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Estonian Finals on the move.
24th July: Our good buddy Kristjan Veedler of the
Estonian Drag Racing Association tells us that the Estonian Championship Finals, which was scheduled to take place at Raadi Airfield in Tartu on 23rd August, is to move to Kiltsi Airfield in Haapsalu.

The move is due to poor track conditions at Tartu. Although the race date will remain the same the race distance has been changed from an eighth mile to a quarter mile with the exception of the Junior Bracket. "EDRA's track crew will do its best to improve traction even more and get the new Estonian record at our event", says Kristjan. "Most likely some rubber laying and trackbite spraying will be in order. More information will soon be available on our web site at and on our Facebook page."

A new Estonian National record of 7.771 seconds at 270 kmh was set by Reino Poom in his Outlaw Dragster last Sunday at the American Beauty Car Show, an annual car show and swap meet which has taken place at Haapsalu since 2001. The event is not a Championship race but usually ends with an American cars-only drag race at Kiltsi Airfield. The race was contested in Street and Special classes and the results were as follow:

Street cars
1. Ake Svens (Fin); Plymouth Duster
2. Jukka Erkki Hyvärinen (Fin); Chevrolet Malibu
3. Kimmo Nevalainen (Fin); Chevrolet Corvette

Special cars
1. Reino Poom (Est); Dragster
2. Juhani Kautto (Fin); Oldsmobile Cutlass
3.Veljo Einberg (Est); Buick Grand National

The Super Final was won by Janne Nykänen with his Dodge Swingeriga. Janne collected the prize money of $4000.

You can see a video of Reino's record run at

The Estonian Championship series will continue this weekend at Pärnu Airfield with the Speedest Glassdrive Nightrace organised by

The Millar's tale.
24th July: UK Outlaw Anglia racer Colin Millar says that it has been a tough four weekends out of five for the Flyin' Fyfers, and that it's not over yet:

On Wednesday 6th August we leave sunny Scotland for Hockenheim and the fantastic NitrOlympX venue. I would like to thank a few friendly people who have helped Mark Todd and I to set out on what can only be described as the adventure of our lives. It's only my second visit and it will be Mark's first experience of the splendour and excitement which comes with this special event. Mark will be joined by Paul Houston, Brian Whitfield and Ian Tubbs, the Flyin Fyfers have Scott Crookston, Lynn Crookston, Nicole Wardrobe and Jedd Guy who, even though he is on the wrong side of the border, will have to wear the obligatory kilt and of course be a true Scotsman, I bet he can't wait! We will naturally have all the pictures for future blackmail.

Race Director Jerry Lackey is in constant communication and has made the path nice and easy so thanks to Jerry for that. Thanks also to Andy Willsheer for putting us in contact with DFDS from whom we have had fantastic support with special packages for Mark and I to travel from Newcastle to Amsterdam on the overnight ferry which is a first class experience; we would like to thank Catherine Jowett and Zoe Maylan from DFDS who have been so helpful in the whole process.

We will have a five-hour journey when we get over there but it will feel like two hours as we will be that excited. I wish everyone who is going a safe journey and I look forward to meeting old friends whom we already knew, the friends we made last year, and the friends whom we will meet this year. Such a great bunch of people who have one thing in common: drag racing!

York's fourth Reunion.
24th July: The UK's York Raceway hosts its fourth National Hot Rod Reunion on 24th-25th August:

In four years this has grown to be the largest and most popular event on the York Raceway calendar, and this year is looking to be even bigger and better. On Sunday we have the rejuvenated Street Racer Championship which is in its thirty seventh year, quite possibly the longest running street car race in the world. Thanks to our sponsors Blue Bar Caterers, Power Race Graphics, LA Racing Parts, PDRC and Performance Unlimited we have put up £1000 prize money. The Street Racer Championship is open to any street-legal car, if you think you have a fast car then get it entered for your chance to win £1000. More details to follow.

We have two rounds of American Super Stock, Europe's largest all-American drag racing series so if you're a Mopar nut this is perfect for you. We will also have a selection of some of the UK's nostalgia race cars taking to the strip, more details to follow.

On Sunday we will have our exclusive Show and Shine. The owners of some of the finest hot rods, customs and classics from all over the UK have been hand picked to present their vehicle. This event has over a hundred vehicles entered. On Sunday evening we will hold our annual Cacklefest, in which the race cars park up on the track and give us ten seconds of noise. The sound of over fifty V8s revving their engines at once is truly awesome. Continuing the entertainment into the Sunday night, we have excellent live music from The Karma Hearts.

New for 2014, we will have static displays from some of the UK's Nostalgia Stock Cars. These wild, colourful, battered and bruised hot rods complement the hot rods which race. We will have a static display of some of the UK's finest huge American trucks, many covered in chrome and sporting long pointed noses. We will have Voodoo Tuesday putting on a burlesque show in the evening and walking about the facility throughout the Sunday accompanied by one of our photographers. An excellent chance to get a professional photo of yourself with Voodoo Tuesday or of Voodoo Tuesday posing with your vehicle.

Finally there will be Run What You Brung both days, so no matter what your vehicle you can stick it on the track and see what it does!

You can find out more at

Swift snippets.
24th July: 10:30 The UK's Andy Raw is urgently seeking a set of pistons for the motor of his VW Beetle Funny Car so that he can appear at the NitrOlympX. Andy says that he needs a good set of 4.500" pistons, flat top with single valve relief, compression distance 1.648", pin diameter 0.990", compression ratio not critical. If you can help then please call Andy on 07778 805244.

Sweden's Adam Flamholc made it four wins in four outings at Malmö at the weekend having qualified #1 at 3.84 at an Outlaw record 207.50 mph. "We have won the Pro Extreme series with one race to go!", says Adam. "I'm so happy for the guys in my team who work hard and never see problems, just opportunities! I'm so fortunate to have a family who understand and support my racing, and I am grateful to the companies who support us - please support them! You are all a part of our success, thank you all! We are heading to Tierp Arena for one of the biggest events of the year and we will do our very best to keep the momentum going!"

Thanks to Paul Marston for forwarding us the final version of the official entry list for UK Top Sportsman, which takes place at this weekend's Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page. Stay tuned for some late news about UK Top Sportsman.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe for forwarding us the official timing data from Bug Jam. You can check out the Bug Jam timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any page.

We have no less than three birthdays today. First up is a very Happy Birthday to Heaven & Hell Pro ET team member, Honorary Staff Member and Contributing Photographer Grace Roaf. Have a lovely day Grace. By one of those nice coincidences which you get all too seldom it is also the birthday of Grace's mum Mary Roaf. Happy Birthday and hope you have a lovely day too Mary. Finally another big Happy Birthday to our good friend Lotta Andersson. Have a lovely day Lotta.

And Havoc makes three.
24th July: UK Fuel Altered racer Nick Davies had a very busy weekend at Dragstalgia, driving both the Chaos and Havoc altereds and working on the Apache Nostalgia Funny Car, but all of the hard work was worth it when the weekend had the best possible finale:

The closed season is always a busy time for rumour and counter-rumour, so it was with some scepticism that we treated the news that two of the most famous Fuel Altereds were coming to Dragstalgia in 2014, when first heard at the start of the year. Would we bring the Havoc Bantam back out if it were proven to be true? It was never going to take long to answer that one! The months rolled forward and the rumours gained momentum. With commitments to both the Apache Funny Car and Chaos Fuel Altered, this was never likely to be a simple exercise. Blessing from respective team owners Tim Garlick and Lawrie Gatehouse made one aspect simple and a couple of phone calls pulled a one-off super crew together.

A few weeks before the meeting the dust covers were pulled off Havoc and a re-commissioning exercise undertaken. With ticks in all the right boxes, it was agreed to run the Bantam just once a day, in order to give priority to the Nitro cars as agreed. The Santa Pod organisers were good enough to not only allow us to run on the back of Rat Trap and Pure Hell, but also to provide transport to allow me to get from the top end back to the staging lanes to drive Havoc after running Chaos. Thanks guys.

Saturday’s test run proved to be a re-familiarisation exercise but was almost like riding a bike. A brief mid-track pedal resulted in a 7.0-second pass at 206 mph, the end off one plug and clouds of smoke in the shutdown area providing evidence of an overfilled blower gear case. Having decided to sit out the first session on Sunday, all efforts being put into the Apache v Chaos match race, Havoc was ready for the second session.

An unfortunate breakage to Rat Trap provided the opportunity the crew had been hoping for - a match race with Pure Hell was on! Exactly fifty years after Dragfest, we pulled the cars around behind the tower and waited for the signal. A Who's Who of drag racing past and present gathered around the start line as the two cars burned out and reversed. Havoc pulled into pre-stage and waited. Brian Hope pulled Pure Hell forward into pre-stage and then into stage. The tree ran and both cars left. We are lucky if we get one decent run out of every two with Havoc and the guys running Pure Hell were working towards getting a good handle on the track all weekend so expectations really weren't too high. I think we were both surprised! Havoc stood itself on its wheelie bars through first gear, as it does, and accelerated alongside Pure Hell. Punching second gear, the front end didn't come down but the car was straight so I stayed with it and Brian had now gone out of my peripheral vision. The front wheels came down as I punched third and Brian was back. The last third was all America and Guasco Nitro power as he drove away, running nearly twenty miles per hour faster by the lights. No disgrace and a fantastic race, but it's pretty obvious what we need to do for next year if they come back and give us another go. There really isn’t any substitute for Nitro...

Massive thanks go to the American teams of Ron Hope's Rat Trap and Rich Guasco's Pure Hell for making Dragstalgia 2014 the amazing event that it was, in partnership with US Automotive, and to Santa Pod for staging the event. Thanks also to the Havoc crew of Thomases Barnes and Rayner, Nigel King, Martin Baldwin and Scott Barnes and to the crews of the Apache and Chaos fuel teams.

The new ICE Automotive web site has been written and is being piloted at Please bear with it while we iron out the bugs, but let us know what you think either via the site or via our Facebook page.

Altereds for the Allard.
24th July: British artist Paul Whitehouse has been a longtime supporter of the Allard Chrysler Dragster restoration project, donating several original paintings for auction. When he heard that that the Allard Chrysler Action Group needed to obtain additional parts plus the services of other facilities for an engine rebuild he picked up the phone and donated this fabulous painting of Rat Trap and Pure Hell at Dragstalgia to be auctioned to raise funds. ACAG Chair Brian Taylor writes:

Signed by Ron Hope, Brian Hope and Rich Guasco, what a great souvenir it is of a truly amazing event. The painting is Gouache on artboard and measures 510 mm x 380 mm (20" x 15" in old money). The signatures are on the mount which also carries a pencil title Rat Trap and Pure Hell Dragstalgia 2014. It is not glazed or framed but this can be arranged. Some folks prefer to do that themselves.

Once again the Allard Chrysler Action Group would like to thank Paul for his generosity. Those interested should contact me at or call me on 01395 579733. I will keep the auction open until midnight BST on Sunday 10th August and I will keep participants informed of the current top bid. Judging by the performance of previous Paul Whitehouse original paintings I would suggest that £200 or more could be a good starting point.

Having a Gas at Dragstalgia.
24th July: Never before, in the realms of Gasser racing in the UK, have eighteen Gassers turned up to race. Nervous Nick writes that Dragstalgia was truly an awesome place to be if you wanted to get your fill of nose-high racing:

The Gasser Circus has been steadily increasing the size of its Driver Club, and with some cars still in build, it looks that the eighteen-car field could well be eclipsed if not later this year, then probably next. This was going to be a truly memorable weekend as amongst the eighteen entries were two very special cars and visitors. Laurent Levi had brought over his 1964 Comet from France and Dale Snoke had shipped his Comet, The Rocket, over from California. Now that is true dedication to the Gasser cause! It did not take either Laurent or Dale long to adjust to racing in another country, with strong arrow-straight passes from both.

With only three qualifying runs available on Saturday the Gasser Circus were, at the request of Santa Pod, in the fire-up lanes and ready to race well before the 10:00 am start. As each pair burnt out and brought their Gassers to the line we were about to embark on what could only be described as a crazy round of eliminations. A total of six Gassers planted a cherry on the tree, with only one green light round amongst them!

In a weekend littered with firsts for the Gasser Circus, the big one was kept back for the final as it was going to be a shoot-out between two brothers: Brian Gibson in his Identity Crisis Dodge, and his older brother John in his '55 Chevy Crowd Pleaser. I have been around drag racing a long time and I cannot remember ever seeing that before, and what a final it turned out to be with Brian just taking the win and the trophy at the top end with an 11.65.

Other trophies were awarded to Laurent Levi, courtesy of the NSRA, for Best Turned Out Team, and Miles at Jack Hammer gave a superb trophy to Dale for The Spirit of the Circus. The Mechanix Limited prize money for the perfect dial in, carries over to Round 4 at VW Action.

Dale, Laurent and all the Gasser Circus guys and girls had a memorable weekend and the feedback from fans in the stands was fantastic. Roll on the next round!

Number one on the runway.
24th July: Last weekend ex-pat UK Fuel racer Smax Smith and the Ant Hill Mob took the Leverich family Top Fuel Dragster the seven hours' drive north to Elliott Lake in Canada, where the city has put on a drag racing event at the local airport for the last fifteen years. Smax writes:

We were surprised how little traction there was and we thought there would be no way we could detune enough to launch, never mind run! Then I remembered my old mate and top tuner Al Jackson at Hockenheim back in 2003, Al told me to hold the brake on after the launch which worked and got me qualified!

So in the first run I was match racing Rick Kopp's beautiful Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car. I launched hard and kept the brake on for one and a half seconds, started smoking the tyres and had a rooster tail of smoke almost thirty feet high, but the RPMs never went over 8200 so I stayed with it for the win. This was old school nitro racing - our car owner Bob Leverich was doing the same through the 1950s and 1960s with hard tyres and 100% nitro. Jake and Aidee did the bottom end and clutch in record time while new guys Dan and Cody did the rest. Then it was time to party until the wee hours.

The next day our top tuner Gary Leverich took more timing out and I held the brake for two and a half seconds before it smoked, but still ran 4.11 to the eighth at only 176 mph for the track record! Amazing, the crowd went nuts. Us Brits old enough to ride steam trains would have loved watching K C Jones with his pair of jets made to look like steam trains, the bang-bang startline show was amazing like trains pulling into a station!

Back to Grand Bend in two weeks to race Aidan's new alky Funny Car maybe with our new Fiat hot rod body, and the Top Fueller for fun.

You can see videos of Smax's two runs by clicking here and clicking here.

Victorious King gets a dunking.
24th July: Ian King and the Gulf Oil Dragracing – Grand Prix Originals Top Buel Bike team headed to the second race 2014 FIM European Drag Bike Championship calendar with a slim Championship lead and with the comfort of an unusually optimistic weather forecast. The Nitro Nationals were hosted as usual on the multipurpose Alastaro circuit around 150 miles Northwest of the beautiful city of Helsinki.

However, the team and their peers were faced with a very tricky track, in a precarious green state with its asphalt surface having been re-laid twice before the meeting (courtesy of an innovative racer funded project by the people at Drag Race Finland). The second instance was forced shortly before this weekend after the original composition was found to be out of specification. Rain over the preceding days meant that optimal track preparation was all but impossible and although there were signs that the track was improving by the end of the event, most of the cars and motorcycles struggled to get down the track without smoking their tyres for part, if not all of their runs. However, the new super smooth surface bodes well for the future, and helps consolidate its position as one of the Gulf Oil team’s favourite venues.

While the track was some way off holding five-second passes, rider Ian King produced a series of numbers that often exceeded those he set last year and a 6.164 was on track record pace to head qualifying. King’s first round victory over Jan Sturla Hegre saw both bikes in the sixes with King prevailing in the all Puma match up with a 6.159 to further surpass his own track record. Against Rikard Gustafsson's Puma Pro1 Funny Bike the Gulf Oil / GPO team looked to improve on the first round numbers but the top end performance fell away to a 6.261 whilst Gustafsson was caught out by the auto start when trying to hit the sweet spot during staging.

A new track record on a difficult track and the event win to further increase their lead in the Championship was a satisfying end to an enjoyable weekend for the team, but a customary wet end for the class winners.

The team move on to Hockenheim, Germany for the NitrOlympX on 8th-10th August, the penultimate round of the FIM European Drag Bike Championship.

For more information on Gulf Oil Dragracing go to

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Hyperpro - The leading producer of progressive suspension products for motor bikes
JE Pistons - The world's premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons
John and Dea Morgan Racing - The creators of the world's most advanced New Age Funny Bike
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MRE - Leaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems
MTC Engineering - Manufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world
NitroShutter - Europe's leading drag racing photo-journalists
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Mopar Euronats Perfect Award.
24th July: The MSA Pro Modified round at this weekend's Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2014 Perfect Awards Scheme. £50 is on offer for perfect performance.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Sportsman ET racer Craig Wright at Bug Jam. The money will be paid in cash to the first Pro Modified driver this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Open Sport Nationals.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in the Signing On office or from the office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only). Ed O'Connell memorial decals will also be available this weekend from the staff.

Mopar Euronats coverage.
24th July: will be at Santa Pod Raceway from tomorrow (Friday) to bring you the news from the Mopar EuroNats, which includes a Championship round of MSA Pro Modified and UK Top Sportsman, in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car.

Tomorrow we plan to post UK Top Sportsman results at the end of the day together with an end-day gallery, and the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line and broadcasting live video and commentary / Nitro FM audio so long as the track is open. Please note that the track opens at 12:00 midday so the webcast will not come on-line until shortly before then.

On Saturday and Sunday we plan to post real-time MSA Pro Modified and UK Top Sportsman reports and end-day galleries, and the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line and broadcasting live video and commentary / Nitro FM audio so long as the track is open. Thanks to for the provision of streaming services.

Click here to check out our Mopar EuroNats event index, which includes the official entry list, or click on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Summer Nationals webcast.
24th July: Our good buddies at Smart TV will be webcasting this weekend's Summer Nationals from Sweden's Tierp Arena.

The webcast, which will run on Saturday and Sunday, will be free despite frequent use of the letters PPV but viewers must register at

WASP under new ownership.
24th July: After fourteen years of running WASP Speed Shop, Chris Goodale has decided to take up the opportunity of a fresh challenge and a new job and is moving onto something completely different. However this will not be the end of WASP as Mark Wallington is the new owner.

All business will carry on as usual; WASP is able supply all and everything you need for your pride and joy, the only difference is that Mark will be on the end of the phone instead of Chris. Many of you will know Mark as the owner / organiser of the Outlaw Street Drag Race Series and regular magazine contributor. Mark is no stranger to American vehicles having spent his entire life around them, starting life by coming home from the maternity unit in a 1969 4-4-2 Hurst Oldsmobile, which must have had a positive impact as some forty years later he takes on the ownership of WASP.

Chris will be finishing at the end of July and Mark will be up and running at the start of September so there will only be a matter of a few weeks' gap whilst everything is set up. The WASP premises will be staying local to Wisbech, simply relocating a few miles down the road; all contact details will be updated in due course but you will still be able to call the same number 01945 588091. You can find the WASP web site at

Chris would like to say a huge Thank You to all the customers whom he has met and worked with over the last fourteen years, and he wishes everyone the best for the future.

FIA Commission talk 2015.
23rd July: Lars Pettersson writes that the latest meeting of the FIA Drag Racing Commission took place at the FIA's new Logistic and Technical Centre in Valleiry, France, on 9th-11th July:

On the first day we talked about the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. On the secons day we worked on rules from ET Bracket to Top Fuel and the Sporting Regulations for 2015. On the last day we spoke about drag racing around the world. The Commission's members included representatives from Germany, Qatar, Great Britain, Australia, France, India, Finland, Sweden, USA and Bahrain, and administrative personnel from the FIA office in Geneva.

We decided that all five classes in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships will have an FIA European Champion in 2015, as we elected to remove rule 4.2 which states that "Any category in which competitors earning points goes below six during any Championship event will no longer be eligible for the Championship from the following year".

We had a good meeting. A number of issues arose which can benefit European drag racing, but it is also very important that we discussed drag racing right around the world and share influence and ideas with other countries and fedeations.

Invitations to racers.
23rd July: The organisers of the NitrOlympX, which takes place at Hockenheim on 8th-10th August, are still seeking used slicks to help in the preparation of the track. A team pass worth €60 is on offer for each slick donated. For more details contact the organisers via the NitrOlympX web site at

Racers in Competition, Super Street Bike, ModiTwin and Retro Drag are invited to the European Drag Challenge at Kunmadaras in Hungary on 19th-20th August. Kunmadaras is all concrete and fully prepped, and prize and travel money is available. You can check out the invitation and entry form (PDF format) by clicking here or for more information check out Entry closes on 11th August.

Brian Burrows has been in touch to remind all entrants for this year's FIA / FIM European Championship Finals that a prepped track will be available for testing on the Saturday (including evening session) and Sunday of VW Action, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway the weekend before the Finals, 29th-31st August.

"VW Action is a really great family event in its own right and is the longest running VW Show in the world, and has in one form or another been the true Jewel in the Crown, of UK VW events - embraced by all who have attended previous events", say the organisers. "2014's event is set to be better than ever with its 'Zombie Fright Night' theme, RWYB / Test and Tune including night racing, massive Show and Shine events on both Saturday and Sunday with more than seventy trophies and £1500 prize money, free stuff for the kids including a face painter and bouncy castle which will cost parents nothing, free autojumble plots, traders, charity auction, top DJs and live bands, free camping weekend tickets and loads, loads, loads more. VW Action really is the best place for a true VW enthusiast. Discounted advance tickets and full details of this comprehensive event can be found at

SCR bike results.
23rd July: Many thanks to Jerry Cookson for passing on results of the Championship rounds held during For Ladies That Launch weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway. Congratulations to:

8.50 Bike
Number one qualifier: Kevin Osman 8.658
Final result: Eddy Smiley 10.160/129.22 bye, Dave Thomas no show

9.50 Bike
Number one qualifier: Mark Hope 9.533
Final result: Fred Furlong 9.607/132.22 def. Melvin Morris 9.568/142.23

NAST Supertwin Gas
Number one qualifier: Joe Elliott 9.350
Final result: Joe Elliott 10.122/140.37 def. Robbie Dobbie 11.058/114.35

NAST Supertwin ET
Number one qualifier: Kieran Govenver +0.189 13.549
Final result: Kieran Govender (13.36) 13.721 def Simon Clamp (11.00) 11.490

Congratulations also to Jodie Cotton of Pebworth who won the Keep calm and burn nitro T-Shirt in the raffle.

Swift snippets.
23rd July: We have two spy pictures for you today. The first (below left) came with no words at all...

...whilst the second (above right) came with the words "Flaming road trip planning". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at

Web site updates.
23rd July: In the latest instalment of his exclusive Racer Blog presented in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car, Dutch Top Fuel Dragster racer Lex Joon brings us up to date with events since his move to the USA. You can catch up with the latest Blog updates by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Blogs link on the left-hand side of any page.

Editor's note: Whilst we were laying around shagged out from two busy weekends in a row, quite a backlog of news has built up. We will clear the backlog this evening but we still have room for more so please keep the news updates coming to

Bug Jam results.
21st July: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway:

Sportsman ET: Ricky Hale (15.15) 15.1259/92.55 def. Craig Wright (16.68) 16.6071/82.11 on lesser breakout
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Jon Webster 8.1823/149.62. def. Stuart Williams 10.1639/92.18
VW Pro: James Hodson (10.95) 11.0885/121.20 def. Nigel Green (11.30) 11.2743/114.94 DQ breakout
VW Sportsman: Tom Herbert (16.60) 16.7010/72.72 def. Polly Judge (15.85) 15.8666/90.64
Outlaw Anglia: Phil Middleton 9.0203/148.09 def. Rob Stone 9.2427/142.54

Congratulations also to Sportsman ET racer Craig Wright who took the / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award with a 0.000 Reaction Time in eliminations. In fact Craig overdid it, recording zeroes to the fourth decimal place. The / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 for next week's MSA Pro Modified round at the Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway. The /
Gold RV Perfect ET Award was not won and so has been increased to £75 for the Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway in August.

Click here to check out our Alamo Rent A Car-sponsored Bug Jam reports and galleries, or click on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Swift snippets.
21st July: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday for today (Monday) to our good buddy His Worshipful Flatulence The Very Reverend Sir Neville Mottershead ODE. Have a great day Nev.

Arthur, king for a day.
20th July: The Detroit Spinner Racing Team have asked us to wish a big Happy 73rd Birthday to builder, crew man and driver Arthur 'Big Daddy' Bonner.

The Detroit Spinner Ford Prefect has been resurrected by its current owner Nigel Taylor over the last year after it had been sat in a garage for eighteen years. It made its first appearance at this year's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals followed by Dragstalgia at both of which Arthur took the wheel. The Prefect is now back down to 12.1 at 112 mph with its wheels in the air which is impressice for a 1.5 ton race car running what the team thinks is the only Fairbanks gearbox in the world. It has been a great year for Arthur and his close competition, team-mate Paul Dale who shares driving duties and has so far recorded a best of 12.4. Arthur has met old friends and made new friends as a result of the car's revival and, at the age of 73, he will be back at NSRA Hot Rod Drags on the hunt for that eleven-second pass.

Detroit Spinner Racing and Arthur Bonner would like to thank sponsors Nigel Taylor and family, Jeff Goddard, Graham True, Neil Gibbs, Tom Mitty, Mick Patey, Nick Dunford, Richard Hicks, Kelvin Helsdown, Steve and Paul Dale, Adam Gough, Harwood Ink, Clacy's Garage, Faraday Building Contractors, Joust Performance, Justin Horne, Andover Trailers and Too Fast-Too filling.

Web site updates.
20th July: John Przybyl has updated his Zenfolio site with pictures from last weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out John's shots at

SPRC office unmanned.
19th July: Ian Marshall has been in touch to inform racers that the
Santa Pod Racers Club office will be unmanned for a short period.

"The SPRC office will be unmanned for three weeks from next Tuesday (21st) whilst I am away in Hockenheim", says Ian. "However there will still be updates to the European Finals entry list on a regular basis as I will still have access to post, E-Mail and fax for the first two weeks. If anyone needs to contact me as a matter of urgency, but please only in an emergency, then please call 07971 031898. I can also be E-Mailed at my regular address"

You can check out Version 1 of the official FIA / FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here.

Allard needs engine builder.
19th July: Brian Taylor writes that the Allard Chrysler Action Group are seeking the services of an engine builder to help to rebuild the motor of the historic dragster.

"We can get the bits but we need the extra expertise and facilities of an engine builder who knows Chrysler Hemi engines", says Brian. "Anyone who wants to help to keep drag racing history alive please contact me at or call me on 01395 579733."

Quartermile organisation returns.
19th July: Margot Schmidt writes on behalf of Emrys Blomont that The Netherlands' Quartermile organisation has been reconstituted.

"We are organising a Pro drag race at Drachten Drag Strip on 22nd-24th August", says Margot. "You can find our web site at or if you have any questions then please E-Mail or call Emrys on +31 68 43 31 255."

A weekend to remember.
19th July: Sue Morris writes that after many years of wanting to carry a special scheme to pay tribute to the 92nd Bombardment Group, who were based at Station 109 (now Santa Pod Raceway), it is unbelievable to 9.50 Bike racer Phil Pratt and herself that they have not only brought Satan's Lady back to life but also had the opportunity to present her to some of the family members of those whom being honoured:

It's been a full twelve months since we found the perfect artist to take on the task and began the long, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding, job of researching B-17G 44-6101. Once we started delving back into the history of the 92nd BG, it became more and more important to us to ensure that the memory of those who flew from Station 109, and indeed those who kept them in the air, should never be forgotten.

Whilst David Earl was hard at work with air and paint brushes, I was busy creating the information boards, leaflets, flyers, badges which are always available to pick up from our pits - which you really can't miss with its genuine Army camouflage netting and 8th Air Force flag flying high above.

At last weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod we were thrilled to have Satan's Lady on display in the Historic Marquee. This did admittedly prompt a couple of questions why our 2003 bike would be on display there! But we had the honour of presenting her to some of the sons, daughters and grandchildren of those who served at USAF Poington more than seventy years ago. Meeting and talking with them, and hearing some amazing stories, was an incredibly proud, humbling, and emotional experience for us both. These lovely people have truly taken Satan's Lady, and us, to their hearts and we cannot thank them enough for their kind words.

Of course there are so many people who have helped us bring Satan's Lady back to the runways from which her B-17 namesake flew seventy years ago; among them David Earl for the superb paint scheme, Janet Del at the 92nd USAAF-USAF Memorial Association, and the incredibly knowledgeable people of the Fame's Favored Few Facebook group who have never ceased to amaze us with the information they both came up with and continue to come up with.

We would also like to say a very big Thank You to James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway for giving us the opportunity to introduce our new American friends to our tribute to their forefathers - although had I known how emotional it would be at times, I would certainly have brought a considerably larger box of tissues along. And as for the display from Sally B - just breathtaking.

If you would like to know more about the 92nd Bombardment Group please come and chat with us in our pits. We must never let them be forgotten.

Erbacher comes up short.
19th July: Swiss Top Fuel Dragster racer and sponsor Urs Erbacher has been in touch with a report of his weekend at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro:

The weather was super great, but the track guys told me that it had rained almost every day in the four weeks before the race so they really could not prep the track in advance. But I think with a bit more work that's going to be a bad-ass track.

I was happy my new team of Lukas and Marc clutch, Richard and Harry bottom end, Linus 1 and Linus 2 engine left and right, Rene 1 head, Rene 2 blower and racks, Roger tyres, Marco and Alex bottom end, Neil and Dan clutch, and my old-timers Robin, Monika, Dario, Roy, truck driver Adrian and cook Claudia did a great job. We serviced the cars in only sixty minutes like the US professionals.

Between Noah's car and mine we made a total of ten runs and didn't break one part. But to tune the for the track wasn't so easy however in the end we qualified well.

In the first round against Anita I knew they had bad-ass Dom Lagana with them and he is a great tuner. So we put in the same set-up as before but took more ignition out at the end and let the clutch come in later, in an attempt to stop the tyres spinning at the top end. I knew I could beat Anita at the lights so I deep staged a little. But in the end my better reaction time and ET were not enough and I lost against Anita by 0.02 seconds. How bad was that for me, just needed to go 0.03 seconds earlier and the win light would have been mine.

But everything is still open and we are already prepping the cars for Hockenheim.

Micallef's season so far.
19th July: Having learned some valuable lessons at some tough events in 2013, Maltese Top Fuel Dragster racer Duncan Micallef decided to contest the entire FIA European Championship tour in 2014:

We really needed to make some changes. Although we had a good Maltese crew last year, we wanted to take no chances so we opted for a British crew as experience is a key factor in Top Fuel. This will be my first full Championship for me and as it is in Top Fuel we really wanted to be one hundred per cent. I met Rune Fjeld several times in the off-season and we spoke about various issues. We made many changes to the car from last season and our first tests were good, although weather conditions didn't help at the Festival of Power.

FIA Championship Round 1 was also hammered by the weather but we still managed impressive sixty foot times of 0.94 and 0.93 on just two attempts. The car felt really fast but we still needed improvements after the eighth. We managed a 4.16 with a loss of power before the eighth so we were pleased with that.

We were planning some test runs at Alastaro but it wasn't possible. A new surface, a new track for me as I never raced here; track conditions were tricky but I still managed to clinch fifth place in the points out of eleven competitors! I must say that I really enjoyed the atmosphere and liked the people although Lady Luck doesn't seem to like us at present. But we stay positive!

Top Fuel is tough, hard work and a lot of it is a must but we look forward to brighter days and surely we will have some fun in the end. I would like to thank all of the crew - Gary, Laurie, Paul, Mark D, Mark F and Melvin - for their great efforts. I simply cannot explain the dedication which Rune Fjeld and Lindsey put into the car and I would like to thank them a lot for that. I would also like to thank my sponsors Unique, J Portelli Projects, Totalnet and PFDR for assisting me this season. Finally a very big Thank You to our families and fans for their great support. See you at Hockenheim, don't forget to pop by and say Hello.

I saw nothing at 330 feet.
19th July: Ex-pat UK injected-nitro dragster racer Smax Smith has been in touch with a report of his last two outings:

We returned to a new track in North Bay, Ontario run by Clark North and his gang. We took the Leverich's new car Living the Dream to try to better our eighth-mile best of 3.4/230. We had hoped to take Aidan's sexy new Funny Car with us, but after a game effort to get another block ready we ran out of time! For the first run everything was sounding and feeling amazing but the track looked a little down on grip as we watched the Supercharged Outlaws and Top Fuel Bikes struggle. We rocketed off the line to a 0.920 sixty and 2.4 to 330 feet then it all went black! My helmet lifted over my eyes... yo'd think that in my fortieth year I would at least have got that bit right. It was a handful getting stopped as my helmet kept bouncing over my head, but we still ran 3.9 seconds lifting off at 330 feet. We turned car around, absolutely no damage - every bearing and plug went back in to the motor. Amazing!

For the second run I blasted off a 3.6 but the speed was down. Aidee thought I had lifted early as our ten-foot header flames died down before 400 feet. The data revealed I ran it wide open for 3.4 seconds so we figured we ran low on fuel, as the RPM and flow both dropped or maybe clutch had dragged the motor down. We checked our timers and timing etc and decided to try again. We ran a 3.7, again no damage but no final answer. Everyone loved the runs and we did put on a good show.

After the weekend we stripped everything down and found that the last three fingers had indeed all come in together so it did drag the motor down

Last weekend we went to the Nitro Nationals at Cayuga, Ontario, only an hour's drive. We joined the NDRA Alcohol Funny Car Series with Aidee's 2002 Mustang-bodied hemi-powered sleek machine. We had had a lot of work to do all week csetting the clearances on our Keith Black hemi for Brad Fatheads and we arrived Friday with a long To Do list and still not fired up!

The place was rocking with Top Fuel Dragsters and Fuel Funny Cars. In the first session we opted just to make a 330-foot squirt but when Aidee hit the throttle it spluttered so we pushed him off. Well disappointed. We found the coil wire for the MSD 20 mag had shorted to ground, so easy to fix and back out for the second session. The motor sounded lots better so Aidee did great burnout then cut a 0.080 light and went to 330 feet but enough to qualify. The huge crowd loved it, and we threw T-Shirts to them as we came down the return road.

Back in the pits a detailed inspection found that we had heated a couple of bearings and had a few leaks to contend with so wey decided to call it a day and go over the motor closely this week. Nothing major and the car looks great!

This weekend we are going to an airfield for a big show in Elliott Lake... approximately seven hours' drive, but we will see what transpires.

Swift snippets.
19th July: Many thanks to Ed O'Connell's wife Kathy for sending us a link to a gallery of shots of the Memorial Paddle held for Ed by his fellow surfers last weekend. You can check out the Ed Memorial Paddle gallery by clicking here.

The Institute of the Motor Industry is inviting racers or team members to help promote a career in motorsport by making a selfie video on their mobile phones: ten to twenty seconds of positive comment about working in the motorsport industry and finish by saying "Hashtag motorcareers". Videos should be E-Mailed to Emily Hakansson at and they will be included in a compilation.

Many thanks to David Anniwell of TSI Timers Europe for forwarding us the official timing data from Dragstalgia. You can check out the Dragstalgia timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing data link on the left-hand side of any page.

The UK's Orange Pop Outlaw Anglia team have asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to driver Simon Barlow. Our pleasure guys, have a great day Simon.

Super success.
19th July: Dragstalgia Superstock organiser Peter Walton says that it is almost impossible to add to what has already been said about last weekend's event, but that it was certainly an intense personal experience for him:

I was a child when my father took me see Don Garlits at the Pod back in the day and that one weekend shaped my whole life. I think I have waited all this time to feel as I did that day all those years ago and Dragstalgia 2014 was the day it all came back. James Forster took a chance on the Superstock class three years ago and I hope that this time in our small way we added something to what was possibly the best event ever staged at the Pod (I'd say you did - Ed). Thanks to James and all the Pod staff for getting this one together.

Now let's talk Superstock. Twenty cars and our first overseas racer who had a real nice Pinto which he put in the top spot after Q1. Then in Q2 Jim Chandler knocked him off by running an almost perfect run, dialling in 10.45 and running 10.45 and some small change. It was tough going with some big names falling foul of the red, but after several rounds the semis came down to Harrison Brown and Dan Williams, and Stuart Thompson and Tig Napier. Dan had been chopping the tree down all weekend but this time he hit the red. Stuart aka Kiwi and Tig next and it was Kiwi who stayed cool to end Tig's weekend.

The final was about as close as you could get without being a dead heat but Kiwi got the win light. Of course, its nice to see a Mopar finally win it but well done to Harrison for making him earn it.

Finally I have to thank our sponsors Andy Robinson Race Cars and WASP, also Mike Lacey who not only put up a prize for closest to dial in but also for steering me in the right direction a few times. All of the prize fund was given to Rob Tyrell who suffered every racer's nightmare by wrecking his engine. Finally thanks to the Superstock racers - I know the effort it takes to get to the track. With trailers, money, time and parts it's not easy but you all got there and in my opinion you did yourselves and Superstock proud.The future of the class looks bright so thank you.

The blast from the past.
19th July: Steve Ashdown of Comanche Race Cars has been in touch to thank those who helped to get his blast-from-the-past Corvette ready for static display at Dragstalgia:

Firstly and mainly a big thank you to Dave Bateman and his family for all their help. It's a bit of history as Dave built the car first time round for Jon Claydon thirty four years ago. The car was my first Saturday job as a fourteen-year-old cleaning it after racing, and now our fourteen year old kids helped with the rebuild! Very surreal to say the least. Thank you also to Pike from the NSRA for inviting me and putting on a great display; my car was parked next to Henry Hirise, my schoolboy icon, made a great photo. Also a big thank you to Jamie Wilders at Angels Garage, Swanscombe (01322 382299), for all the lubricants etc for the car. Thanks to my son Tyler for his hard work, and finally a big Thank You to al the staff at Santa Pod Raceway for a great show and for all their hard work. We had an absolutely great weekend.

Steve also tells us that the spy picture of 28th June showed his new chassis mocked up with with Wayne Nicholson's Checy Pro Mod motor with two new turbos plus a gearbox by Andy Frost. "The chassis is now stripped and off to add some colour then back for final fit up", says Steve. "Meanwhile the body is being lightened and prepared for paint and then a rather loud vinyl wrap! We are on track to be out some time next year.

"I think I have already said but I will say it again: thanks to Wayne Nicholson, Andy Frost, Amanda Cox, Jamie at Topspeed Automotive and Mark Todd for all of their help and advice. Without these people I wouldn't be doing any of the above."

PMR win it all.
19th July: Paul Marston Racing once again walked away from the London Volksfest at North Weald Airfield with a dominant performance which won them the Quick 8 Heads-Up competition Trophy and the VW v non-VW Quick 8 run-off for King of the Hill when, despite giving the Outlaw Flat Four VW Beetle a sixty foot head start Paul Marston caught it in the lights. Paul writes:ll the organisers for putting on such a great event. The weather played ball too. VW events are always laid back, relaxed but well organised affairs. A lot of behind the scenes effort go into running a show like this and I appreciate all their hard work.

We spent a lot of time and money working on the Whoopass Monza's rear suspension set-up to make it more competitive at North Weald. The track time was invaluable and has given us a clear direction in which to head. Plus of course the driver got a good workout wrestling the Monza to keep it pointed in the right direction. Yep the more horsepressure you bring to North Weald Drag Strip the harder it is, but that's all part of the charm and is a leveller for everybody and makes for some real close racing.

Racing my mate Darren Claggett in the King of the Hill run-off there was a great display of sportsmanship by Darren which reminded us all that we all do this for fun. Darren asked jokingly for a head start and I said "Sure no problem", it only seemed fair to me! I let Darren go and when I figured I had given him enough I was off in chase mode. I don't know how much he could see of me chasing him down but I nearly had the Monza sideways in a powerslide halfway through second gear. I did think "I am never going to catch him" but I managed to get straight enough to squeeze the loud pedal down again and just caught him in the lights. Darren and I congratulated one another on the return road, it hopefully looked great race and was hilarious fun to take part in.

The final North Weald Dragstrip event for cars and bikes is 15th August, although there is a bike-only event later this month.

This Sunday (20th) Paul Marston Racing will be attending the Damn Yankees American Car Club show, the Summer Slam, again at North Weald. We hope to be showing the PT Bruiser in its latest specification. For more information please check out the Club's web site at

Street Eliminator Round 4.
19th July: Round 4 of the Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator Championship took place at the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway. Street Eliminator Chair Matt Atkinson writes that with a strong contingent of ten entries, and the Championship extremely tight, everyone was hoping for a competitive weekend.

Matt Smith had returned in the Team Extreme Escort following a brief outing in the back-up Mustang (ex-Phil Peck car) which was still able to record some stout numbers for an extremely heavy car. Big thanks from Matt to everyone involved in getting the Escort back together. The engine now sported a new camshaft amongst other upgrades and sounded a lot meaner! Al Williamson had also managed to fix the Howling Hawler Chevy truck and after an outing at the Nostalgia Nationals was looking forward to finding some of last year's form which has eluded him so far. Out for his first event of the year was Mark Todd in the GTO sporting his new engine and turbo combination looking to build on his performances last year and grab that ET record.

Unfortunately the weather didn’t particularly work in our favour on the Saturday of the event. We first got ready mid morning and trundled down to the start line only for the rain to come down. We did however manage to get out for a qualifying run just after 5:00 pm and knowing there was a possibility of one-shot qualifying everyone was on edge, nevertheless what a session it turned out to be.

First pair out saw the much talked about Bentley of Steve Neimantas paired against Mr Consistent Stu Williams in the Supra. Stu away first and quicker to sixty feet but no hesitation from the Bentley as it steered clear with the power pouring in the second half of the track straight into the sevens with a 7.587 / 188 to take number one spot and just a tenth off of the class ET record on its first full pass. Stu in the other lane laying down a 7.967/180 good for number four spot. Next up was Jon Webster of Webster Race Engineering in the beautiful Comet paired with Andy Bond in the Mustang, Andy has been struggling for traction all year with the car despite making a number of adjustments. Again Andy struggled off the line with the tyres spinning around sixty feet out resulting in a 9.857/157, Jon on the other hand straight into the sevens with a 7.906/176 and finally the improvements from ICE Automotive's work over the winter was evident with a big mph improvement. Jon's quickest run of the year and straight into number three.

Next up was Alex Mcintosh in his silver Mustang against Al Williamson in the truck, Alex still smiling from his first ever seven-second pass at FIA Round 1 and looking to back this up. Unfortunately the tyres lit up and the boost pipe blew off under the pressure leaving Alex slowing to an 11.059/127 for number nine spot. Al on the other hand finally seemed to have cured the gremlins as he found his feet again and was back into the eights with an 8.990/161 for number six, well done team. The returning Mark Todd was up next and still looking for baseline runs with the new combination, the GTO was away well with a 1.273 sixty foot and slowing over the line to a 8.875/108 but a promising sign of what's to come from the stunning GTO. Damian Haliwell in the other lane with the Biscayne was again aiming to chip away at his PB running through with a 10.770/126 just a fraction away from his PB of 10.765.

Last up were the Team Extreme brothers Martin Smith in the GTR and Matt Smith in the Escort. Unfortunately a leak from one of Matt's turbos denied him the chance to qualify but Martin ran straight through in the GTR with a 7.589/186 new PB for the GTR and great effort. This did however come at a cost as when back in the pits further inspection revealed some damage to the engine but thankfully nothing unfixable meaning that the GTR will be back out for this weekend's Bug Jam.

Onto the cruise and unfortunately with Martin broken, Matt not qualifying, and Al Williamson deciding against the Cruise we only had seven. It was a lovely evening for it though as we pootled through the local village to the petrol station and then on to the hot start. No dramas thankfully and then back to the track.

Onto Sunday and eliminations, unfortunately this just wasn't to be as we finally made an appearance in the pairing lanes the heavens opened and the meeting was called off leaving everything extremely tight in the Championship. A great effort by the Santa Pod track crew all weekend and we look forward to the round five at Bug Jam!

On behalf of the class I would like to say a big thank you to our class sponsors to whom we are very grateful: Topspeed Automotive sponsoring the class for their fifth consecutive year, Custom Car magazine, RPM magazine, Webster Race Engineering, Serck Motorsport, Insane Creations, AW Upholstery, Quartermile High / Zeon TV, Matt Woods Photography and, all of whom can be found on our web site at

Web site updates.
19th July: Richard Smith has updated his Zenfolio site with an excellent gallery from Dragstalgia. You can take a look at

Dick Parnham has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the 2008 UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out Dick's pictures at

The Demonic Doorslammer emerges.
17th July: We were very pleased to hear from His Darkness Vince Gibbs that the door to the crypt has been opened and that we will be seeing the Nosferatu Super Pro ET Firebird at next week's Mopar EuroNats:

At the end of 2013, a season in which we earned our best ever Championship placing of fifth after competing at every event, a plan was hatched to refresh and improve our motor. During 2013 we reduced the blower boost to reduce the risk of damage, as we had competed in two full seasons on the same Brodix aluminium rods and Eagle crank. We also decided that if we ever wanted to step up to another class (bet you can guess which one) then at 572 cubic inches our motor was too big.

The team removed and stripped the motor at the workshop of our main sponsor Nick Bolton of Auto Colour Match in Banbury, then we started to decide what needed replacing, repairing and refreshed. With the help from Nick and Rob from ICE Automotive, who were a great help in specifying parts, we had a plan but then tragedy struck. On 28th February my daughter Tanita (aka Wednesday) was involved in a very serious car accident when travelling back from work. She was seriously injured, requiring ten hours in the operating theatre, a further week in hospital and then at least three months of care before she had some independence back. It goes without saying that all thoughts related to racing and Nosferatu vanished from my mind and I had only one focus. The good news is that Tanita is now pretty much back to her old self, although she will carry with her a reminder of that day forever (All our love, Wednesday - Ed).

In May I was able to turn some of my thoughts back to our refresh and upgrades. We machined and fitted a new billet steel rear main cap, new stronger Callis crank, new modern design MGP custom aluminium con rods and new pistons. The whole assembly was mocked up by ICE to check clearances and the block honed. The new combination is 523 cubic inches with a higher compression ratio than previously. The motor was assembled by Igor, Elvira, Vlad and myself and dropped back into the chassis a few weeks ago. We have oil, fuel and are ready to test. We have chosen the Mopars as it is an excellent event and this year has a Pro Mod round, so the track should be in extra superb condition (as it always is).

Depending upon how testing goes we will also have a different driver in the seat for a few gentle passes in the form of Pugsley - aka Seb, aka my on. It will be a little step up from his 70 horse power Mini to the 1400 horse power beast. We will get him used to the car in the same way people have to licence - start with a launch, then eighth, then 1000 feet with 'chutes before a full pass. I hope that Pugsley enjoys it and that the spectators do too.

Other news is that Fester (aka Stuart) has left the team to join one of the UK Pro Mod teams. The whole of the Nosferatu family wish him luck in the challenge and hope that spannering on our blown-alky big block machine had helped in his step up to the big boys. That leaves us with a vacancy on our team for the 2015 season, so if there is anyone out there who would like to try their hand in taming our demonic six-second doorslammer then please get in touch at Being close to Brackley would be an advantage but not critical.

See you at the Mopars!

The phone call you dream of...
17th July: 2014 was not going to plan for UK Super Pro ET racer and sponsor Pete Walters and the Team Reloaded / Walters Motorsport team, with engine troubles at the start of the season resulting in poor qualifying and first round exits. Pete's season did however get a lot better when he receiced a phone call from longtime supporter Derek Flynn of fellow sponsor Gold RV:

Derek said "Hey Pete, fancy getting your Top Methanol Dragster licence?". Derek knew it had always been a dream of mine to drive a TMD, especially an A/Fueler. After I got over the shock of the call, I didn’t hesitate to say yes! Derek and Gold RV have been longtime supporters of drag racing and have had a really positive influence in my racing career through Juniors, Super Pro ET and now Top Methanol. Thanks Derek - Fiona, Gary and yourself have become great family friends and it is a pleasure to have Gold RV on board, especially when I think of what Gold RV have achieved in Super Pro ET and Top Methanol Dragster in the UK, Europe and even Top Alcohol Dragster in the USA.

The licensing runs went really well. The first run wasn't perfect, as I had to get used to 3500 hp, a totally new car and start line routine, although I must say I felt surprisingly relaxed throughout the process. I believe that this is one of my strengths as a driver and with Derek and Dave Wilson I was being carefully tutored by two of Britain's TMD racing legends who between them have made some of the quickest and fastest TMD runs in Europe. We had a few delays on the day, but the excellent Santa Pod crew sorted it between showers and finally I made it down for the half pass.

The second run went a whole lot smoother, as at least I knew what to expect this time. The burnout was the hardest part, having to warm the carbon brakes whilst at the same time keep the revs under control. The second time staging went perfectly, onto the high-side (full fuel) which is one of the most awesome feelings ever: on full fuel and the clutch out and holding it on the brake the engine gets really angry and rattles the whole car about quite violently even on idle and you hear major cackles and banging going on behind you. It's just brilliant!

The lights ran and I was under instruction to nail the throttle for exactly four seconds unless I felt there was a problem, but I went straight down the middle, no problems, crossing half track at around 180 mph and despite lifting that early and pulling the chutes I crossed the finish line in 7.04 seconds smashing my Personal Best to date. The car had been detuned to allow me to get used to it and we even dropped cylinders on that run but it was an absolutely amazing experience.

Unfortunately rain stopped play, meaning that we could not make the full passes required to gain my licence. Derek, dad and Dave quickly sorted that out though and the remaining full passes to get my licence will be done prior to the European Finals, which will hopefully also help Dave and the team with some more run data after a few recent updates. I wish Dave Wilson and the Silverline team all the best for the European Finals... go Grumpy, A/Fuel it for England.

Thanks to Derek, Dave Wilson, dad and everyone who helped on the day. Everyone seemed very happy with the progress we made, it was an awesome experience and I cannot wait to do it again. I am not sure whose smile was bigger after each of the runs - mine, my dad's or Derek’s. Derek has been unwell recently so it was great to see him back at Santa Pod and happy, get well soon mate.

Many of our friends in Super Pro ET have asked "Are you leaving us?". I would like to say that we are and always will be committed to Super Pro ET, which we believe is one of the best Sportsmans classes in British drag racing. And now that we have sorted a competitive tune-up on our spare engine look out Super Pro ET, we are back. I wonder if you can, or if anyone has ever, double enter for both Super Pro ET and Top Methanol? Wow, that would be an amazing weekend, but you never know what may happen in the future, especially when you have Derek, Gold RV, RW and Dave Wilson Racing in your corner.

I can't thank Derek Flynn and Gold RV enough for supporting me. Gold RV Sales and Service Ltd celebrate thirty years in business this year and they are one of the best in the RV business. I love going to their RV Shop as they work on some awesome RVs as well as selling RVs for their customers, and they always seem to have something really interesting around the shop. Contact Derek, Gary or Fiona for anything RV! Old or new, big or small so long as it is American or Canadian, they can fix or get them all. Their web site is at

I also need to thank my dad, Richard; his love and support of my drag racing career is just the best and I feel really blessed for all the support I get from mum Julie, sister Holley and partner Jayne. Thanks to my long-standing crew Mick Slocombe and Tom Watts who also enjoyed the whole experience too, and my good friend Matt Cox who documented the day in photos.

Thanks to Dave Wilson for allowing me to drive his Nitro Beast, I just loved it! And thanks to all the crew on the day, Dave 'Grumpy' Wilson, David Wilson, Ricki Packham, James Blackman, Alistair 'Mole' Cole and Fiona Flynn.

Two goals I set myself when I started drag racing in Juniors were to win a Super Pro ET National Championship and to drive a Top Methanol Dragster, so I am half way there! We are working on the other half...

Double Perfect Awards weekend.
17th June: The Perfect Awards Scheme is available at two events this coming weekend. £150 is on offer for perfect performance at Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway and at the Ladies That Launch / Public Test Weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £100 after it went unclaimed at Dragstalgia. The money will be paid to the first racer at each of this weekend's events to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all Championship classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of each event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £125 for the MSA Pro Modified round at next week's Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Mopar EuroNats. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in the Signing On office at both tracks and also from the staff.

This weekend's RV Perfect ET Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Junior Dragster racer Saskia Jell at the SPRC Summernationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at each of this weekend's events to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend during qualifying or eliminations in VW Pro, VW Sportsman and Sportsman ET at Bug Jam, and during qualifying or eliminations in 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike and Supertwin ET at For Ladies That Launch, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Run of each event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Midsummer Open Sport Nationals. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with RV sales and service specialists Gold RV. For more details about the services which Gold RV can provide see Derek Flynn or visit

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry the / Gold RV decals, one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull this weekend's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to pull a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Decals are available in the Signing On office at both tracks and also from the staff.

Swift snippets.
17th July: Many thanks to Paul Marston for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for UK Top Sportsman I, which takes place at next week's Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Web site updates.
17th July: Our good buddy Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with pictures from the weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway. As ever you can check out the latest updates via the What's New link at

Also posting pictures from Dragstalgia is Colin Donisthorpe whose shots you can find at

Another good buddy, bike photo-journalist Steve Moxley, has an illustrated report of the Springspeed Nationals bike action showing on the Eat My Ink web site at

The latest edition of the Speedgroup Newsletter is now available and features a review of the FHRA Nitro Nationals, race calendar, features and more. Check it out at There will be another Editor's Diary in the next edition.

Marcus Sjödin of Sweden's Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing is currently holding third spot in the Top Doorslammer Championship and has posted video reports from Sundsvall Raceway at and from Pite Dragway at Contributing Photographer Patrik Jacobsson has updated the Racebilder web site and Facebook pages with pictures Pistonhead Open 3 at Kjula Dragway and the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro. You have the choice between and

Dick Parnham has updated his Flick site with pictures from the 2008 Springspeed Festival and Open Sport Nationals, both at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can check out Dick's pictures at

Editor's note: We have built up quite a large news backlog whilst recovering from Dragstalgia. The backlog will be cleared on the next news update which will include updates from Urs Erbacher, Smax Smith, Comanche Race Cars, Satan's Lady, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator, Super Stock at Dragstalgia, Paul Marston Racing and more, and please keep the news coming to

Event entry update.
15th July: Jerry Cookson has been in touch from Shakespeare County Raceway to advise 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike and NAST racers that their tickets for this weekend's Ladies that Launch will be available on the gate.

Many thanks to Paul Marston for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for UK Top Sportsman I, which takes place at next week's Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out the entry list by
clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Ian Marshall has been in touch to ask us to remind racers that the closing date is approaching for the FIA / FIM European Championship Finals which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 4th-7th September. Entry closes on 8th August after which a Late Entry penalty will be payable, if entry is accepted. You can download entry forms for all classes from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at

Mopar EuroNats Pro Mod update.
15th July: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding details of the arrangements for the MSA Pro Modified round at next week's Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway.

Top Sportsman racers please note that the scrutineering arrangements below apply to Pro Modified only; Top Sportsman has its own tech arrangements which will be advised by the organisers.

Santa Pod Raceway's gates will be open between 08:00 and midnight on Friday 25th.

Friday 25th July
Signing On office opens 11:00
Track opens for RWYB 12:00; DVLA licence required

Saturday 26th July
Signing On office opens 08:00
Scrutineering comences 08:00
Track opens 10:00; Competition licence required

Sunday 27th July
Signing On office opens 07:30
Scrutineering commences 08:00
Track opens 10:00

The proposed schedule for the weekend is as follows. Please note that these times are as ever subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

Pro Modified qualifying on Saturday at 11:00, 13:30, 16:00 and 19:00

Pro Modified eliminations on Sunday at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00

Please remember the strict curfew: motors should not be started before 09:00 or after 20:00. Firing up motors out of hours can and will result in exclusion from the event.

Ladies that Launch update.
15th July: Ladies that Launch organisers Angie Woods and Jerry Cookson are pleased to announce that the Guest of Honour at this weekend's event at Shakespeare County Raceway will be 1980s Funny Car racer Lesley Prior. Lesley will best be remembered for her racing days in her father Dave's Solarport Sunroofs Kwik Kat Chevy Vega which later became a Fuel Altered. Lesley also has a famous drag racing mum, Fast Lady Roz Prior who in the 1970s drove the Revell Slingshot Pro Fuel Dragster at various NDRC on Tour meets and then the Maneater rear engined Pro Fuel Dragster at Santa Pod Raceway.

"Lesley has very kindly accepted the invitation to present the annual LTL Bracket prizes courtesy of our sponsors and supporters Claron Graphics as well as the Little Ladies Junior Shootout awards", says Jerry. "It's going to be a great weekend. So I'll see you on the starting line on Sunday, ladies!"

Wheeler Motorsports will be sponsoring both the dragster and bike trophies for the Little Ladies Junior Shootout at this weekend's event. "We are all delighted to be sponsoring this event for the Juniors whilst also helping to support the track, women in Motorsport and the great causes supported by this event", says Andy Wheeler. "Today’s Juniors are the future of our sport".

Sign Up forms (PDF format) can be downloaded via the Downloads link of SCR's web site at and then either scanned and returned to or brought to the track at the weekend. The usual Raceway admission will apply (under-16s get in free) as will Junior track fees. A donation towards Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance would be appreciated.

Chris Hope, former Pro Stock Bike racer and now Team Principal of Pro Stock Bike and 9.50 Bike team Hope Racing, has very kindly donated £100 towards this weekend's event. £50 has been donated to Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and £50 will be awarded as a cash prize in the LTL raffle. LTL organisers would like to say a big thank you to Chris and all at Hope Racing for their generosity which is very much appreciated.   

You can find out more about this weekend's event on its official Facebook page.

Dragstalgia thanks.
15th July: James Forster has been in touch from Santa Pod Raceway to say a huge Thank You to everyone for doing their bit at Dragstalgia:

Ian, Emma and the whole SPRC team did an impeccable job as always, and although it was difficult at times with a bit of rain and a few oildowns the crew soon got the track up and running again and we just about got everything done. Massive thanks to all of the class organisers, RWYBers and racers themselves for all of your support with the event. It's a privilege to be a part of it and the racing I did see was amazing.

I can't thank USAutomotive, Ron Hope and the rest of the teams enough for bringing Rat Trap and Pure Hell to Santa Pod and putting it all together and also Nick Davies and the Havoc team for standing in for Rat Trap at the last minute – that was some race! I must also give a special mention to Bob Hawkins and Marius Blackburn for trusting me to set them alight and also of course Rob Loaring for showing me the ropes. And Wendy Baker, you simply put the icing on the cake with the drive in movie.

Thanks to Brian Taylor, Stu Bradbury and Keith Lee for their never ending support and guidance with the whole thing and finally Jon Spoard at, the team, and everyone else who helped to spread the word. The feedback so far has been incredible, the biggest problem we have right now is figuring out how to top it next year!

We're sure that everyone will join us in congratulating and thanking James and the team at Santa Pod Raceway for putting on such an incredible event.

Dragstalgia coverage.
12th July: We're in place at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you all the action from Dragstalgia in association with
Alamo Rent-A-Car.

Our coverage will consist of pit notes, end-day galleries, and Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast with commentary / Nitro FM audio so long as the track is open each day. Thanks to for the provision of streaming services.

Click here to check out our Dragstalgia event index, or click on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

British Drag Racing Hall of Fame 2014.
12th July: The British Drag Racing Hall Of Fame in association with US Automotive continues into its ninth successful year and is pleased to announce the 2014 intake. Nominees are eligible by dint of having raced, owned, designed, built, maintained, prepared, promoted, officiated, supported or taken part in British drag racing in any capacity, having been involved for at least twenty years, or having made a significant and recognisable contribution to the sport.

The 2014 inductees, in alphabetical order, are:

Gerry Belton (UK): The name Gerry Belton will be familiar to anyone who went along to the original DragFests of 1964 and 1965.  Gerry's was one of the voices heard commentating at the meetings and the one on the Dragfest LP subsequently released.

He really was in the thick of the action from the beginning, being the Allard Motor Company PRO. At the outset Sydney Allard handed Gerry the job of organising the 1963 International Drag Racing Challenge that featured Dante Duce in Mooneyes and Mickey Thompson in his Harvey Aluminum Special. This series of events was instrumental in anchoring the sport of drag racing in the UK.

He then went on to organise the British International Drag Racing Festivals in 1964 and 1965, acting as Secretary to the British Drag Racing Association as well as General Manager of the events. This was no small task given the American entries arriving and the complications raised by setting up six meetings to be held at different airfields with different organising bodies over three back-to-back weekends. Given the perfect weather throughout, not credited to Gerry, some 120,000 spectators enjoyed the meetings, still said by some as never to be forgotten. Gerry was also involved in organising World Record meetings in the UK and Europe.

His off track activities were matched by some personal success on track, as he has the distinction of winning Top Eliminator at the first ever British Hot Rod Association 'Big Go' meeting.  He was at the wheel of a Ford powered Allard Dragon dragster designed by the company to be sold as kits to expand participation in the then fledgling sport. He was also part of the consortium that purchased Bob Keith's 1964 Dos Palmas dragster which he drove in 1965. He drove his own '65 Cobra 289 at Santa Pod in the late ‘60s. In fact he set the CC/SP Class Quarter Mile Record at 13.582 seconds and 104.60 mph – pretty small beer by today's standards but very quick back in the day.

It is for his work with Sydney Allard organising these European motor sport ground changing events during 1963, 1964 and 1965 that Gerry is being inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Russ Carpenter (UK): Russ Carpenter is from Guildford, Surrey and started out in Drag Racing when he worked for a company fabricating and manufacturing diesel pile drivers. Russ's first racing experience was helping Tony Anderson with his Ford V6 engined dragster named 'Trouble' in 1969. But it was the Daimler Hemi where Russ' mechanical skills flourished and it is for his racing development of this engine and influencing others to go the same route for which Russ is being inducted into the BDRHoF.

The Daimler was the only British V8 Hemi engine. To check out its suitability for drag racing Russ contacted British Leyland and told them he had calculated that the team could get about 400hp out of it compared with 140hp standard. Leyland wrote back and said they had tuned the engine and after 200hp it became very unreliable and they didn't feel it was a very practical engine for racing. However a friend of Russ' at Shell tested the strength of the materials and found all the major components were made of high quality materials. So Russ and Tony stuck with the Daimler, which would eventually have been outputting well over 1000hp.

In developing the car the team built one of the first rear engined dragster chassis in the UK and eventually the car was on track in March 1972, named 'More Trouble'. Developing a British engined car for drag racing meant making your own parts or adapting others and so Russ used a friend's machine shop in the evenings and acquired aluminium from a friend to fabricate parts. The entire fuel system was made this way, topped by an adapted hood scoop, an adaptation for the Daimler engine of the design used widely on Top Fuel Dragsters.

Russ fabricated a slider clutch because a full size one would not fit the car and it was not possible to buy one the correct size. He achieved this by looking closely at the parts for a Top Fuel Dragster and re-engineering it himself for his smaller car. A few years later he adapted a racing B&J transmission for the car, making new parts as no spares were available, and uprating its hydraulics to make it activate quicker.

After Russ took over the driving in 1975 he won many Championships and events in the Senior Dragster ranks. He was introduced to AE Autoparts (Hepolite Glacier) by some friends in 1979 and from then on the car was renamed the Glacier Grenade. He continued to use stock engine parts including Triumph TR6 pistons even with the engine using increasing nitro percentages. With the support of AE Autoparts, Russ driving the Glacier Grenade in July 1980 broke two World Records becoming the first British engined car and the first car anywhere in the world under five litres to make a quarter mile pass in less than eight seconds. The car eventually achieved a speed of 180 mph in 7.2 seconds.

His performances were such that competitors were starting to complain that the rules favoured Russ and wanted to penalise him for weight. After the rule changes came in, Russ' response was to fit a heavier but stronger and more efficient Ford nine inch rear axle, which made the car even quicker and his competitors asking for the weight break change to be revoked.

Russ took the dragster to Europe to compete. At Mantorp Park, Swedish competitors, to the consternation of the event organisers, protested he was allocated to the wrong class as the weight on the entry form did not include Russ's own, not insubstantial, weight. Put into a less advantageous class, Russ proceeded to beat all Swedish competitors being pipped in the final by rival John Whitmore who was in the lower class.

At Le Mans in 1983 Russ was again protested, this time by Swedish Top Fuel racers when he was included in that class to make the numbers up. Dennis Priddle pointed out to them that they were only protesting because they couldn't even run the same times as Russ.

Russ won the Euro Series Championship twice in the 1980s and had a rivalry with the Daimler V8 engined dragster of Robin Read until in 1989 small nitro fuelled cars were outlawed for the Euro Series. He nevertheless kept the car and has exhibited it regularly for over twenty years.

Dennis Norman (UK): One of the true characters of drag bike racing, Dennis originally started sprinting back at the start of the 1960s, before moving on to the new world of drag racing.

Being older than most of his fellow competitors, Dennis' natural riding skills were put to good use at the end of WW2 as a despatch rider instructor. His teaching methods were interesting, to say the least, and quickly taught riders that staying on board was vital- especially when leading them through minefields that were still being cleared!

After the war Dennis settled in Hemel Hempstead and opened a motor cycle shop. Though toying with Speedway in the late fifties his interest turned to sprinting in the early 1960s with an Ariel Square Four before moving on to the new sport of Drag Racing. With the opening of Santa Pod Raceway. Dennis was one of the regular Friday volunteers helping the SPR management set up the track for the weekend racing in those early days.

He was one of the top runners in the late 1960s, and into the early 1970s, on his twin-engined Triumph, which was one of the early nine second bikes. One of the first visitors to Sweden and Holland, the smoky passes from the 1300cc Norman's Conquest were always a crowd favourite. His off-track mischievous sense of humour was legendary in the pits.

His proudest achievement was being one of the first two bike racers to travel over to America to compete, backed by Bob Phelps. In 1970, Dennis qualified on his first pass for what was the first ever Top Fuel Bike eliminator at the premier NHRA Nationals event at Indy, and he ran under ten seconds to impress the American racers at Indy. Learning some new tricks while there, he performed the first bike burnout over here on his return.

A blown double-engined Norton was built as a replacement bike in 1974. His son Gary was also entered into the competition bike ranks.

Many years later, Dennis rebuilt his double Triumph and performed demonstration runs at various venues. He was even to be seen in his mid-eighties riding the bike at a Santa Pod RWYB in 2010 to keep the spirit of 1960s bike racing alive. His grandson Matthew has kept that spirit alive through the generations by bringing the bike out on to the track for Dragstalgia; although the super sticky track of today is not so easy for the wheelspinners of old!

John Whitmore (UK): John Whitmore was born in Leicester. He started his career as an electrician by getting a Silver Medal from the Electrical Contractors' Association for coming in the top three in the UK in his exams. Work for industry gave John experience of constructing electrical systems using conduit, which would soon prove useful in racing. In 1967, on a visit to Santa Pod John saw Bud Barnes from the US run a full track length smoker. It converted John to the sport and on seeing Harold Bull's Stripduster it inspired John himself to build a front engine dragster powered by the four cylinders BMC A series engine.

John's first car ran at the start of 1968 and its chassis was made out of the thin yet incredibly light electrical conduit. A new mild steel tube chassis that could take rather more power was brought out in 1969 and in 1970 the car was named Drag-n-Fly. Many parts on Drag-n-Fly were homemade including a fuel injection system with an oil pump from the ubiquitous BMC A series engine converted into a fuel pump. The gearbox was based on an overdrive from an Austin A35 although with all the power John made out of the engine it developed a habit of knocking gear teeth off after two or three runs.

A three-speed Borg Warner 35 auto gear box was modified and shortened, a manual three position control valve was used to change the gears: this replaced the A35 gear box. A 7½" friction clutch replaced the torque converter.

One advantage of using British parts is that spares were relatively easy to come by. Even the supercharger on John's engine was able to be replaced by another unit previously in a machine used for melting the road surface which was manufactured by Nobby Hills' company. A visit to BMC Special Tuning Abingdon resulted in more race-ready parts being acquired that could withstand nitro loads of up to 65%. Times fell and speeds increased; in 1973 he ran over 150 mph for the first time and dominated the Middle Dragster class with low nine second passes.

The constant quest for quarter mile performances from the venerable A series engine that would have astounded its original designers led John to build a rear engine chassis for 1974 and he again, later converted a Borg Warner automatic transmission (this time a larger one) to a three speed clutch operated racing gearbox. This helped take the car deep into the eights with many wins in 1975 and 1976, times which will probably never be beaten.

As well as running all the meetings that took place in the UK in the 1970s, John went to Sweden in 1976 to 1978, won or came runner up in each of these events, and later visited Zandvoort in Holland. He also had sponsorship from British Leyland in 1977 following an introduction from Brian Taylor.

In 1980 John took a different path with a new Daimler powered dragster. He had got support from Jaguar spares dealer G H Nolan who supplied him with the mechanical parts for the car. John used all his mechanical ingenuity on the new car which went well from the start and in 1981 ran his first seven second time.

A career in designing automotive test systems, particularly rolling roads, with rollers up to six feet in diameter, and wind tunnels, one up to twenty feet in diameter, with a 3½ megawatt fan motor, was taking up more of John's time in the 1980s and 1990s and he travelled the world to help install them.

In a racing career spanning almost twenty years and many wins, John never redlit. But it is for his mechanical skills in developing cars using British parts where possible, and achieving outstanding performances, that John is inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Don Garlits (Overseas): Don 'Big Daddy' Garlits is the greatest and most successful drag racer by most measures and has introduced many technological changes that have had a game-changing influence on the overall direction of the sport. His sheer hard work and determination has set him apart. He was part of the wildly successful US team to visit Britain for the 1964 Dragfest and subsequently raced in the UK in 1976 and 1977. These appearances were crucial to the success of the sport in the UK.

Born in Florida, Don possessed natural flair for both constructing racecars and competing in the sport at a level that has been an inspiration to countless others. After starting racing in 1950 he built his first of thirty seven Swamp Rat dragsters in 1955. He raced around the US and modified the car so that by the time he retired it in 1959, he had already become the first racer over 170 mph in 1957 and over 180 mph in 1958. He also suffered a serious fire but his car continued to compete with long-time crewman Art Malone in the driver's seat.

During the NHRA ban on nitromethane from 1959 to 1963, Don continued to match race nationally. It was at the 1963 Winternationals, for which the ban was temporarily lifted, that he scored his first NHRA Championship win with the first Top Fuel Dragster to have a wing mounted on it. When nitromethane was finally allowed at all NHRA events in 1964, he ran the first backed-up 200 mph speed.

In September and October of 1964 the First British International Drag Festival took place organised by BDRA's Sidney Allard and the NHRA's Wally Parks. In a series of six events, Don match raced Tommy Ivo and won The People Challenge Trophy for the best aggregate performance by any car, running a string of low eights at over 190 mph in front of huge crowds at Blackbushe and a series of RAF airfields.

With further success in the US, Don's terminal speeds climbed to over 240 mph. But an exploding transmission on the startline at Lions Drag Strip in 1970 cut his car in half and badly injured his right foot, leading to a layoff for the year. During this time away from the pressures of competition, he worked on the rear engine dragster design which others had tried unsuccessfully. His engineering skills came to the fore as he identified and solved the issues that prevented the design from working and on his return won the 1971 NHRA Winternationals and a string of races that year which resulted in the old slingshot style of dragsters becoming obsolete in the next couple of years.

The 1970s were highly successful for Don in racing. In that decade he won eleven Championships in different sanctioning bodies, including 16 NHRA event wins, and in 1975 set a record for Top Fuel Dragsters of 5.637 and 250.69 mph, which stood as records for more than seven years. In 1976 he visited Santa Pod for its tenth anniversary, driving Swamp Rat 21, and inspired Peter Crane to run the first five second pass outside the US. Don returned the following year and won at the July International before returning his car, which in the meantime had been raced by Dennis Priddle, to the US for eventual display at the Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida. After his visits, Don's fellow racers could be easily enticed to race in the UK, furthering the boom in the sport in Britain in the late 1970s.

Don's innovative skills came to the fore again in the 1980s, experimenting with different configurations of rear engine dragsters before reaching success with Swamp Rat 30, a streamlined car which brought him a third NHRA Championship in 1986. A spectacular blowover in 1986 was followed by a second such incident in 1987, leading to an enforced retirement. In every appearance he has made since then, whether it has been running his own or borrowed cars he has been treated with adoration by thousands of drag racing fans.

2014 has been a year very mixed emotions for Don. He has succeeded in running over 180 mph in the electric powered dragster Swamp Rat 37 which he has said is a clean, less-expensive-to-operate, sustainable and environmentally sound technology for the sport in the future. But he lost Pat, his wife of over sixty years and a constant companion of his at the track during his racing career, after caring for her in her final illnesses.

Overall Don's success can be measured in 144 National Event wins and 17 Championships in his career. The innovation he has brought to drag racing is immense. But even more than these achievements, his influence on the sport has been inestimable and the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is proud to be able to induct him in person this year.

Members of the Hall of Fame receive a 'Bootsie', a trophy encapsulating an image of the late Allan 'Bootsie' Herridge, a man who put so much into British drag racing, together with an exclusive commemorative pin. They join the élite list of inductees from previous years and will be listed on the official British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the British Hall of Fame link on the left-hand side of any page. The Hall of Fame trophies will be presented at the Gala Awards Dinner at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on 22nd November.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is sponsored by USAutomotive, Beech Underwriting, Lucas Oil Products, Santa Pod Racers Club, Santa Pod Raceway, Shakespeare County Raceway, Pennine Drag Racing Club/York Raceway, Avon Park International Racers Association, Power Race Graphics and

Trophy picture courtesy and ©Ian Messenger

London Volksfest beckons.
12th July: After two years' absence, the London Volksfest returns to North Weald Airfield tomorrow (Sunday 13th). Damian Burke writes:

The action on the the dragstrip is the usual Run What You Brung format which is open to any car so there will be plenty of VW Against The World action. For a £25 signing on fee, you will be make to do as many runs as possible. Just bring your driving licence and, if possible, a helmet although we do have some available for free loan.

As usual there will be a Fast 8 eliminator for the quicker cars and a Sportsman eliminator for normally-aspirated cars on regular street tyres, and, if there's enough interest, a VW eliminator.

Away from the track there will be plenty to see and do including a Show and Shine for both Water Cooled and Air Cooled featuring a Top Ten in both and a Best of Show in both of the categories.

There is a licensed bar and also a food area as well as traders and an autojumble for those hard-to-find parts. There will also be an area for cars for sale. As usual there will be areas set aside for Club displays and each Club is invited to take part in the traditional Bug Push.

Entry is on the day and costs just £10 under-14s being admitted for free. North Weald is located just off the A44 and signposted from junction 7 of the M11. The postcode for SatNav users is CM16 6HR.

Bug Jam racer update.
11th July: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway.

Santa Pod's gates will be open between 10:00 and 21:00 on Thursday 17th, and will then open for the duration at 09:00 on Friday 18th.

Friday 18th July
Run What You Brung 14:00 - 20:00 (DVLC licences only)
Scrutineering commences 14:00* (Competition licences required)

Saturday 19th July
Signing On office open from 08:30
Scrutineering commences 08:30, no specific order
Run What You Brung 09:30 - 15:00 (DVLC licences only)
Track open for qualifying 16:00 - 20:00

Sunday 20th July
Signing on office open from 08:30
Scrutineering commences 08:30
Track opens for qualifying and eliminations 10:00

*Please note that Friday's scrutineering start time has changed from that given on the Final Instructions.

Please remember the strict curfew: motors should not be started before 09:00 or after 20:00. If going to scrutineering on Saturday or Sunday mornings then please tow or push your vehicle. Firing up motors out of hours can and will result in exclusion from the event.

Both Saturday's and Sunday's provisional running orders are available and can be checked out by
clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page. Please note that these running orders are provisional and subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

You started it, H.
11th July: Jerry Cookson writes that the ReadSpeed racing Top Fuel Dragster team are supporting Shakespeare County Raceway with new headsets:

Following a recent visit to England on family matters Heather Read, wife and Crew Chief for Pommie Steve Read's ReadSpeed Racing Top Fuel operation on the Australian ANDRA Drag Racing Series, made a day's scheduled stop at Shakespeare County Raceway's Yanks Weekend. Sadly the day was rather wet so Heather, otherwise affectionately known as H, didn't get to see any racing but she did enjoy catching up with everyone from her days working as an APIRA marshal at Avon Park. H became Europe'' first female Chief Starter at the Raceway in the 1990s.

"I made a six-day flying visit back to England in May and decided to spend a day at Shakey to catch up with some of my old colleagues and watch a bit of racing", said H. "I was surprised to see that so many of our crew were still there and still had the same urge to get the weekend started, just like the good old days. The enemy of our beautiful sport, the weather, had different ideas and it poured down all day which for me was ok as we had plenty of time to catch up and compare notes.”"

As a way of saying thank you to all of her friends at the Raceway Heather and RSR have very kindly sponsored some new radio communication headsets for the marshals who work in and around the start line area. "Whilst there I became aware that there was a shortage of radio headsets so I offered to sponsor a few to help the guys out", said H. "I know how much this means to the crew having been with them at the coalface, so to speak, and I thank them for giving me the opportunity to give back."

"It was a real treat to meet Heather again after all these years", said Jerry. "H has certainly picked up that Aussie twang in her short time down under! It was just a shame that the weather put paid to any racing that day and for Heather to reacquaint her self with the role of starter now that she's wielding the spanners on Steve's Top Fuel Dragster."

H added "I have been on Steve's case to bring our fuel car over to England and do a couple of meetings and he has agreed to this if we can draw in some marketing partner to help with the costs involved, and I would have no hesitation bringing it to Avon Park for a couple of laps too."

SCR and APIRA would like to thank H and Steve for their very kind support with the headsets and RSR prizes for the Ladies That Launch raffle next weekend.

Swift snippets.
11th July: UK Super Pro ET racer Simon Gough tells is that former Fuel Altered racer Tony Betts will be handling his package at the Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-27th July. Tony will drive the no-nonsense Camaro in UK Top Sportsman.

We have a birthday on the team today. Please join Tog, Simon and Julian in wishing ace lenswoman Kirstie Tramm a very Happy Birthday.

Make yourselves at home...
10th July: A few short weeks after the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway, a signature event for the UK's Wild Bunch, the nostalgia racers are now looking forward to this weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway where they will again be in their element. Race Co-ordinator Claire Meaddows writes:

There are no less than thirty seven teams registered. This is a record entry for the class, which will feature both regulars and a few newcomers joining together in a celebration of all things nostalgic. Expect to see slingshots, altered, dragsters and Funny Cars, backup girls, push cars, wheelies, the Cacklefest and some fire burnouts... plus a whole lot of exciting racing!

This event will be Wild Bunch Series Round 4, Real Steel Series Round 7 and Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Round 2.  The Wild Bunch Series is currently led by the consistent Andrew Murphy in the B-Sting Topolino, followed by joint second placed Bob Hawkins in the Time Traveller II blown slingshot (new Wild Bunch ET and speed record holder at 7.347/192.08) and current title holder Adam Price in the Go Hard or Go Home!!! Topolino.  In joint fourth place are Keith Crampton in the resplendent Soul Town Shaker slingshot and Alan Loten in the well-known Jag-powered Paranoia altered.  The Real Steel Series has Bob Hawkins heading up the table closely followed by Keith Crampton, then Adam Price and Andrew Murphy. The Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series is also led by Andrew, with Adam in second place, Keith in third, and Scot Durrant in the cool Tiki Munki Competition Coupe in fourth place. The competition is likely to be hot this weekend and we can't wait for Sunday, Sunday, Sunday to find out the winners!

At Dragstalgia the Wild Bunch are being sponsored by
Ian Blackett, Santa Pod's Resident RWYB photographer, and Scot Durrant of Scottie's Car Transportation. Both are kindly contributing prize money so many thanks to them.

Further information can be found on our web site at  or see our Facebook group. And check out that entry list on the Santa Pod's Dragstalgia at See you at the drags!

Dragstalgia Perfect Award.
10th July: This weekend's Dragstalgia is the latest event in the 2014 Perfect Awards Scheme. Courtesy of Cath and Tig Napier of UK Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing, the / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award of £75 is on offer at a non-Championship event.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at the SPRC Summernationals. The money will be paid in cash to the first driver or rider this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to everyone whether running a car or bike in an organised class, RWYB or exhibition, but it will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £100 for the National Bike Championship rounds at Ladies That Launch weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for Ladies that Launch weekend.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in the Signing On office or from the office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).

Swift snippets.
10th July: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the official MSA Pro Modified entry list for the round at the Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-27th July. You can check out the Mopars Pro Mod entry by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Late staff member Ed O'Connell's wife Kathy has been in touch to let us know that another tribute to Ed has been published, this time in local on-line magazine Sea Coast Online. You can check out the tribute to Ed, which concentrates on the surfing part of his life, at

Also on the subject of Ed, his memorial decals have been printed by sponsor Paul Foote Ink, are on their way to Santa Pod Raceway, and will be available at Dragstalgia. The decals are free and can be acquired on request from the staff. Again thanks to Darren West of sponsor Power Race Graphics and to Paul Foote Ink for rapid design and printing.

Mission Impossible achieved!
10th July: FHRA Nitro Nationals Pro Stock winner, Sweden's Michael Malmgren, says that he had a fantastic weekend:

We managed to tune our new Jerry Haas Hot Rod to the very trick track conditions with very poor traction. We pedalled in Q1 as most cars had to and ran a 7.44 which was good enough for fourth. Jimmy Ålund was second at 7.14 and Simon Gustavsson was top with a good 6.95, they were the only team who a decent run in Q1. Well done! We decided to sit out Q2 as we couldn't see any improvements on the track and it turned out to be the right call as every driver had to pedal, and that is bad for the engines and hurts parts. However Jimmy made a good run of 6.77 and seemed to have it all figured out. In Q3 on Saturday we had just a touch too much clutch and the tyres spun hard so I lifted. In Q4 we improved a lot, the car made a straight run, no hopping or spinning, right down the groove and the clocks stopped at 6.91. The rest of the cars again problems, even Mr Ålund couldn't get down. Tomas Lindström could only get a 7.04 best from his new Allen Johnson motor.

So now we felt we had a good set-up and made a move on the tuning that the rest hadn't figured out. In Q4 we even improved more with a stout 6.85 and now we were putting some pressure on Jimmy. I ended up qualified second and again in this sesson neiher Jimmy nor Thomas could get down the track.

In E1 we had the toughest race off all against Sampsa Palos who broke his new engine in qualifying and had to borrow an engine which seemed to work well for the track conditions. He ran a 7.00 and had a killer light, luckily I was right there with a decent light which is tough to do with no clutch and very low starting rpm. But I guess Sampsa knew he had to take a chance on the Tree. We had him covered with a 6.93 after a tough run during which the car went towards the right wall and I had to lift and correct. In E2 we ran against Christian Sagelv in the Ford and made no mistake, a better light and a new good ET of 6.85. Now we were putting good pressure on Jimmy who slowed down to 6.80, although he got lane choice which seems critical on this track.

I told my guys that lane choice didn't matter as we had a set up which would work in both lanes, so I felt it was a 50-50 shot! Jimmy picked the right lane and many thought we had no chance. He got me on the Tree by three hundredths but then it was all my race. Jimmy had to pedal twice when he lost traction, but we went straight down even though we spun tires bad in low gear, 6.94 to Jimmy's 7.4.

What a good team effort! We all talked through what to do and we made no mistakes. I must say I am real proud for my guys  Bjarne Cox, Kent Eriksson, David Xen and stand in mechanic this weekend Tord Sjöström, who will probably join the team for the rest of the season.

I am very proud for all the USA manufacturers with whom we work and who support my team with the best products possible. We wouldn't be racing this year without that support. Thanks to Victory Performance, MSD Ignition, Speed Pro, Fel Pro, Champion, Motive, Braswell Carburettors, PAC Springs, Strange Engineering,  GRP Rods,  Auto Verdi Oil Pumps, MBE , Trend Performance, Diamond Pistons, Pro Fabrication Headers, Polydyn, Dynotech Driveshafts, Winberger Cranks and VP Racing Fuel. And of course Oakley who supply the team with all the cool gear, Europa Flyer for handling our travel, and Nordströms for delivering good food all the time.

God it feels good to be back on top of the points page, even if I am realistic and know that Jimmy will fight hard to get number one position back next race. But I can asure you all he will have to fight real hard!

FIM Europe Round 2 review.
10th July: Many thanks to Geoff Myers of Track Group Europe for passing on PR PiPPi's report of the second round of the FIM European Drag Bike Championships which took place at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro:

The track has gone through a recent resurfacing making for a very smooth race surface. Unfortunately, due to abnormally wet spring weather it was not possible to fully follow through on the schedule for the final track preparation. It made for a tricky weekend for the teams, chassis and clutch tuning being the order of the day although the combined Track Group Europe crews of FHRA and Santa Pod Raceway worked very hard together. The three classes contending this round were Pro Stock Bike, Super Twin and Top Fuel Bike. The FIM Super Street Bike Cup will be back in action at the next FIM race, the NitrOlympx in Hockenheim, Germany on 8th-10th August.

FIM Pro Stock Bike: Current points leader Fredrik Fredlund of Finland continued running strong. Fredrik and his team had the quickest and fastest bike in all four qualifying runs with Gert-Jan laseur from the Netherlands in the second qualifying position followed by Timo Savolainen in third place with a new Personal Best Elapsed Time.

Fredlund was well dialled in at his home track. He ran the quickest and fastest numbers in each round of eliminations. In the final he went up against a hard working Gert-Jan Laseur who set a new Personal Best ET in the semi-finals although that didn't help: Fredrik won the final round as well and extended his points lead going into the next race.

FIM Super Twin Top Fuel Bike: Alastaro is the home track for the biggest number of active nitro-twins from a single nation except the USA. But when qualifying was over, the top three positions were held by non-Finnish racers. The Dutch-Norwegian Zodiac Racing Team blasted their way to the top of the qualifying list in Q1, rider Ronny Aasen setting a new Personal Best ET of 6.50 seconds. Christian Jäger from Germany was in second place and Martijn de Haas from the Netherlands in third place, Martijn continuing with runs deep in the six-second region.

Ronny's top qualifying run was not without issues as the engine was hurt. The team came back to win the quarter finals but with more damage and that was the end of their weekend. Meanwhile Christian and #5 qualifier Samu Kemppainen from Finland won their respective quarter- and semi-finals and went on to meet in the finals. Christian won the race with a 6.89 while Samu's tyre went up in smoke.

FIM Top Fuel Bike: Ian King continues his quest for an eighth European FIM Top Fuel Bike championship but it was Otto Knebl from the Czech Republic who made waves in the first day of qualifying by being on top with a 6.51, also a new Personal Best time. Ian stepped it up on day two and took over the #1 spot with an excellent time of 6.16, a new track record.

Otto suffered a motor failure during qualifying and could not enter Sunday's eliminations. Filippos Papafilippou from Greece came in as an alternate but lost against Rikard Gustavsson from Sweden. Ian won his semi-final against Norwegian Jan Sturla Hegre, Ian lowering the track record again to 6.159. Ian against Rikard in the final, Ian took the gold with a 6.26 and won yet another race at Alastaro, one of his favorite race tracks.

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Thanks to Palle Lind for sending us the post-FHRA Nitro Nationals points standings in the 2014 FIM European Drag Bike Championships. You can check out the FIM points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points link on the left-hand side of any page.

Ladies that Launch raffle.
10th July: Ladies That Launch organisers Angie Woods and Jerry Cookson have been in touch to brung us up to date on fund-raising plans for the Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance at next weekend's Public Track Day including For Ladies That Launch, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 19th-20th July:

Every year we try to raise funds for different charities within the Ladies That Launch festivities. This year's choice of charity wasn't a difficult decision to make especially when incidents and accidents happen so close to our drag racing family. So far, Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Fundraising Co-ordinator Stephanie Butlin has been impressed with what we have achieved in such a short space of time by grabbing people's attention about the Air Ambulance cause. We're hoping that Stephanie and members of her team will be able to attend next Sunday's festivities at Shakespeare County Raceway, along with a famous name from the history of British drag racing, to present the prizes and to award this year's car and bike bracket race winners in association with longtime track supporters Claron Graphics.

So far we have the following list of prizes for this years raffle:

Framed Print courtesy of Jeni Long / Yawningcatphotography
VP Racing Fuel Jugs courtesy of Lee Child & LA Racing Parts
£30 Food Voucher courtesy of Trish's American Diner and Sarah Howells
Two engravings courtesy of Dawn Watson
RSR USB Wristbands courtesy of Readspeed Racing and Steve and Heather Read
Magazine Subscription and two Model Kits courtesy of American Car Magazine and Dave Smith
Power Tour UK T-Shirts and Stickers courtesy of Power Tour UK and Ralph Bates
Assorted Drag Racing Photos courtesy of Drakies American and Martin Drake
Bottle of Red Line Oil, T-Shirt and Lanyard courtesy of Red Line Oil
Big Breakfast courtesy of SCR Burger Babes and Emily Hodges
Local award winning Pork Pie courtesy of Kenny's Bar and Kenny Aston
Drive in a Junior Dragster courtesy of SCR Junior Dragster Experience and Firefighter Racing Juniors
Photoshoot with the lucky winner's car taken at Shakespeare County Raceway courtesy of Jenny Wren Photography
Cookie Monster Dust Caps & Jewellery courtesy of Team Bonkers Drag Racing and Del and Zoe Sanderson
Cuddly 'Love You Lots' Teddy Bear
Adult pair of RJS Racing Arm Restraints
Sealey aluminium Torch
Nascar Seat Cushion
Keep Calm and Burn Nitro T-Shirt courtesy of

There is still room for more! If you have something to donate - and it doesn't have to be directly connected with drag racing or motorsport - then please get in touch by calling the Raceway office on 01789 720180 or E-Mail The more prizes we get the more funds we can raise for Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. Tickets will be available at £1 a strip from Sue's Signing-On Office all weekend. Dig deep people – a life could depend upon it!

UK Top Sportsman sponsors.
10th July: The organisers of the UK Top Sportsman events at the Mopar EuroNats and VW Action are humbled by the strength of support shown to by the sponsors who have faith in what Top Sportsman is trying to do: to give doorslammer racers unique events in which to compete during the summer break.

Main Title Sponsor: is a bespoke service for transporting anything from a race car to your new car anywhere you need it to be. They understand the challenges which moving race cars of any formula can present and meet that need at a very cost effective price. Director of the company Matt Wright has been a strong supporter of UK Top Sportsman right from the start and we are very grateful to him and his company for stepping up to the plate. Matt also understands the exposure and media effectiveness which television along with trackside awareness and coverage, provide and he feels that this offers excellent value for money. Please support the people who support our sport of drag racing. If you need a car moved please try out Click on the banner on and mention Top Sportsman when you ask for a quote.

Winner Heads Up: Jeff Bull Racing Engines
Proprietor Jeff Bull needs no introduction. Jeff has more top drag race teams running his motors than any other company in UK drag racing which alone is testament to the esteem in which Jeff and his company are held. Jeff has always been one for supporting the people who support this great sport and we are honoured to have Jeff Bull Racing Engines as one of our associates. Anything you need racewise can be sourced by Jeff Bull Racing Engines who have a good inventory of Chevrolet performance and race parts. For parts or a turn-key motor give them a call through .

Winner Fast Bracket Race:
These are people who understand the meaning of personal service, give them a try.

Runner-up Top Sportsman Bracket and Heads Up Engine Data Analysis
Kenny Coleman has been a supporter of drag racing for longer than he cares to remember. Kenny's company EDA is the go-to for having your engine dyno'd. Specialising in American V8s for circle, track and drag racing, supplying you with the best advise and getting the best from your engine in a safe enviorment at his state of the art dyno facilities. Many many race teams rely on EDA when setting up their engines; Kenny is the benchmark. For further information contact Kenny via

Damn Yankees American Car Club: Gary Hall
UK Top Sportsman organiser Paul Marston is an ex-committee member of the Damn Yankees and they can be relied on to put on one of the best American Car Shows in the country. The show is at North Weald Airport Sunday 20th featuring everything good about owning an American car. Commentary supplied by the Rough Diamond Racing new boy, none other than John Price. For more details try

Rough Diamond Racing Fabrication and Machine
Many of you will know Dave Gibbons and his immaculately built Super Pro Rough Diamond Altered. Dave is an engineer and fabricator by trade and can quite literally build or modify / upgrade anything you have which requires engineering from a one off part for a Junior Dragster to a complete turn-key seven-second race car. A good example of Dave's work can be seen in his son Scott Gibbons' brand new Junior Dragster. You can contact Dave via

Hauser Racing: Geof Hauser
Hauser Racing have been one of the most prolific and premier manufacturers of quality race cars over the past twenty years having built such cars as Paul Marstons PT Bruiser and more recently Scott Hauser's stunning four-Link Super Pro ET dragster. A great source for axle parts, any fabrication work, small to full turn-key race cars. These are the people to talk to, contact Ian via

Drag Race Engineering: Gary Springford
There is still time to enter UK Top Sportsman. Don't delay, enter today - E-Mail for your entry form or for the answers to any questions.

Interview: Ron Hope.
9th July: In the latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products, spoke to Ron Hope who owns and who will be driving the classic Rat Trap Fuel Altered at this weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway.

We asked Ron about his racing history, his involvement with the Rat Trap team, his Land Speed Racing exploits, his opponent in Pure Hell and more.

You can check out our interview with Ron Hope by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any page.

NitrOlympX seeks slicks.
9th July: NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey has been in touch with an update from the Hockenheimring including a plea for slicks, for which the organisation will give racers a tangible reward:

Despite the rumours about our track before and after the Formula 1 race, our track was not scraped, sandblasted or bombed. The same firm which laid the €360,000 new asphalt last year did a perfect job of satisfying FIA requirements that no glue remains on the track. A good amount of rubber is still in the pores of the entire track and after a recent visit from Ian Marshall of SPRC and Darren Prentice of Santa Pod, the plan for prepping the track has been set. €67,000  in materials from the USA and Denmark are on hand and ready for use. With guidance from Ian, Darren and David Warren we are convinced that for our race on 8th-10th August we will get our quarter mile back in the same shape as, or even better than it was, in 2013.

Although we have already received three hundred slicks from Hoosier USA, we still need softer used slicks from racers here in Europe.  We will, as in previous years, give one Team Ticket worth €60 in exchange for each used slick which racers bring to the NitrOlympX.

Entry deadline at reduced entry fee closes next Monday, 14th July, and the entry remains open at an increased entry fee until Monday 21st July. More information on the Racers' Page at

Junior event entry update.
9th July: Further to our story of 30th June, sign-up forms are now available for the Little Ladies' Eliminator Junior Shootout which takes place during Ladies That Launch weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway on 19th-20th July. To download your form follow the Downloads link at then return it by E-Mail to or post to:

Jerry Cookson
Shakespeare County Raceway
Long Marston Airfield
CV37 8LL

More updates soon.

Entry is still open for the second annual Junior Drag Racing Fun Day which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Wednesday 20th August. Presented in association with sponsor Alamo Rent-A-Car, the Fun Day will raise funds for Wellingborough-based charity Niamh's Next Step and is supported by the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

The drag strip is open to Junior Dragster, Junior Funny Car and Junior Drag Bike racers from Europe and race entry is free with informal competitions for racers ranging from eight to seventeen years old. To enter the Junior Dragster / Funny Car or Junior Drag Bike competition, or to enter the Run What You Brung, download the entry form (PDF format) at Each entrant will get an allocation of four tickets once an entry form is received. If any more tickets are required then they can be booked also free of charge at

Off-track, this year's Fun Day will also embrace other forms of Junior motorsport. Static displays are promised by a range of racing disciplines focused on the younger generation. There'll be Lightning McQueen Disney-style cars on show too, alongside Santa Pod's own, very grown-up FireForce Jet Funny Car. Mighty Monster Truck Podzilla will roar and leap into car-crushing action in the Live Action Arena while its fellow giant Red Dragon provides passenger rides in its own inimitable style. Other family activities on the programme include dodgems, trampolines, face-painting and a bouncy castle. Go Motorsport, the Motor Sports Association's entry-level initiative, will offer Auto-Solo passenger rides in its own, separate zone in the paddock. Lee Bowers Motorcycle Stunt Rider will also be performing some daredevil tricks.

Public admission to the Fun Day is free - summer-holiday family entertainment is the prescription, with the accent firmly on youth. Last year's inaugural Junior Drag Racing Fun Day attracted more than two thousand visitors to the famous racing venue and organisers anticipate many more for this year's second edition. The event will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and the programme is expected to expand substantially as the time draws near.

Voluntary donations to Niamh's Next Step will be greatly appreciated. The charity was founded in memory of Niamh Curry, who passed away aged five in 2012, and is dedicated to fighting the childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma, and to supporting children and families afflicted with the disease. For more information, please visit

Dragstalgia bike preview.
9th July: This weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway is promising to be the best-ever for nostalgia drag racing action on both two and four wheels. Keith Lee has kindly provided us with the latest bike news:

For the first time in many years, among the bike entries there will be no fewer than five double-engined drag bikes in action on the track, plus another three on show in the historic marquee, in what will be the biggest gathering of these crowd pleasing machines in a very, very long time. The doubles will be among a real variety of machines taking part in the National Sprint Association Bike Shoot-out at the event. There will be qualifying sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday, with the quickest two riders facing-off in the final race for victory.

Making a welcome return to Santa Pod for Dragstalgia, after an absence of more than thirty years, will be the very successful Super Cyclops supercharged double Norton, which was originally built and campaigned by Mick Butler. Well known Jet Car exponent Colin Fallows will be on board the neat 1000 cc entry. His inclusion on two wheels at the event may come as a surprise to many, but Colin is a regular bike sprinter these days, and will be busy getting to grips with the recently restored machine, which recently made a couple of shakedown runs at Shakespeare County Raceway.

Jeff Byne will be one of the most welcome entries, as the quickest of these double-engined machines returns to action for the first time. He has worked hard to rebuild the 1500 cc Morgo Triumph, and has already had it fired-up in readiness for the weekend.

It is fifty years since the Drag Festivals kick-started the sport into life in this country, and one of the well known bikes of that era will be making a second visit to Dragstalgia. Maurice Brierley rode his supercharged 998cc Vincent sidecar outfit to good effect back in 1964. Chris Illman, with passenger Colin Jefferies, will be putting the lovingly restored combination through it's paces on a rare outing.

A number of legendary names in the straight-line sport will be out on track, taking part in the NSA Bike Shoot-out. Looking back forty years, you would see John Hobbs and Dave Clee battling for Top Bike honours at Santa Pod. Both riders will be in action over the weekend. Sadly the Hobbit will only be on show due to a broken crank, as John rides Olympus. The mix of bikes is more than a little diverse, and includes Bernie White out on his 1928 600 cc Douglas. It may be eighty five years old, but the Flat Twin has run times in the mid twelves. Bernie was one of the quick 500 blown Triumph racers in the early seventies. Talking of Triumphs last year's winner, Martin Willmott, will be looking to repeat his win on Capella, which was the first 500 Triumph in the world to hit the eight second zone.

Representing the latter part of the era will be the two newly-restored Kawasaki powered bikes previously raced by the late Steve Tong. Pip Higham will be riding the turbo Orient Express bike, now owned by Steve Watson, in match races against Nick Pepper on the Pro Stock Bike.

All in all, a great cross section of machinery on two (and three) wheels to look out for. And don't forget to visit the historic marquee during the event, where a rare mix of two wheeled machinery will be on show. As well as the already mentioned doubles, there will be a 1960s blown Rudge, a triple Kawasaki two-stroke, plus US racer John Sands' highly successful Honda from the 1990s, which is now owned by Ian King.

Stone's retirement sale.
9th July: The UK's Dave Stone has decided to close the garage doors of his workshop in Dagenham after fifty years of trading.

Many who know Dave and Daddy Stone will know that the workshop was the birthplace of the infamous Hemi-Hunter and Tee-Rat among others. The workshop is an Aladdin's Cave of drag racing memorabilia and Dave is hoping to sell as much as possible to fund his retirement.

Dave has a lot of dragster parts which may be useful for the current Nostalgia racing classes. If anyone is interested in contacting Dave, he will be at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway this Saturday (19th) and can be reached on the day on 07885 807979. Alternately you can E-Mail Dave's daughter Vickie Stone at

Built on sand.
9th July: Sebastian Lindau has been in touch to reveal that last Wednesday's spy picture is his new drag bike. This isn't just any drag bike, though, as Sebastain explains:

What you see in these pictures is Europe's first - non-Icelandic - Sand Drag Bike. I've worked on this project for a long time and now it is finally race ready.

The bike is a 'slightly' modified Yamaha FZR 1000. The engine is stock so far and I have mounted an air shifter on the gearbox. The bike is lowered a lot and the swing arm is extended by ten inches. There are a lot of other modfications but too many to list. A documentary about the building process and all the other modifications can be found at (German) or at (English).

In September I will make a trip to Iceland to compete in the final race of the season. It's a dream come true for me and I'm as excited as a little kid at Christmas.

I'm still searching for fellow racers to build up a Sand Drag scene here in Central Europe. If anyone is interested then please contact me at

Swift snippets.
9th July: As is traditional the new inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced here on Continuing the new arrangement introduced last year the inductees will be announced during Dragstalgia; the announcement will be posted here on News at midnight UK on Friday (01:00 Saturday European).

If anyone has space in their transporter to take a Junior Dragster to Hockenheim in August then please drop Dayle Frederick an E-Mail at

After great success last year UK Super Pro ET racer Billy Gane and family will be hosting the third annual drag racing summer party in Chelmsford, Essex on Saturday 2nd August. There will be a disco, live band, fully stocked bar with various drink deals, evening BBQ, burger van from midnight, bouncy castle, assault course, inflatable gladiator arena and much more. All are welcome including overnight guests as there is plenty of room to bring tents, caravans or motorhomes. Tickets are £10 and will be on sale at the Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway. You can get more details on the event's Facebook page. "Looking forward to seeing you all soon", says Billy.

Unavoidably there was no news update yesterday, for which apologies, so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday for yesterday to UK Super Comp / Super Gas racer Jon Giles and belatedly for Monday to Eire's Top Fuel Dragster racer-in-waiting Gabrielle McDonald. Hope you both had great days.

Anita "Two Fuellers" Mäkelä.
9th July: Finnish Top Fuel Dragster racer Anita Mäkelä says that a two-car team - one each for herself and husband Tommi Haapanen - sounded a good idea during the long, dark winter evenings. But the closer last weekend's FHRA Nitro Nationals came, the more realistic Anita became and she started to worry about workload, parts, crew, food, team uniforms and just about everything else. As it turns out, Anita needn't have fretted:

We split the teams and after the weekend I have to give a huge thank to both Crew Chiefs, Sami Lehtimäki and Juha Sulanko, for an excellent job. Tommi didn't qualify in but it only shows how difficult our sport is.

Tommi really enjoyed himself getting back in the car. He said that it was a good rule to have the automatic shut-off system, otherwise he would have returned to the pits with his tyres still burning. But I'm sure that in the bikers' pits, which were next to the finish line, they enjoyed watching Tommi's wild rides. There was no mercy!

My team qualified third and on Sunday I started against Urs Erbacher. After we both did our burnouts, we were told to shut off the cars. That's not good for either the set-ups or the temperature. So launching the car after the second fire up, I lost two right-side cylinders at the hit. That caused my car to make a strong move towards the right guardrail, but I kept the pedal down even though the steering wheel was ninety degrees, all the way to the left. I could hear that Urs was close, but I didn't see him. There wasn't much between us at the finish line between us, but the few inches were for in our favour and we won.

The next round was against Antti Horto and we won in almost the same way, sweeping the guardrail but keeping it running all the way.

Then in the final I met a faster man, Stig Neergaard. The pedal was down all the way, but it didn't help and I saw Stig cross the line ahead of me. But I was happy number two!

I had Tommi's crew helping me on Sunday, too, and I was proud of those guys. We didn't blow engines, there were no fireballs behind our dragsters, and we still made nice runs on that slippery track. Huge thanks also go to our American mechanics Dom Lagana and Jake Sanders.

For the rest of the season we will race only one car, my yellow and white dragster. Writingn this on the Monday after the race, I think it worked out pretty well with two cars. So we'll see what kind of use the blue dragster gets in future.

Ålund's tricky weekend.
9th July: The second round of the 2014 FIA European Pro Stock Championship was held at the Alastaro Motopark whose strip had been resurfaced, making for a very smooth race track. Unfortunately, due to abnormally wet spring weather it was not possible to follow through fully on the schedule for the final track preparation. This made for a tricky weekend as regards to setting up chassis and clutch, but multiple FIA European Pro Stock Champion Jimmy Ålund and the J&J Performance Racing Team made a strong showing.

Jimmy qualified number one at 6.85 seconds with the fastest speed of the weekend, 336.83 kmh (209.29 mph). Jimmy improved his ET in round one of eliminations where he took out Jan Palmqvist with the best time of the event, 6.778 at 336.29 kmh (208.96 mph). Round two, a win against Magnus Petersson where Jimmy ran the quickest ET and speed of the round again, 6.800 at 336.68 kmh (209.20 mph) which set up a final against Michael Malmgren. In the final round, the J&J Camaro overpowered the track and spun the tires with Malmgren taking the win.

"Congratulations to Michael and his team, they put in a better tune up than we did", says Jimmy. "The track conditions were as tough as we've seen in a long time. We had a good handle on the clutch and chassis during qualifying and did very well in the first two rounds of eliminations on Sunday. Of course I'm disappointed but we're not even half way into the season and we will be more than ready for the next race."

Jimmy and the team left Alastaro in second place in the FIA Championship but only six points off the lead. The next event for the J&J Performance Racing Team is the third race of the 2014 FIA European Pro Stock Championship, the 2014 NitrOlympX at Hockenheim in Germany. Qualifying starts on Friday morning, 8th August.

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9th July: Photographer Dick Parnham has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the 2006 FIA European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway, an event which took place in the good weather for which we are still hoping in 2014. You can check out Dick's pictures at

FHRA Nitro Nationals results.
7th July: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Stig Neergaard 4.479/410.43 def. Anita Mäkelä 4.649/400.88
FIA Top Methanol Funny Car: Johan Lindberg 6.138/386.44 def. Johnny Oksa 7.259/318.33
FIA Top Methanol Dragster: Manty Bugeja 5.538/422.03 def. Chris Polidano 5.561/429.79
FIA Pro Stock: Michael Malmgren 6.945/315.14 def. Jimmy Ålund 7.570/244.95
FIA Pro Modified: Mattias Wulcan 6.229/368.55 def. Roger Johansson 7.443/218.46
Super Pro Street: Hannu Flink 7.028/321.72 def. Rolf Simonsson 7.018/309.48
Outlaw: Lasse Niskavaara 7.655/245.28 def. Tero Vainio 7.678/288.58
Super Pro ET: Laura Saksa 9.003 (8.91) def. Kari Laitinen 8.998 (8.93)
Stock/Super Stock: Jarmo Markkanen 10.284 (10.28) def. Iiro Mikkola 11.465 (11.40)
Sportsman ET/Pro ET: Petri Parkkinen 11.837 (11.80) def. Iiro Laaksonen 10.410 (10.33)
Top Street: Juho Yijälä-Räty 8.286/277.52 def. Pauli Junttila 8.342/264.83
Real Street: Kenneth Mattfolk 8.699/251.28 def. Toni Peräkasari 9.135/237.28
Junior Dragster: Tiia Rantanen 9.801 (9.95) def. Jenna Kakkonen 8.107 (8.09)

FIM Top Fuel Bike: Ian King 6.261/342.73 def. Rickard Gustavsson Foul No time
FIM Super Twin Top Fuel: Christian Jäger 6.898/278.32 def. Samu Kemppainen 8.122/226.41
FIM Pro Stock Bike Fredrik Fredlund 7.096/302.69 def. Gert-Jan Laseur 7.238/294.87
Funny Bike: Juha Ollikainen 7.165/310.05 def. Sami Kallio 9.377/170.72
Pro HD: Jukka Köykkä 9.295/236.43 def. Kalle Myllylä 9.792/218.92
Super Gas Bike: Janne Koskinen 9.517 def. Timo Pöllä 9.605
Street Bike: Jyrki Sinisalo 9.806 (9.62) def. Kimmo Rantala 10.741 (10.27)
Junior Bike: Tukka Varis 14.179 (14.14) def. Jesse Leino 6.628 (6.75)

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Alamo Rent A Car-sponsored reports and photographs by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page. A big Thank You and Well Done to Simon for writing the live race reports under difficult conditions and for posting the daily galleries, and a big Thank You to Eero Saarela and Patrik Jacobsson for photography.

Thanks also to Åsa Kinnemar of Speedgroup for passing us the post-FHRA Nitro Nationals points standings in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships, on behalf of Co-ordinator Kjell Pettersson. You can check out the FIA points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points link on the left-hand side of any page.

Sherratt to tame the Beast.
7th July: A couple of days ago we mentioned that UK Fuel Funny Car racer Bill Sherratt is to return in a big-engine, long-wheelbase car in association with FGR Motorsport. With apologies to Top Fuel obsessives, Bill has revealed that his drive is John Dodds' Rolls Royce Merlin-powered Beast which will be appearing at this weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway. Bill explains:

Roy Phelps, former owner of Santa Pod Raceway, contacted John Dodds who owns the twenty seven-litre Beast for which Roy and Bob Phelps of FGR Motorsport built the body. As I have been Roy's assistant over the years I asked him if he could arrange for me to drive it on track at Dragstalgia, and to give me a positive reference about my driving ability.

I am delighted that John, who lives in Spain, agreed for me to drive the Beast as fast as it can go in the circumstances. This is completely different to the cars I have driven before; I won't be the limit as to how fast it can go although I am unsure exactly what to expect!

Swift snippets.
7th July: A superb tribute to late staff member Ed O'Connell has been posted by his surfing buddy Ralph on the Ralph's Pic web site. You can check out Ralph's tribute at Thanks to all those who have contributed to our own Ed O'Connell tribute page; if you would like to send a tribute to Ed then please E-Mail

Web site updates.
7th July: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr gallery with a set of shots from the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can check out Mad's shots at

Tazz in a spin.
6th July: The Netherlands' Hans van der Spek had a bad start to his season at Drachten Airfield when his handsome truck, nicknamed Tazz, got out of shape and hit the guardrail. Hans was quite OK and work is already underway to repair the damage. Hans' crew Ramona wrote an account of the day day which Maikel Gloudemans of our streaming service provider kindly translated into English:

We arrived at Drachten Airbase on Friday and dragged up the big party tent. Then off to scruteneering early Saturday morning. Taz was of course OK and we got the stamp of approval. Finally we would be able to see what the pick-up would do this season. After attending the drivers' meeting at 10:30 the first racers gathered in the startup area.

Our class was due at about 13:00 and we were very eager to have a go on the track. We set our dial-in to 10.35, somewhat on the safe side because the track hadn't warmed up enough yet and with one run per hour scheduled we could always lower it later. With Hans safely secured in Tazz with harness, neck brace, helmet, firesuit and gloves we went into the bleach box. The burnout was superb, a large cloud of smoke and all the spectators disappeared for a while. Hans had made quite a spectacle by doing a rolling burnout past the start line so everyone had a good view.

Anxiously we saw the bulbs of pre-stage light, then stage, the ambers dropped and there was the green light. Go! Great reaction time 0.05! But at the first yellow stripe on the track things went bad.

Tazz slid sideways and Hans wasn't able to save him. First a sharp turn towards the right guardrail, which Hans just avoided, then all of a sudden the pick-up turned round and went for the left guardrail. Hans was just able to steer it but hit the rail hard. The first hit was taken by the right front, afterwards the entire right side took a beating. Peet Bakkeren ran in the other lane and was just able to brake like mad and pass Hans in the right lane. His excellent response ensured that things didn't get any worse than they already were.

Ramona ran as fast as her legs could carry her to see whether Hans was OK. Luckily the car had taken most of the damage and Hans was OK, although we were all upset that the first run of the weekend turned into the last run so quickly. The front end was damaged too badly to run.

Whilst Hans and the guys worked to get the pickup off the track, Ramona chatted with some of the Dutch Hot Rod Association crew who told her that a collection was underway. In Dutch the word we use is spekpot which means "piggy bank" and which is a nice pun on Hans' surname. Since Hans always tries to help others with his time or from his inventory of spare parts, donations were generous. After checking what was needed to fix the truck, several people came forward with parts or help:

Cas van de Mosselaar of Team Orange Country had a hood, grill and bumper
Old School Products sponsored a new radiator and fan
Front and wing were donated by Arjan Franken of American Servicepoint
Reinier Tiesing sponsored the new windshield
RS Metaal Hoofddorp will do the metalwork
Gerrit Visscher will help straightening the chassis

A lot of other people also helped Hans. The spekpot will certainly come to good use for everything which could not be arranged but work is underway on getting things fixed.   Hans initially lost faith in everything but after receiving all this help he is very positive and looking forward to rebuilding his Tazz.

Records fall at Kunmadaras.
6th July: Last weekend the Hungarian Drag Arena at Kunmadaras was again full for the second round of the Motul Cup Dragbike National Championship and the Toyota Road Service Drag Racing National Championship.

The organisers prepared the track with a new tractor and different methods and it resulted in a very fast track. Racers from five countries competed in Super Street Bike and there were many seven-second times but Dániel Donát Lencsés' 7.64 ET with a 1.24 sixty foot time was particularly significant. This is a unique performance anywhere in Europe. József Orbán smashed an 8.98 second record in the D1000 category with a Suzuki street bike. In the Competition category racers from four countries fought each other and finally Davide Ricchi won against his Czech and Hungarian rivals with a 7.4.

There was an outstanding field of cars including Polish, Slovenian, Rumanian, Croatian and Hungarian racers. The advantage of a prepared track was also in evidence here as Zoltán Kohári set a 7.01 ET record with his Dragacs Z28 Camaro which has 2600 hp and 3000 nm torque. This ET was coupled with a monstrous sixty foot of 1.04 seconds which is also a huge performance, and if we consider that for the last eighty metres he was off the throttle because of fuel problems and still ran 7.01 then you can see what a huge achievement it was.

On 19th-20th August the organisers look forward to welcoming everyone for the second round of the European Drag Challenge (for Super Street and Competition categories) where we await new records on the prepped track. For this event the organisers are offering foreign entrants a contribution for their travelling expenses.

The wind in your face...
6th July: Since its purchase turn-key from triple NFAA Champion Clayton Round, Jayne Kay's new drive has undergone a new look and had its first outing. Jayne writes:

My first time out at FIA / FIM Round 1 at Santa Pod Raceway was slightly nerve-wracking as it was at this race last year when I had my last race in the Funny Car. I had no idea how the different the altered would handle compared to the Funny, so I chose to amke single passes as we all know the reputation which altereds have! The first time out on the track was exciting. From the burnout alone I knew it was a wild one, as it hooked up and aimed for the Tree (narrowly missing David Warren's toes!). During staging I found it difficult to keep the car from dragging through the lights because the idle RPM was pretty high. I did a hard launch and backed off so that I could go back to the pits with some data and no broken parts. At this point the motor was not tuned for a full pass but I needed the time on track to get a handle on the car.

After Friday's outing we kept it in the pits for the rest of the weekend. We had the fuel system to sort out with the help of Dave Milam and Dave Wilson, who tested the check valves and made sure that the motor wasn't returning too much fuel, which is the reason it sounded boggy on the track. We also had the gearbox out to double check after it made some unusual noises. There were no problems so we assume it just didn't sit in a gear right. We had a few bugs getting the motor to run crisp but with the help of Richard Walters we got the timing right and killed the four-foot flames we had going on in the pits. Pity it wasn't darker out, it would have made a wicked cacklefest!

One question I was frequently asked over the weekend was "How does it compare to the Funny Car"? Well, it's like taking your shades off on a really sunny day. The biggest difference is the starting routine because now I can see everything. I know when I start laying down some quick numbers I will feel the wind in my face!

We have had to withdraw our entry for Dragstalgia and are yet to announce our next appearance with the Pink Lady Model T Altered, however we can promise we will be out testing before the European Finals. This is due to my Dad's recent injury: his leg is in pink plaster after a high side motorbike crash during his race at Three Sisters Race Track - he is currently working on licencing to allow him to race at the TT for 2015/16 (Does he not take a point - Ed). He has a broken ankle, leg and a number of ribs therefore it would be too much to ask to get the car out just three weeks prior to the accident. This didn't stop me catching him putting the gearbox back in the altered whilst balancing on one leg.

We also would like to congratulate Peter Walters for his two awesome licensing passes in Dave Wilson's Silverline A/Fuel dragster. I was lucky enough to get behind the scenes with the team thanks to Derek Flynn of Gold RV.

I'd like to introduce some of our new sponsors for 2014. A big thanks to our newest partner of the Pink Lady Racing team SimpsonLids who provide helmets to the UK and European community at a fair and competitive price. All helmets come with a 10% discount and p+p included! They also supply the new SFI 38. certified Necksgen Rev head/neck restraints. If you find the same deal cheaper they will beat it! " is proud to be sponsoring Jayne Kay and the Pink Lady Racing team", say SimpsonLids. "We met for the first time at Round 1 of the European Drag Championships held at Santa Pod Raceway and we were made to feel very welcome! The Simpson CH3NO2 helmet we supplied, is a great addition to the kit bag and I know it will serve its purpose to the highest level. The car looked awesome in the pink paint job and we wish it and the team every success in the future. Good luck Jayne!"

Another new and exciting new partner for 2014 is Californian handbag company Trophy Queen. Founded in 2000 by Jenny Tanner, Trophy Queen produce high-quality original products including handbags, wallets, luggage and more. They are a trend setter in the fashion, hot rod and kustom kulture scene.

Custom Coach trimming are another new sponsor for us at Pink Lady Racing this year. They have designed and hand made a bespoke seat for the altered which provides comfort and a perfect hot rod theme for the car.

To my sponsors who have been with us over the past few years with the Funny Car, thank you for staying with us at team Pink Lady Racing.

Peter Walters Race Design has been doing all our design work since we raced in Junior Dragster. To match the stunning paint work, our crew have also been equipped with some matching team shirts. Peter has started to supply his own fully printed/sublimated shirts at some great prices, so get in touch via the web site to find out more on how you can get a great look for your race team as well as your car.

A big thanks to RW Custom Paint for providing us with yet another striking paintscheme. Richard Walters has been producing some of the best paint schemes in the business over the years, including Bob Glassup and Joe Bond's altered, Wendy Baker's Time Warp Funny Car and more recently Steve Rawlings' Corvette and Matt Wrights Rolls, to name a few.

We are proud to have on board with us for a third year running, we love the team and their high-quality line of merchandise and automotive apparel. They are a brand recognised globally and have official dealers all over the World. They have recently developed a new wheel cleaner, another addictive addition to the Wheel Whores brand. "We're proud to be working with Jayne Kay and the Pink Lady Racing team once again and can't wait to see the new car in action", say "From what we've seen so far it looks like Jayne and the team will be up to speed and taking no prisoners once again very soon!"

A big thanks to all our sponsors SimpsonLids, Peter Walters Race Design, Trophy Queen and Custim Coach Trimming. Thanks for their help over the weekend to Richard Walters, Dave and Steph Milam, Dave Wilson and Timo Habermann.

You can keep up to date with Pink Lady Racing via our Facebook page.

Swift snippets.
6th July: Sponsor Formex Watches is offering a feature-packed limited-edition watch themed for Swiss Top Fuel Dragster racer Noah Stutz. For more details on the AS1100 watch click on the image or visit

Good luck and stay safe to Sweden's Elvira Karlsson who qualified #16 in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk. Elvira faces #1 qualifier Eddie Krawiec in today's eliminations and you will be able to stay in touch with her progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central colleagues at

Entry closes on 31st July for the Allard Awards for the best photograph or piece of journalism covering British drag racing. For more details check out the Allard Award entried link at

Bob Brooks of UK Funny Bike team Yellow Metal Racing asked us to say a big thank you to everyone at Santa Pod Raceway for their continuous hard work preparing the track at the SPRC Summernationals. "The fact that we even managed to get one run on each day is surprising considering the weather conditions", says Bob. "Ian even brought the sweeper through the bike pits a few times to make our life more comfortable. Thanks again to all." sponsor Webster Race Engineering have now completed the move to their new workshop on Airfield Road next to Santa Pod Raceway and Jeanette Webster tells us that normal service has now resumed. The new web site is under construction , but the Facebook page of course remains the same. WRE's new phone number is 01234 918301.

European Top Gas review.
6th July: Herman Jolink writes that the SPRC Summernationals, which hosted a round of the European Serie Supertwin Top Gas, was incorrectly named:

A better name was the Rain Nationals, an English rider said that this is a real English summer! Qualifying after Saturday and Sunday morning:
  1. Frederik Schack DK on 2750 V-Twin 7.753/266 kmh. On Saturday's first run Frerdik went 8.150
  2. Herman Jolink NL on Ducati 1198 RS (1266) 8.413/244. In Saturday's first qualifier Herman was very nervous on the start line. He opened the Ducati's throttle and the motor stopped. This was Herman's first run at Santa Pod for thirty five years, the last time as with his bevel drive Ducati running 11.94.

  3. Christian Bruhn D on 1000 SP Turbo Honda 9.056/239, after this run the Turbo Honda had no compression.
  4. Joe Elliot GB on1125 Buell 9.273/234 on profile tyre and without a wheelie bar.
  5. Les Harris GB on 1040 Suzuki TL 9.669/213. The first was was a 9.750.
  6. Jo Brookes GB on 1080 Suzuki 10.0194/216
  7. Olaf Menzi CH on 2622 Buell G2 10.303/162. In the second qualifier the engine was leaking oil so starter Ian Marshall did not allow him to run.
  8. Scott Collier GB on 1000 Suzuki 10.729/199 with a loose inlet manifold.
  9. Peter Niklas D on Ducati 1198 14.568/218 with gear problems.
Mats Larsson SE was not there as his gearbox was not ready, Frank Heitmann D had not repaired his crankshaft, Cord Albers was very busy at his Harley shop, we don't know whether Milan Kolacny CR will run again this year, at Bechyne he broke two Honda motors, Lars Anderson DK is testing at Malmö to get more riding experience., Mia Maria Vespalainen F was racing at Alastaro and broke her gearbox. On Sunday afternoon the organisers cancelled the race after a lot of rain showers. Championship points after three rounds:
  1. Frederik Schack DK 1230
  2. Herman Jolink NL 1155
  3. Peter Niklas D 870
  4. Christian Bruhn D 660
  5. Frank Heitmann D 570
  6. Lars Anderson DK430
  7. Milan Kolacny CR 360
  8. Cord Albers D 350
  9. Olaf Menzi CH 340
  10. Mats Larsson S 300
The next Top Gas round is at Malmö on 18th-20th July. Herman Jolink will not be there as he is at the World Ducati Week in Misano, Italy.

Summernats Junior Bike review.
6th July: Thanks to Lizz McCarthy for forwarding us the Junior Drag Bike racers' accounts of their weekends at the SPRC Summernationals.

Jasmine Cordelle JBM2: I went to ride the bike up the pits and the clutch kept playing up and stalling. We took the clutch out, cleaned it and changed the oil to see if it would stop creeping forward. On Saturday morning I was up early to see if the clutch was OK, and it seemed to be. For the first qualifier I wasn't too sure what to dial in as this was my first time racing the bike at Santa Pod. We dialled in 8.98 but it bogged of the line as it didn't have enough revs so I ran 9.9, wasn't the best and I was one from the bottom of the qualifier list. Unfortunately the weather got us and we weren't able to race for the rest of the day. On Sunday it started nice and sunny in the morning and we were up bright and early again as we had an early qualifier. I dialled in 9.5 and ran 9.8, wasn't the best. Unfortunately the meeting got rained off. I would have had Jordan in the first round, that would have been a close race! Well done to Stacey for her first number one qualifier ,you go girl!

Louis Davies JBM3: For the first run of the weekend the weather was hot but was getting cooler as it got time to run. I dialled in a 9.15 to get a time on the boards. I got up to the line and focused on the tree, I pulled a 0.1673 reaction time and ran a 9.41, leaving me in third place which was good for first run. Second run and I was determined to get closer to my dial-in. We dialled in a 9.25 to try to get closer to my time. it was pretty cool when I made the run. I got up to the start line, raised the revs and pulled a 0.1002 reaction. I got to the eighth running a 9.33 and moving up to second qualifier. Sadly the weekend was rained off and we only got the two runs. Thank you to Rene van den Berg and Shark Attack Racing for helping crew for me this weekend, thank you to Gary at Lightning Automotive, to Beckwith Motorsport and to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame for sponsoring Junior Drag Bike this year.

Jordan Kenway JBP 4: I was looking forward to this event after a horrible end at Shakey, and I was feeling quite confident. In the first qualifier we dialled in a 9.60 but ran a 10.3-something, this was due to the front sprocket being too small making the gears really quick and I couldn't keep up. After changing the sprocket to a bigger one we were ready for Q2 but it rained meaning no more racing that day leaving me in fifth. On Sunday morning we had one more qualifier, we kept the dial in as 9.60 and ran a 9.8-something. It's quite funny because whilst that session was happening I went from fifth to eighth to fourth. We didn't get to run the first round of eliminations due to rain, so Jasmine I'll race you next time. Finally well done Stacey on the number one qualifier and a massive thanks to Stuart Crane for building my brand new lock-up clutch.

Liam Holgate JB5: Saturday started early as we had to had to get scrutineered but then we had a long wait until first qualifying. We set a 13.30 ET but ran a 13.66/48.98. I needed to be a bit closer but rain started and that was the end of the day. Sunday we started off where we left on Saturday. We managed to do another qualifying run I set 13.66 and ran a 13.82/48.56 but then the rain came again and that was the end of racing for the weekend.

Alfie Udall JBP7: This meeting was a good one for us. The bike had been fitted with a new air shifter and I was ready to race. On the first race I dialled in an 8.90 and ran a 9.00. I was very pleased that my bike didn't have problems. I found out I was second qualifier. On the second day of racing I dialled in the same but unfortunately I stalled on the line as I started the run in second gear. I was then dropped down to third qualifier but overall it was a good meeting and my bike finally worked! I'll see everyone at the next meeting.

Stacey Reed JBM9: One thing I learnt at this meeting is I really hate the rain! Unfortunately we only got two runs this meeting which sucks but I think being number one qualifier made up for that! First run I had no idea what to dial in because it had been such a long time since the last race but in the end I went for 9.51 which was just a shot in the dark, luckily I ran close to that with a 9.56 which got me number one place. After a long wait in the rain it was finally time for run two. For this one I dialled a bit quicker with a 9.45 because I felt I could go a bit faster than the day before. Unfortunately I didn't and ran a 9.74. Then that was it, the rain just kept pouring and the meeting was called. I'd like to say a massive thanks to all crew at Santa Pod for their hard work at trying to keep the track dry for us. See you next meeting.

Charlotte Hales JBM11: The Summernationals was a washout with two qualifying runs which were nothing to write home about. After my first run of fourteen seconds, my dad and Martin Dust (bike builder) changed the gearing on the bike and went up ten teeth, effectively changing the road gearing to eighth-mile gearing and this has helped with my launches. However, I was complaining of the bike not revving cleanly (I was told to change at 9500 revs) so Dad took it out in the rain and tried. I was right, it wouldn't rev past 8500 in second and above. Dad raised the needle as a plug chop showed good colour. On Sunday's run, the bike revved better but was still lumpy and I ran a fifteen on a 10.5 post! Now Dad plans to change the carb from 24 mm to 34 mm and to have a look at the porting.

Blade Dummer JB12: Well a great weekend again with all the Junior racers but a mixed weekend with the weather. I broke out on my first run but set a new PB 12.94 so really pleased with myself for that. Then dad said we needed to slow the bike down a little as my reaction times are improving but I went a little too far with it. We only had two runs due to the funny English summer so with the breakout I was qualified ninth and with the run on Sunday morning moved to seventh. I would like to thank Beckwith Motorsports and Magic Bullet fuel additives. Looking forward to the Junior Fun Day at Santa Pod and the next round at Shakey.

Natalie Jones JBM14: For my first event I found that I did pretty well even though it ended with the event being called off because of the weather. On Saturday I managed to only get one qualifying run due to the poor weather. I dialled in 11.60 and ran a 12.36 which qualified me in sixth place so I thought that wasn't too bad. In Sunday's second qualifying I dialled 11.60 again, but this time ran an 11.86 which moved me up a place to fifth so I had Charlotte Hales for round one. Sadly due to the weather, the event was called off and I didn't get to race During the Junior Drag Bike Club presentations, I was unexpectedly awarded the Outstanding Sportsmanship Trophy' I'd like to thank the whole of the Junior Drag Bike Club for choosing me for the award for this event, and Tim Beckwith for supporting the Junior Drag Bike Club.

Lizz adds: as always, lots of people to thank. Our sponsors for this season the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Beckwith Motorsports and Lightning Automotive; an enormous thank you to Brandi and the team at for their continued support, plus the t-shirts and stickers; it was a sterling effort of the Santa Pod track crew to try to keep it dry, in between and during the rain, but it simply wasn't to be - thanks for trying guys! Thanks as always to for keeping us informed where possible (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed); lastly to all the parents and their wallets, as without them the Junior Bikes would not be at all possible.

UK Top Sportsman update.
6th July: Paul Marston has been in touch with an update about UK Top Sportsman whose two outings this season are at the Mopar EuroNats on 25th-27th July and, sponsored by Direct Plastics, VW Action on 29th-31st August both at Santa Pod Raceway:

UK Top Sportsman is real simple. Other than safety there are no rules, just bring everything you've got. If you enter you can count yourself amongst the very best Sportsman racers in the country. Prepare yourself for two days of racing in three days. A fast bracket race first, which at the Mopars starts on Friday so be there early Friday morning for your single time trial run at 13:00, followed by the first round. If you lose first round then you can buy back into the second round and it's randoms until the third round. Then on Saturday night it's the one-shot qualifier for Sunday's sixteen-car heads up eliminator. Full details are on our web site at

2014 looks set to be a real good one; stay tuned for a big announcement regarding title and contingency sponsors for the Mopar EuroNats. The entries are coming in thick and fast so if you are coming then we recommend that you enter as soon as possible, so as we can make sure we have enough pit space for everyone. Top Sportsman is the richest Sportsman race of the year, with some very nice trophies and cash payouts, and will be televised. All the entry fees, after track fees, go into the prize fund - this is a non profit making event run by racers for racers. Watch the spectacle of the very best and fastest doorslammers fighting it out, or enter and compete and you'll simply have a simply great time. Just ask anyone who has competed in previous Top Sportsman events - last year at the Mopars we had competitors from nine different classes from all over England and Europe.

A big Thank You to everyone in the Mopar EuroNats organisation for hosting us at their great event, and to everyone at VW Action for inviting us to run at their great show. Last but not least thanks to the management of Santa Pod Raceway for their unwavering support, Zeon TV and Sean Stanley at Mastercutz recording studio for the excellent Top Sportsman promo video which has already had nearly four thousand hits, and who will be with us all weekend and who are planning to provide not just a webcast but for the first time live race reports. What would we do without you guys!

For more details on UK Top Sportsman please call 07831 650230, E-Mail, visit the web site, or Like the UK Top Sporsman Facebook page.

Swift snippets.
4th July: Please accept our apologies for the lack of a full news update yesterday and today. We have had problems with our mobile broadband in the centre of London; when it has worked it has barely been faster than a taut length of string. We will catch up with the news backlog on tomorrow's update.

Good luck and stay safe to Sweden's Elvira Karlsson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Mike Manners (Top Alcohol Dragster) of sponsor
Cosmo Residences who are contesting this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk. You will be able to stay in touch with Elvira's and Mike's progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central colleagues at

Courtesy of Darren West of sponsor Power Race Graphics we now have a design for the memorial decal for staff member Ed O'Connell, who died on Tuesday. We envisaged a design echoing the logo; Darren took a sketchy description and frankly crappy freehand rendering and turned it into this perfect design so many thanks to him. We are investigating whether we can get at least a first run of decals printed in time for Dragstalgia. Stay tuned.

We have two birthdays today. First up, a Happy Birthday and hugs to Santa Pod Racers Club official Kathy Taylor. Have a lovely day Kathy. Happy Birthday also to world record-holding street-legal Pro Modified racer and Blogger Andy Frost. Have a great day Frosty.

We would also like to wish all of our friends and readers in the USA a Happy 4th July. Have a great day guys.

Ed O'Connell.
2nd July: We are very sorry to have to report the death of staff member Ed O'Connell. Ed had been unwell on and off since Easter but bore his illness in his characteristic cheerful and irreverent manner; for a guy who once strutted in front of the Viet Cong without a gun ill-health was a frustration and nothing more. But, having been allowed out of hospital late last week after a heart procedure, Ed was taken ill at his New Hampshire home on Monday and passed away in hospital yesterday morning.

Ed, a drag racing fan since the early 1960s, and News Editor Tog became friends in 1996, swapping E-Mails as the result of a posting on a now-defunct message board. This quickly became a daily exchange of at least one pair of E-Mails only slowed by Ed's recent hospital stays. Ed was a huge anglophile with a particular love for Monty Python and fish and chips; we often figured that there must have been some English blood in there somewhere because Ed was highly accomplished at English humour and, unlike a lot of his fellow countrymen, totally got sarcasm and could do it but only in amusement because there wasn't a single nasty nerve in his body. Ed was always cheerful and enthusiastic and it was impossible to be miserable around him; in all the years we knew him none of us ever saw him even mildly irritated.

Ed managed to pack a lot into his life. He was born and brought up in Boston and educated to a very high level after which, to hear him tell it, he did nothing but goofing off, surfing around the planet and drag racing around the USA. However he was an architect by trade and was drafted into the military for a spell in Vietnam, where he was made a combat medic as he did not wish to carry a gun and so had to treat and evacuate injured soldiers under fire. Ed did not talk much about his Vietnam experiences although it did give him the chance to admonish good buddy and Track Announcer Christer Abrahamson, who switched off his alarm to sleep in one morning, with the words "Charlie Cong doesn't get an extra hour in bed, young man" delivered in a mock-serious voice which caused us to double up with laughter.

On his first visit to a European drag race, the 1998 FIA Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway, Ed rediscovered the spirit of drag racing which he felt had long been lost in the USA and from that moment he preferred drag racing on this side of the Pond. Ed was a strong proponent of European drag racing in his home land and was always delighted to have the chance to attend NHRA and IHRA races at which Europeans were racing, working long and hard every day of the race to send us reports, pictures and pit notes.

Ed was hugely popular amongst the European racing community and cut an unmistakable figure at trackside or in the pits. The racers loved him and would always show their appreciation for the effort he made to attend events. Ed was a regular at Santa Pod Raceway, Mantorp Park, Tierp Arena and Hockenheim where he made a huge contribution to's Event Coverage, had also visited Shakespeare County Raceway, and before he became ill was making plans to attend this year's NitrOlympX or FIA European Finals. When at home Ed tuned in to every race which his colleagues covered; he noticed every in-joke and every Python reference, and he and Tog were so attuned that he easily perceived what was really being said or what was being left unspoken.

Ed loved photographing drag racing from any angle and was pleased to take any role to which we would assign to him whether pits, start line or top end. He particularly enjoyed days at the very end of the track at Santa Pod Raceway where he had been adopted by Angie and the safety crew, a team of whom he spoke very highly and after whom he often asked. Ed also turned his hand to pit notes on occasion and his vast mechanical knowledge allowed him to talk with racers on equal terms; more than once he returned to the office with a sheepish look and confessed that in the last two hours he had only spoken to a couple of racers because the conversations had gone into such great depth. You can take a look at Ed's drag racing photography at

Ed's first visit to Sweden, to attend the 2008 Veidec Festival at Mantorp Park, was memorable not just for his being taken instantly to heart by the local race officials - which also happened at Santa Pod, Hockenheim, Tierp and in fact anywhere he went - but for an unfortunate incident at a petrol station when Ed, not being familiar with usual practice, managed to drive off without paying for a tankful. Ed returned the rental car only to be told that the police were looking for him. We never let Ed forget about it and "Still wanted by the Swedish police" was often applied in parentheses or dropped into conversation at the least excuse.

Ed retired some years ago and he and Kathy spent a lot of time travelling both within the USA and elsewhere; quite often the USA trips would coincide with a race. Ed, who lived on the coast, also spent long hours at the beach photographing surf and surfers, surfing being one of the other great loves of his life. You can take a look at Ed's surfing photography at

Ed liked his food, particularly pizza or lobsters; somewhat ironically Tog had a pizza cooking when he received the sad phone call from Kathy. If you would like to do something immediate to remember Ed then please eat a pizza for him. More long-term we are already working on a decal for racers to carry on their car or bike.

Ed's passing leaves a huge hole in a lot of lives and within the team, and European drag racing has lot one of its biggest supporters. You will never be forgotten Ed and we will always be indebted to you for your friendship - the best friend a man could have - and for the work you did both for and for the sport as a whole. The Swedish police never got you, buddy.

Our very deepest sympathies to Ed's wife Kathy, and to all of Ed's family and friends.

We have set up a tribute page for Ed which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any page. If you would like to send your own tribute to Ed then please drop an E-Mail to and we will place it on the page.

Editor's note: It is usual practice to allow obituaries to stand alone on News but the ever-modest and self-effacing Ed would have been horrified to learn that we had suspended operations for him. We will therefore post another news update later on this afternoon.

Alastaro prepares.
2nd July: Thanks to Eero Saarela for letting us know how the weekend's FHRA Drag Race Week Meet and FIA / FIM Test and Tune went at Alastaro.

Among those testing on the freshly laid track were Johnny Oksa and Ari-Pietila (Top Methanol Funny Car), Tero Laukkanen and Tami Brander (Pro Modified) and Sampsa Palos (Pro Stock). Bikes racing included Samu Kemppainen, Ulf-Ledstrom, Hans Olav Olstad and Svein Olav Rolfstad (Supertwin) and Kenneth Holmberg, Kalle Lyren and Roy Olsen (Pro Stock Bike). Eero told us the familiar story that on Sunday there was "Rain and more rain and finally in afternoon race was cancelled". Results of Sportsman rounds can be found on the FHRA web site by clicking here, and you can check out Eero's photographs at

Simon will be at Alastaro from tomorrow (Thursday) to bring you the action from the FHRA Nitro Nationals in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car. Qualifying lists and race reports will be posted live with photo galleries at the end of each of the four days of the event. A Livestream video feed courtesy of Mobile Tv Oy will be available on Sunday by clicking here. is not responsible for external video feeds and any issues should be reported via the Livestream page.

You can check out our FHRA Nitro Nationals event index by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

BSG Racing's début.
2nd July: New Swedish A/Fuel Team BSG Racing will make its first FIA European Championship appearance at Alastaro this weekend. Peter Lantz writes:

The team is owned by Stefan and Maria Gunnarsson, and the car is driven by Stefan. This is not necessarily the best class for a new team, but it happened when it was most needed. Stefan is a good friend of Jonny Lagg's, and after being a part of Jonny's team as crew and sponsor in 2013 he and Maria decided to go for it. Stefan's track experience goes back twenty five years when he rode ten-second street bikes, but this is his first time in a dragster at the strip. His interest in drag racing is natural since he lives just kilometres away from Mantorp Park, and has been a frequent visitor to the track.

Last Autumn Krister Johansson and Peter Lantz were assigned by BSG to find a car, and after a while we found Todd Datweiler's complete operation, which was purchased and sent home to Mantorp in Sweden. The car has not run since 2008, therefore some updates have had to be made both safety- and performance-wise. The car has run in the 5.20s and 5.30s in the USA, and the goal is to come close to that during this season.

So far Stefan has licenced at Gardemoen Raceway as well as testing in Sundsvall last weekend, and both he and the team are showing great progress. The team's goal is to progress in small steps and if success comes with it we take that as a bonus.

The team assisted by Peter Lantz and Krister Johansson is a part of a three-car team including Jonny Lagg and Robin Lantz. Jonny Lagg had a bad weekend in the first round of the Championship at Santa Pod Raceway with some damage to parts. This is now all repaired after a bunch of hard work from Jonny who will be making his Alastaro début tuned by living legend Krister Johansson. To correct some incorrect information which appeared on the web earlier this year, it is not Jonny Lagg's son who is also going to début a car: it is Robin Lantz, son of Peter, who has a car which will début in 2015, to walk in Dad's footsteps.

3.7s here we come...
2nd July: Karsten Andersen of sponsor Landmeco has been in touch with an update from the Andersen Racing / Thomas Nataas Top Fuel Dragster camp:

As you know we started the new season with a new car. Well not only a new car, but also a lot of new and different parts. Our mix of parts and tuning combinations doesn't really work on paper, and never has. But who cares? The car keeps going faster and faster and again a new best was set at Round 1 of the FIA European Championship in England. 3.91 seconds at 309 mph / 497 kmh. The new best was set on the second run in that car, and we think that there is more to come.

We planned to do some testing before the race, so we all arrived three days early.Unfortunately all we did was to watch some of the more specular weather phenomena. We didn't get to do any testing and during race days the weather still didn't want to co-operate so we only managed to get in a few qualifying runs and no eliminations. The track was awesome, and a 3.7 was possible. Anyway we left England leading the Championship.

Next up is Finland this coming weekend. It would be really nice to see some improvement traction-wise. The location and spectators are awesome so let's give them some fast runs.

A huge thanks to our amazing loyal sponsors: Landmeco, Else-Marie, Biltema, Teslak Transport, Pack Plast, and ABCSkilte. And joining us in 2014 we have Red Line Synthetic Oil, Interfit UK, Preben Hansen, and Gert Hansen.

Turtle Wax goes International.
2nd July: Sweden's Tierp Arena is proud to announce Turtle Wax as principal partner for their European Championship race on 21st-24th August. Tierp Arena understands the value of good partners for their events and looks forward to working with Turtle Wax which is a globally established company in the car care industry. August's race has been renamed the Turtle Wax Internationals.

"Turtle Wax and Tierp Arena are both strong, well-known brands worldwide" says Viveca Löf of Turtle Wax. "We are looking forward to the co-operation and the possibilities it brings with Tierp Arena and the European Championships both with the Turtle Wax Internationals and future events. It's very good for motorsports that the track is back up and running and that focus and effort is put on the facility which is absolutely world class. "

Swift snippets.
2nd July: UK Funny Bike racer Lorcan Parnell was the subject of a theft from his car in King's Lynn on Saturday evening when his helmet, leathers and gloves were stolen. For more details please check out Lorcan's Blog at and if you know anything then please do not hesitate to shop the culprit.

Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for forwarding us the post-SPRC Summernationals points standings in the 2014 UK National Drag Racing Championships. You can check out the UK National points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points link on the left-hand side of any page.

We have two spy pictures for you today. The first came with the words "Will be race ready very soon"...

...whilst the second came with no words at all. If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at

We understand that UK Fuel Funny Car racer Bill Sherratt, who raced from the 1970s to 1990s with best times of 5.68/250, is to return in a big-engine, long-wheelbase car in association with FGR Motorsport. More details when we receive them.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe for forwarding us the official timing data from the SPRC Summernationals. You can check out the timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any page.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday with added hugs to Podington Pea Diana Macrae. Have a lovely day DD.

Stripduster returns.
2nd July: British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Chair Stu Bradbury tells us that room has been made in the Nostalgia Vehicles marquee at next week's Dragstalgia for a very special vehicle, none other than BDRHoF member Harold Bull's Stripduster:

Harold and his son Simon have been trying to complete a replica of the famed BMC slingshot for quite some time, the idea being to surprise everyone by bringing the little car back to life at Dragstalgia although on display only this year... unless things change?

King Harold, as he is affectionately known, holds the honour of running the very first timed pass down the famous Santa Pod quarter mile at the Easter meeting on 11th April 1966.

Harold and Stripduster hold three world records, set at Elvington, which to our knowledge have never been broken: the standing quarter mile, standing 500 metres and standing kilometre.

You can find out more at

Web site updates.
2nd July: The latest edition of the Speedgroup Newsletter is now available and features FHRA Nitro Nationals previews, race calendar, Editor's Diary and more. Check it out at

Our good buddy Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceration Archive with pictures caught between the showers at the SPRC Summernationals on Sunday. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest updates via the What's New link at

Event entry update.
1st July: Nostalgia racers are reminded that this Friday, 4th July, is the closing date to enter Dragstalgia which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 11th-13th July. Anyone intending to take part in the Run What You Brung sessions should get themselves booked in by this date too to guarantee some track time. Saturday RWYB spaces are already sold out, a few are left for Sunday and there are plenty available for the Friday. To book, please call James or Phil on 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828). This Friday is also the closing date for advance general admission tickets. If booked before this date, you can pick up a weekend ticket for what's set to be one of the most memorable weekends of the year for just £30. Book now at or call the above number. "We already have a pretty magic entry list but there may still be more to come", says James Forster. "You can view the current list at"

Entry is open for the sixth round of the UK National 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike Championships and the fourth round of NAST Supertwin both of which take place at Shakespeare County Raceway's Ladies that Launch Public Track Weekend on 19th-20th July. Entry forms can be downloaded from Shakespeare County Raceway's web site at; entry forms are now also available for August's Open Sport Nationals, a UK National and ACU Championship round, which takes place at SCR on 23rd-25th August.

Entry is also open for the MSA Pro Modified round which takes place at the Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-27th July. Entry closes on Friday week, 4th July; entry after this date, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at

Entry is open for the Scandinavian Internationals, an FIA European Championship and EDRS Series round, which takes place at Tierp Arena on 21st-24th August. You can enter the Scandinavian Internationals at

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of official entry list for Bug Jam which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th July. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Swift snippets.
1st July: Racers and Parental Licence holders are reminded that disciplinary action can be taken for abusive behaviour not just at the track, but also away from the track and on Facebook and web forums.

Little Ladies' own eliminator.
30th June: In addition to the festivities and competitions already taking place at this year's
Ladies That Launch at Shakespeare County Raceway, LTL organisers along with SCR's Andrew Willcox have come up with the idea of a special one-off Little Ladies Junior Shootout to coincide with the fifth annual event during the Public Track Weekend on 19th-20th July.

Open to all Junior ladies in both Dragster and Bike, the idea is to run a special eight-vehicle ladder for each classe whilst raising funds for LTL's chosen charity the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. If there is enough interest in the dragster bracket then it will be opened up to a sixteen-car shootout!

"Following the successful running of the brackets over the years at LTL we thought that it was time to extend this to our little ladies of drag racing's future with a special one-off event", says Jerry Cookson. "If this proves to be popular then we can look at making it into an annual event for the month of July which ties in nicely with the kids' school holidays."

The usual Raceway admission (kids under 16 free) and Junior track fees will apply. A donation of your choice to the Air Ambulance would be appreciated. A quick and simple downloadable entry form will be published shortly.

A special participant decal is being produced by LTL supporters Claron Graphics. Trophy sponsorship is also being sought but if anyone wants to add further sponsorship to the weekend then please get in touch with Jerry on 01789 720180.

Further details about the Ladies That Launch weekend can be found on the Events page at or on the Ladies That Launch Facebook page.

Swift snippets.
30th June: Congratulations to ex-pat UK racer Michael Manners of sponsor Cosmo Residences who took runner-up spot in Top Alcohol Dragster at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago after qualifying #1 with a 5.322/267.85. "We had some great runs, consistency and Low ET of the meet at 5.267", Mike told "I came up 0.014 short in the final but we are thrilled to have a race car again. We hope to have as much fun in Norwalk next week". Sweden's Jonnie Lindberg made a second round exit in Top Alcohol FC but set high speed of the event at 261.37 mph. More details at

SPRC Summernationals rained out.
29th June: With the exception of the first rounds of Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, Pro ET, Super Pro ET and Super Comp, today's eliminations were rained out at the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway. The event was severely affected by the weather from Friday's Peak Performance Day onwards and it was only through yet another massive co-operative effort by race officials, track crew and racers that two of the three planned cycles of qualifying and those few opening rounds of eliminations were completed.

Congratulations to Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racer Saskia Jell who took the /
Gold RV Perfect ET Award of a whopping £150 with an 8.160 on an 8.16 dial-in in eliminations. The Perfect ET Award has been reset to £50 at For Ladies That Launch weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway. The / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award went unclaimed so has been increased to £75 for Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway.

You can check out our Alao Rent A Car-sponsored reports, pit notes and pictures by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Apologies for the intermittent disruption to the webcast during Saturday. After formulating a number of theories we tried a restart of Nitro FM's satellite uplink this morning and this seemed to do the trick as the webcast did not drop out once all day. Those most rapid in their complaints yesterday were, perhaps unsurprisingly, less quick to comment appreciatively today but that's Facebook culture for you and the frightening thought is that it is getting worse by the day. Many thanks to Julian of Nitro FM for the use of the uplink and to Maikel at for streaming and sounding-board services.

Swift snippets.
28th June: We have two spy pictures for you today. The first came with no words at all...

...whilst the second came with the words "Going to be at dragstalgia. Built by Apple County Muscle Cars". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at

Congratulations to Michael Manners of sponsor Cosmo Residences who qualified #1 in Top Alcohol Dragster at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago with a 5.322/267.85. Jonnie Lindberg is #15 in Top Alcohol FC at 5.751/259.56 and Elvira Karlsson #19 in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a day's qualifying left. You will be able to stay in touch with our heroes' progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central friends at Good luck guys and stay safe.

Frustration and the Windy City.
27th June: Ex-pat UK Top Alcohol Dragster racer Michael Manners of sponsor
Cosmo Residences and the Shredder team are getting over their frustration with Mike's new injected-nitro dragster just in time for this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago. Mike writes:

The new chassis seemed to be working well and, given its limitations, testing was always encouraging. However despite always getting down the track we only ever ran in the 5.50s and occasionally 5.40s. The Shredder crew took the car apart and went through it again.

This time something has changed. Last weekend in Tulsa we had two runs of 5.33 and one of 5.296. We were a little light on speed as we dropped a hole or two on the top end. But it appears to be very tunable and I think we have a race car again. We still lost in the first round. We got a little tyre shake at about 300 feet, I thought I had driven through it but the tyres went up in smoke and then I got to look at both walls.

We are heading to Chicago this week and Norwalk next week, and I hope to send you some good results soon.

As well as Mike we have two more of our heroes to cheer on in Chicago this weekend as Jonnie Lindberg (Top Alcohol FC) and Elvira Karlsson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also contesting the event. You will be able to stay in touch with their progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central friends at Good luck guys and stay safe.

Estonia Round 2 report.
27th June: The second round of the Estonian Drag Racing Champinonship, organised by the Estonian Drag Racing Association, took place last Saturday, just a few days before the Estonian national midsummer holidays. Kristjan Veedler writes that it was another great drag racing battle between drivers and riders from Estonia, Latvia and Finland:

The EDRA track crew decided to try some new methods in prepping the track and it worked really well. Some drivers said that they had never experienced such good traction on an Estonian track before, so it was worth it. The only down side of the race was once again the weather. One small shower was nothing compared to the freezing nine-degree temperature plus a pretty strong wind. Now the organisers are trying to find sponsors who are willing to pay the weatherman enough so that he doesn't mess up the weather next time.

Once again the Grand Master Lauri Kuriks showed everyone who is the King of Estonian drag racing. He topped qualifying in the Estonian Outlaw class at 8.1 seconds and improved his performance in eliminations running eight seconds flat. The Estonian national record is 7.8 seconds, held by Veljo Einberg with his '87 Buick Grand National. This means that Lauri is pretty close and we might see a new record to be set next time out at Pärnu.

Results by category:

Junior Bracket
1. Marcel David Tõeleid

1. Lauri Kuriks
2. Kristjan Käbi

Street Modified
1. Andres Arnover
2. Mati Põld

Pro Bike
1. Deivid Urbus
2. Petri Koivuniemi

Street A
1. Martin Veedler
2. Tarvo Järv

Street B
1. Erik Olesk
2. Ivar Miilberg

Sportsman ET
1. Delvis Siimson
2. Kristo Tihvan

You can find out more about drag racing in Estonia on the Estonian Drag Racing Association web site at

Pictures courtesy and ©Tarvo Oras

Gabby launches funding project.
27th June: Ireland's only Top Fuel Dragster racer Gabrielle McDonald has set up a crowd-funding project to help her to complete her licencing. As drag racing is not a recognised sport in Ireland, funding is particularly difficult to come by. Gabby writes:

Back in May I was out at the Pod again to try to achieve my licence. It had been about eighteen months since I had been in the car and so I had to get reacquainted. I got two runs in on the Saturday and was going for the full passes on the Sunday. On the first pass of the day I had run a 5.17/135. It was certainly an amazing feeling! The quickest I had gone previously was 6.9, so I had dropped almost two seconds. My final run of the weekend was my best by far, 4.4/191 going 221 mph at the eighth and lifting shortly afterwards. Although my speed was down I was told if I were to enter an event some time this year, my qualifying run would count as my last full pass as long as I ran 4.7/250 or quicker.

Which leads to my next project. I am currently trying to raise funds to get back out at the end of the year. As all of you know, trying to find sponsors is a difficult task and here in Ireland drag racing isn't recognised as a sport. It doesn't help when trying to approach companies having to explain that it's not recognised. I'm trying to raise funds to rent the car, to get my suit and helmet and to get some merchandise made.

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone would support me and help to spread the word as much as possible. As Tescos say, every little helps! You can find out more and contribute at

Swift snippets.
27th June: After taking three wins in as many races, the latest last weekend at Tallhed Raceway, Swedish Top Doorslammer racer Adam Flamholc and family relaxed at Mora Campground before heading to Sundsvall Raceway for this weekend's first round of the Scandinavian Top Doorslammer Series where he hopes to take a fourth straight victory. "I know the competition will be tough, but we will do our very best to keep the winning streak going!", says Adam.

Having undergone his self-financed observed runs, UK Junior Dragster racer Conor Holt tells us that he will likely start to compete next season. He is currently doing the paperwork and plans to attend RWYBs to build up his experience. Collecting all of the necessary racewear is also on Conor's to-do list.

Please join Kirstie, Simon, Julian and Tog in sending best wishes to US Correspondent Ed O'Connell who is in hospital having undergone a heart procedure. At time of writing Ed was due to be allowed out of his bed to take a walk around and if all goes well he will hopefully be home today (Friday). Get Well Soon Ed, we need you back in the office.

Top Sportsman entry open.
27th June: Further to our recent Event entry update, Paul Marston writes that entry is open for both of this year's Direct Plastics Top Sportsman outings, the fourth annual race at the Mopar EuroNats in July, and the new race at VW Action in August, both at Santa Pod Raceway:

We will have entry forms in the Paul Marston Racing pit at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend, or please E-Mail or call 07831 650230 and we can put them in the mail. We are asking racers to spread the word as much as possible, to ensure that all who want to race with us know that event entry is open. This is the biggest, fastest, toughest, richest, heads-up and fast bracket Sportsman event of the year. This is where you can come and enjoy three days of action packed racing with two races over the three days. This is a Doorslammer-only outlaw event: you do not need everything to be in date, all you need is your entry fee and a UK / European driving licence. As long as your Doorslammer can run 9.99 or faster you are in - other than safety there are no rules. See to download detailed information.

The 2014 events look to be our biggest yet, with some real serious machinery scheduled for the heads-up race plus some new heavy hitters for the heads–up Bracket race.

Last year Paul Letchford in his '68 Camaro nearly pulled off a stunning double. He laid waste to the very best in the country with a runner-up in the Direct Plastics Fast Bracket and going all the way in the Direct Plastics Heads-Up Eliminator. Paul has been competing in UK National Championship classes Super Gas and Super Comp for a long time now and is always a tough opponent to beat. With a heads-up performance around 8.30, Paul would be the first to admit that the Heads-Up race was not where he thought the Camaro had its best chance. This just goes to show that it is not always the quickest car, it's often the most consistent car and the hungriest driver. Paul will enter the 2014 events as defending Heads-Up Champion and with essentially the same set-up as last year... or so he says.

The 2013 Direct Plastics Fast Bracket race was won by none other than UK National Championship Super Street and Super Gas competitor Nick Curtis in the mighty Southern Belle Chevy Malibu. After wading through six rounds of competition Nick stood alone as the winner at the end of it all. Nick was on his game right from the start of round one and was real focused, taking each round as it came, going all the way.

The rumour mill has been working overtime with some very impressive pieces slated to show up. These events will be televised (And webcast - Ed).

Remember: this is your event and it needs your support. All the entry fees after track fees go into the prize fund. Everyone who is involved in this does it for the love of the sport, no-one gets paid! This event is run for racers by racers so please support it.

To watch the promotional video, like our UK Top Sportsman Facebook page or check out the Mopar EuroNats web site or Facebook page. Also listen out for the Top Sportsman advertisements on Nitro FM at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend.

Many many thanks go to Santa Pod Raceway, the Mopar EuroNats organisers, VW Action and of course for all your help and support (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed). Extra special thanks to all the racers and teams who have entertained everyone with some outstanding Sportsman doorslammer racing for without you guys and girls there would be no Top Sportsman.

Caring and sharing at SCR.
27th June: Martin of the UK's Orange Pop Outlaw Anglia team has been in touch to thank everyone at Shakespeare County Raceway for their assistance after his daughter was taken ill at the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals:

I was busy crewing when I was approached by Janet who informed me that Shannon was very ill and I was promptly led to her. She was being looked after by a very concerned Alison and other staff members in a most caring and considerate way, whilst she writhed in considerable pain. A site Paramedic arrived and advised that she attend hospital immediately. The result was a rush to Warwick Hospital and admission that afternoon. I was shepherded through the mass of public and cars alike by Shakey staff, affording me egress from the site which had become very busy at the time. This left Wendy the wife, Ozzy the dog, and the caravan at Shakey leaving me pondering how I was going to cope with the logistics of sorting it all out.

Some time later the wife appeared at the hospital, much to my surprise, having kindly been given a lift by John who also took her back to the site. I returned to a deserted Shakey much later that evening to collect Wendy and sort the caravan. Wendy had been looked after admirably in my absence by Rachel, Sam, Sophie and other members of the Hodges clan and John even offered to tow the caravan into storage for me. Wendy tells me she was also fed, unlike myself! All of our pleading for those involved to take something in return for time, petrol etc, met with a firm but polite refusal.

Shannon, Wendy and I would all like to express our most heartfelt thanks to all those involved, named and otherwise, in helping out in our time of need. Shakespeare County Raceway has to be one of the most friendly places on Earth! I would also like to apologise for leaving the Orange Pop Team short-staffed, but we still have the Pod this weekend to look forward to!

Shannon is out of hospital now and hopefully on the mend.

Good news Martin, our best wishes to Shannon for a rapid and full recovery.

Web site updates.
27th June: Dick Parnham has updated his Flickr gallery with pictures from the 2009 SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway to allow visitors to compare and contrast with this weekend's race. You can check out Dick's shots at News Editor Tog has updated his SmugMug site with nearly four hundred pictures from last weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway including a number of the rare but ever-popular parachute shots which were not published in last weekend's Event Coverage. You can take a look at

Erbacher seeks diver.
26th June: Swiss Top Fuel Dragster racer and sponsor
Urs Erbacher is urgently seeking an experienced diver to work on the bottom end of his dragster's motor at Alastaro next week. Urs' usual bottom end guy is unable to attend.

If you are an experienced bottom end diver and could make next week's FHRA Nitro Nationals then please get in touch with Urs at or call +41 79 320 74 63, or Robin Grice at or call +41 79 794 76 65.

Capri fun.
25th June: Fans wondering what happened to Bob Glassup's Xtreme Racing Topolino altered will be pleased to hear that Bob has not retired nor has he parked the car. Matt Glassup has been in touch to explain the team's absence and to claim ownership of
last Thursday's spy picture:

We have been on a bit of a long journey which we expected to take about one fifth of the time it actually has. It all started six years ago with a trip to the California Hot Rod Reunion at Bakersfield, where we were inspired to say the least by the explosion of Nostalgia FCs onto the scene there. We considered purchasing a roller from the States almost as soon as we got home and the debate began about which body to choose and what would suit our team best.

Anyone who knows Bob would be aware of his penchant for the Mk1 Ford Capri, and after owning a string of them in his youth Bob bought his first race car just over thirty years ago. The car in question, which he still owns now, was a Street ET facelift Mk1 Capri with a Small Block Chevy painted in the then-obligatory pearl white with the word Bubblegum emblazoned in pink letters down the side. Thankfully this car is now sat at home sporting a bright shiny coat of red paint and looks a little more refined with its bubble arches removed. With our own Mk1 Capri as inspiration, and after delving into the archives of the web and looking at those first 1970s English Funnies such Sneaky Gloworm we set about commissioning a completely new mould and bodyshell – no small task!

The project began in late 2008 and after being approached by someone to build the body we purchased a rather worse for wear Mk1 Capri shell which was about to get the chop which would serve as the plug for our new mould. Unfortunately not a lot happened during the following four years but we eventually collected a fibreglass shell which just wasn't up to task and which had to be scrapped. A lot of time and money sunk in and no further on; this was probably the lowest point on this project for the team and we were beginning to lose sight of the end goal.

Thankfully Richard Walters from RW Racecars stepped in and suggested we speak to a couple from North Wales who had a good reputation for work with fibreglass. Paul and Sara Bland really stepped up to the task and were the saviours of this project. They took what little we could salvage from the failed project and set about creating a new plug, a commercial quality mould and eventually our finished shell, which could be the first of a limited run. This was no small task even for them, with the detail involved the mould would have to be made in a lot of pieces incorporating front grill, lights and an RS style rear spoiler. After about a year, Paul and Sara completed the whole project and we were back off to North Wales to collect our Mk1 Capri shell. As far as we can tell, all the old Capri shells have long been destroyed and now we might be in possession of the only one in the world and possibly the only British-bodied Nitro FC in existence. It would be great to hear from anyone with information about any others.

During the last year Bob has been over to the States on shopping trips and has purchased all the parts to take our Nitro set-up purchased from Tony Betts' Venom altered and turn it into a Nostalgia FC set-up with a smaller blower, pump etc to comply with the class regulations.

Now with the shell and chassis united, we can start putting the car together. The Capri body is currently being fitted to the chassis and we are going to assemble the engine quickly in order to be able to display the car, albeit unpainted and unfinished, at Dragstalgia. We can't wait to be back at the Pod talking about racing even if we aren't quite ready to get out on track. We plan to park our original Bubblegum Pro Street car side by side with what is allegedly Bob's last race car (Again? - Ed). Thanks to Rob Loaring for inviting us to be part of this exciting new class, we are looking forward to mixing it up with the beautiful cars already in the class and some potential NFAA shootouts with those wild altereds!

Bob has so many people to thank in getting the car to this stage, so here goes. "Thanks to my wife Cathy who must be mad for putting up with me, especially as the Topolino was "Absolutely the last car I am going to build"! All the family, Matt and Nat, Mark and Holley. Special thanks to Paul and Sara Bland for their work on the body, Richard Walters from RW Racecars for the body fitting and work in getting the car the Dragstalgia, Lee Johnstone for his continued help as crew and his recent work rebuilding our BBC. Thanks to Steve for his help and support including making the long trip to Wales with us to collect the car, Rob and Nick from ICE for their input and advice, Luke and Andy Robinson of Andy Robinson Race Cars for their continued support and advice. Thanks to James at Santa Pod for organising our display.

"Finally thanks to Tog and the team for the media support and also publishing our adverts for the trailers, Chevy motor and Camaro (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed). Expect a lot more parts to make their way onto the classifieds in forthcoming months!"

A BXX and a VIP.
25th June: UK Comp Eliminator racer Belinda Bull's seven-second (So far - Ed) pick-up has this season been sporting one of the latest generation of carburettors. Engine builder Jeff Bull of sponsor Jeff Bull Race Engines writes that the special carb will have the support of a very special guest at this weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

In these modern times of performance engines the new kid on the block is turbo charging and electronic fuel injection. But being of the old school I feel that the humble carburettor still holds its own in most forms of motorsport today. Jeff Bull Race Engines were instrumental in the introduction of methanol carburation to the UK's Drag Racing community back in the early 1990s. It started when Jon and Sharon Hogarth came to us for an engine build and we fitted a Bobby Taylor-prepped alcohol carb to their 468 cubic inch Big Block Chevy. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Since that time our engine building success has been based on carburetted engines and the majority of these are running methanol carburettors. Jim McGee springs to mind as one of the hardest customers to convert to a methanol set up but, after fitting his JBRE-built engine with a methanol carburettor, Jim was one of many happy converts and became a force to be reckoned with in Super Gas back then.

JBRE and many of our customers owe their success to one of the top carburettor manufacturers in the racing industry, Bo Laws Performance Products of Orlando, Florida. Bo Laws and his family have been involved in drag racing since the 1960s and have been producing carburettors and other racing products that have taken many big names to the winners' rostrum for over forty years.

The newest addition to BLP's very long list of carburettor options is the Bomax Series lightweight billet construction carburettors. The all new Little Bo is based on a 4150 design but can produce flow figures of up to 1250 cfm, this is a little carb on steroids. The BX, based on the 4500 Dominator, with the ability to house four 2.800" throttle bores, can cover the demand of the biggest mountain motors out there with a dual-carb setup.

The monster of all carburettors is the BXX. With its stretched port design and optional high flow, low pressure float bowl assemblies, this single carb application can keep an engine size of over 760 cubic inch very happy with flow rates of 2200 cfm available depending on application. JBRE are very proud to be the first race team in Europe to run the all new BXX stretched port design carburettor and have been testing this new addition with great success.

Tuning of the BXX will continue this coming weekend at the Summer Nationals and it is with great pleasure that we announce that Tony Morris of BLP will be in attendance overseeing the performance of the BXX which he built back at BLP's state of the art facility in Orlando. Tony, himself a longtime successful drag racer, will also be available when time allows to discuss any carburettor issues you may have or the possible purchase of any of the BLP performance products available through JBRE. Please call by our Comp Eliminator pit area and take a look at the BXX and for any other information on all BLP Performance Products.

Belinda and I would like to say a big thank you to Bo, Mike and Joe of BLP for their continued support and for giving Tony the opportunity to join us at the Summernationals.

Summernationals Perfect Awards.
25th June: This weekend's SPRC Summernationals is the latest event in the 2014 Perfect Awards Scheme. £200 is on offer for perfect performance. We are also pleased to announce that courtesy of Cath and Tig Napier the / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award will be on offer to all racers car or bike, organised class or RWYB, at Dragstalgia.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by 9.50 Bike racer Alex Hope at the Midsummer Madness Public Track Weekend. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 at Dragstalgia; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 at Dragstalgia. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in the Signing On office or from the office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).

This weekend's RV Perfect ET Award has been increased to a whopping £150 after it went unclaimed at the Midsummer Madness Public Track Weekend. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend during qualifying or eliminations in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ACU Supertwin ET, Junior Drag Bike, the Wild Bunch, VW Pro and VW Sportsman, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Run of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £175 at For Ladies That Launch at Shakespeare County Raceway (8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, NAST and ET Bike round); if it is won then it will be reset to £50 at For Ladies That Launch. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with RV sales and service specialists Gold RV. For more details about the services which Gold RV can provide see Derek Flynn or visit

To be eligible to collect the Perfect ET Award, racers are required to carry decals, one on each side of the vehicle. If you pull this weekend's first Perfect ET but are not carrying decals then there will be no discussion; we will not pay out and the next person to pull a Perfect ET will get the money assuming that they are carrying decals. Decals are available in the Signing On office or from the office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).

Web site updates.
25th June: Our good buddy Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with pictures of Saturday's action at the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. Alan's superb shots include a number taken at the top end. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest updates via the What's New link at

Event entry update.
24th June: Entry officially closes this Friday (27th) for Bug Jam which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th July (RWYB 18th, racing 19th-20th) and which is a Championship round for Sportsman ET, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator, VW Pro, VW Sportsman and Outlaw Anglia and a non-points round for Lucas Oil Junior Dragster. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at Although entry closes on Friday, SPRC will accept completed forms at this weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway; please hand in your forms in the Signing On office. Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for Bug Jam which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Entry is open for the sixth round of the UK National 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike Championships and the fourth round of NAST Supertwin both of which take place at Shakespeare County Raceway's Ladies that Launch Public Track Weekend on 19th-20th July. Entry forms can be downloaded from Shakespeare County Raceway's web site at; entry forms are now also available for August's Open Sport Nationals.

Entry is also open for the MSA Pro Modified round which takes place at the Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-27th July. Entry closes on Friday week, 4th July; entry after this date, if accepted, may be subject to a Late Entry penalty. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at

Entry forms for the first of this year's brace of Direct Plastics Top Sportsman dates, which also takes place at the Mopar EuroNats, will be available from the Paul Marston Racing pit at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend.

Entry is open for the Scandinavian Internationals, an FIA European Championship and EDRS Series round, which takes place at Tierp Arena on 21st-24th August. You can enter the Scandinavian Internationals at

A chip off the old Diamond.
24th June: With the addition of a new car, in the form of Scott Gibbons' new Junior Dragster, the UK's Rough Diamond team are looking forward to getting back on track at this weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway.

Eight year old Scott's ride, Rough Diamond VI, is an all-new car built by dad Dave Gibbons to his own design. Unlike those in most Junior cars, the engine is an OHV Honda unit – a motor which once powered Skye Collier's car although now only the carb, manifolds and block remain. Testing at a RWYB a couple of weeks ago resulted in five runs between 12.83 and 13.02, which considering the unknown quantities involved was very satisfying. The new car is primarily sponsored by Super Pro ET sponsor Cygnet Business Solutions, a business consultancy owned and run by mum Alli Gibbons, which specialises in assisting small to medium businesses to grow and achieve results.

As for the Rough Diamond altered, Dave has only managed two passes in the car since 2012 thanks to the attempted powdering of his feet at the 2013 FIA Main Event. Now (almost) fully recovered, Dave hopes to get back into the groove this weekend. There were plans to put the car onto a toilet-style alcohol injection for 2014 but they have been put on hold until next season. However an exciting opportunity has arisen...

Good friend Tony Morris, carb tech at BLP Racing Products, has provided an opportunity to evaluate a L'il Bo carburettor on the altered for the remainder of the season. The L'il Bo is a new design two-barrel carb which flows the same as a Holley Dominator whilst fitting the flange of a regular Holley 4150 base. "This is perfect for the altered", said Dave, "as we run the small size carb on the car purely to retain the airbox on Rough Diamond which is a prominent feature on the thirty three-year-old year old car. I think that to remove or change the airbox would detract from the originality of the car, and this clearly restricts the potential of the car. If we're happy with the performance the new L'il Bo generates then we may well re-evaluate the thought of upgrading to injection. Our current carb is from BLP and has performed flawlessly, and I have no doubt that the L'il Bo will do the same."

Rough Diamond crew member Maurice Takoor now owns The Spirit dragster. The car, which was was originally built in 1973, runs a blown injected BMC A Series four-banger on pop. Maurice had hoped to run it in Wild Bunch this year but, due to other commitments, this now looks unlikely. However the team plan to have the car on display at Dragstalgia.

Swift snippets.
24th June: Paul Dodds tells us that John Dodds' legendary twenty seven-litre Merlin-powered The Beast has been tested and taxed and is ready to hit British roads again. The car is set to join the Second Muscle Car Revival to the Chelsea Cruise convoy this Saturday with Paul in his Olds Cutlass and grandson Jason Dodd in his Trans Am, leaving from Krispy Kreme in New Malden at 7:00 pm. John and the Beast are then due to appear at Dragstalgia some forty years after Beast Mk 1's last appearance at Santa Pod back in 1974. Jason will be racing his Trans Am at Dragstalgia for the first time since its new 496 ci engine was fitted.

We were very pleased to hear from Brian Taylor that Bob Keith's Dos Palmas Small Block Chevy-powered dragster, which ran in the UK in 1964, has been located. The car was sold in 1964 and was returned to the US where Bob lost touch with it. However Ray Evernham, former Crew Chief to NASCAR's Jeff Gordon, recently acquired the car and it can be seen in his shop above right, in very good shape minus engine. The restoration is believed to be a relatively simple job.

After two rained-off events at which UK Super Comp racer Paul Watson's Direct Plastics-sponsored Camaro has been right on the money, Grumpy is not sitting on his laurels. "We have gone right through the car and had it baselined with some big changes", says Paul. "We hope that the car will launch even harder. We are getting ready for Top Sportsman with a view to running a new PB of 8.3. Thanks as always to Gary at Drag Race Engineering, Chris Isaacs Race Cars, and Jeff Bull Race Engines."

On behalf of the UK's Super Pro ET racers, Pete Walters of sponsor Peter Walters Race Design asked us to say a massive farewell to Steve Johnson and a big Thank You for all of his services to the class over the years. "We wish Steve and Pat all the best, and we hope to see his face around the pits still", says Pete.

UK blown-alcohol altered racer Adam Gleadow is urgently seeking a set, or just a pair, of oversize Big Block Chevy roller lifters (.903" lifter body) in new or good used condition to get the team out of trouble for this weekend's SPRC Summernationals. If you can help then please text or call Adam on 07887 840497 (please leave voicemail if necessary) or E-Mail

Thanks to all those who sent feedback on our new Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam set-up over the weekend. The next scheduled webcast this Friday's Peak Performance Day and then Saturday and Sunday's SPRC Summernationals both at Santa Pod Raceway. No Towercam but possibly a Collection Area Cam if we are able to expunge a couple of niggles.

Lucas Oil support BDRHoF Gala.
24th June: Lucas Oil Products UK has become the latest company to support the 2014 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on November 22nd.

Lucas Oil Products was founded by Forrest Lucas and his wife Charlotte in 1989. They started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. An innovative product research and development programme, along with aggressive marketing, has helped to firmly establish Lucas as a prominent figure in the marketplace. The Lucas brand has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again. The end result is a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second to none in the racing industry.

Les Downey is Managing Director and Director of European Operations for Lucas Oil Products UK, which he established in 1998. Les has been supporting UK drag racing for many years and at the Savill Court will be hosting the welcome drinks for guests as they arrive ready for the Awards Dinner.

"It gives me immense pleasure to be able to support this much needed prestige drag racing social event and play a part in honoring those who helped get the sport established in the UK", said Les. "I have made so many friends during my involvement with the sport and I look forward to meeting up with them in Windsor.

"But as well as welcoming guests with a drop of bubbly we will also be involved in another aspect of the event, to be announced on the night. It promises to be an evening to remember and to set a new standard in hospitality which can only benefit drag racing over the next few years. It's particularly rewarding to be involved in an event which also celebrates fifty years since Sydney Allard organised the first British International Drag Festival."

BDRHoF Commercial and Marketing Manager Brian Taylor said "We have put a lot of effort to ensure this Fiftieth Anniversary BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner will be a big success and a fitting tribute to the sport's pioneers. It is great to have Les and Lucas Oil Products on board as supporters. They have become part of the drag racing family across the globe. Not many drag racing events are held without the Lucas Oil shield appearing somewhere and the Awards Dinner will be no exception."

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is sponsored by many businesses and associations without whose support it could not exist: Beech Underwriting; US Automotive; Power Race Graphics; Santa Pod Racers Club; Pennine Drag Racing Club;; Avon Park International Racing Association; Shakespeare County Raceway; Santa Pod Raceway; York Raceway; Allard Motor Company, Flint Insurance Group and Lucas Oil.

Web site updates.
24th June: The late Andy Barrack was, amongst other things, known to many in the UK drag racing community as an historian and as a regular contributor to Alan Currans' excellent Acceleration Archive. What is not so widely appreciated was Andy's considerable talent as an artist and cartoonist; he produced thirteen full page cartoons featuring Granny - a real Little Old Lady from Pasadena if ever there was one - and all of the cartoons are available to view with the kind permission of Andy's widow Janet. "What is truly remarkable about the cartoons is that the first one produced by Andy when he was only fourteen years old!", Alan. Get along to the Granny Annex without delay by clicking on the What's New link at

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the recent Cal Look Drag Day / FWD Shootout / Public Track Day at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can take a look at Mad's shots at

Johnson retires.
22nd June: We were very sorry to hear from UK Super Pro ET stalwart and all-round good guy Steve Johnson that he has decided to retire from racing after forty two years. Steve writes:

At the last meeting I destroyed the bottom end of the engine and I no longer have the time, energy or finances to rebuild. I would like to thank all the people who have helped me along the way to a very successful career in drag racing. I will now leave it to all the Young Guns to try to beat Martin (Syd) Jones and Barry Giles, my long-time adversaries and pals, along with the other fifty-odd Super Pro competitors. I am especially grateful for all the friends I have made in the sport over the years.

Finally, I would like to thank Pat, my wife, for all the support that she has given me over the past thirty years. Pat is the one who drives the tow car, makes the bacon sandwiches and has been to every meeting with me, this is just a note to the commentators who say I run the car all by myself without any help!

On that note I will say goodbye; needless to say Motormouse, trailer and RV will be up for sale on soon.

Ålund takes Racestar Shootout.
21st June: Last weekend's Racestar Pro Stock Shootout at Malmö Raceway came about when a group of race organisers saw an opportunity for an extra weekend of Pro Stock action in the early European season. The second round of the FIA European Championship series at Tierp Arena had been cancelled and that race date turned out to be perfect for a Pro Stock shootout. PiPPi writes:

Nine of the quickest Pro Stock cars in Europe entered the event, the entry list representing twelve European Championships. The race format was classic: one event, four rounds of qualifying on the Saturday with eliminations on Sunday. The teams were itching to go racing and with the help of good organisation and fairly trouble-free running, four qualifying rounds in one day proved to work out fine.

Malmö Raceway, a eighth-mile track, is well known for its excellent race surface. Thomas Lindström went all out in Q1 and fired off a 4.21 to set the stage. Jimmy Ålund just the opposite, started off with a half track shutoff at 4.72 seconds but stepped it up in the following rounds and ended qualifying in the number two spot with an elapsed time of 4.249.

In Sunday's eliminations. Jimmy Ålund got off on a good start with a quarter final win over Simon Gustafsson, Jimmy lowering his best ET of the weekend to 4.245 at a speed of 265.2 kmh (164.8 mph). A 4.25 ET in the semi finals made for a win over #3 qualifier Jan Palmqvist and took Jimmy to the final round.

In the other half of the ladder, Ford racer Christian Sagelv made for more excitement. Sagelv qualified #4 with a string of excellent Reaction Times and carried that into Sunday's eliminations. A holeshot quarter final win against Magnus Petterson was followed up in the semis: Christian pulled the upset of the weekend by putting #1 qualifier Thomas Lindström on the trailer with his second holeshot win of the day.

The final round was Chevrolet against Ford. Again, Christian left the line with a better Reaction Time but the margin was too tight this time. Jimmy powered on by for the Racestar Pro Stock Shootout win.

"What a great event!", said Jimmy. "Everyone had a blast and this was just as tough as any European Championship round. We ran our second motor as it's very important to put mileage on that one as well. Four rounds in one day makes for a load of work but hey, there's no rest for the wicked. The team is very pleased with what we accomplished with the engine tune up this weekend. It was great to meet Christian and his Ford in the final. A classic. Many thanks to everyone who made this event possible."

The next event for Jimmy and the J&J Performance Racing Team is the second race of the 2014 FIA European Pro Stock Drag Racing Championship series, the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro in Finland. Qualifying starts on Friday morning, 4th July.

For more information including videos, visit

Scan Internationals entry open.
20th June: Many thanks to Tomas Pettersson for letting us know that entry is now open for the Scandinavian Internationals, an FIA European Championship and EDRS Series round, which takes place at Tierp Arena on 21st-24th August.

You can enter the Scandinavian Internationals at

Summernationals racer update.
20th June: Thanks to Ian Marshall for passing on details of the arrangements for next week's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Friday 27th June
Gates open 08:00
Signing on open from 10:00 to 20:00 (earlier for Peak Performance Day entrants)
Car scrutineering commences 14:00* - no specific order
Bike scrutineering commences 16:00 - no specific order

Saturday 28th June
Signing on open 07:00
Scrutineering commences 07:00
Track open 09:30

Sunday 29th June
Signing on open 07:30
Scrutineering commences 07:30
Track open 09:30

*Please note that the car scrutineering start time has changed from that given on the Final Instructions, which is due to a change in the scrutineer's circumstances.

Please remember the strict curfew: motors should not be started before 09:00 or after 20:00. If going to scrutineering on Saturday or Sunday mornings then please tow or push your vehicle. Firing up motors out of hours can result - in fact has resulted - in exclusion from the event.

Both Saturday's and Sunday's provisional running orders are available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page. Please note that these running orders are provisional and subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials.

Nostalgia Nationals coverage.
20th June: will be at Shakespeare County Raceway tomorrow and Sunday to bring you the action from the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car.

We plan to post photo galleries at the end of the day both tomorrow and Sunday, and the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line and broadcasting live video and Shakeysounds audio so long as the track is open. Thanks to for the provision od streaming services. Please note that the webcast is likely to be stop / start to begin with tomorrow as we have a new webcam set-up to test. As we have now made this clear twice, Facebook moaners should be aware that they may be subject to intense sarcasm.

We will post a direct Home Page link as soon as our coverage commences tomorrow morning, but our NSRA Nostalgia Nationals event index can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Swift snippets.
20th June: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of came with the words "We have a body!". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at

Good luck and stay safe to ex-pat UK Top Alcohol Dragster racer Mike Manners of sponsor Cosmo Residences who is due to contest this weekend's Lucas Oil Divisional race in Tulsa. Qualifying starts today (Friday) and you will be able to stay in touch with Mike's progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central friends at

Web site updates.
20th June: Continuing the Nostalgia theme and just in time for this weekend's festivities at Shakespeare County Raceway, Dick Parnham has updated his Flickr gallery with shots of the opening of the then-Avon Park. You can check out Dick's shots at

Byne returns at Dragstalgia.
19th June: Keith Lee has been in touch with some excellent news for drag bike fans heading for July's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway, which was already building up to be the best ever - especially if you like your bikes to be of the multi-engined variety.

The action on four wheels is going to be outstanding, and the historic bike entry was already looking very good. Santa Pod will host the biggest gathering of double-engined machines for decades, as Keith has been busy rounding up the best of these iconic beasts to appear on track in the NSA Bike Shoot-out. The latest news, which really tops a stellar field, is that the quickest of the double-engined bikes from that golden era is back together, and set to make its re-appearance at Dragstalgia after a long absence from the tracks.

The name Hurricane belonged to a fearsome entry from the 1970s, which raced at the very top level. It was actually the quickest of the classic doubles, coming so close to running that first seven-second run, as rider Jeff Byne clocked a best of 8.02 seconds on the bright orange bike. The last appearance for the 1500cc Morgo Triumph was a good thirty years ago but Jeff, the original builder and rider, has been busy rebuilding and refreshing the bike which is due to be fired up in the next week. Then he will soon be heading for the Pod, ready to line up alongside his old rival John Hobbs to bring back some great memories for those who were there to watch them all those years ago. For those who were not there, enjoy the sight and sound of these old monsters back out on track once more.

Classic Nostalgia bikes.
19th June: Bike fans are also promised hearty fare at to this weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway as Jerry Cookson has been in touch to confirm the appearance of some classic two-wheelers:

It's just been confirmed that former jet jockey Colin Fallows will be bringing along Mick Butler's 1000cc double-engined Norton drag bike Super Cyclops. This will be the first time that the fully-restored Super Cyclops has seen a race track since the 1970s; the history books tells us that the last time the machine appeared at Long Marston was for an National Drag Racing Club event in June 1974.

Joining Colin will be John Hobbs with both Olympus and Hobbit, the Hagon Weslake of Justin Newall, Dave Clee with Shotgun, Tim Howell's nitro-fuelled UXB BSA, either the Triumph-powered Endeavour or the 1928 Douglas - owner Bernie White hasn't decided yet but it must be great to have a choice! - and Phil Steele with Keith Parnell's former ride Rouge et Noir II.

The plan is two run these machines twice-daily, and if time permits to feature flag girl Claudia on the start line Saturday afternoon in our Flagstalgia feature!

Swift snippets.
19th June: Best wishes to Pete Bellenie who is very poorly in hospital after having been admitted as an emergency on Monday. Pete's partner Su tells us that Pete is due to have emergency surgery tomorrow morning and will then be in recovery for up to a fortnight. Su says that Pete would like to thank everyone in the racing family who has sent him best wishes, adding that he is insistent that he will be at Hockenheim. That's the spirit Pete, good luck for tomorrow.

It came too late for yesterday's update but Lee and all of the Huxley clan asked us to say a big Happy Birthday for yesterday (Wednesday) to Brian Huxley, Europe's oldest active drag racer at seventy two years of age. Hope you had a great day Brian.

Big numbers in Malmö.
19th June: Håken Persson says that last weekend's Cramo Nationals at Malmö Raceway enjoyed good weather and outstanding racing with great numbers particularly in the Pro Xtreme class:

We have a new track record of 3.82/319 kmh by the Dahlbrom Brothers (video). When qualifying was finished has had seven cars quicker than 4.0 in the sixeen-car field and three of those were quicker than 3.90. We had about fifteen runs under 4.0, a couple of 3.8s, and we enjoyed every one of them. We believe that we now have the quickest eighth-mile track in Europe.

To add to that, we also had a Pro Stock shootout attended by nine if the FIA racers. The winner was Jimmy Ålund and Thomas Lindström set a new Pro Stock track record att 4.21.

We would like to thank all the racers, crews, track track personnel and spectators and hope to see you again at the next race - we are now looking forward to 18th-20th July when we will host the Swedish Pro Modified Championship and of course Pro Xtreme and all other classes.

Results from the Cramo Nationals can be found at

Of Ladies and Vulcans.
19th June: Angie Woods and Jerry Cookson, who organise Shakespeare County Raceway's For Ladies That Launch weekend on 19th-20th July, are pleased to announce that this year's chosen charities with be the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Cruizin for SANDS.

"Although we're just four weeks away from our celebratory fifth anniversary there has been plenty of work going on behind the scenes at FLTL HQ, in more ways than one", says Jerry. "It stands to reason that we have both chosen to support the guys and girls who operate the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance this year after Angie's minor indiscretion during the Springspeed Nationals. The things that girl will do for a helicopter ride."

FLTL is pleased to announce that several key supporters are on board again this year including principal supporters Claron Graphics who will be donating this year's Bracket Racing trophies and prizes. "Both Simon Cardwell and partner Sandra Lamberth have been tremendous supporters in everything we've done so far", says Jerry. "Against all adversity Simon has been a tower of strength in the last few months building his graphics business. So we would like to say a huge thanks to him and Sandra for being there when it counts."

Earlier in the year, at the Raceway's season opener, Shakespeare County helped raise funds for Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity, towards the purchase of a new incubator for stillborn babies.

There'll be more exciting news coming up in the next week or so but in the meantime tickets for this year's FLTL raffle will be on sale in Sue's Signing-On office at this weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at a £1 a strip.

Further details about the 5th Annual For Ladies That Launch can be found on the Events page at or on the For Ladies That Launch Facebook page.

Shakespeare County Raceway also enjoyed a very successful promotional day at Sunday's Wings and Wheels Show at nearby Wellesbourne Airfield. Although the main airfield runway was used by the National Sprint Association in the late fifties and sixties, Wellesbourne is now home to one of the few surviving Delta Wing Vulcan Bombers. Every year XM655 is fired up for low and high speed taxi runs to great applause by thousands of visitors to the show. This year is the bomber's fiftieth anniversary, a happy thirty of which have been the airfield.

Shakespeare County laid on a great line up featuring the Junior hire Dragsters and Junior Drag Bike owned by Andrew, Kim and Richard Willcox, Suze Morris and Phil Pratt's 9.50Bike K3 1000cc Suzuki GSXR 92nd Bombardment Group tribute bike Satan's Lady, and the Ballbreaker Wild Bunch slingshot dragster of Limited Funz racer Mark Coulsell, all promoting drag racing and Shakespeare County Raceway which for many is just down the road!

"This was one of the busiest shows we have done in a long time with plenty of photos being taken, kids sitting in the cars and that all important publicity getting out to potentially new customers", said Jerry. "We even had folk who used to go and watch the drag racing at Long Marston in the seventies and even further back in the days of the Blackbushe Drag Fests, and have promised to come back to the track's nostalgia events."

SCR would like to thank everyone who came out for the day and those who were involved with the display, and special thanks must go to Mark for the use of his Winnebago as mobile grandstand. "If only we could have fired the cars up and made as much noise as the Vulcan did on its two taxi runs... maybe next year!", said Jerry. "I have a cunning plan in mind."

Shakespeare County have also been invited to display cars and bikes at the forthcoming South Staffs Hot Rod Custom and Retro Show being held at Longford Park, Cannock on 28th-29th June. If anyone would like to be considered then please get in touch with Jerry on 01789 720180 or leave a message at Likewise SCR will be looking for at least two or three cars to display at the August F1 Brisca night at Coventry Motor Speedway Saturday 2nd August.

Pensive PMR.
19th June: Paul Marston Racing and the Whoopass Monza have been regular supporters of Maitland Racing's North Weald Drag Strip and its Quick 8 competition since its inception. Paul says that the grass-roots heads-up racing and the conditions make it a thinking man's race:

My view has always been that you must support the tracks as much as you can. North Weald is where it all started for me with the NDRC back in 1986, and so long as Tony puts on drag racing I will go. North Weald is also a real challenge and the data we collect there can give clues to the directions to follow. For example, what we learnt at the last North Weald event in 2013 led us to a suspension valve change which undoubtably helped us to win Super Pro ET at the 2013 FIA European Finals.

Having won the first event of 2014 at North Weald I went into the second pretty sure that I had hornswaggled myself. To start with, the comprehensive changes made just prior to the event would mean that unless I was a genius (which I most certainly am not!) the Whoopass Monza would most probably take a step backwards. That's what happens 99% of the time when you think you had a good idea. It might take a while to re-learn what the Monza liked and I figured that it would show us what it didn't like first.

Losing to Julian Davison in the first round was disappointing for sure, but take nothing away from Julian he was on time and he earned it. I kept him honest and he richly deserved to win the event. Meanwhile PMR and the Whoopass Monza will be at the SPRC Summernationals where upgrades will hopefully produce the consistent sixty foot times which we are currently seeking.

The next North Weald event is London Volksfest on Sunday 13th July with the usual drag strip action, everyone is welcome VW and non VW and the Quick 8 and Sportsman 8 heads-up eliminators will still be running. PMR will be loaded for bear!

Thanks go to Gaz Shocks and Hauser Race Cars for their help and advise, and naturally to for always being there (Thanks! - Ed). Last but not least thanks to the Paul Marston Racing Super Crew particularly the Crew Chief, Funsize, Bazza and Dave who crewed at North Weald.

Nostalgia cornucopia.
18th June: This weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway is going to be one long highlight but two of the undoubted stars of the show will be the Gasser Circus and the Supercharged Outlaws.

Nervous Nick tells us that Round 2 of the Gasser Circus Showdown is looking like a large affair with sixteen Gassers slated to attend. "With three new cars planned to make their débuts in the race series, and with all the Gasser drivers keen to win and indulge in some Gasser racing, it's a weekend not to miss", says Nick. "The Circus performers will be Horrid Henry, Powerwagon, Goldrush, Nogbad the Bad, Honky Tonkin, Green Onions, Steve Lang's Willys Coupe Bubba Gump new to the Circus, Honky Tonkin 2, Whiplash, Ray Irish's Willys pick-up Gas Junkie also new to the Circus, Crowd Pleaser, Identity Crisis, Aint Misbehavin, The Mighty Mouse, another new entrant Stephen Dixon's Ford Falcon High Roller, and Roarin Rat."

Dave McKenzie aka Fuzzie says that a huge entry of twenty one Supercharged Outlaws is set to pound the track:

This is the first of our three international rounds in 2014 with entries from Holland and Germany plus our special guest from the USA Rod Hynes, the famous Fuel Altered driver who is said to have kept the class alive in the USA which allows us to enjoy them today. Rod is also going to be the grand marshal of the Nostalgia Nationals and will be around the Supercharged Outlaw pits and on the start line throughout the weekend.

Who can forget Jürgen Schomann's début at Shakey last year in the Master of Disaster Willys. Jurgens single run ended upside down through the lights. This year Jürgen wants to put on a really good show for the fans. Our other international teams are from The Netherlands, the ever-popular Rockin' Ramon in the Wild'r at Heart funny car and Kirsten van Croonenborgh with her Cuda doorslammer.

On the home front we have the return of Neil Townson in the Northern Spirit altered. This great-looking car makes its welcome return to the track after a couple of years' lay-off. Débuting for the Outlaws this weekend is Deborah Laugher with her blown Corvette, this car has the potential to run in the sevens.

We only have one slingshot at the Nostalgia Nationals, the lovely-looking car from the Roy Wilding stable. We need more slingshots in the but rumour has it that Alec Coe may be back out later this year, which would be a welcome return.

The big entry list brings the prospect of some exciting match-ups. What about a mouth-watering race between Joe Bond and Rockin' Ramon, or Lee Gallimore against Neil Townson, Ian Kerr against Paul Watts, Jürgen Schomann against John Reeve, Steve Goode against Trace Froome... the list goes on. With a lot more of the regular Supercharged Outlaws in attendance the action will be fast and furious.

The Outlaws will have a marquee in the pit area. Rod Hynes hero cards will be available and I am sure that Rod will autograph a few over the weekend. We will also have a collection of posters and stickers on sale.

If you want to see the most varied blown nostalgia class in Europe - kindly Sponsored by Jim Maher and his company Good Vibrations Motorsport in California, thank you Jim - then you need to get down to Shakespeare County Raceway this weekend to see all the action. There's a big supporting cast of Outlaw Anglias, Gasser Circus, Wild Bunch and a whole lot of pre '73 Hot Rods. Add in some night time bands for entertainment, what a way to spend a summer weekend. Look forward to seeing you there.

It's not often that we comment here on but let's be frank here, if this news item doesn't excite you then youse dead. Throw everything in the car and head on down to Shakey this weekend, or if you really do need an exeat then remember that we are planning a Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast on Saturday and Sunday.

Tierp event entry opens.
17th June: From Tomas Pettersson comes the great news that Sweden's Tierp Arena is now accepting entries for its first event under new management, the Tierp Summer Nationals on 25th-27th July.

The Summer Nationals forms part of the EDRS Series and is also part of the 2014 Swedish Championship in Pro Modified, Competition Eliminator, Stock / Super Stock and Junior Dragster. Classes invited to the event are Pro Modified, Top Doorslammer, Competition Eliminator, Pro Street, Super Pro Street, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Stock/Super Stock, Junior Dragster, Super Twin Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Funny Bike, Super Street Bike, Super Comp Bike, Super Gas Bike and Junior Dragbike. The event is also open for Test and Tune to FIA or FIM European Championship teams.

You can enter the Tierp Summer Nationals at Tomas adds that entry will open within a couple of days for the Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena on 21st-24th August, which is this season's penultimate FIA European Championship round.

Event entry update.
17th June: Entry is open for the sixth round of the UK National 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike Championships and the fourth round of NAST Supertwin both of which take place at Shakespeare County Raceway's Ladies that Launch Public Track Weekend on 19th-20th July. Entry forms can be downloaded from Shakespeare County Raceway's web site at; entry forms are now also available for August's Open Sport Nationals.

Entry is also open for Bug Jam which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th July (RWYB 18th, racing 19th-20th) and which is a Championship round for Sportsman ET, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator, VW Pro, VW Sportsman and Outlaw Anglia and a non-points round for Lucas Oil Junior Dragster. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at

Swift snippets.
17th June: We'll be showing more of this picture unless we hear from the shirt model.

Many thanks to Simon who has posted the latest points standings in the 2014 APIRA Ultimate Power Championships. You can check out the APIRA points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points link on the left-hand side of any page.

As mentioned a short while ago, there will be a Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. Please note, however, that the webcast is likely to be stop/start to begin with on Saturday as we have a new webcam set-up to test.

We are pleased to confirm that the Hockenheimring and will again be teaming up to run the annual Nitrographer contest, offering the winner the chance to spend the day photographing trackside on race day at the NitrOlympX in August. We will launch the contest shortly but now would be a good time to start going through those pictures. A VIP package will also be on offer in a separate NitrOlympX contest.

Flamholc looks for hat-trick.
16th June: Three weeks ago Swedish Pro Extreme racer Adam Flamholc won the first event of the season at Malmö Raceway. Adam writes that his second event of the Pro Extreme season, at Malmö this past weekend, was equally successful:

In the last qualifying session on Friday evening we ran a new track record of 3.87 at 198 mph (319 kmh). After all six qualifying runs we ended up number two with a 3.84. Congratulations to the Dahlblom Brothers who ran 3.82 and now have the record!

All through eliminations the car made consistent fast runs. After a great effort from the Flamholc Racing crew, who worked hard and did their homework, we ended up winning the event!

I am so happy and proud of the guys in my team, and our sponsors. Next weekend we will be in Orsa at Tallhed Dragway to celebrate Midsummer, and to try to get the third win in a row!

Race cars sought for Mini demos.
16th June: Russ Harman has been in touch to invite racers to make demonstration passes at
Mini in the Park at Santa Pod Raceway on Sunday 10th August.

"Mini in the Park is now the largest Classic and Modern Mini event in Europe", says Russ, "attracting almost 10,000 visitors and featuring some amazing track action. This year's event will feature the public debut of the world's first BMW Jet Mini.

"Although most visitors are predominantly Mini enthusiasts, the Santa Pod showcase gives them an insight into real drag racing and what the big boys are capable of."

If you fancy yourself as a big boy (I'm sure big girls are also welcome - Ed) and would like to run demos at Mini in the Park then drop Russ a line at or call 07977 889926.

Swift snippets.
16th June: Limited Funz Racing would like to wish a massive Happy 30th Birthday to Marra Chief Steve Cassisi. "We know Steve is really looking forward to it!", says Lynne Coulsell. "He's had a very busy off season rebuilding BallBreaker's engine so he deserves some time off to celebrate his birthday. Hope you have a great day Steve and there will be a little party in the LFR pits at the Nostalgia Nationals this Saturday , all welcome."

PMR School adding cars.
16th June: Paul Marston's Drag Race Driving School is planning to upgrade its fleet of race cars for the 2015 season. Paul Marson writes:

With the economy picking up and the need to keep pace with modern developments a three-year plan is currently being devised. With the increasing number of Junior Dragster drivers graduating to the Sportsman classes and more senior drivers returning to the sport there is we feel a need to add one or more likely two dragsters to the School fleet.

As a lot of you will know PMR ran a dragster in the Driving School and in the Race Car Rental programme. It was the first ever four-Link dragster to appear in Europe and has been followed by quite a few since, our current UK National Super Pro ET Champion Scott Hauser to name but one. Our dragster was very successful, winning multiple events, two National Championships and numerous track Championships before we sold it. Now is the time to seriously consider a return but this time with a two-car set-up. The first dragster would most probably be set up to run in Pro ET as this gives Junior Dragster drivers a logical stepping stone to get used to the extra power which comes with nine-second, 150 mph performance. Also it is a more economic option for a team to consider. Pro ET is a great class and the competition is as good as it gets, but with a nine-second dragster we feel that PMR can teach and provide a very competitive entry for a driver who wants a shot at a Championship. This car would also be able to compete in Super Comp or Super Pro so it could be a dragster that can take a driver on a journey, helping them to gain experience on their way to their ultimate goal. As our latest Top Fuel star Tethys said, it was the experience along the way with the Paul Marston Racing Race Car Rental programme upon which he drew when driving Dave Wilson's A/Fuel Dragster and Rune Fjeld Motorsport's Top Fuel Dragster.

The second dragster would be a seven-second four-link Super Comp / Super Pro ET / Top Dragster deal with a performance similar to or faster than our previous dragster. Our previous experience and the PMR Super Crew's familiarity would mean that a competitive entry could be fielded almost immediately on the rental side, and the teaching would benefit the same way. Both new dragsters would incorporate what we learned from our previous car, for example a bigger driver's compartment as the previous one was a little snug!

I am really excited by this potential new development and would be interested to get feedback from any teams who would be interested in the dragsters either from either a teaching perspective or for National Event rental. I can be contacted at or on 07831 650230.

Paul Marston Racing would like to take this opportunity to thank Santa Pod Raceway,, and all the drivers who have raced with us, for their belief in what we are trying to achieve and for their support. Not to mention all the PMR crew; everyone puts a lot of effort into making this work. We could not do this without all of the above, we thank you all.

Web site updates.
16th June: Thanks to DJ of Santa Pod Raceway for letting us know that the Web TV show from Round 2 of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship (and thus Round 1 of the FIA Championship) can now be viewed at along with a race report, photos and the current Championship points standings.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr gallery with shots from the recent Coventry Motofest. Although the Motofest did not feature much of interest to drag racing fans, Mad's shots are well worth a look and he tells us that a dedicated fire-up / burnout area may feature at the Show next year. You can take a look at Mad's pictures at

A spectacular return.
15th June: One of the highlights of FIA / FIM European Championships Round 1 at Santa Pod Raceway was the resurgence of Top Methanol Dragster including the return of Germany's fastest brothers, Timo and Dennis Habermann who announced their arrival with Timo's astounding 5.242 in qualifying. Timo and Dennis had spent eight years in TMD but decided to take time out after the 2012 season. Timo got in touch to explain where they disappeared to and to report upon their highly-successful return:

We had some really good years becoming the fastest blown Top Methanol Dragsters with Whipple Superchargers, running 5.31/263 and winning the European Championship in 2009 and 2010 in one of the toughest ever Top Methanol Dragster fields.

After winning the Championship in 2010 an American Top Alcohol tuner told the world on an Internet forum that he thought that we were cheating by using a hidden Traction Control system (which is not allowed). Most of the people in our sport who know us know that we would never cheat, because if you cheat and win, it will be not a true win.

After that story we wanted to go out harder in 2011 so we made the engines sharper than ever before, put a new one-piece body on Timo's car and put a new rear axle in it. But it didn't work out as well as we planned. We had a lot of problems getting all the power to the track with tyres up in smoke and bad shake, so it was a problem trying to run consistent low 5.3s as Timo had in 2009. In 2012 we have worked out a new fuel system for Dennis' and it worked out well when he ran new Personal Bests ET of 5.35/263. Dennis still had the chance to win the European Championship at the FIA European Finals but unluckily he fell back to number three.

When we finished the season in 2012 we decided to stop with drag racing for several reasons. There were things goign on behind the scenes which people didn't know about. We and many other supercharged Top Methanol Dragster teams wanted a rule change for the A/Fuel cars. We wanted to have the same rules as in the Statesm where they were only allowed to run on 94% nitro whereas here in Europe they were allowed to run 97%. We fought for years to get the same rules as the States but without any success. So that's why we and many other supercharged teams were missing in 2013.

Four weeks after the end of the 2012 season Timo became a daddy. In 2013 we spent a lot of time with our families; Timo got married to Jenny, and Dennis spent a lot of time with his girlfriend Diana renovating their residence. We were dancing at four team members' weddings in 2013, so we were busy all around. We also had quite a lot of work in our parents' crane business so the year off wasn't boring for all of us.

But to tell the truth, we missed going racing and, after some discussions with our crew, we decided to attend a couple of races in 2014 just to have some fun. In October 2013 we decided to sell two of our Whipple Superchargers and to order two new PSI blowers. We then put all the new stuff together and desgiend a complete new fuel system, similar to the Whipple which took us years to fix. Dad asked us if we wanted an American tuner to help us with the new system and to tune the cars for Round 1 but we said "No! We went fast with the Whipple superchargers, so we can also go dast with the PSI superchargers and it will only take a while" so we did the tuning by ourselves.

Our plan was to test at the Peak Performance Day the day before the race. We arrived at Santa Pod on the Wednesday and got everything ready for a good weekend. On Thursday morning we decided to go out with Dennis' car first and make a 330-foot pass to see what our new fuel system would do. Then the plan was to go back to the pits, make some changes to Timo's car and go out with that one for an eighth-mile pass, and so on.

It started as planned. Dennis did a good driving job, it was like he had never been out of cockpit for a year and a half. He ran a 0.902 seconds over sixty feet and drove through a small amount of shake byt we were happy with his 2.374 at 330 feet. Back in the pits we looked at the data and just as we went to fire up Timo's car the rain came and put an end to the play for that day.

The first qualifier run on Saturday was a poker game for us. We put a safe set-up in both so that we didn't break anything. Timo planned to do a 300 foot run but we decided that if it felt good he would go further. Dennis was out first but had huge tyre shake, so bad that his windscreen broke and came off the car he pedalled and made a full pass of 5.500/262 as a result. Not too bad for his first full run after all the changes. Timo was up next with 0.903 to sixty, a little tyre shake for which he pedalled, and a storming 5.3138/267.18. Wow, that was a good one! After a year and a half out of the cockpit with a complete new system and combination Timo ran his Personal Bests.

Back in the pits we checked both engines and dataloggers and everything looked good. We made some changes and went out for the second qualifier on Sunday. The bad thing is that when you are qualified first and second you have to run together in the last pair, which means that we had to split our crew. Once again it showed how professional our crew is, because they had also been out were out of it for a year and a half. On this run, Europe's fastest brothers made history with the quickest side-by-side run outside America. Dennis ran a new Personal Best of 5.3186/267.33 in a storming run with one pedal for shake. Timo made the quickest Top Methanol Dragster pass outside the USA with an awesome 5.2425/269.83 he became the third quickest blown Top Methanol Dragster racer on the planet. Wow, that was unbelievable!

After that run, we went straight to the Tech Inspectors to get both of our dragsters checked and ensure that they were 100% legal. We had a weight check, fuel check, overdrive check and they checked the PSI superchargers and confirmed that they were the D model. So the cars were 100% legal and nobody could say anything, and before someone starts again, there was no Traction Control in any of our race cars!

The engines looked good after those runs so we just carried out our normal service to get ready for Q3. In that session Dennis wanted to run his first 5.2 and Timo wanted to back up his 5.24 for a new European Record. Timo's RPMs were too high so he overstaged and got no time. Dennis was on a stormer but just past a thousand feet the burst panel blew and he lost some time but still managed to run a 5.3147/266.60 and was very happy with that one. We felt very optimistic for eliminations on Monday, qualified first and second, but then the event had to be cancelled because of the weather. What a shame.

We want to say a big Thank You to our mum and dad who have enabled us to go racing for over twenty four years (Timo) and eighteen years (Dennis); to our longtime friends and team members who always help us; to our sponsors Höfler Fenster, Autokrandienst Habermann, Exide Batteries, Fuchs Oils and Main Shirt. A special Thank You goes out to Roger Kirschner and Uni Fit Katalysatoren for their support and sponsorship for the past seven years. We also want to thank our family, friends and fans for always supporting us, all of the Santa Pod crew from pit marshall to Top End crew, especially Ian and Dave for giving us such a great, fast and safe race track to run those numbers on. Thank You to for their great Event Coverage so that all of our fans can follow us (Thanks! You're welcome - Ed).

Our next race will be our home race at Hockenheim, where we will again try to be in the fast lane and hunting for 5.2s.

Pictures courtesy and ©Andy Willsheer, Martin Grosse-Geldermann and

Somethin' Fancy at Beaulieu.
13th June: UK blown-alcohol altered racer Joe Bond says that the the Nuthin Fancy altered will be on display at this weekend's Beaulieu Custom and Hot Rod Festival in association with the Victory Wheelers Car Club. The Festival takes place at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in the New Forest.

"We plan on doing a static display with a few fire-ups during Saturday and Sunday", Joe told "If you're in the area then come along to the show, the weather looks great and it'll be a great weekend all around. Come by and say hello, pick up a poster! The great thing about this car show is that usually at race events we are so busy preparing the car between rounds that it can be a little nerve-wracking for fans to come up close and see the car properly. At this event you can come up to the car, we will all be there to answer questions.  Our sponsors Surf City Garage will also be in attendance with their entire range car care products. We use their products on the Topolino at every event and it always comes up great - even after being covered in clutch dust, burnout rubber and everything else that gets thrown at a race car! I think that testing car care products on a race car is the biggest ordeal you can put them through, and they always work great.

"I would like to say a big Thank You to Keith Ellis, Chairman of the Victory Wheelers, for inviting us to display our car at this great event. All the guys and girls at the Victory Wheelers have been so supportive, so it's nice to give something back to the club.

"More information about the Festival can be found at

"As for our 2014 racing season, our event schedule has changed mainly due to work and other related commitments. However we plan on racing the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals, Dragstalgia and the NSRA Hot Rod Drags. Our first event was the Yanks Weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway which was cut short by the weather. We had one test run which got a little hairy at one point when the car ate up a few timing blocks and went sideways. The cause of that has now been fixed and we look forward to our next event, racing with the Supercharged Outlaws at the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals. Over twenty Outlaws are expected to attend, including a certain Dutch Nostalgia Funny Car against which I am looking forward to match racing this season!

"I would also like to a big Thank You, as always, to my awesome crew - Martyn Hannis, 'Dad' Doug, 'Mum' Jayne, Lawrence Osborne, Mike Hannis and Melanie Butler - for all their help and support getting the car and team ready during the build up to this season. It's been a very busy few months for everyone, but it's nice to get back racing.

"As always, you can follow our racing on the Nuthin Fancy Racing Facebook page. Please Like us, and follow our progress during 2014."

Hall of Fame update.
13th June: Tickets are selling fast for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Celebration Gala Awards Dinner which takes place at the Savill Court Hotel in Windsor on Saturday 22nd November.

BDRHoF Chair Stu Bradbury reports that more than 150 tickets have already been sold. Obviously the recent announcement that Don Garlits and his family will be attending has increased the profile of the event considerably, but many of the sport's UK pioneers have booked their places including those who have been inducted into the BDRHoF during the last nine years. Amongst these are Peter Crane, Glen, Tim and Robin Read, Geof Hauser, Brian Johnson, Gary Page, Barry Sheavills, John Hobbs, Roy Phelps, and Harold Bull who is ninety years old this year. Many of today's stars are also attending to pay tribute to those who laid down the foundations of the sport in the UK including Top Fuel Dragster pilot Chris Andrews and Fuel Altered driver Nick Davies.

"I'm really looking forward to the event", said Chris Andrews, "and I must thank the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame and its sponsors for organising such a high-profile evening. The sport has needed an event like this for some time and the opportunity to meet Don Garlits in the UK is something I did not expect to happen. We owe that man so much. It is going to be an evening to remember!"

Attending from the USA will be Melvyn Record. Nottingham lad Melvyn saw his first drag race at Santa Pod and went on to become Director of International Relations at the NHRA. He is now Vice President Marketing and Sales for Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca, USA.

More details about the Gala Dinner and how to book tickets and hotel rooms can be found on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at Don't leave it too late!

Entries are coming in for the new British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Sydney Allard Awards for Photographers and Writers, which will be presented at the Gala Awards Dinner. Entries can be submitted covering the twelve months ending July 2014.

These new awards are open to professionals and amateurs alike and celebrate the importance of the media in promoting our sport along with the crucial role played by Sydney Allard as the Father of British Drag Racing. The trophies are sponsored by the Allard Motor Company operated by Sydney's son Alan and his grandson Lloyd.

"Lloyd and I are so proud that the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has chosen to honour my father's role in giving birth to drag racing in Europe with these two trophies", said Alan Allard. "We are naturally pleased to sponsor them. The Guv'nor understood how important media publicity could be in attracting interest and promoting any new motorsport activity so celebrating photography and the written word is something that would have met with his approval."

One Award will be presented to the writer of the best book, article, blog or feature on British drag racing published in print or on-line during the twelve months ending July 2014. This Award is in association with the Guild of Motoring Writers and the Chief Judge is the Guild's Chairman Guy Loveridge. The other Award will be presented for the best photograph featuring British drag racing, either published in print or on-line during the twelve months ending July 2014, or remaining unpublished. This is in association with Octane Magazine and the Chief Judge is Octane Columnist and Classic Car Collector Nick Mason, who will be joined by Octane Art Editor Mark Sommer.

Photographers and Writers can enter as many pieces of their work as they like, but each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form to enable the judges to collate them accurately. The entry form is available via the Allard Award entries tab at and should be downloaded, completed and then returned by E-Mail with articles attached in Word or PDF format and photographs in JPG format. Full instructions can be found at the above link.

Web site updates.
13th June: Our good buddy Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with a thirty third Readers' Gallery which this time is an all-motorcycle affair. "This update has everything a two-wheel afficionado could wish for from rockets to Nortons, a Flat Four 2000cc machine, Alf Hagon, and plenty more", says Alan. As ever you can check out the latest update via the What's New link at

One Mile Challenge now Sunday.
12th June: The Baltic states' biggest speed event, the One Mile Challenge, which was due to be held at Kiltsi Aitfield in Haapsalu, Estonia this Saturday (14th), has been moved back a day to Sunday. Kristian Veedler writes:

The twenty four-hour delay is due to the local authority declining permission at the last minute. Organisers Estonian Audi Club have managed to get a permit to hold the race on Sunday.

All time schedules will remain the same. Check-in and scrutineering for all cars commences at 09:00 and gates open for spectators at 12:00. More information from Indro Päll on +372 50 57 794 or

Scorpion cheats death.
12th June: Germany's Thorsten Appel, aka Scorpion, tells us that he and others avoided a lingering and painful death by changing his racing plans:

A chat with a local speedshop owner in Norderstedt about racing bikes with no wheelie bars planted a seed which started to sprout. But what to do. Top Fuel Harley? Yes that would be the solution. A quick chat with my lovely girl cut the plan short as the subject of financing came up and I openly admitted that I was thinking about taking all the money saved for buying a house and going racing with it. She threatened to kill me and every person involved in the planning of my Top Fuel Bike career. I quickly thought "It's not worth it", as I always take her threats seriously. The subject was closed and I was subjected to four weeks of what Germans call "Polish TV" (there is vision but no sound).

My next thoughts about racing led me to conclude that if you ever want to go racing you need to get going, so I advertised my Super Street Bike. It was sold within ten hours, damn, maybe it was too cheap. I was left with a full-spec turbo Busa motor with a Hays clutch.

Flipping through the pages of's Swap Meet I discovered a Funny Bike for sale. I contacted the owner of the bike and asked if he would sell it as a roller. He said "Yes" and we started to negotiate. Now the bike is mine and we will soon be on our way to Sweden to pick up the bike, put in my turbo Busa motor, pour in some methanol, and go racing.

Thanks to everyone involved. More news as I get going with the build.

A bad-ass truck goes 10.5.
12th June: Ulf "Totte" Lindqvist writes that Sweden's Vargarda-based Team Prowest are transforming a former Comp Eliminator pick-up into one bad-ass Outlaw 10.5 record hunter:

The pick-up has run in Comp Eliminator class since it was born. It began racing with the Brag Brothers and then with turbo wizard Martin Lundqvist. It has a 301 ci single-turbo Small Block, not a big buck monster Big Block like we'll be up against. The goal is to get the truck down the groove to the same ETs as it ran with big tyres, which would be in the 6.70 range. This weekend we will run over the eighth at the Home of Speed in Malmö. 4.40s like we ran at a Test and Tune earlier this year would be OK, but that's nowhere the near our aim which is to be the undisputed quickest 10.5 Outlaw Doorslammer in Europe. So far as the team know, nobody in Europe has been quicker than Jimmy Tihvan's 7.09 - has anyone done better?

You can follow Team Prowest on their Facebook page at

Batty sets European best.
12th June: A new Front Wheel Drive European record was set at Shakespeare County Raceway at the weekend as in near-perfect conditions the UK's Richard Batty wound up the RPMs on his self-prepared 1050 hp NR Autosport Mitsubishi FTO to an Elapsed Time of 8.859 seconds at 174 mph. The previous record stood at 8.990 seconds was set by Björn Holmgreg in a Nissan Cherry at Sweden's Tierp Arena.

"We've been chasing the record for a while now", says Richard. "We came so close at the end of last season: we were only nine thousandths of a second off, and that was frustrating. This year at the Injector Dynamics Outlaw Shootout we smashed it.”

Richard has been attending Run What You Brungs since 1998. His first win in Front Wheel Drive competition came in a 300 bhp FTO at Elvington's Ten of the Best in 2005, and from then on the IT expert hasn't looked back.

Competing in the Injector Dynamics FWD Outlaw Shootout, Richard drove the eight-second racer into number one spot; his nearest challenger was Yasir Dair in a 900 bhp Honda Civic. Although rain curtailed eliminations, Richard was awarded the overall trophy. In the True Street category twenty seven year old Amy Bradley from Grimsby picked up the overall honours in her ten-second 500 bhp Honda Civic.

"Thanks to the staff at Shakespeare County Raceway for an excellent track which allowed us achieve our potential", said Richard. "The Outlaw Shootout is the largest FWD competition and it's great to be a part of it, run by the racers for the racers."

You can see a video of the record run at

5th Grand Nationals report.
12th June: Our good un-fired buddy Markus Münch of the excellent der Beschleuniger web site has been in touch with a report of the 5th Grand Nationals which took place at Bechyne over the last weekend in May:

The race was a German-Czech co-production between the German Motorsport Timing and Organisation crew around Racedirector Jerry Lackey, in association with Czech organisers the Predators Dragrace Club. The track was a bit green at the beginning, but gold dust, rubber and glue made a pretty decent track in the end.

The weather was a bit mixed up, but three rounds of qualifying and complete eliminations were held as planned. Pro ET, Super Pro ET and Street Outlaw Bikes ran for points in their internal Championships. The European Top Gas Series also held a round of their Championship and several classes fought for points in the Czech Bike Championship, from Juniors to senior classes.

Pro ET was won by Thomas Helmbrecht, one of the best in Germany when it comes to Pro ET racing. His black Camaro, which dials in around 11.50, won the final against Austria's Alex Mahl in his AMC Gremlin, who pulled a red light. Holger Ekerst in his brand new Camaro - not the latest model, but his first season in the car - was third. Holger's daughter Sally, former German Junior Dragster Champion, is planned to drive the car from 2015. The European Pro ET web site at keeps you updated on Pro ET on Continental Europe.

Super Pro ET had eleven participants. Robert Gassner won the final on a bye, as André Müller's oil pump broke in the burnout in his semi-final bye. So that's racing, sadly for André. This race also featured the first outing of Switzerland's Team Orangli's new ride. Rene Ehrismann purchased the ex-Henri Joosten Bel Air Pro Mod (the old Quaker State-sponsored beauty) and fitted his nitrous engine. Nice burnouts, but a cherry in round one ended Rene's racing for the weekend. He is however very satisfied with his first outing. You can find out more about the Super Pro ET Challenge at

Super Gas was won by Jan Hardekopf in the Outlaw MG Roadster which he has campaigned for more than twenty years. Mike Poser had no chance in the final. Gerd Habermann won Super Comp. In the final Austria's Martin Friedschröder in the Mexxspeed Karman broke out big time, but he was very happy because he lowered his own world record for nitrous-assisted air-cooled cars to 8.73 seconds, at 255 Kmh. Junior Dragster had four participants. Tim Städter beat Dominik Novac (CZ) with a stellar run. 0.013 reaction and +0.005 on his 8.10 dial-in. Silvio Strach won Competition Cars in his AA/D with a 6.68/339 kmh, within 0.1 seconds of his Hockenheim ET. Ingo Ekert was not able to make the call.

Peter Granica of Team Joker won Super Street Bike against Horst Hochheusel. Peter dominated the weekend with a string of 8.1s. Frederik Schack won Top Gas against Peter Niklas - Herman Jolink's class report has already appeared on Funny Bike was won by Kars van der Belt against Luc Raeymakers, and Street Outlaw ET Bike was won by Bernhard Sax over Willi Schinkel.

A three-part German-language report and a gallery are available on der Beschleuniger:

Report 1
Report 2
Report 3

Smax's state visit.
12th June: UK ex-pat Smax Smith recently had a double outing in his new Funny Car and the Leverich Top Fuel Dragster at his local raceway, St Thomas Dragway. Smax was pleased to find that he had a very famous interested spectator:

This is a big year for us all as not only have I been driving race cars for forty years, thanx to best mate Odgie, but I'm sixty this year too! Bob Leverich, who owns the car, has been involved for fifty five years. Meeting John Force, who has been involved for forty five years, was indeed a thrill especially as he was on the start line watching me rip off a 3.6 at over 200 mph over the eighth on an early shut off - still the fastest pass that track has seen in over a decade!

Meanwhile the début of our new Funny Car, which looks stunning, was short-lived as after our planned 300-foot squirt we checked the motor to find that the repaired block had failed which sidelined us for the weekend. Didn't stop us partying though!

We'll be back out for more in two weeks at King of the North Dragway where we set track record last year at 3.4/230 over the eighth.

Shock and smoke at North Weald.
12th June: The second event of the year at North Weald took place in glorious sunshine and the hot weather certainly brought in a very healthy crowd as well as participants to take part in the Test'n'Tune and three eliminations, as well as the Head Gas Gits who ran their own Street Outlaws-style flag-start eighth-mile race. Damian Burke writes:

In the Fast 8 car class the upset of the first round was the seemingly perpetual winner Paul Marston going out to the lovely Pro ET 100E Ford of Julian Davison. Paul's barnstorming, tyre-smoking charge not enough to catch Julian's 10.84 effort. Julian also overcame team-mate Chris Skinner in his incredible Fiat 126 whose 10.81 was not quite enough against a 10.73 charge from Julian. On the other side of the ladder Jeff Thurston's classic Mustang got past the ever-improving 'Harry' Preston in her Topolino altered with a 10.91 against a quicker 10.79. In the semi final Jeff overcame Bob Smith's 355 cube Mk 1 Cavalier with a 10.77.

The final was a really close affair with Jeff's 10.90 not quite enough to resist Julian's 10.84 in the Prefect. On an unprepped track these were pretty impressive times from all the competitors who put on a real show of driving ability.

In Top 8 Bikes it was once again Mark Patman who came out on top on his Kawasaki although he was made to work hard for the win by number one qualifier Jak Hylton. Mark got past Brad O'Connor and Tanya Hardy to face Jak in the final, a 9.71 overcoming Jak's slowing 10.13. Once again all entries were quite close in their ETs.

Sportsman 8 was taken by the AMG Mercedes of Arran Witchell over Scott Smith's Rover Coupe, 13.54 to a 13.92.

Our thanks go out to all the elimination competitors and the entrants in the Test'n'Tune for making this such a good event. The quality of both cars and bikes gets better all the time. Thanks also to the spectators, who pretty much filled the venue, for spending their time with us.

Our next event at North Weald is the London Volksfest on 13th July, which features a static VW show and Test'n'Tune open to all cars. For more details visit

Web site updates.
12th June: Our friends at will be webcasting this weekend's Cramo Nationals at Malmö Raceway, which starts tomorrow (Friday) and which features the Race Star Pro Stock Shootout on Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow's webcast is free and then Saturday's and Sunday's webcasts are available for 89 SEK each. More information at

The latest edition of the Speedgroup newsletter features FIA class-by-class reviews of FIA / FIM European Championships Round 1 as well as an update on Speedgroup's current agenda items. You can check it out at The Editor's Diary will be back in the next issue.

The FIM classes at the same event are covered by photo-journalist Steve Moxley's reports in the ACU on-line newsletter at

Staying with FIA / FIM European Championships Round 1, The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the event. You can take a look at Mad's pictures at

Nostalgia fans will enjoy the latest update to Dick Parnham's Flickr site which includes a gallery of the late Bo O'Brochta's appearance at the first Avon Park International Drag Bike Event, as well as a gallery from the 2006 Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can check out Dick's shots at

Racepak offer shock logging.
12th June: The ability to monitor, record and review high-resolution shock data is now available for Racepak's Sportsman datalogger. The new 500Hz V-Net Shock Travel Module provides:
  • Plug and Play connection via Sportsman V-Net port
  • Inputs for up to four individual shock sensors
  • Sample rate up to 500 times per second, for each channel
  • Optional shock velocity channels
When used in conjunction with Racepak's optional shock travel kits, critical shock and chassis adjustments can now be made with confidence through the use of shock travel data. The Shock Travel Module, part number PN 230-VM-4ANA7HS, is available direct from Racepak or any authorized Racepak dealer. For more details visit

Event entry update.
11th June: Entry is open for Bug Jam which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th July (RWYB 18th, racing 19th-20th) and which is a Championship round for Sportsman ET, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator, VW Pro, VW Sportsman and Outlaw Anglia and a non-points round for Lucas Oil Junior Dragster. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for Bug Jam which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

Enter the Bentley hunter.
9th June: Matthew Wright of sponsor has revealed his refettled Outlaw Rolls Royce. Matt plans to run the Rolls at three events this season and has a particular other classic British car in his sights.

Since we last saw the Rolls it has received a new power plant. "Last year we put in an aluminium Donovan 582 built by John Ellis", Matt told "It has Dart Big Chief heads flowed by Fulton. We have an AFT triple-plate clutch and we still run a Jefco although it's now a four-speed. The car is still street-legal, in fact I got the tax on Saturday!". The car now also sports new paint applied by Richard Walters.

Matt hopes to be able to run the car at Dragstalgia and he also plans to compete in Top Sportsman at both the Mopar EuroNats and VW Action (see below). "I would like make more outings but my business keeps me very busy", he said. He is also working on the wheelie pick-up. Matt is seeking crew to help with these three outings, especially anyone with knowledge of clutches and fuel injection; if you can help then you can contact Matt via his web site at

Matt's target at the Top Sportsman rounds is pretty clear. "Where's that Bentley?", he said.

In association with Lucas Oil Products we have posted a gallery from our visit to check out Matt's Rolls Royce. You can take a look by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any page.

Estonia, Latvia Round 1.
9th June: Kristjan Veedler writes that the first round of the Estonian Drag Racing Championship took place at the 2014 EDRA Nationals at Kiltsi Airfield in Haapsalu last weekend:

This is the traditional season-opening event for the Estonian and Latvian Championship Series, organised by the Estonian Drag Racing Association. There were two full days of racing by cars and bikes with about one hundered entries from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland.

Qualifying on Saturday was twice halted by rain showers but Sunday's eliminations took place under a shining sun but still quite cold weather for the beginning of June - only 12C. No national records were set, but some new racers got their set-ups right and their cars running straight. The quickest guy on track was Lauri Kuriks with his Pontiac Trans Am, which ran 8.4 seconds. Lauri has been away from racing for few years, but now he is back and was the fastest man of the race. He also won the weekend's top class, Estonian Outlaw. Runner-up was taken by a Latvian driver, Normunds Lacis, with his Mitsubishi EVO 9. His best ET of the weekend was 8.894 seconds. The full results were:

1. Lauri Kuriks - Pontiac Trans Am
2. Normunds Lacis - Mitsubishi EVO 9

Street Modified
1. Kristo Luhaäär - Pontiac Firebird TransAm
2. Mati Põld - Audi A4

Sportsman ET
1. Delvis Siimson - VW Golf
2. Kristo Tihvan - Pontiac Firebird Trans AM GTA

Street A
1. Tarvo Järv - Mitsubishi EVO 10
2. Ginta Pavasara - Honda CRX

Street B
1. Vladimirs Malers - Audi 200
2. Raimonds Erinš - Volvo 740

Street Bike
1. Juha Tuomari - Suzuki GSX-R
2. Erko Poska - BMW S 1000 RR

Pro Bike
1. Toni Suokas - Suzuki GSX-R 750
2. Petri Koivuniemi - Suzuki GSx-r 1000

The whole team at the Estonian Drag Racing Association crew wants to send special thanks to Bitti, Tapsa, Anssi Putte and Riku of the Finnish Hot Rod Association for all their help. See you guys at the Nitro Nationals or maybe sooner!

The next Estonian Championship round will be held on 21st June, again at Haapsalu and will feature Estonian Championship categories, Cup classes and Junior series. More information at

Pictures courtesy and ©Ēvalds Andžāns

Clock's running!
9th June: Attentive readers will have noticed the name of reigning UK National Junior Dragster Champion Rhiannon Bellenie on the Pro ET entry list for the forthcoming SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway. Dad Pete got in touch to let us know how preparations are going:

The car isn't yet ready and the trailer needs to be extended by four feet! It is all in hand though... well, well almost. As in all new builds there are always problems, for example the seatbelts and brake lines are sitting in a container in New Jersey. No problem, Andy and Kate Robinson to the rescue as well as supplying Rhiannon with all of her race attire, at the last minute of course (should all be here in time).

I have a few more evenings to do on the car. All is nearly ready to go to Brad at BTC Moto for its custom wiring loom, although having a trailer long enough to fit the car in would help! It'll be here in time I hope - there is a lot of hoping going on. Then, if all goes well up in sunny Suffolk with its wiring, the car has to be back here and running before 21st so that it can have its wrap done. Simples!

Fingers and everything else crossed that we'll make it in time.

UK Top Sportsman update.
9th June: With the mighty Mopar Euronats at Santa Pod Raceway fast approaching, the organisers of UK Top Sportsman organisers are stepping up their preparations for what could possibly be the best Sportsman Doorslammer event yet. Paul Marston writes:

UK Top Sportsman is now a firm fixture on many Sportsman racers' calendars of Must Attend events, and our sources indicate that there are some very big irons in the fire with regard to new motors and new combinations some of which have been tested prior to the showdown, and a lot of interest in the UK Top Sportsman Fast Bracket Race. At both the Mopar EuroNats and VW Action on 29th-31st August there are two races. The first race is the Fast Bracket race, dial your own ET, one time trial then straight into the first round with random pairing. If you lose first round then there is a £30 buy-back into the second round only. It's on a blinkered tree with a .400 Pro Tree. The second race is heads-up with one-shot qualifying for a sixteen-spot field. Anyone can win the Fast Bracket race, it is wide open. Both races have very healthy prize funds so there is a nice payday for winning either race. In fact this is by far the richest payday in UK Sportsman Drag Racing.

With teams from over nine different classes and four different tracks attending in 2013, 2014 will be a humdinger for sure. Remember, absolutely everyone with a doorslammer capable of running 9.99 or faster is welcome; these events are run by racers for racers in a relaxed atmosphere. You do not need a current MSA chassis tag or have in-date belts or scatter shields, etc. Neither do you need a race licence, just a UK driving license as this is an outlaw event. For more details of the few rules that do apply Like our Facebook page or visit

Entry for both UK Top Sportsman events opens at the SPRC Summernationals; for entry forms or more information please E-Mail us at, request a form via the Facebook page, or call me on 07831 650230. We will also have entry forms for both events in the Paul Marston Racing pit at the Summernationals. To try to keep everyone up to date we produced and distributed a Top Sportsman newsletter at FIA Round 1 and we will publish another at the Summernationals so make sure you get a copy.

All lubed up!
9th June: The UK's Orange Pop Drag Racing Outlaw Anglia team are pleased to announce a fresh and exciting new association with Red Line Oil, who now supply the team with all lubricants for the car, including the company's fully synthetic blend of 50WT race oil for the methanol-burning Scott Shafiroff Racing 434 cubic inch V8 engine.

Although the brand can be found in all forms of motor sport, Red Line Oil is best known for supplying many of the NHRA teams including the three-car Top Fuel Team of Connie Kalitta and the Funny Car formerly campaigned by Melanie Troxel. Since 1979, Red Line Synthetic Oil Corporation has grown to manufacture more than a hundred quality products including motor oils, gear oils, assembly lubes, fuel additives and its popular Water Wetter cooling additive for automotive, motorcycle, marine and industrial markets. Red Line has earned a reputation with racers for creating products that perform and protect better than any other on the market, regardless of cost. To see how Red Line Oil surpasses the competition in testing visit

With continued successful testing and development of Simon Barlow's methanol-burning Anglia van, it has been noted by the team that the oil is lasting far longer than the previous brand and also looks far healthier when it is drained out of the engine. Crew Chief Phil says "I can't believe the difference, it doesn't come out as the milky sludge the team have previously witnessed and you almost feel guilty for throwing it away!"

Simon Barlow has further strengthened the association with Red Line Oil by becoming a supplier of the companies products and would like to take this opportunity to invite all interested racers to get in touch with there specific requirements. Simon Barlow can supply any product in the Red Line Oil range and racers are invited to check out the products on line before placing orders. Simon Barlow says "This is what racers have been waiting for: oil and other products available at race meetings when they need it most and I can't wait to help out fellow racers with proven, quality products at a truly competitive price". Simon can be contacted on 07950 271044 or by E-Mail at Alternatively call 07591 122430 or E-Mail If we are busy, feel free to leave a message with your requirements and contact details and we will return your call in a timely fashion.

Swift snippets.
9th June: 21:00 Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 28th-29th June. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of came with no words. If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at

Ulf Wagnhester has retired as driver for Sweden's Samantha Racing Pro Stock team. 2013 EDRS Super Street Champion Simon Gustafsson will replace him in the driver's seat of Mikael Sjökvists Dodge Avenger at this weekend's Race Star Pro Stock Shootout at Malmö Raceway.

Congratulations to 9.50 Bike and Pro Stock Bike racer Alex Hope who won the £50 / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award with a 0.000 Reaction Time during yesterday's (Sunday's) 9.50 Bike eliminations at the Midsummer Madness Public Track Weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway. The Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 for the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway at the end of this month. The / Gold RV Perfect ET Award was not claimed this weekend and so has been increased to a whopping £150 at the SPRC Summernationals.

Don't forget the old guy...
9th June: Swiss Top Fuel Dragster racer and sponsor Urs Erbacher was more than prepared for the new season with a lot of new parts and a new set-up:

We have all-new AJ Stage 6 heads, new camshafts with swapped firing order, new BDK and slide valves and complete new compression ratio from Alan Johnson. Special thanks to the guys who sold us the right parts and helped us to find a basic set-up: Steve Torrance, Bobby and Dom Lagana, Alan Johnson himself and John Smith.

We went to Santa Pod a day early and the plan was to test on Thursday because my car had not been tested this year. But the weather stopped it happening. After Saturday was rained out we waited for better weather on Sunday, the final qualifying day.

On the first run I decided to make a test pass to half track max, because we had no idea how everything would work. After I hit the pedal it felt good to me and I stayed in it for 3.5 seconds. We ran a 4.129/277.73 mph and ended that session as number one qualifier. So with a good run off the trailer we knew that the car would do the right thing. In the next session  we spun the tyres and I had to lift. In the final session we prepped it very well but the clutch set-up was wrong, so I had a real bad tyre shake and needed to lift again.

After preparing the car until 03:00 on Monday morning we were ready for breakfast at 07:00 but the rain started early in morning. How bad is that (Pants - Ed).

We made three runs with an almost completely new crew who had never before turned round in seventy minutes. It was a great job from the brand new guys on my car. Special thanks to my old-timers Robin Grice and Dario Durso who take care of both cars; my old guys who helped the new guys - Beat Weibel and Thomas Kobel; Monika and Chris - preparation and rebuilding heads; Roy - blower and piston racks. The newcomers on both cars: Linus - right head; Theo - left head; Ian - bottom end; Lucas - clutch; Mac - clutch; Rene - blower and piston racks; Rene - left head; Alex - bottom end helper; Marco - bottom end; Roger - clutch helper; Reto - tyres; Adrian - truck driver; Claudia - cooking.

After pulling everything down whilst it was still raining and flying home with the usual cold after England's nice weekends the trucks arrived at our base at Arlesheim early on Wednesdau. We unloaded my truck the same day and I loaded eight Victory and Indian Bikes and got ready to go to Biker Mania at Saalbach Hinterglemm in Austria. This is one of the oldest and biggest biker events in Europe. My job was to display the new Victory and Indian bikes there for the whole weekend. My team were tired so I drove the truck there myself.

The bikers loved the new design on the truck and I met a lot of people there. The best was Felix Baumgartner, the guy who jumped almost from the Moon to the Earth. I have known him for four or five years now, and he has sat in my car before and liked it. At the time I told him that we drive over 500 kmh and he told me that he was going to jump from the stratosphere and go over 1000 kmh. At the time I thought "Yea, OK" but he did it. Felix invited me on a helicopter ride; he flies the helicopter like he jumps, i.e. he's crazy, but it was a great experience.

On the Sunday I drove the truck home and we are already preparing for Finland and I am really optimistic about that. Urs is ready to win another FIA Championship - don't forget the old guys!

You can check out the team's German-language FIA / FIM European Championships Round 1 report (PDF format) by clicking here.

MPM team unfazed by wild ride.
9th June: To say that MPM Oil-sponsored Pro Modified racer David Vegter had an exciting opening round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship would be a typical English understatement. Remco Scheelings writes:

In his first qualifying attempt the chutes didn't deploy and at a speed of 240 kmh the '67 Camaro made a 180 degree-spin and came to a halt against the wall. But only a few hours later David was back at the start line for the second run and went straight into the number seven qualifying position! "Of course this was not the way we wanted to start the season", said a very calm David. "But the crew did a fantastic job to fix the car in time for the second run. It's a pity eliminations were rained out, I know our car is much faster now and major upsets would have been possible."

It was a busy off-season for Vegter Pro Mod Racing. "The car suffered violent tyre shake last season so we had to take it apart completely and rebuilt it from scratch, including some chassis repairs" said David, looking back at a hectic period. "To increase speed we bought new cylinder heads". A week before Round 1, the opening round of the FIA European Pro Modified Championship, the MPM Camaro was fired up for the first time and was ready to race.

But the English weather was not, as the first day of qualifying was washed away by persistent rain. Day two looked much better and three qualifying runs were scheduled for Pro Mod. With twenty one entrants from seven different countries Pro Modified was the most competitive and most international class of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship in England. But the first qualifying run was far from what David wanted to start the season. After 6.64 seconds and at a speed of 360 kmh the MPM driver crossed the finish line then the chutes didn't deploy. The back of the Camaro went sideways and at 240 kmh made a 180-degree spin and came to a halt against the wall. The Dutchman was lucky that the car stayed on four wheel during the spin and did not roll over. "On one of the bumps the car went completely out of control and I was a passenger" said David, hardly shaken after his wild ride.

Those who thought that this was the end of the race weekend for Vegter Pro Mod Racing were wrong. Back in the pits the crew started to fix the car. "There was some damage to the body work and the spoiler, but it was not that bad", said David. "The wheelie bar was bent and there was damage to the chutes, front wheel and front suspension. The only problem was that we didn't have a spare strut, but Dutch racer Marck Harteveld had, and we could use that one". And so to everyone's surprise, the '67 MPM Camaro was back in the staging lanes for qualifying run number two. David made his run as if nothing had happened and in 6.21 seconds went into the number six qualifying position. "I knew the crash was not my fault, so I wasn't worried at all and didn't think about it", said David after his full pass. "This was a good run, but a bit wild too". The third run was no improvement and so Vegter ended qualifying in seventh position. "We put in an engine set-up to use all the power we had, but didn't change the set-up of the car itself", said David of his final run. "I came too close to the centre line and had to lift."

On race day the rain came back and eliminations had to be cancelled, which was a big disappointment for David. "In qualifying I already felt that the new cylinder heads were making much more power", he said. "I think some major upsets would have been possible in eliminations. But that's the way it is, you can't beat the weather. That's why we will be back at our 'Home track' for the SPRC Summernationals, to finish what we started.

"I would like to say a big thank you to Santa Pod's safety crew. They did a great job and were with me in a few seconds after the crash. They are real professionals. And of course my crew who rebuilt the car in such a short time, I didn't even have to miss one qualifying run. And last but no least MPM, Post and Dros, HKR Techniek and George Parson, without them this would not have been possible."

The Hockenheim NitrOlympX is Vegter Pro Mod Racing's next round in the FIA European Championship. A new spoiler and strut have already been ordered, so the MPM Camaro will be as new in Germany and maybe for the Summernationals.

King's dual points lead.
9th June: Following the Gulf Oil Dragracing – Grand Prix Originals Top Fuel Bike team's success at the opening round of the USA Championship in June Ian King and crew headed to the opening round of the 2014 FIM European Championships at Santa Pod Raceway with high hopes.

Along with the usual members the team was joined over the three days by a TV crew of five from Discovery Canada's in-house production company who were filming the team as the subject of an episode for season two of the series Megaspeed.

However, inclement weather led to cancellation of the first day of qualifying and with the weather radar showing better conditions for the next day but forecast a return of wet weather for Monday race day all teams had to take best advantage of the two remaining qualifying runs. And the team hit the ground running with an off the trailer shakedown pass of 6.26/189.64 (3.997/194.2 at the eighth) to put the team into number one qualifying position despite Ian having to come off the throttle early as the wind caught him towards the top end. The second and final qualifying run was an oh-so-close 6.06/193.05 (3.874/197.09 at the eighth) again despite clicking off way early around the 1000 foot mark as the wind pushed him towards the centreline.

And this was the end of the team's weekend as the forecast proved true raining off race day.

However, despite their disappointment the team once again made history as their FIM European Championship lead coupled with their US Championship lead made them the first team to lead these premier Top Fuel Championships on both sides of the Atlantic at the same time. The team move on to Alastaro in Finland for the FHRA Nitro Nationals on 4th-6th Julyfor the second round of the FIM European Championship.

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Street Eliminator Round 3.
12th May: With their best entry of the year so far, the UK's Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racers were looking forward to a competitive Round 3 at the FIA / FIM European Championship race at Santa Pod Raceway. Street Eliminator Chair Matthew Atkinson writes:

Sadly Richard Merriman was unable to make the event as the Beetle was still in a thousand pieces in the garage but we hope Rich will be out to join us for the FIA European Finals instead. This event did however mark the return of the most decorated Street Eliminator racer in the history of the class: Steve Pateman with the Calibra. Steve has made a number of updates to the car including engine modifications increasing the motor from 706 ci to 728 ci and a new radiator to help with the cooling on the Cruise. Also making a return after missing the first two meetings of the year was Alan Williamson in the Chevy truck. Al had problems before Round 2 but the truck was now ready and raring to go. Great also to see Alex Mcintosh out in the Mustang having only competed at one event in 2013 and still looking for that elusive seven-second pass. After a few changes to the car and a successful dyno session Alex was looking forward to the weekend.

The real story of the weekend was however the unveiling of Steve Neimantas' Bentley Continental. The Webster Race Engineering-built Bentley boasts a 615 ci Big Block Chevrolet with twin 88 mm turbos and produces in excess of 3,000 bhp and was certainly a crowd pleaser in the pits. Following a successful Test Day prior to the event Steve was extremely pleased to have the car out and in the class. The car really is testament to Webster Race Engineering with the attention to detail second to none.

With five qualifying runs scheduled for Friday we were hoping to be extremely busy. Sadly it didn't work out like that as the weather curtailed qualifying early and a few incidents on the track held up proceedings. We did manage to get out for our first run mid-morning and, with everybody keen to get a time up on the board with the weather looking grim, it was Stu Williams who ended up top of the pile and kept up his impressive start to the year with a 7.969/179. Jon Webster in the Comet, who was trialling a new turbo for the event in the Comet, was number two with an 8.018/167. Steve Neimantas in the Bentley was next up against Damian Halliwell with the fantastic 63' Chevrolet Biscayne and it was Steve now starting to pour the power in who ended up at number three with a strong 8.115/174 as the team started to step it up. Damian ran through with an 11.086/124 some way off his Personal Best but still grinning from his final appearance at the previous meeting! It was Andy Bond and Alex McIntosh next; both pairs first run of the year whilst Alex suffered straight off the line as the tyres smoked Al just ran through with a steady 11.193/136. Andy Bond was last out in the Mustang and still struggling for traction managed a 9.675/157. No show in this round for Martin Smith in the Team Extreme GTR following a water pump leak found in the warm up and Steve Pateman in the Calibra who was still busy going through things on the new set up. Matt Smith was away from the track as well unfortunately and would not qualify until Sunday.

Onto the next round and first pair out were Steve Pateman and Alex Mcintosh, Steve looking for a gentle half pass to make sure everything was OK whilst Alex was looking to get away from the line without lighting the tyres. Steve's car lit the tyres instantly and came to a halt just before the tree with a transmission problem which after a thrash to fix in the pits was ready to go. Alex in the opposing lane hiked the front wheels and came down pretty hard so idled up the track. Martin Smith had managed to get the GTR fixed and made this round just a check out pass running through with a 9.123/114. Elsewhere the only improvement was Damian in the Biscayne improving to a 10.767/124 much closer to his consistent level.

Unfortunately due to the weather there was no qualifying for us on the Saturday so it was a nervous wait for Matt Smith and Steve Pateman to see if we would get a qualifying pass in. Luckily Sunday morning was bright and we were out early. Steve Pateman out in the first pair knowing he had to pull something out of the bag as he usually does! This time however the Calibra pulled the wheels up slightly and looked to be off but a wicked left turn when the power started to kick in caused Steve to come out of it, running through with a 8.572/174 which was good enough for number five spot. In the next pair was Matt Smith who was campaigning the ex-Phil Peck Mustang this weekend as the Escort had engine damage which couldn't be repaired in time. Matt having only had a run down the A14 and one pass at the RWYB on Saturday needed to qualify and he did with a 10.455/131. Jon Webster in the Comet up next and left the line really well with the wheels up but the further out he got the further the wheels came up! With the car in excess of forty five degrees Jon came out of it and the Comet slammed to the ground, gratefully no major damage and no debris on the track. Next pair up were Alex McIntosh in the Mustang and Steve Neimanatas with the Bentley, Steve took a big step left off the line and was in catch up mode from then as Alex was on one hell of a run, finally it appeared the car had hooked up with a 1.27 sixty foot and away from there, running through with a 7.943/171 and his first ever seven-second pass! Huge congratulations to Alex and the team and very well deserved taking the number one spot for now. Problems again for Al in the truck as it appeared to be in limp mode the whole way up the track. The same old story for Andy Bond who was becoming increasingly frustrated with the Mustang lighting the tyres at the hit. With just Stu Williams in the Supra left having just seen his number one spot taken away he wasn't messing around as the Supra ran through with a 7.892/179 to take back that number one spot.

With eliminations due in the evening it was out onto the Cruise following the last qualifying run and it was great to have the cars out in the afternoon sun with a contingent of ten. We set off to the BP station in convoy with all of the cars turning heads through the villages. At the station Al in the truck was suffering as the fan had tripped and the engine was getting hotter and hotter. Steve Neimantas first time out on the road with the Bentley and all was OK, whilst Steve Pateman was benefiting from the new radiator in the Calibra. Following the regulatory fuel up of eight litres it was onto the hot start at Wellingborough and sadly we lost Al as the truck was overheating. Everyone else managed the hot start without any dramas and we were back to the track to get ready for eliminations.

Everyone was set to go, Andy Bond with new tyres and both Steves turning up the wick and some interesting match-ups planned. Unfortunately we did not get out in the evening, then the heavens opened on Monday and not a single car managed to get up the track. It does however keep the points very interesting and close as we move onto Round 4 of the Topspeed Automotive Championship at the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod on 28th-29th June. Thanks must go to the star tline crew and everyone associated for their tireless efforts to keep the track open over the weekend.

On behalf of the class I would like to say a big thank you to our class sponsors to whom we are very grateful: Topspeed Automotive sponsoring the class for their fifth consecutive year, Custom Car magazine, RPM magazine, Webster Race Engineering, Serck Motorsport, Insane Creations, AW Upholstery, Quartermile High / Zeon TV, Matt Woods Photography and, all of whom can be found on our web site at

Euro Top Gas Round 2.
9th June: The second round of the 2014 Euro Top Gas Serie took place over the quarter mile at Bechyne in the Czech Republic. Herman Jolink writes:

On Friday we were able to make test runs, then we had two qualifying rounds on Saturday before it started to rain at 17:00. On Sunday we had another qualifying round. Final qualifying:
  1. Herman Jolink NL on Ducati 1198 RS  8.527/253.80 kmh
  2. Christian Bruhn D on Turbo Honda 1000 SP  8.786/237 a Personal Best but he also broke his engine
  3. Milan Kolacny CR on 1000 SP Blower Honda 9.059/194 with technical problems
  4. Cord Albers D on 2622 G2 V-Twin 10.060/209 first time for Albers on his bike bought in the USA
  5. Frederik Schack DK on 2750 V-Twin 10.133/194 the Schack team with father Rene were working hard on gearbox problems
  6. Peter Niklas D on Ducati 999 10.295-214
  7. Olaf Menzi CH on the ex-Ulf Ögge G2 2622 V-Twin 12.009/125 not easy for the Menzi team to get the right set-up
  8. Lars Anderssen DK on V-Twin  13.492/138
Mia Maria Vespalainen (FI) was not racing as her bike was not ready, awaiting parts from the USA, Chris van Nimmen (B) and team are building a new bike with a new frame from the USA, maybe he will ride his V-Rod at Hockenheim. Pater Maerz (D) didn't want to ride his Top Gas Bike at Bechyne because he was doing the tech inspections, and Frank Heitmann (D)  broke the crankshaft of his 2622 V-Twin.

Eliminations round 1: Jolink 8.538/253 beat Anderssen 15.289/112 RTs Jolink 0.089 and Anderssen red light 0.280. Shack got his gears back 7.892/266 beating Albers 9.760/166.  Niklas 10.475/216 bye run, Kolacny broke.

Semi finals: Schack 8.242/256 beat Jolink 8.609/250 RTs Jolink 0.110 and Schack 0.312. Niklas 10.250/212 bye

Final: Frederik Schack DK on 2750 V-Twin 7.975/259 beat Peter Niklas D on Ducati 999 broke off the start line - the Niklas Team were trying a different clutch set-up but it did not work.

Top Gas Championship after two rounds:
  1. Frederik Schack DK 1025 points
  2. Herman Jolink NL 985
  3. Peter Niklas D 770
  4. Frank Heitmann D 570
  5. Lars Anderssen DK 520
  6. Christian Bruhn D 500
  7. Milan Kolacny CR 360
  8. Cord Albers D 350
  9. Mats Larsson S 300
  10. Olaf Menzi CH 220
  11. Anders Jensen DK 200
  12. Peter Maerz D 200
  13. Harry van Schie NL 200
  14. Mia Maria Vespalainen Fin 150
We had a lot of luck with the weather, nice live music and a total of ninety car and bike competitors. Thank you to the MC Predators (CR) and the MSTO  (D) with Jerry Lackey and his team.

Old Skool Ford Round 3.
9th June: Round 3 of the 2014 Old Skool Ford series took place at Santa Pod Raceway on the hottest day of the year and at the Classic Ford Show, the busiest day in the classic Ford calendar. Jo Peters writes:

With a respectable twenty three entrants and the strip still prepped from the FIA European Championships the week before it was sure to be a good day! There were a couple of new entrants at this round including our youngest entrant, nineteen-year-old Jordan Peters who was tearing up the tarmac in his Mk1 Fiesta and enjoying his first blast down the strip.

Returning to try to hit those elusive eights was Kev Jenkins in his XE-powered MK1 Escort. Charged up and ready to go he wheelied nicely off the line and ran an "Oh so close" 9.0088 but didn't manage to improve on that time so we'll have to wait for another day to see that eight! Squaring up against Kev for this run was Darren Scannell in his immaculate Cosworth-powered MK1 Escort. His best time of the day was a stonking 10.069.

Just a few weeks until the next round back at Santa Pod for the Retro Show on Sunday 22nd June. For more information visit

F&A to the rescue.
9th June: One of the volunteer crew members of an East Yorkshire lifeboat station is now equipped to the very highest safety standard due to the generosity of the guys at UK Top Fuel Dragster team F&A Racing.

Humber Rescue operate fast rescue boats over a 540 square mile area of the Humber Estuary. Responding approximately one hundred times a year they deal with a cross section of incidents from jet skiers to huge commercial ships. Sadly as a consequence of being based next to the Humber Bridge, the Humber Rescue volunteers are well versed with dealing with those in distress and often the consequences of those who have not found a solution to their troubles. There is a common misconception that theirs is an RNLI station but this is not so and the volunteers raise for themselves every penny needed to provide the service. Earlier this year they launched Sponsor a crew membe' which is aimed at local businesses to provide financial support for a volunteer, purchasing their dry suit, helmet, undersuits etc. Enter F&A Racing who recognised their plight and stepped up to the plate by sponsoring Humber Rescue crew member Mandy Ramsden. Many of you will know Mandy from her days on the FAST crew at Shakespeare County where her friendship with the Andrews family blossomed; she now has a role with UK Event Safety at Santa Pod Raceway.

Mandy has been with Humber Rescue for eighteen months and in that time has been at the sharp end of many emergency incidents. She says "I love my volunteer rôle working for the charity and I would like to thank the rest of the crew for giving me the opportunities they have. I would like to sincerely like to thank Vince, Cindy and the family at F&A Racing for giving me dry feet in my new suit!"

David Roberts, Chairman and Trustee at Humber Rescue, said "We are indebted to F&A Racing for their generosity, contributions such as this enable us to respond to emergencies at any time, in any weather. Furthermore may we wish everyone at F&A the very best of luck with the 2014 European Championship."

Web site updates.
9th June: In the latest instalment of his Nostalgia Blog presented in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car, Brian Taylor pulls together all the latest developments from the workshops of the Allard Chrysler Action Group and the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest Blog updates by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Blogs link on the left-hand side of any page.

All welcome to North Weald 2.
7th June:
North Weald Drag Strip hosts its second event of 2014 tomorrow (Sunday). Damian Burke writes:

The meeting is once again a Test'n'Tune with three eliminators thrown in to make things a little more interesting. The Fast 8 for cars has so far been been dominated by Paul Marston in the Whoopass Monza. Paul did a masterful driving job last time out to get the power down to see off increasingly improving opposition. The bikes have their own Top 8 eliminator with Mark Patman also continuing his good form from last year at Mays opening event on his rapid Kawasaki. Regular street driven cars can have a go for a trophy in our Sportsman 8, so long as they have regular street tyres and are normally-aspirated; this proved popular last time out.

The Head Gasgits will also be making a return visit bringing along at least twenty cars to do their own thing on the strip. There are several clubs booked in to display in the paddock area as well as trophies for the regular Show'n'Shine which brings in a very diverse array of street machinery. Transit Forum group are also paying their annual visit to the venue.

Away from the action on the track there are plenty of trade stands, food vendors, kids' stuff and a beer tent.

Entry is only £10 with under 14s free, signing on is £25 for as many runs as we can fit in. With numbers restricted to 200 plenty of track time can be had. Bring a valid licence, crash helmet, proper clothing for the bike contingent, and have some fun on the quarter mile. We will have some crash helmets available to lend out free of charge for car owners who don't have their own.

North Weald Airfield is just off the A414 at Junction 7 of the M11 and is clearly signposted. The postcode is CM16 6HR (map). You can find out more at

Come on over to North Weald for some good old-fashioned, relaxed drag racing action. You'll be most welcome.

An invitation to go Mad.
6th June: There's a touch of midsummer madness heading towards Shakespeare County Raceway tomorrow and Sunday with another busy fun-packed weekend of UK National series drag bikes and RWYB. Jerry Cookson writes:

Topping the bike scene is the fifth round of the UK National 9.50 and 8.50 Bike Championship along with Supertwins. Can Ian Crichlow's Kawasaki and the ultra quick new Suzuki of Dave Smart do the double in their respective classes this weekend, and can Peter Harrison push the Duke to another win in Supertwin ET? It's also another busy weekend for the National Sprint Association with another bumper entry of vintage classics as well as some ultra quick modern bikes. Look out too for some unusual machines like Morini, Velocette Venom and Benelli taking to Shakey's quarter mile.

If you're a Front Wheel Drive fan then the weekend plays host to the Injector Dynamics UK Outlaw FWD Shootout, and new for this year a spin off class: The Driveshaft Shop True Street Shootout. With a strong entry headed up by organiser Richard Batty, this year's Shootout promises to be the quickest yet in its short history of competition.

The weekend is topped off by the Cal Look VW Drag Day featuring some of the quickest VWs in the land and another round of the Wild Bunch Nostalgia Drag Racing Series.

Fancy becoming a drag racer overnight? Well now you can by trying our Public Track Day Weekenders. Designed to cater for all type of vehicles - cars and bikes - our Public Track Days are both friendly and fun. Try it once and you'll be hooked. Try it again and you could be on your way to becoming a future drag racing Champion!

Clubs are welcome to display or participate in any of the weekend's on-track events. Contact us for further details or take a look at our Essential Guide on the Run What Ya Brung information page at Don't forget your full Driving Licence, provisional licences are not accepted, and crash helmet. No Licence No Race!

Gates open at 6:00 pm today (Friday). The track opens for RWYB between at 10:00 am and 5:00 p, both tomorrow and Sunday. Further information can be found on the track's web site at

Racers sought for shows.
6th June: Mark Durham writes that he has been asked by the owner of Hastings Direct Insurance to find some race cars to display at a party which he is hosting next Saturday (14th) and which is being held at the Beckhams' family home in Essex which he now owns. Very many high net worth guests will be in attendance and from the itinerary it should be quite a function. "Many of the people there are actively involved in sponsoring motorsport, in fact he is one of F1's Max Chilton's sponsors", says Mark. If you would like to take your car along then please drop Mark a line at

Shakespeare County Raceway are looking for a race car or classic Chevy to display alongside two tribute bikes and Junior race cars at next Sunday's (15th) Wings and Wheels Show being held at nearby Wellesbourne Airfield. The show is all about the fiftieth anniversary of one of the RAF's remaining Vulcan Bombers, XM655, which is based on the airfield. Organisers have promised two high-speed taxi runs as well as a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota. The day is also celebrates thirty years of Wellesbourne Airfield which was used as a sprint course by the National Sprint Association in the fifties and sixties. If anyone is interested in helping Shakey out please get in touch with Jerry Cookson on 01789 720180 or drop him an E-Mail at

Santa Pod Raceway are seeking up to six race cars to make demonstration passes on Saturday and Sunday (14th-15th) of next weekend's BWM Rally. If you would like to run at Santa Pod then please get in touch with Darren Prentice at 01234 782828 or E-Mail

Swift snippets.
6th June: 15:00 Thanks to Derek Flynn of sponsor Gold RV for letting us know that UK Super Pro ET racer Peter Walters of fellow sponsor Peter Walters Race Design will be making licencing passes in Dave Wilson Racing's Silverline Tools-sponsored injected-nitro Top Methanol Dragster at the Peak Performance Day at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday 27th June. Pete's licencing will be supported by Gold RV and Pete Walters Race Design.

Lena Perés writes that LG is working hard to replace the front end of the chassis of Mats Eriksson's Pro Mod, which took what Lena describes as "Some hits" on the guardrail at Santa Pod Raceway. "Other than the front end the chassis looks OK so that's the only part which has to be replaced", says Lena. "The body is in a bit worse condition. The front is just scrap but the rear end might be fixable. So we will see in what shape the Goblin will be at Alastaro. But if everything goes as it should we will at least be there". You can see more at

UK Pro ET racer Mike Lacey says that his company ModUrStang is holding an Open Day next Saturday (14th). "This is becoming one of the UK's biggest gathering of Mustangs for a one day event", says Mike. "We have barbecue from noon, and live music between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. There will be lots to say so feel free to drop by if you are in the area. Even better, bring your Mustang, road or race". If you are interested then contact Mike for more details on 07774 712000. sponsor Topspeed Automotive are pleased to announce the arrival of one of their regular forty-foot containers full of American parts. "Parts can be bought on-line through our web site or E-Bay Shop, collected from our 10,000 square foot warehouse in Wellingborough, or our 1200 sq ft shop in Surrey", says Bill Macdermid. "To celebrate the recent sunshine (Distant memiory - Ed) we are having a sale on selected Classic Chevy Truck parts, again you can find details in our dedicated E-Bay Shop."

Oscar in pink at midnight.
6th June: SPRC pit marshal Caroline Boncey is again putting on the schoolgirl outfit and walking eleven miles to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. Oscar will be marshalling at the SPRC Summernationals on Saturday 28th June and going straight from there to the midnight walk.

"This charity is very close to my heart, as the Hospice looked after my nan with love and compassion in the last days of her life", says Oscar.  "Since my nan died in 2003, I have dressed up pink and girlie to walk with all the other fundraisers at midnight to raise funds for the hospice.  Every year my friends and family have supported me and so far I have raised around £4000.

"I would love to add to this total because every penny raised helps the Hospice of St Francis continue with their fantastic work". If you would like to sponsor Oscar for this outstandingly good cause then you can donate at

Editor's note.
6th June: If you were tuned in on Wednesday then you will have read that circumstances have conspired against regular news updates this week. We can't go into details but we're all fit and healthy so don't worry that it's anything like that. The situation is easing now. A big Thank You to Simon for stepping in at no notice on Tuesday. Your News Editor is planning a marathon session later on today to clear what has become a huge backlog. Always room for more though so please keep the news coming to and thanks for their patience to almost all of those whose news is queued up.

Event entry update.
4th June: This Friday (6th) is the official closing date for entry to the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 28th-29th June and which is a round of MSA Pro Modified, UK National Drag Racing and ACU UK Drag Bike Championships, ACU Supertwin Top Gas and Supertwin ET, Wild Bunch Series, VWDRC Championships and Junior Drag Bike. Entry after Friday, if accepted, may be liable to a Late Entry penalty.

SPRC Summernationals entry forms can be downloaded from the SPRC web site at Thanks to Ian Marshall for sending us Version 5 of the official SPRC Summernationals entry list which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any page.

There is a Peak Performance Day at Santa Pod the day before the SPRC Summernationals commences, Friday 27th June; for more information or to enter check out

Editor's note: Only a brief news update today due to conflicting pressures. We will catch up with the backlog on the next update, and please keep the news coming to

NitrOlympX entry open.
3rd June: Many thanks to NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey for letting us know that entry is now open for the NitrOlympX, which takes place at Hockenheim on 8th-10th August.

You can find entry forms and other information at "Sportsman classes are limited to thirty entries so get your entry in quickly", says Jerry.

Shockwave / Team Rock split.
3rd June: Gordon Smith and Dave Bryant have announced that their Shockwave and Jason Phelps' Team Rock Fuel Funny Car teams will split with immediate effect:

This split is an amicable parting between the team owners and has come about as a result of Dave's need to concentrate on one car. Dave feels that he is unable to give his best to both cars and that he needs to concentrate on the Shockwave number one car.

The Team Rock car of Jason Phelps will be completely independent and will no longer be tuned or funded by Shockwave Racing. It has become clear that the funding of two nitro Funny Cars to the level required to be ultra-competitive is almost impossible. Both Dave and Gordon wish Jason every success in the future and will of course offer any help they can in the future as they would any rival team.

Gordon says "Shockwave, which I own with Dave, has all the very best and up-to-date parts and with Dave's full attention can be very fast. We will be looking to set a new thousand-foot record at our next event. We had a reasonable start to the year with the number one qualifier and top speed at Santa Pod Raceway last weekend and we were looking to move forward from that but unfortunately the weather intervened.

"Thanks to our fans for their support and we hope that in the future we can show all of our supporters that we have made the right decision."

Personal Best and points accrued.
3rd June: Eager to get going and and full of high hopes the Swiss Top Fuel Dragster team of six-time European Champion and sponsor Urs Erbacher and rookie Noah Stutz arrived at Santa Pod Raceway for the first FIA Championship round. Cylinder heads were assembled, blocks filled with internals, clutch packs prepped and the set-ups sorted.

Qualifying was the plan on the Saturday morning but Nature was no drag racer as it was raining cats and dogs all day, so there was not the slightest chance of qualifying or eliminations. Race officials promised three rounds of qualifying for Sunday.

The first round of qualifying on Sunday was a good one for rookie Noah. His first run was troubled and a technical defect shut the car off at half track. Noah managed to qualify fifth after this round. In the second round of qualifying the young rookie dished out a more than respectable Reaction Time of 0.0953, and even getting off the loud pedal before the finish line he managed to run a 4.3329 ET with a trap speed of 242 mph . With a good second round in the bag, and to save on parts, the team skipped the third round of qualifying .

The team was nervous about Noah getting into the field but with two competitors failing to run good numbers Noah qualified seventh in Top Fuel in his first round of FIA racing.

As we all know the rain came back on Monday and the race officials called it a day without any classes being run. Therefore the points were calculated from qualifying. With seventh place the nineteen-year-old not only scored his best race result ever but he managed to collect his first Championship points in FIA Top Fuel competition.

Noah Stutz says "Even with a badly affected event because of all the rain I was happy with the two runs we managed to get. I clocked my Personal Best ET and scored some important FIA Championship points. I am looking forward to running at the next round in Finland in the beginning of July. We hope to find some better weather up there!"

Editor's note: Huge thanks to Thorsten Appel (aka Skorpion) for translation, turned round within a few minutes at very short notice. Much appreciated Skorpion.

Packaging the data.
3rd June: UK Super Pro ET racer Simon Gough has been in touch with an update on his season so far, but says that it is a case of where to start:

First things first, I have to thank everyone who works on the car at all of the events and those who are working behind the scenes to give us the package: Sharron Gough, Lee Mutha Trucka, Dan Devlin, Jeff Bull, Opie Oils, LAS Motorhomes, K&N Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs.

Festival of Power: Testing, testing, new parts, more new parts, more settings, even more settings, and more testing. We got some good data in qualifying. We qualified eighth, not a good start to be honest as we thought we would be in the top five. In eliminations wer were up against Phil Toppin. I got myself a nice red light, but I needed to keep the foot down and collect more data for the Racepak.

Springspeed Nationals: Couldn't get her out the box. The Racepak was telling us that we were still spinning right up to the sixty foot mark. Now we needed to calm down the launch and try other methods. Dialled in an 8.40 and ran 8.41. Not bad but if we had had another run we would be on the numbers, but we had collected enough data during the qualifying rounds to run eliminations. We qualified sixth and in round one were up against Phil Toppin. OK here we go, that last performance ahainst Phil weren't happening again but the eager thumb took over and yet again big red one for me. Phil took the win but with a reaction like his I wasn't going to get him anyway, he was bang on.

FIA / FIM Championships Round 1: Rain, some more rain, thunder, hail stones, a good time to put on the Speedos I think (Best place to keep a package - Ed). Our first run was a 8.59, slow as you like. Checked the Racepak and everything came to light: over fuelling. So jets were changed - from the data we gathered from Big Bang we put in the right jets for an 8.50 run. Dialled in the 8.50, ran the 8.50. Can't beat data. Then it was off for another run. We changed some other bits in the car as we knew we had qualified well and we could use the next run for more data. Enough said, we were into eliminations.

Set the car up for a 8.40 and ran an 8.43, Pel Norman got the jump but by sixty feet I was on him, put the car's nose just in front and kept it there until the end. Then a bit more rain and scattered showers and it was all over for the Sportsman classes so we packed up and went home. The whole team were happy with the results and the progress we had made collecting more data. We bagged the most points in Super Pro ET for this event and now puts us in touch with the top three.

Looking forward to the Summernationals, bring it on.

Lee joins BDRHoF panel.
3rd June: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is delighted to announce that Keith Lee has accepted its invitation to join the Hall of Fame's Selection Panel. The Panel's dozen members meet annually to select the year's new candidates for induction into the Hall of Fame. Keith replaces Brian Taylor, who has withdrawn from the Selection Panel to focus his energies on the BDRHoF's Management Board along with his Chairmanship of the Allard Chrysler Action Group.

Keith Lee's drag racing association dates back to the original 1964 Drag Festivals at Blackbushe where, as an enthusiastic schoolboy, he watched Don Garlits headline a great day of sport. He persuaded his father to take him the 180-mile round trip to Santa Pod when it opened in 1966, the start of many long dragstrip weekends. Keith helped promote the sport locally in the Berks/Oxon area by becoming an area representative for the BHRA, before having a go at competition himself. A Junior Dragster powered by a 500 Triumph was started, but shelved owing to lack of shed space. Instead he built his infamous Triumph scooter, which went quickly enough when it wasn't throwing him off the back!

Becoming more involved with the organising club, Keith joined the BDR&HRA Committee in the early 1970s. Peter Bartlett had earlier encouraged him to write reports for the club newsletter. This blossomed, and started a long-standing relationship with Drag Racing News. A love of photography saw him combine the two to supply feature articles to many publications worldwide. Keith became the regular drag racing columnist for Motor Cycle Weekly, in addition to writing for National Drag Racer. Over the next ten years he freelanced for drag racing and associated publications in many countries, covering cars and bikes together.

In 1973 he became one of the commentators at Santa Pod, an appointment which spanned some ten years and made for very hectic race weekends. From the mid-1980s Keith continued taking an interest in the sport from a distance while he worked as a qualified mechanical engineering designer. In 2003 he became a full-time professional photographer and moved with his wife Annie to Dorset the following year. He decided it really was time to write his long-intended book on the two-wheeled side of the sport's early history, the first publication of its kind. Drag Bike Racing in Britain was duly published in 2010. Keith was also a major contributor to Crazy Horses and had significant input into a major motorcycle drag racing book in the USA.

With the introduction of Santa Pod's Dragstalgia event, Keith was co-opted to find and organise entries for the NSA bike shoot-out, for which some great old machinery has returned. Keith continues to produce photos and articles for publication, including a regular feature column for Custom Car magazine which explores many aspects of the early days of the sport in this country. Between them, Keith and Annie also edit The Sprinter, the magazine of the National Sprint Association, one of the country's historic straight-line clubs.

This year's new Hall of Fame members will be announced on Dragstalgia weekend in July and will be formally inducted during the Gala Evening on Saturday 22nd November at the Savill Court Hotel, near Windsor. Tickets for the Gala may be reserved via the Hall of Fame's web site at It was recently revealed that Don Garlits will attend the Gala as the Hall of Fame's Guest of Honour.

Strong start for Pro Dutch Racing.
2nd June: In qualifying for the opening round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, Robert Joosten was a strong number four and with a top three qualifying position in all three Pro Mod qualifying sessions, the Pro Dutch '70 Camaro was the most consistent car of all. With high expectations Pro Dutch Racing was ready for eliminations, but rain made racing impossible and eliminations had to be cancelled. “We are getting better every race and there is still room for improvements. We learned a lot this weekend and made a good first step in the title race”, said a happy Robert Joosten.

After a strong second half to the 2013 season and a perfect test at the Festival of Power where the Pro Dutch Racing '70 Camaro made a 6.06 seconds pass in qualifying for the first round of the MSA Pro Mod Championship, Joosten and his team were ready and full confidence for Round 1, the opening round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. With 21 entrants from seven different countries, Pro Modified was the most competitive and most international class of the FIA championship in England. The first day of qualifying was washed away by persistent rain, but at day two the weather improved dramatically and Pro Mod was called to the lanes three times. “We wanted to start with the Easter setup, but the day before qualifying we found a problem and had to change parts of the transmission and rear axle. So we had to start all over again and had to find a new setup. Looking at the track conditions and what we knew from other races, we made a new setup. But the power was too much and we smoked the tyres immediately after the starting line”, said Joosten about the difficult start of the race. Because there was a problem with the timing equipment, Joosten was called for a rerun and in no time the Pro Dutch Racing driver was back at the starting line. After some adjustments in the setup this run was much better and a 6.208 seconds run gave Joosten the number two qualifying position, only 0.007 seconds behind leader Norbert Kuno. “The rain from the days before made the track very difficult and slippery, so I had to pull the chutes far before I crossed the finish line”, said Joosten about his first official run.

After some new adjustments in the setup it was time for qualifying run number two. “We knew the track would get better and better during the day, but we also had to work on a setup for race day”, said Joosten about the team strategy. It looked like the team was working in the right direction, as in run number two a 6.108 seconds lit up on the scoreboard and Joosten was number two again. The third and last run was a 6.11 seconds. “In that last run we underestimated the track. We should have used more power.” Because two other combinations improved their times, Joosten was the number four qualifier, only 0.002 seconds behind the number three, Bruno Bader. The Pro Dutch Racing driver and his '70 Camaro were the only combination with a top three finish in all three qualifying rounds. That showed their speed and consistency, but also gave Joosten extra points in the championship race. On race day the rain came back and washed away all eliminations. So the qualifying results were also the ranking in the FIA Championship and together with reigning champion Michael Gullqvist, Joosten is in the number two position.

“The team did a great job, thanks to them we could make four starts in only a few hours. We are happy with the way things work out at the moment. The Camaro feels good, is consistent, goes straight and there is still plenty of room for improvements. We gathered a lot of data over the weekend and that's good for the oncoming races”, said Joosten after Round 1.

The next race in the FIA European Championship is at Alastaro, Finland. “There is new asphalt at Alastaro, so everybody will have to start from scratch. Hopefully we can deal with that situation better than the other teams and find the right setup in only one or two runs”, says an optimistic Joosten, already looking forward to the next race.

Ålund continues the roll.
2nd June: The 2014 FIA European Drag Racing Championship season started on a wet weather note, with a forecast less than ideal for drag racing, writes Par Willen, aka PiPPi. On the first day of qualifying, the track stayed dry long enough to run two of the FIA classes, but not the Pro Stock cars. However, the track surface turned out to be in excellent shape as world-class numbers were posted in those first few runs.

Sunday was a hectic day as racers ran three qualifying rounds. At the end of the first Pro Stock qualifying round, Jimmy was at the top of the list with an elapsed time (ET) of 6.61 seconds. The J&J Performance Racing Team stepped it up for the second qualifying session and stopped the clocks at 6.55 seconds. Ålund followed that up in round three with a 6.535 second ET, one thousandth of a second short of the current FIA Pro Stock record he set in 2013. That run put Ålund at the top of the qualifying ladder. Magnus Pettersson followed as the number 2 qualifier with Thomas Lindström in the third spot.

Unfortunately, that was the last of the racing for the weekend as eliminations were called off due to inclement weather.

"The rain was very frustrating. We went to this race very well prepared and wanted to get as much track time against the opposition as possible" says Ålund. "The team did an excellent job with updated equipment. I really believe we could have broken our European record if the weather had cooperated." Ålund continues, "Of course we thank the entire engine crew at KB Racing for doing yet an excellent job on our powerplant."

Ålund had the quickest ET in all qualifying rounds, which netted him nine bonus points. He leaves Santa Pod leading the FIA Drag Racing Pro Stock Championship by six points over Thomas Lindström.

The next event for Ålund and the J&J Performance Racing Team is the Race Star Pro Stock Shootout. This is a classic 70's style shoot-out event featuring the strongest Pro Stock cars in Europe competing in a one-time, all-out brawl at the 1/8-mile Malmö Raceway in southern Sweden. Qualifying starts on Saturday morning, June 14, 2014.

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Red Rampage.
2nd June: Dan Holloway, Race Engineer on Dave Ward's Super Pro ET Team Rampage has given us an account of the team's FIA/FIM Drag Racing Championship Round 1:

It will always be The Main Event to us, and a fair few others I should think too. Anyhow, after the success of last meeting, Team Rampage knew we had to keep the momentum going for this weekend to keep our championship hopes alive; fair to say we sort of did and sort of didn't.

The midweek forecast for the long weekend was against us racers with only two of the days looking relatively settled (emphasis on the relatively) and so it struck us that we needed to qualify well to secure as many points as possible in case rain put a stop to eliminations. After the previous meeting, we felt that an 8.00 dial in would always be a good starting point for us as the dragster had the tendency to always run an 8.0 something. Running through with an 8.05 in round 1 of qualifying on the Friday did indeed confirm what we already knew. It wasn't bad, not at all, but it could certainly be better.

As Friday went by, numerous stoppages on the track for a number of reasons meant that we would only get one more run in so we tried to narrow it down a little more and shoot for an 8.02. The dragster hooked so hard, wheels higher than they have ever been, that it was a little unsettled when coming back down again, resulting in a few hundredths lost in the 60ft time. This in turn meant running through with a slightly off pace 8.08, not improving on our previous 8.05. After the end of that session, we were down in 15th. Not good.

Saturday arrived and pretty much everyone knew that the weather was supposed to be at it's worst and it didn't fail to deliver, although nothing compared to the test and tune on Thursday! Time went past midday and it was still raining, resulting in us all doubting whether we would see any racing at all. By some miracle however, the rain did eventually stop and it all dried up rather quickly in time for another round of qualifying; we could see some racing happening after all! Knowing that the track had been soaked for many hours meant it would be a little 'green' so we knocked down the dial in by a hundredth to 8.03 and to our delight she ran through with an 8.04, moving us up to 3rd, narrowly missing out on 2nd by just 2 ten thousandths of a second.

After a few Pro sessions on Sunday, it was time for round 1 of eliminations and we were due to race 'that' monster of a pickup truck from the Netherlands. Unfortunately Reinier Van Schelt had informed us that he was out due to a breakage, so we were paired with one of the 4 first alternates Frank Esjkoot. We went for an 8.02 to Frank's 8.55. Knowing we had a slight advantage when it came to running our numbers, Dave tried to consciously not pull a red light...which in turn meant he pulled a -.03 cherry. Gutted was an understatement, but hey ho, the old saying of "if you never pull a red, you're not trying hard enough" definitely came into play. Frank running an 8.54 breakout to our 8.10 added insult to injury, but we were a little off our time as it was. After talking to Felicity and Ian, who were on the startline, they came back and said that it had never been so sticky so we think the track may have been too sticky for the amount of power we have compared to the Pro classes, holding us down enough to make a difference. Fortunately for us however, was that the other championship contenders also went out in the first round so it wasn't as bad, as well as the advantage of having qualified higher in the first place. Monday ended up being rained off and so it meant we didn't lose any more points.

We now look forward to the Summernationals where we can hopefully go a couple more rounds, keep the points coming in and maybe more importantly, have a wheelie good time (terrible I know). See you all there!

Swift snippets.
2nd June: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm for forwarding us the post-FIA/FIM Championship Round 1 points standings in the 2014 Santa Pod Racers Club Championships. You can check out the SPRC points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points link on the left-hand side of any page.

Chris Emms of Cool Green racing is looking to hire a Junior Stock Dragster for the Junior fun day on Wednesday 20th August 2014 at Santa Pod. For those that don't know Cool Green Racing, Ricky Emms drove a Junior modified dragster very successfully which culminated in the class Championship win in 2002. Chris says 'Summer, our daughter, gained her Junior Stock competition licence last year and is looking forward to racing at the fun day; if anybody knows of a junior stock dragster that could be for hire we would love to hear from you. We can be contacted on 07890 232534'.

Mike Lacey of has announced that this year's Pro ET end of year bash, is again in Calne, Wiltshire on Saturday 15th November.

The Miss-Guided Super Pro ET team of Deborah Laugher are in need of additional support for the rest of year and possibly longer than that. Unfortunately husband/crew chief Dusty has damaged his back and this means that he won't be able to do as much hands on work on the car as he has been doing, so we need someone to work alongside him and the rest of team. Mechanical skills are a must, and experience of blown, alky cars would be a bonus. So if you are a Crew Chief or want to step up into the role, then please contact us on We are based in Northants with easy access to the motorway and we make great cakes and tea!

Web site updates.
2nd June: Richard Smith has updated his Zenfolio gallery with shots from York Raceway's first Volkspower's Powerfest. You can check out Richard's pictures at

Paul Lister has updated his Drag Car Anon site with pictures from Sunday of the FIA/FIM Championship round 1. You can check out Paul's pictures at

Lost wedding ring sought.
1st June: Steve Williams of Team Paranoia Drag Racing has been in touch with an urgent call for help:

On the Saturday of last weekend's Yanks Weekend / Gary's Picnic at Shakespeare Raceway, I had the misfortune to lose my wedding ring somewhere in the pits or food court area. The ring is slightly unusual as it is white gold rather than yellow, quite a wide band but thin and originally had a log bark effect although this has worn nearly smooth over the last thirty four years. As can be imagined my status at home is currently a long way below that of the dog, so if anyone can help at all I would be very pleased to hear from them.

I can be contacted via the team's E-Mail address, thanks very much.

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