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Peak Performance Day coverage.
17th April: We are in place at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you all the news from the Festival of Power in association with
Alamo Rent-A-Car.

Our coverage starts with Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast and end-day gallery from today's (Thursday) Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day.

Between tomorrow and Sunday we will bring you the full service of frequently-updated reports on the on-track action, pit notes updated throughout the day, end-day gallery, and Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast with commentary / Nitro FM audio. Thanks to Maikel and our friends at Doyousee.me for streaming services.

Click here to check out our Festival of Power Event Index which contains links to reports, pit notes, galleries, webcam and audio-only Nitro FM stream as well as the official entry list and Friday's provisional running order. Alternately click on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Editor's note: At time of writing it looks as if the spares needed to repair the primary webcam PC will not arrive in time for the weekend, so we will again be using the stand-in PC kindly provided by Steve Horn and David Anniwell of SPRC's timing crew. This will mean a slightly smaller picture and probably-unnoticeable difference in audio quality but rote moaners please bear in mind that the alternative is no webcast at all.


What a mug of tea can lead to...
17th April: The Rutles could have told them what it would lead to, but over a mug of tea at the workshops of Chris Isaacs Race Cars, Eurodragster.com sponsor Chris Isaacs and Spencer Tramm devised a plan to combine forces and campaign a Pro Mod in the MSA British Championship. After a year of planning and then three of construction Chris and Spencer are proud to unveil the team's twin-turbo 1970 Plymouth Duster.

"We arrived at the track late last night", says Spencer, "and we hope to start Chris' licensing runs today at the Pro Peak Performance Day. Chris and Jedd Guy have both put in a few late nights to make sure we made it. There are many people whom we need to thank in getting us here today, way too many to list but especially my parents Steve and Yvonne Tramm, Graham Ellis, Al Williamson, Kate and Andy Robinson, Mark Gillam and Andy Frost.

"Most of the team will be at the track today. The team comprises Chris and Rosie Isaacs, Jedd, Ray and Andrea Guy, Scott Crookston and I, and Vince Pinhorn on loan from the Ellis Pro Mod team. Unfortunately George and Rachel Georgiou cannot be with us this weekend but we hope to have them along soon.

"We can also reveal that Direct Plastics have come onboard as our main sponsor for 2014. We are extremely grateful to Paul Woodhead for helping with our efforts; if you need any engineering plastics including lexan for your race car he's the man! You can find them at www.directplastics.co.uk or via the links on Eurodragster.com. Our associate sponsors for this year are Chris Isaacs Race Cars, Moran Motorsports, Speedflow, Lucas Oil and Przym Paintworks.

"If you are around at the track this weekend please stop by, say hello and take a look around the car. See you there!"


Dopey: The Next Generation.
17th April: Dave Grabham, the driver of the Freddy's Revenge blown-alcohol altered, had a nasty fall in the New Year which resulted in a broken neck of femur. Although Dopey's recovery is going well, and he has completed his phased return to work, he has not yet regained enough strength in his left leg to safely operate the Crower clutch in the Freddy's Revenge blown altered. Dopey's younger son Robbie has therefore eagerly accepted the offer of a drive in the car: and is looking forward to starting his licencing passes at the Festival of Power:

TC and Robbie have not been idle over the winter, having fitted a new pair of Dart cylinder heads and a new blower manifold to the Donovan Chevy, in readiness for the 2014 NFAA season. The great guys at Atom Fabrications have had to modify the seat; Robbie says it's to give him a little more head room, but certain team members are convinced that it is more to do with making room for some brown adrenaline.

You can follow our progress on our web site (courtesy of Dominic Coleman) at www.freddysrevenge.co.uk; on the Freddy's Revenge facebook page; or on Twitter. If you're at the track this weekend, don't forget to stop by and pick up one of our new hero cards, designed by Darren West of Power Race Graphics.


Przybyl, P avoids the head's study.
17th April: Never having driven a race car before, Paul Przybyl impressed everyone at Santa Pod Raceway last weekend with a very competent performance in his first outing in the ex-Noah Stutz dragster. Paul and the Przym Paintworks team say that Spencer Tramm helped them to achieve more than they could have imagined:

As soon as we got to the track on Friday Spencer was a great help preparing me for my first ever run. Although the plan was to go for a sixty foot launch, when we were in the staging lanes I asked Spencer if I would get in trouble if I stayed on the throttle and went too fast. His reply was "Go as fast as you feel comfortable with".

As I went around the corner the adrenaline was pumping and I was pretty nervous, but once I had lined up for the burnout I just seemed to shut my mind to that and focused on the hand signals and the actions of the car. After launching I listened to the note of the engine to hear if the automatic shifter was kicking it, but it wasn't so I shifted manually and made sure that the car was still centred in the lane. By then I was at three-quarter track and I felt real comfortable so I decided to keep my foot down.

When I pulled off the track at the top end all was quiet until Dad came along on the moped shaking his fist at me and shouting "Do you realise how fast you went?!". I hadn't a clue as the car felt so smooth, but it turned out that I had run a 7.86 at 173 mph. Dad apologised to Ian Marshall and said that he was more than welcome to give me a good talking-to, but Ian replied "This is Run What You Brung, licencing tomorrow is another story".

Licencing on Saturday went as planned apart from the second pass when I lifted too early.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend. Soon it will be my brother John's turn to have that experience now that he has got out of the Junior Dragster. We're looking forward to racing in Super Pro ET but we realise that we're at the beginning of a big learning curve. Paul, Andy, John and Cheryl would also like to say a special Thank You to Kenny Coleman and the boys at EDA, Steve Pateman, Paul Wright, Chris Isaacs Race Cars, and to Psycleworkz for the motor plate.


Spark out.
17th April: UK Outlaw Anglia racer Steve Wells says that his first outing of the year at Big Bang at Santa Pod Raceway was not everything he could have hoped for:

Over the winter we changed a few things on the Team Orange pop pick up. Problems pressurising the cooling system necessitated a re-design; we now run Goodridge hoses supplied by our long-term sponsor CamAuto bypassing the head gaskets which after a few headaches has worked well. The main job was changing from ladder bar rear suspension to four-link with an anti roll bar. This was done with a lot of help from Malk Motler, thanks mate. Not everything went to plan and it was a bit of a last minute rush to be ready for our first Championship round at Big Bang.

We decided to make a few test launches at Friday's test day. The Pop launched beautifully and straight so we were ready for Saturday qualifying. Still with the low boost tune we ran 8.88, 8.86 & 8.88 all dead straight with gentle looking launches which resulted in my best ever sixty foot time. The boost was raised ready for more qualifying on Sunday morning.

Sunday morning didn't go so well. Courtesy of the new curfew we were called as we were about to warm up the engine, and we then found that the oil warmer had not worked so we sat out the first qualifier. When the oil was warm we tried to start the motor only to find we had no spark. On inspection we found that the coil had packed up and as we run an MSD 10 Plus ignition, which uses a unique coil, we could not borrow one so our weekend was done.

We are now struggling to find a new coil for the MSD 10 Plus as they are not made any more!

I would like to thank the Santa Pod crew for the excellent track, even with so few cars to put rubber down. Thanks to Ian and Sam at CamAuto for their continued support this year and to the Motlers for crewing for us again.


Swift snippets.
17th April: The latest spy picture to arive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (below left) came with the words "Cheers Alf". 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.


Atticus Page (above right) would like to wish Super Gas racers Jon Morton (aka Grandad) and Mark White (aka Chalk) good luck for the opening round of the Championship, and thanks to Uncle Rob Stanley for standing in for Daddy as Crew Chief. "Have a ood weekend, we will be watching!", he says.

It's not too late to take part in today's Pro Peak Performance Test and Tune Day at Santa Pod Raceway. The track opens at 09:30 and £80 gets you as many runs as you can fit in on an event-prepped track. More details at www.rwyb.co.uk.


At speed in Estonia.
17th April: Kristjan Veedler of the Estonian Drag Racing Association tells us that, as well as drag racing, Estonia hosts the biggest top speed events in the Baltics.

The One Mile Challenge has been organised annually by the local Audi club since 2001. As of 2013, the Challenge consists of two stages, one of which takes place in early summer and the other in late summer. This year's One Mile Challenge events take place on the following dates:

Stage I: 14th June 2014, Kiltsi Airfield, Haapsalu
Stage II: 16th August 2014, Kiltsi Airfield, Haapsalu

More information at www.onemile.ee.


Event entry update.
16th April: Entry is currently open for the Springspeed Nationals, the third UK National Championship round as well as a round of various Club Championships including Wild Bunch, Outlaw Anglia and NAST, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 3rd-5th May. Entry will close on 30th April.

Official Springspeed Nationals entry forms are now available from the Downloads page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at
www.shakespearecountyraceway.com. If you have any queries about event entry at Shakespeare County Raceway then please E-Mail enquiries@shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk or call 01789 720180.

Entry is also open for FIA / FIM European Championships Round 1, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 23rd-26th May which is a round of FIA and FIM European Championships and some UK National Drag Racing Championship classes. Thanks to Ian Marshall for sending us Version 1 of the official entry list which you can check out by clicking here.

You can download entry forms for FIA, FIM and UK classes from the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about entry to FIA / FIM European Championships Round 1 then call Ian Marshall on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Phoenix from the ashes.
16th April: Roger and Dave Moore fired up the new motor of their Viper Pro Modified on Sunday just gone and Roger says that it has been given a clean bill of health to go racing at the Festival of Power.


"The basis of this engine is from Henri Joosten's Chevy Pro Mod which unfortunately had a dramatic fire at Santa Pod  a few years ago", says Roger Moore. "As a team with a  commitment to protect the environment we felt obliged to recycle. I don't think Henri would recognise in any more, as it now has a Pat Musi EFI  system and a CNC machined intake manifold. Dave and I will be taking small steps with this new set-up as there is a lot to learn.

"Thanks to Shakespeare Engineering, Challenger Solutions, NSM and Generator Power Systems for their continued support."


Easter goodies on offer.
16th April: Explaining the spy picture of 3rd April, UK Wild Bunch racer Sarah Howells says that the Running for Paula 2014 campaign is getting off to an Eggceedingly good start with the help of a generous donation of Easter goodies from Tim Cooper and the team at one of the UK DHL sites. Hoping to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Sarah will be at the Festival of Power with a large amount of Easter goodie bags. 

"I haven't counted them all yet but I think I've got over one thousand Cadbury Creme Eggs and treat size bags of Mini Eggs", says Sarah. "I need help to make sure they all fulfil their Easter destiny and get scoffed during Festival of Power!  The bags will be available from Thursday onwards and if enough donations are received there might even be the odd appearance from the Easter Bunny... you never know your luck! 

"We're not quite ready to bring out the DASH Racing Chemical Reaction slingshot after a complete overhaul during the winter months, but I am very lucky to be driving the beautiful Black Pig Too slingshot owned by Steve and Lesley Field of FieldCraft Fabrication.  Eggciting stuff!

"Come and get your Easter goodie bags from our spot in the Wild Bunch pits, usually somewhere near the finish line for this event, and raise money for a very good cause.  Hope to see lots of you very soon!"


Super Pro ET Challenge is go!
16th April: UK Super Pro ET racer Pete Walters of Eurodragster.com sponsor Peter Walters Race Design writes that the Super Pro ET Award Challenge kicks off its second year at the Festival of Power:

After an extremely successful first year, we have returned with more sponsors and more prize money than ever, and we hope It will be even better this year with even more entrants. The awards for which we are running for can be seen by clicking on the picture at right.

Don't forget that you need to be a paid up member of the Super Pro ET Group before the first qualifying run on Friday. Entry the year is £15, to be paid to Richard Walters.

We would like to thank Derek Flynn of Gold RV for putting up £50 and a unique trophy for the number one qualifier of every event in 2014, and Matt Wright from wemoveyourcar.com for putting up £30 and a trophy for the best Reaction Time at every event in 2014. Throwing in more excitement than ever! For the Festival of Power, as well as the £50 from Gold RV, there will be an additional £50 awarded to the number one qualifier. The winner of an award which will picked by random on Thursday night will take home a large trophy and a minimum of £250 prize money.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors: Alders Performance Transmissions, Another Small Fortune Racing, Brad Jackson Racing, CNC Training Academy, Cygnet Business Solutions, Everitt's Jewellers,  Flavell Welding Specialists, Gary Malin Mobile Mechanic, Gas Applicance Services, Giles and Hartley Racing, Gold RV,Hauser Race Cars, Highway Plant, Hydrahose, Jancen Racing Engines / Mike Janis Superchargers, Jeff Bull Racing Engines, Mills CNC Ltd, Peter Walters Race Design, RT Signs, RW Services and Custom Paint, Spence Excavation, Springbridge Direct Ltd, Step-a-side.nl, Team Camaro Drag Racing, Team Time Is Money, Ultra Plastics Ltd, wemoveyourcar.com, Windscreen Wizards, Xtreme Racing and Zannetec.

Good luck to everyone this weekend, and be safe!


Wild Bunch 2014 calendar.
16th April: Wild Bunch Nostalgia Drag Racing Club Chairman Chris Hartnell and race co-ordinator Claire Meaddows have been in touch with details of their Series dates for 2014:

The Club will run their Wild Bunch Series, which decides the Top 4 Championship placings, with results decided on best four of five rounds. 2014 is the nineteenth running of this Series.

The Club will again be running a nine-round Series for former sponsors Real Steel Performance Automotive Products (01895 440505). Real Steel are not planning to sponsor the Club this particular season, but as a gesture of support to the company, we are running the Series for the full year, with Top 4 trophies decided on the best eight of nine rounds. The Wild Bunch would like to thank Real Steel, and Charles Pinion personally, very much for more than thirteen years of support.

The Wild Bunch are also again running the Springbridge MSA Challenge, this year over the increased total of five MSA rounds at which we are competing. The prize for the winner is one free MSA event entry in 2015. The Wild Bunch are very grateful to Springbridge Direct for their generous support of this Series. Springbridge Direct are suppliers of topsoils and related products for industry and you can contact them at info@springbridge.co.uk or call 0845 370 1919.

The club also run the three-event Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series, for which all rounds count. Many thanks to Roy for his kind donation of a prize fund for each of these three events this season. Roy undertakes a variety of machine and chassis work and can be contacted at the track or on 0121 5527188.

In addition to the above sponsorship, the Wild Bunch now has additional sponsorship for individual events. Springbridge Direct are sponsoring a £50 prize fund for the event winner at our Spring Nationals (Yanks Weekend) at Shakespeare County Raceway. Scottie's Car Transportation will be giving £50 to the winner of the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakey and £50 to the winner at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod. The company can transport any vehicle, restoration project or body shell and specialise in Classic Cars, Rods and Customs, even catering for low vehicles. Vehicles are transported with care and consideration by a fully insured classic car owner/drag racing enthusiast with over twenty years in the hot rodding / custom car scene. For more details see the web site or phone 07788 455385. Both Team Ratcatcher Resurrection and the C&C Nostalgia Drag Racing Team have also pledged £100 each for a prize fund at events, details to be confirmed, and we are also in discussion with a further three sponsors and will announce details in due course.

If anyone would like to sponsor the Wild Bunch for an event in 2014, then please contact us at claire@backdraftdragracing.co.uk. More than one person or company can sponsor any event with prize funds or products. The more the merrier!

Here are all of the Wild Bunch dates for 2014:

18th-20th April: Festival Of Power - Santa Pod Raceway (Real Steel 1, Springbridge MSA 1)
3rd-5th May: Springspeed Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway (RS 2, SMSA 2, APIRA 1)
24th-26th May: Spring Nationals at Yanks Weekend - Shakespeare County Raceway (Wild Bunch 1, RS 3)
7th-8th June: June Shootout at RWYB - Shakespeare County Raceway (WB 2, RS 4)
21st-22nd June: 21st NSRA Nostalgia Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway (WB 3, RS 5, Roy Wilding 1)
28th-29th June: SPRC Summernationals - Santa Pod Raceway (RS 6, SMSA 3)
12th-13th July: Dragstalgia - Santa Pod Raceway (WB 4, RS 7, RW 2)
23rd-25th August: Open Sport Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway (RS 8, SMSA 4, RW 3, APIRA 2)
20th-21st September: Fall Nationals at the UK National Finals - Santa Pod Raceway (WB 5, RS 9, SMSA 5)

The Wild Bunch are really looking forward to the coming season, beginning with a ten-car field at this week's Festival of Power. We will be welcoming more new members as well as loads of regular members thoughout the season. We would like to thank in advance the SPRC and APIRA, all marshals, officials, track and safety crews, track managers, promoters, Eurodragster.com staff (Thanks! - Ed), photographers, media and event organisers for all their hard work, time and dedication. We wish every racer all the best for a fast, safe and sunny 2014 racing season! See you at the drags!

Further details can be found at www.the-wild-bunch.co.uk.


Grumps' perfect test.
16th April: When the UK's Paul Watson closed his company Dynospeed he decided to move away from bikes and return to his four-wheeled roots, purchasing the former Highlander Camaro from Eurodragster.com sponsor Paul Woodhead. Grumps had a highly successful test outing at Big Bang at the weekend and got in touch to tell us about it:

During the winter I went through the car and applied a few updates including a Funny Car cage courtesy of Chris Issacs Race Cars.

At Big Bang I ran 8.97 off the trailer and by the seventh pass had run 8.9009 with a 0.02 light. The car just does it with ease. We took out the throttle stop and ran an awesome 8.41/161 with a 1.17 sixty foot time. We are so looking forward to this season, I am so glad I bought the car and would like to thank everyone involved in getting it.

Many people have helped me since I got the car, so a huge Thank You to Paul Woodhead and Direct Plastics, Gary Springford and DRE, Jeff Bull, Farm Fresh. Image Workx, Spencer Tramm, Simon Gough, and the Morrice boys for getting me into all this. And I know that Paula Marshall will be keeping an eye on me on every run, she will never be forgotten.


Back, blown and rebuilt.
16th April: The UK's Miss-Guided Super Pro ET team are well-advanced with their plans to get back out on the track with their rebuilt '63 Vette:

Following Deborah Laugher's accident in the Arrow at the 2012 FIA Main Event, the ex-Jon Hogarth/Martin Curbishley 'Vette was purchased in order to continue running the rest of the season but, things being what they are, whilst sitting in the pits watching the rain hammer down plans were hatched to make changes to the car.  The team had always wanted to run a blower motor and the new engine seemed like an ideal candidate for experimentation. Wanting to continue using the Flying Toilet, and as James Munroe is the man when it comes to this sort of thing, a blower set-up was ordered from KillerRons in Indiana and the motor despatched to Jeff Bull. 

The engine and blower came together in Spring 2013 and the team quickly realised that the combination looked to be too quick for the chassis.  Luckily Webster Race Engineering is just round the corner and Jon Webster duly took in the car for what was supposed to be a new chassis but which turned out to be a total rebuild – and an awesome rebuild it is too. We'd like to thank James, Jon and Jeff for their work and support in this endeavour; they all make it seem so very easy. We've had the expected minor hiccups whilst testing, the last of which is now being addressed, and we should be back out testing next month, with a view to competing in Top Sportsman at the Mopars in July.

We hope to increase the number of cars running under the Miss-Guided banner this year as crew member and daughter Natalie hopes to get her Zetec-powered Morris Eight out to compete in Sportsman ET later in the year.

We are very happy to say that we will have the continued support of KillerRons this year and we recommend that you check out www.killerrons.com to see what James and his team can do for you; there is something there for everyone. Lohrspeed Transport (07502 292116) continues to support us and get us to the track on time.  They have a well-deserved reputation for moving cars around the country safely and carefully and if you look on their Facebook page you will see they certainly move a wide variety of cars and vans about!  We are very pleased to welcome Custom Coach Trimming (01386 834454) on board this year as sponsors.  Chris not only trims cars of all varieties but is a master of audio and visual fit outs.  To see the quality of his work visit his web site at www.customcoachtrimming.co.uk or come and look at our golf buggy seats.  AJG Automotive has also joined this year as sponsors, a bit of a change for them as they more normally support a Jaguar racing team which goes round in circles rather than a straight line.  If you live near Wellingborough and want quality work done on all makes of cars, then contact Andy on 07891 180685.


Swift snippets.
16th April: This beauty is the Doignie and Lane Vauxhall VX4/90 in its 2014 colours. "Thanks go to Nic at OCS Paint for applying the amazing new colour and scheme", says Stuart Doignie. "Other than paint, hood scoop and an engine freshen the car remains unchanged as we look to build on the success of 2013. I will be campaigning the car in all rounds of Super Gas this year, apart from the SPRC Summernationals where there is a frustrating clash with Glastonbury. Tim will be aiming to get his licence and get familiar with the car as soon as possible.  Once this happens expect to see Tim's name appearing on entry lists later in the year. We are looking forward to the weekend and to catching up with all the other racers."

Eurodragster.com sponsor Nitrous Oxide Supplies will be present at the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway and will be offering Nitrous refills for £4 / lb including VAT. Simon Barker and the team have limited stock which will be offered first-come first-served basis. They will be found in Trader Area C after midday on Friday and then during daytime right through to 3:00-4:00 pm on the Sunday.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe for forwarding us the timing data from the weekend's Big Bang at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out the timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Les McNab and Mary Thomas have been in touch from New Zealand offering crewing help to teams at the SPRC Summernationals and Dragstalgia. "We have been rebuilding a Capri-bodied Funny Car built in Australia in the early 1970s, which will be ready for a shakedown run before we  head to England", says Les. "It runs a Crower methanol-injected 427, TCI Powerglide and Strange rear.  Mary is the official pilot. We also have run a flathead-powered nostalgia altered from the late 1960s for twenty five or so years. We would be keen to meet up with any Funny Car, rail or altered teams.  We are more than happy to help out if anyone is short of crew or would like some extra help". If you would like extra crew at the Summernationals or Dragstalgia then drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com and we'll put you in touch.


K&N and Simpson back Hausers.
16th April: Eurodragster.com sponsor Hauser Racing is pleased to announce support from K&N Filters and Simpson Safety Equipment. Geof Hauser writes:


We have been using a K&N air filter for a year and it is amazing, but alarming, how much dust and dirt it has trapped in that time. Many people overlook the importance of a good filtration system. Tthe K&N filter does not affect airflow in the slightest but stops the cylinder bore wear which inevitably happens without one. I can't recommend them enough.

Scott has been using Simpson Safety Products throughout his racing career and from the fit of their helmets to the feel of the gloves he is more than happy. This year he will be wearing the new Hybrid Head and Neck Restraint for more safety.

Through our association with both these companies we will be able to supply any product from their ranges, and will always carry a stock of popular oil filters with us at the tracks.

Don't forget that all are invited to an Open Evening at Hauser Racing this Friday (18th) to check out the company's new dragster range. For more details check out our news item of 10th April.


Festival of Power Perfect Awards.
16th April: This weekend's Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway is the second event in this season's Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £100 is on offer for perfect performance.

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

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

This weekend's Eurodragster.com/Gold RV Perfect ET Award has also been reset to £50 after it was won by VW Sportsman racer Adrian London at Big Bang. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend during qualifying or eliminations in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, VW Pro, VW Sportsman, the Wild Bunch, ACU Supertwin ET and Junior Drag Bike but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Run of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Springspeed Nationals. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with RV sales and service specialists Gold RV. For more details about the services which Gold RV can provide see Derek Flynn or visit www.goldrv.co.uk.

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


Web site updates.
16th April: The official web site of the UK's Chaos Fuel Altered has been updated with news of off-season work on the car. You can check it out under Latest News at www.chaos-fuel-altered.com.

UK photographer Dick Parnham has updated his Flickr gallery with pictures from the 2006 Easter Thunderball at Santa Pod Raceway. You can find Dick's shots at www.flickr.com/photos/dickparnhamdragracing.


Festival of Power racer update.
15th April: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the arrangements for this week's Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway:

Santa Pod Raceway's gates open at 08:00 on Thursday both for those entered for that day's Pro Peak Performance Day and for those racing at the weekend. Pitting will commence when gates open.

The Signing On office opens at 10:00 Thursday, 07:00 Friday, 07:00 Saturday and 07:30 Sunday. Racers and crew must be signed on by 11:00 on Sunday.

Car scrutineering commences at 11:00 Thursday, 07:00 Friday, 07:00 Saturday and 07:30 Sunday. You can check out the car scrutineering schedule by
clicking here. Bike scrutineering commences at 15:00 Thursday, 07:00 on Friday, 07:00 Saturday and 07:30 Sunday. You can check out the bike scrutineering schedule by clicking here.

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

Please bear in mind the new curfew times in effect at Santa Pod Raceway this season. Absolutely no race car or bike motors are to be started before 09:00 or after 20:00 on any day. If going round to scrutineering before 09:00 then please push or tow, do not drive. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Editor's note: An abbreviated news update today for reasons beyond our control but we can promise you that tomorrow's news update is going to make War and Peace look like a leaflet. There is room for more so please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com.


Big Bang results.
14th April: Congratulations to the winners at this weekend's Big Bang at Santa Pod Raceway:

Sportsman ET: Ethan Lisle (16.52) 16.5285/79.52 def. Matthew Moxon (13.46) 13.5426/101.02
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Shannon Kiddell (8.01) 8.0794/77.73 def. Joe Holland-Villa (8.76) 8.9537/73.82
VW Pro: James Hodson (10.75) 10.8954/124.75 def. Jacob Bailey (12.62) 12.7920/96.64
VW Sportsman: Adrian London (18.00) 18.0927/69.95 def. Polly Judge (15.60) 15.6890/90.33
Outlaw Anglia: Cliff Griffin 7.8600/177.81 def. Colin Millar 7.9074/156.84 DQ red
JDS Street: Liam Concannon 9.9283/144.77 def. Jeff Ludgate no time DQ red

8.50 Bike: Jake Mechaell 8.5873/157.93 def. Martin Walker 8.4855/157.40 DQ b/o
9.50 Bike: Richard Sawatzki 9.6567/141.66 def. Alex Hope 9.4429/128.32 DQ b/o

Congratulations also to Ruaridh Hart (Junior Dragster) and Adrian London (VW Sportsman) who won the £50 Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and Eurodragster.com /
Gold RV Perfect ET Award respectively. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway at the end of this week.

Unsurprisingly for a mainly bracket and index event no class records were set, although many Personal Bests were reset both in competition and in testing, and in the first round of Lucas Oil Junior Dragster eliminations Paige Wheeler beat Jacob Kopasz by 0.000043 seconds which equates to 0.06 inches or 1.524 millimetres. This is the UK's closest-ever Junior Dragster race and we are thinking Europe's closest-ever Junior Dragster race unless our readers know better.

You can check out our Alamo Rent A Car-sponsored Big Bang coverage by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Look away now...
14th April: ...if you have recorded the ESPN coverage of the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals to watch at your leisure and don't want to know what happened.

For the rest of us it has been a fantastic weekend for European drag racing in the USA.

Big congratulations to multiple FIA European Pro Stock Champion Jimmy Ålund who won Pro Stock at the Four Wides in Charlotte. Starting from #8 qualifying spot Jimmy made his way through the field and his 6.562/211.59 in the final round beat Shane Gray's 6.563/211.69, Vince Nobile's 6.667 209.46 and Erica Enders-Stevens' 11.719/79.19.

Congratulations also to Jonnie Lindberg who made it to the final of Top Alcohol FC in Charlotte only to hit bad shake and lose to Dan Pomponio. Together with Elvira Karlsson, Ulf Leanders and Eurodragster.com sponsor Mike Manners, Jimmy and Jonnie have done European drag racing proud in Charlotte this weekend.

Huge congratulations to Ian King who also did us proud by taking the Top Fuel Bike title at the Manufacturers' Cup race in Valdosta and doing it in style, also taking the final spot in the TFBs' Five Second Club. Ian blew away his PB with a 5.878/225.07 to beat Chris Hand's ten-second pass. The Gulf Oil-sponsored racer was the class of the field, Ian, Marius van der Zijden and the guys seemingly the only team to work out the track at Valdosta - evidenced by Ian's defeat of Spiderman Larry McBride in the previous round. Results are available at Dragbike.com and notes on Ian's web site at www.kingracing.com.


Brad set for Super Pro début.
14th April: After four years in Junior Dragster, the UK's Brad Jackson has now joined Nick Good Motorsport, now the only three-car Super Pro ET team in Europe. Dad Wayne writes:

Brad gained his Super Pro licence during last year's UK National Finals weekend in the dragster usually driven Dave Catton, after which I spent the winter working on gaining sponsorship for the project and secured some new partners for 2014. They are Lucas Oil USA; Lucas Oil UK; Pentagon Corporate Fleet who supply 17,000 cars a year to corporates; D&S Signs who wrapped the car and who provide signs, decals, promotional materials, place mats, I-phone covers, mugs etc; Martin Williams Hull, commercial body builders and converters; Plytek, light commercial vehicle Ply line and vehicle accessories; Alamo, discounted worldwide car rental from Brad's web site - click on the Alamo logo; Six B apparel, who designed and manufactured the team shirts.


Nick Good and Christiann Carlo have worked tirelessly to build the new car throughout the winter and the result is a stunning looking Peter Walters Race Design livery wrapped by D&S Signs. PWRD have also designed the team's hero cards.

We intend to run the 2014 Championship in the most professional manner and we hope to be competitive in this Super Pro ET. We will promote our sponsors' brands and companies in the pits and always present the car, our clothing and ourselves in a clean and professional manner.


We have joined Nick Good Motorsport for 2014 as the team is experienced and we will have the best possible help. Dave Catton has been wonderful with Brad and trained him very well.

We will be at Santa Pod Raceway on Thursday. We are very excited about the 2014 series and the challenges that it will bring.

Tony Kelly has written a great feature about Brad for the York Press, which you can read by clicking here. You can find out more on Brad's newly-relaunched web site at www.bradjacksonracing.com and please Like our Facebook page at BradJacksonRacing.


CG Composites back BA Racing.
14th April: UK Pro Modified team BA Racing are pleased to announce support for 2014 from Carlo Gandolfi of CG Composites. Bert Englefield and Andy Wright write:

We have known Carlo for thirty years, and for the last few years he has been trying to get us to use one of his injector hats. So for 2014 we have a Darren Mayer-designed Mk 14 Pro Mod injector hat and Darren Mayer fuel system. Carlo also has Kobelco supercharger parts in stock so anyone needing anything can contact him through his web site at www.cgcomposites.co.uk. We would also like to thank Lee Child of LA Racing Parts for all of his help.

We have updated the car over the winter with a new titanium firewall and titanium propshaft tube. We also now have a spare Brad Anderson motor and spare Lenco and another crankshaft all ready to go should we need them.

You can keep up with us this weekend on the BA Racing Facebook page.


Toy story.
14th April: Ian and Carol Jackson of Eurodragster.com sponsor Jacksons MoT and Service Centre are the proud owners of the Tokyo Toy Super Gas 1969 Camaro formerly campaigned by Jon Evans and Steve Dunn. Ian writes:

We saw the car on Eurodragster.com's Swap Meet. I had a long chat with Carol, the team's real boss (We knew that - Ed) and she said "Come on then, let's go and view the car". So off we went to Farnham.

The garage door was open when we got there and the boss said "Wow" so the deal was done. We collected the car on Saturday, so now we just have to learn everything about it.

We would like to say a big thanks to Messrs Evand and Dunn for all their help and to Eurodragster.com for advertising the car (Thanks, it's what we're there for - Ed). For those following our Project Orange '79 Camaro build, it is still in the hands of Tony Stamp and will be out in future with our Jake at the wheel. Many thanks all and see you at the track.


Gough tests positive.
14th April: UK Super Pro ET racer Simon Gough had a blinding weekend at Santa Pod Raceway where he was testing his Camaro. Simon got in touch to let us know how The Package came together:

Testing got underway at about 12:00 on Friday with a shakedown run just to get things right both with myself and the car. For the first few runs I was trying to get a hold of the new trans which was supplied by Jeff Bull, who kindly took a day out to spend tuning the car, and me. Going from a three-speed reverse pattern to two-speed forward pattern Glide was not as easy as I thought. But after three runs it all worked fine.

We tried four different settings on Friday. Another setting for Saturday gave us good numbers again, two more 8.4s to add to those we ran on Friday. On Saturday night, after going through all the runs on the Racepak, we changed some settings which finalised a new base setting for the season, no more touching or tweaking. Sunday gave us a perfect day's testing, four 8.35s one after the other.

I can't thank the track crew enough, all of you are the best. And I'd also like to thank the following because without them it wouldn't happen: Sharron Gough, Dan Devlin, Lee Newlin, Jeff Bull, Las Motorhomes, Opie Oils, K&N Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs. This is what makes The Package.


Swift snippets.
14th April: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (below left) came with the words "Propeller drive?". 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.


Swedish Top Methanol FC racer Leif Andréasson will be taking corners this year with his new ride, a Mosler GT3 car with Chevy LS7 V8 (above right) which he will race in Endurance events in both Sweden and elsewhere in Europe. The car will be displayed with its two other drivers at this weekend's Bilsport Performance Show in Jönköping together with the new sponsor Meguiar's Car Care. "The team will be our drag racing crew with two new mechanics", says Leif. "The team is in the shop preparing both the Funny Car and the Mosler for the season."

Santa Pod Raceway have kindly given us the go-ahead for a Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast of this weekend's Festival of Power. Broadcasts will commence with Thursday's Pro Racer Test and Tune Day and will continue throughout the three days of the race, which ends on Sunday evening. Fingers crossed that our currently-bricked webcast PC is back in action; parts have been ordered but if they do not arrive in time then the PC kindly supplied by Steve Horn and Dave Anniwell of Santa Pod Raceway's timing crew stands ready to substitute.

Staying with the webcasts, whilst a small number of parties have standing permission to copy results and pictures from our Alamo Rent A Car-sponsored Event Coverage, no-one has or will ever have permission to grab or otherwise copy video from our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcasts. Pointing a mobile phone at a computer screen and filming it is pretty desperate but it is nevertheless a breach of our copyright and we will come after those who do it. If that is you then don't bother with self-justifying E-Mails, just remove the footage immediately and remember who heads up the Eurodragster.com Complaints Department.


Web site updates.
14th April: Our good buddy Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with pictures of Saturday's action at the Public Track Weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest updates via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Europeans abroad.
12th April: Good luck and stay safe to Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock), Elvira Karlsson (Pro Stock Bike), Jonnie Lindberg (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Ulf Leanders (TAFC) and Mike Manners of Eurodragster.com sponsor
Cosmo Residences (Top Alcohol Dragster) who are contesting this weekend's Four-Wide Nationals at Z-Max Dragway. Qualifying continues today (Saturday) and you can stay in touch with our heroes' progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central colleagues at www.dragracecentral.com. The Lindbergs are also filing reports with Marcus Sjödin's www.dragracing24.com.

Good luck, especially for the remaining Five Second Club slot, and stay safe also to Ian King who is contesting Top Fuel Bike at the season opening Manufacturers Cup event at Valdosta. Ian plans to post updates on his own web site at www.kingracing.com, and results should also be available at www.dragbike.com and www.stripbike.com.


Merriman's mixed feelings.
11th April: Seeing racers making their last minute preparation and the general excitement for the start of the season has left UK Pro racer Richard Merriman with mixed feelings:

There are so many new cars ready to début as well as existing cars that are hunting for quicker ETs and their claim on the number one spot. It's fantastic to see the enthusiasm and cars actually back on track. However my own car is missing the party.

After a fantastic and very fulfilling season last year, I ended up finishing the year with the car running consistent low twelves even managing a backed off 12.19! I managed to complete a full season with the VWDRC, take part in a number of RWYB events and finally realise a dream of running with the Street Eliminator crew at Main Event and European Finals.

So my winter maintenance plan was to pull the engine and give it a general health check and investigate a noise with the clutch. Upon inspection it was no surprise that the clutch had taken some beating throughout the season. The flywheel and cover plate faces were crazed and scored and the clutch disc was on its last legs. However I wasn't prepared to find that there was a hairline crack round the flywheel mounting flange. Thankfully I caught it before anything got worse but as this wasn't an off the shelf item and has taken until now to source a replacement. The next stop is to strip the engine and get the crank balanced with the new parts. This means that the car will be out of action for a while.

To lift my spirits though I was fortunate to have my car featured in Ultra VW Magazine this month. Not only the great six-page write-up but on the front cover too! This will certainly give me some motivation to get the car back out again.


Swift snippets.
11th April: For those who like their drag racing in a nostalgic vein, Keith Lee recently interviewed racing legend and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Dennis Priddle for a four-page feature in the May issue of Custom Car magazine, due out today. Along with a frank look back at his time in the sport, there are a number of previously unpublished photos which Keith shot at the time. "It was great to be able to sit down with Dennis for a few hours, and enjoy a look back at some of the momentous moments in our drag racing history," commented Keith on the interview. The interview runs as a special feature in the Auto Focus series which has been featured in Custom Car for several months.

The local press in Sweden are reporting that the sale of Tierp Arena to Sånna Förvaltnings AB has hit a problem related to the amount of the successful bid against the facility's valuation. We will bring you more on this as we receive it.

Christine, Sandy, Stuart and Megan have asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to UK Super Comp / Super Gas racer Collin Morrice. Our pleasure guys, have a great day Collin. Also celebrating his birthday today is UK Junior Dragster racer Sam Holland-Villa, to whom Dave Holland, Joe Holland-Villa and Spencer Tramm asked us to say Happy Birthday. Sure thing guys, have a great day Sam.

Editor's note: For readers with an interest in trivia and nothing better to occupy their minds, today is the 37th anniversary of your News Editor's first visit to Santa Pod Raceway.


Spring Madness at SCR.
11th April: Spring has sprung in time for
Shakespeare County Raceway's second Public Track Weekend of the year tomorrow and Sunday. Jerry Cookson of SCR writes:

Thank you to everyone who came out to run their cars and bikes a couple of weeks ago, and to everyone who supported the Sands Charity Race Day which raised over £800. With so much support shown a second charity fund raiser is all set to take place on the Sunday of our Ladies That Launch weekend on 19th-20th July. More about that later except to say a big Thank You from Kayleigh, Emma, Neil and the rest of the girls and boys from Cruzin 4 Sands.

This coming Sunday features the second in our series of Bracket Gamblers Races taking place thanks to our generous supporters and drivers. In the first, seasoned veteran Brian Huxley took the money run against the Mopar D50 truck of York Raceway's Lee Chiles in a thrilling final sprint to the finish. And just to prove that it's not all a male dominated sport, young Sarah Senderski topped the qualifying chart with a near-perfect 16.185 on a 16.18 dial-in from her mustard yellow '79 Chevy Camaro. So who will it be taking home the money this weekend? Find out this coming Sunday. Details on how to enter can be found on our SCR Bracket Gamblers page at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk/bracketgambler.asp or visit the track's Facebook page.

Also appearing for the first time this season will be a strong contingent of riders from the National Sprint Association. With so many straight line sprints for the Southern Championship, riders will be eagerly awaiting the season to begin on Saturday morning. Staying with the cycle theme, riders from the Coventry-based Antelope Club will be having their Classic 50 Sprint over the weekend along with a big contingent of fifty or more Suzuki Bandit owners.

Drivers from the Honda Drag Series had their first outing of the season at the last Public Track Weekend with a good mix of mildly-tuned to full-on race-prepped Honda CRXs. There are five rounds of the series this year and they are all exclusive to Shakespeare County Raceway. Members from the Supercharged Outlaws will also be attending looking for track time before their first round at Yanks at the end of May. Keeping the Japanese scene going throughout the weekend will be members from Club Jap, the newly-formed Collective Subaru and Modified Car Club, as well as the Viva Outlaws.

Fancy becoming a drag racer overnight? Well, now you can by trying our Public Track Day Weekenders. Designed to cater for all type of vehicles, cars and bikes, our Public Track Days are both friendly and fun. Try it once and you'll be hooked. Try it again and you could be on your way to becoming a drag racing Champion!

Contact Shakespeare County Raceway for further details or take a look at our Essential Guide on the Run What Ya Brung information page at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk/rwyb.asp.  Don't forget your full driving licence (provisional licences not accepted) and crash helmet. Remember: No Licence No Race!

Gates open at 6:00 pm this evening (Friday). Track opens for RWYB at 10:00 am and goes on to 5:00 pm both tomorrow and Sunday. Further information can be found on the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk or call 01789 720180.


With a lot of help from our friends...
11th April: The restoration and operation of Europe's first dragster, Sydney Allard's 1961 Allard Chrysler, could not continue without the help of our many supporters. Recent supplies have come from the following businesses and Allard Chrysler Action Group Chair Brian Taylor has been in touch to express sincere thanks for their help:

Steve Clark at Nimbus Motorsport has continued his support of the Allard Chrysler dragster project by supplying a System 1 billet spin on oil filter Part Number 209-561B. On advice from Nimbus we have chosen the 3.75" diameter filter which is slightly longer than the original. We have also changed to a 45 micron element (part number 208-560) for use with the 60wt oil.

It means we will be able to drop the filter after a run, clean the mesh after checking for debris and re-install after filling with oil. Much better than just replacing the filter without having the ability to check for debris unless the old filter unit is destroyed.

D&M Classics was established in 1972 and have a dedicated team with more than eighty years of experience. From Ford V8 Pilots to E-type Jaguars, MGBs to Bentleys they can offer a restoration package tailored to individual requirements. They were able to help us when we ran into trouble with the clutch shaft in the Ford Pilot style gearbox fitted to the Allard Chrysler dragster. It has not been a straight forward replacement because some time in the dragster's past the shaft has been reduced in diameter; probably when trying out different clutches. However with the additional help of Andy Robinson Race Cars we were able to fabricate a suitable replacement for the well-worn one that has been on the car since 1964. Thanks Ginger.

Les Downey at Lucas Oil Products UK is continuing his support for the project. For 2014 we have decided to revert back to using Lucas Blue 50 Plus Racing Oil with Organic Moly. We have also been advised to use Lucas Oil Stabiliser. With more frequent oil changes and our new System 1 oil filter we feel the engine is much better protected.

Evans Coolants will continue their support by supplying the company's Waterless Coolant product which helps keep the engine cool for longer cackle running. We suffered a lot of over-heating in 2012 but replacing the water with Evans Coolant certainly improved things so we are thankful for their continued support.

Links to all of these businesses can be found on the Links page at www.allardchrysler.org.


Big Bang racer notice.
10th April: Racers going to tomorrow's VWDRC Test Day, Big Bang this weekend, or both are reminded about the new curfews in effect at Santa Pod Raceway this season.

Absolutely no race car or bike motors are to be started before 09:00 or after 20:00 on any day. If going round to scrutineering before 09:00 then please push or tow, do not drive. Your co-operation is appreciated.


Event entry update.
10th April: Entry is currently open for the Springspeed Nationals, the third UK National Championship round as well as a round of various Club Championships including Wild Bunch, Outlaw Anglia and NAST, which takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 3rd-5th May. Entry will close on 30th April.

Official Springspeed Nationals entry forms are now available from the Downloads page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site at
www.shakespearecountyraceway.com. If you have any queries about event entry at Shakespeare County Raceway then please E-Mail enquiries@shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk or call 01789 720180.

Hauser holds Open Evening.
10th April: Eurodragster.com sponsor Hauser Race Cars will be holding an Open Evening next Friday, 18th April, and all are invited. Geof Hauser writes:

The Open Evening takes place between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm and interested parties will be able to see the new series of Hauser Racing dragsters currently under construction. By making jigs for everything and making batches of parts and components, we have been able to reduce the cost of having a car built. We are going to be selling the cars in affordable packages so racers can purchase the initial chassis, body and axle package then everything else will be a bolt on. All mounts and brackets are included in the first stage and subsequent packages are designed to enable assembly of the car at the customers own pace. Full package details will be available on the night.

If you would like to come then please contact either Ian or I on 01933 682500 or at sales@hauserracing.com to confirm attendance so we can get a feel for likely numbers attending.


Diary of a dragsterholic.
10th April: We are pleased to welcome rookie Sportsman ET racer Jon Crawford as the latest to post an exclusive Racer Blog presented in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car.

Jon is a longtime fan who has finally cracked and given racing a go; his first competitive outing is at next week's Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway. In the opening instalment of his Blog Jon introduces himself and explains what made him decide to go racing after all these years.

You can check out Jon's Blog by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Team Gridlock well-oiled.
10th April: Three-time Wild Bunch Champions Team Gridlock are extremely excited and proud to announce a sponsorship programme with Millers Oils.  Team Principal Dex Price writes:

Millers Oils were established in 1887 in Brighouse, West Yorkshire and are now a leading independent blender of oil and fuel additives. Millers Oils research, develop and produce advanced engine oils, gearbox oils, lubricants and fuel additives. The very latest example are the energy efficient oils for passenger cars which allow drivers to save on fuel costs and reduce the wear on their engines. These energy efficient oils were developed using similar technology to their Nanodrive Racing Engine Oils, which allow race drivers to get more power from their engine to the wheels and reduce engine wear.

Team Gridlock will be using Millers oils and lubricants in their fourth successive Wild Bunch Championship quest and the team's Topolino altered will be sporting the Millers logo on their car for 2014. Check out the range of oils and lubricants on the Millers Oil web site at www.millersoils.co.uk, and don't forget to Like their Facebook page as well!


Swift snippets.
10th April: We have two spy pictures for you today. The first (below left) came with the words "Meet the twins"...


...whilst the second (above right) came with the words. "New season, new car, upgraded engine!". 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.

Kev Charman asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to reigning ACU UK Comp Bike Champion Lizz McCarthy. Our pleasure, have a lovely day Lizz.

As already announced we will be presenting a Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast of tomorrow's VWDRC Test Day at Santa Pod Raceway, but please note that the test session does not commence until midday UK time. The webcam will be on-line at times during the morning tomorrow, but be advised that we will be carrying out various tests so the webcast will be stop-start until the test session commences.


Speedgroup launch Bike Championship.
9th April:
Speedgroup have announced the 2014 EDRS Pro Bike Nordic Championship for Supertwin and Pro Stock Bike.

This is an official Nordic Championship sanctioned by the Motorcycle Motorsports Federations in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark and will take place on the following dates:

12th-15th June: Tierp Arena, Sweden (NDRS Motorclub)
28th-29th June: Alastaro Circuit, Finland (FHRA)
2nd-4th August: Gardermoen Raceway, Norway (NDRG)
15th-17th August: Sundsvall Raceway, Sweden (SHRA Sundsvall)
21st-24th August: Tierp Arena, Sweden (NDRS Motorclub)

The EDRS Pro Bike Nordic Championship is open to riders holding international licenses regardless of nationality; Scandinavian racers require a National competition licence. A minimum number of eight racers per class must be registered by 15th May for the Championship to take place.

Registration is now open at www.dragracing.eu. A presentation document is available from Speedgroup Co-ordinator Åsa Kinnemar at roger.lyren@speedgroup.eu or call +46 706 245077.


£2000 for the quickest shifter.
9th April: Santa Pod Raceway have announced the Quick Shift presented in association with Webster Race Engineering and ICE Automotive, an all-new drag racing competition held across all Run What You Brung and Peak Performance Days up to Saturday 11th October.

The aim is simple: to find the quickest manually-shifted race car in the UK. The winner will receive a £2000 cash prize courtesy of ICE Automotive and Webster Race Engineering. Phil Bennett of Santa Pod Raceway writes:

All cars are welcome to take part regardless of their street-legality, so whether you have something Jap, American, European or anything else, why not give it a go? All participants must depress the clutch for every gear change and must have an H-pattern gearbox; sequential gearboxes are not eligible.

All you need to do to enter is to submit your three quickest timing slips of the year from eligible events with your name, car and contact details and we'll take your average ET from those three runs. The four quickest drivers on average after the final date of Saturday 11th October will be invited to take part in a Shootout at the Flame and Thunder Show on Saturday 25th October where the slate will be wiped clean and the quickest time of the day will take the bounty.

If you'd like to enter, send copies of your timing slips to quickshift@rwyb.com or submit them in the Signing On office. Leader boards will be posted on-line once entries have been received. For more information please visit www.rwyb.co.uk/quickshift.


Stutz outlines season plans.
9th April: Two hundred friends, fans, sponsors and media representatives attended a presentation by Switzerland's Erbacher Top Fuel Dragster team in Arlesheim last Friday, where Noah Stutz outlined his goals and ambitions for 2014.

Noah, who be racing alongside six-time FIA European Champion Urs Erbacher, spoke confidently about both the past and upcoming season. The goals are clearly defined: racing in the FIA European Championships, Noah will gain as much experience as he can, so that he can licence for a campaign in the USA in the autumn.


Amongst the unique racing atmosphere in the workshop with boss Urs Erbacher and teammates, guests enjoyed a great presentation and culinary treats prepared by a barbecue champion. Noah was the centre of attention in front of the garage with his newly-built Top Fuel dragster making a loud and impressive warm-up.

Noah used the occasion to thank his family, his team, the 111er Club and his new sponsors and partners such as Midland, Formex, 102 pc, SCS IT and Liquid Ice for their support.

Noah's 2014 racing calendar:

18th-20th April: Festival of Power, Santa Pod Raceway (GB)
23rd-26th May: FIA/FIM Championships Round 1, Santa Pod Raceway (GB)
12th-15th June: Sweden Internationals, Tierp Arena (S)
3rd-6th July: FHRA Nitro Nationals, Alastaro Circuit (FIN)
8th-10th August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheimring (D)
21st-24th August: Scandinavian Internationals, Tierp Arena (S)
4th-7th September: FIA/FIM Championship Finals, Santa Pod Raceway (GB)
30th October-2nd November: Toyota Nationals, Las Vegas (USA)
13th-16th November: Auto Club Finals, Pomona (USA)


Swift snippets.
9th April: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (below left) came with no words. If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.


Jim Kelly of Eurodragster.com sponsor VP Racing Fuels says that as well as fuelling NHRA, IMSA's Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona Beach etc, the company also brand petrol stations (above right). "Any petrol distributors wishing to brand stations under the VP colours should give us a call!", says Jim.

Many thanks to our good buddy Benoit Pigeon for sending us this picture of Sweden's Adam Flamholc in action at the inaugural PDRA event at Rockingham. "Adam went to the semi-finals and the car is now back on track with great consistency", says Benoit. "On each new pass the car was giving a little more."

Sweden's Lindberg Brothers are on their way to Z-Max Dragway to contest Top Alcohol Funny Car at this weekend's Four-Wide Nationals. Marcus Sjödin tells us that the Lindbergs are sending updates to www.dragracing24.com. It's going to be a busy weekend for European fans as Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock), Ulf Leanders (TAFC), Elvira Karlsson (Pro Stock Bike) and Mike Manners of Eurodragster.com sponsor Cosmo Residences (TAD) are also contesting the event in Charlotte and Ian King (Top Fuel Bike) is contesting the season opening Manufacturers Cup event at Valdosta.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Team 4Gs member and new mum Corrinne Gibb. Have a lovely day Corrinne.


Brown's dragster for sale.
9th April: UK National, APIRA and SPRC Super Comp Champion Paul Brown writes that he is putting his multiple Championship-winning dragster up for sale. Paul assures us that it will not be the last we see of him when the car sells, and that until the car is sold he will continue to race:

At the beginning of last season I decided not to defend my 2013 UK National Pro ET Championship and just to run in Super Comp at Santa Pod Raceway. The Festival of Power came along and I still remember the freezing conditions, sitting strapped in ready to go and the next thing snow was coming into the car. Luckily, the weather held to enable the event to be finished and I grabbed my first event win. After a late entry at Shakespeare County Raceway I found myself on a roll by winning both the Springspeed Nationals and the FIA Main Event. Thoughout the season there were incredible lights and close racing from everyone in the class, which is why I enjoy bracket racing so much. After taking runner-up at the FIA Eururopean Finals, I just needed to qualify and stage the car at the UK National Finals  to wrap up all three Championships. Thanks to everyone in my team for making it all possible.

It has been an incredible four years of racing and we have achieved success, running this car far beyond any of our wildest dreams when starting racing back in 2010. I have decided to put the dragster and trailer up for sale after Easter. I will continue to compete in the National Super Comp Championship until such time as the car is sold and I am in no rush to sell it. As for the future, we have a plan in the pipeline and will return as soon as possible.

This is a great, consistent turn-key dragster which has won six Championships in the past four years, driven to nine finals and won three events, a perfect car for someone to go faster or to start racing. It is low maintenance and can be raced in Super Pro ET, Pro ET or Super Comp. If this is something you may be interested in, then come and have chat in the Super Comp pits at Santa Pod at Easter.

I wish everyone a fast and safe season.


A world-beating season.
9th April: Sören and Peter Svensson of the Team Starta Racing Top Fuel Bike team say that 2013 was the season when the World Record finally returned to Sweden after many years of absence; their dear friend and contemporary Stefan Reisten owned the record in the late 1980s:

As many of you might remember we wrote in our 2012 Season Review that that year would always be remembered, and looking back at 2013 we all know that it will always have its place in the history books after a magic Sunday at Tierp Arena in August when we ran a new World Record and backed it up not only once but twice with a string of numbers never produced by any team in the world before.

The mainly change which we had made for 2013 was to mount a bigger HPS 2.1 supercharger from HPS Superchargers. We had high hopes for it and it proved to be a perfect match for our engine combination.

Our season started at the EDRS Nationals at Tierp Arena on 10th–12th of May. We went to test our new set-up for the first time at the smoothest track. We had extremely good air conditions throughout the and several tests were carried out in order to find a set up for the upcoming season. We set a new Personal Best sixty foot time of 0.977 seconds, which was very promising for the upcoming season.

Sweden Internationals, 13th–16th June, Tierp Arena, Sweden: During this race we mainly focused on stepping up our combination even more from the test session in May, and we had a great time doing that. The changes resulted in a new personal best of 2.496 at 330 feet! Summary of the weekend - qualified no 1, winner of the event. The win later proved to be good enough to earn us third spot in the FIM European Championship.

Scandinavian Internationals, 23rd–26th August, Tierp Arena, Sweden: The race where our World Record setting dreams came true! We had to detune the bike compared to the race in June since the air was very good. In doing this we created a new tune up which was exactly what we needed to be able to run a backed up World Record. Our way towards the record was magic as we firstly qualified number one with a 5.77 and backed it up first with a 5.82 in E2 and then an even quicker 5.769 in the final. We also ran new Personal Bests of 3.72/342.42 kmh over the eighth mile. Summary of the weekend - qualified number one, winner of the event, new World ET Record of 5.76 seconds (backed up within one per cent).

Haltech Manufacturers Cup, 9th–11th November, Bradenton, Florida USA: The final event of the year for our team started more or less the week after the Scandinavian Internationals with preparations to ship our bike and all of our equipment in a container which our good friend Per Bengtsson had arranged. This would take both our teams and Eric Teboul's Rocket Bike to Florida in time for our race at Bradenton Motorsports Park. We got to the track the weekend before the Finals and we were allowed to make some test runs which were really promising. Then we rented the track together with Per Bengtsson and the Beast team for the Monday before the race. Unfortunately we discovered some strange mechanical problems which had to be sorted out before the race. As many of you know we solved all of our mechanical problems as late as overnight Saturday / Sunday of the actual race. We were able to start eliminations thanks to fantastic clutch work by our new friends at Roaring Toys very late on Saturday evening. Summary of the weekend - qualified number one, runner up, seventh member of the famous American MTC 5 Second Club, fifth place in the Manufacturers Cup (only participating in one of four races), and not to forget having a great time with all of our American, Swedish, French, German and English friends, fans and fellow racers!

Summary of Personal Bests
60 foot: 0.977, 2013-05-12, Tierp, Sweden
330 feet: 2.496/258.87 kmh (160.89 mph), date 2013-06-16, Tierp, Sweden
660 feet: 3.725/342.42 (212.81), 2013-08-25, Tierp, Sweden
1000 feet: 4.758/384.07 (238.70 mph), 2012-08-24, Tierp, Sweden
1320 feet: 5.709/380.67 (236.58 mph), 2012-08-24, Tierp, Sweden

We are very proud of what we have achieved so far, especially since we have not yet been able to run a full quarter mile with our new engine / clutch combination. It is still under development and we know that there is more in the bike - but we just have to figure out how. During our record-setting 2013 season we made a lot of promising test runs which will hopefully will pay off even more in future races. Team STARTA Racing and other Swedish teams have high hopes to be able to represent the Swedish National Team during a possible World Cup in Top Fuel Bike which will hopefully happen in the near future if everything goes well.

A big Thank You to those who make this possible:

STARTA Produkter, supplied by Sollebrunns Oljeservice
PR Husbilar, one of the largest companies in the western region of Sweden selling RVs
HPS Supechargers, number one when it comes to superchargers
Samek Tool AB, who make some of the best moulding tools in the automotive industry in Sweden
Real Form, product development within mechanical design
Goproactive, supplier of PC and network solutions, outsourcing, on-line services, communication systems, security and more
Swecomposite, number one when it comes to bodywork for drag racing and many other areas using the same technique
Temec, one of Sweden's leading companies selling hot runner systems and much more for moulding tools
Jarmos Custom Auto: For all your help during all years supplying the best parts available
Pippi, number one when it comes to marketing
Roaring Toys, for all your help at the Haltech World Finals
All our fans and family members who support us towards new achievements every year!

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank all our friends, competitors, track staff, race organisers, the former owners of Tierp Arena, everyone at Bradenton Motorsports Park, FIM Europe / SVEMO officials and the staff at Speedgroup.eu, Eurodragster.com, Kingracing.com, Stripbike.com, Dragbike.com, Patrik Jacobsson, Stefan Boman, Ivan Sansom and Rose Hughes, Tom McCarthy, Jay Regan, Larry Burgey, Pasi Upponen and many more for their help and support during 2013. We wish all of you a great start to the 2014 racing season!

For more information about our previous achievements and updates (in English) please visit www.billetracing.se.


Slyfield makes Easter.
8th April: UK Pro Modified racer Kev Slyfield says that after eight solid months of work his new 1957 Thunderbird will make the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway next week.

"When the deal was made with Andy Robinson back in September to buy the part-built 1957 Ford Thunderbird, the plan was for Andy to build the car up to a stage where I could take it on and transfer my parts from the Willy's onto the T-bird and true to his word it was ready in January", says Kev. "Since then the crew and I have worked almost non-stop to get it ready for the first meeting.

"With a few last jobs to do and work out how to get it in the trailer we are really looking forward to débuting the car at Easter."

Next week's Festival of Power ushers in Year 8 of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship for Pro Modified. Championship PR Robin Jackson writes:

The 2014 series is extended to six rounds and will produce a fresh Champion: 2013 title winner Bruno Bader will not defend his crown though he still plans to compete at several of the races to make life supremely difficult for the other contenders.

Britain's 'Godfather of Pro Mod', Andy Robinson, doubtless starts the season as Championship favourite. Robinson has done the deal three times before, in 2007, 2009 and 2010, and only missed a fourth triumph last year by losing a winner-takes-all final to Bader at the National Finals. At 237.66 mph, Robinson's new Camaro is already faster than its Studebaker predecessor but not yet as quick – 6.177 seconds to the Stude's 6.054.

Andy does not have the quickest or fastest machine on the Festival of Power entry list, though. That belongs to the Netherlands' Robert Joosten. The Dutch star's '70 Camaro hit 5.990/241.22 at Tierp, Sweden, last August before finishing as runner-up at Santa Pod's European Finals. Joosten will focus on the FIA Championship this year but may take a tilt at the MSA crown too if the going looks good.

2013's surprise package was Rick Garrett. Driving a multi-coloured, nitrous-boosted '41 Willys Coupe, Garrett won last year's Easter opener in only his second Pro Mod outing – a remarkable achievement – and continued to lead the Championship for much of the season until slipping to third behind Bader and Robinson at the very end. All eyes will be on the Surrey racer and a crew comprised of his three sons to see if they can magic up any more surprises this year.

2012 MSA Champion Roger Moore brings along his familiar nitrous '00 Viper with all-new engineering under the hood, and Andy Wright bids to emulate BA Racing team partner and 2008 Champion Philip 'Bert' Englefield at the wheel of their sleek black, blown methanol '38 Ford. Wayne Nicholson arrives with his Lucky Devil '63 Corvette from Yorkshire and Kent's Steve Hall brings his handsome '55 Chevy, a state-of-the-art, Andy Robinson Race Cars product with pedigree written all over it.

As mentioned above, Kev Slyfield has forsaken his popular but wayward '41 Willys. The characterful vehicle's powertrain was not a problem; rather, it was the unwieldy body – still partly original steel – which was considered a hindrance. Now Kev arrives with the powertrain installed in a brand new, lightweight '57 Ford Thunderbird, yet another Andy Robinson Race Cars product. Those in the know expect big things of the T-bird.

Another successful car constructor, Chris Isaacs Race Cars, enters its first Pro Mod creation into the fray, a turbocharged '70 Plymouth Duster, and Chris Isaacs himself takes the wheel. The team is a joint venture between Isaacs and Sportsman ace Spencer Tramm, who will take his turn in the hot seat later in the year.

This opening MSA round has nine entries but others will swell the ranks as the season progresses. Andy Frost unleashes his outrageous, road-legal Vauxhall Victor at May's second round, when all of the top Europeans will be in town for the start of the FIA series. Graham Ellis' brand new turbo Mustang awaits its owner's recovery from the injuries he sustained in a terrifying wreck at September's UK National Finals. France's Eric Monsenego is expected to join compatriot Jean Dulamon in due course. Monsenego's Plymouth Barracuda and Ellis's Mustang have also both emerged from the busy Andy Robinson manufactory near Basingstoke.


A Bonkers trio.
8th April: The UK's Team Bonkers Drag Racing Pro ET team is proud to announce two more sponsors: Serck Motorsport and DC Auto Repairs of Newtown Powys.

Derek 'Delboy' Sanderson says "I am overwhelmed with the support I will be getting this season. We had Ron Haslett of Insane Creations on board and now Serck Motorsport and DC Auto Repairs and I would like to thank all three sponsors for for helping me this season - without their support it could not of been possible.

"Team Bonkers raised £173.24 for the Cruzin 4 Sands charity selling our team logo cookie monster necklaces and earrings. A big thank you to all who bought our wares at Shakespeare County Raceway.

"See you all at a drag strip near you, and good luck to everybody."


Swift snippets.
8th April: Going into this weekend's first UK National Championship round at Big Bang, UK 8.50 Bike racer Jake Mechaell is ready to roll with continued season sponsorship from Webster Race Engineering, EPS Motorsport and Bedford and Sons Motorcycles Northampton. "See you all this weekend", says Jake.

Eurodragster.com sponsor Nitrous Oxide Supplies will be present at the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway and will be offering Nitrous refills for £4 / lb including VAT. "We did the same last year, but we only knew we'd be offering refills at short notice and everyone said "Why didn't you let us know?" so this year we're trying to be far more proactive about it!" says Simon Barker. "Due to the low rates I'm only going to carry limited stock and it'll offered on a first come, first served basis until it's gone. We will be there after midday on the Friday and then during daytime right through to 3:00-4:00 pm on the Sunday. Per the Santa Pod site map we'll be in Trade Area C."

Santa Pod Raceway are seeking a car to display on their stand at Jap Fest at Castle Combe on 10th May. If you race in JDS or have a Jap FWD car and fancy exhibiting at Jap Fest then please E-Mail alex@santapod.com with pictures of your car for the opportunity to appear on the Santa Pod stand.


Minis target another Beetle bash.
8th April: The annual battle between the British automotive icon and the German people's car takes place on Easter Sunday 2014 at York Raceway, the home of drag racing in the North of England.

Amongst enthusiasts, clubs and dedicated owners of the two legendary cars, the debate over which reigns supreme has endured since the 1960s. So which is better, Mini or Beetle? There's only one way to find out...

Race!

In recent years the Minis have had the upper hand with a slight lead over their German adversaries in the ongoing series of head to head acceleration contests on the standing quarter mile. The format is simple. Cars from Team Mini are matched in terms of closest performance with a car from Team Beetle and race heads-up on the drag strip. For each win a point is awarded. The team with the most points will become Shootout Champions for 2014.

The number of highly modified Minis has grown massively in recent years and with rear engine/RWD conversions by specialists such as ZCars becoming popular; what was once seen as an advantage for the Beetles has now been overcome and the playing field has been well and truly levelled. Add to this the popularity of the New Mini and New Beetle, the dominance which the VWs once held has been challenged and thwarted and the 2014 title is most definitely up for grabs.

Anyone with a safe Mini or Beetle is welcome to join their team, including New Minis and New Beetles. The car doesn't have to be street-legal or have the original engine / drivetrain, as long as it still maintains its original look.

Chris Murty commented for York Raceway "The Mini v Beetle Shootout is one of our most popular events of the season, with strong support from owners' clubs and enthusiasts. So whether you want to race or spectate and no matter who you support, we're looking forward to welcoming everyone to York Raceway for what will be another close-fought battle."

The Mini v Beetle Shootout is part of a two-day Easter spectacular at York Raceway, with Pennine Drag Racing Club Championship racing on Easter Monday including the first round of American Superstock, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, JDM-DRC, Super Cup and Volks-Stock series, plus Run What You Brung. Admission to York Raceway is £15 per day or £25 for the weekend with concessions for teens (13-16) of £7.50 per day or £10 for the weekend. Accompanied kids under 12 go free! A £30 per day sign-on fee applies for everyone wishing to take part in the Mini v Beetle Shootout and RWYB. A camping area is available for the weekend and will open at 6:00 pm on Saturday 19th at a cost of £5 per adult per night. PDRC members, teens and kids camp for free.


Nitro Nation on Android.
8th April: On April 3rd the full release of Nitro Nation Online launched on Google Play for Android devices. Nitro Nation Online takes drag racing to the next level with a 3D world full of stunning new customisable cars, amazing racing physics and unlimited in-depth gameplay which guarantees racers an unforgettable experience, all on your mobile device.


The world of Nitro Nation offers a wide range of authentic, licenced cars with real physics and numerous possibilities for customisation. This fully-loaded upgrade system allows players to select the combination of improvements that best suit various cars, distances and conditions. Let your car's beauty shine with incredible customisation: choose wheels, window tinting and any colour for every part of your car, add unique finishes and use the flexible system to add decals to any part of your car – you can do it all in Nitro Nation.
  • Race more than fifty licenced car models from Honda, Dodge, Volkswagen, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Ford, Nissan and other world class brands
  • Drive around three heavily-detailed locales
  • Customise your car with different colors, visual effects and hundreds of decals
  • Win over a million prizes and upgrade your car to win even more
  • Earn up to eighty achievements ranging in difficulty
  • Ride for your club -> Earn respect -> Climb the ranks -> profit
  • Set records and get on top of the workd with sophisticated Leaderboard System
You can find out more at www.nitronation.com or check out the Nitro Nation Online Facebook page.


Big Bang racer update.
7th April: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for passing us details of the arrangements for this weekend's Big Bang at Santa Pod Raceway.

Santa Pod Raceway's gates will be open between 08:00 and 21:00 on Thursday (10th), and will then reopen at 08:00 on Friday for the whole weekend.

Signing On will open at 08:30 on Saturday and Sunday, and will close at 12:00 on Sunday.

Car scrutineering will take place between 08:30 and 18:00 on Saturday, and between 08:30 and 12:00 on Sunday. Bike scrutineering will take place between 10:00 and 18:00 on Saturday, and between 08:00 and 12:00 on Sunday.

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

Krivan recovering from stroke.
7th April: It has been a while since we heard from Swiss Top Methanol Funny Car racer Dezsoe Krivan. Although quiet, Dez was not idle and was working hard with his team to return to competition. But just as the skies started to clear, Dez hit a setback:

I had a stroke on 20th February this year and have been in hospital and out of action since then. Today is the first time I have been able to handle a keyboard to let you know. I'm in the recovery stage: I have started to walk and there are only faint signs of paralysis on the left side of my body.

I think you'll understand that my drag racing plans are upside down and that I don't know the future.

As far as my business DJ Safety is concerned I will keep it on and start work as soon as possible. But in the meantime please contact DJ Safety in the USA at www.djsafety.com; Joe Hansen, Big Ben or any of the sales staff will be happy to help with all your needs.

I will take care of the recertification of DJ Safety items as soon as I am able whether you have bought it from me or directly from the USA.

I hope to see you all again soon on the racers' side of the fence.

We're sure that everyone will join Tog, Simon, Kirstie, Ed and Julian in wishing Dez a rapid recovery and a quick return to the track.


Big Bang Perfect Awards.
7th April: We are pleased to announce that Cath and Tig Napier of Bad Habit Racing and Derek Flynn of Gold RV have renewed their sponsorship of the Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme for 2014. This weekend's Big Bang at Santa Pod Raceway is the first event in this season's Scheme and £100 is on offer for perfect performance.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com/Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award is £50. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to racers in all classes during qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Festival of Power; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Festival of Power. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Bad Habit Racing (Cath and Tig Napier, Pro ET).

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

This weekend's Eurodragster.com/Gold RV Perfect ET Award is also £50. The money will be paid in cash to the first racer this weekend to run an ET to the thousandth of a second on dial-in or index. The Perfect ET Award is available this weekend during qualifying or eliminations in VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Run of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the Festival of Power; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the Festival of Power. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with RV sales and service specialists Gold RV. For more details about the services which Gold RV can provide see Derek Flynn or visit www.goldrv.co.uk.

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


PMR welcome The Predator.
6th April: Eagle-eyed fans and racers will have noticed that Paul Marston is driving two different cars at the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway at Easter. Paul will be behind the wheel of the Whoopass Monza in Super Pro ET, sporting number two. In Pro ET Paul is returning to his roots in none other than Grumpy's Dodge. It has been quite a while since Paul Marston was behind the wheel of such an old friend, but he is really looking forward to it, Paul won his first ever National Event in Super Gas in Grumpy's Dodge. The reason for the reshuffle is the return of Martin 'The Predator' Curbishley in Super Comp. Paul Marston writes:

Paul Marston Racing are very pleased that Martin is returning for the 2014 season. The last time he drove with us, he and I won the UK National Super Comp Championship. The Whoopass Monza has won numerous National events in Super Gas, with drivers such as Dave Catton behind the wheel, and with its extra power will make for a competitive entry in Super Comp.

Meanwhile PMR will begin the 2014 campaign with the same PMR super pit crew as in 2013, so there are all the added advantages of having the same great bunch of people working together again not to mention all the lovely cooking and baking to which everyone turns their hand.

The off-season maintenance on the Whoopass Monza has gone well and resulted in a lot more work than initially scheduled. A completely new set of larger headers were fitted thanks to Gary Springford at Drag Race Engineering, new interior panels were fabricated at Hauser Racing; I installed them and it was quite a major undertaking. But the end result is quite impressive. We now have a double-skinned set of rear wheel tubs – no more nasty and annoying stone damage, something which a lot of race cars suffer. The motor also received some love and attention including more refinements to the alcohol fuel system and additional gauges for more monitoring. A fair amount of new paint was also applied to help maintain appearances, and we removed unwanted tinwork.

Most race fans probably don't realise what we racers have to get organised prior to the beginning of the season, which all has to be done around the day job (Tell me about it - Ed). This includes maintenance and refurbishing of the trailer, which has also enjoyed some upgrades to make our racing experience more practical and hopefully more enjoyable, and our faithful Winnebago motorhome has been gone through and sorted out in preparation for the beginning of the season. Both the trailer and the Winnie are just as essential as the race car, as if either does not make the track or even worse breaks down whilst on route, you are not going racing. Or if you arrive late you may as well tear up all your plans for how you would tackle the weekend's racing. All of this must be taken care of to ensure that the first phase of your race event passes smoothly, i.e. arrival at the track. From there the next step can be attempted, but without the first nothing else happens.

All in all quite a bit of fettling, ready for the beginning of the 2014 season. The plan is to test both cars at Big Bang prior to the Festival of Power. Everyone at PMR is looking forward to seeing all our friends new and old, and we would like to wish everyone a safe and successful season.


Swift snippets.
6th April: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "A work in progress, hopefully in time for Easter. And no it's not Jonnie Lindberg!". 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.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to Eurodragster.com sponsor Derek Flynn. Have a great day Derek.


Web site updates.
6th April: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with pictures from The Fast Show at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check out Mad's shots at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman/sets.

2014 Estonian calendar.
4th April: Many thanks to Kristjan Veedler, founder and leader of the
Estonian Drag Racing Association, for passing us this season's calendar:

31st May-1st June, Kiltsi Airfield: EDRA Nationals. Estonian Championship round 1, Latvian Championship round 1, Estonian Drag Racing Cup round 1, Junior Bracket Series round 1. Location: Kiltsi Airfield, Haapsalu. Information at www.edra.ee

26th July, Pärnu Airfield: Speedtest Nightrace. Estonian Championship round 2, Estonian Drag Racing Cup round 2. Information at www.speedest.ee

23rd August, Raadi Airfield, Tartu: EDRA / CCG Finals. Estonian Championship round 3, Estonian Drag Racing Cup round 3, Junior Bracket Series round 2. Information at www.edra.ee

Kristjan adds that an extra race may be added between the first and second events; if so then he will send details.


Bomber damage assessment.
4th April: When the page on the calendar turned to April UK Super Pro ET racer Liam 'Bomber' Jones prised the cherished designer flip-flops from his feet, having worn them through winter on the Hull Riviera, and carefully packed them along with similar lounge-lizard attire into a monogrammed man-bag and flew to spectate the deserted beach gyms of Gran Canaria. Team member Garry Coull writes:

Having parked the dragster complete with engine damage after the UK National Finals, it's possible that a queasy, Pina Colada-enhanced thrill on the kiddies' Pinocchio Ride reminded him of the long list of tasks which had been kept on the back-burner since then.


With only three weeks to Easter at that point, a good place to start was a damage assessment of the 604 ci Mopar power plant, which my old teammate Clive Bond of Ultimate Race Cars swiftly undertook. Like Bomber on the poolside sun-lounger, the motor internals certainly didn't make pretty viewing! The entire bottom end has now been relegated to ornamental status.

With no time even for a pate sandwich we are aiming high, our first race of the season with the reincarnated dragster will be the Festival of Power.


Swift snippets.
4th April: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "It's going to get salty". 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.

Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding the final version of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Good luck and stay safe this weekend to ex-pat UK Top Alcohol Dragster racer Mike Manners of Eurodragster.com sponsor Cosmo Residences and to Swedish Pro Modified racer Adam Flamholc who are contesting the Lucas Oils NHRA Divisional race in Virginia and the inaugural PDRA event in Rockingham respectively. Mike and Adam are both in action today, and you will be able to stay in touch with our heroes' progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central colleagues at www.dragracecentral.com. Adam will also be updating the Flamholc / MMR Racing Facebook page.

Motor Sport lunches with Force.
4th April: It's a rare treat to find drag racing covered well in the UK's prestige motoring press. When Motor Sport magazine addresses the sport, it does so in style, writes Robin Jackson:

In Motor Sport's May issue, out now, the subject of its monthly "Lunch with…" column is John Force. Each month, writer Simon Taylor sits down to lunch with a prominent motor racing personality and delves into the person's career at length and with appreciation. Though confessing himself an "ignorant Limey", Taylor's grasp of the NHRA scene and the Force clan's history is faultless. The long and detailed article is an outstandingly good read.

Motor Sport is on sale now at good newsagents at £4.99. Snap up a copy while it's still available.


Testing start for VWDRC.
3rd April: Volkswagen Drag Racing Club Chair Luke Stevenson is excited to announce this season's Club sponsors and also to invite racers in all classes to their season-opening Test Day:

It's just over a week until we descend upon Santa Pod Raceway for the VWDRC Test Day on Friday 11th April. Even though the season is starting quite late I can guarantee that may racers are thrashing to be ready so the Test Day will be an ideal chance to get some track time. Club sponsor Bio-Cam helped us secure this event and we cannot thank them enough.

The Test Day is open to all and the track will be open between 12:00 and 19:00. If you wish to join in then please contact me at
luke@vwdrc.com for more details (and see Swift snippets below - Ed).

For the third year running we are happy to announce another bumper contingency prize fund which could only be achieved with the great support from our 2014 sponsors WRP Paint and Restoration, Kleen Freaks, Bears Motorsport Transmissons, DC Customs, Reichspeed Aircooled, Vanology, Fast Turbo, Worksafe Direct and Bio-Cam. A full breakdown of the fund can be found on the VWDRC forum.

The VWDRC reaches out to a varied audience be it old-school Aircooled, modern Watercooled or some of the wilder creations which grace the Club, they all come together to create great programmes which we air on VWDRCTV.

There is no missing the Club's social media reach be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube, thousands are tuning in to follow the fight for the 2014 titles. Come and join us.


FWD and fuel at Santa Pod.
3rd April: DJ writes that Round 1 of the 2014 FWD Drag Series sponsored by Competition Clutch took place at The Fast Show at Santa Pod Raceway on Sunday 23rd March and featured new faces James Lord, Dan Frost and Robert Johnston who are all experienced in the scene but who are racing in this Championship for the first time this year. The first round of the season is always a tough one to make if you are building a new car and the field was down on numbers compared to last year, but should pick up substantially later in the year.

You can get full series details at www.fwddragseries.co.uk and watch the WebTV show at youtu.be/sNZSIaBwOI4.

Alex Stringer says that Santa Pod Raceway are having a spring  sale on VP Racing Fuels.

"With 5% off all VP Fuels stocked in the Pod Shop it is the ideal time to stock up on Race fuels before the Festival of Power", says Alex. "To take advantage of this great offer simply visit www.santapodshop.com. The sale ends 30th April and is subject to availability, all fuels are collection only."


Swift snippets.
3rd April: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "The Easter Bunny is getting ready for the Festival of Power". 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.

Good luck and stay safe this weekend to ex-pat UK Top Alcohol Dragster racer Mike Manners of Eurodragster.com sponsor Cosmo Residences and to Swedish Pro Modified racer Adam Flamholc who are contesting the Lucas Oils NHRA Divisional race in Virginia and the inaugural PDRA event in Rockingham respectively. Mike's qualifying starts tomorrow (Friday), Adam's testing starts today, and you will be able to stay in touch with our heroes' progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central colleagues at www.dragracecentral.com. Adam will also be updating the Flamholc / MMR Racing Facebook page.

We are very pleased to report that Santa Pod Raceway have given us the thumbs-up for a Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast from next Friday's (11th) VWDRC Test Day and Big Bang on the Saturday and Sunday. The Test Day webcast will feature trackside audio whilst Big Bang will have the usual commentary / Nitro FM feed. Streaming services will as ever be supplied by Doyousee.me. Unfortunately Tuesday's snippet promising Surround Sound was this year's April Fool, but one would never put anything past M@ik and the Doyousee.me magicians.


Web site updates.
3rd April: Our good buddy Alan Currans has updated his excellent Acceleration Archive with pictures of Saturday's action at Shakespeare County Raceway's Public Track Day. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest updates via the What's New link at www.theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.

Flamholc's season starts here.
2nd April: After several test sessions in the off-season it's finally time for Sweden's Adam Flamholc to start racing his Pro Mod:

Today Johan, Kent and I are flying out from Copenhagen. Eleven hours later we will arrive in Fort Lauderdale where Frank is picking us up. A couple of hours in the car to the shop in Fort Myers, and then straight into the rig, and off to the first PDRA event in Rockingham. Mike is already in the shop making the final preparations on the Daytona and loading it up in the trailer, so we can leave as soon as we get there.

We have made some changes in the team, and I feel that they are for the better. Everyone is working hard and motivated to have a really good season!

I would like to say a big thank you to my loyal sponsors, please support them if you can. I am also very lucky to have a family who understand what it takes to be able do this, and who always support us as much as they can. Another thank you goes to the guys in the team. It really feels like a second family to be with you guys on the road, in the shop and at the track!


Swift snippets.
2nd April: Graham Ellis has revealed this year's colour scheme for the Ellis Motorsport Pro Mod, currently under construction at Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson Race Cars, Gareth Ellis' ex-Flamholc Top Methanol Funny Car, and Katie Ellis' Junior Dragster. The new design comes courtesy of Darren West of Eurodragster.com sponsor Power Race Graphics. The TMFC and the Junior Dragster will be in action at the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway in a couple of weeks' time. Stay tuned for more from Graham.

Malmö Raceway's first decade.
1st April: Congratulations to
Malmö Raceway which celebrates its tenth anniversary this season. Chair Håkan Person says that he would like thank racers, team, officials and spectators for a great 2013 and that he looks forward to at least ten more great years:

This year we will continue to run our own Pro Xtreme class offering 50,000 SEK at every race with a full sixteen-car ladder, otherwise there will fifty per cent of that. In a full sixteen-car ladder the prize money will be 30,000 SEK to the winner, 12 ,000 SEK to the runner-up and 8,000 SEK to the number one qualifier. For more information about the Pro Xtreme class please visit the Pro X-treme Malmö Raceway Facebook page.

We are also looking at Super Street Bike and trying to work out some prize money for the class.

As last year, our own Malmö Open series host many of the most popular classes. For more information about classes, rules and regulations please visit www.dragracing.eu or www.malmoraceway.se. Pro Xtreme class will run at every Malmö Open event.

The race season will be as follows:

3rd-4th May: Test n Tune, all bike and car classes
16th-18th May: Cramo National / Malmö Open #1 (PX)
13th-15th June: Malmö Open #2 (PX)
4th-5th July: Bug Run Raceday, all VW event
18th-20th July: Malmö National / EDRS / Malmö Open #3, Swedish Championships in Pro Mod and Junior Dragster (PX)
8th-9th Augusti: Street Finals Reunion
29th-31st August: Winter National / Malmö Open Finals (PX) and the finals of the National Top Doorslammer series

We will also continue our Wednesday Test n Tunes from May to September. Every Wednesday the gates open at 18:00 and close at around 22:00. This is an event for all cars and bikes where you can run anything from a family Volvo to a PX car or from a Street Bike to a Top Fuel Bike.

Thanks to Christer Nilsson of Akama Racing we can also offer the facility to stable your car or bike near the track. Christer lives about twenty minutes from the track and is willing to help racers. You can reach him at cristernilsson.cn@gmail.com or cr.nilsson@telia.com.

Everyone is welcome to Malmö Raceway in 2014.


Swift snippets.
1st April: Further to Sunday's news, word from the Detroit Spinner pit is that sponsor, crew and driver Paul Dale got so excited about racing that he had a little accident on E-Bay. "The Anglia was sold as an unfinished project and Paul has already put in a 350 Chevy", says Nigel Taylor. "He hopes to have it on street and strip very soon". You can stay in touch on the Detroit Spinner Facebook page.

If you have a sub-woofer tucked away in your living room give it a dust down as we plan to broadcast in surround sound on our Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam this season. Thanks to Maikel Gloudemans of our streaming service provider Doyousee.me for showing us that this is a lot easier than one would think (Not for the first time - Ed)


Yuasa Batteries back ACAG.
1st April: The Allard Chrysler Action Group is pleased to announce that Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) Limited has joined the list of companies backing the restoration of the Allard Chrysler Dragster. The company is well-known for its support of motorsport and is a global supplier of original equipment and aftermarket batteries.

In 2013 Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) Ltd announced a comprehensive automotive battery solution for the UK and pan-European markets. The new range features five battery types: YBX1000, YBX3000, YBX5000, YBX7000 Start Stop (Enhanced Flooded Battery) and YBX9000 Start Stop Plus (Absorbed Glass Mat). They all meet new EuroBat labelling legislation directing that battery labels must accurately reflect a Cold Cranking Amp and Ampere Hour rating.

All YBX automotive batteries from Yuasa now feature Calcium/Calcium technology with the YBX3000 and YBX5000 also benefitting from a "Tip / Tilt Double Lid" which reduces water loss by thirty per cent and passes the German VDA vehicle rollover test for acid leakage. All Yuasa aftermarket batteries are manufactured to the same exacting standards as those supplied for original equipment use.

A Yuasa YBX 5334 battery is fitted to the mobile starter trolley used to start the Allard Chrysler dragster's engine on methanol before switching to the on-board nitromethane fuel system. The unit is of a higher rating than the two in series fitted during 2012 and 2013 and have been recommended to turn the engine faster and so improve the engine oil pressure on the initial starter motor test. At 95 Ah nominal capacity and 830A Cold Crank it certainly did the trick during the dragster's first test start of the year at the end of March. The motor should also get more starts per charge.

Andrew Taylor, Managing Director of Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) Limited, says "The Yuasa range of batteries means that we can supply units for a range of applications. This particular project does not present any really difficult challenges but it is unique and it is a privilege to be involved in the restoration of such a historic vehicle. I look forward to meeting the restoration team and seeing the dragster during the year."

Allard Chrysler Action Group Chair Brian Taylor says "It is great to have a company like Yuasa involved with Europe's first dragster in this way. Product support has been a vital part of achieving our objectives. Restoring the dragster without it would have been impossible. And not only do we get excellent product but we also have access to the Yuasa Technical Team. I am confident we can now produce the starting power required."

You can find the Yuasa web site at www.yuasaeurope.com or via Links at www.allardchrysler.org.


Welcome back John Woolfe Racing.
31st March: We are pleased to welcome back John Woolfe Racing as a sponsor of Eurodragster.com.

Since the birth of the company back in 1967, John Woolfe Racing has become well-known for its many facets in the motoring industry. It all started with the supply of speed equipment to circuit racers, which then developed into innovative service and major support to the UK drag racing fraternity. Names such as Dennis Priddle, Steve Green, the Stones, Hustler, Panic, and Houndog teams plus many others have all enjoyed flying the JWR flag. JWR continues contributing to the cause to this day.

In 1970 John Woolfe Racing became a household name with the introduction of the famous Wolfrace wheel, followed by the customising craze with its furry dice and side pipes and then the CB radio days. The next decade brought the Rover V8 series of products such as the distinctive JWR Offenhauser manifold.

The varied and vast forty five-year history of John Woolfe Racing can be found documented and displayed in the archive museum at the company's headquarters, which for those who have visited has brought back many a fond memory!

Today, John Woolfe Racing continues to operate  from its well stocked facility in Bedford. You can find the JWR web site at www.woolfe.com, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/johnwoolferacing, E-Mail enquiries@woolfe.com or call 01234 220700.

Please support those who support Eurodragster.com by considering our sponsors first when shopping for goods or services.

If you are interested in sponsoring Eurodragster.com then please get in touch with us at tog@eurodragster.com.


Hall of Fame backs Junior Dragsters.
31st March: On 11th March, the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame announced that it would be offering support to UK Junior Drag Bike, thanks to funds released from the long-dormant British National Drag Racing Association bank account. The BDRHoF is now pleased to announce an identical plan for the four-wheeled class.

For each of the next five seasons, the UK National Junior Dragster Champion will receive a bonus of £50. The BDRHoF hopes to continue this provision from its own funds after the current arrangement finishes in 2018.

British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Chair Stu Bradbury said "Once again, we express our gratitude to Anne Pallant and Mick Hand, the BNDRA's last Financial Officers, and to BDRHoF Management Group member Philip Evans whose combined efforts have made these awards possible. It is right that this money should be used to encourage the future generation on whom our sport will soon depend."


Swift snippets.
31st March: Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 10 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Spruced Bruce.
31st March: Santa Pod Raceway Track Announcer Colin Theobald is proud to announce that yesterday's spy picture featured his Camaro which has recently emerged from the workshops of Eurodragster.com sponsor OCS Paint. Colin says that what started as a three-week respray became an amazing six-month journey of incredible workmanship and sheer attention to detail by Nic and Dan Williams at OCS Paint and Williams Brothers Racing:

What an amazing transformation Nic and Dan have produced. A lot of people have been following the progress of this car through the pages of Facebook, but now Bruce (hence the Monty Python reference accompanying the spy pic - Ed) has come home and at last can be revealed, and it has been a pleasure in having Eurodragster.com take care of this for me.

The car was imported from Ohio last August and but before it had even left the States the change in colour had already been decided. The colour is Range Rover Corris Grey with immaculately-painted black stripes by Nic and Ash at OCS.

What wasn't expected was the extent of the work we would eventually carry out including taking the motor out and totally stripping the front end to have the front clip, arms and wishbones and many other components powder-coated. The 454 big block was freshened up and treated to a new coat of Chevrolet Orange paint. New wings, front apron, front spoiler, headlamps and a total overhaul of the braking system with new discs were all carried out and helped to make this Camaro an absolute joy to be part of. I feel like I'm not just the owner but also a custodian of a piece of history.

The car is already booked in to appear at Dragstalgia, and will also be at the first AACI show at Billing Aquadrome in April. We also plan to have the car at the Silverstone Classic, Mopar Nationals, Carfest South and the Sywell Classic. One this is certain though. What is the point of having all of those horses under the hood and not exercise them now and then, so expect the car to be a regular at Santa Pod. Current best is 12.61/107, but that was an off-the-trailer run before it had been tuned and sorted. The aim is for an eleven-second timing slip but we are in no rush.

At this point I'd like to say thank you in the biggest possible way to the following: Santa Pod Raceway for getting me hooked on these cars in the first place and for letting me waffle away over the PA system about my passion for drag racing; Peter Walters Race Designs for the logo design and of course the soon-to-be-revealed web site; Eurodragster.com for their support and of course the reveal and for keeping all of us fans up-to-date with news and features of our favourite sport (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed); Lucas Oil Products for supporting and supplying all of the lubricants for the car, many thanks to Les Downey who will certainly get some publicity with this car.

Finally, and without any reservations, thanks to Nic, Dan, Keith, Ash, Alix, Elaine and Adele, the whole crew at OCS Paint and Williams Brothers Racing. It has been an incredible six months and I have enjoyed every single moment. I am immensely proud of the end result and thank you for allowing me to visit constantly to try and help in my limited ability kind of way. You have been so encouraging and have been superb with every part of the work with explanations and recommendations. I'm so glad that I had the work done now as going forward I certainly would not be able to afford this level of workmanship by them as quality like this doesn't come cheap, get in there now before word spreads that these guys are top drawer. Nic and Dan will continue to look after the car with servicing and tuning and I'm delighted to be the fourth car of the Williams Brothers Racing stable of 1969 muscle cars.


Web site updates.
31st March: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr gallery with pictures from last week's Saturday Night Special at Santa Pod Raceway. Mad says that Fast Show pictures will follow shortly but in the meantime you can check out his SNS shots at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman/sets.

The Spinner's return is set.
30th March: Nigel Taylor writes that Detroit Spinner Ford Prefect, originally built by Arthur Bonner and raced at Blackbushe, Long Marston and Santa Pod Raceway in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is now ready for its return. The car will appear at the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway in June and at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway in July.

"The car will return to Shakespeare County Raceway for the first time in eighteen years and to Santa Pod Raceway for twenty two years", says Nigel. "Arthur Bonner, now seventy two years old, is a much-loved figure at the track. He was often found helping out marshalling when his car had problems. The car is a credit to Arthur and his dedication to drag racing, as those who familiar with him know he talks, sleeps, drinks and walks drag racing.



"The car remains as nostalgic as people remember it, still running with its Pontiac engine and its Fairbanks clutch turbo 400 gearbox - possibly the only one still in use on the planet.

"The car is now mine and is undergoing a full check-over, with many new parts but keeping it as original as it was when Arthur built it.

"The Detroit Spinner Racing Team would like to thank its sponsors, crew and drivers Arthur Bonner,Graham True, Nick Dunford, Jeff Goddard, Neil Gibbs, Steve and Paul Dale, Tom Mitty, Adam Gough, Tom Mitty, Too Fast-Too Filling, Clacys Garage, Faraday Building Contractors, and Joust Performance. I would like to thank all those involved, my very understanding wife Sophie Taylor, and my children Elisha, Mackenzie, Fletcher and Joshua."


Swift snippets.
30th March: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "Yet Socrates himself is particularly missed...". 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.

Good luck and stay safe to Sweden's Jimmy Ålund who is continuing his stint with the Summit Racing Pro Stock team at their sponsor's event, the Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. Eliminations take place today (Sunday) and you will be able to stay in touch with Jimmy's progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central colleagues at www.dragracecentral.com. DRC posted a race preview featuring Jimmy which you can check out by clicking here. We'll draw a veil over the use of the word "rookie".


Old Skool Ford Round 1.
30th March: Many thanks to Jo Peters for passing on a report of the first round of this year's Old Skool Ford Drag Challenge which took place at a cold and grey Santa Pod Raceway:


A total of twelve cars took part including newbie Chris Todd in his rear engined, Subaru-powered Mk1 Fiesta. He destroyed a driveshaft during practice on Saturday but was up and running on Sunday, just missing out on third place and running a respectable 10.5. Another new entrant, Tom Cropp, in his x-flow powered Anglia performed well and won a Best Burnout trophy for his efforts. First place went to Joss Waller (Mk1 Fiesta), second to Glenn Jefferson (Mk1 Escort) and third to Steve (Mk2 Escort).

We will be back at Santa Pod for Round 2 on 27th April. All newcomers welcome. For more details see www.oldskoolford.co.uk.


It's academic...
28th March: Fourteen Motor Vehicle students from Carshalton College have been modifying a Ford vehicle in preparation for tomorrow's
Dial In Day at Santa Pod Raceway.

The Entry Level and Level 1 Vehicle and Maintenance Repair students have been working evenings and weekends to create a race car for tutor Jim Darville to drive at the Dial In Day. The Ford Puma has been completely stripped and transformed to be race-ready in line with guidelines from the MSA. Modifications have included new seat belts and seats, track day tyres, a roll cage, stripping out the door interior, taking out the headlights and windows and fitting 4mm perspex instead of glass, and cameras ready to film the action on the day. For this year the engine has stayed standard but will be upgraded at a later date.

Jim says that the students are gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience from being involved in this unique project. "The students involved are gaining experience of motor racing and working in a pit lane", he says. "There will be test runs in the morning, with further alterations made to the car before the main race in the afternoon. This will give the students experience of working under pressure to make alterations and being aware of health and safety working in the pit lane environment compared to their usual classroom and workshop setting at the College."

Level 2 Catering and Hospitality student John Darville will also be joining the students to provide lunch whilst they are working.

If you'd like to take part in tomorrow's Dial In Day at Santa Pod then check out www.rwyb.co.uk/dialin.php.


Swift snippets.
28th March: 16:45 Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 9 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Web site updates.
28th March: Shakespeare County Raceway has a new Twitter account which can be found at www.twitter.com/sraceway. The feed will be updated on a regular basis with pre-event announcements, news snippets, photos and video links. "At the moment there are only a few followers signed up but we're sure that this will grow in due course" says SCR's Jerry Cookson.

Eurodragster.com News Editor Tog has updated his personal web site with full sets of pictures from the recent UK SFI Day at Santa Pod Raceway and the recent visit to The Hot Rod House for the Feature Lee Cohen's Zephyr. You can check it all out at eurodragster.smugmug.com.


Gamble away your Sunday...
27th March:
Shakespeare County Raceway hosts the first of the popular series of Bracket Gambler races this coming Sunday (30th). The Bracket Gamblers are open to street-legal cars / door cars and street-legal bikes.

Run under the same principle as Sportsman ET, the event format allows for one or two sessions of qualifying before eliminations dependent upon the size of the field. Entry is just £10 which goes into the prize pot for the winner and runner-up; the bigger the entry the bigger the prize pot! In addition to the money there are also trophies and a goodie bag courtesy of Raceway supporters Old Hall Performance, Red Line Oil, Flowmaster Exhausts, American Car Magazine, Alamo Car Rental, Rockauto.com and Voltz Energy.

"Although we didn't get to trial the Gambler for the bikes in October, this weekend will be the perfect opportunity to get some race ready practice!", says SCR's Jerry Cookson.

Full details about the Gambler races can be found on Shakespeare County Raceway's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk/bracketgambler.asp or visit the Facebook page. General admission on Sunday is £12 and the RWYB track fee is £25. Don't forget your driving licence and crash helmet!

The next Gambler after this weekend's opener will be in two weeks' time, on Sunday 13th April.


...Dial In your Saturday.
27th March: Santa Pod Raceway hosts its second Dial In Day this coming Saturday (29th) and James Forster tells us that entry is still open:

We already have an excellent entry including some racers whose names have already appeared on the Festival of Power entry list for the first time. Hopefully we'll have them race ready by the end of the day. We have also seen on the list the names of some of those who took part in last year's Dial In Day, so participants should be warned: Dial In Days can lead to National Championship Drag Racing!

This year's participants include race fans, commentators, racers' relatives and even a group of college students whom we are very looking forward to hosting and teaching about Dial In Racing.

We still have a few spaces available so we would encourage anyone interested in learning more about our sport to come along and get involved. Any car is welcome so long as it complies with our regular RWYB rules and will not run quicker than 11.99 seconds. Your everyday road car will do! If you'd like to take part, get yourself entered at www.rwyb.co.uk/dialin.php.

Please note that this is not a regular Run What You Brung and you will not be able to test or make runs outside of the Dial In Day.


Swift snippets.
27th March: We have two spy pictures for you today. Below left is the second of the two pictures which we received from the same source on Tuesday...


...whilst the picture above right came with the words "Close to first fire-up". 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.

Thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding Version 8 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April. You can check out the entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Festival of Power entry closes tomorrow (Friday); you can download entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.

Many thanks to everyone who sent or posted feedback on the new gallery format for our Alamo Rent A Car-sponsored Event Coverage. The response was overwhelmingly positive and appreciative; the only problems so far reported were experienced by those stuck behind firewalls in their day jobs, about which there is not a lot we can do unless any of the boffins amongst our readership know better.

Apologies for the short delay in posting advertisements on our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet over the last few days. It was one of those occasional brief periods when something had to give. We are now up to date but if you have submitted an advertisement and it has not appeared then please do not hesitate to re-send it.


Reloaded for 2014.
26th March: Peter Walters from the UK's
Team Reloaded / Walters Motorsport Super Pro ET Team and Eurodragster.com sponsor Peter Walters Race Design has been in touch to with an off-season update plus his plans for 2014:

The main change for the 2014 season is a complete overhaul of the car. As Crew Chief Richard Walters and Pete own RW Custom Paint and Peter Walters Race Design respectively, the car needs to be a real showcase of their work. A solid six years of racing has started to take its toll on the car and it was time for a complete rebuild and repaint. We feel that we have produced something which should really stand out in the pits and on track and be a superb advertising tool for RW Custom Paint and PWRD. There are some really trick touches which you will have to wait and see for yourselves at the Festival of Power.


As well as the paint the car has undergone a nut and bolt rebuild from the ground up, with fresh chassis paint and a plethora of powder coated, polished and chromed parts throughout. In addition to the updated aesthetics, the angry blown Small Block has had a complete freshen up ready to take on the 2014 title chase.

Another development in the Team Reloaded / Walters Motorsport team is the addition of associate sponsors. As soon as the 2013 season finished Pete was hard at work trying to secure backing for the upcoming season and succeeded. Three fantastic companies have joined the team and one supporter has returned to follow us in our race to become 2014 Champions.

The first of our sponsors is long time friend and supporter Derek Flynn from Gold RV. Derek has sponsored me since my time in Junior Dragster and has given us some great advice over the years, and we are proud to have Gold RV backing again for the 2014 season. "Gold RV and I have been proud to sponsor Pete 'Lumberjack' Walters and the team since his Junior Dragster days", says Derek. "Pete has proven himself to be a great driver, designer and friend."

The second company to come on board is Wicked Coatings who specialise in hydrographics and specialist coatings. As the company is fairly local and as their branding colours match ours, it wasn't long before the partnership was made ."As great fans of the European drag race series, we were delighted to get involved through the total customisation of Pete's supercharged 1000hp dragster", say Wicked Coatings. "The car looks absolutely sensational following some serious carbon dipping and the team at Wicked Coatings is really rooting for Pete in this forthcoming season!" .Wicked have coated a number of the parts on the car in the incredible carbon fibre effect and it really needs to be seen in person to see how effective it is. If you are interested in having any parts coated in pretty much any pattern get in touch with the guys at Wicked Coatings and quote Team Reloaded to receive some great deals.

To keep Pete comfortable and safe in the cockpit of the car, the team have partnered with renowned seat manufactures Corbeau Seats to create a bespoke dragster seat branded in the Team Reloaded colours and logos. Corbeau will be supporting us over the next two years and we hope to promote their great product in the drag racing world.

Finally, to go with the fresh look of the race car, PWRD has come up with a fantastic new design for our crew shirts and we have teamed up with SixB Apparel in the USA to print the shirts and to keep the team looking as good as the car on the start line. Look out for these amazing quality shirts on any of our team.

We also have two product sponsors on board, Hot Stitch Patches who specialise in custom nomex patches and Blown-it Services who have provided us with some great braided brake hosing.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and we hope that we can do them proud in 2014 by winning more races and hopefully the 2014 Championship. You are more than welcome to come and have an in-depth look at the car and see the outstanding work by all of our sponsors including RW Custom Paint and Peter Walters Race Design. We are of course still open to more backing and would welcome anyone wanting to support one of the most professional-appearing teams in the UK. For more information get in touch via the PWRD web site at www.pwrd.co.uk. Who knows, you could have your logo on the side of a Team Reloaded NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster in the future...

Photos courtesy and ©Matt Cox.


Swift snippets.
26th March: Eire's Gabrielle McDonald tells us that she will be completing her Top Fuel Dragster licencing, again in one of Rune Fjeld's cars, at the Saturday Night Special and Run What You Brung at Santa Pod Raceway on 3rd-4th May. Gabby says that further plans will be made once she has licenced.


Staying with Top Fuel Dragster, thanks to Karsten Andersen of Eurodragster.com sponsor Landmeco of staying up into the small hours in Indanapolis to send us pictures of the new Andersen Racing dragster. "This is Thomas Nataas' birthday present", says Karsten. "He has been a good boy and deserves the best."


Old Hall Performance backs SCR.
26th March: Shakespeare County Raceway are pleased to announce a new partnership with Coventry-based Old Hall Performance, which will include Red Line Synthetic Oil and Flowmaster Exhausts.

Established in 2005, Old Hall Performance looks after a huge customer base in all branches of motor sports from British Touring Car, speedway and rallying. Last year Old Hall Performance rode along with this year's defending BTCC champion Andrew Jordan. Boasting modern and spacious warehouse facilities Old Hall Performance has a wealth of experience as well as an in-depth understanding of the high performance automotive market.

"We are very happy to be working with Shakespeare County Raceway, our brands represent grass roots motorsport and car enthusiasts, so we feel it's a perfect fit", says Sales and Marketing Executive Daniel Street. "Andy Frost and Red Victor 3 are already great ambassadors of Red Line Synthetic Oil in British drag racing, Shakespeare will help us increase our involvement within the category.”

Based in Benicia, California, Red Line has grown to manufacture more than a hundred quality products including motor oils, gear oils, assembly lubes, fuel additives, and its popular Water Wetter cooling additive for the automotive, motorcycle, marine, and industrial markets. With high performance products that deliver complete protection, extended component life and impressive fuel efficiency gains for a wide and diverse selection of all motor sports, take time to browse through their web site at www.redlineoil-europe.com.

Thirty years ago, Flowmaster mufflers conceived a solution to a growing problem with sound issues at race tracks the world over. In a successful effort to quieten race cars without reducing performance, Flowmaster refused to accept the status quo of the day and instead pushed exhaust technology beyond common thinking. As automotive technology continues to advance, their commitment to developing the newest and best exhaust products is stronger than ever. For whatever you drive now and in the future, Flowmaster will have the most advanced exhaust products available. To find the quieter car in your life check out the web site at www.flowmastermufflers.com.

Support from Old Hall Performance together with Red Line Oil has been extended to cover the Raceway's popular series of Bracket Gamblers races starting this Sunday, as well as lubricating the Raceway's promotional street racing Chevrolet Camaro and support vehicles.

In addition to Red Line and Flowmaster, Old Hall Performance are agents for Racetech Seats, Macs Custom Tie Downs, Hancock Aerosols and BSCI Engery Impact Services. All these and more can be found at www.oldhallperformance.com.


Big Bang, Festival of Power entry.
25th March: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the official entry list for Big Bang, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 12th-13th April and which is a UK National Championship round for Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike and a Series round for VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Anglia and the FWD Drag Series.

You can check out the Big Bang entry list by
clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for sending us Version 7 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April and which is a full UK National and ACU Drag Bike Championship round as well as a round of the FIM European Super Street Bike Cup, European Nitro Funny Car Challenge, Nostalgia Fuel Challenge, VWDRC Championships, the Wild Bunch, ACU Supertwins and Junior Drag Bike.

You can check out the Festival of Power entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Festival of Power entry closes this coming Friday, 28th March, after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

You can download Festival of Power entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian Marshall on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Swift snippets.
25th March: We have had two spy pictures from a mole on the Continent; this is the first shot, which arrived with a statement of intent to attend Dragstalgia. 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.

Linda, Anne and Dave Jr asked us to say a big Happy 70th Birthday for today (Tuesday) to UK Top Methanol Dragster racer Dave Wilson. "We'll see everyone with the race car at the track in a few weeks' time!", adds Anne. Have a great day Grumpy.

One of the most frequent questions about our Alamo Rent A Car-sponsored Event Coverage is whether we can make the photo galleries scrollable. After some feverish programming (and some swearing - Ed) over last weekend we have succeeded in making the galleries scrollable and this will be a standard feature of our Event Coverage starting with the pre-Big Bang Test Day on Friday 11th April. If you would like to see an example then click here and click on any thumbnail. Thanks to Nigel Holland for pointing us in the direction of a Lightbox program which fulfilled all of our requirements.


Sands Season Opener.
25th March: Despite all the recent speculation regarding the future of Shakespeare County Raceway the long winter's wait towards this weekend's Public Track Weekend is over! Although the main season is fast approaching marshals and track staff have been diligently working behind the scenes getting the facility ready for racing, and they hope you have been doing the same.

Especially for this weekend's Season Opener Shakespeare County has teamed up with the guys and girls from Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity. Raising awareness throughout the UK, Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby while promoting research to reduce the loss of babies' lives and are much respected in the Modified car scene. Cruzin 4 Sands will be the first event of its kind taking place on the quarter mile drag strip at Shakespeare County thanks to the team consisting of Emma Brown, Kayleigh Green and Neil Rooney.

"It's our personal mission to raise as much money as possible for the charity", said spokesperson Emma. "These guys take care of everything we never want to go through in the aftermath of losing a child either through illness or being premature through no fault of their own. Lexie-mae is our inspiration for all of this: a little girl who grew her wings when being brought into this world."

Already Cruzin 4 Sands has a fantastic following on its Facebook page, and has attracted some pretty amazing people and cars which will be heading to the raceway on Sunday 30th March. So come along and support them, buy some stickers, T-Shirts, bracelets and much more besides! Or simple donate some money at any of the collection points around the Raceway.

Kicking off the year's festivities will be the opening event in a busy series of Bracket Gamblers Races. Racing for cash and trophies with predicted dial-ins, qualifying and eliminations. Sunday's race is open to both cars and bikes. To find out more take a look at the Bracket Racing page on the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk/bracketgambler.asp.


Fancy having a go at becoming a budding drag racer? Then why not try our Public Track Day Weekenders. Designed to cater for all type of vehicles, cars and bikes, our Public Track Days are both friendly and fun. Try it once and you'll be hooked. Try it again and you could be on your way to becoming a future drag racing Champion!

Clubs are welcome to display or participate at any of the on-track events. Contact us for further details or take a look at our Essential Guide on the Run What Ya Brung information page at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk/rwyb.asp. Don't forget your driving licence - full licence required, povisional licences not accepted - and crash helmet. Remember, no licence no race!

Gates open Friday at 6:00 pm. Track opens for RWYB at 10:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday until 5.00 pm. Further information can be found on the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk.


Birthday Girl turns the wrenches.
23rd March: UK Pro Modified racer Roger Moore tells us that daughter Lucy is helping him to put together the motor of the Shakespeare Engineering and Challenger Solutions-sponsored Viper.

"It's Lucy's birthday tomorrow, but she knows that if she wants to come racing at Easter it means spending her birthday weekend helping out", says Roger. She has informed me that she will not work on any engine with less than 700 ci or 2000 hp, so Junior Dragster is not an option!

"The new engine is coming together, if a bit later than hoped. We are optimistic of getting down the track at the Festival of Power, and having a play with the new EFI system. I think only Roger Johansson and I have a Pat Musi set-up in Europe, but Roger has run some quick times recently and he has been a great help in designing my system."

A big Happy Birthday for tomorrow, Lucy.


Allard Awards entry open.
23rd March: Earlier this year the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame announced the introduction of two new annual Awards for photographers and writers. Open to professionals and amateurs, they celebrate the importance of the media in promoting our sport along with the crucial role played by Sydney Allard as the father of British drag racing. The trophies are sponsored by the Allard Motor Company operated by Sydney's son Alan and grandson Lloyd.

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

The first Award, presented in association with the Guild of Motoring Writers and Chief-Judged by the Guild's Chairman Guy Loveridge, will be presented to the writer of the best book, article or feature on British drag racing published in print or on-line during the twelve months ending July 2014.

The second Award will be presented for the best photograph featuring British drag racing, either published in print or on-line during the twelve months ending July 2014, or remaining unpublished. This Award is presented is in association with Octane magazine and the Chief Judge is Octane columnist and classic car collector Nick Mason who will be joined by Octane Art Editor Mark Sommer.

The competition has already started with many photographers and writers owning photos and/or articles taken or written from August 2013 onwards. They can enter as many pieces of their work as they like, but each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form to enable the judges to collate them accurately. The entry form can now be downloaded via the Allard Award Entries tab at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, completed and then submitted by E-Mail to with attached articles in Word or PDF format and photographs in JPG form. Full instructions can be found on the web page.

These new and prestigious awards will be presented at the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner at the Savill Court Hotel, Windsor Great Park on 22nd November.


Swift snippets.
23rd March: Wayne Jackson tells us that the UK's Shannon Kiddell tested Brad Jackson's Junior Modified Advanced dragster at a sunny Santa Pod Raceway yesterday. A successful day resulted in a deal as a result of which Shannon is now the proud owner of the Lucas Oil Junior Dragster. "The 2014 Junior Dragster Championship is again sponsored by Lucas Oil", says Wayne. "Les Downey of Lucas Oil UK is very pleased to see two Lucas Oil cars competing this year: both Joe Holland-Villa and Shannon will have Lucas Oil backing and we wish them both a safe and successful year."

Santa Pod Raceway's Fast Show is underway and our buddies at Nitro FM are opening their broadcasting season at the event. You can tune in to an on-line audiocast at www.eurodragster.com/nitrofm. Those who don't understand the audio bit of "audiocast" and have tried loading our webcam will have got what they deserve.


Taqi's ten years.
23rd March: Congratulations to our friends at the Bahrain Drag Racing Club who will be celebrating their tenth year along with the Bahrain International Circuit which will also be hosting its tenth Gulf Air Formula One Grand Prix next month. Congratulations also to BRDC President Fahad Nabeel Taqi whose tenth year this is in the sport and the tenth running of the National Drag Racing Championship Series under his aegis. "All this would not have been possible without the support and encouragement from the Bahrain Motor Federation headed by Shaikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa" says Fahad.

Fahad's first event as a volunteer was way back in 2001. "I was visiting a friend in the UAE and Ras Al Khaima was hosting its first ever Formula 3 boat race and I was asked to assist the organisers with the foreign participants", says the 39-year-old Assistant Director for the Ministry of the Interior's Anti Violence and Addiction programme. "It was a great experience and I guess it was what triggered me to do more voluntary service.

"A passion for motorsport has been part of my life since childhood. In 2004 I was given the task of General Secretary of the Bahrain Drag Racing Club. During that time I felt that I had an obligation towards my Kingdom and the sport that I loved, so I started contacting international clubs and sanctioning bodies introducing the BDRC to them and the world. I got married on the same day I was elected into motor sports back in 2004 and since then my wife has been my true supporter and my number one fan. We have two boys, Ahmed who is four years old and ten-month-old Faisal. I can't wait until my boys are old enough to join motorsports."

The first official drag racing Championship, called Rumble in the Desert, was held in 2004. Since then we have come a long way and it would have not been possible without the great support from EK Kanoo.

In 2005, Fahad attended a UK National Championship at event Shakespeare County Raceway where he was the Assistant Secretary. "We worked for four straight days and right and we were recognised for our talent and quick learning abilities by the local UK Motorsports sanctioning body" he recalls. Right after returning from the UK, Fahad again got busy running the National Drag Racing Series. He also hosted a FIA Drag Racing exhibition event, which was held again the following year.

Fahad was elected president of the Bahrain Drag Racing Club in 2006 and remains in the post to this day. "It has been a great journey and I look forward to many more years in the job", he says.


Web site updates.
23rd March: Our good buddy Chris Eyre has updated his Eurodragpics site with a small gallery from yesterday's Saturday Night Special at Santa Pod Raceway. "It was a chance for me to do a bit of pre-season testing with some new camera equipment", says Chris, "although having said that with the start of the Nostalgia Fuel Challenge Cup I think I am going to be more than busy with crewing duties on the Time Warp Nostalgia Funny Car! Hopefully there will be a bit of time spare to get behind the lens. It will soon be time for the Festival of Power, a chance to burn some nitro and make some noise, hopefully see you all there!". You can check out Chris' pictures at www.eurodragpics.com.

Attention SPRC members.
22nd March: Ian Marshall has been in touch with news of the package being sent to new or renewing members of
Santa Pod Racers Club:

For those who haven't figured it out yet, the lanyard includes a memory stick on which you will find the 2014 rule book for cars and bikes, you will also find all of the Championship regulations and every entry form for the whole of the 2014 season. This still leaves about 3.5 Gb of free space which can be used, for example, for downloading ECUs, vehicle data etc. Towards the end of the year I would appreciate some feedback of how racers have got on with the new system, as we have some further ideas to add to the list of options for the 2015 season.

Some people have had few issues downloading forms from the SPRC web site. This is due to our computer system running the latest Windows version. If you are having problems then please get in with me at ir.marshall@btconnect.com and I will E-Mail the forms to you.

Please note that as your membership becomes due you will be sent the lanyard etc with your renewal so you won't be missing out.


Warren Classic seeks race cars.
22nd March: Mark Durham has been in touch to invite racers to display their race cars at the Warren Classic and Concours Show which takes place at The Warren Golf and Country Club near Maldon in Essex in Saturday 10th May:

This is one of the biggest classic and Supercar shows in the UK this year. I am arranging for a motorsport area and am looking for a variety of cars to display. I already have a nice Comp Altered, but would like as many other cars as I can get. This is a huge event with an expected attendance of 10,000 on a single day. There will be a large number of high net worth car enthusiasts at the event, some of whom already sponsor motorsport including F1. This could be a good opportunity for teams to canvass sponsorship and promote the sport.

For more information check out the Warren Classic and Concours Show web site at www.warrenclassic.co.uk or the Golf Club's Facebook page, or take a look at the official event brochure (PDF format) by clicking here.

If you would like to take your race car along to the event then you can contact Mark Durham on 07850 967239.


Fast Show audiocast.
22nd March: Santa Pod Raceway's Fast Show commences with today's Saturday Night Special RWYB and then a full day tomorrow including the first round of the FWD Drag Series. Our buddies at Nitro FM will be opening their broadcasting season at the event and you will be able to tune in to an on-line audiocast.

Nitro FM will be on-line from 18:00 today (Saturday) and then from 07:00 tomorrow. You will be able to tune in at www.eurodragster.com/nitrofm.


Big Bang, Festival of Power entry.
21st March: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 5 of the official entry list for Big Bang, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 12th-13th April and which is a UK National Championship round for Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike and a Series round for VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Anglia and the FWD Drag Series.

You can check out the Big Bang entry list by
clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Big Bang entry closes today (Friday 21st) so any entry from tomorrow, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for sending us Version 5 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April and which is a full UK National and ACU Drag Bike Championship round as well as a round of the FIM European Super Street Bike Cup, European Nitro Funny Car Challenge, Nostalgia Fuel Challenge, VWDRC Championships, the Wild Bunch, ACU Supertwins and Junior Drag Bike.

You can check out the Festival of Power entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Festival of Power entry closes next Friday, 28th March, after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

You can download Festival of Power entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian Marshall on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


...and Tyler makes three.
21st March: The UK's Team Alamo Junior Dragster team is delighted to welcome Tyler Ashdown. Tyler joins Paige and Belle Wheeler and will be piloting a third dragster, formerly Rhiannon Bellenie's Championship-winning car, and will be contesting the full UK National Championship.

The dragster will be primarily branded with Jegs and Eibach AG with additional branding covering Alamo, EMTS, Oakley, Lucas Oil, Parts, VP Racing Fuels and GK Motorsports / KLR Racing Group.

"We had the opportunity to add a third car to the team, it made sense to give Steve and Tyler the chance to work with us and compete in the full UK National Championship" said Andy Wheeler. "Tyler is delighted to have the opportunity to race with Team Alamo. He is looking forward to the year ahead and gaining more experience under the Team Alamo brand and I personally think that working within a team will do him good for years to come."

"We can't thank Andy and his family and of course the team for this opportunity", says Steve and Tyler Ashdown. "We would also like to thank Pete and Rhiannon Bellenie for the car, and Pete for advice and support at track for start of season."

"Finally we would like to wish all of the Junior racers - bikes, dragsters and Funny Cars - a fast, safe and fun season ahead", said Andy Wheeler. "I'm especially looking forward to our Fun Day on Wednesday 20th August, which will be bigger and better than last year. More news on the fun day will follow soon."


Street Eliminator 2014 sponsor roll.
21st March: Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator Chair Matt Atkinson is pleased to announce this season's sponsors for the street-legal series.

"We are extremely grateful for the continued support of existing sponsors and a special mention to our new sponsors for 2014", says Matt.

Topspeed Automotive are delighted to commit to a fifth year as title sponsor for the Street Eliminator series. Topspeed, managed by an experienced team of professionals, is a premier retailer of automotive and performance parts trading for over forty years. Topspeed Automotive cater for a whole range spanning the traditional family saloon to specialist performance parts and accessories for American V8 and classic machines.

Topspeed are also agents for a number of companies such as Wynns, Millers Oils, K&N, Kenlowe, NGK Plugs, Silicone Hoses, Draper, TCI, Felpro, Aeromotive, Taylors, Autoglym, Smart Wax, Meguiars, Mr Gasket, Power Pour, Fram Filters, Holley pumps, some MSD, Autometer, dress up kits, line-locks, trans coolers, Lucas Oil and Hoosier. The shop is situated in Surrey just minutes from the M25 so if you prefer to purchase in person then pop by.

As well as title sponsors of the class Topspeed Automotive also have the wicked '68 Camaro piloted by Bill Macdermid who says "On behalf of all of the team at Topspeed Automotive I can honestly say it is an honour to be associated with such a prestigious drag racing class. Over the last five years the class has gone from strength to strength and the performance of the cars has developed massively. We are looking forward to getting the car back out at some point this year alongside the great teams in the class. Here's to another record setting year in Street Eliminator. Please visit the web site, call the shop on 01932 341700 / 344453, or visit us at 17-19 The Broadway, New Haw, Surrey KT15 3EU."

Webster Race Engineering prides itself in creating race vehicles to the highest possible standards and specification. The 4,000 sq foot workshop, situated just five miles from Santa Pod Raceway, houses all the latest state of the art equipment required to meet customer's demands and aspirations. The company is still relatively young but has already built up a reputation and made there mark within the drag racing world with records being set at almost every National event in many classes. 

Company principal Jon Webster has been involved in numerous high profile vehicles including the world record holding four cylinder Ford Focus built for Ford USA, Chrysler's first PT Cruiser race car and Bentley's race car programme. WRE have also been at the forefront of the development of Japanese / Import Drag Racing in the Cosplay Costumes for Sale UK and have been instrumental in evolving chassis technology for those applications.

WRE also specialise in chassis baseline tuning and setup, we will attend test days to assist our customers in achieving the highest level of performance from their particular vehicle. We also supply and manufacture Power Pour fuel additive, possibly the finest additive on the market today.

WRE can be contacted by phone on 01933 315236, by fax on 01933 315274, via E-Mail at jw@w-r-e.com or visit the web site.

New sponsors to the 2014 Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator series in 2014 are Serck Motorsport. Graham Smith Motorsport Manager at Serck says "Serck Motorsport have been manufacturing for the motorsport industry for forty years. We are leading manufacturers of high performance cooling packages supplying the likes of Aston Martin GT, McLaren MP4 -12C, Touring Car and OE such as Morgan Motor Company and Lotus.

"We also are service providers to Formula One with our micron analysis cleaning service. We currently supply six teams and engine manufacturers as well as GP2, Le Mans, Touring car and WRC.

"Serck Motorsport are also distributors for Sunoco Race Fuels, Setrab Oil Coolers, Joe Gibbs Driven Race Oils, Spal Fans and recently Wizards of NOS systems and bottle filling so please do give us a shout or visit our web site.

"Serck Motorsport has a long running history with the class as well with a number of current and previous Street Eliminator cars fitted with Serck cooling including Ian 'Fatty' Hook's '34 Ford, Mark Todd's GTO, Alan Williamson's Chevy Pick Up, Mats Anderson's Volvo and the soon to be débuted '57 Chevy of Graham Smith under the Bad Apple Racing banner. You can view some of the top quality work carried out by the team on the web site or call them on 020 8813 7470."

Insane Creations are also new sponsors for the 2014 season. Team Principal Ron Haslett has been involved in the class for a number of years and is very highly regarded in the Street Eliminator pits. Ron used to compete in his Cortina, now in the capable hands of Charlie Chivers who will be bringing the car back out this year. Ron is also hoping to have his new 1941 Willys out at some point this year. Insane Creations is a business which Ron has set up primarily for the fabrication of race cars. A number of cars that have recently come out of the shop including Graham Smith's Bad Apple Racing '57 Chevy, soon to be racing in the Street Eliminator series, and Charlie Chivers Cortina which is also set to be out in the 2014 season. You can keep up to date with the progress of Ron's build on the web site or alternately on the Insane Creations Facebook page.

Producers of the Hardcore Street Street Eliminator DVD since 2003, Zeon TV is one of Europe's top motorsport TV production companies, producers of the UK's MSA Pro Modified TV series, the HKS Drag Series TV programmes and the FIA/UEM Drag Bike Championship in Kunmadaras, Hungary to name a few.

Hardcore Street, the annual Street Eliminator Championship DVD, is available from the web site along with all the other DVDs produced by Zeon TV / Power Point Communications (UK) Ltd. 

AW Upholstery, formerly Doctor Flock, is sponsoring the class for a fourth consecutive season. AW Upholstery offer flock which is used extensively in car vehicle interiors. It is used to provide decorative finishes in new cars on glove and coin boxes, head linings, door trim and various other parts. It is also used on the window rubbers to provide a non-abrasive running surface which does not freeze to the windows in the winter. Rally cars, race cars and custom cars frequently have dashboards, door cards and other parts flocked. If you think it can be flocked it probably can....

Al Williamson of AW Upholstery will also be out in his Chevy Pick Up in 2014 looking to build on the performance from last year. You can contact AW Upholstery on phone by 01384 485 485, E-Mail enquiries@awupholstery.co.uk or visit the web site.

Matt Woods Photography is sponsoring the class for a second year. Matt is a professional automotive photographer well-known in the drag racing scene and has undertaken various shoots for a range of magazines including RPM Magazine and Top Gear Magazine. You can check out some of Matt's work on his web site or catch him at the track near the Street Eliminator pits.

Going back to the roots of Street Eliminator, Custom Car Magazine is once again going to be following the exciting world of UK Street Eliminator with regular features including race reports.

RPM Magazine has become the world leader in providing print media focusing solely on fast Doorslammer, Outlaw and Street Legal style drag racing. With tens of thousands of readers in twenty seven countries, RPM is touted as the print media source for event, racer, team and industry coverage of the sport. With offices across the USA and Canada, RPM Magazine is made up of a diverse team of racers and enthusiasts with countless years of hands-on knowledge in the sport of drag racing. RPM can be reached through the web site or call +1 519 752 3705.

"I am speaking on behalf of all of the teams in Street Eliminator when I say that we really value all of the sponsors' input and ongoing support", says Matt. "We are all looking forward to a fast 2014 with a number of new cars set to come out including the return of previous racers!

"We always have room for further sponsors so if anybody is interested in sponsoring the class for the coming season then please contact me at matt.atkinson70@hotmail.co.uk.

"In the meantime please keep up to date with the class via our web site at www.streeteliminator.com."


Big Bang, Festival of Power entry.
20th March: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 4 of the official entry list for Big Bang, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 12th-13th April and which is a UK National Championship round for Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike and a Series round for VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Anglia and the FWD Drag Series.

You can check out the Big Bang entry list by
clicking here. Big Bang entry closes tomorrow (Friday 21st) after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for sending us Version 4 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April and which is a full UK National and ACU Drag Bike Championship round as well as a round of the FIM European Super Street Bike Cup, European Nitro Funny Car Challenge, Nostalgia Fuel Challenge, VWDRC Championships, the Wild Bunch, ACU Supertwins and Junior Drag Bike.

You can check out the Festival of Power entry list by clicking here. Festival of Power entry closes on Friday 28th March after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

You can download Big Bang and Festival of Power entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian Marshall on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


SPR seek old slicks.
20th March: Ian Marshall also tells us that Santa Pod Raceway's track crew are in need of old slicks to help to prepare the track surface and that racers' cast-offs would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any old slicks which you would be willing to donate then please get in touch with Ian at ir.marshall@btconnect.com or call 01933 313625 to arrange collection. Alternately please bring old slicks with you to Big Bang or the Festival of Power.


Tierp Arena sold.
19th March: Stefan Boman writes that the public auction to sell the bankrupt Tierp Arena took place earlier today at enforcement officer Kronofogden in the city of Uppsala. The Arena was sold to Cemoni Ohlsson of the management company Sånna Förvaltnings AB for twenty million Swedish kronor. The company is involved in several businesses including the road course race track Sturup Raceway.

"Our intention is to run Tierp Arena as a multi-event facility where motorsport and drag racing is a big part", said Cemoni. "For practical reasons we have to get the company running before we can say anything about specific events but it's our goal to go through with the two FIA European Championship rounds scheduled at Tierp for 2014."

The picture, courtesy and ©Stefan Boman, shows Cemoni at the far left writing a cheque as a down payment for the facility.


Swift snippets.
19th March: Santa Pod Raceway have released a teaser video for this season's UK FWD Drag Series which you can check out at youtu.be/FribggdjkeE. For more details about the series visit www.fwddragseries.co.uk.

Big Bang, Festival of Power entry.
18th March: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 3 of the official entry list for Big Bang, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 12th-13th April and which is a UK National Championship round for Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike and a Series round for VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Anglia and the FWD Drag Series.

You can check out the Big Bang entry list by
clicking here. Big Bang entry closes on Friday of this week (21st) after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for sending us Version 3 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April and which is a full UK National and ACU Drag Bike Championship round as well as a round of the FIM European Super Street Bike Cup, European Nitro Funny Car Challenge, Nostalgia Fuel Challenge, VWDRC Championships, the Wild Bunch, ACU Supertwins and Junior Drag Bike.

You can check out the Festival of Power entry list by clicking here. Festival of Power entry closes on Friday 28th March after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

You can download Big Bang and Festival of Power entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian Marshall on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Feature: Lee Cohen's Zephyr.
18th March: The subject of the latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products is Lee Cohen's stunning blown alcohol-powered Zephyr, which he plans to run in Super Pro ET.

Regular readers will recall that Lee crashed his beloved Ford Pop in 2009 but that having rebuilt and sold it he acquired Ray White's Zephyr Pro Mod as a rolling chassis. Ray famously sent Lee a picture of a side window sporting his name to help to seal the deal.

With a month to go before the Zephyr's planned début Eurodragster.com visited Ray White and Danny Cockerill's new business The Hot Rod House where it was receiving a final check-up and finishing touches. You can check out the Feature by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

If you would like your race vehicle or team to be the subject of a Eurodragster.com Feature then drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com.


Swift snippets.
18th March: Mum Su and dad Pete asked us to say a big Happy 16th Birthday for today (Tuesday) to reigning UK National Junior Dragster Champion Rhiannon Bellenie. Our pleasure guys, have a lovely day Rhiannon. We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to our good buddy, Shakespeare County Raceway Track Announcer and all-round good guy Barry Bohannon. Have a great day Barry.

Web site updates.
18th March: The Mad Welshman has updated his Flickr site with a gallery of shots taken between 2003 and 2007; one hundred to begin with and the promise of more to come. You can check out Mad's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.

Swift snippets.
17th March: Paul Foote of Eurodragster.com decal sponsor
Paul Foote Ink says that the Dragfest Reunion planned for Blackbushe Airfield in August has had to be postponed. The monthly meetings at the café at Blackbushe continue. More at www.dragfest.co.uk.

Shakespeare County Raceway have promised us a statement on the recently-emerged redevelopment plan for Long Marston Airfield. Save that this is not the first time that this has happened (see Eurodragster.com News for 28th April 2008) we won't comment any further until we hear from SCR.


Web site updates.
17th March: In the latest instalment of his Nostalgia Funny Car Blog presented in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car, Rob Loaring goes deep into the 426 ci heart of the Apache Nostalgia FC. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest Blog updates by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Welcome Vehvac.
16th March: We are very pleased to welcome Vehvac as a sponsor of Eurodragster.com news.

Vehvac are specialists in automotive air conditioning, installation, service and repairs for cars, vans, motorhomes, lorries, off-highway and specialist vehicles. They can supply automotive air conditioning parts, R134a and R1234yf refrigerants, Pag and Ester Oils, and supply and service air conditioning service machines, F Gas training and certification. They are dealers for Webasto heaters, cruise control, speed limiters, autoclutch, reversing cameras and parking sensors. "In a nutshell we're specialists in automotive heating, cooling and innovating products for vehicles on and off road", says Sales and Marketing Director Phil Leamon. You can find out more from Vehvac's web site at www.vehvac.com.

A huge Thank You to Phil Leamon for his support. Please support those who support Eurodragster.com by considering our sponsors first when shopping for goods or services.

If you are interested in sponsoring Eurodragster.com then please get in touch with us at tog@eurodragster.com.


Team Gridlock sign up Six B.
16th March: The UK's Team Gridlock are very excited to announce their latest sponsorship deal, with America's top drag racing teamwear company Six B apparel.

Team Principal Dex Price says that Team Gridlock have been chatting to Six B Apparels CEO Kris Boesen for some time and have now come to an arrangement to supply the new 2014 team shirts, fleeces and hoodies. "We have started to make some changes in our overall theme, some of which may be reflected in a future livery of the car, so some very exciting changes are afoot", says Dex. "Team Gridlock will not only be displaying Six B Apparel on their team wear but on their Go Hard or Go Home!!! Competition Altered in their fourth consecutive Wild Bunch title defence.

"Please check out Six B Apparel on Facebook, add them as friends, keep the name rolling and don't forget to contact Kris direct with any enquires. Always tell Six B apparel that it was the Gridlock guys who sent you."


Swift snippets.
16th March: Good luck and stay safe to Ulf Leanders - number one qualifier in Top Alcohol FC with a stunning off-the-trailer 5.498 - Jonnie Lindberg both of who got through round one, Jimmy Ålund and Fredrik Fredlund who are all contesting today's eliminations at the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville. You can stay up in touch with our heroes' progress courtesy of our Drag Race Central buddies at www.dragracecentral.com, Patrik Larsson will be updating the Lindbergs' site at www.lindbergbros.com, and Marcus Sjödin is updating the Drag Racing 24 site at www.dragracing24.com.

Everyone at Protek Racing asked us to say a big Happy 20th Birthday for today (Sunday) to 9.50 Bike racer Josh Stubbins. "Love from us all", aays Nicola Stubbins. "Josh is doing his first full season in 9.50 Bike this year so good luck with that too."


Big Bang, Festival of Power entry.
14th March: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 2 of the official entry list for Big Bang, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 12th-13th April and which is a UK National Championship round for Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike and a Series round for VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Anglia and the FWD Drag Series.

You can check out the Big Bang entry list by
clicking here. Big Bang entry closes on Friday of next week (21st) after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for sending us Version 2 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April and which is a full UK National and ACU Drag Bike Championship round as well as a round of the FIM European Super Street Bike Cup, European Nitro Funny Car Challenge, Nostalgia Fuel Challenge, VWDRC Championships, the Wild Bunch, ACU Supertwins and Junior Drag Bike.

You can check out the Festival of Power entry list by clicking here. Festival of Power entry closes on Friday 28th March after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

You can download Big Bang and Festival of Power entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian Marshall on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Hansen Racing press release.
14th March: Hansen Racing och Team R/T Dragracing inleder till säsongen 2014 ett nytt samarbete. Teamet är kända för sin lysande väg till toppen i dragracingklassen Pro Stock under åren 2011-2013 men är inga gröngölingar. Teamet driver bilverkstaden R/T Bil & maskin och har tidigare tävlat både i Competition och diverse Street klasser. år 2012 vann de EM i Pro Stock och har sedan dess legat i den absoluta toppen i klassen.

Vi ser fram emot att samarbeta med Team R/T Dragracing och Ernryd Cars säger William Hansen, VD på Hansen Racing. Vi är alla engagerade i våra mål och jobbar väldigt hårt för att leverera vårt allra bästa resultat. Vårt engagemang i racing har genom åren alltid varit frukten av ett brinnande intresse för motorsport, intresset har funnits så länge företaget existerat vilket resulterat i många fina år på Anderstorp, Mantorp, Malmö Raceway, Kjula Dragway och Tierp Arena.

För teamet är nu arbetet inför säsongen i full gång och inom kort presenteras tävlingsbilens nya design. Vi kommer även att ställa ut bilen och bjuda på ett par fina uppstarter under Stora Hansen dagen den 31 Maj hälsar Stefan Ernryd som även är teamets manager.

Hansen Racing and Team R/T Dragracing are starting the 2014 season with a new collaboration. The team are known for blazing their way to the top in Pro Stock between 2011 and 2013 but they are not rookies. The team runs the R/T auto and mechanical workshop and have previously competed in Competition and various Street classes. In 2012 they won the European Championship in Pro Stock and have been at the top of the class since then.

"We look forward to working with Team R/T Drag racing and Ernryd Cars" says William Hansen, President of Hansen Racing. "We are all committed to our goal, and we will work very hard to deliver our very best results. Our involvement in racing over the years has always been the result of a passion for motorsport, an interest which has been around as long as the company has existed and which resulted in many fine years at Anderstorp, Mantorp , Malmö Raceway, Kjula Dragway and Tierp Arena."

"The team is now in full swing working towards the season and we will shortly present the race car's new design", says Stefan Ernryd who is also Team Manager. "We will also display the car and and start it up a few times at the Great Hansen Day on 31st May."


Swift snippets.
14th March: We have two spy pictures for you today. The first (top) came with the words "Everything comes in threes"...




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

Back to Eurodragster.com sponsors and we were sorry to say goodbye to long-standing Eurodragster.com News sponsor DS Racewear whose owner Pete Yates is taking a year out, although he says that he hopes to be back with us next year. Thanks very much for your support Pete.


CPC deadline approaching.
14th March: Carole Ismail and Emma-Jayne Wray, Directors of Eurodragster.com sponsor CEJ Training Services Limited are happy to continue their support of the web site in 2014-2015 and are offering a special deal on Driver CPC training as the deadline approaches:

"We now have a dedicated training room and trainer", says Carole Ismail. "With only 182 days to go before no CPC / no LGV drivers who need Driver CPC should book now as we are running courses six days a week.

"Driver CPC is for LGV / PCV drivers who drive professionally throughout the UK. It is a legal requirement which involves all professional drivers undertaking thirty five hours of periodic training every five years, these are attendance courses so no tests or exams to take. After 10th September this year you must always carry evidence of your Driver CPC status while driving professionally. To drive professionally while not in possession of a DQC (or vocational licence, if you hold acquired rights) is unlawful.

"We are still running an amazing deal for DCPC training of £50 plus VAT per seven-hour session."

If you drive a vehicle with a tachograph professionally and also drive a tachographed vehicle to the race track then this could affect you. For more information, or to book your training, talk to the people who know at CEJ Training Services on 01604 889121 or visit their web site at www.cejtrainingservicesltd.co.uk.


Testing available at Big Bang.
12th March: James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway has been in touch to remind racers participating in the Festival of Power that, due to the replacement of the usual Peak Performance Day the weekend prior to the event, a limited number of test slots are available to racers in all classes at Big Bang which takes place at Santa Pod on 12th-13th April, the pre-Easter weekend:

Big Bang is a Championship round for a number of classes including the VWDRC, Outlaw Anglias, Jap Drag Series and more so you can expect a good track. The test slots will run throughout the permit part of the event which takes place from 4:00 pm on the Saturday and all day Sunday.

If you would like to take the chance to test at Big Bang then please fill out the contact form at
www.big-bang.co.uk/contact.php.

SFI Tour numbers up.
12th March: The outcome of the annual SFI European Recertification Tour is often seen as an early indicator of the state of the sport in Europe in any given season. On the evidence of this year's Tour, European drag racing is in rude health.

Eurodragster.com caught up with the inspection team of SFI Foundation President Arnie Kuhns, Murf McKinney, Tim Hiatt and Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson at yesterday's (Tuesday) last stop of the Tour at Santa Pod Raceway. Geoff Martin and Mark Norton of the UK's Tech Team were also in attendance.


At the end of the day Arnie calculated that the inspection team and their colleagues on stops in The Netherlands, Finland and Sweden had inspected a total of 474 items on the Tour, up from 429 in 2013. Apart from an expired flexplate no items failed inspection; ten bellhousings required minor reworking to bring them up to spec.

A seminar took place in Oslo on Monday explaining the work and aims of the SFI Foundation, specification programmes and testing, programmes for inspectors and incident response. In the afternoon delegates, who were mainly from drag racing with a small number from other motorsport disciplines, had the chance of hands-on experience with a Pro Mod and a Funny Car.

In association with Lucas Oil Products we have posted a gallery from yesterday's SFI Day at Santa Pod Raceway. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Swift snippets.
12th March: Santa Pod Raceway have confirmed that France's David Pertué will be bringing his Hydrogen Rocket Funny Car to the Festival of Power at Easter.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday for yesterday to Erwin Kievith. Hope you had a great day Erwin.


DFDS renew racer ferry deal.
11th March: Caroline Holden of Santa Pod Raceway has been in touch with the great news that DFDS Seaways are continuing their support with preferential Cross Channel ferry rates for teams travelling to or from Europe.

Further details and a booking form are available on the Entry Forms page of the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at
www.eurodragster.com.

Hall of Fame backs Junior Bikers.
11th March: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has agreed a five year deal to support the UK's Junior Drag Bike class.

Dipping in to funds released to the BDRHoF from a long-dormant British National Drag Racing Association account, the deal guarantees £50 to the Champion of Junior Drag Bike until 2018, after which the BDRHoF hopes to continue the support from its own funds.

BDRHoF Chair Stu Bradbury said "This money was released to the BDRHoF from the BNDRA account thanks to Anne Pallant and Mick Hand, the last Financial Officers of the BNDRA, along with the efforts of BDRHoF Management Group member Phil Evans. I have always felt that this money belongs to drag racing, so it is right that some should go back to sponsoring our future. It's great that we can support the stars of tomorrow this way."

Junior Drag Bike PR Lizz McCarthy says "This is a fantastic gesture. We are very honoured that Junior Drag Bike racing has been recognised this way, and that the youngsters are being supported by our peers. Thanks to Chairman of JDB Allan Davies for doing a lot of the initial legwork, and the JDB Committee would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Stu Bradbury, Anne, Mike, and Phil for their thoughtfulness."


Swift snippets.
11th March: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "Nearly there! Soon be the Festival of Power". 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.

Chris, Mark, Lee, Sarah, Liam, TJ, Bella, Jade and Ben asked us to say lots of love and wish a big Happy Birthday for today (Tuesday) to Wild Bunch Co-ordinator Claire Meaddows. Our pleasure guys, have a lovely day Claire.

Steve Dudley tells us that the next session of slot drags takes place at 2:00 pm this coming Sunday, 16th March, at Higham Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham, Kent ME3 7JL. As the use of this hall is chargeable it would be appreciated if attendees could put a couple of pounds into the pot. Please also bring your own refreshments.


UKTA offer the Yorkshire Mile.
11th March: The UK Timing Association is introducing a speed record event based on the standing mile speed trial format held at airfield venues across the USA.

Unlike the events in the USA, the 200 mph Club and UKTA will ensure that the records are conducted properly and contenders will be required to run in both directions on the track, with a turn-around time within sixty minutes to cancel out any gradient or wind effects. Speeds will be averaged to determine whether a record has been established, or as the weekend proceeds, a record has been broken. Of course an entrant's better one-way run speed can be used for comparison with the class record speeds of the American organisations.

Entries are now being accepted for the first event of its type for speed record breaking which will be held over the weekend of 17th-18th May at Elvington Airfield near York. Entry can either be made through the UK Timing Association Facebook page or by contacting Secretary of the Meeting Helen Greathead at 5 Carr Street, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 4AZ or call 07921 712266. You can obtain your UKTA rule book from the same address. There are classes in the rulebook for all level of experience from street bikes and roadgoing cars to full competition superbikes and racing vehicles.

The Yorkshire Mile Speed Event could be the first step on the route to a World record as the new format compliments the traditional National British short distance speed records. There will be opportunities for some of the more eccentric speed contenders to run, such as those riding mono-wheels and to achieve their speed goals, with vehicles that are welcomed by the Guinness Book.

There will be public spectator access to the event, by weekend or day entry tickets and spectators are sure to see speeds in excess of 250 mph (weather permitting).

Off track there will be static displays of current projects and past contenders for world and national speed records on land, on water or in the air. Owners of bikes, cars, boats and planes have been invited to the airfield to show the engineering technology and the science innovations that have enabled them to be the best in the world or the best in this country.

For further details or contact please go through the Facebook page.

With 200mph+ the UKTA will be promoting other events at Woodbridge on the Suffolk Mile, Sculthorpe on the Norfolk Mile, and the Northern Speed Trials - World Wheelie Speed Record event as well as five top speed days on the Yorkshire Mile during 2014.


Feature: March Meet Sunday.
10th March: The latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products is Simon's gallery and notes from yesterday's March Meet final eliminations at Bakersfield.

You can check out the Sunday Feature by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Big Bang, Festival of Power entry.
10th March: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us Version 1 of the official entry list for Big Bang, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 12th-13th April and which is a UK National Championship round for Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike and a Series round for VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Anglia and the FWD Drag Series.

You can check out the Big Bang entry list by clicking here. Big Bang entry closes on Friday of next week (21st) after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

Thanks also to Ian Marshall for sending us Version 1 of the official entry list for the Festival of Power, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 18th-20th April and which is a full UK National and ACU Drag Bike Championship round as well as a round of the FIM European Super Street Bike Cup, European Nitro Funny Car Challenge, Nostalgia Fuel Challenge, VWDRC Championships, the Wild Bunch, ACU Supertwins and Junior Drag Bike.

You can check out the Festival of Power entry list by clicking here. Festival of Power entry closes on Friday 28th March after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

You can download Big Bang and Festival of Power entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about event entry at Santa Pod Raceway then contact Ian Marshall on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Sheavills rides out at Easter.
10th March: Barry Sheavills is never happier than in the seat of an RF Motorsport Top Fuel dragster, so it is with great excitement that Barry announces that, thanks to Rune Fjeld, he will be racing at Santa Pod Raceway's Festival of Power.

After a successful outing with RF Motorsport at the 2013 Flame and Thunder Show in tricky conditions, the Facebook rumour mill was on fire with talk of Barry's full-time return to Top Fuel. "It can sometimes be quite difficult watching the rumours", says Barry. "It's a bit of a double-edged sword when you want it so much, but you just haven't got the funding, but then it's also great to know the fans still really want to see me out there. The support is always greatly appreciated and of course I still want to be out there running 300 mph now, just as badly as I wanted it in 2002."

The call from Rune once again came as a very pleasant surprise and when Barry visited the RF Motorsport workshop changes had already been made to the chassis to make his driving position more comfortable. The changes in the pedal and seat areas will hopefully rectify the problem Barry has had with not being able to lock his right leg properly on the throttle in the Stagecoach Twelve car.

The search for funding is ongoing but has now been reinvigorated by the support shown by both the fans and Rune Fjeld. Barry hopes that with the changes made to the car and conducive conditions at this year's Festival of Power, his performance will be at a level which would place him competitively in a European Championship event.

As well as Rune and Lindsey at RF Motorsport, Barry would like to thank the crew of Paul, Laurie, Jamie, Mark and Gary for volunteering their services looking after him and the car over the Easter weekend and for the work that they have already done in the run up to the 2014 season.


Welcome Hulland Homes Ltd.
9th March: We are very pleased to welcome
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Feature: March Meet Saturday.
9th March: The latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products is Simon's gallery and notes from yesterday's March Meet qualifying and eliminations at Bakersfield.

You can check out the Saturday Feature by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Raw nitro!
9th March: The UK's Andy Raw says that the motor shown in our spy picture of 27th February belongs to him:

In a pairing with Karl Harrison and the Harrison family race team, we have decided to go nitro with a nostalgia nitro Funny Car. I have bought a very nice ex-Snake racing Keith Black Stage 8 nitro short motor and heads, along with a current 6/71 blower and fuel system and other parts to complete the build. As for the body, you will have to wait and see as we haven't decided on that yet. All we will say is that it'll be different!

Current plans are that the car will be ready for the start of 2016. If the chassis and motor are complete but not the body then we may make some test runs with Karl's Pontiac FC body but we will see how we go.

In 2014 both of the Harrison Super Pro ET rails will keep us busy. Mark Adams is again driving the Stardust, he is a really great guy to work with and is doing a great job driving the car. Rod will be out in the big dragster hoping to improve on his 2013 best of 6.4 seconds. I will be campaigning my VW Funny Car until the new FC is finished. My meetings this year will be Ultimate Dubs in Telford, Dragstalgia at Santa Pod, Bug Jam at Santa Pod, NitrOlympX at at Hockenheim, White Noise, Kent VW Festival in Folkestone, and the VW Heritage Open Day.

Massive thanks to our sponsors for 2014: Pit Stop, Fast Tec, Bears Transmission, Heath Tyres, The Body Works, Kent VW Festival, Bio Cam and VW Heritage.


NSCC ring the changes for 2014.
9th March: Dave Smith has been in touch with news of the National Street Car Challenge AGM, presentation and drinking competition held last weekend:

A few rule amendments have been pencilled in to try to ease the cost burden for existing competitors and maybe encourage a few new ones into the fold.

We'll be running ten rounds at York Raceway this year, to a Sportsman tree. Slicks will be allowed at the race track for all.

Maybe the biggest change of all is that you can now come out to play in any car for your first year. This has already encouraged a couple of younger competitors to sign up in their hatchbacks, guys who simply can't get insured on anything interesting.

The web site at www.nscc.info is being updated as we speak, so please take a look and if you are interested then please get in touch. Don't forget the Hot Rod Gazette Facebook page.

The photo shows 2013 NSCC Champion (and series co-sponsor) John Peace picking up his award at the presentation, in charming 1970s soft focus. The picture is courtesy of Drakie who, like many that the evening, were probably struggling to focus with or without a camera. John retains the title he has held since the end of 2012, and will be defending it again this year in his 5.0 Mustang notchback. He put 4500 miles on this car during the course of last season, and this season it will have a couple more tweaks under the bonnet.


March Meet webcast.
9th March: Our good buddies at Bangshift.com will be broadcasting live and free from the March Meet at Bakersfield.

You will be able to check out the Bangshift.com March Meet webcast by clicking here. Bakersfield is -7 hours on UK time and -8 hours on European time.


Feature: March Meet Friday.
8th March: The latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products is Simon's gallery and notes from yesterday's March Meet qualifying at Bakersfield.

You can check out the Friday Feature by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

There will be an unavoidable delay in updating Eurodragster.com News tomorrow morning (Sunday) so to save you from waiting we have already placed a link to today's report on the Features, Interviews, Tributes page. Simon's Saturday report will be posted in the early hours of tomorrow morning after which the link will work.


PiPPi's FIM rôle.
8th March: Track Group Europe are pleased to announce the appointment of Pär 'PiPPi' Willen as the official Press Officer for the FIM European Championship.

Pär will be joining the TGE team upon his return from the USA where he is accompanying reigning FIM European Pro Stock Bike Champion Fredrik Fredlund of Åland on a pre-season US tour.

TGE Chair Keith Bartlett said "Pär brings a wealth of Pro Motorcycle and other racing knowledge with him. His appointment means that TGE can ensure that race reports, publicity and Championship news reaches the widest global audience quickly. It also gives teams a single point of contact to bring news and information to the world's attention. We are delighted to welcome Par to the team."


Swift snippets.
8th March: Andy Raw tells us that his Volkswagen Beetle Funny Car will be on display on Santa Pod Raceway's stand at the Ultimate Dubs UK Show in Telford tomorrow. "It's one of the biggest indoor VW shows in the country with a mix of old school and modified V dubs", says Andy. More at www.ultimate-dubs.co.uk.

Thanks to Andre Bugeja for letting us know that Maltese Top Methanol Dragster racer Chris Polidano is preparing to return to the FIA European Championship tour with his injected-nitro dragster. You can find out more on the News page of the Mr Whippy Racing Team web site at www.mrwhippyracingteam.com.

Good luck and stay safe to FIA European Top Methanol Funny Car Champion Jonnie Lindberg and Ulf Leanders who are contesting Top Alcohol FC at this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Showdown at Sundown at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Texas resident and ex-pat UK Top Alcohol Dragster racer Mike Manners of Eurodragster.com sponsor Cosmo Residences is also making an appearance giving us three heroes to cheer on. Eliminations take place today due to weather concerns and results will be posted courtesy of our Drag Race Central friends at www.dragracecentral.com.

Meanwhile in Florida Adam Flamholc is contesting Pro Mod at the Mod Stomp at the Strip event at Palm Beach International Raceway. You can stay in touch with Adam's progress on the Flamholc / MMR Racing Facebook page.


Feature: March Meet Thursday.
7th March: The latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products is Simon's gallery and notes from yesterday's March Meet qualifying at Bakersfield.

You can check out the Thursday Feature by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Swift snippets.
7th March: Thanks to Darren Prentice for letting us know that next Tuesday's (11th) SFI Day at Santa Pod Raceway will take place in Bankside VIP between 9:15 am and approximately 3:00 pm.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to our good friend, Pro Modified racer-in-waiting, Honorary Eurodragster.com staff member and anyone's crew Spencer Tramm. Have a great day Spencer.


Holland's track trio.
7th March: UK former Sportsman ET racer and best-selling author of the book The 50 List Nigel Holland is setting the wheels in motion for his next challenge, Track to Track.

In September 2015 Nigel will be attempting to ride a hand-cycle eighty miles from Silverstone Race Circuit, to Rockingham Circuit and finishing off at Santa Pod Raceway during the FIA European Championship Finals.

Nigel is no stranger to challenges. His 50 List book was written about all his challenges upon which he embarked before he turned fifty, proving that even with the condition of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease anything is possible.

CMT results in wastage of the muscles in the lower part of the arms and legs because the peroneal nerves, which are the nerves which extend out from the spinal cord to the lower extremities, do not tell the muscles what to do resulting in muscle wastage. The muscles themselves are fine but if they do not get any signal from the nerves then they eventually waste away.

Nigel's main inspiration for the 50 List and his challenges comes from his youngest daughter, Ellie, who too has the same condition, and he is determined to show Ellie the condition doesn't stop you from doing what you want to do in life. His latest challenge is further going to illustrate that CMT does not stop you from going for your dreams, and at the same time he wants to raise £10,000 for CMT United Kingdom.

Following the challenge Nigel hopes to auction off the hand-cycle to raise more money for the charity.

"After working through the 50 list in 2012 I decided that 2013 was going to be a year where I would take it easy and not get involved in too many crazy activities and concentrate on my business", says Nigel. "However, a week into 2014 and I was keen to take on another challenge.

"I have always liked the idea of riding a hand-cycle ever since watching the Paralympics, and because of my love of motorsport, I came up with the Track to Track idea."

Nigel is currently in the early planning stages of the challenge but has received a lot of initial support from the three race venues, as well as Bradley Wiggins tweeting about it. The Cycling Officer for Northamptonshire Highways is assisting with finding the best route and BBC Radio Northampton has also offered to cover the story.

Nigel also has gained the support of local businesses Wellingborough Cycles, Get Embroidered and further afield Draft Wheelchairs and Paule Foote Ink.


Feature: March Meet Test and Tune.
6th March: The latest in our occasional series of Features presented in association with Lucas Oil Products is Simon's gallery and notes from yesterday's March Meet Test and Tune at Bakersfield.

You can check out the Test and Tune Feature by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Big Bang entry update.
6th March: Ian Marshall has been in touch with a reminder that Friday 21st March is the closing date for entry to Big Bang, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 12th-13th April and which is a UK National Championship round for Sportsman ET, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike and a Series round for VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Anglia and the FWD Drag Series. Entry after Friday 21st, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty.

You can download the Big Bang entry forms from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc. If you have any queries about Big Bang entry then contact Ian Marshall on 01933 313625 (outside the UK +44 1933 313625) or E-Mail ir.marshall@btconnect.com.


Swift snippets.
6th March: Adrian Dening, who ran the Boss Cat altered in Mod ET in the early 1990s, would be pleased to hear from any Eurodragster.com reader with information about its whereabouts. "The car was sold in 1993 to a couple of guys who ran a garage in Glasgow", says Adrian. "Sadly it's never been heard of or seen since and I would really like to buy the car or its remains back again". If you know where Boss Cat went then please drop us a line at editor@eurodragster.com and we'll put you in touch with Adrian.

We have two spy pictures for you today. The first picture came with no words...


...as did the second. If you know more about either, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.

Thanks to Stephen Billings who has been in touch to let us know that roadworks are scheduled on the A509 between Wellingborough and Gipsy Lane (turning for Irchester) between 09:30 and 16:00 daily starting today, Thursday 6th. This could mean disruption for those headed for Santa Pod Raceway although Stephen says that the roadworks may be lifted for Easter.


Kuno to drive both cars?
5th March: Germany's Kuno Racing Lucas Oil Pro Mod team is preparing both cars for 2014, and Norbert Kuno says that if necessary he will drive both cars himself:

The Avenger II is ready to race. We found problems in the chassis and we fixed those. We have also updated the car with new stuff and hopefully it will work perfectly. Our plan is to contest FIA rounds.

The Avenger I is still under construction and will get new safety updates as well work on the chassis, paint and carbon. The engine is fixed and we hope to get close to the Avenger II.

The Avenger I is still for rent or sale, but if it doesn't happen then we will race the Avenger I in the MSA British Pro Mod rounds. I'm really looking forward to getting in my old car again, it was always nice to drive and I won a lot of fights with it.

For more information about Kuno Racing go to www.kuno-racing.de, the latest Lucas Oil products visit www.lucasoil.de and the latest Lithium Battery products visit www.lithiumpros.de.


2014 NAST calendar.
5th March: Many thanks to Yvonne Mott for sending us details of this year's National Association of Supertwins and other Supertwin dates for 2014:

Apologies for not posting these race dates sooner but we have been working behind the scenes to try and ensure that all NAST racers have the opportunity to race at both tracks and to have a reasonable Championship Timetable for 2014. This year's NAST Championship rounds will be held at Shakespeare County Raceway meetings in association with the National Association of Supertwins whilst Santa Pod Raceway are to run ACU Supertwin Top Gas and ACU Supertwin ET at four of their race dates without the involvement of the NAST.

Only NAST members will be able to contest the rounds at Shakespeare County Raceway whilst the Santa Pod rounds are open to all.

The NAST Championship rounds are as follow, with five of six rounds counting:

Round 1: 3rd-5th May - Springspeed Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
Round 2: 24th-26th May - Yanks Weekend, Shakespeare County Raceway
Round 3: 7th-8th June - Summer Showdown Public Track Weekend, Shakespeare County Raceway
Round 4: 19th-20th July - For Ladies That Launch, Shakespeare County Raceway
Round 5: 23rd-5th August - Open Sport Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
Round 6: 27th-28th September - Late Summer Madness, Shakespeare County Raceway

The SPRC rounds at Santa Pod Raceway are as follow:

18th-20th April: Festival of Power
28th-29th June: SPRC Summernationals
20th-21st September: UK National Finals
18th-19th October: Extreme Performance Bike weekend

Please note the new requirement for all bikes to have a red tail light.

If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact me. See you at the track!


Serck backing the Bennetts.
5th March: UK blown-alcohol altered team and Eurodragster.com Bloggers Bennett Racing are very pleased to announce their latest sponsor Serck Motorsport:

Serck Motorsport join us for the 2014 season and beyond with a wealth of knowledge of high performance cooling solutions and the competition parts industry.  They have been providing performance cooling solutions to the racing industry since the early sixties supplying historic race teams to present-day racing including Formula One. Their mission is simple - to supply the very best in cooling performance for whatever the application from F1 to independent race teams. They are able to design and manufacture the very best aluminium radiators, oil coolers and intercoolers. They can also provide Sunoco race fuels, Driven racing oils, Spal fans, Micron photo analysis, flow testing and helium pressure testing.

Graham Smith, the Manager of Serck Motorsport, has been heavily involved in the UK drag scene for years having already supplied the likes of Ron Haslett (Insane Creations), Mark Todd's GTO, Alan Williamson's Chevy Pick Up, Mats Andersson's Volvo and many more as well and running his own '57 Chevy with Bad Apple Racing. Drag racing is a tremendous sport with a vast array of classes with the same desire: innovation and passion to develop their cars to perform and deliver consistently. Serck Motorsport are only too proud to be suppliers to this unique arena and look forward to an exciting 2014 season.

You can find out more about what Serck Motorsport can offer at www.serckservicesmotorsport.co.uk or head over to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SerckMotorsport.


Flamholc unveils busy schedule.
4th March: Having recovered from his crash in St Louis five months ago, Swedish Pro Modified racer Adam Flamholc is looking forward to 2014:

We have been to Bradenton twice with the new cars, and so far I'm pretty satisified with the results.

The Dodge Viper is loaded in a container and on its way to Sweden. We will race this car in the Scandinavian Top Doorslammer series and in the Pro Extreme class at Malmö Raceway. Tomorrow the team and I are flying overseas again for some racing with the Dodge Daytona. Next weekend we will be in West Palm Beach, Florida for a legal Pro Mod race, and the weekend after in Montgomery, Alabama.

My plan is to race in the USA during the winter, spring and autumn, and to stay in Europe over the summer this year. I have committed to be a part of Mats Eriksson's Pro Mod team in the FIA European Championship as well as trying to help Ellis Motorsport with the Funny Car which they bought from us.

This is my preliminary schedule for 2014:

7th-9th March: Palm Beach International Raceway
14th-15th March: Montgomery Motorsports Park
3rd-6th April: PDRA, Rockingham
3rd-4th May: Test Weekend, Malmo Raceway
9th-10th May: PDRA, South Georgia Motorsportspark
16th-18th May: Pro Extreme, Cramo Nationals, Malmö Raceway
23rd-26th May: FIA European Championships, Santa Pod Raceway
12th-15th June: FIA European Championships, Tierp Arena
27th-29th June: Top Doorslammer, Sundsvall Raceway
3rd-6th July: FIA European Championships, Finland
18th-20th July: Pro Extreme, Malmo Raceway
25th-27th July: PDRA, Richmond
2nd-4th August: Top Doorslammer, Norway
21st-24th August: FIA European Championship, Tierp Arena
29th-31st August: Top Doorslammer and Pro Extreme finals, Malmö Raceway
4th-7th September: FIA European Championships, Santa Pod Raceway
10th-11th October: PDRA, Richmond
16th-19th October: Outlaw Drag Racing Championship, Bradenton Motorsports Park
5th-7th December: Snowbird Nationals, Bradenton Motorsports Park

Please support our sponsors Cleanpipe, Amalie Engine Oil, Hurst Boiler and Welding, Five Day Plantation Shutters and Blinds, Malmö Motor Renovation, Performance Plus, JA IT Hjälp, Autoshop Racing Engines, Simpson Sweden and Leanders Clutch.

Thanks to my family, the team, our sponsors and fans for letting me live the dream!


King to race Stateside.
4th March: Ian King and the UK's Gulf Oil Dragracing – Grand Prix Originals Top Fuel Bike team are pleased to announce that they will be competing in the opening round of the premier series for motorcycle drag racing in the USA, the Manufacturers Cup. The Exoticycle / Roaring Toyz Spring Cup event takes place on the 11th – 13th April at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Georgia, USA.

The decision to participate was made after a number of parties came together to provide an infrastructure and budget to ensure that this endeavour became a reality.

Following discussions over the last few years with John Morgan, the person behind the creation of the world's most advanced Funny Bike (the Puma powered Morgan Hahn Suzuki) it was decided the time was right for the team's first direct involvement in US racing for over a decade. California based John and his wife Dea stepped up to the plate with their assistance and the project was underway.

After discussing the feasibility of competing at the opening event with Jay Regan of the Manufacturers Cup it became clear that the team would benefit with the addition of team members based in the US. An introduction was made to Mike and Sandy Marsh of BlackCat Motorsports of Clearwater, FL who currently campaign a HD V Rod. Mike and Sandy have kindly agreed to join the team and will bring much needed Stateside support and local expertise.

With the US campaign team settled a number of the team's loyal group of blue chip sponsors went above and beyond their usual fantastic product support to ensure that the project could be concluded:

Web Camshafts are well-known for their support of the Top Fuel Bike class and are simply the company to go to for Top Fuel Bike camshafts.

American Performance Engineering is a legendary company in motorcycle drag racing circles and their company is well known as the world's most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for dragbikes.

Mickey Thompson Tires have continued to support the sport of motorcycle drag racing by producing the best drag race tyres in the world.

Schnitz Racing is one of the largest motorcycle performance parts distributors in the world and a founding member of the Manufacturers Cup.

Murdoch Racing Enterprises are synonymous with motorcycle drag racing and developers of the original iconic air shifter. MRE are also founding members of the Manufacturers Cup series.

Seven Time European Top Fuel Bike champion and Team Principal Ian King said "We are all very excited at the opportunity to race in the US again. The Manufacturers Cup committee has worked very hard to fill the void left by the demise of AMA Dragbike and provide a race series for drag bikes of any marque to race in. Our Top Fuel Bike class is growing steadily again in the US, and the chance to compete alongside our great friends from North America was becoming irresistible.

"An added attraction of competing in the US arose as we could not be inducted into the exclusive MTC Engineering 5 Second Top Fuel Club despite becoming the world's sixth team to run a five-second pass during our European competition last year. Membership is restricted to the first eight riders to run a five-second pass at a Manufacturers Cup race in the USA only. To date seven riders have now run a five-second pass in US competition leaving a solitary spot in the club open before it will be closed for evermore.

"With two proven five-second machines in US competition in the hands of 'new' riders Sam Wills and David Vantine it is sure that the remaining spot will be filled very soon and it would be a shame if our previous performances went unrecognised without at least trying to meet the membership criteria. It will be tough for us as we have to ship our operation almost half way across the world to compete in foreign and unknown conditions on an unfamiliar track and against the talented and experienced Sam and David in the dash for the final spot. However, despite being the underdogs we will give it our best shot, we owe it to our fantastic team of sponsors and fans, and particularly to those who have made this specific trip possible – John and Dea Morgan, Mike and Sandy Marsh, Jay and Dianne Eshbach, Laurie Dunlap, Thomas Kundrick, Jerry Francis, Dave Schnitz, Jay Regan and Marius van der Zijden. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for your fantastic support."

For more information on Gulf Oil Dragracing go to www.gulfoildragracing.com.

The Gulf Oil – GPO Dragracing team uses and endorses exclusively Gulf Oil greases and lubricants in their history making machine. The team is extremely proud to be supported by many leaders in their chosen markets in winning the 2013 European Championship and in their 2014 endeavours:

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


Old Skool Ford 2014 calendar.
4th March: Jo Peters writes that this year's Old Skool Ford Drag Challenge again comprises seven rounds spread between Santa Pod and Shakespeare County Raceways.

"Competition is open to all Old Skool Fords meeting the qualifying criteria which can be found at www.oldskoolford.co.uk", says Jo. "This year we have more entrants than ever with lots of new cars joining us, and with the tweaks which have gone on over the winter we have a really good chance of seeing Kev Jenkins dipping into the eights in his baby blue MK1 Escort.

"We are pleased to announce that, once again, Classic Ford magazine will have full coverage of each round in the magazine."

This year's Old Skool Ford Challenge calendar is as follows:

Round 1: 23rd March, Fast Show, Santa Pod Raceway
Round 2: 27th April, Central RS Day, Santa Pod Raceway
Round 3: 1st June, Classic Ford, Santa Pod Raceway
Round 4: 22nd June, Retro Show, Santa Pod Raceway
Round 5: 20th July, Public Track Weekend, Shakespeare County Raceway
Round 6: 29th-31st August, VW Action, Santa Pod Raceway
Round 7: 28th September, Frantic Ford Sunday, Shakespeare County Raceway


Swift snippets.
4th March: We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to UK Pro ET racer Rick McCann. Have a great day Rick.

Web site updates.
4th March: The Spring issue of ACAG Update brings you up to date with the work carried out this year on the Allard Chrysler Dragster as well as news of media awards and coverage along with exciting events in 2014, which marks fifty years since Sydney Allard's First British International Drag Festivals in 1964. Check it out at www.drceurope.co.uk/acag/mar2014.

Welcome back Jackson's MoT.
3rd March: We are very pleased to welcome back Jackson's MoT and Service Centre as a sponsor of Eurodragster.com News.

Jackson's MoT and Service Centre is owned and run by longtime Sportsman ET racer Ian Jackson and Carol Jackson, with Carol's eldest son Jake Handy running the repairs side of the business. "We carry out Class 4 tests using a pit so no trying to fit those huge Hoosiers on a ramp", says Ian. "We carry out all types of vehicle repairs and air con repairs and service. Carol and I are very proud to be back sponsoring the Eurodragster.com team."

You can find Jackson's MoT and Service Centre at 31 Great Hollands Square, Bracknell RG12 8YE (map). For your MoT and service requirements get in touch on 01344 427060 or E-Mail info@jacksonsmotandservicecentre.co.uk.

A huge Thank You to Ian and Carole for their support. Please support those who support Eurodragster.com by considering our sponsors first when shopping for goods or services.

If you are interested in sponsoring Eurodragster.com then please get in touch with us at tog@eurodragster.com.


2014 Euro Top Gas calendar.
3rd March: Many thanks to Herman Jolink for forwarding us this year's Euro Serie Supertwin Top Gas calendar, which was agreed at the class' AGM on Saturday.

3rd-4th May: Drag Day, Hoskovice, Czech Republic
31st May-5th June: 5th Grand Nationals, Bechyne, Czech Republic
28th-29th June: SPRC Summernationals, Santa Pod Raceway, UK
18th-20th July: SRIF, Malmö Raceway, Sweden
8th-10th August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheimring, Germany
29th-30th August: Mosten Race Days eighth-mile sprint, Orsted, Denmark
13th-14th September: Drag Day including Top Gas final, Hoskovice, Czech Republic

The six best of seven rounds will count towards the Championship.


Swift snippets.
3rd March: Speedgroup Contingency Co-ordinator Gittli Koller has been in touch to remind FIA and FIM teams that this coming Wednesday, 5th March, is the deadline for racers to claim their 2013 contingency payments. You can find the claim forms at www.speedgroup.eu/2013_contingency_program_Claim_Forms.html.

The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com came with the words "This is the only one which doesn't give too much away!". 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 news update yesterday so we were unable to say a big Happy 70th Birthday to legendary Swedish Fuel Funny Car racer Leif Helander. Hope you had a great day Leif and a great party on Saturday.

Steve Large tells us that he has started an MSA Pro Modified Preview thread on the US' Yellow Bullet forum. Steve has approached MSA Pro Modified racers but has not received responses from all; if you would like to send your own details for this thread then please contact Steve at largeeng@tiscali.co.uk. You can check out the Yellow Bullet thread by clicking here.


Web site updates.
3rd March: In the latest instalment of his Nostalgia Funny Car Blog presented in association with Alamo Rent-A-Car, Rob Loaring goes into the intricacies and expense of the clutch system on the Apache Nostalgia FC. As ever you can stay in touch with the latest Blog updates by clicking here or by clicking on the Alamo Blogs link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Steph Milam and the She Devil Top Methanol Funny Car team have a Facebook page which you can check out and Like at www.facebook.com/ShedevilracingTMFC.


Bikes to the fore at Race Retro.
1st March: Last weekend's International Historic Motorsports Show Race Retro held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry attracted one of the biggest collections of motorcycle sprinting and drag racing history seen anywhere for quite sometime, thanks to the efforts of NSA's Dave Massam and Phil Steele, Show Manager David Alderson, and Shakespeare County Raceway.

Visitors to the centre aisle of Hall 3 were greeted with the three famous Peril sprints machines, Yellow Peril, Scarlet Peril and Blue Peril, belonging to the late Bill Bragg. Now in the hands of Tony Huck and Bob Anderson of Maitland Racing, all three bikes were well presented and attracted lots of interest close too, particularly Yellow Peril!


Next in line was one of Pip Higham's black and silver Village Bike Shop Kosman Suzuki Comp Bikes now in the hands of Superbike racer Nick Crocker. Motorcycle fans were treated to the sounds of this amazing machine being fired up in the live action paddock between the halls along with a fantastic collection of circuit based machines.


The National Motorcycle Museum near Solihull kindly provided two of George Brown's classic sprint bikes, Nero and Super Nero. It was amazing how many people looking on remember reading about these famous machines in the motorcycle press to resounding success on such legendary sprint courses as nearby Long Marston and Wellesbourne Mount airfields. The display also gave enthusiasts of all generations a chance to get up close and personal with two of the former Vincent development riders' machines of the mid sixties.

Seventies drag bike legend Brian Chapman brought along his eight-second Mighty Mouse and the all-conquering double blown Vincent Super Mouse, both motivated by the iconic British Vincent engine. Having notched up best figures of 8.81 with Mighty Mouse, Brian soon succumbed to the temptation of a double blown 500cc Vincent engine which took him to an all time best of 8.2 at 169 mph in the early 1980s. Still in Brian's ownership, both bikes are still in working order but now only see life at displays such as Race Retro.


Rounding out the display, flanked by SCR's Portatree, were Martin Wilmott's nine second 750cc Triumph, the Mk IV Threshing Machine and Rouge et Noir 2 belonging to Phil Steele which, in its heyday, was made famous by British drag racing's first European rider into the eights: Keith Parnell and the McCoy Dynamics team led by Angus McPhail. Although the engine was nearly totalled at Dragstalgia two years ago, the 750cc machine is well on the way to seeing track action again. Phil is also embarking on another project by taking Keith's other bike, the Parney Express ZX12 Kawasaki, out to Bonneville to break a few records later this year. Martin and Phil will also be celebrating forty years of active competition this year since their first competitive event at the 1974 Easter Internationals at Santa Pod.

The display celebrating fifty years of drag bike racing in the UK was very well received by the visiting public and a credit to everyone involved.


Opposite the display was the Straightliners/UK Timing Association stand headed up by Trevor Duckworth and his team. With three machines on display, two record holding cyclecars and Trevor's record-holding Brighouse Yamaha drag bike from the eighties, the association chose the show to launch its Old Skool Drag Classes as well as to promote their Top Speed events held annually at Elvington and the Woodbridge Mile, and the Straightliners Championship.



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