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Neil Hunter.
3rd December: We are in shock at the passing of Neil Hunter aged only 57 from cancer. In October 2016 Neil wrote "Live life to the max, 'cos you really don't know what lays around the corner". He suffered from the disease for four years and put up a spirited battle, but we sadly lost him yesterday evening.

He was born in Sheffield and moved to Chesterfield where he became director of his firm Spirrac Limited, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning installation specialists. This occupation gave him both income and spare time to follow his drag racing passion.

Keen on customs from his teens and starting with a Morris Minor van (the same marque for his uncompleted 2020 lockdown project), Neil had his first Mk1 Capri in his early 20s and subsequently acquired another to be a project car. He paid a visit to York Dragway in 1983 and on seeing Phil Forth in his small block HA van, thought 'Wow, I need some of this!' Buying back his first Capri as a body donor, the car received firstly a Rover V8, and then, encouraged by Dave Grady, got a 440ci V8 engine and built a tube chassis in his lockup garage. Making its track debut in 1995, he called the Capri 'The Seven Year Itch' having taken several breaks from building it for family and business.

After several years at York, winning events and championships in Pro ET there, his first national championship race was in the 2002 Super Series at Shakespeare County in May following a recommendation from Spencer Tramm. His Capri was always immaculate and he loved running it in the face of any difficulties that occurred. For instance in 2008 qualifying at the Main Event, after an oil filter sheared off at 140mph, he suffered a fire in but showed no hesitation in repairing the electrics and coming back to win the first round of racing before the rains came.

In 2010 he imported a Jerry Haas-built Firebird and fitted it out with a new power train, bringing it out in Competition Eliminator and running bests of 7.75 and 174mph. The Capri, still looking immaculate after 22 years, had a complete rebuild and respray at the start of 2018. The rebuilt car had some success, winning Pro ET at the 2019 Summer Nationals, his other win being at the 2008 National Finals. He won the 2008 SPRC Championship and was runner up in the 2009 Pro ET National championship.

As well as running his cars at all three UK tracks, Neil helped out many other racers with their cars and he won the The Spirit of Pro ET for 2017 for his help and camaraderie in the class.

As well as the UK tracks, Neil enjoyed racing in Europe with his pals from Pro ET at Clastres and the Jade Race in Mariensiel, Germany 2019 being two examples.

Neil had a great sense of humour and infectious smile and was a master of banter. He was the life and soul of the party at the Pro ET bashes. Attending many car shows in this country such as Autosport International and Classic Motor Show, he also attended Hockenheim and many races in the US starting in 2006 at Pomona, Gainesville, Englishtown, Las Vegas, Texas Motorplex Orlando and Indy. In the past few years he collected an incredible number of selfies with stars of US drag racing and motorsports in general – all with his usual genial smile. Our deepest condolences go to Neil's family, wife Sue, daughter Chloe, son Alex, and all his relatives and friends in the racing community.

Editor's note: if you have memories or stories about Neil please send them to and we will publish them.

Racers licence applications for 2021.
3rd December: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending an update on racer licensing for 2021:

SPRC now have 2021 ACU licence codes available for riders. These are a requirement for either the online or paper licence applications for all ACU and SPRC Championship riders, please just send a text or email to the SPRC office and we will get the code sent to you. Please note that each rider has an individual code.

The ACU are now taking applications for 2021 licences. ACU Riders with 2020 licences unfortunately will not receive a credit against their new 2021 licences; having spoken with the ACU they simply don’t have the funds to be able to do this. FIM Europe licence holders will (if you have not already received it) be given a full refund on your 2020 licence, as there were no events available to you in 2020, and, just for the record, the funds for returning the licence fee don’t come from the ACU but from the FIM Europe directly.

For Motorsport UK 2020 licence holders, we are still waiting on details of what if any credit will be available; licence forms and details of costs will be sent directly to current licence holders as normal. FIA licences will also be dealt with by Motorsport UK, in a similar manner.

For first time car class applicants, please keep an eye on the Motorsport UK licence page at this link; 2021 licence forms will become available very soon.

For first time, car racer applicants in 2021 or racers with lapsed licences, if you are to race in the UK only please apply for the RS Interclub licence, not the RS National that is listed as Drag, the RS National Drag is required for Racers wishing to race outside of the UK, and first time applicants may only apply for an RS Interclub licence until two race meetings have been completed under permit at a UK race track; if further clarification is required please contact the SPRC, and we will be happy to deal with your questions.

As many will appreciate, getting information at present from the governing bodies is somewhat difficult, and predicting the future is tougher than ever, however on a brighter note, Santa Pod Raceway will be releasing their 2021 calendar very shortly, and will give people the opportunity to start organising their 2021 season.

Drag racing at online race industry week.
2nd December: Although the US-based PRI show this year has been cancelled, on-line B2B platform Electronic Performance And Racing Trade (EPART) have stepped into the breach and are holding over five days, 150 Race Industry Speakers and 55 Hours of Live Technical and Business Webinars from leading suppliers and race industry leaders from around the world.

These seminars are via Zoom and you can catch the remaining seminars live over the next couple of days by registering at
this link. As the seminars held using Zoom are recorded, each day in its entirety is being uploaded to the EPART Youtube channel.

Examples of talks that are of special interest to drag racers feature guests NHRA Stars and Champions, Antron Brown and Ron Capps, and Special Panel: Strategies For Being Race Ready Every Race — NHRA Crew Chiefs Discussion, including Bobby Lagana, Jim Oberhofer, Rahn Tobler, Nick Boninfante, and Kurt Elliott. Usual Zoom glitches occur at the start, but persistence pays off. WFO host and NHRA announcer Joe Castello is the moderator.

Swap Meet update.
2nd December: Activity on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet pages remains busy and we thought we would highlight a few items that have come in recently.

A fast road car that was owned by the late BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury is for sale at a keen price. The Ford Focus ST170 has been maintained to high standards, has half leather seats and leather dash, and a full service history. Other cars for sale include a almost-new condition Tim McAmis Pro Mod and low cost alternatives.

Among the Parts Wanted section is a request for a big block Chevy engine block, also parts for a nine-inch Ford axle, small block Chevy engine components and Ford Pop E93A front wings. Perhaps readers might have these items gathering dust in their workshop?

RRC build gallery - Bernard Saz's Hotröen.
1st December: Bob Roberts has kindly sent a gallery of pictures taken by him whilst the build of Bernard Saz's Hotröen Citroen Traction Avant took place at sponsor Robinson Race Cars.

RRC was commissioned to build a car based on a modified version of the team's unique Traction Avant body. The chassis is built in Pro Mod style; amongst design features of interest, Bob's photos capture the use of a laser to ensure correct alignment of the back axle with the engine. The final product looks suitably mean, and has run in the 7.1s/180mph.

You can see Bob's gallery in our feature in association with Lucas Oil Products by clicking here or go to our Features, Interviews, Tributes index via the main menu.

Swift snippets.
1st December: Thanks to photojournalist Steve Moxley who has informed us that his National Finals report is now live on Tim Hailey's EatMyInk with plenty of interesting snippets.

Ex-pat photojournalist Tony Thacker (to whom a belated Happy Birthday for Monday) has posted to his Torq Talk blog site an article by Nick Davies of I.C.E. Automotive on the drag racing history of Robin Read, in particular his involvement with nitro fuelled Daimler V8 engines, and his new car which finally achieved his 200mph performance objective at the 2020 Hot Rod Drags. It’s a great read.

VP Racing Fuels consolidates UK operations.
1st December: sponsor VP Racing Fuels, Inc., a global leader in performance fuels, lubricants, and additives, today announced the naming of Old Hall Performance as the exclusive authorized importer and distributor of their extensive line of consumer products, race fuels, Madditives®, coolants, oils and more.

"The timing is right to enhance the UK side of VP’s European operations," said Peter Coleman, European Business Development Consultant for VP. "I am confident that the sales and marketing capabilities of Old Hall Performance, combined with its professionally-serviced extensive network of dealers, will deliver significant improvements into 2021 and beyond."

In a significant step in the UK market's ongoing development, established distributors Old Hall Performance and Race Fuel Logistics have worked with VP Racing Fuels to agree to a consolidation. This latest move will build on an already far-reaching network of dealers and partners throughout the UK to expand product availability even closer to the consumer. "This is a great opportunity for both VP Racing Fuels and Old Hall Performance to grow the market," offered Miles Corrick, OHP Sales Manager. "With our ready-made distribution network, we will be able to deliver a faster, more efficient, and comprehensive service to all UK race teams, competitors, and enthusiasts." VP products continue to be available at Santa Pod Raceway's on-line shop for collection only.

Additional information about VP and Old Hall Performance can be found at with sales inquiries directed to Miles Corrick on 0246 717100 or Account inquiries should be directed to

As VP’s official European merchandise source, Mark Gardner of Race Fuel Logistics will continue to work as part of the VP family through MAXG Apparel that can be found at

JT finds his engine company.
30th November:
Pro Modified and Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham has named the engine building company he wants to partner with to replace his wounded motor from the 'Crew Killer' Pop:

"It seemed to take ages to find what I wanted for the little white Pop after the rod wanted out. I wanted an engine company who first understood estimating and what, if anything, could be saved from the hurt motor. I.C.E. Automotive were spot on and are just starting the new motor, with the same power output as we only want to run 8.90 . Also, they have expressed concerns about oil starvation so we are looking at bigger sumps. That’s what I need, not only a great company but also why it went bang and how we can stop it doing it again. We have to win the burnout competition..."

JT also revealed that Luke Robinson will once again be helping JT running his Pro Mod next year. JT vowed "Both cars will be like new".

Power Race Graphics launch colouring book.
30th November: Darren West of Power Race Graphics writes:

I am very excited to announce the launch of our new sub brand 'RAD Design Lines'. The mission here is to excite and inspire young people to get creative, get into design and motorsport graphics and let their imaginations run wild!

The first product release is our design and colouring book - Drag Racing Doorslammers, the book features all of the favourite door classes on our own exclusive design and colouring blank template outlines. Just get the pens and pencils out and go crazy! The books are printed on high quality, heavy weight paper and feature a mix of cars and transporters to design the graphics and create the colour schemes for!

I know there are art and design mad kids out there (just like I was) that love the drag machines. When I was young, on the journey home from the drags, I couldn't wait to get back and draw the cars and the graphics. That passion stayed with me until I was finally in a position to have the freedom to do something with it years later with Power Race Graphics. The creation of this brand revisits those early years and RAD Design Lines will embrace all of the wild things on wheels that I've loved in life - drag racing machines, hot rods, bmx, skateboards and these themes will feature in the colouring books and related products.

Design and colouring book 2 (also drag racing themed) is well under way - more news on that will be coming very soon - so keep your eye on our social pages. We are developing an app too for the design and colouring templates to be uploaded for tablets, so it's not all about felt pens and crayons.

Book 1 - Drag Racing 'Doorslammers' is here, printed, packed and ready to ship! This is a cool christmas gift - so head over to the website before they are gone!

Custom Car Jan '21.
30th November: In the world of magazine publishing, where time passes apparently more quickly than for the rest of us, Custom Car has reached January 2021. And for several reasons, it's a (Christmas) cracker.

The cover car is none other than the Williams Bros Racing '55 Chevy, the nine-page accompanying article giving huge detail on the car built from a wreck imported from Texas, and a promise of features on other cars from the Williams Bros Racing stable in future issues.

There's a report on 'Not the Euro Finals' from Santa Pod Raceway including many pictures by our own Julian. In his 'Autofocus' series Keith Lee, drag racing historian and author of a forthcoming biography on Drag Bike legend John Hobbs, writes about rocket powered race vehicles that he has seen, starting with the Turbonique rocket powered go-cart of Alan Burgess, one of the forgotten stars of the 1964 Drag Fest.

To order a subscription to Custom Car, go to Single copies are available at Availability is world-wide.

Pete Nee.
29th November: It's with the heaviest of hearts that Steve and Babs Saunders write about the sudden and tragic loss of their special friend and Crew Chief Pete Nee on Saturday 28th November 2020:

Pete and I had a love-hate relationship, Pete loved to shout and swear at me but mostly he loved to spend my money. I only hated him at times because Pete was always right!

Pete has been part of my life for so long, it's hard to pin a year when we first met, possibly 1979 or even earlier. We did the Cleveland Cruiser thing, wandering up and down the country going to custom car shows and rod runs, our favourite being the Supernats at Knebworth, then of course Old Warden.

When I built my '29 Roadster in the early 80’s, Pete rebuilt the 289 Chevy and he and his brother Tom wired it for me. We lost touch for a couple of years and I started crewing for Flavell Brothers Racing, while Pete raced stock cars and then rallycross with Big Al.

When I originally built the Zephyr, it had a bone stock Ford 460 in it with a glide. I called round Pete’s to ask him to put the motor together. He always joked that he cursed the day he answered the door to me. Pete tuned the Zephyr down into the 11’s and then he put it on the bottle and it ran 10.5’s all day, every day. It was so much fun. Pete loved going Stateside. Pete and Tom, along with Ron, Lyn and Max from American Cylinder Inc built the Ford 572 that would propel the big old Zephyr down into the 8.4's at 160mph. Pete was so proud of this achievement, and so he should have been.

He would call me ‘Driver’ I would call him Crew Chief, but sometimes he would call me ‘Monkey’ - the monkey behind the wheel who got all the fun, while him, Babs and young Tom did all the hard work. Babs called Pete Mr Motivator, mainly because when I couldn’t get my act together, Pete would pull me and the rest of the team around with his enthusiasm and dedication to racing.

It is no secret that of late, my enthusiasm of racing and, especially, my wallet were waning. Pete would drop by and we would bench race and reminisce and then he would whisper in my ear, 'Let's go Racing' - and we would. I am so glad we did because that is what we do. Rest in peace Crew Chief Pete Nee. Our racing life will never be the same again.

Our deepest condolences to Babs, Steve and all of Pete's family and friends.

Zeon DVD review.
28th November: When
Zeon TV announced their DVD offerings for 2020 they had realised that with a truncated season there would not be enough material to fill complete discs. So Helen and Dave decided that retrospectives was the way to go. Zeon have up to 20 years of material available for a wide range of classes. But would the quality of the earlier years be good enough for discerning viewers attuned to 4K production? And would the clips included match up with our memories of past years?

The answer to these two questions is undoubtedly 'yes'. Zeon have the original tapes as recorded at the track and have re-mastered them for this year's DVDs using the latest video transfer software. In other words, the DVDs quality on these DVDs is actually better than the original DVDs you might have lurking in the corner of your living room or, worse still, workshop.

The extent of Zeon's archive is immense and the titles reflect the categories of the sport that have been the most enduring. Top of the heap performance-wise has to be Pro Modified. This goes right back to the start of the class being nominated as the British Drag Racing Championship in 2007- and as a bonus there is footage from the 2002 Euro Finals Friday night session including many cars not seen since in the UK. All the incidents we can remember are included, also pictures of the then-much-younger teams and interviews provide nostalgia of a different kind. Being in the UK's weather conditions, the cars move around a lot and action is often wild.

Hot Rods at Shakey concentrates on 2007 to 2014's NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway with a final section looking at 2015 to 2017, when the track closed. This gives the opportunity to see things as they were more than a decade ago at the much-missed track. Original commentary is used and many classic hot rods are displayed, many making runs down the Warwickshire quarter mile. As usual there are plenty of pit shots, hundreds of hot rods being packed into the two hour running time. The producers have taken great care to avoid repetition of cars, so the variety is awesome. Footage from the 2009 Nostalgia Nationals and the cruise from the 2010 NSRA Hot Rod Super Nats from Old Warden is included. Commentary is provided by Paul Venners.

(please click on each photo to be directed to the Zeon web site page for that respective DVD)

The longest period covered is 20 years in Hardcore Street, an examination of Street Eliminator over the years. The number of cars again is breathtaking, all being street legal. By the second half of the 2000s turbo setups had caught on and times by 2006 had gone into the sevens. Drivers are shown running their cars on the road, and at the track there are some scary incidents with the street tyres struggling for traction. Car debuts aplenty and class leaders fighting it out over the years are the main themes. Other features are the tyre wars, mechanical improvements for many runners and championship dramas.

The Mopar Euronats DVD covers 19 years of the event which has been run by the same independent committee from which we sadly therecently lost Tony Oksien. Features include the cruise and some wild action on the streets around Avon Park Raceway in 2000 and Santa Pod Raceway from 2001 onwards. The burnout competition has also been a constant feature. Mopars have been the predominant marque at the race, but not exclusively which lends more variety. Over the years there has been introduction of race classes such as Pro Modified which run a round of their championship there. The event expanded so that the show and shine became one of the largest in Europe.

The DVD Nitro Warriors provides highlights of the Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association between 2005 and 2011 when it was at its peak, and action from 2014 when Rat Trap and Pure Hell came over from the US with their respective crews. The DVD is dedicated to the memory of much-missed NFAA founder Lawrie Gatehouse who sadly passed away in July. Before the class being established, cars had run in pairs but the injection of enthusiasm and sponsorship led the class to expand to fields of up to eleven cars. Burnouts and racing are equally spectacular, with a number of incidents, all of which are fortunately injury free due to excellent safety equipment. Bonus footage of nitro fuelled slingshot dragsters is included.

Finally, Outlaw Anglia covers 19 years of the development of a class that has had its origins in the Gassers of the 50s onwards in the USA. The class has always been well populated and as is often the case in the sport, the quickest cars get quicker still and their drivers remain in the sport for quite a period. It is fascinating to see this class develop with more and more cars running in the seven second bracket as time has gone on. With short wheelbases and engines of over 1000hp, the action on the track is wild, and there has been a hard fought championship thanks to the organising skills of Paul Wright and his successors.

Bryn Lucas provides an overview of the action for this series of DVDs, whilst original commentary is included to give the viewer detailed information. Massive congratulations must go to Zeon TV, their camera operators and other contributors for making six DVDs of such high quality. The DVDs can be viewed anywhere in the world as they are region free.

DVDs are available individually for £14.95 plus postage and packing, or there are several offers on the web site which enable you to get them for £10 each as long as you order at least five DVDs. Postage and packing to the UK or Europe is a fixed £1.50 and for other territories £1.75.

Feature: Morgan Wilson, 2020 VW Sportsman winner.
27th November: Morgan 'Emmy' Wilson, daughter of drag racing parents and sister of current (at the end of 2020) Junior Dragster racer Caitlin, has a solid racing pedigree. Her parents, Rachel and Duncan, raced through the 1990s. In Junior Dragsters, racing for nine years, her best championship results were fifth in 2014 and 2015 and she was winner at Hockenheim in 2017. Today's feature, written by former photo editor Roger Gorringe, profiles the family's racing history and Emmy's 2020 introduction to VW Sportsman racing, in which she took the UK Covid Cup title less than two months after her class debut.

You can see our feature, sponsored by Lucas Oil Products by clicking here or clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link in the main menu. Thanks go to Roger for supplying copy and photos, and Happy Birthday to Rachel Wilson, team mum, whose special day it is today.

2021 FIA Calendar.
26th November: Thanks to Drag Racing Europe Chairman Keith Bartlett for sending the FIA championship dates for next year:

DRE in conjunction with the FIA is pleased to announce a six-round championship calendar for the 2021 FIA European Drag Racing Championship (EDRC). This is subject to the final approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) when it next meets in mid-December. The calendar is released with the assumption that COVID-19 restrictions are making it possible, e.g. allowing travel, spectators at events.

The FIA European Drag Racing Championship will return to competition in 2021, having been forced into a one-year hiatus, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. DRE has worked closely with the track organizers and the FIA to put together the 2021 calendar. We all look forward to being able to return to a full FIA European Drag Racing Championship in 2021.

The Championship rounds will be as follows:

Rnd 1. SANTA POD RACEWAY (UK) 28th-31st May
Rnd 2. TIERP ARENA (SWEDEN) 10th -13th June
Rnd 3. *KAUHAVA (FINLAND) 8th -10th July
Rnd 4. TIERP ARENA (SWEDEN) 12th-15th August
Rnd 5. HOCKENHEIM (GERMANY) 27th-29th August
Rnd 6. SANTA POD RACEWAY (UK) 9th -12th September
* Limited to TF and PM only

While the announcement of the calendar is the first step in the process, it is important to stress that conditions that permit the attendance of spectators to return to events will need to be in place for any of the competitions to go ahead.

All rounds originally scheduled on the 2020 calendar will return next year, with Finland’s Kauhava also coming back to the FIA EDRC schedule following its 2019 debut to bring the number of events to six. The Finnish event will however be open to only the Top Fuel and Pro Modified categories, while all four FIA EDRC categories will run at each of the other five rounds.

See you all at the track.

Swift snippets.
26th November: We would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. readers. Have a great day everybody!

In his latest
Youtube update, our Kieran has posted a video of the Top 20 Doorslammer runs he has footage of. Kieran says in 2019 we were lucky enough to have a Swedish invasion of Top Doorslammers, although they look like a Pro Mod from the outside there's a fair amount of differences and back in Sweden they run to the 1/8th mile - all runs in this video are full 1/4 mile. To see Kieran's video, click here.

Feature: 1983 Cannonball.
25th November: Santa Pod Raceway and organising club BDRA staged the third Cannonball on the weekend of 2nd-3rd July 1983. The event was sponsored by Budweiser and featured eight of Europe's top Funny Cars. The weather was scorching hot. Whilst the field overall was smaller than it had been for the previous two events, the quality of the entry was great and there were several outstanding performances from the eight funny cars present. Jerry Cookson described it for Motoring News, "The roughest and toughest mile long Funny Car classic ever seen outside the United States".

Our latest historical feature, supported by Lucas Oil Products describes the event in detail and includes over 40 photographs from it as well as a full scan of the event programme and links to video coverage by drag racing historian Nick Pettitt. We are grateful to drag racing historian and director of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Jerry Cookson for supplying archive material. You can see our feature by clicking here or by clicking the features, interviews, tributes link from the main menu.

Photo of Cannonball winner Gary Page in Panic © Roger Gorringe.

Musical chairs in UK Pro Mod, part 1.
23nd November: The ownership of two cars that were active in the Motorsport UK British Drag Racing Championship during the second decade of the 21st century has changed, allowing one team to pursue their goal of running a 6 second pass and the other to step up in the class.

Harrison Brown of Thatadoo Racing announced on Facebook that their team had acquired the '67 Chevrolet Camaro of Mick Payne. Harrison continued "The plan is to put our 706cu engine in it, which is currently running in our mild steel chassis Camaro. We do keep speaking of building another engine, but for the time being, we feel the 706 is the easiest and most affordable option for us. The main reason for the change is because the current Super Pro car is running right on its 7.50 tag. The new car won’t be ready for a little while so we will stick with the mild steel chassis car for another year or two.”

“To compete in Pro Mod at a European round at Santa pod would be our ultimate dream, however, realistically it’s more likely that we will pursue our main objective of running a 6 second pass in Super Pro ET, even better, to do it consistently. We are aiming to keep the car Pro Mod legal to the best ability we can, just in case the opportunity does arise to have a go in the class, but with saying this, we would never be competitive among the other Pro Mod racers as our budget would not allow, it would purely be for the privilege of saying we had competed with in the class.”

This is the fourth Camaro owned by Thatadoo Racing, based in Devizes, Wiltshire and the second that has seen Pro Mod service with Gordon Appleton. After several years of RWYBs, the original Thatadoo Camaro has raced in Super Street and Pro ET since 2002 driven by Harrison's Dad Ian and, from 2005 by Harrison as well. Team Mum Ozzie joined in with a stock '69 in Sportsman ET in 2012-14, later racing in Nostalgia Super Stock. Harrison started his racing career in 2004 in Sportsman ET, then progress on to Super Street a couple years later, winning the UK National Championship in 2013 and then competed in 9.50 Bike in 2014, and in ET Bike in 2019 and 2020.

The team made a move into the quicker classes in 2016 after having the ex-Gordon Appleton mild steel chassis Pro Mod rebuilt, running it in Super Pro ET from the Euro Finals that year with Ian as the driver. This car, with Ian at the wheel, has run a best of 7.52 at 180mph. The whole family works on the multi race car team together and, with over 30 years' experience in the sport, have a great base to progress with their new car.

Musical chairs in UK Pro Mod, part 2.
23nd November: Only a matter of minutes after Harrison Brown's announcement, Pro Mod racer Mick Payne posted a photo of the car he has bought, one which was built by a UK constructor and has run as quick as 6.439/226.

The car in question is the Plymouth Duster built by constructor and sponsor Chris Isaacs for the Isaacs & Tramm team. With its previous twin turbo setup, the car made its debut in 2014, coming fourth in the championship in that year and fifth in the following year. Mechanical problems with the power train saw the car sidelined for much of 2017 and the start of 2018. The team persevered and the car had its first win in the 2018 National Finals against Andy Robinson.

The picture posted by Mick shows the car with his supercharged Hemi engine installed where the twin turbo had previously resided. Mick has placed his drive train from his previous Camaro into the Duster including the engine and clutch operated Lenco gearbox, although a Bruno Lenco torque converter setup may be run at a later stage.

Mick acquired the '67 'Wheelgame" Camaro from ex Pro racer Gordon Appleton who retired after 2007, and raced it in 2011 when he licensed and then took a few years off for business, returning with upgrades in 2015. With Mick's blown combination the car ran a best of 6.714/201 in 2019. Mick's best championship placing with the car was fourth in 2017.

Zeon's retrospective DVDs released.
22nd November:
Six exciting brand new DVDs from the archives of Zeon TV show some of the best UK drag racing action from the last 20 years at Shakespeare County Raceway and, of course, Santa Pod Raceway. (please click on each photo to be directed to the Zeon web site page for that respective DVD)

Zeon TV started filming drag racing in the year 2000 and, with it, Custom Car Street Eliminator immediately caught the eye of producers Helen Todd and Dave Coleman. In 2003 Zeon filmed the season review DVD Hardcore Street for the first time, and continued to film Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator up until 2018. This DVD brings you all the highlights from those 15 years - the thrills and spills, the records, the cars and stars that came and went, and some of the most mind blowing drag racing you could ever wish to see...

Outlaw Anglia was filmed by Zeon for 19 years. Mean handling, heads up racing from short wheel base cars, and drivers born to entertain – what’s not to love?. Zeon has gathered archive Outlaw Anglia material together onto one full action, fast paced DVD with more than 2 hours of wall to wall action. You can see just how far the class progressed in almost two decades. With quarter mile times almost down to 6 seconds, at speeds approaching 200 mph, Outlaw Anglia shows no sign of slowing down. It’s one of the hottest tickets out there, so here’s to the next 20 years...

Pro Modified are the ultimate doorslammer cars on the planet and Zeon have filmed them for more than a decade, Twin turbos, superchargers and monster nitrous engines, these cars can cover the quarter mile in just 5 seconds with speeds reaching 250 mph. With this level of power, things can go very wrong, very quickly, and it takes a fearless driver to try and tame the beast. Filmed exclusively at Santa Pod, the home of European drag racing, this DVD brings you year by year highlights of the MSA (Europe) and later Motorsport UK British Drag Racing Championship for Pro Modified. The records, the career defining moments, the thrills and spills, all packed into one wild DVD.

The creation of the Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association was an exciting time in British drag racing, and Zeon were there to film the action right from the start way back in 2005, producing the annual season review DVD Nitro Warriors up until 2011. The class was instantly a fan favourite. Huge engine, short wheel base, shed loads of attitude, heading any which way but straight - this is what fuel altered racing is all about. 6 seconds, 200 mph+, unpredictable to the extreme - you can't take your eyes off them for a second! Lawrie Gatehouse and Ollie Burn knew what they were doing when they set up the class, and UK drag racing was so much richer for it.

Shakespeare County Raceway was for so many years the spiritual home of the NSRA Nostalgia Nats and Hot Rod Drags. Zeon first filmed Hot Rods at Shakey back in 2007, and were immediately blown away by the eclectic mix of vehicles that packed out this much loved venue. The pairing lanes to run down the historic quarter mile were full to capacity, and wherever you looked there was something else to catch the eye. So many historic cars, bikes and dragsters took to the track with hot rods squaring off against classic American muscle cars, dragsters grudge racing historic funny cars in the Run What Ya Brung, and who could forget the spectacle that was the Flathead Meltdown?

Zeon first filmed the Mopar EuroNats way back in the year 2000 when it was held at Shakespeare County Raceway. Moving to Santa Pod Raceway it developed into one of the biggest and best muscle car drag racing events in the world, attracting cars and teams from across Europe. Wild Friday night with the tyre smoke hanging in the air outside the Priory Pub, the legendary burnout competition, the always entertaining wheelie contest, and championship drag racing from the likes of the UK Power Tour, and MSA Pro Mod. he mix and quality has always been astounding. Drag racing and big old American muscle cars will forever go hand in hand. It’s a formula that’s worked for more than 25 years.

These DVDs are available individually for £14.95 plus postage and packing, or there are several offers on the web site which enables you to get them for £10 each as long as you order at least five DVDs. Postage and packing to the UK or Europe is a fixed £1.50 and for other territories £1.75.

We will be reviewing this year's DVDs and will publish the review shortly, however from previous year's viewings, quality is assured.

Stu interview on video.
21st November: Today would have been the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala evening, incorporating the usual ceremonies for new inductees and an opportunity for those attending to socialise in time-honoured fashion.

This year, however, is sadly different for two reasons: the BDRHoF lost its founder and Honorary Chair Stuart Bradbury in July, and the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of this year's Gala. In the absence of the Gala, the board of directors of the BDRHoF and its advisers have suggested that all who knew and loved Stu raise a glass to him this evening.

With the kind permission of Stu's widow Beverly and daughter Genna, an interview with him, which was filmed at the 2015 Gala, has been uploaded to the BDRHoF Youtube channel which you can see by clicking here. Many thanks go to Julian Parsons and AMP Audio Solutions for producing the video.

HOFtalk 10 published.
21st November: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame have announced the publication of the latest edition of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame news bulletin HOFtalk.

In HOFtalk 10, compiled and edited by Jerry Cookson with additional words by current editor Simon Groves, we meet the new Honorary Chair of the BDRHoF, Lesley Wright, and celebrate the new inductees to the BDRHoF. The Gala dinner at which the 2020 inductees will be presented will provisionally take place on 20th November 2021, delayed by a year as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

HOFtalk also reflects on those that we have lost this year, especially BDRHoF founder and Honorary Chair Stuart Bradbury, BDRHoF member and Fuel Altered exponent Lawrie Gatehouse and others who have passed away in this extraordinary and sad year. We also turn the clock back to the inductees in 2008 and to an interview conducted by Simon with BDRHoF members Clive Skilton and Carl Olson, with the late Mike Kuhl, in 2014.

To download a copy of HOFtalk 10, please click on this link to the 37MB pdf file.

No-prep at Melbourne.
21st November: Organiser of no-prep events Paul Marston has announced there will be two such events taking place at Melbourne Raceway in 2021:

No Prep heads up, 1/8th mile drag racing returns in 2021 at Melbourne Raceway, the dates are June Saturday and Sunday, dates TBC, and August Saturday and Sunday, dates TBC. Dates will be confirmed 100% in the next couple of weeks. Anyone wishing to put their name down as a provisional entry please contact Paul via the No Prep FB page, email or call/text on 07831 650230. We need to gauge the interest so as to book the spots with Straightliners (the organising body at Melbourne). Looking forward, we have to assume that even in 2021, there will still be rules and conditions to adhere to due to Covid.

In an upgrade to our previous events, this will be a two day deal, we will be on track both days and Friday arrival will be available subject to pre entry. The format is still being finalised but for the first one, it will be based around North v South, heads up 1/8th mile doorslammer action, bring everything you have got. As has been seen many times before, it's not always the car with the most horsepower that wins, its often the team who are the cleverest and use what they have most effectively who win on a No Prep surface. There will be some nice prize money up for grabs, and proper Trophies. As always, other than safety, there are no rules.

The second event will be a No Prep Nationals with two classes, Big Tyre and Small Tyre. All our events will run alongside the usual Melbourne Raceway classes.

Just as important, you will be supporting Melbourne Raceway, we as a sport need Melbourne Raceway to be successful in 2021, it is essential for its long term future. So put the dates in your diaries for 2021. Many thanks to Trevor Duckworth and all the Straightliners team for giving us the opportunity to hold our event there.

Anyone who wishes to get involved with us regarding sponsorship and support, we are always on the end of the phone and are ready to listen.

Happy 90th John Bennett!
20th November:
We would like to wish founder director of Santa Pod Raceway and member of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame John Bennett a very Happy 90th Birthday today (20th November).

To celebrate John's birthday, we publish today for the first time an interview with John conducted by your editor with John Woolfe Racing Managing Director Dave Riswick which took place in 2015. In it John talks about his background, his involvement in drag racing and hot rods, his company Spa Engineering and how he and four other individuals came to find Podington Airfield and transform it into Santa Pod Raceway in 1965-66.

Fellow former director of Santa Pod Raceway and member of the BDRHoF Roy Phelps writes:

The history that made the future of Santa Pod and drag racing across Europe

Who were the original five directors of Santa Pod Raceway?

John Bennett – the original co-ordinator in the development of SPR. John, whose father married into the Phelps family, was by far the most knowledgeable at understanding the requirements of the motorsport governing bodies in bringing together car and bike racing at the same events.

Bob Phelps - the man who did so much of the hard graft of building and construction of SPR, who could always be seen with a welding torch in his hand, who constructed the start-line tower and crossover which still stands today. Also the finish line gantry which was only recently replaced.

Ted Peddle - an integral part of Spa Engineering and Fibre Glass Repairs, who helped produce the financial platform to enable SPR to take off.

Roy Phelps - son of Bob Phelps, who became the main promoter of SPR up until 1995, was responsible for the appearance of both fuel and jet cars, and developed the events which were forerunners of those taking place today.

Ernie Braddock - along with his son known as “young Ernie” played an important part as one, being the landowner and at the same time providing the heavy equipment that started the building of the earth banking and other track work.

You can see our interview with John Bennett, sponsored by Lucas Oil Products by clicking here or clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link in the main menu. We would like to thank not only John and Dave, but also those who helped provide information and historic photos for us to use in the feature.

Attention SPRC Perpetual trophy holders.
19th November:
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall has been in touch to request that current SPRC Perpetual Award trophy holders return the trophies. Trophies can be returned either to the SPRC (P.O. Box 12, Rushden, Northants, NN10 0AY) or to Santa Pod Raceway (Ian Marshall c/o Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, Podington, Nr Wellingborough, NN29 7XA). It would be appreciated if the holders could also send Ian a quick email to or text message just to let him know the trophy is on its way and where it will be arriving.

Swift snippets.
19th November: In the latest instalment of his autobiographical blog, John Hunt writes about continuing to work at Obsession Motorsports with Terry and Tina Gibbs in 1999, including the establishment of Junior Dragster racing in the UK that year, and behind the scenes at the annual APIRA Super Series Championship Presentations and Dinner Dance evening. You can read John's blog here or by clicking on Racer Blogs in the main menu. As an option, you can read John's blog in a first-to-last sequence which you can find by clicking here.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt uploaded two more of his 'Time Travel' series of videos of historic British drag racing footage to Youtube. This week he has uploaded his own cine film taken at Santa Pod Raceway in 1981-82 as Time Travel 30. The focus then switches to Hot Rod meetings at SPR with Nick's cine film of Gary's Picnics from 1979, '80, '81, '83 and '85 at Santa Pod in Time Travel 31.

Malta Finals coverage, PBs.
16th November: The light conditions on Malta make for great photos and we've highlighted the best from this year's final event at Hal-Far, held in sunny mid 20C temperatures.

Automotive photographer Dylan Darmanin, in only his second year of professional photography, has posted his photos of
Friday and Saturday to his web site and you can see a variety from all classes. Long standing Malta motorsports photographer Alex Buttigieg has posted a Facebook gallery of his pictures from the weekend.

Video of the event can be see in its entirety on the Motorsmt Facebook page and MDRA secretary Konrad d'Anastasi posts his videos of individual runs to his Youtube page, with playlists of completed events. He has uploaded playlists for Friday and Saturday.

Some individual performances at the event were outstanding. The Honda K20 turbo powered dragster of Miguel Montebello (above left) ran a 6.392/202.73. Clint Fenech driving his Cosworth YB-powered Mk1 Escort with Smooth Racing (above centre), broke his previous 7.25 PB three times over the event, ending with a best of 7.053/193.08 (1.077 60ft).

Photos all © DLP Automotive

In the Front Wheel Drive class, there were several new PBs which we list below:
  • Jonathan Grech (Toyota Starlet, top right) 9.564/150.25 (2nd in FWD class)
  • Martin Vella (Toyota Starlet, above left) 9.816/140
  • Wayne Scicluna (Toyota Starlet) 10.081/138.37
  • Glenn Busittil, (Toyota Starlet) 10.13/143 (winner in Super Modified 3 class)
  • Jurgen Debono (Honda Civic B16) 10.144/142.46
In the bike classes, Franklyn Borg won both Open and Outlaw classes, utilising a new MaxxECU, with tuning from Simon Giordmaina, running a best of 7.07/202 (his PB of 6.916 recorded at the 207 Euro Finals). (Pictured above centre: Joseph Grima, Open and Outlaw Motorcycle).

Also in bikes there was a group from the Netherlands including Rene van den Berg running four passes on his Top Fuel bike, the best being 6.4 and 6.8, with Aswin de Noble (above right) on a Pro Stock Bike for the first time with a 7.7s timing slip.

Moore power for Jedd.
15th November: Thanks to Outlaw Anglia committee member Jemma Guy for letting us know that she and husband and
Outlaw Anglia racer Jedd, of sponsor Shorty's Fabrication Shop, have bought Roger Moore's ex-Roger Johansson 732ci nitrous engine out of the Roger Moore Race Team Viper Pro Mod.

Jemma said "We're so excited to finally reveal this. Back in summer when it came up for sale, we had discussions with Jeff Bull and we couldn't resist taking the leap and buying it!

"The engine fits like a dream and we're now working away getting it ready for next year. Jedd's built a new fuel tank and is making a new radiator to fit, we've also made a new hood scoop from scratch to fit the twin throttle bodies. After Christmas, the car will also be off to get a new paint job. "We are so so excited to show Shorty's new look next year. Jedd will have his work cut out as he will be tuning three of the five Outlaw Anglias competing for the class's first six second run next year!"

With new builds and powerplant upgrades, any of the five racers could be the first to the historic milestone. Colin Millar ran close with a 7.04/194.72 at the 2019 Hot Rod Drags running a 632ci nitrous setup. Simon Barlow went 7.08/194.61 at the 2019 Ford Show, with supercharged big block Chevy power. Scott Crookston who won the 2019 Championship has gone a best of 7.41/179.95 at Dragstalgia in 2019 with a 560ci combination similar to Colin's, Jon Webster debuted a brand new supercharged small block car in 2020 and ran 7.62/179.24 and Jedd himself ran 7.65/174 at 2017 Dragstalgia with his old combination. Jedd will tune Colin and Scott's in addition to his own car.

Class car count is looking excellent for 2021, with over 30 cars predicted with a shootout for the top 16 and the lower qualified cars going into a bracket. race. To find out more, see the class web site.

Swift snippets.
15th November: Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has been busy uploading more of his 'Time Travel' series of videos of historic British drag racing footage to Youtube. This week has been the turn of the videos taken by the Page family. Time Travel 28 features the family's cine film from 1970-1971 at Santa Pod, Blackbushe and the World Records Meet at Elvington whilst Time Travel 29 covers the period 1971-1975 at Santa Pod, North Luffenham, Blackbushe, Silverstone and Sweden.

Our Kieran has been looking through his extensive video archive and come up with a collection of the proverbial wolves in sheeps' clothing. Kieran says "I've picked out my favourite sleepers that I've filmed over the years, this video is in no particular order but showcases my Top 10. There's a varied mix including Stephen Xuereb's Mk2 Escort & Darren Scannell's Mk1 Escort that both look like they should belong in the Show & Shine paddock but smash out nine second 1/4 miles with ease, to Ian's completely stock looking 1964 Rover P4 powered by a Big Block Ford. You can see Kieran's video by clicking here and see his latest by subscribing to channel.

Frosty retires.
14th November:
Andy Frost, former Street Eliminator Champion and holder of the world's fastest street legal car, has announced his retirement from drag racing after an extraordinary career highlighted by leading edge engineering expertise, international competition, the constant setting of performance goals, and loyalty to one single marque of car – the Vauxhall Victor FD.

Born in Birmingham, Andy's first taste of drag racing was in 1988 when he ran the Vauxhall he had owned since 1982 and named Red Victor 1 (pictured below) with a stock Rover engine, quickly exchanging the Rover afterwards for a small block Chevy. He ran between 1990 and 1992 in bracket classes, again swapping the engine for a big block Chevy which eventually got the car into the nines.

His Custom Car Street Eliminator Championship came early in his career in 1996 when times, with a nitrous assist, were in the low tens, eventually dipping to 9.77/142. Quicker things were in store after Andy began a collaboration with Peter Knight of Knight Racing Services, and times in the low nines persuaded Andy to start building the tube framed Red Victor 2 in 1998.

A year or so later Andy had a chance to drive the Top Alcohol Dragster crew chiefed by Peter Knight, and owned by Martin Canto (pictured below), running at UK events in 2000 and running a best of 6.32/215mph. The nitrous powered Red Victor 2 was finished by 2002 and he resumed competition in Street Eliminator as a contender, running in the 8.3s at 170mph.

In 2005, Andy and three other UK racers (Ian Hook, Jeff Meads and Steve Pateman) travelled to the US to compete with their respective cars in the first World Street Race. As a team, the UK racers were winners of the event, an achievement that Andy is justly proud of. On his return to the UK, Red Victor 2 performances improved further after changing the car to twin turbo, winning more races and getting into the sevens. By 2009 Red Victor 2 was Europe's fastest street legal car, winner of the King of Europe race.

In 2010, Andy decided to become a street legal Pro Modified racer, something no-one else had ever attempted. sponsor Webster Race Engineering were commissioned to build Red Victor 3 with help from Wayne Allman, and UK engine builder Mark Lamude built a twin turbo engine on which tuning advice was obtained from Shane Tecklenburg. Much of 2011 was taken up by licensing after engine problems, however in 2012 Andy achieved his performance goal to become the first street legal car (outside the USA) into the 6s, resetting the world mark to 6.50/226 in 2013. The build and first runs of Red Victor 3 were documented by Andy in his blog.

However attempts to get the car into contention in Pro Mod in 2014 came to naught as the mandated electromotive shut off systems were potentially damaging to the car's transmission, and required turbo sizes placed him at a disadvantage. Andy decided to run in Competition Eliminator in the UK in 2014-16 before working towards his next goal, to run a five in a street legal car. Funding for this goal came from his loyal sponsors and the Red Victor 5 Second Club which comprised 500 members, the car having a huge profile by that time.

The decision was taken to run in Bahrain and in January 2017 Andy ran 6.31/236.3 mph, his best numbers to that date and heading for the world street car record of 251. After further work in upgrading the car, its potential was showed in a 6.02/250.4 mph at Bahrain international circuit in January 2018 and 6.075/248.24 at a private test at Santa Pod Raceway in May 2019 (pictured top).

Andy set his final record of 5.87/263.7 at Bahrain on 12th November 2019, and ran four other five second passes, three over 260mph during his visit . He said "It's one of only four street legal cars in the world that have run in the fives, the first street legal car in the world to surpass 260mph in the ¼ mile and it’s the fastest doorslammer (street legal or not) outside the US. I've broken all the barriers I set myself, we still own the speed side of the world's fastest street legal car in the 1/4 mile and I'm now bowing out whilst at the top.. It's been an absolute blast. I've met lots of great people over the years, and loads are still friends now. A huge thanks to every person and company that was involved with our team over the 30+ years we were racing, especially over the last 5 years with the Red Victor 5 second club".

You can watch the documentary on Andy's Bahrain achievements at Utrack TV.

Andy says "special thanks to my wife Deb Frost and my three lads Damien, Craig and Gary.
"Thanks go to all of the RV team members throughout the 30+ years of racing including: Dave Williamson, Tony Grayston, Jason Savory, Arthur Stuffins, Wil Perry, Thorsten Appel , Gary Frost, Nik Wadsworth, Nick Bradley, Rob Kimber and Rob Kearns (RIP).
"Thanks to every one of the 500 Red Victor 5 second club members and to:
Shane Tecklenburg of ST Consulting
Marc Lamude at Lamude Racing Engines
Peter Knight at Knight Racing services
Wayne Allman at Intergalactic Custom Shop
Nick at WAM tools
Justin Attwood at JustElectrical design
Chris Bourton at Hard Knocks Speedshop
Al Williamson at AW upholstery
Wolverhampton HAMC
Jonny Smith of 5th Gear and various publications
Tog and
Bahrain International Circuit, BDRC and E Kanoo Racing and Logistics
Ali Mahmood at UTrack TV
Dave and Helen at Zeon TV
Santa Pod Raceway
Stuart Harris and Dougie McColm at VXR


R-Tech Welding Equipment
Precision Turbo and Engine
Turbosmart UK
Pro Alloy Motorsport
Cam Auto Development
KA Sensors
Steve Morris Engines
Renegade Fuels/Trackstuff UK
Neal Chance Racing Converters
Red Line Oil/ Old Hall Performance
Total Seal Piston Rings
Hutch Transmission Service
Andy Robinson Race Cars
Victory Performance
Wallwork HT
Rep Air services
Wilson Manifolds
Diamond Pistons
Manton Pushrods
New Century Performance
Visner Engine Developments
Billet Atomisers
Braille Batteries
Cartek Motorsport electronics
Club Calibra
PTP Turbo blankets
Superpower Unlimited
Precision Shaft technologies
Serck Motorsport
Dave Cooper Engineering
Mick Gould Commercials
Powerlite performance electronics
Prestige Group
Browell Bellhousings
Race Engine Technology
Carl Cox Motorsport
"And every company/person/publication who ever helped us with products, assistance or ink, or anyone I have inadvertently missed. Thank you all. It’s been one hell of a ride..."

Photo of Red Victor 1 © Colin Donisthorpe, photo of Canto TAD by Tog.

RRC Anger Management build gallery.
13th November:
Bob Roberts has kindly sent a gallery of pictures taken by him whilst the build of Andy Robinson's Pro Modified '69 Camaro Anger Management took place at sponsor Robinson Race Cars.

The car was the first British Pro Mod to run in the five second zone, competing successfully for six years including four championships until it was destroyed in a top-crash at the 2018 National Finals, fortunately with no injury to Andy.

Bob says "The intent was to build in as much lightness as possible which was demonstrated when the Camaro tipped the scales at 200 lbs less than the predecessor Studebaker. Carbon fibre was used extensively throughout the car to the point where RRC built an oven so more could be done in-house and indeed offered for sale. Another route to lightness was the use of titanium most obviously in the firewall but also in the prop shaft tunnel and chute mounts". A radical approach was also taken to suspension adjustment altering the ride height to increase the amount of potential variations in settings.

You can see Bob's gallery in our feature in association with Lucas Oil Products by clicking here or go to our Features, Interviews, Tributes index via the main menu.

'Tree Air Freshener launched.
13th November: Eurodragster sponsor Peter Walters Race Design has been in touch to let readers know about a new product from his POWERED Co. Range.

POWERED Co. is pleased to launch the ‘Tree’ Air Freshener. Give your daily driver, hot rod, trailer, RV or even race car that fresh lemon scent! Guaranteed to please and makes any enclosed space smell fresh and clean.

Lemon scented, Easy to hang and Long lasting. Available on the shop web site for just £3.00. There are lots of new products in the works at POWERED Co. Including a ‘Girl Powered’ Range of accessories and garments. Keep and eye on the socials for more news!

Malta Hal Far Finals preview.
12th November: This weekend 13th-15th November, the final race in the Malta Drag Racing Association's 2020 Championships, sponsored by petroleum products wholesalers Enemed, take place at Hal Far Raceway. We look at the sport in Malta, starting with a brief guide to the classes, and then review the history of drag racing in this island republic, with a population of around half a million. You can see the action on 14th-15th November at

During March 2020, the MDRA was forced to suspend the season before the first race had been run due to Covid-19. However, with government co-operation, events 'behind closed doors' were able to take place on 16th-18th July, 25th-27th September and the upcoming weekend of 13th-15th November.

Drag racing is the predominant motorsport in Malta, this success being amplified by FIA Drag Racing Championships won by Duncan Micallef (Top Fuel) and Manty Bugeja (Top Methanol Dragster). Hal Far is a permanent race track that has been operating for over 30 years.

Pictured: Reuben Micallef (world's quickest Cosworth dragster at 6.48/203mph), Juan Mula DeBono (PS Champion), Christian Pace (Escort champion). Photographers: Ruth Galea, Simon DeBono.

The class structure, unique to Malta, allows for European and Japanese types of car to be used, also catering for the types of car which traditionally run at Hal Far. Our high level summary of classes follows, for full regulations and mandatory safety equipment go to the MDRA web site at

Capacity classes are as follows:
  1. Up to 1850cc
  2. 1851cc-2100cc
  3. 2101cc – 2400cc
  4. 2401cc-4000cc
  5. 4001-6500cc
  6. 6501cc and over
There are capacity factors for multi-valve engines (x1.1), power adders NOS (allowed in classes 4,5,6)/Turbo/Supercharger (x1.4 each). These rules apply to the PS, SS, SM, CA and D categories below:

Production Series (PS): Original body with lightening, production engine only with original type power adders. Free transmission and axle, only chassis back halving permitted. 2019 Champion: Juan Mula DeBono (Class 4).

Escort (Class 2 and 3): No external modifications, interior can be removed, any OED engine can be used, no injection or power adders, manual gearbox, suspension free (leaf springs original mounting), Same capacity brackets as SS. 2019 Champion Christian Pace (Classes 2 and 3).

Super Street (SS): Stock body, chassis, engine of original material in original location, manual transmission, any suspension (leaf springs original mounting) 2019 Champion: Insufficient entries.

Super Modified (SM): As Super Street but stock body can be modified for engine or gearbox location, any rear axle allowed and chassis is only to be altered for rear axle, no wheelie bars, any transmission is allowed with firewall mods for it to fit. 2019 Champions: Glenn Caruana (Class 3) Reuben Pirotta (Class 4).

Open: Class 1 for stock body and chassis up to 3500cc (subject to penalties for power adders), Class 2 for stock body and back halved chassis up to 3500cc any power adder allowed with no penalties. Classes 3 to 5 are for any type of body and tube chassis with capacity limits of 3000cc, 6500cc and unlimited. Class 6 is for T-buckets, funny cars, dragsters, suspension not mandatory and unlimited engines. FWD and diesel classes. 2019 Champions: Paul Fenech (Class 1), George Zarb (Class 2), Clint Fenech (Class 3) Mario Borg (Class 6), Marvic Galea (FWD class), Sven Piscopo (Diesel class).

Outlaw Front Wheel Drive: One class for cars with same engine and body make of up to 6 cylinders. Minimum weight and weight breaks for capacity, multiple power adders, automatic transmission, single cam and nitrous only. Max turbo size 76mm. Lightweight body panels allowed, tyres 10.5" max. 2019 Champion: Renald Farrugia.

Pictured: Paul Fenech (Open class 1, in HPE Motorsport car), Marvic Galea (Open FWD Champion), Renald Farrugia (Outlaw FWD champion). Photographer: Ruth Galea.

Extreme: Class 2 for 2 rotors (rotary engines), 4 cylinder or 5 cylinder up to 2.9liter. Class 3 for 3 rotors (rotary engines), 6 cylinders in straight, V6 up to 4.1liter. Both classes allow any type of body and tube chassis with weight limits of 1900lb or 2000lb with tube chassis. 2019 Champion: Clint Catania (Class 2).

Classified Altered (CA): free in all respects, silhouette body to be used, any fuel allowed. 2019 Champion: Anthony Vella (Class 6).

Dragster/Alcohol Dragster/Fuel Dragster (D/DTA/DTF): free in all respects, includes open wheeled vehicles, funny cars in class 4 and 5, any fuel allowed. 2019 Champion: Antoine Schembri (Classes D4 and D5).

Junior Dragster: rules as in UK. 2019 Champion: Xavier Camilleri.

Motorcycles: classes are Street (64” wheelbase normally aspirated), Street Modified (64” wheelbase power adders but no slider/lockup clutches), Super Street 2 (68" wheelbase normally aspirated), Super Street 1 (68" wheelbase, power adders and slider/lockup clutches permitted), and Open (no restrictions) 2019 Champion: Briegel Micallef (SS1 and Open).

In addition, index and bracket racing is in brackets based on ET in half second increments between 8.00 and 13.50. 2019 Champion: Leslie Said (8.50 index class).

With such a range of classes, many vehicles compete in more than one class. So for this coming weekend there are 83 drivers and 152 class entries. Championships require a minimum number of competitors of three, and a competitor must compete in at least two events to be awarded a title.

The history of Malta drag racing is documented at Portatree's site. Racing started at Ta' Qal airfield in 1977 but organised quarter mile racing commenced at Hal Far in May 1989. The Malta Drag Racing Association was formed to handle the organisation of the sport and became a member of the Malta Motorsport Federation. A few years ago the Maltese government handed over the track permanently to the Malta Drag Racing Association who have continued to develop the facilities and sport there.

Pictured: Clint Catania (Extreme class 2 Champion), Briegel Micallef (SS1 and Open Motorcycle Champion), Miguel Montebello (DTA class 5). Photographers: Alex Buttigieg, Simon DeBono.

A contingent of European racers, media and fans have travelled to Malta, most to visit the November event which, as the championship finals, also falls outside the UK season. In 1991 Knut Soderquist visited with a Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car. Outlaw Anglia and Super Street Bike racer Mark Pointer took his Hooligan Fordson van and kept it there for a few years. Kev Jenkins with his Fraudster Escort in an earlier incarnation visited in 2008,2009 and 2015 with other members of the Old Skool Ford club. Two years ago Ian Merryweather and Roy Wilding with their teams took over their Banzai and Hellzapoppin' altereds.

This year, the visitors would have included Outlaw Anglia racer Colin Millar, announcer Luke Stevenson and our Kieran with his cameras. Sadly, the current UK Covid 19 restrictions prevent overseas visitors from attending. But we anticipate 2021 will see a resurgence in visitors, with the great climate, a great range of vehicles and the competitive spirit of the Maltese.

Swift snippets.
12th November: The final race in the Panhellenic Dragster Championship on 21st-22nd November has had to be postponed due to a national lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisers Pro Action Racing are looking at dates in December for the race.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has posted to his Youtube channel another three of his Time Travel videos, from archive cine film and slides from the 1950s to the 1970s. Time Travel 25 is from cine film taken by John Hutchinson, Chris Mod and Martin Pierson at Santa Pod, North Luffenham and York Raceway 1970 - 79, Time Travel 26 comprises Roy Cockrill's cine film at Santa Pod from 1973-1977, whilst Time Travel 27 features Ken 'Flathead' Cooper's cine film and pictures from 1959-1969.

Feature: 1975 Wroughton Tor Line FC Championship.
9th November: In 1975, RNAS Wroughton hosted the National Drag Racing Club, who organised an international race including the Tor Line Funny Car Championship. Three Funny Cars and several altereds and doorslammers came over to compete, and today's historic feature describes the track and details the competition that took place. Thanks go to Jerry Cookson, Nick Pettitt and Jon Spoard for contributing material as well as the original photographers.

You can see our feature, supported by Lucas Oil Products here or by clicking the features, interviews, tributes link from the main menu.

Photo of Hazze Fromm in Ragnarok Capri FC courtesy Dick Parnham

Nitro Revival poster offer.
6th November: Land speed racer Geoff Stilwell, sponsor on behalf of Nitro Revival has kindly provided a number of signed posters for the now-postponed November 2020 event at Irwindale Dragstrip which we offer to the first ten readers to make a request, with postal address included, via the e-mail address shown on today's Eurodragsterholics Facebook post.

We will be pleased to send by mail a copy of the poster designed by Toby Denham, who has been the brains behind the incredible graphic designs for Nitro Revival, which you can see by going to their web site or Facebook page. Look out for a revised date for Nitro Revival in due course.

Swift snippets.
6th November: Thanks to Pascal Koch from Germany at Youtube channel European Drag Racing Videos for drawing our attention to his excellent collection of in-car and spectator-side videos from major drag racing events since 2013. Pascal started shooting footage from the stands for Youtube at the 2013 NitrOlympX and got a trackside pass in 2014. He posted his first videos from Santa Pod Raceway in 2015 progressed to onboard from a variety of cars and bikes from 2018. Continuing in 2020, he has posted from Clastres Dragway and Zerbst's Test & Tune recently. A big innovation this year is 360 degree videos with the viewer able to control the angle.

Diana, Kirstie, Julian, Kieran and Simon would like to wish retired News Editor, Race Reporter and Photographer Tog a very happy birthday for tomorrow (Saturday). Have a great day buddy, and many happy returns.

Flame & Thunder highlights video.
5th November: Kieran has posted a video of on-track highlights from Flame & Thunder Lite 2020. You can see the wide variety of vehicles involved, from a motorised wheelie bin all the way to a Top Fuel Dragster and several jets. The video is indexed so you can go to your favourite category easily.

Kieran says "Flame & Thunder is the annual season finale in the UK and being held at the end of October it can be prove to be a bit of a hit or miss with the weather. There were a few passes in the morning but the heavy rain came in and we waited 6 hours whilst the track crew worked tirelessly to get the "track open again!

There were two Top Fuel Dragsters on site, multiple Jet Cars and some fantastic drag cars & bikes putting in demo passes". You can enjoy Kieran's video by going to
this link and subscribe to his channel which is now heading towards 50,000 subscribers.

Web site updates.
5th November: The Mad Welshman has uploaded to his Flickr account an album from the recent Dragtastic 3 event at Melbourne Raceway. Mad says "This was our first ever visit to the Northern strip and we were impressed with the new track which bodes very well for the future! Who'd have thought a few months ago that we'd have any events in 2020 let alone being able to go to a brand new track; fingers crossed for a much improved 2021!" You can see Mad's photos by going to this link.

Pro Mod for sale - hardly used.
4th November: Sometimes you see a car for sale and think 'That's for me'. Norwegian racer
Geir Bjønnes's '57 Shoebox Chevy is one such that leads many to such a flight of fancy. And if you've a shade under £50,000 then it can be yours.

Geir says 'The car was finished in 2008 and first came out in 2009'. The car has chassis, body and carbon wheel tubs by US Pro Mod constructor Tim McAmis. Mechanically it's complete with a BAE Series 6 engine, with spare rods and pistons, Veney/Newberry heads, Kobelco Superman supercharger, Lenco CS1 gearbox, Weld wheels, and lots of spares.

The car was bought for Top Doorslammer racing however it ran only in three events in 2009, three in 2011 and two at the end of 2012, qualifying just once despite the considerable potential. After deciding to quit the sport at that point, the car was then stored for eight years and is now offered for sale turnkey with all spares. It can be made Pro Mod legal with the necessary safety upgrades.

If you're interested you can see more detailed specs in our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet and contact Geir at his e-mail or on his phone +47 99513056.

Greek drag scene.
3rd November: Santa Pod Raceway announcer and owner of the European FWD Facebook page
Luke Stevenson plans to travel to Agrinio in Greece to attend the final race in the Panhellenic Dragster Championship on 21st-22nd November. We looked at the site of the organiser Pro Action Racing and saw how far the sport has developed in Greece in recent years.

Locations for the sport include Agrinio (170 miles northwest of Athens, used for racing since 2017) and Tympaki Airport in Crete, the southernmost dragster track in Europe. These two are organised by Pro Action Racing, also known as ASI. The National Championship, is now shared between these two tracks and Serres, an eighth mile track that is part of a permanent circuit near Thessaloniki in the north of the country Lenoe Drag Racing are the organisers at Serres and run a track championship as well as being part of the National Championship. Thebes (Drag Park) 40 miles north of Athens hosted the first rounds of the national championship in 2017 with separate races for cars and for bikes as well as its own 'Drag Battle', the site closing in 2018.

Street racing became a problem a decade or so ago and so a number of temporary airfield sites have been used for RWYB events or 'Drag Days'. These along with the National Championship events are regulated by motor racing regulator OMAE. There are several such sites, examples are Lamia Airport 130 miles northwest of Athens was licensed for use from 2012, and Elliniko just south of Athens was relicensed in 2013 for bikes, the licensing being handled by organisers ASI and motorbike sport regulators AMOTOE. A new venue at Epitalio near Pyrgos in the Pellaponese had its first race in 2014 and Drag Days returned in November of that year. In 2015 Messolonghi airport hosted a drag day. The use of a number of facilities for drag days can only be a good thing for the future of the sport in Greece as it avoids putting all eggs in one basket track-wise.

In November 2013 a special event took place at Tympaki which hosted Dragtimes supercars from Russia and Romania. The event was streamed on Russian drag racing site From this start, live streaming of the Panhellenic Dragster Championship has been provided at (2013-16 highlights coverage was also provided by Speednation TV). Streaming of the sport is used as a platform for advertising and promoting the businesses supporting it.

As Pro Action Racing's web site says, "Drag Racing is the strongest motor sports championship in our country. It is on a good path and evolving despite not having permanent facilities like abroad".

Our photos show some of the quickest cars and bikes. They run in ET brackets or to an index. Cars are mainly European or Japanese with turbo and/or nitrous power adders. At the start of October, Vagelis Kantartzis (pictured above left) has claimed the quickest time in the world by a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, at 7.688/180.9. Spyros Panopoulos (pictured above centre) who has been employed in the past by McLaren's road car arm, and founded local firm Extreme Tuners has an impressive background. As you can see from his web site he has innovated many components in auto engineering; on the track he has driven his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 to 7.745/184mph; he also competes in Malta and Abu Dhabi, where he ran 7.708/156.61 at the permanent circuit there.

The quickest doorslammer in Greece is the Nissan Skyline GT-R VR38DETT of Gerasimos Filippatos (pictured above right) who has run a 7.190/201.5mph on the quarter These three are four wheel drive; there are quick rear wheel drive cars too. the Audi S2 (R30 Turbo) of Takis Vouros (pictured below left) who competes in Malta as well as his homeland has run 7.526/180mph. The Escort Mk2 2.3L Turbo of Stelios Geladakis whose best is 7.771/174.35. These two racers combine their engineering expertise to design the vehicles make parts where necessary and tune them for the track.

The Bike classes, not forgetting twice FIM-E TF Bike Champion Filippos Papafilippou, are largely dominated by Super Street Bikes with other types typically running in brackets such as Super Pro ET (yes, for bikes). Bike fields are often the majority of race entries and SSBs are invariably the quickest. DRDB lists seven bikes that run quicker than 7.50. Quickest of all is Nikos Stavropoulos (pictured above centre) at a record 7.153/193.1 – he has raced in the category for at least 10 years and is tuned by Proimadis Performance based near Athens. Nikos's main competition is Christos Agapidis (pictured above right) who has been racing even longer than Nikos and has recorded a best of 7.158/197.8 on his 1340cc Suzuki.

We'll be posting a link to the live stream of the race on 21st-22nd November in due course.

Magazine update.
2nd November: The December issue of Custom Car which goes on sale this week, includes a total of eight pages of race reports on both the STP Green Light Nationals and the NSRA Hot Road Drags held at Santa Pod Raceway both reports with plenty of photos from our own Julian. Also featured is a piece by Tony Thacker on Bonneville's Speed Week back in August including some vintage and nostalgia vehicles.

News includes some stocking fillers from Santa Pod Raceway and Lesley Wright's appointment as honorary chair at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Buying a copy of CC may be a bit more difficult during the impending lockdown, so why not treat yourself to a subscription by going to shop.kelsey/ and choose between the paper edition for £39.00 (discounted by £25.87 from newsstand price) or £37.99 for the online edition? This offer expires on 26th November.

Followers of motorcycle drag racing may be interested to know that the December issue of Bike magazine contains a rare venture into the quarter-mile sport, a two-page spread describing Hans-Henrik Thomsen's successful bid to set an electric bike world record during Santa Pod's recent Not The European Finals meet.

The feature, written by Bike's Deputy Editor, Mike Armitage, carries photos by the author and by's own Julian. The December issue is available now on magazine stands, price £4.50.

New web sites for Williams Bros.
2nd November: Williams Bros Racing have launched no less than three new web sites each dedicated to the profile of their respective specialities. The sites detail the services offered, show a gallery of completed projects and incorporate a web shop. A great number of parts, from engines through brake and suspension kits to car care products, are kept in stock and, with weekly air freight deliveries, even non-stock items can be quickly supplied.

The sites to go to are,, and

Flame & Thunder galleries.
1st November: As usual for the season finale at Santa Pod Raceway there was a big variety of vehicles making almost their last pass down the strip in 2020 (some stayed for today's Run What Ya Brung).

We are pleased, despite the amount of wet stuff that came down during the day to be able to post, with the support of
John Woolfe Racing, galleries of track action and off-track shots courtesy of Julian and Diana.

See our event coverage page which you can reach by clicking this link or going via the John Woolfe Racing event coverage link in the main menu.

Dragtastic 4 cancelled.
31st October: Trevor Duckworth of
Straightliners and Melbourne Raceway has announced that Dragtastic 4 which was scheduled to take place at Melbourne on 7th-8th November, has had to be cancelled:

"With regret Straightliners have had to cancel the Dragtastic 4 event due to be held at Melbourne Raceway on the 7th and 8th of November. This is due to the Covid 19 virus and a lot of our catchment area going into Tier 3 of Lockdown measures.

"We will be publishing our 2021 dates for Melbourne Raceway shortly and look forward to a full year of events at this rejuvenated track with probably the best support and following in our sport - it truly is the people's track.

"2021 will see a new raft of improvements with the paddock upgrade, a new gantry over the track for lane sponsorship, improvements to the paddock area and a new clubhouse for members to put their feet up and relax; we will have new classes and a vibrant race programme from RWYB to the Pro classes in 2021.

"Sponsorship opportunities exist for the full 2021 season at Melbourne Raceway with packages for any budget from a banner site, to lane branding and right up to full event branding for your company info from

Yours in sport.

SHRA Mantorp Winter Nats 2020.
30th October: A bonus event in Sweden, not on the original calendar, was held last Sunday 25 October when over 50 racers headed towards Mantorp Park for their Winter Nats - test and tune action on an eighth mile track in 13C temperatures.

Courtesy of Swedish photographer
Cenneth Schiller we have been able to publish a selection of his shots of six of the vehicles taking part. The '69 Vette of Tommy Orest is part of the Swedish V8 Street Car Challenge also runs in Outlaw 10.5 and is capable of running tens in the quarter. Then there was the neat three window '33 Chevy coupe of Magnus Joelsson which runs a 408ci small block Chevy and Powerglide. Another classic was the Volvo 544 of Janne Blomé, also with SBC power and TH350 gearbox which has run mid 10s in the quarter.

A couple of the supercharged cars included Roger Nilsson's second generation Camaro, which runs the Street Week event as well as Outlaw 10.5 on the track. Stefan Breiner has a supercharged Plymouth GTX with a 512ci Mopar engine running on methanol and Torqueflite gearbox. Finally we had pictures of a wheelstand by one of the quickest cars there, Joel Skoglund's Pro ET Dart which runs a 358ci Dodge engine with G Force gearbox.

The event went well and put the lid on a year when the pause button was pressed, events became possible but Swedish spectators were sadly unable to enjoy them. 2021 will be better.

Nitro Revival postponed indefinitely.
30th October: When Nitro Revival, for which land speed racer Geoff Stilwell provides our sponsorship, was postponed from May to 7th November, UK fans relished the opportunity of going to the season ending racing events and this unique combination of car show, cacklefest and legends reunion at Irwindale Raceway, California. However the continued presence of Covid-19 put paid to the races, and now Nitro Revival has been postponed indefinitely. A future date will be determined once Covid-19 restrictions become clear and are less restrictive.

Geoff said "This is a sad situation and I can only hope that everyone involved in Nitro Revival is safe. We will be missing saying goodbye to Mike Kuhl as his Celebration of Life was due to be held there. I will also miss my friends Steve and Cindy Gibbs, Floyd and Sharon, Waterbed Fred, Snake, Ace and Harry Hibler. Condolences to Tony Thacker, Mick Jenkins and Donny Cummins who were going to be displaying my Lucas Oil 7707 Land Speed car at Nitro Revival with a lot of Lucas products. We will see you all on the salt in 2021".

Geoff's plans to break his own speed record at Bonneville and be the first BB Fuel Roadster over 300mph were disrupted in August due to travel restrictions between the UK and US. However, plans to take the car to 2021 events have been hatched and the main focus will be on Bonneville Speedweek 7-13 August.

Fuel Altered legend Ron Hope has challenged Geoff to be the first over 300mph, Ron running his turbo methanol roadster.

Picture: design ace Toby Denham's rendering of Lucas Oil 7707 on show, now sadly postponed

Swift snippets.
29th October: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to our good friend, British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Director and Motorsports UK Drag Racing Championship PR Robin Jackson. Have a great day Robin.

RRC Roger Moore build gallery.
28th October:
Bob Roberts has kindly sent a gallery of pictures taken by him whilst the build of Roger Moore's Pro Modified Dodge Viper took place at sponsor Robinson Race Cars.

Crew chief and Roger's brother Dave says: "The basic chassis rails and cage were built by Andy Robinson Race Cars, back in roughly 2006. The body, from a Billy Harper mould, was then shipped in from the States. The car then spent a couple of years at Roger's garage in Essex, with mega hours spent on it. It was a big learning curve for Rog and myself as we were a lot younger then. We got the 706ci nitrous motor from BA racing when they went blown. The car was painted and finally finished in 2008 just prior to the Euro Finals.

"We spent almost ten years in Pro Mod, a very tough game but the best fun ever, and the best teams in drag racing. The highlight was becoming the 2012 MSA championship. "The car was sold this year during lockdown, and was split three ways, rolling chassis, motor, Lenco and clutch.

"We then bought the Yellow Metal Funny Bike from Bob Brooks and tested it this year which went well for Rog. There is lots to learn but that's the whole point of having a change to two wheels. We can also bring some of our Pro Mod experience into the bike game. The bike will be going through a winter re-build with a brand new paint job to make it feel like it's our bike, with a new team name. Watch this space, we plan to license and race with the big boys next season if all goes well".

You can see Bob's gallery in our feature in association with Lucas Oil Products by clicking here or go to our Features, Interviews, Tributes index via the main menu.

Walle's new Camaro.
27th October: German Supercharged Outlaw and Super Pro ET racer Walle Strobel has revealed he has bought an ex-Pro Mod Camaro to race in these classes in 2021.

His new, first generation, Camaro which ran low 6s with its previous owner, has a 526 ci AJPE 481X engine with Lenco Drive and a Coan converter.

Walle says "This car ran a deep 6 sec run 12 years ago, but when I drive it into the sevens, I'll be happy. I will continue to race with the Supercharged Outlaws, or Extreme Outlaws as we are known in Germany, and sometimes in Super Pro ET. The Pro Mod series is a bit too expensive and too much work for me.

Walle has been racing since 1986 when he started in Competition with a Ford Capri 3100, then after a Competition dragster, ran a Top Methanol Dragster that met a fiery demise after an engine let go at the start.

His first Supercharged Outlaw Camaro, a 1973 model with 1974 front bodywork that he has had since 2016, is currently for sale with a 526ci AJPE engine with 14-71 blower running on methanol with Lenco drive gearbox; it ran a best time of 7.7s/185mph with an earlier engine setup.

He raced it at Dragstalgia over three years as well as running it in events in Germany and France. You can see the current specs and price of the car for sale at our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet. You can see more photos of it at this link.

Dakota cash prize grudge race.
26th October:
Dakota Raceway in conjunction with Straightliners, have announced a cash prize will be up for grabs at the last race of the year.

More drivers are coming forw,ard to race in the grudge race at Dakota Raceway on Saturday 14th November. Racers will place £25 in the hat and the winner can take up to £400, entry is online and spectators are allowed with advance booking and the usual Covid precautions required. Check out the info below:

The race will be a 1/8 mile no clocks car grudge race in six categories. All drivers enter online as normal at this link.

After you entered, send us a private message for attention of Lee, choosing your category. On the day each driver puts £25 in hat of their chosen category. There are sixteen places available in each category. Pairings will be determined by selection out of the hat. The process will start with eight pairs, then four pairs and down to two pairs and the final last pair is where the winner takes £400 based on 16 cars in each category. Categories are:

  • Pro AWD: Modified, competition tyres , interior removed
  • Street AWD: Factory appearance, full interior.
  • Pro rear wheel drive: Modified, competition tyres , interior removed.
  • Street rear wheel drive: Factory appearance, full interior.
  • Pro front wheel drive: Modified, competition tyres , interior removed.
  • Street front wheel drive: Factory appearance, full interior.
Don’t forget it’s also 1/4 mile run what you brung all vehicles welcome. Let’s see what you got!

Web site updates.
26th October: Richard Smith has posted to his web site, hosted by Zenfolio, 275 images from Sunday at Dragtastic 3 held at Melbourne Raceway on October 10th-11th. You can check out Richard's photos at this link.

Snake book out 15 November.
25th October: The autobiography Don "the Snake" Prudhomme: My Life Beyond the 1320 co-written with Elana Scherr (who we had the pleasure of meeting in July 2019 when she and Snake's friend "Hawaiian" Roland Leong attended Dragstalgia) is available in all good bookshops and online from 15th November for £26.25 advance discounted price plus postage.

The long awaited book was written with a huge amount of research and interviews over a period of more than two years. It reveals some facts about The Snake that have never come to light before including his family background and how he got into racing. The 192 page book has 250 illustrations, many from the files of National Dragster, whose editor Phil Burgess gave the book
a glowing review a few weeks back.

To whet your appetite a video with a discussion between the co-authors about the content of the book has been posted by publishers Car Tech on Youtube.

Oh, and if you are asking "what has this got to do with European Drag Racing?", Don himself came to Santa Pod Raceway in 1980 for the World Finals, and after recording a 6.22 to qualify no.2, a damaged crankshaft effectively sidelined him for the rest of the event. Co-incidentally drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has just posted footage of this event, with a truly international 16 car Funny Car field, from his video Time Travel 20 on Youtube, with footage of Snake's qualifying run.

Swift snippets.
25th October: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of came with the words "Here's a package for you". If you know more, or would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at

Speedgroup have published a draft of the 2021 EDRS calendar. It comes with the caveats that dates may be affected by Covid-19 restrictions and the forthcoming FIA calendar. Even so, it's good to see a full season of racing planned.

Gary Colman of GJC Motorsport Media has posted a total of 735 pictures taken by him at September's NSRA Hot Rod Drags to the GJC Motorsport Media Facebook page. To see Gary's photos, click here.

JT smells the nitro.
24th October:
Pro Mod and Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham has been sharing his thoughts about the next level of his racing career:

I think I have only one more year in Pro Mod (pictured) but need another goal. I am looking to get my fuel license, I have always been a car guy, so probably will rent a Fuel Funny Car. I don’t want to beat Liam up yet ...

We went 5.97 last year with Luke Robinson, and we were no.1 qualifiers for a bit as soon as Paul Marston got to grips with the Pop and he was really helping us to go rounds. If I can ever add a bit of advice for anyone new in drag racing, try to get a smart cookie. People in the know, know it’s tough, but these sort of people who have the knowledge just make it so much easier.

I am keeping both my doorslammers as if I get too frightened I might have to come back. The blue car is ready and the white one is nearly in discussions with one of the best engine guys.

On another very fast note, I have a back up guy, don’t know how good he will be but Barry (Sheavills) said he will be my man (bet he moans about my driving). Keep safe and go faster.

Video update.
24th October: Our Kieran has posted four new videos to his Youtube channel. Full car specs are included in the description on each video.

The quickest is Garth Wong's 100e running a Chevy LSA Crate Motor and a TH350 Transmission and ran its first eights at 160mph, as reported on Tuesday in coverage of Santa Pod Raceway's Private Test Day. John Gamble's Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth which produces 913hp on race fuel with a Cosworth YB based custom built engine and 6 Speed sequential gearbox. This car is fully road legal and does mid 10s at over 130mph. Then there is Rich White's '98 Subaru Impreza Type-R (pictured) which runs mid-9s at over 140mph. Finally there is Paul Robinson's Vauxhall Astra Pickup which has not one but two Saab 2.3L engines making 500hp+ per engine, giving the car ten second performance at over 140mph.

Simon Letkey who runs the Veedub Racing Youtube channel has posted a video of the recent GTi Festival held at Santa Pod Raceway, including racing and show n' shine. He says "I thought it was about time I actually had a walk about at one of these shows, and shared with my audience what I saw. As well as the general public cars on display and racing, there was also a selection of cars from the VWDRC club, who were entering a one day heads up racing style event, so it was good to walk round the pits and talk to them as well". You can see the great end result of Simon's production, sponsored by Awesome GTI, by clicking here.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has posted to his Youtube channel three of his Time Travel videos, from archive cine film and slides from the 1970s. Time Travel 17 includes the cine film of John Hutchinson and Pat Church plus Ken Robbins' slides from 1969-1970 and '74 covering events at North Luffenham, Elvington and Santa Pod. Time Travel 18 has the cine film of Les Sanderson from 1961-1979 covering events at Long Marston, Kemble and Santa Pod Raceway. Time Travel 19 uses cine film from 1979 at Santa Pod (Dennis Priddle's FC pictured), Blackbushe and New York Raceway. Several legendary meetings in the sport in the UK are covered in these videos which are highly recommended for those who want to see how it developed here in its early years.

Unusual positions vacant.
22nd October: Nigel Taylor has been in touch with a trio of great job opportunities offered via his
Unusual Car Sales U.K. Facebook page:

"The page at the moment lists nearly 100 useful phone numbers, all in one place for all hot rodders, drag racers etc and is proving to be very helpful. The site is also listing three jobs vacant, all in the Hot Rod/Drag racing industry.

"The excellent Robinson Race Cars in Basingstoke (sponsor of is looking for a welder/fabricator in their very busy race car shop , if it's something your capable of and would like To get involved, call Andy, Kate or Luke Robinson on 01256 880589 (full details here).

"Old Bones Fabrications here in Andover are booked up solid for 2021 already but they also need a welder/fabricator to help out with their workload so if you would like to be in the hot rod fabrication industry, call Steve Jones on 01264 772310 or head over to his Facebook/Instagram page and check out the whacky creations that they are doing.

"Valley Gas Speedshop also here in Andover are looking for a welder/fabricator and someone to help them get all the cars nearer to completion as they are also crammed with work and always taking on more, with lots of new show cars and award winning feature cars to their name. This is one awesome job for someone if you have the talent. Give Jimmy or Eloise Hibberd a call on 01264 353646.

"The unusual car sales U.K. site is more than just car sales, The site is aimed at the whole Hot Rod, yank, custom, classic and drag car scene to help out whereever possible, to promote Santa Pod and similar events, to help people find that dream car or to point you in the right direction when work is required on your car and much more, don’t forget to join the group and invite your like-minded friends into it too."

6 Appeal feature.
22nd October: Self-confessed CarPervert and sometime Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Jonny Smith who runs The Late Brake Show Youtube channel, has produced a video feature which is a must-see for all fans of Mark Todd's 6 Appeal Aston Martin.

In the 33 minute production, Jonny talks to Mark about his concept behind the car and the Street Eliminator class in general. He compares Mark's '90s racing Virage to a road-going 2019 Aston Martin DBS and Mark describes in detail about racing 6 Appeal. There is footage from the car's runs at Santa Pod, and each drives the other's cars, Jonny even trying the six second car on a wet road.

To see the video feature click on this link. Jonny's channel, with its eclectic mix of vehicles, is well worth a subscribe.

Venom auction.
22nd October: Tony Betts of Venom Racing has set up an auction on the team's Facebook page. The Nostalgia Funny Car team are hoping to take some of the sting (geddit?) out of the rebuild cost, following their incident at Not The Euro Finals, by auctioning to racers or collectors various parts as seen, and to get the Venom back on track in 2021.

Parts include quarter sections of the carbon fibre body, headers, a fire bottle, pistons, valves, rods, fuel pipes, and a wheel with tyre. The auction ends midnight Saturday. Check out Venom Racing on Facebook where you can place your bid.

Tony also reported that Venom's chassis is all stripped and will be going to Dale Reardon at Helston Choppers for a full rebuild ready for a transformation for 2021.

National Finals ACU report.
22nd October: Many thanks to photojournalist Steve Moxley for letting us know his report of the bike classes from the STP National Finals is now on-line at the official ACU web site.

You can see Steve's report which includes some interesting snippets by clicking here.

Jolink building for the future.
21st October: Euroserie Super Twin Top Gas racer Herman Jolink from the Netherlands has revealed he is building a new bike to replace his trusty Ducati from 2003. Herman has ridden Ducati-based machines throughout his 45 year drag racing career.

He said "During lockdown I have been working on historic Ducati Bevel engines, mainly for customers using them on the road but one for a circuit racer who contracted coronavirus badly, he was in hospital for two months but after several days on oxygen made a good recovery and recently raced at Chambley (where we also drag raced for several years, organised by Donald Pottier) in France.

"My new frame was started in 2019 and is based on a Ducati Panigale. I have more machinery now, a milling machine and lathe, but it is difficult at 66 years old to get local help. My main help in building bikes has been Kees and Hans van der Starre since 1982 and more recently a friend who did 25 years road racing and lives 200 km away." Herman also gets advice on the phone from the legendary Larry McBride.

Pics: Herman racing at Malmö in 2019, © Kraaijmotorsportfotografie.

Herman's engine for the planned new bike is based on a Panigale one with original capacity of 1198cc but with a longer stroke crank to take it to 1408 cc. "First we will use steel home-made con rods, but we will later have upgraded internals including home-made titanium rods. Other parts including the cam chain are specially made. I stick to carburettors rather than fuel injection as my computer skills aren't enough for tuning fuel injection.

Herman has raced in Euroserie Super Twin Top Gas since 1994. The class was established well before then; some racers have gone on to race in the FIM-E series such as Job Heezen, Marc van den Boer, Gert-Jan Laseur, Anna Lena Asplund, Jaska Salakari, Roman Sixta, Günther Sohn and Jesper Thiel. Others like Herman have stayed in the series for years. Herman himself won the championship in 2010 and 2011 and has scored more points in the last 20 years than any other rider.

Pics: Herman with milling machine, with lathe and with new Ducati Panigale drag bike frame (all taken Jan 2020).

"But it is more important to enjoy the racing", he said. "The championship includes a lot of countries. Since 2004 we have raced in the Czech Republic on the concrete strips at Hoškovice and Bechyne, also at Kunmadaras in Hungary. Since 1998, we raced at Västerås and Malmö in Sweden, England three times, twice to Avon Park in the early 2000s and then to the Summer Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway in 2014 where it rained a lot. It's great visiting different tracks however my truck broke down once, and it is a strain on the budget.

"The class is at a peak now, we had 26 signed up for the 2019 championship. The most successful riders in recent years like Jörg Lymant from Germany who was champion in 2017-19 and Frederik Schack from Denmark who won in 2013-16 have bought special 2622c V-Twin Pro Stock Bikes built in the USA, also Cord Albers from Germany and Olaf Menzi ride Pro Stock bikes from the USA. But I hope my new bike can run in the sevens and be competitive".

"In 2019 we raced for the first time at Gardermoen, Norway. My crew chief there was a 17 year old guy, Jelle Duin. Jelle's now 18 and earlier in 2020 got his bike licence. He works at a Motor Cycle Shop near Alkmaar and also this year received his motor cycle mechanic diploma. His father was formerly the crew chief to Top Gas rider Harry van Schie, and his mother Petra Duin has helped me on the starting line".

Pictures courtesy Herman Jolink, who we thank for supplying Euroserie Super Twin Top Gas race reports over the years.

SPR Private Test Day gallery, results.
20th October: The final Santa Pod Raceway Private Test Day organised by Scott Lewry of Yam Yam Racing took place yesterday in sometimes sunny but cool conditions. There was an entry of just over 50 racers who paid a share of the track rental in order to make unlimited passes on the prepped track.

Thanks to Adam Bentley and David Anniwell of Santa Pod Raceway's timing team who, thanks to Adam's site has given us information to enable us to establish who were the Top 10 racers of the day by best ET:

Many thanks to our Kieran who took photos at the Private Test Day, and we have posted galleries of his shots at our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored event coverage page which you can reach by clicking this link or going via the John Woolfe Racing event coverage link in the main menu.

The top time of the day by Modified 100e racer Garth Wong was a new PB of 8.8724/160.80 in his supercharged Chevy LS-powered machine, his first eight and 160+mph.

Former Street Eliminator racer Gary Gooding had a near miss when a skyward launch (see photo at top) ended with the car taking a sharp right turn towards the wall, but quick reactions resulted in no contact being made. We've posted a sequence of it in the gallery.

Announcer and VWDRC Chair Luke Stevenson commentated on the days racing, posting single-camera streaming video from his trusty iPad to Facebook in four segments: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

Dad v Grandad Junior Dragster Challenge.
19th October: Thanks to Junior Dragster mum Lynne Coulsell for sending details of an intruiguing competition at the forthcoming Flame & Thunder Lite event on 31st October:

"Wouldn't it be funny if Wild Bunch racer Mark Coulsell were to drive son Harley's Bandit 1 Junior Dragster against Outlaw Anglia racer Mick Taylor driving granddaughter Frankie's Banshee Junior Dragster at Flame & Thunder?

"Well, that's what those two gents were discussing at Hot Rod Drags, so why not?

"It’s just for a bit of fun but let's see if we can raise some money for the Air Ambulance while these 'boys' are enjoying themselves.

"Here's the thought, have a guess at what time either driver will run between 8.50 - 7.80 seconds (e.g. 8.5, 8.45, 8.40, 8.35 etc) and the closest, either under or over, will win some small prizes - chocolates plus some very cool bespoke items made by Piston Rings and Things & Back Up Girl Crafts. It will cost £5 per go, so if we fill all the available times (15 per driver), we should make £150 and of course any donations would be very gratefully received too.

"Come and find us in the pits at Flame & Thunder Lite or Facebook message MarkandLynne Coulsell or Mick Taylor to have a go!"

Final Covid Cup points.
19th October: Many thanks to Spencer Tramm for forwarding to us the final points standings in the Covid Cup.

You can check out the Covid Cup points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings Page by clicking here or clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link in the main menu of any page.

Julie wins Gainesville - at Motorplex.
18th October: Congratulations to Norwegian expat Top Alcohol Dragster racer Julie Nataas, now based in Santa Monica, California, for her second NHRA National Event Wally. The delayed Gatornationals final, originally scheduled to be run on 27th September, finally got wrapped up at the NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis yesterday.

Julie ran a 5.177/280.60 in defeating Josh Hart in the final. She had originally qualified #6 in Gainesville with a 5.276/271.35 and defeated Joey Severance in the first round and Duane Shields in the quarter final. Julie's first NHRA National Event Wally was for the 2019 Carolina Nationals at Charlotte; she also won the 2019 NHRA North Central Regional championship with three event wins and the 2020 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Julie's Fallnationals race came to an end in the second round of eliminations as the throttle stuck on the burnout, and had to deploy the chutes to slow the car down, coming to a safe stop in the gravel pit.

Thanks to Chris Hobson for providing information.

RRC - Chris Orthodoxou build gallery.
18th October: Bob Roberts has kindly sent a gallery of pictures taken by him whilst the build of Chris Orthodoxou's Apocalypse Pro Modified Dodge Viper took place at sponsor Robinson Race Cars.

Bob says ‘This was not a ground up build but rather a rebuild of Chris’s existing Pro Mod/Super Pro ET car to bring it up to current Pro Mod standards.

'This included making provision for a blown methanol engine and mounting a Mark Williams axle to handle the increased power. These upgrades meant there were many changes to both body and chassis as you can see in the pictures. The original body was modified with higher wheel humps and a new mould taken from it so a new carbon body could be made'.

You can see Bob's gallery in our feature in association with Lucas Oil Products by clicking here or go to our Features, Interviews, Tributes index via the main menu.

HARA keeps the faith.
15th October: In a year when programmes have been devastated by Covid-19 restrictions, Hanau Auto Racing Association (HARA) were able to take part in three test and tune/race sessions at Zerbst Airfield during Summer and early Autumn of 2020. The rules were set by local organising body AMC Dessau; only one team member per vehicle was permitted to accompany the driver, social distancing was used extensively and all tickets had to be purchased online, with registration being made at the entrance to the site.

Zerbst Airfield, midway between Leipzig and Berlin, was built in the late 1930s and was taken over by the Soviet Union in 1945 after which the runway was lengthened to 2500m. The Soviets withdrew from the airfield in 1992 and whilst the main runway became overgrown by grass and large areas are used for a solar power array, AMC Dessau (formed in 1990) used the Zerbst airfield for motorsport events since 2007, signed a lease agreement with local authorities in 2014 and approval as a motorsport facility was obtained in 2018. A sufficient area has been kept in order to allow drag racing and other motorsport events to take place.

Pictures © Harry Czekalla: Bernd Rudolf (Comp Eliminator), Jens Könnecke (Super Pro ET)

The first test and tune in 2020 took place at Zerbst from 5th-7th June. The track was prepared by Micha Behrens who as organiser of the Jade Race carried out this role in previous years. A large proportion of HARA members attended. Amongst the racers were some known to UK audiences. Jens Könnecke drove more than 250 miles from his East Friesland base and many many runs in his Oldsmobile. Arndt Putzmann in his quick Beetle also ran but suffered a damaged inlet manifold. Gerd Habermann had a bit of a wild ride in his Black Beauty Camaro, then Then after a pause in Saturday's action due to rain Daniel Olic's Vega ran on Sunday and 'got to know the meadow' as the HARA report says. The result was an uninjured Daniel, but a badly damaged car and the meeting coming to an end.

Pictures © Harry Czekalla, Clarissa Czekalla: Janine Petzold v Gerd Habermannn(Oct), Peter Städter (Pro ET)

On 17th-19th July, a second RWYB took place in sunny conditions. Armin Widmann tested his new Pro ET 70 Camaro, Sascha Hermann and Thomas Ranft scored PBs, Bernd Kaltenbach prior to Clastres and Gerd Habermann ran his two-seater. Following this event, several racers were able to travel to Clastres in France to take part in the race at the end of August.

Pictures © Harry Czekalla, Clarissa Czekalla: Til Schöninger (Pro ET), Pascal Czieschowitz (Super Pro ET)

The last race of the season was carried out in the very best weather, without rain. However, there was sometimes quite a tailwind, which gave a couple of drivers grey hairs when specifying their dial-in, a few breaking out. However there were still winners and Gerd Habermann took 1st place in Pro-ET race, ahead of Björn Szczendzina.

So congratulations to HARA's committee, especially newly elected sports director Rene Kloss, and founding member Jerry Lackey who last November celebrated 50 years as a member of the club, for encouraging racers to attend and to AMC Dessau for carrying out the organisation effectively.

You can read about HARA at their web site, and galleries of photos can be seen at the Facebook site of Clarissa Czekalla, the web site of Harry Czekalla and's FB page.

Melbourne media.
14th October:
Dragtastic 3 took place on 10th-11th October at Melbourne Raceway and although there was some rain on Saturday, Sunday was clear and the RWYB cars and bikes took their turns to make runs down the still-fresh asphalt. There were three representatives from the Supercharged Outlaws, Keith Freeman's '32 five window coupe, Perfect ET Award sponsor Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield and Geoff Hawksworth's Na Wa Torquin slingshot dragster. Also a variety of other cars and bikes attended.

Photo galleries of the weekend's activities have been posted by Paul Fishwick Photography, Pudgeys Pictures and PW Pics photography. Full-resolution photos from Pete and Wendy at PW Pics may be purchased for a donation to their 2020 chosen charity The Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Photo credit: Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield by PW Pics.

EDRS Champions profiled – bike classes.
14th October: Yesterday, we found that Finnish competitors had more opportunity to accumulate points than their neighbours in Sweden and Norway as a result of the pandemic restrictions in place. Accordingly, most EDRS champions in 2020 are Finnish and first time EDRS champions. Today, we examine the bike classes which had championships.

The EDRS Pro Series had to be cancelled as a result of the small amount of competition possible during the pandemic, so there was no championship in Super Twin Motorcycle, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Top Fuel Bike, and the Super Comp and Super Gas championships were limited to EDRS rounds only.

Junior Drag Bike: With 10-11 bikes at each of the three Kauhava rounds, there were more points able to be accumulated in Finland. Jone Kiljala (pictured below, left) from Reisjärvi, Finland, aged 12, of Racelake Racing Team became champion, followed in second place by older sister Jenniina. Jone rides a Honda CBR600F and it is both riders' second year in competition.

Street Bike: Two wins and a runner-up gained Miika Aaltonen (pictured above, right) the championship. Miika, from Numminen, Finland, aged 17, rides a Kawasaki with a 636cc engine This is Miika's first year in competition. Two wins and a runner up gave him the title with fields of seven bikes in all three events.

Super Comp Bike: Kimmo Rantala from Nousiainen, Finland (pictured below, left), a racer since 2001 in the Street class, and Street Bike champion in 2009, moved to Super Comp bike in 2016. In 2020 he went to the semi finals twice and was finalist once in fields of 7-9 bikes. Kimmo runs a BMW S1000RR as part of Rantala Racing, the team also fielding a Junior Drag Bike for Eemeli Helkalla.

Super Gas Bike: Juha Komulainen from Kerava, Finland (pictured above, right) had two runners up and a win to become 2020 Champion. Juha has been racing since 2013 and ran Super Gas since 2017, running at one or two events in Finland only. His bike is a 2003 Kawasaki ZX12R with a 1287cc engine. Photo credits: Kettil Rautio.

EDRS Champions profiled - car classes.
13th October: We congratulate the Summit Racing EDRS Series Points Champions 2020. The championship was, of course, shorter with eight rounds compared with 20 in 2019 and much less travelling possible between countries due to pandemic restrictions. With a lower infection rate, however, Finland was able to host larger fields at Kauhava with the result that Finnish competitors had more opportunity to accumulate points than their neighbours in Sweden and Norway. Accordingly, most EDRS champions in 2020 are Finnish, and first time EDRS champions. You can see the final points at

As many of the champions are new, we provide some information below on each champion and their background in the sport:

Junior Dragster: Tuukka Riekkinen (from Ruuhimäki, Finland, aged 14) won the champion with a semi-final and two quarter final places in fields of 15 cars in the first two events and 17 in the finale. Tuukka has raced since 2017 when she licensed and was 11th in last year's championship racing a 1998 Ranrace built short chassised dragster.

Pro ET: Rasmus Koivula (from Vantaa, Finland, aged 20) drives a team-built 1967 Plymouth Barracuda with the team title of Miami Vice Racing, with a best ET to date of 9.516/234kph. He won the title by winning the second and third events at Kauhava, both with seven car ladders. Rasmus has been racing since 2016. More information is on the team's web site at this link.

Super Pro ET: Janne Söderqvist (from Pori, Finland) drives a tube chassised Pontiac Trans Am with a naturally aspirated 565ci Dart-manufactured big block Chevy engine. A runner up and two wins gave Janne a big lead in the championship. Although he has raced since 1993, this is Janne's first year in the category.

Pro Street: Ossi Oikarinen (from Lahti, Finland) with the Double Zero Drag Racing Team races a '37 Chevrolet with nitrous assist. Ossi won all three events he competed in, although the fields were 3-4 cars compared with 20-30 in 2019.

Stock/Super Stock: Jarmo Grönman (from Porvoo, Finland) won his first championship in his Mountain Dew Mustang Cobra Jet with a 429 Ninja engine running in Factory Stock/C class. A win in the first race and semi final in the third race were sufficient for him to gain the title as there was only one round in countries other than Finland.

Street: Lars Erik Persson (from Ås, Sweden) runs a Volvo PV out of Sunsvall SHRA. The class was only contested in two rounds in Sweden, where Lars Erik won both. His Volvo PV with a fibreglass reproduction body has a Chevy small block 427ci engine for the 8.60 engined class.

Super Comp: This category was only ran at the second Tallhed race and the Gardermoen NDRS finals. Both only had single entries, the dragster of Mikael Nilsson and funny car of Celina Hanssen, and so they have earned equal points.

Super Gas: Longtime competitor Christer Uhlin (from Malvik, Noway), who has raced in the category since 2004, used trips to the Kauhava, Finland and Haapsalu, Estonia race to gain additional points to allow him to take the title which is his eighth. Christer drives a Ford Fairlane 500 with a naturally aspirated Ford 557ci engine.

Super Street: Mika Patshijew (from Vantaa, Finland) was the champion in his first year in the category, and there was only one race for the title, in Estonia, where Mika was the winner over another Finn and seven Estonians. Mika drove a Plymouth Belvedere.

We'll look at the 2020 EDRS Bike champions in tomorrow's update.

Photo credits: Kettil Rautio, Pekka Rouvinen, Cenneth Schiller, Tõnis Uustalu.

Unusual car sales update.
13th October: As well as our Jeff Bull Racing engines sponsored Swap Meet pages, a lively forum for the sale of drag and custom cars in the UK is the Facebook Private Group Unusual car sales uk run by Nigel Taylor. Recent posts have included a number of well-known cars from the racing scene:

First shown is the Williams Bros 1962 Chevrolet Impala which was rebuilt in 2019-20 into a race car but can easily go back on the street. The engine is a 327 SBC output 600 bhp. Special suspension parts have been fitted and a brand new ATI Turbo Hydramatic 350 transmission, Webster race engineering 10.00 roll cage. The car has run 10.99 @ 120 mph and the price is £40,000.

Second is Elaine Hancock's Pro ET/Wild Bunch altered, with its 383 Small Block Chevy Crate Motor and Powerglide gearbox, built for up to 1200hp. There are lots of new parts and the car ran regular mid-10s passes with the chassis last tagged in 2018. Buyers need to have a trailer but the car is turnkey for £14,000.

Third is John Parker's Pro ET '69 Chevy Nova which you can see in a Youtube video. It has a 468ci big block Chevy engine and Al's Glide. The chassis was set up at Zannetec and had new paint before John first brought it out in 2018. Since its four meetings in that year it has had further upgrades and a new prop shaft and transbrake. The mid 10s car can be put back on the street and the asking price is £21,995. You can message Nigel at his Facebook page if you are interested in being put in contact with any of the sellers.

Drag Racing Europe update.
12th October: Keith Bartlett, the Chairman of Drag Racing Europe AB (DRE), has sent the following memo:

A meeting of the DRE (Drag Racing Europe) board was held in Stockholm on 6th October. At that meeting, several matters were discussed regarding the 2021 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. It is the intention of DRE to publish the 2021 FIA Championship calendar dates soon after 3rd November 2020. What can be released is that there will be six rounds in 2021 with rounds in the UK, Sweden, Germany and Finland.

The intention is to have the calendar dates agreed and sanctioned at the FIA Drag Racing Commission meeting to be held on the 3rd November, at which Keith Bartlett will represent DRE.

Swift snippets.
12th October: A very happy birthday to Kathy Hileman, US correspondent and longtime supporter of, have a great day Kathy. (Ed.: apologies for the misinformation earlier)

In his latest instalment of his autobiographical blog, John Hunt writes about working with the late and much missed Terry Gibbs, and Tina Gibbs in establishing Obsession Motorsports and its Super Series held at Avon Park Raceway from 1998. You can read John's blog
here or by clicking on Racer Blogs in the main menu. As an option, we have laid out John's blog in a first-to-last sequence which you can find by clicking here.

The Mad Welshman has uploaded 130 photos of the NSRA Hot Rod Drags to his Flickr page. To see Mad's photos, click here.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has uploaded five more of his Time Travel videos to Youtube. Included are Time Travel 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. The videos of events from 1963 to 1982 at tracks around the UK come from the collections of those closely involved with the sport in its early days in this country. Bob and Roy Phelps, Alan Allard and sponsor Dave Riswick contribute to Time Travel 15 which is particularly recommended for its footage of the 1963 at Silverstone and the 1964 DragFests. For a listing of Nick's videos go to this link.

Get Well Soon to expat Swedish Racer Adam Flamholc who contracted coronavirus following a trip to Europe and to Russia for the final of the Russian Drag Racing Championship and is now recovering in Sweden before travelling back to the US. Adam said " I hope I will get well in time to fly back to US for the ADRL World Finals in St. Louis in less than two weeks!

VWDRC Heads Up report.
11th October: Congratulations to Rob Carter, winner of the VWDRC Heads Up elimination at the GTi Festival at Santa Pod Raceway today who was handed £250 prize money courtesy of VWDRC. Dry conditions, despite marshals needing to dry a damp track first thing, allowed three qualifying rounds and a fifteen car ladder to be run. Rob was driving a VW Passat Mark 1 with Cosworth YB engine which he plans to replace with a supercharged Chevrolet LS3 for 2021.

Qualifying results were as follows:

Eliminations went as follows: First round winners: Carl Goldsmith 13.77, Ricardo Leite, Graham Fairhead 11.25, Rob Carter 11.21, Marc Taylor 10.90, Jacob Bailey, Jose Leite, Luis Silva 10.49.

Second round winners: Jacob Bailey, Marc Taylor, Rob Carter 10.48/135, Riccardo Leite 10.60/134.

In the semi-final Marc Taylor defeated Jacob Bailer and Rob Carter defeated Riccardo Leite.

In the final, Marc Taylor was unable to make the call following a split inlet manifold in the semi-final.

A number of racers made new PB runs: in qualifying Jacob Bailey, whose Jetta was running with a new ECU, ran a 10.4209/138.21 in the second qualifying session and improved to 10.2370/139.09 in the third session that placed him first. Ricardo Leite ran a PB of 10.8495/133.27 in session no.2. Graham Fairhead ran new PBs of 11.3661/119.95 and 11.3416/123.40 in the first two sessions and improved this to 11.25 in round one of eliminations. Bruce Kopasz ran a PB of 11.5398/123.41 in session one.

Luis Silva also ran his first nine, a 9.96/134 in a rwyb run. Luis, driving Helder Pereira's Ibiza 1.9 TDI, suffered a blowout at the finish line in session 1 but kept control of the wayward car. Then in session 3 he suffered gearbox failure and managed to swap a gearbox over in under 45 minutes and make the race, beating Andy Turner for a place in the quarter finals.

Many thanks to Julian for braving the elements and shooting photos of both the show n' shine and racing. You can see Julian's gallery by clicking here or by going via the John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage index in the main menu.

October private test day needs racers.
10th October: We reported on the Private Test Days organised by Scott Lewry of Yam Yam Racing on 14th September and 17th August. These days attracting 80 cars mostly Euro and Jap entries, were a great success and racers were able to make several runs each on a fully prepped track. Another Private Test Day is being organised for Monday 19th October and costs £85 for 1 driver and up to 5 crew members. Camping is also available on Sunday night for £10 per person.

This event will be limited to 75 vehicles so racers can get maximum track time on the fully prepped track. Contact Scott Lewry at Yam Yam Racing, or join the Santa Pod Private Track Day Group by clicking here. The cut off to get booked in is this Wednesday, 14th October.

Voodoo Hemi update.
10th October: Many thanks to and Speedgroup photojournalist Remco Scheelings for sending us a news update on Pro Mod team Voodoo Hemi Racing led by 2019 Motorsport UK Pro Modified Champion Marck Harteveld:

After taking the Motorsport UK Pro Modified Championship in 2019, the team was in full preparation to compete in the full FIA European Pro Modified Championship for the first time. Five races in three different countries in the most competitive Pro Mod title fight in Europe. Until corona hit. One meeting after another was postponed or cancelled and the end of the song was that the FIA had to put a line through the entire championship. Without having driven a meter, the Voodoo Hemi Racing season came to an end. Now, sitting still is not exactly the strongest point of Marck Harteveld and his team, so they have continued to work hard in recent months.

It had been the team's wish for a long time to have a second engine ready. If something goes wrong with the engine during a race, repairs are possible, but not every damage can be quickly repaired on the spot. Especially in the battle for the FIA European Championship, as a driver you cannot afford to miss a run. Sometimes it is faster and easier to change the motor. You just have to have it ready in the trailer. From now on this is the case with Voodoo Hemi Racing. Via Post & Dros, the team was able to obtain an engine block with accessories and with the many spare parts that Voodoo Hemi Racing already had, a second engine has now been built. In the unlikely event that the situation arises that something breaks, you can now quickly change and continue the race.

Voodoo Hemi Racing may now have a second engine, but that does not mean that the engine that has been serving faithful service in the '70 Plymouth Superbird has not received any attention. The engine has been taken care of by Joeri Woudenberg and provided with various updates and new parts. Everything is also well attuned to each other. Woudenberg not only has a wealth of experience in the field of (racing) motorcycles, he has also guided several European Pro Modified riders to new personal records. At the end of last season, Woudenberg already advised Voodoo Hemi Racing a few times on and off the track and he will do this next season if all goes well.

Text and photos courtesy and © Remco Scheelings and Top photo: Julian.

The blower is an equally important part of the engine and also subject to wear when the full 3,500 hp is used. The blower has also been overhauled and updated by Joeri Woudenberg and can therefore handle it again.

Even then, the list of activities is still far from complete. The complete Superbird has been checked from top to bottom, refreshed and parts replaced where necessary. This makes the Pro Mod look like new again, just like all tools and other team supplies.

The Voodoo Hemi trailer that transports the team and the Superbird to the circuits has always been an eye-catcher, but now it is even more so. Until recently, the team's previous car was on the side. So it was time for an update and that has happened recently. Jeroen Ritz of Mooi Reclamewerk made a new design based on the current '70 Plymouth Superbird. This was then printed by Kees van der Kruijk from Sunproof Glasfolie, who also wrapped the trailer afterwards. Michel Tooren and Pro Dutch Racing made the space available where this carefully to be performed job could be done. Voodoo Hemi Racing would like to thank everyone who contributed to this metamorphosis, because the result is impressive.

After winning the British Pro Modified title in 2019, Voodoo Hemi Racing planned to participate in all races of the FIA European Pro Modified Championship for 2020. Unfortunately, this was canceled due to the corona pandemic. Postponement will certainly not lead to cancellation, because Voodoo Hemi Racing has now postponed its plans to the 2021 season. Fortunately, the title fight does not start until the end of May. By then, much more will probably be clear about what can be done in Europe in terms of travel and events. Hopefully a vaccine will have solved the biggest problems and limitations by then. As it looks now, the event schedule will not differ from this year's planned one.

Voodoo Hemi Racing is supported by 6Pack Speed Shop, CL Coatings, Breed Advies, Baro Services BV, PPG, Aviboor, Qrien van Vliet, Elno Installatietechniek, Peet Hulisz, PP Solutions, Peet Komen Autoherstelwerken, Sunproof, Tom Otten Electrical Engineering, District 010, Mooi Reclame Werk, Fred Barendse, Breedveld Transport Rotterdam, Rob vd Kruk Maintenance Company, DW Hijsmiddelen and Gert and Leny Harteveld.

This weekend: two events in the UK.
9th October: Santa Pod Raceway hosts the GTI Festival on Sunday 9th October and this event is for enthusiasts of all VAG marques. Pre-booking for this and Saturday's rwyb is essential under Santa Pod's Covid-19 procedures and you must book on-line at
this link. Standard admission is £15 and the track sign-on fee is £35. A Show & Shine Vehicle Pass is free with admission. The running order can be seen here, at which you can see there will be a VWDRC Heads-Up race with three qualifying sessions in the morning and four rounds of racing in the afternoon. 16 cars have entered and we will carry the results in Monday's news. Our Julian will be attending to take photos and will publish the gallery on Monday.

Meanwhile at Melbourne Raceway in Yorkshire, the track and Straightliners will be holding Dragtastic 3, a run what ya brung event for all categories on both Saturday and Sunday. All tickets must be bought in advance and the government rules regarding Covid-19 are expected to be adhered to regarding the rule of six, social distancing and wearing face coverings.

Supercharged Outlaws racer and's Perfect ET Award sponsor Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield, will be present at the Melbourne event to make noise and run down the eighth mile track.

Bike records broken at Clastres.
9th October: The first, and only, motorcycle drag race meeting in France in 2020 took place at Clastres Raceway on 18th-19th September as a run what ya brung. There were some special runs and records broken – we have two reports, the first from our bike pit note contributor Mike Kraaij: "The French Pro Stock Bike team Light Speed Drag Racing with rider Maurice Bertrand came to Clastres to set-up their new parts they bought for their Suzuki Pro Stock Bike with which he had become the first Frenchman to become FIM-E Pro Stock Bike Champion in 2018. The team, former multiple French Champions in this class, wanted their FIM-E title back after losing it to Fredrik Fredlund in 2019. After the arrival of Covid-19 in 2020, it was great that they could test at Clastres in their home country and after some issues during the weekend, it finally paid off for the team as they made a great 1/8 mile pass that resulted in a new French Pro Stock Bike record run of 4.664/245.50 kmh!

To say the team were pleased is an understatement. Maurice said "This team works really hard to make this happen and they really deserve this. Mike concluded: "Well done to all involved and hopefully in 2021 we can go back to normal and have a new great drag racing season with new PB's and record runs".

In the Super Street Bike ranks, RK Drag Racing – father and son team Eric and Yannick Richard – reported that they had brought along two Super Street Bikes. The team was able to complete a dozen runs with a Suzuki Bandit Turbo bike and a Hayabusa Turbo. Eric's first run on the Bandit was an 8.6 but the bike suffered a mechanical issue on Sunday which prevented him making further passes. Yannick made some good runs on Saturday and was looking good for Sunday.

French rider Jean-Luc Simoes, who was also at the event, held the previous French SSB record of 7.98, but Yannick was able to dip below this on Sunday with a 7.92s run. Within an hour, Jean-Luc had taken the record back with an excellent 7.81. Yannick's last run was 7.87.

Both Mike and RK Drag Racing Team thank Run Cap Sud and ATD for making this event happen and to make this local track so quick and fast.

Pictures courtesy and © Mike Kraaij

Clastres results, media.
9th October: You can see the full results of the 13th European Dragster - Speed Final at the Association Trophee Dragster's Facebook page.

Congratulations to the winners:

Super Pro ET sponsored by Dulamon Auto: Fabien Dubois, runner-up Billy Gane
Pro ET sponsored by La Bonne Bouffe: Jean-Luc Arnaud, runner-up André Nahler
Street Run sponsored by Nitro: Jean-Luc Jacot, runner-up Francois Peeters
Junior Dragster sponsored by Maisons Pierre: Cheyenne Visser, runner-up Sam Timmers

Coverage of the Clastres #13 race on the internet can be found at Mike Kraaij's motorsport page, for which photos were taken by Roland Schenker, at Olivier Houllier Photographe's albums and Lowered Kulture's albums.

Hodson returns - and wins.
8th October:
VWDRC racer, and now six times VWDRC VW Pro champion, James Hodson tells us that he is glad he made a return to racing in 2020:

"After having five years off to start a family I was excited to return in 2020. Covid put a stop to that so when it was revealed that there would be a mini Covid Cup, the excitement returned. Testing at the VWDRC Drag Days went well. Both the car and me soon got back in the swing of it, and the Greenlight Nationals beckoned. I got to the final but they were rained off. That hurt. Would we have another washed out season?

"Fortunately, we were able to run the final at VW Breakout which I won. But being a second round loser at Breakout which dropped me to second in the championship.

"To the National Finals and after qualifying, I was now just 10 points behind. I met points leader Carl Goldsmith in the first round and luckily won that and with it, the VW Pro championship. I managed to go rounds and get to the final, and also won that. So a great short season for me. I cannot wait to do it again next year, hopefully starting a bit sooner.

"I would like to thank everyone in the VWDRC for being so awesome and especially Santa Pod Raceway, for all the effort that they put in to get us all back on track. It was very much appreciated".

James will be at this weekend's GTi Festival at Santa Pod Raceway, although at this event his role will be as a crew member.

Race report: Mälardalen Open #4 at Kjula Dragway.
8th October: Held on 19th-20th September, the Mälardalen Open #4 at Kjula Dragway was, in terms of competitor numbers, the largest race in Scandinavia this year with 174 signed on. As with other races, the racing was held without spectators present and was limited to the sportsman ranks.

Car classes contested were: 4to6 Pro, ET Pro, Junior Dragster, Pro Street, Real Street, Stock-Super Stock, Street and Vintage. Bike classes were Junior Dragbike, Pro Street Bike, Street Bike, Super Comp Bike, and Super Gas Bike. There was also test n' tune action. The race was able to be run to completion under sunny skies.

Pro Street was the quickest class with six cars contesting with the usual 7.60 index. #1 spot went to Eva Widgren in a fourth generation Camaro at 7.6680 followed by Christian Lundin in a 64 Ford Fairlane Sport Coupe running a 7.7160. It was Christian who won the final against Robin Johannesson in his Opel Kadett, a 2019 trophy winner of Streetweek Sweden, a competition similar to Hot Rod Dragweek. Christian's winning times were 7.648/286.30kph to Robin's 8.319/266.70.

Street (8.60 index) was contested by 13 cars and the no.1 qualifier, in a matt black Chevelle, was Mauritz Rådberg at 8.6221/ 241,94. In the final Mauritz was up against no.2 qualifier Benny Wallenbro in a Chevy Nova who ran 8.6314/253.16 in qualifying. Times in the final were 8.648/252.20 for Benny to a holeshot win for Mauritz at 8.660/235.70.

Pictures (clockwise): Christian Lundin (Pro Street), Stefan Flodell (Test n' Tune), Björn Lundin (4to6), Robin Johannesson (Pro Street), Tim Christensen (Test n' Tune), Mats Larsson (Test n' Tune). Photos courtesy and © Henrik Lindberg Photography and Cenneth Schiller.

4to6Pro, for cars with those numbers of cylinders, was led in qualifying by Björn Lundin's nitrous turbo Volvo 240 which ran 8,2512/ 264,90 however the failure of a nitrous solenoid led to a damaged cylinder head, which was unable to be repaired before eliminations. After others experienced mechanical woes in eliminations, Robert Hellsing in a street driven Audi Quattro ran an easy 14.9s pass having run a best of 9.579/244.00 in qualifying. In Test n' Tune, the best car runs were by Stefan Flodell, who was in a gasser at Dragstalgia a couple of years back, but here was in a nitrous boosted Nova owned by Anders Fredriksson, recording a best of 8.1126/266.57.

Pro Street Bike was won by no.1 qualifier Peter Rundstrom who ran 7.919/266.60 against no.2 qualifier Jens Karlsson's 7.985/272.80. Best Test n' Tune bike runs were by Peter Andersson at 7.3994/307.17, and Jan Malmberg at 7.7295/257.79 on their respective Funny Bikes. Former Junior Drag Bike racer 15 year old Tim Christensen was testing the Pro Stock Bike previously campaigned by Kenneth Holmberg.

Full results for qualifying and eliminations can be seen on Videos of the finals can be seen at Youtube.

Tierp applies for 2021 FIA events.
7th October:
Not officially announced, but posted in the news blog of Speedgroup and Netherlands Autosport web site by our good friends Lena Perés and Remco Scheelings, Tierp Arena has, with the support of organising body NDRS, applied to the FIA for two dates in 2021.

We reported back in June that Tierp Arena was for sale by its owners. However, with a sale apparently not forthcoming, the owner of Tierp Arena in conjunction with the organising club NDRS has applied to hold two races for the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at the track in 2021, one in June and one in August. The dates are yet to be confirmed, and it appears that the August date is under discussion because the sole date already set, 20-22 August for the 2021 NitrOlympX at Hockenheim, is only a week away from the desired Tierp date. Usually the calendar for the FIA Drag Racing Championship is published in October.

Other events are being considered for the 2021 EDRS Scandinavian calendar and Speedgroup stated planning for the 2021 season continues with the hope that they can publish dates as soon as everything is in place.

Tierp Arena has been owned by Sånna Förvaltning, a company which has interests in the hotel and conference sector, and also owns the Sturup Raceway in the south of Sweden, since 2014.

Tallhed #2 EDRS race report.
7th October: Despite a small field of entries, the Swedish part of the Summit Racing EDRS Series ended in bright sunshine at Tallhed Dragway on the weekend of 12th-13th September, writes Lena Peres in the blog. "Around 50 drivers gathered in Orsa to take points in the reduced series. The atmosphere was good, and the organizer carried out the competition in the best way based on the conditions they had."

Qualifying and eliminations took place in Junior Dragster, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Pro Street, Street, Super Gas, Junior Dragbike, Super Comp Bike and Super Gas Bike, with single entries in Super Comp and Super Street also eligible for winners' cups. In Super Pro ET 2019 Champion Mikael Nilsson won the best of three competition, running a 7.79/277.3 kph (171mph) when competition Tommy Abrahamson failed to show for the second round. Other results can be seen at the results page.

Clockwise: Robert Väliste, Janne Lithell (both Pro ET), Lars Erik Persson (Street), Ken Gustavsson, Anna Knutes, Michael Maderer (all Pro Street), All pictures courtesy and © Cenneth Schiller.

"This time the Summit Racing EDRS Series centre and staff could be on site to join the event. It was a great opportunity to meet some of our drag racing family before the season got to an end. And to hand out some goodie bags from Summit Racing Equipment. Saturday was interrupted by rain in the afternoon and it didn't want to stop in time, so the qualifications had to be cancelled for the day. But later you could enjoy a starry and magical evening and night which later turned into a sunny Sunday. Two qualifying rounds were made before all the hard-working staff started the elimination.

"Two competitors who doubled their chances of winner cups was Christer Gustafsson who raced in both Super Street and Pro ET and Mikael Nilsson who did both Super Comp and Super Pro ET. Both Christer and Mikael brought home two winner cups each. Congratulations guys!

A great end to a very odd season. Thank you to everyone involved for a well-conducted event. Now we hope for a more racingfrekvent season 2021. A Facebook stream of the event can be seen here.

Gardermoen Drag Finals report.
6th October: Thanks to Lena Perés for posting a report on the
Dragracing Europe blog on the NDRG Drag Finals, a round of the Summit EDRS racing series, which took place at Norway's Gardermoen Raceway on 11th-13th September. Competition took place in all sportsman classes together with runs in Top Fuel Bike, Super Twin Top Fuel Bike.

With a few weather interruptions on Saturday, the competition ended in sunshine on Sunday. Annelie Johnsen reported after the race "The crew at Gardermoen managed to get two classes done before a storm with hail as big as peas broke out on Saturday. But after rain comes sun, and so it did this time. We continued racing until 7.30 pm and the track was fantastic.

"Sunday started with two qualifying rounds before the elimination. The competition ended in sunshine at 6.30 pm and half an hour later the award ceremony could start. Apart from Saturday’s storm, it was a very good event. Everyone was positive and happy with everything and we got a lot of credit. We say thank you for that. It was a big job to get this through with all restrictions, but we made it. There were many personal best times made and new records were set. The pit area was closed to the public and the recommendations were strictly followed to minimize the spread of Covid-19 with a smaller depot, extra toilets, hand sanitizer, etc, plus many Covid-19 guards.

All praise to the organizers with staff who, despite the current situation, managed to carry out a good event. Now we can all hope for a better season 2021".

Super Twin Top Fuel Bike saw Hans Olav Olstad qualify #1 with 7.724/222.48, followed by licensee Jan Erik Klausen (pictured left) at 9.322/170.05 and Trond Høiberget (pictured right) at 9.848/217.17. Top Fuel Bike provided low ET of the event by Jan Sturla Hegre at 6.534/344.43 and Sverre Dahl also made a run.

For details of the event you, can see at the following links the entry list, the event results and streaming video.

Pictures © Hans Olav 'Turborider' Fangan.

Bonneville 2021, here we (and maybe you) come!
6th October: Landspeed racer and sponsor on behalf of Nitro Revival, Geoff Stilwell has been in touch with an update on his 7707 Lucas Oil Products Landspeed team and plans for 2021:

With 2020 Landspeed Racing being virtually ruined because of Covid, the SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) went beyond what anyone thought they could do in August. With the support of the Utah Assembly, special permits were granted for Bonneville Speedweek and the Bonneville World Finals which took place last week.

Unfortunately, due to the current rules and regulations no Brits were allowed into the US unless specifically agreed. Sadly, despite many racers trying to help, apparently motor racing does not count as a special reason to get entry, but golf and tennis do! So, sadly, no-one from the 7707 Lucas Oil Landspeed Team could attend. However, and as is typical of these situations, the salt was in fantastic condition and numerous records were reset. Speed Demon, driven by George Poteet, went 481mph which made it the fastest piston-engined car on the planet. The World Finals held last week, with around 100 racers attending, had around 48 records reset. My good friends at Vintage Hot Rods running the 911 car went 302mph in a Model B Roadster. Seeing these cars and bikes at these speeds is really something, especially at 7am, which is when the back up runs are made.

For anyone in Europe who would like to attend Speedweek in 2021, it will be held from August 7th-13th. That’s 7 solid days of racing from 7am to 6pm every day. Wendover is the nearest town, approx. 10 minutes' drive from the salt, and if you have an RV there is camping at “Dead Mans Curve” on the main entrance to the Speedway or you can stay in one of the many hotels in Wendover. Soak up the atmosphere with Rod shows most nights in town. The hotels start releasing the rooms from February 1st 2021. Do not leave it to the last minute. Usually there are about 500 plus teams running and with the crews it quickly fills up. For those flying in, you can fly to Salt Lake City and then it’s a two hour drive west, or flying to Las Vegas and its about five hours, or LA/San Francisco about eight to nine hours.

The 7707 Landspeed team will again be working with Lucas Oil during 2021 in our quest for 300mph and hopefully to reset the class record during Speedweek. There are normally numerous European, Asian, Kiwi and Aussie Teams running making it a truly international event and it's something you will never forget.

This event is not to be missed, especially looking down the track at 7am watching the sun rise and looking at the curvature of the earth. So, if you are thinking of a US trip in 2021, then come and spend some time on the salt supporting the 7707 Blown Fuel Roadster and you never know who you might meet. Finally, I need to thank the Teams at Lucas Oil in Corona, USA, Beech Underwriting, Mick’s Paint (Pomona), Rat Trap Racing, Tony Thacker, Kiwi Steve, Mickey Larson, Paul Rivera, S & S Engineering (Azusa), for all their help plus, the SCTA and everyone who helps at the Landspeed Events.

Geoff can be contacted on 07764 222232 for further information.

Pictures © Dave Kommel (top), Andy Willsheer (middle).

Storm Drag Bike requires crew.
6th October: If you live the West London/Surrey area, have a passion for motorsport and want to become more involved in a hands-on and practical way the Storm Drag Bike team would like to hear from you:

Following the passing of Barry Eastman in 2019 and with the rest of the team not getting any younger, we need someone for the 2021 season and beyond to help run the UK’s quickest Funnybike deep into the 6s at over 220mph. This is a voluntary role.

Duties will include helping to build and prepare the bike at our workshop in Chertsey, Surrey (approx 1 day or 1 evening per week to suit you). Loading and unloading the bike and equipment into/from our van before and after meetings (6 or 7 times a year). Helping at National and European meetings at Santa Pod, race bike pushing/towing and maintenance between rounds.

You’ll get to learn all about operating one of the quickest and fastest turbo bikes on the planet and, if you want to, the boost, fuel and clutch control systems we use including AMS1000, AMS2000 and Motec M800.

You’ll need energy, some mechanical aptitude, a good sense of humour and endless patience. Maybe you already know one of us and want to help? Or maybe you’re studying motorsport and just need some practical experience. We only race at Santa Pod so this usually means camping overnight during race meetings.

Contact Mick Hand on 07947 802309 or or Lorcan Parnell on 07947 569920 or

STP National Finals bike notes.
5th October: We caught up with social media posts from the winners of bike classes at the STP National Finals:

Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike: Covid Cup winner and event winner Louis Davies (below, left) had a PB of 7.50 before racing started in 2020. At Not The Euro Finals this was reduced to 7.2681 and a speed of 172.42 and Louis won the event. This performance was carried over to the National Finals where he won the event and the Cup. The team said "Well done Louis Davies & The Wicked Wench, National Finals Winner, taking 2 event wins and a second place to win the Santa Pod Funny Bike Covid Cup. Big thanks to all the Santa Pod crew for making it possible to get any racing in this season".

Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike: Steve Venables (above, centre) passed up on the opportunity to race his new home built bike in the three race Covid Cup series in favour of his E-85 fuelled D.M.E. Wins at Not The Euro Finals and National Finals clinched the championshship. But Stephen Mead (above, right) ran him close in the final of the National Finals, running a PB of 7.0254/198.13 to Ven's 6.8801/210.95. Stephen's crewman Kostas Giannopoulos said: "what a great performance. Massive thanks to Harold Finklemyer of ECS Performance for top class tuning as always, Tim Hays (Hays) for the best clutches out there! Many thanks to Joe Elliott, Mark Dainty, Hazel Gulliver, Juliette Durrant, Mark Lemis and the rest of the gang for all the help."

NMCM 8.50 Bike: Ross Morrison (below, left) won the Covid Cup Title whilst Dad Alan Morrison (below, right) won the event. Ross and Alan were both supported by Jake Mechaell's JKE Race Works. In the first qualifying session Ross had a near-vertical wheelie which he managed to control and avoid disaster. He said "Tried to ride it out but she kept climbing. I didn’t want to waste the run as it was going to be the guide for eliminations. I finally gave up...We managed to complete the meeting without any obvious damage, losing out to the old man in the final after starting to spray water on the back wheel when under load. The full strip down starts now!"

Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike: Martin Hallett (below, left) won the Covid Cup in a down-to-the-wire race in the final. Martin said "We went into the last championship meeting of the year in second knowing we needed to go one more round than our JKE Race Works and friend Craig Wright. We had brother-in-law Alan Morrison Jnr in the semis for the first time in competition, then meet Craig in the final for a winner takes all shoot out. We came out on top in what’s been a back and forth championship taking two out of three wins. Thanks to all the team Ross Morrison (8.50 champ), Alan Morrison, Alan Morrison Jnr, Jonny Hines and a massive shout to Jake Mechaell".

Accelerate for a Cause & a Cure ET Bike: Paul Adams (above, right) won both the title and the event. Suze Morris of the ET Bike Facebook group wrote: "Congratulations to Covid-Cup winner Paul Adams on an outstanding weekend at the National Finals, claiming the #1 spot in qualifying with an 8.8600 on an 8.86 dial-in, then going on to take the #1 spot on the podium. Congratulations also to Michael Gooding on being so consistent, running PBs along the way. Gary Hester and team were overjoyed to send their gremlins packing, running their first 8 second pass. Philip Pratt picked up the win from the rain affected Greenlight Nationals, but then popped a red light in the first round of National Finals eliminations. There was disappointment for Peter Harrison who sadly had mechanical problems first thing Sunday meaning he couldn't join us for the day. It's been an odd "season"... it's been hot, cold, wet, windy and, above all, short... let's hope 2021 will bring better things".

STP National Finals car notes.
4th October: We caught up with social media posts from the winners of the STP National Finals and a couple of others:

Comp Eliminator sponsored by Secret Worx: Winner and Covid Cup winner Lloyd Perkins (below, left) said: "It weren't the prettiest but will take a win on my first race. I was waiting for Kev to storm pass me the whole run". However Kev Slyfield in his Pro Mod Thunderbird had his own problems, the blower belt going at about 60ft.

Super Comp sponsored by B Fast R: Event winner Leah Kellett (above, right) said "We had an absolutely awesome working car again, made it to the finals and won. We were fighting gusty winds and trying to set my old throttle stop back up with hardly any runs due to the weather as my old stop had broken. I was absolutely flying down that track and boy did it feel so good! I never thought I would get past first round if I'm honest, let alone to the end". Leah thanked sponsors Jeff Bull, Scott & Geoff Hauser for their help as well as her family and everyone else who lent a hand.

Dave Grady Super Gas: event and Covid Cup winner Dave Fulton (below, left) said "this car has tested my patience every meeting but always come good on race day, thank you to all that are involved and help out". Runner up Andy Harrison (below, centre) said "I was looking forward to a really good race as always but was a bit too keen and red lit but can’t complain as I’m home with a smile on my face and a car in the workshop in one piece". Andy thanked Paul Brown, Ruaridh Hart, and Rachel Harrison on his team.

Super Pro ET sponsored by Another Small f: Covid Cup winner Tom Atkinson (above, right) said "congratulations to Daniel Giles today for the event win, Daniel was right on his A game, and to Scott Hauser for runner up, talk about coming down to the wire! I'm so grateful to everyone at SPRC and Santa Pod Raceway that we actually got a chance to come out for a play this year, a short season but most definitely sweet!" It was great to see sponsor Peter Walters (below, left) back in his Super Pro Dragster after crew chief and Dad Richard had an injury. Peter said "we had severe tyre shake on Saturday morning and it shook the kill switch off so we stopped just after 60ft. I overcame the tyre shake issue pm Sunday by launching off idle in the first round against Daniel Giles. Unfortunately it worked too well and we broke out running out best ever run of 7.66 with two pedals! but we were still happy and congrats to Daniel for taking the overall win. We’ll be back for the full (hopefully) season next year.

Modurstang Pro ET: Covid Cup winner Lee Huxley (above, centre) said "The weekend didn’t start brilliantly because we broke out twice in qualifying, putting us near the bottom of the field. In eliminations we had a couple of close races against Chris Newsome and William Clark. We then had a bye given by Sean Law as he didn’t make the start and a bye into the final. Unfortunately on the semi-final bye run looks like we dropped a valve. Well done to Victor Parsons for winning the event and thanks to all of our family and team especially Andy Walker and to our great sponsors!"

UK Nostalgia Superstock sponsored by NEM Plant: event winner Vic Parsons (above, right) said "I'm over the moon, got to both Pro ET and Nostalgia Superstock finals. I'm over the moon, it's a dream come true, I never imagined I could get to both finals and win! Unbelievable, thanks Santa Pod staff and marshals for working so hard to make it the best track in Europe, and thanks to everyone that's helped especially Dave Billadeau and Christine.

Editor's note: If you have a post STP National Finals report, we'd love to hear from you at Bike quotes will be published tomorrow.

Sjödin aims for 2021.
3rd October: Top Doorslammer racer Andreas Sjödin has been in touch with an update on Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing in this strange 2020. The headlines are little testing, trailer work and 10 year anniversary with the team's Chevelle.

The one and only outing in 2020 for
Sjödin Motorsport/ÅBM Racing was the test weekend at Hudik Raceway 21-23 of August. And what a great place to be at, nice crew, good track and what more can you ask for? I am really impressed what the crew at Hudik Raceway have accomplished in such a short time! This test wasn’t planned at all, we started to service the Chevelle one week before and we hadn’t touched it since the last pass at the Main Event in 2019. I felt I needed to do something fun and also get prepared for the 2021 season! The main thing is that it is 10 years ago since I made my first pass in the car, and I could not just let it sit in the shop and not make any passes at all this year, we must have some fun too!

Hudik Raceway photos courtesy and © Cenneth Schiller.

The first pass out directly from the trailer was 0.9987 60ft, and 4.0255 @ 289.23km/h (179mph) to the eighth! This was actually the first pass in 451 days, yes, the last pass I made with the Chevelle was our record setting 5.88@ 242mph at Santa Pod in May 2019! So I must say that this simple first pass felt really good and I was back in the car again and it felt really awesome!! And I was amazed about the track, I mean I went out checking it so I knew what to do about my tune, but still it was even better than what I thought! You can see what it was like from this video. You can read the whole story of our test on on our homepage. I want to take the opportunity to say thank to everyone involved this year, team, partners and friends than been helping out in some way!

About 2021, to be honest I really don’t know what to do in 2021 or what it have to give to us, all I can say is that we are going to England and Santa Pod Raceway for the Doorslammers and Main Event if we get the opportunity to do that, I am more than sure I will go to Hudik Raceway for some testing or maybe even some real racing! Of course testing and just driving the car is fun but I miss to compete against someone else, that’s the real fun part of racing! And then we got the Top Doorslammer series and Pro Extreme Challenge series and I really don’t know what will happen with those two to next year?

But I do know one thing, Sjödin Motorsport/ÅBM Racing are looking for new partners for the 2021 season! We need all the help we can get and we got a lot of different options and fun things we can do together and for your company! Are you interested in more info about that? Don’t hesitate to contact Andreas Sjödin at and we will work out something great together!

Mental Breakdown on video.
3rd October: Thanks to Chris Chambers-Smith for letting us know that he has posted a 13-minute documentary video on Wayne Allman's Mental Breakdown VW Type 2 pickup, the world's quickest split-screen VW with 2000hp at Wayne's command, running a quarter mile in 7 seconds and producing 2 Gs in force.

The well-produced video includes Wayne describing his background and interviews with wife Helen, Mum Gladys and team member Marcus Bennett. You can see Chris's documentary by going to this link.

Stig Olsson.
2nd October:
We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Stig Olsson at the early age of 65 from cancer. Stig was from Strömstad in Sweden where he lived for much of his life. He first got into drag racing in 1976 when he had a nitro-fuelled slingshot dragster bought from Krister Johansson which had a Dodge 242 engine and ran in Competition Eliminator, the category that he ran in for his entire career.

By the early 1990s his dragster had a Buick 317 engine and ran mid sevens. Around this time Stig founded StigO Transmissions which specialised in preparing Powerglide gearboxes for mainly drag racing applications and gearboxes prepared by him were used over Europe and in the US. His innovations included developing a dual transbrake that was capable of operating in first or second gear, and pairing a Powerglide gearbox with an electric engine.

His slingshot dragsters were sponsored by longtime supporters Norrlands Custom speed shop and he was not averse to changing classes if he felt the index was favourable. Running a six in 2008, from 2010 to 2014 he ran in lower classes with a smaller engine, but still ran sixes, setting European records and winning Competition Eliminator championship in the EDRS Central series in 2012.

Photo credits: Patrik Jacobsson (above, left) and Lena Perés (top, and above right)

His first trip to the US, in a rear engined dragster, was on the NHRA tour in 1989. He was attracted back to the US and made a return to racing across the pond when he sold his slingshot in 2017 to Swedish racer Johan Pripp and bought a new Neils & Parks car which he campaigned in 2018, 2019 and 2020 until the Gatornationals were closed down by the pandemic. In March 2019 he set a new NHRA National Record in the A/DA class of 6.54s (compared with his best time in Europe of 6.481 in 2015). During his time in the US as well as being helped by wife Bente (a winning racer from the 1970s too) a number of Swedish racers crewed for him.

He was generous, offering to lend his Norwegian holiday home to US teams in return for their hospitality to him and was involved in supporting Daniel Jedborn in FIA races driving the A/Fuel car Stig had bought from Stefan Gunnarson, and in sponsoring a Pro Street Shootout at the Mantorp Nitro Revival in 2020. His favourite saying was "Money talks but all mine ever says is goodbye".

We send our deepest condolences to Bente, their two children and their family and friends.

Time Travel originals on Youtube.
2nd October: Drag Racing historian Nick Pettitt has posted to his Youtube channel a copy of his Time Travel 11 video. Nick says 'It's a video I produced in 1998 from Nobby Hills' cine film and pics from 1964 - 1978 plus some of my own video of his later Funny Cars at the start of the video". You can see the video by clicking here.

Nick has also posted Time Travel 24 a video featuring the early days of British Drag Racing 1963-1968 using the slides and cine film of Brian Sparrow and Geoff Martin.

Time Travel 23 featuring the early days of Allan 'Bootsie' Herridge from 1962 – 1965 was created by Nick using Brian Sparrow's cine film and slides, and also some from Bootsie's own collection kindly lent to him by newly appointed BDRHoF Honorary Chair Lesley Wright.

Nick's collection of photos and links to other videos can be seen at, one of the most comprehensive sources of UK drag racing memorabilia to be found on the web.

Swift snippets.
2nd October: Santa Pod Raceway have cancelled this weekend’s Saturday Night Special and RWYB events, citing the adverse weather forecast, coupled with COVID-19 procedures which make the event unviable.

Photographer Paul Bryan has posted 203 photos from the STP National Finals to a Flickr album. Paul says "I had a brilliant day, there was plenty of action and great times and speeds for many, given the windy conditions. Thanks once again to everyone involved at Santa Pod for giving us a great track and a Covid-19 compliant venue for all of us to enjoy. It’s been a short season but everyone packed as much into it as they could. I'm looking forward to 2021".

British Drag Racing Hall of Fame names new Honorary Chair.
1st October:
The directors of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame are pleased to announce that Lesley Wright (formerly Lesley Digby) will serve as the organisation’s new Honorary Chair, succeeding founding chairman, the late Stuart Bradbury.

Lesley has enjoyed a long and distinguished association with British drag racing. Having served on the BDR&HRA committee, she documented late-1980s racing tours to the USA in publications of the time. Returning to the UK, she helped to promote the Super Gas Drag Racers Association, gaining sponsorship for the class.

She joined the newly formed Santa Pod Racers Club committee and as full-time SPRC secretary in the mid-1990s, she masterminded its formation into a limited liability company for the protection of members, and worked with the SPRC’s Technical Committee to revise the rule book and introduce SFI safety measures to Europe. She also helped found the Hall of Fame itself, later stepping aside. In recognition of her influential contributions to the sport she was elected a Member of the Hall of Fame in 2017, and subsequently joined the organisation’s advisory group.

Lesley assumes the Honorary Chair role with immediate effect. She comments: ‘I am in complete shock at being asked to be the Chair of the BDRHoF. It is such an honour to follow in Stu’s footsteps and I only hope that I can do the role justice, as he more than did. I look forward to everyone’s continuing support and enthusiasm, so that together we can ensure the ongoing success of the organisation and the recognition of all the great people in our sport.’

Owing to Covid-19, the Hall of Fame has postponed this year’s annual Gala Awards Dinner until November 2021. Awaiting induction on that occasion are 2020’s six selected membership candidates: Top Fuel Bikers Jeff Byne and Ian King; Swedish Top Fuel Dragster duo P&G Racing, Pelle Lindelöw and Gunnar Elmqvist; Top Methanol Dragster champion Dave Wilson; engineer, doorslammer and Fuel Altered campaigner Nick Davies; and commentator/presenter/broadcaster John Price. It is unlikely that further membership selections will be made until 2022.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame’s official website is

BDRHoF Member returns to NHRA winner’s circle.
1st October: It was almost like old times last weekend as a distinguished Member of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame stepped once more into the Top Fuel Winner’s Circle at NHRA’s rearranged Gatornationals at Gainesville, Florida. ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits was not actually driving the winning car but spectators and television viewers around the world would be forgiven if a shiver of déjà vu swept over them.

Current NHRA champion Steve Torrence had decked out his Top Fueler in a 1970s-era Garlits livery as a Gatornationals tribute to the great man, intending to unveil it on the race’s original date in March. No sooner was the car unloaded, however, than it was packed away again when the Florida governor’s Covid-19 edict brought an abrupt end to the event after just a morning’s preliminary Sportsman qualifying.

The race was eventually completed this past weekend before a socially-distanced crowd and Torrence carried the Garlits colours (any colour you like so long as it’s black – pace Henry Ford) all the way to victory, with Garlits himself there on the start line to watch each round before joining the winning crew in the post-race celebration.

Don Garlits was inducted into Membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2014, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964 International Drag Festival when Sydney Allard and NHRA’s Wally Parks brought Garlits and a host of American stars to race on airfield sites around England. The tour set the sport in motion in Britain and Europe for the next half-century and beyond, with Santa Pod Raceway opening two years later.

For anyone attending future editions of the Gatornationals, a visit to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is a must. The museum is located at Ocala, alongside the I-75, just an hour’s drive south of Gainesville.

NSRA Hot Rod Drags Outlaw Anglia review.
30th September: Thanks to Outlaw Anglia co-ordinator Jemma Guy for sending a review of the class's activity at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags:

Hot Rod Drags is the event that a lot of people get excited for all year as it usually provides a big class entry for us, with the added excitement of the possible six second pass everyone was buzzing for the weekend to come around.

We had 25 entries originally, which is pretty impressive considering the current COVID situation, this did however reduce to 21 due to breakages.

A few OA members took part in the RWYB on Friday including Luke Hoskins having a go in Dave Pearce's car (pictured below, left) and ran a PB of 9.50 and was followed by Ronnie Mercer running a PB of 8.96! (pictured below, right)

Saturday morning everyone was so excited to get started with qualifying and see how many more PB's or even records the day would bring. It certainly did not disappoint as straight off the trailer Mick Taylor came out and didn't just edge into the 7s but jumped straight in with a 7.74! Ginner's first run saw him get a new PB of 8.28. And Kim Harrison finally got into the 9s with a 9.81. It didn't stop there however as the last session of the evening saw Colin Millar run a new speed PB of 194.72 mph but unfortunately was half a MPH off of backing it up as a new record.

Sunday morning hit the same again for Colin running an astonishing 7.04 (pictured below, right) but unfortunately he suffered camshaft damage on what he hoped would have been a six second pass and leaving him 0.0122 off from backing up a new ET record! Although gutted to have not got the six, Jedd Guy who has been tuning Colin's car was pleased to have found a sweet spot! Fingers crossed for next year! By the end of the weekend the class in total had 13 PBs plus three new cars setting times in the class! Sure that'll keep me busy with Outlaw Anglia website updates!

The rest of Sunday made for an interesting day with the bracket races starting and everyone wondering whether Simon Barlow or Jon Webster (pictured above, left) would be able to get the 6 second pass. Jon Webster set a PB of 7.62 and got a 60ft of 1.03 just beating Colins 1.06 and Simon Barlow was unfortunately having a few issues after upgrades over winter.

Mick continued his 7 second passes throughout the day landing him in the final against Ginner who unfortunately had engine issues as he got to the pairing lanes giving Mick a bye in the final for his second ever final and first ever win! (pictured below, right)

The bracket also proved interesting with new OA member Peter Butler (pictured above, left) winning the final against returning racer Spencer Tidswell.

Outlaw Anglia would like to thank everyone at Santa Pod and all the track crew for an awesome weekend and we can't wait to all be back on track next year with hopefully a bit more normality!

Zeon TV's new retrospective series.
30th September: Thanks to Helen Todd of Zeon TV who has let us know what the DVD production and sales company have been preparing for the forthcoming Christmas market: "We decided some time back to sit this season out, and instead have been working on a set of DVDs from our 20 year drag racing archives. It’s been fascinating to see the vehicles and people through the years, and to see decades of progression in a class condensed down into two hours.

"We are doing DVDs of Outlaw Anglia, Street Eliminator, NFAA Fuel Altereds, Pro Modified, the Mopar EuroNats, Hot Rods at Shakey, and quite possibly some other titles. will be publicizing the launch of the DVDs and plan to carry our review of them well before the last shopping day before Christmas. In the meantime you can order DVDs from 2006 to 2019 from Quarter Mile High, Zeon's on-line shop, to keep you entertained during the off-season.

Swift snippets.
30th September: Rachel Wilson asked us to wish her gorgeous daughter and VW Sportsman champion Morgan Wilson a very Happy 21st Birthday today. Happy Birthday Morgan from all of us and have a great day.

Farewell to Lawrie.
29th September: Today is the funeral of Lawrie Gatehouse, drag racing photographer from the sport's halcyon days, supporter of the Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association and owner of its quickest and most entertaining car, Chaos. Former Santa Pod Raceway owner and promoter Roy Phelps, who worked with Lawrie on the Chaos team, writes:

Goodbye Lawrie, old friend.

Your passing on as a very good friend and many memories of last 40-plus years leaves me sad and indebted. Indeed, the heart of the British drag racing world is deeply saddened because it owes you so much. From the days as a track side photographer and building up a class in a racing format.

In my case, you were always there on the other end of the phone when needed, through my highs and lows.

And you proved to be a man of your word. It should be acknowledged that the generosity of your commitment to help others fulfil their dreams in the sport may have gone unnoticed by many who should have taken your commitment more seriously.

You did not suffer fools gladly, but I know the cost you freely suffered for the benefit of others.

Until we meet again...

Outlaw Anglia to the rescue.
29th September: Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall has been in touch to recognise a generous gesture by the Outlaw Anglia race winner from the NSRA Hot Rod Drags and his class association:

Following a conversation with Mick Taylor, regarding his prize fund, Mick asked if the money could be passed on to the SPRC marshals' tea fund rather than send it to him, however I asked Mick if he would mind if the money went towards a pair of new fire suits for our Fire Crew, as the existing suits were getting a bit past their best, to which Mick replied "Hold on, let me speak to the Outlaw Anglia guys and see what else can be done". Very shortly after, Mick came to me and said they have spoken within the group and have a further £500 to add to the kitty, the result being the two new fire suits now being demonstrated by Jason Stephenson (pictured extreme left) and Dave Rolands (pictured extreme right) of the SPRC Fire Crew. SPRC and Santa Pod Raceway would like to pass on our sincere thanks for helping out with the new suits and we look forward to never having to use them in anger. We really appreciate your help, especially in these challenging times.

Thanks to Julian Hunt for the photographic help too.

2020 Covid Cup winners.
28th September: Congratulations to the Covid Cup winners following the weekend's STP National Finals:

Comp Eliminator sponsored by Track Worx: Perkins Racing
Super Comp sponsored by B Fast R: Steve Hudson
Dave Grady Super Gas shootout: Dave Fulton
Super Pro ET sponsored by Another Small F: Tom Atkinson
Pro ET sponsored by Modurstang: Team Dark Horse
Sportsman ET sponsored by Hutchinson & Dibley: Carl Magadera
Junior Dragster sponsored by Lucas Oil Products: Luke Fulton
Street Eliminator sponsored by Topspeed Automotive: Mark Todd
UK Nostalgia Super Stock sponsored by NEM Plant: Jack Bishop
VW Pro: James Hodson
VW Sportsman: Morgan Wilson
Outlaw Flat Four: James Wotton

Funny Bike sponsored by Leeks Landscapes: Louis Davies
Comp Bike sponsored by Suzuki Performance Spares: Phil Leamon
Super Street Bike sponsored by Taylor's Trophy: Steve Venables
8.50 Bike sponsored by NMCN: Ross Morrison
9.50 Bike sponsored by Atlantic Fluid Tech: Martin Hallett
ET Bike sponsored by Accelerate for a Cause & a Cure: Paul Adams
Junior Drag Bike: Liam Holgate

STP National Finals results, numbers.
28th September: The STP National Finals was able to be run to completion despite persistent drizzle on Saturday with prevented completion of the first of four planned qualifying sessions that day. The session and a full second session was completed on Sunday prior to eliminations.

Comp Eliminator sponsored by Track Worx: Lloyd Perkins (7.97) 8.2190/169.78 def. Kev Slyfield (7.06) 20.4697/35.71
Super Comp sponsored by B Fast R Leah Kellett 8.9591/145.34 def.Steve Hudson 9.1100/138.55
Dave Grady Super Gas shootout Dave Fulton 9.8768/145.68 def. Andy Harrison 10.6808/99.71 red
Super Pro ET sponsored by Another Small F: Daniel Giles (7.35) 7.4138/177.13 def.Scott Hauser (7.40) 7.4413/177.15
Pro ET sponsored by Modurstang: Vic Parsons, staged def. Lee Huxley (broke)
Sportsman ET sponsored by Hutchinson & Dibley: Dan Holloway (15.93) 16.0665/75.92 def. Gary Lake (14.79) 14.7848/75.55
Junior Dragster sponsored by Lucas Oil Products: Luke Fulton (7.96) 7.9965/82.11 Caitlin Wilson (8.00) 8.1392/72.87
Street Eliminator sponsored by Topspeed Automotive Mark Todd 7.3329/198.01 def. Joe Stevens 8.0677/171.74
Nostalgia Super Stock sponsored by NEM Plant: Vic Parsons (10.20) 10.2482/128.69 def. Stuart Thompson (9.73) 9.8624/135.73
VW Pro: James Hodson (10.30) 10.6512/105.43 Bruce Kopasz (11.99) 14.1977/100.14
VW Sportsman Lee Cordery 14.1828/101.85 def. Justin Foley 14.1034/93.10
Outlaw Flat Four: James Wotton 10.6921/143.46 def. Phil West 11.05218/124.76

Funny Bike sponsored by Leeks Landscapes: Louis Davies 7.3681/171.10 def. Phil Crossley 7.4398/176.46
Comp Bike sponsored by Suzuki Performance Spares Tony Clark 7.7335/182.82 def. Chris Neary 10.3641/83.06 (chain came off)
Super Street Bike sponsored by Taylor's Trophy Steve Venables 6.8801/210.95 def. Stephen Mead 7.0254/198.13
8.50 Bike sponsored by NMCN Alan Morrison 8.6633/137.29 def. Ross Morrison 9.6267/108.72
9.50 Bike sponsored by Atlantic Fluid Tech Martin Hallett 9.5433/129.88 def. Craig Wright 9.5412/129.78
ET Bike sponsored by Accelerate for a Cause & a Cure Paul Adams (8.86) 8.8854/137.71 def. Michael Gooding (9.20) 9.1687/148.15
Junior Drag Bike Liam Holgate (8.42) 8.3784/79.10 def. Casey Holgate (10.00) red

Congratulations also to Pro ET racer Tom Watkins who won the rolled over Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier) Perfect Light Award of £100 on Sunday after no perfect lights were recorded on Saturday. and to Scott Hauser who won the Racing (Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield) Perfect ET Award of £50.

Thanks to David Anniwell for passing us the official timing data for the event which you can check out by
clicking here or clicking on the Timing Data link in the main menu on any page. The Bob's Photo Finish Award, posted by longtime supporter and sponsor Bob Roberts, has been won by Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racers Thomas Cook-Abbott and Luke Fulton whose finish line margin was 0.0001 seconds or 0.14 inches. Thomas, who won the award two years ago, and Luke receive £50 each.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored STP UK National Finals reports, results, and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend in sometimes bitterly cold conditions.

Flame & Thunder Lite call-up for racers.
25th September:
Thanks to Santa Pod Raceway events manager James Forster for getting in touch to invite racers to Flame & Thunder LITE, the final drag racing event of the year on Saturday 31st October: Santa Pod Raceway are now taking applications for the upcoming Flame & Thunder LITE show on Saturday 31st October. Despite Covid-19 restrictions, we’re pleased to report that the on track activities will be going ahead as usual so it’s one last chance to get out on track in what’s been a pretty unusual year. We’re looking for race cars that are proven to run the ¼ mile in 11.99 seconds and quicker and bikes that run quicker than 10 seconds. As usual, spaces available for vehicles from each race class will be limited. We’re also looking for anything weird and wonderful so if you have something that fits the bill, please do get in touch – the quirkier the better!

To apply, please contact with details on your vehicle and the times that it runs.

To see the full event lineup and get tickets please click on this link.

STP UK National Finals racer update.
24th September: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding details of the arrangements for this weekend's STP UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Friday 25th September
08:00 Main gates to the track open

Saturday 26th September
07:00-19:00 Signing On office open
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Sunday 27th September
08:00 Signing On office open
09:30 Track opens for qualifying/eliminations

Please note as at previous 2020 races, there will be no Scrutineering, however we do reserve the right to have any vehicle inspected should we deem it necessary. We will have on site two members of the National Tech Team and one Bike Scrutineer should you have questions. Either can be contacted through the Signing on Office at the base of the tower.

All tickets will be available at the main gate upon arrival as they are not being posted out. When pitting please take note of all instructions from the Pit Marshals as we are under strict scrutiny by the local council.

If you have booked to run at the Friday Test day please do not arrive until Friday morning at the earliest.

Santa Pod Racers Club and Santa Pod Raceway, thank you in advance for helping follow all of the Covid rules we must follow, as these are for everyone’s safety, we hope you all have a safe and successful weekends racing.

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 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.

Holley joins Williams Bros.
24th September: Nic Williams of sponsors OCS Group has announced a new appointment for the group:

"We are delighted to announce that Holley Marshall has joined the Williams Bros Racing and OCS Paint companies in an office based role. Holley will initially be working alongside Nic in the office learning how the businesses work behind the scenes.

Holley is also tasked with developing our online social media presence with both racing news and of course updating more frequently on the activities in each of the three shops (WBR Race Engines, Williams Bros Speed Shop and OCS Paint). Her first major task is working with our newly appointed web team "you and me collective" to finalise our new websites.

"We are extremely happy to have Holley join the team and are looking forward to being able to develop the businesses further. Holley's experience and enthusiasm for our industry is something very rare, it made the decision to offer her a position very easy. Though Holley will primarily be based in the office taking enquiries, maintaining the new webshop, parts ordering from the states and learning project management, we are also hoping to use her previously developed skills in the workshops. Welcome to the team Holley!"

Covid Cup outcomes.
24th September: In recognition that this season of drag racing, decimated more than we considered possible in 2019, has only been able to run to three events with the customary classes, the points chase has been re-titled the Covid Cup. The organisers have decided that points scoring rules are as usual with three changes: the all race bonus is halved to 100 for the small number of events, first round no-shows are awarded 100 loser points rather than nil and there is no bonus for running perfect in index classes.

We thank Spencer Tramm for calculating the points and sending them to for posting. In reviewing them for possible outcomes, it is heartening that a race series in the middle of a pandemic can still attract a substantial number of entries and we expect the atmosphere at the STP National Finals to be as exciting as it was in the past, even with the loss of Pro Modified and Top Fuel Bike as the top domestic classes.

Competition Eliminator sponsored by Secret Worx produced a series leader at Not The European Finals thanks to a seven car field. Kev Perkins of Perkins Motorsport leads Pro Mod refugee Kev Slyfield by 120 points with Elaine Hancock a further 30 points behind. All three competitors have consistent cars and Kev Slyfield's five second performance has been magnificent. Lloyd Perkins assumes the driver's role at this event; we look forward to seeing how he faces up to the challenge.

Thanks to two wins in two races, Steve Hudson is in a dominant position in Super Comp, sponsored by B Fast R, and providing he qualifies, he has secured the title over Paul Hudson. Super Gas this year in memory of Dave Grady, is a much closer competition as Dave Fulton and Andy Harrison have won one race apiece. Either could win the title however Dave would have to win the event as well.

Street Eliminator has had one win apiece for Joe Stevens and the Greenlight Nationals final between Mark Todd and Alan Williamson still to run. With ten competitors, either Joe or Mark could win the title depending on how far they go in eliminations. Failing the cruise could cost him the title, two failing the cruise could mathematically give Ashley Cooper a chance of the title. A Transit van winning the Street Eliminator crown? You'd better believe it's possible.

In Super Pro ET sponsored by Another Small F, 2019 runner up Tom Atkinson is now leading the series after his Greenlight Nationals win. Tom is 200 points ahead of Phil Toppin, whose Corvette's handling has been transformed with the addition of an anti-roll bar by Andy Robinson. Phil won Not The Euro Finals, and will need to qualify better and go a couple of rounds further in eliminations to enable the title to go to the Feltham Urban Car Club. Scott Hauser of sponsors Hauser Race Cars is further back by 120 points and will need Tom and Phil to drop out of contention early if he is to have a chance of the title.

Modurstang Pro ET has a four way battle with Bob Molden in the lead, Tom Watkins 140 behind and Brian Huxley and Mason Griffiths a further 70 and 80 points back respectively. To win, Tom would need to go two rounds ahead of Bob as well as qualify better, so Bob needs to get to the final and qualify well to secure the title.

Sportsman ET, sponsored by Hutchinson & Dibley has a rookie leading the points, Carl Magadera and his Tesla being the beneficiary of the current situation allowing electric cars back into the fold. Carl's ability to dial the car in to run consistently and manage battery consumption at the same time is uncanny. He is trailed by Perfect ET sponsor Tig Napier and our own Kirstie Tramm, but they are almost 400 points in arrears and would have to hope for an upset or flat battery at least to spoil's Carl's rookie title.

UK Nostalgia Super Stock sponsored by NEM Plant continues to grow with the class entry reaching 23 for the STP National Finals. The held-over final of the Greenlight Nationals between Jack Bishop and Stuart 'Kiwi' Thompson has not yet taken place as the class did not compete at Not The European Finals. It could increase or decrease Jack's lead by 200 points depending which way it goes. With the large field, Adrian Portelli, Chris Layram and Dave Billadeau all have a chance if Jack or Kiwi qualify poorly and then go out first round. The competition here will be intense.

In Junior Dragster sponsored by Lucas Oil Products, Luke Fulton, only having started in competition at last year's Euro Finals, had strong points finishes in both events so far in 2020 but without a win. Matthew Dowdy is 240 points further back with a total of 970 available. Mackenzie Love or Harry Redshaw could benefit if both Luke and Matthew drop out early; however 2019 champion Matthew is a tough competitor, winner of the Greenlight Nationals, and Harry won't get the 100 points all rounds bonus.

Outlaw Flat Four has been a victim of breakage at this stage of the season and contenders Stuart Hodgson in 1st position and David Swift in third are unable to compete. This leaves the way for Danny Pike, whose Type 3 Notchback we featured in a build piece earlier in the year. To become the champion he will need to reach the final or qualify top and score a round win. Similarly James Wotton will be able to move up some places in the standings if he qualifies well and gets a couple of round wins.

VW Pro is very tight with less than a round of racing between Carl Goldsmith and James Hodson. Adrian Solly is another 350 points further back and only in mathematical contention for the title. Whichever of Carl and James wins will depend on both qualifying positions and elimination rounds, with three rounds taking place.

VW Sportsman has an entry of 17 cars, however Morgan Wilson has in her first year in the class been very impressive, especially as her debut was only at the VWDRC Drag Days at the start of August. Two race wins later, she has a 690 point advantage over second placed Jon Crawford and just needs to qualify to take the title. Jon will have tough competition with Bruce Harvey 40 points behind, Rob Creswell 10 points further back and Lee Cordery, 130 points behind Rob.

The bike classes have generally had smaller fields this year which has resulted in a large proportion being in with a chance of a title. In Funny Bike sponsored by Leeks Landscapes, Mark Smith and Louis Davies are in contention with Louis 40 points behind; he has to defeat Mark to win. In Comp Bike, sponsored by Suzuki Performance Spares, Phil Leamon is in the lead, 260 points ahead of Paul Hambidge and in Super Street Bike sponsored by Taylors Trophy, Steve Venables is 200 points ahead of Stephen Mead. In both of these classes, the second placed rider needs to win the event and qualify ahead of the points leader to gain the title.

In NMCM 8.50 Bike Jay Roe is 70 points ahead of Steve Howe and another 20 points ahead of Ross Morrison. In Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike Craig Wright is 90 points ahead of Martin Hallett and another 20 points ahead of Alan Morrison Junior. In these classes the second placed needs to win one more round than the others and qualify better than the leader to secure the championship.

In ET Bike sponsored by Accelerate for a Cause and a Cure, Harrison Brown's win at Not The Euro Finals has put him in the leading position, however the Greenlight Nationals final between second placed Paul Adams and third placed Phil Pratt still has to be contested. Whoever wins will have less ground to make up – particularly Paul, who has the attendance bonus which Phil would not have the benefit of. In Junior Drag Bike as long as Liam Holgate qualifies he secures the title.

You can check out the Covid Cup points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings Page by clicking here or clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link in the main menu of any page.

Swift snippets.
24th September: Our Diana wishes her man, and part time pit photographer, Paul Lanyon a very Happy Birthday for today which we are happy to endorse.

Sometime contributing photographer Callum Pudge has been uploading galleries to his Pudgeys Pictures Facebook page and this now includes pictures from the NSRA Hot Rod Drags, Not The Euro Finals and VW Breakout.

Kieran attended the South London Retro Power Crew private test day at Santa Pod Raceway on Monday. You can see Kieran's photos of the mainly Classic Ford event by clicking here and an a 30 minute Youtube video by clicking here. Kieran says "There were loads of Classic Fords on site as well as a few other cool retro cars".

Covid Cup points posted.
23rd September: Many thanks to Spencer Tramm for forwarding us the latest points standings in the Covid Cup series after Not The European Finals. You can check out the Covid Cup points on our
OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings Page by clicking here or clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link in the main menu of any page.

Editor's note: we plan to publish our usual outcomes piece tomorrow.

NSRA Hot Rod Drags racer snippets.
23rd September: We are grateful to racers who have been in touch, or have made public postings on social media, to describe their news from last weekend's NSRA Hot Rod Drags:

The Supercharged Outlaws had new PBs by Joe Bond (6.2933/226.67), Dave Grabham (7.1239/192.25), which we mentioned in Monday's news update. Also, Mick Checkett (below, left) ran his slingshot, the ex-Alec Coe Shy Talker, and after a checkout pass gave it welly to go 8.04 in only his second pass in a competition car, his previous excursion up the track being in a Nova, Vauxhall Nova, mind. Mick had made few changes to the well sorted car, the main one being taller tyres, and recorded bests of 7.5707 and 182.10 during the event.

Simon Boot's Bootlegger Camaro (below, right), running on methanol for the first time, suffered bottom blower pulley bolts shearing from the harmonic damper on the startline, was able to repair and return, however he was chasing a misfire all weekend with a suspect faulty magneto.

Slingshot racer Jeff Hawksworth suffered a water filler cap lifting and spraying Jeff with boiling water at 137 mph but the crew sorted the problem and he came back to go as quick as 9.22/151.

Supercharged Outlaws 105e Anglia race Paul Dale had repaired heads from a previous meeting, however after a quickest ever 1.1 60ft the torque converter broke and the car lost drive, but the team are positive with the engine proved to be in great running order.

In Outlaw Anglia, the winner of the main elimination was Mick Taylor in the Banshee Fordson (below, left), who ran a best of 7.7290/176.46 after breaking into the sevens for the first time with a fantastic 7.74 early on Saturday. The final was to have been an all Fordson (both steel) final with Mick facing Phil 'Ginner' Middleton (below, right), however Ginner's engine broke a valve as he drove into the staging lanes and he had to be towed down the fire-up road to his huge disappointment.

We mentioned yesterday the record runs of Colin Millar who ran 7.0453 and 192.23, but ultimately was unable to improve on them or back them up due to a broken camshaft. In his summary of the event, Colin thanks, as well as partner Lynn Purvis, his team Aaron Springford, Cassy Aitken, Jedd Guy and Jemma Guy who is class organiser. " A huge well done to Ronnie Mercer in his 8 second pass and Kim Harrison on her 9 second pass. Loved the fact Peter Butler went through to the final and won the bracket class in his first ever event, lots of PB’s and Jon Webster's car is gonna be a real weapon as it makes progress. Thanks to Santa Pod Raceway and all the marshals who gave us the very best track to race on and thanks for that as well as keeping us safe.

"We found the sweet spot in The Flyin Fyfer and as the weekend went on we kept tweaking and tweaking and we had a very good idea after out last Run on Saturday night, the car was on fire, Sunday morning was the time to reach out and “live the dream”, we certainly did that, fingers crossed engine damage isn’t too bad but we will be back faster and stronger than ever".

In the Wild Bunch, there was a long list of new PBs: Antony Colliver (10.9163/128.45), Wayne Colliver (9.4360/141.59), Bradley Cooper (11.2168), Mark Coulsell (161.38), Craig Greenfield (9.5368/144.41) Chris Hartnell (8.6204 and 153.64), Lee Hartnell (10.4254), Mark Hartnell (8.756/153.64) Steve Heaven (8.4142 and 160.19), Mick Hillier (8.8127 and 146.69), Ollie H-Smith (10.7880/123.39), Dan and Elliot Jones (10.1983 and 133.74), Chris Manning (203.38) Graham Rawlings (9.6733/136.86), Tim Roy (12.2923 and 110.03), Callum Swinchatt (8.7509 and 148.17), Andy Stones (10.807/120.76), Brian Watson (9.8670/129.51), Jim Tanner (149.90), Bobby Wright (9.8853 and 138.62). You can see co-ordinator Claire Meaddow's full race report on the class by going to the Wild Bunch web site.

Wild Bunch average-close-to-dial competition results, which we were unable to post on Sunday, were as follows:
  1. Callum Swinchatt, 0.033
  2. Ollie H-Smith, 0.040
  3. Bobby Wright, 0.063
  4. Mick Hillier, 0.071
We also saw the debut of Andy Stones' Frantic (above, left), the Jaguar V12-powered altered having been rebuilt by Andy with a new chassis front end fabricated by John Hall at Stamford Speed Shop, and new gearbox, after having been in storage since 1985. Andy won the Wild Bunch trophy for best appearing car. The car made its debut in 1979 and original constructor John Foden, who built it with Ken Hessey, was present at the track for its second debut. Andy made best times with the show quality machine of 10.8079/120.76. Also making its debut was the Malibu Express 3 (above, right) of Jeff Morris, the constructor with Kevin Burrows, Bob Spence, and Geoff Fardell of Malibu Express 1 in 1969, Malibu Express 2 in 1975 and the Oblivion Avenger Funny Car.

In Gasser Circus, Jason Hollamby (above, left) made his racing debut as a class entrant in his Jumpin Jalopeno Falcon gasser and took the win. He said "A massive thank you to everyone who helped get me to the track to race, you know who you are and there’s too many to list; a big thanks to the guys and girls in the Gasser Circus". The Gasser Circus also had the competition debut of Simon Glenn (above, right) in his Straight Shooter Austin Devon pickup.

STP UK National Finals Perfect Awards.
23rd September: £200 is up for grabs at this weekend's STP UK National Finals courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 per day after there it was won by Junior Dragster racer Jacqueline Bartlett at Not The European Finals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors Cath and Tig, the Perfect Light Award will be doubled up to £50 for the first Perfect Light on each day. But if it isn't won on the Saturday, the award increases to £100 on Sunday. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event.

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

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Race Team has been reset at £50 after it was won by Pro ET racer Tom Watkins at Not The European Finals The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available in Another Small F Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, B Fast R Super Comp, Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout, VW Pro, VW Sportsman, NEM Plant Nostalgia Superstock, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), NMCN 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Junior Drag Bike, and Accelerate for a Cause and a Cure ET Bike. but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy Hadfield aka Fadster of the Twister Race Team.

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

Bob's Photo Finish Award, which is presented in association with sponsor Bob Roberts, will award £50 each to the racers involved in the closest race of eliminations at this weekend's event. At Not The European Finals the award went to Junior Drag Bike racers Liam Holgate and Blade Dummer.

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

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

Steve n Babs' Hi-Speed sale?
23rd September: You’ve seen the writing on the rear window, now it's true, Super Pro ET racers Steve and Babs Saunders have put their beloved Hi=Speed-Gas Zephyr Mk3 up for sale as a roller, and if the right deal can be struck, as a turnkey race car. It has a unique chopped and channelled two door fibreglass body, and the sale includes all moulds and a spare front end. The team recently had the full tube chassis re-certified to 7.50 spec and it includes Strange Engineering adjustable front struts/brakes, spindle mount Weld wheels, and new Hoosier front runner tyres.

The rear axle is a Chris Alston Fab 9 fabricated one with Eliminator four link, wishbone and pro aluminium anti roll bar, Strange Engineering 40 spline half shafts, Strange Engineering discs with Willwood four pot brake calipers and Strange Engineering double adjustable shock absorbers. Rear wheels are Weld Beadlock with new Hoosier slicks.

Full ancilliaries are included, a front mounted Jazz fuel cell, ally radiator and TCI Roll Stop Linelock.New twin batteries. MSD 7AL ignition system, Edelbrock QwikData data recorder, spare thermocouples. Andy Robinsons 6 point driver restraint belts, Kirkly aluminium fabricated seat and Stroud Safety Parachute finish the package.

The Zephyr has all required certifications in date, and Steve and Babs can deliver to anywhere in UK Mainland at fuel cost. The price for the car is £12000.00 as a roller. Please call 07803 892821 to discuss.The car which has run a best of 8.49 at 159mph is available for viewing this weekend at the STP National Finals.

You can see Babs n Steve's Hi-Speed-Gas Zephyr and many other cars and parts for sale on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet pages.

Billy flies the flag at Clastres.
23rd September: Super Pro ET racer Billy Gane writes that his team have just returned home after racing at the Association Trophée Dragster (ATD) '13eme Speed Final' at Clastres Dragway on 19th-20th September:

After a broken camshaft pin stopped play at the Greenlight Nationals, it was all hands on deck to try to get the car back up and running in time to make the race at Clastres last weekend, but with a lot of help from our friends we managed to get the car fired up for the first time at midnight on Thursday evening (apologies to the neighbours!) and get it loaded ready to set off towards Dover at 5am Friday. A 2 hour delay at the port gave us a perfect opportunity to repair an oil leak from the sump gasket; it turned out the ramps in the back of the coach are a perfect working height!

After all of the time and hard work it finally started to pay off when we got to the track, 15 cars made up the field in Super pro and we managed to qualify 2nd with a 8.488 on an 8.48 dial, the top 3 qualifiers being Fabien Dubois, myself and Elodie Dubois. The car ran great all weekend and on race day we made it through to the final losing to Fabien Dubois in the Milwaukee dragster. If any of you haven't taken the trip over to Clastres yet we would thoroughly recommend it, a great track and a great atmosphere.

I would like to finish by saying a massive thankyou to a few people for making this happen and helping us end 2020 on a much better note! Lance Godden of Godden engineering services for pulling out all the stops to get the machine work done in time, Paul and Terry Wratten for the aluminium welding and work on the lifters, Glenn Pallant for the last-minute lathe work and finally all of the crew for taking the time to be there when we need them.

Our good friend and sometime pit note author Mike Kraaij attended the '13eme Speed Final' at Clastres Dragway and you can read his Facebook report by clicking here.

Swift snippets.
23rd September: We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to drag racing statistics guru, former SPR timekeeper and supporter Andy Marrs. Have a great day Andy.

Photojournalist Steve Moxley has been in touch to say his report on the STP Greenlight Nationals is on the US website. To go direct to Steve's report, click this link.

UK Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has posted a total of 2hours 40 minutes' video of the NSRA Hot Rod Drags taken either from the spectator bank or the grandstand. To see the racing from these new angles, and see some of the hot rod display go to this link. Nick has also posted video of the 1973 NDRC Silverstone race that we did a retrospect of back in June.

NSRA Hot Rod Drags results.
21st September: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NSRA Hot Rod Drags:

Outlaw Anglia: Mick Taylor 7.9576/175.77 def. Phil 'Ginner' Middleton broke
Outlaw Anglia ET Bracket: Peter Butler 10.7566/124.91 def. Spencer Tidswell 11.2585/126.16
Gasser Circus: Jason Hollamby (12.92) 12.9853/102.07 def. Nick Barnett (11.33) 11.3675/118.24

Well done to Peter Butler for taking a win at his first race.

There were many personal bests set during the event as a result of favourable weather conditions with heat getting into the track and a tail wind, also, to be frank, awesome tuning by many of the teams present.

Top of the list has to be Supercharged Outlaws racer Joe Bond who recorded a 6.2933/226.67. This is undoubtedly the quickest alky slingshot time outside the US. More than this, after checking the list published at, this was the seventh quickest alky slingshot time in history. An even more amazing achievement when you consider the team have had no track time since July 2019. Congratulations to Joe, Doug, Martyn and the rest of the Nuthin' II Fancy team.

Another world class achievement was Robin Read who brought his Spirit of Le Patron out for the second time and recorded 6.7873/200.67, the first time ever for a British engined car over 200mph and the quickest ever run by one too.

There were three contenders present for the historic first six by an Outlaw Anglia. Colin Millar came the closest with marks of 7.0453 and 194.72 on an earlier run. His backup figures of 7.1279 and 192.23 were sadly just short of the 1% backup needed for an official class record. Also, the 7.0453 run was slowed to a 178.54 as the result of a camshaft breaking just before the end of the quarter; had it held, the incrementals show the run would have been close to a six at over 200 mph. A mention should go to other contenders sponsor Jon Webster whose brand new car not only looked awesome, but ran 7.6222/179.24 on only its fourth pass, and to Simon Barlow who suffered staging glitches that robbed him of time slips.

It was great to see Dave Grabham back at the wheel of the Freddy's Revenge Topolino, running in Supercharged Outlaws, and he made four great passes with a best of 7.1239/192.25, over two tenths quicker than the car's previous best.

A big Thank You needs to go to the Santa Pod Raceway team of marshals who kept the surface at peak condition throughout the three days of the event.

We will feature quotes from teams and list the personal bests as far as we can over the next couple of days. You can see our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored event coverage page which you can reach by clicking this link or going via the John Woolfe Racing event coverage link in the main menu.

Swift snippets.
21st September: We have a birthday to celebrate today, many happy returns go to former Jet Dragster racer, timekeeper extraordinaire and member of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Steve Horn who reaches the milestone of 65 years today. Have a great day Steve.

Kieran has updated his Youtube channel with a video of Not The European Finals. Kieran says "I filmed a few of the early elimination rounds from the bank before it got busy. This video includes Pro ET, Super Pro ET, Street Eliminator, 8.50 Bike, Pro Modified, Electric Bike World Record, Super Street Bike, Comp Bike and Super Gas". The video is indexed by class so you can see you favourite category at a click of the mouse. You can keep up to date with Kieran's videos by subscribing at his Youtube channel and clicking on 'notifications'.

Not The European Finals Numbers.
17th September: Thanks to David Anniwell of Santa Pod Raceway's timing crew for forwarding us the official Not The European Finals timing data which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link in the main menu.

Courtesy of the official data, we send congratulations to Junior Drag Bike racers Liam Holgate and Blade Dummer were the winners of Bob's Photo Finish Award posted by sponsor and longtime supporter Bob Roberts at Not The European Finals. Liam and Blade will each receive £50 from Bob for the 0.0006-second finish line margin, which equated to 0.81 inches in their race in the final of eliminations. Many thanks to Bob for his support.

In turn, Bob says "Many thanks to Mick and Nev for donating their out of date helmets following my recent appeal on".

Outlaw Anglia Hot Rod Drags preview.
17th September: Thanks to OA racer Colin Millar for providing a preview of Outlaw Anglia at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags:

We have 25 confirmed teams racing, so book in advance to come to Santa Pod Raceway and watch, you will not be disappointed, we will be putting on a show for you all as only Outlaw Anglia can do, we have even got two brand new Outlaw Anglias being unveiled.

One (pictured above, left) has been a long standing race car from the paddock of Ben Rushforth and what a beautiful looking car this is. The other is from the stable of sponsor Webster Race Engineering and has been built by Jon Webster from start to finish in a very short space of time and is has only recently been in the paint shop, I'm sure he will go flat out to get it all race ready. Jon's car is being built with the intention of selling once complete so if you have an interest please contact him.

Simon Barlow has a new combination from the safe hands of Karl Harrison and he tells me its fighting him all the way but knowing him the car will be race ready in time. Chris Kenney is back out, it's great to see an avid member of OA coming back out to play and maybe another car might return next year if he gets his way. We also have new blood coming out in OA for the first time in the form of John Turner and Peter Butler so a big shout out to these two guys, I'm sure they will have a ball.

Ben Kennedy is back out in only his second ever OA event as he will be looking to again win the event as he did at Nostalgia Drags, well done to that man. Martyn John Payne will also be out for his second ever OA event and will run the car down the track for the very first time after Chris Swinchatt drives it on Friday, he says he's excited but also a wee bit nervous, good luck Martyn.

On the downside due to damage Pro Mod racer John Tebenham won't be able to join us with the Crew Killer Pop, and our good buddy and OA racer Barnaby Levy will be absent for travel restrictions reasons. we will make sure to put a show on for you when you watch us on the live feed.

Wild Bunch Hot Rod Drags Preview.
17th September: Many thanks to Wild Bunch co-ordinator Claire Meaddows for sending us a list of teams planning to race at this weekend's NSRA Hot Rod Drags. Claire says 'Not only do we have a glorious total of 28 entrants, which is excellent, three of the cars will have two family drivers too".

The cars with two family drivers are the Rebel (pictured below, left) and Wrathchild slingshots each driven in turns by brothers Rob and Pete Brown, with very similar personal bests, Pete four hundredths quicker than Rob in both cars. 'Crazy' Chris Hartnell (pictured below, right) will share the cockpit of his Backdraft slingshot for the first time with son Mark so we'll see how Mark manages to wheelie off the line.

There are two car debuts this event, Alan 'Skippy' Skipp of Ratchet Strap Racing has entered in his new-build 'Chasin' Time' slingshot, the car coming together at the last moment with recent social media posts showing exhaust headers and body panels being fabricated only this week. Also Jeff Morris is bringing out Malibu Express III, an interesting story as he was involved in previous builds of Malibu Express and the Oblivion Avenger FC in the late '60s and early '70s. Claire says "Jeff and his wife Sharon will be debuting their new slingshot this weekend, with Roy Wilding chassis and blown alky engine. It will be a historic occasion to have 51 years between debuts of the first and most recent slingshots in the class!

Cars looking to work bugs out include Antony Colliver in the beautiful altered From Hell and Tim Roy in the Jaguar V12 engined Boston Straggler 2.

After running a great 7.070 / 201.68 at the Nostalgia Drags in August, Chris Manning in The Villain slingshot will undoubtedly trying his hardest for that first six second time ticket.

You can see all the action, or join in Friday's RWYB, by booking to attend at Santa Pod Raceway's tickets site or watch the live streams on Youtube or Facebook. You can see news about the Wild Bunch by going to their great web site at

Web site updates.
17th September: Former photo editor Roger Gorringe has posted a report on Not The Euro Finals on the web site of US publication Drag Racing Edge.

Funny Bike racer Lorcan Parnell has updated the Storm Drag Bike web site with an account of the team's trials and tribulations over the weekend of Not The Euro Finals.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr page with two large albums from the an album from the pre-Fast Show Saturday Night Special on 29th August. You can see Mad's photos by clicking here.

Mk1 Kieran video update.
17th September: Our Kieran has updated his Youtube channel with a number of videos from recent events.

From VW Breakout he has posted a drag racing compilation from the scaled-down event, usually run as VW Action. "We were treated to some funny car hits from Andy Raw and the Nitro Bug as well as jet car passes…Outlaw Street and Supercharged Outlaws were also invited guests for this event, running alongside the VWs".

There is also a compilation from the Private Test Day held on 14 September and organised by Scott Lewry of Yam Yam Racing. Kieran says "The track was at its best as it took place after Not The Euro Finals. 80 racers were in attendance and were eager to hit the track on the scorching hot Monday. We lost a few early on due to breakages, but there was a good mix of cars and bikes from all different ends of the spectrum".

There are also three new videos posted of individual cars. First is the strange 'Death Kart' of Sam Swain (below, left), which he built on furlough. Kieran says "Powered by a stock 2004 Mk4 R32 Golf engine gearbox with a panel filter and hard cut limiter, the chassis was self-built with full front suspension from the Golf and rear suspension from a '99 Mazda MX5. The build started in May 2020, the car was finished on the Friday night before VW Breakout and the first run was Saturday morning! Sam has a Mk3 Polo Coupe body to go over the top of this but ran out of time so ran it as a 'Death Kart'". Unfortunately the Kart decided it didn't want to go in a straight line and impacted the left hand wall. "Everything on the corner that took the impact is damaged so Sam needs to rebuild it and get the car dialled in to go straight, he then has a choice of three engines to run in it with one of the options being a 650hp R32 Turbo...Could this be the UK's Answer to the infamous Leroy?"

Next is Craig Searle's Polo (above, centre) which runs a stock Honda K20A2 with a Borg Warner K27.2 Turbo on K-Pro V4 Management, 750cc Injectors and Type-R Driveshafts & Hubs. Kieran says " on every run it struggled to hook up on the Nankang street tyres, Craig plans to run it on slicks next time out which should bring the times down a fair bit".

Kieran also captured footage of Rob Carter running in VW Pro with his very clean Mk1 Passat powered by a Cosworth YB showing some of his runs over the weekend of VW Breakout. Finally there is Charlie Roberts' VW Up! (above, right) That started by him purchasing a 2.3L V5 engine & gearbox on Ebay. Kieran says "the engine remains stock but has been remapped by EST Performance in East Sussex to 198.9hp with a 75 shot of nitrous to get it into the 12s".

You can keep up to date with Kieran's videos by subscribing at his Youtube channel and clicking on 'notifications'.

Pro Extreme at Malmö Winter Nats.
17th September: The 2020 Malmö Raceway Winter Nats took place on 4th-6th September in Sweden. Classes entered for the race on the eighth mile track comprised Pro Extreme, Competition Eliminator, Pro Street, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, X Street 5.5 and 6.5 index, Junior Dragster, Super Street Bike, Super Gas Bike, and Junior Drag Bike.

Pro Extreme (alternatively known as Top Doorslammer) was the best attended class with twelve entries. #1 qualifier was Mattias Wulcan in his Wilcano Firebird at 3,8445/304,70. He was followed by Mats Stefansson in his blown Mustang at 4,0684, 249,57 and Rimbert Whalström at 4,1387/254,87. FIA Pro Mod competitors using this event to keep their cars race-ready included Håkan Persson (4th), Roger Johansson (9th) and Jimmy Ålund (12th).

Photos all by Anne Mandahl Jørgensen (clockwise): Rene Holst Laustson, Jonas Kant, Mats Stefansson (all Pro Extreme), Mattias Nilsson (TMFC), Pro Street Capri, Lars Bengtsson (X Street 6.5)

In eliminations on 6th in which sadly finals were not able to be run because of weather conditions, Mattias Wulcan was due to face Mats Stefansson. Mattias had defeated Jimmy Ålund in round one, Rene Holst Lautsson in round two and had a bye into the final. Mats had defeated Magnus Frost in round one, Jonas Kant in round two (closest race of eliminations, 3.852/321.3 to Jonas's 4.123/271.50) and Johan Gustavsson in the semi final. Mattias and Mats were well matched, Mattias having run 3.791/317.70 in his semi final bye to Mats' 3.797/321.60 against Johan Gustavsson.

Also seen testing at this event was the Top Methanol Funny Car of Bertil and Mattias Nilsson, driven by Mattias (pictured above), which comprises an ex-Leanders Bros chassis and ex-Jonas Staflund body. The repaired Mustang of Mikael Lindahl was also testing.

You can see the results for the whole race by clicking here (select Winter Nats 2020 in left hand menu) and photos by Anne Mandahl Jørgensen. Other photos are at the Malmö Raceway Foto group on FB.

Walters' POWERED Co.
17th September: sponsor Peter Walters has launched a new venture under the name of POWERED Co. - The Automotive Lifestyle Brand.

POWERED Co. Is the new clothing division of Peter Walters Race Design. POWERED Co. aims to be the number one leader in quality Automotive Lifestyle apparel and accessories. Specialising in the Drag Racing industry.

Peter says "We currently have the already popular Kenny’s Bar t-shirt online, plus a 2020 ‘Socially Gapped’ T-shirt. All our of T-shirts are made in the USA and printed in the UK. They are high quality and completely POWERED Branded inside and out. All Kenny’s Bar t-shirt purchases come with a sticker too! Limited stock, so be quick.

In addition to the T-shirts we have decals and wall prints! There are lot more products in the pipeline including additional t-shirts, a ‘Magic Tree' air freshener and more!.

Please visit our shop at to browse the products and purchase, and visit our social media channels (Instagram and Facebook) to keep up to date with new product drops!

Groups of Six at SPR.
16th September: Due to the new Group of Six rules announced by the Government on Monday, and very recent and lengthy communications with the Local Authority,
Santa Pod Raceway has had to implement new restrictions on forthcoming events:

We would ask for the patience and understanding of racers and fans alike, failure to heed this advice could have dire consequences for Santa Pod Raceway. Gates will open for the NSRA Hot Rod Drags at 12:00 tomorrow, 17th September so please read the following New Rules of Six carefully and consider what you need to do to comply:

The maximum number of people (including children) allowed on a camping pitch is six, no exceptions. This is a legal requirement; Santa Pod Raceway must enforce this or we will fall foul of the Local Authority. Do not expect to camp in groups larger than six, it will not be allowed - no exceptions! Groups of Six: If all members of the group are from the same household, no further restrictions within the group apply. If the group of six is made up from multiple households then social distancing rules of 1 metre must apply between the households within the group of six. Your camping pitch will be set out accordingly. Individuals from different households may not share a tent or caravan/motorhome. Please listen to the campsite marshals and be patient, placement may take a little longer due to these new rules.

The Group of Six rule applies in the pits. The maximum number of people (including children) allowed in a pit space is six, no exceptions. This is a legal requirement, Santa Pod Raceway must enforce this or we will fall foul of the Local Authority. Do not expect to pit in groups larger than six, it will not be allowed, no exceptions!

As with camping, if all members of the pit space group are from the same household, no further restrictions within the group apply. If the group of six is made up from multiple households then social distancing rules of 1 metre apply between the households within the group of six. Where 1 metre distance cannot be kept, facemasks must be worn. Your pit space will be set out accordingly. Individuals from different households may not share a caravan or motorhome. Please listen to the pit marshals, placement may take a little longer due to these new rules.

Visitor Areas:
Group of Six rules apply to all visitor accessible areas. Grandstand and banking, Bar/Catering area, Pod Pub Garden, Café/Shop and Show n’ Shine area. A distance of 1 metre must be maintained between you and any other person not from the same household as you.

In short - if you cannot comply with these new rules please do not come!

Event entry update.
15th September: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending Version 7 of the entry list for the STP UK National Finals. Entry for this race without a late entry penalty has been extended to tomorrow, Wednesday 16th September. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here. You can check out the entry list by clicking here.

World Electric Record at SPR.
15th September: Motorcycle racer Hans Henrik Thomsen from Denmark developed his 'Silver Lightning' electric drag bike with the sole aim of taking the World Record for electric vehicles from US legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride, and he achieved just that at Santa Pod Raceway on Sunday 13th September at Not The European Finals when he ran 6.8697/195.47 backed up by an earlier 6.8784/191.40.

Before his record-setting run, the record was 6.94 achieved at Virginia Motorsports Park in 2012. However well before this, Hans Henrik and cousin Glenn. E. Nielsen (hence the team name True Cousins) focused on building electric drag bikes, also a seven second electric drag car 'TC-X', to race against internal combustion engined vehicles and to take records. Hans Henrik's 'Silver Lightning' succeeded his 'Silver Giant' and 'Silver Bullitt' drag bikes which set motorcycle electric records for various voltage levels with the National Electric Drag Racing Association.

Previously Hens Herik and Glenn competed locally in Denmark at the DHB Show in Padborg Park and at Mosten Raceday and also ran at Malmo Raceway. However after 2017 electric bikes were excluded from traditional classes, which the team regretted as a battle between electric and internal combustion was something they relished. Nevertheless after campaign for re-inclusion in the regulations they were allowed to carry out demo runs at the Mantorp Park Drag Revival in 2018, which went well apart from running off the end of Mantorp's short 250m shut down area. The team returned to Mantorp in July 2020 and ran 7.08, indicating that something special was in the offing.

'Silver Lightning' was built in 2019 based on a Top Fuel Bike with the sole intention of taking down McBride's record. The frame was designed and built by the cousins, made from Docol R8 tubing with aluminium body panels with a single wheel wheelie bar. The front fork, rim and brakes were taken from a 1999 Yamaha R1 with a 31-14-15" Mickey Thompson rear tyre.

The drivetrain consists of two heavily modified 8.5" electric motors, originally designed for a hydraulic pump and rebuilt to produce 350 volts from the original 48 volts. There are two Zilla K2 motor controllers that can deliver 2000 amps each. Electricity is taken from two battery packs each of 672 100C Li-Po cells (lithium cobalt) with a battery management system designed by the cousins. Taking into account the engine voltage reducing to 300 volts under load, the peak power during the run is 1.2 megawatts (300 volts x 2000 amps x 2). This is equivalent to 1100 hp. This power goes through a chain drive with no gears.

Cost-wise, the battery pack life is 150 runs over the quarter and the team has calculated that each full run costs £80, the bike weighing a mere 386 kg. The bike's initial runs were to set the bike up and being on SPR's surface for the first time, a few issues were discovered. However the team had a track expert on hand, multi-time FIM Top Fuel Bike Champion Ian King who showed the team slo-motion videos and analysed run data from which the optimal staging position was determined.

The extent of Hans Henrik Thomsen's achievement becomes clear when you realise that two previous record holders were Larry McBride and Don Garlits. 201.07mph was achieved this year by Steve Huff in Current Technology at Tucson Dragway, but the ET was 7.5 due to the type of motor used. So we hope we can see Hans Henrik back at Santa Pod Raceway to break 200mph and lower the record further.

You can read more on True Cousins web site , and see some videos of Hans Henrik's record by going to their Youtube channel.

Not The Euro Finals highlights.
15th September: Not The Euro Finals was a great race for many teams with a long list of personal bests and records, as our round-up below shows:

Kev Slyfield's Blown Bird racing came away with two winner trophies for the held over Greenlight Nationals Comp Eliminator win and the Not The Euro Finals Pro Modified win. The team said "It was an amazing weekend running three passes in the fives and a new PB of 5.92/238mph. On the first run big shake from the hit slowed the ET to 6.38/234. We won Comp Eliminator race despite a snapped blower belt. The new PB came in the third qualifier on Saturday afternoon, and the team also ran a five in the final of 5.98/238".

The other double winners at the weekend were Steve Hudson (Super Comp, above left) and Liam Holgate (Junior Drag Bike, above right). Paul Hudson was a major competitor to unrelated Steve, running 8.906 on the Pension Pot dragster's first run and running well with "only a few niggles" thereafter, as reported by crewman Jordan Wilson. Steve and Paul were the beneficiary of mechanical problems by fellow competitors Leah Kellett and John Tebenham. Leah suffered electrical issues although her only clean run was without a throttle stop. JT suffered engine breakage and has appealed for a SBC engine for sale 650-700 hp. JT said "It must be good and ready to race as my con rods didn’t want to be together anymore". If you can help JT, his e-mail is

In Top Fuel Bike, Neil Midgley won despite tough competition and another broken belt in his quickest qualifier, 6.5467/177.03. The best race of the class was in the semi final when we had side-by side 6.3s from Neil and Al Smith. Team principal Chris 'Cannon' Hannam said "The bike's consistently performed better than ever with 6.5, 6.3, and 6.4 in the final with between round servicing, my thanks go to Lucas oils for a great product and the hardworking team for a great job".

Another especially impressive performance came from Al Smith on the PBR Top Fuel who lost out to Neil Midgley in the semi final, but produced four great passes, one 6.4s and no less than three 6.3s. Crew chief and constructor Phil Baimbridge said in his account on the team's Facebook page that the tuning adjustments mainly involved fuel and clutch settings. "It's hard to be too disappointed: Al mastered piloting the Rocket, we got up the track five times without any drama, we came home with all the same major engine components that the racebike was built with still fitted and we had a bit of fun". Once home Phil found the fuel pump wasn't delivering at the spec flow rate, and a much larger capacity pump is ready to be shipped from the US for 2021.

Street Eliminator saw its second competitor into the sixes when Mark Todd ran 6.9777/207.22 and an earlier 6.9798/207.06. However Mark was unable to compete in eliminations when a radiator cap failed on the cruise at the gate.

Funny Bike saw Louis Davies run a new PB of 7.2681 winning the final against Mark Smith, who had recorded a PB of 7.1306 in qualifying. Louis had given a pledge he would shave his beard off again if he ran a 7.2. In Super Street Bike competition, there were new personal bests from Mark Dainty (7.233/200.62), Dave Smith (7.250/198.14, also Greenlight Nationals final winner) and Mark Hope (7.267/198.01). The race winner was Steve Venables who ran a 6.9746/211.09 to defeat Steve Mead in the final (pictured, below left).

The nitro cars were the focus of many and we wish Jason Phelps and Tony Betts good luck in getting back on track after their incidents and congratulations to Undertaker driver Steve Ashdown (pictured, below centre) on his win in the Funny Car Cannonball. Steve's car, owned by Shockwave Racing's Gordon Smith and Dave Bryant, ran more reliably than any with 60ft times around 0.96-1.00 and eighths in 4.1s. A new addition to the team is clutch girl Grace Roaf who is doing her bit in promoting the sport, as a future news article will reveal.

Finally Top Fuel brought the magic back and the final with Antti Horto and Susanne Callin running side by side for much of the race was worthy of any FIA event, Antti scoring a new personal best ET of 3.875.

We also wish well to racers who suffered breakage, Joe Kellett (pictured above right) was a relatively late victim when the engine in his new dragster He said: "I have had one of the best weekends at racing in a long time with the new two car operation. The weekend did end on a low after a big bang in the semi-final solo run though, after inspection we concluded that it may be the Cam, further inspections have yet to be looked at, depending how serious the damage is that will be us out until the 2021 season, thanks to Przybyl family, my Dad and everybody else for all they have done".

SPR Private Test Day gallery, results.
15th September: Another Santa Pod Raceway Private Test Day organised by Scott Lewry of Yam Yam Racing (pictured right) took place yesterday in hot, sunny conditions. There was an entry of around 80 vehicles that paid a share of the track rental in order to make unlimited passes on the prepped track, extra sticky after Not The Euro Finals.

Thanks to Adam Bentley and David Anniwell of Santa Pod Raceway's timing team who thanks to Adam's site has given us information to enable us to establish who were the Top 20 racers of the day by best ET:

Many thanks to our Kieran who braved the hot sun at the Private Test Day, and we have posted galleries of his photos at our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored event coverage page which you can reach by clicking this link or going via the John Woolfe Racing event coverage link in the main menu.

Kieran says "Dave Edmunds (pictured left) brought his Sylva Phoenix kit car with a 600hp Cosworth YB engine, and ran a 8.7433/161.32 which is believed to be the quickest and fastest quarter-mile times in the world for a kit car".

Also there, after competing in Secret Worx Comp Eliminator at the weekend, was the Straight To The Point 2 '37 Ford of George Chiarella, driven by son Benito to a best-ever 8.3597/153.18. George said "We had a throttle pedal issue throughout the weekend that we've now sorted and the slicks are old, but its heading in the right direction now".

Lawrie Gatehouse.
14th September: Fuel Altered and Pro Mod racer Nick Davies writes: I am very sad to have to report that Lawrie Gatehouse passed away last night, September 13th, after a brief illness.

Lawrie became one of British drag racing’s foremost photographers after attending the Blackbushe Dragfest meeting in 1964, witnessing the travelling American circus and falling in love with the sport. He travelled to the US on numerous occasions, taking pictures at many of the famous and now closed tracks from the halcyon days of racing.

After a hiatus from the sport during which time he started and grew a successful engineering business, Lawrie then returned to drag racing and was the driving force behind the newly-formed Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association, supporting his passion for, perhaps, the sport's once most-entertaining class. He was also instrumental in the re-introduction of nitromethane to classes outside of the pro ranks.

Never afraid to invest in what he believed in, Lawrie took on the responsibilities of race car ownership, with the building of the mighty ‘Chaos’ AA/FA which, prior to its retirement in 2015, dominated the class for several years. As well as his own car, a number of teams benefitted from his support and generosity in times of need.

His wide and varied contributions to the sport were recognised by his induction into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2017.

Lawrie is survived by his much-loved wife Judith whose privacy is requested at this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be communicated in due course.

Our deepest condolences go to Judith, and to all Lawrie's family and friends.

STP UK National Finals entry extended.
13th September:
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall has announced that entry for the STP UK National Finals, without a late entry penalty, has been extended to Wednesday 16th September. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Not The European Finals results.
13th September: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Not The European Finals supported by STP at Santa Pod Raceway:

Top Fuel: Antti Horto 3.8750/298.95 def. Susanne Callin 4.0474/240.68
Funny Car Cannonball: Steve Ashdown 5.9818/114.49 def. Andy Raw, broke
Pro Modified: Kev Slyfield 5.9846/238.61 def. Jon Webster 6.9241/212.09
Comp Eliminator sponsored by Track Worx: Kev Perkins (7.97) 8.0500/170.40 def. George Chiarella (7.03) 11.2908/76.67 Super Comp sponsored by B Fast R : Steve Hudson 8.9016/143.53 def. Paul Hudson 8.8526/163.68 breakout
Dave Grady Super Gas: Andy Harrison 9.9303/136.99 def. Mark White 9.8478/133.23 breakout
Super Pro ET sponsored by Another Small F: Phil Toppin (8.99) 9.0457/145.72 def. Joe Kellett broke
Pro ET sponsored by Modurstang: Mason Griffiths (9.36) 9.3558/138.52 def. Tom Watkins (11.40) 11.3895/110.82
Sportsman ET sponsored by Hutchinson & Dibley: Peter Walters (14.32) 14.3856/93.10 def. Carl Magadera (12.40) 12.3246/99.39
Street Eliminator: Joe Stevens 8.2702/140.80 def. Ashley Cooper 10.0213/139.40
Junior Dragster sponsored by Lucas Oil Products: Harry Redshaw (8.75) 8.8841/72.72 def. Luke Fulton (8.03) 8.0260/80.94
Wild Bunch: Mark Coulsell (8.40) 8.4274/154.20 def. Phil James (9.40) 9.4814/136.87

Top Fuel Bike sponsored by Bank Night Club: Neil Midgley 6.4846/183.62 def. Marcus Christiansen 16.6764/45.70
Funny Bike sponsored by Leeks Landscapes: Louis Davies 7.2681/167.99 def. Mark Smith 9.1838/145.70
Super Street Bike sponsored by Taylor's Trophy: Steve Venables 6.9746/211.09 def. Steve Mead 7.1013/203.36
Comp Bike sponsored by Suzuki Performance Spares: Sean Mills 7.7619/164.26 def. Paul Hambidge broke
9.50 Bike sponsored by Atlantic Fluid Tech: Craig Wright 9.5232/136.04 def. Alan Morrison Jnr 9.5542/125.25
8.50 Bike sponsored by NMCN: Ross Morrison 8.5293/145.83 def. Steve Howe 8.5100/148.16
ET Bike sponsored by Accelerate for a Cause & a Cure: Harrison Brown (9.57) 10.1511/101.72 def. Jonny Young (11.40) 13.1983/66.07
Junior Drag Bike: Liam Holgate (8.52) 8.538/73.44 def. Blade Dummer (8.55) 8.608/76.99

Congratulations also to Junior Dragster racer Jacqueline Bartlett and Pro ET racer Tom Watkins who won the who won the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the Perfect ET Award supported by the Twister Race Team respectively. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for the STP UK National Finals. The result of the Bob's Photo Finish Award will be announced once we have analysed the official event data.

The following held-over finals from the STP Greenlight Nationals took place on Friday evening and congratulations to the winners:

Comp Eliminator sponsored by Track Worx: Kev Slyfield (6.48) 6.3825/186.47 def. Elaine Hancock (7.43) 8.5559/151.04
Super Comp sponsored by B Fast R : Steve Hudson 8.9876/143.00 def. Paul Hudson 9.0822/155.22
Dave Grady Super Gas: Dave Fulton 9.9636/130.20 def. Simon Fulton 10.0438/141.26
Super Pro ET sponsored by Another Small F: Tom Atkinson (8.91) 8.9862/150.07 def. Scott Hauser (7.45) 7.4767/173.70 red
Pro ET sponsored by Modurstang: Brian Huxley (9.65) 9.7078/124.40 def. Bob Molden (9.60) 9.6667/136.93
Sportsman ET: Carl Magadera (15.94) 15.9347/89.43 def. Tig Napier (14.20) 14.1688/92.11
Junior Dragster sponsored by Lucas Oil Products: Matthew Dowdy (8.45) 8.5653/74.43 def. Luke Fulton (8.08) 8.1602/73.68

Funny Bike sponsored by Leeks Landscapes: Mark Smith 11.2747/66.03 crossed c/line def. Louis Davies broke
Super Street Bike sponsored by Taylor's Trophy: Dave Smith 7.2990/199.87 def. Mark Hope 8.0970/155.27
Comp Bike sponsored by Suzuki Performance Spares: Phil Leamon 9.3295/145.74 def. Ian Burns no-show
9.50 Bike sponsored by Atlantic Fluid Tech: Martin Hallett 9.6167/139.40 def. Rick Sawatzki 9.4358/137.78 b/o
8.50 Bike sponsored by NMCN: Jay Roe 8.6600/131.43 def. Steve Howe 8.4479/161.31 red
Junior Drag Bike: Liam Holgate (8.51) 8.4574/77.21 def. Blade Dummer (9.00) 8.9419/63.32 b/o

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Not The European Finals reports, results, and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana Macrae for their hard work over the race weekend.

Event entry update.
11th September: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 5 of the official entry list for the STP UK National Finals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes today, Friday, 11th September, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Rule of six at SPR.
11th September: Santa Pod Raceway have made the following announcement following the latest Covid-19 Government ruling: The latest Government announcement states that from Monday 14th September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce.

As a COVID-19 Secure venue, Santa Pod Raceway as a venue can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups anywhere on site, this includes camping also. This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law.

Please do not expect to set up a campsite consisting of more than 6 people (including children), this will not be allowed; in order to safeguard the continuation of camping at Santa Pod, we ask you to adhere strictly to the rules. Authorities can now close venues that are breaking the rules. Fines will be in place for venues who are not complying.

New design and new colours for Vegter Pro Mod Racing.
11th September: With renewed energy and a brand new design, Vegter Pro Mod Racing were ready to face any competitor and to go for the 2020 FIA European Pro Modified Championship title, writes Remco Scheelings. But COVID-19 was an invisible enemy nobody was able to beat this year. The FIA European Drag Racing Championship was cancelled and the Vegter Pro Mod Racing ’67 Chevrolet Camaro stayed in the workshop. “We were more than ready for it. During the first couple of months we updated the car and we had high expectations for the new season. But unfortunately, there wasn’t a new season. Because we can’t do it at the race track and we still want to show the fans at least something this year, we are revealing the new design and new colours of our team in this way,” said David Vegter, driver of the Vegter Pro Mod Racing Camaro.

As the driver of the Vegter Pro Mod Racing ’67 Chevrolet Camaro, David Vegter has made an impressive list of honours in the FIA European Pro Modified Championship in recent years. Vegter claimed the third position in the 2017 championship, his best result so far, and finished in fourth position in 2019. With his personal bests of 5.804 seconds at 398.8 km/h, Vegter is one of the quickest and fastest Pro Modified drivers in Europe. Vegter is also the track record holder at Alastaro and Kauhava, the two Finnish FIA European Drag Racing Championship tracks.

Last winter and spring the team stripped and updated the ’67 Camaro to go for their first FIA European Pro Modified title and number 1 plate in 2020. But COVID-19 spoiled everything and after the first couple of races of the championship had to be cancelled. It didn’t take long before the whole 2020 FIA European Drag Racing Championship was cancelled as well.

“We were more than ready for it. In cooperation with Post & Dros and CP Carillo we updated the engine. We also made some major changes to the converter. There is also a new Hammer injector on top of the blower that we renewed last year. Apart from that, we made numerous other changes and updates. We had high expectations for the new season. The Camaro was race ready, but unfortunately the season wasn’t. Although the championship was cancelled, we wanted to travel to Santa Pod Raceway in September to make some test runs with the updated combination. But the current travel restrictions make it impossible to go to England. We will now have to wait until 2021. But that does not reduce our motivation, - in fact, we will be sharper than ever before,” said Vegter about the current situation.

After many seasons in their familiar black colour, Vegter Pro Mod Racing wanted to surprise this season with a fresh new design and new colours, gun metal grey and orange. Because the team didn’t want to let the curious fans wait any longer, they decided to reveal the design right now. For the low elapsed times and high speeds, the fans will have to wait until next season.

Vegter Pro Mod Racing are supported by HKR Techniek, De Vries Classic Cars, Gentlemen’s Place, Post & Dros and Ribbelink & Dumay Installatietechniek. Are you interested in becoming a partner of Vegter Pro Mod Racing, or do you want to support the team in another way? If so, please contact David Vegter at

Vegter Pro Mod Racing are also on Instagram, and Facebook, Vegter Pro Mod Racing.

Event entry update.
9th September: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 3 of the official entry list for the STP UK National Finals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Friday, 11th September, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

2014 Euro Finals photo mix.
8th September: Many thanks to Mike Collins for providing an exclusive Still Ramblin' photo mix for readers which covers from 2014 the NHRA Brainerd Lucas Oil Nationals and the FIA Euro Finals from Santa Pod Raceway. Mike says 'Due to circumstances beyond my control - and hi-tech gremlins, this edition of Still Ramblin’ was w-a-y late and truncated; now in September 2020 it’s been sanitised for your protection! However, we’re sure you will still enjoy this PC redacted, edition from my Still Ramblin’ series first published at American Autoparts back in 2014'. We emphasise Mike's views are his own!

You can see Mike's work which totals a massive 36 pages, by clicking on any of the images below (pdf format, 22MB):

Hutchinson & Dibley expand prize money.
9th September: Thanks to Sportsman ET class sponsor Andy Dibley for announcing a prize fund for the class for the STP UK National Finals. This Friday sees not only the first day of competition at the Not the Euro Finals, but also the closing date for entries to the STP National Finals at the end of September.

This being the last event of the year for Hutchinson and Dibley Sportsman ET, we've posted some additional prize money for the Winner and Runner Up to go along with normal SPRC prize money from the event.

If you're lucky enough to scoop the win then there is a £200 prize fund with an additional £75 for the Runner Up. This alongside the Reaction Time award presented by Freedom Racing (Karen and Jon McGarrigle) could make it a very rewarding weekend for some racers!

Entries close this Friday at the standard rate and entry forms can be found on the SPRC website. To race in Sportsman ET you just need a car that runs up to 12.00, basic safety equipment and an appetite for cake! For more details on how to enter and joining in, we have a very active Facebook group.

Nitro header flames.
9th September: Something we could all do with a good dose of, having been pretty much starved of the wonderful senses it brings for far too long. Former’s photo editor Roger Gorringe recently sent in a small selection of British, European and American photos of nitro action to illustrate what we have been missing. The NHRA in the US has been running Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events now, when possible, for a couple of months. Now it’s Santa Pod Raceway in England’s turn as we hungrily await for final confirmation from local authorities for the go-ahead of the Not The Euro Finals event just before an unfortunate new lockdown set of sanctions starts directly after the event on Monday. This is the first Big Show meeting of the year with Top Fuel, Funny Car and Nostalgia Funny Car all performing alongside the large collection of Sportsman categories. Just can’t wait for all of Santa Pod’s hard work to come with lots of nitro.

Photo captions:
  • England’s Liam Jones in FIA Top Fuel from the 2018 The Main Event
  • Kevin Chapman’s Funny Car takes on Kevin Kent at the 2018 Euro Finals
  • Norway’s Ronny Aasen lights up the Super Twin Bike at the 2018 NitrOlympX, Hockenheim, Germany
  • America’s Antron Brown gives a spectacular Top Fuel header flame display at the NHRA 2011 NHRA Big O Tires Nationals, Las Vegas, Nevada event
  • America’s Tommy Johnson Jr. driving the Make A Wish Funny Car at the 2015 NHRA Auto Club Finals, Pomona
  • Doug Kalitta in the Mac Tools Top Fueller at the 2018 NHRA Auto Club Finals, Pomona, California.
ACU report now on-line.
8th September: Many thanks to photojournalist Steve Moxley for letting us know his report of the bike classes from the STP Greenlight Nationals is now on-line at the official ACU web site.

You can see Steve's report which includes some interesting snippets by clicking here.

FHRA Finals, already.
9th September: The Finnish Hot Rod Association held their final race of the year last weekend 5th-6th September at Kauhava Airport. The year was described as 'exceptional, organizing the competition this year has been more challenging than ever. Situations have changed and have had to be reacted to over a very rapid period of time', something that race organisers all round the world will undoubtedly agree with.

With a cold track and heavy rain, Friday's test & tune did not yield any exceptional times. The FHRA marshals spent some of Saturday's qualifying time drying the track from intermittent rain, however times improved and by Sunday all classes were run to their conclusion thanks to the jet track dryer which was needed after am heavy downpour. During Saturday, tribute was paid to Sami Mannermaa, a local entrepreneur who helped a lot in the establishment of the track at Kauhava and sadly passed away recently in an accident.

Photos (clockwise), all courtesy and © TMu Photography: Jere Rantaniemi (Top Doorslammer), Pekka Junninen (Super Pro ET), Jyri Kangasvieri (Top Street), Aku Lantto (Super Twin), Juha Ollikainen (Funny Bike), Vesa Ruhanen (Super Street Bike); large copies at Teemu's web site.

You can see the results of the FHRA Finals by clicking here. A live stream of the event can be seen by clicking here.

Among the quickest classes Jere Rantaniemi was winner in Top Doorslammer after qualifying no.1 in a seven car field with a 4.057/305.18kph in his Camaro and he defeated no.2 qualifier (4.070/290.10) Jaakko Lauhasmaa ('70 Cuda) in the final with a 4.042/313.10 to Jaakko's 4.263/287.45kph.

Super Street Bike was a face-off between Ida Zetterstrom and Vesa Ruhanen. Following qualifying #1 and #2 respectively with times in the 7.0s, they really turned the power on in eliminations. Vesa was the victor having run best times of 6.811/356.22kph (220mph, fastest SSB terminal speed recorded in Europe) to Ida's 6.945/342.79kph.

The final of Funny Bike had Juha Ollikainen with a 6.833/320.11 defeating Kari Rautanen's 6.958/335.02. In qualifying Juha had carded a 6.813 with a top speed of 337.83kph (209mph).

Event entry update.
8th September: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 2 of the official entry list for the STP UK National Finals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes this Friday, 11th September, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Not The European Finals racer update.
8th September: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding details of the arrangements for this weekend's Not the European Finals presented by STP at Santa Pod Raceway:

Thursday 10th September
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
10:00-18:00 Signing On office opens

Friday 11th September
07:00-18:00 Signing On office open
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Saturday 12th September
08:00-19:00 Signing On office open
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Sunday 13th September
08:00 Signing On office open
09:30 Track opens for eliminations

Please note as at the Green Light Nationals, there will be no Scrutineering, however we do reserve the right to have any vehicle inspected should we deem it necessary. We will have on site two members of the National Tech Team and one Bike Scrutineer should you have questions. Either can be contacted through the Signing on Office at the base of the tower.

All tickets will be available at the main gate upon arrival as they are not being posted out. When pitting please take note of all instructions from the Pit Marshals as we are under strict scrutiny by the local council.

If you have booked to run at the Thursday Test day you can enter the track on Wednesday in order to pit and organise yourself for the test day; all other racers please do not arrive until Thursday morning at the earliest.

A note from the track regarding the Spectator stands:

Due to the current situation we are sorry to announce that we cannot offer racers or their crew half price grandstand tickets for Not the European Finals or free entry to the grandstands for the Friday night show; this is due to the reduced capacity and allocations of seats.

Finalists from the STP Greenlight Nationals attending this weekend, please note that your Finals will be run during the Friday night Nitro session, so please be ready for the call from Pit Marshals; the start line time will be passed to you all during the day.

Santa Pod Racers Club and Santa Pod Raceway, thank you in advance for helping follow all of the Covid rules we must follow, as these are for everyone’s safety, we hope you all have a safe and successful weekends racing.

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 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.

NSRA previews Hot Rod Drags.
8th September: Many thanks to Alan Martin of the National Street Rod Association who tells us about the upcoming NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Santa Pod Raceway:

Well, the countdown has begun and it's a real pleasure to be able to say we are looking forward to seeing you all at Santa Pod Raceway from the 18th-20th September for the thirty second annual Hot Rod Drags. We've got three packed days of track action for you all to enjoy, featuring the massed ranks of the Outlaw Anglia, Gasser Circus, Supercharged Outlaw and Wild Bunch contingents, along with a very healthy dose of pre '73 RWYB.

We are also expecting to see Robin Read make an appearance with the new 'Spirit of Le Patron' Daimler powered dragster and John Webster is planning to debut his brand new Outlaw Anglia. If you've been missing the smell of nitro, Kevin Chapman is planning to put his 'Thermoreg Racing' Mustang fuel funny car through its paces too.

There will be the usual Show'n'Shine area for power parking, along with a whole load of NSRA trophies up for grabs.

Camping is available for those with weekend tickets and the showers are now operational. Sadly, due to the ongoing restrictions on large gatherings, we have had to give the live entertainment a miss for this year, although there will be a firework display on Saturday evening. We are sure you'll all be able to find something to pass the time in the evenings though and check on the website for details of the 'pub garden', which will be open for business.

For a full breakdown on what's happening and an update on the current Covid precautions at the track, visit Please take the time to read all the guidance; events like this can only take place if we all play by the rules. These guidelines must be adhered to and are in fact 'The New Normal'. Use that link to book your tickets and remember there will be no facility to purchase tickets on the gate, you MUST pre book. If you are planning to put the pedal to the metal and take part in the RWYB sessions, you MUST pre book those through the website too and you will need to show your Driving Licence at the track too.

Stop Press: additional rwyb slots are now available. These can be obtained by going to the SPR race ticket page.

We will have a limited number of event T shirts for sale at the track, the 'shop' will be opening at 12 noon on Friday, please make sure you know the size you require, there will be no facility to try them on and there can be no exchanges or refunds (except for faulty items).

These are strange and trying times for sure, but we hope you can join us, just don't forget to order your tickets while they are still available. Take care all.

We'll see you at the track. Martyn, Steve and Alan, The Hot Rod Drags Team.

Not The Euro Finals Perfect Awards.
8th September: £200 is up for grabs at this weekend's STP Green Light Nationals courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after there it was won by 9.50 Bike racer Alan Morrison at the STP Green Light Nationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

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

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Race Team has been reset at £50 after it was won by 9.50 Bike racer Craig Wright at the STP Green Light Nationals (amazingly, in the same pairing that won the Perfect Light Award) The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available in Another Small F Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, B Fast R Super Comp, Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), Wild Bunch, NMCN 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Junior Drag Bike, Scorpion Motors Supertwin Top Gas, and Accelerate for a Cause and a Cure ET Bike, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy Hadfield aka Fadster of the Twister Race Team.

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

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

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

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

Event entry update.
7th September: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 1 of the official entry list for the STP UK National Finals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Friday, 11th September, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty.

You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

VW Breakout results.
7th September: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's VW Breakout event held at Santa Pod Raceway:

VW Pro: Carl Goldsmith (9.90) 10.7898/139.88 def. Graeme Freeman (12.70) 12.637/105.75 breakout
VW Sportsman: Morgan Wilson (17.65) 17.7376/73.12 def. Rob Creswell (13.80) 13.9378/103.36
Outlaw Flat Four: Stuart Hodgson 10.213/134.82 def. Simon Knief, no-show
Supercharged Outlaws (subject to ratification): Gary Parkes 8.2421/165.45 def. Andy Hadfield 12.2252/57.53

In winning VW Sportsman on Sunday and the held-over VW Sportsman final from the STP Greenlight Nationals held on Saturday, Morgan Wilson pocketed a total of £750 in prize money. In turn, James Hodson (pictured) took the STP Greenlight Nationals VW Pro title and £250 when he defeated Luke Stevenson in another held-over final. The VWDRC have announced a £750 cash prize will be up for grabs for both VW Pro and VW Sportsman at the STP UK National Finals, providing a 32 car field is achieved (£500 if there is a 16 car ladder, and £250 for an eight car ladder).

Other highlights of VW Breakout were the successful licensing pass of 6.59/198 by Nitro Bug driver Andy Raw, a fantastic show put on by the jet cars of Roger Goring and Martin Hill, and many personal bests by VW racers. We sadly witnessed an unfortunate incident involving Joel Kerr's Stiff Shifter Pontiac Supercharged Outlaw which left the car with a broken engine and significant front quarter damage.

Thanks to Adam Bentley and David Anniwell of Santa Pod Raceway's timing team for forwarding us the official VW Breakout timing data which you can check out by clicking here or clicking on the Timing Data link in the main menu.

You can check out our coverage of VW Breakout by clicking here or clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link in the main menu of any page

Not The Euro Finals preview.
7th September: The crackle and bark of blown fuel drag racing ricochets once more around Santa Pod Raceway next weekend. Fans starved of nitro’s sensory spectator experience will have their patience rewarded as Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars return to action for the first time in a year.

The weekend was scheduled to host the European Finals, the biggest drag race on the calendar, when racers would pour in from across the continent to decide the season’s FIA/FIM European championships. Covid-19 put an end to that, forcing the cancellation of all national and international competitions and series.

In its place, Santa Pod unveils Not The European Finals presented by STP, a socially-distanced version of the big race in miniature – yet not so miniature: the current entry list stands at a respectable 181 cars and motorcycles, with entrants from no fewer than six continental countries (down from the usual 16 or 17) praying that quarantine regulations will work in their favour.

Making the big noise at the head of the programme are a pair of nitro-burning Top Fuel Dragsters, three nitro Funny Cars and a trio of historic-style Nostalgia Funnies. It will be exactly a year since fuel cars last pounded the Santa Pod track. Starring in match-race action, the weekend’s Top Fuel stars are Susanne Callin, representing the UK, and Finland’s Antti Horto. Callin, who holds the unique distinction of the first 300mph teenager outside the US, returned to the track last year after a 14-year family-life break. Like her, Horto cut his racing teeth in the Junior Dragster class and makes his first Santa Pod appearance since finishing second in 2018’s European Top Fuel championship.

Friday’s traditional evening twilight session, which sees fuel cars visually and audibly at their most spectacular, will feature a novel match-race pitting the Nostalgia Funny Cars against their modern-day counterparts, an old-versus-new contest with David-and-Goliath overtones.

Andy Raw’s VW Beetle-bodied Nitro Bug will combat Jason Phelps and the mighty Gladiator, while Tony Betts’ Venom will try to mortify Steve Ashdown and The Undertaker and a legend of America’s Funny Car past, the Chi-Town Hustler handled by Paul Harris, will seek to hustle a thermostatic valve job on the Thermoreg Mustang of reigning Euro Series champion Kevin Chapman.

So what’s at stake? In a word, pride, by the fuel-drum-load. The modern Funny Car stars will be desperate to dominate, to rule the roost over the old-school upstarts. Sure, the heavyweights may hold the whip hand in power and performance, but there are no shoo-ins here. Formula One this ain’t! On paper, the current cars hold all the cards, but that’s no guarantee of success on Santa Pod’s viscid concrete. Funny Cars aren’t noted for their ease of handling. An instant shake or an errant swerve could deliver big-boy humiliation in the matter of seconds it takes a historic opponent to hit the finish line. Throw the form-book out the window – it’s all up for grabs.

The supporting programme includes a full range of Sportsman classes on two and four wheels, including Top Fuel Bikes, plus exhibition Jet Cars, a Monster Truck and stunt driving and riding displays. For a few quiet – but no less quick – seconds, Denmark’s Hans-Henrik Thomsen will attempt a quarter-mile world record on an electric drag bike.

Not The European Finals takes place at Santa Pod Raceway from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September. Full event information is available online at Sunday’s fuel car runs will finish by 4pm, allowing families to head home in time for a school start next day.

For's John Woolfe Racing-sponsored coverage, see our dedicated page by clicking here.

Glassdrive EDRA Finals report.
7th September: The Glassdrive EDRA Finals were held last weekend. 29th-20th August at Haapsalu, Kiltsi Airfield, Estonia, and was a Summit Racing EDRS Series Points round.

Kiltsi is a disused airfield located about 2 ½ miles from the small seaside resort town of Haapsalu located on the west coast of Estonia The event was organised by Estonia Dragracing Association.

Lena Peres writes: "118 entries showed up and most popular classes were Street A and B, according to race director Kristjan Weedler. A new Estonian record was made in Pro Bike class by David Urbus at 8,642/268 km/h Some showers interrupted on Sunday but the race could be finished and all in all everyone was happy over a great racing weekend.

The organizer invited 16 classes to the event, of which 6 classes Super Gas, Super Street, Pro ET, Junior Dragster, Junior Bike were included in Summit Racing EDRS Series. Four of them had participants, where Christer Uhlin from Norway our 2020 'globetrotter' (pictured left below), raced Super Gas and took the class win".

Pictures courtesy and © Tõnis Uustalu

You can see Lena's report and photos at EDRS web site and a gallery of photos posted on FB by Tõnis Uustalu.

JT NTEF preview.
7th September: Super Pro ET and Pro Mod racer John Tebenham has announced his plans for Not The Euro Finals:

The Crew Killer Pop is all ready for the race. I will do a burnout like no other this weekend, come and watch. I spoke to Ian and the start line crew, who do a fantastic job, and they say carry on but don’t hit anything. Also we have John 'Angry Anglia' Willard supporting us from Sydney, Oz with his blown alky Hemi powered Pop (I want one).

We are selling our t-shirts this weekend for £5.00 with a poster and I'm going to give all the money to Bloodwise in memory of some of best people who left us too early but will never be forgotten. I have a crazy cars and a mad life, but when people leave us memories are all we have: Paula, Tim, Panda to name a few are with us this weekend. Come and say hello. Ian, get out of my way as my Pop never goes straight. I thought Pro Mod was tough, but the Pop is far more fun.

Web site updates.
7th September: Regular Flickr and Facebook poster Paul Bryan has uploaded 227 photos from the weekend's meeting at Melbourne Raceway. Paul says "I made a trip to Yorkshire yesterday to Melbourne Raceway to watch the ‘Dragtastic 2’ meeting. It was my first time back there in 40 years, so showing my age a bit, but the trip was well worth it. Plenty of cars, bikes and other powered vehicles supporting this new raceway which was great to see. The facility is looking good with the centre of attention of course being the 1/8th mile track which saw some great runs. Full credit to Trevor Duckworth and all involved". You can see Paul's album on both his Flickr page and Facebook.

Callum Pudge has posted 240 pictures from VW Breakout to his Pudgeys Pictures Facebook page. Included are photos from the pits and track.

VW Breakout preview.
3rd September:
VW Breakout will be taking place at Santa Pod Raceway this coming weekend with gates open from noon today 3rd September to 6th September. Full camping instructions including special Covid-19 safeguards are available on the event's Facebook page. will be the event radio station for the weekend as there will be no Nitro FM under current restrictions.

On track action will commence on Saturday with qualifying for invited race classes (VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Flat Four and Supercharged Outlaws) from 09:30, 11:30. 13:30, 15:30 and 17:00. On Sunday action again starts at 09:30, with eliminations at 11pm quarter finals at 13:30, semi finals at 15:00 and finals at 16:30. RWYB will take place between these times and there will be a show and shine pitside. will be reporting live on the event and there will be trackside photo galleries courtesy of Julian and Kieran. You can follow Santa Pod Raceway's free video streams by going to this link.

Picture: David Swift at STP Greenlight Nationals by Julian Hunt.

Event entry update.
3rd September : Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us the final version of the official entry list for Not the European Finals presented by STP. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry is now officially closed and any late entries, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. Entry is still open for the STP National Finals: for which the closing date is 11th September. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Serck Motorsport nitrous expansion.
3rd September: Graham Smith has announced that Serck Motorsport has been appointed the Official Nitrous Distributor for the UK: "We are now supplying nitrous mother bottles to businesses and race teams all over the UK. We are also setting up multiple filling stations across the country to make it easier to get your bottles re-filled. Watch this space as we will launch a map shortly for these key locations so customers can find out where they can get their bottles filled.

"You can also get your bottles filled at Santa Pod Raceway and our Serck site in Hayes with further locations to be announced shortly. If you are interested in becoming a filling station please feel free to get in touch with us on telephone 020 8813 7470 or email".

You can check out the shortly-to-be-updated Serck Motorsports web site by going to

Picture of Colin Millar's nitrous purge © Callum Pudge.

12th Clastres race run.
3rd September: The first 2020 French Association Trophée Dragster race at Clastres took place on 29th-30th August and a field of around 60 cars signed on with competition in four classes. The original entry of 80 vehicles was reduced as a result of Covid-19 quarantine measures forcing a number of mainly UK teams to withdraw. However there was a strong international flavour still, including teams from Belgium, Holland, Germany and Switzerland.

Only one round of racing was possible before rain stopped play, so our report includes the top qualifiers after four sessions.

In Super Pro ET, there were 16 qualifiers, with Fabien Dubois and his Milwaukee dragster qualifying first with 7.264/420kph on a 7.25 dial in. He was followed by the Procharged Firebird of Harry Kempanaar (from the Netherlands) who ran 8.275/263.98 on a 8.25 dial-in. Christian Zulauf (from Switzerland) came third in his radical '31 Ford running 8.202/266.41 on a 8.12 dial-in and fourth was Elodie Dubois in her dragster with 7.733/274.01 on 7.65 dial in. Class sponsor was Dulamon Auto.

Pictures (clockwise): Clement Dubois, Kirsten van Croonenborgh, Jean Dulamon (courtesy and © Clarissa Czekalla), Raphael Caruso, Frederic Dussart, Peter Wacker (courtesy and © Harald Czekalla).

Pro ET had 18 qualifiers. Top qualifier was Cedric Limasset (Mustang) with 11.217/192.14kph on a 11.20 dial-in. second place was Maurice Heller (Germany, Mustang) with a 12.323/177.24 on a 12.30 dial-in. Third spot was occupied by Jim Kemp (Germany, Beetle) with a 10.979/194.07 on a 10.93 dial in and fourth Nick de Kruif (Netherlands, Firebird) with 11.376/194.09 on a 11.30. The class was sponsored by La Bonne Bouffe Friterie.

The Street Run class, ATD's version of Street Eliminator, was headed up in qualifying by Amandine Arnaud (Camaro Z28) with 12.836/167.88 on a 12.82 dial-in. Jean-Luc Jacot (Trans Am) was in second with 14.015/153.28 on a 13.99 dial in, Derk Burema (Gen 3 Camaro) was third with 12.735/170.89 on 12.70 dial in and Maximilien Loubert (Seat Leon FR) fourth with 14.862/143 on a dial in of 14.80. The class sponsor was Nitro magazine.

Finally Junior Dragster had as #1 qualifier Sam Timmers with a RT of 0.051 Cheyenne Visser was second with 0.069 and Hugo Lajoux third with 0.073. Junior Dragster was sponsored by Maisons Pierre.

UK racers that had entered but sadly not able to attend due to the restrictions were Billy Gane (Super Pro ET), Will Clark, Ronnie Mercer, Lee Huxley and Keith Herbert (Pro ET), Harry and Damian Redshaw and Caitlin Wilson (Junior Dragster). In RWYB a Taz Racing contingent of Darren Scannell, Paul Margetts, Kevin Preston, Adam Skinner and Chris Skinner had planned to attend.

The final event of the abbreviated ATD season will be at Clastres on 19th-20th September and the event will welcome bikes as well as cars. Full details can be found by clicking here. Facebook photo albums have been posted by Clarissa Czekalla, Harald Czekalla and Pat Weidman. You can also see a great Youtube film of the weekend's events by Luc Vanmeerbeck by clicking here and an onboard video of Björn Szczendzina by clicking here.

Swift snippets.
3rd September: sponsor and long term supporter Bob Roberts is looking for a scrap (i.e. out of useable date) full face crash helmet. Bob says "So long as it looks OK it will be fine for the display purposes I have in mind. I will be fine to collect it at Not the European Finals. If you have a spare crash helmet to donate for Bob to display contact him via his e-mail.

Karen Wheeler, ex Santa Pod marshal and partner of longtime startline marshal Bob Day, is doing a skydive for Cransley Hospice on Saturday and has put a just giving page online. You can get to Karen's Justgiving page in order to donate for her skydive by clicking here.

Orah Mae Millar.
1st September: We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Orah Mae Millar, widow of Drag Cartoonist Pete Millar.

Born in Nielsville, Minnesota of Swedish descent, Orah Mae moved to California in the 1950s and met Pete where they both worked, at local aircraft manufacturer Convair. They were married in 1954. Pete soon gave up his job as a technical illustrator as he wanted a career as a cartoonist. He became famous for producing cartoon magazines, firstly for Petersen Publishing and later independently as Drag Cartoons. He was also a keen drag racer throughout the 1960s, mainly racing in California.

The family, including daughters Robin, Debra and April decided in 1969 they wanted to tour Europe – and they brought their dragster, Chicken Coupe, over which was displayed in Sweden. The family's connection with British drag racing began then as Dennis Priddle heard the car was in Sweden, and went over in 1970 to do a deal to buy the car with its 354cu in Hemi engine destined for his Quartermaster AA/FD. The chassis came to the UK as well and was sold by Dave Riswick of sponsor John Woolfe Racing to Cliff Jones who ran the car with Mike Treutlin, later partnered by Keith Dancey.

On returning to the US in 1971 Orah Mae, Pete and their family settled back in the Los Angeles suburbs, Pete continuing to draw cartoons but increasingly being involved in technical drawings and models for court cases. The start of the California Hot Rod Reunions in 1992 was the spur that got the family back to the drag racing track. They displayed at Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, from 1993, also visiting Pomona and other tracks and car shows. After Pete's death in 2003 Orah Mae and Robin kept his legend alive by continuing to have a marquee selling memorabilia at many of the same events. Orah Mae with Robin were great hosts to a large number of visitors to Famoso, particularly from Europe, giving your editor an
in depth interview in 2014.

Our deepest condolences go to Robin, Debra and April and other members of the Millar family and their friends.

Swap meet updates.
1st September: Two well known cars in British drag racing have just appeared on our Jeff Bull Race Engines & Performance Parts-sponsored Swap Meet pages.

The first is Rod Harrison's Top Methanol Dragster which has a Mike Bos 2011 chassis. Rod says The chassis is current and the newest TMD chassis in Europe, with less than 80 runs from new. A driver up to 6ft 4in can sit comfortably in it. The rear end is a Mark Williams 11” complete with new carbon brakes which would normally cost $17000 on its own. It has Weld liner wheels and tyres, the tyres having only done 3 runs. The Car has carbon front and rear wings, fully working Leahly shutoff system, all levers and cables for chutes and shutoff, all air lines from steering column for gear change and complete air system including bottle and gauges. Just add your own motor and trans and go racing!

Also included in the price is a 40ft tandem axle artic trailer, legal for travel throughout Europe, with heavy duty tail lift, full kitchen and toilet facilities, large fresh and foul water tanks, 12 volt led lighting, 240v hook up, plumbed in on board air compressor and spare tyres. Also included is a full 10 x 5 metre professional awning. The complete rolling chassis and trailer are going for £18,000.

The second dragster is Conrad Stanley's Super Pro ET/Super Comp/Pro ET car, for sale turnkey. Conrad says 'The chassis is 240" and the car will run in the mid to high 8’s. It's super reliable, consistent and low maintenance.

The engine is a 454 BBC with ally heads and new bearings, a freshly overhauled Powerglide gearbox, with a 9” rear end. The car can be yours for £12,500 or with a 24ft American trailer for an additional £5,500. Conrad can deliver at buyer's cost.

You can see details of these cars, contact information and other vehicles and parts at our Jeff Bull sponsored Swap Meet pages.

Photo of Conrad's dragster courtesy of and © Patrik Jacobsson.

Web site updates.
1st September: Our Kieran has updated his Youtube channel and included two compilation videos from recent events at Santa Pod Raceway. The Jap Show lite had some quick street and strip cars which you can see by clicking here. The following day, Yam Yam Racing's Scott Lewry hired the track for a private test day which you can see highlights of by clicking here. Kieran reports 'There was a mixture of street & race cars from all different ends of the spectrum a good day all round with many racers getting their money's worth and having plenty of track time. The next private test day is being held on the 14th of September and has a few spaces left (limited to 80 vehicles). It's only £80 and that also gets you and 3 crew members entry on site. The place to get in touch for further information is the Santa Pod Private Test Days 2020 Facebook group'.

Contributing photographer Callum Pudge has posted a Facebook gallery of 399 pictures from the Greenlight Nationals which you can see by clicking here.

Veedubracing boss Simon Letkey has updated his channel with 20 minutes' footage from VWDRC Drag Days held at Santa Pod Raceway which you can see by clicking here.

Event entry update.
30th August: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 6 of the official entry list for Not The European Finals Presented by STP. You can check out the entry list by clicking here.

The entry closing date has been extended to next Tuesday, 1st September, with the final version of the entry list being published on Wednesday 2nd September. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Tommi photo mix.
30th August: Many thanks to Mike Collins for providing an exclusive Hot Gossip photo mix for readers, courtesy Street Machine, of Tommi Haapanen's passes at Kauhava on 22nd August, the first runs by a Top Fuel car in Europe in 2020, which you can see by clicking on any of the images below (pdf format, 5MB):

Mike writes: 'Anita told me 'This is just for fun'; those words put a big grin on my face...what an image, Tommi rubbing his hands with glee, seemingly on cloud nine at the thought of being turned loose in Anita’s FIA Championship Winning, 10,000HP Top Fuel car - his first Nitro Fuelled ride in more than six years!

Blåkläder Summer Nationals from Kauhava.
30th August: The Blåkläder Summer Nationals at Kauhava Raceway in Finland was a weekend filled with great racing, fast times and several personal bests, reports Lena Peres: 'The second of three Summit Racing EDRS Series events was up and many racers had gathered to get the racing feeling and meet, at least a few, of the European racing family. Fast times at a good event that was attended by team Anita Mäkelä, who this time handed over the wheel to her husband Tommi. He ran a personal best of 3.97/422 km/h, which shows he is still in business. Johnny Oksa, Juha Ollikainen and Ida Zetterström was just some of all well known names who were present. The weather was as usual in Finland, warm and sunny with interruptions for a few rain showers. But the track staff was quick to make the strip ready again and by the whole impression was that it was a very good and nice event'.

Top Fuel racer Tommi Haapanen (see above) made three full runs in wife and four-time FIA TF Champion Anita Mäkelä's Top Fuel Dragster and all three were great passes. The last time Tommi had been in a Top Fuel car was in the 2014 FHRA Nitro Nationals, driving the team's spare car with Anita running at the same event. This time, the whole team focused on Tommi and the result was three great passes, showcasing their quality and the track's grip.

Anita said after the runs 'Tommi ran two 3.9 second times and still knew how to drive at 489km/h. After the three runs we are out of nitro and are happy to go home! We would especially like to thank Anssi Pinola, Jarmo Grönman and the whole FHRA Official track crew and officials! You made a great track on which it was great to race, and thank you for the great atmosphere!

The team wore shirts emblazoned with 'Lagana Strong' in tribute to Dom Lagana who is in hospital with serious injuries following a road accident on 9th August.

Among other quick classes, several nitro burning and funny bikes ran together as a Top Fuel Bike class. The qualifying positions, with terminal speeds in kph made by each, were:
  1. Vesa Lipponen (Team Detonation Super Twin), 6.095/382.03
  2. Samu Kemppainen, (Skullracing Super Twin), 6.519/336.42
  3. Jari Saarela (Funny Bike), 6.822/324.51
  4. Jere Laaksonen (Funny Bike), 6.909/266.74
  5. Torsti Kettula (Walkka MC Super Twin), 6.922/302.08
  6. Kari Rautanen (Grande Catastrofe Racing Funny Bike), 7.193/317.07
  7. Mikko Rajaniemi, (Sirpa Top Fuel Bike) 10.708/129.26
The winner was Jari Saarela who ran a 6.879/324.22 when Vesa Lipponen could not start in the final.

Pictures (clockwise): Tommi Haapanen (Heikki Malinen photo), Jari Saarela (TFB winner), Andres Arnover v Jere Rantaniemi (Top Doorslammer), Vesa Lipponen (TFB), Ossi Oikarinen (Pro Street), Jaakko Lauhasmaa (Top Doorslammer) (all Pekka Rouvinen photos).

Other notable runs were made in Top Doorslammer by Jere Rantaniemi (who has competed in FIA Pro Mod competition) who ran a best of 4.090/300.12 and Andres Arnover from Estonia who ran consistently in the 4.1s and best was 4.114/305.78. Next quickest in TD was Jarmo Nyberg on 4.289 followed by Jaakko Lauhasmaa on 4.37/271.54, and Mika Eloranta on 4.519/260.81. The winner was Jere Rantaniemi on 4.125/278.11 over Andres Arnover who left on Jere by two hundredths at the start and recorded 4.165/299.5.

In Super Street Bike, three riders, Toni Suokas, Vesa Ruhanen, and Ida Zetterström, competed and Ida improved on her six second performance in the previous race, running an amazing 6.885/338.300 in qualifying (new Finnish record and second quickest SSB in Europe) and a 6.905/346.95 to defeat Vesa Ruhanen's 7.311/322.44 in the final.

Many thanks to Pekka Rouvinen and Heikki Malinen who provided our photos. Other coverage is from Reijo Karkkainen (photos) and live streams for each of Saturday and Sunday.

We have extracted the timing data from the FHRA's excellent results service which you can download in Excel spreadsheet format by clicking here.

NTEF entry deadline extended.
28th August: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 5 of the official entry list for Not The European Finals Presented by STP. You can check out the entry list by clicking here.

The entry closing date has been extended to next Tuesday, 1st September. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Nostalgic for NitrOlympX?
28th August: This weekend would have been the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim, a showcase of European Drag Racing, which Andy Willsheer wrote memorably about in his feature on the event The Hockenheim Experience.

As a reminder of what the event means to so many people around the world, we have linked our event pages for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 to official video coverage which has been preserved in various locations. Where there is complete coverage of the night show within a lengthy broadcast we have stated the starting point in lieu of an index point.

The video, created by Trakbak Racing and Track Group Europe for 2014-17 to a very high standard, which was then continued by Hockenheimring GmBH in 2018 and 2019, gives great memories of the races and iconic night show. Whilst it is sad that 2020 has had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, we are delighted that the 2021 edition of the NitrOlympX will be taking place on 20th-22nd August, so put those dates in your diaries!

Photo of Stig Neergaard © Andy Willsheer

Happy Hudik test.
28th August: The little town of Hudiksvall is known as ”Glada Hudik” in all of Sweden. It means Happy Hudik. Last weekend, HMK - Hudiksvalls Motorklubb hosted a test on 22-23 August on their eighth-mile track which was attended by several Swedish drag racing stars.

The track has history. Although Hudiksvall Raceway was used for drag racing in the 1970s it fell out of use for a number of years as it was used as Hudiksvall Flygplats, a regional airport flying to Stockholm, from 1977 onwards. However these flights ceased in the 2000s and by 2017 a group of racers had assembled to restore it. The asphalt surface course was relaid, with an intended racing groove of 5 metres. The first meeting, a street race was in July of 2017 with a test and tune in September of that year. Benny Strand, Pelle Hallgren, Ulf Olsson, Henrik Brink were the main team with others and Andreas Arthursson was the first pro team to test there.

Photos courtesy Cenneth Schiller (clockwise): Micke Gullqvist, Stefan Ernryd, Lasse Sjöderlund, Anders Edh, Andreas Sjödin, Jerry Solfeldt.

In May 2018 another test & Tune took place and for Summer Week on 19 July 2018 Sörens electricity power & Montage AB put up SEK 10,000 to anyone who could set a new track record of 201 m. This was increased to SEK25,000 at the 1-2 September event where Anders Edh recorded 4.1296/295.89.

For 2019, Hudiksvall Raceway was granted a race in the Top Doorslammer series on 31st May-2nd June. Andreas Arthursson had reduced the track record to 4.0484/302.69 at the Test & Tune on 4-5 May. Further Test & Tune events were run and the facility started to get attention in the Swedish motorsport press. For 2020, buildings were delivered and installed and underground wiring was installed in June. A Test and Tune had been held in May, Sweden choosing not to have a lockdown but still restricted to less than 500 people at one event so only 22 teams attended. In June this increased to 44 teams, and last weekend 83 vehicles were signed on, the largest event since reopening. Many of the names were familiar, Michael Gullqvist, Andreas Sjödin, Lenn Lindell, Jimmy Ålund, Stefan Ernryd, Robert Arthursson, Tommy Leindahl, Krister Adeen from the car ranks and Mathias Bohlin, Kalle Lyren, Anders Blanck and Peter Svensson from the bike riders. For many of them, this had been their first runs in their vehicles for over 10 months.

We are grateful to Hudiksvalls Motorklubb for the results of the Test & Tune:

Car Test & Tune          Saturday Sunday
Bike Test & Tune        Saturday Sunday
Stock Super Stock       Saturday Sunday
Jr Dragster Test & Tune Saturday Sunday

JT calls the shots.
28th August: Super Pro ET and Pro Modified racer John Tebenham had a great time with the Crew Killer Pop at the STP Greenlight Nationals but had to make an announcement after the rain-off:

'It was bonkers, absolutely bonkers (Colin)...We thought there was a burnout trophy up for grabs , so we went for it. The one on the test day was about six seconds past not really being on top of the situation. You have to give it to Ian and crew. I almost hit the middle barriers and got it away and then thought it was going through the wall, then it went up on two wheels and thought it was going over . A quick look, no fluid reverse up - and run. I spoke to Ian and they all thought it was going over. Paul Marston is quick on his toes, we have a great shot of him jumping out the way'.

Sadly JT says the rain-off means his prize money in pro ET won't now be paid. 'I stated that all finals have to run at the same event on the final day and no prize money in the case of rain offs. They were our rules, which is a shame but a championship has to be earned. So I am sticking to the rules BUT I have spoken to a group of sponsors who are more than keen to help out next year, and we need to decide the rules. I promise you if the three rounds had run I would have paid. If anyone has a problem with this, come and have chat in my pit obviously 2 m apart'.

Photo © Julian Hunt

Event entry update.
26th August: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 4 of the official entry list for Not The European Finals Presented by STP. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes this Friday, 28th August, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Swift snippets.
26th August: We have a birthday on the team tomorrow (27th August). Please join us in wishing a big Happy Birthday to photographer Julian. Have a great day buddy.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr page with two large albums from the Nostalgia Drags at the start of August. You can see Mad's photos by clicking here.

Paul Bryan has posted 153 photos from Saturday of the STP Green Light Nationals. Paul says 'It's great to be back at the Pod for a race meeting. Many thanks to everyone at the Pod for the outstanding work to comply with Covid-19 requirements, the work must’ve been immense, and for that we were treated to a great weekend of racing. I only managed the Saturday, but it was a pleasure, albeit the wind was a tad lively! Paul has posted his photos on his Flickr album which you can see by clicking here. You can also find them on Facebook, as Paul says, 'if you love the joy of tagging and sharing'.

Jim Kelly asks a question.
26th August: Our good friend Jim Kelly, former writer and photographer for Super Stock & Drag Illustrated, retired executive at longtime sponsor VP Racing Fuels, and author of his motorsports memoir Fuelin' Around, has spent his new career continuing to pen a series of military novels. His most recent titled The Lost Pulse was published last Autumn. Earlier this year he was the interview subject in Drag Illustrated.

The latest and third in a series of thrillers will be launched soon, with a yet-to-be-revealed title. Jim says: 'Here's the elevator pitch. A very talented Special Agent at the FBI has exceptional intuition but when his investigations take him too close to the mo">st powerful in DC he gets framed and is given a choice - go to jail or take your talents elsewhere. From Base Camp on Everest to London, Moscow, Washington, and the beaches of Thailand, while those closest to him are killed off, he’s in and out of all sorts of trouble trying to find their killers while protecting the bullied and abused'.

With the next novel complete and the sequel nearly finished, for 2021 I may jump back into a motorsports project, but fiction this time, a thriller set in the racing world. Perhaps I'll develop a protagonist who travels to races all around the world and the twist will be - he's a spy or perhaps a contract killer for the CIA or MI6. My question for you is - should the main character be a driver or a journalist? Let me know.

STP Greenlight Nationals Finals will be run.
24th August: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for the following announcement about the finals at the STP Greenlight Nationals which didn't take place due to rain:

2020 has and continues to be a strange year, however following the rain off of the Green Light Nationals, and as we were running the event outside of the normal permit, we get to do something we could normally not do. Under normal circumstances, when an event is finished, it’s finished, the points are calculated to the round of eliminations we got to in each class, and that’s it. Now, however, all of the classes that ran at the STP Green Light Nationals, which will also run at Not The European Finals, will run their respective finals in a special Friday night session. We will have the Fuel cars and Jet cars .and other demo vehicles, but also run all of the finals to complete the STP Green Light Nationals. Points will then be allocated to winners and Runner Up, and trophies will be presented.

The several classes that don’t appear at the Not The European Finals will have their finals run at either VW Breakout for the VW/OFF finalists, and the National Finals for Nostalgia Super Stock; these will be run during the first round of qualifying at each of the respective events.

Please note though that the prize fund for all of the classes at the STP Green Light Nationals will be paid as normal this week, with the two finalists in each class sharing the winner and runner up funds; this will be paid through the bank transfer system as normal.

STP Greenlight Nationals halted by rain.
24th August: With only the final rounds to run, a successful STP Greenlight Nationals fell prey to a deluge and continued rain, and the hard-working track team were unable to dry the racing surface in time.

Up to that point the event was a success, with four qualifying sessions for all classes completed on Saturday and some close racing on Sunday. Among the outstanding moments, in Street Eliminator we saw Mark Todd in his Aston Martin run a best of 7.014/209.84 after several runs in the 7.0s and Jason Weir taking his Plymouth Suburban to a best of 7.9622/175.75. The excitement extended to Track Worx Comp Eliminator where Kev Slyfield in his Pro Mod T-Bird ran a fantastic 5.9767/239.48. In Leeks Landscape Funny Bike, Stu Crane got his new turbo setup to a 6.912/198.03. The Exhibition class contained three nitro bikes, a nostalgia Funny Car and the new ex-Rickie Smith Pro Mod Camaro of Bobby Wallace.

As ever you can see our race coverage by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Congratulations to 9.50 Bike racers Alan Morrison (pictured left) and Craig Wright who respectively won the Habit Racing Perfect Light award of £125 for a 0.0007 light and £50 from the Perfect ET award sponsored by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Racing Team. We believe this is the first time ever that both awards have been won in the same pairing. The awards will be reset to £50 for the Not The Euro Finals on 11th-13th September.

Thanks to Adam Bentley and David Anniwell of Santa Pod Raceway's timing team for forwarding us the official STP Greenlight Nationals timing data which you can check out by clicking here or clicking on the Timing Data link in the main menu.

Courtesy of Adam and David's timing data we can confirm that 8.50 Bike racers Steve Howe and Ross Morrison are the winners of the Bob's Photo Finish Award posted for the race by longtime supporter and sponsor Bob Roberts. Steve and Ross will each receive £50 from Bob for the 0.0027-second finish line margin, which equates to 7.1055 inches, or 180.48mm in new money.

Tickets on sale for Not The Euro Finals.
24th August: Following discussions with local authorities and successful social distancing at the STP Greenlight Nationals, Santa Pod Raceway have announced that spectator tickets for Not The Euro Finals are on sale which you can purchase by clicking on this link. All tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis and can only be purchased on-line. Multi-day tickets include camping, with three day tickets including admission from 2pm on Thursday and three nights' camping.

Not yet official, but announced over the PA as an intention by Santa Pod Raceway CEO Keith Bartlett, are more events to be held in October and even November, weather conditions and Covid-19 restrictions permitting. One suggestion he made was for a 'Baby Doorslammer' event. It would certainly be welcomed by many European teams that have been equally deprived of racing as UK teams have.

Dragtastic 2 at Melbourne.
24th August: Many thanks to Nelson Parks-Kelli for bringing to our attention the next two events at the re-surfaced Melbourne Raceway, which has now got a brand new grandstand thanks to a work party during the weekend.

Dragtastic 2 is on 5th-6th September with racing starting at 9:30am on Saturday 5th. The event is open to all bikes and cars on both days. It includes RWYB (Run What You Brung) so if you fancy coming and just driving or riding on our runway and having fun, then enter online and turn up, simple! Straightliners classes are available to anyone looking to make up points. This event is open to the public but camping and spectator tickets are limited! All tickets must be bought on-line at this link.

The following event is on 10th-11th October and full details will be published at

Nelson writes:

Melbourne Raceway (formerly York) is one of the most renowned drag racing strips in the UK; set-up in the late 70's this track could tell a few stories. The original organisers of this prestigious runway and a family who dedicated decades of their lives running it were the Murty family, who deserve the upmost respect and recognition for the work they did, looking after the track and running the events.

With a loyal and dedicated community following, Melbourne Raceway is without doubt a very loved and adored drag-strip that has played a part of so many racers and enthusiasts lives for decades, some people came here with their grandfathers, grandmothers, mums and dads and began racing here themselves where their own children have followed and the cycle continues. Unfortunately Melbourne Raceway closed down in 2017, a heart-breaking development for the community. Straightliners have stepped up to the plate in the hope of helping the community rebuild and bring back Melbourne Raceway; it is incredibly important to the UK racing community and it deserves to be preserved and kept open for racing. Melbourne Raceway has been such an important venue and the backdrop to some incredible moments in drag racing, it is a part of racing heritage in the UK and it deserves its rightful place as the North of England's premier drag-racing venue, we aim to bring it back to life by working with the community.

Photo credits: New grandstand by Harvey Bosomworth, Melbourne Raceway by Phillip Tomlinson after original by Jeni Dale.

Racer notes from STP Greenlight Nationals.
24th August: With pit notes not really possible due to social distancing, we are grateful for racers who have posted accounts of their weekend on social media from which we have gathered the following notes:

The Storm Drag Bike team, with rider Lorcan Parnell, said 'Our quickest run on Saturday (6.9291/195.54) didn't count and Mick had to make an emergency clutch repair last night. We hoped the wind would die down on the Sunday which it did however after just making it to the qualifying session this morning the inlet cam (one of Brian Johnson's old ones) broke in the burnout'.

Stu Crane from Warpspeed Racing (Funny Bike) showed a picture of a damaged slick and as the team had no spare, he had to withdraw from eliminations having run 6.912/198.03 in the final qualifying session on Sunday.

However Warpspeed Racing was ecstatic that Stu's teammate Mark Smith (pictured) ran a new PB of 7.173/179.97 and reached the Funny Bike final.

Outlaw Flat Four racers Danny Pike (pictured) and James Wotton went alongside one another and ran nines in the final qualifying session on Saturday, and Danny improved to a new PB of 9.530/146 in round two. David Swift was in his new car; he sadly had gearbox issues during qualifying but still put in some 10 second passes, with plenty more to come from the car as he gets it dialled in.

Nostalgia Funny Car racer Andy Raw suffered clutch dust issues as this video link shows, thanking Tony Betts for the loan of an oxygen bottle. Andy also brushed the wall but the only damage was to the headers.

Andy also announced he is expecting to become a grandfather in January, his daughter Chloe and son in law Nick being the expectant parents. He commented 'It was a great weekend, so nice to be back at the track, yes we learnt a few things and we are very very happy with the set up'.

Top Fuel Bike racer Al Smith had a disappointing weekend at the races, according to bike constructor and crew chief Phil Baimbridge. He said 'The blower belt's teeth were ripped off on hi/s first Saturday run and what was left of the belt was badly frayed, damaging the cam belt and the crank sensor. Then after oil smoke on the second run the team took the cylinder head off to find that # 1 liner had cracked and dropped, the top ring destroying the top of the piston with the debris mashing up the exhaust valve seats.

The Rocket is planned to be out again at "Not the European Finals"'. You can read a full account by going to Phil Baimbridge's PBR Top Fuel Bike page.

The Nitro Daimler powered dragster Spirit of Le Patron made its debut with Robin Read driving and got down to the numbers quickly, running a 7.0742/189.74 in his first full pass and only his third run in the car. Robin wrote: 'It's been a long journey to get this far, one I would not have been able to complete without the support and assistance of those close to me. It was never going to easy taking things to another level , I'd also promised myself that Spirit would not borrow any parts from Little car.

'After the run we found some issues with the magneto drive and control, also some things within the clutch that required investigation, so we will look at them in the workshop'. You can see a full account of Robin's build up of Spirit of Le Patron by becoming a member of his group Robin Read Drag Racing

Street Eliminator racer Mark Todd commented From being out with a broken rocker to a handful of 7.0-7.1’s into a strong headwind we will take that. I’d like to thank my crew, Nick Davies for the loan of a rocker, Dennis At EDA for leaving his wife’s 40th birthday meal to grab the engine build sheet to check valve to piston clearances, Matt Wright for travelling to his unit to check what he had and anyone else that phoned or messaged to help source a rocker.

'The racing is only a small part of this hobby, it’s the friends and community that make it what it is'.

You can read about Mark's quest to run a six in his turbo Aston Martin by going to his Six Appeal page.

Swift snippets.
24th August: Claire Meaddows writes to wish partner ‘Crazy’ Chris Hartnell a very Happy 60th Birthday for tomorrow, 25th August, with Lots of Love from her, Lee & Sarah, Liam, Tj & Bella, Mike, Mark, Jade & Ben plus Barney. Last year, Chris and the team celebrated the 25th Anniversary of ‘Backdraft’ and 50th Anniversary of the car’s debut as ‘Malibu Express’, with a welcome return to racing after a break of a few years.

Chris has already been out racing again this season, and had a fantastic event at the ‘Nostalgia Drags’ at the beginning of August, and sends thanks to everyone at Santa Pod for making that great event possible! Chris celebrated with an 8.73 second run very close to his PB, a couple of 150mph+ passes, match racing son Lee for the first time in 15 years, plus a few double wheelies to boot! Chris really enjoyed racing again with the Wild Bunch and plans to race at next month’s Hot Rod Drags, for some more wheels up fun!

Alice of AF Photography has updated her Facebook page which you can see at this link.

Happy 60th Richard!
21st August:
A very Happy 60th Birthday to 9.50 Bike eight-time National champion Richard Sawatzki from his wife Debbie and all of us at Richard is also nearing a landmark of 1000 runs in competition at Santa Pod Raceway.

Longtime readers will know that, once the curiosity of stats guru and Honorary Staff Member Andy Marrs has been piqued, he will find an answer however much work it takes. A throwaway comment about who has made the most passes down the track prompted Marrs to go through his data and find the answer for Santa Pod Raceway:

'Two weeks and many, many hours of spreadsheet blindness later I've cobbled together an answer. I only hold data going back to 1995, and the older the data is the less accurate it is. Also, a fact of which I was already aware, timekeepers aren't the best spellers. Racers variously entering as Steve/Stephen/Steven, Dave/David, Pete/Peter etc have made accuracy somewhat testing.

'That said, the runaway leader - something to which he is used - is Richard Sawatzki. Richard did another 29 runs in 2019 which when added to his running total of 943 puts him at 972 runs at Santa Pod. This is at permitted events only, as I don't have data for RWYBs'.

We wish Richard the happiest of Birthdays which he will undoubtedly celebrate in competition at this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals.

Funny Bike money up for grabs.
21st August: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us details of additional prize money for Funny Bike at this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals:

Funny Bike racer Dale Leeks contacted SPRC looking to sponsor a class for this weekend, as Dale would normally be racing his Warpspeed Racing Funny Bike and would have paid an entry fee, Dale decided to Sponsor the Winner of Funny Bike at the Green Light Nationals 2020 for the sum of £250 or the same as his entry fee would have been.

Dale and his company Leeks Landscapes are also class title sponsors for funny bike in 2020 and will carry over into 2021. Should you be looking for Dales services, details of his company are below.

The Leeks Landscapes Group is a hub of companies founded and run by Dale Leeks, consisting of:
  • Leeks Landscapes: Leeks Landscapes undertakes all aspects of Landscaping from domestic to commercial. From one-off small projects to large scale commercial projects in all forms of landscaping, e.g. driveways, patios, land sculpting, formal and soft landscaping. Leeks Landscapes also specialise in custom swimming pool construction from concept to completion;
  • Leeks Civils and Groundworks - specialises in all aspects of groundworks from single project oversite preparation to full commercial groundworks, road construction, drainage, concreting, car parks, drainage and much more; and
  • Leeks Waterscapes: stems from company director Dale Leeks's extensive knowledge in the aquatic sector. Before founding the Leeks Landscapes Group, Dale has project-managed such projects as the waterway construction in the Olympic Park to the one mile long pumped rock fall stream at the prestigious Wisley golf course. Leeks Landscapes specialise in ponds, lakes and fluvial water construction and remediation.
SPRC would like to thank Dale for his continued support of Funny Bike in 2020 and look forward to his return to competition soon.

Feature: 1982 Cannonball.
21st August: After the first Cannonball race was held in July 1981, SPR owner Roy Phelps knew he was onto a good thing with the drama and competition of the first event. The second running of the event in July 1982 had eight funny cars that were closely matched, and the drama was partly supplied by a malfunctioning timing system that gave the Santa Pod Raceway crew kittens over the course of the event. Sammy Miller brought his rocket dragster Oxygen to the event and ran new outright quickest European ET marks during the event.

Our latest historical feature, supported by Lucas Oil Products describes the event in detail and includes over 50 photographs from it as well as a full scan of the event programme and links to video coverage by drag racing historian Nick Pettitt. We are grateful to drag racing historian and director of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Jerry Cookson for supplying archive material. You can see our feature by clicking here or by clicking the features, interviews, tributes link from the main menu.

Photo of Sammy Miller in Oxygen © Doug McDiarmid

Swift snippets.
21st August: In his latest instalment of his autobiographical blog, John Hunt describes his experience in running the Drag Racing Nuts organisation in the 1990s, using a trader's trailer at two raceways and a number of car shows to raise money for the benefit of injured racers. You can read John's blog here or by clicking on Racer Blogs in the main menu.

Our coverage of the STP Greenlight Nationals has expanded to photo galleries on the Friday test day thanks to Julian Hunt, Diana and sponsor Bob Roberts. We also plan to bring you the best times recorded on the test day courtesy of To see our STP Greenlight Nationals coverage, click here or go via the link we will place on the Home Page from tomorrow.

STP Greenlight Nationals racer announcement.
20th August:
Thanks to Santa Pod Raceway Events Manager James Forster for the following important racer announcement for this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals:

This is a last minute plea for help to the racers and racing community ahead of this weekends event. We are under constant scrutiny at the moment with visits from the Local Authority every weekend and this weekend will be no different. Therefore, we are asking for your co-operation to ensure that Santa Pod can continue to operate in these testing times.

Our requests are as follows:

  • There will be a riders and drivers meeting at 7.30pm on Friday night in the main grandstand. We would like to see as many riders and drivers there as possible and please remember to follow signs and socially distance when in the grandstands.
  • It is more important than ever to follow the instructions of our pit marshals when you arrive. The pits have been turned on their head for this weekend and we have some extra requests. For instance we need to have barriers on the front of every pit bay to prevent spectators approaching the vehicles and crews. If you have any barriers or bunting or tape at home or anything you can use to improvise– please bring it with you to help us satisfy these requests. Where you are unable to bring any barriers along, we supply fencing to the teams that don’t have barriers.
  • Please remember to socially distance. We know that racing is a sociable activity but we must follow the current government guidelines to ensure that we can continue to race. Please do not mingle in pits that aren’t yours!
  • Please be conscious of working on your vehicles with team members from different households. If you are going to be working in close proximity to one another please bring and wear your own face coverings (and any other applicable PPE) whilst in that close proximity.
  • The staging and pairing lanes are a particular area of concern. They have been made extra wide so please follow marshals instructions when pulling your vehicles down the lanes and DO NOT group together whilst waiting to run. Extra efforts will be made to keep waiting times to a minimum.
  • When returning back to the pits, please DO NOT walk back up the staging lanes, rather vacate the area at the zebra crossing and return to the pits via the public route.
We appreciate all of your efforts so far but we need you to continue to help us, to help you. Please follow all on site instructions and government guidelines.

Hutchinson and Dibley renew with Sportsman ET.
20th August: Thanks to Andy Dibley who passed to us an announcement for all Sportsman ET fans:

This weekend sees the much anticipated return of competition drag racing in the Sportsman ET category. Coming up to 11 months since many of the racers last turned a wheel in anger on the track, the class is once again brimming with talent and some new faces.

The annual Dial-in day was held back in March and one of the new racers at this event is Carl in his Tesla. While quiet on track, he definitely impressed us all with his performance on the day and scooping his entry to the Green Light Nationals to try his hand at some seasoned bracket racers. Last year's Champion Dan is returning in a new car for the class, his 'No Fox Given' Ford Mustang. This has been proven to run into the 11s so will be interesting to see how Dan goes from being chased, to chasing! We also look forward to former Super Pro ET / Supertwin Top Gas racer Derek Flynn is also joining the class in his 'Bullet' Audi S4 for the weekend.

Hutchinson and Dibley Ltd are once again sponsoring the class and number one qualifier trophies for this year's events. Each trophy will be presented to the racer sitting at the top of the qualifying ladder come the beginning of eliminations. In addition to trophies, Karen and Jon McGarrigle of Freedom Racing will also be offering up £50 prize money to the racer with the lowest total reaction time during qualifying (full rules to be posted on the Sportsman ET Facebook Page). Both would normally be racing in Sportsman ET but due to shielding from Covid 19, they are sitting this season out, we look forward to seeing them back at the track soon.

Picture: Dan Holloway, 2019 Hutchison & Dibley Sportsman ET Champion in his 'No Fox Given' Ford Mustang © Kieran Jenkins

STP Greenlight Nationals bulletin.
19th August: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding details of the arrangements for this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

All racer tickets will be left at the main gate for collection; there will also be your allocation of crew passes; please make sure all crew members are carrying them when entering restricted areas.

The usual signing on procedure has changed. All riders and drivers are required to show either their DVLA driving licence (or similar for foreign competitors) at signing on; race licences will also be accepted for all classes, but must be either a 2019 or 2020 licence.

You will not be required to sign on as you have already electronically done so with your entry form, once you have shown your licence to a member of the secretariat team in the signing on office, you will be given a wrist band that must be attached to your wrist prior to leaving the office and must stay there for the remainder of the event, you will also receive a sticker that must be placed in a prominent position on the front of your race vehicle; this will help to identify the signed on racers. The Fire Up Marshal may also check that your wrist band is attached to you from time to time; in the event that yours is damaged, please return the old one to the signing on office, where you will be supplied with a replacement.

There will be no scrutineering at the event, however we reserve the right to have a vehicle checked by either a member of our Tech Crew or by our Bike Scrutineer should a vehicle cause us concern; we will have two members of the Tech Crew and one Bike Scrutineer on site for the duration of the event; should you have any questions, they will be contactable through the signing on office at the base of the Control Tower.

It is vital that the social distancing measures in place across the UK are maintained; if you visit the shop please wear a mask, try were possible to maintain the two metre distance between yourself and those from other family groups. This is important at all times; we are being, and will be supervised by Bedfordshire County Council, who are helping us to get a sense of normality back to our racing; we need this help from them, and of course you.

The staging lanes are a particularly high area of concern for the Staff and Council; should the racing be held up for an oil down or something similar, please keep up the social distancing measures, and should a Marshal, Steward or member of Security ask you to move along then please do so, it is vital we keep within the regulations the Council require from us.

The pit layout has changed to meet the Council requirements, so it may be that you are in a completely different area to what we would normally expect, please work with us and the Pit Marshals.

Access to the track on Thursday is for those Racers who have entered the Friday Test Day, if you have not pre-entered please do not arrive until Friday morning.

The main gates to the track will open at 8am on Friday 21st August 2020.
Friday 21st August
08.00-18.00 Signing on office opens (see requirements above)

Saturday 22nd August
07.30-19.00 Signing on office opens (see requirements above)
09.30 Track open for qualifying/eliminations

Saturday 23rd August
08.00 Signing on office opens
09.30 Track open for qualifying/eliminations

Finally, it’s such a great thing to be able to welcome back a great number of racers, crew members and racing family back to Santa Pod, please help us to help you, and have a fantastic weekend.

To all of our racing family overseas who sadly could not make it this time, we look forward to seeing you all back at the track very soon.

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 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.

Ian has sent us the final version of the official entry list for the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here.

STP Greenlight Nationals Perfect Awards.
19th August: £275 is up for grabs at this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been carried forward and rises to £125 (including a £50 bonus from after there were no claimants at the Nostalgia Drags. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

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

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Race Team has been set at £50 . The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available in Another Small F Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, B Fast R Super Comp, Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), VW Pro, VW Sportsman, NEM Plant Ltd Nostalgia Super Stock, NMCN 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Junior Drag Bike, Scorpion Motors Supertwin Top Gas, and Accelerate for a Cause and a Cure ET Bike, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy Hadfield aka Fadster of the Twister Race Team.

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

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

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

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

Burnout king all slicked up.
19th August: Pro Modified and Super Pro ET racer and Pro ET series sponsor John Tebenham says his slick crisis has been resolved:

Great announcement yesterday, with camping on we are going. Crew Killer has brand new slicks fitted thanks to a new tyre sponsor. I haven’t told them that we only have a two meeting tyre life with the little white Pop.

We are doing a great offer this weekend, a T shirt and poster offer for £5.00 while stocks last as we want to show our new sponsor a sea of blue shirts.

The engine is just about ready for Fabulous Lighting McQueen so we might even make the next meeting with both cars (man that’s a lot of work). I now know why nobody else in Pro Mod runs a second car. But I have the biggest crew. See you Friday for the test day.

Double exposure from AF Photography.
19th August: Alice of AF Photography says she will be offering a new product, double exposure images:

The offer is a cost of £15 per car for up to three different angles for any racer at the STP Greenlight Nationals this weekend. I'll be there Friday through to Sunday, either come and find me in the VW Pro pits with the Misfit Fastback (VW Pro #16) or contact me beforehand to pre arrange; my Facebook page is AF Photography or email me on

Ideally panels need to be removable but it's not essential, it will be carried out with social distancing in place and payment via PayPal is preferred.

Web site updates.
19th August: The latest update to the Flickr web site of Mad Welshman is of trackside pics from the Mustang Owners Club of Great Britain (MOCGB) test day at Santa Pod at the end of July, featuring some invited 'non-Mustang' friends/racers too. You can see Mad's photos by clicking here.

Our Kieran has made an update from the Ford Show Lite 2020 to his Youtube channel which you can watch by clicking here. Also featured on Kieran's channel are the first of several videos from the Private Test Day held on 17th August featuring a 1987 Fiat X1/9 owned by Chris Fell. Kieran says 'It's powered by a turbocharged Honda K20A2 that's making 560HP at the flywheel and 490HP at the wheels in a car that weighs in at 850KG'. You can see the result by going to the Mk1 Kieran video channel by clicking here.

Contributing photographer Callum Pudge has added 295 photos from Saturday's Run What Ya Brung and the Private Test Day on 17th August to galleries which can be seen on Callum's Facebook page.

'55 Chevy auction update.
19th August: The ex-Steve Hall '55 Chevy Pro Mod auction mentioned in the news last Saturday started at 2pm today. As of 4:30pm the high bid is £28,000. So potential bidders have until 2pm on 20th August to make their final offer. We look forward to announcing the racer making the winning bid.

SPR galleries, results.
18th August:
The Santa Pod Raceway Private Test Day organised by Scott Lewry of Yam Yam Racing and Gary Gooding of Team Extreme Racing took place yesterday under mainly dry skies. There was an entry of around 80 vehicles that paid a share of the track rental in order to make unlimited passes on the prepped track.

Thanks to Adam Bentley and David Anniwell of Santa Pod Raceway's timing team who thanks to Adam's site has given us information to enable us to establish who were the Top 20 racers of the day by best ET:

Our Kieran was in attendance at the Jap Show Lite on the previous day as well as the Private Test Day and we have posted galleries from both days at our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored event coverage page which you can reach by clicking this link or going via the John Woolfe Racing event coverage link in the main menu.

Among the entries was the adored '57 Chevy Snow White, previously owned by the late Roger Butterworth and Graham Smith which is now in the hands of Steve Mitchell, who made some launches in the machine.

RRC build gallery: Mk2 Zephyr.
18th August: This beautiful Ford Zephyr Mk2 arrived in the sponsor Robinson Race Cars workshops already converted to a two door with a brief to bring its comfort and performance up to modern standards. In our latest build gallery, brought to us courtesy fellow sponsor Bob Roberts, the photos showing how much fabrication work became necessary on the shell and body panels of the car.

Bob says "Just like many old cars when work started it became apparent that all was not well under the nice paint job. There was quite a lot of rust and much of the body had to be repaired or replaced. Given a general lack of suitable panels many had to be created from scratch and others taken from a suitable donor car".

Power was provided by a 400 inch Ford Cleveland with ally heads and MSD fuel injection giving around 450hp, but the car was destined for mainly road use with air conditioning installed.

You can see Bob's gallery in our feature in association with Lucas Oil Products by clicking here or go to our Features, Interviews, Tributes index via the main menu.

Road closure on Jap Show Lite day.
15th August: Thanks to reader Steve Billings for notifying us that the B569 between Irchester and Wollaston (indicated in red on
this map) is closed from 08:00pm/20:00 till 06:00am/06:00, over the night of the 16th. Late leavers from Jap Show Lite may find they can't get back that way and should use alternative routes.

Ex-Steve Hall '55 Chevy re-emerges.
15th August: Luke Stevenson brought to our attention the online auction of the Ex-Steve Hall '55 Chevy built by sponsor Robinson Race Cars on Wilsons Auctions. The car was a recent subject of a Build Feature in conjunction with sponsor Bob Roberts.

this link including one form of photographic ID (Driving Licence or Passport) and one form of address (Utility Bill or Bank Statement). Terms and conditions are on the Wilsons Auctions web site.

The lucky winner of this nil-reserve auction will get the 2013-built race car which has run a best of 6.56/216 and has been featured on the front cover of Custom Car. The car disappeared from the scene and was feared to be broken up, however the picture, the provenance of which is unknown, depicts it in excellent condition.

Swift snippets.
15th August: Jonnie Lindberg has announced that a GoFundMe appeal for Dom Lagana and Richie Crampton, injured in a road traffic accident last weekend and both in hospital since then has been organised. The appeal, set up by Gary Pritchett, can be seen by clicking here, and some European racers have already contributed as Dom attended Santa Pod on various occasions to provide advice to Anita Mäkelä's Top Fuel Dragster team.

Top Fuel racer and reigning FIA Champion Anita Mäkelä has announced that her husband Tommi Haapanen will be making test passes at the Blåkläder Summer Nationals, LSK Business Park Kauhava, Finland on Friday and Saturday 21st-22nd August. We plan to bring you a report on this event a couple of days after its conclusion. sponsor for Nitro Revival Geoff Stilwell has asked us to relay his congratulations to new piston-engined Land Speed Record holder George Poteet and the Speed Demon team, who set the new record of 470.016 at Bonneville Speed Week. The new record, 22mph faster than Danny Thompson's from last year, was set in the Speed Demon team's turbocharged big block Chevy-engined streamliner. You can read more about this amazing achievement on Tony Thacker's Torq Talk blog. Geoff has said that if travel restrictions allow he will travel to Bonneville in October to run his B/Fuel Roadster in an attempt to set a new class record, with a challenge delivered to Ron Hope to be the first of them past 300mph.

Camping for STP Greenlight Nationals.
14th August: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending a clarification on camping for the STP Greenlight Nationals weekend.

'Following the announcement from Santa Pod Raceway, regarding the Jap Show Lite event and overnight camping, SPRC and Santa Pod Raceway would like to assure racers coming along to the STP Greenlight Nationals that this announcement does not affect the event on the 22nd-23rd August; this is based on currently available information, however, should there be any further changes, we will of course get in touch with all racers through and whatever other channels are deemed appropriate at the time.

'In essence, the event is still going ahead as planned'.

Event entry update.
13th August: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us the final version of the official entry list for the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Late entries, if accepted, may be subject to a penalty fee. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Eagle eyed readers will have noticed that Pro Modified racer Bobby Wallace has entered the Exhibition class in a Chevy Camaro ZL-1; we understand this is a brand new Jerry Bickel car with a current nitrous combination.

Thanks also to Ian for forwarding us version 1 of the official entry list for the Not The European Finals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Racers should note the closing date for this event is 28th August.

Camping off for 15-16 August.
13th August: Santa Pod Raceway have announced that there will be no camping at the Jap Show Lite this weekend. 'We have been working closely with the local authorities and unfortunately recent developments have meant that it’s a service that we’re unable to offer this weekend. We understand the disruption this may cause to your weekend with us at JapShow Lite and apologise for the inconvenience caused. We are continuing to work with the local authorities to ensure that our site, and events are as COVID secure as possible to ensure the safety of our customers'.

Rest assured the event is going ahead; if you would still like to attend the event for both days, simply retain your weekend ticket which will allow admission for both Saturday and Sunday. Ticket holders have been sent an email with full details.

Wayne's Nostalgia Drags.
13th August: Many thanks to Wild Bunch racer Wayne Colliver who has sent an account of a memorable Nostalgia Drags.

I took my dragster to the Nostalgia Drags, getting there late Friday night and pitting next to my brother Antony who was hoping to do his first runs in his blown SBC Bantam altered! We were due to run early Saturday morning, so fired it up to warm the engine. Whilst spinning it over I heard a strange noise but the engine fired and ran, but number seven cylinder was cold, so it was time to investigate. I took the valve cover off and one of the rockers was sitting at 90 degrees to where it should have been - then I noticed that the push rod was missing!

Off came the intake manifold and I found the push rod and the lifter sitting in the lifter valley; they weren't damaged but I noticed that the casting around three of the lifters had small bits chipped away! I checked the valley for particles, but none were there so drained the oil, had a good look through that but still nothing, so I decided to take the sump off and found some grit sitting in the bottom of the sump and gave it a thorough clean and refitted it.

Meanwhile my brother Phil had found that the valve cover gaskets were split, so off he went to try to source some, he came back with a pair kindly donated by Mark Coulsell with some sealant from Chris Hartnell, thanks guys! By this time we had missed three of the four scheduled runs; we tried to make the last one but missed by 20 minutes, but at least we were ready for Sunday so we fired it up just to check for leaks. I thought I would flash test the converter which I fitted since Dragstalgia last year, bloody hell it worked great, upon letting go of the transbrake button the front end of the car jumped up around 8", I won't do that again in a hurry! My brother had a few issues with his altered during Saturday but we were both good to go for Sunday!

First run sunday was another slow 60ft due to the idiot driver messing up the launch, but the car ran 11.04@137mph so with a new pb by half a second so I was still happy! I sat out the second run as I wanted to go down with Antony to see his first ever run in his altered; he just idled up the track which was all he wanted to do to make sure steering etc was a good, so he was happy too!

I pulled round for the third run and did a better burnout and then actually got my launch right! The car launched properly and had the wheels up and just pulled hard and I even used the chute for the first time ever! I knew it was faster than it had gone before but was shocked when the crew told me it was 9.50@139mph with a 1.3 60ft! I was elated! Finally the car is running as I'd hoped (actually quicker than thought it would) so I checked the engine over, all was good so for the last run me and Antony were gonna go side by side! He pulled round first, I did my burnout and we pulled up to the line; the marshals held us for a bit then when we were staying I had brain fade and booted it, again wheels up and I actually thought it was a quicker run but I left before the tree run so no time/speed. Antony gave it a couple of stabs at the throttle and ran a 16@80mph so he was happy with that. All in all, the weekend was very enjoyable and to top it I got the Wild Bunch best appearing car trophy!

I would like to thank my sponsors Scrap metal services and Apex lifts for their support!

Bored of retirement, or lost the plot?
11th August:
Thanks to crew chief and Pro Modified colour commentator Lucy Moore for sending in a piece on her dad Roger Moore's acquisition of Bob Brooks' Yellow Metal Racing Funny Bike:

When dad (Roger Moore) decided to retire from driving the Pro Mod Dodge Viper, it was a tough decision. However the timing was right and we left on a high.

We kept an open mind about a return to racing but it was off the cards until or if we sold the Viper. The prospect of moving to a bike class had been mentioned and we’d been looking at the Yellow Metal funny bike for a little while. The detail on the bike is astounding.

In an unexpected twist of events, the Viper sold during the COVID 19 lockdown and we were able to consider other avenues. After getting in touch with Bob Brooks, it soon became clear the YMR funny bike was going to be our next challenge. The support from Bob and Debs as well as Phil Crossley has been outstanding and we wouldn’t have got this far without them!

Dad appointed me crew chief, a role which I am proud to have taken on, and we set about trying to understand how on earth we would race this mad machine.

We decided to keep the first outing as low key as we could (a challenge in the drag racing world!); Dad wanted to avoid a huddle of Pro Mod racers gathering to watch his first outing.

The first run with the bike was nerve wracking and exhilarating to witness. Dad says he was grinning the whole way down the track after his 1.17 second 60ft! He was surprised at the stability of the bike at speed and is enjoying getting his 1/4 mile fix again.

Another three runs down and he’s looking more comfortable, the good 60fts keep on coming! With a RWYB track, it is always difficult to keep the traction further out so we suffered with some tyre shake in later runs. However I still think dad would consider that easier to manage than the towing at low speed.

It's taking some getting used to that there isn’t as much to do between runs as there is on a Pro Mod, there’s actually time to sit down! However, the fuel consumption is nearly the same per run on the bike as the Viper.

Now the focus is to keep making steady progress and of course, go faster!

Image courtesy and © Callum Pudge

Report from Kjula.
11th August: The Mälardalen Open #3 Blacksmiths Nats #2 took place at Kjula Raceway, Eskilstuna, Sweden on 8th-9th August and was streamed and widely photographed. The race was attended by Time-Tree and results can be seen at Eliminations were completed and the track recorded 872 time slips for the 152 racers taking part.

Notable performances were from Pro Street runners Preben Bærentzen (7,6561 no.1 qualifier), Eva Widgren (7.8588 no.2 qualifier) and Christian Lundin (7.9682, no.3 qualifier). In the Test n' Tune category, Kim Petersson's Team Blackshadow & Rimstar new turbo LSX-engined Chevy Beretta ran a great 7.1287/306.38kph Photos of the event have been posted by Henrik Lindberg Photography, and Dan Dasse Evertsson.

Clockwise: Henrik Asp (Henrik Lindberg photo), Kim Petersson (Henrik Lindberg photo), Benke Eriksson ( photo) and Mikael Fredriksson v Peter Andreasson ( photo).

The next scheduled Kjula Dragway event is the Mälardalen Open #4 on 19th-20th September.

Lindberg wins, U.S. Nationals plans in doubt.
11th August: Congratulations to Swedish Top Alcohol Funny Car racer and double NHRA Champion Jonnie Lindberg for winning the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Jonnie qualified no.1 at 5.469/268.81 and then defeated DJ Cox Jr. in the final with a 5.539/267.75.

Part of the reason Jonnie got back into his TAFC which he has owned since 2013 was that he was going to give Aussie Top Fuel Dragster racer Richie Crampton a 40th birthday present drive in it at the US Nationals, as documented in a NHRA video posted last Wednesday. That plan now looks to be in doubt now following a road accident involving Richie's '57 Chevy Wagon (as seen at Drag Week 2018) which left Richie and Jake Sanders in hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and driver in the accident Dom Lagana with serious injuries. Jonnie was not in the car at the time. Fans will know that Dom Lagana and Jake Sanders have in the past acted as tuners and advisers to Anita Mäkelä's Top Fuel Team.

Our thoughts go to Dom, Richie and Jake as we hope for a full recovery.

Micke Nilsson's 100th Final.
11th August: Our good friend and photojournalist for EDRS Lena Perés reports that Super Comp and Super Pro ET racer Micke Nilsson celebrated his 100th Final at the EDRS round at Tallhed Dragway in Sweden last weekend.

Micke, aged 60 and from Borås near Gothenburg started his team, known as MiNiRacing, in 1994 and took over driving duties in 1997. To get to 100 finals has involved a few championships as well, as exemplified by the no.1 on the side of his four link dragster, self-built in 2010 using a Mark Williams chassis and rear.

You can follow the EDRS race series' points by clicking here. The next EDRS round is in Finland at Kauhava Raceway on 21st-22nd August.

Hawk Racing announce Gedore Tools sponsorship.
11th August: Team Hawk Racing, the Nitro Funny Car team of Mark and Jackie Hawkins, are pleased to announce sponsorship support from specialist torque wrench makers Gedore Tools. An exclusive deal has been struck with Team Hawk Racing for supply of specialist torque wrenches, supported by the extensive range of Gedore specialist automotive tools, to the team’s all round trackside servicing, for outside events and workshop use.

Mark and Jackie Hawkins are owners of the Hawk Racing, Gladiator-named Nitro Funny Car driven by Jason Phelps. Having used the specialist torque wrenches during the closed season to prepare the car for racing in 2020, the team have not been able to use them in anger. They plan to return to the track as soon as racing resumes.

As owner, crew chief, and engineer of 40 years’ experience, Mark said, ‘Team Hawk Racing have recently acquired two specialist torque wrenches through, to torque the engine’s valley stud nuts correctly. Having now used the wrenches, we have found them to be very ergonomically friendly and a very high quality tool. We look forward to using Gedore tool kits and chests at Santa Pod Raceway where Gladiator will be racing.

Gedore Tools celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2019. Managing Director Kieron Smith said ‘Gedore Tools for Life are delighted to be supporting Team Hawk Racing with our extensive range of specialist automotive tools and look forward to seeing the car perform at Santa Pod Raceway’. When ordering please quote Team Hawk Racing.

You can see the full range of Gedore Torque tools with technical information at Gedore Torque Ltd is based in Bramley, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0AL. For sales, contact 01483 894476.

Ordering of Gedore Tools is available on line from or e-mail with any queries. Gedore UK Ltd is based in Marton Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1TF, telephone 01756 706700.

Images: Jason Phelps in Gladiator Funny Car ©, Torque Wrench: Gedore 2641526 (series 200) Dremaster Z 16.40-200 Nm

Kenneth Söderström.
10th August: We were shocked and very sorry to hear of the death of former Pro Stock racer Kenneth Söderström. Kenneth came into Pro Stock in 1999 after a period in Competition Eliminator. He ran the FIA European Championship for 10 years taking 2005 off to build a new car after an accident at Santa Pod Raceway at the 2004 Euro Finals having previously suffered a crash at Alastaro in 2001. His best championship finish was fifth.

We remember Kenneth as a quiet racer who was honest enough to admit to the rare errors he made in his driving. He was also determined to have the car perform at its best potential and be competitive with the class leaders. After he retired from racing he ran an engine rebuilding business as well as his main leisure activity of fishing.

Michael Malmgren said on behalf of the European Pro Stock Association:

We all feel a deep sadness that Kenneth Söderström has suddenly passed away, way too early in life. Kenneth drove a family operated car, you could say, as brother Håkan handled the tuning. They didn't have the biggest budget, but always gave it all they got and was always a threat.

I remember I raced Kenneth in the first round at Santa Pod many years back and felt like this will be no problem, but wow, how wrong I was, he had a big hole shot over me and I was out, if I recall correctly he went all the way to the final.

For me Kenneth was a very cool, kind and relaxed guy, no stress, but at the starting line was always a threat. In Pro Stock we always try to keep it as family between teams and share a good laugh, and we also always try to help each other if parts are needed.

I feel I can say from all of us racing Pro Stock back then, when Kenneth was active, and also racers active today that knew Kenneth, that we feel deep grief at his passing. May he rest in peace.

Event entry update.
10th August: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 6 of the official entry list for the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Wednesday, 12th August, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here. Ian also reminds racers of the closing dates for the events in the 2020 series. These are:
  • STP Greenlight Nationals: 12th August
  • Not the Euro Finals, presented by STP: 28th August
  • STP National Finals: 11th September
Melbourne Raceway reopens.
10th August: After a huge effort on fundraising by Straightliners' Trevor Duckworth and his team for relaying the racing surface to 1/8 mile, Melbourne Raceway re-opened on Saturday 8th August, and looked resplendent.

Over 75 racers seized the opportunity to be among the first along the newly laid surface and the reviews were ecstatic. Many on social media expressed their happiness at the Raceway being re-opened and their thanks to Trevor and his team for the work they had done over the last months in making the opening a reality.

Jerry Collier attended and said 'Wow, what a fantastic day at Melbourne raceway. This man Trevor Duckworth and his amazing team have only gone and done it. The first day the track was open and what a day it was. Just bloody fantastic and it’s only going to get better. Everything Trevor does for our sport and the racers is amazing and thank you. You’ve made us look forward to racing again. Well who’s with me in thinking there’s isn’t a better candidate for a new member of the British Dragracing Hall of Fame! Once again Trevor thank you for everything you an your team do.'

Photos and credits (clockwise): Straightliners; Mark Flavell (Gregg Havler picture); Graham Sykes; Mason Griffiths and Nik Wilson (Callum Pudge pictures)

Trevor Duckworth wrote: And just like that...a new era for Melbourne Raceway, drag racing in the north comes home to this iconic track. A venue is once more alive, an incredible turn out so far this weekend and a credit to each and every single person that has been involved, from a pound to ten thousand pounds, each and every one of you contributed. This is not one single person or a single group of people who achieved this, the whole project has been a culmination of all walks of life with a passion and love for racing who got behind Straightliners Events to help save Melbourne, and with a snip of the scissors we are open, the lights are ready for staging and we are racing!

What a wonderful day for drag racing in the Uk...a beautfiul hot day, faces old and new, the best crew in the business and the sounds of engines roaring down a brand new drag our best life!

Those who couldn't make it said they would be back at the first opportunity, and the next race after this weekend is planned for 10th-11th October. You can see a list of the racers and their best 60ft times here, and to be informed of future events at the track you can go to the Straightliners web site by clicking here.

Ford Show galleries and SPR snippets.
10th August: Many thanks to Diana and Kieran who have supplied galleries of the Ford Show Lite supported by John Woolfe Racing. To see the galleries click here or click on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the main menu.

There were some outstanding runs and debuts at the Ford Show Lite and the preceding day's Run What Ya Brung. Elaine Hancock's Lethal Zephyr Reinvented went to both days for Elaine to get familiar and also for her to upgrade her license. She made a number of passes and her best ET was a 9.747/153.13 on only her second, which was quicker than she had been before.

Other notable runs were from Chris Todd who in his Subaru powered rear wheel drive Ford Fiesta broke into the eights for the first time to go 8.91/157. Our Kieran ran his Mk1 Fiesta to a PB of 13.6/100. Former Pro Modified racer Roger Moore brought the Yellow Metal Funny Bike to the track for the first time at the RWYB and wasted no time in becoming familiar with the machine. Roger's daughter and Pro Mod colour commentator Lucy Moore has promised an account of how her Dad made the transition from cars to bikes.

Web site updates.
10th August: Uk Drag Racing News and Nostalgia has had over 300 photos of the Nostalgia Drags uploaded to it by webmaster Jon Spoard. You can see Jon's photos by clicking here.

Photojournalist Andy Willsheer has produced a report on the Nostalgia Drags and Colin Millar's record runs for Tony Thacker's Torq Talk site. You can read his report by clicking here.

Former photo editor and photojournalist Roger Gorringe has produced a photo feature on SPR's Nostalgia Drags for US publication Drag Racing Edge which you can read by clicking here.

VeeDubRacing webmaster Simon Letkey has updated his Facebook page with an album of 80 photos from the VWDRC Drag Days. You can see Simon's photos by clicking here. Simon is also updating his Youtube channel with a number of videos from the two day event.

VWDRC Drag Days results.
7th August:
We attended the first day of the VWDRC Drag Days and found the atmosphere relaxed and the times electrifying, as some of Europe's quickest VW racers were present.

The top times recorded over the two days were:
  1. Hubert Strengberger (Austria, HST Audi TT):7.7709/182.06
  2. Markus Welte (Germany, TTK Performance VW Golf): 8.2515/177.81
  3. Markus Hegna (Germany,Turbo Impression VW Golf): 8.8172/167.26
  4. David Lee (MRC Tuning VW Golf): 9.0375/157.91
  5. Jose San Martin (France, FRT Motorsport VW Golf): 9.1848/160.72
  6. Julian Bayer (Germany, VW golf): 9.4302/145.21
  7. James Forster (Plymouth Duster): 9.6386/138.18
  8. Dan Jacobs (Audi RS3): 9.7084/142.91
  9. Richie Webb (VW Beetle Cabriolet): 9.8028/123.84
Today Hubert Strengberger (pictured) was involved in a high speed incident which put him on his roof at the top end of the track. He is completely uninjured and reportedly said the only thing that hurts is his wallet. 'I got out of the car unharmed and would like to thank Oliver Zsakai who built the full tube frame and the Santa Pod crew and medical staff for their help', he said.

Our gallery of 75 photos from Thursday by Kirstie is at this link. With many thanks to Adam Bentley and David Anniwell of SPR's timing crew, you can now download a file of both day's run data in Excel format by clicking on this link. Coverage can be seen by clicking here.

Venom at Greenlights
7th August: Many thanks to Tony Betts for sending an update on his plans for the next big meeting:

Nostalgia Funny Car team Venom are pleased to announce, subject to meetings continuing, they will be at the STP Greenlight Nationals. It has been a long year with many changes. Venom has a new fuel system and ignition setup thanks to John Wright, along with a new supercharger from Jeff Fowler in USA and adapter plate.

I decided to downsize the artic unit to a single goose neck trailer so that I can drive it. We also have a goose neck caravan. These will all be clad in Venom livery. The trailer has set us a few problems that have escalated into a complete re-clad of the exterior and interior, complete rewire and new electric brakes all round. We are all looking forward to getting back on track and burning some nitro.

Flyin' Fyfer's thanks.
7th August: Outlaw Anglia racer Colin Millar has written with his thoughts post-Nostalgia Drags which we're sure everyone involved will agree with:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Santa Pod Raceway for putting on such a fantastic event at the weekend, thanks to Ian Marshall and all the crew that keep us safe, I may be going very fast but i feel safe and secure and what a track they gave me to put on a show, a personal thanks to Keith Bartlett for making the event happen as I'm sure its a huge undertaking behind the scenes in these very difficult times, the Outlaw Anglia family had a ball and we hope that we entertained and allowed us all to keep our focus on happy times and fast racing, again thanks to all involved within Santa Pod Raceway.

Powerflow's Lethal Zephyr reinvented.
7th August: Powerflow Exhausts chief David Smith says another car, with not a little history (previous owners included Ray White and Lee Cohen), has been added to their stable:

We’ve been really busy over in our Powerflow Exhausts Alcester workshops and not just carrying out modifications on our Pro Stock Pontiac. It all started 3 years ago when we met Elaine & Dave Hancock. She was racing her Civic in Sportsman ET, really enjoying herself and winning trophies. The only problem she had (if you could call it a problem), was it just didn’t sound like a V8, and she couldn’t do impressive burnouts!

We got to know Elaine and Dave really well over her first and second race seasons, and many conversations were had in regards to either building or buying a V8 powered drag car. Over the closed season, the Altered came up for sale, which we bought, then carried out significant amounts of work on it including paint and a sponsorship from my company Powerflow Exhausts.

The Altered has done everything that was asked from it and ran the same numbers over and over again with a personal best ET of 10.2. So you would have thought Elaine would be more than happy with her new purchase. Apparently not... Here’s where it all started again! It was everything she had asked for and more, except... It didn’t have doors! Really? Womens' prerogative to change their mind apparently!

So again, after many conversations it was decided that she would run the Altered for the next 2-3 seasons and we would then look out for a door car that would be suitable for her. However, that plan went straight out the window when a certain car popped up for sale on Facebook!

The conversation went like this:
David : Look what’s just gone up for sale...
Elaine : Wow, that’s awesome...
David : Shall I buy it?
Elaine : Do you think I’d be able to drive it?
David : Yes. How about this. I’ll buy it, rebuild it etc and you can buy it off me when it’s done. You could sell the Altered to part fund it?
Elaine : F*** yes! Buy it...OMG I can’t believe it. I’m sooooooo excited!

A week later it’s in my workshop and I’m compiling a list of the parts needed for the build including a 2000hp rated Reid transmission ordered from Andy Frost, Steve Schmidt BBC engine, bespoke parts from Wayne Allman of Intergalactic Custom Shop, a Tony Morris Carburettors methanol fuel system, and a full custom built wiring loom built by the guys at Smithy’s Speed Shop. Plus many many shipments from Summit, Jegs, JW etc which actually become an absolute nightmare when the Covid 19 pandemic hit us...

Six months or so later, (apart from a shake down, and ironing out any gremlins) we're finally done. ‘Lethal Zephyr Reinvented’, is now owned and driven by Elaine Hancock, and looked after by her crew chief Dave Hancock and the my technicians from Powerflow Exhausts Alcester & Alcester Auto Services. I really hope this will finally tick ALL the boxes now (fingers crossed!). It’s a V8, can do big smokey burnouts, and it’s a doorslammer with great history behind it!

All of us at Powerflow Exhausts Alcester, Alcester Auto Services, SSS Exhausts, SSS Remapping & Smithy’s Speed Shop would like to wish Elaine and Dave all the very best with the new car.

I’ve had so many people phone me and turn up at my workshops nosing around to see what I’ve been up to. I’ve never felt so popular ! The garbage I’ve had to think up on the spot to keep this under wraps is shocking! So the news is finally out and the rumours and me talking garbage can stop. Here it is. ‘Lethal Zephyr Reinvented’...

Elaine is hoping to campaign the new car in Comp Eliminator and Super Pro ET when she’s got to grips with it. I’m sure she will be made very welcome. I had the bonnet repainted and pin striped (or big brush striped) by an outside company due to time restraints. I thought they could deliver the quality and design I’d asked for. Unfortunately not.....this is part of the build that hasn’t gone to plan. It’s awful! If anyone knows a very good, proven pin striping guy, please send them my way ASAP!

Pro Dutch Racing back on track.
5th August:
Suddenly there is plenty of work for Pro Dutch Racing again. Michel Tooren and his team will be in racing action no less than three times within a time frame of five weeks. The reopening of Santa Pod Raceway has paved the way for the Pro Dutch Racing '71 Plymouth Barracuda to be put to the test both in competition and on test days. The team's first appearance is scheduled for the weekend of August 22 and 23,followed by two weekends in September.

For a long time, it looked like 2020 would be a lost season for the European drag racing fans and teams. Due to the corona pandemic, tracks temporarily had to close and competition was cancelled. This even resulted in the FIA European Drag Racing Championship being cancelled for this year and Motorsport UK removing the Pro Modified title fight from its calendar, two championships that Pro Dutch Racing had set its sights on for 2020.

Fortunately, many countries have overcome the problems caused by COVID-19 and have got the virus better under control for weeks. Meanwhile, various circuits have opened their gates again and the first races have been held. Similarly at Santa Pod Raceway, firstly without an audience, but recently also with spectators, all this of course with strict adherence to all conditions established by government and track. The Santa Pod Raceway calendar will feature three events in the coming weeks that Pro Modified cars can take action, a possibility that Pro Dutch Racing are grasping both hands. “We have new parts on the Cuda and quite a lot of changes. We would like to test these this year and that possibility has now suddenly arisen. Assuming we can have a normal season again next year, we can test new things now, possibly make adjustments in winter and then we will be well prepared at the start of 2021”, explains Michel Tooren.

The first race for Pro Dutch Racing is the STP Greenlight Nationals on the weekend of August 22 and 23. On the Friday before the event there is a test day where Pro Dutch Racing hopes to make its first few runs of the season. Because the Pro Modified class is not competing, Michel Tooren will take action in the STP Greenlight Nationals in the 'exhibition class'. This opens up the opportunity to complete as many test runs as the team wishes.

The first real competition for the Pro Modified class is scheduled for 11th-13th September, the date that had been on the calendar for the FIA European Championship. The event has, with a British sense of humour, after the cancellation of the FIA European Championship, been renamed NOT The European Finals. Almost all classes that would have competed in the traditional European Finals will be there to make an appearance. In the Pro Modified class around ten European teams are expected and thus the class in which Pro Dutch Racing is active is the main feature of the extensive race programme.

Two weeks later, September 26th-27th, Pro Dutch Racing can again be seen at Santa Pod Raceway during the STP National Finals. Here too the Pro Modified class forms the fastest category and main attraction of the event.

Michel Tooren and Pro Dutch Racing have had to wait a long time, but in the end it is now time for action and the engines can be started. “"We are looking forward to it enormously. In March we were almost ready for the new season when COVID-19 put a spanner in the works. In the months that followed, we continued to work on the Cuda and all the adjustments to the chassis and engine were recalculated and reviewed many times. The preparation may never have been better. Now we can do all that final testing and testing the new parts in a competitive setting, ”said Michel Tooren, who can't wait to put his helmet back on and take the green light.

In the current uncertain times, the three events continue with the reservation that the corona measures of the authorities involved will not be tightened up again.

Calendar for Pro Dutch Racing:
STP Greenlight Nationals, August 22-23, 2020
NOT The European Finals, September 11-13, 2020
STP National Finals, September 26-27, 2020

Jayne burns out.
5th August: Back in our news item on 6th April, Jayne Kay revealed her turbocharged funny bike which initially will be competing in the ET bike class. Jayne has sent a report of her progress to date:

We fired the bike up over the weekend in preparation for the STP Greenlight Nationals in a few weeks' time. We then burnt out a few clutches during the week trying to get the burnout right but we got there in the end, obviously I let my Dad have a go first! Our new paint job looked pretty cool out in the sunshine too!

I just want to thank the people who helped answer questions on Facebook and Phil Crossley for coming down and giving us a hand with everything too!

You can check out the video of Jayne's bike on her YouTube channel.

Records sheet updated.
5th August: Thanks to honorary member Andy Marrs for updating the UK and European records sheet which shows Colin Millar's new Outlaw Anglia SPR Track Record of 7.114, which is also a backed-up record for the Outlaw Anglia class association. You can see the UK and European records sheet by clicking here.

Web site updates.
5th August: We spotted that Ashley Dale who has run his photography website for a few years has more recently recorded personal best times and speeds recorded at Santa Pod Raceway since the track was re-laid in concrete at the start of 2018. This separate site is at which shows personal bests for a wide variety of classes, with index classes only including times above the class index.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr gallery with pictures from the first public event of the year, Retro Show Lite. You can take a look by clicking this link.

VWDRC Drag Days coverage.
5th August: There will be live coverage from the VWDRC Drag Days taking place on 6th-7th August at Santa Pod Raceway. On both days, the technical problems of last weekend having been fixed, SPR will be broadcasting a Lite Streaming feed from the start of racing at 9:30am to 5pm. will be running a live report by Simon on 6th August with an end-day gallery courtesy Kirstie. To see the coverage go to this link which includes the final entry list.

The VWDRC says there will be two days of testing and a little competition both Bracket and Heads Up. This is behind closed doors due to COVID-19 so you will be able to see coverage on Santa Pod's feed and also via the VWDRC web site.

SPRC notices.
4th August:
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall has been in touch to say 'A big big thank you from Santa Pod Raceway and Santa Pod Racers Club to all of the racers that helped us out with slicks, collected or delivered. They are currently being put to good use and have replenished our stocks a little, but if anyone has used Drag Slicks they still need to get rid of, please get in touch.

Ian also said 'the ticket allocation for the Greenlight Nationals, Not The European Finals and National Finals will be as normal for your class at any given National Event; Exhibition entries will be sorted by Santa Pod, but will be as per your normal allocation'.

Talking of used tyres...
4th August: In remarkable timing in reference to the SPRC announcement Pro Modified and Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham has announced...he has used slicks and, at the same time, needs a tyre sponsor:

We are just getting our little white Crew Killer Pop all ready for the Greenlight Nationals. I’m getting not many runs to the tyres, well burnouts really. Look up Ford Pop burnout in the rain. Paul Marston and Luke Robinson have been getting the Pop ready for some mad burnouts. I am just making plans to add a third car to our stock. I have a few options it’s one of four cars available, I can’t wait. The black pile in the photo was rubber from under the wheel arches after two meetings!

Racer information request.
4th August: For some years we have admired the site which includes detailed racer information for teams competing in Scandinavia. In order to report the sport in the UK accurately, we are seeking up to date information on race vehicles competing in the UK. This brings us to the Racer Information Request form. We would be very grateful if racers could kindly provide information on this text based form, which will be handed to commentators at the track and used in reports. The benefits to racers are help in promoting their team and sponsors - and accurate reporting of your racing operation.

To complete the form, download it by clicking this link complete it on your device (it will open on phones, tablets and computers) and then e-mail it to message it to or attach it in a message to Simon if you use Facebook messaging.

Nostalgia Drags results.
3rd August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Nostalgia Drags at Santa Pod Raceway: Supercharged Outlaws: Class awards: Gary Parkes, Andy Park, Andy Hadfield. Best time: Joel Kerr 7.0012, runner up Robbie Grabham 7.5301
Outlaw Anglia: Best time: Colin Millar 7.1148, runner up Scotty Crookston 7.5886
Wild Bunch: Callum Swinchatt +0.0375 average over dial, runner up Brian Watson +0.0564
Willys Wars: Best time: Dave Day 9.5950, runner up Phil Evans 9.9248
Uk Nostalgia Superstock: Jack Bishop (9.91) 9.9911/127.33 def. Richard Layram (12.75) 12.7998/104.55
Gasser Circus: Overall winner Nick Barnett
Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike: Claire Rule 9.4334/119.16 def. Richard Peachey 9.2469/138.67

Congratulations to Colin Millar whose 7.1148 was a new Outlaw Anglia ET record, backed up by an earlier 7.1499.

Thanks to David Anniwell for passing us the official timing data for the event which you can check out by
clicking here or clicking on the Timing Data link in the main menu on any page.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Nostalgia Drags reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the main menu of any page. As a bonus you can see Kirstie's choice of 102 of her photos from the event at the Facebook page.

Event entry update.
3rd August: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 5 of the official entry list for the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Wednesday, 12th August, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Russ's racing blog.
3rd August: Wild Bunch Racer Steve Heaven is supported by his Dad and former racer Russ Heaven. Based in Spain, Russ was unable to attend the race, but managed to update his blog which makes for an entertaining read. Enduring a number of problems, the team managed, with some borrowed parts and advice over the phone from Russ, to get their slingshot dragster down the track three times. Read much more at Russ's blog which has now reached an amazing 128 episodes since he started it in 2013.

Web site updates.
3rd August: Updating his Flickr site with photos from Saturday of the Nostalgia Drags is Paul Bryan. Paul says: There are 166 photos in total. It was great to be back after almost eleven months and along with others would like to commend everyone at the Pod for the hard work in achieving what was required for this event to run with spectators in attendance. I felt everyone involved including the teams, racers, spectators, contractors all played their part in making a great and safe event for all. Also to Colin who personally went along the spectator bank to apologise for the lack of commentary due to a piece of faulty sound equipment (top man). Of course they replaced the duff stuff, then we had Colin’s dulcet tones for the reminder of the day firstly with his heartfelt words for the dear departed Stu Bradbury which received a warm round of applause from all the crowd. I can’t wait till the Greenlight meeting later in the month.

Also posting from the weekend was sometime photo contributor Callum Pudge who posted a Facebook album of 379 photos, a large proportion which are tagged with the name of the driver; you can enjoy these at Callum's Facebook page.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt attended the race and you can see his video footage at his Youtube page.

Nostalgia Drags bulletin.
31st July: Thanks to Jake Wray of Santa Pod Raceway for sending the following bulletin regarding this weekend's Nostalgia Drags:

I hope everyone is well and ready for the Nostalgia Drags. Whether you are racing, crewing or spectating, let’s make the first nostalgia event of 2020 one to remember!

The gates will open to all at 5pm on Friday and close at midnight. They will then re-open at 8am on Saturday morning. Site will not open before 5pm on Friday so please DO NOT arrive at the venue earlier.

The Signing On office will be open from 8am Saturday morning to collect your wristband for the weekend if you are in a race class. RWYB racers will have to attend signing on at the beginning of each relevant day that they are booked for. Don’t forget that although the signing on procedure has changed, racers and RWYB’ers will still need to produce their driving or race licence at the sign on office.

The track will be open from 9:30am until 5pm on Saturday. Sunday hours will be 9:30am until 5pm. There will be scheduled runs for each race class including RWYB. Please refer to the timetable in the programme for times. The racers' pits will be sectioned for each race class. Please pit with social distancing in mind. Ventilation is a key message and therefore awnings, if used, should remain as open as possible as often as possible, for example the roof section could be used but the side and front should be open with the exception of the side that may border on to another team’s pit area. If this is not possible, social distancing and PPE should be used. Also, physical barriers should be used between each pit bay to retain distancing. Barriers could be motorhomes, trailers or even support vehicles that will remain in place for the whole weekend.

Mike Collins' tribute to Stu.
30th July: Many thanks to Mike Collins for providing an exclusive mix for readers, courtesy Street Machine, of his six page tribute to the late Stu Bradbury, which you can see by clicking on any of the images below (pdf format, 8MB):

Mike says: 'Sadly, Stu, a warm and loveable dude, left us on the 10th of July; it’s been moving to read the tributes posted on Eurodragster. Maybe I’ve led a sheltered life, but can’t think of anyone ever saying a bad word about him. My thoughts and prayers are with Bev and Genna, his many friends and thousands of fans. We had a rapport from the start, and I truly enjoyed every minute spent in his company during the past half-century or so; God speed my friend'.

Outlaw Anglia preview.
30th July: Thanks to Jemma Bromley for a preview of Outlaw Anglia at this weekend's Nostalgia Drags at Santa Pod Raceway: The Outlaw Anglias are back and it was such fantastic news when we heard the year was not a write off and found out Santa Pod Raceway was putting on the Nostalgia Drags on the 1st and 2nd of August. This was music to our ears and not only that, we were told that we were getting at least three events to run in this year with the Hot Rod Drags being one of them and the other is still to be confirmed. The fact that spectators are now being allowed in as well will make such a difference to the atmosphere of Santa Pod.

With the news only coming to us recently, it did catch some of us on the hop thinking the year was done and some major modifications being started has stopped some of the more regular OA teams from coming out to play, however as always we will make sure we put on a show for the spectators and anyone interested in the Outlaw Anglias.

At the moment we have a confirmed class of 16 cars which includes a few surprises for the forthcoming event, with a new member Ben Kennedy coming out to play with us for the first time after getting it ready to run last year then having an unfortunate accident meaning it had to go to Jedd Guy for some fixing before it was ready to finally get on track with OA! Phil 'Ginner' Middleton is making a star appearance after being missing from last year's fun, also the great news that Dave Pearce is coming out with his car which many of us have owned and loved over the years, great to see it back in his capable hands, he ran a 9.71@142 in 1991 and he's now back at it 29 years later, he's got OA in the blood!

The Flyin' squad will be in full attendance with 3 cars and a lot of new upgrades to test out and see if they all work, Spencer Tidswell will be out showing off his latest Ford Anglia (knew he couldn’t stay away, but great to have him back as well).

Gary Bird is entered with Lucky Penny as well as Gary’s son Shane Bird in attendance, Gary’s youngest son Aaron is also making great progress in his building of another Outlaw Anglia, watch this space as its coming soon.

Garry Hill will be out with Hoppin Poppin, supported by Kelly Mobbs and although Danny Wilson isn’t out this year I’m sure he won’t be far from Garry to help him out.

Ted Booth who usually runs in both OA and Gasser Circus has had to make the hard decision as he can only run in one class this weekend, so we're really glad he has chosen to run with us! Mick Taylor is chasing his tail but promises me he will be there as he is presently putting a rocket up Rob Chilton’s backside to make sure lol.

Peter Jones is chomping at the bit with a big engine upgrade and a dyno sheet that he’s keeping to himself, so that means were going to see great improvements. Ronnie Mercer will be back out with Annie and we're sure his car hasn’t sat still during the lockdown! Rob Nixon will be out looking to better the 9.98 he managed to get out of OA48 back at last years Hot Rod Drags, Phil Drewitt is gutted he can't attend due to a broken foot, get well soon Phil!

The icing on the cake, however, or certainly it is for us, as I'm sure you will all agree, is the Professor Al O’Connor is coming out to play “with a little help from our friends” and if Ginner has anything to do with it, the socially distanced banter will be in full flow.

There’s not going to be an actual Outlaw Anglia Championship this year so we can all just have a laugh with no pressure but we will make sure the show goes on and we will be having a bit of fun with the class by running our own Most Consistent ET trophy calculated as a percentage over the 4 most consistent runs!

The Outlaw Anglia class wish everyone the very best during these strange times and please look after everyone around you, we will of course align ourselves with the required COVID 19 regulations and special measures that will need to be adhered to at Santa Pod Raceway and we hope you can all do the same, see you all at the track.

VP Signs with MaxG Apparel.
30th July: VP Racing Fuels, Inc., a global leader in performance fuels, lubricants, and additives, today announced the signing of MAXG Apparel to produce the brand’s very popular racer-fan merchandise line in England, for distribution in the UK and across the continent.

"There has long been a demand for VP merchandise across the Atlantic," said Eric Bishop, VP’s International Sales Manager. "This deal means that an ever-expanding range of VP-branded goods can be supplied and sold at good prices, with high quality and low lead times. We are grateful to MAXG Apparel for their investment of time and resources to make this happen."

From July, VP distributors, dealers, retailers, and end-users will be able to buy a range of official VP merchandise and have orders fulfilled within days. Products include eye-catching VP Mad Scientist® t-shirts, VP jackets, hoodies, shirts, caps, and drinkware, all produced to VP's high-quality standards.

"MAXG Apparel are delighted to be working with VP Racing Fuels on this exciting opportunity to bring VP branded apparel to Europe," added MAXG owner Mark Gardner. "Just like their fuels, the VP apparel will be made with the same passion and high-quality materials using the very latest technology and produced in the UK. We have a special launch offer of free postage on any order and can't wait to get started!"

To review and order from the extensive line of merchandise now available in Europe visit and take advantage of the free shipping offer during the special launch. Just enter the code "FREESHIP100" at checkout.

Ida sets more marks.
29th July: Super Street Bike racer Ida Zetterström, from the Åland Islands of Finland, became the first female Finn, and first European female, into the sixes riding this class when on Sunday she ran 6.985/205mph at the LSK Business Park Open at Kauhava Airport. She said 'A massive thank you to my team and our partners for making it possible, together we did it'. With that performance it is no surprise that Ida won the event, which had non-championship status with the cancellation of EDRS Pro Motorcycle Championship for 2020.

Finnish fan favourite Ida had planned to race the FIM Championship this year but Covid-19 put paid to that. Nevertheless, running a six was one of her stated objectives for 2020 and she achieved that in her first competitive 2020 outing on her turbo Suzuki Hayabusa. In 2019 she had became the first female to win an EDRS Pro race and to become an EDRS Pro Champion.

Pictured (clockwise): Ida Zetterström, Vesa Lipponen, Jaakko Lauhasmaa (Top Doorslammer), Andres Arnover. Pictures © Kettil Rautio.

There was some nitro bike action including Top Fuel Bike rider Mikko Rajaniemi on the former Sverre Dahl/Norbert Kutzera/Kai Selkamaa Puma Yamaha and Samu Kemppainen his V60 engined Super Twin. The performance star was Vesa Lipponen, riding with Jaska Salakari doing the tuning. Vesa ran a best of 5.921/217.75mph on the Saturday. Video of this run is at this link.

Also five Top Doorslammers were in attendance, winner Andres Arnover (from Estonia), Jaakko Lauhasmaa, Jarmo Nyberg, Jeri Rantaniemi and newcomer to the class Tomi Stamblewski.

You can see Kettil Rautio's extensive photo galleries by clicking on the respective links for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

September at Santa Pod Raceway.
29th July: CEO of Santa Pod Raceway Keith Bartlett has announced further events for the month of September and plans for the traditional season end event in October.

As we made clear in our previous announcements, all events will of be held in keeping with all the current guidelines and restrictions around the COVID-19 virus. There have been changes and updates including the lifting of some restrictions since our last statement. From the middle of July, we have been able to invite spectator attendance along with camping.

Turning to the month of September the following events will be taking place:

The European Finals is to be cancelled in its current format (as there will now be no official FIA or FIM European Drag Racing Championship for 2020). We have therefore decided to replace this with our own event titled “NOT the European Finals"! This will be held on the same date (11th/12th/13th September). The event will still feature Nitro-burning Top Fuel Dragsters, Nitro Funny Cars, Nostalgia Funny Cars, Pro Modified cars from the UK and Europe plus the Jet cars and fields of all the other classes normally seen at the European Finals. The numbers of cars may be reduced from a normal European Finals but still for those of you who enjoy your fix of Nitro, Jet Cars and the awesome Pro Modified, there will be plenty of cars on show.

“NOT the European Finals” will form the middle event of the 3-race Drag Racing series for 2020 starting with the “STP Greenlight Nationals” (existing date of August 22nd/23rd) and the “STP National Finals” (existing date of Sept 26th/27th). We are delighted that we are now able to offer this series for both the racers and fans with a burst of Nitro action in 2020; and whilst it may “NOT” be the usual European Finals as such, it certainly WILL be a much missed dose of the top flight Nitro Drag Racing action that we all love, miss and deserve!

We can also confirm that the “Hot Rod Drags” event will still take place on Sept 18th/20th offering yet more exciting nostalgia drag racing action for those who had to forego our flagship “Dragstalgia” event this month.

So, with Santa Pod’s recently announced “VW Breakout” weekend (Sept 4th-6th) replacing our partners’ traditional “VW Action” weekend, September is looking really good and we hope you can continue to support us through the Autumn period. Your generous actions with regard to ticket credits and not refund requests has enabled us to get this far and see some light at the end of the tunnel.

As a point of note, we will be cancelling the Jap Show Finale on the 4th October as this is replaced with our Jap Show Lite on Sun August 16th. However, we are currently intending to go ahead with the ‘Flame & Thunder’ event at the end of October and Firework Frenzy the week after.

So, in closing, I am feeling a little more confident that Santa Pod may at last be getting back on track and can now offer events not only for our racers to compete at, but for our loyal fans and spectators to finally enjoy once again – safely.

New CEO for Speedgroup.
29th July: Speedgroup, Sweden’s and Europe’s largest series organizer for competitions in drag racing, has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Nils Lagerlöf. His stated goal is to make the world’s fastest motorsport even more attractive to more people.

Nils said 'Our goal is for our competition series to include professional competitions with great entertainment value for the audience, as well as increased added value for competitors, event organizers and partners. We will work hard with our EDRS and EDRS PRO series and develop our collaboration with FIA'.

'Under the leadership of the former CEO, Åsa Kinnemar, Speedgroup has developed into a stable company with good values, skilled staff, and good partners. We are grateful that Åsa will continue to remain in the company. For several years, she has been an important part of Speedgroup’s development and developed the concept on which the company works', said the company’s chairperson Roger Lyrén.

'Speedgroup is now increasing the pace to make the sport even more attractive. The goal is to raise the level of our series even more through better marketing, increased collaboration with event organizers and partners, and thereby contribute to the development of the sport. Already today, the sport has good growth with juniors, but there is great potential to grow significantly'.

Nils, who will take over the CEO position during the summer, has a long professional experience in sales. Previous experience includes activities in the construction and real estate industry as a contractor, broker, and project manager. He has been a regular board member of Speedgroup since 2017 and is well acquainted with both the company’s operations and the sport of drag racing in general.

Since the end of the 1990s, Nils competed in drag racing for motorcycles, as well as managed racing teams. He has in other words extensive experience in marketing as well as establishing and running business partnerships, something that is extremely important in motorsports.

Together with Speedgroup’s board and task group, Nils has in recent years participated in the development of the company’s concept.

Taking the step to be responsible for the daily operation of the company feels both challenging and exciting, says Nils, who since January 2020 has already worked part-time for Speedgroup within project management, focusing on sales and marketing.

'B Sting parked for 2020.
29th July: Wild Bunch altered 'B Sting team member Barry Bohannon says: 'Good luck from the 'B Sting boys and girls and stay safe, to all the 'bunchers running at the Nostalgia Drags this coming weekend, it looks like it's going to be a stellar meeting.

'Head Sting boy Paul Croston has asked me to let you all know why we're going to be parked for the rest of 2020. He had a chest infection some eight or so weeks ago and, when he went back to hospital with chest pains after his meds ran out, the doctor suspected he'd ruptured a cartilage in his chest due to the amount of coughing he'd been doing and sent him for a chest X ray. The staff spotted a mass on his lung and sent him for scans which confirmed their suspicions that he has lung cancer.

'Following a long, almost at times daily series of scans, blood tests and more scans and tests and more blood tests he was scheduled for surgery to remove the tumour, his consultant was confident about the procedure given that Paul has "the blood pressure and stamina of a man almost half his age" !! Fast forward to this past Wednesday and he was 'in the pairing lanes' waiting to go into surgery for an 09.30 start time. His surgical team removed part of his lung and a lymph gland and three hours and change later, he was back up on the ICU. Later that very day he was sat up in bed talking on the phone to his wife Lynne!

'The day after his op he was transferred to a regular surgical ward, much to the astonishment of the staff.

After six days in hospital he went home to the bungalow he and Lynne share in Rochdale yesterday and now begins the long trip back along the 'return road' to recovery. He's in good spirits and is looking forward to seeing you all on the Santa Pod TV YouTube broadcast this coming weekend from the Nostalgia Drags so he'll be with you all on every pass'.

We're sure that all readers will join us in wishing Paul a speedy recovery to full health.

Swift snippets.
29th July: In his latest instalment of his autobiographical blog, John Hunt reveals what occupied him during a break from drag racing, and how the charitable concept of Drag Racing Nuts, including figurine Norman, the Drag Racing Nut, came into being. You can read John's blog here or by clicking on Racer Blogs in the main menu.

We would like to wish a Happy Birthday to Swedish, and occasionally international, photojournalist for Lena Perés, we hope you've had a great day Lena.

Retro Show Lite gallery.
27th July: Our Kieran braved the somewhat variable weather to go trackside and take pictures of the varied machinery at yesterday's Retro Show Lite held at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out Kieran's
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored gallery of yesterday's action by clicking here or clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the main menu of any page.

Mantorp Drag Revival results, pictures.
27th July: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Mantorp Drag Revival meeting in Sweden, held 'behind closed doors' on 24th-26th July with acknowledgements to for results:

Pro Xtreme (1/8 mile): Jan Ericsson 3.883/305kph def Matthias Wulcan 3.966/288.9kph
4to6 (1/8 mile): Mathias Stenström 4.042/288.8 def. Tobias Johansson 4.766/241.4
Pro Street Alexandra Wingård 7.661/272.10 def. Anna Knutes no-show
Super Pro ET Alexander Loffe Edlund 8.206/251.0 def. Lucas Karlsson 8.011/270.8 breakout
Stocksupertock Krister Fogelin 10.436/176.6 def. Åke Hedberg 10.201/204.3
Vintage A match race: Leif Andersson 8.72/227.1 def. Mats Thomasson 8.88/230.6
Vintage B match race: Ulf Axelsson 10.07/211.1 def. Robert Lund 9.96/214.8
Bracket-Hasse Nordström 12.430/163.5 def. Markus Eriksson 13.101/163.3
Junior_Dragster Emile Eriksson 9.825/108.6 def. Chris Callin 7.887/131.5
Pro Comp Bike (1/8 mile) Torbjörn Ström 5.657 def. Hans-Henrik Thomsen no-show
Super Comp Bike Peter Svensson 8.555/251.6 def. Thomas Nilsson 8.484/268.8 breakout

The meeting organised by SHRA Mantorp, attracted 147 entries. Stefan Sporre of SHRA Mantorp reported that almost all of Friday was lost to rain and yesterday it got 'a little exciting' when it started raining mid-way through eliminations. However all the finals were run.

In Pro Xtreme, there were many familiar names in the fourteen car ladder. 2019 FIA Pro Modified champion Jan Ericsson qualified no.1 with a 3.8511 from the 3.8525 of Mats Stefansson. Although Mattias Wulcan was in no.3 qualifying postion with a 3.8543, a 0.9225 60ft time (best of all) indicated he was able to launch hard. The second round of eliminations had a scary looking 180mph top end crash between the Mustangs of Mikael Lindahl and Michael Nord (see picture) from which both racers emerged a-ok.

Pictured (clockwise): Jan Ericsson, Mattias Wulcan, Jonas Kant, Mikael Lindahl and Michael Nord top end crash, Johan Gustavsson, Mikael Lindahl. Pictures © Patrik Jacobsson.

Jan Ericsson got to the final by defeating the Old '51 driven by Jimmy Ålund 3.866/308.4 to 3.978/309.7 and, after a 3.911/307.3 bye in round two, he defeated Stefan Jansson in the semi-final 3.894/302.4 to 4.428/251.7. Matthias Wulcan defeated Per Magnusson (in the ex-Patrik Wikström car) in round one, 3.896/285.8 to 4.407/274.9 and then came up against Roger Johansson in round two, 3.962/258.0 to 5.688/135.4 for Roger. Mattias then had a bye run (3.958/289.7) to the final as a result of Mikael Lindahl's accident.

In a Nitro Test & Tune session, Jonny Lagg ran an eighth mile 3.6765/338.19, Torbjörn Jansson a 4.5353/232.41 and, Tony Bryntesson on his return after 25 years away from the track, unfortunately suffered a fireball.

We thank Patrik Jacobsson for permission to post a selection of his photos, which are in two galleries, one for Pro Xtreme and the other for sportsman classes.

RRC build gallery – Steve Hall's '55 Chevy.
27th July: One of the most admired new builds of the last decade was the '55 Chevy Pro Modified that sponsor Robinson Race Cars built for Steve Hall. In our latest build gallery, brought to us courtesy of new sponsor Bob Roberts, his photos show the construction of the car and the special features that were to be a part of Andy Robinson's own 'Anger Management' car a couple of years later You can see Bob's gallery in our feature in association with Lucas Oil Products here or go to our Features, Interviews, Tributes index via the main menu.

Event entry update.
27th July: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 4 of the official entry list for the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Wednesday, 12th August, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

JT raises the bar.
26th July: Thanks to the inimitable John Tebenham for giving us an update on his prize fund for Pro ET: Championships need to be earned. I am going to stick to my backing of Pro ET as a sponsor with £2,000 to the winner and £1,000 to the runner-up. But as a racer you have to earn it. So these are my rules, if you don’t agree, come see and, to be honest, tough, you put the money up. So, all three finals have to be run on the final day- no moving days. Any rain offs, that’s it, no prize money. Earn it, win it and I will put this money forward as a tribute to my man Tim Mugridge who would always help anyone. I personally feel Pro ET is the most fun class to race in - and the toughest. Yeah, Pro Mod is fast but far too stressful. See you at the Greenlight Nationals!

Clastres on for cars 29th-30th August.
26th July: Many thanks to Elodie Dubois of French organising club ATD (Association Trophée Dragster) for passing on details of the Clastres event to be held on 29th-30th August:

The race initially planned for the end of July has been postponed to the end of August. The race is only open to cars! Registration forms will be placed online at the end of this week in this link.

The event, traditionally known as European Dragster, is back for the 12th time in the north of France and will once again attract a big crowd after this unfortunate break due to Covid19!

This race, open to all European drivers, will welcome all car categories of the National Dragster Trophy 2020. The battle in each category will be tough and intense. It will be a real mechanical celebration of the 400 meters standing start sport, organized for 15 years by the Dragster Trophy Association!

Come and admire the teams and their 'diabolical' machines on the track as well as in the stands, open to the public.

Welcome aboard West End Racers.
26th July: We are pleased to announce a new sponsor, West End Racers, otherwise known as our good friend Bob Roberts. As many will know, Bob has supported for some years. He has supplied galleries of photos from races and events that the team were unable to attend. During the lockdown, Bob assembled features from his photo library of fellow sponsor Robinson Race Cars‘ overseas races, and of some of the major car builds that RRC have carried out over a period of more than a decade.

He has since 2018 put up a cash prize for racers in Bob’s Photo Finish Award, which we are delighted to announce will be available at the STP Greenlight Nationals. A prize of £50 will be available to the closest race of eliminations by distance.

Now Bob has agreed to step up and support the site and the team’s ongoing costs. You will see the West End Racers logo on our Home and News pages and are grateful to Bob for his support, as we are to all our sponsors.

Swift snippets.
24th July: We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Kev Charman, twice ACU Drag Bike Champion from wife and fellow ACU Drag Bike Champion Lizz McCarthy-Charman and all at Nitrous Junkies HQ. Have a great day Kev.

Action in Europe and livestreamed today includes the Retro Show from Santa Pod Raceway (free), Mantorp Drag Revival (paid), and Finnish Hot Rod Association's Kauhava race (free). You pays your money (or not) and you takes your choice.

You can also catch up with the Hal Far Raceway action from last weekend at the Malta Drag Racing Association Night Event from last weekend.

Feature: 1983 and 1984 Transatlantic Drag Bike Races.
24th July: Following the success of the 1981 Transatlantic Drag Bike Race which we reported on in a previous feature, a repeat meeting in 1982 never transpired. In 1983 an event took place and got as far as eliminations day - then the rains came. So by 1984 a great event was anticipated. National Drag Racing Club officials managed to get the quickest Top Fuel Bike rider in the world, Elmer Trett and he did not disappoint. And then there was Henk Vink’s rocket bike (pictured right).

With the assistance of drag racing historian and director of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Jerry Cookson we have created in association with Lucas Oil Products our latest feature describing from archive sources the event with photographs and scanned programmes from both of these events.

To see any of our historic features, follow the link on the left hand side of this page to our features, interviews and tributes index page.

Swift snippets.
24th July: Many thanks to our Finnish correspondent Kai Plathan for bringing to our attention the free live stream of the Kauhava, Finland LSK Business Park Open 2020 scheduled for 25th-26th July. Other live streams are available...

We would like to wish Land Speed Racer, our sponsor for Nitro Revival and friend to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Geoff Stilwell a very Happy Birthday. We hope you’ve had a great day Geoff.

The American Hot Rod Foundation has brought out a new edition of its Rodcast and features US legend Roland Leong. 'Roland is well known to any drag racing fan. He is one of the winningest team owners in the history of drag racing and put in some time behind the wheel as well when he was starting out. Although Roland might be familiar to you we have a feeling his story will surprise you. It is worthy of a major motion picture'.

All racers: VWDRC Drag Days final places available.
23rd July: Thanks to Luke Stevenson and the
VW Drag Racing Club committee for an update on their next event:

Like many the VWDRC are itching to get some track time so the plan was hatched for VWDRC Drag Days, two days of testing on the 6th-7th August for VWDRC members and an opportunity to raise some funds for Santa Pod Raceway.

We currently have 10 places left from the 100 available for the two days and are happy to open it up to racers not from the VWDRC. We are looking for people with full slicks (ideally with big tyres).

Here are the key facts:
  • Racer and crew tickets are available on-line only at this link;
  • £180 will get you two days racing and 4 crew tickets;
  • It will be a fully prepared track with two ambulances on site;
  • Camping is available for the Thursday to Friday night;
  • Testing for VWDRC members is on slicks and treads; and
  • There will be full live-streaming on so a good opportunity to get some coverage for your sponsors.
If you need any more information please contact If we fill the final places the donation to Santa Pod will increase!

Stuart Bradbury’s funeral.
21st July: Thanks to Robin Jackson for advising us that the funeral of Stuart Bradbury will take place at 2.00pm next Wednesday, 29th July, at Wellingborough’s Nene Valley Crematorium (305 Doddington Road, satnav postcode NN8 2NG). Pandemic rules allow only 30 mourners within the chapel precincts – inside and outside – so attendance will be limited to family and close friends, by invitation only.

Numbers are unrestricted, however, in outer areas such as car park and entrance road, so additional mourners will be welcome to attend there.

The funeral service will be broadcast live online at
this link using Username: 41210 and Password: kkqegsea and will remain available to view for a week.

The family prefers that no flowers be sent. Instead, friends and associates who might wish to mark the occasion in Stuart’s memory are invited to donate to two charitable organisations which served him in his final days, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Cynthia Spencer Hospice at Northampton. A Just Giving page has been arranged at this link to accept contributions.

Event entry update.
21st July: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 3 of the official entry list for the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Wednesday, 12th August, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Melbourne Raceway tickets on sale.
21st July: Melbourne Raceway have announced their first event since the resurfacing of the eighth mile track: After a long year of fundraising and work, tickets are finally on sale for the first event at the new Melbourne Raceway on the 8th-9th August. Competitor day tickets are £70 or race for the weekend for £120. Spectator tickets are £12.50 and under 16’s go free.

If you are joining us for the weekend, you can camp for free as long as you have tickets for both days.

It’s really important that everyone reads the Covid-19 policy on the ticket form. We need everyone’s help to stick to the rules which allow us to race and keep everyone safe. You can book tickets by going to this link and then clicking on the link for Race Entry or Spectator tickets for 8th or 9th August. Melbourne Raceway can be located with the satnav postcode YO42 4ST.

Torq Talk on front drive blowers and Prochargers.
21st July: The latest update by Tony Thacker in his Torq Talk blog is about the history of front driven superchargers leading up to ProCharger which won the 2018 SEMA Show’s Best New Performance-Racing Product with their CrankDrive™ supercharger system that unlike most conventional belt-driven blowers is driven off the front of the crank. It's a fascinating read and you can see it by going to this link.

Hot Gossip tribute and update.
20th July: Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us a teaser to his exclusive Hot Gossip tribute, called Start Line Stories, to the late Stuart Bradbury, with several pictures and stories including an encounter with legendary rocket funny car racer Slam'n Sammy Miller.

Also Mike has kindly sent his bonus material exclusively for readers which is a four page pdf read which you can check out by clicking the right-hand image above.

Nitro Bug at STP Greenlight Nationals.
20th July: Nostalgia Funny Car racer Andy Raw has announced that he will be running the Nitro Bug at the STP Greenlight Nationals in the Exhibition section. The team will also have Nitro Bug branded face masks and t-shirts for sale.

Andy said 'We dropped the Nitro Bug off with crew chief Karl Harrison just before the lockdown. He then stripped down the whole car, engine and transmission He then checked it all and completely rebuilt it again. It included setting up our ignition air retard/advance unit for the top end of the track. We then got the call to come to his workshop,to fire it up! Social distancing was strictly followed all times; I can’t thank our crew ,and Karl Harrison enough for all the work he has done while we were in lockdown'. You can see footage of the fire up here.

Andy also thanks sponsors Cool Flo clothing, Fastec Racing Ltd (which made parts for NHS ventilators during the lockdown), and TSR Engine Conversions.

Happy Birthday Arthur!
20th July: Many thanks to Nigel Taylor for sending in this appreciation of Comp Altered racer from the 70s and 80s who made a happy comeback in the twenty teens:

'Happy 79th Birthday to the man who talks, walks, sleeps, drag racing, a legend in these parts, Arthur Bonner. Those of you that have met Arthur will know what a superb character he is, a very clever engineer and a superb welder in his day who taught us kids a few very important life lessons.

'Arthur purchased a 1949 Ford Prefect with no engine back in 1974 for £20 and installed a 400ci Pontiac motor as well as building a box section chassis to take the power; he called it The Detroit Spinner.

'He made his first run at Santa Pod Raceway in 1976 and competed for the first time in 1979 and met loads of good friends along the way including the Draper brothers , Stu Bradbury (RIP) , John Price, John Hobbs, Al O’Connor, Brian Huxley, Bob West, Bruno Sanderson-Brown and many more. ECA 46 was the race number the car always had, and Arthur campaigned the car for many years until a big roll over at Avon Park put his welding and safety to the test.

'Arthur came away fine, but had to rebuild the car again, tubing the rear end and back he came again . In 1994/95 Arthur stopped racing for a while but in 2014, along with a group of people and 55 sponsors, rebuilt the car and back he came again until 2018.

'As a group, we would like to thank Arthur Bonner for all his hard work, entertainment, determination, banter, enthusiasm and we all wish him a very Happy Birthday.

'The Detroit Spinner is now owned by Pep Xampro in Barcelona but will return to the Pod in 2021, where we will all do our best to get Arthur in the pits with his old car; in our eyes this man should be in the Hall of Fame'.

Photos, report from Thunder Valle EDRS event.
20th July: Thanks to Per Sønderby Pouls for posting several galleries comprising hundreds of photos from the EDRS race at Thunder Valle in Norway. You can see the full galleries at his Facebook page. Photos from Sunday will be uploaded over the next few days. Below are some highlights:

Pictured (clockwise): Bjørn Romøren-Hultberg, Fredrik Owrum, Per Eilertsen and Magnus Skår Hansen. All pictures shown with kind permission of Per Sønderby Pouls.

Our good friend Lena Peres has posted a report from the event at the Drag Racing Europe Blog.

Event entry update.
19th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 2 of the official entry list for the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Wednesday, 12th August, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

From Action to Breakout.
19th July: NAS Events, organisers of VW Action have made the following announcement in association with Santa Pod Raceway:

After much deliberation and soul-searching, we have decided that the VW Action event will not take place in 2020. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel there is no way we could stage the event and do it justice. We waited as long as we could to give the show a chance of happening, but with so many restrictions still in place, there is no way we could safely include many of the attractions that help create that VW Action atmosphere.

We would prefer to return in 2021 and (hopefully) produce an event that will match or surpass previous VW Action events at Santa Pod. Despite suffering financially ourselves, we are also very, very aware that Santa Pod Raceway has been hit extremely hard financially this year and would prefer to hand over our dates/weekend to them, in the hope it may help them recoup some much-needed income in the final months of this season. To that end, Santa Pod Raceway are themselves, now staging a more laid-back/chilled (and ’socially-distancing’) VW event - VW Breakout - over the weekend of 4th-6th September - please support this event if you can. It won’t be 'VW Action’ - but it should help give ‘dubbers their ‘fix’ of VW Drag Racing, Show & Shine and Camping.

VW Breakout - 4th-6th September 2020 at Santa Pod - is back, offering VW fans a one-off unique event for this year; VW Breakout is a three-day relaxed weekend. With all the elements of the shows we all know and love – but scaled down! Quarter mile track action features VW Drag Racing and RWYB, alongside Show & Shine, Traders, Fun Fair and Bar meaning you can enjoy the last of those Summer evenings camping with friends!

VW Action Advance Ticket Holders - all of those who ordered VW Action advance tickets will receive an email from Santa Pod explaining how to claim your credit.

We realise many of you will be disappointed, but we hope you understand our decision and look forward to seeing you all at VW Action in 2021. Stay safe. Love to all.

Editor's note: We'll publish the link to VW Breakout tickets as soon as it is available.

Swift snippets.
19th July: Happy birthday to Outlaw Anglia racer and the world’s quickest and fastest man in a Ford Pop Simon Barlow. Have a great day Simon, love from all your crew at Orange Pop Racing.

Congratulations to Sebastian Lindau from Switzerland for correctly spotting the spy picture in our update last Wednesday was none other than Hockenheim track anouncer Benni Voss, living legend and walking drag race lexicon. Benni said ‘Greetz from a slightly envious, jobless motormouth'. Readers, send photos of your own custom masks to and we'll publish a selection.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has been busy posting new material on his Youtube site. This week’s offerings are Jerry Cookson's videos of racing from Long Marston in 1983 and 1986, the latter a co-production with Steve Clifton from 1986. Also there is broadcast footage from the 1992 Springnationals from Motopark Raceway, Pieksämäki, Finland (in Finnish).

Our Kieran has posted footage from the Back On Track Street Day at Santa Pod Raceway to his Youtube site. Kieran says 'This video contains a mixture of everything that was there and shows the real variety of stuff we see on a regular at RWYB days'. There is also footage of Ian Oddie's Metro 6R4 which runs a Ford ST220 V6 putting out over 500hp.

Also posting footage of the Back On Track Street Day is the VeeDubRacing channel, also with a compilation video of the fastest cars filmed on the channel, with terminal speeds of 170mph to 190mph, and a couple of cool sleepers, David Lees’s nine second RS3 powered Golf Mark 7 and Scott Anderson’s 800hp Audi RS6. You can see VeeDubRacing’s videos at this link.

On the photo front The Mad Welshman has posted a new Flickr gallery called 'Drag'ged Away From The Strip at this link which shows drag racing vehicles snapped away from the strip, either promoting the sport/track or enthusiastic owners just having fun.

If you’re into indoor hot rod and drag racing shows, drag racing historian Jerry Cookson has set up a new page on Facebook entitled The Great Indoors British Custom Car shows. This includes photos of drag racing machinery and hot rods going back as far as 1965 with several contributors. You can see this page by clicking here.

Jim Rowat.
17th July: We were very sorry to hear of the death of former Pro Comp racer Jim Rowat from his son Jason. Jason said that his dad ‘slipped through our fingers and took his own life’ on 2nd June 2020; unfortunately Covid 19 was believed to be a contributing factor to his loss.

Jim Rowat and his older brother Martin successfully campaigned dragsters in the 1970s. Martin made his debut in November 1971 driving a supercharged Daimler-engined slingshot called Asterix the Gaul. Parts attrition in the form of three junked superchargers in three months with the Daimler engine in the following year forced a change of direction and inspired the name for their next car.

The new slingshot, brought out at the start of 1973, was named ‘Double Or Quits’ and, as the name implies, both the driving and costs were shared between Martin and Jim. The dragster utilised a rebuilt ex-Alan Wigmore small block Chevy that utilised a self-built injection system with Jim making aluminium castings and Martin machining them, and also a home-built clutch. This second car was more successful but got replaced by a more modern design after a year.

In the winter of 1973/4 Jim and Martin built a rear engine dragster for their small block Chevy which gained Donovan heads and had a two speed gearbox of the brothers’ own manufacture. After running in Senior Dragster in 1974, it continued in Pro Comp which was introduced the following year. Using 85% nitro, Double Or Quits won several races with the brothers still driving in turns and running as quick as 8.03/174. Then in the summer of 1976 Martin left the team in order to further his studies at university and Jim took over the running of the team. In qualifying for the 1977 Easter Spring Nationals, a front wheel collapsed at over 100mph. The car rolled about six times and was virtually totalled.

Jason says ‘My mother gave my Dad an ultimatum after that crash - ‘me or the car’. Mum won. Whether Dad had regrets later on in life he couldn’t express to his family, I guess we will never know, one thing I do know is that they would have gone far had they stayed in the sport. Jim, who was a successful computer programmer, only visited Santa Pod Raceway twice after the 1977 accident, once in 1998 to oversee a neighbour’s Pontiac and then as a spectator with Jason in 2001.

As well as winning a Best Engineered Car award in 1974, Jim was 1973 and 1974 NDRC Senior Dragster Champion.

‘Dad and Martin (who survives him) were quite modest characters despite them achieving so much during their time racing. They missed out on the Crazy Horses book as they didn’t pipe up about themselves then. I’d like to showcase their history to the drag world as I’m now in possession of all of Dad’s photos and memorabilia’.

STP Greenlight Nationals reminder.
17th July: Thanks to Yvonne Tramm from Santa Pod Racers Club who has sent a reminder for all racers planning to run at the STP Greenlight Nationals on 22nd-23rd August:

'Now that we have the opportunity to get back to racing could I please ask all those racers who intend to run at the STP Greenlight Nationals, to check their membership end dates and if necessary to renew before the meeting using the online system at the SPRC website. Should you have any queries or cannot find your membership card you can email me for details at

SPR announce ticketing details for August events.
17th July: Santa Pod Raceway have made available spectator tickets, and racer ticketing for the ‘Lite’ series of events in August and Run What Ya Brungs. You may go to and complete the form and pay on-line. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, which are described in detail on the ticketing page, tickets are only available on-line and not at the gate. General regulations are at and on the specific site for each event.

Racers for the Nostalgia Drags to be held on 1st-2nd August (gates open 5pm on Friday 31st July) are able to register for their race class of choice by going to Again, there is only advanced booking allowed, and tickets will be posted out for all entries in before Monday 27th July. After that date, tickets will be handed out at the gate. Only racers affiliated to one of the following race classes may be allowed to apply:

  • Outlaw Anglia
  • Nostalgia Superstock
  • Wild Bunch
  • Supercharged Outlaws
  • Willys War On Tour
  • Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike
  • Slingshot Showdown
  • Gasser Circus
A current driving licence, helmet and fire suit are all compulsory at the Nostalgia Drags.

Event entry update.
15th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us version 1 of the official entry list for the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Wednesday, 12th August, after which entry, if accepted may be subject to a late entry penalty. You can find the official on-line entry form via the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site here.

Stilwell withdraws from Bonneville.
15th July: Unfortunately, due to the continuing Covid 19 issues around the world and the fact that the travel embargo has not been lifted on Brits being allowed to enter the USA, Geoff Stilwell, Team Principal of the record setting Lucas Oil Landspeed Team and sponsor for Nitro Revival, has had to withdraw from this year's Bonneville Speedweek.

Geoff said, “This is all very frustrating in that the race car is already in the USA and ready to go. Sadly, the UK based team consisting of me, Nick Davies and Rob Loaring of ICE Automotive plus Scotty Barnes are stuck in the UK unable to travel. We are all extremely disappointed in that the Salt conditions are probably the best they have been for years. I want to thank all our Sponsors and friends who have helped the team this year namely, Lucas Oil, Simpson Safety Wear, Ron & Brian Hope of Rat Trap Racing, all the team at Mick’s Paint, RCD, Vintage Hot Rods, Jesel, Schott Wheels, Circle City Hot Rods, Donny Cummins, Tony Thacker and especially the Volunteers, Marshalls and crew of the SCTA who have already put in so much work to make this incredible race week happen”.

Geoff also went on to say, “if the situation changes in that the embargo is lifted and we can run later in the year we will be there”. To follow this project on Facebook, just look up Geoff Stilwell.

How-to: NFC Hemi engine build.
15th July: Many thanks to our good friend Tony Thacker who has posted on his Torq Talk blog a story penned by new British Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee Nick Davies about he and Rob Loaring (a.k.a ICE Automotive) who took a Keith Black 426ci Hemi engine and built it, with a few modifications along the way, so that it was able to power Tim Garlick's Apache Funny Car to a five second run.

The story gives the reader some idea about the expertise that is necessary to put together such an engine in a way that it produces the desired performance (in this case a five second timeslip) reliably. As Nick says 'Granted, it’s not the cheapest way to go racing, but there is something about an all-new cast KB hemi that reminds us of what we dreamed of as kids'. You can read Nick's article on

Spy picture.
15th July: We received this picture earlier today with the message 'I don´t know if anyone else had this idea already, but I turned my PPE mask into something more Drag Race looking, crude but you might get the theme'.

If you know the identity of this individual, or would like to send a photo of your own take on a drag racing-related PPE mask design, then drop us a line at

STP Greenlight Nationals entry page now live.
14th July: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for letting us know the STP Greenlight Nationals entry page is now live.

In addition, Ian has asked us to mention that posting out of racer tickets will not occur for the time being and they should be collected at the gate.

STP Greenlight Nationals racer update.
14th July:
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall has announced that, further to yesterday’s STP Greenlight Nationals event announcement, the following details can now be made clear.

The event will be held as a Non-National Championship and is organised as a Series with three rounds, the STP Greenlight Nationals and two further events.

The free entry for 2019 National Championship winners will not count for these three events, but will however be carried over to the 2021 season; this means the current Champions will gain the full value of their prize next year.

Points will be awarded at all three events with a Series class winner in all of the usual sportsman categories. Some Pro classes are being contacted by Santa Pod to discuss their individual class options.

The points system will however change slightly; as there is no scrutineering, therefore no points can be allocated for this, also first round and all round points bonuses will be considered by SPRC, details of which will be passed on in due course.

The prize fund will be as per the National Championship prize fund and paid out as normal via BACS payment to your bank accounts. And, as usual, there will be trophies for the winner and runner up in each class.

There are some Riders and Drivers who have been in contact looking to either run as exhibition or on a testing basis. Those looking for an opportunity to do either must contact Darren Prentice at Santa Pod, his e-mail is"; please do not just try to enter the event in exhibition as there will be a protocol to follow in order to be accepted.

Finally all three of the events will also have a test day attached the day before racing commences, all entries for the test days must be through Santa Pod Raceway’s website. Details can be found here.

Greenlight Nationals racer callup.
13th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for passing to us an announcement about classes and entry for the forthcoming STP Greenlight Nationals.

Following Santa Pod Raceway's press release regarding a three Event Race Series, the first of which will be the STP Green Light Nationals on 22nd-23rd August 2020, the race classes competing at the Event will be as follows:

Car Classes
  • Comp Eliminator
  • Super Gas
  • Super Comp
  • Super Pro ET
  • Pro ET
  • Sportsman ET
  • Street Eliminator
  • VW Sportsman
  • VW Pro
  • Outlaw Flat Four (TBC)
  • Nostalgia Super Stock
  • Junior Dragster
Bike Classes
  • Pro Stock Bike
  • Funny Bike
  • Super Street Bike
  • Comp Bike
  • 8.50 Bike
  • 9.50 Bike
  • ET Bike
  • Super twin Top Gas
  • Junior Drag Bike
These Events will be run under a Non Permit sanction, and as such will not require any race licenses to be produced, the exception being that all Junior Classes must produce either a 2019 or 2020 Race License at signing on. All others will need to produce a DVLA license or 2020 Race License if you already have one.

Scrutineering will be on a self-certification basis, however Tech and Scrutineering staff will be on site to cover unforeseen circumstances.

On-line entry will be available from Thursday with a closing date of the 12th August, please note that when you complete the entry form, read the signing on declaration, as it has changed due to the current circumstances and it is important that it is read and understood.

Should there be any questions then of course call SPRC on 01933-313625 or email Please note that questions will not be answered through Facebook, as it is not regularly checked and not an official SPRC page.

There will be two further events, about which there will be more news shortly. We are just putting final details to some parts of the event, so please keep checking and the Santa Pod web site for updates.

Urgent request for slicks.
13th July: Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall has asked us to announce that if anyone who has Race Slicks in the UK that they would like to donate to the ongoing track prep, please get in touch with him at SPRC on 01933 313625 or Ian says 'We will be very grateful to hear from you, we will then set up a road trip and come and collect the tyres from you at a convenient time and date, many thanks in advance.

First native six in Hungary.
13th July: Congratulations to Hungarian racer István Szentesi of the Fenster dragster team who recorded the first six second pass by a native of the country yesterday at Meidl Airport, Fertoszenmiklos, running a 6.97. You can see footage of his achievement by going to this link

We first met István when he raced in Super Pro ET at the 2019 NitrOlympX with his 396ci engined imported dragster. The Hungarian Drag Racing scene gets going in August and September with events in Hungary and Slovakia, details of which are at (in English).

Tog’s random memories.
13th July: Many thanks to our erstwhile colleague Tog who has supplied us with a hugely entertaining travelogue of sorts, entitled Random memories with Tog.

He says 'You spent more than twenty years looking at my racing photographs so I thought that I would share a random sample of mostly-unseen pictures from the other side of the laptop, camera and notebook illustrating tales of some of the fun I had'.

You can see Tog’s Random memories by clicking on this link or via the Features, Interviews Tributes link in the main menu.

Swift snippets.
13th July: We would like to wish engineer, fuel tuner and Fuel Altered racer John Wright a very Happy 70th Birthday and Many Happy Returns.

We have completed our coverage of the Back On Track test days by posting a gallery of 105 photos from Saturday’s Street Tyre day; thanks to Kieran for providing the photos. Quickest run of the day was David Lee’s 5 cylinder Mk7 Golf which ran 9.75 at 153mph in street mode. You can see Kieran's gallery by clicking on this link. Our next live coverage will be from the Nostalgia Drags event at Santa Pod Raceway on 1st-2nd August.

Our Kieran has posted two Youtube videos in the past few days. The first is Simon Holmes' imported Datsun 280Z which has a 870hp 6.0L LS engine with a BorgWarner 80mm Billet Turbo. ‚It was Simon’s first time driving the car and into the 10s on it's 4th run in the UK isn't bad going at all‘, says Kieran. Kieran’s video is at this link.

Kieran has also posted a 44 minute video of Classic Ford Show Highlights 2012–2018. He says ‘Santa Pod Raceway was the venue for the Classic Ford Show for 14 years. Here's some of the 1/4 mile footage I caught between the years 2012 and it's final year in 2018‘. You can see Kieran’s video by clicking on this link.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has been busy and you can see new uploads of drag racing at the Mantorp Park Sko Uno Festival in 1991, Long Marston Raceway from 1987 (filmed by Roy Wilding,) from the 1994 and 1995 Hot Rod Drags, also the 1994 Night of Fire at at Avon Park Raceway on Youtube.

Julian’s special 2019 Dragstalgia Gallery.
12th July: We are all missing Dragstalgia which would have happened this weekend at Santa Pod Raceway. So thanks are due to our Julian for enabling us to present a gallery of his pictures from last year's event, complete with captions. You can see Julian’s photos at their best, which means they are pretty special.

The 180 shots were taken over the course of the three day event last year, and we present the gallery in association with John Woolfe Racing. You can see Julian's special gallery here or via our 2019 Dragstalgia coverage page which you can access here.

RRC build gallery: Thomas Stiefel.
30th June: The sixth of our series of features showing photographs by Bob Roberts of the builds carried out by sponsors Robinson Race Cars covers construction of Swiss Pro Modified racer Thomas Stiefel's '57 Chevy. The car was built in 2010, made its debut in 2011 and Thomas raced it until business commitments intervened, and the car now has a new owner.

You can see Bob’s gallery in our feature in association with Lucas Oil Products here or go to our Features, Interviews, Tributes index via the main menu.

Stuart Bradbury.
11th July: It is with profound sadness that the Directors of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame must announce the death on Friday 10th July of our Founder and Honorary Chairman, Stuart D. Bradbury, after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Wellingborough, Stuart was able to spend his final days at home in the care of his wife, Bev, and daughter, Genna, and celebrated his recent 75th birthday with them.

Stuart had been associated with Santa Pod Raceway from its earliest days, having helped the crew labouring to prepare the track before the venue’s opening in 1966. He served as Deputy Starter in 1967 then took over as Chief Starter the following year, a role he held through the 1980s. He was also involved in racing projects at Long Marston Raceway, near Stratford-upon-Avon, and Rockingham Motor Speedway near Corby, and assisted Top Fuel Dragster star Andy Carter.

Stuart spent most of his working life in the specialist motor trade, first with John Woolfe Racing, then with USAutomotive.

In 2005 Stuart convened the meeting of fellow enthusiasts that would result in the founding of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. He remained Honorary Chairman, and the fulcrum of its activities, for the rest of his life. In 2017, he was dumbfounded to find himself elected by general acclaim to membership in his own right, having always maintained an iron rule that no associate of the Hall of Fame’s management or selection panel should be eligible. Members and supporters, however, decided secretly that it was appropriate to make a signal exception to that rule to recognise the extent of his contribution to the cause, a decision Stuart accepted with rueful good grace.

Funeral arrangements are being made, but will be subject to pandemic lockdown regulations.

Condolences and respects may be sent by E-Mail to and we will include it on a tribute page established in Stuart’s memory, which will be forwarded to Stuart’s family.

Santa Pod Raceway announce new events.
10th July: Many thanks to Santa Pod Raceway CEO Keith Bartlett and his team for forwarding their latest announcement regarding upcoming events:

Following on from our recent statements, we are now delighted to be able to announce a forthcoming calendar of events at Santa Pod Raceway. These events will, of course, be held in keeping with all the current guidelines and restrictions around the covid-19 virus. As almost most of you will be aware over the last 7-10 days various restrictions have been lifted, which, in turn, will allow us to look at holding selected events in the coming weeks and months.

We have been busy over the past few weeks preparing both the site and the overall facility to be able to open and operate within the government guidelines and to also meet Health & Safety requirements under the Covid-19 virus.

Part of the restrictions that have been lifted is that we are now allowed to offer our camping facilities at Santa Pod for these planned events over the next 2-3 months. Additionally, we are now also allowed spectators, albeit with restriction on the total numbers on site.

Within the events planned for the next 2-3 months will be a 3-race Drag Racing Series, the first round being at the Green Light Nationals on the 22nd / 23rd August, followed by a further two rounds in September (details to be announced later next week) – so to all our racers, get your cars ready and prepared for full drag racing competition. There will be series winners in all the drag racing classes. Our Nostalgia Racers have even less notice as we have the “Nostalgia Drags” scheduled for the 1st-2nd August too. We are even proposing a title of the ‘Covid Cup Series’ or the like...

Below are the events that we are now planning to hold during the remainder of July and August 2020:

Saturday 25th July: RWYB
Sunday 26th July: Retro Show ‘Lite’
Saturday 1st/Sunday 2nd August: Nostalgia Drags (2-days)
Saturday 8th August: Saturday Night Special
Sunday 9th August: Ford Show ‘Lite’
Saturday 15th August: RWYB
Sunday 16th: Jap Show ‘Lite’
Saturday 22nd/Sunday 23rd August: Green Light Nationals (2-days)

The events that are designated ‘lite’ because they are just that – with not so many additional attractions as the past events, such as music and stage restrictions etc. but we’re at least offering an opportunity to get to a car show with your pride and joy.

In closing we are very pleased that Santa Pod is truly getting back on track and even with the current restrictions surrounding Covid-19, we are sure we can offer both our racers and fans a good weekend at the Pod. See you at the track!

British Drag Racing Hall of Fame 2020.
10th July: The British Drag Racing Hall Of Fame continues into its fifteenth successful year and is pleased to announce the 2020 intake.

Nominees are eligible by dint of having raced, owned, designed, built, maintained, prepared, promoted, officiated, supported or taken part in British drag racing in any capacity, having been involved for at least twenty years, or having made a significant and recognisable contribution to the sport.

The 2020 inductees are:

JEFF BYNE Profile by Keith Lee

Jeff Byne’s drag bike career began in 1970, with a 650 Triumph. It was not long before he started modifying it; adding a supercharger helped move him up the ranks. The name Hurricane became familiar on the strips. By September 1972 he had dipped into the 9-second zone on a modest 40% nitro. In 1974 Jeff recorded the quickest time by a single-engined Triumph, 9.4sec, at the July International. It was a successful season – and also eventful. In August, Jeff clocked 9.38sec while shearing the rear-wheel spindle at over 120mph! He still came back out to win the event! A huge blowup at that season’s end destroyed the motor and damaged the chassis, but plans were already afoot for a new machine which would confirm his reputation as a top competitor in this era.

In May 1976, a double-engined 1500cc Triumph was debuted. Two motors are never an easy proposition, but a 9.6sec pass first time out, while qualifying for Top Bike eliminator, showed his capabilities. By October that same year, Jeff had recorded 8.70sec on the orange machine, becoming only the fourth rider to dip below 9 seconds. He ended 1976 as the year’s quickest double-engined racer.

The 1977 Jubilee meeting at Santa Pod was the first time that anyone had run eight-second passes through all three rounds of eliminations, as Jeff scored a memorable win.

A frightening 175mph crash at Easter 1978 thankfully left Jeff virtually unscathed, but the bike was badly damaged. A new chassis was required, and the following year proved to be a classic one on two wheels. John Hobbs set the quickest-ever time by a European rider with 8.07sec in July, which was virtually matched by Jeff in August, before Jeff went on to run a new European best of 8.02sec the following month. This time would prove to be the quickest ever by a British rider in this golden era of twin-engined British bikes. To cap a successful season, Jeff won the ACU drag bike championship, also setting the fastest European terminal speed, at 181.8mph, during another elimination win in October.

Jeff was a determined rider on track, but was also ready and willing to help fellow competitors who had problems, even offering to pull the two-speed box out of his bike to help a rival at one meeting, which is no small job.

Hurricane continued racing into the early 1980s to good effect, but the era of the twins had run its course. Jeff kept his record-breaking machine and, over 30 years on, made a welcome return to the track in 2014 to take part in Dragstalgia, after so many years of not riding any type of bike. He has been a regular participant since, as he shows off one of the iconic machines of the era.

It is for his formidable contribution to motorcycle drag racing throughout the sport’s formative years that Jeff Byne is hereby inducted into membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Pictures: Keith Lee

NICK DAVIES Profile by Robin Jackson

It was youthful spectator visits to the dragstrip that would spur on the engineer and businessman Nick Davies to distinguished participation and intercontinental success. Passive attendance became active involvement with a 1993 foray into Super Gas, followed by a step up to Pro Modified two years later. If his association with doorslammers has defined his engagement with drag racing, it has been Nick’s ventures into more recondite regions that have fully stamped his prominence on the sport.

The foundations of Nick’s success lie at a racing venue of a different kind. In 1997 he joined forces with another future Hall of Fame member, Rob Loaring, to acquire the parts company Rooster Racing Equipment, combining it with a near-bankrupt ICE Automotive Racing Engines and transferring the new business from a farm building to a 2,500 sq./ft. facility at Silverstone circuit, where it still resides.

In 1999, the partnership won its first UK National Pro Mod championship, with Nick at the wheel, and retained the title the following season. At the same time, they played a pivotal role in the development of Super Modified Eliminator, a lower-cost but highly competitive doorslammer class which would enjoy success for a decade and which forms the backbone of Competition Eliminator today.

In 2004, Nick began managing and tuning a Street Eliminator entry for Steve Nash which, four years later, would be the first turbocharged car to win the class championship. Meanwhile, 2005 began the venture beyond the doorslammer bounds into blown, open-wheel territory with the construction of Havoc, at first propelled by methanol, later by a tip of the nitro can. Over the next several years, Nick campaigned Havoc in the Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association series, setting the blown methanol speed record at 205mph in 2005, and later drove Lawrie Gatehouse’s Chaos Altered, this time with nitro in the tank. In 2013 he managed the construction of Tim Garlick’s Apache Funny Car, helping launch the Nostalgia Funny Car movement.

In 2015, following a famous Dragstalgia match race against Pure Hell, the legendary American Fuel Altered, Havoc switched to nitro. The upshot, two years later, was a four-race tour of America with Ron Hope’s Rat Trap Racing, culminating in victory at Bakersfield’s California Hot Rod Reunion, the only British blown nitro win achieved on US soil.

In 2011 Nick had managed, tuned and driven Britain’s first turbocharged Pro Mod entry for car-owner Graham Ellis, earning a runner-up finish and the then-fastest speed by a UK Pro Mod, 239mph. This exercise would pave the way for ICE Automotive’s own turbo Pro Mod venture. Unveiled in 2018 and still a work in progress, the Pontiac Firebird has already set a UK speed record of 249.05mph, the first British mark to top 400 kilometres per hour.

It is for his exemplary racing successes in two classes, and on two continents, and for his engineering achievements at the forefront of our sport, that Nick Davies is hereby inducted into membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

IAN KING Profile by Ian Messenger

Ian King is a record-breaking, multiple European drag racing champion. Ian has won twelve FIM European Championships – ten as rider, two as Team Principal – plus two ACU British and one MCUI Irish Championships and has broken various British and European records and an FIM World Land Speed Record. He is the eighth, and only British, member of the international MTC Engineering Top Fuel Bike 5-Second Club.

Ian built his first motorcycle at 13 and became a multi-award-winning constructor of custom bikes. He first encountered drag racing on a trip to Santa Pod with the Scouts. From 17 he raced his friends on their road bikes at `RWYB’ weekends, beginning his `formal’ racing career in the 1980s in the SuperBike-conceived Ultimate Streetbike series on his custom road-legal specials.

From Street classes he progressed to Funnybike in the UK’s ACU series on a self-built turbo-methanol Suzuki before acquiring his first nitro project, a 2700cc nitro V8 Puma in 1997. However, before the unique project was completed, Ian received an offer he could not refuse for the unfinished machine and used the funds to acquire the Quarter Scorcher 5 Puma from Frank Brachtvogel in 1999.

Updates and improvements to the bike improved its performance over a decade into a state-of-art five-time FIM European Championship-winning machine. In 2010 Ian sold the bike and conceived an all-new, world-leading bike under the auspices of his company Puma Engineering. In 2012 the Gulf Oil-sponsored team secured the first of eight further FIM European Top Fuel Bike Championships to date.

Demonstration passes took the team to unusual places across the world. In 2006 he became the first to ride a nitromethane-powered bike in the Middle East at the Bahrain F1 circuit. In 2011 he visited India to perform on behalf of Gulf Oil International. In 2013 Ian performed burnouts in front of over 100,000 people at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, earning that year’s Goodwood Choice Award. Since then, the team has been invited back annually to the prestigious event.

In March 2014 Ian won the opening event of the USA Championship. In the final, his 5.878-second elapsed time conferred eighth and the coveted final place in the MTC Top Fuel Bike 5-Second Club.

In 2018, Greek rider Fil Papafilippou took over riding duties on the Gulf Oil machine for the season’s FIM European Championship races. With Ian now serving as Team Principal, Fil has added two more FIM Championships to the team’s tally. In 2018 and 2019 Ian raced twice more at the US Final events, making the final on both occasions.

Ian also co-owns the world-renowned Puma Engineering. The company offers parts to construct all combinations of nitromethane drag bikes. Puma engines power many championship-winning bikes and recently propelled multi-US champion Larry McBride to the quickest (5.507sec) and fastest (264.96mph/426.41km/h) Top Fuel Bike run in history.

It is for his exceptional range of two-wheeled achievements that Ian King is hereby inducted into membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

JOHN PRICE Profile by Simon Groves

John Price first commentated at Santa Pod from 1981 to 1987. He then worked at York Raceway for five or six years but also resumed commentating at Santa Pod in 1990, continuing there, except for a year at Avon Park’s Super Series events in 1997-8, until his retirement from drag racing in 2008.

John began DJ’ing aged just 21, and it was his musical activities which would bring him to drag racing’s attention. He worked for Roger Squires, a mobile disco pioneer in the late 1960s/early ‘70s, presenting many gigs in his native London area, and then for a music management company whose clients included Alvin Stardust and the Rubettes.

At one of his gigs, John met Nick Shanley, then chairman of the National Association of Street Clubs. As a result, John was engaged to DJ at NASC Nationals events such as Knebworth and Bruntingthorpe, and at Gary’s Picnic when it took place at Santa Pod Raceway. During one of these events he was introduced to Ron Clarke, promoter of custom car shows around the country.

At one of Ron’s shows in Leeds (which was badly weather affected – perhaps an omen of things to come) John encountered a group from Santa Pod Raceway. Dave Prior, who organised Santa Pod’s displays, asked John to host a Santa Pod show at Milton Keynes shopping centre. Santa Pod’s owner, Roy Phelps, then interviewed him for the position of track commentator, recently vacated by Brian Taylor, and John started the job in March 1981.

Many followers of the sport at that time will recall John masquerading as Captain Chaos – on roller skates! – to promote Santa Pod’s association with the film The Cannonball Run, the launchpad for the venue’s famous series of ‘Cannonball’ race meetings.

John’s car show engagements continued. In 1982 he served as Show Host of the London Custom Car Show at Olympia, which entailed him working on the Radio One Roadshow stand. As a freelancer not employed by Radio One, he could not resist wearing a t-shirt inscribed with the motto ‘I’m not famous’, much to the Radio One producer’s annoyance.

John’s only venture on to the track was to drive a Radio Luxembourg-emblazoned Mustang in a grudge match against Radio One’s Simon Bates – after which he promptly retired from racing.

John presented ITV Anglia’s drag racing coverage in the late 1980s, along with European races for Sky. Thus by the 1990s he had become the face, and voice, of drag racing on TV. His Sky commentaries included many other motorsport disciplines too. Since retiring from the drag racing scene John has continued to inform and entertain the crowds at car shows just as he did from the commentary box at the dragstrip. It is for the quality and enthusiasm of his commentary contributions to UK drag racing, at the track and via television, media and car shows, that John Price is hereby inducted into membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Pictures: Simon Groves and Keith Lee

DAVE WILSON Profile by Simon Groves

Dave Wilson was involved in the Supercharged Methanol racing category throughout his career and five times became FIA European Top Methanol champion, adding several British championships and many race wins to his name.

His drag racing experience began with Rod George, whom Dave helped with his transmission. A chance to drive Rod’s Creeper dragster hooked him on the sport. Creeper was replaced by the famous Stormbringer car, previously the first to run a five-second ET outside America. Renamed Krypton, the car crashed at York, injuring Dave seriously.

The team regrouped and Rod sold his share. Dave partnered with Steve Martyn and, helped by Dave Fletcher, built a new Krypton. Steve drove the car in 1981, qualified low at that year’s World Finals and finished runner-up.

Dave resumed driving in 1982, racing Krypton successfully until 1986. Attending the US Nationals, he learned how to run the car much harder. Back home, the improved power produced severe breakage at his first race. It took three years to repair and update the parts needed to get the car back on track. Dave upgraded gradually and by 1997 could run as quickly as 6.009sec.

In 1999 Dave teamed up with the Redstone & Gleadow team who had imported a car named Nemesis from Finland. The team joined that season’s FIA European tour and clocked fives, qualifying no.1 and winning an event. Such success attracted team sponsorship from Lucas Oil Products. In 2001 Dave bought the car from Barry Redstone and, sponsored by American Car Imports, Air Sea Logistics, Sony PlayStation and 76 Racing Fuels, formed a two-car team with Wendy Baker. Increased sponsorship from Antony Cohen (American Car Imports) enabled Dave to buy a complete Bob Meyer car in 2002. Following a US debut at Pomona, he set new ET and speed records in Europe while finishing FIA Championship runner-up. In 2003, driving a new Brad Hadman car, he became the first racer outside the USA to clock 5.50s, 5.40s, 5.30s and 5.20s and to exceed 260 and 270mph. This form delivered five consecutive FIA Championships from 2003 to 2007, a period of dominance producing 14 event wins, 49 round wins and 19 number one qualifiers. On another USA trip, Dave became the first European to win an NHRA “Wally”. But did he rest on his laurels?

With Silverline Tools’ backing, in 2008 Dave changed his engine combination from supercharged methanol to injected nitro, a major move in terms of engineering, parts and tuning. In only his second A/Fuel year he finished second in the FIA championship and set the European ET record twice, later achieving a career-best of 5.2605sec at Tierp in 2012. Dave’s last event victory came at the 2015 Main Event.

Dave leads the all-time FIA Top Methanol table in championships (five), event wins (18), round wins (96) and low qualifiers (30). It is for his excellence in racing performance and for challenges overcome that Dave Wilson is hereby inducted into membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Pictures by Simon Groves and Tog


In a 25-year career, lifelong friends Pelle Lindelöw and Gunnar Elmqvist enjoyed one of the longest drag racing partnerships outside America. It began during the sport’s earliest days in Scandinavia, with a chance meeting of old school friends in 1970 at Sweden’s Mantorp Park. Pelle had never witnessed a drag race but was instantly hooked by the speed and power. Pelle, Gunnar and another friend, Janne Rosquist, found they shared a passion for the Renault 4CV. Having hot-rodded their little French cars with modified engines, they embarked on an inspirational road trip to England for Santa Pod’s 1972 International meet.

Impressed by the smaller-capacity vehicles, Pelle and Gunnar decided to buy another 4CV and convert it into a race car with a modified R16 Arne Berg engine. Following its debut in 1974, the pair became the team to beat in the Competition Altered ranks, defeating every American machine in sight.

British fans first saw this amazing little car at Snetterton in 1975, but the pair hadn’t bargained on the might of that staple of British Comp Altered teams, the trusty Jaguar, in particular the one campaigned by a certain Barry Sheavills, known as Stagecoach.

After a move to an injected 454ci A/Gas Dragster produced a nondescript couple of seasons in 1977 and ’78, Lee Anders Hasselström convinced Pelle and Gunnar (P&G) to take the Top Fuel challenge.

A year later P&G were proud owners of a new Kjellin Brothers chassis powered by an ageing iron-block Chevy. After breaking into the 6-second, 200mph zone, driver Pelle rolled the car on the short Mantorp Park track. Armed with another Kjellin chassis the team were soon deep into the mid-sixes. 1983 was a significant year. The team secured its first major sponsorship from Clarion Car Stereo and began clocking regular low sixes, eventually dipping to a 5.95sec.

Helped by Jarmo Pulkkinen, Pelle purchased the ex-Dick LaHaie Miller Beer dragster, considered at the time the first ‘real’ Top Fuel Dragster in Scandinavia. With hired help from US Funny Car racer and tuner Gary Burgin, P&G Racing quickly became one of the European scene’s most feared Top Fuel entries, leading the way with numerous national records and championships.

The tide turned again in 1991 with the acquisition of the ex-Kenny Bernstein Budweiser King dragster and came good in 1993 as Pelle dominated the class, winning four out of six races and the ETFA Challenge title. As reigning champions, the team was invited to Japan by the NHRA in 1994 and ‘95 to represent Europe against racers from America and Australia at Fuji, enjoying great success.

Over the next two years, however, further European success proved elusive and, with Pelle now suffering back problems, the pair reluctantly decided to retire the team.

It is for their achievements in rising from humble beginnings to the sport’s highest international echelons, accomplished in a good-natured spirit throughout, that Pelle Lindelöw and Gunnar Elmqvist – P&G Racing – are hereby inducted into membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Pictures: Jerry Cookson collection

Warpspeed’s engine offer.
9th July:
FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike racer Stuart Crane was testing a new turbo methanol engine combination from US engineer Dan Wagner at the Back on Track racer day on Sunday 5th July and kindly sent an account of the new setup and how he came to set quickest time and fatest speed of the weekend:

Warpspeed racing were testing the switch from a carburretored nitrous bike running a GSX EFE based engine to a methanol turbo set up with a 'new age' plain metal bearing engine platform, designed and manufactured by Warpspeed Racing. The complete engine was designed and manufactured and put together along with the turbo system and wiring all done in house. The injection system is also a one off set up all built in house . The bike utilises a Maxx ecu which is tuned and set up by Steve Nicols and Dan Wagner in the USA.

The bike has over gone a complete rebuild and had everything changed and to run 7.5 @ 189mph out of the trailer shows the quality of the build from the start. We later saw figures of 7.24/196mph into a major headwind on very soft set up, so we're hoping for some good results for the bike.

The complete engine packages are now for sale including turbo systems etc due to the testing going as well as it did . It was great to be back at santa pod, hopefully we will all be back to normal as soon as we can be. Many thanks goes to my sponsors MPM Oil and HEL Performance.

Davison upgrades Soper & Heck.
9th July: UK Nostalgia Superstock racer John Davison ran his Sox & Martin tribute-liveried Plymouth Roadrunner on Sunday at the Back on Track Racer day and it soon became clear he had upgraded the power train:

Since buying the car in 2015, I have run it in N/SS. Back then, there were only around 12-15 cars in the class, nowadays we have regular 32 car fields. Amazing...

I ran the car, until late last year, with a mild and very streetable 440. Best et with that was a 12.49, at the Hot Rod's last Sept. I'd been looking at going a little quicker (as you do...) and last winter installed a 589 mega-block wedge, new trans and a Dana 60 + Calvert suspension. The work was carried out, to a very high standard, by Dave Billadeau, although Tracey Rose painted the engine room and Tony Pearson built the cage.

Obviously, with the dreaded virus driving a coach and ten through the season, I was itching to see how the car went. On Sunday I finally got the opportunity, with the Pod's back on track weekend.

Having never driven anything faster than 12.49 in my life, I thought I'd ease myself into it. Went a couple of 11.3s, which felt quite comfy. On the third run I gave it a little more and a 10.74 was the result. Then had a bit of fun with Vic Parsons. I had Vic off the line but my old friend had me at the stripe (I went 10.64 to Vic's 10.33). Then a 10.56/125 to go home with. This, with a 40 mph headwind. Needless to say, I'm over the moon!

The car performed well, with no serious problems. I drive the car to the track (I only live in Rushden...) and run it through the mufflers.

I must say that it's all a little different from the late '60's, when I used to write the timing slips out at the ol' Pod. In those days, we used to get quite a number of USAF guys running these cars when they were brand new, albeit a little slower than today. Heaven.

Adams to return after spill.
9th July: It was good to see 8.50 Bike racer Paul Adams walk away from an unfortunate flip on Sunday at the Back on Track Racer day with his bike able to be pushed back across the startline. Paul has been in touch with his account of a weekend that didn’t go quite to plan:

For the past 3 years, I’ve been competing in ET Bike with a PB of 8.75. This year I fancied having a crack at 8.50 bike, so fitted a nitrous kit over the Winter. Keen to try it out, I attended the Santa Pod Back on Track Days last Saturday and Sunday.

I made just one naturally aspirated run on Saturday and spent the of the day chasing niggles.

Sunday dawned and with a freshly filled bottle from the Pod Garage I headed for the line. Being a cautious sort of person, I’d lengthened the bike’s wheelbase by an inch, taken a couple of teeth off the rear sprocket, added front ballast and resisted fitting the 100hp nitrous jets, instead taking ‘just’ the 40hp option. The light went green and the bike stood straight up, throwing me off. As I run a full slider and leave with a button, there was no chance of saving it. The bike set a new 60’ PB with it’s back wheel, with me following just behind. Luckily the bike was well gone by the time I landed face down on the track.

The start line crew were with me in seconds and the Medical and Rescue crews within 1 minute. After we’d established everything was still working, I stood up and walked to the Ambulance. Thanks to good leathers, I suffered just a bruised elbow and a stiff knee.

My thanks to the start line, Medical and Rescue crews for their help and everyone that sent messages. The bike suffer damage to fairings, handlebar, forks and the back wheel. I’m hoping to have it back together next month. Thanks to Mike Kraaij for capturing the superb photo sequence.

What have I learnt from the experience?
  • Santa Pod haven’t forgotten how to prep a track
  • Their nitrous refills are quality;
  • Their track crews are even better; and
  • Progressive nitrous controllers are essential, not optional.
Cramo Nats live stream.
9th July: This weekend is the Cramo Nats at Malmö Raceway, Sweden’s eighth mile facility. Whilst specatators are not permitted at the track, there will be a live stream of the event at srif.sewhich is also carrying footage from the No Prep Race held on 30th May 2020. Thanks to Luke Shakeshaft for bringing this stream to our notice.

Results will also be available at Also, photos from Malmo’s no-prep race are available at Nico Bremnes' Facebook page.

Norwegian update.
9th July: The picturesque Thunder Valle in Norway hosts an EDRS race on 11th-12th July organised by the Jæren Dragrace Club.

The EDRS series has now expanded to nine sportsman-only events in ten weeks, the EDRS Pro championship having been cancelled.

Meanwhile a test and tune session took place at Gardermoen on 4th-5th July. Celina Gran Hanssen (daughter of former FIA Top Methanol champion Fred Hanssen) ran her licensing passes in the Funny Car previously raced by Jason Phelps and Birgitte Bremnes, and now set up for Super Comp; you can see footage and photos from the weekend here. The link also contains footage of Jan Erik Norheim Klausen making licensing passes on his Super Twin bike. Thanks to Annelie Johnsen for posting footage

Swift snippets.
9th July: Our good friend Mike Kraaij was at Santa Pod Raceway shooting for Dutch Hot Rod Association and you can see his pictures on his Facebook page.

Our Kieran took some time out from crewing with Chris Todd, got on SPR’s somewhat windswept bank on Saturday and took this video. He also caught some in-car footage of Chris's Subaru EJ20 powered Mk1 Fiesta. Kieran reported that 'Chris spent the day chasing problems with a misfire as well as trying to dial in the launch to get it to go straight. No new PBs this time (although close!), but still very valuable data was collected.

Friday’s update due to be posted at noon will include a list of the 2020 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductees with full profiles. Be sure to catch up with the news of the inductees at

JT’s secret weapon unveiled.
7th July:
Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham, in his Crew Killer pop, says: Thanks for a great Sunday testing at the Pod. We all needed it and felt that much safer with all the Covid-19 safety measures in place. Well, as safe as you can feel in that wind in a little Pop! The track was awesome getting some of my best 60fts. Thanks to my secret weapon Paul Marston for his wealth of knowledge. We are coming after you Brian. I must say a sorry to the startline marshals as I kept on trying to run Bob over on the burnouts. If you’re thinking of going this 11th July to the Back on Track Street Day I would if I was you as we had a blast.

JT adds he’s after a powerful small block preferably Procharged as the current setup is not mad enough for him.

Storm Drag Bike’s return to SPR.
7th July: The Storm Drag bike team, headed by rider Lorcan Parnell and crew chief Mick Hand said: 'A successful day's testing for us yesterday at a very windy Santa Pod "Back on Track" day. It was good to see the team again and some of our fellow competitors, blinking in the sunlight as we gradually emerge from lockdown, and to get our first runs under our belts since October 2019.

A number of small issues were corrected during the day with the help of Mark Harrison from Horsepower Factory UK. First run was a launch and 2 seconds of power, the clutch pulled the bike through the beams for a red light and the turbo speeds were reading high. Second run the bike pulled through the beams again, left hardish with a little hesitation, 1.18 to 60' and shutoff at 2.5 seconds for a 3.05 at 330'. A hose had come off a wastegate causing a 50psi boost spike. The small turbo was saved by an rpm limiter we have installed to prevent it overspeeding. We fixed the hose and the turbo speed readings.

The third run was more controlled, another red light though, with a low (for us) 38psi launch and run shutoff at 1000' for a 7.27 @ 171mph, which was a the quickest run of the weekend at that point. Stu Crane later pipped us with 7.24/190mph on his new turbo bike being tuned remotely by someone in America, Donald Trump maybe? Who knows. Anyway, good work Stu!

We went to the startline one more time. It was completely empty but the bike would not start. Possibly a cam sensor failure or something simple but we called it a day.

Thanks to all the team that work so hard and to the Santa Pod crew for putting on the test days'.

Europeans in NHRA at Indy.
7th July: Nitro Funny Car driver Jonnie Lindberg returns to the driver’s seat this week in Indianapolis behind the wheel of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car. This change follows driver and team owner Bob Tasca III’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Lindberg, 30, is a two-time NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion (2015-6) with six Top Alcohol Funny Car wins to his name, including at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis (2016). He is a regular in the nitro Funny Car ranks as well and is hungry for his first win in the elite category.

Tasca plans to return to the driver’s seat after getting the go-ahead from his doctor. The NHRA Mello Yello Series continues this weekend, July 11th-12th, 2020, with the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Also entered for Indy is Lex Joon who will be racing his Strutmaster dragster in a field of 18 Top Fuelers, despite the non-entry for this event of John Force Racing. Based in Indianapolis, this is effectively Lex’s home race. You can see a video interview with Lex here; Lex was also a guest on the WFO Radio Podcast and at Strutmasters with crew chief Lance Larsen. To see how our European heroes do at Indy go to, or follow the race live on (subscription required).

Want your own Funny Car?
7th July: Kevin Kent’s Funny Car is now on the Unusual Car Sales U.K. Facebook site for sale. Europe’s quickest and fastest Funny Car is available as a roller for a bargain £20,000!

If you are interested in this superb opportunity then contact Keven Kent on 44(0)7496073855 or or via the Unusual car sales U.K. page.

Also for sale as well as the usual variety of Hot rods, customs, yanks ,pick ups etc is Andy thetfords 67 Camaro ( roller -9k) ,Col laws outlaw Anglia ,Paul Watson’s super comp Camaro , Mike Modurstang S Camaro and a gorgeous 41 willys coupe plus plenty more!

PBR TF Bike suffers breakage at test day.
7th July: Crew chief and engineer Phil Baimbridge explained the reason for the sudden stop and non-return of the PBR Top Fuel Bike and rider Al Smith on Sunday at the Back on Track Racer day. ‘The cam belt broke at the hit (about 0.3 second after full throttle) on our first run attempt. Unfortunately we were running the original piston design with no valve cut outs, so we tickled the valves on #3 and mashed them on #2. Not repairable in the time we had available.

However everything turns and goes up and down as it should, the oil pressure was OK. The whole team travel from all over the country to run the Rocket, for which I'm very grateful - sorry for the disappointment. Thanks to Santa Pod for providing us with the opportunity to run and the track crew for making a great job of the track'.

Andy Frost record documentary.
7th July: From uTrack videos comes a 35 minute documentary on Andy Frost’s record breaking runs at Bahrain last November.

Ever wondered how fast is the world’s fastest street legal car and what it took to claim this record? Andy Frost, team principal at Red Victor Racing, is the man behind this world record. Five years ago, Andy decided to reclaim the record he once held. But to do that, he needed funding to achieve his dream.

With a goal in mind to break the five second barrier in the quarter mile in a street legal car and to reclaim the world record, the Red Victor 5 Second Club was created with over 500 members from all over the world. World-renowned race car tuner Shane T from USA joined the mission bringing his know-hows and experience to the table. With many failed attempts in the first couple of years, they finally managed to reach their goal in November 2019 by becoming the world’s fastest street legal car in the quarter mile.

Malta back on track.
7th July: Konrad D'Anastasi of the Malta Drag Racing Association writes: Finally after the long 90 day break due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, HAl Far Raceway has re-opened its doors. On 3rd July the third scheduled RWYB event for the MDRA 2020 calendar took place.

Konrad took videos of 102 runs and you can see a Youtube playlist of these at this link. The next action at Hal Far will be the rescheduled night race on 16th-18th July. Streaming coverage will be available on Facebook live and if all goes to plan, Luke Stevenson will be there commentating.

Spy picture.
7th July: This picture appeared in our e-mail box with the caption 'It’s another thing for Dad but with slightly less wheels'.

If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at

Tower protocol at Back On Track days.
3rd July: As a result of government regulations regarding social distancing, there will be strict rules regarding who may enter the startline tower at Santa Pod Raceway at the Back On Track days to be held on 4th-5th July (Race Days) and 11th July (Street Day).

Apart from official timekeeping and safety staff, only two people will be allowed in the tower, announcer Luke Stevenson and editor Simon. Anyone wishing to talk to Luke or Simon should communicate with them electronically or arrange to meet at the foot of the tower stairs (spectator side). The track will be under scrutiny for its compliance with regulations, and breaches could affect future events.

Anyone wishing to read all the detail regarding the special rules in place to maintain everyone's health and safety at these events should review the Back on Track

Williams Bros locked and loaded.
3rd July: Many thanks to Williams Bros Racing and sponsor OCS Paint's promotional arm for an update on the team's representation at the Back On Track Racer Days this weekend:

Following on from our live reveal on Facebook a couple of months ago, this weekend sees the on-track debut of the latest creation from Williams Bros. Racing and OCS Paint. The final few little jobs have been completed and Keith Williams finally gets to see what his '55 Chevy can do on the 1/4 mile. From what was a field find (a barn find would have been in better condition) to the car you see here has been one heck of a journey but as all of the cars built in-house this car really does have to be seen to be believed.

Nic will be doing the first few runs in the car then it will be Keith’s turn to take to the famous Santa Pod strip. Engine is an in-house built 302 but Dan knows his stuff and has managed to get way over 500 horses out of the small block, so expect some very high revving and you never know, maybe a little wheelie or 2 but this car isn’t set up to stand on its bumper. If you are at the track this weekend, please come and say hi and bring your camera...

Also back on track for the first time in three years is Colin Theobald with his 69 Camaro ‘Bruce’. Another Williams Bros. Racing built and specified engine, this time a 454 built specifically for street and strip use but still punching out 615hp and 520ft/lb of torque. Bruce has had many upgrades over the years so we cannot wait to see how the car performs and can we improve on the current PB of 11.34.

We as a team are excited and extatic that we are back on track at last. It’s been a long wait but we whole heartedly support Santa Pod Raceway, it’s our home track and everyone there will always have our support. See you there.

3rd July: Following on from our story about John Tebenham's Pro Mod lightening work having been carried out over the lockdown, JT's secret weapon told us the weight loss related to JT himself rather than the car.

Whether the final result is an improvement or not can be decided by the reader looking at this image. We are thinking it looks a bit U6ly.

Crew killer back on track Sunday.
2nd July: Pro Modified and Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham has announced he will be testing on Sunday at Santa Pod Raceway’s Back on Track Racer Day. JT commented "The best thing about having two cars is one is always ready to run.

The blue Pro Mod car is having a complete engine rebuild so it's not quite ready. Luke (Robinson) said if we get weight out of it we can run 5.8s (maybe we've gone too far...) But the Pop is set for some mad burnouts. Thanks to Dan Goff and Luke Robinson for their work on the car. A massive thanks to Keith for being strong and keeping the Pod ready for us all to race again. See you all Sunday, it's been a while! coverage for Back On Track days.
2nd July: will be covering both days of this weekend’s Back On Track Racer Days on 4th-5th July. Simon will be brushing up his keyboard skills whilst Julian will be trackside and photographing for Custom Car magazine as well as for our galleries. Kieran will be present, albeit as a crew member with Chris Todd. Sadly Kirstie and Diana won’t be able to be with us but we hope for a team return to the track when Covid-19 restrictions allow. In the meantime, you will be able to see our coverage which includes a live report and daily galleries by clicking here, or following the direct link on our home page.

FHRA testing, one-shot championship?
2nd July: Nitro bikes were testing at Finnish Hot Rod Association's Official Test & Tune weekend 26th-28th June at Kauhava, Finland. Covid-19 safety measures were utilised with a maximum of 100 teams allowed to take part and no more than 500 people per day at the event. Temperatures were baking hot with 31.5 degrees high temperature, 25% humidity and high barometric pressure.

Super Twin Top Fuel Bike Team Detonation with Vesa Lipponen riding and Jaska Salakari calling the tuning shots, ran 6.19 and 6.21 runs with nice 1/8 numbers at 3.94/ 194mph. Previously the team had been to Kauhava's test day on 23rd May where Vesa had a few nice runs and ended up with a stunning 6.01/216mph with half track times of 3.90/201mph.

Skull Racing's Samu Kemppainen with his V60 made five 6.7s runs in a row. Also, Mikko Rajaniemi got his Top Fuel Bike running well after a spill one month ago, with less aggressive clutch adjustment and more familiarisation being the priority.

Clockwise, Vesa Lipponen, Mikko Rajaniemi, Johnny Oksa (all Pekka Rouvinen photos), Samu Kemppainen (Promosport/Heikki Malinen photo)

Also testing was the OK Racing Team Top Methanol Funny Car of Johnny Oksa with footage from our old friend Asko Määttä from Baldie's VooDoo Racing.

More video footage was posted courtesy of Power Speed Media. A number of photos were posted by Pekka Rouvinen and a 'cinematic cut' video was posted by Teemu Multisilta.

Three more races in Kauhava are planned to be held for general attendance on 24th-26th July, a FHRA Night race on 20th-21st August, and the FHRA Finals on 4th-5th September. All races are part of the EDRS series and it's hoped the Night Race will also include EDRS Pro classes as a 'one shot‘ championship race.

For 2021 the FHRA has consulted with its members and is considering some single day events over the eighth mile for street and nostalgia cars to reduce costs.

Refresh, renew, replace.
2nd July: During the shutdown due to Covid19 many people have taken the opportunity to refresh and renew their racing operation, ready to race again once the track opens. However, it also provided time for a rethink and complete change of direction for one racer. Martin Baldwin had his 1941 Willys ready to go this season, and had pencilled in meetings at which he hoped to get the Willys well into the 8’s.

With all the spare time lockdown afforded, a cunning plan was hatched, and things set in motion to go faster and quicker than the Willys would allow. So the Willys is now up for sale, to allow for the new project to be completed in time to begin testing early next year. Details on the new project will follow soon, with a few pictures once sufficient progress has been made.

If you are interested in buying a great-looking 1941 Willys rolling shell for a very reasonable price, head to our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet pages.

Swift snippets.
2nd July: We have a birthday on the team today. Many Happy Returns to Diana from Kirstie, Julian, Kieran and Simon, have a great day and we will see you soon!

Further to Tuesday’s announcement about the cancellation of this year’s British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala dinner, Director Robin Jackson has asked us to mention that any guests who happen to have requested room reservations could they please cancel them. As guests book rooms in their own names independently, BDRHoF is unable to cancel them on behalf of others.

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