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Walters chases the missing Six.
20th February: UK Super Pro ET racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor
Peter Walters has announced that in 2017 he will be driving the blown-alcohol six-second Super Pro ET rail owned by Derek Flynn of fellow Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV. Peter's own dragster will remain in the workshop this season.


"We wrecked two motors in my own dragster last year", Pete told Eurodragster.com. "We decided to change from a Small Block to a Big Block. We were going to carry out the change over the winter but then decided that we would take the season out, take our time and spend more money on it."

The plan to drive the Gold RV dragster was hatched when Derek and Fiona Flynn visited the Walters household at Christmas. "We spoke about my driving Derek's car at a couple of rounds, then I spoke to Derek a couple of weeks ago and he said that we will run it al all of the SPRC rounds", said Pete. "It is usually is quite simple with Derek, he says "Do you want to do this?" and I say "Yes"! My dad was going to crew with Derek this season anyway, whatever happened. We may bring my own dragster out to test at the end of the season."

Pete will be pulling double duty at some events as he and sister Holley will also be campaigning a 1996 Mustang in Sportsman ET as a two-driver team. "It'll be a bit of fun", said Pete. "It will be the first time that Holley has ever driven anything on the track."

Driving the Gold RV dragster will plug a gap in Pete's schedule of Personal Bests. "I've never driven a six-second pass!", he said. "I have run eights and sevens in my own dragster, and fives in Dave Wilson's injected-nitro Top Methanol dragster, but I have yet to drive a six."

This formality should be dealt with quickly as testing is scheduled for the Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day the day before the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway in April.


See Jackson for racewear and more.
20th February: Wayne Jackson tells us that Brad Jackson Racing Ltd are launching a new arm to their team selling a range of custom racewear, gloves and underwear as well as other safety equipment.

"Printed and embroidered garments are available", says Wayne. "The suits, one of which Brad wears, are made in Italy and are all FIA 8856-2000, even the entry level suit, so legal all the way to Super Pro ET, rear-engined, unblown no nitrous, 6.0 seconds.

"Besides the racewear there are belts, seats, and the legendary Tiger Grip work gloves. To follow shortly are steering wheels and Hans devices. The main focus on the web site over the coming days and weeks will be the addition of the Lucas Oil Products' UK inventory."

You can check out the new site and place your orders at www.racewearonline.com.


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 6.
13th February: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 4th March. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2016 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. One shortlist will be posted on Monday each week.

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

Colin Felstead, Pro ET
Vote for Colin Felstead

Frankie Fordham, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster
Vote for Frankie Fordham

Elaine Hancock, Sportsman ET
Vote for Elaine Hancock

Gary Hester, ET Bike
Vote for Gary Hester

Leo Lester, ET Bike
Vote for Leo Lester

Samir Lukac, VW Pro
Vote for Samir Lukac

John Mclean Jr, Comp Bike
Vote for John Mclean Jr

Bill Murfin, Super Pro ET
Vote for Bill Murfin

Kim and Richard Willcox, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster
Vote for Kim and Richard Willcox

Natalie Wood, VW Sportsman
Vote for Natalie Wood

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official APIRA Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the APIRA Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If the E-Mail is not automatically generated with your chosen name in the title then simply send an E-Mail to apiraawards2016@eurodragster.com giving the category (Iris Page Memorial Trophy etc.) as the subject of the E-Mail and the name of the person for whom you wish to vote in the body of the E-Mail.

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

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

Voting closes at 23:59 UK time this coming Friday, 24th February (00:59 European Saturday 25th).


Web site updates.
20th February: In the latest instalment of his exclusive Racer Blog presented in association with Gearhead Garage Paul Marston works on the fuel lines, brakes and windows of his twin-turbo Cortina and makes a note of the latest weight loss. You can take a look by clicking here or by clicking on the Gearhead Garage Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Quiz benefits Bloodwise.
19th February: Yvonne Tramm got in touch to thank all of those who took part in the Riders and Drivers Quiz for
Bloodwise at last weekend's SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation:

Thank you all for your generous donations to the Bloodwise charity.  A total of £345 has been sent on behalf of you all. Congratulations to Emma Wray who won the three-way tie and who received a bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates.

I do hope that you all had a good night.


Murty on barriers.
19th February: Steve Murty of the International Organisation of Professional Drivers has asked us to post this statement. As ever News FAQ 16 applies:

Like many highly sensitive subjects in life there are those on the internet that voice an opinion without any perceived liability regarding subjects in which they have no practical knowledge or experience and no professional indemnity insurance. This can then create dangerous myths which may lead others in to boycotting certain venues unnecessarily.

One such myth which has reared its head recently is that motorsport tracks are more dangerous and a safety issue if not surrounded by concrete walls. Such unfounded motorsport myths have compensation lawyers sharpening there pencils all over the country as it infers that event organisers that run events where there are no concrete barriers are obviously negligent and therefore potentially liable to pay compensation.

It is and always has been the policy of the IOPD that the best barriers are the ones not there. Barriers on racing venues are only required to enable spectators or paddock to be close enough to the action or just to fit it all in limited land space.

In the UK everybody is so used to barriers everywhere on the roads that drivers tend to feel unsafe without them. However if you were in America where land space is not the same problem as the UK all you find between highways is wide open spaces where the land slopes down in to a slight ditch to prevent cars and trucks passing across in to oncoming traffic.

Where cars and Armco barriers are used on circuits both are energy absorbing devices which dissipates the kinetic energy of a wayward car. Cars can hit a barrier pointing in any direction at any height, either spinning, rolling and turning end over end and often a combination of both. From the drivers point of view energy must be dissipated as gradually as possible without subjecting him to deceleration that causes internal injuries. The magnitude of energy to be dissipated increases at the square of the speed ie a 60 mph impact in to concrete is equivalent to dropping the car from a height of 80 metres, at 120 mph it's 314 metres, at 180 mph its 700 metres and at 200 mph it is the equivalent of dropping a car from a kilometre!

In the worst scenario should a car leave a race track and barrel roll it then dissipates kinetic energy relatively slowly and subjects the driver to substantially less G-forces.

Armco barrier acts like a spring dampener absorbing energy. Concrete walls do not, however concrete walls are less likely to allow a car though or over the wall. Both concrete and Armco cause crashing cars to bounce back on to the course and possibly in to other racers who may be innocent passers-by. No barrier no rebounding race cars!

Armco barrier that deflects by 0.5 metres reduces the severity and therefore the g forces on the driver by around (50% the difference between concrete and Armco).

Large run off areas on F1 circuits allow for declaration of car at around 1G. A well restrained motor racing driver may walk away from a 30G impact and this increases to over 40G if wearing a Frontal Head Restraint.

Whatever personal opinions car driver may have regarding barriers they must not lose sight of fact that 50% of sprint and drag racers are motorcyclists and therefore should consider there safety also. No motorcyclist wants barriers to hit if it can be avoided. This is always a difficult balance for the racing circuits to achieve and is often compensated for by the use of air and tyre walls.


Summit Racing back EDRS.
17th February:
Speedgroup are pleased to announce that Summit Racing Equipment, the world's largest mail order automotive performance equipment company, has becomes the title sponsor for the EDRS European Drag Racing Series, which has been operated by Speedgroup since 2012. Effective this season the Series will operate as the Summit Racing EDRS Series.


The 2017 Summit Racing EDRS Series, the biggest drag racing series in Europe, comprises eighteen events at thirteen tracks in five European countries:

MAY
12-14 Malmö Raceway SWE (SRIF)
20-21 Tallhed / Orsa SWE (Night Cruisers Färnäs)
26-27 Vålrgårda SWE (SHRA Borås)
JUNE
3-4 Thunder Valle NOR (Jaeren DR)
15-18 Tierp Arena SWE (NDRS MC) 
23-25 Tallhed / Orsa SWE (Night Cruisers Färnäs)
29 June – July 2 Alastaro FIN (FHRA)
30 June- July 2 Sundsvall SWE (SHRA Sundsvall)
JULY
7-9 Piteå Raceway SWE (SHRA Luleå)
8-9 Pärnu, ESTONIA (EDRA)
14-15 Fällfors SWE (SHRA Skellefteå)
27-30 Gardermoen NOR (NDRG)
AUGUST
4-6 Tallhed/Orsa (MC event) SWE (Night Cruisers Färnäs)
11-13 Sundsvall Raceway SWE (SHRA Sundsvall)
19-20 Lindesberg SWE (SHRA Lindesberg)
24-27 Tierp Arena SWE (NDRS MC)
SEPTEMBER
1-3 Mosten DEN (Mosten MC)
15-17 Gardermoen NOR (NDRG)

"Stepping up to the series sponsorship is the perfect opportunity to expand Summit Racing's support for the EDRS racers", said Jim Greenleaf, Summit's Motorsport and Events Manager. "We experienced an incredibly positive response to our participation in the contingency program in 2016. We are impressed with Speedgroup and the vision they have for the future of drag racing in Europe. Summit Racing looks forward to being a part of the program for many years to come."

Speedgroup CEO Åsa Kinnemar says that Summit Racing first became involved through the contingency programme operated by Speedgroup 2016: "The response and appreciation from racers for Summit Racing's support and commitment in the contingency programme alone was amazing. Now we are delighted to get the opportunity to intensify the co-operation with Summit Racing by also having the Series operating under the Summit Racing EDRS Series name and banner. The co-operation with Summit will allow us to further develop and add new values to the series both short and longer term."


King of America?
17th February: 2016 was a momentous year for UK Top Fuel Bike racer Ian King and his King Racing - Gulf Oil Drag Racing team. Another record-setting tenth FIM European Championship was won, and in doing so Team Principal and rider Ian King became the most successful rider in European drag bike racing history by accumulating more Championship points of any rider in any class over the two decades since he began competing in the Championship. At the end of the season he diversified his sporting focus by using the very same Championship-winning machine for a successful attempt to set a new FIM World Land Speed Record on a track and in conditions totally at odds with the environment in which he had been so successful over his ten European Drag Racing Championships.

So, what for 2017? Following his successful one-off race in the 2014 USA National Championship opening round where he not only won the event but became the final and permanent member of the prestigious MTC Top Fuel Five Second Club, invitations from the organisers to race the entire USA National Championship, and the hopes and desires of his many fans across the globe were compelling and so he and his team have been working on a programme to see if Ian could become the first European rider to do so since the late Brian Johnson more than three decades ago.

  Since then the team have been working feverishly on a programme to race the entire season in the home of drag racing in the USA Championship, whose details you can find at www.dragbike.com. The plan is financially demanding, but some notable supporters have already stepped up to the plate to assist. However, the team are still some way short in reaching the necessary budget required for such an undertaking and as such are reaching out to the wider drag racing community for help in supplementing the budget already raised to make the plan a reality. Ian is extremely grateful for the outstanding support for his endeavours and hopes that competing in the US Championship in 2017 will be possible.

With that funding in mind one US fan of Drag Bike racing, Mark Rendeluk, has kindly set up a funding page to help in the quest at www.gofundme.com/help-ian-king-get-to-race-mancup. All contributions, however small will be very gratefully received by the King Racing team. Ian King can also  be contacted on his Facebook page or by E-Mail at ian@kingracing.com.


No Prep looking at York.
17th February: Paul Marston tells us that after a recent visit to York Raceway he has been invited to look into running a No Prep event at the track later this year:

No Prep is Doorslammers only, heads up eighth-mile, no times, numbers drawn out of a hat to decide the pairings, call-out allowed first round only minimum £50 side bet, no weight limit, no limit to engine or power adders, other than safety there are no rules. Entry would be £125 and if there are enough entries the prize fund to win will be £1000 cash.

What we need now is for drivers and teams to register their interest in competing at this event. There will be no limit to entries but we will be looking for at least sixteen interested teams before we go back to Steve Murty and confirm a date.

Everyone knows that York needs support and this is your chance to do just that. I know that there are teams interested in travelling up from the south, and York has some great Doorslammers of its own so this event could be quite a showdown.

To register your interest please contact us via Facebook on either the Paul Marston Racing or UK Top Sportsman pages, E-Mail pmracing@fsmail.net, or call me on 07831 650230.


UK Top Sportsman #7.
17th February: UK Top Sportsman will be celebrating its seventh year at the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway at the end of July. Paul Marston writes:

We are most grateful to the organisers that the very fastest Sportsman Doorslammers will be racing at the very best muscle car event on the calendar.

UK Top Sportsman is two races in one weekend. First there is the Pro Tree bracket race, no throttle stops allowed. This race kicks off Friday and runs to conclusion. On Saturday night there is the one-shot qualifier for the sixteen-spot Heads-Up race, with the eliminations on Sunday.

UK Top Sportsman is open to anyone with a Doorslammer, providing it can run 9.99 or quicker. There are just safety rules, other than that there are no rules on engine size, power adders, vehicle weight, 2WD or 4WD. Its run what you brung and hope you brung enough!

This is where you will see the very best Sportsman drivers not just in the UK but also in Europe: we welcome all European race teams and have had drivers from many European countries race with us. In 2017 Rene Ehrismann from Switzerland made it to the final of the Heads-Up race.

This is an event run by racers for racers and is also the richest pay-out for a Sportsman race in the country. The wealth is shared as we pay from the third round onwards. With an average of thirty two teams regularly entering UK Top Sportsman, it's a great event in which to compete with lots of racing. Two races in one weekend! Yes it's the toughest event of the year ad it brings out the very best in the race teams with Personal Bests, plenty of seven-second runs and a lot of scalps to be taken. This is the race everyone talks about, the race for which people build new Doorslammers. This is the one that really matters. So make a note in your diary - Santa Pod Raceway, Mopar EuroNationals, 28th-30th July.

We are still looking for a title partner / sponsor and associate business partners / sponsors for this event, so if anyone is interested in enjoying the exposure and the benefits of the exclusive webcast and TV time, plus all the press releases and on the day and trackside promotion, then please contact us via Facebook at UK Top Sportsman, E-Mail pmracing@fsmail.net, or call me on 07831 650230.


Outlaw Street 2017.
16th February: Mark Wallington writes that 2017 is the eighth year for the UK's Outlaw Street series:

That's right, we've been running for eight years - where's the time gone! For those of you who've followed the series through the race reports over the past seven years, or who've seen members racing at Santa Pod or Shakespeare County Raceway, you'll be familiar with the rules and format, but for anyone who's not, or who fancies 2017 being the year they dip their toe into drag racing, here's a summary of the who / what / where of Outlaw Street.

Outlaw Street is an amateur drag racing series open to anyone who owns a street-legal car and who wants to enjoy quarter mile racing with like-minded people, and at the same time have an opportunity to win a trophy and be part of the fastest-growing drag series in the UK.

The series is open to all marques of vehicles, four cylinders and up (which is part of the eclectic appeal of Outlaw Street). We do however have a strong grounding in anything American V8 powered, whether it be a 1930s hot rod, a 60s muscle car, a pick-up truck or a modern day Mustang or Corvette, or old English tin with a V8 stuffed under the bonnet.

The series is spread across eight race meets throughout the 2017 drag racing season, starting in May and runing through until October with an awards and prize night in November. We hold rounds at both Santa Pod Raceway and Shakespeare County Raceway at a mix of events including Run What You Brungs, Saturday Night Specials, Lifestyle events and specialist weekends such as the Mopar EuroNationals and VW Action. The Series is actively supported by both tracks with Outlaw Street invited to a number of invitation-only events throughout the year.

The added luxury with the Series is that you don't have to stay all weekend to be eligible for points, you can just turn up for a day and race for a few hours, which makes the Series a lot more accessible to those racers with weekend work/family commitments.

Thanks to our sponsors Wisbech American Street & Performance Limited, Joe & Co and many others, we've grown our vast selection of trophies and awards including along with the traditional Top Three of the season, Reaction Time trophies for each round, American Car Magazine subscriptions for points winners, Fastest Elapsed Time trophies for both fastest V8 and non-V8 cars and more.

The rules for the series are quite simple. Your car must have:
  1. A current MOT
  2. A current TAX registration
  3. A full functioning exhaust system
  4. Tyres with road legal tread depth
Your car can't have:
  1. Open Headers
  2. Slicks
The points system is built on a combination of three factors:
  1. Quickest ET on the day
  2. Your own personal improvement from the last race meet
  3. Attendance
This means that you don't have to run the fastest car to have a chance of winning a trophy across the season, as proven by the top three winners in virtually every year of the series to date. Points are posted on the Outlaw Street forum after each meet so you can track how you're doing, who's beating you and who you've got to beat. Although there are eight rounds in the 2017 series, only six count towards the final score to decide the series winners. Of the eight rounds the first you attend counts as your Dial-In round and as such is a zero points round. In addition there is one holiday / breakage round meaning you can choose to drop one round per year and not ruin your chances of being competitive within the series.

Membership per season is £40. This gives you entry to the Outlaw Street forum, your own unique race number, membership card and Outlaw Street stickers along with several discount passes throughout the season.

We are very pleased to confirm sponsorship and support for the 2017 series from WASP Ltd (Wisbech American Street & Performance), Joe & Co, American Car Magazine, Santa Pod Raceway, Shakespeare County Raceway, Graham Durbridge Artworks and HRG Services.

The Series dates for 2017 are:

OS-1 13th-14th May: Saturday Night Special (night racing), Sunday Run What You Brung, Santa Pod Raceway
OS-2 27th-29th May: Yanks Weekend / Gary's Picnic, Shakespeare County Raceway
OS-3 10th-11th June: Public Test Weekend, Shakespeare County Raceway
OS-4 28th-30th July: Mopar EuroNationals, Santa Pod Raceway*
OS-5 19th-20th August: Saturday Night Special (night racing), Sunday Run What You Brung, Santa Pod Raceway
OS-6 1st-3rd September: VW Action, Santa Pod Raceway*
OS-7 30th September-1st October: Public Test Weekend, Shakespeare County Raceway
OS-8 28th-29th October: Bonfire Burn-Up, Shakespeare County Raceway
Prize Night: Saturday 11th November, The Crown Lodge Hotel, Outwell, Cambridgeshire

*Provisionally scheduled for webcast on Eurodragster.com

If you'd like more information about the series you can find out more at www.outlawstreet.co.uk or follow us on Facebook at Outlaw Street.


Glad and sad.
15th February: Congratulations to SPRC Club Secretary and Chief Starter Ian Marshall and Nitro FM's Nikki Skinner who have announced their engagement. Nikki and Ian were actually engaged on their trip to the USA last autumn with the proposal coming at Yosemite Falls after a two-hour trek to the base of the top fall. Our very best wishes for a long and happy future.

Ex-pat UK Top Alcohol Dragster racer and outgoing Eurodragster.com sponsor Mike Manners, who raced in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, has confirmed that he has retired from racing. "I have had some neck and back problems over the last three years which occasionally forced me to cancel races", Mike told Eurodragster.com. "Then two doctors in two days told me that I was risking severe nerve damage from the G-force, let alone a wreck, and that I was silly to continue driving. I had a fantastic time doing it and my only regrets are that I did not get my NHRA Top Fuel licence and that I never raced at Santa Pod". Our best wishes to Mike and our thanks for his long support of Eurodragster.com.


Malmgren signs ARP at PRI.
15th February: Swedish Pro Stock racer Michael Malmgren is pleased to announce that he signed ARP Autmotive Racing Products as a product sponsor on his trip to PRI.

ARP have signed a deal with Malmgren Pro Stock Racing to promote their products on the FIA European Championship Tour. "We are very proud to add ARP to our list of performance parts product sponsors", says Michael. "Bob Ingles, our engine builder, relies only on ARP fasteners. We need the best products possible to keep our high-revving Pro Stock engines alive, and that's why we rely on ARP fasteners."

"We are proud to be associated with Malmgren Pro Stock Racing", says Nigel Atkinson of ARP.

Michael confirmed that, although EFI is now allowed by the FIA rules, he will be sticking with the carburetted set-up in 2017.


All welcome to refettled Jurby.
15th February: With one UK track and possibly another under threat of closure Ian Merryweather of the Manx Drag Racing Association writes with some welcome good news:

The Manx Drag Racing Association would like to announce they are in the process of building a new prepped track for all to come and enjoy. Work to put in the new concrete startline is underway, along with new tarmac further down track. The concrete stretches 145 feet from the burnout box. The removable start line gantry we have will be in place along a new mobile timing kiosk.


Jurby Airfield, where the Manx Drag Racing Association have been running events in partnership with the Straightliners since 2010, has the benefit of no noise restrictions whatsoever, in fact the only restriction we have is that the grass on site is not allowed to be cut until August due to nesting Skylarks! There is a huge motor museum on site, a bus museum, a kart track, and for those who break the rules the Isle of Man prison - or Jurby Hilton as the locals call it!

Their Drag Fest event, which has been sponsored by Pokerstars since 2010, has always been tagged on to the final weekend of the Manx Grand Prix / TT Classic bike racers' fortnight, usually first weekend in September. Many of the UK racers have made the trip over and had a great time - ask Mark Flavell, Paul Watts, Spencer Tidswell and Ben Rushforth to name but a few. The biggest problem has always been finding suitable ferry sailings due to the bike teams leaving en masse after their fortnight of action.


This year, however, Trevor Duckworth's Straightliners and the MDRA have got together to offer the drag racing masses a new event. The Tynwald Drags, which will be held over the weekend of 1st-2nd July, does not clash with other UK events this year, or any events on the Island. Therefore there are plenty of ferry sailings available at very reasonable rates (although we would still advise booking early). For more information including ferry packages visit the events page at www.manxdragracing.com.

We all hope to see you in July and don't forget next month's Custom Car magazine, due out 24th February, for the write-up up of the 2016 Pokerstars Drag Fest.


The original Stat Guy speaks.
15th February: Longtime Eurodragster.com readers will know of our long association with TSI Timers Europe especially timing and stats guru Andy Marrs who recently announced that he is retiring from active duty on SPRC's timing crew, although he will still continue to consult on timing matters.

At Saturday's SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation Marrs was stitched up a treat, being presented with the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy and then, when he had got back to his seat, being called up again to receive the John Ledster Memorial Trophy.

It's not often that we see Marrs at a loss for words but he eventually recovered and has been in touch to thank all those responsible:

I'm still reeling from Saturday night! I don't really know what to say apart from thank you to everyone. To Carole, Karl and Ian and to everyone else involved in conspiring to get me there, and obviously to everyone who nominated and voted for me. I feel massively honoured to receive the awards. I'm in some very special company with those who have received these awards before me, and I am stunned to be thought of in the same way. I'm just a bit of a nerd that is fascinated by the numbers in the sport who realised that there were a few other anoraks out there who were and are interested in them!

Rest assured I won't be disappearing into the sunset. I'll still be popping up the track now and then, and I will still be working on the numbers.


A word from a sponsor...
15th February: It was a successful weekend at Pomona for Eurodragster.com sponsor Lucas Oil Products. Tom Bognor writes:

Top Alcohol Funny Car winner Shane Westerfield (below left) uses Lucas Oil 70 Plus current formula - no additives, just good old oil out of the jug.


Above right is one of the pistons from Del Worsham's Fuel Funny Car. Del has had no parts failures using Lucas Oil. I have been present for every fill, drain and run down track this year, beginning with pre-race testing in Phoenix. Del is running the new Special Blend 70 Plus, again we have not run any additives to date, just oil out of the jug. All parts have been serviceable, just the way the team likes it. No liners replaced, or any other parts.

Del lost in the second round against Ron Caps, 2016 Champion, but he did take out Robert Hight in round #1. I am very pleased with the results of the first race.


...and a word to our sponsors.
15th February: Eurodragster.com sponsors please note that this year's sponsorship renewals have been sent out. If your renewal has not arrived and it is not in your Spam folder then please get in touch with Tog at tog@eurodragster.com.

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


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 5.
13th February: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 4th March. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2016 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. One shortlist will be posted on Monday each week.

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

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

Dave Rowlands (Shakespeare County Raceway fire crew)
Vote for Dave Rowlands

Chris Schreier (APIRA race official)
Vote for Chris Schreier

Graham Smith (Organiser, Tri Chevy Shootout)
Vote for Graham Smith

Tony Smith (ACU / APIRA race official)
Vote for Tony Smith

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official APIRA Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the APIRA Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If the E-Mail is not automatically generated with your chosen name in the title then simply send an E-Mail to apiraawards2016@eurodragster.com giving the category (Iris Page Memorial Trophy etc.) as the subject of the E-Mail and the name of the person for whom you wish to vote in the body of the E-Mail.

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

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

The final shortlist, to be published next Monday (20th February) will be the McDonald Racing Ireland Best Newcomer Award.


Swift snippets.
13th February: Mike Janis got in touch to alert European readers to this very tidy Pro Mod which he is selling on Racing Junk. The Camaro comes as a roller or turn-key having made all of twelve eighth-mile passes. You can find out more on Racing Junk by clicking here.

Having been selected for the Norwegian National Drag Bike Team, Thomas Olsen and the Brothers In Arms Pro Stock Bike team are upgrading and gearing up for EDRS Pro Nordic MC competition in 2017. You can read more on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.

Love and best wishes for a rapid recovery to Dianne Hope of the Rat Trap Fuel Altered team who is back at home in Tennessee after a scary-sounding kayaking accident and hospitalisation in New Zealand. Look forward to seeing you at Goodwood Dianne.


SPRC Presentation gallery.
12th February: The official Trophy Presentation pictures from last night's SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation are now available. The gallery, which is presented in association with
Lucas Oil Products, can be checked out by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

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

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


SPRC Perpetual Award winners.
12th February: The winners and runners-up in the 2016 UK National Championships, MSA British Drag Racing Championship, and Santa Pod Racers Club Championships were presented with their trophies at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation in Daventry last night (Saturday). The winners of SPRC's Perpetual Awards, for whom Eurodragster.com readers had the chance to vote, were also presented with their trophies.

Congratulations to the SPRC Perpetual Award winners:

Most Promising Newcomer: Michel Tooren (Pro Modified)
Best Appearing Car: Jon Webster (Nostalgia slingshot)
Best Appearing Bike: Rikard Gustafsson (Top Fuel Bike)
Most Professional Appearing Team: Shark Attack Drag Racing (Rene van den Berg and teams)
James Edgar Memorial Trophy: Andy Wright (Pro Modified)
Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy: Andy Marrs (TSI Timers Europe)

John Ledster Memorial Trophy: Andy Marrs
Obsession Motorsports Sportsman of the Year Trophy: Brian and Lee Huxley

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


York Raceway fights threat.
10th February: The UK government's Garden Villages scheme, intended to build new villages, has targeted used and disused airfield sites including Long Marston Airfield, home of Shakespeare County Raceway. Chris Murty writes that although Melbourne Airfield, home of York Raceway, has escaped the attentions of the Garden Village planners, the venue is under threat as a consequence of another decision and needs the urgent support of the UK drag racing community:

Sherburn-in-Elmet has been named as
the chosen location for a new £55 million factory. This means that the current users of Sherburn must find a new location. A major parts manufacture are looking to build a new proving ground to test their products and are in negotiations with the owners of Melbourne Airfield to resurface the venue with two new test tracks. This company have stated that they do not want to share the facility with drag racing.

However there is still hope. The land owners have welcomed negotiations with Pennine Raceway Ltd, the promotional and management company of York Raceway, and have intimated that they would consider accepting a substantially-improved offer of rent from Pennine Raceway Ltd.

Over the past three months Pennine Raceway Ltd have had to look at how to raise triple the rent just to remain in negotiations. Therefore, York Raceway propose the following for 2017:
  • More RWYB-only days, giving more track time to RWYBers;
  • More race rounds, giving our racers even more racing and better value for money;
  • The introduction of a £10 per run scheme in RWYB, to encourage new people to take part;
  • A loyalty card system, five RWYB sessions and get the sixth session free, as a thank you for loyalty;
  • Invite several drag racing classes to travel north, with potentially three new classes visiting York in 2017;
  • In 2017, regretfully raise RWYB by £10 per day to £40 for one day and £60 for two days, and to raise race fees by £20 per day to £60 for one day and £80 for two days).
We hope that with these changes, and with more independent race Championships embracing York, that here will be at least two permanent venues in the UK in the immediate future for the preservation of the sport.

Pennine Raceway Ltd are open to offers from promotion and marketing companies looking expand events, or as a potential new home. We would also welcome any company looking to sponsor or to invest in the venue and take drag racing and lifestyle events forward.

York Raceway has 365 days use as a motorsports venue and there are currently no sound limits.

If you would like to get involved in supporting York Raceway then please get in touch at info@yorkraceway.org.uk.


The Army game.
10th February: The UK's Team Mulisha are pleased to announce that with effect from this season they are a recognised British Army Drag Racing Team. Each team member is from the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers who work closely alongside 3 Army Air Corps at Wattisham Flying Station.

The current team is Sgt Daniel Pigott (aka Lester) Mk2 Golf VR6, Sgt James Gould (aka Jay) Mk3 Golf VR6 SC, and Cpl Sam Chisholm-Brown (Team Captain) Mk2 Golf R32.


The team compete in VWDRC VW Pro and VW Sportsman and invite members of the British Army to take part.

If you are interested then you can contact Team Mulisha through their Facebook page.


Night of the Outlaws.
10th February: Callum Pudge writes that the annual Outlaw Anglia Presentation party took place on Saturday 28th January and that, as always, it was a fantastic night:

Before the party started, there was an AGM organised by Colin Millar at the Hilton Hotel in Coventry giving drivers and crew a chance to have their say on the future of Outlaw Anglia and how to move the class forward. The meeting was very well attended and lots of positive ideas were put forward. Everyone also had a chance to see a preview of the new and improved Outlaw Anglia web site which will be launched before the start of this season.

Cliff Griffin and team picked up their winners' trophy after a season full of ups, downs and plenty of seven-second passes. Jedd Guy and team fought hard for the runner-up trophy, getting Shorty's Hot Rod down into the sevens in the process, well done guys! Bob, Carole and Fiona presented the Debbie Hancox memorial trophy to Barn and Gemma Levy; congratulations and well deserved in the spirit of Outlaw Anglia.

Once again, Penny Bird organised a raffle to help raise funds for the Air Ambulance Service which raised an impressive £415. A big Thank You to everyone who donated prizes or bought raffle tickets and donated prizes.

The first race of the season will be at Big Bang at Santa Pod. We hope you'll join us for what we plan will be one of the best seasons so far of Outlaw Anglia.


Johansson working towards return.
9th February: Swedish Pro Modified racer Roger Johansson is well-advanced on his return to racing after his horrifying 200 mph crash at last year's FIA / FIM Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. Roger is recovering well from what were at the time very serious injuries and a replacement car, a Mustang naturally, is being readied.

"The crash was a combination of bad things", Roger told Eurodragster.com. "I stayed in it a little too long. I was little out of the groove and I hit a bump. Then everything was over in a split second". Roger was helicoptered to hospital with badly damaged legs and internal injuries but we were pleased to hear that things have improved somewhat. "My legs are working well, I still some pain in my back, but the doctors are very happy with the results", he said.

Incredibly the motor was salvegeable from the wreck. "The motor was almost new", said Roger. "It only had three runs on it. I had to replace everything in front of the motor such as dry sump pump, vacuum pump, ignition, oil tanks and all of the hoses. I could not see any damage to the crank but the engine is too expensive so I ordered a new one."

Roger's new Mustang has the same body style as the crashed car but this time has an RJ Race Cars chassis. "RJ Race Cars build some of the quickest and prettiest Pro Mods in the world", he said. "We were happy with the old one, but this one is a couple of notches nicer. We have always tried to have the best safety equipment, so in the new car we have a Racetech seat which is the best seat for a high-speed race car. The engine and transmission have been updated with the latest stuff for 2017 and Andy did a very nice job on the clutch can. The car is probably going to be black but you never know!"

Roger hopes to be on track in May of this year. In the meantime he would like to thank his family, team members, Santa Pod safety crews and everyone who has been in contact and all of his racing friends.

Roger has a Pat Musi 706 ci Ford SVO motor for sale which you can check out under Parts For Sale on our
Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.

Get well soon Eileen!
9th February: We would like to join the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in offering best wishes to Eileen Daniels following a recent accident.

Geoff Stilwell of BDRHoF sponsor Beech Underwriting Agencies reports from America that Eileen, an International Ambassador for the BDRHoF and a great friend and supporter of the organisation's aims and principles, suffered a fall at her Florida home but that she is recovering well.

BDRHoF members and guests who have had the pleasure of meeting Eileen at the last two Hall of Fame Galas, or at any of the historic drag racing displays which she organises at NHRA events in America, will doubtless echo the Management Board's good wishes.


Europeans abroad.
9th February: A late entry to the European invasion at this weekend's Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Pomona is NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion Jonnie Lindberg who accepted a late offer to assist in the tuning of, and an even more late offer to drive, Jay Payne's Top Alcohol FC. More on the Lindbergs' web site at www.lindbergbros.com. Good luck and stay safe Jonnie together with Fred Hanssen (Top Alcohol Dragster), Ulf Leanders (TAFC) and Markus Svensson (Stock Eliminator). Qualifying starts today (Thursday) and you can stay in touch with our heroes' progress courtesy of Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com. Pomona is -8 hours on UK time and -9 hours on European time.

Swedish Pro Modified racer Adam Flamholc has announced his US racing schedule for 2017:

9th-11th March: NMCA, Bradenton Motorsports Park
30th March-1st April: PDRA, Galot Motorsports Park
6th-9th April: NMCA, Atlanta
18th-21st May: NMCA, Bowling Green
13th-15th July: PDRA, Indy
27th-30th July: NMCA, Route 66, Joliet
24th-27th August: NMCA, Norwalk
21st-24th September: NMCA World Finals, Indy
19th-21st October: PDRA World Finals, Virginia
Winter races in Florida

"With help from our sponsors we are doing the whole NMCA tour this year, as well as a couple of  the PDRA events", says Adam. "Big thanks to 5 Days Plantation Shutters & Blinds, Hameetman Racing Engines, Malmo Motorrenovations, Line2Line coating, Amalie Oil, JanCen and R&R rods for making this happen!

"We have had a good winter of racing in Florida. In October I got a new supercharger from Mike Janis (JanCen) which is working very well for us. We have tried some different set-ups with gear ratios, converters and so on. At the World Street Nationals in Orlando we ran 5.7 8 to the quarter mile and last weekend in Bradenton a 3.79 run to the eighth mile - both are new Personal Bests (Good man, congratulations - Ed). The competition in NMCA and in PDRA will be tough, but we will do our very best for sure."


Fireforce 3 to star in Bahrain.
8th February: Martin Hill is pleased to announce that the FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car will be performing demonstration passes at rounds four and five of the Bahrain Drag Racing Championship at the Bahrain International Circuit on 23rd-24th February and 2nd-3rd March. The Bahrain Drag Racing Championship is the biggest drag racing series in the Gulf and will be the first outing of the 2017 season for the FireForce team.

Martin Hill, owner and pilot of FireForce 3, says "We are honoured to have been invited to attend these events and will look forward to entertaining the crowds at the Bahrain International Circuit. We have already loaded the car and will be travelling to Bahrain mid-February to prepare for the event."

This is the first time ever that a jet vehicle will visit the BIC and give the Bahraini crowds a taste of the immense power of FireForce 3. Martin says that updates and photos will be posted on the team's web site at www.fireforce.co.uk and on social media platforms.

To find out more about the Bahrain Drag Racing Championship visit www.bahraingp.com.


SPR driver-ambassador vacancy.
8th February: Caroline Holden tells us that as another busy season is in the making, Santa Pod Raceway are preparing to take their promotional show on the road to a number of events and exhibitions across the UK. To support the busy schedule, the SPR team now require an additional driver / drag racing ambassador for ad-hoc weekend work.

Duties would include loading and transporting exhibition vehicles to other venues as well as being a Show Ambassador for the Santa Pod stand, therefore some knowledge of drag racing and Santa Pod Raceway would be advantageous. An HGV Class 2 licence is essential and the driver must ideally live within a twenty to thirty mile radius of Santa Pod. Competitive rates of pay and subsistence are offered.

For further details, please E-Mail donna@santapod.com.


Neergaard's thanks.
8th February: Further to Monday's Swift Snippet, Danish Top Fuel Dragster racer Stig Neergaard has been in touch to say that his weekend at the Danish Motor Awards and Motorshow, at which he was awarded the Årets Profil award, has been fantastic weekend for himself, Gitte, Kenni, his crew and all those who have been supporting him through the years:


Being nominated for Motorsport Profile of the Year is a big thing, and is something I would never have thought possible. A big thanks to DASU for nominating me for this Award. To win the prize when you're up against three other great drivers, who all run professional race team, is fantastic, and couldn't have been possible without all my friends. 23,000 people voted for me. Thanks!


Thanks also for all of the messages, all of the fantastic comments sent to me on Facebook, the texts and E-Mails, and thanks to all of you who visited us at our stand in Herning. Thanks to you all. You are fantastic friends!

See you at the race track!

You can check out a feature and video on the TV2 web site by clicking here.


APIRA Trophy Night: Final call.
8th February: Saturday week, 18th February, is the closing date for bookings for the Avon Park International Racing Association, Shakespeare County Raceway, the Supercharged Outlaws and the National Association combined Championship Trophy Presentation Evening which takes place on Saturday 4th March in the Avon Room of the Hilton Warwick, Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE (located on Junction 15 of the M40).


If 2016 APIRA Champions or runners-up are unable to attend then please contact Jerry at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com so that alternative arrangements can be made for trophy presentation.

The meals are: chicken liver paté, braised beef and chocolate torte; vegetarian option of melon, four cheese ravioli and chocolate torte; or children's meal of tomato soup, chicken nuggets, and chocolate torte.

APIRA have negotiated a preferential rate for rooms in the hotel at £86 for a double or £76 for a single. All rates are inclusive of breakfast, car parking and VAT. A few rooms are left; to book please call the reservations team on 08008 568000 or visit the web site at www.hilton.com/warwick quoting reference code ASCRA.

You can download your booking form (PDF format) from the Downloads page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk. Payments can be made by BACS; account details can also be found on the booking form. If you have any queries then please call 01789 720180, or E-Mail shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com.

Further details about the APIRA Trophy Night can be found in our news item of 28th September 2016.


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 4.
6th February: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 4th March. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2016 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. One shortlist will be posted on Monday each week.

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

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

Mike Burrowes (photographer)
Vote for Mike Burrowes

Simon Groves (Eurodragster.com)
Vote for Simon Groves

Steve Moxley (photo-journalist)
Vote for Steve Moxley

Richard Sawatzki (9.50 Bike)
Vote for Richard Sawatzki

Shaun Wilson (Shakespeare County Raceway Track Announcer)
Vote for Shaun Wilson

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official APIRA Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the APIRA Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If the E-Mail is not automatically generated with your chosen name in the title then simply send an E-Mail to apiraawards2016@eurodragster.com giving the category (Iris Page Memorial Trophy etc.) as the subject of the E-Mail and the name of the person for whom you wish to vote in the body of the E-Mail.

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

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

The next shortlist, to be published next Monday (13th February) will be the Alan Wigmore Memorial Trophy.


ATD close out 2016.
6th February: Didier Canicave writes that the annual meeting of France's Association Trophée Dragster in late January closed the 2016 season:

President Eric Angeloni addressed the seventy six people present and presented a mixed assessment of 2016. Notably financial problems caused by the weather which was disastrous at the three French races with the low point being the finals at Vichy.

After having answered the various questions Eric presented the projected Championship calendar for 2017:

6th-7th May: Rivannazzano, Italy
17th-18th June: Clastres (with ESLA and Quarter Mile)
8th-9th July: Clastres
September TBA: Drachten (planned with ESLA)

Many participants at the meeting wanted the return of free membership cards for the Racer Club, and racers in Street Cars B and C requested a re-grouping of their two categories, a proposal which will be studied by the ATD office. Then Eric thanked all the volunteers who participated in the organisation of the 2016 season.


The meeting concluded with the presentation of trophies to the winning racers in each class.


Swift snippets.
6th February: As well as participating in ACU UK and FIM European Drag Bike Championships, the UK's Alex Hope and Mark Hope will be competing in this season's EDRS Pro Nordic MC series. You can read more on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.

Further to our news item of 17th December we were very pleased to read that Danish Top Fuel Dragster racer Stig Neergaard won the Årets profil category in Bilmagasinet's Danish Motorsport Awards. Well-deserved after the Championship fight he put up last year, congratulations Stig.

Staying on the subject of trophies and back to the Perpetual Awards. For both the (now-closed) SPRC and (still open) APIRA Perpetual Awards it has given us a nice warm feeling to see that those shortlisted have, to a man and woman, voted for someone else in their category rather than voting for themselves. Very sporting behaviour, well done all.


Grimes returns to Europe.
6th February: Swedish Supertwin racer Per Bengtsson has teamed up with sixteen-time NHRA Wally winner Tommy Grimes who will ride the famous parallel twin The Beast again in 2017. Per will become Team Manager.

Tommy, who made a European début at Tierp Arena in August 2016, is very anxious to come back to Europe for some serious racing with the Beast team despite a DNQ on that first outing.

"After some consideration, I think the Beast team would grow in the right direction with myself as a Team Manager", says Per. "Therefore I've been in contact with Tommy and asked him if he had any plans or offers for 2017. The answer was "No, I've been waiting for you to call!". I think it was a big boost for the whole team to have the experience of working with a real professional racer like Tommy."

"The potential in the bike and the team is exactly what I'm looking for", says Tommy. "The chemistry between the crew and myself was in place after the first day together at the track. It´s not very often you experience that."

"We have already secured increased support from some of our existing sponsors and we are working really hard to get new partners onboard for the 2017 European and American tour", says Per. "The bike will go through several test sessions at Malmö Raceway before the first outing at Tierp Arena in June. I will do all of the pre-season testing myself, but Tommy will make a last-minute check at Malmö as well.

"The plan is to run the whole 2017 EDRS Pro Nordic Championship Series with Tommy as the rider and with a clear ambition to take home the Championship. We will then send the Beast and equipment with hopefully some more high-calibre bike teams over to the US and run the Manufacturers Cup World Finals at Valdosta in November. We thank Wayne and Donna Pingel at Pingel Enterprise for their increased support". If you are a racer inerested in participating in this event in November then please contact the Beast team at per@navitaspa.se."

A big thank you to the following partners for their continued support: Red Line Oil Scandinavia, Autoexperten Växjö, Bilservice i Åseda, Rävemåla Bilservice, Liqui Moly, Persåkers Speedshop, Ulvsgården AB, Swedcut, Per Andersens Restauranger, Fanhultstvätten Älmhult, Marine Diesel, Bentec Engineering, Brammer, Flexoart, and Bengtssons Sågverk Älmhult.


Pro Mod: Get Inside.
6th February: Drag Racing Entrepreneur Will Hanna, owner of the popular forums InsideTopAlcohol.com and InsideCompRacing.com is launching a new web site, InsideProMod.com to cater to the Pro Mod / Doorslammer racing categories. Will plans to use the same blue print whjich has made his other web sites successful – generate useful content for racers to make it a community of racers.

The wheels went into motion last December when another web site shut down due to low activity. Hanna began exploring the feasibility of launching another web site and discussed it with many figures in the industry at the Performance Racing Industry trade show.

"We have a fair amount of Pro Mod activity on InsideTopAlcohol.com", said Will. "ITA kind of has become a home for everything blown alcohol or blown nitro in the world. I noticed a prominent Pro Mod forum was shutting down as of December and realized that was the last of the dedicated Pro Mod forums. I reached out to them to see if they needed help staying afloat, they declined and decided to proceed with shutting the site down. I am fortunate enough this is my full time job and we have the infrastructure there to start another web site. I asked a number of people within the industry at PRI if they would support it or if they thought I should do it, and it was a resounding yes. So we moved forward with it.

"It's no secret that social media has taken some of the discussion that used to go on forums. Our strategy and our niche moving forward will be original technical content. There are plenty of outlets that cover the news, race results and personalities. Of course we will have that to a degree, but our focus will be on the technical side. I am going to use my experience as a crew chief to work with manufacturers to create engaging content that educates the racer. We are going to then use social media to leverage that content. We want to be a resource for racers as much as an entertainment source. It is going to add a lot of work to a full plate, but I've never been one to back down from a challenge."

In addition to technical content, Will is introducing the Call 'Em Out forum to help facilitate racing rivalries and fan interest. "You can call someone out on social media and it will be broadcast to however many followers you have seen it in your feed", said Will, "but when you put it on our forum, the whole world can see it.  I think often times in our quest to be professional and get sponsors, we kind of lose sight of that core instinct of drag racing – my hot rod is badder than yours. Rivalries drive popularity in every sport, ours is no different. We are going to leverage social media to expand the footprint of these call-outs. It's going to be fun.

"In much the same way ITA has encompassed much more than just Top Alcohol, we hope to provide a place for heads up Doorslammer racing in general. We are going to do our best to accommodate them all and be a resource for them as well."

You can join in the action at www.insidepromod.com.


SPRC Dinner Dance: urgent message.
4th February: Yvonne Tramm has been in touch with an urgent message for those attending next Saturday's (11th) SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation in Daventry.

You have seen recent news items regarding shortages of vegetables. The DeVere Staverton Park have been in touch with Yvonne to say that their chef has been unable to obtain enough peppers and courgettes to go with the salmon fillet. Yvonne has asked the chef to use his discretion and instead to use any vegetables he can obtain.

If you are attending next week's Dinner Dance and have ordered the salmon but are allergic to any particular vegetables, then please contact Yvonne on 07762 195729 or E-Mail her at
ytramm@africonnect.com so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Tom Larman.
3rd February: We were sorry to hear that UK Wild Bunch racer and all-round top bloke Tom Larman passed away yesterday (Thursday) following a stroke. Barry Bohannon writes:

Tom ran the Ferret Model T Comp Altered with his son Craig as Crew Chief, his wife Wendy, and most if not all of his family at some events.

Tom was one of the most cheerful and helpful people one could ever wish to meet, always the first to offer a helping hand and or merciless mickey-taking in equal measure. He once badly injured his foot in a freak pit accident towing the race car but even that didn't dampen his spirits, he was that kind of guy. He gave part of the eulogy at Scot Durrant's funeral last summer and his warmth and sincerity shone like a beacon amongst the sad faces gathered that day.

The Wild Bunch pits will sorely miss Tom: his radiant smile, raucous laughter, rubbish jokes and cringe-worthy puns were a staple of any event at his beloved Shakespeare County Raceway

Tom is survived by his wife Wendy, three children and four grandchildren to whom we send our deepest sympathies.


SPRC's Super Street double-header.
1st February:
Santa Pod Racers Club will try out a modified programme for Super Street at the 2017 FIA / FIM Main Event and FIA / FIM European Finals. SPRC Club Secretary Ian Marshall explains:

To increase the level of competition for Super Street cars we will be running a double-header race at the two FIA events at Santa Pod Raceway. Qualifying will take place as normal on day one of the race weekend with eliminations running to conclusion on day two. On day three there will be a one-shot qualifier and then another set of eliminations, with the final rounds competed on day four.

Points will be awarded separately for the two sets of qualifying and eliminations upon their completion or up to the point the event was concluded.

These details are of course subject to change due to weather or other conditions which may limit track time. There are many differing scenarios which may occur at race meetings, the details of which will be outlined at the Riders' and Drivers' meeting on Sunday 26th February.

If you have any queries then you can contact Ian at SPRC on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Introducing Extreme Outlaw.
1st February: Jonny Niesner writes that Germany's new Extreme Outlaw Challenge is for the inexorable and unstoppable:

Many teams have used the winter months to give their passion an official framework. The new Extreme Outlaw Challenge is a race class for rear-wheel drive cars powered by turbochargers, ProChargers or superchargers and which run the quarter mile in 6.00 to 8.50 seconds.

Altereds, Funny Cars, Pro Mods and dragsters run against each other in this class – no other class offers so much variety for spectators. This class is loud and fast and the drivers will offer the finest burnouts. That's what makes this extraordinary class so attractive for spectators as well as promoters.

The goal of XO is to compete as an official class in its first year this year, at events which can offer the specified conditions.

More information can be found on our web site at www.extremeoutlaw.de or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/extremeoutlawdrag. If the class is to your liking then please don't forget to hit the Like button.


Presenting your winners...
1st February: Crowned MSA British Drag Racing Champion for the fifth time in ten seasons, Pro Mod racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson was presented with his 2016 Championship trophy last Saturday at the Motor Sports Association's annual Night of Champions, held at the Royal Automobile Club in London's Pall Mall. Robin Jackson writes:

Andy was one of twenty-two national motorsport Champions to be honoured at the prestigious occasion, along with a host a special award-winners, and received his commemorative silver salver from FIA Deputy President (Sport) Graham Stoker.

Andy's MSA title defence will not be his only motorsport undertaking in 2017. Plans to venture into Historic circuit racing were unveiled at the recent Autosport International exhibition. Andy and racing partner Jerry Clayton will enter a Studebaker Lark Classic Saloon Car imported from the USA and prepared for competition in the Andy Robinson Race Cars workshop. A certain irony attends this project, as a similar plan announced on Eurodragster.com several years ago was revealed to have been an April Fools' Day hoax.

What do you do to liven those cold dark days and long nights early in January, asks Richard Merriman? Well, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator held its Dinner Dance and awards evening at the stunning Coombe Abbey Hotel just outside of Coventry. A change of location from last year's event, moving just up the road, but the feedback from those who attended was very positive.

The Dinner Dance was preceded by the AGM to discuss a number of items. A healthy turnout meant there was good discussion and a number of valid points were noted. We say a huge thanks to Ben Barnwell for all his hard work over the past couple of years but he has decided to step down as Chairman and hands the reins to Jon Webster. Welcome on board Jon, and we welcome Richard Merriman as Club Secretary / web site administrator. They will be assisted by Ben Barnwell as Sponsorship Co-ordinator and Matt Atkinson as Treasurer.


After a short break it was time to gather for the Dinner Dance and award presentation which kicked off the evening. A huge Congratulations to Street Eliminator Champion winner Matt Smith and runner-up Gary Gooding both of Team Extreme.


The following awards were also presented:

Best 60 foot: Winner Mark Todd, runner-up Gary Gooding
Best Reaction Time: Winner Matt Smith, runner-up Nick Hale
Most Improved ET: Mark Sheridan
Best Appearing Car: Jon Webster
Spirit of the Class: Nick and Nigel Hale

A thoroughly great evening was had by all and there was much talk about the up and coming season.

So at which events can you catch Street Eliminator this year?

14th-16th April: Festival of Power, Santa Pod Raceway
29th April-1st May: Springspeed Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
26th-29th May: FIA / FIM Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway
24th-25th June: SPRC Summernationals, Santa Pod Raceway
21st-23rd July: Bug Jam, Santa Pod Raceway
26th-28th August: Open Sport Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
7th-10th September: FIA / FIM European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway
23rd-24th September: UK National Finals, Santa Pod Raceway

We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors who of course help make all this happen: AW Upholstery, Insane Creations, Matt Woods Photography, Powerpour, Serck Motorsport, Topspeed Automotive, Custom Car magazine, Webster Race Engineering and Zeon TV.

If you would like to keep up to date with what's going on check out our Facebook page and our web site at www.streeteliminator.com.


A quarter century of Outlaw Anglia.
1st February: UK Outlaw Anglia racer Colin Millar writes that the class for the wild short-wheelbase doorslammers has also just had its AGM at which the racers declared a plain and simple objective: to raise the profile of Outlaw Anglia so that everyone can enjoy the spectacular show which has already lasted twenty five years. Colin writes:

Outlaw Anglia is now officially twenty five years old, twenty five years of earth-shaking close heads-up racing with all the thrills and spills of trying to get a short wheelbase car 1320 feet up the track with huge amounts of power. There is not a huge number of us as not everybody has the mental ability to pilot these unstable and unforgiveing machines run after run event after event and keep coming back even in the face of destruction to engines, gearboxes, rear axles, and unfortunately complete cars.

Outlaw Anglia has a new reformed focus to develop the awesome show it provides to anyone who has ever sat and watched a full round of spectacular heads-up racing. If you've never had the opportunity then get yourself along to the next available Outlaw Anglia meeting. We are a very friendly bunch and we consider the OA family to be one of the best drag racing classes that exists. We would like to invite inspire and promote new drivers and cars to join the class and we welcome spectators to come along and meet all the OA family at a track near you for a fun fast and exciting day out.

There are a number of new cars coming out this year with other cars well into the build for launch in 2018, developing the latest technology and enhancing new materials to deliver power-to-weight ratios which were unthinkable only a short time ago. One day soon there will be a six-second Outlaw Anglia, watch this space.

This is a very special year and we will not let this pass without allowing the spirit of Outlaw Anglia to show through. We have Tom Pugh who has gone above and beyond to provide the class with fantastic new vibrant artwork to commemorate our twenty five-year anniversary which is available to all on T-Shirts, hoodies and a vast array of other merchandise including mugs, umbrellas, data sticks, pens, trolley coins and much much more. All enquiries welcome to me either on Facebook or at cmillar@dp-services.co.uk or just catch up with us at the track.

To celebrate these twenty five wonderful years there will be a huge party at the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals on Saturday night with great food, great music and the huge party spirit within Outlaw Anglia. We drive fast and party hard, we have a huge appetite to win on the track but we revel in the great friendship found within the OA pits.

Callum Pudge, who at the very young age of eighteen has already established himself as an accomplished track photographer capturing everything that goes on within the tracks at both Santa Pod and Shakespeare County Raceway, has always shown a huge interest in our class and has now delivered the foundations of our new and inspiring web site which will deliver all the required past present and future facts associated with our class. The new site will be launched prior to the start of our race season.

Eurodragster.com will deliver all the meeting updates as the class progresses through its event schedule for 2017 and there will be live webcam at selected events, thanks Tog (On behalf of the team thank you, you're welcome - Ed):

21st-23rd April: Big Bang, Santa Pod Raceway
29th April-1st May: Springspeed Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
24th-25th June: NSRA Nostalgia Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
14th-16th July: Dragstalgia, Santa Pod Raceway
21st-23rd July: Bug Jam, Santa Pod Raceway
11th-13th August: Bulldog Bash, Shakespeare County Raceway (non-points demo round)
26th-28th August: Open Sport Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
16th-17th September: NSRA Hot Rod Drags, Shakespeare County Raceway

The best six of seven rounds count for the Championship.

Our class had a fantastic 2016 season and with 2017 approaching  we would like to take the opportunity to wish all Outlaw Anglia racers and crew well, and to all our fans and spectators we wish you all the very best for 2017. Come and see us in the pits.

No cherries!


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 3.
30th January: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 4th March. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2016 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. One shortlist will be posted on Monday each week.

The latest shortlist is the APIRA / Shakespeare County Raceway Sportswoman of the Year trophy. The APIRA / SCR Sportswoman of the Year trophy recognises the efforts of women in 2016 as racers, crew members or track officials.

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

Gemma Levy (Barn Levy Outlaw Anglia crew)
Vote for Gemma Levy

Lisa Pallant (Glenn Pallant Pro ET crew)
Vote for Lisa Pallant

Lynn Purvis (Scott Crookston Outlaw Anglia crew)
Vote for Lynn Purvis

Grace Roaf (Peter Lane Super Pro ET crew)
Vote for Grace Roaf

Cathrine Stones (Andrew Stones Wild Bunch crew)
Vote for Cathrine Stones

Kirstie Tramm (Sportsman ET racer, Tom Atkinson Super Pro ET crew)
Vote for Kirstie Tramm

Caitlin Wilson (Lucas Oil Junior Dragster racer)
Vote for Caitlin Wilson

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official APIRA Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the APIRA Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If the E-Mail is not automatically generated with your chosen name in the title then simply send an E-Mail to apiraawards2016@eurodragster.com giving the category (Iris Page Memorial Trophy etc.) as the subject of the E-Mail and the name of the person for whom you wish to vote in the body of the E-Mail.

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

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

The next shortlist, to be published next Monday (6th February) will be the APIRA Endeavour Award.


Ålund to drive the Old 51.
29th January: Sweden's ten-time FIA European Pro Stock Champion Jimmy Ålund will jump behind the wheel of Magnus Petterson's Old 51 Pro Mod this season. Previous driver Johan Lindberg will focus on NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driving brother Jonnie's car. The news was announced on stage at tonight's Swedish National Car Sport Federation prizegiving banquet in Stockholm.


Jimmy says that the move to Pro Mod is not to be viewed as permanent. "This is something for 2017", he says. "A lot of different aspects came in place pointing in this direction but my heart is still in naturally-aspirated engines and Pro Stock. I still have my own car and at some events I plan to bring it and compete in both classes.

"To try Pro Mod is a challenge I am really looking forward to, and when it comes to my own Pro Stock car it will be nice not to have the tension to chase very important qualifying points in every round and nice to be able to test more than we usually dare."

Jimmy will be doing some initial Pro Mod testing in Malmö prior to the FIA Main Event at Santa Pod in May.

Story and pictures courtesy Stefan Boman for Bilsport magazine


Bellio breathes easy...
28th January: Belgian Top Methanol Funny Car racer Danny Bellio had an eventful 2016 off the track but are preparing for a return in 2017:

Danny's Racing Team didn't enter the first FIA round at Santa Pod because we didn't have an engine: the old one was destroyed on the first test run at the Pro Peak Performance day before the Main Event in 2015. During 2015 and early 2016 we were extremely busy in the workshop with our dyno operation but at the start of 2016 parts were ordered to complete our new engine. Several of the parts were not available and we got them just one week before the Main Event. So we had to skip the Main Event and the first of the rounds at Tierp and focus on getting everything together for round four at Hockenheim.

Meanwhile Danny made a successful attempt to quit smoking after forty years. In the period following the Main Event he started to suffer breathing problems and went to the doctor several times without getting a diagnosis. But the nights are very long when you can't sleep.

The team got busy assembling the new engine when necessary parts were delivered in June and the new combination was tested on our new engine dyno Dyno Unlimited making several nice strong runs. Everything was promising and the team were very excited.

The car was ready the weekend before Hockenheim, but our driver wasn't in top condition. Danny was still suffering from breathing problems, but the doctors still couldn't find the cause. A week before Hockenheim the doctor sent Danny to a lung specialist who prescribed a ten-day special therapy.

On the Friday at Hockenheim we tried two qualifying passes but our driver wasn't confident in the car. On Saturday we didn't make any runs because Danny didn't have the strength to drive the car and decided not to continue. On Sunday he was in better condition and wanted to run the car, but in the first round of eliminations the car rolled the lights and it was game over.

On Monday Danny went back to the lung specialist, but there weren't any problems with his lungs.

We decided to make the trip to Sweden for round five at Tierp. When we arrived on Thursday afternoon it was raining heavily. When the rain stopped we built everything up and did some small check-ups and changes to the car. On the Friday Danny was feeling well and we contested the two qualifying rounds, but on the Saturday Danny could hardly breathe and didn't feel well at all. We made the hard decision to stop qualifying and miss Sunday's eliminations. We drove back home on Sunday morning and at that point we had two drivers for our truck, Danny and Sandro. Danny managed to drive the truck but something was seriously wrong and we didn't know what.

When we arrived in Belgium we went back to the doctor and she decided to run all of the tests over again to see if something had been missed and finally they found what was wrong: Danny's thyroid was growing extremely fast and was obstructing his windpipe. The thyroid was six times bigger than normal and was growing to the inside instead of growing outwards. In November Danny was scheduled for surgery, but removing the big thyroid involved some risks as it was growing close to Danny's vocal chords. This was a concern as if the thyroid was growing around or on the vocal chords then Danny could have lost his voice.

We are very happy to report that everything is OK with Danny at this time. The surgery was a success. When the race season starts Danny will hopefully he will be strong enough to run the car again, and we are looking forward to making some awesome test runs. To get results with the race car everything needs to be in top condition - car, team and especially the driver. We know the car can run into the 5.6s and maybe quicker.

For 2017, we don't know yet what the plan is. Top Methanol Dragsters and Top Methanol Funny Cars will race together and this has caused the team to look at the options for our race operation. But first we need to do some serious testing on the car and become consistent again.

See you at the track!


...and offers 4000 hp dyno.
28th January: Danny Bellio also writes that his business Dyno Unlimited in Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium, is proud to support racers in tuning any type of combination:

We can handle engines which are naturally aspirated, turbocharged, supercharged, gasoline or alcohol, carburettor, mechanical injection or EFI, from a regular street engine up to a 4000 horsepower race engine.

The benefit of putting your engine combination on the dyno is that you get a base tune-up in a safe manner instead of risking breaking parts on the track. Potential engine or tune-up problems can be spotted and mended before damage occurs.

We renting out the dyno unit with an operator, engine mounting, water cooling if needed, and logging sensors. The customer will need to bring their own oil, spark plugs, tools, service parts if needed, and mechanic if servicing is needed in between test pulls. The customer will also need to provide a test plan, what is expected from the dyno and how they wish to test their engine.

The dyno can be rented per hour with fee dependent on the type of engine being tested. Engines which need to be serviced between pulls require mechanics to be present although we can also provide the service, parts, and tuning aids and tips at additional cost.

What we offer is a safe base tune-up in an environment where the engine is constantly being monitored in real time and any problems can be spotted before damage is done.

If you are interested our service then please contact us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DynoUnlimited or E-Mail us directly at info@dannycars.be.


Swift snippets.
28th January: We have received another spy picture from the same source as Wednesday's spy picture, so presumably another piece of the puzzle. 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.

EDRS Pro Nordic MC Super Gas Bike Champion Janne Koskinen will be contesting EDRS Pro Pro Stock Bike in 2017 on a former Ellsa Karlsson Suzuki. You can read more courtesy of our good buddy Remco Scheelings on the Drag Racing Europe Blog.

Santa Pod Raceway's Early Bird 20% discount on tickets for most events closes at midnight UK this Tuesday (31st). You can order your tickets at www.eticketing.co.uk/santapodraceway.


2017 European SFI Tour confirmed.
27th January: Many thanks to
SFI Foundation President Arnie Kuhns for confirming the calendar for the 2017 European SFI Recertification Tour:

Thursday 16th March: DHRA, Aambeeld 11, 1969 NC Heemskerk, The Netherlands (08:00-12:00)
Friday 17th March: FHRA office, Helsinki-Malmi Airport, 00700 Helsinki, Finland (09:00-12:00)
Saturday 18th March: Persåkers Speed Shop, Solbergavagen 28, Åkers Styckebruk, Sweden (12:00-17:00)
Monday 20th March: Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, Podington, United Kingdom (10:00-16:00)


To the arena, and make it snappy.
27th January: Maikel Gloudemans of our streaming service provider DoYouSee.me writes that Rene van den Berg and the Shark Attack Top Fuel Bike team will be putting on a display at this weekend's Racing Expo in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. M@ik says that indoor burnouts are on the menu:

We have been invited by our main sponsor Eurol to make a nice big static display of our team and to stir up the crowds with burnouts in a live action arena. If last year's burnouts are a valid indication we will almost literally raise the roof.

DoYouSee.Me will be there to try to capture the moment, as well as provide promotional videos about drag racing in our display.

Racing Expo has grown into a large fair covering a lot of forms of motorsports, both cars and bikes, including tuning and design and the live action arena will be filled with demos of several disciplines. For more information check out www.racing-expo.nl.


Announcing PTTM Drag Racing.
27th January: Vegter Pro Mod Racing, one of the leading Dutch and European Pro Modified race teams is entering a new era and stepping up a level with a strenghtened relationship with sponsor and partner PedalToTheMetal Musclecar Performance. The team will now be known as PTTM Drag Racing. Remco Scheelings writes:

PedalToTheMetal Musclecar Performance partnered with Vegter Pro Mod Racing early last season. Fred Dorland was a drag racer and race car builder, and with PedalToTheMetal Dragracing he had his own hobby-based team which raced very successfully with several cars in all kind of categories. These activities, together with building V8 engines, were the foundation for the start of the very successful company PTTM Musclecar Performance.

"Due to all his business commitments, Fred didn't have the time to drive any more", says David Vegter. "He and partner Sido Zeilstra and son Max Dorland wanted to stay involved in the sport, and the way we worked together last season turned out so well that we both wanted to intensify our co-operation, especially as Fred and his partners are still passionate about drag racing. As a result, from now on the team name will be PTTM Drag Racing. Fred Dorland will be Team Manager and will take over all kind of duties, but also the business part around the team, contact with sponsors and partners, and arranging relationship marketing events. He will also support the team wherever it's needed.

"As a Crew Chief and driver I can focus on the technique, the race car and the driving job. Together with the crew, everybody in the team will do the things at which they are good, and will be involved in everything. It was getting a bit too much for me last season. The sport asks for a far more professional approach now and I'm sure that this will take the renewed team and our performance to the next level."

PedalToTheMetal Musclecar Performance are an all-round Speed Shop specialising in high-end classic American muscle cars. PTTM buy and sell, repair, restore and paint, have numerous different parts, including driveline components, and have all the know-how of American V8 performance engines. These engines are used all over Europe and beyond for street cars, racing and drag racing. In their showroom in Sneek, Holland, PTTM always has at least forty unique cars as well as several restoration and renovation projects for customers.

David Vegter and the '67 Camaro will again compete in the full FIA European Pro Modified Championship tour of six races, the Championship in which he finished in fifth position last year. As announced last week, David and his team will have Red Line Oil Scandinavia as their lubricant partner for 2017. Longtime partners WVB Holland and HKR Techniek have extended their partnership with the team, and the PTTM Drag Racing '67 Camaro will also be supported again by DutchBoxx Golfkarton and of course main sponsor PTTM Musclecar Performance. The team is talking to current and new partners and expect to have more news pretty soon.

"We are also working hard to improve the car, the engine and the team", says David. "We will do our very best to be fully-prepared at the start of the season, although there is still a lot of work to be done. We want to emphasise that the renewed team and team name as an organisation and foundation are totally independent from the main sponsor with the same name. Of course there are some connections, but the sponsor interests of the company are completely separate from the drag racing activities. This makes it possible to work with other sponsors in the future, but to use the team name it now has."


Here, read the manual.
27th January: A 390-page Official History of the Allard Chrysler Dragster and its restoration has been handed to National Motor Museum Manager Doug Hill by Allard Chrysler Action Group Chair Brian Taylor.

The document includes the dragster's full history; why Sydney Allard decided to build it in the first place and the story of its racing career. It then details the nine-year restoration by the Allard Chrysler Action Group (warts and all) along with all part numbers and documentation including the engine's original brass identification plate. All of this will be placed in the library for use by researchers.

The sponsorship of the project by Lucas Oil Products UK has also been marked by decals affixed to the body panels - a special deviation from its period correct status. A recent addition to the restoration has been the application of period correct Castrol and Wynn's logos in the engine bay on the firewall. These were original sponsors of Sydney Allard back in the mid-1960s and photos exist of these decals in place at that time. However it has been Lucas Oil Products UK who have provided all the lube requirements during the restoration so, after discussions between Brian and Doug, the National Motor Museum has agreed to honour this support by applying Lucas Oil decals to the body panels. This is not of course period correct and would not have been allowed back in the day, but it was felt that the company should be treated as a special case to reflect their support.


More on Snell 2005 helmets.
25th January: Following on from the German tech update on Snell helmets of
9th January, the UK's National Tech Committee have issued the following update:

The 2005 Snell helmet is no longer legal for FIA classes in the UK. The Snell 2010 and 2015 are of course still legal.

2005 Snell helmets will remain legal for all MSA classes until 31st December 2018. This also includes the European Funny Car Series, as racers compete under a National B Permit and not FIA, however all helmets used in the European Funny Car Series must have the original factory-fitted Hans-type device posts installed.

The Snell 2005 helmet regulation will also cover any Pro Modified racer competing within the MSA British Pro Modified Championship, but will not cover the FIA Main Event nor the FIA European Finals.

If you are unsure then please contact SPRC or the UK National Tech Committee.


SPR/DFDS ferry discount continues.
25th January: Many thanks to Caroline Holden for letting us know that the deal between Santa Pod Raceway and DFDS for reduced-rate ferry crossings across the English Channel is to continue into 2017.

There is no rate increase, however in line with DFDS Group policy on all routes a charge has been introduced for each additional driver or passengers. The concessionary rates still offer a considerable discount when compared to DFDS' standard freight tariff and, until further notice, each driver and passenger will be able to take advantage of a free main course offer in the Freight Drivers Road Kings restaurant on board their vessels.

You can download the booking form by clicking here for PDF version or clicking here for Word version.

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


Swift snippets.
25th January: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "Still a puzzle, but getting closer". 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.

No Prep Nationals entry open.
25th January: Paul Marston writes that entry is now officially open for the inaugural No Prep Doorslammer Nationals at North Weald on Sunday 2nd July:

No Prep is the fastest growing drag race format in the States. It's kinda going back to its roots, race hard for a nice pile of cash! The format is sixteen cars, £125 entry, the winner gets £1000 and the runner-up gets their entry fee (less track fee). This is eighth-mile no-time racing, the first past the finish line wins. You will get two practice run sessions in the morning then eliminations start after lunch break. Callouts are allowed providing both drivers or teams like the match-up; minimum sidebet is £50. Otherwise it's straight numbers out of the hat for the pairings. Christmas Tree start, run to conclusion, judge of the fact at the finish line with video camera.

Any doorslammer can run, there are no exceptions: street legal or not, slicks or not, 4WD, 2WD, as many power adders as you like or not. No prep but yes you can use Grip Juice, Pimp Juice, Gorilla Snot, whatever if you want. It's simply the first car from point A to point B wins. Power is most probably not going to be king - clever will most probably steal the day. Remember this has never been done in the UK before, this will be the first.

Entry forms are available from the organisers by E-Mailing pmracing@fsmail.net, via the Paul Marston Racing Facebook page, or by simply calling me on 07831 650230. Ther eis limited availability, sixteen cars only can enter, so if you want to be part of it then please act now.

This event will be filmed, produced and placed on YouTube and will be featured on American Internet TV. Eurodragster.com plan an end-day report and gallery. Our sincere thanks to all involved so far. Over the next couple of weeks we will announce our title sponsor and marketing partners / associate sponsors so stay tuned to Eurodragster.com.


Stunt Fest race vehicles sought.
24th January: Santa Pod Raceway are seeking race vehicles for static display at Stunt Fest on Saturday 18th February.

"It's a great family day, so bring your kids as well" says Phil Bennett.

If you are interested in displaying your car or bike st Stunt Fest then please drop Phil a line at
phil@santapod.com.

Swift snippets.
24th January: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to race vehicle builder, Pro Mod racer-in-waiting and Eurodragster.com sponsor Jon Webster. Have a great day Jon. On behalf of the whole Master of Disaster crew René Martin asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to nostalgia slingshot racer Jürgen Schomann. Our pleasure, have a great day Jürgen.

Why Chrysler Hemis are sought.
23rd January: Further to our news item of
12th January, Sam Wilkinson of Performance Communications has been in touch to explain why Chrysler Hemi-powered race cars are sought for a Press Launch at Santa Pod Raceway at the end of February:

"We are acting for a large automotive company who wish to show media from A-List magazines the power of Hemi engines both in their cars and in dragsters" say Performance Comminications. "We are keen for a dragster to attend for a series of challenges in an Expert v Journalist competition, for example 0-60 mph, 0-100 mpg and quarter-mile challenge."

If you fancy some early mid-week testing on 27th, 28th February and 1st March, for two of these days, or for one day, then please contact Darren Prentice at Santa Pod Raceway at darren@santapod.com.


Bartlett on SPR, Europe and more.
23rd January: Longtime Eurodragster.com readers will know that Eurodragster.com usually talk to Santa Pod Raceway and Trakbak Racing owner and CEO Keith Bartlett at Autosport International each year. Our paths did cross at Autosport last week but Keith had a busy schedule of business meetings so we spoke on the phone a few days later. This is what Keith had to say about Santa Pod Raceway, Trakbak Racing, European and World Championships and more:

"2016 was yet another extremely successful year. This has been the trend for the past three or four years and I don't think that it's by luck. The management and the staff at TBR (Trakbak Racing Ltd) and Santa Pod have worked hard to lift the brand and to keep improving the events and show overall. It's no surprise that we have had more people and more positive feedback. I am delighted that we have achieved all we have by the end of 2016. That was the five-year plan to 2016 and we are now entering into a new five-year plan, commencing in 2017.

"For both the Championships and Santa Pod Raceway social media has played a large part in our expansion. I would say that in motorsport in the UK, we are one of the front runners in that we really do utilise social and new media. We are going out to and working within a market few others seem to value in the same way as we do at Santa Pod. I am chasing down the teenage market, the kids who could in the near future be our next generation of customers.  There is no doubt that social media must play a large part in our expansion and development. This year will see Santa Pod taking this to further levels of integration and activity. Over the past two years we have developed all or TV broadcasts and production. This is now at a standard where our own YouTube Santa Pod TV live stream shows have a huge following in the hundreds and hundreds of thousands for each show. This is only the beginning of our TV and internet broadcasting planning for the future.

"We are always trying hard to improve the overall facility at Santa Pod. We are conscious that last year the racers only saw the new exit gate past the finish line, although we did build and install a new finish line gantry the year before. The new office complex completed early in 2016, at the main gate, was a vital element to our future expansion plans.  We currently employ around thirty five permanent staff and two hundred seasonal staff. I am sure that will increase even more in the coming years. That's a different story to twenty years ago when I purchased Santa Pod and had only around twelve full time staff. I am pleased with where we have got to today. We have a well-defined and variable calendar, but we don't lose sight of the racers who are crucial to our success. It doesn't matter, Pro or Sportsman, we need to continue to develop the sport, despite the curve balls thrown up by the economy, planning restraints and in some cases the rules of drag racing. Santa Pod will always continue to put the racers first, wherever and whenever that is applicable and workable.

"As I have already said, the next five-year plan will commence this year. It's our most ambitious development plan since 1996, and we are now entering a serious phase of Santa Pod's development, looking to give improved facilities to the racers and public alike. My aim is for this to be a real lifting of the facility and how it is perceived.  How the Santa Pod facility will look in the future I hope is going to be quite different to today, but as long as I have the final say, I will make sure that Santa Pod never loses it soul and what it has represented and stood for over the past fifty years. Part of the next five-year plan includes my long talked-about aspiration of a Santa Pod museum, which will soon be underway as we ago for planning consent in 2017. All things being equal, the museum should commence construction sometime around the end of 2018 to mid-2019. I have already acquired the first couple of vehicles!

"One downside within all this development was a planning consent given for a wind farm right next door to us. Following many objections from many other residents, the final number of turbines was reduced from around nineteen to just three. One turbine is now up, the next two will be up within a few weeks. There is nothing we can do about this situation as it's not on our land. It changes the iconic view from the start line but we have to live with it. It is on the farmer's land and there is nothing we can do. Neither Santa Pod and or TBR have any financial benefit from these wind turbines.

"I remain somewhat still quite disappointed with the FIA Championship overall. The commercial rights are still not allocated (despite over three years of discussion, negotiation and tenders) and no one entity owns the rights and so long as that remains the case, the Championship will continue to flounder and at the same time remain where it is. That said, Santa Pod Raceway and Hockenheim are working hard to develop and market the overall FIA Championship, at least at their own rounds. I am of the firm opinion that the FIA Championship needs single ownership and full control of its direction across all rounds to truly grow and develop the whole Championship, which in turn is the only way that the racers and teams will see increased income and sponsorships. Santa Pod has grown and developed to where it is today as a result of having single ownership and control of its direction and growth, supported by a very competent management team.

"Over the next couple of years we will be dedicating some of our resources and time to really developing the European Funny Car Series. The way the pound has gone to the dollar recently, post Brexit (and that is another story in its own right), most people will understand that buying parts and equipment from the States is now more costly. This makes life even harder for the Nitro Top Fuel and Funny Car owners. However, on the other side that means that we can do a lot more business in the USA, hopefully be able to get Americans organisations to spend their money in England and at the same time make it a far more attractive proposal for US teams to come here. Our aim for the European Funny Car Series is a minimum six-car entry at each round and it will likely involve US teams in the future. I remain upbeat that we are going to take this series up to the next level.

"As some of you are aware TBR signed the commercial rights to an FIM World Drag Bike Championship. This commences in 2018 as a single World Cup event for Pro Stock Bike. Hopefully with a twenty four Pro Stock Bike entry with teams from all around the world of drag bike racing and all competing to make a sixteen-bike field. The winner will be crowned the FIM World Cup Champion. So in 2018 it is single World Cup event with a single class, Pro Stock Bike, but it is our intention that when it develops into a full-blown Championship from 2019 onwards you will see Top Fuel Bike and Supertwin coming in. For those two classes it may be a Championship, or a Cup, but we will bring them in. It took a lot of negotiation over a three to four year period to secure the right deal for the commercial rights. It is a project that both TBR and the FIM will work closely together on as any partners should. TBR is now in a position to take advantage of holding the commercial rights to this first ever official FIM World Drag Bike Championship. With interest from top teams and high level tracks alike in the USA, Australia and the Middle East, along with Europe the project has real potential.

"For the last three years Trakbak Racing has been working on developing the overall Santa Pod brand and it is today, I believe, so strong that I think it's now accepted that Santa Pod is viewed by so many people in motorsport at least, as a worldwide brand and not just here in Europe. In my role as CEO I intend to exploit that brand value across clothing, retail, experience stores and more external projects, all outside of just motorsport. That is all part of the five-year plan. Over the past five years we have achieved all that we targeted to achieve, now we are looking to try and repeat that over the next five years. We may not succeed in all our plans in this period, but I am confident we will succeed in many of them, regardless of the curveballs and barriers thrown at us on a regular basis.

"I have never been more upbeat about the overall situation at Santa Pod and Trakbak Racing Ltd than I am today. The future looks really good for Santa Pod."


APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 2.
23rd January: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 4th March. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2016 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. One shortlist will be posted on Monday each week.

The second shortlist is the Shakespeare County Raceway Award for Outstanding Achievement. The Shakespeare County Raceway Award for Outstanding Achievemen tis awarded to a racer who achieved outstanding performance at Shakespeare County Raceway during the season.

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

Scott Crookston (Outlaw Anglia)
Vote for Scott Crookston

Phil Crossley (Funny Bike)
Vote for Phil Crossley

Graham Dance (Super Street Bike)
Vote for Graham Dance

Roger Goring (Jet Funny Car)
Vote for Roger Goring

Joel Kerr (Supercharged Outlaws)
Vote for Joel Kerr

Joe Stevens (Super Pro ET)
Vote for Joe Stevens

Steve Venables (Super Street Bike)
Vote for Steve Venables

Stuart Williams (Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator)
Vote for Stuart Williams

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official APIRA Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the APIRA Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If the E-Mail is not automatically generated with your chosen name in the title then simply send an E-Mail to apiraawards2016@eurodragster.com giving the category (Iris Page Memorial Trophy etc.) as the subject of the E-Mail and the name of the person for whom you wish to vote in the body of the E-Mail.

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

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

The next shortlist, to be published next Monday (30th January) will be the APIRA / Shakespeare County Raceway Award Sportswoman of the Year Trophy.


Web site updates.
23rd January: Our good friend Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with the first instalment in the promised Blog by Keith Lee describing his work on a biography of UK legend Dennis Priddle. As ever you can check out the latest updates via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

In the latest instalment of his exclusive Racer Blog presented in association with Gearhead Garage Paul Marston works on the appearance of his twin turbo Cortina whilst also pruning yet more weight from it. You can take a look by clicking here or by clicking on the Gearhead Garage Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Lee pens Priddle biography.
21st January: Drag racing photojournalist Keith Lee has been in touch to let us know that he has commenced working on a long overdue book that will tell the inside story of Dennis Priddle, one of the true legends of the sport.

"Dennis Priddle was a firm favourite with race fans over some two decades, as the sport made rapid and exciting progress during those formative years in the UK", comments Keith. "Dennis was also one of the pioneers who helped spread the word into mainland Europe. Race fans always knew that if a Priddle car was entered, he would put on a great show. I had the good fortune to be around during this exciting times, as a spectator, photojournalist and commentator during the period that he campaigned a variety of top line cars. They always looked good - and performed even better! Having enjoyed listening to his fascinating racing anecdotes over recent years, I am very pleased to say that I have persuaded my good friend Dennis that it really is time to recapture those memorable days in print for a wider audience to enjoy."

A fearsome driver on track, Dennis was also highly regarded as a race car constructor, and engine builder. Bland he most definitely is not, and hopefully his character will come through in the book, which will look back at the many achievements - and also the traumas - along with the entertaining stories surrounding this master of the sport.

One of the first inductees of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2006, a delighted Dennis was also inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2016. Capping off a memorable year, he was re-presented with the IDRHoF award at our own Hall of Fame Gala last November. The standing ovation he received was a measure of just how highly regarded he is.

Alan Currans has kindly agreed to post some of the interesting snippets uncovered along the way towards completing the book, in a blog on his excellent web site The Acceleration Archive.

It will be an interesting journey, with very welcome help from Annie, reliving and pulling together this story of a true drag racing hero, and also of those who helped make the Dennis Priddle story.


Dial-In Day 2017.
21st January: The hugely successful Dial-In Day returns to Santa Pod Raceway for 2017 on Saturday 4th March, leaving plenty of time for attendees to prepare for the first round of the National Drag Racing Championships during Easter's Festival of Power weekend:

There's nothing quite like the feeling of hunting or being hunted on the drag strip and we're inviting you to come along and give it a go. The concept of bracket racing, the entry level of drag racing, is simple. The slower car gets the green light first and a head start according to the difference in predicted finish times, meaning that unless both racers predict the same time, you'll always get a cat-and-mouse scenario which is simple to have a go at, and near-impossible to master. Graduates from previous Dial-In Days have gone on to achieve great things in the National Championships in classes such as Sportsman ET, the VW Drag Racing Club and beyond. There have been multiple event wins, number one qualifiers, Perfect ETs and Reaction Times and even a couple of Championships won by those who started it all with a trip to the Dial-In Day.

If you're thinking about getting involved with drag racing, or simply want a little insight into what it's like to take part, the Dial-In Day will not disappoint. It's a no-obligation training day which consists of classroom-based sessions to teach you everything you need to know about bracket racing before track-based mini-events allow you to experience full qualifying and eliminations for yourself. You absolutely do not need a race vehicle to take part; in fact we restrict the day to vehicles completing the quarter mile in 12.00 seconds or slower to reinforce the accessibility of the sport. Only the normal RWYB rules apply so, in most standard road cars, that means you need to bring nothing more than yourself, your car and your driving licence. The RWYB prices apply too with admission at just £10 and sign-on fee the regular £25 for the day.

New for 2017, thanks to the introduction of the ET Bike class to the National Championships, we shall welcome bikes to the Dial-In Day too, making this year's event the most accessible yet.

Dial-In Day takes place at Santa Pod Raceway, near Wellingborough (NN29 7XA), from 08:00 on Saturday 4th March. To find out more, or to book, check out www.rwyb.co.uk/dialin.php.


NFAA's 2017 agenda.
21st January: Lawrie Gatehouse writes that the UK's Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association hopes to present a bigger collection of cars than last year and to enhance the sometimes-unpredictable short-wheelbase mutants:

Many of you will know that Havoc is presently in the USA, fulfilling a dream for Nick, Rob and Scott, by taking on the US Fuel Altereds on their home tracks. We wish them well – try not to break anything guys.

2017 will be a huge year for the Gleadows' Motor Psycho. It will mark fifty years of the family campaigning cars on the track, starting with a Ford Flathead V8 powered Pop, initially called The Mangler, before being re-named as Motor Pyscho. This year another itch will be scratched as they will campaign with a new mill in the form of a blown 417 Donovan Hemi, fuelled by Nitromethane, ex-The Mob. The chassis has been uprated to suit and a two-speed Lenco via an L&T clutch will put the increased power to the slicks. This has been a lifetime ambition of the team and we wish them Godspeed, but only one lane at a time, if you would be so good...

Dave Grabham and family will field Freddy's Revenge in the hunt for new PBs, sporting a new look to the front end of the chassis, whilst keeping the paint scheme in its customary design and colours.

We hope to persuade Paul Watson with the ex-Clayton Round Rebel T to join the melée. So, much to look forward to, see you at the track.


Swift snippets.
21st January: Not altogether unexpectedly double NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Champion Jonnie Lindberg has announced that he will concentrate on driving Jim Head's Fuel Funny Car in NHRA competition this year, but that brother Johan Lindberg will drive the Top Alcohol FC in NHRA Lucas Oil competition. You can read all about it on the Lindberg Brothers' web site at www.lindbergbros.com.

We would like to wish a big Happy Birthday to SPRC Starter David Warren. Have a great day David.


Serck get it right at SCR.
21st January: Following on from Lucas Oil Products' recent announcement that they are to be the new left lane sponsors at Shakespeare County Raceway in 2017 Graham Smith, Motorsport Manager for Serck Motorsport also confirmed at Autosport International their continued support of the Warwickshire drag strip's right hand lane this year.

The name Serck is synonymous in cooling solutions and radiators for over one hundred years. Serck have been providing for the racing industry since the early sixties including to historic Formula One marques such as Lotus, BRM, Brabham and many more. Recently the company have been involved with Red Bull Technologies, McLaren Racing, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Prodrive. Morgan and many respected British and European drag racing teams.

"As a growing business we continue to expand our range and make the highest quality ranges we now have widely available to our customers direct off the shelf availability is our long term goal", said Graham. "Someone recently said we are now Summit of the UK which was nice to hear and this is our goal."

Serck Motorsport's presence at the show was very rewarding, with the stand attracting new and existing customers to the tremendous product range now offered by the Middlesex-based company. Even Wheeler Dealers front man Edd China stopped by the stand to marvel at the engineering work on the awesome 7.1 second all-steel split-screen VW Camper Van race bus Mental Breakdown of owner / driver Wayne Allman of Intergalactic Customs fame, featured as the stand's star exhibit.

"We are now officially appointed Ddstributors for Auto Meter, Meziere, NX, Fi Tech, Setrab Oil Coolers, Goodridge, VP Racing Fuels, Sunoco Race Fuels, Nitrous Oxide Supplies, Stant Racing Caps, Torque Storm Pro Charges, and we still manufacture Cooling Systems for worldwide customers", added Graham. There's so much more to come."

With several new product lines introduced for the start of the new year aimed mainly at the drag and hot rodding community, as well as general motor sporting disciplines, the guys at Serck took the opportunity to launch the company's first extensive Power and Performance Parts Catalogue which amounts to nearly three hundred pages covering seventeen well-known and world-respected companies: a far cry from Serck's earlier slime line editions launched at previous Shows.

Graham was also proud to announce that Auto Meter Competition Instruments have officially appointed Serck Motorsport as their UK Distributor. "We have been working very closely with Auto Meter to acquire this exclusive position and allow a full inventory of stock to be available directly from our shelves at Serck", commented Graham. "Our stock holding of Auto Meter Competition Instruments is now the largest in Europe and our aim is to provide all of our customers with the highest quality in performance parts with efficiency and competitive pricing providing the very best service and delivery direct to your door."

Another new product line acquired recently and making its show début was Fitech Fuel Injection of Riverside, California, producing Go EFI Systems for a wide range of street and strip applications. FiTech are the most advanced, yet lowest cost, EFI Systems available featuring an outstanding throttle body and competitive port systems along with a number of other supporting components, the line-up of EFI products are truly state of the art in the fast moving world of electronic fuel injection.

"With all this fantastic product line-up for the motor sporting industry it's great to have Serck Motorsport as our lane sponsor for a third year", said Shakespeare County Raceway's Jerry Cookson. "The guys at Serck have a real passion for motorsport with a true wealth of knowledge about the product and the services that go with the product. This also branches out to the Tri Chevy Shootout which Graham also organises with us in June and in which he is eagerly looking forward to competing with the ex-Roger Butterworth Snow White '57.

“After a fantastic Autosport Show our four divisions within Serck Motorsport are gearing up for our busiest year yet", concluded Graham.

Further information about Serck's product range can be found at www.serckmotorsport.co.uk, on the company's Facebook page, or by calling 020 8813 7470. Copies of the new Serck Motorsport catalogues are now ready for shipping; to get yours simply E-Mail your details to ss.hayes.m@unipart.com.


Web site updates.
21st January: Another mention for our good friend Alan Currans' excellent Acceleration Archive which has been updated with a thirty fifth gallery of readers' pictures. As ever you can check out the latest updates via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Editor's note.
20th January: Apologies for the lack of a news update today (Friday). An update was scheduled but we suffered a perfect storm of a lack of free time and FTP server access issues. We are now working on the update right now; stay tuned.

APIRA Perpetual Awards vote 1.
18th January: Avon Park International Racing Association and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give readers the chance of input to the APIRA Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the joint APIRA / Supercharged Outlaws Trophy Presentation on Saturday 4th March. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the APIRA selection panel decides upon its winners.

For six of the 2016 season awards, shortlists have been decided for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. One shortlist will be posted per week; the remaining lists will be posted on Mondays starting next week.

The first shortlist is the Iris Page Memorial Trophy. The Iris Page Memorial Trophy is awarded to a racer, team, official, marshal or other individual who has either contributed to the sport over the last twelve months, or who has achieved their own personal goals against all the odds.

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

Ben Barnwell (Chair, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator)
Vote for Ben Barnwell

Mat Cooper (Outlaw Anglia)
Vote for Mat Cooper

Tanya Hardy (Comp Bike)
Vote for Tanya Hardy

Bomber Harris (Run What You Brung)
Vote for Bomber Harris

Stacey Reed (9.50 Bike)
Vote for Stacey Reed

Luke Stevenson (Chair, Volkswagen Drag Racing Club)
Vote for Luke Stevenson

Richard Walters (Sponsorship Co-ordinator, Super Pro ET)
Vote for Richard Walters

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official APIRA Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the APIRA Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If the E-Mail is not automatically generated with your chosen name in the title then simply send an E-Mail to apiraawards2016@eurodragster.com giving the category (Iris Page Memorial Trophy etc.) as the subject of the E-Mail and the name of the person for whom you wish to vote in the body of the E-Mail.

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

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

The next shortlist, to be published next Monday (23rd January) will be the Shakespeare County Raceway Award for Outstanding Achievement.


APIRA Trophy Night bookings.
18th January: Further to the above Jerry Cookson has been in touch to let us know that 18th February is the closing date for bookings for the Avon Park International Racing Association, Shakespeare County Raceway, the Supercharged Outlaws and the National Association combined Championship Trophy Presentation Evening which takes place on Saturday 4th March in the Avon Room of the Hilton Warwick, Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE (located on Junction 15 of the M40). If you have not already booked then it is recommended that you send your ticket form off as soon as possible.


If 2016 APIRA Champions or runners-up are unable to attend then please contact Jerry at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com so that alternative arrangements can be made for trophy presentation.

The meals are: chicken liver paté, braised beef and chocolate torte; vegetarian option of melon, four cheese ravioli and chocolate torte; or children's meal of tomato soup, chicken nuggets, and chocolate torte.

APIRA have negotiated a preferential rate for rooms in the hotel at £86 for a double or £76 for a single. All rates are inclusive of breakfast, car parking and VAT. To book your room, please call the reservations team on 08008 568000 or visit the web site at www.hilton.com/warwick quoting reference code ASCRA. Cut-off point for bedrooms at the special rate is twenty eight days prior to arrival.

You can download your booking form (PDF format) from the Downloads page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk. Payments can be made by BACS; account details can also be found on the booking form. If you have any queries then please call 01789 720180, or E-Mail shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com.

Further details about the APIRA Trophy Night can be found in our news item of 28th September 2016.


Vegter hits the Red Line.
18th January: Remco Scheelings writes that The Netherlands' Vegter Pro Mod Racing are proud to announce a partnership with Red Line Oil Scandinavia for the 2017 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. The team, frontrunners in the European Championship for many years, will use the high-quality Red Line Oil products in close co-operation with the Swedish distributor of the American lubricants brand.

"Especially in the world of drag racing, Red Line is known as the best oil money can buy, and we at Vegter Pro Mod Racing are extremely proud to represent Red Line Synthetic Oil at, but also outside, European race tracks,” said David Vegter, driver and driving force behind Vegter Pro Mod Racing. Red Line Synthetic Oil products perform and protect better than any other on the market making Red Line oil the number one motor oil in drag racing, the motorsport in which engines make thousands horsepower and have to face the most demanding challenges. In their early years, Red Line Synthetic Oil produced lubricants for the racing industry only, but nowadays the American company manufactures more than one hundred quality products, including motor oils, gear oils, assembly lubes, fuel additives and cooling additives for the automotive, motorcycle, marine and industrial markets.

"Red Line Oil products didn't need any further introduction to us", said David. "Last year we got in contact with the Red Line Synthetic Oil distributor in Sweden. These meetings were so positive that we decided upon a partnership for the 2017 season and to use the Red Line products with immediate effect. We at Vegter Pro Mod Racing are very proud to represent such a highly rated brand."

Vegter Pro Mod Racing are one of the leading Pro Modified teams in the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. One of their highlights was at Tierp Arena, last August, when David broke the magic 6.00-second barrier for the first time with a stunning 5.958 second passs. David ended the FIA European Pro Modified Championship in fifth position. In 2017 Vegter Pro Mod Racing will again compete in the full FIA European Championship tour of six races in England, Sweden, Finland and Germany and will aim to do even better than they did last season.

Teams that wants to order oil or other Red Line Oil products for the oncoming season can contact Red Line Oil Scandinavia at +46 (0)8-756 65 96 by phone or via E-Mail at order@redlineoil.se. For more information about the Scandinavian Red Line Oil distributor please visit www.redlineoil.se.


2017 UK Riders' and Drivers' meeting.
17th January: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for confirming that the 2017 UK Riders' and Drivers' Meeting will be held on Sunday 26th February at the Hilton Hotel, Northampton, on the eastbound A45 just off Junction 15 of the M1 (postcode is NN4 0XW,
map). The meeting will commence at 13:30. Refreshments will be available free of charge on arrival.

Items to be discussed include the 2017 UK National Championships (ratification of dates as well as Championship matters), event entry fees and pitside electrical supply, and prize funds, as well as Any Other Business.

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

If you have any items for the agenda of the 2016 Riders' and Drivers' Meeting then please send them either to Santa Pod Racers Club at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or to Shakespeare County Raceway at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com by close of office hours on Friday 17th February.

Immediately after the Riders' and Drivers' Meeting will be the Annual General Meeting for Santa Pod Racers Club, which will discuss the SPRC accounts. Please note that this will not be a continuation of the Riders' and Drivers' meeting and that access to the AGM will require current SPRC membership.


UK SFI Tour date.
17th January: Thanks also to Ian Marshall for confirming that the UK stop of this year's SFI European inspection tour will take place at Santa Pod Raceway on Monday 20th March.

Inspections will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 on the ground floor of Spectator-side VIP.

If you have any queries about the UK SFI Tour date then please contact Ian by E-Mail at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625.


Baby pictures sought for quiz.
17th January: Our very own Kirstie is urgently seeking the help of racers with a quiz at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation on Saturday 11th February. The Dinner Dance quiz will be open to all attending for a donation to Bloodwise but Kirstie needs source material.

Kirstie is looking for pictures of racers as a baby, plus a picture of their race car or bike. The object of the quiz will of course be to match the two.

If you would like to help then please send a picture of yourself as a baby and a picture of your ride to Kirstie at kejtramm@perse.co.uk by the end of this week. You can of course send pictures even if you are not attending the SPRC Dinner Dance.

This is ultimately for a good cause folks so please get scanning and/or sending.


Havoc approaching The Colonies.
17th January: Having left Southampton Docks in the middle of December, the Havoc altered of Silverstone duo Nick Davies and Rob Loaring is due to dock in the Southern US at any time. Nick Davies writes:

Assuming that Havoc clears US Customs without too many dramas, it will travel with the Rat Trap Bantam of Ron Hope, with which it has shared the container across the ocean, to Rat Trap Racing HQ in Tennessee where it will be based for the duration of 2017.

The Team would like to thank all the well-wishers. In order to keep all interested parties abreast of progress and developments, we have launched a dedicated web site for the tour which can be found at www.havocfuelaltered.co.uk. Please visit the site regularly in order to track progress, as well as more frequent updates on the Havoc Facebook page. Eurodragster.com will, of course, be first to hear of any significant developments.

The Team would also like to thank our supporting partners without whom much of this would prove an awful lot more challenging, if not impossible:

Beech Underwriting Agencies - perhaps the greatest supporter of British drag racing's history and heritage
The Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association and Lawrie Gatehouse - the UK's best altered racing over the past fifteen years
Motor State Distributing - The US' leading distributor of racing and high performance auto parts
Rat Trap Racing - see their exploits at www.rattrapracing.com
US Automotive - your #1 source for American Automotive Equipment in the UK
Lucas Oil Products - made in America, sold to the world!
Thacker and Friends - Communication and Marketing professionals


'69 Bruce turns Pro ET 69.
16th January: Santa Pod Raceway Track Announcer Colin Theobald will be racing his immaculate 1969 Camaro Bruce in competition at June's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway. Colin got in touch to explain how he finally cracked, as we all knew he would:

It was inevitable really. My work commitments have for once enabled me to have a weekend off for an event in which I could actually take part. Luckily for me the weekend in question is the SPRC Summernationals, and as Darryl Bradford commentates on that event I have a fantastic opportunity to take part in a race event.

Nothing like getting ready early so the race suit has been acquired, the helmet is up to date, and a visit to the Autosport Show completed the race gear with the purchase of boots, gloves and neck brace.

Bruce will be going up to his second home at Williams Bros Racing in the next month or so. Dan and Nic will install an SFI-certified flex plate and we also need to change the harmonic balancer. The boys will go over the car checking everything as they normally do. Dan rebuilt the engine before last season and upgraded a few components. Since then we have also installed CalTracs, changed the torque converter to a higher stall, and replaced the shock absorbers resulting in a new best for the car of 11.42 seconds, taking 0.4 seconds off the previous year's numbers. Webster Race Engineering installed the roll cage last year and this needs to be tagged but that's it, everything else is race ready. My SPRC membership has arrived and I have sent off for my MSA licence, then it is down to my observed runs to allow me to compete.

I am genuinely excited about racing, especially in Pro ET. If possible I will double-class and race in UK Nostalgia Superstock but I think that threeclasses would be too much for one event so Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator will have to wait but I'll definitely race with them one day. It would be rude not to, especially as I'd like to go out on the Cruise as a competitor, but commentary comes first as I love that more than anything so you are not losing me from the tower.

I really couldn't do this without the help and support on the Williams Bros Racing team, they are my second family now. If all goes to plan we could be fielding four cars that weekend so it will be a very busy event. Lucas Oils are continuing with their support for which we are forever grateful; we will be proudly carrying their logos at this event and at Dragstalgia where Dan Williams will once again be racing Bruce in my place. Thanks once again to Eurodragster.com (Thanks, you're welcome, hope Bruce has a radio - Ed) and yep, I'll be checking the race results like mad to see if I can cut a light and guess my dial-in close enough.

I'll still be driving the car to the events, swapping the rear wheels over once there to slicks then put the treads back on for the journey home. One of my favourite pastimes at the track is taking people for passenger rides in Bruce, this will continue as there are quite a few people who still have to take to the passenger seat after my promises last year. You know who you are...


Autosport International report.
15th January: In association with John Woolfe Racing we have posted our report of Friday's second Trade and Press Day at Autosport International at the NEC. Drag Racing was well-represented with Santa Pod Raceway's large display and as well as the usual visits to Eurodragster.com sponsors we managed to chat with a number of visiting racers.

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


Feature: 40th Man Cup World Finals.
15th January: The latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products is Steve and Julie Moxley's report of November's Man Cup World Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park. The report covers Top Fuel Bike, Top Fuel Twin, Pro Fuel, Pro Street and Shootout.

You can check out the Man Cup World Finals report and pictures by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Editor's note: A big Thank You to Steve and Julie for supplying this Feature just before Christmas and apologies for the delay in posting which was due to a combination of the Festive Season and personal issues.


Dutch SFI Tour date.
14th January: Thanks to Kees van der Meij of the Dutch Hot Rod Association for letting us know that the 2017 SFI European inspection tour will commence in The Netherlands on Thursday 16th March.

Inspections will take place between 08:00 and 12:00 at DHRA Headquarters at Aanbeeld 11, 1969 NC Heemskirk (near Amsterdam).

Chassis can also be tagged but only by appointment. To book your appointment, or if you have any questions, then please contact
keuring@dhra.nl.

On the usual form this puts the SFI Tour in Finland on Friday 17th March, Sweden on Saturday 18th March, and the UK on Monday 20th March but we will of course post the full official itinerary as soon as it is confirmed.


No Mercy: the rebirth.
13th January: UK Super Comp racer Richie Webb has been in touch with welcome news of the rebirth of Keith Seume's No Mercy chop-topped Beetle, which ran in VWDRC and Super Gas:

After Keith sold the car it was raced around Europe and finally ended up back in England in a poor state. The car was bought by an enthusiast in Scotland who wanted to race it again. Unfortunately the tube chassis showed too many signs of abuse and was deemed scrap. So Jim Smith of Cotsweld Race Cars was commissioned to build a new up-to-date chromoly chassis, tagged to 6.00 seconds, with strut front suspension and retaining the existing four-link. Jim also mounted the old body / flip front and fabricated a lot of other parts for it.

The car then came to me for all the mechanical work, intake and turbo set-up, plumbing dry sump and fuel system etc. The body went to Paintbox for a similar paint scheme to when it was first raced in UK.

The car is now nearing completion. I am currently finishing the engine and working on the new FT600 Fuel tech EFI set=up, The plan is to have it back to Jim at Cotsweld for final alignment and set-up in the next few weeks and to start testing in April. Initially we plan on running it in Super Gas, then as we progress maybe Super Comp. With essentially the same mechanical set-up and power plant as my Cabriolet it should be another entertaining car to watch!


Swift snippets.
13th January: Good luck and stay safe to the UK's Andy Frost who is up and running at Bahrain International Circuit with his street-legal Red Victor 3 and gunning for a new world record for a street-legal car, which will involve a 5.8-second pass. Frosty has after a small number of runs already recorded a PB in the 6.3s and made that look easy so congratulations to him for that. You can stay in touch with Frosty's progress in the BDRC Arabian Pro Series event via live webcast on the BIC's YouTube channel, on Andy's Facebook page, and via the Blog on Dragzine.com.

Diana Macrae asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to Podington Pea and Redneck Racing Crew Chief Andrew Shakeshaft. "What on earth could go wrong on a 40th birthday on Friday 13th?", asks DD. What indeed. Have a great day Andrew.


Jackson's new colours unveiled.
12th January: The Lucas Oil Brad Jackson Racing livery for the 2017 drag race season was revealed at 10:30 this morning on the Santa Pod Raceway stand at Autosport International.


Twenty-year-old Brad Jackson is a final year IMI apprentice Light Vehicle Motor Technician from York. He is stealing the drag race headlines, with two major events in twenty one days at the end of last year: a Super Pro ET victory at the APIRA Open Sports Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway followed by a stunning win at the FIA / FIM European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway mean that Brad is the one to watch in 2017.

Brad's hero is Andy Carter, four-time winner of the FIA European Top Fuel European Championship - three as part of the Lucas Oil team. After unveiling the new look car at the Santa Pod Raceway stand in Hall 7 Andy said "It was an honour to be asked to unveil the Brad Jackson dragster. The new Lucas Oil design looks fantastic and I'm sure we are going to see a lot more of Brad on the winners' podium during 2017."

The 2017 livery is designed by Pete Walters Race Design and Wayne Jackson. It is a pastiche of last season's successful eye-catching layout which caught the everyone's attention on so many occasions. The successful grey patchwork theme has evolved, utilising the colours of the logo from Brad Jackson's main sponsor Lucas Oil to spectacular effect.

Brad is delighted to see the car unveiled by his sporting hero and is aiming to emulate Andy's rise to the top. His chase has begun with rebuilds of the 940 bhp V8 Big Block Chevrolet 565 and gearbox which will maximise reliability next season. The car under the bodywork is the same as the 2016 specification. The additives and racing oils from Lucas Oil will continue to help to ensure a reliable run of performances this season.


SPR seek Chrysler hemis for PR.
12th January: Darren Prentice writes that Santa Pod Raceway are seeking Chrysler hemi-powered cars to make runs for a PR company who are holding a Press Launch on 27th February to 1st March inclusive.

If you fancy some early mid-week testing on 27th, 28th and 1st, for two of these days, or for one day, then please contact Darren at darren@santapod.com.


£1000 to win Super Gas.
12th January: UK Super Gas racer Jon Giles has been in touch with news of a sponsorship scheme for the class at five events in 2017. A winner-takes-all £1000 is available in the Al's Gasser Super Gas Shootout 2017. Jon explains:

For a long time now Super Gas has really struggled to find the car numbers to make it more exciting for the racers, crews and spectators, so in the closed season I tried to see if I could change this and make 2017 a bigger field and more appealing to everyone. I have managed to find some sponsorship but with certain conditions which are as follow.
  1. Prize money of £1000 to the winner only, not runner-up or top qualifier. Monies will be paid out even in the event of a rain-off.
  2. In the event of a rain-off the £1000 prize money will be carried over to the next meeting.
  3. This will be held at Santa Pod Raceway only and for five events: the Festival of Power, FIA / FIM Main Event, SPRC Summernationals, FIA / FIM European Finals, and the UK National Finals.
  4. There must be minimum twelve-car field on eliminations day, not just qualifying. Any less and no money will be paid out or carried over.
  5. This is a trial, 2017 only at this stage.
  6. It will be called and must be commentated as the Al's Gasser Super Gas Shootout 2017.
  7. No decals are required on the cars.
  8. Most of this has been agreed by Santa Pod Racers Club and Santa Pod Raceway. Comments welcome from all involved.
  9. A Facebook page will be set up for all rules and conditions.
I hope that you all agree that with disposable income being challenged by economic conditions, and the uncertainty the future holds at this present time, I needed to do something to support a class which was ironically founded in the first place to make drag racing financially accessible to everyone. I see the way things are going, with the Pro classes being challenged the most why not turn the spotlight on a class which supports them at each event and reduce the pressure they must be feeling. As you know it's not easy as we saw from the numbers at the UK National Finals, but maybe when the spectators know that there is a small pot of gold to race for it may grab their interest. Who knows, but it's worth a try.


All set for Autosport International.
12th January: Bob Roberts of Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson Race Cars writes that the Clayton-Robinson Studebaker Lark Classic Saloon Cars racer is to make its début on the Aurora Bearings stand (8330) at Autosport International at Birmingham's NEC today (Thursday).

"Imported from California a couple of years ago, the Studebaker (below left) has been a long-term project which got some emphasis when we were invited to display the car on the Aurora stand", says Bob. "Fully built but not, yet tested it will hit the tracks later this year".


As reported here on Eurodragster.com on 5th January Santa Pod Raceway have a Fuel Funny Car and Brad Jackson's Super Pro ET ride in its new Lucas Oil Products livery on Stand 7460 where you will also be able to find representatives of Eurodragster.com sponsors Lucas Oil Products and VP Racing Fuels. As has become traditional at Autosport International, Eurodragster.com sponsor Hauser Race Cars are displaying Scott Hauser's Super Pro ET dragster in Autosport Engineering today and tomorrow; you can find the car on stand E730. Wayne Allman's Mental Breakdown blown-alcohol split-cab VW pick-up stars on the Serck Services Motorsport stand (7350).

You can find out more about Autosport International on the Show's official web site at www.autosportinternational.com. Simon and Tog will be attending the Show tomorrow (Friday) and we will be posting a report in association with John Woolfe Racing. If you would like to talk to us for the report then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com so that we can arrange to meet.


A Super Star, as we all knew...
12th January: Stars of lesser motorsports have recently been rubbing shoulders with Finland's 2016 FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion Anita Mäkelä. Anita writes:

In December I had the honor of visiting Vienna and attending FIA Prizegiving Gala. Tommi gave up his place to our daughter Hanna. We had a lovely evening with the other FIA Champions. This weekend I was fêted by AKK, the Finnish Motorsport Federation. Besides the Championship trophy I was named as their Super Star of the Year for 2016. This trophy is donated by Robert Lappalainen for a racer who perseveres and keeps faith in success in the future. My web site at www.anitamakela.com has been updated with a link to a video by Drag Race Life.


We have been shopping in Brownsburg and new stuff is on the way for the race car. We had old-style AJPE Stage 5 cylinder heads, but now we'll move up to Stage 7. We will be taking the chassis to Mats Eriksson's shop to be updated and front-ended by LG. Hopefully these will bring improvments, so that we can retain the European record and the number one on our car.


Swift snippets.
12th January: UK Pro ET racer Brian Huxley is seeking help locating one of the team's previous race cars, the '32 Ford Roadster which as Top Banana 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."

A reminder that voting for the SPRC Perpetual Awards closes at 23:59 UK this Sunday, 15th January (00:59 European Monday 16th). You can check out the shortlists, register your votes, and make your Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nominations by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Spirit of 76.
12th January: Nigel Taylor writes that it has been a busy few months at Detroit Spinner Racing HQ. The team had to wait for parts etc but after a few headaches they appear to be on target for a return with the Ford Prefect driven by Arthur Bonner, who will reach the tender age of seventy six come July:

555 ci Dart power should liven up the Prefect no end. It is still running its rare Fairbanks Turbo 400 gearbox. The initial fire-up took place last weekend, with everything kicking into life as it should and decent oil pressure. We are now looking forward to being out in April to test and tune the forty plus-year-old race car with the original builder back behind the wheel. The team have a few back-up drivers just in case: Justin Horne of Joust Performance, Col Law, Graham Smith, Colin Millar, Kelvin Helsdown, Andy Frost, Michael Hawkins, Bob Hancox, Dave Fulton, Paul Dale and our top crewman Jeff Goddard being a few. So we should have it covered! Thanks to all my family, the sponsors, the crew and Eurodragster.com for all their coverage and banter (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed).

Paul Dale and the Acute Angle team with the had a very successful year with the 105e in the Supercharged Outlaws. He was well-pleased with his low ET of 9.3 seconds, especially when Peter Knight Race Engines stripped the motor down to find not one lobe left on the camshaft. A new Dart Small Block, built at Peter Knight's, will be going in and with the rear end gearing also changed from 4:56 to 4:1 and a step up on nitrous the little Anglia hopes to be wheeling into the eight second zone.

Paul would also like to send special thanks to his family, friends and the whole of the Supercharged Outlaws who have welcomed him in to the class. Special thanks from both teams to Paul's dad Steve Dale, who got us hooked on the crazy sport and who swore that he wouldn't get involved again. See you in the pits again soon Dad!


Lucas Oil sponsor SCR lane.
12th January: Eurodragster.com sponsor Lucas Oil Products has been named as sponsor of the left lane at Shakespeare County Raceway. The move formalises a working relationship with the Warwickshire drag strip which stretches back for over five years.

Shakespeare County Raceway Event Manager Jerry Cookson says that most of the teams already use Lucas Oil Products' oils, lubricants and additives and that because so many of them are sponsored in some form or another by the American lubricants giant it will make a lot of drivers and teams feel at home. "Lucas Oil has been a prominent supporter of this family-run drag strip for over five years", said Jerry. "What this agreement does is formalise our working relationship. It identifies the Shakespeare County Raceway name with a brand associated with motorsports worldwide."

A 2017 event calendar for the six-month season has just been published at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk. The track opens on the weekend of 25th-26th March with a Season Opening Shakedown Public Track Day. New events for 2017 will aim to attract new faces to the track and the sport.

Drivers of Japanese vehicles will be among those targeted by a Pro Street Drag Series Time Trial in June which will be held over five rounds over the Raceway's Public Track RWYB Weekend.

The MSA Springspeed Nationals (29th April-1st May) and Open Sport Nationals (26th-28th August) are events which count towards the season-long UK National Drag Racing Championships. These feature a spectacular line up of fast dragsters and doorslammers. The always-popular hot rodding events start in June (23rd-25th) with the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals and end with the NSRA Hot Rod Drags in September (15th-17th). Both events are supported by the National Street Rod Association, which is one of the oldest hot rodding clubs in the UK.

With large numbers of cars expected to be bearing the Lucas Oil logo, a successful season is almost guaranteed. However, the additive and lubricants manufacturer plans to use the venue to promote new products for racers and new products for fans of the sport to use in their own cars and motorcycles. Lucas Oil is set to announce a new Racing Oil range in January 2017, new oils for family cars and a new all-purpose additive for engines and fuel systems, called Complete Engine Treatment.

Lucas Oil Products managing director Les Downey said "Motorsport fans drive cars and motorcycles to get to and from the drag strip. They all use oils and although not all of them know it, they need to use additives, too. We will be making that point strongly throughout the season.

"The Lucas Oil brand is associated with motorsport and with motorsport winners. Our new product schedule for 2017 is underway, so this agreement to sponsor the left lane at Shakespeare County Raceway comes at the right time, is in the right place, and is perfect timing for us."


Jet stream forecast to hit SPR.
12th January: Easter in mid-April can often turn out warm and sunny, but Easter 2017 promises to be a scorcher when Santa Pod Raceway unleashes its fire-breathing extravaganza, the Jet Car Shootout. The largest contingent of jet-powered vehicles ever assembled in Britain will headline Santa Pod's season-opening Festival of Power on 14th-16th April, blasting forth their unique brand of flame, smoke and thunder.

Technically, Jets are classified as exhibition vehicles rather than racing machines, but don't try telling the drivers. Local hero Martin Hill presents no fewer than three entries from his FireForce stable, two Jet Funny Cars (FireForces 3 and 4) and his five-second FireForce 5 Jet Dragster, taking on the Split Second Jet Dragster of Julian Webb. Lee Dennick pilots the Reign of Fire mini-Jet Funny Car – small in stature, perhaps, but packing a punch far above its weight. Jetting in from Germany, Gerd Habermann brings not only his familiar Dragon Hunter Funny Car but raises the insanity level to new heights with his outrageous Jet School Bus, the first British outing for this flame-throwing yellow peril.

If the afterburner-popping Jets haven't already rattled the china on your mantelpiece, there'll be the nitro-burning Funny Cars of the European Funny Car Series in action too, and Top Fuel Dragsters warming up for the season ahead. Family entertainment is a key feature of the event, but the Festival of Power also embraces a serious motor race. 2017's National Championships for cars and motorcycles start here – leading the way, the rumbustious Pro Mods battling out the first round of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship.

Away from the track, the Festival of Power offers a vibrant selection of entertainments fit for all the family. The Live Action Arena stages stunt shows galore, together with those perennial children's favourites, the Monster Trucks. There is even another jet car on show, Hervé Franquin's thrust-powered Peugeot 205 coming all the way from France to warm up the Santa Pod crowd. And for those fans who love their smoke abundant and multi-coloured, watch out for a round of the European Burnout Championship, a spectacular sport invented in Australia and new to these shores. There is plenty more family fun on offer, not least the Festival Of Power's annual Big Top show, the award-winning Pinder's Circus.

Early Bird tickets, available until 31st January, start from as little as £15.20 per day for adults – as ever, kids go free – under-sixteen, three per paying adult. For full event information and to book tickets, please visit www.santapod.com or telephone 01234 782828. Tickets may be booked on-line and printed at home.


Time to scratch the itch!
11th January: UK former Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor
Jon Webster has decided that he just had to scratch the itch and move to Pro Mod. Jon takes up the story:


In the early part of 2011 a decision was made to build a purpose built tube frame car, following six years of racing the MG SVR, which was a floor pan car weighing in at 3640 lbs. Specific choice of class at this point hadn't been made. It seemed logical to take the powertrain from the MG and put the best of what we had developed from customer cars into a new chassis and shed 1000 lbs or so. But turbos had been introduced to Pro Mod and that had a definite appeal to me.

As the year moved on the pros and cons were considered, but the decision was made easy when a significant regulation change was made in Pro Mod: the maximum engine capacity was reduced from 650 ci to 540 ci and from my perspective it was obvious that the new combination had to be given time to settle. So I started construction of the Comet in October 2011 and we were racing at the 2012 FIA Main Event. We had four solid years in Street Eliminator resulting in third, second, second and second in the National Championship and SPRC Championship, along with an APIRA Championship win in 2013.

In 2016 I sat back a bit to contemplate the racing future and we only competed at the FIA events. At the FIA / FIM Main Event we broke the motor but at the FIA / FIM European Finals we lost to Mark Todd in the final. The Comet is a great car, really efficient in the front half, but the back half was limited by the aerodynamics and a 377 SBF. As the SBF was further developed by ICE and Dave Rowe, the increased power went some way to bumping the gains in the back half, the aero obviously still resisted but we made small mods with reduced grille openings, added trimmers and under trays, which managed the situation until late 2015. We made big gains at the European Finals and the speed was up to 189 mph which resulted in the front wheels not being in contact with the track most of the way (getting closer to the point of no return).

I initially opted for the Comet body partly for Nostalgic reasons, and it has great aesthetics in my opinion, but also the image had to reflect a stock appearance. I know primarily it's a race car but I wanted to tone down the race image, which I believe puts emphasis on the performance, while creating the illusion that it is also a credible street car (which it is). So when it comes down to changing the body or modifying it just won't happen. The car is what it is and I hope for it to be preserved. Therefore a new car was needed.

Again the questions were presented: what class? What car?

Street Eliminator is unique class, very competitive, rarely a foregone conclusion. We have data which shows that with better aero and a bit more power we would have the potential to find a bigger window of opportunity for better performance. However, the rules have now settled in Pro Mod with regard to turbos, with only minor tweaks to the regs here and there. The capital outlay of both options are similar, so budget has little relevance on the choice. The build is in some ways more straightforward on a Pro Mod, but ultimately my choice was made on wanting to compete at MSA and FIA Championship level in the quickest door cars in Europe.

The choice of car was easy, beautifully illustrated here by Darren West of Power Race Graphics.

The engine choice wasn't as easy, and I went with my head rather than my heart. The choice being AJPE Muscle-headed TFX hemi with twin turbos, build by ICE Automotive Racing Engines. The Transmission is from the USA, built by M&M Transmissions.

Construction has just started and we hope to be out as soon as possible, subject to available time and budget. Most of the budget is in place due to the sale of the Comet, and if the front-engine dragster is sold the the remaining budget requirements are fulfilled.

I am not saying goodbye to Street Eliminator. I still hope to be involved in various ways with customers and administration and possibly with a return to the competition in the future. After all Street Eliminator is a metaphorical foundation on which Webster Race Engineering was built... oh, and I like it a lot!

Pro Mod was where I cut my teeth back in 1987, with Tim Cook and Rob Loaring, and I was heavily involved way into the 1990s, so in some ways it's a return to my roots albeit vastly different. But this time in the driver's seat.


Snell 2005 helmets in Germany.
9th January: International scrutineer Frans Steilberg has been in touch with an important message for racers with Snell 2005 crash helmets who plan to compete in Germany in 2017:

In all Pro classes governed by FIA, Snell 2005 ceased to be valid on 1st January 2017. In Sportsman racing governed by the DMSB (the governing body of motorsports in Germany), Snell 2005 helmets are valid until 31st December 2018. Please be advised that if ET Bracket classes - Super Pro ET, Pro ET and Sportsman ET - are run under FIA rules then Snell 2005 helmets will not be acceptable.

If you have any questions then please E-Mail me at
dragracingtech@eircom.net.

UK Nostalgia Superstock calendar.
9th January: Many thanks to Jim Chandler for letting us know that the 2017 UK Nostalgia Superstock calendar has been released:

UKNSA is a new but greatly-expanding race series which has only been in existence for five years. It was the idea of Pete Walton and I; we both broke our cars at Dragstalgia and so decided that we were going to race each other every year and share the trophy for winner and runner-up. However word got out, so Pete had to set up and start running a proper series.

The look and feel of the class was to relive the heydays of Stock and Superstock racing of the 1960s and 1970s. It is a bracket racing dial-in class, running 9.00 seconds to 14.99 seconds, so something for quick street cars to hard-hitting track cars. First it ran only at Dragstalgia, then as it became more and more popular more dates were added to the calendar until in 2017 there are eight confirmed dates:

21st-24th April: Big Bang Camper and Bus Show, Santa Pod Raceway
29th April-1st May: APIRA Springspeed Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
27th-29th May: York Raceway
24th-26th June: SPR Summernationals, Santa Pod Raceway
14th-16th July: Dragstalgia, Santa Pod Raceway
28th-30th July: 24th Mopar EuroNationals, Santa Pod Raceway
26th-28th August: APIRA Open Sport Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway TBC
23rd-24th September: UK National Finals, Santa Pod Raceway

Points will be allocated from the five best rounds, so even if you can't make all eight rounds you still have a good chance of winning.

To be eligible to race all you need is a pre-1980 American V8 car which can run between 9.00 seconds and 14.99 seconds. A basic outline of the rules is: stock style suspension, max 10" rim, max 10½" slick, no back halved cars or power adders. The full list of rules, regulations and safety requirements can be found on the UKNSA web site at uknsa.freeforums.net or our Facebook page. To run at any permit / sanctioned events you must have a valid MSA licence and be a member of Santa Pod Racers Club or Avon Park International Racing Association.

Non-UKNSA members can race but will not be eligible for points, prizes, sponsor discounts etc.

Happy racing!


Swift snippets.
9th January: Racers, officials, sponsors etc please note that Simon and Tog will be attending Autosport International this Friday (13th) and we will be posting a report in association with John Woolfe Racing. If you would like to talk to us for the report then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com so that we can arrange to meet.

Further to the below, once the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote closes we will hold the vote for the 2016 season Perpetual Awards for the Avon Park International Racing Association.


SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 5.
9th January: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation on Saturday 11th February.

For several of the 2016 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

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

Rene van den Berg, for himself (Top Fuel Bike)
Vote for Rene van den Berg

Pat Byrne and Phil Peck, for Matt Smith (Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator)
Vote for Pat Byrne and Phil Peck

Cristiann Carlo, for Nick Good Motorsport (Super Pro ET)
Vote for Cristiann Carlo

Karl Harrison, for Rod Harrison (Top Methanol Dragster)
Vote for Karl Harrison

Brad O'Connor, for various bike racers
Vote for Brad O'Connor

Jan Selles, Arjan van Demmel, Leon van der Linden, Jaap Oonincx, Anton Vink, Michel Tooren, for Michel Tooren (Pro Modified)
Vote for Jan Selles, Arjan van Demmel and the Pro Dutch Racing team

Andy Wright, for Bert Englefield and himself (Pro Modified)
Vote for Andy Wright

Olly Young, for Sam Young (VW Pro)
Vote for Olly Young

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
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The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to VWDRC Chair Luke Stevenson. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2016@eurodragster.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

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

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than contacting Eurodragster.com or posting cryptic comments or bullying candidates on Facebook. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the content of the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement and comments on the subject on our Facebook pages will be deleted.

Voting closes at 23:59 UK next Sunday, 15th January (00:59 European Monday 16th).


At sixes and sevens.
7th January: After another season racing with the Wild Bunch and running sixes at over 200 mph in his 434 Chevy-powered Time Traveller II slingshot, the UK's Bob Hawkins had to decide what to do in 2017:

Our poor old Small Block grenaded at the UK National Finals due to an oil pick-up problem, so we kind of had a blank canvas to start with. As the whole team just seem to want to go quicker and faster it was decided a Big Block Chevy was the obvious way to go!

We were lucky to find a very nice, and fast, ex-Sandro Bellio blown alcohol motor which we purchased from the very helpful Alex Mahl in Austria. This saved a small fortune over an all-new engine! Much swapping of parts and fettling followed to shoehorn it into our chassis and to hopefully make it a little faster still. We are now very much looking forward to the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway at Easter to check out and baseline the car.

It's also looking like Time Traveller I will be making more appearances this season with Tom at the wheel, hoping for more sevens. So a very interesting year in the making for us! Good luck to all the teams out there in 2017, go fast and stay safe.


SPR get busy at Autosport.
5th January:
Santa Pod Raceway's 2017 season launches with the Raceway's annual appearance at next week's giant Autosport International Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. Centre of attention on Stand 7460 will be the former Speedghost Nitro Funny Car recently driven by Sweden's Patrik Pers.

The Funny Car will be exhibited in full competition mode. Show visitors can get up close to inspect the sleek, carbon-fibre body and the 8.2-litre, supercharged and injected, nitro-burning V8 engine capable of generating 10,000 horsepower and propelling the car to 300 mph speeds in just four seconds. Sad to say, the weekend's likeliest FAQ – "Are you going to start it up, then?" – will have to be answered "No", since the NEC values its roof, but staff and racers will be on hand to explain the machine's intricacies and its spectacular, ground-shaking performance capabilities.

Visitors to Stand 7460 can also collect a copy of Santa Pod's 2017 Calendar. Santa Pod's staff will be happy to discuss a ten-month-long programme crammed with more than fifty events for lovers of all manner of fast-paced, motorised machinery – enthusiasts, participants and spectators alike.

Sharing the stand with Santa Pod will be Lucas Oil UK, displaying an array of its Championship-winning automotive products alongside the Lucas Oil-sponsored dragster of rising Sportsman star Brad Jackson. The twenty-year-old from Yorkshire is one of the formidable band of young racers who have graduated from the Junior Dragster ranks, and now races in Super Pro ET. In September, Jackson delivered his finest performance to date to defeat a thirty eight-strong field and win Super Pro ET at Santa Pod's FIA European Finals. His US-built car is powered by a methanol-burning big-block Chevrolet V8 and can reach 175 mph in 7.6 seconds. The dragster's latest Lucas Oil livery, fresh for 2017, will be unveiled over the weekend. Lucas Oil representatives will be happy to explain the company's extensive range of automotive lubricants, treatments, additives and ancillary products.

VP Racing Fuels, Santa Pod's official fuel supplier, will also be present on the stand. While technical advice about VP products will be on offer for the technically-minded, VP's promo girl will join forces with Santa Pod's own promo girls to create a perfect storm of photo opportunities for visitors with a broader range of interests.

Santa Pod Raceway, Lucas Oil UK and VP Racing Fuels will welcome show visitors to Stand 7460, Hall 7, throughout Autosport-International next Thursday-Sunday, 12th-15th January (Trade and Press Days Thursday-Friday, public days Saturday-Sunday).


Lindberg joins Head.
4th January: Sweden's Jonnie Lindberg, back-to-back and reigning NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion, has been announced as the new driver of famed NHRA racer Jim Head's Toyota nitro Funny Car from 2017. Jonnie, who is now based in Brownsburg, Indiana, will replace Jim's son Chad, who will be devoting more time to the family business.

Jonnie said "This is a dream come true for me. About a week ago, I got a text Dave Leahy of Electromotion who also works with the Head team and he said, "Call me, we need a driver." I called right away and told them I'm up for it. Who would turn down a chance to drive a nitro Funny Car?

"I talked to Jim (Head, Team Owner and Crew Chief) for more than an hour today and I think he and I are on the same page," Lindberg said. "He started out as a driver, owner and tuner and that's pretty much what I've done the last two seasons. I told him that I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty. I want to learn as much as I can about running a nitro car."

Jonnie started his career in methanol-fuelled funny cars by winning the FIA Championship in 2013 before racing in the US. In winning two NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car Championships in 2015-16, Jonnie has won six NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing series national event titles. He was also the first driver to venture into the 5.3-second zone and run over 270-mph in a Top Alcohol Funny Car. He gained attention late in the 2016 season when he earned his nitro Funny Car license by driving Tim Wilkerson's Mustang to a pair of impressive 3.9-second runs at over 320 mph in Las Vegas.

"I've always wanted to drive a fuel Funny Car," Lindberg said. "Last year, my goal was to win a second TAFC championship and then get my fuel license. When I got the opportunity to drive Tim's car, I thought it was a good idea to have the license just in case someone was looking for a driver. I didn't expect that anything would happen this quickly, but I'm happy that it did."

Team owner and crew chief Jim Head said "Jonnie and I have a lot in common. We both race for the same reason. He's a one-man band; someone who drives his own truck and puts his own awning up. That's how I started and even though I'm a long way from that now, I did it for a lot of years. I can relate to someone who has gone through all that. I think it will be a good combination."

Head currently plans to compete in 16-18 races starting with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville. By racing this expanded programme, Jonnie will become one of the top candidates for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award as NHRA's top rookie driver.


French ATD review of 2016.
3rd January: Didier Canicave has been in touch with a review of the 2016 drag racing season in France:

The French Championship Trophy (Association Trophy Dragster) took in four races in 2016; one in Italy (Rivanazzano), two on the permanent French at Clastres, and the final on the airfield at Vichy. Once again the ATD association performed miracles, Eric Angeloni and his team of volunteers, assisted by the Dutch ESLA team for the two races at Clastres, worked tirelessly to give racers in all classes solid organisation and perfect tracks.

Unfortunately all the races with the exception of Rivanazzano were disrupted by bad weather culminating in Sunday's eliminations being cancelled at Vichy for understandable reasons, with heavy rain all day long. This was all the more infuriating since the televison team from Auto-Moto and the President of the Fedération Française Sports Automobiles had made the trip to the race. Local racers were bewildered because they said that there had been no rain in the previous two months. The final round for French Drag Bikes was also due to take part at this event which meant that the public should have enjoyed a field of more than 140 on four and two wheels.

Pro ET: The highlight of this class was the return of the Championship crown to Sylvain Nowak and his Chevy altered, with two victories in Clastres and big results in Rivanazzano. In second place was Eric Angeloni and his Chevy dragster, he had problems at Clastres and was not able to reduce his deficit during the Vichy Finals; he was a serious contender for victory but the rain decided a different result. In third place, in spite of a no-show at the final round, was Romain Bouillard who has strong early races, and he was just eight points in front of Alexandre Jacquot with his Ford Probe. With twenty nine cars registered and fifteen racing the class is in good shape. These dragsters are some of the most powerful in the Championship and are not always easy to tune and drive even though the tracks become better and better every year.


Super Pro ET: The biggest dragster category with an average of fifteen cars racing and thirty six registered. The crown went to Franck Besset with his Chevy Nova after a strong battle with Beranger Pudil and his Chevy Camaro. Each racer had a victory, Franck making the difference with the most consistency. Fabien Dubois and his Chevy Nova was in third place with strong runs throughout the Championship. We must also note the magnificent performance of Elodie Dubois and her dragster in fourth final place with a podium at Clastres as a bonus.


Street Run A, B and C: In Street Run A Laurent Arnould and his Chevy Chevelle had consistent Championship performance at every round with a victory at Clastres in July to win the title. In Street Run B Claude Grodard and his Pontiac Trans Am won big points and took at victory at Clastres in July, and won the Championship despite a no-show at Rivanazzano. In Street Run C Florian Salvatore with his Opel Astra had to battle strongly all season to take the final victory as the top four racers were separated by only twenty points. Florian won a magnificent victory over the Italian racers at Rivanazzano.


Junior Dragster: This year's king of Junior Dragster is Clement Dubois with two victories, a second place, and top qualifying spot in the Vichy Finals. In second place was another strong driver, Lucas Dubourget who was German Junior Champion for the second year, was more than one hundred points behind Clement. In third place was Quentin Steinegger and in fourth place Samantha Fermond.

The 2016 ATD will go into the books as a good Championship with 128 racers registered in six categories. This year the ATD shared the track with the Dutch racers of the European Street Legal Association at the the two races at Clastres Raceway and this was a success for the first year. The ASA Dragster and the FFSA, as well as the volunteers who work in the background, must be thanked warmly as they give up their free time and sometimes their holidays, often arriving severals days before an event to prepare the track and organisation to ensure that all of the racers and teams can race in the maximum safety and pleasure. These weekends are a real pleasure for racers, teams, mechanics and fans of every category, all with the same passion: drag racing.

The next big event for the French circus is the annual TD meeting to prepare for the 2017 Championship which will have more racers, the best weather, and, as always, lots of fun. A Happy New Year to race fans across Europe and around the world... enjoy your new season.


Swift snippets.
3rd January: A recent look through his collection of car books resulted in a pleasant surprise for Eurodragster.com Photographer Julian...


...no less than an early sighting of UK Top Methanol Funny Car racer Steph Milam. Zero out of ten to the publishers, however, for the not-remotely-predictable caption.


SPRC Dinner Dance hotel bookings.
2nd January: Yvonne Tramm has been in touch with an important notice regarding hotel rooms at the SPRC Dinner Dance, which takes place at 6:00 pm on Saturday 11th February 2017 at the
De Vere Staverton Park Hotel in Staverton.

Today (Monday 2nd January) is the last day on which hotel rooms can be booked at the preferential rate of £85 for a single room and £95 for double or twin rooms, including breakfast on Sunday morning. To book your room, please call the hotel on 01327 302002 quoting reference SANT110216. Please do not try to book your room on-line as the electronic reservations system has been told that the entire hotel booked for that evening, so your attempt at reservation will fail. The block booking of rooms will be released tomorrow (Tuesday 3rd) from which point the SPRC offer code will not be accepted and you will be charged the full rate.

You can find full details about the SPRC Dinner Dance in our news item of 14th September, and you can download the Dinner Dance booking form (PDF format) by clicking here. Please note that booking forms should be sent to Yvonne Tramm at the address specified on the form and not to the SPRC office.

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


SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 4.
2nd January: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 11th February.

For several of the 2016 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

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

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

Blown Bird (Kev Slyfield, Pro Modified)
Vote for Blown Bird

CW Motorsport (Craig Wright, Super Pro ET)
Vote for CW Motorsport

Gulf Oil Drag Racing / Grand Prix Originals (Ian King, Top Fuel Bike)
Vote for Gulf Oil Drag Racing / Grand Prix Originals

Highlander II (Holley Marshall, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster)
Vote for Highlander II

Team Reloaded (Pete Walters, Super Pro ET)
Vote for Team Reloaded

Shark Attack Drag Racing (Rene van den Berg, Top Fuel Bike; Ivana van den Berg, Supertwin Top Gas; Louis Davis, Junior Drag Bike)
Vote for Shark Attack Drag Racing

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
©Eurodragster.com
The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to VWDRC Chair Luke Stevenson. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2016@eurodragster.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

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

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than contacting Eurodragster.com or posting cryptic comments or bullying candidates on Facebook. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the content of the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement and comments on the subject on our Facebook pages will be deleted.

The final voting category, due next Monday (9th January), will be the James Edgar Memorial Trophy.


Can you i.d. the Drag Fest legends?
31st December: Full news service will be resumed tomorrow but courtesy of
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame sponsor Geoff Stilwell of Beech Underwriting we have a New Year poser for the history buffs.

Geoff tells us that the below picture was shared with him by US legend Tommy Ivo and shows the US team on the boat to the UK for the 1964 Drag Fest. Tommy Ivo is third from right but Geoff is wondering if any Eurodragster.com reader can identify the others. Click on the picture below for a large version.


We can identify Don Garlits two to the left of Tommy Ivo, and we think that that's Bob Keith two to the left of Don Garlits. Despite appearances to the contrary that's not 9.50 Bike racer Phil Pratt to the right of Tommy Ivo.

If you would like to take a shot at id'ing any of the racers then drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.


SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 3.
28th December: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 11th February 2017.

For several of the 2016 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

This week's category is Best Appearing Bike. The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows. You can see larger pictures on the official Perpetual Awards page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Garry Bowe
Super Street Bike

Vote for Garry Bowe

Rikard Gustafsson
Top Fuel Bike

Vote for Rikard Gustafsson

Daniel Donat Lencses
Super Street Bike

Vote for Daniel Donat Lencses

Steve Mead
Super Street Bike

Vote for Steve Mead

Chris Mott
ET Bike

Vote for Chris Mott

Alfie Udall
Supertwin Gas

Vote for Alfie Udall

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
©Eurodragster.com
The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to VWDRC Chair Luke Stevenson. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2016@eurodragster.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

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

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than contacting Eurodragster.com or posting cryptic comments or bullying candidates on Facebook. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the content of the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement and comments on the subject on our Facebook pages will be deleted.

The next voting category, due next Monday (2nd January), will be Most Professional Appearing Team.


No Prep Nationals race format.
28th December: The organisers of the inaugral No Prep Nationals, to be held at Maitland Racing's North Weald Drag Strip on Sunday 2nd July, have been in touch to explain how the new event will work:

The even is pre-entry only and is open to doorslammers, street-legal or otherwise. We have looked at how these events are organised in the States and we have listened to various UK teams and we have come up with the format below. As this kind of event is a little different to your normal drag racing, the rules are different to embrace the ideology behind this exciting new off-shoot. Its roots are essentially in illegal high-money street racing.

The race will be held over an eighth-mile. No times will be recorded, announced or posted. First to the finish line wins, decided by a Judge of Fact who will be at the finish line. All being well there will be two test runs prior to eliminations.

Elimination pairings will be decided either by callouts, with a minimum £50 side bet to which both drivers have to agree, or it's numbers drawn out of a hat. After the first round there will be no more callouts, strictly numbers out of the hat.

Sixteen entry spots are available. The entry fee is £125 which includes your signing on fee at North Weald. So long as it's a full field the winner will receive £1000 cash on the day, whilst the runner-up gets his entry back. It's first come first served on the entry list although the option to enter will first be offered to those teams who have already contacted us to express an interest.

The event will be filmed and posted on You Tube after the event, and Eurodragster.com plan to post end-day results and gallery.

Entry will open in January; please spread the word and make sure that everyone who could be interested knows about it. If you have any questions or would like more details then please check the Paul Marston Racing or UK Top Sportsman Facebook pages, E-Mail me at pmracing@fsmail.net, or call Paul on 07831 650230. As well as entry details we will give you full details of arrival and pitting arrangements.

Don't forget that North Weald Drag Strip has two events prior to the No Prep Nationals so that can test prior to the event. They are on 7th May (please arrive early for this one, it was a complete road block in 2016) and 4th June.


Web site updates.
28th December: In the latest instalment of his exclusive Racer Blog presented in association with Gearhead Garage Paul Marston puts his twin turbo Cortina on a serious diet. You can take a look by clicking here or by clicking on the Gearhead Garage Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Hall of Fame looks to the future.
28th December: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has seen a seismic shift in its international profile since it decided to hold its Annual Awards Induction Ceremony as a standalone event. Celebrating the pioneers of British drag racing it is now recognised as one of the most prestigious motor sport social events in the world, attracting guests from across the globe.

In 2016 these included Tom Hoover, Joe Schubeck, GiGi Carleton, Steve Gibbs, Ed Iskenderian, Harry Hibler, Bob McClurg, Eileen Daniels, Ed 'The Ace' McCulloch, Ron Hope, Paula Murphy, Don Schumacher, Fred Miller, Traci Hrudka, Tony Thacker, Bob Muravez, Carl Olson and David Marks of The Beach Boys. Also attending from the world of music were Dave Lee Travis and Mike Read. British drag racers attending included John Hobbs, Ian Messenger, Steve Murty, Gary Page, Peter Crane, Barry Sheavills, Roy Phelps and Jason Phelps, Andy Carter, Liz Rowland (aka Liz Burn), Dennis Priddle, John Hazelton, John Wright, Nick Davies, Gerry Cookson, John Whitmore, Bill Sherratt, Bob Hawkins, Geoff Hauser, Charlie Draper, Tim Garlick and Robin Read. Senior management from the three main UK drag strips were there along with the organising clubs and others from the media, sponsors and motorsport authorities. The spin-offs for British drag racing are many and varied, but as far as an annual social event is concerned it certainly has put the sport on an equal plane with other forms of motorsport.

BDRHoF Chief Executive Officer Brian Taylor says "We have shown what can be achieved. But none of this would have been possible without the commitment of BDRHoF Management Board Members. Few in number, these enthusiasts give their time and expertise on a voluntary basis throughout the year. It would also have been impossible without the support of our fabulous sponsors and supporters Beech Underwriting; USAutomotive; Santa Pod Racers Club; Mintex; Pennine Drag Racing Club; Eurodragster.com; Avon Park International Racing Association; Shakespeare County Raceway; Santa Pod Raceway; York Raceway; Lucas Oil Products UK; the International Organization of Professional Drivers; National Street Rod Association; Aptitude; Atlantic Fluid Tech Ltd; Prop Portfolio; Dial-a-Flight; and Rat Trap Racing.

"One sponsor in particular has been vital for that success and that is our Sponsorship Partner Geoff Stilwell of Beech Underwriting. In truth Geoff has been more of a benefactor than a sponsor and his support has resulted in a strong financial position for the BDRHoF and a wide range of international contacts. However we can't expect him to bear the lion's share of the cost burden for ever and we are actively seeking additional Sponsorship Partners to help fund the costs of organising such a prestigious event in the future.

"Sponsorship is available to suit a range of company budgets. Joining our list of regular supporters helps - as does advertising in the Gala Awards Dinner Souvenir Programme. Becoming a Primary Sponsor brings more benefits to the sponsoring company and the BDRHoF, but becoming a Sponsorship Partner enables the widest possible programme of benefits to be developed.

"Because the Awards Event has grown so quickly we also need more volunteers to help manage the work linked to it during the year. This starts as soon as the current event finishes. At the moment the work falls on a handful of people, many of them not getting any younger. We urgently need fresh blood; new people experienced in writing press releases, handling accounts, organising events, creating Powerpoint and writing scripts. Without new volunteers we cannot develop succession plans and the BDRHoF will eventually close down.

"In a way this is a wake-up call to all those who believe that what has been achieved is worthwhile. If you cannot volunteer your time and skills then financial donations will enable us to buy in the requirements. The need is now."

If you would like to join the team managing the BDRHoF, or talk about sponsorship opportunities, then contact brian@britishdragracinghof.co.uk or call 01395 579733. Brian or Industry Liaison Director Guy Loveridge will make an appointment to visit you.


Drag Racing Unplugged XVIII.
24th December: As has become traditional on our last pre-Christmas update, we have posted a page of the best quotes from this season's Eurodragster.com Event Coverage including Tog's, Simon's, Kirstie's, Julian's and Grace's personal Quotes of the Year, together with a few one-liners we didn't publish at the time.

In association with Event Coverage sponsor
John Woolfe Racing we are pleased to present Drag Racing Unplugged XVII, the 2016 collection. Click here to view Drag Racing Unplugged XVIII, or click on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

2016 Champions' Champions.
24th December: Honorary Eurodragster.com staff member Andy Marrs of TSI Timers and our own Simon have again been hard at work to compile lists of European and UK Champions' Champions. The Champions' Champions tables show the all-time highest points earners since the FIA and FIM European Championships began in 1996 and 1992 respectively, and since the UK National Championships began in 1999.

In the table of all-time FIA career points, multiple Pro Stock Champion Jimmy Ålund moves up from #5 to #4 whilst Top Fuel Dragster racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Urs Erbacher moves up from #7 to #6, multiple Pro Modified Champion Micke Gullqvist moves up from #9 to #8, and 2016 Top Fuel Dragster Champion Anita Mäkelä moves up from #19 to #12.

Stig Neegaard moves up from #5 to #4 in career FIA Top Fuel Dragster points and also passes 2000 career points.

Reflecting a sparsely-populated class in 2016 there are no changes of position in FIA Top Methanol Dragster. In FIA Top Methanol Funny Car 2016 Champion Johnny Oksa moves up from #20 to #14, Ari Pietilä moves up from #27 to #19, and Micke Larsson moves up from #29 to #26.

Norbert Kuno moves up from #10 to #9 in FIA Pro Modified whilst David Vegter moves up from #11 to #10. Micke Gullqvist passes 4000 career points whilst Bruno Bader and Mats Eriksson pass 3000 career points.

In FIA Pro Stock Thomas Lindström moves up from #6 to #5 and Richard Sundblom moved up from #8 to #7.

You can check out the FIA Champions' Champions by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Congratulations to multiple Top Fuel Bike Champion Ian King who takes over #1 spot in the table of all-time FIM Europe career points. Pro Stock Bike racer Fredrik Fredlund moves up from #4 to #3 and fellow PSB racer Martin Bishop moves up from #8 to #7. Top Fuel Bike racer Rikard Gustafsson moves up from #10 to #8 and also passes 2000 career points.

Rene van den Berg moved up from #10 to #9 in FIM Top Fuel Bike, whilst in FIM Supertwin Ronny Aasen moves up from #5 to #4 and Samu Kemppainen moves up from #11 to #8.

Congratulations also to Fredrik Fredlund who takes over #1 spot in FIM Pro Stock Bike career points. Roger Pettersson had been top of the Pro Stock Bike table since the year 2000. 2016 Pro Stock Bike Champion Gert-Jan Laseur moves up from #9 to #8.

In the FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup Richard Stubbins moves up from #7 to #4. Daniel Donat Lencses moves up from #10 to #8 whilst Shawn Buttigieg moves up from #14 to #10. 2016 Super Street Bike Cup Champion Garry Bowe and Steve Venables both pass 1000 career points.

Super Street Bike racer Richard Hann became the 500th points scorer in FIM Europe competition in Q2 at this year's FIA / FIM Main Event (18:09 on 28th May).

You can check out the FIM Europe Champions' Champions by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Back to FIA European Championship competition and Andy Marrs has also updated his 'Spreadsheetosauruses' showing qualifying positions, results and round wins for all FIA Championship events.

Top Fuel Dragster racer Micke Kågered moves up from #4 to #3 in career FIA Championship round wins whilst Pro Modified Champion Micke Gullqvist moves up from #6 to #4.

Stig Neergaard moves up from #8 to #6 in FIA Top Fuel Dragster round wins, whilst Anita Mäkelä passed 50 Top Fuel Dragster round wins at the Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena in August.

Dennis Habermann moves up from #7 to #5 in FIA Top Methanol Dragster round wins whilst Johnny Oska moves up from #12 to #9 FIA Top Methanol Funny Car round wins.

Mats Eriksson moves up from #3 to #2 in FIA Pro Modified round wins. There are no changes in FIA Pro Stock.

Marrs' tables of FIA European Championship qualifying, results and round wins 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.

Simon writes that scoring for the UK National Championships Champions' Champions is based on an event having to be completed for a win to be registered. Race wins are ranked by number based on the driver or rider. Points however are scored and ranked on a team basis, as are numbers of Championships. For teams with multiple cars or drivers changing teams during or between seasons, the compiler's decision is final.

The first two full races in 2016, Festival of Power and APIRA Springspeed Nationals, were rain-offs, but after that all main Championship races were completed apart from the June Public Track Weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway. Thanks must go to the track crews for toiling in sometimes adverse conditions to complete races. As with 2015, five of the meetings involving most car and bike classes were completed. There were seven first-time Championship winners out of a total of eighteen classes competed at National level compared with a record eleven in 2015.

In MSA Pro Modified, congratulations to Champion and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson who leads numbers of Championships with five, event wins with sixteen, and also career points.

We have now updated the Funny Car standings to include the European Nitro Funny Car series which has been running since 2013, as well as the old UK Funny Car Championship which ran from 2001-2004. In his retirement year, Gordon Smith is going out on a high by leading the overall number of Championships and points scored and best wishes to him for the future. John Spuffard still leads the number of event wins. Kevin Kent scored his second consecutive Championship in 2016 and is now second in aggregate points despite not competing in the earlier UK Championship.

In Super Pro ET Chris Parker won his first Championship; Scott Hauser, Martyn Jones, Steve Green and Ian Tubb also have two Super Pro ET Championships each since 1999. Barry Giles leads wins with fifteen in total and, as Giles & Hartley, continues to lead aggregate points ahead of Steve Johnson.

Team Dark Horse (Brian and Lee Huxley)'s Pro ET Championship has put them ahead in all three categories. They have now won four Championships in the period under review. Lee Huxley has won twelve races in this period, twice as many as any other racer. The Huxleys continue to lead the points tally ahead of Team Heaven & Hell.

In Sportsman ET Andy Dibley won his first Championship this year so congratulations to him. Craig Wright, Geoff Cowley and Team Rainy City Lightning (Al and Linda Platt) each have three Sportsman ET Championships. Craig, with ten wins during his time in the class, leads Geoff Cowley and Rick Denny who both have seven wins. Team Rainy City Lightning still lead the points aggregate and only two current racers feature in the top twenty points scorers, reflecting the entry-level nature of the class.

Stuart Doignie won his second consecutive Super Comp Championship and the double with Super Gas. Only Brian Pateman has consecutive double Championships, in 2011-2012. Brian also has the most Super Comp Championships with three in the period under review, most wins with thirteen, and a points margin of 7430 over Tim Adam, a clear lead on all three measures.

Stuart Doignie's Super Gas Championship means he is only the third driver to attain a double; as well as Brian Pateman's consecutive double, Tim Adam achieved it in 2001 and 2003. Jon Morton and Tim Adam have both won four Super Gas Championships. Mort and Frank Mason both have twelve race wins in the period, whereas Frank continues to lead points scored.

In Super Street, Leigh Morris won the Championship and leads in all three categories with five Championships, twenty wins, leading the points aggregate by 6400 points from Bob Lees. Leigh also achieved the most wins in class of any 2016 car racer with three victories.

Matt Smith won his first Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator title so congratulations to him. Steve Pateman still dominates the overall listings with five Championships, seventeen wins and a 4880 points lead over Ian Hook.

In Junior Dragster, congratulations to Jordan Payne on his first title. Joe Kellett has the most Championships with three, Nick Mugridge continues to have the most wins with nine and Joe Kellett leads Nick Mugridge by 6320 points.

You can check out the UK car class Champions' Champions by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Steve Woollatt scored his eleventh ACU Top Fuel Bike Championship over the period covered, and his twenty five event wins and aggregate points lead of 7965 are unlikely to be challenged any time soon.

The 2016 ACU Funny Bike Championship was won by Phil Crossley who was winner at three events, more than any other bike racer. Congratulations to Phil for his first title. Neil Midgley continues to lead all three categories with five Championships, seventeen event wins and a sizeable points total.

Alex Hope won his third consecutive ACU Pro Stock Bike title, albeit in a sadly depleted class in the UK. Dave Beck continues to lead all overall categories in ACU Pro Stock Bike and his eight Championships and record thirty five wins to his name in ACU competition are unlikely to be challenged.

Congratulations to Eddy Smiley who won the ACU Competition Bike Championship this year, his first National title. Phil Leamon and Ivan Birch each have three Championships, both have ten wins, and Phil also leads the points with a margin of 11650 over Stu Crane.

In ACU Super Street Bike Steve Venables won his seventh national Championship. Steve has twenty six victories and he leads the points total by a substantial margin from Graham Dance, who also lies second in Championships with four and wins with nineteen.

Jay Roe won his first UK National 8.50 Bike Championship so congratulations to him. Jake Mechaell is leading the wins total with eight and has taken over the lead in the points total with a margin of 70 over Mick Winyard. Mick continues to lead numbers of Championships won with three.

In 9.50 Bike, Richard Sawatzki scored his fifth Championship meaning that he now leads Eurodragster.com sponsor Fred Furlong who has four Championships. Richard's eighteen wins head Fred's eleven, and Richard continues with the overall points lead over Fred.

Liam Holgate won the Junior Drag Bike Championship for the second consecutive year. Scott Collier leads the total of Championships with four, and wins with ten. Scott also leads the points tally with a margin of 1600 over second-placed Louis Davies.

You can check out the UK bike class Champions' Champions by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Swift snippets.
24th December: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday and hugs for today (Saturday) to Nitro FM presenter Nikki Skinner and to UK Wild Bunch racer Sarah Howells. Have a lovely day both. No news update yesterday so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday to Shakespeare County Raceway's Marketing and PR manager, drag racing historian and all-round good guy Jerry Cookson. Hope you had a great day Jerry.

Holiday viewing.
24th December: Many thanks to photo-journalist Mike Collins who has put together a collage celebrating Fifty Years of Thunder at Santa Pod Raceway especially for Eurodragster.com readers. You can check out the full-sized item (PDF format) by clicking here or by clicking on the picture at right.

Gulf Oil International is delighted to bring down the curtain on its 2016 activities with the unveiling of World Land Speed Records Don't Come Easily - the documentary short film that chronicles the attempts of Ian King, on the Gulf Oil Drag Racing / GPO Bike, to set a new Motorcycle Land Speed Record for a quarter mile from a standing start.

"How difficult can it be?" asks Ian King. "Flat out, fast as possible, very long runway, no worries about stopping distance? Think again.... No drag strip level of traction, uneven surfaces, access to pit area disallowed between runs, no changes to engine and gearing allowed, run both ways within two hours, overcoming complaints about noise and leaving excessive black lines (!), only three runs permitted out of a planned eight... Probably the most difficult thing I've ever had to do on the bike!"

Because the FIM, who govern world motorcycle sport, stipulate that to achieve a World Land Speed Record, two runs most be completed over the same course - one in each direction – it meant forsaking the specially prepared surface of the purpose-built drag racing venues for an airfield runway. The venue chosen was Elvington, in Yorkshire, over its Top Speed Record weekend.

The path to achieving the record was fraught with difficulties, as Gulf's short film documents - hence its title - but ultimately, through the team's excellent work and its ability to adapt the bike to the conditions, together with Ian King's extreme bravery in carrying out two runs when forced to use the concrete-paved side strip to the main runway - or abandon the attempt - a new record was achieved.

The multiple European Drag Racing Champion finished off what was another extremely successful season with a tenth Top Fuel title, European speed records, and… that new world record.

Gulf has a long history of Land Speed Record breaking, which dates back into the 1930s, with the likes of Ab Jenkins - who drove his Gulf-lubricated Mormon Meteor to numerous world speed records using Gulf road oil. This latest record mirrored these achievements as Ian King's bike runs on absolutely standard Gulf road lubricants - despite the fact that it has probably the most powerful motorbike engine in the world (rated at something over 1500 bhp).

The film can be viewed on YouTube atwww.youtube.com/watch?v=xuQyo_TxhHk.

If you are a fan of our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcasts then you might like to check out our YouTube Channel featuring clips requested by racers, race officials or sponsors sellotape-edited by your News Editor. Various classes, combinations, achievements and incidents are included and you can take a look by clicking here.


PMR School and Race Car bookings.
24th December: Paul Marston Racing are now able to take enquiries and bookings for 2017 for both the Drag Race School and the Race Car Rental programme. Paul Marston writes:

With Santa Pod and Shakespeare County Raceways' calendars now published, dates can be booked for the Drag Race School. To maximise track time we do prefer to teach at the Peak Performance Days or the All Torque Test Days, but if those dates do not work then Run What You Brung dates are also good. With Doorslammers or a Super Pro ET dragster available at the School, we can cater for your every need. Full training is given by our National Championship winning instructors and all safety equipment is provided. Nowadays we only offer the full-day training course and it is a full day for sure. Anyone can do this, from a fan who just wants to tick it off of his / her bucket list, a budding new driver who wants to learn the right way, or a former driver returning from a sabbatical, and get a good introduction to the competitive world of National Championship drag racing. Licencing courses are available; we can tailor the course to encompass your needs whatever they may be. The Doorslammer classes are usually one- or two-day courses, the Dragster course is always a two-day course as there is a lot more involved.

Is it worth taking a course? Well, ask yourself this: how did you learn to drive your road car? You were taught by a driving instructor. The reason for this was that you get taught the right way; logic tells you that driving something which is many times faster and more powerful needs a teacher too!

New for 2017 is our twin 88 mm turbo Cortina, the programme for this is still being put together but this will be on-line at some stage in 2017.

The list of pupils is long and more recently has included The Stig (Ben Collins), Idris Elba and 2016 Top Fuel Dragster 2017 Fuel Funny Car driver Steve Ashdown. So if you want to make the right start in drag racing contact Paul Marstons Drag Race School on 07831 650230 or E-Mail pmracing@fsmail.net.

The 2017 Race Car Rental programme is available for National Events at Santa Pod and Shakespeare County Raceways, UK Top Sportsman at the Mopar Euronationals, and the No Prep Nationals at North Weald. At the moment there are seats available in some of the door cars for selected events and the dragster is currently available for all events, although there have obviously been enquiries. So if there are any teams / drivers out there who would be interested in driving with Paul Marston Racing in 2017, now is the time to contact us. We offer arrive-and-drive deals for the drivers, you can book for one event or a whole season, it's up to you. You can be as involved as you wish; full crew is provided. Again for further details call me 07831 650230 or E-Mail pmracing@fsmail.net.

Merry Christmas and see you all in 2017.


VWDRC honour winners.
24th December: Richard Merriman writes that the UK's Volkswagen Drag Racing Club recently held its annual get-together incorporating its AGM, a karting event and of course a visit to the pub:

The weekend kicked off with a bit of endurance karting in Northampton. With a healthy number of drivers we were split into teams for the ninety-minute session. As you can imagine it was a good bit of competition and some tough battles took place out on the track. In the end the results were as follows:
  1. Matt Attwood, Rob Judge, Jacob Bailey
  2. Simon Mcgee, Jaygun Evans, Ross Chisholm-Brown
  3. Luke Stevenson, Zaykk Benoit, Steve Roberts
The wooden spoon went to Dave Bridge, Kate Goldsmith and Dom Crawford who apparently had the most economical race of us all!

Following on from the karting we all met up, as is traditional, for a few drinks and post-race discussion. A good deal of banter as well as discussing the season gone and plans for next year. It was nice to see so many faces all enjoying the night out in Milton Keynes.


Sunday dawned and it was time for the AGM and Trophy presentation. In a packed room we awarded the winners and runners-up their well deserved their trophies. Well done to:

VW Pro Championship: Winner Paul Herbert, runner-up: Sam Young
VW Sportsman Championship: Winner Paul Day, runner-up Dave Lea
Sir Brian Burrows Rookie of the Year: Stephen Roberts
Wagenmaster - Driver of the Year: Paul Herbert
Dennis Cox Memorial Award, Highest Consistent Qualifier: Paul Herbert
RNJ Motorsport - Car of the Year: Sam Young
Becky Sutton Memorial Award for services to the VWDRC: Luke Stevenson


In total this season for the Championship we had twenty five racers enter VW Pro and forty two in VW Sportsman: sixty seven racers throughout the season over both classes which is absolutely fantastic. We even manged to create a thorty two-car field bump spot at our biggest event, Bug Jam. This was much to the delight of our Chair Luke Stevenson, unfortunately he became a victim of this success by failing to qualify and knocking himself out!


So how are we looking to top what has been a fantastic season? Well, with so many new faces, the loyalty of our long term racers and some really tough racing battling it right down to the stripe it is going to be a tough one to top. However next season will be the VWDRC Thirtieth Anniversary! Yes, the Club initially set up in 1987 will be turning the grand old age of thirty (Congratulations - Ed)! We will be looking to entice as many new racers as we can, as well as trying to bring many of the previous racers back out to join in the fun.


The Club will be offering a special membership pack to celebrate our thirtieth year, details of which will be posted on our web page at www.vwdrc.com and can be bought there. Talking of the VWDRC web site, it has had a major facelift thanks to Darren Walsh and gives a great insight into the club, what you need, and of course how to join. So please head over there and let us know what you think.


You can as always keep up to date with what we are up to through our Facebook feed and Twitter account.

We would as ever like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors for the 2016 season: Bears Transmissions (performance VW gearbox builders and parts suppliers); Brickfield Autos (vehicle paint, restoration, race preparation and custom modifications); Darkside Developments (performance diesel tuning, parts and accessories); Engine Carbon Clean (the ultimate engine detox service); Herbies Autos 07906 601430  (Oxford-based mobile mechanic); Kleen Freaks (awesome car cleaning products and lifestyle apparel); StarsZ Hair and Beauty (hair and beauty salon in Ilkeston, Derbyshire); Trackstuff Racing Fuel and Tyres (supplier of race fuel and slicks); Vanology (t4 / 5 conversions, custom remaps, rolling road, turbos, intercoolers and more); WRP Paint and Restoration (paint and body shop in Wellingborough, also race number decal supplier). If you would like to sponsor the club for 2017 then please get in touch.


Eurodragster.com Christmas lists.
24th December: We will now be taking our Christmas break. News updates and postings to our Jeff Bull Race Engines Swap Meet will resume during the day next Wednesday (28th), but votes for the SPRC Perpetual Awards will of course still be accepted. Keep those news items coming to us at news@eurodragster.com and we will post them on Wednesday.

In the meantime we have compiled our usual requests to Father Christmas, together with our New Year resolutions for what will be Eurodragster.com's twentieth year:

Top of Kirstie's Christmas list: More personal bests in the Camaro thanks to a new engine.

Top of Simon's Christmas list: Great weather, huge fields of race cars and bikes, massive crowds, new tracks - I want it all!

Top of Julian's Christmas list: A ticket to Bakersfield or, even better, two tickets to Bakersfield and Clare can come too!

Top of Grace's Christmas list: A Ducati Monster 821 motorbike (pretty please, Santa).

Top of Tog's Christmas list: A continuous supply of news items.

Kirstie's New Year resolution: No cherries in 2017.

Simon's New Year resolution: To get my laptop to run cooler and quieter than currently.

Julian's New Year resolution: To try not to get so upset when, after asking for pictures and finding out that they cost (a very reasonable amount of) money, people ignore me and I never hear from them again, which I find extremely rude.

Grace's New Year resolution: To complete my apprenticeship by the summer and to get my 100e back on the road with Dad.

Tog's New Year resolution: To improve upon 2016's all-time record of only being threatened once all season.

Kirstie, Tog, Simon, Julian and Grace would like to wish all Eurodragster.com readers and their families the very Happiest of Christmases, and to thank everyone who has sent us personal Christmas wishes and cards.

See you on Wednesday!


An invitation to burn out.
22nd December: James Forster writes that, following a successful pilot in 2016, Santa Pod Raceway are very pleased to announce the return of the European Burnout Championships in 2017. Right now a car is sought to promote the new Championship at Autosport International at Birmingham's NEC in January:

Burnout contests have taken the centre stage in Australia and now they're landing in Europe, with the European Burnout Championship shredding the tread at Santa Pod Raceway. The EBC is bringing a fresh new competition format to burnouts. Each driver receives a timed run, in which they will get to impress not only the crowd with their flare and driving style, but also the panel of judges who will be looking at the overall delivery of hoonage.

The Raceway is no stranger to the tyre-warming smoke shows, but this new series takes it off the startling and puts the action into the Live Action Arena and the centre of the show. 

If you'd like to come and take part in the action then get signed up for the action on the following dates:

15th April: Festival of Power
6th August: Ultimate Street Car

For entry details, booking, rules and regulations E-Mail 
becci@fueltopia.co.uk.

We are also looking for a suitable vehicle to promote the new series at the popular Autosport International show on Saturday-Sunday 14th-15th January. If you have a suitable vehicle that you'd like to display, please contact Becci at becci@fueltopia.co.uk.


Swift snippets.
22nd December: Our very best wishes for the future to drag bike crew Kerryanne Frazier and Top Fuel Bike racer Rene van den Berg who are to be married today. Have a lovely day and a happy married life.

The last Eurodragster.com News update before Christmas will be posted this Saturday, Christmas Eve, and will include the eighteenth edition of Drag Racing Unplugged and the FIA, FIM and UK National / ACU UK Champions' Champions after the 2016 season. We will then take a break and we will return with the shortlist for SPRC Best Appearing Bike during the day next Wednesday (28th).


Happy Birthday Scott!
22nd December: Sharron, Jerry and Sky Collier have been in touch to ask us to wish a big Happy 20th Birthday for today (Thursday) to UK drag bike racer Scott Collier. Sharron writes:

Scott has worked so hard for the past few years, gaining qualifications at school and in Mechanical Engineering at college and then being offered a two-year apprenticeship at the British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy at the Norton Motorcycles base in Donington hall. Scott has now been taken on by Norton Motorcycles to work within their Donington Hall premises as an engine builder, building their legendary machines.

After eight years in Junior Drag Bike and winning four Championships Scott moved up to Supertwin Top Gas, winning his first adult Championship in the first season and being runner-up the next two years. In 2017 he will be campaigning the Pro Mod bike belonging to his godfather Steve French, which will be tuned down and made legal for Comp Bike. Thank you so much Steve. I am sure that Scott will take this new challenge and run with it, just as he always does.  We are so very very proud of this kind, genuine, hard working young man, and wish him every happiness always.


Garlits sponsors Allard Chrysler.
22nd December: Don and Donna Garlits of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida have donated $1000 to help keep Europe's first dragster, the Allard Chrysler, maintained in fire-up and parade condition during 2017. Owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, the dragster is on permanent display there and is available for static display or fire-up shows and parades having been restored during the past nine years by the Allard Chrysler Action Group headed by Brian Taylor.

The link between the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Sydney Allard and the Garlits family goes back to 1964, when Don was part of the American team touring the UK in Sydney Allard's First British International Drag Racing Festival and 1976, when a visit to the museum with Peter Billinton gave Don and his late wife Pat the idea of opening their own museum of drag racing.


The donation was handed over by Donna during a recent visit to the UK and she was joined by David Marks of the Beach Boys whose link with Sydney Allard also goes back to 1964 when the Beach Boys were touring the UK. During this time they organised a photo shoot with an Allard Dragon dragster in London.

Brian Taylor said "Although the restoration project is now complete we will still need funds and expertise to keep the dragster in fire-up and parade condition so this donation from Don and Donna is very welcome. I would like to thank all of our supporters for their help in getting the dragster to this stage and organisations wishing to have the car on display during 2017 can contact me on brian@allardchrysler.org or Museum Manager Doug Hill on 01590 614600."


You can help with Tee Rat.
20th December: Rob Loaring and Nick Davies of
ICE Automotive are seeking the help of readers with pictures to assist one of their future projects, a recreation of the Tee Rat Fuel Altered. Rob explains:

Nick and I are accumulating parts for life after Pro Mod. It might seem a little early, but history has taught us that if period components are required then projects can take a while. Last in the queue will be the second iteration of the Stones family's Tee Rat.

We had intended to build a recreation in around 2005 and having located the original body, which was by now scrap, the owner decided it was worth a considerable sum of money. We were denied access and the project lost momentum. We settled on a Bantam and subsequently built Havoc.


However, the urge never really went away and having spoken with Dave Stone a few months ago we decided to take another look. We collected a new  T body and turtle deck this past Saturday and could use some help with reference material. We have quite a large library of images but very few showing the car from the rear. If anyone can help we can be reached at rooster.ice@btinternet.com.

As for a set of magnesium twelve-spokes, well, that might take a while...


Swift snippets.
20th December: Further to Saturday's Swift Snippet, 2016 FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion Anita Mäkelä tells us that she is also up for a Driver of the Year award in a public vote. It's a shoo-in as far as we are concerned but you can take a look at the shortlist and place your vote by clicking here.

Cemoni Ohlsson.
19th December: We were sorry to hear of the death of Tierp Arena owner Cemoni Ohlsson after a long illness.

Cemoni owned a successful leisure and sport business and was well advanced on the job of turning Tierp Arena round; one abiding memory is of a smiling Cemoni leading from the front, arms full of bathroom supplies preparing the hotel rooms at the Arena the day before FIA events.

Our deepest sympathies to Cemoni's family and friends and our gratitude for all of his help.


SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 2.
19th December: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the
SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 11th February 2017.

For several of the 2016 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

This week's category is Best Appearing Car. The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows. You can see larger pictures on the official Perpetual Awards page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Tyler Ashdown
Super Comp

Vote for Tyler Ashdown

Matthew Dowdy
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster

Vote for Matthew Dowdy

Aaron Fensome
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster

Vote for Aaron Fensome

Shaun Hyde
VW Pro

Vote for Shaun Hyde

Joe Kellett
Super Pro ET

Vote for Joe Kellett

Steve Rawlings
Pro Modified

Vote for Steve Rawlings

Mark Sheridan
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator

Vote for Mark Sheridan

Jon Webster
Nostalgia Slingshot

Vote for Jon Webster

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
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The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to VWDRC Chair Luke Stevenson. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2016@eurodragster.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

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

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than contacting Eurodragster.com or posting cryptic comments or bullying candidates on Facebook. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the content of the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement and comments on the subject on our Facebook pages will be deleted.

The next voting category, due after out Christmas break on Wednesday week (28th December), will be Best Appearing Bike.


Swift snippets.
19th December: We have now updated our calendar of European Championship dates with the provisional dates for the 2017 FIM Europe Drag Bike Championships and 2017 FIM Europe Super Street Bike Cup, whose Kunmadaras round has been moved to the end of April. You can check out the 2017 European Championship calendars by clicking here or by clicking on the 2017 FIA / FIM Championships schedule link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.compage.

The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (below left) came with the words "We can make it fit". 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.


Multiple FIM European Top Fuel Bike Champion Ian King is featured in the latest editions of Fast Bikes magazine and the Speed Record Club's Fast Facts. The Fast Bikes feature covers six pages describing the FIA / FIM European Finals at which Chris Moss spent the weekend with the Gulf Oil Drag Racing Team, whilst Fast Facts covers Ian King's record-setting visit to Elvington.

Staying with magazine features, and a second mention in today's news update, congratulations to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Mark Sheridan whose Black '71 Hemi Cuda won Car of the Year as voted by the readers of the USA's RPM magazine. Harry Palmer tells is that Mark himself had no idea that the car had even been entered for the vote. The car was on the front cover of the September issue with a thirteen-page page write-up with photos by the UK's own Matt Woods.

Michel Tooren and the Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team have published a review of their end-of-season party which you can check out by clicking here (Dutch language PDF).


A Gala appreciation.
19th December: The eleventh annual British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala Awards Dinner, held on 19th November at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow, was a wonderful occasion at which stars of the sport in the UK were joined by legends from the US. The Gala has taken its place as one of the leading motor sport presentation events in the world and the BDRHoF would like to acknowledge all who made it possible.

The evening included the induction of four new members of the BDRHoF, presentation of the Sydney Allard media awards, a re-presentation of the 2016 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Award to a legendary UK racer, the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award, the first presentation of the NSRA / BDRHoF Global Impact Award, special presentations for two living legends of hot rodding and drag racing and the creation of a new role for overseas supporters of the BDRHoF - Honorary International Ambassadors.

The worthy inductees of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame were SPRC Club Secretary and doorslammer racer Paula Marshall; engine builder, tuner and Crew Chief Rob Loaring; US racer and pioneer of the sport in the UK Bob Keith; and the UK's first permanent drag racing facility celebrating its half century of operation, Santa Pod Raceway. Paula's trophy was accepted by Ian and Holley Marshall, Bob's by Lee Keith and Chris Goodnight, and Santa Pod's by Keith Bartlett and Roy Phelps. Trophies were sponsored by the Santa Pod Racers Club.


The Sydney Allard media awards, for photo journalism and written journalism, went respectively to photographer Julian Hunt for his photo of Bob Hawkins' blown and injected slingshot dragster Time Traveller's fire burnout, and to Brian Taylor for the magnificent 2015 Hall of Fame programme - only to be topped by the thirty two-page 2016 programme. This year the trophies were fittingly sponsored by Mintex – a company that sponsored the first UK Drag Festivals back in 1964 and 1965 - in association with Octane Magazine and the Guild of Motoring Writers.

A very special re-presentation of the 2016 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Award went to former Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car racer Dennis Priddle, a member of the BDRHoF and pivotal figure in encouraging many other racers to raise their game by providing them with equipment and advice.

The Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award was presented to Steve Gibbs, the former Board Member and Vice President - Competitions of NHRA. It was awarded for the crucial role played by NHRA and its employees in organising, governing and growing the sport of drag racing throughout its sixty five years of existence.


The Global Impact Award was presented to David Lee Marks of the Beach Boys by Mike Read for their considerable contribution to drag racing and hot rodding culture across the world. Their music inspired more than a generation of car enthusiasts and their concerts over a period of fifty years have continued to drive passion for the sport.

Surprise trophy presentations went to Ed Iskenderian for his development of racing camshafts, pioneering corporate sponsorship in motor sport in the 1950s and helping to create the Specialty Equipment Market Association, and Ron Hope, pilot of the Rat Trap Fuel Altered and long time Bonneville Land Speed Record racer, for his racing achievements around the world. They were joined by other legends Bob and Sharon Muravez, Traci Hrudka, Eileen Daniels, Fred Miller, Carl Olson and Donna Garlits who, with Ron, were awarded the status of Honorary International Ambassadors of the BDRHoF. US legends Paula Murphy and Don Schumacher were present and accepted the applause of the 280 people present for their pioneering Funny Car match races held in the UK in 1973.

The Gala day also included the second Beech Underwriting Bench Racing Session with the guest American and British racers and personalities telling stories about their past exploits, with questions from the floor. The sessions were introduced by Bob McClurg, leading drag racing photo-journalist for almost fifty years. Bob signed posters and copies of his book.


On display during the evening, to celebrate their respective owners' awards and their memorable races during the year at Santa Pod, were two Fuel Altereds, Rob Loaring and Nick Davies' Havoc, to be racing in the US in 2017, and Ron Hope's Rat Trap.

The event would not have been possible without practical help and support from sponsorship partner Beech Underwriting Agencies, major sponsors US Automotive and Santa Pod Racers Club, and event sponsors Lucas Oil Products UK, DialAFlight, Institute of Professional Drivers, National Street Rod Association, Atlantic Fluid Tech, Rat Trap Racing, Aptitude, Mintex and Prop Portfolio. Thanks also to the Pennine Drag Racing Club; Eurodragster.com; and Avon Park International Racing Association for their support.

Make a date for the 2017 event on Saturday 18th November at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow, and don't miss out on a great day of racing nostalgia.


Pro Stock leads FIA rule changes.
17th December: The FIA have published the 2017 International Technical Regulations and Race Procedures for the European Drag Racing Championships.

The biggest rule-related news for 2017  is in Pro Stock, where from this year teams have the opportunity to change to the Electronic Fuel Injection set-up. "We have made it possible for teams to either keep carburettors or move over to  Electronic Fuel Injection system" says Lars Petterson, Vice President of the FIA Drag Racing Commission. "We have kept the same body style and weight on the cars except for the hood: if a car has a carburetted engine then it is still allowed to still us a hood scoop, if equipped with an Electronic Fuel Injection system a hood scoop is prohibited.

"In Europe we have had meetings and good communication with Pro Stock drivers and teams before we took the decision to follow the changes which NHRA have made in the USA. The plan is to keep the two combinations for some years to study how it works and develops in European Pro Stock."

You can find all of the 2017 FIA European Drag Racing Championship rules at www.fia.com/regulation/category/101.


Can you i.d. the bike?
17th December: Longtime Eurodragster.com fan Martin Wilson has been in touch with a puzzler for our readers:


Whilst passing Blade Motorcycles in Swindon, Wiltshire, I spotted a drag bike in their window. Now being an ardent drag racing fan of long (very long!) standing I was immediately intrigued and swooped right in and started asking questions. The very nice people in the shop said that it was a 1970s machine and that it was recently imported from Nebraska, USA. They allowed me to take some photos.


The information gleaned from looking over it was Kawasaki, Manley valves, Mr Turbo turbocharger, Water injection, Schnitz.

Martin would be very interested in any information about the bike. If you know anything then drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com and we'll share it here.


Swift snippets.
17th December: Good luck to NHRA Lucas Oil World Top Alcohol FC Champion Jonnie Lindberg who is in the running for Bilsport magazine Racer of the Year, to Top Fuel Dragster racer Stig Neergaard who is up for Bilmagasinet's Danish Motorsport Award, and to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator racer Gary Gooding whose Supra is on the shortlist for Banzai magazine Car of the Year. You can take a look at the shortlists and place your votes by clicking on the links.

The next category in voting for the Santa Pod Racers Club Perpetual Awards will be Best Appearing Car whose shortlist will be posted on Monday's news update here on Eurodragster.com.

No news update yesterday (Friday) so we were not able to say a big Happy Birthday to Stuart Morrice from mum and dad Christine and Sandy, brother Collin, Megan and Charlotte. Hope you had a great day Stuart.

The last Eurodragster.com News update before Christmas will be posted next Saturday, Christmas Eve, and will include the eighteenth edition of Drag Racing Unplugged and the FIA, FIM and UK National / ACU UK Champions' Champions after the 2016 season. If you will be submitting a news item for the Christmas Eve update then please have it in the mail to us at news@eurodragster.com before 21:00 UK / 22:00 European this Friday (23rd). If it's a long piece then please send it as far in advance as you can; all you need do is to make it clear that it is for the Christmas Eve update.


SA 2005 crash helmet expiry II.
15th December: Geoff Martin of the UK's Tech Crew has been in touch to remind racers with SA 2005 crash helmets that an SA 2015 helmet might be a suitable Christmas gift.

Snell SA 2005 helmets are not permitted in FIA Championship competition from 1st January 2017. The MSA are permitting these SA 2005 Helmets until 31st December 2018, however MSA Pro Modified and Fuel Funny Car in the UK are governed by FIA regulations.

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

Still time to call Santa.
15th December: Lee Child of Eurodragster.com sponsors LA Racing Parts and Lee Child International Track Prep Services has some great deals available for racers or for the racer in your life:

VP Racing Fuels round motorsport containers are available in white, red and blue and come with a free deluxe hose. The containers hold twenty litres and are great for any type of fuel and, with the deluxe hose, easy pouring. £29.99 including postage within the UK.

For the methanol users, we have VP Racing Fuels M2 lube, a 16 fl oz bottle of non-scented lube which will treat two hundred litres of pure methanol or reclaimed methanol. This will protect valve guides, aluminum systems and cylinder walls and is rated for superchargers. One bottle is £16.99 including postage in the UK.

For delivery before Christmas Eve get your order in by next Monday, 19th. For orders and information call Lee on 01803 391740 or E-Mail lee@laracingparts.com.


Zeon TV DVDs review.
14th December: The year's crop of seven Zeon TV DVDs of UK drag racing are a great means to while away the hours before the 2017 season gets underway and provide inspiration for those winter rebuilds yet to be completed. Simon writes:

MSA Pro Modified 2016 covers the whole of the UK Championship, held over six rounds at Santa Pod Raceway, and is essentially a collection of Web TV episodes on disc. Commentary is by Darryl Bradford and interviews by David Coleman reveal a lot of information about running these cars and the drivers' and crews' personalities. Several new cars made their début and the Championship went down to the final round, so there is plenty of excitement. Footage is also varied with use of Segway-based material from Box Lane Productions, a considerable addition to SPR's and Zeon's resource, and Eurodragster.com's own Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam footage.

Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator is commentated on by Paul Venners and Bryn Lucas. All eight rounds are covered, which means that Shakespeare County Raceway footage is included in addition to the Web TV footage from Santa Pod Raceway. There is coverage of the Cruise at both SCR and SPR, showing with on-board footage how challenging the Cruise is for cars which run so quick on the track. The class line-up changes considerably from one year to another and this DVD is a great way of reviewing how the teams cope with the various problems they face and conquer.

The Mopar Euronats DVD faithfully captures the lifestyle atmosphere of this muscle car event, with commentary from Graham Beckwith, interviews by Guy Papworth, and more footage from Box Lane Productions. All aspects are covered, including Friday's RWYB and cruise to Billing Aquadrome, Pro Mod racing, Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman and Gasser Circus action, Show and Shine, the burnout competition, and awards. Running time is 1 hour 53 minutes.

Gearhead Garage Top Sportsman is featured in depth on a DVD which also includes, for the first time, the exciting UK Nostalgia Superstock class. Top Sportsman is for a range of doorslammers and the closeness of the bracket racing, followed by the heads up one-shot qualifying and Quick 16 on the following day give intensity to the super-quick competition. The three UK Nostalgia Superstock Association rounds featured from 2016 are Big Bang, SPRC Summernationals and Dragstalgia, all of which have huge fields - thirty nine entered at Dragstalgia - and close racing. On the back of this showing, the UKNSA plans to expand its number of events greatly in 2017 and run at MSA permit events. Commentary is from Bryn Lucas for Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman and Colin Theobald for UK Nostalgia Superstock. This DVD is a must for all doorslammer fans.

The Wild Bunch have their own DVD following on from last year's debut production, and six rounds of the Championship are featured: Festival of Power, Springspeed Nationals, the Late Spring Madness RWYB at SCR, Dragstalgia (including the Slingshot Shootout), Open Sport Nationals and UK National Finals. Commentary duties are handled by longtime class racers Mark Coulsell and Sarah Howells with Colin Theobald. Much credit for the continuing success of the class which has been running for almost twenty years is due to organiser Claire Meaddows. The DVD is appropriately dedicated to 'Friends lost too soon', Scottie Durrant and Claire Bassett.

The Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway is one of the premier lifestyle events and it is absolutely true to its name. The track is packed full of hot rods and many of them travel up the quarter mile. The NSRA's involvement with SCR's promotional staff has always ensured a well-filled event and this year's was no exception. With next year's event possibly its final hurrah at SCR due to the track being under threat, this DVD is almost certainly a future collectors' item. Paul Venners commentates and, as ever, the interviews add a big dimension to the programme.

Our pick of the bunch is Dragstalgia. This DVD showcases two hours of footage from an unforgettable event held at SPR under sunny skies. The field is enormous and action is shown from the start of Friday's RWYB and then moves on through the NSA historic bikes, Willys Wars, Nostalgia Cannonball, Supercharged Outlaws, Slingshot Shootout, Cacklefest, and the first pass down SPR's quarter mile of Britain's first dragster, the Allard Chrysler. The match racing between the two US Fuel Altereds, Havoc and Wild'r At Heart is a highlight but the whole DVD is a joy to watch. Commentary is from Colin Theobald, who also carries out many interviews, and Bryn Lucas.

The credit for the production of these excellent DVDs is due to Helen Todd and Dave Coleman of Zeon who make maximum use of their resources to complete a quality product. Scripts, commentaries and captions are detailed and accurate, footage is reliable and covers all of the venue, not just the racing surface, with a large variety of camera angles. The covers of all DVDs include photographic contributions from the Eurodragster.com staff and other noted photographers. Zeon have once again pushed the boundaries.

You can purchase any or all of these superb Zeon DVDs for £14.95 each (£10 for the Wild Bunch DVD) plus £1.50 postage per order to the UK and £1.75 to anywhere else in the world. All DVDs are in PAL format. Various deals are available for the purchase of multiple titles. You can order on-line at www.quartermilehigh.com.

Many thanks to Helen Todd and David Coleman of Zeon TV for again providing review copies of all of their drag racing DVDs.


Birgitte takes on the Gladiator.
12th December: Norway's Birgitte Bremnes has announced that she will be teaming up with Jason Phelps and the Gladiator Fuel Funny Car team in 2017. Birgitte gained her Top Fuel Top Fuel dragster licence with Rune Fjeld Motorsport in 2015, and at Tierp Arena in June was runner up to Anita Mäkelä in the first-ever all-female FIA Top Fuel Dragster final.

The arrangement involves Birgitte attending all of the races for the 2017 European Funny Car Series, accompanied by Jamie Willis as Crew Chief. Jason will get back into the seat for all other shows and events, allowing Birgitte to concentrate on the Series.

Jason Phelps says "I've enjoyed my time in the car, but looking back it would have been a good time to call it after my series win in 2013. So I'm not about to miss the opportunity of securing one of the most exciting young talents we have in our sport. I want to see the car and the name Gladiator carry on in to the future, now it's time for me to be a grown up and let the younger generation show what they can do. Personally I'm looking forward to seeing how they get on; the team needs it but more importantly so does the sport and the Fuel Funny Car class. I'm not going to interfere at race meetings, it's their deal, but I'll be in the background to help out if or when they break it! I've worked with Jamie Willis for several years, and I believe he can make the right improvements to the car that will make it competitive and put them in a position to contend for the Championship… enjoy!"

Birgitte says "I'm very excited about next year, especially knowing that we're attending all the races. In the Top Fuel Dragster I did one race a year, which really doesn't give you the chance to get to know the car and how to handle it well. I know the Funny Car will be very different compared to the dragster, it's a new challenge and the next step in my racing career. It's important to me that we get as many runs as possible before the season begins."

"We would like to thank Jason for all his help and the opportunity he is giving us. Now bring on 2017!"


Gough returns.
12th December: Former UK National Super Pro ET Champion Simon Gough is returning in 2017. The new Package, designed to regain Simon's #1 plate, is supported by Racepak, Post en Dros, Opie Oils, LAS Motorhomes, K&N Filters, Jeff Bull Race Engines, Cadman Transport and Hire a Camaro. The smart new colour scheme is the work of Eurodragster.com sponsor Peter Walters Race Design.

"The motor and trans have been refreshed by Jeff Bull and we have sensors from Racepak", Simon told Eurodragster.com. "After Racepak got in touch with me offering a deal for 2017 I couldn't say no. With four new sponsors committed for the next two years things are looking bright for the Package."


Swift snippets.
12th December: We have three birthdays today. Ladies first and a very Happy Birthday to UK Junior Dragster racer and former National Champion Charlotte Bradford. Happy Birthday also to blown-alcohol altered racer-in-waiting Paul Watson and to PMR team member Max Marston. Have a great day guys.

SPRC Perpetual Awards vote 1.
12th December: Santa Pod Racers Club and Eurodragster.com are again teaming up to give Eurodragster.com readers the chance of input to the SPRC Perpetual Awards, which will be presented at the SPRC Dinner Dance and Trophy presentation on Saturday 11th February 2017.

For several of the 2016 season awards, a shortlist has been decided upon for which votes can be submitted by E-Mail. Nominations are now also being accepted for the Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy. The votes of Eurodragster.com readers will be taken into consideration when the SPRC Committee decides upon their winners.

This week's category is Most Promising Newcomer. Nominees for SPRC Most Promising Newcomer have impressed whilst contesting their first full season or making their on-track début in 2016.

The SPRC Committee's shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Will Clark, Pro ET
Vote for Will Clark

Chris Creswell, Sportsman ET
Vote for Chris Creswell

Scott Crookston, Outlaw Anglia
Vote for Scott Crookston

Elaine Hancock, Sportsman ET
Vote for Elaine Hancock

Gary Hester, ET Bike
Vote for Gary Hester

Chris Neary, ET Bike
Vote for Chris Neary

Michel Tooren, Pro Modified
Vote for Michel Tooren

To place your vote, either use the links above or go to the official Perpetual Awards voting page which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the SPRC Perpetual Awards vote link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
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The Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy, for which nominations are also now being taken, was first awarded to Santa Pod Racers Club's late Chief Marshal, Alex Brachtvogel, in 2001 to mark his outstanding contribution to Santa Pod Raceway and the sport as a whole. After Alex's death the trophy was named in his memory and continues to be awarded for contribution to drag racing. There is no shortlist for the Alex Brachtvogel award. Nominations are invited from Eurodragster.com readers for racers, race officials, track and safety crews, club officials, media, or anyone else who has contributed to the sport. Last year the trophy was awarded to VWDRC Chair Luke Stevenson. Again see the official page for more details or E-Mail your nomination to sprcawards2016@eurodragster.com specifying SPRC Alex Brachtvogel Memorial Trophy nomination as the subject and your nomination in the body of the E-Mail.

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

Additionally, if anyone should have issues with the content of any of the shortlists then please have the courtesy to contact SPRC direct rather than contacting Eurodragster.com or posting cryptic comments or bullying candidates on Facebook. E-Mails to Eurodragster.com regarding the content of the shortlists will receive neither a reply nor any other acknowledgement and comments on the subject on our Facebook pages will be deleted.

The next voting category, due next Monday (19th December), will be the Best Appearing Car.


2017 Italian Championship.
8th December: Sadurano Motorsport have announced that the 2017 Italian Drag Racing Championship will take place over the quarter mile at Fossili de Carpo on the following dates:

Saturday-Sunday 27th-28th May
Saturday-Sunday 24th-25th June
Saturday-Sunday 30th September-1st October

In the event of bad weather rain dates will be announced at the event.

The start line will not be prepped. Static or rolling burnouts will be permitted dependent upon class. Run What You Brung will be available.

Entry fees and official forms will be available in due course on the Sadurano Motorsport web site at
www.saduranomotorsport.com or on Facebook at Sadurano Motor Sport.

Funny Cars for sale.
8th December: Lucio Canu has been in touch from Italy to let us know that he has a former Peter Kruse Funny Car sitting unused in his garage and that he is open to offers. The car (right) is offered as a rolling chassis. If you are interested then you can contact Lucio via the Cars For Sale section of our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.

Tony Betts tells us that Richard Hartman's Running Wild Nostalgia Funny Car is for sale. "This is the car which I drove at the Hot Rod Reunion in 2015", says Tony. "The car qualified in the last sixteen at this year's Hot Rod Reunion running four five-second passes. The car is a must-see as the workmanship is second to none. Price to be discussed as can come with a full spares package including three engines. The only reason for the sale is a time thing - Richard is Crew Chief for Tim Wilkerson and will be helping me with my new car so it will leave no time to run his own car". Again you can contact Richard via the Cars For Sale section of our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.


The dreams of a four-year-old.
8th December: Since early childhood the UK's Craig Wright dreamt of becoming a Champion and driving a dragster. Having won UK National Sportsman ET Championships more than once, 2016 was the year for the fulfilment of his other dream. Craig takes up the story:

Ever since I was a four year old at school, I've been completely obsessed with drag racing. It came to it when the teachers had to have a word with my parents when everything I drew or wrote about in lessons were race cars, even Santa's sleigh had a blower up front and a chute out the back.

My dream of driving a dragster came true when the Kelletts offered me a day in their previous Super Pro ET Dragster at the end of the 2015 season, and on that day I got my Super Pro licence after a 8.23/164.

This year, after selling my trailer to James Forster and the Civic to Elaine Hancock, I had a wedge of cash to go racing and after exchanging many E-Mails with Paul Marston a deal was done to drive his dragster in Super Pro ET at the two FIA rounds at Santa Pod. It was at this point we thought we'd hunt for some sponsorship and after various conversations with different companies we signed a few who gave us a good amount to enter a further two events - the dream was coming properly true now!

A week before Easter my crewman Hardy and I went to PMR HQ in Essex to sticker up the car and have the seat fitting session ready for our début at the Festival of Power. Q1 at the Festival of Power was a planned eighth mile pass to get comfy, but it felt too good to lift and we ran an 8.54 on an 8.50! We got to round two before the rain came.

Through the FIA Main Event and SPRC Summernationals we suffered a fuelling problem which we eventually sussed out, and after the Summernationals we had a consistent car, I was very comfy with things and also with how the team on the car were all working.

We finished our season at the FIA European Finals and to me this was the one. The biggest event of the year, the 50th Anniversary of Santa Pod Raceway, and I was living my dream of being part of it in a dragster in it! This was very nearly over after Q4 when we suffered some terminal engine damage but the team got me back out the following day with help from Mike Lacey, cheers Mike! We just missed out on a top half qualifying spot and went in at nineteenth 0.023 off our dial-in. We were gifted a bye in round one, then in round 2 we met Nigel Turner in the blown Gold RV car. To follow Nigel round into the bleach box was scarey but awesome. Nigel went red against us which pushed us into the quarter finals at the European Finals! This to me was just incredible. We were buzzing. This is where we met Tom Atkinson in the Mk1 Cortina Estate. We did him on the tree but broke out, damn.

That was it for our year as we unfortunately didn't have enough funds to make the UK National Finals, although that event was still a proud one for me personally as Sam Innes and I put together yet another class football team and went out, won, and helped raise another staggering four-figure sum for the Bloodwise charity. 

So, 2016 was a massive dream come true for me, and I'd like to think we made a little bit of an impact in the best bracket class in Europe with top fifteen finishes in the Championships. Obviously there are many people I'd like to thank for making the season possible: Top Fuel pilot Liam Jones of TFJ Motorsport, Matt Hullis of Custom Pipeworks, Matt Harper at Ki Tran Nationwide Deliveries, Bill and Jamie at Topspeed Automotive, and Richard Deevey of Red Rum London. This lot have helped us financially this year and without them this dream wouldn't have happened. Then of course there's Paul Marston for trusting me in his car and his team for all clubbing together and fixing it on a couple of occasions. I'd also like to thank my family, friends and many many others for their support throughout the season by dropping by our pits or sending messages etc etc, and my better half Kat for keeping me on the straight and narrow at each event. A huge thank you to the Santa Pod staff, crew and officials for keeping us as safe as possible and giving us some awesome events to race at on an awesome track this year, Eurodragster.com for their outstanding efforts to keep everyone up to date (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed), my on track team Kat Rudd, Mick Howling and Lisa Farmer who worked real well together each and every run, Pete Walters of PWRD for designing and supplying our crew shirts and making the team look professional on track and also Callum Pudge for doing a lot of design work for us. Finally, cheers to everyone in Super Pro ET for making us feel welcome this season, it's been absolutely blinding!

So that's it, the end of a dream season which has been unbelievable in many ways and I've loved almost every single part of it! What's next? Dragster? Door car? Funny Car? I really don't know. We have a few things in the pipeline and talks are on going regarding sponsorship etc, but nothing worth talking about yet. For now Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. See you in 2017.


Wild Bunch do the honours.
8th December: Many thanks to Lynne Coulsell for forwarding a report on the recent Wild Bunch 21st Anniversary Presentation Evening:

All of the various Series winners were presented with their awards, with the 2016 Wild Bunch Series win going to Keith Crampton of the Soul Town Shaker slingshot team for the second year in a row. Many congratulations to Keith and his whole team on this great achievement. The Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge Series trophies were also presented and the winner this year was Alan Loten with Paranoia. Alan also won the Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series, so very well done to him and Steve Williams.The Springbridge MSA Challenge Series Cup was won by Phil James in the Rampage Funny Car. The APIRA Series winner was Bob Hawkins in Time Traveller II, this trophy will be awarded at the APIRA trophy night in March.


Presentations made during the evening to Race Co-Ordinator and Treasurer Claire Meaddows and Secretary Lynne Coulsell. Special presentations were made to Janet Brown for her dedication and services to Shakespeare County Raceway and another to the whole Shakespeare County Raceway team, marshals, officials, track and safety crews. Gifts were given to all the lovely ladies of the Wild Bunch who do so much to support their teams' participation. Flowers were presented to Claire, kindly donated by Mark Coulsell and Hayley Fyfe of Team Limited Funz.

The winners of the Wild Bunch Special Merit Awards were as follow:

Pioneer Award: Ian Coulsell and Steve Young
Big Bang Trophy: Dick Sharp, Dorset Horn
Quickest ET by a British-engined dragster: Daddy Cool, 8.844 seconds
Best ET: Bob Hawkins, Time Traveller II 6.810 seconds
Fastest speed: Bob Hawkins, Time Traveller II 201.47 mph
Best Newcomer (Roy Wilding trophy): Ratchet Strap Racing
Best Radical/Dragster: Phil James, Rampage
Best Slingshot: Bob Hawkins, Time Traveller II
Best Altered: Alan Loten and Steve Williams, Paranoia
Best Turned Out (Roy Wilding trophy): Team Stoned
Perseverance Award: Bob Hawkins, Time Traveller II
Best Achievers: Alan Loten and Steve Williams, Paranoia
Derek and Brenda Annable Trophy: Jon and Donna Giles
Personal Achievement (Daddy Cool Sag Trophy): Gina Durrant, the whole Tiki Munki team and friends
C and C Sportsperson: Mark Hartnell
The Scottie Durrant Above and Beyond Award: Claire Meaddows
Crew of the Year: Steve Williams, Paranoia
Crazy Chris Showmanship Award: Bob Hawkins, Time Traveller II, for his smoky burnouts and fire burnouts

This evening we had a new award, the Scottie Durrant Above and Beyond Award, which was made and presented by Gina who gave a speech explaining the importance of the award to herself and Scottie and some emotional words about 2016 giving thanks to the Wild Bunch for everyone's support and encouragement during this difficult time.


The greatest accolade of the evening was, as always, the Don Garlits Spirit of Drag Racing Shield, the most prestigious award in the Wild Bunch, which represents sportsmanship, commitment, presentation and a host of other attributes. This was awarded to Alan Loten and Steve Williams of Paranoia who achieved first places in two series in 2016 amongst many PBs and spot prizes throughout the year.

Many congratulations to all our winners. We can't wait until 2017 to be back out at the drags for the twenty second year of the Wild Bunch. Full details will be posted in due course on the Wild Bunch web site at www.the-wild-bunch.co.uk, and check out our Facebook page for all of the fabulous pictures from the night.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, dry, safe and quick New Year to all racers and teams, marshals and officials, track and safety crews, photographers, media, promoters, managers, and of course the Eurodragster.com staff (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed), all of whom work so hard at Santa Pod, Shakespeare County and York Raceways for this sport of drag racing which we all love so much. Thanks everyone for everything you do – see you all at the drags next season!

On behalf of Shakespeare County Raceway Jerry Cookson writes "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Wild Bunch Committee for their presentation to the track and the Club for all the work carried out by the officials, marshals and safety crews. The award was duly accepted on the track's behalf by Janet, Wayne and Chris Schreier, Julie Willcox and Nigel Statham. Thanks guys."


HOFtalk III on-line.
8th December: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has published the third issue of its on-line magazine HOFtalk which is designed to facilitate communications with members and supporters of the BDRHoF and which is edited by Eurodragster.com's very own Pit Reporter Simon Groves, a member of the BDRHoF Management Board.

"Those attending this year's Hall of Fame Gala at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow know what a fabulous occasion it was", says Simon, "and this issue shows some of the highlights of that evening. The BDRHoF has now been incorporated into a limited company and a separate charity, the BDRHoF Benevolent Fund, has also been formed to enable fans, racers and sponsors to contribute to a permanent fund which will support injured racers and the Air Ambulances which attend our tracks. Many thanks to those who contributed a total of £500 at the Gala, and we look forward to seeing as many of our supporters as possible at next year's Gala on 18 November 2017."

HOFtalk is available as a PDF by clicking here, by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page, or on-screen at www.drceurope.co.uk/hoftalk/issue3.


Swift snippets.
7th December: Swedish Top Doorslammer racer and former FIA European Pro Modified Champion Mattias Wulcan has announced that he will contest the entire PDRA series in the USA in 2017. You can read more on the PDRA web site at
www.pdra660.com.

This year's vote for the SPRC Perpetual Awards will commence here on Eurodragster.com next Monday (12th). The first category will be Most Promising Newcomer.

Editor's note: We had a lengthy news update lined up for today but your News Editor has had a mare of a day and an opportunity has not arisen for editing and coding. We will catch up with the oustanding news later this evening; please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com.


2016 Christmas Gift Mart.
5th December: If you are looking for a Christmas gift for the drag racer or drag racing fan in your life, your loved one (Or even your husband or wife - Ed), or indeed if you fancy treating yourself, then Eurodragster.com's sponsors and contributors have a number of ideas for you. In the interests of fairness we are presenting these suggestions in the order in which we received them.

Our good friends at Zeon TV have released their 2016 UK drag racing DVDs. As well as MSA Pro Modified, Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator and Wild Bunch season reviews there are reviews of Dragstalgia, the Mopar EuroNationals, Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman and Nostalgia Super Stock, and the NSRA Hot Rod Drags. Each DVD is £14.95 plus postage and various package deals are available. The usual photographic contributions from the Eurodragster.com team are this year joined by some footage from our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcasts. We will as ever post a review of the DVDs in due course but also as ever you can safely order your DVDs without our say-so, and check out some trailers, at www.quartermilehigh.com.

Artist Paul Whitehouse has been no stranger to the pages of Eurodragster.com over the years and is well-known for producing high-quality and always-desirable paintings and prints. As you can see from the picture at left (click for full-sized version) Paul is offering a number of prints and is always amenable to commissions. To find out what is on offer and for how much you can contact Paul by E-Mail at pwhitehouse3@aol.com or call 07432 564110.

UK Nostalgia Funny Car racer Bob Glassup wanted something different to offer the fans of his Capri and settled on the idea of a smart striking, A2 graphic print. "With a firm style in mind we set about getting some artwork together", says Bob. "This looked like a great project on which to collaborate with Darren West of Power Race Graphics. Darren is a design associate of Matt s at his graphic design firm so we know his style and felt confident he could nail this for us!". Eurodragster.com sponsor Darren says "With a cool brief to create a sharp contemporary poster depicting the Glassup Family's Bubblegum Capri Nostalgia Funny Car in action, all good I thought... then the curve ball came in. "Oh, I think we'll do them as a run of hand-pulled screen prints Darren"! So following some unnecessary panic   on my part, some really tight artwork was created to ensure a super sharp finish". Matt Glassup says "A very gifted screen printer was entrusted to pull the squeegees and being a detail freak he a produced stunning result! The colours are impressive to say the least with each colour produced from a hand mixed paint resulting in a beautiful metallic gold and bright punchy red that just can't be replicated by modern print production processes. This is a one run only limited edition of only twenty five prints. A2 in size (594x420mm) they come unframed and are shipped flat packed, with each being numbered and delicately signed by Bob. As you can imagine these cost a pretty penny to produce so we are only looking to cover the cost of production and offer drag racing fans something a little different to enjoy on the wall. Available by mail order only at £65 including P&P and shipping. Please send orders to me at matt@glassupandstoski.com or call 07939 543254."

Mick Pusey of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gearhead Garage is offering a limited-edition UK Top Sportsman T-Shirt. "We had just seventy of these shirts produced", says Mick. "They were given to all 2016 UK Top Sportsman drivers and to the Top Sportsman crew. We have limited numbers of S, M, L, XL and XXL at £18 inc postage. You can order your shirt under Parts For Sale at www.gearhead-garage.co.uk.

If you're stuck for Christmas present ideas for your favorite drag racer then maybe Eurodragster.com Photographer and Allard Award for Photography winner Julian Hunt can help. "I have High Quality images of most UK, and many European, racers which I can send to you by E-Mail", says Julian. "You can have them printed and framed, put on mugs, put on mouse mats, phone covers, wallets, the possibilities are endless. Prices start at £10 for an original file which, should you wish, will print big. Extra special images cost a little more. For more details please contact me at julian@julianhunt.net or via Facebook."

Santa Pod Raceway offer a veritable cornucopia of gifts for race fans including what is without doubt the best Christmas decoration ever invented, the Christmas Christmas Tree originated by Elaine Southworth of Cool Engineered Art. Santa Pod are offering a special deal for every day between now and next Monday (12th) and are taking orders for-pre Christmas delivery until Wednesday 14th. To check out SPR's huge range, including gift vouchers if you really can't decide, visit www.santapodshop.com.

If you need to replace your race harness for next year then you can save 10% by ordering from Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson Race Cars and paying before Christmas. Your harness will be supplied with a 2017 date so that you get the full lifetime. If you are interested then please call Kate Robinson on 01256 880589 or E-Mail robinson_racecar@yahoo.co.uk.


Web site updates.
5th December: We are pleased to bring you a new exclusive Racer Blog presented in association with Gearhead Garage. Regular readers will know that the latest race car to be campaigned by longtime Eurodragster.com contributor Paul Marston Racing is an ex-Street Eliminator Mk 5 Cortina now destined for Super Pro ET. In the first instalment Paul Marston describes the car'a background, details all the work done so far to convert it from street-legal to race-only, and reports upon the first outings. You can take a look by clicking here or by clicking on the Gearhead Garage Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Muscle cars not required.
3rd December: UK VW racer Richie Webb has made good progress in his project to run one of his VWs in Hot Rod's Drag Week in 2017 with a fruitful test at the recent Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas. Richie takes up the story:

A couple of years ago I started making plans to participate in Drag Week with my original version of my Beetle Cabrio which is a stock suspension, factory floor pan, no wheelie bar street car. No one has done this event in a performance air-cooled VW. There isn't really a class they fit in, the event is aimed at typical USA muscle cars which just adds to my determination to compete.

So with this in mind I started building a new engine combination of turbo EFI complete with all-new header / intake set-up and dry sump conversion. I had durability in mind more than outright performance, I want to run on pump gas to simplify the driving part of the event, and I wanted the engine lid to be closed for a more stock look which added to the complexity of the build. With only a few weeks each year to work on the car, as it stays in USA at moment, progress was slow but for personal reasons I set a target of 2017 to compete. Last winter I managed to complete the long block and the header was tacked together, the dry sump tank was in place, but there was lots left to do. So after the UK race season finished I packed up what I needed and got on a flight to LA.

In just four weeks I had built the complete intake, plumbed and wired everything, finished the header and made the exhaust and after a couple of minor setbacks the engine fired. Straight away I had a problem, low oil pressure. Quick checks and I couldn't find anything wrong. The only solution was a complete strip down, both to find the problem to check that there had been no damage. I found the problem pretty quickly, and luckily no damage to anything, so put it back together and all good, oil pressure was perfect.

With Street Car Super Nationals only two weeks away I decided that that would be perfect for the first test. I put a few miles on the car and it drove pretty nicely so I booked a dyno session to do some basic mapping. Unfortunately this was cut short due to an over-fuelling problem caused by an intermittent map sensor problem so I would have to go to Vegas with no idea of the tune. I did some basic mapping myself just setting it very safe, low boost, very rich and very little timing.

I loaded up and with my buddy Steve D along to keep my company on the drive and help out we set off for Vegas. We arrived at the track to be met by part of my weekend crew / helpers / tea makers Alison and John Hackney who had taken a vacation in Vegas partly to attend this event and who offered to help. We set up and were just too late for tech - as we pulled up at 5.01 they drove off, so it was an early 7:00 am start next day to get tech done and be ready for the first qualifier. Tech was no problem next morning and with Joe Elliott (aka Mr Donut), the last member of the group, arriving I did the pre-race checks on the car and waited for our turn. Part of the attraction at this event is watching the big fields of Pro Mods and we were due to run after them so I got to watch for a while.

On the first pass I was a little nervous with all the new untested things on the car and it showed as I made a basic driver error, the car launched OK and then I shifted from first to fourth. By time I realised what I had done it was too late so I just cruised up and ran a fifteen, worse still I didn't get any data so I was still in dark about tune etc. The only thing I learned was that the clutch was too soft, only 1.60 to sixty feet so made some adjustments ready for the next pass. This time I was real careful about shifting and ran 11.00/118, the sixty was again 1.51 so again I knew the clutch was too soft and a lack of power didn't help. More adjustments to the clutch and fueling and I was ready to go again. On the next pass it ran 10.45/128, the sixty was better at 1.43 and we got some better data. We were now due for the first round of eliminations.

I was running in Open Comp which is a Pro Tree class with your dial-in is pre-selected based on your best qualifying pass less 0.1 seconds. I was given 10.30 dial in which I was just going to ignore - I just wanted to run it out and see how it worked. It ran 10.28/131 with 1.41 sixty and even though I lost by breaking out I was happy with the progress and to have a running, working car at the end of the weekend.

My plans are to try to get over to run the car again in March as I still need some more testing both on road and at track to be sure that it's ready for everything which Drag Week can throw at us!

The video at the top of the news item shows the best pass, thanks to John Hackney for keeping the camera on the car and not on the mountains! Accufab did a walk-around video of the car, seems a right hand drive VW gets people's attention. You can check it out by clicking here.


APIRA/SCR Presentation reminder.
1st December: If you're looking for the ideal Christmas present for the person in your life then why not treat them to tickets to the Avon Park International Racing Association / Shakespeare County Raceway Trophy Presentation Evening, held in association with the Supercharged Outlaws and the National Association of Supertwins which takes place on Saturday 4th March 2017 at the Hilton Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon, located on Junction 15 of the M40. SCR's Jerry Cookson writes:


You can find full details about the Trophy Presentation Evening on Eurodragster.com's news item of 28th September. You can also download the Trophy Presentation Evening booking form (PDF format) from the Downloads page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com. Payment and address details can be found towards the bottom of the form.

Please remember that the cut-off point for hotel rooms at the special rate is twenty eight days prior to arrival. Call the Reservations Team on 08008 568000 or visit the web site at www.hilton.com/warwick quoting reference code ASCRA.

If you need any further details about the Presentation Evening then please contact Jerry at shakespearecountyraceway@gmail.com.


UK Nostalgia FC grows.
1st December: James Forster writes that the Nostalgia Funny Car class will be back at Santa Pod Raceway in 2017 season and that SPR are looking forward to welcoming some new cars to the class:

With the cars being built and bought, 2017 could prove to be a very exciting year indeed. The web site has had a small update to include our newest racer waiting in the wings, and confirmation of the 2017 dates for the series.

To find out what we've got to look forward to, check out www.nostalgiafunnycar.co.uk.


VP's new web site.
1st December: Customers of Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels will enjoy a whole new user experience when they visit its newly-redesigned web site at www.VPRacingFuels.com, according to Chris Wall, Chief Marketing Officer for VP Racing Fuels.

"Between our seventy-plus blends of race fuel and the new product lines we've launched in the last several years, customers sometimes had difficulty finding the product information they were looking for", Wall said. "Our new platform is clearly segmented between product lines and applications so it will be easy for customers to zero in on the most appropriate VP product to meet their needs, whether it's race fuel for their dirt bike, a small engine fuel for their chain saw or a fuel system cleaner for their street car.

"While the site allows virtually all of VP's products to be purchased on-line, a Dealer Locator feature will help customers find the nearest retail location for each of VP's product categories as well as VP-branded gas stations. The relevant documentation frequently required by racers and engine builders such as fuel specs and SDS forms will be easy to find as well.

"As in the past, we'll post breaking news on the site regarding new products, race results and industry news. The site also features numerous videos containing product information, tutorials, company background and action sequences, with many in both English and Spanish.

"We encourage our customers to visit our new web site, check out the new features and let us know what they think. The new design is a quantum leap forward, but we'll always be open to improvements."



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