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SPRC Summernationals coverage.
25th June: We are in place at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you all the news from the SPRC Summernationals in association with
John Woolfe Racing.

Our coverage will consist of the usual real-time reports and stats on qualifying and eliminations today and tomorrow, pit notes updated throughout each day, and a photo gallery at the end of each day. The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be on-line so long as the track is open each day and will broadcast live video and trackside audio tomorrow and live video and commentary / Nitro FM audio on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to Doyousee.me for the provision of streaming services. There will be no BurnoutCam this weekend due to a fractured fibre optic cable but it will be ready to return long before Dragstalgia. Many thanks to Julian Parsons and Maikel Gloudemans for their assistance yesterday in diagnosing the problem and to Steve Horn and DJ of Santa Pod raceway for help with hardware.

You can check out our SPRC Summernationals Event Index, which includes a gallery from yesterday's curtailed Peak Performance day and links to the entry list and provisional running orders, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Pro Modified and Sportsman racers please note that call-outs will be broadcast by smartphone at this weekend's race. The system is still under test so whilst SPRC encourage racers to download the app and to give them feedback during and after the weekend, you must not rely on it at this stage. A pit marshal will still call your class as well as the usual announcements by the Track Announcers and posts on Eurodragster.com.

The app required is called App.net and is available on both the App Store for iPhone and the Play Store for Android. All you need to do is to download it, follow the instructions to create an account, then search for and follow the SPRC channel. You will then start to receive notifications as messages are sent. You should download the app and follow the SPRC account as soon as possible so that you start to receive notifications for the first round of qualifying. The app relies on mobile network or wi-fi so you will need some kind of connection throughout the weekend for it to work.


Take it to the Street at York.
25th June: York Raceway's 39th Annual Street Racer Championship on Sunday 3rd July will bring some of the UK’s quickest real street cars to the home of drag racing in the North of England. Chris Murty writes:

The Street Racer Championship is the original race for street legal cars anywhere in the world. The brainchild of BDRHoF inductee Dave Grady, the quarter-mile heads-up race was created to find the UK’s quickest street car. This iconic drag race has experienced a rejuvenation over the last four years and thanks to the support shown by racers, fans and marketing partners it is set to once again be a headlining event for The North’s Drag Strip.

With rules focussing on streetability and general safety, the Street Racer Championship has always attracted a diverse array of competing machinery. Over the last few years the field has grown to include more turbocharged four- and six-cylinder cars, which are now producing the same sort of performance levels as their traditional V8 counterparts. It’s not unusual to see a 4WD turbocharged Subaru Impreza face off against a nitrous oxide injected Pro Street ‘69 Mustang or even a stock-appearing Nissan GTR racing the likes of 2015 Street Racer Champion Ian Wally’s turbocharged Big Block Ford Cortina; all competing for the £1000 winner takes all prize and the title of Street Racer Champion.

In 2016 all competitors will be paying the lowered entry of £30, with an additional £5 for a one day licence for those who don’t already have one with the MSA or IOPD. The race will once again be run throughout the day to allow cooling time, rather than the brutal hot laps from previous years.

For the non-street legal race cars, the event will also feature our Big Bracket in which all non road-legal race cars can race against each other in the anything-goes bracket race. Straightliners will provide the two-wheel action and Julian Webb will be making demonstration runs in the Split Second Jet Dragster. As usual at York Raceway the track will also be open for RWYB throughout the race weekend.

The 39th Annual Street Racer Championship is sponsored by Blue Bar Caterers, Performance Unlimited, KC’s Hot Rod ‘n’ Race Shop, The Turbo Shop and York Raceway’s Official Trophy Partner, Aford Awards.


Swift snippets.
25th June: A tribute to late Wild Bunch racer Scottie Durrant is to be held at Shakespeare County Raceway at 09:30 this morning (Saturday). All present are invited to the start line; please make your way there at 09:00. If not at the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals then please give Scottie a minute's silence wherever you are at 09:30.

Good luck and stay safe to NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol FC Champion Jonnie Lindberg who is contesting this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk. You will be able to stay in touch with Jonnie's progress on Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com and on the excellent Lindberg Brothers web site at www.lindbergbros.com.


Ålund and the dismal weekend.
25th June: The second round of the 2016 FIA European Drag Racing Championships took place at the Tierp Internationals at Tierp Arena in Sweden. The facility has an excellent reputation as a record-setting track with a track crew second to none. This time, however, the weather made for a less than perfect weekend for everyone including multiple FIA European Pro Stock Champion Jimmy Ålund who had started the season with fantastic performances at the FIA / FIM Main Event where he qualified number one and then ran quick and consistent through eliminations to win the race.

Most of Friday's first day of qualifying was rained out and the Pro Stock cars had to wait until 19:30 for their first qualifying run. In Q1 Jimmy had slight tyre shake and was second in the qualifying list. The second qualifying round started at 21:45 in unfavourable conditions but the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing team had the best tune-up and went to the number one spot with an elapsed time of 6.65 and a strong speed of 338.98 km/h (210.63 mph). "It was a tough day for everybody" says Jimmy. "We started qualifying very late and the track was cold so it was impossible to break any records today. We did what we could and be sure it's a rough crowd to race against, we're only 0.007 seconds quicker than Bengt Ljungdahl in second place. Good for the fans."

Saturday came and went with no qualifying runs due to very inclement weather with torrential rain. Sunday dawned with clear skies and it was time for eliminations. Jimmy went on to round two with what would turn out to be the quickest and fastest Pro Stock run of the weekend, an ET of 6.55 at a stout 340.91 km/hour (211.83 mph). Round 2, Jimmy was up against Magnus Petersson. Jimmy left the line first with a superb Reaction Time of 0.006 seconds but more tyre shake ended the quest for another final this season as Magnus got ahead leaving Jimmy with no chance to catch up.

Jimmy says "It was very disappointing and frustrating. KB Racing supplied us with a real strong engine as usual and we ran 339.20 km/h (210.76 mph) in a losing effort. Magnus and his crew are good, they had a better handle than we did on the complete package, you cannot give away one inch in this class. Congratulation to Magnus also for winning the whole event."

Jimmy left the Tierp Internationals still in the points lead, thirty three points ahead of Bengt Ljungdahl in second place. A good start for Jimmy in his chase for an unprecedented tenth FIA European Pro Stock Championship.

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

The next event for the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing team is the third race of the 2016 FIA Pro Stock Drag Racing Championship series, the FHRA Nitro Nationals, at Alastaro, Finland. Qualifying starts on Friday morning, 8th July.


Tierp Internationals wrap-up.
25th June: Timing and stats guru Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe has updated his 'Spreadsheetosauruses' showing qualifying positions, results and round wins for all FIA Championship events after the Tierp Internationals. Marrs' tables are available on the Champions' Champions page which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

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


One bullet too many...
25th June: Luke Robinson says that UK Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson and team looked forward to the FIA / FIM Main Event having had nearly two months off after a fairly successful Festival of Power:

We had planned to test on the Thursday to check that our new short motor was happy, with a view to fixing any potential problems on the Friday in time for Saturday's qualifying. It was just as well that we took this opportunity as testing revealed a bad misfire. Initially we thought that it was the two-step rev limiter module so we removed it and had one last shot at testing, with Dad swapping feet Top Methanol FC style. Whilst the run didn't set the world alight it did show us that the misfire was still present, and also showed that the new short motor was indeed happy. The decision was made to change every ignition component but one. In doing this we rewired the car for an MSD Power Grid system, replacing the old chip-style ignition controller. The Power Grid is fully computer controlled which is great in terms of tune-ability, however when you are at the track with no internet connection to download the software it can cause problems! Luckily we borrowed a laptop from BA Racing to get us up and running in the meantime.

Saturday came round and we were out for Q1, Dad did his burnout and reversed, but there was a slight fluid leak. Ian Marshall made the right decision to shut us down, and what we hadn't noticed is a trail of bronze under the car from where Dad stopped after reversing. The entire bronze coating had stripped itself from a brand new floater plate! When you are on the start line, under pressure, in a race or qualifying situation it is sometimes hard to make the right decision, so we are very grateful to the entire Santa Pod start line crew for being so vigilant 100% of the time. Their priority is always safety and they have the racers' best interests at heart. Had we run the car, at the very least we would have destroyed the clutch. Bullet #1 dodged.

We still had some used floaters in the trailer so we reassembled the clutch with some help from BA Racing refacing the steel surfaces on their grinding machine. Q2 was a relatively tame 6.38, due mainly to our fuel system lean out solenoids not working. We had overlooked the trigger signal for the fuel system in the haste to rewire the ignition, so that was remedied on the Saturday evening.

On Sunday morning we decided we needed to step up our tune-up significantly to make up for lost time. We added more clutch, more timing and more launch RPM! I was still after that sub-1.00 sixty foot time to build on. We were rewarded with a 6.09 at 230 mph, and perhaps more significantly a 0.966 sixty foot time! We did our usual maintenance and everything looked good, so we went for Q4, making some minor changes to hopefully improve on the 6.09. Unfortunately, with the sun heating up the track the traction wasn't quite as good as in the morning and we slowed to a 6.11, losing nearly 0.02 seconds in the sixty. The good news was that we seemed to have a consistent race car even in the heat of the day, which inspired confidence leading up to eliminations.

We stripped down the bottom end of the motor that evening to check the main and big end bearings, knowing that we had plenty of time. We even had enough time to test-fire the motor that night before the curfew! It was lucky that we did, as when we started it there was no oil pressure! It turned out that a small piece of valve spring had jammed the oil pump causing the pump drive to shear. This was not picked up beforehand as it happened 0.1 seconds before the ignition was killed on the previous run! Bullet #2 dodged. Micke Gullqvist luckily had a spare pump drive so a big Thank You to him for lending it to us.

In the first round of eliminations we faced Marck Harteveld in the Voodoo Hemi Superbird. That car never fails to amaze me, being capable of 6.40's and being a stock bodied car! We felt fairly confident but knew that we would have to work for it, and thus we tried for a repeat of the 6.09 run. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be... remember that one ignition component we didn't change? It was a mag trigger changeover box, which chose to malfunction in the first round of eliminations. Bullet #3 got us.

Overall it was a very successful weekend, we are making progress with the car slowly but surely and if the weather co operates this weekend we will look to build on that. We had planned to make at least one test tun yesterday to ensure that our ignition woes were fixed, we had our fingers crossed but the weather won.

As usual a big Thank You to our sponsors NGK Spark Plugs, Torco Oils, Nimbus Motorsports, BMRS Hose and Fittings, PAC Racing Springs, Aerocom, Aurora Bearing Company, Hoosier Tyre and Ringspann RCS for their continued support.


71% Fives.
25th June: Ian King and the Gulf Oil Top Fuel Motorcycle Dragracing team kicked off their new season in style with consistency of the highest order, a new European Record, and an event win to take an early lead in the 2016 FIM European Drag Racing Championship.

The target for the team was five-second consistency and so small but meticulous technical enhancements particularly in areas such as clutch were undertaken over the winter stop. This approach was proven effective when an off-the-trailer first competitive pass of the year 5.950/239.85 pass, and a new European speed record if backed up within one per cent in any subsequent run of the weekend. However, the team were plagued with damaged drive and rear wheel sprockets and drive chains on each and every pass, problems also experienced by many riders in this machine category across the globe due to chain stretching issues following an unknown and as yet unresolved change in manufacturing. Yuo can see a video of the chain stretching on a run by clicking here.

The team remained in number one qualifying position for the entire two day qualifying session, running two more two-second passes, one a 5.8172/233.77, a new European elapsed time record to add to the potential speed record should it also be backed up within one per cent over the event.

In the first round of eliminations Ian overcame Glenn Borg despite breaking a drive chain mid way on the run, a slowing 6.46/163.68 still too quick for the Maltese rider. In round two Ian ran another five second pass, a 5.904/228.93 which would have been too quick for Greek rider Filippos Papafilippou even if his run had not been aborted at the start.

In the final round Ian was up against his great friend and long-time rival Rikard Gustafsson in what was looking to be a possible first European side-by-side five-second run following the Swedish rider's stunning 6.04 second pass earlier in the weekend in his début competition on his own new Puma-powered and -supported nitromethane machine. Unfortunately it was not to be when the Swedish team suffered a minor technical issue which necessitated shutting off before staging, but Ian did not disappoint the expectant crowd with another fine 5.893 second run at 239.95 mph, his fastest speed of the weekend and resetting his own FIM European Speed Record.

It was a stunning start to the European Championship season for the team: number one qualifier, five five-second runs out of seven, a new European Terminal Speed record and an event win!

More videos:
5.817 run
5.902 run on-board
5.904 run rear-facing

The Gulf Oil Dragracing team's next event is again in the UK after being invited by the Earl of March and Kinrara to appear once again alongside the great and the good from all aspects of motorsport at the world's biggest and most diverse motorsport event - this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed within the grounds of the Earl's ancestral home. You can see the entry list by clicking here.

For more information on the team visit www.gulfoildragracing.com, @kingracing on Twitter, and the team's Facebook and YouTube pages. For more information on Gulf Oil International visit www.gulfoilltd.com.

The Gulf Oil – GPO Dragracing team uses and endorses exclusively Gulf Oil greases and lubricants in their history-making machine. The team is extremely proud to be supported by many leaders in their chosen markets in their endeavours to secure a tenth European Championship:

APE - The world's most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for drag bikes
Bell Helmets - The most iconic name in helmets, since 1954
Cometic Gaskets - The premier manufacturer of racing gaskets
Drift Innovation - Europe's leading source for action sports cameras
Gates - The world's most trusted name in drive belts, hoses and hydraulics
Goodridge - The original and the best in fluid transfer systems
Grand Prix Originals - The brand for drive and lifestyle, past and present
Graphite Additive Manufacturing - A leader in 3D printed technologies and rapid prototyping
Gulf Oil International - The world's most iconic brand in automotive fuels and lubricants
Hotrod Hangar– Home of the world renowned custom artist Knud Tiroch
Hyperpro - The leading producer of progressive suspension products for motor bikes
JE Pistons - The world's premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons
John and Dea Morgan Racing - The creators of the world's most advanced New Age Funny Bike
Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Inc -The highest quality valve train components on the market
King Racing - The most successful Top Fuel Bike team in European drag racing history
Mickey Thompson Tyres - Simply the best drag race tyres in the world
MRE - Leaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems
MTC Engineering - Manufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world
NitroShutter - Europe's leading drag racing photo-journalists
NCT Engineering - Manufacturer of the world's leading non contact torque sensors for motorsport
NGK Spark Plugs UK - The world's number one spark plug manufacturer
Pär Willen - Master webmeister and proprietor of HarleyDrags.com
Portable Shade - The best custom branded collapsible canopies available
Pro Alloy Motorsport - UK's leader in fabrication of alloy racing tanks, intercoolers and radiators
Puma Engineering - Manufacturers of the world's most powerful motorcycle engines
RSG Customize - The UK's most creative website designers and vinyl artists
Supertough - Custom cases and covers for the Film, TV, Music and Motorsports Industries
Spies Hecker - The world's leading supplier of paint for car, commercial and industrial finishing
Tryka LED - The UK's cutting edge LED lighting manufacturer
Van Es mobility - The leading manufacturer of telematic products for management of moving objects
Vanson Leathers - The most iconic brand in motorsport leather goods
Web Camshafts Inc - Simply the company for Top Fuel Bike camshafts
Worldwide Bearings - The world's leading supplier of ceramic bearings for racing
Zodiac - Europe's largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts


Web site updates.
25th June: Our good buddy Steve Moxley has again been hard at work flying the flag for drag racing with an FIA / FIM Main Event review and SPRC Summernationals preview on the ACU's official web site at www.acu.org.uk.

Dave Warne.
24th June: We were sorry to hear of the death yesterday of former Pro Mod Champion Dave Warne.

Elaine Southworth writes "Dave was unfortunately suffering from cancer. We visited him recently and he was really chatty, talking about the racing that he loved. He made a point of saying he regretted nothing in his life; he was a great friend."

Dave was instrumental in establishing Pro Mod as a class in UK drag racing. All of his cars were titled Mean As Hell. He first ran in Super Gas and Super Modified with the Mean as Hell Vega pick-up. Then in 1988, at the start of the official UK Pro Mod era, came the début of the legendary Ford Sierra which ran in the low eight second zone on its first full pass, took the 1989 NDRA Pro Mod Championship, and was runner-up in the National Championship. By 1991 Dave was running a Trans Am in which he ran a string of low sevens at over 200 mph. He retired from racing in 1994.

Dave's wife Sandra passed away some years ago but our sympathies to son Paul, daughter-in-law Alison and to all of Dave's family and friends.


Event entry update.
23rd June: Josef Hadnagy writes to invite FIM European Super Street Bike Cup racers to the Championship round which takes place at the Adrenalin Extrém Fesztivál at Kunmadaras, Hungary, on 12th-14th August. "The track is sledded and well-prepared!", says Josef. You can download the entry form and Supplementary Regulations (PDF format) by clicking here and you can find out more about the event at www.kunmadarasmotorsport.hu.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending Version 2 of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 22nd-24th July (racing 23rd-24th) and which is a Championship round for the Volkswagen Drag Racing Club, Sportsman ET, Outlaw Anglia and the European Nitro FC Series and a non-points round for Lucas Oil Junior Dragster. You can check out the Bug Jam entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on Saturday week (2nd July) after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms on the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.


SPRC Summernationals Perfect Awards.
23rd June: This weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2016 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £100 is on offer for perfect performance.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racer Harley Jay Darby at the FIA/FIM Main Event. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals will be available from the Signing On office first thing on Thursday morning.

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

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


SPRC Summernationals racer update.
21st June: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for this weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway.

Friday 24th June
10:00 Gates open NB Gates open earlier for Peak Performance Day entrants
10:00 Signing On office opens
12:00 Car scrutineering commences, no specific order
15:00 Bike scrutineering commences, no specific order
20:00 Signing On office closes

Saturday 25th June
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Car scrutineering commences (
scrutineering order)
07:00 Bike scrutineering commences (scrutineering order)
09:30 Track opens for qualifying

Sunday 26th June
07:30 Signing on office opens
07:30 Car scrutineering commences
07:30 Bike scrutineering commences
09:30 Track opens for qualifying and eliminations

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

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

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


Tierp Internationals results.
20th June: Congratulations to the Pro winners of the weekend's Tierp Internationals at Tierp Arena:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Anita Mäkelä 3.9746/455.31 def. Birgitte Bremnes 4.1280/476.61
FIA Top Methanol Dragster: Chris Polidano 5.4560/433.73 bye, Jonny Lagg no show
FIA Top Methanol Funny Car: Johnny Oksa 9.4113/144.54 bye
FIA Pro Modified: Micke Gullqvist 5.9472/393.87 def. Mats Eriksson 6.0220/383.25
FIA Pro Stock: Magnus Pettersson 38.1786/27.24 def. Bengt Ljungdahl 7.0919/241.50 DQ red light

NMC Top Fuel Bike: Rikard Gustafsson 6.6686/254.00 def. Thomas Pettersson 7.4537/274.25
NMC Supertwin Top Fuel: Samu Kemppainen 6.4831/352.17 def. Greger Johansson 7.3061/247.25
NMC Pro Stock Bike: Kalle Lyrén 7.0231/309.28 def. Thomas Lysebraate Olsen 9.0465/151.69
NMC Super Street Bike: Henri Kolehmainen 7.3305/315.97 bye, Rick Stubbins did not start

The event was severely affected by the weather although the track crew and race officials never gave up until they really had no option. The far-too-frequent rain returned immediately after the last Pro final causing the Sportsman finals, which were all queued up in the pairing lanes, to be cancelled.

No records were set at the event but of note was the Top Fuel Dragster final which was the first all-female final round of the FIA Championships era (an all-female TF final took place at Santa Pod in 1988 pre-dating the FIA Championships).

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Tierp Internationals reports, pit notes and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. A big Thank You to Lena Perés and Patrik Jacobsson, our photographers for the weekend, a personal Thank You from Tog to Simon for the unceasing supply of pit notes which were collected even when the weather was not fit for man nor beast and to Spencer Tramm for proof-reading the race reports, and of course a huge Thank You to the race officials, Tierp Arena staff and the racers for their endless assistance and co-operation.

The tale of Nigel's truck.
19th June: UK Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Nigel Hale is preparing for a return in his humungous pick-up after installing his repaired motor and making a couple of test passes at Santa Pod Raceway yesterday (Saturday). Diana Macrae kindly spoke to Nigel about the recent work in the Redneck Racing workshop and snapped us some great shots of the work in progress:

The truck had issues at a Run What You Brung the weekend after Easter. It didn't break but it sounded not quite right. Next morning  we took the rocker cover off to find that the valve for one cylinder wasn't opening. So we decided to find someone to take a more in-depth look and see what was wrong. ICE Automotive were recommended to us and they happily took on the challenge. After strip down, the cam was found to be completely screwed, worn in places it shouldn't be, and a fix was required. The lifter link bar had broken and the roller had scored the cam badly. We went for solid lifters rather than the hydraulic lifters which we had previously run. And then the wait began...


We had hoped to be ready for the Main Event but unfortunately the parts didn't arrive from the USA in time. As soon as the parts arrived the work began. ICE Automotive reassembled, re-tuned the carb then dyno'd the motor. We got the engine back to Redneck HQ on Friday afternoon. The team apart from Steve Clayton, who unfortunately couldn't make it, then worked through the night only stopping for rather large kebabs. We started the motor, but blue smoke was filling the workshop fast, coming from one side of the exhaust. We decided to wait for morning to think it through and check the little things.


Morning came and we were up at the sparrowfart. Everything looked good but we still had blue smoke. A quick call to ICE Automotive and it was agreed that it was most likely oil in the manifold from the previous breakage.  So off came the exhaust pipes and they were cleaned with the aid of petrol and a lighter. It did the job thanks guys. So off to the Pod, arriving just in time for the lunch break.


We made two successful runs yesterday, just gentle shakedowns. The first run was 11.35 but the blower pipe blew off just before the finish line so I had to let off the fast pedal. We think that Nick didn't tighten it properly because he didn't want to lose the race to me. The next run was 11.80, the track wasn't at its finest but good enough for what we needed.

A big Thank You to all at ICE Automotive. Their knowledge, advice, help and service were spot on, big cheers to Rob and Nick. And a big thanks to my crew Nick, Jack, Steve and Andy and to Diana for her not-often-enough coffee-making skills.


Tributes to Scottie Durrant.
18th June: We will set up a standalone tribute page on our return from Sweden but here are the tributes we have so far received to Wild Bunch racer Scottie Durrant, who died on Thursday:

While I only knew Scottie for a relatively short period of time, I had the privilege and honour of racing against him in the Wild Bunch back in 2014. Scottie was a true drag racer, always there to help out and give advice when I needed it, we had some cracking races on track and shared a few beers in the pits. There wasn't a bad bone in his body, and was always willing to help out and have a laugh. Scottie and his family were, and still are a credit to British drag racing, and those memories I have of racing against him will be with me forever (Adam Charnley)

Rest in peace my friend what a loss we have suffered. Scottie will always be in my and my family's hearts. Our thoughts are with the family (Bob, Carole and Fiona Hancox)

I only met Scottie on one occasion but he made a real impression me - Simply as a really genuine good bloke! Many years ago I had what is now the Rat Catcher Resurrection and Scottie needed cars for a static display. I was more than happy to oblige but was slightly worried about handing over the car to some bloke who I had only ever spoken to on the phone. As soon as he arrived to pick it up, all fears were gone. I know he was major part of the Wild Bunch and will be hugely missed. My deepest condolences to Gina and family (Dan Welberry)

Heart breaking news. Thoughts are with his family at this very sad time (Ron B)

My sincerest condolences to the Durrant family. I am just a long time fan who competed briefly in the Production class In the seventies. I lost my wife to this horrible disease two years ago so I have a certain empathy. (Martin Ward)

Scotty was such a great bloke. Love to Gina and the kids (Chris and Tania Manning)

One of the nicest people I have ever met. A big guy with a lovely smile, always happy to help. So so sad (Sue Osgathorp)

At this moment I feel numb at losing one of the legends of our sport. My heart goes out to Gina and the kids. Rest in peace big man (Paul Williams)

Our thoughts go out to Gina and the children. One of a kind. Rest in Peace Scottie (Mark, Martyn, Steve and Alan, the Hot Rod Drags team)

If you would like to send your tribute to Scottie then please drop us a line at tributes@eurodragster.com.


Smithies gains EFR backing.
18th June: UK Sportsman ET racer Harley Smithies, who runs a Peugeot 205 under the Rascals Racing banner, is pleased to announce sponsorship from EFR Travel Group:

EFR Travel Group is owned by a friendly guy named Edward Rom and specialise in luxury corporate and leisure travel. If anyone is planning any trips abroad then these are the first guys to contact. Their web site is at www.efrtravel.co.uk and you can call them on 0208 421 7090.


Can I also say a massive Thank You to everyone who has given the team and I help and advice (we can't name you all) and to everyone in Sportsman ET class for welcoming us into the class with open arms. We will hopefully racing at Bug Jam and the UK National Finals to finish our brief début season to get prepared for a full-on season in 2017.

Last but not least a big Thank You to family and friends for their support so far, and the biggest Thank You to my wife for putting up with eat, sleep, drag racing, repeat.

You can find out more about Rascals Racing on the team's Facebook page.


An explosive weekend.
18th June: Ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax "Paul" Smith is riding the wave of NHRA competition, standing seventeenth in points after racing the Leverich family's Top Fueller at the last round in Englishtown:

Bob drove the rig from New Hampshire to New Jersey. As we all had to work Gary got a rental car to pick us up at Jake's, Dan met us there but sadly Aidan and Ronan couldn't make it. We drove through the night and arrived at Englishtown at 5:00 am and grabbed a power nap before brekky at 7:00 am. Boy we were beat!

The car was rebuilt for the rained-out first round at Epping. We decided to put three-stage management in the fuel system instead of a pump loop as this would allow us to put the fuel that we took away at the hit of the throttle back in the motor down track. We fired up the car and seated the clutch with our two ferocious nitro whacks which scared everyone to death, to the delight of the huge crowd.

We went to the start line quietly confident that we had solved our dropped cylinder issue but opted just to do 330 feet to make sure. The car sounded awesome and the burnout was strong. I launched hard then kaboom! Major explosion! What the hell? It transpired that we broke an intake valve which launched the blower off the car. Amazingly the blower survived but the explosion broke our new tall carbon injector as well as destroying two heads, and the usual burst panel and blower stud repairs!

At this point we thought we were done for the weekend as we have no spare block - the last one broke a maincap - also we needed to fix our six heads which all needed repairs but doing back-to-back races gave us no time to address this so we were out of cylinder heads too. I took out the clutch out as we had no Aidan while Jake did great job on bottom end and checked the short motor. It survived but needed couple of pistons. Dan ripped the heads off  in no time and found an intake valve jammed sideways through the seat. We had had enough and went to a great steak house and then got some well-earned rest.

Next morning I ran around pits like a madman seeing who had what to help. It transpired that Jeff Diehl was switching from Stage 5 to Stage 6 heads after qualifying so we did a deal on his bare heads one he was qualified on Saturday night. His valves were square lock and ours beadlocks and ours were mostly damaged so the ever-helpful Bobby Lagana found us a set. Next was an injector and good friend Terry McMillen had a which spare he sold us. Meanwhile Gary called his friend Mark Jones in Florida, who has helped him a bit with parts. Mark offered to pay to have our injector fixed to sell to offset buying Terry's! We thrashed to midnight and got the car more or less rebuilt for race day. I did the clutch while Jake did the bottom end and then Gary, Jake and Gary worked rebuilding the heads from scratch and getting the other injector ready. Bob ran out for pizza but Paul Smith's team invited us over for food, then Cruz Pedregon's team sent turkey steaks over -we are getting spoilt! I grabbed an ice cream and went to bed even though I was tempted to go to a bar by the motel which had a patio and a DJ blasting out cool music.

Up next morning at 6:30 am for drive-thru brekky and back to work. The headers had to go on, then injector had a poor fit due to blower thread damage. I had to set the burnout stop etc etc but we made it to the line to face number one qualifier Steve Torrence. I said to Gary that we needed another 330 foot test really but decided that if he redlit or blew by me I would shut it off, but that if he smoked his tyres I'd go for it.

A good burnout and staged and shot off, but Steve passed me at around 400 feet so i clicked it off. But to our delight we ran our best of 2.30 seconds to 330 feet, also made 8200 rpm at the hit with 52 lbs boost and no dropped cylinders. Even a 0.922 sixty was good for us so we were really happy.

We get this weekend off then Grand Bend for the local Nitro Nats in Canada followed by Toronto Motorsports Park local Nitro Nats - only an hour away! It was great to see bunch of English fans at the races... always come and say Hello if you're over.

Susan Wade has written a great feature on Smax (aka Paul) for Competition Plus, which you can check out by clicking here.


Just to clarify: It is theft.
18th June: Yesterday was yet again open season on screen grabbing our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage and posting it on Facebook with no permission and no credit, and the thieves were quite happy to bask in the glow of adulation from credulous idiots who are too stupid or lazy to type Eurodragster.com.

John Woolfe Racing pay a lot of money for their banner and name on our Event Coverage and they have the right to expect our race reports to be read in situ with their banner at the top of the page. Secondly Simon, Lena, Patrik and Your Reporter at this event, and Kirstie, Julian and Grace at other events, do not work ourselves stupid doing sixteen- and seventeen-hour days for others to come along and steal that work and either not say where they got it or try to pass it off as their own.

Your Reporter and News Editor is at the end of his tether with thieves on Facebook and YouTube and elsewhere and is very tempted to throw a huge strop and say "That's it, I am not doing this any more" but the thought of the mawkish virtue signalling which would ensue on Facebook is almost as bad as that of the continual theft.

So here's the deal: stop stealing our work. If you stole our work without permission on Thursday or yesterday, remove it now. Final warning. We are not going to negotiate, we are not going to argue, we are not going to reply to E-Mails about it. We don't care who you are or who you think you are. Just stop stealing our work and we'll all get on a lot better. Keep it up and you will find that this is not a drill.


Scottie Durrant.
17th June: We were sorry to hear of the death yesterday of yet another of the good guys, longtime Wild Bunch racer Scottie Durrant, after a short illness.

The Wild Bunch say "Scottie Durrant was a Wild Bunch racer, all-round nice guy, consummate laughter-bringer and a true gentleman. As many of you will have already seen by the outpouring of love and affection through social media and at the track, Scottie has always been well-respected and adored by so many. Our deepest condolences go to his loving and adored wife Gina, and his beloved children, Zak, Beau and Elsie-May, and his entire family and huge circle of friends."

Wild Bunch Co-ordinator Claire Meaddows sums it up very nicely, saying that Scottie was "One of the best, one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet, and to ever have the honour of knowing and calling a friend."

Our own deepest condolences to Gina, Zak, Beau and Elsie-May and to all of Scottie's family and friends.

If you would like to send a tribute to Scottie then please drop us a line at
tributes@eurodragster.com.

Race demos sought for BMW Show.
15th June: Phil Bennett of Santa Pod Raceway writes that SPR are looking for some sub twelve-second race vehicles to make demonstration passes at the BMW Show this Sunday (19th).

If you'd like to take part then please contact Phil at
phil@santapod.com or call 01234 782828.

Lump and a half.
14th June: UK Pro Modified racer Rick Garrett's Willys now has a motor which is not so much a bullet, more a dum-dum.

"This is our new all-billet 5.3" bore space motor!", Rick told Eurodragster.com. "It's an awesome piece and makes more power normally aspirated than our previous motor did on two kits!

"Along with the serious upgrade in the engine department, we're also installing new Racepak datalogging along with some other upgrades. We'll be keeping our 5" bore space motor as a spare as it's been such a good engine. We freshened it completely over the winter in preparation for this season's racing, so it's ready to drop in.

"Missing out on Easter and the Main Event were difficult decisions, but it was mainly down to our new Artic race transporter not being finished. It is now near completion and the new awning is made and ready to be fitted. We can't wait to use it!

"Our businesses are currently very busy and amongst everything else we're building our new house, but we are planning on a début at the Mopar EuroNats. We can't wait to get back out there!"


Swift snippets.
15th June: Many thanks to Lena Perés for forwarding details of the latest updates on the Drag Racing Europe Blog. A preview of the Tierp Internationals can be checked out by clicking here, a review of the first race of the season at Thunder Valle can be read by clicking here, and you can read about the latest meeting of Speedgroup management by clicking here.

Some of the Eurodragster.com team are on the journey to Sweden to cover the Tierp Internationals so news updates may be a bit hit-and-miss for the next day or two, and postings to our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet may be delayed until the event has ended. One thing is certain, to whit that our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Tierp Internationals Event Coverage will kick off here on Eurodragster.com early tomorrow morning.


Supertwins test at Alastaro.
14th June: Pasi Uponen writes that a number of Supertwin racers made test passes at the second round of the Finnish National Series at Alastaro this past weekend:

Samu Kemppainen was testing a set of different clutch plates but he wasn't pleased with them and that's why he decided to rely on his old good ones, at least for the Tierp Internationals.

Aku Lantto, who got his license at his last race, came back to the track in order to test for the next race at Tierp. Aku had a great start but before half track the bike was engulfed in flames. And then the other cylinder head broke so he couldn't continue any longer. Now the cylinder head has been fixed and Aku is looking forward to his next race this weekend.

Even Torsti Kettula was testing his bike with the FHRA Nitro Nationals in mind. During his first runs he suffered from technical problems. Finally, after the race Torsti managed to get a proper test run and his sixty foot time of 1.3 seconds was quite a promising although another cylinder dropped out before half track. However, the team gathered important data for the Nitro Nationals.

The fourth Twin rider on the track was Niko Lepistö (right) who made licensing runs on Vesa Lipponen's bike. Niko was really convincing; first he just performed a burnout but after that he ran three sixty foot passes finishing with a 1.1. On his last run Niko held the throttle wide open for three seconds, if he had finished his run he probably would have been able to run a six.


All welcome to PMP Open House.
14th June: Mike Domagala writes that Premium Motorsports Products is holding its very first Open House during this weekend's Tierp Internationals at Tierp Arena:

Premium Motorsports Products is racer-owned and operated and is based in Indianapolis, IN.  PMP proudly supplies parts, products and services to FIA European Drag Racing Championship teams as well as IHRA, Australian National Drag Racing Association and 400 Thunder teams from around the world.

All racers in all classes are encouraged to stop by the BSG Dragracing Top Fuel Dragster pit to meet Mike and Michelle Domagala and to learn how PMP can help your race team. Customers who place an order at the event for Hussey Performance Gaskets will receive an exclusive event discount (orders must be placed during the Tierp International event and orders will ship following the event)!

PMP would like to thank their friends at Hussey Performance and BSG Dragracing Team for their support! Be sure to stop by! You can find us on-line on Facebook, on Twitter and on our new web site launching shortly at www.racewithpmp.com.


Swift snippets.
14th June: Many thanks to our own Simon for providing us with the updated points standings in the UK National and APIRA 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike Championships after the weekend's Sunday Street Drags weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway. Again you can check out the latest points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

This weekend's Tierp Internationals hosts the first of four rounds of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship. The Championship covers six classes and the Tierp Internationals will be the first indication of who are favourites to follow in the footsteps of Robert Karlsson (Pro Stock Motorcycle), Samu Kemppainen (Supertwin), Jan Sturla Hegre (Top Fuel Motorcycle) and Björn Friström (Super Street Bike). Or will the reigning Champions be able to keep their number one plate? You can read a preview by our good buddy Remco Scheelings on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.

We are sure that most of our readers realise that, as John Glenn once said, "None of us could do this without pretty solid backing at home" and on the day of our 25th Wedding Anniversary your News Editor would like express appreciation to Kay, aka Mrs Tog, for support and tolerance during more than eighteen years of those twenty five of evenings spent with nose buried in the laptop and weekly absences between Spring and Autumn. Together with Simon's wife Ros, Mrs Tog is one of the powers behind the throne so a big Thank You to her from Tog, the whole Eurodragster.com team, and doubtless from our readers too.


Web site updates.
14th June: Liam Lodge keeps a European Drag Racing Blog which he updates whenever work and free time allow. "The whole idea of the Blog is to include stuff about the drivers and classes both past and present, as well as personal memories" says Liam. "With Santa Pod celebrating their 50th Anniversary I have been inspired to add a lot more content this year. The latest update is a look at past Main Events". You can take a look at liam66europeandragracing.wordpress.com.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with a gallery of shots from the Saturday of the recent Gary's Picnic / Yanks Weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can take a look at Mad's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Weather beats the bike round.
13th June: Jerry Cookson writes that the latest round of the UK National and APIRA 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike and ET Bike / NAST Championships, which took place at Shakespeare County Raceway's Sunday Street Drags Weekend, fell victim to the weather after qualifying:

Despite the weather's best intentions in curtailing the entire weekend, three rounds of qualifying did eventually get in entered into the books. With just four riders contesting the National Championship round in each class, NFT Racing's Andy Haley took the number one qualifier in 8.50 Bike with a strong 8.542 on his 1300cc Hayabusa in the second cycle. Provisional pole man had been Phil Leamon at 8.625. After watching daughter Stacey take her first couple of runs after her fall at last month's Springspeed Nationals Chris Reed entered the class in fourth in cycle two, and later moved up to second with a flying 8.574 at 177 mph. Third was the Leamon Brothers' Vehac Special at 8.625 followed by Jay Roe.s GSXR 1000 at 8.859.

9.50 Bike was all Rich Sawatzki's right from the start. After his opening 9.547 the only other rider in challenging mood was Brett Cordelle on the Hysteria Racing Bussa with a 9.590. Stacey Reed ran a cautious 10.439 for third. The Yamaha R1 of Leo Lester was quick all day long. In fact Leo was too quick for the class as his three runs proved: 9.378, 9.412 and 9.468 for fourth.

It was an up and down affair for ET Bike with ten riders contesting the class. Early leader was Peter Harrison's Ducati running a 10.922 on a 10.90 dial-in but in the third and final qualifier Mike Nelthorpe managed to jump nine places to number one with a 12.822 on a 12.80 dial-on his 250 Aprillia, demoting Peter to number two. Third was the Kawasaki of Peter Austin at 9.544 on a 9.51 dial-in followed by the 1000cc BMW of Joe Elliott at 9.069 on a 8.70 dial-in. Fifth was Ian Chrichlow on the Fossil Fuellers Suzuki with a rapid 8.848 on an 8.70 dial-in. Anchoring the field on three occasions were Duncan Barron, Ian Chrichlow and Robbie Dobbie.


Gasser Circus Round 1 review.
13th June: Gary's Picnic once again heralded the arrival of the UK's Gasser Circus race season. Nick Brooke-Langham writes:

For many of the cars and drivers it's their first venture of the year on to the drag strip and is therefore a time of shaking down the cars, crew and drivers. Over the Bank Holiday weekend there were thirteen Gassers on the site, with just one of the four new Gassers in attendance, this being the 1933 Willys of Steve Blomfield named Lil Crazy. After several years of hoping to join the Circus, Steve finally had his Gasser in the pits. It is always great to see another quality nose high car join the ranks, and Steve was not alone as after selling his co-owned 41 Willys, Nick Barnett had joined forces with Hoch, and the two had located and imported a bog-standard Ford Falcon. The car arrived on these shores in January, and as soon as it rolled into Nick's workshop the strip down and build were underway. The car was to make an impressive debut when racing got underway as it was hitting really consistent times on the strip.

Ahead of the all the drivers and crew lay two days of qualifying with final eliminations taking place on Monday. Some of the cars arrived on Saturday morning including Lee and Jerry with their Honky Tonkin 2 Nova, whose motor the two of them spent Friday night rebuilding. I was another arrival as I had some electrical issues which were traced late on Friday to a faulty battery. Nogbad the Bad had its fresh Zane-built trans ready for its first runs and this was only going to be the third run on the new engine. On Saturday the sun gods shone and my first run netted an eleven-second pass as did the second run, it took me a few runs to get comfortable with the car, which was now launching hard and charging strong. This new combination was all working well and with this being the first time with it at Shakey it came as a shock that I was going so fast that I could not make the first turn off after the lights. This led to a whole new experience as I had the somewhat exhilarating ride in the uneven shutdown area!

Brian Gibson had a brand new race engine in his Identity Crisis Dodge, but it was going to be a frustrating and somewhat baffling weekend for him as although the car now had a more powerful engine in its bay, was running slower. Defending Champion Sean Milsom had problems with his transmission, as it had decided to begin leaking fluid, but by the team successfully managed the problem during the weekend. The Golden Boys were in attendance, Steve Dixon and his High Roller Falcon, and Kev Strevett with his Goldrush Ford, adding a bit of glitz to the events. By the end of qualifying Kev had a huge smile on his face (when doesn't he) as his Gasser held the coveted number one qualifier spot. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, he was unable to race on Monday so his opponent would have a bye to round two.

Martyn Hallam was back with his wicked Willys, and the haul up from Plymouth was so worthwhile especially as he was part of a first for the Gasser Circus as two 1933 Willys Coupes burnt out and pulled to the line side by side. Martyn and Steve's nose high Gassers looked fantastic and it was easy to be transported back to the period we pay homage too. Mick Allen turned up on Sunday with his Henry J Horrid Henry, but by the time he came to the end of the fire-up road the temperature of his new 400 Chevy engine had shot up so high that he drove through the gap in the wall back to the pits. The problem was soon identified as a failure of his electric water pump. Despite rebuilding the electric motor and trying to source a replacement, his weekend was unfortunately done.

Ray Turner was back out with his legendary Green Onions '55 Chevy, but by Sunday Ray had vacated the driver's seat in favour of his son Harvey who took the Chevy into eliminations. The Mighty Mouse Pop of Ted and Katie Booth made its entrance in the back of their new support truck, which had kept Ted busy over the winter as he kitted it out the truck with a kitchen, bedroom and ramps and an impressive winching system to load and unload the race car. Katie was once again behind the wheel of the Pop, and she soon showed that she had lost none of the racing skills after the winter recess.

Another welcome but surprising return to the Gasser Circus, was Merv Barnett and his wicked supercharged Ford Pop Psychedelic Relic, the surprise being that the car had not sold during the closed season, but with Merv feeling a bit under the weather he reasoned it was no good sitting at home, he might as well feel unwell at the strip and try and have some fun. It proved a good choice as during qualifying Merv set two PBs with a 10.49 followed by a 10.48.

With this being a Bank Holiday weekend, we were all going to be spending an additional night and day at the strip. It became quite clear that for many of the other racers it would remain a traditional two-day weekend, as by 18:00 on Sunday the pit area was becoming an ever emptier environment. By 20:00 there was pure open space across from the Gasser Circus pit area and this appeared to instil a sense of the playground into many of the Gasser Circus drivers and crew. Sean Milsom suggested that a frisbee would come in handy, but it was the arrival of a luminous green tennis ball which was the catalyst for well over an hour of fun and mad antics. I have thought long and hard about how to describe how this all started, and the only way I can is to say a game of catch began. Initially involving three but with a high level of inaccuracy it soon involved six to eight people. The protagonists soon tired of this and sought some new excitement / challenge was required. This appeared to take most flooding back to their childhood as a version of kerbs soon appeared before the gathered masses. Kerbs is where two or more of you stand either side of a road and threw a ball to try and hit the kerb opposite so the ball bounced back to you. The Gasser Circus version did not have any kerbs, but what it lacked in these it made up for with one of the many oil drum bins which populate the pit area. With one of these placed at the midpoint between each edge of the pits, various members of the Circus stood either side of the now vacant pit. The challenge was to see who could get the Wimbledon refugee into the bin. Initially with a direct throw, and when that wasn't working with one bounce and in. This was all highly amusing, and the over the top celebrations when finally the ball went into the bin reflected just how long it took for anyone to be successful. With the ball in the bin, the entertainment was not over, as the ball then needed retrieving from within it. I am not sure if we were missing having a television but the pursuit of the ball in the bin drew quite a crowd, with chairs being pulled up by the expectant crowd. It was so pleasing to know that even without our cars the Gasser Circus can still put on a good show. In true cricket style light, or lack of it, brought all the madness to an end and we could once again focus on racing.

The climax of the weekend was eliminations on Monday and with the weather giving racing its blessing Gassers headed towards the fire-up road. In the first round of eliminations Sean Milsom dumped me (Nogbad The Bad) out of competition, Martyn Hallam redlit away his chances against the Barnett and Hoch Falcon, Katie Booth took the win over Steve Blomfield in his Lil Crazy '33 Willys, Harvey and Green Onions saw off the challenge from Merv Barnett and his Psychedelic Relic Pop, Honky Tonkin 2 of Lee and Jerry red lit, Steve Dixon in his High Roller Falcon took the win and finally Brian Gibson had the bye run.

Round two followed about an hour later and it was now the turn of Brian Gibson to turn the bulb red whilst racing Steve Dixon, Barnett and Hoch were on the wrong end of a 125 mph run by Katie Booth in the Mighty Mouse Pop, Green Onions lost out to Sean Milsom's Ain't Misbehavin van which had dialled in a 10.35 and ran a 10.35. Steve Dixon could now rest easy for a short period as he had a bye to the final, but on the other side of the ladder the pressure was building as Sean Milsom and Katie Booth went through their burnout procedures. Katie rolled out of her burnout under the guidance of Ted and Sean came out of his under the guidance of his daughter Steph. The cars edged into pre stage then stage, within in an instant the tree activated with both drivers eager to go. Katie jumped first, but the red light in her lane indicated that it was fractionally too soon, Sean was on his way to the final against Steve.

We now had our final pairing with defending Champion Sean Milsom against Steve Dixon. Steve was a bit short on crew, and amazingly it was some of Sean's crew who stepped up to help him in the fire-up road and burnout box. As they came to the line Sean's Morris Van shot forward and lit the red bulb, he quickly reversed and with the system reset the two cars lit the two top bulbs, as the lights descended Sean again shot forward, this was later traced to a failure of his transbrake. Steve didn't see the red light left by Sean as he was by now in full throttle mode flying down the quarter mile to his first victory in the Gasser Circus. He had no idea what had happened and as he pulled back into the pits he was faced with various members of the Circus lining each side and applauding him as he drove between them. Steve later confessed he thought people were taking the proverbial, but was on reflection delighted with his guard of honour and even more elated to have won round one of the Gasser Circus Showdown 2016.

Gasser Circus Standings after Round 1
  1. High Roller 630
  2. Ain't Misbehavin 470
  3. The Mighty Mouse 380
  4. Barnett and Grant 330
  5. Green Onions 310
  6. Identity Crisis 260
  7. Honky Tonkin 2 210
  8. Whiplash 170
  9. Gold Rush 170
  10. Psychedelic Relic 160
  11. Lil Crazy 140
  12. Nogbad The Bad 130
Round two is a few weeks away at the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway.

The Gasser Circus wish to thank the NSRA, Speedking and Mechanix Limited for their continued support and sponsorship.


Street racing.
12th June: Paul Fischer writes that things are starting to happen once again in Croatia:

The street race series of index racing survives but an additional major PR event was held in Zagreb last weekend, right in the centre. Vukovarska Avenue is Zagreb's version of London's Oxford Street, albeit considerably wider. It was all blocked off last weekend, concrete barriers were hauled into place and the entire centre of the city was given over to a exhibition event. People brought their cars from several central European countries so that the good folks of Croatia's capital could see first hand what a blown dragster looks and sounds like. A nostalgia FED, of course, plenty of mega-turbo doorslammers (the region's favourites).

The Mayor was there, numerous other lesser photo-opportunity seeking 'celebrities' and, perhaps most importantly, all the national TV companies. Two days of fun, slap bang in the middle of the capital city. Is there anywhere else where that could happen? Actually, they also did it in Budapest, right alongside the Danube... but apart from Zagreb and Budapest, is there anywhere else...

The picture shows Casba Erdos, Hungarian dragster driver and motorcycle stunt rider. He's also fifty years old, looks like thirty, super-fit despite type one diabetes, has a beautiful wife, successful in business, a real nice guy, speaks several languages... don't you just hate some people?


Swift snippets.
12th June: UK Super Pro ET racer Pel Norman, who is headed for Tierp Arena this weekend to contest EDRS Pro Street with his Shogun Capri (below left), asked us to thank everyone who helped him to make the date after a catastrophic engine failure in testing. "First of all thanks to Jon Sleath for all the engine work and advice even though he thinks I am not an adult!", says Pel. "Kenny and the boys at EDA, Steve Kellett for electrical work and new Racepak logger, Pokies Paint Shop for bodywork and paint, but the biggest thanks to Andy Lindop at 351 Motorsport Wakefield, where the Shogun lives, for all the fab work and everything else. Finally Stretch my Crew Chief, for keeping my blood pressure low!"


UK Super Street Bike racer Danny Cockerill tells us that he hanging up his boots for a while to concentrate on other things so his NLR Super Street Bike (above right) is up for grabs. "It's an NLR bike built in 2009 all brand new for Wayne Saunders", says Danny. "I purchased it from Wayne in 2012 and went a best of 7.33 at 197 mph but I am a lump so there is much more potential. It has NLR side mount, Motec M800, NLR AMS 2000, Choice of NLR air clutch or brand new Rock Solid clutch, New Motec C125 colour dash, a fresh motor done by Rob at Mistral Performance with new bearings, rings, etc, R&D gearbox, Carrillo rods, CP pistons, with zero runs on it, fresh turbo done by Owen Developments, Marvic wheels, Brembo brakes front and rear, freshly painted frame and swing arm, and new style billet NLR intercooler. Lots of spares available by negotiation. Yours for £28,500; if you are interested then call Danny on 07971 568266 (outside the UK +44 7971 568266).

Michel Tooren and the Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team had a fantastic weekend at the FIA / FIM Main Event, repeatedly blowing away Personal Bests and doing the memory of Robert Joosten proud. You can check out the team's review (Dutch-language PDF) by clicking here.

Thanks to Ian Marshall for sending an updated final version of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-26th June. The list is down one Pro Mod but up in several other classes courtesy of late entries. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

We will be reporting live from this weekend's Tierp Internationals in association with John Woolfe Racing. Our coverage will consist of frequently-updated reports and results of the on-track action each day together with pit notes updated throughout each day and a photo gallery at the end of each day courtesy of Lena Perés on Thursday and Patrik Jacobsson on Friday to Sunday. We will be using the popular split-screen report format to allow instant access to Sportsman qualifying standings courtesy of Time-Tree although we will as ever post Pro and EDRS Pro results on the fly manually. You can check out our Tierp Internationals Event Index, which contains a link to the official entry list, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Vegter's Main Event lacks spark.
12th June: After a very successful test session at Malmö Raceway, The Netherlands' Vegter Pro Mod Racing team travelled to Santa Pod Raceway with high expectations and were looking forward to a great start of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at the traditional Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. Remco Scheelings writes:

With successful seasons to their credit, Vegter Pro Mod Racing want to step up to the next level and now want to finish in the top three of the 2016 FIA European Pro Modified Championship. With a new blower, Adam Flamholc from Sweden as his tuner, and a successful test session, David Vegter wanted to go for a good result.


The first race was won in the pits when the Vegter Pro Mod Racing '67 Camaro was unveiled in its black and gold Playboy Energy Drink livery and attracted everybody's attention. In his second qualifying run David recorded a great 6.19 seconds, and at the end of day one the Dutch racer was number three qualifier in the twenty one-car field. The Vegter Pro Mod Racing Camaro's top speed of 234 mph was also good enough to finish in the top three. But the first day of qualifying was not trouble-free, as the ignition started to cause some problems. The team was almost sure it had solved the problem, but tyre shake in Q3 and a 6.29-second run in Q4 made it clear that the problem was still there. As other teams improved on their earlier performances, David ended qualifying in eighth position. "During the warm-up in the pits, everything seemed to be okay, but on the track, under full power, the ignition problem was there again" said the Vegter Pro Mod driver.


In the first round David had to face Bert Englefield. As in qualifying the '67 Camaro didn't want to get up to speed, and with a 6.39 run David was defeated by Bert who reset his personal best to 6.29. "Disappointing", said David. "We were well prepared, and the top speed was okay, but the ignition caused too many problems which we couldn't solve in time. Thanks to Adam we learned a lot about the set-up of the car and were able to solve some issues we had last year.

"At Tierp this weekend we will go for revenge and gain some extra points to make up the lost ground."

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


European Top Gas Round 2 review.
12th June: The second Euro Serie Super Twin Top Gas race of the season took place at Bechyne Airfield in the Czech Republic last weekend. Herman Jolink writes:

The race took place over a quarter mile. The track was raw concrete with runner and glue over the first hundred metres. Friday was a Test and Tune. We were very lucky with the weather, there was some rain on Saturday night but the concrete dried very fast. The organisers MSTO and the Czech Bikers Club the Predators did a fine job. There was a good crowd on Saturday due to the nice sunny weather.

Qualifying after three rounds:
  1. Cord Albers D on 2622 V-Twin 7.614/282 kmh (new PB speed), the first run was a 7.864
  2. Frederik Schack DK on 2622 V-Twin 7.629/276, the first run was a 7.937
  3. Gerd Caspari D on 2240 Mechanical Turbo V-Twin 8.693/246
  4. Birch Andersen DK on 2622 V-Twin 8.815/233, the first run was 8.918/228
  5. Milan Kolacny Czech Republic on 1000 Blower Honda SP 9.637/219
  6. Markus Müller D on 2000 V-Twin 10.624/215, the first run was an 11.094. Markus has for many years been a mechanic for Funny Bike racer Thomas Joswig
  7. Mia Maria Vepsalainen Fin on 2000 V-Twin 15.234-75
Christian Bruhn D on 1000 Turbo Honda had water leaks and then a piston was damaged so he did not run. Olaf Menzi CH broke his hip in a quad accident so he was not at Bechyne.

Eliminations:

E1: Albers 8.151/230 but after 300 metres the ignition rotor was damaged so the top qualifier was out of the race. Kolacny 10.658/177 bye, Birch Andersen's bike did not start. Schack 7.695/274 bye, Mia Maria Vespalainen did now show. Caspari 8.562/250 beat Müller 12.994/166.

Semi-finals: Kolacny 9.262/251 bye, Albers was broken. Schack 7.667/271 beat Caspari 8.601/249.

Final: Frederik Schack DK 8.289/269 beat Milan Kolacny CZ 13.074/117

Euro Serie Super Twin Top Gas Championship after two rounds:
  1. Schack DK 1075 points
  2. Andersen DK 620
  3. Kolacny CR 540
  4. Albers 505
  5. Caspari D 460
  6. Foit D 360
  7. Lymant D 350
  8. Jensen DK 340
  9. Bruhn D 300
Next race dates:

1st-3rd July: Main Event, Drachten NL
22nd-24th July: Main Event, Drachten NL
19th-21st August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheim D
2nd-3rd September: Mosten Race Days (eighth-mile sprint), Allingabro DK

There is a non-points race at Hoskovice CZ on 16th July.


Smax misses the party.
12th June: Ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith is currently in New Jersey contesting the NHRA Summernationals in the Leverich family's Top Fueller. The team's last outing was at the NHRA race in Epping and Smax got in touch to let us know how the team got on there:

We were eager to run as we had a new plan to stop dropping cylinders. Gary, Dan and Jason took the rig from Michigan but smoked a wheel bearing on trailer and had to arrive with five wheels on their wagon. Aidan, Jake and I drove the twelve hours in Jake's ace Ford F350 in time to watch first qualifying session then got the car ready for the second session. br> We had taken fuel away at the step so we expected the car to run a 4.0 to 1000 feet. We drew Ritchie Crampton in the Lucas Oil car. Fired up and did a fierce burnout, backed up and pre-staged and waited for Ritchie. I cut a nice 0.070 light and never saw Ritchie as he instantly smoked his tyres! The car was a bit lazy, it had dropped a cylinder at the hit then started mixing up around 700 feet so I lifted around 900 feet. It popped and threw the belt but until then it looked amazing with strong header flames (see YouTube video). We torched the head gaskets so had to swap out heads but only had bare heads so decided to quit as it was almost midnight.

Aidan had the clutch out and Jake stripped the bottom end in eighteen minutes each! Dan and Jason yanked a head each and Dan started assembling heads. We got up early and started thrashing but found #3 main cap had cracked, so we had to yank the motor and put in our only spare block. Got a crank off Bobby Lagana as ours had a small crack, had to dial in the cam then Jake fitted the rack while Aidan put in his clutch. Meanwhile I scored a chute cable off Dom Lagana as I snapped one of ours, and we also borrowed timer jets off Barry Paton to try to take more fuel away at the hit and put it back downtrack but it didn't work out so I put a pump loop in for the first round. It took all day to sort everything and quit around midnight again.

Got up Sunday and was gutted to see the rain as we were hoping to at least get in the first round. So then we sat around all day waiting for NHRA to decide when to cancel. The rain stopped long enough to fire up the car and seat the clutch with a couple of nitro whacks to the delight of the fans! We got the legendary Tony (Elvis) Shortall over to check our millihenrys on our coils as we still suspected ignition issues even after MSD said they checked out OK. We did find poor coil connections so hopefully that's it.

Sunday was cancelled and put off until the Monday but Gary and the crew couldn't stay because of work so we disappointedly drove back to Canada! The sad news is that we drew Steve Torrence who smoked his tyres so felt we could have had that round, then there was a bye to the second round, then Doug Kalitta smoked the tyres in the semis so that could have been in our first final... woulda, coulda, shoulda!

We missed the party - Alexis' crew girls were over with Jello shots and invited us to their pit party but we had to drive back to Canada. But I am loving this!


Hot Rod legend attends BDRHoF Gala.
12th June: Whilst there is no substitute for being at the track and witnessing drag racing first hand, a crucial role in its history has been played by publishing, in spreading the word about the sport and promoting it. So the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is excited to announce that Harry Hibler, the former publisher of Hot Rod magazine, will be attending the BDRHoF Gala to be held at the Heathrow Sheraton Skyline Hotel on 19th November.

Harry started by building and racing dragsters and jet cars in the early 1950s, becoming known as Hand Grenade Harry after a number of on- and off-track incidents. He was manager of San Fernando Raceway for over fifteen years and then spent almost thirty years with Petersen Publishing, becoming publisher for numerous automotive publications culminating with Hot Rod. He sat on the Board of Directors of SEMA and was inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame.

He was part of the team which created the concept of CadZZilla for ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons in 1989. In 1994, he was inducted into the Northwestern College Hall of Fame for his contribution to its High Performance Motorsports Education Program. He was named California Business Man of the Year for 2002 by the Business Advisory Council. Currently, Harry sits on the Board of Directors of Quarter Mile Foundation / Project 1320, and the SEMA Hall of Fame committee and Task Force. He was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2013.

Harry Hibler said "I've had a great career and have plenty of stories to tell about San Fernando Raceway which I look forward to sharing with folks in November. It was a real privilege to become publisher of Hot Rod and that opened a lot of doors for me including the heads of major auto manufacturers and politicians. It's certainly been a blast."

BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury said "It is a real privilege and honour to have Harry, such an important person in the development of hot rodding, to be able to attend the Gala Dinner and other exciting events we are planning for the daytime on 19th November. He has a fund of amazing stories about his experiences on the track and in publishing. Everyone should make sure that they are available for the whole day and book their tickets because they are going fast!"

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


SPR seeking slicks for sleds.
11th June: Ian Marshall writes that Santa Pod Raceway are seeking more used slicks for their sleds to help to prepare the strip before the SPRC Summernationals. "Because of the amount of work we are doing on the track, we are going through our supply of slicks at quite a rate of knots", says Ian. "We therefore need to keep our supplies up, so any help would be appreciated."

If racers have any slicks which they no longer need then please get in touch with Ian
ir.marshall@btconnect.com or on 01933 313625 and he will arrange collection.

Ashdown's unreal weekend.
10th June: UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Steve Ashdown found his first competitive outing in the class at the FIA / FIM Main Event a life-changing experience. "It's the most thrilling and scary thing I have ever done", he told Eurodragster.com, "but even better than I thought it would be. It goes from one extreme to the other: sitting next to Urs Erbacher thinking "I can't do this" and a few seconds later undoing my belts wanting to do it again. It was a brilliant weekend with good weather and I got down the track a few times. I was only meant to licence as a birthday present then go home!"

Steve completed his licencing at the Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune with a 4.3250/247.74 before qualifying third for the race with a 4.1642/291.13 and making it to the semi-finals before an electrical problem shut the car off in the burnout.

Steve said that he could not actually remember much about his runs, not at unusual statement to hear from a Fuel racer. "It's brutal on the body", he said. "Someone said to me that I should have done more time in the Super Pro ET car. But Rune Fjeld told me "Nothing can prepare you for what you are about to do" and he was one hundred per cent right. I could have done another two years in Super Pro ET and not been ready. Luckily I had the help of Gary Page, who was my rock. I kept calling him in the middle of the night with questions which probably sounded silly but he answered every one. I couldn't have done it without Gary, nor without Rune and Lindsay who gave me such a good car and so much good advice, nor without the crew of Krister, Luke, Jamie, Scott, Stig and Stanna. They were just brilliant."

Steve was made very welcome in the Top Fuel pits. "Anita Mäkelä was the first over to wish me luck", he said. "Micke Kågered, Stefan Gunnarsson, they all helped to calm me down when I was crapping myself. To compete alongside people I have admired for years, to have them shake your hand and then you're sitting next to them in the lanes and on the track, it's quite an experience. I even got a compliment out of my team-mate Liam Jones! We have quite a rivalry but when it came down to it he wanted me to do well."

Another unreal experience for Steve was the response of the fans. "I lost count of the autographs I had to sign, kids wanting photographs with me, the lovely comments I had after I did a video interview on Nitro FM", he said. "When I first said I was going to run at the Main Event Tog told me "Prepare to become a hero", Kathy Taylor and Darren Prentice both told me that things would change, and they were right! I didn't realise how big a thing it would be. The support from the bank and the stands, the guys at either end of the track, every single one of the Santa Pod Raceway staff made a beeline for me to wish me luck, which I really appreciated. The crew told me that when they went down the track to get me everyone on the bank and in the stands was clapping and cheering. It was unbelievable!

"To think that I was frightened, worried, concerned about whether I could do it - and now I can't wait to get back in the car. I'm really looking forward to the European Finals. I only wish I could afford to do more! I am talking to Rune about Santa Pod and maybe Hockenheim next year. I want to run some numbers this year then put together a portfolio and try to get a few more sponsors so that I can race at Hockenheim. I love the NitrOlympX, it's by far the best meeting I have been to abroad.

"I want to say a huge Thank You to my sponsors Dave Robey, Robey Scaffolding, Scott Clark, Aerial Scaffolding, Barry and Stuart, Demon Inkoperation Tattoo Shop, Nick Kirk, Epic Integration, Matt Wright, Wobblebox Hire, Nathan and the lads at Rushden Graphics for the awesome wrap, Pete Walters for the wrap design and team shirts, and my good friend Richard Deevey.

"The biggest thanks go to my family who have gone without holidays and everything so that I could run Top Fuel. I did mention running at Tierp next week but I'm getting married that Saturday so Tracy didn't think it was funny. On the other hand, every time I run a race car I have to decorate the house!"

Steve's next race date is with his son, former Junior Dragster racer Tyler Ashdown who will be licencing in Super Comp at the Peak Performance Test and Tune Day at Santa Pod Raceway before the SPRC Summernationals. "Tyler is entered for the event but we'll see how the licencing goes and play it by ear", he said.

Steve now has a Facebook page which you can check out for more.


Junior Fun Day reminder.
10th June: Donna Finnegan writes with a reminder that Santa Pod Raceway's Junior Drag Racing Fun Day returns for its fourth year on Wednesday 31st August.

For 2016 there is a sign-on fee of £20. Junior racers wishing to take part in the Junior Day will need to telephone the Santa Pod office on 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828) to book their race voucher. Entry forms (PDF format) can be downloaded by clicking here. Forms submitted without payment will result in the racer not being entered for the event.

For 2016, Santa Pod's chosen charity is Harry's Rainbow, which is committed to supporting bereaved children and their families in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

For more information about the Junior Fun Day, please visit www.santapod.co.uk/e_junior_day.php.


Swift snippets.
10th June: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "Aiming for the Summernats". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.

It happens every two years or so and always turns out OK but it is currently the turn of racers in Norway to endure a nitro ban scare due to terrorism concerns. Discussions are underway between government and racing authorities and there seems to be a certain amount of optimism about the outcome. If your Norwegian is up to snuff then you can read more at www.nrk.no.

In the middle of this week Malmö Raceway suffered an overnight fire in a service building. The fire damaged some vehicles and equipment, but this weekend's Test and Tune will be going ahead and will be webcast at www.ustream.tv/channel/malmo-raceway tomorrow and Sunday.

Somewhat ironic given its name but our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet does not actually have a Parts for Swap section, not least because we have never had a pure swap advertisement... that is until yesterday. Eurodragster.com reader Luke got in touch looking to swap his brand new roof-chopped Paul Bland Topolino shell, which doesn't even have its windows cut out, for an unchopped version of same for his Nostalgia project. If you can help then you can contact Luke on 07450 974381.

A big Thank You from both Ian Messenger and Eurodragster.com to UK Super Comp (sic) racer Richie Webb who very quickly answered yesterday's plea for a drag slick for the historic Pegasus-Norton Drag Bike. "I had a reply from Richie within an hour of posting", says Ian. "He very kindly offered to sell us a slick from his uncompleted project. Within a few hours he had taken the slick off its rim and was arranging to send it over to us... amazing. Just shows the power of Eurodragster.com!"

Good luck and stay safe to ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith, who is contesting this weekend's NHRA Summernationals in the Leverich family's Top Fueller, and to ex-pat UK Top Alcohol Dragster racer Mike Manners of Eurodragster.com sponsor Cosmo Residences who is contesting this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional race in Tulsa. You will be able to stay in touch with Smax' and Mike's progress on Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com, and you will be able to get updates direct from Smax' pit on Facebook at Ant Hill Mob.


Need Clevite bearings for Tierp?
10th June: With less than a week to go to next week's Tierp Internationals, the second round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships, a reminder from Dick Koster of Eurodragster.com sponsor Post & Dros that Racepak and MSD trackside support at the event will be available from Mats Brag's pit area.

Post & Dros Racing Engines & Parts are also the European distributor for Clevite bearings, with Mats Brag as their sub-dealer in Sweden. If racers want to order Clevite bearings for next week's race then please submit your order now as Post & Dros have to send Clevite orders to Mats Brag this coming Monday. You can contact Post & Dros through their web site at www.post-en-dros.nl.

Editor's note: Many thanks to Remco Scheelings for passing this news item to us


Web site updates.
10th June: Thanks to MSA British Drag Racing Championship PR Robin Jackson for letting us know that the official report on the Championship's second round, aka Pro Modified at last week's FIA / FIM Main Event, is available to read on its web site at www.msadragracing.co.uk.

Kenneth Throndsen.
9th June: We were very sorry to hear from Lin Granlund of the death of Norsk Dragracing Gardermoen race official Kenneth Throndsen. Lin writes:

Drag race heaven has a new star.

On Tuesday came the incredibly sad news that Kenneth Throndsen has passed away after a short illness. Kenneth was arguably the most knowledgeable official in drag race in Norway. all organisers, officials and competitiors benefited from his knowledge.

For years he was a monument, not only in Norwegian but also in European drag racing. He held numerous positions, both at home and abroad, and dedicated his life to drag racing. Kenneth was friends with everyone and worked faithfully on both the car and motorcycle sides. He was clearly an anchor of our sport.

Kenneth can take a good share of the credit for the upgrade of Gardermoen Raceway. He sat on the court committee, and is behind many of the solutions applied. Therefore we were very pleased that Kenneth defied the disease and even got to see the state of the track a few days ago. This shows how much heart he had for the sport.

Kenneth called us his drag racing family, now we unite in grief. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go to his family. Rest in peace dear Kenneth!

Kenneth's funeral will take place at 13:00 next Tuesday (14th) at Gjerdrum Kirke.

Our deepest sympathies to Kenneth's family, friends and to NDRG.


Help urgently sought for Pegasus return.
9th June: Ian Messenger has been in touch with the great news that the National Motorcycle Museum have asked Derek Chinn and Ian to run the historic
Pegasus-Norton Drag Bike at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and at Dragstalgia next month. The bike was fired up for the first time in thirty five years last Friday and Ian reports that there are a few gremlins to sort out; however the team urgently need the assistance of Eurodragster.com readers to help them to run at Goodwood and Santa Pod Raceway.

Ian says that the team need to get hold of an M&H 6/26/15" motorcycle slick. If you have one of these slicks which you would be willing to sell, or if you know where to find one, then please contact Ian on 01234 823905 or E-Mail ian@pegasusteam.co.uk.


Dutch Championship entry open.
8th June: Margot Schmidt writes with news of the return to Drachten of the Dutch Championship for 2016, two of whose events will be organised by Quartermile, 402 Events and Oliehandel.nl:

By agreement with DHRA, KNMV and KNAF there will be four Pro events from which points won by various car and bike classes count for the Dutch Championship. We will organise The Main Event at Drachten on 22nd-24th July and the Weekend of Champions on 16th-18th September.

Registration is now open for both the Championship and the events. Events organised by Quartermile are Open events to which all Pro and Junior classes are welcome to participate for points and prizes. You can find your classes on the entry forms. Points won in the following classes will count for the Dutch Championship 2016:

Car classes
Junior Dragster
Pro ET
Super Pro ET

Bike classes
Junior Drag Bike
Super Street Bike
Competition Bike
Funny Bike
Pro Stock Bike

Entry fees are as follow:
  • €150 until three weeks before an event
  • €200 three weeks prior to an event
  • €250 at the track
The entry fee includes one wristband for the racer, two start line wristbands for crew, and one wristband for put crew. Electricity, toilets, showers, water etc will be available. Junior racers get free entry including one extra start line crew ticket.

We invite everyone to sign up and enjoy a great weekend with us. You can sign up at
www.quartermileshow.com. See you at the races!

Swift snippets.
8th June: Our good friend Benoit Pigeon writes that Sweden's Leanders Brothers tested their Top Methanol FC at the new Galot track in Benson, NC as well as appearing at the Mad Mule Pro Modified event. "The car wheelied a lot on the two passes I saw", says Benoit, "I think they were trying to fix that. They made a demo pass at Mad Mule and the car went up on the wheelie bar again. It hit hard or bounced further down track resulting in a major transmission damage. They checked the engine, but said that they did not find any damage there". Thanks to Benoit for the below pictures.


Martin Ayton, Motor Vehicle Tutor at Carshalton College, has been in touch to thank all the staff of Santa Pod Raceway for making the College's students very welcome at the FIA / FIM Main Event. "We would also like to thank the Institute of the Motor Industry for organising our pit tours and the use of their VIP suite", says Martin. "The sixteen students and teaching staff Jim Darville, Elaine Simpson and I enjoyed the whole experience and we look forward to attending again in the future."

Timing and stats guru Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe has decided that it is high time that he shared his spreadsheetosauruses showing qualifying positions, results and round wins for all FIA Championship events since 1996. We have added the tables to the Champions' Champions page which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Jordan's six-day weekend.
8th June: FIA / FIM Main Event Lucas Oil Junior Dragster winner Jordan Payne has been in touch with a report on his successful weekend at Santa Pod Raceway:

The Main Event started for the team on Wednesday, when we loaded up the car and towed down to Santa Pod Raceway to set up our camp for the weekend to come. When we arrived at the track and parked up next to the Wallaces, who had been generous enough to let us borrow one of their awnings for the event. I would like to thank the whole of the Wallace Motorsport team for lending us their awning, and also to congratulate Annie for reaching the semi-finals racing in Pro ET. After we put up the awning (under the strict instructions of Annie) and pulled the trailer along side it, we said goodbye and left the track so that I could get back home, ready for an exam-filled day at school on Thursday. 

After school on Thursday I was picked up straight from school to rush over to Santa Pod for the chance to scrutineer my car ready for Friday, the first day of qualifying. We arrived at the track at around 5 o'clock, so managed to get the car through scruitineering before the 6 o'clock deadline.

We woke up early on Friday morning so that we arrived at the track at 8:00am, as soon as the gates opened. We drove straight round into the pits, unloaded the car from the trailer, and were  ready for our first qualifying session. We were called round into the pairing lanes at 11:00. I was a bit too eager in this round of qualifying as it was the first time that I had been in the car since the APIRA Springspeed Nationals three weeks before. I pulled a -0.1 red, however knew that I had many more runs to improve my qualifying result. During the second qualifying session on Friday I pulled a 0.07 light improving my qualifying position and in the third improved further, putting myself into the number one qualifying position with a 0.023 reaction time. Although I was already in the number one qualifying position, a 0.02 light wouldn't keep me there for long. The fourth qualifying session took place at 3:00 pm on Friday. I pulled a 0.0005 perfect light, keeping me in the number one qualifying position. We had two more sessions on Friday, however I couldn't improve on my 0.0005 perfect light. The car ran very consistently all day on Friday running between 7.92 and 7.94.

We were given another two qualifying sessions on Saturday, however I was not going to be able to improve on my current reaction time so instead used these qualifying runs as practice elimination rounds. I pulled a 0.03 light and also a 0.06 light, which is where I wanted to be leaving the line during my elimination rounds the next day. My 0.0005 light managed to keep me in the number one qualifying position, giving me a bye run in the first round of eliminations. As I had qualified number one, I was awarded a free drum of VP Racing Fuel by Darren Prentice on Saturday evening. I would like to thank Darren, Santa Pod and VP Racing Fuels for the drum of fuel, as it greatly contributes towards the funding of my racing.

On Saturday we also watched the Pro cars take part in their first two rounds of qualifying. The racing was great, and I would like to congratulate Colin for once again providing great race commentary over the course of the weekend.

The next day was Sunday, the first of the two elimination days. We arrived once again at 8:00 am just as the gates opened and drove round to the pits, unloaded the car and waited to be called down to the pairing lanes. As the Professional classes get priority over the Sportsman classes, the first round of our eliminations didn't start until 5:30 pm. I had a bye in the first round, so took the opportunity to use it as a dial-in run. I pulled a 0.02 light, however the weather was very muggy at this point of the day, so I ran a 7.96 on a 7.92 dial-in. The next elimination round took place soon after the first. I was against up Thomas Cook-Abbott, who races the Tominator II dragster. We both pulled good lights, Tom pulled 0.06 and I pulled a 0.01, it was a very close race to the finish but I just managed to edge in front to take the win, running a 7.93 on a 7.93 dial-in. This was the final elimination round of the day, meaning that I would need to wait until the next day to find out if I could progress any further.

Monday was finals day. After getting to the track early at 8:00 am again on Monday, hoping for an early round of eliminations, we sat around in our pit area until 4:00 pm. I was up against Roman Sixta from the Czech Republic in the third round of eliminations. I pulled a better light than Roman and caught him just before the finish to take the win, running a 7.94 on a 7.92 dial-in. Within half an hour of this previous run we were back out again. This time I was up against Billy Everitt, the previous owner of my car. After Billy tried to faze me by taking an age to move forward into stage, the lights came down and it was a green light drag race. Billy pulled a 0.07 light, I pulled a 0.06. Billy was ahead of me for the whole length of the track, there was no way I could catch him. It turned out that the reason that I couldn't catch him was because he was going too fast and he broke out, running a 7.96 on a 7.97 dial-in. This meant that I was in the final against the Championship leader Ruaridh Hart.

Ruaridh and I pulled round to the start line at 6:30 on Monday evening to take part in the final of the Main Event. Ruaridh had dialled an 8.97, meaning that he would have over a second's head start on me. We both pulled away from the line with green lights. Ruaridh pulled a 0.07 and I pulled a 0.03. His car stayed ahead of mine throughout the length of the track until right near the finish where my higher mph kicked in, and I passed him to win the race on a hole-shot! The win margin was 0.01 of a second. It was always going to be a close race against Ruaridh, so I was quite excited! Congrats to Ruaridh for achieving his second podium position this season, he deserves it with the hard work that he put in last season to get his car into a consistent racing condition.

After a six-day long weekend and a lot of hard work, I managed to claim the win at the Main Event, my first official points round victory. I am extremely happy with how the weekend went, claiming another 1010 points and having a lot of fun in the process. I would like to thank Mike Vickers, 'Fluff' from Windrush Roofing, who was crewing for Cannon in the Super Twin Bike pits over the weekend. Just before we towed down to the pairing lanes Fluff raced up to us on a bike and extended his sponsorship with me throughout the 2016 race season. I give him my thanks for continuing his support for the team and I, and hoped that he had an enjoyable weekend at the track. 

I would also like to thank all of my sponsors who are generously supporting me with my racing. Without them I would not be able to race, and great events such as last weekend would not be possible: Goodridge, Nimbus Motorsport, Cam Auto Developments, CTR Developments, Mantis Web, Windrush Roofing, WaspCam, Simon Cox Marketing Solutions and Curbishley Automotive.

I would also like to thank all of my family, who stuck with me throughout the whole weekend sitting in the cold during the early morning and getting me suited and booted before getting into the car. I am very lucky and grateful to have such a supportive family.

You can find out more about Jordan's racing and the Sticky Situation Junior Drag Racing Team on his Facebook page or on his web site at www.jordanpayne.co.uk.


Funny Car Summer adjourned.
7th June: Tuner Rob Loaring writes that the five-second Garlick and Antoniou Apache Nostalgia Fuel Funny Car is going to have to sit out its next couple of planned appearances after it suffered rear axle damage at the Festival of Power:

We spent the last four or five weeks rebuilding the axle case, but it appears that the manufacturer has recently dropped a number of key components from its product line. In short, this has left the Apache Funny Car team with something of a dilemma. If we patch things up and then run into trouble next year we'll almost certainly have to switch axle designs, and if it doesn't happen next year then it's going to happen some time.

So, whilst other teams are either finishing up their builds, rebuilding or testing, we feel that it's best to do the work now. Unfortunately, the earliest we can get the car back on the jig at ICE Automotive at Silverstone is the second week in July. This means that we'll have to skip both the SPRC Summernationals and Dragstalgia.

It's pretty disappointing but that's life. With the new axle fitted the car will almost certainly end up heavier but hopefully we should still have decent pace. We'll be testing again in August and hopefully have things back on course for the UK National Finals - see you there.


Swift snippets.
7th May: We are indebted to Palle Lind for forwarding us the post-FIA / FIM Main Event points standings in the FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships. You can check out the latest points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Many thanks to Yvonne Tramm and our own Simon for providing us with the post-FIA / FIM Main Event points standings in the UK National and SPRC Championships. Again you can check out the latest points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for sending the final version of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-26th June. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Vacancy at Chris Isaacs Race Cars.
6th June: Following the move to a new, bigger shop in Wickford, Essex a few months ago, Eurodragster.com sponsor
Chris Isaacs Race Cars is now in a position to add another fabricator to the staff. Chris writes:

The prospective candidate will ideally have some relevant fabrication experience in steel, stainless and aluminium, and be able to TIG weld. Having said that, we understand that unless you have already worked in a chassis shop you probably won't have tackled everything we would do here. We also might be interested in a trainee but you should at least have a grounding in racing of some sort.  

Non-smoker absolutely preferred! Full time or part time OK, pay is dependent on talent and experience. In the shop at any time is a wide variety of projects from street to strip to circuit, and we handle anything from a simple bracket to full, ground-up turn-key builds.

For the suitable candidate, this is an excellent opportunity to be at the heart of the race car construction industry. If you think you might be interested then please get in touch with us preferably via E-Mail at info@chris-isaacs.com.


Swift snippets.
6th June: Although Swedish Pro Modified racer Micke Gullqvist had a moment or two to forget before making the final of the FIA / FIM Main Event, our good buddy Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe tells us that congratulations are due to Micke as his first round victory over Hussain Al Shammari made him the fifth FIA European Championship racer in history, and the first FIA Pro Mod racer, to record 100 round wins. Micke ended the event with 102 round wins. As well as Micke the other four racers to exceed 100 round wins are Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) 126, Michael Malmgren (Pro Stock) 115, Micke Kågered (Top Fuel Dragster / Top Methanol FC) 109, and Leif Andréasson (Top Methanol FC) 105.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending Version 6 of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-26th June. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Version 6 of the SPRC Summernationals entry list confirms Sunday's Swift Snippet, to whit that the Havoc altered will be making its first test outing with its new nitro-fuelled motor at the event.


Support for Scottie.
6th June: We have received the following statement from the Wild Bunch in support of racer Scottie Durrant. You know what to do folks...

Very recently our good friend, fellow Wild Bunch racer and all-round top bloke Scottie Durrant has been diagnosed with cancer. Scot's wife Gina shared this terrible news on his behalf.  Gina's message read:

"Hi everyone, Scottie has asked me to write this on his behalf...

"I'm going to keep this short n neat! You may have been wondering what the hell is going on with me changing my profile pictures on Facebook.

"Over Easter weekend I did not feel well at all. I carried on working over the next few weeks until I booked a doctors appointment. I was given painkillers for a bad shoulder. Another 2 visits to the docs later after losing weight and feeling exhausted, blood tests and chest x-ray my GP admitted me to hospital on Monday 9th of May when finding my liver had enlarged massively. I spent the week in there having more blood tests, ultra sounds and a CT scan and various medications.

"On May 12th, with Gina by my side, we were told I have cancer of the bowel which has spread to my right lung and my liver, the liver being the most affected. We left hospital on the Friday in a bit of a mess but with hope.

"On Tuesday 17th we were asked to visit the Berkshire Cancer Centre to talk about Chemo treatment which I will have 12 sessions over 6 months.

"The downside is we were also told we are dealing with a terminal cancer. This treatment will only prolong my life, not cure.

"Over the last few weeks I've had great support from Gina, family, friends and neighbours.

"As I'm sure you can imagine we are deeply shocked and devastated and we are trying our best to deal with this the best we can. We decided to use Facebook to share our news as it preserves our time and energy spent on phones, time and energy we need to fight this as long as we can.

"I ask of you all to stay positive, look up and don't look down, and with everyone's support we can hopefully get through this. Thank you. Scottie, Gina and Family xx"  

Gina has created a facebook page called Support Our Scottie. It's the perfect place for all of their friends and the racing community to share pictures, funny stories, words of love and encouragement to keep them going through this difficult time. The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive, so much so that answering individual messages is challenging but being able to keep in touch through this page gives them the chance to save their much-needed energy to fight this beast.

Scottie is a very popular chap so you will be pleased to hear there are a few different initiatives going on to help make some of his wishes come true. It is one of Scot's wishes that Gina drive their beloved coupe-bodied Tiki Munki at Dragstalgia. There is a working party already on with turning this into a reality. To make things easier, we are hoping to arrange an RV for them to stay in on site at Santa Pod for that event. If there is anyone out there who can help us with that quest please get in touch.  

The Wild Bunch and the drag racing family are already rallying round to raise funds to help support Scottie and his family with collections held at Shakespeare County Raceway and a number of future fund raising plans on the horizon. We're organising a raffle (prize donations very welcome) which we will be selling tickets for up until the draw at Dragstalgia, cake sales, chocolate bingo, colouring books and whatever else we can think of! We will have some donation buckets in the Wild Bunch pits for anyone wanting to contribute to the fighting fund and would be very grateful to hear from any racers willing to have donation buckets in their pits during Summer Nationals and European Finals.

Tom Larman will be continuing to run his Support Our Scottie Bring and Buy stall at race events where anyone is able to donate items to sell / buy items for sale with the proceeds going direct to Scot and Gina. Tom can be contacted via Facebook for further details.

Nick Connor has created The Shot for Scot community so be sure to check out that Facebook page to see where they will be next!

We cannot express the extent of our gratitude to everyone for their generosity so far. It's very humbling and we appreciate every penny raised. I will steal a quote from Steve Cassisi who wrote recently "Lindness, compassion, friendship and support are not obligatory but are more than apparent within our drag racing community". Scottie and Gina are truly grateful and the funds will make a massive difference to the way this young family are able to cope with what they are facing. The support means so very much to them.

If there is anyone who would prefer to donate electronically then please contact Sarah on sarah.howells@dhl.com and she will share the details. We are trying our best to avoid any commission or processing charges which rules out some easier options such as Justgiving but we want to ensure Scot and Gina receive all of the donations in full.

A massive thank you to everyone for their support. We are all here for you Scot and Gina. We are willing to do anything we can to help you fight this.


All welcome at North Weald tomorrow.
4th June: Damian Burke writes that the second event of the season takes place at
North Weald Airfield tomorrow and that if the huge turnout at the opening event is anything to go by then it should be a very busy day both on and off the drag strip:

The action on the track will as usual be headed up by the Top 8 cars eliminator and Fast 8 bikes but there is also an eliminator for Front Wheel Drive cars as well as a V8 group featuring the Taz Racing team.

The regular Test'n'Tune will take place at a fee of £25 for both cars and bikes. Signing on is limited to 200 entries on a first come basis, so getting there early is essential as the field soon fills. Helmets are required for all as well as jackets with armour and boots for bike riders. Helmets are helmets available on loan for drivers without their own.

Away from the track there are club displays featuring Mercedes, Skyline and many Modified groups... over 400 attended the opening event .There are trophies up for grabs in the Show'n'Shine top five, Best Club, Interior and Engine Bay. Catering outlets are on site as well as a licenced bar and trade stands, and there is stuff for the kids too.

Entry to North Weald is still only £10 and free for under-14s. North Weald Airfield is located just off the A414, close to Junction 7 of the M11 (postcode CM16 6HR). With the weather looking good for tomorrow it should be a good turn-out for some grass-roots drag racing.


Jade Race gains NEAFP status.
4th June: André Martens writes that this year's Jade Race, which takes place at Mariensiel Airfield, Wilhelmshaven, Germany on 15th-17th July, is for the first time an event held under National A (NEAFP) and EU Open (FIM Europe) sanction:

Starting as a street race, the Jade Race has developed into more of a pure motorsport event year by year. In collaboration with DHRA the street racers were gradually introduced to regulations and to the motorsport code of conduct. For the last two years the employees of Jade Race have attended the DMSB Academy in Germany in order to qualify to organise drag races to professional motorsport event standards. On this basis the Jade Race has now been officially certified as a motorsport event by DMSB. Besides the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim and the Grand Nationals in Bechyne the Jade Race is the third race officially advertised by DMSB.

The following classes are invited to the Jade Race:
  • Public Race
  • ET Handicap (Super Pro ET / Pro ET / SE)
  • Street Modified
  • Wild Street
  • Super Gas
  • Super Comp
  • Junior Dragster
  • Factory Stock Bike
  • Street Legal Bike
  • Pro Street Bike
  • ET Bike (SMB / SOET)
  • Junior Drag Bike
The entry fee is €85 up to the official closing date, then €110.

For this event DMSB a driver licence or the respective ASN license from the driver's country of origin is required for all classes. Those who have no licence, may purchase a DMSB day license from the on-line shop or at the race office. The licence required for each class can be found at www.jade-race.com/?page_id=2198. All vehicles must be authorised for public road use (06 and 07) or must hold a DMSB (ASN) log book. The log book is necessary for the following classes:
  • ET Handicap (Super Pro ET / Pro ET)
  • Super Gas
  • Super Comp
  • Junior Dragster
For vehicles which have no log book or which need SFI chassis certification we will have a scrutineer on site. Anyone wishing to use this service can register in advance at www.jade-race.com/?page_id=2518.

Entry and the ticket shop can be found at www.jade-race.com/?page_id=2157 and ticket prices can be found at www.jade-race.com/?page_id=2164.


Bring me my chariot...
4th June: Longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Steve Young has been in touch with the great news of the return to the track of a historic UK dragster:

In the early 1970s a very talented fabricator named Mick Pearce put together ¼ Chariot, one of the very earliest UK-built rear-engined dragsters. It was powered by an Alfa Romeo sixteen-valve twin-cam and was campaigned in the old Junior Dragster class (If you're not an old fart like us that that's more or less Pro ET - Ed). The dragster had many unique features such as a VW Type 2 steering box and a VW transaxle with Hewland internals. Mick campaigned the car until 1978 when the fragility of the Alfa power unit decided him to retire the car from racing.

A racing enthusiast from Southampton named Ian Coulsell, who had helped Mick, jumped at the chance to purchase this little machine. He did however decide to ditch the troublesome Alfa engine and decided to try the two-litre OHC Ford Pinto engine. He christened the car Blue Demon but before he could début the revamped car an addition to the family, in the shape of Louis Coulsell, meant that the budget was stretched too far and he reluctantly sold the car and donated the power plant to my own Autocat slingshot.

Ian crewed with me for several years and when I called it a day in 1995 he continued his involvement with Mark Coulsell who had purchased my last slingshot and raced under the Limited Funz banner. Ian also encouraged his grandsons Harley in Junior Dragster and Morgan in his tot rod.

In 2015 the rear-engined dragster surfaced, looking a little sorry for itself having sat outside for many years. A fellow Wild Bunch racer, Alan Skipp, asked some questions on racing forums; Ian contacted Alan and a deal was done to bring the car back to Southampton after a gap of thirty five years.

The dragster was stripped and refurbished and a new Ford engine was built and installed. Unfortunately the dragster is not up to current MSA specs and is limited to RWYB events. At the grand old age of 69, and after close to fifty years in the sport, Ian has finally got to run up the quarter mile in his own car. Some gearbox issues slowed the dragster to fourth gear-only runs but a 15.23/98 shows promise.

Three generations of Coulsells now compete with son Mark in Ballbreaker slingshot, Harley in the Bandit Junior Dragster, and Morgan in the Tot Rod. So, as you can see, a family of petrolheads!

The next outing is Dragstalgia.


Swift snippets.
4th June: Sweden's globetrotter Adam Flamholc will soon be travelling to Russia to support the new owners of one of his Pro Mods. Lena Perés tells us that you can read more about Adam's Russian adventure on the Drag Racing Europe Blog at www.dragracingeurope.eu.

Further to Thursday's snippet about copyright theft, and the last word on this subject for the time being unless anyone else fancies a ruck, we draw readers' attention to the following notices which were clearly in place before last weekend's race, which always have been in place, and which always will be in place. There is of course only one guaranteed way to prevent theft of our webcasts, reports, pictures and other work; we'll leave the clever readers to work that one out.


Good luck and stay safe to ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith who is contesting this weekend's NHRA New England Nationals in the Leverich family's Top Fueller. You will be able to stay in touch with Smax' progress on Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com and on Facebook at Ant Hill Mob.

We understand that one of the prospective stars of Dragstalgia is planning what is described as "A dress rehearsal" at the SPRC Summernationals. We will bring you more on this when we receive it.


Shaky success.
4th June: UK Top Methanol Dragster racer Rod Harrison has been in touch with a report on the FIA / FIM Main Event weekend of the NUA, Willow Transport Solutions and RKS Motorsport-sponsored team:

We arrived at Santa Pod for the first round of FIA Top Methanol Dragster Championship on Wednesday evening. The crew arrived during Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday ready for our first assault on pro racing! The car passed scrutinering with flying colours and we were ready.

We had fitted new 36" tall tyres for the Main Event to try to improve our top end speed. Big mistake! We shook the tyres in every qualifying run, so for the first round of eliminations against Chris Polidano's Kalanc Racing A/Fuel Dragster we switched back to our old 34½" tyres and tune-up from Easter. Chris was on a stormer and beat us fair and square in a proper drag race with an outstanding 5.29/263 but the biggest cheer came from us! 5.79/237 and we smashed both of our previous PBs.

We learned a lot and came out smiling. It was a weekend we will never forget, Thank You to everyone who supported us especially our sponsors NUA Motors, Willow Transport Solutions, Quick Drive Racing, Jeff Bull Race Engines and Post en Dros.

Our next adventure is Hockenheim. As always a massive Thank You to our crew Tash, Lisa, Andy, Abby, Jacko, Lee, Jonno and Sam. Also a huge thanks to Dave Wilson for parts and advice, and to Camp Stanley for his advice and knowledge.


Nervously to number one.
4th June: UK Super Comp racer Paul Watson's first outing of the season was at last weekend's FIA / FIM Main Event. Grumpy got in touch to let us know how it went:

On the Thursday I had help from Andy Haley and Jose Souto as Kim was working until the Saturday. We fired it up for the first time on Thursday then went into qualifying feeling a little nervous as it had been a while. Lucky settings gave us a 8.907 good enough for third place after our first qualifier. We then made a few changes both up and down running 8.83 and 8.92s which gave us a good baseline. Pixie joined us on Saturday morning and sorted the predictions.

I got a bit nervous after Paul Hudson crashed in my lane in front of me (See below - Ed) but the Santa Pod crew as always were the best. In the last session against Conrad Stanley we managed number one spot with an 8.904 - to say that Super Comp is getting tough is an understatement!

WWe had a great race with Billy Gane in the first round of eliminations and couldn't stop laughing as Dave was on my case before the race, but a great team to race win or lose. We had a bye next round and tried a little something but ran too quick - the track was catching us out. We went in to the quarter finals against Pete Creswell who is always on his game, but alas it was payback time. Pete had a 0.02 light to my 0.04 then a double breakout, neither of us knew who had it had won as it was so close. Pete went on to win the meeting so well done Team Creswell.

A special mention for Aaron Springford who joined us for the weekend as it was his 17th birthday, so Happy Birthday Aaron, and a special Thank You to his dad Gary who offered the use of his van as we had no way of getting the race car to the track. As always a big Thank You to my team without whose help it would not be possible. The car is for sale and I have had some interest so this could possibly be our last race - I will keep you informed.


Early to bed, early to rise.
4th June: UK Outlaw Anglia racer Colin Millar decided to race rather than spectate at the FIA / FIM Main Event. Although running to dial-in rather than heads-up Colin had a ball:

The Main Event is the one event to which the Flyin Fyfers always go down and spectate, relax, have a few beers, sit on the bank and make a nuisance of ourselves. However this year with Scott Crookston in the seat at all the Outlaw Anglia events I saw a wee window of opportunity to get back in the seat for four whole days. In went the entry form and we were in a thirty eight-car field in Super Pro ET, probably the hardest class in which you can be involved with some real hardened racers with a lot of experience - and of course a lot of those long cars with no doors!

Thursday night came and we all finished work and off we went, made good time and arrived just before midnight. Up at 6:30 and signed on and scrutineered at seven. Everything was good and we had five runs out of six during a day in which I was trying to get a handle on that funny light sequence. The very first time I ran at Hockenheim I was away on the first amber with Scott my then Crew Chief just shaking his head and walking away in dismay, however as the day progressed we started to get a handle on the car. The last run of the day was sabotaged by Ginner as he helped me to put my wheelie bars on very early in the morning and made me forget to tighten up a bolt. Lesson learned: don't talk to Ginner before 10 am!

Saturday was a good day again dialling the car in and actually starting to guess a bit better. The air quality was measured by sticking my tongue out, being bumped in the middle section gave me Pod Face but it great to be around everybody on the Bank. We were very well behaved all weekend, honest, and got up early on Sunday. I had done quite well by running a 8.47 on a 8.45 dial in which gave us number twenty two position on the qualifying ladder, pretty stiff competition when you looked at the numbers being run.

Into eliminations, first up Chris Parker and I was already tidying up my pit to pack up the car on my return, Chris ran a red and I ran a 8.4732 on an 8.47 dial-in, well chuffed unlike Chris! Next up Mark Flavell, it was getting on a bit and my tongue sensed a colder air so I dialled in an 8.44 and ran an 8.47 with Mark blowing the tyres away I think. Sunday night and I was still in, how could that be? I called for a wee celebration as we were not out until mid-day on Monday but I was still in bed by 9:30, honest!

So its Monday and it's Race Day, whooooo hooooooo, I had Pete Lane and it was all a new experience and I was just loving every minute of it. Off we went and Pete rans a cherry, I just saw it out the corner of my eye and away I went with a -0.0039 reaction dialling in an 8.44 and running an 8.4482. By this time I was on top of the world, imagine - me in the semi-finals, must be dreaming or maybe I was just 'Living the Dream' again !

Up again and it was two of those long cars with no doors, Billy Gane, and me in the semi-finals. I got Ian Powell who is a really good racer. I even looked back at the timesand the tongue was out again (must be getting very technical now). The conditions were pretty much the same as the last run so we thought let's be having you with a 8.44. Off we went and I went and broke out running a 8.4393, seven bleeding thousandths of a second. Ah well I loved every minute of it and met some great people old and new, and I even got some money sent into my bank account... I reckon it got me up to Manchester so can't complain.

Big huge thanks to my crew, Scott Crookston, Lynn Purvis and my BUG for the weekend Nicole Wardrobe, have to buy a new set of yellow boots for her as the zip burst far too early on! Regrets, I have very few but I would have to loved to have run with Billy in the final, two door cars side-by-side with big huge burnouts. You can't buy that, maybe next time Billy!

Take care everybody, can't wait to all catch up again soon. We're running in Outlaw Anglia at the Nostalgia Nationals at Shakey at the same time as the Summernationals... I wonder sometimes at people, we've only got two tracks, don't get me started (Look on the bright side Colin, had we paid attention to the dolts on Facebook over the winter then SCR would be long closed by now - Ed).


Erbacher: Space for rent.
4th June: Swiss Top Fuel Dragster racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Urs Erbacher says that the team had a good weekend at the FIA / FIM Main Event even though Urs made a first round exit. Urs adds that there is room going spare in a container leaving Indy near the end of the month:

We raced a new car, the Hadman Chassis which Noah used and which was last raced in Abu Dhabi in 2011. We had a brand new fuel system with AJ valves with a new fuel pump built by the Lagana gang Bobby, Dom and Stewy. We raced a brand new clutch head donut. So it was hard to find a set up.


We had problems with the injector springs which were too loose. So when I put my foot on the gas pedal before staging my idle went up to seven gallons and richened up the engine before I hit the pedal. So the engine idle was too rich and at the hit we lost a cylinder. That meant that with only 9000 hp the clutch didn't work correctly and pulled the motor down and we ended up smoking the tyres after 300 feet. That cost us the all of qualifying.

We fixed that and in the first round of eliminations one of our magneto clamps started to loosen after the burnout and the ignition went backwards, down to 42 degrees before I hit the gas pedal so we didn't have the right horsepower and we ended up smoking the tyres. I pedalled it three times because Liam was having the same problems with the cold track. Liam pedalled it better and he took the win.


We ran the whole weekend with the same engine and heads, so the car is serviced and ready to race out of the trailer at Tierp.

We have a forty-foot container in at Anthony Dicerio's place in Indy to bring Jndias A/Fue/ler to Hockenheim. So if anybody has any heavy stuff to bring here then we can share the container. It is there until 26th June. If you are interested then please contact me at urs@erbacher.biz.

If you want a good price on ferries then please contact our sponsor JH Ferry GmbH. JH Ferry's Managing Director Tobias Jaursch will make you a good deal. You can contact Tobias at tobias.jaursch@googlemail.com.


Hudson's thanks.
4th June: UK Super Comp racer Paul Hudson has been in touch to thank everyone who came to his aid after his top end crash in qualifying at the FIA / FIM Main Event:

I would like to say a huge Thank You especially to the paramedics, doctors and fire crews who got me out of the car, the hospital staff at Bedford General who sorted me very quickly - once they had got over the fact that I'd hit a wall at 140 mph and was talking to them when I was wheeled in!

To my crew Jordan and Connor who came to the hospital as soon as they could and kept the family at home fully informed of my condition (which was as high as a kite on morphine for a few hours). To show their dedication, one of the first questions they asked me when they knew I was OK was whether they could crew for me when I get the new car. Then they went and got themselves locked in the hospital car park before going home.

To everyone at the track who put money in the tin a huge Thank You. I collected a substantial amount (I don't know how much as I haven't finished counting it yet) which will go a long way to finance the new project. Finally, Thank You to all the racers, pit marshals and webcam viewers (yes Jerry, you) who offered help in any way whether it was to put me in touch with cars for sale, to carry me around, give me a hug, or even drive the lorry home. It just goes to show that although we are competitive on race day we are all part of the family of drag racing and I can never repay all the kindness that was showered on me, thank you all.

As for the car, it seems that the transmission locked up as I lifted at the finish line, this then locked up the back wheels - that was the smoke you saw - and I was then driving an ice skate. It spun into the barrier and left the driver's side door firmly pinned into the wall. As my back was hurting it was decided to cut off the roof and lift me out the car.

Although the car has now been retired I am absolutely fine, if a bit sore and stiff, and I will be back racing with a new vehicle as soon as I can.


Ålund's dominant start.
4th June: Swedish Pro Stock racer and multiple FIA European Champion Jimmy Ålund started the 2016 season with a bang as he dominated the qualifying sessions as well as the final eliminations and won the FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway, not only a classic place for drag racing but it one of the top-performing asphalt tracks in the world.

Jimmy had the quickest ETs and fastest speeds in all four qualifying sessions and marched through eliminations with Elapsed Times and speeds unmatched by the competition.

"Yes, it was a very good start", said Jimmy. "We won here a year ago, we're very happy about the relative performance and the consistency. We would have liked to gone into the 6.4 second range, the start line was excellent but downtrack was a little bit tricky".

In the final run against reigning champion Thomas Lindström, Jimmy put a 6.458 second run on the boards. Jimmy explained "There was a glitch with the timing over the first sixty feet. That number would have been 0.003 off of Jason Line's record in NHRA but not this time. We will eventually get there with the help of KB Racing who keeps providing us with the best engines in the sport".

The Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing Team got their main sponsor Summit Racing into the winners' circle once again, and Jimmy would like to express his gratitude to all of his sponsors: Viking Industrimålning, Exclusive Cars, Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, Tradepac, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, CFM, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuel, and X Parts.

The next event for the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing Team is the second race of the 2016 FIA Pro Stock Championship series, the Sweden Internationals at Tierp Arena in Sweden. Pro Stock qualifying starts on Friday morning, 17th June.


A close thing in Super Pro ET.
4th June: Our good buddy Markus Münch writes that the Super Pro ET Challenge is in full swing:

The Wide Open Spring Nationals in Rivanazzano in Italy featured a very healthy entry of twenty five teams. Italian, Swiss, German and French teams fought for the win of which thirteen are contesting the Challenge.


In the end Mike Bruckmüller took the win over fellow Swiss Nicole Rechsteiner. Robert Gassner and Max Longo were the other semi-finalists. The margin of victory in the final round was 0.012 seconds, a close one. It was a good event which had the MSTO Timing Crew under Jerry Lackey as timekeepers for the first time. The next race at Rivanazzano will be the legendary Hillsrace on the first weekend in September featuring drag racing, Harley meet and Air-cooled meet in a smooth late summer Italian atmosphere with live bands in the evening. The AMP do a great job putting on events.

Marc Henney collected points at the Main Event but went out in the first round so didn't collect many points. Mike Bruckmüller leads the Challenge followed by Nicole Rechsteiner, Robert Gassner and Florian Übel followed by fifteen other drivers. This weekend they are fighting for points in Bechyne, CZ.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support: MSTO, Schumann Motorsport, Beat Rechsteiner, Turboscheune.com, Ehrismann AG, Mike Bruckmüller-Team '74, Eisenhauer KFZ Service and Hillbilly Hellfire Racing.

Pictures courtesy and ©Roland Schenker


Web site updates.
4th June: Lorcan Parnell has been in touch to let us know that the official Blog of the Storm Funny Bike team has been updated with a report from the FIA / FIM Main Event. You can check it out at www.stormdragbike.co.uk.

The latest update to our good buddy Alan Currans' excellent Acceleration Archive is a gallery of Saturday's action from last weekend's Yanks Weekend / Gary's Picnic at Shakespeare County Raceway. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest updates via the What's New link at
www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with a gallery of shots from the Sunday of the recent Late Spring Madness Public Track Day at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can take a look at Mad's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.

Mike Collins tells us that the latest issue of American Autoparts news includes Ramblin' on FIA Top Fuel Dragster in 2015 and the last quarter-mile Top Fuel event at Santa Pod Raceway in 2011. You can take a look (PDF format) at www.americanautoparts.co.uk/pdf/news_june.pdf.


Cool it with VP.
4th June: Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels have introduced a new, improved formula for VP Cool Down, its popular coolant performance improver for high-performance radiator systems. Now included in VP's portfolio of VP Madditive performance chemicals, Cool Down decreases cylinder head temperatures up to 50°F!  

"Cool Down increases coolant flow for better heat transfer while lubricating all the vital components without the crystallization you find with other coolant additives" said Bruce Hendel, Director of Sales-Consumer Products. "It won't harm radiators or water pumps and it's approved by most race sanctioning bodies. Cool Down is safe for all radiator systems. It's ideal for racing, street, RV and tow vehicle applications, and like all VP's products it's formulated by the Mad Scientist with the same leading technology and passion for performance that we bring to our race fuels."

One 16 oz bottle of Cool Down treats cooling systems of 12-20 quarts. For systems over 20 quarts, one ounce of Cool Down is required for each additional quart. For straight water applications, an additional 50% more Cool Down is recommended while diesel applications require twice the normal amount. Treatments last for one year or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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Event entry update.
2nd June: Entry is still open for the UK National Drag Racing Championship rounds of 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike and the APIRA rounds of ET Bike / NAST and Supertwin Gas taking place at Shakespeare County Raceway's Street Drags Public Track Weekend on 11th-12th June. You can download the official entry forms from SCR's web site at
www.shakespearecountyraceway.com.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending Version 5 of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-26th June and which is a round of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship, UK National Drag Racing and ACU UK Drag Bike Championships, Volkswagen Drag Racing Club Championships and a demonstration round for Nostalgia Super Stock. Click here to check out the entry list or click on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Entry closes on Saturday (4th) after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms on the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.


FIA/FIM Main Event wrap-up.
2nd June: As Chairman of the FIA Stewards Group at the Main Event Phil Evans has been in touch to congratulate everybody connected with the race meeting for their hard work and expertise which produced a wonderful event that has given the 2016 Championships the best possible start. "Special mention should be made to the Medical and Emergency crews who handled several difficult situations with huge skill and dedication", says Phil. "Well done competitors, SPRC and SPR officials and all those people on the bank and in the grandstand who showed their appreciation of the great motor racing they witnessed."

Mark Cook-Abbott got in touch to say a big Thank You to all of the Junior teams who offered to help Thomas Cook-Abbott's Tominator Junior Dragster to get back on the track after the engine problem at Race, Rock'n'Ride. "A big Thank You to Lee Darby and to Mark Coulsell for the offer of engines, Ian Marshall and Martin Moor for the offer of a car to drive, and to Bob Wallace for putting an identical engine in the car on Tursday and Wednesday night to get the car to the start line on Friday", says Mark.

UK Pro Modified racer Mick Payne asked us say a big Thank You to Matt Wright of Eurodragster.com sponsor Wemoveyourcar.com for providing transport for his Camaro to the Main Event. "If anyone needs any vehicles moved then contact Matt for a professional and friendly approach for your individual needs", says Mick. "Thanks again to Matt and his team."

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

Thanks also to Andy Marrs for forwarding us a new table of European and UK Bests and Santa Pod Raceway track records including the European records set at the Main Event by Kevin Kent, Ian King and Steve Venables and the track records set by Jonny Lagg, Kevin Kent and Samu Kemppainen. You can take a look at the new records by clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

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

Chris Eyre has posted a gallery of Sunday's Main Event action on his Eurodragpics site at www.eurodragpics.com/galleries/2016/main-event. "I would like to thank all the Eurodragster.com staff for their hard work over the weekend (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed), and Santa Pod Raceway for the Web TV", says Colin.

Chris Eyre and Colin Donisthorpe were the first but many thanks to all those who got in touch to alert us to the illegal recording of our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast posted on YouTube - this despite the fact that the culprit must have clicked through the agreement not to do so to get to the webcast in the first place. Particularly galling were the facts that the clip posted was of Roger Johansson's crash and that the culprit claimed to have posted the clip to try to do some good for drag racing. That particular kleptomanic and mendacious tit-head's tail is now between his legs and we will not hesitate to pursue anyone else who steals our work.


Swift snippets.
2nd June: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Allard Chrysler Action Group member and Eurodragster.com Team Nutritionist Syd McDonald. Have a great day Syd and thanks again for all the delicious lunches and excellent company at the weekend.

Editor's note.
2nd June: After a couple of days' break we sat down to post today's news at lunchtime only to discover that we had no access to transfer files to the web server. Consequently we are now a day behind with our news updates; we will catch up tomorrow and Saturday so stay tuned for news from (in order of receipt) Paul Watson, Rod Harrison, Colin Millar and Eurodragster.com sponsor Urs Erbacher, more web site updates, and more. We still have room, though, so please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com.

FIA/FIM Main Event results.
31st May: Congratulations to the winners at the FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway:

FIA Top Fuel Dragster: Stig Neergaard 5.4298/127.00 def. Micke Kågered 7.8660/95.09
FIA Top Methanol Dragster: Jonny Lagg 5.4257/275.33 bye, Chris Polidano broke
FIA Pro Modified: Bruno Bader 5.9397/235.28 def. Micke Gullqvist 5.9649/245.07
FIA Pro Stock: Jimmy Ålund 6.4585*/213.07 def. Thomas Lindström 6.7210/193.67 DQ red light
European Nitro Funny Car Series: Kevin Kent 4.3432/278.49 def. Patrik Pers no time DQ

*Both the timing crew and Jimmy's team doubt this ET

FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike: Ian King 5.8931/239.95 bye, Rikard Gustafsson shut off
FIM Europe Supertwin: Samu Kemppainen 6.5875/220.04 def. Martijn de Haas 6.7981/210.12
FIM Europe Pro Stock Bike: Alex Hope 7.3042/166.08 def. Gert-Jan Laseur 7.3419/163.66
FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup: Steve Venables 7.0050/208.00 def. Rick Stubbins 7.1496/200.68

Comp Eliminator: Belinda Bull (7.53) 6.9771/193.84 def. Kev Perkins (8.00) 7.5247/181.24
Super Pro ET: Billy Gane (8.18) 8.2120/166.64 def. Ian Powell (7.99) 8.0439/166.01
Pro ET: Glenn Pallant (9.36) 10.8911/93.25 def. Gino Bernadine (9.44) 15.9659/58.12 DQ red light
Super Comp: Pete Creswell 9.0280/129.20 def. Paul Letchford 9.0730/147.61
Super Gas: Collin Morrice 9.9397/149.56 def. Stu Doignie 9.8731/156.68 breakout
Super Street: Leigh Morris 10.9480/117.65 def. Matt Seamarks 11.2132/121.57
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Jordan Payne (7.93) 7.9551/83.16 def. Ruaridh Hart (8.97) 8.9789/70.24
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Gary Gooding 7.6648/180.55 def. Matt Smith 10.5084/97.14

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

European Nitro Funny Car Series ET: 4.343 seconds, Kevin Kent
FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike speed: 239.95 mph, Ian King
FIM Europe Super Street Bike speed: 210.10 mph, Steve Venables

Congratulations also to Lucas Oil Juniot Dragster racer Harley Jay Darby and Super Pro ET racer Jack Brewster who won the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and the Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award in support of NSPCC respectively. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway in late June.

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


Swift snippets.
29th May: Congratulations to Laura Turburville, Carl Sim, John Parker, Anders Ahl, Jean Lane, Chris Connolly, Russ Weir, Wolfgang Windwarder, Tim Mugridge and Diana Macrae who each won a Lucas Oil team shirt and cap in our give-away. To those winners who have not already done so please check your mobile phones for details of where and when to pick up your prize.

A big Happy 70th Birthday to former Santa Pod Raceway Track Announcer John Price. Hope you have a great day John and we'll see you tomorrow.


Swift snippets.
27th May: 23:59 UK time tonight (Friday) is the deadline for our give-away of crew shirts and baseball caps from Les Downey of Eurodragster.com sponsor
Lucas Oil Products. If you will be at the FIA / FIM Main Event tomorrow or Sunday and fancy a punt then check out Monday's news update.

We were sorry to hear that UK Super Pro ET racer Martyn Jones has had to withdraw from the FIA / FIM Main Event as his truck broke down on the way to Santa Pod on Wednesday and it can't be it fixed in time to attend. "This is particularly hard on Crunch, considering the amount of work he's put in on both the race car and the truck since Easter", says Martyn, "and on my former crewman Ant Cook who did all the difficult work in swapping engines on the truck - essentially working seven days a week for the last three weeks. My heartfelt thanks to Crunch and to Ant for their efforts."


Smax does Kansas.
27th May: Ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith has been in touch with the second of two reports of his latest outings driving the Leverich family's Top Fueller in the NHRA Mello Yello series. This report is from the last weekend's race in Topeka:

Up at 4:00 am on Friday, Dan picked Jake and I up to meet Gary and drive to Detroit Airport. Unfortunately Aidan and Rooz couldn't make it so I was a little lost without them this weekend, but I needed to qualify to help Gary to get over not qualifying in Atlanta! Gary's dad Bob Leverich had driven the rig straight from Atlanta to Kansas and had the car teched for our arrival on Friday afternoon. We were parked by Luigi Novelli, a veteran racer who let us plug in our power cord as neither of our generators would start.

We got everything ready, I did the valves on one side. We decided to run to 330 feet on Friday night to make sure we didn't drop a cylinder. The conditions were awesome - Brittany ran 3.67 for a world record as did Matt Hagan 3.86/335! We did a strong burnout and launched with all eight header flames as high as the wing but only did a 0.960 sixty foot and only made 7300 rpm ! We realised our that our four-run blower was already worn so I ripped the blower apart and went over to Scott Palmers trailer to restrip it with his awesome crew guy Rick and the amazing Ashley, machined down the nilotron then Jake and I reassembled the blower in record time! Gary and Dan pulled the rack out and serviced all that as Jake redid the bottom end so I put in the clutch in that Bob had ready. I then redid all the valves and changed the bottom pulley. So we had a fresh blower and Scott Palmer gace us a pulley so spun 43% over for race day. Found a Hooters and met up with two English fans, Terry and his son Alvin who flew over to watch the race but spent nights sleeping in the car in Wal-Mart's car park to save money. Jake and I grabbed beer and met up at Scott Palmers pit - he had run a Personal Best of 3.87 - awesome job! Then we drove to a hole in the wall bar to meet up with bunch of racers - it was amazing to be partying with four other Top Fuel drivers.

Had a great night but now it was race day! We had Steve Torrence first round - no pressure there then! We went on stage for the driver introduction and got a great reception from the fans. Cruz Pedregon came over and said "Hi Smax!"... I didn't know he even knew my name (You should have said "And you are...?"- Ed). Del Worsham also came over and I had a quick chat with Matt Hagan. It was awesome meeting the stars of drag racing.

The car sounded amazing, hopped up, and we went to the line fully expecting our best run. I had been on my practice tree and was fully concentrated on the first round. I did a real strong burnout and backed up, then disaster! We dropped number two cylinder and fuel was sloshing out the pipe so we had no choice but to shut it off! I was gutted and whizzed my gloves into the air - damn!

It transpired that we had reused a set of spark plugs and I guess one failed. It's hard being low budget team but we went home in one piece and are nineteenth in the points! Antron Brown came over for a pic next to a sponsor decal on our car (the guys who got us plane tickets for Atlanta).

The journey back was drawn out: once we landed at Detroit the shift interlock bust in Gary's car, so we had to fix that then an hour's journey took three hours with traffic, then there was a then massive line-up at the Canadian border and they didn't like look of me so hauled us in for full search!. Home at 10:00 pm...

Our next race is at New England Dragway in two weeks. For more see leverichracing.com or the Ant Hill Mob Facebook page.


Beech sponsors Rat Trap 50th.
26th May: Hot on the heels of the announcement of the Rat Trap AA/Fuel Altered's 50th Anniversary world tour,
Beech Underwriting Agencies, Maidstone, Kent, England, has signed on as a corporate sponsor. Beech joins several other European companies including USAutomotive in helping fund this exciting venture.

"We actually began the Anniversary Tour with our land speed cars at the ECTA Ohio Mile event in Wilmington, Ohio", said team owner and principal driver Ron Hope. "However, the exciting news is that we are now going to Europe for three races. The first event at Santa Pod in England celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Pod. Then we go to Hockenheim, Germany for NitrOlympX, and then back to Santa Pod for the European Finals. Incidentally, Randy Bradford's Fiat-bodied AA/Fuel Altered will join Rat Trap on the tour."

The Rat Trap story begins in the mid-1960s with original builder Don Green, however, today's Rat Trap is a continuation of the car developed by chassis builder Dennis Watson in 1968. Unlike the early cars that were conventional in design, Watson's car was revolutionary with independent front suspension, a nitro-burning Chrysler Hemi, and a distinctly wild paint scheme. Rat Trap was one of the four cars that participated in the celebrated Fuel Altered Tours of 1970, '71 and '72. Running on 90% nitro, Hope's best performance to date is a 6.35 E.T., and a speed of 229.88 mph

Geoff Stilwell, Managing Director of Beech Underwriting Agencies, also serves on the board of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame said, "I've been a huge fan of drag racing for many years and having the opportunity to see Rat Trap perform at Santa Pod - our home strip that opened Easter 1966 - is a boyhood dream come true. And, to be able to help make that happen is a special privilege.

"Incidentally, Rat Trap will also be displayed at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala, 19th November 2016, at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London's Heathrow Airport, England."

The three currently scheduled European Rat Trap events are:
  • Dragstalgia: 15th-17th July, Santa Pod Raceway, England
  • NitrOlympX: 19th-21st August, Hockenheim, Germany
  • European Finals: 8th-11th September, Santa Pod Raceway, England
"This is a terrific opportunity to mark fifty years of success, and to give even more fans a chance to experience the excitement of a bad-to-the bone fuel-altered" added Ron. "Racing in front of the fans is what drives us to continue, and we're grateful to Geoff, Beech and all our sponsors for helping make this tour possible."


FIA/FIM Main Event Wednesday gallery.
25th May: To whet your Main Event appetite we have posted a gallery of pictures taken during a couple of hours wandering around Santa Pod Raceway this afternoon including an early piece of testing and a "Did you notice?" for the Pro Modified afficionados.

You can check out our FIA / FIM Main Event Wednesday gallery by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Automaxx Spring Edition cancelled.
25th May: Margot Schmidt has been in touch to let us know that this weekend's AutoMaxx Spring Edition at Drachten Drag Strip has been cancelled. Margot explains:

Yesterday we had discussions with Drachten City Council, partners and production companies. We visited the site with our crew to view the state of the venue. There has been a lot of rain in the Netherlands over the past few days; at the moment there are puddles everywhere and the ground has become soft. The city cannot cut the grass in its current state.

According to the weather forecasts the site gets two days to dry but lots of rain again at the weekend, 15 mm on Saturday and 90% chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. Looking at the state of the track and the weekend forecasts, we have been advised to cancel the event.

We are very disappointed as we have made all of our preparations and we were looking forward to a nice weekend at Drachten. But drag racing cannot take place in that kind of weather and we cannot offer our visitors the programme we have promised. So to avoid damage to your cars, motorcycles and the venue, we have decided to cancel the event for this weekend.

We are sorry to disappoint our visitors and participants who were looking forward to a nice race weekend.

Entry and racing tickets purchased via the ticket shop can be used at our event in France on 4th-5th June or the Quarter Mile Main Event at Drachten on 22nd-24th July. Of course, you may choose to have your ticket cost refunded to your bank account. If you would prefer to have your money reimbursed, please E-Mail us at info@402automotive.com.

Thank you for your understanding, and apologies for the inconvenience. We hope to see you and the sun at the next event.


Ålund aims for 10/14.
25th May: This upcoming weekend signals the beginning of Jimmy Ålund's fourteenth year of racing in the FIA European Pro Stock Championship.

The European Championship season starts with the FIA / FIM Main Event held at the historic Santa Pod Raceway in the United Kingdom, also the scene of the final race of the 2015 season in which Jimmy dominated by qualifying number one and winning the event. The mid-season was more troublesome and Jimmy finished the Championship in second place; less than one round win separated the top two teams after a whole season of racing.

"Pro Stock leaves no room for margins", says Jimmy. "We reset the European ET and speed records twice but that did not help. 2015 was a real tough season for the racers but an excellent show for the fans, and I expect this year to be even harder". Indeed, this season will feature three new teams in the class and others with new cars and engines. "The growth and quality of the class is impressive and we are as focused as ever", says Jimmy. The gauntlet has already been thrown down. Pre-season testing at Tierp Arena should have Jimmy's competitors on edge as he and his crew took the car down the track at a sub-European record ET of 6.48 seconds. 

Jimmy is running an engine out of the KB Racing shop this year, as has been the case for the last three seasons. "We are obviously very happy with the power they supply", he says. "Without KB Racing and the sponsorship of Summit Racing, we would not have won nine FIA Championships". Jimmy wants to express his gratitude to his sponsors Summit Racing, Viking Industrimålning, Exclusive Cars, Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, Tradepac, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, CFM, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuels, and X Parts.

The Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing Team is of course looking for a solid start to the Championship. "Yes, a win at Santa Pod would be great", says Jimmy, "especially as that would mean a follow up to Summit Racing's current success at the beginning of the 2016 NHRA season: eight events and eight wins for Summit Racing Team drivers Jason Line and Greg Anderson."

FIA / FIM Main Event qualifying commences this Saturday (28th).


Swift snippets.
25th May: Dutch Pro Modified racer David Vegter tells us that if you need energy during the FIA / FIM Main Event then his pit has copious supplies of Playboy Energy Drink for sale courtesy of his sponsor.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending Version 3 of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-26th June. You can check out the SPRC Summernationals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on 4th June after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Our good buddy Steve Moxley has again been hard at work flying the flag for drag racing with an APIRA Springspeed Nationals review and an FIA / FIM Main Event preview on the ACU web site at www.acu.org.uk and a Festival of Power review on the Eat My Ink web site at www.eatmyink.com.

As our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored FIA / FIM Main Event coverage is about to commence (see below), just a reminder that unless a standing agreement is already in place we take a dim view of the theft of our work be it report, result, pit note, picture, or screenshot or video grab of our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast. A polite request in advance usually results in a positive reply depending upon what it is you want to copy; no request at all or retrospective requests will result, at the least, in a demand for removal and possibly formal action up to and including sending Kirstie round. Sharing of links is of course fine.


With a little help from our friends...
25th May: Ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith has been in touch with the first of two reports of his latest outings driving the Leverich family's Top Fueller in the NHRA Mello Yello series. This report is from the Southern Nationals in Atlanta:

After a marathon thirty-hour drive to Charlotte and back tfor the Four Wides Aidan posted that we were looking for a sponsor to get us flights to Atlanta in exchange for televised advertising the car, and Lo and behold Active Collision of Timmings stepped in to help us big time. We got to Toronto on Thursday morning but missed the first flight of three to get us to Atlanta, so we sweet-talked Air Canada into giving us a direct flight to Atlanta which got us there even earlier than planned - even leaving at 2:00 pm so we could go to the bar for a swift half. We rented a car in Atlanta, got a room then went to track to see who was around, then met up with Dave Lindsay and Dave Richards nitro Funny Car crew at Applebees for late supper and pints!

Up early to meet Gary, Bob and Jake who drove the rig from Michigan and went over the car as usual. We got through tech OK and then found that we had issues with new carbon four-hole injector which we had just bought. Got that sorted and finally fired up and discovered another ignition issue, even though we had traded both of our 44 amp mags and got two good black mags off the ever-helpful Laganas! A couple of hours later tech said that the slicks which we got off Tim Wilkerson were illegal as of that race. I zoomed around to find tyres and our good friend Terry Macmillen gave us a pair of slicks with the required serial number. We thrashed to get them mounted and then JR Todd's team asked us to run brand new slicks on rims as they prefer tyres with one run to new tyres so we did! We decided not to run on Friday as only top the top twelve count and there were seventeen teams there. Got the car fired up and scared the fans with our nitro blast to seat the clutch and went out for food.

On to Saturday and as we had a poor timing signal on one mag, even though we purchased two good mags from Bobby Lagana, we took the coils and boxes to the MSD trailer and found a bad box so we put on the spare which they tested two weeks earlier only to find it wasn't any good! Damn! We had to tow down whilst Gary zoomed to buy new box and fitted it in lanes. Gary had put a little more fuel in and took six grammes off the clutch as the car was responding well to our changes, giving our best 1000 foot of 4.19 lifting early at Charlotte. We were quietly hoping for our first 4.0-second pass and were all taking bets on it. Aidan belted me in and made sure that the water was down then guided me to the burnout. Aidan did his usual perfect job of lining up the car and co-ordinating burnout and back-up while Rooz guided me back perfectly.

I mashed the throttle but it strangely dropped number eight cylinder and rattled a 4.4/270 being a thousand horsepwer down. We were sat at number seventeen and had two hours to get ready to beat Terry Haddock's bump spot of 4.17 - he was damaged and couldn't bump us back. Aidan thrashed and got his clutch done in record time as did Jake with bottom end  but we had torched a gasket and had minor head damage. Dan was doing both heads and now we had to sort another piston, head etc and time was getting tight! Karamesines wasn't running thr fourth session so TJ from his crew came to help Dan on the heads then Crazy Scott Palmer was over with all his guys then Jeff Diehl and his guy grabbed wrenches. Meanwhile I had snapped a chute line so Scott Palmer gave us a chute which I fitted while Gary was trying to findout why we didn't have power to the mags when he was programming the timing but realised that the Leahy shut-off system was disconnected while Scott from Pat Dakin's team was looking at our graphic editor! It was so amazing that everyone was pitching in including the famous Jimbo who is Haddock's Crew Chief.

We got everything done but unfortunately missed the call by ten minutes. What a bummer after all that! At least the car was ready for Kansas following week. Sunday was hot and we watched a great day's racing then Aidan, Rooz and I shot to Atlanta Airport to try to switch our flight to Sunday night but it wasn't happening. We decided to drive the rental car back to Canada but we went via Illinois as I had sold the motor from our Funny Car and so we went to look at a Funny Car operation there. We did a deal and drove home but it took thirty hours in total!

Stay tuned for Smax's report from Topeka.


Women invited to Main Event photo call.
24th May: Santa Pod Raceway's Commercial Manager Caroline Holden and Santa Pod Racers Club's International Race Director Carole Ismail have issued an invitation to all women involved in this weekend's FIA / FIM Main Event to take part in a photo call.

"The Motor Sports Association's MSA Magazine has decided to publish a substantial feature on women in drag racing", explains Caroline, "and we'd like every woman involved in the Main Event in whatever capacity to join us for a group photo to help to illustrate the article."

The feature has been inspired by the recent founding of Dare To Be Different, described as "A high-profile new initiative that will inspire, connect and celebrate women who work in every aspect of motor sport". The organisation was founded jointly by Susie Wolff, former DTM racer and Williams F1 test driver, and the MSA. To date, D2BD has orientated itself towards circuit racing, but that is now changing.

"In fact", says Caroline, "when we first met Dare To Be Different's staffers earlier this year and pointed out that women have achieved more success in drag racing than in all other motorsports combined, some of them hadn't even heard of drag racing. So we have a job of education to do and we are making headway already. This feature in MSA Magazine presents a great opportunity to advance our case, and a healthy turnout for the photo shoot will really help push the point home."

Carole proposes that the group photoshoot should take place on the start line at Santa Pod at 08:30 this Saturday (28th), weather permitting. All women involved in the Main Event are invited whether racers, officials, marshals, crew members, track staffers, press and media: the bigger the turnout, the greater the impact the picture will have. Listen out for further information on NitroFM.

Carole adds "All you lovely ladies, please come down and join us for a photo. Seriously, this show wouldn't go on without our input, so please help us show the rest of the motorsport world how drag racing really ticks. If you are female – any age, any nationality – and are involved in making the Main Event happen in any capacity put on your finery, your race suits, your team shirts, dress yourselves up, and be there! Saturday morning, 08:30, on the start line."


Gunnarsson sticks to Top Fuel.
24th May: Sweden's Stefan Gunnarsson is leaving his injected-nitro Top Methanol Dragster in the workshop for the foreseeable future. Tuner and longtime Eurodragster.com supporter Peter Lantz told Eurodragster.com that running both a Top Fuel Dragster and a Top Methanol Dragster was a crazy idea and that this season's goal is to get Stefan's Top Fueller into the threes - the sooner the better.

"We ran both cars at an event twice and it's definitely not an option I recommend", said Peter. "It was a stress test for all of us. There is a reason why there is a brains trust of two and sometimes three on a Top Fuel team, and tuning two cars alone was hard. It was hard too for Stefan driving. They are similar kinds of car but one goes all the way to the finish line. If I could turn back time then I would have talked Stefan into going Top Fuel straight away, but I didn't know what his passion for the Top Fuel car would be when he purchased the A/Fueller. The A/Fueller is not parked but we have no plan when we will race it again. It has been serviced and some stuff repaired, and it is more or less ready to run whenever we choose to do it. We still have gremlins to find, and we have unfinished business with that car, so we will try to run it sooner or later.

"Our main focus will be on the Top Fueller and I guess we have a big challenge running the one car. It has new style DSR cylinder heads, new rocker assembly, billet blower and billet manifold. We also put on a new injector etc, so the combination will more or less be new to us. We have also updated the clutch management, and added some clutches. The plan was to test at Tierp Arena but we didn't have all our ducks in a row at the time. Because of Stefan's busy schedule we will have no time to test at the Pod either, so we will need to jump right in during the heat of qualifying.

"Our parts supplier Michael Domagala of Premium Motorsports Products will be helping us out at the Main Event. Mike is well-known in Europe and he has tuned for Rune Fjeld Motorsport as well. He comes straight from Australia where they won the Top Fuel title with Mark Mariani. I need to step up my game and Mike will be the perfect person to keep me on the straight and narrow... it's very easy to go off track when you are working alone on these cars, although I get great help from all of my fellow team members.

"We plan to run at every round of the Championship but that might change depending upon how we get on in the points. Every team's biggest goal is to be Campionsin the end, and of course our team is no different. But we have to be realistic: we are racing against the top teams who are running very well and have done so for a while. So I see us as the underdog although hopefully a pit bull!

"Stefan has shown a great potential in his driving and it's the first time in a very long time that I have experienced that. He will be a winner sooner or later, but time will tell.

"We have added crew for this year who are new to Top Fuel but not to the sport. It was important to get crew who live closer to where Stefan lives, and two of the new members are from Linköping: Leif Pettersson, who had his own competition dragster for a long time, and Janne Wiberg who crewed on Micke Kågered's Top Methanol Funny Car. Also new to the team is Anders Ahl from Vanersborg who is making his first appearance in Top Fuel; he has already got nickname "Google" as he knows so much about the sport in the USA. The rest of the team are Peter Lagerstrand clutch, Mats Carlsson short block, Robin Lantz cylinder head, Andy Thungstrom cylinder head, Linus Lantz all round, and of course Stefan wife Maria Gunnarsson. So the team with all this new stuff and new people will be a nitro embryo at the Main Event."

Peter's son Robin is also planning to race an injected-nitro Top Methanol Dragster but Peter said that his car's début may be some way off yet if not that of the driver. "Robin's car has to be finished before it is ready to run, and the way the Championship calendar looks today we have no time to get it finished in time to run this year", he said. "All of our paid vacation from work is used up to run the Top Fueller and then work had to come first, that's the way it is. Hopefully we can get our funding together to use Stefan's car for licence passes later this summer, but time will tell."


Gulf Oil extend King Racing deal.
24th May: The Gulf Oil International Group has announced an extension to its agreement for multiple FIM European Top Fuel Bike Champions and record holders
King Racing to manage the operations of the Gulf Oil Top Fuel Motorcycle Dragracing team in 2016. In an exciting year for the group King Racing are joined by English Premier League Football Club Manchester United, World Superbike Team Milwaukee BMW, Indian Premier League Cricket team Rising Pune Supergiants and the WEC Gulf Racing Porsche GTE AM team in a formidable sporting line up of Gulf Oil International partners.

Team Principal Ian King said "All of us at King Racing are extremely pleased that Gulf Oil International has decided to extend their partnership with our team activities in 2016. We are very proud to carry the most iconic brand in motorsports history on our record breaking machine for a sixth consecutive season alongside Grand Prix Originals and all of our blue chip technical and service partners who have committed to help make this another record-breaking season."

The Gulf Oil Dragracing team will contest the FIM European Drag Bike Championship, have been invited to appear once again at the world's biggest and most diverse motorsport event the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and are planning an attempt to break an official FIM land speed record – news to follow.

If you wish to see the Gulf Oil Dragracing Top Fuel Bike run "Up The Hill" then tickets are running out fast. The event attracts over 100,000 spectators and is always sold out well in advance. Weekend and Saturday entry tickets now sold out and other days extremely limited and likely to sell out very soon. Click here to purchase tickets for the world's biggest and most diverse motorsport event. For a taste of the action you can see on track, check out the promotional video on YouTube which includes the Gulf Oil Top Fuel Bike leaving the start line.

The team's next event is at this week's opening round of the European Championships, the FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway in England. For more information on the team visit www.gulfoildragracing.com, @kingracing on Twitter, and the team's Facebook and YouTube pages. For more information on Gulf Oil International visit www.gulfoilltd.com.

The Gulf Oil – GPO Dragracing team uses and endorses exclusively Gulf Oil greases and lubricants in their history-making machine. The team is extremely proud to be supported by many leaders in their chosen markets in their endeavours to secure a tenth European Championship:

APE - The world's most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for drag bikes
Bell Helmets - The most iconic name in helmets, since 1954
Cometic Gaskets - The premier manufacturer of racing gaskets
Drift Innovation - Europe's leading source for action sports cameras
Gates - The world's most trusted name in drive belts, hoses and hydraulics
Goodridge - The original and the best in fluid transfer systems
Grand Prix Originals - The brand for drive and lifestyle, past and present
Graphite Additive Manufacturing - A leader in 3D printed technologies and rapid prototyping
Gulf Oil International - The world's most iconic brand in automotive fuels and lubricants
Hotrod Hangar– Home of the world renowned custom artist Knud Tiroch
Hyperpro - The leading producer of progressive suspension products for motor bikes
JE Pistons - The world's premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons
John and Dea Morgan Racing - The creators of the world's most advanced New Age Funny Bike
Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Inc -The highest quality valve train components on the market
King Racing - The most successful Top Fuel Bike team in European drag racing history
Mickey Thompson Tyres - Simply the best drag race tyres in the world
MRE - Leaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems
MTC Engineering - Manufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world
NitroShutter - Europe's leading drag racing photo-journalists
NCT Engineering - Manufacturer of the world's leading non contact torque sensors for motorsport
NGK Spark Plugs UK - The world's number one spark plug manufacturer
Pär Willen - Master webmeister and proprietor of HarleyDrags.com
Portable Shade - The best custom branded collapsible canopies available
Pro Alloy Motorsport - UK's leader in fabrication of alloy racing tanks, intercoolers and radiators
Puma Engineering - Manufacturers of the world's most powerful motorcycle engines
RSG Customize - The UK's most creative website designers and vinyl artists
Supertough - Custom cases and covers for the Film, TV, Music and Motorsports Industries
Spies Hecker - The world's leading supplier of paint for car, commercial and industrial finishing
Tryka LED - The UK's cutting edge LED lighting manufacturer
Van Es mobility - The leading manufacturer of telematic products for management of moving objects
Vanson Leathers - The most iconic brand in motorsport leather goods
Web Camshafts Inc - Simply the company for Top Fuel Bike camshafts
Worldwide Bearings - The world's leading supplier of ceramic bearings for racing
Zodiac - Europe's largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts


Team SDR double up.
24th May: German Sand Drags racer Sebastian Lindau has been in touch with an update from the workshops of the SDR Sand Drag Team, which includes news of a new bike and a second rider:

The off-season in Sand Drags is a bit longer and because of this we are still in the preparation phase for 2016. One big change is that SDR has a new bike in the stable. We purchased a Hayabusa last winter which is currently being built up. The Yamaha FZR which I raced for the last two seasons will stay in the team at least for this year and will be raced by a young and talented rider from Iceland named Hilmar Þór Magnusson. Hilmar comes from a motorsports family: his father Magnüs has raced his front-engined dragster for a long time and has been very successful in the premier Icelandic dragster class Opinn Flokkur. Hilmar himself has also a achieved a couple of successes and SDR look forward to having him in the team this year.

Sadly we will be not able to take part in the Icelandic Championship this year because the current flood of tourists has prevented us from booking a spot on the ferry. In February I tried to book for September and there was nothing available - that gives you an idea what is currently going on up there. Unfortunately that means that we will be on a very limited schedule with only one race this year, the Freeriders Offroad Drag Race in Switzerland on 16th-17th September. We will celebrate this as much as we can and everyone who is interested is invited to visit us in the pits and also to keep up to date via our new Facebook page.

I don't want to miss this opportunity to say a big Thank You to Rene Ehrismann of Switzerland's Drag Team Orangli. Because I started a new job my girlfriend and I moved to Switzerland last winter. Rene was extremely helpful throughout on many occasions. Without Rene and his numerous contacts I would still have no workshop, for example. A very helpful and friendly guy and I'm very pleased and proud to know him.


FIA/FIM Main Event Perfect Awards.
24th May: This weekend's FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2016 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £175 is on offer for perfect performance.

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

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals will be available from the Signing On office first thing on Thursday morning.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has been increased to £125 after it went unclaimed at the APIRA Springspeed Nationals. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend during qualifying or eliminations in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £150 for the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the SPRC Summernationals. The Perfect ET Award is presented by Derek and Fiona Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV in support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; you can donate to the NSPCC at www.nspcc.org.uk.

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


Lucas Oil Main Event give-away.
23rd May: Courtesy of Les Downey of Eurodragster.com sponsor Lucas Oil Products we have ten new Lucas Oil crew shirt and baseball cap sets to give away at this weekend's FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway.

We have two each of the Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL shirts to give away and each comes with a cap. The give-away is open to racers, fans, officials, everyone; the only condition of entry is that you are at Santa Pod Raceway on Saturday or Sunday to pick up your prize.

To be in with a chance of winning a shirt and cap all you have to do is to send the following details to contest@eurodragster.com:
  • Your name
  • Your shirt size
  • Your E-Mail address
  • Your mobile phone number
The rules of the give-away are:
  • One entry per E-Mail address
  • You must be attending the Saturday or the Sunday of this weekend's FIA / FIM Main Event
  • Entry closes at 23:59 UK time this Friday (27th)
We will be in touch with winners with details of where and how to pick up their prize. Good luck!


Promising starts in Supertwin.
23rd May: Pasi Uponen writes that three Supertwins contested the opening round of the Finnish National Series at Alastaro this past weekend:

Samu Kemppainen was testing his new shorter first gear and made three really good runs. 6.912/193.9 mph, 6.772/207 and 6.806/ 204.7 bode well for Santa Pod.

Vesa Lipponen ran his first ever six-second pass whilst testing his bike. Unfortunately the sprocket suffered some damage during the run and so that was his only pass of the weekend. However, he got a very promising time and excellent speed 6.930/224.7 mph.

The third bike in this group was run by Aku Lantto (left) who made licencing runs. First he performed a couple of burnouts and then he made a pretty good sixty foot run. He finished with a really nice eighth-mile pass. Aku's goal is to attend the race at Tierp Arena in June.


Olstad: Back at work.
23rd May: Norwegian Supertwin racer Hans Olav Olstad tells us that he had a busy off-season, but that none of it was down to his bike:

My partner Anne Marit was in hospital for two months undertaking cancer treatment, and but is healing well now (Great news, hope that continues, love and hugs - Ed). I have been off work with a back injury. In late January I was on a two-month training régime for my back, and right now I have been back at work for a month. I have prioritised my health by training at least three times a week and it is a lot better now.

Because of all this the bike has been on hold the whole winter. Mostly, we have replaced all the parts which were burned at Mosten last year. We are going to upgrade the fuel system, we are making a new camshaft, and we have interesting new exhaust pipes. We feel that he motor is working well after last year's struggle, but you know Nitromethane can do bad things to an engine now and then.

Our plan for this season is to contest both Championships, Nordic and European. The goal is of course to win, but I think that this will be a challenge. With Samu Kempainen and Per Bengtsson on an entry list it will always be a hard race to win. Martijn de Haas also seems to be very consistent, and if he shows the same consistency this season he will also be a hard nut to crack.

My sponsors for 2016 are ENI, Lena Anleggsservice, Hydroscand, GMS Bike Store, Knapphus Energy, Kulelagerhuset, DekkTeam, Tech-Con, GB-Tech and Billakkspesialisten. I have a few new team-members and some of the old crew continue to wrench as usual.

We are looking forward to racing at Santa Pod again. News and updates will be posted on Facebook at Olstad Racing.


Adding spice to Junior Dragster...
23rd May: UK Junior Dragster racer Ruaridh Hart is pleased to announce sponsorship from local Indian Restaurant Le Spice Merchant. The restaurant is also offering discount on sit-down meals and take-aways. Ruaridh's dad Ian Hart writes:


It has become a tradition for the Eliminator Junior drag racing team to visit our local curry house when returning from events. Le Spice Merchant in Wellingborough has also hosted many of our good friends from the world of racing including reigning FIA Pro Stock Champion Thomas Lindström and the Green Goblin Pro Mod team of Mats Eriksson. And now, Le Spice Merchant restaurant are taking the relationship further with an agreement to sponsor Ruaridh's Junior Dragster for this weekend's Main Event.

"After Ruaridh won at Big Bang in April, I discussed some sponsorship for the car with the team, and we have come to an arrangement for the Main Event", says Imran of Le Spice Merchant. "I am really looking forward to visiting Santa Pod for the first time and to see the cars and bikes that I have heard about and also to support Ruaridh. It will be a thrill to see the restaurant name on the side of the car, and maybe it can win again with our help."

Le Spice Merchant is the number one restaurant in Wellingborough as described by Trip Advisor. With each meal individually cooked by the passionate chefs, all nut free, and with a low carb and low calorie menu available, Le Spice Merchant deserves its reputation as number one Indian Restaurant in the area. As an additional part of the sponsorship, Le Spice Merchant will offer a discount to any racer or race fan who quote Eliminator Racing when ordering a take-away or restaurant meal either over the phone or in person.

Le Spice Merchant can be found at 1 Farm Road, Redhill Farm, Wellingborough NN8 4UF, call 01933 679218, or visit www.lespicemerchant.co.uk.


FIA/FIM Main Event webcasts.
25th May: Attentive readers will know that broadcasts of this weekend's FIA / FIM Main Event will be provided firstly by Eurodragster.com's free Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam and then by Trakbak Racing / Track Group Europe's excellent free Web TV. Below is your cut-out-and-keep reminder for the schedule for the webcasts and Web TV:

Thursday 26th May
Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day
Eurodragster.com Webster Race
Engineering
/ Nimbus Motorsport webcam
 
Friday 27th May
FIA / FIM Main Event day 1
Eurodragster.com Webster Race
Engineering
/ Nimbus Motorsport webcam
 
Saturday 28th May
FIA / FIM Main Event day 2
Eurodragster.com Webster Race
Engineering
/ Nimbus Motorsport webcam
 
Sunday 29th May
FIA / FIM Main Event day 3
  Trakbak Racing / Track Group Europe Web TV
Monday 30th May
FIA / FIM Main Event day 4
  Trakbak Racing / Track Group Europe Web TV

Links to both webcasts as well as to live reports, pit notes, galleries, provisional running orders and entry list are available on our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored FIA / FIM Main Event coverage index which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Race, Rock'n'Ride galleries.
22nd May: Eurodragster.com spent the weekend at Santa Pod Raceway enjoying the first Race, Rock'n'Ride. Although the weather eventually won yesterday (Saturday) we had a full day's RWYB today including some racers taking the chance for some pre-FIA / FIM Main Event testing.

You can check out our
John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Race, Rock'n'Ride galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Swift snippets.
22nd May: Kev Charman asked us to wish a big Happy 17th Birthday to Jake Charman. Our pleasure Kev, have a great day Jake.

Event entry update.
21st May: Entry is still open for the UK National Drag Racing Championship rounds of 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike and the APIRA rounds of ET Bike / NAST and Supertwin Gas taking place at Shakespeare County Raceway's Street Drags Public Track Weekend on 11th-12th June. You can download the official entry forms from SCR's web site at
www.shakespearecountyraceway.com.

Margot Schmidt writes that Pro cars and bikes, Junior Dragsters and Junior Drag Bikes and Quads are invited to test free of charge at the Automaxx Spring Edition at Drachten Airfield next Friday-Sunday 29th-29th May. "Don't miss the opportunity to test your machine at the beginning of the season on a safe and fully-prepared track", says Margot. "All you need is a weekend entrance ticket which is €45 per person and which includes camping, showers, toilets, electricity etc. Entry is free for Junior participants. Tickets can be purchased at 402automotive.vstrs.nl/shop. To participate please sign up at www.automaxxspringedition.nl.

Chris Murty says that next weekend's Volkspower Powerfest at York Raceway offers four days of Volkswagen Festival with two days of drag racing and three nights of live music. "Gates open on Friday (27th) with camping and the first night of our live music", says Chris. "On Saturday we will have a static display by VW Clubs from the north of England, as well as live music though the day leading up to the evening. Sunday is the first day of non-stop drag racing action featuring Round 4 of American Super Stock, JDM-DRC, Pro FWD and NSCC. We will also have our first VW Run What You Brung to find a home for our £500 for the quickest VW. Amongst all that there is our Ultimate RWYB. Then once the final pass of the day is made it's time to party in the main marquee for our final night of live music. On Monday the track action continues with even more racing, our full schedule of: American Super Stock, JDM-DRC, Pro FWD, NSCC, Volks Stock, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Cup, RWYB and VW-RWYB - the final chance for the quickest VW to take home the £500 prize money. On the show field there will be a VW Show'n'Shine. There will be plenty of caterers and trade stands and shows put on by Julian Webb in the Split Second Jet Dragster, Steve Murty's Backdraft Wheelie Fire Truck, and the return of the hugely-entertaining internet sensation the Pat Van". More details at www.yorkraceway.org.uk.


A Picnic for the BHO slingshot.
21st May: Joe Bond says that the Bond, Hannis and Osborne team have been overwhelmed by the response since they débuted their new slingshot last year and that they are all set for this year's first outing:

We are very proud of the car, and we were very pleased to get to the NSRA Hot Rod Drags and leave the event with the first full run on the car, its first seven at 7.92/180.

At the end of last year, our beloved Nuthin' Fancy Topolino was sold to Richard Broms who drove all the way from Sweden to collect the car at Easter. I look forward to seeing him have a lot of fun with that car! 

The dragster's racing season starts with the Supercharged Outlaws at next weekend's Gary's Picnic / Yanks Weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway. We hope to continue baselining the car and creeping up on performance. This car is so different to the altered; both having four wheels is about the only comparison. We look forward to racing at Dragstalgia in the newly-formed Slingshot Showdown class (Yummy - Ed), hopefully the class has a strong turnout! 


We'll have our new T-Shirts for sale at all of the events which we attend. The white shirts are available for £10 in sizes S to XXL. We also have prints of a piece of artwork of the car produced by the legendary John Mitchell from California. These full-colour A3 prints will be for sale for £1 each. Come to see us in the pits and pick one up! 

Can I once again say a massive Thank You to Martyn Hannis, Doug Bond, Lawrence Osborne and all of the team for the work over the winter to get the whole operation ready to go once more. We are all looking forward to getting the season underway.

If you would like to follow us on Facebook then please Like us at www.facebook.com/teambho.


Swift snippets.
21st May: Michel Tooren and the Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team are ready to testing before the FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out the team's preview and workshop update (Dutch-language PDF) by clicking here.

Racer VIP deal closing soon.
20th May: Santa Pod Raceway's Commercial Manager Caroline Holden tells us that SPR's special deal for FIA / FIM Main Event VIP hospitality for racers' sponsors and supporters is closing soon, so she recommends booking your places:

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

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


Gullqvist: Bring it on!
20th May: 2015 FIA European Pro Modified Champion
Micke Gullqvist is almost ready to take on all comers in his title defence:

Looking back, we had a great season last year! After a rain-out at Tierp Arena in June and an extremely disappointing first round exit after a red light at Alastaro, we really could not afford to make any more mistakes for the rest of the season if we were to keep our Championship hopes alive. It worked out extremely well as we won the three last events back-to-back, which led to our fifth FIA European Pro Modified Championship.

A move to a new workshop over the winter took quite some time and effort and we could not start preparing for the 2016 season until late March of this year. However we have a performance benchmark from last year of setting Low ET at all events and having the current ET record at every track, so I think we have a pretty strong baseline to work from. We have made some minor changes to the car and we should not be too far from getting it working, but we need a couple of runs to tune it.

I predict that the competition this year will be tougher than ever with some teams stepping up their game and hiring tuners. They'll chase us hard for sure, but they'll have to fight hard for it and I'm really excited about the increased level of competition. Bring it on guys!

I also want to say thanks to some great companies who support us such as Lucas Oil, Stavdal, Kjelland, Aeromotive, AirMobile, Pampas Marina and Blenco Racing.

For more information, please check out mickegullqvist.com.


Crane's innovative ride.
20th May: UK Funny Bike racer Stuart Crane's new bike will be making its competitive début in FIM Europe Top Fuel Bike at next week's FIA / FIM Main Event. Stu says that the bike is the first of its kind in Europe:

The bike has been manufactured in its entirety by Warpspeed Racing and uses the latest technology in engine, chassis ,and electronics. It has a 14" rear rim with a 10.5 tyre and has a longer wheelbase than my previous bike. It also has fixed rear axle adjusters and runs a pre-tensioner on the chain for tension adjustment. I have attended one test session and made one pass so far, and on that first pass the bike went 7.9/172 which was a very promising result (and then some - Ed).

The whole team will be doing the full FIM Tour. I will be tuning the bike myself and I have two goals this season: to run a 0.9-second sixty foot time and to run quicker than the 6.89 which Chris Hall recorded on his bike . This would make me the most successful British rider in history using nitrous oxide.

Thanks to my great crew and also to my sponsors MPM Oil and Warpspeed Racing.


The Main Event, live.
20th May: There is a bumper entry list of Pro cars and bikes plus Sportsman classes and an action-packed off-track line up including the Red Arrows at next week's FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. Drag racing fans from all over the country and further afield will be making their way to Santa Pod next weekend but if you are unfortunately not able to come to see the action first hand then fear not. Trakbak Racing Ltd and Track Group Europe are pleased to announce there will once again be a free to watch Live Web Broadcast featuring multi-camera coverage from Sunday (29th) qualifying through to the eliminations and finals on Monday, and this year's production will be the best yet.

You will be able to view the Live Web Broadcast at www.santapod.co.uk/webtv where you can also set a reminder now, or follow Santa Pod on Livestream at www.livestream.com/SantaPod to get updates on all future live broadcasts.


Swift snippets.
20th May: Thursday's news item has been amended but Pro Modified and Pro Stock racers please note that scrutineering for your classes at next week's FIA / FIM Main Event will take place in the Parc Fermé building (to the left side of the tunnel through scrutineering, as viewed from the pits). The error in the original news item was your News Editor's and not SPRC's; apologies for the misunderstanding.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending Version 2 of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-26th June. You can check out the SPRC Summernationals entry list by clicking here. Entry closes on 4th June after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Further to the news item above, Eurodragster.com's Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam will be broadcasting next Thursday's (26th) Pro Peak Peformance Test and Tune Day and days one and two, Friday and Saturday, of the FIA / FIM Main Event. We will post a ready reckoner of who is broadcasting when early next week but our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored FIA / FIM Main Event coverage index, which you can check out by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page, already contains links both to our own webcast and the Trakbak Racing Ltd / Track Group Europe Web TV.

Les Downey of Eurodragster.com sponsor Lucas Oil Products passed on an interesting testament from a satisfied consumer. Mike Miller, an engine builder in southern California, dyno'd one of his customers' drag boat motors firstly with 5W30 Delo Chevron oil and then, after tuning and running in the engine at full power, Lucas Oil Racing 5W-30 Synthetic and promptly picked up twenty horsepower. The motor involved was a 583 ci inch Big Block Chevy sporting Brodix SR 20 cylinder heads and the test was carried out with the same oil levels and at the same oil temperatures. You can find out more about Lucas Oil Products on their web site at www.lucasoil.co.uk. Stay tuned for a Lucas Oil give-away in the run-up to the FIA / FIM Main Event.


European Top Gas Round 1 report.
20th May: Herman Jolink writes that the first Euro Serie Super Twin Top Gas round of 2016 took place over the eighth-mile at Malmö Raceway last weekend:

The track gave very good traction, prepared by the GB's Lee Child.

Friday evening qualifyng from took place in nice dry weather between 18:00 and 22:00. On Saturday afternoon there was some rain, but after 18:00 we had a good dry track, and the first elimination rounds took place in car and bike classes. Sweden's Rikard Gustafsson made some test runs on his new Top Fuel Bike, he rode it like he has been riding it for years. 1.077 seconds to sixty feet and a very quick 4.029/305 kmh over the eighth.

Super Twin Top Gas qualifying:
  1. Fredrik Schack DK on 2622 V-Twin 4.651/232 and 4.788 run (his best time is 4.594 at Malmo in 2015)
  2. Birch Anderssen DK on 2622 V-Twin. The team did a lot of work on the engine to get more power out it, 5.266/201 and a 5.338
  3. Bernd Foit D on 2750 V-Twin 5.623/194
  4. Jorg Lymant D on 1900 Blower V-Twin 6.304/173 with some adjustment problems but he found the right set-up for eliminations
  5. Anders Jensen DK on 2000 mechanical Turbo V-Twin 10.771/180 with clutch problems
Eliminations took place on Saturday evening and Sunday. It was a four-bike field and Anders Jensen was first alternate.

E1: Schack 5.254-222 beat Lymant 5.823/190, Schack had a broken tube on the wheelie and the bike was jumping but Schack was first to the stripe. In the final Schack 4.752/232 with a repaired wheelie bar beat Anderssen 5.521/189. RTs Schack 0.270, Anderssen 0.283.

Germany's Team Oakland Orange were planning to come to Malmö but overnight 17th-18th April they had a burglary, five bikes and the team's camper were taken. The bikes were John Hansen's 2400 V-Twin Top Gas Bike, two V-Rod Destroyers Drag Bikes and two road HD bikes.

Championship points:
  1. Fredrik Schack DK 605
  2. Birch Anderssen DK 470
  3. Bernd Foit D 360
  4. Jorg Lymant D 350
  5. Anders Jensen DK 340
The next rounds of Euro Serie Super Twin Top Gas are as follow. Six of the seven rounds count towards the Championship.

27th-29th May: Auto Maxx Spring Edition, Drachten NL
3rd-5th June: Grand Nationals, MSTO-Predators, Bechyne CZ
1st-3rd July: Main Event, DHRA, Drachten NL
22nd-24th July: The Main Event, Drachten NL
19th-21st August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheim NL
2nd-3rd September: Mosten Race Days and Top Gas Finals, Allingabro DK


Racers sought for Aston Martin Show.
19th May: Phil Cottingham writes that the
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame are looking for two race vehicles to make up a display at the prestigious Aston Martin show at Burghley House, near Stamford, on Sunday 3rd July.

"We are looking for two more cars or bikes to make up our three-vehicle display", says Phil. "Ideally we are looking for one nostalgia style and one modern style to showcase the sport. The actual show will have 400+ Aston Martins of all eras, trade stands, Red Arrows flypast and much more."

If you are interested in displaying your car or bike then please contact Phil at phil.cottingham@googlemail.com, call 01536 511123 during the day, or seek him out at mid-track VIP on the Friday of next week's FIA / FIM Main Event.


Mopar: The Next Generation.
19th May: After a turbulent off-season 2015 "Very humble" FIA European Pro Stock Champion Thomas Lindström and Team R/T are ready to head to England for what will be the first of a limited schedule of races in 2016. Thomas writes:

After our sponsor withdrew in favour of racing an operation of his own, we found ourselves facing a tough challenge as the heart of the car, some of the Hemi engines, were lost in the process. We have been working hard to raise funds to buy a new powerplant from Allen Johnsson to be able keep on racing in 2016, and we have managed to clinch some valuable sponsors for the European Mopar Pro Stock team. I can tell you all for sure that without our sponsors and their loyalty and the support they have given us we would not have been racing this year. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for believing in us DK Lyft & Transport, Verkstadspartner, Contractor Maskiner AB, Flinks Järn, Björnbers Åkeri, Wrapzone, R/T Bil and Maskin and Pro Tools. They stepped up their game and with their support we could finally close that engine deal with AJ.

At time of writing we have run one test session in Malmö and it went really well. 4.23 over the eighth on a pretty cold and tricky track certainly proved that we are still in business. As usual the team worked well together and it felt good to be back on track after a winter during which we almost had doubts about what we would be doing.

A lot of people wonder how we will handle Jimmy Ålund's run in testing at Tierp when he basically drove through the sound barrier with that blue car. Well, first of all I will welcome the newbies to the Pro Stock field. We have three new drivers in Pro Stock, a couple of new cars entering the field and two of them have as much horsepower as money can buy. So this season will be awesome in every way. It will be the toughest ever year for Pro Stock in Europe and there is going to be hard core racing at every track to get the points needed to be crowned 2016 Champion. So it's not only that blue Camaro we need to keep up with, but a new Camaro and a new Dodge which will make our lives hell on the track. But then we have the rest of the cars, and although some of them might not run any 6.5 times they are killers on the Tree and you can't count anyone out. They are all enemies of mine at the start line, enemies which every fast car needs to pass before winning bragging rights.


With that in mind let's look back at 2015. Ours was not the fastest car at all, we didn't qualify better than #2 and sometimes #3 or #4 or worse. But we won the Championship anyway: not because of engine power, not because others in the field where faster, but because we simply did it best all the way. In every round our heads were in an ice bucket to keep us cool. So let them all come with as much horsepower as they have money for, we will be ready and we will do what we do best: race on race day and keep everything together as we always have.

We have had the same team for seven years now and that is important. As I driver I am getting better on each run and it finally feels like I'm the one driving the car and not the other way around. But to finally come to that realisation takes a lot of seat time and it isn't something you can achieve with the turn of a hand. Driving and tuning a Pro Stock car is more than horsepower and cool stuff, it's much more complicated then that. I would say that it's 50-50 between track time and sitting at home doing the mathematics at the computer. Comparing graphs, finding the good stuff and the bad things which didn't work. Plainly, if you want to be on top in this game you need to do the homework before you go to school. And we did that 2015. We must have in a thousand hours going through the car between races and working with different theoretical scenarios with the Racepak graphs.

The car has been uppdated with new shocks and electronics and is ready to fight for a win at Santa Pod. We have a new look for the car, the trailer and the crew. The car has already been wrapped by Wrapzone, I have a new driving suit from Simpson and cool new shirts for the team will make us look even better than we usually do at the track.

But this year will be a little different for Team R/T... we will be expanding the team a little. My wife Nina and I are going to have a little one. We did plan for a birth after the season, but you all know me: when I need to be fast I go slow and when I need to keep cool I go fast, and this time I did it fast. The due date is 10th September, yes the date of the European Finals at Santa Pod. So sadly we will not come visiting you there this year and kick ass. But this is one of the biggest things which has happened in my life and i will be home taking care of my wife and my son. I will gladly replace the #1 on the car for this because I know I will take it back later.

And we have another fast guy in the team, even faster actually! Tony our chassis specialist will also have a little one, a baby girl, who will arrive during the race in Hockenheim so that is another race which we not will attend.

The outcome of all of this is that we will have more children than adults in the team, if you count Roffe and I children of course. So let us raise some Mopar family this year and breed the next generation of Pro Stock drivers and then we'll come back 2017 to take back that number one from whoever has it.

See you at the Main Event!

Pictures courtesy and ©Stefan Boman


Ernryd steps up.
19th May: Having been Team Manager for Team R/T for five years, Sweden's Stefan Ernryd is stepping up and driving his own Pro Stock, an Allen Johnson Dodge previously campaigned in the USA by Richie Stevens.

"After testing and gaining an NHRA licence we shipped the complete race-ready car to Sweden", Stefan told Eurodragster.com. We have done a few small jobs on it as well as rewrapping it in a new colour as well as the trailer I bought from Jonnie Lindberg.

"We tested at Tierp Arena and after struggling with some electrical problems we made a full run of 6.70 so we still have some work to do before we come to Santa Pod for the Main Event. The competition is tougher than ever with Jimmy Ålund making two 6.4-second runs at Tierp, Bengt Ljungdahl also ran a nice 6.52 at the same test. Our car will be in the same range, we just need to get more rounds and experience.

"My Crew Chief is Ulf Wagnhester who used to drive Pro Stock in the car which Simon Gustafsson drives now. My clutch guy is Jari Eerola who has been with me for several years with my previous Super Street Dart, he also worked on Bo Pettersson's Pro Stock team as clutch guy. Erik Almström works with the transmission and rear end, he has raced Street cars and worked in Pro Stock a few years ago. Pekka Lampinen is a true Mopar enthusiast and is our all-round guy.

"Our sponsors are Ernrydcars, my own company which celebrates thirty years in business this summer; Hansen Racing, the biggest parts supplier for US cars in Sweden which is also celebrating this year with fifty years in business; Navterra, a US / Swedish car export company located in Detroit, is also on board.

"We are aiming to contest the full season this year. It's going to be interesting and we are all excited!"


Ljungdahl means business.
19th May: Ian Hart writes that Sweden's Bengt Ljungdahl has made some considerable steps forward in his quest to run with the Pro Stock big boys during the 2016 FIA European Championship season:

The opening round of Pro Stock at the FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod will be the competitive début of Bengt's new wheels, a Gray Motorsports 2015 Camaro, in which Bengt has achieved a personal best of 6.517 at 210 mph. He ran 6.52 in testing at Tierp; when we consider that the European record is 6.498, set by Jimmy ålund in 2015 and backed up with a 6.50, it is easy to see that Bengt is taking things seriously this year and that the team really mean business.

"We know the car can run at the top", says Bengt, "so now it is up to us. We have a lot to learn to catch up to our competitors, but with hard work we are sure we can reach our goals."

The team consists of Bengt himself as owner and driver, whilst between rounds having responsibility for the engine and rear suspension crew. Christer Ilar works with the clutch and gearbox, whilst overseeing the whole operation is Crew Chief Markus Svensson who has Pro team experience on both sides of the Pond. Sponsorship is from Kinnan, Entrade, Safety Alarm, Varmt & Skönt, Däck Partner, and Lindgren Bil.


Swift snippets.
19th May: Santa Pod Raceway RWYB photographer Ian Blackett grabbed this awesome shot of Super Pro ET racer Mark Flavell all-wheels-off during pre-Main Event testing last Sunday. "It gives a whole new meaning to the term "Leaving the start line"... cleared for take-off comes to mind", says Flav. "With a new clutch on board Team MFR were testing some new ideas which clearly need further research but we had a good day out overall. We left a lot wiser and, as usual when you try new approaches, with more questions than answers."

German Super Street Bike racer Thomas Granica says that he and brother and tuner Peter will be trying to get the best out of a limited budget this season. "The bike is ready and we have two fresh motors", he says. "There is nothing new apart from a new turbo as the old one quit its job at the last race. The plan is to contest all races of the FIM European Super Street Bike Cup and we will again try to get in the money at every race and go as many rounds as possible. Tuning is Peter's job as he is the best to suit my crap riding!"

Good luck and stay safe to ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster Smax Smith who is again driving the Leverich Family's Top Fuel Dragster at this weekend's NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka, and to Jonnie Lindberg who is contesting this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Norwalk. Qualifying commences in Topeka tomorrow (Friday) and in Norwalk on Saturday; live updates will be posted on Smax's Facebook page at Ant Hill Mob Dragracing and the Lindberg Brothers' web site at www.lindbergbros.com. In both cases you will be able to find results on Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com.


Racepak, MSD trackside support 2016.
19th May: Remco Scheelings writes that with effect from next week's FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway, Racepak and MSD trackside support will be based in the Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified pit:

Eurodragster.com sponsor Post & Dros Racing Engines & Parts, based in Dronten, The Netherlands, are the European distributor for Racepak and MSD and many other major engine parts and motorsport suppliers. Almost two years ago Post & Dros, in the person of Dick Koster, introduced a trackside support service at FIA European Drag Racing Championship races.

From now on, Dick will work from the Pro Dutch Racing trailer in the Pro Modified pits. If team needs assistance or parts for Racepak, MSD and Clevite bearings then go to the bright yellow, blue and red Pro Dutch Racing trailer and you will find Dick there, or the team will know where he is.

As it is Michel Tooren's first season in Pro Modified, Pro Dutch Racing will not attend the Scandinavian races of the Championship so at those races Post & Dros will co-operate with their Racepak and MSD sub-dealers in Sweden and Finland. At Tierp Arena Dick will work from Mats Brag's pit area and at Alastaro Jari Soini's KLS Teknik trailer.


Super Pro ET Challenge is go!
19th May: Our good buddy Markus Münch writes that going into its ninth year the Super Pro ET Challenge has a bigger entry and a more international flavour than ever:

You must register before the season and then you simply race. Your best four results will be counted for the overall points. No more than than two results from a single race track are allowed for the overall points.

Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France are in the game. The first to collect points was Silvio Strauch who competed at Malmö this past weekend. Many others will follow this weekend at Rivanazzano Dragway in Italy and then next week there will be some drivers at the Main Event at the Pod. As you can see we are quite international.

The racers for 2016 are Enrico Bailo (IT – Team AMP), Fabio Cassinelli (IT-Atomic Orange), Simon Rudiferia (IT – Team Racepoint.it), Nicole Rechsteiner (CH-Fancy Fly), Alain Dürr (CH-Drag Racing Dürr), Oli Petzold (GER-Schumann Motorsport), Robert Gassner (GER), Fränky Richter (GER-Customizers East), Franz Aschbrenner (GER – Team Bavaria Customs), Stefan Eisenhauer (GER-Eisenhauer Racing), Mike Bruckmüller (CH-74 Racing), Florian Uebel (GER-Skull Racing), Jochen Beck (GER-Hillbilly Hellfire), Eric Angeloni (F), Marc Henney (GER-Ethanol Guzzler), Karl Heinz Kleider (GER-Team 69Time Racing), Frank Wambach (GER – Team GTÜ), Silvio Strauch (GER – Team Engineghost) and Walle Strobel (GER – Team Wasttuning).

Our sponsors for 2016 are MSTO, Schumann Motorsport, Beat Rechsteiner, Turboscheune.com, Ehrismann AG, Mike Bruckmüller-Team '74, Eisenhauer KFZ Service and Hillbilly Hellfire Racing.

You can stay informed with results, driver profiles and more at www.suproet.de.


FIA/FIM Main Event racer update.
18th May: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us details of the arrangements for next week's FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway:

Thursday 26th May
08:00 Gates open for the duration
10:00 Signing on opens (earlier for Pro Peak Performance Day participants)
12:00 Car scrutineering commences (NB Change from Final Instructions)
Pro car scrutineering order
Sportsman car scrutineering order
20:00 Signing On office closes

Friday 27th May
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Car scrutineering commences
Pro car scrutineering order
Sportsman car scrutineering order
09:00 Bike scrutineering commences
Pro bike scrutineering order
09:30 Track open for qualifying

Saturday 28th May
07:00 Signing On office opens
07:00 Scrutineering commences
Pro car scrutineering order
Pro bike scrutineering order
Sportsman car scrutineering order
09:30 Track open for qualifying and eliminations

Sunday 29th May
08:00 Signing On office opens
08:00 Scrutineering commences
Pro car scrutineering order
Pro bike scrutineering order
Sportsman car scrutineering order
09:30 Track open for qualifying and eliminations

Monday 30th May
09:30 Track open for eliminations

Pro Modified and Pro Stock racers please note that your cars will be scrutineered in the Parc Fermé building (to the left side of the scrutineering tunnel as viewed from the pits). This is to help to speed up the scrutineering process for both Pro and Sportsman cars.

Scrutineers have also asked that all racers remove their safety kit, helmet, leathers, firesuits etc from their bags and have them ready for inspection prior to entering the scrutineering building. This will again help to speed up the scrutineering process.

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

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

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


Swift snippets.
18th May: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "To the Frozen North came additions to the armoury". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.

Congratulations to Duck Team's Donald Pottier who clocked the first five-second quarter mile on French soil at Chambley last Wednesday. Donald's Armageddon Jet FC clocked 5.958 seconds in front of TV cameras from TF1 who will be screening the feat on Auto-Moto on 22nd May. You can read more (PDF format) by clicking here.


Event entry update.
17th May: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending Version 1 of the official entry list for the SPRC Summernationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 25th-26th June and which is a round of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship, UK National Drag Racing and ACU UK Drag Bike Championships, Volkswagen Drag Racing Club Championships and a demonstration round for Nostalgia Super Stock. You can check out the SPRC Summernationals entry list by
clicking here. Entry closes on 4th June after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms on the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway writes with a final call for racers entered for the FIA / FIM Main Event who wish to test at this weekend's Race, Rock & Ride. Racers are most welcome to attend and to take advantage of what will be a fully-prepped track but SPR request that any racers planning on attending this event and looking to set up their pits for the Main Event notify the track in advance so that pit space can be planned accordingly. Please contact either James at james@santapod.com or Darren Prentice at darren@santapod.com or call 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828). "If we don't know that you are coming then your pit bay will be used for something else!", says James.

So long as you are entered for the FIA / FIM Main Event then it is not too late to enter the Pro Peak Peformance Test and Tune Day at Santa Pod Raceway on Thursday of next week (26th), the day before the race proper. Entry is limited to maximise track time and the event offers a race-prepped track and full safety cover. A discount is available for early entry. For more information or to enter check out www.rwyb.com.


SPRC test class calls by smartphone.
17th May: SPRC International Race Director and Eurodragster.com sponsor Carole Ismail says that SPRC will be trialling call-outs by smartphone for some classes at the FIA / FIM Main Event:

This will be a trial for Sportsman classes and we would like as many racers as possible to take part. This is a beta test, so whilst we encourage you to download the app and to give us feedback during and after the weekend, you must not rely on it at this stage. Nor will we be doing so: a pit marshal will still call your class as well as the usual announcements by the track announcers and posts on Eurodragster.com.

The app required is called App.net and is available on both the App Store for iPhone and the Play Store for Android. All you need to do is to download it, follow the instructions to create an account, then search for and follow the SPRC channel. You will then start to receive notifications as messages are sent. We recommend that you download the app and follow the SPRC account prior to the event so that you start to receive notifications for the first round of qualifying.

The app relies on mobile network or wi-fi so you will need some kind of connection throughout the weekend for it to work.


Linn takes the TMFC tiller.
17th May: Bjørn Arild Sjøblom of Karlsen Racing writes that Arvid Grødem's Top Methanol Funny Car has a new owner:

The TMFC has been sold turnkey to Arvid's crew member Tore Karlsen. Tore's daughter Linn Engan Karlsen will drive the car. She ran 5.91 after only four passes when licencing at Gardermoen Raceway in 2013. Linn will drive at the reopening of Gardermoen Raceway in August but Tore hopes that the team can make more appearances in 2017.

All of the Westside Racing team will be on the crew of Karlsen Racing which is the team's new name.


Grounds for optimism.
16th May: After a 2015 season described as "Character-building" UK Pro Modified racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor
Andy Robinson and team had a lot with which to be satisfied at the Festival of Power. Luke Robinson writes:

In 2015 we had three major engine failures. However we made some real progress on the chassis side of the car, making runs from A to B consistently culminating in a win at the UK National Finals with every run on race day between 6.13 and 6.15. This gave us a real boost over the winter and we entered the 2016 season with an air of positivity.

Over the winter we decided to make some key changes to the chassis, most notably relocation of the fuel tank further forward to alter the balance of the car. We also constructed some new lightweight stainless steel headers and made some changes to the engine's oiling system in the quest to improve reliability. Work commitments and an unusually early Easter caused the planned modifications to rung late and we did not actually finish the car until late on Maundy Thursday evening, less than twelve hours before the first qualifying session at the Festival of Power.

We missed the first qualifying session due to some delays on the Friday morning but we were all set for the afternoon session. The car left the line reasonably well, if a bit sluggish, but by a thousand feet you could see the car nosing over. A flash of flame and the run was over. We had torched a head gasket due to low fuel pressure. We got the car back to the pits and started tearing it apart; we had very few spares with us but the motor was fixable so we got right to work. After a huge effort by the crew (and an 02:30 finish) the Camaro was ready to run again. The weather wasn't so co-operative on the Saturday but fortunately we did get another session of qualifying. Similar settings to the Friday netted us a soft 6.37 to take the #1 spot. At this point I should mention that the track conditions were outstanding for this time of year, a credit to the Santa Pod and SPRC crews, and we really underestimated how much grip was available.

The Sunday proved to be a tough test for all courtesy of the weather. We had a bye run in the first round but that was as far as eliminations went. We came away from the event with many positives: the chassis modifications had the desired effect and every run went from A to B, Dad commented that the car was the easiest it has ever been to drive. I was however a little disappointed as I felt that we could have gone much faster if we had pushed the car a bit more. I was certain the track would have held a low 6.2 or even a high 6.1.

For the Main Event the car is being fitted with a brand new BAE block with fresh rotating assembly, parts which didn't quite make it in time for Easter. We are aiming to test at the Peak Performance Day on the Thursday to try a few things with the driveline combination which, with the chassis modifications we have made, will improve our sixty foot times. I won't be happy unless we get back into the 0.98-0.97 range.

The Main Event field looks great with twenty two entries; if the top sixteen cars run close to their PB then we could see a bump spot in the 6.3 range, so we will have to work hard to be competitive. Our main focus right now is the prestigious MSA Championship but we love racing at the FIA rounds with our European friends and we hope to make one round in Europe later on this season.

Many thanks to our sponsors NGK Spark Plugs, Torco Oils, Nimbus Motorsports, BMRS Hose and Fittings, PAC Racing Springs, Aerocom, Aurora Bearing Company, Hoosier Tyre and Ringspann RCS. A big thank you also to our dedicated crew of Mark Balzaretti, Jerry Clayton, Ben Fisher, Nick and Jim Chandler (who were very much missed at the Festival of Power), Martin Dunks and Stefani Robinson. Without their help none of this would be possible.


Swift snippets.
16th May: Due to work and ill-health UK Super Comp racer Paul Watson has missed out on his plan to commit to the whole UK Championship in 2016 but he is all set for next week's FIA Main Event. "Hopefully we can showcase the car which is up for sale", says Grumps. "If anyone is interested them we would be happy to show them what goes in to running a Super Comp car in one of the toughest classes out there. The car is same as last year so we are hopeful that we have a competitive package again. If the car does not sell then we will run on an event-by-event basis."

On behalf of the team your News Editor spent yesterday at Santa Pod moving the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam control PC to a less harsh environment after some (expensive) problems at Big Bang. All looks good after initial testing; two Ordeals by Fireforce are scheduled for this weekend's Race, Rock'n'Ride which will make sure of it. A big thank you to Julian Parsons of Nitro FM and AMP Audio Solutions for giving up his day to do all the clever bits and to solve the problems.


Web site updates.
16th May: The latest update to our good buddy Alan Currans' excellent Acceleration Archive is a gallery of yesterday's action from Shakespeare County Raceway's Late Spring Track Madness Public Track Weekend. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest updates via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

The start line beckons...
15th May: UK Pro Modified racer Roger Moore had a successful end to 2015, finishing third in the MSA British Drag Racing Championship and reaching the final at the last two events. The team then regrouped over the winter as Roger's daughter and crew member Lucy Moore writes:

No major changes were planned for the car during the off season; all the annoying mandatory regulation changes are complete and a few little improvements were made here and there during the general rebuild. The main alteration for this season is the change from Venolia to JE Pistons with a new Total Seal ring package. This will hopefully improve the reliability of the pistons allowing for a more aggressive tune-up to help us to chase down the quickest UK-based Nitrous Pro Mod racer, Rick Garrett.

The plan for this season is to compete in all of the remaining MSA Pro Modified rounds and to make steady progress always with the same goal: to get to the end of the track quicker!

I'm especially looking forward to the race season this year as I have passed my seventeenth birthday so I will get the experience of being on the start line. Dad said that I can do the backing-up after the burnout, but I don't fancy falling over in front of a big European crowd so it may have to wait until I've had practice at a smaller meeting (You'll be fine, just go for it - Ed).

Hopefully less of the crew will be moving house, having children, getting knocked off bicycles and travelling overseas this year. The team would like to say Get Well Soon to our Northern crewman Chris who is struggling with ill-health (Seconded, Get Well Soon Chris - Ed). We would also like to say a huge Thank You to our sponsors for their continued support this year: Shakespeare Engineering, Generator Power Systems and Challenger Solutions.


Packing an extra bullet.
15th May: UK Pro Stock Bike racer Mark Smith says that he is going in to next week's FIA / FIM Main Event with two motors:

My bike has a new complete spare Warpspeed Racing engine which was built over the winter. It has been run up and all seems good. Warpspeed have also refreshed my 1755 cc motor and both now have new Warpspeed RPM-driven clutches. The bike itself has lost a bit of eight.

The team plan to contest three European rounds and ACU rounds for any testing we need to do. Our aim for this season is to try to go faster and to beat my PB but to keep it safe. The crew remains the same as it has been for six years. Crew Chief Kerry Smith, aka my wife, whose main job this season is to stop me making stupid decisions. Kerry now calls all the shots. Mark Green my crewman is up to speed with the new clutch set-up, I hope! We are all looking forward to a season with great things happening for us.

Sponsors this year are MPM Oil, Draper Tools, MDH Repair Centre, Greens Plumbing, TW Metals and of course support from Stuart Crane of Warpspeed Racing - without him I'd be nowhere. Thanks Crane. The team would like to thank Richard Stevens and Sam Stevens from MPM Oil for their continued support this season.


Swift snippets.
15th May: The post-APIRA Springspeed Nationals points standings in the ACU UK Drag Bike Championships are now available on the King Racing web site at www.kingracing.com.

We are very pleased to announce that Santa Pod Raceway CEO Keith Bartlett has kindly given us the go-ahead for a Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast of the pre-Main Event Peak Performance Day and the Friday and Saturday of the FIA / FIM Main Event. Per Thursday's Snippet the excellent Trakbak Racing / Track Group Europe free multi-camera HD Web TV will broadcast on the Sunday and Monday.


Racer VIP going fast.
15th May: Santa Pod Raceway's Commercial Manager Caroline Holden tells us that SPR's special deal for FIA / FIM Main Event VIP hospitality for racers' sponsors and supporters is proving popular, so she recommends booking your places soon:

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

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


Jäger to field own bike.
14th May: German Supertwin racer Christian Jäger has announced that he has formed his own team. Having previously ridden the Black Seven Supertwin Christian is now putting together a bike of his own. Markus Münch writes:

The team will be known as the NitroHunter. Most of the crew are well-known from working with Christian in the past. The Team Manager is Chris Sass from Hockenheim, a full-blooded motormaniac. The NitroHunter bike itself is under construction at the moment and will have its first outing in 2017 unless sponsorship can be found in which case things can probably be sped up so that the team can compete at their home race, the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim. If not this year then they will be ready to race in the big time with other European teams (and elsewhere) next season.


You can stay informed on the team's web site at www.nitrohunter.com. Social media will follow.

If the new bike is not ready for Hockenheim then Christian would not be shy about riding a Fuel bike or Funny Bike for another team so if you need a rider then you can contact Christian at jaeger@nitrohunter.com.


Fredlund set for title defence.
14th May: 2015 FIM European Pro Stock Bike Champion Fredrik Fredlund has been in touch with an update from the PAF.com-sponsored team:

We destroyed the engine in the final run at last year's European Finals so we needed to get a new one. Eddie Krawiec and the guys at Vance & Hines Motorsport helped us with a new engine with the latest tricks and bits. We have also made some more updates to the bike.

Our schedule for this year is to contest the FIM European Championship and we will also run one event at Tierp Arena in August. We aim to defend our Championship gold and also to try to go quicker and faster! We know that our competitors have stepped up and want to beat us, so we need stay sharp and smart and it won't be a walk in the park to stay at the top.

The team will be almost the same as last year. Brian Glaesner and I will tune the bike, Peter Janning Jensen and our new guy Lucas Ståhlman will be the mechanics and we have support from our US friend Gary Stoffer if we need help with tuning. My girlfriend and our excellent chef Jessica Karlsson Guligs will feed us and is my helping hand when its comes to keeping the team bus clean and ready for every race.

This would not be possible without our sponsors PAF.com, Ålands Färg & Tapet, Schakten AB, Rökeri Kiosken, Bärgarn AB, Ålcom, Bo-Bil AB, Budbilservice and Vance & Hines. Thank you all for your support!


Cancelled TMFC transforms to Altered.
14th May: Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed the disappearance of Top Methanol FC from the FIA / FIM Main Event entry list. Steph Milam's was the only name in TMFC but the class has now been removed from the event.

"We can't remember when Top Methanol Funny Cars last didn't run at the Pod, it has been so long", say Steph and Dave Milam. "But we have no one to race so our entry has been returned. Fear not, She Devil Racing has gone into Altered mode and will be out at Dragstalgia so we'll see you there.

"As for later in the year, we will have to wait and see."


Swift snippets.
14th May: Santa Pod Raceway are seeking photographs of Rico Anthes' Top Fuel Dragster blowover which occurred at the 1993 World Finals. If you have any pictures whether trackside or spectator-side which you would be willing to allow Santa Pod to use then in the first instance please drop a line to Eurodragster.com at editor@eurodragster.com.

Isaacs and Tramm: It's twins.
13th May: Spencer Tramm of the UK's Isaacs and Tramm Pro Modified team has been in touch with the happy news that their new set of twins arrived at 10:47 yesterday morning:

The team suffered an unfortunate setback at the Festival of Power when we managed to damage the impellers on both turbos. With the introduction of SFI turbos being mandatory from 2017, we had the dilemma of fixing our existing turbos or to saving up and buying new pieces which would likely set us out for the rest of the year.

We sent the old turbos to Scott at Owen Developments, whom we thank for taking the time to take them apart and evaluate the damage. However we came to the decision it wasn't worth repairing the turbos for five races.

Upon reading about our issues one of the first people who contacted me was Camp Stanley; his message was simply "Call me", which I duly did. Camp put me in touch with Roger Conley of Precision Turbo who upon hearing our story offered us an amazing deal. I have to thank Roger and his staff who have been amazing in getting everything in place and shipped in very short order to give us a shot at being at the FIA / FIM Main Event. I am very keen on making the Main Event because firstly we have never missed a meeting since we finished the car, and secondly we are the only turbo car entered in Pro Mod at the race and we can't have an FIA Pro Mod round with no turbo cars!

How was this all possible? Well, firstly we have some great sponsors and I have to thank both our main sponsor Direct Plastics for their ongoing support, and to introduce and thank our new sponsor as well as introducing new sponsor Oxberry who are #1 for support for Crestron products which control heating, lights, AV, security in homes, offices, hotels etc. Also joining the team is the Bradford Group, a Stafford-based group of accountants and business advisors. I also have to give a massive thank you to my parents Steve and Yvonne Tramm without whom we would be sitting out 2016 and planning for 2017 instead.

Now Chris, Jedd and Vince and the team are getting to work readying the car for the pre-Main Event Peak Performance Day. Watch this space...


Cannon's European return.
13th May: After a racing absence of three and a half years, on this side of the Pond at least, UK Supertwin racer Chris Hannam is looking forward to the European début of his new Hawaya Racing-built Top Fuel Harley at the FIA / FIM Main Event:

This bike was custom-built for me by Johnny Vickers to race in the USA, as we have our blown Top Fuel Twin in the UK. The new bike has the best of everything with a 196 ci / 3200 cc motor equipped with B&J two-speed and HRP clutch. The bike really is a work of art and has Cannon Motorsports input also. Its sister bike in the USA has run down to the low 6.2s and has many event wins under its belt.

As I said the original plan was to race this bike in the USA and our blown bike in the UK. However at the back end of last year our biggest customer made 260 people redundant and this made me reconsider my options as the team is solely funded by Cannon Engineering with a few associate sponsors. So we decided to bring the bike home, as the budget for racing had not been available due to purchase of a new Doosan DNM 650 milling machine for the workshop. Whilst this wasn't the plan, sometimes you cut your cloth according to the way things are and the workshop ultimately pays the bills so that has to be protected at all costs. I guess you could say the USA's loss is Europe's gain as we plan to run the full European Championship in what will be my last year in the seat ,so the pressure is on to run a six-second pass on a twin-cylinder bike and finish the re build on my blown-fuel twin which we hope to use in the Night Show at Hockenheim. Later in the year I will post more about next year's plans but I'm hoping that Neil Midgley will take over the ride of the blown bike; the Hawaya bike will either be sold or sent back to the USA.

So on to the Main Event we go, and I have to say that I'm looking forward to getting on track again with my European friends, in the hope that they can drag my performance back to the top of my game. We have raced in the USA but the only tests over here so far are the two Run What You Brungs we have attended at Santa Pod Raceway. So far the bike is reacting well to the changes and we are fitting a new Goodyear tyre in the hope that the stiffer side wall will better cope with my weight and keep me going straight down the track. Roll on the Main Event and more of this sunny weather!

I would also like to say a special Thank You to Les Downey and Tom Bogner of Lucas Oil Products for their continued support of my team. I met Tom when he was over at the Main Event many years ago. The Lucas product sorted out a big end bearing problem we had on the blown bike and since then we have had tremendous backing from Lucas Oil for the bikes and for my off-road race car. I have to say that I would buy Lucas products even if we did not have the support as they really are that good. We also have Portable Shade for the best race awnings and team shirts - Portable Shade are the company to get you covered; APE for the best aftermarket engine components, Hawaya Racing for tuning support of the bike; MRE for all things drag racing and trackside support; and finally Phat Wheels for changing all my tyres. If you have any damaged car or bike alloy wheels then Paul at Phat Wheels is your go-to man.


Swift snippets.
13th May: Swedish Pro Stock racer Michael Malmgren tells us that apart from new Penske rear shocks there is nothing new on his Pontiac GXP. "Bob Ingles is still working on the engine to get more power up high", says Michael. "We don't yet know if it will be ready for the Main Event but we will be there regardless, and we will be contesting all rounds of the Championship. We have a new crew member and we have already tested at Malmö with good results, so we are ready to challenge for a top three spot even though it is tougher than ever before with Bengt Ljungdahl and Stefan Ernryd buying cars turn-key from the USA. This is very good for the class of course but very tough for the competition as both have top-shelf stuff." 

2015 FIM Europe Supertwin Champion, The Netherlands' Martijn de Haas, says that he plans to defend his title with a full Tour this season and also to contest a race in Scandinavia if finances allow. "I have not made too many changes on the bike", Martijn told Eurodragster.com. "At the European Finals last year we broke the primary shaft in the gearbox so we changed that to a bigger, stronger piece. Our target this year to get in the 6.5s, we have fitted a braking chute as braking is getting more scary each time especially at Santa Pod. We have a new sponsor but we will update you later about that. We are looking forward to the Main Event and we will see you there."

With the FIA / FIM Main Event approaching Dutch Pro Stock Bike racer Gert-Jan Laseur says that his motor is still on the work bench. "We've got some faster heads from Star Racing and little more cam, and we have changed the exhaust again to improve flow", he says. "We hope to go 7.0 this year. We won't be testing, just full throttle at Santa Pod. We still have Eurol Oil as our main sponsor together with Zodiac International, Jongerius Amersfoort and of course Laseur Motors."

Good luck and stay safe to ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster Smax Smith who is again driving the Leverich Family's Top Fuel Dragster at this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta. "A few upgrades and changes on the car should hopefully get this thing quicker!", says Aidan Heatley-Smith. "Lots of live videos and updates will be posted on our Facebook page at Ant Hill Mob Dragracing". Qualifying commences today and as well as the Facebook updates you will be able to stay in touch with Smax's progress on Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Dick Koster of Eurodragster.com sponsor Post en Dros. Have a great day Dick.


Shakey Spring Madness.
13th May: Now that Spring has finally sprung it's time for this weekend's Shakespeare County Raceway Late Spring Madness Public Track Weekend, writes Jerry Cookson:

In addition to the usual Run What You Brung for all models of cars and motorcycles, the latest round of the Bracket Gamblers on Sunday is another chance for drivers to spin the dice and win some money! The Honda Drag Series, backed this year by Krystal Kleen Detailing, gets under way with Round 1. The VW Eliminator also gets into gear on both days and if you like your nostalgia then it's the opening round of the Wild Bunch Series and Round 3 of the Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge.

Along with an eclectic mix of cars and bikes all looking to outdo each other on the quarter mile in RWYB all roads this weekend should lead to Shakespeare County Raceway. The track opens at 10:00. If you're taking part don't forget your driving licence and crash helmet. Full details can be found at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com or the Raceway's Facebook Group page.


Swift snippets.
12th May: Chris Murty tells us that
York Raceway will be putting up £500 for the quickest pass at the Volkspower Powerfest VW Festival on 29th-30th May. "The VW racing scene is hugely diverse, with the retro air-cooled engines being as just as quick as their modern water-cooled counterparts", says Chris. "We have decided to put up the prize money in celebration of the scene and it will be awarded to the quickest pass of the weekend by anything VW or VW-powered including dragsters and fibreglass replicas. The money is also open to anything else with in the VW Audi Group umbrella."

Finnish Top Fuel Dragster racer Anita Mäkelä says that it is business as usual in 2016. "There are no major changes to the team or car", she says. "Dom Lagana and Jake Sanders will be with us at the Main Event - Jake worked with us at Alastaro last year. We have been updating bits and pieces but our combination works well. We will arrive at Santa Pod on the Wednesday before the Main Event and we hope to make some test runs on Thursday. I know the other guys in the class have got a lot of good parts and I'm sure that there will be more racers in the threes. But we are ready, too. I have a good crew and a good car, what more could a woman hope for!"

Fellow Finn, Supertwin racer Samu Kemppainen says that he has not made any major changes to his six-second bike over the off-season just basic maintenance, pistons, con rods, bearings etc. "We have a pretty hectic schedule this year", says Samu. "I'm planning to do contest both the FIM European Championship plus the EDRS Pro Series and three events at Alastaro where we will race for the first time this year on the weekend before the Main Event. My goal this year is to run a new PB in the 6.4s, anything else will just be a bonus! Mika Sjöstedt remains as my Crew Chief and the team is the same as it has been since I started to race in 2008."

We are currently collecting and collating more FIA / FIM Main Event previews and will run them very shortly including quite possibly the most detailed and informative Fuel news item ever written. Thanks very much to those teams who have already submitted pieces, and to everyone else in any class Pro or Sportsman we say that we have plenty of room for more. Send your Main Event previews to news@eurodragster.com and we'll do the rest.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding another slightly tweaked final version of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM Main Event. You can spot the difference by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about FIA / FIM Main Event entry then please contact Ian Marshall by E-Mail at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).

Darren Prentice writes that Santa Pod Raceway are pleased to announce that the Pod Shop has been re-stocked with the ever-popular VP Racing Fuels jugs including new styles and colours V-Twin and pink. "Get your VP Racing Fuel Jug in your choice of colours while stocks last", says Darren. "Colours available are pink, V-Twin, purple, green, red, blue, white, orange and black. All jugs come with a filling hose included in the price of £34.99". Jugs can be collected at the FIA / FIM Main Event; to reserve yours please contact Darren at darren@santapod.com.

If you can't make the FIA Main Event (If not then why not - Ed) then a reminder that Trakbak Racing and Track Group Europe will again be broadcasting their awesome free-to-air, High Def, multi-camera Web TV on the Sunday and Monday of the race. You can set your Sunday-Monday bookmark now at www.santapod.co.uk/webtv.php; we will confirm the plan for coverage of the Pro Peak Performance Day, Friday and Saturday as soon as it is settled but you can stay in touch with our own schedules by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Tierp Arena was open for Test and Tune this past weekend. Lena Perés writes that weather and track conditions could not have been better, the sun shone all weekend and the track preparation crew headed by Kalle Brinell did an excellent job. You can find out more about the weekend's events at Tierp Arena at www.dragracingeurope.eu.

One of the teams testing at Tierp Arena was Mats Eriksson's Green Goblin Pro Modified team who made a promising start with changes to gearing and other updates. You can find out more on the team's web site at www.meracing.com.

The UK's Barry Holland writes that he is trying to locate the Flying Dutchman Kawasaki Comp Bike which the team campaigned before its sale in 2001. If you have any information then please drop Barry a line at barry1903@hotmail.co.uk.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Matthew Wright of Eurodragster.com sponsors Wemoveyourcar.com and Wobblebox Motorhome and Caravan Hire. It's a special one (think Sportsman Tree); have a great day Matt.


Web site updates.
12th May: Allard Chrysler Action Group Chair Brian Taylor writes that the latest issue of ACAG Update covers the work carried out on Sydney Allard's dragster since December 2015. "We should be firing the car up later this month and hope to make appearances at Beaulieu (Hot Rod and Custom Show), Santa Pod Raceway (Dragstalgia and European Finals), Burghley (Aston Martin Owners) and the Brighton Speed Trials", says Brian. "Work on the dragster takes priority so everything is yet to be confirmed. I have used the front cover to pay tribute to Sydney Allard who died fifty years ago on the same weekend on which Santa Pod opened in 1966. I think it is important to remember the Father of British Drag Racing as we celebrate Santa Pod's fifty years (Damn straight - Ed)". You can catch up at www.drceurope.co.uk/acag/may2016.

The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with a gallery of shots from the Saturday of the recent APIRA Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can take a look at Mad's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Huxleys seek help I and II.
10th May: UK Pro ET racer Brian Huxley is seeking help locating one of the team's previous race cars, the '32 Ford Roadster which they campaigned for several years with not a small amount of success. Brian writes:

The car is now on the road having been extensively worked on, registration XEG 772X (we think) - we helped with the registration. Last heard of in the Surrey area (we think again). The guy sent us photos and a nice letter thanking us for our help but when we moved we lost all of his details. Please help us find her and her new owner. If you know anything then please E-Mail
econoline1@btinternet.com or call me on 07837 985973.

Brian and Lee are also seeking pistons to help repair damage suffered by the Dark Horse Mustang at the APIRA Springspeed Nationals. The pistons are SRP/JE P/N 240856. We know that Brian has at least £50 to front up for these pistons as he won the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award on the pass in question. If you can help then please contact Brian on the above address or phone number.


Fans to choose Havoc's rival.
10th May: James Forster has been in touch to let us know that Santa Pod Raceway are giving fans the chance to choose the opposition for the Havoc Fuel Altered at Dragstalgia which takes place at Santa Pod on 15th-17th July.

Regular readers will know that in one of the most logical, wished-for and popular moves in the history of UK drag racing Rob Loaring and Nick Davies of ICE Automotive are converting the previously blown-alcohol Havoc altered to blown-nitro in time to take on our US visitors Ron Hope in the Rat Trap and Randy Bradford in the Bradford's Topolino. Now you can decide which of our American friends is to get his arse kicked by face off against Nick in what will be one fantastic Transatlantic grudge match.

You can place your vote, Rat Trap or Bradford's Topolino, on Santa Pod's Facebook page by clicking here.

Staying with the subject of Santa Pod Raceway the Drag Racing Europe Blog has been updated with a 50th Anniversary interview with SPR CEO Keith Bartlett and Marketing Executive Caroline Holden, which you can check out by clicking here.


Crowded out of a grudge race.
10th May: Continuing the grudge match theme, Paul Marston tells us that his planned '94 Mustang v IS200 Lexus best-of-three with Gary Springford, scheduled for last Sunday at North Weald Drag Strip, did not take place due to the sheer popularity of the event which attracted a record attendance:

Sunday 8th May 2016 will probably go down in history as the busiest-ever event at North Weald. With a queue of three hundred cars at eight in the morning you can get the picture. Usually when you show up at North Weald at that time you expect to see maybe forty cars queueing but seeing three hundred tells you two things: firstly you will not be running on the drag strip today, as being that far back in the queue, all the spaces will be taken, and secondly that with such great weather yo may as well just enjoy a great day at the drags, which we did. It was just the Crewchief, Kingsize and I so we figured that was the best plan.

Everybody who is anybody was there as you would expect and a great day's racing was had by all in fantastic sunshine. Although the numbers were completely unexpected, the event ran very smoothly. I did get to run the Mustang in the Heads Up Street Car Eliminator and got down to the last four before being taken out by Chris Skinner of Taz Racing in his SBC-powered Fiat 500. The Shootout was won by George from Guinea Pig Racing with his Ford Zephyr running a big Small Block with a fogger. George ran 10.50, not bad for a proper street car on street tyres.

In the Quick 8 final UK Top Sportsman competitor Julian Davison in his Half Pint manually shifted gas-burning Rover V8 Ford Pop faced off against Kev Preston's SBC altered driven by his daughter Becca who put down a 9.80 to take the first title of the year. Well done to both teams.

The next event at North Weald will be on 5th June and we will be there competing in the Quick 8 Heads Up. If you are coming, make sure that you come early (Don't say it... don't say it... Editor's note to himself).


From asterisks to light-hunting.
9th May: Since the UK's Tom Margesson contested his first season in the SPRC Super Comp Championship driving Andy Williams'
WildChild dragster there has been an off-season, a rebuild, the Festival of Power and the APIRA Springspeed Nationals. Tom got in touch to bring us up to date with events in the WildChild pit since a LB3A against Richie Webb at last year's UK National Finals:

The end of 2015 was not ideal - one day I will take a win against Richie, ha! The car was packed away with a good idea of what we wanted to do next. Some life bits and pieces got in the way of my getting down to Andy and Maggie's place in Westbury on Severn, but once I finally did got there the list was written on the white board and we started to tick off the jobs. New brake pads and fluid as brakes were getting used a bit more with the new gearing and faster top end; compression checked out OK; then we dropped the sump to double-check the correct oil capacity. There was still a question mark over what was causing the oil smoke. Then the awkward silence...

Me: Andy, look at this
Andy: What's that?
Me: I know exactly what that is, it's part of an oil scraper ring
Andy and Tom in unison: ****, ****, ****

A lot of the off season had passed, the Festival of Power was getting closer, and the motor was about to get less and less complete! Once the motor was stripped we called Super Comp racer (he'll be back ) Zane Llewellyn at Zannetec and sent all the important components to him. We told Zane when we needed the bottom end back, and give Zane his due he got it done and sorted for us with no problems. Cheers Zane! In fact at the APIRA Trophy Presentation the bottom end had just been picked up and was still in the boot!

Andy and Maggie's son's stag do took one out weekend for getting the motor in and running so a deadline was set. Bearing in mind it's a 260-mile round trip from where I live to Andy's place it's not as easy as popping over for a hour to get something done, but now it seems a simple journey as regular weekend visits were the only way. That deadline came and went and the engine was in but not running, and by now my name was on the Festival of Power entry list - you know us, the glass is three-quarters full, still positive thoughts. Another visit and a few hours later, a few tweaks, it fired up sounded strong. That's it, all systems go, car back in the trailer until the Test Day.

Once set up at the Test Day there was lots of head scratching and timing light swapping, MSD plug ins, questions asked to other racers etc and we came to the conclusion that the MSD wasn't working correctly and we couldn't change it on the laptop. The motor ran, but not with the timing we wanted. By the time this was all figured out the Test Day was done due to rain.

Qualifying began the next day and I was ready for the buzz of driving again! We were expecting a break out but not as much as it did so that was pretty funny really, in the grand scheme of things! But it got down the track and all that effort seemed worth it. On the Friday night qualifier something didn't seem right in the shutdown area, had a quick check out and couldn't see anything obvious but here was definitly something which sounded strange. Fired up and moved off towards the pits but had to kill it and start pushing along with Paul  'Dave' Hudson's Camaro which also had issues, in fact very similar. Thanks for the extra shoves which helped me get back to the pits.

When I got back we confirmed that a cylinder was definitely down. The glass three-quarters full team said this isn't the end of our weekend and we will fix it! In the end we found a fault with a rocker which meant having the top end valvetrain apart, checked and reassembled thus missing a qualifier on Saturday morning. The next run was going to be a race.

I was up against Pete Cresswell whose car can run 8.90 and who can pull a good light! Having said that, I knew that the dragster could win a race like this - the question is whether the pilot can pull a green light which is also good, it's possible! Unfortunately for me Pete took the win this time round as I had a bit of a rubbish light (green though, last year a lot of reds), however it was a strong run for the motor. The new thing for me was something which Stuart Doignie suggested was to try to see the win light after the finish line. I knew that the left-hand win light wasn't working at the time so I had to glance across and, sure enough, Pete's win light was on... looking brighter than normal because it wasn't mine! I was cursing myself but well done Pete and team. After that, unfortunately for the other guys, the weather didn't allow the race to continue.

On to the APIRA Springspeed Nationals, five Super Comp cars entered but only four qualifying as Jon Morton was suffering some problems. Although short on crew we managed a 9.00 putting Andy in #2, Paul Brown's 8.90 was #1 with Paul Hudson #3 and Conrad Stenley # 4 with a breakout. Race day and it was Andy and Conrad.

Talking to Andy before the race I could tell he was looking forward to racing Conrad; two dragsters and two different styles of racing. Happy days! Andy took the win this time round by getting Conrad on the Tree. But sadly again the event was rained off so Andy didn't get to race Paul Brown in the shorty. But overall a trouble-free second meeting.

Regrettably I have not entered the Main Event and it sucks big time, really big time! But finances play a big role in this sport and this time they were just not there! So whilst having some time off we are going to make a few changes to the car, one being a larger deflector plate between engine and driver. But I think shall pop up to the Main Event, good luck and stay safe everyone!

Thanks to everyone who helped at Easter... Paul Hudson, whom we know as 'Yorkshire Dave' conveniently not from Yorkshire nor called Dave but he was a lot of help even when having trouble of his own. He's not a internet man as yet so won't even see this (The trick would be to slag him off and then people would be very generous about showing him - Ed)! Also to all the others who helped out. From me thanks to the crew, you know who you are, for giving me the opportunity of running WildChild again. Hopefully we will be back out later in the year, meanwhile check out our Facebook page for more updates.


Wheeler joins BDRHoF Board.
9th May: Former Junior Dragster team principal and Europcar UK Group Business Services Director Andy Wheeler has joined the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Management Board as Social Media Director.

Andy has over twenty years' experience in the highly competitive global car rental industry. He ran a multi-car Junior Dragster team with daughters Paige and Belle from 2009 to 2015. The team raced in the US and attended events at several venues including the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Gainesville Raceway, Bristol Dragway and The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. During their time in the US Andy, Paige and Belle met and networked with many stars of the sport including Melanie Troxel whose team at the time, R2B2 Racing, recruited Paige as her Junior Dragster team-mate.

In 2013 Andy played a key role in helping to launch the Junior Drag Racing Fun Day at Santa Pod. This event, held in August when all schools are on holiday, incorporates a day's racing with charity fund-raising and free entry for spectators. The Fun Day is an important part of promoting Junior Drag Racing and the sport in general. Santa Pod Raceway have announced that their charity partner for 2016 is Harry's Rainbow which is committed to supporting bereaved children and their families in the Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

Andy Wheeler said "I am excited to be joining British Drag Racing Hall of Fame management board and to develop my involvement with the sport from what I experienced in six years of running a Junior Dragster team. Our experience as a team with social media has enabled us to utilise it to the best interests of promoting the sport and I hope this can bring an added dimension to the BDRHoF."

BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury said "We are really gathering some fabulous expertise on the Management Board now and I am so pleased that Andy has agreed to join us. With the plans for the Awards Gala Dinner and associated events now proceeding at some pace we will need plenty of hands to ensure everything runs smoothly for those attending. We already announced many great personalities from the world of drag racing who are attending and when everyone hears about the others they will be amazed. Watch this space but make sure you book your tickets."

Current Management Board Members of the BDRHoF are Stu Bradbury (Chair), Bev Bradbury, Guy Loveridge, Phil Cottingham, Phil Evans, Simon Groves, Robin Jackson, Geoff Stillwell and Rob Ward. Brian Taylor acts as General Advisor and Julian Parsons as Gala Audio Visual Advisor. Selection Board members are Stu Bradbury (Chair), Keith Bartlett, Graham Beckwith, Jeremy Cookson, Phil Cottingham, Phil Evans, Robin Jackson, Keith Lee, Ian Marshall, Ian Messenger, Darren Prentice, and Andy Rogers (aka Tog). Keith Lee and Nick Pettitt act as Drag Racing History Consultants.

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


Main Event racer VIP offer.
7th May: Nicola Hart writes that Santa Pod Raceway are again offering racers a special deal for VIP hospitality for their sponsors and supporters at the FIA / FIM Main Event on 27th-30th May:

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

These VIP tickets are available for the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the event and go on sale this Monday (9th) on a first-come first-served basis. Adult tickets are £45 and child tickets £22.50. To book your tickets, or if you have any queries, then please call us on 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828). Tickets can be collected on arrival and proof of race entry must be provided.


Juniors to have Fun for Harry.
7th May: Donna Finnegan writes that Santa Pod Raceway's
Junior Drag Racing Fun Day returns for its fourth year on Wednesday 31st August.

As in previous years, Santa Pod is working in association with a children's charity as beneficiary of the Fun Day. For 2016, Santa Pod Raceway has chosen Harry's Rainbow which was set up following the unexpected death of Odette and Lee Mould's son Harry in March 2009. Odette and Lee found it very difficult to get bereavement help and support for Harry's twin Jessica, then five years old, and as a result set up the charity in October 2011. Harry's Rainbow is committed to supporting bereaved children and their families in the Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, and all voluntary donations received on the Fun Day will go towards funding this great cause.

For 2016 there is a sign-on fee of £20. Junior racers wishing to take part in the Junior Day will need to telephone the Santa Pod office to book their race voucher. Entry forms (PDF format) can be downloaded by clicking here. Forms submitted without payment will result in the racer not being entered for the event.

For more information about the Junior Fun Day, please visit www.santapod.co.uk/e_junior_day.php.


Swift snippets.
7th May: We were very sorry to hear of the death yesterday of Safety Group Sweden co-founder and top bloke Björn Eskelund (below left). Björn was highly competent, one of those guys who exuded quiet confidence, always a reassuring sight for racers and crew alike and very cheery and welcoming company when we met him around Europe. His passing is going to leave a void all around the track. Our deepest sympathies to Björn's family, friends and colleagues.


A big Well Done to SPR marshal Caroline Boncey and her goddaughter Chloe (above right) who raised just over £300 for the Hospice of St Francis in the Bubble Rush. As you can see Chloe and especially Oscar were thoroughly bubbled. "Thank you to everyone who sponsored us", says Oscar. "The money raised will go towards the Hospice to help out residents and their families."

Many thanks to our own Simon and to Yvonne Tramm for providing us with the post-APIRA Springspeed Nationals points standings in the UK National and APIRA Championships. You can check out the latest points on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding a slightly tweaked final version of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM Main Event. You can spot the difference by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about FIA / FIM Main Event entry then please contact Ian Marshall by E-Mail at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Hayley Fife of the UK's Wrathchild Wild Bunch team and to Lars Pettersson of the FIA Drag Racing Commission. Have a great day guys.


Ready to roar...
7th May: Allard Chrysler Action Group Chair Brian Taylor writes that more friends have come on board with support to restore Europe's first Dragster, Sydney Allard's 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu:

During a recent ACAG work session in the museum workshop the team removed the exhaust headers to check how much they had warped at the block end flanges. Both sides looked pretty bad. The headers were taken to Andy Robinson Race Cars for advice on building up the metal because there wasn't enough existing material to machine back the worst distortion. Andy's advice was to replace the flanges with stainless steel units.

Paul Garston at Whengparts.com came to the rescue and kindly donated two custom-made stainless steel exhaust flanges using the existing exhaust gaskets to locate the port openings. Whengparts, based in Derby, offer a range of parts and other items mostly hot rod-related and they know their stuff. When the replacement flanges returned they were welded to the chrome-plated headers using an alignment jig. After some work on opening up the retaining holes they fitted perfectly with the team replacing all header studs with those featuring an unthreaded portion of the shank in the centre. Fluid leakage via the header studs has been a problem with existing studs.

All of the fuel system hoses and components needed to be replaced in line with the decision to return the engine to its roots as a methanol burner. The team located a company to supply the period correct black fuel lines plus some other plumbing bits and pieces. That company was A1 Hydraulics based in Leicester (0116 276 1131), and drag racing enthusiast Guy Davenport gave us a very special deal. Guy has been very much involved in developing the Willys Wars event for Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway.

ACAG Chairman Brian Taylor says "We have to thank all the small specialist businesses who have helped during this restoration. Without their financial support and technical expertise it would not have been possible to see and hear the sound of Europe's first dragster. Our mantra is Treasuring the past by keeping it alive and lots of people have helped us in this quest and we thank them all. Their names are now on two pull-up banners displayed with the car."


Vegter's new sponsor, tuner.
6th May: Our good friend Remco Scheelings writes that a new and not-inappropriate name will be added to the sides of the Vegter Pro Mod Racing '67 Camaro as
PedalToTheMetal Musclecar Performance have joined David Vegter as his main sponsor for 2016. The Dutch team also have a new tuner this season.

The successful and fast-expanding company from Sneek can now be mentioned in the same breath as the at least as successful and fast Dutch Pro Modified team, front runners in the FIA European Drag Racing Championship.

The team have also announced that Adam Flamholc will be tuning the Camaro this season. David made his first test run of the season at Malmö Raceway last weekend and was the quickest and fastest combination of all teams attending the two day test.

PedalToTheMetal Musclecar Performance are an all-round Speed Shop specialising in classic American cars, trucks and bikes. PTTM buy and sell, repair, restore and paint, have numerous different parts including driveline components, and offer know-how of all American muscle car engines. It was only three years ago that the company moved to a new location in Joure, but as PTTM expanded so quickly they moved again in January to a much bigger and state-of-the-art shop in Sneek. In the new facility PTTM have their garage, body shop, restoration shop, parts store and showroom under one roof.

"PTTM's activities match perfectly with the Pro Modified class, the fastest doorslammers on earth and the class in which David Vegter is racing", said a spokesman for PTTM. "We have our own drag race team, but lack of time forced us to put racing activities on hold. By teaming up with Vegter Pro Mod Racing, PTTM stay in close contact with the world's fastest motorsport and its technology and know-how."

Main sponsor PTTM Musclecar Performance join Playboy Energy Drink, Sonic Equipment, WVB Holland and HKR Techniek whom Vegter Pro Mod Racing presented earlier this year as their 2016 partners. "I'm very happy with this package", said David. "I'm sure that it's going to be a great season and that all our sponsors will get plenty of exposure. I'm sorry that we had to part ways with Post en Dros Racing Engines and Parts, and I would like to thank them for our long and successful cooperation."

Vegter Pro Mod Racing have more breaking news as Adam Flamholc will be the team's tuner for this year. The Swede not only has a long track record as a driver, but also as a tuner. Last year Mats Eriksson and Thomas Stiefel both improved on their performance thanks to Adam's tuning advice and this year David will join the Swedish and Swiss racer. Their first on-track test at Malm&oum;l was a great success as in his single full pass David's elapsed time over the eighth was 3.978 seconds at 306.9 kmh which made the Dutchman the quickest and fastest racer of the weekend. "I'm very happy for the opportunity to work with Adam", said a very happy David. "This deal also makes it possible to have another, more powerful blower."

Vegter Pro Mod Racing will again contest the full FIA European Championship Tour in 2016. The first race of the championship will be at Santa Pod Raceway at the end of May, and with more than twenty cars already entered it looks like Pro Modified will again be the most competitive and spectacular category in the FIA European Drag Racing Championships.


Event entry update.
5th May: Shakespeare County Raceway's Jerry Cookson has been in touch to let us know that the official entry forms are now available for the Championship rounds of 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike (both UK National), Supertwin Gas and ET Bike / NAST  which take place at the Public Track Weekend / Street Drags on 11th-12th June. The entry forms can be downloaded from the track's web site at
www.shakespearecountyraceway.com. Jerry adds that racers are encouraged to pay their entry fee by Bacs rather than credit card or cheque, as this cuts down on administrative charges and time. Shakespeare County Raceway's account details can be found on the entry forms.

An invitation to test.
5th May: James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway writes that racers entered for the FIA / FIM Main Event who wish to test at Race, Rock & Ride on the preceding weekend (21st-22nd May) are most welcome to attend and to take advantage of what will be a fully-prepped track.

SPR do however request that any racers planning on attending this event and looking to set up their pits for the Main Event notify the track in advance so that pit space can be planned accordingly. Please contact either James at james@santapod.com or Darren Prentice at darren@santapod.com or call 01234 782828 (outside the UK +44 1234 782828).


Swift snippets.
5th May: Many thanks to Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe for forwarding us a combined and updated sheet of European and UK Bests. As well as the usual records, chronological records, closest races, best bump spots and more the sheet now also includes Santa Pod Raceway's track records with others to be added in future. To take a look click here or click on the European and UK bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Season-opening grudge match.
5th May: London's own drag strip at North Weald kicks off its 2016 season this Sunday (8th). Paul Marston writes that as well as the grass-roots RWYB for cars and bikes plus Quick 8 Eliminator, there is a grudge match to be settled:

In the red corner is Gary Springford of Drag Race Engineering with his unique IS200 Lexus into which Gary shoehorned a Lexus 400 motor - for which read 4.0 32V Toyota V8 - in place of the standard 2.0l straight six. Then he added a supercharger. Whilst Gary will freely admit that it's still a work in progress, this is one mean all Japanese machine.

I am in the blue corner, driving a Procharged 331 ci '94 Mustang, built in the States and then virtually imported as-is. This is the American muscle side.

Both of these cars are completely street-legal, taxed and MoT'd and can be (and are) used as daily drivers. Both cars will be driven to the track, none of this trailer nonsense, and will run on street tyres. Bets of three, the only limiting factor will be traction. It's gonna be loads of fun which is what drag racing is all about.

If you want to take part in the RWYB then gates open 08:30 and the maximum sign-on is 200, so arrive early because it will be busy! For more information on this and any North Weald event check out its official web site at www.maitlandracing.com.


Web site updates.
5th May: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr gallery with pictures from the Sunday of the Spring Madness Public Track Day at Shakespeare County Raceway which took place on 17th April and which featured the Supercharged Outlaws and the NSA. You can check out Mad's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.

Attention FIA Nitrous Pro Mod racers.
4th May: Geoff Martin who heads up the UK's Tech Team has been in touch with a reminder to Nitrous Pro Modified racers taking part in this year's FIA European Pro Modified Championship:

A reminder about a change to the Diaper regulations for 2016. SFI 7.1 Lower Engine Ballistic Restraints were not mandatory in 2015, but are mandatory in 2016. There is still time to comply before the Main Event.

If you have any queries then you can contact Geoff at
ukchassis2@btinternet.com.

Al Shammari: Main Event and more.
4th May: If you were tuned in to Eurodragster.com News on 29th April then you will have read that Kuwait's Hussain Al Shammari, who has raced in PDRA in the USA as well as the Arabian Drag Racing League winning events in Qatar and Bahrain, was set to join the Pro Modified entry at the FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway on 27th-30th May. Hussain has appeared on the final version of the entry list (see below) and he confirmed to Eurodragster.com that he will be driving Norbert Kuno's second blown-alcohol Avenger. Hussain plans to contest the whole FIA Tour.


Hussain raced a Ford Mustang in Outlaw 10.5 before moving to Pro Mod and campaigning a Nitrous-assisted 1970½ Camaro. He contested six events in PDRA as well as racing in the Arabian League. His best performance over the eighth is 3.80 seconds at 196 mph and he has so far clocked a best quarter mile of 6.05 seconds. His Camaro has run 5.8s over the quarter.

"I will be driving Norbert's blower car at Santa Pod but I plan to bring my own car to Europe", said Hussain. "Maybe my car will be at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim. I want to race for the Championship; my team will be coming with me and we will work as one team with Norbert's team.

"I would like to thank the FIA guys for the invitation to race, big thanks to Norbert and his team, to my own team for coming with me to race, and to the Basel Salem Al-Sabah Motor Racing Club in Kuwait for their help."


Holmberg to the rescue of Holmberg.
4th May: Swedish Pro Stock Bike rider Kenneth Holmberg had a choice to make after injuring his hand in a motorbike crash a few weeks before the season-opening FIA / FIM Main Event. Luckily Kenneth's expertise helped him to make the decision.

"This is not good timing", said Kenneth. "My hand is going to take eight weeks to heal so I would have to wear flexible plaster... or I could manufacture a plaster from carbon fibre!

"Events at Santa Pod are great and we don't want to miss the atmosphere and all of our fans in the UK. We will compete in all of the FIM rounds."


Three weeks to RV3's return.
4th May: Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that Andy Frost and his street-legal and five second-bound Red Victor 3 are on the official FIA / FIM Main Event entry list, Frosty's first appearance since September 2014:

There's a lot of water gone under the bridge since then, as anyone who follows us will know. And we certainly overcame all of that, with a fat middle finger to show everyone who was involved in those shenanigans. But I digress...

We are almost back with the help of the fantastic members of the Red Victor 5 Second Club, and a host of companies such as Lamude Racing Engines, Precision Turbo, Steve Morris Engines, Race Flow Development, Turbosmart UK, KA Sensors, Total Seal Piston Rings, Red Line Oils, Trackstuff UK, Turbowerx, Just Electrical Design, Fast Motorsports, Goodridge UK, Cam Auto Developments, Pro Torque Converters, Hard Knocks Speed Shop, Pro Alloy Motorsport, Powerlite, Diamond Pistons, Victory Performance, Wilson Manifolds, PE Composites, Radtec Radiators, Activ8, Braille Batteries, Plastics4Performance, Zircotec, Hutch Transmission Service, Cartek, Club Calibra, Protec Fuel Systems, Prestige Group, Precision Shaft Technologies, Manton Pushrods, Magnecor, C&C Engineering, and Intergalactic Custom Shop.

Obviously we'll not be in Pro Mod any more. Their rules, my car and I don't mix. So it will be Comp Eliminator for us, as all we want to do is go fast and keep the car safe! The car is currently at Pro Alloy Motorsport for some alli fabrication, and next will be Chris Isaacs Race Cars for baseline and final little jobs. Then back to RV HQ for final finish... it's going to get manic!

Thanks to the super crew of Jan Broersma, Gary Frost and Deb Frost for putting the basis of the car back together. From 21st May they will be joined by Mathias Sapa Edelsteen and the famous Shane T to finish and get it running again. There is a lot of work to do in the next three weeks, but we're confident it will all be done to make the Peak Performance Day on the day before the race.


Swift snippets.
4th May: Concluding the FIA / FIM Main Event news items, many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding the final version of the official entry list for the FIA / FIM Main Event. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about FIA / FIM Main Event entry then please contact Ian Marshall by E-Mail at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625).

Springspeed Nats rained out.
3rd May: After disrupting the event several times the weather finally won the weekend's APIRA Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. Yesterday's (Monday's) first rounds of eliminations and some second rounds had been run before rain set in early afternoon leaving race officials with no choice but to call the event.

Congratulations to Pro ET racer Brian Huxley who won the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award with a 0.000 Reaction Time in the first session of qualifying. The Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 for the FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway later this month. The Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award in support of the
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children again went unclaimed and will be increased to a hefty £125 for the FIA / FIM Main Event.

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


NHRA's happiest loser.
1st May: Although ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith now lives in Canada, he still thinks of himself as English so going NHRA racing at Charlotte on the only four-wide Top Fuel track felt as big as it could get for an underdog from Lancashire:

My boys Aidan and Ronan and friend Jake set off on the fourteen-hour trip in Ronans less than glamorous CRV with a leaky tranny and dodgy wheel bearing to meet up with the Leverich family (who own the Top Fuel car) driving down from Michigan. Their drive down was full of the usual dramas, two trailer tiyes blown out and a five-hour delay caused panic as we had to pass tech by 5:00 pm on the Thursday! I had already sent my race suit etc with gary so that we could tech the car and my stuff same time - a good job as we only got there at 6:30! We got tech sorted, the only upgrade was new bolt on the inner diaper for $600 but trust me you don't want to oild own an NHRA track as the fines are huge and fans hate it!

With car ready to go the first qualifying session came around and I was so buzzing to race with three other 10,000 HP cars. I was in lane two but not only did two teams not show for the session but Pat Dakin in lane four broke and was shut off so I was on a solo. The car left well and ran a 4.3/278 to 1000 feet even with blower belt breaking! The car was perfect and ran like a Cadillac Escalade, so smooth that I even questioned if one of our mags had quit as it was a little flat. We ended up eighth after the first session which was amazing!

We stripped the car completely as we had a little crack in the crank, but it never moved and all parts were re-used. We didn't even hurt a spark plug! Aidan did his usual amazing job on the clutch, racing with the amazing Jake on the bottom end to see who was quickest, and Dan from Waterloo did one head while our new guy Russ from Michigan did the other with Kevin, Gary and brother Dan filling in all other necessary jobs. With the car ready to go we went over to crazy Scott Palmer's Top Fuel pit and partied till 4:30 am... and Scott hadn't even qualified yet.

We had decided to sit out Saturday's qualifying and light rain caused the second session to be cancelled. We got to watch lots of racing on Saturday with my boys and still ended up being number thirteen qualifier! Ronan met Antron Brown who came over to give us tribute T-Shirts to wear on stage  for Mark Lyle, the NHRA Chief Starter who was killed in an accident. I met antron and had him sit in our car as it was his 2010 car, and he said how his newer car is an improvement. He is a really nice guy!

As our car was ready Gary was going to fire it up on Sunday morning in time for the first round at noon but Aidan was insistent that we fired the car on Saturday night to double-check everything. Good call as the initial fire-up revealed a huge fuel leak as the broken belt had whacked a fuel line. We then refired and found one mag not firing. It turned out that the MSD box plug was hit and damaged wiring. We put on our spare box but that didn't work either! We then fixed the plug on the original box and it worked. I took the spare box to MSD to fix but it tested out no problem... what? For the tune-up we wanted to get the RPM up higher and a quicker sixty foot so we took twelve grammes off the clutch and also put our nitro up from 85% to 88%. Finally we were happy with the car and went for food a few beers and a sensible 12:30 am bedtime!

I woke around 5:00 am buzzing for the race. We were first quad out at noon but NHRA has driver introductions on a stage so I went with all the drivers and had pictures taken with Brittany and Courtney Force, Scott Palmer, Chris Karamesines and Antron Brown to name a few. When they called Top Fuel number thirteen qualifier Smax Smith onto the stage no-one really knew me but as I was dancing about they will remember me as the crazy English guy and the man ready to take on Doug Kalitta, Clay Millican and Scott Palmer.

It was time to really concentrate as the lights are a bit of a mind-bender so no messing up. Aidan got me dressed and sat in the car tight and comfy, then we went to burn out but the startline guys failed to put water down. Our dragster just accelerated on the hot sticky track so I lifted but worried about no burnout although I remember having a similar deal in out FIA days with Rune Fjeld and no issues. Ronan started backing me up but the track ripped his shoe off, and four cars' worth of nitro burning his eyes had me snaking back rather than the usual straight back but it was funny!

We pre-staged but poor Scott had an idler pulley fail and was shut off. I staged and left right with the big guns and although we were third we ran our best ever 4.19 at 1000 feet, only 276 mph as I lifted early not wanting to risk oildown once I knew we were beaten, but hey a 0.915-sixty foot with no burnout and an arrow-straight run with no dropped cyliders did it for us... we were the happiest losers in the NHRA! It was the equivalent of a 4.90/300 run over the quarter.

We watched the rest of the racing but decided to leave before the finals as it was so packed that I knew we would be hours getting out of Charlotte plus at least fourteen hours home. We did pop over to say Hi to Jonnie and Johan Lindberg, Ulf Leanders and Karsten Andersen but it was really great to connect with Tony and Elaine Betts. We go back a long way to our Supercharged Outlaw days and for those who remember I took Tony's alky altered record by five thousandths of a second in 1999 with a 6.92/203 and mine was only the altered over 200 mph for years. I sat Tony in our girlie car - he now drives Nostagia Nitro Funny Cars - which was his first time sat in a dragster. Then Dicko (of Bulldog Bash fame), his niece and her boyfriend came to say hello and took pics, it made for a memorable weekend!

Big thanks to Gary and Bob Leverich who are really the unsung heroes of NHRA being brave enough to do what they do with no dollars and to let me drive. We all believe there is a sponsor out there who will see our marketing potential across the world! Big thanks as usual to my boy Aidan who really has my back, I would struggle to race without him, Rrooz my other boy for helping and making this whole deal fun, Jake for being reliable, hard-working and fun, Dan for sticking with us, helping and becoming a firm friend, and welcoming newcomers Russ and Kevin is always a blast. We are watching low car counts now and we may go to Atlanta in a couple of weeks to do this all over again. Of course televising qualifying and the race helps too.

It was fun with the boys blogging to Facebook all weekend so go to our Ant Hill Mob Drag Racing page on Facebook for more of that.


Web site updates.
1st May: Remco Scheelings writes that after licencing in 2014, Björn Mårtensson made his official Top Fuel début in 2015 with three races in the FIA European Championship. This year the Top Fuel driver and his Nitrobear team are stepping up their operation and with five races, including at Santa Pod Raceway, they intend to contest almost a full Championship tour. "There's nothing as cool as racing a Top Fueller!", says Björn. "We learned so much last year with the tuning but also about working together as a team. This season we want to go faster, but also to keep the car in one piece". You can read more on the Drag Racing Europe Blog at www.dragracingeurope.eu.


Earlier news