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Bug Jam 30 results.
25th July: Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway:

European Nitro Funny Car Series: Kevin Kent 4.8036/193.87 def. Gordon Smith 8.2240/86.19
Sportsman ET: Andy Dibley (13.78) 13.8026/89.06 def. Tom Atkinson (12.72) 12.9925/104.54
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Matt Smith 17.9580/61.60 bye
VW Pro: Sam Young (9.80) 9.9981/107.91 def. Dave Crowhurst (10.20) 10.8159/130.14
VW Sportsman: Tom Herbert (14.30) 14.3676/88.35 def. Adrian London (15.03) 15.1439/87.18
Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy 7.9924/164.85 def. Cliff Griffin 8.8038/160.17
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster Cannonball: Dylan Bradley (9.72) 11.1593/62.73 def. Kaitlan Deevey (9.29) 9.2685/69.41 DQ b/o

Congratulations also to Sam and Olly Young and the Black Current VW Pro team for resetting their own world record for an electric doorslammer with an 8.470 during eliminations, and to Sportsman ET racer Stephen Cherrett and Sportsman ET racer Elaine Hancock for winning the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award and Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting the
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Both Awards have been reset to £50 for this weekend's Mopar EuroNats and August's APIRA Open Sport Nationals respectively.

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


Swift snippets.
24th July: We have no less than three birthdays today. First up is a very Happy 21st Birthday to Heaven & Hell and Earsplittenloudenboomer team member, Honorary Eurodragster.com Staff Member and Contributing Photographer Grace Roaf. Have a lovely day Grace. By one of those nice coincidences which you get all too seldom it is also the birthday of Grace's mum Mary Roaf. Happy Birthday and hope you have a lovely day too Mary. Finally another big Happy Birthday to our good friend Lotta Andersson. Have a lovely day Lotta.

Hot-foot from Letsby Avenue.
23rd July: Just about everything which happened at last weekend's Dragstalgia was a highlight but one of the undoubted great moments was the on-track début of Chris Manning's classically-styled slingshot The Villain. Chris got in touch to tell us a few weeks ago the team were going to Dragstalgia as spectators:

AWe had asked Bryan Whitfield if Dragstalgia was possible, but he said that it was doubtful that The Villain would be finished. Bryan's place is well busy and we hadn't said that we wanted to be ready for Dragstalgia so we left it at that and said "No problem Bryan".

A week later Tania got a text saying "Cinderella will be going to the ball!". Bryan and his guys really pulled one out of the bag. I drove to Bryan's to sort out the panel painting and where the sign writing was going, went home and next time I went to Bryan's it was to pick up The Villain. Got it home and started to put the top half of the engine and the fuel system back on and checked it over front to back. I told everyone that we knew that The Villain was going to make its début at Dragstalgia and with our best friends crewing and helping it was turning out perfectly. Loaded up Thursday and went to Santa Pod on Friday. Being a brand new member of the Wild Bunch we were pitted with them - including our team there forty one teams in the Wild Bunch alone.

Now for a plan. Burnout with a launch and get The Villain down the track, that would make a good weekend. Big Steve Dowler was on towing duty, so he dragged me to the pairing lanes. Ragin' Ray White was Crew Chief, he fired The Villain up, and crewmen Terry and Paul Howarth saw me round to do the burnout. The burnout was not that great, but since it was the first time I had ever sat in The Villain when it was moving under its own power it was bloody excellent! I was guided back to the line by Tania and was all set, then I was shut down for having no arm restraints... totally my fault.

While Big Steve towed me back to the pits I saw people clapping and cheering which was great. By the time I got back to the pits my lack of arm restraints was already known and some Wild Bunch members were all ready with restraints which I could borrow. A quick valve lash check and then went to fire up The Villain but the starter was shrapnel and other pieces. I quickly scooted to the Tower to ask if they could put out an announcement for a starter motor, which they promptly did, and Dan Williams of Williams Brothers Racing said that he had a new one in a box. After a bit of skullduggery the starter fit (crewing in Pro Mod obviously taught me something).

Next round and a crap burnout then reversed only to be shut down for some trans oil dripping. Gutted! Back in the pits we took a look to see where it was dripping from. We thought we were going to miss the Cacklefest because we had to drop the pan and clean and reseal it,but fellow Wild Bunch member Paul gave me a hand and it was done. On Saturday night we stayed up late chatting rubbish and lying, like you do.

Sunday morning, up early and the tank was topped up the oil heater turned on and we were ready. Ragin' Ray had to leave early on Sunday (something about getting a perm done) so Terry up The Villain up and with Paul saw me round to the line. Burnout done and backed up, I was ready to pre-stage, Ian Marshall waved me foward and I pulled in to the lights. The Tree came down, I mashed the throttle, came off it at sixty foot-ish, everything OK and back on it. It made a little movement to the right but nothing bad. Lifted then back on and it took off straight as you like and across the stripe. It was such a good feeling, I can't wait to put in some full passes.

Thanks to Tania, John, Ray, Big Steve, Tel, Paul, Hazel, Bryan, the Wild Bunch and anyone else I've forgotten. And I think Dragstalgia is getting better every year!


European Top Gas Round 3 review.
12th June: The third Euro Serie Super Twin Top Gas race of the season took place at Hoskovice in the Czech Republic last weekend. Herman Jolink writes:

After the cancellations at Drachten we went Hoskovice on the way home from the World Ducati Week in Misano, Italy which had eighty one thousand visitors from sixty six countries. Piet Mom told us on the phone that Drachten had been cancelled because of the muddy pits and that Frederik Schack, Birch Andersen, Miia Maria Vepsalainen and Janne Malmberg were going to Hoskovice. So we went too. Twenty three Top Gas teams said that they would attend races this year, there are a lot of great Top Gas races and I don't know why more of the teams do not come. We have been going to Hoskovice since 2004, we love the friendly atmosphere and the very good concrete track. Yvona Kneblova and her team always do a very good job. Test and Tune was available on Friday and we had nice sunshine on Friday and Saturday. Milan Kolacny lives near Praha but waas not at Hoskovice because of some old issues which was a pity.

Qualifying after Saturday morning:
  1. Fredrik Schack DK on 2622 V-Twin 7.852/268. Fredrik rode the bike very well, on some runs he was really leaning to hold the bike straight.
  2. Janne Malmberg Se on 2600 two Blower V-Twin 7.918/257. New Personal Best for Janne who drove 1600 km to Hoskovice. Germany's Jurgen Braun (Modified Twin racer) and his wife helped Janne st the start line.
  3. Herman Jolink NL on Ducati 1198 RS (1266) 8.526/247, Herman's runs were all 8.5 and 8.6.
  4. Birch Andersen DK on 2622 V-Twin with his wife as mechanic and his Crew Chief had family from Canada were there, 9.501/203. On one run the bike was leaking oil, the welding on the oil tank broke for its whole length, repaired with polyester from Herman Jolink.
  5. Miia Maria Vepsalainen Fin with a V-Twin engine newly prepared by her father 9.791.
Eliminations round 1: Schack 7.922/267 bye, Jolink 8.642/245 def. Andersen 9.829/194, Malmberg 7.890-238 kmh bye, another PB, Miia Maria broke.

Semi-final: Jolink 8.511/247 def. Schack 16.393/73 RTs Jolink 0.111 and Schack 0.203. Schack had a broken inlet manifold. Malmberg 7.971/233 bye

Final: Herman Jolink NL 8.493/248 def. Janne Malmberg SE broken piston.

Euro Serie Super Twin Top Gas Championship after three races:
  1. Schack DK 1380
  2. Andersen DK 725
  3. Jolink NL 660
  4. Malmberg SE 570
  5. Kolacny CR 540
  6. Albers D 505
  7. Caspari D 460
  8. Foit D 360
  9. Lymant D 350
  10. Jensen DK 340
  11. Bruhn D 300
  12. Vepsalainen Fin 260
Top Gas are racing at Drachten this weekend then at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim on 19th-21st August and the Mosten Race Days on 2nd-3rd September.


An invitation to Madness.
22nd July: If you like motorcycles, and in particular fast motorcycles, then
Shakespeare County Raceway is the place for you on Saturday and Sunday as it hosts the Mid Summer Madness Public Track Weekend. There will be a lot taking place on the quarter mile both days, writes Jerry Cookson:

To start us off there's a great entry for the next exciting round of ET Bike, which this weekend is backed up with NAST Gas and the UK National 9.50 Bike and 8.50 Bike Championships. Joe Elliott is so far having a ball in ET Bike with 200 points separating his rapid BMW from Peter Austin's Kawasaki and the other BMW of Wayne Bradley.

The National Sprint Association have posted a great line-up of machines for the weekend including John Young's Triumph Jap, Andy Boswell's Harley Sportster, the Dragonforce Suzuki of Peter Ford and the Baker Honda 500 Sidecar of Clive Causer and passenger Martin Bracey. Completing the line-up is the annual Kawasaki Triple Euro Weekend featuring a few seriously quick H2s from Germany and the UK. Last year there was a full sixteen-bike eliminator with more of the same this year all looking to get there name on the Pro Joint Fabrications Eliminator trophy.

It’s another double header race weekend for the Wild Bunch in their twenty first anniversary season with the July Shootout and their annual Fancy Dress parade; this year's theme is Hawaiian to carry on the tributes and celebrations for Scottie Durrant.

There's a full weekend of Run What You Brung for both cars and bikes including a test outing for Roger Goring's new Mustang-bodied Firestorm Jet Funny Car as well as the usual Summer Bracket Gamblers Shootout on Sunday.

The track opens for RWYB at 10:00 each day. If you intend on taking part then you'll need a crash helmet and your DVLC licence at Signing On.  Details about RWYB, Bracket Gamblers and the event in general can be found at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com.


Dragstalgia two-wheel highlights.
22nd July: Keith Lee wrotes that Dragstalgia was a brilliant weekend spent celebrating all that is good with nostalgia drag racing:

Great weather, great crowd, and great action - what more could we ask for?

It must be at around thirty five years since we have had so many double-engined bikes running, as no less than seven of them took to the track - with another capable of running on display in the Historic Marquee. They may not all have been capable of running quickly, but that would be to miss the point, as part of Dragstalgia is to celebrate the machines of the past. Just to see and hear them is really something special. Some of the bikes only ever appear for Dragstalgia, which is quite a challenge to man and machine.

The NSA Shootout was won by John Hobbs. He only made two passes on The Hobbit, taking the final with an 8.98/145 over Martin Willmott. Earlier, Martin had earlier whipped his little 500 Triumph to one of his quickest ever times on the bike, 9.375/149, but broke the blower on the final run.

Highlights included a series of blower belt shedding runs from Jan Honee's 500 Jawa. So close to an eight-second pass, at 9.07, and an amazing 1.24 sixty foot time. The Methamon outfit, with the ever young Sheelagh Neal in the chair, making its best launches ever. Jeff Byne hitting a very creditable 10.71/130 on his double Morgo Triumph. The only bad news was seeing Pip Higham come off the Orient Express due to a mechanical failure. He was battered but happily was walking round the pits the following morning.


There were three special prizes, which were kindly donated by John Stein, of his book on the history of American Motorcycle Drag Racing. Thanks to Ian King, who chose the restored ex-Derek Parnell Velo as his recipient of Most Interesting Machine, with Colin Fallows collecting the prize following his excellent restoration job. Moment of the meeting, chosen jointly by Tog or Eurodragster.com and myself, ultimately went to the Pegasus team after all their efforts in bringing the iconic double Norton back to life once more. That really was something to see for so many of us. Finally, Chris Illman was presented with the Services to Dragstalgia award for all his efforts liaising with the National Motorcycle Museum, and providing some memorable moments on track with Methamon. Congratulations to all of the winners, and a big Thank You to all those who helped make it a super weekend - in particular Neil and Ray Baskerville, aided by Terry Homan, who kept the wheels turning.


Unforgettable moment for myself, in a weekend of highs, was standing on the start line commentating alongside Jeff Byne's double Triumph as the mighty Spitfire roared right over my head. That is some great organising by James Forster!


Swift snippets.
22nd July: Lee Johnstone and family say that it was with great sadness that they learnt of the passing of Pat Johnson. Lee writes "A gem of a person, leaving us with fond memories and more than a laugh or two. Our deepest sympathies to Steve and family."

Courtesy of Eire's Junior Dragster team McDonald Racing Ireland, Eurodragster.com is in the house at Thunder Valley in Bristol, USA where Liam McDonald is taking place in the Eastern Conference Finals Junior Dragster race. "You can't miss it, right on the start line, forty feet by thirty feet", says Edel McDonald. "Bristol Raceway celebrated its fiftieth in 2015". Liam made test runs yesterday, today's plan is one Test and Tune pass then the first eliminations. Edel adds that it is 45°+ in Bristol.

31st July is the deadline for entries for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Sydney Allard Media Awards for Photo and Written Journalism. This year the crystal trophies are sponsored by Mintex and Brian Taylor writes that some fantastic photographs have already been received. "Get yours in now and don't forget the written journalism which can include books, articles and blogs", says Brian. You can find full details of how to enter at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk/allard-award-entries.


Promising weekend cut short.
22nd July: With the quickest elapsed time of the Pro Modified field on the Saturday, second qualifying position and a first round win, the Netherlands' David Vegter was on his way to a great result at Alastaro. But on Sunday a thunderstorm and rain showers forced an early end to round three of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship.

Alastaro Circuit, situated in the middle of the beautiful Finnish forests, hosted the third round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. With plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures, there were almost perfect weather conditions during qualifying for the FHRA Nitro Nationals. Until a few years ago traction was a problem at Alastaro, but since the track was resurfaced it has become better every year, and now even low 6.0-second elapsed times were possible. David Vegter was the first one to prove it, and in the first round of qualifying on Friday the Vegter Pro Mod Racing '67 Camaro stormed to 6.10 seconds, just behind reigning FIA European champion Michael Gullqvist and good for the number two qualifying position. "There was a bit more in it, as I had some problems with the gearbox and couldn't shift to high gear properly", said David. In the second qualifier, the Camaro suffered severe tyre shake. Having had a good first run, David lifted to prevent any damage and ended day one still in a great second position.


There were two qualifying runs scheduled for Saturday also. The first run was no improvement, but the fourth and last run was a great one. At 6.08 seconds at 384.7 kmh David not only improved on his Friday performance but he was also the quickest Pro Modified driver of the day, and remained number two qualifier after four runs.

In the first round David had to face Rolf Simonsson of Sweden. The Dutchman was away first and in 6.17 seconds he advanced to the next round. "We had a safe set-up, as we knew it would be difficult for Simonsson to match our numbers", said David about his first round win. But there was more good news, as Championship leader Michael Gullqvist pulled a red light and was out of competition. This gave David, number five in the Championship, an opportunity to make up some ground to the leader. But shortly before the start of the quarter finals, a thunderstorm and rain showers came in, leaving the Race Director no other option than to cancel the race at 15:30.


"Everything went very well", said David. "The Camaro was running straight and consistent, and my Reaction Times were also good. A great result would have been possible and we had the opportunity to catch Michael Gullqvist in the Championship. It's a pity, but on the other hand I can only be happy with the way we are performing at the moment, also thanks to the great work of tuner Adam Flamholc."

The FIA European Pro Modified Championship is now at its half way point. David is still fifth, but the Vegter Pro Mod Racing racer scored more points than any other Pro Mod racer and came a bit closer to the top four in the Championship. The fourth round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championships takes place at the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim. With 60,000 spectators it is the most popular drag race event in Europe. The NitrOlympX takes place on 19th-21st August, but before then Vegter Pro Mod Racing have some other activities planned.

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


Should you have six eyes...
22nd July: We know that there are fans out there just about nut gone enthusiastic enough to run two or more webcasts at the same time. Depending upon how many pairs of eyes you have SRIF, the Finnish Hot Rod Association and Eurodragster.com are presenting you with a veritable cornucopia of on-line viewing this weekend and not a sou will it cost you.

The Summer Nats commences at Malmö Raceway at 18:00 European / 17:00 UK this evening and continues through to Sunday. You will be able to tune in at www.ustream.tv/channel/malmo-raceway.

This year's regular Finnish Hot Rod Assocation webcasts quickly became a must-see and this weekend's offering is from the Blåkläder Summer Nationals from Kalajoki. The FHRA coverage will be on-line tomorrow and Sunday at www.livestream.com/fhra.

As you already know if you've been paying attention Eurodragster.com's Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast will broadcast live video and commentary / Nitro FM audio from Bug Jam 30 tomorrow and Sunday. You will be able to tune in by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Web site updates.
22nd July: It's great to see the Drakie's Americans web site active again with coverage of the Phantoms Hot Rod Hootenanny in Stirling, Scotland. "This is only my second event of the year but loving getting back into it", says Drakie. "Hopefully the more time goes on the more events I will be able to attend, although I don't think I will ever beat my best of twenty four events in one season!". You can take a look at www.drakies-americans.co.uk.

Havoc's Dragstalgia.
21st July: After what has affectionately become known as the "Hollywood Run" against Pure Hell in 2014, the question was posed to Nick Davies, Rob Loaring and the Havoc Fuel Altered team: "So, what are you going to do for an encore?" The answer was more difficult than the question. Nick writes:

Havoc never ran again with the blown Chevy alcohol engine which had served so well. Final PB figures of 6.83 and 205 mph were recorded.

Lawrie Gatehouse was largely responsible. Having retired the mighty Chaos and sold the rolling chassis and support equipment to Jon Best, there was a drivetrain available. Lawrie likes altereds and wanted to see the heart of Chaos beat in another altered, so a deal was struck. Havoc was mothballed so may as well sit doing nothing with a nitro hemi as with an alcohol Chevy, right?

Coincidentally, with the Fiftieth Anniversary of Santa Pod Raceway looming, the ruling powers had begun negotiations for a return of Ron Hope's Rat Trap and his travelling show, also celebrating their fiftieth year. The Rat Trap and Havoc teams have stayed in touch over the last couple of years exchanging a myriad of crazy ideas, ideas which only altered guys would consider, and this one looked another real prospect.

Roll the clock forward to the Friday of Dragstalgia and we unloaded Havoc from the Apache truck (thanks again, Tim), into the Santa Pod marquee alongside Rat Trap and the legendary Bradfords Fiat, driven for the last fifty years by one of the most personable racers you could ever meet, Randy Bradford.

Round 1 - Friday evening: Hopes were high for the Havoc team after successful testing a couple of weeks earlier. A short thousand-foot checkout pass showed the challenges of racing and the affect of different weather conditions. Cylinders which lit with ease two weeks ago, now refusing to play ball. Hmmm...

Round 2 - Saturday morning: The Bubblegum Capri didn't stage so we were on a solo. Keeping cards close to chest for the moment, another thousand-footer gave us a 6.87 - nearly a quarter of a second slower than a fortnight earlier on a supposedly similar set-up. Hmm... Easy this, eh?

Round 3 - Saturday afternoon: The Bradfords. I've followed this car for an eternity and am well aware of its capabilities. Havoc would need to run a healthy PB to compete, assuming that Randy and the team were on the ball. Two cylinders dropped at the hit, one picked straight up and the other at a thousand feet by which time Randy was long gone.... 223 mph was encouraging but the ET wasn't good enough. Round 1 to the Americans - good job Team Bradford.

Round 4 - Sunday morning: Rat Trap. Interesting one. Some may think that nostalgia racing is all about the show and that competition is for Pro classes. I can tell you that Ron and Brian Hope (and family) are good friends of the Havoc Team but that once the straps are pulled tight and helmets fastened, both teams will do all but kill for the win light! With that in mind, we were, once again, surprised by the generosity of Ron, like Randy before him, knowing that we had fuel system issues, giving us a head start when the tree ran. He then did his utmost, despite flying blind owing to a minor oiling issue, to run us down in one of the tightest races it has been our pleasure to be involved in. A Margin of Victory of 0.04 seconds tells some of the story, Havoc taking the marginal win light on a holeshot.

Round 5: Cannonball final - Ramon. Number one qualifier status gave us lane choice and another holeshot gave us a chance but the impressive front half of a blown-alcohol converter car was too much for the lame back half charge of the little altered. Congratulations Ramon.

We didn't think that we could top 2014. The spectator feedback indicates that from the perspective of many, we came pretty close in 2016. The roll call of people to whom we owe thanks is huge but high-fives to Ron, Brian and the Hope family; Randy and all the Bradfords, Stewart, Lynn and all at US Automotive, James and the whole organisational, track and safety crews at the mighty Santa Pod, all the media guys and particularly Eurodragster.com (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed), to the Havoc crew who make it all worth it but perhaps most of all to the British spectators who applaud, wave and smile (and buy T-Shirts!). Your support is extraordinary - thank you.

Can we do it again sometime?


The highlights just kept coming!
21st July: Dave McKenzie says that such a great show was put on by the Supercharged Outlaws at Dragstalgia that he does not know where to start:

A great entry list with a good contingent from Germany and France to give an international flavour to the weekend. Some great side by side racing  and burnouts all weekend, the Outlaws put on a crowd-pleasing show. Commiserations must go to Keith Freeman who ended up hitting the wall. I thought he had saved it at first but then the car turned sharp right and into the wall. In the Supercharged Outlaws pit area a collection was made for Keith’s rebuild.

The results were:
  1. Paul Watts
  2. Duncan Scott
  3. Lee Gallimore
The winner of the Good Vibrations Motorsport Quick Reaction Time award was Paul Dale who pulled a 0.006 in the Acute Anglia. Paul received a cheque for £40.

Santa Pod awards:
  • Andy Hadfield (Twister) - Best Burnout
  • Roy Wilding - Best Appearing Team
  • Ian Merryweather - Best Appearing Car
And there's more!
  • Winner of the Cannonball Shootout: Ramon van der Weurf, a Supercharged Outlaw member
  • Winner of the Slingshot Showdown: Joe Bond, a Supercharged Outlaw member
Nearly a clean sweep of most of the awards available at Dragstalgia. A great effort by all the teams and the Santa Pod track crew for giving us a great race track. Can we better it next year? It will be difficult but you can be sure we will be trying.

Check out the Supercharged Outlaws Facebook page for up-to-date news and points standings.


170 years on track.
21st July: It was a moment to savour for throngs of fans at Dragstalgia; perhaps the most poignant moment in Santa Pod Raceway's half-century of history.

The plan for the Dragstalgia historic drag race meeting had been to recreate the first run ever made down the Santa Pod drag strip: early on the venue's opening day, Easter Monday 1966, Harold Bull and his little hand-built dragster, Strip Duster, powered by an engine lifted from a Morris Minor, had traversed the length of the track, the first of countless thousands of runs to be made over the next fifty years. Recently, Harold's son, Simon Bull, had built a perfect replica of the car under Harold's supervision (the original Strip Duster chassis is believed still to exist somewhere in Germany) and would mark that inaugural moment in Santa Pod's history by piloting the car up the strip during Dragstalgia.

Alongside would be another modern replica of an early racing machine. Ken 'Flathead' Cooper was a drag racing pioneer whose activities pre-dated Santa Pod – his nickname arises from his predilection for Ford's workhorse flathead V8 of that era. Son Bradley Cooper had lately replicated one of Ken's cars, again with his father's help, and races it at historic events. Simon Bull and Bradley Cooper would drive their respective mounts side-by-side up the strip as a fitting Fiftieth Anniversary tribute.

That, at least, was the plan.

Yet as the two dragsters swung out from the pairing lanes and approached the start line, it was not the sons discovered at the controls but the fathers themselves. At ninety one years of age, Harold Bull was about to become not only the first driver ever to traverse the Santa Pod quarter mile, but now the oldest too. Ken Cooper, a mere stripling at just seventy nine, might well be next in line. Decades have passed since either had last piloted a competition car.

Awaiting them on the line was Santa Pod's former Chief Starter, Stuart Bradbury, wielding the flags he had used in the days before the electronic Christmas Tree starting system was installed. With a wave of the flags, the pair were under way. Age plainly does not dampen the competitive fires, and what was intended simply to be an exhibition pass turned out to be anything but a meander. Harold Bull got the jump on his younger opponent and appeared to be ahead at the finish line too. Since neither car staged in the modern manner, times and speeds were not recorded. In their heyday, both racers were accustomed to clocking ten-second passes at over 130 mph. Their 2016 performances certainly looked respectable by comparison. Applauded by spectators all the way to the finish, the pair received a further ovation from the track marshals as they pulled to a halt at the end of the shutdown area half-a-mile beyond.

For those onlookers old enough to have watched Harold Bull and Ken Cooper in their prime as leading lights in the formative days of British drag racing, this extraordinary match-up was an occasion none would ever have expected to see happen. Those too young to remember found themselves privy to a unique moment of motorsporting history that they will do well to treasure for the rest of their days.


Friends reunited.
21st July: It seems incredible to think that the VWDRC Championship season is already beyond its halfway point, but this weekend's Bug Jam is the fifth round of the seven-race series. For the Crawford Motorsports team, getting to know the new car has been the main priority along with building the Engine Carbon Clean brand in the sport of drag racing and beyond. Jon Crawford writes:

As we approach the biggest event of the year, we are delighted to announce the return to competition of Sharan as part of a two pronged attack on the UK's biggest ever Sportsman ET field. Lining up alongside Jon Crawford in the Engine Carbon Clean Golf will be the rising star of Super Pro ET, Chris Parker. Chris and Jon have been good friends for many years, and Chris' knowledge of the theory and practice of bracket racing is second to none. Chris achieved the remarkable feat of taking the off the trailer #1 qualifier award at four consecutive events over the past year in the NG Motorsports / Lucas Oils / Windscreen Wizards Dragster, and who would bet against a repeat performance this Saturday in a car which has been number one qualifier on two previous occasions? Chris, who has crewed with both Jon and Matt Moxon in Sportsman ET for a number of years commented "After being a part of the team in an advisory capacity for some time, I'm really thrilled to be asked to drive Jon's race-winning Sharan under the Engine Carbon Clean banner. Knowing it was going to be the biggest event of the year, Jon asked if I'd be interested in driving the world's most unlikely race car. Of course my answer was a resounding "Yes I'd love to". Sharan and I should be a great marriage."

Both Sportsman ET and VW Sportsman have their biggest ever fields, with the possibility that one SP/ET and four VW/SP racers won't even qualify. With returning Champions Spencer Tramm and Craig Wright as well as a positive plethora of Pro ET and Super Pro ET racers joining the fray, competition is going to be tight. With 1060 points potentially available in each class, this one race could make someone's season.

The Engine Carbon Clean promotions team will be trackside for all three days of the event ready to meet and greet race fans and Vee-Dubbers. If you are at the event, make sure you come along and find out all about the thirty minute detox for your car. Whether petrol or diesel, air-cooled or water, European or American, ancient or modern, their patented Hydrogen Technology will help you rediscover lost power and restore torque to your engine whilst reducing emissions and fuel consumption to boot. Their long-term commitment to drag racing is very much appreciated by both Crawford Motorsports and the VWDRC, and we know that fans of the greatest motorsport in the world have a unique loyalty to those who support any racers in our endeavours. Pop along to their Facebook page and show your appreciation, and whilst there, give the Crawford Motorsports page a Like as well.

If you can't make it along to the track, remember to keep up with all the action on Eurodragster.com's peerless live event coverage. Santa Pod Raceway's fiftieth birthday year is also Bug Jam's thirtieth, and we are all bursting with pride at playing some small part in the greatest year-long party ever.


Swift snippets.
21st July: The picture at right, with the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame logo in the background, shows a scene which appeared in a recent episode of Hollyoaks on the UK's Channel 4. The episode bought in 1.75 million viewers so there was some good coverage for the BDRHoF. Watch out for more appearances of the BDRHoF brand, organised by Prop Portfolio, on Emmerdale and Coronation Street when the script demands filming in the garage areas of these soaps and others.

We would like to say a big Happy Birthday to our good buddy, His Worshipful Flatulence The Very Reverend Sir Neville Mottershead ODE. Have a great day Nev.

Timing and stats guru Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe has enhanced his tables of European Bests and FIA European Championships qualifying positions, results and round wins. "I was asked if the spread of 0.151 seconds from #1 to bump in Pro Stock at Alastaro was the tightest ever in FIA competition", says Marrs, "and as you know any such enquiry invariably leads to my spending way too much time with my head buried in spreadsheets! As it turns out it's not the tightest - in fact it has been bettered three times just in Pro Stock. I've added a sheet to the European Bests tables showing the tightest fields in FIA, and have added a row below each qualifying list in Spreadsheetosaurus showing the spread at each event where there were enough cars to have a bump spot."


Bug Jam Perfect Awards.
21st July: This weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway is the latest event in the 2016 Eurodragster.com Perfect Awards Scheme. £100 is on offer for perfect performance.

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

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

This weekend's Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has been reset to £50 after it was won by Pro ET racer James Forster at the SPRC Summernationals. 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 Sportman, Sportsman ET and Lucas Oil Junior Dragster (eliminations only), but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the event. If not won this weekend then the Award will be increased to £75 for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway in August; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for the APIRA Open Sport Nationals. The Perfect ET Award is presented by Derek and Fiona Flynn of Eurodragster.com sponsor Gold RV in support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; you can donate to the NSPCC at www.nspcc.org.uk.

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


Bug Jam 30 coverage.
21st July: The Eurodragster.com team will be at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you all the news from Bug Jam 30 in association with John Woolfe Racing.

Our coverage will consist of real-time reports and results from qualifying and eliminations (qualifying commences at 16:00 on Saturday) together with a photo gallery at the end of Saturday and Sunday. The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast will broadcast live video and commentary / Nitro FM audio so long as the track is open on Saturday and Sunday; please note that we will not be broadcasting on Friday. Thanks to Doyousee.me for the provision of streaming services. Please ensure that you read, understand and accept the conditions on the webcam landing page before clicking through to the broadcast.

You can check out our Bug Jam 30 Event Index, which also includes links to the official entry list and provisional running orders, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Web site updates.
21st July: DJ of Santa Pod Raceway writes there have been no less than a dozen new shows premiering on SantaPod TV this month. The latest drag racing shows include the Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator from the SPRC Summernationals, SPRC Summernationals highlights, Round 3 of the 2016 FWD Drag Series, and Web TV shows from the first three rounds of the MSA British Pro Modified Championship.

On Pegasus' brief flight.
20th July: Ian Messenger of
Team Pegasus has been in touch about the return to the track at Dragstalgia of the legendary and hugely-popular Drag Bike:

Despite being unable to put in a creditable performance over the weekend Derek Chinn and I would like to say a huge Thank You to the many fans, old and new, who took the time to drop by our pit area to offer support for the double engine Norton fuel bike.

As the bike had been on static display at the National Motorcycle Museum for thirty-plus years, there were ultimately just too many issues to overcome in the time available. Even so, we would still like to thank the Museum, Santa Pod Raceway, and everyone who helped particularly Eddie Keighley, Graham Martin and Chris Illman for giving us the opportunity to bring Pegasus back to its natural home albeit only on a temporary basis.


Blood on the Beach.
20th July: Whilst Bloodlines Racing compete in the UK National Super Pro ET Championship with Laura Turburville at the wheel of the Bad Blood dragster, Dragstalgia is reserved for dad Ian to get in his driving fix:

It was decided by the team principals that Ian should drive their Beach Bomb injected slingshot this year and James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway invited him to enter it in the Slingshot Showdown. The car hadn't run since its check out début this time last year and True Blood was in the middle of getting a very famous Hemi transplanted into it (this is going to blow some minds).

Dragstalgia turned out to be the biggest and best year yet with 312 entries and hundreds of heroes and stars from yesteryear under the blazing hot sunshine. The quality of the cars in all classes was phenomenal and many fresh nostalgia cars appeared for the first time. We pitted up with fellow class competitors, Joe Bond, Jon Webster, Mike Oates, Mark Bishop, and Bob Hawkins, a pretty tough field! Chris and Declan were at work until Saturday afternoon so ace team members Shaun and Rachel Nutter stepped in and not only crewed but supplied a brilliant 1950s Ford Step-side as a tow truck.

Ian hadn't driven since Dragstalgia last year and so it was decided to turn down the rev limiter on the magneto and give the car and driver a sensible check out pass first time. All went perfectly so the car was serviced and made ready for the second qualifier. This time Ian replaced the full face nitro helmet with his trusty open face Ivo helmet and Tom Hoover's old fuel mask. He also had Don Ewald's silver gloves and boots which Don said had been upside down and on fire at Lions back in the day! As the team got ready in the pairing lanes a strangely familiar face appeared at the fence yelling "Drive safely young man"! It was Bob Muravez, aka Floyd Lippencote Jr, great to see him at last!

The class was being run heads-up on a Pro tree, which came as a shock to some of the racers used to a Sportsman tree, and the special nostalgia Tree was in use! On the green, and way too late, Ian stamped on the gas pedal and the car took off perfectly, no wheelies or dramas this time. Unfortunately when the car got to to the last half of the track it misfired badly causing some concern. There was no need to panic, some idiot (aka Ian) had forgotten to turn the rev limiter back up to 8000 rpm. The car did a respectable 9.0 at 140 mph anyway so all was good and with full revs a low eight would be no problem. We all know John Force saw Elvis at 1000 feet, but Ian came back and said that he had a similar experience and saw photographer Steve Moxley in the shutdown area taking chute shots. Ian said he waived so we await the photograph!

Meanwhile Joe Bond was setting the world on fire on his thirtieth birthday by demolishing the European record for methanol slingshots with a 6.692, astounding! Guess who Ian was paired with for round one of eliminations on Sunday? Yup, Joe, a bit of a challenge there! We got the call to the lanes for round one so all warmed our cars up. The Beach Bomb sounded great until at the end of the warm-up when it mis-fired and went very lumpy. Ian jumped out, looked things over and told the boys to take the valve covers off quickly. There it was, a broken lifter stand and jammed lifter, game over. A big shame but a fantastic weekend, one of the best races ever.

While the racing was over for us the work didn't end as Laura was doing back-up duty for our buddy Ramon van der Weurf who brought the house down in his match races against the Fuel Altereds. Ian ran around like a maniac helping as many other teams as he could and at one point was about to return to his workshop in Nottingham to fetch a part for Randy Bradford. Roy Wilding was a bit closer so he saved the day.

A team decision was made there and then that the motor would get pulled from the Beach Bomb and repaired to be sold later and that the complete chromemoly chassis'd slingshot would be sold as a roller complete with new racing Powerglide for just £12,000. So, if anyone want this beautiful bargain then get in touch with Ian at Turboville Racing, take it away, plop in the motor of your choice, and join in the fun!

The whole team is recovering with a bad case of Pod Face but will be back out at the FIA/ FIM European Finals in September. Work commitments prevent any appearance at the NitrOlympX this year but we wish Jerry Lackey the very best of luck.

While the racing was going on all weekend, team sponsor Nefarious Pinstriping were busy on the nose of Laura's dragster and did a stunning job to finish this sinister car off nicely... check it out at the Finals!

As always Bloodlines could not function without the help of our great drag racing family (especially Ian and Laura's new relations Ray and Lin Irish as their daughter Vicky married into the clan last month) so a quick list of thanks for all sorts at the weekend: Bloodlines Racing, Laura Grace Turburville, Chris Wilson,Declan Baker, James Forster, Shaun Nutter, Brian Hope, Nick Davies, Rob Loaring, Syd McDonald, Mike Oates, Norm Wheldon, Herb Andrews,Simon Nefarious Pollock, Kenny and Asa Gomez, Mick  and Julie Hannah, Keith Lee, Pete, Barry Sheavills, Ramon van der Weurf, Andrew Stones, Josh Bassett, Stewart Bassett, all the Pod track crew from Ian to Angie and all the pit runners.


She who must be obeyed.
20th July: Not able to run at the FIA / FIM Main Event due to lack of support in Top Methanol Funny Car, Steph and Dave Milam put the altered body back on the She Devil and went in search of more records at Dragstalgia:

We made a gentle check out pass to settle back in, 7.26/209.94. The second pass was against Bubblegum Bob Glassup's Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car, so time to let the altered off the leash. It might have been the long way round, taking out the 1000 foot markers on the way down, but with a 6.1868 we set a new European record, just to add to the speed record of 234 mph which we got at Dragstalgia last year.

We have to thank our long time sponsors Torco Oil, Nimbus Motorsport and NGK Spark Plugs whose support helps us to perform at this level, and all the spectators and fellow racers who come round with words of encouragement and appreciation. Finally thanks to all of the crew who make our dreams possible.


Smith shocks at Dragstalgia.
20th July: One does not usually associate Santa Pod Raceway's historic drag racing event Dragstalgia with the breaking of world records, but that didn't deter Jonny Smith, the motoring journalist and broadcaster owns and drives the Flux Capacitor.

Dragstalgia's historic vehicle cast-list tends towards the big, brash, brawny and loud, but the Flux Capacitor is tiny and silent. A short-lived flirtation with electric power intended to cope with the mid-'70s oil crisis, its 1974-vintage, Enfield 8000 bodyshell is entirely consistent with Dragstalgia's retro theme, but the kiddie-car appearance should fool no one. Beneath the bright yellow shell lurks some serious electricity, derived from a battery pack lifted from a Bell SuperCobra attack helicopter.

With so much heft on tap, the Flux Capacitor had to be strengthened accordingly, but it remains entirely road-legal – taxed, insured and MOT'd. And amid all Dragstalgia's bellowing action this past weekend, it sped noiselessly to a new world best for a road-legal, battery-powered car over the standing quarter-mile.

Before Dragstalgia, America held the world mark at 10.25 seconds, and Jonny's best was 10.51 seconds at 129 mph. By the event's end, Flux Capacitor had demolished existing standards with an elapsed time of 9.869 seconds, with a top finish-line speed for the weekend of 122.43 mph. Moreover, Jonny is convinced there is plenty more to come from his little golden zipper. In comparison, a 2015 Tesla Model S has covered the standing quarter-mile in 10.9 seconds.

At Dragstalgia, Flux Capacitor was running against the clock as part of the event's Run What You Brung programme, but it will return to full competitive mode at Santa Pod's forthcoming FIA / FIM European Finals, where it will race in Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator. Satisfying the unique demands of that class are Jonny's next target: not only to clock further nine-second passes but also to complete the mandatory twenty five-mile, public highway cruise required of Street Eliminator entries once on-track qualifying has finished.

British drag racing boasts two electric cars and each is now the world's quickest in its category. Sam and Olly Young's VW Beetle-bodied Black Current – not road-legal – is the world's quickest and fastest full-bodied electric car at 8.711/151.58.


Two days in history.
20th July: Two days of July 2016 will go down as important milestones in the history of European drag racing and the restoration of Europe's first dragster, Sydney Allard's 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Since 2007 the Allard Chrysler Action Group, headed by Chairman Brian Taylor with Museum Trustee Nick Mason and Quarter Mile Foundation Chair Traci Hrudka as Patrons, has been working hard to restore the machine from a static exhibit without an engine (but with many broken and rusty components) to a fully working dragster. Raising funds and providing the expertise, their efforts finally saw the strived for success at Beaulieu on 6th July when for the first time since 1964 the dragster was driven under its own power.

This was followed up by an appearance at Santa Pod Raceway on Sunday when, driven by Alan Mann Racing's Martin Dunks, the dragster completed the standing start quarter mile for the first time since it appeared at Blackbushe in 1964 – well before Santa Pod had been opened.

You can watch a YouTube video of the Beaulieu run by clicking here and a video of the run at Santa Pod by clicking here.

Here are some of the many congratulation messages received by the Allard Chrysler Action Group after the momentous event:

"The culmination of a marvellous set of achievements upon achievements; something you and the entire ACAG group have continuously been doing since 2007. Congratulations are not enough and I would fully expect that Sydney would have had plenty of superlatives to say" (Gavin Allard, Grandson of Sydney Allard)

"Awesome! I got the goosebumps.... So very proud! This is historic... Love, love, love it! I knew it would happen, no doubt in my mind! I am so proud to be a member of this organisation... Hold your heads high. That was a huge endeavour" (Traci Hrudka, Chair Quarter Mile Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio)

"Congratulations, and thanks to you and everyone that's helped to put this awesome piece of drag racing history back into running condition" (Carl Olson, Former NHRA Vice President and FIA Drag Racing Commission Chair, California)

"Just wow again. Thank you so much. Such an important motor car now in operating condition. Just Brilliant. Well done all of those involved over the years" (Doug Hill, Museum Manager and Lord Montagu's Chief Engineer, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu)

"Brian that is fab-u-lous! I found it very emotional watching the videos. You and the guys must be extremely proud. Thank you very much" (Andrea Bishop, Director of Collections, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu)

"Well done to all of you. Wish I could have seen it myself. Dad would have been pleased to hear and see it too" (Alex Hume, son of Sydney Allard's Chief Engineer the late John Hume)

"You've done it! CONGRATULATIONS! Good show, all round" (Jon Lundberg, legendary American drag racing commentator, California)


Old guys rule!
20th July: Mike Matthews writes that at Dragstalgia he witnessed the dream we all had in the 1970s:

An enormous field of quality race cars,  quality rods and customs on show and racing. It had the enthusiasm and atmosphere which those of us around in the 1970s dreamed about. Rodders and racers comparing ideas, superb organisation and racing in a great facility with Darryl and Colin in the Tower getting the whole thing right. Thanks Brian Taylor and Stu Bradbury who I believe conceived and to Keith Bartlett who backed it.

How right was it? As a Custom Car ad rep in 1972, the Pod was Scene Central and CC was its mouthpiece. Enthusiasm was the E we  partied on. By chance I got a bit part at various race venues, the CC and Rod and Custom Shows to promote that. We all dreamed the scene would get bigger and better. It sure got bigger, but splits in clubs, venues and promoters made you wonder whether it was better, for race and rods separated and did their own thing. Lots of folks just drifted away.

I think this weekend righted all that. Sure, both have separate identities, but together they make a hell of a show and loads of the old faces I saw there want more of the same please. Hats off to Brian, Stu and Keith. To quote the shirt a lot of folks wore: "Old guys rule".


Happy 75th Arthur!
20th July: Nigel Taylor writes that Arthur Bonner, builder of the Detroit Spinner Prefect back in the 1970s, turns seventy five today:

Detroit Spinner sponsors,supporters and friends would like to wish Arthur a very Happy Birthday and appreciate all the recent work which he has put in to get his car back out this year.

Arthur brought the Prefect for £20 many years ago and built the whole car in his back garden, then he campaigned it at Blackbushe, Long Marston and Santa Pod as well as a few others, including abroad, for many years. Arthur rolled the car at Long Marston a few years later and ended up building a new chassis to return yet again under the Pontiac power.

The car was then sat up in Arthur's shed at the bottom of his garden for twenty years until Detroit Spinner Racing sponsors got together to fund its return in 2014 with Arthur still in the driving seat (most of the time). His enthusiasm has been faultless!

In 2015 the Pontiac engine let go, and a move to a Dart motor was decided. We were all ready to go with the new motor at the start of this year when a problem occured which meant we had to change the crank, cam, lifters etc. Again Arthur's work was faultless but as we rushed to get ready for Dragstagia we had it running all spot on, then one gasket let us down. So we had to pull out to prevent wrecking the motor.

We now aim for the NSRA Hot Rod Drags with Arthur back at the wheel. Dedicated hard working drag racing nut Mr Bonner... Happy Birthday top man! You know you're still twenty one years old when you're behind the wheel of your old car and it will happen again very soon. Thanks again to everyone who has been involved in the project.


Bug Jam racer update.
19th July: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding details of the arrangements for this weekend's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway:

Thursday 21st July
10:00 Gates open
21:00 Gates close

Friday 22nd July
09:00 Gates open for the duration of the event
12:00 Track opens for RWYB (DVLC licences only)
14:00 Scrutineering commences, no class order NB Please note change from Final Instructions
19:00 Track closes

Saturday 23rd July
08:30 Signing on opens (Competition licences required for race sign-on)
08:30 Scrutineering commences, no class order
09:30 Track opens for RWYB
15:00 RWYB ends
16:00 Qualifying commences

Sunday 24th July
08:00 Signing on opens (Competition licences required for race sign-on)
08:00 Scrutineering commences, no class order
10:00 Quallifying and eliminations commence

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

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

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

As well being made by pit marshals and via the PA, class call-outs will also be made on-line via App.net, which is available on both the App Store for iPhone and the Play Store for Android. To receive class call-outs on smartphone download App.net, follow the instructions to create an account, then search for and follow the SPRC channel. You will then start to receive notifications as messages are sent. It is recommended that you download the app and follow the SPRC account prior to the event so that you start to receive notifications for the first round of qualifying. The app relies on mobile network or wi-fi so you will need some kind of connection throughout the weekend for it to work.


Dragstalgia results.
19th July: Congratulations to the winners of the classes contested at the weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway:

Cannonball: Ramon van der Weurf 6.4263/212.09 def. Nick Davies 6.6121/223.40
Cannonball 3rd-4th: Bob Glassup 7.5356/162.47 def. Jim Draper 8.8667/113.63
Slingshot Showdown: Joe Bond 6.7571/210.82 def. Jon Webster 9.0892/80.51
Nostalgia Super Stock: Lee Chiles (11.21)  11.1781/121.39 def. Nic Williams (9.98) 9.9687/129.89 DQ red
Gasser Circus:Ray Turner (12.50) 12.6144/104.67 def. Ray Irish (11.39) 11.3617/116.71 DQ red
Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy 8.0177/164.85 def. Cliff Griffin no time broke
Wild Bunch Top 4: Alan Loten, Keith Crampton, Liz Malcolm, Terry Clifford

We await the Outlaw Street result.

Visiting firemen Ron Hope and Randy Bradford in the Rat Trap and Bradfords Fiat Fuel Altereds were not afraid to take on the local boys and the results of those races were:

Ramon van der Weurf 64327/208.86 def. Ron Hope 7.6830/133.62
Nick Davies 6.7126/223.29 def. Randy Bradford 6.5059/219.30
Randy Bradford 6.4063/234.08 def. Ramon van der Weurf 6.4893/208.02 (win margin 0.0009 seconds, 3.7 inches)
Nick Davies 6.5992/220.16 def. Ron Hope 6.5378/231.66

Final Fuel Altered match race: Randy Bradford 6.5278/220.06 def. Ron Hope 6.5765/223.66

Congratulations to Pro ET racer and Eurodragster.com sponsor Nic Williams who took the £75 Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award with a 0.0004 Reaction Time in Nostalgia Super Stock eliminations. Congratulations also to the Special Award winners:

Low ET: 6.1868 seconds, Steph Milam, Cannonball
Best Appearing Car: Ian Merryweather, Banzai altered
Moment of the Weekend: Phil Moules and Richard Warburton, Willys Wars
Bike Moment of the Meeting: The return to the track of Pegasus
Best Appearing Team: Roy Wilding, Supercharged Outlaws slingshot
Best Burnout: Andy Hadfield Twister, Supercharged Outlaws
Best Wheelie: Gerry Treit, Willys Wars
Best Driving Job: Matt Cooper, Outlaw Anglia
Best Back-up Girl: Alison, Raphael Caruso Strudel Outlaw Flat Four
Spirit of Dragstalgia: Claire Meaddows, Wild Bunch Race Co-ordinator

The first recipient of the Spirit of '76 Award posted by Peter Crane and Santa Pod Raceway was British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Chair Stu Bradbury to whom congratulations.

Congratulations are also due to Joe Bond who reset the best for a British-built blown-alcohol slingshot at 6.692 seconds, to the Allard Chrysler Action Group for the return to the track under its own power of the Allard Chrysler Dragster (left), and to UK legends and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame members Harold Bull and Ken Cooper for taking to the track in their slingshots.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored pit notes and photo galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page, and courtesy of Andy Marrs of TSI Timers Europe you can check out the official timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Finally on a domestic matter we would like to thank everyone who got in touch about or commented on the Event Coverage and Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast (which attracted 18,000 viewers). The new DowntimeCam featuring the Nitro FM studio proved very popular, even when it was Oz on camera, and will now be a regular feature should there be downtime. Tog would also like to say a personal Thank You to Kirstie, Simon and Julian for their unceasing hard work on photography and pit notes throughout the three days of the event.

James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway writes: "I'd like to say a massive Thanks to everyone involved with Dragstalgia including all the SPR staff and marshals. Every single role is crucial in keeping an event running so thanks to everyone who put in a shift in some pretty tough conditions. I'd also like to thank all of the racers and teams who pull out all the stops for this event every single year, it's often the little touches like dressing up that make all the difference and you guys really do put on one hell of a show. My only request would be for more of the same for next year please!"


Swift snippets.
19th July: Michelle, Jay, mum, dad and everyone at Orange Pop Racing asked us to say a big Happy Birthday to UK Outlaw Anglia racer Simon Barlow. "Happy Birthday Simon, have a fantastic day", they say.

Editor's note: Apologies for the lack of a news update yesterday; your News Editor had to deal with an emergency in his non-racing life. Don't fret, it's not health- or maritally-related. Please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com and we'll catch up on the next news update.


Dragstalgia coverage.
17th July: The Eurodragster.com team are at Santa Pod Raceway to bring you all the news from Dragstalgia in association with
John Woolfe Racing.

Our coverage will consist of Simon's pit notes updated throughout each day of the event and a gallery of Kirstie's and Julian's photographs at the end of each day. The Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast will broadcast live video and commentary / Nitro FM audio so long as the track is open each day, commencing with today's Run What You Brung which is scheduled to start at 12:00 midday. Thanks to Doyousee.me for the provision of streaming services. Please ensure that you read, understand and accept the conditions on the webcam landing page before clicking through to the broadcast.

You can check out our Dragstalgia Event Index, which also includes links to the official entry list and provisional running orders, by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Swift snippets.
17th July: Geoff Stilwell writes on behalf of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame to wish a very Happy 45th Wedding Anniversary to Ron and Dianne Hope. Dianne is with Ron at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend. A very Happy Anniversary to you guys.

Pat Johnson's funeral.
16th July: Many thanks to Steve Johnson for passing on details of the funeral of the late Pat Johnson.

Pat's funeral will take place at 2:30 pm on Wednesday 27th July at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, West End, Southampton SO30 2HL (
map).

Steve says that the dress code is "Loud. No black, no flowers, all donations to the Cats' Protection Gosport. The undertakers are Freemantle and their phone number is 07769 314741.

"All are invited to a get-together for food and DRINKS at the Solent Hotel and Spa, Rookery Avenue, Whiteley, Fareham PO15 7AJ (a class=nounderline href="http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=452877&Y=109254&A=Y&Z=120">map. Their phone number is 01489 880000."


British Drag Racing Hall of Fame 2016.
16th July: The British Drag Racing Hall Of Fame in association with US Automotive continues into its tenth successful year and is pleased to announce the 2016 intake. Nominees are eligible by dint of having raced, owned, designed, built, maintained, prepared, promoted, officiated, supported or taken part in British drag racing in any capacity, having been involved for at least twenty years, or having made a significant and recognisable contribution to the sport.

The 2016 inductees are:

PAULA MARSHALL Profile by Tog

Paula Marshall became interested in drag racing in 1986, attending races with a group of family and friends including then-boyfriend Ian Marshall whom she later married. Paula and Ian soon volunteered to work at events at Santa Pod Raceway and starting in 1989 Paula filled almost every possible role at the track, from working in the Signing On office at both race events and Run What You Brungs, to marshalling in the pairing lanes and collection area, to working on the fire crew. She started to race at the 1996 Cannonball at Santa Pod Raceway, making test runs in Jon Webster's Comet before driving her own car, the Highlander Camaro, in Super Gas.

In 1998 Paula became Secretary of Santa Pod Racers Club. At that point she had no experience of the organisation of UK and European Championship events but she was a quick learner and equally quickly earned the respect of racers and authorities both for her efficiency and for a no-nonsense approach which became legendary. In a sport in which many people think that they know everything, Paula genuinely did know everything. Whether obscure questions about rules, or queries from UK racers wishing to compete overseas or overseas racers wishing to compete here, Paula knew the form and was always ready to inform, to assist, and to deliver.

Paula played a leading role in the formation of the current UK National Drag Racing Championship, whose first season was contested in 1999, forging links between Clubs whose relationship had historically been uneasy. The UK National Championship is administered by Santa Pod Racers Club and as well as working on regulations and paperwork on behalf of both SPRC and APIRA, she also organised the annual UK National Championships Dinner Dance. She was one of the first to realise the potential of the internet and in 1999 set a precedent for providing event entry lists and notices to racers for publication on-line.

Paula continued to race until the end of the 2000 season before stepping out of the car to have daughter Holley, who now races and who also assists Ian both with SPRC administration and marshalling at race events. Paula returned to the track when Holley was a few years old to contest a few events in Super Modified before finally hanging up her firesuit and concentrating on her duties as Club Secretary.

Paula was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2011, and although she faced up to the disease with her characteristic toughness she passed away on the evening of 6th January 2013. There were tributes from all over the planet to the Club Secretary, the racer, the wife, the mother, the daughter, the sister, and the friend. The sport as a whole in the UK and Europe, and all of us as individuals, will be forever in debt to Paula Marshall for her hard work, for her friendship, and for the lifetime of dedication and service to the sport for which she is inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

ROB LOARING Profile by Simon Groves

Rob Loaring is one of the most versatile and accomplished engineers in European drag racing. Working as ICE Automotive from premises at Silverstone, he has won six UK Pro Modified Championships as Crew Chief or tuner, created a highly-respected engine building business, fostered the introduction of new class regulations into the sport in the UK and built and run some of the sport's best performing and spectacular race cars.

Rob was in his late teens when he first ventured to Santa Pod with the Draper Brothers, carrying out minor roles on their first few cars. He then acquired a dragster from them which became his grounding as a Crew Chief and tuner.

In the mid-eighties Rob made the momentous decision to work in drag racing for a living. The name ICE Automotive was coined as it was a suitable length to place on his customers' hood scoops and fenders. The initials stand for Internal Combustion Engine. Pro Modified had just started by 1988 and Rob had an opportunity to work with Tim Cook on his '56 Chevy and, later, a smaller '55 Chevy. The class' technology was growing quickly, albeit solely with nitrous engines, and the pair won winning the Championship in 1990 and 1991. Rob then joined with Tony Rose, who in July 1993 ran the first six-second pass by a European doorslammer, for two years. Subsequently they both took the 1994 Pro Mod Championship. A further collaboration, with Dave Mingay in 1995, gave Rob his fourth Pro Mod title.

Rob teamed up with current business partner Nick Davies in 1997, the pair winning the Championship in 1999 and 2000 with Nick driving. He drew up plans for a heads-up doorslammer class which would be more affordable and yet be highly competitive - Super Modified. The class was an instant hit and fields of eight cars were common during its ten-year reign.

During recent years Rob has developed turbo engines for Pro Mod and Street Eliminator and built the iconic Havoc Altered, which he and Nick memorably raced against the legendary US Fuel Altered Pure Hell at Santa Pod Raceway's 2014 Dragstalgia. Rob also turned his attention to Nostalgia Funny Cars and built the superb Apache for Tim Garlick and Perry Antoniou, and also found time to help with the recent restoration work on the Allard Chrysler dragster.

It is for his continued determination to pursue engineering excellence and influence drag racing's development in the UK, along with his willingness to help others that Rob Loaring is being inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

SANTA POD RACEWAY Profile by Robin Jackson

The history of Santa Pod Raceway began when John Bennett announced plans to establish a permanent drag strip on Podington airfield, near Wellingborough at the British Hot Rod Association's 1965 Annual Meeting. A new company, National Dragways Ltd, leased part of the airfield and operated it as Santa Pod Raceway – "Santa" to evoke visions of Santa Ana, scene of California's first commercial drag race in 1950, and "Pod" for Podington. The founding directors were Bennett, Bob and Roy Phelps, Ted Peddle and landowner Ernie Braddock.

Staging its first event on Easter Monday 11th April 1966, it was the first permanent drag strip sited anywhere in Europe. For the first two seasons, the start line stood close to where today's finish line is located, the current track layout being completed at the start of 1968. It is impossible to overstate the importance of Santa Pod to the history of British drag racing, and arguably European drag racing as well. To every UK legend of the sport, Santa Pod has been the cradle. And visitors from the homeland of drag racing have been in evidence from the beginning.

In June 1966 a team billed as the American Commandos headlined one of the earliest meetings. Led by Al Eckstrand it included the Ultra-Sonic AA/Fuel Dragster driven by Bud Barnes plus the eccentric biker EJ Potter, The Michigan Madman. Bud returned in 1967. Since then, the numerous American luminaries to have graced the track have included Don Schumacher and Paula Murphy, who together gave Britain its first, thrilling experience of full-tilt US Funny Cars in 1973. Don Garlits raced at Santa Pod in 1976 and 1977. Other American stars include Ken Annesley, Marion Owens, T C Christenson and Danny Johnson on their bikes; Sammy Miller and Al Eierdam with their rockets; Raymond Beadle, Gordie Bonin, Tony Nancy, Frank Hawley, Tommy Johnson Jnr, Darryl Gwynn, Leroy Chadderton, Dale Emery, Gene Snow, Don Prudhomme and Al Segrini with their fuel dragsters and Funny Cars. And let's not forget Melanie Troxel in her Pro Mod. Scandinavian racers became a regular and valued addition to the ranks as early as 1970. At this year's FIA / FIM Main Event, no fewer than sixteen continental European countries were represented. Entrants from further afield have ranged from South African Arthur Christie who raced a fuel dragster on the track in 1971, to 2016's début European appearance of a competitor from the thriving Arabian Drag Racing League, Pro Mod racer Hussain al Shammari of Kuwait.

Santa Pod Raceway has been run by three distinct management teams in its half-century of history. After John Bennett stood down in 1969, the Phelps family assumed full control, with Roy Phelps accepting sole charge after father Bob retired in 1983. Don Brister and Bo Meftah acquired the venue in 1989 and the current team, led by Keith Bartlett, took over in 1996. For fifty years of continuous, and sometimes challenging, operation Santa Pod Raceway has served as the bedrock and the heartland of drag racing in Europe. It is for this signal and abiding achievement that Santa Pod Raceway is inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

BOB KEITH Profile by Brian Taylor

Although perhaps not so well-known as some American drag racers, semi-professional Bob Keith played an instrumental role in establishing the sport in Great Britain. But his drag racing exploits started like many Californians back in the day when his father gave him a cherry 1940 Ford as his 1955 graduation present. That led to the next 20 years of his life being spent at drag strips across the USA driving a variety of vehicles.

His influence on drag racing across the globe leaped to a different level when in the early 1960s he became one of the first American drag racers to contact Sydney Allard in the UK after reading about his exploits in developing the Allard Chrysler in American magazines.

Regular correspondence (hand-written letters in those days) resulted in Sydney insisting that Bob be included in the National Hot Rod Association team that launched the sport in the UK during the 1964 Allard-promoted six-race Drag Festival. Still just semi-professional, but now with a blown Small Block Chevy motor in a Tommy Ivo chassis and called Dos Palmas, he found himself in the company of America's top drag racing stars of the era. What a thrill.

He sold his car to a UK team, helping them learn the techniques to get the power to the ground. The machine went on to play an important role in establishing drag racing in the UK during the next few years under the name Asmodeus, then in the hands of American Bill Weichelt who took the dragster back to the USA. Bob managed to track down this car in later years and Ray Evernham financed its restoration to original condition.

Bob captained the American team that raced at Blackbushe and Woodvale in the 1965 Drag Festival. By this time the Small Block had been replaced with a blown Chrysler in a Kent Fuller chassis. The following year, with a Big Block Chevy, Bob captained a team which visited Australia. This car too has been recreated and Bob is recognised as playing an important role in developing drag racing in Australia. He met his wife Lee there and they married in 1967.

Bob kept in contact with many UK pioneers during the years that followed and returned to the country several times. He was very involved in the research for Crazy Horses – The history of British Drag Racing. Sadly he passed away during the summer of 2015, but he remembered the period between 1964 and 1966 as the highlight of his career. It is for his involvement in launching drag racing into the UK in 1964 and 1965 that Bob is being inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Members of the Hall of Fame receive a 'Bootsie', a trophy encapsulating an image of the late Allan 'Bootsie' Herridge, a man who put so much into British drag racing, together with an exclusive commemorative pin. They join the élite list of inductees from previous years and will be listed on the official British Drag Racing Hall of Fame web site which you can view by clicking here or by clicking on the British Hall of Fame link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

The Hall of Fame trophies will be presented at the Gala Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow on 19th November. Ticket prices for the 2016 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner remain as last year at £60 per person. Corporate tables of ten are available at £580. More details are available by clicking here. For advance booking of tickets contact britishdrhof@aol.com or telephone Stu Bradbury on 01933 279102

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is sponsored by Beech Underwriting, USAutomotive, Santa Pod Racers Club, Mintex, Pennine Drag Racing Club, Eurodragster.com, Avon Park International Racing Association, Shakespeare County Raceway, Santa Pod Raceway, York Raceway, Lucas Oil Products UK, International Organization of Professional Drivers Ltd; The National Street Rod Association, Aptitude, Atlantic Fluid Tech Ltd and Rat Trap Racing

Trophy picture courtesy and ©Ian Messenger


More tributes to Pat Johnson.
15th July: We have received more tributes to the late Pat Johnson to add to those published here on Tuesday.

Dave Crunkhorn (aka Crunch) says "I was shocked to hear of the death of Pat on Monday. Pat and Steve have been there right from the beginning of Super Pro ET. Many mad nights in the pits after racing had ended, that laugh that you could hear from a distance and you knew it was Pat. Pat was Steve's soul mate, best pal, we will all miss her! My condolences to Steve, I'm so sorry bud, if you need me for anything just give me a shout mate."

Stephen and Pat Talbot write "It's taken a long time to write this... We were devastated to hear about Pat passing so suddenly. Pat and Steve have always been always great company, fantastic hosts and above all else a great racing team. We will always remember Pat for her natural warmth and generosity – nothing was ever too much trouble. Our hearts go out to you Steve – we can only imagine how you feel. Please accept our condolences - and of course, love always."

John and Maxine Everitt of Team Alien express their heartfelt condolences to Steve on such sad and shocking news. "Pat was such a lovely, lovely lady, it's unbelievable she will be so missed. Our thoughts and love are with you Steve."


Swift snippets.
15th July: On behalf of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Geoff Stilwell asked us to congratulate Sharon and Bob Muravez on the birth of their grandson Paul Hikaru Muravez (Floyd Lippencotte Jr) who was born on 21st June and weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz. Bob and the original Floyd will be appearing at the autograph signing in the Historic Marquee at 13:00 tomorrow.

Don't forget that this year's inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced here on Eurodragster.com at midnight UK tonight (Friday-Saturday).


Rain-shortened racing.
15th July: The Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing team led the point standings going into last weekend's FHRA Nitro Nationals continuing a season which has had its ups and downs. Two races, two number one qualifying spots, one event win and one with an early semi-final exit.

The weather outlook for the weekend was not good with rain expected to disturb qualifying but that changed, unfortunately not for the better. All four rounds of qualifying were completed in dry and warm conditions, but on race day the event was called early due to inclement weather with no elimanation runs completed.

Jimmy made four consistent and quick qualifying runs and ended up in the #2 qualifying spot. "We're OK with that", he said, "we were #4 here last year and ran with a different approach this year which took us up to #2. We had the fastest speed in all four qualifying rounds which indicates that we could run better elapsed times, we felt we had a good race day tune-up".

Jimmy leaves Alastaro with a lead of thirty one points, less than two round wins in front of Bengt Ljungdahl in second place.

Jimmy of course would like to express his gratitude to all his sponsors: Summit Racing, Viking Industrimålning, Exclusive Cars, Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, Tradepac, POs Harley Davidson, All American AB, CFM, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuels, and X Parts. The next event for the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing team is the NitrOlympX at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Qualifying starts on Friday morning, 19th August.


The Fugitive breaks cover.
14th July: Matthew Wright of Eurodragster.com sponsors
Wemoveyourcar.com and WobbleBox Hire has been in touch to confirm that last week's "I spy" pictures of what was pretty obviously a slingshot dragster were shots of his new ride.

At first glance the picture below left seems to show a slingshot with the top of the motor yet to be installed, yet look closer at the picture below right and you will see that that the complete engine is in place - that engine being a Rolls Royce Gem turbine previously used to power a Lynx helicopter.


"I got the inspiration from Tim Arfons' Green Monster 19", Matt told Eurodragster.com. "I fancied doing something different and I saw that car. I was having a slingshot built for my fiftieth birthday so I asked Bill Felstead to modify it to accommodate the turbine. And I told him that he had six weeks to do it! Bill had to rebuild the car. He saved the safety cell but had to extend the wheelbase to 220 inches.

"The Gem makes up to 1200 horsepower and turns a gearbox which can turn an axle. We are in the process of modifying a TH400, if that works then we'll use a Powerglide to get a reduction in first gear. The rear axle is a Ford nine-inch. The air intake is in front of me, i.e. at the back, and the huge exhaust is at the front! I am talking to Roger Goring about installing a flame show on the exhaust."


The dragster, named The Fugitive - "Wanted for crimes against the piston engine" - has been started once so far and testing will commence shortly, before a planned visit to the NitrOlympX. "To get it off the start line you idle it to sixty per cent holding it on the brake, bring the throttle up until it won't hold and then you have to launch!", said Matt. "Tim Arfons runs direct drive but it doesn't sixty foot. On paper the car should run in the sevens but we are looking for eights to start with." 

You will be able to take a look at The Fugitive on display at this weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway where Matt will also be running his Outlaw Rolls Royce which is now toting a twin-turbo 711 ci motor.

Matt asked us to thank Bill Felstead for building the car, Nigel Storer of Precious Metals for sponsorship and help, Lee Revill, Dave Reed, Christian Carlo, and his long-suffering wife and daughters Danielle, Stevie Jane and Summer Louise.


NitrOlympX: Important racer notice.
14th July: NitrOlympX Race Director Jerry Lackey has been in touch with an important message for racers intending to compete in Super Pro ET, Pro ET and Junior Dragster at that event:

Although we have not enforced the clause (in German and English) in our yearly invitations for the last three seasons, we must ask that all racers in Super Pro ET, Pro ET and Junior Dragster submit two time slips from events this season. This is due to the tremendous number of entries we have received to date.

As you all know, the NitrOlympX is not a four day event and in order to stick to our very tight schedule,we must limit the numbers in the three largest sportsman classes. We use your time slips to choose those who run closest to their given index in order to give our spectators the best field of cars in these classes.

If you have already sent in your entry form but did not read the clause in the invitation then please send your time slips by the fastest possible method to ensure that they arrive by the closing date of Monday 25th July. You may use time slips from the same event if you do not have an assortment from several events.

I will be attending Dragstalgia this weekend until about 14:00 on Sunday so you may want to give me your time slips direct, or even give me your time slips from Dragstalgia.


All-Star autographs.
14th July: All-star autograph sessions during Dragstalgia will afford drag racing enthusiasts an opportunity to meet some of the sport's past heroes and heroines, and will maintain the event's on-track transatlantic flavour.

The autograph sessions will feature two significant figures from American drag racing history. The name Tom Hoover will also spark happy memories for British fans from the 1980s. The visiting US Funny Car star and his Showtime cars were a Santa Pod fixture throughout that decade and his legacy lives on with today's Bob Jarrett / John Spuffard Showtime entry. Joining Tom Hoover on Saturday only is Bob Muravez, the legendary Top Gas Dragster racer of the 1960s, notably at the wheel of John Peters' twin-engined Freight Train, and nowadays an occasional campaigner on America's Nostalgia drag racing scene. Famously, many of Muravez's Top Gas victories were registered to his nom de guerre, Floyd Lippencotte Jr, after severe parental disapproval of his burgeoning racing career obliged him to adopt a pseudonym.

Alongside the two Americans, important names from Britain's drag racing past are expected to include Gerry Andrews, Allan Bates (Sunday only), Harold Bull, Russ Carpenter, Peter Crane, Roz Prior, Bill Sherratt and Brian Sparrow.

The autograph sessions are scheduled for 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday and will take place in the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame marquee located near Santa Pod's pitside grandstand. The marquee also houses a display of historic and Nostalgia drag racing vehicles, with Hall of Fame managers on hand to explain the organisation's aims and activities.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame was founded in 2006 to recognise and celebrate the contributions of individuals and organisations central to the sport's UK history. This year's roster of new inductees will be announced during Dragstalgia here on Eurodragster.com at tomorrow / midnight Friday/Saturday. Since 2014, the induction ceremony has taken place during the Hall of Fame's black-tie Gala Awards Dinner, to be held this year on Saturday 19th November at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow Airport. Further news about the Hall of Fame, and information on obtaining Gala tickets, can be found at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk.


Fellow Travellers.
14th July: UK Wild Bunch racer Bob Hawkins always knew that Dragstalgia was going to be a busy time for the Time Traveller team:

For the first time ever we've got two blown alky slingshots entered for a meeting. Young gun Tom Hawkins will be making his and the  new blown Time Traveller 1's competition début with the awesome Wild Bunch. As for myself, I'm going heads up with Time Traveller 2 in Dragstalgia's first ever Slingshot Showdown. 


I'm a bundle of nerves already! It was touch and go if we would be ready in time. A huge amount of work was needed to rebuild our Thunder Mouse  434 ci motor which had hydraulicked earlier this year. However, at last, we're good to go and we can't wait! A huge Thank You goes out to Crew Chief Dave Williams and all of our crew, especially my brother Ted, for all their efforts. We wouldn't even be there without you guys.

To all: good luck, go fast and stay safe.


The Empire strikes back.
13th July: Havoc Fuel Altered pilot Nick Davies has been in touch prompted by fellow Fuel Altered racer Ron Hope's comments in Monday's news update. Before Nick gets to this week's Dragstalgia he has some background:

At Dragstalgia in 2014, owing to unfortunate circumstances the Havoc Austin Bantam was given the opportunity to run with the world-famous Pure Hell Bantam of Rich Guasco, driven by Brian Hope of the Rat Trap Hope family. It transpired that for the Havoc team it was one of those runs that you get now and again when everything seems to come together... everything, that is, except the fact that the car in the other lane drove off into the distance in the back half of the track. Who actually won the race that day was academic. The extra power that Pure Hell had was not.

"Come on back, and we'll put it on fuel" was the adrenaline-fuelled offer to the Hope family from the Havoc team as a superficial incentive to try to get a re-run of that extraordinary afternoon. Roll the clock on eighteen months and a phone call from the Santa Pod executive: "Remember what you said? Well, they're coming!"

So, instead of dropping the compression and changing the blower, out went the Chevy and in went the Hemi Chrysler Donovan which had served so well in the Chaos altered, with a number of modifications. Limited testing has proven so far so good, now here we are again at Dragstalgia. It goes without saying that thanks are due to Ron and Brian Hope and to Stuart Bassett for coming back and giving us the incentive to make the switch, added to the carrot of a potential world tour of our own. Thanks also to Santa Pod Raceway and to Randy Bradford for making the 50th Anniversary meeting one to look forward to with great anticipation.

It only remains to be said to Ron Hope that we appreciate the tip about the nitro percentage. We really hadn't appreciated that you could run more than 100%. Oh, you thought we could run that quickly in testing on a lower percentage? That's a big compliment! Remember we're the new boys here, so go easy on us my friend. That having been said we are on our home track, with home support, so when you unload everything just make sure you've both packed your A-game. Because, if everything goes to plan, you're gonna need it...


Dragstalgia: The Ever-Presents.
13th July: Eurodragster.com Pit Reporter Simon has been working hard researching and identifying potential Event Coverage victims for this weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway, and made a couple of interesting discoveries along the way:

Looking at the entry list, there are eighty eight racers making their Dragstalgia on-track début at this year's event. And there are no less than eighteen racers who, assuming that they sign on this weekend, will have attended all six runnings of Dragstalgia. The Dragstalgia Ever-Present List is:
  • Joe Bond
  • Mark Bracking
  • Keith Crampton
  • Cliff Griffin
  • Andy Hadfield
  • Bob Hawkins
  • John Hobbs
  • Alan Loten
  • Clive Mechaell
  • Nervous Nick
  • John Reeve
  • Dick Sharp
  • Ian Turburville
  • Ray Turner
  • Rob Tyrrell
  • Paul Watts
  • Steve Wells
  • Nic Williams
You will be able to check out Simon's Dragstalgia pit notes as well as Kirstie's and Julian's daily galleries, the Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcam, and right now links to Santa Pod Raceway's official entry list and provisional running orders, on our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Dragstalgia Event Coverage Index by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


A Perfect bonus for Dragstalgia.
13th July: We are very pleased to announce that Cath and Tig Napier of the UK's Bad Habit Racing Pro ET team, who sponsor the Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award, have again requested that we post the Award at this weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway.

This weekend's Eurodragster.com/Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been increased to £75 after it went unclaimed at the SPRC Summernationals, and will be paid in cash to the first person at this weekend's event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available to all, whether in the organised classes or Run What You Brung, 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 £100 for next week's Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway; if it is won then it will be reset to £50 for Bug Jam.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried, although we understand that this may not be possible on period-correct vehicles. Eurodragster.com decals will be available in the Signing On office from Friday morning or from the Eurodragster.com office in Race Control (entry via Spectator Bank side stairs only).


Russia's EDRS début.
13th July: The weekend's rained-out FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro made history as the first European series race with a Russian participant.

Russia's current national ET and speed record holder Dmitry Samorukov of the SMP Racing / Dragtimes team took #1 qualifying spot in Top Doorslammers, part of the European Drag Racing Series, with a 4.128/270.69 kmh over the eighth mile. Dmity's Dodge Viper DT is Russia's quickest and fastest car and participates in 2016 Russian Drag Racing Championship. Famous driver and tuner Adam Flamholc and the Flamholc Racing team are responsible for the preparation of the race car for national and international competitions.

"All of the cars ran as we hoped during qualifying except for Mats Eriksson's car", says tuner Adam Flamholc. "David Vegter qualified number two in Pro Mod, Thomas Stiefel number four, Mats number eight, Håkan Persson number nine and Dmitry as number one in his Top Doorslammer!

"In the first round of eliminations we finally got Mats' car to go, and he won with low ET of the round. David and Thomas also turned on the win-light. Unfortunately it started to rain just after Pro Mod ran, and they decided to cancel the event. So Dmitry never made any runs on Sunday, but I'm very satisfied with both his and the whole team's performance.

"Now I have one weekend off, then its time for my son Mattias and daughter Isabell to run their Junior Dragsters in Malmo."


Boot the Street Racer Champion.
13th July: Chris Murty writes that the The 39th Annual Street Racer Championship took place at York Raceway on 3rd July and that a large field of passionate and enthusiastic racers competed for the £1000 winner-takes-all prize:

Regular PDRC Championship racing took place on the Saturday of the race weekend with the Sunday now dedicated to the Street Racer Championship for the second year running, in response to the re-emerging desire and commitment shown by racers to achieve the title Street Racer Champion. Such is the allure of the Street Racer Championship that not only had racers worked hard before the event but on Saturday night and Sunday morning the pits were alive with racers toiling on their cars to ensure they had the best shot at the title. Some racers made small tweaks, whilst others went as far as a near-complete engine rebuild.

The Street Racer Championship final was as always the last run of the day, and as the finalists waited at the top of the pairing lanes racers and crews stopped what they were doing to join spectators to watch. The finalists were Simon Boot in the big, black, blown Bootlegger Camaro and Ian Walley in his turbo small-block powered Cortina. Ian had experienced engine problems during the weekend and had been running the car on a fairly safe tune in the mid-tens. He had qualified third and his experience as a drag racer saw him through the early rounds of racing and a semi-final bye into the final.

Simon, who was in strong nine-second form and had qualified number one, met previous Street Racer Champion Russ Pursley in his Small Block powered Dutton in his semi-final. Russ had achieved Low ET of the event with a 9.94 in the previous round. Russ spun the tyres off the line but shortly afterwards Simon's Camaro shed its blower belt. Russ pedalled and charged after him but couldn't quite make it. Simon's 10.82/126 was enough to cover Russ' closing 10.84/139.

As the two finalists took to the track in the deciding round Simon impressed the crowds with a huge rolling burnout, clearly demonstrating his intent, with Ian adopting a much more measured approach. Would the blower belt stay on the Camaro? Would Ian take the plunge and add just a little more boost for the final? There was no long burndown in pre-stage, both drivers keen to get the race underway. The cars left the line together but Simon had taken the early lead by sixty feet. He stretched the lead out all the way down the track, crossing the finish line ahead of Ian by several car lengths to take the 39th Street Racer Championship title.

As has become traditional, the finalists returned down the track to the start-line for the presentation of the winner's laurel, bubbly, prize money and huge trophy. Thanks to Street Racer Championship sponsors Blue Bar Catering, The Turbo Shop, KC's Hot Rod'n'Race Shop, Performance Unlimited and the PDRC, and to Aford Awards, York Raceway's official trophy partner.


Smax scores a win.
13th July: Ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith and the Leverich family rode the wave from Grand Bend, where the team recorded their first four-second quarters and a new best speed of 295 mph, to Smax' local track Cayuga Dragway where he took the win and reset his PB ET. Smax recounts the tale of another successful weekend:

Gary and Bob drove to the track on Friday morning to meet Aidan, Jake and Josh who were ready to service the car from last weekend. Dan like me had to work his day job! I forgot to mention in the last race report that when we hurt our block we had also cracked our crank and good friend Barry Paton let me take a crank out of his spare motor so we could race against him last Sunday. We ween't going to run until 5:00 pm on Saturday so had plenty of time to build our freshly repaired block from Engine Technology and build a spare pair of heads. Gary was still perfecting the tune up working with Aaron Grant to get more fuel in down track and fine tune our timing curve. We partied on Friday night with our local band Doghouse Roses in the start line bar (yes, it really is on the start line) then called it a nite at 3:00 am ready for race day.

I mixed the nitro and I was ready, hoping to go over 300 mph. We raced terry haddock who to our delight brought over great friends Dave Bryant and his missus, and Lee Webb from the Shockwave team who were helping Terry to run his Funny Car as well as his dragster! Dave was happy as I made him a cup of proper English tea. Aidan got the car to the startline and got me dressed and strapped in ready to fire up in front of a capacity crowd. Aidan motioned me forward and dropped his hand for me start our fierce burnout.

Staged against Terry, I was away first  and rocketed towards the quarter for the win but our blower belt broke at 1200 feet. So I was slowing but when Aidan and Ronan came to get me they were screaming 4.84! 4.84! That's my best ever, I ran 4.88 in Norway twelve years ago, but the speed was 297 mph - slowing! We ran 4.11 to 1000 feet so probably a 4.79 at around 310 mph had the belt not broken. I also ran 260 mph to the eighth in 3.2 seconds! The crowd went wild as ours was now the quickest and fastest car.

We were all adrenaline fuelled for the late night run in hopefully better air. We also had Todd Paton again in the final, I wanted to beat him after he beat us last weekend, and I wanted to better my 303 mph run at Santa Pod in 2003. Burned out, thanks to Audrey who did a stellar job backing us up in the cold trying not to choke on all the nitro fumes and also trying to follow Aidan's direction. But the crowd loved her boots. Waited for Todd to pre-stage but they were having idling issues and took almost a minute to stage. If it had been a race I would have had to have staged and timed them out as we were burning up too much nitro. I got the better reaction time and beat Todd to 1000 feet on a holeshot but then ran out of fuel and banged the burst panels. Coasted to the quarter with a win of a 5.04 to his 5.07 at only 260 mph. We were still ecstatic and had won our local Nitro Nationals!

We went back to dance the night away in the start line bar with the Doghouse Roses again. Then back to our pits and lit a fire. My youngest Az is a DJ and brought big speakers so played away to over forty people in our pit. Lee said he had a great time and I partied until 7:00 am while the kids carried on. A great weekend!


Web site updates.
13th July: Our good buddy Remco Scheelings has been in touch to let us know that day one, final qualifying, and elimination reports for the EDRS Pro Motorcycle classes are available on the Drag Racing Europe Blog. You can check out the day one report by clicking here, the final qualifying report by clicking here, and the elimination report by clicking here.

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


Pat Johnson.
12th July: UK Super Pro ET racer Martyn Jones writes with a heavy heart to inform us of the death yesterday (Monday) of Pat Johnson, half of the UK's Motor Mouse Super Pro ET team with Steve Johnson, after complications arose during a hospital procedure.

Pat and Steve were inseparable at and away from the track and their long and happy relationship was reflected in a very successful racing career. We have very happy memories from the earliest days of Eurodragster.com of balmy evenings spent in the Super Pro ET pits sharing a laugh with Pat whose sense of humour was ever-present and refreshingly saucy.

"Everyone who knew Pat will be as devastated as I am", says Syd. "We can only imagine how Steve is feeling, as Pat was his life". Be assured of our love and support Steve, and our deepest sympathies both to Steve and to all of Pat's family and friends.

Paul Fischer writes "Wonderwoman personified. Pat was the centre of the social side of Super Pro by sheer personality, she didn't even have to work at it. Her warmth, magnetism, intelligence and super confidence just drew everyone to her and so, for many years, a wonderful track-side social life was enjoyed by many. Many of us considered Santa Pod as our second home, Pat was a major reason why. So sorry to learn we've lost her."

"Deepest condolences Steve, you're in our hearts and thoughts", say Steve and Babs Saunders. "Stay strong, take care."

Karl Harrison, the Harrison family and RKS team write "I can't believe I've had to read this. I only saw Pat and Steve a couple of weeks ago at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, they stopped by our pits as we were unloading the Funny Car. All our love and best wishes to Steve and family."

Lisa Shone writes on behalf of Robin Shone and herself "I was sad last night when I heard the very sad news about a lady who made me laugh so hard I couldn't breath on many occasions whilst pitted next door. She was always a smiling bundle of joy and someone that had the happy factor. Pat was like Nutella on toast, scrummy, naughty and delightful. Both my and Robin's love to Steve, I don't want to say the normal stuff because he deserves more than that. Our love is all yours Steve, I'll say no more."

Fay Fischer says "Love and best wishes to Steve at this heart-wrenching time. Just want to reiterate everybody else's comments on Pat's warmth and humour by sharing a little story from fifteen or twenty years ago... Paul and I were fostering our first pair of children from Belarus, Irina and Anya - we had picked them up from Gatwick and more or less gone straight to Santa Pod. They had no English and at the time we had little Russian. I think the four of us were in shock! We were struggling to say the least until Pat stepped in to help. She didn't hesitate to give warm cuddles and smiles to the girls and instantly won them over. She was able to instantly lift the mood with her presence and it all made for a wonderful, if not different, weekend. Pat will be sadly missed."

Mark Flavell writes on behalf of himself and Ann, Craig, Big Steve, Mali and Andy "Laugh, I've nearly choked sharing a glass of wine and a good tale with a lady I think it's safe to say we all loved and admired. When Team Motor Mouse bowed out of Championship drag racing it left a big hole in the Super Pro pit. I can't even begin to imagine how Steve must be coping but believe me when I say from all of us at MFR we all thought the world of you both and we offer our heartfelt condolences at this terrible time. Lots of love mate."

Wayne Nicholson writes for himself, Belinda, Gareth and Joe "Life is far too short, way too short. Like many have said already a very warm person , and always a laugh... I can hear it now. What can you say, such a sad loss. Very warm wishes to you Steve , I can't imagine how you feel."

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

Introducing the Fiat...
12th July: US Fuel Altered pilot Randy Bradford is excited about his first racing visit on this side of the Pond when the Bradford Fiat Topolino appears at this weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway.

As we have not seen Randy on these shores before we asked him for some background on the car and team.

"The Bradford family started racing in 1946", he said. "Brad Bradford and his father ran roadsters at the dry lakes during the late 40s and early 50s. In 1963 Randy Bradford (son) started racing with dad. The first Bradford and Son drag car was a 1940 Ford truck which was 327 Chevy powered. The next race car was a 1955 Chevy C Gasser which was run 1963-1966. This was a very competitive car and won many trophies at local drag strips in Southern California, and won a gold cup race at Fontana Raceway.

"Fuel Altered racing began in 1966 with the purchase of a car from Lee LeBaron. This car was powered by an injected 427 Chevy on nitro with best times in 1967 being 8.60/178. The injected car was a giant killer and they were runner up at three Fuel Altered shows in a row at Orange County Raceway and won many rounds at all the tracks. During late 1967, the local promoters of Fuel Altered shows put pressure on injected altereds to add superchargers and so the Bradford Fiat complied. This was also a success as Fuel Altered racing was at its peak in southern California.

"Randy was given the opportunity to join the army during half of 1968 and all of 1969 returning to drive March 1970. While Randy was in the army, Frank Harris drove for Brad and they were very successful winning three Fuel Altered meets in a row and many winning weekends during the year. They were runners up for the Bakersfield Smokers Meet in March 1969 against the winner Pure Hell. 1969 and 1970 were interesting years as the Bradford Fiat was called to run the East Coast tour with Pure Heaven, Rat Trap, Leroy Chadderton and Wild Willie Borsch. The team of Bradford & Son raced all over the country from May to September each year. In 1969 the race car was re-powered with a 392 Chrysler and with the use of better tyres and slipper clutches the Fiat kept competitive running a best of 7.06/209 winning a Fuel Altered show at Fremont.

"During 1972 it was obvious that the Fuel Altereds were fading and Funny Cars were taking over. Randy and Brad decided to build a Funny Car. This car was started but never finished partly due to the commitments and demands of family.

"In 1999, Brad and Randy began building a new replica of the original Fuel Altered. The new car was built to modern safety specifications, keeping the original classic look of the old car. The new car was completed Oct 2000 and first ran at the California Hot Rod Reunion.

"We now normally run between six and eight events a year from NHRA National events and Nostalgia events to match races with other Fuel Altereds and of course the California Hot Rod Reunion. To date we have run a best of 6.34/229.74. This year is our fiftieth anniversary of running the car and I am the last active Fuel Altered driver who drove in the 1960s."

Randy said that the team have had good reports about Santa Pod Raceway and about the local resistance group. "I heard wonderful people, a great racing track and lots of fun", he said. "We have seen and heard about Nick and the gang with Havoc and we are looking forward to a little international competition.

"To the fans I would say thanks for having us here. All of the crew and I want to meet and talk with everyone."

Randy asked us to say Thank You to sponsors Egge Machine (supply of engine parts for all types of antique motors), Riolo Racing Engines for advice and support, and his engine building shop Bradford's Motorsports as well as to his crew for all the work they do to make it possible, his ovely wife Susan Bradford, and Bob, Joann and Rachel Parker.

Editor's note: We heard from Havoc Fuel Altered pilot Nick Davies after Ron Hope's can-tipping recommendation yesterday and you will be able to read what Nick had to say on tomorrow's news update here on Eurodragster.com.


Swift snippets.
12th July: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for forwarding us the final version of the MSA Pro Modified part of the entry list for the Mopar EuroNationals, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 29th-31st July. You can check out the Mopar EuroNationals Pro Modified and Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman entry lists by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman entry is still open and you can get the form from the UK Top Sportsman Facebook page, or contact Paul Marston by E-Mail at pmracing@fsmail.net or on the phone on 07831 650230.

Good luck to Eire's own Junior Dragster racer Liam McDonald who is headed to Thunder Valley in Bristol, USA for the Eastern Conference Finals Junior Dragster race. "We are proudly representing Santa Pod Raceway at this event spread over a week", says Graham McDonald. "Thanks to Darren Prentice for the large Santa Pod 50th banner and a special Thank You to Halfscale Dragster for building Liam's car for this event". Graham promises more news to follow.

Darren Prentice writes that Santa Pod Raceway have fully replenished their stock of VP C16 race fuel and that it is waiting for racers in the Pod Shop at the track or pre-order at www.santapodshop.com. "As part of our ongoing partnership with VP Racing Fuels we have a new race fuel on offer, MS98L VP Vintage which is formulated for older vehicles which relied on lead for engine protection. VP Vintage is a leaded fuel with an octane rating of 98. It contains no ethanol and offers extra protection against detonation. It has a shelf life of up to two years in its original sealed container. Santa Pod Raceway are offering VP Vintage in a one-time deal of only £40 per 19L pail. When it's gone it's gone."

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


Extra cash for UK Top Sportsman.
12th July: The organisers of Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman are very proud to announce that, as in 2015, there will be an extra cash bonus awarded to the winner of the Heads Up race. This extra prize money is over and above the cash which is usually awarded to the winner:

Once again we have entrepreneur businessman John Tebenham to thank. Due to his work schedule John simply cannot commit to competing at this time but he is prepared to invest his hard-earned cash into furthering heads-up doorslammer drag racing in the UK. JT provides a service to Sportsman drag racing which few hear about, by investing in its future. But without JT and the good work he does, and not just with us, the sport of drag racing would be the poorer.

The cash is in our account and ready to be awarded! Stay tuned to Eurodragster.com as there may well be another announcement regarding even more money.

Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman is held at the Mopar EuroNationals at Santa Pod Raceway on 29th-31st July and is the richest, toughest, no holds barred, no rules other than safety, Heads Up and Fast Bracket, televised Sportsman doorslammer event of the season. Everyone is welcome and entry is still open. Looking at the entry list so far, the event is still wide open with regard to whom you would pick as a favourite. Neither Friday's Fast Bracket Race nor Saturday's and Sunday's Heads Up Race has ever had a repeat winner.

For any further information, questions or an entry form visit the UK Top Sportsman Facebook page, or contact Paul by E-Mail at pmracing@fsmail.net or on the phone on 07831 650230.

Many thanks to all of our investors and marketing partners: Gearhead Garage, JT, Kenny Coleman at EDA, Gary Hall and the Damn Yankees ACC, Drag Race Engineering, London Road Tyres, Eurodragster.com, Santa Pod Raceway management and, last but by no means least, the organising committee of the Mighty Mopar EuroNationals inviting us and and for hosting Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman.


Dragstalgia racer update.
11th July: James Forster of Santa Pod Raceway has been in touch with an important update for participants in this week's
Dragstalgia:

Santa Pod Raceway's gates will be open to racers only between 09:00 and 20:00 sharp this Thursday (14th). Please do not travel to the track if you can't make it before that time, as you won't be able to get in. Gates then reopen at 08:00 on Friday.

We would also like to make a plea to all racers to keep vehicles in the pits to an absolute minimum. We have an enormous entry and we lose pit space due to the Big Top marquees being set up for Bug Jam. We will make space available for trailers outside the pits.

We would also like to request that those taking part only in the RWYB on Friday remove all of their vehicles from the pits and back into the camp sites once racing has finished on Friday to ensure that there is enough space for other competitors.


Message of Hope.
11th July: Rat Trap Fuel Altered racer Ron Hope and the team are looking forward to returning to Santa Pod Raceway for this weekend's Dragstalgia and to renewing their acquaintance with the fans.

Rat Trap last appeared at Santa Pod Raceway in 2014 and as well as Dragstalgia is scheduled to appear at this year's FIA / FIM European Finals and the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim. Since Ron's last racing visit to the UK the team have attended three events in New Zealand, an event in Newfoundland, several events in Canada, and between twenty five and thirty events across the USA as well as finding time for Ron be named an Honoree at last year's NHRA Hot Rod Reunion. As well as appearances with Rat Trap Ron and the team contest five or six events annually with their Bonneville Land Speed Cars.

"Our events take us literally around the world", Ron told Eurodragster.com. "This year, in addition to our appearances at Santa Pod, we will be appearing in Canada and Germany. The events in Canada and Germany occur on the same day but we are able to run at both by fielding three identical cars. So I will be racing in Germany on the same day as my son Brian is racing in Canada. At the end of this year, we will be shipping one of the cars to New Zealand for three events during the early months of 2017."

Appearing at Santa Pod is a dream come true for Ron. "I love the opportunity of meeting and seeing all of the British fans", he said. "I have told the Bradfords to expect a wonderful race course and terrific fans. I am also love Santa Pod because it is an historic race track. Celebrating fifty years makes this event even more special to me. Rat Trap and Bradford's Fiat are also celebrating fifty years this year. I have been driving the car continuously for the past twenty one years and the joy of driving it has never changed. I may pay a bit more attention to things now than in years past, but the joy remains the same."

At Dragstalgia in 2014 the UK's own Nick Davies raced Havoc against Brian Hope in Pure Hell and Ron says that he would relish the chance to run against the Bantam especially since he heard that it is now toting a Fuel-burning motor and that Nick, Rob Loaring and the team made a 6.599 early shut-off look easy at the SPRC Summernationals. "In addition to being competitors, they are also true friends and we are excited at the possibility of racing them", he said. "The one piece of advice I would give to the Havoc team is that they should put a little more nitro in the tank, because they will need it."

As well as to Santa Pod Raceway Ron asked us to say a big Thank You to Geoff Stilwell of Beech Underwriting and to Lucas Oil, and he had a final message for the fans. "We are very pleased to be returning to this international race venue and we look forward to the opportunity of meeting as many fans as possible", he said. "As a side note, we are leaving it up to Eurodragster.com to organise good weather for this event (OK Ron, leave it with us - Ed)."


Swift snippets.
11th July: We have a birthday on the Eurodragster.com team today (Monday): please join Tog, Simon and Julian in wishing a very Happy Birthday to our Photographer and Sportsman ET racer Kirstie Tramm. We would also like to say Good Luck in her new job to Eurodragster.com Contributing Photographer and Heaven & Hell Racing and Earsplittenloudenboomer team member Grace Roaf. Hope it all goes OK Grace.

Web site updates.
11th July: Continuing the Nostalgia theme as Dragstalgia approaches, Dick Parnham has again updated his Flickr site this time with shots of Clive Skilton in Pro Fuel action in the early 1970s. You can check out Dick's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/dickparnhamdragracing.

FHRA Nitro Nationals rained out.
10th July: Today's eliminations at the FHRA Nitro Nationals were called mid-afternoon due to bad weather. The day, and the racing, started well but a thunderstorm and rain left race officials with no option but to call it.

Qualifying and results are available at
www.fhra.fi/keskustelu/threads/7-10-7-2016-fhra-em-osakilpailu-nitro-nationals.485 and, courtesy of Speedgroup, post-event FIA European Championship points are available on our OCS Paint-sponsored Points Standings page by clicking here or by clicking on the OCS Paint Points Standings link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Our buddies at Speedgroup are posting end-day reports and pictures at www.dragracingeurope.eu and a daily gallery by Mika Frilander can be found at kuvia.1g.fi/kuvat/2016/FHRA/Nitro+Nationals.

Thanks to Lena Perés for letting us know that FIA Pro Modified and FIA Pro Stock were this weekend sponsored by Jarl Holm (right) and Island Race Cars. Jarl runs the race car business which specialises in doorslammers and sponsored the two classes with $500 to the #1 qualifier to promote Island Race Cars and Strange Engineering. You can read more on the Drag Racing Europe Blog together with a visit to the beach.


Dragstalgia's two-wheel stars.
10th July: Keith Lee has been in touch with a look at the veritable cornucopia in store for bike fans at next weekend's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway:

This year's Dragstalgia brings even more new entries to what has developed into an amazing meeting to enjoy nostalgia drag racing.

It has been a fraught run-up for a number of competitors in the run-up to Dragstalgia, with John Hobbs suffering his biggest blow-up ever on Olympus, which did massive engine and frame damage. Thanks to help from many friends around the world, be has somehow managed to rebuild with a week to spare, so the bike can make the field alongside his other ride, the double Weslake Hobbit.

One notable thing about the bike entry is that so many of them are the original machinery that was campaigned all those years ago - and still ridden by the same riders. Some may not be able to be blasted flat out any more due to scarcity of parts, but part of this event is about enjoying another chance - or even a first opportunity - to see early icons of the sport under power once more.

Talking of early machines and riders, the Methamon outfit will be back again. Chris Illman will pilot the red Vincent as usual, but the passenger this year will be someone special. Way back when Maurice Brierley raced this bike in the mid sixties, he would enlist the help of a young girl who was a popular passenger with a number of quick sidecar racers of the day. Her name is Sheelagh Neal, and she will be in the chair again this weekend!

The National Motorcycle Museum has once again been very helpful in allowing two star exhibits of their amazing collection of British machinery to appear at the event. Those who were at Santa Pod last year will remember seeing the best show and go bike of its era on display. Somehow, after some thirty four years, the team have actually got the Pegasus double Norton running, and fingers crossed we might possibly see it out on track! Also on display from the museum will be the record-breaking Super Nero blown Vincent raced that was raced by George Brown.

Please do make sure to take a trip to the Historic Marquee during the event. Among the bikes on show, I am very pleased that for the first time we will have the original giant-killer Brian Chapman, with both Mighty Mouse and Super Mouse on display. Joining him will be the late 60s Two Faced double Triumph of Pete Williams. Also of interest will be the first engine and transmission units specially built for drag racing in Europe, the Baskerville-Miller BM900. The sport is noted for some wierd and unusual bikes, and my very own entry in that first category will be on display. After it disappeared for nearly thirty five years, I was reunited with my unique Triumph powered scooter, and have frantically been trying to get it in a fit state to display. On the unusual front, Terry Homan will have DragWaye back again, but following a testing issue the blown VW entry may only be a static display.

John Stein, author of the the huge book Motorcycle Drag Racing: A History, which covers the American side of the sport, has kindly donated two books as prizes. Ian King will judge the award for the Best / Most Interesting Bike, and I will pick the Moment of the Event on track together with Tog of Eurodragster.com.

With the possibility of no less than seven double-engined bikes on the strip, plus the World's quickest single cylinder bike, it is going to be a brilliant weekend - however many wheels you prefer to see racing!


2016 Russian Championship kicks off.
10th July: The first round of the Russian Drag Racing Championship, which was held on 25th-26th June at the Krasnoye Koltso race track in Krasnoyarsk, was as usual unpredictable. On Saturday the weather interfered in the competition whilst on Sunday the track record was reset and a newcomer and citizen of Krasnoyarsk podiumed in front-wheel drive class. An attempt was also made to reset the national records for the quarter mile.

The first day was absolutely ruined by the weather: it was raining all day long. According to the rules, no races can be made in such weather conditions so race officials decided to postpone qualifying until Sunday. The second day was sunny, so runs started at 9:00 am. In almost ideal conditions, Dmitry Samorukov set a new track record in his Dodge Viper DT of 6.548 seconds, which was 1.4 seconds quicker than the previous record set by Vadim Timashev last year. The terminal speed was 362.90 kmh which was also the best result on this track. These results were also better than the current national record, which was also set by Dmitry in October 2015. The Championship administration company Dragtimes has made a submission to Russian Automobile Federation in order to ratify the record and if it is then Dmitry will become a two-time record-breaker in Russia. Other participants also improved their results.

Although the first event is usually difficult for the drivers and their cars: different parts usually breaks during the pre-season tests, so they have not enough time to change them or repair. The same situation occurred again, which is why only sixteen of the twenty six entered racers attended.

Although the number of participants was lower, the races were quite frantic. Two women met in the Front Wheel Drive semi-final: Yana Kholodkovskaya (Sotova) against Oksana Yakovleva. The two Honda Civics started at the same time, but Yana misshifted and lost time. Oksana's car got ahead and won the race. Artem Demikhov was Oksana's opponent in the final: his VAZ 2108 got ahead of her Civic at mid track and he won the race with ET of 9.833. This was a very good result for an FWD car in Russia, one of few to break ten seconds. Second place went to newcomer and citizen of Krasnoyarsk Oksana Yakovleva, third place went to Yana Kholodkovskaya from Tolyatti.

Artem Demikhov, FWD winner said "I am very glad to win, it's my longtime dream. It took half a year to prepare the car, one week to adjust the settings and we got a serious project in the end. And now my dreams about the win came true at the first event of the RDRC. I was able to break ten seconds. It's a very good result for the FWD cars in Russia, especially for Russian built cars. Now I dream of going into the low nines. I will try my best to do that in the coming races. Thanks to my team, and thanks to Dragtimes who organise and host such excellent events!"

FWD runner-up Oksana Yakovleva said: "From one side, it was very hard, from the other I haven't realised it yet, as it was my début. To tell the truth, I wanted to win and I could do it. But I do not have enough experience. I had few test runs, the first using only half power then more and more. I just cannot deal with such a car right now, but my boss Igor Baranov, last year's FWD Champion, is helping me with everything. He explains to me all the details, controls my performance. I want to brag a little: during today's tests, I was 0.3 seconds quicker than Igor. He was very happy, as he thinks it's great when the pupil is better than the coach. And Igor is a very good coach. I am pleased to get second place at my home track."

The most unpredictable results were in All Wheel Drive class. Alexander Albin was not able to start in the quarter finals due to technical problems with his Nissan Skyline GT-R, whilst Stanislav Lunev's car broke in the semi-finals. The second semi-final had no winners, as both Aleksey Krivolapov and Oleg Krokhin made false starts. As a result, Dmitry Mandrikov (Subaru Impreza) won the first place almost without any effort. Third place went to Stanislav Lunev. There was no runner-up due to the drivers' failures.

AWD winner Dmitry Mandrikov said "I have quite mixed feelings. On one hand happy to win, on the other it was easy and without serious effort. Very experienced drivers are participating in our class and they make few mistakes. All of them have a huge background, and they can do a lot. I am pleased to run against them. But today some cars were broken, some of drivers made mistakes and we got first place without any fight. So, it was very important to cope with the excitement. I did that. I hope that in the coming races we will have real competetition with our opponents. I like to be intoxicated by racing, when you feel the real euphoria – the taste of the win is different in this case. Expect this season to be interesting!"

The participants in Rear Wheel Drive also faced technical problems. The transmission of Andrey Mulenko's Chevrolet Corvette Custom Turbo broke at the start in the semi-final against Aleksey Onopchenko (Toyota Chaser). In the second semi-final, Dmitry Samorukov (Dodge Viper DT) was much faster than Denis Ponomarev (Nissan Silvia). According to the cup system, Dmitry had to race for third place, but he won the run without any effort due to the Mulenko's broken Corvette.

The final of Rear Wheel Drive made the audience nervous: technical problems could appear at any time even on a Viper Pro Mod, or a driver could make a false start. It didn't happen; Samorukov took the green, but had to get off the gas after first 200 metres due to the short shutdown area. The result was 6.850/256.95. Second place in RWD went to Alexey Onopchenko and third to Denis Ponomarev.

Dmitry Samorukov, RWD class winner, said "I was aiming for the win in Krasnoyarsk and I got it. Thanks to all those involved from the Krasnoyarsk locals to our team and I. This win is very special for me: for two years in a row I failed here. My cars were more powerful, but they did not want to win. Frankly speaking, this time I was a little bit nervous also. I had a feeling something was gonna happen in the semi-final and it happened: the car was so fast that it was hard to stop it, so it got some damage. As everyone saw I've finished with a broken hood. But I overcame those feelings, my team fixed the problems, and the final run was ideal. Maybe this was my most enjoyable win. The way you start the Championship influences the whole season."

Results of the first round of the Russian Drag Racing Championship

Front Wheel Drive (FSA class according to RAF classification)
  1. Artem Demikhov (Usman'), VAZ 2108
  2. Oksana Yakovleva (Krasnoyarsk), Honda Civic
  3. Yana Kholodkovskaya (Tolyatti), Honda Civic
  4. Georgy Garakishiev (Krasnoyarsk), Mitsubishi Mirage
  5. Vladimir Vil' (Tomsk), VAZ 2108
  6. Vladimir Tretyak (Rostov-on-Don), VAZ 2108
All Wheel Drive (FSB class according to RAF classification)

1. Dmitry Mandrikov (Novosibirsk), Subaru Impreza
2. Stanislav Lunev (Chelyabinsk), Nissan Skyline GT-R Kiwamaru
=4. Oleg Krokhin (Barnaul), Nissan GT-R**
=4. Alexey Krivolapov (Vladivostok), Nissan Skyline**
5. Konstantin Katykin (Vladivostok), Nissan Skyline GT-R
6. Alexander Albin (Omsk), Nissan Skyline GT-R

** 4th places are assigned according to competition regulations, note 15.4

Rear Wheel Drive (US class according to RAF classification)
  1. Dmitry Samorukov (Moscow), Dodge Viper DT
  2. Alexey Onopchenko (Omsk), Toyota Chaser
  3. Denis Ponomarev (Krasnoyarsk), Nissan Silvia
  4. Andrey Mulenko (Omsk), Chevrolet Corvette Custom Turbo
  5. Fazil Aliev (Valdivostok), Nissan Skyline
The second stage of the Russian Drag Racing Championship will take place in Nizhniiy Novgorod on 6th-7th August.


Swift snippets.
10th July: Robin Jackson writes that MSA licence holders who have received the Summer 2016 edition of MSA Magazine will be pleased to see Louise Woodhams' article on Women In Drag Racing prominently featured. Ms. Woodhams attended the FIA / FIM Main Event and interviewed several female racers and officials. Sad to say, Andy Willsheer's group photograph of more than one hundred women involved in the event – for which they all trooped cheerfully to the start line at 08:30 on Saturday – was the only image not to make it into the final publication. Last-minute editorial changes were cited as the reason. However, we should like to thank everyone involved in taking the trouble to create the picture. Rest assured, it will find its way on to a printed page before the year is out.

Plans for our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Dragstalgia Event Coverage are not yet 100% finalised. A detailed live report may prove tricky because the event is run as a huge RWYB and so participants will not be logged by name on the timing system nor will classes run separately. What we definitely have planned are pit notes, end-day galleries and Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast. Stay tuned for the final word.

On the subject of Dragstalgia this year's inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced here on Eurodragster.com at midnight UK on Friday-Saturday (15th-16th).


Priddle presented again at HoF Gala.
10th July: Back in March 2016 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member and European drag racing legend Dennis Priddle travelled to Gainesville in Florida to receive his International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Award (the Andy Willsheer photo at left shows Dennis at Gainesville in March with 1960s Top Fuel racer Jerry Baltes (left) and Summit Racing's Rick Green). Dennis is only the second European to receive this accolade, the other being Sydney Allard. The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, in association with the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, is proud to announce that the official European presentation of this award will take place during the 2016 BDRHoF Annual Gala Awards Dinner at the fabulous Sheraton Skyline Hotel Heathrow on 19th November.

Dennis Priddle said "Receiving this award from Don Garlits in Gainesville was one of the proudest moments in my life and I was so honoured to be in the company of many of the great names in world drag racing history. I must thank my friends Phil Pead and Dave Riswick for making it possible. The only regret was that so many of the people who have helped me during my drag racing career were unable to be there. So when the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame said that they would like to re-present it at this year's Gala Awards Dinner it gave me the opportunity of celebrating the award with more friends and European fans. I'm really looking forward to meeting up with people I have met from the USA and Europe and getting involved in the Bench Racing Session, talking about my days in drag racing and seeing how they compare to stories from the Americans on the panel."

Donna Garlits, Chief Financial Officer of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and very much a prime mover in the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, said "I am so pleased that the trophy will be presented again in Europe where Dennis is so revered and respected. The function is such a prestigious affair and I know how hard everyone works to make this occasion special for the award winners and the other guests - be they sponsors, organisers, promoters or fans."

European drag racing's glitterati will be joined by American drag racing personalities including Don Schumacher, Paula Murphy, Harry Hibler, Graham Light, Carl Olson, Traci Hrudka, Eileen Daniels and Tony Thacker. With more celebrities yet to be announced it is going to be a very special day.

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


Smax hits the beach.
10th July: After five events racing over 1000 feet with NHRA, ex-pat UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Smax Smith and the Leverich family headed to Grand Bend in Canada for the IHRA Mopar Nitro Nationals over the quarter mile:

This was a match race against Todd Paton, former Champion Bruce Litton and Ike Maier. We were feeling much better about our tune-up as we seemed to have mastered our dropped cylinder issues, and we had our damaged heads repaired ready to build. We arrived on Friday to do final prep for our night run against Todd Paton. There was a good crowd. We were a little concerned about having enough fuel so I mixed 86% nitro (to use up what we had left over), filled the tank to the brim and advised the crew to tell the start line guys not to shut us off if they saw fuel leaking!

I did the shortest ever burnout and pre-staged then seemed to wait forever for Todd to stage! Got the light and we both ran side by side and both shut off before the finish. Damn! Aidan came flying up the return road and said we ran 4.91 at only 272 mph. We were ecstatic! I had waited eight years to run another four after driving the McDonalds' Top Fueller at Santa Pod! I did feel engine was a little unhappy and maybe it spooked me and I lifted after 4.4 seconds. Todd ran 4.86/278 for the win.

Aidan had the clutch out in fifteen minutes and Jake had the bottom end apart in record time as Dan and Josh thrashed to rip off the heads. We found that the crank was flapping, broke the side main bolts and pulled some main studs so we had to change blocks as this would require a restud and line bore. The problem was that our other block was at a weld shop back in Michigan where Gary and Bob live. A pleading call to the weld shop had the guy welding the block until 2:00 am while Bob drove back to get it hot off the press!

We planned to be at track ready to build the motor at 7:30 am but Bob had a sleep and didn't get back until 11:00 so we had a big thrash all day. Our good friend Aaron Grant who is a Top Fuel tuner although only in his twenties, came to help along with his girlfriend Audrey who is also our back-up girl (she has driven over 160 mph in a slingshot as well as backing up Bruce Larsens nostalgia car). Gary figured out we needed more fuel down track. Aaron worked on our timing programme and between us we came up with a strong tune-up to run in the heat against Bruce Litton in the evening because we missed the afternoon session by fifteen minutes.

IHRA President Mike Dunn came to our pits to meet me with the great Larry Dixon. Mike had read my biography and knew all about my European exploits and being the first rookie to win the Top Fuel Championship. Larry was there with his father-in-law (who is also Tony Pedregon's father-in-law) and he knew Bob Leverich - wow, small world!

In the evening session I burned out and staged and I got the light, rocketed off to a 3.30/248 eighth mile but broke the belt at 800 feet, whilst Bruce had smoked his tyres and handed us the win - aces! It would have been another 4.9 run if the belt hadn't broken.

Sunday came around and we were up against Todd Paton again. I wasn't taking any chances, got the light and ran hard to the quarter mile with a 4.92/295 but Todd ran quicker to a 4.86 but at only 286 mph. We were the fastest car of the weekend and I had the best lights so mission accomplished... except that I knew I was close to 300 mph so yanked the chute lever too hard and it compromised the brake lever so no brakes. I looked down and saw what had happened so I pulled the chute lever back but the cable was wrapped around the brake lever so had I to peel that out of the way still doing close to 200 mph! Anyhow I didn't know where Todd was and I didn't want to roll it so I opted to go into the sand, necessitating five hours of cleaning the car. Sorry guys!

Best ever at 4.91 and a 4.92, another 4.9 had the belt not broken, and fastest car of the weekend. Party time!

Three videos are available for your enjoyment at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGtfwea6L44, www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLBEL8sRHyo and www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xhUS5Q3vpc.

Editor's note: Smax asked us to point out that contrary to the otherwise excellent feature on Competition Plus he never claimed to be the first to 300 mph in Europe; he said "Third" but he guessed that in a noisy environment it did not come out clearly.


Web site updates.
10th July: Continuing the Nostalgia theme as Dragstalgia approaches, Dick Parnham has updated his Flickr site with shots of Tony Nancy's early 1970s visit to Santa Pod Raceway with what your News Editor considers one of the best-looking rear-engined dragsters ever campaigned. You can check out Dick's pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/dickparnhamdragracing.

The Mad Welshman has also updated a Flickr site, in this case with a large album of his pictures from the Sunday of the Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. You can check out Mad's pictures at
www.flickr.com/photos/the_madwelshman.


Drags on a summer's day.
9th July:
North Weald Drag Strip opens its gates tomorrow (Sunday) for its third event of the year. Damian Burke writes:

Tomorrow will be another Test and Tune Day featuring three eliminations for Fast Eight cars,Top Eight bikes and Front Wheel Drive cars. If the first two meetings of the year are anything to go by then it promises to be a busy day as the approach road to the track was gridlocked well before the gates opened. Early arrival is advised as signing on is usually oversubscribed - there is an entry limit of two hundred entrant to enable everyone to get plenty of track time.

Away from the drag strip the increasingly popular Club display area is packed with a great variety of cars from all over the local area. At the last event more than four hundred enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere of North Weald. A fully licenced bar, food outlets, trade stands and kids' rides are also on-site.

Entry at North Weald is still only £10 with under-14s free; £25 gets you as many runs as you can fit in. Helmets can be provided for car owners who don't have one. North Weald Airfield is signposted locally from Junction 7 of the M11 and is just off the A414. The post code is CM16 6HR. Come along tomorrow for some real grass-roots drag racing in a laid-back atmosphere.


Event entry update.
8th July: Many thanks to Ian Marshall and Paul Marston for forwarding us the MSA Pro Modified and Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman entry lists for the Mopar EuroNationals which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 29th-31st July. You can check out the Mopar EuroNationals entry lists by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. If you're quick then you can download the official entry form for MSA Pro Modified from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc and the entry form for Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman from the UK Top Sportsman Facebook page, or contact Paul Marston by E-Mail at pmracing@fsmail.net or on the phone on 07831 650230.

Ålund at Alastaro.
8th July: It's time to round off the north-eastern swing of the 2016 FIA European Drag Racing Championship with the third race of the series, the 2016 FHRA Nitro Nationals at the Alastaro Motopark, and the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing team is all set up, anxious to get back to their winning ways after an early exit at the Tierp Internationals.

Jimmy and the team have made no major changes for this race. "There is nothing new or fundamentally changed", says Jimmy. "We have a car with a strong bullet from KB Racing under the hood. The car can win races and has qualified number one in the first two races but we need to work on our chasss set-up. We ran into tyre shake twice at the Tierp race and it cost us.

"This will definitely be a very exciting and challenging weekend for both racers and fans. Thirteen cars are battling it out for eight places in eliminations. The weather looks to be tricky as regards to rain which means that we are not at all guaranteed four qualifying runs, so everyone needs to be at their absolute best from the first burnout."

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


The HoF and half a thousand Astons.
8th July: Phil Cottingham writes that the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame attended the Aston Martin Show at Burghley House near Stamford last Sunday:

The Hall of Fame team on the day were Angie Cottingham and I, Stu Bradbury and Robin Jackson. Around six hundred Aston Martins attended what was a very good day. Russ Carpenter's Daimler-powered dragster was the main feature of our display; we were due to have three cars but one had to pull out with a broken gearbox and then Steve Neimantas, who was also due to be there, was the victim of a ram raid on his premises days before the event.

We had many people visit our display, and a lot of interest in the dragster and drag racing in general, which should result in many new visitors to our drag strips. Many thanks to the Carpenter family for bringing the dragster along.

Our next On Tour event is of course next week's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway.


Announcing the Spirit of 76.
7th July: Over the 1976 Easter weekend, Peter Crane set the world alight at Santa Pod Raceway by not only taking out reigning NHRA Champion Don Garlits in the first round of Pro Fuel Dragster, but also by running the first five-second quarter mile outside North America on the very same pass. Peter ran a stunning 5.97 at 213 mph.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of that very pass - and of course Santa Pod's 50th - Peter has decided to team up with Santa Pod Raceway and put up an award dubbed the Spirit of 76. The Award will go to someone who has played a major part in creating and shaping the Nostalgia Drag Racing scene of today, someone who has faced a major challenge and succeeded against the odds as Peter did in 1976, someone who has demonstrated extreme commitment to drag racing in this country, or simply someone who goes that extra mile to achieve their goals or to help others within the sport. For example, many racers did just that after the robbery at that event in 1976, returning their prize money and or even gaving financial help to keep Santa Pod afloat.

The recipient of the Award will be chosen by Peter himself and announced and presented at Dragstalgia each year. The first Award will be presented at
Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway next Friday-Sunday.

Dragstalgia build-up underway.
7th July: Nigel Taylor writes that the Detroit Spinner Drag Racing Team are in the process of putting everything back in the Prefect for its appearance at next week's Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway:

The Dart motor has been treated to a new crank, cam, lifters and other parts. We are waiting on the lifters, but at least we can reassemble the block back in the car, put the heads, gearbox, fuel tank and all of the other components back on whilst praying that the last bits turn up on time so that we can get it ready for Dragstalgia which takes place the weekend before original builder / driver and current driver Arthur Bonner turns seventy five years of age... and here he is assembling parts, making them fit, laying on the floor, lining things up, cutting, welding and drilling. He just doesn't stop where his old car is involved!


I have owned the Ford Prefect since 2013, when support from sponsors gave us the finances to rebuild it and get it back out on the track in 2014. Arthur was more than suprised when I told him that due to my family commitments that I had no intention of driving it myself and that he would still be the main driver, along with a few of our sponsors as back up - this still includes Graham Smith, Col Law, Michael Hawkins, Bob Hancox, Kelvin Helsdown, Paul Dale and Andy Frost. I would like to say a big Thank You to my long suffering wife Sophie and my children Elisha, Mackenzie and Fletcher, who have put up with me doing this project for the last three years even though they still don't fully understand why I do it, and to all the sponsors who have got involved in the project along the way.

Paul Dale, my adopted brother as we call him, is now running the Acute Angle Anglia in Supercharged Outlaws and after a lot of changing around of induction parts and a few headaches is now running down in the low tens, without any nitrous at present so there is plenty more to come. Paul and his family, Steve and Pam Dale, Somer, Lou and Sommer would like to say a massive Thank You to Wil Mackenzie and all the Supercharged Outlaws for welcoming them into the class and for all the amazing fundraising which they have done for Somer.


Swift snippets.
7th July: Good luck and stay safe to Mike Manners of Eurodragster.com sponsor Cosmo Residences and Ulf Leanders who are contesting Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol FC respectively at this weekend's K&N Filters NHRA Nationals in Chicago. Mike and Ulf go into action tomorrow (Friday) and you will be able to stay in touch with their progress courtesy of Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com.

Web site updates.
7th July: Richard Smith has been in touch to let us know that there were some nice treats at York last weekend, including the return of the Firestorm Jet FC and Bill Sherratt testing his Yesterday's Dreams slingshot, both of which and more you can check out in his excellent gallery at rdsmith.zenfolio.com.

One of Europe's most legendary drag races, the Midnight Sun Internationals, takes place this weekend at Pite Dragway just shy of the Arctic Circle and thus blessed with perpetual daylight. You can read a preview on the Drag Racing Europe Blog together with a review of the Estonian Drag Racing Association's first EDRS event.


Event entry update.
6th July: This Friday (8th) is the closing date for MSA Pro Modified entry to the Mopar EuroNationals which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 29th-31st July and which also hosts this year's running of Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman for which entry will remain open beyond Friday. You can download the official entry form for MSA Pro Modified from the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at
www.eurodragster.com/sprc and the entry form for Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman from the UK Top Sportsman Facebook page, or contact Paul Marston by E-Mail at pmracing@fsmail.net or call 07831 650230.

Entry is still open for the Championship rounds of 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike (both UK National), Supertwin Gas and ET Bike / NAST  which take place at the Mid Summer Madness Public Track Weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway on 23rd-24th July. The entry forms can be downloaded from the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com. Racers are encouraged to pay their entry fee by Bacs rather than credit card or cheque, as this cuts down on administrative charges and time. Shakespeare County Raceway's account details can be found on the entry forms.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending an updated final version of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 22nd-24th July (racing 23rd-24th). You can check out the Bug Jam entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Now with added Nitro!
5th July: With just three weeks until Dragstalgia, it was essential that the new combination of blown nitro Donovan, installed in the little green car aka Havoc, was tested in advance of the arrival of our American cousins, and Santa Pod Raceway's SPRC Summernationals provided an ideal opportunity. Driver Nick Davies writes:

The intention was to make it to the track on the Friday, but last-minute teething problems prevented that happening and so the abbreviated team of Nick Davies, Rob Loaring and Scott Barnes arrived on Saturday morning. Plans were to try to validate the new oiling and fuel systems and, if the car were to make it to half-track by the end of the weekend, the team would go home happy.

With Tim Garlick's Apache Nostalgia Funny Car sidelined with axle issues, Team Havoc displayed shameless opportunism, commandeering the entire transport and pit support equipment of the sister car, pleading that they would be unable to fix the Funny Car until after Dragstalgia, but would willingly store Tim's truck and ensure the batteries didn't go flat. "Thanks Timmy, we love you man!"

The early-Saturday under-awning pit warm-up underlined the entire crew's pathetic intolerance to a little dose of nitromethane fume, having to shut off early and push the car into the open air much to the amusement of surrounding teams. Masks? Who needs em? All of us, evidently.

So, run one and lining up with the beautiful Nostalgia Funny Car of Bob Glassup all seemed fine. That is until the Tree ran and we managed to put out more cylinders than we kept lit. Having decided beforehand to only go to sixty feet, or so, we towed back with a little head-scratching knowing that we couldn't have gone much further anyway. Well with thanks, once again, to the all-seeing and recording (when the battery is charged and operational) datalogger, a potential root cause of the fuel system glitch was identified and, with the other checks all giving the thumbs-up, the team once again towed down for another test-hit. With a 1.11 sixty foot time, the team headed home with more positives than negatives, ready for another crack on Sunday.

Sunday morning's post warm-up checks revealed an oil leak from the front crank seal. Not good. A decision had been made before the meeting that, should there be any issues or breakages, the team would pack up and go home as two thirds of them were a little old and couldn't be bothered and the remaining third would be outvoted. No spares would be carried. Of course, the best-laid plans are ignored in the heat of the moment so Team Member One headed off back to Oxfordshire to retrieve a spare seal whilst Team Member Three took the smart option of having a quick scout around the pits to see if anyone carried a spare. With thanks to Luke Robinson, a spare was procured and fitted just in time for the return of Team Member One with the spare seal, amidst clipped instructions to "Get your race suit on, we have been called!".

A planned eighth-mile pass (might have gone slightly further...) and the altered behaved surprisingly well. The timing ticket showed decent progress with an ET of 7.02 at 152 mph. Really? Apparently so... And that was it. The team were ready to pack up and go home happy, until the question was asked whether they wanted another go when the finalists pulled down. Sure. Why not? Well, how about because of the oil leak around the valley. No worries, it's not like there are only two of us – there are three! Blower off, valley plate off, re-sealed, re-assembled, back together and towed down. "Data looks good, bearings and plugs look good - take it to a thousand feet. We need to know if we're in the ballpark of the Americans here". No worries.

A planned 1000' pass (might have gone slightly further...) and all felt good. In fact it felt better than at any time that the car had run with the alcohol engine in. Longer gearing, 'glide clutch, two-speed, linear power delivery? Maybe a combination of a number of things. Before the Summernationals, the quickest the car had been was 6.83 at 205 mph. The Maltese One Thousand Foot pass generated numbers of 6.59 at 174 mph. Really? Apparently so...

Apologies to the Top Fuel Bike guys who had to be shut off due to the ineptitude of the driver parking the car in the middle of the shutdown area and making the marshals earn their evening beer by pushing the car to safety, but that's life.

A good weekend. Particularly so when a strip-down and service the following weekend revealed zero issues. Bring on Dragstalgia 2016 and let us at 'em... Oh, and after all the Nationalistic trials and tribulations over the past few weeks in the sporting and political arenas, don 't forget to support The Home Team by buying one of the amazing Havoc T-Shirts, available at the meeting!


Swift snippets.
5th July: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (right) came with the words "I spy I spy I spy". 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.

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


Flamholc goes east.
5th July: Sweden's Adam Flamholc has been globetrotting again but in an easterly direction providing support and consultancy to Russia's Dragtimes organisation. Adam writes:

The Dragtimes Organisation wanted me to help them run a Pro Mod-style car in this year's Russian Drag Racing Championship this year. I talked to Rasmus, Kent and Mike from my team about it, and we decided to do it! A lot of stuff had to be organized in a very short period of time to get a car to them, tools, spares, a working transport vehicle and so on. We made it happen and in May we had their Viper turn-key, ready for the season!

Since Dmitry Samurokov never had been in a blown Pro Mod car we decided to go to Tierp Arena, to let him get familiar with the new car. Dmitry did exactly what I was hoping he should do, and ran 4.18s to the eighth, first time out! After the test at Tierp the bus, car and everything else was transported to Moscow in Russia. Dragtimes used the car for display at a couple of car shows and meetings.

In the last weekend in June the team and I flew over to Moscow for the first time, and from there to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia for round one of the Championship. In the first run we lost traction after about two seconds, but from there on, we went faster and faster. The second run was a new track record, we qualified as number one, won the event and ran new Russian ET and speed records of 6.548 seconds and 362.9 km/h. You can see a video on YouTube.


Racing is racing no matter where in the world you are... Things were a bit different in some ways, but every single person I talked to was very friendly and helpful. Ansi Pinola from Finland prepped the track, and did a great job. Kristian Nyström, also from Finland was there and helped the guys and I with a bit of everything. The biggest problem on the track (and all their tracks) is the shutdown area.. They only had around 400 metres from the finish line to the end of the track. Another thing we had to deal with, was that they where only allowed to prep 201 metres. But together we made it work! There were many up sides as well. Like their TV show! Excellent production, with many cameras, interviews and so on, a fresh way of thinking.

The next event will be four hours from Moscow on the first weekend in August, and if everything goes as planned there will be three or four Pro Mod / Top Doorslammer teams from Europe there! David Vegter, Håkan Persson, Lenn Lindell and Mats Lusth are preparing their cars for a batle in the East!

Thanks from me to Andrey Veremeev, Dmitry Samorukov, Alexander Ocheretin, Anastasia Starostina, Tigran Seferian and everyone else in and around Dragtimes for giving me the opportunity to play a part in building drag racing in Russia!


Banzai!
4th July: We were not able to attend last week's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway but word quickly filtered back of one of the undoubted stars of the show, Ian Merryweather's 392 Hemi-powered, classically-styled Banzai altered. Ian got in touch to let us know about what sounded like a very successful début:

We loaded up on Thursday evening, headed for the 07:30 Douglas to Liverpool Ferry then trundled on down the M6 to Shakespeare County Raceway, arriving mid afternoon. We pitted next to Roy Wilding (thanks for saving the space Roy), up and carried out the checks in readiness for the Saturday start.

Saturday morning began with a fitting and moving tribute to Scottie Durrant, spectators and racers lining both sides of the quarter mile for almost it's entire length. RIP Scottie.

Unfortunately the rain showers teased with us all day Saturday, in and out of the pit bay until late in the afternoon when we were two cars from fire-up when the final shower shut the track for the day.

Sunday, although cloudy, turned out to be good up to 4:00 pm. Running in the Supercharged Outlaws, we were first up against Andy Fadster in Twister. After problems with his race motor at a previous event, Andy wedged his eight-second 'street' motor between the frame rails. We got the jump on Andy off the line and continued to pull away at sixty feet, 1.372 to Andy's 1.64. Banzai netted a 9.26/150 with a half track lift due to the barrier coming close. This was due not to traction issues but to driver blindness causing a lift of the throttle! Note to driver: Rainex visor before runs!

In an attempt to equal the score Andy and Twister went up against us again for the second run. Two tenths better reaction from Andy proved that he meant business, but an arrow straight launch and the grunt of the Hemi pulled the Topolino to a 1.395 sixty to a Twister 1.574. Traction problems halted any recovery from Twister as it crossed the centre line at the one hundred foot. An attempt at a blocking manoeuvre if ever we saw one! Banzai netted an 8.88/154. To say that we were over the moon would be an understatement. The third and final pass of the weekend we ran a solo. Arrow straight, 1.35 sixty foot, 5.66/124 at the eighth, 8.84/150 at the quarter gave hints at consistency.

Although the car has run twice with a similar combination at our local track at Jurby on the Isle of Man, a prepared track was where we wanted to be. Shakey supplied and we took advantage with the three good runs in on Sunday. We came away well chuffed.

We would just like to thank everyone, spectators and racers alike, for all the appreciative comments; Shakespeare County Raceway for dealing with the British weather as best as possible and giving us great track to race on; the NSRA for putting the event on and awarding us with one of their Quick Six trophies, and my crew Lee Merryweather, Steven Russell, Malcolm and Beverley Forbes and last but not least my better half Selena Merryweather who made it all happen.

We now look forward to the big one, Dragstalgia! See you all there.

Banzai is the subject of a great feature in the current issue of Custom Car magazine so be sure to pick up your copy.


Stripduster qualifies #1 at Dragstalgia.
4th July: In drag racing, the V8 is king and there is no substitute for cubic capacity. So says the received wisdom. Yet it is not strictly true, either today – when all manner of powerplants propel all manner of vehicles up the track – or in the earliest days, when eight-pot locomotion was a comparative rarity on the British scene.

Indeed, when Santa Pod Raceway opened for business 50 years ago on Easter Monday 1966, the very first car to traverse the quarter-mile packed all of 948cc into its four-cylinder engine. Harold Bull's Strip Duster was a slingshot dragster powered by an engine lifted from a Morris Minor. It was an immaculate miniature version of the thundering V8-motored dragsters which had so impressed and inspired Harold when an all-star team from America had toured Britain two years earlier, though there was nothing miniature about the car's performance. With constant modifications and improvements made over the next few years, Strip Duster would not only win races against opponents at Santa Pod but would set world records against the clock at the Elvington records meeting in Yorkshire which still stand today.

When Harold Bull and his fellow BMC-powered arch-rival, John Whitmore, pulled to the Santa Pod start line, fans would hurry from all parts to watch. The same response is anticipated when Strip Duster recreates its maiden Santa Pod voyage at Dragstalgia, the venue's annual historic revival meeting taking place from 15th-17th July.

When he made that inaugural trip up the track, Harold was already 41 years old. Half a century later and still living at Wymington within earshot of Santa Pod, the self-taught, expert engineer and tool-maker has supervised the construction of a perfect Strip Duster replica by his son, Simon, who will pilot the car on its Dragstalgia outing. The original Strip Duster, now modified beyond recognition, is believed still to exist somewhere in Germany.

Dragstalgia brings forth a veritable treasure trove of historic drag racing machinery. Some 300 cars and motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and vintages will be in attendance over the July weekend, many in action on the track and others displayed alongside. Top of the bill and visiting from America will be the spectacular Fuel Altereds, Rat Trap and the Bradfords' Topolino, along with a bygone era's array of Dragsters and Funny Cars, Altereds and Stockers, plus bikes of many classes and kinds. There'll be no mistaking the moment, however, when Simon Bull guides Strip Duster on its historic passage up the fabled quarter-mile.

For further information on Dragstalgia and to book tickets, please visit www.santapod.com or telephone 01234 782828. Tickets may be booked on-line and printed at home. Kids go free – under-16s are admitted free of charge, up to three per paying adult – and overnight camping is also free with weekend tickets. As always there is open access to the pits for a close-up view of all the machinery in the show.


Vegter: A lot to feel good about.
4th July: The Netherlands' Vegter Pro Mod Racing are proud to announce DutchBoxx Golfkarton as a new partner. The Heerenveen-based company have joined the Dutch Pro Modified team with immediate effect and for at least two years. Remco Scheelings writes:

DutchBoxx Golfkarton are the leading Dutch manufacturer of boxes and corrugated packaging. With six modern production lines, the produce in-house a complete range of boxes and custom-made packaging. In addition to American folding boxes and shipping boxes DutchBoxx also produce plates, wrap packages, standard packaging, sleeves, pallet boxes, XXL sizes, and corrugated cardboard interiors, available in both large and small orders. DutchBoxx not only offer a wide range of products, but these packages can also be provided with prints. DutchBoxx combine fast delivery with the option of both "stock" and "just-in-time" delivery. A great company where the customer comes first. You can find more information about DutchBoxx Golfkarton on their web site at www.dutchboxx.nl/golfkarton.

"We are very happy and proud to represent such a great company that makes such high quality products", said David Vegter, driver and driving force behind Vegter Pro Mod Racing. "I'm looking forward to great co-operation and I'm sure it will be successful for both DutchBoxx and our team. The two-year deal gives us both a good base to work from and we can make a long-term plan for our co-operation. We are very happy to represent such a great company on and off the track."

DutchBoxx Golfkarton join Vegter Pro Mod Racing partners Playboy Energy Drink, HKR Techniek, WVB Holland, PedalToTheMetal Musclecar Performance and Sonic Equipment at a very successful time as Vegter Pro Mod Racing have had a great start of the season: during the second round of the FIA European Championship at Tierp Arena, David reset his Personal Bests to 6.002 seconds and 390.5 km/h, qualified fifth, and advanced to the semi-finals.


After the season-opening round at Santa Pod, the state-of-the-art drag racing facility at Tierp Arena, 100 km north of Stockholm, was host of the second round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. With extremely fast Scandinavian teams on the entry list, the Tierp Internationals had a very competitive Pro Mod field. Unfortunately, qualifying was badly affected by the rain and so the four planned sessions had to be rescheduled to two qualifying runs on Friday evening. On a green and cold track David recorded an encouraging 6.36 seconds, at least good enough to qualify for eliminations. In the second run, David had a problem with a fuel leak, causing the tyres to spin at the start line. With the 6.36 seconds from the first run David was number five qualifier, a good result in the seventeen-car field. But David knew there was more to come.

"We have a new short block, and with the tuning Adam Flamholc has in mind, we can improve dramatically", he said after qualifying. "We changed the chassis set-up this season and the car feels much better now."


In the first round against Freddy Fagerström, David immediately proved that it wasn't wishful thinking. In a great run the Vegter Pro Mod Racing '67 Camaro stormed to a winning 6.003 seconds at 389.9 km/h. David not only reset his personals best from 2013 (6.05 seconds), but the 6.003 was also the best ET of the first round. In the quarter final David had to face the always-consistent Bruno Bader, winner of the first race at Santa Pod. David and Brunp both suffered traction problems at the start line, but the Dutch racer got control of his Camaro and took the win light in 6.41 seconds. In the semi-final David had to face Mats Eriksson, the number one qualifier and last year's runner up in the Championship. Mats had a much better Reaction Time and although David's 6.002 seconds at 390.5 kmh were quicker and faster than Mats' ET and speed, it was not enough to beat the Swede. With a 6.002 at 390.5 km/h David again reset his Personals Bests and was the third quickest and fastest Pro Mod at Tierp Arena.

David knew that he had lost the race at the start line and that made him angry, but he knew that he could only be happy with the way the team and car performed. "The car immediately rolled into stage and at the same moment a warning light lit up", he said. "I lost my concentration for a moment and then you know it's over. But, after all, we did a great job and I'm very happy with the way both the team and the car performed. The ETs and speeds were very good and we have one of the quickest and fastest combinations in the field. We are extremely happy with our performance in Sweden. This a real boost for the coming races."

David is fifth in the FIA European Pro Modified Championship points standings after two races. The third race of the championship is this week's FHRA Nitro Nationals which takes place at Alastaro, Finland between Thursday and Sunday.


One more off PMR's bucket list.
4th July: Historically your News Editor always got the moose, but Paul Marston tells us that it is now his turn:

I recently said goodbye to my beloved 1967 Camaro street / strip car which got me back into National Championship Drag Racing in the Street Class of Custom Car Street Eliminator in the 1990s along with fellow Damn Yankees car club member Gary Petley, Ray White, Billy 'The Kid' Macdermid etc. The '67 Camaro had sat for some time in perfect preservation but had not been driven for about twelve years other than trips to the MoT station and back. I count myself as very, very lucky to have owned her for so long. I have been very careful with my Camaro and never cut her up and kept her as stock as I could other than a 50 0bhp Super Gas-spec 396ci BBC and the corresponding upgrades to cope with the extra horse pressure.

I was equally as careful when it came to selecting a buyer for her. She was sold to a very good friend who will cherish her and use her as she was intended. As the last two vehicles I sold came to rather unfortunate ends (a long story for another time) I made sure that the Camaro which I owned for twenty eight years did not suffer the same fate. I know it's just a chunk of metal but you do become attached to them.

The Camaro was not sold for any particular reason other than it was simply not used. An opportunity arose a few weeks ago to purchase a race car of a type which has been on the top of my Bucket List for a long time: Jon 'Moose' Hollingworth's twin-turbo Big Block-powered Street Eliminator Mk5 Cortina which now resides at PMR HQ in Romford. I did think that I was going to have to import one from the States as they are pretty thin on the ground in Blighty. Nevertheless when it came up I was interested enough to go for a look-see. Now it is fair to say that this will be a very long term project as the race car will need to be completely repurposed before it can be used, but I could see the potential and the car comes with a great pedigree. It ticked all the boxes, plus it receives technical support from John Sleath Racecars who built, designed, mapped, developed and supported the Cortina all its life. I am pleased to say that this will continue and that we are looking forward to working with John Sleath Racecars with this project.

It is the fault of Bill Felstead of Fester Race Cars that I bought it, as Bill has always been harking on that with so much power you need a lot of control. It must be fuel injected, small Big Block, 88mm turbos, data logger, etc, etc. To put it simply this Cortina has it all, in fact it's very similar tp although not as powerful as fellow UK Top Sportsman competitor and former title sponsor Matt Wright's mighty Rolls Royce. The aim of the project is simply to remove weight which is now not required and to see how fast it can go with slicks and a wheelie bar. There is no rush, no agenda as I honestly did not expect to be given this wonderful opportunity. It costs nothing to think, and before we start on this one it will receive a lot of thought before any firm decisions are made. This will be a challenge as our knowledge of turbo cars, although not non-existent, is on a different level. It will be a fascinating journey.

You simply cannot over-emphasise the explosion of very fast power-adder doorslammers, in particular turbo drag race cars, in the States. It is astonishing and has there has been huge growth in cars, crowds and events - seeing is believing. For example, an event called Lights Out at SGMP Georgia earlier this year had nearly seven hundred competing teams and so many spectators that the police shut the Interstate for three exits and closed the doors at SGMP with a fifteen-mile queue outside. That just paints a small picture of just how fast this kind of racing is growing. It is coming over here. It will take time, but the Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman event has these kind of cars showing up in greater numbers each year. So if you want to see the very fastest Sportsman Doorslammer competitors compete in the richest, fastest, no rules other than safety, heads-up and fast bracket races which are televised, then you need to be at the Mopar EuroNats on 29th-31st July, either to compete against the best or to watch the show. You can download the entry from the UK Top Sportsman Facebook page, or contact us by E-Mail at pmracing@fsmail.net or call me on 07831 650230.


Swift snippets.
4th July: Paul Warne has asked us to say a big Thank You to everyone for the kind words and support after the death of doorslammer legend Dave Warne. "A big thank you to Eurodragster.com for putting the notices on for us and for the flowers", he adds. You are very welcome, Paul.

Bernie Newbury has put his immaculate nine-second VW Beetle up for sale due to family circumstances. If you are interested in a spectacular and rapid VW then you can take a look under Cars For Sale in our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet.

Michel Tooren and the Pro Dutch Racing Pro Modified team had another fantastic weekend at the SPRC Summernationals, beating Personal Bests and making it to the final against Eurodragster.com sponsor Andy Robinson. You can check out the team's review (Dutch-language PDF) by clicking here.

As Dragstalgia approaches (see above) a reminder that this year's inductees to the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced here on Eurodragster.com at midnight UK on Friday-Saturday of next week (15th-16th).

We have two birthdays today. First up, a Happy Birthday and hugs to Santa Pod Racers Club official Kathy Taylor. Have a lovely day Kathy. Happy Birthday also to street-legal Comp Eliminator racer Andy Frost. Have a great day Frosty.

Also on the subject of birthdays we would like to wish all of our friends and readers in the USA a Happy 4th July. Have a great day guys.


Fifty Shades of Summernationals.
4th July: UK Sportsman ET racer Andy Dibley has been in touch with a review of last week's SPRC Summernationals at which he and Eurodragster.com Photographer Kirstie again made a two-pronged attack:

There was a complete change in track conditions for elimations on the Sunday. I stuck with a 13.85 as I went into round one against Jemma Hale. My rivalry with Jemma goes back to last year's UK National Finals lat which I missed out on top spot after a misjudged top end pedal. I wasn't going to let her Jemma away with it again. I just managed to p ut my front wheel ahead going through the top end to take the win by 0.016 seconds. Kirstie drew Alan Medley in the first round in his Captain Caveman Racing Oldsmobile Omega. Alan was running mid twelves which meant tha Kirstie was being chased. Both cut good lights and Kirstie was almost bang on the money but at the top end, in fear of breaking out, she just got off it enough to give Alan the win by 0.0018 (2.37 inches). Sadly that was the end of the Summernationals for Kirstie. 


In round two I ended up meeting Jane Mcready in the Clueless Racing Ford Escort Van, a lovely turned out van! Jane cut a 0.5 light to my 0.08, she also sadly missed a shift going from first to fourth resulting in my catching her before the eighth and just idling through the top to take the win. 

In round three I drew Gill Medley in the other Captain Caveman Racing vehicle, a big white Jeep Cherokee! Gill was a former event and Dial-In Day winner and is definitely one to watch. Sadly I lost that race on the start line pulling my first ever red in MSA competition! Gill won the next round against Alan but sadly broke out in the finals against Ricky Hale.

Half way through the season and the points table is really tightening up at the top. Both cars will be back out in a few weeks' time for Bug Jam which is a great meeting for Sportsman ET with a lot of guest entries from other classes joining in the fun!

Thanks to our Sponsors Hutchinson and Dibley LTD CNC Precision Engineering and V8UK - events, cruises and blogs about V8s in the UK.


Flaming June!
4th July: Many thanks to Nervous Nick for forwarding us Sean Milsom's review of the Gasser Circus' outing at last week's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway:

The event had much to offer the drag racing fan, with a good turnout from Outlaw Anglia, Supercharged Outlaws, the Wild Bunch and the first running of the Tri-Chevy shootout for 1955–1957 Chevrolets. Plus, of course, the highlight of the programme (in my humble opinion): the second round of the 2016 Gasser Circus Championship. Seventeen cars had entered including two new entrants for 2016 in the form of The Money Pit Ford Pop panel van of Derek Gibson and Martin Bishop and his Bad'n'Blown Ford Pop. We were also treated to the welcome return of Ken Brookes in his 1957 Chevrolet Roaring Rat, Chris and Beverley Hill with their 1956 Chevrolet Gas Guzzler, now with a new injected 427 Big Block engine and Mick Allen with his small block Chevrolet powered Henry J (a rare car in this country, having been built by the Kaiser Motor Company in America in the early 1950s).

I don't know whether Antonio Vivaldi ever visited Stratford on Avon in late June, but if he did and on the evidence of last weekend, I'm pretty sure that's where he got his inspiration for The Four Seasons. OK, it didn't snow but we got simultaneously soaked and sunburnt, were either too hot or too cold and had some pretty impressive thunder storms – all on Saturday when we had hoped to be putting in some qualifying runs. The track crew worked hard all day to try to keep the track dry and by mid-afternoon, it looked like we would get a run in so we all pulled round into the fire-up road; we would be racing after the cars in The Wild Bunch class.

And then, with about eight Wild Bunch cars left to run, the computer which controls the timing lights spat out its dummy and stopped working. So we all had to sit and wait for the now customary Ctrl-Alt-Del attempt at a fix followed by several attempts at rebooting the hard drive. After twenty minutes, the start line crew decided to let the remaining cars run with a fla -start, as would have been the case in the 1950s / early 1960s. That was not really going to help us, as we needed to record a time against our dial-in to set our place on the elimination ladder for Sunday, so it looked like we would have to run anyway and then draw names out of a hat to populate the ladder.

Fortunately, as the first pair of cars came around to do their burnouts, the computer decided to play ball and the timing lights came back on so normal service was resumed. Except, unfortunately for Steve Dixon in his High Roller Ford Falcon which wouldn't start and Mick Allen in Horrid Henry who needed a bump start due to starter motor problems. As it turned out, with only one attempt at qualifying due to the weather, that would mean both cars would not be eligible for eliminations on Sunday as Steve had not recorded a time and Mick had needed assistance to start his car; our rules require the vehicle to get to the start line under its own power. Also out would be Derek Gibson in The Money Pit who had not run quick enough to qualify.

There was even worse news for Louise and Mike Noble who suffered severe engine damage in qualifying in their historic 1957 Chevrolet Honky Tonkin'. At best this is the end of their racing year; not good news for a really nice couple who work really hard to fund their racing.

In qualifying, I ran a disappointing 10.519 second run on a 10.05 dial-in which was good enough for seventh place and meant that I would be racing Martin Bishop in his Bad'n'Blown Ford Pop in Round 1. I dialled-in at 10.25 and ran a 10.32 against Martin who broke out with an 11.97 on a 11.98 dial-in giving me the win into round two of eliminations which would once again be against the lovely Katie-Jayne Booth in her Mighty Mouse Ford Pop. Katie-Jayne earlier ran a new personal best of 10.4 seconds so this was going to be another tough race.

There was more disappointment and early departures in eliminations for Lee and Jerry and Honky Tonkin' 2 when a needle valve in one of their carburettors stuck open, flooding the engine such that it would not start for round one and also for Ken Brookes when the fuel pump on Roarin' Rat started to fail in round two. There was also another learning opportunity for us all in round two when the Strevetts in their 1941 Ford Coupe faced off against Brian Gibson in Identity Crisis. Racers need to show their dial-in on the back of the car, usually in shoe-white on the rear screen. The track crew then transfer that into the computer and the dial-in is then shown on the finish-line gantry; it is up to the driver and crew to check that the dial-in on the gantry is shown correctly; if it isn't, the driver should not stage the car until it is corrected. Unfortunately for the Strevetts, they did not notice that their time of 11.91 seconds had been incorrectly entered as 11.1 seconds and they staged as usual. Given that their car runs consistent 12.1s (they were number one qualifier in the first event, number two qualifier at this event), this mistake gifted the win to Brian.

For round two I lowered my dial-in to 10.15 against Katie-Jayne with a 10.49 and we pulled round to do our burnouts, then into stage. We would be away at virtually the same time, with Katie-Jayne leaving just before me. Slowly into stage, followed by a brilliant race! It was soon clear that we were both trying too hard as we both broke out and went quicker than our dial-in, me by 0.075 seconds and Katie-Jayne by 0.085 seconds. Unfortunately for Katie-Jayne she also went early on the lights putting a cherry on the tree and giving me the win into the semi-finals. This would be against Brian Gibson in his Dodge Dart Identity Crisis, or at least it would have been if the weather gods had not intervened with a light shower at just before 4:00 pm turning into persistent rain and bringing the race meeting to a close before we'd been able to conclude matters.

Congratulations to the semi-finalists for their efforts: Brian Gibson in Identity Crisis, Chris Hill in Gas Guzzler, Merv Barnett in Psychedelic Relic with Yours Truly taking the final slot. More congratulations to those running Personal Bests this weekend: Chris Hill in Gas Guzzler, Katie-Jayne Booth in Mighty Mouse, Mick Allen in Horrid Henry and Nick Brooke-Langham in Nogbad the Bad (and also congratulations on getting through to round two with an 11.60 on an 11.60 dial-in!). Best of all though were Lee and Jerry in Honky Tonkin 2 who ran 8.75 seconds at 156 mph, the quickest-ever time in Gasser Circus history! Well done guys!

The top five in the Gasser Circus point after round two are as follow:
  1. Ain't Misbehavin' 750
  2. High Roller 650
  3. Barnett and Grant 630
  4. Mighty Mouse 620
  5. Green Onions 520
Despite the frequent interruptions from the weather we managed to have a great time at the Nostalgia Nationals. Round three will be at Dragstalgia at Santa on 15th-17th July; come along and cheer us on, we'd love to see you.


Web site updates.
4th July: Our good buddy Steve Moxley has again been hard at work flying the flag for drag racing with an SPRC Summernationals review on the ACU web site at www.acu.org.uk.

There are a few days to go before the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship holds its second race of the season at Alastaro Circuit in Finland. After a great opening round at Tierp Arena, the leaders will try to increase their leads in the Championship whilst the rest of the pack will try to catch up with the leaders. Samu Kemppainen, Kalle Lyrén, Rikard Gustafsson and Henri Kolehmainen were the winners in Sweden, while the finals in Super Comp Bike and Super Gas Bike were rained out and so these categories will have their first race winners at Alastaro. Who are the favourites to end their Sunday afternoon upside down in the water barrel? You can find out courtesy of Remco Scheelings on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.


Balchin's world record.
3rd July: Thanks to Adrian Mosley for letting us know that UK Super Street Bike racer Graham Balchin set a new world record for a Kawasaki on his ZX12 SSB at last weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

The record was previously held by Jeremy Teasley in the USA on Roger Starette's ZX14 at 7.195/194, but Graham smashed it in to next week with a 7.135/199.75. Unfortunately he caught a red bulb to Richard Hann in his semi-final so he could not back it up.

There is still more potential as Graham fine-tunes his modifications from last winter's rebuild and an FIA-prepared track for the European Finals. I am sure that the late Brian Johnson, who developed and fabricated Graham's one-off clutch system, will be looking down on Graham with so much pride. Congratulations to Graham and also to his Crew Chief Neil Wilkes for his dedication to and enthusiasm for the project. 

You can check out a YouTube video of Graham's record-setting run, plus a certain amount of start line terpsichory, by clicking on the image at left, or
click here for Graham's own Facebook video.

Swift snippets.
2nd July: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (right) came with the words "I spy I spy". If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at eurodragster.com@btinternet.com.

Congratulations to Martin Hill who clocked 300.19 mph in the Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster at the Retro Show at Santa Pod Raceway today (Sunday), the first 300 mph terminal speed by a Jet Dragster outside North America - and there have not been that many 300 mph Jet Dragsters there. The ET was 5.249 and you can be sure that there is a lot more left in there yet.

31st July is the deadline for entries for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Sydney Allard Media Awards for Photo and Written Journalism. This year the crystal trophies are sponsored by Mintex and Brian Taylor writes that some fantastic photographs have already been received. "Get yours in now and don't forget the written journalism which can include books, articles and blogs", says Brian. You can find full details of how to enter at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk/allard-award-entries.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending the final version of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 22nd-24th July (racing 23rd-24th). You can check out the Bug Jam entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

No news update yesterday (see Editor's note below) so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday to our good friend and Podington Pea Diana Macrae. Hope you had a great day DD.

We have had enquiries from eagle-eyed readers who noticed the removal of next week's FHRA Nitro Nationals from our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Event Coverage schedule. As we had neither the time off work nor the funds to go to Alastaro the original plan was to repeat previous years' remote coverage of results and pictures sent to us by people on the ground. However FHRA will be posting results to their own web site in real time and there will also be a free webcast so it seems only fair to us that, since they are doing the hard work, FHRA's web site should get the visitors. The Facebook thieves and their acolytes will perforce have to spend next weekend pretending that FHRA do not exist, rather than Eurodragster.com.

Editor's note: The lack of a substantial news update since Friday has simply been down to your News Editor being shagged out and needing some Me Time after two busy race weekends on the trot, one of them out of the country. We are now working on the news backlog and it will all be posted on tomorrow's update. Please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com.


Swift snippets.
1st July: Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending Version 4 of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 22nd-24th July (racing 23rd-24th) and which is a Championship round for the Volkswagen Drag Racing Club, Sportsman ET, Outlaw Anglia and the European Nitro FC Series and a non-points round for Lucas Oil Junior Dragster. You can check out the Bug Jam entry list by
clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Entry closes tomorrow (Saturday) after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms on the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Today (Friday) is the anniversary of the death of Eurodragster.com Staff Member Ed O'Connell. You can honour Ed's memory by eating a full English breakfast, or by having fish and chips and/or pizza for lunch and/or dinner. "All three" is an acceptable option.

Editor's note: Full news service will be resumed over the weekend and we have some great stories for you. We still have room for more so please keep the news coming to news@eurodragster.com and we'll squeeze it in.


Dave Warne's funeral.
30th June: Thanks to Paul Warne for passing on details of the funeral of late doorslammer legend Dave Warne.

Dave Warne's funeral takes place at 15:30 tomorrow (Friday 1st) at Overdale Crematorium, Overdale Drive, Chorley New Road, Bolton, Greater Manchester BL1 5BU (
map).

Paul would be pleased to hear from anyone with stories of Dave; please E-Mail pdwarne@hotmail.co.uk.

Brett Featherstone writes "Sad news as another true racing great leaves us. Dave achieved so much in the early Pro Mod days and inspired many to go on and build the amazing cars we see in the class today. I am sure with his fearless driving Dave would have been a force to reckon with had the family been able to carry on racing to this day."


Scottie's All Day Fundraiser.
29th June: Pamela Hiscock writes that a fund-raising event planned to support Scottie Durrant, Gina Rumble and their family before his death will still take place but now in his memory. The Bagshot Breakfast Meet All Day Fundraiser takes place on Sunday 10th July at Pine Ridge Golf Club, Old Bisley Road, Frimley, Surrey (map). Pamela writes:

My brother originally planned this event in May when my sister Gina and Scot first received the news that he had cancer, with the intention to help raise as much as possible for them to enjoy the rest of their time together with their family building memories. The event is still taking place as planned in his memory and all money raised on the day will go to Gina and their children Zak, Beau and Elsie-May to help them get through this difficult time.

Pine Ridge Golf Club have kindly allowed use of the function room, bar and terrace, music is sorted for the day thanks to rocking band Shaking'A'Round, a few trade stalls are booked and some fantastic raffle prizes donated thanks to some very generous people in the scene, so all we need now is some good weather and for people to bring their Hotrods, Customs, Classics and Yanks along to join us!

If anyone would like to donate prizes to the raffle or would like a trade stall on the day - no charge for stalls, just a donation to the cause - they can contact me on phiscock123@btinternet.com.


Event entry update.
29th June: Shakespeare County Raceway's Jerry Cookson has been in touch to let us know that the official entry forms are now available for the Championship rounds of 8.50 Bike and 9.50 Bike (both UK National), Supertwin Gas and ET Bike / NAST  which take place at the Mid Summer Madness Public Track Weekend on 23rd-24th July. The entry forms can be downloaded from the track's web site at www.shakespearecountyraceway.com. Jerry adds that racers are encouraged to pay their entry fee by Bacs rather than credit card or cheque, as this cuts down on administrative charges and time. Shakespeare County Raceway's account details can be found on the entry forms.

Many thanks to Ian Marshall for sending Version 3 of the official entry list for Bug Jam, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 22nd-24th July (racing 23rd-24th) and which is a Championship round for the Volkswagen Drag Racing Club, Sportsman ET, Outlaw Anglia and the European Nitro FC Series and a non-points round for Lucas Oil Junior Dragster. You can check out the Bug Jam entry list by clicking here or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page. Entry closes on Saturday (2nd July) after which entry, if accepted, will be subject to a Late Entry penalty. You can download the official entry forms on the Santa Pod Racers Club web site at www.eurodragster.com/sprc.

Paul Marston Racing is proud to announce that entry is officially open for Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman which takes place at the Mopar EuroNats at Santa Pod Raceway on 29th-31st July. Paul says that he received a flood (sorry not a good choice of wording) of entries at the recent SPRC Summernationals but that there is plenty of room for more.

Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman is open to any doorslammer which can run 9.99 or quicker. There are two races over the weekend. The first race is on Friday and is the 0.400 Pro Tree Fast Bracket. One time trial run then straight into eliminations, everyone makes the first round, race to completion. The second race is the 0.400 Pro Tree Heads-Up. One-shot qualifier Saturday night for a sixteen-car elimination on Sunday, again run to completion.
  • Yes, the event will be covered by Eurodragster.com including live webcast
  • Yes, the promo video is now available (right)
  • Yes, entry to Santa Pod is now available to all Gearhead Garage UK Top Sportsman teams from Thursday 28th July
  • Yes, the electric hook-up fee is now included in the entry fee and electricity will be available from Thursday as at National Championship events
  • Yes, the event will be televised and shown on Motors TV throughout Europe later in 2016
  • Yes, this is the toughest, hardest fought Sportsman Doorslammer race of the year
  • Yes, it is the richest payout of the year in Sportsman racing
  • Yes, the best of the best will be there. European entries are most welcome
  • Yes, no-one has ever won either race twice in seven years!
You can download the entry from the UK Top Sportsman Facebook page, or contact us by E-Mail at pmracing@fsmail.net or call Paul on 07831 650230.

We would like to thank our supporters and business partners, especially Gearhead Garage who through head honcho Michael Pusey are enjoying title rights sponsorship. Mick himself will be competing in UK Top Sportsman. Engine Data Analysis, courtesy of Kenny Coleman, are supporting the event and Kenny will be entering his mighty Chevy Nova. Last but by no means least thanks to all the guys and gals who organise the Mopar EuroNats and to Tog and the team at Eurodragster.com who provide the streaming service and the race coverage (Thanks, you're welcome - Ed).


Swift snippets.
29th June: The latest spy picture to arrive at the offices of Eurodragster.com (left) came with the words "I spy". 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.

Many thanks to Andy Marrs of SPRC's timing crew for sending us the official timing data from the SPRC Summernationals. You can check out the SPRC Summernationals timing data by clicking here or by clicking on the Timing Data link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.

Thanks also to Andy Marrs for forwarding us updated tables of European and UK Bests including the ACU Top Fuel Bike speed record set by Rene van den Berg at the SPRC Summernationals. You can take a look at the record sheets by clicking here or by clicking on the European and UK Bests link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.


Web site updates.
29th June: DJ of Santa Pod Raceway writes that there are now four FIA / FIM Main Event shows to watch on SantaPodTV. "The first is a short Highlights video giving a flavor of the event", says DJ. "Next is the season's second Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator show featuring the racing, the Cruise and interviews. Then come then come the latest programmes, two full TV Shows, one featuring car classes and the other bike classes. Both feature the racing from the pro classes along with driver interviews. If all of that isn't enough then you can still watch the full Live Web Broadcast again at www.livestream.com/SantaPod/mainevent2016.

The latest update to our good buddy Alan Currans' excellent Acceleration Archive is a gallery of Sunday's action from the weekend's NSRA Nostalgia Nationals 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.

Dick Parnham has updated his Flickr site with a gallery of shots from the FIA / FIM Main Event. You can check out Dick's work at www.flickr.com/photos/dickparnhamdragracing.

Samu Kemppainen (Super Twin Motorcycle), Kalle Lyrén (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Rikard Gustafsson (Top Fuel Motorcycle) impressed with dominant wins in their respective categories in the opening round of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship at the Tierp Internationals. All three riders raced to victory from the number one qualifying position at the state-of-the art Tierp Arena facility. In Super Street Bike, Henri Kolehmainen was the surprising winner when favourite and number one qualifier Rick Stubbins' motor failed to start. In Super Comp Bike and Super Gas Bike the finals couldn't be contested as the rain which hampered the Tierp Internationals almost all weekend, came back ten minutes too early. You can read a review by our good buddy Remco Scheelings on the Drag Racing Europe Blog by clicking here.


The return of Waterbed Fred.
29th June: The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has announced that 'Waterbed' Fred Miller, part of the team behind Raymond Beadle's three consecutive NHRA Funny Car championships in the legendary Blue Max Mustang, will be attending the BDRHoF Gala to be held at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow, on 19th November 2016. Along with many drag racing personalities from the UK, Fred joins a growing band of BDRHoF supporters from the USA including Don Schumacher, Paula Murphy, Eileen Daniels, Traci Hrudka, Donna Garlits, Ron Hope, Harry Hibler, Carl Olson and Bob Muravez.

Waterbed Fred Miller is one of the most respected tuners in drag racing. During his time in the sport, he and the Blue Max driver Raymond Beadle raced over one hundred dates a year including both US Championship tours. He travelled with Raymond Beadle and the Blue Max Funny Car team during the visits made to Santa Pod Raceway in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Now retired, he served four years as Motorsports Manager for Zantrex and StriVectin – sponsors of Dave Grubnic's dragster.

Fred Miller said "It's a great privilege to attend the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala after such an enjoyable day last year. I look forward to telling some more of the stories about my racing exploits with Raymond, Dale Emery and Dee Gantt, touring the US and making many passes to thrill the fans. I've had a great life in racing and met some super people."

BDRHoF Chair Stu Bradbury said "It's really special for Waterbed Fred to return this year. He has been a great supporter of the BDRHoF and has an absolute ball telling stories of those times when racing life was both busy and fun."

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


A celebration for Scottie.
28th June: The date has been set for the farewell to late UK Wild Bunch racer Scottie Durrant and the intention is to make the event a big and loud celebration.

Scottie's celebration takes place at 12:45 pm on Friday week, 8th July at
West Berkshire Crematorium, Bath Rd, Thatcham RG19 4LD (map).

All are welcome and attendees are encouraged to wear racing or hot rod attire, Hawaiian shirts, shorts, and to bring their hot rods etc as Scottie wanted it big and loud. Family flowers only but donations to the Duchess of Kent Hospice would be appreciated. There will be collection boxes at Scottie's celebration.


SPRC Summernationals results.
27th June: Congratulations to the winners of the weekend's SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway:

MSA Pro Modified: Andy Robinson 6.0921/232.87 def. Michel Tooren 6.1435/233.74
Nostalgia Fuel Car Cup: Nick Davies 6.5998/174.37 bye, Bob Glassup no show
Comp Eliminator: Kev Perkins (8.00) 7.5061/183.52 def. Robin Orthodoxou (7.50) 7.2692/185.88
Super Pro ET: Daniel Giles (7.40) 7.3654/179.93 def. Billy Gane (8.26) 8.2468/164.82 DQ red
Pro ET: Lee Huxley (9.36) 9.4725/132.55 def. Gino Bernadine (9.59) 9.608/136.43
Sportsman ET: Ricky Hale (15.20) 15.2278/90.47 def. Gill Medley (14.35) 14.3358/94.68 DQ b/o
Super Comp: Stu Doignie 11.9930/68.02 def. Paul Letchford 8.8180/146.28 DQ red
Super Gas: Stu Doignie 9.9176/150.55 def. Jon Giles 9.9445/143.44
Super Street: Leigh Morris 10.9009/119.60 def. Matt Seamarks no time DQ deep stage
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster: Shannon Kiddell (8.00) 8.1964/74.30 def. Liam McDonald (13.67) 14.0604/44.19
Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Martin Smith 8.0559/154.19 def. Matt Smith 10.4640/119.80
VW Pro: Paul Herbert (11.80) 12.0871/102.54 def. Dave Crowhurst (10.20) 11.0643/114.06 DQ red
VW Sportsman: James Gould (13.30) 13.6863/101.18 def. Ed Keech (13.20) 13.3968/107.29 DQ red
Nostalgia Super Stock: Don Scott (10.86) 10.8346/125.53 def. Mike Lacey (9.48) 9.9867/106.27 DQ red

ACU Top Fuel Bike: Steve Woollatt 6.2407/217.19 def. Rene van den Berg no time DQ crossed lanes
Pro Stock Bike: Alex Hope 7.3413/179.97 def. Len Paget 7.4438/170.44
Funny Bike: Phil Crossley 7.2905/173.07 def. Eric Richard 7.9455/158.48
Super Street Bike: Steve Venables 7.1775/198.90 def. Richard Hann 7.9650/141.15
Comp Bike: Eddy Smiley 7.8841/173.06 def. Sean Mills 8.3313/152.08
9.50 Bike: Richard Sawatzki 9.6540/139.47 def. Dave Bowe 9.6131/131.71
8.50 Bike: Rick Stubbins 8.7664/131.82 def. Jay Roe 8.9497/144.81
Junior Drag Bike: Wichard Veldman (9.38) 9.4573/70.50 def. Jordan Kenway (8.70) 8.7840/72.39
Supertwin Top Gas: Scott Collier 9.6128/134.92 def. Alfie Udall 9.6497/130.96
ET Bike / NAST: Dave Smart (9.95) 9.8533/133.33 def. Gary Hester (10.77) 10.8570/120.74 DQ red

Subject to official ratification the following record was set:

ACU Top Fuel Bike speed: 226.74 mph, Rene van den Berg

Congratulations to Sam and Olly Young and the Black Current team for new world records for an electric doorslammer of 8.7118 seconds and 151.58 mph. You can read more in yesterday's pit notes (click on picture at right).

Congratulations also to Pro ET racer James Forster who took the £50 Eurodragster.com Perfect ET Award supporting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children with an 11.8604 on an 11.86 dial-in in the second round of eliminations. The Perfect ET Award has been reset to £50 for Bug Jam at Santa Pod Raceway in July. The Eurodragster.com / Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award was not won and has been increased to £75 for Dragstalgia, also at Santa Pod Raceway in July.

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


Swift snippets.
27th June: Congratulations to Sweden's Jonnie Lindberg on his win in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk. Jonnie qualified #4 at 5.610/264.75 and took the final against Kris Hool with a 5.546/266.95 to Kris' 5.646/261.07. You can find out more on Drag Race Central at www.dragracecentral.com and on the excellent Lindberg Brothers web site at www.lindbergbros.com.

UK Top Fuel Dragster racer Steve Ashdown got in touch to explain that the non-appearance of his son Tyler Ashdown, who was scheduled to licence in Super Comp, at Santa Pod Raceway this weekend was due to the failure of his new dragster's primary and spare water pumps and the non-arrival of other parts. "Tyler is gutted", said Steve. "It will have to be another day, possibly Bug Jam."


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

APE - The world's most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for drag bikes
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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
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Vanson Leathers - The most iconic brand in motorsport leather goods
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Worldwide Bearings - The world's leading supplier of ceramic bearings for racing
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Web site updates.
25th June: Our good buddy Steve Moxley has again been hard at work flying the flag for drag racing with an FIA / FIM Main Event review and SPRC Summernationals preview on the ACU's official web site at www.acu.org.uk.

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We lost one of the good ones with the passing of Scottie, it's just another reminder that some of us are lost sooner than others, you only get one life so live it. Scottie and Gina did just that, true racers and lovely people. Scottie was always fun to be around and was a pleasure to talk to. I was gutted to hear Scottie was not well and then passed soon after. Our thoughts go out to all of his family. God bless (Paul Marston and all of the Paul Marston Racing crew)

Just such an awful waste of a young life. He was a such a nice guy, always ready to help, always a smile. One of life's good men that I had the privilege of knowing. My thoughts to Gina and the family. He will not be forgotten (Richard Warburton).

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Eliminations:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Drag race heaven has a new star.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Car classes
Junior Dragster
Pro ET
Super Pro ET

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The next outing is Dragstalgia.


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Pictures courtesy and ©Roland Schenker


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

For more information or to identify the nearest dealer contact the nearest VP Regional Distribution Centre, all of which are listed on-line at www.vpacingfuels.com. Technical questions can be directed to VP Tech Support at +1 812-878-2025 or to tech@vpracingfuels.com.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for Smax's report from Topeka.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please check out mickegullqvist.com.


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the Main Event!

Pictures courtesy and ©Stefan Boman


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Monday 30th May
09:30 Track open for eliminations

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Earlier news