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22nd September: Nitroz are webcasting the season-closing Night of Fire which takes place at Tierp Arena today (Saturday) and tomorrow.
You can check out the free webcast by clicking here or at www.twitch.tv/nitrozplay.
You can check out results on Nitroz.se by clicking here.
More news later...
22nd September: We are working on the illness-induced news backlog and will start to post each news item as it is coded. Stay tuned, and keep hitting Refresh.
21st September: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding the final, final version of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-7th October. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
The latest spy pictures to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (below) came with no words. If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AA/Pro Modified racer Chris Orthodoxou has asked us to say a big Thank You to Martin Hill "For for helping me out with bolts for my flywheel ring gear - taking me all the way to his workshop to find the right ones!", and to fellow Pro Modified racer Norbert Kuno "For supplying auto trans fluid at very short notice". Well done both.
We would like to say a big Happy Birthday with hugs to Stock/Super Stock racer Carla Pittau, Happy Birthday with manly handshakes to British Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee Steve Horn and to Steve Silvester, and Happy Birthday with a pat on the back to Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald whose latest exploits will be detailed here on Eurodragster.com on our next news update. Have a great day all.
Editor's note: The recovery continues; the current plan is for a mammoth news update tomorrow to catch up. Thanks for the continued good wishes.
School pupils seek dragster.
20th September: Brian Monet wries that Cranford House School in Moulsford, Oxfordshire (map) is seeking a race car for display at a special event on Saturday 3rd November:
We are a small independent school but have big ambitions. We are hosting a themed Junior school event here at Cranford House bringing to life the science and engineering behind automobiles and aviation. The free event taking place on the morning of 3rd November will be open to the public as well as local primary schools and families. As a part of the outreach programme, throughout the school week local primary schools together with our pupils will be taking part in a car designing project hosted by a visiting Technical Engineer from the Force India F1 Team. The finished designs will be on display during the public event on the Saturday.
Currently the organisations contributing to the event are British Airways, who have a flight simulator and a couple of pilots who also happen to be parents here at Cranford House, Force India F1 Team have agreed to have an F1 car on display and to send an engineer, and then we have the Fireflies aerobatic display team entertaining families from the sky. Along with this we will have both vintage and modern cars on display from old Mini Coopers to the latest Tesla.
Of course the importance of the event is how we can inspire young minds and help demonstrate the principles and science behind Wings and Wheels.
If you would be interested in displaying your race car and representing the sport then you can contact Brian at email@example.com.
A drag bike for charity.
20th September: If you fancy buying a drag bike and doing a bit for charity at the same time then Tom Margesson of the UK's Wild Child Super Comp team has passed on details of the latest project from Mint Customs which could be yours after this weekend. Tom and John Gumble from Gasserville Hot Rod Shop have had some involvement in the bike's construction, about which Simon Parry of Mint Customs writes:
A few months ago I received a phone call asking if I would be interested in buying an old dragster whch a guy had in his tattoo shop. Not knowing what to do with it I said yes. My brain got ticking and came up with the notion of building it up on a budget and racing it, but then what to do with it after? Charity event? Corporate event? The suggested charity was Noahs Ark Children's Hospice, which was a very good cause. I merged two ideas and asked a local firm if they would sponsor the build and whether they had a preferred charity?
Simon O'Shea from One Facility jumped at the chance, along with Malc Caiger from Drainworx, both fronting monies to help with the build. When the bike finally arrived at our workshop it wasn't exactly what I had in mind… the motor was shot, it had no rear wheel just a jockey wheel to roll around on, and the forks and brakes were useless as was most of the frame.
OK, so I had some big decisions to make. Do we scrap the project? Or do we go flat out? Two phone calls later (Mr O'Shea and Mr Caiger) I started chopping it up. Still on a strict budget, I had to come up with a plan for the motor to use. I also had to think about which front end to use and, most of all, where and how I was going to get a drag bike rear wheel? Spending hours on the internet and forums gave me a few ideas and luckily I had friends within the drag world who that gave me contacts for tyres etc.
I managed to source a rear wheel too! Then it was over to Craig our machinist who did an amazing job on making the rear wheel, hub and tyre all work perfectly. During this time a motor was found, Yamaha YZFR11000CC 07 fuel-injected engine and loom which had more than enough power to move this thing yet would also be reliable enough for hours of racing fan. This is where it came to be a challenge to mount it on the old and tired frame, with most of the original frame which had now been modified to take the engine. Now it was time to make the front end fit, I managed to source an early Ducati front end which went over to Craig again to be modified to fit the frame.
Now it was finally coming together! After many hours sorting out the wiring to make the motor run we then needed some cool exhausts. This is where Tom Margesson came into it; he's our dragster enthusiast who helped to source tyres etc, and he also builds some cool exhaust systems for cars. Time was running out but not only did Tom build us some amazing downpipes, he did it in two short evenings, burning the oil late into the night on bank blooming holiday may I add, top job Tom!
At this stage the bike was ready for a quick test run, but the only place we could do it was in our car park. Even though there wasn't much space, it wasn't much of a test but it was the only way we could make sure that it selected gears, worked etc.
Now it was time to say good bye to the old paint job and tear down for the new powder coat. Fresh back from the coaters is always the best time to reassemble the bike using all the new bolts etc, as at this stage you get to see exactly what it's going to look like when finished. It went together really well and took about two days to get together.
The final job to do was to make the wheelie bar, which was made from some old drawings I found on the internet. Then the paint job came back from Dexter and looked amazing.
Now it's time for me to test out my handiwork and pilot this thing down the track at Santa Pod Raceway this Saturday (22nd). Then the charity fundraising starts!
We are guessing that this bike would be a shoo-in for ET Bike, but the spec is as follows:
Ducati front end
2007 Yamaha R1 engine
HM Quickshifter and air shift
Bespoke rear wheel
Simon Parry says many thanks to: Simon O'Shea - One Facility; Malc Caiger - Drainworx; Craig Ross - Bespoke Engineering; Greg Ross - Bespoke Engineering; Dexter Phillip - Paint; Tom Margesson - Gasserville HotRod Shop; Stuart Gillespie - RS Sheet Metal; Alistair Latimer - Mint Customs; Sam Parry - Mint Customs; Lee Russell - Mint Customs; Allison Broadwood - Mint Customs.
Editor's note: Your News Editor is still a little unwell but recovering slowly; thanks very much for the concern and the Get Well messages.
NSRA Hot Rod Drags results.
17th September: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Santa Pod Raceway:
Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar 7.4347/179.96 def. Scott Crookston 7.9872/167.91
Wild Bunch: Mark Coulsell +0.0713 average against dial-in
Gasser Circus: Ray Turner (12.18) 12.2307/104.55 def. Sean Milsom (10.10) 10.1065/130.24
Tri-Chevy Shootout: Andy Bond 7.9631/188.22 def. Paul Watts 10.9159/107.18
Congratulations to the following on their 2018 Championships, decided this weekend:
Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar
Gasser Circus: Martyn Hallam
You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored results, pit notes and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Many thanks to Diana Macrae and to Callum Pudge for their contributions to our galleries this weekend.
Editor's note: Your News Editor is unwell so there is a small backlog of news items which we will post on the next update.
UK Championships points update.
16th September: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for posting the post-FIA/FIM European Finals points standings in the UK National Drag Racing and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Rare torque converter needed.
14th September: Dave Cumbridge and Clive McCready of the UK's Tech Crew are seeking the help of Eurodragster.com readers with the restoration of Geoff Martin's Oxford Builder altered.
"We are looking for a torque converter from something like a Morris Marina, or from anything small which ran a BW65 auto box", says Dave. "They are like hens' teeth".
If you can help with the required torque converter then you can get in touch with Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike racers' views sought.
14th September: Job Heezen of the FIM Europe Drag Racing Commission has been in touch to invite drag bike racers to get in touch with any ideas, suggestions or thoughts:
The Commission's season starts right now with meetings, seminars, discussions on rules and so on. So if anyone has anything to say about last season, or has interesting ideas, proposals, views etc for next season or further in the future, please drop my fellow Commission members or I an E-Mail at email@example.com or write us a letter,
Please do so as soon as possible as we need to prepare all of this in the next month - we need suggestions before the second week of October. Thanks in advance for your co-operation, together we will get there.
14th September: Our best wishes for a long and happy future to SPRC Starter Dave Warren and Lucy Cottee who are to be married today. Have a lovely day guys.
Lass Vega flies again.
14th September: Modurstang Pro ET racer and class sponsor Mike Lacey tells us that his workshops have a new ornament in the form of what is left of partner Karen Stevens' race car:
After Karen's catastrophic crash at the Main Event the Vega was far beyond any form of rebuild. The crash destroyed just about everything. The chassis was bent everywhere, apart from the driver's cell, showing the fantastic job someone did when they built this chassis. Unfortunately, we don't know the history of the car that far back, so we don't know who to thank for it.
Seeing this first hand, and the stress and horror I went through seeing Karen crash, has made me rethink the roll cage etc on my own Camaro. My car is booked in with Andy Robinson Race Cars in November, for a chromoly roll cage with extra bars and a chute.
So Karen's car is now wall art at Modurstang! Quite intimidating as you come in, but a great talking point.
Thanks to all of our friends and race fans who have shown their love and support over this quite awful event. It has been an up and down year with the new track working so well for my car now, and the downs with Karen. We won't forget it for a while. Thanks again to all of the marshals throughout the year.
Hot Rod Drags ready to fire up.
13th September: Alan Martin writes that the 30th Annual Original Hot Rod Drags are here:
It hardly seems possible. Three decades on and still going strong. That's getting on for nearly half a lifetime and I don't think that, even in our wildest dreams, we ever imagined back in 1989, looking out across the pits and realising that people did actually want to come and share our dream of a Rod Run that happened to take place at a race track, that we would still be in the driving seat thirty years later. We certainly never expected to be welcoming you all to Santa Pod Raceway, that's for sure.
With the twenty-fifth Nostalgia Nationals under our belt, the Hot Rod Drags, for the first time at The Pod, is shaping up to be pretty special. It's a milestone event in more ways than one, most certainly the start of a whole new era.
Other than the location, everything will be pretty familiar to the regulars. The same emphasis on Pre '73 Run What You Brung action, the track will be open for all eligible vehicles (silenced or not) all day tomorrow (Friday). The gates will open at 12:00 noon today for early arrivals (£5 pp extra). There will be live music from Eastwood and Skabucks, with resident DJ Grant Pinney on both Friday and Saturday night and the courtesy bus, which was very popular at the Nostalgia Nationals, will again be travelling to and from Rushden Lakes all day Saturday.
Saturday and Sunday again feature plenty of Run What You Brung action and it wouldn't be the Hot Rod Drags if we didn't have the massed ranks of the Gasser Circus, Wild Bunch, Outlaw Anglia and Supercharged Outlaws adding their own brand of entertainment to the proceedings and somewhere in the mix will be Chevrolet's finest strutting their stuff in the Ti-Chevy Shootout. Not to be outdone, Julian Webb will also be putting the Split Second Jet Dragster through its paces too.
Just for good measure, Saturday evening will feature the now-traditional Hot Rod Drags rolling Cracklefest followed by a tremendous firework display.
As always, the NSRA will be on hand to provide the passes to allow you to sign on if your car meets the criteria and point you in the right direction if you need any help. The criteria is pretty basic, pre-1973, no rear engined race cars and no bikes. Other than that you are good to go. The NSRA crew will also be keeping an eye on the track action, to select the recipients of the Dirty Dozen trophies. They will also be setting up shop to sell their range official goodies.
We'd like to welcome you to the Hot Rod Drags merchandise stand, situated near the front of the staging lanes, where, as in the past, you will be able to come and have a chat, trade insults with Steve, tell us what you think and hopefully buy a T-Shirt or hoodie or two. In another return to tradition, they are all strictly limited edition so when they're gone they're gone.
Most of all we'd like you to help us celebrate thirty years of the Hot Rod Drags and raise a glass to the next thirty years.
For more information please visit www.hotroddrags.com.
See you at the track.
European Finals wrap-up.
13th September: Many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official FIA/FIM European Finals timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Thanks also to Marrs for forwarding an updated table of European Bests, now containing Anita Mäkelä's new ET record and new Top Methanol bump spot record, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Photo-journalist Stefan Boman got in touch to ask whether we had noticed that the FIA class winners at last weekend's race were also the 2018 FIA European Champions. "I think it has happened with the bikes more than once but never the cars", says Stefan.
Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two FIA/FIM European Finals reports on the Autosport.nl web site. There is a race report which you can check out by clicking here and a report of "Other things I saw" which you can check out by clicking here.
13th September: The post-Redline Rumble points standings in the ACU UK Drag Bike Championships are now available on the King Racing web site at www.kingracing.com.
We would like to say a big Happy Birthday and grattis to timekeeper Oscar Lindgren who is no end of help when we are covering events at Tierp Arena. Have great day Oscar.
Web site updates.
13th September: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has published the sixth issue of its on-line magazine HOFtalk which is designed to facilitate communications with members and supporters of the BDRHoF and which is edited by Eurodragster.com's own Pit Reporter and BDRHoF Ltd board member Simon Groves. "In this issue you can read about this year's inductees, the winner of the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award and the BDRHoF Media Awards", says Simon. "We also look forward to the Bench Race at this year's Gala on 17th November at Oatlands Park Hotel in Surrey, and review our presence at Dragstalgia. Gala tickets are going very quickly so you are advised to book yours as soon as possible!". HOFtalk VI is available as a downloadable PDF file by clicking here, or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from July's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.
UK National Finals entry update.
12th September: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 2 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-7th October.
You can check out the UK National Finals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes this Friday, 14th September, after which a Late Entry penalty may be payable. You can download the UK National Finals entry forms from the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.
Cars sought for cancer fundraiser.
12th September: Jason Stephenson of Santa Pod's fire crew is seeking two or three race cars for static display at an event in Buckingham to aid cancer research on 22nd-23rd September. Jason writes:
There will be stalls, tombola, raffles and other activities going on if the drivers don't have any plans and want to bring the family along. The more the merrier, as it is for a great cause. I know it is short notice but I have been let down by a couple of people.
Ideally cars would need to be there at around 10:30 on Saturday 22nd and pick up will be 11:00 on Sunday 23rd. Parking is on a secure school playground with gates overnight.
If you can help with this very worthy cause then please E-Mail Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07731 034389.
Norman heads for Hal Far.
12th September: After twelve months' planning UK Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET racer Pel Norman is taking his Shogun race car to compete at Hal Far Raceway on Malta:
We will leave on Friday 21st and have been planning our route through Italy, to Sicily then Malta to arrive on the following Wednesday. There will be eight of us travelling down on the converted coach including John Wood of Heavy Breathin' fame whom we met in the 1980s and with whom we have always kept in touch. John took us to Zandvoort in The Netherlands a couple of times. My wife's friends are flying out too.
After winning the No Prep Big Tyre class at Rockingham and running at the European Finals the car is in good shape. Thanks to Stretch my Crew Chief and Marc Manning for all of their help over the weekend after all the changes we made to the car before Rockingham, new Chance converter, bigger tyres, freshened Andy Frost gearbox. Thanks for all the info, took some doing but we got there in the end.
Finally thanks to my sponsors AIP Compressors, Quickjack, Pokies Paintshop and 351 Motorsport as without them none of this would be possible. Thank you also to Kenny and Bev Coleman for putting us in touch with the right people to talk about going to Malta.
JT for PM.
10th September: John Tebenham has been in touch to reveal to Eurodragster.com that he has bought Eurodragster.com sponsor Marco Maurischat's 1953 Corvette blown-alcohol Pro Mod and that he intends to campaign the car in FIA competition in 2019.
This is something which John has been contemplating for a while now, although he currently has a Ford Pop with seven-second potential being built at the workshops of Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson Race Cars. JT has always had a tendency to drive more extreme race cars, for example his Cosworth-powered Anglia and his Ford Probe with the same Cosworth turbo motor and a liberty manual transmission.
John sees Pro Modified as the ultimate doorslammer challenge and put together the deal with Marco whilst attendingthe NitrOlympX. "I wasn't really looking to buy the car", said John, "but I get on really well with most people and Marco and I have been friends for some time now. When I saw Marco over there he just flat out told me that he wanted me to buy the car and drive it. Marco wants to see the car run a five-second pass and thinks that I am the man to do it.
"Marco will still be involved in the car and will fly over to oversee my new English crew. He and his Crew Chief will show them everything and train them to look after it for me; I just don't have the time to fully commit to doing everything on the car. Unfortunately my first choice of Crew Chief and crew are unable to attend Santa Pod, so I am a little stuck for an English crew at the moment. So anyone with Pro Mod credentials should please get in touch.
"Marco's car has run a best of 6.035, so it has very good potential, and Marco only ever used top-drawer parts in it. I fit in the car real well, a lot better than in the Ford Pop at Andy Robinson's, but that's just a bit of fun. The Corvette is all about getting the job done. My Ford Probe was manual and so was the Anglia before that, so I am more than comfortable in a clutch car. FIA Pro Mod is something I always wanted to do and I need to do it now before I am too old for this kind of stuff."
The Corvette will be completely gone through. The motor is being rebuilt with new rods, piston rings and all of the usual consumables as if Marco was getting ready to run the car himself. Once reassembled it will be delivered to the UK to be wrapped in some mad design and then will most probably sit in JT's Lounge as a piece of automotive art prior to the beginning of the 2019 season. "Who wouldn't want to have such a cool piece in their lounge if they could?", said John. "Why leave it in the trailer over the winter when you can have it somewhere you can look at it when you get up every single day!"
2018 European Champions.
10th September: Congratulations to this year's European Champions, all but one of whom claimed their titles at the weekend's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:
FIA/FIM European Finals results.
10th September: Conratulations to the winners at the weekend's FIA European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:
FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Anita Mäkelä 3.9670/276.00 def. Jndia Erbacher 8.9871/71.46
FIA Top Methanol:Dennis Habermann 5.3457/266.57 def. Jonny Lagg 5.4296/262.50
FIA Pro Modified: Jimmy Ålund 5.8737/241.58 def. Jan Ericsson 6.0501/239.84
FIA Pro Stock: Bengt Ljungdahl 6.6628/202.57 def. Michael Malmgren 18.9594/41.47
Fuel Funny Car: Kevin Kent 7.9750/103.98 def. Kevin Chapman 8.6723/77.47
FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt 15.0503/48.33 bye, Stu Crane no show
FIM Europe Supertwin: Marcus Christiansen 6.5652/197.15 def. Martijn de Haas 6.7814/203.41
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Martin Newbury 7.1914/184.32 def. Bertrand Maurice 7.4958/169.17
FIM Europe Super Street Bike: Mogens Lund 6.9915/206.12 def. Steve Venables 7.0594/200.77
FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike: Liam Holgate (7.90) 7.9906/83.64 def. Meggie Talbot (9.58) 9.6516/67.46
Comp Eliminator: Robin Orthodoxou (7.45) 11.5972/167.90 def. Robin Sattler (9.63) 9.6936/100.51 DQ red
Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET: Brad Jackson (7.81) 7.7867/169.78 def. Mark Bailey (8.87) 8.9881/149.62 DQ red
Modurstang Pro ET: Lee Huxley (9.60) 9.6767/130.61 def. Harrison Brown (10.84) 10.8098/119.19 DQ b/o
Super Comp: Leah Kellett 8.9486/155.74 def. Collin Morrice 8.9459/150.66
Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout: Collin Morrice 9.9235/144.37 def. Brian Pateman 9.8619/151.57 DQ b/o
Super Street: Dave Cherrett 11.3745/87.52 bye, Leigh Morris no show
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Caitlin Wilson (8.32) 8.2819/79.09 def. Daniel Weir (9.25) 9.2888/67.55 DQ red
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Andy Bond 7.8117/185.89 def. Joe Stevens 8.2671/169.18
Subject to ratification the following records were set:
FIA Top Fuel Dragster ET: 3.870 seconds, Anita Mäkelä
Quickest European Pro Modified side-by-side: Roger Johansson 5.8269 and Jimmy Ålund 5.8657, Q3
Congratulations also to Paul Brown (Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET) and Joe Kellett (Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET) who won the Eurodragster.com/Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the Eurodragster.com/Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award respectively.
You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored FIA/FIM European Finals reports, results and pictures by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Finals FIA/FIM prizegiving.
8th September: Trakbak Racing Ltd are pleased to announce that they will once again be hosting the FIA/FIM European Finals Championship Prizegiving. The event is free of charge for Champion, runner-up and third-placed FIA and FIM Championship racers to celebrate with their team and to collect their trophies.
The prizegiving will take place in the VIP Hospitality Village. Doors will open at 20:00 and food will be available from 20:30.
Each team finishing in the top three Championship positions of the following classes will be given ten wristbands to attend the event:
Access is open to all after 22:00, or after the presentations, whichever is earlier.
We wish all riders and drivers good luck this weekend!
UK National Finals entry update.
6th September: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 1 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-7th October.
You can check out the UK National Finals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Friday of next week, 14th September, after which a Late Entry penalty may be payable. You can download the UK National Finals entry forms from the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.
Legends of Nitro attend Santa Pod.
6th September: UK Junior Dragster team Matthew Dowdy Racing are again pleased to promote the Legends of Nitro T-Shirt range on the Rustys Speed Shop stand at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend.
Bruce Blackaller of Rusty's says that there are several new designs available for the European Finals such as the Pisano & Matsubura F/C, Bradford's Altered, and a Don Prudhomme shirt. Bruce's own range of Rusty's-branded T-Shirts should be available in the spring of next year. Rusty's can be found behind the grandstand this weekend and will also be found at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags, Japshow, and the Flame and Thunder Show.
Matthew Dowdy would like to thank those who offered him an engine after the crankshaft snapped in his own motor at the Junior Fun Day at Santa Pod Raceway. Some swift work by Hauser Race Cars means that Matthew's motor has been repaired in time for the European Finals.
Flying the flag for Liam.
5th September: Eire's Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald has continued his continent-trotting with trips to Hockenheim and Tierp Arena. Dad Graham writes:
At Hockenheim we shared a pit garage with three other Junior Dragsters and one Junior Drag Bike. It was nice to be in a cool garage and out of the sun and I think it helped towards an easier environment in which to work. Liam qualified in number spot right out of the trailer with a 0.004 Reaction Time. We knew that this would not be secure as somebody could get under the time which Hugo did eventually with a 0.002. Still not bad, as we gained good points for the number two spot in the German Championship.
The track was sticky and Liam was having to jump up and down to unstick the car to move it forward. We invented a cunning plan to get around this sticky situation which we carried on at Tierp to the amusement of the local racers who thought we were carrying on some form of black magic on the rear tyres. It's not dry powered glue or leprechauns' dandruff as was mentioned but it seems to work.
Our last qualifying round was cancelled which didn't allow us time to recover the number one qualifying position for which we were going. This last qualifier was very funny in itself as news came down the queue from the start line that you were not allowed to wear shorts on the line. As you can imagine with the kids already strapped in and ready to go you all you saw was a mad panic with everybody telling the other crews to change to long trousers, so with that everyone went either running, on quads, or mopeds back to the pits to change with horns blaring and people trying to dodge the massive crowd in the pit area. It was funny to see, and we made it back in time to be told that the round was cancelled. One poor individual even swapped trousers with his wife as he did not understand what we were talking about at first.
To make up for the qualifier which was dropped they allowed all the Juniors to run at the start of the Night Show, including those Juniors who did not qualify for eliminations. We could pair up with whomever we liked and we all ran as a show in effect. So on to first round of eliminations and Liam red lit against Tom Kaye, who went on to the final. Liam had dialled a 13.06 and ran a 13.167 but red lit by -0.039, Tom also red lit but dialled a 7.970 and ran a 7.978 so Liam was out as first to red light. The final was won by Jack Gooding.
On to Tierp Arena, our car was taken by Tom Kaye and the Drummin' Man team to the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals. A big thanks to Summit Racing for supporting Junior drag racing. Due to noise restrictions we had to run a silencer which seemed to knock about a tenth of our ET and around two kilometres per hour off our top speed, or so it seemed against the times we ran at Hockenheim, although the humidity was high up - to 83% at times - which could have had an influence also. Our silencer was made with deflectors instead of an absorption style of muffler. Personally I am convinced that this is the way to go with Junior silencers as the exhaust gas can move through more freely rather than expanding and retaining that heat inside the silencer.
We qualified with a 0.04 best Reaction Time and we could not improve on this. With thirty nine cars going down to nineteenwe made it through the first round less than a hundredth off our dial-in but a 0.3 reaction? So on to the second round where we drew the Norwegian Champion, dialled 13.25 and ran 13.2445 so broke out. The launch revs had gone up more than two hundred more than I wanted and I was on the other side of the car leaning over to try to settle them back, then Liam left 150 to 200 revs under his ideal setting. Note to self: don't be rushed in, take your time. But it is what it is and we were out, but in fairness the other guy ran an 8.16 on an 8.16 dial-in and a 0.09 reaction against our 0.32.
Tierp Arena is highly recommended to all, a beautiful track which looks like they planted an American track right in the middle of a forest in Sweden. The locals are lovely and you get to meet people from the surrounding countries whom you would not normally meet in the the rest of Europe. A big thanks to the EDRS crew and especially Yasmine Bengtson and the Jr FUNN project which creates fun activities for the Junior racers at drag racing events. Liam really loved the fun and games and the organised tours of the Pro Mod and Top Fuel Bike pits. Thanks a lot to all in Tierp who helped us out especially Emma, Patrick, Thomas, Glenny and the Söderlunds and again to Yasmine who organised a caravan and a Junior Dragster to hire if we could not get our car there, helping with our entry form, and most importantly getting the Irish flag up at Tierp as we were the first ever Irish team to go there.We will definitely be back next year, watch out!
Liam is preparing for the upcoming European Finals at Santa Pod into which he goes in seventh place in the UK Championship with only 380 points between there and number one spot. We believe that we can improve on our points standing. The result at the Finals will be the deciding factor whether we contest the UK National Finals or head to Bad Söbernheim in Germany for the German Championship finals were we believe that Liam has a chance of doing well. In the French championship Liam is in third place only forty four points off the number one spot. In the Junior International Championship Liam is in third, but with the points from the last French round at Clastres to be added on. Unfortunatly we didn't know that the Italian round at Rivanazzano at the start of the year was a points round, and even if we had gained the minimum points from that round we would possibly in lead spot in the French and Junior Internationals at the moment. For a whole year prior to the event we were told that it was only a show for Juniors during the lunch break. What a bummer, if only someone told us the correct story in the first place. Lack of proper communication to my mind seems to be a big problem in European drag racing.
European Finals racer grandstand offer.
4th September: Donna Finnegan of Santa Pod Raceway writes that racers and crew members are welcome to watch this Friday's Evening Nitro session from the main grandstand free of charge, and that half-price tickets are available at other times:
Free entry will be permitted from 18:30 on Friday (only) with access through gate number 81-110. A racer ticket or start line pass will need to be shown to the grandstand steward before entering.
We also politely remind you that the grandstand operates a strict No Smoking policy. Anyone found smoking in the grandstand will be asked to leave.
If racers wish to access the grandstand before 18:30 on Friday, or all day on Saturday or Sunday, then they can purchase half-price grandstand tickets directly from the grandstand ticket kiosk. This offer is strictly for teams entered for the European Finals. Tickets can be purchased by each crew member at the grandstand kiosk at the event. Each crew member must show their barcoded racer admission ticket, not their start line crew pass, at the time of purchase. One racer ticket entitles the holder to one half price grandstand seat. All seats purchased will be subject to availability at the time of purchase and no disputes will be entered into.
Voodoo Hemi on the ward.
4th September: The Netherlands' Marck Harteveld has delivered his Voodoo Hemi Pro Mod to Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson Race Cars to repair the damage inflicted in a crash at The Doorslammers at Santa Pod Raceway in May:
The chassis has to be redone from firewall forwards, as well as measuring the rear end to make sure that everything is perfectly straight again. With big thanks to to fellow race teams and fans we were able to gather the most needed new and used parts to get the Bird going again. We have disassembled the car completely and cleaned and carefully checked every to see what we could re-use. The fire extinguishers and water made a lot of a mess of the car and parts. Also the engine and blower were taken apart and luckily those parts looks to be in good shape so far.
As soon as the Bird is back from Andy's we will make a new carbon nose and give the Bird a new paint job as there was too much damage to the body to save the paint job. We will also have to completely re-do the wiring, Racepak, oil and fuel lines etc... basically everything at the front of the car was destroyed.
The plan is to have it ready for Easter weekend to do some testing of the almost as-new Bird. Hopefully it will go better, straighter and quicker yet. At the forthcoming Finals I'll be a spectator and I will help out the Pro Dutch racing team wherever possible.
Curbishley Fixed for the Finals.
17th July: The UK's Martin Curbishley will again be sponsored by Fix Auto Penzance at the FIA/FIM European Finals, where he will be racing in Super Comp. Stuart Cameron of Fix Auto writes:
I attended the FIA Main Event in May and entertained some key members of staff from Fix Auto. We had a blast! We were all rooting for Martin, of course, when he advanced to the semi-finals but was beaten by a whisker by Stuart Doignie. We were also blown away by the Top Fuel and Pro Mod classes, unbelievable ETs and speed. I am really looking forward to the forthcoming Finals.
Fix Auto Penzance are in the middle of a major expansion plan at the moment. Building work is underway to double the size of our paint shop facility and the installation of three state-of-the-art spray booths to complement our existing two paint booths which increase the throughput of vehicles through our facility by 40%, making us the biggest accident repair facility in Cornwall. Please visit our Facebook page to see progress of the new building and equipment. Exciting times indeed for our new facility, and we are already looking forward to the 2019 race season.
Martin would like to wish Lisa Farmer all the best for stepping up and taking on the role of Crew Chief for Team Fix Auto Penzance.
4th September: Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us the usual preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, available if you are quick, plus bonus material exclusively for Eurodragster.com readers. Click on the images below for the PDF downloads.
Not a sport which we would usually mention here on Eurodragster.com except as second billing at drag racing events but Tog would like to say a big Congratulations to his nephew-in-law Andy Frost on winning the 2018 HEL Drift Cup.
European Finals Perfect Awards.
4th September: This weekend's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £150 will be on offer for perfect performance.
The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by ET Bike racer Gary Hester at the Redline Rumble. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds during qualifying or eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £75 for the UK National Finals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the UK National Finals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.
Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals will be available in the Signing On office or from the Eurodragster.com office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).
The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award has been increased to £100 after it went unclaimed at the Redline Rumble. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to run +0.000 on index or dial-in during qualifying or eliminations. The Perfect ET Award will be available this weekend in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £150 for the UK National Finals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the UK National Finals.
To be eligible to win the Award, decals (right) must be carried, clearly visible, one on each side of the vehicle. If a Perfect ET is recorded without decals then there will be no argument, we will not pay out and the money will be awarded to the next racer to record a Perfect ET. Decals will be available in Signing On from this Friday.
For more information about the services which Vitesse Labelling Products can provide please see Al Platt in the Modurstang Pro ET pits or visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk.
Halfscale Inc visit the Finals.
3rd September: Fans of Junior Dragster racing will be delighted to hear that Randy and Judy Ditzel of Halfscale Dragsters Inc are VIP guests of McDonald Racing at this week's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. Edel McDonald writes:
Randy and Judy construct some of the premium Junior Dragster chassis out there. You only have to say Halfsceale and anyone who knows anything about Junior Dragster will know what you mean. This is the first time that Halfscale have come both to England and to Santa Pod. We invited them over to witness Junior Dragster at Santa Pod at first hand.
If you need to get measured up for a new car now or in the future, or if you just have technical questions on your set-up, then feel free to call in to the Junior pits and visit the Irish Junior Dragster team where Randy will be based.
FIA/FIM European Finals webcasts.
3rd September: Eurodragster.com and then Santa Pod Raceway will be broadcasting the whole of the FIA/FIM European Finals including Wednesday's Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day. This week's broadcast schedule is as follows:
Links to both webcast and Web TV can be found on our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored FIA/FIM European Finals Event Index, which also contains links to the official entry list and provisional running orders. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
VW Action galleries.
3rd September: It was a warm and action-packed weekend at VW Action at Santa Pod Raceway and the Eurodragster.com team were in attendance to bring you the best of it in association with John Woolfe Racing as part of our lead-up to this week's FIA/FIM European Finals.
You can check out our VW Action galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
A big Thank You to photographers Kirstie and Julian for their hard work in uncomfortable conditions.
2nd September: 1990 UK Super Gas Champion Psycho Phil Drewitt is to return to the strip for the first time since the mid-1990s.
Phil tells us that he did a bit of F2 Stock racing in the meantime but that the call of the strip had become too strong to ignore. "At the Hot Rod Drags you will see my newly-built street-legal Outlaw Anglia Pop making its first appearance", he says. "It is powered by a 540 BBC. Hopefully a few shakedown runs will go trouble-free with mid-nines the target after Psycho remembers what to do!
"Lots of people have helped along the way, too many to mention but Thank You to every single one of them."
Vegter misses Finals.
2nd September: It is with great sadness that The Netherlands' David Vegter has to announce that he will not be able to take part in Pro Modified in the FIA/FIM European Finals. Severe engine damage leaves the PTTM Drag Racing driver no other choice than to withdraw his entry.
"For the first time in, I think, seven years I will not race at the Finals", says David. "At Tierp Arena we had a major problem with the engine in the quarter finals and there is so much damage that it is impossible to get everything replaced in time. It feels very bad for me, for the team and for the fans, but there is no other option."
From the number four qualifying position with a great 5.900 second elapsed time David advanced to the quarter finals with a 5.94 second win over Freddy Fagerström in the first round. In the quarter final the PTTM Drag Racing Camaro had a bye run but it went wrong after 300 metres when a connecting rod broke and started a chain reaction which destroyed everything inside the engine.
"The block, the crankshaft and the camshaft were also damaged and even the blower case was cracked in several places", says David. "We don't have a spare engine or blower case and we couldn't get all the parts we needed in time to make it to the European Finals. It feels very bad that the season has come to an end like this and with one race still to go, but we had no other option.
"One thing is for sure: we will be back next year, stronger than ever before."
David may still visit the European Finals as a spectator.
Ålund's busy fortnight.
1st September: After more than six weeks' break it turned very hectic for multiple FIA Pro Stock Champion and 2018 FIA European Pro Modified Champion-elect Jimmy Ålund with race numbers four and five in the FIA Pro Mod and Pro Stock Championships over two consecutive weekends.
At the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim Jimmy and the team wanted to continue their success from the win at Alastaro but it was not to be. A broken rear end in the first round of qualifying set the plans awry and Jimmy ended up as the #10 qualifier after day one. Problems continued in Q3 but with a huge improvement in Q4, into top spot with a 5.95-second run at 393.58 km (244.55 mph) which was a new Personal Best for speed.
On race day Jimmy had two bye runs to take the Old 51 to the semi-finals against Jan Eriksson. Jan had an astounding Reaction Time of 0.006 seconds which made for a lead which held all the way across the finish line. "It was a mixed weekend", says Jimmy, "three bad runs in qualifying and then we got it all together. The team had the car in good shape for the semis on race day but Jan outdid me at the tree and that was it for the weekend."
In a tight points race Jimmy went to Hockenheimring in first place and left in second place, just eight points behind the leader.
As in 2017 Jimmy is racing in two FIA classes this year, Pro Mod and Pro Stock. The fifth race of the FIA drag racing season at Tierp Arena was the third and last weekend at which Jimmy fielded both cars. As usual Pro Mod had a solid turnout with eighteen cars for a sixteen-car field but this time Jimmy did not get off to a good start with Magnus Petersson's Old 51 Chevrolet. Tyre shake left Jimmy on the bump spot as the #16 qualifier after day one. Things shaped up nicely on day two when two good runs took Jimmy to second place going into Sunday's eliminations.
Jimmy pretty much dominated his side of the ladder with solid five-second runs and a new best ET and speed for the Old 51 in the semi-finals, 5.815 seconds at 393.59 kmh (244.56 mph). On the other side of the ladder, Andreas Arthursson went rounds to make for an exciting final. Andreas ran 5.80 in the semis and Jimmy 5.81 but Andreas got it all together and ran his quickest run all weekend to take home the event win.
"OK, we want to win of course but we have to be happy with that runner-up" says Jimmy. "I'd rather forget that first day of qualifying but the rest of the weekend was fine. We ran a good number of solid five-second runs and are now back in the points lead". Jimmy came to the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals in second place in the FIA Pro Mod Championship and left in first place, fifty seven points ahead (With Micke Gullqvist's withdrawal from the European Finals since this was written, Jimmy has won the 2018 Championship - Ed).
In Pro Stock Jimmy only had the Summit Racing Camaro out for the first day of qualifying and Sunday's eliminations. Jimmy was number one qualifier after two rounds of qualifying but slipped back to #4 in a strong 10t-car field. The team did their job on the Sunday and stepped it up big time. Jimmy was quickest and fastest in every round of eliminations and finished off the day by winning over old-time foe Thomas Lindström with a 6.55 at 342.64 kmh (212.90 mph) which was both the low ET and top speed of the whole weekend.
Quite a performance! "You bet, yes indeed" says Jimmy with a big smile. "We did not have all the time needed to run that super strong Summit Racing Camaro on Saturday but not to worry, Sunday was a day to remember for the team who put a perfect car on the track" It looked easy. "Maybe so" continues Jimmy, "but be sure it's not. We had ten very competent Pro Stock teams out there and it's as hard as any drag racing event can get."
Another highlight of the 2018 the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals was the attendance of Jim Greenleaf, Motorsports and Events Manager of Summit Racing Equipment. Jim said "I'm absolutely thrilled to travel to Sweden again and to be part of an excellent race weekend like this. We're very proud to sponsor the whole event and of course such competitive and high performance teams as the Old 51 and the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing Team"
Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrim˚lning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod car and the Ålund Pro Stock Camaro this year. This is in addition to Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten and VP Racing Fuels. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.
BDRHoF Media Awards.
2nd September: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala, to be held on 17th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey, will this year honour two photo-journalists who have made major contributions to the sport, both in Britain and internationally.
Longtime buddies Roger Gorringe and Andy Willsheer have been covering the sport for a host of media outlets for almost fifty years apiece, and have each collected a host of images. They have both been published widely in most automotive magazines and many drag racing books.
Roger first encountered drag racing in a cinema in 1965 but it was Easter 1969 before he was able to go to Santa Pod Raceway. First going trackside in 1972, he first contributed to Drag Racing News which he edited from 1978 for over ten years. In 1979 he started covering the sport internationally in the US and Europe, and has been doing so ever since. He has compiled and edited SPR programmes since 1999 and supplied the majority of photos to Crazy Horses by Brian Taylor and DragRacing by Christina Bodén in Sweden.
Andy attended his first event at Santa Pod Raceway in 1972. He decided there and then to become a photographer, and for his second event he bought a Praktica camera and got himself a press pass. The following year, he and his brother John toured the west coast of the US, attending every meeting they could and the trip, planned for three months, ended up staying for fifteen months. Nigh-on every year since, as well as covering the sport in the UK and Europe, he has visited the US, often making two or three trips. His work has reached the UK daily papers and he was named a Hi-Riser by Car Craft magazine in June 1983.
Stuart Bradbury, Chairman of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, commented "Roger and Andy have each contributed a huge amount to the media coverage and the recording of the history of the sport in Britain and internationally, and this award is not only vastly overdue, it is very well-deserved."
On-going news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, here on Eurodragster.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.
1st September: Spencer Tramm (right) and Martin Taylor (left) asked us to pass on best wishes for a long and happy future to Paul Woodhead and Fran Hammond who were marreid at Bolsover Church yesterday. We are very pleased to do so and to add our own best wishes to Paul and Fran.
Gullqvist out of Finals.
31st August: Multiple FIA European Pro Modified Champion Micke Gullqvist has announced that he will not be attending next week's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. This has assured Jimmy Ålund and the Old 51 team the 2018 FIA European Pro Mod Championship as none of those chasing have sufficient points to catch up. Micke writes:
This season has been very challenging for us, with ignition issues for the last three races and some other mechanical issues before that. Even with the problems we had we were lucky enough to reach three FIA finals and won two of them, the Main Event and the NitrOlympX. We also won the EDRS Summit Racing Series event at Gardermoen, Norway.
We had a small Championship lead before Tierp last weekend, but the ignition issues got worse. We changed everything in the ignition system - boxes, trigger, mag, wires and more - but the problem didn't go away. Just before the last qualifying run at Tierp last Saturday we found the problem. A wire in a connector to a fuel system component had broken and just briefly touched the counterpart. That happened some thousand times each run, and created a RF interference which disturbed the ignition system.
After fixing the problem we were optimistic going into eliminations on Sunday, however in the first round everything went wrong. The fuel system electronics failed completely, creating an extremely rich condition in the engine. I was late on the Tree, the car was supposed to go a 5.8 but instead ran a 6.05.
The Championship points race with the Old 51 guys has been very exciting and tough this season, and as it turned out you just could not afford to go out in the first round at any event. With short time between events in the later part of the season we just didn't have time to get the car in a winning condition. Sometimes it's just not supposed to happen. We wish every team good luck for the Finals!
Well worth the trip.
31st August: The UK's quickest Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson took his Anger Management team to Germany to race in Round 4 of the FIA European Championship, which took place at the famous Hockenheim F1 race track.
The NitrOlympX, held at Hockenheim on 17th-19th August, was the second FIA meeting contested by the UK-based team this season. Qualifying didn't start in Andy's favour; the team took a few runs to tune to the tarmac track and to overcome some problems, which have been lingering over the team all year, causing burst panels to blow mid run. Adding to the team's challenges during qualifying, a timing system fault in the final session caused race officials to disqualify the team's last pass, and subsequently Andy was given a re-run late Saturday evening. With only ninety minutes to turn the car round the team managed to get back to the start line with ten minutes to spare and their hard work paid off as the Camaro stormed to a 5.95, landing them number spot in the final qualifying order.
On race day, Andy proved to be the quickest of the field taking home low ET of the class with a 5.92 and running five-second passes in both elimination rounds. Unfortunately, a holeshot from David Vegter, one of Andy's customers, put Andy on the trailer before the semis. "We're a bit gutted not to have gone more rounds, but we've made a lot of progress this weekend", says Andy. "We tuned our new clutch to the tarmac track and got into the fives in only a handful of runs, and we've also fixed an engine issue which has caused us problems since the beginning of the season, so overall we're pleased with the weekend. Going home with the low ET of the class is a big achievement so we're happy."
The NitrOlympX didn't count towards the MSA British Championship points, however it added to the team's knowledge and more five-second passes under Andy's belt will add to his confidence in perform well at next week's FIA European Finals, which takes place next week and which counts towards the MSA Championship.
For more information on the Anger Management Pro Mod Drag Racing Team, please visit their Facebook page, and for more about the MSA Pro Mod Championship please visit its official web site at www.msadragracing.co.uk.
31st August: UK Super Gas racer Brett Featherstone says that it is time to stop his old friends guessing:
As some will already know, Debbie and I managed to purchase a '67 Chevy II Nova from Canada at the end of 2017 with the intention of running the Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout in 2018. Without going into all the boring detail of how importing a race car can have its problems, it finally arrived just before Christmas and a plan was hatched to be ready for the first event. Being crew members for an already-proven race car may have made things a little easier - so we thought. Having to store the car at my parents' until the race trailer was ready also proved to be bit of a task.
This is where the thanks begin: without massive help from our great friends Sharron and Simon Gough none of this would have been possible. Simon's enthusiasm to get our car to the track and test was invaluable so the Summernationals it was to be at last, and time to get things sorted. A trip down the road to the engine master Jeff Bull Race Engines to blow out the cobwebs where we hit the first problem, thankfully in the right hands. A carb rebuild was required; it was rebuilt, refitted then all checked out fine and we were told "Just go and check it out at the track then". Thanks Jeff and Belinda.
New tyres fitted, loaded up and delivered to a secret location just outside the Pod gates, thanks Nick and Jack Hale. Friday morning Test Day, Nick Garrett on site to help, into the pairing lanes we went. Twenty four years since driving a race car... OMG what am I doing! Three observed runs to complete. Burnout done, carb cleared and into stage, then suddenly realised that delay boxes and throttle stops need a bit of playing with before you first run. Ooops!
Some problems with run two, made it to the eighth and run three was pretty much the same. We never had all these electric gizmos in Outlaw Anglia in the 1990s, lots to learn.
Friday evening and a visit from Mark Norton, found out that we had a few small chassis tag issues so decided not to attempt to qualify until resolved. So, off to Nick Garrett Race Fabrication it was then and hope to try again before the European Finals.
A big Thank You to the following people for helping to get us out again: Debbie Clarke, Mum and Dad No. 1 and Mum and Dad No. 2, Sharron and Simon Gough, Jeff and Belinda Bull at Jeff Bull Race Engines, the Hale family, Nick and Lola (get the Nova on the track!), Roy Wilding for convincing me to get back racing. Gary Campion and Chris Ellis - sorry guys, you may have a bit more to do soon.
Extra pocket money!
31st August: With six Junior Dragsters in attendance for RWYB at No Prep 3 at Rockingham Drag Strip, it seemed churlish not to make a race of it to add some interest. Dave Gibbons writes:
We hit upon the idea of running the Wild Bunch "Closest to your average dial-in over four runs" heads-up format so that no-one got knocked out. There would be just one practice run to set the dial. Then someone - it may have been me - suggested that each team put a tenner into the pot for a prize fund with sixty quid up for grabs. All teams agreed so the race was on!
Matt Wright decided it best to keep his daughter Stevie-Jane out of competition, as with her lack of experience he didn't feel that the added pressure was a good idea. However she ran with the group and Matt generously added a further ten pounds to the pot. Rough Diamond Racing added another twenty for Closest to Dial-in, and when Roy Wilding discovered what was going on generously threw in another twenty pounds! Thank you Roy. We now had a prize fund of £120 and the Visser-Siersema family added mugs and key rings.
The competitors were Thomas Cook-Abbott, Harley Coulsell, Scott Gibbons, Meka Gadney and Cheyenne Visser with Stevie-Jane Wright running alongside but out of competition. There had been concerns voiced about the suitability of the track for the Junior cars, but these were soon deemed unfounded. All of the cars were running times in the region they usually would; in fact Scott's car, with no changes from the Junior Fun Day a few days earlier, ran his quickest ever time and speed! All of the cars made all of their runs without issue.
Cheyenne Visser came out on top with an average of just 0.03 off her dial in, winning £60. Harley Coulsell was second, winning &poun;20, and Meka Gadney came third with a prize of £10. Scott Gibbons was closest to his dial at only 0.002 off, which basically meant that I gave my son twenty quid, but he simply went quicker and quicker throughout the day. In hindsight we should have had an award for the quickest run, which was set by Thomas Cook-Abbott at 8.058. This was quicker than many of the grown up cars on the day, well done Tom!
Many thanks to Paul Marston Drag Racing and the Rockingham Drag Strip team for putting on a cracking event. All involved worked hard to make the event run smoothly, and the Junior Dragster teams certainly enjoyed themselves. As it appears that Rockingham will no longer be available to us, let's hope that another venue for similar events can be found soon.
31st August: Artist Paul Whitehouse has been in touch to show us his latest piece. The excellent painting features Paul Harris' Dodge Omni-bodied fuel Funny Car Chi-Town Hustler as driven by Troy Martin at this year's Dragstalgia. Paul is having a small numbered limited-edition print run produced of this painting. To register your interest in a print please contact Paul via E-Mail at email@example.com and he'll give you have all the details.
Many thanks to our good friend Andy Marrs for forwarding an updated table of European Bests, now containing Anita Mäkelä's and Andreas Arthursson's new ET records, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Living the dream.
31st August: Five years ago, former FIA European Champion Lex Joon and his beautiful wife Gerda packed up everything they owned into a forty-foot container and moved for thousand miles across the world. They left behind their family and life in Zaandam, The Netherlands to chase their American Dream of living in the United States and racing Top Fuel with the NHRA. It was an arduous journey filled with hard work and a range of emotions, but their love and determination never faulted. And this weekend their dream is coming true. Joon is competing in the 64th Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
To be able to start our U.S. racing career at the grandest race in the world is a dream come true", said Lex. "Just to talk about it already gives me goosebumps. Imagine coming from The Netherlands where drag racing is an unknown sport and there are no race tracks other than a small airfield.
"This weekend I get to compete in the car that ran in front of five hundred die-hard European fans in the middle of farming land on the biggest stage at the prestigious US Nationals. This is what dreams are made of and ours has finally come true."
Lex will be working alongside experienced Crew Chief Keith Stewart who has a long history of working on top ten cars such as, Tony Pedregon, Bob Vandergriff, David Bacca, Scott Kalitta, Darrel Gwynn and Doug Herbert. "I need an experienced man like Keith on my team", said Lex. "For several months he has been working on our programme to get it all in spec with the current NHRA rules. Combined we have tremendous experience and I am looking forward to working with him to make Lex Joon Racing a force to reckon with in NHRA. We know that we have the car, equipment and crew to get into the show. What we lack is the data. So our plan is to run all five qualifying passes and make the car go faster each run. We can't afford to damage a lot of parts, so we need to take it slow and creep up on it."
For the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals Joon is partnered with JLM Lubricants in The Netherlands and M & K Truck Centers in Indianapolis will supply the team with an RV for the weekend. As with many other teams, he is looking for more support for the weekend and beyond. He will also be campaigning Project ChildSafe, a programme of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, to promote firearms safety and education.
"To have the honor to make runs on this historic race track at the most prestigious race of the season is what it's all about", said Lex. "My hope is to walk through the Mello Yello doors Monday morning because that will mean we qualified and that my dream has come true."
You will be able to stay in touch with Lex's progress, as well as that of Jonnie Lindberg, Julie Nataas, Fred Hanssen, Ulf Leanders, Stig Olsson and Nic Williams of Eurodragster.com sponsor OCS Paint, on the Drag Race Central web site at www.dragracecentral.com.
Web site updates.
31st August: Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two Summit Racing Equipment Internationals reports on the Autosport.nl web site. There is a race report which you can check out by clicking here and a report of "Other things I saw" which you can check out by clicking here.
The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from July's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.
FIA/FIM European Finals racer update.
29th August: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:
Wednesday 5th September
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
09:00 Signing On office opens
10:00 Car scrutineering commences, no specific order
18:00 Signing On office closes
Thursday 6th September
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Car scrutineering commences Bike sign-on / scrutineering details
09:30 Track opens for qualifying
Friday 7th September
07:30 Signing On office opens
07:30 Scrutineering opens
Saturday 8th September
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering opens
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations
Sunday 9th September
09:30 Track opens for eliminations
The provisional running orders are now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials. Super Comp and Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout racers please note that the running orders have changed from those originally distributed.
No race vehicle motors are to be fired up before 09:00 or after 21:00 on any day of the event including Thursday's Peak Performance Day. Before 09:00 vehicles should be pushed or towed to Scrutineering, not driven or ridden. Non-observation of curfew will result in exclusion from the event.
Junior Dragster and Junior Drag Bike racers please remember the rule about pushing vehicles back to the pits once through the arch beside Scrutineering.
Only race officials and SPR staff are allowed in Race Control whilst racing is underway. Should racers wish to raise any matter with race officials then please do not visit Race Control; please firstly see the Race Secretary who is based in Signing On.
Colour commentators are requested to come to Commentary only when their class is at the head of the lanes, to vacate Commentary as soon as their class has run, and not to bring guests to Commentary with them.
At the request of SPR management the Eurodragster.com office at the Bankside end of Race Control is similarly out of bounds during racing except to Eurodragster.com staff, Zeon TV crew and racers or crew collecting Eurodragster.com Perfect Award money.
Peak Performance Day filling up.
29th August: James Forster tells us that this Sunday's (2nd September) Peak Performance Day at Santa Pod Raceway is filling up quickly and that advance entry is advised:
If you'd like to run then please book your space as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. It's unlikely that there will be any spaces available on the day. We would hate for anyone wanting to test ahead of the European Finals to be unable to run because they haven't booked in.
You can enter Sunday's Peak Performance Day by clicking here. You can find information about this Sunday's Peak Peformance Day and next Wednesday's Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day at www.rwyb.com.
Flame and Thunder racer demos sought.
28th August: James Forster has been in touch with the annual request for racers to make demonstration passes at the Flame and Thunder Show at Santa Pod Raceway on Saturday 27th October:
Due to limited availability we only have a certain amount of spaces for each class and type of vehicle so unfortunately we can't accommodate everyone. We are inviting cars 11.99 and quicker and bikes 9.99 and quicker. The emphasis at this event is firmly on showmanship so bright vehicles, wheelstanders and those which do a good burnout are very welcome!
To take part, please contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 01234 782828.
Summit Racing Internationals results.
27th August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena:
FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Anita Mäkelä 3.8770/498.61 def. Antti Horto 3.9708/487.36
FIA Top Methanol: Dennis Habermann 5.4651/401.19 def. Sandro Bellio 9.9456/114.60 DQ
FIA Pro Modified: Andreas Arthursson 5.7512/415.70 def. Jimmy Ålund 5.9774/389.61
FIA Pro Stock: Jimmy Ålund 6.5524/342.64 def. Thomas Lindström 6.6447/337.29 DQ red
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Top Fuel Bike: Thomas Pettersson 6.6741/316.34 def. Jan Sturla Hegre 6.8394/239.15
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Supertwin: Roman Sixta 6.7848/327.67 def. Samu Kemppainen 7.0860/234.17
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Pro Stock Bike: Kalle Lyrén 6.9748/306.99 def. Thomas Lysebraate Olsen 7.0514/306.64
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Super Street Bike: Vesa Ruhanen 7.3348/258.25 def. Mogens Lund 8.3971/176.41
Comp Eliminator: Roger Forsström (7.70) 7.2437/300.84 def. Matti Rajamaki (9.57) 9.1746/238.62
Pro Street: Seppo Raussi 7.6509/274.39 def. Pater Trång 7.6439/286.32
Super Comp: Micke Nilsson 8.9312/253.40 def. Albin Frank 8.8822/250.35 DQ b/o
Super Gas: Håkan Mattsson 9.9894/247.47 def. Erik Jansson 9.8808/221.58
Super Street: Uffe Lundgren 10.8582/199.48 def. Tomas Hägg 10.8395/213.19 DQ b/o
Stock/Super Stock: Björn Bondesson 10.1616/207.13 def. (10.16) Theodor Brandt (10.95) 10.9661/192.99 DQ red
Super Pro ET: Lucas Karlsson (8.52) 8.5728/252.93 def. Janne R Klungland (8.66) 8.5993/237.57 DQ b/o
Pro ET: Alice Hauge (11.10) 11.0874/191.56 def. Niklas Wikander (11.22) 11.1841/186.37 DQ d/o
Junior Dragster: Eskil Dahls (8.00) 8.0763/128.17 def. Felicia Rudnert (7.95) 8.1261/128.24
Super Comp Bike: Peter Östlund 8.6926/229.69 def. Tomas Jonsson 8.7128/255.20
Super Gas Bike: Ellen Ødegaard 9.5026/202.56 def. Jami Oksanen 9.5408/233.77
Junior Drag Bike: Eemeli Helkkala (7.29) 7.2067/153.19 def. Seth Friström (7.30) 7.2114/169.76 DQ b/o
Congratulations also to the below for setting new records, subject to official ratification:
FIA Top Fuel Dragster ET: 3.877 seconds, Ainta Mäkelä
FIA Pro Modified ET: 5.751 seconds, Andreas Arthursson
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Supertwin ET: 6.280 seconds, Jaska Salakari
EDRS Pro Nordic MS Pro Stock Bike ET: 6.954 seconds, Kalle Lyrén
As reported yesterday the world's first-ever five-second Supertwin ET was clocked by Vesa Lipponen on Saturday and then bettered by Jaska Salakari in the next qualifying session. Although neither ET was backed up, Vesa's place in drag racing history is assured and we very much doubt that Jaska's counter will be forgotten any time soon.
You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Summit Racing Equipment Internationals reports, results and extensive galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
No Prep 3 gallery.
27th August: Whilst we were travelling home from Tierp Arena, Contributing Photographer Diana Macrae attended No Prep 3 at Rockingham Drag Strip for Eurodragster.com and has sent us a gallery of the day's action.
You can check out our No Prep 3 gallery, which is presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
27th August: We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today. Please join Kirstie, Simon and Tog in wishing a Happy 50th Birthday to Eurodragster.com Photographer Julian. Julian is travelling home from Tierp with us today and be assured that we keep reminding him and that we are stopping him from wandering off.
...then two come along at once.
26th August: One of the few remaining barriers in drag racing was broken yesterday as the world's first five-second Supertwin pass was clocked during qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena.
History was made in Q4 by Vesa Lipponen with a pass of 5.9205/350.65 (217.88 mph). Incrementals were 1.0013 to sixty, 2.5665/252.59 (156.95 mph) at 330 feet, 3.8354/316.53 (196.68 mph) at the eighth and 4.9273/350.42 (217.74 mph) at the thousand.
Not to be outdone Jaska Salakari upped the ante in Q5 with a pass of 5.8372/332.72 (206.74 mph). Jaska's incrementals were 0.9711 to sixty, 2.4799/255.56 (158.80 mph) at 330 feet, 3.6707/326.28 (202.74 mph) at the eighth, 4.7982/338.98 (210.63 mph) at the thousand. Jaska's chute deployed past the eighth.
Jaska's pass backed up his previous best of 6.280 seconds for an EDRS Pro Nordic MC Supertwin ET record; Vesa and Jaska are of course on ET records for their fives and will have at least one opportunity to back them up today (Sunday).
Meanwhile on four wheels Andreas Arthursson kept his promise to Racepak guru and Pro Modified Colour Commentator Dick Koster, and indeed the rest of us, with Europe's first 5.7-second Pro Modified pass. Andreas, already on a 5.831 record, ran 5.803 in Q3 which was backed up by the previous pass, then ran the promised 5.7569/415.07 (257.91 mph) in E2 of yesterday's Swedish Pro Modified Championship which also served as Q4. Andreas' incrementals were 0.9907 to sixty, 2.6095/242.04 (150.40 mph) at 330 feet, 3.8428/326.88 (203.88 mph) at the eighth, and 4.8821/381.63 (237.13) at the thousand. The pass was followed by a 5.762 bye in the Swedish Championship final, also Q5. The 5.756 currently stands as the FIA European Pro Modified ET record and Andreas will have at least one opportunity to lower it still further today.
You will be able to stay in touch with events at Tierp Arena courtesy of our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Summit Racing Equipment Internationals coverage which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Giles' early retirement.
26th August: UK Super Gas racer Jon Giles has announced his retirement slightly early after engine damage at the NitrOlympX:
As most of my close friends know my intension was to race for ten years, which would be this year and then finish as I have a young family which I feel needs a bit more of my focus than drag racing will allow. Hockenheim was the final curtain for us as the engine damage bought an early end to it all - sorry everyone for the oildown!
I will get the engine fully rebuilt and then sell the car and lorry to anyone who may be interested; you can find it all on the Jeff Bull Race Engines Swap Meet.
I must say that I enjoyed drag racing more than I ever thought I would, and I would certainly recommend anyone to give it a go if they can. I have met some really nice people and enjoyed the fun I have had with them but like I say it's time to move on. I would really like to wish everyone I like without exception a great future in and out of the sport, and remember you only live once so grab it with both hands, a fast finger, and a heavy right foot.
Stay safe everyone from Team Roar Willys.
En avant to Santa Pod.
26th August: Some people divine a theatrical quality in the sport of drag racing. Steven McRae gives credence to that idea.
As a Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet, McRae is a world-leading exponent of the most arduous and exacting artistic profession. As a denizen of Australian drag strips throughout his childhood and youth, he knows full well the dramatic aura of the quarter-mile stage.
McRae and his wife Elizabeth Harrod, herself a Royal Ballet Soloist, will attend Santa Pod Raceway's FIA/FIM European Finals next month with their two young children. For the children it will be a drag racing introduction, but it won't be McRae's first trip to Santa Pod. "I visited when I first arrived in the UK", he says, "and slept in a £10 tent from Argos."
McRae's father is an engineer and drag racer who took him to race meetings around Australia, and he grew up with the sport in his blood. Ballet happened more by chance. A visit to his sister's dancing school when he was seven unearthed an aptitude which would produce a career of international renown. Back then, weekdays at the barre would be followed by weekends at the strip.
One difference McRae might find from his Australian dragstrip upbringing is the babel of tongues heard at the Finals. Sixteen different nations are represented on the entry list. Perhaps McRae's 150,000 Instagram followers will be treated to share the experience.
Junior Drag Racing Fun Day report.
24th August: Yesterday's Junior Drag Racing Fun Day at Santa Pod Raceway was Tierp in reverse with a wet start but a successful day's racing once the track had dried.
Simon attended the Fun Day and you can check out his report, which is presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
The Top Fuel odds, Pro Mod to come...
24th August: RedZoneSports.bet continues its support of European drag racing with the release of prices for this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Internationals. The UK online bookmaker, which specialises in US sports, has been providing prices on FIA Top Fuel events since it partnered with TrakBak Racing for the sponsorship of The DoorSlammers at Santa Pod in May.
Warren Llambias, co-founder of Redzone, said "The Doorslammers event really fired our imagination. We were able to offer markets on most of the individual races there and took around 1000 bets on the weekend. We felt it was important to show our commitment to the sport by continuing to offer prices on Top Fuel drag racing throughout the season. The demand has been such that we will be expanding our offering to cover the Pro Mod class for the European Finals at Santa Pod at the beginning of September."
The oddsmakers at Redzone have Liam Jones and Anita Mäkelä as joint 7/2 favourites for this weekend.
For a full list of odds on this weekend's event please click here.
Erbachers seek Finals crew.
23rd August: Switerland's Urs and Jndia Erbacher are seeking crew to assist their two-car attack on the FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway in a fortnight.
"This may be the last race for me", Urs told Eurodragster.com. "My car is for sale after the Euroepan Finals, hopefully with a win and a three-second ET to its name. The car will be turnkey with everything the customer wants.
"Jndia will keep her Monster Energy car for next year.
"We are searching for some crew help for the finals. We are looking for a clutch guy and two engine guys for left and right heads. They need to be experienced guys who have done this in the past."
If you are interested then please call Urs on +41 79 320 74 63 or E-Mail email@example.com.
Meanwhile Monster Energy have published a small feature on Jndia which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the picture at right.
23rd August: Thanks to Jari Halonen for passing us the post-NitrOlympX points standings in the FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships. You can check out the European points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
NitrOlympX Top Gas report.
23rd August: Many thanks to Herman Jolink for sending us a report of the latest round of the European Top Gas Series which took place at last weekend's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim, and at which Jorg Lymant (below left) was crowned 2018 Series Champion:
We had some rain on Friday but the rest of the weekend was very hot.
Top Gas qualifying:
E2: Schack 7.596/283 def. Buehler 8.749/245; Menzi 7.486/274 def. Malmberg 10.649/120 a PB for Menzi; Lymant 7.498/284 bye, Caspari did not make the start line.
E3: Schack 7.530/276 bye, Lymant 7.563/283 def. Menzi 7.955/276.
Final: Frederik Schack DK 7.550/277 def. Jorg Lymant DE 7.490/288.
Championship after five rounds:
Update: SFI 3.3/20 Boots.
21st August: Jan Phersson of Eurodragster.com sponsor Simpson Safety Europe has asked us to let racers know that, due to a misunderstanding between SFI and the FIA, the recent Technical Bulletin regarding SFI 3.3/20 shoes was incorrect:
The correct information is now available in a new Technical Notification, #2018/02 dated 15th August.
The essence of the updated information is that any shoe meeting SFI 3.3/20 with a minimum height of 6" (152 mm), measuring the back of the shoe, is considered as a Boot and is therefore permitted for use in competition where rules state SFI 3.3/20 Boots to be mandatory.
21st August: Many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official Redline Rumble timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Another good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted his NitrOlympX race report on the Autosport.nl web site. Similarly to the Eurodragster.com staff Remco has gone home and them more or less gone straight out again so alas no time for the usual "Other things I saw" supplement, but you can check out Remco's race report by clicking here.
Congratulations to regular Eurodragster.com News contributor Geoff Stilwell on setting a new Class Record for A/Blown Fuel (left) at Bonneville last week. Start of a steep and slippery slope, Geoff.
No Prep 3 entry update.
21st August: Paul Marston tells us that advance entry for No Prep 3, which takes place at Rockingham Drag Strip next Monday (27th), closes this Thursday:
After Thursday we are asking you to enter and pay on the day; if you are looking at entering on the day then please try to be early - gates open at 08:00 on Monday. The entry is looking healthy with Big Tyre and Small Tyre in double figures. We took a risk by splitting the class into two so soon but it made it more fair for the small tyre cars and gives us two great classes.
The small tyre class is going to be a very bloody affair, with a lot of very fast cars and absolutely no form book to go by. Judging by the quality of the entry it looks like we made the right decision to split. The car count is pretty even in both classes.
Big Tyre will be a hard one to call. There are some new names with which to contend, defending No Prep 2 Champion Lee Huxley returns and will have that big target on his back. The Dark Horse team certainly did their homework and came with an extremely well prepared race-car. As before it's all random pairing so who races who will be decided on the day. Another hot favourite is Pel Norman in the Shogun Capri, who lost controversially to Lee Huxley in the semi finals last time. Pel reckons that he has unfinished business to attend to!
The Monster High Roller Bracket Race is also filling up very nicely. The entry is again in double figures, so all is set for a great weekend of No Prep eighth-mile drag racing. The No Prep RWYB car count is good with a few familiar faces.
There is a full timing system for the Bracket and the RWYB but the No Prep Classes are in true Street Outlaw style with a flashlight start and no times or speeds.
For entry forms and more details either Like our Facebook page Rockingham Dragstrip and message us, E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me on 07831 650230.
Rockingham also plays host to the Big Oolite Rod and Custom Car Show to which all cars are welcome whether English, American, European, Japanese, VAG, as long as it's nice or it's cool we want it. There is no additional charge to show your car at the show other than gate entry which is £12 on the day or £10 in advance from the Rockingham web site. There is also a huge Drift event on the National Circuit with around one hundred Drifters booked in (Including my nephew-in-law - Ed). Plenty of action for the Bank Holiday weekend!
20th August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim:
FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Liam Jones 3.994/490.09 def. Antti Horto 4.074/446.30
FIA Top Methanol: Timo Habermann 5.401/420.96 def. Dennis Habermann 5.476/420.64 DQ red
FIA Pro Modified: Micke Gullqvist 5.976/392.52 def. Jan Ericsson 6.045/386.72
FIA Pro Stock: Robin Norén 8.608/158.47 def. Bengt Ljungdahl 7.213/253.07 DQ red
FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Filippos Papafilippou no time bye, Eric Richard broke
FIM Europe Supertwin: Marcus Christiansen 6.434/358.51 def. Takeshi Shigematsu 15.945/82.76
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Alex Hope 7.452/294.15 def. Karl-Heinz Weikum 7.429/294.31
FIM Europe Super Street Bike: Graham Balchin 7.949/305.39 bye, Rick Stubbins no show
FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike Cup: Lorens Bochnig (7.90) 7.961/134.39 def. Meggie Talbot (9.32) 9.362/115.25
Comp Eliminator: Robin Sattler (9.64) 9.738/146.80 bye, Ingo Ekert no show
Super Pro ET: Jens Könnecke (8.30) 8.321/262.96 def. Franz Aschenbrenner (8.22) 9.178/190.19 DQ red
Pro ET: Will Clark (10.02) 10.089/209.75 def. Frank Römer (9.62) 9.656/206.54
Super Comp: Leah Kellett 9.016/259.78 def. Enrico Bailo 8.992/241.08
Super Gas: Rene Kloss 10.074/205.06 def. Stevan Reffelrath 12.231/115.00 DQ red
Junior Dragster: Jack Gooding (8.29) 8.254/123.88 def. Tom Kaye (7.96) 8.117/132.60 DQ red
Funny Bike: Marc Laur 7.189/299.42 def. Kars van den Belt 21.790/195.81
Supertwin Top Gas: Frederik Schack 7.550/277.57 def. Jörg Lymant 7.490/288.14
Thanks to Åsa Kinnemar for passing us the post-NitrOlympX points standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. You can check out the European points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NitrOlympX reports, results, pit notes and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
A big Thank You to Kirstie, Simon and Julian for their hard work in very uncomfortable conditions and to Mike Kraaij for providing additional pit notes.
Redline Rumble results.
20th August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Redline Rumble at Santa Pod Raceway:
FUNNY BIKE SATURDAY 3 DAVE PETERS 8 LORCAN PARNELL + 0.1068 1.1585 2.9567 4.7128 124.57 8.7188 103.50 WIN COMP BIKE SATURDAY 74 ERIK JENNES + 0.1320 1.3426 3.3570 4.9580 154.16 7.4933 193.05 WIN 8 MARGOT SCHMIDT + 0.1005 1.4069 3.5877 5.3591 141.25 8.0932 179.21 SUPER STREET BIKE SATURDAY 6 GARRY BOWE 3 PETE FIELD + 0.3192 1.2972 3.3439 4.9845 148.20 8.0654 132.98 WIN 8.50 BIKE SATURDAY 2 IAN CHRICHLOW + 0.0243 1.4233 3.6511 5.5110 130.54 8.5643 156.83 1 JAKE MECHAELL + 0.0268 1.4208 3.6374 5.4912 132.18 8.5540 150.16 WIN 9.50 BIKE SATURDAY 169 DAVID BOWE + 0.1373 1.4953 3.9634 6.0650 116.09 9.5904 123.10 WIN 3 BRETT CORDELLE + 0.2151 1.5706 4.0379 6.1307 116.24 9.5673 140.78 E.T. BIKE SATURDAY 2 GARY HESTER + 0.1620 1.7215 4.5325 6.8914 103.11 10.8162 120.42 1 PHIL PRATT + 0.1445 1.4768 3.8460 5.8703 120.86 9.1832 144.40 WIN SUPERTWIN TOP GAS SATURDAY 463 MICHAEL GOODING + 0.6087 1.8601 4.4385 6.5296 116.70 9.9696 139.83 WIN 661 DEREK FLYNN + 0.4464 1.6223 4.4013 6.7268 105.18 10.5440 125.62 VWDRC 349 NATALIE WOOD + 0.4975 2.2503 6.7749 10.4526 66.80 16.4289 76.03 Y743NLL CHARLES ROBERTS + 0.2340 2.1942 6.2660 9.6117 74.31 14.9868 91.02 WIN OUTLAW 1 COLIN MILLAR + 0.0424 1.1262 3.0897 4.7488 148.04 7.4308 181.40 WIN 106 SCOTT CROOKSTON + 0.1347 1.1705 3.2230 4.9763 139.47 7.8149 170.46 FUNNY BIKE SUNDAY 3 DAVE PETERS + 0.6823 1.1997 3.3197 5.0577 142.03 7.8910 169.18 8 LORCAN PARNELL + 0.2511 1.1297 2.9515 4.4152 170.17 6.7217 207.04 WIN COMP BIKE SUNDAY 8 MARGOT SCHMIDT + 0.1180 1.3118 3.3602 4.9981 149.55 7.6361 180.69 WIN 74 ERIK JENNES + 0.1581 1.6727 3.8286 5.4429 155.79 7.9846 182.85 SUPER STREET BIKE SUNDAY BYE 3 PETE FIELD + 0.2394 1.2602 3.2316 4.7771 159.63 7.2719 192.94 WIN 8.50 BIKE SUNDAY 198 JAY ROE + 0.1433 1.3468 3.5197 5.3874 130.21 8.4925 154.20 1 JAKE MECHAELL + 0.0813 1.4545 3.6523 5.4971 132.22 8.5400 153.16 WIN 9.50 BIKE SUNDAY 1 RICHARD SAWATZKI + 0.0927 1.4914 3.9385 5.9993 118.55 9.5714 118.23 WIN 59 LEO LESTER + 0.2823 1.5787 4.0995 6.1067 119.67 9.4300 145.29 E.T. BIKE SUNDAY 1 PHIL PRATT + 0.1547 1.5465 3.9379 5.9436 121.72 9.2307 147.58 WIN 605 JASMINE CORDELLE + 0.1661 1.4329 3.8773 5.9860 116.81 9.4677 138.63 SUPERTWIN TOP GAS SUNDAY 463 MICHAEL GOODING + 0.4943 1.6951 4.2372 6.3024 118.57 9.6858 142.93 WIN 661 DEREK FLYNN - 0.0709 1.6833 4.4580 6.8035 103.50 10.6913 122.54Congratulations to ET Bike runner-up Gary Hester who is due the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect ET Award of £75 having clocked a 0.0007 Reaction Time. The Award has been reset to £50 for the FIA/FIM European Finals in September.
Many thanks to Adam Bentley of SPRC's timing crew who kept us supplied with timing sheets over the weekend. We will code these up and add them to our Redline Rumble coverage page (see below) when we return from Hockenheim.
Many thanks also to Callum Pudge and Diana Macrae who have supplied us with a gallery of both Saturday's and yesterday's action. You can check out the galleries, which are presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
NitrOlympX webcast update.
14th August: More thanks to NitrOlympX PR Christine Calwer for passing on more details of the Web TV broadcast of this weekend's race at Hockenheim.
The free webcast will commence at 08:00 UK/09:00 European on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's coverage will include the legendary Night Show.
The link to the webcast, currently inactive, will go live on our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NitrOlympX Event Index at 07:30 UK/08:30 European on Saturday. You may have to click on your Browser's Refresh button after that time to pick up the change.
There is no webcast on Friday but the usual real-time reports, pit notes and end-day gallery will be available here on Eurodragster.com.
No Prep 3 the last at Rockingham.
14th August: Paul Marston has been in touch to let us know that No Prep 3 will be the last drag race meeting at Rockingham Dragstrip because, as things stand, the facility will close at the end of this year:
If you want to race at Rockingham Dragstrip, then make sure you are at No Prep 3 on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August. For entry forms and more details either Like our Facebook page Rockingham Dragstrip and message us, E-Mail email@example.com, or call me on 07831 650230.
To say that everyone involved in Rockingham Dragstrip is gutted would be an understatement, but this is completely out of our hands. All I can say is let's make No Prep 3 an event to remember. If you have even the remotest chance of bringing a car then do it; this will be your last chance to run at this amazing venue.
Redline Rumble Perfect Awards.
15th August: This weekend's Redline Rumble at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £125 will be on offer for perfect performance.
Please note that as the Eurodragster.com team are all at Hockenheim this weekend the arrangements for payout will be different for this one event. The official timing data will be consulted after which the Perfect Light Award winner will be contacted for bank details and paid, and the Perfect ET winner will be required to prove that they were carrying decals when the run was made before being paid.
The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £75 after it was not won at the Mopar EuroNationals. The money will be paid to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award will be available to racers in all classes this weekend, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £100 for the FIA/FIM European Finals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the FIA/FIM European Finals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.
Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available in the Signing On office.
The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET racer Adam Charnley at Bug Jam. The money will be paid to the first racer this weekend to run +0.000 on index or dial-in during qualifying or eliminations. The Perfect ET Award will be available this weekend in 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike, the Wild Bunch, Gasser Circus and VWDRC Bracket but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £100 for the FIA/FIM European Finals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the FIA/FIM European Finals.
To be eligible to win the Award, decals (right) must be carried, clearly visible, one on each side of the vehicle. If a Perfect ET is recorded without decals then there will be no argument, we will not pay out and the money will be awarded to the next racer to record a Perfect ET. Decals will be available in Signing On from this Friday.
The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Vitesse Labelling Products, which is owned by Modurstang Pro ET racer Al Platt. For more information about the services which Vitesse Labelling Products can provide then please visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk.
15th August: Next week's Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena is the final round of the 2018 EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship. Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has written a preview of the action in Top Fuel Bike, Supertwin, Pro Stock Bike, Super Comp Bike and Super Gas Bike which you can check out on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.
Lizz Charman and all at Nitrous Junkie HQ asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to photo-journalist Steve Moxley (below left). "Steve will have to wait until Saturday for his present!", says Lizz. Have a great day Steve. Meanwhile Moxey's SPRC Summernationals coverage is now showing on the Eat My Ink web site at www.eatmyink.com.
Congratulations to Geoff Stilwell who gained his A licence with a pass of 246 mph on the salt at Bonneville. "The car is fantastic", says Geoff. "I need to thank Lucas Oil, Isky Cams, Stage V Rockers and Simpson plus Bill Schultz, Sparky Perry, Bob Muravez, Carl Olson, Al Teague and Tony Betts for making this all happen."
Redline Rumble racer update.
14th August: Many thanks to SPRC International Race Director Carole Ismail and James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway for forwarding us details of the arrangements for this week's Redline Rumble at Santa Pod Raceway, which is a double-header Championship round for ACU and UK National Drag Bike classes.
Bike racers please note that although this weekend is a double-header you only need to sign on and be scrutineered once and that will cover both days' competition.
Friday 17th August
12:00 Gates open
13:00 Signing On open for ACU and UK bike classes
16:00 Scrutineering commences for ACU and UK Bike classes (Scrutineering details)
Saturday 18th August
07:00 Signing On open for ACU and UK bike classes
07:00 Scrutineering commences for ACU and UK Bike classes (Scrutineering details)
08:00 Signing On open for invited car classes
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations
Sunday 19th August
08:00 Signing On open for invited car classes
08:30 Signing On open for ACU and UK bike classes
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations
The provisional running orders are now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.
No race vehicle motors are to be fired up before 09:00 or after 20:00 on any day of the event including Friday's set-up day. Before 09:00 vehicles should be pushed or towed to Scrutineering, not ridden. Non-observation of curfew will result in exclusion from the event.
NitrOlympX to be webcast.
14th August: Full details will be advised later but many thanks to NitrOlympX PR Christine Calwer for confirming that Saturday and Sunday of this weekend's race at Hockenheim are to be broadcast on Web TV.
Stay tuned for more information.
Bring on the NitrOlympX.
14th August: Our good friend Markus Münch says that the weekend's Public Race Days at Hockenheim went well under a warm, but not hot, sunny South German sky:
The track looks good so far, the NitrOlympX can come. Many good times were run by the Public Racers, hot VWs and other stuff in the eight- and nine-second bracket. The Dragster Test and Tune was used by some teams to make final adjustments for this weekend's NitrOlympX.
You can check out Markus' Saturday gallery by clicking here and his Sunday gallery by clicking here.
You will be able to stay in touch with events at Hockenheim courtesy of our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NitrOlympX event coverage, which commences on Friday.
14th August: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us the first final version of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-9th September and which is the final round of the FIA and FIM European Championships and a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships for some classes. You can check out the FIA/FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Although the entire Eurodragster.com team will be at Hockenheim this weekend we will bring you some coverage of this weekend's Redline Rumble at Santa Pod Raceway in association with John Woolfe Racing. The plan is to post qualifying standings and final results each day courtesy of SPRC's timing crew, and for end-day galleries courtesy of Callum Pudge.
Staying with the Redline Rumble, our absence from the event will necessitate special arrangements for this weekend's Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards scheme. We will post details of eligiblity and how to claim the £75 Eurodragster.com/Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the £50 Eurodragster.com/Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award here on Eurodragster.com News tomorrow.
NitrOlympX Top Gas preview.
12th August: Mike Kraaij writes that the European Top Gas racers get the opportunity to squeeze the most out of their two cylinders at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim next weekend:
After the DHRA Main Event at Drachten Airstrip youngsters at the end of July this will be the fifth round for the Supertwin Top Gas Series. The racers come from many countries.
In the Championship, Germany's Jörg Lymant is on top with a lead of no less than 1215 points. That difference is already so great that he only has to pass technical inspection at Hockenheim to call himself the 2018 European Champion in Supertwin Top Gas.
Runner-up place is still open as the difference in points can still be covered. In second place is Switzerland's Martin Buehler who has in his wake the Swede Jan Malmberg and they are closely followed by the Dutchman Herman Jolink who has been participating in the motorcycle drag racing for for more than forty years and attended the very first NitrolympX in 1986!
Switzerland's Olaf Menzi is recovering from an annoying illness and shows what perseverance can do. He, like Jörg Lymant, has a V-Twin Buell of 2622cc and uses race gas without a turbo or compressor. These V-Twins were developed for Pro Stock Bike and the class record of 7.393 for the quarter mile is still in the name of Gert-Jan Laseur from Almere in the Netherlands who has held it since 2009! Frederik Schack from Denmark is the record holder on the eighth mile with a time of 4.654.
So far as Olaf Menzi is concerned, he is still searching for the best adjustment in terms of clutch and balance in his V-Twin, which has a lot of potential and can run low sevens runs. Jan Malmberg did good business in Drachten and has hit the sevens several times which is promising, and he is looking forward to the upcoming race at Hockenheim.
Cord Albers is also very experienced and also has a potentially fast Twin called the Gaselerator. Fredrik Schack will also be present from Denmark with his very fast ex-Pro Stock V-Twin. He has missed a number of races but will do his utmost to claim the highest possible prize.
You will be able to stay in touch with events at Hockenheim courtesy of our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NitrOlympX event coverage, which commences on Friday.
12th August: Finnish Pro Stock Bike racer Janne Koskinen will be back on track at the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena at the end of this month. Our good buddy Remco Scheelings says that Janne will continue his co-operation with six-time FIM European Pro Stock Bike Champion Fredrik Fredlund and that you can read all about it on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.
Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 4 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-9th September and which is the final round of the FIA and FIM European Championships and a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships for some classes. You can check out the FIA/FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Further to our news item of 5th July, the charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime has benefitted from the support of two Nostalgia Funny Cars at Santa Pod Raceway. Andy Raw, racing partner Karl Harrison and Matthew Wright raised £600 at Dragstalgia and the Mopar EuroNationals and John Tebenham has stepped up to the plate to bring the total up to £1000. You can read more on the Embrace CVoC web site at www.embracecvoc.org.uk.
Many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official Ultimate Street Car timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Web site updates.
12th August: Paul Lister has updated his Drag Car Anon web site with a large number of pictures from Dragstalgia. You can check out Paul's shots at www.dragcaranon.co.uk.
Hockenheim track prep update.
10th August: NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey says that track prep for next week's event is going well despite the conditions at Hockenheim:
Despite the record breaking heat wave for the past weeks, our track prep team alongside with Darren Prentice and Ian Marshall have had tremendous results getting our track ready for a few new records at the 33rd NitrOlympX on 17th-19th.
After this weekend's Test and Tune we expect our track to be ready for attempts on new best times and speeds by full fields of FIA and FIM cars and bikes, as well as full Sportsman classes.
We expect another update from the track prep crew after this weekend's Test and Tune.
10th August: Many thanks to Elodie Dubois for forwarding us a review of the 7th European Dragster event at Clastres in France:
The event did not start too well. There was a huge storm on the Friday afternoon causing damage to track equipment and race teams' awnings etc, but in a speedy reaction to the problem all the Association Trophée Drasger staff went out of their way to help get everything back in shape ready to begin racing at around 11:00 on Saturday morning. We would like to thank all of the ATD people for their help, as without them it wouldn't have been possible!
The sun returned again on Saturday and with the track dry we managed to get in five sessions of qualifying in before closing at 21:00. Sunday morning arrived and a further two rounds of qualifying were run before starting with eliminations.
Sunday ran very smoothly and we managed to complete the event by 18:00 then finished with the prize ceremony.
We would like to say a massive Thank You to everybody who supports us, all the competitors who follow us, the track prep crew, and race officials for making this event another great success. We will be back again in 2019 and hope you will all join us for some great Sportsman racing.
Ready for The Big One.
9th August: Colin Theobald has been in touch with the latest news from Nic Williams of Eurodragster.com sponsor OCS Paint who is contesting Stock Eliminator in the USA:
Following on from a very successful fact-finding trip and our first event at Numidia Raceway, Pennsylvania in June where Nic progressed to round three, it is now time to pack the bags once again and head back to the USA to continue the Going Home tour. Our first update to carry out on the Camaro is the installation of our new Racepak - more news to follow on this - which will give us a huge amount of information that will allow us to tune the car to its maximum potential. We also have a new converter to install from A1 Transmissions and we would like to thank them for all of their help and support especially as we are their UK dealer. There are other tweaks here and there as well, but we know that some of our American friends will be reading this so not going to give all of the details here.
Our next event is a Lucas Oil Division 3 event at the famous Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky, Bowling Green to all of us here in the UK, on 24th-26th August and then it's on to the big one. Our entry is confirmed for the biggest drag race meeting anywhere, the famous US Nationals at Indianapolis, where the entry in Stock Eliminator is capped at 180 and only 128 go through to eliminations. Current entry as of today is 145 and is expected to be over subscribed. We are under no illusion that this will be an easy task, as our earlier visit proved, but we have support and guidance from many of our new American friends especially PC Richards and Son with whom we look forward to meeting again.
No trip and racing endeavour could be attempted without the support of our sponsors and partners, so a massive thank you to:
Xpression Events: the UK's number one choice for live events and experiential marketing.
Flightcase Warehouse: Specialists in design and manufacture of flight cases. Industries include music/audio, broadcasting and of course motorsport.
Anglo American Oil Company: European agents for Joe Gibbs Racing Oil, widely regarded as engine builders' preferred choice.
G23 Engineering: This ISO9001 accredited engineering company regularly work in sectors from top level motorsport and luxury automotive to aerospace, nautical and medical sectors.
Knight Engine Services: A modern machine shop with the latest tools and equipment, services include cylinder head re-machining, crankshaft grinding, cylinder re-boring and honing.
Sayers Motor Factors: Northampton-based and one of the UK's largest and longest established independent coatings suppliers.
Xpertees: Northampton's prefered supplier of printed clothing items and anything else. Contact Mick Bell on 07702 611140.
Snap-On Tools: Robin Smith is our area Snap On dealer and the chosen tool supplier at Williams Bros Racing. Contact number is 07958 700643, Robin covers the Northants area.
Doug Tait design and visualisation: From leaflets to full campaigns and web sites, bringing your project ideas to life. Contact 01604 532006.
BSI Transport: BSI offer all transport from next day pallets to European full or part load haulage.
A1 Transmissions: We are the UK dealers for A1 Transmissions, their quality and service speaks for themselves. The only choice for WBR for Transmissions and torque converters. Contact us for more details.
Racepak: Simplicity and perfection for data logging, WBR's chosen supplier.
Tilburg Racing Engines. Massive thanks to Brian Tilburg not only for the superb engines but for all of his help with our adventures.
We couldn't even consider doing all of this without the full support of our families and friends. Alix and Elaine Williams who let their husbands go off and play, Mum and Dad Adele and Keith Williams who are always there for us and continued support. Lorne Denny our Crew Chief who is always there for us, no matter where in the world we race. Colin Theobald for continued support with time and advice, and of course the whole of the OCS Group, massive thanks to each and every one of you for your hard work and extra effort.
It has always been a dream to race in Stock Eliminator in the USA, never did we imagine we would get to compete at the US Nationals. We will be flying the flag for Santa Pod Raceway and will make sure that everyone knows about our home track. We will be proudly carrying the name on the car for all to see, many thanks to Santa Pod Raceway and SPRC for their support.
Finally there is one person whom Nic needs to make a special mention, and that is Dan Williams. His attention to detail and exceptional tuning and preparation to the Camaro for the events is second to none, this is what has given us tremendous success with all of our cars.
Wish us luck.
FIA/FIM European Finals entry update.
8th August: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 3 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-9th September and which is the final round of the FIA and FIM European Championships and a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships for some classes.
You can check out the FIA/FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Entry closes this Friday, 10th August, after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a penalty fee. You can find the official entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about FIA/FIM European Finals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maurischat's final tilt at the Five.
8th August: German Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Marco Maurischat has announced that he is to retire from racing and that his blown-alcohol '53 Corvette operation will be up for sale after next week's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim:
Not many know that I started drag racing in 1991 with a VW Beetle running in ET Bracket. Sorry Jerry Lackey, you certainly had some sleepless nights because of my wild race car construction back then! I then had some really successful years racing in Super Comp and then Comp Eliminator with my blown Small Block A/Dragster and B/Dragster. When racing this combination we won many races, I am not sure but I think that we still hold a record in one of the Comp classes.
After a short break to build the new car I started racing my '53 Pro Modified Corvette from 2008 to this day. Pro Mod was way more of a challenge than I ever thought, also the change from a dragster to the fastest door cars on the planet, but it was the greatest time in my twenty seven years of drag racing. These Pro Mod really are a handful to drive and it really takes some time to get it under your control. But when you pass that point it's so much fun driving them. Even though we raced part time and on a small budget we had a really great time as a team.
One of our main goals was to dip into the five-second zone one day. We missed this by a few hundredths when we ran 6.03 at the last Tierp event, so we we'll have to try again at the upcoming NitroOlympX.
As well as all the friends we have made at the track and in the pits I would like to thank my wife Nadine for letting me live my dream for all these years. A big Thank You also belongs to my team buddies: wthout you guys all this would never have happened. You are the best. Drag racing is a team sport; maybe the driver seems to be the hero, but that's not the truth and it's only superficially so. The guys under oil sump, changing bearings, sitting in the car doing the clutch, disassembling the engine again and again no matter when - you are the heroes because you guys keep these things running.
Become a High Roller for less.
8th August: Paul Marston writes that the entry fee has been reduced for the Monster High Roller Bracket Race at Rockingham Drag Strip on Monday 27th August:
To make it a more widely-appealing class we have reduced the entry fee for the bracket race to £100. This includes two gate entry tickets, entry into the competition, free RWYB all day and early entry to get pitted. It will affect the prize money a little but prize money is always entry-related so the more entries the more money.
You can enter anything. Some racers have already entered in their daily drives or you can use a race car, it's up to you. If you have always wanted to try proper bracket racing, here is your chance. All you need is a UK driving licence and a crash helmet with a daily driver, if you don't have a crash helmet we can hire you one. So come and join in the fun, here is your chance - this is the very cheapest form of racing you will find anywhere, but be warned it can become habit-forming.
Eighth-mile bracket racing is quite possibly one of the hardest Sportsman races to win and has long been considered so in the States. This is mainly because of the shorter distance involved, so the driver really has to be sharp and on their game. Plus the car has to be pretty good too, with such tight margins and less room for error it will certainly be one to look out for. Here in the UK we certainly have our fair share of really good bracket racers, so a good entry in this class will see some very exciting racing. That said it's just as likely that a complete novice can just have all the luck go their way and win it! But one thing is for sure, you have to be in it to win it.
For entry forms and more details either Like our Facebook page Rockingham Dragstrip and message us, E-Mail email@example.com, or call me on 07831 650230.
SPRC seeking 15.1 wheels.
6th August: Ian Marshall of Santa Pod Racers Club says that the Club are seeking one or two SFI 15.1-spec 16" rear wheels for use on the counter-rotator sled (aka Sled Zeppelin) at Santa Pod Raceway.
If you have any 16" rear wheels of SFI spec 15.1 which you no longer need then please get in touch with SPRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625). If you are outside the UK then drop-off could be arranged at Hockenheim where the SPRC team are currently working on track prep.
6th August: Our good friend Remco Scheelings writes that the temperature of more than 33° was one of many records broken in the latest round of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship at Gardermoen. Sverre Dahl, Marcus Christiansen, Kalle Lyr&eavute;n and Mogens Lund were the winners in their respective categories, but Svein Olaf Rolfstad and Mathias Bohlin were also stars of a great third round of the Championship. Qualifying and elimination results and Championship standings can be found on the Dragracingeurope.eu web site, and a review and highlights can be checked out by clicking here.
No news update yesterday (Sunday) so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday to Lady Libby Mottershead. Hope you had a great day Libby and glad to hear that the card went down well. Celebrating her birthday today is SPR marshal Caroline Boncey; Happy Birthday with hugs Oscar, have a lovely day.
6th August: Eire's own Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald's European Tour continues with a trip to Clastres last weekend. Dad Graham writes:
With our booked flights threatened with a strike days before our departure we had to opt for rebooking through another flight company. This ended up costing us another €1000 but we couldn't miss the event as Liam is doing fairly well in both the French and German Championships at the moment, as well as seventh in the UK Championship and doing well in the Junior Dragster Internationals.
Liam initially qualified number one but was finally pipped by French racer Hugo Lajoux. So on to eliminations and Liam went up against Maximillian Rygol. We changed our dial-in by five hundredths at the last minute but in the strong headwind dialled the wrong way. It was a close race with a finishing difference of only 0.007, and Liam cut an 0.01 light at that, but that's drag racing for you. Maximillian went on to the final but sadly redlit. Third place finalist went to Cheyenne Visser from Friesland with a new young French driver taking the win.
Thanks again to Milwaukee Tools France for the beautiful prizes of power tools which were handed out with the trophies for first and second, really top-end power tools in carry cases. Finally a big thanks to Association Trophée Dragster crew for a wonderful event.
Clastres is becoming a firm favourite for all who attend and at such a short distance from Calais it's not too far to travel. For the Juniors it's very cheap to enter which offsets the traveling costs. The different events and differing conditions in which we are racing, such as temperatures and altitudes, are improving our tuning knowledge and driver experience. So if you are considering giving European drag racing a go then we would strongly recommend Clastres in France as your first choice.
Next up it's in Vichy France for the final French round in September.
Web site updates.
6th August: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.
Robinson retains lead.
4th August: Reining MSA British Drag Racing Champion and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson continues to lead the points in the 2018 Pro Mod Championship after no eliminations took place at Round 4, the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway:
After missing the first qualifying round due to an issue with the brakes during the burnout, the Anger Management team quickly put themselves back into the number one spot with a 5.91/242 in the second qualifying session. In the last run of qualifying Andy recorded a slightly slower ET of 6.02 despite a substantial lift when the car got loose at mid-track.
Unfortunately, the weather on race day did not allow for any eliminations to take place, and the entire day was called due to persistent rain.
"It's a shame that the weather wasn't on our side this meeting as we wanted to increase our lead in the points and also attempt to improve on our 5.91 from qualifying, possibly dipping back into the 5.8s again", said Andy.
By qualifying in the number one spot Andy managed to take home maximum qualifying points along with low ET points which has nudged his points lead to twenty one. The team have also proved that they are a permanent fixture in the fives, running a five-second pass at every meeting this year.
The next meeting at which the Hampshire-based team will compete is the NitrOlympX in Hockenheim, Germany which takes place in mid-August. Andy and the team will be facing some strong competition with the best in Europe also attending this FIA event, however after his recent performance he too will be taken as a serious contender to take home the winner's trophy home.
As always we would like to thank our sponsors and performance partners, NGK Spark Plugs UK, Torco Oils, Nimbus Motorsport, PAC Racing Springs, Aurora Rod Ends, Weld Racing, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Victory 1 Valves, Mike Janis Superchargers, Noonan Race Engineering, EZ Motorsports, Hoosier Tyre UK, PRS and Manton Rocker Arms. Also a huge thanks to the dedicated and hard working Anger Management crew!
For more information on the Anger Management Pro Mod Drag Racing Team, please visit our Facebook page.
European Top Gas Round 4 review.
4th August: Herman Jolink writes that the latest round of the European Top Gas Series took place at Drachten Drag Strip in The Netherlands last weekend:
The DHRA ran a very good event with 150 competitors in car and bike classes. A big OK for DHRA and Cary Kooper. There was some rain on Saturday but we had some qualifying sessions. Top Gas qualifying:
E1: Lymant 8.951/227, Schleichert stopped at the start; Buhler 8.972/246 def. Menzi left before the Tree ran; Albers 8.385/263 def. Caspari 8.458/248; Jolink 8.556/251 def. Malmberg 12.293/105.
E2: Lymant 8.706/206 def. Buehler left before the Tree ran; Jolink bye, shut off after launch due to low revs, Albers did not start
Final: Jorg Lymant D 8.368/228 def. Herman Jolink NL 8.789/225 shut off before the stripe.
European Top Gas Championship:
Pateman the conqueror.
2nd August: The UK's Pateman Racing made the trip over to Clastres in France to race in Super Pro ET. It was a successful weekend for multiple UK Champion Brian Pateman:
There was a massive storm on Friday night which wrecked many gazebos and awnings, also blowing over some of the portaloos. Things calmed down on Saturday but there was a lot of damage to sort out by the organisers. They did a great job and qualifying started around lunchtime. We found the track to be very good and put in five runs before the track closed 21:00.
The track opened again at 09:00 on Sunday with two more qualifying runs available. When the dust settled Guillaume (Will) Clark had gone #1 of twenty three in Pro ET, Gamelle (Billy) Gane also up to #1 of nineteen in Super Pro ET. We managed #5 with a run of +0.006 on dial-in, fortunately on the other side of the ladder to Gamelle. Team UK all got through the first round but unfortunately not the second round.
Pateman Racing was having an exceptional day after a pretty lame season so far. The first round was at 13:49 and the final round at 18:30, so a pretty quick turn round and very close racing.
The final came down to a race between England and Germany in France. Oliver Petzold took the stripe by 0.001 (2.75 inches) but broke out by more than our own -0.007 break-out. We won the trophy and an excellent heavy duty Milwaukee nine-inch grinder and drill set from the event sponsors. Everyone likes heavy-duty tools!
Thanks to Julie, Stef and Kyle for supporting me and thanks to Eric , the Dubois family and the rest of the team for making us feel welcome and for working like trojans to complete a smooth-running, fun event.
2nd August: Having stripped the motor of his blown-alcohol altered, the UK's Paul Watson says that it would seem that the cause of his recent engine damage was failure of a wrist pin or piston. "We have damage on number two bore which could possibly take a liner, however we need to get the block checked out to make sure it's worth it", says Paul. "We are absolutely blown away by the support we have had. Our dream was to run a six-second pass and if we can find enough help and support we will do our best to achieve it". If you would like to help Paul then you can get in touch at email@example.com.
Bianca Booij of The Netherlands' Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team has forwarded an account of Michel Tooren and team's weekend at the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. The Dutch-language PDF can be checked out by clicking here.
Staying with the Mopars, many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official Mopar EuroNationals timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Many thanks to our good friend and longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Bob Roberts for forwarding us pictures of the Friday action in the Street Car Shootout at the recent Silverstone Classic:
We would like to say a big Happy 18th Birthday to our good buddy James Humphreys of Santa Pod Racers Club's timing crew. Have a great day James.
Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us the usual preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, available if you are quick, plus bonus material exclusively for Eurodragster.com readers. Click on the images above for the PDF downloads.
Bolts for the Bennetts.
2nd August: UK blown-alcohol altered team Bennett Racing are delighted to announce their latest sponsor ARP Automotive Racing Products. Luke Bennett writes:
ARP Automotive Racing Products manufacturers fasteners for the racing industry, automotive aftermarket, industrial applications and aerospace projects. Today, ARPs product line contains thousands of part numbers, and has expanded to include virtually every fastener found in an engine and driveline. These range from quality high performance OEM replacement parts to exotic specialist hardware for Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and NHRA drag racing and marine applications.
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Dragstalgia Pro Stock Bike review.
2nd August: Many thanks to Lizz Charman for co-ordinating and forwarding a review of Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike at Dragstalgia:
Dan Blight and Tyne Blight: Having lost all our track time at the Retro Show we arrived at Dragstalgia blind, with the #157 bike which had never turned a wheel before and the #156 bike which hadn't been ridden since 17th October 2017, when it managed its best time of 8.80 with little ole me (Dan) behind the controls. Friday's testing allowed us to iron out some running issues with the Lectrons but only allowed us time to put one slow pass on the #157 bike. Saturday the track was sticky enough to dismantle trainers and throwing the clutch on the #157 revealed a flaw in the wheelie bars as the bike turned hard right so it was decided to park it up and concentrate on the #156 bike.
Tyne rode all 3 of his socks off and ran PB after PB and made his way into the final with Andy Lambert, dropping a significantly important bolt as we pushed up to stage ended our weekend.
Congratulations to Andy Lambert for deservedly taking the win, well done to Tyne for running his PB of 9.1/137 and Thank You to the whole nostalgia drag racing scene for making us feel so welcome, we look forward to next year already.
Simon Lambert, Crew Chief, AML Racing (Andy Lambert and Charlie Draper): As Dragstalgia 2018 was the first event of the year which AML Racing managed to attend, Friday was a day of testing and learning. Both bikes were suffering from gremlins and in need of set-up.
Comfortably Numb, NPSB 8 ridden by Andy Lambert, arrived at the event with a recent frame rake and new gearing to be tested. After a first run with the wheel bars set to showman heights adjustment were definitely in order. Wish You Were Here, AS102 ridden by Charlie Draper, hit the track for a first run of the day but unfortunately a short in the wiring resulted in a melted ignition system. Massive thanks to Nick Pepper at Suzuki Performance Spares for having a new one with us for 9:00 am on Saturday morning. A rewire later and it was time for eliminations.
Andy qualified first with an 8.97/142.93 and Charlie qualified with a 10.49/114.20. Andy eventually moved on to the final against Tyne Blight. Andy won with a 9.03/142.94. Sadly that was a bye run as Tyne suffered a mechanical malfunction, a real shame as we all want to see great head-to-head racing pushing one another every step of the way. Both Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here suffered with gearing issues which can only mean great things to come in the future from both Kawasaki Zs.
Andy Lambert, AML Racing: It was very hot.
Kevin Charman on behalf of Lizz Charman: Usually it's my job to ride the bike and leave Lizzy to the PR and write the race reports, but I thought I would give it a go. Due to real life and having to go to work, I couldn't make it to the track until Thursday evening. By the time I got to Santa Pod the pit was set up. The girls had done a great job setting up the pit space and the caravans (thanks Nipper for the tow). Just a small hiccup with fuel in the generator which was soon sorted out, and I made up for being late by buying the team a Chinese take-away, we know how to live it up!
On Friday morning we had a look over the bike and fitted the wheelie bars. We then gave the bike a warm up and did a leak down test to get a starting point to work from while monitoring the engine condition, after the valve issues at the last Test Day.
Down to the start line and the bike did not want to start, so back to the pits to investigate. We found the plugs were fouled and it was suggested that the ignition may not like the resistor plugs, so we raided my spare parts and a set of non-resistor plugs were gapped and fitted. This appeared to solve the problem. Back to the pairing lanes and set up for another run. Lizzy managed a burnout and up to the start line, where Chris was. We lined her up straight, and the phenomenal grip on the new track caught us out! The bike bogged, almost to the point of stalling at the hit then recovered and took off like a banshee from sixty feet, resulting in a messy 11.8/148, well ridden Lizzy! Fetched her from the top end, and back to the pits, where it was decided to raise the RPM a little and take some base pressure off the clutch. Sadly we missed the cut-off for any more testing.
On Saturday morning we were called down for the first qualifier. With the reduced base pressure on the clutch and the slightly higher launch RPM we hoped that we would be OK to get a decent qualifier. I put Lizzy into the bleach box and intentionally left the tyre on the edge of the water, as she has a bit of trouble keeping two fingers on the brake, and cracking the throttle open in one swift movement. These man-size brutes are not designed for lady-sized hands, we will search out an adjustable lever. Chris kept Lizzy in the burnout a little longer than usual, until he saw some smoke off the tyre. Up to the start line, straightened, and when Lizzy put the bike onto the two-step it looked like it was trying to drag her through, but she managed to hold onto it and took off to a cleaner 9.45/149, giving her number two qualifier.
Back to the pits and we went through the run with Lizzy, and discovered that the shift light wasn't working. Even though it lit when the ignition was turned on, it wasn't lighting up when the shift RPM was reached. This was traced, with help from Steve French and Dave Woodard, to faulty wiring at the ignition coils. We tried to find a solution to get the light back in action, but some diodes had been damaged so on the next pass Lizzy would have no shift light. I have had this myself as a rider, and this does mess with your head.
We talked about different ways of making the burnout cleaner, and waited for a call for qualifier two. The call came and we headed down to the pairing lanes. Did the burnout with the tyre slightly off the water, the burnout looked a little hesitant, either due to not enough engine RPM or not dropping the clutch lever fast enough. Up to the start line, when Lizzy brought the RPM up onto the two-step the clutch dragged her through the start line before the tree had dropped. No time was recorded, no improvement this qualifier, and bumped down to fourth.
At the top end we had a bit of fun. As well as managing to push Lizzy back as normal with my right foot on the wheelie bar we helped Nick Pepper, pushing him back with my left foot on his wheelie bar, one either side of the moped, quite impressive! But for two drag racers, they wouldn't stay in a straight line, and nearly split my difference a couple of times!
Back in the pits we knew we had to make some changes to the clutch. We needed a bigger air gap so had to reduce the clutch pack height. Back to raiding my spares, Chris and I with advice from Allan Davies and Dave Buttery - I don't do lock-ups, sliders are the way to go! We managed to find a new pack of used plates by measuring every plate in the spares box. We got within 0.2 mm of where it needed to be.
To make sure we got a good burnout for the last shot, we decided that a nostalgia burnout against the Tower would be out best chance (thanks Gipp). Qualifier number 3 was dropped, so no last shot at qualifying. We were still in fourth place out of ten bikes. Tomorrow we would be straight into eliminations against Richard Peachy.
On Sunday we were called down for the first elimination run, the burnout against the tower worked pretty well! The clutch was not dragging this time. I put Lizzy into first gear, and as she pushed into stage, her head shook. When we checked the throttle it was stuck closed. We took solace that the throttle had stuck shut on the start line, rather than open at the finish line at 150 mph. That was us out.
The bike has a few teething issues to iron out, and I'm sure it will be a contender, and should be well into the eight-second zone. Thanks to Claire Rule for the bike and all who helped us out over this testing but enjoyable weekend.
Richard Peachy: I was struggling with getting the clutch set up for the sticky track, so my first couple of qualifying runs caused the bike to stall. But we made good progress and managed to get the bike working for the first round of eliminations, where we went through with a 10.8 which is a significant improvement. A quick clutch adjustment before the second elimination round caused an oil leak on the start-line, so the bike had to retire. All in all a great weekend with lots more to come from the bike (and rider)
Gary Clarke: Two years lay-off and my hand was being forced into running again. It's time to come back! After being Europe's fastest normally-aspirated H2 750 for a few years, running consistent 9.0s but not breaking into the eights, I now find myself now fourth fastest as others have run 8.85 and 8.9s. So Mark "Nipper" Stevens suggested running in the new Nostalgia Pro Stock bike class, which is perfect for me and my newly acquired 750 H2 drag bike.
I only ran the bike once last year due to other commitments, and that was short lived as we got rained off. Dragstalgia 2018 was the ideal opportunity to get my leg over a bike again with other similar bikes running in the same class. The bike itself gave mixed feedback as I am testing an untried lock-up clutch system which works inside a stock cover and although it's been tested on the dyno it hasn't been on the track so there is no marker to work from!
The Friday Test and Tune went OK. I managed one decent run of 10.05/133 but broke an outer clutch plate. This was easily fixed in readiness for Saturday qualifying but I hadn't realized that the push rod had welded itself to the ball actuator, damn! When I finally got back on the well-prepped and super smooth track the bike hooked up great, but this motor has a high RPM power band (two stroke) between 8000 and 9600 and I was trying to launch too gently as the clutch was a unknown quantity. The launch rev limiter was raised 6K, which was still too low as the bike bogged on the line, I still managed a 10.0 on Saturday but this run was a 11.2 with an embarrassing 2.45 sixty foot. This is a long way off my old times as I used to run 1.27s.
After more thought I had one last run on the Sunday and the two-step launch rev limiter was still too low; it needs to be nearer the 7700 rpm area. Unfortunately I got knocked out so didn't have chance to release the bikes full potential. I've already started collecting parts for next year's motor as I will be going back to Reed motor and slider clutch which proved a winning combination in the past and with hope of getting my record back.
All in all great event and already looking forward till next year.
Ralf Schipmann (also wins the award for the furthest travelled for the shortest seat time!): Dont know if I have anything interesting to tell...
Four runs, poor times - always struggle with launch. Engine blown up in waterbox when prepairing for fifth run Sunday morning. So after all less than forty five seconds in total ridden on the bike. But 1100 miles and two ferry journeys made in the van. I must be crazy. But I enjoyed the weekend and I will come over again next year.
Mark "Nipper" Stevens: I decided to sit out the Friday RWYB as was confident that I had cured the electrical problems I had had in the past after finding a loose wire. So Saturday arrived and off we went to the lanes.
Burnout all good, pre-stage, stage on two-step, green, Go! But not in this case. I released the button but stayed on the two-step. Not good. Back in the pits adjusted the launch RPM of the two-step then back to the lanes for another try Nope, still the same, I also noticed that the shift light was not working either. It was decided to disconnect the shift light and not use the two-step for the last run of the day. Unfortunately due to time restrictions that was cancelled.
In Sunday's first round of eliminations I was against Ralf who unfortunately broke in the burnout box. On this run I launched without the two-step or shift light and short-shifted but managed a 9.56/138. At least now I was going in the right direction.
In the next round I was against Tyne and I knew it was going to be a close race. Tyne went into stage and on to the two-step. The noise of that beast popping and banging must have messed with my head as I just opened the throttle and shot off resulting in a red light, big time, oops. Hopefully I can sort the gremlins out for next time.
Great fun and massive thanks to my crew and everyone else.
Nick Pepper: Leading up to Dragstalgia I was very unsure of how we would perform. Since installing a new engine for last year's Dragstalgia the bike had suffered shifting issues under load. We had checked everything we could think of, asked the great and the good of the transmission world for advice, yet still at the June Retro Show the bugs were still there. The night before loading up for Dragstalgia I spotted a possible issue with the front mount for the air shifter ram. That changed, off we went to the Pod for the RWYB on Friday.
The first pass, although with a bad bog off the line, showed all for shifts to be there! Happy days! On Saturday we were temporarily top of the pile with our best ET so far of 9.32/141. A terrible sixty foot with the bike pogoing through first. For the second pass we made some changes, the wrong way, even worse off the line, so back the other way.
In Sunday's E1 we were back with a 9.37/141 but still needed to address the launch. For E2 we sorted the pogo by raising tyre pressure significantly and taking some clutch out. Unfortunately I red lit... brain fade... rust... D'oh! Anyway I am looking forward to the next round, hopefully with some more progress now that we have a solid baseline with which to work.
I would like to thank my sons Rob and Craig for crewing. They hadn't been racing since we raced and won the ACU Pro Stock series in 2002.
Sean Biddlecombe: Dragstalgia for me = fun family outing, the bike's first outing in nearly three years!
Friday was spent making borrowed (now bought) wheelie bars fit. This involved much cutting, filing, grinding, and the theft of Willow's skateboard wheels to finish them off. This was only achieved through help from nearly everyone in the Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike pit, thanks guys!
On Saturday a swollen clutch on first run meant that I had to hold the brake on the line, and an OK 10.8. The second run was no better, with a weird bog at top of first gear. But the highlight of weekend was when we discovered that we had qualified for the top eight eliminator.
In Sunday's first round against Charlie Draper the bike finally worked properly. A nice burnout which made the Dragstalgia highlights video and left on Charlie by 0.05 seconds, but the tired old Metzler Rroad tyre spun up about twenty or thirty feet out. Rusty Rider then short-shifted not once but twice by mistake, but still resulted in our best time and speed of the weekend of 10.80/129 but not enough for Charlie's 10.49.
It was great fun, can't wait for next year!
Ready to shake the salt.
2nd August: UK Land Speed racer Geoff Stilwell says that work has been at a fever pitch at the 7707 Salt Shaker race headquarters at the Lippencotte Speed Shop in Burbank:
Mr 400 (Al Teague) is now part of the team and spent a weekend at the workshop helping to install the 482 cu in KB Hemi. The motor should have been in a month ago but we had issues with a block repair which have at last been resolved. Anyway, during the motor assembly we discovered an issue with the inlet rockers. So I made a trip down to see Eric Hansen at Stage V Engineering who very kindly made me a complete set of billet rockers overnight and I picked them up in less than twenty four hours from ordering them. We now have Stage V Inlet and Stage V exhaust rockers and boy do they look pretty!
The heads are now on, complete with the Isky cam and Isky Lifters which Ed oversaw the installation of. As you can see in the pictures the motor is now installed and the blower etc has yet to be fitted. In another change we have altered how we start the car having elected to set it up where we clip on the starter motor to the top blower pulley, just like a Top Fuel Dragster, which makes starting the motor a lot easier than as before.
In addition I had my seat fitting and aside a few minor changes it's all good.
So how are we going to get there? Well, we have our new trailer which is thirty six feet long and I am just waiting on the artwork for the vinyl wrap on both sides. It will say Lucas Oil Land Speed Racing in red, white and blue with the US and British flags combined. Should look really nice when we are on the road.
The salt looks and is amazing this year and I just hope that it stays that way. With over five hundred competitors from around the world it is going to be extremely busy. I will keep you up to date as things happen but please follow us on our Facebook page.
FIA/FIM European Finals entry update.
1st August: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-9th September and which is the final round of the FIA and FIM European Championships and a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships for some classes.
You can check out the FIA/FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes next Friday, 10th August, after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a penalty fee. You can find the official entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about FIA/FIM European Finals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org.