European Drag Racing News

Samorukov licenses for NHRA.
23rd October:
Adam Flamholc, crew chief for Russian Pro Modified racer Dmitry Samorukov (pictured right with Adam), has announced that Dmitry will be racing at the NHRA Vegas Nationals from 29th-31st October:

"Big news for Russian dragracing! My longtime friend Dmitry Samorukov just got his NHRA license and will run his SMP Racing Camaro at the NHRA Pro Mod final round next weekend!

"Me, Dmitry and the guys from the Russian Drag Racing Championship have worked together for six years now, racing in Russia and in the FIA European championship. NHRA have always been a dream for Dmitry, and now he will become the first Russian to race with NHRA!

Chris Duncan is doing some NHRA safety updates on the Camaro and will meet us in Tulsa, so we can get some testing in before we head out to Las Vegas."

Dmitry was born in 1976 and after coming second in the 24 Hours of Barcelona circuit race in 2012, took to drag racing in 2014, starting with the All Wheel Drive class and in 2015 becoming runner up in the Rear Wheel Drive class Russian championship in 2015. In 2016, Dmitry acquired a Dodge Viper and teamed up with Adam Flamholc who travelled from the US where he now resides to assist him in running it. The result was five Russian Drag Racing Championships in a row in the US class, the top category. He also raced in Finland at the 2016 Nitro Nationals, and at Tierp in the Scandinavian Internationals in Top Doorslammer.

In 2019, Dmitry competed in each round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship and came 10th in his first full season, achieving best times of 5.846/ 245mph. Whilst the pandemic in 2020 prevented Dmitry from competing internationally in 2020, he scored his fifth RDRC title.

Good luck and stay safe to Dmitry as he prepares for NHRA competition.

Picture of Dmitry and Adam taken at 2019 FIA Main Event.

Hans Olav on the road to recovery.
23rd October: A couple of days ago, Super Twin racer Hans Olav Olstad was released from hospital after a long stay following his accident on 12th September at Gardermoen. He wrote:

"Finally I'm strong enough to sent an update on my situation. Right now I am healing faster then anybody can explain, however there have been massive injuries to my face, chest, shouler and lungs, together with lot of blood in the lung.

"Right after the huge explosion, the rescue team was by my side. The cylinder head hit my chest and face and demolished everything in the way. The rescue team did all what they could to save my life, and succeeded. I will never be able to give them enough credit or thanks for saving my life. A helicopter brought me to the best hospital in Norway, to stabilise my body for a huge operation. I was on the operating table for over eight hours to repair my sternum and put together all different bones in my face. The upper and lower jaw was totally separated from rest of the skull and were just in pieces. I was placed in breathing machines for one week, then the doctor told me there was no more danger to my life.

"My girlfriend Margrethe was by my side every day. She spoke to me, touched me, and the monitoring apparatus registered a reduced heart rate together with lower blod pressure. I was still in a coma although nobody can explain why this occured. Then, after 10 days in a coma, I woke up to my new life. At that time I could not speak and it was hard to communicate. I was mostly blinking with my eyes.

From that moment every small step forward have been a huge step for me. I'm now up and can walk small steps. I can talk again, eat mashed food, and drink by myself.

"Last week they remove all the steel in the mouth, 14 days earlier then planed, and I was able to swallow and talk properly without any pain.

Right now I have a overhwhelming desire to give the biggest credit to all my friends and helpers for all their warm words, and offers of all kinds of help. One of the biggest surprises was seeing a kid putting a sticker on his go cart that said "get well Hans Olav".

About the bike, almost everything is damaged, the frame is damaged, the complete engine with compressor damaged. The data logger and screen are damaged, mostly all the cables are damaged. It's impossible to say anything about the future of this bike. It needs years to put it back to a drivable condition. One thing is the cost, the other thing is all the parts neded.

But I will be at the track next year, mostly to help friends and their teams. Thank you all.

Picture taken at 2016 FIA Main Event.

Dakota's final cash day of 2021.
23rd October: The final cash race day of 2021 at Dakota Raceway Southwest, Smeatharpe, Devon on Saturday 13th November has been announced by promoter and sponsor Lee Child:

"This is a great day out for any petrolhead, all are vehicles are welcome. There is a 1/4 mile drag strip for Run What Ya Brung where you can grudge race your friend. There is an 1/8th mile drag race for cash competition, Street Outlaw style. It's an excellent place to meet up, with coffee, cars, bikes and bacon butties.

"The 1/8th mile drag race competition will be run as duck-all prep, with 1/4 mile run what you brung and passenger rides as well. To enter, go to this link.

"In the no-time 1/8 mile drag race there is a chance to win £400 per category, first across the line wins. All categories will have the 16 car pairings decided from a out the hat selection until the final two race for the money. The categories of competition are:

Pro AWD: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street AWD: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Rear Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Front Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Front Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior

Based on a 16 car field, the winner gets £400 in each category. In the event of numbers in each category not being fulfilled, there will be a reduced prize fund, for example in a 4 car category £150 and 8 car category £200. In event of the category exceeding 16 cars, the prize will go up from £400. However Lee is looking for sponsor input to increase the prize funds "so be aware things are subject to change".

Lee has been keeping score and the leader in points is Pete Lane (Plymouth Barracuda - picture by Jerry Cookson) who has an almost 100% win record and the most wins outright in 2021 at Dakota. He is 50 points ahead of Graham Butler (rat rod) who is in turn 10 points ahead of Dave Mahoney (Chevy Camaro) and Audrius Bagdonavicius (Audi S2).

Entry fees: Entry to the 1/8 mile heads up drag race cash day with 1/4 mile test and tune is now open costing £100, including one crew ticket. Run What Ya Brung racers can enter for £55. Drifting is £75, or £45 in addition to other entry. Racers should enter online as there is pre entry only, no entry on the day.

If you get eliminated from the 1/8 mile no time drag race, you then can do timed 1/4 mile test runs at no extra charge. Passengers have a £35 additional charge, and the entry cost on the gate for spectators is £10 per person kids go free.

The Dakota drift team add: "For anyone that hasn't been to one of our events before we have a dedicated beginners' area away from the spectators as well as the main track which is fast, flows and still good for tandem drifting. Seat time is really good too. One of our tracks strong points is the space and freedom to practice higher speed entries at the top corner."

Click to enter at this link. The post code for Smeatharpe Airfield is EX14 9RF.

Swift snippets.
23rd October: We wish a Happy 60th Birthday today to Pro ET sabbatical-taker Paul Baynton and to our namesake, hot rod builder Simon Groves, also Happy Birthday to former Shakespeare County Raceway clerk of the course Osmond Maguire. Have a great day guys.

For those enjoying coverage of the Calfornia Hot Rod Reunion, the webcast of today's racing is at this link. You can also see the results of yesterday's qualifying in Nostalgia Funny Car and Top Fuel by going to Competition Plus.

Your editor was kindly invited by Dave Turner of the must-see Facebook Group UK & European drag racing photos to select five pictures to be voted on for this month's header poll. You can see, and vote on, the selection at this link. Thanks for the opportunity Dave.

Outlaw Street finale this weekend.
21st October: At this weekend's Run What Ya Brung and Saturday Night Special at Santa Pod Raceway (racing on Saturday planned to run to 8pm), the Outlaw Street series has its sixth and final round. The well-established series for street legal cars reached over 100 members in 2021 and held all its rounds at SPR.

Looking back at the rounds held this year, the delayed first round was at VW Breakout on 28th-30th May, and was followed by round 2 at Melbourne Raceway on the weekend of 19th-20th June. Round 3 was at the Mopar Euronationals on 30th July-1st August, however round 4 was split between 15th August (Das Auto Show), 3rd September (VW Action/Doorslammers) and 9th October (GTi Festival) due to the limited running possible at those events (points scored on the first date attended count). Round 5 was held at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags on 17th-19th September, with only pre-1973 cars being eligible to score points.

The points system is built on a combination of 3 factors, the quickest ET on the day, a racer's personal improvement from the last race meeting and attendance. This means that members don’t have to run the fastest car to have a chance of winning a trophy across the season, as proven by the top 3 winners on many occasions over the past 11 years of Outlaw Street. Points from four of six rounds in the 2021 series count towards a racer's final score and decides the series winners, and the first round a racer attends is their ‘dial in’ round scoring zero points apart from 25 attendance points.

The six cars that have scored points in four rounds so far are Brian Nixon (Anglia 105e) (pictured above left), Dave Mahoney (Chevy Camaro) (pictured above right), Owen Forrest (Chevy Nova), Pete Lane (Plymouth Barracuda), Michelle Wallington (Beetle) and Nina Coombes (Lexus). Three other racers who are in with a chance of a trophy, having scored in three rounds are Sally Woolner (Chevy Camaro), Rob Leyman (Chevy C10 pickup), and George Ralph (Corvette C3).

Mark Wallington is the series organiser, using the Outlaw Street Facebook page being the main means of member communication and posting of media. You can see the latest Outlaw Street points at this link, or via our points standings page.

The series' 2021 Prize Night will be held at the Crown Lodge Hotel, Outwell, Wisbech on 13th-14th November.

Old School Stockers' Rule repeat champion.
21st October: Old School Stockers, the group of small (8") tyre Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike racers, yesterday announced that Claire Rule (pictured right) is the 2021 Champion, winning the title for the second year in a row. Congratulations to Claire who has been riding these bikes since 1988, the last year of small tyre bikes. Claire engineered, machined and built her latest bike, based on a 1985 GSX1100EFE, in 2016-17 essentially as a copy of her first Pro Stock bike with some minor updates to make it suitable for modern track conditions. Aside from Old School Stockers, Claire's main business is conversions of Mazda MX5s, at her firm Crapengineering.

The championship was split between Melbourne Raceway and Santa Pod Raceway, with the first round at Melbourne on 22nd May, the second at the Retro Show on 21st June, then Dragstalgia on 9th-11th July. The group returned to Melbourne Raceway on 7th-8th August and its season finale was at the Straightliners event on 17th October. Riders in the series thanked Santa Pod Raceway and Melbourne Raceway for hosting rounds of racing.

Old School Stockers was adopted as the title for the series to correspond to their Facebook Group which is run by championship organiser Tyne Blight with assistance from Dan Blight who calculates championship points. The class's Facebook Group keeps an eye on the other nostalgia Pro Stock bikes running in Europe (currently a couple at Kjula Dragway) and also includes a copy of the 1985 ACU rules under 'Announcements'. The Group also contains some historic photos and memories from those who raced in the class back in the day.

Swift snippets.
21st October: Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has uploaded to his Youtube page an hour's footage from round 4 of the 2001 Super Series at Avon Park Raceway which were shot by the late John Hutchinson. The video includes a fair proportion of pitside footage from which team members of yesteryear may be identified.

For those wishing to watch the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion, which takes place this weekend, a stream will be on the Youtube channel from 22nd-24th October.

The entertaining series of video interviews filmed by Cindy Gibbs this week features Nitro Revival organiser Steve Gibbs interviewing Bill Schultz, who worked with Alan Jackson and Micke Kågered's TF teams in Europe, and 1971 NHRA Top Fuel Champion Gerry Glenn. You can see the video, on the Nitro Revival Group FB page, by clicking here.

Arthur Christy.
20th October: We were sadddened to hear of the passing of South African drag racing pioneer and AA/FD racer at Santa Pod in their 1971 International meeting Arthur Christy.

Arthur had a lifelong love of cars and drag racing. As well as creating South Africa's first drag strip, Rainbow Drag Strip, he built cars, the best known in the UK being his Hawaiian III which he transported over 5000 miles to race at Santa Pod. Despite it being a half century since his landmark visit to the UK, Arthur closely followed UK drag racing and was the subject of an interview feature we
posted in 2016, and later in HOFtalk 11. In return, he kept in close touch with his UK friends and admirers. Arthur's nephew Wavell Vere wrote:

"For those that knew him, know that he was a mountain of a man, not only physically but also in character and had a huge heart.

"In his earlier years he was the South African drag racing champion, later he became one of the most well known engineers of his time, selling his machinery and innovations around the globe.

"He was known to many as friend, but to me he was my uncle Arth, a man who was a massive influence during my younger years growing up. Time spent with him was either around cars, one of his passions, shooting, hunting or running around the workshop and always laughing.

"I am sure it will be no surprise to many that he passed over listening to Frank Sinatra, music that everyone I am sure remembers blaring out of the pub at his house.

"Our thoughts are with his daughter Cat Christy and family, at this time." We add our deepest condolences to Arthur's family and friends.

Picture credits: Cat Christy, Roger Phillips.

Dal Denton remembered.
20th October: Many thanks to former Top Alcohol crew member and colour commentator Dave Alexander who has written in with his memories of Dal Denton.

"I was really sorry to read the report on the death of Dal Denton. He was a genuinely nice guy who would help anyone. I think he first appeared in Europe in the late 80s.

"Many years ago, when I was crewing for Steve Read (87 or 88 I think) we were racing at Mantorp Park and blew the engine in qualifying; dropped a rod and holed the block, it was toast. Lots of the other teams lent us parts, I remember that one of Peter Lantz's crew made a long round trip to fetch a block from their home workshop. It was late at night and we had a pile of assorted parts and an all-nighter in front us to build something that would race the next day.

"Dal Denton was over as a 'hired gun' tuning for another team, Urs Erbacher I think, but when he had finished working on the car he was paid to tune he appeared in our pit and offered to help. He picked up the camshaft, looked at the lobes and the serial number then picked out the best combination from the parts we had and we set to work. He could have just had a beer and gone to bed but no. We had a problem and he pitched in without being asked or asking for anything in return. It wasn't just him, many other people helped us out with their time and that's one of the great things about drag racing, teams do that. "If I remember correctly, we went out in the first round, then the rebuilt engine was installed in the car of somebody else who had a problem with theirs for the semi-final. It really was a 'community engine' that weekend.

"My condolences to his family and many friends."

Picture credits: Chris Plunkett (Dal vs Todd Simpson), Jerry Cookson (Rico Anthes at 1993 NitrOlympX).

Straightliners at Santa Pod, champions.
20th October: Congratulations to the winners of the Straightliners championship following their final race of the year on Sunday at Santa Pod Raceway:

Car champions

Pro Extreme Car: Mark Flavell
Race ET: Nik Wilson
Street ET: Paul Smaile

Bike champions

Pro-Extreme: Mickey Blackburn
Class 6.00: Maxine Taylor
Class 6.50: Ashley Hodgson
Class 7.00: Daniel Leather
Class 7.50: Rob Kneeshaw
Wheelie Class:Jason King
Juniors: Jack Taylor
Nostalgic Pro Stock: Tyne Blight
Up to 750cc Racing Solo: Andy Higham
751cc to 1000cc Racing Solo: David Storrie - pictured right)
Unlimited cc Racing Solo and Classic Racing Solo: Mark Taylor
Sprint Legends: Colin Fallows
Classic Legends: Mick Varey

Scooter champions

Top Scooter (Silhouette): Eric Cope
Top Scooter (Modified): Russ Shea
Class 8.50: Dean St Leger-White
Class 9.00: Mike Pacey
Class 9.50: Gill Pacey
Class 10.00: Adrian Horrocks

The racing at Santa Pod was abbreviated due to morning rain, however riders were able to run qualifying passes during the afternoon. New Straightliners records were established in the following classes:

Nostalgic Pro Stock: Claire Rule (Suzuki GSX EFE 1428cc), 8.72/147
751cc to 1000cc Racing Solo: Pete Field (Suzuki GSXR 1000cc - pictured right), 9.23/152
Unlimited cc Racing Solo: Steve Everett (Hayabusa 1300cc), 9.53/143
Classic Legends: Mick Varey (Suzuki Katana '81), 11.28/121

Complete lists of ETs and speeds recorded on Sunday, including a sizeable RWYB bike contingent, are available at this link.

We were sorry to hear that 6.00 Bike Champion Maxine Taylor came off her bike at speed and was hospitalised with back injuries. We wish Maxine a speedy recovery and return to the track in 2022.

Straightliners Championship and Melbourne Raceway Cup points are available on the 2021 Straightliners results repository or via our points standings page. Thanks to Martyn Greathead for posting the results and points.

Photos: David Storrie, Pete Field © Paul Fishwick Photography

Swift snippets.
20th October: A Happy 21st Birthday to Ruaridh Hart for today. Dad Ian Hart says "Ruaridh was runner up in the SPRC Junior Dragster championship in 2016 and has crewed on Paul Brown's two-seater dragster, Andy Harrison's Super Gas Sierra and latterly has been working on the clutch for Rune Fjeld Motorsport cars, including Maja Udtian, Anti Horto and Ida Zetterström. From the little four year old that got dragged along to the track by his dad, Ruaridh has not missed an event since 2004 and now builds race cars and sells Docol tube through his company RH Weldfab." We all at wish Ruaridh Many Happy Returns.

Happy Birthday to Super Pro ET racer Peter Lane, have a great day Peter from all of us at

Thanks to John Harding for letting us know that his captioned photos from the September 2021 Hot Rod Drags at Santa Pod can be viewed at his Facebook page, the galleries numbered as Part I - Thu/Fri, Part II - Sat, and Part III - Sun.

Photographer Becci Ellis has updated her Flickr page with a gallery from Melbourne Raceway's round 6 held on 9th-10th October. You can see Becci's pictures by clicking here.

Dal Denton.
19th October: We were very sorry to hear of the passing of US Funny Car and Top Fuel racer and crew chief Dal Denton, who raced and crewed in Europe in the early 1990s, at the early age of 60 after a long battle with cancer.

Dal started his career in his native Texas with a number of Top Alcohol Funny Cars in the 1980s of which the most well known was called 'Sudden Pleasure' which he built and drove in the All American Funny Car Circuit as well as NHRA and IHRA. In 1991 he came over to Europe with a Dodge Daytona alcohol FC called "Euro Drag School" which, after racing it at Santa Pod, sold it to budding Top Alcohol racer Urs Erbacher. Whilst in Europe, Dal met Leif Helander and was crew chief for him on his alcohol-fuelled Saab 9000 in 1993.

Between 1993 and 1995, Dal was crew chief for Rico Anthes whose Top Fueler was sponsored by Dakota, Pioneer and Coke. In 1994 and 1995, Dal drove a second car for Rico at the NitrOlympX, being the rebuilt car from Rico's blowover at the 1993 World Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. On returning to the US in 1996, Dal got into jet dragsters, building and driving cars for a few years, followed by his final drive, an AA/FA, again going under the name Sudden Pleasure.

In contrast to drag racing, Dal was also a world champion on his cutting horse, a western-style equestrian competition in which a horse and rider work together before a judge or panel of judges to demonstrate the horse's athleticism and ability to handle cattle.

John Wright commented "I was crew chief for Viveca Averstedt at the same time that Dal and Rico raced in Top Fuel. I remember the fun we had sitting on Sunday night with Dal, Tony Bryntesson, Dan Soderburg (Monica Oberg's husband and crew chief) and others, trying to pick each other's brains for information."

We send our condolences to Dal's family and friends.

Stilwell to test at El Mirage.
19th October: Many thanks to Nitro Revival sponsor Geoff Stilwell who has some great news about his next trip to the USA:

After more than 18 months of not being able to travel to the USA myself and Nick Davies will be making the journey in November to Los Angeles. The 7707 Team consisting of Geoff Stilwell (Team Owner), Nick Davies (Crew Chief), Mick Jenkins of Micks Paint who built the car, together with Landspeed Motor Specialists John Beck who holds a host of land speed records himself and Paul Bowman. We cannot of course forget Team Jester Tony Thacker. All of us will be heading up to the dry lakebed of El Mirage to take part in the final land race series of 2021 organised by the SCTA (Southern Californian Timing Association). This will be the first time we have actually really been able to run the car properly since it was built in 2019 due to bad weather and then the pandemic. I would add that during the time off we have not been idle and in addition to all the constant updates we also made a commercial for Lucas Oil.

As this is testing sadly we won’t be able to run for any records at El Mirage, but this won’t stop us trying to go as fast as we can. This event will enable us to get to grips with this totally new car and will give me valuable seat time in preparation for our attempt on resetting the class record at over 300+mph next August on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lucas Oil both in the UK and USA for being a fantastic supporter of the team, Nick, Rob and Scotty at I.C.E. (Team Havoc) for taking time out to crew for me, Ron & Brian Hope of Rat Trap for all their support and help, Mick Jenkins and all the team at Mick’s Paint for building me an amazing car and not forgetting John Beck of Vintage Hot Rods who has put together an incredible motor. I stand in awe and if anyone has seen the fire up video recently on Facebook they will know this is one exceptional car and of course Tony Thacker for looking after everything and being there whilst we have been stuck in the UK. We would not have been able to do what we are doing without Mick Jenkins and Tony so, special thanks guys.

For those interested in attending El Mirage the borders to the USA formally open on the 8th November. El Mirage is about 2 hours north of Los Angeles right near Victorville and there are plenty of Hotels nearby and camping is allowed on the lake bed. There will also be a live feed broadcast from the track and the link can be found at

Swift snippets.
19th October: Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Nostalgia Funny Car racer Tony Betts following a left hip replacement operation. See you back at the track before too long Tony.

VP Racing Fuels supports BDRHoF.
19th October: VP Racing Fuels, Inc., regarded worldwide as the leader in racing and performance fuel products, has committed to sponsor the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala.

"VP Racing Fuels is excited to be part of this year’s British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala," said Tom Davis, VP Racing Fuels’ UK and European Business Development Manager. "VP has a long tradition of supporting drag racing in the UK and around the world, and this event is a premier addition to our involvement."

While the Hall of Fame salutes drag racing’s past, it also seeks to foster the sport’s present and future by recognizing each season’s leading Junior Dragster and Junior Dragbike competitors. VP Racing Fuels will be a prominent supporter of this year’s awards to the champion Junior racers of both 2020 and 2021.

Hall of Fame Honorary Chair Lesley Wright said, "We’re equally excited that VP Racing Fuels has elected to support our Gala on its return after last year’s Covid-enforced postponement. We recognize that VP is becoming an increasingly important contributor to drag racing in the UK, and we’re grateful that the company has chosen to align itself with our continuing project to benefit the sport."

VP Racing Fuels joins the company of sponsors enabling the Hall of Fame to resume its annual Gala Awards Dinner after Covid-19 forced the cancellation of 2020’s celebration. The Gala returns this year to the Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey, on Saturday, November 20.

For more information about VP and its products for racers, enthusiasts, and general consumers, visit

BDRHoF Gala sold out.
18th October: The Directors of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame have announced their 2021 Gala Dinner, to be held on 20th November at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, is now completely sold out. Anyone who has made firm enquiries for tickets should contact Bev Bradbury at to finalise their booking and payment.

The Oatlands Park Hotel has also informed the BDRHoF that all their room accommodation for the Gala Dinner is fully booked. The Directors of BDRHoF have suggested as alternative hotels the Best Western Ship Hotel, the Hilton in Cobham (7 miles away) or The Brooklands Hotel (which has a two-night minimum stay).

The Directors look forward to welcoming those who have booked tickets at 5:30pm on 20th November for a Drinks Reception in La Terrazza Suite presented by Santa Pod Raceway.

SPRC Dinner Dance sold out.
18th October: Thanks to Yvonne Tramm of Santa Pod Racers Club for sending an update on the Clubs' Dinner Dance Trophy Presentation Evening on 29th January 2022 at the Mecure Centre Hotel Bedford (details in our news update on 27th September):

"Thank you for the amazing response to our Dinner Dance Trophy Night. Tickets are now completely sold out."

Melbourne Raceway to lengthen braking area.
17th October: Melbourne Raceway have announced a new funding appeal for lengthening the braking area from the current eighth mile racing surface.

Trevor Duckworth of Straightliners said "The next round of funding is going to be for the extra 200 meters of braking area. As we progress and we attract the faster cars and bikes we need to get this done over the winter. This is our priority and if we get the funding in, approximately £40,000, it's a big target I know, but we can and will do it." The additional braking area will bring the total length to 700 metres. Eighth mile racing will continue, however the extra braking area will allow quicker cars and bikes to run at the track.

The page you can go to in order to contribute is at this link. If you wish to donate by BACS the details are Sort Code 20-98-98, Account Number 13430782.

As of this morning over £7,000 has been raised in just over three days.

Pictured: Ant Harris's dragster © Tog.

Spitfire Raceway's November event.
17th October: sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing Parts has announced the next event at Spitfire Raceway, Perranporth, Cornwall.

"There will be more VP Racing Fuels products for the top 6 on the drag strip Saturday 20th November. Also, it’s way overdue ,the bike record hasn’t changed for a long time. Maybe it will be different at the next event on Saturday 20th November and the current record will be reset to under the 9.97/141 recorded by Mark 'Wolfy' Smith (pictured left) back in 2016.

"Drag or drift competitors can enter in advance by going online to the Spitfire Raceway web site at You can buy a spectator admission ticket for £10 (under 16s go free), and, if you have a crash helmet and full driving licence you can then go drifting or Run What You Brung drag racing once registered. £10 buys you one dragstrip run, £20 three runs and £35 unlimited runs. £60 buys you unlimited drifting. "Gates open at 8am, with track action 11am to 3pm. All vehicles have a safety check for drag racing and drifting, and drag strip riders and drivers meeting at race control 10.45am.

"Camping is £10 per night per head and kids go free. Pre enter the drag racing or drifting on line first then to book your camping by calling 01872 552856. If you have any roll over credits from previously cancelled events please email"

Spitfire Raceway is located at Perranporth and the postcode for your sat nav is TR5 0XS."

Ain't No Saint winner of Hot Wheels Legends UK tour.
16th October:
Congratulations to entrant Eleanor Jones and the Ain't No Saint Volvo P1800 team Lee Johnstone with wife Sue and daughters Eleanor, Sarah and Victoria, for winning the the Hot Wheels Legends UK tour and proceeding to the next round of the worldwide Hot Wheels Legends tour where the overall winner will have their custom-built car in with a chance of becoming immortalized as a Hot Wheels die cast sold around the world.

The distinguished judging panel, chaired by Car Throttle’s Alex Kersten, were designer Ian Callum CBE FRSE, automotive photographer Amy Shore and podcaster/Youtuber Sam 'Seen Through Glass' Fane.

You can see the livestream of the selection and videos of the cars entered at this link including Ain't No Saint and Wayne Allman's Mental Breakdown VW Pickup which was highly commended by the panel.

The Volvo P1800 Gasser will contest in the Semi Finals of the competition on 4th November, with the chance of going onto the Global Final on 13th November. The global winning car will be immortalised as a Hot Wheels 1:64 scale die-cast for both children and collectors to enjoy. To learn more about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour visit and follow #HotWheelsLegendsTour.

Image © Santa Pod Raceway.

US opening - too late for some.
16th October: With the disappointing announcement yesterday by the US Federal Government that entry of non-US citizens to the US has been delayed to 8th November, it seems that those planning to travel from Europe to the West Coast will be unable to attend Nitro Revival taking place on 6th-7th November. European visitors will also be unable to attend the California Hot Rod Reunion on 22nd-24th October, Dodge SRT Nationals at the Strip Las Vegas on 29th-31st October and SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center as a result of the the same delays.

However, those with a later trip planned to Auto Club NHRA Finals on 11th-14th November or Man Cup World Finals on 18th-21st November are still advised to check with their airlines before finalising travel arrangements.

Our Nitro Revival sponsor Geoff Stilwell explains: "the Airline Assoc of Europe have been demanding a date and every country is running out of patience. To put it into context, any plane takes one month to ready if it has not been flown for the past year, due to safety checks. Plus, they have to submit to the FAA in the US the flight plans a minimum 30 days before the flight to get permission to enter US airspace. The US government say they want to open up the borders but until today have not actually said when. And where we have the phone app, in the US it is all done by paper."

We can only wish travellers to the US after 8th November a safe and trouble free journey. In the meantime, Geoff has released a photo of the latest addition to his US stable, a junior Ford EXP funny car in Blue Max livery.

Image © Tony Thacker.

Zerbst Test & Tune media.
16th October: Last weekend the Hanau Auto Racing Association held a season ending test & tune at Zerbst Airport on 9th-10th October. The location had held test & tunes on 1st May, 26th-27th June, and a FWD Shootout on 17th July. Organising and track lessors AMC Dessau organised a race on 28th-29th August as well but sadly that was a rainout. So members' championship points were calculated on their performances at the ATD Clastres Dragway events.

You can see photos of the October Zerbst Test & Tune from Bob's Albums at this link. Harald Czekalla has posted photos of all the season at his Motografie web site.

And now for something completely different, there was a "Stoppie" competition involving FWD cars launching and then putting the anchors out sharpish around 60-100ft down track. You can see a Youtube video of this extraordinary competition (if that's the correct term) at this link.

ACU affiliation codes available.
14th October: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for letting us know that from 1st November ACU licence applications are being accepted on the ACU website:

Affiliation codes for ACU riders are now available from SPRC, please just email and I will get the code to riders by return, please note you must be an SPRC Member to obtain the code.

Straightliners Round 9 at Santa Pod this weekend.
14th October: The final round of the Straightliners Championship will be held at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend 16th-17th October.

Championships will be decided for all the Straightliners car, bike and scooter classes as noted under Melbourne Cup Championship below, however the Straightliners Championship additionally has points awarded from Elvington on 25th July, Armstrong Raceway on 1st August and the Santa Pod finals. The best 8 out of these 9 rounds will count, with the final round at Santa Pod Raceway being a double points scoring round.

Car and bike/scooter entry is available at the Straightliners web site. Spectator tickets are available direct from the Santa Pod website and must be purchased in advance. Competitors must also have a Santa Pod ticket to gain entry on the day.

Photo © Mad Welshman: Mickey Blackburn, Pro-Extreme points leader

Melbourne Cup Championship points.
14th October: Congratulations to the winners of the Melbourne Cup Championship for the six races held at Melbourne Raceway during the year:


Pro Extreme Car: Pete Youhill
Race ET: Nik Wilson (photo right, courtesy Mark Nightingale of Image Village)
Street ET: Paul Smaile


Pro-Extreme: Mickey Blackburn
Class 6.00: Maxine Taylor
Class 6.50: Ashley Hodgson
Class 7.00: Gilbert Cook
Class 7.50 and Sprint Legends: Colin Fallows
Wheelie Class:Jason King
Juniors: Jack Taylor
Nostalgic Pro Stock: Kevin Melling
Up to 750cc Racing Solo: Andy Higham
751cc to 1000cc Racing Solo: David Storrie
Unlimited cc Racing Solo and Classic Racing Solo: Mark Taylor


Top Scooter (Silhouette): Eric Cope
Top Scooter (Modified) and Class 10.00: Adrian Horrocks
Class 8.50: Dean St Leger-White
Class 9.00: Mike Pacey
Class 9.50: Gill Pacey

Straightliners Championship and Melbourne Raceway Cup points are available on the Straightliners results repository or via our points standings page. Thanks to Martyn Greathead for posting the points.

Overseas racers at Man Cup Finals?
14th October: Back in September, the organisers of Man Cup in the USA announced they were excited to see changes in travel restrictions that will allow for foreign travel in time for the 45th annual FuelTech World Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park on 18th-21st November, 2021. Foreigners will be allowed into the USA if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test.

Whilst three Top Fuel Bike teams from the UK (Gulf Oil, PBR Rocket III and Allan Davies) have confirmed they will not be attending, we wait to see if other European teams will make the journey.

Lex ready for Thunder Valley.
13th October: Since Lex Joon and wife Gerda emigrated to the United States in 2013, he has worked hard – and never quit – to get his performance to the level that won him an FIA Championship in 2005. Recent signs show the work is bearing fruit, and Lex is marketing his racing operation with renewed vigour as he heads towards Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend's Thunder Valley Nationals.

After emigrating and establishing a company Lex Joon Racing, Inc. to work with US sponsor companies, Lex hired a well-known motorsports marketing agency to help find partners that would be interested in working with him as a proven Top Fuel winner in Europe.

After considerable work in gathering support and preparing the car, Lex ran a best of 4.069/232 at the 2018 US Nationals, which didn't qualify him for eliminations. He also failed to qualify for the Midwest Nationals or the Carolina Nationals.

In 2019 the team with experienced crew chief Lance Larsen raced in 11 events, 4 weeks in a row at Chicago, Topeka, Bristol (where he memorably defeated Leah Pruett in round one) and Norwalk. In 2020 however the pandemic reduced Lex's racing activity to just four races at his local track Indianapolis Raceway Park which hosted multiple events whilst travel was restricted.

The team's 2021 campaign with Rob Flynn (previously with Kalitta Motorsports for six years and 15 years of NHRA nitro experience before that) as consultant tuner, and Lex himself and Gerda as co-crew chiefs, started at Indy, at which Lex was excited about the car's first run in 2021: "All preparations worked out as we had planned. The car left the starting line with an .854 sixty foot time and a 330 foot time of 2.18 sec running it full throttle for 2.02 seconds. This was a planned shut off run since there was no testing opportunity available before the NHRA US Nationals event as usual."

However rain after the strong launch prevented Lex from qualifying. He said "I’m puzzled and disappointed to learn this years #USnats qualifying is called due to rain and the teams that are not qualified have to deal with the fact they only had one chance to make it into the biggest NHRA race in the world."

Undeterred, Lex went on to St Louis, ran his quickest-ever qualifying run in his US campaign, 3.953/240.12, and said it "proved his car can run the numbers to qualify and go rounds at all tracks around the globe. The tune up we ran last weekend was really soft just to make it from A to B. To see it ran 3.03 sec with “only” 275mph to the 1/8 mile tells the story." Sadly the bump spot was 3.809 so Lex did not feature in eliminations.

"In Q1 we had a new set of rear Goodyear slicks mounted which need about two runs to create the desired traction. The first second of the run wheel spin was too high moving the front of the car to the right while the front wheels were up in the air. When I was able to make the correction the car was out of the groove moving over towards the centre line to the other side of the lane which got me out of the groove again. The right rear slick had more traction being in the groove and pushed me to the centre line. Tyre pressure, adjusting ignition timing and clutch settings will help to prevent this but more runs on the tyres will help to fix this issue for sure."

He also stepped up his promotion of his main sponsor. "You will see the Hot Wheels Premium Car Care logos on the car because I’m taking care of the global sales for this unique and one of a kind brand. This is for me to help create global awareness and drive sales for our partners like for example CoolDrive Auto Parts in Australia.

Lex has put a plan together for upcoming NHRA races to find the necessary funding to be able to continue his presence at track, work on the team's program, and also give his fans an opportunity to be part of his #NeverQuit team. The plan revolves around a new reality TV series titled Pursuit, designed to integrate existing lifestyle marketing (aligning teams and the NHRA) with a reality show alliance.

In addition the Lex Joon team sponsorship program now extends to fan opportunities. Lex said "We have received requests from our fans if there is a way to be part of our #NeverQuit LJR program like some other (independent) teams as opportunity occasionally provide. As you know our Fans are our #1 reason we NeverQuit and so we listened and came up with an opportunity with On top of the perks presented we are also going to give away some of the Hot Wheels Premium Car Care products. Winners will be randomly picked. This give away offer is valid for the USA with more countries to follow soon.

"When you want to treat yourself or maybe your partner with a cool present this is your chance. We have created an opportunity to add your name on our Top Fuel dragster for the upcoming NHRA race in Bristol Oct 15th-17th. On top of the perks presented we are looking to add two crew tickets to the Tier 2 package deal which will get you an experience of a lifetime. When you purchase or already have purchased the Tier 2 #FanDriven program costing $200, send us an email at and explain us how you believe you can support us as part of our team during the Thunder Valley Nationals.

Lex acknowledges the support of NHRA, Gates Corporation, CP-Carillo Gates, Nitro Alley Graphix, INOX Lubricants, Start Imagining, SAVE22Veterans, ProThings clothing, Earp Machinery, TF Logistics, Premium Motorsports Products, CoolDrive Auto Products, Tom Knapp and Custom Floaters.

We wish Lex, Gerda and the whole Lex Joon Racing Team a successful Thunder Valley Nationals this weekend.

Swift snippets.
13th October: We send Happy Birthday greetings to Supercharged Outlaws racer Aaron Windridge and Super Pro ET racer Glenn Pallant for today, have a great day from all of us at Also a belated Happy Birthday to British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member and UK Tech member and sometime Top Methanol dragster crewman Tim Read, hope you had a great day yesterday.

Photojournalist Steve Moxley has had his report on the STP Summer Nationals from Santa Pod Raceway published on Tim Hailey's Eat My Ink web site. You can read all the snippets and see some great photos by clicking on the link.

This weekend Serres Racing Circuit in Greece hosts the fourth race of this year's Greece Drag Racing Championship. The race will be organised by Serres organisers LENOE under the auspices of Greek Motorsport regulators OMAE where you can see an entry list.

Malta Drag Racing club have announced their November meeting will be extended to four days on 11th-14th November with a full day of practice on Thursday followed on Friday with two hour practice and then qualifying and eliminations from that point. There will be quite a few Brits travelling to Malta to join the party, but if you're watching the live stream you will be able to hear the commentary of European FWD organiser and VWDRC Chair and racer Luke Stevenson who will be guest announcer at the track. There will be a pre-event Run What Ya Brung on 30th October.

ACU final standings published.
12th October: Many thanks to Ian King for updating us on the latest ACU/UK Championship positions on the
King Racing web site.

Ian would like to congratulate all the riders who competed in this Covid troubled year and thank all the staff and officials at Santa Pod Raceway, the SPRC and the ACU for their hard work in ensuring a thrilling and safe championship in 2021.

Special congratulations to the riders who achieved top 3 positions in their respective classes to win ACU Championship medals and in addition for those in the 'pro' classes their share of the ACU prize fund. The winners of their class will be awarded their trophies and medals alongside their peers from all British motorcycle sports at the ACU British Championship Gala Awards dinner in the new year:

Top Fuel Bike
Steve Woollatt: 1210 pts
Al Smith: 1150 pts
Neil Midgley: 910 pts

Funny Bike:
Stuart Crane: 2000 pts
Tony Clark: 1660 pts
Dave Peters: 1540 pts

Competition Bike:
Louis Davies: 2085 pts
Chris Neary: 1360 pts
Sean Mills: 975 pts

Super Street Bike:
Steve Venables: 2725
Alan Morrison Jr: 1990 pts
Stephen Mead: 1340 pts

Junior Drag Bike:
Hollie King: 1740 pts
Casey Holgate: 1640 pts
Meg Talbot: 1270 pts

The complete points tables and positions can be found by clicking here.

Melbourne Round 6 results.
12th October: Congratulations to the winners at Melbourne Raceway at Round 6 over the weekend:

Duck All Prep

Super Pro Comp (Sunday): Andy Fadster 5.94/142 def. Lee Gallimore 5.87/122
Pro Rear Wheel Drive (Roll over from Duck All 1): Mark Flavell 5.06/145 def. Pete Youhill 5.76/128
(Saturday): Pel Norman 5.33/139 def. Ian Walley 6.73/118
(Sunday): Pel Norman 5.40/123 def. Ian Walley 6.31/120
Pro Small Tyre Rear Wheel Drive (Saturday): Lee Chiles 6.56/110 def. Dave Billadeau 6.65/110
(Sunday): Lee Chiles 6.57/110 def. Russ Pursley
Street Rear Wheel Drive (Saturday): Derek Beck 7.36/97 def. Peter Lane 7.86/91
(Sunday): Peter Lane 7.80/92 def. Derek Beck, broke
Street All Wheel Drive (Saturday): Steve Long 7.71/96, unopposed
Pro Front Wheel Drive (Saturday): Craig Brown 9.66/69, unopposed

UK Nostalgia Superstock

(Saturday): Dave Billadeau 6.61/110 def. Paul Smail 8.36/85
(Sunday): Lee Chiles 6.53/110 def. Andrew Bosomworth 6.73/107

National Street Car Challenge

(Saturday): Russ Pursley 6.32/110 def. Ian Walley 6.57/118
(Sunday): Ian Walley 6.45/117 def. Martin Rawlinson 7.26/98

Bike eliminations

Pro-Extreme: Mickey Blackburn 8.58/106, unopposed
Class 6.00: Maxine Taylor 6.14/126 def. Pete Field 6.14/125
Class 6.50: Ashley Hodgson 6.75/108 def. Phillip Tomlinson 7.38/90
Class 7.00: Robert Mercer 7.19/104 def. Jamie Brooks 6.97/118
Class 7.50: Rob Kneeshaw 7.99/95 def. Colin Fallows 8.37/91
Wheelie Class: Daniel Leather 9.37/83 def. Jason King 12.91/33
Juniors (Handicap): Jack Taylor 12.19/52 def. William Mountford 14.41/40
Top Scooter (Silhouette): Eric Cope 8.24/85, unopposed
Class 9.00: Mike Pacey 9.46/76, unopposed
Class 9.50: Gill Pacey 10.51/72, unopposed
Up to 750cc Racing Solo: Andy Higham, unopposed
751 to 1000cc Racing Solo: David Storrie 6.34/126 def. Terry Mountford 13.67/90
Unlimited cc Racing Solo: Mark Taylor, unopposed
Sprint Legends (Handicap): Colin Fallows, unopposed
Classic Legends (Handicap): Mark Taylor 6.51/118 def. Mick Varey 7.31/102

Blessed with superb weather all weekend it was another meeting of personal bests, track records and nailbiting finals.

The track was in fine form all weekend with Mark Flavell proving that with an experienced crew dialling the Steel City Hot Rod in record breaking pace could be achieved with a new track record set at 5.03secs, a 4sec run the next goal for the team. Pel Norman, who had been fastest lowered his PB to a 5.33secs.

NSCC once again had a big field of cars putting on a great show running rounds on both days. Duck All Prep was along for the 2nd meeting running their various classes. UK Nostalgia Superstocks were along for the first time providing some excellent racing with their dial in based format notable among them being Lee Chiles with two perfect runs to his dial in. Perfect ET sponsor Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield commented "I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the whole of the Straightliners / Melbourne Raceway crew. We had a fantastic weekend and developed our tune to nett a 5.45 @ 146 with plenty in reserve to get closer to that magical 4 second pass next year. Team Twister had an amazing time and the welcome from friends, old and new, was heart warming. I look forward to next season with renewed enthusiasm and hope to bring many more Supercharged Outlaws UK with me."

It was great to see Supercharged Outlaws racers Lee Gallimore back with his blown 'Red Mist' alky 23T altered after a gap of three years. He commented "What a fantastic weekend, big thanks to a great crew, Liam, John and Jock top job lads as always. Fantastic to see everybody again brilliant Saturday crack as always. Thanks to Trevor/ Lee and all the Straightliners team for a great track and weekend. Brilliant old school racing."

Commiserations to Tom Parry whose new build Ford Consul Mk1 (powered by a twin turbo LS) rolled on Saturday, a photo sequence of which you can see from this link onwards. Tom commented "I climbed out without a scratch, cage and harness did their job."

Winners of the £50 consistency awards kindly donated by for times achieved on Sunday up until 3pm were Andrew Bosomworth with three runs between 6.78 and 6.80 seconds in his Dodge Coronet 8.2 Ltr and Pete Field with six runs between 6.24 and 6.40 seconds on his Suzuki GSXR 1000cc.

Full official results from the event and previous Melbourne rounds in 2021 can be found at the Straightliners Melbourne Raceway 2021 results repository, courtesy Martyn Greathead. All Straightliners results and championship points from 1997 onwards can be found at this link.

The final Melbourne Raceway event of the season is on 30th-31st October, a RWYB meet with the BBC attending to film part of a drag racing documentary.

Photos courtesy and © Mad Welshman Photography

GTI Festival results.
11th October: Congratulations to James Rhodes (pictured right) who won the VWDRC Heads Up race which took place at Santa Pod Raceway yesterday. Here are the results of the race:

  1. Paul Jackson (VW Lupo 1870cc) 9.7414/143.95
  2. Jacob Bailey (VW Jetta 3200cc) 9.7508/153.17
  3. Mike Whittaker (VW Caddy 3000cc) 9.8753/136.03
  4. Paul Jordan (VW Polo 1800cc) 10.0157/143.97
  5. Helder Pereira (Seat Ibiza 1900cc) 10.2781/130.16
  6. James Rhodes (VW Lupo AWD 1984cc) 10.3198/136.46
  7. Carl Goldsmith (VW Golf 1781cc) 10.3937/140.39
  8. Jose Leite (VW Polo 2000cc) 10.4298/134.13
  9. Chris Waterhouse (Audi S3 2500cc) 10.7569/128.81
  10. Wayne Gill (VW Golf R 2000cc) 10.8955/126.17
  11. Grant Parker (VW Golf AWD 2300cc) 11.0553/124.43
  12. Chris Roylance (VW Golf 2000cc) 11.0993/119.95
  13. Jamie Lockyer (VW Jetta) 11.1379/122.39
  14. Marc Taylor (Seat Leon 1800cc) 11.3335/140.82
  15. Ed Keech (VW Golf 2800cc) 11.4609/119.62
  16. Ant Mincher (VW Golf 1800cc) 11.5744/133.23
  17. Dave Lea (VW Golf 3200cc) 11.7485/118.26
  18. Tom Herbert (VW Golf 2800cc) 12.4070/108.33
  19. Bruce Kopasz (Porsche 2000cc) 12.5387/118.07
  20. Oly Whitehouse (VW Beetle 2276cc) 13.0188/100.60
  21. Becki Turnock (VW Beetle 2109cc) 13.0762/100.83
  22. Ben Lomas (VW Golf) 13.7093/102.79
  23. Daniel Walton (VW Lupo) 14.4499/92.75
  24. Alex Day (VW Golf 1800cc) 16.3741/97.51
  25. Ethan Lisle (VW Lupo 1000cc) 19.9710/65.75

Round 1
Carl Goldsmith 11.7099/100.99 def. Wayne Gill 11.0546/125.80
Mike Whittaker 10.1742/129.18 def. Marc Taylor 10.5452/142.93
Paul Jackson 11.5749/138.67 def. Ant Mincher 12.2047/119.80
Jamie Lockyer 11.5433/123.10 def. Paul Jordan 11.9788/104.25
James Rhodes 10.3380/136.58 def. Grant Parker 10.6109/127.94
Jose Leite 13.4895/129.04 def. Chris Waterhouse, NTR
Helder Pereira 9.8066/147.60 def. Chris Roylance 12.6063/110.84
Jacob Bailey 9.7888/153.11 def. Ed Keech 15.5180/57.61

Round 2
Jamie Lockyer 12.3092/95.50 def. Helder Pereira, no-show
Jacob Bailey 9.8878/151.12 def. Carl Goldsmith 10.6509/138.55
James Rhodes 10.1548/136.59 def. Mike Whittaker 10.7799/99.04
Paul Jackson 9.9986/144.88 def. Jose Leite 23.6019/43.30

Semi finals
James Rhodes 10.2931/135.64 def. Jacob Bailey 16.2200/64.13
Paul Jackson 9.9272/144.89 def. Jamie Lockyer 14.3037/117.93

James Rhodes 10.2516/136.45 def. Paul Jackson 10.9274/145.30

With acknowledgements to Santa Pod Raceway timing crew.

Winner James Rhodes commented "What a way to end the season! New Pb for the Lupo - 10.15 @ 136 with a 1.41 60ft, getting ever closer to that 9 second pass and the 1.3 60ft, and to top it all off 1st place in the heads up competition! The Lupo performed great all weekend, it feels great to bring home a trophy, but even better that Hannah and Jacob were there to share it too!"

Runner-up Paul Jackson said "Wow, wow, wow! What a GTi that was! So many great runs and achievements this weekend, here’s a few of my highlights: Firstly huge congratulations to James Rhodes for taking the Heads Up win, you absolutely smashed it mate! Jacob, 9.75 @ 153! Incredible, well done on cracking the 150! What an achievement. Becki for fastest Aircooled and Fastest lady! Bad luck with the car but at least Jay knows a thing or two about these engines. Ed Keech has not only built the engine, but also wired it and is mapping it himself, PB of 11.31 today, that 10 is just round the corner! Luis and the rest of the Portuguese engine replacement army! I’m absolutely amazed at all of your dedication, I had Jose E2, I saw the engine was out with 30 minutes to go and I said ‘100% that car will be on the start line’ And it was. Alex Day, what a way to be be 16 years old and 11 days! Absolutely fantastic seeing you out racing. Bruce ‘Mr Wheels Up’ Kopasz - say no more. PB’s for Jamie and Ben, the Cab is definitely getting there Ben and that 10 can’t be far off Jamie! I had a pretty good day too. As always, a wicked weekend with the VWDRC family, can’t wait to do it all over again."

You can see a gallery of the GTi Festival including Show N' Shine by going to Santa Pod Raceway's Facebook gallery of the event. Video of the event taken from the tower by commentator and VWDRC chair Luke Stevenson can be seen at the VWDRC Facebook page.

Melbourne Round 6 Saturday results, gallery.
11th October: Thanks to photographer The Mad Welshman for sending us photos from Saturday of the Melbourne Round 6 race at the weekend including Straightliners Championship, NSCC and Duck All Prep competitions.

You can see Mad's on- and off-track pictures by going to our Melbourne Round 6 gallery or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage link at the top of any page.

Mad commented "Melbourne Raceway had a great turnout and the track record broken again! We reached a huge milestone on our Flickr page early this week (10 million views!) so thanks to everyone who has viewed our photos".

Saturday results for the competitions held plus best times, courtesy of Martyn Greathead of Straightlines, can be seen at the following links: Winner of the £50 consistency award kindly donated by Cath and Tig Napier (Bad Habit Racing) was Adrian Portalli with three runs between 7.05 and 7.10 seconds in his Dodge Charger 540ci.

We will report in more detail on action from Melbourne Raceway in tomorrow's update.

George Bebikan.
10th October:
We were sad to hear of the passing of street car racer George Bebikian, known for his Ford Zephyr. George's son Kai writes:

"My Father, known to many as George, sadly passed away on Thursday morning after spending 10 months battling through a variety of illnesses in hospital. He was a veteran of Santa Pod Raceway first racing there back in the early eighties, he owned his distinctive Ford Zephyr for over 30 years and had taken it from a 14 second AMC powered street machine to a 9.2 second big block Chevy powered street demon. Dad was a font of knowledge on many subjects, he was always reading and researching. He freely offered his wisdom to many at the track, always willing to help others.

"He never raced in any pro class, preferring the casual structure of classes such as Street Machine SRS and Outlaw Street. Dad enjoyed these classes as he always maintained that the car was a true street car, driving it from London to Santa Pod to race.

"He will be sorely missed and the drag racing world is a poorer place for his passing. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family who he loved very much."

We send our deepest condolences to George's family and friends.

Kjula Dragway ahead of the curve.
8th October: In Sweden, Kjula Dragway near Eskiltuna has run four Mälardalen races (named after the lake in southeast Sweden) on its quarter mile during 2021 despite crowd restrictions limiting spectator attendance to 600. During the season and since the final event on 18th-19th September, the organisation behind the Kjula have not been slow in promoting the track.

The track's web site says that it is a successor to Tullinge, located close to Stockholm, which was closed in 2006. Organisers Ronnie Palmsäter and Börje Thunmen located Eskiltuna Airport around 60 miles to the west, and initially ran hot rods and vintage drag racing vehicles. But the classes were later broadened to all classes of race cars. Nevertheless the track still positions itself as a gateway to the bigger classes in the sport and having fun is the main objective. The track acknowledges its debt to the local community in allowing its four events annually.

To improve space available for pits in 2021 the bold decision was taken to reverse the direction of the track, which also enabled the startline surface to be preserved rather than being completely removed annually as part of airport maintenance.

A record 179 competitors took to the track surface for the final 2021 round held on 19th-20th September. The quickest cars were to be found in 4to6 Pro where the top qualifier Tobias Johansson from Läckeby pretty much swept the board, qualifying #1 in a field of 19 cars and then winning four rounds of racing Tobias ran a best in qualifying of 7.3564/ 294.72 kph. Tobias races a chrome moly chassised and fibreglass bodied Volvo 142 (above left) with a 5 cylinder 2.4l Volvo engine with a turbo coupled to a Liberty gearbox.

In the large bracket race (ETs 9.00s to 12.99), there were 31 qualifiers including a certain Jimmy Ålund of multiple FIA Pro Stock championship fame, who qualified fourth and went out in round 2. Eventual winner was Viktor Olsson, who qualified #16 and kept ahead of all his competitors.

Fourteen Junior Dragsters entered with Marcus Andersson qualifying #1 and going on to win the race from Emile Eriksson. Pro Street (7.60 index) had Anna Knutes qualify #1 however in the final she was defeated on a holeshot by Peter Almqvist in a nitrous assisted BBC-engined Chevelle (above right).

Street (8.60 index) was dominated by Lennart Hilander from Åland in a Chevy Vega, Real Street was won by Leif Näsman in a '80 Malibu, and in Stock/Super Stock the victor was Fredrik Frisberg in his Plymouth Sport Fury from 1964 (above left). In Vintage B Johan Carlsson was the winner with a 8.988/240.2 bye run in his blown SBC 5 window coupe, and in Vintage G Kjell Andersson (above right) won in his '56 Ford Crown Victoria when the nine second Nova of Stefan Flodell, which incidentally is up for sale for £19,500, didn't show.

Pro Comp Bike featured the Honda GreenBird (Kawasaki-bodied) of Peter Rundström and was won by Jens Karlsson on a Hayabusa (below left). Super Comp Bike (8.50 index) had Peter Östlund qualify #1 and then take the eight bike ladder on his Suzuki 1100 turbo (below right). A similar clean sweep of Super Gas Bike (9.50 index) occurred with Jesper Jerresten with a Suzuki GSX-R1216. The Gathojar class for street bikes was won by Kim Hilander on a Suzuki GSXR 1000 and Junior Drag Bike was a best of three between Moa Nilsson (Yamaha FZR 400) and Alfred Lagerlöf (Honda CBR 125) which Moa won two of three, running a best of 6.59/170.1 on the eighth (JB Pro has an index of 6.50).

Since the race dates have been announced for the four races planned in 2022, on 28th-29th May, 18th-19th June, 6th-7th August and 17th-18th September. There was also a swap meet on 1st October, and the prize banquet is planned next Saturday 16th October. Kjula Raceway is looking forward to starting next season with as good a finish as they had in 2021 with many teams, a large audience (without restrictions next year) and many fast times. How much fun would that be?

You can see full results at and a Facebook photo gallery by Henrik Lindberg at this link. Also posting a FB album from the event was Micke Falk.

Above photos courtesy and © Henrik Lindberg.

Happy 85th Keith Parnell!
8th October: The Storm Drag Bike team wish a Happy 85th Birthday to drag bike legend Keith Parnell:

On behalf of the team, Lorcan Parnell said "Keith ran the first 8 second quarter mile by a non-American rider in June 1975, and Motorcycle Mechanics magazine made him part of their pull-out centrespread calendar that year. He was also voted 9th overall in Motor Cycle News "man of the year" award, the highest I think any motorcycle drag racer has reached in that publication. He also set the FIM world record for a 750cc bike in the quarter mile at RAF Elvington."

All of us at join the Storm Drag Bike team in wishing Keith a very Happy Birthday.

Whatever happened to the Flux Capacitor?
8th October: Many thanks to Julian for letting us know that on his awesome Youtube channel The Late Brake Show, Jonny Smith tells the back story of how in 2012 he built a drag racing version of an electric vehicle and came out with the Enfield 8000 aka the Flux Capcitor.

This fascinating video shows Jonny's inspirations for embarking on this extreme electric project car build - which became the world's quickest street legal EV. Starting with the least likely of base cars, a British electric city car from the 1970s and rebuilding it with almost 1000hp, with help from sponsor Jon Webster with Ollie and Sam Young from Black Current Racing.

This 'project cars' episode tells the retrospective story of why and how Jonny went about converting the 1974 Enfield 8000 ECC (Electric City Car) to become an extreme electric drag car, which went on to clinch the world record in 2016. 9 second quarter miles in a 9ft long car with no traction control or launch control. To find out what happened after this, you will need to see the end of the video.

You can see Jonny's video by clicking on this link. The original web site documenting the car and its build is still up at

GTI Festival preview.
7th October:
At Santa Pod Raceway this Sunday 10th October, the GTI Festival takes place. Back in April the GTI Spring Festival was cancelled, so this Sunday's event will try to pack two events into one. Entry remains £35 for Run What Ya Brung, £15 for adult spectators and £5 for children and you can enter before the day by going to this link.

The GTI Festival is for enthusiasts of all VAG marques, SEAT, Skoda, Audi and of course Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Group now includes Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti too.

Awards on the track include quickest VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda, as well as a number of awards based on engine sizes - there are 12 ET awards in all. We will publish details of the awards next week.

The main competition on the track is VW Drag Racing Club Heads Up which has an entry of no less than 25 cars fighting for a place in a 16 car ladder. You can check out the previous rounds on the VWDRCTV YouTube channel by clicking on the links for round 1 and round 2.

The Show & Shine has a massive number of awards including Best of Show, Best Engineering, Best Paint, Best Engine and 18 more. And there are other attractions such as club displays, Dizzy Rascals autotests, and the Girlz N Dubz competition with its own special trophies.

The action begins at 09:30 on Sunday 10th October.

RAD Design Lines competition winner.
7th October: In our 7th September update we mentioned a colouring competition from Darren West of Power Race Graphics through his new brand RAD Design Lines. Darren writes:

We have our winner! Hawk Racing have picked the fantastic work of Scarlett Austin as the winner of our Gladiator / Hawk Racing colouring sheet competition. The RAD Design Lines 'Door Slammers' colouring book and special prize from the team at Hawk Racing are on the way!

RAD Design Lines colouring books are in the post to the runners up, and huge thanks to all the design stars for their amazing entries - we loved them all! Thanks also go to the Hawk Racing team for being great sports handing out the colouring sheets all weekend and showing the kids the beautiful Gladiator funny car.

Stay tuned in to the RAD Design Lines pages on social media for news of the next colouring book release which will be launched in time for Christmas!

Swift snippets.
7th October: A reminder that MrD Slot Drag Racing returns to Brentwood this Sunday 10th October 2021 where there will be a full length (6 hours) event at Brentwood RC Raceway Unit K1 Frieze Hall Farm Coxtie Green Road Brentwood Essex CM14 5RE. Action will include MrD Crazy Horse and Outlaw Elimination races as well as the MrD Gasser Circus and starts at 11am with the first race around midday. (pictured: Winners Circle from 1st October meeting for Outlaw Round 2 - winner Matt Dudley Ford XP ET: 0.799, runner up Alec Quarman 57 Chevy Sportsman ET: 0.834. Photo: Steven Dudley.).

Videographer Terry Robbins has published two videos to Youtube of action from the 2021 Hot Rod Drags, filmed from the spectator banking. You can see Outlaw Anglia action at this link and Supercharged Outlaws at this link.

Photojournalist Steve Moxley has published his detailed report on ACU classes at the STP National Finals on the ACU web site which you can see by clicking on this link.

Funny Bike racer, and winner of the class in the National Finals, Dave Peters, has had his story documented in his local newspaper, The Mail based in Barrow-in-furness, and you can see an online version of the report by clicking here. In it, Dave reveals he has plans to bring the legendary Imperial Wizard built and ridden by the late Brian Johnson back to the track.

Dakota Raceway October rain event.
6th October:
Last weekend at Dakota Raceway, despite soggy weather, racing still took place in the drag, draft and NSA motorcycle championship. It is hard to remember racing taking place in such appalling conditions for a long time, and well done to organiser and sponsor Lee Child for persisting despite the deluge that swamped the track. Lee said after the event "To every rain warrior that attended, you are totally and utterly hardcore, thank you."

Congratulations to the car winners of the drag racing that took place for trophies and cash. They are:

Rear Wheel Drive: Pete Lane (Plymouth Barracuda), runner up Ian Walley (Ford Cortina Mk2)
Front Wheel Drive: Jamie Cole (Mini), runner-up Mark Swanborough (Ford Fiesta)
All Weel Drive: Nick Martin (Mercedes), runner-up Nick Turner (Nissan GTR)

Other cars who braved the conditions included Marcus Chapman (Subaru Impreza STV AWD), Stephen Cherrett (Vauxhall Astra FWD), Kevin Headon (Pontiac GTO Le Mans RWD), Conor Jeffries (Ford Mustang RWD) and Connor Parsons (Ford Fiesta FWD).

The car racers were joined by a handful of bike racers who ran late morning, and although the event was the final round of the NSA Southern Championship, official confirmation of the results is awaited.

Bikes pictured are Pete Francois (Suzuki GT250 – 42), Andrew Langdon - Honda VT250 – 66), Peter Ford (Suzuki Bandit Hillclimb Spl – 160), Tony Lockwood (Norton ES2 - V168 ), Rob Bowyer (Suzuki TL1000 – 202) and Barry Curtis (red Kawasaki GPZ1000).

You can check out our gallery of pictures from Dakota Raceway taken by Jerry Cookson, Alison Jackson, Lee Child and Kerrie Lane by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage link at the top of any page.

Mk1Kieran video update.
6th October: Kieran has posted two videos to his Mk1Kieran Youtube channel from last Sunday's Japshow Finale. Kieran reports: "As the show season comes to a close in the UK, the Jap Show Finale is one of the last big 'Lifestyle' events hosted by Santa Pod Raceway. Jap Show Finale has it all for any Japanese Car (or bike!) fan! You can expect to see Drag Racing, Drifting, Show & Shine and Stunts in the Live Action Arena. Here's some clips I got throughout the day of the RWYB Action on the Drag Strip. The Japshow Finale Shootout, where 20 racers raced heads up for a cash prize, will be in a separate video!"

Also posted by Kieran is the unfortunate incident where in Q1 of the Japshow Finale Shootout, Gary Gooding launched his 7 second Supra but it turned hard right with the wheels up in the air and hit the wall head on. Kieran said "Thankfully Gary was ok as he has all the right safety gear in the car and a well built chassis. The team suspect that water was up in the sills from the heavy rain the day before and went onto the rear tyres the moment it launched."

Ain't No Saint in Hot Wheels competition.
6th October: Co-creator of the unique Ain't No Saint Volvo P1800 gasser Lee Johnstone has entered the car, built in conjunction with Steve Wright, in the Hot Wheels collectors UK Legend Tour with this video around the construction of the car which is driven by Lee and daughters Eleanor, Sarah and Victoria.

Lee says "Regardless of our success (the prize is to have the car made into a Hot Wheels toy) it is a nice record of the build process". It shows how the idea of building a gasser based on this car, made famous by The Saint TV series, developed over time, and how various features such as the headers exiting through the wings came about.

Duck All Prep at Melbourne this weekend.
5th October: Sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing Parts writes that more prizes to be supplied by sponsors VP Racing Fuels will be up for grabs at the Duck All Prep 2 no-prep Race to be held this weekend, 9th-10th October at Melbourne Raceway:

"It will be a heads up drag race cash weekend, first to the finish line on 9th & 10th October. Entry includes run what you brung and two crew tickets Let’s race again, get those entries coming to win, cash, trophies and sponsor products prize fund. We will be presenting fuel jugs, delux hoses, goody bags and Stay Cool product from VP Racing Fuels."

There will be the same categories raced at the previous Duck All Prep race in September:

Pro AWD: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street AWD: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Pro Small Tyre Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres maximum height 30 inches maximum tread width 11 inches, interior removed.
Street Rear Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Front Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Front Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior
Super Pro Comp: Pure competition vehicles, altereds, rear engine dragsters, front engine dragsters and funny cars, where the driver is seated in a central position in the vehicle.

With two days of separate eliminations, one on Saturday and another on Sunday, the prizes give a driver a chance of winning £800 over the weekend, if they choose to run the whole weekend.

Based on a 16 car field, the winner gets £400 in each category. In the event of numbers in each category not being fulfilled, there will be a reduced prize fund, for example in a 4 car category £150 and 8 car category £200. In event of the category exceeding 16 cars, the prize will go up from £400. Entry fees: Fees include driver entry to the Duck All prep race with Run What Ya Brung included, plus two crew tickets and free camping. For the best deal, pre-enter, as entry will cost more on the day.

Driver entry for Duck All Prep on Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th is £115, weekend entry for both Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th is £200. You can arrive from 6pm on the Friday if you are racing the full weekend.

Weekend spectator tickets are £30, or £35 including camping, or day tickets may be bought for £15 per day, all tickets available on line or at the gate. Straightliners/Melbourne Raceway Championship advance racer tickets are £140 for the weekend or £80 per day for a driver with two crew, or £50 per day at the gate with £15 each for each driver and crew member.

Click to enter at this link.

All there is now to do is to get entered! Cars entered so far include Mark Flavell (Super Pro Comp), Craig Brown (Pro Front Wheel Drive), Lee Chiles (Pro Small Tyre RWD), Pete Youhill and Kris Thoburn (Pro RWD).

There will be live music on Saturday night, a firework display, auctions of memorabilia by Pauline Cox and a raffle of a £50 note kindly donated by NSS racer Bob Main. Supporting this final Melbourne Raceway event of the season will take the venue another step forward. Follow Duck all prep drag race competition Melbourne Raceway on Facebook.

Duck All Prep pre entry at a discounted price closes 6pm Friday, with entry on the day available after that time.

Final 2021 SPRC Championship standings.
4th October: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm for forwarding the final points standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championhips and SPRC Club Championships after the National Finals. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our points standing pages by
clicking here, or by clicking the Points Standings link under News in the main menu above.

In addition to the National and Club champions announced on 27th September, we congratulate the SPRC Club drag bike champions, whose points are calculated on a different basis to the National ACU championship:

Banks Night Club Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt
Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike: Steve Venables
Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike: Dave Peters Comp Bike: Louis Davies Junior Drag Bike: Hollie King

Yvonne adds: "SPRC would like to congratulate all 2021 Winners and Runners up of their Championships and hope to see them at the Dinner Dance on 29 January 2022. Almost two thirds of the 300 tickets available have already been booked, so if you would like to attend to collect your trophy, please complete the form on the SPRC website and join us for the evening.

"Thank you for supporting the Club and the SPR track this season, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022."

Japshow Finale Shootout results.
4th October: Congratulations to Mark Moseley who won the Japshow Finale Shootout which took place at Santa Pod Raceway yesterday. Here are the results of the race:

  1. Mark Moseley (Nissan GTR32 3000cc) 8.8883/160.77
  2. Jeff Ludgate (Nissan GTR 3000cc) 8.9680/152.60
  3. Allan Duthie (Vauxhall Corsa 2000cc) 9.9393/153.12
  4. Matt Davison (Honda Civic 1600cc) 10.0503/145.76
  5. Adam Skinner (Fiat 126 2000cc) 10.0870/140.71
  6. Terry Newton (Ford Escort van 2100cc) 10.0949/145.79
  7. Ahmed Jamshaid (Honda Civic 2400cc) 10.1037/138.69
  8. Jack Burn (Honda Civic 2000cc) 10.1856/145.22
  9. Simon Durrans (Nissan GTR R33 2500cc) 10.1895/137.28
  10. Craig Evans (Vauxhall Corsa 2000cc) 10.3807/137.71
  11. Ali (Nissan GTR) 10.4212/177.81
  12. Dougie Gemmell (Honda Civic 2200cc) 10.5761/131.33
  13. Ian Milne (Vauxhall Corsa 2000cc) 10.9298/135.33
  14. Sean Prout (Honda Civic 2000cc) 11.7844/127.22
  15. Andy Nicholls (VW Scirocco 2000cc) 12.6545/106.17
  16. Ant Mincher (VW Golf Mk1 1800cc) 18.5986/91.39
  17. Darren Dewhurst (Vauxhall Corsa 2000cc) 19.5297/48.12
  18. Ross Laird (Ford Fiesta 1600cc) 22.4490/121.24

Round 1
Dougie Gemmell 14.0436/121.55 def. Adam Skinner, no-show
Matt Davison 10.2714/139.88 def. Ian Milne 12.6139/134.12
Ahmed Jamshaid 10.1846/137.28 def. Craig Evans 11.1868/105.17
Allan Duthie 10.1259/155.76 def. Sean Prout 15.3469/58.04
Jack Burn 10.2286/143.50 def. Simon Durrans, no-show
Jeff Ludgate 14.5682/66.08 def. Andy Nicholls, no-show
Ali 8.0610/183.62 def. Terry Newton 10.3134/141.68
Mark Moseley 15.5306/54.74 def. Ant Mincher, no-show

Round 2
Allan Duthie 10.0340/154.17 def. Ali 10.9972/169.19
Matt Davison 10.0642/144.30 def. Dougie Gemmell 23.8107/41.86
Mark Moseley 8.8077/157.38 def. Jack Burn 10.2257/142.59
Jeff Ludgate 21.7379/65.80 def. Ahmed Jamshaid, no-show

Semi finals
Mark Moseley 9.5662/154.16 def. Matt Davison 10.0837/143.92
Jeff Ludgate 20.2659/71.74 def. Allan Duthie, no-show

Mark Moseley 8.7251/156.28 def. Jeff Ludgate 9.3489/156.88

With acknowledgements to Santa Pod Raceway timing crew.

Both finalists were running engines prepared by Mark Moseley's Mark's Xtreme Engines. We were sorry to hear that Gary Gooding in his Toyota Supra suffered a head-on collision with the wall on the launch. Gary said "We think it was caused by water on the right rear tyre from the sills, there were huge amounts of rain the day before and the car sat in 4 inches of water overnight. An oversight on my part which won't happen again. Now I've got to work out how I'm going to fix it. I'm overwhelmed with all the well wishes and love after yesterdays events."

We will be posting a gallery of Kieran's photos from the event in the next day or two, in the meantime you can see the action by going to Santa Pod Raceway's recorded streamed video of the event, and their gallery of Show n' Shine winners at this link. Video of the event taken from the pit side grandstand can be seen at Stones Films Youtube channel.

Malta Round 3 media and results.
4th October: Congratulations to the winners at the October Malta Drag Racing Association Round 3 event at Hal Far Raceway:

Open 6 class: Louis Vella
CA6 class: Anthony Vella
Dragster D4 and D5: Tyson Debono (pictured right © Samuel's Photography)
Open 2 class: Mark Farrugia
SM3 Class: Glenn Caruana Escort Class 2 and 3: Martin Scerri
Extreme 2 Class: Justin Muscat
Outlaw FWD Class: Paul Gatt
Junior Dragster: Luca Mangion Index Class 1: Anthony Vella
Index Class 2: Luke Spiteri
Index Class 3: Rudolph Cortis
Bracket 8.00-8.49: Justin Mizzi
Bracket 9.00-9.49: Victor Felice
Bracket 9.05-9.99: Glenn Caruana
Bracket 10.00-10.49: Catriel Dimech
Bracket 10.50-10.99: Luke Spiteri
Bracket 11.00-11.49: Stanley Muscat
Bracket 11.50-11.99: Warren Gauci
Bracket 12.00-12.49 Neil Caruana
M/Cycle Open Class and Outlaw M/C: Shawn Buttigieg
M/Cycle Index 8.5 and Bracket M/C 8.50-8.99: Leslie Said

You can see recorded video of the event at Motors MT, also video of individual races can be seen at the MDRA Secretary Konrad d'Anastasi's Youtube channel.

You can also see photos at the Facebook pages of DLP Photography and Samuel Mifsud at Samuel's Photography.

Swift snippets.
4th October: October 2nd saw the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Ron and Jenny Clark, founders of the Midland Drag Racing Association on March 13 1974.

In Ron's words, "I then went on to create Long Marston Raceway and thus became only the third person to establish a brand new dragstrip in the UK – the others being Ted Peddle (Podington Airfield 1965) and Steve Murty (Crossland Moor and later New York dragstrip in 1974). I never dreamed that we would ever reach this rare milestone when we attended my grandparent's 50th in December 1969." Ron and Jenny celebrated quietly on this special day. We wish a happy, if belated, Golden Wedding Anniversary to Ron and Jenny.

Photojournalist David Beitler has posted a report and photos from the Euro Finals Shootout from Santa Pod Raceway which you can see by clicking on this link.

Ian Warren.
3rd October:
We were very sorry to hear from the Warren family that 9.90 and 10.90 Bike racer Ian Warren passed away on Friday. They wrote:

Ian Warren died on the 1st October after a long illness. After many visits to Santa Pod Raceway in the '70s as a spectator and after coming to the 1996 World Finals , Ian decided to start Drag racing.

Ian started racing in 1997 with a Suzuki GSXR named Shy-Tot in the 10.90 bike class and in 1998 Ian won the Super Series Championship and was Runner up in the Santa Pod Championship. Ian moved up to 9.90 bike in 1999 and after a accident at work in 2000, he returned to racing in 2002 and after qualifying No 1 at the National Finals Ian decided to retire from racing himself.

Ian carried on enjoying Drag racing through crewing for both his sons and then watching the racing at the track or through the Web casts when he could.

We send our deepest condolences to Ian's family and friends.

Can Do Marc thankful.
3rd October: Many thanks to Pro ET racer Marc Huxley of Huxley Motorsport for sending us his thoughts on his first full season in the class:

First of all, gotta say what a year it’s been, getting back into the sport of drag racing as a racer. After completing the Can Do Corolla in April I never expected to get anywhere near my goal of top 10, especially in such a challenging class as Pro ET. the car has just been so good, and been improving every single round (apart from the Summer Nats). Building a car from scratch really tested my skills, and I learnt so much along the way. Getting advice from top chassis builder Wayne Allman really helped me believe I could do it and, look, I built a winning car. Making the podium at the Festival of Power really blew me away!

One of the best things that happened this year tho was letting my Dad loose in the car at Dragstaglia and it had to be done, considering it’s a tribute car to the one he raced from 1982-1989. He drove it to its limit and did everything right, it really made me proud but his skill level is still unreal even at his age!

Pro ET has always been a welcoming class but, becoming a driver, it was nice to have the extra welcome and as a class it’s all a team effort with great personalities. This year was extra special really, as not only was I racing alongside the Dark Horse Mustang with dad driving, we had Lee running a borrowed Chevy Nova to become a team of three which was just awesome!

I wanna say a huge thank you to my sponsors that have kept me on track. The main one was ASD Engines, Trevor and Steve Hirst I’d really be stuck without them and their skills. SERCK Motorsport for supporting me and helping with parts and custom work to go faster. Also Dave Gibbons and Tony Morris for their carb setup pushing me finally into the nines (well chuffed).

But I wanna say a special thanks to my team and friends Rich Dance, Andy (Spud), Matt Cutler, Tippers, Rich ‘erm’ Bell and my better half Rhiannon.

I can’t wait to be back in the seat already, and hopefully have more new cars and faces to the class.

Oh, and was so good to see Straight Up playing as a band again in our pits at National Finals.

Swift snippets.
3rd October: We wish to congratulate British drag bike pioneer and member of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Alf Hagon a very Happy 90th Birthday. Have a great day Alf.

Also Happy Birthday to Super Pro ET racer Saskia Fensome Jell and to former 9.50 Bike racer Andy Haley, we hope you enjoy your special day.

UK Tech Committee meeting.
2nd October: Thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for letting us know that The Drag Racing Technical Committee will be holding its annual meeting on 28th November 2021 at the Hilton Hotel Northampton.

If you wish to have an item added to the agenda and/or attend the meeting, could you please contact Ian at before 19th November 2021.

Once there is a list of delegates, further details regarding start time and travel details to the hotel will be published on

Sywell Classic report and gallery.
2nd October: Thanks to event commentator Jerry Cookson and photographer Darren Skidmore for providing a report and photo gallery of the drag racing action at Sywell Pistons & Props which took place last Sunday 26th September. Jerry writes:

Sywell Airfield hosted a demo Street Car Shootout last Sunday, all the cars ran twice and all put on an exciting, colourful and smoky show which the crowd loved. There was lots of audience participation with many imaginary bets made and lost!

Organised by the Rodfathers UK, the Sywell Classic Pistons & Props was certainly a memorable one for its side-by-side rollin' & smokin' Ford Escort burnouts, '57 'Shoebox' duels, slammin' Pops and high flyin' Fiats from Taz Racing - bring on the next one. The Rodfathers UK would like to thank all the drivers and hard working marshals and helpers who, without them, the show wouldn't have been possible. Many thanks to my partner Ali for pairing up the cars to make for a great show, one of the best seen in a long time.

The track is all concrete and is just shy of an eighth. Once the sun came out and some rubber had been laid it would have made for some great No Prep racing as it was very tacky even though none of the teams were using any traction aids, just water burnouts. The tree was supplied again by Wayne and marshalled by members of the Shakespeare County Relics as were the two startline fire marshals, Andrew Willcox and Dave Bramley.

Although the date was moved so not to clash with the Goodwood Rival the attendance was quite busy on both days with lots watching the the drag racing more than the side-by-side sprint laps from the circuit cars that included an ex James Hunt Marlboro McLaren. Super karts and classic and modern bikes also took to the track for demo runs while the Two Brothers Stunt Team provided the tricks, smoke and rev limiter appeal for the bike fans!

Mark Pacey had his double engined tractor puller on display plus there were Spitfires and Messerschmidt's in mock dog fights, lots of car and bike clubs alongside a mouth watering collection of street rods and classic cars, all made possible by Mark & Louisa Ashman of the Rodfathers UK.

You can check out our gallery of Sywell Classic pictures from Darren Skidmore by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage link at the top of any page.

Jerry kindly supplied a list of the racers taking part in the Sywell Classic:
Ollie Finch (V8 Zodiac)Ray Shortland (MK1 V8 Zephyr)
Mark Biggers (Turbo Mustang)Kevin Dudley (2ltr Turbo Morris Minor)
Garth Wong Ford (100E LS8)Steve (Triumph Herald with s/c 355)
Ty Strevett (Pro Street Ford Falcon)Mark Bracking (Outlaw Anglia)
Ian Smith (Pro Street Moggy)Garry Hill (Outlaw Anglia<)/font>
Steve Mitchell (Snow White 57 Chevy)Den & Caz Reynolds (Corvette)
Chris "Boss Taz"Skinner (Fiat)Adam "The Adonis" Skinner (Fiat)
Mick Sharpe (71 Dodge Dart "Detroit Hustle")Kev " Firefighter"Preston (Pickup)
Darren Scannell "The Galaxies Fastest" (MK1 Escort)Danny Wilson (MK1 Zephyr)
Warren Wilson (MK1 Zephyr)John "The Adonis 1952" Dewey (Chevy
Paul Mags Taz 17 Escort (black & gold MK1 Escort)Arron Windridge (Supercharged Outlaw.
Justin Woolner ('68 Camaro)

Jerry said "Sunday saw Arron Windridge really get up on the tyres to lay smoldering rubber across the startline with the small block powered Supercharged Outlaw Altered".

Other photo albums of the event can be seen by clicking on these links:
Malta October event video and photos.
2nd October: MDRA Secretary Konrad D'Anastasi has uploaded video from yesterday's Hal Far practice session preceding this weekend's race which you can see at this link. Another early poster of media from the event is DLP Automotive Photography whose photos you can see at this link.

Live streaming video of the race can be seen at the Motors MT Facebook page which will be live after the commencement of racing on both Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd October.

NSRA Hot Rod Drags trophy winners.
1st October: Many thanks to Alan Martin from the
National Street Rod Association for sending in a full list of trophy winners from the NSRA Hot Rod Drags held at Santa Pod Raceway on 17th-19th September, and some news for those attending the Classic Motor Show at the NEC on 12th-14th November.

The full list of trophy winners for the Hot Rod Drags is as follows:

NSRA Dirty Dozen:

Richard Tunstall, 27 Model T Roadster
Jacqui Kowalewsky, Fiat Topolino
Harley Peters, Model A Coupe
Johnny Best, 34 Roadster
Hayden Mommery, 56 Chrysler Window
Steve Taylor, 61 Mk11 Consul
Sally Woolner, 67 Camaro
Danny Wilson, Mk1 Zephyr
Kenzie Taylor, 100E Prefect (16 years old and first run!)
Laurence MacGillivray, 351 Cleveland Ford Pop
Lauren Moules, Willys Coupe
Colin Wood Jr, Hillman Husky

Most Friday Runs: Andrew Jackson, Triumph Herald Coupe. 10 runs.
Quickest Friday ET: Robin Read, Spirit of Le Patron Daimler Dragster, 6.6579 secs @201.65mph. (Also beating his one record for the fastest Britis engined Dragster over the weekend)
Quickest Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy, 6.8864 secs @ 193.85mph. (also taking the honours for the first 6 second Anglia in Europe over the weekend)
Quickest Wild Bunch: Alan Lloyd, Gonzo the Great Topolino, 7.979secs @ 160.75mph
Quickest Supercharged Outlaw: Tony Underhill, Willys Coupe, 7.05 secs @ 191mph
Gasser Circus Quickest Reaction Time: Lee Pike, Honky Tonkin’ II. 0.000secs (a perfect reaction time)

Alan and other NSRA committee members will be attending the Classic Motor Show at the NEC. He said "One of the cars that will appear on the NSRA stand that weekend will be my co-conspirator in organising the Hot Rod Drags for the last 30 odd years, Martyn Payne and his ‘Great Barrbarian’ Outlaw Anglia (pictured right). All told, there will be five cars on the NSRA stand and Martyn’s will be a first for the club to feature a race car."

As well as the NSRA stand, Santa Pod Raceway and Outlaw Anglia will be exhibiting and Modified 100e will be represented on the Ford 100e stand.

We will publish developments for the 2022 Hot Rod Drags and, we hope, Nostalgia Nationals as soon as we know more.

Gasser Circus Hot Rod Drags report.
1st October: Many thanks to Gasser Circus co-ordinator Nick Brooke Langham for a report on the class at the 2021 Hot Rod Drags at Santa Pod Raceway:

The Hot Rod Drags for the Gasser Circus marked the conclusion of our racing season, and it has so far been the event when the winner of the Championship finally emerges. This year it was set to repeat this well warn path, with 3 drivers and their Gassers still in contention. Billy Jones in his ‘Grumpy Grizz’ Willys Coupe, Jason Hollamby in his ‘Jumpin Jalapeno’ Falcon and sitting in the number one spot Nick Barnett in his B&G Racing Falcon. However, a cloud hung over the Gasser Circus as the news filtered out, that Dale Edmonds had passed away earlier in the week. Dale had been a regular in the Gasser pits, supporting and assisting his good friend Ray Turner with Ray’s ‘Green Onions’ 55 Chevy. Dale is renowned in racing circles as he supplied and made so many fibreglass and carbon fibre panels for drag racers, he and his friendship will be sorely missed.

With 20 Gassers on site, Gassers fans were in for a treat with two 55 Chevys, two Austin Devons, an Austin Dorset, two Falcons, a 56 Chevy, two 57 Chevys an Austin Devon pickup, a Chevy Nova, a Morris Van, 33 Willys, 37 Willys, Willys pickup, two Ford Pops a Corvette Stingray and a Dodge Dart. At 9:15 Saturday morning the Gassers were at the end of the fire up road having the privilege of kicking off the weekend. It was a truly heart-warming sight, to look back and see 19 Gassers in the lanes, unfortunately for debutant Adam Kruczynski he was in the lanes but without his superb 55 Chevy ‘Not so Mellow Yellow’, having suffered clutch damage whilst testing the car on Friday's RWYB. Needless to say, he took on the racers mantle despite his setback and was helping other drivers with their Gassers.

First pair up were Tom Margesson in the ‘Tinsel Town Hustler’ Pop, he lined up against Katie Booth in her ‘Mighty Mouse Pop’. The pair signalled their intentions when they both ripped off superb runs with Tom dialling 11:38 and running 11:3814 and Katie dialling 10:43 and stopping the clocks at 10:4376! Tom just taking number 1 qualifier a position he held onto throughout qualifying.

After the first round, most drivers appeared to be suffering the same issues, being slower than they expected. With 19 Gassers and a 16 car ladder, three were going to miss out on Sunday.

At 12:30 just ahead of the second round of qualifying one of the stalwarts of the Gasser Circus ‘Roarin Rat’ was inducted into the NSRA Hall of Fame. The legendary 57 Chevy now under not only the stewardship of Keith Bartlett, but being raced by Keith as he continues where Ken Brookes left off, racing in the Gasser Circus. With the presentations over, it was time for round two of qualifying.

At the conclusion of this Lee pike had a huge smile on his face as he had posted a perfect reaction time 0.0000 in his ‘Honky Tonkin’ 2 Chevy Nova. The 3 Gasser’s not qualified were playing a dangerous game they were me in Nogbad the Bad, Paul Dominey in his 640 Austin Dorset and Martyn Hallam in his 33 Willys Hallam, Hallam & Couch.

Pictures: Round winner Graham Barton, Round Winner Pin from Neil Melliard, Championship winner Nick Barnett, Championship Trophy Bowling Ball from Neill Melliard.

Final qualifying arrived and at its conclusion 2 of the 3 had made it into the final 16 leaving Paul Dominey in his ‘Dorset’ being first alternate sitting at number 17. Behind him was Brian Gibson in his ‘Identity Crisis’ Dodge and Simon Glen in his ‘Straight Shooter’ Austin Pickup.

Being first alternate paid dividends when Keith Bartlett in his ‘Roarin Rat’ 57 Chevy were not going to make eliminations. Paul Dominey was back in. Saturday night brought the Cracklefest and the Gasser Circus were well represented with 5 joining the line-up and along with the other racers they looked awesome. At the conclusion of the Crackle a miscommunication meant that the Gassers arrived at the end of the shutdown area expecting to use the return road, but they could go no further as concrete barriers blocked the way. The cars in the darkness slowly turned around and were soon safely back in their pits! Within these it was also our annual spoof awards, with many drivers, worried about what award they would pick up, some of these involved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Engine Slayer T shirts, Ker Plunk, a bottle of Guinness, braces, tinsel, a prop shaft and a giant dog!

Sunday arrived and so did a few rain showers which delayed proceedings somewhat, but finally track prep was sorted and Round 1 of Eliminations was good to go. This was where Nick Barnett could place a grip on the championship that would be very hard to dislodge. He was up against Tony Pearson who had a freshly built gearbox in his ‘Guzzler’ 56 Chevy. It bit too hard, too soon and lit the red handing the win to Nick and with that Nick secured the Gasser Circus Championship for 2021.

Ray Irish took on and beat Jason Pickett in his immaculate ‘Cherry Bomb’ 55. Graham Barton won against Steve Mathews in his ‘Honky Tonkin’ 57 Chevy, Sean Milson in his ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ van red lit against Paul Dominey and Katie Jane Booth in her Pop saw off the still smiling Lee Pike. The other Pop piloted by Tom Margesson took on Mick Allen in his ‘Quick Buck’ Corvette, Tom taking the win on a hole shot. Jason Hollamby took the win against Nervous Nick, Martyn Hallam took the win against Billy Jones. Although at first the win appeared to have gone to Billy, but a glitch with the timing system had incorrectly illuminated the win bulbs in his lane. Therefore, a few minutes after the run there was a swap of emotions in the pits as the news of the error was shared with the drivers. Billy took this in his stride, and Martyn was surprised but ready to move into the next round.

Second Round Eliminations

Jason Hollamby in ‘Jumpin Jalapeno’ was set to race Katie Jane Booth in ‘The Mighty Mouse’ Pop. Jason dialled 10.80 and Katie dialled 10.45. The cars left with green lights on the tree and they headed down the strip together at the top end Katie took the win moving to the semi-finals as Jason had broken out posting a 10.71!

Tom Margesson ‘The Tinsel Town Hustler’ and Graham Barton ‘High Anxiety’ came to the line, Tom with 11.50 on his Pop and Graham with 10.83 on his Austin. In another close race the gantry told the tale of two breakouts with Tom running 11.40 and Graham 11.79. Graham took the win as he broke out by the least. New Gasser Circus Champion Nick Barnett took on Martyn Hallam with the Champ dialling 11.72, Martyn dialled 11.37. Another side by side race followed with Martyn taking the win running perfectly to his dial in with 11.37. On the other side Nick had broken out with an 11.71.

Alternate Paul Dominey in his 640 Austin Dorset, was making the most of his opportunity but was now up against Ray Irish still bedding in his new blown Chevy Motor. Paul dialled 11.84 and ran 11.85, with Ray dialling 10.19 and running 10.22 Ray taking the win by virtue of his reaction time, with him posting a 0.07 to Pauls 0.25.

Pictured: Perpetual Gasser Circus award, Ray Irish and Graham Barton in the fire up road, Lee Pike with his NSRA Award for best reaction time with an 0.000.

Semi Finals had the pairings of Katie Jane Booth against Ray Irish and Graham Barton taking on Martyn Hallam in his 33 Willys, which put a smile on his face as since swapping from a Chevy 383 to a Hemi, he has not had the best of times, as he and his team sought to get it running right.

Katie lost out by the narrowest of margins to Ray as she broke out with a 10:44 on a 10:45 dial in, and Martyn’s Hemi was running too well against Graham Barton in ‘High Anxiety’ with a breakout 11.33 on a 11.37 dial in.


Both drivers were delighted to make their first final especially Ray as he had missed a few rounds whilst sorting out his new blown Chevy motor. Ironically the person in the other lane to Ray was not only a good friend, but it was due to Ray that he was there. A few years ago, Graham came along to crew for Ray and he was almost immediately hooked, saying he wanted to share in the racing and fun that everyone was having. This led to the internet and Racing Junk, where he spotted the High Anxiety Devon Gasser for sale. A couple of clicks later and the deal was done. The rest they say is history.

Both drivers were determined to continue that history and both did strong burnouts, before the edging to the line could begin, with both cars staged the tree activated, Graham had dialled in 10:79 and Ray 10:19.

The cars launched and were side by side, they maintained this along the quarter mile, with it so close neither driver was sure who had taken their maiden win. The gantry told the story of this superb drag race and befitting way to conclude the Gasser season, as Graham had run to his dial in with a 10:79 but Ray had broken out with a 10:19. Graham had taken his first win, back in the pits he was visibly stunned and Ray although disappointed was happy for his friend.

A few minutes later, the Gasser Circus gathered for the trophy presentations, the superb Round Winners pin and prize money from Neil Melliard to Graham, followed by the Championship trophies awarded to Nick Barnett & Hoch of the B&G Racing Team. The Championship Bowling Ball and prize money from Neil Melliard the ball the winner keeps and the Gasser Circus Trophy that the winner keeps for the year.

It was then time to pack the Circus up for another year, and begin to plan its return, when it looks like there will be a few more Gassers joining the growing ranks of those who want to pay tribute to the Gassers from the mid-60s.

Now as the days draw in and the leaves turn to brown before falling, we look back over the year, and it has been quite a journey for all racers, from the point of uncertainty if we will get to race, to the sheer joy and relief of driving up Airfield Road knowing Round 1 was moments away. To then be able to follow this up with another 4 weekends when the Circus came to town has been truly fantastic. This of course would not have happened had it not been for the superb dedication of the Santa Pod team, for which all racers are so grateful. It also wouldn’t happen without the loyalty and support each team receives from family and friends, and our sponsors, Neil Melliard, the National Street Rod Association, Simon Prest and Renegade Fuels.

The Gasser Circus are now preparing and looking forward to 2022, when Gasser’s will once again, thunder down the quartermile, ‘Racing the Dream’.

Modified 100e Challenge expands for 2022.
30th September: Many thanks to Nigel Taylor for bringing us up to speed about the Modified 100e Challenge for 2022:

"The Modified 100e Challenge 2022 campaign is shaping up to be something special! There will be five rounds, dates to be confirmed, and a number of sponsors have already been signed up to whom massive thanks: Check out the Modified 100e Facebook page if you would like to get involved in the 2022 Challenge.

Pictured: Scott Collin's new car (the former Paula Atkin car), Dave Mott's Brickyard Shaker built by Zero3 Custom Creations, Scott Collins' current 100e which ran 10.2s at 130mph at the Hot Rod Drags, and Sharon Carver's 100e.

Santa Pod Raceway's main 2022 dates.
30th September: Santa Pod have announced the following provisional 2022 major dates as published in the event programmes for the Euro Finals Shootout and STP UK National Finals:
  • Festival of Power: 15th-17th April
  • Doorslammers: 20th-22nd May
  • The Main Event: 26th-29th May
  • Dragstalgia: 8th-10th July
  • Bug Jam: 22nd-24th July
  • Ultimate Street Car: 5th-7th August
  • European Finals: 8th-11th September
  • Flame & Thunder: 29th October
British Junior Dragster Club awards.
30th September: As reported in the news last
Thursday, the annual Junior Dragster awards from the British Junior Dragster Club, run by Edel McDonald, with the help of husband Graham and son Liam, were presented by editor Simon in the JD pits. Edel wrote after the event:

"Thanks to Simon Groves and Eurodragster for their help at the Junior Dragster prize giving in Santa pod at the National Finals (you're welcome - Editor).

"Well done to all the racers and crew that competed this year and we hope to see you all next year. Thanks to PWHouse Rushden with his help with the Trophies, to Ian Marshall for bringing the cups up, also to Jan Mugridge and family for setting up the prize giving and obtaining the Voucher for me."

The following were rewarded:

Best Junior Stock:Teddy Sullivan Junior Stock Sportsman:Jake Cooper
Most Improved Junior Stock:Lola-Belle Kent Rising Star Junior Stock:Daniel Todd
Junior Stock Sportswoman Award:Ada Cassisi Junior Stock Newcomer Award:Max Taylor
Best Junior Modified:Freddie Taylor Junior Modified Sportsman Award:Jack Taylor
Junior Modified Most Improved:Kai Cooper Junior Modified Rising Star:Damian Redshaw
Junior Modified Future Star:Chevrolet Checkett Best Junior Modified Advance:Harry Redshaw
JMA Sportsman Award:Luke MugridgeJMA Most Improved:Katie Ellis
JMA Rising Star Sportsman:Luke FultonJMA Rising Star sportswoman:Jacqueline Bartlett and Purdie Hadfield
JMA Sportswoman Award:Frankie TaylorJMA Most Consistent:Caitlin Wilson
JMA Most Enthusiastic sportsman:Max Love and George OliverJMA Most Enthusiastic sportswoman:Ellie Brown
JMA Best Newcomer:Jessica Bishop JMA Future Star Sportsman award:Thomas Cook Abbot and Harley Coulsell
JMA Future Star Sportswoman award:Lara Bartlett JMA Best reaction time:Harley-Jay Darby
JMA most motivated sportsman:Dan Weir JMA most motivated sportswoman:Kimmy Willcox
Best Crew Chief:Andy FensomeHalf Scale Cup:Luke Mugridge and Max Love
Anita Board Cup:Ada Cassisi Rising star:Daniel Todd and Jessica Bishop
Tog’s Trophy:Thomas and Charlotte Cook Abbot
Well done to Harry Redshaw who won the SPRC National Championship and Thomas Cook Abbot who came runner-up.

Best Crew Chief winner Andy Fensome said "I’m very sorry I missed the awards ceremony, I would like to say a massive thank you for everyone that voted for me for the Best Crew Chief, it’s a pleasure to help you all and truly a honour to receive this trophy. I heard the cheering and chanting which was so rewarding in its self, a great class with a lot of future stars keeping the sport going."

Tog's Trophy, presented to those that the former editor considers set a fine example in the sport, was awarded to Thomas and Charlotte Cook-Abbott. Tog commented: "It is a great honour and privilege to have a trophy presented in my name to Junior Dragster racers. When I was leading I was not allowed to have favourite classes, in public anyway, but I don’t think that it has ever been any secret that I was and am a big fan of Junior Dragster, especially the qualifying sessions most of which kept me very busy typing.

"The first Tog Trophy is awarded to Thomas and Charlotte Cook-Abbott. Thomas has had a long Junior Dragster career during which he has conducted himself with good humour and in a sporting manner, and Charlotte has always been there beside or behind the car supporting her brother. Junior Dragster is the class in which the family aspect is most important and certainly the most visible and Thomas and Charlotte have over the years set a fine example both to fellow racers and to the fans.

"Thomas didn’t remember this when I mentioned it to him but he should also get a trophy for sheer cheek because during his licencing weekend he approached me whilst I was eating lunch to ask for sponsorship – he got it, too - whilst Charlotte deserves a trophy for tolerating Thomas’ outrageous insults on Facebook.

"It is great to see Thomas and Charlotte already preparing for the future crewing with other teams and setting themselves up for what I am sure will be years of contribution to the sport. But for now they are very worthy winners of the Tog Trophy.

"I cannot be there to present the trophy in person but I am grateful to my good friend Simon for standing in. Thanks also to Graham and the McDonald family for the honour which they have shown me."

Many thanks to Edel, Graham and Liam for organising the trophy celebration and we hope to see them back at the track in 2022.

Photo courtesy and © Andy Willsheer.

The generation game, part two.
30th September: In our news back on 31st August, we said that the Hope family are the first in British Drag Racing in our knowledge to have three generations of event winners, although three generations of the Coulsell and Fulton families have also competed.

Many thanks to Nici Fulton for writing in and confirming, with a photo of his trophy, that dad Richard Fulton as well as sons Dave and Simon, and grandson Luke, have each been not just event champions, but overall championship winners.

Nici wrote: "I've been on at the old man to jog his memory about his winnings...I know there were some, as I was the kid at school who was 'different' and brought in drag racing trophies for show and tell when I was 8 years old!

"Dad actually won a whole championship back in 1984 in his blue Firebird, the NDRC Street championship. So I'm guessing we could be the only family where three generations have won a championship?"

JT's end of season report.
30th September: Sometimes the best laid plans or years don’t work out. Man, we tried hard, but oil problems beat the blue car up all year (Nigel, Frank and Ricky were incredible).

The white car is strange, it only loves the cold air. Luke Robinson was amazing, especially at the last two meetings trying to run two pro mods. On the Euro Finals Friday, we broke a con rod past the finish line, in the bumps. The strange thing is a year ago, to the Friday, we threw the rods in the Pop. Con Rod Friday.

Still, not to be deterred, I am still planning on two new cars. A massive thanks to Keith and the whole Santa Pod team, they are amazing. Easter for a test, and then I am already counting the days to the Door Slammers. A very quick shout to ICE , Kev Slyfield, Kath who scares me in the signing on, Simon Eurodragster an amazing job (you're welcome - Editor). And Tracy Island, with tarn, popped up for a return they stuck with me through all those rain offs. Be safe, JT.

Swift snippets.
30th September: Today we wish a Happy Birthday to several racers around the world. Starting with the UK, Many Happy Returns to VW Sportsman racer Morgan Wilson, to Funny Bike owner and Top Fuel Bike racer-in-waiting Phil Crossley, then across to Sweden with Grattis to Anders Magnusson and lastly to South Africa to greet former AA/FD pilot and pioneer in the sport in that country Arthur Christy. Have a great day folks!

Photojournalist Steve Moxley's report on the senior ACU bike classes at the Euro Finals Shootout is posted on the ACU web site and is well worth a read for Steve's usual insight into the racing and great photos.

The Junior Drag Bike Club has launched a great new web site giving profiles of current riders, the roles of those running the class, and contact details. The site address is

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr page with photos rom the Doorslammers, alongside a smaller VW Action Show N Shine album, and also a large album from the Hot Rod Drags. Mad says "We're hoping to get to Melbourne next weekend for what may be our last drag racing event of the year, although I have seen that they may be adding one final event there at the end of October too!"

Comments on Hal Far development.
29th September:
Many thanks to Malta Motorsport Federation President and 2017 FIA Top Fuel Champion Duncan Micallef for his exclusive comments for on the planned £17 million development of Hal Far Raceway in Malta, including a major upgrade of the drag racing facility:

"It has been a hard working 10 months since I was elected as a President of the Malta Motorsport Federation.

I wasn't prepared to give all this amount of time to this project, but once I saw a ray of light and what has happened after 50 years of waiting, I gave it all that it needed.

"I never knew this would happen. It wasn't an easy task. Asking for that amount of land on this Island is like entering a bank and asking to steal it. I knew the limits of the government and in February I gave my proposal which in my opinion was now or never.

"From that day onwards the government worked hand in hand with us to make this work.

"I with my other members of the committee, Oliver Attard, William England, Jonathan Bruno and Rueben Galea are very proud to have this project accepted by the government putting motorsports into the next level which I presume to be the highest level possible. From here I will be working with all the clubs to have the first European championship karting race here.

"I wish to send another message to the drag guys: I didn't quit, I will be racing in November at Hal Far and will prepare for 2022!"

Jean Todt, president of FIA, commented by video: "Today we celebrate the inauguration of the Malta Motorsport Park in Hal Far. I would like to thank the Maltese Government with special mention to Prime Minister Robert Albila and Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Clifton Grima. Thank you also to Duncan Micallef, the President of the Malta Motorsport Federation and his team for their long-term effort and his achievement, that is a great day.

Malta's drivers will have the facilities to train and improve their performance. More athletes will just venture into the international scene. You can count on the support of the FIA for the next phases of your project especially in the homologation process of three venues, circuit, drag strip and karting track. I wish this park a long and happy life and look forward to international motorsport visiting Malta in the future. That's what we all need and we have all been working for that and the day has come. Thank you and congratulations."

Image: Freehour Malta Facebook page.

Bike class racer comments from UK National Finals.
29th September: We present below comments (in some cases edited for length) from bike class racers following their successes at the STP UK National Finals:

In Top Fuel Bike, the win and the championship went to the legendary Steve Woollatt (below left). It’s British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Steve's 31st championship overall and congratulations to him. In the final Steve who ran opposed when opposition Al Smith (below right) red lit.

Al's performance had a big boost at the National Finals. PBR Rocket owner and engineer Phil Baimbridge wrote in his excellent Facebook page:

"With the cylinder head repaired and the Rocket rebuilt the PBR team headed to the UK National Finals, our last event of 2021. The weather forecast was surprisingly good for late September in the UK. The TFB national championship was up for grabs with all three entrants in with a shout of winning the #1 plate.

"The team for this event were Al & Joo Smith, Neill Curtis, Andy Kirk and I. We weren’t sure if the cylinder head repair would work and we needed track time, so we elected to enter the pre-event test day."

Phil described the run as "a bit sedate" (shut down at 5 seconds and an ET 6.89s). The control air valve had closed itself just after the launch and with the much lower fuel flow throughout the pass the cylinders had started misfiring before half track. The team removed the control air shut off valve from the system and the bike ran a 6.45, better but not as good as expected as the misfire had returned.

Overnight. the team tore down the engine, measured leakdown, changed a rod and replaced the big end shells. The team also installed a 1 tooth smaller blower pulley and a 90 degree inlet that Al had fabricated, increasing the fuel flow as well. The result in Q1 was immense, Al enacting the “if you’re going quicker than you ever have, keep it open” clause and keeping the throttle open all the way to the finish to post 6.012/228.9, which was below the existing ACU record and also with no damage. With an identical setup and shifted only 0.2s earlier Al ran 6.09/225.9mph in Q2, however not enough to back up the time for a new record.

On Saturday night, with one bent rod and another suspect, the team changed both and installed a fresh block and pistons. On the bye in round one of eliminations the team decided to just launch, shift and shut down in E1 and save the motor for the final. (Al did exactly this and even with the throttle only fully open for 0.7s the Rocket still ran a 1.03s 60’!).

The Rocket was set the same as Q1 for the final against good friend Steve Woollatt, whose PBR "4 banger" had been running consistent 6.1s or 6.2s. "We had to win the final or set the UK national record for et or terminal speed to take the #1 plate. In the event Al “cherried” and we lost the race. We didn’t get a time, but looking at the Racepak Data I would guess a low “teen” if Al had run the whole quarter. Congratulations to Steve and the Woollatt Racing team for their UK national championship."

Phil admitted he was "Really pleased with the progress", proven the concept and design/engineering, found a set up which avoids the motor badly hurting itself. The 6.01 puts the Al and the Rocket #18 on the all time “quickest” list or 15th if the bikes that appear twice with different pilots are discounted...and it was built in a wooden shed in rural Herefordshire!

Upgrades are planned to the ignition system (we still use points type magnetos that are around half the spark energy of a ProMag44) and fuel flow control (the AMS2000 isn’t quite up to the task) for next season.

Phil thanks the regular team of Al & Joo Smith, Neill Curtis and Andy Kirk, sponsors Burlow Engineering, FIE, APE and B&J Racing transmissions and other racers who have helped out this year, Santa Pod/SPRC for providing such an excellent venue to run at, Banks Night Club for sponsoring the UK TFB championship and all of the Rocket’s supporters at the track, on Facebook and other forums.

In Funny Bike you can read the Intwined blog posted on behalf of Warpspeed Racing to see the story behind 2021 ACU Champion Stuart Crane and Mark Smith's event:

"Round 1 of the qualifiers, Stuart Crane and Mark Smith (below left, Mike Kraaij picture) aka Smithy, were up against each other. It was an all round good race with no breakages. Smithy had shift issues but nothing major. Stuart took the win with an impressive 6.62 seconds at 196.19 mph. Smithy wasn’t far behind running a 7.21 second run at 178.52 mph. Both bikes were in one piece and after normal maintenance they were ready for the round two qualifiers.

"Round two unfortunately went a little 'Pete Tong'. Stuart ran a bye but broke at about 100ft out, resulting in a broken clutch basket gear, which exploded through the engine casing and the carbon body, hitting Stuart in the chest. Thank goodness he was fine, the bike not so and the end of the meet for him unfortunately.

"Smithy’s launch was ok but the bike pulled left. He then had transmission issues which resulted in him shutting off the throttle and rolling through. He ran a 7.92seconds at 145.34mph. After checking over the bike, the shift shaft, shift forks and the gear input shaft were all damaged, resulting in our fantastic team spending the rest of the day, right round to 4am mending the bike and fitting the new “Warpspeed Racing” billet hurricane head. They worked their socks off so Smithy could get out for the first eliminations.

"Smithy was up against Roger Moore. As you can see below Roger had a good reaction time of 0.2900. Smithy was a tad slower off the line, with a reaction time of 0.52. The bike shifted left again. Smithy pulled it back and took the win with 7.45seconds at 154mph. However the exhaust fell off about half track, thankfully no damage was done. With a quick turn around, the Warpspeed Racing team, headed to the semifinals. Smithy was up against Tony Clark.

I’m gutted to say that the bike died on the line and the meet was over. As the season came to an end, we look back with mixed emotions. It’s been an up and down season, that’s for sure. Lots was learnt, money was spent, new personal bests were made and records were broken (well done Stuart).

"Even with more breakages than we would like, it’s still been an awesome season racing, where memories were made with the best of friends.

"The Warpspeed Racing team has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years and we will be back next year, stronger and faster than ever. We also welcome back teammate, Dale Leeks, making Warpspeed Racing a three bike team once again. Welcome back Dale, we are looking forward to seeing what you pull out the hat also seeing your new swanky race truck.

"We would like to say Thank you to all our sponsors and continued support at the track. A huge thank you to Stuart Crane proprietor of Warpspeed Racing, for your sponsorship and going above and beyond to make the season as successful as possible. We really appreciate everything you have done this season."

Super Street Bike was once again dominated by 2021 Champion Steve Venables who confirmed his champion with a #1 qualifying position, but then went and completed the deal by winning the event against Alan Morrison Jnr who was runner up in the championship.

In qualifying Alex Hope ran his best ever times of 7.011/204 and Mark Hope (above right) also qualified strongly with a 7.186/205 and Mark wrote after the event:

"The final race of the year was a bit of a roller coaster! We managed to qualify 6th with a 7.18 at 205mph (never thought I'd be disappointed running those numbers) but it was becoming frustrating not being able to progress and chip the ET down.

"So we made some changes, resulting in a few good high speed wheelies, as we searched for the limits. We sure didn't struggle for traction this weekend! In the last qualifying session Alex ran a stunning 7.01 to overcome all the issues and bad luck him and his crew have suffered this year, those runs, are what make all the effort worthwhile.

"E1 saw us face off against Alex, who unfortunately had a clutch switch failure, pulling him through the tree to hand me the win. E2 the bike left clean and felt like it was on a good pass with good short numbers but didn't want to shift into 3rd. I ran 7.37 to Alan Morrison Junior's 7.31 with a close race at the top end.

"We're still tying to figure this thing out, but I feel closer now than ever! Thanks to the following guys for their continued support: Nimbus Motorsport, WSC-Performance, Ramair Filters NGK Spark Plugs (UK), RPS Manufacturing (the new shock is working a treat, and offers a lot of adjustability!), and Steve Nichols - Maxx ECU."

In Comp Bike, Jeff Kenway wrote about son Jordan Kenway (below left) who came fourth in the championship in his first race season in the class: "It has been one of the hardest but most rewarding since we started racing. The goal was to get Jordan’s license to complete in comp bike and run an eight he certainly did that got into two finals and came so close to running a seven. It’s a shame we did quite a bit of damage to the bike at the last meeting, a plan is already in place to fix the bike and make it stronger for next year. I would like to thank the usual suspects Jake Mechaell, Stuart Crane, Mark Hope and Simon Holgate for all their help, NGK spark plugs UK who have supported us since he started racing at thirteen and Alex Clark from Renegade for meeting me at stupid o’clock at motorway services so we had enough race fuel finally HEL performance when you go quick you have to be able to stop their brake lines are the best. I would like to also thank all the Santa Pod crew who give up their time so we can race in safety hopefully we will see you all next year."

In 9.50 Bike, Craig Wright (below right) wrote after becoming championship runner up: "It just wasn't meant to be this year. We finished 2021 as 9.50 Bike UK/National runners up, a tough one to swallow after leading it all year right up until tonight's Final, but Richard Sawatzki bought his absolute A game today and bagged his 9th Championship. He REALLY is the man, massive congrats to him, and an honour to shake that fella's hand after our scrap. Cheers all, your messages of support have been mega, thanks so much. What next....we shall see."

9.50 Bike racer Brad Head wrote: "2021 season done and dusted! Another great weekend had at the national finals! The weekend started well for my self taking the number 1 qualifier in round 1 then running a 9.508 in qualifier number 2 my first 9.50! Unfortunately Martin Hallett snatched the number 1 away from me in the last qualifier and took the bye in first round! Which left me to face Richard Sawatzki in round one, a very close race which Rich won by .03 at the stripe he was in a different league on race day this weekend! Congratulations on your 9th championship Rich been great racing with u this year ! Very happy with how this year went it was all about regaining some confidence and getting track time all of which we did so very excited to have my own bike out in 8.50 next year ! Thanks to everyone that has helped me get to this point and most importantly to Andy Head for the use of his bike it really is a great bike to ride hopefully he can put it to use next year! bring on next year!"

ET Bike had the 2021 Champion Phil Pratt and Runner-Up Paul Adams (below left) face off in the Final. Suze Morris wrote:

"The No.1 and No.2 side by side with, purely by chance, identical dial-ins. An entertaining race, with Phil spinning all the way through 1st gear and Paul rolling the throttle after a cheeky peek over his shoulder! Congratulations to Paul on the event win and to EVERYONE on a fantastic 2021 season! So... who's up for doing it all over again in 2022?"

Junior Drag Bike champion Hollie King (above right) had "an absolute blinder of a weekend" as described by brother Blade.

Hollie wrote: "My first season as a junior drag bike racer is done and I won the ACU and Santa Pod championships. I've had the best time racing and loved racing against everyone. I can't wait for next year with some new juniors joining and riding my new bike. Thanks to Jack Shook for giving me the bike.

"I'd like to say a massive thank you to Simon Holgate of Holgate engineering for building my bike, rukus customs for the most amazing body work. Bill, Kye, Blade, Nan and Grandad for being my pit, crew and most importantly my mum and dad for supporting me to race.

"Also to everyone who sponsored the juniors with prize money, it's very much appreciated. Thank you to everyone for your support it means a lot."

For a selection of media posted after the events please head towards the following links as well as our coverage:
Gredzinski progresses with 80s book.
29th September: Photojournalist Mark Gredzinski of Accurate Dragster Publishing says that work continues to progress on his photographic account of 1980s UK and European drag racing:

"Just finished scanning around 5000 photos from negatives/slides and am wielding the scythe of quality, to slash them down to around 250 images to realistically put in the book. Too many is a crowd! Editing is enjoyable but leaving stuff out is hard. I always imagine their will be a fictitious volume 2 the remainder go in, so I don't feel so bad!

"The contents of the book will cover the period 1980 to 1989 in drag racing terms. The decade was actually unrepresented in many ways and was largely ingnored by the media. Much of what happened was not well documented and many of the cars/bikes forgotten about. My approach to the book is to do it much as I did when writing my well received photographic truck book, Midnight Movers. That is to say it will have a personal narrative which will highlight my journey from being a humble fan to being involved in the sport.

"This covered journalism, photography, design work, and crewing on a blown methanol dragster, Top Fuel and Funny cars. There are plenty of insider photos and pics of people. Stories that have not been illustrated before. Pictures from the Pod, Long Marston, Bitteswell, Valencia. Blackbushe, Zandvoort and North Weald and various garages!. I'm hoping to have it out by Christmas and it will be available from my secure website. Enclosed is a shot of consideration but it won't make the final edit, since I have better.

"It won't be all Funny Cars. That will have to wait for my planned Funny Car book but that is a year away. There is another truck book to do in the meantime. Some of the pictures will be surprising and 99 percent of them have never been seen before."

£17m investment for Hal Far motorsport.
28th September: When we reported that a meeting of the Malta Drag Racing Association with Clifton Grima, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sports and Voluntary Organisations in Malta, was to take place last Friday, we sensed a major announcement was in the offing.

Yesterday morning it was announced in
The Times of Malta that the government is to build a long-awaited racetrack in Ħal Far.

In a press conference on Monday morning, Malta Prime Minister Robert Abela said the €20 million (£17m) project would be built around similar, existing facilities in Ħal Far and would not take up any ODZ (Outside Development Zone) land.

“The racing sport has waited for long enough, and it is time to deliver on our promise,” Abela said. “We have the plans and money for it, and designs will be published soon.” He said the track has been designed by German professionals and will be built away from residential areas in Birzebbuġa.

It will be funded through the sale of Maltese passports to wealthy investors, with the money required to be build it being provided by the National Development and Social Fund. The NDSF is tasked with investing a portion of money earned through passport sales.

Malta Motorsport Federation president Duncan Micallef teared up at the announcement, saying the news was like a dream come true. “I had to look at my watch to make sure I’m not sleeping and dreaming,” he told the prime minister and Sports junior minister Clifton Grima. “Thank you so much for making our dream come true.”

Grima said that the plan is to upgrade existing drag racing and karting facilities while also building a racetrack close to them. He also hinted that an international racing event has already been committed to Malta. The federation has been lobbying for the racetrack for a long time and a track was one of Labour's electoral promises ahead of the 2017 election. But motoring enthusiasts' plans appeared to have been dashed in 2019, when their proposal for such a track was shot down by the government.

In a reaction, (PN) Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech said the project was revived on the eve of a general election after having been shelved for years by the present government. He spoke on the need for the project a few days ago. He said the PN was committed to building such a track and would not deceive motorsport enthusiasts.

With acknowledgements to Mark Laurence Zammit and The Times of Malta.

Editor's comment: despite the party political wranglings in connection with such announcements, this is the most positive indication we can remember that major development of the Hal Far facility will take place – and 2017 FIA Top Fuel Champion Duncan Micallef, the 'Maltese Lion' is the ideal person to ensure the plans for an international standard track become reality.

Vince Shaw.
28th September: We are sad to report the death of UK drag racer, crewman and engineer Vince Shaw, who worked for several teams but was known to many at Shakespeare County and Santa Pod Raceway.

Vince worked at Toolcraft in the 1970s making tooling for Jet clamps but also producing items such as throttle linkages, clutch components and other parts. The teams he supplied parts for were legion: Gleadow Bros, Dorset Horn, Fire Injun, Doug Bond with Martyn Hannis and Jim Seward were included on his customer list.

He was involved in running several cars over the years. Vince ran Mexico Mouse which was previously Rick Fielding's Imagination 6, with John Gibbons and Pete Ward. He then acquired Alkymist (the former Tudor Rose, co-owned with John Gibbons replaced by a rear engined car of the same name in 1979, utilising an injected 5 litre SBC with a rare set of Pete Jackson injectors). He was a member of the Midland Drag Racing Club and was 1977 Midland Champion with John. After Alkymist, Vince and John ran a Rover engined T bodied altered.

Latterly he worked with Norm Wheeldon on his cars, including the Two Much twin engined slingshot, and Nick Stephenson's Corvette which ran infrequently but usually very quickly, at Avon Park/SCR. His hands-on approach was reflected in his oft-quoted saying "You don't sort a car by running past it with a new set of spanners".

As well as racing, Vince was into model boats, showing an interest in the engineering side as well as running them. Suffering from cancer, in his final few days Vince watched live streams of Santa Pod Raceway from his hospital bed before he slipped away. We send our deepest condolences to Vince's daughter Sam Whitehall, his family, friends and team-mates.

Nick Stephenson photo © Tog.

Car class racer comments from UK National Finals.
28th September: We present below comments (in some cases edited for length) from car class racers following their successes at the STP UK National Finals: sponsors Robinson Race Cars, whilst still in testing mode with their Anger Management 2.0 Camaro, showed delight at the Robinson-built Blown Bird team and driver Kev Slyfield (pictured left) regaining the Motorsport UK Pro Modified championship he had last won in 2015, and winning the event: "A huge well done to Kev Slyfield and the Blown Bird Drag Racing team for winning the Motorsport UK championship which went right down to the semi finals of the event! Also well done to all the other Motorsport UK Pro Mod competitors, everyone did great this weekend, and put on an amazing show."

"This weekend we achieved a lot, we made 2 full passes, a 6.12 and a 6.23, and also recorded a great speed of 237 mph. This bodes really well as the data shows that our engine and fuel system combination is in the ballpark. We have a good baseline to work from to start our 2022 season."

Harrison Brown made his class debut in the Thatadoo Super Pro ET Camaro, formerly raced in Pro Modified by Gordon Appleton, which he said he once sat in as a nipper:

"After breaking the car in the burnout on my 2nd test pass during Friday’s test day, then thinking that our season for this year was just set out to be cursed with breakages, we decided we weren’t going to give up. So we set about finding the issue and cracked on till the early hours to get the car ready for qualifying on Saturday. With amazing efforts from all the team we managed to get it up and running again. I am eternally grateful to my team for all their hard work, as it was the next pass I made that I ran my first 7".

Super crew Jim Massey started on Mark Bailey's Super Pro ET team, Mark running a new PB 8.67, but changed teams when Mark suffered a first round loss: "What a great weekend, had a brilliant time with Mark Bailey, Jane and Paul, who I crewed for, thanks for your hospitality after Mark went out In the first round, I jumped ship to Billy Gane to do the dial-ins to free up Alex Gordon, Alex had done a brilliant job qualifying Bill in 3rd and all season been on top of his game.

"The only chance Bill had to win the championship was for Giles and Hartley and Ron Bartlett to go out early, which they both did, and for us to win the final. Well we managed to get to the final against Alan Didwell in a very close race ,both drivers pulling 0.02 lights and both 2 hundreds off their index, but we lost by 13 thousands. Great race, well done Alan.

"Bit gutted especially for Bill who has driven brilliantly all season. Finally just like to say thanks to Bill and Dave Gane, Alex, Dion Hartley, Alfie Wratten, Terry Wratten and Felicity Gibbs for all the laughs and help and for letting me help in my mind the best Super Pro and bracket team there is (apart from the Herbs of course). Great end to the season ,but watch out next year because we will be back to have another crack at it."

Pro ET Champion Lee Huxley, winning his first individual championship, previous championships being under the Dark Horse Racing banner said: "Ok my turn for some Drag Racing spam. I only went and won the championship!. What an amazing season and a great finale with a completely different car than I’m used to. I have so many people to thank so here goes:

"Firstly I thank my wife and kids for always being supportive To the rest of my family for their encouragement and kind words. Thanks especially to my dad for towing the Nova to and from every race meeting. To Neil Bell for trusting me with his beautiful 66 Chevrolet Nova with its awesome Jeff Bull Race Engines power plant. Crew chief Richard Bell for the technical support and to all our other crew members. They know who they are. To all our very loyal sponsors for 2021 season and many previous years support.

"Thanks to all the Santa Pod staff for all their hard work especially Darren Prentice for all your help and Angie Daly for always being there at the end with a smile and a clap. Thanks to all in Pro ET! Toppo’s Tenners, Bad Habit awards and to everyone’s posts of congratulations! Loved 2021. Roll on 2022. Watch this space."

Sportsman ET double champion Dan Holloway hinted that after two SPRC National Championships it is time for him to step up:

"Back to back National Champion in Sportsman ET! Made a few mistakes this year, learnt more than I ever have, came out a more experienced racer for it. No expectations coming into the National Finals, but just managed to do enough on the day Also one proud boyfriend of Holley for making her second final in as many events Sportsman better watch out next year!

"Truck Norris will be semi retiring from the race track for now, will get some TLC and well earned rest! He threw me a few curveballs this year, but ultimately did me proud when it counted. What a cracking little truck. As for me, my current plans are to step up a class or two next year, providing all goes to plan over the winter.

Super Comp champion Leah Kellett was typically enthusiastic about her victory in the race and her second SPRC National championship:

"What a great end to a fantastic season! After a collaboration of red lights and a break out in the last three event finals, I was determined to give it my absolute best I could this weekend, to end the season on a high and boy did I!

"I managed to seal the championship, have a heads up race with my bro for the first time, and have that green light final I had hoped for, the bonus of that was then followed by taking the event win too! I was absolutely over the moon!

"So chuffed to bits for Steven Hudson taking the runner up in the championship and meeting me in the final this weekend! What a bloody awesome race that was! Well done Steve! #nothrottlestop.

"Got to say a massive thank you to SPRC, Keith, all the marshals, All the awesome track crew, Ian Marshall and David Warren for all the hard work and dedication this year, for managing to give us a terrific full season, starting half way through the year due to the pandemic! Absolutely outstanding guys thank you so much!

"Thank you to my absolute Dream Team making all of this happen, Pete Kellett - The Chief, for our awesome rides, the transporting and all the prepping etc that goes with it, Billy Everitt Co-Crew chief for absolutely nailing the lot! Spencer Tramm for all the continued support and help as always smashing it! My stand in crew men, John Prz and Jordan Wilson for being absolutely fabulous. To the awesome Jeff Bull @ Jeff Bull Race Engines and Belinda Bull for all the continued support for me and bro as always, believing in us and giving us one hell of some cool rides! To my girl power pal Laura Grace Turburville-Wilson for the absolute best support as always, for my card and gifts of achievement this weekend making it that extra special, and just always being there.

"Thank you to my amazing class mates for all their help and support as always! So lucky to race with such lovely people willing to help even though we become opponents on the track, its all about helping one another get us there! Loved having the Wild Bunch guys with us! So awesome to race you guys! And great to have newbie Scud (Allan Schofield) and crew with us too! Lets keep Super Comp alive and kicking and having fun!

"Last but not least, thank you to everyone for all the support given all year and to the photographers for capturing all the amazing moments.

"Well done to my bro for smashing it this weekend! And to everyone who gave it their all to fight for their championships and put on a great show! Well done to all on your wins! Have a lovely winter, and look forward to seeing you all again next year! Lots of love – Dolly.

Super Gas champion Andy Harrison won not just the championship but also the Perfect Light Award:

"I've had an amazing year but couldn’t have done it without my fantastic crew, this was most defiantly a team win. Crew chief and Mr Numbers Ian Hart, chute girl, videographer and definitely the better looking member of the team Zoe Sparrow, motivator, mentor and towing services Paul Brown, evening banter and general entertainment Ruaridh Hart, and my family Rachel Harrison, Emily Harrison, Bethany Harrison, for all the love and support. You guys and indeed all the Super Gas family, you all mean the world to me and I love you all. Santa Pod you and all the staff have been amazing and I thank you so much".

Despite the disappointment of an uncontested final when Mark Coulsell had a rare stage foul on a semi final bye, Wild Bunch racer Pete Brown was delighted at doubling up his Roy Wilding Championship with the SPRC Club Championship run at MSUK permit events: "Would just like to say THANK YOU! to each of you for the messages of congratulations after the weekends event, it's still in the "did it really happen" stage.

"Although the final was lop sided (just me) I would like to congratulate all the other teams who were in the running, each tried just as hard as the other and each was a formidable opponent and great competitor with laughs along the way. Well done to all in the Wild Bunch too, what a great season with ups and downs but thankfully more ups!! Well done to you all!

"All the staff and crews at Santa Pod a well done and thank you for all the hard work that has been done and being done, a great crew. VW Pro Champion James Hodson said " I won my first round which means I am VW Pro Champion for the 7th time. Thanks to Jason Noel for crewing and to the rest of the VWDRC. Commiserations to Adrian Solly, a fine competitor".

VW Pro racer Graham Fairhead had some issues over the season, however finished third in the standings: We still had gear change issues but massive thanks to Jim Bowen for delivering fresh parts Sunday morning and with issues still, Graham managed to get to the semi finals and ended the year in 3rd place. Given our range of issues this year and not doing all the rounds we're well happy with that result, now planning has started for next season.

VW Pro racer Paul Jackson drove his Il Pirätä Lupo to the car's first nine and wanted to thank those who helped him: "Another PB 9.881 @ 143.88. Il Pirata is the quickest and fastest Loopy Loop in the UK. Huge thanks to Chris and Sambo for all the help/effort/encouragement/p*ss taking, couldn’t have done it without you guys. And as always, thank you to everyone in the VWDRC and at Volks Workshop and Pro-Race Engineering."

Junior Dragster racer Mackenzie Love had a ball at the event as well and gave a great description of his thoughts through his race weekend: "Well what can I say! What a weekend. Quite literally. The car has just been top form this weekend and coming home all in 1 piece. She got me qualified 5th with my first double 0 reaction time in about a year and since I've had lots of new things done to the race car. 0.0098. Then I move on to Sunday eliminations day and, wow, the match ups throughout the day were probably the best match ups I've ever seen since been in juniors for 3 years. It was just great!

"We had Lola-Belle Kent round 1 and we dial in a nice 8.36 and go 8.46 with a decent lift. And we take the win. Round 2 we had Jake Cooper, another junior stock. I had to wait on the startline and get chasing, we dialled in an 8.30 on the dot as the sun was shining and heat was getting to the track and the wind was slowly going away. So we knew we were gonna go fast. I pull a safe 0.10 and another decent lift and go 8.41 on an 8.30. And we take the round 2 win and proceed once again to our 2nd quarter final of the year, the 5th one in total.

"Coming back from round 2, I instantly hear I have Mr Cook Abbott. Not gonna lie, my heart sunk to my ass. As I know, Tom is a good racer and is not an easy get around. Tom dials 8.14 and is on the money with a nice 0.0750 light. But it gets better... Out of nowhere I pull a 0.0014 light on the tree, and was 8.34 on a 8.31. (slight feather on the throttle). So it was all down to reaction times as we were decent on our dial in's. Obviously I had the advantage by a mile and I take the win. Obviously I felt really bad taking out Tom to a short ish weekend as it was his last meeting in juniors. I jumped out the race car at the top end and we congratulated each other and had a good chat.

"Then I'm going down into the pairing lanes for my first ever semi finals after 3 years of nothing but problems with the race car! At this point I wasn't bothered what was going to be the result as making the semi final was an achievement in itself. I still gave it all I had to try and get a spot in the final but it just wasn't meant to be on that run. Luke Fulton was dead on the money 8.33 on a 8.33 dial and a sharp 0.040 light to my 0.046. 8.31 dial for me again and a slight feather resulted a 8.37.

"If only I had cut a better light and not feathered it I would have won the race with a tight win margin, gone through to the final and faced Caitlin Wilson where she broke out and I would have taken my first event win but hey! There's always next time.

"Now to look forward to Flame and Thunder and doing some winter upgrades and getting ready for next season. Massive thankyou to Colin Theobald for great commentary all weekend and to all the Santa Pod track crew for making us have the best prepped racetrack to race on for our last championship points round of the year. Amazing weekend over all and I will catch you all soon.

Also coming home with 2 awards, Most enthusiastic sportsman in JMA, and the Half Scale Cup trophy with an additional $100 to spend with Half Scale. Also coming home with am immense pb reaction time of 0.0014. That triple 0 is soon coming.

Finally a farewell to those leaving the Junior Dragster class at the end of the season. Mark Cook Abbott, dad of Thomas, wrote: "It's farewell to Team Tominator as they leave Junior Dragster, this weekend was their swan song. 10 years in Junior Dragster came to an end on Sunday. They will be moving into a new class in the 2022 season and we'll announce more information later." Farewell from the class also to Caitlin Wilson, Harley Jay Darby and Frankie Taylor who left after two rounds and has a new Pro ET car in the works.

Starting 'em young.
28th September: Many thanks to photojournalist Andy Willsheer who snapped this photo of a pair of Top Fuel racers and their new offspring:

Among vistors to the Pod at the weekend were Top Fuel standouts Liam Jones and Norwegian partner Maja Udtian, along with four-week-old daughter Matilda. The two drivers from the straight-line sport's premier class were cruising the pits and enjoying a a laid-back Saturday with their newest addition to the ranks of future Jr. Dragster pilots. Liam said that there are currently no plans for the pair to return to competition in 2022, but may well have something in mind for the 2023 season. Watch this space...

Mr D Slot Drag Racing restarts.
28th September: Steven Dudley (MrD), owner and manager of the MrD Slot Drag Racing track, a 1/24th scale 1000ft, fully timed slot racing facility says he plans to reopen his facility during the off season in the UK.

"I run 2 meetings a month over the winter season. I've recently asked locally if someone could come along and video (livestream maybe) and take pit photos. "The first race meeting is this Friday 1st October at Cathedral Primary School, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1PA. The entrance to the school is just opposite where the Royal Mail Sorting Office used to be on Victoria Road, near Riverside Ice and Leisure. There is a small car park in the school grounds, please park carefully as it is very narrow. If full please park in side road opposite the school.

"I have loan cars for anyone wanting to try out this exciting form of slot car racing. We run Elimination races during the evening, for added tension, as well as the Gasser Circus Championship, see the MrD Slot Drag Racing Facebook page for full details. Race fee is the usual £5 for the evening, with accompanied under 16's free.

It's great fun, come and have a go, the track opens at around 7.30pm, with Elimination races starting at 8.15pm. Hope to see you there.

If you can't make this Friday, there will be a full length (6 hours) event on Sunday 10th October 2021, at Brentwood RC Raceway Unit K1 Frieze Hall Farm Coxtie Green Road Brentwood Essex CM14 5RE. Action will include MrD Crazy Horse and Outlaw Elimination races as well as the MrD Gasser Circus and starts at 11am with the first race around midday.

A sample of the action can be seen at this link.

2022 SPRC Dinner Dance.
27th September:
Santa Pod Racers Club are pleased to announce that their 2022 Dinner Dance Trophy Presentation Evening, to congratulate the 2021 season winners and runners up, will take place at the Mercure Centre Hotel Bedford, 2 St Mary’s Street, Bedford, MK42 0AR (for map click here) on Saturday, 29 January 2022.

The arrangements are as follows:

Please be seated by 18.45. Proceedings will start prompt at 19.00 pm with presentations for the SPRC Bike and Car Championships followed by dinner at 19.15.

After dinner, the 2021 UK National Champions and runners-up will be presented with their trophies, followed by the 2021 MSUK British Drag Racing Championship top three and finally the 2021 SPRC Perpetual Award Winners.

Tickets for the Dinner Dance are £40 per adult and £20 for 12’s and under, which includes a three course set meal plus tea/coffee and mints. The children’s menu will be Chicken nuggets and chips followed by ice cream. If you have any special dietary requirements then please contact Yvonne at Please do not approach the hotel with requests. Numbers are limited to 300 and will be available until Friday, 14 January, so get your applications in early.

To order tickets please click here and complete the online form. You can pay by card (Note: we are unable to take payment using American Express), BACS or by cheque. Bookings will be confirmed by email once completed.

SPRC have negotiated a preferential rate for rooms in the hotel - £65 for a single or £75 for a double room including breakfast. To book a room please call the Mercure on 01234 799988, ask for Reservations and mention that you are attending the SPRC Dinner on 29th January 2022. However, we have only managed to confirm an allocation of 70 rooms, which will be available until 31 December, after which date any rooms not taken up will be put into general availability and the preferential rate will cease.

Should our allocation be taken up the Swan Hotel, across the river from the Mercure, has rooms available at a special rate to us. This link will take you to the bedrooms available for you to book, or alternatively if you prefer to book via telephone call: 01234 346565 quoting code GA000997. The fixed discount that we have managed to arrange is off the public price so please note that this rate may change over time depending whether their public rates change. A credit/debit card is required to guarantee the room with payment taken at the time of the stay. Please check their cancellation policy on their website

2021 UK Champions.
27th September: Congratulations to the 2021 National, Club and ACU Champions in the UK:

Motorsport UK Pro Modified: Kev Slyfield
Track Worx Comp Eliminator: Nic Williams
Fast R Super Comp: Leah Kellett
Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout: Andy Harrison
Peter Nee Super Pro ET: Team Giles & Hartley
Modurstang Pro ET: Lee Huxley
Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Dan Holloway
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Andy Bond
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Harry Redshaw
NEM Plant Nostalgia Super Stock: Dave Billadeau
VW Sportsman: Rob Creswell
VW Pro: James Hodson
Outlaw Flat Four: James Wotton
Renegade Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy
Wild Bunch: Team Rebel (Pete and Rob Brown)
ACU Banks Night Club Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt
ACU Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike: Steve Venables
ACU Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike: Stuart Crane
ACU Comp Bike: Louis Davies
ACU Junior Drag Bike: Hollie King
JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike: Jay Roe
Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike: Rick Sawatzki
Blood Cancer UK ET Bike: Phil Pratt

The champions are subject to official ratification. The SPRC Club champions for Top Fuel Bike, Super Street Bike, Funny Bike, Comp Bike and Junior Drag Bike will be announced separately.

STP UK National Finals results.
27th September: Congratulations to the winners of the STP UK National Finals held over the weekend at Santa Pod Raceway:

Motorsport UK Pro Modified: Kev Slyfield 5.9750/236.22 def. Jean Dulamon 6.3041/218.24
Track Worx Comp Eliminator: Jordan Payne 21.4995/47.11 def. Robin Orthodoxou no-show
Fast R Super Comp: Leah Kellett 8.9189/163.06 def. Steve Hudson 8.9206/143.51
Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout: Simon Fulton 9.9224/138.59 def. Tim Moore 9.9246/142.15
Peter Nee Super Pro ET: Alan Didwell 7.7423/168.52 (7.72) def. Billy Gane 8.5977/157.92 (8.57)
Modurstang Pro ET: Leigh Morris 10.2675/126.26 (10.14) def. Andy Garnett 11.1205/114.35 (11.06)
Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Rob Creswell 13.8694/96.30 (13.80) def. Holley Walters 15.8362/87.50 (15.84)
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Andy Bond 6.8485/210.92 def. Mark Todd 7.2240/204.41
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Luke Fulton 8.3418/77.46 (8.32) def. Caitlin Wilson 8.1781/76.55 (8.20)
NEM Plant Nostalgia Super Stock: James Oliver 9.5062/126.84 (9.36) def. Guy King 9.5062/126.84 (10.05)
VW Sportsman: Steve Stone 16.7338/76.31 (16.70) def. Connor Jones 16.7686/77.19 (16.70)
VW Pro: Dave Crowhurst 9.6918 140.68 (9.63) def. Abi Tether 12.9207 105.16 (12.85)
Outlaw Flat Four: Paul Bate 11.6325/123.07 def. Darren Shepherd 11.9828/113.36
Wild Bunch: Pete Brown 8.60, unopposed

Banks Night Club Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt 6.2694/217.89 def. Al Smith, NTR stage foul
Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike: Steve Venables 7.1274/180.69 def. Alan Morrison Jnr 7.1572/198.81
Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike: Dave Peters 7.4451/173.70 def. Tony Clark 7.7252/164.85 Comp Bike: Chris Neary 7.5814/182.06 def. Louis Davies (no-show)
JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike: Ian Chrichlow 8.5033/156.29 def. Alan Morrison 8.4964/140.69
Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike: Rick Sawatzki 9.5156/129.41 def. Martin Hallett 9.8454 127.75
Blood Cancer UK ET Bike: Paul Adams 9.4075 137.27 (9.12) def. Phil Pratt 9.9780 145.26 (9.12) Junior Drag Bike: Hollie King 11.5518/53.91 (11.40) def. Casey Holgate 11.1431/52.21 (10.00)

Subject to official ratification the following records were set:

Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator ET: 6.805, Andy Bond
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator Speed: 213.09, Andy Bond

The following Santa Pod Raceway track record was set:

Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator ET: 6.8052, Andy Bond

Congratulations to Dave Grady Super Gas racer Andy Harrison and VW Pro racer Carl Goldsmith who won the two Habit Racing Perfect Light Awards of £50 apiece supported by Cath and Tig Napier, and to Pro ET racer James Oliver who won the Racing Award of £50 supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield.

Congratulations also to Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racers Purdie Hadfield and Luke Fulton who won the Bob's Photo Finish Award of £50 each posted by sponsor and longtime supporter Bob Roberts. Purdie and Luke's finish line margin was 0.0051 seconds or 6.95 inches.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data, including run what ya brung results, which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored STP National Finals reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend, and well done to the Santa Pod Raceway track crew for maintaining a great racing surface.

We look forward to publishing racer comments on the event tomorrow.

ACU drag bike points updated.
24th September: Many thanks to Ian King for updating us on the latest ACU/UK Championship positions on the
King Racing web site.

ACU Championship Co-ordinator Ian King would like to congratulate all the winners especially Mark Smith who took his first Funnybike Class win running his first six in the process, Jake Mecheall for taking his first class win in SSB, and Steve Venables for setting a new ACU Championship speed record in SSB.

It was also the first time in my memory that the Funnybike class boasted an 8 bike field of runners who all qualified in the 7 second zone - well done all!

Snake Eyes' season ends.
24th September: Many thanks to Wild Bunch racer Andrew Clifford who has sent in a brief review of his season after it ended prematurely last weekend at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags:

Firstly before I indulge in writing about myself I’d just like to say massive congrats to Jedd Guy and the whole team for throwing down that first OA 6 second pass and then a couple more just for luck! Gutted I missed that first one as we were in the pairing lanes. I’ve loved the OA’s since the very beginning when I went to Avon Park as a wee lad!

I think it’s fair to say that our team have had a love/hate relationship with racing this year. Full of ups and downs, frustrations, the odd argument and ultimately some compromises along the way.

Unfortunately our season came to a premature end at the Hot Rod Drags last weekend with a stripped spark plug thread in the head spotted on the Sunday morning. With no time this week to fix it we had to call it a day for this year. However, we managed to go out with a bit of show at the Saturday night “Cracklefest”. Thoroughly enjoyable from my front row seat in the car watching the header flames firing into the dark for the last time this season.

It's always tough to focus on the positives as the negatives often weigh on your mind much more. However, to come out with a new car and run PBs of 8.94 and 154mph in our first full season is an achievement we should be proud of. If we can cure our starting problems and work out what the car likes then there is definitely more to come from the big old Ford in 2022. I’m already looking forward to it.

Overall it’s been a really fun season experiencing my first full year in the driver’s seat. Certainly a bit of a change compared to crewing for Dad.

So to finalise I would just like to say thank you to a few people for everything they have done this year. Mum and Dad; car owners, storage and transportation (hopefully now the towing laws have been relaxed I can tow my own car to the track next year!!). My son James for his invaluable technical and tuning knowledge. He never gives up! My wife Rach for ensuring I keep a level head after I’ve lost faith or confidence. She’s been the driving force behind our team this year.

Steve and Lesley Field (Fieldcraft Fabrication) – thanks for building me an 8 second slingshot! Huge thanks and big love to everyone in the Wild Bunch and Super Comp pits for all their help, advice and support. I’m really sorry to everyone I held up at the head of the paring lanes whenever we had starting issues.

Thanks to the Santa Pod top end turnout crew for pushing me round the corner after almost every run this year. I WILL keep it running one day. Thanks to Ian and co. at the Pod for keeping me safe and giving us a fantastic track to run on and thank you to for continuing to provide THE BEST coverage of not just European drag racing but globally too (you're welcome - Editor).

I’ll be at the National Finals on Saturday as a spectator for once, cheering everyone on. Can’t keep away from the action! See you all next year.

Swift snippets.
24th September: A big Happy Birthday to our good friend and sometime pit photographer Paul Lanyon and to 2021 Outlaw Anglia champion Jedd Guy. Have a great day guys from all of us at

Claire Meaddows of the Wild Bunch has published her report from the Hot Rod Drags to the class's web site at and announced the winners of the Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series, Pete and Rob Brown in Rebel, closely followed by Phil James in Rampage. Congratulations to them and thanks to Claire for her tremendous efforts in running the class.

BBC to film Dakota race.
24th September: The next 1/8 mile heads up drag race cash day at Dakota Raceway on Saturday 2nd October will have a guest star and be filmed by the BBC, says promoter Lee Child.

Lee said "The BBC are filming the race and will have about 15 cars with them. Their professional driver and adviser will be 2021 Summer Nationals Pro Modified champion Annie Wallace. So racers should get entered to win, get richer and maybe famous".

The categories of competition are:

Pro AWD: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street AWD: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Rear Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Front Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Front Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior

Based on a 16 car field the winner gets £400 in each category. In the event of numbers in each category not being fulfilled, there will be a reduced prize fund, for example in a 4 car category £150 and 8 car category £200. In event of the category exceeding 16 cars, the prize will go up from £400. However Lee is looking for sponsor input to increase the prize funds "so be aware things are subject to change".

Entry fees: Entry to the 1/8 mile heads up drag race cash day with 1/4 mile test and tune entry is now open costing £100, including one crew ticket. Racers should enter online as there is pre entry only, no entry on the day. If you get eliminated from the 1/8 mile no time drag race, you then can do timed 1/4 mile test runs at no extra charge. Passengers have an additional charge, and the entry cost on the gate for spectators is £10 per person kids go free.

Click to enter at this link.

Lipponen wins Fueltech Nitrobike Showdown series.
24th September: Super Twin racer Vesa Lipponen was declared winner of the 2021 Fueltech Nitrobike Showdown series after the final race at Kauhava was rained off. Qualifying positions after two sessions were:
  1. Mikko Rajaniemi (Sirpa TFB) 6.527
  2. Marko Lantto (Reckless Racing 196ci) 6.878
  3. Lasse Leponiemi (Team ST60 160ci) 6.936
  4. Torsti Kettula (Gruff drag racing team 168ci) 7.184/324.51kph
  5. Harri Piensalmi (Viaber Racing 176ci) 7.245
  6. Juha Hintukainen (JPH Racing 186ci) 7.706/284.63
  7. Vesa Lipponen (Team Detonation 168ci) 21.377
  8. Jaska Salakari (Fuel Express Race Team 1699cc) 23.005
Marko Lantto's time was a PB for him on a bike, whilst brother Åke Lantto suffered an engine explosion. That was all she wrote as rain set in on Sunday and the race was eventually called at 13:30.

You can see videos of some of the runs at Baldie's VooDoo Racing Youtube channel, and a gallery of photos have been uploaded to Facebook by TMu Photography.

It wasn't an easy first season for the Fueltech Nitrobike Showdown, with weather severely affecting three races, another two races cancelled due to environmental protest, and only one (Mantorp) completed. However 18 competing racers gave the series their full support in the face of these problems, and we can only hope to see similarly large fields of nitro bikes racing across Europe in 2022.

British Junior Dragster Club awards.
23rd September:
After qualifying finishes on Saturday at the National Finals, the annual Junior Dragster awards from the British Junior Dragster Club, run by Edel McDonald, with the help of husband Graham and son Liam, will be presented by editor Simon in the JD pits:

Edel said "Even though we can't come over from Ireland, we don't want to let the Junior Dragster racers down. We give many cups out, from best light in JS and JM and JMA , to sportsman or woman. All awards have a positive inscription to give encouragement. Many thanks to Jan Mugridge for collecting the cups and organising the table.

"The special voted-for cups are headed up by the Junior Stock Cup, named the Anita Board cup in memory of the young Australian girl who sadly died in her Junior Stock dragster, and comes with a £50 gift voucher. The Halfscale cup is given to the Junior Dragster racer who the other Juniors think is outstanding and comes with a voucher for $100 from Half Scale Dragsters in the USA.

"Other cups are given to the outstanding Junior Dragster crew chief (with a £50 gift voucher for the Pod Shop), rising stars in Junior Dragster (two awards, each with a £25 voucher) and the race family that stands out. New for this year is the Tog trophy, awarded by the former editor of to those he considers set a fine example to other racers and to the fans of the class.

"Liam hopes to return next year with a new car from America which was delayed in its journey this summer. He had planned to race in the US for three months but was unable to due to lockdown and misses his friends in England.

"If anyone would like to get involved in any way to promote Junior Dragster racing in England, to help to promote the racers to bigger and better things in the future, they will hopefully represent England further afield in 2022 and are the future of our sport. "Thanks to Eurodragster and everyone that has helped in the class. Anyone interested in starting Junior drag racing, contact Santa Pod Raceway to rent a junior dragster".

Swift snippets.
23rd September: A very Happy Birthday to our keeper of records, and former member of the Santa Pod Raceway timekeeping crew Andy Marrs. Have a great day Marrs, from all of us at

ATD Champions crowned.
23rd September: The 16th European Dragster championship race organised by Association Trophee Dragster took place at Clastres Raceway on 4th-5th September. Here is a summary of the results of the final 2021 race in the series:

With 5 points difference between the top 3 in Super Pro ET, the final pitted Fabien Dubois (below left) and and Franck Romer from Germany in his Chevrolet Camaro. After an Franck was eliminated by a red light for Franck the outcome for Fabien seemed certain. However a fuel supply problem caused Fabien's dragster to halt 300m down track. As ATD rules dictated that the winner must pass the 400m to win, Fabien had no choice but to get out of his rail and push it for the remaining 100m under a blazing sun and the encouragement of Custom Gang Racing. After pushing it for more than 2 minutes, Fabien won the final and the 2021 Super Pro Championship of ATD and congratulations to him.

The final in Pro ET was between Didier Billault in his '70 Dodge Challenger and Peter Soursas in his Plymouth Barracuda '71 (above right). Peter had the better start to defeat Didier and win the 2021 Pro ET Championship. Didier finished in 3rd place in the Championship behind Sophie Zaninetti and his '64 Plymouth Belvedere.

Coming into in the race, the Street Run category had a tie in the standings between Amandine Arnaud in his Camaro and Laurent Arnoult in his '67 Chevrolet Chevelle. Against expectations, the final was 100% Swiss, between Marc Steinegger in his sublime Buick GSX and Jean-Luc Jacot in his Pontiac Trans Am (below left). Jean-Luc wins the final and the 2021 Trophy. He was closely followed by Laurent Arnoult and Amandine Arnaud who moves up to the Super Pro ET category in 2022.

Finally in the Junior category, there was an international and 100% female final between the German Chantal Wagner and the Dutch Cheyenne Visser (above right, far lane). Cheyenne won the final and the 2021 Trophy. His compatriot Sam Timmers finished in second place in the Trophy followed by Chantal. The select 200MPH Club at Clastres has a new member in the person of Patrick Dubois from Custom Gang Racing and his Pontiac GXP with a run at 323 km / h (200.7 MPH).

Dates for the Association Trophée Dragster's 2022 series have been announced as 4th-5th June, 2nd-3rd July and 30th-31st July, all races taking place at Clastres Dragway. For further details see the ATD website and Facebook page.

Media from the race can be seen at the following links:

With acknowledgements to Oliver Houllier, photos courtesy Motorgraphie

Spot prize picker.
23rd September: Many thanks to Lee Huxley crewman Rich Bell for coming up with a random selector program for elements of bracket racing:

After a twenty-year hiatus from any serious involvement in drag racing (you never really lose the bug do you? Especially when your dad buys a Nova and Lee Huxley gets behind the wheel for a season). I’ve put together a little spot prize website/app that will randomly select a spot prize. Who knows if it is of any use or not, but it should work for anyone that wants to mix things up a little or maybe set up a random grudge race – you can use it however you want.

As well as a random prize, it will give you a random dial in/reaction/random qualifying position and based on number qualified and number of qualifiers will give you a round that the prize should be awarded. Any feedback welcome/ideas for spot prizes (I've tried to keep these simple without needing to enter lots of data). How some prizes are figured out would need to be decided i.e. closest to dial in is that without breaking out.

Readers may remember my “Pieboy” days (but more likely not) as teenager which involved me putting together drag racing sites for fun and taking out of focus blurry photos. So I guess drag racing has a lot to ask for in terms of where I have ended up career-wise (Maple Rock Design web development company - Editor). Massive thank you to Tog who was a massive help when I was starting out all those years ago.

Anyway, enough rambling, I’ve recently scanned and uploaded a selection of my photos from 1999/early 2000s to UK & European drag racing photos on Facebook in two galleries Part 1 and Part 2) if anyone is interested.

Malta update.
23rd September: After the MDRA members' meeting on 25th August including presentation of the cups from the race meeting held on 29th-31st July, preparations have been made for the next event on the MDRA calendar.

Scheduled for 1st-3rd October, the pre-race what ya brung was held on 18th September. Videos taken by Konrad D'Anastasi at the RWYB can be seen on a Youtube playlist at this link.

A further meeting of members will take place tomorrow to be attended by Clifton Grima, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sports and Voluntary Organisations in Malta.

STP National Finals racer update.
22nd September: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us details of track opening and signing on at this weekend's STP National Finals, 25th-26th September, including scrutineering times.

Junior Dragsters will have to sign on and scrutineer for this event, but those are the only car classes that are required to scrutineer.

If you have entered the test day on Friday 24th September you will be allowed access to the track on Thursday 23rd from 8am. The main gates to the track will open at 08.00 on Friday, 24th September.

Friday, 24th September:
10.00 Signing on office opens
10.00-18.00 Scrutineering for bikes
15.00-19.00 Scrutineering for Junior Dragster only

Saturday 25th September:
07.00 Signing on open and scrutineering for bikes/Junior Dragster.
09.30 Track open for qualifying.

Sunday 26th September:
07.30 Signing on and scrutineering open.
09.30 Track open for qualifying/eliminations.

The detailed running orders and printable entry list can be seen in our event coverage page.

2021 championship outcomes.
22nd September: In 2021 the SPRC National and Club Drag Racing championships have returned to some degree of normality following the pandemic and resultant cancellation of 2020's official series. Including the National Finals, there will have been six rounds of racing for each class, and all rounds have been able to be completed apart from the Springspeed Nationals. As in past years, some championships are finely poised at this point, others have already been decided. In one class, Renegade Outlaw Anglia, the final round of the SPRC Club Championship was held last weekend at the Hot Rod Drags and congratulations to Jedd Guy on the title, as well as being the first into the sixes in the class as described in his article yesterday.

In Motorsport UK Pro Modified, Nick Davies has a lead of only ten points over Kev Slyfield. Round wins bring 20 points, so the championship can turn if one racer goes a round of eliminations further than the other. Qualifying and 5 bonus points for low ET could also make a difference.

Track Worx Competition Eliminator is led by Nic Williams, who has attended every round, winning 200 bonus points, which the next three in the points table will not have the benefit of. Jordan Payne is in second position and, being 530 points behind Nic, will need to win the event and qualify at the top with Nic going out in round one, to secure the title. Jordan will also need to stay a round ahead of Dan Williams in third place to defend his position.

With a lead of 630 points and only 590 available, Leah Kellett has secured the championship in Super Comp and congratulations to her. Second position is closely contested between Steven Hudson and Paul Hudson (not related we believe). These two will be making sure they go further than the other in eliminations.

Dave Grady Super Gas has 750 points available; Andy Harrison is 570 points ahead of second placed Blitzkrieg (Tim Adam and Jon Giles, Tim racing this weekend). Andy will need to win two rounds or qualify at the top and win one round to secure the championship, Tim will need to qualify at the top, win the event, with Andy going out early to take it away from him.

In Peter Nee Super Pro ET, neither leaders Giles & Hartley (Barry driving this event) and Ron Bartlett attended all events, whereas Billy Gane has the 200 point bonus and is thus 390 points behind. With 920 points available, Barry will need to qualify well and reach the semi-finals to secure his second championship since 2010. Billy and Ron need to get as far, and Barry go out early, with Ron going further than Billy for him to win the championship.

Lee Huxley has a generous lead in Modurstang Pro ET over Amy Watkins, however second to fourth in this most competitive class are separated by less than one round of elimination wins. So look for more wafer thin qualifying margins and close racing involving them with Simon Innes, Tom Watkins and Ronnie Mercer.

The top three in Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET are separated by less than a round of racing, Dan Holloway, Felicity Gibbs and Gary Lake all having done well. As well as elimination points, qualifying points can make a difference, and it's possible that fourth or fifth placed Rob Creswell or Gill Medley could make a move up the standings.

With an entry of eight, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator has 620 points available and with Andy Bond leading by 1470, he has secured the championship and congratulations to him and the U6ly team. Second place is held by Al McSweeney, with Mark Todd a further 510 points back. Al will just need to qualify above bottom place and take the green light in the first round to secure runner up position.

In Lucas Oil Junior Dragster Harry Redshaw is 670 points ahead of second place with 1010 points available. Getting two round wins and qualifying more than five positions from bottom will secure Harry the championship. Numbers two to seven in the points, Purdie Hadfield, Thomas Cook-Abbot, Freddie Taylor, Katie Ellis and Jessica Bishop could all achieve second position by qualifying better and going further in eliminations than the others.

NEM Plant Nostalgia Super Stock has a great 18 car entry. The championship is led by Dave Billadeau who has already been declared champion in 'lifestyle' events. However with a lead of 220 points and 920 available, there is all to play for. Stuart 'Kiwi' Thompson needs to go three qualifying positions and two rounds further than Dave to secure the championship, whereas if Dave and Kiwi both go out early there is group of Jim Chandler, Adrian Portelli, James Oliver, Simon Rickwood Don Scott, Chris Goodale, Vic Parsons and Spencer Tramm who will be battling it out for honours.

In Wild Bunch, the title will go between Mark Coulsell, Pete Brown, and Phil James who are close in the points. VW Pro is between James Hodson and Adrian Solly, both of whom are way ahead of the rest of the field, with only 50 points between them. VW Sportsman is led by Rob Creswell with Jon Crawford 480 points behind. 940 points are available meaning that Jon will have to rely on Rob qualifying worse and going out early, and get to the semi finals to retain his championship.

In Outlaw Flat Four the leader, Dave Wheatley, is unable to attend and the title is heading in the direction of James Wotton who will be the only racer in contention to get the all rounds bonus, and also has a 360 point advantage over Jonny Marriage who is next in the standings. With 500 points available, one round win will secure James the championship.

BDRHoF member Steve Woollatt went to the top of the ACU Banks Night Club Top Fuel Bike standings at the Euro Finals Shootout and with a quick and reliable combination is looking better for the title, however never count out the determination of Al Smith with Phil Baimbridge Racing, and Neil Midgley with Lucas Oil Cannon Engineering entry, both of which are less than one round of racing behind Steve.

In ACU Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike competition, congratulations to Stuart Crane who has amassed sufficient points to win the Championship. At the Euro Finals Shootout, the game plan for Stuart's Warpspeed Racing team became clear when, after suffering gearbox problems, Stuart helped see to it that his engine combination in team mate Mark Smith's bike got him the win, low ET and top speed bonus, and a move up the points. With Mark fourth in points and Tony Clark nursing a bent crankshaft in Phil Crossley's bike, Warpspeed have the chance to get Mark into second position by keeping Tony and Dave Peters out of the final, and Stuart and Mark into it.

ACU Comp Bike has a repeat winner from 2019 in Louis Davies and congratulations to him on his second Comp Bike championship and fourth overall. Chris Neary and Sean Mills will be fighting it out for runner up spot.

To win the ACU Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike championship Steve Venables needs to qualify #1 or have one round win to secure the championship, second placed Alan Morrison Jnr needs to defend his position from Stephen Mead in third position. Stephen could gain second, but would need to go two rounds further than Alan and get a big advantage in qualifying as well.

JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike is Jay Roe's providing he stays ahead of Joe Elliott in eliminations. Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 bike is closer, and if leader Craig Wright and second placed Richard Sawatzki shadow one another during the event the championship could go down to the final round.

In Blood Cancer UK ET Bike Phil Pratt has amassed sufficient points to be Champion and congratulations to him. Second place is between Paul Adams, Gary Hester and Dave Grundy and with an entry of 16 bikes there will be some great match-ups involving these three. ACU Junior Drag Bike has Casey Holgate in the lead with Hollie King close behind, and either of these two could become champion.

So those are the possibilities. What is certain is that you can witness all the drama first-hand if you go to and buy tickets to attend the event. You can also see the current points by going to our points page.

National Finals perfect awards.
22nd September: £250 is up for grabs at this weekend's STP National Finals courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Pro ET racer Mason Griffiths at the Euro Finals Shootout. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the day. Yes, day, because sponsors Cath and Tig Napier have kindly increased the award to £50 per day for the National Finals only. If the award isn't won on Saturday, it rolls over to Sunday and the winner gets £100.

The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing (racing this weekend in Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET). A special decal produced by Cath and Tig, and designed by Peter Walters, will be presented to the winner.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in Signing On or from staff.

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Race Team has been reset to £50 after it was won by Super Pro ET racer Mick Howling at the Euro Finals Shootout. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available in Peter Nee Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, B Fast R Super Comp, Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout, Nostalgia Super Stock, VW Sportsman, VW Pro, Wild Bunch, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Blood Cancer UK ET Bike, and Eurodragster Junior Drag Bike. but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of the Twister Race Team.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect ET Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in Signing On or from staff.

Bob's Photo Finish Award, which is presented in association with sponsor Bob Roberts, will award £50 each to the racers involved in the closest race of eliminations at this weekend's event.

The closest race will be decided upon distance rather than time since, for example, 0.001 seconds at 230 mph is further than 0.002 seconds at 110 mph. For this reason the official timing data will need to be consulted so the winners will be announced here on as soon as possible after the event and the winners will then be contacted for their preferred method of payment.

Bob's Photo Finish Award is open to all classes during eliminations only and although decals are not mandatory we would appreciate if it they are carried. decals are available in Signing On.

Earl's Raceway Hot Rod and Gasser Nats at Goodwood Revival.
22nd September: Our latest photo feature covers the special display of hot rods and gassers at the Goodwood Revival meeting held 17th-19th September at Goodwood Circuit in West Sussex. Photographer Dave Dick kindly supplied photos and an article about the origins of the event.

Dave said "The event was a celebration to mark seventy years since the forming of the NHRA in the USA. There were so many great cars in the celebration and it drew crowds all day long at Goodwood. Each day’s proceedings were opened with a parade of the hot rods around the circuit, I can’t think of a better way to start a great day’s enjoyment.

As well as some great rods from the UK there were a contingent of US Hot Rods from the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop in New York. There were a lot of great stand out cars but one that stood out for me was the Boston Brawler of Blaise Lewis, rebuilt by the original builders at Valley Gas Speedshop with a blown 392ci Hemi engine.

You can see our latest feature, sponsored by Lucas Oil by clicking on this link or going to the list of features and interviews in the main menu. Many thanks to Dave Dick for his coverage.

Single garage to 6 seconds.
21st September: Many thanks to Outlaw Anglia racer and sponsor Jedd Guy for sending his thoughts on an incredible meeting last weekend:

As the dust begins to clear on the most amazing weekend of racing me and my team have had, my mind goes back 8 years to one day where an ill fated run put me into the wall and saw the end of the Shorty's Hotrod of the time.

However a plan/dream started to form as I lay in pain, unable to sleep. A dream to build a new car to be truly competitive even if at the time I didnt know if I'd ever be able to fund such a car.

After a short recovery as a 22 year old, with a RSJ donated from a building site to be used as a jig and a single garage, I set about turning a bunch of tubes and a fibre glass body into what it is today.

And what is it today?.... It is the first UK Outlaw Anglia to run a 6! With the fastest passes ever seen in Outlaw Anglia competition.

If you had told the 22 year old me you'd be in the race for the first 6 in the UK, I would have probably laughed at you. But that didn't put me off spending every penny I had and spending every spare hour in that single garage I could, to build a car that I thought would be able to handle any power I could throw at it.

The car proved itself on the track with multiple event wins but unfortunately never managed to net us a championship win. And in 2018 things in Outlaw Anglia saw a drastic change with teams stepping up. Running high 7s wasn't gonna cut in any more. To keep up, more nitrous was introduced to the engine seeing an increase in ET to 7.65 but spelt the end to the faithful 498ci big block Chevy we had campaigned for so many years.

2019 saw the doors of Shorty's Fabrication Shop open... my very own business! Racing was put on the back burner to focus on making what I love doing (making cars go stupidly fast) into a strong business. It hasn't been easy with the entire world going into lockdown, but a huge thank you to my customers, we managed our way through.

Now to late 2020 after helping with tuning, Colin Millar reset the OA et record into the 7.1s. The itch to get back racing was becoming hard to ignore. A phone call from a man who, without his help, advice and what's turned into a great friendship I wouldn't have managed to do any of the things I have managed to do, a man who is a engine building master and a man who's knowledge of drag racing seems almost limitless...Jeff Bull. He teased me by saying he had a motor in his shop that would be perfect for my little Pop.

The motor in question was the 735ci nitrous engine out of Roger Moore's Pro Mod Viper. First thoughts were that it was out of my price range. Of all people to convince me to go for it, it was my wife Jemma. I know, shocking right, your partner is normally the one who moans about how much money we spend to go racing. I definitely picked a good one there!

The off season period between 2020 and 2021 was busy getting the new motor to fit, which went into the hole surprising easy considering the new motor was bigger in every way. Then it was off for a new paint job. Thanks to the boys at Przym Paint. Andy, Paul and John did a fantastic job!

The buzz around Outlaw Anglia leading up to 2021 is like nothing I have seen before. Colin Millar had gone 7.04 at the last meeting in 2020, Simon Barlow had already gone 7.08, upgrading in power for the season to come, Jon webster had brought out a new car out proving to run very quick in its first meeting with some incredible 60ft times and the news of what I was planning. The race for the 6 was well and truly on!

The start of the season was a nervous time for the team. Having not driven for 3 years and such a large increase in power luckily, as soon as I put on my racesuit, it was like I had never stopped and the car handled better than ever. Now feeling confident with the car it was time to turn it up.

Tyre shake... the dreaded tyre shake!!! The mid season was full of it. There wasn't a single race where I went to the start line without changes to try and rectify the problem. Slowly making it better run after run then at Dragstalgia we made great strides, running 7.01 in qualifying, with a 7.06 in eliminations to back it up and take the OA class ET record.

We were then stuck in the 7.0s for two more meetings, to the point where myself and crew were getting fed up of running seems mad to be saying that, but we were so close we could almost touch it.

The 2021 NSRA Hot Rod Drags is a meeting that will go down in Outlaw Anglia history, being held on the week of the 8th anniversary of the crash at Shakey. The last meeting of the Outlaw Anglia championship, and with a commanding lead in the championship, I sure as hell was going to give it everything I had to break into the 6s.

The first qualifier didn't go to plan it moved around the lane so I lifted to a 7.4. The second qualifier Colin Millar, ever the showman, says "let's be first pair out and put on a show for the crowd". Boy did we do that!

The best race ever in Outlaw Anglia! Neck and neck the whole way. Two of the fastest cars this class has ever seen with only two metres in it at the finish line. The quickest side by side pass so far.

Travelling down the shut down area seems to take an eternity when you're desperate to know "did I do it, was that the one". I felt a misfire on the run but I knew it was fast but was it just going to be another 7.0?

The next few minutes after hearing Jemma screaming down the radio "6.97!" are a bit of a blur. All I know is there was lots of shouting, jumping and crying. We had f***ing well done it! Taken a car built in a single garage to being the first UK 6 second Outlaw Anglia!

Not only did we run just one six second pass, we managed to run three with a best of 6.88. We won the meeting against Colin Millar in the fastest ever final, my 6.93 to his 7.06 and we reset the mph record to 194.52. This is the most amazing way to finish an amazing season.

Years of blood, sweat and tears have been put into this once in a lifetime achievement, and I thank from the bottom of my heart everyone who has helped us along the way.

There are so many people to thank, there are just a few I'd like to mention, as without them this wouldn't have been possible.

My wife Jemma, she never fails to support me and help me through the difficult times. My parents Ray and Andrea, they have taught me so much and always helped me follow my dreams. Jeff Bull, not only has he build me a record setting engine. His continued support in my business and racing are out of this world.

Our team is small, so these people's contributions are massive, and it's just as much their achievement.

Hot Rod Drags racer comments.
21st September: The Hot Rod Drags was a fascinating mixture of a diverse run what ya brung event including cars of almost every description, and tough racing in the four invited classes. Two classes had traditional racing, Outlaw Anglia heads-up and Gasser Circus a bracket competition, whilst two had a average closest to index/dial which produced a great deal of personal bests as well as right-on passes. Below are selected social media comments from racers in each category:

Outlaw Anglia was the standout class in that the six second barrier was broken and the final was wonderfully close, which wasn't just for show, the outcome of the championship depended on who won. In the end Jedd Guy was the victor, and he had run three six second passes in order to achieve that (see Jedd's account above).

Jedd and his team were almost speechless after the victory. They posted "Hot Rod Drags Winner, Outlaw Anglia 2021 Championship Winner, ET Record Holder, MPH Record Holder, AND we ran three 6 second passes! Over the moon! Thank you all so much for the support!". Wife Jemma added "So proud of my hubby! Aimed to run a 6 before he turned 30 and today he made his dream come true! No words to describe how incredible this weekend has been! Amazing times with amazing friends!"

A more reflective post was from Rees Adams, who summarised: "OA family, a big thank you from the fans. You have put on the best OA weekend ever. All the new PBs, ET stickers earned and the hard working crews for making it all possible for us to watch. You are all stars. Have a great, but probably expensive off season and we'll see you at the track next year."

As well as congratulating Jedd, class organiser Colin Millar gave tribute to Spencer Tidswell (below left) on his first nine in Outlaw Anglia: "Massive well done to Spencer Tidswell on jumping well into the 9s with a stomping 9.63 well done to you and the team".

The weekend was not all plain sailing for class members though. Doug McClure (above right) posted after several troubled runs: "I’m pleased to say no real damage at the weekend, two bent push rods and two smashed rockers. Also discovered head gasket gone too. Apart from that what a weekend for the Anglia guys and girls".

In the Supercharged Outlaws, there were several PBs but on two of the cars, the need for speed led to wild wheelies. Tony Underhill (below left, image courtesy Pudgey's Pictures) wrote: So what a weekend, new PB 7.05, think to yourself I can do better that that let’s give it another go and then…. Car's fine apart from some superficial damage, I'm fine apart from a bent ego, want to say thanks to my whole team for looking after me and giving me a badass race car, back bigger and stronger with James Woody Woodsford next year.

Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield (below right, image courtesy AF Photography) suffered an axle bending wheelie when carrying some of the ashes of Dave Rowlands in his parachute (plans have been hatched for the task to be completed at the Flame & Thunder show on 30th October). New team member (and 9.50 Bike racer) Bradley Head wrote: "Another amazing weekend away at the Hot Rod Drags! Really enjoyed my first time crewing for Team Twister, thank you Andy Fadster for allowing me to be a part of the team! Shame it ended like it did but we know there is plenty more to come!

"Also great to help out Tony Underhill again although you never found the six and once again it didn’t end how we would have liked, you and the car have come such a long way in the past couple of weekends and to come out with a 7.05 PB is nothing to be upset about well done mate! Finally unfortunately circumstances left Jedd Guy with no one to back him up ! Was an absolute pleasure to be there to watch you win your first OA championship and take both ends of the record in OA so proud of you brother! Thanks also for all the birthday wishes I was well and truly spoiled.

Also running in Supercharged Outlaws was Robbie Grabham with the Freddie's Revenge with Austin A35 body on, who posted: "We had some query transmission issues yesterday on the first and second run, but still managed a 7.75 with two gears! The car was stripped and checked with no faults found. We’ve also made some changes to the slicks air pressure to play with the stability of the car whilst the A35 body is on. On the third run it was lovely and strong with a super straight pass, all 3 gears (and a theory on the minor issue) and a 7.49 at 162mph! The A35 is a much heavier body and the transmission wasn’t 100% - but that’s only 4 tenths of a second off Robbie’s PB! Brilliant stuff! Rain unfortunately stopped Supercharged Outlaws competition on Sunday morning and the team were homeward bound, Robbie's dad Dave getting a lot of love from his fans and friends as he continues his recovery from a stroke.

Wayne Allman (below left) returned to the track after three years and posted: what a weekend! Back in the saddle after 3 years!

First 330ft -ish test pass with the new blower / ignition set up went well , plugs looked like they were burning evenly but on the safe side so onto test 2 which was to be an 1/8th mile pass. We got pushed back after the burnout with a small fuel leak , a -6 fitting had cracked! Luckily I had one. Test 3 , well this should have been the 1/8th mile pass but it felt good so i kept with it , i was drifting right towards the wall but the steering wasn’t doing anything so i had to lift , back on the throttle then had to lift again , back on again and over the line resulting in a 7.26 @ 188mph!

This is our second fastest run at Santa Pod ever and only 3/100s slower than our fastest , on a test pass and getting off the throttle twice ! he reason i had to lift is the front wheels weren’t on the ground. Overall I’m really pleased with how it’s going , I’ve got to address the wheelieing prob but it’s a great start to getting and aerodynamically challenged truck to run a 6.

Thanks to my crew as always , Helen, Marcus, James, Joa , Chris and Brandon for towing and photography duties , couldn’t do it without you. And thanks to everyone that stopped by to say hello Oh and Gavin the nodding dog’s head comes off when both parachutes are deployed.

In Wild Bunch, newcomer Rich Butcher (above right) was delighted to be able to run in the class: "Thanks to you lot ....and I mean all of you... This stupid old bastard has just had one of the best weekends of his whole life. Ken's (Cooper) little 4orth dimension slingshot that we just threw together, wonky wheel and all, well exceeded all our wildest expectations. We were surrounded by seriously fast proper pieces of kit on all sides, you gang couldn't have been kinder to me and my family... Just magic... Don't really do emotional,but I am now. Humbled to be amongst you all. Roll on next year.

NSRA applauds Hot Rod Drags racers.
20th September: The National Street Road Association has once again awarded trophies for its 'Dirty Dozen', described as "Recipients don't have to be the shiniest, don't have to have the most chrome or the best upholstery. They don't have to be the quickest or fastest; the only criterion for eligibility is that the vehicle has entered into the spirit of the event and has been put through its paces on the quarter mile. Each year members of the NSRA Committee are enlisted to select what takes their fancy." The winners were a very eclectic selection of cars as detailed in the list below:
  • Richard Tunstall in his 27 T Roadster, certainly an incredibly different car!
  • Kenzie Taylor in the 100e Prefect, a 16 year old completing his MSA qualifying runs, can’t get much more in the spirit than that!
  • Laurence MacGillivray in his 351 Cleveland powered Pop, don’t often see a Ford in a Ford and this one was certainly moving.
  • Lauren Moules in her Willys Coupe, very deserving winner and certainly the most enthusiastic we had.
  • Colin Wood junior in his Hillman Husky, very quick car in a very small package.
  • Jacqui Kowalewsky in her Fiat Topolino, certainly wasn’t afraid to get going with the big V8s and a lovely little rod.
  • Hayden Mommery in his 56 Chrysler Windsor, this car was only finished this year and debuted at the Supernationals, lovely car and a pre 29’ owner.
  • Harley Peters in his Model A Coupe, rods don’t come much more classic than this one!
  • Danny Wilson in his MK1 Zephyr, a proper British icon this one.
  • Sally Woolner in her 67 Camaro, very British through to very American, pro street and then some!
  • Johnny Best in his 34 Roadster, stunning little car with whitewalls, what’s not to like?
  • Steve Taylor in his 61 MK2 Consul, once again another very British one here, mean and lean.
Kenzie's debut.
21st September: Many thanks to Nigel Taylor of Unusual Car Sales UK for telling us about his NSRA Hot Rod Drags in which his son Kenzie made quite an impact on the racing community:

"My 16 year old Kenzie Taylor achieved his MSA License at the Hot Rod Drags in the 2.9i V6 100e, and what a superb meeting to do it at. Kenzie also won an NSRA Dirty Dozen award for his efforts So we have one happy boy.

We would like to say a massive Thankyou to Ian Marshall for all the pestering questions he answered and the loan of an approved helmet, Ben and Cadie Smith for taking Kenzie for the weekend, and the loan of a race jacket and trousers, thanks to Steve Summer, Tom Mitty (crewing), the NSRA for a superb event, all the other racers for the company including Tony Underhill, Kev Slyfield, Rob Brown, Hayley Fyfe, Purdie Hadfield and crew, Callum Pudge, and everyone else that made him welcome.

We would like to say a big Thankyou to all the Modified 100e crew for their support and encouragement as well as our other family Paul, Steve, Pam and Somer Dale.

Massive thanks to everyone that stopped and spoke about Unusual Car Sales UK , I was absolutely overwhelmed by all the great comments especially by the commentator Colin Theobald, Thankyou! Means a lot.

Well done Jedd Guy, just out of this world, Robin Read - just superb and so good to see our old mate Dave 'Splidgers' Grabham back in the pairing lanes with his team.

Thank you to our sponsors Mike Gates and all the Hayling Garage crew and thankyou to Andy Bond, Chloe Wilkins, Marc Huxley and all the others that offered equipment! A great bunch you all are, roll on 2022 season.

Swift snippets.
21st September: We'd like to say Happy Birthday for today to expat Stock/Super Stock racer Carla Pittau, former jet dragster pilot and SPR timing guru Steve Horn, Outlaw Anglia racer Dave Sidaway and in the US, web master Bill Pratt. Have a great day guys.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has uploaded to his Youtube page several drag racing videos from years past and current. Two hours of video from the 2001 NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway are included and Nick has also uploaded just under two hours from the 2021 edition of the NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Santa Pod Raceway. You can also catch over 60 Hot Rods and Gassers at the 2021 Goodwood Revival, including the Rolling Bones from New York celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Hot Rod Association. More on this Goodwood event tomorrow with a gallery and report from contributing photographer Dave Dick.

Under a change in the law designed to relieve the HGV driver shortage, car drivers will no longer need a licence to tow trailers or caravans and the towing test is being abolished. You can read more by this link, thanks to Darren Middleton for bringing it to our attention.

Lucas Oil Cannon Motorsports Euros report.
21st September: Many thanks to Chris Hannam for sending us a report of the Lucas Oil Cannon Motorsports Top Fuel Bike team with rider Neil Midgley at the Euro Finals Shootout:

First and foremost we have to report the sad passing of Dale Edmonds. To say that the team was shocked is an understatement. It was just at the last round in July that Dale was planning a new carbon setup for the bike so this was going to be a subdued meeting.

Neil had made more upgrades between events, this included work on the blower drive and moving the MSD pick-up to the opposite side to get a more direct and accurate drive. On top of this the bike was taken up to Al Smith for him to create some 3” diameter exhaust to get the motor to breathe better down the last half of the track as we now know this has been holding the bike back.

At this point I would of course like to thank Al for a great job in a short space of time. A top job indeed.

The meeting was good and fairly trouble free as it goes, we pretty much had a bracket bike. Consistent that is, we ran elapsed times of 6.5, 6.5, 6.4 and 6.4. But all through the weekend we were trying to get back to our 6.2 second performance as both Steve Woollatt and Al Smith were stepping it up and finding their form. Consistency is fine but we would need to bring more to the table as it’s no good to show up at a gunfight with a penknife. We of course wanted to win this event, not only to keep our ACU Top Fuel Bike championship points lead but also for Dale.

The semi-final had us up against Al Smith on the rapid triple. After we had an AMS failure, Neil had rigged up a mechanical fuel system. We had also put more ignition into the bike and more boost to try and get past our opponents. It was a fantastic race, both bikes having issues but Al taking a 6.33 win over our 6.41. We lost a tight race which is never good but we can take it as we gave it our all and came up short.

Unfortunately a blower pipe had popped off at about 900 feet which basically made for losing all power but on checking the data we found that the bike had been on its quickest pass ever. However, we don’t race on ifs and buts but we're optimistic about what the data will lead to. What was worrying was that we had a small amount of oil out of the catch can which on checking turned out to be that we had forgotten to drain it. Apologies to the excellent Santa Pod track crew for that, we were not quite with it this weekend.

On the full engine tear down we found no major issues. There was a small amount of leak past the rings which is filed under "regular wear and tear".

The bike is now in the workshop having new valve guides made and fitted and the motor being rebuilt to get ready for our last round of the year, the STP National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-26th September.

As always thanks go to Lucas Oil, Cannon Engineering, MRE, & Par Pippi Willen for their support of our team.

2021 BDRHoF Gala details and booking form now available.
20th September: The Directors of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame are pleased to announce that the 2021 Gala will take place on Saturday 20th November at its familiar location, the Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey. It will be the first Gala celebration since 2019, following last year’s Covid-induced cancellation. Pandemic concerns also delayed arrangements for this year. The occasion is supported by
US Automotive as primary sponsors, with Santa Pod Racers Club.

The black-tie evening will begin at 5.30pm with a Drinks Reception presented by Santa Pod Raceway followed by Dinner at 7.00pm. The celebration will focus on the induction of our new Hall of Fame members, who have been waiting patiently since nomination early last year:

Jeff Byne – Top Fuel/Competition Bike;
Nick Davies – Pro Modified / Fuel Altered;
Ian King – Top Fuel Bike;
Pelle Lindelöw & Gunnar Elmqvist (P&G Racing, Sweden) – Top Fuel Dragster;
John Price – commentary / broadcasting; and
Dave Wilson – Top Alcohol Dragster.

The Junior Dragster and Junior Drag Bike champions of the past two seasons will also be honoured.

Full event details are available on the Gala booking form which may be downloaded at this link. The form includes the menu and meal options and instructions for reserving overnight rooms at the hotel. Payment can be made through the BDRHoF Shop Page at this link. Early booking is advised – guest numbers are limited.

NSRA Hot Rod Drags results.
20th September: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's NSRA Hot Rod Drags held at Santa Pod Raceway:

Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy 6.9379/194.52 def. Colin Millar 7.0668/192.23
Gasser Circus: Graham Barton 10.7980/118.03 (10.79) def. Ray Irish 10.2408/129.02 (10.19)
Supercharged Outlaws: Mike Couch average variance +0.0693 (4 runs), runner up Mick Checkett +0.2062 (4 runs)
Wild Bunch: Pete Brown (Rebel) average variance +0.0303 (2 runs), runner up Alan Lloyd +0.0460

The event will be remembered in history as the breaking of the six second barrier for Outlaw Anglia in the UK, with Jedd Guy running the first six, a 6.9742/193.76 in the second qualifying session, improving to 6.8864/193.88 in the second round of eliminations, and then 6.9379/194.52 in the final against Colin Millar. The 6.8864 becomes the new Santa Pod Raceway track record ET.

Congratulations also to Robin Read who with the Spirit of Le Patron Daimler engined dragster ran 6.6579/201.65 on Friday for the quickest Friday ET trophy from the NSA, improving his times to 6.5215/206.26 and 6.5314/209.02 on Saturday. The NSRA also awarded a trophy for the most runs made on Friday, and congratulations to Andrew Jackson who took his Triumph Herald Coupe to ten runs despite the pairing lanes being packed for the whole day.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data, including run what ya brung results, which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored NSRA Hot Rod Drags reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend, and well done to the Santa Pod Raceway track crew for providing a great racing surface for all .

We look forward to publishing racer comments on the event tomorrow, and to revealing the winners of the NSRA Dirty Dozen trophies. As well as our galleries and Santa Pod's streaming video, you can see media of the Hot Rod Drags at the following links:
Post-Euro Finals Shootout Nationals points posted.
2nd September: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm for forwarding the latest points standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championhips and SPRC Club Championships after the Euro Finals Shootout. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our points standing pages by clicking here, or by clicking the Points Standings link under News in the main menu above.

We will be publishing our annual piece on championship outcomes on Wednesday.

Melbourne Round 5 coverage.
20th September: Thanks to former editor Tog for covering the Melbourne Round 5 race at the weekend including Straightliners Championship, NSCC and Duck All Prep competitions. You can see Tog's on- and off-track pictures together with results for the competitions held plus best times Saturday and Sunday, all courtesy of Martyn Greathead of Straightlines, by going to our Melbourne Round 5 coverage page.

David Vegter up to speed at Tierp Arena and Santa Pod Raceway.
20th September: Many thanks to our good friend Remco Scheelings for sending a report on racing activities of Netherlands Pro Mod racer David Vegter over the last month:

At Tierp Arena and Santa Pod Raceway David Vegter once again proved that he is a force to be reckoned with. The Dutchman and his new coloured Vegter Pro Mod Racing ’67 Chevrolet Camaro recorded quick elapsed times at both tracks. At Santa Pod’s Euro Finals Shootout Vegter claimed the number one qualifying position with 5.87 seconds, to advance to the final with 5.86 and 5.85 second elapsed times. In the final the Dutch driver was in the lead when the flexplate broke and he had to sit by and watch Bruno Bader pass him and take the win. Scoring a runner-up position and looking at the numbers, Vegter once again proved to be one of the frontrunners of the European Pro Modified category.

When the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship for the second consecutive year, David Vegter and his team Vegter Pro Mod Racing seized the opportunity to enter the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena, mid-August. With 17 entrants from five countries and counting for the EDRS Pro Series, EDRS Bilsport Pro Mod Series and the Swedish Pro Modified Championship, the race at Tierp Arena promised to be a great meeting. After a 2-year break, it was immediately loud and clear that Vegter and his team were well prepared for the meeting. On his second run the Dutch driver and his ’67 Camaro recorded a great 5.941 seconds. Among the Swedish Pro Mod home favourites, that was good enough to claim the number six qualifying position.

In the first round of eliminations Vegter improved to a great 5.92 seconds, defeated the French driver Jean Dulamon and advanced to the quarter finals, where he had to face multiple FIA European champion Michael Gullqvist. In the quarter finals it was the notorious 2-dollar part that ruined Vegter’s chances. A small part that hardly ever breaks, broke down in the burn out, causing the oil pressure to drop. To prevent further damage, Vegter turned off the engine of the Camaro. Although he was very disappointed, it was the right decision because making the run would have caused severe and probably fatal engine damage.

In the second weekend of September Vegter Pro Mod Racing travelled to Santa Pod Raceway for the Euro Finals Shootout. This race for the Motorsport UK Championship was not only a good opportunity to face the British competition, but also Jean Dulamon from France and Swiss Pro Mod veteran Bruno Bader. On his third qualifying pass Vegter immediately shook up the competition by recording 5.87 seconds and claiming the number one qualifying position. In the eliminations the Dutch driver proved that he could improve on this performance by coming close to his 5.804 second personal best.

In the first round of eliminations Vegter improved to 5.86 seconds to defeat Jon Webster. On another great semi-final run against Kevin Slyfield, Vegter improved to 5.85 seconds, putting the second British driver on the trailer. In the final the Dutchman had to face Bader as the Swiss driver advanced to the final after recording two personal bests in the quarter and semi-finals. With a reaction time of 0.017 seconds for Bader and 0.018 seconds for Vegter, the two drivers left the line almost at the same time. After a few meters Vegter pulled away and it looked like he would claim the win. But 100 meters before the finish line the flexplate, the connection between the motor and the converter, of Vegter’s Camaro broke. The Camaro immediately lost speed and Bader was able to pass the Dutchman just before they crossed the finish line, claiming the win with 5.91 seconds against 5.95 seconds for Vegter. The top speed of the Camaro showed the problem as that was 226 mph (363 km/h) in the final, while Vegter used to cross the finish line in 243 mph (391 km/h). Vegter was of course very disappointed, but claiming the runner-up position and looking at the numbers they recorded, the team could still be satisfied.

But the major blow came after the event. Where Vegter was afraid for became reality as the broken flexplate had caused severe damage. The blower had come loose from the engine and the flexplate parts had damaged several other parts, including a tube of the chassis. The team will send the blower back to the United States for a check and there is lot of work to be done by the team in the next couple of weeks.

But once again, Vegter and his team proved that even after a 2 year coronavirus pandemic break, they are ready to face the European frontrunners. When the lights turn green for the first round of the FIA European Pro Modified Championship in May 2022, they all know that Vegter Pro Mod Racing are a force to be reckoned with.

Vegter Pro Mod Racing are also on Instagram as vegterpromodracing and Facebook as Vegter Pro Mod Racing.

Photos © Julian Hunt.

Swift snippets.
20th September: Thanks to former photo editor Roger Gorringe for letting us know his report on the Euro Finals Shootout written for, for which Roger is European Drag Racing correspondent, can be seen online by clicking on this link.

M&Ms at Euros.
20th September: Many thanks to Dave Turner of M&M Racing for sending a report on brother Mark's race at the Euro Finals Shootout in his and Michelle's Super Pro ET Toyota Supra:

So, it’s been a little while since we updated the goings on at M&M racing. After the STP Summer Nationals, we set about making a plan to get some consistency in the combination. To this end, as we now met the 8.99 or quicker criteria for Super Pro ET, we wanted to focus on getting the crew and driver dialled in. At the STP Green light Nationals, Saturday was disappointingly wet, so we only got one qualifying run, but a solid 8.75 netted us 9th position. This pitted us against Ashley Bell in his ex-Scandinavian Pro stock Pontiac. Unfortunately, a red light put pay to our weekend and after packing everything away ready for the ride home, we started thinking about how to get Mark dialled into the tree! After some head scratching and research, a new trans-brake button was purchased and fitted to the car in time for the Euro Finals Shootout.

What a great meeting this was, Friday dawned wet, and we couldn’t get all the scheduled runs in but, thanks to the efforts of the amazing crew at Santa pod, we were able to run 2 qualifiers. The first of was disqualified due to yours truly touching the car after the blue line (Oops). We spent Friday evening attempting to dial in the new trans-brake button to see if we could slow down the release and gain fractions of a second on the reaction, we needed some advice… a fellow racer perhaps? This led us to talk with Ian Brown and his crew. This had us hatching a plan with Ian and his team to run a Saturday morning qualifier against Ian in his car, us in our ex-Burt Englefield Supra and Ian alongside in the ex-Gordon Appleton Camaro. This was as a little nod to history as both cars were originally campaigned in the early/mid 90’s Pro Modified championships (well spotted Darryl).

At the end of Saturday's qualifying, we were sitting 14th out of 25 and a first-round pairing against Mick Howling’s dragster, with everyone knowing exactly what they had to do we pulled round for our race Mark performed a great burnout and was backed up into his tyre tracks just right. I pulled him into stage (keeping my hands well out of the way of the car) and Mark edged forwards ready for the run. The lights ran down, and we had another cherry left on the tree. We also ran 0.04 under our dial in, recording our fastest run of the weekend with an 8.69! We drove down to the shutdown area to pick the car up after the run only to find Mark was walking back beating himself up about the red-light situation.

Once back in the pit we started to discuss what was going to happen as this was supposed to have been our last meeting of the year. The decision was made to leave the car and trailer at the track and come back down for the STP National Finals. So, this is where we are Mark and Michelle are going to travel down to the track on Friday morning to run the Supra at the Friday test session to get Mark some more seat time and get him dialled into the tree. See if he can work out the Yips and not have the cherry blues over the long winter.

Mark and Michelle wanted to say thanks to all the team who helping at the Euro Finals Shootout Dave, Kieran B and Tom Pawski, also to all the drivers and teams for all their help and support just proving what a great sport drag racing is.

Pictures courtesy of George Martin and Trevor Owens.

Dale Edmonds.
16th September: We were sorry to hear from Chris Hannam of Cannon Engineering of the death of team member Dale Edmonds:

"We have been asked by the family of Dale Edmonds of DRE Carbon Composites to sadly announce that Dale passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday 13th September at Sobell House Hospice, Oxford. For over 30 years, Dale ran DRE and in that time he has contributed his skills to many drag racing cars and bikes, from street driven vehicles to Pro Mod cars, and many historic circuit racing cars from the UK, Europe and USA. He also spent time helping out cars on race weekends, to name a few Nigel Payne, Paul Mander, Ray Turner and recently being part of the Cannon Motorsports team of Neil Midgley.

"Dale was a brilliant and loving Son, Dad, and Grampy, that we know will be sadly missed by all". We at send our deepest condolences to Dale and his team mates, friends and family.

Hot Rod Drags Gasser Circus preview.
16th September: Many thanks to Nick Brooke Langham for sending us a preview of the Gasser Circus's entry for the NSRA Hot Rod Drags this weekend:

The fast approaching weekend of the NSRA Hot Rod Drags marks the conclusion of the 2021 Gasser Circus Showdown, it is the weekend that will see the new Champion crowned. The championship like previous years is finely poised with several drivers still in contention, with Nick Barnett in his B&G Racing Ford Falcon heading the standings. Nick only needs to progress a few rounds to secure the overall win, but we all know drag racing is never that simple or straightforward, especially when there are another 19 Gassers trying to beat you. Included in the 19 is the debut of Adam Kruczynski in his ‘Not So Mellow Yellow’ 55 Chevy.

It looks set to be another enthralling and exciting weekend of nose high racing, with 20 Gassers chasing one of the 16 places available in eliminations. Hosting this weekend is a great achievement for all involved. As it was only a few months ago when none of us knew if we would be able to race this year, let alone be able to conclude a season of Drag Racing.

All Drag Racers are so grateful for the determination of the team at Santa Pod and the Gasser Circus will salute you all the best way possible, by racing hard and putting on a performance worthy of the ‘Big Top’.

Make sure you visit us in the pits and get up close to the cars that pay tribute to the mid-60s Gasser Wars.

Gasser Circus – Racing the Dream.

Look out tomorrow for's coverage of the NSRA Hot Rod Drags at this link.

EDRS Champions crowned.
16th September: In a triptych of season ending races in the last two weeks, the final points were fought over by racers in the Summit Racing EDRS series.

In Haapsalu Dragway, Estonia about 60 teams gathered at Haapsalu Raceway on 4th-5th September to end Estonia’s drag racing season. Two days of fantastic racing with teams from Finland, Latvia and of course Estonia. You can read a report by our good friend Lena Perés on the event at this link.

Last weekend 10th-12th September the Finland Finals took place at Kauhava Raceway. Only one qualifying round was able to be completed on a very slippery and damp track so qualifying points only were awarded. The EDRS web site contains pictures and a report at this link.

Likewise at Gardermoen Raceway in Norway the weather was not on racers' or organisers' side and the race was called to a halt after Hans Olav Olstad's accident. Lena reported at this link that "It was certainly not the best ending of a shortened season, but things happen and the weather is something that no-one can do anything about. The track crew did whatever they could to offer racers and spectators some great racing during the weekend, Friday did show some good qualifying rounds and in total there was 140 drivers and riders who produced 649 timeslips.

Congratulations to the 2021 EDRS and EDRS Pro Champions, for which you can see detailed points for at this link:

Pro Modified (EDRS Pro): Michael Gullqvist (Swe)
Top Doorslammer: Stefan Carlsson (Swe) (pictured right, top)
Competition Eliminator (EDRS Pro): Niklas Heikkilä
Pro Street: Seppo Raussi (Fin) (pictured right)
Pro Street (EDRS Pro): Michael Maderer (Ger)
Street: Lars Erik Persson (Swe)
Stock/Super Stock: Theodor Brandt (Swe)
Stock/Super Stock (EDRS Pro): Thomas Strand (Swe)
Super Comp: Mikael Nilsson (Swe)
Super Gas: Håkan Mattsson (Swe)
Super Street: Åke Törnqvist (Swe)
Super Pro ET: Mikael Nilsson (Swe)
Pro ET: John Thidé (Swe)
Junior Dragster: Victor Barstad (Nor)
Super Comp Bike: Peter Östlund (Swe)
Super Gas Bike: Mikkel Jensen (Dk)
Street Bike: Otto Eralahde (Fin)
Junior Drag Bike: Riku Polla (Fin)

Doorslammer Tour Finals.
16th September: The Doorslammer Tour series, conducted at Hudiksvall Raceway and Malmö Raceway in Sweden, had an entry of 68 cars in its finals at Hudiksvall last weekend, however the excellent traction was an incentive for quicker cars to enter with eight in Top Doorslammer, four in Super Pro Street and a sizeable number in Test & Tune. This report will concentrate on three of the classes, however you can see full results at this link by clicking on Doorslammer Tour Finals 2021:

Qualifying in Top Doorslammer went as follows:
  1. Anders Edh (supercharged '70 Camaro) 3.9291/302.18 kph
  2. Fredrik Lundh (supercharged '69 Chevelle) 3.9481/306.12
  3. Åke Persson (supercharged '70 Camaro, above right) 4.0238/257,02
  4. Fredrik Fagerström (supercharged Chevrolet pickup, above left ) 4.2049/261.75
  5. Henrik Brink (turbo '97 Camaro) 4.2218/258.25
  6. Jonas Andersson (turbo Ford 34 pickup, below right) 4.3579/250.00
  7. Jonas Boberg (supercharged 2007 Pontiac GTO) 5,1488/175.50
  8. Stefan Jansson (supercharged Chevrolet Bel Air) 7,1468/140.15
The class winner was Fast Freddy, who was up against Henrik Brink in round 1 and won 4.228/248.5 to 4.990/157.3, with a much quicker reaction from Henrik. In the semi final Freddy met up with #1 qualifier Anders Edh and won 4.046/292.8 (his quickest of the event) to 5.009/161.1 for Anders. The final was Freddy against Åke Persson who had run the two quickest times of race day and looked sure to be a close race, but he slowed to 6.775/118.4 and Freddy went on to run 4.179/273.0 for the win.

Tommy Abrahamsson (above left) dominated Super Pro Street by qualifying #1 with a 4.4599/251.98kph pass in his '67 Camaro. He went on to defeat Lars-åke Söderlund ('55 Chevy) in round 1 of eliminations, and Johan Hedman (Pontiac Trans Am) in the final, Tommy running a 4.412/254 to Johan's 4.706/241.

In Stock/Super Stock expat Brit Carla Pittau qualified #2 with a -0,8450 but lost to Åke Hedberg in round one. Eventual winner was Jonas Bengtsson.

Photos courtesy and © Cenneth Schiller

Apache A is retiring.
16th September: Tim Garlick has confirmed the information we relayed about Apache's long serving 'A' engine which has been retired after the Euro Finals Shootout:

"Just a simple thank you to Rob and Nick at I.C.E. for building this bullet and educating both myself and the team to run it for almost 8 years, completely unscathed!

"It still has the original Bryant crank which we believe is approaching 100 passes. A string of low sixes and a couple of fives. Amazing engine, amazing crew.

"For simplicity we call this engine “A”, engine “B” is built and engine “C” is on its way, but that’s another story…"

Euro Finals Shootout bike class racer comments.
15th September: Many thanks to all those who posted their thoughts to us or on social media, we have collected those or commented on all the bike classes:

Banks Night Club Top Fuel Bike was as so many times before dominated by Steve Woollatt (below left), three faultless runs in qualifying and then, after winning the semi final following Allan Davies red lighting, ran low ET of the meeting for TFB in the final, 6.182/223.

Engineer and bike owner for Al Smith (above right), Phil Baimbridge wrote "The Euro Finals Shootout TFB field epitomised why fuel bike racing is my passion. The four bike field included an in-line 4 (Steve Woollatt), the Rocket, an OHC V twin (Neil Midgley) and a “staggered” push rod parallel twin (Allan Davies).

"The PBR team (Al Smith, Joo Smith, Neill Curtis, Andy Kirk and I) entered the pre-event test day as well as the race meeting. Stopping the motor hurting itself had cost us a lot of HP which we had to retrieve – so the plan was to step up (ignition and percentage) and adjust the fuel system to try and keep the motor firing through the second half – for which we needed as many passes as possible".

In testing Al ran 6.942/145mph and 6.68s with a misfire. However for qualifying the team raised the nitro percentage from 83% to 88% resulting in a harder leave but tyre spin in Q1, and after gearing and clutch adjustment, went into tyre shake but achieved a 1.02 60ft time, the quickest of the event for the class. The last qualifier was effectively lost to a lack of compressed air. Work on the engine to regrind valve seats caused the team to have a late Saturday night.

In the first round of eliminations the new setup worked on throughout qualifying paid off with a 6.335/201.7mph, Al getting off the line quicker than Neil Midgley and beating his 6.41/186. However the team was unable to make the final after a dropped valve seat insert – a disappointing conclusion for the team but with distinct progress on power. You can read more at Phil's Facebook page and his web site. The team thank their sponsors (Burlow Engineering, FIE, APE & B&J) for their support and their thoughts are with Hans-Olav Olstad and his family, following his accident at Gardermoen (he came through his operation well and is now at the start of a long convalescence - Editor).

After a major engine rebuild Allan Davies was in test mode but reported that by the end of the meeting the team had cured the off line misfire on his fuel bike that had slowed it to 8.1s.

Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike was a fairy tale weekend for two riders. Jake Mechaell on his self built machine (below left) had impressed on its debut, and with a new engine and chassis tweaks for this event, he took the performance to a new level running running his first six in the final qualifying session and winning the event over defending champion and 2021 points leader Steve Venables.

Donna Anderson wrote: Wow...what a weekend! Jake only went and won the Euro Finals! He made great progress on his self made Super Street Bike joining the 200mph club and 6 second club. He qualified 2nd yesterday, then got through eliminations today leading to the final against Steve Venables. There may have been a few screams and tears when he won the final, and we are all very proud of him. What an achievement in your first SSB season!

The other fairy tale is Alan Morrison Jnr (above right) who was second with a 6.98/210 until the fifth session but came off the bike. The incident and his subsequent appearance in the final qualifying session has been posted on Youtube by Santa Pod. Craig Wright wrote: "Some boy Alan Morrison Jnr, we had our hearts in our throats watching on bro, but you just brushed it off like it was nothing, in his words "Well, it was just an inconvenience. What A Guy."

Cudos must go to Matte Bohlin, the sole racer from Sweden who braved the travel restrictions and ran an out of the trailer 7.045/211 to top the standings in session 1 but wasn't able to improve on it.

Garry Bowe was back on track after two years and got back to his performance bests, at 6.959/203, just short of his PBs and going one round before being defeated by Steve Venables, 6.833/218.97 (a new ACU record for speed) to 7.095/175. Steve said of his defeat to Jake (7.069/206 to Jake's 7.009/208) "I carried the front through first and second, was equal with Jake but hit the rev limiter in fourth which lost me the race by 0.03 of a second".

Leeks Landscape Funny Bike had the addition of two Pro Stock Bikes of Maurice Bertrand from France and Martin Bishop who was running for the first time in two years. Maurice went to the top of the standings in Q1 and then Tony Clark ran a 7.19/185 on the Phil Crossley machine (below right) to go #1 for the rest of qualifying improving to the bike's best of 7.096 in session 4.

Stu Crane ran at the start of qualifying but was not able to come back, and Warpspeed Racing focused on Mark Smith who was on a new turbo machine (above left) following some bad damage at the Summer Nationals. Mark defeated Martin Bishop with a 7.15/185 in round one, had a bye in round two after Tony Clark's engine had let go and ran a fantastic 6.971/191 in the final after Maurice couldn't start. An account of Mark's great weekend is at blog page.

Roger Moore had qualified with his best on a Funny Bike of 7.675/168. Lucy Moore wrote: "Our first competitive event in Funny bike was halted when we broke on the test day back at the Summer nationals. This meant the euro finals was an important event for us to get some track time and qualify for the event. After 2 runs on Friday and 3 on Saturday we finished qualifying in 6th and without any damage (hooray!). One of the runs was very close to a PB! "Unfortunately a technical mishap meant the bike had already shifted into top gear before the launch in the first round of eliminations. However I don’t think we could have matched the storming run by Light Speed Drag Racing anyway!

"It was a fantastic weekend and a lot has been learnt. Thanks to all the friendly faces in the bike pits for your continued encouragement and laughs. We look forward to sharing some drinks with you all. Fingers crossed for some even better runs at the National finals in 2 weeks A big Thankyou to Bob & Debs as always for their continued support."

Lorcan Parnell and the Storm Drag Bike team suffered loss of boost, you can read the account of their trials and tribulations at their excellent blog page. Comp Bike racer Louis Davies (below left) was no. 1 qualifier with 7.164/178 and won Comp bike with a 7.001 PB to Jordan Kenway's 8.094/163, also a PB and with two ex junior bikers meeting in the final.. Jeff Kenway wrote " I can’t believe we got to another final and ran a PB we can’t wait for the next round well done Louis Davies on the win, it’s well deserved. Thanks to some great people for helping us get down the track Mark Hope, Stuart Crane, Jake Mechaell and Mark Smith for helping us with our clutch setup. After trying to ride the bike up to scrutineering on Thursday and giving up after twenty feet I am even more in awe of how Jordan can ride".

Chis Neary (above right) had run a PB in Friday qualifying of 7.646/181 and in round 1 defeated John McLean Snr who ran a PB of 8.0881/157.41 in Saturday qualifying. There was attrition in the class however, John McLean Jnr's engine was in pieces after his final qualifying run, having run a PB of 7.8204/169.82 on Friday, Paul Hambidge had gearbox issues and Sean Mills also didn't show for round 1.

JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike winner Joe Elliott (below left) who crewed for SSB racer Steve Mead as well as riding his own bike "Had a awesome weekend at the biggest drag racing event of the year which 8.50 bike doesn't normally compete at so probably a one off experience with a personal best time, a wheelie, winning the event and helping out in between in the best class Super Street Bike which had all time low bump spot to get in the show.

Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike racer Phil Harrison (above right) sent us his thoughts on his first ever event win in 9.50 bike:

"Friday was a slow start, a 9.88 was OK, but well off our previous best times of 9.55 and 9.59. Saturday started better, after Q2 we were in third with a decent 9.58. We were battling with Martin Hallett for third place in the championship, and before the final run (and our first ever night run) he stated that he didn't want #3 in qualifying, due to #4 getting an effective bye against Brett Cordelle who had destroyed his clutch and was not going to make eliminations. Well, Martin went right ahead to take #3 with a 9.56 giving us the bye in E1.

"To ensure we had enough nitrous should the impossible happen and we went all the way to the finals, we decided to make our bye in E1 a no nitrous pass with the intention of just doing a launch to get our hand in, but the launch felt good do I stayed with it for a nice clean 9.89 - a PB for a no nitrous pass. In E2 we were up against one of the two big dogs, Craig Wright. Craig is a merciless competitor, so we knew our day was about to end... Except it didn't. We got off the line well and ran strong all the way, with Craig breaking out by the tiniest margin, losing to our 9.56. I simply couldn't believe it when I saw the win light in our lane - I was screaming through the whole shut down area. We were ecstatic, we were in the finals, and guaranteed our first trophy, but we were against Martin, boy was he making us work for the third place in the championship!

"The finals came around and I was telling myself in the staging lanes that we were just choosing the size of the trophy. The lights dropped and off we went. Just after the 1/8th Martin slowed and our win light came on. The impossible had happened - knowing that the gap he had to ride into was quite small if we were on a good pass had meant Martin had pulled a cherry...

"The job was done, we had taken our first event win. I simply can't describe how I felt, we had taken the ZZR from the junk yard to victory lane. We had a big dose of luck, but we were there. With Craig Wright and Richard Sawatzki both going out early this means the championship has closed right up. While it's a long shot, the top four go into the national finals with a shot at the championship... That meant us too!

"Anyone who knows me knows I'm never lost for words, yet here I am... Lost for words. I'm humbled by the support we have received, especially from our competitors who were so pleased for us. For me, a particular highlight was Craig's son Harrison coming over to congratulate us. What a class, what a sport, Team special K are proud to be a part of it, and will give it our all in two weeks."

Thanks to Blood Cancer ET Bike co-ordinator Suze Morris and crew for winner Phil Pratt (below left) for her report on the class at the event:

"European Finals, not an event ET Bike would normally run at, but as one round of our 'double header' rounds at Greenlight Nationals had been dropped we found ourselves pitted alongside the track fence right on the 1000ft marker, and we had absolutely no complaints about that!

Qualifying on Friday was very much affected by rain, with only three of the scheduled five happening, with one of those being at the end of the day pulling into the burnout box in the dark (at which point Phil spotted a livestream camera being turned in his direction and went straight into "Flame & Thunder" mode, with a massive show-off, rolling burnout and then wondered why he ran his worst 60ft in years!

"At the end of Day 1, Phil and "Satan's Lady" were on the top of the pile. Saturday saw another 3 qualifying sessions on a hot and sunny day, Gary Hester taking over the top spot, and Paul Adams bumping us back down to 3rd. To be perfectly honest, we'd been all over the place during qualifying, but were happy to be in the top half of the field for eliminations.

"Sunday, RaceDay, and a tough first round pairing with Robbie Dobbie, and it was double breakouts, thankfully the win light coming on for us, despite running a 9.06 on a 9.10 dial-in (oops).

"Another tough one for round2 where Dave Grundy awaited, but gear issues for Dave meant another win light for "Satan's Lady".

After 'lucking' our way through the first two rounds, things came good for the semi final with Gary Hester... a 0.05 RT for Phil made the difference at the top end, with Gary breaking out trying to get past, and so it was that "Satan's Lady" found herself being refuelled ready for the most important mission of the day.... a Final against Michael Gooding.

"That Final round was "Mission Accomplished", with a best ever 0.0093 reaction time, a win light, and another trophy for the cabinet.

As always we'd like to say a massive thank you to all of the SPRC track crew and marshals who worked so hard over the 3 days, to the Boxlane Team, commentators and photographers for the awesome livestream and great pics. But the biggest thank you has to go to our classmates, I know I always say it, but the camaraderie in the ET Bike pits is second to none... you guys totally rock!

"So we head back in a little under 2 weeks time to do it all over again at the National Finals, with a huge field in the class for this final round, and, oh boy, that is going to be fun! We hope to see some of you there, thank you again for the support!"

Ollie King, Junior Drag Bike winner Hollie King's father wrote: "So the weekend's, done Hollie (above right) took the win in junior drag bike, a sharp learning curve for a first season, seeing as she's only just learnt to ride a bike this year. We are now where she can do a burnout, how to roll off if she needs to look for another racer, how to show true sportsmanship and, most importantly, win or lose, to have fun and enjoy it. It's not a opportunity everyone gets, and she's loving every second, not only on the track, but what racing and racers are truly about.

All the junior drag bike racers were on point this weekend, here's a insight to how close the qualifying numbers were over dial: 0.01, 0.03, 0.07, 0.09 and 0.15 for the five qualifiers. All of these kids are absolutely amazing a great weekend, well done to you all. And the crew at Santa Pod, as always, completely top of the game without them we couldn't all do what we love."

Swift snippets.
15th September: Happy Birthday and many happy returns to ten times FIM Top Fuel Bike champion as a rider, twice as a team owner, and ACU Championship Co-ordinator Ian King. Have a great day Ian, and see you soon at the 2021 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala on 20th November.

Kieran has posted videos from Doorslammers to his Youtube channel. You will be able to see videos of the Pro Doorslammer, Street and Front Wheel Drive classes, and individual racer videos of Paweł Pietrzak (FWD), Al McSweeney (Street), Tom Atkinson, Billy Gane, Marc Huxley, Nic Williams (all Big Bracket), Darren Peart (Pro Doorslammer) and Richard Prydden (4 Cylinder). A video, with in-car footage, of Kieran's dad Kevin's Fraudster C20LET engined Mk1 Escort running its new PB of 7.66 has also been posted.

Veedubracing videographer Simon Letkey has been posting video of recent events, some incorporating interviews to his Youtube channel. Included are a Bug Jam walkabout, interviews with Alex 'Jesus' Leiserach about his 'Second Coming' VW Single Cab, Buzz Pattar with his Lamborghini Huracan, also footage of Mike Whittaker's V6 24v R32 powered VW Mk1 Caddy, the 1.9 TDI Seat Ibiza of Helder Pereira and highlights from Saturday at the 2021 Doorslammers.

Euro Finals Shootout car class racer comments.
14th September: Many thanks to all those who posted their thoughts to us or on social media, we have collected those or commented on all the car classes:

In the
G2E Motorsports-sponsored Top Fuel, Ida Zetterström wowed us all with a 3.86 licensing pass, going on to defeat Susanne Callin in the final, 4.020/222 to 4.161/216.

She said on Facebook "A great ending to a great weekend, we got the license and won the Top Fuel shootout tonight after qualifying first on that killer 3.86 run and ended up taking home the win tonight in the final. We’re now on our way to the airport hotel to fly home to Åland tomorrow morning, gonna miss this team until next season - can’t wait to run a full FIA season with you guys next year!

"Major thanks to my great partners for backing me up and continuing to believe in me as I step into this new world of Top Fuel: Eklunds Bygg /, Cinderella Sverige, Lackcenter, Mekonomen Åland, TiAL Sport, Hansen Racing / Autoracing, and Klipphus 3".

Séan Bowe remarked "If only that blower belt had stayed intact...0.01 seconds quicker (3.03) and 4mph faster (282mph) to the 660ft markers than what Maja Udtian was on her 3.80 European Record run 2 years ago at the same event, in the same car. Big shame that the blower belt came off just past half track, otherwise we could have witnessed Europe's first 3.7-second run!" Ida will be one to watch in 2022 as she takes on the FIA Championship.

In Fuel Funny Car, also sponsored by G2E Motorsports Steve Ashdown was the winner despite traction issues with his car, issues shared by other racers in the class. Steve's low ET of the event in qualifying of 5.3114 was just ten thousandths of a second below Kevin Kent's round 1 time of 5.3115, these two being by far the quickest runs.

Shockwave team member Lee Webb wrote: It’s been a long ‘off season’ and acknowledged team members Dave Bryant, Marie Mills, Tim Parker, Tyler Arron Ashdown, Steve Brookman, Grace Roaf, Jeff Bosworth, Big John and of course Steve Ashdown. One big expenditure during the off season was a new rear axle and the John Force Racing-manufactured part was up to the awesome power from the nitro fuelled engine.

After taking home £3500 with a holeshot win over Kev Slyfield at the Doorslammers the previous week, Bruno Bader had sky high confidence going into the Euro Finals in Motorsport UK Pro Modified. He ran a qualifying pass of 6.097/227 to go straight to the top in session 1 and improved with a 6.065/228 in session 2. The rest of the field were at least a tenth behind, and many were suffering mechanical woes. It was only session three that eventual runner up David Vegter showed his performance potential with 5.876/243 and in the last session Nick Davies found form to go to a new PB ET of 5.944/246 leaving Bruno in third position despite improving to 5.957/233, close to his 2016 PB.

In round 1 of eliminations Bruno ran a new PB of 5.931/231 with a big lead over Jean Dulamon who had a wretched RT. Then in round 2 Bruno improved his PB to 5.920/236 to score a holeshot win over Nick Davies who himself had recorded a 5.885/245 PB. Then to complete his dream racing day, in the final Bruno ran his third PB in a row, 5.914/237 to defeat David Vegter, whose team had been desperate to win a trophy to look at during their upcoming quarantine and were close with a 5.951/226. Their reaction times were 0.0178 for Bruno and 0.183 for David. An outstanding final to cap a great elimination.

Nostalgia Funny Car had the pairing of Tim Garlick and Tony Betts who, with their team, worked hard on their cars to bring us a great show by going down the track five times each. Despite Tim winning all the matchups the cars were well matched performance-wise, the final being 6.11/229 to 6.22/236 in favour of Tim. After the event engine suppliers I.C.E. Automotive posted "Tim Garlick and the Apache team had some great match races with Tony Betts 'Venom' Funny Car. The last run on Sunday which was not only the best of the lot, but also the last pass for the team's trusty KB. Tim had us assemble an identical spare engine in 2018 and this will replace the original for 2022. After seven years in the car the original engine will now see service in the team's AA/FA project."

In Track Worx Competition Eliminator Williams Bros Racing had a hold on the whole field. Their racing operation is of such quality they are attracting ink from across the Pond, as an article in Race Pages Digital shows. 12 qualified cars made for a 16 car ladder and four rounds of racing. As Nic's new COPO Camaro ran a 8.47 in testing, officials had suggested his 9.40 FS/AA index from the NHRA was too soft and so an pre-event adjustment to 9.30 was agreed. Nic ran a 0.6984 under this new index in qualifying to go #1. Meanwhile brother Dan was scarcely less under his 10.70 index (NHRA index is 11.00) and was #2 with his Chevelle at -0.6269. Jordan Payne (SM/A) and Robin Orthodoxou (A/A) defended the traditional Comp Eliminator classes with -0.5381 and -0.4775 below their respective indexes of 7.99 and 7.45. Kev Jenkins suffered from a DD/AT index of 7.58 (same as NHRA) but, as you will see below, had personal satisfaction and the admiration of all who saw it at the end of qualifying.

In eliminations, Nic ran 8.6597, as this was 0.6403 below his index it got adjusted to 9.16. Nic can expect his index to be 9.26 in future as the -0.6403 prompts a permanent change to the index of 0.04. After receiving a red light against Dan in the final, Nic had the foresight not to run the COPO Camaro out the back door, as any more reduction in index would be a disadvantage in future and not just for the final race in 2021 where he has to defend his championship prospects from Jordan Payne .

Kev Jenkins, without the luxury of being able to run under the index, concentrated on his car's impressive performance. The consistency he displayed in Doorslammers (five consecutive 7.9s runs with a turbo four cylinder engine) was outstanding. He said "At Doorslammers we achieved consistency but for Euros the plan was to beat our PB of 7.86 at 173 mph. Well we blew the boost pipe off on one run and suffered with tyre shake in 2 runs but it all came together on the final qualifier with a new PB at every point of the run and a 7.66 at 175 mph!

"We qualified 8th out of 12 competitors but eliminations is always going to be a hard battle for us with our index being 7.58. For Round 1 drew No.2 Qualifier Dan Williams who can go 6 tenths under index so it was a very big ask! Anyway we went red but run a 7.82 at 172 mph and Dan went on to take the event win (Well Done Dan!)".

No doubt about it, the addition of Stock Super Stock has spiced up Competition Eliminator and has made racers more index-aware.

Ron Bartlett who is having a great year with his 105e Anglia in Peter Nee Super Pro ET, gave us some insight into the competitiveness in the championship: "Well what a weekend, top 3 in the championship all through to the semi finals. I felt I missed a chance not to get through but well done to Pel Norman and team with the awesome Shogun Capri. Pel said it was a long time coming and I know how that feels.

"Giles and Hartley have been unstoppable this year and Billy Gane on a charge puts me in 3rd place. Testing in the left lane Thursday to get my reaction time up to speed certainly done the trick on race day. 0.08, 0.003 and a 0.013. One quarter final, two semi finals and one event win so far this year has been awesome and couldn't do it with out my crew. The last two rounds with Hollie and Simon Eykyn working together to get car sorted, fantastic. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement, and the amount of well wishers from spectators was brill. Thanks to Callum for the Pictures. Tom Atkinson - did I mention the tyres?" (they're in the post - editor).

Ronnie Mercer's first win in Modurstang Pro ET followed a barrage of 10 runs in the 8.82-8.92 region, amazing consistency for a Ford Pop with nitrous. He was given many congratulations from his Pro ET and Outlaw Anglia peers for his achievements. Ronnie's 0.0097 light in the final was the main factor in the win over Lee Huxley. Team Annie crew member Jordan Amps said "What a great weekend it turned out to be for us! Through to the final against lee what an awesome race ! Well done to everyone in the pro ET class, think we can all safely say it’s been a great weekend for racing, track was great too!

Fast R Super Comp was won by Martin Curbishley, supported by Fix Auto of Martin's home Penzance in Cornwall who crewed for him and transported the car to Santa Pod. Martin had great lights in qualifying although struggled to remain over the class 8.90 index. In eliminations, the great lights continued, Martin stayed ahead of the competition on track, and his last two opponents Paul Hudson and Leah Kellett both broke out.

Carburettor supplier Tony Morris posted "Congratulations goes out to TMC/RDR team mate Martin Curbishley who took the win today in Super Comp at Santa Pod in the UK! Martin had Dave Gibbons of Rough Diamond Racing in the UK, our UK TMC representative, go through his Twin Blade Carburettor and rebuild it and prepared it for him for this weekend races!

You could have seen Andy Harrison's win in Dave Grady Super Gas coming in qualifying when he ran five consecutive 9.9s times in the Sierra, ending up in second place to Tim Adam. The class was at full strength with four past champions competing. In eliminations, Andy had three 0.0 RTs and in the final with Andy Dibley also cutting a great 0.06 light to Andy H's 0.02, he lifted the throttle at just the right time to get the double breakout win by 0.04s or half a car length.

Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator had some pre-race attrition. Joe Stevens had suffered a blown turbo, Al Williamson's truck needing repair following a coming together with the wall, and several others with mechanical woes left six cars to compete. Mark Todd was the first to dial into the track with a 6.906 and 6.833, followed in the final session by Andy Bond to 6.859 alongside Mark.

Both of these six second 200+mph runners ran conservatively in round one, then Andy turned it back on in the semi against Al McSweeney, who himself ran a new PB of 7.73/179 but was defeated by Andy's 6.88/207 with a slower 60ft, as Mark, with a bye, found the limits after a quickest-of-all 1.10 60ft. The final had no burndown, but much anticipation of the first side by side SE six second pairing, however Mark's car broke traction early on and Andy went on to record a new class ET record of 6.826 with a jaw-dropping 212 terminal speed. Well done to Andy and crew chief Martin Kerr.

Purdie Hadfield in Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, showed the value of testing after going to the Friday of VW Action/Doorslammers. She posted on Facebook "How do you sum up a weekend as great as this (you can’t)? Started the weekend off with a rainy Friday! Ended the day qualified with an 0.06 light (playing it safe) but on Saturday I decided that wasn’t enough and pushed myself to pull a 0.004 light on the last qualifier(brave)! I was absolutely delighted that this put me in no.1 qualifier which I celebrated with quite a few rides on the waltzer.

"Moving onto Sunday, elimination day, I had Luke Mugridge first round and we both went red luckily for me he went red first, so I got the win! As I was no.1 qualifier that mean I got a bye second round meaning I went straight into the quarters where I raced Lola-Belle Kent, she red lit so I played it safe pulling a 0.2 reaction (see, I do know how to play it safe) then moving onto the dreaded semis Harley Darby and I had a really close race, with me winning on a hole shot anyway, I realised I had the current champion in the final, Harry Redshaw - how daunting! I decided I would be happy no matter what, but it didn’t stop there, Harry ended up handing me the win with a red light and both me and my car were excited and ended up running a 7.97 (where did that come from?).

"Anyway, the smile on my face could not be wiped off from the moment I saw that win light to the moment I’m writing this… I could not be happier with what I’ve achieved this weekend and I am so thankful for all the support of friends but mainly my Mum and Dad!! Seriously couldn’t do it without you And well done to Thomas Cook-Abbott for getting through to the semis… proud girlfriend

"Thank you so much Geoff Stilwell for sponsoring the juniors at this event, very generous. Anyway to wrap up this autobiography I’ve had such a good weekend and have a trophy to add to my shelf Thank you to all the Santa Pod Santa Pod Raceway crew and everyone there who made this weekend so enjoyable".

We were also touched by the appearance of two of the sport's personalities who suffered ill-health but undoubtedly view being at the track a big help to their recovery, blown altered racer Dave Grabham and radio broadcaster Nigel Fitzmaurice.

We'll be covering the bike classes tomorrow, come back then for more racer comments.

Euro Finals Shootout media.
14th September: As well as our own galleries by Julian and Diana which you can see in our Euro Finals Shootout coverage page you can see photo galleries of the race at the following links: Second Coming apparel available.
14th September: Many thanks to Outlaw Flat Four racer Alex 'Jesus' Leiserach for an update on his unique VW bay window pickup:

I was at Doorslammers and on the Saturday, Second Coming Single Cab took its first full passes down the track. It has been a five year build so it was pretty monumental to do a pass under full power.

The first pass was 11.01 @ 129mph, this was a big surprise to me, but not to Richie from RJ Volks Performance who has been tuning it. Second pass was an 11.2 but @ 142mph. I made an error after the burnout and left the line in second gear. The mph was very promising though. Third pass was 10.37 @ 136mph. Sadly we saw the fuel pressure drop by 25-30psi on the 2nd to 3rd gear shift way before the 1/8th mile. So to run such a number with it wounded was great. Sadly as I pulled off the track at the top end the missing methanol ignited.

The Fire Crew and marshals were amazing and I can't thank them enough for all they did, including offering me advice on how to make things easier in the future. The fire caused a fair bit of damage, which is pretty gutting considering I have only done three full passes on a brand new build. The main damage is the entire wiring loom and all the hoses and fittings need replacing.

To try to help fund the repairs, I am selling Tee's, Hoodies and Stickers which you can get from my on-line shop. As always I am documenting the rebuild on Facebook under 'Second Coming Single Cab' and an Instagram account @secondcomingsinglecab.

I am desperately trying to get it all fixed up before the end of the season, even just to do a test to know its all working before the winter. We are currently only running 16psi of boost and have over double that available to us. Our best 60ft so far is only a 1.7 as we are still getting to grips with the clutch management system. There is a lot more potential in the Single Cab and we look forward to racing a full season next year!

Euro Finals Shootout results.
13th September: Congratulations to the winners of the weekend's Euro Finals Shootout at Santa Pod Raceway held over the weekend 10th-12th September:

Top Fuel Dragster: Ida Zetterström 4.0205/222.35 def. Susanne Callin 4.1617/216.52
Fuel Funny Car: Steve Ashdown 10.6541/66.67 def. Kevin Kent 10.8732/57.32
Motorsport UK Pro Modified: Bruno Bader 5.9148/237.78 def. David Vegter 5.9511/226.78
Nostalgia Funny Car: Tim Garlick 6.1184/229.07 def. Tony Betts 6.2247/236.54
Track Worx Comp Eliminator: Dan Williams 11.0389/88.73 (10.46) Nic Williams 8.9639/118.63 (9.16) red
Fast R Super Comp: Martin Curbishley 9.1366/122.88 def. Leah Kellett 8.8951/154.21
Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout: Andy Harrison 9.8736/138.55 def. Andy Dibley 9.8710/146.73
Peter Nee Super Pro ET: Daniel Giles 7.4903/164.23 (7.36) def. Pel Norman 7.7372/176.39 (7.69)
Modurstang Pro ET: Ronnie Mercer 8.9274/142.46 (8.84) def.Lee Huxley 9.3063/139.06 (9.28)
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Andy Bond 6.8269/212.90 def. Mark Todd 15.3573/53.46
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Purdie Hadfield 7.9771/80.93 (8.07) def. Harry Redshaw 8.4682/76.80 (8.45)

Banks Night Club Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt 6.1823/223.41 def. Al Smith, no-show
Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike: Jake Mechaell 7.0091/208.17 def. Steve Venables 7.0699/206.14
Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike: Mark Smith 6.9716/191.31 def. Bertrand Maurice, broke Comp Bike: Louis Davies 7.0015/186.66 def. Jordan Kenway 8.0948/163.10
JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike: Joe Elliott 8.5827/153.21 def. Alan Morrison 8.4938/146.68
Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike: Phil Harrison 9.6148/146.27 def. Martin Hallett 10.8750/85.06 red
Blood Cancer UK ET Bike: Phil Pratt 9.0839/143.82 def. Michael Gooding 9.2776/147.69 Junior Drag Bike: Hollie King 11.5379/48.53 (11.20) def. Meg Talbot 9.7818/66.62 (9.10)

Although two sessions of qualifying were lost to Friday morning rain, the remainder of the event was held under clear and sometimes sunny skies with temperatures conducive to personal bests and records. In particular it was great to see fuel classes represented and a larger field of Pro Modifieds, particularly European visitors, some of whom have had to quarantine on their return. We are truly grateful to them for visiting.

Subject to official ratification the following records were set. Congratulations to:

Motorsport UK Street Eliminator ET: Andy Bond 6.826
ACU Super Street Bike speed: Steve Venables 218.97

The following Santa Pod Raceway track records were set:
Street Eliminator ET: Andy Bond 6.8269
Super Street Bike speed: Steve Venables 218.97
Comp Bike ET: Louis Davies 7.0015

Many thanks to Andy Marrs who has updated his table of UK and European bests which you can check out by
clicking here or clicking on Data, then UK European Bests at the top of any page.

Congratulations also to Super Pro ET racer Mick Howling who won the Twister Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of £75, and Pro ET racer Mason Griffiths who was the winner of the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award supported by Cath and Tig Napier, who received £50. Both awards have been reset to £50, and are next available at the STP National Finals.

Bob's Photo Finish Award of £50 each goes to the competitors in the closest race by distance, thanks to sponsor Bob Roberts for posting the award. Congratulations go to Pro ET racers Simon Fulton and Jon Giles who had a margin of 3 inches in round one (margin of victory 0.0013). We will be in touch with the winners in due course.

We were also proud to have presented cash awards, along with Lucas Oil Landspeed Racing Team 7707 t-shirts, to the winners and runners-up in Lucas Oil Junior Dragster and Junior Drag Bike courtesy of sponsor Geoff Stilwell.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Festival of Power reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend, and well done to the Santa Pod Raceway track crew for doing their usual fantastic job in providing a top-notch racing surface.

We look forward to publishing racer comments on the event tomorrow.

Melbourne Raceway’s Duck All prep 18th and 19th September.
13th September: Sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing Parts writes that this weekend’s Melbourne Raceway Duck All prep heads up cash weekend race has had some event updates since our last Eurodragster item:

We have increased the categories for the competition by two more:

Pro Small Tyre Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, maximum height 30 inches, maximum tread width 11 inches, interior removed.
Super Pro Comp: Pure competition vehicles, altereds, rear engine dragsters, front engine dragsters and funny cars, where the driver is seated in a central position in the vehicle.

The original categories still remain:

Pro AWD: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street AWD: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Rear Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Front Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Front Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior

The prize fund has also increased with the support of VP Racing Fuels placing over £1000 worth of products shared to all the winners over both days which we really appreciate. Also Renegade Race Fuels will be awarding merchandise to all winners on both days.

With two days of separate eliminations, one on Saturday and another on Sunday , giving a driver a chance of winning £800 over the weekend, if they choose to run the whole weekend.

Based on a 16 car field the winner gets £400 in each category. In the event of numbers in each category not being fulfilled, there will be a reduced prize fund, for example in a 4 car category £150 and 8 car category £200. In event of the category exceeding 16 cars, the prize will go up from £400. Entry fees: Fees include driver entry to the duck all prep race with Run what you brung included, plus two crew tickets and free camping For the best deal, pre- enter, as entry will cost more on the day. Driver entry on Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th only is £115, weekend entry for both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th is £200 Click to enter at this link. All there is now to do is to get entered! On Saturday night we have a live band and bar to make it a great weekend. Supporting this event will take the venue another step forward. Follow Duck all prep drag race competition Melbourne Raceway on Facebook

Hans Olav Olstad injured.
13th September: With thanks to his partner Maggis Margrethe Winther Nilsen for updating us, we have a report that Norwegian Super Twin racer Hans Olav Olstad was involved yesterday in an engine explosion at Gardermoen Raceway, Norway, yesterday from which he suffered severe injuries.

Hans Olav was flown to the Hospital with injuries to his face, chest and damage to one lung. He will undergo surgery today and know all of our readers will wish him well for a speedy recovery.

Stuart Bradbury elected to International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
11th September:
The Directors of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame are delighted to announce that the late Stuart Bradbury, our founding chairman, has been elected to membership of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, based at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida.

‘Stu’, who died in July 2020, had been elected by general acclaim to membership of the British Hall of Fame in 2017. He becomes one of only five eminent individuals to hold membership of both British and International Halls of Fame, joining fellow dual members Sydney Allard and Dennis Priddle (UK) and Carl Olson and Don Garlits himself (USA).

Stu was appointed Chief Starter at Santa Pod Raceway in 1968 and served until the late 1980s. He joined several colleagues to establish the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2006 and chaired the organisation until his death.

Stu’s wife and daughter, Bev and Genna, have said that they are “bowled over to hear the news of Stuart’s election into the International Hall of Fame. We feel very proud for him, and he would have been thrilled and honoured to receive this accolade. We’re grateful to the Hall of Fame selectors for bestowing this most special honour.”

Stuart’s induction into the International Hall of Fame will take place at its annual banquet, scheduled for Thursday 10th March in Gainesville, Florida. His fellow inductees on the occasion will be:

Scotty Cannon;
Jack Ewell;
Jack Moss;
Tim Richards; and
Rick Stewart.

NSRA previews Hot Rod Drags.
10th September:
Many thanks to National Street Rod Association committee member Alan Martin for a preview of the NSRA Hot Rod Drags, now in its 33rd year:

Well, the countdown has begun. With only one week to go before the gates open on Friday 17th September for this year’s thirty third Hot Rod Drags at Santa Pod Raceway, an action packed weekend is certainly on the cards.

With record numbers of participants, the on track action courtesy of event regulars Outlaw Anglia, Gasser Circus, Wild Bunch and Supercharged Outlaw looks set to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Add in three full days of pre ’73 RWYB action and regular exhibition runs from Julian Webb in the Split Second jet dragster, this promises to round off this year’s hot rod season in style.

With restrictions now eased, we are pleased to announce the return of live bands, with Skabucks taking the stage on Friday night and Eastwood doing the honours on Saturday. Also back this year is the hourly courtesy bus service on Saturday to the Rushden Lakes Centre for those in need of some alternative retail therapy or the chance of leisurely lunch.

There will of course be dedicated ‘show car’ parking for all pre ’73 vehicles, so don’t forget to pick up your pit side parking sticker from the NSRA checkpoint if you want to power park. You can browse the offerings from a host of suppliers in the nostalgia trade village and be sure to grab a bite to eat from the caterers on site and get some liquid refreshment at one of the track bars.

Of course the NSRA team will be on hand to answer any questions, not to mention sell you some club merchandise, in between making the selection for the NSRA ‘Dirty Dozen’ trophy pick. You can even renew your club membership, or sign up for the first time. Just ask for details.

Official Hot Rod Drags merchandise, including T shirts, mugs, posters and stickers will be available, but numbers are limited. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

This year, all tickets must be pre booked through the Santa Pod website, so just visit and all the information will be there. If you plan on putting the pedal to the metal and take part in the RWYB action, you need to book that online too but available slots are limited.

Stay safe but above all, have fun. We’ll see you at the track.

Mace win do.
10th September: Many thanks to Fast R Street winner Dave Mace for writing in with his account of his Doorslammers triumph, won last weekend after a personal best ET and a memorable final against Andy Bond:

"As the dust starts to settle after returning from Santa Pod's Doorslammer event, the enormity of our achievements has just begun to sink in. The weekend didn't start so well with a fueling issue slowing the car,the water pump then stopped working and a lost tyre pressure gauge, all in the first morning! Things improved,with the fueling issue resolved, a replacement fuse for the pump (phew!) and a kind soul had handed our gauge in to the ticket office(thank you!).

The elusive (for 5 years) 7 second pass finally came on Sunday in the semi's against our good friend Joe Stevens. To say it was emotional is an understatement and the monkey was finally off our back. The final and subsequent win against another good friend of ours,Mr Andy Bond will stay with us forever.Thats one each now, Andy!

I'd like to say a huge thankyou to: all of the Santa Pod crew, expecially Ian and Dave, we owe you some jelly tots! Andy, Luke and Kate Robinson, Nick and Rob at I.C.E, and finally my crew, Dan, my son, Joe Etridge and my beautiful lady, Pippa, without these guys none of this would be possible.

The whole meeting will take some beating, but Doorslammers 4 will be interesting, can't wait! In the meantime we hope to see you all at the Hot Rod Drags!

Apologies to Star Wars fans for the headline - editor.

Northern Spirit's lifted.
10th September: Many thanks to Northern Spirit Supercharged Outlaw racer Neil Townson who has confirmed the car, which had a torrid time at Dragstalgia, is being rebuilt:

Just to give you all an update about our incident at Dragstalgia 2021. Due to the car not handling well in 2019 (even though we ran a PB of 7.3) we carried out extensive modifications to rectify this problem during 2020. We ran the car at the Retro Show at Santa Pod and was very happy with all the modifications. The car handled very well.

We then went to the Dragstalgia meeting with high hopes of some good close racing with all our Supercharged Outlaw family. The first run was nice and straight with no dramas.The second run didn't go as well. About half track the body lifted and destroyed itself as it hit the rear wing. Unfortunately the body was destroyed and the rear of the car sustained heavy damage. Santa Pod safety crew did a fantastic job and made sure that I was OK.

After many discussions with Tracy and my Girls we have decided to rebuild the car. Yes, it will have a 1932 Ford body on it. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family / crew and everyone else for their concern and support. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks to Pudgeys pictures for photos.

VP Racing Fuels Powers Winners at Doorslammers 2021.
10th September: Two VP-powered cars finished in the winner’s circle this past weekend at Doorslammers 2021 at Santa Pod Raceway.

Keith Herbert and Billy Gane both ran VP race fuel to claim OCS Group Big Bracket wins. Herbert 9.6131/124.50 (9.51) defeated Peter Lane on Saturday while Gane 8.5440/159.59 (8.52) held off Lee Huxley on Sunday. Huxley also runs on VP race fuel.

"It was great to be back supporting such a fantastic event," said Tom Davis, European Business Development Manager for VP Racing Fuels. "The venue was full and the racing was outstanding. It always adds an extra shine to proceedings when drivers running your product take the win."

VP was the headline sponsor of the event, which was postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Doorslammers 2021 featured two straight days of non-stop racing and produced some compelling head-to-head battles.

"It was great to see VP back here … again," said Santa Pod Commerical Manager, Caroline Holden. "We are proud to sell the very best products on-site … it was a pleasure hosting them throughout the weekend."

Keith Herbert image courtesy and © Bob Roberts.

LS turbo into Cortina will go.
9th September: Many thanks to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer James Murray for letting us know some developments on his sleeper Cortina Mk2 Estate:

"I was supposed to be racing in Street Eliminator this weekend at the Euro Finals, but despite burning the midnight oil for the last weeks, the Cortina isn't ready for racing yet.

"I've been doing a turbo LS upgrade to try to at least catch up with the Hales. However, I only fitted the new engine and gearbox yesterday and there's still lots to do. I'm now aiming for the National Finals.

"A piece of good news, Kieran Astley bought some fuel pumps from me just a couple of weeks ago and was successful in his thrash to get his turbo LS up and racing."

Euro Finals Shootout racer update.
8th September: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us details of track opening and signing on at this weekend's Euro Finals Shootout, 10th-12th September, including scrutineering times.

Pro cars and Junior Dragsters will have to sign on and scrutineer for this event, but those are the only car classes that are required to scrutineer.

If you have entered the test day on Thursday 9th September you will be allowed access to the track on Wednesday 8th within business hours 8am to 6pm. If you’re going to arrive later, please contact the track.

The main gates to the track will open at 08.00 on Thursday, 9th September 2021.

Thursday 9th September:
08.00 Signing on office opens / scrutineering, please see the class specific listing below
09.00-18.00 Scrutineering for bikes at the Scrutineering Building.

Friday 10th September:
07.30 Signing on open and scrutineering for bikes/Junior Dragster.
09.30 Track open for qualifying.

Saturday 11th September:
08.00 Signing on and scrutineering open.
09.30 Track open for qualifying/eliminations.

Sunday 12th September:
09.30 Track open for eliminations.

The Pro Car Scrutineering will be as follows:

Thursday 9th September (test & tune day)
09.00-14.00 Pro classes - in pits, 4 cars per hour:
09.00-11.45 Pro Mod (12 cars).
11.45-12.00 noon - Break.
12:00-12.45 Top Fuel (3 cars).
12.45-13.15 Nostalgia Funny Car (2 cars).
13.15-14.00 Fuel Funny Car (4 cars).
14.00-15.00 Lunch.
15.00-19.00 Junior Dragsters - in scrutineering building.

The detailed running orders and printable entry list can be seen in our event coverage page. Ian says "Please note there has been a small change to the running order there is an additional to ET bike qualifying session on Friday.

"Also note for Comp Eliminator Drivers, the FS/AA index has been lowered from the European Finals onwards to 9.30 seconds following discussions between the SPRC and the Driver/vehicle owner concerned".

G2E Motorsport partners with Santa Pod for TF and FC Shootouts.
8th September: Santa Pod Raceway is delighted to announce a new partnership with G2E Motorsport, part of the Go2 Engineering Group, that will support the G2E Motorsport Top Fuel Dragster and Fuel Funny Car Shootouts at this coming weekend’s major event, The Euro Finals Shootout.

G2E Motorsport is the culmination of bringing together the best and the brightest from the Go2 Engineering Group. As a partner of the group, G2E Motorsport develops, designs and manufactures high performance parts for a range of motorsports, developing everything from cylinder heads to differentials.

The Go2 Engineering Group is a one-stop engineering shop expanding by both acquisition and organic growth. It includes start-ups, such as G2E Motorsport, that specialise in specific sectors such as motorsports. The Group aims to be the ‘Go2’ destination for all engineering solutions from conceptual design through to production and testing.

The Group currently consists of nine acquired Partner businesses that include precision engineering specialists Alman Engineering, Bradon Engineering, Green Precision and Seychell Engineering. CV Precision Engineering supports jigs, fixtures and specialist tooling and the latest acquisition partner is Uniform Tooling which specialises in the plastic injection-moulding modification and repair market. Tech Projects and 316 Engineering are the fabrication, conveyor and material-handling specialists, with NDT Equipment Supplies supporting the non-destructive testing and calibration block market.

The G2E Motorsport Top Fuel Dragster and Fuel Funny Car Shootouts are scheduled to begin at Santa Pod this Friday, 10th September, at 6.30pm, with further morning and afternoon sessions following on Saturday and Sunday. Both the Go2 Engineering Group and G2E Motorsport are based locally to Santa Pod, with their headquarters in Wellingborough, NN8 2QE.

The Euro Finals Shootout takes place at Santa Pod Raceway, near Wellingborough (NN29 7XA) from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th September, 2021.

Event information is available at this link and tickets may be booked online at or by telephoning the Box Office at 01234 782828.

Euro Finals Shootout perfect awards.
8th September: £225 is up for grabs at this weekend's Euro Finals Shootout courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Nick Hale at the STP Greenlight Nationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing (racing this weekend in Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET). A special decal produced by Cath and Tig, and designed by Peter Walters, will be presented to the winner.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in Signing On or from staff.

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Race Team has increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at the STP Greenlight Nationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available in Peter Nee Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, B Fast R Super Comp, Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Blood Cancer UK ET Bike, and Eurodragster Junior Drag Bike. but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of the Twister Race Team.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect ET Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in Signing On or from staff.

Bob's Photo Finish Award, which is presented in association with sponsor Bob Roberts, will award £50 each to the racers involved in the closest race of eliminations at this weekend's event.

The closest race will be decided upon distance rather than time since, for example, 0.001 seconds at 230 mph is further than 0.002 seconds at 110 mph. For this reason the official timing data will need to be consulted so the winners will be announced here on as soon as possible after the event and the winners will then be contacted for their preferred method of payment.

Bob's Photo Finish Award is open to all classes during eliminations only and although decals are not mandatory we would appreciate if it they are carried. decals are available in Signing On.

Furyous thanks.
8th September: Thanks to Saturday OCS Group Big Bracket winner Keith Herbert who said "Mr Furyous would like to thank Santa Pod and all involved, including sponsors Williams Brothers Racing, for hosting a fantastic meeting.

Huge thanks to my awesome crew Jim, Anna Kyliegh, with guest appearances by Paulie, Dan and Paul 2, and of course my Fury who didn't miss a beat all weekend, can't wait for next year, thankyou.

Mosten Rock n' Race report.
8th September: Mosten Raceway in Denmark hosted its famed Race Day under a new name last weekend on 3rd-5th September. To reflect the reduction in racing activities in 2021 the event was renamed Rock n' Race. The superb weather and huge crowd compensated partly for the lower number of racers, and the track which had been relaid and well prepped was able to take some very quick times over the single-lane eighth mile. Our motorcycle pit reporter Mike Kraaij was able to attend and send us some notes and pictures:

Rikard Gustafsson on his immaculate Puma engined Top Fuel Bike (below left) was crowned King of Mosten again and ran a great 3.997/307.87KMH (190mph), the only drag bike that make a 3 second run at the event. Rikard holds the motorcycle track record at 3.96.

Stig Neergaard ran a 3.31/316.16 (196mph) in his top fueler (above right) - for a video of the pass by Kennet Christensen, click here. Mike said "It was a awesome run to witness close by, as he is storming by and just standing a few feet away at 330 on the grass, the earthquake rumble is unheard of".

Kars van den Belt won in Funny Bike with his turbocharged Honda (below left) and ran 4.72/250.46. Yannick Richard from France competed in Funny Bike with his Suzuki Hayabusa Turbocharged Super Street Bike (below right). Yannick managed a 5.338@222.68KMH with big wheelies, looking for a good set-up. Dad Eric Richard and a couple of Pro Stock Bikes completed the field.

Marc van den Boer from Belgium brought his beautiful 120 CI nitro injected Super Twin (below left). He has changed his fuel injection setup and also has a new rear wheel with some other small changes. He was going great guns here before he dropped a cylinder at around 330", but still managed a best of 5.416@181.94 with incrementals showing the bike rolled out of stage at the start of the run. Before this run he was still looking to go straight, as the rear wheel set-up made him pull to the right, and he had to click off early every run before this one It was a shame that he dropped the cylinder, because the start looked promising.

The good thing is that he and the team have more data to work with, he had track time on a good track and the team made progress, A great father and son team, Jimmy is always there by Marc's side and is an very skilled welder and mechanic, the same as dad Marc. The van den Boers love to race at Mosten Rock n' Race and will be back for sure in 2022.

From Sweden in Top Fuel Bike Peter Ström ran on his immaculate inline 4 Supercharged Top Fuel Bike. Unfortunately Peter hit the barrier before the run photographed and although it did not look too good, he was fine. The only damage to the bike was the pulley holder and bracket which got scraped. Peter and his crew could fortunately repair the damage and he came back with an awesome run that same day. It was with great applause that all the spectators and crew cheered for him! What an great run he made, straight as an arrow. Well done to all involved and Peter for his awesome dragracing skills, it takes a lot to tame these powerfull beast of Dragbikes!

Super Twin Top Gas Racer Anders Jensen from Denmark brought his mighty Supercharged V-Twin and managed an 5.154@214.63KMH.

Mike thanks the Mosten crew for track prep and took a photo of Mosten Crew with their chief Hans Hitz after the race (above right). All above pictures courtesy and & copy; Mike Kraaij at Kraaijmotorsportfotografie.

As well as Mike's write-ups and you can see photo galleries from Mosten Rock n' Race at these links:
Shark Attack to the north.
8th September: Thanks to Top Fuel Bike racer René van den Berg whose team Shark Attack Drag Racing attended both the Malmö Winter Nats at the end of August with Mosten's Rock n' Race a week later, and sent us this report:

"On the weekend of August 28 there was an opportunity for us to race at Malmö Raceway in Sweden. Shark Attack therefore left the Netherlands for the north.

"René and Aswin le Noble were able to run here again after a year. It was a very good feeling to be on the track again! Both René and Aswin were able to make several passes. It was very nice to get the feeling of and being at one with your motorcycle again. This of course makes you want more and more!

"We the the crossing to Denmark from Malmö where to attend Mosten Rock n' Race in the weekend of 3 September. The team arrived there on Wednesday and Thursday was used to get the motorcycles ready again make to race for two days.

On Thursday evening, the team made preparations for Anouk Burgering to ride her Junior Drag Bike for the weekend. On Friday morning after the drivers' meeting, Anouk was the first to hit the track. This went very well after not driving for a year.

Aswin had some teething problems at times but other than that the runs went very well. René's runs (see video at this link) also went very well. All in all, we look back on two instructive weeks and many great experiences!

Special thanks to Viep Bloemen, Eurol Lubricants, Tijger Leathers and Do you see me.

Invitation to Flame & Thunder.
7th September: Many thanks to Santa Pod Raceway Events Manager James Forster for letting us know that SPR are now accepting applications by e-mail to this years Flame & Thunder Show:

Santa Pod Raceway are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications to the end of season celebration event; Flame & Thunder on Saturday 30th October. We’re looking for a variety of cars proven to have ran 11.99 or quicker, and bikes that have ran 9.99 or quicker. This is an exhibition event so the quicker, louder, and the brighter the vehicle, the better! Big burnouts and wheels up launches are always a plus too in what is one of few opportunities to race under the lights. Spaces are limited so please be aware that we can’t accept every application, we have a limited number of spaces for each class to maximize variety!

To apply, please contact James on or 01234 782828 with details on your car, current PB if it’s new to us, with an image.

VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers racer quotes, timing data, media.
7th September: Many thanks to those racers who have written in with their comments on the VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers or posted remarks on social media: Winner of the VP Racing Fuels Pro Doorslammer class Bruno Bader from Switzerland, returning to competition after rebuilding his Corvette following a 2018 accident at Alastaro, said "I'm happy to be back after three years, I hope we can make it a little bit faster for next week. I hope we will be at the Doorslammers next year and again for the next twenty or thirty years!"

Winner of the Front Wheel Drive class Andy Nicholls had a new Civic to dial in, with testing completed at a test day in July, and leaving his nine second Integra at home:

"What a great weekend, we only went and won it, get in! Doorslammers 2021, the best event there is in this country. I can't thank my son Matt Nicholls enough for the help over the weekend, we are slowly getting this new car dialed in with a pb of 9.2523/154.21 and without banging a lot of boost in, just enough to go round after round and running consistent mid nines.

"Paul Bargate said it could be my event and how right you was mate, thanks for the support and somewhere to sleep. Luke Stevenson, thanks to you and the Pod team for putting on a great weekend, it was amazing and I'm already looking forward to Doorslammers 2022. I need to get this Civic on some proper fuel and tyres, Chris Backshell, thanks for looking at the launch strategy with Matt. Kirsty Nicholls, thanks for the support and letting me do this even if its only to get the telly to yourself lol.

"Also thanks to Matt Hurlbut at Speed Factory, Luke at 4 Piston cylinder heads, James at IPG and thanks for the parts, thanks Frank Rehak for the best driveshafts period, Lee Owen for the turbo although we will need to make it better for 2022 please. James Howarth for the turbo manifold top work as always, Dave Gammon for the PPG gear kit, is that better for you, Doorslammers FWD winner. Adam Buckley thanks for helping out when you're not playing with the big boys. Motec M800 still going strong Mark Harrison, 10 years now. Karl Hart, Lynn Chamberlain still using your bottom end and flywheel carbon clutch assembly, Kiel Priestman, thanks for the chassis, man, it's coming together.

"Anyway, finally nothing can take away missing dad and bro so this win is dedicated to them and I hope you enjoyed the win up there, jumping around."

Kev Jenkins, twice winner of the 4 Cylinder class of the Doorslammers, was delighted with the Fraudster's consistent and dominant performance over the course of the event, the Vauxhall powered Escort Mk1 a full second ahead of its competitors:

"The car performed faultlessly all weekend running more consistent then ever with five 7.9 second passes in a row. We had the unfortunate draw of facing our Crew Chief (and tuner!) Chris Todd in the first round but random pairings are what makes Doorslammers so great.

"We’d like to thank our sponsors who help us go racing - Vulcan Engineering, Burton Power, FCP Engineering, Ralloy Engineering, LA Racing Fuels, Kent Cams, Mk1Kieran, Pro-S-Fittings UK, Melliard’s Modern Custom Paint & Ladmu Chassis.

"Also a big thank you to the crew Chris Todd, Neil Melliard, Jo Peters, Alison Jenkins & Kieran Jenkins.

"We look forward to this weekends Euro Finals where we will start to turn it up a little bit!"

Semi finalist of Pro Doorslammer and Big Bracket participant John Tebenham was as enthusiastic as ever: "A whole lotta shaken going on, Elvis, my man. A great weekend, we just didn’t bring enough, I took a guess against Kev and I still stand by that as some times that tree runs so fast. With Kev who is an amazing racer, you have to do enough to win. In hindsight, we should have had a 6.2 car which is strange to say but quite easy to drive. Well done to Bruno, I always said he was going to win. We still have two cars in one piece so come and cheer us on at the Euros, hopefully we will leave Ronnie Redlight at home". The Crew Killer Pop was better behaved as well, after its antics at the Green Light Nationals. You can see an interview with John at Santa Pod's Motor Mouth FB channel.

Outlaw Street racer Owen Forrest summed up excellently what it's like to be a racer after following the sport as a fan: "When I was a kid, I had posters on my wall of cars doing this sort of stuff. I never dreamed I’d be able to it. I love to think events like Doorslammers at Santa Pod Raceway inspire those young kids now. We ARE the show. Thank you all the racers and Santa Pod for the event, and providing me with turning what I used to dream about into experiences".

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

More media from the Doorslammers has been posted. As well as our event galleries you can see images at the following links:
The Burndown.
7th September: The final round burndown Fast R Street between Dave Mace and Andy Bond has been a big talking point with a range of opinions from rule-setting to great entertainment value (ask the drivers about that). We've had mails and posts describing previous Santa Pod staging duels:

Pro Doorslammer racer Chris Orthodoxou wrote to say: "I wish I’d been there. It was a great meeting in 2019, when I got through to the last four in Pro Doorslammer with the Viper. Congrats to all the winners, I was watching the live Youtube stream all day Sunday from out in Kazakhstan where I’m working.

"Got to say, the pre-stage burn down in the final of Street car was a truly superb spectacle. I was on the edge of my seat, as I knew exactly what was going through the minds of Dave and Andy - having been there before myself. Many years ago, Pete Austin (pink Plymouth ‘Cuda) & I (blue Dodge Dart), got b*ll*cked by Ian Marshall for doing the exact same thing when we were in a semi-final in Pro ET. Great stuff!

"The burn-down is an exciting experience. The secret is to stay cool, never look across at the opponent and simply wait for his full stage bulb to glow. Then give it even another 10 or 15 seconds to go in yourself. But you need to be on the ball and ready to react very quickly, coz Ian will either hit the ‘go’ knob instantly or wait a few seconds himself as a little ‘punishment’ heheheheheee, so if you’re on a transbrake, you need to have your wits about you and have a heart rate monitor wired into the RacePak!"

Other burn downs remembered include Lex Joon and Leif Andreasson in 1998, remembered by Matthew Seamarks who asked if they were the last two people that Ian Marshall had to shut down for there burndown? You can see this burndown at this link.

More recently, there was a Top Methanol staging duel between Sandro Bellio (TMFC) and Manty Bugeja (TMD) at the 2019 FIA European Finals which you can see video of at this link. It didn't result in the car's being pushed back, but it was memorable as it was Manty's last race in the Mr Whippy team car before ceding the drive to Matthew Carrabott - and Manty came out on top in the relatively brief staging duel.

Special prize for Euro Finals Juniors.
7th September: With thanks to our sponsor Land Speed Racer and former Pro Stock Bike racer Geoff Stilwell of the Lucas Oil 7707 Land Speed Team, we are proud to announce the Motorsport special cash prize for Junior racers at the European Finals.

The winner of the race in each of Lucas Oil Junior Dragster and Junior Drag Bike will receive £150 cash in prize money, and the runner-up in each of these categories will receive £100 cash. is very grateful to Geoff for funding the cash prize. Geoff said "The junior classes are the future of the sport and it's a pleasure to be able to give them a cash prize at a time of life when they are not yet earning a wage. Both categories are well supported by racers and their parents, and this prize is by way of a thank you, and well done, to all participants for their efforts".

Prize money will be handed out in cash at the conclusion of the meeting. If rain prevents finals being run, the cash prize will be held over to the next championship event when eliminations are able to be run to their completion.

Gladiator Colouring Competition.
7th September: Darren West of Power Race Graphics writes with details of a new colouring competition:

"Our colouring book brand RAD Design Lines is back with an exclusive FREE A3 colouring sheet featuring the Hawk Racing Toyota Gladiator funny car - available at this weekend’s Euro Finals Shootout at Santa Pod Raceway!

"These colouring sheets are only available at this event from the Hawk Racing pit and in limited number! So drop by the Gladiator team and pick one up before they are gone! For the chance to win a colouring book and a special prize from the Hawk Racing Gladiator team - just take them away, design and colour them up and post a picture on our RAD Design Lines social media pages on Facebook at this link and Instagram at @rad.designlines.

"We can't wait to see your amazing work! Car owners Mark and Jackie Hawkins and driver Jason Phelps will pick the best 3 entries with RAD Design Lines 'Doorslammers' colouring books going to all three and a special prize for the winner from Hawk Racing. Winners will be announced at the end of September and contacted.

"Stay tuned in to the RAD Design Lines pages on social media for news of the next drag racing themed colouring book release which will be launched in time for Christmas!"

ACU report and preview.
7th September: Many thanks to photojournalist Steve Moxley for letting us know that his report on the STP Greenlight Nationals and preview for the European Finals Shootout can be seen at the highlighted links.

Whilst Steve is unable to attend the European Finals Shootout, he will be posting a report of the event from his contacts with riders.

Dick Cruse.
6th September:
We were sorry to hear of the death of Dick Cruse, former Stones crew member, driver of their Hemi Hunter II and III and Starliner Top Alcohol Dragsters in the mid 1980s.

Andrea Morris writes: "It is with great sadness and disbelief that I am having to type this message to our drag racing friends both here and overseas.

"Sadly I have to announce that our old friend Dick Cruse passed away in a hospital in Cannes, South of France on Saturday 4th September 21. I had been in daily contact with the British Consulate in Marseille and on Friday it was decided by the doctors that there wasn't any hope. Dick had suffered a huge stroke following a series of events and his brain was far too damaged to save him.

"He had lived the past 20 plus years in his happy place in the South of France and that is where he will remain. Dick was a big part of the drag racing world and spent many happy years/decades with the Stones team, amongst others. Both crewing and driving for them and loving it. He also spent many years working at Santa Pod and loved his drag racing life.

"Thank you to Allan Bates for keeping this information private with me until I was ready to share. I managed to speak with Dick (phone held to his ear) giving him comfort as he was leaving this world. He passed peacefully two minutes after I said Goodbye. I am hoping that Dick has met up once more with his old buddy Stu Bradbury, drinking some Jack Daniels and remembering old times at the drag strip."

We send our deepest condolences to Dick's family and friends.

Picture courtesy and © Colin Donisthorpe

VP Racing Fuels Doorslammer results.
6th September: Congratulations to the winners of the VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers held at the weekend in conjunction with VW Action:

VP Racing Fuels Pro Doorslammer: Bruno Bader 6.0639/232.59 def. Kev Slyfield 6.0445/237.64
Fast R Street: Dave Mace 8.0702/165.52 def. Andy Bond NTR, stage foul.
Front Wheel Drive: Andy Nicholls 9.6777/153.12 def. Stephen Ray 10.4298/134.92
A-Plan Insurance 4 Cylinder:Kev Jenkins 7.9379/170.46 def. Andy Hughes 9.2044/153.72
Six Cylinder: Gary Gooding 7.9584/170.43 def. Jeff Ludgate 9.5322/135.22
OCS Group Big Bracket (Sunday): Billy Gane 8.5440/159.59 (8.52) def. Lee Huxley 9.6471/137.68 (9.60)
OCS Group Big Bracket (Saturday): Keith Herbert 9.6131/124.50 (9.51) RT 0.0370 def. Peter Lane 11.9059/110.71(11.80)

In the Fast R Street final, a four minute staging duel took place, starters Ian Marshall and Dave Warren eventually sending the cars back for them and their drivers to cool down. On the second attempt Dave went straight in, whilst Andy bumped over stage. To see the drama unfold go to this link from Santa Pod's live stream.

During the weekend there were many personal bests set, after some review of the race report, we found no less than 50 racers scored PBs. You can get the list (pdf format) at this link and congratulations to all those who improved on their previous PBs. There were no major incidents, but we commiserate with racers who suffered mechanical damage.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend, and many thanks to those who gave feedback on our coverage. You can see photos posted by Callum Pudge at this Facebook gallery,

Mark Windridge's tribute to Kevin Mortimer.
6th September: Thanks to Mark Windridge for letting us know about a special tribute to his close friend Kevin Mortimer at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags. "The next meeting for the Supercharged Outlaws is the Hot Rod Drags. I lost a very dear friend who was like an older brother to me during Covid, Kevin Mortimer from the Shy Talker team (a blown slingshot the ones who started fire burnouts again in the UK).

I have been asked by his wife Janet to spread some of his ashes at the track. Santa pod have given me permission to do this and I feel greatly honoured to do this. My son Aaron will be driving our car. If anyone wishes to pay their respects to Kev, then please watch our last run on Saturday.

Spitfire Raceway Drag and Drift this Saturday.
6th September: Spitfire Raceway in Perranporth, Cornwall, are proud to announce that VP Racing Fuels have increased the prize fund for this Saturday's Drag and Drift for the top 16 quickest runners on the 1/4 mile drag strip. All top 16 quickest riders and drivers will receive a VP Racing Fuels 20 litre jug and delux filler hose, VP Racing Fuels goody bag, and a bottle of VP Racing Fuels cool down.

Spitfire Raceway promoter Lee Child commented "We appreciate VP Racing Fuels' support and thank everyone involved in making this happen. VP Racing Fuels Madditives will also be on sale at the signing on office. There is £500 cash up for grabs for the quickest car on the 1/4 mile plus £250 for the runner up. Another £250 is up for grabs for the quickest stick shift car this Saturday 11th September".

You can see all the details for the Spitfire Raceway Drag and Drift with media links by going to our story on 19th August.

Swift snippets.
6th September: A very Happy Birthday to former Top Fuel and Super Twin Bike racer Roel Koedam who reaches the landmark age of 65 today. Have a great day Roel from all of us at

For those who want to know the origins of the widely-used GMC 6-71 and what those numbers mean, we direct you towards a fascinating article at Mac's Motor City Garage.

Post-Greenlight Nationals points posted.
2nd September: Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm for forwarding the latest points standings in the UK National Drag Racing Championhips and SPRC Club Championships after the STP Greenlight Nationals. You can check out the UK and SPRC points on our points standing pages by
clicking here, or by clicking the Points Standings link under News in the main menu above.

VW Action/VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers preview.
2nd September: This weekend, the traditional VW Action combines with VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers for an action packed race that is likely to spring a number of surprises. As before, Santa Pod have a formula for Doorslammer classes which enables a wide range of participants. Also, Friday will be very busy with not just open Doorslammers qualifying, but also the VW Run What Ya Brung which in the past has been the staple of VW Action, plus Outlaw Street action towards Round 4 of their championship. The Fireforce 3 Jet Funny Car of Martin Hill will be making passes down the SPR quarter mile on Saturday and Sunday.

The main action will be in Doorslammers though. With several qualifying sessions planned it will be a great opportunity for drivers to dial their cars into the track. Let's have a look at the classes and see which cars are the quickest and which are dark horses and new entries.

In VP Racing Fuels Pro Doorslammer, headlines will be made by sponsor Andy Robinson's Anger Management 2.0 Pro Mod Camaro (above left). A complete new build, Andy will be using the race as a test session to run the car with its tried and tested powerplant before the Euro Finals Shootout, where he will face the toughest UK Pro Mod field of the season. Of the other racers in the class, Kev Slyfield in the Blown Bird PM is the most experience runner having continued throughout the truncated 2020 season and can run low sixes almost at will.

Bruno Bader is a most welcome returnee having sat out the 2018-20 seasons and coming back at the Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp last month where he ran a best of 6.103. John Tebenham has hit the fives and promises he will "try to change the world of drag racing" in the next two events, but has a new crew chief and fewer crew as revealed in his most recent news item.

Other Pro Doorslammer runners will be entertaining and PBs will undoubtedly be run; a new car/driver combination we are looking forward to is Dave Smith who will be racing the ex-Jens Zimmerman Jaguar XKR for the first time (above right). This US car has run a best of 7.3 with its previous owner and we wouldn't be surprised to see it sorted and running the numbers very quickly.

In the FastR Street class, sponsored by FastR, supplier of bespoke teamwear apparel, there are three runners from Street Eliminator who will bring racing experience as well as quick cars to the event. Andy Bond has been running his Ugly Sister Chevy 210 (below left) with relatively soft launches this year which has improved consistency, whereas Al McSweeney has just hit the seven second bracket with his Volvo 162 and Joe Stevens has been in the sevens before too. These three are joined by multi championship winner Brian Pateman (who raced in the 1980s editions of Doorslammers) who is the possessor of a seven second time slip and has been using nitrous on recent runs. New drivers and cars to competition are Asim Hussain's Porsche 911 Turbo and Buzz Pattar's Lampoorghini (below right) which show an expansion of the sport to supercar enthusiats, and Chris Prendergast's new build late model Camaro SS.

The Front Wheel Drive class has a large field with several nine second runners. Ahmed Jamshaid's Civic (below left) ran 9.189/154 at the start of May. Allan Duthie's Corsa has been in the 9.4s and Andy Nicholls' Honda Integra hit the 9.5s in July, also Raggy Conversions' Craig Evans's (below right) chances are fancied by his test day peers. But as seen in the past mechanical stress and FWD traction issues can create huge upsets in this class, we remember Nicolas Hackiere in his Citroen AX in 2019 qualifying with a mid-ten and then really getting to grips with the track to run a succession of nines and get the win on Sunday.

The A-Plan Insurance 4 cylinder class at 31 entries is the largest class of the event. Kev Jenkins' Fraudster Escort Mk1 (below left) is the quickest runner and another racer whose recent runs have shown consistency as well as speed. Lee Connor's Lotus Elise has run in the eights, pro ET racer Gino Bernadine is a regular low nine second runner, whilst previous winner Chris Todd ran a 9.17/148 in June. Five others have been in the mid nines as well. Along with the FWD class, 4 cylinder can easily produce an upset winner.

The Six cylinder class is the province of Nissan GTRs, Toyota Supras and Golf VR6s which exclusively occupy the entry. Gary Gooding's Supra (above right) has a great performance pedigree having run in Street Eliminator and capable of mid sevens. Ian Cleminshaw's GTR R35 has run 8.2s at Elvington and he is hoping for a seven on the prepared surface at SPR. Jeff Ludgate and Mark Moseley are mid eight second runners, but the Sonic GTR of Mohammed Ali intrigues us, it has a stated power output of over 2000hp and could be a surprise if he can get it tuned into the track conditions.

The Williams Bros Big Bracket, being run separately on Saturday and Sunday, contains racers from a variety of classes with a few run what ya brung racers wanting to hone their racing skills. David Swift's AMX will be making its UK racing event debut, and we notice Jordan Payne has entered the Sticky Situation Corvette sponsored by VP Racing Fuels, to run in the bracket.

Jordan said "Bracket racing is something a bit different for us with the Corvette. The last time I took part in any form of bracket racing was in 2018 with my Junior Dragster! However with big money up for grabs this weekend we thought it’d be worth a shot.

We completed the standard between round maintenance, dropping the diaper to check the oil, completing a leakdown test etc, as well as treating the car to some polish and making a few setup changes in preparation for the weekend. These changes included adding and moving ballast around the car, installing a larger gurney flap to the rear wing, and also loading a softer tune into the MSD to put less stress on the motor. These changes will all likely slow the car down a little but should greatly benefit the cars consistency which is key at this upcoming event". You can't rule out Jordan's chances to win his sponsor VP Racing Fuels' bracket event. will be present on each day of VW Action/VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers and you can follow all the action by going to our event coverage page.

Prize fund for Spitfire Raceway.
2nd September: sponsor Lee Child has announced that the Spitfire Raceway Drag and Drift event to be held on 11th September at Perranporth Airfield will have cash prizes for the quickest car on the drag strip (£500), the second quickest (£250) and the quickest stick shift car (£250).

Camping for racers is only £10 per night per head and kids go free, you can pre enter the drag racing or drifting online at this link first, then book your camping by calling 01872 552856. Any roll over credits from cancelled event please email

Pictures © Andrew Johnson Photography A Show & Shine will be held with no charge after admission, and spectators can enter £10 per person under 16s go free, drag racing is from £10 after admission with crash helmet and full driving licence required.

All vehicles are welcome at Spitfire Raceway, Perranporth Airfield, Cornwall TR5 0XS. Gates open at 8am and track action, after a safety check and drag strip riders and drivers meeting at race control 10.45am, will be from 11am to 3pm.

For further details and media links go to our story on 19th August.

National Finals entry closes Friday.
1st September: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that the closing date for the STP National Finals to be held at Santa Pod Raceway closes this Friday, 3rd September. Entries received after this date will incur a surcharge.

The STP National Finals is the final round of the 2021 SPRC National Championship for Pro Modified, Competition Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragster, Nostalgia Super Stock, Wild Bunch, VW Sportsman, VW Pro, Outlaw Flat Four, Top Fuel Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Super Street Bike, Funny Bike, Comp Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Supertwin Top Gas, ET Bike and Junior Drag Bike.

You can enter the event by going to this link. The current entry list is at this link.

ACU points updated.
1st September: The latest ACU/UK Championship positions have been updated on the King Racing web site.

ACU Championship Co-ordinator Ian King would like to congratulate all the winners especially Junior Drag Bike rookie Samuel Hope who not only qualified in P1 position but also won his first ever event at the first attempt.

Ian believes that he also made further history in joining his father Alex and grandfather Chris by becoming the first 3rd generation family of drag bike racers to have each won an event in ACU/UK Championship history. Congratulations Samuel!

Carla and Rick at the Mid Sweden Nats.
1st September: Many thanks to expat UK Stock/Super Stock racer now resident in Sweden Carla Pittau and partner and crew Rick McCann for a report on their successful race at Sundsvall last weekend. Carla describes their race as Hell, Hell and Heaven, or our Trials and Tribulations (but there is always a bit of heaven!).

The season started late for the Heaven & Hell team, as we preferred to wait until we were both vaccinated before socialising freely, but with so many meetings here in Sweden from which to choose, we still managed to enter five races between July and August, and had good hopes to put on a good show and have fun with our fellow racers in Stock/Super Stock.

After the Drag Racing Tour at Hudik Raceway at the beginning of July (see previous report on all seemed to be ok with our engines, the numbers were slightly down but no cause for concern, so we did only a few mods on the ’70, mainly to try and better distribute the weight and improve the suspension reaction on the launch. We fitted a light weight lithium battery on advice from Peter Lindberg at PPM, then added the saved weight back in the trunk and decided to tune the front shocks at the track, hoping for better weight transfer and better grip.

The ’84 was a little sluggish, but we didn’t expect too much out of a “temporary” combination, while we wait to solve carburettor issues in the new combo, so we decided to continue on the quest by trying different carbs with different settings to see if we could pinpoint the best compromise on the air-fuel delivery.

So on the 22nd of July we showed up at the Mid Sweden Nats at Sundsvall Raceway, one of our favourite tracks in Sweden, where we have always been warmly welcomed. The track used to be a secret Air Force base during the cold war, and it is located on the top of a very steep hill (the famous transmission killer for many a towing vehicle!) and was then purchased by a group of drag racing enthusiasts and ran on a no-profit basis, who ran the meetings virtually on a break-even formula, just for the love of the sport! This obviously carries the danger of income not matching expenses, but somehow the guys and gals who look after the place manage to put up a good show every time, and be cheerful, helpful and fair to all. A real pleasure to race there. However things did not get off to a good start when the engine in ’70 would not turn over at all, the starter motor just stuttering and stopping. Of course the new battery was initially blamed (but was innocent!) and when we removed one of the plugs we saw what the problem was: water in cylinder no. 4… we removed all of the plugs and span the engine over, and water came out of virtually all cylinders… We took the heads off and inspected the gaskets, which did not show any signs of blowing, so we suspected the heads or the intake, or that, worst of all, the block could have developed some cracks. The ’70 was out of the race before she could even pass tech inspection, so we concentrated on the ’84. Regrettably the car did not seem to want to treat us, or the audience, to its spectacular launches, hesitating on the line and running slow.

With a flurry of suggestions (some good, some silly) from bystanders, we swapped carbs, checked valve lash, chased phantom ignition and fuel problems, but the car did not respond to any tuning, before finally revealing that the valve that Rick had to adjust was out again, and this was due to a broken roller on the lifter, which may have been sticking at first but broke and was duly ground to a paste during the following passes, damaging the camshaft and the block. Not exactly what we set out to achieve at this meeting: a no show in the first round and a no show at tech inspection!

We returned home with two broken cars, and to finish in style we suffered a blown tyre on the motorhome, (as always the inside one on the twin axle) and afterwards even ended up in one of the rare Swedish traffic jams, just to put the cherry on the cake. A real downer on our hopes, the Hell part of Heaven & Hell… No choice but to cancel both of our entries for the Drag Revival at Mantorp, which was to take place only 3 days after the end of the Mid Sweden Nats, a meeting in which the Swedish Championship in Stock Super Stock was going to be contested, and in which Carla would have had a chance to defend the title she earned in 2019 as the 2020 championship was cancelled due to the pandemic. Nothing to be done, except roll up our sleeves and get to work to repair the motors!

We stripped Rick’s engine, then Carla’s, and with some help from Mikael Lind and Raymond Karlsson with parts and pressure testing the heads, we proceeded to put Carla’s engine back together after lightly honing the block, having found no damage in heads, block, or intake. We couldn’t get the correct head gaskets, so we used the closest possible, which would very slightly reduce the compression, and managed to get it back in the ’70 with two days to spare before the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals.

Full of hope and some fear (!) we fired it up and it sounded great, crisp, responsive. We were going racing!

The ’70 wasn’t finished with the scares, though. On arrival at the track we tried to start the engine to go to tech inspection and it wouldn’t turn over, exactly as it had done at Sundsvall. We took no. 4 plug out with some trepidation, and water appeared to come out of the cylinder. At this point the clouds of despair were heaviest on the team: what did we miss, where was the damage we didn’t find, what the hell is going on… when Mikael Lind, appearing like a knight in shining armour, went “Sniff… sniff… it smells like fuel to me!” We checked the float bowls on the carb and the rear was empty! The needle and seat assembly must have stuck open at some point and the fuel siphoned off into the intake and found its way into cylinder no. 4 via an open intake valve… just to scare us!

We took all plugs off, span the engine to get all the fuel out, let it dry, put the plugs back in, made sure the needle and seat in the secondaries bowl was free, and got the car inspected. Phew!

Both Carla and the car performed well at this meeting, and we liked our chances when she qualified no. 10 with a 10.60 and went past Jimmy Arvidsson in the black ’66 Fairlane in the first round, then Lars Nyberg’s silver GT500 in the second with a 0.015 reaction to a -0.014. We really looked forward to the third round against Marcus Svensson, but the weather gods put an end to our hopes, and everyone else’s… the meeting was rained off, and we headed for home.

In the rainy days that followed we decided to reinstall the Pro Trans in Carla’s car, to see if we could find a little ET and better launches. The rain continued, on and off, and the day we were to leave for the Mid Sweden Finals at Sundsvall Raceway was wet, dark, and miserable. We loaded up and Carla insisted that we tow the trailer with the Suburban, so that the motorhome would not be too heavy going up the transmission killer hill, and that decision proved to be a very wise one, as during the journey the old trusty Winnebago started to miss and refuse to accelerate, and we stopped at the rest area off the E4 just outside Tierp. The curse seemed to be still in full swing… It sounded like ignition, so we inspected the plug leads, which looked fine, so before we resistance-tested them, we looked at the distributor cap, hoping we could just file off some corrosion and WD40 our way back to locomotion… As Rick removed it from the distributor, however, the spring on the coil contact inside the cap fell out in three pieces, the plastic housing around it more or less disintegrated under our eyes and the contact itself just fell out. No gaffer tape or WD40 was going to fix this one! But where on earth (well, in Uppsala län, anyway) could we find an HEI distributor cap for a 1997 big block Chevy?

We called good friend Erik Jansson, Super Gas racer who runs a workshop and auto parts shop in Östervåla, and although he didn’t have one he suggested we try Proffs Bildelar in Gävle, only about 50 km from where we stopped. We called Nisse at “Den lilla butiken med det stora sortimentet”, and sure enough, he had one. Had we not had the Suburban with us, it would have been a lot harder to organise, but as it was, (Carla is always right, even for the wrong reasons) we could just abandon the motorhome there, drive up to Gävle, get the cap, drive back, stick it on and drive back up the E4 again towards Sundsvall!

All went well, and as we drove north the road got drier and drier, the clouds disappeared, and a glorious sunshine finally accompanied the team in their drag racing quest. We were glad of our good fortune, but there must have been some Greek Gods fighting for our success and some fighting against it, as when we finally reached the famous Sundsvall Raceway hill in convoy, suddenly a shout from Rick came through the walkie talkie, which sounded more or less like “@#*CK/!!!”

Carla shouted back on the two-way, but there was no answer, so she stopped the rig and ran back to see what had happened, and her heart stopped when she saw the motorhome at 45 degrees in the ditch, with Rick desperately trying to get out. She recalled a small truck towing a horse box which had passed her like a train going in the opposite direction, without so much as slowing down to allow enough space in the very narrow dirt road, and knew what must have happened. It looked near impossible for Rick to get out of there, and Carla started pushing the Winnebago in pure desperation, while Rick attempted once again, in reverse, to get out of trouble. Trying to reverse out of it proved to be a better strategy, as little by little the motorhome managed to get back on the road. A quick inspection showed virtually no damage to the parts of the body that had literally embedded themselves in the dirt and weeds, and looking at the soft edge of the road revealed that the gravel and soil must have literally sank under the weight of the motorhome, maybe because of the copious rain in the previous days. We guessed that Athena, or Apollo, must have won against Zeus, Poseidon, or whoever wanted our demise on Mount Olympus…

Our heroes arrived at the track too late for the tech inspection, but so happy to have made it there, that it seemed that racing would be easy and relaxing by comparison!

It was lovely to see the track officials and our fellow racers at the track, the evening was sunny and clear, and all was well.

The qualifying started with a 10.56, a good improvement but not enough of a difference, but as Carla shifted a little late first to second, we hoped there would be more. Sure enough, the second run produced a 10.52, then a 10.50… Carla was number 1 qualifier! 1.04 seconds under index, but Thomas Strand in his gold ’72 LeMans and Theodor Brandt in the white Nova were breathing down her neck, though, with a 1.03 and 1.00 respectively under index and Thomas made this perfectly clear in a humorous way in the fire up road, miming “I’m watching you” with a menacing stare. This friendly rivalry is part of the fun in drag racing, especially as Thomas and his crew chief Magnus “Mankan” Lindahl have given us much good advice and help over the last couple of seasons, including during this meeting!

After each run the car has to be weighed to ensure that it complies with minimum weight, 1478 kg, and unfortunately it was found to be a kg short after the first one, despite adding weight. We had forgotten that the Pro Trans is lighter than an ordinary TH350! However, we added some more weight and were ok after that, although this didn’t stop the tech guys playing a prank on Carla by giving her a ticket that said 1464kg, and only turning it around to reveal the actual weight, 1483kg, after laughing at the dismayed expression on her face!!!

The fourth run got us a 10.48, over 1.06 seconds under index, and the number 1 this time was there to stay. Yay! A little bit of heaven! On race day all worked like clockwork, Carla was focused, cut good lights, and found herself in the final against Theodor Brandt. This young man is a much respected racer and is known for his consistent and fast reactions, so it was with some trepidation that Carla approached the staging lanes. We dialled 10.50 to Theodor’s 10.99, a 0.49 wait. The trepidation disappeared almost completely by attending to the routine checks on the car, putting on the safety equipment, and sitting quietly in the car, but panic ensued when the car would not start just when called forward by the track crew. A few frantic seconds pushing the ignition button, then the light came on and the starter motor came back to life, and the Camaro reached the burnout box.

In Carla’s words, this is the race that follows: "A quick burnout just to clean the tyres, all seems well, panic over, crawl to pre-stage, pump the brakes, bump it into stage… make sure the 2 step warning light is on… floor the throttle, stare at the bottom bulb… NOW! Let go of the brake and the rest of the world becomes invisible, the universe is enclosed in the cockpit of the rocket starting towards the sky, a nice wheelie, the shift light shines like an exploding tiny red firework, second gear, the engine sings, roars, tiny firework again, third gear, foot through the floor, the finish line approaches, I pass Theodor, I’m almost at the line, I tap the brakes, I know I definitely crossed the line first, I shift into neutral and switch off, coast to the end of the track, then just before the exit I switch back on, restart the engine and cruise to the scales. I don’t know if I won or not, if I broke out or not… only that I got there first, so I hope I didn’t run under 10.50…

At the scales they don’t know who has won, so we both get weighed and we are both legal, Theodor restarts and drives to the pits, I press the button… but nothing happens. The cut off switch is faulty, or broken, or the battery is gone, but there is no power… The chief tech inspector helps me check the most common causes, then we give up, he tells me that I can leave the car there and he gives me a lift back to the pits, where Rick has been waiting for me and has just got on the bike to see what the problem is. “Did I win?????” I shout as soon as I see him. “YEAH!” he shouts back. Sweet."

What a stroke of luck… the battery only died completely after the win! We killed it by putting the hold down strap over the re-start button, but whatever god or goddess was routing for us made sure it would last just long enough for us to collect our trophy.

The weekend ended on a high, and all the tribulations were forgotten, the heaven part of Heaven & Hell prevailed. We couldn’t have got to this victory without all of the people who supported us, on and off the track, and we would like to especially thank all the officials at Sundsvall Raceway, who went over and above the call of duty to make us feel at home and gave us an excellent track to race on, our fellow racers for being such fun, so friendly and so fair, in particular team Strand, for their friendship and advice (and for not taking the white Firebird to Sundsvall, which would doubtless have qualified number 1 instead of Carla’s Camaro…!) Mikael Lind, Raymond Karlsson, Erik Jansson, and finally our new part time crew members: Elisabeth Jonsson Viklund who crewed for us at the first Sundsvall meeting and cruised the pits looking for parts to try to solve Rick’s engine problems, and Susanna Sundberg, who joined the team for the Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp in her very first drag race meeting and took to it like a fish to water, learning about all aspects of racing with great enthusiasm and good humour, and then put up with the trials and tribulations on our way to the Mid Sweden Finals without panicking!

Photos courtesy and copyright of Hans Eriksson, Håkke Sjöström, Sanna Sundberg, Elisabeth Jonsson Viklund and Carla Pittau.

Swift snippets.
1st September: Kieran has updated his Mk1Kieran Youtube channel with 38 minutes of footage from last Sunday's Ford Show. Kieran says "Highlights for me were seeing the ex-Team Extreme Racing Ford Escort Cosworth back in action, this is a car that is fully street legal and has previously been down into the low 8s powered by a Twin Turbo SBC. It was also good to see Darren Peart and his Mk3 Cortina getting some test runs in before Doorslammers next week where he's entered in the Pro Doorslammer class!". You can see Kieran's video at this link.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has updated his Youtube channel with three uploads of film produced by Dave Derry, Steve Clifton and Jerry Cookson of action at Long Marston Raceway in 1980 and 1981. The 1980 production includes Clive Mechaell's Corvette crash, Top Bike, Pro Comp action, Malcolm Olley's Jet, the Entertainer Capri Funny, Tina Page, Dennis Priddle and Trevor Young in Top Fuel. In the first 1981 production there is Street and Modified action including the Hot Tomato C-Cab of the Clifton Bros, and Gerry Cookson's Berkeley, Dave Warne's Vega Panel Van, Steve Hales, Graham Barrs, Andy Robinson, Sylvia Hauser, and in the second production from 1981 we have Top Fuel, Funny Car and Trans Atlantic Drag Bike action at Long Marston including Tony Boden, Jim Read, Trevor Young, Dave Wilson, Andy Craddock, Ronnie Picardo, Dennis Priddle and from the USA Bo O'Brochta.

Happy Birthday for today to Super Street Bike racer Steve Venables and to Outlaw Anglia racer Mick Taylor. Have a great day guys from all of us at

Teboul for Euro Finals.
31st August:
After seeing pictures of rocket bike racer Eric Teboul on social media testing a new engine on his rocket bike, we waited with bated breath for an announcement from Santa Pod Raceway and are delighted to see that Eric will indeed be attending the Euro Finals Shootout to ride his bike.

Eric commented "The first test was with low pressure and less peroxide density. The temperature was correct, so it looks ok for more pressure and stronger fuel". It was cool to see that Eric was able to run his test in his yard". In September 2020 he wrote "During the covid period I have started to make modifications on the catalyser to make a new world record in 2021. I started with the rocket bike in 2001 so in 2021 I will have been riding it for 20 years. After the 2021 season I will stop competing with my rocket bike and spend time to assist David Pertué to come back with his rocket car". So this could be the last opportunity to see Eric go up the track at Santa Pod Raceway, although Il ne faut jamais dire jamais (never say never).

Eric will be making three passes, timetabled for 18:30 on Friday 10th September, 15:00 on Saturday 11th and 13:00 on Sunday 12th. Other exhibition vehicles lined up for the event are Martin Hill in the FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car, FireForce 5 Jet Dragster and Roger Goring in Firestorm Jet FC who will be running alongside FireForce 3 and FireForce 5 during the event. A full timetable can be seen at this link.

Lindahls winners at Malmö.
31st August: Mikael Lindahl won the Pro Xtreme class (known also as Top Doorslammer) in the Winter Nats at the eighth mile Malmö Raceway on Sunday. Friday was rain affected but qualifying was able to take place between showers. On Saturday the weather worsened and all on-track activities were cancelled, however conditions improved on Sunday to allow eliminations to be run to their conclusion. Qualifying in Pro Xtreme was as follows:
  1. Rimbert Vahlström (supercharged '53 Corvette) 4.0786/299.50 kph
  2. Mike Reymond (nitrous '07 Mustang) 4.4996/220.45
  3. Roger Johansson (nitrous Mustang) 4.6767/214.03
  4. Mats Stefansson (Mustang) 5.3326/145.04
  5. Mikael Lindahl (supercharged '09 Mustang) 5.7448/139.35
  6. Hans Falkenberg (turbo Firebird) 7.0151/105.48
In round one, Rimbert Wahlström was a no show against Hans Falkenberg (pictured right) who ran 7.015/115kph; Mikael Lindahl (pictured left) defeated Mike Reymond 4.240/278.80 to 4.749/190.50; and Roger Johansson went through to the semi finals with a 6.664/109.1 when Mats Stefansson didn't show.

Semi finals were Hans Falkenberg with a bye of 4.321/258.2 and Mikael Lindahl defeated Roger Johansson 4.274/270.7 to 5.721/135.60. The final was another consistent run by Mikael 4.278/272 to take the winner's trophy against Hans Falkenberg's 11.231/71.80.

In other classes, Pro Street was won by Sven Holst with a 4.948/214.1 run, after Mats Jeppe had qualified #1. The largest fields were in Junior Dragster won by Felicia Rudnert and Street 5.5 which Martin Hagström won. Full results can be seen at this link by clicking on Winter Nats 2021.

A couple of racers were testing, Jens Zimmerman from Germany has a new 69 Camaro doorslammer and he ran a 4.6582/225.21, also Rene van den Berg took his Fuel Bike to Malmo for testing prior to the Mosten Race n' Rock (replacing RaceDay) this weekend.

Facebook Photo albums from the event can be seen at Jonas Ek's Cruzing.Just.Nu Facebook page.

The generation game.
31st August: One of the moments of the season was the joy of seeing third generation drag racer Samuel Hope win Junior Drag Bike in his race debut at the Greenlight Nationals. Knowing that dad Alex and grandad Chris have both been winners in Pro Stock Bike, we were prompted by Lynn Hope to research whether this is the first time in British Drag Racing history that all three generations have been event winners.

After some head scratching by statistical guru Andy Marrs, former editor Tog and pub quiz contestant extraordinaire and Stock / Super Stock racer Spencer Tramm, we are in a position to state that, unless anyone can prove otherwise, we think that the Hope family are the first to have three generations of event winners.

We should state in fairness that the three generations of Pete, Allan and Louis Davies are all deeply involved in the motorcycle side of the sport, although Pete as an award winning engineer restricted his racing activities to grass tracks, and three generations of the Coulsell and Fulton families have competed in the car classes although we could not find records of the eldest generation winning an event. We look forward to correspondence...

VP Racing Fuels named official fuel of Doorslammers.
30th August:
VP Racing Fuels, Inc., sponsor of and regarded worldwide as the leader in racing and performance fuel products, has been named the Official Fuel of Doorslammers, happening on 3rd-5th September at Santa Pod Raceway in the UK.

"With a successful partnership already in place at Santa Pod, we felt that Doorslammers was a perfect opportunity to showcase our relationship and support of drag racing in the U.K.," said Tom Davis, VP’s U.K. & European Business Development Manager. "With the raceway’s history and an outstanding reputation for racing, we’re delighted to being closely involved as headline sponsor."

The Official Fuel arrangement will result in VP’s wide array of products being available to pre-order in time for the large amount of testing and race day events held. Race teams can pre-order at VP fuels will also be available at the Raceway on the day of the event.

"We are delighted that VP is partnered with us for Doorslammers," added Caroline Holden Santa Pod’s Commercial Manager, "and together, we will be able to offer a first-class race fuel solution to all of our competitors and visitors."

In addition to a prize fund of £40,000, Santa Pod will be running several competitions for tickets, VP goody bags, and some autographs from VP-supported drag racers over from the US. The Raceway will also be featuring a range of special show offers on VP Motorsports Containers®, Madditives® fuel additives, and other consumer products over the weekend.

For more information about VP and its products for racers, enthusiasts, and general consumers, visit

Firestorm's new PB at Ford Show.
30th August: Santa Pod Raceway held its Ford Show yesterday. Attended by 18 Ford clubs from around the country, the Ford Show coupled a car display and swap meet with on track run what ya brung and drag demonstrations. You can see a gallery of photos from the event taken by Kieran by going to this link or going via the Event Coverage list in the menu on any page.

The highlight of the drag demonstrations was the Firestorm Mustang Jet Funny Car of Roger Goring which recorded a new PB ET for runs at Santa Pod Raceway of 5.9862 coupled with a speed of 265.11 (Firestorm recorded a 5.92/245 at Shakespeare County in September 2016 - editor). Roger had previously run a five on 5th September 2020 (5.9919/263.69) and yesterday's pass was quicker with a 60ft time of 1.1038 and eighth mile incrementals of 4.1040/198.71. Roger's quickest recorded speed was 266.83 on 27th June. Crew Chief Helen Rusling commented "A fab day, met some great people, now drag racing fans, and put in a good strong run - all very happy. Roll on the The Euro Finals in two weeks!"

Other drag demonstrations included Gary Parkes' Model T altered from the Supercharged Outlaws, which ran a strong 7.8122/175.69. Darren Peart's Cortina Mk3 was making test runs prior to competing in the Pro Doorslammer class in The Doorslammers next weekend and achieved a new PB of 7.8709/169.80 using nitrous in his 489ci engine. Darren said "We have been struggling with tyre shake for a few events now and this event was no different, but after a few small adjustments and with the track glued, we finally had a run with no tyre shake and a massive wheelstand. We are finally happy enough with the chassis setup we can start to gradually bring in more power!"

Two members of the Taz Racing stable were running solidly in the nines, Brian Nixon's 105e naturally aspirated big block Anglia back in the eights with 8.9922/148.58 and Lee Denham's 400ci nitrous Capri running 9.4405/146.72. There were three members of the Modified 100e group which we hope to see in force at the Hot Rod Drags, co-ordinator Scott Collin running a new PB of 10.1987/132.07 after a loose radiator hose caused the car to spin on track on Saturday, and Stuart Flitton on 10.4771/130.16, close to his PB of 10.30. The third 100e of Paul Lorne unfortunately suffered engine breakage with a bent pushrod and chunks of aluminium ending up in the sump. Also scoring a PB was the imaginatively signwritten FWD Escort Van of Terry Newton who ran 10.0228/150.13, his first 150mph and surely with a nine on the cards for Doorslammers.

The Orange Pop team of Simon Barlow was in attendance and although no headline numbers were run, the guys and gals were in testing mode with new parts. Crew Chief Karl Harrison said "It moved two feet then spun the tyres as the wheelie bar was too low and the engine made a sh*t load of horsepower; all ok though and all the bits are working as they should. We had more ups and downs, but more progress made and lots learnt; we know now we have way more power with the new engine/blower/CDI ignition system and fuel system than we had before". As the previous best was 7.08/192 we think we know where that is heading...

Photo credits: Roger Goring by Kieran, Gary Parkes and Scott Collin by Sarah White, Simon Barlow by Jason Yates.

Julie's Bowling Green win.
30th August: Congratulations to expat Norwegian NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster racer Julie Nataas for a win at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, Battle at the Beech yesterday.

In a field of six, Julie started with a disadvantage qualifying in bottom place with a 26.040/22.48 run. In round one she met Rich McPhillips Jr. and scored an identical ET to Rich, 5.259 with 276.92 speed, Julie's 0.064 RT making the difference. In the semi final, Julie's 5.313/275.06 defeated Mick Steele's 5.512/259.11 and in the final, Julie had a holeshot win over Jasmine Salinas, a 5.294/272.01 coupled with a 0.053 light defeating Jasmine's 5.283/278.06 with a 0.077 RT.

You can see onboard footage of Julie's round one win at this link. The win consolidates Julie's lead in the North Central Region TAD points standings, and she is currently fourth in the national points out of 55 racers.

Swift snippets.
30th August: Can you help Netherlands Pro Mod racer Marck Harteveld get back on track? He says "I'm looking for a Lenco CS1 part, a gear set 1:28 fine spline". If you have some for sale or you know somebody who has one they want to sell, contact Marck at VooDoo Hemi racing, on 0031 6534 00718 or at his e-mail address.

We've several birthdays to celebrate today. Happy Birthday to Top Methanol racer, British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member and team owner Krister Johansson, drag racing artist Paul Whitehouse who reaches 60 today, also to Finnish Pro Modified and Top Doorslammer racer Tero Laukkanen, race car builder and former nitro slingshot racer Johnny Hall, and last but not least former Pro ET racer Heide Stanley. Have a great day all.

Further prize for Perfect Light Award winners.
28th August: Tig and Cath Napier of Pro ET racing team Bad Habit Racing have been generous supporters of the sport for many years and sponsors of the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award since 2013.

So keen are the Napiers to raise awareness of the award winners that they have generously come up with a special decal which will be handed out in future to any racer winning by scoring the first 0.000 RT at championship events where the award is given. The decal, designed by sponsor Peter Walters Race Designs to whom Cath and Tig give grateful thanks, will also be given out to past award winners, who Cath has been diligently listing.

Cath says "I'll be giving them out at the Euros and National Finals to everyone who has won the PL since we started sponsoring it in 2013 and Simon has kindly agreed to hand them out to future winners". We thank Cath and Tig for their kind contribution and, make no mistake, they will be sought out as a sign that the racer carrying one can cut killer lights. A pdf list of those who have won the Perfect Light Award since Bad Habit Racing sponsored it can be downloaded from this link.

As with all awards, display of these decals on your race vehicle is not mandatory but would be appreciated.

Kasey remembered.
28th August: Many thanks to Martin Drake of Drakie's Photography who has sent a photo never before published and tribute to Kasey Dixon-Grainger who we lost ten years ago today:

"Today is 10 years that Kasey Dixon-Grainger lost his life in a top end accident at York Raceway, I have only just released my last burnout shot I took of him on that last run; it's been sitting on my hard drive all that time as I didn't feel I could let it out to the world yet.

"He was one of the greatest men alive, a great man to his family, loved by everyone, he was always around whenever you needed anything if you broke at the track, just an all round fantastic human being.

"On his last run he would get his best time, a 10.1 second pass, and was billed to be the best racer with so much potential, sadly that run on 28th August 2011 would be his last one, grieved by his Mum & Dad Tanya and Paul, and his brother Scott Dixon-Grainger and his many friends and associates in the UK racing family".

JT repairs.
28th August: Thanks to regular contributor Pro Modified and burnout-across-the-line Pro ET racer John Tebenham for another update on his activities in the lead up to The Doorslammers 3rd-5th September:

We have managed to get another half shaft, as that’s why the burnout went wrong in the Crew Killer. Paul Marston has diff spares, so we will be back out at The Doorslammers. Also, thanks to Luke Robinson and my new crew chief Ricky Packham, we are ready with my mad Pro Mod, come on, 191 mph in 3.91 seconds.

We have had a massive change around of crew as less is more, so less crew but I am determined to win something with two cars at two meetings. At least somebody put a burnout trophy up, as I can assure you I will win that. This could be the best two weekends of my life (or maybe the bloody worst).

Come and buy a poster off us which Callum Pudge took, £2.50 or £5.00 and sit in the Crew Killer.

Ford Show preview.
27th August: The Ford Show takes place this Sunday, 29th August at Santa Pod Raceway. Fords of all ages and from both the US and UK will be seen at the event, either on track or in the Show & Shine.

Santa Pod will be running an invitational sub 12 second class which will include Scott Collin, Paul Lorne and Stuart Flitton in their Modified 100e cars and others. For those who want to go in the Ford-only Run What You Brung, you can make unlimited runs for £35 by going to this link. RWYB entrants will need to buy an admission ticket online as well as a RWYB ticket.

Off track, there will be areas for clubs to display and you can see the list of the 18 clubs that have registered, and where they will be displaying, by clicking on the image. If you wish to take part in the Show & Shine, you just book a ticket online at this link when you arrive, park in the Show & Shine area after 8am and fill in the form. Spectators should book in advance at the same link.

We will be attending as Kieran will be taking photos and video for his Mk1Kieran Youtube channel.

Pictured Scott Collin (left) alongside Paul Lorne, and Stuart Flitton (right).

Williams Bros Speed Shop to sponsor Doorslammers Big Bracket.
27th August: Santa Pod are delighted to announce that the Williams Bros Speed Shop are back to sponsor the Big Bracket Class at the forthcoming VP Racing Fuels Doorslammers event on 3rd-5th September. Said Nic Williams of the OCS Group “This is the perfect event for us to showcase our products and services so it makes perfect sense for Williams's Bro's Speed Shop (part of the OCS Group) to be the title sponsor of the Big Bracket, especially as so many of our customers that have used our mechanical, paint or engine (WBR Race Engines) services will be competing in the class.

Our Northamptonshire based premises offers a one stop facility for all of your needs from minor paint repairs to full bare metal restorations with OCS Paint, then next door Williams Bros Speed Shop offers everything from routine American car servicing and parts to full builds, specialising in hot rods and NHRA stock legal race cars.

We will be fielding at least three cars under the Williams Bros Racing banner ourselves and look forward to pairing up with cars from other classes that we do not normally race against. The whole Williams Bros racing team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, we look forward to seeing you there. Check out our facilities online at -,, and

EDRS update.
27th August: The Mid Sweden Nationals Finals will be taking place this weekend at Sundsvall Raceway, Sweden, the event having been shortened by one day to Saturday and Sunday 28th-29th August only. It's the final EDRS race in Sweden this year.

Spectator numbers are restricted to 600 per day including children (these Swedish restrictions will only provisionally be lifted in September), and the race entry is down from what it would have been. However all sportsman classes are represented with a sprinkling of quicker machines on-site. You can see the entry list at this link and results will be published at this link (click on Mid Sweden Nationals).

The current points positions for the Summit European Drag Racing Series run by Speedgroup can be seen at this link. The final two rounds of the championship will be at Kauhava in Finland on 11th-12th September and Gardermoen, Norway on 10th-12th September. These will be preceded by Super Comp Bike and Super Gas Bike running at Mosten, Denmark on 3rd-4th September and Super Gas Bike, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street Junior Dragster and Pro ET racing at Haapsalu, Estonia on 4th-5th September.

Pictured: Top Doorslammer racer Stefan Carlsson, who will be making demo runs at the Mid Sweden Nationals Finals.

Malmö Winter Nats this weekend.
27th August: The Malmö Winter Nats will be taking place from today to Sunday at the eigth mile Malmö Raceway. Details and the entry list are at this link, and you can catch up with results at this link (select Malmo Winter Nats).

The race will be highlighted by eight Pro X-Treme cars (aka Top Doorslammer), and although there is no live stream of this event, we will bring results early next week.

Swift snippets.
27th August: We have a birthday on the team today, Many Happy Returns to photographer Julian, have a great day from Diana, Kirstie, Kieran and Simon.

Mustang Owners Club GB private track day.
26th August:
On Friday 13th August the Mustang Owners Club of GB held a private track day at Santa Pod Raceway. Starting on Thursday evening, members stayed at The Sharnbrook Hotel & VesuviO Restaurant ready for the club's exclusive track day at Santa Pod.

On Friday, over 110 cars including many generations of Mustang, Dodge Challengers, Hellcats, Chevrolet Camaro and Trucks attended the MOCGB Race Day, many members taking to the track, some spectating and soaking in the atmosphere. During the evening around 40 members went back to the hotel for a Pizza and Pasta Buffett. Over 800 runs were made over the course of the day and as well as Sharnbrook Hotel, Mustang Maniac Ltd and A-Plan Insurance supported the event.

Our regular photographic correspondent The Mad Welshman attended the event and have uploaded two large albums from the track day to their Flickr account which you can see by going to this link. Mad says "We were lucky enough to get some trackside shots and there were also some additional non-Mustang guests on track too."

The MOCGB was founded in 1979 to help ensure the preservation and enjoyment of the Ford Mustang. It welcomes owners and enthusiasts of all models, years and styles of Mustang. A full membership of £25.00 per annum provides a printed copy of the magazine together with being able to access the magazine online, or there is a digital subscription offer available for £15.00 per annum.

Hippo-Drones at SPR.
26th August: Santa Pod Raceway was the subject for Youtube vlogger (not social media influencer - editor) Peter O'Connor who runs the Hippo-Drones Youtube channel who visited the track last Sunday for the Greenlight Nationals. Peter writes:

"I was very kindly invited up to Santa Pod Raceway to see what it was all about by a friend and subscriber, Dave Grundy. I have never been before and had no idea what to expect as the racing is so very different than the circuit racing I am more familiar with.

Dave Grundy is racing in the Greenlight Nationals in the ET Bike class on his lovely Triumph Street Triple 765, and when I arrived he introduced me to Jon Crawford who is racing in the VWDRC Sportsman class, and is the current champion. Jon then introduced me to many of the other 4 wheeled racers in the paddock and Dave also introduced me to many of the two wheeled competitors. Every single person I met up at Santa Pod was incredible, so very friendly and welcoming. It truly was a pleasure to meet and chat and hang out with every single one.

"I thought drag racing was going to be so different, but the reality is that it is one big family. My eyes have been opened, just need to book myself on a RWYB (Run What You Brung)".

Peter's video gets off with a bang with the Top Fuel engine explosion of Mona from Sweden in the first few minutes, however the interviews, interspersed with the runs of the interviewees, are the main element of the production. These are conducted in a friendly and concise way with great camerawork. All-in-all, the video provides a brilliant insight to racers as individuals and personalities, something that is missing from many other video productions that focus solely on the track. We hope that Peter will be able to return to the track in the near future to report on more SPR races.

Crew required for Comp Eliminator AMX.
26th August: Former Outlaw Flat Four racer David Swift whose last (and rather fiery) ride was the John Maher tube chassised Beetle, has made a change of direction and bought this AMC AMX in which he will be competing in the OCS Group Big Bracket at The Doorslammers 3rd-5th September and in Track WorX Comp Eliminator at the following week's European Finals 10th-12th September.

Dave says "The car was built by Autofab Race Cars with a new 632ci Steve Schmidt engine with 3 stages of gas and an Abruzzi Powerglide gearbox. It's going to be a steep learning curve from the Beetle. I am looking for an experienced crew member to assist with general race prep/maintenance whist at the European Finals and future events at Santa Pod. If you're interested, call me on 07595 366306 or e-mail on this address. You can also see Dave's request in our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet and if you have similar needs for crew, do let us know at

Top Doorslammer at Motopark.
26th August: Yesterday we reviewed the Fueltech Nitrobike Shootout at Motopark Raceway, Finland at the weekend, and also noted from the entry list and results there was a good field of Finnish Top Doorslammers. Although eliminations were rained off, some good times were run during the two qualifying sessions. Here are the qualifying results from the event:
  1. Tero Laukkanen (turbo 2016 Camaro) 4.072/300.08
  2. Hannu Flink (nitrous Willys Coupe) 4.169/288.56
  3. Lasse Niskavaara (supercharged 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt) 4.202/282.56
  4. Jari Sokura (supercharged 1957 Chevrolet Belair) 4.583/277.43
  5. Marko Leivo (supercharged 1967 Chevrolet Camaro) 4.677/233.84
  6. Ville Haga (turbo 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS)4.737/259.07
  7. Mikko Siironen (supercharged 1971 Plymouth Barracuda) 4.764/266.02
  8. Jaakko Lauhasmaa (supercharged 1971 Plymouth Barracuda) 5.082/240.78
  9. Henri Hälikkä (supercharged 1970 Plymouth Duster) 6.473/119.97
  10. Jarmo Nyberg (supercharged 1969 Dodge Dart)7.861/84.17
In the FHRA Top Doorslammer points, Tero Laukkanen leads from Hannu Flink by two points with Lasse Niskavaara and Jari Sokura only three more points further back, and Mikko Siironen and Jaakko Lauhasmaa four and six points behind them. Both events in 2021 only had qualifying points awarded, so the 11th-12th September race at Kauhava should be highly competitive.

You can see the cars and other vehicles from the event in action, with fantastic on-board shots, at Teemu Multisilta's Youtube channel at this link and other media links are in yesterday's report on the Nitrobike Shootout. Tero Laukkanen photo © Teemu Multisita

Doorslammers entry deadline this Friday.
25th August: We remind racers that entries for the Doorslammers to be held on 3rd-5th September are due to close this Friday 27th August. The link to go to for Doorslammers racer entry is, and you can see the current entry list at this link.

Colin's Outlaw Anglia update.
25th August: Many thanks to Renegade Outlaw Anglia co-ordinator Colin Millar for bringing us up to date about his racing operation and plans for the class at their next event, the NSRA Hot Rod Drags on 17th-19th September.

After attending a family wedding which also clashed with Dragstalgia and caused me to drop down the ladder by 1000 points (I'm not bitter, honest, well maybe a weee bit!), I was more than ready, in fact I would compare myself to a coiled spring looking forward to the Greenlight Nationals.

We intended to leave on Friday morning and as the event drew near, it changed to midnight and by the time we had left it was 5.30 on Thursday afternoon. We had a great run down and even stopped for dinner just over the border; the journey was so smooth that we rocked up at Santa Pod at 3 o’clock in the morning.

Even using my sweet nature we never even had a minute chance of getting into the pit, so off to the parking field I said to Lynn (I could see she may have been a tad upset by now). The new rig is fantastic but to sleep in it, the car needs to go outside; I said it's ok, its only a few hours. The fact we have that much gear in the Discovery means the seats don’t go back and sitting up for four hours didn’t seem to agree with my Lynn after flies, daddy long legs and various other beasties had come in as I left the light on and opened the door. Obviously, and way too often, the strain of the coiled spring was showing signs.

Entry to the event was had at 07.45 and after pitting and a weeee sleep we were back on track.

A very wet affair was experienced by all, but eventually we managed only one qualifier and it was the race of our lives, creating history by running the fastest ever speed and ET in a side by side run in Outlaw Anglia in the class's 29 year history, well chuffed for me and for Jedd. On to Sunday and again the heavens opened but we again managed the 1st round of eliminations. I had Rob Stone, Mick Tayler had Jon Webster and Ben Kennedy had Jedd Guy.

Into the semi-finals with Jedd having a bye into the final, and for the first time ever I had an elimination race with Jon Webster, to be honest both of us were really looking forward to this race, mentally ready and pumped up. However it was not to be, my Holley fuel pump shaft seal popped and leaked race fuel on to the race track. Eagle eyed Dave Warren spotted this and immediately shut me down, the first time in 11 years. Two new pumps are on order from Topspeed !

Although the weekend was slow and wet we still had an absolute ball, thanks to everyone who raced with us supported us and to all the track crew and marshals who do an incredible job.

Onwards and upwards as the Outlaw Anglia class look forward to the NSRA Hot Rod Drags with an entry field at present showing 15 cars but with my calculations this will increase beyond 30 plus cars, and everyone is ready to race and have a fantastic time. We have 1st 2nd and 3rd trophies, most consistent ET and best 1st round elimination reaction time trophies and OA Bracket class 1st and 2nd trophies, so plenty of opportunity for all involved.

As always we are looking to put on the very best show with a few more familiar faces coming back out to play but just as many new faces coming out to face the challenges of what is (in my opinion) the very best class out there.

Look forward to seeing everyone real soon, see you at the track!

Wild Bunch news update.
25th August:Claire Meaddows has updated the Wild Bunch web site with news from last weekend's Greenlight Nationals.

Claire commented: We had a small but excellent field of 5 cars participating in the event. New PBs for speed were recorded by Mark Coulsell in ‘Ballbreaker’ at 161.92 mph and Andy Clifford in ‘Snake Eyes’ at 154.21 mph (his first time over 150mph). By winning the event Mark has taken the lead in the Springbridge MSUK Challenge and the SPRC Championship for Wild Bunch

The next Wild Bunch round is at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags on 17th-19th September, with the final MSUK round at the National Finals on 25th-26th September.

A very Happy Birthday to Claire's other half 'Crazy' Chris Hartnell, have a great day from all of us at

Fueltech Nitrobike Showdown back in Finland.
25th August: After the round at Mantorp Park in Sweden it was back to Motopark in Finland for the Fueltech Nitrobike Showdown's penultimate round of its inaugural champsionship.

With rain the main feature of the weather, cancelling the third round of qualifying and the whole of the Sunday eliminations, the results we can share are the qualifying positions after session 2:
  1. Vesa Lipponen 6.588/238.30kph
  2. Samu Kemppainen (Skull Racing) 6.649/335.07
  3. Roman Sixta 6.830/326.90
  4. Jaska Salakari 7.142/213.25
  5. Mikko Rajaniemi (Sirpa TFB) 7.195/277.61
  6. Lasse Leponiemi (Team ST60) 7.382/304.03
  7. Marko Lantto (Reckless Racing) 7.742/217.47
  8. Torsti Kettula (Gruff drag racing team) 7.772/203.96
  9. Alternate: Harri Piensalmi 22.921/46.04
There were a couple of non-qualifiers too, Juha "Sushi" Hintukainen (near lane, below right, Veskun Kuvatukset photo) and Kalle Myllyä. Roman Sixta (far lane, below right) suffered an accident where the front end of the bike washed out after the finish line the bike going across the grass area into a tyre wall at high speed. Roman was kept in the local hospital overnight for observation and released on the following day, unhurt apart from a sprained wrist, but in shock. He's now resting at home and we send our best wishes

Vesa Lipponen (near lane, above left, Timo Aartomaa photo) came out of the race #1 in points with the next and final race of the season at Kauhava 11th-12th September.

You can see photos of the event at the following links:
RIP Crew Killer burnouts.
23rd August: Many thanks to Pro ET and Pro Modified racer John Tebenham for sharing his plans for The Doorslammers and European Finals and reflecting on a burnout too far, literally, at the Greenlight Nationals:

The mad Crew Killer pop did a great burnout (for video click on
this link from Patrick O'Connor) this Sunday, but after a chat with Dave Warren who was absolutely right to disqualify me as I went over the start line (love you Dave), the start crew have said no more mad burnouts. So the Crew Killer Pop is up for sale, people don’t come to watch that sort of thing.

We can now concentrate on my Pro Mod. A massive thanks to Keith for the car park (say no more). Come to the Doorslammers and be entertained (obviously with boring burnouts).

September - how could you not be excited about it. First The Doorslammers and as we are the poster car we had better come and play, but I am only 50% sure we are 90% going as my crankshaft is still in the USA. Luke Robinson, the man who runs my team, has assured me we will be ready.

I am going to enter the Doorslammers and the Euro finals with both cars, I just hope we have enough spares, but I’m not too worried as my driving instructor is coming up to race (about bloody time). Yeah, my hero Andy (rev it) Robinson is back. A shout out to Andy who was unbelievable when I got the Pro Mod, teaching me how to drive one of these beasts. We would get back to the pits, I’d say 'Andy it was swaying left, right, left, right at about 200 mph' He said 'Yeah keep your foot down, sit it on the rev limiter at 10,400 revs, it will calm down, then change gear', yeah, we went 6.02. A massive respect to Andy for his wins , his bad runs (what we don’t talk about), and how many times he keeps bouncing back, the man must be a ball. Good luck Andy and remember, we are pitted together so we share all spares as Andy has engines and we have spark plugs. Bring it on.

Greenlight Nationals racer comments.
23rd August: We've gathered up a selection of social media comments from some racers following the weekend's race (apologies for not including every word or acknowledgement). But first, let's have a roll call of those finals (or in a couple of cases, semi finals) that didn't happen due to the final rain shower which occurred close to the 8pm curfew:

Competition Eliminator: Robin Orthodoxou or Jordan Payne vs Steve Lloyd or Spencer Tramm
Peter Nee Super Pro ET: Billy Gane vs Barry Giles
Dave Grady Super Gas: Andy Dibley vs Mark White
Modurstang Pro ET: Ronnie Mercer vs Tom Watkins
Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET: Gill Medley vs Holley Walters
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Katie Ellis vs Harry Redshaw
Nostalgia Superstock: Dave Billadeau vs Spencer Tramm
Renegade Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy vs Jon Webster
VW Pro: James Hodson vs Luke Stevenson
VW Sportsman: Jack Gooding vs Daniel Boucher or Rob Creswell

Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike: Stephen Mead vs Alan Morrison Jnr
JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike: Brad Head vs Brett Cordelle
Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike: Brad Head vs Brett Cordelle
Blood Cancer UK ET Bike: Bill Marsh vs Phil Pratt

Daimler nitro dragster racer Robin Read had a frustrating Saturday followed by a great run on Sunday. He said "In the end after many delays caused by rain, we were shut off after the burnout for a fuel leak from a loose fitting on the main fuel line into the metering valve, repairs were carried out, but it was the rain that finally curtailed our activities. We only managed to get one run in on Sunday and were very pleased with a 6.9018/196.40. After all the work that has taken place on Spirit of Le Patron since the Hot Rod Drags last year, we needed a good solid pass. The run was faultless, Spirit arriving at the other end undamaged and clean and tidy, a good starting place to expand on the tune up; we got some good data too. You can see regular updates and a list of those Robin thanks on his Facebook group.

In Competition Eliminator, Jordan Payne beat a red-lighting Nic Williams (for video click here). He said "Due to circumstances out of our control, our second round of eliminations was delayed and was unable to take place before the rain arrived and caused the event to be called for the weekend. Many thanks to the Santa Pod track crew for all of their efforts today to get the track cleared and dry for us to race. It’s very much appreciated by the Sticky Situation Racing team!"

The debut of Tim Moore's 'Tim's Toy' '55 Chevy in Super Gas got the attention of everybody, what a beautiful new build. Wife Tina said "Well what a weekend, on Friday I thought that’s it, we’re going home with all the problems we had, but with our extended drag racing family the problems got ironed out. I have so many people to thank, Rob Chilton for all the fabrication work, Richard Walters for a great paint scheme, John Atkinson for all the electrics on the car, to Paul Watson and John for setting the grid up, Steve Hitchcock for sponsoring us this weekend and his help, Simon Fulton for use of the trailer and Dave Fulton for helping getting the brakes sorted and putting the engine in. ‘Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring’ Jon Giles for his encouragement all weekend and to all the Super Gas guys. If I have forgotten anyone I apologise. Bring on the Euros!"

Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET racer Holley Walters said "What a brilliant weekend racing. After spending what felt like most of the weekend waiting in the pairing lanes for the precipitation to pass, I managed to reach the final for the first time since 2017 at Shakey! I had some great races against Chris Winn , Rob Creswell and Georgina Smith, but I have to give special mention to my semi finals race against my better half Dan Holloway. I'd have been made up for either of us to take the win, but luck was on my side for once and I was almost bang on my dial in. Thank you to Cath Dodge and Tig Napier for the bounty prize, awarded for taking out Dan as the reigning winner from Bug Jam. I was gutted Gill and I couldn't run the final as the rain eventually set in for good, but I'm sure we'll get another chance some day". Holley thanks her mum and dad Richard Walters and Julie Walters for their hard work in getting her to the track and looking after her and brother Peter all weekend.

In Outlaw Anglia, Jemma Guy, for husband and sponsor Jedd Guy, wrote "The weather was 100% not on our side on Saturday however thanks to the awesome track crew we were able to get a qualifying run (for video click here) which put us straight in at number 1 with a 7.099 @ 192 off the trailer! A new PB speed with the engine bogging after the launch (and the quickest side by side Outlaw Anglia run ever with Colin running 7.175 @ 192.24 – editor). On Sunday, again the weather couldn't make up its mind, we had Ben Kennedy in the 1st round and then a bye in the Semi Final. The final was then to be against Jon Webster and both our teams were rushing round to get ready but the skies opened up and ended the day! Big thank you to Santa Pod Track crew for all there hard work this weekend!

VW Pro saw a new PB for Paul Jackson at the Green Light Nationals in the il Pirätä 20vt Lupo, at 10.34@134mph, Paul crediting engine work by Pro-Race Engineering mapping by Volks Workshop. The final included the dragster of Luke Stevenson who pointed out his record to date in the new car: Summer Nationals - Round 2 exit, Bug Jam - Semi Finals exit, Green Light Nationals - uncontested final, National Finals ??? But first roll on European Finals in a few weeks for Comp Eliminator and time to turn it up a little.

VW Sportsman racer Jon Crawford gave a full account of his weekend on the Crawford Motorsports Facebook page. "We went into this year's event with some confidence after an awesome day's testing on the preceding Monday at the VWDRC Drag Day. We went into the event 350 points behind Rob Creswell, and we knew that it was important to leave the event with the points lead. We put Monday's testing pb on the car, knowing full well that we wouldn't get close, a calculated decision which paid off. Over half the field went quicker than their dialled in time, and we qualified number five in the list of 17. It then rained, and the fields were set.

We were up against Ethan Lisle, a feared competitor who had been superb in Friday testing. However of his four 0.0x reaction times on Friday, two of them were on the wrong side, and so Jon knew as long as he stayed safe, there was a good chance the Rollin Pea Racing Lupo might lean on the tree too hard. And so it turned out. Round two pitched us again against Morgan Wilson for the commentators to compare my skills so favourably to hers is such a compliment. On this occasion Jon was able to get a better reaction time, caught and passed the yellow Beetle around 1000' and lifted to make sure he took the win. In The third round Jon raced the points leader Rob Creswell, left first but lifted too early and Rob sneaked past and took the win". Jon thanks Jim Broome, Damian Burke and Dave Grundy for their help over the weekend. (photo from VW Drag Day by Kirstie)

Taylors Trophy Super Street Bike had some great performances, Alan Morrison Jnr going to the top of the qualifying standings with his first six, 6.9421/211.81. It's difficult to realise that Alan is in his first year in the class after previously competing in 9.50 Bike, so confident is he in riding his new and much quicker bike. Whilst the rest of the qualified field struggled in the difficult conditions, Sunday saw some good runs, with Steve Venables stepping up in round one to 6.9736/217.94 (just short of his 218mph speed record) and then running 6.9116/217.88 but pulling a cherry against Steve Mead in the semi final. Meanwhile Alan improved his PBs further to 6.9132/211.91, so we were robbed of a potentially great final.

The Funny Bike final had Tony Clark, riding Phil Crossley's bike, getting another great pass of 7.2375/192.97 (new PB speed) in the final against Jiri Lukes in his first final. Jiri suffered an engine fire on the launch which got his attention but nevertheless he kept the machine straight down the track. He remarked "Put more Nitrous in, they said, it will be ok, they said!" Jiri was fine, looking down to check momentarily before he continued down track, and posted Ian Blackett's slo-mo video with the Jerry Lee Lewis classic 'Great Balls of Fire' playing in the background…

In Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Brad Head had his best racing weekend ever up to the point the rains came for the final time on Sunday evening. He said: The weekend started off well with posting a pb with the bike 9.69 qualifying us 4th, unfortunately no more running happened on Saturday due to the rain so that ended leaving us 4th and having to face our pit mate Craig Wright which was a shame but that’s racing - the winner would take a bye to the final! Craig got the jump on me at the start but my light was still one of best I’d had for a long while, Craig had trouble in the other lane and luckily me and the bike finally showed up to post a 9.54 to Craig’s 9.74, a win and a bye to my first final!

We were inches away to facing off against Brett Cordelle in the final when the rain decided it would give us one more blow! I was bsolutely gutted as I know this would have been a great race with Brett getting a good handle on his new clutch, hopefully a re run at euros ? If not I’m sure we will meet again!" Brad wanted to say thank you to all the people that helped him get to this point, Andy Head, Jake Mechaell, Charlotte Cook-Abbott, Billy Everitt, Andy Fadster and Hayley Hadfield. (Photo by Callum Pudge)

You can see photo galleries from the event by Callum Pudge on Facebook at this link and Patrick O'Connor at this link.

Frantic for sale.
23rd August: Regular readers and followers of the Wild Bunch will recall the incident at Dragstalgia where Andy Stones suffered a stuck throttle as he was coming round to the start line, and his 'Frantic' altered crashed into the the steel pillar of the barn.

After some thought Andy has decided to sell the car, originally built in 1978 and reworked over the last few years with a fresh chassis (see picture before the accident). He says "The car comes complete with everything - TH400 turbo with trans brake, Jaguar V12 engine with steel crank, Cosworth pistons and rods, ported and flowed heads, Ford 9 inch axle with 4:11 gears and much more besides.

The car chassis will need to be front halved, with a new drop beam and front wheels needed and a few other bits. If car doesn’t sell, Andy will break her up for parts, but is hoping someone will rebuild this classic drag car. If you're interested in acquiring a piece of UK drag racing history, contact Andy on 07970 274573 or at his email here.

European Finals update.
23rd August: Thanks to Santa Pod Raceway CEO Keith Bartlett who has provided an update on this year's European Finals:

As we near the end of the summer season, we are delighted to be able to hold an International Drag Racing event at the European Finals weekend on 10th-12th September. For the past 25 years, this has traditionally always been the FIA Championship Finals event, the last big international event of the season. However, because of the Covid-19 crisis and the subsequent restrictions it has placed on most events, the FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Championship was cancelled in both 2020 and again this year. In 2020 we held a replacement event called “Not the European Finals” which at least kept the event and the traditional date alive for all our dedicated drag racing fans and supporters, albeit on a much-reduced level.

Once again in 2021, we will be holding a major Drag Racing event on the same date, with nearly all the normal European Finals classes. However, whilst there will be European teams appearing, it will be reduced from the normal levels of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. Fortunately, we will still have Top Fuel Dragsters, Nitro Funny Cars, Nostalgia Funny Cars, Jet Cars, the wild Pro Modified plus all the regular national classes. Furthermore, the event will host an exclusive ‘Nitro Shoot-Out” to headline the event. Check the
Santa Pod website or the SPR Facebook page for more updates.

The event will also change from a 4-day event to a 3-day event (10th-12th September) with Thursday 9th Sept being a full-blown test day, but Friday 10th Sept will be the first day of actual racing (Qualifying).

The first round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship is normally held each year over the May Spring Bank Holiday preceded by the ‘Doorslammers’ event the weekend before, when again, a full field of European drivers and teams provide the competition. The Doorslammers couldn’t be held in 2020 or in May this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, the event is now scheduled for the week before the European Finals Shootout on the 3rd/5th September but again at a reduced level to previous years.

All these reductions are as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in place for travel for our foreign teams and drivers. With that said, both events will still produce fast and exciting drag racing whether you’re a regular die-hard fan or a first timer to our incredible sport!

It has been a very difficult 18 months for Santa Pod with the restrictions and closure of events etc. but I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our spectators, teams, sponsors and suppliers for the huge support we have received all of which has helped contribute to us surviving this hugely challenging time.

Remember, if you want to see Nitro cars – Shootout style and 300mph, 3-sec Top Fuel Dragsters and then Santa Pod on 10th-12th Sept is the place to be.

See you at the track!

SPRC European Finals refund.
23rd August: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for a notice about refunded entry fees for the event:

Following the shortening of the European Finals event by a day, Santa Pod Racers Club have taken the decision to refund the difference between the four day event as entered, and the now three day event to all race teams entered.

The refund will be as follows, for all sportsman classes the refund value will be £40 and all pro entries it will be £50. This will be reimbursed to you dependant upon how you paid for the event, card payments will be refunded back to the card used for the entry payment, whereas bank transfers will have the money returned to you.

Any racer who has yet to pay their entry fee, please now only pay the lesser amount of £215 for a Sportsman Entry and £235 for a Pro Entry.

STP Greenlight Nationals results.
23rd August: Congratulations to the winners at this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

Be Fast R Super Comp: Steve Hudson 8.9176/143.43 def. Leah Kellett 8.9189/164.87 DQ red (Leah went red by 0.0009)
Springbridge Direct Wild Bunch: Mark Coulsell 8.4772/130.57 (8.25) Andy Clifford 15.4263/63.38 (9.00)
Outlaw Flat Four:Paul Bate staged, bye

Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike: Tony Clark 7.2375/192.97 def. Jiri Lukes 14.3542/113.79 Comp Bike: Louis Davies 7.0669/188.92 def. Sean Mills no-show Junior Drag Bike: Samuel Hope 13.3811/46.17 (13.25) def. Casey Holgate 10.2055/63.53 (9.90)

The event was marked by rain during both days which the Santa Pod Raceway track crew worked tirelessly to clear and return the track to racing condition. A single qualifying session for each class was completed on Sunday morning after a downpour on Saturday afternoon brought proceedings to a halt. Eliminations on Sunday were also interrupted, however were able to be run through to semi finals, and for almost all classes it was only the finals that couldn't be run, a great achievement in the damp conditions.

Congratulations to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Nick Hale who was the winner of the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award supported by Cath and Tig Napier, receiving £50 (Nick also won a cash award from Street Eliminator sponsors Edge Performance Gearbox Specialists so a profitable weekend for him). The award will be reset to £50 and is next available at the European Finals.

The Twister Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of £50, went unclaimed and rises to £75 for the European Finals.

Bob's Photo Finish Award of £50 each goes to the competitors in the closest race by distance, thanks to sponsor Bob Roberts for posting the award. Congratulations go to Peter Nee Super Pro racers Billy Gane and sponsor Peter Walters who had a margin of 0.87 inches in the final (margin of victory 0.0003). We will be in touch with the winners in due course.

There were thankfully few incidents during the event. Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Al Williamson on a suffered an issue at the rear of his Howlin' Hauler pickup truck which sent him over the track at full throttle which he speedily corrected before glancing off the left hand wall. You can read Al's account of the aftermath of his accident below.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Festival of Power reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page. Please join Simon in thanking Julian and Diana for their hard work over the race weekend, and many thanks to those who gave feedback on our coverage.

Billadeau NSS lifestyle champion.
23rd August: Many thanks to Chris Goodale of Nostalgia Superstock for sending details of the class's 2021 Lifestyle Events championship, which was competed for at VW Breakout, Dragstalgia and the Mopar Euro Nationals:

The class held a trophy presentation for the Lifestyle Events champion and congratulations to Dave Billadeau as championship winner with 2310 points, with Stuart 'Kiwi' Thompson coming second on 2270 points me, Chris Goodale, coming third on 2020 points.

Dave is extremely pleased with his new Challenger which was fresh out this year. Kiwi is running a Billadeau-built engine and transmission along with Chris whose car Dave has extensively worked on.

So it’s been a very good result for everyone, Dave and Kiwi were extremely close in the points at the end, and Dave would like to congratulate Kiwi as he’s a very good friend and racer.

Big thanks as always to the tireless efforts of the crew at Santa Pod - it’s much appreciated, and to the committee members & everyone that races in Nostalgia Super Stock for making it such a competitive class and also a massive laugh at the same time.

We're looking forward to the National Finals this year and a full season of racing next year.

Howlin Hauler on the mend.
23rd August: Many thanks to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Al Williamson for sending us an account of his on-track incident on Saturday at the Greenlight Nationals:

The Howlin Hauler team was looking forward to the GLN having had a good season to date and lying second place in the points for street eliminator With a couple more improvements we were keen to get things started and maybe achieve the elusive 7 sec run. With the day delayed due to rain, we finally got the call for the 1st qualifier.

On the burnout the truck did move to the left which in itself was unusual, but my thoughts were, due to the weather this could end up being a one-shot qualifier, so I was conscious of getting a good time on the board. The launch seemed to be ok but within no time at all the truck did a sharp turn left, crossing into the left lane and unfortunately ended up making contact with the wall. The main damage was to the front suspension, strut, steering rack, wheel, and the radiator which took most of the impact.

The chassis has a few bent tubes but looks repairable, and there is some bodywork, after having a good look at the truck we definitely think it could have been a lot worse.

I have a lot of people who deserve special thanks, the amazing Santa Pod track crew and medical staff, who seemed to be there within seconds of me rolling to a stop; my wife June who was watching on the live feed, this being the first meeting ever I think she has missed; my fantastic crew of Iain, especially Kay who came and found me in the medic centre and kept the family up to date on what was going on, and Dave who looked after the aftermath while I was being checked over. A big thanks to all the SE drivers and crews who helped and offered to help, especially Damian who was in the other lane (sorry Damian, I didn’t have time to indicate I was turning left) and all the many hundreds of messages I’ve received from family and friends.

Unfortunately the incident has resulted in us being out for the remainder of the season, with the plan to repair and be ready for next season, maybe with a few improvements.

Jesus's Second Coming.
23rd August: If you saw our photos of the Performance Run What Ya Brung held by Santa Pod Raceway on Friday, you will have noticed a cool-looking VW Bay Window pickup. That vehicle belonged to Alex 'Jesus' Leverich who has written in to give us some more details about its build over the last three years by sponsors Robinson Race Cars:

It's been difficult keeping it off the internet for five years during the build, but I now have a Facebook page 'Second Coming Single Cab' and an Instagram account @secondcomingsinglecab both of which have lots of pictures and details about the build. I would really appreciate anyone who wants to give both pages a follow.

It all started September 2016. I took a trip to Das Drag Day in Bitburg, and my friend Trevor Sharpe spent most of the trip persuading me to live my dreams, apart from financial ruin, whats the worst that can happen? We heard about a very early 1968 VW Single Cab which came from an olive grove in Italy via Monaco. I was ready to fly to Monaco to view it, rang Kieran the owner and he explained that there was a little issue, it was soon to be in Essex.

The Robinsons requested I didn't cut anything out till I got it to their workshop, as none of us where really sure what we were going to keep or not. So in March of 2018 the time finally came, and I was handed a plasma torch and set to it in their yard. It's the closest to a Jedi I have ever felt.

It's an 8.50 tagged chassis with double wishbone suspension front and rear, with the rear being rocker to spread the load longitudinally down the chassis rather than across it. It's powered by a 2931cc Pauter aircooled flat four engine, with a small 6466 Precision turbo, running on methanol. Behind the engine is a four speed sequential Mendeola IRS gearbox. A Fueltech FT550 is handling all the control and logging.

It's a brand new vehicle and as you can imagine a lot to set up and tune before it starts to get anywhere near its full potential. Thanks to Richie at RJ Volks Performance for all the assistance in the past month getting it running and tuned.

NGK Anger Management 2.0 breaks cover.
22nd August:
NGK-sponsored seven-times UK pro mod champion and sponsor Andy Robinson is set to return to the drag racing scene next month with a completely new look for his ’69 Camaro race car three years after it was written off in a 200mph accident.

Andy is set to debut the NGK-liveried ‘Anger Management 2.0’ at The Doorslammers meeting on September 3-5 at Northamptonshire’s Santa Pod Raceway, the scene of his spectacular crash.

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and Andy’s company, Robinson Race Cars, have a long-established relationship spanning more than ten years and the arrival of Andy's new Pro Mod will mark an even closer bond between the two.

Andy said: “It’s been a long journey getting Anger Management 2.0 ready for racing. It looks great and I can‘t wait to debut it in front of our fans at Santa Pod."

The building of this new race car followed Andy's 200mph accident in the 2018 National Finals at the Santa Pod Raceway. So bad was the damage inflicted by the high speed crash that the team were left with no choice but to write off the original race car, known as ‘Anger Management’. Fortunately Andy, driver and owner of the race team, walked away shaken but otherwise unhurt, testament to the team‘s acknowledged excellence in chassis and roll cage design and fabrication.

The accident came at the end of a season that had seen the team continually raise the performance bar, culminating in a record breaking run of 5.867 seconds and a top speed of 246.37mph for the quarter mile.

Andy later reflected: “It was such a shame because the car was getting faster and faster. Earlier in the year we had set our best time ever, setting a track record in the process. We were looking forward to going faster still in 2019 with two goals in sight, breaking the 250mph barrier and setting a 5.7 seconds time, and the way we were developing the car I think we could have done it.”

However within days of the accident, the team promised a comeback and started to plan the build of Anger Management 2.0, a car that they vowed would be even faster than its predecessor, but in saying so they knew that no small task faced them and it was a project that couldn’t be rushed.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “With a relationship that spans more than ten years we told Andy we would stand by the team for as long as it takes to build the new car. When Andy came to us with his new design proposals we were thrilled to see how he’d integrated NGK into the overall design. Now we can’t wait to see if it’s as quick as it looks.”

While Andy's car was out of action NGK set him another challenge in the shape of its MO70 Dragmower project (pictured left).

The original ride-on mower, on which MO70 was based, was transformed by Andy and was piloted by NGK Sales Representative John Catterson at Santa Pod in October 2019 when it reached 115.53mph in just 9.49 seconds, believed to be a record for a ride-on mower over the quarter-mile distance.

Andy values his long-term relationship with NGK. He said: “We’ve always felt very privileged to have a name like NGK behind us and it seems absolutely right that ten years on we celebrate that relationship by having NGK featured so prominently on our new car. Now it’s down to us to deliver. No pressure then.”

For more details go to NGK’s UK Facebook page at and also the Robinson Racing Facebook page.

Event entry update.
20th August: Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that today is the closing date for the European Finals at normal rates. Racers may enter for the European Finals by going to this link on The entry list can be seen at this link.

Also entries for the Doorslammers to be held on 3rd-5th September are due to close on Friday 27th August and SPR would prefer racers to enter ASAP if possible. The link to go to for Doorslammers racer entry is, and you can see the current entry list at this link.

Motor Psycho returns.
20th August: Many thanks to fuel altered racer Adam Gleadow for sending in an account of his first hit with his rebuilt Motor Psycho altered.

After a lot of waiting, and cancelled testing opportunities over the last 18 months we finally got to make our first appearance with the latest iteration of Motor Psycho.

There's a lot of people who have helped us get to this position, but I want to say a huge thank you to two people who it would have been impossible without, and who are sadly no longer with us. Lawrie Gatehouse and Ollie Burn, we just wish you could have been there with us. Fuel Altereds Forever. We started the day with a few niggles, those overcome we headed to the lanes mid afternoon, apprehensive but excited to finally run a fully fledged fuel altered.

It had been 6 years since I last ran down the quarter mile, so a gentle burnout to get a feel for it, which brought everything back instantly, the car felt fantastic. On reaching for the reverser lever I hit the killswitch, rookie error. Pushed back and re-fired, pulled into stage and a soft 150ft checkout launch. Everything went to plan, and the car did exactly what was asked if it.

Back to the workshop for a full check over and a few tweaks, looking to get out again soon to start progressing with testing.

Thanks to the always brilliant Santa Pod track crew and marshalls, Joe Bond and Chris Eyre for coming on board to help out for the day and always, Dad, Darren, Martin & Chris for helping make all of this happen. It felt great to get back to the track running the car.

Your can follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with our progress at and @motorpsycho_aafa on Instagram.

Finally, get well soon to our fellow blown altered racer and friend, Dave Grabham.

Photo © Blackett Photography.

1000 and (still) counting runs!
20th August: Happy Birthday for tomorrow, 21st August to 9.50 Bike racer and eight time class champion Richard Sawatzki. Richard's wife Debbie reminded us that Richard was approaching a landmark number of runs in competition and we've updated our records from when we last looked.

We reported on 21st August last year had a running total at the end of 2019 was 972 runs since he started competing on his Suzuki Hayabusa in 2003 (thanks to our statistical guru Andy Marrs for arriving at this figure). Richard did 14 runs in the short 2020 season making 986. In 2021 so far, he has made 17 (two at the Springspeed Nationals, nine at Festival of Power and six at the Summer Nationals). So Richard actually passed his milestone of 1000 runs at the Summer Nationals, a fantastic achievement and congratulations to Richard!

All the best for tomorrow Richard, and we look forward to many more runs.

Photo of Richard at Shakespeare County Raceway test & tune in 2003 © Tog.

Gredzinski '80s book progresses.
20th August: Photojournalist Mark Gredzinski of Accurate Dragster Publishing has been in touch to tell us of his book picturing UK drag racing in the 1980s, which we first reported about on 2nd June.

"I need about 250 pics for the book. Scanning is ongoing and over 2000 images have been done as raw scans from which to make a selection and edit. I honestly don't know how many pics I have from the eighties but will know by the end of the month! Writing starts soon as I have a rough plan in my head. Among the inevitable duff pictures are some gems, so I'm looking forward to putting things in place. More later..."

The image of Charlie Draper's Funny Car debut in the late eighties in the EMS-Togo Firebird demonstrates it's well worth all that scanner whirring.

This weekend in Europe.
20th August: With the STP Greenlight Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend the largest event in terms of competitor numbers, several other events are taking place across the continent.

In Finland the FHRA Street Mayhem & Test n´Tune today at Motopark Raceway is followed by Salon Peltituote Nationals at the same track on Saturday and Sunday (pictured: Miami Vice Racing's Vamos Low Brow Plymouth). This is a round of the FuelTech Nitrobike Showdown 2021 and also a round of the FHRA Top Doorslammer championship. 11 Nitro Bikes are registered and no less than 14 Top Doorslammers, all from Finland. We'll report on the results of this event as soon as we hear them.

A piece of good news from Finland is that the season-ending FHRA eSend Winternationals at LSK Business Park, Kauhava on 10th-11th September (the final round of the FuelTech Nitrobike Showdown) looks to be taking place, as the club announced yesterday that the venue has requested permission from the City of Kauhava Environmental Agency to hold the event under the existing permit despite the appeal made in Spring which resulted in two earlier events being cancelled.

There is action this weekend in Hungary, too, as Kunmadaras hosts the KNMDR Extreme Horsepower weekend. This features qualifying today and eliminations tomorrow and Sunday with other festival-style activities as well. You can find out more on

At Trenčín Airport, Slovakia there is racing tomorrow, 21st August in the Drag Wars Slovakia vs Czechia series, with quarter mile racing and US car show & shine. More details are at the Power Fest web site.

The next championship events in Sweden are the Mid Sweden Finals at Sundsvall Raceway and the Malmö Winter Nationals taking place next weekend 27th-28th August, the Tallhed Dragway Autumn Open 2021 planned for this weekend, and Vårgårda Nationals for next weekend sadly having been cancelled.

STP Greenlight Nationals racer update.
19th August: Many thanks to to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us details of track opening and signing on at this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals, 21st-22nd August.

Road closure: Note that if you usually approach from Bozeat using Harrold Road, this road is closed at the junction of Airfield Road, and racers are advised to use alternative routes via Wollaston and Hinwick Road.

Junior Dragster will have to sign on and scrutineer for this event, but that is the only car class that is required to scrutineer.

The main gates to the track will open at 08.00 on Friday, 20th August 2021.

Friday 20th August:
10.00-18.00 Signing on office opens.
15.00-19.00 Scrutineering for Junior Dragster at the scrutineering building.
16.00-20.00 Scrutineering for bikes at the scrutineering building.

Saturday 21st August:
07.30-19.00 Signing on office opens.
08:00 Scrutineering for bikes at the scrutineering building.
09.30 Track open for qualifying.

Sunday 22nd August:
08.00 Signing on office opens.
09.30 Track open for qualifying/eliminations.

The detailed running orders and printable entry list can be seen in our event coverage page. Ian says "Please note there has been a small change to the running order for Nostalgia Super Stock, they will now run two classes later after Junior Drag Bike".

Duck-All Prep at Melbourne.
19th August: Since we announced the upcoming cash prize no prep race at Melbourne Raceway Round 5 on 18th-19th September, it has been rebranded Duck-All Prep by organisers Straightliners and sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing Parts, and an additional category has been added.

The cash prize no prep race can now be booked at the new web address No-prep weekend race entry is £200 (£115 per day) before the earlybird discount expires on 3rd September when racer entry will rise to £225 or £125 for each day.

Rules are at our update on 17th August. A seventh category has been added, Pro Small Tyre Rear Wheel Drive. Details are: modified, competition tyres maximum height 30 inches maximum tread width 11 inches, interior removed. Lee adds: "Many thanks to everyone that contributed their views to this decision".

There are two days with separate eliminations, one on Saturday and another on Sunday, giving a driver a chance of winning £800 over the weekend if they choose to run the whole weekend. Based on a 16 car field the winner gets £400 in each of six categories.

The Duck-All Prep race will be running along side the Big Bike Bonanza, 2-stroke Bike Bonanza, Straightliners Championship and Run What You Brung for everyone, any of which can be entered for at this link. Weekend race entry is £120 (£70 per day) before the earlybird discount expires on 3rd September.

Weekend spectator tickets are £25, or £12.50 per day until the earlybird discount expires on 3rd September when ticket prices will rise to £15 for each day.

Swift snippets.
19th August: A big Happy Birthday today to fuel altered racer Adam Gleadow from all of us at Adam celebrated early by taking his 'Motor Psycho' (pictured right) to Santa Pod Raceway for the first time on track for the rebuilt car last Saturday. Adam made a soft 150ft launch to check everything over and you can see a Facebook video of Adam at the track at this link (photo © Blackett Photography).

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has uploaded to his Youtube channel the cine film of Steve Clifton. The first upload is the 1978 September International, marked by the debut of Sammy Miller and the crash of Mickey Naylor which totalled his 'Medicine Man' fuel slingshot (the former Mr Revell of Dennis Priddle). The second upload covers the 1978 Fireworks Meet, the 1979 Easter Internationals and the 1979 May Day Meet at Santa Pod Raceway.

Spitfire Raceway drag and drift coming up.
19th August: sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing Parts has announced the next event at Spitfire Raceway, Perranporth, Cornwall.

"It's the best speeding ticket you will ever get, no points, no fine, no prosecution. Spitfire Raceway, Saturday 11th September, just open up that throttle. For track competitors, camping is £10 per night per head and kids go free. Pre enter the drag racing or drifting on line first at then to book your camping by calling 01872 552856. If you have any roll over credits from the cancelled event back in April, please email

You can take part at Spitfire Raceway on the drag strip with Run What You Brung drag racing with all vehicles welcome, or drifting with all welcome to the Drift What You Brung. There is also a Show & Shine competition with no additional charge after admission.

Spectators are welcome and entry is £10 per person, under 16s go free. You can even drag race from £10 after admission (crash helmet and full driving licence required).

Gates are open at 8am with track action 11am to 3pm. All vehicles have a safety check for drag racing and drifting and there is a drag strip riders and drivers meeting at race control 10.45am. Spitfire Raceway is at Perranporth Airfield, Perranporth, Cornwall TR5 0XS.

Media from the 26th June meeting, at which Dan Jacobs in his Audi TT (pictured above left) stole the show with the quickest elapsed time of the day, 9.68/144 mph, can be seen by clicking on these links:
Greenlight Nationals preview.
18th August: The Greenlight Nationals this coming weekend at Santa Pod Raceway contains 22 classes of racing plus exhibition runs from Tony Betts and Robin Read. It's good to see new racers entering the sport and there are several making their competition debuts or with new cars.

In Track WorX Competition Eliminator, Steve Lloyd will be racing in the ex-Williams Bros Chevrolet Impala, utilising a 327ci small block engine, with which he licensed at the Mopar Euro Nationals. We will also see the amazing and brand new COPO Camaro of Williams Bros Racing in the hands of Nic Williams, which has already run mid eights.

Dave Grady Super Gas sees the return of Tim Moore with his new Tim's Toy '55 Chevy, a show quality car which has been seen on social media. Peter Nee Super Pro ET sees the competitive senior class debut of former Junior Dragster racer Saskia Fensome Jell (above right) following a great 7.0415/196.23 licensing pass at the Summer Nationals, also the return of Doomsday Impala racer Dave Evans for the first time this year after engine damage at the 2020 Not The Euro Finals. We hope Andy Thetford has resolved the ignition issues in the Black Pearl Camaro's engine which prevented an earlier debut this year, and the class welcomes Pro Modified racer-in-waiting Matt Peters in the Norbert Kuno owned Dodge Avenger.

In Modurstang Pro ET two new female racers, Marie Mills (above left) will race the 23T altered she licensed in at the Retro Show, and Baylee Ashdown (above right) will be in the Paul Marston Racing-owned Banks Night Club sponsored dragster which she licensed in during July. Another licensee from that test day in July Pete Dodd (below left) will be in the ex-Mike Lacey Metamorphosis Camaro (double classing with NSS in his debut event), and Andrew Garnett in a Tesla Model S.

Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET has a long time returnee, Dave Ward who last raced in Super Pro ET in 2014 returns in a Formula Vauxhall Lotus, no less, and is doubtless covering up his Camel signage as we type. Kate Warner-Simcoe will be trying out the sport in a Nissan 350Z named The Warrior, AC Bell will be in a Chevrolet S10 under the gaze of dad Ashley.

In Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator, we the Plymouth Cuda of Mark Sheridan is on the entry list, and we have fingers crossed for the appearance of the much reworked car. Sadly one racer in the class, 6 Appeal's Mark Todd, has had to withdraw due to unavailability of an intake rocker which was found to be broken, and Mark's other car, the Freight Train GTO, has had cylinder liners on order since December, these things being a sign of the times.

In VW Sportsman Emma Sadler makes her debut in a Golf Mk3. Last but definitely not least, we have the debut of Samuel Hope (above right), Alex Hope's son, in Eurodragster Junior Drag Bike. Samuel will be licensing on Friday on Meg Talbot's bike which Alex tells us has been kindly lent to the CBD Asylum team.

Back to the exhibition cars, Tony Betts will be running his Nostalgia Funny Car after a successful Dragstalgia running 6.4001/220.05, and Robin Read will be running his Spirit of Le Patron which ran a best of 6.7873/200.67 at last year's Hot Rod Drags; you can read all about this engineering marvel at Robin Read Drag Racing Facebook Group.

Good luck and stay safe to all competitors and a warm welcome to those making their debut. Spectator tickets are available at

STP Greenlight Nationals Perfect awards.
18th August: £200 is up for grabs at this weekend's STP Greenlight Nationals courtesy of and our sponsors.

This weekend's Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Nostalgia Superstock racer Stewart Arthur at the 27th Mopar Euro Nationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing (racing this weekend in Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in Signing On or from staff.

The Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield and the Twister Race Team has reset to £50 after it was won by Nostalgia Superstock racer Jake Cawthorne at the 27th Mopar Euro Nationals. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award is available in Peter Nee Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, B Fast R Super Comp, Dave Grady Super Gas Shootout, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Wild Bunch, JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Blood Cancer UK ET Bike, and Eurodragster Junior Drag Bike. but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of the Twister Race Team.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect ET Award but we would appreciate it if decals are carried. decals are available in Signing On or from staff.

Bob's Photo Finish Award, which is presented in association with sponsor Bob Roberts, will award £50 each to the racers involved in the closest race of eliminations at this weekend's event.

The closest race will be decided upon distance rather than time since, for example, 0.001 seconds at 230 mph is further than 0.002 seconds at 110 mph. For this reason the official timing data will need to be consulted so the winners will be announced here on as soon as possible after the event and the winners will then be contacted for their preferred method of payment.

Bob's Photo Finish Award is open to all classes during eliminations only and although decals are not mandatory we would appreciate if it they are carried. decals are available in Signing On.

Julie on list of NHRA Future Stars.
18th August: Thanks to Santa Pod Raceway PR Robin Jackson for forwarding to us an article from which lists the racers on the cusp of making their mark in the NHRA. Included in it is expat Norwegian Top Alcohol Dragster racer Julie Nataas.

The article, penned by Susan Wade, says that Julie started in Karting and then into Formula Basic. But her heart was in drag racing - after all, dad Thomas was a noted Top Fuel racer in the FIA Championship, winning the crown in 2013 - and she made the decision to move to Santa Barbara, California, where she earned a degree in business and marketing from Antioch University.

Susan continued: She said she came “here for school, but in the back of my mind, I was like, ‘Well, if I’m over here, there’s a bigger chance of me getting to go racing here.’” Her plan worked. Swedish Funny Car racer Jonnie Lindberg helped her, introducing her to decorated sportsman team owner Randy Meyer. She finished ninth in her first season, steadily improved to fourth, then third, and in mid-August was second in this year’s standings behind teammate Rachel Meyer.

“My dad, when I told him, ‘I want to be a race-car driver, and I’m going to try to do it,’ he was like, ‘No, you’re not going to be a race-car driver’—like ‘just realize it’s too hard. You’re not going to get there,’” she said. “I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to get my marketing and business degree, and I’ll go do it.’ I think I’ve had him realize I want this by now. So now he’s like, ‘Okay. If you can get sponsors, you’ll make it. You’ll be fine.’”

You can read the article in full to find out who the other 11 future NHRA stars are by going to

SPR event entry update.
17th August: Two urgent reminders today about entry for Santa Pod Raceway's forthcoming events.

Thanks to
Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that the closing date for the European Finals is this Friday 20th August. As well as Top Fuel Dragster, Nitro Funny Car, Nostalgia Funny Car, Top Doorslammer and Pro Exhibition, the European Finals is a National or Club Championship round for the following classes: Pro Modified, Comp Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragster, Top Fuel Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Funny Bike, Comp Bike, Super Street Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Super Twin Top Gas, ET Bike and Junior Drag Bike.

Racers may enter for the European Finals by going to this link on The entry list can be seen at this link.

Thanks also to Santa Pod Raceway Events Manager James Forster who reminds racers that entries for the Doorslammers to be held on 3rd-5th September are due to close on Friday 27th August and SPR would prefer racers to enter ASAP if possible. The link to go to for Doorslammers racer entry is here.

Drag Day debuts.
17th August: Thanks to Swap Meet sponsors Jeff and Belinda Bull for getting in touch about the return of the Brogie roadster built by the late Kevin Cerasale in the hands of his stepson and his granddaughter at the VWDRC Drag Day yesterday:

"We had a great day. Kevin would've been so proud of his stepson Richard Tunstall, and his granddaughter Jazmine who also did a pass in the car. They certainly fulfilled Kevin's wish that they should both have some fun in the car. Neither of them had ever driven anything over the 1/4 mile before! So what they achieved yesterday was incredible.

"Jeff and I were so happy we could be there to support them just as Kev had asked us to. (pictured: Richard Tunstall, his wife Becky and their daughter Jazmine with Jeff and Belinda). "Richard and Jazmine thank Jay for help with transporting the car to the track and also Paul Letchford and Paula and Stan Atkin for their help. Richard hopes there will be another opportunity to test some more this year but will definitely be back next year".

As well as Richard and Jasmine, other racers enjoyed plenty of track time thanks to the VWDRC and Luke Stevenson. The quickest time of the day was an outstanding 8.340/163.05 by Outlaw Street racer Sally Woolner, which sets a new record for the group. James Willday made progress with his Mazda RX8, going as fast as 181.29mph in 8.8311 seconds. Pro Modified racer Paula Atkin made some test hits with her new Fueltech system, Pro ET racer Gino Bernadine ran 9.020/149.57 his fastest so far in 2021, and other VWDRC and Outlaw Street racers made runs.

Thanks to Kirstie for supplying a gallery of the action which you can see at this link or via the Event Coverage menu link on any page.

Northern No Prep.
17th August: Thanks to sponsor Lee Child of LA Racing for letting us know that on the weekend of 18th and 19th September at Melbourne Raceway, there will be a new format with six categories and titled Northern No Prep cash weekend:

"There will be two days with separate eliminations, one on Saturday and another on Sunday, giving a driver a chance of winning £800 over the weekend if they choose to run the whole weekend. Based on a 16 car field the winner gets £400 in each category as follows:

Pro AWD: Modified, competition tyres , interior removed
Street AWD: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Rear Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Rear Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior
Pro Front Wheel Drive: Modified, competition tyres, interior removed
Street Front Wheel Drive: Factory appearance, full interior

All pairings are pulled out of the hat for eliminations until the finals in each category. In the event if numbers in each category are not filled, there will be a reduced prize fund, for example:

4 car category: £150
8 car category: £200
In event the category exceeds 16 cars the prize will go up from £400.

Entry fees include driver entry and two crew tickets:

Saturday 18th only
Early bird entry £115
After early bird deal £125

Sunday 19th Only
Early bird entry £115
After early bird deal £125

Weekend entry Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th:
Early bird £200
After early bird weekend deal £220

Online bookings will be live soon for the Northern No Prep Cash Weekend feature race. will once again be at Melbourne Raceway for the Northern No Prep Cash Weekend with former editor Tog taking photographs on our behalf.

HOFtalk #12, gala decision.
17th August: The Summer 2021 edition of HOFTalk, the magazine of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, has been published by compiler, UK Nostalgia enthusiast, and BDRHoF director Jerry Cookson with additional words by editor Simon Groves.

This latest issue is a tribute to the late Dennis Priddle, dedicated to his tremendous contribution to British Drag Racing from racing Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars and his engineering skills, with many photos of him, on track and off-track, coupled with pages of tributes.

You can also read about the activities of BDRHoF members, tributes to members who have passed away, and a retrospective look at the 2010 BDRHoF inductee presentations.

2021 news includes details of the auction held at the 10th Anniversary Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway by BDRHoF chair and director Lesley Wright, news about our great supporter Geoff Stilwell and his land speed racing plans, plus Pro Modified and Fuel Altered news from 2020 inductee Nick Davies.

Nick will be joined by other 2020 inductees Jeff Byne, Ian King, John Price, Dave Wilson, Pelle Lindelöw and Gunnar Elmqvist at this year's Gala to be held on 20th November. Save this date in your diaries and the BDRHoF will be announcing all the details very shortly.

To read the latest packed 35-page edition of HOFtalk (in PDF format, file size 50MB) you may download it direct from this link, or click on the Lucas Oils-sponsored Features link in the main menu at the top of any page.

Tierp snippets.
17th August: Some race teams and media have posted remarks on the weekend's Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena in Sweden:

Sometime pit note supplier Mike Kraaij remarked that Marcus Christiansen (Stefan Boman photo below left) after his new PB 6.1456/366.85kph run on Sunday on his 175ci engined bike is "now the 3rd quickest Super Twin on European soil, by far the quickest nitro injected Super Twin in Europe, and third quickest nitro injected in the world (behind Bob Malloy and Joey Sternotti with 196ci engines)". Marcus now uses a carbon fibre wheelie bar and this came into full use as his front wheel rose high into the air on the 6.14 pass and Marcus kept on full throttle, clearly with complete confidence in the machine. Marcus's team remarked that it was the second full run with this setup and were delighted with the result.

Another run highlighted by Mike was the Super Street Bike run from Mathias Bohlin. He said the "great PB run of 6.930@342.64 moved Mathias up to the #5 spot for quickest runs in SSB in Europe with the third highest speed".

Andreas Arthursson, #2 qualifier in Pro Modified at 5.8015 with fastest PM speed of the meet at 409.09 (253mph), was upset in the first round of eliminations and gave an insight into his problems: "A boring to end a great weekend with losing first round. Both Roger Johansson and Andreas had problems with shake in first gear over the first 60 foot. The track was so cold and tight and we hadn’t the car set up right for it. We shook so badly that we lost the power so it wasn’t possible to just pedal and get through. Andreas tried to re-start but the power switch was just off. It was a fun weekend overall and you always learn something hopefully.

Robert Arthursson (Stefan Boman photo above right) was #1 in Competition Eliminator in his incredible Toyota 2JZ engined Camaro, running 6.2125/368.10 in qualifying on a 7.05 index. Tuner Andreas Arthursson of PPF said the engine was running 96 psi (6.6 bar) of boost after a Fueltech FTSPARK upgrade.

Also in Competition Eliminator Michael Westberg who won the Street Week Sweden in July ran a quickest of 6.6032/331.29 in his pickup in his first round win. He said "The car worked most of the time insanely well and I was running times I didn't think I'd be able to get down to this season thanks to my master tuner. Who would have thought that my home built chassis I built myself on the garage floor a few years ago could perform 1.02 feet and respectable times for even clean race cars after I drove almost 160 miles with it this summer".

The photographic media have been posting galleries of the action from the Scandinavian Nationals:
Diamonds for sale.
17th August: Dave Gibbons has announced he is changing direction in his racing life, and two race cars are for sale as a result:

Forty years ago I ran the Rough Diamond Tee for the first time, and I only ran it for three full seasons before selling it to Tony Morris. Finding it thirteen years ago dragged (no pun intended) me back into drag racing, and ten years ago I began racing the reconstructed car once again. Unfortunately all good things come to an end, so it’s time for me to move the car on. I’m not quitting racing - I just want to go in a different direction, one that suits my life at this time, and to do so means that the faithful steed must go - along with Scott’s junior dragster.

I’m looking to continue with something a little more sedate, something that I can manage and run on my own if necessary, and more importantly, share with friends and family who want to drive something reasonably quick. I also want to be able to spend more time at the track supporting my Tony Morris Carburetors clients, and creating new business in that area. So I guess whatever I end up with will have a carb on it!

The car’s been great fun, given me fame (but not fortune) thanks to flame burnouts, and on more than one occasion, made me clench my buttocks.

Adverts for both cars are on the Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored">swap meet, and I’m open to negotiation. I can be contacted at

Scandinavian Nationals rained off.
16th August: Many thanks to photojournalist Remco Scheelings for sending his summary of the eliminations that took place on day three of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena yesterday, the race disappointingly rained off:

The weather was not with the Pro Modified racers at Tierp Arena on Sunday. With the quarter finals of the EDRS Bilsport Pro Mod Series completed, it started to rain. With more rain to come in the next couple of hours, the race director was left no other choice than to cancel the remainder of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals.

Eliminations of the EDRS Bilsport Pro Mod Series started with two major upsets. Number two qualifier Andreas Arthursson had problems and was defeated by Roger Johansson while number five qualifier Mats Eriksson pulled a red light and was defeated by Marcus Perman (pictured below left). There were less problems for Jan Ericsson (winner over Micke Johansson), Fredrik Fagerström and Michael Gullqvist (both with a bye run), Åke Persson (winner over Jan Bränvall), Marck Harteveld (winner over Bruno Bader) who ran a great 5.95 seconds and David Vegter (pictured below right) (winner over Jean Dulamon) who was quickest in round one of eliminations with 5.92 seconds.

In the quarter finals of Pro Modified eliminations Ericsson improved to a great 5.81 seconds to defeat Persson, while Perman had no problems to beat Fagerström. Harteveld advanced to the semi-finals with an easy win over Johansson as the Swede ran into problems and crossed the center line. There was drama for Vegter at the start line as the Dutchman had to shut off his engine due to oil pressure problems, handing the win to Gullqvist who stormed to a great 5.83 seconds.

In the semi-finals Gullqvist should have faced Harteveld and Ericsson Perman. But the weather had other plans, bringing eliminations to an early end.

In the final round of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship, only one round of eliminations in Super Twin Motorcycle and Super Street Bike were completed, and with Pro Stock Motorcycle in the line-up, it started to rain.

It was a strange first round of eliminations in Super Twin Motorcycle. In all three runs the riders in the left lane (Julia Wagner, Roman Sixta and Juha Hintukainen) ran into problems even before the start, handing the win to the riders in the right lane. These winners were number one qualifier Marcus Christiansen, who stormed to a stunning 6.14 seconds, Samu Kemppainen (pictured below left) (6.57 seconds) and Greger Johansson. In the semi-finals Christiansen should have had a bye run while Johansson should have faced Kemppainen. But the weather had others plans, bringing eliminations to an early end.

In Super Street Bike Kalle Lyrén (pictured above right) surprised with a win over number two qualifier Anders Blanck while Peter Rundström defeated Roberth Häggblom to advance to the semi-finals. Number one qualifier Mathias Bohlin recorded another 6-second run with a great 6.97 seconds to defeat Jens Karlsson. In the semi-finals Lyrén should have faced Rundström while Bohlin had the advantage of a bye run.

When the rain started, Pro Stock Motorcycle and Top Fuel Motorcycle still had to run their first round of eliminations.

For all qualifying results go to

VWDRC Heads Up at Das Auto Show.
16th August: Congratulations to Jacob Bailey (pictured below right) for winning the VWDRC Heads Up eliminations held yesterday at Das Auto Show at Santa Pod Raceway. Twelve cars were entered for the competition, however only eight were able to better the 11.99 cut-off:

  1. Jose Leite 10.4066/131.68
  2. Paul Jordan (VW Polo) 10.4605/146.16
  3. Jacob Bailey (VW Jetta) 10.5338/139.51
  4. Ant Mincher (VW Golf) 10.9465/125.84
  5. Chris Waterhouse (Audi S3) 11.2218/124.07
  6. Helde Pereira (Seat Ibiza) 11.4715/117.45
  7. Bruce Kopasz (Porsche 924) 11.8468/120.91
  8. Dave Lea (VW Golf) 11.8620/116.72
Eliminations round 1:
Jacob Bailey 10.4612/139.49 def. Helde Pereira 17.7237/49.58
Ant Mincher 11.9076/117.15 def. Chris Waterhouse no-show
Paul Jordan 11.9363/132.99 def. Bruce Kopasz 13.0797/106.26
Dave Lea 11.8670/115.63 def. Jose Leite 26.4462/22.77

Semi finals:
Jacob Bailey 10.1931/139.49 def. Paul Jordan 17.0816/56.95
Dave Lea 12.1236/112.78 def. Ant Mincher 19.1440/49.25 DQ red

Jacob Bailey 10.1223/133.72 def. Dave Lea 11.9599/105.79

Jacob improved his personal best ET in the last two rounds with only Paul Jordan having a quicker terminal speed in qualifying. Jacob said after his win "I thought the last run was a nine, but I stripped 4th gear not long before the line so was just coasting." Many thanks to David Anniwell of the SPRC timing crew who has posted the results of the VWDRC Heads Up at Santa Pod Raceway's official results site.

The VWDRC remain at Santa Pod Raceway today for their VW Drag Day 2021. is represented by Kirstie trackside and we will publish a post-event gallery of racers on track and in the pits.

Eliminations at Tierp.
15th August: Thanks to for publishing results of the eliminations that occured, which we reproduce below:

Pro Modified eliminations: Round 1
Jan Ericsson 6.149/376.3kph def. Micke Johansson 6.350/356.4
Åke Persson 8.645/201.5 def. Jan Bränvall 8.213/220.4 (Jan alternate for Michel Tooren)
Fredrik Fagerström 6.438/353.6 def. Andres Arnover, no show
Marcus Perman 6.255/347.7 def, Mats Eriksson 6.390/381.4
Roger Johansson 8.968/253.3 def. Andreas Arthursson 13.345/99.7
Marck Harteveld 5.956/381.6 def. Bruno Bader 6.103/365.9
Michael Gullqvist 6.081/379kph def. Olof Andersson, no-show
David Vegter 5.925/378.2 def. Jean Dulamon 7.966/214.1
Round 2
Jan Ericsson 5.810/396.20 def. Åke Persson 9.559/148.4
Marcus Perman 6.268/368.35 def. Fredrik Fagerström 7.294/292.52
Marck Harteveld 6.242/370.4 def. Roger Johansson N/T, crossed centre line
Michael Gullqvist 5.832/396.48 def. David Vegter shut off

Pro Stock Eliminations: Round 1
Jimmy Ålund 6.566/341.1 bye
Richard Sundblom 6.718/334.4 def. Lasse Britsmar 7.019/315.2
Stefan Ernryd 6.654/329.5 def. Michael Malmgren 14.159/93.3 red

Top Methanol Eliminations: Round 1
Jonny Lagg 11.359/122.3 bye
Daniel Jedborn 5.530/404.2 def. Tony Bryntesson 5.679/392.2

Super Twin Motorcycle Eliminations: Round 1
Marcus Christiansen 6.146/359.52 def. Julia Wagner broke
Samu Kemppainen 6.573/345.21 def. Juha Hintukainen shut-off
Greger Johansson 9.060/158.92 def. Roman Sixta shut-off
New PB for Marcus Christiansen, well done Marcus, Speedy and team!

Super Street Bike Eliminations: Round 1
Kalle Lyrén 7.500 def. Anders Blanck 14.234/81.0
Peter Rundström 7.714/258.37 def. Roberth Häggblom 8.574/196
Mathias Bohlin 6.977/340.91 def. Jens Karlsson 16.786/58.6

Well done to Stock Super Stock racer Carla Pittau for getting through to round 3.

At 15:15 CET, after heavy rain, the decision was taken to cancel the remainder of eliminations as there would be insufficient time to dry the track. We'll report more tomorrow with links to video and photo galleries.

Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals Saturday report.
15th August: Many thanks to photojournalist Remco Scheelings for sending his summary of events in day two of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals held yesterday:

After another great day of qualifying Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified), Jonny Lagg (Top Methanol) and Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations. Although not a race for the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, the 25 teams from the three FIA classes will do everything they can in tomorrow’s eliminations to take the trophy back home with them.

Perfect track conditions and cooler temperatures made the second day of qualifying of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals very interesting. There were numerous improvements in all three categories.

In Pro Modified Jan Ericsson (above left) stormed to a great 5.79 seconds to take over the number one qualifying position from Friday leader Andreas Arthursson. The FIA European record holder himself improved to 5.80 seconds but even that was not enough to remain the number one qualifier after five runs. Michael Gullqvist (above right) was also one of the many improvements. The Swede recorded 5.83 seconds to take over the number three position from Andres Arnover. Mats Eriksson and David Vegter remained in fifth and sixth position. Marck Harteveld (below left) was the seventh driver to record a 5-second run with 5.97 seconds. Michel Tooren (below right), like Vegter and Harteveld also from The Netherlands, is the number eight qualifier with 6.10 seconds.

In Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund was in a class of his own. The multiple FIA European Pro Stock champion improved to 6.53 seconds to claim the number one position. Stefan Ernryd is second (6.63 seconds) and Richard Sundblom, who improved to 6.66 seconds, third.

In Top Methanol Jonny Lagg couldn’t improve on his Friday performance but the 5.41 seconds from Friday qualifying was enough to remain the number one qualifier. Daniel Jedborn is second and Tony Bryntesson third.

In the 2021 EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship, Rikard Gustafsson (Top Fuel Motorcycle), Marcus Christiansen (Super Twin Motorcycle), Bertrand Maurice (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Mathias Bohlin (Super Street Bike) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations. There were numerous improvements and in three categories there was a new leader compared to Friday’s qualifying results.

In Top Fuel Motorcycle Rikard Gustafsson (above left) stormed to a great 5.87 seconds to take over the number one position from Friday leader Jan Sturla Hegre (above right), who improved to 6.35 seconds. Peter Andersson-Ström remained in third position.

In Super Twin Motorcycle there were so many improvements that Friday leader Juha Hintukainen finished qualifying in fifth position. Marcus Christiansen (below left)improved to 6,31 seconds to take over the number one position, with Samu Kemppainen (6.41 seconds) second and Greger Johansson (6.69 seconds) third. Roman Sixta improved his elapsed time to 7.13 seconds but still dropped from second into fourth position.

In Super Street Bike Mathias Bohlin (above right) saved the best for the last. In his fifth and final run Bohlin stormed to a great 6.93 seconds to take over the number one qualifying position from Friday leader Anders Blanck (7.26 seconds). Peter Rundström remained third.

Bertrand Maurice from France improved to 7.17 seconds and is in a class of his own in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Eliminations for the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals will start on Sunday morning. You can see the run order at this link.

For all qualifying results go to The race is available to stream live at this link.

Text and pictures courtesy and © Remco Scheelings.

New cars and PBs at Tierp.
15th August: Some new cars were competing at the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals over the weekend and here we highlight a few of them:

Andres Arnover (Pro Modified) who raced in the UK in 2019 in Top Doorslammer has a new FIA-legal turbo '67 Mustang (see Friday review for photo). The car looked great and performed fantastically, Andres getting into the 5.8s with a fantastic 5.886/399.11. Sadly an explosion and subsequent fire have likely sidelined the car for the remainder of the event and our best wishes go to Andres for a speedy recovery and return. Andres said "At about 150m the oil was forced out of the gearbox turbine and because it was very hot oil, it caught fire and the underside of the car was on fire. Fortunately, the damage is not big, but still a little plastic work and a new color".

Micke Johansson (Pro Modified, below left) replaced his Dodge Challenger with a 1969 Dodge Daytona with a more modern chassis (he had raced the Challenger since 2011). His new car with the iconic rear wing was first constructed in 2014 by Paige Racecars in the US and has supercharged Brad Anderson Engineering power.

Lasse Britsmar (Pro Stock, above right) aged 62 has made his way into the class after starting racing in 1988 and spending a number of years in Competition Eliminator. He runs a Pontiac GTO and made his first six second pass today 6.9872/318,77 in conditions which must have had most Pro Stock drivers scratching their heads about chassis setup.

Stefan Jansson (Top Doorslammer) (below left, Patrik Jacobsson photo) has run his '57 Chevy for the last couple of years, previously driving a Volvo 340 that ran low eights. The Chevy Bel Air built in 2000 by Stroupe Race Cars, first being run in Sweden by Micke Lindahl, and has a KB Hemi 451ci blown alky setup with Powerglide, running a best of 4.419/270,68He was co-driver to Mikael Modin in Street Week Sweden this year, an event we have on our list of features for future publication.

Nick Jensen (above right) from Denmark started in Comp Eliminator this year with a C/Altered Pontiac GXP, the car running a naturally aspirated 498ci engine. Crew chief is former Pro Stock racer Jackie Hansen. Best ET so far is 7,1275/311.42 on a 7.90 index (Photo by Anne Mandahl).

Michael Westberg (below left, Cenneth Schiller photo) in Competition Eliminator has a rapid Chevrolet S10 running in AT/Altered on E85 into its Chevrolet LS 6ltr engine. He ran a new PB 6.697/329,87 in qualifying.

Juha Hintukainen (Super Twin, above right) ran a best of 7.391/221.86. Juha, who hails from Sundsvall in Sweden, rides a Jay Turner-built bike from 2010, with OCR chassis and unblown PRP engine. It's his first year in Super Twin competition and he plans to race the Fueltech series as well as EDRS Pro, both series shortened from their original plan. Juha said that clutch issues had slowed the bike from its 6.2s potential.

Former Pro Stock Bike racer Kalle Lyrén has made a transition to Super Street Bike with a Suzuki Hayabusa, however still has his Pro Stock Suzuki for when full competition returns.

Others running new PBs were Pro Mod racers Marcus Perman (Camaro) with 6.292/368,60, Olof Andersson with 6.357/364,13, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider and 2018 FIM Champion Bertrand Maurice with 7.176/297,36 utilising a Vance & Hines 1755cc engine.

Pictures courtesy and © Remco Scheelings or stated photographer.

Swift snippets.
15th August: We all wish a Big Happy Birthday to our good friend photojournalist Steve Moxley. Lizz Charman of NitroJunkie reminded us and sent in the photo of Steve for which thanks.

Steve has been in touch to say that his report on the ACU bike classes at the STP Summer Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway has been published on the ACU web site, as has a preview for the Greenlight Nationals, the next round of the ACU Championship this coming weekend.

Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals Friday report.
14th August: Many thanks to photojournalist Remco Scheelings for sending his summary of events in day one of the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals held yesterday:

Andreas Arthursson raced to the provisional number one qualifying position in Pro Modified at the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena. In Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund claimed the provisional number one qualifying position while in Top Methanol Jonny Lagg is the leader after day one. Although not a race for the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, 25 teams from three FIA classes take the opportunity this weekend to test and race in championship conditions.

Sunshine, not too high temperatures and a great track made the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals at Tierp Arena a perfect day for racing.

Although many teams hardly made any runs in race conditions the last two years, the competition in Pro Modified was intense from the very first run of the day. No fewer than six drivers recorded a 5-second run!. Leader after day one is Andreas Arthursson (above left) who recorded a great 5.843 seconds in his second run of the day. Jan Ericsson claimed the provisional number two position with 5.884 seconds and Andres Arnover from Estonia (above right) surprised with a great 5.886 seconds and is third. Michael Gullqvist, Mats Eriksson and David Vegter were the three drivers with a 5.9-second run.

In Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund (below left) is once again the leader after day one. The multiple FIA European Pro Stock champion stormed to a great 6.56 seconds to claim the number one position. Stefan Ernryd is second (6.63 seconds) and Richard Sundblom third with 6.74 seconds.

In Top Methanol Jonny Lagg (above right) claimed the number one spot with 5.41 seconds with Daniel Jedborn second and Tony Bryntesson third.

In bike classes, Jan Sturla Hegre, Juha Hintukainen, Anders Blanck and Bertrand Maurice were the Friday leaders at Tierp Arena, the race being the final round of the 2021 EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship.

In Top Fuel Motorcycle Jan Sturla Hegre was the man to beat with a great 6.44 seconds to claim the provisional number one position, with Peter Andersson-Ström in second (6.69 seconds) and Rikard Gustafsson third.

In Super Twin Motorcycle Juha Hintukainen surprised with a 7.39 seconds to claim the provisional number one qualifying position with Roman Sixta from the Czech Republic second and Greger Johansson third.

In Super Street Bike Anders Blanck recorded a great 7.26 seconds and that made him the number one qualifier after Friday, with Mathias Bohlin second and Peter Rundström third.

All the way from France is was Bertrand Maurice who claimed the number one spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Qualifying for the Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals continues today (Saturday) with two sessions for the quicker classes. You can see the running order for today by
clicking here. For up to date qualifying results click on this link. The race is available to stream live at this link.

There is still a limited number of tickets available for Saturday qualifying and Sunday’s eliminations. You can buy your tickets by clicking on this link.

Text and pictures courtesy and © Remco Scheelings.

Get well soon Dave Grabham!
14th August: We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Freddy's Revenge blown alky altered racer Dave Grabham who was hospitalised with a stroke on Thursday night.

As recently as Dragstalgia Dave was as usual giving us all thrills and running Freddy's Revenge as hard as he knows how. We hope your recovery is fast and complete. To quote Jerry Cookson, "You know where your rightful place is Dave, out on that drag strip with Freddy's Revenge".

Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals preview and prize draw.
12th August: The Summit Racing Scandiavian Nationals will be taking place this Friday to Sunday 13th-15th August at Tierp Arena, and will be available to stream live at
this link, Svensk Bilsport's own channel.

The race has survived what many might consider as overwhelming obstacles: first, Tierp Arena came up for sale following financial difficulties of its parent company, then the 2021 FIA Championship, which the race originally was part of, was sadly cancelled. But organisers NDRS Motorclubb headed by Kjell Petterson have persisted, and won, against the odds and put on the race with the club and its sponsors helping to provide finance for it.

The entry list which as at this morning consists of 194 competitors, includes 17 Pro Modified cars, 5 Pro Stock, 3 Top Methanol, 4 Top Fuel Bike, 6 Super Twin Motorcycle, and 7 Top Doorslammers. There are several teams amongst them that haven't raced since 2019.

International competition is evident in Pro Modified, with three teams from Holland (Marck Harteveld, Michel Tooren and David Vegter) entered, Bruno Bader from Swtzerland, Jean Dulamon from France and Andres Arnover from Estonia. In Super Twin Motorcycle Roman Sixta from the Czech Republic joins the Nordic riders. Four of the 16 Comp Eliminator cars are from outside the Nordic countries, whilst our good friends Carla Pittau and Rick McCann are competing in Stock/Super Stock.

To watch all three days you should opt for All Access for 219 SEK (about £19) which will give you access to all streams, replays and videos from, valid until 19th August 2021. Or alternatively you can enter a draw to win access to during Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals 2021.

To those of you who can´t visit Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals on 13-15 August at Tierp Arena, in collaboration with Svensk Bilsport, Speedgroup are handing out access to watch Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals from Tierp Arena on

Speedgroup along with race organiser NDRS Motorclubb, have set up the criteria to win an access pass to follow the event on Meet one of the criteria below and you can participate in the draw for access to to watch Summit Racing Scandinavian Nationals on 13-15 August at Tierp Arena. Publish your competition entry no later than Thursday evening at 19.00 on the Summit Racing EDRS Series Facebook page. The jury consists of officials from Speedgroup and NDRS Motorclubb.

The criteria to enter the prize draw are as follows:
  • Do you have your own photo taken on a drag racing car or motorcycle with the main sponsor's Summit Racing logo
  • Do you have a Photo of happy junior dragsters or junior Dragbike riders
  • A picture you have taken of a drag racing car or motorcycle with the magazine Bilsport logga
  • What is the name of the winner in the class Top Methanol Funny Car at the first FIA European Drag Racing Championship competition at Tierp Arena on June 12, 2011
  • Did you work as an official at the first sanctioned Dragracing competition in Sweden 10-11 August 1968 at Anderstorp Raceway or at the first FIA European Drag Racing Championship competition at Tierp Arena on 9-12 June 2011. Describe your function during the event.
If you're looking in from near Tierp, there are still a limited number of tickets available which you can buy by going to this link.

We will bring you the results of the event at the start of next week and can only hope that the taste of competition will encourage many teams to head for Santa Pod Raceway for the first fortnight in September.

Julie wins at Indy.
12th August: Congratulations to expat Norwegian Top Alcohol Dragster racer Julie Nataas for winning the class at the NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Divisional Series last weekend.

Julie's team with her and Rachel Meyer both racing under the Randy Meyer banner were at two tracks, Julie at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and Rachel in Western Kansas at SRCA Dragstrip. Randy was with his daughter and tuned Julie's car remotely over the phone. Julie said before the race “It might be the first time we’re splitting the team up at two different race tracks,” said Julie, “but it’s going to be the second time I have Randy tuning over the phone. Last time we went to the finals so I’m confident that we can win at two different races this weekend!”

Julie made one qualifying pass on Friday at which she went to no.1 running a 5.22/275, In the first round of eliminations Julie defeated Brad McBride 5.337/274.11 to 9.854/88.75, and Duane Shields on a holeshot in round 2, 5.270/275.45 (0.020 RT) to Duane's 5.256 274.16 (0.048 RT). In the final Julie was up against Rich McPhillips Jr. and scored a winning 5.218/277.20 to Rich's 5.277/271.68.

Julie continues to lead the points for the North Central Region of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series with three event wins so far this year, and is second to teammate Rachel in the National LODRS points.

Julie videoed a cockpit tour of her A/Fuel car which you can see at this link, also see more images and follow her progress at her Facebook page.

Trakbytes update.
12th August: Thanks to webmaster Chris Dossett for letting us know that the latest update to his excellent Trakbytes website has been uploaded.

Chris says: "The new material added spans 35 years, from September 1963 to August 1998, from Sydney Allard to Barry Sheavills. Among the racers featured or included this time are Alf Hagon, Allan Herridge, Tony Densham, The Stones, The Pages, John Hobbs, Sammy Miller, Brian Johnson, Tim Cook and plenty more.

"The upload of programme covers continues with 84 new scans and a few new entry lists, there's also a request for help finding pictures of Mick Collingham and any of the cars he raced, and there is an unoffical, and probably incomplete, list of all the outright strip records at Santa Pod from 1966 to 2002. "A reminder that I am always happy to receive any new contributions that racers or fans feel should be included in the archive, from a single personal best to a complete meeting report, all are welcome. There are still many meetings for which I have no details. Corrections to any misinformation on the site are also welcome."

One feature of the site that Chris has developed is the Dos Palmos Diaries and Jerry Cookson has provided an expanded post on the Facebook page UK Drag & Sprint Strips That Time Forgot! where you can read about how drag racing, in the form of Dos Palmos, first came to RAF Dishforth in 1964 and to Croft Motor Racing Circuit in 1965 as part of a drag demo.

Swift snippets.
12th August: Happy Birthday and Get Well Soon wishes go to Super Gas racer and class supporter Jon Morton who was hospitalised last weekend for two slipped discs (he never does anything by halves). Jon reports "I will do what ever is needed to get the No Hair Camaro back on track. It does look like I picked the wrong week to have my Birthday." Take it easy Jon, rest up and we'll see you back at the track when you're pain-free.

Mark Firmin, Director of Autism In Motorsports (AIM) has been in touch with a reminder that he will be delighted if any racer was able to display a car to be displayed at a charity karting event on 14th August, taking place at the Wild Tracks Activity Park near Newmarket in Suffolk. The event is open from 0900 to 1600. The event hosts will be delighted to ensure that anyone bringing their car or bike will be suitably fed and watered on the day. Please do contact Mark Firmin direct on 07968 525733 if you can help.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with two large albums from Saturday and Sunday of the Mopar Euro Nationals from Santa Pod Raceway covering a total of 386 images, any of which can be downloaded as hi-def copies. You can check out Mad's pictures at this link.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has uploaded video of the 1989 Mantorp Park Drag Festival to Youtube at this link. The broadcast production for Swedish TV, presented by an impossibly young-looking Björn Sundkvist and Ronnie Krabberød, includes the first rounds of Stock/Super Stock, Modified/Street Altered, Econo Gas, Competition, Street Bike, Super Street Bike, Super Twin Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Pro Stock, Pro Comp, Top Fuel and Competition Bike.

Thanks to photographer Pat Weidman for letting us know he has posted pictures from 15e European Dragster at Clastres Dragway to the Facebook page and at the web site.

Gardermoen Drag Challenge report.
11th August:
The entry list of 111 for last weekend's Gardermoen Drag Challenge may have been down on previous years due to Covid (it was 182 in 2019), but the event signalled the recommencement of international competition in the Nordic countries with Clement, Fabian and Patrick Dubois of Custom Gang Racing team competing for France, Super Pro ET racer Michael Maderer from Germany and a sprinkling of Swedish and Danish competitors.

The quickest times were essentially in demonstration classes with less than three competitors. In Top Fuel Bike Sverre Dahl of the Sunshine Express Topfuel Bike team, assisted by mechanic Morten Dekko, ran a 6.0210/357.32 (221mph) on Saturday (for onboard video click on the image) and in a field of four Super Twin bikes, Hans Olav Olstad ran 6.9466/321.00 (199mph) on Friday to qualify first.

In the four bike Super Twin ladder, Hans Olav defeated Trond Jostein Høiberget in round 1 7,142 295.3 (183mph) to 8,969/181.1 (112mph). In the other pair, Jan Erik N. Klausen defeated Julia Wagner 8.325/232.8 (144mph) to 16.618/68.3 (42mph). The final was another Hans Olav Olstad triumph as he ran 6.973 318.7 (197mph) to defeat Jan Erik who ran 8.124/245.8 (152mph).

In Pro Modified cars, there were two entrants and whilst both ran in the sevens on Saturday, Odd Erik Fossum of FMV Racing was the winner over Terje Håkonsen two out of three in their match race over the weekend, running a best of 6,41/352,1 (218mph). The team said "It was a hard working weekend with much struggle from spinning and shaking the tires, but we managed to get it to work".

The Fossum family indeed had a good event as Odd Erik's daughter Trine was the winner over a field of 18 cars, her 7.610/282.1 (175mph) run in her dragster defeating Steinar Løvold's 9.260/259.60. The Custom Gang Racing trio all entered Super Pro ET with Patrick qualifying 3rd and red-lighting against son Fabien in round 2, 7.670/299.80 to Fabien's 7.248/290.1. Fabien then faced Trine Fossum in round 3, and broke out 7.215/293.0 to Trine's 7.589/275.4 on a perfect 0.0008 light. Clement qualified seventh and red-lit away a 8.671/232.6 in the first round.

You can see full results of the event at the Norsk Drag Racing Gardermoen web site. The next and final 2021 race at Gardermoen is on 10th-12th September.

Photos and video courtesy Sunshine Express Topfuel Bike team, FMV Racing and Custom Gang Racing

Sunny Drag Challenge for youngster Tian.
11th August: Many thanks to Polly Magnussen for sending the story of his and son Tian Magnusson's Gardermoen Drag Challenge.

At Norway's only drag race track Gardermoen Raceway this weekend, a young boy named Tian Magnussen, age 8 year, raced at his first drag bike competition. Tian took his license at the Spring race but this was his first real race, with over 100 teams ready to burn some rubber.

Tian is racing in the Junior Recruit class and this means that its not a full competition class, only for show and training. But this dident stop the young racer from pushing his Honda 80ccm to the limit and with a top speed personal best at 46,3 mph on the 201 meter he said to his dad that he felt like riding a lightning:)

This years version of Drag Challenge went down with 3 perfect days with sunny weather all day and run after run after run. Tian managed to race 12 runs this weekend, with some fun and play with his other friends in between rounds, so when it was time to pack up and head for home it was a tired but really happy boy falling asleep in the car.

Tian is part of Magnussen Motorsport, a team he and his dad Polly Magnussen runs in Norway.

Mälardalen Open results, media.
11th August: Swedish photo journalist Henrik Lindberg has written a report with several photos on last weekend's Mälardalen Open race at Kjula Dragway for which you can read in English if you have a Chrome browser with automatic translation.

Henrik said "the race was rain-affected with only one qualifying session run on Saturday, then, after a second qualifying session on Sunday, eliminations were unable to be completed". You can see results at by clicking on Mälardalen Open 7 in the left hand column. Video of the event can be seen at this link, costing SEK150 (approximately £12.50).

Pictured: Caj Carlsson's historic slingshot which ran 7.262/308kph (Mikael Pflügler photo), Mikael Blomberg who ran 7.7118/292kph and video of the gasser of Stefan Flodell (Sten Lundgren photo and video)

First contact memories restored?
11th August: In yesterday's update, viewer Clive Lewis recalled how he was at Lascelles Secondary Modern School in Harrow NW London in around 1971 and a dragster appeared in the playground one day looking like a fuel altered and was fired up, starting Clive's interest in drag racing which has remained after 50 years.

Out of speculation we posted two pictures of contemporary altered from the nearby area (your Editor remembering seeing Pete Atkins' Slo-Mo-Shun in a park close to his home in 1970 and getting very excited), however thanks to two readers both giving us a lead, we were able to contact Gary Page who lived with his family close to Harrow at the time.

Gary said "I do vaguely remember taking the car to a school in Harrow, it could very well be Lascelles". Thanks to Gary, and the picture is of the first edition of Panic which the Page family ran in 1971.

Photo credit: Peter Quinn (aka Powerful Pierre), from Acceleration Archive

Bonneville snippets.
11th August: Congratulations to Ron Hope of Rat Trap Racing, visitor to the UK and the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame on many occasions, who broke the existing B/BFMR record at Bonneville with a run of 262.029 mph. However, we understand from Geoff Stilwell that, due to mechanical issues that couldn't be fixed at the track, Ron was unable to back it up for a new record. To see more details and video of the start of the record run, click on the image.

US automobile journalist Elana Scherr, who co-wrote Don 'Snake' Prudhomme's autobiography and visited Santa Pod Raceway with Funny Car legend Roland Leong in 2019, has published a timely article for Car & Driver on this year's Bonneville Speed Week. Great writing, and some fantastic images too.

SPR Marshal positions vacant.
10th August: Many thanks to Santa Pod Raceway track manager Darren Prentice for letting us know that Santa Pod Raceway and Santa Pod Racers club are currently seeking to strengthen their Marshalling and Fire Crew team:

"We are currently seeking help for all types of events from Run What a you Brung to full International events, you don’t need to commit to every weekend, just if and when you can, full training will be given and uniform will be provided following a period of attendance and training, so if you're spectating, racing or crewing and fancy seeing our sport from a different angle, then drop Darren Prentice or Ian Marshall an email at or for more details.

"Please note that applicants must be 16 and over only, and if under 18, must have parental consent".

Euro Finals Shootout biggest UK drag race for two years.
10th August: Santa Pod Raceway will present The Euro Finals Shootout over the 9th-12th September. In normal times, the weekend hosts Europe’s most prestigious drag racing event, the FIA/FIM European Finals, but Covid-19 has forced cancellation of the championships these past two years and has robbed Santa Pod of the vivid presence of teams from 16 or 17 nations who usually attend.

Now, loosening travel restrictions promise a welcome return of some of the colourful Continental entries so missed since the pandemic struck. The outline programme features Pro Shootouts for Top Fuel Dragsters, Nitro Funny Cars and Nostalgia Funny Cars. Pro Exhibition classes are also planned for Top Methanol Dragsters, Pro Stocks and Scandinavia’s outrageous, outlaw Top Doorslammers.

Round 5 of the Motorsport UK British Drag Racing Championship – the fast, furious Pro Modifieds – will headline the event’s UK national championship programme, heralding the first competitive appearance of Bobby Wallace’s latest entry. Imported from the USA last year, the 14-litre, V8-powered, nitrous-boosted Chevrolet Camaro dipped into the 5-second zone, at almost 240mph, on only its seventh test pass. The event’s expected influx of European Pro Mod heavyweights will pose an exciting challenge for the Wallace team and their UK counterparts.

A potential new star appears on the horizon among the 10,000-horsepower, 300mph Top Fuel Dragsters. After rising through the Junior Dragster ranks, Finland’s Ida Zetterström switched to two wheels, winning Scandinavia’s ferocious Super Street Bike championship – ultra-hairy, 6.8sec/215mph, turbocharged motorcycles running on street-legal tyres without the benefit of wheelie bars. Back on four wheels and duly quarantined, Zetterström began her Top Fuel licensing process guesting at Santa Pod’s recent VW festival, Bug Jam, and is expected to complete the procedure with a single remaining full pass at The Euro Finals Shootout, allowing her to compete for the first time with the world’s fastest, loudest racing cars.

Among opponents facing Zetterström will be Santa Pod’s own Top Fuel speed queen, Susanne Callin. Guesting at the same Bug Jam event, Callin set new career-best elapsed times with three consecutive 3-second passes, to add to the 300mph terminal speed she had clocked while still a teenager in 2005.

In normal times, Santa Pod’s annual calendar of 75 or more events is settled by September of the previous year. Covid has made planning on the hoof an entirely new experience for the venue’s management, and fresh details of The Euro Finals Shootout will be unveiled as they develop. The programme will include all Santa Pod’s regular attractions, such as Jet Cars, Monster Trucks and stunt driving and riding displays. As the sun goes down, the Friday Evening Nitro Show will showcase Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars and Jets at their most spectacular.

The Euro Finals Shootout takes place at Santa Pod Raceway, near Wellingborough (NN29 7XA) from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th September, 2021. Advance adult ticket prices begin at £20, with children aged 5 to 15 at £5 per day. All tickets must be booked in advance – there will be no admission on the gate. Overnight camping is included with multi-day tickets and parking and paddock access are free.

Event information is available at this link and tickets may be booked online at or by telephoning the Box Office at 01234 782828.

Racers must enter through the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at this link and you will be able to see the entry list at this link.

Wildcat at large.
10th August:
Many thanks to photojournalist Andy Willsheer for letting us know about a historic altered which was on display at the UK's premier hot rod show at the weekend:

Standing out among the NSRA’s Hot Rod Supernationals serried ranks of rods and customs on hand this past weekend at Old Warden near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire was the bright red Wildcat Comp Altered. A member of the Wild Bunch Nostalgia Drag Racing Club, the Jaguar XJ6 4.2-litre-motivated blast from the past has been around the straight-line scene since the Seventies and is currently campaigned by Raygun-Industries, a group of individuals who quirkily describe themselves on their website as being not right in the head! A slight exaggeration, I feel, but as publishers of The Raydar Magazine, a perfect bound publication portraying a unique slant on the alternative motoring scene which, incidentally, is produced - and I quote - when we can be bothered, it’s fair to say that the gentlemen in question seemingly take pride in being, er, unconventional. Be that as it may, Wildcat was among the bumper entry of some 35 class competitors at July’s Dragstalgia event, where it completed the Pod’s memorable meeting in a commendable 4th spot. Pictured left to right in front of their trade stand are driver Ian Wild, Paul Haywood and Tim Odell, all of whom happily dare to be different. And why not?

Goodwood Revival celebrates NHRA.
10th August: This year, Goodwood Revival (17th– 19th September) will mark 70 years since two momentous events which took place in 1951, one in the UK and the other across the Pond. Each was emblematic of the nation in which it took place; the Festival of Britain and the founding of the National Hot Rod Association. The summer of 1951 saw millions of visitors flock to the Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank, a national showcase of British manufacturing and design,promoting British science, technology, industrial design, architecture and the arts. The Festival proved immensely popular as a “beacon for change” that helped reshape British arts, crafts, designs and sports for a generation.

To celebrate the occasion, Goodwood will be recreating a slice of that festival atmosphere at Gate 2 of the Motor Circuit with nods to the vibrant colours of the Festival of Britain with colourful ‘lollipops’ throughout the trees and geometric patterns on the buildings. Goodwood will also be reviving the Festival of Britain Trophy.

2021 also marks 70 years since Wally Parks founded the National Hot Rod Association in America and Goodwood is hoping to host one of the largest ever gatherings of the mean machines in Europe with the aim of there being one car for every year of the NHRA’s age. This iconic slice of Americana will be celebrated at a relocated Gasoline Alley which will feature bleachers, a mock drag strip , performance stage and dancing.

In addition, 16 of the infamous Rolling Bones cars are confirmed to attend. The Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop in Greenfield Centre, New York is a renowned hub of automotive craftsmanship run by Ken Schmidt and Keith Cornell for over 20 years. The Rolling Bones will be joined at Revival’s colourful display by a number of their UK cousins, with representatives from key Hot Rod groups such as the Low Fliers, the Detonators (of which American F1 legend Dan Gurney was a member), the Originals and the Vultures.

There will also be the UK’s biggest gathering of 1932 Fords; the ‘Deuce Coupe’ of hot rod legend made famous by the Beach Boys. Over 60 of these iconic cars are planned to attend.

New racer and sponsor for 100e Challenge.
10th August: Many thanks to regular contributor Nigel Taylor who has given us an update on the Modified 100e Challenge including the competition debut of his son Kenzie Taylor, who is also a talented photographer:

"More and more 100es are being built all the time and entering into the Modified 100e Challenge with 22-24 cars looking like the potential for next season . "Kenzie Taylor will become the youngest at 16 years old, making licensing passes at this years Hot Rod Drags in our 2.9i V6 100e, and after that no doubt more power may be required for next season.

"Glenn Blake, who runs the Hayling Hotrods at the Beach Meeting on the first Tuesday of every month on Hayling Island, has become the first sponsor for the 2022 Modified 100e Challenge and will put up £100 for the winner of each round in the new season.

"Glenn has been into the hot rod scene, Yank cars, customs and the rockabilly scene for years, regularly puts music gigs on and feels that now is his opportunity to put something back into the scene he enjoys so much.

"On behalf of the Modified 100e Group we would like to thank Glenn for choosing the class and look forward to what the 2022 season will bring. Massive thankyou to Ian Marshall and the Santa Pod Raceway team for looking into the MSA licience for Kenzie Taylor, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

First contact memories.
10th August: Thanks to regular viewer Clive Lewis for getting in touch about his initial contact with the sport with an appeal to anyone who knows the car involved in the demonstration he describes:

Back in (now a year either way possibly) 1971 I was at Lascelles Secondary Modern School in Harrow NW London and how it came about I do not know however a dragster appeared in the play ground one day from memory it looked like a fuel altered. It was possible a friend of a teacher or a teacher who had a hobby outside school.

The playground was surrounded by the school buildings. When the dragster was fired up many of the school kids hit the deck including myself. We thought the bomb had hit. We could not believe that a vehicle could make such a noise.

I know this is a vain hope question but it has been at the back of my mind for 50 years.This incident (and it was indeed and incident with many deafened and confused school boys) started my interest in drag racing. Like many things it will possibly be lost in the mists of time.

Editor's note: here are our two guesses as to possible cars at Clive's school demo, Kevin Pilling's Pure Seven (Roger Phillips photo) and Pete Atkins' Slo-Mo-Shun (Neil Baskerville photo); please write to if you have any other candidates from the London/Hertfordshire area.

Melbourne Raceway round 4 results.
9th August:
Congratulations to Ian Walley, the winner at the weekend's Melbourne Raceway round 4, Straightliners round 6 and NSCC shootout held at the Melbourne eighth mile track at the weekend:

NSCC Eliminations (Sunday): Ian Walley 7.10/116 def. Douglas Hague 9.29/84
NSCC Eliminations (Saturday): Ian Walley 6.65/117 def. Pete Smith 7.06/101

Racing commenced around 10:50am on Saturday and was able to continue for the whole day until an oildown resulted in the track crew springing into action, applying detergent to the unprepped surface to return it to racing condition. Then heavy rain on Saturday night dumped a large amount of standing water on the track and the crew worked hard with their sweeper to remove the water and get the surface dry; racing commenced late Sunday morning and with one break for another downpour continued to 4pm on Sunday. The weekend was yet another reason to ignore the weather forecast, and a living example of Yorkshire grit. Due to rain disruption, eliminations were cancelled although all racers present were able to continue to make runs.

Congratulations also to Methanol Funny Car racer Mark Flavell who re-set the track record on Saturday by running a 5.53/143. After this, Mark and son Andy held an auction of memorabilia to raise money towards the restoration of Melbourne Raceway, the pairing lanes area and the shut down run-off area being up for further work.

Among the racers visiting the track were Keith Freeman and Des Taylor from the Supercharged Outlaws, newcomer to Melbourne and Super Pro ET/Super Comp racer Allan Schofield, who was quickest in the Run What Ya Brung, and Old School Stocker riders Kevin Melling, Tyne Blight, Rod Spry and Chris Spry.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Melboune Raceway round 4 reports, results and former editor Tog's galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page.

Full official results from the event and previous Melbourne rounds in 2021 can be found at the Straightliners Melbourne Raceway 2021 results repository, courtesy Martyn Greathead. All Straightliners results and championship points from 1997 onwards can be found at this link.

New Rebellious RED driver Dave Glover posted images and video from the weekend, including the 'Cackle for Casey' to Facebook, and you can see more footage on Melbourne Raceway's Youtube page.

Melbourne Raceway's round 5 will be on 18th-19th September. In the words of Melbourne Raceway Community moderator Kelli Barrett, "Put it in your diaries, book it off work, ignore the weather forecast!

USC FWD Shootout results.
9th August: Congratulations to Craig Evans for winning the FWD Shootout at Ultimate Street Car held at Santa Pod Raceway from 6th-8th August. Seven cars were entered into the FWD Shootout, the qualifying cutoff being an ET of 12.99s. The results (with thanks to David Anniwell from the SPRC timing crew) were:

  1. Craig Evans (Corsa 2000cc) 9.9521/146.18
  2. Ahmed Jamshaid (Honda Civic 1999cc) 10.1839/133.63
  3. Terry Newton (Escort Van 2100cc) 10.3211/149.11
  4. Matt Davison (Civic 1600cc) 10.5390/135.23
  5. Darren Dewhurst (Corsa 2000cc) 10.5729/134.06
  6. Pete Cole (Renault 5 2000cc) 12.1126/116.84
  7. Ant Mincher (VW Golf 1800cc) 12.3032/95.83
Eliminations round 1

Craig Evans 10.9602/140.81 bye
Ahmed Jamshaid 11.9022/83.64 def. Ant Mincher 13.7923/66.47
Darren Dewhurst 10.6647 /133.23 def. Matt Davison 12.8397/103.06
Terry Newton 15.2876/81.26 def. Pete Cole no-show

Semi finals

Terry Newton 15.2478/112.22 def. Ahmed Jamshaid no-show
Craig Evans 10.0472/143.49 def. Darren Dewhurst 16.0683/64.99


Craig Evans 9.9145/144.30 def. Terry Newton 12.3593/127.37.

For streaming video of the event go to Santa Pod Raceway's Youtube page, and SPR has posted a gallery of photos of the event on its Facebook page.

Picture courtesy and © Mk1Kieran.

Swift snippets.
9th August: More details about the generous prize money for Doorslammers are now included with our news item posted on 5th August. To enter now, head over to the Santa Pod ticket portal at Entries close 5pm UK time on Friday, 27 August.

Happy Birthday today to British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member, Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car driver and crew member Gary Page, have a great day Gary!

We also gather from Ant Hill Mob Dragracing Team that it's former FIA Top Fuel Champion Smax Smith's birthday today, Happy Birthday and have a great day Smax! Son Aidan Heatley-Smith said "We fired the car up yesterday for our birthdays," so a belated Happy Birthday to Aidan too.

Gardermoen and Bonneville streaming.
8th August: Thanks to French team
Custom Gang Racing, aka the Dubois family, who have posted a link to a stream at the Gardermoen Drag Challenge where they are competing this weekend, and can be seen by clicking this link. You can keep up to date with race results from Gardermoen by going to the news page of the Norse Drag Racing Gardermoen web site.

Thanks also to Nitro Revival sponsor and currently dormant Land Speed Racer Geoff Stillwell, with whom we will later in August be announcing an exciting prize award, for bringing to our attention a live video stream of Bonneville Speed Week which you can follow by going to Facebook and following the Gearhead Hobbies page. The video consists of a high quality view of the startline area which is the prime spot for seeing cars before they commence their run on the long course, well worth a view as it captures the atmosphere well.

Dishforth debut.
6th August: RAF Dishforth in Yorkshire is the site of the new Armstrong Raceway to which Straightliners organisation travelled up the A1 last weekend to run the first race there. The July 31st/August 1st weekend featured the fifth round of the Straightliners Championship and a RWYB.

Mark Flavell who in his alcohol funny car was the quickest car there, commented "Dishforth is a brilliant venue, the track, the pits, the return road & the location. A big thank you and a big well done to everyone involved in get us this exciting new venue!" Mark did a nice straight tyre smoking crowd pleasing run but low oil pressure curtailed any further runs.

NSCC cars were running well with the Presland brothers Ford and Toyota pickup plus Derek Beck and Ian Walley, Ian having to nip home for a spare cam follower on Saturday evening to replace a faulty one, thankfully managing to run again on Sunday.

Jason King, who helped to secure the venue, was first to crack 200mph at the 1/2mile later bettered by Phil Wood on Dave Jones's Busa at 206mph. Riding in 12.10 class Rob Brittain, riding his Harley Sportster 1200, took his first ever class win beating Rob Kneeshaw. 11.10 class saw a 6 bike field whittled down to Oliver Tindall and Daniel "Helfor" Leather Daniel taking the win.

In the 10.10 class, after Saturday's runs the top 3 were all on 10.22 secs split only by the speeds, Pete Field at 147mph, Ashley Hodgson 142mph and Philip Tomblinson 140mph. Sunday saw Pete post a 10.17sec. Pete uncharacteristically red lit in his semi so it was Ashley and Phil in the final, Ashley posting a near perfect 10.13sec to take the win.

In the 9.10 class, Ian Wicks held top spot all weekend making it through to the final against David Storrie, Ian just edging the win. Sprint Legends saw a red light in the semis for Mark Taylor so Mickey Blackburn lined up against Chris Urwin, Mickey taking the win. Scooters were putting in some impressive speeds Adrian Horrocks flying on the 150cc small frame Vespa 102mph at the 1/4 and Eric Cope on a 12.86secs and 103mph.

Photos of the new venue, which is hoped will be long-standing, are at a Flickr album, taken by Becci Ellis, which you can see by clicking here. You can find the detailed results for the event on Sunday by clicking on the following links to quarter mile times, eliminations, and half mile speeds. Saturday results are at the Straightliners news channel.

The current Straightliners championship points by clicking on the following links to car points, bike points, and scooter points.

The next round of the Straightliners championship is at Melbourne Raceway this weekend and as sponsors of Melbourne look forward to a weekend of action.

Malta night event.
6th August: The Malta Drag Racing Association held its first night event of 2021 on 29th-31st July. The entry list and running order are available via this link. A total of 55 cars took part in various classes. Results can be seen in the online edition of the Malta Times Sports Desk.

Juan Wolf of MDRA thanks all the competitors who participated and their crews who helped us to have a wonderful quarter mile competition again The committee of the MDRA has also confimed that there will be a members' presentation night on 25th August, and the next full night event will be on 1st-3rd October. You can see media coverage of the event by clicking on the following links:
Swift snippets.
6th August: We wish a big Happy Birthday to SPRC pit marshal Caroline 'Oscar' Boncey, have a great day Oscar!

Ford Show demo drag cars callout.
5th August: Thanks to Santa Pod Events Coordinator Dan Melrose for passing on an appeal for race cars to run at the Ford Show on Sunday 29th August:

This August Bank Holiday weekend is our annual Ford Show, and we’re looking for some of the baddest Ford drag cars in the country to put on a show! We’re looking for about 16-20 Ford-bodied and/or Ford-engined cars that can run 11.99 or quicker for the day. For anyone interested, please send applications to Dan in the Santa Pod office at before the close of business on Monday, August 16th including your personal best ET and a blurb about the car.

Doorslammers entries now open.
5th August: The Doorslammers, Europe’s biggest doorslammer race weekend is back at Santa Pod, and entries are now open for the event! Running from the 3rd-5th September and with £40,000 in prize money on offer, it promises to be three days of non-stop action. We have seven brackets on-track across the weekend as follows:
  • Pro Doorslammer: sponsored by VP Racing Fuels - Entry Fee £500 - Prize Pot £10,000, Winner £5,000
  • Street: Entry Fee £250 - Prize Pot £5,000, Winner £2,500
  • FWD: Entry Fee £200 - Prize Pot £5,500, Winner £2,500
  • 4 Cylinder Entry Fee £200 - Prize Pot £5,500, Winner £2,500
  • 6 Cylinder Entry Fee £200 - Prize Pot £3,000, Winner £1,750; and
  • Saturday/Sunday Big Bracket Entry Fee £200 per day - Prize Pot £5,500 Per Day, Winners £2,500
Outline rules and details of prize money are shown at

To enter now, head over to the Santa Pod ticket portal at Entries close 5pm UK time on Friday, 27 August.

Note: The Doorslammers race will take place alongside the VW Action show; VAG owners can sign up here to take part in the Friday 3rd September Run What Ya Brung.

ACU points posted.
5th August: ACU Drag Race Series co-ordinator Ian King has updated the ACU points tables which can be seen at this link or via our points standings page.

Many congratulations to the new ACU British record holders following ratification:

Stuart Crane - Funnybike ET, 6.4702 secs
Stuart Crane - Funnybike MPH, 207.99 mph
Steven Venables - Superstreet Bike MPH, 218.24 mph

Clastres report.
5th August: The 15th European Dragster event organised by Association Trophée Dragster took place at Clastres last weekend. The results have now been posted to the ATD web site and there was a good entry of 21 in Super Pro ET, 22 in Pro ET 11 in Street Run and 9 in Junior Dragster in addition to Run What Ya Brung, making a total of 110 in all.

ATF president Eric Angeloni said "health constraints have not spared our organization, but our motivation is stronger than that - our motto is: the race must go on! The ATD has created a 200mph club to encourage a rise in performance. Despite the capricious weather on Saturday the track was restored in very short notice thanks to the hard work of the Yellow People (track crew). Thanks to everyone who, near or far, contributes to this track preparation. Also there was a marriage proposal on the start line, we wish all possible happiness to this beautiful couple Kelly and Jean (click for video) of team French Burn Impact".

In Super Pro ET, Michael Mikuscheit from Essen, Germany was the #1 qualifier in his Chevrolet El Camino with a perfect 0.00074 on his 8.60 dial-in. The top 11 were less than 0.1s off their dial. In eliminations, Laurent Arnaud was the winner after defeating Eric Angeloni (RED), Olivier Coulon (gen 2 Camaro), Alex Halter (Plymouth Road Runner), Fabien Dubois (RED) and Thierry Senges (Mustang) in the final (pictured at top).

Pro ET had a field where the top 13 were less than 0.1s off their dial. Top qualifier was Sophie Zaninetti (Plymouth Belvedere) who was 0,01947 over her 11.20 dial. Eliminations saw Laurent Levi in his Gasser style Comet Cyclone take the win, defeating Franck Besset (Chevy Nova), Peter Soursas ('70 Cuda), Dirk Kunold (Beetle) and, after a bye in the semi finals, Jean Luc Arnaud (Mustang) in the final.

In the Street Run class, Laurent Arnould was the winner,and in Junior Dragster Chantal Wagner triumphed over the field of nine, the top eight having RTs of less than 0.1s. RWYB had a mixture of cars, with two notable runners being the Pro Modified Corvette of Marcus Hilt (click for video), aided by a masked-up but still recognisable Camp Stanley and the blown Camaro doorslammer of Walle Strobel (both pictured above).

Several photographers and videographers were at the event and you can see their work by clicking on these links: The final round of the 2021 ATD season at Clastres is on 4th-5th September.

Images above courtesy and © Stéphane Cousin

Swift snippets.
5th August: A very Happy Birthday to our good friend Libby Mottershead. Have a good day Libby and see you at the track soon.

Photojournalist Steve Moxley has had his report on the drag bike classes at Santa Pod’s Festival of Power published on the web site Eat My Ink. In it you can read many snippets of the teams' weekend mechanical issues and how they were mostly overcome.

Pro Modified and Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham wanted to acknowledge the contribution of his team member Mr Greed (pictured left, photo © Mad Welshman). JT said "He is possibly the bravest man in the world and my new Tracy Island. I will always win the burnout competition - if you look at the windscreen I couldn’t see out at this time. Greenlights - bring it on.

Thanks to Motorsport UK Pro Modified PR Robin Jackson for letting us know that this week's Autocar magazine has an article on Annie Wallace and her STP Summer Nationals win which you can read by clicking here.

VWDRC Drag Days entry open.
4th August:
Entry is now open to VWDRC Drag Days, a special test and tune session to be held by the VW Drag Racing Club on 16th August at Santa Pod Raceway.

VWDRC chair Luke Stevenson said "After the Success of the 2020 event, the VWDRC are proud to present Drag Days 2.0, Could it be any Hotter! We are taking any make or model bikes or cars for testing. Entry is to open non members, this is perfect test and tune opportunity whether you’re a seasoned racer making final tweaks on a setup or just fancy a go down the strip, you won’t find a better value or more chilled out exclusive couple of RWYB days." Car entry is limited to 100 to ensure generous track time is available.

Racer entry ticket costing £150 includes unlimited runs over the two days and overnight camping on Sunday 15th August. Crew entry tickets are being offered separately at £10 each. Media support will include our Kirstie trackside and resident Santa Pod photographer Ian Blackett. You can sign up to VWDRC Drag Days 2.0 by clicking here.

Gasser Circus at the Mopars.
4th August: Many thanks to Gasser Circus co-ordinator Nick Brooke Langham for sending us an exclusive report about the class's latest outing at the 27th Mopar Euro Nationals:

The final weekend of July played host to the Mopar Nationals at Santa Pod, and as well as a fine gathering of Dodge cars spanning many years, the Gasser Circus were also in town. With 14 Gassers on site, it looked like being a good weekend of racing, and with the forecasts saying Sunday would be the better day, all the drivers knew they would have to make the most of the qualifying when it arrived.

When Round 1 began, not all Gassers made it down the track. Lee Pike with Honky Tonkin 2 didn’t make a run and neither did Nogbad the Bad, the latter being down to not arriving at the Pod until after the first round had been completed! The cause, ending Covid isolation at midnight Friday. Speaking of which, the Circus welcomed a new driver this weekend, with Drew Mason taking the wheel of Ain’t Misbehavin and on his first run stopping the clocks at 10.17. The reason for his debut was also Covid isolation, with normal hot shoe Sean Milsom, not completing his until midnight Saturday.

The second round of qualifying arrived just before 2pm, and this time all 14 Gasser entered the fire up road, unfortunately, not all of them made it out of it and down the strip, Lee Pike suffering fuelling problems with his ‘Honky Tonkin 2’ Nova. The problem was later traced to there being a distinct lack of fuel in the tank! The qualifying also bore witness to a selection of breakouts, Mark Dibley in the ‘Ansen’ Pop just missing qualification by 2 thousandths and Jason Pickett in his ‘Cherry Bomb’ 55 Chevy (pictured right) running 11.60 on an 11.60 dial in. With two more rounds of qualifying scheduled Lee and Mark would have more opportunities to qualify, but for now number 1 qualifier was Billy Jones in his ‘Grumpy Grizz’ Willys (pictured left).

Shortly before 6pm the Circus were called to the lanes, and a race was on, that being could we get another round of qualifying before some ominous looking rain clouds arrived at the Pod. The answer to that question was forthcoming moments after we entered the lanes. The foretellers of this were the rain drops on our screens, which were rapidly like a cake topping being hundreds then thousands. The fire road soon emptied as the gathered classes headed for shelter and the day drew to a close, as did Mark and Lee’s chance to qualify their Gassers.

Peering out through the caravan curtains, was a disappointing experience at 7am Sunday, as the sky was full of grey clouds and there was a hint of drizzle. During the morning the sound of the track drier in the distance gave all racers optimism but, despite the highly valued efforts of all the track officials their work was soon being literally rained on. As midday approached and the rain showed no signs of abating, the sound of cars going onto trailers punctuated the air, and the space in the pits steadily grew. After several sessions of berating the inaccuracies of the multitude of weather apps, and reports that had said Sunday would be a good day, a small cry went up when someone spotted a bit of blue sky. Admittedly it was a very small gap between still looming grey clouds, but it was a glimmer of things to come. Just after 3 in the afternoon, the track was dry, the racers were slightly damp, but cars were ready to race once again. Racers are nothing if not a determined bunch of people, and sitting out the weather was about to pay off.

Gasser Circus Eliminations got underway just after 3:30pm and first pair up was Number 1 Qualifier Billy Jones against Tony Pearson in his 56 Chevy ‘Guzzler’ (pictured below left). Billy dialling in 10.65 and Tony 10.85, this could be a close one. The cars left and we had a green light race, the cars were evenly matched and they stayed side by side down the track, as they went under the gantry the boards showed that both drivers had broken out with Billy running 10.63 and Tony 10.72, Billy taking the win as he broke out by 0.0196 to Tony’s 0.1204!

Next pairing had Tom Margesson in ‘The Tinsel Town Hustler’ Pop 11.38 taking on Graham Barton in his ‘High Anxiety’ Austin Devon dialling 10.71 (pictured above centre). As the tree dropped, Tom left fractionally earlier than Graham but both with green lights, and again the cars were side by side as they powered down the strip, but at the lights it was to be a breakout loss for Graham with a 10.68, Tom safely through with a 11.49.

Next pairing had the Jason’s racing each other with Jason Pickett and Jason Hollamby lining up against each other. Simultaneous burnouts from the ‘Cherry Bomb’ Chevy and the ‘Jumpin Jalapeno’ Ford (pictured above right). This was destined to be another side by side race, with neither driver backing off, as underlined by both drivers breaking out, the win going to Jason Hollamby as he broke out by less. This was good news for Jason as he had started the weekend second in the points, sandwiched between Billy Jones in third and Nick Barnett in first.

The next Gassers up had Nick taking on an ex Bristol car , with the 57 Chevy ‘Honky Tonkin’ of Steve Matthews, who had been plagued by the Chevy pulling hard left each time it left the line. Steve did not suffer these issues on this run, but did unfortunately leave a cherry on the tree, the Championship leader Nick advancing to the next round. Also trying to join him there was Sean Milsom, who having concluded his Covid isolation was back in the driver’s seat of his ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ Gasser. He was lining up against the Austin ‘Nogbad the Bad’, I had dialled in 11.72 and Sean 10.14. At mid track I was wondering where he was the answer wasn’t long in coming as he shot past taking the win.

Final pairing had Paul Dominey in his ‘640’ Austin Dorset, lining up against Brian Gibson in his ‘Identity Crisis’ Dodge following one of Brian’s customary rolling burnouts. Paul was looking for 11.46 and Brian 11.24, so Paul would be leaving first, as it turned out Brian left the line first, but not with a cherry, as Paul’s reaction time told the story of his run 0.514. Brian pulled another pleasing wheelie off the line and took the win with 11.32. Just before 5 the Gassers were at the end of the fire up lane, ready for the quarterfinals, first pair was Nick Barnett who whilst sat in the fire up road, had changed his dial in from 11.72 to 11.70, he was up against the Pop of Tom Margessson and John Gumble, ‘The Tinsel Town Hustler’ with their car dialling 11.38. Tom was in chase mode and when the clocks stopped Nick had run 11.73 and taken the win as Tim had chased a bit too hard with a breakout 11.30 which equates to getting there 4 inches ahead of his dial in.

Brian Gibson and Jason Hollamby came to the line and Brian left with another big wheelie, he and Jason had another very close race, but with Jason in full chase mode having dialled 10.72 to Brian’s 11.24, he had overcooked it by breaking out by running a 10.70, Brian advancing.

The winner of the next pairing had a ‘bye’ waiting for them that would whisk them to the final. Sean Milsom (pictured below left) and Billy Jones prepared to do battle with Billy dialling 10.60 to Sean’s 10.09, when they left we had a green light race and they were neck a neck down the strip and both crossed the line at 124 mph with Sean taking the win with a 10.10.

Some of the eliminated Gassers were running on the back of the winning cars, one of these was just about to post a stunning reaction time, with Graham Barton recording a 0.000!

Semi-final time and Nick Barnett in the B&G Racing Falcon (current points leader) came to the line against Brian Gibson, with Nick on an 11.70 against a 11.24. Brian again pulled a wheelie and with his front wheels back on the strip the race was on, another close fought battle followed but with Nick running 11.76 and Brian stopping the clocks with a 11.57, it was Nick that advanced to face Sean who made sure on his bye run that his wheelie bars worked properly with a wheels up launch before powering through his bye run.

Ten to six arrived and so did the Gasser Circus final, with Nick and Sean performing stout burnouts, then edging to the line. Nick had 11.68 on his back screen and Sean had 10.07 on the rear door of his van. The scene was set as the cars edged into Pre stage, then Stage, the tree activated and Nick left rapidly followed by Sean, but unfortunately too rapid as he planted a cherry on the tree. Nick (pictured below) took the win but with both still on it down the track, Nick went onto break out, but that didn‘t matter as first or worst applied. This win puts Nick neatly in the money seats for the Championship which will be decided at the Hot Rod Drags in September.

His win also meant he was able to pick up another superb winners pin from the talented Melliard’s who sponsor the Gasser Circus. Looking back a day after the event, it showed what determination and dedication to drag racing means to not just all the racers that stayed and never gave up hope of being able to race, but just as much to the superb team at Santa Pod, who ensured that we could race safely to a conclusion. I am sure we came close to the event being called, but instead of that the hard work by the Santa Pod crew, saved the event and made our weekend. Long may that determination and dedication prevail. The Gasser Circus wish to thank Neil Melliard for his sponsorship and trophies, Simon Prest who sponsors the Best Reaction Time and Closest to Dial in awards, the National Street Rod Association, Renegade Fuels and all the team at Santa Pod especially the track and timing crew. See you in September.

Gasser Circus – Racing the Dream.

Wild Bunch news update.
4th August:Claire Meaddows has updated the comprehensive and long running Wild Bunch web site with news from last weekend's 'Summer Showdown' at the Mopar Euro Nationals, 30th July - 1st August.

Claire concurs with our views, "A really good event! Well done to all those Wild Bunchers who took part and huge thanks to the track crew and all at Santa Pod for getting racing in despite the weather! Much appreciated!

The next Wild Bunch round is at the Greenlight Nationals.

Mantorp Drag Revival.
4th August: Last weekend's Mantorp Park Drag Revival was the largest race meeting held in the Nordic countries so far this season. The Mantorp atmosphere is unique and attracted over 190 racers in 18 classes. We covered the Nitro Bike Showdown in our Monday update. Below we highlight some of the other outstanding performances and teams running in the quicker classes. Full results can be seen by clicking on Drag Revival 2021 at this link. The event was rain-affected but got completed with the track crew getting the track back in shape for eliminations on Sunday.

Four Top Methanol cars were entered for the race and whilst the returning former Top Fuel pilot, Tony Bryntesson got his license upgrade (from 1995) with a 5.93 run in his A-fueler, the problems from dropping cylinders in his licensing pass led to him making only a test pass on Sunday. Jonny Lagg (above centre) qualified top with 5.4390/421.30, followed by fellow A-fuel runner Daniel Jedborn (above right) with 5.8022/378.15 and the sole TMFC of Magnus Larsson (above left) completed the qualified trio at 6.2022/368.10. In eliminations, Jonny went through to the final on a 5.481/426.00kph bye and Magnus ran a 6.147/377.80 single when Daniel couldn't make the call. The final saw Jonny running his best of the weekend at 5.433/428.60 but a red light gave the win to Magnus on 6.500/336.00, Magnus getting the 0.22 handicap advantage on the tree.

The entry in the eighth mile Pro Xtreme (otherwise known as Top Doorslammer) was a relatively healthy thirteen qualified cars, and it was former FIA Pro Modified champion Jan Ericsson (above left) who pretty much swept the board. Jan qualified #1 in his Camaro with 3.9352/305.99kph and after a first round 3.893/310.00 bye, got another single go in round two when #7 qualified Roger Johansson was a no-show, Jan nevertheless going 3.899/307.80. The semi final was the first pairing and Jan got by Henrik Brink (above centre) with a 3.860/310.20 to Henrik's 4.048/299.80. The final was Jan's third single of eliminations when #3 qualifier Mats Stefansson who had run 4.010/305.60 to defeat Adam Anderson in round one, 3.934/306.30 to overcome Mike Reymond's 4.441/247.00 in round two and 3.877/309.30 to get ahead of Fredrik Lundh's (above right) close 3.975/303.50 in the semi final, in which Fredrik suffered damage and was unable to make the call against Jan.

Other highlights were Peter Larsen running a 7.954/238.30 in 4to6 with his Toyota Supra to go #1 (although eliminations in this class fell victim to rain), a characteristically tight field in Pro Street (7.60 index) with Svend Holst qualifying #1 at 7.6070/279.18kph and Pär Norgren winning the eliminations, and the eighth mile Super Pro Street (4.40 index) where Tommy Abrahamsson qualified #1 and went on to win the final.

In exhibition runs, Hans-henrik Thomsen improved his electric bike quarter mile world record to 6.7407/311.42, runs were also made by Nostalgia Funny Car racer Torbjörn Jansson in Nitrocalypse, his best being 6.8083/312.50.

Many thanks to Patrik Jacobsson for giving permission to use his photos above. A full gallery of Patrik's photos is on Facebook and you can also see photos on Facebook by Cenneth Schiller and Nico Bremnes, and watch video of the event for SEK100 (£8.35) by clicking here.

Davies wins PM, 20 years on.
3rd August: The last Pro Modified win taken by the double championship winning team of Nick Davies and Rob Loaring was in 2000, their second Championship winning year in the UK. The PM duck was broken at the Mopar Euro Nationals last weekend with their turbo Pontiac Firebird taking the victory. The field was reduced to four cars when lack of parts sidelined returnee Mick Payne and licensee Matt Peters, Jon Webster also signalling a pause in his Pro Mod campaign due to a broken gearbox and converter.

Nick and Rob's chance to race three other quick cars at the Mopars paid off for the team. Nick said "We are carrying on picking away at it; although we have done less than 12 runs on our new Rossler transmission and Neal Chance converter combination, I am getting more comfortable with it."

As can be seen from the videos of Nick's runs or indeed any turbo car in the class, the staging process is different for a turbo boosted Pro Mod. "You have to get a handle on the spooling of the turbo, we go into pre-stage before spooling and then I check the fuel and oil pressure and build the boost to a level I'm happy with before bumping it into stage. Our car has enough base power to spool rapidly, however nitrous and blower cars will always reach launch rpm more quickly than we can. In a race situation spooling quickly does give you more confidence as the other racer is less tempted to force the turbo car to stage first.

Photos of Nick, Rob and team and Nick with Annie Wallace © and courtesy Andy Willsheer.

"The conditions have been different at each of the events we have run at this year, the Springspeed Nationals being a shakedown of the new combination. The best conditions were at the Festival of Power, then at the hot Summer Nationals the air was poor. The conditions at the Mopars were quite tricky; with a high proportion of street-tyred cars it was difficult for the track team to get a consistently high quality racing surface. We were however able to get down the track every time we did a full pass.

"Our first run was to bed in new rings on the engine, which we had replaced after the Summer Nationals along with the rods and just ran it to half track. In the second session, Kev (Slyfield) had run a 6.12 in the previous pair and I was going for the bonus points for low ET of the event. I was able to drive through manageable shake and ended with a 6.14 but at a good speed of 236mph. I was confident that the time would improve if we had a third qualifier but, with the rain, that was not to be. Back in the pits we noticed from the data the engine was down on boost from 36psi to 32psi and on inspection found that one of the main pipes from the turbo to the inlet manifold had a crack in it which we were able to fix before Sunday's elimination.

"In the first round we had lane choice, chose the right lane – and the car shook hard in first gear. I was able to get most out of the run though, running 6.40/239. I couldn't see Wayne (Nicholson) in the other lane and guessed he had a problem, so got back on the throttle anyway. In the shut down area I heard a clattering from behind me and realised the wheelie bars were broken. It wasn't a problem as although Scott Bares was able to weld it, we had a spare pair we could use anyway and Scott welded the parachute bracket back which had come loose.

"In the second round which was the final we were up against Annie Wallace, it's great to have the Wallace family back in the sport and they have some exceptional talent. Annie had lane choice and we left together, I saw her in front at 60ft which was expected as a nitrous car would leave quicker than ours. If a turbo car gets level with a nitrous car by half track though, there is only one winner and we ran 6.057/241. Before that we both had to pedal, hers was just slightly longer than ours but there was not a lot in it.

"So, our first win since 2000 although, as Rob said, we have been doing other things since.

"We drove to the weighing station and got through the tech inspection, and then I was able to drive it back to the pit bay. It's very tractable at low revs, we might even think of running Street Eliminator some time…

"A huge thanks to the Santa Pod Raceway guys for never giving up with all the rain the racers really appreciate what they do for the sport, and we had a very good surface to race on despite the nature of the event.

"Thanks to our team as well, The crew understands each other, work well together and have confidence." Dave Read helps Nick on the engine, Rob is focused on chassis setup and Scott Barnes, James Hurley and my son Callum Davies all help in servicing the car, checking it and looking at data from which Nick and Rob make tuning decisions.

"A thank you also to our generous sponsors USAutomotive, BUA Motorsports, Roberts Motor Bodies, also to our eminent suppliers Rossler Transmissions, Neal Chance Racing Converters, Fuel Tech USA, Precision Turbos and Vanishing Point Race Cars.

"We'll be back at the Euro Finals, see you then."

Keith Lee sells scooter - again.
3rd August: Thanks to drag racing author and biographer Keith Lee for sending us an update on his recent activities:

Over the past months, I have been busying myself working on my new book - John Hobbs and the Age of the Twins.

During the course of this process, I have been considering what to do with my own tiny piece of oddball drag racing history, which I first raced in 1971. I did actually run alongside John a couple of times during that period - way behind him being the correct description of those qualifying encounters!

Having raced my Triumph powered Lambretta only sporadically during 1973, as I was spending much more time writing about and photographing the sport, I ended up selling it to a young Robin Read at the end of that year. It provided Robin with his first entry into competition. Now Robin would progress onto much greater achievements on four wheels over the years that have followed. For myself, track side and commentating seemed a more sensible option.

It was my belief that the machine was cannibalised and scrapped over 40 years ago, but although in poor condition, and missing many parts, it had still survived, thanks to Alan Richardson. I was offered it back a few years ago, and rebuilt it up to a point that ensured it’s immediate future. Not having the facilities to complete it, and not being daft enough to ride it again anyway; I did not want it to end up with someone who would just want it for parts. It seemed to me that Robin might like to once again own and run it after completing the build. Who knows, maybe I can persuade him to run it at Dragstalgia, once he has achieved that 200mph goal in his amazing blown Daimler dragster.

Thanks to Annie for taking the shot of myself and Robin when he collected the bike on Sunday. It must be some sort of record, for the time gap between selling one machine to the same person twice!

For more information on John Hobbs and the Age of the Twins, updates will be available at: and on the John Hobbs Book facebook page.

Rodfathers car show appeal.
3rd August: Thanks to drag racing historian Jerry Cookson for passing on a request for car at a show in Rushden, Northants.

"The organisers Rushden Historical Transport Society in collaboration with Rodfathers and Boyds of Bedford want Hot Rods, Dragster and Yanks for display at the all new one day show on Saturday 28th August. It's the Steam N' Gasoline Hot Rod and Custom Bike Show, being held at the Rushden Historic Transport Museum, Rushden, NN10 0FW.

There's free entry to all show cars including driver and passenger. Inside space is available with power if needed. Food Court, Bar, Music and Trophies all within this great new venue after it has undergone a remarkable refurbishment.

Anyone wishing to display please email or call 07597 300422 for more details.

Swift snippets.
3rd August: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with large albums from the STP Summer Nationals covering a total of 200 images, and another from the July Yam Yam Racing Private Test Day of 175 photos, any of which can be downloaded as hi-def copies. You can check out Mad's pictures at this link.

Photographer Patrick O'Connor has uploaded to Facebook an album of photos from the Mopar Euro Nationals from last weekend.

27th Mopar Euro Nationals results.
2nd August: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's 27th Mopar Euro Nationals held at Santa Pod Raceway:

Motorsports UK Pro Modified: Nick Davies 6.0575/241.58 def. Annie Wallace 6.5237/225.52
Nostalgia Superstock:Chris Goodale 10.4796/125.44 (10.45) def. Don Scott 9.8278/140.45 (9.70)
Gasser Circus: Nick Barnett 11.6352/115.52 (11.68) def. Sean Milsom 10.1255/132.50 (10.07)

It is a tribute to the hard-working Santa Pod Raceway track crew led by Ian Marshall that eliminations were completed, as following the loss of the whole of Friday to persistent drizzle and disruption to the end of Saturday's qualifying and first round of NSS eliminations with another downpour, we were faced with drizzle for the whole of Sunday morning and racing was only able to be started by 3:30pm. So a big vote of thanks to the SPR track crew, they lierally saved the day.

Congratulations to Nostalgia Superstock racer Jake Cawthorne (Andy Willsheer photo of Jake with Nïamh Frances Smith and your editor) who won the Twister Perfect ET Award supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of £50; the award has been reset to £50, and is next available at the STP Greenlight Nationals on 21st-22nd August.

Congratulations also to Nostalgia Superstock racer Stewart Arthur for winning the Habit Racing Perfect Light Award supported by Cath and Tig Napier, of £50; in only his second competitive event. The award has also been reset to £50, and is next available at the STP Greenlight Nationals.

Thanks to David Anniwell of the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data which we have posted to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored 27th Mopar Euro Nationals reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Event Coverage link at the top of any page.

Please join Simon in thanking Diana, a returning Kirstie and Julian for their hard work over the race weekend in sometimes difficult conditions, and many thanks to those who gave feedback on our coverage.

Goodale triumphs after six rounds.
2nd August: Congratulations to Chris Goodale who ran six rounds of eliminations on Sunday afternoon to win the huge field of Nostalgia Superstock at the Mopar Euro Nationals.

Chris had a single in round one when Perfect Light Award winner Stewart Arthur was a no-show, then defeated Perfect ET Award winner Jake Cawthorne in round two. Simon Rickwood was Chris's victim in round three and points leader Stuart 'Kiwi' Thompson in round four. The semis saw Chris take out Ty Strevett who had had his best race ever up to that point, and in the final Chris defeated class organiser Don Scott.

Chris said "I'm really pleased with my first ever event win this weekend - what a surprise! I'd like to give a special mention to Dave Billadeau for all the help and advice with the Camaro and making such a fantastic job of the car over the last couple of years (even though it’s a Chevy lol), also to James Ellis who is also now racing in Nostalgia Superstock with an NHRA Stock Eliminator '67 Camaro and has been helping me with my various car endeavours for the last 25 years!

Thanks also to Santa Pod for providing a fantastic facility to race at, and carrying on with drying and prepping the track yesterday as we thought the whole day was finished in the morning due to the continual rain. Thanks to everyone in NSS for being a great bunch of people and especially the committee members for getting everything sorted out for us at every meeting and providing us with the best Drag Racing Class in the UK".

Chris has owned his immaculate '69 Camaro for over 20 years and despite its original 307ci engine being upgraded to a 540ci ten years ago, it is still registered for the street and has covered over 4000 miles with the latest engine.

The Camaro is not the only race car that Chris is focused on, his other car being a fondly-remembered Top Street car from the early 1970s UK scene which Chris is having restored. He said "I’ve had the Russo's Rat Super Stock '69 Chevelle for most of the last 20 years. It's well on the way to being restored, Dave Billadeau has already restored the rolling chassis, Dave McCallan has put a roll cage in (as he did on my blue Camaro), Ash Rawson has completed all the body work which looks fantastic and then the car is going to Andy Pryzbl for paint and then back to Dave Billadeau for final assembly.

"It is being restored to almost exactly as it was around 1970, I have spoken with Frank Russo and even the guy that painted the car 50 years ago! So it’s going to get a proper period style restoration with a slightly larger motor than it originally had which will be built by EDA; we are hoping the car the will run well into the 9’s."

Pictured: Russo's Rat at its original home track of Dover Drag Strip, NY and at Santa Pod in 2003, raced by Chris.

Fueltech Nitro Bike Showdown reaches potential.
2nd August: After a rain-affected first event and then cancellation of the next two events at Kauhava, Finland following a complaint by an environmental protester, the much heralded Fueltech Nitro Bike Showdown was able to be held over the eighth mile at the Mantorp Park Drag Revival over the weekend.

Photos © and courtesy Kettil Rautio.

Photographer Kettil Rautio said "A great race day is behind us, hard racing and in great weather, so the Nitrobike Showdown really gave its best". There were fourteen bikes qualified at Mantorp Park after two sessions with Vesa Lipponen (pictured above left) #1 qualifier at 3.9603/306.25kph, TFB racer Rikard Gustafsson second on 4.2251/275.97, Aku Lantto third on 4.3067/270.98, TFB racer Jan Sturla Hegre (above right) on 4.5063/212.14 in fourth and Roman Sixta fifth on a fuel-spraying 4.5780/271.60, following mechanical problems in Q1.

The organisers made the decision to run two ladders. In ladder A, Vesa defeated #8 qualifier Greger Johansson who crossed the centre line, #7 qualifier Harri Piensalmi went through when Rikard was a no-show due to oil pressure issues, Aku defeated brother and former Pro Mod racer Marko Lantto 4.5464 to 6.4766 and Roman defeated Jan Sturla in a close race, 4.6783 to 5.0144. In the semi finals, Harri defeated Aku and Vesa defeated Roman, and Vesa on his supercharged twin took the winner's trophy with a 3.9148/310 after fellow Finn Harri couldn't make the call.

In the meantime, the B ladder consisting of six bikes had Peter Ström run a solo 4.4446 when Juha Hintukainen didn't show in round one, whilst Teemu Kettula defeated Mats Larsson 6.2355 to 6.4755 and Torsti Kettula ( above left) defeated Julia Wagner 5.3763 to 8.6506. In the semi final Peter Ström had another single and Torsti defeated his son Teemu, leaving the final to be a Tosti victory over Peter.

The next round of the Fueltech Nitro Bike Showdown will be held at Motopark Raceway, Finland on 20th-22nd August.

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