machine problems. Come Sunday Leigh had rebuilt his clutch over night and first run banged in a perfect 6.50sec to reclaim his usual top spot and bag an extra point for a perfect time!

7.00sec class was topped by Dan "helfer" Leather with a near perfect 7.05sec run edging Gilbert Cook by a tenth, 7.15sec and Oliver Tindall, on an unfamiliar borrowed bike, a hundredth back on 7.16sec.

In 7.50class Colin Fallows once again bashed the rev limiter unmercifully to an 8.22sec for top spot from Rob Kneeshaw on 8.44sec and Rob Briers on 9.20sec on the wheelie prone Yamaha.

In other classes. Jason King was top of Wheelie class just off record pace. Top Scooter was Eric Cope on 8.50sec just over a tenth from class record pace. Mike and Gill Pacey ran side by side all day, Mike bagging the 9.00sec class and Gill the 9.50sec class.

There was a new record established in 751 to 1000 Racing class Dave Storrie knocking a tenth off the previous record to reset it at 6.57secs with brother Andrew in 2nd. In the up to 750 Racing class, Andy Higham topped with a 7.77sec and Shaun Walker giving the 1983 ex works grand prix Honda 500 triple, Wayne Gardner and Freddie Spencer era bike, a couple of runs in 2nd.

Mark Taylor put down a 6.47sec run in Unlimited Solo after making adjustments to a flat sounding Suzuki and a 6.51sec in the Classic Legends class edging Mick Varey into 2nd.

Thanks to Martyn Greathead, detailed results can be obtained by clicking on the following links:

Saturday: Overall times   NSCC Eliminations

Sunday: Overall Times   NSCC Qualifying Times   NSCC Eliminations

Photo galleries can be found at PWPics, Nightingale Digital Art/Image Village and Ashley Dale.

Joe looks forward to Cannonball.
7th July:
Many thanks to Nuthing ll Fancy slingshot dragster racer Joe Bond for sending a preview of Dragstalgia, at which he will be one of thirteen teams competing in the Cannonball (Tony Betts and Rob Elsom confirming over the last couple of days - Editor):

We've had a busy start to the racing season, with Dad taking out the car at the VW Breakout meeting at the end of May. It was great to see Dad back behind the wheel, proving he still has what it takes to drive these cars. We had a long off season with a lot of changes and updates to the engine, so it was good for Dad to test the car.

We were able to get a half pass in at the Retro Show Lite with myself driving, but the weather conditions put paid to anything more than a half pass. That half pass however had slightly faster short numbers compared to our 6.29 pass at the Hot Rod Drags in less than favourable conditions, so we are looking forward to a good weekend at Dragstalgia.

To get there hasn't been without a lot of sleepless nights and more hard graft than any of the team would like in such a short period of time, with more than just the race car needing attention, with running repairs and changes to support vehicles making it a very tight turnaround indeed for this weekend. I can't thank Dad, Lawrence, Martyn and Mike enough for all their hard work for the last 5 weeks to get us here, as well as a select few others who we couldn't have done it without.

It is a shame that the Slingshot Shootout didn't receive sufficient entries to run as a stand alone class, hopefully those who didn't join can join in the future and we can come back stronger. I am however looking forward to seeing how the car stacks up against the Cannonball runners!

Wild Bunch Dragstalgia preview.
7th July: GM Claire Meaddows writes to tell us that The Wild Bunch can’t wait for this coming weekend at Santa Pod’s 10th Annual “Dragstalgia” event where they have a brilliant field of 38 teams entered! Check the amazing list on Santa Pod's web site.

It seems like so long since the last Dragstalgia in 2019, where the whole of the Wild Bunch learned that we were to be inducted, as an entire club, in to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame! An incredible honour and huge highlight of our 25 year history! The whole club is very proud of this achievement and will continue to celebrate the history and pioneers of our great sport of Drag Racing in this country.

We are indeed thrilled to join in commemorating the 55th Anniversary of Santa Pod Raceway this year! It is very exciting to hear that the first driver ever down the hallowed track, ‘King’ Harold Bull, builder and driver of the “Stripduster” slingshot, will be in attendance at the event!

This weekend we also fondly remember former Santa Pod starter and BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury, who so sadly passed last year. Stu was a true gentleman and legend of British Drag Racing and we honour his memory and legacy to the Sport, and keep those flags flying in tribute.

At Dragstalgia, there will be a wide variety of slingshots, altereds, dragsters and funny cars, backup girls aplenty, wheelies, burnouts and the Cracklefest plus a fantastic show to celebrate all things Nostalgia!

Our field is made up of longstanding regulars (some have been members since the mid 90’s like ‘Crazy’ Chris Hartnell and Mark Coulsell), drivers bringing out new combinations (such as Keith Crampton’s switch from Buick to Chevy, instantly propelling his “Soul Town Shaker” slingshot down in to the 9’s) and a couple of Wild Bunch newcomers (welcome to Ian Wild with his Jag powered “Wild Cat” altered and John Sharod with his “Never Say Never” altered).

The entry list includes a father and son (‘Crazy’ Chris & Lee Hartnell with his updated “Metal Mistress” altered), two pairs of brothers (Rob & Pete Brown with both their slingshots “Rebel” and “Wrathchild”, and Antony & Wayne Colliver with their respective cars, the awesome “From Hell” Bantam altered and low 9-second “Misfit” slingshot), a brand new Mum and a new Dad (Team “Daddy Cool”s driver Dr Faye Hern and husband Steve welcomed a baby daughter in January and her brother crew chief Kyle Southworth and wife Becky welcomed a new son in May. So we may meet the youngest Wild Bunchers this weekend!).

The youngest driver of the Bunch, Bobby Wright is in his now 9-second altered, plus amazingly two British Drag Racing Hall of Fame members crew chiefing for their sons (Ken ‘Mr Flathead’ Cooper with the team’s flathead powered “Back from the Past” slingshot and Ian Lloyd of 7-second “Gonzo the Great” altered fame, an iconic car with a long pedigree). Many cars have a wealth of history, including Andy & Cathrine Stones’ “Frantic” Jag-powered altered which hails from 1977 and James Auld’s rear-engine dragster “Little Fauss”, built in 1972!

There is also another team that spans most of the history of Santa Pod, Jeff & Sharon Morris. Jeff co-built the “Malibu Express” slingshot in 1969, which has been Crazy Chris’ “Backdraft” for some 27 years now! They debuted a brand new awesome slingshot “Malibu Express III” at last year’s Hot Rod Drags and the car has huge potential!

(Photo credits: Bradley Cooper and Phil James © Dave G Wilson, Ian Lloyd © Julian Hunt, Matt Hollins © Callum Pudge)

This year is the club’s official 25th Anniversary Wild Bunch Series season and Dragstalgia will be our third event of 2021. The competition will include Wild Bunch Series Round 2, Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge Series Round 3 and Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Round 2. The Wild Bunch Series is currently led by 2019 Champion Phil James in his “Rampage” funny car (after his great win at the ‘VW Breakout’ event with very consistent runs), followed in 2nd place by new driver Matt Hollins in the Ratchet Strap Team’s “Cheap Thrills” slingshot, Graham Rawlings in 3rd in the team’s 9-second VW powered “Little Digger” and Steve Heaven in 4th in the team’s low 8-second “Tight Fit” slingshot.

The Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge Series also has the same Top 4, as the ‘Springspeed Nationals’ did not see any racing on eliminations day. The Roy Wilding Series currently has the same leaders as there has just been one event so far. (We wish Roy all the best running his “Chariot of Fire” slingshot in the Supercharged Outlaws this weekend as he gets ever closer to some magic numbers!). With over 3 dozen teams entered, there is sure to be some hot competition at this event and the Wild Bunch have some great two-tier trophies for our Top 6 finishers and many Spot Prizes to be contested. So we’re really looking forward to celebrating the winners this Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

We would like to say a massive thanks to all the fantastic marshals and officials, track, safety and medical crews, promoters, organisers, media, photographers and the brilliant eurodragster team! You are all stars, especially in this last year! Thank you all for helping us all do the racing we love so much!

Very best of luck to all the teams competing this weekend! See you at the drags! Best Wishes from ‘The Wild Bunch Nostalgia Drag Racing Club’.

P.S. We also all wish the best of luck to current Wild Bunch ET and Speed record holder and committee member Bob Hawkins in the “Time Traveller II” blown nitro slingshot, chasing low 6’s, fellow 200mph Wild Bunch runner Chris Manning in his fabulous period slingshot “The Villain”, hopefully breaking in to the 6’s and 7-second runner Leo Knight in his “Knight Rider” altered, all running in the Dragstalgia Cannonball!

Further info can be found on or see our Facebook group ‘The Wild Bunch Nostalgia Drag Racing Club’.

Dragstalgia Perfect Light bonus.
7th July: We are pleased to confirm that a bonus / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award will be available at this week's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway.

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

The Perfect Light Award will become available at the start of qualifying, currently Willys Wars Q1 which is scheduled for 17:00 on Friday, and from that point will be available to all racers in all classes. As ever, the money will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. As this is a bonus event, if the Perfect Light Award is not won at Dragstalgia then it will remain at £50 for next week's STP Summer Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway. decals are not mandatory to collect the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate if it they are carried, although we do of course understand about decals on period-correct cars and bikes. If you would like to carry decals then they are available in Signing On.

The next / Twister Racing Team Perfect ET Award sponsored by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield and Bob's Photo Finish Award will be posted at the STP Summer Nationals.

Carla and Rick at Hudiksvall.
7th July: Many thanks to expat UK racers Carl Pittau and Rick McCann who made their first appearance at Hudiksvall last weekend:

It felt as if we’d been to prison and were suddenly released without charge. Or if we’d been kidnapped and then let go without ransom. Or maybe we were still locked up in the cellar and this was all a dream.

But no, we were really loading up the cars and the motorhome with food and beer and hope, and the sun was shining on us. Fully vaccinated and prepared to abide by as much social distancing as appropriate, we reinvented the loading operations and the checklists, forgetting half the stuff we needed until the last moment, then rechecking that we hadn’t forgotten anything. We got away with almost all the essentials, bar a micro data card for the RacePak recorder and the card adapter, which meant no data could be read at the track on Carla’s car, but we figured that if we got there ok, we raced, and didn’t break anything, we’d call it a success.

Carla’s car had a rebuilt TH350 with a Coan clean neutral valve body, which would prove to be a little unpredictable, and new double calliper rear brakes, which we hoped would help her hold the car better on the start line and manage a little more RPM.

Rick’s car had the engine we put together using the block from the Rick Watters combo and the heads from the John Gulius combo, which was fine and helped Rick win two championships in a row, but was now on “limp mode” as we had to use old headers which were not designed for it, and did not have any of the carb spacers, this equipment being all still at the dyno with our new combo, not yet ready to tango due to fuel delivery issues. In addition, using the old headers meant that we did not have any AFR sensors, so more guesswork than usual was needed.

We arrived at Hudiksvall in splendid sunshine and sweltering heat, and received a warm welcome by the most charming and friendly officials, but things got off to a bad start when we found ourselves pitted on rough, bumpy grass. As we unloaded Carla’s Camaro it immediately got itself into a massive wedgy with our pit mat, which got totally scrunched up and tangled under the suspension and trapped behind the headers. We struggled and cursed and got into a wrestling match with the mat, much to the amusement of our fellow racers, and ended up having to cut it up to free the car.

We managed to use the bits we cut off to have the mandatory environmental ground cover under the sumps, but still worried that the hot headers might set fire to the long grass as they really, literally, were in the weeds.

The weather was fantastic and we hardly saw a cloud for 3 days. It’s a good 1/8 mile track, much recommended and praised by everyone who had an opinion on it, but the start line did get a bit tricky when it got really hot later in the day.

Carla’s car hooked up fine on the first pass, running the 1/8 mile within 6 thousandths of her last run at Tierp Arena, so we concentrated on Rick’s car which was about 1 tenth slower and launching flat, with no wheelie. Since our weather station went AWOL we checked with our good friend Björn Bondesson, whose very knowledgeable crew chief Leffe Andersson shared all figures with us. However we couldn’t continually bother them, so had to guess that the air was later not that good despite the very low humidity, so we switched to a leaner carb and loosened the front shocks and the launches improved a lot. The meeting had an unusual format in qualifying, which was run as time trials but each run also counted for qualifying position, which meant that we could all go out whenever we liked. This allowed us to make adjustments and decide to go out when ready, without worrying of missing a session. However we discovered on the second day that we could not take Carla’s car for granted, as she span the tyres in the sweltering heat, and noticed that a few more of the cars had this problem. She hooked up well the next run but span again, and worse, on the final qualifying pass.

As it was impossible to dial for this inconsistency, we decided to assume that we’d hook up, so Carla’s dial in was 6.65 and Rick’s dial in was 6.31. Sadly Carla chopped the tree a little too far and pulled a -0.001 against Erik Wallin, who however had a good run and a 0.02 reaction, so might have been hard to beat even with the double zero on the good side. Rick got through to the second round by beating Lars Nyberg with a 0.03 light but found his demise in the second round against event winner Thomas Strand, when he broke out by 5 thousandths. Thomas did have an 0.02 against Rick’s 0.04 but as he ran 5 hundredths off his dial in he might have been beaten by a better judged finish line. There’s not much time or space to judge it in a 1/8 mile race though, especially to the thousandth! Fortunately losing against an excellent racer and nice guy to boot makes the bitter pill a bit easier to swallow!

Carla did have a consolation prize though, she was awarded a trophy for best reaction of the meeting, a 0.0007. The trophy was collected on her behalf by event winner Thomas Strand who kindly sent us a photo of it, the award is colourfully called “Kobra På Granen” (Cobra on the Xmas Tree) which we found great fun.

Erik Wallin pulled a red light in his turn against Björn Bondesson in the second round, Björn then met Ari Körkko in the third where he was handed yet another red light. Björn and Thomas then faced each other in the final, and this was a heads-up final, no breakout, as both cars run in B Stock Automatic. Björn had a slight time advantage over Thomas, but he span the tyres and handed the win to Strand.

This was a repeat of the final in Norway in 2019 and to Thomas’s credit the outcome was the same.

All in all it was a great 3 days, fantastic to be out racing again after nearly 2 years, everything worked and we didn’t break anything!

Team Heaven & Hell would like to thank the SMK Hudiksvall officials, the track owner and the marshals for the warm welcome and their hard work, in particular Pentti Kykyri and Britt Sundqvist, Lars Bodén for ensuring that Rick was included in the field, Team Bondesson for their support (in particular the indefatigable Åke Hedberg for helping us on the fire up road and the start line) and last but not least Cenneth Schiller for letting us use some of his photos to illustrate this article.

Photos by kind permission Cenneth Schiller, Thomas Strand, Carla Pittau.

Dragstalgia racers announcement.
6th July: Many thanks to Santa Pod Raceway events co-ordinator Dan Melrose who has sent the following announcement for racers attending Dragstalgia:

"As we count down the days to Dragstalgia this weekend, we have some important information for racers for the event.

Firstly, gates will be open on Thursday from 12pm to 7pm. All tickets and vehicle passes will be at the gate, and each racer will get two vehicle passes with their entry. All racers in the invited race classes must sign on at the beginning of the weekend, which will be done with paper forms just like the old days. For those planning to run on the Friday RWYB, a separate form must also be completed.

For the Custom Car Invitational racers, they will need to collect their two vehicle passes from the ticket collection point on arrival. CCI racers will also need to sign on for each day that they are running.

There will also be a minute’s silence for Dennis Priddle at 11:10am on Saturday, just before the first qualifying round of the Cannonball. We encourage everyone to be trackside for it.

The full track schedule is now available online at
this link. We hope to see everyone there and have a great weekend at Dragstalgia 10.”

Dragstalgia ever-presents 2021.
6th July: Your Editor has been consulting his notes, entry lists, record books and everything else he can find about Dragstalgia and has compiled a list of racers who have contested every Dragstalgia since 2011:
  • Joe Bond
  • Mark Bracking
  • Keith Crampton
  • Andy Hadfield 
  • Bob Hawkins 
  • John Hobbs
  • Nervous Nick
  • Ray Turner
  • Rob Tyrrell
  • Paul Watts
Many others have participated in every cacklefest or have crewed at every event. There are no less than thirty eight racers making their Dragstalgia début this year.

New for Dragstalgia: (pictured left to right): Adam Clayton's Firecracker Topolino, Paul Watts' Alkypone '34 Altered and Steve Young's Old Dog Garage '41 Willys pickup.

Finally we have compiled an easy-to-print entry list for this weekend's Dragstalgia class contestants. You can take a look at the PDF-format Guide by going to our event coverage page.

JT's Speedfest.
6th July: Many thanks to Pro Modified and Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham for sending a few exclusive pictures from the American SpeedFest held at Brands Hatch last weekend for which Don Scott organised a drag car display, featuring John's, Don's, Lola Cavey's and several others:

"Amazing weekend at the American SpeedFest, massive thanks to Don and Alex the man at Brands. Rain every morning for an hour and then hot, hot, hot. Met some great ex racers (Nick especially) and a pro mod race team soon coming back... It had everything for everyone, do it next year, you will love it, we did.

For more shots and video of the day see Grace Roaf's album on Facebook.

Web site updates.
6th July: Photographer and Dragstats webmaster Ashley Dale has published a gallery of photos from last weekend's Jetfest at Melbourne Raceway to his Flickr page. Ashley says "It was a great weekend, despite the best efforts of the weather". You can see his photos by clicking here.

Photographer Paul Lister has updated his Dragcaranon2 web site with photos from Festival of Power Unlocked 2021. To see his FoP gallery, click on this link.

Julie wins at Norwalk LODRS.
6th July: Congratulations to Julie Nataas for winning Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser at Norwalk, Ohio on Sunday.

Julie, with Randy Meyer Racing, qualified no.2 with a 5.194/271.35 in a tough field with twelve cars attempting to make the eight car ladder. She defeated Duane Shields in round one with a 5.280/275.45, Robin Samsel in the semi final with a 5.350/269.83 (0.005 RT) and in the final ran a 5.323/273.27 to defeat Jasmine Salinas.

This is Julie's fifth regional title (she also has three national titles). Julie's next Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series race is at Columbus Ohio 17th-18th July.

BDRHoF Dragstalgia auction.
5th July: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce a Dragstalgia Grand Auction & Sale of artworks, artefacts and memorabilia generously donated to the organisation to assist in the raising of essential funds. Separate silent auctions take place on Saturday and Sunday in the Hall of Fame marquee situated in the pits near the grandstand.

Each day’s auction will run from 10am to 4pm. Winning bids will be announced at 4.15pm with payments and collections due by 5pm.

Pride of place in Saturday’s auction must go to an original painting created and presented by the distinguished motorsport artist, Paul Whitehouse. Since Dragstalgia last took place in 2019 we have lost two of the sport’s significant individuals: Top Fuel and Funny Car legend Dennis Priddle died in May and Stu Bradbury, Founding Chairman of the Hall of Fame and formerly Chief Starter at Santa Pod, died a year ago this Dragstalgia weekend. Paul Whitehouse’s painting depicts one of Dennis’s most renowned entries, the John Woolfe Racing Monza Funny Car, guided back to the line by the figure of Stu.

Furthermore, Paul has donated 25 limited-edition prints of his recent ‘Gladiator’ painting, depicting Bootsie’s Vega-bodied Funny Car, for sale in the Hall of Fame marquee.

In addition, a rich array of memorabilia kindly provided by donors at home and in the United States will be available for auction and for sale. Items include models, prints, posters, books, t-shirts and engine components, many signed by stars such as Tommy Ivo, Art Chrisman, Don Prudhomme and ‘Rat Trap’ Ron Hope.

The Hall of Fame will be pleased to welcome visitors to view and place bids for auction items, and to buy sale items, from 10am each day.

The Dragstalgia Grand Auction takes place with the kind permission of Santa Pod Raceway.

The Hall of Fame is indebted to all who have so kindly donated items.

Betty Boop does Dragstalgia.
5th July: Many thanks to former Santa Pod announcer and photojournalist Mike Collins who has supplied another piece on Dragstalgia, first published by American Autoparts in Retro Ramblin’s, this time from 2012. The main subject is the second Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway, including Wendy Baker's Time Warp funny car vs Rockin' Ramon van der Weurf's Wild'r At Heart, Dave Gibbons' fire burnout, and the Allard Chrysler joining the cacklefest, with photos of the unidentified Betty Boop.

Mike's presentation of Blowin' in the wind: Betty Boop does Dragstalgia (7.4 Mb pdf) can be seen by clicking here or on the pictures above.

Kevin Cerasale.
4th July:
We were saddened to hear of the passing of hot rod builder, gearbox specialist and crew member Kevin Cerasale yesterday after a long period of ill-health.

Kevin was well known as a builder of race cars and hot rods, owning race car construction firm RCCS (Race Car Chassis Services). One of his many projects was the pictured Brogie roadster which he built in the early 2000s in between doing work for customers. Although Kevin had intentions of driving it, the car which is still owned by Kevin, eventually ended in the hands of Super Comp/Super Gas racer Paul Letchford, for whom Kevin had previously built a '68 Camaro.

Kevin also had many years experience of transmission building and in 2013 was appointed by sponsors Jeff Bull Race Engines and Transmission Specialties as their dedicated transmission builder. He was a great and selfless help to many sportsman teams including Paul Letchford's, Paula and Stan Atkins, Jeff and Belinda's, Martyn Jones, for whom he built the 'Another Small Fortune' dragster, and making some modifications to the back end of Terry Gibbs' Obsession Motorsports Camaro when he was running it in Super Gas.

Paula said "He was a great friend a very valid crew member for many years. Also very knowledgeable in all areas of the sport which he loved very much. We have many great times with Kev on and off the track and lots of lovely memories.

"I will never forget when Stan and Kev went to USA to look for a motor home and ended up going for a meal together at a steakhouse. Stan said "I don’t like the look of this Kev!" Kev assured him that it was fine, himself and Carol had been many times to this steakhouse in California so reluctantly Stan agreed to go in, saying to Kev on the way in "If I am bad tomorrow I will bloody kill you!" Guess what - at 3 o’clock in the morning Kev is running to the bathroom with the steak exiting both ends, then at 6 o’clock Stan follows suit. Both he and Stan were laughing about it last week. He will be sadly missed by us and the whole drag racing community".

Dennis decals available.
4th July: Keith Lee brings us news of a tribute planned for Dennis Priddle by some of his old friends at the upcoming Dragstalgia event at Santa Pod next weekend.

Former crew members Brian ‘Star’ Savidge and Phil Pead came up with a plan to produce stickers which they hope competitors will carry on their machines, to honour the man who was such a huge name in the history of the sport.

"Dennis enjoyed his trips to recent Dragstalgia events so much, that it is a fitting meeting for this to happen. Brian wanted to use the overhead shot of a Mister Six burnout - which was Prid’s favourite racing shot - as the centrepiece of the design. I called ex-Custom Car snapper extrordinaire Roger Phillips, who was more than happy for his iconic picture to be used. Dave Burton arranged for the sticker design and production at John Burton Signs, ready for the event."

Any Dragstalgia entrant who would like to run with one of these stickers, please see Brian, who will be running his rapid black 32 roadster in the RWYB sessions on Friday. Paul Harris, who is planning to run the Priddle tribute Monza for the very first time, will also have some available in the Funny Car pits.

Post-FoP points posted.
1st June: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm for forwarding the latest points standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championhips and SPRC Club Championships (cars and motorcycles) after the Festival of Power. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our points standing pages by clicking here, or by clicking the Points Standings link under News in the main menu above.

Points for ACU bike classes will be published at a later date.

Tallhed Midsummer Festival report.
4th July: Thanks to our good friend Lena Peréres for reporting on the latest EDRS round, the Tallhed Midsummer Festival, for Lena says: "The hard working trackcrew managed to round up this year's Midsummer Festival before the rains came. Event number three in the Summit Racing EDRS Series is done, and here´s the event winners (photo right © Linus Wallberg).

"98 contestants showed up at Tallhed Dragway, Orsa Sweden, under the midsummer sun. Riders and drivers could race during two out of the planned three days of racing. After some rain disruption, the organizers decided to run the finals in all classes on Saturday night, as bad weather was forecast for Sunday".

Full qualifying and elimination results for the Tallhed Midsummer Festival can be seen at by clicking on the link on the left hand side of the page.

The next round in the Summit Racing EDRS Series is Haapsalu in Estonia this weekend, and we'll bring you a summary in due course.

Swift snippets.
4th July: A very Happy 4th July to all our American readers and friends, whereever they are based. Have a great day guys.

A very Happy Birthday today to Santa Pod Racers Club Race Secretary and longtime supporter of the sport Kathy Taylor, have a great day Kathy from all of us.

No-Prep demo at Lydden Hill.
3rd July:
Many thanks to No Prep organiser Paul Marston who has announced an opportunity to compete in an additional demo date for the class:

We have been approached by Lydden Hill and asked if we would be interested in running an informal demo of No Prep on Sunday 25th July. We have performed a site visit and found a piece of the circuit that works for our needs right in front of the main grandstand. It's 1/8th mile with braking. You can arrive on the Saturday if you so wish.

We will run some kind of competition but it's just for fun. There are noise restrictions like there are at all motorsport venues nowadays. The limit at 3000 rpm is 105db, so full quieter exhaust only, please. Its a small tyre, street car or daily driver kinda deal. Please support this if you live locally as the intention is to run more events like this next year.

It is free to entry but you need to book in, space is limited so please only book with us if you are coming. The pits are modern tarmac and there is electrical hookup available.

Call Paul on 07831 650230 or FB Paul Noprep or email this is part of the Custom Cup event and there is a lot more going on so it should be a nice event. Our thanks to Lydden and Shaun at Quadriga Car Club for inviting us.

Jetfest at Melbourne Raceway.
3rd July: This weekend Melbourne Raceway hosts Jetfest, Jet cars, drag cars, drag bikes, run what ya brung, a weekend of Motorsport madness.

Tickets are still available on-line at the Straightliners web site and you can still camp over and have an awesome weekend.

Racing starts at 10:30am. The booked-in jet cars are Roger Goring with Firestorm and Julian Webb with Split Second, both of which put on an amazing show last weekend.

The ever-expanding ranks of drag cars and bikes will run in their usual formats and in addition there will be an open track for anyone with a car or motorcycle to enter Run What Ya Brung.

Felspeed update.
3rd July: Former Pro ET racer (Editor's note: from 2015-17, see below left photo from 2016 Main Event) Colin Felstead, now based in Dayton, Ohio, has been in touch with an update on what has been keeping him busy lately:

The build on my 70 Torino has been slow of late, I had to organise another fabricator for the chassis as the other shop had no time.

Step up Kohlbacher's Kustom Speed and Fab, in Huber Heights, a personal friend of "Ohio" George Montgomery and true a Ford fanatic, in a city where GM reigns supreme.

I met George at his shop in Dayton at the start of the year, I am planning to have him dyno and tune my engine for me, he has a book out and I sent a signed copy to my Dad for his birthday. We spoke about his trip to Santa Pod in the 60s. A real pioneer.

Direction and plans of the car have changed somewhat, I wanted to go the Super class style, but with no-prep and the street car scene just exploding, it had to be. A nice way to build it as I have Street Eliminator in mind if it ever moves to Britain, my favourite class since I was a kid.

The chassis is now keeping the stock front frame rails, a rule of which 99% of classes mandate. It is truly a unique fabrication, tucked up tight and follows the lines of the windows, it will be a 3/4 tube chassis certified to SFI 25.5C and 7.50 in the quarter. Now I haven't even watched 1/4 mile racing in a long time. I am, to be honest a convert to 1/8 mile racing, debate amongst yourselves but come see some fast small tyre stuff and you'll agree, it all gets done in 660 ft.

However, the direction is towards an 8.50 index / 5.30 index style car, which use a max of 10.5W rear tyres, stock front frame rails and min weight of 2800lbs, a "junior outlaw 10.5" car if you like, I would need a bigger powerplant so eventually would like to go twin turbo big block Ford, or something more modern, a Coyote.

My local track is Kilkare in Xenia, I have Edgewater near Cincinnati, National Trail near Columbus and Norwalk is about 3 hours north. Then Indianapolis is only a 2 hour drive away, so I'm pretty spoilt for tracks.

I keep up to date with Eurodragster (good boy - Editor) and watch the live stream of Santa Pod when I can, always cheer on my Pro ET compatriots, I hope I can coincide a race meet with a visit when COVID travel restrictions lift.

Bike classes dates change.
2nd July: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for letting us know about a championship calendar change that affects the Green Light Nationals and the European Finals:

Due to changes in the FIM E-calendar in 2021, the European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway will now hold a round for all ACU Drag Bike classes, as well as the SPRC Club Classes. The event will be open to European Entries, providing that all Covid restrictions are removed and we can then permit non UK entries (our fingers are crossed). This also means that the Green Light Nationals 21st-22nd August will no longer be a double header event for the Bike classes. The entry form will be changed accordingly for the Green Light event.

Riders requiring further information please contact Ian Marshall at Santa Pod Racers Club," or 44(0)1933 313625, office hours please.

Junior Drag Bikes at FoP.
2nd July: Thanks to Junior Drag Bike organiser Ollie King for a report on a great weekend for the class at the Festival of Power Unlocked. Ollie said "here in their own words is their sum up":

Megan Talbot (left) - A few ups and downs throughout testing and qualification days but we got through it and came 2nd qualifier with Casey Holgate as number 1 qualifier. First round was against Lyra and a big well done to her for learning how to stage and for always being happy! You’re already an awesome rider. Had a bye into the final against Hollie King who broke out by only a small amount, big well done to her, so I ended up with the 1st. Would like to thank all my sponsors, my Mum and all at Santa Pod. See you at the Summer Nationals.xx

Richard Willcox (below left) - Not the day we were hoping for, got to the fire-up lanes for Q1, the throttle housing disintegrated, we put a new one on, went to go for Q2, the throttle cable had jumped out of the slide in the carb, we raced to fix that and then the bike wouldn't rev past half throttle, it had now decided it had enough. The 125cc motor was going in, we got the motor out only to find the box of parts and spares was full of water and probably ruined so missed Q3.

Saturday morning dad managed fix the throttle issue we made Q4 got a time of 16.9 but still problems, swapped the jet and bike backfired damaged the reed valve so missed q5 and q6, reed valve semi fixed with help from Scott Collier but bike still won't fire looks like the coil might have now failed, that was us out for the weekend.

Lyra Humber (above right)- I'm Lyra, I'm 8, I did nine races this weekend, the most I've ever done. I went super fast and beat my Personal Best time my auntie Casey is amazing and done good. Megs, well done on winning, you're cool, and massive well done Hollie, you're doing great. Thank you Santa Pod, an amazing weekend, love Lyra xx

Hollie King (below left) - My name is Hollie, and this event was my first full event. We managed to get all the rounds of qualifying in, with one red light. My first run in eliminations was a bye run, since Richard's bike wasn't working and I ran bang on my number, then I was up against Casey in the semi finals and she broke out so I took the win. Into the finals with Meg and I lost since I broke out. Very happy with 2nd place.

Casey Holgate (above right) - We arrived at Pod on Thursday evening and set up ready for the next day's racing. We got up early in the morning and signed on and then scrutineered /We had a bit of a wait as they dried the track and we had our first qualifier at 11.30. First qualifier went well I dialled a 10.00 and ran a 10.07, good enough for no.1 qualifier so was very happy with that, my second and third qualifiers were good again, not as close as my first run but I was still happy as I was still no.1 qualifier.

On day two the bike was running really good and was liking the cooler air and I managed to break out twice, running my pb of 9.8 @ 65mph so wasn't too disappointed and was still no1 qualifier. Day three first round of eliminations and i had a bye run unfortunately My bike was missing gears, so Dad had to do some repairs before the next round. Next round was against Hollie and I knew this was going to be hard, as this would be the first time that I would be leaving second on a staggered start. It was a close race, but I broke out by 0.0123 and lost to Hollie, well done to Hollie on her first event and well done to Megs for winning after all the troubles she had with her bike.

Well done to all the Juniors on some great racing. The next event is the Summer Nationals in three weeks, let's see what that brings.

Williams Bros team report.
2nd July: Thanks to Holley Marshall of Williams Bros Racing for supplying a report on a busy weekend for the team at the Festival of Power:

Now we’re back and settled after a fantastic weekend of racing, it’s time to recap the event for the five cars we had running!

Starting off with Pro ET, both Gary Carr and James ‘Ollie’ Oliver were running in this class for the weekend. Both cars qualified well with Gary ending up sitting in the no. 4 spot at the end of day 1 and Ollie sat in 16th. The field was tight in Pro/ET this weekend!

By the end of day 2, Gary had stormed his way to the no.1 spot with a incredible 8.300 on a 8.83 dial in…also a PB! Along with many other 8.8 second runs, the car is proving to be very consistent with the WBR Race Engine! Great job Gary!

Ollie qualified 15th with a 9.195 on a 9.18 dial in, also with a great set of runs behind him showing the consistency of his Pontiac even with his infamous monster wheelstands!

Moving onto Super Comp. Gary was also running in this class too, doing a brilliant job of learning how a different class worked and adapting to running to an index of 8.90. After a few qualifiers of running into the 8.8’s, Gary ran a 8.96 in Q6 to move him up to the no.5 spot.

Next is Comp Eliminator, with 3 cars running in the class this weekend, we were certainly kept on our toes! Dan Williams had a multitude of 10.2 sec runs during qualifying to put him in the no.3 spot going into eliminations.

Nic Williams got the top spot in comp, storming his way to no.1 after Q2

Spencer Tramm debuted his '69 Camaro, newly imported from America; this weekend, the car ran fantastically, and Spencer qualified in the no.4 spot. It was great to see him back on track!

Onto eliminations, in Pro/ET, both Ollie and Gary made it to the second round, with some great races with Simon Fulton and Darren Law with the Wicked Lady dragster.

In Super Comp, Gary unfortunately didn’t pass the first round due to a red light against Steven Hudson.

Onto Comp Eliminator, all 3 cars made it past the first round with Nic and Spencer on bye runs and Dan defeating Robin Orthodoxou in the Chaos Bros altered. Dan faced and won over Nic in the second round and Spencer lost out to the eventual event winner, Jordan Payne in E2, it was a great race!

Dan then faced Jordan Payne in the final, Dan ran a great 10.10 but wasn’t quite enough to catch Jordan in the ‘Sticky Situation’ Corvette. Congratulations Jordan!

Overall, we come away very happy from a great weekend of racing and can’t wait to be back out at Dragstalgia in Nostalgia Super Stock!, we hope to see you there!

Storm coming.
2nd July: Many thanks to Storm Drag Bike rider Lorcan Parnell for sending us his report of the team's frustrating weekend at the Festival of Power, with some light on the proverbial horizon at the same time:

After the Springspeed Nationals in May we looked closely for the source of the misfire and found that the fuel pump was severely worn and unable to supply the pressure we run. With a good used spare in place we looked forward to putting in a decent performance at the three day Festival of Power meeting, postponed from its usual Easter date, but it was not to be.

A water leak from the ice tank, fuel leak, and an unintentional lane change in front of Jiri Lukes (sorry Jiri!) took care of three of our six qualifying chances. We missed one due to working on the bike, and pulled a red light when hot methanol fumes from the earlier fuel leak forced Lorcan to leave early. Which left us with one chance, at the final qualifying session of Saturday evening.

A decent burnout, wait for the green and get to the end of the track would see us in the eliminations, right? Wrong. On the launch a clutch component came loose (actually stripped the bolts holding it in place) depriving the clutch of CO2 pressure which holds the clutch pack together. Lorcan eventually limped the bike slowly over the finish line, but the Santa Pod timing gear had already timed out at 30 seconds and the run didn’t count.

It wasn’t all bad though, despite not making the eliminations. The red light run was something in the 6.7-6.9 range at 200+mph with turbo speeds encouragingly well under control and on only 45psi boost (compared to 60psi on our PB 6.56 run). Clutch slip was evident at the end of each gear too, due to the loose/leaking clutch component, so it would have been even quicker if everything had been functioning correctly.

Stu Crane was fast and consistent all weekend, a winning combination and a worthy winner! Congrats to Stu and Team Warpspeed! We know the Warpspeed team supported by Dan Wagner in the USA will be tough to beat in the Funnybike class this year, but we also know what we need to do for next time and look forward to it. Until then, keep storming!

Swift snippets.
2nd July: We have a birthday on the team today. A very Happy Birthday to Diana, who tells us she will be celebrating by having a road trip to Clarkson's farm, whether this involves farmyard work is currently a mystery. Have a great day Diana from all of us.

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