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School pupils seek dragster.
20th September: Brian Monet wries that
Cranford House School in Moulsford, Oxfordshire (map) is seeking a race car for display at a special event on Saturday 3rd November:

We are a small independent school but have big ambitions. We are hosting a themed Junior school event here at Cranford House bringing to life the science and engineering behind automobiles and aviation. The free event taking place on the morning of 3rd November will be open to the public as well as local primary schools and families. As a part of the outreach programme, throughout the school week local primary schools together with our pupils will be taking part in a car designing project hosted by a visiting Technical Engineer from the Force India F1 Team. The finished designs will be on display during the public event on the Saturday.

Currently the organisations contributing to the event are British Airways, who have a flight simulator and a couple of pilots who also happen to be parents here at Cranford House, Force India F1 Team have agreed to have an F1 car on display and to send an engineer, and then we have the Fireflies aerobatic display team entertaining families from the sky. Along with this we will have both vintage and modern cars on display from old Mini Coopers to the latest Tesla. 

Of course the importance of the event is how we can inspire young minds and help demonstrate the principles and science behind Wings and Wheels.

If you would be interested in displaying your race car and representing the sport then you can contact Brian at bmonet@cranfordhouse.net.


A drag bike for charity.
20th September: If you fancy buying a drag bike and doing a bit for charity at the same time then Tom Margesson of the UK's Wild Child Super Comp team has passed on details of the latest project from Mint Customs which could be yours after this weekend. Tom and John Gumble from Gasserville Hot Rod Shop have had some involvement in the bike's construction, about which Simon Parry of Mint Customs writes:

A few months ago I received a phone call asking if I would be interested in buying an old dragster whch a guy had in his tattoo shop. Not knowing what to do with it I said yes. My brain got ticking and came up with the notion of building it up on a budget and racing it, but then what to do with it after? Charity event? Corporate event?  The suggested charity was Noahs Ark Children's Hospice, which was a very good cause. I merged two ideas and asked a local firm if they would sponsor the build and whether they had a preferred charity?

Simon O'Shea from One Facility jumped at the chance, along with Malc Caiger from Drainworx, both fronting monies to help with the build. When the bike finally arrived at our workshop it wasn't exactly what I had in mind… the motor was shot, it had no rear wheel just a jockey wheel to roll around on, and the forks and brakes were useless as was most of the frame.

OK, so I had some big decisions to make. Do we scrap the project? Or do we go flat out? Two phone calls later (Mr O'Shea and Mr Caiger) I started chopping it up. Still on a strict budget, I had to come up with a plan for the motor to use. I also had to think about which front end to use and, most of all, where and how I was going to get a drag bike rear wheel? Spending hours on the internet and forums gave me a few ideas and luckily I had friends within the drag world who that gave me contacts for tyres etc.

I managed to source a rear wheel too! Then it was over to Craig our machinist who did an amazing job on making the rear wheel, hub and tyre all work perfectly. During this time a motor was found, Yamaha YZFR11000CC 07 fuel-injected engine and loom which had more than enough power to move this thing yet would also be reliable enough for hours of racing fan. This is where it came to be a challenge to mount it on the old and tired frame, with most of the original frame which had now been modified to take the engine. Now it was time to make the front end fit, I managed to source an early Ducati front end which went over to Craig again to be modified to fit the frame.

Now it was finally coming together! After many hours sorting out the wiring to make the motor run we then needed some cool exhausts. This is where Tom Margesson came into it; he's our dragster enthusiast who helped to source tyres etc, and he also builds some cool exhaust systems for cars. Time was running out but not only did Tom build us some amazing downpipes, he did it in two short evenings, burning the oil late into the night on bank blooming holiday may I add, top job Tom!

At this stage the bike was ready for a quick test run, but the only place we could do it was in our car park. Even though there wasn't much space, it wasn't much of a test but it was the only way we could make sure that it selected gears, worked etc.

Now it was time to say good bye to the old paint job and tear down for the new powder coat. Fresh back from the coaters is always the best time to reassemble the bike using all the new bolts etc, as at this stage you get to see exactly what it's going to look like when finished. It went together really well and took about two days to get together.

The final job to do was to make the wheelie bar, which was made from some old drawings I found on the internet. Then the paint job came back from Dexter and looked amazing.

Now it's time for me to test out my handiwork and pilot this thing down the track at Santa Pod Raceway this Saturday (22nd). Then the charity fundraising starts!

We are guessing that this bike would be a shoo-in for ET Bike, but the spec is as follows:

Bespoke Frame
Ducati front end
2007 Yamaha R1 engine
HM Quickshifter and air shift
Bespoke rear wheel

Simon Parry says many thanks to: Simon O'Shea - One Facility; Malc Caiger - Drainworx; Craig Ross - Bespoke Engineering; Greg Ross - Bespoke Engineering; Dexter Phillip - Paint; Tom Margesson - Gasserville HotRod Shop; Stuart Gillespie - RS Sheet Metal; Alistair Latimer - Mint Customs; Sam Parry - Mint Customs; Lee Russell - Mint Customs; Allison Broadwood - Mint Customs.

Editor's note: Your News Editor is still a little unwell but recovering slowly; thanks very much for the concern and the Get Well messages.


NSRA Hot Rod Drags results.
17th September: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Santa Pod Raceway:

Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar 7.4347/179.96 def. Scott Crookston 7.9872/167.91
Wild Bunch: Mark Coulsell +0.0713 average against dial-in
Gasser Circus: Ray Turner (12.18) 12.2307/104.55 def. Sean Milsom (10.10) 10.1065/130.24
Tri-Chevy Shootout: Andy Bond 7.9631/188.22 def. Paul Watts 10.9159/107.18

Congratulations to the following on their 2018 Championships, decided this weekend:

Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar
Gasser Circus: Martyn Hallam

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored results, pit notes and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Many thanks to Diana Macrae and to Callum Pudge for their contributions to our galleries this weekend.

Editor's note: Your News Editor is unwell so there is a small backlog of news items which we will post on the next update.


UK Championships points update.
16th September: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for posting the post-FIA/FIM European Finals points standings in the UK National Drag Racing and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our
OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Rare torque converter needed.
14th September: Dave Cumbridge and Clive McCready of the UK's Tech Crew are seeking the help of Eurodragster.com readers with the restoration of Geoff Martin's Oxford Builder altered.

"We are looking for a torque converter from something like a Morris Marina, or from anything small which ran a BW65 auto box", says Dave. "They are like hens' teeth".

If you can help with the required torque converter then you can get in touch with Dave at
mutant.moggy@yahoo.co.uk.

Bike racers' views sought.
14th September: Job Heezen of the FIM Europe Drag Racing Commission has been in touch to invite drag bike racers to get in touch with any ideas, suggestions or thoughts:

The Commission's season starts right now with meetings, seminars, discussions on rules and so on. So if anyone has anything to say about last season, or has interesting ideas, proposals, views etc for next season or further in the future, please drop my fellow Commission members or I an E-Mail at jheezen1@hotmail.com or write us a letter,

Please do so as soon as possible as we need to prepare all of this in the next month - we need suggestions before the second week of October. Thanks in advance for your co-operation, together we will get there.


Swift snippets.
14th September: Our best wishes for a long and happy future to SPRC Starter Dave Warren and Lucy Cottee who are to be married today. Have a lovely day guys.

Lass Vega flies again.
14th September: Modurstang Pro ET racer and class sponsor Mike Lacey tells us that his workshops have a new ornament in the form of what is left of partner Karen Stevens' race car:

After Karen's catastrophic crash at the Main Event the Vega was far beyond any form of rebuild.  The crash destroyed just about everything.  The chassis was bent everywhere, apart from the driver's cell, showing the fantastic job someone did when they built this chassis. Unfortunately, we don't know the history of the car that far back, so we don't know who to thank for it.

Seeing this first hand, and the stress and horror I went through seeing Karen crash, has made me rethink the roll cage etc on my own Camaro. My car is booked in with Andy Robinson Race Cars in November, for a chromoly roll cage with extra bars and a chute.

So Karen's car is now wall art at Modurstang! Quite intimidating as you come in, but a great talking point.

Thanks to all of our friends and race fans who have shown their love and support over this quite awful event. It has been an up and down year with the new track working so well for my car now, and the downs with Karen. We won't forget it for a while. Thanks again to all of the marshals throughout the year.


Hot Rod Drags ready to fire up.
13th September: Alan Martin writes that the 30th Annual Original
Hot Rod Drags are here:

It hardly seems possible. Three decades on and still going strong. That's getting on for nearly half a lifetime and I don't think that, even in our wildest dreams, we ever imagined back in 1989, looking out across the pits and realising that people did actually want to come and share our dream of a Rod Run that happened to take place at a race track, that we would still be in the driving seat thirty years later. We certainly never expected to be welcoming you all to Santa Pod Raceway, that's for sure.

With the twenty-fifth Nostalgia Nationals under our belt, the Hot Rod Drags, for the first time at The Pod, is shaping up to be pretty special. It's a milestone event in more ways than one, most certainly the start of a whole new era.

Other than the location, everything will be pretty familiar to the regulars. The same emphasis on Pre '73 Run What You Brung action, the track will be open for all eligible vehicles (silenced or not) all day tomorrow (Friday). The gates will open at 12:00 noon today for early arrivals (£5 pp extra). There will be live music from Eastwood and Skabucks, with resident DJ Grant Pinney on both Friday and Saturday night and the courtesy bus, which was very popular at the Nostalgia Nationals, will again be travelling to and from Rushden Lakes all day Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday again feature plenty of Run What You Brung action and it wouldn't be the Hot Rod Drags if we didn't have the massed ranks of the Gasser Circus, Wild Bunch, Outlaw Anglia and Supercharged Outlaws adding their own brand of entertainment to the proceedings and somewhere in the mix will be Chevrolet's finest strutting their stuff in the Ti-Chevy Shootout. Not to be outdone, Julian Webb will also be putting the Split Second Jet Dragster through its paces too.

Just for good measure, Saturday evening will feature the now-traditional Hot Rod Drags rolling Cracklefest followed by a tremendous firework display.

As always, the NSRA will be on hand to provide the passes to allow you to sign on if your car meets the criteria and point you in the right direction if you need any help. The criteria is pretty basic, pre-1973, no rear engined race cars and no bikes. Other than that you are good to go. The NSRA crew will also be keeping an eye on the track action, to select the recipients of the Dirty Dozen trophies. They will also be setting up shop to sell their range official goodies.

We'd like to welcome you to the Hot Rod Drags merchandise stand, situated near the front of the staging lanes, where, as in the past, you will be able to come and have a chat, trade insults with Steve, tell us what you think and hopefully buy a T-Shirt or hoodie or two. In another return to tradition, they are all strictly limited edition so when they're gone they're gone.

Most of all we'd like you to help us celebrate thirty years of the Hot Rod Drags and raise a glass to the next thirty years.

For more information please visit www.hotroddrags.com.

See you at the track.


European Finals wrap-up.
13th September: Many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official FIA/FIM European Finals timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks also to Marrs for forwarding an updated table of European Bests, now containing Anita Mäkelä's new ET record and new Top Methanol bump spot record, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Photo-journalist Stefan Boman got in touch to ask whether we had noticed that the FIA class winners at last weekend's race were also the 2018 FIA European Champions. "I think it has happened with the bikes more than once but never the cars", says Stefan.

Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two FIA/FIM European Finals reports on the Autosport.nl web site. There is a race report which you can check out by clicking here and a report of "Other things I saw" which you can check out by clicking here.


Swift snippets.
13th September: The post-Redline Rumble points standings in the ACU UK Drag Bike Championships are now available on the King Racing web site at www.kingracing.com.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday and grattis to timekeeper Oscar Lindgren who is no end of help when we are covering events at Tierp Arena. Have great day Oscar.


Web site updates.
13th September: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has published the sixth issue of its on-line magazine HOFtalk which is designed to facilitate communications with members and supporters of the BDRHoF and which is edited by Eurodragster.com's own Pit Reporter and BDRHoF Ltd board member Simon Groves. "In this issue you can read about this year's inductees, the winner of the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award and the BDRHoF Media Awards", says Simon. "We also look forward to the Bench Race at this year's Gala on 17th November at Oatlands Park Hotel in Surrey, and review our presence at Dragstalgia. Gala tickets are going very quickly so you are advised to book yours as soon as possible!". HOFtalk VI is available as a downloadable PDF file by clicking here, or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from July's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


UK National Finals entry update.
12th September: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 2 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-7th October.

You can check out the UK National Finals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes this Friday, 14th September, after which a Late Entry penalty may be payable. You can download the UK National Finals entry forms from the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.


Cars sought for cancer fundraiser.
12th September: Jason Stephenson of Santa Pod's fire crew is seeking two or three race cars for static display at an event in Buckingham to aid cancer research on 22nd-23rd September. Jason writes:

There will be stalls, tombola, raffles and other activities going on if the drivers don't have any plans and want to bring the family along. The more the merrier, as it is for a great cause.  I know it is short notice but I have been let down by a couple of people.

Ideally cars would need to be there at around 10:30 on Saturday 22nd and pick up will be 11:00 on Sunday 23rd. Parking is on a secure school playground with gates overnight.

If you can help with this very worthy cause then please E-Mail Jason at jason18uk@gmail.com or call him on 07731 034389.


Norman heads for Hal Far.
12th September: After twelve months' planning UK Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET racer Pel Norman is taking his Shogun race car to compete at Hal Far Raceway on Malta:

We will leave on Friday 21st and have been planning our route through Italy, to Sicily then Malta to arrive on the following Wednesday. There will be eight of us travelling down on the converted coach including John Wood of Heavy Breathin' fame whom we met in the 1980s and with whom we have always kept in touch. John took us to Zandvoort in The Netherlands a couple of times. My wife's friends are flying out too.

After winning the No Prep Big Tyre class at Rockingham and running at the European Finals the car is in good shape. Thanks to Stretch my Crew Chief and Marc Manning for all of their help over the weekend after all the changes we made to the car before Rockingham, new Chance converter, bigger tyres, freshened Andy Frost gearbox. Thanks for all the info, took some doing but we got there in the end.

Finally thanks to my sponsors AIP Compressors, Quickjack, Pokies Paintshop and 351 Motorsport as without them none of this would be possible. Thank you also to Kenny and Bev Coleman for putting us in touch with the right people to talk about going to Malta.


JT for PM.
10th September: John Tebenham has been in touch to reveal to Eurodragster.com that he has bought Eurodragster.com sponsor Marco Maurischat's 1953 Corvette blown-alcohol Pro Mod and that he intends to campaign the car in FIA competition in 2019.

This is something which John has been contemplating for a while now, although he currently has a Ford Pop with seven-second potential being built at the workshops of Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson Race Cars. JT has always had a tendency to drive more extreme race cars, for example his Cosworth-powered Anglia and his Ford Probe with the same Cosworth turbo motor and a liberty manual transmission.

John sees Pro Modified as the ultimate doorslammer challenge and put together the deal with Marco whilst attendingthe NitrOlympX. "I wasn't really looking to buy the car", said John, "but I get on really well with most people and Marco and I have been friends for some time now. When I saw Marco over there he just flat out told me that he wanted me to buy the car and drive it. Marco wants to see the car run a five-second pass and thinks that I am the man to do it.

"Marco will still be involved in the car and will fly over to oversee my new English crew. He and his Crew Chief will show them everything and train them to look after it for me; I just don't have the time to fully commit to doing everything on the car. Unfortunately my first choice of Crew Chief and crew are unable to attend Santa Pod, so I am a little stuck for an English crew at the moment. So anyone with Pro Mod credentials should please get in touch.

"Marco's car has run a best of 6.035, so it has very good potential, and Marco only ever used top-drawer parts in it. I fit in the car real well, a lot better than in the Ford Pop at Andy Robinson's, but that's just a bit of fun. The Corvette is all about getting the job done. My Ford Probe was manual and so was the Anglia before that, so I am more than comfortable in a clutch car. FIA Pro Mod is something I always wanted to do and I need to do it now before I am too old for this kind of stuff."

The Corvette will be completely gone through. The motor is being rebuilt with new rods, piston rings and all of the usual consumables as if Marco was getting ready to run the car himself. Once reassembled it will be delivered to the UK to be wrapped in some mad design and then will most probably sit in JT's Lounge as a piece of automotive art prior to the beginning of the 2019 season. "Who wouldn't want to have such a cool piece in their lounge if they could?", said John. "Why leave it in the trailer over the winter when you can have it somewhere you can look at it when you get up every single day!"


2018 European Champions.
10th September: Congratulations to this year's European Champions, all but one of whom claimed their titles at the weekend's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:
  • FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Anita Mäkelä
  • FIA Top Methanol: Dennis Habermann
  • FIA Pro Modified: Jimmy Ålund
  • FIA Pro Stock: Bengt Ljungdahl

  • FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Filippos Papafilippou
  • FIM Europe Supertwin: Marcus Christiansen
  • FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Bertrand Maurice
  • FIM Europe Super Street Bike: Rick Stubbins
  • FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike Cup: Meggie Talbot
Many thanks to Åsa Kinnemar and Peder Eneroth for forwarding us the final standings in this year's FIA European Drag Racing Championships and FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships, which you can check out on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


FIA/FIM European Finals results.
10th September: Conratulations to the winners at the weekend's FIA European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Anita Mäkelä 3.9670/276.00 def. Jndia Erbacher 8.9871/71.46
FIA Top Methanol:Dennis Habermann 5.3457/266.57 def. Jonny Lagg 5.4296/262.50
FIA Pro Modified: Jimmy Ålund 5.8737/241.58 def. Jan Ericsson 6.0501/239.84
FIA Pro Stock: Bengt Ljungdahl 6.6628/202.57 def. Michael Malmgren 18.9594/41.47
Fuel Funny Car: Kevin Kent 7.9750/103.98 def. Kevin Chapman 8.6723/77.47

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt 15.0503/48.33 bye, Stu Crane no show
FIM Europe Supertwin: Marcus Christiansen 6.5652/197.15 def. Martijn de Haas 6.7814/203.41
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Martin Newbury 7.1914/184.32 def. Bertrand Maurice 7.4958/169.17
FIM Europe Super Street Bike: Mogens Lund 6.9915/206.12 def. Steve Venables 7.0594/200.77
FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike: Liam Holgate (7.90) 7.9906/83.64 def. Meggie Talbot (9.58) 9.6516/67.46

Comp Eliminator: Robin Orthodoxou (7.45) 11.5972/167.90 def. Robin Sattler (9.63) 9.6936/100.51 DQ red
Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET: Brad Jackson (7.81) 7.7867/169.78 def. Mark Bailey (8.87) 8.9881/149.62 DQ red
Modurstang Pro ET: Lee Huxley (9.60) 9.6767/130.61 def. Harrison Brown (10.84) 10.8098/119.19 DQ b/o
Super Comp: Leah Kellett 8.9486/155.74 def. Collin Morrice 8.9459/150.66
Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout: Collin Morrice 9.9235/144.37 def. Brian Pateman 9.8619/151.57 DQ b/o
Super Street: Dave Cherrett 11.3745/87.52 bye, Leigh Morris no show
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Caitlin Wilson (8.32) 8.2819/79.09 def. Daniel Weir (9.25) 9.2888/67.55 DQ red
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Andy Bond 7.8117/185.89 def. Joe Stevens 8.2671/169.18

Subject to ratification the following records were set:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster ET: 3.870 seconds, Anita Mäkelä
Quickest European Pro Modified side-by-side: Roger Johansson 5.8269 and Jimmy Ålund 5.8657, Q3

Congratulations also to Paul Brown (Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET) and Joe Kellett (Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET) who won the Eurodragster.com/Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the Eurodragster.com/Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award respectively.

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


Finals FIA/FIM prizegiving.
8th September: Trakbak Racing Ltd are pleased to announce that they will once again be hosting the FIA/FIM European Finals Championship Prizegiving. The event is free of charge for Champion, runner-up and third-placed FIA and FIM Championship racers to celebrate with their team and to collect their trophies.

The prizegiving will take place in the VIP Hospitality Village. Doors will open at 20:00 and food will be available from 20:30.

Each team finishing in the top three Championship positions of the following classes will be given ten wristbands to attend the event:
  • FIA Top Fuel Dragster
  • FIA Top Methanol
  • FIA Pro Stock
  • FIA Pro Modified
  • FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike
  • FIM Europe Supertwin
  • FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike
  • FIM Europe Super Street Bike
  • FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike Cup
Due to space and safety restrictions we are sadly unable to accommodate more teams than those listed above. Teams unable or not wishing to attend the prize giving banquet may donate their wristbands to other FIA/FIM Championship teams if they wish.

Access is open to all after 22:00, or after the presentations, whichever is earlier.

We wish all riders and drivers good luck this weekend!


UK National Finals entry update.
6th September: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 1 of the official entry list for the UK National Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-7th October.

You can check out the UK National Finals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Friday of next week, 14th September, after which a Late Entry penalty may be payable. You can download the UK National Finals entry forms from the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.


Legends of Nitro attend Santa Pod.
6th September: UK Junior Dragster team Matthew Dowdy Racing are again pleased to promote the Legends of Nitro T-Shirt range on the Rustys Speed Shop stand at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend.

Bruce Blackaller of Rusty's says that there are several new designs available for the European Finals such as the Pisano & Matsubura F/C, Bradford's Altered, and a Don Prudhomme shirt. Bruce's own range of Rusty's-branded T-Shirts should be available in the spring of next year. Rusty's can be found behind the grandstand this weekend and will also be found at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags, Japshow, and the Flame and Thunder Show.

Matthew Dowdy would like to thank those who offered him an engine after the crankshaft snapped in his own motor at the Junior Fun Day at Santa Pod Raceway. Some swift work by Hauser Race Cars means that Matthew's motor has been repaired in time for the European Finals.


Flying the flag for Liam.
5th September: Eire's Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald has continued his continent-trotting with trips to Hockenheim and Tierp Arena. Dad Graham writes:

At Hockenheim we shared a pit garage with three other Junior Dragsters and one Junior Drag Bike. It was nice to be in a cool garage and out of the sun and I think it helped towards an easier environment in which to work. Liam qualified in number spot right out of the trailer with a 0.004 Reaction Time. We knew that this would not be secure as somebody could get under the time which Hugo did eventually with a 0.002. Still not bad, as we gained good points for the number two spot in the German Championship.


The track was sticky and Liam was having to jump up and down to unstick the car to move it forward. We invented a cunning plan to get around this sticky situation which we carried on at Tierp to the amusement of the local racers who thought we were carrying on some form of black magic on the rear tyres. It's not dry powered glue or leprechauns' dandruff as was mentioned but it seems to work.

Our last qualifying round was cancelled which didn't allow us time to recover the number one qualifying position for which we were going. This last qualifier was very funny in itself as news came down the queue from the start line that you were not allowed to wear shorts on the line. As you can imagine with the kids already strapped in and ready to go you all you saw was a mad panic with everybody telling the other crews to change to long trousers, so with that everyone went either running, on quads, or mopeds back to the pits to change with horns blaring and people trying to dodge the massive crowd in the pit area. It was funny to see, and we made it back in time to be told that the round was cancelled. One poor individual even swapped trousers with his wife as he did not understand what we were talking about at first.


To make up for the qualifier which was dropped they allowed all the Juniors to run at the start of the Night Show, including those Juniors who did not qualify for eliminations. We could pair up with whomever we liked and we all ran as a show in effect. So on to first round of eliminations and Liam red lit against Tom Kaye, who went on to the final. Liam had dialled a 13.06 and ran a 13.167 but red lit by -0.039, Tom also red lit but dialled a 7.970 and ran a 7.978 so Liam was out as first to red light. The final was won by Jack Gooding.

On to Tierp Arena, our car was taken by Tom Kaye and the Drummin' Man team to the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals. A big thanks to Summit Racing for supporting Junior drag racing. Due to noise restrictions we had to run a silencer which seemed to knock about a tenth of our ET and around two kilometres per hour off our top speed, or so it seemed against the times we ran at Hockenheim, although the humidity was high up - to 83% at times - which could have had an influence also. Our silencer was made with deflectors instead of an absorption style of muffler. Personally I am convinced that this is the way to go with Junior silencers as the exhaust gas can move through more freely rather than expanding and retaining that heat inside the silencer.


We qualified with a 0.04 best Reaction Time and we could not improve on this. With thirty nine cars going down to nineteenwe made it through the first round less than a hundredth off our dial-in but a 0.3 reaction? So on to the second round where we drew the Norwegian Champion, dialled 13.25 and ran 13.2445 so broke out. The launch revs had gone up more than two hundred more than I wanted and I was on the other side of the car leaning over to try to settle them back, then Liam left 150 to 200 revs under his ideal setting. Note to self: don't be rushed in, take your time. But it is what it is and we were out, but in fairness the other guy ran an 8.16 on an 8.16 dial-in and a 0.09 reaction against our 0.32.

Tierp Arena is highly recommended to all, a beautiful track which looks like they planted an American track right in the middle of a forest in Sweden. The locals are lovely and you get to meet people from the surrounding countries whom you would not normally meet in the the rest of Europe. A big thanks to the EDRS crew and especially Yasmine Bengtson and the Jr FUNN project which creates fun activities for the Junior racers at drag racing events. Liam really loved the fun and games and the organised tours of the Pro Mod and Top Fuel Bike pits. Thanks a lot to all in Tierp who helped us out especially Emma, Patrick, Thomas, Glenny and the Söderlunds and again to Yasmine who organised a caravan and a Junior Dragster to hire if we could not get our car there, helping with our entry form, and most importantly getting the Irish flag up at Tierp as we were the first ever Irish team to go there.We will definitely be back next year, watch out!


Liam is preparing for the upcoming European Finals at Santa Pod into which he goes in seventh place in the UK Championship with only 380 points between there and number one spot. We believe that we can improve on our points standing. The result at the Finals will be the deciding factor whether we contest the UK National Finals or head to Bad Söbernheim in Germany for the German Championship finals were we believe that Liam has a chance of doing well. In the French championship Liam is in third place only forty four points off the number one spot. In the Junior International Championship Liam is in third, but with the points from the last French round at Clastres to be added on. Unfortunatly we didn't know that the Italian round at Rivanazzano at the start of the year was a points round, and even if we had gained the minimum points from that round we would possibly in lead spot in the French and Junior Internationals at the moment. For a whole year prior to the event we were told that it was only a show for Juniors during the lunch break. What a bummer, if only someone told us the correct story in the first place. Lack of proper communication to my mind seems to be a big problem in European drag racing.


European Finals racer grandstand offer.
4th September: Donna Finnegan of Santa Pod Raceway writes that racers and crew members are welcome to watch this Friday's Evening Nitro session from the main grandstand free of charge, and that half-price tickets are available at other times:

Free entry will be permitted from 18:30 on Friday (only) with access through gate number 81-110. A racer ticket or start line pass will need to be shown to the grandstand steward before entering.

We also politely remind you that the grandstand operates a strict No Smoking policy. Anyone found smoking in the grandstand will be asked to leave.

If racers wish to access the grandstand before 18:30 on Friday, or all day on Saturday or Sunday, then they can purchase half-price grandstand tickets directly from the grandstand ticket kiosk. This offer is strictly for teams entered for the European Finals. Tickets can be purchased by each crew member at the grandstand kiosk at the event. Each crew member must show their barcoded racer admission ticket, not their start line crew pass, at the time of purchase. One racer ticket entitles the holder to one half price grandstand seat. All seats purchased will be subject to availability at the time of purchase and no disputes will be entered into.


Voodoo Hemi on the ward.
4th September: The Netherlands' Marck Harteveld has delivered his Voodoo Hemi Pro Mod to Eurodragster.com sponsor
Andy Robinson Race Cars to repair the damage inflicted in a crash at The Doorslammers at Santa Pod Raceway in May:


The chassis has to be redone from firewall forwards, as well as measuring the rear end to make sure that everything is perfectly straight again. With big thanks to to fellow race teams and fans we were able to gather the most needed new and used parts to get the Bird going again. We have disassembled the car completely and cleaned and carefully checked every to see what we could re-use. The fire extinguishers and water made a lot of a mess of the car and parts. Also the engine and blower were taken apart and luckily those parts looks to be in good shape so far.

As soon as the Bird is back from Andy's we will make a new carbon nose and give the Bird a new paint job as there was too much damage to the body to save the paint job. We will also have to completely re-do the wiring, Racepak, oil and fuel lines etc... basically everything at the front of the car was destroyed.

The plan is to have it ready for Easter weekend to do some testing of the almost as-new Bird. Hopefully it will go better, straighter and quicker yet. At the forthcoming Finals I'll be a spectator and I will help out the Pro Dutch racing team wherever possible.


Curbishley Fixed for the Finals.
17th July: The UK's Martin Curbishley will again be sponsored by Fix Auto Penzance at the FIA/FIM European Finals, where he will be racing in Super Comp. Stuart Cameron of Fix Auto writes:

I attended the FIA Main Event in May and entertained some key members of staff from Fix Auto. We had a blast! We were all rooting for Martin, of course, when he advanced to the semi-finals but was beaten by a whisker by Stuart Doignie. We were also blown away by the Top Fuel and Pro Mod classes, unbelievable ETs and speed. I am really looking forward to the forthcoming Finals.


Fix Auto Penzance are in the middle of a major expansion plan at the moment. Building work is underway to double the size of our paint shop facility and the installation of three state-of-the-art spray booths to complement our existing two paint booths which increase the throughput of vehicles through our facility by 40%, making us the biggest accident repair facility in Cornwall. Please visit our Facebook page to see progress of the new building and equipment. Exciting times indeed for our new facility, and we are already looking forward to the 2019 race season.

Martin would like to wish Lisa Farmer all the best for stepping up and taking on the role of Crew Chief for Team Fix Auto Penzance.


Swift snippets.
4th September: Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us the usual preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, available if you are quick, plus bonus material exclusively for Eurodragster.com readers. Click on the images below for the PDF downloads.


Not a sport which we would usually mention here on Eurodragster.com except as second billing at drag racing events but Tog would like to say a big Congratulations to his nephew-in-law Andy Frost on winning the 2018 HEL Drift Cup.


European Finals Perfect Awards.
4th September: This weekend's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £150 will be on offer for perfect performance.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by ET Bike racer Gary Hester at the Redline Rumble. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds during qualifying or eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £75 for the UK National Finals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the UK National Finals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

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

The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award has been increased to £100 after it went unclaimed at the Redline Rumble. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to run +0.000 on index or dial-in during qualifying or eliminations. The Perfect ET Award will be available this weekend in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £150 for the UK National Finals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the UK National Finals.

To be eligible to win the Award, decals (right) must be carried, clearly visible, one on each side of the vehicle. If a Perfect ET is recorded without decals then there will be no argument, we will not pay out and the money will be awarded to the next racer to record a Perfect ET. Decals will be available in Signing On from this Friday.

For more information about the services which Vitesse Labelling Products can provide please see Al Platt in the Modurstang Pro ET pits or visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk.


Halfscale Inc visit the Finals.
3rd September: Fans of Junior Dragster racing will be delighted to hear that Randy and Judy Ditzel of Halfscale Dragsters Inc are VIP guests of McDonald Racing at this week's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. Edel McDonald writes:

Randy and Judy construct some of the premium Junior Dragster chassis out there. You only have to say Halfsceale and anyone who knows anything about Junior Dragster will know what you mean. This is the first time that Halfscale have come both to England and to Santa Pod. We invited them over to witness Junior Dragster at Santa Pod at first hand.

If you need to get measured up for a new car now or in the future, or if you just have technical questions on your set-up, then feel free to call in to the Junior pits and visit the Irish Junior Dragster team where Randy will be based.


FIA/FIM European Finals webcasts.
3rd September: Eurodragster.com and then Santa Pod Raceway will be broadcasting the whole of the FIA/FIM European Finals including Wednesday's Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day. This week's broadcast schedule is as follows:

Day Event Broadcast Broadcaster
Wednesday Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport free webcast Eurodragster.com
Thursday FIA/FIM European Finals Web TV (free multi-camera High Def) Santa Pod TV
Friday FIA/FIM European Finals Web TV (free multi-camera High Def) Santa Pod TV
Saturday FIA/FIM European Finals Web TV (free multi-camera High Def) Santa Pod TV
Sunday FIA/FIM European Finals Web TV (free multi-camera High Def) Santa Pod TV

Links to both webcast and Web TV can be found on our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored FIA/FIM European Finals Event Index, which also contains links to the official entry list and provisional running orders. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

VW Action galleries.
3rd September: It was a warm and action-packed weekend at VW Action at Santa Pod Raceway and the Eurodragster.com team were in attendance to bring you the best of it in association with John Woolfe Racing as part of our lead-up to this week's FIA/FIM European Finals.

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

A big Thank You to photographers Kirstie and Julian for their hard work in uncomfortable conditions.


Psycho returns.
2nd September: 1990 UK Super Gas Champion Psycho Phil Drewitt is to return to the strip for the first time since the mid-1990s.

Phil tells us that he did a bit of F2 Stock racing in the meantime but that the call of the strip had become too strong to ignore. "At the Hot Rod Drags you will see my newly-built street-legal Outlaw Anglia Pop making its first appearance", he says. "It is powered by a 540 BBC. Hopefully a few shakedown runs will go trouble-free with mid-nines the target after Psycho remembers what to do!

"Lots of people have helped along the way, too many to mention but Thank You to every single one of them."


Vegter misses Finals.
2nd September: It is with great sadness that The Netherlands' David Vegter has to announce that he will not be able to take part in Pro Modified in the FIA/FIM European Finals. Severe engine damage leaves the PTTM Drag Racing driver no other choice than to withdraw his entry.

"For the first time in, I think, seven years I will not race at the Finals", says David. "At Tierp Arena we had a major problem with the engine in the quarter finals and there is so much damage that it is impossible to get everything replaced in time. It feels very bad for me, for the team and for the fans, but there is no other option."

From the number four qualifying position with a great 5.900 second elapsed time David advanced to the quarter finals with a 5.94 second win over Freddy Fagerström in the first round. In the quarter final the PTTM Drag Racing Camaro had a bye run but it went wrong after 300 metres when a connecting rod broke and started a chain reaction which destroyed everything inside the engine.

"The block, the crankshaft and the camshaft were also damaged and even the blower case was cracked in several places", says David. "We don't have a spare engine or blower case and we couldn't get all the parts we needed in time to make it to the European Finals. It feels very bad that the season has come to an end like this and with one race still to go, but we had no other option.

"One thing is for sure: we will be back next year, stronger than ever before."

David may still visit the European Finals as a spectator.


Ålund's busy fortnight.
1st September: After more than six weeks' break it turned very hectic for multiple FIA Pro Stock Champion and 2018 FIA European Pro Modified Champion-elect Jimmy Ålund with race numbers four and five in the FIA Pro Mod and Pro Stock Championships over two consecutive weekends.

At the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim Jimmy and the team wanted to continue their success from the win at Alastaro but it was not to be. A broken rear end in the first round of qualifying set the plans awry and Jimmy ended up as the #10 qualifier after day one. Problems continued in Q3 but with a huge improvement in Q4, into top spot with a 5.95-second run at 393.58 km (244.55 mph) which was a new Personal Best for speed.

On race day Jimmy had two bye runs to take the Old 51 to the semi-finals against Jan Eriksson. Jan had an astounding Reaction Time of 0.006 seconds which made for a lead which held all the way across the finish line. "It was a mixed weekend", says Jimmy, "three bad runs in qualifying and then we got it all together. The team had the car in good shape for the semis on race day but Jan outdid me at the tree and that was it for the weekend."

In a tight points race Jimmy went to Hockenheimring in first place and left in second place, just eight points behind the leader.

As in 2017 Jimmy is racing in two FIA classes this year, Pro Mod and Pro Stock. The fifth race of the FIA drag racing season at Tierp Arena was the third and last weekend at which Jimmy fielded both cars. As usual Pro Mod had a solid turnout with eighteen cars for a sixteen-car field but this time Jimmy did not get off to a good start with Magnus Petersson's Old 51 Chevrolet. Tyre shake left Jimmy on the bump spot as the #16 qualifier after day one. Things shaped up nicely on day two when two good runs took Jimmy to second place going into Sunday's eliminations.

Jimmy pretty much dominated his side of the ladder with solid five-second runs and a new best ET and speed for the Old 51 in the semi-finals, 5.815 seconds at 393.59 kmh (244.56 mph). On the other side of the ladder, Andreas Arthursson went rounds to make for an exciting final. Andreas ran 5.80 in the semis and Jimmy 5.81 but Andreas got it all together and ran his quickest run all weekend to take home the event win.

"OK, we want to win of course but we have to be happy with that runner-up" says Jimmy. "I'd rather forget that first day of qualifying but the rest of the weekend was fine. We ran a good number of solid five-second runs and are now back in the points lead". Jimmy came to the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals in second place in the FIA Pro Mod Championship and left in first place, fifty seven points ahead (With Micke Gullqvist's withdrawal from the European Finals since this was written, Jimmy has won the 2018 Championship - Ed).

In Pro Stock Jimmy only had the Summit Racing Camaro out for the first day of qualifying and Sunday's eliminations. Jimmy was number one qualifier after two rounds of qualifying but slipped back to #4 in a strong 10t-car field. The team did their job on the Sunday and stepped it up big time. Jimmy was quickest and fastest in every round of eliminations and finished off the day by winning over old-time foe Thomas Lindström with a 6.55 at 342.64 kmh (212.90 mph) which was both the low ET and top speed of the whole weekend.

Quite a performance! "You bet, yes indeed" says Jimmy with a big smile. "We did not have all the time needed to run that super strong Summit Racing Camaro on Saturday but not to worry, Sunday was a day to remember for the team who put a perfect car on the track" It looked easy. "Maybe so" continues Jimmy, "but be sure it's not. We had ten very competent Pro Stock teams out there and it's as hard as any drag racing event can get."

Another highlight of the 2018 the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals was the attendance of Jim Greenleaf, Motorsports and Events Manager of Summit Racing Equipment. Jim said "I'm absolutely thrilled to travel to Sweden again and to be part of an excellent race weekend like this. We're very proud to sponsor the whole event and of course such competitive and high performance teams as the Old 51 and the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing Team"

Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrim˚lning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod car and the Ålund Pro Stock Camaro this year. This is in addition to Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten and VP Racing Fuels. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.


BDRHoF Media Awards.
2nd September: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala, to be held on 17th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey, will this year honour two photo-journalists who have made major contributions to the sport, both in Britain and internationally.

Longtime buddies Roger Gorringe and Andy Willsheer have been covering the sport for a host of media outlets for almost fifty years apiece, and have each collected a host of images. They have both been published widely in most automotive magazines and many drag racing books.

Roger first encountered drag racing in a cinema in 1965 but it was Easter 1969 before he was able to go to Santa Pod Raceway. First going trackside in 1972, he first contributed to Drag Racing News which he edited from 1978 for over ten years. In 1979 he started covering the sport internationally in the US and Europe, and has been doing so ever since. He has compiled and edited SPR programmes since 1999 and supplied the majority of photos to Crazy Horses by Brian Taylor and DragRacing by Christina Bodén in Sweden.

Andy attended his first event at Santa Pod Raceway in 1972. He decided there and then to become a photographer, and for his second event he bought a Praktica camera and got himself a press pass. The following year, he and his brother John toured the west coast of the US, attending every meeting they could and the trip, planned for three months, ended up staying for fifteen months. Nigh-on every year since, as well as covering the sport in the UK and Europe, he has visited the US, often making two or three trips. His work has reached the UK daily papers and he was named a Hi-Riser by Car Craft magazine in June 1983.

Stuart Bradbury, Chairman of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, commented "Roger and Andy have each contributed a huge amount to the media coverage and the recording of the history of the sport in Britain and internationally, and this award is not only vastly overdue, it is very well-deserved."

On-going news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, here on Eurodragster.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.


Swift snippets.
1st September: Spencer Tramm (right) and Martin Taylor (left) asked us to pass on best wishes for a long and happy future to Paul Woodhead and Fran Hammond who were marreid at Bolsover Church yesterday. We are very pleased to do so and to add our own best wishes to Paul and Fran.

Gullqvist out of Finals.
31st August: Multiple FIA European Pro Modified Champion Micke Gullqvist has announced that he will not be attending next week's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. This has assured Jimmy Ålund and the Old 51 team the 2018 FIA European Pro Mod Championship as none of those chasing have sufficient points to catch up. Micke writes:

This season has been very challenging for us, with ignition issues for the last three races and some other mechanical issues before that.  Even with the problems we had we were lucky enough to reach three FIA finals and won two of them, the Main Event and the NitrOlympX. We also won the EDRS Summit Racing Series event at Gardermoen, Norway.

We had a small Championship lead before Tierp last weekend, but the ignition issues got worse. We changed everything in the ignition system - boxes, trigger, mag, wires and more - but the problem didn't go away. Just before the last qualifying run at Tierp last Saturday we found the problem. A wire in a connector to a fuel system component had broken and just briefly touched the counterpart. That happened some thousand times each run, and created a RF interference which disturbed the ignition system.

After fixing the problem we were optimistic going into eliminations on Sunday, however in the first round everything went wrong. The fuel system electronics failed completely, creating an extremely rich condition in the engine. I was late on the Tree, the car was supposed to go a 5.8 but instead ran a 6.05.

The Championship points race with the Old 51 guys has been very exciting and tough this season, and as it turned out you just could not afford to go out in the first round at any event. With short time between events in the later part of the season we just didn't have time to get the car in a winning condition. Sometimes it's just not supposed to happen. We wish every team good luck for the Finals!


Well worth the trip.
31st August: The UK's quickest Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson took his Anger Management team to Germany to race in Round 4 of the FIA European Championship, which took place at the famous Hockenheim F1 race track.

The NitrOlympX, held at Hockenheim on 17th-19th August, was the second FIA meeting contested by the UK-based team this season. Qualifying didn't start in Andy's favour; the team took a few runs to tune to the tarmac track and to overcome some problems, which have been lingering over the team all year, causing burst panels to blow mid run. Adding to the team's challenges during qualifying, a timing system fault in the final session caused race officials to disqualify the team's last pass, and subsequently Andy was given a re-run late Saturday evening. With only ninety minutes to turn the car round the team managed to get back to the start line with ten minutes to spare and their hard work paid off as the Camaro stormed to a 5.95, landing them number spot in the final qualifying order.

On race day, Andy proved to be the quickest of the field taking home low ET of the class with a 5.92 and running five-second passes in both elimination rounds. Unfortunately, a holeshot from David Vegter, one of Andy's customers, put Andy on the trailer before the semis. "We're a bit gutted not to have gone more rounds, but we've made a lot of progress this weekend", says Andy. "We tuned our new clutch to the tarmac track and got into the fives in only a handful of runs, and we've also fixed an engine issue which has caused us problems since the beginning of the season, so overall we're pleased with the weekend. Going home with the low ET of the class is a big achievement so we're happy."

The NitrOlympX didn't count towards the MSA British Championship points, however it added to the team's knowledge and more five-second passes under Andy's belt will add to his confidence in perform well at next week's FIA European Finals, which takes place next week and which counts towards the MSA Championship.

For more information on the Anger Management Pro Mod Drag Racing Team, please visit their Facebook page, and for more about the MSA Pro Mod Championship please visit its official web site at www.msadragracing.co.uk.


Super Nova.
31st August: UK Super Gas racer Brett Featherstone says that it is time to stop his old friends guessing:

As some will already know, Debbie and I managed to purchase a '67 Chevy II Nova from Canada at the end of 2017 with the intention of running the Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout in 2018. Without going into all the boring detail of how importing a race car can have its problems, it finally arrived just before Christmas and a plan was hatched to be ready for the first event. Being crew members for an already-proven race car may have made things a little easier - so we thought. Having to store the car at my parents' until the race trailer was ready also proved to be bit of a task. 

This is where the thanks begin: without massive help from our great friends Sharron and Simon Gough none of this would have been possible.  Simon's enthusiasm to get our car to the track and test was invaluable so the Summernationals it was to be at last, and time to get things sorted. A trip down the road to the engine master Jeff Bull Race Engines to blow out the cobwebs where we hit the first problem, thankfully in the right hands. A carb rebuild was required; it was rebuilt, refitted then all checked out fine and we were told "Just go and check it out at the track then". Thanks Jeff and Belinda.

New tyres fitted, loaded up and delivered to a secret location just outside the Pod gates, thanks Nick and Jack Hale. Friday morning Test Day, Nick Garrett on site to help, into the pairing lanes we went. Twenty four years since driving a race car... OMG what am I doing! Three observed runs to complete. Burnout done, carb cleared and into stage, then suddenly realised that delay boxes and throttle stops need a bit of playing with before you first run. Ooops!

Some problems with run two, made it to the eighth and run three was pretty much the same. We never had all these electric gizmos in Outlaw Anglia in the 1990s, lots to learn.

Friday evening and a visit from Mark Norton, found out that we had a few small chassis tag issues so decided not to attempt to qualify until resolved. So, off to Nick Garrett Race Fabrication it was then and hope to try again before the European Finals.

A big Thank You to the following people for helping to get us out again: Debbie Clarke, Mum and Dad No. 1 and Mum and Dad No. 2, Sharron and Simon Gough, Jeff and Belinda Bull at Jeff Bull Race Engines, the Hale family, Nick and Lola (get the Nova on the track!), Roy Wilding for convincing me to get back racing. Gary Campion and Chris Ellis - sorry guys, you may have a bit more to do soon.


Extra pocket money!
31st August: With six Junior Dragsters in attendance for RWYB at No Prep 3 at Rockingham Drag Strip, it seemed churlish not to make a race of it to add some interest. Dave Gibbons writes:

We hit upon the idea of running the Wild Bunch "Closest to your average dial-in over four runs" heads-up format so that no-one got knocked out. There would be just one practice run to set the dial. Then someone - it may have been me - suggested that each team put a tenner into the pot for a prize fund with sixty quid up for grabs. All teams agreed so the race was on!


Matt Wright decided it best to keep his daughter Stevie-Jane out of competition, as with her lack of experience he didn't feel that the added pressure was a good idea. However she ran with the group and Matt generously added a further ten pounds to the pot. Rough Diamond Racing added another twenty for Closest to Dial-in, and when Roy Wilding discovered what was going on generously threw in another twenty pounds! Thank you Roy. We now had a prize fund of £120 and the Visser-Siersema family added mugs and key rings.

The competitors were Thomas Cook-Abbott, Harley Coulsell, Scott Gibbons, Meka Gadney and Cheyenne Visser with Stevie-Jane Wright running alongside but out of competition. There had been concerns voiced about the suitability of the track for the Junior cars, but these were soon deemed unfounded. All of the cars were running times in the region they usually would; in fact Scott's car, with no changes from the Junior Fun Day a few days earlier, ran his quickest ever time and speed! All of the cars made all of their runs without issue.


Cheyenne Visser came out on top with an average of just 0.03 off her dial in, winning £60. Harley Coulsell was second, winning &poun;20, and Meka Gadney came third with a prize of £10. Scott Gibbons was closest to his dial at only 0.002 off, which basically meant that I gave my son twenty quid, but he simply went quicker and quicker throughout the day. In hindsight we should have had an award for the quickest run, which was set by Thomas Cook-Abbott at 8.058. This was quicker than many of the grown up cars on the day, well done Tom!

Many thanks to Paul Marston Drag Racing and the Rockingham Drag Strip team for putting on a cracking event. All involved worked hard to make the event run smoothly, and the Junior Dragster teams certainly enjoyed themselves. As it appears that Rockingham will no longer be available to us, let's hope that another venue for similar events can be found soon.


Swift snippets.
31st August: Artist Paul Whitehouse has been in touch to show us his latest piece. The excellent painting features Paul Harris' Dodge Omni-bodied fuel Funny Car Chi-Town Hustler as driven by Troy Martin at this year's Dragstalgia. Paul is having a small numbered limited-edition print run produced of this painting. To register your interest in a print please contact Paul via E-Mail at pwhitehouse3@aol.com and he'll give you have all the details.

Many thanks to our good friend Andy Marrs for forwarding an updated table of European Bests, now containing Anita Mäkelä's and Andreas Arthursson's new ET records, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Living the dream.
31st August: Five years ago, former FIA European Champion Lex Joon and his beautiful wife Gerda packed up everything they owned into a forty-foot container and moved for thousand miles across the world. They left behind their family and life in Zaandam, The Netherlands to chase their American Dream of living in the United States and racing Top Fuel with the NHRA. It was an arduous journey filled with hard work and a range of emotions, but their love and determination never faulted. And this weekend their dream is coming true. Joon is competing in the 64th Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

To be able to start our U.S. racing career at the grandest race in the world is a dream come true", said Lex. "Just to talk about it already gives me goosebumps. Imagine coming from The Netherlands where drag racing is an unknown sport and there are no race tracks other than a small airfield.

"This weekend I get to compete in the car that ran in front of five hundred die-hard European fans in the middle of farming land on the biggest stage at the prestigious US Nationals. This is what dreams are made of and ours has finally come true."

Lex will be working alongside experienced Crew Chief Keith Stewart who has a long history of working on top ten cars such as, Tony Pedregon, Bob Vandergriff, David Bacca, Scott Kalitta, Darrel Gwynn and Doug Herbert. "I need an experienced man like Keith on my team", said Lex. "For several months he has been working on our programme to get it all in spec with the current NHRA rules. Combined we have tremendous experience and I am looking forward to working with him to make Lex Joon Racing a force to reckon with in NHRA. We know that we have the car, equipment and crew to get into the show. What we lack is the data. So our plan is to run all five qualifying passes and make the car go faster each run. We can't afford to damage a lot of parts, so we need to take it slow and creep up on it."

For the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals Joon is partnered with JLM Lubricants in The Netherlands and M & K Truck Centers in Indianapolis will supply the team with an RV for the weekend. As with many other teams, he is looking for more support for the weekend and beyond. He will also be campaigning Project ChildSafe, a programme of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, to promote firearms safety and education.

"To have the honor to make runs on this historic race track at the most prestigious race of the season is what it's all about", said Lex. "My hope is to walk through the Mello Yello doors Monday morning because that will mean we qualified and that my dream has come true."

You will be able to stay in touch with Lex's progress, as well as that of Jonnie Lindberg, Julie Nataas, Fred Hanssen, Ulf Leanders, Stig Olsson and Nic Williams of Eurodragster.com sponsor OCS Paint, on the Drag Race Central web site at www.dragracecentral.com.


Web site updates.
31st August: Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two Summit Racing Equipment Internationals reports on the Autosport.nl web site. There is a race report which you can check out by clicking here and a report of "Other things I saw" which you can check out by clicking here.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from July's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


FIA/FIM European Finals racer update.
29th August: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Wednesday 5th September
08:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
09:00 Signing On office opens
10:00 Car scrutineering commences, no specific order
18:00 Signing On office closes

Thursday 6th September
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Car scrutineering commences
09:00 Bike scrutineering commences: Bike sign-on / scrutineering details
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Friday 7th September
07:30 Signing On office opens
07:30 Scrutineering opens 09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

Saturday 8th September
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering opens
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

Sunday 9th September
09:30 Track opens for eliminations

The provisional running orders are now available and can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please note as ever that running orders are subject to change due to weather or track conditions or for any other reason deemed necessary by race officials. Super Comp and Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout racers please note that the running orders have changed from those originally distributed.

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

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

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

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

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


Peak Performance Day filling up.
29th August: James Forster tells us that this Sunday's (2nd September) Peak Performance Day at Santa Pod Raceway is filling up quickly and that advance entry is advised:

If you'd like to run then please book your space as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. It's unlikely that there will be any spaces available on the day. We would hate for anyone wanting to test ahead of the European Finals to be unable to run because they haven't booked in.

You can enter Sunday's Peak Performance Day by clicking here. You can find information about this Sunday's Peak Peformance Day and next Wednesday's Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day at www.rwyb.com.


Flame and Thunder racer demos sought.
28th August: James Forster has been in touch with the annual request for racers to make demonstration passes at the Flame and Thunder Show at Santa Pod Raceway on Saturday 27th October:

Due to limited availability we only have a certain amount of spaces for each class and type of vehicle so unfortunately we can't accommodate everyone. We are inviting cars 11.99 and quicker and bikes 9.99 and quicker. The emphasis at this event is firmly on showmanship so bright vehicles, wheelstanders and those which do a good burnout are very welcome!

To take part, please contact James at
james@santapod.com or call him on 01234 782828.

Summit Racing Internationals results.
27th August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Anita Mäkelä 3.8770/498.61 def. Antti Horto 3.9708/487.36
FIA Top Methanol: Dennis Habermann 5.4651/401.19 def. Sandro Bellio 9.9456/114.60 DQ
FIA Pro Modified: Andreas Arthursson 5.7512/415.70 def. Jimmy Ålund 5.9774/389.61
FIA Pro Stock: Jimmy Ålund 6.5524/342.64 def. Thomas Lindström 6.6447/337.29 DQ red

EDRS Pro Nordic MC Top Fuel Bike: Thomas Pettersson 6.6741/316.34 def. Jan Sturla Hegre 6.8394/239.15
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Supertwin: Roman Sixta 6.7848/327.67 def. Samu Kemppainen 7.0860/234.17
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Pro Stock Bike: Kalle Lyrén 6.9748/306.99 def. Thomas Lysebraate Olsen 7.0514/306.64
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Super Street Bike: Vesa Ruhanen 7.3348/258.25 def. Mogens Lund 8.3971/176.41

Comp Eliminator: Roger Forsström (7.70) 7.2437/300.84 def. Matti Rajamaki (9.57) 9.1746/238.62
Pro Street: Seppo Raussi 7.6509/274.39 def. Pater Trång 7.6439/286.32
Super Comp: Micke Nilsson 8.9312/253.40 def. Albin Frank 8.8822/250.35 DQ b/o
Super Gas: Håkan Mattsson 9.9894/247.47 def. Erik Jansson 9.8808/221.58
Super Street: Uffe Lundgren 10.8582/199.48 def. Tomas Hägg 10.8395/213.19 DQ b/o
Stock/Super Stock: Björn Bondesson 10.1616/207.13 def. (10.16) Theodor Brandt (10.95) 10.9661/192.99 DQ red
Super Pro ET: Lucas Karlsson (8.52) 8.5728/252.93 def. Janne R Klungland (8.66) 8.5993/237.57 DQ b/o
Pro ET: Alice Hauge (11.10) 11.0874/191.56 def. Niklas Wikander (11.22) 11.1841/186.37 DQ d/o
Junior Dragster: Eskil Dahls (8.00) 8.0763/128.17 def. Felicia Rudnert (7.95) 8.1261/128.24

Super Comp Bike: Peter Östlund 8.6926/229.69 def. Tomas Jonsson 8.7128/255.20
Super Gas Bike: Ellen Ødegaard 9.5026/202.56 def. Jami Oksanen 9.5408/233.77
Junior Drag Bike: Eemeli Helkkala (7.29) 7.2067/153.19 def. Seth Friström (7.30) 7.2114/169.76 DQ b/o

Congratulations also to the below for setting new records, subject to official ratification:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster ET: 3.877 seconds, Ainta Mäkelä
FIA Pro Modified ET: 5.751 seconds, Andreas Arthursson
EDRS Pro Nordic MC Supertwin ET: 6.280 seconds, Jaska Salakari
EDRS Pro Nordic MS Pro Stock Bike ET: 6.954 seconds, Kalle Lyrén

As reported yesterday the world's first-ever five-second Supertwin ET was clocked by Vesa Lipponen on Saturday and then bettered by Jaska Salakari in the next qualifying session. Although neither ET was backed up, Vesa's place in drag racing history is assured and we very much doubt that Jaska's counter will be forgotten any time soon.

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Summit Racing Equipment Internationals reports, results and extensive galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

No Prep 3 gallery.
27th August: Whilst we were travelling home from Tierp Arena, Contributing Photographer Diana Macrae attended No Prep 3 at Rockingham Drag Strip for Eurodragster.com and has sent us a gallery of the day's action.

You can check out our No Prep 3 gallery, which is presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Swift snippets.
27th August: We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today. Please join Kirstie, Simon and Tog in wishing a Happy 50th Birthday to Eurodragster.com Photographer Julian. Julian is travelling home from Tierp with us today and be assured that we keep reminding him and that we are stopping him from wandering off.

...then two come along at once.
26th August: One of the few remaining barriers in drag racing was broken yesterday as the world's first five-second Supertwin pass was clocked during qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena.

History was made in Q4 by Vesa Lipponen with a pass of 5.9205/350.65 (217.88 mph). Incrementals were 1.0013 to sixty, 2.5665/252.59 (156.95 mph) at 330 feet, 3.8354/316.53 (196.68 mph) at the eighth and 4.9273/350.42 (217.74 mph) at the thousand.

Not to be outdone Jaska Salakari upped the ante in Q5 with a pass of 5.8372/332.72 (206.74 mph). Jaska's incrementals were 0.9711 to sixty, 2.4799/255.56 (158.80 mph) at 330 feet, 3.6707/326.28 (202.74 mph) at the eighth, 4.7982/338.98 (210.63 mph) at the thousand. Jaska's chute deployed past the eighth.

Jaska's pass backed up his previous best of 6.280 seconds for an EDRS Pro Nordic MC Supertwin ET record; Vesa and Jaska are of course on ET records for their fives and will have at least one opportunity to back them up today (Sunday).

Meanwhile on four wheels Andreas Arthursson kept his promise to Racepak guru and Pro Modified Colour Commentator Dick Koster, and indeed the rest of us, with Europe's first 5.7-second Pro Modified pass. Andreas, already on a 5.831 record, ran 5.803 in Q3 which was backed up by the previous pass, then ran the promised 5.7569/415.07 (257.91 mph) in E2 of yesterday's Swedish Pro Modified Championship which also served as Q4. Andreas' incrementals were 0.9907 to sixty, 2.6095/242.04 (150.40 mph) at 330 feet, 3.8428/326.88 (203.88 mph) at the eighth, and 4.8821/381.63 (237.13) at the thousand. The pass was followed by a 5.762 bye in the Swedish Championship final, also Q5. The 5.756 currently stands as the FIA European Pro Modified ET record and Andreas will have at least one opportunity to lower it still further today.

You will be able to stay in touch with events at Tierp Arena courtesy of our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Summit Racing Equipment Internationals coverage which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Giles' early retirement.
26th August: UK Super Gas racer Jon Giles has announced his retirement slightly early after engine damage at the NitrOlympX:

As most of my close friends know my intension was to race for ten years, which would be this year and then finish as I have a young family which I feel needs a bit more of my focus than drag racing will allow. Hockenheim was the final curtain for us as the engine damage bought an early end to it all - sorry everyone for the oildown!

I will get the engine fully rebuilt and then sell the car and lorry to anyone who may be interested; you can find it all on the Jeff Bull Race Engines Swap Meet.

I must say that I enjoyed drag racing more than I ever thought I would, and I would certainly recommend anyone to give it a go if they can. I have met some really nice people and enjoyed the fun I have had with them but like I say it's time to move on. I would really like to wish everyone I like without exception a great future in and out of the sport, and remember you only live once so grab it with both hands, a fast finger, and a heavy right foot.

Stay safe everyone from Team Roar Willys.


En avant to Santa Pod.
26th August: Some people divine a theatrical quality in the sport of drag racing. Steven McRae gives credence to that idea.

As a Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet, McRae is a world-leading exponent of the most arduous and exacting artistic profession. As a denizen of Australian drag strips throughout his childhood and youth, he knows full well the dramatic aura of the quarter-mile stage.

McRae and his wife Elizabeth Harrod, herself a Royal Ballet Soloist, will attend Santa Pod Raceway's FIA/FIM European Finals next month with their two young children. For the children it will be a drag racing introduction, but it won't be McRae's first trip to Santa Pod. "I visited when I first arrived in the UK", he says, "and slept in a £10 tent from Argos."

McRae's father is an engineer and drag racer who took him to race meetings around Australia, and he grew up with the sport in his blood. Ballet happened more by chance. A visit to his sister's dancing school when he was seven unearthed an aptitude which would produce a career of international renown. Back then, weekdays at the barre would be followed by weekends at the strip.

One difference McRae might find from his Australian dragstrip upbringing is the babel of tongues heard at the Finals. Sixteen different nations are represented on the entry list. Perhaps McRae's 150,000 Instagram followers will be treated to share the experience.


Junior Drag Racing Fun Day report.
24th August: Yesterday's Junior Drag Racing Fun Day at Santa Pod Raceway was Tierp in reverse with a wet start but a successful day's racing once the track had dried.

Simon attended the Fun Day and you can check out his report, which is presented in association with
John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The Top Fuel odds, Pro Mod to come...
24th August: RedZoneSports.bet continues its support of European drag racing with the release of prices for this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Internationals. The UK online bookmaker, which specialises in US sports, has been providing prices on FIA Top Fuel events since it partnered with TrakBak Racing for the sponsorship of The DoorSlammers at Santa Pod in May. 

Warren Llambias, co-founder of Redzone, said "The Doorslammers event really fired our imagination. We were able to offer markets on most of the individual races there and took around 1000 bets on the weekend. We felt it was important to show our commitment to the sport by continuing to offer prices on Top Fuel drag racing throughout the season. The demand has been such that we will be expanding our offering to cover the Pro Mod class for the European Finals at Santa Pod at the beginning of September."

The oddsmakers at Redzone have Liam Jones and Anita Mäkelä as joint 7/2 favourites for this weekend.

For a full list of odds on this weekend's event please click here.


Erbachers seek Finals crew.
23rd August: Switerland's Urs and Jndia Erbacher are seeking crew to assist their two-car attack on the FIA/FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway in a fortnight.

"This may be the last race for me", Urs told Eurodragster.com. "My car is for sale after the Euroepan Finals, hopefully with a win and a three-second ET to its name. The car will be turnkey with everything the customer wants.

"Jndia will keep her Monster Energy car for next year.

"We are searching for some crew help for the finals. We are looking for a clutch guy and two engine guys for left and right heads. They need to be experienced guys who have done this in the past."

If you are interested then please call Urs on +41 79 320 74 63 or E-Mail urs@erbacher.biz.

Meanwhile Monster Energy have published a small feature on Jndia which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the picture at right.


Swift snippets.
23rd August: Thanks to Jari Halonen for passing us the post-NitrOlympX points standings in the FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships. You can check out the European points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

NitrOlympX Top Gas report.
23rd August: Many thanks to Herman Jolink for sending us a report of the latest round of the European Top Gas Series which took place at last weekend's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim, and at which Jorg Lymant (below left) was crowned 2018 Series Champion:


We had some rain on Friday but the rest of the weekend was very hot.

Top Gas qualifying:
  1. Frederik Schack DK on 2622 Prostock V-Twin 7.564/273 kmh. Last year Frederik had a lot of problems with the gearbox so his father Rene went to the USA and got two gearboxes. On hit first run Frederik got close to the wall and had to close the throttle.
  2. Jorg Lymant D on 2622 Prostock V-Twin 7.659/279. Jorg put a bigger brake caliper on his back wheel between runs.
  3. Cord Albers D on 2622 Prostock V-Twin 7.729/275
  4. Olaf Menzi CH on 2622 Prostock V-Twin 7.858/252
  5. Jan Malmberg SE on 2660 two blower V-Twin 7.984/276. Some problems with blower pressure between runs.
  6. Anders Jensen DK on 2000 home-made blower V-Twin 8.359/258
  7. Gerd Caspari DE on 2440 home-made V-Twin 8.499/249.
  8. Herman Jolink NL on Ducati Drag Bike 8.723/246 on the second run the Ducati cut out due to low start revs.
  9. Martin Buehler CH on 1600 home-made blower V-Twin 8.789/244
  10. Andreas Herr De 2622 V-Twin (ex Ronald v d Werken)
  11. Peter Niklas DE on 1000 SP Turbo Honda 9.927/190. The front cylinder head had damaged valves.
  12. Sven-Ole Schleichert DE 1340 V-Rod Destroyer 10.022/206 with a loose clutch plate.
  13. Janek Severa CR on Suzuki 1000 TL 10.045215
  14. Maik Kruger DE on 1340 V-Rod Destroyer 10.061/206
  15. Dirk Waterschoot BE on Rotax Buell 1125 10.412/207. Next year will have a turbo.
  16. Tim Kruger DE on Buell 10.596/208
E1: Schack 9.690/173 def. Krueger 10.1627/205, Schack with some problems but the Schack team got it right for the next round; Buehler 8.749/245 def Jolink 9.042/226; Menzi 9.220/154 def. Severa 9.817/216, PB for Severa; Malmberg 8.190/262 def. Schleichert 11.491/209; Lymant 7.546/280 def. Waterschoot 10.455/207; Casapri 8.590/248 def. Herrwhose engine cut out at the star; Albers 7.870/271 def. Maik Kruger 10.586/207; Jensen staged on his bye run.

E2: Schack 7.596/283 def. Buehler 8.749/245; Menzi 7.486/274 def. Malmberg 10.649/120 a PB for Menzi; Lymant 7.498/284 bye, Caspari did not make the start line.

E3: Schack 7.530/276 bye, Lymant 7.563/283 def. Menzi 7.955/276.

Final: Frederik Schack DK 7.550/277 def. Jorg Lymant DE 7.490/288.

Championship after five rounds:
  1. Lymant DE 2850 (Champion)
  2. Buehler CH 1340
  3. Malmberg SE 1255
  4. Menzi CH 1250
  5. Jolink NL 1110
  6. Niklas DE 950
  7. Jensen DK 940
  8. Schack DK 860
  9. Schleichert DE 830
  10. Caspari DE 780
  11. Albers DE 710
  12. Waterschoot BE 520
  13. Foit DE 400
  14. Severa CR 360
The next event is next week's eighth-mile sprint at the Mosten Race Days in Denmark.


Update: SFI 3.3/20 Boots.
21st August: Jan Phersson of Eurodragster.com sponsor Simpson Safety Europe has asked us to let racers know that, due to a misunderstanding between SFI and the FIA, the recent Technical Bulletin regarding SFI 3.3/20 shoes was incorrect:

The correct information is now available in a new Technical Notification, #2018/02 dated 15th August.

The essence of the updated information is that any shoe meeting SFI 3.3/20 with a minimum height of 6" (152 mm), measuring the back of the shoe, is considered as a Boot and is therefore permitted for use in competition where rules state SFI 3.3/20 Boots to be mandatory.


Swift snippets.
21st August: Many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official Redline Rumble timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Another good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted his NitrOlympX race report on the Autosport.nl web site. Similarly to the Eurodragster.com staff Remco has gone home and them more or less gone straight out again so alas no time for the usual "Other things I saw" supplement, but you can check out Remco's race report by clicking here.

Congratulations to regular Eurodragster.com News contributor Geoff Stilwell on setting a new Class Record for A/Blown Fuel (left) at Bonneville last week. Start of a steep and slippery slope, Geoff.


No Prep 3 entry update.
21st August: Paul Marston tells us that advance entry for No Prep 3, which takes place at Rockingham Drag Strip next Monday (27th), closes this Thursday:

After Thursday we are asking you to enter and pay on the day; if you are looking at entering on the day then please try to be early - gates open at 08:00 on Monday. The entry is looking healthy with Big Tyre and Small Tyre in double figures. We took a risk by splitting the class into two so soon but it made it more fair for the small tyre cars and gives us two great classes.

The small tyre class is going to be a very bloody affair, with a lot of very fast cars and absolutely no form book to go by. Judging by the quality of the entry it looks like we made the right decision to split. The car count is pretty even in both classes.

Big Tyre will be a hard one to call. There are some new names with which to contend, defending No Prep 2 Champion Lee Huxley returns and will have that big target on his back. The Dark Horse team certainly did their homework and came with an extremely well prepared race-car. As before it's all random pairing so who races who will be decided on the day. Another hot favourite is Pel Norman in the Shogun Capri, who lost controversially to Lee Huxley in the semi finals last time. Pel reckons that he has unfinished business to attend to!

The Monster High Roller Bracket Race is also filling up very nicely. The entry is again in double figures, so all is set for a great weekend of No Prep eighth-mile drag racing. The No Prep RWYB car count is good with a few familiar faces.

There is a full timing system for the Bracket and the RWYB but the No Prep Classes are in true Street Outlaw style with a flashlight start and no times or speeds.

For entry forms and more details either Like our Facebook page Rockingham Dragstrip and message us, E-Mail pmdragracing@gmail.com, or call me on 07831 650230.

Rockingham also plays host to the Big Oolite Rod and Custom Car Show to which all cars are welcome whether English, American, European, Japanese, VAG, as long as it's nice or it's cool we want it. There is no additional charge to show your car at the show other than gate entry which is £12 on the day or £10 in advance from the Rockingham web site. There is also a huge Drift event on the National Circuit with around one hundred Drifters booked in (Including my nephew-in-law - Ed). Plenty of action for the Bank Holiday weekend!


NitrOlympX results.
20th August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Liam Jones 3.994/490.09 def. Antti Horto 4.074/446.30
FIA Top Methanol: Timo Habermann 5.401/420.96 def. Dennis Habermann 5.476/420.64 DQ red
FIA Pro Modified: Micke Gullqvist 5.976/392.52 def. Jan Ericsson 6.045/386.72
FIA Pro Stock: Robin Norén 8.608/158.47 def. Bengt Ljungdahl 7.213/253.07 DQ red

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Filippos Papafilippou no time bye, Eric Richard broke
FIM Europe Supertwin: Marcus Christiansen 6.434/358.51 def. Takeshi Shigematsu 15.945/82.76
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Alex Hope 7.452/294.15 def. Karl-Heinz Weikum 7.429/294.31
FIM Europe Super Street Bike: Graham Balchin 7.949/305.39 bye, Rick Stubbins no show
FIM Europe Junior Drag Bike Cup: Lorens Bochnig (7.90) 7.961/134.39 def. Meggie Talbot (9.32) 9.362/115.25

Comp Eliminator: Robin Sattler (9.64) 9.738/146.80 bye, Ingo Ekert no show
Super Pro ET: Jens Könnecke (8.30) 8.321/262.96 def. Franz Aschenbrenner (8.22) 9.178/190.19 DQ red
Pro ET: Will Clark (10.02) 10.089/209.75 def. Frank Römer (9.62) 9.656/206.54
Super Comp: Leah Kellett 9.016/259.78 def. Enrico Bailo 8.992/241.08
Super Gas: Rene Kloss 10.074/205.06 def. Stevan Reffelrath 12.231/115.00 DQ red
Junior Dragster: Jack Gooding (8.29) 8.254/123.88 def. Tom Kaye (7.96) 8.117/132.60 DQ red

Funny Bike: Marc Laur 7.189/299.42 def. Kars van den Belt 21.790/195.81
Supertwin Top Gas: Frederik Schack 7.550/277.57 def. Jörg Lymant 7.490/288.14

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

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

A big Thank You to Kirstie, Simon and Julian for their hard work in very uncomfortable conditions and to Mike Kraaij for providing additional pit notes.


Redline Rumble results.
20th August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Redline Rumble at Santa Pod Raceway:
  FUNNY BIKE SATURDAY     
3       DAVE PETERS                                                                
8       LORCAN PARNELL      + 0.1068  1.1585  2.9567  4.7128 124.57  8.7188  103.50 WIN
 
  COMP BIKE SATURDAY      
74      ERIK JENNES         + 0.1320  1.3426  3.3570  4.9580 154.16  7.4933  193.05 WIN
8       MARGOT SCHMIDT      + 0.1005  1.4069  3.5877  5.3591 141.25  8.0932  179.21
 
  SUPER STREET BIKE SATURDAY        
6       GARRY BOWE                                                                 
3       PETE FIELD          + 0.3192  1.2972  3.3439  4.9845 148.20  8.0654  132.98 WIN
 
  8.50 BIKE SATURDAY      
2       IAN CHRICHLOW       + 0.0243  1.4233  3.6511  5.5110 130.54  8.5643  156.83
1       JAKE MECHAELL       + 0.0268  1.4208  3.6374  5.4912 132.18  8.5540  150.16 WIN
 
  9.50 BIKE SATURDAY      
169     DAVID BOWE          + 0.1373  1.4953  3.9634  6.0650 116.09  9.5904  123.10 WIN
3       BRETT CORDELLE      + 0.2151  1.5706  4.0379  6.1307 116.24  9.5673  140.78
 
  E.T. BIKE SATURDAY      
2       GARY HESTER         + 0.1620  1.7215  4.5325  6.8914 103.11 10.8162  120.42
1       PHIL PRATT          + 0.1445  1.4768  3.8460  5.8703 120.86  9.1832  144.40 WIN

  SUPERTWIN TOP GAS SATURDAY 
463     MICHAEL GOODING     + 0.6087  1.8601  4.4385  6.5296 116.70  9.9696  139.83 WIN
661     DEREK FLYNN         + 0.4464  1.6223  4.4013  6.7268 105.18 10.5440  125.62
 
  VWDRC             
349     NATALIE WOOD        + 0.4975  2.2503  6.7749 10.4526  66.80 16.4289   76.03
Y743NLL CHARLES ROBERTS     + 0.2340  2.1942  6.2660  9.6117  74.31 14.9868   91.02 WIN
 
  OUTLAW            
1       COLIN MILLAR        + 0.0424  1.1262  3.0897  4.7488 148.04  7.4308  181.40 WIN
106     SCOTT CROOKSTON     + 0.1347  1.1705  3.2230  4.9763 139.47  7.8149  170.46
 
  FUNNY BIKE SUNDAY     
3       DAVE PETERS         + 0.6823  1.1997  3.3197  5.0577 142.03  7.8910  169.18
8       LORCAN PARNELL      + 0.2511  1.1297  2.9515  4.4152 170.17  6.7217  207.04 WIN
 
  COMP BIKE SUNDAY      
8       MARGOT SCHMIDT      + 0.1180  1.3118  3.3602  4.9981 149.55  7.6361  180.69 WIN
74      ERIK JENNES         + 0.1581  1.6727  3.8286  5.4429 155.79  7.9846  182.85
 
  SUPER STREET BIKE SUNDAY        
        BYE                                                               
3       PETE FIELD          + 0.2394  1.2602  3.2316  4.7771 159.63  7.2719  192.94 WIN
 
  8.50 BIKE SUNDAY      
198     JAY ROE             + 0.1433  1.3468  3.5197  5.3874 130.21  8.4925  154.20
1       JAKE MECHAELL       + 0.0813  1.4545  3.6523  5.4971 132.22  8.5400  153.16 WIN
 
  9.50 BIKE SUNDAY      
1       RICHARD SAWATZKI    + 0.0927  1.4914  3.9385  5.9993 118.55  9.5714  118.23 WIN
59      LEO LESTER          + 0.2823  1.5787  4.0995  6.1067 119.67  9.4300  145.29
 
  E.T. BIKE SUNDAY      
1       PHIL PRATT          + 0.1547  1.5465  3.9379  5.9436 121.72  9.2307  147.58 WIN
605     JASMINE CORDELLE    + 0.1661  1.4329  3.8773  5.9860 116.81  9.4677  138.63
  
  SUPERTWIN TOP GAS SUNDAY
463     MICHAEL GOODING     + 0.4943  1.6951  4.2372  6.3024 118.57  9.6858  142.93 WIN
661     DEREK FLYNN         - 0.0709  1.6833  4.4580  6.8035 103.50 10.6913  122.54
Congratulations to ET Bike runner-up Gary Hester who is due the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect ET Award of £75 having clocked a 0.0007 Reaction Time. The Award has been reset to £50 for the FIA/FIM European Finals in September.

Many thanks to Adam Bentley of SPRC's timing crew who kept us supplied with timing sheets over the weekend. We will code these up and add them to our Redline Rumble coverage page (see below) when we return from Hockenheim.

Many thanks also to Callum Pudge and Diana Macrae who have supplied us with a gallery of both Saturday's and yesterday's action. You can check out the galleries, which are presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


NitrOlympX webcast update.
14th August: More thanks to NitrOlympX PR Christine Calwer for passing on more details of the Web TV broadcast of this weekend's race at Hockenheim.

The free webcast will commence at 08:00 UK/09:00 European on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's coverage will include the legendary Night Show.

The link to the webcast, currently inactive, will go live on our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NitrOlympX Event Index at 07:30 UK/08:30 European on Saturday. You may have to click on your Browser's Refresh button after that time to pick up the change.

There is no webcast on Friday but the usual real-time reports, pit notes and end-day gallery will be available here on Eurodragster.com.


No Prep 3 the last at Rockingham.
14th August: Paul Marston has been in touch to let us know that No Prep 3 will be the last drag race meeting at Rockingham Dragstrip because, as things stand, the facility will close at the end of this year:

If you want to race at Rockingham Dragstrip, then make sure you are at No Prep 3 on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August. For entry forms and more details either Like our Facebook page Rockingham Dragstrip and message us, E-Mail pmdragracing@gmail.com, or call me on 07831 650230.

To say that everyone involved in Rockingham Dragstrip is gutted would be an understatement, but this is completely out of our hands. All I can say is let's make No Prep 3 an event to remember. If you have even the remotest chance of bringing a car then do it; this will be your last chance to run at this amazing venue.


Redline Rumble Perfect Awards.
15th August: This weekend's Redline Rumble at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £125 will be on offer for perfect performance.

Please note that as the Eurodragster.com team are all at Hockenheim this weekend the arrangements for payout will be different for this one event. The official timing data will be consulted after which the Perfect Light Award winner will be contacted for bank details and paid, and the Perfect ET winner will be required to prove that they were carrying decals when the run was made before being paid.

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

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

The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET racer Adam Charnley at Bug Jam. The money will be paid to the first racer this weekend to run +0.000 on index or dial-in during qualifying or eliminations. The Perfect ET Award will be available this weekend in 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike, the Wild Bunch, Gasser Circus and VWDRC Bracket but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £100 for the FIA/FIM European Finals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the FIA/FIM European Finals.

To be eligible to win the Award, decals (right) must be carried, clearly visible, one on each side of the vehicle. If a Perfect ET is recorded without decals then there will be no argument, we will not pay out and the money will be awarded to the next racer to record a Perfect ET. Decals will be available in Signing On from this Friday.

The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Vitesse Labelling Products, which is owned by Modurstang Pro ET racer Al Platt. For more information about the services which Vitesse Labelling Products can provide then please visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk.


Swift snippets.
15th August: Next week's Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena is the final round of the 2018 EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship. Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has written a preview of the action in Top Fuel Bike, Supertwin, Pro Stock Bike, Super Comp Bike and Super Gas Bike which you can check out on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.

Lizz Charman and all at Nitrous Junkie HQ asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to photo-journalist Steve Moxley (below left). "Steve will have to wait until Saturday for his present!", says Lizz. Have a great day Steve. Meanwhile Moxey's SPRC Summernationals coverage is now showing on the Eat My Ink web site at www.eatmyink.com.


Congratulations to Geoff Stilwell who gained his A licence with a pass of 246 mph on the salt at Bonneville. "The car is fantastic", says Geoff. "I need to thank Lucas Oil, Isky Cams, Stage V Rockers and Simpson plus Bill Schultz, Sparky Perry, Bob Muravez, Carl Olson, Al Teague and Tony Betts for making this all happen."


Redline Rumble racer update.
14th August: Many thanks to SPRC International Race Director Carole Ismail and James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway for forwarding us details of the arrangements for this week's Redline Rumble at Santa Pod Raceway, which is a double-header Championship round for ACU and UK National Drag Bike classes.

Bike racers please note that although this weekend is a double-header you only need to sign on and be scrutineered once and that will cover both days' competition.

Friday 17th August
12:00 Gates open
13:00 Signing On open for ACU and UK bike classes
16:00 Scrutineering commences for ACU and UK Bike classes (Scrutineering details)

Saturday 18th August
07:00 Signing On open for ACU and UK bike classes
07:00 Scrutineering commences for ACU and UK Bike classes (Scrutineering details)
08:00 Signing On open for invited car classes
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

Sunday 19th August
08:00 Signing On open for invited car classes
08:30 Signing On open for ACU and UK bike classes
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

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

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


NitrOlympX to be webcast.
14th August: Full details will be advised later but many thanks to NitrOlympX PR Christine Calwer for confirming that Saturday and Sunday of this weekend's race at Hockenheim are to be broadcast on Web TV.

Stay tuned for more information.


Bring on the NitrOlympX.
14th August: Our good friend Markus Münch says that the weekend's Public Race Days at Hockenheim went well under a warm, but not hot, sunny South German sky:


The track looks good so far, the NitrOlympX can come. Many good times were run by the Public Racers, hot VWs and other stuff in the eight- and nine-second bracket. The Dragster Test and Tune was used by some teams to make final adjustments for this weekend's NitrOlympX.


You can check out Markus' Saturday gallery by clicking here and his Sunday gallery by clicking here.

You will be able to stay in touch with events at Hockenheim courtesy of our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NitrOlympX event coverage, which commences on Friday.


Swift snippets.
14th August: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us the first final version of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-9th September and which is the final round of the FIA and FIM European Championships and a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships for some classes. You can check out the FIA/FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Although the entire Eurodragster.com team will be at Hockenheim this weekend we will bring you some coverage of this weekend's Redline Rumble at Santa Pod Raceway in association with John Woolfe Racing. The plan is to post qualifying standings and final results each day courtesy of SPRC's timing crew, and for end-day galleries courtesy of Callum Pudge.

Staying with the Redline Rumble, our absence from the event will necessitate special arrangements for this weekend's Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards scheme. We will post details of eligiblity and how to claim the £75 Eurodragster.com/Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the £50 Eurodragster.com/Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award here on Eurodragster.com News tomorrow.


NitrOlympX Top Gas preview.
12th August: Mike Kraaij writes that the
European Top Gas racers get the opportunity to squeeze the most out of their two cylinders at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim next weekend:

After the DHRA Main Event at Drachten Airstrip youngsters at the end of July this will be the fifth round for the Supertwin Top Gas Series. The racers come from many countries.

In the Championship, Germany's Jörg Lymant is on top with a lead of no less than 1215 points. That difference is already so great that he only has to pass technical inspection at Hockenheim to call himself the 2018 European Champion in Supertwin Top Gas.

Runner-up place is still open as the difference in points can still be covered. In second place is Switzerland's Martin Buehler who has in his wake the Swede Jan Malmberg and they are closely followed by the Dutchman Herman Jolink who has been participating in the motorcycle drag racing for for more than forty years and attended the very first NitrolympX in 1986!

Switzerland's Olaf Menzi is recovering from an annoying illness and shows what perseverance can do. He, like Jörg Lymant, has a V-Twin Buell of 2622cc and uses race gas without a turbo or compressor. These V-Twins were developed for Pro Stock Bike and the class record of 7.393 for the quarter mile is still in the name of Gert-Jan Laseur from Almere in the Netherlands who has held it since 2009! Frederik Schack from Denmark is the record holder on the eighth mile with a time of 4.654.

So far as Olaf Menzi is concerned, he is still searching for the best adjustment in terms of clutch and balance in his V-Twin, which has a lot of potential and can run low sevens runs. Jan Malmberg did good business in Drachten and has hit the sevens several times which is promising, and he is looking forward to the upcoming race at Hockenheim.

Cord Albers is also very experienced and also has a potentially fast Twin called the Gaselerator. Fredrik Schack will also be present from Denmark with his very fast ex-Pro Stock V-Twin. He has missed a number of races but will do his utmost to claim the highest possible prize.

You will be able to stay in touch with events at Hockenheim courtesy of our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NitrOlympX event coverage, which commences on Friday.


Swift snippets.
12th August: Finnish Pro Stock Bike racer Janne Koskinen will be back on track at the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena at the end of this month. Our good buddy Remco Scheelings says that Janne will continue his co-operation with six-time FIM European Pro Stock Bike Champion Fredrik Fredlund and that you can read all about it on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.

Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 4 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-9th September and which is the final round of the FIA and FIM European Championships and a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships for some classes. You can check out the FIA/FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Further to our news item of 5th July, the charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime has benefitted from the support of two Nostalgia Funny Cars at Santa Pod Raceway. Andy Raw, racing partner Karl Harrison and Matthew Wright raised £600 at Dragstalgia and the Mopar EuroNationals and John Tebenham has stepped up to the plate to bring the total up to £1000. You can read more on the Embrace CVoC web site at www.embracecvoc.org.uk.

Many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official Ultimate Street Car timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Web site updates.
12th August: Paul Lister has updated his Drag Car Anon web site with a large number of pictures from Dragstalgia. You can check out Paul's shots at www.dragcaranon.co.uk.

Hockenheim track prep update.
10th August:
NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey says that track prep for next week's event is going well despite the conditions at Hockenheim:

Despite the record breaking heat wave for the past weeks, our track prep team alongside with Darren Prentice and Ian Marshall have had tremendous results getting our track ready for a few new records at the 33rd NitrOlympX on 17th-19th.

After this weekend's Test and Tune we expect our track to be ready for attempts on new best times and speeds by full fields of FIA and FIM cars and bikes, as well as full Sportsman classes.

We expect another update from the track prep crew after this weekend's Test and Tune.


Clastres success.
10th August: Many thanks to Elodie Dubois for forwarding us a review of the 7th European Dragster event at Clastres in France:

The event did not start too well. There was a huge storm on the Friday afternoon causing damage to track equipment and race teams' awnings etc, but in a speedy reaction to the problem all the Association Trophée Drasger staff went out of their way to help get everything back in shape ready to begin racing at around 11:00 on Saturday morning. We would like to thank all of the ATD people for their help, as without them it wouldn't have been possible!


The sun returned again on Saturday and with the track dry we managed to get in five sessions of qualifying in before closing at 21:00. Sunday morning arrived and a further two rounds of qualifying were run before starting with eliminations.


Sunday ran very smoothly and we managed to complete the event by 18:00 then finished with the prize ceremony.


Junior Dragster
Winner: Mathéo Christophe
Runner-up: Maximilian Rygol
Third place: Cheyenne Visser

Street Run ET
Winner: Stephan West
Runner-up: Sébastien Roux
Semi-finalists: Alain Mancusi, Jean Luc Jacot

Pro ET
Winner: Martin Weikum
Runner-up : Benoit Isnel
Third place: Sylvie Lavaud

Super Pro ET
Winner: Brian Pateman
Runner-up: Oliver Petzold
Third place: Maurice van der Laan

We would like to say a massive Thank You to everybody who supports us, all the competitors who follow us, the track prep crew, and race officials for making this event another great success. We will be back again in 2019 and hope you will all join us for some great Sportsman racing.


Ready for The Big One.
9th August: Colin Theobald has been in touch with the latest news from Nic Williams of Eurodragster.com sponsor
OCS Paint who is contesting Stock Eliminator in the USA:

Following on from a very successful fact-finding trip and our first event at Numidia Raceway, Pennsylvania in June where Nic progressed to round three, it is now time to pack the bags once again and head back to the USA to continue the Going Home tour. Our first update to carry out on the Camaro is the installation of our new Racepak - more news to follow on this - which will give us a huge amount of information that will allow us to tune the car to its maximum potential. We also have a new converter to install from A1 Transmissions and we would like to thank them for all of their help and support especially as we are their UK dealer. There are other tweaks here and there as well, but we know that some of our American friends will be reading this so not going to give all of the details here.

Our next event is a Lucas Oil Division 3 event at the famous Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky, Bowling Green to all of us here in the UK, on 24th-26th August and then it's on to the big one. Our entry is confirmed for the biggest drag race meeting anywhere, the famous US Nationals at Indianapolis, where the entry in Stock Eliminator is capped at 180 and only 128 go through to eliminations. Current entry as of today is 145 and is expected to be over subscribed. We are under no illusion that this will be an easy task, as our earlier visit proved, but we have support and guidance from many of our new American friends especially PC Richards and Son with whom we look forward to meeting again.

No trip and racing endeavour could be attempted without the support of our sponsors and partners, so a massive thank you to:

Xpression Events: the UK's number one choice for live events and experiential marketing.

Flightcase Warehouse: Specialists in design and manufacture of flight cases. Industries include music/audio, broadcasting and of course motorsport.

Anglo American Oil Company: European agents for Joe Gibbs Racing Oil, widely regarded as engine builders' preferred choice.

G23 Engineering: This ISO9001 accredited engineering company regularly work in sectors from top level motorsport and luxury automotive to aerospace, nautical and medical sectors.

Knight Engine Services: A modern machine shop with the latest tools and equipment, services include cylinder head re-machining, crankshaft grinding, cylinder re-boring and honing.

Sayers Motor Factors: Northampton-based and one of the UK's largest and longest established independent coatings suppliers.

Xpertees: Northampton's prefered supplier of printed clothing items and anything else. Contact Mick Bell on 07702 611140.

Snap-On Tools: Robin Smith is our area Snap On dealer and the chosen tool supplier at Williams Bros Racing. Contact number is 07958 700643, Robin covers the Northants area.

Doug Tait design and visualisation: From leaflets to full campaigns and web sites, bringing your project ideas to life. Contact 01604 532006.

BSI Transport: BSI offer all transport from next day pallets to European full or part load haulage.

A1 Transmissions: We are the UK dealers for A1 Transmissions, their quality and service speaks for themselves. The only choice for WBR for Transmissions and torque converters. Contact us for more details.

Racepak: Simplicity and perfection for data logging, WBR's chosen supplier.

Tilburg Racing Engines. Massive thanks to Brian Tilburg not only for the superb engines but for all of his help with our adventures.

We couldn't even consider doing all of this without the full support of our families and friends. Alix and Elaine Williams who let their husbands go off and play, Mum and Dad Adele and Keith Williams who are always there for us and continued support. Lorne Denny our Crew Chief who is always there for us, no matter where in the world we race. Colin Theobald for continued support with time and advice, and of course the whole of the OCS Group, massive thanks to each and every one of you for your hard work and extra effort.

It has always been a dream to race in Stock Eliminator in the USA, never did we imagine we would get to compete at the US Nationals. We will be flying the flag for Santa Pod Raceway and will make sure that everyone knows about our home track. We will be proudly carrying the name on the car for all to see, many thanks to Santa Pod Raceway and SPRC for their support.

Finally there is one person whom Nic needs to make a special mention, and that is Dan Williams. His attention to detail and exceptional tuning and preparation to the Camaro for the events is second to none, this is what has given us tremendous success with all of our cars.

Wish us luck.


FIA/FIM European Finals entry update.
8th August: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 3 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-9th September and which is the final round of the FIA and FIM European Championships and a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships for some classes.

You can check out the FIA/FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Entry closes this Friday, 10th August, after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a penalty fee. You can find the official entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about FIA/FIM European Finals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Maurischat's final tilt at the Five.
8th August: German Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Marco Maurischat has announced that he is to retire from racing and that his blown-alcohol '53 Corvette operation will be up for sale after next week's NitrOlympX at Hockenheim:

Not many know that I started drag racing  in 1991 with a VW Beetle running in ET Bracket. Sorry Jerry Lackey, you certainly had some sleepless nights because of my wild race car construction back then! I then had some really successful years racing in Super Comp and then Comp Eliminator with my blown Small Block A/Dragster and B/Dragster. When racing this combination we won many races, I am not sure but I think that we still hold a record in one of the Comp classes.

After a short break to build the new car I started racing my '53 Pro Modified Corvette from 2008 to this day. Pro Mod was way more of a challenge than I ever thought, also the change from a dragster to the fastest door cars on the planet, but it was the greatest time in my twenty seven years of drag racing. These Pro Mod really are a handful to drive and it really takes some time to get it under your control. But when you pass that point it's so much fun driving them. Even though we raced part time and on a small budget we had a really great time as a team.

One of our main goals was to dip into the five-second zone one day. We missed this by a few hundredths when we ran 6.03 at the last Tierp event, so we we'll have to try again at the upcoming NitroOlympX.

As well as all the friends we have made at the track and in the pits I would like to thank my wife Nadine for letting me live my dream for all these years. A big Thank You also belongs to my team buddies: wthout you guys all this would never have happened. You are the best. Drag racing is a team sport; maybe the driver seems to be the hero, but that's not the truth and it's only superficially so. The guys under oil sump, changing bearings, sitting in the car doing the clutch, disassembling the engine again and again no matter when - you are the heroes because you guys keep these things running.


Become a High Roller for less.
8th August: Paul Marston writes that the entry fee has been reduced for the Monster High Roller Bracket Race at Rockingham Drag Strip on Monday 27th August:

To make it a more widely-appealing class we have reduced the entry fee for the bracket race to £100. This includes two gate entry tickets, entry into the competition, free RWYB all day and early entry to get pitted. It will affect the prize money a little but prize money is always entry-related so the more entries the more money.

You can enter anything. Some racers have already entered in their daily drives or you can use a race car, it's up to you. If you have always wanted to try proper bracket racing, here is your chance. All you need is a UK driving licence and a crash helmet with a daily driver, if you don't have a crash helmet we can hire you one. So come and join in the fun, here is your chance - this is the very cheapest form of racing you will find anywhere, but be warned it can become habit-forming.

Eighth-mile bracket racing is quite possibly one of the hardest Sportsman races to win and has long been considered so in the States. This is mainly because of the shorter distance involved, so the driver really has to be sharp and on their game. Plus the car has to be pretty good too, with such tight margins and less room for error it will certainly be one to look out for. Here in the UK we certainly have our fair share of really good bracket racers, so a good entry in this class will see some very exciting racing. That said it's just as likely that a complete novice can just have all the luck go their way and win it! But one thing is for sure, you have to be in it to win it.

For entry forms and more details either Like our Facebook page Rockingham Dragstrip and message us, E-Mail pmdragracing@gmail.com, or call me on 07831 650230.


SPRC seeking 15.1 wheels.
6th August: Ian Marshall of
Santa Pod Racers Club says that the Club are seeking one or two SFI 15.1-spec 16" rear wheels for use on the counter-rotator sled (aka Sled Zeppelin) at Santa Pod Raceway.

If you have any 16" rear wheels of SFI spec 15.1 which you no longer need then please get in touch with SPRC at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or leave a message at 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625). If you are outside the UK then drop-off could be arranged at Hockenheim where the SPRC team are currently working on track prep.


Swift snippets.
6th August: Our good friend Remco Scheelings writes that the temperature of more than 33° was one of many records broken in the latest round of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship at Gardermoen. Sverre Dahl, Marcus Christiansen, Kalle Lyr&eavute;n and Mogens Lund were the winners in their respective categories, but Svein Olaf Rolfstad and Mathias Bohlin were also stars of a great third round of the Championship. Qualifying and elimination results and Championship standings can be found on the Dragracingeurope.eu web site, and a review and highlights can be checked out by clicking here.

No news update yesterday (Sunday) so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday to Lady Libby Mottershead. Hope you had a great day Libby and glad to hear that the card went down well. Celebrating her birthday today is SPR marshal Caroline Boncey; Happy Birthday with hugs Oscar, have a lovely day.


Liam's progress.
6th August: Eire's own Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald's European Tour continues with a trip to Clastres last weekend. Dad Graham writes:

With our booked flights threatened with a strike days before our departure we had to opt for rebooking through another flight company. This ended up costing us another €1000 but we couldn't miss the event as Liam is doing fairly well in both the French and German Championships at the moment, as well as seventh in the UK Championship and doing well in the Junior Dragster Internationals.

Liam initially qualified number one but was finally pipped by French racer Hugo Lajoux. So on to eliminations and Liam went up against Maximillian Rygol. We changed our dial-in by five hundredths at the last minute but in the strong headwind dialled the wrong way. It was a close race with a finishing difference of only 0.007, and Liam cut an 0.01 light at that, but that's drag racing for you. Maximillian went on to the final but sadly redlit. Third place finalist went to Cheyenne Visser from Friesland with a new young French driver taking the win.

Thanks again to Milwaukee Tools France for the beautiful prizes of power tools which were handed out with the trophies for first and second, really top-end power tools in carry cases. Finally a big thanks to Association Trophée Dragster crew for a wonderful event.

Clastres is becoming a firm favourite for all who attend and at such a short distance from Calais it's not too far to travel. For the Juniors it's very cheap to enter which offsets the traveling costs. The different events and differing conditions in which we are racing, such as temperatures and altitudes, are improving our tuning knowledge and driver experience. So if you are considering giving European drag racing a go then we would strongly recommend Clastres in France as your first choice.

Next up it's in Vichy France for the final French round in September.


Web site updates.
6th August: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.

Robinson retains lead.
4th August: Reining MSA British Drag Racing Champion and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson continues to lead the points in the 2018 Pro Mod Championship after no eliminations took place at Round 4, the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

After missing the first qualifying round due to an issue with the brakes during the burnout, the Anger Management team quickly put themselves back into the number one spot with a 5.91/242 in the second qualifying session. In the last run of qualifying Andy recorded a slightly slower ET of 6.02 despite a substantial lift when the car got loose at mid-track.

Unfortunately, the weather on race day did not allow for any eliminations to take place, and the entire day was called due to persistent rain.

"It's a shame that the weather wasn't on our side this meeting as we wanted to increase our lead in the points and also attempt to improve on our 5.91 from qualifying, possibly dipping back into the 5.8s again", said Andy.

By qualifying in the number one spot Andy managed to take home maximum qualifying points along with low ET points which has nudged his points lead to twenty one. The team have also proved that they are a permanent fixture in the fives, running a five-second pass at every meeting this year.

The next meeting at which the Hampshire-based team will compete is the NitrOlympX in Hockenheim, Germany which takes place in mid-August. Andy and the team will be facing some strong competition with the best in Europe also attending this FIA event, however after his recent performance he too will be taken as a serious contender to take home the winner's trophy home.

As always we would like to thank our sponsors and performance partners, NGK Spark Plugs UK, Torco Oils, Nimbus Motorsport, PAC Racing Springs, Aurora Rod Ends, Weld Racing, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Victory 1 Valves, Mike Janis Superchargers, Noonan Race Engineering, EZ Motorsports, Hoosier Tyre UK, PRS and Manton Rocker Arms. Also a huge thanks to the dedicated and hard working Anger Management crew!

For more information on the Anger Management Pro Mod Drag Racing Team, please visit our Facebook page.


European Top Gas Round 4 review.
4th August: Herman Jolink writes that the latest round of the European Top Gas Series took place at Drachten Drag Strip in The Netherlands last weekend:

The DHRA ran a very good event with 150 competitors in car and bike classes. A big OK for DHRA and Cary Kooper. There was some rain on Saturday but we had some qualifying sessions. Top Gas qualifying:
  1. Jorg Lymant D on 2622 V-Twin 7.711/259 kmh
  2. Cord Albers D on 2622 V-Twin 8.179/258. On one run the bike was jumping up and down very seriously.
  3. Jan Malmberg S on two blower 2600 V-Twin 8.235/230
  4. Olaf Menzi CH on 2622 V-Twin 8.565/196. Olaf did not have his Hungarian crew.
  5. Martin Buehler CH on home made 1600 Blower V-Twin 8.584. A new Pesonal Best.
  6. Herman Jolink NL on Ducati 999 RS (1214) 8.632/245. Now without Henry Evers who passed away due to cancer on Friday 27th July. Henry had supported DragracingTeam Herman Jolink since 1984 (Our condolences on the loss of your friend - Ed).
  7. Gerd Caspari D on 2400 home made V-Twin 8.907/241
  8. Peter Niklas D Turbo SP 1000 Honda 9.588/226. Had a big hole in the crank case after a connecting rod broke.
  9. Sven Ole Schleichert D on 1300 V-Rod Destroyer 10.146/206
  10. Jens Hoffmeister D on V-Twin 10.416/209
  11. Malte Foit D on Rotax Buell 11.226/189
  12. Bernd Foit D on 2800 V-Twin
Mats Larsson S on 2600 Turbo V-Twin did not qualify due to a lot of engine problems. Dirk Waterschoot was at Clastres; Janek Severa CR was short of funds; Jorg Braune D was not ready with his new Turbo V-Twin - he is planning to make his first runs at the Mosten Race Day; Frederik Schack DK on 2622 V-Twin made test runs at Malmö and ran 4.8 over the eighth.

E1: Lymant 8.951/227, Schleichert stopped at the start; Buhler 8.972/246 def. Menzi left before the Tree ran; Albers 8.385/263 def. Caspari 8.458/248; Jolink 8.556/251 def. Malmberg 12.293/105.

E2: Lymant 8.706/206 def. Buehler left before the Tree ran; Jolink bye, shut off after launch due to low revs, Albers did not start

Final: Jorg Lymant D 8.368/228 def. Herman Jolink NL 8.789/225 shut off before the stripe.

European Top Gas Championship:
  1. Lymant D 2275 points
  2. Buehler CH 1060
  3. Malmberg S 935
  4. Jolink NL 920
  5. Menzi CH 820
  6. Niklas D 790
  7. Schleicert D 680
  8. Jensen DK 630
  9. Caspari D 480
  10. Malte Foit D 400
  11. Mats Larsson S 400
  12. Brodbeck D 300
  13. Bernd Foit D 300
  14. Janel Severa CR 210
Our next round is at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim, of course everyone is running there which is a pity for the Championship - it would be nice if the Top Gas competitors attended other rounds.


Pateman the conqueror.
2nd August: The UK's Pateman Racing made the trip over to Clastres in France to race in Super Pro ET. It was a successful weekend for multiple UK Champion Brian Pateman:


There was a massive storm on Friday night which wrecked many gazebos and awnings, also blowing over some of the portaloos. Things calmed down on Saturday but there was a lot of damage to sort out by the organisers. They did a great job and qualifying started around lunchtime. We found the track to be very good and put in five  runs before the track closed 21:00.

The track opened again at 09:00 on Sunday with two more qualifying runs available. When the dust settled Guillaume (Will) Clark had gone #1 of twenty three in Pro ET, Gamelle  (Billy) Gane also up to #1 of nineteen in Super Pro ET. We managed #5 with a run of +0.006 on dial-in, fortunately on the other side of the ladder to Gamelle. Team UK all got through the first round but unfortunately not the second round.

Pateman Racing was having an exceptional day after a pretty lame season so far. The first round was at 13:49 and the final round at 18:30, so a pretty quick turn round and very close racing.


The final came down to a race between England and Germany in France. Oliver Petzold took the stripe by 0.001 (2.75 inches) but broke out by more than our own -0.007 break-out. We won the trophy and an excellent heavy duty Milwaukee nine-inch grinder and drill set from the event sponsors. Everyone likes heavy-duty tools!

Thanks to Julie, Stef and Kyle for supporting me and thanks to Eric , the Dubois family and the rest of the team for making us feel welcome and for working like trojans to complete a smooth-running, fun event.


Swift snippets.
2nd August: Having stripped the motor of his blown-alcohol altered, the UK's Paul Watson says that it would seem that the cause of his recent engine damage was failure of a wrist pin or piston. "We have damage on number two bore which could possibly take a liner, however we need to get the block checked out to make sure it's worth it", says Paul. "We are absolutely blown away by the support we have had. Our dream was to run a six-second pass and if we can find enough help and support we will do our best to achieve it". If you would like to help Paul then you can get in touch at racer1640@gmail.com.


Bianca Booij of The Netherlands' Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team has forwarded an account of Michel Tooren and team's weekend at the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. The Dutch-language PDF can be checked out by clicking here.

Staying with the Mopars, many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official Mopar EuroNationals timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Many thanks to our good friend and longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Bob Roberts for forwarding us pictures of the Friday action in the Street Car Shootout at the recent Silverstone Classic:






We would like to say a big Happy 18th Birthday to our good buddy James Humphreys of Santa Pod Racers Club's timing crew. Have a great day James.


Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us the usual preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, available if you are quick, plus bonus material exclusively for Eurodragster.com readers. Click on the images above for the PDF downloads.


Bolts for the Bennetts.
2nd August: UK blown-alcohol altered team Bennett Racing are delighted to announce their latest sponsor ARP Automotive Racing Products. Luke Bennett writes:

ARP Automotive Racing Products manufacturers fasteners for the racing industry, automotive aftermarket, industrial applications and aerospace projects. Today, ARPs product line contains thousands of part numbers, and has expanded to include virtually every fastener found in an engine and driveline. These range from quality high performance OEM replacement parts to exotic specialist hardware for Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and NHRA drag racing and marine applications.

Nigel Atkinson, Head of European Operations, said "We're delighted to have our name associated with one of the most proactive and well-known drag racing teams in Europe. They have two phenomenal cars which are very exciting to watch."

Bennett Racing are grateful to all at ARP and we're really looking forward to the future working with them.

If you are on Facebook then head over to ARP's Facebook page for more information.


Dragstalgia Pro Stock Bike review.
2nd August: Many thanks to Lizz Charman for co-ordinating and forwarding a review of Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike at Dragstalgia:

Dan Blight and Tyne Blight: Having lost all our track time at the Retro Show we arrived at Dragstalgia blind, with the #157 bike which had never turned a wheel before and the #156 bike which hadn't been ridden since 17th October 2017, when it managed its best time of 8.80 with little ole me (Dan) behind the controls. Friday's testing allowed us to iron out some running issues with the Lectrons but only allowed us time to put one slow pass on the #157 bike. Saturday the track was sticky enough to dismantle trainers and throwing the clutch on the #157 revealed a flaw in the wheelie bars as the bike turned hard right so it was decided to park it up and concentrate on the #156 bike.


Tyne rode all 3 of his socks off and ran PB after PB and made his way into the final with Andy Lambert, dropping a significantly important bolt as we pushed up to stage ended our weekend.

Congratulations to Andy Lambert for deservedly taking the win, well done to Tyne for running his PB of 9.1/137 and Thank You to the whole nostalgia drag racing scene for making us feel so welcome, we look forward to next year already.

Simon Lambert, Crew Chief, AML Racing (Andy Lambert and Charlie Draper): As Dragstalgia 2018 was the first event of the year which AML Racing managed to attend, Friday was a day of testing and learning. Both bikes were suffering from gremlins and in need of set-up.

Comfortably Numb, NPSB 8 ridden by Andy Lambert, arrived at the event with a recent frame rake and new gearing to be tested. After a first run with the wheel bars set to showman heights adjustment were definitely in order. Wish You Were Here, AS102 ridden by Charlie Draper, hit the track for a first run of the day but unfortunately a short in the wiring resulted in a melted ignition system. Massive thanks to Nick Pepper at Suzuki Performance Spares for having a new one with us for 9:00 am on Saturday morning. A rewire later and it was time for eliminations.


Andy qualified first with an 8.97/142.93 and Charlie qualified with a 10.49/114.20. Andy eventually moved on to the final against Tyne Blight. Andy won with a 9.03/142.94. Sadly that was a bye run as Tyne suffered a mechanical malfunction, a real shame as we all want to see great head-to-head racing pushing one another every step of the way. Both Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here suffered with gearing issues which can only mean great things to come in the future from both Kawasaki Zs.

Andy Lambert, AML Racing: It was very hot.

Kevin Charman on behalf of Lizz Charman: Usually it's my job to ride the bike and leave Lizzy to the PR and write the race reports, but I thought I would give it a go. Due to real life and having to go to work, I couldn't make it to the track until Thursday evening. By the time I got to Santa Pod the pit was set up. The girls had done a great job setting up the pit space and the caravans (thanks Nipper for the tow). Just a small hiccup with fuel in the generator which was soon sorted out, and I made up for being late by buying the team a Chinese take-away, we know how to live it up!

On Friday morning we had a look over the bike and fitted the wheelie bars. We then gave the bike a warm up and did a leak down test to get a starting point to work from while monitoring the engine condition, after the valve issues at the last Test Day.

Down to the start line and the bike did not want to start, so back to the pits to investigate. We found the plugs were fouled and it was suggested that the ignition may not like the resistor plugs, so we raided my spare parts and a set of non-resistor plugs were gapped and fitted. This appeared to solve the problem. Back to the pairing lanes and set up for another run. Lizzy managed a burnout and up to the start line, where Chris was. We lined her up straight, and the phenomenal grip on the new track caught us out! The bike bogged, almost to the point of stalling at the hit then recovered and took off like a banshee from sixty feet, resulting in a messy 11.8/148, well ridden Lizzy! Fetched her from the top end, and back to the pits, where it was decided to raise the RPM a little and take some base pressure off the clutch. Sadly we missed the cut-off for any more testing.

On Saturday morning we were called down for the first qualifier. With the reduced base pressure on the clutch and the slightly higher launch RPM we hoped that we would be OK to get a decent qualifier. I put Lizzy into the bleach box and intentionally left the tyre on the edge of the water, as she has a bit of trouble keeping two fingers on the brake, and cracking the throttle open in one swift movement. These man-size brutes are not designed for lady-sized hands, we will search out an adjustable lever. Chris kept Lizzy in the burnout a little longer than usual, until he saw some smoke off the tyre. Up to the start line, straightened, and when Lizzy put the bike onto the two-step it looked like it was trying to drag her through, but she managed to hold onto it and took off to a cleaner 9.45/149, giving her number two qualifier.

Back to the pits and we went through the run with Lizzy, and discovered that the shift light wasn't working. Even though it lit when the ignition was turned on, it wasn't lighting up when the shift RPM was reached. This was traced, with help from Steve French and Dave Woodard, to faulty wiring at the ignition coils. We tried to find a solution to get the light back in action, but some diodes had been damaged so on the next pass Lizzy would have no shift light. I have had this myself as a rider, and this does mess with your head.

We talked about different ways of making the burnout cleaner, and waited for a call for qualifier two. The call came and we headed down to the pairing lanes. Did the burnout with the tyre slightly off the water, the burnout looked a little hesitant, either due to not enough engine RPM or not dropping the clutch lever fast enough. Up to the start line, when Lizzy brought the RPM up onto the two-step the clutch dragged her through the start line before the tree had dropped. No time was recorded, no improvement this qualifier, and bumped down to fourth.

At the top end we had a bit of fun. As well as managing to push Lizzy back as normal with my right foot on the wheelie bar we helped Nick Pepper, pushing him back with my left foot on his wheelie bar, one either side of the moped, quite impressive! But for two drag racers, they wouldn't stay in a straight line, and nearly split my difference a couple of times!

Back in the pits we knew we had to make some changes to the clutch. We needed a bigger air gap so had to reduce the clutch pack height. Back to raiding my spares, Chris and I with advice from Allan Davies and Dave Buttery - I don't do lock-ups, sliders are the way to go! We managed to find a new pack of used plates by measuring every plate in the spares box. We got within 0.2 mm of where it needed to be.

To make sure we got a good burnout for the last shot, we decided that a nostalgia burnout against the Tower would be out best chance (thanks Gipp). Qualifier number 3 was dropped, so no last shot at qualifying. We were still in fourth place out of ten bikes. Tomorrow we would be straight into eliminations against Richard Peachy.

On Sunday we were called down for the first elimination run, the burnout against the tower worked pretty well! The clutch was not dragging this time. I put Lizzy into first gear, and as she pushed into stage, her head shook. When we checked the throttle it was stuck closed. We took solace that the throttle had stuck shut on the start line, rather than open at the finish line at 150 mph. That was us out.

The bike has a few teething issues to iron out, and I'm sure it will be a contender, and should be well into the eight-second zone. Thanks to Claire Rule for the bike and all who helped us out over this testing but enjoyable weekend.

Richard Peachy: I was struggling with getting the clutch set up for the sticky track, so my first couple of qualifying runs caused the bike to stall. But we made good progress and managed to get the bike working for the first round of eliminations, where we went through with a 10.8 which is a significant improvement. A quick clutch adjustment before the second elimination round caused an oil leak on the start-line, so the bike had to retire. All in all a great weekend with lots more to come from the bike (and rider)

Gary Clarke: Two years lay-off and my hand was being forced into running again. It's time to come back! After being Europe's fastest normally-aspirated H2 750 for a few years, running consistent 9.0s but not breaking into the eights, I now find myself now fourth fastest as others have run 8.85 and 8.9s. So Mark "Nipper" Stevens suggested running in the new Nostalgia Pro Stock bike class, which is perfect for me and my newly acquired 750 H2 drag bike.

I only ran the bike once last year due to other commitments, and that was short lived as we got rained off. Dragstalgia 2018 was the ideal opportunity to get my leg over a bike again with other similar bikes running in the same class. The bike itself gave mixed feedback as I am testing an untried lock-up clutch system which works inside a stock cover and although it's been tested on the dyno it hasn't been on the track so there is no marker to work from!

The Friday Test and Tune went OK. I managed one decent run of 10.05/133 but broke an outer clutch plate. This was easily fixed in readiness for Saturday qualifying but I hadn't realized that the push rod had welded itself to the ball actuator, damn! When I finally got back on the well-prepped and super smooth track the bike hooked up great, but this motor has a high RPM power band (two stroke) between 8000 and 9600 and I was trying to launch too gently as the clutch was a unknown quantity. The launch rev limiter was raised 6K, which was still too low as the bike bogged on the line, I still managed a 10.0 on Saturday but this run was a 11.2 with an embarrassing 2.45 sixty foot. This is a long way off my old times as I used to run 1.27s.

After more thought I had one last run on the Sunday and the two-step launch rev limiter was still too low; it needs to be nearer the 7700 rpm area. Unfortunately I got knocked out so didn't have chance to release the bikes full potential. I've already started collecting parts for next year's motor as I will be going back to Reed motor and slider clutch which proved a winning combination in the past and with hope of getting my record back.

All in all great event and already looking forward till next year.

Ralf Schipmann (also wins the award for the furthest travelled for the shortest seat time!): Dont know if I have anything interesting to tell...

Four runs, poor times - always struggle with launch. Engine blown up in waterbox when prepairing for fifth run Sunday morning. So after all less than forty five seconds in total ridden on the bike. But 1100 miles and two ferry journeys made in the van. I must be crazy. But I enjoyed the weekend and I will come over again next year.

Mark "Nipper" Stevens: I decided to sit out the Friday RWYB as was confident that I had cured the electrical problems I had had in the past after finding a loose wire. So Saturday arrived and off we went to the lanes.

Burnout all good, pre-stage, stage on two-step, green, Go! But not in this case. I released the button but stayed on the two-step. Not good. Back in the pits adjusted the launch RPM of the two-step then back to the lanes for another try Nope, still the same, I also noticed that the shift light was not working either. It was decided to disconnect the shift light and not use the two-step for the last run of the day. Unfortunately due to time restrictions that was cancelled.

In Sunday's first round of eliminations I was against Ralf who unfortunately broke in the burnout box. On this run I launched without the two-step or shift light and short-shifted but managed a 9.56/138. At least now I was going in the right direction.

In the next round I was against Tyne and I knew it was going to be a close race. Tyne went into stage and on to the two-step. The noise of that beast popping and banging must have messed with my head as I just opened the throttle and shot off resulting in a red light, big time, oops. Hopefully I can sort the gremlins out for next time.

Great fun and massive thanks to my crew and everyone else.

Nick Pepper: Leading up to Dragstalgia I was very unsure of how we would perform. Since installing a new engine for last year's Dragstalgia the bike had suffered shifting issues under load. We had checked everything we could think of, asked the great and the good of the transmission world for advice, yet still at the June Retro Show the bugs were still there. The night before loading up for Dragstalgia I spotted a possible issue with the front mount for the air shifter ram. That changed, off we went to the Pod for the RWYB on Friday.

The first pass, although with a bad bog off the line, showed all for shifts to be there! Happy days! On Saturday we were temporarily top of the pile with our best ET so far of 9.32/141. A terrible sixty foot with the bike pogoing through first. For the second pass we made some changes, the wrong way, even worse off the line, so back the other way.

In Sunday's E1 we were back with a 9.37/141 but still needed to address the launch. For E2 we sorted the pogo by raising tyre pressure significantly and taking some clutch out. Unfortunately I red lit... brain fade... rust... D'oh! Anyway I am looking forward to the next round, hopefully with some more progress now that we have a solid baseline with which to work.

I would like to thank my sons Rob and Craig for crewing. They hadn't been racing since we raced and won the ACU Pro Stock series in 2002.

Sean Biddlecombe: Dragstalgia for me = fun family outing, the bike's first outing in nearly three years!

Friday was spent making borrowed (now bought) wheelie bars fit. This involved much cutting, filing, grinding, and the theft of Willow's skateboard wheels to finish them off. This was only achieved through help from nearly everyone in the Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike pit, thanks guys!

On Saturday a swollen clutch on first run meant that I had to hold the brake on the line, and an OK 10.8. The second run was no better, with a weird bog at top of first gear. But the highlight of weekend was when we discovered that we had qualified for the top eight eliminator.

In Sunday's first round against Charlie Draper the bike finally worked properly. A nice burnout which made the Dragstalgia highlights video and left on Charlie by 0.05 seconds, but the tired old Metzler Rroad tyre spun up about twenty or thirty feet out. Rusty Rider then short-shifted not once but twice by mistake, but still resulted in our best time and speed of the weekend of 10.80/129 but not enough for Charlie's 10.49.

It was great fun, can't wait for next year!


Ready to shake the salt.
2nd August: UK Land Speed racer Geoff Stilwell says that work has been at a fever pitch at the 7707 Salt Shaker race headquarters at the Lippencotte Speed Shop in Burbank:

Mr 400 (Al Teague) is now part of the team and spent a weekend at the workshop helping to install the 482 cu in KB Hemi. The motor should have been in a month ago but we had issues with a block repair which have at last been resolved. Anyway, during the motor assembly we discovered an issue with the inlet rockers. So I made a trip down to see Eric Hansen at Stage V Engineering who very kindly made me a complete set of billet rockers overnight and I picked them up in less than twenty four hours from ordering them. We now have Stage V Inlet and Stage V exhaust rockers and boy do they look pretty!


The heads are now on, complete with the Isky cam and Isky Lifters which Ed oversaw the installation of. As you can see in the pictures the motor is now installed and the blower etc has yet to be fitted. In another change we have altered how we start the car having elected to set it up where we clip on the starter motor to the top blower pulley, just like a Top Fuel Dragster, which makes starting the motor a lot easier than as before.

In addition I had my seat fitting and aside a few minor changes it's all good.


So how are we going to get there? Well, we have our new trailer which is thirty six feet long and I am just waiting on the artwork for the vinyl wrap on both sides. It will say Lucas Oil Land Speed Racing in red, white and blue with the US and British flags combined. Should look really nice when we are on the road.

The salt looks and is amazing this year and I just hope that it stays that way. With over five hundred competitors from around the world it is going to be extremely busy. I will keep you up to date as things happen but please follow us on our Facebook page.


FIA/FIM European Finals entry update.
1st August: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-9th September and which is the final round of the FIA and FIM European Championships and a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships for some classes.

You can check out the FIA/FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes next Friday, 10th August, after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a penalty fee. You can find the official entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about FIA/FIM European Finals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


SPR seek racers for Junior Fun Day.
30th July: Hot on the heels of
Saturday's call for vehicles to make demonstration passes at this weekend's Ultimate Street Car at Santa Pod Raceway, Donna Finnegan writes that sub twelve-second vehicles are invited to make demonstration passes at the 6th Annual Junior Drag Racing Fun Day which takes place on Thursday 23rd August.

If you would like to make demonstration passes at the Fun Day and your car or bike runs 11.99 or quicker then please contact Donna at donna@santapod.com by Wednesday 15th August. Donations to the event's chosen charity For Zachary DayZaway would be appreciated.

Junior Dragster, Junior Drag Bike and Junior Funny Car entry is still open for the Fun Day. You can download the entry form by clicking here (PDF format). Entry to the facility is free, but Juniors wishing to take part on track will need to telephone the Santa Pod office to book their race voucher on 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828). The race entry fee of £20 will go towards For Zachary DayZaway. For more information on the Junior Fun Day, visit the event page on Santa Pod Raceway's web site at www.santapod.co.uk/juniorday.php.


Redline Rumble final entry list.
30th July: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final entry list for the Redline Rumble, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-19th August and which is a double-header ACU and UK National Championship round for Funny Bike, Comp Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike and Supertwin Top Gas, and a non-Championship Shootout for Super Street Bike.

You can check out the final version of the official Redline Rumble entry list by clicking here. If you have any queries about Redline Rumble entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Swift snippets.
30th July: We have a birthday in the extended family today: a big hyvää syntymäpäivää to longtime Eurodragster.com reader and Event Coverage fan Kai Plathan. Have a great day Kai.

Mopar EuroNationals rained out.
29th July: Today's eliminations were rained out at the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway. Rain came in overnight last night and never really cleared leaving race officials with no choice but to call a halt. The only rounds of eliminations to be run were E1s of Nostalgia Super Stock and the Gasser Circus last night.

Number one qualifiers were:

MSA Pro Modified: Andy Robinson 5.9150/242.75
Nostalgia Super Stock: Vic Parsons +0.0021 10.4421/128.79
Gasser Circus: Sean Milsom +0.0060 10.1960/127.30

The Eurodragster.com/Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award was not claimed and so has been increased to £75 for August's Redline Rumble at Santa Pod Raceway.

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored reports, results and galleries - including Cruise, Show and Shine, camping field and burnout contest pictures - by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Please join Tog in thanking photographers Kirstie, Julian and Diana Macrae for their hard work in difficult conditions.

Swift snippets.
29th July: Best wishes to Super Street Bike racer Kim Hilander who suffered a badly broken leg in a high-speed crash at the NDRG Drag Challenge at Gardermoen. Take your time and get the leg strong again Kim and we'll all still be here when you are ready.

SPR seek cars for USC.
28th July: Santa Pod Raceway are recruiting sub-twelve second cars to make demonstration passes at next weekend's Ultimate Street Car, Friday-Sunday 3rd-5th August.

If you would like to come along and make a few runs then please contact James Forster at
james@santapod.com or call 01234 782828. For further information about USC please see the event's web site at www.ultimatestreetcar.co.uk.

Swift snippets.
28th July: Best wishes for a long and happy future to Jon Evans of the UK's Tokyo Toy team who finally married Diana after twenty years. On behalf of himself and all of Jon and Diana's friends Jon's racing partner Steve Dunn asked us to say "Congratulations" which we are very pleased to do.

We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today (Saturday). Please join Kirstie, Tog and Julian in wishing Pit Reporter, Blog Editor, Links Editor and Photographer Simon a very Happy Birthday. Have a great day buddy.

UK Comp Eliminator racer Robin Orthodoxou tells us that he is renaming his Chevy-powered altered Mickey Mouse for the FIA/FIM European Finals in honour of the hard work and dedication of his crew.


FIA/FIM European Finals entry update.
26th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for the FIA/FIM European Finals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 6th-9th September and which is the final round of the FIA and FIM European Championships and a round of the UK National Drag Racing Championships for some classes.

You can check out the FIA/FIM European Finals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Friday 10th August after which entry, if accepted, may be subject to a penalty fee. You can find the official entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about FIA/FIM European Finals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Swift snippets.
26th July: Lizz and Jake Charman asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to Team Principal, fab husband and all round good egg Kev Charman. Our pleasure, have a great day Kev.

Redline Rumble entry closing.
25th July: Ian Marshall of
Santa Pod Racers Club has asked us to remind bike racers that this Friday (27th) is the official closing date for entry to the Redline Rumble, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-19th August and which is a double-header ACU and UK National Championship round for Funny Bike, Comp Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike and Supertwin Top Gas, and a non-Championship Shootout for Super Street Bike.

Ian asks that racers enter this event on or by Friday as he will have to close out all of the official paperwork before he departs for Hockenheim to start work on track prep there.

You can check out Version 2 of the official Redline Rumble entry list by clicking here.

You can find the official entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about Redline Rumble entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


UK Championships points update.
25th July: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for posting the post-Bug Jam points standings in the UK National Drag Racing and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The post-SPRC Summernationals points standings in the ACU UK Drag Bike Championships are now available on the King Racing web site at www.kingracing.com.


Lightning strikes the Summernationals.
25th July: Warpspeed Racing Funny Bike racer Dale "Lightning" Leeks went to the SPRC Summernationals with no intention of racing. The plan was purely to test, but that soon changed as he hit top form:

The sole reason for going to the Summernationals was to test a fault with the bike. I've been having electrical issues for a long while and they have got progressively worse. So we decided to enter the ACU Championship round to test the bike and to try to sort the problem. Not only did we sort the problem but I set a Personal Best of 6.974 backed up with consistent 7.0-second runs and as a bonus we took the win in Funny Bike.

This said, the logger was confirming what I was telling the crew in the pits that, even with PB performance, the bike still had its fault and that on one of the 7.0 passes the bike actually misfired, losing power, nine separate times. The 6.947 was not without its faults. But we are confident that we are now where we want to be and that we can improve on these numbers in Germany in a few weeks' time.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team Andrew Leeks and Brin Tourle, of course the big boss Stuart Crane, Andy Lock for finding the fault, and of course the whole Warpspeed Racing team. A big thanks to our sponsors who make it all possible, Warpspeed Racing and MPM Oil.

Stu Crane's weekend didn't quite go to plan. After picking up damage at the Main Event Stu decided to test a new combination away from the European Championship. So he tuart entered the Summernationals and tested at the Peak Performance Day on Friday. Testing didn't go to plan so another engine was loaded into the chassis overnight. Stu and the team then worked on a tune-up which would work for a completely different set-up. This was a small setback but pass by pass it was showing to be heading in the right direction. We are confident that if all the ducks are in a row then in Germany we could see side-by-side six-second passes from the Warpspeed duo.

Mark Smith sat out the Summernationals due to a low entry in Pro Stock Bike but will be ready to compete with the rest of the team at round two of the European Championship in Hockenheim.


The Ratcatcher catches Dragstalgia.
25th July: Andrew Clifford writes that Dragstalgia Wild Bunch winners, the UK's Ratcatcher Resurrection slingshot team have had a really positive year so far with some consistency returning:

We are running better sixty foot times than ever thanks to a couple of factors, the new surface at the Pod and also running very slightly different rear tyre pressures due to slightly different circumferences. Having run a new PB of 8.899 at the Nostalgia Nationals we had high hopes for the Summernationals a few weeks ago. Alas, we lost the eight-seconds passes somewhere along the way and ran consistent nines all weekend; something to do with Dad removing the mesh from the air scoop in a bid to get more air into the system, we think.

So, after a slightly disappointing performance it was back to the previous set-up. My son and apprentice crewman James re-checked the valve spacing and re-attached the mesh to the scoop. We were set for Europe's premier Nostalgia drag racing weekend.

Friday rolled around and with a skeleton crew of just Mum and Dad, I watched from the office (read: kitchen) at home with fingers crossed we could find the missing eights. The performance had returned with a fantastic 8.909. I sensed a "Told you so" moment coming on when we arrived the next morning.

Saturday was another scorcher. It's always a worry with the heat as we know that the old Ford can be temperamental when it's roasting hot. Our first run against our French friend Didier Canicave went smoothly with a steady 8.98. The second run was somewhat delayed due to bit of track cleaning but it gave us time to sit under the tower with our good friend and race buddy Darryl Howells whom we were running alongside. It was also great to chat to Mr Bradford and politely set him straight after he accused us of running a Chevy engine - how everyone in the Wild Bunch will enjoy that as we all know how much Terry loves his Ford! In the end Dad couldn't select second gear and cruised through the top end as the Chemical Reaction powered ahead of us. So, back to the pit, wheel off and tighten the linkage. It was a shame to have our third run cut due to another track clean-up but as usual we can't praise Ian and the Santa Pod team enough for working their hardest to get things up and running again quickly.

We decided to stick to our dial-in given to Wild Bunch coordinator Clare the night before. We'd stuck it somewhere in the middle with an 8.95 and hoped that we would get reasonably close - due to the class being decided on closest average. Our first run proved positive with an 8.99 putting us in fourth after the first session. Something to build on. The second run later in the day yielded an improved 8.96 which we thought would put us in with a chance of staying in the top three or four cars. What a surprise to find out that we had actually won the event!

A fantastic weekend capped off by a win in a huge Wild Bunch class really put a smile on our faces. I'm so proud of mum and dad for achieving top honours as I know how hard they've both worked to get to this point. I don't think we ever thought we'd end up with a consistent eight-second slingshot when we started out in 2005!

Shout outs to all the Wild Bunch, Santa Pod track crew, timing crew, Colin and Darryl, Eurodragster.com team (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed) and all the race teams who made Dragstalgia a great event once again.


Swift snippets.
25th July: Billy Gane writes that his annual drag racing summer party returns for its sixth year on Saturday 4th August in Chelmsford, Essex. "Every year the aim is for everyone to get together, catch up and have a great time", says Billy. "There will be a live band, disco, BBQ, fully stocked bar, clay pigeon shooting and the famous late night kebab van. Tickets are £10 each and include admission, meal from the BBQ and entry into the raffle to win a car! We have plenty of space for motorhomes, caravans and tents so you're welcome to stay the night - I don't think many people will be in a fit state to be driving home after! For any questions please contact me on 07407 216305."

Many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official Bug Jam timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Pants mandatory.
25th July: Paul Marston writes with a particular invitation to No Prep 3 which takes place at Rockingham Drag Strip on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August, and which features heads-up, no-prep eighth-mile racing Street Outlaws style with a flashlight start and no times or speeds:

For the first time in the UK, there will be Big Tyre and Small Tyre classes competing, "small" being a 10.5" maximum tyre width. Other than safety there are no rules in either class. Entry for both of these classes is filling up very nicely, but so far there is a gap that needs filling in both classes. In Big Tyre we are allowing 4WD and in Small Tyre we are allowing FWD with no tyre restrictions on width, but so far we have no 4WD or FWD entries despite alot of protests about their not being allowed at No Prep 2.

So who is going to be the first to enter? The eighth-mile No Prep track at Rockingham Drag Strip makes this a real leveller, lighter means quicker so a rapid FWD car has as good a chance as any V8. In fact a VW Beetle would be an excellent weapon of choice in Small Tyre, weight at the back and very light, an Outlaw Flat Four could be a real player. As for 4WD, well the traction is not an issue. In Big Tyre for the first time they should be competitive, a fast start and a V8 is in chase mode with only a short distance to catch up. A lot of people have been asking over the years for a heads-up class in which they can be competitive with FWD, Outlaw Beetles, turbo four cylinder or six cylinders. Remember there are no rules other than safety, no weight minimum, any engine size or power adders, bring everything you can and have at it.

The challenge is now out there... drag racing has always embraced new technology, let's see who is up for the challenge to come race with their Big Boy pants on!

There is a lot of money up for grabs, £1500 for the winners sixteen plus car fields in Big and Small Tyre. For entry forms and more details either Like our Facebook page Rockingham Dragstrip and message us, E-Mail pmdragracing@gmail.com, or call me on 07831 650230.

Don't forget we will run a full programme of RWYB for cars, Juniors and Karts, plus the Monster High Roller Bracket Race, again with £1500 up for grabs for the winner of a thirty two-car field. Then there is the Big Oolite Custom and Rod Show and a huge Drift event (Look out for my niece's partner, the other Andy Frost - Ed), so plenty of entertainment.

For spectators, advance entry is £10 from Rockingham Motor Speedway web site, or £12 at the gate. Gates open at 08:00, the track opens at 09:00, racing between 10:00 and 17:00.


Mopar EuroNats Perfect Awards.
25th July: This weekend's Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £50 will be on offer for perfect performance in three classes.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by VW Sportsman racer Aaron Beales at Bug Jam. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer in MSA Pro Modified, Nostalgia Superstock or the Gasser Circus to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds during qualifying or eliminations. If not won then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Redline Rumble; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Redline Rumble. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

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

The next Eurodragster.com/Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award will be posted at the Redline Rumble in August.


Web site updates.
25th July: The EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship is at its halfway point and the racers are ready to rock at Gardermoen Raceway this weekend. Our good friend Remco Scheelings writes after two exciting races Marcus Christiansen, Rikard Gustafsson, Mathias Bohlin, and home favourite Thomas Lysebraate Olsen are the leaders in their respective categories but, just as at Tierp Arena and Alastaro, they will meet tough competition. You can read more on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from the recent Retro Show at Santa Pod Raceway. You can take a look at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Priddle book launches at HoF Bench Race.
23rd July: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala, to be held on Saturday 17th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey, will again be preceded by the popular Bench Racing session sponsored by US Automotive and Kelsey Media, publisher of Custom Car magazine. In the three previous years, a varied panel of US and European legends entertained a packed audience with their stories and views on the sport for two hours in the afternoon prior to the main Gala dinner and presentations in the evening.

This year, the Bench Racing session marks the launch of Mister Six: The Story of Drag Racing Legend Dennis Priddle by Keith Lee. The book, which is the product of almost two years' work by Keith, includes many anecdotes from the book's subject Dennis Priddle, members of his team, and others from the sport. The book will include many images not previously published.

The Bench Racing session, to be hosted by Graham Beckwith, brings together Dennis and some of his competitors, prominent personalities connected with him, and team members over the years. The panel currently comprises:
  • Dennis Priddle, former Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car Champion;
  • Barry Sheavills, Top Methanol and Top Fuel Dragster Champion;
  • Roy Phelps, former owner and promoter of Santa Pod Raceway;
  • Stuart Bradbury, former Santa Pod Chief Starter and Chair of the BDRHoF;
  • Andy Craddock, former Top Fuel Dragster racer and Dennis' competitor from the 1980s;
  • Geof Hauser, crewman for Dennis' main 1970s competitor Clive Skilton;
  • Pelle Lindelöw, former Top Fuel Dragster Champion and regular visitor to the UK from 1982-2001;
  • Gary Page, former Pro Comp Champion and Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car racer from the 1970s to 2010s;
  • Steve Read, Top Methanol Champion and, following emigration to Australia, Top Fuel Champion; and
  • Brian 'Star' Savidge, long time crew member with Dennis.
Other stars from Dennis' era will be present and the Bench Race will be the very first opportunity to buy the limited-edition book and have it signed by Dennis and other racers.

Keith Lee (pictured at Dragstalgia 2018) said "I have covered a lot of ground, helped by my wife Annie with research and proof reading. It has been a joy to work with Dennis, who has a great capacity for coming out with stories from the old days and who has been very open with me­. I have seen many of Dennis' team, and also spoken to a lot of those involved with him over the years. The large format hardback book runs to more than 90,000 words, with over 250 pictures, so it will be a great read."

For more information about Keith's book, visit www.keithleeimages.co.uk, the book's Facebook page, or the book's Blog on the Acceleration Archive.

The BDRHoF will be taking reservations for the 2018 Gala Awards Dinner by E-Mail at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone on 01933 279102. This year the dinner tickets, which include table wine, are competitively priced at £70, £5 more than 2017 due to price increases. The BDRHoF have managed to keep the same rates for hotel rooms of £115 for double rooms and £94 for single rooms which includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you would like to join us for the occasion we suggest that you make your reservation sooner rather than later. On receiving your reservation you will be given the procedure to book rooms.

On-going news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, here on Eurodragster.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.


Mopar EuroNats RWYB opened up.
23rd July: Santa Pod Raceway have announced a relaxation of the Run What You Brung rules at the Mopar EuroNationals which takes place on Friday-Sunday of this week (27th-29th). James Forster writes:

The Mopar EuroNats is celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary and it's looking like another incredible weekend. The MSA Pro Mods are back along with the growing Nostalgia Superstock class and the ever-popular Gasser Circus.


As a result of more track time than ever before this year, we can confirm that the RWYB rules have been relaxed a little, opening up the weekend to even more racers than ever before. Historically, the Mopar weekend has always been reserved for American-powered and American bodied-vehicles but this year we're pleased to report that any V8- and American-engined vehicles are welcome including doorslammers, dragsters, Funny Cars, altereds, and anything else powered by a good old US V8.

You can see the full line-up, ticket prices and track fees at www.mopareuronats.co.uk.


Bug Jam results.
22nd July: Congratulations to the winners at this weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway:

Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Felicity Gibbs (17.10) 17.2168/81.08 def. Kirstie Tramm (14.92) 14.9180/87.84 DQ b/o
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Holley Marshall (7.99) 7.9655/80.77 def. Freddie Taylor (9.21) 9.1670/70.71 DQ b/o
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Andy Bond 7.9069/178.55 def. Joe Stevens 8.3798/167.92
VW Pro: Sam Chisholm-Brown (11.00) 11.1754/107/66 def. Paul Bargate (12.05) 12.1584/108.55
VW Sportsman: Paul Day (13.10) 13.1873/104.07 def. Jon Crawford (16.95) 16.7924/77.34 DQ b/o
Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar 7.6299/178.54 def. Scott Crooktson 7.7952/174.38
Outlaw Flat Four: Udo Becker 10.5990/119.19 def. Peter Shattock 11.4402/119.00

Congratulations also to VW Sportsman racer Aaron Beales and to Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET racer Adam Charnley who won the Eurodragster.com/Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the Eurodragster.com/
Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award respectively. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for their next outings, the Perfect Light Award at the Mopar EuroNats and a single Perfect ET Award covering both days at the Redline Rumble.

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

A big Thank You to photographers Julian and Diana for their continued hard work in very difficult conditions.


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

Liam takes it all.
21st July: Graham McDonald writes that Irish Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald took number one qualifying spot and the event win on his first trip to Germany's Jade Raceway:

Liam and family flew to the UK and on to Holland where we were met at the airport by fellow Junior Dragster racer Cheyenne Visser and family with whom we travelled on to Jade, pronounced ja-da, Raceway which took about three hours driving from Groningen airport.We arrived in the dark but thankfully some of Cheyenne's team had arrived earlier with Liam's car and had set up our tent which saved us having to do it in the dark. A big thanks to Remco and Al for their help.

Next day (Friday) we were up early and brought the car to scrutineering and had a quick look at the track. All the teams were pitted on concrete and with lots of room, good toilets and spotless showers, a really nice professionally-run event with timing by the Dutch timing crew and really good track PA call outs. Benny the track announcer did a great job all weekend.

So Friday we had six or seven qualifying runs and on Saturday we had another seven, giving lots of time to set up the car. Jade is almost at sea level and this did cause us some trouble as with the good air we broke out of the 12.90 index (I think they are changing to the 11.90 index in the near future). We ran a 12.70 so we had to reduce our top end speed, we were running at least 0.75 seconds quicker at Jade than anywhere else we have run in Europe so far. So after settling on an ET that would keep us out of trouble the whole weekend, as with running until eight o'clock each night the car was getting quicker with changing temperatures, we stabilised our ETs somewhat within a ball park setting and watched air pressure and the air temperature.

Liam qualified number one with a 0.008 which we believed would hold, but we knew someone could have beaten us at the last minute. However it held and Liam actually pulled a perfect light in Sunday's Test and Tune before the eliminations, but at that stage we didn't need it.

Into Sunday's eliminations with a seven-car field, Liam had a bye run for number one qualifier then fought through to the final and won by breaking out less on a double breakout.

One funny thing that happened was that we were bringing Liam's car to the start line and were being helped by Cheyenne Visser's granddad Al who wears clogs, we were showing Al how to set up the revs on Liam's car and stage it. At one point we had Al's clog in stage with Liam's car nowhere near the start line.

Final words on Jade as a place to race would be that at close to sea level with temps in the 16° to 28° C range and cold air blowing off the water you are bound to see your Personal Bests fall at this track, well worth the journey.


Smax's roll of honour.
21st July: Having come down, inasmuch as he ever comes down, from son Aidan's first five-second passes in the Ant Hill Mob Top Alcohol FC ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith has been looking at his qualifying stats since his first race in NHRA competition:

2015, Epping: Out-qualified JR Todd, Antron Brown, Dave Connolly and Terry McMillen.

2016, Charlotte: Out-qualified Pat Dakin, Chris Karamesines and Terry Haddock.

2016, Topeka: Out-qualfied Rob Passey.

2016, Reading: Out-qualified JR Todd, Shawn Reed, Terry McMillen and Terry Haddock.

2017, Charlotte: Out-qualified Luigi Novelli.

2017, Atlanta: Out-qualified Brittany Force.

2017, Epping: Out-qualified Steve Chrisman.

2017, Englishtown: Out-qualified Blake Alexander.

Along the way in qualifying I also beat Ritchie Crampton at Epping in 2016. in Reading in 2017 I beat Shawn Reed then won the first round beating Tony Schumacher and in New Jersey I beat Shawn Langdon. I'm dad proud of the fact that I'm the first Englishman to win a round of Top Fuel over here in forty years!

A huge thank you to the Leverichs and all our crew! We have run 4.11/285 to 1000 feet and 4.84/297 to the quarter with the belt off at 1200 feet. Hopefully I will see my first 3.9 and 300 mph 1000-foot soon.


Swift snippets.
20th July: Nigel Taylor asked us to wish a big Happy 77th Birthday to long-serving drag racer, engineer, fabricator and top man Arthur Bonner of Detroit Spinner Racing. "We all thank Arthur for all the years of entertainment that he has given to the sport and the encouragement that he gave us all to rebuild the car and get a great group of people together at the strip", says Nigel. And so say all of us, Happy Birthday Arthur.

Are these your caravans?
19th July: Santa Pod Raceway are seeking the owners of three caravans which are placed amongst the marshals' caravans at the top end of the track.

If any of these caravans belong to you then please get in touch with Darren Prentice at Santa Pod either at darren@santapod.com or call 01234 782828.

If the owners do not come forward shortly then the caravans will be removed.


A season's aims.
19th July: Carla Pittau has been in touch with an update on the Heaven & Hell team's weekend at the FHRA Nitro Nationals:

This season started with the firm intention of going after the EDRS Pro crown again after Rick's success with that Championship last year, and so far the chances seem pretty fair, at least for him.

My own aim is to get seat time and squeeze all the power that can be squeezed out of the excellent Brian Tilburg-built small block and to try to avoid red lights, possibly even go a few rounds, and so far... not quite there! At the FHRA Nitro Nationals, sadly the last to take place at the lovely Finnish venue, I qualified number five and won my very first heads-up race against Vilma Palasmaa, daughter of experienced and much respected racer Hannu Palasmaa, although I must confess that as I knew I had more power I made sure I wouldn't pull a red light and sat on it a little on the start line. Maybe this made me want to get a sharper reaction in the second round against Jarmo Grönman, where I threw it all away pulling a cherry. It was all over for me, but the beauty of a two-car team is that we still had one more chance, which Rick grabbed with both hands.

The field at Alastaro was quite intimidating, the usual Swedish suspects there, all excellent racers whose reactions certainly push you to sharpen your pencil on the start line, plus the usual and unusual Finnish suspects including Rickn nemesis Jarmo Markkanen, an experienced and refined racer against whom he still has to score a victory. However fate wanted, for a change, that Rick should not meet Jarmo in competition, but he still had to face serious contenders like Lars Nyberg, Sari Kainulainen, Iiro Mikkola and Kai Suilo.

Although our long-suffering but fantastic permanent crew was unable to attend, we had the good fortune of having our very own Finnish crew at Alastaro, composed of our good friend Mira Sultanen with her children Tuomas and Suvi, her partner Tomppa Ahonen and his friend Janne. What the brand-new crew lacked in experience they certainly made up for in enthusiasm and helpfulness, as they were extremely reliable throughout the four days, turning up early and even bringing supplies of anything they thought might be useful, were great fun to be with, and made the whole experience even more enjoyable: we were thoroughly spoilt and are really grateful to them.

Rick's car was doing her duty cheerfully and enthusiastically, and if she wasn't qualifying any higher than twelfth she certainly still had a few aces up her sleeve, as she never missed a beat, consistently and diligently getting her wheels up on the start line and turning on the win light at the finish. The driver was also very consistent, dishing up a bunch of respectable RTs including a 0.004 during eliminations.

Repeating the wonderful success of the Tierp Internationals seemed like asking too much of fate, but obviously the gods of drag racing felt that Rick's little brush with the wall at Söderhamn should be compensated with the good fortune of an incredible second win in a row, and this arrived with a dead-on in the final against Kai Suilo, with a 9.987 on a 9.98 dial in, for which the Crew Chief shall take credit...

When Rick came back from the final we were overwhelmed by the sincere congratulations we received from the other racers. It was humbling to see such a level of sportsmanship and we feel honoured to be part of this community.

So far the main aim of the 2018 season seems to be on track, as Rick McCann the Wheelie Man has increased his lead in the EDRS Pro Championship and we very much look forward to the next round at Gardemoen where we will compete in the Drag Challenge, a race which we very much enjoyed last year and which also ended in a win. We will try to encourage Lady Luck again, and even if the entry list is unfortunately small we will have to contend with some of the best competitors in the class to bring home a trophy. We'll do our best!

We would like to thank Mira, Tomppa, Janne, Tuomas and Suvi for their help and good humour as well as the videos and photos they took, the track crew for being attentive and professional, and all of the Stock/Super Stock racers for being the best bunch in the world.


Swift snippets.
19th July: Andy Frost's racing visits to the Bahrain International Circuit to attempt to get into the fives with a street-legal race car are the subject of an excellent documentary now available on YouTube. Five Seconds or Bust - Bahrain Edition can be checked out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBfmmDz587A or click on the picture at right.

Eurodragster.com reader Michael McDonald has been in touch seeking experience working with a Fuel team. "I'm nineteen years old and want to pursue a career in a Top Fuel team, therefore I want to get experience", says Michael. If you have room for a new crew member on your Fuel team then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com and we'll put you in touch.

Many thanks to our good buddy and timing guru Andy Marrs for passing us the official Dragstalgia timing data, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Jay, Michelle, Mum, Dad and everyone at Orange Pop Racing asked us to say a big Happy 50th Birthday for today (Thursday) to UK Outlaw Anglia racer Simon Barlow. Our pleasure, have a great day Simon.

Paul Bryan tells us that he is suffering problems posting to his usual Flickr gallery so his Dragstalgia pictures are currently available on his Facebook page by clicking here.


Dragstalgia bike review.
19th July: Photo-journalist Keith Lee says that Dragstalgia was a brilliant event, even if it left him totally shattered:

First I would like to say a big thank you for the Spirit of '76 award, which was very special for me. When Pete Crane presented the the perpetual shield, he did comment that the little version was for Annie, who enjoyed the excellent coverage as she watched from home!

The twenty four-strong NSA bike group put on a great show as always, and produced some outstanding performances. It was obvious that John Hobbs was up for it, as he pulled out the stops to run both bikes in a couple of sessions. From fighting a dancing front end on Olympus, he moved on to the heavyweight double-Weslake and laid down some truly impressive times on the Hobbit, hitting a best of 8.57/160. These are numbers which would have been competitive forty years ago in his prime, and gives an indication of just how much he enjoyed the new Santa Pod track surface.

It was a shame that Martin Willmott had to shut off prior to the final run-off against John, after earlier recording one of his best ever times on his 500 Triumph, at 9.37/148. A throttle return spring had slipped, and he was left with no option but to let John solo to another strong eight second pass for the class win.

Not sure of my favourite bike moment of the event, but Terry Homan turning 11.57/127 on the unforgettable Drag Waye after just a few runs on this unique machine was pretty special indeed. Jeff Byne also improved his times, and hit 10.46/134 on his double Triumph, which left him thinking in terms of nine-second runs being possible next time out. There was a fair amount of attrition in the fearsome heat, which included Jan Honee holing a piston, and damaging the conrod after a 9.00 opener on his fearsome 500 Jawa. A major casualty were the start rollers, kindly provided by Neil and Ray Baskerville. The strain of starting the twin-engined bikes actually caused it to throw a rod! Using his road bike on a spare set of rollers, Anthony Billinton stepped up to start the bikes for the remaining sessions, which was much appreciated.

The new pit area worked well, and our foreign visitors all had a great time at the event, as they found out what Dragstalgia is all about. So many people came up to say hello over the three days, which makes this meet so enjoyable, as old racers make a point of coming along to enjoy reliving old times.

Finally, bike-wise, I would like to add my congratulations to the Pegasus team on being inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. All of them were there for the weekend, with Derek Chinn fielding his Pegasus Reborn Vincent for Graham Martin to ride. Well-earned guys!

For all those who asked about the Dennis Priddle book progress, please check back here on Eurodragster.com this coming Monday when the launch plans will be announced.


The iconic car continues.
19th July: Blown-nitro Daimler dragster racer Robin Read says that he and the team were disappointed not to do better at Dragstalgia:

There was a lot of anticipation to run well but it was not to be.

For our first run we had settings in the car which should have run a high six-second pass, as we thought that the weather conditions were similar to last year's meeting. But we recorded a 7.15. The car felt lazy, indicative of being too rich. When we did the engine turnaround we were surprised to see that we had burned seven of the eight new type of plugs which we had hoped would increase speed and lower our Elapsed Time. This conflicted with how the car had felt on the track, a burned plug usually indicating a lean mixture. We decided to ignore the burned plugs and revert to our usual brand - the new plugs did not suit our tune-up nor the engine configuration. The clutch setting was also the same as at our last meeting, the 2017 Flame and Thunder Show. We hadn't gone more aggressive as we didn't know how the new track would be. It was OK, so we adjusted it and left the finger weights the same.

The tuning decision was to put more air into the engine to compensate for the hot conditions, this was as opposed to removing fuel to correct the rich condition. This is done by turning the supercharger faster by changing the sizes of the pulleys driving it. The least amount of overdrive we could have with the pulleys we had was 15%, a bit more than we wanted, but we needed the extra air. We also added another 2% fuel to our mixture and richened the system overall. The warm-up for the next run went well, lots of positive comments about how good the engine sounded.

Down for the next run. We made a mistake here by rolling too far through the water box before starting the burnout, the tyres were too dry and instead of getting up on the tyres and burning out the car tried to hook up and launch but in high gear this couldn't happen. But then we were shut down by the ever-vigilant start line team as something was amiss - fluid on the track. Back at the pit we discovered that an engine water jacket bung had been displaced. We thought that a head gasket had gone to cause this but all our checks indicated that this was not the case. We interpreted the signs that maybe, due to the poor burnout, as the car hooked up it had suffered a bit of tyre shake and that this may have dislodged the bung.

The necessary repairs were done, adjustments made, down for the afternoon run. All went reasonably well. Burnout OK, run OK, this time the engine was responsive and lively, I thought it would be good! But the run was a 7.0/192, still not what we were hoping for. On the turnaround for the next pass we found two bent exhaust push rods, an indication that we had over-revved the engine, and a lot of clutch wear. We had mis-read the grip of the new track and also hadn't compensated in the clutch for the additional engine power.

On to Sunday and the first run. All adjustments made, more finger weight on the clutch, car warmed up, full of promise! The burnout was perfect, but then shut down again for another dislodged engine water jacket bung letting water onto the track. Back in the pit the checks now showed that a head gasket was leaking pressure from number eight cylinder into the water jacket. This time though we worked out why it was happening: with the extra air being put in from the overdriven supercharger, the cylinder pressures when running were great enough to overcome the head studs' ability to hold the cylinder head down which then allowed the pressure to pass into the water jacket and push the bung out.

We then made the decision to not run again. We had been lucky, both times the bung had dislodged on the burnout; had this happened on the run, under full power, wetting just one rear tyre, the results could have been catastrophic! I was downhearted for a short while, but on the positive side, we still have a complete race car. We had also found the next limiting factor with a Daimler, we would have to find and work out how to fit larger, stronger cylinder head studs. There were other positives too: our new rocker geometry was perfect; we had checked the crankshaft bearings on the Saturday evening and they too were perfect; we had found a tune-up which would work with the new track; and the new rear end gears had survived.

As most people are aware we are constructing a new car, which has been happening alongside the running of the current car. We had wanted to run the first 200 mph pass by a British engine with our current car, it would be the final endorsement of greatness for this iconic and historic dragster, but it is eating the budget and time to finish the new car. Prior to Dragstalgia there has been a discussion that it should be parked up whatever happened, to allow the new car to be finished and débuted this season . But I am excited and pleased to let you know that our whole team voted to effect the necessary upgrades to the current car and try again for the 200 later this year whenever we can find a suitable event.

My thanks go to my all-important sponsors ACL Bearings, ARP Fasteners, Arrow Precision, Kent Cams, Venolia Pistons, Engine Parts UK, Tamworth Heat Treatment, Thames Cryogenics, Thomas Fabrications, Kershaw Engineering, Impel Engineering, Hopkinson Engineering, G Max, Nimbus Motorsport and Yukon Gear and Axle. Thanks also to all at Santa Pod Raceway for the superb facility, to the track crew for keeping me safe, and finally to my loyal and hardworking team Mark Evans, Bertie Hopkinson, Bill Mears and Ella Chapman.


Running on all seven.
19th July: Dragstalgia Slingshot Showdown runner-up Bob Hawkins was 12.5% down on cylinders by the end of the weekend but still managed an impressive performance:

The Slingshot Showdown started off on a real high for us with a Q2 in the first qualifier! It was a big boost for the team after all the engine damage from the Retro Show. We went on to run pretty consistent sixes at over two hundred in the eliminations on Sunday.

We started to ramp up the power a little on each run, trying to resist the temptation to just tip the can in, and it was looking like we were in with a fair shout for the final as the gap was closing. Unfortunately shortly before the final we discovered we had some detonation issues in number two cylinder. The exhaust valve had burnt and we now had zero compression in that cylinder!

Now what? Well, we came up with a plan to push up the blower boost and try to pump out the same HP on just the seven good cylinders and let number two just burn off the excess fuel despite having no compression. It worked! So we gave it our best shot but trying to beat the newly-crowned fastest slingshot in Europe was a lot to ask. Huge congratulations must go to Joe Bond and his team who did a stunning job, and it was their day with a  thoroughly well-deserved win.

My own crew worked their pants off in the heat to get our car turned round each run and also to deal with our problems, thank you so much guys! Lastly but not least, it came a huge surprise when I was presented with the Spirit of Dragstalgia award for our efforts! A massive Thank You to all, especially to James Forster who still seems extremely  keen to set us on fire on Saturday evenings, and also to all at the Pod for a very fast and safe track - it had the best grip I've experienced to date!


T break.
19th July: The UK's Paul Watson débuted his blown-alcohol altered at Dragstalgia in 2017 and attended a couple of test days after that, but then things started to go up and down, mainly down:

2018 started badly when we found that our Kobelco blower had broken. Also I had three months off due to an accident at work. We finally brought the car out at the SPRC Summernationals where we still had to complete a licencing run. We ran a 7.50 followed by 7.45 and we really thought we had finished with all the problems.


Dragstalgia was the one I looked forward to the most, we had a few issues just before the event but was all done just in time. We warmed the car a couple of times in the pits but the next time we had ten-foot flames. We knew it must be ignition-related, and on inspection we found that the roll pin in the mag drive was broken. After that all seemed good but then disaster on the first run as it threw number two rod on deceleration. We don't know why, but we will investigate.

I started a Facebook page for the car where I could show the story of my last race car called Grumpy's T but unfortunately now we have a sad ending as the damage is extensive and beyond my budget, I would like to thank everyone for the support shown and to thank all those who have helped me along the way.


Redline Rumble entry update.
18th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 1 of the official entry list for Redline Rumble, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-19th August and which is a double-header ACU and UK National Championship round for Funny Bike, Comp Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike and Supertwin Top Gas, and a non-Championship Shootout for Super Street Bike.

You can check out the Redline Rumble entry list by clicking here.

Entry closes on Friday of next week, 27th July, after which date a late entry penalty may be applied. You can find the official entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about Redline Rumble entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Important NitrOlympX entry update.
17th July: Yasin Özer has been in touch with an important update for racers entering next month's
NitrOlympX at Hockenheim:

Entry closes on Friday of next week, 27th July, except for Junior Dragster which is full so we cannot accept any more entries for that class.

Please remember that under privacy law it is absolutely necessary to sign the Declaration of Consent, please see the entry form. Without your signature we can't accept your entry. Some of the FIA racers have not signed their Declaration of Consent.

You can see the current entry list and status (PDF format) by clicking here.


Bug Jam Perfect Awards.
17th July: This weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2018 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £100 will be on offer for perfect performance.

The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award remains at £50 after the special additional award was not won at Dragstalgia. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award will be 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 then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Mopar EuroNationals; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Mopar EuroNationals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

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

The Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Pro ET racer and Award sponsor Al Platt at the SPRC Summernationals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer to run +0.000 on index or dial-in during qualifying or eliminations. The Perfect ET Award will be available this weekend in VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won then the Award will be increased to £100 for the Redline Rumble; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Redline Rumble.

To be eligible to win the Award, decals (right) must be carried, clearly visible, one on each side of the vehicle. If a Perfect ET is recorded without decals then there will be no argument, we will not pay out and the money will be awarded to the next racer to record a Perfect ET. Decals will be available in Signing On from this Friday.

For more information about the services which Vitesse Labelling Products can provide please see Al Platt in the Modurstang Pro ET pits or visit www.vitesse-labelling.co.uk.


Dragstalgia results.
16th July: Congratulations to the winners at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway:

Nostalgia Cannonball: Nick Davies 6.2135/231.70 def. Ramon van der Weurf 6.4113/215.93
Slingshot Showdown: Joe Bond 6.5779/221.12 def. Bob Hawkins 6.8621/193.06
Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar 7.5100/179.96 def. Scott Crookston 7.8496/169.81
Nostalgia Super Stock: Tom Watkins (9.59) 9.5921/139.00 def. Lee Chiles (11.07) 11.1074/122.51
Gasser Circus: John Grant (11.83) 11.9359/101.47 def. Kjell Andersson (9.55) 9.5946/139.44 DQ red
Willys Wars: Philip Moules 10.5953/130.14 def. Simon Daniels 13.1123/112.74
Wild Bunch: Terry Clifford 0.0295 average against dial-in
Supercharged Outlaws: Glenn Pallant

Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike: Andy Lambert 9.0736/143.84 def. Tyne Blight no time broke

Congratulations also to the winners of the Special Awards:

Best Burnout: Stefan Flodell (Gasser Circus)
Best Wheelie: Ian Merryweather (Supercharged Outlaws)
Moment of the Weekend: The homecoming of Havoc
Best Appearing Vehicle: The Villain (Chris Manning, Slingshot Showdown)
Best Appearing Team: Stiff Shifter (Joel Kerr, Supercharged Outlaws)
Spirit of Dragstalgia: Bob Hawkins (Slingshot Showdown)
Driving Job of the Weekend: Mick Taylor (Outlaw Anglia)
Best Back-Up Girl: Lynne Coulsell and Anna Cassisi (Wild Bunch)
Low ET: Nick Davies, 6.2157 seconds (Nostalgia Cannonball)

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

British Drag Racing Hall of Fame 2018.
13th July: The British Drag Racing Hall Of Fame continues into its thirteenth successful year and is pleased to announce the 2018 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 2018 inductees are:

THE COOKSON FAMILY Profile by Simon Groves

Gerry Cookson first became aware of drag racing when his brother-in-law David bought Hot Rod magazine and showed it to him in the early 1960s. They, and Gerry's wife Joan and son Jeremy, travelled together from their home in Sutton Coldfield to the 1965 Dragfest.

Enthused by the spectacle they saw, Gerry decided to build a slingshot dragster powered by a Morris Minor engine. The car was almost ready for the track at the same time that Santa Pod opened in 1966. Tuition in welding the chassis came from Ken Cooper, and Gerry did all his own work on the car. The slingshot, first known as Minor Leaguer, evolved into Trouble Shooter after new bodywork, engine and chassis changes to enhance performance.

In 1969 when Joan was pushing the car down the fire up road, the dragster's push bar collapsed, resulting in the car going into the guardrail and rolling. Undeterred, Gerry built a new chassis as he had previously done. By 1973, using a 1071 cc Mini Cooper engine with a Godfrey cabin blower on methanol, the car was recording times in the mid ten second zone and had many wins in the Junior Dragster class. Gerry then built a Berkeley Sports and entered it in the Modified Street division. By the early 1990s he was racing an MG Midget with which he won the Four Pot challenge, and, in the early 2000s, ran at RWYBs at Shakespeare County Raceway forty years after his track début.

Whilst Jeremy helped his dad prepare his car for racing, he soon joined the Junior section of the Midlands Drag Racing Association and helped Gerry edit the Club magazine, the original Fire-Up. Jeremy was soon writing race reports for various motorsport and drag racing publications. A job at a local printer helped him gain the printing work for the club. At the end of the 1980s, he started editing a new version of Fire-Up magazine published by Avon Park manager John Wright and, after that closed, he embarked on editing European Dragster with promoter and publisher Keith Bartlett. These magazines got Jerry known to other journalists and racers.

Jeremy started commentating at Avon Park in the early 1990s, and his comprehensive knowledge soon resulted in him being widely engaged within the sport. He also publicised Avon Park and its associated track safety operators FAST. In 2006 when the then external promoter of Avon Park departed, Long Marston airfield owner Anthony Hodges decided to bring the function in-house and employed Jeremy as head of marketing and promotions. With Anthony's goodwill, Jeremy relied mainly on voluntary work for help with the various functions around the track until it was sold for development and closed early in 2018.

For over forty years, Gerry Cookson was an active and winning participant in UK drag racing, and for nearly as long, Jeremy Cookson has been closely involved in media and marketing of the sport, and for these reasons we are delighted to induct the Cookson family into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

STEVE HORN Profile by Lesley Wright

Steve Horn first entered Santa Pod Raceway courtesy of his Dad's friendship with one of the gate staff back in the early 1970s. He'd just started an apprenticeship in Electronic Engineering at RAE Bedford and soon became known for helping to fix various track equipment, which he saw as payback for the free entry he'd gained.

At RAE Bedford Steve was involved in Research and Development of the Harrier Jump Jet and at Santa Pod joined the Jet Set, as the bunch of young lads who hung out with the Scorpion Jet Car began to be known. By the Blue Thunder Jet Nationals, held at Santa Pod in August 1983, Steve was driving Hellbender and won the Cannonball style shootout against four other jets with consistent 7.20s at 220 mph, the eventual winner being indicated by the arrow win light manually lighting up in the lane in which he stood after the race was over.

When the Midnight Cowboy Jet Funny Car was being developed, Steve would drive the few miles to Santa Pod in his lunch hour so that he could sit in the pilot's seat, whilst Allan Herridge was trying to sort out the afterburner, then he would go back to work for the afternoon! The sad events later that year made Steve hang up his helmet and fire suit for good but he continued to crew for the jet cars.

Steve had a lot of interest in the original timing system (DRAGS Mk2) developed by Peter Billinton, but the most significant development was the purchase of the TSI system from the USA in 1991. Since then he has overseen the track re-wiring four times. With the TSI system, drag racing had reaction times, 60 foot, 330 foot, eighth mile ET and speed, as well as 1000 foot and the full quarter along with the finish line scoreboards. Lots of study and dummy runs of the system were needed to get used to the new choice of Sportsman and Pro Trees and now drag racing also had the Progressive ladder system. Bracket racing was born and with it the need to train staff, often in his living room in the evenings.

When drag racing achieved FIA status, Steve Horn was one of the first in the sport to be recognised as an MSA International Speed Timekeeper and travelled to many events across Europe and Worldwide.

It has to be remembered that the work of the timing team starts long before the race meeting starts and ends long after it finishes. Steve said that it always makes him smile when records are set although his focus has always been the equipment on track, keeping watch to see if any damage has been done or bulbs need replacing to get the action moving again.

It is for his long-standing dedication and hard work in helping to develop the systems and people required at Santa Pod and beyond for races to be won and records to be set, that Steve Horn is being inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

TEAM PEGASUS Profile by Keith Lee

Of all the iconic machines in the history of drag bike racing in Europe, one that is truly legendary is Pegasus. The name is synonymous with the show and go aspect of the sport, as one of the first show quality machines to grace the strips.

Team Pegasus came about as three friends from the Bedford area, Derek Chinn, Mick Butler and Ian Messenger, decided to have a go at sprinting and drag racing in 1967. They started with an old 600 cc single cylinder Panther-powered bike, aptly named Long Rod, which still survives today, and they soon acquired an appetite to challenge the top racers of the day who mainly used vee-twin motors.

The first incarnation of Pegasus was an unblown 998cc Vincent in 1968. Taking it in turns to ride the bike, the elapsed times quickly improved. A Shorrock supercharger was fitted for 1969, and the bike started to fly. That year, Pegasus was the first drag bike to race in Sweden, and Mick Butler rode the bike to its first British Drag Bike Championship win, defeating John Hobbs in the final.

In 1970, the beautifully-prepared Vincent was one of two British bikes on the first trip from the UK to race at the NHRA US Nationals at Indy. Despite transportation delays, the experience of competing at the sport's number one drag race was a brilliant adventure for the young team. The bike joined the nine-second elite, recording best times of 9.83/150.

In many smoky side by side charges, Pegasus notched up a good number of wins. It took the 1971 BDR&HRA and NDRC Championships. Derek tried to extract more power for 1972, by upping the capacity to 1458 cc, after which the original Pegasus was retired.

Mick Butler decided to strike out on his own after 1972, previously running a Norton-powered bike alongside Pegasus, as he wanted to race more often. He built Super Cyclops, a 1000 cc double Norton, which dipped down into the low nines, followed by a Weslake vee-twin, which Mick rode into the low eights.

In 1974, Derek and Ian unveiled the double-engined 1656 cc Pegasus Norton - a true work of art. Early times were fraught due to an overworked motorcycle gearbox and clutch. Once the bike was fitted with a Lenco two-speed and slipper clutch, the wins started coming again. Eddie Keightley joined them as a team crewman.

The Norton was a big hit on the show circuit, and won numerous Best Appearing and Best Engineered awards at the races, with several different airbrushed murals applied over the years.

Best times achieved by Pegasus were 8.39/170. The bike was retired at the start of the 1980s but happily it was sold to the National Motorcycle Museum where for many years it was the main attraction in the entrance foyer.

Derek built a replica of the original unblown Pegasus in the late 1980s in order to have some fun racing at sprints, and it still runs at Dragstalgia. Amazingly, in 2016, after the double Norton had spent some thorty three years in the museum, Derek and Ian got the bike running again. It was quite something to see and hear the iconic Norton out on track, with Derek riding it for one last time.

The three original team members all shared the same values regarding quality and will always be linked together, after their time spent in establishing the Pegasus name.

ANDY ROBINSON Profile by Robin Jackson

Andy Robinson is the MSA British Drag Racing Champion six times over. That distinction alone might warrant his induction into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, but it is only part of the story of the UK's long-serving Mr Pro Mod.

The MSA Championship class since 2007, Pro Modified had emerged in Britain in the late 1980s. By then, Andy Robinson had already been involved in drag racing for over a decade. In 1974, during an engineering apprenticeship, a college lecturer had suggested he try marshalling circuit races as a pastime. Marshalling at nearby Blackbushe, he found himself attracted to the Run What You Brung activities of local Hot Rod and Custom Car clubs, something not available in the circuit racing world. A home-built, high-riding Ford Zephyr was his first serious racing machine and won him his first title, the NDRC Allcomers Street Championship at Long Marston in 1981.

A Chevy Monza followed, and then a Ford Sierra Sapphire, Andy's first venture into the burgeoning Pro Mod scene to take on leading contenders of the day such as Tim Cook, Dave Mingay, Dave Warne and Dave Pollen. In 1991, a new house with space for a custom-built workshop launched Andy's career as a professional racing car constructor. On the track, an innovative Rover 800 coupe dominated the Pro Mod scene, winning national championships in 1997 and 1998, and was replaced by Andy's best-known car, the purple, flamed Studebaker Commander, first in unblown nitrous form, then adopting the supercharged methanol power the team employs to this day. The Studebaker won three MSA Championships. Its replacement, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 2013, has notched three more and is chasing its fourth in 2018.

Racing cars are a full-time, Robinson family occupation. The company, Andy Robinson Race Cars, finds Andy and son Luke busy in the workshop while Kate, Andy's wife, manages the business. At the track, daughter Stefani is part of the large team preparing the Camaro for action. Moreover, the company's products are a constant feature of any European Pro Mod field. For example, The Main Event's entry list this year included four other ARRC vehicles competing against the Camaro. The Robinson pit is renowned as a source of practical help and advice for racers throughout the paddock, whether company customers or not, a significant factor in the minds of the Hall of Fame's selectors as they deliberated their choices. Andy and Luke also serve as inspectors on the SFI Foundation's annual European racing equipment recertification tour, and Andy sits on the MSA Drag Racing Sub-Committee too. Drag racing forms only part of ARRC's product portfolio. The company's reputation is second to none in Historic and Classic circuit racing, where it specialises in building roll cages and provides all manner of other fabrication work.

It is for his abundant contributions to the practice and spirit of British drag racing over so many years that Andy Robinson is inducted into membership of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

PETER LANTZ Profile by Tog

Peter Lantz Racing fired a shot heard around Europe on 16th August 1997 when Kent Persson drove the PLR Top Fuel Dragster to Europe's first-ever four-second pass, a 4.987/472.87 kmh (293.83 mph) at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim. Although rightly remembered as a crowning moment, it was one of many achievements in Peter's career.

Peter Lantz's first race car was a Volvo-powered Competition Eliminator dragster built with two friends in 1979. The rail gave way to a Keith Black-powered dragster which was campaigned for two years before Peter ordered a Pro Comp dragster from the Kjellin brothers. Whilst that car was being built some of Peter's running gear was placed in Jonny Nilsson's Pro Comp Funny Car, which was driven by Kent Persson and which came out on top of a sixteen-car combined Pro Fuel and Pro Comp eliminator at Pite Dragway. The car won the Swedish Championship and set a European record before being campaigned in the USA. During this time Peter also crewed with Bjorn Ardin and Torsten Dahl to learn about alcohol tuning.

Peter drove the Pro Comp dragster from 1986 until 1989 and then built his own dragster which he campaigned until 1991, when he also took the seat of the ABC Top Fuel Dragster and started to work with tuner Morgan Svensson who became a firm friend and with whom Peter credits all of his subsequent performances and successes. Peter took over the ABC Top Fuel Dragster in 1992 and then built his own Top Fueller in 1994. With backing from Optima Batteries Peter won the ETFA Championship in 1994, running Europe's quickest ET of 5.11 seconds. After a successful weekend at Mantorp Park in July 1997 Peter was invited by promoter Rico Anthes to the NitrOlympX where history was made.

The PLR dragster was equipped with a revolutionary injector hat known as the Sharkfin, which was designed by Morgan. The injector sat in clean air high above the roll cage and blower pulley. The blower design was also changed to front-load the air pressure since at that time 90% of the air went towards the back of the blower. Now standard practice worldwide, the idea was way ahead of its time in the 1990s.

Anita Mäkelä drove the PLR Top Fuel Dragster in 1998, finishing third in the FIA European Championships, then Peter climbed back into the car and won the first two Swedish Top Fuel Tour Championships in 1999 and 2000 before selling the dragster.

Although nominally retired Peter was asked to drive Pelle Lindelöw's Top Fuel Dragster in 2002 to sort out problems with the car. Peter hung up his firesuit for good after the 2002 FIA European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.

After Peter retired from driving he and Morgan supported and consulted for other racers including Jens Nybo, Tommy Möller, Jöran Persåker, Jonny Lagg and Björn Mårtensson. Most recently Peter has been working with Top Fuel Dragster racer Stefan Gunnarsson alongside the US's Mike Domagala, who he says has taken his knowledge into another dimension. With support from Peter and Mike, Stefan was the first Swedish racer to run a three-second 1000-foot time.

For his Championships and achievements, and for conferring success upon those racers whom he has supported, Peter Lantz is inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

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 Eurodragster.com page.

The 2018 inductees will be presented at the Gala Awards Dinner to be held on 17th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey. The BDRHoF are taking reservations for the 2018 Gala Awards Dinner by E-Mail at stuart@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or by telephone on 01933 279102. This year the dinner tickets, which include table wine, are competitively priced at £70, £5 more than 2017 due to price increases. The BDRHoF have managed to keep the same rates for hotel rooms of £115 for double rooms and £94 for single rooms which includes breakfast and VAT as well as parking. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you would like to join us for the occasion we suggest that you make your reservation sooner rather than later. On receiving your reservation you will be given the procedure to book rooms.

On-going news about the Gala, sponsors and other events in which the BDRHoF is involved is regularly published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, here on Eurodragster.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.


Millar, on the record.
13th July: New Outlaw Anglia ET record holder Colin Millar and the Flyin' Fyfer team are over the moon about setting the new record of 7.372 seconds and a new PB speed of 184.37 mph:

I had to make some difficult decisions last year. I decided to part with the Top Methanol Funny Car; the main reason was that I wanted to have a crew based in Scotland who could grow together and work as a team building on experience on and off the track, but in the end this was not something that was achievable. My good friend Tony Betts now has the car and I can't wait to see it out running real soon, good luck Tony and team.

Once I had the cash in my hand I did have some ideas and one goal I wanted to try and achieve was the OA record which has been held by Paul 'The Guv' Wright for around eleven years. The numbers speak for themselves at 7.400/190.57, pretty impressive to say the least especially if you have managed to see some of Paul's in-car footage, it's no picnic! A lot of people watch the awesome show the Outlaw Anglias put on as they are always a huge handful and a pleasure to watch but you should be inside driving... it can be challenging, let's just say that.

So we had the cash and it had to be spent. It was decided to upgrade the motor to a Shafiroff 632 Top Sportsman Nitrous motor with a potential of 1900 horse power. We had numerous issues fitting it as it's just massive, but we got there and the first outing was The Doorslammers. No gas as I wanted to ease the motor and myself in with the new combination. On both days we managed to get to the semi-finals with a pot of £500 at least paying for our fuel up and down to Scotland. Then out to the Main Event with good results, sitting in fifth position in Super Pro ET I thought "Nothing to lose" on Saturday night - the air was good, the track still had temperature, let's give it a hit with gas. We did and it exploded the yoke on the prop and chewed the end of the casing on the Powerglide. That's when I realized the potential of the new motor.

I hectic thrash as we were heading to France in less than nine days and everything had been booked and paid for. I was going and nothing was stopping me! Big thanks to Geof Hauser for the new prop, Andy Frost at Penn Autos for sorting a new tailshaft and making sure the box was good to go, Al Mac who runs in Street Eliminator for parts, Kevin Cerasale for a spare billet yoke, Scotty Crookston for helping, and my Lynn for putting up with me never being at home.

France has been talked about and it was fantastic, so onto the Summernationals and my first Outlaw Anglia event of the year - that Ed Sheeran has a lot to make up for (Why, was he driving it at the first OA round then - Ed). I was going to run the tune I had put in when I broke the prop but was persuaded to turn it down to a sensible 200 shot on the gas. Off we went down the fire-up road full of anticipation. Gas on, purged and launched and I thought "That was a bit tame" but I had forgotten to press the gas button, d'oh!

Back down late afternoon and the conditions were good but unfortunately Jedd Guy had a problem and we needed a clean-up, eventually getting to run at a cool 8.30 at night. The run was perfect and straight as you like with Paul Hensher beside me all the way to around 1100 feet then he disappeared, later telling me it got out of shape. I thought it was a nice run and hoped for a 7.7 or maybe even a 7.6 but never in my wildest dreams did I think it had a run a 7.37. Emotion, jubilation and jumping around like a nutter were just a few things which happened top of the track and getting back to the pits with so many people taking the time to congratulate me. It was brilliant and much appreciated, thank you.

Sunday, and getting to the final was icing on the cake and backing the record up with a 7.41 and Jedd Guy and myself on the podium, it doesn't get much better than that. A big shout out for Paul Hensher running a 7.5 new PB on the Sunday, well done Paul.

The Flyin' Fyfer and the Flyin' Scottsman will of course be pushing the boundaries at Dragstalgia. Scott suffered some engine damage at the Summernationals and we've yet again been hard at it in the garage to make sure Scott was ready to rock and roll.

You have the opportunity this weekend of watching a twenty three-car field and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

A big Thank You to Callum Pudge for all the fantastic photos he captures of my car and of all the Outlaw Anglias as well as for everything he does behind the scenes. Please have a look at the updated Outlaw Anglia web site at www.outlawanglia.co.uk, and Happy Birthday for the other day Callum, I wish I was twenty one again!


Swift snippets.
13th July: Bob's Photo Finish Award sponsor Bob Roberts and Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson took a break from straight lines and visited Le Mans where Bob found Derek Drinkwater's recreation of Le Monstre. "I think that it is a classic hot rod, following the ethos of many of the cars at Dragstalgia", says Bob. "The original was raced in 1950 and was a rebodied Cadillac saloon which proved to be slower than the saloon. Its idiosyncratic styling and size earned the name of Le Monstre and ensured its reputation as a Le Mans legend."

Thanks to MSA British Championship PR Robin Jackson for letting us know that the official Pro Mod race report and accompanying data from the SPRC Summernationals are now available on the MSA British Drag Racing Championship web site at  www.msadragracing.co.uk.


Another five-second Smith.
13th July: With his Top Fuel career on hold, ex-pat Brit Smax Smith is channeling all of his energies into the Top Alcohol Funny Car career of son Aidan. Smax writes:

I was to be driving the Leverich car at the Canadian Nitro Nationals but the weekend before at Norwalk they broke the input shaft necessitating major surgery to get same input as everyone else is running, all sorted out in time for Epping the following weekend. I was gutted! Meanwhile this has given me more time to concentrate on getting Aidan down track with our real nice screw blower alky Funny Car.

We organised a mini Funny Car series at Cayuga with four cars for three events. The first outing was 24th May, Victoria Day national holiday (I find it really amusing that the Brits don't celebrate it). First pass was a planned shut-off and Aidan ran 2.64 to 330 feet which is a reasonable number for a 5.80 run. Car checked, no damage ready for run two. Perfect burnout from Aidan who now is really getting a handle on this 3000 hp machine, then it quit. It turned out after much CSI that the plug for the killswitch wires grounded out so I took that off the car and Aidan now controls the kill switch.

On run three a massive burnout then screamed a 6500 launch but it shook, so short shifted then shook again so pedalled and plugged high gear and it laboured down to a 6.70. Hmm, too much wheel speed but it ran another 2.6 to 330 feet! We broke our titanium wheelie bar so crew guys Josh and Gilby used their stock car tactics to effect a reasonably safe repair, then back out for run four.

Our buddy Vince Rastelli had blown the engine in our lane but we didn't have lane choice to swap. Track OK'd us to run and again Aidans burnout was amazing. We raced Chris Zygoda, Aidan launched hard and got a great lite but the one chute shook out then he hit oil from Vince's last run which wasn't cleaned up properly and that turned  the car sideways and hit a reflector so we were done. But a great driving job again by Aidan and again 2.60 to 330 feet dragging a chute.

We were then invited by a car club to demo back at Cayuga couple of weeks later so our good buddies at Clearshot Customs fixed up the damaged body just in time so we were hoping for our first five.

A massive burnout from Aidan, nice and straight, and a strong 6500 rpm launch then disaster - it broke a rod and windowed the block. We run eighteen litres of oil but never oiled the track, weird! Back in the pits a huge crowd gathered to watch us strip everything to bare block but we haven't got a spare so we were done, shame as we had been sponsored by CP Carillo and we were putting new rods and pistons in for the next race. They showed up on Monday at our sponsor and good friends Engine Technology. I took the block there and got a bar machined to clamp in the mains so that they could weld the block (and pan) and line hone ready for the next race at the Cayuga Nitro Nationals on Canada Day, 1st July.

All the crew were complete stars as we all thrashed weekend before to get everything ready with all the new parts so that Aidan could take everything to the track Thursday for Press Day. He met with the morning show host of Y108 Breakfast Radio and sat him in the car and fired it up for him - he was blown away!

I finally arrived and met up with Dave Bryant, Lee Webb and the Shockwave crew who flew over to help Terry Haddock with his Funny Car, who was now supposed to bring his dragster to substitute for me not bringing the Leverich Top Fueller. A massive screw-up at the border meant that Terry couldn't cross into Canada so the Nitro Nationals was down to one Top Fuel car, Barry Paton, and the Funny Cars of of good friend Jeff Diehl, Dale Creasy Jr and Jack Wyatt.

Meanwhile I was figuring out how to get our first five. I switched first gear in the Lenco from a 1.68 to a 1.64 and tuned the fuel as best I could to compensate for the ridiculous heat, track temp and lack of air. Aidan was against prior NHRA winner buddy Paul Noakes. Completed perfect burnout and waited for Paul before pre-stage. He went in and revved up to 6500 rpm but the car started dragging forward so he had to lift out of it then the lights came on so he flat stabbed it and chased after Paul who ran a 5.91 Aidan lifted in 5.2 seconds and still ran 6.20 - we were buzzing! In the pits a big thrash revealed no damage so we were ready for the night run in front of the sold out crowd.

Aidan was on a solo and the nitro cars had not run that great in the heat so a lot of focus on us doing a great run. Aidan did an eighth mile burnout then took his time to get perfect startline rpm. He rocketed away and ran nice and straight then the scoreboard lit up 5.96/238! Yahoo - I lost my shit and did a roll on the ground! The crowd went ecstatic and everyone on the start line congratulated us. It was a huge moment for us! Everyone was screaming at us as we drove the golf cart to collect a beaming Aidan and when we towed back in front of the stands Aidan got a standing ovation, amazing! We just partied till 5:00 am as our great friends band Dog House Roses played in the bar that's built on the start line.

We got up early to service the car and found no damage thankfully. Ready for semis on a bye, a perfect burnout from Aidan so I said to wind it out to 9000 rpm in first gear but after a perfect launch it shook really bad and broke away the battery and shut the car off (as the msd kill switch has battery power). We towed back to the pits and checked the car over but we had shaken the circlip off the Lenco output so a big thrash to fix for the final. I made it just in time but no time to fire up.

Aidan was again against Paul Noakes and cut a 0.055 light but Paul was 4 mph ahead at the eighth and won with a 5.88/245 but Aidan almost had him with a 5.97/241 so another Personal Best and only 4 mph behind at the stripe. Great final!

Once I can control the wheel speed he won't need to short shift and will be in the 5.80s. Watch this space - I'm still buzzing.


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:

Thursday 19th July
10:00 Gates open
21:00 Gates close

Friday 20th June
09:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
12:00 Track opens for Run What You Brung NB DVLC licences only
14:00 Scrutineering commences, no specific order (
Sign-on / scrutineering instructions)
19:00 Track closes

Saturday 21st July
07:00 Signing On office opens NB Competition licences required for racing, DVLC licences for RWYB
07:00 Scrutineering commences, no specific order (Sign-on / scrutineering instructions)
09:30 Track opens for Run What You Brung
15:00 Run What You Brung ends
16:00 Track opens for qualifying

Sunday 22nd July
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering commences
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

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

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

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

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

At the request of SPR management the Eurodragster.com office at the Bankside end of Race Control is out of bounds during racing except to race officials, Eurodragster.com staff, Zeon TV crew and racers or crew collecting Eurodragster.com Perfect Award money.


Dragstalgia NSA preview.
11th July: Keith Lee has been in touch with details of the National Sprint Association;s bike field at Dragstalgia:

For me, this is my favourite event of the year, which will entail a three-day break from working on my book about Mister Six, Dennis Priddle, whose company I will again be enjoying for the long drive up to Santa Pod.

This weekend we expect to see six double-engined bikes out on the strip, all of which were regular entrants in the 1970s. John Hobbs was the biggest name on two wheels, over a fifteen-year period, and will top the entry list, as he has at every Dragstalgia, with his supercharged twin-engined Weslake, as well as riding his faithful replica of his record-holding 500cc Triumph, Olympus.

The sixties and seventies were a time of innovation, which is summed up when you look at the amazing Drag Waye. Originally built by Clive Waye, it has been restored by Terry Homan who has only made a few test runs himself on this unique projectile. One of the most unusual bikes ever built, it is a tribute to British ingenuity, from the days when anything was possible.

There are likely to be a couple of extra bikes running, not listed in the programme, which were stars of their day. More information to come on these during the weekend. Do take a close look at the bikes in the pits, and have a chat to the riders. Racers from mainland Europe often came over to compete, and it is very pleasing this year that we have accepted entries from riders based in Holland, France, Italy and Belgium, who want to be a part of this unique event.

If you are wondering what the National Sprint Association is about, this club was formed in 1958, and this year celebrates its 60th anniversary. The legendary Allan 'Bootsie' Herridge was an early member, and pioneer car drag racers were allowed to run at club events in the early part of the sixties. The NSA were involved in the original Drag Festivals, which kicked off the sport in the UK. This club, which is strictly non-commercial, still exists, running bike sprint events. Although not officially involved with Dragstalgia, this class recognises the part the NSA played in drag racing history.


A swansong for Havoc.
11th July: Nick Davies says that Dragstalgia has always been kind to the Havoc Fuel Altered team:

A breakage to the Rat Trap AA/FA in 2014 gave us the opportunity to run against the enigma that is Pure Hell - now the fastest classic Fuel Altered on the planet. It was the run which started an extraordinary chain of events for us. It is fair to say that with the alcohol Chevy in the car it was less than entirely predictable and, though Pure Hell ran faster that day, it was a run for Havoc that was pretty memorable to those involved. It also started dialogue between the Havoc and Rat Trap Racing teams which would culminate in a huge tick on the bucket list.

In 2016 we returned to Dragstalgia with the newly-installed nitro Hemi and, though much time was spent finding our feet with the new combination, we held our own against the travelling Americans, and the plan was hatched to ship the car to the US for 2017. The last time running at Santa Pod was the 2016 European Finals where everyone was surprised to see a 6.29 on the boards on the final pass (Those of us who know you were not remotely surprised - Ed).

The 2017 US tour has been well-documented and ended with the fairy tale of the little green altered from the UK winning the coveted California Hot Rod Reunion with a PB against the legendary Nanook.

The support which we received during the entire 2017 tour, but especially at the Reunion, was remarkable. Not only from our extraordinary sponsors, Beech Underwriting Agencies, US Automotive, Rat Trap Racing, Lucas Oil, Goodyear Tyres, ARP Fasteners, Motorstate Distributing, the NFAA, VP Race Fuels, Thacker & Friends and the Sherratt family, but also from all the UK-based fans both travelling and at home.

We promised to run the car again in the UK as a thanks to everyone for their support, so this weekend we are returning to our home track, Santa Pod, for Dragstalgia. We will be racing against almost the entire pride of European Nostalgia Funny Cars as well as other altereds and are aware that we are by no means the fastest in the field. But we weren't in California either...

As has been mentioned, the car will be mothballed after this meeting as we have other projects which require a deal of focus and attention. We completed the car with the Chevy towards the end of 2005 as a bit of fun from a heap of parts which we had kicking around and we never anticipated it to generate the interest that it has over the last decade. It was completed with the hope that eventually it might run a six-second quarter mile at a speed of 200 mph. In America we ran bests of 6.11 seconds and 234.99 mph. No-one is more surprised than us, I can assure you.

Thanks very much to everyone for all the support over the last few years. It's a reminder of just how proud we are to be British. It has made a huge difference. For now it's the end of the road, but we'll never say "Never"!

Awesome pictures by the late Stuart Mitchell


Dragstalgia snippets.
11th July: This beauty is Matthew Wright's All or Nothing Nostalgia Funny Car which will be on display at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend. Simon is sharpening his pencil as we type.


Paul Watson says that his Grumpy's T blown-alcohol altered will be at Dragstalgia one way or another. "After a great début at the Summernationals we unfortunately found debris had been through number one main and end possibly due to damage from a rocker", says Paul. "We have also fitted an Accusump to aid oil pressure when the chute is deployed. We also looked at the Lenco which had reversing issues, Martyn Jones kindly came to the rescue but there were more bits than I liked so on Sunday we pulled out the Lencodrive and found a damaged washer. As no-one has one over here and time was against us we are getting one made which I should have today."


Dragstalgia ever-presents 2018.
10th July: Simon has been consulting his notes, entry lists, record books and everything else he can find about this weekend's event and has compiled a list of racers who have contested every Dragstalgia since 2011:
  • Joe Bond
  • Mark Bracking
  • Keith Crampton
  • Andy Hadfield 
  • Bob Hawkins 
  • John Hobbs
  • Nervous Nick
  • Ray Turner
  • Rob Tyrrell
  • Paul Watts
Many others have participated in every Cacklefest or have crewed at every event. Simon adds that there are no less than forty five racers making their Dragstalgia début this year.

Finally Simon has compiled a Spotters' Guide to this weekend's Dragstalgia contestants which includes race number, type of vehicle, motor, identifying marks and more. You can take a look at the PDF-format Guide by clicking here.


Swift snippets.
11th July: Simon Barlow and the UK's Orange Pop Drag Racing are pleased to announce a new and exciting sponsorship with Omni-Tech Corporation. Omni-Tech, a leader in the technical metrology industry, are excited to carry forward their technologies in performance engineering with Orange Pop to help achieve their goal. Brian Curtis says "Orange Pop Racing is a direct fit to promote and enhance our products."


Photo-journalist Mike Kraaij has been in touch with this great picture of the EDRS Pro Nordic MC Super Street Bike racers lined up waiting to run at the recent FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro. Left to right are Kimmo Pulakka, Micke Öén, Ida Zetterström, Anders Blanck, Mogens Lund, Alex Hope, Vesa Ruhanen, Mark Hope,  Kim Hilander, Matte Bohlin, Robert Häggblom, Bianca Nilsson and Robban Nilsson.


We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today (Wednesday): please join Tog, Simon and Julian in wishing a very Happy Birthday to our Photographer and Sportsman ET racer Kirstie. Have a lovely day Kirstie and see you on Friday. Happy Birthday also to Track Announcer and all-round top bloke Graham Beckwith. Have a great day Graham and see you in two Fridays. Finally, too late for yesterday's update for which apologies but a Happy Birthday for yesterday to Pat Salt. Hope you had a good day Pat.


Half time analysis.
11th July: After securing a Super Comp drive with Panther Racing last winter, signing Sales-i as main backer and VP Racing Fuels as fuel supplier, the UK's Craig Wright felt that the team had something good with which to go into the 2018 season:

Easter soon came round but as we all know weather hampered any preparation which the first class Santa Pod track crew could throw at the fantastic all-new race surface. Nerves were certainly high and in honesty after seeing many other drivers struggle in the freezing conditions I really wasn't comfortable making my first few passes that Easter weekend and as a blessing in disguise, the event was called for us. We left there a little subdued, relieved but gutted for the SPR staff and crew who were throwing all they could at the track but to no avail. Also thoughts to Jack Brewster and Nigel Green who lost their cars that weekend. 

The weather then changed and in May we were at the hot and dry FIA Main Event where we were certain to make it happen. We made our first pass in the dragster, going 0.06 on the tree and 8.82 on my very first pass. We were all happy and it was now time to dial in the stop. This is where the head-scratching came in. The more stop we put in the car ran around the same numbers, so we finished qualifying without even running the right side of 8.90. In E1 we faced Billy Gane, no stranger to going rounds in this class but yet again we went too quick with an 8.88. Damn.

Onto the SPRC Summernationals and the boys were pretty sure why the car acted how it did at the Main Event. They put it down to the new track literally being so much better than last season. We had no spin, just 100% grip. As we slowed the car down the track got better and that was it.

So Q1 came round we set the stop and 8.93 came up on the board, which put us top of the shop after the first session. Now we were getting somewhere and very happy. Throughout qualifying we tried a number of different things and all came back as expected and we ended up fouth with a 8.933. In E1 we were due to face Phil Bennett but he was a no show so we took the bye and tried another setting which gave us a 8.89, we now knew our limit in the blistering hot heat. Straight into the semis where we met Paul Letchford. I've watched Paul win numerous times in Gas and Comp whilst growing up, and he actually won the Main Event in May so we just gave it all we could. My 0.07 R to his 0.06 RT meant that it was close and he pulled out on me at the finish but went 8.87 to my 8.93 giving us the win light. Wow, what a change from the Main Event!

The final paired us with Stuart Doignie, quite literally The Man in this class and also in Super Gas. No games, straight in and out with my 0.07 having nothing on his 0.01 and he just nosed me at the stripe and his 8.91 to my 8.92 lit up his lane. This put us up on the podium for the first time, we were collecting silverware for the first time outside Sportsman ET, and it was certainly up there with the wins in the old Civic. Well Done Stu and team though, a stellar effort.

We currently sit fourth in the Championship and we're over the moon with how things are going with such a small amount of track time. We're still learning but we'll get there.

A huge thanks to Conrad Stanley, Trevor Graves, Rob Stanley and Wayne Graves for trusting me in their dragster also being part of the great team morale we have and then of course taking my team in and teaching us what's what. I've got to say a Thank You as well to my good friend Collin Morrice for all the support and tips up to this point. Also a huge thanks to my team: my biggest fan, my son Harrison,  Chris Hardinges, Kat Rudd, Dave Rudd, Holley Marshall, Katie Weller and my parents who all play a part in this.

Then of course thanks to our sponsors Sales-i, VP Racing Fuels, Straightline Installations, RD Motorsport, No11 Barber Company, Nitro FM 96.2 and Pudgey's Pictures. They have all made this season possible and we hope to have a good strong back half this year to put their names out there some more.

See you all in September.


Field set for the Showdown.
10th July: The Slingshot Showdown at this year's Dragstalgia has ten entries, six from the UK and four from Sweden. Mark Bishop, one of the competitors and part-time lumberjack, has been in touch with a preview of one of this weekend's signature attractions:

Will either previous winner Joe Bond or Bob Hawkins be able to take the crown again, or will we have a third different winner since the Showdown began? Here we catch up with some of the teams' upgrades since last year's event.

Bob Hawkins in Time Traveller 2, in a nutshell: "We've only managed three passes so far this year since going over to nitro! We ran 211 mph on our first checkout at the Nostalgia Nats but blazed the tyres off the line, bent six valves! Then at the June Shootout we ran a 6.9 on the Saturday despite a lot of wheel spin. On our next pass (Sunday morning) we'd changed the tune and the track had just been freshly glued. The grip was really great but unfortunately massive tyre shake broke the gear shifter, the resulting over-revving broke both heads and holed two pistons! We will definitely be ready to try again at Dragstalgia. I'm hoping we've finally put our teething problems behind us now and we are fully intending to go all out again this year. Good luck to all the teams, see you at the track!"

Chris Manning says of The Villain "We have new slicks, going to connect up the high-speed on the second run if first run is a solid pass. We have learnt with The Villain that if the track is not good we start sliding about at the top end. On the Sunday at the Retro Show we ran a new PB of 7.89."

Steve Johnson in Motormouse says "A lot has changed, it is a completely new short motor, better cam, higher comp, all-new valve train, refurbished blower by Kenny Gomez, change of gears in the axle, larger diameter and wider tyres, injection is still work in progress by Derek Flynn and myself, we just need to get all this new-found power down the track. 7.7 best so far on six and a half cylinders."

Mark Bishop in Grey Vegas says "We have made the switch over from blower carbs running on E85 to an injected alcohol set-up as we aim to put our trusty Big Block Ford into the sevens. We finally got the car fired up on Sunday and can't wait to hit the track and have some fun."

The rest of this year's line-up consists of Joe Bond, Mick Hannah, Rolf Nilsson in Hocus Pocus, Leif Andersson, Caj Carlsson in Strip Teaser and Magnus Larsson in Fools Gold.

The only question left is who will come out on top this year?


Another plug for Dragstalgia.
10th July: UK blown-nitro Daimler dragster racer Robin Read says that he is very happy and excited to be running a new type of spark plug in his six-second car:

I normally scrounge plugs from the Alcohol cars, but these are Fuel plugs. The Alcohol plugs generally complete one run before being discarded as they are difficult to read for a second time. I tend to run them until the earth strap or centre electrode has burned away or they get dirty from warm-ups .

The new plugs are supposed to bring about a better, cleaner burn and were designed to work with the Pro Mag 44. They are quite different! Cars which have run these plugs have benefitted with lower ETs and increased speed. We can hardly wait to try them.

Many thanks to Mark Evans for procuring and supplying the new plugs for Dragstalgia.


Swift snippets.
10th July: Dragstalgia has long been the traditional weekend for the announcement of the year's inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame and it will again be the case this year. The 2018 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced here on Eurodragster.com News at 12:00 midday this Friday (13th).

SPRC Summernationals Bob's Photo Finish Award joint winner, UK Junior Drag Bike racer Meggie Talbot, has donated her £50 to two worthy causes. Kerryanne van den Berg says "The first donation is to make Christmas gift bags for the homeless, which we as a family distribute each year. The second is in memory of Anita Board who sadly died driving her Junior Dragster in Australia. Anita's organs live on in three people today and Meggie wanted to support the bravery shown by Anita's family and to help to raise awareness for organ donation."

Our very best wishes to photographer and all-round good guy Colin Donisthorpe who suffered a stroke in late June. "Twenty minutes later and I would have been travelling to work on my motorbike, so somebody was looking out for me", says Colin. "I spent a week in hospital but I am now home and making slow progress, but a long way to go yet. I was gutted to miss the Summernationals, the first event I have missed in several years (We were gutted you weren't there - Ed), and I do not think I will make Dragstalgia". You take your time and get properly better Colin, we will all still be there when you are ready to return.

It came too late to make yesterday's news, for which apologies, but we would like to say a big Happy Birthday for yesterday (Monday) to photographer and occasional Eurodragster.com Event Coverage contributor Callum Pudge. Hope you had a great day Callum. Happy Birthday for today to one of Your News Editor's longest-standing friends outside racing, Malcolm Pellett. Have an excellent day Malcolm.


Dragstalgia Perfect Light bonus.
10th July: We are pleased to confirm that a bonus Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award will be available at this week's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway.

The Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards are usually posted at UK National Championship events but sponsors Cath and Tig Napier of UK Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing have kindly offered to post £50 for the first 0.000 Reaction Time at Dragstalgia.

The Perfect Light Award will become available at the start of qualifying, currently Willys Wars Q1 which is scheduled for 17:00 on Friday, and from that point will be available to all racers in all classes. As ever, the money will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. As this is a bonus event, if the Perfect Light Award is not won at Dragstalgia then it will remain at £50 for next week's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway.

Eurodragster.com decals are not mandatory to collect the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate if it they are carried, although we do of course understand about decals on period-correct cars and bikes. If you would like to carry Eurodragster.com decals then they are available in Signing On.

The next Eurodragster.com / Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award will be posted at Bug Jam.


British Hall of Fame Dragstalgia plans.
9th July: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be attending the Saturday and Sunday of next week's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway and will have its own marquee courtesy of its title sponsor Lucas Oil Products and Santa Pod Raceway.

The marquee will be located in the traders' area near Janne Johansson's Swedish historic Funny Car display and will be manned all day both Saturday and Sunday. There will be an opportunity to meet British drag racing legends including Nobby Hills, Dennis Norman, Gary Page, Dennis Priddle and Barry Sheavills, all of whom who will be attending a signing session from 13:00 to 14:00 on both days. To mark the start of the signing sessions, the Yesterday's Dreams AA/FD of Bill Sherratt (pictured) and the True Blood dragster of Ian Turburville will be cackled at 12:45 pm.

Memorabilia will be available to raise money for the BDRHoF Benevolent Fund, and the BDRHoF have struck a deal with sponsors Kelsey Publishing for a special giveaway of current editions of Custom Car in order to promote subscriptions to the magazine, itself a member of the BDRHoF. You will also be able to sign up for the Gala Dinner to be held on 17th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey which is near Brooklands and Mercedes Benz World.

BDRHoF Chair Stu Bradbury said "Dragstalgia is looking to be another fantastic event and fans will have an opportunity to meet and to talk to some of the most iconic names and pioneers of our sport, as well as experiencing cars cackling up close and personal. We look forward to seeing race fans at our marquee on both days."

The 2018 inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced here on Eurodragster.com at 12:00 noon on Friday 13th July.


Gulf Oil team kick off with a bang.
9th July: After their foray in the USA Manufacturers Cup series in 2017 the Gulf Oil Dragracing Top Fuel Bike team returned to the opening round of the FIM European Championship with a new rider and significant changes to their traditional tune.

Greek nitrous Pro Mod Bike rider Filippos Papafilippou aka Fast Fil steps into the seat traditionally filled by ten-time European Champion Ian King, whilst Ian continues to run the team with his experienced crew formed over almost two decades. With Filippos fulfilling riding duties in the European Championship Ian will still be seen in the seat for some of additional events including the 115th Anniversary Harley Davidson event in Prague, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the Manufacturers Cup Finals in Georgia, USA in November.

However, any illusions that the team had for Filippos to spend a few events getting the feel for riding the 1500 HP machine (and prescribed first half pass) were quickly dispersed when he ran an outstanding 6.099/214.08 on his very first pass on a Top Fuel Bike to put him immediately number one qualifier, a position he did not relinquish for the entire event.

But the best was yet to come when he ran a fantastic 5.783/236.16 on only his second ever run on the bike. The changes the team had made to the bike over the winter were clearly working and Filippos a 'rookie' but competent rider able to handle the new tune.

Day two featured further quick qualifying runs of 6.16 and 6.041, and the team looked forward to eliminations and a first round against Swedish Funny Bike rider Thomas Petersson. A timing malfunction meant that no times were recorded for their match up but Filippos was a clear winner and progressed through to a semi-final against UK 'New Age' Funny Bike rider Lorcan Parnell on his unique Puma-powered twin-turbo machine. Despite a fine 6.74/218 for Lorcan it was no match for the supercharged nitro Puma which ran 6.25/195.55 which advanced Filippos through to the final against Swedish rider Rikard Gustafsson (who had earlier set a new European Speed record).

The final was a nail-biting affair for the Gulf Oil team, but Filippos took the event in his stride with a 6.017/227, despite the chute being deployed just after the eighth mile, to see off the current FIM European Champion on a similarly-powered nitro Puma

Filippos takes his lead in the Championship to the next round, the NitrOlympX in Hockenheim, Germany, but the next outing for the bike and team will be at the Harley Davidson 115th Anniversary event in Prague, Czech Republic in conjunction with Lubrand followed by the Goodwood Festival of Speed the very next weekend, with Ian King assuming his regular riding duties at both events.

For more information on the Gulf Oil Dragracing team please visit their web site at www.gulfoildragracing.com, their Facebook page, and their YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/kingracingpuma. For more information about Gulf Oil International please visit their web site at www.gulfoilltd.com.

The Gulf Oil Dragracing team uses and endorses exclusively Gulf Oil greases and lubricants in their history making machine. The team is extremely proud to be supported by many leaders in their chosen markets in their participation in the 2018 FIM European Championship:

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JE Pistons - The world's premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons
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Mickey Thompson Tyres - Simply the best drag race tyres in the world
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Santa Pod weekend galleries.
8th July: It was a warm and busy weekend at Santa Pod Raceway with a Saturday Night Special yesterday and then a rammed BMW Show today, both in very hot weather.

Racer involvement was minimal although Martin Hill provided 5.8- and 5.9-second highlights in the Fireforce 3 Jet FC despite the heat and Jason Phelps made three passes in Mark and Jackie Hawkins' Fuel Funny Car. A launch with 0.9638 sixty foot time yesterday was followed this morning by a 5.0882/179.26 shut off just before the eighth then in the afternoon a 3.7110/219.19 eighth, shut off just before the thousand with a cylinder out but still 4.7245/225.76.

You can check out our Saturday Night Special and BMW Show galleries, which are presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Many thanks to Diana Macrae, aka DD, whose first experience of trackside photography was in very uncomfortable conditions this weekend, but who still worked tirelessly and managed to produce a large number of high-quality pictures.


Here comes Crazy Tak.
8th July: Job Heezen writes that this year's NitrOlympX, at Hockenheim in August, will welcome a special guest in the person of Japan's Tak Shigematsu who will be racing in FIM Europe Supertwin:

Tak is currently the quickest guy in the world on a Harley Nitro bike, setting the record at last year's ManCup event at Valdosta, Georgia, USA with a 6.021 run. This run at Valdosta could easily have been the first five-second Harley pass in the world if Tak's handlebars had stayed in one piece: at the top end of his handlebars broke and he hit the wall at over 200 mph. Nevertheless he managed to get the bike to the finish line, setting the new record. It wasn't the first time that this has happened to Tak: at a race in Bristol, Tennessee in 2008 he rode his bike to a win after breaking his handlebars at the start and making his whole pass with only half of the handlebars left.

Whilst Tak lives in Japan, making his money as a Harley Davidson dealer, he has crossed the Pacific on a regular basis since 1999 to compete successfully in various US series with several Eastern Championships and even a National runner-up title, setting ET and speed records many times. With all these performances, combined with a special style of riding, he deserves his nickname Crazy Tak by which he is widely known amongst US race fans.

In Hockenheim Tak will campaign a bike owned by Finland's Juha Hintukainen, and he will most likely bring his Crew Chief from the US - a guy equally famous among drag racing fanatics, Donald Johnson aka DJ, also aka the Nitro Santa. DJ has constructed numerous drag bikes with great success. With his entry in the 2018 NitrOlympX one of Tak's long-standing dreams is coming true and we are very happy to have him racing with us. It will be a joy for the spectators and an interesting addition to the Series for all of his competitors.


Robinson's Bests weekend.
8th July: Six-time and reigning MSA British Pro Modified Champion Andy Robinson made his presence known at the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway when he made history as the first British Pro Mod driver to record a 5.8-second pass.

The SPRC Summernationals, held at Santa Pod Raceway on 30th June-1st July, was the third MSA Pro Modified meeting of the year. Andy's performance so far this year has been good, dipping back into the fives twice at two events in May. It was no suprise in the first session of qualifying that the team were able to lay down a 5.95 at 243 mph securing the number one spot. In the second qualifying session there was no improvement for the Anger Management team when the burst panel popped and caused an aborted run. With the root of the problem found and fixed the team were back out for the third session which took place in the early evening of what had been an exceptionally hot day. With the track cooling slightly the conditions were favourable which allowed Andy to jump well into the 5.8 bracket with a 5.867 and to lower his Personal Best by five hundredths of a second. The run was also a new Santa Pod Raceway track record.

Andy backed up his 5.867 pass in the first round of eliminations with a 5.889 which secured him MSA record, which along with the track record were previously held by long-term rival, Micke Gullqvist. Although Andy was the clear favourite for the gold, it was not meant to be this weekend as another popped burst panel put an end to the team's hopes in the semi-finals. However Andy and the rest of the crew were still smiling.

"It's hard to be sad when you've run a 5.86", said Andy. "We tested on the Friday before this meeting, and after two planned shut off passes the short incrementals told us we were on to a really good pass. Obviously we didn't want to count our chickens too early, but we knew it was possible."

The next meeting for the team is the Mopar EuroNationals, back at Santa Pod Raceway at the end of July. Andy and the team will be aiming to continue with the consistent performance which they found at the Summernationals and to increase the lead which they have over the rest of the Championship contenders.

Andy was sure to thank his sponsors and performance partners NGK Spark Plugs UK, Torco Oils, Nimbus Motorsport, PAC Racing Springs, Aurora Rod Ends, Weld Racing, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Victory 1 Valves, Mike Janis Superchargers, Hoosier Tyre UK, PRS and Manton Rocker Arms. Also a huge thanks to the dedicated and hard-working Anger Management crew!

For more information on the Anger Management Pro Mod Drag Racing Team, please visit our Facebook page.


Nicholson enjoys 2018.
8th July: UK Pro Modified racer Wayne Nicholson and the Lucky Devil team have had a great first few events on Santa Pod Raceway's new surface:

Congratulations to Santa Pod'a management for going ahead with the investment and coming up with the goods. The whole crew there deserve a a very big pat on the back for the continued hard work in keeping the racing schedule where it should be, track prep and looking out for our safety too. Thank you!

Of course our own performance has improved this year too. From the lessons we learnt last year and the investment and changes over the winter we have enjoyed some reasonable strides forward so far this year, with more to come I am sure.

The whole team have stepped up, thank you to you all. Gareth is doing a sterling job as Crew Chief with tuning, Joe, Richard and Tim keep the car in shape and well maintained and Amy has joined us this season with enthusiasm. Belinda (The Boss) keeps us all in shape and of course none of what we do would be possible without her involvement I am sure about that.

The team have always enjoyed fantastic support from our sponsors: "Uncle" Ken at EDA has been there for years and I have learnt so much from him, thanks Ken. Lucas Oil have again been a strong supporter of ours for many years now, they genuinely have the best products going. NGK Spark Plugs, thank you for giving us the best availableand igniting our power.

We all know racing isn't cheap and in order to keep moving forward we are always keen to talk to any company or individual who would like to get some great exposure for their company and services. We are here waiting, feel free to contact me at waynenicholson@btinternet.com.

I know for sure that we are looking forward to the rest of the season. See you all at the track and come by to say Hi.


Liam's European tour.
8th July: Eire's Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald has already contested six events this season including two in Germany and one in France, with the intention being to attend as many of this year's British, German and French rounds as he is able:


After Liam's Summernationals outing we managed to secure quite a few points in the UK series qualifying in number one spot with a 0.0000 light and going to the third round. Not bad in a hired car, but a well-prepared SPRC Club hire car. Thanks to Ian Marshall for all his help, and a special Thanks for their help to John Everitt and Kevin Wray and to Joe Holland-Villa for behind the scenes help.

The first German event we attended was at Bad Söbernheim which is not too far from Frankfurt Main airport, about the same distance as to hockenheim. Liam's car was taken out there by Junior dragster driver Frankie Fordham's team. Frankie and Liam ended up finishing up first and second at that event. Bad Söbernheim is a beautiful track and, as people commented, would remind you of Shakespeare County Raceway, relaxed and professional at the same time.


Next up in Germany was Alkersleben which was an eight-hour drive from Drachten. We flew into Groningen Airport where we were picked up another Junior Dragster driver's family namely that of Cheyenne Visser with whom we traveled to the track. Liam qualified in second position but went out first round, but not bad as we are winning points in the German series, with up to three rounds still to attend - at this moment we are getting ready to attend Jade Raceway.

Finally our trip to Clastres in France was fairly successful. Liam qualified number one with a 0.001 light and went all the way to the final, finishing runner-up. We would like to thank the French Association Trophée Dragster club for a truly fantastic event. As others have said on here before, it's well worth the trip. Also a big thanks to Milwaukee Power Tools France for a beautiful gift to Liam of a power drill and batteries in a hard case. What beautiful people.


So next it's off to Jade in Germany, then back to Clastres in France then hopefully the NitrOlympX in Germany then Tierp in Sweden, the European and National Finals and Nationals in the UK, and then back to Bad Söbernheim. And hopefully Malta in November.


Ålund's historic twofer.
8th July: Jimmy Ålund entered the third race of the FIA drag racing season in two classes again last weekend. The venue was Alastaro Motopark in Finland and the race and the event was concluded under good weather and good track conditions.

FIA Pro Modified: Due to rain delay on the Friday, there were only three qualifying runs. Jimmy drove Magnus Petersson's The Old 51 Chevrolet Business Coupe to the #1 spot but it wasn't pretty. The Old 51 only made it to the finish line twice and only once under full power. Jimmy says "We had issues with the shut-off box and tyre shake but got that one 6.86-second run in and it was enough for the top spot."

Sunday's eliminations turned out a lot better. Jimmy won round #1 with the second quickest ET of the round and continued to the semi-finals courtesy of a bye run. The semi-final was won with the quickest ET of that round, and in the bottom half of the ladder, reigning FIA Pro Mod champion Micke Gullqvist did his job to get to the final against Jimmy.

In the final Jimmy left hard whilst Micke ran into problems, The Old 51 winning with a 5.92 against Micke's 6.55 seconds. "This is great, the team overcame some less than perfect qualifying rounds and we took it all the way and won the last event here at Alastaro" says Jimmy.

The win at Alastaro means that Jimmy extends his points lead in the 2018 FIA Pro Modified Championship.

FIA Pro Stock, history in the making: Jimmy suffered the worst qualifying rounds of his career. The Summit Racing Camaro never made it to the finish line under full power, not once, and Jimmy qualified last with the slowest ET ever for an FIA Pro Stock car, a somewhat less than stellar 19.08 seconds. "There are firsts for everything", says Jimmy, "at least we came in under twenty seconds but, to add insult to injury, the hopped-up exhibition combine harvester had us covered by more than three seconds in its exhibition runs.

"We went through the whole car, everything, and concluded that the problem was in the tyres. We had tested all the pairs of tyres we brought along but no go. Then fellow racer Michael Malmgren stepped up and let us have one of his sets of tyres for Sunday's eliminations. We can't thank Michael enough for his generosity, it paid off well".

It was a slightly worried Jimmy in the pits before Sunday morning's eliminations. "Sure, we wouldn't know if the problem was solved until we got to the sixty footer in the quarter finals."

Eliminations turned out totally different to qualifying. The car and tyres worked perfectly. Jimmy won the quarters and semi-finals running the quickest ETs and fastest speeds in both rounds. And just as in Pro Mod, Jimmy went up against the reigning class Champion in the finals, Bengt Ljungdahl. Jimmy did his job one last time this weekend and won the FIA Pro Stock class at Alastaro.

Historic, of course: this is the first time ever that one driver has won both FIA Pro Mod and FIA Pro Stock on the same afternoon. "Unbelievable", says Jimmy, "to say that we struggled in qualifying would be the understatement of the century. But like the saying goes "It ain't over 'til it's over" and Sunday turned out just perfect for both The Old 51 Pro Mod Car and the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro."

The next event for Jimmy Ålund is FIA Pro Mod at the NitrOlympX at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Jimmy leaves the Pro Stock car at home for that race and will fire up The Old 51 for the first round of qualifying on Friday morning, 17th August. Jimmy says "As always, we can't wait to get there and put more rounds in the car in front of the record crowd that is the trademark of the NitrOlympx."

Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrimålning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod car and Jimmy's Pro Stock Camaro this year. This is in addition to Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuel. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.


Swift snippets.
8th July: UK blown-nitro Daimler dragster racer Robin Read has started a Facebook page which you can apply to join by searching Robin Read Drag Racing. "Many thanks to Neil Dilkes for proposing the idea and setting it up", says Robin. "We have a competition with a prize in relation to Dragstalgia, so please get involved. This is in addition to the latest news and developments from the Shed including photos and information regarding our new car shortly. Many thanks to Tony Kershaw at Kershaw Engineering for devising and carrying out the engraving on our latest generation rocker covers which are required to clearance the revised rocker geometry. Thanks also to Bertie Hopkinson for his hard work mapping and then manufacturing the parts to optimise the correct geometry."

Denny Hummel.
6th July: Brian Taylor writes to mark the debt of gratitude which UK drag racing owes to Denny Hummel, who died a few days ago:

Denny was the man who recreated the 354 Chrysler Hemi engine for Europe's first dragster, Sydney Allard's 1961 Allard Chrysler. The original engine was used in the 1965 Mark II Allard Chrysler which eventually ended up with Clive Skilton. Hence we needed a replacement that would be based on magazine reports, notes from the car's designer David Hooper and lots of photos.

After some research and advice, in 2010 the Allard Chrysler Action Group chose Michigan-based engine builders and nostalgia specialists Booth-Arons Racing Enterprises Inc of Berkley in Michigan to recreate the engine. Wally Booth was a very successful Super Stock and Pro Stock driver from the late 1960s through to the mid-1970s. He and engine builder Dick Arons started Booth-Arons in 1971, but neither man was associated with the business by 2010. Denny Hummel worked for the founders and became the co-owner of the business overseeing the shop operations.

Lots of racers and knowledgeable performance street enthusiasts relied upon Booth-Arons to build and maintain their engines. It was not uncommon to see seven or eight engines in various stages of disassembly / reassembly, and the resurgence of the nostalgia (or vintage) drag racing cars for competition, cackling or restoration had brought many engines into the Booth-Arons shops. Chrysler power plants, particularly the Hemi and Wedge head engines had become a speciality for Denny's touch.

The Allard Chrysler 354 project became an obsession for Denny and it took twelve months to complete. But his dedication continued once the restored dragster was able to cackle and then eventually parade under its own power. He sourced replacement parts and gave much advice on servicing and operating the vehicle. I doubt whether the restoration of the dragster would have been completed without his dedication and skill.

RIP Denny. It has been a privilege to know you. You have made your mark on both sides of the Atlantic. Not many can say that.


Swift snippets.
6th July: Many thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 1 of the MSA Pro Modified entry list for the Mopar EuroNationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday-Sunday 27th-29th July (racing 28th-29th). You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. You can find the official Mopar EuroNationals entry form on the Information link of the SPRC web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc, and if you have any queries about Mopar EuroNationals entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for posting the post-SPRC Summernationals points standings in the UK National Drag Racing and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page which you can reach by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

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


Colin does Clastres.
5th July: Outlaw Anglia racer and new ET record holder Colin Millar writes that the Outlaws' recent trip to Clastres in France was an all-round excellent experience:


Six Outlaw Anglias - Mick Taylor, Ronnie Mercer, Rob Stone, Scotty Crookston, Garry Hill and I, as well as Frankie Taylor in her Junior Dragster - set off for sunny France and arrived safe and sound on the Friday. Clastres is just one hour and fifty minutes when you come off the boat or out of the tunnel; a trouble-free run up the empty A26 and then five minutes and you're there.

None of us had been before so we had no real idea of what to expect. What we found was warmth kindness and enthusiasm. A lot of people had put a lot of work into delivering a quality facility, lots of space and the gentleman who was pitting was kind enough to allow us all to form a circle which was great for a good social evenings after the racing (and in case of Cherokee attack - Ed).

The facility is large with a circuit with lots of track cars giving it some, a full dirt bike track, and a lot of learning going on with bikes and cars. It seemed to me a very well used-facility. Small but clean shower block, water on tap and clean toilets and food vendors on site as well as some sideshows, we loved the air rifles and even won a huge big snake to the dismay of Annette Mercer who was definitely not keen for it to be sitting in the back window of Ronnie's Pop, but you have to agree Annette the colour did match well!

Saturday loomed and we were quickly called. All of us took it really easy as we didn't know what it would be like but after finishing and watching others it was evident that we could give it some, and being Outlaw Anglias we did!

My first real pass was an 8.07 and that was the slowest I went all weekend. I could have had eight or more runs on the Saturday as it opens at 09:00 and closes at 21:00. Sunday was the same, finished at 17:00, but due eliminations less cars were running and we had the opportunity in RWYB to do a good few passes. The track is narrow but nobody was wandering around too much. I finished the weekend with a new PB on the motor of 7.999 and out of the six Outlaws who went four came back with new PBs. No breakdowns, no dramas, no stress all helped to make the memory better. The last bit of icing on the cake was that the class won a trophy... actually I still don't know what it said on the wee plaque but it's a trophy and that's good enough for me.

We were woken up each morning by a wee wifey tooting her horn providing us with fresh bread, croissants and coffee which were very much appreciated. The nearby village is minutes away and can also be walked to with small shops a place for refreshments and a fish restaurant run by an ex-SAS man, lovely fellow and lovely food, my new Facebook pal. St Quentin is fifteen minutes away and again a fabulous place to visit either for the history or just the square with cafés and pubs for sitting out in the sun. We found an electric karting track and wasted a few hours being very competitive as you do ! Four teams decided to stay on and we moved on to the camp site in Seraucourt-le-Grand about a mile from the track. We didn't do a lot but it was so nice to chill and relax until we all went off on Friday to catch the ferry back to Dover and onto the Summernationals.

A fantastic experience and also a great holiday. Would I go back? For sure I would. Next year it would be fabulous to try to get at least twelve Outlaw Anglias over and run as a class.

To top it all off I could not have had a better time at the Summernationals with cracking weather, cracking racing with the usual great people and all the Santa Pod crew who look after us so well. Thanks to everybody and hope to see you all at Dragstalgia.


Alfie Embraces the Nitro Bug.
5th July: Owner and driver Andy Raw and racing partner Karl Harrison are supporting Embrace CVoC, who support young victims of crime and their families, on the début of their brand new Volkswagen Beetle Funny Car the Nitro Bug next week.

Andy Raw, owner of AMR Motors and TSR Engine Conversions located in Exning, Newmarket, has been working extremely hard building the one-of-a-kind Funny Car for the last four years. Andy and Karl have put blood, sweat and tears into the build and are thrilled to announce that the car will be making its début appearance at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway next Friday-Sunday (13th-15th).

Andy, a keen supporter of Embrace, is delighted that he can help support Embrace cause with the launch of his new Funny Car. "I'm hoping that we can raise lots of money for this incredible charity", he says. "The work they carry out is a true blessing. We will be at events with the car throughout the summer where I will be doing my best to help spread awareness of Embrace CVoC."  

Andy and Karl have very kindly offered to brand the Nitro Bug with the Embrace CVoC logo and to have Alfie the Embrace Bear riding shotgun as it goes down the track. As the Funny Car is one of a kind, and expected to reach up to 260 mph and 0-60 mph in under a second, there will be plenty of publicity over the weekend and at future events. Embrace will be at Santa Pod Raceway on the day supporting Andy and his dedicated crew. They will have a stand in the pits selling branded items and helping to spread awareness of their cause.

Fundraising Support Officer Chloe Raw stated "We're all very excited for the launch of Nitro Bug and to be working closely with Andy and his crew. Its a great opportunity to help spread awareness of Embrace and we are very grateful to Andy and his team for choosing to support our cause."

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Turbo's two birthday candles.
5th July: Ian Turburville and daughter and Super Pro ET racer Laura enjoyed the glorious sunshine and laid-back atmosphere of the SPRC Summernationals, and Turbo enjoyed his surprise birthday present at Friday's All Torque Test Day:

Laura was competing in the Nottingham College-sponsored Bad Blood dragster. She did really well and made it to round three of eliminations where she met her constant nemesis the Pryzm dragster. Unfortunately the heat and quick turn-round had a bad effect on her car and the performance dropped away leaving John the winner in an exciting close race.

It had come came to Derek Flynn's attention that it my 66th birthday so he offered me a couple of runs on his Top Gas bike on Friday. I had not raced a bike since I quit racing my Supertwin in 2010 but I jumped at the chance. To everyone's great surprise my leathers still fit me and there were some puzzled looks from the start line staff when I roared around from the pairing lanes.

I had also never raced a bike with gears as Mr Spokehead was a single-speed bike; that bike is doing very well in the EDRS Pro Series and Lasse rode it to a stunning 6.62 at Tierp in June. However I quickly got to grips with the gears and had great fun. Could this be my return to two wheels? Well, Derek's fabulous TL drag bike came runner up with a stout 9.8 run at the meeting and is up for grabs cheap, so if you are interested contact him at Gold RV.


D2BD a hit with D2BD.
5th July: Following the highly-successful Dare To Be Different events at Santa Pod Raceway, which introduced Key Stage 2 schoolgirls to the world of motorsport, two weeks ago Dare's Senior Account Manager and event organiser Jenny Morse has thanked the racers and drag racing ambassadors who took part.

Jenny writes "I truly believe that it is so important for the young and impressionable girls who attended our events to see, meet and learn from inspirational women such as yourselves. To see girls and women who are actually competing within the sport will have hopefully inspired them to see that it really is possible - even from as young as eight years old."

For Dare To Be Different, previously focused on circuit racing, these events provided a first encounter with drag racing, and were warmly embraced by all parties. Should any female members of the drag racing community - racers, crew members, marshals, officials, administrators, media - wish to learn more about the Dare To Be Different project or to support its mission, the organisation's web site address is www.daretobedifferent.org and its E-Mail address is info@daretobedifferent.org.


Web site updates.
5th July: Our good buddy and photo-journalist Steve Moxley's FIA/FIM Main Event report and pictures are now showing on the Eat My Ink web site at www.eatmyink.com.

Another good buddy Remco Scheelings has posted two FHRA Nitro Nationals reports on the Autosport.nl web site. There is a race report which you can check out by clicking here and a report of "Other things I saw" which you can check out by clicking here.

Bianca Booij of SPRC Summernationals winners Pro Dutch Racing has forwarded an account of Michel Tooren and team's successful weekend at Santa Pod Raceway. The Dutch-language PDF can be checked out by clicking here.


Swift snippets.
4th July: 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 six-second street-legal racer Andy Frost. Have a great day Frosty.

Also on the subject of birthdays we would like to wish all of our friends and readers in the USA a Happy 4th July. Have a great day guys.


More SPRC Summernationals winners.
3rd July: Having received the SPRC Summernationals timing data courtesy of Andy Marrs we are pleased to confirm that Junior Drag Bike racers Meggie Talbot and Blade Dummer are the winners of the first Bob's Photo Finish Award for their semi-final race which was decided in Meggie's favour by 0.26 inches (0.0002 seconds).


Meggie and Blade will each receive £50 very shortly courtesy of longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Bob Roberts to whom a big Thank You. Bob tells us that there will be a repeat performance at the UK National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway in October.

As well as the UK National records listed yesterday, Marrs confirms that the following track records were set at the SPRC Summernationals. Track records do not require a back-up:

Pro Modified ET: 5.8673 seconds, Andy Robinson (also a National record)
Outlaw Anglia ET: 7.3728 seconds, Colin Millar (also a National record)
Outlaw Anglia speed: 184.39 mph, Colin Millar
Funny Bike speed: 218.24 mph, Lorcan Parnell
Super Street Bike speed: 215.12 mph, Steve Venables
Comp Bike speed: 198.91 mph, Sean Mills

Marrs has also updated our table of European and UK Bests which you can check out by
clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

You can check out the SPRC Summernationals timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

We would also like to say a big Thank You to photo-journalist Steve Moxley for his assistance in identifying records and pit note hints over the weekend.

Paul Bryan has updated his Flickr site with some great shots from the Sunday of the SPRC Summernationals. You can check out Paul's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/paulbryan_photopedia.


One tick left on the Bucket List.
3rd July: UK blown-alcohol altered racer Paul Watson says that the d&ecute;but of his car at the SPRC Summernationals was intense:

We had a blower failuire which delayed us this season but a big thank you to Tony Betts who came to the rescue with a similar blower, still a Kobelco 1471 but a Superman which is longer, rotors set back a few inches which in itself caused some issues. We also had starter issues and again Tony Betts came to the rescue and let us borrow his blower starter. We had a rough ride with this build but fingers crossed we were at the end.

In testing on Friday we had a few fire-up issues in the morning but finally made a pass in the afternoon, rolled through stage with a 1.5 sixty foot and an early shut-off due to oil from the rear inlet manifold covering me during the run. It was a 9.2 but from the ticket I could see it was on a decent pass. We took off the blower and manifold, sealed the leak and went for a fire up but then disaster: a pushrod had jumped out and damaged the rocker. I made a few calls and Pixie was on her way with the parts. Gary Springford had come on board again for this event and worked till 11:00 that night putting it back together. It turned out that the rocker post had loosened very slightly but enough to allow it to jump.

Saturday the pressure was on. I still had to do my final licencing pass and pull the chute. We had also kept having Lencodrive issues, very hard to select forward and reverse hence my erratic backing up. Launching off idle we ran a 1.10 to sixty, 4.7/147 at the eighth and 7.50/172 clicking off at 1000 feet. Absolutely amazing and a credit to all those that have played a part of this build (and to you Paul - Ed). We came out again and ran a new PB 7.45/178.

Home and back to reality, we have gone through the car and have some damage in the reverser at which I am looking right now, but nothing will stop us being at Dragstalgia. I have just one more box to tick in my drag racing career, which started in 1977 at Blackbushe racing Street against Dave Mingay. That is to run a six-second pass, then the car is for sale and it will be time to hang up my boots for good.

I can't thank these people enough for their help and advice, I couldn't have done it without them; my team Pixie, Muffins, Gary, Andy and John Atkinson; Jon Golding at Home Grown Hot Rods; Spud Miller at FIE; Kenny Gomez at Superpower Unlimited; Tony Betts; Luke Robinson at Andy Robinson Race Cars; Jeff Bull at Jeff Bull Race Engines; Matt Couter at Image Worx; Mick Snyder at Snyder Motorsort; Martyn Jones and Crunch; and all my mates who pop round when I need a little help. Thank you everyone.

See you at Dragstalgia.


Swift snippets.
3rd July: Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version 3 of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday-Sunday 20th-22nd July (racing Saturday and Sunday). You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about Bug Jam entry then please get in touch with Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs for passing us post-FHRA Nitro Nationals tables of round wins and qualifying standings, Low ET and High Speed, winners and runners-up in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. "Notable at Alastaro was Jimmy Ålund becoming the first to win in two FIA classes at the same event, the first person to score seven round wins at a single event, and beating the reigning Champions in each class", says Marrs. Click here for the table of FIA Championship round wins and click here for the table of FIA Championship qualifying and results.

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

Marcus Christiansen raced to victory in Super Twin Motorcycle at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro, round two of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship. Our good buddy Remco Scheelings writes that the young Danish rider was the quickest in all elimination rounds and defeated home favourite Samu Kemppainen in the final. In Super Street Bike Mathias Bohlin remained undefeated and still has a 100% score this season after doubling up his Tierp win with a victory at Alastaro. In Top Fuel Motorcycle Rikard Gustafsson took the win, while Timo Savolainen gave the home crowd something to cheer about by winning the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. You can read more on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.


Many thanks to Mike Collins for sending us the usual preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, available if you are quick, plus bonus material exclusively for Eurodragster.com readers. Click on the images above for the PDF downloads.

Eagle-eyed Eurodragster.com readers will have noticed a couple of amendments to our John Woofe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage schedule, namely the addition of end-day galleries and Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam from this weekend's Saturday Night Special and BMW Show at Santa Pod Raceway, and the addition of a webcast on the Friday of next week's Dragstalgia. You can check out our full Event Coverage schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


More Go, more Show.
3rd July: Paul Marston has been in touch with an update about No Prep Nationals 3 at Rockingham Drag Strip on August Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August:

The strip features no prep, no time, no speed Big Tyre (4WD allowed), Small Tyre (FWD allowed any size tyre), Monster High Roller Big Bracket (all run, with buybacks) and RWYB (anything goes except bikes, lawnmowers welcome!). All eighth mile, flashlight start for Big and Small Tyre, Christmas Tree for everyone else.

The entries are coming in thick and fast. Some of the garages are still available for rent during the event, but please get your entry in soon if you want one. E-Mail pmdragracing@gmail.com, Facebook Rockingham Dragstrip or call or text me on 07831 650230.

Adding to the event is a brand new Rod and Car Show, which will feature some of the very, very best rods and customs. There is a huge four-acre hard standing exhibit area and also opening up for the first time the Rockingham Exhibition Hall which will house the cream of the eodding scene. This first annual show is called The Big Oolite and will become a regular feature of the August meeting. For more details Like their Facebook page or call Keith or Bill on 07793 035729.

Adding to this is the Rockingham Drift Track Day which will attract around one hundred Drifters (including my niece's partner - Ed). This is a very popular event with at least two drift tracks being featured. They are situated on the National Circuit and at the back of the Super Speedway oval.

So all in all a pretty action-packed day awaits you with alot going on. For more details check out the Rockingham Dragstrip Facebook page or check the Rockingham Motor Speedway web site.

Spectators have access to all areas on the day; admission is £10 in advance or £12 on the gate, under-16s free. Gates open at 08:00 and the track opens for RWYB / qualifying at 10:00.


European Top Gas Round 3 review.
3rd July: Herman Jolink writes that th third round of this year's European Top Gas Series took place at Hoskovice in the Czech Republic where qualifying was over the quarter mile but eliminations took place over the eighth:

On Friday we made some test runs to get a feeling for the track. We had some rain and wind but the sun dried the concrete track. On Saturday and Sunday we had three qualifying sessions planned but we had two because of the conditions. Final qualifying:
  1. Jorg Lymant DE on 2622 Pro Stock V-Twin 7.708
  2. Jan Malmberg SE on 2600 two blower V-Twin 7.793/279 kmh. 7.793 was a new PB.
  3. Anders Jensen DK on 2000 home-made mechanical turbo V-Twin 8.257, new PB but the engine broke and it was not possible to repair it.
  4. Herman Jolink NL on Ducati 1198 RS (1266) 9.054/239. I made some modifikations to the Ducati 1198 RS but it did not get me a quicker time.
  5. Martin Buhler CH on 1600 home made mechanical blower V-Twin 9.210
  6. Peter Niklas DE on Turbo Honda 1000 SP 9.634
  7. Sven Ole Schleichert DE on 1300 V-Rod Destroyer 9.800
  8. Janek Severa CR on 1000 Suzuki V-Twin 10.259. Some problems with the ignition cutting when shifting gears.
Jorg Braune's new 2000 Turbo V-Twin was not ready so he competed in Modified Harley. In the third qualifying pass I blew a cylinder head gasket. I got help from two Czechs to put the spare Ducati 999 RS (1214) engine in the frame but time ran out for the first round of eliminations. We needed the help of more people but didn't get it; some years ago at Drachten we put the spare Ducati in the frame in an hour and a half with the help of six people.

Because of a crosswind Top Gas decided to race over the eighth mile. Comp Bike and Super Street Bike ran over the quarter.

E1: Lymant 5.144/224 def. Severa 13.383/50 again with problems shifting; Buhler 6.188/152 bye run, Jolink broke; Malberg 5.023/227 def. Schleichert 6.296/181; Niklas 5.922/201 bye run, Jensen broke.

E2: Lymant 4.988/229 def. Buhler 5.695/203; Malmberg 5.708/148 def. Niklas 5.716/203. Malmberg's bike was not running well.

Final: Jorg Lymant DE (0.144) 4.971/233 def. Jan Malmberg SE (0.255) 6.237/153. Again Malmberg's bike was not running well.

European Super Twin Top Gas Championship:
  1. Lymant DE 1850 points
  2. Buhler CH 1000
  3. Malmberg SE 775
  4. Menzi CH 750
  5. Niklas DE 750
  6. Jolink NL 670
  7. Jensen DK 630
  8. Schleichert DE 520
  9. Waterschoot BE 480
  10. Caspari DE 440
  11. Foit DE 360
  12. Petersen DE 310
  13. Larsson SE 300
  14. Brodbeck CH 300
  15. Severa CR 260
Thank you Yvonna Kneblova and team.

The next Top Gas event is at Drachten in The Netherlands on 27th-29th July.


You could develop a healthy Obsession.
3rd July: Craig Gibbs says that the family's seven-second Camaro is still for sale:

We've had to call time on our racing endeavours with Obsession for personal reasons. Everything is for sale, and we are open to offers on it all. Obsession has been in our family since the early 1990s, having been imported from Florida in 1990 where she was a big bracket money winner, running 9.40s. Tony Gransden initially drove Obsession and then in 1993 Dad Terry took over before turning his attentions towards promoting, and I took over the driving seat in late 1997 I took over the driving seat.

In 2000 it was decided that Super Modified and the seven-second zone were what we wanted, maybe with a step up to Pro Mod in mind at a later date, so we needed a car built to enable us to do that with cost in mind if we wanted. So Obsession was stripped, the original chassis removed and apart from the body which received some fairly major modifiations, a new car was constructed.

A 25.1E twin rail moly Pro Mod chassis was built to take the car ultimately into the sixes, and the body was modified to take the larger Pro Mod wheels and tyres so that upgrades later would be minimal.

Having run a best of 7.55/182 with a 489 ci chevy in Super Modified trim (0.600 lift cam and restricted on valve sizes) the car still has a lot of potential. The car itself can and will run sixes, everything is there to do it, if you've got a six-second motor this car will take everything you can throw at her. Or run her as she is and slot into Super Pro ET, Super Comp or Comp Eliminator, go run sevens and have loads of fun. 

Obsession has always run straight and true, and I have always trusted her 100% to get me to the other end of the track.

So I guess this is a fantastic opportunity to own a piece of modern British drag racing history, or stamp your own identity on her and begin a new chapter. We will be sad to see her go, but she needs to be on the track racing where she belongs and we can no longer do that.

Please get in touch at craiggibbs2@aol.com for more information and pictures.

Obsession can be found under Cars For Sale on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.


SPRC Summernationals results.
2nd July: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

MSA Pro Modified: Michel Tooren 6.1093/237.76 def. Bobby Wallace 6.2260/227.76
Comp Eliminator: Andy Hone (7.93) 13.3399/62.55 def. Tim Mugridge (7.99) 7.5651/182.77 DQ red
Gearhead Garage Super Pro ET: Scott Hauser (7.55) 7.5611/176.38 def. Brad Jackson (7.63) 7.6049/176.35 DQ b/o
Modurstang Pro ET: Simon Innes (10.55) 10.5723/126.14 def. Bob Molden (9.63) 9.6854/138.61
Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Ricky Hale (15.40) 15.4447/87.34 def. Holly Sanders (15.01) 15.0357/88.04
Super Comp: Stu Doignie 8.9140/153.10 def. Craig Wright 8.9223/147.19
Terry Gibbs Super Gas Shootout: Simon Gough 9.9219/153.68 def. Tayler Letchford 9.8958/142.47 DQ b/o
Super Street: Dave Cherrett 10.9550/81.10 def. Leigh Morris 10.8955/120.12 DQ b/o
TopSpeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Joe Stevens 8.3436/169.82 def. Martin Smith 8.0501/183.63
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Charlotte Bradford (7.96) 8.0243/81.52 bye, Bonnie Wallace (7.90) broke
Outlaw Anglia: Colin Millar 7.4127/184.39 def. Jedd Guy 8.0956/167.91
Wild Bunch: Phil James (9.35) 9.3663/141.14 def. Darryl Howells (8.93) 8.8684/143.91 DQ b/o
VW Pro: Paul Bargate (12.01) 12.4318/111.80 def. Adrian Solly (12.00) 11.9857/118.04 DQ b/o
VW Sportsman: Aaron Beales (13.90) 13.9339/94.68 def. Polly Judge (15.62) 15.8440/79.51
Nostalgia Super Stock: Amy Watkins (9.83) 9.8657/136.02 def. Guy King (9.75) 9.7912/138.62 DQ red

ACU Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt 6.3734/215.16 def. Allan Davies 7.7555/166.68
ACU Funny Bike: Dale Leeks 7.0130/188.92 def. Len Paget 7.5294/175.75 DQ red
ACU Comp Bike: Jeroen van den Belt 7.5185/187.42 def. Scott Collier 9.9534/111.93 DQ red
ACU Super Street Bike: Graham Balchin 7.2812/204.16 def. Steve Venables 10.4307/111.79 DQ red
8.50 Bike: Ian Chrichlow 8.5193/159.16 def. Jake Mechaell 8.5372/160.19
9.50 Bike: Dave Bowe 9.5252/123.10 def. Brett Cordelle 9.4707/144.43
Junior Drag Bike: Liam Holgate (7.90) 8.0277/85.87 def. Meggie Talbot (9.25) 9.2411/71.28 DQ b/o
ET Bike: Phil Pratt (9.03) 9.2689/126.59 def. Dave Grundy (11.37) 12.3224/112.64
Supertwin Top Gas: Michael Gooding 9.5101/144.81 def. Derek Flynn 10.1231/130.64

Congratulations to the following who set new National and class records (subject to ratification):

MSA Pro Modified ET: 5.867 seconds, Andy Robinson
ACU Funny Bike ET: 6.676 seconds, Lorcan Parnell
ACU Funny Bike speed: 206.93 mph, Lorcan Parnell
ACU Comp Bike speed: 196.39 mph, Sean Mills
ACU Super Street Bike ET: 6.925 seconds, Steve Venables
ACU Super Street Bike: 211.10 mph, Steve Venables
Outlaw Anglia ET: 7.372 seconds, Colin Millar

Congratulations also to Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald who took the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award with a more than perfect 0.0000 Reaction Time, and to and Modurstang Pro ET racer and
Vitesse Labelling Products Perfect ET Award sponsor Al Platt who won his own Award with a more than perfect +0.0000 on dial-in. Both Awards have been reset to £50, for Dragstalgia and Bug Jam respectively. Junior Drag Bike racers Meggie Talbot and Blade Dummer are the leading candidates for the Bob's Photo Finish Award posted by longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Bob Roberts with a finish line margin of 0.26 inches (0.0002 seconds) in their semi-final race. We will confirm the winners when we receive the official timing data.

You can check out our SPRC Summernationals reports, results, pit notes and galleries, which are presented in association with John Woolfe Racing, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Please join Tog in a big Thank You to Simon, Julian and Diana Macrae who worked hard in sometimes uncomfortable conditions to bring you the weekend's coverage.


Swift snippets.
2nd July: Yesterday's results at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro included an FIA Pro Modified and FIA Pro Stock double for Jimmy Ålund, a Top Fuel Dragster win for Home Boy Timo Lehtimäki, and another victory for Timo Harbermann in FIA Top Methanol. You can read all about it on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here

We would like to wish a big Happy Birthday for today (Monday) to Podington Pea and Eurodragster.com Off-Track Photographer Diana Macrae. Have a lovely day DD. René Martin asked us to say big Happy Birthday to photographer David Beitler, which we are very happy to do. Have a great day David.


The impending Nitrocalypse.
2nd July: Sweden's Tobba Jansson tells us that he has completed the conversion of his Nostalgia Funny Car to Nitro and that its first outing is due at the end of this month.


Tobba crewed on the Rimfrost and Tre Kronor Nostalgia FCs before deciding that it was time to have his own Nitro. Tobba owns the former Apocalypse FC, which was originally campaigned by Anders Lian in the 1980s, and ran it in Pro Comp as an alcohol FC before deciding upon the conversion in 2017.

The FC now sports a 496 ci TFX with BAE fuel heads, Littlefield 6-71 blower, 21-gallon fuel pump, single mag and Lenco two-shift gearbox. Nitro load will be 85%-93%.

The car's first outing in its fire-breathing configuration will be the Mantorp Revival on 27th-29th July. "I am looking forward to burning some Nitro", says Tobba.

You can find out more by searching Nitrocalypse or Apocalypse Drag Racing Team on Facebook.



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