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Calling all slingshots...
12th February: If you have a slingshot dragster capable of 8.50 seconds or quicker then James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway says that not only a warm welcome but the inaugural Slingshot Showdown await you at Dragstalgia on 15th-17th July:

There's been a resurgence of quick front-engine dragsters in recent years and many of the quick cars don't really have a class they can call home and where they're competitive. As a result, we'll be putting on a small heads-up shootout with qualifying and eliminations, open to front engine dragsters proven to have ran quicker than 8.50.

To enter, or for more information, please see www.dragstalgia.co.uk or contact me at 2016@dragstalgia.co.uk or call 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828).


...calling all Tri-Chevys.
12th February: In 2014 Shakespeare County Raceway played host to 57 @ 57, a weekend celebration to commemorate the 57th Anniversary of the iconic '57 Chevrolet. Although there wasn't any racing that day, this year there will be racing from some of the quickest Chevys in the land for the Tri-Chevy Shootout as part of the line-up of the ever-popular NSRA Nostalgia Nationals on 24th-26th June. Jerry Cookson writes:

The Shootout is the brainchild of Graham Smith, owner of Roger Butterworths legendary Snow White Tri-Chevy and a Raceway lane sponsor under the Serck Motorsport banner. Graham’s love and passion for all things Chevrolet has led him to organise this straight forward, heads up from the Tree eliminator to find the quickest and fastest Tri of the weekend for the Roger Butterworth Trophy.

How many make the call will determine the field but so far it looks like we're heading for a sixteen-car field featuring tube cars, Gassers and street racers all mixed in one eliminator. So if you're thinking about it Chevy owners you had better bring your A game to the race track!

"Having seen so many superb examples in all forms and not to mention fast Tri-Chevys out there I just imagined what it would be like if they raced each other, and wondered has this been done before?" said Graham. "After further pondering I put a Facebook page together and asked the question of everyone I could think of with a Tri Chevy, including the Owners' Club. The response was overwhelming so I made it a much more realistic proposition and started to investigate what needs to happen to make this dreamscape a reality."

At time of writing and in between his day job Graham is busy preparing Snow White, as is his racing buddy Adam Sayers with his street-legal Finger of God ProCharged '57. "Heroes of mine like Ken Brookes in his stunning nine-second Gasser Roarin' Rat and Mike Noble, another legend with Honky Tonkin' plus Paul Watts in the Agamemnon '57 Supercharged Outlaw, Chris Hill in his stunning '56 Gasser, Bryan Whitfield in his '55 and Rob Slater in his recently-completed Twin Turbo 540 BBC '57 are a few of the leading names in the thirteen-car entry so far", said Graham. "We are awaiting confirmation from others such as Marc Lemude, who has shown great interest, and Andy Bond with his '56 Monster if race-ready and if time allows."

The entry list keeps growing so don't be shy, get stuck in. It doesn't matter if you run elevens, just simply have a go. There are sixteen places available for the fastest sixteen cars. So qualify all you want to get on the list because come Sunday 26th this will the first ever Tri-Chevy Shootout in the UK and the Roger Butterworth Trophy is what's up for grabs, as well as the official title of the fastest Tri-Chevy in the UK. Dare you miss out! See you at the Drags.


Swift snippets.
12th February: 2015 UK National Super Pro ET Champion Simon Gough has put his eight-second Camaro up for sale. "I can't and won't go into too much detail", Simon told Eurodragster.com. "Things have been put in place with Woody Mayes who built the Camaro, and the next step is funding it. The sale of the Camaro will start what we are aiming for. This car is the best Super Pro bracket car for the past two years. It comes with everything you need, oils, filters, even five drums of fuel. Buy it and go out there and win". More details under Cars For Sale on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.

Good luck and stay safe to NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol FC Champion Jonnie Lindberg and Ulf Leanders in Top Alcohol FC, and to Markus Svensson and multiple FIA European Pro Stock Champion Jimmy Ålund in Stock Eliminator who are contesting this weekend's Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Pomona. Qualifying continues today (Friday) and you will be able to stay in touch courtesy of Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com. The Lindbergs' Facebook page will also be the usual great source of information and entertainment.

Ruth, Lee, Darren and Marc asked us to say a big Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary for today (Friday) to Jean and Brian Huxley. Our pleasure "kids", very hearty congratulations to Jean and Brian and here's to many more years together. Have a great day guys.


Serck extend SCR support.
11th February: Shakespeare County Raceway are extremely pleased to confirm that Serck Motorsport will be extending its association as a Lane Sponsor at the Warwickshire drag strip. The deal was confirmed with the company's Racing Manager Graham Smith during last month's Autosport International Show.

The Serck Motorsport brand is synonymous with cooling systems catering for a world of motor sporting applications which includes drag racing and hot rodding. The company has separated its business in to four main key streams; Cooling Systems, Racing Services, Classic and Historic and Power and Performance, giving the customer a much clearer view to the categories which focus on specialist areas within the brand.

"I'm a strong believer in two things - good business and supporting the industry", said Graham Smith. "Shakespeare County Raceway is a prime example of both as we continue to develop our range of products and services for our customers and measure up for many a new radiator at the track. So personally I am thrilled for Serck Motorsport to continue our support for what is a great track with amazing people with a passion and dedication to this amazing sport."

Leading lights of Street Eliminator and street racing are very pleased with their cars' applications as well as the after-sales technical back-up. "A massive thanks to the guys at Serck Motorsport for supplying a fantastic great big triple pass radiator which completely solved the cooling problems on my '65 Pontiac GTO", said 2015 UK National Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator Champion Mark Todd.  The same was said by Adam Sayers, owner of a 540 ci F2 Pro Charger Street Legal '57 Chevy. "I rebuilt the car with double the BHP the previous engine had", said Adam. "Apart from a clean the car's radiator was as good as the day it was built ten years ago. I have also swapped to running a Serck transmission cooler and will be working closely with the team to fine-tune my cooling package for both street and race duty with our addition of a nitrous package for the 2016 season."

The company's parts and services supply is growing extensively with Setrab Oil Coolers and Spal Performance Fans joining the list. "Drag racing is a big part of our business supplying custom-built cooling systems as well as Sunoco Race Fuels directly to racers at the track", said Graham Smith. "The Setrab Oil Cooler Quality and Performance has also been a big hit with drag and street-legal racers all through awareness via supporting SCR. As we have now set up to be a distributor for Goodridge Hose and Fittings, AEM Gauges and Meth Kits, Coil Packs etc... we are growing from strength to strength in our supply."

And it's not just drag racing as there are a whole bunch of Historic and Classic racers using Serck products as well as some of the world' greatest Formula One teams. "In the last year many drag racers have sent their coolers to us to service, clean and test in our F1 facility with great success and little cost, and it's this kind of awareness that has been achieved via supporting the track directly so our customers feel the benefit", added Graham Smith.

Catch the brand if you can at Shakespeare County Raceway this season. For more information check out the Serck Motorsport web site at www.serckmotorpsort.co.uk or their Facebook page.


Swift snippets.
11th February: Åby Motorklubb's Drag Racing Swap Meet takes place this Saturday (13th) at the Norrköpings Mässhallar, close to the E4 motorway about sixty kilometres north of Mantorp Park (map). This event is the major winter drag racing event in Scandinavia. All categories of race parts can be found from new to used, from Pro classes to street racing. The main entrance opens at 09:00 and gates close at approximately 16:00. Entry is 100 SEK and under-15s go free. For sales pitch reservations, directions or more information please contact Åby Motorklubb via their web site at www.abymotorklubb.se.

Lee Huxley writes with an invitation to all petrolheads to attend the pre-season Dark Horse Drag Racing Party which takes place at 20:00 on Saturday 5th March at the Royal Oak pub in Broadwas on Teme, Worcestershire (postcode WR6 5NE, map). Lee says that there will be race cars on show, live music and great food. Tickets are a mere £5. Lee warns that it may get noisy.

A reminder that the 2016 UK Riders' and Drivers' Meeting takes place at midday this Sunday (14th) at the Hilton Hotel, Northampton(postcode NN4 0XW, map). Items to be discussed include the 2016 UK National Championships, event entry fees and pitside electrical supply, prize funds and more. If you have any items for the meeting agenda - if so then you must attend the meeting - then please send them either to Santa Pod Racers Club at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or to Shakespeare County Raceway at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com by close of office hours tomorrow (Friday).

Whilst we're doing reminders, voting for the APIRA Perpetual Awards closes at 23:59 UK time tomorrow. To check out the shortlists and to place your votes, go to the official APIRA Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the APIRA Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Holmberg gets set.
9th February: Swedish Pro Stock Bike racer Kenneth Holmberg and the Swecomposite team are working hard on their preparations for a busy 2016:

We are concentrating on updating the bike and on appearing at partner / company events during the Spring. There is a lot of planning to be done for 20,000 kilometres of travel during the race season.

We will run all the races in the European and Nordic Series this year but the priority is the FIM European Championship. Some of the highlights will of course be the races at our home track Tierp Arena on 16th-19th June and 25th-28th August where we have the chance to meet our Swedish friends and partners. The goal is of course top position in the FIM European Championship. We have finished fifth and sixth in recent years.

The season begins with some test runs at Tierp Arena in early May, or the Test Day before the FIA Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. Then it's the first European Championship race of the year at Santa Pod.

We are really looking forward to this season because we have made many engine and chassis modifications, and we have a number of new partners who make it possible for us to race in this class.


Not going to the APIRA bash?
9th February: Jerry Cookson of Shakespeare County Raceway has been in touch with an important message for trophy-winning racers not attending the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 5th March:

If you are a winner or runner-up in the APIRA Championships but know that you won't be attending the Presentation Night then please drop me an E-Mail at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com or call 01789 720180 so that alternative arrangements can be made, or to let me know if someone who is going can accept on your behalf. As usual we appear to be a little bit one-sided in favour of the car classes!

If you are planning to attend the APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws do then the closing date for ticket bookings is next Wednesday, 17th February.


Warning: TRS lever latch harness.
8th February: Geoff Martin of the UK's Tech Crew has been in touch to flag up an MSA warning about the TRS SFI 16.1 lever latch NASCAR-type harness:

This warning regards the TRS SFI 16.1, 3" Lever Latch NASCAR-type driver restraint. It would seem that there is a potential fault with the over-centre latch being loose. The harness is non-FIA so it is unlikely that drag racers would have a set, but just in case please contact TRS.


Jackson's new livery.
8th February: UK Super Pro ET team Brad Jackson Racing are pleased to announce continued support for 2016 from Lucas Oil USA, Lucas Oil UK, Pentagon Group, D&S Signs, Martin Williams Hull, HRX, Torq Racewear and Six B Apparel. Wayne Jackson writes:

Pete Walters has produced another fantastic design and Kris Boesen from Six B Apparel in the USA designed the new team shirts to match the new livery for 2016.


Brad will again be campaigning a Nick Good Motorsport-prepared car. Nick has always delivered Brad a really well-prepared car which allows Brad and I the best possible opportunity for Brad to be competitive in this fantastic class.

We are looking forward to competing in all the 2016 Championship rounds. We are also really pleased that Cristiann Carlo and Natalie Cooper continue to be key elements of our team, and of course a big thank you to Brad's mum Alison for keeping the team fed and watered.


BDRHoF Gala hotel booking open.
8th February: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has announced that on-line booking of discounted rooms is now available at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel to those who have booked their place at the prestigious 2016 Gala, to be held on Saturday 19th November.

BDRHoF Chairman Stuart Bradbury said "We have been fortunate enough to secure rooms at the heavily discounted rates of £115 per night single and £125 double including full English breakfast and complimentary use of Sky Garden pool and Fitness Gym. We have had around fifty bookings already, so anyone attending the 2016 Gala will need to book their place soon. It will be a fantastic occasion which will build on last year's Gala with some very special guests and iconic exhibits."

Guests can access a special web link to book, modify, or cancel a reservation at any time until 6th November. The link will be sent to those who have made a Gala booking by contacting the BDRHoF by E-Mail at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone on 01933 279102.

The system will only allow guests to book bedrooms for 18th and 19th November. If you wish to book bedrooms for a longer period then please call Emily Banks or Julie Martel at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel on 0208 564 3356, and they will be able to assist you.


SPRC Presentation gallery.
7th February: The official Trophy Presentation pictures from last night's SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation are now available. The gallery, which is presented in association with
Lucas Oil Products, can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Copies of any picture are free and can be obtained by E-Mailing tog@eurodragster.com with the image number.

Many thanks to photographer Grace Roaf for her hard work last night.


SPRC Perpetual Award winners.
7th February: The winners and runners-up in the 2015 UK National Championships, MSA British Drag Racing Championship, and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships were presented with their trophies at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation in Daventry last night (Saturday). The winners of SPRC's Perpetual Awards, for whom Eurodragster.com readers had the chance to vote, were also presented with their trophies.

Congratulations to the SPRC Perpetual Award winners:

Most Promising Newcomer: Laura Baynton (Pro ET)
Best Appearing Car: Phil Middleton (Outlaw Anglia)
Best Appearing Bike: Dale Leeks (Funny Bike)
Most Professional Appearing Team: Przym Paintworks (Super Pro ET)
James Edgar Memorial Trophy: Rob Loaring (Nostalgia Funny Car)
Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy: Luke Stevenson (VWDRC Chair)

John Ledster Memorial Trophy: Mark Norton
Obsession Motorsports Sportsman of the Year Trophy: Simon Gough

A big Thank You to everyone who submitted votes for the SPRC Perpetual Awards.


Vegter's energetic sponsor.
6th February: Remco Scheelings writes that The Netherlands' Vegter Pro Mod Racing is to get an extra energy injection as they are proud to announce Playboy Energy Drink as a new partner. The world-famous logo will be seen on the Vegter Pro Mod Racing '67 Camaro.

"It's a great name and a world-famous logo, of course I'm very proud and happy to represent Playboy", said David Vegter.

Playboy Energy Drink is a relatively new and not so well-known name on the European market. But if David Vegter and the energy drink distributor have anything to do with it, that will change very soon. Playboy Energy Drink was introduced into the USA in 2008, followed shortly afterwards by Canada, South America and the Middle East. In 2014, it was Europe's turn when Playboy Energy Drink was introduced in the Netherlands, and a Dutch company acquired the rights to market Playboy Energy Drink in Europe. More and more people are getting familiar with the name and the energy drink at the moment, and the partnership with Vegter Pro Mod Racing will give their brand awareness an enormous boost. The world famous Playboy Energy Drink logo will cover the roof of the Vegter Pro Mod Racing '67 Camaro.

"The partnership goes even further, as Playboy Energy Drink will also be for sale with our team at the track", said a very happy David Vegter. "Energy to play? Playboy Energy Drink! will be in the spotlight many times this season!"

There is also more good news from Vegter Pro Mod Racing. After last week's announcement that Sonic Equipment and WVB Holland extended their partnership with the team, longtime partner HKR Techniek will also support the Dutch Pro Modified team again in 2016: The best possible sign that the co-operation is to everyone's satisfaction.


Swift snippets.
6th February: Further to
Thursday's news item about Pro Modified converters Eurodragster.com reader Dave Challis, who works in fasteners, writes that it may be useful to point out that Grade 8 bolts are American spec for UNF / UNC not to be mixed up with 8.8 which is a metric strength. "I know the threads are different but if this is just going through a hole and someone uses metric the strength is going to fall way short unless they use 10.9 metric, which is the equivalent to Grade 8", says Dave. If you have any qeuries then Dave is happy to help on 01268 244134 (business hours).

NHRA have announced that their events will be streamed worldwide on NHRA All Access, a new subscription service which will commence broadcast in March. At the same time Greenlight International have been engaged to organise TV broadcasts of NHRA events globally including Europe. You can read full details at www.nhra.com.


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 6.
5th February: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 5th March 2016. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2015 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. We are up against quite a tight deadline so two shortlists will be published each week, on Monday and Friday.

The final shortlist is the McDonald Racing Ireland Best Newcomer Trophy. The McDonald Racing Ireland Best Newcomer trophy, for the most promising newcomer to contest events at Shakespeare County Raceway, was presented for the first time in 2012 and is posted by Graham, Edel and Gabrielle McDonald. Last year's recipient was Junior Drag Bike racer Blade Dummer, whose entry fees to the Springspeed Nationals and Open Sport Nationals were paid by McDonald Racing in addition to the trophy. The shortlist for the McDonald Racing Ireland Best Newcomer trophy, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

John Dalrymple, Pro ET
Vote for John Dalrymple

Andy Dibley, Sportsman ET
Vote for Andy Dibley

Jemma Hale, Sportsman ET
Vote for Jemma Hale

Gill and Alan Medley, Sportsman ET
Vote for Gill and Alan Medley

Will Pickering, Junior Drag Bike
Vote for Will Pickering

Holly Sanders, VW Sportsman
Vote for Holly Sanders

James Woodsford, Sportsman ET
Vote for James Woodsford

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

Voting closes at 23:59 UK time next Friday (12th February).

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

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


Pro Modified converter update.
4th February: Further to
Tuesday's news item, Geoff Martin of the UK's Tech Crew has been in touch with NHRA to clarify the bolt regulation for torque converters. The clarification which Geoff received from NHRA is as follows:

As Chance converters are made from an aluminium alloy, it would then follow from an engineering point of view that it is difficult to maintain a constant torque when the component is subjected to a fluctuating temperature of up to 400° C. A sealing compound such as Loctite is not effective at these temperatures, therefore the NHRA have permitted a longer Grade 8 bolt, screwed through the female half of the converter, which is then secured with a locking nut.

Neal Chance Racing Converters are able to supply sets of these nuts and bolts.


SFI Tour Sweden details.
4th February: Further to yesterday's news item, Lena Perés writes that ME Racing Service AB invite racers from Sweden, Norway and Denmark to the Swedish stop of the SFI Tour. Please note that registration is necessary if you are taking parts to be inspected:

12th March is the date for the inspection this year and we welcome each and every person who needs their gear checked. As usual we meet at Persåkers Speed Shop in Åkers Styckebruk. You can download the invitation and fill in the registration form by clicking the SFI REG button at www.meracing.com.

It's an upbeat day before the approaching season. Have a coffee and a chat with friends whom you haven't seen all winter, whilst getting your equipment inspected (Long time since I've had that kind of invitation - Ed).


Swift snippets.
4th February: If you are going to the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation this Saturday then please note that presentations start at 6:00 pm, so please be in your seats for that time. If you are late and miss your presentation then the MC will not be going back. SPRC would also appreciate it if the noise could be kept down during the presentations; it is only common courtesy both to the trophy winners and to MC Colin Theobald. If you wish to hold conversations then please remain in the bar.

Best wishes for a rapid recovery to SPRC marshal Richard Bell who is in hospital following a motorcycle accident. Get well soon Richard and we hope to see you back at the track in double quick time.


SFI Tour venues confirmed.
3rd February: Many thanks to Arnie Kuhns of the
SFI Foundation for confirming the venues of the 2016 European SFI Recertification Tour:

Thursday 10th March: DHRA, Aambeeld 11, 1969 NC Heemskerk, The Netherlands (08:00-12:00)
Friday 11th March: US-Parts Finn Am Oy, Holkkitie 10, Helsinki, Finland (08:00-12:00)
Saturday 12th March: Persåkers Speed Shop, Solbergavagen 28, Åkers Styckebruk, Sweden (12:00-17:00)
Monday 14th March: Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, Podington, United Kingdom (10:00-16:00)


Oscar's annual Hospice help.
3rd February: Longtime Eurodragster.com readers will know that Santa Pod Racers Club marshal Caroline Boncey raises money annually for The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted. Oscar will again be raising funds for the Hospice this year, but instead of the usual eleven-mile Midnight Walk coinciding with the SPRC Summernationals she and goddaughter Chloe are trying something different.

"It's that time of year for me to dress up and raise as much money as I can for The Hospice of St Francis", says Oscar. "On 17th April Chloe and I are going to walk, run, skip and slide through five kilometres of bubbles! I have walked many miles and thrown myself out of a perfectly good plane to raise money for the Hospice, so this year the Bubble Rush seemed perfect.

"The money raised goes to help residents and their families when they are going through a difficult time, and it helps them so much: I know, as my family and I benefited from the care they gave when my Nan was a resident at the Hospice. I would like to give something back to them and would be grateful if anyone would like to sponsor us. Thank you!"

If you would like to help Oscar with this very worthy cause then please visit her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/caroline-bonceyoscar.


Swift snippets.
3rd February: German Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Marco Maurischat tells us that he plans to contest all rounds of the 2016 MSA British Drag Racing Championship. Marco's first outing will be at the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-27th March.

Santa Pod extend VP contingency.
3rd February: Santa Pod Raceway are proud to announce that they have renewed their partnership with Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels and that they have now been designated as an Official Authorised Distributor.

"We are delighted to have confirmed our Official status with VP Racing Fuels", says Darren Prentice (Track and Race Operations) of Santa Pod Raceway. "Having worked with them for several years now, we'll continue to offer a fully comprehensive range of their popular race fuel products with direct stock support throughout the season. Since we are celebrating our Fiftieth Anniversary, we have decided to celebrate this partnership with a pre-season sale on all of our race fuel product lines. To see these great offers check out our on-line shop at www.santapod.co.uk.

"We are also pleased to announce that not only will we be carrying on with our highly successful VP Racing Fuels contingency sponsorship programme but that we will also be extending it to other classes. Santa Pod Raceway will be offering one nineteen-litre pail of any of its VP Racing Fuels to the winner in the following classes at our five UK National Championship and ACU UK Drag Bike Championship rounds (Festival of Power, FIA/FIM Main Event, SPRC Summernationals, FIA/FIM European Finals and the UK National Finals):
  • Super Pro ET
  • Super Comp
  • Super Gas
  • Junior Dragster
  • Super Street Bike
"This offer is also now extended to the Pro ET Sponsorship Scheme.

"You are only three steps away to a chance of winning with this fantastic offer:
  • Teams must purchase their VP Racing Fuels from the Pod Shop or from Santa Pod's on-line store;
  • Teams must display two VP Racing Fuels decals on their race vehicle  (collect from Signing On or from the Pod Shop / Garage);
  • And, of course, the team must have won their class at any of the events mentioned above.
"Teams should take their VP Racing Fuels voucher and proof of purchase to the Santa Pod Shop to claim their prize."


Slyfield honoured.
3rd February: Kevin Slyfield was honoured as 2015's MSA British Drag Racing Champion on Saturday night at a national awards ceremony in London's West End.

The Motor Sports Association, official governing body of UK motorsport, salutes its national title winners at the annual Night Of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall. Kev, from Verwood in Dorset, was presented with the Championship trophy by motorcycling and Formula One legend John Surtees, the only racer to win world championships on two and four wheels.

Kev began 2015 with victory at the season-opening race, won again at the third round and maintained his points lead throughout the six-race series to secure the crown. For the Dorset driver, it was a case of 'Change your car, change your luck'. Kev had entered the Championship class, Pro Modified, in 2007 with a car that offered more style than substance. The 1941 Willys Sedan-bodied machine won awards for its appearance but proved hard to handle on track in the searing, 200mph-plus Pro Mod wars. Kev managed to steer the car to a solitary race win in 2010 but the handsome but unruly machine never looked a long-term challenger.

In 2014, Kev débuted a 1957 Ford Thunderbird – sleek, low and aerodynamic in appearance, no-nonsense matte black in colour and a much more effective conveyance for the team's proven mechanical abilities. In 2015 the new car showed its worth, transforming Slyfield and his team from journeyman competitors into champions. Along with the two race wins, the 3,000-horsepower T-Bird clocked career-best performance figures of 6.349/223.30.

Both cars were built by leading Hampshire constructor Andy Robinson Race Cars.

Team Slyfield is at heart a family affair. Twin sisters Elaine Slyfield (Kevin's wife) and Angela Cooper are the fulcrum, with Angela's husband Brian taking charge of technical matters. James Woodsford oversees the engine. Tuning decisions are considered jointly by the three men with Kev, as the owner/driver, having the final say. Clive Phayer, Paul Morton and Bert Nutland complete the crew.

Kev, proprietor of a Verwood precision engineering company, will launch the defence of his crown at Easter's Festival Of Power event at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-27th March.


Attention Pro Modified racers.
2nd February: Ian Marshall of
Santa Pod Racers Club has been in touch to remind Pro Modified racers of the recently-published amendments to the class rules, which must be actioned in time by those planning to participate in the first MSA British Drag Racing Championship round.

"As two of the six rounds of the MSA Championship take place at FIA European Championship rounds at Santa Pod, it is important that your car is legal for the first round at the Festival of Power in March", says Ian. "The UK rulebook has gone to print, but to give racers as much notice as possible of the changes they are detailed in red below."

Intake Manifold 1.5.2: Manifold burst panel mandatory on all entries. Supercharged and turbocharged entries must have a manifold burst panel meeting SFI Spec 23.1. Nitrous-assisted entries must have an FIA-accepted intake restraint system. A current list of FIA accepted intake restraint systems is available on NHRARacer.com/engine

PM 1.9 Supercharger: Standard or high helix Roots types are mandatory, maximum size 14-71. Screw and Centrifugal Type superchargers prohibited. The maximum length from the front of the supercharger drive pulley to the leading edge of the rotor is 15 inches (381mm). Offset drive pulleys may not be used to add to the accepted measurement. All manifold configurations and supercharger locations must be accepted prior to competition. The use of spacers, modified cases or attaching methods to move the supercharger rearward in excess of the specified amount is prohibited. Manifold burst panel meeting SFI spec 23.1 plus a restraint system meeting SFI spec 14.2 mandatory, including injector restraint straps. Supercharger belt guard mandatory and must shield both oil and fuel lines. Maximum supercharger overdrive on all combinations is 20%. Manufacturers' identification must be clearly visible on all drive pulleys. Intercoolers, variable multi-speed supercharger devices are prohibited. Nitrous oxide injection with supercharged engines prohibited. Cast or billet cases are permitted and must be FIA Drag Racing Commission accepted prior to competition. The top opening of the case may not exceed 12 inches (305mm) in length and 5 inches (127mm) in width. See FIA general regulations 1.10, 1.11.

Turbocharger 1.9.1: A single 120mm (4.72 inches) or a maximum of twin 91mm (2.57 inches) turbochargers allowed. Air to air or water to air intercoolers permitted. Turbocharger size will be verified by measuring the housing bore at the leading edge of the impeller wheel. The maximum diameter of the housing bore at the leading edge of the wheel may not exceed 2mm more than the maximum allowable turbocharger size permitted. Nitrous oxide injection with turbocharged engines is prohibited. From 1st of January 2017, all turbochargers must meet SFI Spec. 61.1. Nitrous oxide injection with turbocharged engines prohibited.

PM 2.4 Transmission: Aftermarket planetary, Clutchless, OEM or aftermarket automatic transmission permitted with a maximum of 5 forward speeds plus reverse for nitrous and turbocharged cars; 3 forward speeds plus reverse for supercharged cars. For supercharged entries overdrive or underdrive units are prohibited in any part of the drive train. 2 forward shifts maximum (split shifting prohibited). Final gear ratio may not exceed 1:1 on supercharged cars. Aftermarket planetary converter drive units accepted. Billet torque converters mandatory. SFI spec 6.2 or 6.3 bellhousing mandatory. Lock-up converters or overdrive units prohibited. All entries utilising a converter must be equipped with a neutral safety switch and a reverse lockout. Bolt together torque converters must be through bolt design using as minimum grade 8 bolts with locking nut. Transmission brake permitted on all converter equipped entries. All entries using an OEM or aftermarket automatic transmission see PM 7.0 Body.

All components and their proposed use must be FIA Drag Racing Commission accepted prior to competition. Transmission brake release must be a function of the driver's left foot. Automated, timer type with pneumatic, electric, electronic, hydraulic, etc. shifting mechanism prohibited; each individual shift must be a function of the driver and controlled manually. Transmission shield meeting SFI spec 4.1 mandatory. See also FIA General Regulations 2.12, 2.13.

PM 3.1 Brakes: Automated brakes prohibited; application and release of brakes must be a function of the driver. Four wheel hydraulic brakes mandatory. Carbon-fibre brake rotors used in conjunction with carbon-fibre specific brake pads mandatory on the rear wheels for vehicles constructed in January 2012 or later. Brake lines must be out of the flywheel and driveline area. Dual master cylinders are mandatory and must be mounted above the frame rails. Steel brake lines are mandatory. Line-loc is permitted. One line-loc solenoid allowed. Any other electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, etc. switch prohibited in the brake system. See FIA General Regulations 3.1. Two (2) line-loc solenoids and one (1) button permissible. Using the line-loc for traction control is prohibited. Any other electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, etc. switch prohibited in brake system. See FIA General Regulations 3.1.

PM 4.3 Parachute: 2 parachutes are mandatory. Parachute packs and unpacked shroud lines must be protected with fire-resistant material from the mounting point to the pack. Separate shroud line mounting points with ½" (13 mm) sleeved 12.9 (grade 8) bolts. See FIA General Regulations 4.8.

PM 4.4 Roll Cage: Chassis must have manufacturer's name, serial number and date of manufacture. Chassis must meet SFI Spec 25.1E or 25.1G Upper rear engine mounting, minimum O.D. 1.250" x 0.058" (32mm x 1.5mm), mandatory on cars without double frame rails. Plating of chassis prohibited, painting is permitted. Chassis must be inspected yearly by the ASN and have serialised SFI sticker affixed to the roll cage before participation in an event. An additional panel(s) of .032-inch (0.8 mm) aluminium, .024-inch (0.6 mm) steel or carbon fibre must be installed in the roll cage roof area. The panel(s) must, at a minimum, extend from the driver's side roof bar to the centreline of the vehicle. The panel(s) in the Funny Car cage area must be removable for proper chassis certification inspection.

PM 7.4 Floor: Drivers side floor pan must be a minimum of .024-inch (.6 mm) steel and must be welded in place. Remainder of stock floors may be replaced by 0.024" (0.6mm) steel, 0.032" (0.8mm) aluminium or Tech Inspector accepted carbon fibre. See FIA General Regulations 7.5

PM 7.5 Hood and Hood Scoop: Permitted, one opening only. Scoop may not extend above the roof line. Must be finished and painted to follow body paint scheme. Sensors, transducers, vents, wiring hoses, etc. prohibited inside the hood scoop. A minimum of 4 fasteners must be used on the leading edge of all lift-off hoods. Burst panel on top of the hood scoop is permitted. Nitrous-assisted entries must utilize either a hood scoop or cowl hood to completely cover carburetors or throttle bodies. On supercharged entries, injector scoop may not extend more than 16 inches (406 mm) forward of the center of the forward engine cylinder, may not extend more than 10 inches (254 mm) behind the centre of the rear engine cylinder, and the top of the injector scoop may not be more than 1.50 inches (38 mm) above the roof. See FIA General Regulation 7.6.

PM 8.1 Batteries: Maximum two (2) total weight wet, fully charged, including battery box: 46.7 kg (100 lbs). If mounted inside driver compartment, battery must be located in a sealed .024-inch (.6 mm) steel or titanium, or .032-inch (.8 mm) aluminum box. The use of remote-mounted battery packs permitted for starting purposes only. Onboard starter optional. See General Regulations 8.1.

PM 10.5 Helmet: For all cars a full face Snell SA2005, SA2010, SAH2010, SA2015, SAH2015 of full face SFI 31.1/2005, 31.1/2010, 31.1/2015 helmet and visor mandatory, (goggles prohibited). Alternatively any helmet in conformity with the current FIA Technical List number 25 and not noted as being for Autocross only is accepted. Eject Helmet Removal System (Part # SDR 890-01-30) mandatory and must be installed per manufacturer's instructions. See FIA General Regulation 10.7. A Stand 21 Lid Lifter head sock meeting SFI 3.3 may be used in lieu of the Eject Helmet Removal System. See General Regulations 10.7.

If you have any queries then please contact Ian Marshall at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).


APIRA Trophy Evening reminder.
2nd February: Jerry Cookson writes with a reminder that Wednesday 17th February is the closing date for ticket bookings for the joint APIRA / Shakespeare County Raceway and Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation Evening which takes place at 6:00 pm on Saturday 5th March at the Hilton Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon:

If you have not already booked then it is recommended that you send off your ticket form as soon as possible. You can download the booking form (PDF format) from the Download page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com. Payment and address details can be found towards the bottom of the form.

The hotel still have rooms available at the negotiated preferential rate of £91 for a double room or £81 for a single including breakfast, car parking and VAT. To book your room, please call the hotel's reservations team on 08008 568000 or visit their web site at www.hilton.com/warwick quoting reference AWED15. Please remember that the cut-off for hotel bookings at the special rate is twenty eight days prior to arrival (i.e. the end of this working week - Ed).

If any 2015 APIRA Champions or runners-up know that they will not be attending then please E-Mail shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com so that alternative arrangements can be made to get your trophy to you.

For full details about the 2016 APIRA / SCR / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation Evening please see the Eurodragster.com news item of 6th January. If you require any further information then please E-Mail shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com.


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 5.
1st February: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 5th March 2016. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2015 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. We are up against quite a tight deadline so two shortlists will be published each week, on Monday and Friday.

Today's shortlist is the APIRA Alan Wigmore Memorial Trophy. The founder of the National Drag Racing Club, Alan Wigmore was dedicated to every aspect of the sport at home as well as in America. As Chairman of the NDRC Alan got to do just about every job there was to organise as well as run race events. This Award is presented in Alan's memory to the chosen individual who has shown the same dedication, spirit and enthusiasm for the sport which Alan showed in his years in drag racing.

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

Nick Brooke-Langham, Gasser Circus
Vote for Nick Brooke-Langham

Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield, Supercharged Outlaws
Vote for Andy Hadfield

Brian and Lee Huxley, Super Gambler organisers
Vote for Brian and Lee Huxley

Mark 'Nipper' Stevens, Kawasaki Triples Challenge
Vote for Mark Stevens

Paul Wright, Outlaw Anglia
Vote for Paul Wright

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

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

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


The award for ingenuity and service...
1st February: Lee Child of Eurodragster.com sponsor LA Racing Parts writes that fellow Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels held a get-together and presentation evening on the Thursday of Autosport International:

The get-together discussed the growth of the VP range followed by an awards ceremony for achievements with the VP Racing Fuels range. Freddie Turza, in charge of Research and Development for VP Racing Fuels, presented the 2015 VP Racing Fuels Strongest Technical Support award to LA Racing Parts. I was really happy with the award from VP Racing Fuels and it's a great reward for all the hours I spend making sure that the customer has the correct fuel.

Freddie Turza described me as "Very creative" for LA Racing Parts' many achievements with products from VP Racing Fuels. Outside of drag racing, LA Racing Parts have been involved with many Championship victories from rally to sprinting and circuit racing for both cars and bikes. The sweetest victory was my first fuel spec with a powerboat combination. After with some careful calculation working with all the information, I got fuel ready to go. The result was a world water speed record on my first attempt.

Back to drag racing and, like other motorsports, I don't promote the fuels which team run without their permission. Drag racing is no different to the other motorsports with which I am involved as victories are not uncommon from Sportsman classes to FIA European Championships.

LA Racing Parts have added fuel outlets to Dakota Raceway in Devon and Spitfire Raceway in Cornwall, and York Raceway will also be confirmed very soon as another fuel outlet. Any racer who wants to run quicker times, to go faster, or to make the most out of their combination without spending thousands should just call LA Racing Parts on 01803 391740 or E-Mail me at lee@laracingparts.com and I will be happy to advise and supply the best race fuel for you.


Swift snippets.
1st February: Best wishes to Eurodragster.com sponsor Webster Race Engineering who suffered a small, but bad enough, fire last week. No-one was hurt which is the main thing. At time of writing Jon Webster was still assessing damage but customers' cars were unaffected; should WRE's phone number and other details change as a result then he will post information on Facebook and here on Eurodragster.com.

Luke Bennett tells us that it's not just Eurodragster.com who have been the target of E-Mail weirdness recently as people have been receiving E-Mails from bennett418@divelys.com purporting to be from the Bennett Racing team. Luke asked us to assure readers that these E-Mails are not coming from him, as Bennett Racing's official E-Mail address is on GMail. As this is a family site we can't repeat the word which Luke used to describe those responsible although we wholeheartedly agree with him.


A word to our sponsors.
1st February: Eurodragster.com sponsors please note that this year's sponsorship renewals have now been sent out. If your renewal has not arrived and it is not in your Spam folder then please get in touch with Tog at tog@eurodragster.com.

If you are interested in sponsoring Eurodragster.com then please get in touch with Tog at the same address.


Repeat backing for Vegter.
30th January: Dutch Pro Modified racer David Vegter is proud to announce that Sonic Equipment and Vegter Pro Mod Racing will extend their partnership for another year. Remco Scheelings writes:

In 2015 the name of the well-known hand tools company was seen on the Vegter Pro Mod Racing '67 Camaro for the first time. Sonic and Vegter Pro Mod Racing were both happy with the results of their co-operation and so Sonic decided to support the team again in their 2016 FIA European Pro Modified Championship campaign. "I'm very proud that such a well-known company wants us to represent their name at the European race tracks for the second consecutive year", said a motivated David Vegter. "We will do the full FIA European Championship tour and want to do even better than we did last season".


Sonic Equipment is a highly experienced specialist in the development and production of professional hand tools and trolley systems. The partnership between Sonic and Vegter Pro Mod Racing, one of the leading European Pro Modified teams, started in 2015. The outcome of the co-operation between Sonic and the popular Dutch Pro Modified team turned out so well, that the Vegter Pro Mod Racing '67 Camaro will fly the flags of Sonic again in 2016. Later in February Sonic Equipment will launch their new web site at
www.sonic-equipment.com where you will be able to find everything about the company and their range of products.

David Vegter is also happy to announce that WVB Holland will support the team for the second year in a row. "It's great to see sponsors stay with your team, because that means that we represent them in the way they want us to" said David.

"We will do all seven races, including the season finale at Malta. There will be no major changes to the Camaro. We have stripped the car and are checking every detail and we will start rebuilding it soon. There are some changes in the crew; two team members had other obligations this year, but after a break Nik Spijker will be back in the team. Although there is still a lot to do, I'm already looking forward to the start of the new season."

You can read this news item in the original Dutch at www.autosport.nl.


Jarmo Pulkkinen.
29th January: We were very sorry to hear of the sudden death of Jarmo Pulkkinen, a well-known supplier to and supporter of European race teams.

Jarmo was born in Finland and brought up in Sweden but had lived in Costa Mesa, California since the late 1970s which was one of the very best times to be hanging around drag strips in California. He worked on restoring cars and hot rods before starting his own business, Jarmo's Custom Autos, building and painting cars and bikes. His business extended to supplying parts and knowledge to European racers and in the other direction supplying US race teams with the Swedish Auto Verdi oil pumps.

Jarmo was widely known as one of the good guys with an ever-present smile and had a reputation for being endlessly helpful and providing excellent service to his customers all of whom became friends. His death will leave a yawning gap in drag racing both in Europe and on the other side of the Pond. Our deepest sympathies to Jarmo's family and to his many friends around the globe.


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 4.
29th January: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 5th March 2016. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2015 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. We are up against quite a tight deadline so two shortlists will be published each week, on Monday and Friday.

Today's shortlist is the APIRA Endeavour Award. The APIRA Endeavour Award is presented to a racer, team, supporter or member of the media in recognition for services rendered over the last twelve months, as well as their overall support of Avon Park International Racing Association and Shakespeare County Raceway.

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

Mike Burrowes, photographer
Vote for Mike Burrowes

Peter Donaldson, photographer
Vote for Peter Donaldson

Les Downey, supporter (Lucas Oil UK)
Vote for Les Downey

Jeni Long, photographer
Vote for Jeni Long

Dave Peters, Funny Bike
Vote for Dave Peters

Tim Stanbury, Pro ET
Vote for Tim Stanbury

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

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

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


Swift snippets.
29th January: The Netherlands' Kirsten van Croonenborgh says that the 2016 plans for her SuzyQ Cuda include running with the Supercharged Outlaws and probably UK Top Sportsman at July's Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway. "My main goal is to have fun, as always!", Kirsten told Eurodragster.com. SuzyQ had some problems last season which kept her from going faster, but hopefully things will be sorted out this year to get us into the eights. Last year I had one run of 8.99 run but that was actually a lucky shot, as SuzyQ wasn't running properly. She should be making 8.5-second runs quite easily."

York Raceway's 2016 schedule has been set and is now available on the track's web site at www.yorkraceway.org.uk together with entry and Club membership forms.

Good luck and stay safe to Sweden's Adam Flamholc who is contesting this weekend's 11th Annual US Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Qualifying commences on Saturday and you will be able to stay in touch on the Flamholc / MMR Racing Facebook page.


Classic reading.
29th January: One of the major bike highlights of last year's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway was the display of Hogslayer and Pegasus, courtesy of the National Motorcycle Museum. Photo-journalist Keith Lee tells us that he has had a major seven-page feature in latest February issue of Classic Bike. The article looks at the build and history of these two iconic double Nortons from different sides of the ocean. Both made their mark on the sport, and are well-remembered by those who saw them in action some years back.

Keith is already working on getting some new machines to Santa Pod to display at Dragstalgia, along with something special on-track if all goes to plan.

Keith adds that his limited-edition eighty-page hardback book, featured in the last Eurodragster.com Christmas Gift Mart, has been very well received but he still has some copies available. British Drag Racing in the 1970s - A Photographic Memory features some of his favourite racing photographs, mainly cars, with most in full colour. This signed and numbered edition is limited to one hundred copies and is only available direct from Keith. The book, which is sized at 10" x 8", is priced at £32 plus £5 UK recorded delivery. If you would like a copy then please contact Keith at sales@keithleeimages.co.uk or message him on Facebook at Keith Lee Images.


Swift snippets.
27th January: Although it's still early days the entry list for February's Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Pomona already contains names one would expect to see, such as 2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion Jonnie Lindberg and Markus Svensson, one surprise appearance is that of multiple FIA European Pro Stock Champion Jimmy Ålund - no stranger to NHRA racing, of course, but never before in Stock Eliminator. You can see for yourself at
www.nhra.com and doubtless more European names will appear soon.

The closing date is fast approaching for Santa Pod Raceway's Early Bird ticket scheme which offers a 20% discount on tickets to all events organised by SPR in 2016. You can book on-line up to midnight UK on Sunday (31st) by clicking here or call the office on 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828) between 08:30 and 19:00 tomorrow and Friday, or between 08:00 and 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Regular readers will know that over the last few weeks attempts have been made to hack some of Eurodragster.com's E-Mail addresses. The attacks started on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote address (a BT Internet address, not a Eurodragster.com address) on the night we announced the first SPRC Perpetual Award shortlist. Most recently two Eurodragster.com addresses have been attacked, which together with other evidence would tend to imply that this was specific and not random targeting. Thanks to good server management by our long-standing ISP Selfnet no E-Mails were lost during the attacks. If anyone would like to shop the culprit then please get in touch in confidence at editor@eurodragster.com.


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 3.
25th January: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 5th March 2016. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2015 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. We are up against quite a tight deadline so two shortlists will be published each week, on Monday (from next week) and Friday.

Today's shortlist is the APIRA Shakespeare County Raceway Sportswoman of the Year Trophy. The APIRA Shakespeare County Raceway Sportswoman of the Year Trophy recognises the efforts of women in 2015 as racers, crew members or track officials.

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

Claire Davies (Funny Bike)
Vote for Claire Davies

Felicity Gibbs (Sportsman ET)
Vote for Felicity Gibbs

Michelle Mockford (Outlaw Anglia)
Vote for Michelle Mockford

Teresa Powell (Super Pro ET)
Vote for Teresa Powell

Deborah Sawatzki (9.50 Bike)
Vote for Deborah Sawatzki

Sandra Sparks (9.50 Bike)
Vote for Sandra Sparks

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

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

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


Web site updates.
25th January: John Hunt has been in touch to let us know about a couple of great 360-degree videos by Aireye from October's Flame and Thunder Show at Santa Pod Raceway. Each video has a small circular 'control panel' at top right allowing the viewer to scroll left and right and up and down. The first video is of one of Robin Read's passes in his nitro-burning Daimler-powered dragster and can be checked out by clicking here whilst the second video features one of Liam Jones' Top Fuel Dragster passes and can be checked out by clicking here.

2016 UK Riders' and Drivers' meeting.
23rd January: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for confirming that the 2016 UK Riders' and Drivers' Meeting will be held on Sunday 14th February at the Hilton Hotel, Northampton, on the eastbound A45 just off Junction 15 of the M1 (postcode is NN4 0XW,
map). The meeting will commence at 12:00 midday and should conclude between 14:00 and 14:30. Refreshments will be available free of charge on arrival.

Items to be discussed include the 2016 UK National Championships (ratification of dates as well as Championship matters), event entry fees and pitside electrical supply, and prize funds, as well as Any Other Business.

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

If you have any items for the agenda of the 2015 Riders' and Drivers' Meeting then please send them either to Santa Pod Racers Club at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or to Shakespeare County Raceway at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com by close of office hours on Friday 12th February.

"Please accept our apologies for holding a meeting on Valentine's Day", says Ian. "We struggled to get alternative dates at the hotel, and of course Easter is earlier this year meaning we had to bring the meeting forward. There will then follow the Annual General Meeting for Santa Pod Racers Club. This meeting will ratify three new members of the SPRC committee and discuss the SPRC accounts. Please note that this will not be a continuation of the Riders' and Drivers' meeting and that access to the meeting will require current SPRC membership."


2016 SFI Tour calendar.
23rd January: Thanks to Jennifer Faye of the SFI Foundation for confirming the dates of the SFI European Recertification Tour. Venues and times will be posted as soon as received:

Thursday 10th March: DHRA Headquarters, The Netherlands, see below
Friday 11th March: Finland, venue TBC
Saturday 12th March: Sweden, venue TBC
Monday 14th March: Santa Pod Raceway, UK, see news item of 21st January

Thanks to Kees van der Meij for letting us know that the SFI Tour's Netherlands stop on Thursday 10th March will be at the Dutch Hot Rod Association headquarters at:

DHRA
Aambeeld 11
1969 NC Heemskerk

Inspections will take place between 08:00 and 12:00 and only cash will be accepted for payment.

Kees adds that DHRA will also be carrying out tech on Junior Dragster chassis; as with UK Junior Dragsters and Junior FCs the drivers' compartment will be inspected. It is requested that bodies are removed from cars before they are presented for inspection. If you plan to bring a Junior Dragster for tech then please inform DHRA in advance at keuring@dhra.nl.


Loveridge joins BDRHoF board.
23rd January: Distinguished motoring journalist and Chairman of the Guild of Motoring Writers Guy Loveridge has joined the Management Board of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame as Marketing and Commercial Director. Guy will also be presenting the Sydney Allard Media Awards at the forthcoming BDRHoF Gala evening which takes place at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London's Heathrow Airport on Saturday 19th November.

Guy has written and published fourteen books and a number of documentary films. His first book, Romany Returns, published by the family firm Douglas Loveridge Publications, was shortlisted for the 1996 Longman / History Today Book of the Year Prize, and since then he has written on motoring and motor sport for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. In 2015 he won the Peugeot Motorsport Cup in recognition of outstanding achievement by a Guild of Motoring Writers member in the world of motorsport.

Guy has commentated on motor sport for local radio stations, Autosport Radio Le Mans, and the Reims Revival, and acted as Master of Ceremonies at Guild of Motoring Writers Awards dinners. He also acts as consultant to auction houses and collectors on classic and historic cars and automobilia and organises Lord March's Revival Runners period police force as part of the Revival Meeting each September. He continues to be Chief Judge of the Sydney Allard award for Writing presented to the writer of the best book, article, feature or blog on British drag racing published in print or on-line during the twelve months ending 31st July.

Guy replaces Brian Taylor who has decided to step down from the role after ten years. British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Chair Stu Bradbury said "The BDRHoF would not have achieved the worldwide status and recognition it now enjoys without Brian's expertise, foresight and guidance. Brian has been thinking about stepping down for some time and the travelling to and from Devon is becoming a little too much. So he will still be here with us, but now in the background."

Guy remarked "Brian's shoes are pretty substantial and tricky to fill, but I am humbled to be invited and look forward to filling the role to the very best of my ability."

News about the Gala and other events will be published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site and Eurodragster.com. The names of the 2016 inductees into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on Eurodragster.com and the BDRHoF web site during Santa Pod Raceway's Dragstalgia meeting on 15th-17th July. 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Hall of Fame and the admission of its first members. The Gala Awards Dinner was first presented in 2014.


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 2.
22nd January: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 5th March 2016. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2015 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. We are up against quite a tight deadline so two shortlists will be published each week, on Monday (from next week) and Friday.

Today's shortlist is the Shakespeare County Raceway Award for Outstanding Achievement. This trophy is awarded to a racer who achieved outstanding performance at Shakespeare County Raceway during the season.

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

Wayne Allman (Mental Breakdown VW pick-up)
Vote for Wayne Allman

Phil James (Wild Bunch)
Vote for Phil James

Joe Kellett (Super Pro ET)
Vote for Joe Kellett

Jack Shook (Junior Drag Bike)
Vote for Jack Shook

Andy Stones (Wild Bunch)
Vote for Andy Stones

Mark Todd (Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator)
Vote for Mark Todd

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

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

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


Swift snippets.
22nd January: Diana Macrae and all of the Podington Peas asked us to say a big Happy 50th Birthday for today (Friday) to Charlie Chicken's dad and all-round top bloke Martin Stanberry. Our pleasure, have a very Happy Birthday Martin.

Flamholc on 2015 and 2016.
22nd January: 2015 was a good season for Sweden's Flamholc Racing, and for Adam himself. Adam writes:

In Europe the team won the European Drag Racing Series in the Pro Mod-style class Top Doorslammer, and we were able to set track records at every event.

After the last event in Europe the team shipped the motor and transmission over to US to continue the season. After some testing with the Corvette in Florida and North Carolina, the team qualified third and then ended up winning the Outlaw Dragracing Championship in Bradenton, Florida. The next stop was the World Street Nationals in Orlando. The team qualified fourth and made it to the semis, where Kevin Fiscus won a very close race. I recorded a new Personal Best for the quarter mile with a storming 5.82/245. The last two events of the year were the Citrus Nationals in West Palm Beach and the Snowbird Nationals in Bradenton. In West Palm, the team again qualified fourth and again made it to the semis where we unfortunately suffered a transmission failure. In Bradenton we qualified eighth in a very strong thirty seven-car field. I managed to turn on a red light in the first round of eliminations, which ended the race early.

All in all it was a good season for us!

Last week I closed a deal with chassis builder David Reese at RBRC. David and the guys are building a brand new race car for Flamholc Racing! The C7 Corvette-bodied RBRC chassis will make its début later in 2016. The team will start the season with the spli- window Corvette and hopefully end it with the new C7 Corvette.

The plan for 2016 is to contest as many IHRA events as possible (hopefully all of them), and then the races down in Florida during the winter. Of course none of this would have been possible without our loyal sponsors. Please support the companies who support us: MMR (Malmö Motor Renovating), Amalie Oil, 5 Days Plantation Shutters and Blinds, Stallningsbyggarna, HRE (Hameetman Racing Engines), Performance Plus, Linnarhults Terminalen, RBRC (Reese Brothers Racecars), Hydraulakuten, McDonalds (South of Sweden), Ekdahl Miljö and Mike Janis Superchargers.

My Viper, which has probably been the most successful doorslammer in Europe, is now for sale. It was built by Jerry Haas 2003 and updated 2012. Titanium firewall, Racepack V300, MSD Grid, Lamb Struts and shocks, carbon front brakes. It won the Pro Extreme Championship in 2014 and the Top Doorslammer Championship 2015 and set track records at all events. It would also make a great Pro Mod car! Best ET in Outlaw trim is 5.70 over the quarter mile and 3.74 over the eighth, with a 0.93 sixty foot. The car comes as a roller without engine, transmission and third member. I will include Racepak run logs and help with the tune-up for the right buyer! Price 350,000 SEK or approximately €35,000. For more details please E-Mail me at adam.flamholc@glueharbor.com.


2016 SFI Tour UK date.
21st January: Thanks to Ian Marshall of Santa Pod Racers Club for letting us know that the 2016 European SFI Recertification Tour will make its UK stop at Santa Pod Raceway on Monday 14th March. Inspections will take place between 10:00 and 16:00. The building to be used at Santa Pod will be advised nearer the time.

We have asked SFI Foundation for the full official European SFI Tour schedule and will post it as soon as we receive it but on previous form we are guessing that the Tour will visit The Netherlands on Thursday 10th March, Finland on Friday 11th March and Sweden on Saturday 12th March. Stay tuned for confirmation before you book that time off work.


Attention UK Junior Dragster/FC teams.
21st January: Ian Marshall also writes that following UK Tech Committee discussion it has been decided to carry out chassis tech on all UK Junior Dragsters and Junior Funny Cars:

Many Junior teams who have ventured outside the UK have encountered queries about tech stickers on their race cars and subsequently suffered problems at scrutineering. In the UK we have up to now only scrutineered, not tech'd, Junior Dragsters and Junior Funny Cars but this is to change.

Starting this year all Junior Dragsters and Junior Funny Cars will be required to have their chassis tech'd in a similar manner to other race vehicles. Tech will only cover the race chassis (driver's cockpit area) but chassis tubes will be tested on all cars.

Chassis inspector Mark Norton will be attending the SFI Day at Santa Pod Raceway on Monday 14th March and will be available to tech Junior Dragsters and Junior Funny Cars on that day. To ensure that things run as smoothly as possible Mark will need to have some idea of how many cars will be brought for inspection at the SFI Day, so if you intend to bring your car or cars along o 14th March then please E-Mail me at
ir.marshall@btconnect.com before 19th February. Inspections will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 so please ensure that you arrive in good time. Mark has asked that bodies are removed before cars are presented.

This year Santa Pod Racers Club will pay for the inspections. Vehicles will then be tested every three years per the standard UK National tech. The cost of the three-year renewal will be £15 in 2019 but we stress that there will be nothing to pay this year.

Please note that it is not compulsory to attend on 14th March as further chassis tech will be carried out at the Festival of Power and at other events throughout the year.

If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625.


Swift snippets.
21st January: Spencer Tramm writes that the off-season merry-go-round is turning in Pro Stock. "Bengt Ljungdahl has acquired Shane Gray's 2015 car and his previous race car is now in the hands of Jonas Boberg who plans to run it in Pro Stock", says Spencer. "Thomas Lindström's former sponsor Stefan Ernryd has purchased Allen Johnson's number two car, which was occasionally raced by Richie Stevens, and it is due to be shipped to Europe shortly."

Racers don't forget that your fans are interested in what you have planned for 2016. Drop us a line and pictures at news@eurodragster.com and we'll do the rest.


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 1.
19th January: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 5th March 2016. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2015 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. We are up against quite a tight deadline so two shortlists will be published each week, on Monday (from next week) and Friday.

Today's vote, the first, is the Iris Page Memorial Trophy. This trophy is awarded to a racer, team, official, marshal or other individual who has either contributed to the sport over the last twelve months, or who has achieved their personal goals against all the odds.

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

Pete and Rob Brown (Wrathchild Wild Bunch team)
Vote for Pete and Rob Brown

Barn Levy (Outlaw Anglia)
Vote for Barn Levy

Dave Massam (National Sprint Association)
Vote for Dave Massam

Bob Molden (White Noise Pro ET team)
Vote for Bob Molden

Jane Read (MSA official)
Vote for Jane Read

Carey Wadey (NAST Supertwin ET)
Vote for Carey Wadey

Pete Walton (UK Stock and Super Stock Association)
Vote for Pete Walton

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

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

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


Swift snippets.
19th January: Richard Walters writes with a quick reminder to anyone who is wishing to attend the Super Pro ET party, which takes place on Saturday 27th Feburary at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March, Cambridgeshire, that there are still tickets available for the party and that rooms are still available to book at the hotel. Please make sure that you mention the Super Pro ET reservation when booking the hotel, as they might tell you it is fully booked. For more information on the party and to book tickets, please contact Richard on 01278 664363, or E-Mail richard@richwalters.co.uk.

CIRC complete move.
18th January: Eurodragster.com sponsor
Chris Isaacs Race Cars has moved to a new location, not far from the previous workshop but now with more elbow room. Chris Isaacs writes:

With nearly three times the space previously available we can offer more flexibility, accessibility and convenience to our customers as well as dramatically reducing the infamous CIRC waiting time! As well as a spacious main working area, our new shop features a dedicated clean room for assembly of differentials and other nut and bolt items, plus a separate showroom area which houses the Isaacs and Tramm turbo Pro Mod Duster.


Currently in the shop are Jason Shalders' now well-known GT3-inspired MGB GT street-legal circuit racer featuring a quad cam, twin turbo V8, seven-speed sequential gearbox and CIRC fabricated 4130 chassis and suspension as well as in-house designed and constructed body patterns; Mark Pascoe's CIRC-constructed VW Beetle in for some last minute small jobs before a race début this year; Lee Corroon's Fiat 127 street and track day car powered by a mid-mounted, supercharged Honda Fireblade engine; and Paul Baynton's Pro ET Capri sitting on our purpose-laid, super-level set up pad, ready for collection after some roll cage and suspension updates. 


Our new chassis table can be seen under construction, whilst sitting on one of our old faithful jigs is the beginnings of a lightweight single seater spaceframe chassis for Brunel University in West London, destined for competition in the Shell Eco-Marathon later this year. 

We offer a full, top-quality build service up to and including turn-key race cars, as well as setup, design and consultancy work. You can find Chris Isaacs Race Cars at Unit 3a Byron Works, Russell Gardens, Wickford, Essex SS11 8QG. For a full picture of what we can do for you, please visit us at www.chris-isaacs.com or on our Facebook, call 01268 571077, or E-Mail info@chris-isaacs.com.


Swift snippets.
18th January: We were sorry to hear from Wolfgang Schöfer that due to medical problems the Schöfer Racing Top Methanol Dragster operation is for sale turn-key including truck and trailer. If interested then please get in touch with Wolfgang at wolfgang.schoefer@web.de or call +49 170 809 1067. Wolfgang adds that he will continue to carry out SFI inspections on PSI blowers; for more information please contact him as above.

A big Thank You to everyone who voted for the Santa Pod Racers Club Perpetual Awards. Tough luck to those couple who tried to rig votes and to the moron who tried to hack the dedicated E-Mail address. The vote is now closed and the results have been passed to the SPRC Committee. We now move on to the vote for the Avon Park International Racing Association Perpetual Awards which will start here on Eurodragster.com tomorrow (Tuesday).


Too fast and a bit furious.
18th January: Rob Creswell writes that 2015 was a great season for Super Comp in the UK, with a good field at every event, and that the racing was more competitive than it has been for a very long time. Dad and Super Comp racer Pete Creswell's Mustang remained the same from the end of 2014 with the spare engine in the hole, which seemed to be behaving itself and performing nicely:


Over the course of twelve qualifying runs from the SPRC Summernationals, through the FIA European Finals and in to the UK National Finals we ran five 8.90s, four 8.91s, two 8.89s and a single wayward 8.87, mostly matched with 0.00 to 0.03 Reaction Times, which shows the consistency of the track prep!

Unfortunately we could not convert the qualifying performances to enough race wins. However, third place in the UK National Championship and runner-up in the SPRC Championship can't be grumbled at. Congratulations to Stu Doigne, Bob Doigne and Tim Lane for a great season with the double Championship victory.

We would like to wish all riders and drivers an adrenaline-packed, Podtastic, but safe 2016. Special thanks go to all the staff, track crew and everybody involved at Santa Pod Raceway. Also, thanks to Eurodragster.com for all the fantastic coverage over the years, past and present (Thanks! You're welcome - Ed).

Rob has spent the off-season putting together an awesome video of one of Pete's passes including in-car and crew-cam footage. You will likely find yourself hitting Repeat as soon as the video finishes. Check it out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y4dym8kRpc.


Autosport International report.
17th January: In association with John Woolfe Racing we have now posted our Autosport International report. Friday's second Trade and Press Day was not the busiest day we have ever seen at the NEC but we still found a number of subjects for interview.

You can check out our Autosport International report by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Approaching closing dates.
14th January: With a few days left to its nominal end-date the support fund for paramedic Louise Payne has gone through a fantastic nine thousand pounds. We still have time to nudge it up to the target of ten thousand pounds. If you wish to contribute to Louise's support fund then you can do so by
clicking here. Thanks very much to everyone who has already contributed.

Voting for the Santa Pod Racers Club Perpetual Awards closes at 23:59 UK time this Saturday (16th). To check out the shortlists and to place your votes check out the official SPRC Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The closing date is fast approaching for ticket bookings for the 2016 Santa Pod Racers Club Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation which takes place at 6:00 pm on Saturday 6th February at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel in Daventry. For full details about the 2016 SPRC Dinner Dance please see our news item of 6th October 2015. You can download the SPRC Dinner Dance booking form (PDF format) by clicking here. A Word format form is available on the Entry Forms section of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.


Swift snippets.
14th January: We will be visiting the Autosport International Show tomorrow (Friday) and will post our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored report and pictures on Saturday. If you are attending Autosport International tomorrow and fancy being one of Tog's victims then he will be easiest found at Santa Pod Raceway / Lucas Oil stand (7460) after lunch.

On a similar subject we have started to fill Eurodragster.com's John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage schedule for 2016. Currently only the first few planned events are listed so there will be several more to add. You can check out the first entries in our 2016 Event Coverage schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. In the interests of aggro-avoidance please read the Schedule notes carefully.


You too can do it...
14th January: Many people come to Santa Pod Raceway to stand on the Bank watching in awe of those duking it out on the quarter mile, or to take part in Run What You Brungs running side-by-side time trials. The idea behind Santa Pod's annual Dial-In Day on Saturday 5th March is to break down the barriers which keep people on the Bank rather than on the strip with an introduction to bracket racing - it really is easier and more accessible than you might think.

There's absolutely nothing to stop you from entering an event in your everyday road car, no matter how slow it might be. It's one of those things in life that's easy to pick up and have a go at but extremely difficult to master.

The concept of the Dial-In Day has worked to great success in recent years with graduates going on to pick up a whole host of trophies in the entry level class, Sportsman ET. In fact, last year's winning graduate, Gillian Medley, took her Jeep Grand Cherokee straight from the Dial-In Day into the Festival of Power just a few weeks later and won the event, beating one of her teachers in the final round!

The day will consist of classroom-based theory sessions which will teach you everything you need to know to get you started with hints and tips from some of the best in the business. After a thorough grounding, you'll be invited to get yourself on track to take part in full qualifying and eliminations, putting your newly-learned skills to the test.

The regular RWYB fees, rules and regs apply so why not come along on Saturday 5th March and have a go! Check out www.rwyb.com to find out more and to enter.


The return of the Fuel Altereds.
13th January: James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway writes that Ron Hope will be making a return to Santa Pod Raceway in the Rat Trap Fuel Altered in 2016, accompanied this time by Randy Bradford in the Bradford's Fiat Topolino:

With 2016 being Santa Pod Raceway's fiftieth anniversary of operating as a drag strip Dragstalgia on 15th-17th July, an event dedicated to historic drag racing, was always going to be one of the main celebrations and we have some very exciting news.

Those that were there to the bitter end at Dragstalgia 2014 will have witnessed one of the best races in modern history when an unfortunate breakage to Rat Trap opened up an opportunity for Nick Davies in Havoc to line up alongside Brian Hope in Pure Hell. When the lights ran, the two ran side by side all the way up the track recording
a pair of six-second runs with Nick carrying the front wheels most of the way! Most of us just watched on in awe but eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that although Brian ran the quicker ET, he red lit. You didn't think we'd leave it there, did you?

We're very pleased to announce that to celebrate Santa Pod Raceway's and Rat Trap's fifteth anniversaries, at Dragstalgia 2016 we'll be welcoming back Ron Hope and Rat Trap along with a new companion to the UK in the form of Randy Bradford and the Bradford's Fiat Topolino. Equally, the armoury is being prepared on this side of the pond as Nick, Rob Loaring and Havoc have a new power plant being shoe-horned into the little Bantam – the nitro-fuelled Donovan motor which powered the Chaos altered to countless low six-second passes. The plan is to have the Bradford car and Rat Trap run together for the majority of the weekend but we're sure that we can arrange a grudge race with Havoc to close the show!

In addition to this mouth-watering prospect on track is all of the usual favourites with Nostalgia Funny Cars, the Wild Bunch, Supercharged Outlaws, Gasser Circus, The Superstockers, the Outlaw Anglias, the 3rd Annual Willys Wars, Outlaw Street and the NSA Bikes on two wheels.

Off track, the NSRA will once again be taking care of the Autoglym Show and Shine competition dishing out the trophies and ensuring there are some of the country's best Hot Rods on display. In addition, the NSRA will be putting together a Blast from the Past Hot Rod display to come in alongside the historic drag racing display. Add in some live music, Jet Car, an on-site hairdresser, Cacklefest and fire burnouts and you have all of the ingredients for one unmissable weekend. Day tickets are available from just £14 per person plus fees and under-16s go free, or to make your weekend extra special why get yourself some VIP tickets from £99+VAT. See the full line-up and buy tickets at www.dragstalgia.co.uk.

There's more good news for UK drag fans as this time the US altereds will get a second bite of the cherry - they will also be attending the FIA European Finals on 8th-11th September. 2016 is going to be a year to remember!


Harteveld goes Pro Mod.
13th January: Our good buddy Remco Scheelings writes that The Netherlands' Marck Harteveld will step up to Pro Modified this year:

Last year Marck reset his Personal Best to 6.79 seconds with his 1970 Roadrunner Superbird. For him this was the moment to make his dream come true and step up to the fastest, quickest and most exciting doorslammer class. To make a succesful entry into the new category, the Voodoo Hemi Racing Superbird will have a new engine and supercharger. In his first season Marck will focus on the MSA British Drag Racing Championship.

For insiders it was not a question of if but when Marck would step up to Pro Modified. He made his quarter mile début in Sportman ET and stepped up to quicker and faster categories over the next few seasons. A few years ago his Voodoo Hemi Racing team built the well-known '70 Roadrunner Superbird. To get used the new car the team entered the Superbird in Super Pro ET, but it was no secret that Pro Modified was the next step for Marck and his Superbird. When he reset his PB to 6.79 seconds in 2015, it was loud and clear that it was time to step up to Pro Modified. "I have always dreamed of racing in Pro Modified and this was the right moment to do it", said Marck. "I can't wait to make the first runs."

As Marck and Voodoo Hemi Racing want to be competitive in Pro Modified many modifications have been and will be made to the Superbird. The chassis already has been upgraded, but even more importantly, "As you can never have enough horsepower in Pro Modified", the Superbird will get a new engine combination. A few weeks ago, Voodoo Hemi Racing bought a 526 cubic inch BAE engine from Pro Dutch Racing, and a Kobelco blower from Swede Thomas Dahlblöm. At the moment the Kobelco blower is with Hammer Superchargers in Mooresville for some updates.

To get used to the new combination Marck will concentrate on the MSA British Drag Racing Championship, but as two rounds are also part of the FIA European Championship he can also face Europe's quickest and fastest Pro Modified racers. Marck will also enter the NitrOlympX and so will face the European competiton three times in his maiden Pro Mod season. Marck's first race in Pro Modified will be the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-27th March. The provisional 2016 calendar for Voodoo Hemi Racing is as follows:

Festival of Power, Santa Pod Raceway, 25th-27th March
FIA Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, 27th-30th May
Mopar EuroNats, Santa Pod Raceway, 29th-31st July
NitrOlympX, Hockenheim, 19th- 21st August
FIA European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, 8th-11th September

Other races for the MSA British Drag Racing Championship, but so far not on the provisional calendar are the SPRC Summernationals on 25th-26th June and the UK National Finalson 24th-25th September, both at Santa Pod Raceway.

You can read Remco's original article in Dutch on the Autosport.nl web site.


SPR/DFDS ferry discount continues.
13th January: Many thanks to Caroline Holden for letting us know that the deal between Santa Pod Raceway and DFDS for reduced-rate ferry crossings across the English Channel is to continue into 2016, and with no increase in the concessionary fares.

DFDS will be introducing two new ferries in February which will greatly increase sailing capacity and frequency. You can check out the provisional 2016 sailing schedule between Dover and Calais or Dunkerque (PDF format) by clicking here.

You can download the booking form (PDF) by clicking here. A Word version will be available for download on the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. Please note that bookings will not be accepted using the 2015 form.

For more information about DFDS check out their web site at www.dfdsseaways.co.uk but to benefit from the Santa Pod Raceway discount please be sure to use the form, not the web site, to make bookings.


Swift snippets.
13th January: Congratulations to Jason Anslow, Jake Clayton, Andy Frost (No relation - Ed), Natalie Laugher and Rae Purdy who are the winners in our Autosport International ticket give-away. Winners should have received our E-Mail by now; if not then please check your Spam folder. Thanks very much to everyone who entered, and to Autosport International and their PR Influence Associates for putting up the tickets.

Congratulations and thanks to John Hackney whose drag racing colouring book has raised no less than £310 for Louise Payne's support fund. "I hope you all enjoyed getting your crayons out!" says Hackers. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy and to those photographers who submitted pictures.


Habermann in Award vote.
13th January: German Top Methanol Dragster racer Timo Habermann has been in touch to let us know that his brother, 2016 FIA European Top Methanol Dragster Champion Dennis Habermann, is in the running for Sportsman of the Year in local newspaper Gelnhäuser Neue Zeitung.

Dennis was named Sportsman of the Month for September 2015 after winning the FIA Championship and now goes head-to-head in a vote with the other eleven monthly winners from 2015, plus a couple of wild cards. Timo tells us that should Dennis win then he intends to donate a portion of the prize money to Louise Payne's support fund (Hence our appearing to break our own rule about organised voting - Ed).

If you wish to vote for Dennis for what is, let's face it, a well-deserved accolade and also to help Louise then click here and then click on Abstimmen. All those voting are eligible for a prize. "Now it's up to you guys", says Timo. "Vote for Dennis and share the link with friends."


Santa Pod's 50th starts here.
12th January: When Santa Pod Raceway unveils its display on Stand 7460 at this week's
Autosport International, it will mark a UK motorsport milestone. The occasion will be the first public engagement of the Raceway's 50th Anniversary season. Half a century on from Santa Pod's inauguration as Europe's first permanent drag strip, the display will reflect the Raceway's vibrant present with a nod towards its future.

The centrepiece will feature a pair of cars: Santa Pod's own two-seater Thrill Ride dragster and the Lucas Oil-sponsored dragster of rising Sportsman drag racing star, Brad Jackson. The nineteen-year-old from Yorkshire is one of the formidable band of young racers continuing to graduate from the Junior Dragster ranks and now races in Super Pro ET. In 2015, Brad finished runner-up in the UK National Super Pro ET Championship. His US-built car is powered by a methanol-burning big-block Chevrolet V8 and can reach 175 mph in 7.6 seconds.

In time, Brad will hope to match the accomplishments of former multiple Sportsman champion Steve Warner, who nowadays pilots the Thrill Ride two-seater, taking lucky passengers on exclusive, high-speed excursions down the Santa Pod quarter-mile. Despite carrying two people, the Thrill Ride's performance capabilities fall not far short of that of Brad's Lucas Oil and, although no longer a competitive driver, Steve is still noted for his ability to cut Championship-quality lights away from the start line. Early in 2015, Steve introduced Idris Elba to the experience of real speed in preparation for the film star's recent No Limits television series.

For 2016, the Thrill Ride will wear a brand new, Santa Pod 50th Anniversary livery which will be presented in public for the first time at Autosport International. Members of the Thrill Ride team will be on hand throughout the weekend to explain the intricacies and excitements involved and Santa Pod staff will be ready to accept bookings from any showgoers feeling inspired or intrepid enough to take a blast down the quarter-mile. The Thrill Ride operates at Santa Pod events throughout the season and is combined with full hospitality packages at principal races. It makes the perfect birthday or Christmas gift-with-a-difference – the ride may only last a matter of seconds, but seconds that will be imprinted in the memory for the rest of the passenger's life.

Members of Brad Jackson Racing will also be present during the weekend, including Brad himself at certain times, along with Lucas Oil representatives ready to explain the company's extensive range of automotive lubricants, treatments, additives and ancillary products.

Santa Pod's own staff will be there too on Stand 7460, happy to discuss a 2016 50th Anniversary programme crammed with more than fifty events for lovers of all manner of fast-paced, motorised machinery - enthusiasts, participants and spectators alike.

It is for good reason that Santa Pod Raceway is known as "The UK's most action-packed venue".


Swift snippets.
12th January: ...which leads nicely in to a reminder that our Autosport International give-away closes at midnight UK tonight (Tuesday). On offer are five pairs of tickets for the Show this Saturday (16th) including tickets to the 13:00 performance of the Live Action Arena. For more details and how to enter the give-away check out Saturday's news item.

Slightly delayed by an outbreak of Man Flu at the Eurodragster.com offices, Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award sponsor Cath Napier asked us to say a big Happy Birthday and Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary for yesterday (Monday) to husband, Pro ET racer and Perfect Light Award sponsor Tig Napier. Hope you had a great day Tig and hope you had a great Anniversary guys.

Good news and sad news from UK Top Methanol Funny Car racer Steph Milam firstly welcoming Caleb George Wilson, son of crewman Aaron, who arrived last Thursday (7th) weighing in at 8 lb 7 oz. On a sadder note the funeral of the team's Clutch Tech Dan Young takes place at 12:30 this Thursday at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium. "Gone but never forgotten", says Steph.


Speedgroup announce new CEO.
12th January: The Board of Directors of Speedgroup Board of Directors has decided to promote Åsa Kinnemar to Chief Executive Officer of Speedgroup AB. Speedgroup say that Åsa is an asset to the company and has shown good leadership and communications skills. She has a solid background in drag racing and is familiar with and has a good understanding of the company and the business.

Chairman Pelle Lindelöw says "I am delighted to welcome Åsa Kinnemar as our CEO.  She brings substantial experience in European and International drag racing, both from her own experiences running a drag racing team for several years and as Administrator of those series which Speedgroup handles as well as all kinds of behind-the-scenes work. We are looking forward to working with Å to continue to build on the series and to strengthen drag racing in Europe."

The Speedgroup Board will continue with the same composition as before:
  • Roger Lyrén - Marketing director, EDRS/EDRS Pro series
  • Leif Andréasson - Marketing director, FIA Relations
  • Kjell Pettersson - Senior Advisor
  • Mats Ericsson - Senior Technical Advisor for the Automotive Division
  • Anders "Charley" Karling - Senior Technical Advisor for the Motorcycle Division
  • Pelle Lindelöw - Chairman of the Board

SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 5.
11th January: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 6th February 2016.

For several of the 2015 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

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

Lawrie Bamford, for Liam Jones (Top Fuel Dragster)
Vote for Lawrie Bamford

Brian Cooper and James Woodsford, for Kev Slyfield (Pro Modified)
Vote for Brian Cooper and James Woodsford

Bob Doignie and Tim Lane, for Stu Doignie (Super Comp and Super Gas)
Vote for Bob Doignie and Tim Lane

Frank Field, for Pete Field (Super Street Bike)
Vote for Frank Field

Rob Loaring, for Tim Garlick (Nostalgia Funny Car)
Vote for Rob Loaring

Ian and Teresa Powell, Super Pro ET
Vote for Ian and Teresa Powell

Mark Todd, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator
Vote for Mark Todd

Steve Venables, Super Street Bike
Vote for Steve Venables

Olly Young, for Sam Young (VW Pro) and Jonny Smith (Pro ET and Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator)
Vote for Olly Young

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
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The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to bike scrutineer Steve Johnson. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2015@btinternet.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

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

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than contacting Eurodragster.com, posting cryptic comments on Facebook, or attempting to hack the Awards E-Mail address (As some moron has spent the last month trying - Ed). E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the content of the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement.

Voting for the Perpetual Awards will close at 23:59 UK time this Saturday (16th) / 00:59 European time Sunday (17th).


SPRC Dinner Dance reminder.
10th January: The closing date is fast approaching for ticket bookings for the 2016 Santa Pod Racers Club Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation which takes place at 6:00 pm on Saturday 6th February at the
De Vere Staverton Park Hotel in Daventry (map). If you have not already booked then it is recommended that you send your ticket form as soon as possible.

If any 2015 UK National or SPRC Champions or runners-up know that they will not be attending the Dinner Dance then please contact Yvonne Tramm at ytramm@africonnect.com so that she can arrange someone to receive their trophies.

For full details about the 2016 SPRC Dinner Dance please see our news item of 6th October 2015. You can download the SPRC Dinner Dance booking form (PDF format) by clicking here. A Word format form is available on the Entry Forms section of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. Please note that booking forms should be sent to Yvonne Tramm at the address specified on the form and not to the SPRC office.

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


Swift snippets.
10th January: There is one voting category left in the Santa Pod Racers Club Perpetual Awards, namely the James Edgar Memorial Trophy whose shortlist will be announced on tomorrow's (Monday's) news update. Voting for the Perpetual Awards will then close at 23:59 UK time next Saturday (16th) / 00:59 European time next Sunday (17th). To check out those shortlists already announced, or to place your vote, check out the official SPRC Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Sweden's Patrik Pers has put his Top Fuel Dragster up for sale. The car comes with both front and rear wings which are currently in tag, injector, clutch can and motor plate, headers, oils pans and anything else relevant to Top Fuel. The chassis is twelve runs old from a complete front half rebuild from the cockpit all the way down to include brand new McKinney A arms and 1000-foot fuel tank. The rear was updated a couple of years earlier. The car has brand new front wheels but no rear end. The asking price is €35,000. If interested then please contact Patrik at patrik@speedghost.com or +46 70 696 1385 or Mark Bodimeade at mark@speedghost.com or 07909 528355.


BDRHoF Gala moves house.
10th January: After just two years, November's third weekend is now firmly established on the international drag racing calendar as Gala Weekend for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. The sparkling, black-tie occasion celebrates British drag racing's past, present and future before an audience of racers, fans and contributors to the sport, along with a gathering of distinguished figures from home and abroad, and honours the year's new roster of members inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The date for 2016's Gala Awards Dinner will be Saturday 19th November and the event has a new venue, the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London's Heathrow Airport. BDRHoF chairman Stu Bradbury explains "Our usual home, the Savill Court Hotel, will be closed for refurbishment next autumn so we have chosen a new venue which will suit the occasion perfectly. The west-of-London location has worked well for us, with excellent motorway connections from all directions, and the Sheraton Skyline will have the added benefit of rail connections from London into Heathrow close at hand.

"The Sheraton Skyline has some spectacular facilities to offer us – our pre-dinner drinks reception, for instance, will take place in the Sky Garden, the hotel's tree-filled central atrium around the pool. We have endeavoured to keep any price rises to a minimum. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and we have negotiated special room rates for guests choosing to stay overnight of £115 per night single, £125 double. We'll detail booking arrangements soon. We expect our table prices to remain unchanged.

"The addition last year of our afternoon question-and-answer Bench Racing session, featuring some of our visiting guests from America and Scandinavia, was a huge hit. It provided a unique opportunity – where else would you ever get the chance to engage with such a gathering of drag racing notables? – and we aim to expand on the recipe this year. We've set a precedent for attracting the sport's greatest names to our Gala and we certainly shall not disappoint this time. We already have some outstanding figures committed to attend and we'll reveal more news on that subject in the coming months.

"I'm now happy to take reservations for the Gala Awards Dinner by email at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone at 01933 279102. The event always sells out well in advance so, if you would like to join us for the occasion, I'd suggest you make your reservation sooner rather than later. We've already had several tables reserved immediately after last November's Gala."

Ongoing news about the Gala and other events will be published here on Eurodragster.com and on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk. The Sheraton Skyline Hotel is situated on the A4 Bath Road on Heathrow Airport's northern perimeter and hotel information is available on-line at www.sheratonskyline.com.

The names of 2016's inductees into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on Eurodragster.com during the weekend of Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway, 15th-17th July. 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Hall of Fame's founding and the admission of its first members. The Gala Awards Dinner first took place in 2014.


Web site updates.
10th January: Our good buddy, bike photo-journalist Steve Moxley had had two event reports published on the Eat My Ink web site, covering the two-wheeled action at the 2015 UK National Finals and 2015 Extreme Performance Bike Weekend, both at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out Moxey's work at www.eatmyink.com.

Autosport International give-away.
9th January: Thanks to those great people at
Autosport International and their PR Influence Associates we have five pairs of tickets to give away for the Saturday (16th) of next week's Autosport International at Birmingham's NEC.

Not only will the winners receive a free pair of tickets to Saturday's Show but also a free pair of tickets to the 13:00 performance of the Live Action Arena. Entry is also included to the Performance Car Show presented by Landsail Tyres in association with Autocar and Pistonheads.com. The total value of each set of tickets is £70.

Either side of the Live Action Show you can visit Santa Pod Raceway and Eurodragster.com sponsor Lucas Oil Products on stand 7640 and check out the Two Seat Dragster in its new livery together with the Super Pro ET dragster campaigned by Brad Jackson, Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson's blown-alcohol Camaro Pro Mod on the NGK Spark Plugs stand on stand 2850, Eurodragster.com sponsor the Anglo American Oil Company on stand 2500, and Mark Todd's 200 mph street-legal GTO on the Serck Services Motorsport stand (7350). For the fan of motorsports as well as drag racing there is plenty more to see from every discipline and a huge number of trade stands.

To be in with a chance of winning one of the five pairs of Autosport International tickets simply send an E-Mail to giveaway@eurodragster.com with Autosport International give-away as the subject and giving the following details in the E-Mail:
  • Your name
  • Your E-Mail address
  • Your mobile phone number
Yep, that's all! Entry closes at midnight UK on Tuesday (12th) / 01:00 UK Wednesday. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries. We will E-Mail winners at their specified address first thing on Wednesday morning with details of how and where to collect their tickets.

Please note:
  • One entry per E-Mail address. Multiple entries will all be deleted;
  • Entries sent to any other Eurodragster.com address will be deleted;
  • Entries without the above three pieces of information will be deleted;
  • Only tickets for Saturday (16th) are on offer and there is no cash alternative;
  • Winners are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the NEC.
We will not, of course, share your details with anyone except for passing winners' details to Influence Associates.

Autosport International takes place at Birmingham's NEC next Thursday to Sunday (14th-17th); Thursday and Friday are trade-only days and Saturday and Sunday are public days. For more details about Autosport International check out the Show's official web site at www.autosportinternational.com, and for more details about the Performance Car Show check out www.performancecarshow.com. You can find out more about the NEC at www.thenec.co.uk.

Good luck!


In the picture with WaspCam.
7th January: UK Junior Dragster racer Jordan Payne is pleased to announce sponsorship from camera manufacturer WaspCam. Jordan writes:

A couple of days ago two friends of ours, Charlie and Cheryl, came and visited us to exchange Christmas presents and also to go out for a meal. Charlie is a representative for a company called WaspCam, a Canadian manufacturer of High Def Action Cameras for all action sports, and he has supplied me with their top-of-the-range product!

WaspCam produce cameras, camera mounts and a wide range of different accessories. The camera which we have been given is the WaspCam Gideon. The Gideon comes with a fully waterproof anti fog case, a swivel T-mount, mount adaptors, two rear case doors (one is vented), a lithium ion battery, a USB charging cable, a velcro strap, a secure tether, and a copy of the ArcSoft video editing software which allows you to edit and share your videos on-line. The camera itself has many functions including recording HD videos in nine different quality options, and taking photos in up to 16 mp quality. The Gideon also has built in wi-fi so can connect with any smart phone through the WaspCam app (Hmm... - Webcast Producer). The camera can stream videos live to your phone, and also allows you to preview your completed videos wirelessly. The Gideon has time-lapse mode which takes pictures every 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 or or 60 seconds.

With the Gideon you can also purchase a wireless wrist remote, which can either be used as an ordinary watch or used to control the camera wirelessly from up to twenty five feet away. The watch can control all of the camera's functions, and also receives a live video feed, so that you can see what the camera sees.

After having a little play around with the camera I have found that the WaspCam is a lot easier to use than a GoPro. I find it simpler to navigate through all the menus and to select different recording modes. My dad can even understand how to use it, so it must be simple! The camera's OSD display is very bright and clear making it easy to see in bright sunlight, and also complete darkness.

I would like to welcome WaspCam to the Sticky Situation Junior Drag Racing Team. You can find their web site at www.waspcam.com.


Autosport International line-up.
7th January: As well as the Santa Pod Raceway / Lucas Oil stand (7640), drag racing will also be represented elsewhere at next week's Autosport International Show at Birmingham's NEC.

Bob Roberts tells us that NGK Spark Plugs' stand (2850) will be hosting Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson's blown-alcohol Camaro Pro Mod. Close by the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions stand (E970, Thursday and Friday only) will be Scott Hauser's Super Pro ET Dragster. Eurodragster.com sponsor Geof Hauser tells us that BMRS have an exciting new product on display which is already used by Schumacher Racing, we will of course bring you details in our report. Lee Child of Eurodragster.com sponsor LA Racing Parts says that he will be in attendance on the stand of fellow Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels (E55, Thursday and Friday only) whilst another Eurodragster.com sponsor, the Anglo American Oil Company, will be found on stand 2500.

Autosport International runs from Thursday to Sunday next week (14th-17th); Thursday and Friday are trade-only days. You can find out more and book tickets at www.autosportinternational.co.uk. Eurodragster.com will be attending Autosport International on Friday, so if you or your vehicle are appearing on a stand or if you are going to be at the Show on Friday and will be available for interview then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.


2016 FIA rules released.
6th January: Many thanks to FIA Drag Racing Commission Vice Chair Lars Pettersson for letting us know that the 2016 season FIA European Drag Racing Championship Technical Regulations, Sporting Regulations and SFI Specifications have now been posted on the
FIA web site. Lars writes:

There are both new rules and clarifications made by the FIA Drag Racing Commission for 2016, including a clarification concerning points allocations when there is an infraction, exclusion, suspension or an disqualification. Travel money has been adjusted and there is a new article about a Traction Assessment Test which has to be carried out before an event.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank organisers, Officials and the Rules Advisory Group active in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships for their proposals and for their work on the 2016 FIA rules.

I would also like to remind that racers, teams and officials carefully study the FIA International Sporting Code and the Appendix. There are lots of rules and chapters which we must all understand and follow.

You can go directly to the new FIA European Drag Racing Championships rules on the FIA web site at www.fia.com/regulations/regulation/fia-drag-racing-101.


SPR seek static display vehicles.
6th January: James Forster writes that Santa Pod Raceway would like to invite racers to display their vehicles at StuntFest on Saturday 20th February:

Although the track isn't open, StuntFest is a family-oriented day out with the Podzilla Monster Truck, Car Jumping, Car Football, Stunt Displays and more. Further information on the show is available at www.stuntfest.co.uk.

If anyone would like to come along with their vehicle, please contact me at james@santapod.com or call 01234 782828.


APIRA, Outlaws Trophy Night reminder.
6th January: A reminder that Avon Park International Racing Association, Shakespeare County Raceway and the Supercharged Outlaws are holding their joint Championship Trophy Presentation Evening on Saturday 5th March 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 2015 APIRA Champions and runners up and APIRA and SCR Perpetual Award winners, together with winners and runners up from the UK Supercharged Outlaws.


The evening 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 till late provided by Kenny's Bar resident DJ Jamie, along with a raffle during the course of the evening.

Tickets will be £20 per adult and £10 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 meals will be cheese on toast followed by beefburger served with french fries followed by chocolate pudding. 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. These are priced at £91 for a double or £81 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 website at www.hilton.com/warwick quoting reference number AWED15. 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. Credit card payments can be made by calling 01789 414119 during business hours. Payments can also 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 17th February. If you have any queries then please call 01789 720180, or E-Mail E-Mail shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com. If you have already ordered your tickets then they will be sent out shortly together with an information sheet.

2014 Perpetual Award winners please note that all trophies should be returned to APIRA / SCR as soon as possible please. To make arrangements for return of trophy's please E-Mail Jerry Cookson at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com or call 01789 720180 during office hours.


Interview: Arthur Christy.
5th January: For the latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products, Simon interviewed Arthur Christy who in 1971 became the first South African drag racer to visit Santa Pod Raceway.

Arthur helped create South Africa's first drag strip and constructed his Hawaiian III dragster which he raced at Santa Pod. Running on treaded tyres, he qualified with a Personal Best of 9.05/177, and on the Saturday ran a losing pass against Dennis Priddle before winning against Alan Blount in a third place run-off.

Simon's interview with Arthur tells the story of a lifelong love of cars and drag racing. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


All invited to Drachten...
5th January: Margot Schmidt of Quartermile / ESLA, the organising body for The Netherlands, has written to announce the dates of three three-day events at Drachten Airfield in 2016. All racers are invited.

The Main Event takes place on 22nd-24th July and the Weekend of Champions on 16th-18th September. Pre-registration costs €150 including driver's registration, two start line crew entry tickets and one pit crew entry ticket (€45 value each). Entry is free for Junior Dragsters and Junior Drag Bikes including driver's registration and one start line / crew entry ticket. Entry includes campsite, electricity, showers, toilets etc. The track will be fully prepared.

Registration payments must be made at least three weeks before the event. Late entry in the last three weeks before the event is €200. Racer entry at the gate is possible, but at an increased cost of €250.

Quartermile are also organising an event at Drachten on 27th-29th May. This is a street-legal event with a fully-prepared track. All Pro racers are welcome to test and tune at this event for free.

More information on all three events can be found at www.quartermileshow.com or E-Mail info@quartermile.nl.


...VWs invited to Clastres.
5th January: France's Wild VW and Buggy Club is proud to announce the second Wild VW Drag Days at Clastres Raceway Park on 14th-15th May. Bernard Wajsbrot writes:

The Wild VW Club still retains the same staff since its first activities thirty years ago, which makes it the oldest nationwide air-cooled VW Club. We are a non-profit organisation and all the staff have day jobs. Our goal is simply to improve the aircooled VW brotherhood and drag racing in Europe, nothing else. We organised the first six runnings of the Super VW Nats, culminating in an entry of three thousand VWs from all over Europe. A lot of British VW drag racers entered those European events, the first being Keith Seume who became a special friend of the Club. In 2014 our club organised the first Wild VW Drag Days which immediately turned into a European VW drag racing event. Back in the day we raced with the VWDRC at Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway.

The Wild VW Drag Days will be held on the drag strip at Clastres Raceway Park which is near Saint Quentin in the Aisne, an hour and a half from Calais on the A1 motorway to Paris. The track is now the sole permanent drag strip in France. It's 1650 metres long and thirteen metres wide and is used monthly by Sportsman racers. The French Drag Racing Championship comes six times a year. The track is prepared and timed by the staff who organise the French Drag Racing Championship. They use VP track products and the Christmas Tree and the timing system are the same used in Pro series in the USA. We often hear from regular European racers that the potential of this track is currently just three tenths of a second down on Bitburg, and that the grip is becoming better and better. Of course all the safety services including doctor are on duty during events. Restaurants and camping facilities are part of this friendly weekend.

Nearly sixty racers from Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy and of course France came for the first event in 2014 but we were desperately missing British racers!

You can check out a great YouTube video of the 2014 Wild VW Drag Days by clicking here, and for more information please E-Mail Bernard at bwajsbrot@gmail.com.


LucasOilRacing.TV's UK launch.
5th January: A new 24/7 streaming TV network dedicated solely to the world of motorsports will receive its UK launch on the Santa Pod Raceway stand (Hall 7, Stand 7460) on the opening day of next week's Autosport International at Birmingham's NEC.

Visitors who sign up to LucasOilRacing.TV next Thursday (14th) and Friday will be in time to catch some exciting US racing from The Chili Bowl live on Saturday 16th.

LucasOilRacing.TV will run twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and looks set to be the world's premiere motorsports destination. Programming will include live racing, expanded pre-race and post-race action, behind-the-scenes content, unseen interviews, automobile build shows, and an extensive library of motorsports content and racing. The new streaming service will be available for a monthly subscription of $4.99. It will deliver unlimited access to all types of motorsports racing including American Sprint Cars, Pro Pulling, GT racing, Short Course Off-Road racing, Modifieds, Drag Boats, Late Model Dirt, NHRA, stock cars, motorcycle racing, authentic build shows and everything in and around the world of motorsports. In addition to an extensive on demand library of programming, LucasOilRacing.TV will also include interviews with the world's most popular and dynamic drivers, conducted by the sport's most iconic journalists.

"LucasOilRacing.TV consolidates all the best racing and automotive programming in the world into a single destination for viewers, making it available to anyone with internet access" says Bob Patison, Executive Vice President of Lucas Oil. "LucasOilRacing.TV will give viewers access to their favorite motorsports, on demand, anywhere and any time they want it."

The new service will be available worldwide across multiple digital media players and mobile devices including products by Android, Amazon, Apple, Roku, Smart TVs and through PCs. LucasOilRacing.TV is dedicated to continued development of its platform for additional devices, including popular gaming consoles.

Eurodragster.com will be attending Autosport International next Friday (15th). If you or your vehicle are appearing on a stand or if you are going to be at the Show on Friday and will be available for interview then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.


Chris Wicks.
4th January: We were sorry to hear from Al Golding of the death of his long-time friend and former racer Chris Wicks, who passed away on 29th December following a four-year battle with cancer:

Chris had been around drag racing since the mid-1970s with his Sunbeam Tiger The Cat back when the BDRA ran the meets at Santa Pod and Blackbushe. In 1982 Chris won several trophies in both Modified and Super Street. His other car, a Mini Cooper named The Mouse, was driven by one of his cousins. Chris later came back in the early 1990s in a Cortina estate called Wild Ride equipped with a 351 Cleveland and four-speed manual box.

When Chris retired from driving he helped crew with the likes of Jim Whelland, Rick Lea and Brian Pateman for many years.  With his knack for Holley tuning and engine building he ran his business Racing Services before working as a dental test rngineer for fourteen years. Chris will be sadly missed by many friends, both in drag racing and his personal life.

Chris' funeral will be held at 1:20 pm on Thursday of next week, 14th January, at West Herts Crematorium, High Elms Lane, Watford WD25 0JS followed by the after-service reception at The Tudor Arms, Bushey Mill Lane, Watford WD24 7TQ. All who knew Chris are welcome to attend.

Our deepest sympathies to Chris' family and friends.


SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 4.
4th January: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 6th February 2016.

For several of the 2015 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

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

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

Current Racing (Sam Young, VW Pro)
Vote for Current Racing

Howlin' Hauler (Al Williamson, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator)
Vote for Howlin' Hauler

Just Mustard (Jack Brewster, Super Pro ET)
Vote for Just Mustard

Miss-de-Meaner and Another Miss-de-Meaner (Caitlin and Morgan Wilson, Junior Dragster)
Vote for Miss-de-Meaner and Another Miss-de-Meaner

The Package (Simon Gough, Super Pro ET)
Vote for The Package

Plum Crazy Racing (Simon Innes, Pro ET)
Vote for Plum Crazy Racing

Przym Paintworks (Paul Przybyl, Super Pro ET)
Vote for Przym Paintworks

Warpspeed Racing (Pro Stock Bike, Funny Bike, Junior Drag Bike)
Vote for Warpspeed Racing

White Noise (Bob Molden, Pro ET)
Vote for White Noise

Williams Brothers Racing (Dan and Nic Williams, Pro ET)
Vote for Williams Brothers Racing

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
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The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to bike scrutineer Steve Johnson. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2015@btinternet.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

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

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than contacting Eurodragster.com, posting cryptic comments on Facebook, or attempting to hack the Awards E-Mail address (As some moron has spent the last three weeks trying - Ed). E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the content of the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement.

The final voting category, due next Monday (11th January), will be the James Edgar Memorial Trophy.


Picture purchase thanks.
3rd January: Eurodragster.com Photographer Julian Hunt would like to thank all those who purchased a photograph to raise money for Louise Payne's
support fund.

"Together we have managed to raise £460", says Julian. "A big Thank You to Skullracing Team (Finland); Wayne and Helen Allman; Edd Thorpe; Steven East; Graham White; Adam Gleadow; Mark Bishop; Ryan McGrath; Graham Sykes; Bob Hawkins; Neil Payne; Tom and Jana Gotta; Pete Morley; Chris Gibson; Pete Le Gros; Paul Geary; Donald Harvey; Frans Steilberg; Jonny Marriage; Hans van Hengel; Paul Marriman; Martin Wilson; Andrew Lambert; Charlie Draper; Markus Münch; Sarah Howells (Dash Racing); Dave Grabham; and Rob Smallworth."

Don't forget that John Hackney's drag racing colouring book is also available with all profits going to Louise's support fund; more details on Thursday's news update. You can also contribute direct to Louise's support fund on its Justgiving page. Many thanks to everyone for their support.


Swift snippets.
3rd January: The replays of the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcasts are certainly proving popular and they are still running today; you can tune in at www.didyousee.me/dragrace.

The next shortlist in the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote will be posted on tomorrow's (Monday's) news update and will be for Most Professional Appearing Team. In the meantime if you have not already cast your vote for Most Promising Newcomer, Best Appearing Car or Best Appearing Bike, or submitted a nomination for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, then you can do so by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Webcast replays now showing.
1st January: In the promised New Year present to our readers, replays of some of 2015's
Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcasts are now available courtesy of Maikel Gloudemans of our streaming service supplier Doyousee.me to whom many thanks.

Events available are the 2015 UK National Finals, Dragstalgia and NSRA Nostalgia Nationals and you can tune in at www.didyousee.me/dragrace. Enjoy and have a very Happy New Year from Tog, Simon, Kirstie and Julian.



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