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SPRC's social media warning.
29th September: On behalf of the whole Committee, Santa Pod Racers Club International Race Director Carole Ismail of Eurodragster.com sponsors
CEJ Training Services Ltd and Phoenix Personnel Ltd has been in touch to warn racers about behaviour on social media and to remind them of the guidelines published by the MSA.

"We have seen a sharp increase in racers and crew arguing, making accusations, or posting insulting or threatening comments on Facebook and other social media" says Carole. "We will not accept that it is meant as banter - we can tell the difference. Actions of race officials have been questioned, and information which should remain confidential has been posted for the whole world to see. Arguments on Facebook have resulted in confrontations in the pits.

"I would also ask you to put yourself in the place of a potential sponsor seeing racers bickering in public on social media. We work very hard to bring sponsors into the sport and that work is being undone. If you were a sponsor would you want your name to be associated with this behaviour?

"Holding a race licence or a parent / guardian licence, or signing on for an event as racer, crew or race official, is explicit acceptance of the conditions laid down by the MSA, the ACU and organising Clubs. Arguments, accusations, threats and insults on Facebook and other social media constitute behaviour likely to bring the sport into disrepute and we will not hesitate to use the range of disciplinary actions available to us including exclusion from events or suspension of licences.

"If you have an issue with another racer or crew, if you have an accusation to make, or if you wish to question the actions of race officials then there are channels for this to be dealt with out of the public eye. For example you can approach Ian Marshall at SPRC at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or on 01933 313625 and he will either help you himself or direct you to the right person. At race events at Santa Pod Raceway you can approach Race Secretary Kathy Taylor who can be found in Signing On. APIRA offer similar support.

"The MSA have kindly given us permission to reproduce the bullet points of their Social Media Guidelines below. Although published by the MSA we view them as applying to ACU racers and race officials also. Breaching these Guidelines will have serious consequences whether you are racer, crew, parent / guardian, or race official:
  • Don't write something that you wouldn't be prepared to say to someone.
  • When posting on a social media website, assume that anybody can access that post.
  • Check the privacy settings of your social media accounts. These settings determine the extent to which the information you share is publicly accessible.
  • Determine whether you are participating in a personal or official capacity and consider whether your opinions and activity are appropriate in that context.
  • Never share personal details such as home addresses and telephone numbers except with people that you know and trust, in which case it is advisable only to share such details via private messages.
  • Remember that participating in social media results in your comments being permanently available and open to being re-published by other media outlets. It should be assumed that anything published in social media will remain available indefinitely, even if it is deleted from the original site.
  • Respect confidentiality, stay within the legal framework and be aware that safeguarding, libel, slander, copyright and data protection laws apply.
  • Be aware that your interaction with social media may attract interest from the wider media, so proceed with caution whether you are participating in an official or personal capacity.
  • Never use social media to insult anyone directly or indirectly.
  • MSA Members who hold a position of trust and/or responsibility over young people (i.e. those under 18 years of age) in the course of their duties should be very careful when interacting with those young people via social media.
  • Beware the temptation to use the perceived anonymity offered by some online portals to post unacceptable comments about events or individuals.
  • You should be mindful at all times that MSA regulations and UK law continue to be applicable in the online environment.
"We recommend that you download, read and digest the full MSA Social Media Guideline document (PDF) by clicking here."

Please also see News FAQ 16 - Ed


Swift snippets.
29th September: Good luck and stay safe to ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith who is contesting this weekend's Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA in the Leverich family's Top fueller. Qualifying commences tomorrow (Friday); you will be able to stay in touch with Smax's progress courtesy of Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com and on the Ant Hill Mob Drag Racing Facebook page.

Robin Jackson writes that enthusiasts of electric cars and Street Eliminator in particular, and of drag racing in general, may be interested to know that the new (November) issue of Motor Sport magazine contains a feature on the world's quickest street-legal electric car, the Flux Capacitor, written by the driver himself, Jonny Smith, with photographs by Matt Woods. The magazine's 'Speed Record Special' section contains an accompanying article by Guy Martin on his recent attempt at the World Motorcycle Land Speed Record at Bonneville. Motor Sport is on sale at leading newsagents, price £4.99.


Gibbs, McCulloch Ace BDRHoF Gala.
29th September: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has announced that Steve Gibbs and Ed 'The Ace' McCulloch are flying in for the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, London Heathrow on Saturday 19th November 19th.

Steve Gibbs got his first drag racing job at San Gabriel drag strip in 1961. By 1969 he had become Advertising Director for the NHRA publication National Dragster, was made Competitions Director in 1972 and then NHRA Vice President Competitions in 1980, conducting some four hundred NHRA National Events over a twenty seven-year span. He went on to initiate the NHRA Museum of which he is still a Board Member along with being a Selection Committee member of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. In fact he has been inducted into a whole bunch of Halls of Fame and received many Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Steve has been instrumental in creating and organizing both the California Hot Rod Reunion at Bakersfield, now celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary, and the 14th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, Bowling Green. He continues to play an instrumental role in the planning and execution of both Reunion events.

Steve said "It has been a long time since we visited Santa Pod in 1980 so my wife and I are both very excited over the opportunity to visit you folks once again in November. We have heard nothing but good things about the event. Also joining the entourage will be my daughter Cindy Gibbs Arias, a renowned motorsports artist in her own right."

Ed 'The Ace' McCulloch began driving Top Fuel Dragsters in 1964 and Funny Cars in 1969. He won the first time he ever raced at the US Nationals in 1971 and before the end of the season had acquired backing from model kit manufacturer Revell. During the next six years with the company, he made the cars name RRRRevellution famous. He has taken six wins at the NHRA US Nationals at Indianapolis. Following his retirement as a driver at the end of the 1993 season Ed carried out tuning duties for Connie Kalitta, Don Prudhomme and Don Schumacher.

For his successful drag racing career he has been inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. To quote Jon Asher in his Motorsports Hall of Fame citation "In motorsport there are drivers, tuner / mechanics and builders. It's rare that an individual occupies more than one slot. Ed McCulloch is one of those exceptions."

Ed said "This will be my first visit to the UK and a long overdue one because I have heard so much about Santa Pod Raceway and the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame but never had the time to get over there. I'm really looking forward to meeting the fans and racers in Europe."

As well as attending the Gala Awards Dinner in the evening, Steve and Ace will be joining the Beech Underwriting Bench Racing Panel during the afternoon of 19th November. BDRHoF Sponsorship Partner Geoff Stilwell of Beech Underwriting said "This promises to be a fabulous occasion with top drag racing stars reliving stories from back in the day. As well as Steve and Ace, the panel includes Bob Muravez, Fred Miller, Harry Hibler, Paula Murphy, Don Schumacher, Carl Olson and Dennis Priddle. The host is Bob McClurg. You would be lucky to find such a line-up of drag racing legends in one room anywhere in the world". Admission to the BDRHoF Bench Racing session will be by ticket only. You can apply for tickets to this very special event by sending an E-Mail to geoff@beechunderwriting.co.uk. Tickets are going quickly.

Ticket prices for the 2016 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain as last year at £60 per person. Corporate tables of ten are available at £580. More details are available by clicking here. For advance booking of tickets contact stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.


FIA TMD, TMFC to run as one.
28th September: FIA European Drag Racing Commission Vice Chair Lars Pettersson has been in touch to let us know that FIA Top Methanol Dragster and FIA Top Methanol Funny Car will run as a single class in 2017. More details to come but the difference in the class' performances will be made up by a handicap on the Christmas Tree, and a working group will be set up to decide that handicap. The change having been decided by the Commission has been ratified by the FIA's World Motorsport Council today. Lars tells us that it is hoped that this will increase the field size and encourage some currently-parked cars to re-emerge.

The FIA WMSC have also approved a tendering process for the rights to promote the FIA European Drag Racing Championships from 2018.

Lars adds that the 2017 FIA Championship calendar is still being discussed and that it will be released in December.


2017 APIRA Trophy Night.
28th September: Avon Park International Racing Association, Shakespeare County Raceway, the Supercharged Outlaws and the National Association of Supertwins are pleased to announce details of their combined Championship Trophy Presentation Evening to be held on Saturday 4th March 2017 in the Avon Room of the Hilton Warwick, Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE (located on Junction 15 of the M40).

The evening will honour the 2016 APIRA Champions and runners-up and APIRA and SCR Perpetual Award winners, together with winners and runners-up from the UK Supercharged Outlaws.


Festivities will commence at 6:00 pm with pre-dinner drinks at the bar followed by a full sit-down dinner which will be served at 7:00 pm. The Championship presentation begins at 8:30 pm. There will be a disco til late provided by Kenny's Bar resident DJ Jamie, and making the presentations will be track announcers Shaun Wilson and Jerry Cookson. There will be the usual raffle as well during the course of the evening.

Tickets will be £25 per adult and £15 for under-twelves which includes a three-course sit-down meal finished with tea and coffee. A vegetarian option will be available on request but please tick the box on the booking form. Children's meal will be creamy tomato soup, chicken nuggets, chips and beans followed by chocolate torte with Irish cream sauce. If you wish to book a complete table for your team or group then please indicate this on the form. Tables seat a maximum of ten.

APIRA have negotiated a preferential rate for rooms in the hotel at £86 for a double or £76 for a single. All rates are inclusive of breakfast, car parking and VAT. To book your room, please call the reservations team on 08008 568000 or visit the web site at www.hilton.com/warwick quoting reference code ASCRA. Cut-off point for bedrooms on the special rate is twenty eight days prior to arrival.

You can download your booking form (PDF format) from the Downloads page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk. Payments can be made by BACS; account details can also be found on the booking form. Please note that all booking forms should be returned to the address on the form by 18th February 2017. If you have any queries then please call 01789 720180, or E-Mail shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com.

2015 Perpetual Award winners please note that all trophies should be returned to APIRA / SCR as soon as possible. To make arrangements for return of trophies please E-Mail Jerry Cookson at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com or call 01789 720180 during office hours.


A leak from Bad Habit Racing.
28th September: With their Bad Habit Challenger in the paint shop and a birthday to celebrate preferably at the track Pro ET racers and Eurodragster.com sponsors Cath and Tig Napier decided to campaign Cath's Barracuda Ruby in Sportsman ET. Cath writes:

We entered the APIRA Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway where we qualified well (got lucky) but we went out first round. Unfortunately rain stopped play and the meeting didn't reach a conclusion, but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm - we'd had a blast. We then ran at Gary's Picnic after a five-year absence and to our surprise we won the Gamblers Bracket race on the Sunday! A new pot for the mantlepiece after a long drought of shiny things. Off next to the SPRC Summernationals at the 'Pod where we double entered in Sportsman ET and Nostalgia Super Stock. Again we qualified OK in both, again out first round in both classes, but we still had a great time.

A bit of a break and then we got Habit back, yippee! A plan was hatched and it was all hands to the pump to get Habit ready for the European Finals. Unfortunately after two weeks of evenings, nights and weekends, we realised we would not be able to get Habit back together in time, so we decided to late-enter Ruby for the Open Sports Nationals at Shakey. Well you could have knocked me down with a feather when we won the class and the APIRA Sportman ET Championship ! A lot of luck came our way that weekend but, as a very old and veteran racer said to me, "Sometimes to win, you just have to do nothing wrong".

On to the very recent National Finals, where fortune decided to vomit upon our eiderdown in Q2. The electric fan on the front of the radiator decided to explode, inexplicably - it wasn't even wired up - subsequently  puncturing the radiator in several places. The offers of help and assistance from the Sportsman ET pits and other classes was nothing short of astounding, We never fail to be humbled at the kindred spirit found within the drag racing community, help is always only a pit space away.

Special thanks must go to Bill and Jamie from Topspeed Automotive for kindly opening their shop to allow us to hunt through the vast array of radiators; unfortunately nothing suitable was found as they had recently sold their last Mopar type radiator. Special thanks also go to Captain Caveman Racing - to Emma and Richard for help with the push back to the pits, and Alan for the loan of tools - and to Redneck Racing for the offer of the use of their workshop and the bottle of K-Seal. Brilliant!

Thank you to our team for working with me until 11:30 pm and missing the SPET party, and to all the people who brought food to us, lest we grew faint on our travails. We valiantly tried to repair the radiator by pinching the cooling tubes and soldering them up, fitted it back into the car the next morning, and shoved a load of Radweld / K-Seal in it. All seemed to be well until the rad sprang a small leak in the staging lanes. Mindful of the oft-spoken commentators' words "A small stream can turn to a raging torrent" we decided discretion before valour and returned to the pit, our season now sadly over.

What we will take from our short Sportsman ET foray is how welcoming everyone was. They're all a really good bunch of guys and gals and great racers to boot. Anyone wanting to have a go at drag racing in this class, and I know of potentially two or three, you should definitely go for it: you'll be made very welcome and have a great time. Congrats to Dibs taking the championship and Dan on his (I believe) début win. Both well deserved.

Thanks again to the guys and gals in Sportsman ET - you might not have seen the last of us yet! Lastly, thank you to the track staff at Shakey and Santa Pod for keeping us safe and giving us a place to race, and to Eurodragster.com for the excellent coverage as always (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed).


Jayne suits up again.
28th September: After a long season watching and learning with the Shockwave Fuel Funny Car team, it's now time for the UK's Jayne Kay to get back into the seat:

I had planned to be in the seat of the Shockwave Funny Car for the 2016 season, this unfortunately didn't fall into place as my final year at University took priority. I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Graphic Design and Communication (Congrats - Ed), so the decision paid off. Although I have spent the season off the scene as a driver, I have been very busy doing other fun things such as travelling around the country seeking sponsorship as well as building up Jayne Kay Motorsport Ltd into a growing marketing and promotions company. With the help of the Enterprise Team for youg entrepreneurs at the University of Huddersfield, I have been able to fulfil my dream of developing a business within the motorsport I love.

I am however, really excited to be back in the driving seat at the Jap Show Finale at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend where I plan to complete my licence and become competition-ready! So far my quickest time on track is a 4.60/223 which was my eighth-mile pass, but I am hoping to annihilate that time and speed. With the help and guidance of the Shockwave Racing Team, I have no doubt that I will be able to achieve that. 

As always, I'd like to thank my sponsors for helping me get to this point: Wheel Whores, Fuel Clothing, Wrap Kings, Custom Coach Trimming, Peter Walters Race Design, Trophy Queen, RW Paint, SimpsonLids and, in addition, Santa Pod Raceway for their support this year. I'd also like to thank in advance all of the team at Shockwave Racing for their hard work and encouragement for my Funny Car venture; they are the hardest-working crew I know and have had a really tough season but still manage to stay positive! And a final special thanks to my Dad for his endless support and shared passion to go Nitro Funny Car Racing!

If you want to follow my progress there are Blog posts regularly updated on Facebook page and on my web site at www.jaynekay.com.


Swift snippets.
28th September: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the official entry list for the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 15th-16th October. You can check out the Bike Weekend entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Good luck and stay safe to Geoff Stilwell of British Drag Racing Hall of Fame sponsor Beech Underwriting who will be back in the Rat Trap Land Speed car this weekend at the Ohio Mile in Wilmington. Having clocked 180 mph at Bonneville Geoff is gunning for 200 mph. You can find out more and stay in touch with Geoff's progress on the East Coast Timing Association web site at www.ecta-lsr.net.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe for sending us the official timing data from the UK National Finals. You can check out the National Finals timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks also to Marrs for forwarding us a post-UK National Finals table of UK Bests now including the Super Street Bike record set by Steve Venables. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the European Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


2016 UK Champions.
26th September: Congratulations to those UK National Champions whose titles were decided at the weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

MSA British Drag Racing Championship (Pro Modified): Andy Robinson
ACU UK Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt

Super Pro ET: Chris Parker
Pro ET: Lee Huxley
Sportsman ET: Andy Dibley
Super Comp: Stuart Doignie
Super Gas: Stuart Doignie
Super Street: Leigh Morris
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Jordan Payne
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Matt Smith
VWDRC VW Pro: Paul Herbert
VWDRC VW Sportsman: Paul Day
Wild Bunch Series: Keith Crampton
Wild Bunch Spirit of Nostalgia: Alan Loten
Wild Bunch Springbridge MSA Series: Phil James

The remaining bike Champions will be decided at the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend at Santa Pod Raceway in mid-October.


UK National Finals results.
26th September: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

MSA Pro Modified: Kev Slyfield staged (bye), Bert Englefield no show
Comp Eliminator: Kev Perkins (8.00) 7.5579/179.85 bye
Super Pro ET: Chris Parker (7.75) 11.2850/68.11 def. Ian Powell (8.13) 8.1067/163.05 DQ red
Pro ET: Leigh Morris (10.90) 10.9028/118.93 def. Mark Bailey (9.00) 9.0764/145.67
Sportsman ET: Clive Dandridge (14.90) 14.9455/89.06 def. Steve Cherrett (19.66) 19.6560/66.70 DQ b/o
Super Comp: Paul Watson 8.9080/157.94 def. Stu Doignie 12.9770/60.28 DQ red
Super Gas: Jon Giles 9.9061/140.84 def. Collin Morrice 9.9063/147.14
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Jordan Payne (8.04) 8.1064/78.47 bye
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Matt Smith 7.8088/184.32 red def. Gary Gooding no time DQ boundary violation
Wild Bunch: Keith Herbert (11.10) 11.2733/113.25 bye
VW Pro: Paul Herbert (11.95) 12.1532/103.09 def. Sam Young (8.28) 9.0721/145.28
VW Sportsman Bruce Collins (13.60) 13.7201/91.57 def. Jacob Bailey (14.80) 14.9858/83.94

ACU Top Fuel Bike (eighth mile): Steve Woollatt 4.0291/180/52 def. Rene van den Berg 5.7982/85.38
Pro Stock Bike (eighth mile): Alex Hope 4.6578/148.98 def. Mark Smith 4.9327/138.58
Funny Bike (eighth mile): Phil Crossley 4.5414/149.99 bye, Kars van den Belt no show
Super Street Bike (eighth mile): Graham Balchin 4.821/161.84 def. Steve Venables 4/8161/154.16
Comp Bike (eighth mile): Mick Winyard 5.3950/142.94 def. Paul Hambidge 5.5201/111.95
8.50 Bike: Jake Mechaell 8.6167/139.48 def. Jay Roe 8.6466/150.57
9.50 Bike: Richard Sawatzki 9.6285/137.80 def. Janne Koskinen 9.6497/128.31
Supertwin Gas: Alfie Udall 9.3709/135.64 def. Scott Collier 9.6264/134.14
ET Bike: Wayne Bradley (9.10) 9.1408/139.38 def. Dave Grundy (11.57) 11.7768/115.89 DQ red
Junior Drag Bike: Liam Holgate (10.11) 10.1340/62.18 def. Louis Davies (8.38) 8.7534/58.28 DQ red

Some of the bike finals were held over the eighth mile due to a strong headwind.

Subject to ratification the following record was set:

ACU UK Super Street Bike ET: 6.998 seconds, Steve Venables

Congratulations also to Junior Dragster racer Aaron Fensome and VW Sportsman racer Natalie Wood who won the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award in support of the
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children respectively. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend at Santa Pod Raceway in mid-October.

The annual Charity Football Match to raise funds for Bloodwise in memory of late SPRC Club Secretary Paula Marshall was again won by the racers' team Highlander United, who beat the SPR / SPRC Bloodwise Bombers 4-1.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored UK National Finals reports, pit notes and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


FIM, Trakbak announce World Series.
23rd September: The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has signed a Promoter Agreement with the UK-based company Trakbak Racing Limited ahead of the launch of a new FIM World Series in the spectacular sport of Drag Bike Racing under the aegis of the FIM Circuit Racing Commission.

The FIM chooses to work with promoters for its flagship events in order to ensure that they are professionally-managed and receive maximum visibility.

The FIM Drag Bike World Cup is the latest FIM World Series to join the FIM's stable of Championships and Cups. As owner of all the intellectual property and commercial rights, the FIM is delighted to have found in Trakbak Racing a partner with the experience, know-how and enthusiasm necessary to do what it takes to make this Series a success.

Trakbak Racing will exercise a broad panoply of rights pertaining to the Series, which will be staged starting in 2018. Trakbak Racing CEO Keith Bartlett, who has promoted this popular and family-friendly sport for over 25 years, is the commercial rights-holder of the FIM European Drag Bike Championship. He is looking forward to taking the competition to another level with this new FIM World Series.

FIM President Vito Ippolito welcomes this arrival of this new kid on the world motorcycling block: "Drag Bike is a very spectacular discipline with a growing public following. The FIM is delighted to be able to offer motorcycle fans this new world series with the help of Series Promoter Trakbak Racing. Keith Bartlett has been managing the FIM European Drag Bike Championship since 1996 and we are confident that his experience will help us to develop this new Series, which could become a fully-fledged championship in the near future."

On the occasion of the signature of the contract at the FIM headquarters in Mies, Switzerland, Trakbak Racing CEO Keith Bartlett said of the agreement: "I am delighted we have partnered with the FIM in this exciting new world wide series, adding the FIM World Drag Bike Championship to our existing stable of official drag racing Championships and Series owned, promoted and organised by Trakbak Racing Ltd. The addition of an official FIM World Drag Bike Championship will bring an even higher profile and brand appeal to the sport of drag racing worldwide, whilst helping to lift the profile of motorcycle drag bike racing across the globe."


Bloodlines: The end game.
23rd September: This year is the 50th Anniversary of Santa Pod Raceway and next year will mark fifty years since the UK's Ian Turburville coerced his mother into taking him to the track to start his life-long obsession. It will also be Turbo's retirement year and to celebrate he has actioned a plan which he had been formulating for a while and one which will be a fitting tribute to the sport:

As everyone knows Bloodlines Racing own three cars, the Beach Bomb built specifically to sell and still available, the Bad Blood Top Dragster which Laura currently races in National competition, and True Blood the beautiful, full-body slingshot which both Ian and Laura have driven. There is no need for two competitive race cars in the team and we cannot afford to race two so Ian had an idea and karma made it come true.

If you have ever seen the cacklefest at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Famoso you will know what a living, breathing historic dragster should look like: awesome! Ian looked around for a famous British car to restore but there were none, well there was one but the owner won't sell which is a shame. Someone suggested running True Blood on nitro but we thought that that would not be sufficiently special and the big Chevy motor was not really suited to it. All of a sudden the stars aligned and we got a call from a like minded fanatic with a very special offer, a Hemi.

It was not just any hemi though. It was Donovan 417 #144. We contacted Donovan and they still had the record of the sale, to a Mr Dennis Priddle in 1974. A quick bit of research ended with a ninety-minute Skype call to Ian from Dennis himself who confirmed the motor's history and the fact that it was very special indeed. Dennis couldn't believe that the motor was still around and all in excellent condition. There are famous cars in our sport but there are also very famous engines and this is perhaps the most famous of all.

By 1973 Dennis had already become a legend by winning multiple Championships and setting numerous records, including that which earned him the Mr Six nickname. He was already a European icon. He decided that it was time to move to one of the new rear-engined dragsters so did a deal with Bill Simpson to buy his Skyjacker rail which Norm Wilcox had raced that year. Dennis and Dave Riswick flew to California and met up with Bill only to find that he had already sold the car. Dennis didn't want to come back empty handed and Bill said that Norm still had the last, state-of-the-art, Don Long-built slingshot with which he had won many races and that Dennis could have that. Dennis didn't want another slingshot, he still had Mr Six at that time, but Bill talked him into it. Dennis took the car straight down to Donovan's workshop and fitted one of their all-new aluminium race engines, there and then. Remember, most people were still running the old iron 392 or 426 Chrysler lumps at the time. The aluminium Donovan was a game changer which others copied later.

Dennis entered the Winternationals at Pomona with it but it was the famous big rain off meeting which went on for three weeks. He got a few qualifying runs on it and to cut a long story short he shipped the car back home and, with sponsorship from Revell model kits amongst others, proceeded to decimate the competition including the rear-engined cars. At Santa Pod Raceway on 20th April 1975 Dennis put in a single late qualifying run of 6.49. The final of that event was Peter Crane v Dennis; Peter Crane ran 6.79/204 while Dennis Priddle ran a 6.04 at 218mph in his Mr Revell slingshot. This world record for a front-engined fueller stood until the 1990s. Mr Revell ended when Mickey Naylor did a huge wheelstand and crashed it (See the centre spread in the Santa Pod 50th Anniversary programme).

Dennis realised his dream of racing a rear-engined car when Don Garlits brought Swamp Rat 21 to Santa Pod in 1976 and then left it with Roy Phelps. Roy asked Dennis to take care of it and drive it but it was supplied without a motor so Dennis put Donovan #144 in it. It was returned to the Don Garlits Museum in 1978, sans motor, but not before he set a speed record of 230 mph with the car. He also of course built and raced a number of Nitro Funny Cars successfully which sometimes had ol' 144 fitted.

This legendary Donovan motor from Mr Revell is going in True Blood and will run on nitro as a cackle car to keep the spirit of the sport alive. It has a genuine Reath / Valesco fuel crank, an Engle Fuel cam, Donovan alloy heads, Donovan rocker gear and gear drive, an Ed Pink magnesium blower, Enderle / Hilborn fuel injection and a Mallory magneto. Perfect! The car will be set up with a special cackle tune to ensure maximum flames and noise, but it will be capable of burnouts and smoky launches with a chute pop at half track. Most fans don't get to see a chute coming out up close!

Dennis will be helping Ian with the technical aspects and some parts. Many UK and American friends and legends have been giving us help especially Turboville Racing, Brian Hope, Wayne King, Don Ewald, Carl Olson, Roger Lee, Pete Jensen, Kenny Gomez, Caj Carlsson, Roy Wilding, Rob Loaring, Nick Davis, USAutomotive , Phil Pead, Revell and more. We are still looking for a set of genuine Donovan valve covers, a three-rib Bug and we will need help with oil and fuel next year.

In answer to the usual questions, it is not a re-creation of a 1960s car but we felt that True Blood would be a perfect platform for this very special engine. In theory yes, it could be raced, even into the six second zone, but no, it will never be. If you think it should be then you probably have no idea of the reality of running nitro competitively. We have taken steps to make sure this never happens. As Don Garlits said, cackling is great, the old guys re-live the memories, the kids get to see up close what it was like, and we don’t tear up parts all the time. It can be done during oildowns, rain delays and at shows away from any track. Special guests can get to sit in the running car with drive line disconnected for the thrill of a lifetime.

We hope that our car is a true homage to the blodlines of our drag racing heritage. True Blood had a great racing career first in the Wild Bunch, then in Super Pro ET with Laura and some memorable demonstrations by Ian, most notably the side-by-side runs in the night show at Hockenheim and the fabulous flag start race which kicked off Top Fuel eliminations at the 2013 finals.

At the European Finals we were very honoured to have British and International hall of fame member Dennis Priddle in our pit for a visit, we hope it has re-kindled some fires. Dennis and Dave are restoring Mr Six as we speak, we can't wait to see it.


Swift snippets.
23rd September: Good luck and stay safe to Switzerland's Sascha Pretzsch who is contesting Comp Eliminator at this weekend's AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St Louis. Qualifying commences today; you will be able to stay in touch with Sascha's progress courtesy of Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com.

We have two birthdays today. First up a very Happy Birthday to timing guru, Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member and all-round good guy Andy Marrs. Also celebrating today is UK Bike Scrutineer and Steward Steve Johnson. Have a great day both.

Steven Dudley writes that the first Chelmsford-based slot drags meeting of the winter season takes place at 8:00 pm on Friday 7th October at the Cathedral Primary School, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1PA. "The entrance to the school is near Riverside Ice and Leisure", says Steve. "There is a small car park in the school grounds, please park carefully as it is very narrow. I have loan cars for anyone wanting to try out this exciting form of slot of car racing. We usually run a couple of eliminations during the evening, for added tension. It's great fun, come and have a go!"


2016 PDRC Champions.
23rd September: Chris Murty writes that it was am amazing day's racing we at York Raceway last Sunday. The weather was perfect, no wind, clear blue skies, and plenty of temperature getting in to the track. To make things even better most of the Pennine Drag Racing Club Championships were still to play for with no less than three of this year's titles decided on the outcome of the final race.

Super Cup: Last year's Champion, Paul Grainger in the Heartache & Pain Anglia was in second place with Pete Youhill and the Pacemaker Chevelle on top, but with only four cars entered Paul needed Pete out in the first round and to the win the round to claim the 2016 Championship. Paul met Pete in the round one, the Anglia was running strong into the eights whilst the Chevelle was struggling with gearbox issues giving Paul the win. In the final Paul was up against the Firebird of Joel Kerr, in both races there is nothing much which separated the two cars. Luck was on Paul’s side as he pulled a red light but Joel pulled a red light first.

Sportsman ET: Chris Murty and his daily driver Civic went in to the final with a 450 point advantage however, with the class being one of the largest, that didn't count for much. Chris came up against number two James Murray in the Cortina Estate in the first round. Chris took the win running 15.83 on a 15.80 dial-in, James way out running 13.73 on a 13.58 dial in. Chris then met Des Taylor in the Fox Mustang in the next round, Des had the better reaction which gave him time, winning by 0.0030. However, number three in the Championship Nathan Askey in his 2JZ Aristo got himself to the final, a win would mean that Nathan would finish level on points. Nathan lost out in the final to experienced racer and former champ Stephen Gilmore and his Cortina in another very close race which was lost on the start line.

JDM-DRC: Nathan Askey was leading the Championship with Shaun Rounthwaite in the Lexus 575 points behind in second. All Nathan had to do was get past the first round, where Shaun was waiting. Unfortunately for Nathan he was asleep on the line with a 0.9 reaction, Shaun's 0.5 giving an easy win. Shaun then took out Dave Smith and found himself up against Chris Murty in the final. Identical Reaction Times meant it was going to come down to the closest to the dial-in; Chris broke out running a 15.7 on a 15.8 dial-in, unfortunately Shaun, who got his nose in front, broke out more by running a 13.6 on a 13.8 dial-in.

PRO FWD: Matt Davison and his Civic had been dominant all year, however engine failure ruled the car out. Matt had to enter a mate's Integra to get the points he needed, he did just enough to seal the Championship. Despite a close run by Pete Richardson, doing the perfect round with number one qualifying and taking the round win.

American Super Stock: Lee Chiles and his Eliminator Valiant was in number one spot in the Championship, in number two was Andy Reynolds running his Mustang due to engine failure in the Chevy pick-up. Mathematically Andy could take the crown, Lee was not going to let that happen and qualified in second spot. Dave Billadeau pulled a rare number one qualifier out of the bag. In round one Andy went out and Lee took the win so Andy's chance was gone. Carl Johnson made a rare visit and took home the round win. Lee t akes another Super Stock title

Pro ET: Lee Chiles' forst foray into Pro ET could not have gone better. Going into the final round with a healthy points advantage there was not even a chance that he could not take the title, even a no show in round one (to concentrate on American Super Stock) made little difference. It was a very close final with Richard Grainger and Dave Billadeau. The win went to Dave Billadeau in his Belvedere wagon

Hot Rod: This class was reintroduced for 2016, but starting where he left off was Derek Beck, the last winner of the class. Derek had built a substantial points lead in the earlier rounds. Derek and his TVR wrapped up the Championship with a round win just to make sure and the usual entertainment was provided by Terry Morgan and a strong late show from Steve Ray and Dave Duthie. The class will be back for 2017.

Volks Stock: Stuart Hodgson and his Strip Poker Beetle went in to the event leading the Championship, an early retirement from Daniel Spensley (Chevy powered Golf) gave the Championship to Stu. More VWs for next year please.

Congratulations to all of our Championship winners:

Lee Chiles (Pro ET and American Super Stock)
Chris Murty (Sportsman ET)
Paul Grainger (KC Super Cup)
Nathan Askey (JDM-DRC)
Mathew Davison (PRO FWD)
Derek Beck (Hot Rod>
Stuart Hodgson (Volks Stock)

A big Thank You to all officials, racers, crew and spectators.

Richard Smith has updated his Zenfolio site with a gallery of great shots from the Northern Finals, which you can check out at rdsmith.zenfolio.com/northern-finals-2016, and whilst there take a look at his excellent FIA / FIM European Finals gallery at rdsmith.zenfolio.com/euro-finals-2016.


A troublesome yet rewarding build.
23rd September: Former Top Fuel Dragster crew and model builder Gareth Robinson's impressive creations have featured on the pages of Eurodragster.com before now but his latest work - a commission from multiple FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion and record holder Andy Carter - is the best yet. It wasn't an easy job, though, as Gareth relates:

Having worked with Andy in various crew positions from 2009 until his retirement, I had the advantage of being able to get decent photos of the car for a future improved model for myself. Well in August 2012 I was minutes away from boarding my plane back from Tierp Arena when I got a call from Andy asking if it would be possible to build a model of the Andersens' 2010 car in which he set a new European record. I agreed to phone Andy back once I arrived home. Eager to take on the challenge I discussed Andy's requirements with him. Andy supplied the donor model, which was a 1/16 Kenny Bernstein Budweiser car by Milestone Developments... considered a rare model, well it was!

After collecting the car from Andy I set about planning the build. After studying a lot of photos taken during the years I had a list of things to do before I could even start to repaint it. The front and rear wings had to have spillplates scratch built, the wheelie bar had to be scratch built, as were the cockpit protection shields. The main panels of the car were stripped back to bare metal ready for the repaint, and that's where it started to go downhill.


I painted the car then I noticed that I had done the blue section around the cockpit wrong. So it was stripped and done again. Car fully repainted again and ready for lacquering, then the lacquer reacted with the paint. By this point I had lost my patience with the model and I was one step away from phoning Andy to ask how much he wanted for it so that I could throw it against the wall. It was then shelved for several years whilst I worked on other commissioned truck builds.

In January 2014 I found myself with a lot of spare time due to being signed off work so I got the car back out ready to make another start. It was repainted yet again but I could not get the red stripes on the sides and top panels right, so it went back on the shelf. In January of this year Andy asked how the car was going so I knew that it was time to get it done: I don't like to let people down. I finally got the stripes right and I thought that the project was back on track. No! A setback in my personal life delayed the build yet again. Personal life back on track and the car now fully painted it was time to get the artwork done. I can't do this so I have to outsource it. I went to my usual sources to find that either they couldn't help or simply didn't want the work due to the size. It was during a trip to a truck show in June that I got talking a guy within the modeling scene who was more than capable of doing the work and who agreed to take on the job.I sent him as many photos as possible and all the information required to produce the artwork.


He normally takes several months to do the work, quality takes time, but I asked - well, pleaded with him! - if he could get it ready by the end of August at the very latest so that I could finally get it finished after four years. One week before the European Finals the decals arrived in the post and the mad dash started to get it finished. Then the bombshell really dropped when I read on Eurodragster.com that Andy would be making an appearance on the Saturday. This was Monday and I was due to leave for Santa Pod on Thursday or Friday. I was working right up until then and being an HGV driver I can never bank on finishing on time each day. Thankfully, after several late nights, all went smoothly and I finished the car literally an hour before I set off for the Finals.

On Saturday morning him upstairs yet again decided that he hates drag racing and sent the wet stuff our way. I walked from the bottom of Family Camping in pouring rain with the model wrapped in bin bags to help protect it so that I could finally hand it back to Andy. I presented the car to Andy in the nostalgia marquee and he was over moon. When he asked me how much his bill was I replied "Nothing, I had my payment in 2011 when you gave me the chance to work on your Top Fuel Dragster". Debt paid in full, thanks Andy.


Event entry update.
22nd September: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 15th-16th October and which is the 2016 ACU UK Drag Bike Championships (except Top Fuel Bike) and the UK National 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike Championships. You can check out the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend entry list by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Extreme Performance Bike Weekend entry at standard rate closes tomorrow (Friday 23rd) after which entry if accepted may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about Extreme Performance Bike Weekend entry then please contact Ian Marshall at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).


2016 Allard Award winners.
22nd September: In 2014 the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame introduced the Sydney Allard Media Awards. These pay tribute to the influence of journalists and photographers in the promotion of drag racing, along with the role played by Sydney Allard in establishing the sport in Europe during the early 1960s. This year the awards are sponsored by Mintex, manufacturers of brake pads since 1908 and one of the sponsors of the 1964 International Drag Racing Festivals organised by Sydney Allard. The crystal trophies will be presented at the 2016 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner held at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, London Heathrow on 19th November.

The outright winner of the 2016 Sydney Allard Photo Journalism Award is Julian Hunt for a fire burnout photograph of Bob Hawkins in his blown and injected Chevrolet methanol-burning dragster called Time Traveller. It was taken during the 2016 Dragstalgia Meeting at Santa Pod Raceway using a Canon EOS-1D X with a Canon Lens EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. The independent judges were David Lillywhite, Editorial Director of Octane magazine along with the magazine's designer Robert Hefferon. They initially selected the Top Ten. Pink Floyd drummer, Trustee of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, and Co-Patron of the Allard Chrysler Action Group Nick Mason chose the top three and placed them in order. They are all winners really.

Second place went to Stuart Mitchell for his photo of Tony Betts' 1934 Ford Coupe which sports a blown and injected 526 cubic inch Keith Black engine. Again this photo was taken at the 2016 Dragstalgia Meeting. Third place went to John Kennedy for his photo of Mark Moseley's Nissan R32 Skyline which has an RB30 engine. It was taken at the 2015 Flame and Thunder Show held at Santa Pod Raceway.

Choosing a winner for the 2016 Sydney Allard Written Journalism Award was very difficult but Brian Taylor is the judges' final choice for his work in compiling the twenty four-page 2015 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner Souvenir Programme. The Chief Judge was Guy Loveridge, Deputy Chairman of the Guild of Motoring Writers, who said "It sounds an easy task to write and edit an event programme, but a good programme is crammed with information, profiles, facts and the full course of the evening. The process of collating this information is hindered by ever-changing facts coming through as the copy date gets closer. All copy has to be approved by the show organisers and those featured in the programme – some based overseas. Then there are the advertisers to consider and liaison with the programme designers and printers. To edit anything is a tricky business, but to edit seamlessly, so that one reads and is not distracted by the editor's own spin is a rare gift indeed - and for that reason Brian must be recognised for his programme production.

"A very special mention for Martin Drake whose astonishing on-line photo book Power of Sport - Drag Racing read as an impassioned essay on our sport. If a picture paints a thousand words Martin has aced Shakespeare for word-count! And highly commended for a range of pieces entered, all of which entertained and informed, is Keith Lee. His work demonstrates knowledge and skills that convey the message clearly and the excitement of drag racing with passion."

Ticket prices for the 2016 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain as last year at £60 per person. Corporate tables of ten are available at £580. More details are available by clicking here. For advance booking of tickets contact stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.


Swift snippets.
22nd September: 22nd September is the day upon which everyone who is anyone has a birthday, it seems. Ladies first and a big Happy Birthday to Crown Princess Emma Wray of Race Control, SPRC timekeeper Sharron Norris, SPRC marshal Becky Bashford and former Junior Dragster racer and now far too tall Belle Wheeler. Have a lovely day girls. Spencer, Jedd, Ray, Andrea and Vince asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to UK Pro Modified racer, race car builder and Eurodragster.com sponsor Chris Isaacs, and a big Happy Birthday also to UK Outlaw Anglia racer, hedonist and sybarite Colin Millar. Have a great day, guys.

A return to Madness.
22nd September: It's back to normality this weekend at Shakespeare Count Raceway for the Late Summer Madness Public Track Weekend. Jerry Cookson writes:

There's a large contingent coming from Outlaw Street to pound the asphalt in their penultimate round of the series. Roger Goring will be continuing his test and development programme with the latest Jet Funny Car Firestorm. Roger will be looking to go quicker than the 6.38/207 mph set at the Warwickshire drag strip in July. Also those mental and bonkers Drag Karts led by Scott Cooper will be in action contesting their own UK Shootout with more than ten karts promised including Tom Bagnall's jet mobility scooter looking to break 75 mph! It's also the penultimate round of the Krystal Kleen Honda Drag Series.

The track will be running another of its popular Bracket Gamblers races before the Super Gamblers kicks in in two weeks' time, and there's a full weekend's programme of Run What Ya Brung for cars and bikes all looking to outdo each other!

Gates open from 6:00 pm tomorrow, and the track is open between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is £12 per day or £22 for the weekend. Track fee is £25 a day or £40 for the weekend for unlimited runs but please remember your driver's licence and helmet. Full details can be found on our Facebook Group or at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com.


Delivering the Specialties.
22nd September: Jeff Bull of Eurodragster.com Swap Meet sponsor Jeff Bull Race Engines has been in touch with a big Thank You to Peter Miller and Ken Kelly of Transmission Specialties for coming up trumps once again:

Peter and Ken did us a quick turn-around on a replacement converter for Jeff Bull Race Engines customer Rod Harrison and the team's Top Methanol Dragster in the nick of time for the recent FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.

It was back in the early part of last season when Karl and I convinced Rod that a new converter would be the way forward for the then-Super Pro dragster which was running 7.3s at low mph, way off of its estimated potential.  One telephone call later to my long-standing friends at Transmission Specialties and they were getting to work on the 10½" Cadillac Northstar converter. Five days later Rod and Karl were in possession of the new piece with a few days to spare to get it fitted before the Main Event. A new PB of 6.00 in eliminations had the team celebrating and eagerly awaiting the SPRC Summernationals to find out what else the new set-up was capable of. That was a new PB of 5.95 at the Summernationals, followed by plenty more five-second passes where that came from. 

At this year's FIA /FIM Main Event Rod and the team moved up to Top Methanol Dragster and set yet another PB, 5.79 at 237 mph in eliminations and you couldn't prise that smile off Karl's face with a crowbar!

The NitrOlympx at Hockenheim was the next outing for the team but things didn’t go to plan.  The car suffered tyre shake on every pass resulting in damage to the Transmission Specialties converter. Rod contacted me on his return home from Germany to see if anything could be done to get the dragster back out for the European Finals. A quick call to Ken at Transmission Specialties and two days later a new converter had been manufactured and shipped to the UK. Karl and the team had time to fit the converter for the European Finals but fuelling issues curtailed their efforts to better their PB of 5.79.

Well done to Rod, Karl and the whole team on all their efforts and a great first season in Top Methanol Dragster. And to Peter, Ken, Debbie and all the guys at Transmission Specialties, thank you for your excellent products and great service and for taking care of my customers and I.


UK National Finals coverage.
22nd September: The Eurodragster.com team will be at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend to bring you all the action from the UK National Finals in association with John Woolfe Racing.

Our coverage commences with tomorrow's Peak Performance Test and Tune Day and continues through Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow's coverage will consist of an end-day gallery whilst Saturday's coverage will consist of live reports, results and stats of the on-track action together with pit notes and end-day gallery and Sunday's of live report, Championship updates within the race report courtesy of Simon, and end-day gallery.

The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be online so long as the track is open tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday and will broadcast live video with trackside audio tomorrow, and live video with commentary / Nitro FM audio on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to Doyousee.me for the provision of streaming services.

We will post a direct Home Page link to our coverage as soon as it commences tomorrow but in the meantime you can check out our UK National Finals Event Index, which includes links to the final official entry list and provisional running orders, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Erbacher aims for 2017 title.
21st September: Swiss Top Fuel Dragster racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor
Urs Erbacher says that the 2016 season did not go how he would have wished, but that the team already have designs on 2017:

As we started the season we wanted to go for another Championship in Top Fuel. But with a new chassis and new fuel system and new clutch we didn't find the set-up to run the car in the threes. But we ended close: the car runs great for the first 300 feet and after that we always have problems spinning the tires. But the good thing was that we did not really hurt a lot of engines and parts this year. So we are happy where we are now.

After Jndia licenced in Las Vegas in October last year and contested her first race in Las Vegas in we brought the car over to Europe. The owner of JH Ferry was in Vegas in April and helped me to bring Anthony Dicero's Nitro University car to race at Hockenheim. Hockenheim was great, Jndia qualified and won first round against Johnny Lagg the 2016 Champion. The plan was to send the car back to the USA after Hockenheim, but Jndias found some more money to take the car to the last race of the season, the FIA / FIM European Finals. Jndia raced much better in England because there were not so many friends, sponsors and family with us and that made her more focused on the race. But she lost in the first round as well.

Tethys rented my 2011 Championship dragster again as he did in 2015. The car ran OK and he had the chance to win the first round, but lost to Micke Kågered on a holeshot. It was great to work with Tethys, he is a good driver and understands how to drive a Top Fuel Car to the finish line which is not an easy thing to do. We are happy with his performance and we look forward to helping him in his Top Fuel future.

A special Thank You to my whole crew. They handle a three-car team like professionals, we never missed a session and all three cars started perfectly. Don't forget that these guys work for free and help just because they love drag racing. Thank You all.

I really want to win another Championship before I stop racing as a driver. So we are on the right path and I plan to run a full season in 2017 including proper testing in England early in 2017. I will run my new car and we will find the set-up to run three-second passes, set new European records, and bring the title back to Switzerland. Jndia wants to go for a full season in Top Methanol Dragster before she steps up to my Top Fueller. She is working on sponsors to buy the car which she raced in Europe from Anthony Dicero.

To make that all happen we need to sell our number two Top Fuel cars. This is my Murf Mc Kinney Car which has a new front half from Mats Eriksson. The car is turn-key complete with set-up and data ready to run. The car has won three Championships with me and ran in the threes to 1000 feet early in 2010 and 2011 when we still raced over the quarter mile. I still love this car and would like to keep it really, but to make Jndia's dreams come true we need to sell this car asap. We are also offering our second truck and trailer as used by Noah Stutz. Any questions or offers just contact me at urs@erbacher.biz.

Our television show on D-Max continues next Tuesday.


Very welcome guests.
21st September: Pasi Uponen writes that two Finnish bike racers will be making their first UK appearances at this week's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Top riders Janne Koskinen and Jari Malinen will run in 9.50 Bike, better known as Super Gas Bike in Scandinavia. Janne won the Nordic Championship twice, in 2015 and 2016, and Jari finished this season in third place in both the Finnish and Nordic Championship series.


This race might be the last time that Janne runs a 9.50 Bike, as after the Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp he announced that he had bought the rolling chassis of Europe's quickest Pro Stock Bike, meaning it's the former bike of Ellsa Karllson. So next season he'll be racing in Pro Stock Bike.


The sixty foot rocket.
21st September: Malta's Simon Giormaina writes that the latest home race was one of the best weekends ever for his Super Street Bike ridden by Franklyn Borg including an astounding new best to the first incremental point:

I have to start with a big Well Done to all of the Super Street Bike teams. What a show it was, with close racing from seven bikes including three from Greece, just amazing!

With a completely new set-up we ran consistent low 1.2s to sixty feet, with a best sixty of 1.17 which we believe is the best ever sixty foot time for a Super Street Bike with 68 inch wheel base, as the rules apply. We managed a best ET for the bike on Malta and a PB for Franklyn Borg who rode very confidently - this was just two weeks after a very scary accident with his own SSB. Well done my friend.

Our goal for the weekend was to try to get into the 7.2s. With help from Rodney Williford talking me through what we thought would work best, and with a new shock on the bike, we made a first pass and went 7.43. I had good data to look at and started tuning from there. With all the hard work we managed to run 7.23/194, 7.24/198 and a 7.26 at only 170 mph. We won rounds and got to the finals in both Super Street Bike SS1 and Open but disappointingly we we were called for the Finals very late; it got dark and was nowhere near safe to run these bikes in those conditions. Bearing in mind that we have people at home who depend upon us we decided not to go out for the last final after making contact with the reflectors in the first final.

The best part is that the new set-up on the bike showed more potential. Very consistent sixty foots, 330s and eighths, and very good passes all weekend. Despite all the worries and ups and downs for the weekend with never ending work to get the bike ready after every pass and dealing with CO2 freezing up, waste gate problems (thanks Reuben Micallef for the spares), and more things which did not go as planned, but after all that we got what we worked for.

All in all an amazing weekend full of ups and downs and hard work but it's always a win whe you learn and have better data. With new goals in now we can't wait for the finals in November. New parts are ready to go on the bike including a new turbo so we will have more power on the shelf, but we will have to figure out how to use it wisely and not discard the correct set-up.

Big big thanks go firstly to Rodney Williford, he's the manand I am proud to say that he ran 6.81 passes this weekend, Well done Rodney! Thanks also to BTC as always, MTC Engineering for the amazing clutch, NLR for the best boost controller and everything else, you guys all know who you are. Thanks to Franklyn Borg who is doing a great job of riding the bike, Marcell Borg for the support all weekend especially when things are not so smooth - you will always find him there at the front telling you it's going to be OK. Leli Ellul for all the work all weekend, we appreciated all your help Leli. Joe Briffa Krojs, Gabriel, Vince, Glen Belula and all the people who supported us all weekend, the feeling coming back from the passes and seeing people cheering and happy with the show you just put on is something you can never explain so thank you all.

Big thanks and Well Done to all of the MDRA Committee for putting on such a great event and all the people involved in the track preparation, the track was great all weekend guys. Thanks to my father for the continued support, my brother George for all the help during the weekend and the conversation we had which made me realise I have to step some things up and get some other things out of my mind which were keeping me from putting proper set-ups in the bikes I tune.

Last but not least Thank You to my family Graziella, Jayden and little Katya for the full support. Even though it was Graziella's birthday and our Tenth Anniversary I had to be away from them working at the track, but still Graziella gives me her full support.

Bring on the next event in November. Obviously we have new goals to try to achieve.

Pictures courtesy and ©Mk1 Kieran


Swift snippets.
21st September: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Santa Pod Racers Club Chief Timekeeper and Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member Steve Horn. Have a great day Steve.

A fruitful flying visit.
21st September: UK Super Gas racer Dan Page and family moved to South Africa about a year ago and planned a three-week flying visit to the UK this June. Things went OK that far but then started to go a bit awry, although it turned out nice again at the FIA / FIM European Finals. Dan takes up the story:

We were at the airport in Johannesburg, bags all checked in, just one more hurdle before that pre flight drink, Passport Control. "Mr and Mrs Page there seem to be issues with your sons' visas and they will be banned from South Africa for five years, but don't worry you can appeal once you're in London and because they're under sixteen there will be no issues. Enjoy your flight."

Long story short that was nearly four months, and no word. Having no choice but to start again with all your stuff in another country sucks, but at least we're all together, apart from the dog. So back around 12th August - Mort's birthday for your diaries, sixty next year! - at the NSRA Supernats I came up with the brilliant idea of driving Jon's Camaro in Super Gas at the European Finals. Jon said "Good idea, just one thing. I'm guessing all your race gear is in South Africa". Luckily I have some good family who came to the rescue. Gary Page offered his helmet, Rob Stanley his race suit, Heide Stanley her gloves and Conrad Stanley his old race boots. Thanks guys!

At the track armed with my borrowed gear and race car, let's try and qualify well. Yeah that went well,  the headwind was a nightmare and I just couldn't get the car dialled in. I kept breaking out and ended up second from last. One good thing came out of qualifying, I got used to the transbrake button being on the steering wheel - in my Nova it used to be on the trans tunnel - and I felt happy going into stage not having to check where the button was! 

In to eliminations and in the first round I had Jon Turner and got away with a holeshot win as Jon was bang on the numbers running a 9.907. Then second round "Double 00 Doignie"... my thumb was twitching just at the thought! But bullet dodged, as Stuart had steering damage and came to tell me that he would just be staging for the points. Very sporting to come and tell me beforehand (Hear, hear - Ed), thanks guys and hope is all fixed for this weekend.

Third round the mad rush, Mort was at this point still in Super Comp and Super Gas were already in the pairing lanes. I had Jonny Giles who came over just before Jon ran and said that he would wait for us to refuel etc, thanks Jon. Fuelled up and ready to go and my worst light of the weekend 0.090. Lucky again, the Camaro was set up well enough to run alongside Mr Giles who broke out by the smallest amount, 9.897 unlucky Jon. The final, Colin Morrice in his '69 Camaro. As was to be expected Colin drilled me to the tree 0.008 to my 0.061 but he had trouble with getting hooked up after coming off the throttle stop, luckily no such problems for me and I pulled right alongside and back into him and waited for my win light to come on! Yes! 

I need to thank my Wife Yolande for supporting me and letting me come out and play race cars, Jon Morton for everything really, Jeff Bull Race Engines, my work Team Mate World for giving me my job back, and to everyone who has congratulated me on the win. I got lucky!

I will be floating about on Sunday this weekend (Oi, no weather forecasts - Ed) and hopefully on the track next year... maybe.


UK National Finals racer update.
20th September: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the details of the arrangements for this weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.

First, a very important message from Santa Pod Raceway: under no circumstances are racers to use any type of spike etc to hold down awnings and/or tents on any of the tarmac surfaces. Any racer found damaging the pit areas in this way will be charged for repairs and may be excluded from the event.

Friday 23rd September
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
11:00 Signing On office opens (NB Earlier for Peak Performance Day sign-on)
11:00 Car scrutineering commences, no set order
15:30 Bike scrutineering commences, no set order (NB Start time changed from final instructions)

Saturday 24th September
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Car scrutineering commences (
order)
07:00 Bike scrutineering commences (order)
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Sunday 25th September
07:30 Signing On office opens
07:30 Scrutineering opens
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

The provisional running orders are now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

No race vehicle motors are to be fired up before 09:00 or after 20:00 on any day of the event. Before 09:00 vehicles should be pushed or towed to Scrutineering, not driven. Non-observation of curfew will result in exclusion from the event.

Junior racers please remember the rule about pushing vehicles back to the pits once through the arch beside Scrutineering.

Only race officials and SPR staff are allowed in Race Control whilst racing is underway. Should racers wish to raise any matter with race officials then please do not visit Race Control; please firstly see Race Secretary Kathy Taylor who is based in Signing On.

Colour commentators are requested to come to Commentary only when their class is at the head of the lanes, to vacate Commentary when their class has run, and not to bring guests to Commentary with them.

The Eurodragster.com office at the Bankside end of Race Control is similarly out of bounds during racing except to Eurodragster.com staff, Zeon TV crew and racers or crew collecting Perfect Award money.

If you wish to receive class call-outs by smartphone then it is recommended that you carry out the following steps before coming to Santa Pod Raceway:
  1. Download App.net from the Play Store for Android or the iPhone App Store
  2. Create an account for App.net
  3. Search for the SPRC channel and follow it
When these steps have been completed you will receive notifications. The app relies on mobile network or wi-fi so you will need some kind of connection throughout the event for it to work. Call-outs will still of course be made by your Pit Marshal and on the PA.


Swift snippets.
20th September: If you have access to the DMAX channel then the first episode of the documentary Top Fuel: Herr über 10.000 PS featuring Top Fuel Dragster racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Urs Erbacher and daughter and Top Methanol Dragster racer Jndia Erbacher is to be broadcast on that channel at 20:15 European this evening (Tuesday). You can read more at www.dmax.de/programme/top-fuel and stay tuned as we have the latest from Urs and Jndia lined up for tomorrow's news update.

Many thanks to Robin Jackson for letting us know that a report of the Pro Mod action at the FIA / FIM European Finals is now available on-line on the MSA British Drag Racing Championship web site at www.msadragracing.co.uk.


Close to barking again.
19th September: Eurodragster.com readers will be familiar with Nobby Hills' Houndog Funny Cars of the 1970s and 1980s including Houndog 7 which was bought by Santa Pod Raceway from Paula Murphy in 1973 and run by Nobby with Owen Hayward in the driving seat. Owen's son Simon has been in touch with an update on the Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car which he is building in tribute to that classic FC:

Most of the car is now complete, with just a few items left to purchase from the States. The body has been painted red by Road Rash Paintwork of Leighton Buzzard and now just needs the graphics to finish it off. Darren West of Power Race Graphics has done an awesome job designing the paint scheme, which captures the essence of the original car.

This weekend I will be attending the UK National Finals and spending some time with Tim Garlick and the Apache crew to take notes on between-run servicing to get a better understanding of what needs to be done. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Tim and his crew, Rob Loaring, and all the other Nostalgia Funny Car teams who have helped by answering all my daft questions and encouraged me to keep going and finish the car!

A special Thank You goes to Tim and Pauline Knowler, who have put in a huge amount of time and effort to get the body fitted and painted. Without their help this project would not have been possible.


UK Championship outcomes I.
19th September: This weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway is the final round in all UK National Championship car classes, MSA Pro Modified, ACU UK Top Fuel Bike, VWDRC classes and the Wild Bunch. Simon, who with Yvonne Tramm co-ordinates the UK National Championship points, has provided the following analysis of Championship outcomes:

Although the 2016 Championship season started with two rain-offs, at the Festival of Power and APIRA Springspeed Nationals, there has been some of the closest racing in UK history with large fields at most events.

In MSA Pro Modified, Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson leads Bert Englefield (BA Racing) by 35 points. Assuming that Andy qualifies above Bert and has quickest ET points, as has been the case so far, then Bert will need to win the race and have Andy go out in the first round to gain the Championship. But after damaging an engine at the FIA / FIM European Finals, Andy will have work to do to be ready.

Super Pro ET was looking to be going Billy Gane's way as he won the FIA / FIM Main Event and SPRC Summernationals. But Brad Jackson has come on strongly with wins at the APIRA Open Sport Nationals and European Finals and he has closed the gap to 180 points, or less than two rounds of eliminations. Scott Hauser, twice previous Champion of Super Pro ET and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, is only 60 points further back and so Super Pro will have a very exciting end to the Championship year.

Pro ET is led by Team Dark Horse, Brian and Lee Huxley, with a margin of 640 points. Brian has raced in four of the events so far and Lee two, winning the SPRC Summernationals on the way. Lee is in the driving seat for the UK National Finals and the team will be going for their fifth Championship. Their main competition is shortly-to-be-married Glenn Pallant. Another 150 points back is Team Capricious, Laura and Paul Baynton, with Laura driving at this event. Ten points further back is Dragstalgia organiser James Forster.

In Sportsman ET Andy Dibley leads Jemma Hale by 450 points. Both are in their second year of racing. Ricky Hale is 190 points further back and Gill Medley a further 10 points in arrears. Jemma would have to win the event with Andy going out early to have a chance of the Championship, but in turn she would have to go at least a round further than Ricky and Gill to keep her runner-up position.

Stuart Doignie leads Pete Cresswell by only 50 points in Super Comp, Pete having closed the gap by winning the European Finals to add to his Main Event victory. Paul Brown is a further 280 points back, however after his accident at the European Finals he will be looking to repair the car. Stuart also leads the Super Gas Championship and will be looking to do the Comp and Gas double for two years in a row, the second time this will ever have been accomplished, Brian Pateman being the first. Collin Morrice, 290 points back, is Stuart's main opposition and Jon Giles is 170 points further back.

Leigh Morris is provisional Super Street Champion with a margin of 870 over Dave Cherrett. This is Leigh's fifth Championship and he has won the Main Event, SPRC Summernationals and Open Sport Nationals this year; many congratulations to him.

Matt Smith has an unassailable lead in Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator and congratulations to him on a provisional Championship. Matt won the Main Event and Bug Jam on his way to the 2016 title. Currently second-placed Stuart Williams has had a return of mechanical problems and is only 100 points ahead of Gary Gooding, and Martin Smith is 30 points further back. So there could be an intra-team battle in Extreme Racing for runner-up spot.

Lucas Oil Junior Dragster is looking like a close contest with the top five contenders separated by less than 500 points and 900 points available. Ruaridh Hart's win at Big Bang propelled him into the leading position and he has held onto it ever since, despite a challenge from Jordan Payne who won the Main Event. Ruaridh is 250 points ahead of Jordan who would need to qualify at least six positions better than Ruaridh and go at least two rounds ahead. This takes into account deducting the worst SPR round which is is 290 for Ruaridh and 130 for Jordan. Aaron Fensome is 50 points further back, but this increases to a deficit of 90 when his worst SPR score (to date) is deducted. Joe Holland Villa and Charlotte Bradford are a further 80 points and 110 points back.

ACU Top Fuel Bike is a straight contest between points leader Rene van den Berg and Steve Woollatt. Third placed Nick Milburn is rebuilding and Chris Hannam, who is entered, is too far back in points to amass sufficient to make up the difference. We look forward to the title race generating some great performances.

VW Pro is led by Paul Herbert who is 320 points ahead of Carl Goldsmith who in turn is 290 points ahead of Dave Crowhurst. VW Sportsman is led by Paul Day who is 350 points ahead of Dave Lea. Jon Crawford is only 100 points further back. The Wild Bunch Springbridge MSA Points Challenge is led by Phil James who is 130 points ahead of Bob Hawkins. Bob is 10 points ahead of Dan Sharp.

The post-FIA / FIM European Finals UK National and SPRC Championship standings are now available on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Eurodragster.com will be covering the UK National Finals, as well as Friday's Peak Performance Test and Tune Day, in association with John Woolfe Racing, with Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast on all three days. You can check out our UK National Finals Event Index, which includes a link to the updated final official entry list, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


SPR offer Two Seat discount.
19th September: Santa Pod Raceway are offering a special racers' discount on Two Seat Dragster passenger ride at this weekend's UK National Finals. Two slots are available on Saturday and Sunday, and are on offer only to racers entered for the event for their crew, guests, sponsors, friends or family... or indeed themselves!

The passenger rides are available for £200 plus VAT (against the usual £390+VAT); this does not include admission to the event but as well as the ride includes souvenir T-Shirt, certificate and performance print-out.

Terms and Conditions apply and passengers must meet the requirements listed on the Two Seat Dragster page on Santa Pod's web site. Payment must be made prior to the event; no refunds or cancellations will be available. To book, please E-Mail donna@santapod.com by close this Thursday (22nd).


What Havoc did next.
19th September: After the "Hollywood Run" against Rich Guasco's Pure Hell altered at Dragstalgia in 2014 Nick Davies, Rob Loaring and the Havoc Fuel Altered team were asked "What are you going to do for an encore?". Nick writes that it was a tough question to answer but that sometimes it's worth rolling the dice just to see:

At the start of 2016, when the decision was made to shoehorn a nitro Hemi - once used to power the record-holding Chaos altered of Lawrie Gatehouse - into the chassis of the previously alcohol-fuelled Havoc Bantam, there was much debate in the workshop as to how fast it would go. "6.40s" offered team member Scott Barnes. "Good luck with that!", or something less civil, was the response from the driver, "it's scary enough running in the 6.80s!".

Testing at the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod suggested that it might all come somewhat more easily than anyone might have reasonably anticipated. Leaving with an early shut-off 6.59 at "only" 174 mph, big things were hoped for at Dragstalgia. Great event though Dragstalgia was, performance figures left the team members with plenty of reasons for head-scratching. Did it really matter? Not really. We got to share a marquee and the weekend with some of the nicest characters it has been our pleasure to meet, let alone race with. With a combined one hundred years of racing between the two teams, there has been every opportunity to collate some memories and the Rat Trap and Bradfords teams have them by the bucket-load and were extremely generous in their willingness to share them. "Did I tell you about the time when Mikey came past me on the wrong side at the end of his burnout?", "What about when Willie fell asleep in the car when it was running?", "How about that time up in Sacramento when the power went out and we had to run into the dark?"... you could listen to these guys for days. Team Havoc ran another 6.59 and a big (for us) 223 mph but we had an issue with keeping all eight cylinders lit. No-one said it was going to be easy.

And so to the European Finals. Firstly, a big thank you to the decision-makers at Santa Pod Raceway firstly for inviting us back to have another bout with our American cousins, but also for being instrumental in bringing them over in the first place. We were proud to bear the decal of the 50th Anniversary of Santa Pod Raceway on the wing. It is our home track and all the quickest times we have ever run have been here.

Wednesday testing indicated that we were moving in the right direction, but still with some work to do. First run on Friday and we got a re-match with Randy in the Bradford's Fiat. Randy got the better of us at Dragstalgia, and we were determined for it not to happen again. In a tight race we edged it with a 6.57 beating the little Fiat's 6.60. The next run was into the dark with orphan Tim Garlick and the five-second Apache Funny Car. Inept driving resulted in not only a defeat but the first collection of a timing block in twenry years racing. If it's good enough for Ron Hope, it's good enough for us (and it's another box ticked - Ed). Saturday's rain-off gave plenty of time for data analysis, intra-team tuning debate and more stories from our new best friends. Sunday dawned bright and warm and the burgeoning crowd was testament to the popularity of the Fuel Altereds on show... oh, it was also the end of the FIA season, was it? With the Bradford's Fiat sustaining unfortunate damage during their Friday night run, it was left to Rat Trap and Havoc to put on the show. First run of the day and we squeezed it with a moving-about-a-bit 6.75 overcoming Rat Trap's 7.02 and those fortunate enough to have watched the orange car into the shutdown area were treated to quite a show as Ron had the rear of the car a good three feet in the air as the chutes hit. Check out the Santa Pod video – it really is great entertainment!

Last run of the weekend and a couple more things were moved around on the tuning programme. If we broke it, there was plenty of time to fix it. The car left pretty strongly and stayed relatively composed on the run. The way the chutes hit gave some insight that we had made a bit of progress but when Darryl Bradford stuck a microphone my face as soon as my helmet was removed the results were a little shocking. 6.28 at 229 mph! I honestly didn't know whether to laugh, cry or hit him. Adrenaline is an odd hormone!

So... what are we going to do for an encore now? That one is a little easier. With huge thanks to the support of Ron and Brian Hope and all the Rat Trap family, Geoff Stilwell at Beech Underwriting, Lawrie Gatehouse and the NFAA and Stewart Bassett and the team at US Automotive we are on our way to Bakersfield after the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner in November. Yes, the tyres are too big. Yes, the wheelie bars are too long. But we are going to race on a 6.00 index at the March Meet at Bakersfield and we're going to need all the help we can get. So check your passports, pack a flag and come and support us on tour. Whether it is in California in March or October, or Bowling Green in June, come out and make some memories. Thanks for your support so far - the British fans are the best!


Swift snippets.
19th September: SPRC Club Secretary Ian Marshall tells us that due to a tight schedule all UK National Finals racer tickets will be on the gate for collection at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend. No racer tickets will be mailed. Ian adds that all SAEs supplied to SPRC for this event will be returned to racers for reuse.

Many thanks to Palle Lind for forwarding us the final 2016 points standings in the FIM European Drag Bike Championships. You can check out the FIM points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The UK's Paul Watson has sold his Super Comp Camaro to Ben Bridges, but Ben is unable to take delivery of the car in time for this weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway so Paul will be driving it one last time. "The Camaro has been awesome in Super Comp and we look forward to helping Ben next season", says Grumpy. "The Super Comp Championship is looking very tight and all to play for after a superb win for Pete Creswell at the European Finals. Pixie and I have persuaded Nick and Nicky Frost to come and crew so we are all looking forward to a fantastic weekend. Good luck to everyone in Super Comp."

Speedgroup have announced that this year's Banquet and Prizegiving has returned to the Sunlight Hotel and Conference Centre in Nyköping and will take place on Saturday 26th November. Awards will be presented to drivers and riders ranked first to third 1-3 in the EDRS European Drag Racing Series , EDRS Pro Nordic MC Drag Racing Championship and FIA European Drag Racing Championships. Information meetings will also be held in the afternoon for racers and race officials. Booking details will be announced later this week.

Michel Tooren and the Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team have published a review of their FIA / FIM European Finals which you can check out by clicking here (Dutch-language PDF).


At once an end and beginning.
19th September: Swedish Pro Modified racer and tuner Adam Flamholc's unusual and busy season both ended and began at last week's FIA / FIM European Finals:

We were given the opportunity to go to Russia and be a part of the organisation Dragtimes and the Russian Drag Racing Championship. We have learned a lot, made many new friends, and I think we did what we went there to do. It took a couple of runs to figure out the track conditions, but once we got it we made strong runs on all the tracks, and ended up winning the Championship. The teams around the events and around Dragtimes are fantastic! We in Europe have a lot to learn from them.


In the FIA European Pro Modified Championship I helped three teams. Mats Erikson ended up in second place, David Vegter in fifth place, and Thomas Stiefel number six. There were ups and downs, but overall I think it was a good season. David and Thomas both ran Personal Bests several times, and I think we will see big things from both of them next year. Mats is always running for the Championship, and again he was pretty close to taking the win, but Micke Gullqvist was once again to hard to beat. Congratulations to Micke and his team.


Flamholc Racing also helped Rimbert Vahlström who won the Top Doorslammer Championship (big congrats), Lenn Lindell who was runner-up in the same class, Håkan Persson who ran several 6.0 runs in a row in Pro Mod and was so close to getting his five-second run. You will have the next year for sure Håkan! I want to thank all of the above for letting me do what I love for a living!

We are now heading over to the USA to get my '63 race ready for the PDRA event at my hometrack Bradenton Motorsports Park. Daryl at HRE has already started preparing our new block from BAE, and Mike Janis has shipped our updated supercharger. When we get there my goal is to have the car ready for testing on the Thursday before the event. I am really, really, really looking forward to getting back in the driver's seat, to trying some new stuff, and to learning more new stuff.

Thank You so much to everyone who supports us, and Thank You to our loyal sponsors 5 Days Plantation Shutters and Blinds, Amalie Oil, Dragtimes / SMP Racing, Hameetman Racing Engines, Performance Plus, Malmö Motorrenovering AB, Stallningsbyggarna, Linnarhults Terminalen and R&R Connecting Rods.


Ålund's 10 in 14.
19th September: A well-prepared track and huge crowds made for a successful and fitting end to the 2016 FIA European Drag Racing Championship season at Santa Pod Raceway, where Swedish Pro Stock racer Jimmy Ålund won his tenth FIA European Pro Stock Championship. PiPPi writes:

Winning a tenth Championship was never discussed in the Ålund pit this year, the sole focus being on going rounds and winning races. Having worked hard to fulfil that goal, Jimmy had a slight points lead going into this final event but the Championship was still up for grabs. Due to rain on the second day of qualifying, teams had to rely on only two qualifying runs and it was tight. Jimmy finished in the top spot, only 0.001 seconds ahead of the #2 qualifier. "Qualifying was very close to say the least", says Jimmy. "We took the #1 spot but only got down the track once due to tyre shake in Q2. Not the best way to go into eliminations."

Although Saturday was a rain-out Sunday opened with perfect weather for deciding the Championship. Jimmy grabbed the opportunity and won the semi finals against Stefan Ernryd. Lane choice was crucial in the final round against Bengt Ljungdahl and it was not Jimmy's choice. Jimmy's excellent Reaction Time made for a trademark Pro Stock race; the difference across the finish line was only 0.005 seconds (20.24 inches - Ed). Jimmy was behind on this final run but he gained enough points to clinch the 2016 FIA European Pro Stock Championship by sixteen points.

"Championship number ten sounds so much sweeter than nine, I'm so proud of this win and the team" says an elated Jimmy. "Such hard and close racing in this class. Qualifying and races decided by just a few thousands of a second. Last year we came in second, less than one round win behind and this year we won the Championship by less than one roundt. And the class keeps on growing, next year will be even tougher."

The Summit Racing Camaro took Jimmy to the number one qualifying spot in all but one of the races this season. The power is there as is evidenced by Jimmy running top speed at all of the events, not only this year but all of 2015. "Speed is power and I cannot say enough about the support from Summit Racing and the engine builders at KB Racing who have supplied me with the horsepower needed to win this tenth Championship", he says.

Jimmy can now look back at ten European Championships in fourteen seasons of racing; a solid percentage. He also tops the list of all-time number of round wins, not only for Pro Stock but for all FIA classes going back to the start of FIA drag racing in Europe. "Yes, it's been quite a career and we'll be back next year to sweeten up those statistics even more", says Jimmy.

Jimmy wants to express his gratitude to his sponsors Summit Racing, Viking Industrimålning, Exclusive Cars,  Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, Tradepac, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, CFM, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuel, and X Parts.

The first race of the 2017 FIA Pro Stock Drag Racing Championship series is the FIA / FIM Main Event held at the historic drag strip at Santa Pod in the UK. Qualifying starts on Saturday morning, 27th May 2017.


2016 Russian Championships done.
19th September: Last year the Fortress Groznaya race track twice hosted rounds of the Russian Drag Racing Championship and this year's Championship was closed there, one of the best drag strips in Russia. The organisers specially prepared the track, gluing and sledding the first 200 metres.

The main contender for the title in Front Wheel Drive was Oksana Yakovleva from Krasnoyarsk, although Artem Demikhov (Usman’) had a mathematical chance also. Oksana won two previous RDRC rounds which is why she had to take take minimal points to take the title. The ladder threw Oksana and Artem together in the quarter finals and Oksana won that race with a 0.7 seconds gap and went through to the semi-finals. However, due to mechanical problems, she lost to Vladimir Tretyak and only got the bronze. Second place went to Georgy Garakishiev (Krasnoyarsk), while Vladimir won the event. It was the first win in two years for Vladimir, the winner of the 2014 Russian Drag Racing Cup.

Vladimir Tretyak: "Frankly speaking, it was an unexpected win for me. We had few chances to get on the podium, but we had it as a goal even though the chances were low. The car is slow in comparison with our rivals and all the fast cars would probably be in the finals. But we had the tactics and its ended up with success. We made only one run in qualifying, in order to save the engine for the final runs. After that we were watching for our rivals: we understood that they would try to set records, and they would have technical problems. And we were right: many could not start due to technical problems, while we had a fully-prepared car and we won. It’s a very good end to the season, to get what we did not expected. We are happy with what we have seen over the last two seasons in Russian drag racing and we are happy just to participate. We are always focused, we have an extensive background, but luck rules us all. Today luck was on our side. Probably, the reason is the best traction of the season – we see it in consistent results and in the car’s behavior. Thanks to the Dragtimes team for the preparation of the race track!”

The fourth round of the RDRC was also special due to the participation of famous driver Elshan Aslanov (Moscow), who hadn’t participated in such competitions for a long long time. In his first run, he set a new unofficial FWD record of 9.086 seconds.

Dmitry Samorukov (Zhukovsky) had already won the 2016 Championship in Rear Wheel Drive at the last round in Nizhny Novgorod so this race was a battle for the silver and bronze medals. The main contenders were Oleg Kondakov (Reutov), Andrey Mulenko (Omsk) and Andrey Kravchenko (Moscow). Oleg went to semi-finals while Andrey M had no chance in a race against Andrey K's Pro Mod and lost in the quarter finals. Oleg secured runner-up place in whilst Andrey K took third. The last runs RWD proved that drag racing is not only about the technical aspects but the also correct actions of the driver. Dmitry Samorukov lost the semi-final to Andrey Kravchenko due to a false start. Oleg Kondakov was Andrey's rival in the finals. However, Andrey's Pro Mod could not participate in the final due to technical problems, and Oleg won the fourth round of the RDRC.

Oleg Kondakov: "The win is a good end to of the season, although I wanted to race against Andrey Kravchenko in the final to have a real challenge. Of course, it’s a very technical type of sport, and anything can happen, but I wanted the real fight, the adrenaline. At the beginning of the day I promised to fight, and I did it even though it was mostly with myself. Nobody knows how the car is going to behave. Today it worked well – thanks to the team for it. Thanks to all my team, well done folks!"

All Wheel Drive was the most dramatic class for the participants. The previous round in Nizhniy Novgorod made the battle for the Championship even more interesting; there were five contenders for the gold and three of them had the highest chance: Dmitry Mandrikov (Novosibirsk), Alexey Krivolapov (Vladivostok) and Stanislav Lunev (Chelyabinsk). There were just few points between them. In Grozny Stanislav and Alexey lost to their rivals in the quarter finals. Dmitry Mandrikov won the semi-final against Dmitry Matveev (Novosibirsk), a battle of two Novosibirsk citizens and Dmitry Mandrikov was 0.1 seconds faster than his rival of the same name. In the final, he had a run against Dmitry Kapustin (Belgorod) and won as Dmitry Kapustin made a false start. The judges decided to order a re-run, which was won by Dmitry Kapustin this time. So, the medal ceremony of the fourth round ended in first place for Dmitry Kapustin; Dmitry Mandrikov won the silver and Dmitry Matveev won the bronze.

However, the Board of Sport Commissioners decided to reverse a decision. As stated in the official documents, the rules of drag racing allows the possibility of re-runs only if both drivers make false starts. Taking this into account, the Board decided to cancel the results of the re-run. Thus Dmitry Mandrikov won the fourth round of the RDRC, while Dmitry Kapustin won the silver. The points won by Dmitry Madrikov during the four rounds stages of the RDRS made him a pretender for the AWD Championship. The decision about the Championship will be made following the results of the Sport Committee of Russian Automobile Federation.

Dmitry Mandrikov: "I am happy to win the Championship, it was a long journey for us. To tell the truth, we just wanted to test the car in Grozny to check it. After the technical failure in Nizhny Novgorod we installed the wheel drive from a Nissan GT-R. The good runs have shown that everything was OK with the transmission. We have a very good result: 8.3 seconds using a four-cylinder engine. Maybe there are no such cars with such dynamics in the world. The last run and the decision of the judges I see philosophically. It’s sport, anything can happen. I like to compete with Dmitry Kapustin, I wish him only the best and good luck in every race, because it’s interesting to compete with strong rival. As for the judges’ decision – no matter.  Of course we are glad to win, but real and interesting competition is more important for us."

A bid for a new National Record was sent to Russian Automobile Federation on behalf of Dmitry Samorukov who ran the quarter mile in 6.325 seconds, 0.5 seconds quicker than his current record set at Fortress Groznaya in 2015.


National Finals Perfect Awards.
18th September: Next weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway is the penultimate event in the 2016 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £100 is on offer for perfect performance.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racer Roman Sixta Jr at the FIA / FIM European Finals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available from the Signing On office.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has been reset to £50 after it was won by Super Pro ET racer Paul Marston at the FIA / FIM European Finals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend during qualifying or eliminations in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), VW Pro, VW Sportsman, the Wild Bunch, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike / NAST and Junior Drag Bike, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Extreme Performance Bike Weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented by Derek and Fiona Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV in support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; you can donate to the NSPCC at www.nspcc.org.uk.

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry Eurodragster.com / NSPCC decals (right), one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull this weekend's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals when the run is made then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to record a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Eurodragster.com / NSPCC decals are available from the Signing On office.


United against the Bombers.
17th September: Further to
yesterday's news item, Craig Wright and Sam Innes have been working hard to get a good Highlander United squad together for next week's Charity Football Match at the UK National Finals to raise funds for Bloodwise in memory of late SPRC Club Secretary and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee Paula Marshall:

This year's squad is quite possibly our strongest yet, and with manager Spencer Tramm and his assistant Jon Giles on board yet again, we're pretty damn confident that it's going to be a third year of embarrassment for Santa Pod's Bloodwise Bombers! Our Hit Squad of racers and crew is:

Tyler Ashdown
Matt Atkinson
Zakk Benoit
Mark Bradford
Chris Creswell
Rob Creswell
Rich Deevey
Billy Everitt
Brad Head
Mick Howling
Sam Innes
Trevor Large
Simon Mcgee
Collin Morrice
Ben Murdoch
Lloyd Perkins
Cam Street
Callum Swinchatt
Louis Winter
Craig Wright

In reply to the Bomber's comical post yesterday we can only say yes, we will bring friends. We will fill the stands and the touchlines with our supporters, so no need to worry about that! We are really not bothered about who and what they have in their team, we know we have each and every one of them covered. "Bloodwise Bombers"... after last year's performance we find it hard to believe that they could blow up a balloon.

We look forward to seeing you all down at the Field of Dreams making some noise, donating money, and showing your support next Saturday evening.


Unveiling the Bloodwise Bombers.
16th September: Manager Carole Ismail of Eurodragster.com sponsors
CEJ Training Services Ltd and Phoenix Personnel Ltd and Assistant Manager Emma-Jayne Wray have unveiled the Bloodwise Bombers Santa Pod Raceway / SPRC squad who will have their clocks cleaned by be taking on Highlander United team at next Saturday's Charity Football Match to raise funds for Bloodwise in memory of late SPRC Club Secretary and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee Paula Marshall:

Kyle Beales
Adam Bentley
Phil Bennett
James Buckley
Gordon Docherty
James Forster
Charlie Frankham
Sam Jones
Kieran Letts
Kirk Mainprize
Ian Marshall
Paul Marshall
Rik Mills
Darren Prentice
Chris Smith
Alex Stringer
David Warren
Jake Wray

A source close to the team tells us that contrary to Wednesday's news item, and despite a record of humiliating defeats at the hands of Highlander United, the Bloodwise Bombers will not have room on their table for plates of butt next Saturday. "Take my advice Highlanders", said a manageress speaking on condition of anonymity. "Bring friends. A lot of 'em."

Whether or not you are attending the match, which takes place at next weekend's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway, you can already donate on the event's Justgiving page. And don't forget that a magazine literally filled with autographs of US drag racing stars will also be auctioned to raise funds for Bloodwise: see Wednesday's news item for more.


Laura's two successful Finals.
16th September: The Fiftieth Anniversary FIA / FIM European Finals was one for the books and UK Super Pro ET team Bloodlines Racing were very excited to be part of it:

Ian, Laura, Chris and Declan of Team Turboville again hooked up with their twinned team Trouble Racing from Switzerland, and the massive pit was set up for a great weekend. Laura was as usual entered in the best Sportsman class of all, Super Pro ET, and Marcus Hilt was entered in Pro Mod. Both classes had massive entries so we knew that the racing was going to be intense.

Laura had a nightmare Summernationals, with the Bad Blood dragster going all over the track with tyre shake at 600 feet and Ian did a lot of thinking about the probable cause. He came to several conclusions: one, the second hand slicks were just beyond saving, two, that the track had a slight depression at that point, or three, that the rev limits for launch and gear change were not suited to that torque converter. Santa Pod had decided, very bravely, to grind the track between races and re-prep it, the result was the best track anyone had ever seen, smooth and as grippy as hell! Ian had a word with Geof Hauser who agreed about the slicks so supplied Scott's old spare set and some tyre softener. The slicks were fitted and prepped a fortnight before the Finals. Ian decided to drop the launch limit and raise the gear change... you know the old saying about only change one thing at a time? Thursday arrived and weather was great but with a strong headwind-cum-sidewind so Laura guessed at her previous meeting's dial in as a start point as they had no idea if the changes would work. There were five qualifying runs anyway so time for any adjustments.

The dial in was set at 8.2 seconds, the amber light went out, Laura took a deep breath and hit the loud pedal. Bad Blood just seemed to dig into the track and headed off like a freight train, arrow straight, no hesitation, front wheels in the air and the boards lit up, 7.764! Ian and Dec were stunned, then jubilant, then confused but happy! Was it a fluke? Laura said "Touch anything on the car, Dad, and you are dead!". Well, it wasn't a fluke, the car went 7.7 something on every single run that weekend and was pulling 1.08 sixty foot times. Laura's dream come true, a car she can finally dial in!

The competition in Super Pro ET was intense and the top half of the field were all bang on their dial ins. Laura ended up at #23 and had good friend Tom Atkinson first round, a very tough competitor. The adrenaline was running high on Sunday morning as they lined up and Ian tried to calm Laura down fearing she might red light. There was no need to worry, she was totally in control but worried about the dial-in on a fresh, morning track. The tree ran and Tom left first, Laura had to play catch-up but she ran a 0.09 light to Tom's 0.10, a close start! At 1000 foot Laura knew she was on a good run and passing Tom so she chopped the throttle but still crossed the line first. It was not meant to be, though, as both cars had broken out, but Laura by the most with a new personal best of 7.722. Margin of victory over the finish line was 0.0163 seconds or 1.17 metres. No one minds losing a real drag race like that, a fantastic win for Tom who went all the way to being runner-up, congratulations to team Time is Money.

The European Finals was full of so much action off and on the track and even the soggy Saturday didn't dampen anyone's spirits, in fact it gave lots of teams a chance to repair any damage in time for race day. There were some fantastic performances in all classes and some tales of woe but no one was hurt in all the mayhem. Congratulations to all the winners and record setters and commiserations to those who broke or crashed their cars and bikes.

A special mention must be made to Samu Kemppainen for going above and beyond the call in his herculean effort to get the FIM Championship. Samu ran a perfect 6.6 qualifying run on Friday and was neck and neck with Martijn De Haas for the trophy but on his return to the pits he found that his crankshaft had cracked and he had used his spare! V60 cranks are very special and are made in Canada by Samu's friend Ron Houniet so he gave Ron a call. Ron had one sat there and a set of new cases but after phoning around the usual carriers, UPS, Fed Ex, DHL etc they didn't want to know as it was a weekend. These cranks are super expensive, more than a car crank, but could Samu find a way to pull it off? Ron phoned back and said no problem, his Crew Chief was on a flight from Vancouver to Heathrow and would arrive at mid-day Saturday with the parts! Mikko went and fetched him and everything was rebuilt and the bike fired up in time for round one. Samu did a great burn out and the crowd were on their feet, if he won this the Championship was his! As Samu staged Ian Marshall suddenly leapt forward and shut him off, a small fuel line had cracked and was leaking badly. It was a terrible moment for the Skull Racing team but showed true grit and the crowd applauded them.

Marcus Hilt also had problems: he had made the field in Pro Mod but had thrown a rod! Chris Wilson and Declan Baker joined Andreas, Sabrina and Marcus so the spare block was brought out and re built in time for eliminations, great effort. Marcus was on the bumnp and in round one got the #1 qualifier, Micke Gullqvist, who was half a second quicker. He knew his only chance was to cut a good light so he tried but went 0.075 red, a valiant try!

Socially the week was fantastic with good people, good food, great cocktails and real dancing music! That pit row was rocking all week. A lot of incredible people visited the Trouble / Turboville pit that weekend and they got some great help from some special people so here goes: Willem van Baalen, Johan Oomen, Jon Webster, Geof Hauser, Johnny Lagg, Kevin Kent, Brian Hope, Stewart Bassett, Josh Bassett, Wayne and Belinda Nicholson, Nottingham College, Rosita Trucking Co, Kleen Freaks, David Vetger, Nefarious Pinstriping, Nick Davis and Rob Loaring, Kev Slyfield, Bernard Saz for the entertainment, SPR track crew, Ian Marshall, MSA tech, Trak Bak and USAutomotive for keeping the Fuel Altereds over here and everyone else who supported the two teams.

After almost a week of racing the team is now preparing for the UK National Finals, always a great meeting!

Bloodlines have another exciting announcement coming soon, so stay tuned to Eurodragster.com but meanwhile they would like to congratulate Laura on her First with Honours degree, her move into her own house, and to top it off a dream job as graphic designer at Thorntons Chocolates!


More Finnish Champions.
15th September: Further to Pasi Uponen's recent update, Jarmo "Jamppa" Maijala kindly got in touch with this year's Finnish Champions in car classes plus special awards. Congratulations to:

Junior Dragster: Roni Tekoniemi
Pro ET  Sportsman ET: Marko Oranen
Pro Street: Kari Laitinen
Real Street: Kenneth Mattfolk
Super Pro ET: Janne Söderqvist
Super Pro Street: Hannu Flink
Stock/Super Stock: Yrjö Wallius
Top Doorslammer: Marko Lantto
Super Comp: Ida Lindqvist
Top Street: Kalle Koivumäki
Competition Eliminator: Kulmala Hilkka

Special Awards
Office award: Marjo "Meiju" Leskinen
Official: Sini-Erika "Simppa" Käyhkö
Godfathers: Jamppa Tolvanen and Tomi Patoharju
Journalist: Pasi Uponen
Hot Rodder: Joni Hytti
Rookie: Ossi Oikarinen
Team: Woodstock Racing
Achievement: Live stream team - Käkö Lyytikäinen, Anki Hurme, Jorma Petra, Antti Jokisalo, Mika Raitio, Thomas Popp
Street Series: Blacklist
Racers (Bike): Janne Koskinen
Racers (Car): Johnny Oksa
Ambitious Junior: Laura Blomberg
V8 Magazine Press Award: Leo Männistö
Per Gästrin Series Award: Timo Eronen
Matti "Putte" Hämäläinen Memorial Award: Jarmo "Jamppa" Maijala
FHRA Officials Award: Estonian Drag Race Association


Swift snippets.
15th September: German Sand Drags racer Sebastian Lindau will be fielding two bikes at this weekend's Off Road Drag Race in Switzerland. "There are more than hundred riders listed so this gonna be a busy one", says Sebastian. "The SDR Team will race our FZR, ridden by Iceland's Hilmar Magnusson, and I will ride our freshly-built Hayabusa (right). If you are interested then please come to visit us in the pits."

Swedish Pro Stock racer Michael Malmgren got in touch to explain that he and his team tried hard to make the FIA / FIM European Finals but that his motor felt differently. "There was not enough time between the Scandinavian Internationals and the European Finals to fix the motor", said Michael. "This was the first Finals which we have missed in fifteen years and so we missed our chance of a Top 3 position. I would like to say thanks to all of our fans and supporters for your support over the years. We are now focusing on 2017 and working on sneaking up on Jimmy Ålund and Bengt Ljungdahl who are in a class of their own right now. Looking forward to seeing you all again at the Main Event in 2017."

Congratulations to VW Sportsman and Bracket Gambler racer Holly Baldwin on the birth of son Jack in the early hours of last Thursday (Just in time for our webcast, nice one - Ed). Jack weighed in at 7 lb 13 oz and Dave Baldwin tells us that both are fine. "Plans for Jack's Tot Rod are in the pipeline", says Dave. "Watch out for the return of Whirligig next season when Holly will fit the fire suit!".

UK Pro ET racer Mike Lacey has put his nine-second Metamorphosis '67 Camaro up for sale. Mike says that having owned the car for twenty years, of which he raced it for twelve years, it was a hard decision to make. The car is spotless and is for sale with a choice of motors, and as Mike has the log book it could be made street-legal again. You can find full details under Cars For Sale on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.

Editor's note: As most of you are aware it has been a busy time for Eurodragster.com recently with six events in three countries in four weeks although it seems to be one of those Laws of Nature that however busy and shagged out you are someone will always tell you that they are worse off. We have a backlog of news on which we are currently working and that backlog should be cleared on tomorrow's update, or Saturday's update latest. Please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com and we'll be pleased to include it. Amongst other things tomorrow's update includes the latest from Bloodlines Racing (Especial thanks to Laura and Turbo for their patience - Ed) and the Russian Championship finals.


Fuel Altereds for diner.
15th September: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is proud to announce that two iconic drag racing vehicles will be on display at the Gala Dinner to be held at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow, on 19th November: the Rat Trap and Havoc Fuel Altereds. Both will be specially transported to the hotel to be part of the celebrations which include many VIPs from the world of drag racing. What a great souvenir photo opportunity for those attending!

Ron Hope, US-based owner and driver of Rat Trap, has been thrilling crowds in the UK and Germany this summer, running several match races with Havoc, owned by Britain's Rob Loaring and Nick Davies and driven by Nick. Ron is a great supporter of the BDRHoF, and Rob Loaring is also being inducted for his twenty five-year career in engineering and tuning Championship-winning cars in the UK.

Ron said "When we received the invitation to have Rat Trap on display at the Gala Dinner we felt really honoured that our car will be the focus of so many drag racing legends. After racing at Santa Pod in 2014 and 2016 and in Hockenheim this summer, it is really the icing on the cake."

Rob Loaring said "Nick and I have been really over the moon with the reception which Havoc has received over the years, and we are looking forward with great excitement to taking it to tour the US and race Rat Trap at key Nostalgia events in 2017". BDRHoF Sponsorship Partner Beech Underwriting has been instrumental in arranging for Havoc's forthcoming US Tour.

The BDRHoF is also announcing that long time sponsors Rat Trap Racing and US Automotive are sponsoring the table wine at this year's Gala. BDRHoF Chair Stu Bradbury said "We warmly thank Ron Hope of Rat Trap Racing and Stewart Bassett of US Automotive for their wonderful generosity in providing the wine for this year's Gala Dinner and are sure the Fuel Altereds will provide a fantastic photo opportunity at the event."

The BDRHoF wants to thank Santa Pod Raceway and the whole crew for providing some of the most exciting racing seen in Europe this year. Their involvement in bringing the Fuel Altereds across to Europe has produced some of the highlights of the year and brought back fabulous memories to those of us who remember cars like Tee-Rat and Shutdown.

Ticket prices for the 2016 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain as last year at £60 per person. Corporate tables of ten are available at £580. More details are available by clicking here. For advance booking of tickets contact stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.


Web site updates.
15th September: VW Pro racer Andrew Agroment is currently regrouping for next season and in the meantime has set up a Facebook page which you can check out at www.facebook.com/Black-baron-racing-180363305731512.

The latest update to Alan Currans' excellent Acceleration Archive is a gallery of shots of Sunday's action at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway. As ever you can check out the latest update via What's New at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two FIA / FIM European Finals reports on the Autosport.nl web site. As ever there is a race report and an off-track report, both of which are excellent and well-illustrated for those who don't understand Dutch. You can check out Remco's race report by clicking here and the off-track report by clicking here.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with galleries from the recent Junior Drag Racing Fun Day at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out Mad's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


2016 UK Tech Committee meeting.
14th September: Thanks to Yvonne Tramm for letting us know that a meeting of the UK Tech Committee has been arranged at 8:00 pm prompt on Wednesday 12th October September at the
Holiday Inn, Borehamwood (map). Tea and coffee will be available from 7:00 pm.

The main topic for discussion will be the UK Rule Book for 2017. All are welcome but if you plan to attend, or if you have any items for the agenda, then please E-Mail Yvonne at ytramm@africonnect.com by Monday 10th October.


Flame and Thunder demos invited.
14th September: James Forster tells us that Santa Pod Raceway are seeking sub twelve-second cars and sub ten-second bikes to make demonstration passes at the Flame and Thunder Show on Saturday 29th October:

The quirkier the vehicle, the longer the burnouts, and the higher the wheelstands, the better! There are a limited number of slots available for each class which will be issued on a first-come first-served basis and they will go fast.

If you'd like to take part in the Flame and Thunder Show then please get in touch with James at Santa Pod as soon as possible at james@santapod.com or call 01234 782828.


2017 SPRC Dinner Dance.
14th September: Santa Pod Racers Club are pleased to announce their 2017 Dinner Dance and Trophy Evening which takes place at 6:00 pm on Saturday 11th February 2017 at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel in Daventry Road, Staverton, Daventry, NN11 6JT (map). This event will present Champions and runners-up in the 2016 UK National Drag Racing Championships, MSA British Drag Racing Championship, Santa Pod Racers Club Championships and SPRC Perpetual Award winners.

The arrangements for the SPRC Dinner Dance are as follow:
  • Pre-dinner drinks will be available in the bar from 5:30 pm.

  • Proceedings will start prompt at 6:00 pm with trophy presentations to the 2016 Santa Pod Racers Club Champions and runners-up. For this reason it is important that everyone is in their seats in the function room at 6:00 pm as the presentation will not be held up for latecomers. If you miss your presentation then we will not be going back!

  • Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.

  • After dinner, the 2016 UK National Champions and runners-up will be presented with their trophies, then the top three in the 2016 MSA British Drag Racing Championship, and finally the 2016 SPRC Perpetual Award winners.
Tickets to the Dinner Dance are £35 per adult and £20 for under-12s which includes three-course meal plus tea / coffee and mints. An additional £1 per ticket should be added if paying by credit card. If you wish to pay direct to the SPRC bank account then the details can be found on any event entry form or they can contact Yvonne Tramm (see below) and she will forward details.

The main meal for children will be chicken nuggets and chips and the dessert will be ice cream, but please choose a starter for your child and also specify on the booking form that it is for a child.

If you have any special dietary requirements then please inform Yvonne Tramm at ytramm@africonnect.com and she will include them on the menu selection list for the hotel. Please do not approach the hotel yourself about special dietary requirements.

SPRC have negotiated a preferential rate for rooms in the hotel. These are priced at £85 for a single room and £95 for double or twin rooms, including breakfast on Sunday morning. To book your room, please call the hotel on 01327 302002 quoting reference SANT110216. Please do not try to book your room on-line as the electronic reservations system has been told that the entire hotel booked for that evening, so your attempt at reservation will fail.

You can download the Dinner Dance booking form (PDF format) by clicking here. Please note that booking forms should be sent to Yvonne Tramm at the address specified on the form and not to the SPRC office.

If you have any queries about the Dinner Dance then please contact Yvonne Tramm, not the SPRC office, at ytramm@africonnect.com.

2015 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 at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625.


Break open the piggy bank...
14th September: As usual there will be a big fund-raising effort for Bloodwise at next week's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway in memory of late SPRC Club Secretary and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee Paula Marshall.

The annual Racers v Santa Pod / Santa Pod Racers Club football match will take place after racing finishes on Saturday evening (24th) and there will be collecting buckets and plenty of other opportunities to donate at that match. And, of course, yet another opportunity for the racers to hand SPR / SPRC their butts on a plate with fries and relish and free refills. Stay tuned for more about the football match.

In addition, Phil and Avril Brown will be auctioning a copy of this year's Santa Pod Raceway 50th Annniversary supplement (right) which they took to the recent NHRA US Nationals at Indy and had autographed by everyone who is anyone in US drag racing including Shirley Muldowney, Tom McEwen, John Force, Don Garlits, Ed McCulloch and many many more; Phil was kind enough to show us the supplement and, looking through it, we found it so full of autographs that there is barely any room left. In fact we wondered whether Phil and Avril saw any racing at Indy since they did not stop collecting names. Four Bob Bode T-Shirts are also up for grabs. Break open the piggy bank and look down the back of the sofa for the auction at Santa Pod next week.

If you are unable to attend the National Finals but would like to put in a bid then please E-Mail editor@eurodragster.com and we will ensure that Phil and Avril are informed.


Swift snippets.
14th September: Staying with next week's UK National Finals, many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the event's official entry list, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe for sending us the official timing data from the FIA / FIM European Finals. You can check out the European Finals timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks also to Marrs for forwarding us a post-European Finals table of European Bests now including the Pro Stock Bike and Super Street Bike records set by Fredrik Fredlund and Steve Venables, updated quickest side-by-side Super Street Bike race, and updated Santa Pod track record set by Duncan Micallef. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the European Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Finally timing guru Andy Marrs has announced that he will no longer be attending race events at Santa Pod Raceway in his official capacity as timekeeper. Luckily for us all Marrs will stay involved from home, amongst other things supplying timing data and consulting with Eurodragster.com on the identification and confirmation of UK and European records as he has done since we commenced live reports in 1999. In fact the European Bests page here on Eurodragster.com was Marrs' idea as up to that point there was no centrally-held list of records. Speaking for Eurodragster.com we will miss Marrs' presence at the track, although Race Control will be somewhat more fragrant immediately after breakfast, and we would like to thank him for his ceaseless hard work and great company in the past as well as his promised continued help in the future.


FIA/FIM European Finals results.
12th September: Congratulations to the winners of the weekend's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Micke Kågered 7.9857/83.18 bye, Duncan Micallef no show
FIA Top Methanol Dragster: Dennis Habermann 5.3209/269.89 def. Timo Habermann 5.3053/269.78
FIA Pro Modified: Micke Gullqvist 5.8896/243.83 def. Mats Eriksson 6.1134/234.05
FIA Pro Stock: Bengt Ljungdahl 6.5388/210.85 def. Jimmy Ålund 6.6164/209.14

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Filipppos Papafilippou 6,7396/206.17 def. Rikard Gustafsson 7.7947/112.22
FIM Europe Supertwin: Martijn de Haas 6.6650/211.82 def. Chris Hannam no time broke
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Fredrik Fredlund 6.9787/189.72 def. Martin Newbury 7.7716/130.95 DQ red light
FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup: Garry Bowe 6.9806/209.13 def. Steve Venables 7.0366/208.01

European Nitro Funny Car Series: Gordon Smith 7.1848/97.50 def. Kevin Kent 4.2974/287.71 DQ red light

Comp Eliminator: Jens Eklund (7.98) 8.4975/118.21 def. Rene Ehrismann 7.3501/182.79 DQ red light
Super Pro ET: Brad Jackson (7.78) 7.8620/164.83 def. Tom Atkinson (8.87) 8.8520/151.59 DQ breakout
Pro ET: Will Clark (10.45) 10.4950/118.03 def. Simon Innes (10.72) 10.7757/121.42
Super Comp: Pete Creswell 15.0491/75.03 bye, Paul Brown no show
Super Gas: Dan Page 9.9409/138.64 def. Collin Morrice 10.0132/149.57
Super Street: David Withington 10.9997/120.91 def. Dave Cherrett 11.6068/102.43
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Aaron Fensome (7.96) 8.0098/80.93 def. Jordan Payne (7.99) 8.0105/80.50 DQ red light
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Mark Todd 7.3240/199.88 def. Jon Webster 7.8057/183.52

The following records were set, subject to official ratification:

FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike ET: 6.978 seconds, Fredrik Fredlund
FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup ET: 6.946 seconds, Steve Venables

Congratulations to Junior Dragster racer Roman Sixta Jr and to Super Pro ET racer Paul Marston who won the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award in support of the
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children respectively. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for next week's UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored FIA / FIM European Finals reports, pit notes and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


2016 European Champions.
12th September: Congratulations to the 2016 European Champions:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Anita Mäkelä
FIA Top Methanol Dragster: Jonny Lagg
FIA Top Methanol Funny Car: Johnny Oksa
FIA Pro Modified: Micke Gullqvist
FIA Pro Stock: Jimmy Ålund

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Ian King
FIM Europe Supertwin: Martijn de Haas
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Gert-Jan Laseur
FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup: Garry Bowe

European Nitro Funny Car Series: Kevin Kent

You can read more in our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored FIA / FIM European Finals coverage, which is still ongoing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Many thanks to Åsa Kinnemar for forwarding us the final points standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. You can check out the FIA points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Swift snippets.
10th September: This week's edition of Autocar magazine carries a two-page interview with UK Top Fuel Dragster star Liam Jones. Liam guides Editor Matt Burt through the Top Fuel process, from firing up his RF Motorsport machine to parachute deployment. The article is illustrated by an action photo of Liam at Hockenheim captured by Eurodragster.com Photographer Kirstie. Published every Wednesday, Autocar is on sale at good newsagents, price £3.80.

Bye bye green 'Bird.
7th September: The Netherlands' Marck Harteveld has put his Superbird Pro Mod up for sale as he has finally got his hands on a race car which he has long coveted. Marck got in touch to tell us all about it:

Last winter we rebuilt the car to participate in the Pro Mod class after two years racing in Super Pro ET with a blown Keith Black Hemi. We learned a lot during those two years so last winter we decided to make the step. We bought the Pro Dutch guys' spare engine and we have worked together since then.

At Easter we made our first licencing runs for Pro Mods. We had some problems, the weather didn't give us time and unfortunately our blower shaft broke during the last run so we were not able to make full passes. At home we rebuilt the blower and made everything ready for the Main Event.

We arrived two days early for the Main Event to do the rest of our licencing at the Peak Performance Day. That was a good weekend for us, we picked up our licence and placed our Bird into #12 spot. The first round was against local hero Andy Robinson, both of us had big tyre shake but we got to the finish line first. In the next round we lost against Mats Eriksson, but with a 6.47 and 219 mph it was a great weekend for us.

Our Bird was way too heavy for the max weight, so we decided it had to lose a lot of weight before the Mopar EuroNationals. In other words, lots of work to do! We started with the nose, doors and deck lid in carbon fibre instead of fibreglass, got rid of the batteries and a lot of wiring and other stuff to make it lighter. Although this worked out we were still too heavy but now it was by only twenty pounds. This resulted in better time slips right away and at that time new PBs on the Sunday with a 6.23 and the last run a 6.21. So we were very happy that weekend, despite the fact we were disqualified due the Bird being overweight.

Not much time between the Mopar EuroNationals and the NitrOlympX, still too heavy so more work to do. Not a problem! We made new and much lighter zoomies, different front wheels and a carbon drive shaft and we were ten pounds below the maximum weight. So we went to Hockenheim with an improved set-up and the weather was fine so we were hoping to make a lot of good runs. During qualifying we had a lot of tyreshake and in the end only one moderate run of 6.59 so we qualified #10. The first elimination was against our friends the ProDutch guys. They had a sparkplug come out and we had a bad tyre shake again, but we were still in the field. So we decided it was time to change a lot of things: wheelie bar settings, tyre pressure, shocks, ignition and fuel set-up, so we were ready for the second round against Mats Eriksson. Finally we had a good start and on the run Mats had some problems so we took the round with a 6.21. Man, that was awesome for me and the whole team!

The third run was against reigning Champion Micke Gullqvist, so the team and I and our friends from ProDuch made the Bird ready. On that run I had Micke on the lights and with a 6.15 against a 6.05 we were winners. I can tell you that the whole team and everyone around went crazy at that time, awesome! Into the finals against Johan Lindberg, although we lost that run we were very glad as again we ran a new PB, 6.12!

So the last event for us this year will be the European Finals next weekend. Many people read about the car being for sale and yes, the Bird has to fly. I had my eyes on another car for some time but it was not for sale. I spoke to the guy and he may have put it up for sale and than he put it on the Swap Meet on Eurodragster.com. I called him directly after Hockenheim and we made the deal, then picked it up last weekend to start getting it ready for the next season.

Everybody is curious about the new car... well, it is the Dodge Daytona which formerly belonged to Pete Farber, who raced it in NHRA Pro Mod, and then to Adam Flamholc. It had been standing in Denmark for two years so this winter we have a lot of work to do. After winter we hope to come back much lighter and faster. I want to thank all of our sponsors and my team who made all of this possible.

So check out Cars For Sale on the Eurodragster.com Swap Meet, look at what I am offering for a good price, and you could own the baddest 'Bird on the planet.


European Top Gas Series final.
7th September: Many thanks to Herman Jolink for sending us the outcome of this year's European Top Gas Series after the final round at the eighth-mile single-lane Mosten Race Days sprint.

I got third place out of fourteen Top Gas racers. On Friday I qualified third at 5.378/206 kmh. On Saturday they held a Cannonball for the top eight qualifiers then the quickest four went through, then the final two. I went out in the second round at 5.469 seconds.

Mosten Race Days result:
  1. Frederik Schack DK on Buell G12
  2. Jorg Lymant Germany on Buell G12
  3. Herman Jolink Netherlands on Ducati 1198 RS (1266)
2016 European Top Gas Championship:
  1. Frederik Schack Denmark on Buell G12 2622 cc
  2. Herman Jolink Netherlands on Ducati 1198 RS (1266)
  3. Birch Andersen Denmark on 2622 V-Twin
You can find out more at www.topgas.com.


2016 Finnish Bike Champions.
7th September: Many thanks to Pasi Uponen for forwarding us the honour roll of 2016 FHRA Drag Bike Champions. Congratulations to:

Junior Bike: Onni Hyväkkä
Street Bike: Harri Mylläri
Super Gas Bike (9.50 Bike): Kari Rautanen
Super Comp Bike (8.50 Bike): Toni Suokas
Pro Harley Drags: Jani Lempinen
Funny Bike: Juha Ollikainen
Super Street Bike: Jani Kumpulainen
Super Twin Top Fuel: Harri Piensalmi

Congratulations also to Pasi himself on winning FHRA's Drag Racing Journalist of The Year award. "I'm really proud of this award and at the same time I think it's an honour for Finnish Drag Bike Racing", says Pasi. "Thanks to FHRA, Bomber magazine, all of the Drag Bike teams and all of my readers. Heading to new adventures!"


European Finals Perfect Awards.
7th September: This weekend's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2016 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £100 is on offer for perfect performance.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by VW Pro racer Carl Goldsmith at the APIRA Open Sport Nationals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the UK National Finals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available from the Signing On office.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has been reset to £50 after it was won by ET Bike / NAST racer Fiona Moor at the APIRA Open Sport Nationals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend during qualifying or eliminations in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the UK National Finals. The Perfect ET Award is presented by Derek and Fiona Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV in support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; you can donate to the NSPCC at www.nspcc.org.uk.

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry Eurodragster.com / NSPCC decals (right), one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull this weekend's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals when the run is made then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to record a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Eurodragster.com / NSPCC decals will be available from the Signing On office first thing this morning (Wednesday).


Do Panic!
6th September: Mark and Jackie Hawkins say that yesterday's spy picture was of part of their new Nitro Funny Car which they will be campaigning in the European Series in 2017. Mark and Jackie previously ran a Dodge Avenger FC with Gary Page at the wheel and their last outing was a rental of one of Knut Soderqvist's Top Fuel Dragsters, again piloted by Gary in the early 2000s. Gary will be driving the new Dodge Stratus Funny Car which is carrying the legendary Panic name.


"The chassis is brand new and was built by Baumgartner Race Cars in Missouri", Mark told Eurodragster.com. "Ty Baumgartner has been instrumental in sourcing and shipping parts for us for this project and we would like to say a massive thank you to him for all his help and in building a superbly engineered chassis.

"All the old team are back together with a few younger models added to help out the oldies."

The first fire-up will take place soon with the first competitive outing planned for the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway next Easter.


Friday Night Special.
6th September: Donna Finnegan of Santa Pod Raceway has been in touch to let us know that racers and crew members are welcome in the grandstand free of charge for the Friday Night Nitro session at this week's FIA / FIM European Finals:

Free entry will be permitted from 7:00 pm this Friday (only) through gate numbers 81 - 110. A racer ticket or start line pass will need to be shown to the grandstand steward before entering.

If racers wish to access the grandstand before 7:00 pm on Friday, or at any time on Saturday or Sunday, then they can purchase half price grandstand tickets directly from the grandstand ticket kiosk. This offer is strictly for teams entered at the European Finals. Tickets can also be purchased by crew members at the grandstand kiosk. Each crew member must show their green racer admission ticket, not the start line crew pass, at the time of purchase. One racer or crew ticket entitles the holder to one half price grandstand seat.

All seat purchases will be subject to availability and disputes will not be entered into.


Swift snippets.
6th September: Time to hit the "Congratulations on another win..." function key yet again for reigning NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion Jonnie Lindberg who won the class at the prestigious NHRA US Nationals at Indianapolis. You can read more on the Lindberg Brothers' web site at www.lindbergbros.com and on Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 3 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 24th-25th September. You can check out the UK National Finals entry list by clicking here. If you have any queries about UK National Finals entry then please contact Ian Marshall at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).


Havoc heads west.
5th September: "Bring it to the US!", they said. "It'll be great fun and everyone will love it!", they said. And so the seeds were sown.

Like many UK-based race teams, it had always been the dream of Nick Davies and Rob Loaring of Silverstone-based engine builders
ICE Automotive to take a car to the home of drag racing and to go toe-to-toe with famed luminaries about whom we all read on a periodic basis. From the heady days of Pro Modified racing in the 1990s, the pair had like many chewed the fat about "Wouldn't it be great if...?"

The major protagonists behind the most recent idea have been the infamous Hope Family of Rat Trap Racing fame, as well as the influential management team behind US Automotive. Having done the cross-ocean exercise more than once, albeit in reverse, the Rat Trap team have always been quick to point out the simplicity of the exercise whilst appearing to maintain the heart rate and blood pressure of paediatric heart surgeons. Could it really be that stress-free?

Having returned for "Just for another look" to the 2015 California Hot Rod Reunion, Nick and Rob the pair spent time talking to some of whom many consider to be the legends of Fuel Altered racing including Leon Fitzgerald, Dave Hough and Les Jackson as well as, of course, Rich Guasco and Dale Emery, Randy Bradford and the Hopes. It was in talking to these guys as well as watching their cars Nanook, Rat Trap, Pure Hell, Bradfords Fiat, the Winged Express, the Sullivans Fiat, Pure Heaven and High Heaven, amongst others, that they realised that if it were at all possible then they should do it.

Dragstalgia 2016 confirmed it. The alcohol engine was history and the Havoc Fuel Altered functioned with its nitro-fuelled Rodeck Donovan.

There are always a thousand reasons not to do something, but with each reason offered answers kept appearing. Would it be legal? Sure. Licencing? No Problem. How long do we ship it out for? A year sounds good. How many meetings? Four seems sensible. Where would we keep it? Friends will help. Transport? They're good friends! Could we definitely get into the meetings we wanted to go to? They're really good friends! What about insurance? We can sort that. Could we afford the time and the cost? Hmm... there's plenty of time to think about that one.

If we waited for all the stars to align before we did anything little would be achieved and so it is, with some trepidation, that we would like to announce the skeleton plans for a 2017 tour of the USA with the little green altered. By the time Christmas rolls around, plans are for the car to be occupying one half of a two Bantam-sized container, rolling across the Atlantic towards warmer climes, with the aim of making it safely across with plenty of leeway to traverse the vast country in time to make it to the 2017 March Meet at Famoso Raceway. Our planned schedule is:
  • 2017 March Meet
  • 2017 Hot Rod Reunion, Bowling Green, Kentucky - June
  • AN Other (plans afoot but confirmation awaited) - August
  • 2017 California Hot Rod Reunion - October
Of course none of this would be possible without the help (and arm twisting) of a number of key individuals. Firstly, Ron, Brian and the entire Hope family. Their enthusiasm and support has been extraordinary. Details are irrelevant but suffice to say that the project would be a complete non-starter without them. Beech Underwriting, who have done so much for the sport via not only the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, but various other initiatives focussed towards the nostalgia area. Geoff Stilwell, CEO and Managing Director, says "Beech Underwriting is really pleased to be able to help Nick and Rob achieve their dream of running in the US. I cannot wait to see them in Bakersfield next year". Next, big supporter of UK drag racing and the various exploits of Rat Trap Racing is US Automotive, and Chairman Stewart Bassett, in particular. Without the efforts of these guys, the travelling US altereds are unlikely to have made it over in both 2014 and 2016 and the idea of our tour would never have been formulated. Lastly (at present) to long-term supporter of everything UK-based relating to fuel altereds, good friend Lawrie Gatehouse and the NFAA, without whom and which the Altered scene in the UK would look very different to how it has looked over the last decade.

This brings us conveniently to the European Finals where, once again, we get the chance to run in anger against the US altereds of Ron and Brian Hope and of Randy Bradford, as well as the Apache Funny Car. We're designated an Exhibition but still no quarter is likely to be asked or given.

Stop by the marquee housing all four cars - you won't be disappointed. And if you would like to help then please show your support for the US Tour by buying a T-Shirt. If you really want to help, then buy two shirts, or three! If we don't have your size or colour then they're such good quality that they make great polishing rags!

See you at the Euros, then we'll see you in America!


Jordan's backing from VP.
5th September: UK Junior Dragster racer Jordan Payne is please to announce that the Sticky Situation Junior Dragster Team will partner VP Racing Fuels USA starting with this weekend's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway and continuing through 2017.

"I would like to thank Freddie Turza and Mark Tycen for approaching me with this opportunity, and I am looking forward to help promote VP Racing Fuels", says Jordan. "The team already has experience with VP's product range, as my father always used their products whilst he drove his 1962 Corvette in Super Modified. VP's fuel helped to power his car to three National Championships, to both ET and speed records which still stand today."

VP Racing Fuels was founded in 1974 by Steve Burns, a young racer living in San Antonio, Texas. Although only self taught in physics and chemistry, he was convinced that he could create a fuel which could bring out the optimum horsepower from an engine. Now just over forty years later, VP Racing Fuels has grown to be recognised as the world leader in race fuel technology. VP Racing Fuels is able to supply nearly seventy different fuel blends, and is fuelling champions across the entire spectrum of motorsport. If you are looking for a racing fuel which is high in quality and performance, you can view VP's full fuel range at www.vpracingfuels.com.

"The team is proud to make our début appearance with VP Racing Fuels this Thursday at the European Finals", adds Jordan. "If you happen to be visiting Santa Pod Raceway this weekend, please feel free to find us and say Hello to the Sticky Situation Junior Dragster Team. If you would like to find out more about VP Racing Fuels or the Sticky Situation Racing Team visit www.vpracingfuels.com, www.facebook.com/VPRacingFuel, www.jordanpayne.co.uk and www.facebook.com/Sticky-Situation-Junior-Dragster-Team-927557417263315.

"Whilst you are looking for VP Racing Fuels, why not search for my other sponsors Goodridge Hoses, Nimbus Motorsport, Cam Auto Developments, CTR Developments, Mantis Web , Windrush Roofing and Simon Cox Marketing Solutions.


Swift snippets.
5th September: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with no words. If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.

Records fall at VW Action.
5th September: Thanks to Volkswagen Drag Racing Club Chair Luke Stevenson for confirming the records which were set at VW Action at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend. Congratulations to:

World record for an electric doorslammer: 8.282/159.09, Sam and Olly Young
World record for VR6 doorslammer: 8.474/167.91, David Kakoschke
European record for FWD: 8.457/165.48, Torsten Middendorf

Congratulations also to Santa Pod Racers Club who were inducted into the VW Action Hall of Fame.

A big Thank You to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Nigel Hale who kindly gave 11.0- and 10.7-second passenger rides in his pick-up to Eurodragster.com staff Kirstie and Tog, and to Diana Macrae and Andrew Shakeshaft for their help.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored VW Action photo galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Our next coverage will be live report, gallery and Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast from Wednesday's Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day at Santa Pod Raceway.


European Finals racer update II.
4th September: SPRC International Race Director Carole Ismail and Santa Pod Raceway management have asked us to pass on two important messages to racers attending next week's FIA / FIM European Finals:

Only race officials and SPR staff are allowed in Race Control whilst racing is underway (This includes the Eurodragster.com office at the Bankside end of Race Control - Ed). Should racers wish to raise any matter with race officials then please do not visit Race Control, please firstly see Race Secretary Kathy Taylor who is based in Signing On.

If you wish to receive class call-outs by smartphone then it is recommended that you carry out the following steps before coming to Santa Pod:
  1. Download App.net from the Play Store for Android or the iPhone App Store
  2. Create an account for App.net
  3. Search for the SPRC channel and follow it
When these steps have been completed you will receive notifications. The app relies on mobile network or wi-fi so you will need some kind of connection throughout the event for it to work. Call-outs will still of course be made by your Pit Marshal and on the PA.


Nitro 2 Avgas 1.
3rd September: Robin Read has been in touch to let us know the outcome of the match races at York Raceway between his nitro-burning Daimler dragster and Julian Webb in the Split Second Jet Dragster:

It was a very exciting meeting. Julian and I enjoyed the challenge of driving against each other and our teams worked together to establish a routine and timings which allowed such different cars to put on a show, which was no mean feat! We ran over the eighth-mile.

Run 1: Julian won 4.6/175 to my 5.35/137
Run 2: I won 4.90/137 to Julian's 4.95/173
Run 3: I won 4.74/147 to Julian's 4.54/153

We could not believe how evenly matched the two cars were. Neither of us could have predicted the end result. We both hopped-up our cars for the last run, With all to play for the excitement around York Raceway was very evident, some fans were for the Jet and some for the Daimler and we are both popular regulars at York. I'm told that the spectacle was visually and audibly awesome, the howl of the jet and rumble of nitro, not to mention the aromas of the different fuels drifting across the start area.

I'd like to thank Steve Murty for having us, Pennine Drag Racing Club for providing a safe environment in which to to run, all the hard-working marshals and track crew and of course the fire and safety and medical crews. Lastly Thank You to Julian and his team for a safe and hugely enjoyable event and to my own team for their invaluable assistance and dedication.

Richard Smith kindly sent us a link to an awesome video of one of the Dragster v Jet races which you can check out at left. You can also take a look at Richard's excellent shots from all of last weekend's Hot Rod Reunion at
rdsmith.zenfolio.com/hot-rod-reunion-2016.

Swift snippets.
3rd September: We have two birthdays today. First up is a very Happy Birthday to eagle-eyed supercrew Julie Moxley (right) who is celebrating a special birthday (Think Sportsman or Super Street Tree - Ed). Have a lovely day Julie. Celebrating his seventieth today is UK Fuel Altered legend Ollie Burn; Adam Gleadow and all of the Motor Psycho team asked us to wish Ollie a very Happy Birthday. Our pleasure guys, have a great day Ollie.

McClurg's John Hancock here.
3rd September: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame have announced that legendary US motoring and drag racing journalist Bob McClurg will be holding a signing session on the day of the BDRHoF Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow Airport.

Bob's book Diggers, Funnies, Gassers, and Altereds: Drag Racing's Golden Age documents the 1960s and 1970s when drag racing evolved from a grass-roots effort to a full-blown professional motorsport. With more than 350 colour and black and white photos, this book is an exciting visual history of the Golden Era of drag racing. The paperback book will be offered at a price of £20 compared with a RRP of £31. One reviewer described it as "A must-have for your coffee table" and another "If you only own one vintage drag book, this is the one to have". The out-of-print hardback edition sells between collectors for as much as $300.

Bob McClurg, who has been active in the sport for almost fifty years, and who has interviewed all the legendary names, will be hosting the BDRHoF Bench Racing session sponsored by Beech Underwriting Agencies will take place in the Atlantic Suite between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm on the same day, Saturday 19th November. Admission will be by ticket only; you can apply for your ticket and confirm your place by E-Mailing geoff@beechunderwriting.co.uk. Less than fifty tickets are available so apply quickly to secure a place.

Ticket prices for the 2016 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain as last year at £60 per person. Corporate tables of ten are available at £580. More details are available by clicking here. For advance booking of tickets contact stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.


Ålund's fair weekend.
3rd September: The Scandinavian Internationals, the fifth round of the 2016 FIA European Drag Racing Championships, was held at Tierp Arena in Sweden last week. The facility lived up to its excellent reputation, the track crew delivered a world class racing surface.

For the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing Team it had been a hectic few weeks culminating in a win at the Hockenheim just one week before the Scandinavian Internationals. Most teams going to Tierp Arena only had one or two full days to prepare for this race.

Qualifying had its ups and downs as Jimmy finished the first day in number two spot. This was rectified on the Saturday when Jimmy ran the quickest times in both qualifying sessions, going in to Sunday's eliminations not only as the number one qualifier but also having picked up important qualifying points. "We had some issues with the driver on Friday", said Jimmy with a smile, "but that was corrected for Saturday. We were very satisfied with our performance and to get to the top of the qualifying list."

In Sunday's eliminations Jimmy won the first round with what turned out to be quickest Pro Stock run of the weekend, an ET of 6.53 at a solid 343.51 kmh (213.44 mph). In round two Jimmy ran into a slight tyre shake which cleared up in time for him to cross the finish line first. In the final against Bengt Ljundahl Jimmy left the line first but ran into more problems with tyre shake and had to shut off before the finish line.

"Eliminations were tricky for us but we got to the finals", said Jimmy. "I'd like to congratulate Bengt Ljungdahl for the win and also on resetting the FIA Pro Stock ET record." Jimmy left the Scandinavian Internationals still in the points lead, thirty seven points ahead of Bengt Ljungdahl. A tight points race, the FIA Pro Stock Championship will be decided at the last race of the season next week.

Jimmy would like to express his gratitude to his sponsors Exclusive Cars (Scandinavian Internationals sponsor), Summit Racing, Viking Industrimålning, Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, Tradepac, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, CFM, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuel and X Parts.


Web site updates.
3rd September: Our good buddy Steve Moxley has had his SPRC Summernationals review published on the Eat My Ink web site at www.eatmyink.com.

European Finals racer update.
2nd September: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the details of the arrangements for next week's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Wednesday 7th September
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
09:00 Signing On office opens
09:00 Sportsman car scrutineering commences (no set order)

Thursday 8th September
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Sportsman car scrutineering commences (
order)
09:00 Pro bike scrutineering commences (order)
09:30 Track opens for qualifying
11:15 Pro car scrutineering commences (order)

Friday 9th September
07:30 Signing On office opens
07:30 Scrutineering commences
09:00 Pro bike scrutineering commences (order)
09:30 Track open for qualifying

Saturday 10th September
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering commences
09:30 Track open for qualifying and eliminations

Sunday 11th September
09:30 Track open for eliminations

The provisional running orders are now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

No race vehicle motors are to be fired up before 09:00 or after 21:00 on any day of the event. Before 09:00 vehicles should be pushed or towed to Scrutineering, not driven. Non-observation of curfew will result in exclusion from the event.

Junior Dragster and Junior Funny Car racers please remember the rule about pushing vehicles back to the pits once through the arch beside Scrutineering.

As well being made by pit marshals and via the PA, class call-outs will also be made on-line via App.net, which is available on both the App Store for iPhone and the Play Store for Android. To receive class call-outs on smartphone download App.net, follow the instructions to create an account, then search for and follow the SPRC channel. You will then start to receive notifications as messages are sent. It is recommended that you download the app and follow the SPRC account prior to the event so that you start to receive notifications for the first round of qualifying. The app relies on mobile network or wi-fi so you will need some kind of connection throughout the weekend for it to work.


Event entry update.
2nd September: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 24th-25th September and which is the final round of the UK National Drag Racing Championship in car classes, the final round of Wild Bunch and Volkswagen Drag Racing Club Championships, the final round of the ACU UK Top Fuel Bike Championship, and the penultimate round of the other ACU UK Drag Bike Championships and UK National Drag Racing Championships in bike classes. You can check out the UK National Finals entry list by clicking here.

UK National Finals entry at standard rate closes today, after which entry if accepted may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about UK National Finals entry then please contact Ian Marshall at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).


Three cheers for...
2nd September: Three of our European heroes are racing in the USA this weekend. Reigning NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion Jonnie Lindberg and Ulf Leanders will be contesting this weekend's NHRA US Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Qualifying commences today and you will be able to stay in touch with Jonnie's and Ulf's progress courtesy of Dragracecentral.com.

Meanwhile in Carolina ex-pat UK Super Comp racer Tony Morris will be contesting the IHRA Divisional race which is the decider before the IHRA World Championship race at Memphis in October. "We need to finish in the top three to qualify for the race in Memphis", says Tony. "We are sixty six points off second place right now so we have a good chance of finishing well.

"I will be competing in Hot Rod Eighth Mile (7.00) in Bruce Guertin's 1979 Ford Fairmont with which we won in Bradenton back in March. This is the second season we have raced together and we finished eighth in Super Street last year. The car is set up for Hot Rod and runs a 540 ci Big Block Chevy with two-speed Powerglide. It runs 10.90 at 145 mph, or 8.90 at 150 mph wide open.

"There is a live stream this weekend via the IHRA web site at www.ihra.com.

"When I get back home to Orlando some time on Monday I will start packing for my trip to the UK to attend the European Finals. I couldn't miss going in Santa Pod's fiftieth anniversary year! I will be arriving on Thursday morning with old pal Dave Gibbons to take it all in, and I will also be helping several of the Sportsman teams."


Swift snippets.
2nd September: Timing and stats guru Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe has updated his tables of European Bests with Bengt Ljungdahl's Pro Stock ET record set at Tierp Arena last week and as a result of a query last weekend has added a table of quickest and fastest side-by-side runs in FIA and FIA competition. The latter is a work-in-progress and so far has been compiled from those events for which Andy has timing data in Excel format, which is by no means all of them. If you have any additional information to help to complete the sheet then please E-Mail Andy at andy@tsitimers.co.uk.

Thaliah's fancy dance move.
1st September: Sandie Gibb has been in touch to thank the safety crews, medics and race officials at Shakespeare County Raceway who took care of daughter and Junior Dragster racer Thaliah Gibb after her incident on Saturday:

Thaliah showed off a fancy dance move in her dragster at the top end of the track. I had watched her make the run which was a bye in the left lane, I turned away as she lifted and I started to walk back. Glancing back down the track Daniel Giles said "She rolled it". I looked in disbelief and then realised that the car had rolled as I saw the fire crew head towards her car although it was still in the left lane. I was later told that the car had rolled and pirouetted in mid-air.

As in all cases I was kept from going down to Thaliah until the safety crew had done the essential checks and she was in the ambulance. I was then taken down to see her. There she was sitting in the ambulance a little shaken and stirred but completely unharmed with no visible injuries. The medics and fire crew lightened the mood, suggesting that Thaliah needed waterproof mascara in future as she was looking a little like a panda.

Thank you to all of our friends in the Junior pits for offers of help and support and to everyone who sent well wishes for Thaliah, and to Rachel and Jodie for being there on the start line trying to keep me sane for those few moments which felt like an eternity. Thank you also to Daniel and Kirsty for being so level-headed throughout.

Thaliah was a little apprehensive about getting back in the car, however on Sunday morning Julie Willcox and Graham Motler came to see how she was and offered to let her have a solo run out of session, just take her time and get back on the track. Thank you so much guys.

Thaliah walked away without injury; on Saturday evening she had a couple of bruises appear on her knee, shin and hips, the bruises on the hips were from her harness which clearly did its job! The car has only a couple of little scratches.


Nicholson's favourite race.
1st September: UK Pro Modified racer Wayne Nicholson and team are keenly anticipating what they view as the best event of the year:

We have always enjoyed the European Finals for many reasons, and this year will be no different for us.  It goes without saying that I want to enjoy it and I will enjoy it.

There are so many people behind what we do. I am sure that every other team will agree that it's not just the car and the guy (or girl) behind the wheel. Thanks in barrel loads go out to our sponsors EMACS Bodyshop Management Systems, Lucas Oil Products, NGK Spark Plugs, Gemini Accident Repair Centres, Martin's Auto Centre, Trinity Chemicals, Ken Coleman and the team at Engine Data Analysis (01977 516622) and STS Imports. Thanks also to our crew Richard Harker and Tim Asquith, and of course my family and crew Gareth, Joe and Belinda.

See you all at the track.


Swift snippets.
1st September: Many thanks to our own Simon for posting the post-APIRA Open Sport Nationals points standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championships. You can check out the UK National points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

As we promised Ian Marshall has kindly forwarded us another tweaked final version of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Thursday-Sunday of next week (8th-11th September). The additions are in Pro and Sportsman. You can check out the European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


The temperature rises...
1st September: Next week's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway is the climax to the track's fiftieth anniversary celebrations and things are hotting up:

With just a week to go until the event kicks off, the entry list stands at over 250 teams including a full field of eight Top Fuel Dragsters, nineteen Pro Mods, seven Top Methanol Funny Cars and thirteen Top Fuel Bikes, just for starters.

Keith Bartlett, CEO of Trakbak Racing Ltd and Santa Pod Raceway, said "For the die-hard drag racing fans and for those who follow the FIA Championship, I made it clear at the start of the season that the European Finals were always going to be at Santa Pod Raceway, despite other venues and tracks being put forward by other organisations as the final round of the 2016 FIA European Drag Racing Championships. The European Finals are always keenly anticipated by both racers and fans alike. Not only are they the final rounds of both the FIA and FIM European Drag Racing Championships, but this is the event at which we look forward to hosting our Friday night qualifying session for Top Fuel Dragster along with Fuel Funny Cars and the Jet Cars. This year, as part of our 50th Anniversary, we are running the wild nitro-burning Fuel Altereds including two famous names all the way from the USA. They will be something to see at the Friday night session."

Caroline Holden commented "So far it's been a great season all round, the 50th Anniversary has really made it special and everyone is looking forward to Finals weekend. I am particularly pleased to announce more Meet and Greet sessions on both Saturday and Sunday with some of our stars of the past who will return to the track once more and whi will be available to meet and sign autographs for our fans. So far we've lined up some real favourites including British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member and living legend Dennis Priddle together with other British greats including Andy Carter, Gordon Appleton, Sylvia Read-Hauser, Sue Coles and Peter Bennett plus return visits from Barry Sheavills and Brian Hazelton."

Visit www.santapod.com for everything you need to know about this flagship race weekend.


Web site updates.
1st September: The latest update to Alan Currans' excellent Acceleration Archive is a gallery of shots of Sunday's action at the APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. As ever you can check out the latest update via What's New at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Junior Fun Day coverage.
31st August: Kirstie and Simon are at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you the action from today's
Junior Drag Racing Fun Day in association with John Woolfe Racing.

Our coverage will consist of an illustrated report and a gallery, both of which will be posted at the end of the day. You will be able to check out our coverage by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hans side of any Eurodragster.com page.

There will be no webcam at this event; the next Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast will be from this weekend's VW Action also at Santa Pod Raceway.

Please remember that neither Eurodragster.com nor our sponsors look kindly upon reports, results or pictures being stolen from our Event Coverage and posted on Facebook or elsewhere. Links and shares: fine. Anything else: not fine. If in doubt then please enquire at editor@eurodragster.com.

On the subject of Event Coverage a big Thank You to the 90,147 readers of our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored coverage of the Scandinavian Internationals and APIRA Open Sport Nationals. We have received a lot of positive feedback about our coverage of these events which is very much appreciated (We'll draw a veil over the 424 attempts to watch webcasts which we clearly stated were not happening - Ed).


VP Racing Fuels back Lindberg.
31st August: Jonnie Lindberg Motorsports has announced a new alliance with Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels for the 2016 racing season. Jonnie Lindberg, reigning NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion, will rely exclusively on VP's M1 Methanol in his attempt to secure a second Championship this year. 

"I switched to VP because it's important for me to know you are getting the best and cleanest methanol on the market to make good horsepower and stay consistent", said Jonnie.

"Jonnie Lindberg is a young star with an even brighter future ahead of him in drag racing" said Chris Wall, Chief Marketing Officer for VP Racing Fuels. "He's not only campaigning with the NHRA but makes frequent trips back to Europe to help various Pro Mod teams with tuning.  With all his experience and network of contacts, Jonnie will be a great asset to VP's R&D efforts and will help promote our brand both in the U.S. and across Europe."

Jonnie will be contesting Top Alcohol FC at this weekend's NHRA US Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park together with Ulf Leanders. Qualifying starts on Friday and you will be able to stay in touch with our heroes' progress courtesy of Dragracecentral.com.


Swift snippets.
31st August: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us a tweaked final version of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Thursday-Sunday of next week (8th-11th September). You can check out the European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Stay tuned as we understand that there is to be another entry update shortly.


Jan Phersson of Eurodragster.com sponsor Simpson Safety Europe had a successful weekend at the Scandinavian Internationals supplying trackside service throughout the event and, through the Simpson Motorsport Safety Academy, hosting a safety seminar for Junior Dragster racers. "Teaching racers about personal safety from their earliest years is paramount", says Jan.

Thanks to Ian King for letting us know that the post-APIRA Open Sport Nationals points standings in the ACU UK Drag Bike Championships are available on the King Racing web site at www.kingracing.com.

Michel Tooren and the Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team have published a of the NitrOlympX which you can check out by clicking here (Dutch-language PDF).


The King returns.
31st August: Multiple FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion and record holder Andy Carter has been invited to next week's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway to participate in a Meet and Greet celebrating SPR's fiftieth anniversary. Andy is one of a number of high-profile guests at Meet and Greet on the Saturday of the event and is looking forward to his first trip back to Santa Pod since his retirement in 2011.

"The venue holds so many amazing memories for me, and the fans are always at the heart of my recollections", says the King of Europe. "It will be great to see so many old faces and catch up, as well as meeting new fans over the weekend. I will be taking part in the Meet and Greet at 12:00 noon on Saturday and I'm hoping to be able to make my way back on to the start line as I have a few good memories from there. The view down the famous quarter mile will I'm sure stir a few emotions!"


Andy had an incredible record in his twenty nine year career in drag racing but his most impressive achievements were are at the very top of the sport when he spent seventeen years in FIA European Top Fuel Dragster competition. Amongst Andy's achievements when he retired were four-time FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion; European quarter mile ET record holder at 4.572 seconds, a record which will always stand since Top Fuel is now contested over 1000 feet; track record holder at Santa Pod Raceway, Mantorp Park and Shakespeare County Raceway; involvement in the first 300 mph runs in Europe alongside Barry Sheavills; and leading cumulative points scorer in FIA European Top Fuel Dragster between 2007 and 2013 - it took Andy's rivals two seasons after his retirement to catch up on his points tally.

Andy was also a pioneer off the track in bringing some of the biggest names into the sport through his partnership programme. His tireless commitment on all fronts resulted in major partnerships with big brands such as Lucas Oil, B&Q, First National Telecom Services, Wynn's Lubricants, NGK, Go Talk, K&N Filters, Teng Tools, Veidec, Crane Cams and many more. His career was documented in the book Andy Carter - King of Europe and he was a major contributor to the Haynes Top Fuel Dragster Manual. Andy also played a major part in promoting drag racing to as wide an audience as possible with appearances at events all over the UK including a dragster at Autosport International twelve years running. Since his retirement from drag racing, Andy has committed his motorsport energies into helping his son Albert Carter in his own racing career. Albert has already achieved success at the highest level in Karting and is currently racing Spedeworth Junior Rods.

"I genuinely can't wait to see you all at Santa Pod next week", says Andy.


Web site updates.
31st August: Thanks to Marcus Sjödin for letting us know that the official web site of the Top Doorslammer series has been updated with next season's race numbers after the conclusion of the 2016 Championship at Tierp Arena on Sunday. You can take a look at www.topdoorslammer.com.

Leif Larsson.
30th August: We were shocked and very sorry to hear of the death of Swedish Super Street Bike racer Leif Larsson (Left, with crew Lennart Karlsson in 2014) who was killed in an accident on the way home from the weekend's Scandinavian Internationals.

Leif's race career spanned twelve years in Super Comp Bike and Super Street Bike and he also worked with Pro Stock Bike racers Robert, Elvira and Ellsa Karlsson driving their truck to races. He raced at tracks all around Europe and was due to contest next week's FIA / FIM European Finals.

Leif's close friend and crew Jani Ojala writes "Leif was a true gentleman, very kind and always smiling. He was a pleasure to be around. He will be sorely missed by all of us in European drag racing. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. Rest in peace Leif. God bless."

Speedgroup CEO Åsa Kinnemar says "So sad and way too soon for you to leave Leif. I am happy to have had the chance to meet you at the race tracks over the years. RIP. You will always be remembered."

Top Fuel Bike racer Ian King writes on behalf of everyone at King Racing "Our deepest condolences to Ann-Christine, his family and close friends. Godspeed Leif."

Our deepest sympathies to Leif's family and friends. If you would like to send a tribute to Leif then please E-Mail tributes@eurodragster.com.


2016 APIRA Champions.
30th August: Many thanks to our very own Simon for forwarding the list of Champions in the 2016 APIRA Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championships. Congratulations to:

Super Pro ET: Brad Jackson
Pro ET: Ethan Lisle
Sportsman ET: Tig Napier
Super Comp: Andy Williams
Super Street: Leigh Morris
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Caitlin Wilson
Topspeed  Automotive Street Eliminator: Stuart Williams
VW Pro: Carl Goldsmith
VW Sportsman: Ross Chisholm-Brown
Wild Bunch: Bob Hawkins
Outlaw Anglia: Cliff Griffin

Funny Bike: Phil Crossley
Super Street Bike: Steve Venables
Comp Bike: Eddy Smiley
8.50 Bike: Jay Roe
9.50 Bike: Brett Cordelle
Junior Drag Bike: Louis Davies
NAST Supertwin Gas: Robbie Dobbie
ET Bike*: Joe Elliott

*For consistency in the points calculation between the two Clubs, the method of calculation of ET Bike points for the season is that stated in the rulebook under Sportsman Championships rather than that for the ACU UK Drag Bike Championships.

You can check out the full APIRA Championship points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


APIRA Open Sport Nationals results.
30th August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's APIRA Open Sports Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway:

Super Pro ET: Brad Jackson (7.68) 7.759/162.11 def. Bob Doyle (8.58) 8.700/155.98
Pro ET: Ethan Lisle (10.00) 10.163/130.65 def. Brian Huxley (9.40) 9.463/142.78
Sportsman ET: Tig Napier (14.70) 14.665/95.15 def. Andy Dibley (13.65) 13.560/102.53 DQ red
Super Comp: Stuart Doignie 8.933/143.55 def. Andy Williams 8.863/136.92 DQ b/o
Super Street: Leigh Morris 10.911/120.63 def. Dave Cherrett 10.813/84.92 DQ b/o
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Caitlin Wilson (8.71) 8.705/73.05 def. Billy Everitt (7.99) 7.979/80.36
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Stuart Williams 7.809/180.71 def. Gary Gooding 8.000/171.87
VW Pro: Sam Chisholm-Brown (12.25) 12.316/114.47 def. Carl Goldsmith (11.00) 11.228/134.39 DQ red
VW Sportsman: Ross Chisholm-Brown (14.10) 14.270/97.09 def. Luke Stevenson (13.00) 12.989/93.45 DQ b/o
Wild Bunch: Bob Hawkins (6.81) 6.810/197.62 def. Alan Loten (9.25) 9.136/137.76 DQ b/o
Outlaw Anglia: Jed Guy 8.225/167.39 def. Phil Middleton 8.539/158.94

Funny Bike: Phil Crossley 7.285/183.60 def. Allan Davies 7.620/174.10 red
Super Street Bike: Steve Venables 7.396/193.16 def. Graham Balchin 7.446/193.90
Comp Bike: Eddy Smiley 7.889/176.71 def. Martin Walker 8.076/183.46
8.50 Bike: Augy Harrison 8.630/161.98 def. Jay Roe 8.463/146.04 DQ b/o
9.50 Bike: Jonathan Kasziba 10.007/137.35 def. Stacey Reed 9.970/139.63
Junior Drag Bike: Louis Davies (8.28) 8.255/81.37 def. Jack Shook (8.85) 8.661/70.53 DQ b/o
ET Bike / NAST: Wayne Bradley (9.00) 9.467/113.29 def. Fiona Moor (11.45) 11.925/114.18

Congratulations also to VW Pro racer Carl Goldsmith and ET Bike / NAST racer Fiona Moor who won the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award in support of National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children respectively. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for next week's FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored APIRA Open Sport Nationals reports and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Lost, found and urgently sought.
30th August: If you got home from the APIRA Open Sports Nationals and found that you were missing an expensive item from your tool kit then please E-Mail editor@eurodragster.com with details and we will put you in touch with the finder.

UK Super Pro ET racers John and Tom Atkinson urgently require a Barry Grant 280 fuel pump to enable them to compete at the European Finals. The pump must be in good working order. If you can help then please E-Mail kirstie@eurodragster.com.


Scandinavian Internationals curtailed.
29th August: Yesterday's eliminations at the Scandinavian Internationals were curtailed by weather. Most Pro finals had run and Sportsman eliminations were well advanced before persistent rain fell on Tierp Arena leaving the Race Director with no choice but to call the event.

Congratulations to the winners of those finals which were run:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Stig Neergaard 4.1865/458.40 def. Anita Mäkelä 4.7005/255.32
FIA Top Methanol Dragster: Jonny Lagg 8.7590/151.18 bye
FIA Top Methanol Funny Car: Johnny Oksa 6.4171/402.99 def. Ari Pietilä 14.7967/88.55
FIA Pro Stock: Bengt Ljungdahl 6.4942/341.56 def. Jimmy Ålund 7.2459/283.17
Swedish Pro Modified Championship: Anders Nilsson staged, Mats Eriksson no show

EDRS Supertwin: Samu Kemppainen 6.5588/326.68 bye, Hans Olav Olstad did not start
EDRS Pro Stock Motorcycle: Kalle Lyrén 6.9840/307.68 def. Fredrik Fredlund 7.0534/304.91
EDRS Super Street Bike: Björn Friström 7.5694/308.57 def. Jani Kumpulainen 7.6896/292.37

Congratulations also to Bengt Ljungdahl who subject to official ratification set a new FIA European Pro Stock ET record of 6.491 seconds, and to the Champions in the EDRS Pro Motorcycle classes:

EDRS Top Fuel Motorcycle: Thomas Pettersson
EDRS Supertwin Motorcycle: Samu Kemppainen
EDRS Pro Stock Motorcycle: Kalle Lyrén
EDRS Super Street Bike: Henri Kolehmainen

You can check out the EDRS Pro Motorcycle points (PDF format) by
clicking here.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Scandinavian Internationals live report and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Many thanks to Åsa Kinnemar for forwarding us the post-Scandinavian Internationals points standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. You can check out the FIA points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. According to our calculations Johnny Oksa has a sufficient points lead over Ari Pietilä to have won the 2016 FIA European Top Methanol Funny Car Championship so congratulations to Johnny.


Swift snippets.
27th August: UK Super Pro ET racer Mark Flavell is seeking the help of Eurodragster.com readers in locating the Houndog 9 Vega 'Pup' Funny Car body. "This was always my favourite car of the era and if the body still exists somewhere I'd love to find it", says Flav. "I know it changed hands several times and guises. Allan Bates drove it a while as the Warlock FC. In my Super Gas days I saw it at York campaigned by Dave Prior with Lesley driving. I understood that it went to France but I really don't know. Any help with this or an alternative period body would be well-received". if you can help then please E-Mail Flav at
mark@flavellwelding.co.uk or call 07785 226782.

We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today. Please join Kirstie, Simon and Grace in wishing Photographer Julian a very Happy Birthday.


York's Bank Holiday Nostalgia fun.
27th August: York Raceway's National Hot Rod Reunion tomorrow (Sunday) and Monday will be a celebration of the earlier days of hot rodding and drag racing with Championship quarter mile action on both days. Chris Murty writes:

The annual Northern Nostalgia Drag Racing and Hot Rod meet has in a few short years progressed to become the biggest event on the York Raceway calendar. Two days of non-stop drag racing action will be headlined by Robin Read's historic Daimler-powered nitro-burning dragster match racing against Julian Webb's Split Second Jet Dragster. This is set to be an awesome spectacle at York Raceway where you can truly get close to the action. The huge fields of American muscle cars of the American Super Stock Championship will battle it out in two complete Championship rounds over the weekend whilst the dragsters, altereds, hot rods and doorslammers of the PDRC Bracket classes race for their Championship on Monday.

In a new development for 2016, York Raceway will also be running a Comp Altered Shootout. With Ian Lloyd's Gonzo the Great Topolino and the Hot Pursuit Jaguar-powered Model T shoed by Ben Rushforth set to be the main protagonists, the Shootout will be open to all altereds (centre drive, under 130" wheelbase) with or without an MSA tag to join in the nostalgic fun! GSRs and scrutineering apply.

Away from the track, on Sunday we will be holding a Show'n'Shine with some of the North's best hot rods, classics, customs and muscle cars. Monday will be a more down-home affair with our Rust'n'Grime for rat rods and vehicles which show some real patina or are beautifully a little rough around the edges.

The Sunday evening Cacklefest features every available car in the pits making its way to the track to be fired up for ten very special seconds of noise.

Live entertainment for the evening includes live music and burlesque shows.

If you would like to be a part of the event or would like to know more check out the York Raceway Facebook page or drop me an E-Mail at info@yorkraceway.org.uk.


Open Sport Nationals racer update III.
26th August: Thanks to APIRA Race Director Tony Smith for letting us know that Super Gas has been cancelled at this weekend's Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. An amended provisional running order is now available and can be checked out by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

Event entry update.
26th August: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 24th-25th September and which is the final round of the UK National Drag Racing Championship in car classes, the final round of Wild Bunch and Volkswagen Drag Racing Club Championships, the final round of the ACU UK Top Fuel Bike Championship, and the penultimate round of the other ACU UK Drag Bike Championships and UK National Drag Racing Championships in bike classes. You can check out the UK National Finals entry list by clicking here.

UK National Finals entry at standard rate closes on Friday of next week, 2nd September, after which entry if accepted may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about UK National Finals entry then please contact Ian Marshall at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).


European Top Gas Round 5 summary.
26th August: Many thanks to Herman Jolink for sending us a summary of the action in Euro Serie Super Twin Top Gas at last weekend's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim, the fifth round of the Series.

Qualifying
  1. Schack DK 7.560-278 kmh
  2. Albers D 7.682-273 kmh
  3. Pinet F 8.168-259 kmh
  4. Caspari D 8.443-249 kmh
  5. van Nimmen B 8.783-240 kmh
  6. Jolink NL 8.813-229 kmh leaking seal oil on the dry clutch
  7. Lymant D 8.875-268 kmh
  8. Abraham F 8.985-214 kmh
  9. Dalla-Vecchia F 9.223-228 kmh
  10. Menzi CH 9.363-175 kmh
  11. Birch Andersen DK 9.886-203 kmh with the wrong fuel
  12. Bruhn D 99.920-22 kmh
  13. Buhler CH 10.055-219 kmh
  14. T v d Berg NL 10.187-210 kmh
  15. Waterschoot B 10.455-194 kmh
  16. I v d Berg NL 11.951-199 kmh
There was no qualifying on Saturday because of rain.


Eliminations

E1: Schack 7.507-279 kmh beat Abraham 8.789-194 kmh; Caspari 8.441-245 kmh beat v Nimmen 8.633-246 kmh (new PB for v Nimmen); Albers 7.555-284 kmh beat Lymant 8.670-262 kmh; Pinet 8.112-267 kmh beat Jolink 8.758-252 kmh (Team Jolink put too large main jets in the in the reserve Ducati 999 RS 1214).

Semi-finals: Schack 7.424-282 kmh beat Caspari 8.303-255 kmh; Pinet 8.560-257 kmh bye after Albers' gearbox broke.

Final: Frederik Schack DK 7.383-290 kmh beat Serge Pinet F 11.560-133 kmh (problems with the gearbox)

Championship Top Five
  1. Schack DK 2470
  2. Jolink NL 1240
  3. Andersen DK 1190
  4. Caspari D 790
  5. Lymant D 690
The final round of the Series takes place at next weekend's Mosten Race Days at Orsted in Denmark.


Bonneville, and no joke.
26th August: At last year's British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Ron Hope of Rat Trap Racing announced on stage that Geoff Stilwell of BDRHoF sponsor Beech Underwriting Agencies was going to drive at the 2016 Bonneville Speed Week. At the time Geoff thought that Ron was joking but it turned out that Ron was deadly serious. Geoff writes:

A few E-Mails passed between Ron and I and no, he wasn't joking. This trip came around really very quickly. Firstly I joined the SCTA. Then earlier this year, when I was in the USA for the Bakersfield March Meet, I was taken by Bob Muravez to see the guys at Simpson. One hour later I walked out with the new firesuit, helmet, boots and gloves at the spec required by the SCTA.

So fast forward to this month and after two years of rainouts Speed Week was on. I decided to fly into Las Vegas; it was 38° C when we landed at 8:30 at night and it had cooled down from 40+° the week before. A quick overnight sleep and then a 370 mile drive from Vegas.

Nothing prepares you for the vastness of the flats. We stayed in a small town called Wendover, which is only fifteen mins from the entrance. The pits are located four miles onto the salt which trust me gets everywhere. It sticks to your shoes, your feet are always wet, but it was dry enough for racing and it was in the best shape for years. It was compulsory to wear sunglasses to stop the glare. Daytime temps get into the high thirties, with humidity at nothing more than fifteen per cent. Altitude adjustment two thousand feet above sea level early in the morning going up to seven and a half thousand feet by mid-afternoon.

TV crews from CNN, Fox News, NBC, French TV, Japanese TV all descended on the salt for the week.

This year there were over four hundred entries, with Danny Thompson and the Speed Demon team streamliners plus Hall of Fame member Carl Olson in the Kuhl, Olson and Bowman Blown Fuel Roadster. The range of cars was mind-blowing as was the age of the drivers: many racers where in their late seventies and still going for that record run.

On day one we set up and checked the cars. On day two we got the cars through tech plus I had to do a bail-out fully suited up and go through rookie induction. Prior to tech and bailout Chris of the team spent ages teaching me about the Dodge I was about to drive. Medical forms all had to be completed then it was off to the rookie course. Bearing in mind that Speed Week had been rained off for the past two years the queues to run where horrendous: three to four hours to make a pass. By the time I got to run it was the middle of the afternoon and so hot. 97° F.

I was strapped in when about three cars back and awaited my turn. You are constantly reminded about safety and what to do. The starters checked everything and made sure that I was OK to run. Started the engine and I was on my way. Ron instructed me to drive the Dodge up to the rev limiter and hold it in fourth gear. My first pass was 122 mph which was good enough to get my basic licence. I collected my timing slip which had to be signed by the Chief Starters. Then I managed to get another run. We discovered a minor problem with the turbo but Brian Hope had decided that I could drive his pride and joy, 7551. But firstly I had to go to Tech and redo my bail out and prove to them that I knew what I was doing. It was eventually my turn to run.

Pulling round Brian instructed me to shift to high at 5000 rpm and then hold the revs at around 4500 through the markers. That got me a 149 mph ticket. When they arrived to tow me back Brian said "Do you want another go right now?". Stupid question! Of course I did. A short wait to let the motor cool then I was strapped in and got the signal to start the engine. This time I was instructed to shift into high gear at 5500 and hold that through the timers then to use the chute after I went through the two mile marker.

I knew that car was faster but when the guys came to pick me up they had glum faces. "165" they said... then started laughing. I had been through the timers at 180.173 mph. I could not believe it. I knew it was fast but that surprised me. The Chief Starter who signed my ticket was thrilled for me, and I had earnt my B class licence. We ran out of time as Ron had to be in Germany and Brian had to be in Canada, so not quite two hundred but close and I have every intention of getting my 200 mph badge.

If anyone thinks that running on the salt is easy, think again. We had to be up at 5:00 am to be at the course by 6:00 am then get the car in line to run by 7:00 am, then not finishing until 7:00 pm. It's a punishing schedule and it is for a week.

I cannot thank Ron and Brian Hope for letting me do this as well as all the team, especially Stu and Josh Bassett, Chris Tomin and Keith for getting me through tech, being patient with me and helping me to get my licences. I have come back with an acute case of Salt Fever, which Carl Olson tells me is incurable.


Web site updates.
26th August: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with galleries from the Mopar EuroNationals including sequences of Pete Youhill's Save of the Year and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson's attempt at same two days later. You can check out Mad's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.

Dick Parnham has also updated his Flickr site with more 1970s pictures including drag bikes, Don Schumacher's Stardust Funny Car, and Don Garlits in the pits at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at Dick's latest update at www.flickr.com/photos/dickparnhamdragracing.


Open Sport Nationals racer update II.
25th August: Thanks to Julie Willcox for stepping up to the plate for an unwell Jerry Cookson to send us the latest upates for this weekend's APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway.

Version 4 of the official entry list is now available and can be checked out by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Saturday's, Sunday's and Monday's provisional running orders are also now available and can also be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

The weekend's pit plan can be checked out by clicking here.

If you have any queries about the APIRA Open Sport Nationals then please contact the Raceway office at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com or between 09:00 and 17:00 call 01789 720180 for general enquiries or for racer entry, payments and advance tickets please call 01789 414119 (outside the UK +44 1789 720180 / 414119).

Our best wishes to our good buddy Jerry for a rapid recovery.


An important win.
25th August: After a five-week break it was time for race number four in the FIA European Pro Stock Championship, the NitrOlympx at the Hockenheimring, Germany. The race surface was better than ever and made for good performances and racing.

The Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing team ran quick and fast during qualifying, ending up as number one qualifier. On race day Jimmy showed why he is the points leader. Consistency and quick ETs make for event victories and Jimmy did well on both counts. The spread of his ETs during eliminations was only 0.006 seconds and he also reset the track speed record with a strong run of 341.39 kmh (212.12 mph).

"I'd like to thank the track crew for giving us such a good and solid track" says Jimmy. "We qualified at the top and then we ran about as consistent as we ever have in eliminations and that paid off".

In the final, Jimmy went up against Bengt Ljungdahl who had recorded the quickest time of the event during the quarter finals. Jimmy won the race and thus the event with a slower time but a better reaction, crossing the finish line 0.04 seconds in front of Bengt. "The competition is fierce to say the least and the final was very important for the points chase with only two races left", says Jimmy. "We went up against the quickest car of the weekend and although I was not a killer on the tree it was enough this time. Lots of hard work all weekend and we are obviously very happy with the result."

The Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing team left Hockenheim at the top of the points table, extending their lead over Bengt to fifty two points. The next Championship race is at Tierp Arena, Sweden, this weekend making for a hectic race schedule. Jimmy arrived home on Tuesday and the team leaves for Tierp Arena today.

Jimmy wishes to express his gratitude to his sponsors: Hockenheim event sponsor Exclusive Cars, Summit Racing, Viking Industrimålning, Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, Tradepac, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, CFM, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuels, and X Parts.


Swift snippets.
25th August: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 8th-11th September. You can check out the European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about FIA / FIM European Final entry then please contact Ian Marshall at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).

Web site updates.
25th August: Liam Lodge has updated his European Drag Racing Blog with some thoughts on Nostalgia events recetly attended. You can check out Liam's Blog at liam66europeandragracing.wordpress.com.

Bench Racing line-up confirmed.
24th August: Beech Underwriting Agencies, major sponsorship partner of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, have announced that tickets are going quickly for the Bench Racing session, to be held between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturday 19th November at the Atlantic Suite of the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow Airport.

Beech Underwriting Agencies' managing director Geoff Stilwell said "There has been tremendous demand and there are not many places left. We have over fifty already reserved out of a capacity of one hundred, so potential attendees need to get in touch as soon as possible to make sure that they have a seat."

Last year's Bench Racing session was a major feature of the day of the BDRHoF Gala Dinner with many of the personalities present telling their stories and anecdotes as well as their current views on the sport. This year's fantastic line-up is bound to move the session to a new level. The official list of panel members of the Bench Racing session is:

From Great Britain
Dennis Priddle – 'Mr Six', Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car legend

From USA Reunited for the first time since 1973's Santa Pod Raceway "Funny Car Summer":
Don Schumacher – former Funny Car star, now NHRA's premier team owner
and
Paula Murphy – 'Miss STP', Funny Car star and round-the-world driver
Carl Olson – former Top Fuel star; ex-NHRA Vice President; founding President, FIA Drag Racing Commission
Graham Light – NHRA Senior Vice-President, Racing Operations; President, FIA Drag Racing Commission
Harry Hibler – former publisher, Hot Rod Magazine and other Petersen publications
'Waterbed' Fred Miller – Co-Crew Chief, Raymond Beadle's Blue Max Funny Car
Bob Muravez – alias 'Floyd Lippencotte Jr', renowned driver of John Peters' Freight Train twin-engined Top Gas Dragster
Ron Hope – owner/driver, Rat Trap Fuel Altered
Tony Thacker – ex-Editor, Custom Car magazine; former Director, NHRA Motorsports Museum

The Bench Racing session will be hosted by Bob McClurg, distinguished US drag racing photo-journalist and author.

The BDRHoF is offering the press the opportunity for individual interviews with panel members during the morning of 19th November, before the Bench Racing session. There will also be a unique chance to mix with legends socially before, during and after the Gala Dinner being held on the same evening.

You can register and reserve your place for the BDRHoF Bench Racing session by E-Mailing geoff@beechunderwriting.co.uk. Admission will be by ticket only.

Ticket prices for the 2016 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain as last year at £60 per person. Corporate tables of ten are available at £580. More details are available by clicking here. For advance booking of tickets contact stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.


Grimes lands in Sweden.
24th August: Tommy Grimes is set to make his début on the European drag racing scene at this weekend's Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena. Having raced for twenty years, Tommy is best-known for riding the late Ray Price's drag bikes during a ten-year period with a lot of victories under his belt, but now he will contest Supertwin in the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship on Per Bengtsson's parallel twin The Beast.

"I'm really excited", said Tommy after receiving the phone call from Per Bengtsson a couple of weeks ago. "The phone has been absolutely crazy since the news came out, and I'm flattered that so many keep an eye on my career. My last race was in February at the NHRA Carquest Auto Parts Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona, where I rode one of Mike Bahnmaier's bikes. After that race I almost given up thinking about racing at a top level again. But now that Per has given me this opportunity, my blood has really started to pump again! I must say that it's a real honour to be able to ride someone else's bike. My wife told me the other day "You must have made a hell of an impression to get a phone call all the way from Sweden"! I will do my very best to make the Beast team proud.

Tommy arrives at Stockholm Arlanda airport today (Wednesday) and, after a quick tour of Stockholm, will will join the team at the track next day.

The Scandinavian Internationals has a record-breaking entry with 363 teams attending from thirteen different countries. Supertwin has fourteen entrants fighting for an eight-bike ladder.

You can follow the race on here on Eurodragster.com and daily reports and pictures of the EDRS Pro Nordic MC will also be available on Dragracing Europe courtesy of Remco Scheelings.

For more information about The Beast drag bike team, please visit www.bentec.net or search for The Beast dragbike on Facebook.


Queue here for a track record.
24th August: The roads of the Isle of Man may be dedicated to two-wheeled road racing action this week and next as the Classic TT and MGP take place, but those of us who prefer straight line action will not be disappointed as the Pokerstars Drag Fest takes place on the weekend of 3rd-4th September. Ian Merryweather writes:

The event is grass-roots drag racing at its best with the emphasis on having a good time and entertaining the Manx public with something different. The Manx Drag Racing Association, in partnership with Straightliners, have been running this event since 2010 with many of the UK teams making the trip over in previous years.


In previous years Mark Flavell, Andy Fadster, Pel Norman, Ben Rushforth, Spencer and Jean Tidswell and the Patvan racing teams have thoroughly enjoyed racing on the Island much to the appreciation of the Manxies. This year Mark Flavell, Spencer Tidswell and Ben Rushforth are returning along with the current Supercharged Outlaws champion Paul Watts. All are out to crack the track record which is currently held by Mark Flavell at 9.41 seconds. To throw a spanner in the works, Julian Webb is also booked on the ferry with the Split Second Jet Dragster, so if track records are going to be broken then our money is on Julian although this has to be the equivalent of a Russia athlete so may not be eligible (Ian's thought - Ed).

The locals are not to be underestimated either with Malcolm Forbes along his Small Block Chevy slingshot dragster and Ian Merryweather with his 392 Hemi Topolino Banzai. It all makes for a cracking weekends racing, and it's free to all spectators! So why not get on the ferry and head up to Jurby Airfield, Isle of Man. For more check out the Manx Drag Racing Association web site at www.manxdragracing.com or search Pokerstars Drag Fest on Facebook.


APIRA Championship outcomes.
24th August: This coming weekend's APIRA Open Sport Nationals is the final round in the APIRA Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship held at Shakespeare County Raceway. There is a healthy entry and Championship trophies to be decided upon. So it's time to review the contenders, with the caveat that there may yet be a further version of the entry list. Simon, who as well as doing a bang-up job on Eurodragster.com is also APIRA Championship Co-ordinator, writes:

In Super Pro ET Chris Parker in the Windscreen Wizards dragster run by Nick Good Motorsport is leading and he is followed by Eurodragster.com sponsor Peter Walters 90 points behind, Jack Brewster a further 30 points back and Peter Lane another 20 back. There are up to 790 points available plus 100 points for attending all rounds. In Pro ET, Paul Baynton is in the points lead followed by Geoff Cowley 10 points back, Leigh Morris a further 10 back and James Forster another 10 back. There are up to 800 points available. Sportsman ET has an entry of 10 so far and Elaine Hancock has a 60 point margin over second-placed Alan Medley. Ricky Hale is a further 20 points behind and Jemma Hale 10 points in arrears.

Super Comp is a shootout between points leader Paul Brown, Andy Williams 30 points further back, and Conrad Stanley 120 points adrift. Stuart Doignie is also entered but Paul Hudson is still nursing a broken car after his incident at the Main Event. There are up to 480 points available. Super Gas was not contested at the Springspeed Nationals despite two cars being entered, and there is also only one entered for the Open Sport Nationals, so unless more vehicles are entered it looks as though this class will be void. Super Street looks like a straight contest between Dave Cherrett and Leigh Morris who is 60 points in arrears, as these are the only two entered so far.

Lucas Oil Junior Dragster has a field of eighteen which means up to 920 points available. Lottie Bradford is 50 points ahead of Holley Marshall who is in turn 20 points ahead of Aaron Fensome.

Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator is headed by Matt Smith who is 60 points ahead of Alan Williamson who is 10 points ahead of Martin Smith in the Bentley, and Stuart Williams is a further 10 points back.

Outlaw Anglia is led by multi-time champion winning Cliff Griffin who is fifty points ahead of Mat Cooper, and Mat is 10 points ahead of Phil Middleton. Five cars are entered. The Wild Bunch is headed by Phil James in the Rampage Funny Car, who has a 50 point lead over Dan Sharp in the Austin Ruby. Dan has a 10 point advantage over Bob Hawkins who has a 50 point lead over fourth placed Alan Loten.

VW Pro has an entry of eight so far and Carl Goldsmith has a 60 point lead over Sam Young, who has a 20 point lead over Paul Herbert. VW Sportsman with an entry of thirteen is led by Dave Lea who has a 60 point advantage over Ryan McGrath. Ryan has a 20 point lead over Adrian Solly who has a 20 point lead over Russell Weir.

Funny Bike is led by Phil Crossley who has a 60 point lead over Eric Richard and Allan Davies is a further 10 points back. Eric is not yet entered in the field of five bikes. 400 points are available plus record bonuses (100 for each of ET and Speed). Comp Bike has an eight bike field and Mick Winyard has a 10 point advantage over Eddie Smiley who in turn has a 5 point lead over Mark Hope. Kevin Osman in fourth is thirty points further back. There are up to 430 points available. Super Street Bike has an entry of five with Steve Venables 10 points ahead of Nigel Barker who is another 45 points ahead of Graham Balchin.

8.50 Bike has four bikes so far, with Andy Haley 70 points ahead of Dave Thomas and Jay Roe another 10 points further back. 9.50 Bike has five bikes so far and Brett Cordelle has a lead of 150 points over Rick Sawatzki; the Championship will most likely be one of these two with 480 points available. NAST Supertwin Gas is led by Robbie Dobbie who is 10 points ahead of Alfie Udall. Alfie is the only entry so far; if no further bikes are entered then the Championship will default to Robbie. ET Bike, which has a points series for the first time this year, is led by Joe Elliott who has an advantage over Wayne Bradley of 280 points with Peter Austin a further 110 points back. With eleven bikes entered, Joe is looking reasonable for the Championship.

Finally, Junior Drag Bike has five entries and Louis Davies has an advantage over Liam Holgate of 10 points with Blade Dummmer anoher 30 points in arrears and Jordan Kenway a further 10 points back.


Swift snippets.
24th August: Brian Burrows writes that racers wishing to test cars before the FIA / FIM European Finals are welcome to attend VW Action at Santa Pod Raceway the weekend before the event, saturday-Sunday 3rd-4th September. "Sunday 4th is a Peak Performance Day, but VW Action are happy to have Pro cars test during Saturday's RWYB sessions which include an evening session", says Brian. "The event is a great family weekend in its own right. Any racers wishing to attend should please contact NAS Events at nasevents@orange.fr or call 01279 725252 (outside the UK +44 1279 725252)". More about VW Action at www.vwaction.com.

Further to last Thursday's Lucas Oil Products-sponsored Feature with Graham Warley's inside story of Peter Crane's five-second pass, Antony Billinton of G Max Research calculates that removing one gallon of 89% nitro from a seven-gallon tank and replacing it with one gallon of 100% nitro would make the final percentage in the tank very close to 90.5%.

Further to yesterday's news item about this weekend's Nitro v Avgas match race between Robin Read's blown-nitro Daimler-powered dragster and Julian Webb's Split Second Jet Dragster, Ian Hart got in touch to let us know that Mark Fairhurst's Super Comp dragster was pitted against the Vampire Jet Dragster at Santa Pod Raceway as part of a feature in Autocar magazine in 2001.


Fuse for the Finals.
24th August: Steve Clark writes that Eurodragster.com sponsor Nimbus Motorsport currently hold good stocks of Fuse Unleaded Race Fuel which is available for the FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

These fuels are being used in many FIA / FIM classes in which unleaded fuels are required. This includes the unique Fuse HF125 which was designed specifically for the big-inch nitrous motors used in Pro Modified. We also have available from Fuse their E85R, created from the purest grade chemical ethanols and racing gasoline and also containing a corrosion inhibitor package for additional component protection.

To discuss your requirements and delivery please E-Mail Nimbus Motorsport at sales@nimbusmotorsport.com or call on our new number 01759 322100 (outside the UK +44 1759 322100); our old number will also be operational for the next few months.


Open Sport Nationals Perfect Awards.
21st July: This weekend's APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway is the latest event in the 2016 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £125 is on offer for perfect performance.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at the Mopar EuroNationals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £100 for the FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the FIA / FIM European Finals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available from the Signing On office.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has been reset to £50 after it was won by Sportsman ET racer Elaine Hancock at Bug Jam. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend during qualifying or eliminations in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), the Wild Bunch, VW Pro, VW Sportsman, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike / NAST and Junior Drag Bike, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the FIA / FIM European Finals. The Perfect ET Award is presented by Derek and Fiona Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV in support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; you can donate to the NSPCC at www.nspcc.org.uk.

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry Eurodragster.com / NSPCC decals (right), one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull this weekend's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals when the run is made then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to record a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Eurodragster.com / NSPCC decals will be available from the Signing On office first thing tomorrow (Friday) morning.


Event Coverage at the double.
24th August: Eurodragster.com will be posting live coverage of two events this weekend in association with John Woolfe Racing.

Tog, Julian and Grace will be at Tierp Arena to cover the Scandinavian Internationals, which commences tomorrow (Thursday). Our coverage will consist of real-time reports and results on the on-track action throughout each day and a photo gallery at the end of each day. There will be no pit notes as Simon will be at Shakespeare County Raceway (see below). As full qualifying standings and ladders will be posted on-line courtesy of Time-Tree we will be using the popular split-screen format for our reports; we will post commentaries of Sportsman qualifying sessions and then round winners in Sportsman eliminations but we will of course continue to post the full reports and results in Pro classes. We will post a direct Home Page link to our coverage when it commences tomorrow, but in the meantime you can check out our Scandinavian Internationals event index, which includes a link to the official entry list, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Simon will be at Shakespeare County Raceway to cover the APIRA Open Sport Nationals, which commences on Saturday. The coverage will consist of regularly-updated reports and results on the on-track action (manual reporting so top five qualifiers during the day) and a photo gallery at the end of each day. Eurodragster.com Photographer Kirstie is racing in Sportsman ET the event (Good luck and stay safe Kirstie - Tog, Simon, Julian and Grace) so Callum Pudge has kindly agreed to supply pictures for our coverage this weekend. Again we will post a direct Home Page link to our coverage when it commences on Saturday, but in the meantime you can check out our APIRA Open Sport Nationals event index, which includes a link to the official entry list, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Neither the Scandinavian Internationals nor the APIRA Open Sport Nationals are scheduled to be webcast.

Please remember that neither Eurodragster.com nor our sponsors look kindly upon reports, results or pictures being stolen from our Event Coverage and posted on Facebook or elsewhere. Links and shares: fine. Anything else: not fine. If in doubt then please enquire at editor@eurodragster.com.


Open Sport Nationals racer update.
23rd August: Many thanks to Jerry Cookson for passing us details of the arrangements for this weekend's APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway:

Version 3 of the official entry list is now available and can be checked out by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. The final version of the entry list will be posted on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Racer tickets, final instructions, vehicle passes and scrutineering slips have now been sent out to every racer who submitted their entries before the close of play last Friday. Anyone who has submitted their entry since last Friday will be able to collect their tickets on arrival at the main gate. If any crew member arrives before their racer then they must either notify the track beforehand or wait to gain entry until their driver or rider arrives at the track.

Entry to the pits will commence at 12:00 midday this Friday. If racers wish to arrive on Friday morning, before the pit gate opens, then they are more than welcome to park up and wait. Please note that pit marshals will escort all racers to their designated pit, so please be patient if a queue develops on the entrance road into the pits. Anyone who pits incorrectly will be politely asked to move to their allocated pit space. Please note that Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator will now be pitted in the main pit area and not behind the wall as in previous occasions. VW classes' pitting will remain the same. A pit plan will be published on Wednesday or Thursday.

Scrutineering will commence for both cars and bikes at approximately 17:00 on Friday. Scrutineering will resume at 08:00 on Saturday.

Saturday's running order will be posted here on Eurodragster.com later this week. Copies will be available in the Signing On office which will be open between 18:00 and 20:00-21:00 on Friday.

Shakespeare County Raceway would also like to remind everyone of safety requirements in the Staging and Fire Up lanes. No crew members under the age of seventeen may enter these areas. Under-age Junior crew members can still watch their respective teams race from the grandstands. The grandstands can be accessed from the top of the lanes by the Signing On office. We understand that this may upset some of the Junior crews, however your safety is paramount and must be considered at all times. These rules obviously do not apply to under-seventeens who are riding or driving a race vehicle which is in the pairing lanes (for which you must be a holder of an MSA / ACU licence or be participating in observed runs). All children remain the responsibility of their parent or guardian at all times. Thank you for your co-operation.

If you have any queries about the APIRA Open Sport Nationals then please contact the Raceway office at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com or between 09:00 and 17:00 call 01789 720180 for general enquiries or for racer entry, payments and advance tickets please call 01789 414119 (outside the UK +44 1789 720180 / 414119).


Nitro v Avgas.
23rd August: The UK's Robin Read will take part in a unique match race when he takes his blown-nitro Daimler V8-powered dragster to the National Hot Rod Reunion at York Raceway this Sunday and Monday:

It's always good to support York Raceway, England's only track in the north. There had been some discussion about my runs and there were a few suggestions. One of which was that I could run against Julian Webb in the Split Second Jet Dragster.


I didn't have any objection in principle so long as it was over the eigith mile. I've observed Julian to be a skilled and intelligent driver. After a phone call he felt the say way as I did, that it would be a very interesting match up. I do know that piston-engined cars running against jet cars is an incredibly rare thing in Europe and the UK and maybe even in the world. To my knowledge, and according to Google, the last time this happened in the UK was a Funny Car against the Scorpion Jet Dragster in the early 1980s, unless Eurodragster.com readers know differently?

The stage is set! If anybody wants to see the world's quickest British-engined car run heads-up against Jet Dragster then the National Hot Rod Reunion at York Raceway is the place to be this weekend.


European Finals racer VIP offer.
23rd August: Nicola Hart writes that Santa Pod Raceway are again offering racers a special deal for VIP hospitality for their sponsors and supporters on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the FIA / FIM European Finals:

Your guests can enjoy balcony viewing from one of our exclusive mid-track hospitality suites conveniently located near the race paddock. The ticket includes day admission, refreshments throughout the day, complimentary programme, ear plugs, and use of the VIP shuttle bus service.

These VIP tickets are available for the Friday, Saturday and Sunnday of the event are on sale now on a first-come first-served basis. Adult tickets are £45 and child tickets £22.50. To book your tickets, or if you have any queries, then please call us on 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828). Tickets can be collected on arrival and proof of race entry must be provided.


Records and stats updated.
23rd August: Many thanks to Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe for forwarding us a new table of European and UK Bests now including the European record set by Garry Bowe at the NitrOlympX. You can take a look at the table by clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks also to Marrs for sending us an updated version of his 'Spreadsheetosauruses' showing qualifying positions, results and round wins for all FIA Championship events after the NitrOlympX. Marrs' tables are available on the Champions' Champions page which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


NitrOlympX results.
22nd August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Anita Mäkelä 4.550/351.78 def. Micke Kågered 5.249/235.51
FIA Top Methanol Dragster: Timo Habermann 5.316/435.30 bye
FIA Top Methanol Funny Car: Johnny Oksa 5.886/362.34 def. Ari Pietilä 6.345/261.82 DQ
FIA Pro Modified: Johan Lindberg 6.056/357.98 def. Marck Harteveld 6.120/372.27
FIA Pro Stock: Jimmy Ålund 6.575/339.94 def. Bengt Ljungdahl 6.570/331.79

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Rene van den Berg 7.008/227.83 bye, Ian King shut off
FIM Europe Supertwin: Samu Kemppainen 6.512/336.57 def. Martijn de Haas 6.742/341.17
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Gert-Jan Laseur 7.067/302.17 def. Fredrik Fredlund 7.197/299.58
FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup: Garry Bowe no time def. Rick Stubbins 7.793/275.74

Comp Eliminator: Robin Sattler (9.65) 9.050/203.48 def. Stefan Winter (8.32) 7.977/264.17
Super Pro ET: Patrick Dubois (7.17) 7.203/277.29 def. Franz Aschenbrenner (8.38) 8.404/262.86
Pro ET: Gerd Habermann (9.05) 9.246/204.67 def. Laurant Levi (10.65) 13.172/120.06 DQ red light
Super Comp: Eric Mathis 10.057/208.18 def. Kay Erbs 9.403/230.10 DQ deep stage
Super Gas: Collin Morrice 9.881/241.69 def. Stevan Reffelrath 9.857/9.881 DQ breakout
Junior Dragster: Leon Weikum (8.80) 8.818/117.84 def. Caitlin Wilson (8.77) 8.732/116.93 DQ breakout

Funny Bike: Kars van den Belt 7.245/313.37 def. Eric Richard 7.307/296.31
Supertwin Top Gas: Fredrik Schack 7.383/290.06 def. Serge Pinet 11.560/133.53

Congratulations to Garry Bowe who subject to official ratification set a new FIM European Super Street Bike Cup speed record of 340.69 kmh / 211.69 mph.

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NitrOlympX live reports, pit notes and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks to Åsa Kinnemar for forwarding us the post-NitrOlympX points standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. You can check out the FIA points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

It was a clean sweep for the Lindberg family this weekend as reigning NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol FC Champion Jonnie Lindberg took the event win at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Jonnie qualified #3 at 5.495/269.13 and beat Annie Whiteley in the final with a storming 5.443/270.54. You can read more on the Lindberg Brothers' web site at www.lindbergbros.com and on Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com.


Tierp Racepak / MSD support.
22nd August: Dick Koster of Eurodragster.com sponsor Post en Dros tells us that he will be providing trackside Racepak and MSD support at this week's Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena.

Dick is flying to Sweden on Thursday and can be found in the Top Doorslammer pit, specifically Mats Brag's trailer. Dick also recommends that you Like the Racepak EU Facebook page for tips and tricks, answers to queries, and details about new items.


Swift snippets.
21st August: Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy future to UK Sportsman ET racer Jemma Hale and Chris Barnes who have become engaged.

Event entry update.
20th August: Many thanks to Jerry Cookson for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 27th-29th August. You can check out the entry list by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about APIRA Open Sport Nationals entry, then please contact the Raceway office at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com call 01789 720180 or 01789 414119 (outside the UK +44 1789 720180 / 414119).

Feature: Inside the first Five.
18th August: Forty years ago, during the Easter of the long, hot Summer of 1976, an event took place at Santa Pod Raceway which still ranks as one of the most significant moments in the history of UK and European drag racing.

For the first time since the Dragfest of 1964 Don Garlits, a legend and then current World Champion, was coming over from the USA to take on the best of the European drag racers, bringing with him his Swamp Rat dragster. Taking him on and trying to defeat this king of the quarter mile was a contingent of primarily UK-based Top Fuel dragsters. Among these, and potentially one of the leading challengers, was Peter Crane and his Stormbringer Pro Fuel rail. Graham Warley was one of the crew on this legendary car, and in the latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products he takes us behind the scenes with his account of the UK and Europe's first five-second pass, a seminal moment in the sport outside the USA.

You can check out Graham's inside story of the First Five by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


European Finals Prizegiving Banquet.
18th August: Trakbak Racing Ltd are pleased to announce that they shall once again be hosting the FIA / FIM European Finals Championship Prizegiving Banquet.

The event is free of charge for the first-, second- and third-placed FIA / FIM Championship racers to celebrate with their teams and collect their trophies. The Prizegiving Banquet will take place in the VIP Hospitality Village; doors will open approximately two hours after the close of racing. A self-service buffet meal and musical entertainment are included.

Each team finishing in the top three Championship positions of the following classes will be given ten wristbands to attend the event:
  • Top Fuel Dragster
  • Nitro Funny Car (Champion only)
  • Top Methanol Dragster
  • Top Methanol Funny Car
  • Pro Stock
  • Pro Mod

  • Pro Stock Bike
  • Super Twin Bike
  • Top Fuel Bike
  • Super Street Bike
All trophies are provided by Trakbak Racing Ltd.

Please note that admittance is strictly by wristband only: due to space and safety restrictions Trakbak Racing Ltd are sadly unable to accommodate more teams than those listed above. Teams unable, or not wishing, to attend the Prizegiving Banquet may donate their tickets to other FIA / FIM Championship teams if they wish.

Trakbak Racing Ltd wish all riders and drivers good luck in the coming rounds of their respective Championships.


Vegter makes his name in Russia.
18th August: In an unforgettable week, the Netherlands' David Vegter and the Vegter Pro Mod Racing team impressed with a runner-up position in the second and third rounds of the Russian Drag Racing Championship on the last two weekends. Remco Scheelings writes:

Both races were at the Autodrom Nizegorodskoye Koltco, a track located four hundred kilometres east of Moscow. "It was a unique adventure", said David Vegter, "not only the races, but everything. Dragtimes did an amazing job, and all the people involved did their very best to make it as comfortable as possible for us". With his performance and presentation, the Dutch drag racer has many fans in Russia now too.

Vegter Pro Mod Racing travelled to Nizhny Novgorod after being invited by Dragtimes, the driving force behind the Russian Drag Racing Championship. The NRIng is a state-of-the-art race track with a fully equipped pits complex whose drag strip is created by extending the straight end of the track on both sides. David in his Pro Modified '67 Camaro had to take part in the Rear Wheel Drive category and had to face competitors such as Andrey Kravchenko in his imported American turbo Nissan, and the two Dodge Vipers of Dmitry Samorukov and Oleg Kondakov.


Due to delays on his journey from Finland, the Vegter Pro Racing Camaro arrived at the track late on the first Saturday afternoon, but Dragtimes adjusted the schedule so that it was still possible for the Dutch drag racer to take part in qualifying. As expected, David had no problems qualifying for eliminations and advanced to the final. But the track at the NRIng was too short for the 3,000 bhp Camaro, forcing David to lift before two hundred metres or the car would have ended up in the gravel trap at the end of the track. Although the Dutch drag racer was way in front at half-track, he had to pull his chutes in the final against Dmitry Samorukov. At the finish line the Russian Viper passed David to take the win by a split second.


One week later the RDRC competitors came back to the NRing for round three of their Championship. After defeating Andrey Kravchenko in the quarter final, David had to face Oleg Kondakov and his nitrous Viper in the final. With a good start, the Vegter Pro Mod Racing Camaro was way in front once again, but David again had to lift otherwise the speed of the car would have resulted in serious problems at the top end of the track. Oleg's win margin was only 0.03 seconds and for the second consecutive race David was a great runner-up. "If you lift a split second late, the speed is too great and you can't stop the Camaro in time",said David. "With less than a week to go to the next race of the FIA European Championship I can't take the risk of any damage". For the second time in one week the Dutchman was treated to a champagne shower on the podium.


David and his team were very impressed by the Russian adventure. "I'm impressed by the way Dragtimes arranged everything", he said. " From the live stream with all the on- and off-track action, and the autograph sessions for the fans, to the catering for the team, everything was great. Even in the time between the races they organised some activities so that we could see something more of the area. There was always an interpreter and someone from Dragtimes with us to answer our questions or to solve possible problems. It takes many hours to get there, but it was worth it and something you will never forget. When you see how Dragtimes tackle everything, don't be surprised to see Russian drag racing making big steps very quickly."


Vegter Pro Mod Racing also have some new fans after the two Russian races. Apart from the power, speed and sound of the Camaro which impressed, some young fans were able to take a seat in the car, and team T-Shirts and Playboy Energy Drink cans were hot items for the Russian drag race fans.

Vegter Pro Mod Racing are supported by Playboy Energy Drink, HKR Techniek, WVB Holland, PedalToTheMetal Musclecar Performance, DutchBoxx Golfkarton and Sonic Equipment.


Web site updates.
18th August: Next week's Scandinavian Internationals is the fourth and final round of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship. Two and a half months after the Championship kicked off at Tierp Arena, the EDRS Pro Nordic MC is back at the state-of-the-art drag racing facility north of Stockholm. Samu Kemppainen (Supertwin), Kalle Lyrén (Pro Stock Motorcycle), Henri Kolehmainen (Super Street Bike) and Rikard Gustafsson (Top Fuel Motorcycle) enter the final round as leaders in their respective categories. Bianca Nilsson is the favourite to become the first EDRS Pro Nordic Super Comp Bike Champion and you don't have to be a fortune-teller to see that Janne Koskinen will be crowned Champion in Super Gas Bike at the Scandinavian Internationals. You can read more courtesy of our good buddy Remco Scheelings on the Drag Racing Europe Blog.

The beat goes on.
17th August: It's time to go racing again after more than a five-week break in the FIA drag racing schedule. It's the fourth round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships, the event is the NitrOlympX, the venue is the Hockenheimring in Germany, and the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing team is looking forward to racing again after a season which has had its ups and downs, although Jimmy is still in the points lead after solid qualifying efforts and one event win.

"The NitrOlympx is always an exciting event and we're looking forward to racing in front of the biggest crowds on the circuit", says Jimmy. "We're more than ready to go and if the conditions are as we expect then we just might break our own tracks record for Elapsed Time and speed, 6.653 seconds and 336.2 km/hour (208.9 mph)".

Longtime sponsor and partner Exclusive Cars has stepped up as the NitrOlympX event sponsor. "That feels good for a number of reasons", says Jimmy. "We've been working with Exclusive Cars for many years now. Together with Summit Racing and the master engine builders at KB Racing I feel that we have what is needed to make this a successful weekend."

Jimmy wants to express his gratitude to his sponsors Summit Racing, Viking Industrimålning, Exclusive Cars, Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, Tradepac, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, CFM, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuels, and X Parts.


RV3 shall go to the ball...
17th August: The UK's Andy Frost has received confirmation that he can race his six-second (So far - Ed) street-legal Vauxhall Victor in the Bahrain Drag Racing Club's 2016-17 race series. Frosty has booked tickets for himself and Red Victor 3 and plans are well advanced:

For a couple of months we have been raising funds on the Red Victor 5 Second Club page, including a huge prize draw and various auctions of RV memorabilia. This was was enough for Frosty to take the decision to go, and we have raised enough to be able to ship and return the car and truck, and to contest the first BDRC meeting on 8th-11th November.

Big thanks to Martin Smith at Coastal Global Logistics Ltd for planning and organising the complete shipping schedule for the trip. His expertise in logistics were just what we were looking for!

We are still raising funds to contest the rest of the BDRC season, and we have set up a public crowdfunding page set up to try to raise get the remaining funds we need. You can find the page at www.igg.me/at/red-victor. If you can donate to help us get the record back then that would be great. If not, then no problem! Just share it around and let others know.

As always this is a team effort, and there are a lot of people to thank when a small team from the UK attempt something on this scale. Thanks to all of our sponsors from around the world including Precision Turbo and Engine, Lamude Racing engines, Steve Morris Engines, Race flow Developments, Kustom Konsulting, ST Consulting, Goodridge UK, Cam Auto Developments, Airservices Hellas, Trackstuff UK / VP Racing fuels, Turbosmart UK, Turbowerx, Zircotec, KA Sensors, Old Hall Performance / Red Line Oil, Pro Torque, Hutch Transmissions, Super Power Unlimited, Total Seal Piston Rings, PE Composites, Pro Alloy Motorsport, Diamond Pistons, Victory Performance, New Century Performance, Protec Fuel Systems, Activ8, Plastics4Performance, Magnecor, Browell Bellhousings, Wilson Manifolds, Powerlite Performance Electrics, Cartek Motorsport Electronics, Precision Shaft Technologies, PTP Turbo Blankets, Prestige Group, Club Calibra.net, and Hard Knock Speed Shop.

Of course none of this would have happened if it hadn't have been for the moral and monetary support from the Red Victor 5 Second Club members, supporters and our own team. A huge thanks to them that we are in this position today.

Finally, thanks to the people who are ably assisting us in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and are making living the dream a whole lot easier.

See you in Bahrain!


Russian Championships Round 3.
17th August: The third and penultimate round of the Russian Drag Racing Championship took place this past weekend at Nizhny Novgorod together with a local "Battle of the Engines ET" contest. Forty or so cars turned out from VAZ 2108s to Lamborghini Huracans and Pro Mods.

Qualifying was cut short on Saturday due to heavy rain. The track was dry by noon on Sunday and the organisers continued qualifying and then eliminations. Mainly due to the weather Dmitry Samorukov's track record of 6.708 seconds, set at last week's race, was not beaten.

In Front Wheel Drive Oksana Yakovleva (Honda Civic), who outran Kirill Morozov (VAZ 2109) and Yana Kholodkovskaya (Honda Civic), became the main contender after the breakage of Artem Demikhov's VAZ 2108. In the final she was 0.6 seconds faster than her opponent Georgy Garakishiev (Mitsubishi Mirage). The second win in a row gave her the Championship lead. "As we expected, everything was great", said Oksana. "I was in a combative mood on my way here. Smoothly, easily, improving the result in every run I achieved my goal and now I am close to winning the Championship. In Grozny we will try to set a record and we will fire on all cylinders. There will be a battle not only with my opponents, but also with myself, because I want my car to be the fastest Honda in Russia. As of now, we have realised only seventy per cent of its potential. We have the extra thirty per cent, and as soon as I stop making mistakes, we will break nine seconds. The only question is in me, but I will do it: I will study and achieve the desired goal. Even now, we are improving our results and being consistent like this is very important for me."

In All Wheel Drive, most competitors faced technical problems. The Mitsubishi Mirage of Yan Bazhenov broke at the start. The Nissan Skyline GT-R of Dmitry Kapustin lost the actuator and the car stopped on the track. The Subaru Impreza of Dmitry Mandrikov suffered a rear suspension failure and lost the rear right wheel – the car was thrown on to the grass just few metres after the start line. In the semi-finals and final there were four different Nissan GT-Rs of Stanislav Lunev, Vladislav Kasheev, Konstantin Katynkin and Dimtry Matveev. The third place went to Lunev, the second to Kasheev, and Dmitry Makeev was the winner. Dmitry said "It's great to win after you lost before: your feelings from the win are even stronger. Last season everybody thought that first places were very easy for me. The previous weekend showed that it's not that easy. Fortunately, this weekend we were stable and fast, we are happy with the car and we will do our best in Grozny. Technically, we have all a chance. I am many points behind my opponents, but it the next round is successful for us I will be able to catch them up."

Rear Wheel Drive is full of very powerful cars this season. Four Pro Mods with over 1000 hp started this weekend. However, such cars can be rather capricious, as happened with the Dodge Viper DT of Dmitry Samorukov. Andrey Kravchenko's Pro Mod took third place in his run. The 1400 hp Dodge Viper DT of Olae Kondakov (Moscow) and 3000hp Chevrolet Camaro SS of David Vegter (Netherlands) met in the final. Oleg was 0.092 seconds quicker than his opponent. "I think I really lucked out, because this is sport, different things happen here" said Oleg. "Mistakes and faults lead to bad luck, while if you do everything well then it leads to a good result – it's normal. That is why I am not overestimating myself, have no euphoria. First of all, my team deserves credit for this result. I've already thanked Andrey Veremeev (CEO of Dragtimes, the organiser of the Russian Drag Racing Championship), because it was his idea to bring one more Pro Mod and it was he who persuaded me to drive the Dodge Viper DT. Thanks to him and to the whole Dragtimes team for the preparation of the car and for all work they've done."

The final round of the Russian Drag Racing Championship will take place in Grozny on the Fortress Groznaya race track.

Our good buddy Remco Scheelings was in Nizhny Novgorod and you can check out his excellent illustrated report at www.autosport.nl.


HoFtalk II released.
17th August: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has published the second issue of its on-line magazine HOFtalk which is designed to facilitate communications with members and supporters of the BDRHoF and which is edited by Simon Groves, member of the BDRHoF Management Board and Eurodragster.com 's very own Pit Reporter.

"There have been many exciting developments for this year's Hall of Fame Gala to be held on 19th November at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow", says Simon. "The guest list is already looking spectacular. The BDRHoF is being showcased at more events around the UK and many members of the Hall of Fame are coming to nostalgia drag racing events such as Dragstalgia and staying in contact with the sport. The new issue of HOFtalk is about celebrating these achievements and honouring those inducted this year: Paula Marshall, Rob Loaring, Bob Keith and Santa Pod Raceway."

HOFtalk is available as a downloadable PDF file by clicking here, or on-screen at www.drceurope.co.uk/hoftalk/issue2.


Web site updates.
17th August: Dick Parnham has as promised updated his Flickr site with 1970s pictures of UK legend Dennis Priddle. You can take a look at Dick's latest update at www.flickr.com/photos/dickparnhamdragracing.

Editor's note.
17th August: News updates may be sporadic over the next few days as we concentrate on covering the NitrOlympX, although if you like your Nostalgia then be sure to tune in to tomorrow's (Thursday's) update as we have something very special lined up for you to keep you going whilst we are travelling. Please do continue to send your news to news@eurodragster.com, though, and we will post it as soon as we are able.

We will of course be able to pick up all E-Mail sent to Eurodragster.com and personal addresses although replies may take longer than usual.

Postings to our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet are suspended until next Tuesday (23rd).


Aidan Kenny's funeral.
16th August: Many thanks to Christopher Kenny for forwarding us the details of Aidan Kenny's funeral.

Aidan's funeral will take place at 12:00 midday on Thursday 1st September at South Bristol Crematorium, Bridgwater Road, Bristol BS13 7AS (
map).

The family would be very pleased if any hot rodders would like to join the procession from their house to the crematorium. Departure time is 11:15 and you can get the address from Christopher by E-Mail to chrispop271@hotmail.co.uk, via Facebook or by phone.

Dress code for the funeral is hot rod or drag racing TShirts, Rockabilly, 1950s or party clothes as Aidan would have wanted.

After the funeral all are welcome to a celebration of Aidan's life at the Bristol Imperial Sports Club, West Town Lane, Bristol BS14 9EA (map).

The family ask that, if you wish, rather than flowers please make a donation in Aidan's name to Macmillan Cancer Relief. You can do this though Thomas Davis Funeral Directors of Sandy Park, Bristol.

"Again we all would like to thank you all for the kind messages, tributes, cards, flowers and phone calls", says Christopher. "It really has helped us all get to through this difficult time knowing that Dad was so very well thought-of."


APIRA Open Sport Nationals update.
16th August: Many thanks to Jerry Cookson for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 27th-29th August. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Jerry tells us that entry is still open and that more list updates will follow.

Tickets, passes and paperwork are now on their way to those racers who enclosed SAEs with their entries. Tickets, passes and paperwork for all others will be held at the gate for collection on arrival. Jerry adds that images taken by camera phones cannot be accepted as official entry forms; those which have been received have been rejected and returned.

Further APIRA Open Sport Nationals racer updates will be published in due course.


Early success at Hockenheim.
15th August: Our good and unfired buddy Markus Münch of
Dragmag.de has reported in from the traditional curtain-raiser to the NitrOlympX, the weekend's Public Race Days at Hockenheim:


First of all, the track. It looks pretty good right now. Of course there will be further track prep throughout the week, but we had a track to race on so it looks very promising for next weekend.


The action included Test and Tune runs for race teams alternating with Run What You Brung sessions. Street bikes, street cars, both in stock as well as hopped-up style. Participants came mainly from Germany but also from Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia and The Netherlands. On Saturday there was a packed house both on-track and in the grandstands.


It's hard to pick something out of the many good performances, but if had to choose one I would nominate name the NitroHunter, Christian Jäger, on Thomas Joswig's Funny Bike. Christian made four or five stout passes, culminating in a new best for the bike of 7.5 seconds. "Christian weighs like thirty kilogrammes less than me, so he managed to squeeze a bit more out of the bike than I have", said Thomas.


So, bring on the NitrOlympX.

You can check out Markus' full Public Race Days gallery at www.dragmag.de.


SPRC office unmanned.
14th August: Ian Marshall has been in touch to let us know that the
Santa Pod Racers Club office will be unmanned until next Monday, 22nd August, whilst he works with the track crew at Hockenheim.

Although the office is unmanned SPRC business is still being transacted. E-Mails, event entries etc are being attended to in the evenings and Ian will return any missed calls when he can.


Habit at home.
14th August: UK Pro ET racers and Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award sponsors Tig and Cath Napier welcomed their beloved Challenger home after its repaint by Bryan of Roberts Motor Bodies. Cath Napier writes:


Bryan delivered her yesterday (Saturday) morning and now Tig has his work cut out to get her ready for the European Finals. There's only all the exterior and interior trim to put on, engine and box to put in, complete rewire, and some general maintenance, updates and fabrication to do... should be a doddle. Bad Habit will be running the last two meetings this year with the 572 ci motor, as the 655 is going to Eric of Northern Speed Engineering for "A good fettling".


The pictures are obviously from Bryan's workshop, so all the chrome and the engine are not installed, but you can see just how stunning the paint job is. The colour is House of Kolor purple with a magenta stripe, and a few little sparkly bits that Bry added, including the name being a bit more in your face than it used to be. We want to say a massive thank you to Bryan of Roberts Motor Bodies for the awesome work he's produced. We thought she looked good before, but now: just WOW.


Swift snippets.
14th August: Many thanks to Palle Lind for forwarding us the points standings in the FIM European Drag Bike Championships after this weekend's FIM European Super Street Bike Cup round at Kunmadaras, which was won by Malta's Shawn Buttigieg. You can check out the FIM points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Further to the above, you can check out qualifying standings and elimination ladders from the Premium Energy Drink Extreme Bike Festival on the Kunmadaras Motorsport web site by clicking here.


RDRC Round 3.
14th August: After one week the Russian Drag Racing Championship returns to the Nizhegorodskoe Ring and you can tune in at www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-8j_O_10xo.

Spectators will see a new round of the battle for time and for the the first place in the Championship in Front Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive. There is the possibility of a new track ET record after Dmitry Samorukov reset it to 6.708 seconds in his 4000hp Dodge Viper DT.

Once again four Pro Mods will compete in RWD. At last week's round, two newcomers lost to their experienced opponents due to different technical problems. During the upcoming weekend, Oleg Kondakov (Dodge Viper DT) and Andrey Kravchenko (Topspeed Promod Outlaw) will try to win and to remove Dmitry Samorukov and David Vegter from the podium.

We will also see an interesting duel between two women in FWD: the Honda Civics of Oksana Yakovleva and Yana Kholodkovskaya often meet on the track. Oksana won the second round but Yana Kholodkovskaya's team promised to prepare her car as well as possible to help her fight for the prize. The real intrigue is in AWD: Championship leader Dmitry Mandrikov (Subaru Impreza) has only three points more than last week's winner Alexey Krivolapov (Nissan Skyline). Stanislav Lunev (Nissan Skyline GT-R Kiwamaru) is not far behind them, just twenty seven points off. But don't forget about the rapid Dmitry Kapustin (Nissan Skyline GT-R) and Vladislav Kasheev (Nissan Skyline GT-R), season débutant, who won fifteen points at his first race last week.

The fight at the Nizhegorodskoe Ring will be even more spectacular than last week because the identities of potential Champions can emerge now. After Nizhny Novgorod the competition will go to Grozny, where the final stage of RDRC will take place at Fortress Groznaya.

There will be also a local "Battle of Engines" ET competition during this weekend's event, in which many noted drivers of the Nizhny Novgorod region will compete with each other.

You can find out more about the Russian Drag Racing Championship at www.rdrc.ru and at www.dragtimes.info.


Swift snippets.
13th August: Robin Jackson writes that the current issue of Motorsport News, dated 10th August, contains a special twenty six-page feature, Motorsport Monsters, dedicated to spectacular and overpowered machinery of the kind which has made motor racing such a compelling attraction over past decades. The feature includes an illustrated article on drag racing's renowned rocket man, Slamin' Sammy Miller, written and photographed by the doyen of historic drag race photo-journalists Keith Lee. It's a minor cavil that the paper's caption writer has mixed up his jets and his rockets, but apart from that the article is a fine read, as one would expect from so distinguished an author. Search hard, and the issue may still be found at good newsagents, price £3.30.

We would like to say a big Happy 50th Birthday to UK Supertwin racer Chris Hannam. Cannon is testing his awesome Supertwin at Santa Pod Raceway today, hopefully to be followed by a visit to the Curry Garden for a prawn cocktail. Have a great day Cannon and stay safe.


Across the lake.
13th August: Geoff Stilwell of
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame sponsor Beech Underwriting has been in touch from Bonneville Speed Week where he is aiming to record 200 mph in one of Ron Hope's cars. Writing at 05:00 local time Geoff said:

We have to be in line by 7:00 am. Yesterday I was doing fully-suited practice bail-outs and getting to know the car.

I'm driving the little 1200 bhp turbo car for my rookie passes so that I get to understand the salt. I have to run between 130 mph and 150 mph on the first pass, then 175 mph, and then it gets serious.

The other big news is that Ron Hope has his twin-turbo car here and they really think that they have a shot at 300 mph to set a new record.

I cannot thank all team enough for their patience, their help and their guidance.

Good luck Geoff and stay safe.


The awesome foursome.
12th August: Santa Pod Raceway are pleased to announce details for the final stop of the US Fuel Altereds' European tour, the FIA / FIM European Finals on 8th-11th September. James Forster writes:

It has been almost a year since Santa Pod Raceway set about bringing these awesome machines to the UK and the European Finals marks the closing chapter of Santa Pod's 50th Anniversary celebrations. After some incredible side-by-sides at Dragstalgia we're overjoyed to be welcoming back Ron Hope and Rat Trap, Randy Bradford and the Bradfords Topolino and Nick Davies in Havoc.


Unfortunately Ramon Van Der Weurf is unable to come back out to play again but fear not, because Tim Garlick has fixed the Apache Firebird after axle damage earlier in the year and will be stepping up to the plate in what promises to be the ultimate UK v USA showdown. At Dragstalgia, the final score was Europe 2, America 2 so it's all to play for. No pressure boys!


You can fid out more about the FIA / FIM European Finals and book your tickets at www.santapod.com.


Swift snippets.
12th August: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 5 of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 8th-11th September. You can check out the European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about FIA / FIM European Final entry then please contact Ian Marshall at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).

Dan Page asked us to wish a big Happy Birthday to UK Super Comp and Super Gas racer Jon Morton. Our pleasure Dan, have a great day Mort.


Tributes to Aidan Kenny.
12th August: We have received the following tributes to the late Aidan Kenny:

Rick and I were very sorry to hear the news of Aidan's passing. We will always remember his smile, his promptness to help anybody at any time, his happy and generous nature. We will always treasure the times we spent drinking and laughing with him at the Pro ET dos or in the pits, always value his sportsmanship and fairness. "A lovely bloke and great drinking buddy" Rick said of him, and this photo says it without words. He will be sadly missed by the whole drag racing community. Our heartfelt condolences to Jan and Chris (Carla Pittau and Rick McCann).

Gutted to hear about Aidan. Will never forget his sportsmanship in the first round at the National Finals all those years ago. Always smiling, always positive, nothing seemed to get him down. Love to Jan and Chris. The pits wont be the same without him and that old Transit van (Keith Herbert)

A true friend and best mate Aid. The Pod and the world of racing won't be the same without you. RIP. We had great times together! (Iffy aka Gerry)

We are so very very sad to hear this news - another great guy from our drag racing community taken away. We will fondly remember our fun Pro ET pit days with Aidan Kenny... a fun, easy going and so very accommodating, true gentleman loved by us all. He even made the journey to Reading on a Saturday night just to celebrate our wedding with us (I literally screamed when I saw his beaming face coming through the door). A top bloke who always looked on the bright side... we will so miss our chats at the Pod. Race in Peace Aidan and love to Jan, Chris, all your family and friends xxx (Pam,Wayne and Samuel Hiscock, Sam Jackson, Andy Hill, Chevyhelle Racing)

So sad today, yet another true gent taken from our community... you will be sadly missed mate. Our condolences go out to his family (Matt Eley)

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Aidan. Like a lot of other people say what a great guy with a big heart and willing to help anyone. When I rolled my Pop in 2009 he offered to travel all the way down to mine in Essex and help weld a complete new roof on the Pop. Top guy, RIP Aidan (Lee Cohen)

If you would like to send your own tribute to Aidan then please E-Mail us at tributes@eurodragster.com.


Grimes keeps Bengtsson's seat warm.
11th August: Tommy Grimes, a sixteen-time NHRA Wally winner and four-time Champion in Nitro Harley, will take over the riding duties of Per Bengtsson's The Beast Supertwin at the Scandinavian Internationals, as the four-time European Champion will not be able to ride himself at Tierp Arena.

Per, owner and rider of The Beast and current speed record holder with 223.70 mph, had to withdraw from the Alastaro and Gardermoen EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship races after suffering a stroke during a business trip in Germany (Ouch, get well soon Per - Ed). After two weeks of treatment at a state-of-the-art hospital in Hamburg Per returned home to Sweden and is now working on the rehab process.

"After some discussions with my wife Christina, who is in charge, and my team members we decided that despite the circumstances we would participate in the Scandinavian Internationals on 25th-28th August", said Per. "We needed a new rider for the race and one who could do The Beast justice. We came down to a few options. On top of the list was one name, Tommy Grimes. I gave him a call and explained the situation, and he said "I will come over"!"

Tommy is best known for riding the late Ray Price's drag bikes for ten years. With Championships and records in twenty race seasons he is one of the quickest drag bike riders of all time.

"We hope to give the race fans and our sponsors a good show at Tierp Arena", said Per. "Tommy's experience together with the knowledge of our team members, and the support from our longtime sponsors will guarantee an exciting weekend, and I don't mind seeing some records fall even if I am standing by the side of the track. I'll just have to repeat the performance when I'm back next year! The team and I are looking forward to see you all at Tierp Arena."

Special thanks go to Red Line Oil Scandinavia, Brammer, Liqui Moly, Autoexperten Växjö, Fanhultstvätten Älmhult, Bilservice I Åseda , Bentec Engineering, Rävemåla Bilservice , MarineDiesel Sweden, Swedcut, Per Andersens Restauranger, Bengtssons Sågverk AB, Flexoart, Ulvsgården AB and Persåkers Speed Shop.

For more information please visit the team's web site at www.bentec.net or their Facebook page at The Beast Dragbike.


Jäger keeps Joswig's seat warm.
11th August: From German Funny Bike racer Thomas Joswig comes news of another rider substitution as Supertwin racer Christian Jäger will take the seat of Thomas' bike at Hockenheim this weekend and next.

Thomas was a no-show at the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway in June but what we didn't know at the time was that Thomas' non-appearance was due to a heart attack a few days before the event (Get well soon Thomas - Ed). Thomas tells us that he is in good shape and that will he will coach Christian on his return to Funny Bike.

"The bike is ready and I don't want to let it sit in a dark garage for the remainder of the season", Thomas told Eurodragstercom. "Hockenheim is my home track and I desperately want to participate there."

The Funnybike.de / Nitrohunter.com team's first outing will be during the Dragster Test and Tune sessions at this weekend's Public Race Weekend at Hockenheim where they will work on a good set-up for next week's Nitrolympx.


Swift snippets.
11th August: Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the UK's Aidan Kenny who died on Tuesday night after a short illness. Cheerful, down-to-earth and popular in the pits, Aidan was a proud member of the legendary Bristol contingent and raced in several classes including Outlaw Anglia, Pro ET, Super Street and Sportsman ET. He will be sadly missed and not forgotten. If you would like to send a tribute to Aidan then please E-Mail us at tributes@eurodragster.com.

The first of two rounds on consecutive weekends of the FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup takes place at Kunmadaras in Hungary this weekend. Qualifying commences tomorrow (Friday) and you can find out more about SSB and all other classes running, and keep up with results, on the Kunmadaras Motorsport web site at www.kunmadarasmotorsport.hu.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe for sending us the official timing data from the Mopar EuroNationals and Ultimate Street Car. You can check out the Mopars and USC timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Web site updates.
11th August: Thanks to Robin Jackson for letting us know that a report of Round 4 of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship, which took place at the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway, is now available on the Championship's official web site at www.msadragracing.co.uk.

Mother Nature is not always as co-operative as you would like when you have something to celebrate. Rain played far too important a role in the opening of the new Gardermoen Raceway. Not only was the official part of the ceremony disturbed by rain, but round three of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship was also cut short to one qualifying round on Friday and one on Saturday before rain also brought an early end after one round of eliminations. You can read more courtesy of Remco Scheelings on the Drag Racing Europe Blog.

Paul Lister has updated his Dragcar Anon web site with pictures from Dragstalgia. You can check out Paul's pictures at www.dragcaranon.co.uk.


Swift snippets.
10th August: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 3 of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 8th-11th September. You can check out the European Finals entry list by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about FIA / FIM European Final entry then please contact Ian Marshall at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).

Mark Cook-Abbott and the Tominator Junior Dragster team asked us to say a big Happy 16th Birthday for today (Wednesday) to tyre tech and team member responsible for driver safety Charlotte Cook-Abbott. Our pleasure Mark, have a lovely day Charlotte. Mark adds Good Luck to Charlotte and to all of those Juniors who get GSCE results on 25th of this month.


Payback at the Mopars.
9th August: UK Pro Modified racer Bert Englefield and the BA Racing team came to the Mopar EuroNationals on the back of a disappointing SPRC Summernationals at which a problem with the two-step caused the motor to cut out. But things turned right round for BA Racing this time out:

We knew that we would have to be aggressive from the start if we were to catch up with Andy Robinson in the points. Our plan was to make a half pass on Friday to see what the track could hold, and the data we got from that run showed that Ian Marshall and the SPRC track crew had done an excellent job. For the first qualifier on Saturday we put in our Main Event tune-up and to our suprise the old Hot Rod ran a 0.972 sixty foot, 4.02 at the eighth and 6.203 at the quarter to give us the number one spot.

Back in the pits the Racepak data showed that the clutch had never really fully locked up in top gear. We missed the second session feeling that we couldn't improve but decided to do the last session when the track had cooled down a bit. This gave us a 6.284 and we ended up third.

On Sunday we decided to calm it down a little as we didn't have the power to outrun Michel Tooren or Andy Robinson. The first round against Wayne Nicholson was a repeat match from the Summernationals only this time the car didn't let us down and we won with a 6.24. Although the crew were worried the driver would let them down the semi-final against Roger Moore was going to going to be tricky as he always runs as hard as he can and will never hand it to you on a plate. Roger ran an excellent 6.39 but we had the extra power for the win.

The final was to be against the Pro Dutch guys who had been running fast all weekend, but as is often the case with finals it didn't live up to expectations. Michel redlit and our 6.28 gave us the win, and kept us in the title chase. With a few updates due for the European Finals hopefully we can squeeze a six-teen out of the old Hot Rod.


Swift snippets.
9th August: We have two birthdays today. First up a very Happy Birthday to UK Fuel legend Gary Page; have a great day Gary. On behalf of the whole family and the Leverich Racing team Aidan Heatley Smith asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer, "The man who makes it all possible", Smax Smith. Our pleasure Aidan, have a great day Smax.

Web site updates.
9th August: We don't know where he finds the time but our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted an article about the weekend's NDRG Drag Challenge at Gardermoen on the Netherlands' Autosport site; you can check it out at www.autosport.nl.

Remco also tells us that the latest EDRS Pro Motorcycle points are now available in PDF format on the Drag Racing Europe Blog.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with four galleries from Dragstalgia. You can check out Mad's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Hockenheim: The work starts.
8th August: As the Formula 1 juggernaut left Hockenheim for its next location all eyes turned to the Rico Anthes Quarter Mile and the work required to bring the race surface up to expected standards. Darren Prentice writes that work is well underway to turn the circuit's iconic straight into a strip on which Europe's best drag racers can do battle at the legendary
NitrOlympX:

Work started in earnest last Monday (1st) with the German crew being joined by a three-man team from Santa Pod Raceway and Santa Pod Racers Club. Both crews worked hard all day and into the night grinding the track to ensure that the base surface of the track was at its best.


With the grinding finished and the track cleaned it was on to laying rubber on the track surface, and again the Hockenheim team has not held back. With three tractors and track groomers continually applying rubber to the ground surface, and more plant and equipment en route (more on this later), things are shaping up nicely. As ever, no expense has been spared.


With the Public Test Days fast approaching, we are going full steam ahead with the glue trailer and more rubber. Anyway, enough typing I am going to get back to sledding the track and will send another update in a few days' time.


Event entry update.
8th August: Entry closes this Friday (12th) for the Junior Drag Racing Fun Day which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Wednesday 31st August. For 2016 there is a sign-on fee of £20 so Junior racers wishing to take part in the Junior Fun Day need to telephone the Santa Pod office on 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828) to book their race voucher. Entry forms (PDF format) can be downloaded by clicking here. Forms submitted without payment will result in the racer not being entered for the event. For more information about the Junior Fun Day, please visit www.santapod.co.uk/e_junior_day.php.

Entry is still open for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals, a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships and ACU UK Drag Bike Championships and other series, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 27th-29th August. The entry forms can be downloaded from the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com. Racers are encouraged to pay their entry fee by Bacs rather than credit card or cheque, as this cuts down on administrative charges and time. Shakespeare County Raceway's account details can be found on the entry forms.


Swift snippets.
8th August: Congratulations to Donna Shah of London, UK and Markus Stoller of Ried, Switzerland who have each won a pair of weekend tickets to the NitrOlympX in Eurodragster.com's contest. 97% of entrants correctly answered that Liam Jones' 11.3 gallons of nitro is 51.37 litres in imperial gallons or 42.77 litres in US gallons. Many thanks to the management of Hockenheimring Gmbh for putting up the prize and to our dear friend and NitrOlympX PR Christine Calwer for arranging it.

The rain finally got the upper hand yesterday after one round of eliminations at the Grand Reopening Drag Challenge at Norway's refettled Gardermoen Raceway. You can check out qualifying and results of those eliminations which took place at www.ndrg.no and an EDRS Pro Bike summary by clicking here. Photo galleries are available by clicking here (EDRS classes) and by clicking here (EDRS Pro MC classes).

UK Wild Bunch racer Mark Coulsell has asked us to say a big Happy 12th Wedding Anniversary for today (Monday) to his wife Lynne Coulsell. "Lynne is my rock, soulmate and best friend", says Mark. "Thank you for everything you do for us boys Mark, Josh and Harley."


Weekend of Champions entry open.
7th August: Margot Schmidt writes to invite racers to the Weekend of Champions, the fourth round of the Dutch Pro Chamionship, at Drachten on 16th-18th September:

This event is made possible by Quartermile, 402 events, AKR Performance and Oliehandel.nl.

We firstly want to thank all the participants who came to the Main Event in July. We also want to thank everyone for the feedback, this will help us to improve and grow to an even better event in the near future. One of the main things on which we will work on for the September event is the running order, turn-round times and the start of elimination rounds. We will post the event's running order shortly.

The following classes will earn points for the 2016 Dutch Championship:

Cars
Junior Dragster
Pro ET
Super Pro ET

Bikes
Junior Drag Bike
Super Street Bike
Competition Bike
Funny Bike
Pro Stock Bike
Supertwin Top Gas

Entry fees are as follow:
  • €150 until 25th August
  • €200 from 26th August to 15th September
  • €250 on the gate
The entry fee includes a wristband for the racer, two wristbands for start line crew and one wristband for pit crew. Junior entry is free and includes an extra start line crew ticket. Make sure you enter and pay early to save money! Facilities such as showers, electricity, toilets, water etc will be available.

Sign up and save and enjoy a great weekend with us at
www.quartermileshow.com.

Russia's double-header underway.
7th August: The second rounds of the Russian Drag Racing Championship and the local Drag Racing Cup are taking place this weekend in Nizhny Novgorod. The event is the first of a double-header with the third rounds next weekend. Amongst the more than sixty racers are for the first time three purpose-built race cars joining the local Nissan Skylines, Nissan GT-Rs, Chevrolet Corvettes, Toyota Soarers and more. The three pure race cars will compete in Rear Wheel Drive and comprise two Dodge Vipers and a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Oleg Kondakov, Dmitry Samorukov and David Vegter respectively.

Also of interest is Maria Panova, a well-known racer from Nakhodka, winner of different Russian and international drag racing competitions. Maria usually drives a Toyota Soarer but it suffered a fire last season and has not yet been rebuilt. After receiving many offers of help from fellow racers Maris settles on the VAZ 2108 of Team Clubturbo's Vladimir Tretyak. "A few months ago, after I realised that the Soarer would not be ready for this season, I announced my search for a new car for the 2016 Russian Drag Racing Championship. Vladimir's offer was the most viable for various reasons. We decided that it will be fun and interesting because I have no idea how to race in a left-hand drive car with manual transmission, and moreover I am a lefty!"

Tickets are on sale for next week's event at Nizhny Novgorod either on the track's official site at www.nring.ru or at Kassir.ru. Entry is free for under-fives.


Robinson goes Top Fuel.
7th August: Luke Robinson has been in touch to bring us up to date with the last couple of MSA British Championship events contested by UK Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson:

After the letdown which was the first round of competition at the FIA / FIM Main Event, where a faulty mag changeover switch caused a huge misfire, it was decided that it would be prudent to test before the SPRC Summernationals. Unfortunately Mother Nature soon put paid to that idea so it was straight into qualifying for us. We opened our account with a great 6.15 to put us in the number one spot. We then managed to improve to a 6.11 in Q2, but in the final qualifying session we lost the run due to the parachutes falling out on the way up to pre stage! I happened to be behind the car at the time, unfortunately rugby was never my sport so despite flapping my arms and legs about, the parachutes landed unceremoniously on the track. We were able to make a run out of session after repacking the chutes and we improved to a 6.08. Despite it not counting it provided us with some valuable data.

Qualifying top meant that we had a bye run in the first round and another opportunity to test. Just as well we had a bye run as the car traveled approximately ten feet before going in to violent tyre shake! Time to change gear ratios and calm it all down a bit. In the second round we faced Wayne Nicholson and made we no mistake with a 6.14. Michel Tooren and the Pro Dutch team, on the other side of the ladder, ran a 6.15 so we knew the final was going to be a tough race. We made some small changes to the set-up to hopefully improve our ET and Dad felt confident as the car was behaving well, the track conditions were great and so everything looked good. Dad managed to cut a great 0.05 reaction time and stayed ahead of Michel for the whole run, 6.09 to a losing 6.14. All in all it was one of our best meetings with only one bad run and more importantly a win and as a bonus, no broken parts!

So on to the Mopar EuroNationals. We arrived at the track feeling confident after our great performance at the Summernationals. Unfortunately our luck was due to run out! In the first session of qualifying we couldn't start the car due to an issue with the mandated shut down device. Okay, we knocked a plug off when fitting the diaper... After reconnecting the plug which took all of thirty seconds, we were left twiddling our thumbs for a couple of hours until it was time for Q2. The good news was that the car started! The bad news was that we identified yet another misfire in the burnout. We made the decision to run anyway, after all we needed to get a time on the board and most misfires are electrical, right? Well not all of them, it would seem. We managed to destroy an inlet rocker adjuster, causing the pushrod to come out, and somehow the exhaust pushrod also made a break for freedom. In doing this our boost pressure rose to unseen levels due to both valves being shut on that cylinder, and of course we did not have the correct amount of fuel to support such elevated boost levels in the remaining seven cylinders! The outcome wasn't pretty, we torched yet another cylinder head and damaged the deck face of the block. Luckily we have become experts at trackside engine block repairs so out came the welder. With the motor patched up it was time for a well earned barbecue.

Due to qualifying in the bottom half of the ladder, we knew we had a tough first round against Kev Slyfield. He posted a great 6.45 but our luck seemed to temporarily turn around and we netted a great 6.12. Michel and the Pro Dutch guys were the class of the field in the first round with an amazing 6.07! We knew we had our work cut out as we faced him in the next round, it was time to start turning screws as on performance we were fivehundredths behind. I was confident that we could close the performance gap and give them a run for their money. Unfortunately no amount of confidence will change the limits of tyre adhesion, to say we overstepped the mark would be an understatement! The car 'Top Fuelled' the tyres and shot across the track, fortunately behind Michel who also struggled for traction. A heart-stopping moment for the crew, we all had our hearts in our mouths stood on the start line, but thankfully Dad did a great job of bringing the car back under control and avoiding the barrier. I think it's safe to say that raised a few pulse rates amongst the team, however Dad was positively nonchalant about the run!

We now have a short break before the European Finals. Unfortunately we are unable to race in mainland Europe this year but it gives us some time to check the car thoroughly for any damage and freshen the motor. Our focus at the European Finals will be performance with consistency: we aim to get back in to the 6.0s again as I believe it will take a 6.1 to qualify in the top half of the field. So we will have to lean on it!


Swift snippets.
7th August: The weather has tried hard to spoil this weekend's Grand Reopening Drag Challenge at Norway's refettled Gardermoen Raceway but NDRG and the racers have still managed to put on an impressive show when Mother Nature has allowed. You can check out qualifying results at www.ndrg.no and an EDRS Pro Bike summary by clicking here. Photo galleries are available by clicking here (EDRS classes) and by clicking here (EDRS Pro MC classes).

23:59 UK time tonight (Sunday) is the deadline for entry to our NitrOlympX contest with two pairs of weekend tickets up for grabs. We have had entries from all over Europe with answers in both UK and US units (For the record, both are acceptable - Ed) but we have plenty of room in our mailbox for more. For details, and to enter, see our news item of 27th July.


Impressive key-borrowing.
7th August: Geoff Stilwell, principal of Beech Underwriting Agencies, Official Sponsorship Partner of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, has announced that he will be racing at the 2016 Bonneville Speed Week on the famous Utah salt flats on 13th-19th August.

Geoff will be driving one of Rat Trap Fuel Altered driver Ron Hope's land speed cars, initially making licensing runs. "I want to thank Ron and Brian Hope of Rat Trap Racing, Stewart Bassett and everyone at US Automotive, Sharon and Bob Muravez (Floyd Lippencotte Jr) and Tony Thacker for making this all possible", says Geoff. "My aim is to licence and then run as quick as Ron will let me". Ron's daughter Victoria set a speed record of 216.552 mph in his roadster in August 2012.

Conditions at Bonneville are looking to be the best in some years. Events in 2014 and 2015 had to be cancelled due to rain causing the natural salt crust to weaken and shrink. Southern California Timing Association, the organising body for the event, has liaised with US government agencies and local racing organisations about repairs to parts of the surface and the SCTA is confident that the courses are in good shape.

BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury said "We are thrilled that Geoff is able to take part in Speed Week thanks to Ron, whom we also thank as a major sponsor of the BDRHoF. We wish Geoff all the best and will be crossing our fingers that he will achieve the dream of running 200 mph at Bonneville."

Geoff also asked us to wish a safe and fast Speed Week to his friend and BDRHoF member Carl Olson who is aiming for 300 mph.


UK Top Sportsman review.
7th August: Paul Marston writes that as the weather played ball at last weekend's Mopar EuroNats the Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman racers took it from there, producing the best event yet with some of the hardest-fought and closest Sportsman Doorslammer racing you could hope to see:

It's difficult to know where to start, but let's go with the programme and Friday's Bracket race. It's fair to say that the track conditions were at times tricky, but right from the start the Huxleys had it covered. With Lee Huxley in the driver's seat and Brian Huxley as Crew Chief they really bought their A Game with them. Going through five rounds of competition they never missed a beat, laying waste to all before them. In the first round they took out Darren Peart, in the second round they were up against Kev Perkins who had to shut off handing them a bye run. In round three Lee was up against Peter Lane, one of the most experienced Super Gas / Super Pro ET drivers out there, but he again took the win being closer to his dial-in.

In the semi-final Lee was bang on his dial-in, 9.34 on a 9.33, to take out Nick Curtis in Jack Brewster's Just Mustard Pontiac Firebird. The final, run as first pair Saturday morning, was a rematch of his first round match-up against Darren Peart, who had bought back after his first round defeat. But the result was the same with Lee showing all his expertise by taking the advantage at the start line and dumping Darren's hard-charging nitrous-equipped Mk 3 Cortina, leaving Darren with a commendable 8.09/163.65 breakout to Lee's winning 9.48/131.02 on a 9.40 dial.

Next up was Saturday night's one-shot qualifier for Sunday's Heads-Up Eliminator. With £250 cash up for grabs courtesy of John Tebenham, it was hard-fought but Belinda Bull in her Jeff Bull Racing Engines Chevy S10 laid down a 7.06/192.11 to take pole. There was a fair gap to numbr two held by Rene Ehrismann's Shoebox '55 Chevy nitrous-assisted entry at 7.52/178.51. In third spot was a returning Dave Townsend who had really pulled out all the stops and burnt a lot of midnight oil just to make it to the track with his 666 ci nitrous-assisted 2007 Ford Mustang. Dave ran a safe 7.58/179.96.

Come round one on Sunday morning, you just kinda sensed it was gonna get ugly and it lived up to all the hype and expectation which Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman had promised. There were at least six, that's right six, Personal Bests including first-ever seven-second passes for Darren Peart and Paul Letchford, Darren with a 7.9942/169.80 and Paul with a simply awesome 7.9439/170.42. But both of those were eclipsed by Dave Townsend with a jaw-dropping 7.0018/195.46. Not only was this nearly a six-second pass, but also near 200 mph and over half a second quicker than his qualifying time, and quicker than Belinda who backed up her pole time with another 7.04. All the first round encounters went the way of their qualifying times with the top eight going through. Come the second round the gloves were most certainly off!

In the second round Rene Ehrismann enjoyed a bye when Tim Mugridge could not make the call with head gasket woes; the team had been up all night replacing the same offending item on Saturday. Belinda Bull disposed of Bob Doyle with a 7.03.16/190.53 to book her semi final slot. The pairing of this round, hands down, was our two seven-second doorslammers: Darren Peart's nitrous-assisted manually-shifted five-litre Rover Mk3 Cortina and Paul Letchford with his Steve Schmidt 582 ci BBC naturally-aspirated, two-speed Powerglide 1968 Camaro. Paul took 0.03 at the tree and Darren fought hard but could not quite manage to back up his earlier PB, but Darren never lifted and he made Paul earn it with an 8.1206/169.17 to a winning 7.9554/169.83. Dave Townsend went into shake just off of the start line then kicked the tyres loose and his day was done against Nick Curtis who booked a spot in the semi-finals with a fine 8.2717/166.07.

In the semi-finals Belinda Bull and Paul Letchford were up first and Belinda had it all the way, 0.01 at the start line and her first six of the day sealed the deal 6.9912/193.76 to Paul's game 8.0510/171.74 which was a new PB speed. In the second pairing Rene Ehrismann was up against Nick Curtis, who was eyeing up another giant-killing opportunity. Well Rene was having none of that this time, and dispatched Nick with a 7.4182/177.81, just as well as Nick had 0.15 in his pocket on the start line and ran his quickest time at 8.2032/167.29.

So the numbers one and two qualifiers faced off: Rene all the way from Switzerland with his seven-eighth scale nitrous-assisted Shoebox and Belinda with her monster-motored 760 ci naturally-aspirated Bob Panella-built Chevy S10. Rene, knowing he was the underdog, leaned a little harder and upped his nitrous tune as you would expect with £1250 cash on the table for the winner. Alas it was too much and Rene hit shake pretty hard, by the time he had pedalled and recovered it was done and Belinda took the deserved win with a 7.0295/190.53 to Rene's game 8.3695/155.22. Belinda is our first repeat winner in the Heads Up category.

All in all a great example of the very best in Sportsman doorslammer racing in both Fast Bracket and Heads Up.

Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman simply could not do this without the help of a lot of people, so in no specific order we would like to acknowledge the following: Gearhead Garage, John Tebenham, all of the Top Sportsman officials, crew and pit Runners, all the Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman teams who compete with us, Kenny Coleman at EDA, Jeff Bull Racing Engines, Damn Yankees ACC, Rough Diamond Engineering, Drag Race Engineering, Eurodragster.com, the Mopar EuroNationals Committee, Santa Pod Raceway management and SPRC track crew, Gary at London Road Tyres, Romford, Dave and Helen at Zeon TV, and everyone else who helped, you know who you are and we are forever in your debt. Roll on 2017.


Event entry update.
5th August: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM European Finals which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 8th-11th September. You can check out the European Finals entry list by
clicking here. Entry at standard fee closes next Friday, 12th August, after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about FIA / FIM European Final entry then please contact Ian Marshall at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).

Swift snippets.
5th August: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday with added hugs to Libby Mottershead. Have a lovely day Lady Lib.

Editor's note: Full news service will be resumed the next news update with a review of Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman, an update from Russia, an invitation to Drachten and more. Please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com.


Web site updates.
5th August: Nostalgia fans could again do a lot worse than to check out the latest update on Dick Parnham's Flickr site which features pictures of 1970s Comp Altereds. Dick says that more Nostalgia pictures are to follow including shots of 1970s Doorslammers, Paula Murphy, Allan Herridge and Dennis Priddle. You can take a look at Dick's latest update at www.flickr.com/photos/dickparnhamdragracing.

Racers sought for demo, display.
4th August: Santa Pod Raceway are seeking racers with vehicles which run 11.99 or quicker to make exhibition passes at the Junior Drag Racing Fun Day on Wednesday 31st August. Admission tickets will be free but there will be a sign on fee of £20 and of course any further donations to the event's chosen charity are most welcome: this year the charity is Harry's Rainbow, which works to support bereaved children and their families. Any racers wishing to participate in the Fun Day are asked to contact Donna Finnegan at
donna@santapod.com before Monday 15th August.

Race cars are invited to the first-ever car show presented by American Autoparts which is to be held on Sunday 4th September at the Gatwick Aviation Museum in Charlwood, Surrey, adjacent to Gatwick Airport. The Great Gatwick Hot Rod and Custom Show is an all-charity project in aid of the Museum, the Royal Air Force Cadets charity and a Local Council appeal to finish interior work at the village's new recreational pavilion. With the Gatwick Museum having recently undergone a major re-configuration, including the erection of a state-of-the-art hangar housing renovated classic British military aircraft, the aviation aspect of the show is reflected in its theme of Hot Cars, Cool Rides and Cold War Jets. Resident aircraft on show include a supersonic Lightning interceptor, a Buccaneer naval bomber and a Shackleton maritime patrol aircraft, all Cold War veterans.

The full content of the show is still being put together, but expect to see street muscle machines, Jason Phelps' FGR Motorsport Gladiator Mustang Fuel Funny Car, dragsters (including a Junior), altereds, street rods, American showcars, custom cars and bikes, pickups, NASCAR racers, Legends grass track racing and classic US military vehicles. There will be music from Radio Redhill, and automotive-orientated trade stands. Dodgems and kiddies' rides plus a "Stick and rudder" three-quarter scale Spitfire mechanical simulator are among planned amusements. And negotiations are in hand with the CAA for helicopter rides .

Adding a little spice to the day will be the glamorous girls from the Heels for Combat Boots charity, happy to drape themselves over the cars and pose for photos, all in aid of servicemen and women with post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Disorder.

If you would like to bring your race car - Mike Lintern mentions that there is plenty of room but that the entry is a little light on Gassers - then please get in touch at sales@americanautoparts.co.uk.

If you don't have a race car but would like to attend as a visitor then tickets can be purchased on-line from www.ticketsource.co.uk/americanautoparts, by phone on 0333 6663366 (small booking fee applies) or in cash on the day. Meantime details about the Museum can be found at www.gatwick-aviation-museum.co.uk.


Priddle to attend Bench Race.
4th August: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is delighted to announce that member and European drag racing legend Dennis Priddle will be attending the BDRHoF Bench Racing session sponsored by Beech Underwriting Agencies, to be held on 19th November 2016 at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow.

Between the 1960s and 1980s, Dennis campaigned a series of Top Fuel and Funny Cars, and was the first driver into the six-second range outside of North America with a 6.995-second pass at Santa Pod Raceway in 1972. This earned him his Mr Six nickname. During his career Dennis and Clive Skilton, another noted British drag racer, engaged in quarter mile battles across Britain and Europe, helping build drag racing across the Atlantic.

Dennis, who will be presented with his International Drag Racing Hall of Fame award during the gala dinner in the evening, will be present on the panel at the session to be held between 13:00 and 15:00 in the hotel's Atlantic Suite. The session will be hosted by Bob McClurg and includes Don Schumacher, Bob Muravez, Fred Miller, Harry Hibler, Paula Murphy, Carl Olson and other racing legends.

Admission to the BDRHoF Bench Racing session sponsored by Beech Underwriting Agencies will be by ticket only. You can apply for tickets by sending an email to geoff@beechunderwriting.co.uk to register your place. Tickets are going quickly.

Ticket prices for the 2016 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain as last year at £60 per person. Corporate tables of ten are available at £580. More details are available by clicking here. For advance booking of tickets contact britishdrhof@aol.com or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102.


Of pistons, curry and PBs.
4th August: Lucy Moore of the UK's Shakespeare Engineering / Challenger Solutions-sponsored Viper Pro Mod team writes with a tale of pistons and curry with Swedes at the Mopar EuroNationals:

Back at the SPRC Summernationals the pistons were all removed, several times. The crew love doing it, especially late at night! In an attempt to learn more about the recurring damage, the pistons were left out at the end of the meeting so that was the first job for the Mopars. I think Dad was too lazy to put them back in. After Dad and some crew arrived on Thursday they set up the pit and rebuilt the engine with refurbished pistons and new rings.

Saturday meant the beginning of qualifying. After tweaking some fuel maps and other settings it was time to see how the car would perform. A 6.88/164.87 was a steady start putting us in third place. As Q1 appeared quite strong we decided to up our game a little in Q2 and see what we could do. Although the car drifted a little, the run was a good one! 6.395/218.13 was a new PB speed for us and very close to our PB ET! Finally it felt like a little reward for everyone's hard work. The decision was made that it would be best to check pistons again rather than risk doing more damage in Q3. We finished qualifying third.

Elimination day arrived and the first round was against a fellow nitrous car: Bobby Wallace, supported by the formidable duo of Roger Johansson and Alex Olsson, the best to come from Sweden since Abba. Dad was away first and took the win with a solid 6.557/213.88. Round two would be a tough one against Bert Englefield and Andy Wright as they had been running consistent 6.2s. It's really good to see them doing so well after years of taking the micky about the fact that they should have stayed with a Nitrous engine. Trying to render the opposition senseless with a toxic gas cloud, after a team trip to the local Indian, was maybe a little underhand.

We altered some things to try to improve the car's performance, and took some settings from our PB fuel map, and it worked! It was a fantastic nail biting-race. Dad was away first, it was side by side until the eighth but Bert pulled away as the extra power of the blown engine (or an extra boost from that curry) came in and clinched the win by 0.1148. However a loss couldn't taint our happiness at a new ET PB, 6.3904/214.93.

A huge Thank You to all the crew who worked exceptionally hard: Lamb Shank Dave, Prosecco Jane, Slim Martin, Chesty Chris, Legless Gary, and Lucy the Boss.


Withington's dynamic class change.
4th August: The UK's David Withington went into Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway with an untried Sportsman ET car and left with a Pro ET car. David writes:

Bug Jam 30 was my first outing in four years; the last time was in my Nirvara. Since then I have been trying to build a Opel Manta, however time and funds have always escaped me and nearly becoming bankrupt in 2013 nearly saw the end of the car altogether. In October 2015 searching round eBay (creating wish lists) I spotted a part project Manta with the back axle I needed for my own Manta. So off to Manchester I went, feeling hopeful that this car had all the spares that I needed to finish my Manta, and six hours later I returned with the complete car.

Two weeks later we decided to go to a Public Test Weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway just to test what we had bought. To cut a long story short, I had to shut the car down at the eighth mile and had to be towed back to the pits. I was not impressed with the car, and it took me two hours to stop shaking.

Winter arrived and it was time to make one good car out of the two. We based the build on the part-project Manta as the paintwork and cage were in better condition. The old Manta donated its gearbox, shifter, brakes and a whole other bunch of parts. The suspension front and back were rebuilt with new rose joints and bearings. New parts were made where old Ford bits were used. Needless to say if it moved, or didn't look right, it was fixed or rebuilt.

We entered Bug Jam 30 as it is a good event at which to shake down cars. When we arrived on Thursday the car was still in bits but we soon got it finished and entered the RWYB. A soft launch was in order after the last time the car ran. It felt great! Fourteen seconds, good and straight, a different car. Through the weekend we set the car up getting more and more out of it, finally coming away from Santa Pod with a new PB of 11.35 seconds at 120.1 mph, and a Pro ET car.

We will be back at the European Finals and hopefully going quicker again.


Swift snippets.
4th August: We would like to say a big Happy 18th Birthday to former Junior Dragster racer Paige Wheeler. Have a lovely day Paige.

Allard Chrysler returns to Brighton.
4th August: The Allard Chrysler Dragster is to make a static return to the Brighton Speed Trials in September. ACAG Chair Brian Taylor sets the scene:

Back in 1960-61 Johnny Tillotson was high in the Pop Music charts with Poetry in Motion. The Beatles were yet to be discovered and traditional jazz was popular with bands like Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball competing for chart success in the UK. It was the time when Jaguar launched their first E-Type.

But in a small workshop situated in Clapham, South London something else was taking place; something which would change the face of British motorsport for ever. British sports car manufacturers and multi-motorsports champion Sydney Allard set his team the task to build Europe's first dragster – the Mk I Allard Chrysler. Powered by a blown 354 cubic inch Chrysler Hemi engine, it was for several years Europe's only dragster, appearing at the Brighton Speed Trials in 1961, 1962 and 1963. It was retired at the end of 1964 with the engine being used in a replacement dragster which was still racing in the late 1960s.

The original Mk I Allard Chrysler was then stored in several workshops and barns and went through a partial restoration carried out by Brian Golder in 1979. Upon Brian's death in 1992 it was bequeathed to the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, still without an engine and many key running gear components.

Early in 2008 a group of drag racing enthusiasts got together and approached the National Motor Museum with a plan to complete Brian Golder's restoration and turn the static exhibit into a dragster which could be fired up and driven under its own power again – not to race but to parade. The Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) was formed under the Chairmanship of Brian Taylor, with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and American drag racing historian Traci Hrudka as its Patrons, and for the last eight years they have raised funds and carried out the work to achieve this aim. This July the dragster was driven under its own power for the first time since 1964 – a truly historic and emotional occasion for all those involved.

ACAG Chairman Brian Taylor said "Back in 2009 Tony Johnstone of the Brighton and Hove Motor Club donated the SEMA Trophy to the National Motor Museum so that it could be with the dragster which first won it back in 1963. For many years it had resided in the Madeira Drive Club House but it now forms part of the Museum's trophy display. At that time we promised that we would bring the dragster back to Brighton once the restoration had been completed and, with the help of Lucas Oil Products UK Limited, who provide most of the lube requirements for the dragster, we are pleased to be able to honour that promise on 3rd September. Unfortunately local noise restrictions will prevent us firing up the dragster and parading but hopefully just the sight of it in Brighton will bring back a few memories – its first appearance there since 1963."

The following weekend the Allard Chrysler Dragster will be at Santa Pod Raceway for the FIA / FIM European Finals where it will be fired up and paraded. Once again people will be able to see and hear the sound which launched drag racing into Europe all those years ago.

More details about the Allard Chrysler dragster can be found at www.allardchrysler.org or on ACAG's official Facebook Page.


#WINwithPWRD.
4th August: Eurodragster.com sponsor Peter Walters Race Design has launched a brand new, fully responsive web site at www.pwrd.co.uk:

PWRD was founded ten years ago with the aim of providing a range of high-quality graphic design services to the automotive and motorsport industries. Spearheaded by Peter Walters, a highly skilled graphic designer and UK drag racer, PWRD has grown into one of the world's leading motorsport design agencies. With Peter's first-hand and in-depth knowledge of motorsport marketing, creative design and brand identity, PWRD has gone on to receive numerous accolades for its trademark eye-catching designs, including multiple wins and nominations for SPRC's Best Appearing Car and Most Professional Appearing Team awards.

The new web site is fully responsive to adapt with many mobile devices and desktops, therefore giving a more beneficial browsing experience.  A selection of work from all the design services we offer is presented, but if you are looking for something more bespoke, do not hesitate to get in touch: our possibilities are endless.

From a full-blown team branding package to a simple logo design, attention to detail is the highest of priorities for PWRD. With established links in the motorsport industry and many high-profile clients, PWRD can help you win both on and off the track. #WINwithPWRD


Web site updates.
4th August: Colin Donisthorpe has updated his Flickr site with pictures from last weekend's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out Colin's great shots at www.flickr.com/photos/colin_donisthorpe.

Nostalgia fans could do a lot worse than to check out the latest update on Dick Parnham's Flickr site which features pictures of 1970s and 1980s Funny Cars kindly scanned for Dick by Sue Fordham. You can take a look at Dick's shots at www.flickr.com/photos/dickparnhamdragracing.


Frosty's next step.
2nd August: After twenty one months of hard work by the team, and with the support of
Red Victor 5 Second Club members, Andy Frost successfully tested his six-second (so far) street-legal Victor at the FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. Frosty got in touch to tell us what he has planned next:

As always, testing revealed little things which needed tweaking, but our data and performance bode well for the next step in the development of the car.

Our plans are to test again at the FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod then, funds permitting, to ship the car to Bahrain in October for the whole of the BDRC drag race season (subject to BDRC confirmation). Of course doing this properly comes at a big cost for a privateer team, but our supporters have already raised 25% towards the total!

Included in this total is our newest sponsor Airservices Hellas, who have agreed a two-year deal to support Red Victor 3 in its efforts to regain the title of World's Fastest Street-Legal Car over the quarter mile. A big thank you to David Greenhalgh for brokering this deal for the team!

As usual a big thank you to all of the Red Victor team of Deb, Gary, Jan, Badger, Shane T and Nik Wadsworth, all the Red Victor 5 Second Club members, the team's supporters and great sponsors, and our loyal fans, for their support so far.

As mentioned above, to get the car to Bahrain to claw back the record is a costly business for a small team and we are looking for support from individuals or companies to take us that final step. You can join the Red Victor 5 Second Club and become a Full or Associate member. Joining the page is as simple as clicking the link to join; it's a closed group, but you will be accepted into the group and then you can ask how you can become a member. Or just E-Mail me at redvictor1@hotmail.com to get involved in a World Record attempt, with all the publicity which will come with it.

See you at the Euros!


Swift snippets.
2nd August: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "How much do you like Pro Mods?" and a web address. 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.

Brian Burrows writes that racers wishing to test cars before the FIA / FIM European Finals are welcome to attend VW Action at Santa Pod Raceway the weekend before the event, saturday-Sunday 3rd-4th September. "Sunday 4th is a Peak Performance Day, but VW Action are happy to have Pro cars test during Saturday's RWYB sessions which include an evening session", says Brian. "The event is a great family weekend in its own right (We can attest to that - Ed). Any racers wishing to attend should please contact NAS Events at nasevents@orange.fr or call 01279 725252 (outside the UK +44 1279 725252)". More about VW Action at www.vwaction.com.

23:59 UK time this coming Sunday (7th) is the deadline for entry to our NitrOlympX contest with two pairs of weekend tickets up for grabs. We have had entries from all over Europe with answers in both UK and US units (For the record, both are acceptable - Ed) but we have plenty of room in our mailbox for more. For details, and to enter, see our news item of 27th July.

Regular readers of our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage will know that it has some very faithful fans and we are very pleased to say Happy Birthday to one of those today. James Humphreys, a particular fan of our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcasts, is sixteen years old today and Tog, Kirstie, Simon and Julian would like to wish James the very happiest of birthdays.


Mopar EuroNationals results.
1st August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

MSA Pro Modified: Bert Englefield 6.2824/226.90 def. Michel Tooren 9.9729/67.46 DQ red

Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman
Heads-Up Race: Belinda Bull 7.0295/190.53 def. Rene Ehrismann 8.3695/155.22
Fast Bracket: Lee Huxley (9.40) 9.4892/131.02 def. Darren Peart (8.14) 8.0978/163.65 DQ b/o

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award was not won and so has been increased to £75 for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway at the end of this month.

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Mopar EuroNationals reports, galleries and pit notes, including a chat with recovering Pro Mod racer Roger Johansson about his future plans, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. It was the usual pleasure seeing the fruits of our hard work scrumped and posted elsewhere. The thieves we would ask what you would do for validation from fawning acolytes if we were to stop covering events; feel free to write and tell us.


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