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APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 1.
26th January: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the APIRA Trophy presentation on Saturday 7th March.

For several of the 2014 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA Committee decides upon their winners.

This week's latest category is the Iris Page Memorial Trophy. The Iris Page Memorial Trophy is presented to a racer, team, official, marshal or other individual who has either contributed to the sport over the last twelve months, or who has achieved their own personal goals against all the odds thrown at them.

The APIRA Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Barry Bohannon and Paul Wright (Track Announcer and Shakeysounds)
Vote for Barry Bohannon and Paul Wright

The Detroit Spinner team (Nostalgia Doorslammer)
Vote for the Detroit Spinner team

The Fossil Fuellers team (8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike)
Vote for the Fossil Fuellers team

The Moor family (Team Elysion) (Comp Bike, Supertwin ET and Junior Drag Bike)
Vote for the Moor family

Neil Townson (Supercharged Outlaws)
Vote for Neil Townson

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official APIRA Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the APIRA Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

For each of the Awards, one vote per E-Mail address per nominee will be accepted: multiple votes for the same nominee from the same E-Mail address will all be disqualified. And every year we say this, but every year someone tries it on: please note that blatant attempts at organising mass votes - for example asking workmates, forum members or Facebook friends to vote en masse - are easily identified and all such votes will be disallowed as they have been in previous years. Concerted attempts at vote-rigging will result in the nominee being removed from the shortlist whether or not that nominee knows what was going on. We know all the dodges so it's just not worth trying. If in any doubt about what constitutes canvassing then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact APIRA direct rather than Eurodragster.com. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement.


PMR offers Inspiration.
24th January: Paul Marston went back to school last Wednesday, visiting Barking and Dagenham College but not as a pupil.

Paul had been invited by Bob Noseda and Eamonn Lorimer, Employment and Skills Development Dpecialists to be part of Inspiration 2015, in which the collage invites speakers to talk about their lives and the career paths which have led them to where they are now. It was also a tie-in with former drag racer Jeff Rainbird, resident motor vehicle lecturer at Barking and Dagenham, who is embarking on a drag racing project in which the students will build their own race car with supervision, incorporating their own ideas. The Ford Focus is intended to run in Sportsman ET.

Paul would like to thank the College, especially Bob and Eamonn, for the invitation. "It was nice to see Jeff again and to help out with the project", said Paul. "There were more than thirty students in attendance and twenty six signed up to the project. So I would judge it a successful launch of this new endeavour.

"I would also like to express my gratitude to the Crew Chief and PMR crew member Jordan Brastead who put together a short film for the presentation, which you can view at
youtu.be/NFr_PdeYdXM."

Paul says to stay tuned for more news about UK Top Sportsman and UK Top Dragster.


Swift snippets.
24th January: Funny Bike racer Lizz McCarthy asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to crew member Sarah 'Minx' Chapman. No sooner said than done, have a lovely day Sarah.

Eurodragster.com sponsor CEJ Training Services has added First Aid courses to its offerings. For more information check out the company's new web site at www.cejtrainingservices.co.uk.


Web site updates.
24th January: Our good buddy, bike photo-journalist Steve Moxley's report on the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend is now showing on the Eat My Ink web site at www.eatmyink.com. You can check out Steve's report by scrolling down a short way on the Home Page. Moxey has also written a profile of former Pro Stock Bike racer, now coffee maker and tuner, Chris Hope which you can check out on the ACU web site newsletter at www.acu.org.uk.

2015 UK Riders' and Drivers' meeting.
22nd January: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for confirming that the 2015 UK Riders' and Drivers' Meeting will be held on Saturday 21st February at the Hilton Hotel, Northampton, on the eastbound A45 just off Junction 15 of the M1 (postcode is NN4 0XW,
map). The meeting will commence at 12:00 midday. Refreshments will be available free of charge on arrival.

Items to be discussed include the 2015 UK National Championships (ratification of dates as well as Championship matters), event entry fees and pitside electrical supply, and prize funds, as well as Any Other Business.

Racers are invited to submit items for the agenda but please note that an item will only be discussed if its proposer actually attends the meeting.

If you have any items for the agenda of the 2015 Riders' and Drivers' Meeting then please send them either to Santa Pod Racers Club at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or to Shakespeare County Raceway at enquiries@shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk by close of office hours on Friday 14th February.


Full SFI Tour schedule.
22nd January: Further to yesterday's news item, many thanks to SFI Foundation President Arnie Kuhns for sending us the full schedule for the 2015 SFI European Recertification Tour.

The following items will be inspected on the Tour:

SFI Spec(s) 1.1 through 1.5 Clutch Assemblies
SFI Spec 4.1 Rigid Auto Trans Shield
SFI Spec(s) 6.1 through 6.3 Bellhousings
SFI Spec 14.4 Rigid Valve Cover Shield
SFI Spec(s) 15.1 through 15.4 Drag Race Wheels
SFI Spec(s) 29.1 and 29.2 Flexplates
SFI Spec 30.1 Flexplate shield

Seat belts, race suits etc cannot be inspected on the Tour.

Tour schedule

Thursday 5th March - The Netherlands

Dutch Hot Rod Association
Aambeeld 11
1969 NC Heemskerk

Inspections between 08:00 and 12:00

Friday 6th March - Finland

US-Parts Finn Am Oy
Holkkitie 10
Helsinki

Inspections between 08:00 and 12:00

Saturday 7th March - Sweden

Persåkers Speed Shop
Solbergavagen 28
Åkers Styckebruk

Inspections between 12:00 and 16:00

Monday 9th March - UK

Santa Pod Raceway
Airfield Road
Podington
NN29 7XA

Inspections between 08:00 and 14:00


Netherlands SFI Tour stop.
21st January: Many thanks to Kees van der Meij for letting us know that the Netherlands stop on this year's SFI European Recertification Tour is on Thursday 5th March at the DHRA Headquarters:

DHRA
Aambeeld 11
1969 NC Heemskerk

Inspections will take place between 08:00 and 12:00. Cash will be the only form of payment accepted.

Regular students of the SFI European Tour will be able to infer the other stops and dates from the above and indeed the Finland stop is, as you would expect, on Friday 6th March but SFI Foundation President Arnie Kuhns will supply us with full official details of dates and venues for the next Eurodragster.com News update.


Swift snippets.
21st January: On behalf of all of the officials of the
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Management Board member and sponsor Geoff Stilwell has been in touch to wish BDRHoF Chair Stu Bradbury a rapid recovery after recent surgery. "Love and good wishes to Stu and Bev", says Geoff. "British Airways is warming Stu's seat for the trip to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction and the Gatornationals, so he needs to be well."

A note to all Eurodragster.com sponsors that renewal invoices will be sent out over the next few days. If you do not receive your renewal by Sunday and it is not in your Spam folder then please drop a note to tog@eurodragster.com. If anyone would be interested in joining Eurodragster.com's roster of sponsors then please E-Mail the same address for details.


FIM Europe rules, officials' seminar.
20th January: Thanks to Palle Lind for letting us know that, following the FIM Europe Drag Racing Commission's meeting in Rome on 25th October, the 2015 FIA European Drag Bike Championship regulations are now available on the organisation's web site at
www.fim-europe.com/index.php/sport/road-racing--drag-bike/drag-bike.

Additionally, the FIM Europe Drag Racing Commission will be holding a Seminar for Clerks of the Course and Sporting Stewards on 21st February at the Hockenheim Ring in Germany. Those officials who need to attend to maintain or renew their licences should contact their own Federations for further details and application forms.


Feature: Corr on tuning for Top Fuel.
19th January: For the latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products, Fuel tuner Eddie Corr tells the inside story of his part in Andy Carter's and Barry Sheavills' legendary side-by-side four-second 300 mph pass in 2002. This is the first of a planned series of articles.

"I've been in motor racing one way or another since I started out racing Moto X at seventeen", says Eddie. "However, mostly what I learned in Moto X was that I wasn't that good at it and that perhaps tuning was something I could be better at. Fast forward through an engineering degree, and with a few brief stints in real jobs here and there, I've since spent most of my career in professional motor racing. I've been privileged to work for Porsche, Lotus, Prodrive, Williams F1, and of course quite a few of Europe's (and even some of America's) Top Fuel teams.

"After seventeen years running Fuel cars, I thought I might have a tale or two which some might be interested to hear. Most of what's already been written on nitro cars has no meaningful technical content, and I've always felt that there was a place out there for someone to write about the real meat of what goes in Top Fuel. So for anyone who has watched the FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Championship from about 1997 onwards, or for anyone who wishes to know the real inside story of how you run these cars technically, I hope what I've written is of interest. There is actually a whole book of this stuff, as I've written it bit by bit over all the years I've been in drag racing, so if this taster gets positive feedback I'll move on getting the rest of it out there as well. Enjoy!"

You can check out Eddie's fascinating and detailed account of that historic qualifying session by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Revealed: The new Miss-Guided.
19th January: Natalie Laugher writes that the spy picture of 4th January featured the Miss-Guided team's new 1963 Vette:

In 2012 we purchased a '63 Vette, originally built by Jon Hogarth, from Martyn Willis. However after a few runs with the car we realised it wasn't quite what we wanted and we decided to start again from scratch keeping the body,  engine/trans and a few other assorted bits.  We sold everything else to help fund the new build.  

Webster Race engineering built a 25.1 rolling chassis which was mated to the 572ci BBC rebuilt by Jeff Bull and now with added blower from KillerRons and transmission refreshed by Kev Cerasale.  After running the car at some test days we headed to the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals where things did not quite run according to plan resulting in some cosmetic damage, but never being shy of taking advantage of an opportunity, after the new front end was fitted we took the decision to send the car to Rich Walters who has waved his magic spray gun over the car to give it a nice new look.

We are delighted with the new car, although the build it has taken longer than anticipated. This year we will be running in Super Pro ET and possibly Top Sportsman and Supercharged Outlaws if testing goes well.


Jackson's new clothes.
19th January: Wayne Jackson writes that Brad Jackson Racing are looking forward to the 2015 season with current and new backing:

Brad will be racing in Super Pro ET for his second season in an adult class. The car has a fresh new look for 2015 and Brad will be racing for the Lucas Oil Products stable as his main sponsor.

Brad has a new associate sponsor on board which will be of interest to all racers: Torq Racewear who supply race equipment and custom-designed three-layer FIA 8856-2000 race suits good for six seconds, manufactured by the Italian company HRX starting at just £350 plus VAT. These custom suits are well worth a look; you can find a link to Torq Racewear on Brad's web site at www.bradjacksonracing.com and on the HRX Racewear Facebook page.


Swift snippets.
18th January: Sweden's Marcus Wålm, owner and driver of Wålmracing, has put his injected-nitro Top Methanol Dragster up for sale. The dragster is for sale turn-key and race ready with spares and tools. For more information check out the Cars For Sale section of our
Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.

If you had your appetite for what makes a Top Fueller tick whetted by Dan Welberry's Haynes Top Fuel Dragster manual then tune in to Eurodragster.com tomorrow for the first of a series of Features in which Fuel tuner Eddie Corr gives the inside track on various aspects of Top Fuel, in this case the story of his part in Andy Carter's and Barry Sheavills' legendary side-by-side four-second 300 mph pass in 2002.

Amanda Cox and the whole Topspeed Automotive team asked us to say a big Happy Birthday for today (Sunday) to Jamie Reeves. No sooner said than done, have a great day Jamie.


PRO Winter Warm-Up webcast.
16th January: Our good buddies at Bangshift.com will be broadcasting the PRO Winter Warm-Up live and free from Palm Beach International Raceway today (Friday) and tomorrow.

Broadcast commences at 15:30 UK / 16:30 European today and you can stay in touch with all of the action from PBIR on Bangshift.com by
clicking here.

Gipp Racing sponsors, riders.
16th January: The UK's Gipp Racing drag bike team are very pleased to announce OntheBottle as a new sponsor for 2015. OntheBottle will be providing Gipp Racing with Nitrous refills and VP Racing Fuel.

"Check out their web site at www.onthebottle.co.uk for everything Nitrous and pay Mark a visit on their stand at meetings this year", say the team. "We would also like to thank Eurol for their continued support this year for oil and lubricants, check out their web site at www.eurol.com.

"After a great season last year winning two National Championships, two SPRC Championships, one APIRA Championship and too many PBs to count we are all really looking forward to this new season. The Gipp Racing riders in 2015 are currently:
  • Allan Davies, Funny Bike and Pro Stock Bike
  • Chris Tombleson, Pro Stock Bike
  • Dan Bergelin, 8.50 Bike
  • Steve Whiting, 8.50 Bike
  • Dean Stevens, 9.50 Bike
  • Mark Nipper Stevens, Projoint H2
  • Louis Davies, Shark Attack Junior Drag Bike
  • Kerryanne Frazier SV650

The Beast's 2015 plans.
16th January: Swedish Supertwin racer and current speed record holder Per Bengtsson plans to step up his race programme for the coming season. After running a limited schedule for the last two years, The Beast team are now ready to run the complete 2015 EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship Series. The series consists of four race dates with almost a month between each, which suits the team very well as there are other commitments to take care of during the season. To be prepared before entering the first NMC event, at Tierp Arena on 4th-7th of June, the team will attend some test sessions at Malmö Raceway in early May. The plan for 2015 also includes November's Manufacturers Cup World Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, USA.

"We have a lot of things going on for this season and the whole team are looking forward to stepping up the programme and aim for the title in the NMC Series", says Per. "The race dates are well-spread in the calendar and all the tracks involved have the capability to produce a high-quality racing surface so we think that the level of the competition will be really high. After competing in the US both in 2012 and 2013 we now feel it's time to go back for the Manufacturers Cup World Finals, which is in its sixth year and which has become the Grand Finale for the the quickest drag bikes in the world. We hope that competing in the NMC Series earlier in the season will help us to be competitive when we are up against the toughest in the business."

Right now the team are negotiating with several sponsors. Their first commitment will be a display in the Red Line Oil booth at Autoexpertens' big fair in the Friends Arena in Stockholm on 30th-31st January. The Beast team wish to say a big Thank You to all of their partners for their support in the coming season: Red Line Oil, Gates / Lönne, Autoexperten Växjö, Liqui Moly, Ulvsgården AB, Fanhultstvätten Älmhult, Persåkers Speed Shop, Bilservice i Åseda, Rävemåla Bilservice, Larssons Bilverkstad Lenhovda, Swedcut, Bentec Engineering and Flexoart.

Please visit The Beast website at www.bentec.net for further information and complete race schedule for 2015.


Superstock's second Shootout.
16th January: Following two successful years as a one-off, Super Stock racer Peter Walton will be organising a second Superstock Shootout race at this year's NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway on 11th-13th September.

The rules are very simple for the dial-your-own bracket with no breakout. It's open to pre 1974 Super Stock cars with stock rear suspensions but bolt-on upgrades are allowed. Some ladder bar cars are permitted but only if the car is in the spirit of the class! Engine size can be as big as your wallet will allow but no power adders. Race fuel and slicks are allowed but all cars must have all the normal safety features such as cage, seatbelts, and helmet.

"The idea for the class came about after being totally blown away by the quality of the Swedish Super Stock cars at Mantorp Park put the idea into my head", says Pete. A few years later the first race took place at Dragstalgia to rave reviews so it was only a matter of time before a second race at another strip was on the cards. "With so many Stockers and period race Stockers around these days the Superstock Shootout is going to be a great addition to the Hot Rod Drags this year", says SCR's Jerry Cookson. "With so much interest in nostalgia racing its events like this that will encourage more people to race in the class at an affordable level."

If you fancy entering the Superstock Shootout then get in touch with Pete on 07970 206827 or E-Mail peterwalton2ph@btinternet.com.


Swift snippets.
16th January: Phil Bennett writes that Santa Pod Raceway are seeking drag racing vehicles for static display at Stunt Fest on Saturday 21st February. "It's a great family day out so bring the kids along as well", says Phil. If you would like to take your vehicle along to Stunt Fest then please contact Phil at phil@santapod.com.

Shakespeare County Raceway have been in touch to thank 2015 lane sponsors Serck Motorsport for their kind hospitality during Autosport International. "From the moment the show opened on Thursday the stand became very busy with motorsport enthusiasts all wanting to catch a look and photograph Adam "It's not a turbo" Sayers' street-legal Procharged '57 Chevy 210 Sedan", says SCR’s Jerry Cookson. Racing Manager Graham Smith, Darren Wiggins and Craig Sitton were kept busy answering customer questions as well as putting Shakespeare County Raceway in the forefront by hosting the track's banners and flyers. Furthermore, the deal for the right lane sponsorship was cemented with the customary handshake.


Dragracing marknad.
16th January: Johan Samuelsson writes that this year's Drag Racing Swap Meet takes place on Saturday 14th February at the Norrköpings Mässhallar, close to the E4 motorway about sixty kilometres north of Mantorp Park (map).

"This event is arranged by Åby Motorklubb and is the major winter drag racing event in Scandinavia", says Johan. "All categories of race parts can be found from new to used, from Pro classes to street racing.

"The main entrance opens at 09:00 and gates close at approximately 15:00. During the day there will also be meetings with some of the Swedish drag racing class associations etc.

"For sales pitch reservations, admission fee or road directions etc please contact Åby Motorklubb via www.abymotorklubb.se or call +46-11-69833."


Invitation to Bechyne.
16th January: Zur Info an alle interessierten Teilnehmer für einen möglichen Termin für ein Test & Tune in Bechyne vom 24. – 26. April 2015:

Wie auch in den vergangen Jahren ist ein Test & Tune nur durchführbar, wenn sich potientielle Teilnehmer vorab anmelden, um abzusichern, dass dieses Event vom 24. – 26. April 2015 kostendeckend durchgeführt werden kann.

Das Test & Tune wird eine &dbquo;geschlossene” Veranstaltung sein, ohne Zuschauer und ohne Einnahme von Eintrittsgeldern. Dies ist Vorgabe des Vermieters, der tschechischen Armee. Der Vermieter verlangt trotz fehlender Einnahme von Eintrittsgeldern bei Event-Anmeldung vom Veranstalter im Vorfeld eine Mietzahlung, die auch im Falle einer Absage nicht erstattet wird.

M.S.T.O. und Predators &dbquo;Drag Racing” benötigen daher vorab eine schriftliche Anmeldung von mindestens 80 Teilnehmern, um hier kostendeckend zu arbeiten. Die Teilnehmergebühr wird EUR 110,- zzgl. EUR 20,- Strom betragen. Wir bitten alle DragRacer die an dem Event &dbquo;Test & Tune” teilnehmen möchten, uns bis spätestens 31. Januar 2015 eine Zusage per Mail an: mail@Jerry-Lackey.de zu schicken. Danach erfahren wir sofort, ob das Event stattfinden wird, und das Ergebnis per Mail und im Internet bekanntgeben.

Das 6. Grand Nationals Event wird in Kürze beim DMSB angemeldet, der Termin steht fest für den 29. – 31. Mai 2014.

Wir hoffen auf zahlreiche Anmeldungen für unsere Events in Bechyne.

Infos: www.dragracing.de


Clive Mills.
14th January: We were very sorry to hear from Lee and Brian Huxley of the death of their great friend and sponsor Clive Mills, aka Spiders Disco:

Clive was 58 and died after a short battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife Debbie and children Tara, Lauren, Jordan, Philippa and Grant.

Clive had been an avid spectator and drag racing fan since the age of 16. A lot of regular drag racers will I'm sure recognise him in the picture but may not recognise him by name. Clive was a gentle man and I can't remember him ever being sad except when it was raining and he had been sat in his car for hours waiting for the track to dry. Always laughing, joking and smiling along with at least one of his children with him enjoying his love for our sport. We send our deepest condolences and are thinking of them all at this sad time.

Clive's funeral will take place at 11:30 am on Tuesday 27th January at Oakley Wood Crematorium, Bishops Tachbrook, Royal Leamington Spa, CV33 9QP. His family have asked if Clive's ashes can be taken up the quarter mile in the Dark Horse Mustang in 2015. "This he would have loved" says his daughter Jordan. Clive's children will still be continuing their support for drag racing in 2015.


SPRC Dinner Dance hotel rooms.
13th January: If you are planning on attending the Santa Pod Racers Club Dinner Dance and Trophy Evening at the St John's Hotel in Solihull on 7th February then Yvonne Tramm tells us that the hotel will be reclaiming unused bedrooms from SPRC's block booking at midday this Friday (16th).

These hotel rooms are available at a preferential rate of £75 for a single room and £85 for double or twin tooms, including breakfast on Sunday morning. To book your room, please call the hotel by midday Friday on 0844 854 2910 quoting Santa Pod.

Bookings for the Dinner Dance itself will also be closing very shortly. Tickets are £32 per adult and £15 for under-twelves which includes three-course meal plus tea / coffee and mints. You can download the booking form (PDF format) by
clicking here. A Word format form is available on the Entry Forms section of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. Please note that booking forms should be sent to Yvonne Tramm at the address specified and not to the SPRC address.

Bartlett's view from Autosport.
13th January: Longtime Eurodragster.com readers will know that a traditional part of our annual Autosport International visit is a State of the Union chat with the management of Santa Pod Raceway. This year we grabbed a few moments with a very busy Santa Pod CEO Keith Bartlett who had this to say:

For Santa Pod Raceway 2013 and 2014 have been very good years. People now seem more comfortable spending more of their disposable income, whereas four years ago the media spread doom and gloom all around and as a result people became very worried and were inclined to batten down the hatches to an even greater extent than they may otherwise have done. Today at Santa Pod we are seeing this change of attitude in the way of increased spectator attendances. However we must be clear the Santa Pod brand is now very strong, plus the whole Santa Pod experience at our events is part why people are attending our venue. With that said all the management and staff at Santa Pod work very hard at marketing and promoting our business fifty weeks of the year and from myself down, no-one is allowed to sit on their laurels. We must keep improving. Today all our staff are of the mindset that we must do better and from that attitude the results are there to be seen by everyone. I must add that I am harder on myself than I am on anyone else in my companies.

We will again be looking to step our corporate and VIP Hospitality side of our events this year. We will have two spectacular mid-track units accommodating up to thirty five to forty people in each. In addition to that I am personally developing a Santa Pod brand of clothing which will be sold further afield than just at Santa Pod Raceway. That's just one of my babies for 2015-2016.

TV production is another area in which we will continue the development. The multi-camera live HD Web TV will be broadcast from the FIA/FIM events as in 2014. All our TV shows are broadcast in many countries and in 2014 this included the USA and this will be the case again in 2015. I am confident that broadcasting our complete FIA/FIM Championship events at Santa Pod live over the web will result in greater attendance at Santa Pod overall and at the same time increase the returns to our sponsors and corporate partners. I know many people, including some of my own staff, are of the thought that live TV broadcasts in any form are a risk to spectator attendance. I am a firm believer that the exact opposite is the case. One only has to look at what Sky Sports have done with live Premiership football over the past ten years. The gate attendance at all Premiership football matches increased massively as a direct result of Sky Sports' live broadcasts. In today's new media world web-based live TV, if done to a high enough standard, can achieve the same type of results in percentage terms of the size of the sport in question. Also in live web-based TV you have a global audience, not just a national audience, which is a big plus for drag racing as it is truly a full international and worldwide motorsport.

Many people are very aware that there has been some political instability in some area of both the FIA and FIM Championships over the past two to three years.  We are trying hard to bring it together so that everyone is pulling in the same direction. I have been working with Micke Gullqvist of Speedgroup for a long time on this and particularly closely in the last six weeks, to put together a structure to take the Championships forward in 2015 and onwards. It's never straightforward with different groups who may have different goals, but we must ensure that the sport of drag racing becomes the winner in any new structure for the operation of the Championships. If this is achieved then everybody from the racers to the event promoters, sponsors and most importantly the spectators will become the winners. Hopefully we will then all see drag racing continue to develop and expand to the level that we would all like to see it develop.

In today's leisure market, drag racing is in the marketplace of both leisure and motorsports. Drag racing has a huge advantage over so many other leisure activities and in particular other motorsports. What we have, and what most people don't fully grasp, is that we have the best-kept secret in the world of motorsport. We have a product which is pure entertainment and excitement and which delivers to the whole family be they eight years old or fifty eight years old. People only have to look at what we have done at Santa Pod to see that the model, if correctly structured, marketed and promoted, works and produces the revenues required. We must continue to try and bring greater awareness to a far larger audience and in particular the corporate markets, to demonstrate just what a unique product we have in our sport of drag racing. This must apply to everyone involved in our sport, be they promoters, racers, official bodies and organisations, sponsors and even including the drag racing fans. While on the subject of fans I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone and anyone who has any involvement whatsoever in or at Santa Pod Raceway and in particular all the racers, teams, SPRC, fans and spectators for your ongoing support in 2014. Without all of you it just would not work at the same level.    

2015 looks to be an exciting year for Santa Pod, Trakbak Racing, Track Group Europe and Speedgroup with the FIA and FIM Championships. I think that if commonsense prevails, and hopefully it will, then we will go into 2016 on a very sound structure for everyone involved and with the future looking orange.

See you all at the track.


Swift snippets.
13th January: Bob Roberts says that one of the things which happens every year is that Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson Race Cars gets phone calls the week before Easter from people who have just realised their harnesses are out of date. "To help our customers (and ourselves) we are offering a 10% discount on all FIA-spec harnesses ordered and paid for during January", says Bob. "They will have 2015 tags and are good for five years. There are many options of fittings and colour so to discuss your requirements and place an order call ARRC on 01256 880589 or E-Mail robinson_racecar@yahoo.co.uk.

Alders Automotive are pleased to announce that they will be supporting the Super Pro ET Championship again in 2015 and are again offering racers a discount. "This will be the third year in which we have sponsored the series and would like to wish everybody competing in the series the best of luck for the 2015 season", says Richard Alder. "We will also be offering a 10% discount to everybody competing in the Championship". You can follow Alders Automotive on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aldersautomotive.

Diana Macrae asked us to wish her partner and Podington Pea Andrew Shakeshaft a very Happy Birthday for today (Tuesday). Our pleasure DD, have a great day Andrew.

Steve Dudley writes that the next Chelmsford slot drags of the 2014-15 season at MrD Raceway will take place at 8:00 pm on Friday 23rd November at The Cathedral Primary School, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1PA. "There is a small car park in the school grounds but please park carefully as it is narrow", says Steve. "Entry and racing are free, all we ask is that you make a donation of a couple of pounds to help toward the hire of the hall, although it's not obligatory. I have loan cars for anybody wishing to try out this exciting form of slot car racing. We usually run a couple of eliminations, for added tension. Come and have a go, it's great fun!"


Anslow seeks help.
13th January: UK VW Sportsman Racer Jason Anslow is offering fans and companies the chance to become involved in Quick Release Racing's 2015 campaign:

Having been lucky enough to win the VWDRC Sportsman title and Rookie of the Year in 2013, 2014 was a challenging second season. I retired Quick Release and built Skool's a Drag to help me move on in the sport and ultimately create a car that would enable me to move up through the classes whilst reducing the ETs!  However, if anyone follows the VWDRC or has seen Quick Release Racing's Facebook page they may know I suffered a number of breakages during 2014 which has hindered the development of the car on track and also the upgrade finances.

2015 is shaping up to be a very full season with an extra VWDRC Championship round as well as other shows such as European Bug-In over the channel in Belgium. In all I would hope to have the car take part in at least ten events. To help me move forward I am reaching out to all those who know me, and also to those I don't, to ask if they are willing and able to help me fund the car for the upcoming season and maybe beyond.

I know that times are tough and that Sportsman drag racing is mostly self-funded so all I am asking for from those who can help is a donation of £20 from individuals or £40 from a business. I know I am unable to offer the packages which other high profile racers can, however for those who can help, the following is what I can do:
  • For the individuals who donate I will display their name on the new rear wing being fitted to the car, on a sponsors' board in the pits and on the Quick Release Racing Facebook page. They will also receive a photograph of the car and be entered into a draw to win two tickets to Bug Jam in July.
  • For any business donations you have the option of your company name as text on the wing or to have a company logo on the car body itself by way of sticker up to size A5. All else will be the same as above. If any companies are able to help more than this then suitable signage can be discussed.
For those who do choose to support me money can be paid to me via Paypal, direct bank transfer, cheque or cash. All monies raised will be used for the running / upgrade costs of the car for the season ahead. If you are able to do so I can be contacted at jasonanslow@hotmail.com or through my  Facebook page. I can then give you details on how funds can be sent.

As mentioned I know that there are not huge amounts of cash out ther and any help is very much appreciated. For those not able to help, it would be appreciated if you could share this post with others.

For those who got this far I thank you and hope you are able to help.


A nine-driver field.
13th January: Nigel Taylor writes that the Detroit Spinner Ford Prefect is almost ready for another season backed by its crew, sponsors, supporters, and followers:

Cliff Hepton at American Motor Factors, Andy Frost of Penn Autos, Graham Smith of Serck Motorsport, Peter Borrett of Saunashop.com, Justin Horne of Joust Performance and Recovery, Mark Onthebottle of On the Bottle nitrous, Michael Hawkins of Get Plastered, Clacys Garage, Bob Hancox, Chris Cotten, Ben Waldron, Jeff Goddard, Graham True, Col Law, Steve Dale, Paul Dale, Stephen Lowth, Tom Mitty, Kelvin Helsdown, Dave Fulton, Stuart Ashton, Rob Gregory, Eddie Ed, Kirsty Cleall, Nick Dunford, Steve Marshall, Mandy Darlison, Danny Mitty, Mick Patey, Richard Hicks, Neil Gibbs, Arthur Bonner, James Gilmour, Sophie Taylor, Elisha Taylor, Mackenzie Taylor and Fletcher Taylor.

The plan is to run the 18th-19th April Test and Tune with Jeff Goddard, Mark Onthebottle and Arthur Bonner, the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals with a surprise driver then Graham Smith / Col Law and Arthur Bonner, Dragstalgia with Andy Frost, Michael Hawkins and Arthur Bonner, then the NSRA Hot Rod Drags with Dave Fulton, Graham Smith / Col Law and Arthur Bonner.

A busy year ahead! It's like a competition between nine different drivers

Big thanks to everyone involved.


VP celebrates forty years.
13th January: As Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels enters its fortieth year in business, the Texas USA-based company continues to power the top race teams and engine builders in all forms of motorsports.

"We expect 2015 to be another big year for us in North America but also in Europe and on the other continents" said Jim Kelly, Regional Manager for Eastern NA and Europe for VP. "Our racing fuels continue to make more power in drag race engines than any other brand whether it be with unleaded or leaded fuels. The key has always been we use the best components available to yield max HP, components that leave race engines running cooler and cleaner than other products. We've fuelled every NHRA Pro Stock World Champion since 1975 when we started and we're still making the most power not just on the dyno but at the race track where it really counts."

In addition to providing on-site fuel service at the Isle of Man TT again this spring, VP will be fueling the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona as part of a multi-year agreement to fuel IMSA as well as the Pirelli World Challenge, Watkins Glen International and a long list of notable racers, tracks and series around the world.

VP has an extensive distributor and dealer network throughout the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East as well as a full time professional technical staff to support all types of motorsport efforts. Please visit www.vpracingfuels.com/europe for more information.


Web site updates.
13th January: A second appearance for Bob Roberts in today's update and having watched drag racing on TV over the years without more than passing interest being shown in the rôle of the crew Bob decided to do something about it himself. You can check out Bob's excellent documentary about the between-rounds work of Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson's Pro Modified crew by youtu.be/plAWSEROhGE.

Our good buddy Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with an eleventh page of Roger Phillips' pictures. "This update is called The Class of '72 and continues the story of the great rivalry in Pro Fuel between Dennis Priddle and Clive Skilton and the hectic development of cars which accompanied it", says Alan. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest updates via the What's New? link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.


Autosport International report.
11th January: In association with Alamo Rent-A-Car we have now posted our report from Friday's Trade Day at Autosport. The drag racing content mainly centred upon the Santa Pod Raceway / Lucas Oil stand but we managed to find cars and a bike elsewhere as well as speaking to sponsors and racers from Top Fuel Dragster to VW Pro.

Click here to check out our Autosport International report, or click on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Regular readers will know that we traditionally talk to a member of Santa Pod Raceway's management at Autosport and this year is no exception as we managed to snag some time with a very busy Keith Bartlett, Santa Pod's CEO. Keith's words are currently undergoing proofing and we will post them on Tuesday's update.


Swift snippets.
11th January: Cath Napier asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to her husband, UK Pro ET racer Tig Napier. We're very happy to do so, have a great day Tig. Cath and Tig have confirmed that they wish to continue the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award this season so a big Thank You to them.

Many thanks to everyone who submitted votes for the SPRC Perpetual Awards. Voting is now closed but keep those voting fingers warm as we will shortly be running a similar exercise for the APIRA and Shakespeare County Raceway Perpetual Awards.


The Bomber goes high-yield.
9th January: Our Autosport International report, presented in association with
Alamo Rent-A-Car, will be posted tomorrow but it would be unfair to make you wait to read that UK Super Pro ET racer Liam 'Bomber' Jones will be contesting this year's FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Championship in one of the Rune Fjeld Motorsport stable of dragsters. Licencing is planned for a Run What You Brung before Easter.

Another welcome piece of news is that Liam's Super Pro ET dragster will be driven this season by former Pro Stock racer Conrad Stanley.

We will have more about this soon, but in closing Liam is hoping that the Top Fueller will carry his famous camouflage colour scheme.


Introducing MSEF.
8th January: After a year of organisation up, the Motorsports Safety Education Foundation gave its first presentation at the recent PRI Show at Indy. Lena Perés writes:

There are many ways to learn about safety in motorsport. Either by reading the rule book or through other drivers, or through personal experience and incidents at race tracks, which is the worst way. The MSEF aim to provide an additional path to knowledge for safer racing by offering an interactive options. MSEF have all the latest safety knowledge to be enable you to compete in the sport you love over and over again, and now they are giving us all the opportunity to benefit from and add to that knowledge.

This year the MSEF presented their organisation board and their mission at a press conference. The board of the foundation is Mike Long (President, Eagle Motorsports),Tom Weisenbach (Executive Director), Murf McKinney (President, McKinney Corp) and Al Lowe (President, AED Motorsport Products).

Accidents have dropped over the years, but still they happen. MSEF now want to help and educate the family and team members supporting the drivers to further increase the safety of the practitioners. MSEF plan to provide the latest safety knowledge in a simple manner on their web site at www.motorsportssafety.org where you can read more about their purpose and objectives.


Swift snippets.
8th January: The 2014 Top Fuel Dragster points on the FIA web site have been amended to show Sweden's Micke Kågered as Champion even though Thomas Nataas had more than one event's lead. It appears that not only have Thomas' points been removed for the event, as sanctioned by FIA, but that Thomas' opponents in his elimination rounds have been awarded his win points. The latter was not done to Tommy Johnson Jr in his similar situation and FIA rules state that points are not transferable. Words are being had and we will bring you clarification when we receive it.

Don't forget that voting for the SPRC Perpetual Awards closes at 23:59 UK time tomorrow (Friday). To check out the shortlists and place your votes, click here or click on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Those 2013 Perpetual Award winners who have not yet returned their trophies are asked to get in touch with Ian Marshall at Santa Pod Racers Club on 01933 313625 to arrange collection.

Steve Dudley writes that the next Kent slot drags meeting of the new season takes place on Mr D Raceway at 2:00 on Sunday week (18th) at Higham Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham, Kent ME3 7JL. "The hall is chargeable", says Steve. "If you would be kind enough to carry on the tradition of a couple of quid in the pot it would be appreciated. I have loan cars available if you do not have your own and would like to take part in eliminations."


NitrOlympX: Lackey speaks out.
6th January:
NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey has been in touch to confirm that despite rumours to the contrary this year's race, the thirtieth NitrOlympX, will be taking place on 7th-9th August and that it will be a round of both FIA and FIM European Championships. Some minor English corrections aside we are presenting Jerry's statement as written and in its entirety:

In the name of the NitrOlympX organising team, I hope all racers in Europe had a wonderful Christmas and a good start to the New Year 2015. I wish all of you a record-breaking safe season and look forward to seeing you all at most of the 2015 drag race season events.

In order to still many of the rumours that have circulated in the drag racing community in past months about the NitrOlympX and the Hockenheimring I would like to say the following.

First off, the person or persons who are spreading the rumours that there will be no FIA Championship held at the Hockenheimring in 2015 are unfortunately mostly racers or organisers themselves and have no idea what harm they are doing to not only the NitrOlympX but to our sport of drag racing in general here in Europe.

It is well known that the NitrOlympX has a record of having the most spectators and many times the most participants than any other dragster event in Europe. It cannot be denied that the NitrOlympX is popular amongst almost all racers in Europe because of the atmosphere surrounding the event and our spectator numbers are wished for by organisers at other events in Europe. For these reasons, it is not at all understandable why baseless rumours are still being spread.

Fact 1: We have applied for and have approved from the FIA a date for the 30th NitrOlympX from 7th-9th August 2015. The date is already posted on the FIA 2015 calendar.

Fact 2: Even if it is true that a few Scandinavian racers have supposedly stated that they will not participate at the NitrOlympX in 2015, we will go on with our plans for the Championship and will co-operate with the organisers of events at Santa Pod Raceway in order to try to save the FIA Championship.

Our 30th NitrOlympX event will help us decide our faith in future FIA Championship events at the Hockenheimring and we will invite all FIA classes in the hopes of getting a good turnout of racers from all countries.

Fact 3: Despite attempts to cause the downfall of the FIM Championships by certain organisers of opposing Championships, we have applied for and have an approved FIM date also of 7th-9th August 2015 for the 30th NitrOlympX. We will invite all FIM Classes including the FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup and we will then decide how we will continue with the FIM Championships.

Fact 4: The road builders who put down the asphalt for our 2013 season track will, weather permitting, be doing some testing in January and will then make suggestions and supply estimates for renewing the Hockenheim quarter mile track.

Despite a well known Pro Stock racer's comments that I claimed we would have a killer track in 2014 - it was not said by me - we were not able, in the short period of time given us after the F1 event, to get the quarter mile back to 2013 condition. The 2014 track was not an unsafe track but admittedly was not a track for best record numbers.

I have been guaranteed by the Director of Logistics at the Hockenheimring that we will definitely have a much better track surface in 2015 and that, there being no F1 event at the 'Ring in 2015, we will be given plenty of time for our crews. With the guidance of the Santa Pod track specialists, we will have a super good quarter mile track in 2015 (Note: There are zero killer tracks in Europe).

Materials for treating our renovated track surface to the value of over €75,000 have already been purchased and on the way from the USA and Denmark plus a new Andy Robinson rubber sled to better forced the rubber on to the track. This sled and others will be pulled by one of our four new John Deere tractors which are all to be used in treating the 2015 track. 

Fact 5: I intend to bring in the new highly-interesting and growing class from England, the Supercharged Outlaws.  This will be a invitational class for 2015 and the results from our overall  2015 event will help us to decide whether we go with a full sixteen-car field in 2016.

I am asking the Editor of Eurodragster.com to release these statements and must now leave it up to all racers, FIA and FIM, to decide which direction both Championships will go in 2016.

Editor's note: Please see News FAQs 16 and 15.


End of the lollipop.
6th January: After thirty eight years of racing UK Super Pro ET racer Dave Ward has been advised by doctors to retire from racing and hang up his boots.

"I have been diagnosed with a benign brain tumour, and I've been told it would not be sensible to continue racing", Dave told Eurodragster.com. "Although this has been a difficult decision I know it is the right thing to do.

"The dragster is up for sale in the Cars For Sale section of the Jeff Bull Swap Meet and although it feels like the end it's not quite, as Felicity is going to race her Mustang in Sportsman ET and I will be supporting her all the way.

"I have many people to thank. Firstly my wife for putting up with my racing for so many years, Ian Gibbs my loyal Crew Chief, Adrian and Daniel Holloway, Jeff Hart, Felicity Gibbs, Graham Chamberlain, Paul Saint, Bill Sullivan and my children Jon, Steve and Nats for spending all my spare cash at the track. Last but not least my dad John Ward for making all this possible. Thanks to everyone who knows me, I will miss you all. From myself and the Rampage team, best regards and stay safe."

We're sure that everyone will join us in wishing Dave well for the future and we look forward to seeing him at the track with Felicity.


Swift snippets.
6th January: As he did last year, multiple FIA European Pro Stock Champion Jimmy Ålund is to start 2015 in the USA, again racing out of the KB Racing stable. After testing Jimmy is due to contest four events including the defence of his Four Wide title.

Noise and fumes, all welcome.
6th January: If you fancy methanol fumes in your nose and one of the best sounds on the planet in your ears then Dave McKenzie tells us that he, Mark Windridge, Eddie Fryer, Will McKenzie, and Nathan Kershaw will be at the Manchester Ultimate Custom Show this Saturday and Sunday (10th-11th) with The Thing Supercharged Outlaw Dodge Daytona Funny Car and that fire-ups are on the menu.

"Andy Fadster's Twister and Jayne and Gary Kay's altered will be there", says Fuzzie. "Fire-ups of The Thing and Twister are scheduled both Saturday and Sunday. Come along and get an early fix". For more information about the Show check out its official web site at www.ultimatecustomshow.co.uk.

Fuzzie adds that anyone interested in joining the Supercharged Outlaws is welcome to their AGM which takes place at 1:00 pm at Clifford Chambers village hall, close to Shakespeare County Raceway. The Supercharged Outlaws presentation for 2014 follows at 7:00 pm at the New Inn in Clifford Chambers. "No dinner tickets are left but anyone who wants to come along to watch the presentation is welcome", says Fuzzie. "They will just have to wait in the bar (What a hardship - Ed) until we have eaten our meals."


APIRA presentation booking...
6th January: Avon Park International Racing Association and Shakespeare County Raceway are pleased to announce details of their Championship Presentation Evening to be held on Saturday 7th March in the Valley Suite of the Severn Valley Railway, Comberton Place, Kidderminster DY10 1QR. The evening will honour the 2014 APIRA Champions and runners up along with APIRA and SCR Perpetual Award winners.

The evening will commence at 6:00 pm and the buffet will open at 7:30 pm. The Championship presentation begins at 8:30 pm. There will be a disco till late provided by Shakey's resident DJ Jamie. There will also be a raffle.

Tickets are £15 per person including Hog Roast with all the trimmings and a choice of desserts; please see the booking form for the options. You can download your booking form (PDF format) from the Downloads page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk. Please note that all booking forms should be returned to the address on the form by 17th February 2015. Credit card payments can be made by calling 01789 414119 during business hours.

There are many hotels and guest houses nearby including a Holiday Inn Express, Premier Inn and Travelodge. Please see the Severn Valley Severn Valley Railway web site for details. There is plenty to see and do at the Severn Valley Railway as well as the historic towns of Bewdley, Bridgnorth and Kidderminster. The Severn Valley Railway itself offers a fantastic day / weekend of heritage steam which includes a very informative visitor centre named The Engine House at Highley Station. Perfect for all petrol heads!

If you have any queries then please call 01789 720180 or E-Mail enquiries@shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk.

2013 Perpetual Award winners please note that all trophies should be returned to APIRA/SCR as soon as possible.

APIRA and Eurodragster.com will again be teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance to vote for the 2014 season APIRA and SCR Perpetual Awards. The first shortlist will be published shortly.


...SPRC Dinner Dance closing.
6th January: Booking will soon be closing for the Santa Pod Racers Club Dinner Dance and Trophy Evening, which takes place at 6:00 pm on Saturday 7th February at the St John's Hotel, Warwick Road, Solihull, Birmingham B91 1AT (map). This event will present Champions and runners-up in the 2014 UK National Drag Racing Championships, MSA British Drag Racing Championship, Santa Pod Racers Club Championships and SPRC Perpetual Award winners.

Tickets to the Dinner Dance are £32 per adult and £15 for under-twelves which includes three-course meal plus tea / coffee and mints. Please make it clear on the form if booking tickets for under-twelves and specify a child's meal. An additional £1 per ticket should be added if paying by credit card. Verbal bookings will not be accepted: bookings will not be confirmed until a completed form is received by SPRC. Please remember to bring your ticket on the evening as the raffle will be drawn on ticket numbers.

SPRC have negotiated a preferential rate for hotel rooms in the St John's Hotel. These are priced at £75 for a single room and £85 for double or twin tooms, including breakfast on Sunday morning. To book your room, please call the hotel on 0844 854 2910 quoting Santa Pod.

You can download the booking form (PDF format) by clicking here. A Word format form is available on the Entry Forms section of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. Please note that booking forms should be sent to Yvonne Tramm at the address specified and not to the SPRC address.

If you have any queries then please contact Ian Marshall at SPRC on 01933 313625 or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com

2013 Perpetual Award winners please note that trophies should be be returned to SPRC as soon as possible. To make arrangements for trophy return please contact Ian Marshall as above.


Swift snippets.
4th January: Eurodragster.com's annual visit to Autosport International at Birmingham's NEC takes place this Friday, Trade Day 2. If you, your vehicle, or pieces of your vehicle will be present at the Show on Friday then please be sure to let us know at
editor@eurodragster.com and we can arrange a chat for our report.

On the subject of Autosport International, don't forget that DC Electronics are hosting a Meet and Greet with 2014 FIM European Super Street Bike Cup Champion Steve Venables at the Show on Thursday and Friday. You can check in with Ven and his bike between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm on stand E181 in Autosport Engineering on both days.

Voting for the SPRC Perpetual Awards will close at 23:59 UK time this Friday (9th). To check out the shortlists and place your votes, click here or click on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Those 2013 Perpetual Award winners who have not yet returned their trophies are asked to get in touch with Ian Marshall at Santa Pod Racers Club on 01933 313625 to arrange collection.

The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (below left) came with the words "All dressed up in a new party frock and nowhere to go (yet)". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.


Dutch Euro Top Gas Series racer Herman Jolink, Felicitas and team got in touch to wish everyone a Happy New Year and to share this picture (above right) of Herman clocking a 10.513/201 kmh at a sprint in The Netherlands in October 1984. The bike toted a Ducati Bevel 998 cc  on high octane petrol, with pistons manufactured by Star Twin and frame by Jan Jansen. Now, about that tram which someone has crashed through the fence into the forest...


Nitro Bug update.
2nd January: Karl Harrison is expecting a busy 2015 as he prepares to debut a new Nitro Beetle with Andy Raw:

As most people in our little world know, Andy Raw and I are currently piecing together a Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car. Over the last year Andy has been gathering a rather nice collection of parts to bring a dream for both of us to reality. We will be showing the full build after Christmas as that's when things will really start moving on.

Our current status is we have a complete short motor, heads, rocker gear and spare heads/rocker gear, manifold and spare, ignition system, blower (from Kenny Gomez at Superpower Unlimited), hat, and fuel system to go along with my complete chassis, gearbox, clutch and can.

The body is currently being made and I can confirm that it will be a VW Beetle body. Jason Phelps of FGR Motorsport is going to mount and tin the body and Andy and I will build up the motor and running gear. Paint for the body is in the hands of Steve Taylor and Paul Jackson who have got a paint scheme all planned out.

We plan on being out for Dragstalgia 2015. If all goes to plan we then hope to go to Hockenheim as well. Both Andy and I are very fortunate to have the support from our better halves to enable us to spend countless amounts of hours work hidden in a workshop to bring this whole project alive so I would like give to give a massive thank you to Tash and Lisa for all their support and hard work they do which often goes unnoticed.

There are also a couple of other tricks or surprises up our sleeves to complement this build which we will share as and when the time is right. Andy has already been out and about talking to sponsors for the car and currently he has five or six definite sponsors for the coming season.

It's going to be a really exciting season with everything else we have going on as well with the two Harrison family Super Pro ET dragsters and the Team Rock.com / Marshall / FGR Motorsport nitro Funny Car. We will endeavour to keep to you all updated with progress as it happens, watch this space.


ESLA announce international dates.
2nd January: Thanks to Dutch racer and European Street Legal Association organiser Margot Schmidt who has sent details of the European Street Legal Association (ESLA) series for 2015:

The aim of ESLA's street legal series through Europe is primarily to fulfil the needs of street-legal car and bike enthusiasts. The ESLA series will bring participants, motorsport shows, entertainment, media and business opportunities to various event locations across Europe. ESLA's goal is to organise a monthly three-day event in each participating country, with up to nine countries holding events by 2017.

ESLA and its partner tracks are dedicated to giving all aspiring drivers a place to race safely. Whether you're a hard-core racing enthusiast or just want to test your driving skills against others, ESLA offers a fun and easy alternative to dangerous and illegal street racing. When you are a certified ESLA member with a street legal motorcycle or automobile, you will be able to race in a safer and controlled environment at our partner tracks across Europe.

More information can be seen at: www.esla-events.com.


Quartermile Pro events.
2nd January: We have also received details of the Dutch Quartermile series which will comprise two Pro events which will also be organised by ESLA. Margot Schmidt writes:

The new Quartermile Organisation proudly presents our dates for the Quartermile Pro-events 2015, at Drachten airport in the Netherlands. The first Pro event will take place on 10th-12th July and the second on 2nd-4th October.

All participants of the pro-events of 2015 will be charged a special introductory price of €150. This fee includes one driver ticket, five extra tickets and use of all facilities. If entering a second class, you will also be charged a special introductory price of €100. Junior Drag Bikes and Junior Dragsters participate for free. Participants entering for either one or both Pro events will get the opportunity to run free demos at various International ESLA events in 2015; demo dates include free entry for drivers, crew and sponsors, free use of all facilities, free use of track, and international exposure.

There are limited spaces for free demos at ESLA events, so please send in your Pro Event participation entrey no later than 1st April 2015, through our web site at www.quartermile.nl. For free demo runs at ESLA International events, please contact us at contact@esla-events.com.


Swift snippets.
2nd January: Supercharged Outlaw racer Steve Goode who drives the Ghost Train Funny Car (pictured) has a request for crew. Steve says "I am looking for a man or woman to work on my Funny Car for 2015 and future years. I can crew provide tickets for events, so if you are interested please write to steve.goode376@btinternet.com or call me on 07811 622990."

Head of Eurodragster.com's Complaints Department Ray White says he has three five-gallon RCI fuel jugs free for the taking. Ray says "They just need a clean, I don't want anything for them and they just need to be collected. I'm not sending them anywhere and I'm not holding on to them until start of season but they might help someone out". You can contact Ray via his advertisement in Car Parts For Sale on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.


Web site updates.
2nd January: Our good buddy Alan Currans has been in touch to let us know that he has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with a page of wallpaper images taken from the 2015 calendar. As ever you can check out the latest update via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Time Warp Nostalgia FC crew member Chris Eyre writes that his Nostalgia Funny Car web site has been updated with a write up from Mike 'Doc Stinger' Megrauer about his 2014 season and his plans for 2015, including a major change to the car. There is also a write up from prospective Funny Car racer Jon Best who will be remembered from his time in the NFAA running the 'Felsted, Best and Lotsabeera' altered and who hopes to be entertaining the masses soon, running nitro again. In addition there is news from Andy Raw and Karl Harrison. All of these reports can be found at euronostalgiafunnycar.jimdo.com/news. Chris adds that some more reports will follow soon.


2015 FIA regulations published.
28th December: Many thanks to FIA Drag Racing Commission member Lars Pettersson for letting us know that the 2015 regulations for the FIA European Drag Racing Championships are now available on the FIA web site.

You can view the FIA's drag racing regulation page by
clicking here or alternately view the individual updated documents below: All documents are in PDF format and amendments are highlighted.

SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 5.
28th December: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 7th February 2015.

For several of the 2014 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

This week's latest category, the last, is the James Edgar Memorial Trophy. The James Edgar Memorial Trophy is awarded for outstanding performance by a Crew Chief, tuner or crew member. The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Willen van Baalen, for Tom van der Wijden (Super Pro ET)
Vote for Willen van Baalen

Dave Bowe, for Garry Bowe (Super Street Bike)
Vote for Dave Bowe

Dave Catton, for himself and Brad Jackson (Super Pro ET)
Vote for Dave Catton

Nick Garrett, for Rick Garrett (Pro Modified)
Vote for Nick Garrett

Daniel Giles, for Barry Giles (Super Pro ET) and Thaliah Gibb and Harley Coulsell (Lucas Oil Junior Dragster)
Vote for Daniel Giles

Jedd Guy, for Isaacs and Tramm (Pro Modified) and Colin Millar (Outlaw Anglia)
Vote for Jedd Guy

Chris Hope, for Alex Hope (Pro Stock Bike and 9.50 Bike) and Mark Hope (8.50 Bike)
Vote for Chris Hope

Robin Orthodoxou, for himself (Comp Eliminator)
Vote for Robin Orthodoxou

Spencer Tramm, for Isaacs and Tramm Racing (Pro Modified), Dave Holland (Super Street Bike), Joseph and Samuel Holland Villa (Lucas Oil Junior Dragster)
Vote for Spencer Tramm

Richie Webb, for himself (Super Comp)
Vote for Richie Webb

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to David Anniwell. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2014@btinternet.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

For each of the Awards, one vote per E-Mail address per nominee will be accepted: multiple votes for the same nominee from the same E-Mail address will all be disqualified. And every year we say this, but every year someone tries it on: please note that blatant attempts at organising mass votes - for example asking workmates, forum members or Facebook friends to vote en masse - are easily identified and all such votes will be disallowed as they have been in previous years. Concerted attempts at vote-rigging will result in the nominee being removed from the shortlist whether or not that nominee knows what was going on. We know all the dodges so it's just not worth trying. If in any doubt about what constitutes canvassing then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than Eurodragster.com. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement.


Hall of Fame announces 2015 Gala.
28th December: It may be eleven months away but the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the date and venue for its 2015 Gala Awards Dinner.

After the successful 2014 event it will be no surprise that the Savill Court Hotel in Windsor Great Park will again be the venue. The date will be Saturday 21st November. Better put it in your diary now.

BDRHoF Chair Stu Bradbury said "I intend that our next BDRHoF induction ceremony will be just as spectacular as the fabulous 2014 event. Drag racing now has a platform to entertain customers and potential sponsors in an atmosphere more suited to something they would expect from people who are serious about what they  do. 2014 guest Donna Garlits noted several ideas to include in their own International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Awards evening held in Ocala, Florida during March. For the first time, the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be represented by members of the BDRHoF Management Group who have been invited as VIP guests. What a great honour."

The BDRHoF has also announced that Geoff Stilwell is joining its Management Board. In truth this formalises the current situation as Geoff has been playing an important role in developing the BDRHoF and in particular the Gala Dinner.


PMR seats available.
28th December: Paul Marston Racing are still working away on their new shop adjacent to Drag Race Engineering, and with Easter relatively early in 2015 there is never enough time. The driver line-up at PMR has yet to be finalised and there are some very interesting opportunities for arrive-and-drive customers:

The Miller four-link dragster is still available for either Super Pro ET or Super Comp in 2015. It is going to be a very interesting prospect in 2015 for anyone who is looking at a full season or to drive as a team car with more than one driver. This dragster is a proven winner: it won the NHRA Division 2 Super Comp Championship in 2010 and in 2014 it won both the NitrOlympX Super Comp title with Rene Kloss at the wheel, and the UK National Finals Super Comp title with Martin Curbishley in the seat. With two different motors, as we bought the dragster as a roller, and two different drivers, this is quite an achievement. The dragster needs a good driver but with its track record and the PMR crew it will most probably be a player in the 2015 Championship, wherever it competes.

In the doorslammer stable there are plenty of cars from which to choose, all of which are winners in Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Pro ET and Super Pro ET. At least two drivers will be competing in the doorslammers in 2015, but their drives are not finalised. Because of the competitiveness of the door cars there is not a whole lot of difference, it's just down to personal taste. Paul Marston is looking at carrying on with the PT Bruiser in 2015 after a solid start at the FIA/FIM European Championship Finals. Paul will make a firm announcement on the PT Bruiser once the team knows who else is joining the driver line-up.

The Paul Marston Drag Race School is looking forward to a busy start to the 2015 season, with the four-link dragster now available alongside the doorslammers. PMR expect a steady flow of new drivers. For more details of the Drag Race School please pmracing@fsmail.net or call Paul on 07831 650230.

Paul Marston Racing will also be returning to North Weald Drag Strip for the four Heads-Up Quick 8 events held at their Public Test Days during the summer. Organised by Maitland Racing, the events are one-day affairs on a Sunday and are great fun, traditional grass roots drag racing at its very best. Having won two of three in 2014 (the fourth was rained out) and three out of four in 2013, PMR are still the team to beat and will return in 2015 to defend their record.

There are also a couple of projects that PMR in which are currently either involved or in discussion. These will hopefully become reality over the next few months and could involve PMR moving into exciting new territory. Stay tuned to Eurodragster.com for more information, in the meantime from everyone involved at PMR a very Happy New Year.


JT posts Top Sportsman bonus.
24th December: The organisers of UK Top Sportsman are pleased to welcome their newest backer, well-respected ex-Lightning McQueen Ford Probe doorslammer driver John Tebenham, JT to his friends:

Despite selling his Ford Probe quite recently John is no stranger to the drag strip and attends most Santa Pod events for at least one day as a spectator. By day, John is an investor in worldwide companies and a developer so it is impossible logistically for John to compete. John has however watched the growth of UK Top Sportsman and sees the class as warranting investment to help it attract more sponsors and to help it grow. To this end we are delighted to announce that, over and above the prize money posted by UK Top Sportsman, there will be a special bonus of £1000 for the winner and £250 for the runner-up in the the Heads-Up sixteen-car eliminator at the Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway in July.

This makes that race without a shadow of a doubt the richest race in the Sportsman drag racing calendar by a huge margin. John Tebenham understands UK Top Sportsman and wants to help it grow. For the class to grow it needs investors like JT and all the great associates and sponsors who are already on board, for their money allows us to reward teams and drivers who put in so much hard work and dedication. Competing in UK Top Sportsman is tough: it really is the toughest, hardest fought, Sportsman doorslammer class in England, and Europe for that matter. As of 2014 there has never been a repeat winner, and in the heads-up race the number one qualifier has only ever won once. To have such parity is rare.

Our sincere thanks go out to all our sponsors of 2014 and before: Paul Woodhead at Direct Plastics, Matt Wright at wemoveyourcar.com, Paul at Antigravity Batteries, Kenny Coleman at Engine Data Analysis, Jeff Bull Racing Engines, Geof Hauser at Hauser Race Cars, Bil Macdermid at Topspeed Automotive Speedparts, Gary Hall at Damn Yankees American Car Club, Gary Springford at Drag Race Engineering, Steve Strong at Steve Strong Engines VW Specialists, Dave Gibbons at Rough Diamond Race Car Fabrication, Dave Coleman at Cole Mechanical, Paul Marston Racing and all the rest. Thanks especially to Eurodragster.com for your unwavering support (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed).

Keep working on those Top Sportsman Doorslammers over the winter, the richest race just got a lot richer!


VWDRC do the honours.
24th December: Richard Merriman writes that the Volkswagen Drag Racing Club closed its 27th season with their AGM and Trophy Presentation at the Jurys Inn in Milton Keynes:

Preceding the AGM it was decided to organise something a little different that involved corners! Club sponsor Herbies Autos kindly arranged for a bit of track action in the way of Karting. With eighteen racers taking part we knew there would be some friendly rivalry, close racing and good banter. In the end there were two groups and the winner from each group was presented with a Herbies Autos trophy. Well done to Bruce Collins and Jaygun Evans. Saturday evening was a good opportunity to hit the pub, catch up with good friends, and do a bit of bench racing!

Onto the AGM, and in a packed room we began the trophy presentation. A huge congratulations to this year's winners and runners-up:

VW Pro: Champion
James Hodson, runner-up Jacob Bailey
VW Sportsman: Champion Ed Keech, runner-up Adrian London
Sir Brian Burrows Rookie of the Year: Ed Keech
Wagenmaster Driver of the Year: Ed Keech
RNJ Motorsport Car of the Year: Paul Jordan (collected by Tom Herbert)
Dennis Cox Memorial Trophy (Highest Consistent Qualifier): Adrian London
Becky Sutton Memorial Trophy (Services to the Club): Luke Stevenson

None of this would have been possible without the support of the racers and of course the Club sponsors, so I would like to say a huge thank you to: APIRA Championship sponsored by Paul Jackson, Bio Cam; DC Customs; Fast Turbo; Kleen Freaks; Reich Speed Aircooled; Vanology, Worksafe Direct; WRP Paint & Restoration.

If you would like to sponsor the VWDRC then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you. For more about the Club and latest news check out our Facebook page or our web site at www.vwdrc.com.

That just leaves me to say have a fantastic Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in 2015.


Swift snippets.
24th December: Santa Pod Raceway Track Announcer and Eurodragster.com Blogger Colin Theobald writes to congratulate UK Pro ET racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Nic Williams of OCS Paint and Williams Brothers Racing on his marriage to Alix yesterday (Tuesday). "I just hope that the "All that I have I share with you" part of the vows means that we will see the new Mrs Williams in the Camaro running some rapid numbers next season", says Colin. We're sure that everyone will join us in wishing Nic and Alix many happy years together.

Ian Marshall and all at Santa Pod Racers Club have asked us to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy and successful New Year to all racers, crew members, marshals and officials, Santa Pod Raceway staff and not forgetting all of the Eurodragster.com and Nitro FM staff (Thanks! - Ed). "Thanks for a great 2014 season", they say. "Have a great off-season, spend time in the garage, and we hope that Santa brings you all of the parts and pieces you are wishing for. See you all in 2015."

No news update yesterday so we were unable to say a Happy Birthday to Shakespeare County Raceway PR Jerry Cookson. Hope you had a great day Jerry.

The Simpson Christmas Carbon offer is still ongoing; for details check out Monday's news update.


2014 Champions' Champions.
24th December: Honorary Eurodragster.com staff member Andy Marrs of TSI Timers and our own Simon have again been hard at work to compile lists of European and UK Champions' Champions. The Champions' Champions tables show the all-time highest points earners since the FIA and FIM European Championships began in 1996 and 1992 respectively, and the UK National Championships began in 1999.

In all-time FIA European Championship points, Pro Stock racer Michael Malmgren passed 6000 points, Top Fuel Dragster racer Micke Kågered passed 5500 points, Pro Stock racer Jimmy Ålund passed 4500 points and Top Fuel Dragster racer Anita Mäkelä passed 3000 points. Jimmy moved up from #6 to #5 in the all-time standings and Top Fuel Dragster racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Urs Erbacher moved up from #8 to #7.

Tethys was the fiftieth racer to score points in FIA Top Fuel Dragster. Micke Kågered took over the #1 spot in Top Fuel Dragster career points, passing 3000 points whilst Anita Mäkelä passed 2500 points. Also moving up the Top Fuel Dragster standings were Thomas Nataas #5 to #4, Eurodragster.com sponsor Urs Erbacher #6 to #5 and Stig Neergaard #9 to #7.

Timo Habermann passed 2000 career points in FIA Top Methanol Dragster whilst Manty Bugeja moved up the standings from #9 to #8. In FIA Top Methanol Funny Car Jürgen Nagel moved up the standings from #10 to #9.

Åke Persson became the one hundredth racer to score points in FIA Pro Modified. Bruno Bader moved up the standings from #3 to #2, Roger Johansson #8 to #7, and Robert Joosten #9 to #8.

Michael Malmgren passed 6000 career points in FIA Pro Stock whilst Jimmy Ålund passed 4500 points. Thomas Lindström moved up the standings from #14 to #9.

You can check out the FIA Champions' Champions by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

In all-time FIM Europe Championship points, Top Fuel Bike racer Ian King passed 2500 career points, whilst Pro Stock Bike racer Fredrik Fredlund passed 2000 points. Ian King moved up from #4 to #3 in the all-time standings, Fredrik Fredlund #8 to #5 and Pro Stock Bike racer Martin Bishop from #10 to #9.

Ian King passed 2500 career points in FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike. In the FIM Europe Supertwin standings Ronny Aasen moved up from #6 to #5. Fredrik Fredlund passed 2000 career points in FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike.

Garry Bowe moved up from #3 to #2 in the FIM Europe Super Street Bike standings whilst Steve Venables moved from #4 to #3, Mogens Lund up from #7 to #5, and Danny Cockerill up from #8 to #7.

You can check out the FIM Champions' Champions by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Scoring for the UK National Championships Champions' Champions is based on an event having to be completed for a win to be registered. Race wins are ranked by number based on the driver or rider. Points however are scored and ranked on a team basis, as are numbers of Championships. For teams with multiple cars or drivers changing teams during or between seasons, the compiler's decision is final.

2014 was yet another disappointing season for weather. Only three of the meetings involving most car and bike classes were completed. On the brighter side there were an almost unprecedented eight first time Championship winners. One of these eight first time winners is Alex Hope, who also became the first bike racer to win National Championships in two different classes. Another notable pair of Championships is Allan Davies (Comp Bike) and Louis Davies (Junior Drag Bike) who are the first father and son to win National Championships in the same year in British drag racing history.

In MSA Pro Modified Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson, after his most successful year for some while, leads numbers of Championships with four, event wins with fourteen, and career points.

In Super Pro ET, Scott Hauser has won his second Championship, the first back-to-back Championships in the class for a decade. Martyn Jones, Steve Green and Ian Tubb also have two Super Pro Championships each. Barry Giles leads wins with fifteen in total to now-retired Steve Johnson's nine. Barry Giles leads aggregate points from Steve Johnson. Incidentally Steve Johnson, in his near-forty year long racing career, won Championships as long ago as 1976. Rick McCann's 2014 Championship means he is the only Pro ET racer to win three in the period under review, all gained with the '84 Camaro which is headed to Sweden with the team. Lee Huxley has won nine races over the years under review. Team Heaven & Hell lead the points tally over the Huxleys' Team Top Banana and, latterly, Dark Horse. Congratulations to Ricky Hale who won the 2014 Sportsman ET Championship. At the top of Sportsman ET scores, Geoff Cowley and Team Rainy City Lightning (Al and Linda Platt) both have three Championships, Geoff Cowley and Rick Denny both have seven wins and Team Rainy City Lightning still lead the points aggregate.

In Super Comp, Paul Hudson won his first Championship despite the major setback of a transmission explosion at the European Championship Finals. Brian Pateman has three Championships, thirteen wins, and a points margin of 6460 over Tim Adam gives him a clear lead on all three measures. Jon Morton's fourth Super Gas Championship, back-to-back with 2013, means he now equals Tim Adam in Championships won. Jon has also equalled Frank Mason's record of twelve race wins in the period. Frank continues to lead points scored. In Super Street, well done to Karen Stevens on her first Championship in 2014. Karen is only the second female to win a non-Junior car Championship in the period under review (Carla Pittau winning in 2002 and 2004 as part of Team Heaven & Hell). In terms of overall tallies, Leigh Morris leads in all three categories with four Championships, sixteen wins, and leading the points aggregate by 3000 points from Bob Lees.

In Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator, Stu Williams won his first Championship and congratulations to him. Steve Pateman still dominates the overall listings with five Championships, seventeen wins and a 4880 points lead over Ian Hook.

In Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, Joe Kellett retired from the class having won his third Championship, the only racer to achieve this tally in the history of the class. Nick Mugridge continues to have the most wins with nine and Joe Kellett has achieved a points lead over Nick of 6320.

In the Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association, Lawrie Gatehouse's Chaos Topolino with Nick Davies at the helm has equalled Rebel T and driver Clayton Round's three Championships won. Nick Davies has now won three back-to-back Championships in Chaos. The Chaos team (including previous drivers John Wright and Gary Page) lead the aggregate points and Frank Bennett and Dennis Wratten have the most wins with seven apiece.

Eddy Smiley won his first Championship this year in 8.50 Bike and congratulations to him. Mick Winyard continues to lead numbers of Championships won (three) and has won four events, with Jake Mechaell now equalling this total. Mick leads the points total with a margin of 4080 over Eddy. In 9.50 Bike, well done to Alex Hope on becoming 2014 Champion in a highly competitive season. Eurodragster.com sponsor Fred Furlong leads Championships won with four. Rick Sawatzki's thirteen wins head Fred's ten, and Rick assumes the overall points lead with a margin of 170 over Fred.

ACU Top Fuel Bike was contested at the Festival of Power in 2014 with Steve Woollatt adding to his many Championships, with event wins and aggregate points with totals unlikely to be equalled any time soon.

The 2014 ACU Funny Bike Championship was won by Gary Jones, who previously won the 2005 Comp Bike Championship. Neil Midgley continues to lead all three categories in Championships, wins and points. Alex Hope added to his 9.50 Bike Championship the ACU Pro Stock Bike title and well done to him on this considerable achievement. Dave Beck continues to lead all overall categories in ACU Pro Stock Bike and his eight Championships and record thirty five wins to his name in ACU competition is unlikely to be beaten. Congratulations to Allan Davies who won the ACU Competition Bike Championship this year, his first National title. Phil Leamon and Ivan Birch each has three Championships, both have ten wins and Phil also leads the points with a margin of 11300 over Stu Crane.

In ACU Super Street Bike Steve Venables won his sixth national Championship and leads the number of Championships from Graham Dance's four. Steve has twenty four victories to Graham's nineteen and he leads Graham by 5880 points.

The Junior Drag Bike Championship was won by Louis Davies, well done to Louis on his second title. Scott Collier leads the total of Championships with four and wins with ten wins. He also leads the points tally with a margin of 5390 over second-placed Louis.

You can check out the UK Champions' Champions by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Drag Racing Unplugged XVI.
24th December: As has become traditional on our last pre-Christmas update, we have posted a page of the best quotes from this season's Eurodragster.com Event Coverage including Tog's, Simon's, Kirstie's, and Julian's personal Quotes of the Year, together with other one-liners we didn't publish at the time.

In association with Event Coverage sponsor Alamo Rent-A-Car we are pleased to present Drag Racing Unplugged XVI, the 2014 collection. Click here to view Drag Racing Unplugged XVI, or click on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Eurodragster.com's Christmas break.
24th December: We will now be taking our Christmas break. News updates and postings to our Jeff Bull Race Engines Swap Meet are suspended until Sunday (28th), but votes for the SPRC Perpetual Awards will still be accepted. Keep those news items coming to us at news@eurodragster.com and we will post them on Sunday.

In the meantime we have compiled our usual requests to Father Christmas, together with our New Year resolutions:

Top of Tog's Christmas list: Ideally I would like to wake up and discover that a few of the things which happened this year were just a horrible dream, but this isn't a soap opera so I will instead ask Santa to bring us a year of harmony and progress for the sport.

Top of Simon's Christmas list: Good health and good weather.

Top of Kirstie's Christmas list: A food mixer. I'm becoming domesticated in my old age and watch far too many Great British Bake-Off repeats.

Top of Julian's Christmas list: An even bigger lens, because size does matter!

Tog's New Year resolution: When in the line of fire, to keep smiling and remember that several thousand people out there appreciate what we do.

Simon's New Year resolution: To get the funding to attend all FIA and FIM rounds.

Kirstie's New Year resolution: To buy a new, larger and improved suitcase for Hockenheim and Tierp (Good grief - Tog and Simon)

Julian's New Year resolution: To try harder to keep my web site galleries up to date, something I failed to do in 2013 and 2014.

Tog, Simon, Kirstie, Ed and Julian would like to wish all Eurodragster.com readers and their families the very Happiest of Christmases, and to thank everyone who has sent us personal Christmas wishes and cards.

See you on Sunday.


Feature: Marshall Dickson Racing.
22nd December: For the latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products, Simon spoke to early UK racers John Dickson and Roger Marshall.

John and Roger built one of the first Ford Anglia E93A-based Competition Altereds which they ran between 1968 and 1976. They also worked alongside John's brother Tony who imported and ran the UK's first Pro Stock car. John had a parallel role as a writer of race reports for many of the motorsport press titles current in the early 1970s. Later, their names became synonymous with Marshall Dickson Performance, the speed parts business run not by them, but by John's late brother Tony between 1979 and his death in 2002. Roger and John remain great friends after nearly sixty years, despite living 150 miles apart.

You can check out our interview with John and Roger by clicking here or by clicking on the Interviews, Features, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

We would like to acknowledge the assistance of Dave Riswick of Eurodragster.com sponsor John Woolfe Racing in arranging the interview.


SSB: A new Hope.
22nd December: The spy pictures appearing here on Eurodragster.com on Friday and yesterday turns out to be an exchange between FIM European Super Street Bike Cup and ACU UK Super Street Bike Champion Steve Venables and the new owner of his previous Super Street Bike, ACU UK Pro Stock Bike and UK National 9.50 Bike Champion Alex Hope. Alex explains:

After a successful year on both the Pro Stock and 9.50 Bikes, we were looking for a new challenge for 2015. The original plan was to upgrade some parts on the Stocker and to run the FIM European Championship with the aim of competing with the best. A low number of rounds for FIM Pro Stock Bike in 2015 meant that we started to look at other options to give next year's racing some substance.

I want to run the 9.50 Bike at a couple of meetings with its number one plate so a couple of rounds at Shakespeare County Raceway are on the calendar. For Santa Pod dates the seat on that bike looks likely to be taken by another rookie hoping to follow in his father's footsteps and win races. I'm guessing more word on that will come after the first couple of test days!

My brother Mark was kind enough to let me ride his turbo Busa at the Flame and Thunder Show, which was a lot of fun. So we started to see what was available in that sort of format.  The current ACU and FIM Europe Super Street Bike Champion still had this old girl in the garage and had threatened to sell it earlier in the year. So I called Steve up to see if he was still looking to move it on and we managed to strike a deal. We will have Steve's support with the bike until we feel we have a handle on it, or run similar to the bike's best. We are all looking forward to a new challenge for the coming season with the support needed to be as quick as possible as soon as possible. 

The plan is to run the ACU UK Super Street Bike Championship, and the Pro Stock Bike in those FIM rounds we have for 2015. See you all at the track.


Web site updates.
22nd December: In the latest instalment of his exclusive Blog presented in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car, engine builder Rob Loaring reviews the 2014 season for the Garlick and Antoniou Apache Nostalgia Funny Car and identifies issues which need to be dealt with in 2015. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest Blog updates by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Simpson Carbon Christmas offer.
24th December: Eurodragster.com sponsor Simpson Europe are offering Eurodragster.com readers special Christmas deals on safety equipment. Big discounts and free shipping anywhere in Europe make an extra special Christmas present, and your favourite drag racing web site will derive a small benefit from all sales.

Head And Neck Restraint
Simpson Hybrid Pro XS-XL now €625 (was €935) + VAT - free shipping anywhere in Europe
FIA approved 8858-2010

Option
X-Package €185 + VAT - free shipping anywhere in Europe
Quick Release Anchors and Tethers €60 + VAT - free shipping anywhere in Europe

The Hybrid device is the preferred head and neck restraint amongst drag racers around the world. It provides comfort and the design allows easy entry and exit from a doorslammer or dragster.

The Hybrid X package is designed for drag racing's extreme speeds and is an option for the Hybrid Pro Head and Neck Restraint. The option includes a double chin strap W-style and semi-rigid neck collar constructed of SFI 45.2 approved padding. The package provides extreme protection featuring six tethers connecting to four points on the helmet. The Hybrid X package is designed for drag racing's Pro classes in which severe tyre shake is common.

For sizing, and to order your safety kit, visit the Simpson Europe web site at www.simpson-europe.com, E-Mail order@simpson-europe.com, or call +46 901 34700.


Happy Birthday Champ!
22nd December: Sharron, Jerry and Skye Collier have asked us to say a big Happy 18th Birthday for today (Monday) to their son, Supertwin Top Gas Champion Scott Collier.


"We couldn't be more proud of this amazing young man", they say. "He won four Championships in his nine years in Junior Drag Bike, including 2013 which was his last year in Junior racing, then in his first adult season this year won the ACU Top Gas class making five Championships in total by the age of seventeen. We are not sure that this has been achieved before? Alongside his first adult season success he also won a place on the British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy apprenticeship programme at Norton Motorcycles, Castle Donington, and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge. He has been put on the TT Race Team and is currently help design and build  the lightweight bike for Cameron Donald for TT 2015!  In the past few weeks he has passed his car theory test, and also theory test, MOD 1 and MOD 2 of his motorcycle tests.  We are in awe of him, he is quiet, humble, kind, generous, thoughtful and very self-critical, he seems to have no idea how talented he is,  a rare quality.  We love him to bits."

Have a very Happy Birthday Scott.


SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 4.
21st December: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 7th February 2015.

For several of the 2014 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

This week's latest category is Most Professional-Appearing Team. The Most Professional-Appearing Team trophy recognises not just the presentation of a race vehicle but the team's overall approach to racing. As well as a well-turned-out car or bike, the Committee have considered such aspects as the appearance and attitude of team personnel, the organisation and appearance of their pit area and support equipment, and their readiness when their class is called.

The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order of team (not racer) name, is as follows:

Billy Gane, Billy Gane Racing Super Pro ET
Vote for Billy Gane Racing

Brad Jackson, Brad Jackson Racing Super Pro ET
Vote for Brad Jackson Racing

Glenn Pallant Pro ET
Vote for Glenn Pallant

Tom van der Wijden, Meth-Ness Super Pro ET
Vote for Meth-Ness

Dave and Scott Gibbons, Rough Diamond Racing Super Pro ET and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster
Vote for Rough Diamond Racing

Martin and Matt Smith, Team Extreme Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator
Vote for Team Extreme

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to David Anniwell. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2014@btinternet.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

For each of the Awards, one vote per E-Mail address per nominee will be accepted: multiple votes for the same nominee from the same E-Mail address will all be disqualified. And every year we say this, but every year someone tries it on: please note that blatant attempts at organising mass votes - for example asking workmates, forum members or Facebook friends to vote en masse - are easily identified and all such votes will be disallowed as they have been in previous years. Concerted attempts at vote-rigging will result in the nominee being removed from the shortlist whether or not that nominee knows what was going on. We know all the dodges so it's just not worth trying. If in any doubt about what constitutes canvassing then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than Eurodragster.com. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement.

The next voting category will be the James Edgar Memorial Trophy.


Swift snippets.
21st December: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "She is settling in at her new home!" in an apparent reference to Friday's spy picture. If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.

Also arrived in its new home is the former Carter Motorsport Top Fuel Dragster which Sweden's BSG Racing A/Fuel Dragster team have acquired from Ben Allum. The team expect the car to make a few outings in Stefan Gunnarsson's hands next season although his and Robon Lantz' A/Fuelers are the priority.

Their friends and the entire Paul Marston Racing team asked us to say congratulations to Simon Brown of Santa Pod Raceway's fire crew and Jade Gregory, who were married yesterday (Saturday). We're very pleased to do so and we're sure that everyone will join us in wishing Simon and Jade many happy years together.


Welcome Hillingdon Speed and Spares.
19th December: We are very pleased to welcome
Hillingdon Speed and Spares as a sponsor of Eurodragster.com News.


Speed and Spares have been trading in Hillingdon since 2002, offering performance and service parts for American vehicles, servicing and MOTs at their own garage. They are a Lucas Oil stockist and hold a range of products from Edelbrock, ARP, Mr. Gasket, Trans Dapt and many more. A mail order service is now available for all parts for any vehicle, and with weekly deliveries from the USA parts can be sourced and delivered within a very short time. Proprietor Steve Hudson is himself a racer in Pro ET so has a good understanding of racers' needs.

Hillingdon Speed and Spares will also be event sponsors at Shakespeare County Raceway for the Springspeed Nationals on 2nd-4th May 2015 and the Open Sport Nationals on 29th-31st August 2015.

We are very grateful indeed to Steve Hudson for his backing. Please support those who support Eurodragster.com by considering Hillingdon Speed and Spares when shopping for goods and services.


Swift snippets.
19th December: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "Off to its new home!". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.

The last Eurodragster.com News update before Christmas will be posted on Wednesday, Christmas Eve. Andy Marrs and our own Simon have already turned in this year's updated Champions' Champions for both European and UK Championships, and we have finished Drag Racing Unplugged XVI, both traditional and very popular parts of the Christmas Eve update. We will take a break, including suspending postings to the Jeff Bull Race Engines Swap Meet, after the Christmas Eve update and the plan is to return on Sunday 28th December. The deadline for news items or Christmas greetings for inclusion in the Christmas Eve update is 21:00 UK / 22:00 European on Tuesday 23rd December.


Out for the Count.
17th December: UK Super Pro ET racer Vince Gibbs, driver and owner of the six-second Nosferatu 1997 Pontiac Firebird, writes with some unwelcome news:

After many months of thinking, soul searching and deliberation I have finally reached the decision to hang up my racing boots. I have had a lot to think about this year and without going into loads of detail (not really the right forum, but my close friends and family will understand) I think it's time for me to do something else.

Many may not realise that I have been racing for over twenty five years, starting with the Street Rover V8 challenge back in the 1980s with my old Toyota Celica, then the Northern Street Car Challenge, followed by driving Ray Eldred's Sanity Assassin Toyota and finally creating our dark beast, Nosferatu.

Drag racing and the drag racing family is an addiction and as many of you know, to break that addiction is a really hard decision, but for me and my family it's the right one at this moment.

I would like to thank my crew James and Susie for being very understanding and also to everyone who has supported and helped us in the past. It's amazing how many people step up to help when you have problems, with tools, parts and sound advice. Thanks to you to all and I will no doubt still bump into you at the Pod or Shakey.

Nosferatu, trailer and the truck will all be up for sale soon so if you would like any details then please E-Mail me at vincentgibbs@aol.com. Who wouldn't want a six-second, 200+ mph dark beast lurking in their workshop, eh?


Straightliners presentation.
17th December: Many thanks to Trevor Duckworth for letting us know that the Straightliners Annual Reunion and Awards evening takes place on Saturday 17th January at the Cedar Court Hotel, Lindley Moor Road, Ainley Top, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD3 3RH, following the Straightliners AGM that afternoon:

This is the night we celebrate the year's Championship, from winners to the Best Newcomer, we celebrate them all. This year we will be providing a live band, Black Thursday, buffet, and there will of course be a bar. Tickets are £25, and there is an additional 50p charge for those paying online to cover PayPal fees. You can book tickets on the Straightliners web site by clicking here. Rooms can be booked direct with the hotel on 01422 375431. Single rooms are £50 and double rooms £60, please mention the Straightliners presentation to get these rates.

The Straightliners AGM takes place at the same venue at 2:30 pm that afternoon. This is a chance to discuss the year's events with the crew, and to hear plans for next year. The meeting is open to all and there is no charge to attend. The AGM puts forward any changes that are planned for 2015 and also highlights anything which needs to be discussed with the crew and the community. It is also a chance for you to raise any points you may have.

The 2015 Straightliners calendar is as follows:

Round 1: 29th March, Santa Pod Raceway
Round 2: 12th April, East Kirkby
Round 3: 3rd-4th May, York Raceway
Round 4: 13th-14th June, Santa Pod Raceway
Round 5: 4th-5th July, York Raceway
Round 6: 2nd August, East Kirkby
Round 7: 5th-6th September, Jurby
Round 8: 13th September, East Kirkby
Round 9: 11th October, York Raceway
Round 10: 18th-19th October, Santa Pod Raceway


Swift snippets.
17th December: Babs Holland has asked us to say a big Happy 65th Birthday to Barry Holland of Team Flying Dutchman. Babs tells us that Barry is retired and lives in France but still attends races at which son Nick races. Have a great day Barry.

Steve Dudley writes that the next slot drags meeting of the new season takes place on Mr D Raceway at 2:00 on Sunday 18th January at Higham Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham, Kent ME3 7JL. "The hall is chargeable", says Steve. "If you would be kind enough to carry on the tradition of a couple of quid in the pot it would be appreciated. I have loan cars available if you do not have your own and would like to take part in eliminations."

We like to think that our English is pretty good here at Eurodragster.com, however despite plainly-worded warnings we have had three attempts at organised votes for the SPRC Perpetual Awards. For the thousandth time: we can spot this stuff a mile off, all of the votes in question have been deleted, save your energy.


Bomber, BDRHoF Christmas gifts.
15th December:
WorldWide Bomber Magazine Editor Janne Uskali has been in touch to let us know that back issues of the English-language bike magazine may be read on-line free as part of a web site revamp.

"It will soon be WorldWide Bomber magazine's first birthday and as a special offer we are not just making back issues available to read on-line but also offering a one year subcription for £8, €10 or US$12", says Janne. Only WorldWide Bomber subscribers get rights to read the latest WWB issues and you get free new Bomber Babe 2015 calendar. The normal price for this calendar is €20. Subscriptions can be obtained via the magazine's shop at shop.bomber.fi/wwb-subscription.


"As you know, there are not so many magazines out there in which you can read the latest drag bike news, riders' or team profiles and more. We really want to be one of the most active Drag Bike magazines out there."

Follow the links below to check out some articles from this year's issues: Those who attended the 2014 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner in November will have many great memories of a fantastic evening, which was encapsulated in the special sixteen-page A4 size Souvenir Programme which all those present received as part of their table pack.

In full colour, the publication was sponsored by Custom Car magazine and the front cover reflected the look of early copies of the publication. Designed by Power Race Graphics it features full details of all inductee citations and the other awards presented on this unforgettable night.

The BDRHoF is pleased to announce that a limited number of copies of the programme are now available for sale to those not able to attend the event. The programme is priced at £10 per copy plus postage and packing of £1 to the UK, pound;2.50 to Europe and £3.60 to the rest of the world. For more details or to order your copy E-Mail britishdrhof@aol.com or call Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.


Swift snippets.
15th December: Swedish Pro Stock racer Michael Malmgren and clutch tech Bjarne Cox visited last week's PRI Show in Indy to check in with their product sponsors including, seen at right, cylinder head supplier MBE. "MBE are the best in the business and we are proud to represent them in Europe", says Michael, "such great guys. It's good to see so many European teams at PRI and you get to know so many nice and funny people both at the Show but also at clubs in the evenings. See you all again next year!"

Christine and Sandy, Collin and Megan and Charlotte have asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to UK 8.50 Bike racer Stuart Morrice. "Have a fantastic day" they say, and we're very pleased to second that.


Stutz' back and forward view.
15th December: Twenty-year-old Noah Stutz, the world's youngest Top Fuel Dragster driver, contested his first ever NHRA Top Fuel race in Las Vegas in November, setting the second fastest thousand-foot ET by a European and making a good impression in the process. Noah recently submitted to a Q&A about Las Vegas and about his plans for 2015:

You recently came back to Switzerland. What were impressions being in the USA for the first time and starting in the world's most prestigious series?

Noah: It was incredible. It's quite a big difference when you get out of your car and instantly have to give an interview on ESPN with more than a million spectators. It's something I'd never known before.

What was the main difference between Europe and the USA?

Noah: Definitely the extent of the facility. The huge amount of people in the paddock in between the teams and fans where people try to get autographs and a photo with the drivers. The fans love the sport and you can tell how professionally everything is organised there.

How did the top stars of the Top Fuel scene react to you?

Noah: Everybody was very friendly, welcomed me warmly and gave me advice. I think they were happy even though I'm actually another opponent for them. But everybody was very nice.

What are your plans and goals for 2015?

Noah: Actually a whole season is planned, twenty four races across America from February until November. We're still negotiating with teams trying to grab a one of the sought-after Top Fuel seats for the season.

How are you preparing for next season?

Noah: The end of one season is the lead-up to the next season. Together with my team and partners we are working hard to set up a good package for sponsors and investors in the short time between racing seasons.


Lucas, Santa Pod Autosport hook-up.
15th December: Autosport International is Britain's annual showcase of the world's fastest, most powerful racing cars. But venture to the far side of Hall 8 at the National Exhibition Centre and you'll find a machine far and away faster and more powerful than anything else in the show.

The Lucas Oil Top Fuel Dragster packs the horsepower punch of ten Formula One cars (that's right, ten!). 0 to 60? Forget it – the Lucas Oil machine can reach 100 mph in less than a second and top 300 mph at the finish line just 1,000 feet away. Firing it up indoors would probably lift the roof off. The dragster will be the centre of attention when Santa Pod Raceway and Lucas Oil occupy Stand 8000 for all four days of the show and the car's owner and intrepid pilot, Chris Andrews, will be on hand to explain how it all works.

One of drag racing's bonus points is open access to the pits, so you can see the teams and their cars at close quarters. At Autosport International, you can get closer still to this remarkable racing projectile – indeed, if you'll fit the cockpit and ask nicely, Chris might even let you climb on board.

Displayed alongside this mammoth machine will be a representative from the opposite end of the drag racing spectrum: the Alamo Rent-A-Car Junior Dragster driven by sixteen-year-old Paige Wheeler. Don't let this car's diminutive size or the youth of its driver fool you – Junior Dragsters only race over the eighth-mile but will easily outrun any self-respecting, road-going supercar over that distance. Paige has been driving them since she was eleven; sister Belle started when she was eight.

Whilst the dragsters draw the crowds, Lucas Oil will take the opportunity to present two advanced products new to the UK market, a series of oils and additives for top-flight racing engines and an anti-gel diesel fuel treatment. XRF stands for Extreme Racing Formula and is described as a major breakthrough in racing oils and lubricants. Les Downey, managing director of Lucas Oil Products UK, explains "It raises horsepower in the toughest of environments and – most importantly – provides better engine protection between oil changes". The Lucas Oil XRF range includes utility lubricants such as engine break-in oils, gear oils, greases and suspension fluids, and has been developed through an eighteen-month partnership with major American racing series such as NASCAR, NHRA, Indycar and Off-Road.

Lucas Oil's Cold-weather Diesel Treatment Anti-Gel is a fuel remedy that is particulate filter-safe, contains no alcohol, includes water dispersants and is designed to prevent cold filter plugging. It is also compatible with bio fuels and is economical to use.

These two new lines join the biggest variety of shelf products of any oil company. Lucas Oil supplies over 270 unique formulations to more than forty countries around the globe. Lucas Oil representatives will be present on Stand 8000 to explain the company's range of products alongside members of both drag race teams keen to tell visitors about their spectacular and competitive sport. Santa Pod's own staff will be there too, happy to discuss a 2015 season programme crammed with more than fifty events for lovers of all manner of fast-paced, motorised machinery – enthusiasts, participants and spectators alike. It is for good reason that Santa Pod Raceway is known as "The UK's most action-packed venue".


SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 3.
15th December: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 7th February 2015.

For several of the 2014 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

This week's latest category is Best Appearing Bike. The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows. You can see larger pictures on the official Perpetual Awards page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Louis Davies, Junior Drag Bike
Vote for Louis Davies

Pete Field, Super Street Bike
Vote for Pete Field

Pete Le Gros, Funny Bike
Vote for Pete Le Gros

Liam Holgate, Junior Drag Bike
Vote for Liam Holgate

Chris Mott, Supertwin Top Gas
Vote for Chris Mott

Phil Pratt, 9.50 Bike
Vote for Phil Pratt

Jay Roe, 9.50 Bike
Vote for Jay Roe

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to David Anniwell. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2014@btinternet.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

For each of the Awards, one vote per E-Mail address per nominee will be accepted: multiple votes for the same nominee from the same E-Mail address will all be disqualified. And every year we say this, but every year someone tries it on: please note that blatant attempts at organising mass votes - for example asking workmates, forum members or Facebook friends to vote en masse - are easily identified and all such votes will be disallowed as they have been in previous years. Concerted attempts at vote-rigging will result in the nominee being removed from the shortlist whether or not that nominee knows what was going on. We know all the dodges so it's just not worth trying. If in any doubt about what constitutes canvassing then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than Eurodragster.com. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement.

The next voting category will be Most Professional Appearing Team.


Hackers' Strip act.
13th December: It's travelogue week here at Eurodragster.com as, following on from Robin Jackson's tales of Tours with the Family Garlits, another good buddy in the person of John Hackney has sent his account of the Street Car Supernationals at The Strip at Las Vegas, at which he assisted and he and Eurodragster.com sponsor Lee Child competed. Hackers writes:

The trip started with a flight to Los Angeles Airport with Lee Child and Joe Elliott. Unfortunately we got off to a slow start in Immigration, taking just over two hours to get through, then about sixty minutes at the rental car desk due to the upselling scheme that seemed to be going on. From there it was off to Ontario Airport for the first leg of our trip of a day at the NHRA Finals at Pomona. The NHRA meeting was something else. Sitting at the finish line is a great place to be, and with some Championships going right down to the final race it was a very interesting day.

From there it was off to Las Vegas on Monday, via Peggy Sue's Diner at Barstow for a $3.99 shake. Tuesday started with a visit to see Jason Kenzevitch at Hot Rods and Horsepower, a great place for Speed parts new and used. From there we went to the track to help with the pitting process. Woke up at stupid o'clock on the Wednesday, so off to the track for 7:00 am to continue meeting and greeting racers at the gate with Mel and Sally. It was great fun to meet so many of the racers who were coming from all over the USA.


As for the racing part it was now time to get all of the paperwork out of the way and get the cars to tech, Both passed easily. The first qualifying session was at noon on Thursday. My opening effort in Street Muscle was a 0.147 reaction, followed by a -0.109 red in Bracket 1. That was Sportsman qualifying over for the day, so time to hit the stands and watch the Daystar shootout. Standout run of the night for me was Roger Holder in his Radial tyre Camaro running a 6.20/240.


Friday Started off with Street Muscle in the lanes at 8:00 am prompt, Due to not having had the large bucket of coffee from Dunkin' Donuts my reaction was 0.297, then it was a hot lap to the lanes again for Bracket 1. -0.004 this time, close but the wrong colour. Back into the stands for more action on the track from the Pro classes then back in the lanes after lunch for another qualifier. This time I pulled a 0.125 in Bracket 1 and 0.051 in Street Muscle so at last getting there. The action on the track and in the pits at this event is second to none.


Saturday, and into the lanes again at 8:00 am. A super nice touch is the RFC Chaplain walking the entire lanes and wishing you a safe day. In Street Muscle I netted a 0.101 reaction and Bracket 1 a -0.021 red. So my the final qualifying position was near the bottom in Bracket 1 and about midway in Street Muscle. The first round of Street Muscle was Saturday afternoon due to the fifty or so cars entered, Based on random pairings I was pitted against another Challenger and in a double breakout race mine was the lesser so I was through to round two without having to buy back in. Bracket 1 was a very interesting pairing with Rich Zehring pulling up next to me in his Twin Turbo Pro Mod - a lot of racers double and triple enter on the day for track time. This was an easy one for me as he held the car on the line for ages and still ran a 7.24 on his 7.00 dial-in. Just glad I didn't break out. That was the bracket racing done for the day so more spectating to be done. Saturday Evening was spent wondering what the fuss was about with crawfish, as my good friends Mikel and Andrea took us to Hot and Spicy Crawfish in Vegas. To me it was like chicken wings, a lot of fuss for a very small amount of food.

Sunday dawned with quite a headwind but pretty good air quality so I was in the lanes again at 8:00 am, paired up with Kortney Simonian in her Camaro in Street Muscle. My reaction time wasn't brilliant but in my mirror I could see her red light and then a lot of smoke so another win. Bracket 1 was ended by Bob Bundy in his super-consistent AMC - when you see that amount of event decals on a car you know your time is up. Onto the third round of Street Muscle and I was laddered against my neighbour in the pits, Randy Mincks in his immaculate Red Maverick. Both of us broke out but his was the lesser so that was me done for the weekend.

I will be back next year and you all really need to book a trip around SCSN 11 next November. I would like to thank Mel, Heather, Mallory and the PSCA team for once again putting on such a great event, Ruthie and Ron for the loan of the lucky crash helmet, all of the Washington Area Racers with whom we were pitted, Mikel and Andrea for the top BBQ food, and Ritchie and Jo for the constant supply of English tea. And everybody else who knows me!

Editor's note: A big Thank You to John, Lee and to Camp Stanley for carrying Ed O'Connell memorial decals on their vehicles in Vegas.


Web site updates.
13th December: Our good buddy Chris Eyre has updated his European Nostalgia Funny Car web site with a small write-up on the NFC teams' exploits at Hockenheim including some great video footage from the stands. You can check it all out at euronostalgiafunnycar.jimdo.com. "Looking forward to next year, I will hopefully soon be sorting out some build pictures from new teams, and a report", says Chris. "Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"

Mike Collins has posted an FIA/FIM European Championship Finals report in his Still Ramblin' column in the American Autoparts Insight newsletter. You can check out Mike's report (PDF format) at www.americanautoparts.co.uk.


Top Dragster, non-dragsters welcome.
11th December: UK Top Sportsman organiser Paul Marston has announced that the complementary class Top Dragster is to be introduced at next June's Back With Mods at Santa Pod Raceway. Top Dragster will be open not just to dragsters but to altereds, Funny Cars and roadsters.

This is a class at which we have been looking very closely for a couple of years. James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway has been working with us to find a home for this exciting new class and we are very grateful to him. The home we have found is the Back With Mods Scooter and Ska Festival on Friday-Sunday 12th-15th June. Santa Pod has such a busy action-packed schedule that it is always a difficult task to find an opening for something new. In the States these two classes run together at selected NHRA and IHRA events, they complement each other very well and are the fastest and most thrilling Sportsman classes in both franchises. It will be thrilling to have the same thing happen here.

UK Top Dragster will run to the same competition rules as UK Top Sportsman, which are other than safety there are no rules. This is run what ya brung and hope you brung enough! Two races over two days. The first is a Fast Bracket Race, 0.400 Pro Tree, one time trial run then straight into the first round with random pairings. There will be a buy-back available for first round losers. The second race a Heads-Up Eliminatorw, which is initially planned to be an eight-car qualified field but maybe sixteen depending upon entry. One shot qualifier then, again, into eliminations. The prize fund is structured the same as UK Top Sportsman. There will be an electric hook-up option.

There are some seriously fast Sportsman dragsters out there but this is not just open to dragsters: it is open to any centre- or side-steer non-Doorslammer such as altereds, roadsters, Funny Cars etc.

A lot of dragster teams have been asking for this for the last couple of years, here it is and this is your chance to support it. This is an event run by racers for racers, this is where you enjoy competition and make friendships. This will be the fastest, hardest, meanest, toughest, richest, heads-up dragster event and it will be televised so tell your sponsors. We need your help now: all interested teams are asked to E-Mail us at
pmracing@fsmail.net or call me on 07831 650230 so that we can gauge the numbers interested. We would also very warmly welcome any European teams who would like to attend. If you know anyone who might be interested then please contact them on our behalf. E-Mail us with any questions, we will be only too pleased to answer them, or check out the UK Top Sportsman Facebook page for rules, regulations and how it all works.

We will be looking for sponsors who would enjoy supporting and seeing this kind of competition. Come and be part of this exciting new development. Special thanks to Eurodragster.com for making our job of so much easier and for being such a staunch supporter (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed), your work will never be taken for granted.


Swift snippets.
11th December: DC Electronics have announced that 2014 FIM European Super Street Bike Cup Champion Steve Venables will be meeting and greeting visitors on both Trade Days of Autosport International at Birmingham's NEC. You can check in with Ven and his bike between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm on stand E181 in Autosport Engineering on Thursday and Friday 8th and 9th January.

If you are looking for a unique Christmas present for the drag racing fan in your life then Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson Race Cars have good stocks of previously-owned Pro Mod rods, pistons and valves, both damaged and lifed. If interested then please E-Mail Bob Roberts on roberrl-1@robinson-race-cars.co.uk.

Alternately you could get in touch with European Top Gas Series racer Milan Koláčný in the Czech Republic and purchase his Championship-winning eight-second Honda. For more details check out Bikes For Sale on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.

For another Christmas idea Santa Pod Raceway are selling tickets to their own 2015 events at 20% discount until 31st January. To order your Early Bird tickets visit Santa Pod Raceway's on-line ticket shop at www.eticketing.co.uk/santapodraceway.

We would like to wish the UK's Outlaw Street series a very Happy 5th Birthday. Congratulations to Mark Wallington and the guys and here's to many more years.


Zeon TV DVDs review.
11th December: One of the eagerly-awaited highlights of the off-season is the release of the Season Review DVDs by Zeon TV. As ever this year's offerings do not disappoint, as Simon writes:

A new title and surely a potential best seller is the Santa Pod 2014 Season Review. Hosted by Colin Theobald, this includes over two hours of highlights from Fast Show, Festival of Power, FIA/FIM Championship Round 1, Summer Nationals, Dragstalgia, Bug Jam, Mopar Euronats, USC, Monster Truck Nationals, VW Action and FIA/FIM Championship Finals. It's a tremendous showcase which proves yet again that Santa Pod is the No. 1 venue for motoring entertainment in Europe. FIA/FIM Championship Finals racing footage is taken from the highly successful live web TV coverage from Greenlight TV. If you want interviews and background features you should look at Hardcore Street or MSA Pro Mod, but this is not to detract from a hugely impressive presentation.

MSA Pro Modified covers all six rounds of the Championship, including both FIA rounds, with detailed commentary by Darryl Bradford. This includes footage not seen in previous coverage elsewhere. Racers and tuners are interviwed frequently throughout the DVD and there is also behind-the-scenes footage of racers' cars which is an education in itself. In-car footage is extensive, showing how these cars are handled down the track. There was a lot of action this year with new cars being licenced, large fields and misfortunes, all borne with bravery and good humour, that every moment of the two-hour running time seem packed.

The Dragstalgia DVD opens with suitably nostalgia-tinged footage. The variety of the event was staggering, with many nostalgia classes, as anyone who attended will remember. One special, and in some ways unique, feature of the UK nostalgia scene is the the number of historic competition vehicles which make passes along the track, which greatly adds to the meeting's atmosphere. Colin Theobald as announcer repeats his role from the track and so gets to commentate on his own run in Bruce. The flame burnouts are included in footage which can't be seen elsewhere. There is extensive footage of the runs of Rat Trap and Pure Hell, which we were so honoured to get to see run at SPR. A treasurable record of a magnificent event.

Hardcore Street is one of the the longest-running titles at Zeon and seven of the eight rounds of the 2014 Championship are fully covered with the Open Sport Nationals being a victim of the weather. A view of Top Sportsman from a Street Eliminator perspective is added. Footage of the Cruise is shown as an entertaining contrast to the racing. There were new heights in performance this year and some great new cars to see and one of the closest Championship finales ever. A visit to the dyno facility at Paul Webster's 1320.co.uk dyno facilities is included. Paul Venners commentates.

The DVD of the twenty first running of the Mopar Euronats is indexed by day, but you can also select from the features of this event which never disappoints. Arrival, Cruise, Pro Mods, evening session, show and shine, eliminations, burnout and awards are all separately selectable. The organisers have all been involved since the inception of the event and this is a key to its success. Allowing other makes increases the diversity of the event rather than diluting the original concept. Graham Beckwith was the commentator at the event and repeats his duties admirably on the DVD. Much of the RWYB is highlighted and then the Cruise goes to its new location of Billing Aquadrome. Top Sportsman and Pro Mod highlights are included but those who want the full coverage of these classes are advised to also buy their own dedicated DVDs.

The DVD of the Nostalgia Nationals and Hot Rod Drags organised by NSRA at Shakespeare County Raceway covers two events and is generously indexed. Paul Venners supplies commentary. SCR's wide open spaces and landscape are a gift for off-track shots, with a feeling of immersion in the event as you watch. On track, the mix of vehicles naturally includes hot rods as well as historic drag machinery, with less overlap with Dragstalgia than you might expect. Also by including both events the DVD is truly a highlights from five days of racing. As well as the hugely popular cacklefest, interviews include US Fuel Altered racer Rod Hynes, who gives great perspective to the nostalgia scene.

The Top Sportsman DVD is the first as a separate title. The separate presentation is fully justified by the number of doorslammers entered in both the Mopar Euronats and VW Action events at SPR. Race organiser Paul Marston is an enthusiastic presenter and interviewer of many of the racers and Dave Gibbons is co-commentator. Top Sportsman enables many drivers to race those from other Championship classes or the RWYB scene and this makes for great entertainment. Plaudits to Direct Plastics, We Move Your Car Antigravity Batteries for support.

The UK National Finals is one of the most exciting Sportsman events with all National Championships for cars being decided. This DVD is a comprehensive and tightly-edited record of the event with all car and bike classes shown. Colin Theobald again demonstrates the virtue of having the event commentator voice the respective DVD. This is a pure racing DVD with great momentum to keep your adenaline flowing in the cold winter months.

The Springspeed Nationals includes all classes run at this completed event, both cars and bikes running under sunny skies for once. An astonishing variety of camera angles is used in the introduction. Qualifying runs are then shown in quick succession for many classes, followed by eliminations. Qualifying and eliminations are shown as separate chapters, which makes navigation through the event a doddle. Excellent commentary is by Paul Venners and this is a great DVD for those who wish to see the variety of Sportsman racing at Shakespeare County.

We are blessed to have such high quality and detailed productions that showcase British drag racing. Camera work is excellent and the standard of commentary high - every car or bike is identified and announcers refrain from repeating times and speeds. David Coleman, Helen Todd and Tom Herbert are to be congratulated on the camerawork. These superb Zeon DVDs are available for £14.95 each plus £1.50 postage per order to anywhere in Europe. Various deals are available for the purchase of multiple titles. You can order online at www.quartermilehigh.com.

Many thanks to Zeon TV for again providing review copies of all of their drag racing DVDs.


Flamholc's PDRA plans.
11th December: Few racing enthusiasts are able to make it to the professional level of drag racing. Fewer still are successful. The select group who rise to international prominence dwindles to only a handful. Among that handful is PDRA racer, Sweden's Adam Flamholc. Over the last several years Adam has become a fixture in professional eighth mile drag racing in the US and abroad. In 2014 he competed at select events with the PDRA, managing a sixteenth place finish in overall Pro Boost points with just three appearances.

When not following the PDRA tour in the US, Adam and team were busy chasing the European Drag Racing Series Championship in Europe. Adam fielded a Pro Extreme car with the SRIF and took home top honours in his class, winning the SRIF Championship. His European success inspired Adam to make the move to Pro Extreme with the PDRA. He recently sold his Pro Boost car and purchased Brandon Snider's Joey Martin-built '63 Corvette. Adam tested his new ride at the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park this past weekend with pleasing results, 3.63/210. He plans to run as many PDRA events in 2015 as possible.

"We did so well with our Pro Extreme car in Europe in 2014 that I plan to run as many PDRA events as I can in Pro Extreme next year", said Adam. "We'll run as much as we can in Sweden as well. Every year it's been like that for the last four or five years. We probably do twenty races a year."

Adam not only serves as pilot for the team, but handles the roles of Crew Chief and engine builder as well. Their supercharger is provided by Mike Janis. "Our US team is only three or four guys", said Adam. "We work hard. We try to keep it not too big. It's easier to have control over it. The same guy does the same thing every time. It makes more sense to have two cars that are similar so I can share data from what we're doing over here in the US with what we're doing in Sweden and vice versa."

While Adam plans to keep much the same between his two racing operations, he admits that there are differences between racing on the separate continents. "The big difference is that drag racing in Europe is not at all as big as drag racing here", he said. "So most of the tracks in Europe are old airfields which some organisation bought and fixed up and organise racing on. So they're basically all asphalt tracks. It's harder to race over in Europe. You can't go as fast as you do over here. So doing what I do is quite a big difference. If we run into tricky track conditions here in the US, it can be an advantage to have the data from European racing.

"We bought a really, really good car. Brandon Snider was racing a similar set-up and a similar budget as what we have, so I hope that we can run well. The class is competitive, of course, but I really hope we can be among the top eight teams just like always."

Adam plans to start his US season with the PDRA opener at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis on 20th-21st March 2015. Updates and additional information on Flamholc Racing can be found at www.flamholcracing.com.


Swift snippets.
9th December: Fans of classic Top Fuel Drag Bikes of the 1970s and 1980s will be interested to learn that a limited-edition Team Pegasus T-shirt is now available. The rear of the shirt features a full colour illustration of the infamous double Norton-powered machine in action, as campaigned by Derek Chinn and Ian Messenger, and a small team motif on the front. Designed by Darren West of Power Race Graphics, and printed on quality white Gildan shirts, the Ts are available in limited quantities for £16 on the team's web site at www.pegasusteam.co.uk.

As you may have noticed we are not posting the usual combined Christmas Gift Mart news item this year but we will gladly post any individual news items which we receive with Christmas gift ideas. Drop a line to news@eurodragster.com.

Further to his news item of 27th October the UK's Robin Read has sent us a video clip of the first fire-up of his blown Daimler with its new billet cylinder heads and manifolds. You can check out the video clip (.MOV format) by clicking here.


Big Splendid Meals and more.
9th December: British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Management Board member Robin Jackson had the enviable task of escorting the Garlits family around the south of England during their recent stay centred on the Hall of Fame Gala Dinner. Robin kept a diary of his travels which he kindly offered to share with Eurodragster.com readers:

Wednesday 19th November: Breakfast time at Gatwick Airport and the first contingent of Family Garlits has jetted in from Florida – daughter Donna, grandchildren Rodney and Sarah, family friend Marjorie and, heaving a luggage trolley piled high with teetering bags, The Man Himself. Don is just back from a weekend at Pomona to celebrate NHRA's 50th Anniversary Finals: Friday night's red-eye flight from Tampa; Saturday and Sunday servicing queues of autograph hunters, pausing only to cackle Swamp Rat 3B; Sunday night's red-eye back to Tampa; now Tuesday night, Tampa to London. He'd have liked a couple more days' rest – no chance of that now. Ahead: nine nights at the Savill Court Hotel, near Windsor; some Splendid Lunches and Dinners; and plenty of people to meet.

Thursday 20th November: Morning: a meeting in London, near Berkeley Square. Tip: take care if you need to park around here in a hurry. A dive into an NCP's stygian depths for a shade over two hours triggers a £36.30 parking fee. Evening: back into London for the International Historic Motoring Awards at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. A grim journey – Central London traffic is gridlocked. Intended time of arrival: 6.30 pm. Actual time of arrival: 8.05 pm. John Surtees is also delayed and they hold the meal – starters still on the table when dessert should have been approaching. A Splendid Dinner at last ensues. The Don Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing is one of four American entries shortlisted for Museum Or Collection Of The Year, but it's the sole UK entry, Haynes International Motor Museum, which scoops the trophy. Even heading home late at night, the traffic's still slow.

Friday 21st November: A most Splendid Lunch at the Royal Automobile Club, where they fondly remember displaying Roger Moore's MSA Champion Pro Mod Viper in the Pall Mall building's Rotunda in January last year. The family dines in the trophy-laden Segrave Room beneath the portrait of Sir Henry, pre-war land and water speed record-holder, accompanied by a select band of "Industry friends and allies" – Phil Evans from the MSA and FIA, Keith Bartlett and Caroline Holden from Santa Pod, Simon Groves from Eurodragster.com. Also Alan and Celia Tiley: RAC member Alan was once Sydney Allard's mechanic and is now responsible for engineering this occasion. Afterwards, it's another two hours to drive the twenty five miles back to the hotel.

Saturday 22nd November: It's Gala day at the Savill Court, but first there's breakfast time again at Gatwick Airport as the second contingent of Family Garlits jets in from Florida – daughter GayLyn, granddaughter Anna. Back at the hotel, it's busy-busy. BDRHoF's Gala director Brian Taylor and Julian Parsons and his tech team are hard at work setting up the room and a Santa Pod crew is delivering cars for display outside. Don is giving interviews – Motor Sport magazine's Rob Widdows declares it the most interesting interview he has done in years (watch out for publication in a forthcoming issue). Dan Welberry presents a copy of his new book, Haynes' Top Fuel Dragster Manual, to evident approval and, later, artist Paul Whitehouse presents a painting, to Don's delight. For the now five ladies of the party, there's an afternoon at the hairdresser's in Virginia Water. With everyone now primped, costumed and beautified to perfection, the Gala begins. There's been enough written and spoken about it elsewhere not to detain us here – but a Splendid Dinner it most certainly is.

Sunday 23rd November: The day awakens to a monsoon but it doesn't deter Donna and the kids from taking a train into London for a wet day's sightseeing – Rodney gets to marvel at the prices Harrods charges for shirts. Meanwhile, GayLynn and Marjorie join Don speedboating up the motorway to Santa Pod where Nicola Hart and Sophie Ferriman have laid on a Splendid Afternoon Tea for the select band of enthusiasts who have waded in from all parts of the country. Event sponsors Lynn and Davie Marshall (from USAutomotive) and Julie Braskett and Alan Whiston have gamely hauled up from the Gala bash the night before, along with ICE Automotive's Rob Loaring. Don answers questions with fascinating stories. His detailed recall is extraordinary – remember, this is not some ten- or fifteen-year career but one which stretches over six decades. He signs and distributes copies of his book and autographs various proffered items of interest dating from as far back as 1960, including a copy of the 1964 DragFest LP. As the sun sinks (the rain has cleared, just about) the congregation troops out to the start line for photographers Andy Willsheer and Grace Roaf – and anyone with a camera-phone – to record the moment for posterity.

Monday 24th November: The day awakens to sunshine, hooray, and begins with a South Coast trip to see a longtime family friend. The late Les Brooks was a Sydney Allard associate who looked after the Garlits family on their first UK visit for the 1964 DragFest and his widow, Joyce, has remained close ever since. There's a glimpse of glittering sea and then it's on to Beaulieu and the National Motor Museum, where delegations from the National Street Rod Association, the Allard Chrysler Action Group and the Wild Bunch await. First, though, there's an unscheduled detour into Chichester. By chance, concert pianist GayLyn's choir and orchestra has lately performed Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and passing within sight of the cathedral's spire without stopping for a snapshot or two cannot be countenanced. Beaulieu's gates open wide. The NSRA has helped sponsor the BDRHoF's Saturday night Gala and the Association's Richard Black and his powder-blue Model A Ford are waiting to greet Don on the Museum's forecourt. Inside, Don personally presents the Wild Bunch's Don Garlits Spirit Of Drag Racing shield to 2014 winner Keith Crampton. Then he inspects the Museum collection with its manager, Doug Hill. That evening, the family is invited up to Beaulieu Palace House by the Hon. Ralph Montagu, son and heir to Lord Montagu. GayLyn busks a little Bach on the Montagus' vintage grand piano to polite applause during drawing-room drinks, and a very Splendid Dinner indeed ensues.

Tuesday 25th November: A Splendid Lunch in a Cotswold inn is followed by a visit to see Nick Mason's priceless private car collection. Nick is busily engaged with Pink Floyd's new album, The Endless River, but has made time to come up from London to join Ten Tenths' team colleague Mike Hallowes and show Don around the collection. For Donna growing up, this kind of music was an illicit pleasure, and she has come armed with a sheaf of Floyd discs and memorabilia which Nick happily signs for her. The party motors back through rainy Cotswold lanes with Dark Side Of The Moon pulsing out of the minivan's stereo from Donna's freshly autographed CD.

Wednesday 26th November: To the heart of London once more, indeed into the City itself, for one heck of a Splendid Lunch. First, though, a real coup: the BDRHoF's principal benefactor, Geoff Stilwell of Beech Underwriting, has arranged a private tour of Lloyd's of London, the international insurance market housed nowadays in one of the City's most eminent modern buildings. Several members of the Lloyd's Motor Group who attended Saturday's Gala are here to welcome the party, now joined by BDRHoF's Stu and Bev Bradbury and by John Price, the former Voice of Santa Pod and an insurance broker by profession. Surrounded by brokers and underwriters busily at work, the party sees the famous Lutine Bell (two dongs for good news, one dong for bad) and a cabinet full of historical artefacts from Nelson's victory at Trafalgar, and takes a spin to the top of the building in one of Lloyd's glass-walled outside lifts to view the City skyline. Don is presented with an inscribed, commemorative silver salver minted in 1932, the year of his birth. Then it's on to that Splendid Lunch, given in the grand hall of the Mercers' Company, the Premier Livery Company of the City of London (Royal Charter granted 1394). Welcoming the party is Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli, costumed in full aldermanic robes and now one of the pillars of the City establishment but born in (can you guess?) Florida. On the way back to Savill Court, GayLyn, Donna and the kids drop off for some more London sightseeing. It's amazing what you can squeeze in if you are determined: Natural History Museum, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye all from a mid-afternoon start, plus a dinner on top of that Splendid Lunch and a late-night train and taxi home.

Thursday 27th November: It's Thanksgiving Day back in the USA. GayLynn, Donna and Sarah celebrate by doing the shops and sights in Windsor. Marjorie, Rodney and Anna elect to commune with the spirits, and a party of primary schoolchildren, at Stonehenge. The schoolkids are nicely behaved and the stones just carry on like stones do. Later, the family convenes for one last Splendid Dinner, laid on by Geoff Stilwell at his local olde-worlde pub south of Maidstone. It takes an hour and a half to reach Maidstone, another hour and a bit to get through Maidstone, but the pub is delightful and warm when the family arrives and the meal delicious – no Thanksgiving turkey perhaps, but no one misses it. Stu and Bev have joined Geoff for the occasion and the family takes its leave of its three hosts with warm words, shaken hands and a kissed cheek or two. Geoff's support has been the building block on which this entire visit has been founded.

Friday 28th November: Breakfast time at Gatwick Airport. Syd McDonald and his 4x4 have presented themselves early at the Savill Court for luggage-carrying duties (good job Syd has a big car) and – wouldn't you know? – the traffic has breezed along like a dream right to the airport. Fond farewells exchanged, Family Garlits jets home to Florida. At long last, Don can take that well-earned rest… yes? Not likely. The electric dragster awaits, with new, more potent motors installed, and Don will be back in the cockpit first thing. There's that pesky 200 mph barrier to be broken, and a deadline too. He first topped 200 mph in a piston-engined car in 1964 and is dead keen to repeat the feat with battery power before the fiftieth anniversary year is out. What a truly extraordinary career Don Garlits has had – and it goes on still.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is indebted to Andy Wheeler of Europcar UK and Alamo Rent-A-Car for the transport provisions which made this itinerary possible.


SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 2.
8th December: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 7th February 2015.

For several of the 2014 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

This week's latest category is Best Appearing Car. The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows. You can see larger pictures on the official Perpetual Awards page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Tyler Ashdown, Junior Dragster
Vote for Tyler Ashdown

Chris Isaacs and Spencer Tramm, Pro Modified
Vote for Isaacs and Tramm

Brad Jackson, Super Pro ET
Vote for Brad Jackson

Liam Jones, Super Pro ET
Vote for Liam Jones

Paul Letchford, Super Comp
Vote for Paul Letchford

Steve Neimantas, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator
Vote for Steve Neimantas

Paul Przybyl, Super Pro ET
Vote for Paul Przybyl

Andy Robinson, Pro Modified
Vote for Andy Robinson

Bobby Wallace, Pro Modified
Vote for Bobby Wallace

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to David Anniwell. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2014@btinternet.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

For each of the Awards, one vote per E-Mail address per nominee will be accepted: multiple votes for the same nominee from the same E-Mail address will all be disqualified. And every year we say this, but every year someone tries it on: please note that blatant attempts at organising mass votes - for example asking workmates, forum members or Facebook friends to vote en masse - are easily identified and all such votes will be disallowed as they have been in previous years. Concerted attempts at vote-rigging will result in the nominee being removed from the shortlist whether or not that nominee knows what was going on. We know all the dodges so it's just not worth trying. If in any doubt about what constitutes canvassing then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than Eurodragster.com. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement.

The next voting category will be Best Appearing Bike.


Red Victor 5.
8th December: After a couple of months of behind-the-scenes work, and now the dust has settled in the 2014 street-legal racing scene, Andy Frost and the Red Victor 1 Racing team are now ready to unveil their plans for the foreseeable future in the street-legal racing circus:

We will be upgrading RV3's powertrain to run in the five-second zone, and to bring the street-legal record back across the Atlantic, where it resided for two and a half years! Having watched the huge progress in street-legal racing which we started back back in 2010, we're happy that finally there are people who have joined us in the street-legal car revolution. That is what makes it exciting to be a part of it, and drives us on to new heights.

The car itself has plenty of potential, as we didn't really scratch the surface of its chassis or engine tune-ups. Track time and weather in this area of the world played its part in that! We had less runs in one year than our competitors had in one meeting! What we are lacking for the job in hand, due to the restrictions of the class in which we were racing, is power. This will be now be taken care of in certain areas, namely the top end of the engine, the turbo size, and transmission.

We will be using new Race Flow Developments spread port heads with a Victory Performance valve train, PAC springs, T+D rockers and Manton pushrods, along with a Steve Morris Engines billet intake manifold. Wilson Manifolds will supply the twin 105 mm throttle bodies, which will be supplemented by Precision Pro Mod GEN2 98 mm turbos, and Turbosmart wastegates/BOVs. Engine size will stay the same at 540 ci, and so will the New Century block, Diamond pistons, Winberg crank, GRP rods, Bullet/Morris cam and Jesel lifters. We will also have some new MoTeC equipment to add to the M800/CDL dash combo, namely a MoTeC PDM 30 and MoTeC keypad, to help with the street side which will allow us to change from pump gas to methanol with a press of a button.

Transmission-wise we will be changing over to a Reid cased TH400, complete with a Browell 6.3 bellhousing. I will build the trans myself, with Hutch Transmissions overseeing the build and supplying the parts. We always wanted to use this trans combo, but the FIA rules prohibited it when the car was being built. Now that we are running 'Outlaw', we can run the trans of (our) choice. The bolt-together converter will also be our choice.

The engine will again be built by Marc at Lamude Racing Engines, the same guy who built our record-setting engine for the last couple of years, and tuning duties again will continue to be handled by the world-famous Shane Tecklenburg, who is no stranger to setting records around the world!

Once the upgrades are done, around August-September 2015, we plan on shaking the car down at Santa Pod Raceway, driving the car around the countryside to test all the new systems then shipping the car to a sunnier destination to test the upgrades to the full. From that we will see what transpires.

One of the main reasons we are able to do this is because of our new sponsor the Red Victor 5 Second Club. We formed the club a short while ago, and after one month we have 120 dedicated club members who are supporting our quest for the fives and the street-legal record. They more than anyone are driving the team towards new heights, and all the RV1 racing team thank them for their unswerving support, along with our loyal sponsors and fans. The new Red Victor 5 Second Club Facebook page launches today (Monday).


Big day for the Wild Bunch.
8th December: Wild Bunch Race Co-ordinator Claire Meaddows writes that a very special meeting took place at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on Monday 24th November:

Great thanks go to Brian Taylor, Robin Jackson and Stu Bradbury and all at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, who had arranged a very special presentation for us.  They knew that every year the Wild Bunch awards a very prestigious trophy, the Don Garlits Spirit of Drag Racing Shield, to a worthy recipient amongst their ranks.  This trophy was sanctioned in 1996 by Don himself after a request by Wild Bunch founder Roy Wilding.  The award stands for a host of attributes including sportsmanship, commitment, enthusiasm, helpfulness, high standards, performance, consistency, development, perseverance and Wild Bunch team spirit. 

The BDRHoF knew that our Annual Wild Bunch Prize Presentation was the same evening as their fabulous Gala Dinner, at which Don Garlits himself was being inducted as a new member and being honoured with several awards. They worked to find a way in which it would be possible to ask Big Daddy whether he would be so kind as to present our 2014 Don Garlits trophy winner with their award, and came up with the idea that whilst Don and his family could make the presentation whilst they were were on a visit to Beaulieu. This was duly arranged, in conjunction with a gathering of the Allard Chrysler Action Group, where Don met with Brian Taylor and many of the team.  This took place by the Allard itself, which is currently situated in the focal point within the very heart of the museum and on display next to the Commuter slingshot, another iconic car in the history of British drag racing. 


We gave Don an album which contained the history of the award and write-ups and photos of all our past winners and our current winner, Keith Crampton and the Soul Town Shaker slingshot team. Keith has been involved in British Drag Racing since the mid 1970s firstly as a spectator, then as a marshall, and for the last seven years as a popular racer in the Wild Bunch.  This event was a dream come true for Keith, and a real honour.  He stepped forward to be presented with his award by Don himself,  and had the most beaming grin which never left his face all afternoon. We also had the opportunity for some of our previous winners to have a group photo taken.  Pictured are:  Claire and Mark from C&C Nostalgia Drag Racing Team Backdraft (1999), Dave Williams from Team Cunning Plan (2003), Adam Price from Team Gridlock's Go Hard or Go Home!!! (2010), Terry from Team Ratcatcher Resurrection (2011), Mark, Lynne and Harley from Team Limited Funz' Ballbreaker (2012), Scottie, Gina, Nicole and Beau from Team Tiki Munki (2013), and of course, Keith. The photos are courtesy of Adam Price of Team Gridlock and Photo Excellence.

Several other Wild Bunch members also enjoyed touring the museum for the day, attending the presentation and joining in the celebrations. Everyone really enjoyed the chance to meet with such a great hero and big legend of our sport.

We were very honoured and are grateful to the BDRHoF, and most of all to Big Daddy himself, who so kindly gave us his time and attention. We all wish him the best of luck in his current quest to achieve 200 mph in the electric-powered dragster. We know he'll do it! Still driving and still innovating!  Thanks for everything, Big!


Junior Drag Bike season review.
8th December: Many thanks to Lizz McCarthy for passing on the end-season comments of the UK's Junior Drag Bike racers and introductions to next year's rookies:

Alfie Udall (9.07/79): The highlight of my season is when I did my first burnout on the track in front of everyone thanks to Scott Collier for teaching me. My hopes for next season are to run in the sevens and, at least for once try not to break anything, and of course win!

I would like to thank everyone in the Club especially my dad, Jerry, Sharron and Scott for helping me with any problems I had, and sticking with me throughout the season. Thank you to everyone.

Blade Dummer (12.59/50): Well my first season has been so good and I've done more than I could have thought have. We had few minor bumps on the way with the bike not running how I wanted. And then running better than expected, if you know what I mean, but that didn't stop us or me trying harder every time I got to the start line.

My best time of the season was 12.59. A little too quick for my bracket (and I won't do it again) and on this run also my best sixty foot 2.67 seconds. That wasn't the run where I had my best speed that was another event but best speed for the season 50.76 mph over the eighth mile. Overall I've had the best first season ever meeting so many great people all over the other riders and their parents. I would like to thank all the staff and track crew at both Santa Pod and Shakespeare County Raceways, without these guys nothing would run. Also Dragbike.com, Eurodragster.com, Lightning Automotive Beckwith and King Racing.

There have also been some people I need to thank for their support and help. Dave and Sam at FBM Turbo Systems for my race shirts and hoodies, Vizman for wiring the bike for me. All of the Junior Drag Bike riders for being so kind to me and helping me. Tim Beckwith at Beckwith Motorsports, Ron at Magic Bullet Fuel additives thanks guys, and Lizz McCarthy for keeping the Facebook page up to date and working hard on our reports. Lastly my sister who has come to look after Dad and I and to feed us thank you Emilia and Dad for making this possible for me.

The 2015 season can't come soon enough see you all soon. JBM 2 for 2015!

Louis Davies (9.14/71): The season went very well for me this year on the brand new Shark Attack Drag Racing Junior Drag Bike built by my Grandad. Thank you to Rene van den Berg for the sponsorship. The season started off running mid nines and slowly creeping down to run my fastest time of 9.144 at 71.92 mph.

Highlight of the year was winning the National Finals. After an exciting season I finished firt in the Championship, so a big thank you to Mum and Dad for crewing, Granddad for another Championship-winning bike and Gipp Racing for their support this season.

Looking forward to making my bike faster over the winter ready for next year.

Big thank you to Lizz McCarthy for sorting all our sponsors and race reports, Dragbike.com, Eurodragster.com, Beckwith Motorsports, Lightning Automotive, the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame and King Racing for helping out the Junior Drag Bikers. JBM1 for 2015.

Jordan Kenway (9.00/74): Well well well... this season has been a real interesting one, few ups but quite a lot of downs. Season started off well with the number one qualifier spot and then the number two qualifier trophy at round 2.

But then we didn't really pick up as many points as we wanted on the two middle rounds. But we came second at National Finals, but didn't do so well on the last event which mattered, due to bike issues.

Managed to break so many PBs this year my best so far is a 9.003/74. Just like to say a massive thanks to Warpspeed Racing for their continued support also help from Len Paget when we had engine issues and finally the tracks and crew and not forgetting the support from Dragbike.com, Beckwith Motorsports, Lightning Automotive, Eurodragster.com and King racing. Also Lizz for keeping the Facebook page going, and the race reports. See you all next year! JBP 3 for 2015.

Charlotte Hales (10.77): This year was a learning year for me. The first time I'd ridden a bike with a clutch and air shifter. Unfortunately, the Kawasaki engine turned out to be the restricted model and no amount of "tuning" by Dad was going to make it quick. Martin Dust had made a great job of the chassis and I really liked the handmade, polished bodywork. Best time for this year was 10.77

Next year I'm looking forward to Junior Bike Pro with the number JBP8 and hopefully on a 500 cc twin four-stroke. Dad says I should find it easier to ride.

I'd like to thank Mum and Dad for giving me the chance to drag race, my sister Emily for support, Martin Dust for building the bike and helping with the tools at every meeting at all tracks, Dangerface Drag Racing Team for all their help and of course our sponsors Beckwith, Lightning, Eurodragster.com, King Racing. Big thanks to all the JDB club and all the racers for a fun year.

Liam Holgate (9.23/73.4): The highlight of the season for me was going up to Junior Modified on my new 125, but my low was bending the valves and having to go back to my 50 cc for one meeting. Next season I'm hoping to get more confident on my new bike and try a burnout and obviously go quicker.

I would like to thank mum and dad for letting me race, Dragbike.com, Beckwith Motorsports and Lightning Automotive for our sponsorship.

Natalie Jones (11.70/61): I only managed to do half a season due to finishing my bike, learning to ride it and getting my licence sorted. This was my first season out of two before I move up a class. My first event was the Summernationals. The highlight of my season had to be my best time which was on the dot 11.70. My best speed was 61 mph, I have to say if there was an award for Most Consistent Speed I believe I would win that every time as my bike was constantly on 57-58 mph so getting 61 mph was lucky!!

Next season I'm hoping to be even more consistent, actually do the whole season and get better speedsand reaction times! I'm supposed to be JBM 9 but as fourteen is my lucky number I am going to ask if I can keep JBM 14.

I would like to thank the sponsors of JDB: dragbike.com and Tim Beckwith. All the staff at both tracks Shakey and Santa Pod. The JDB club itself, especially Lizz McCarthy for helping organise the club and Facebook page. Kerryanne Frazier, Ollie Dummer, Kev Charman and Allan Davies and Clair Davies for supporting me throughout the whole season.

Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome! See you next season!

Stacey Reed (9.33/70): This year was my first full year and it was amazing! The highlight of my year was riding the wrong way down the track when things got funky and a bit broken, I felt like the queen haha! My best time this year was 9.33 and that was at 70.14 mph.

Next year I'm hoping for everyone to stay safe but of course to go faster! Hopefully I can get my time down into the eights and then be able to persuade dad to tune up the Gixa thou ready for 9.50s!

I would like to say a big thanks to my Dad and track crew at both Santa Pod and Shakespeare County who make the racing possible. Also a massive thanks to all members of the Junior Drag Bike club, from the leaders to the racers. I would also like to thank Dragbike.com, Beckwith Motorsports, Lightning Automotive, Eurodragster.com and King Racing for their support this year and I hope it continues in the future.

See you all next year!

Siobhan Moor (9.6/70): Well, I have had an amazing last year in Junior Drag Bike, surrounded by some amazing and wonderful people and I am thankful to all of you for helping me out in my time in the Juniors. But it is my time now to move on to bigger and faster bikes that I am extremely excited about, or what my next year's racing is going to bring! It shall be interesting to see three quarters of the family competing in the same class!

I can't pick out a highlight from my season as each race meeting has been amazing in some way or another! I would like to thank my family for introducing to me such a unique and special sport and to some incredible people that have helped me along my journey, and for giving me the opportunity to experience it. I gained my best speed of 9.6 seconds which is at around 70 mph. I would also like to thank Kevin Charman and Allan Davies for all their amazing work they have done to keep the Junior Drag Bike Club on its feet, and Lizz McCarthy for her hard work keeping the Facebook page going. I would also like to thank the crew at Santa Pod Raceway and Shakespeare County Raceway, the support of dragbike.com, Beckwith Motorsports, Lightning Automotive, Eurodragster.com and King Racing. Thank you all for such a great send-off and I am looking forward to racing you all again soon in the near future.

Jasmine Cordelle (8.88/71): This year was a up and down year, just getting used to the new bike and recovering from an appendix operation I had around Easter, which led to me missing the first meeting and then using the next meeting to get my licence, and qualify. This meant I lost 200 points for the first two meetings.

I think that the highlight of my season was getting down the track, running a new Personal Best, getting used to the bike and the enjoyment of learning how to progress in racing. This year was a big learning curve for me and although it was frustrating not being as competitive as last year. I knew that it was going to be difficult this year, but I'm just glad I now have the confidence on the bike and be ready to bring the girl power back next year, and hopefully to have an all-girl final with Stacey Read one day!

Next year, we are changing some of the bike so looking forward to see how it all plans out, and just can't wait to get back racing, I don't like the off-season at all.

I would like to say a big thank you to my Dad for letting me race and being supportive, and the Hysteria Drag Racing Team. Also the support of Dragbike.com, Beckwith Motorsports, Lightning Automotive, Eurodragster.com and King Racing for supporting the Junior Drag Bike Club! And also big well done to all the Junior Drag Bike riders this year for being awesome as usual. Thank you for Lizz McCarthy, too, for being brilliant about all the press, and coping with me not handing in my race reports on time!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Next year's race number JBP6.

Jake Charman: After building a new bike for 2014 I spent the year learning to ride the bike and trying to find a set-up which worked. We have been running mid-tens all season but are still yet to find a sweet-spot with the clutch setup and various things which still need to be tweaked.

Hopefully next year we can find a good, working clutch set-up to pull us into the nines. I would like to thank Dad, Lizz, Chris and Sarah for helping me throughout the year and Dave Branch for building the bike.

A mention too must go to the track, marshals and track crew at both tracks, Beckwith Motorsports, Lightning Automotive, BDRHoF, Dragbike.com, Eurodragster.com, King Racing and Doug at Ensys.

Welcome to our new racers...

Megan Talbot (15.00): Hello, my name is Megan Talbot and I am nine years old and my race number is JB16. My family are all motorbike mad! I did not compete in the Championships this season but I hope to do so next year. I have been wanting to race since I first went to Shakey when I was three years old! I had to wait six years and my cousin Jasmine Cordelle had to make sure that she looked after my bike all that time! Now I am going to whoop her, hee hee!

My first go down the track was on Junior Fun Day at Santa Pod. I was so excited and laughed all the way down the track! It was very slow at twenty eight seconds but the next pass was twenty three seconds so I was really happy, especially when we all received a medal. The next time on the track I was at Shakey and Louis Davies was crewing for me. He helped me a lot and my big sister Bobby I reduced my time again and into the eighteens. My final weekend was at Halloween at Shakey and my aim was to get into the fifteens. After lots of problems I did it! Two fifteen second runs and I was very happy. We had lots of help that weekend and I want to thank everyone who helped me, Natalie Jones, Tony Jones, Uncle Allan (Davies), Louis Davies, Kev Charman, Daniel Bergilin, Ollie Drummer, Nip Nap Stevens. I want to say thank you to Uncle Phil, Brett, Jasmine and Aunty Avril from Hysteria Racing, Bobby, Daddy, Aunty Clair, the Santa Pod Crew, the Shakey Crew especially the start line, fire crew and Jane in the tower and Rachel Hodges. Biggest thanks to Mummy for buying me the bike and being my top crew!

Next year I hope to get into the thirteens and get better reaction times (watch out Natalie Jones)! Thanks Lizz for letting me write this.

Jack Shook (9.84/69): I started in May with my licencing and ran a best time of 11.1/64. Later on in the season I have been practicing my launch techniques at RWYBs at Santa Pod. Now I have made my reaction times more consistent. I have managed to run a PB of 9.84/69.

My highlight of this season was Junior Fun Day as it was one of my first times meeting and racing the other JDB racers. For next season I'm hoping to complete all of the events and earn myself a few trophies.

I would like to thank Mum, Dad and Ben and all the other racers for welcoming me with open arms.

Kayleigh Goodrich and Richard Willcox: Kayleigh will start the season in April, and Richard will start after his birthday in August. The paintwork is being done as I type, so will be good to see them and the bikes in 2015.

Lizz adds: thanks so much to everyone that has supported us this year. We have four more racers who have joined the Club for next year and we continue to go from strength to strength. It has been a total pleasure to be so involved with the, generating the interest to other countries where Junior bike Racing hasn't reached yet, and being able to set the precedent.

On behalf of the Junior Drag Bike Club may we wish you a Happy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.


Zeon TV DVDs available.
7th December: Our good friends Helen and Dave at Zeon TV have now completed their 2014 season review DVDs including Dragstalgia, MSA Pro Modified season review, Santa Pod Raceway season review, Hardcore Street, Springspeed Nationals, Mopar EuroNats, NSRA Hot Rod Drags, UK Top Sportsman and the UK National Finals. All sorts of deals are available if you want to buy more than one DVD. The covers feature some fine photography to boot.

A review will be posted very shortly but Zeon TV's reputation has preceded them for many years and you can be sure of another high-quality set of DVDs. To check out what's available and for how much, to view trailers, and to order, visit www.quartermilehigh.com.


2015 FIA calendar ratified.
5th December: Thanks to FIA Drag Racing Commission Lars Pettersson for letting us know that the 2015 FIA European Championship calendar was ratified yesterday by FIA's World Motorsport Council at their meeting in Doha:

22nd-25th May: Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, England
4th-7th June: Swedish Internationals, Tierp Arena, Sweden
2nd-5th July: FHRA Nitro Nationals, Alastaro, Finland
7th-9th August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheim, Germany
20th-23rd August: Scandinavian Internationals, Tierp Arena, Sweden
3rd-6th September: European Championship Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, England

Booking time off and travel is not recommended just yet as there are some issues to be settled before the calendar is finally confirmed.


Giles sits out 2015.
4th December: UK Super Comp / Super Gas racer Jon Giles has announced that the Roar Willys team are taking a break in 2015:

We have had a very hectic time since we started racing in 2008 and I think it's all caught up with me. So the decision has been taken to give it a rest through 2015 season and come back the following season all recharged and ready to go.

I would really like to thank Donna, Franki and Georgi for supporting me so far, Dave Southcombe (Crew Chief when he's awake!) and Finney for the continued help, the Morrice family for taking us under their wing and treating us so well, Stuart and Collin for the great Hockenheim experiences! Simon and Sharron Gough for their help and support inside and outside of racing, Jeff and Belinda Bull again for always being there for us, and all racers, crew, marshals, commentators and spectators. It really has been the best tonic for some of our personal problems.

So to all race teams have a safe and successful 2015 season. Roll on 2016!


Swift snippets.
4th December: We couldn't help but notice yesterday's (Wednesday's) attempt at an organised vote for one of the SPRC Perpetual Awards. Nice try.

Best wishes to Allard Chrysler Action Group Chair, British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Management Group member and Eurodragster.com Blogger Brian Taylor who is recovering from the application of two stents and the widening of an artery. Take it nice and easy Brian.


On The Bottle, Comanche hook up.
4th December: In addition to a wide range of VP Racing Fuels products, 2015 Shakespeare County Raceway lane sponsor
On The Bottle have announced a new nitrous oxide fitting service provided by race car fabricators Comanche Race Cars.

From the very latest nitrous equipment on the market today you can now get the full treatment with an expert fitting service from a simple bottle installation to a full nitrous kit set-up on any application ready for the strip or the street. All work is guaranteed to the highest standards. Based in Orpington, Kent the guys at Comanche already have a very successful introduction to the world of street rodding and drag racing thanks to Pro Mod customer Wayne Nicholson, Junior Dragster's Tyler Ashdown and doorslammer racers Ray Tucker and Matt Wright. But it's not all straight line stuff the shop offers! They can also build from the ground up track day, drift cars and circuit racers as well offering a bespoke service to any part of the motor sport industry. Currently on the jig is a soon to be tagged 7.50 slingshot dragster as well as a Chevy Vega doorslammer. Its not just chassis work either. Comanche can also offer a full vinyl digital wrap service from a full-blown race car to a race bike such as the fairings of Alex Hope's Pro Stock Bike unveiled at this year's UK National Finals. For further information or to book an appointment call 07955 067124. You can also find them on Facebook or visit the web site at www.comancheracercars.com.

Also for 2015 On The Bottle are very excited to add their first drag bike to the line up of supported teams and racers by providing Competition Bike racer Phil Crossley's Team Bopchop with VP Racing Fuel, nitrous oxide refills and equipment. The team are currently building a Suzuki-based Funny Bike for a 2015 début. To follow the build you can access Phil's blog page at gsxbopchop.blogspot.co.uk.


Web site updates.
4th December: Our good buddy Alan Currans has been in touch to let us know that he has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with another page of Roger Phillips' pictures. "It is called The Class of '71 and features the top-running dragsters and their drivers of that time", says Alan. "This was an important period in the development of the sport with times by the top cars inching down the sevens in search of that elusive six second pass. Needless to say there will be a Class of '72 along in due course". As ever you can check out the latest update via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the Halloween Bonfire Burn-up at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman. "Although this is my last drag racing album of the year, there will still be pictures from Beaulieu, Campervan Christmas and Butty Runs uploaded soon", says Mad.


UK Top Sportsman 2015.
2nd December: The organisers of UK Top Sportsman, "The biggest, richest, roughest, toughest televised heads-up Sportsman Doorslammer Series", are very pleased to announce their race dates for 2015. Paul Marston writes:

Having the event schedules of both Santa Pod and Shakespeare County Raceways available so early is a real bonus and has enabled us to firm up dates for next year earlier than usual.

UK Top Sportsman returns to the best Muscle Car event of the season, the Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday-Sunday 24th-26th July. 2014 had a record car count and both the ET and MPH records fell in competition. This is simply a great, must-attend event for everyone (Hear, hear - Ed) and once again UK Top Sportsman are grateful to the organisers of the Mopar EuroNats for inviting us back again in 2015.

Unfortunately UK Top Sportsman will have to say goodbye to VW Action for 2015, as the August Bank Holiday has moved weekends and Santa Pod have scheduled a Peak Performance Day on the Sunday. It's just not possible to run UK Top Sportsman's two races on just one day, plus there is now a fortnight between VW Action and the FIA European Finals which would have necessitated travelling and racing on three consecutive weekends.

The good news is that UK Top Sportsman have found a brand new home with the BWM Scooter Ska Rally at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday-Sunday 12th-14th June. UK Top Sportsman will be the stars of the show and there is no shortage of track time, so we are excited to announce this interesting new date. Credit must go to the Santa Pod management, in particular James Forster, for working so hard to find us another date which works on their packed event calendar.

UK Top Sportsman packs two races into one event. The first eliminator race is a Fast Bracket Race in which everybody runs. 0.400 Pro Tree, dial your ET, one-shot trial run then straight into first round. If you lose first round then you can bu back into the second round for just £30. First and second round pairings are completely random, then from the third round we run to an eliminations ladder. The second race is a heads-up, qualified (usually sixteen cars) eliminator. This has a one-shot qualifier for an elimination field with alternates.

All the entry fees after track fees are put into the prize fund, so the payouts for both events can be substantial. For the Bracket Race we pay from the third round and in the heads-up everyone gets paid. Remember that other than safety there are no rules! For full details of how everything works please Like our Facebook page where you will find our latest rules, regulations and a detailed description of how it all works.

Please stay tuned to Eurodragster.com as over the next few days we will be revealing more news and an exciting new development.


Swift snippets.
2nd December: UK Super Pro ET team Brad Jackson Racing are offering a free 2015 desk calendar to the first twenty Eurodragster.com readers to contact them via Brad's official web site. To be in with a chance of winning a calendar, visit
www.bradjacksonracing.com and use the contact details on the site to send your name and address. This offer is open to Eurodragster.com readers in any country.

An afternoon with a legend.
2nd December: We are indebted to Honorary Eurodragster.com staff members Colin and Grace Roaf for sending us a report of last Sunday's Afternoon Tea with Don Garlits at Santa Pod Raceway. Colin writes and Grace photographs:

The term "legend" is used a lot these days, so it was a privilege to attend an event with a true legend of our sport. Even a work colleague, who has no real interest in drag racing, has heard of Don, which goes to show that his reputation precedes him.

The Quartermile Club in the bankside VIP suite at Santa Pod Raceway was the venue for this once in a lifetime event. The promised hot drinks were welcome on the damp Sunday and the room was split up by a number of round tables at which the lucky participants of the sold-out event were seated.

Spontaneous applause rang out as Don entered the room. Robin Jackson, Public Relations Officer for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame welcomed Don, introduced one of his daughters and a family friend who were accompanying him, then thanked all the participants for their attendance. He went on to thank US Automotive, Julie Braskett, Alamo and Santa Pod Raceway for organising the event and introduced Andy Wilsheer as official photographer along with Grace who was taking photos for Eurodragster.com.

Robin then took up the Master of Ceremonies position as he introduced the Q&A session.

Some of the questions had already been asked by Tog during his interview with Don prior to the BDRHoF Gala Dinner, but Don was able to expand on some of his answers. Quite often I was drawn into the stories before realising I was meant to be making notes!

"Out of your many opponents and competitors you've faced over the years, who did you fear the most?". Don replied Chris Karamesines (The Greek) and Don Prudhomme (The Snake) but still saves all his respect for Shirley Muldowney. Especially during match racing, he always had to run the hardest against Shirley.

Don stated his strong opinions against 1000-foot racing and believes changes could have been made to allow a return to quarter mile racing. He paraphrased a scientist involved in the Hydrogen Bomb project who allegedly said "If it doesn't explode, we aren't interested" as a dig at TV coverage which concentrates on re-runs of engine explosions against coverage of actual racing.

When asked "What was your greatest achievement?" Don explained the complications of getting the rear-engined dragster to work. Following his accident in 1970 he wanted to focus on designing a car which was safe yet competitive. Using the phrase "But that's another story", the situation leading up to the 1975 World Finals which was explained with obvious emotion.


One of the points which Don made whilst remembering these events was that the cars weren't worked on at the track but taken back to the motels in which the drivers and crews were staying. Bath tubs were used to wash parts, engines repaired, reassembled and possibly started at all hours before packing the car back onto the trailer. I can just see Lenny Henry invoking the Premier Inns "Good Night Guarantee" if that still happened today.

A question was asked about the importance of the team effort. Don recalled that in the early days, it was just he and his wife Pat doing it all. Don would tune and drive the car and Pat would drive the push truck. He recalled working on regular cars during the day and building race cars at night. Don mentioned Connie Swingle and Tom Lemmons who worked at his workshop and also crewed for him. Between them they could "snap" a race car together in three days.

Don was always known as innovative, so the question "Which ideas didn't work?" brought up his Top Fuel Dragster project with the helicopter turbine engine and also the Sidewinder and Streamliner cars.

Glancing around the room everyone was absorbed in Don's every word. As he had been talking for quite some time Robin called a tea/coffee break. Comments were made at our table, and I'm sure at all the other tables, how they could "Listen for hours" and "What a great recall" Don had.

Whilst we were all taking a break for a drink, I saw Don wipe away some condensation on the window at the end of the suite which looks down the track. He stood looking at the view for a little while. I wonder if he was contrasting how he saw the track and facilities now against when he was last here.


Santa Pod then laid on an excellent buffet and as the weather had improved enough for photos to be taken on the start line around the Christmas tree. Against a sunset which has featured in many photographers' shots, Andy Willsheer organised everyone into a group shot and then some more individual photos were taken with Don as the sun went down completely.

The last part of the event was the opportunity to pick up a copy of Don's latest book and to have him sign it. An orderly queue formed with people getting pictures, model kits, LP records, magazines and other books signed in addition to Don's book. Andy was taking individual photos as Don was shaking hands with everyone.

All in all a brilliant afternoon spent in the company of a humble and strong-willed man who has done so much to shape the sport we all enjoy. His latest book Don Garlits And His Cars features a lot more detail and insight. Now all I have to do is figure out who gets to read the book first, Grace or me.


First BDRHoF Junior bonus won.
2nd December: Following the announcement earlier this year that the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame would support UK Junior Drag Racing with £50 bonuses awarded to each season's National Champions, the first recipient of this award has been announced as 2014 UK National Junior Drag Bike Champion Louis Davies. Louis will receive his award at the Santa Pod Racers Club Dinner Dance on 7th February 2015.

These awards have been made available following the release of funds from a long-dormant British National Drag Racing Association account. BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury again thanks Anne Pallant and Mick Hand, the BNDRA's last Financial Officers, and BDRHoF Management Group member Phil Evans for their efforts in recovering this account, which will fund these awards for five years. Thereafter, the BDRHoF plans to maintain the awards from its own resources.

On behalf of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Stu Bradbury congratulates Louis Davies on his success.


SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 1.
1st December: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 7th February 2015.

For several of the 2014 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

The first voting category is SPRC Most Promising Newcomer. Nominees for SPRC Most Promising Newcomer have impressed whilst contesting their first full season or making their on-track début in 2014.

The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Harley Coulsell, Junior Dragster
Vote for Harley Coulsell

Jon Crawford, Sportsman ET
Vote for Jon Crawford

Blade Dummer, Junior Drag Bike
Vote for Blade Dummer

Matthew Dowdy, Junior Dragster
Vote for Matthew Dowdy

Damian Halliwell, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator
Vote for Damian Halliwell

Jan Lukes, Sportsman ET
Vote for Jan Lukes

Ed Keech, VW Sportsman
Vote for Ed Keech

Paul Przybyl, Super Pro ET
Vote for Paul Przybyl

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster page.
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The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to David Anniwell. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2014@btinternet.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

For each of the Awards, one vote per E-Mail address per nominee will be accepted: multiple votes for the same nominee from the same E-Mail address will all be disqualified. And every year we say this, but every year someone tries it on: please note that blatant attempts at organising mass votes - for example asking workmates, forum members or Facebook friends to vote en masse - are easily identified and all such votes will be disallowed as they have been in previous years. Concerted attempts at vote-rigging will result in the nominee being removed from the shortlist whether or not that nominee knows what was going on. We know all the dodges so it's just not worth trying. If in any doubt about what constitutes canvassing then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than Eurodragster.com. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement.

The next voting category will be Best Appearing Car.


Swift snippets.
1st December: Jeanette and Jon Webster have asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to daughter Shelby Webster. Our pleasure; have a lovely day Shelby.


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