European Drag Racing News

Important SPR update for racers.
31st March: Racers entered for 7th-9th April at Santa Pod Raceway are urged to read the following announcement issued this morning by SPR:

Due to the recent prolonged rainfall, a muddy and waterlogged venue and with more rain forecast, Santa Pod Raceway has made the difficult decision to make necessary changes to both the upcoming Festival of Power and STP Springspeed Nationals events.

From a racing perspective, all PRO & EXHIBITION classes and vehicles will be moved from Friday 7th April–Sunday 9th April to the weekend of the Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May. This applies to: Top Fuel Dragster, Nitro Funny Car, Nostalgia Funny Car and Jet Car Shootout as well as Round 1 of the Motorsport UK Pro Modified Championship.

All Sportsman classes and racers entered into the original Festival of Power event on the 7th-9 th April will remain there. That round of your championship will go ahead unaffected by any changes. This event will be re-branded as the STP Springspeed Nationals. Please beware that whilst racers will be able to stay on site as usual, we are no longer able to offer camping to the general public over this weekend. If you have anybody intrinsic to your race operation that would normally camp on site with general admission tickets please contact the office on the channels listed at the footer of this announcement.

All Sportsman classes and racers entered into the original STP Springspeed Nationals event on the 29th April – 1st May will remain there. That round of your championship will go ahead unaffected by any changes. We are simply adding some pro classes in to race alongside you along with other off-track activities AND re-branding the event as the Festival of Power.

The test day scheduled for Thursday 6th April will go ahead unaffected. We will be adding a test day on Friday 28th April in addition to the current calendar.

For any racers that have also purchased additional spectator admission tickets to Festival of Power, an email will be sent out with information relating to those tickets. Please follow the instructions given in that email.

If racers have any questions, please contact either
Max Frost or Dan Melrose.

Pioneer stories: Phil Elson.
31st March: The final story in our third series of Pioneer Stories is the story and history of the late Fuel Altered and Funny Car racer Phil Elson.

The Phil Elson story is from an interview with him on 10th June 2015, by Simon Groves and Dave Riswick, to whom we are grateful for making arrangements and providing material which we have used to add to the story. Sadly we have not been able to contact Phil's family to share the story with them as has been customary and we would be delighted to hear from them.

The late Phil Elson worked on aviation technology in World War II which gave him engineering skills. Following a trip to the Drag Festival at nearby Woodvale in 1964 and 1965, Phil built his own car Lil Daf which he ran in 1968. He realised the limitations of Lil Daf and built a new chassis and used a Rochdale body for 1969, calling it Sneaky. Feeling the need to go quicker he bought a race ready blown Hemi and fitted it to the car in 1971. Phil acquired a Model T body for his existing chassis in 1972, replacing the chassis with a Mark Stratton built one in 1973.

In 1974 his Hemi engine blew but an opportunity came at the same meeting to fit the engine out of the Houndog slingshot dragster. 1975 was another change as FGR built a Capri Funny Car for Phil using the existing engine, modifying his chassis and fitting the repaired Gloworm body from Roy Phelps' old FC. The car was so well built that it raced on for several years and the chassis gave service as a basis for a Wild Bunch car in the 2010s. Although his machines weren't record breakers, they gave great entertainment and always looked good.

to Nick Pettitt for editing the text and the photos, which were supplied by members. Thanks to John Hunt also, for working during the last 3 years with all those who told their stories and collating them all for editing.

Phil Elson's story is at this link. You can see our list of pioneer stories at this link or by clicking on the link under News in the main menu.

1973 one-handed burnout photo: Roger Phillips

Swift snippets.
31st March: Happy Birthday for today to Modified 100e racer Stuart Flitton, have a great day Stuart.

Wössner support Straightliners.
30th March:

Straightliners director Trevor Duckworth has announced that Wössner UK, manufacturer of pistons and conrods for European and Japanese cars and bikes, will be the main sponsor for its Ten of the Best event:

"Ten of the Best will be held on 28th-29th July at Elvington Airfield YO41 4AU. We have a three year deal with Wössner so we can build on the event's future. TOTB is a multi discipline event over drag race, handling course and a 1/2 mile top speed course with drivers getting points for each discipline and bonus points for taking part in all three. There is a new “pro-drag class” for the ultimate drag specific cars too. Rules can be seen at this link on the Straightliners website

Entries are now open on the TOTB dedicated web page. As well as spectator and weekend camping tickets; the 2023 TOTB event has club areas, bar, trading village and bands on Saturday evening. Wössner will have there technical people at the event for all your tuning info.

Swift snippets.
30th March: A very Happy Birthday for today to British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member and pioneer of the sport in the UK Clive Skilton, and to team boss Graham McDonald, we hope you both have a great birthday!

You can see a Facebook gallery of 109 photos from last Sunday's Irish Drag Racing Championship round 1 held at Bishopscourt by clicking on this link, credit to Bikesport Photos NI for the shots. Results and points are posted at The next event is at Enniskillen Airport, 62 Killadeas Rd, Enniskillen BT94 2FH on Sunday 23rd April 2023 from 10:00-18:00.

Videos of Malta Drag Racing Association's round 1 from Hal Far have been posted by MDRA secretary Konrad D'Anastasi at his Youtube channel. Round 2 takes place on 5th-7th May following a Charity car and bike show on 31st March (tomorrow) to raise funds for the Malta Autism Centre, and RWYB on 29th April.

Santa Pod ferry deal.
29th March: Thanks to Santa Pod Raceway Commercial Manager Caroline Holden for letting us know that SPR have renewed their preferential fares deal courtesy of DFDS who have supported both Santa Pod and its wider racing fraternity for several years now.

You can download the booking form from
this link; the form will also be downloadable shortly from the Santa Pod Racers Club website.

The form, which is self-fill form for ease of completing, contains all booking procedures and prices, once completed with payment details, the form should be e-mailed to DFDS. The routes included are Dunkerque - Dover and Calais - Dover, either way including return trips.

Straightliners round 1 preview.
29th March: The Season Opener of the Straightliners drag racing championship for 2023 takes place on Sunday 2nd April at Santa Pod Raceway, with SPR providing a Run What Ya Brung on Saturday 1st April which will be a great opportunity for racers to test and tune.

The Sunday race will be the first time for Straightliners' new car classes of bracket racing and the heads-up Pro Comp for cars running quicker than 9.19s in the quarter with a 0.4s Pro Tree. Whilst Pro Comp will be run on a Cannonball format with the quickest winners meeting in the final, bracket racing will be run in the traditional basis albeit with different brackets decided by Straightliners in consultation with racers. Pro Extreme ET will be from 9.20-10.75 dial ins, Pro ET from 10.76-12.31, Sportsman ET 12.32 and slower, also Junior Dragstera and Karts, all bracket classes utilising a 0.5s Sportsman Tree. RWYB is also available on Sunday.

Bike racing will feature No Mercy handicap racing with unlimited brackets for each of motorcycles/3 wheelers/quads, Junior Drag Bikes and scooters. Heads up classes comprise a 9.1s index class, Race Legends for riders over 70, Nostalgic Pro Stock (round 1 of the Old School Stockers championship as well), Old School USB Modified, Old School Stock and Old School Two Stroke.

Racer entry at this link is £65 for a single class car or bike, with Junior entries just £25. Additional class entry is a mere £15. Spectator admission should be bought at the Santa Pod website.

In addition, all riders competing in the Straightliners championship classes and eliminations must have Straightliners Club Membership. Two types of annual Straightliners membership are available: One year either at £43 for NORA 92 basic competition licence (which is without benefits) and Club membership or £83 for a NORA 92 National competition licence including insurance benefits and Club membership. Racers are urged to read the Championship Rules & Regulations at this link on the Straightliners website. To be eligible for the Straightliners Championship, each entrant must complete a minimum of 3 rounds of the season. For cars, one of the events must be at Santa Pod. Entrants must be Straightliners members and have purchased a ticket for the individual event.

Fast Show gallery.
27th March: Thanks to Kieran for sending a gallery of photos from the rain-truncated Fast Show from Santa Pod Raceway supported by John Woolfe Racing. You can see the gallery at this link. Kieran's photos are watermarked and we encourage them to be downloaded and shared unmodified on social media.

Although track staff worked wonders to dry the track, racing limited to RWYB was only able to take place from around 14:50 to 17:25.

Spy pictures.
29th March: The offices of received these two spy pictures with the familiar-sounding caption "Steel River Hot Rod III".

If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at

Memories of Surrey Street Rodders.
29th March: Thanks to Robert Bryant, Graham Hawes team member, who has written in about the Black Magic Camaro pictured with Terry Gibbs at the wheel in our Pioneer Story on Surrey Street Rodders, Part 1:

"I was enthralled by your recent article on the Surrey Street Rodders. I was born and raised in Surrey but now live in Devon. I was particularly drawn to Terry Gibbs' Black Magic car; at some point in time the car had been owned by Graham Hawes who lived in Chessington (Surrey) before Terry acquired it. Graham had campaigned that car for a few seasons in the modified class under number BM45, running low 11s. I had the privilege to crew with him with that car and then the Pro Comp funny car of the same name. We had a good time touring the many venues around the country, Blackbushe, Snetterton, Radlett, Pennine, Long Marston etc during the 1970's.

"The car itself decided to destroy the motor while warming up in the pits during that long hot summer of 1976, so we spent couple of years spectating while Mr Priddle & Co (including ourselves) built the Black Magic Funny Car, which made its first appeared in late 1978."

Swift snippets.
29th March: A Happy Birthday for today to No Prep organiser Paul Marston, crew chief Dave Crunkhorn aka Crunch, German Super Gas racer Rene Kloss and Norwegian Top Methanol Dragster racer Fred Hanssen, have a great day all!

Photojournalist Steve Moxley has had his report on the Elvington Top Speed Show published on Tim Hailey's Eatmyink website at this link. Included are details on the bike exhibits.

Event entry update.
28th March:
Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall has sent in a temporary amendment in the new SPRC entry system requiring car racers to complete the SFI form for the STP Springspeed Nationals:

Drivers having to complete the SFI information form for the Festival of Power who are also entering the Springspeed Nationals will need to complete the same SFI form for the Springspeed event, there is a small glitch in the system that is being sorted, all entries from Springspeed onwards will in future auto fill the information following the initial completion of the form.

ACU and Club Bike riders, please note that you are not required to complete the SFI data sheet as part of the entry system, as this information is purely for car entries.

The STP Springspeed Nationals entry list can be viewed at this link and the deadline for entry is Thursday 6th April.

Perfect Awards renewed for 2023.
28th March: We're pleased to announce that's Perfect Awards, funded by our generous sponsors, will be renewed for the 2023 season. At least £200 will be up for grabs at Santa Pod Raceway championship events courtesy of

The Habit Racing Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing. It has been set for the Festival of Power to £50, and the money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. If unclaimed, the award will rise to £75 at the STP Springspeed Nationals. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event.

The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield and the Twister Race Team, in memory of Andy's late and much missed wife Hayley. Andy says "Hayley always supported Eurodragster, and we intend to continue that tradition in her memory." The Award of £50 has been set at the commencement of the season will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Perfect ET Award will be available in all dial-in and Super index classes (not Comp Eliminator or Stock Super Stock) but will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend.

Bob's Photo Finish Award is presented in association with sponsor Bob Roberts whose Flickr album can be seen at this link, and will award £50 each to the racers involved in the closest race of eliminations at this weekend's event.

The closest race will be decided upon distance rather than time since, for example, 0.001 seconds at 230 mph is further than 0.002 seconds at 110 mph. For this reason the official timing data will need to be consulted so the winners will be announced here on as soon as possible after the event and the winners will then be contacted for their preferred method of payment. Bob's Photo Finish Award is open to all classes during eliminations only, and awarded on green light races only without breakouts.

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

Brad to be JKE Race Works team rider.
28th March: Jake Mechaell of motorcycle engine building and fabrication firm JKE Race Works has announced that 8.50 bike racer Brad Head has been named as a JKE Race Works team rider for the 2023 season alongside Super Street Bike rider Jake:

"Bradley Head’s Suzuki Hayabusa turbo was completed by JKE Race Works towards the end of the 2022 season. JKE set out to provide Brad with a low maintenance build that would give him the consistency required to be competitive in 8.50 bike and allow him to run 7’s when the time is right.

"Testing the day before his first meeting he ran an 8.53 and during the meeting continued to consistently run 8.5’s and win his first meeting on a brand new bike against a tough 23 bike field.

"Next stop was Hockenheim, Germany, where Brad qualified number two and reached the semifinals and then at the National Finals worked his way through eliminations to win a bye run into the final but sadly the meeting was never completed due to weather and track delays.

Brad is an outstanding rider with excellent race craft and, after working closely with him over the years I’m pleased to announce that he will be the JKE Race Works team rider for 2023. We wish you the very best of luck competing in the 2023 ACU UK 8.50 bike championship."

Brad said "I'm very proud and honoured to be representing Jake Mechaell at JKE Race Works this year! I’ve said it many of times but this bike build really blew both our minds when it came out last year a true testament to the great build quality Jake gives at JKE, his work and attitude to racing is second to none hoping to do him and his business proud!

Swift snippets.
28th March: Happy Birthday for today to British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member and engine building guru Rob Loaring, FIA Top Methanol Dragster racer Jonny Lagg, Nostalgia Superstock racer Jack Bishop, VWDRC racer Jay Folley, and Super Pro ET racer Jan Scheppers. Have a great day all!

Best wishes to US Funny Car and sometime Top Fuel racer Al Segrini who is recouperating from heart surgery at home in Massachusetts.

Thanks to Nitro Revival sponsor Geoff Stilwell for sending us a scan of the Southern California Timing Association magazine SCTA from March 2023, which we have to say bears a remarkable resemblence to a famous hot rodding magazine from back in the day. The cover features Arley Langlo's streamliner which at El Mirage in May 2022 set top speed of the meet at 303.832 mph, which is a great entree to wish Geoff luck for running at El Mirage in May this year, and his 300+mph speed record bid in the 75th anniversary Bonneville Speed Week.

Pioneer stories: Surrey Street Rodders, part 3.
27th March:
The latest in our third series of Pioneer Stories is the part 3 of the story and history of Surrey Street Rodders, this time covering the memories of committee member Grahame "Whiff" Smith and former treasurer Pete Penfold.

Grahame "Whiff" Smith's father worked with Sydney Allard and Grahame attended the 1st British International Drag Festival with him as a youngster. Grahame crewed for Russ Carpenter and came across Surrey Street Rodders at the track. Shortly after joining the club, which had over 140 members, Grahame agreed to join the committee on which he has served to the current day.

Grahame recalls the antics of some members, Christmas parties and shows at Alexandra Palace and London Olympia. There were many connections with drag racing from the members, several of whom raced regularly, and activities such as slot drag racing. After a few years away from the track, concentrating on hot rodding, Grahame returned to the strip in 2013 with Derek Thomas's Mustang which is still in his hands.

Pete Penfold became treasurer in 1975 and initiated the first Surrey Street Rodders Wheels Day Custom Car Show that year, also helping to arrange for six of the club cars to be on displayed at the Custom Car Show at Crystal Palace in January 75 and sorting cars for Hot Rod and Custom Shows at the Blackbushe Airport NDRC Drag Races.

The Surrey Street Rodders story was planned for season 2 of Pioneer Stories but held over to 2023 so the complete story can be presented in three parts. British Drag Racing Historians are grateful to Grahame and other members of Surrey Street Rodders for telling their story, and to Nick Pettitt for editing the text and the photos, which were supplied by members. Thanks to John Hunt also, for working during the last 3 years with all those who told their stories and collating them all for editing.

Part 3 of Surrey Street Rodders' story is at this link. You can see our list of pioneer stories at this link or by clicking on the link under News in the main menu.

Picture: Russ Carpenter at Silverstone.

Saturday Night Special gallery.
27th March: Thanks to Kieran for sending a gallery of photos from the Saturday Night Special from Santa Pod Raceway supported by John Woolfe Racing. You can see the gallery at this link. Kieran's photos are watermarked and we encourage them to be downloaded and shared unmodified on social media.

Whilst Saturday's action was continuous from 09:30 to 20:00 (lunch break excepted), racing at the Fast Show was unfortunately rain affected, the track staff worked wonders to dry the track after the morning's downpour ceased, and RWYB took place from around 14:50 to 17:25.

SPR commentator and European FWD admin Luke Stevenson has posted a video of some of the runs from the Fast Show RWYB, and the jet dragsters of Martin Hill and Julian Webb on the European FWD Youtube Channel.

Feature picture: Jack McClure's 350ci powered Goldilocks, destined for Pro ET at the Festival of Power.

Harold Bull funeral details.
27th March: Thanks to Jane Maloney for passing on details of her late father Harold Bull's funeral details:

"My Dad, AKA King Harold's funeral will be held on Thursday 20th April at 3.30pm, Albert Munn Chapel, Kettering Crematorium NN16 8XE. He requested no flowers but if you would like to make a donation to East Anglian Air Ambulance (who coveres Santa Pod Raceway) you can donate on the day if you are attending or by visiting this link.

"The gathering afterwards will be at John White Golf Club, Bedford Road, Rushden NN10 0SA."

Jane is happy for you to attend the service and/or the wake, please let her know on 07890 086747 if you are coming for catering numbers.

Swift snippets.
27th March: Happy Birthday for today to Supercharged Outlaws racer Jim Usher, have a great day Jim.

Avril Brown.
26th March: We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Santa Pod Racers Club marshal Avril Brown yesterday. Paul Marston writes:

"I have been asked by the Brown family to write this on their behalf. It is with the deepest sadness that I have to inform you about the passing of former SPRC marshal Avril Brown.

"Avril had been fighting that awful disease cancer, as reported on Eurodragster earlier this year. Avril died peacefully in her sleep around 1.00am Saturday 25th March. Writing this is never easy and it shouldn’t be. Avril was a wonderful lady, anyone who knew her would attest to that. Always smiling, always happy, a lovely human being.

"Avril is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years, former SPRC Marshal Phil Brown, two sons Simon and Alan and grandsons Bailey and Charlie.

"As soon as funeral arrangements have been made, I will advise. We all take comfort in the fact that Avril is no longer suffering and is now at peace, may God bless you Avril."

The photos show Avril with Phil; both were marshals at SPR for several years and their sons Simon and Alan served as well. We at sends our deepest condolences for the loss of Avril to Phil, Simon, Alan, Bailey, Charlie and their family and friends.

Registration is open for DRU.
26th March: Thanks to Drag Race Union Secretary Markus Münch for an update on registration for the 2023 competition (English version below):

Drag Race Union Challenges, Anmeldung hat geöffnet.

Hallo Teams, Teilnehmer, Sponsoren. Mit leichter Verzögerung kann man sich für die diesjährige Ausgabe der Pro ET und Supro ET Challenge anamelden. Bitte nutzt dafür die Homepage. Unter findet ihr unter Challenges alles was ihr braucht. Jeweils für die Klassen Pro ET und Supro ET findet ihr die Ausschreibung. Bitte füllt das Formular zu euch und eurem Fahrzeug aus, ladet die entsprechenden Fotos hoch, die werden wir für die HP nutzen. Geht dann zum Bezahlen über „Payment“ direkt zu Paypal, oder überweist den Betrag an das angegebene Challenge Konto. Pro ET Teams kennen das schon, für Supro ET Teams ist das neu.

Pro ET anmeldung;
Pro ET bezahlung;
Supro ET anmeldung; und
Supro ET bezahlung.

Für die Klasse Extreme Outlaw kann man sich hier registrieren: Extreme Outlaw ist offen für aufgeladene Dragster (Kompressor, Turbo, Procharger) und der Wettbewerb wird im Cannonball Format ausgetragen.

Sponsoren, nehmt gerne Kontakt mit uns auf. Schon kleine Beträge ab 200€ nehmen wir gerne um den Preisgeldtopf für beide Challenges (Pro und Supro) zu füllen (Extreme Outlaw generiert einen eigenen Preisgeldtopf). Eure Gelder landen eins zu eins dort, und werden nicht für andere Dinge verwendet.

Bitte beachtet für die Registrierung und das Sponsoring die Deadline Ende April, damit wir die Challenge Aufkleber, Shirts auch rechtzeitig zum Saisonstart fertig bekommen.

Für alle diejenigen, die gerne hinter den Kulissen an den Challenges mitwirken wollen: Wir suchen dich. Z.B. als Ansprechperson für die Teilnehmer auf dem Rennplatz, oder zum übernehmen anderer Aufgaben. Melde dich.

Drag Race Union Challenges, registration is open.

Hello teams, participants, sponsors. Registration for this year's edition of the Pro ET and Supro ET Challenge is open following a slight delay. Please use the homepage for this. At you will find everything you need under Challenges. You will find the announcement for the Pro ET and Supro ET classes at the following links. Please fill out the form for you and your vehicle, upload the relevant photos, which we will use for the HP. Then go directly to Paypal to pay via "Payment", or transfer the amount to the specified Challenge account. Pro ET teams already know this, for Supro ET teams this is new.

Pro ET registration;
Pro ET payment;
Supro ET registration; and
Supro ET payment.

You can register for the Extreme Outlaw class at this link. Extreme Outlaw is open to supercharged cars (supercharger, turbo, procharger) and the competition will be held in Cannonball format.

Sponsors, please contact us. We are happy to take small amounts from €200 to fill the prize money pot for both challenges (Pro and Supro) (Extreme Outlaw generates its own prize money pot). Your funds end up there one to one, and are not used for other things.

Please note the end of April deadline for registration and sponsoring so that we can get the challenge stickers and shirts ready in time for the start of the season.

For all those who would like to work behind the scenes on the challenges: We are looking for you. E.g. as a contact person for the participants on the racetrack, or to take on other tasks. You can get in touch with Drag Race Union by email or Facebook.

Swift snippets.
26th March: Happy Birthday greetings to Transatlantic Funny Bike racer and adrenaline junkie Dale Leeks and Street Eliminator burnout king Nick Hale, also to German Mopar Comp Eliminator racer Dirk Peiler, hope you guys have a great day!

John C. Bennett Foundation Award.
25th March:
Following the passing of Santa Pod Raceway founder and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member John Bennett, the person, amongst others of course, who provided the reason we all get to venture to Santa Pod Raceway, Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall has announced an award in his memory:

John Bennett joined the first committee of the British Hot Rod Association in 1962 and, as Chairman, organised the first British Custom Car show at his Spa Engineering workshops in South Norwood in Easter 1963. He was involved in early drag races in the UK with his Pontiac Chieftan usually raced by his soon-to-be wife Ann Palmer. At the 1965 BHRA AGM, he made the historic announcement that five members including himself had been able to obtain a ninety-acre site in Bedfordshire suitable for a permanent drag strip.

John had formed a company known as National Dragways to develop the site which in 1966 was to become Santa Pod Raceway. Also in 1966, he took over Drag Racing Magazine, incorporated the BHRA club magazine Kool Kams into it and renamed it Drag Racing and Hot Rod Magazine. In 1969 after seven years as Chairman, John decided it was time to step down from the renamed British Drag Racing & Hot Rod Association committee.

Andy Hadfield, The Supercharged Outlaws, and Santa Pod Racers Club wanted to recognise John’s efforts in the early days of Santa Pod Raceway that provided racers with a venue to establish drag racing within the UK.

The decision was made to provide a trophy for what we collectively consider to be the foundation of our sport, the Juniors, that’s Junior Dragster and Junior Drag Bike. The trophy pictured will be presented to a rider or driver at the season-end trophy evening, and will be presented to the person their peers deem to be held in the highest regard. This is not just about being a winner, but also who they are and what they do outside of their race machine. The dragster drivers will vote for a name within their class, as will the bike riders. This will be carried out at each National Event. The name, or names, that at the end of the season have the most votes will then be put forward for the award. The award will also include a cash sum of £200 provided by the very generous teams within the Supercharged Outlaws and Andy Hadfield, who have secured funding for many years to come.

The trophy will be called the John C. Bennett Foundation Award and will be presented on an annual basis. There will also be a smaller trophy for each year’s recipient to keep as a memento of their achievement.

I would like to also thank John Bennett Jnr for allowing us to use his father’s name on what we consider to be a very prestigious trophy.

And of course, Andy Hadfield and the Supercharged Outlaws for their financial support now and in the future.

Tim Blakemore's JDB opportunity.
25th March: Funny Bike racer Tim Blakemore and erstwhile Super Twin Fuel crew and rider Wendy Clutterbuck have been in touch with a great race-ready bike for sale for those wanting to enter Junior Drag Bike for the 2023 season. Wendy writes:

"We have decided to sell our little fuel bike replica, the Tim Blakemore Racing junior drag bike! It was originally built for Tyler Clutterbuck back in the early Junior Drag Bike days (he's now 30 and off travelling the world). Then it was campaigned by his little cousin Conor Meehan (he’s also older than I can cope with! Where does the time go?) It was on loan for a season with Will Pickering to help get him started out in to the drag racing world!

"It’s a real work of art and has been a great display piece and talking point at our shop, but really it should be back out on the track being raced again!

"It’s a Honda CB125 / 200 (sleeved/ unsleeved) powered 5 speed junior modified, has a custom built chassis and wheelie bars. The body is a super lightweight carbon fibre item and it has a custom made front wheel. The engine has been dyno tuned, has electric over air shifter, Dyna S ignition, two step launch control and shift minder, ignition kill/lanyard etc, everything you need to go racing. It’s all serviced and ready to go!"

Anyone interested should contact Tim or Wendy at Tim Blakemore Race & Classics Hallen Bristol BS11 0EA 07554748344 or email: Shipping abroad can be organised if required.

Swift snippets.
25th March: Happy Birthday for today to British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member and five time FIA Top Methanol Dragster champion Dave Wilson, have a great day Dave! 2013 FIA Top Fuel Champion Thomas Nataas who undoubtedly will be following daughter Julie's progress at her first Funny Car Chaos race at the Texas Motorplex today, have a great day Thomas! Also a very Happy Birthday to 2022 FIA Top Fuel champion Antti Horto, to Santa Pod Raceway Commercial Manager Caroline Holden and drag racing historian Nick Pettitt. We hope you all have a wonderful day.

Expat Norwegian racer Julie Nataas is in ninth position of 49 qualifiers after two qualifying sessions in her unblown nitro FC at Funny Car Chaos at the Texas Motorplex. Julie recorded a 3.794/198.35 in Q2 with one more session to go and then into eliminations later today. Good luck and stay safe to Julie. Live streaming coverage can be seen from 15:00 GMT at

The first round of the Hungarian National Drag Racing Championship takes place today at Kiskunlacháza Airport. For more details, results and points updates see and media on the day is being posted to the Facebook page.

Irish Drag Racing on Sunday.
24th March:
This Sunday, Irish Drag Racing in association with Straightliners present the first meeting of the Irish Drag Racing Championship at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit, Downpatrick.

New equipment has been fitted to accommodate the Straightliners timing system and racing will take place whatever the weather!

Action will take place from 10am - 6pm on Sunday, with race entry set at £120, all participants must have a valid Nora Motorsport licence along with Straightliners membership which can be purchased by clicking here. Basic licence and membership costs just £40 per annum or the advanced licence and membership costs just £80. Day licences can be purchased at the event but we strongly recommend you avail of the full years licence pre-event.

Spectators can enter the track from 10am by paying £15 each (or €20), teens £10 each (or €15), and under 12s free. on site parking available Advance tickets can be bought online by clicking here.

Racers and spectators should note that the Ballyhornan road from Downpatrick to Bishopscourt is closed this Sunday. Please do not be that guy that gets stuck on it with a trailer. Follow the signs or your sat nav to Ardglass to bypass the road closure, and then follow your satnav to 77B Ardglass Road, Downpatrick, BT30 7PR.

The Straightliners team comprising of Ben Lawrence, Stephen Hall, Liam Neale Ryan and Kerri Scott along with Paul McQuire will be on the ground at Bishopscourt airfield circuit from Friday (today) laying out the track in preparation for what is set to be a phenomenal season opener. 80+ entries and counting is no mean feat in March.

One of the biggest changes for 2023 will be a prize fund. Never has there been a prize pot so big and with a value of £10,000 for the season, this is a real coup for drag racing in the province. Full credit to Ciaran Coleman's tenacious work to ensure the sport not only moves forward, but also rewards racers for their efforts.

Ben Lawrence said "Thanks to principal sponsor PowerMax Engineering Ltd and associate sponsors Link, Precision Turbo, Bradley, PowerMax Competition, MCG Auto Styling, Bishop's Chrome Exhausts, and supporters Cano, Kitty's Kitchen, CCTV, MMK Electrical & LED Lighting, and Straightliners N.I.

"A huge Thank you to Ross Annett from Anachem Automotive who have generously sponsored our kit this year and we cannot thank him enough. Be sure to check out @Anachem Automotive for all your vehicle cleaning needs, give them a like and subscribe to keep up to date with all the latest news and products. Also a big thank you to Blackwater Graphics for supplying all the kit in good time.

"You can see more details on the Irish Drag Racing Facebook page. This is the first time a full sponsored championship has ever taken place in Northern Ireland, the Straightliners team are ready to deliver, as are the Irish Drag Racing Team.

"What both parties need is the support of not only the racers, but the general public to get this season opener off to a flying start, a start that will grow the sport and build a solid foundation for the future and beyond. We wish everyone an enjoyable and succesful event."

Thanks to Ben Lawrence for his help in editing this article.

Pioneer stories: Jeff Byne, part 2.
24th March: The latest in our third series of Pioneer Stories is part 1 of the story of drag bike champion and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Jeff Byne, told in his own words exclusively for

1978 got off to a disastrous start for Jeff with an accident following a stuck throttle. He took the rest of the year off to build a double engined Morgo Triumph powered bike which he brought out on May Day 1979. The bike was quickly competitive and Jeff took the ACU championship that year also setting the Santa Pod track record for ET and speed. During the early 1980s the quicker racers reverted to single engines and Jeff's bike, run on a tighter budget than others, became less competitive. Although he retired from full time racing after 1983, he has kept his bike and brought it out at Dragstalgia in 2015 and subsequent years to give himself and fans a taste of what racing a twin engined fuel bike was like 35 years or so previously.

Part 2 of Jeff Byne's story is at this link. You can see our list of pioneer stories at this link or by clicking on the link under News in the main menu. would particularly like to thank John Hunt, Nick Pettitt and Mick Gleadow who have been invaluable in the recording, transcribing, editing and providing illustrations for our stories.

Swift snippets.
24th March: Happy Birthday for today to Funny Bike crew and engineer Lucy Moore, to Tierp chief starter Nettan Heleander, long time scrutineer Glenn Stockton and to former Pro Stock racer and Super Gas champion Conrad Stanley, have a great day all.

Well done to expat Norwegian racer Julie Nataas for running a 3.67, in the eighth, off the trailer, in her Randy Meyer Racing injected nitro funny car in practice for the Funny Car Chaos Classic at the Texas Motorplex. The race, the opening round of Funny Car Chaos from takes place today (Friday) and tomorrow, following testing which took place yesterday. 54 signed-up Funny Cars of a variety of styles, power plants, power adders and fuels, will be attempting to qualify for the 32 car field. In addition 16 Outlaw Fuel Altereds are registered. Live streaming coverage can be seen from 19:00 GMT at

Odd Erik Fossum.
23rd March: We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Norwegian Pro Modfied racer Odd Erik Fossum from cancer aged 58.

Odd Erik lived in Fannrem, near Trondheim, Norway came into drag racing in early 2000 and came to our attention in 2010 with a Chevrolet Camaro built by Stroupe Race Cars with a nitrous assisted engine. Odd Erik was a regular competitor at Gardermoen, Tierp Arena, and Sundsvall Raceway all of which involved hundreds of miles' journey. With his Camaro, he competed intially in Competition Eliminator where he set the A/NA record at the 2014 Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena at 6.392/219, a record which still stands today.

In 2015 he ran three races in Top Doorslammer as well as moving up to Pro Modified in which he competed at Gardermoen and Tierp Arena. His best ET was 6.150/233.17mph. As FMV Racing, sponsored by VP Racing, Odd Erik oversaw daughter Trine who competes in Super Pro ET.

In covering races in Sweden, we found Odd Erik and FMV Racing to be a warm and hospitable team who were only too pleased to chat and share information. Among the tributes to Odd Erik from fellow racers. Thomas Hauge wrote "You have made a big impression on the drag race world and it will never be forgotten." Crew chief Svein Arne Skjervø wrote "My team owner, buddy, race partner left us way too early after a long and hard battle. The racing world has lost a great competitor and will have a huge hole in it now when you are gone."

Daughter and team member Trine wrote "My dear, my dear daddy, what a battle you've fought this past year. So much injustice and downturn. You had the world's greatest courage and driving force, which gave us the rest of us around a hope we clung to so tightly. Yesterday you finally got peace, now I'm treating you with all the peace you can get. Eternally grateful that I got to experience so much with you, and that you wanted to share your passion with me."

We at send our deepest condolences to Trine, Svein Arne, other members of the team and Odd Erik's family and friends.

Springspeed entry deadline approaching.
23rd March: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that the entry deadline for the forthcoming STP Springspeed Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway on 29th April-1st May is 6th April. You can enter by going to this link to the entry portal on the SPRC website.

Classes running at this event, round 2 of the SPRC UK and Club Drag Racing Championships, comprise Comp Eliminator, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Junior Dragster, VW Pro, VW Sportsman, Outlaw Flat Four and Nostalgia Super Stock. Bike classes comprise Top Fuel Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Funny Bike, Super Street Bike, Comp Bike, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, ET Bike and Junior Drag Bike.

Robinson Race Cars recertifying HANS devices.
23rd March: Thanks to Kate Robinson of sponsors Robinson Race Cars for send a bulletin that Simpson Performance Products have given Robinson Race Cars permission to recertify Hans Devices.

Kate says "Please could any racers who are interested in this service contact us as soon as possible".

Spy pictures.
23rd March: The offices of received these two spy pictures with the captions respectively "We are on the home straight I think!" and "New class, new race #".

If you know more, or if you would like to send your own spy picture, then drop us a line at

Fast Show this Sunday.
23rd March: The first performance and modified car event of 2023 takes place this Sunday at Santa Pod Raceway, The Fast Show. There will be a full programme of events throughout the day which is at this page on the Santa Pod website.

Included on track is Run What Ya Brung for which there will be prizes for Best Reaction Time, Quickest ET (Road Legal), Quickest ET (Non-Road Legal), Quickest ET (Bike), and Commentator's Choice Award. You can enter for RYWB at this link and then visit the Sign On Office from 08:00 to show your driving licence and your race voucher e-ticket. There is a RWYB on the Saturday with free camping for weekend ticket holders.

The Fast Show has the first Sports Compact Shootout of the year, for cash prizes of £750 to the winner and £250 runner-up. 15 cars have entered for the race, meaning a 16 car ladder, and we will report on qualifying and eliminations as well as posting a gallery thanks to Kieran who will be attending.

As well as the above there are a variety of off-track entertainments, a sold-out Autoglym Show & Shine with eight prizes, Martin Hill in the Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster, no less than 46 car clubs, Terry Grant stunt displays, Drift Rides and much more.

Swift snippets.
23rd March: Happy Birthday for today to Super Pro ET racer and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Mark Flavell, returning Pro Modified racer Mick Payne, Top Methanol Dragster racer Tony Bryntesson, expat Dutch Top Fuel racer Lex Joon, nitrous guru Trevor Langfield, and Outlaw Anglia and 9.50 Bike racer Scotty Crookston. Have a great day from all of us at

Thanks to Malta Drag Racing Association secretary Konrad D'Anastasi for posting the points from Round 1 of the 2023 Enemed Malta National Drag Racing Championship. You can see the points at this link (pdf format).

We regret to report that this weekend's Panhellenic Drag Racing Championship race at Agrinio Raceway for cars has had to be postponed due to a lack of entries. The better news is the bike event the following weekend will continue as scheduled.

"King Harold" Bull.
22nd March:
We were very sorry to hear of the death of British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member "King Harold" Bull on Monday at the age of 98 following a fall.

Harold's daughter Jane Maloney wrote: "With huge sadness I have to say that my beloved Dad "King Harold" Bull passed away last night at the grand age of 98 years young! He went very peacefully in his sleep (a little help with morphine to help the pain from a fall) and is deeply missed already. He went racing for the final time in the recreated Stripduster dragster at the 2016 Dragstalgia Meeting aged 91. Dad...a true legend...always."

Harold was born in Shepherds Bush, London on 4th September 1924. After completing his large family, he started buying American Hot Rod magazines and was totally smitten. He heard the Americans were bringing some dragsters over to Blackbushe Airfield in ’64, went along for the day. He returned home full of ideas to build a scaled down version of the American Dragsters he had seen using British components.

Harold was a self taught engineer and tool maker. The original Stripduster, utilising a BMC 803cc A series engine, was built in 1965 in five months as a hobby car, more for fun than a serious race car. Her first outing was at Chobham Common, Surrey, where there was a strip of unused concrete on which she had her maiden run. Consequently someone complained about the noise and the police arrived, only to find the car much more interesting than arresting Harold for trespassing. The police told him to ‘move along’ and not come back – so he had to find somewhere else to run Stripduster. He took it along to Gravely practice day in August 1965 then entered the 2nd International Drag Festival and wound up runner up in the "up to 2500cc" Dragster Eliminator at Woodvale.

At Santa Pod Raceway, King Harold, as he became affectionately known, holds the honour of running the very first timed pass in Stripduster at the Easter meeting on 11th April 1966. He improved the car by using nitro, a home made blower and injector setup (pictured left above, John Smith photo), eventually running a 9.75/136 pass in 1971 which got Harold an article in the national press.

In 1967 he teamed up with Derek Metcalf to form B & M Equipment producing anything from small brackets to complete dragsters, including Clive Skilton's 2nd Revolution. He also took "Stripduster" over to Sweden in 1969 as part of a team of British cars and bikes. He retired from racing following an accident in Nobby Hills' "Houndog" dragster in which he was unhurt, nevertheless having run his personal best of 8.15/189 to add to his 40 trophies, world records and strip records in England, Germany and Sweden.

In his nineties, Harold, still driving, was still building working ¼ scale model engines on his lathe in the garden shed, as well as model planes and helicopters (photographs of his engines can be seen at this link). He also memorably returned to Santa Pod at Dragstalgia 2016 for one last blast down the track (pictured right above), in an immaculate reproduction of Stripteaser, against fellow pioneer Ken Cooper.

He was married to Ethel for over 60 years, who very sadly passed away on January 22nd 2010; they produced six sons, one daughter, twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. We send our deepest condolences to all his family and friends.

You can see a number of stories about Harold and many photos at, established by Jane to share his history.

Malta Hal Far round 1 results.
22nd March: Congratulations to the official winners at round 1 of the 2023 Enemed Malta National Drag Racing Championship, which was organized at the Hal Far track by the Malta Drag Racing Association over 17th-19th March:

Dragster D5 and DTA5 class: Clifton Abdilla, uncontested (pictured right top)
Dragster DTA4 class: Patrick Cassar def. Tyson Debono (pictured right middle)
Dragster D4 class: Tyson Debono def. Patrick Cassar
Open 6 class: Nicholas Farrugia, uncontested
CA6 clss: Justin Muscat (pictured right bottom) def. Justin Mizzi
SM4 Class: Stephen Xuereb, bye
PS4 Class: Rosello Cassar, uncontested
Open 2 Class: Justin Muscat (pictured right bottom)
Front Wheel Drive Open Class: Christian Azzopardi (bye)
Escort Class 3: Martin Scerri def. Christian Pace (3rd place Mariano Ciantar)
Escort Class 2: Martin Scerri def. Rosello Cassar (3rd place Mariano Ciantar)
Index Class 1: Dylan Micallef def. Glenn Busuttil (3rd place Paul Fenech)
Index Class 2: Chris Mercieca def. Joe Ashton (UK) (3rd place Neil Caruana)
Bracket 8.00-8.49: Justin Mizzi
Bracket 8.50-8.99: Dylan Micallef
Bracket 9.00-9.49: Simon Farrugia def. Stephen Xuereb
Bracket 9.50-9.99: Clayton Johnson def. Glenn Caruana
Bracket 10.00-10.49: Paul Fenech def. Gordon Cassar
Bracket 10.50-10.99: Glenn Busuttil def. Joe Ashton (UK)
Bracket 11.00-11.49: Chris Mercieca def. Terry Gilam (UK)
Bracket 11.50-11.99: Steve Jennerway (UK)
Diesel Open Class: Justin Darmanin
Diesel Truck Class: Tommy Agius
Junior Dragster: Luca Mangion def. Aiden Bianco (3rd place Yelsin Bonello)

Top Fuel Motorcycle and M/Cycle Open Class: Glenn Borg (bye)
Motorcycle index 8.50: Jaarold Brown (bye)
Motorcycle bracket 7.50-7.99: Stephen Cauchi (bye)
Best reaction time: George Cutajar

A large number of records and PBs were set. Thanks to event announcer Luke Stevenson for letting us know that Clifton Abdilla ran an impressive 6.192/213.67mph in his Toyota 2JZ powered rail backed up by a 6.199/207.71, the quickest ever import powered ET in Maltese drag racing history and new DTA5/D5 records. Clifton said "We are closer to our 5 second goal, with plenty of room left to add power. Our dragster is the fastest 2JZ dragster in Europe. Running a race program of this scale is a big feat but luckily my team make it look so easy".

Vis Kosova from Albania whom we featured last Friday, ran a PB of 7.677/186.83mph in his Nissan GTR. Of the FWD racers, Dunstan Mangion ran a 9.909/143.06mph to break into the 9s for the first time and Semira Galea her first 10s in her black Focus.

In the Bike categories, Glenn Borg on his Funny Bike (pictured left) ran a 6.766/202.52 for a new track record, and also ran the first ever, and fastest side-by-side 6sec bike run in Malta 6.770/199.50 to Franklyn Borg's 6.879/185.63. Congratulations to all.

You can see a replay of the event livestream at the Facebook page of MotorsMT

Thanks to Alex Buttigieg for the photos. You can see Alex's photos from the event at this Facebook album.

You can also see photos at the Facebook page of Samuel Mifsud at Samuel's Photography.

Dakota Raceway RWYB/NSA report.
22nd March: Thanks to Jerry Cookson for sending in a report on last Saturday's meeting at Dakota Raceway, Smeatharpe and to Carol Jenkinson for photos which we have posted at this link with the support of John Woolfe Racing .

The National Sprint Association began their 2023 championship campaign in mixed conditions for this time of month down Devon way at Dakota Raceway’s Smeatharpe Airfield last Saturday. Although the day began early with heavy downpours in the early hours the surface quickly dried out for the NSA sprint, and the drifting to begin, writes NSA commentator Jerry Cookson.

A mixed entry of some 60 riders populated the streamlined classes for 2023 and with no less than 7 tracks records being reset or established, the performances gained from winter rebuilds were quite something given the days conditions.

With all the runs counting towards the overall class results FTD went to Unlimited Racing class champion Mark Taylor (pictured above) with a rapid 9.147s to the Suzuki’s credit. Also in with a shot but eventually ended up second quickest was Steve Everett’s Road Legal Hayabusa at 9.923s while looking to close the margin slightly was Paul Hayman’s 1000cc GSXR Suzuki with a rapid 10.096s for third although on a couple of occasions Paul had to fight to keep the front end from rearing up a 100 ft out from the start line.

500cc Racing class champion Peter McGuinness carried on from where he left off by resetting the class record previously held at Neill Curtis. As the day wore on Pete’s Kawasaki H1 got progressively quicker to block out Neill’s previous 11.086s and replace it with a 11.058s. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for fellow Kawasaki racer Kerry Phillips who’s brightly painted green and orange H1 ended up in the adjacent field after its 12.894/110.66 mph tank slapper at the top end. Although battered and bruised, and now needing a new set of leathers, Kerry was up and alert much to the relief of wife Samantha. It will take more than a roll of green and orange gaffer tape to fix it this time but says he will be back!

The Vintage guys were also in record form as Richard Morgan established a new Vintage up to 350cc class record of 16.768s on a 1929 Rudge while in the Unlimited Vintage class John Young rode his 1936 500cc Tri/Jap to a 12.810s although couldn’t quite get to the 106 mph track speed record for the class. Maybe next time John!

The remaining four records were established in the relined Junior classes going to Jorja Cleall who was taking part in her first ever sprint with her Peugeot 125 while being shadowed on every run by dad Paul’s Kawasaki ZX9 (34.590s), Max Curtis on a 125/250 4 stroke single (21.630) while elder sister Libby ran in the 18s to a best of 18.035s. This left last year’s 125cc Junior champion Chloe Hayman to set a new class record for 125 GP/350 4 stroke single at 20.484s.

Top Scooter racer of the day was ‘Mr Greenlight’ Adie Horrocks over Chisel Speed’s Mike Pacey. With winter cylinder head mods carried out by Dave Bristow on Adie’s 149 FRT/BFA Vespa had worked out well with best being a 13.648s against Mike Pacey’s Lambretta mounted 14.205s. Others running in the class were the newly built Lambretta’s belonging to Shaun Nickells and Paul Gurney, and Nigel Howard with the Greenlight renta 144cc Quattrini.

From the 25 cars registered for RWYB the quickest and fastest car of the day was a 3.8 ltr McLaren 570s driven by Matthew Wilson and from the 17 or so runs made the McLaren supercar finally managed a best of 10.565 at 139.66. Almost matching the 570s’ pace was a RS6 Audi driven by Lukas Debrowski with a 10.802/130.91 mph to its credit followed by Nick Martin’s 4 litre AMG E63s Mercedes with an 11.097/128.14 mph ticket.

The next Drag ‘N’ Drift event at Dakota Raceway takes place on Saturday 22nd April for another round of the National Sprint Association championship and open RWYB. For information and bookings, go to

Video of NSA action at Smeatharpe is also available from Nick Pettitt at this link.

Swift snippets.
22nd March: Happy Birthday for today to former Junior Dragster racer Matthew Dowdy, Frite racer Mark Bull, German Super Pro ET racer Harry Scherschinski and Swedish former Top Methanol Dragster racer Marcus Wålm. We hope you all have a great day.

UK SFI Inspection day.
21st March:
The SFI Inspection of parts took place today at Santa Pod Raceway's VIP building and it was good to see SFI President Jennifer Faye as well as the team of inspectors Andy Robinson, Luke Robinson and Lars Goran Eriksson (pictured from right to left). Jennifer said "I'm very happy to be back in Europe after three years off. The number of racers bringing parts for testing is back to the same levels as 2019 and it's pleasing to see such a good turnout." The team are back from the tour of European stops incorporating Amsterdam (Hotel Ibis Schipol), Klaukkala, near Helsinki (the new FHRA office) and Borlänge (ME Racing's shop).

During the morning, we gathered a number of pitnotes from the racers attending and are grateful to all of them for giving their time. We present racers' comments in order of when we noted them:

Pro Modified racer Mick Payne (below left) is looking forward to bringing his supercharged Duster out on track as soon as possible this season. He said "Although I'm retired from the paper mill I worked at, I seem more busy than ever getting the car ready. The change from the previous turbo installation was not easy to undertake, but now my complete combination of supercharged Hemi, transmission and clutch are in place. Thanks to Andy and Luke for baselining the new combination and car".

Competition eliminator racer Robin Orthodoxou, pictured with son Darren (above right), have been working on new steering and A arms at the front of Robin's A/Altered, as well as fitting a new aluminium Brodix engine block that the team have bought from Steve Schmidt. Other parts are awaited "We ordered some on 21st September and are still waiting for them" - a common explanation by racers such as Robin for not being able to attend the forthcoming Festival of Power.

"The long block we bought from Steve Schmidt is 53kg lighter than our previous iron block and whilst we were previously close to the minimum weight the new one will enable us put weight where we want to. The engine location is tight, before we were putting ballast in the front and using an engine plate made of steel, however the new setup gives us more options. Steve Schmidt built the long block with a Sonny Bryant crank, GRP rods, Bill Miller Engineering pistons and ProFiler cylinder heads. We will add our Dambest carburettors from John Satterfield which have served us well over the years, and MSD ignition and Power Grid controller. sponsor and Pro Modfied/Outlaw Anglia racer Jon Webster (below left, with SPRC secretary Ian Marshall) is looking to bring his Pro Mod Mustang out at the Doorslammers due to parts ordered in October not having arrived. He said "The lack of parts is not down to one type of item, in my case it is pins for the pistons and exhaust valves. I had two sets of heads repaired in the States by Alan Johnson Performance Engines and they are back. I may well be back racing in the Anglia at Nostalgia events as it is still up for sale, and will look forward to John Willard being in the UK to race at three events too.

Outlaw Anglia racer and 2022 Motorsport UK OA champion Rob Stone is ready to defend his title as he has entered for the Festival of Power from which a number of quick cars are missing. "I've freshened up everything", he remarked, "and am planning to do all rounds, MSUK and lifestyle. I've been in the class for 30 years, starting in 1993, its first year and having my first full season in 1994." Back it in the day Rob was organiser of the class as well although that has fallen to others since, now with Colin Millar co-ordinating the ever increasing numbers.

Hawk Racing Funny Car racer and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Jason Phelps (pictured right) had some pithy words on the current parts situation. "There is a supply risk currently, industry wide it is the same story, and for new parts there is a perceived preference for US teams who are located closer to the factories. Our team ordered and paid for parts in November, the manufacturers have been sitting on the money since then. Frankly, it's a threat to professional classes' racing in Europe and Australia. We are so far down the chain and, as we've given Americans a second hand parts market for 50 years, it feels unfair. Only Kevin Kent and Steve Ashdown are on the list for Easter. I reckon our chances of making it are 50:50 at best, we are reluctant to change our parts rotation pattern as that would risk a repeat of our 2020 explosion."

Nostalgia Funny Car racer Andy Raw (above left) said "Unfortunately we’re not going to be able to make the Easter meeting, as we are still awaiting parts for the engine from America, which seems to be a issue with a lot of the parts that we need for this season." However Andy and team, including crew chief and tuner Karl Harrison, have managed to source one part needed from a UK company, Westwood Cylinder Liners. As things stand, Andy will be the only Outlaw spec NFC in this year's championship. He said "The main differences on my car are the 29 gallons per minute fuel pump and MSD 44 mag. We have the full safety equipment including electromotion shut-off system and rocker cover restraints."

Doorslammer driver Darren Peart (below left) had a long drive from his home near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His main focus this year is the 7.60 Heads Up competition sponsored by Jeff and Belinda Bull. "We are reassembling the car and Mark (Norton) is re-tagging the chassis to 7.5s. We may do some rounds of Super Pro starting at Springspeed Nataionals and then Doorslammers, which is a favourite of mine. Following the accident at Melbourne last year we installed a new front end and new doors, and have now acquired a replacement roof which will go on during winter of 2023-24. The engine which is a 486ci big block Chevy is the same as before. It has two Dominator carbs and a single nitrous stage with Express controller, and Lenco transmission.

Street Eliminator racer Robert Slater (above right) was here with wife and crew Trudy having the transmission of his Code Red '57 Chevy Bel Air inspected. The car made its first class appearance at the Euro Finals last year. He said "We will be at Easter to get the car tuned and do some test passes, and are looking forward to the Street Weekend which has several Street Eliminator cars entered and over 10 from Outlaw Street. We are keen on drag n' drive events after spectating at Hot Rod Drag Week in 2019. It is a growing part of the sport in the USA and events this year include places as diverse as Alaska and Death Valley. The on-the-road laptop tuning is really impressive.

Robert and Trudy drive down in their Bel Air the 110 miles from Stoke on Trent, pulling a caravan. "In Street Weekend we will stay overnight at Melbourne, more relaxing than driving back to Santa Pod on the same day." The Bel Air has a 540ci big block Chevy from Dart with twin 88mm turbos and a Fueltech 550 engine management supplied by Trevor Hirst of ASD Ltd who also built the short motor. Transmission is a Rossler three speed with a Strange 9 inch Ford. The chassis is tagged to 7.50 after new tubing was installed in 2021 (the car used to be Black Ops). "Only the wheels are unchanged", joked Robert, who has owned the car for 18 years and covers an amazing 5000 miles a year in it.

The couple could be expanding to a two car drag team with Trudy in her similarly red '34 Ford 3 window coupe being a support vehicle but may also take to the track. As well as attending drag racing events, they drive the Code Red car to Hot Rod events, including Hot Rod & Hills in the Lake District (which a number of drag racers have driven to), Stars & Stripes in Tatton Park, Knutsford, NSRA Old Warden and Oulton Park (which is organised by ex drag racer Bernie Chodosh for Bernie’s V8s).

Nostalgia Funny Car racer Tony Betts (below left) and wife Elaine came for inspection of transmission parts. Tony said "We have raised the roofline so I can see the top of the Christmas Tree through the screen and changed the steering geometry which was located too far over to the right for me. John Wright has looked at the tuning and identified some problems with the clutch which had uneven finger heights, these are now flat to within 1/100th inch, thanks to Bob Molinari. We've also got new tyres and serviced the car generally. Tony is optimistic about numbers in the class expanding as projects get finished.

Funny Car racer Kevin Kent (above right) has spent much time over the winter grinding clutch discs for himself and other racers. Recently however wife Shelley suffered a broken foot in a "martial arts incident" and we wish Shelley well for a quick recovery. Kevin said "We will run on a meeting by meeting basis depending on funds. We will give it...35%! John "Bodie" Smith will once again be on the team and thanks to him we are ok on parts, he sells second hand parts from his own racing operations."

Super Pro ET racer Scott Hauser (pictured right) says sponsor Hauser Racing has been very busy working on rear axles and installing them for Lunaz Design, a business based in Silverstone which restores and modifies existing historic cars to zero-emissions powertrains. Scott said "We convert a complete axle from start to finish, usually the 9" Ford which is a tried and tested conversion, but also Dana and Chrysler 8 3/4".

Scott and dad Geof go through his dragster's 598ci engine every two years to refresh it, however it is designed to be light on parts as it has a low compression ratio (11:1 on E5 pump fuel, compared with 14:1 to 16:1 for high octane petrol or methanol). Nevertheless it is a consistent 7.3s car. Fuel for a complete weekend's racing is no more than £60 as a result. The engine is a Dart block with custom pistons, Dart heads and Edelbrock manifold. Titanium valves were installed two years ago to reduce pressure on valve springs. The transmission is a Hughes Powerglide which has been used since 2011 with a new clutch pack and band installed last year "because we were starting to lean on it and not because it was wearing out". Scott reminds us that Hauser Racing is looking for a new business manager for the company.

In summary, it was a well attended day and the new season will be well attended by racers - if they have parts delivered in time. If you are visiting SPR, beware of potholes in the road from Wollaston leading up to the crossroads, and do pop into the pits and say hi to racers who have spent so much of the winter months in preparation.

Swift snippets.
21st March: Happy Birthday for today to Super Pro ET racer Jack Brewster, Funny Bike racer and tuner Stuart Crane, car constructor and racer Bill Felstead, Sportsman ET and Nostalgia Superstock racer Alan Medley aka Captain Caveman and Outlaw Anglia racer Martyn Payne. Have a great day all.

Atlanta-based race car constructors Homier Fabrications announced that internationally renowned DJ Carl Cox, visitor to Santa Pod Raceway for Doorslammers 2021, purchased a Plymouth Barracuda to which local firm RK Racecraft installed a PLR Hemi engine. Homier updated some of the electronics in the car which will be tested this week in Florida. They added that Carl plans on taking the car to Europe to run some Pro Mod races. We will await an official announcement, but until then Carl seems busy on his worldwide DJ tour...

Pioneer stories: Surrey Street Rodders, part 2.
20th March: The latest in our third series of Pioneer Stories is the part 2 of the story and history of Surrey Street Rodders, this time covering the Wheels Day shows which have been a continuous feature of the club for almost 50 years.

Surrey Street Rodders committee member Harold Martin recalls how club founders Dick and Paul Lambert put on the first Wheels Day at South Hill Park, Bracknell in 1975 following a request from the Park's officials, moving it to its now traditional day of Good Friday in 1976 so members could witness Don Garlits race at Santa Pod on Easter Monday.

In 1979, the show moved to Slyfield Green near Guildford and had to contend with issues such as the after effects of the site's normal use as a livestock market, and traffic congestion resulting from Wheels Show's popularity. The show again got too large for the venue and moved to Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot and a couple of one-off venues which produced their own stories. Summer Rod Runs and picnics were organised. In 2017 the club was inducted into the NSRA Hall of Fame for Wheels Day and the money they have raised and given to charities over the years.

The Surrey Street Rodders story was planned for season 2 but held over to 2023 so the complete story can be presented in three parts. British Drag Racing Historians are grateful to Harold and other members of Surrey Street Rodders for telling their story, and to Nick Pettitt for editing the text and the photos, which were supplied by members. Thanks to John Hunt also, for working during the last 3 years with all those who told their stories and collating them all for editing. Part 3 of the Surrey Street Rodders will be published next Monday, 27th March.

Part 2 of Surrey Street Rodders' story is at this link. You can see our list of pioneer stories at this link or by clicking on the link under News in the main menu.

Picture: NSRA Hall of Fame presentation at the 2017 Supernats. For full size picture and list of members included, go to the bottom of the story.

Swift snippets.
20th March: Happy Birthday for today to Finnish Top Methanol Funny Car racer Ari Pietilä and Swedish Top Doorslammer racer Fredrik Lundh. Have a great day guys.

Tomorrow, the Facebook Live show Draglist LIVE, presented by Bill Pratt, will include a segment from co-host John Bockelman that will be a tribute to the great Jon Morton, described accurately as "one of the UK's most successful and beloved drag racers". John will present the tribute with input and approval from Jon's son and fellow Super Gas racer Dan Page. The podcast will be live at 20:45 Eastern Time (01:45 GMT) on the Drag Racing List Facebook Page and saved on the page's Videos section for future viewing.

Our UK SFI Inspection report will be posted in tomorrow's news update.

Gallery from Dakota Raceway.
19th March:
Thanks to Kieran for sending a gallery of photos from yesterday's Run What Ya Brung and NSA meeting at Dakota Raceway. Smeatharpe Airfield in Devon supported by John Woolfe Racing. You can see the gallery at this link. In a couple of days' time we will be posting a report by Jerry Cookson on the NSA Sprint Competition with photos from Carol Jenkinson.

Yesterday's meeting returned to a 'back to basics' format, allowing riders & drivers to enter on the day and run as a RWYB test & tune format with the track will open from 9:30am - 4pm.

Kieran's photos are watermarked and we are fine for them to be downloaded and shared unmodified on social media. This will be our standard policy for photos in the future.

Swift snippets.
19th March: Happy Birthday to Comp Eliminator team boss Nigel Payne, Santa Pod Raceway supporters and marshals Ben Skinner and Jack Skinner, and French team Toxic Drag Racing member Sébastien Lajoux. Happy Mother's Day to all too. We hope you all have a great day.

Richard Stirling.
18th March: We were sad to hear of the death of drag racing enthusiast, webmaster and photographer Richard Stirling last week following suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Richard attended many races, mainly at Santa Pod Raceway and Shakespeare County, but also Sweden, Finland and the USA. In 2004 he started the website which contained Richard's photos and his good-natured accounts of races, many of which can still be read thanks to the Internet Archive. He continued to update the site until 2010 after which he suffered a number of health issues which precluded such intensive activity.

Despite these problems, Richard remained enthusiastic about the sport and visited Santa Pod as many times as he could. When we encountered him, he was always of cheerful disposition and had a large fund of stories about racing, which made him popular with members of the racing community. One memorable story was of an "aluminium shower" after Doug Herbert's "nuclear-strength" engine explosion at the 1999 Winston Finals. He was so keen on nitro warm-ups that he even bought his own mask to enable him to remain in the vicinity of the car.

Fellow Derby resident Jason Yates writes: "It is with great shock and sadness to hear of the passing of a great friend Richard Stirling. We first met Richard at Shakey years ago and after realising he was also from Derby, we became great friends and he always followed the progress of Orange Pop Racing. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. Fly high matey, love from us all at Orange Pop Racing."

We at add our deepest condolences to Richard's wife Susan and their family and friends.

Nostalgia FCs mix it up.
18th March: Santa Pod Raceway have announced there will be a Nostalgia Funny Car Cup in 2023 and that racers can compete in it under either Nostalgia Funny Car Rules or Outlaw Nostalgia Funny Car Rules.

The full rules are linked to in the class page on the Santa Pod website. There will be a points championship following usual rules at three of the four rounds with points from the Dragstalgia Cannonball included for the first time ever.

Racing will be over the quarter mile and rules have a proviso that speeds of 250 mph and/or elapsed times in the 5.90-second range will require a "re-evaluation of performance restrictions". Rules for Nostalgia Funny Cars include a 21 gallons per minute fuel pump restriction, 18.99% maximum blowe overdrive and other rules following NHRA Heritage Series rules and running at 2300lb weight including driver. The Outlaw Funny Cars are allowed bodies pre-1990 (NFC: pre 1980), a weight of 2,250 pounds, including driver, and up to 34.5 gallons per minute fuel pump with a couple more fuel nozzles permitted in the injector hat, and maximum of 50% blower overdrive permitted.

Both types of car will run with a 65% minimum nitro load and both have an inner-diaper highly recommended as well as the lower-engine-ballistic/restraint device, something which has helped prevent down-time in US races.

Whilst the two sets of rules on the face of it would give an advantage to the Outlaw cars, the option to review rules gives organisers an option to retain parity and we look forward to seeing fields of up to eight cars, depending on parts availability and in some cases, completion of construction.

Rounds of the Nostalgia Funny Car Cup will be held at the Festival of Power, Main Event, Dragstalgia and the Euro Finals.

Full details of the Nostalgia Funny Car Cup are at this link.

Malta Round 1 stream.
18th March: Thanks to our friends at MotorsMT, a live stream is available of Round 1 of the Malta Drag Racing Association championship which you can view on Facebook at this link. Readers are encouraged to comment and press "like".

Swift snippets.
18th March: Happy Birthday for today to Power Race Graphics and RAD Design Lines proprietor Darren West, Nitro Funny Car co-owner Jackie Hawkins, former Shakespeare County Raceway announcer and Wild Bunch crew Barry Bohannon and Pro ET racer Rhiannon Bellenie, have a great day from all of us at

Festival of Power entry closing today.
17th March:
Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall has reminded us that the deadline for entry for the first round of the SPRC National and Club championships, the Festival of Power, is midnight today.

The current entry list for the event is at this link. You can enter by clicking here. Late entry may cost extra, so competitors are urged to sign up today.

Pioneer stories: Jeff Byne, part 1.
17th March: The latest in our third series of Pioneer Stories is part 1 of the story of drag bike champion and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Jeff Byne, told in his own words exclusively for

Jeff Byne first attended Santa Pod as a teenager but before he was 20 years old bought a racing bike and made his competition debut at Santa Pod in August 1970, followed by sprints at Duxford Airfield in 1970 and 1971. Continuing his career at Santa Pod, Jeff bought a frame from Ray Feltell for 1973. A turning point in his career was a football pools win at the end of 1974 which enabled him to build a new, twin Puma Triumph bike during 1975. In its first year, he ran his first eight and became competitive in Top Bike against riders such as John Hobbs and Henk Vink, winning the Jubilee Big Go event in 1977 and travelling to Holland and Sweden to compete.

Part 1 of Jeff Byne's story is at this link. You can see our list of pioneer stories at this link or by clicking on the link under News in the main menu. would particularly like to thank John Hunt, Nick Pettitt and Mick Gleadow who have been invaluable in the recording, transcribing, editing and providing illustrations for our stories.

From Albania to Malta.
17th March: We noted from reviewing the entry list for Malta round 1 that Albanian Vis Kosova is racing at Hal Far this weekend.

Vis is a 36 year old video games developer who lives in Albanian capital Tirana. His passion for drag racing is satisfied by his Nissan GTR BL 1800X, the engine of which develops 2800hp, after addtion of an Alpha 22X turbo kit by Texan firm Boost Logic, and ran in the sevens when it was in the US. Having imported the car to Albania, Vis was able to run it into the eights with relatively little apparent difficulty, the four wheel drive helping on the unprepped track.

Vis's biggest local competitor is Kosovo based GOGI Racing, whose Audi S2 has been racing in Kosovo (where racing is organised by FASK Kosova), Bulgaria and other Eastern Europe locations driven by Skender Potera who won the 2022 Kosovan drag championship. On 2nd October last year Skender Potera driving his new Audi TT RS reset the Kosovan record to 7.895/184 mph. In Malta, Vis will have more competition in both CA6 class and bracket racing.

Vis is a supporter of Illyrius Motorsport, a non-profit sports organization which aims to promote and develop Motorsport in Albania and throughout the Balkan region. On 4th February, Illyrius announced the winner of an Auto Moto Park Albania design competition, backed by the Tiranian government, between four prestigious companies from Italy, Great Britain and Austria, the latter of which emerged as winners with Wurz Design (headed up by former F1 driver Alex Wurz and his father Franz). In their feedback, Illyrius Motorsport proposed that in addition to a circuit and drift track, the proposed drag strip should be of professional quality. Currently there are 150 competitors in Albania and Kosovo (and hundreds of other illegal competitors) and it is reckoned that drag racing there has a larger audience (and return on investment) compared with other motorsport disciplines.

For those in the area, the Kosovan championship takes place on 6th-7th May, 24th-25th June, 5th-6th August, and 30th September-1st October at Eurogoma Race Track, Slattinë. Detail about Albanian drag championships is hard to come by, but what is clear is that there is friendly competition between the two neighbouring countries.

Vis will undoubtedly be trying for a seven second pass this weekend. His previous visit to Hal Far in 2021 resulted in an 8.5s run after an intercooler pipe came off at the eighth mile. We wish good luck and stay safe to Vis and the local Maltese racers racing at Hal Far this weekend.

Photo credit: Samuel's Photography.

Swift snippets.
17th March: Happy Birthday to British drag racing pioneer John Wright, Swedish Nostalgia Funny Car racer Erik Wallinder and European Drag Racing Videos administrator Pascal Koch. We hope you both have a great day.

SFI price list for Monday.
16th March: Thanks to SFI President Jennifer Faye for sending a list of prices for parts inspections in Pounds Sterling, in advance of the inpections taking place next Monday at Santa Pod Raceway's hospitality suite. which you can see by
clicking here (pdf format). The list of items remains as previous published at this link.

Payment for inspections is either by cash or Paypal via Paypal's app.

Editor's note: Editor Simon is looking forward to attending the Santa Pod SFI day and obtain his first pitnotes of the year.

Swift snippets.
16th March: Happy Birthday to Supercharged Outlaw racer-in-waiting Purdie Hadfield, Comp Bike racer and Big CC Racing boss Sean Mills, French Gasser Circus racer Laurent Levi, Suzuki Performance Spares boss Nick Pepper, SPR Thrill Ride crew and former SPR startline marshal John Hackney and former Wild Bunch racer and APIRA official Tony Smith. Editor Simon and hope you all have a great day.

Best wishes to expat Swedish racer Adam Flamholc who suffered a testing accident yesterday in his Pro Mod '57 Chevy at Orlando Speed World dragway, Florida. Adam said "Something broke on the car, and it made a sudden turn to the wall." Adam attended the local hospital for a checkup which confirmed no injuries - and to look on Racingjunk for a new race car.

Top Fuel chassis spec update.
15th March: Thanks to FIA Technical Consultant Frans Steilberg for sending us an update in the Top Fuel section of the Technical Regulations for FIA Drag Racing:

In 2023, the Top Fuel Chassis specification 2.3T (required in 2022) will be accepted in addition to the new chassis specification 2.3U. It is also emphasised that it is now mandatory to use Aircraft Type Clamps when securing any "Saddled" Component. The use of "Hose Clamps" is prohibited.

This update is also available on the FIA website at
this link under Technical Regulations, Pro (para 4.11).

Start your engines!
15th March: Last Sunday over £5m worth of cars from members of car club SC:UK (Supercar Owner) hit Melbourne Raceway. Mark Starzynski sent us details of what went on:

On Sunday 12th March, Over 80 sports and supercars gathered at Melbourne Raceway in collaboration with SC:UK, and Straightliners to celebrate the start of the 2023 car events season and raise awareness of the venue.

With a wide variety of performance cars on show from Porsches and Lotuses to Ferraris, Lamborghinis and everything in between, the event offered car owners the chance to participate in a variety of different photo opportunities showcasing their metal, including group raceway photos and rolling shots.

Mark Starzynski, CarCalendar spokesperson, said “Our CarCalendar website and app has been designed to provide extra exposure to car events and venues around the country, so what better way to start the ’23 season than by shining light on Melbourne Raceway, a fantastic venue that’s loved by many in the racing community. The work that the Straightliners team, volunteers and donors have put in to rescue the venue from closure has been incredible, so anything we can do to raise further awareness of is time well spent.”

The event was a great success, and the organizers would like to thank everyone who attended and donated to the cause. Your generosity will help Melbourne Raceway continue to provide a safe and exciting racing venue for generations to come.

To find out more, go to to donate to Melbourne Raceway, to find out about upcoming motoring events, and to access exclusive events, drives, tours and more.

Swift snippets.
15th March: Happy Birthday for today to Pro Modified racer Michel Tooren, Pro Stock racer Robin Norén, Comp Eliminator racer David Swift and Pro ET racer Chris Newsam, we hope you all have a great day. A Happy 50th to former Super Pro ET champion Chris Parker, who is celebrating in style.

The Malta Drag Racing Association have issued the entry list to this weekend's Round 1 of their championship, which you can see at this link (pdf format).

FIM-E dates confirmed.
14th March:
FIM Europe have published their calendar for 2023 with both June and August confirmed at Tierp Arena. The good news is that the 2023 FIM Drag Bike championship is now over five rounds for Top Fuel Bike, Super Twin Top Fuel, Pro Stock Bike and Super Street Bike.

FIM Drag Racing Commission member Job Heezen says that the online entry for the championship registration is not yet live but it is said to be ready soon. We will post when it is available.

The full FIM-E calendar is:

Pro Stock, Top Fuel, Super Twin, Super Street Bike:

26th-29th May: FIA/FIM Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, UK
15th-18th June: Tierp Internationals, Tierp Arena, Sweden
10th-13th August: Summit Internationals, Tierp Arena, Sweden
25th-27th August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheim, Germany
7th-10th September: FIA/FIM European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, UK

Junior Drag Bike Cup:

26th-29th May: FIA/FIM Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, UK
25th-27th August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheim, Germany
7th-10th September: FIA/FIM European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, UK

2023 SPRC class title sponsors.
14th March: Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall writes: with the 2023 Race season starting very soon, Santa Pod Racers club are pleased to confirm our 2023 National and SPRC Championship class title sponsors whom we thank for their support:

Comp Eliminator class title sponsor - Track Worx: Track Worx have been involved in motorsports for over 10 years, and strive to be the best whilst providing a one stop workshop for all Motorsport needs. When it comes to Race cars for Circuit, Drag, Sprint and Professional Drift cars, we can offer all aspects of work, from basic service and event preparation to complete car builds, and it doesn’t stop there. We offer complete tailor made Motorsport aftercare packages from big race team’s right down the owner/driver privateers in your choice of event, anywhere in the world.

If you have a need for support at a Race facility anywhere on the planet, we have the facilities to accommodate you and your requirements, contact us at

Super Pro ET class title sponsor - Peter Nee: Steve and Babs Saunders write: Pete was a true hot rodder at heart, he lived and breathed drag racing, hot rods and American muscle cars. He was with me from the very early hot rods days in the beginning of the 80's and at the very start of my drag racing. He loved NHRA Drag racing, British Drag Racing and going to the states travelling visit as many drag racing meetings as possible. Apart from being my Crew Chief, he himself had many different cars through his life ending up with his much loved Firebird which he was planning on racing himself in 2022.

Pro ET class title sponsors - Modurstang: Modurstang is the UK's premier Mustang specialist. Anything from an approved routine oil change for your brand new S550, to a full restoration of your 1960’s Mustang. If you have any ideas or would like to chat about a project, feel free to call us. We can put your mind at ease. For example, S550 supercharger packages are tried and tested to offer you the best possible performance at a competitive price.

Modurstang is the one-stop-shop for all your American motor servicing needs.We can make your Mustang dreams a reality. Please take a look at our web site at or phone us on 01608 678818, or mobile on 07774 712000.

Sportsman ET class title sponsors - Hutchinson & Dibley Ltd: Hutchinson and Dibley Ltd is a Buckinghamshire-based precision CNC engineering company specialising in the production of 'hard-to-manufacture' parts. We have over 50 years of experience in most industries including defence, oil, gas and marine, as well as machining most common metals and plastics but also working with difficult materials such as Titanium, Magnetic Iron and Inconel. Our shop facility includes CNC turning and milling as well as welding and fabrication equipment. Our entire production is ISO9001:2008 approved and accredited.

Super Comp class title sponsors - B Fast R: Who is B Fast R? We’re a team of petrol heads, with a love of all things automotive. We live and breathe motorsport, and we want to inspire the next generation of car builders, support staff, and, of course, drivers. Our mission is simple, to bring you the best content from across the planet. Whether it’s the engineering behind the latest and greatest purpose-built race car, or the story of one man who’s spent 50 years in his barn perfecting a tarmac shredding, road-storming piece of history, we’re there! We’ll be bringing you regular video features on some of the most iconic automotive personalities on the planet-from the F1 stars of tomorrow to the best kept secret in the smallest American town. But we’re about so much more than that; We want to inspire young people who love cars, but don’t know how they can find their way into the world of motorsport. From the obvious engineering roles to the people behind the scenes designing PR campaigns and looking after the all-important sponsors, we want to throw the doors open on professional motorsport, and mentor those who really know what they want!

We’re also one of the UK’s largest producers of textiles, giving us unparalleled opportunities in the world of clothing. From design & production of team wear, through a full range of apparel & merchandise, to the latest homologation FIA race suit, we are unique in how we approach individual requirements, and offer a one-stop, complete turn-key solution for race teams & businesses of any size. If you’d like to work with us, or think you have a story we’d be interested in, then let’s talk. BUILD | RACE | CONQUER.

Super Gas class title sponsors - TMC Carburetors: Tony Morris and Dave Gibbons are delighted to announce that Tony Morris Carburetors will once again be the headline sponsor of the 2023 Super Gas series!

As the sole UK agent for Tony Morris Carburetors, Dave Gibbons’ TMC with RDR Performance Carburetors operation will also offer a 10% discount on parts and labour on servicing, as well as keen pricing on new carburetors for Super Gas race car requirements. Tony Morris Carburetors specialize in performance carbs on the 4150 and 4500 Holley platform, and each carburetor is hand built for its application. Not only do TMC supply traditional four barrel racing carbs, they also supply twin blade carburetors featuring the patented upper jets, which provide superior tunability and offer the advantage of a wider range of flow rating to optimise your combination. Contact Dave via messenger on TMC with RDR Performance Carburetors | Facebook , on Instagram at #thecarbfellas or by e-mail on with your requirements.

Wild Bunch class title sponsors - Springbridge Direct: Bob Hawkins of Wild Bunch class title sponsors Springbridge Direct Ltd has been supplying high quality topsoil using the finest constituents for over 25 years.

As well as screened and blended topsoil Springbridge also supplies quality turf, barks, composts and a large range of aggregates in either bulk bags or loose loads. A general bulk and grab haulage service is also always available at extremely competitive rates.

Springbridge’s own fleet of low-carbon lorries can deliver to your site, anywhere in the south east, including London and to all low-emission zones. Springbridge will help you save time and money on your next outdoor project. You can call them on 0333 456 1919 for full details, or visit the website at

Nostalgia Super Stock class title sponsors - VP Racing Lubricants: VP Racing Lubricants are proud to be class title sponsor of UK Nostalgia Super Stock. Our range of oils includes Break-in oil, Classic Racing Oil, High Performance Synthetic Blend oils and Professional Grade Fully Synthetic Oils.

Please call our sole UK importer and distributor Williams Bros. Racing with any trade, racer or retail enquiries on 01327-220777 or email

Jeff Bull Racing Engines class title sponsors - 7.60 Heads Up: Jeff and Belinda Bull have been instrumental in keeping many racers on track with their championship winning engines and performance parts business for over 30 years. This includes their very own successful drag racing campaigns in Super Comp, Super Modified and Comp Eliminator.

JBRE carry a comprehensive stock of parts for Big Block and Small Block Chevy and can source and supply many other high performance drag racing parts with competitive pricing and regular shipments from their supplier in the USA. They are sole UK suppliers of BLP Racing Products billet carburettors and performance fuel system parts. They have worked with Transmission Specialties supplying the UK racers with great custom torque converters and performance transmissions for over 20 years. They have their own in-house state of the art CWT crankshaft balancer and Rottler Diamond cylinder hone machine to achieve today’s critical tolerances in balancing and bore finish on all their customer’s engines.

Jeff and Belinda are pleased to announce that all three rounds of 7.60 Heads-Up will have a prize fund in place (details to follow) for winner and runner up of each event and an additional pay out for the overall winner and runner up of the three events in 2023. The invitation is open to any other sponsors who would like to be a part of this new and exciting 7.60 Door car Class in the UK.

For Bug Jam 2023, 7.60 entries will be limited to 16 cars, also, cars must run 8.49 to 7.60 to be eligible for this event. Please contact Jeff on 07834 381804 for details before entering 7.60 Heads Up on SPRC.

Junior Dragster class title sponsors - Lucas Oil: Lucas Oil have been looking after many Riders and Drivers in Motorsport, with their second to none Oils and Oil based products, Junior Dragster has been fortunate enough to have had Lucas Oil’s backing for more than 10 years, and 2023 is no different, Lucas oil products can be found at Santa Pod Raceway or on the Lucas Oil website at

Top Fuel Bike class title sponsors - Banks Night Club: The Name says it all really, if you find yourself in Maidstone, Bank Street is the place to head for your night’s entertainment. Banks is an over twenty-ones venue situated in a Grade II listed building in the heart of historic Bank Street in Maidstone. With four beautifully refurbished & styled rooms, three bars & two dance floors to choose from. They boast the largest courtyard in the town with Alfie's Bar and the Garden Bar, fully seated & parasols to suit all weather. Family's welcome to daytime bookings, contact details as follows:, telephone 01622 762872, address 76 Bank Street Maidstone Kent, ME14 1SJ, please keep a check on their website for future opening times and any restrictions that may apply.

Funny Bike class title sponsors - Leeks Landscapes: The Leeks Landscapes Group, is a group of companies catering to all aspects of Landscaping, Waterscapes, ponds, lakes, civil engineering and more delivering projects to the commercial and domestic sector throughout the UK.

Comp Bike class title sponsors - Suzuki Performance Suzuki Performance Spares, are your premier source of quality guaranteed new and used parts for major motorcycle brands, they specialise in spare parts for modern, classic motorcycle, racing and Drag Race parts. Contact details: - or 07900 362809.

Super Street Bike class title sponsors - Kathy Taylor: Kathy, a long-time supporter of all things Drag Bike, on this occasion taking the Super Street Bike Title Sponsorship as her way of putting something back into the sport.

8.50 Bike class title sponsors - JKE Race Works: We welcome the return of Jake Mechaell JKE Race Works, who once again is sponsoring the class title for 8.50 bike. Jake says:

"I’m pleased to be the class sponsor again for the 8.50 bike championship during the 2023 season. The class is perfect for racers to have a stepping stone between 9.50 Bike and Superstreet/Comp Bike. It’s such a competitive class with a great bunch of riders. With the volume of bikes, we have coming through the workshop in preparation for 8.50 bike it’s a class which is only going to continue to grow.

"JKE Race Works offer a huge range of services including complete bike builds, bespoke fabrication, engine building, one off turbo kits specifically designed to suit your needs, bike setup, track support, engine tuning, suspension servicing, 1-1 tuition and much more. We are located next door to Santa Pod Raceway which gives our customers the convenience of an accessible drop off and collection location. It also allows us to provide support to all racers if they have an unfortunate part failure which can be repaired during the meeting to keep them out there making the most of their race weekend.

"Our dealership statuses are growing every month and we can offer great racer prices on the following brands so far: MTC Engineering, Racinglines, Putoline Oil, Antigravity Batteries, HEL Performance and Ramair Filters. Our aim is to give the highest standard of work at a reasonable price and help our customers reach their goals with all the support and advice needed. "Please follow JKE Race Works on Facebook and Instagram to see the work we produce and to keep up to date with future projects. Contact details are 07841 389360 and"

9.50 Bike class title sponsors - Atlantic Fluid Tech: Atlantic Fluid Tech Ltd has been trading since 2009 and is a major supplier of hydraulic valves to OEM companies in the UK and Ireland. It is the British subsidiary of an Italian Group that is based in Modena. The company has a warehouse in Coventry from where it distributes products to a wide variety of companies, particularly those involved in the manufacture of construction machinery. The Coventry building houses a hydraulic test facility and a CAD function for the design and supply of bespoke valve assemblies. Both UK Directors of the company has a long history of involvement in Motor Sport, and are very pleased to be associated with the Santa Pod Racers Club and sponsorship of 9.50 bike.

Atlantic Fluid Tech can be contacted at +44 (0)2476 617143 or

ET Bike class title sponsors - Blood Cancer UK: Blood Cancer UK (formerly Bloodwise) will continue to be supported by all of our racers as usual, and ET Bike will also continue to fly the Blood Cancer UK flag with the class title being used again in 2023. To make a donation to a charity close to many hearts please go to

Junior Drag Bike class title sponsors - was created 25 years ago and provides comprehensive and timely reporting of European drag racing news. As always, we are excited about the forthcoming season, are attending over 50 races and will post in-depth live reports on 20 of them, including all FIA/FIM-E and UK National championship rounds. Our news and race report pages are viewed by over 12,000 racers and fans across Europe monthly. We are proud to be supporting Junior Drag Bike which has an increasing field with newly built machines, the riders of which are becoming the championship bike racers of the future.

Dakota Raceway this Saturday.
14th March: Thanks to Straightliners director Trevor Duckworth for an update on Dakota Raceway which hosts its first 2023 event this Saturday:

Dakota Raceway sees its season opener this coming Saturday with a whole new format. These ever-popular Drag and Drift events in the South West provide the racer with testing facilities to dial in their cars and bikes. We have been asked over the last 2 years to go "back to basics" with our events at this popular venue.

So we have listened to riders and drivers and they now have an entry-on-the-day test and tune facility with the drag strip open from 09.30 until the 16:00 curfew.

The entry system has been streamlined thanks to our permit provider NORA92, so we will have you signed on and out on track in an instant.

Everyone’s Favorite Aunty, the NSA, is with us on the bike side so lots of classics and close racing for the spectators.

Entry is just £60 to enter your car or bike and this includes your day membership and race license. If you want to enter online, the link is here or click on the picture.

Spectators are welcome and its pay on the gate £10 per person and no charge for kids.

Smeatharpe Airfield is located in Devon at EX14 9RF, 20 minutes drive from the M5.

New and changed EDRS events.
14th March: Speedgroup have announced a detailed class-by-class calendar for their Summit Racing Equipment EDRS Championship, together with some event changes for 2023. You can see a copy of the detailed calendar by clicking here.

The event changes are a further date for Piteå on 14th-15th July, making it races on back-to-back weekends, both including rounds of the EDRS Top Doorslammer championship and all sportsman classes excluding Comp Eliminator.

In addition Sundsvall Raceway, run by SHRA Sundsvall, have announced the Mid Sweden Finals 2023 will take place on 25th-27th August, as well as the EDRS race already announced for 21st-23rd July. Racing in July will include Top Methanol and Pro Modified as well as Top Doorslammer and all sportsman classes. We await details for the August race which will be for the Swedish Championship and not an EDRS points round.

Camper wanted for JT.
14th March: Site sponsor and Pro Modfied/Super Pro ET racer John Tebenham has been in touch with an appeal for a motor home "I'm after the use of a large motor home or camper, artic, etc for the Doorslammers/Main Event, as the brilliant motor home company deal we had has sadly come to an end.

"Obviously, with money, tickets, etc, come and have a deal with me. To be honest it is only for me to sleep in, it's just the cold nights and the rain-off days for the crew (and I always have a lot of crew).

"I will absolutely promise it will be looked after. It's just driving 2 x cars x 2 events x 2 weeks back to back - I need some sleep. Please email me at".

To see JT's team in action on track and in the pits, view the video posted by Simon Letkey of Veedubracing at this link.

Swift Snippets.
14th March: Happy Birthday for today to Dutch photojournalist and pit note reporter Mike Kraaij and 8.50 Bike racer Patrick Rawnsley. Have a great day guys!

Competition Plus have published in their Youtube Channel a playlist of videos of nitro classes from the 2023 March Meet at Famoso Dragstrip, Bakersfield, which you can see by clicking here.

If you go to our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet, under cars for sale are several new entries which will be of interest and well known to the racing community. One we have just posted is however new to us, a genuine (according to the seller) 1950s Fiat Topolino Altered with steel body and Flathead engine, imported from the US a few years back but never seen at UK tracks. We have seen photos which we have promised not to publish, but if you want more details, read the listing, and contact the current owner Drew by e-mail.

Pioneer stories: Surrey Street Rodders, part 1.
13th March:
The latest in our third series of Pioneer Stories is the part 1 of the story and history of Surrey Street Rodders, an organisation that had close links with drag racing following its formation in the early 1970s.

Harold Martin first met Dick and Paul Lambert at Santa Pod in 1973 and attended the first meeting of the newly formed Surrey Street Rodders at a house in Ash Vale near Aldershot. Dick became the first chairman and soon, like many drag racing and hot rod clubs, met in local pubs. After a couple of years Tony Allen took on the chairmanship and the club began to organise Hot Rod and Custom Shows at Blackbushe drag races, helping to run the events as well.

The Surrey Street Rodders story was planned for season 2 but held over to 2023 so the complete story can be presented in three parts. British Drag Racing Historians are grateful to Harold and other members of Surrey Street Rodders for telling their story, and to Nick Pettitt for editing the text and the photos, which were supplied by members. Part 2 of the Surrey Street Rodders will be published next Monday, 20th March.

Part 1 of Surrey Street Rodders' story is at this link. You can see our list of pioneer stories at this link or by clicking on the link under News in the main menu.

Picture: Terry Gibbs in his Black Magic Camaro, getting ready for a run at Blackbushe.

Gatornationals Saturday and Sunday galleries, Julie wins.
13th March: Thanks to photojournalist Andy Willsheer for supplying two more galleries from the the sold-out NHRA Amalie Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, Floria which you can see by clicking on the links for Saturday and Sunday, supported by Lucas Oil Products.

Congratulations to Top Alcohol Dragster winner Julie Nataas pictured with dad Thomas Nataas and team owner Randy Meyer above. It was Julie's second win in as many races, winning the Baby Gators the previous weekend. Her winning performance against no.1 qualifier Cody Krohn was low ET of the event 5.147/276.18. It will also consolidate Julie's lead in the TAD points standings for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

The other European based racer taking part was Dmitry Samorukov in Pro Modified; as reported yesterday he defeated Khalid al Balooshi in round one of eliminations but yesterday in round 2 went up against 2022 champion Kris Thorne and suffered tyre shake, forcing him to shut off.

Dos Palmas on show with guests.
13th March: Thanks to Tony Thacker who sent a couple of photos of Dos Palmas which was appearing at Don Prieto’s Annual Taco Party & Cacklefest yesterday.

Tony says "Tommy Ivo turned up to sign the car for which he built the chassis. Also there was Rex Sluggett of Tudor Rose fame. Rex, of course, remembers the car from his early days racing in the UK".

Don “The Wavemaker” Prieto was described on his induction into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame as "Unique to the sport in that he is a racer (owner and driver), a journalist, a historian, and a catalyst between the sport and some of the OEM companies". Author of the bestselling book “Hot Rod Chronicle”, he has also written for the prestigious Rodder’s Journal. The Annual Taco Party & Cacklefest has taken place for the last six years and includes a good number of historic dragsters and, as you can see from the photos, legends of the sport.

Swift snippets.
13th March: Happy Birthday for today to Junior Drag Racing supercrew Andy Fensome to Andy's son and Super Pro ET racer Aaron Fensome, also to Supercharged Outlaws car chief Mark Windridge, Super Pro ET racer and painter extraordinaire Marc Manning, and Comp Bike racer Tony Clark. Have a great day guys!

Malta Drag Racing Association secretary Konrad D'Anastasi has, in advance of next weekend's first quarter mile race at Hal Far Raceway, posted 77 videos of the runs at the Run What Ya Brung held on 25th February in a Youtube playlist at this link. Konrad has assured us that the times will be reinstated on the scoreboards in time for next weekend's event.

Funny Car Chaos, the eighth mile competition that has attracted over 50 of the breed plus 18 fuel altereds for its first race of the season at the Texas Motorplex, have announced that due to inclement weather forecast for North Texas, the race has been postponed to the weekend of 23rd-25th March.

Bubblegum Racing Team changes direction.
12th March:
Thanks to Bob and Matt Glassup for sending an update on their Bubblegum Racing Team including details of new builds and part from an old favourite for sale:

It’s been quite a while since the Bubblegum Racing Team have managed on-track action so we thought it might be about time we sent a little update as to what has been in the mix and going on in the time since.

2020 and the drama of Covid certainly threw Bob a curveball as his business is primarily serving the airline industry. A slimmed-down workforce meant a more hands-on approach and less time for tinkering with race cars but thankfully things have bounced back and some free time is now on the cards… Not wanting to be too idle while he was snowed under with work, Bob asked some of his West Country-based friends to get a new project underway which was completed and unveiled on the Lucas Oil stand at the Paint and Body show last June at the NEC.

This new car is a Mk1 Capri-based doorslammer featuring a full tube chassis and fibreglass body shell. Powered by a blown big block Chevy set-up for pump gas, this car will finally see the track later this year joining the Supercharged Outlaws at the Nostalgia Nationals and some more lifestyle events over the Summer. Thanks to Steve Wright, Steven Spiller and Richard Walters for all their help with this car. We can’t wait to give it a shakedown! Thanks must be mentioned to Lucas Oil UK who continue to support the whole team in 2023 and we can’t wait to carry the Lucas banner at the events we have lined-up for the season.

In the time since finishing the new door car, the team have been mulling over what to do with the Nostalgia Funny Car… As you may well be aware, this chassis was originally Bob’s Xtreme topolino which ran a blown Brad Anderson set-up and I don’t think he has ever quite kicked the bug to be strapped into an altered. As it happens we have had a steel Fiat Topolino shell kicking around the workshop for quite some time and we have now finally worked out what to do with it.

Bob loved the experience of the altered and with the Mk1 Capri box ticked, has decided to use the Nostalgia FC as the donor-car for a new Steel-bodied Topolino Altered. Being a long-term customer of Andy Robinson Race Cars, Bob spoke to Andy and Luke about the potential build and the project has been met with some great enthusiasm from all those we sounded it out to. RRC will build a brand-new chassis and mate our Topolino body to it, using as many parts as possible from the Funny Car which has a freshly rebuilt motor from Kenny Gomez sitting ready to run. The Mk1 Capri body shell and the corresponding chassis is now for sale and will help fund some elements of the new build. “While it’s sad to dismantle a good car, the parts are going to a good home and so many of the parts will be re-used that really I don’t need much more than a new set of wheels and tyres in the way of parts.” This availability of all the parts mean that they are confident that this new build should be completed in 2023 and at the Pod sooner rather than later. Thanks to Andy, Kate and Luke for agreeing to take on this project and of course our wider Bubblegum crew for their help which will no doubt be called upon very soon.

Bob wants to say a huge thanks to Cathy for her patience and support with yet another build (or two). Thanks to Matty, Holley, Mark, Steve, Rich, and the many others who patiently help and support these mad plans. We’ll keep Eurodragster posted with the build (thanks! - Editor)

Gatornationals Friday gallery, results.
12th March: Thanks once again to photojournalist Andy Willsheer for sending a gallery of photos from Friday at the NHRA Amalie Gatornationals which you can see by clicking here, thanks to Lucas Oil Products for their support. Included are some shots from the first round of pro qualifying and the reveal in the starting area of the new hand painted colour scheme on Bob Tasca III's car which was quickest in the first two sessions.

European drag racing interest at the even continued and congratulations to Top Alcohol Dragster racer Julie Nataas for reaching today's semi finals by defeating newcomer Sarah Allen in round 1 with a 5.170/280.60 (fastest speed in class at this event so far) and Jeff Veale in round 2 with a 5.259/279.38. FIA Pro Modified racer Dmitry Samorukov qualified 11th of 19 with a PB of 5.831/244.87 and went on to take the win in round 1 from Khalid al Balooshi with another PB of 5.803/246.75. Pro Mod will have another three rounds of racing today.

You can follow the Gatornationals on (subscription required) or from the results service on or live results and timing at

Stop press: Andy's Saturday pictures have arrived and can be seen at this link.

Swift snippets.
12th March: Happy Birthday for today to Santa Pod Raceway fire crew member Angie Daly, to Super Pro ET racer Mark Turner, and to VW Pro racer Bruce Kopasz. We hope you all have a fantastic day.

Due to inclement weather conditions, Santa Pod Raceway's sold-out Dial In Day, originaly scheduled for today, has been postponed to Sunday 19th March. Apologies from to readers for not being able to announce this sooner.

Next Generation Racing update.
11th March:
Thanks to Next Generation Racing Junior Drag Bike team manager Ollie King who has sent an update on the team's expansion for 2023:

Rookie eight year old Jaxon King (pictured) will be starting his racing in Junior Drag Bike this season, hopefully licencing at the Saturday Night Special on 25th March.

Hollie King will be out on a new bike for 2023, with Jack Shook's old Junior chassis with a Suzuki RM125 motocross engine.

Blade King, racing ET bike for the 2023 season, decided that the little Suzuki SV650 wasn't quite enough for him after finishing 6th place in 2022. Blade will be coming out with a chrome moly chassis from Rick Stubbins, orignally built in the US, boasting a Hayabusa engine, but all will be revealed when he's happy with it. The bodywork will be going to Rukus Customs who have been painting and hydrodipping our bodywork for the last 8 years, so keep a eye out for him.

Also Ollie and Hannah of Next Generation Racing have a opportunity for someone who would like to race in Junior Bike. They will need their own gear, licence and to pay entry fees to race. If you'd like any more information on this great opportunity, get hold of Ollie or Hannah on FB messenger.

Gatornationals Wednesday and Thursday gallery, results.
8th March: Many thanks to our roving reporter Andy Willsheer for sending photos from Gainesville, Florida, where the NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals will be taking place this weekend. Andy's pictures are from Wednesday around the track and Thursday's Top Alcohol qualifying session, plus a few of some familiar faces from the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame ceremony which Andy attended and you can see online by clicking on this link.

Included in the gallery, supported by Lucas Oil Products, which you can see at this link Don Garlits used a marquee to exhibit some of his historic Swamp Rat dragsters.

On track, well done to Julie Nataas for qualifying 2nd in the Top Alcohol Dragster field with a 5.200/279.96 and to Dmitry Samorukov (supported by Adam Flamholc) for a provisional qualifying place of 12th in Pro Modified with a 5.910/230.84. The first round of Top Alcohol takes place later today and there will be two more sessions of Pro Modfied qualifying.

You can follow the Gatornationals on (subscription required) or from the results service on or live at

Swift snippets.
8th March: Happy Birthday for today to Wild Bunch co-ordinator Claire Meaddows and Pro ET racer AC Bell, have a great day both!

You can see a great account with captioned photos of last November's Nitro Revival by longtime photographer Ted Pappacena on website Nostalgia Drag World by clicking on this link. Included is a link to Keith Hudak's photos from the event.

Pioneer Stories: The Stones, Part 3.
10th March:
The latest in our third series of Pioneer Stories is part 3 of the story of 1970s and 1980s favourites of the sport in Britain, and members of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, The Stones Drag Racing Team.

The Stones story is from an interview with Dave Stone and Gerry Andrews on 3 January 2015 by Simon Groves, and Dave Riswick to whom we are grateful for making arrangements and providing material.

By 1978 the Stones team had a ex Raymond Beadle Mustang Funny Car and a new Allan Herridge-built Pro Comp dragster Hemi Hunter II. Both were competitive and in Pro Comp the car was so quick that the team got heat from officials over rules, none of which stuck. After many wins, 1983 was a turning point with a bad fire in the Funny Car and the Hemi Hunter II rolling later in the year. It was the end of Dave's driving career, but Gerry carried on with another dragster and in 1986 handed the controls over to Dick Cruse who raced the renamed Starliner until the team disbanded in 1988 after two decades in the top echelons of European drag racing.

Part 3 of The Stones' story is at this link. You can see our list of pioneer stories at this link or by clicking on the link under News in the main menu. would particularly like to thank Dave and Gerry for telling their story in detail, and Dave Riswick for arranging the interview. The Pioneer stories are also presented with the help of John Hunt, Nick Pettitt and Mick Gleadow who have been invaluable in the recording, transcribing, editing and providing illustrations for our stories.

Festival of Power entry deadline looming.
10th March: Thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall for reminding us that the deadline for entry for the first round of the SPRC National and Club championships, the Festival of Power, is next Friday, 17th March.

The current entry list for the event is at this link. You can enter by clicking here.

International Drag Racing Hall of Fame stream available.
10th March: Yesterday evening the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place and you can watch the celebrations for new inductees at Competition Plus's Youtube channel at this link.

This year's inductees are John Force, Shelly Anderson Payne, Ron Attebury, Sonny Messner, Carol "Bunny" Burkett (posthumous inductee), Graeme Cowin, Vinny and Richard Napp (posthumous inductees); Bob Frey won the Founders Award and the Pat Garlits Award went to Linda Jones. To read detailed citations go to this link on the NHRA website.

Video production of the event, which was hosted by Joe Castello of WFO radio and introduced by "Big Daddy" Don Garlits with features from his Museum of Drag Racing, has taken a major step forward with the involvement of Masters Entertainment and is well worth a view.

Swift snippets.
10th March: A big Happy Birthday to Hawaii-based British Drag Racing Hall of Fame international ambassador and nostalgia drag racing legend Bob Muravez aka Floyd Lippencotte. Have a great day Bob. Also Happy Birthday to US-based Premium Motosports Products founder and Top Fuel tuner Mike Domagala, and to two VWDRC racers, Charlie Roberts and Bruce Collins. We hope you all have a fantastic day.

Force of Nature Steam rocket bike rider Graham Sykes will be interviewed on BBC Radio Humberside tomorrow morning at 09.20 and again on Monday 13th March at 07.15. Graham says "I’ll be talking about the Force of Nature Steam Rocket bike and the year we have ahead of us trying to reach 200mph by just using steam as power".

Pro Modified racer-in-waiting David Smith has launched a new website for his Stranger Thing '55 Bel Air team. You can visit the website at this link, and included are a merchandise shop, photo gallery (covering preparation of the car) and calendar of UK rounds and Doorslammers where David will be competing. Coming later will be race reports and a blog.

Slicks urgently required by SPRC.
9th March:
Santa Pod Racers Club secretary Ian Marshall has sent a reminder about collection of used slicks: "Santa Pod and Santa Pod Racers Club are in urgent need of any drag race slick tyres you may have and want to get rid of; please contact Ian Marshall at or on 01933 313625. We will come and collect them from you on 21st March. Please note we can only use Drag Race Slick tyres, as street type tyres don’t work with our equipment."

Ian adds: "Any one with tyres I can collect please ask them to contact me ASAP please so I can plan the route. Thank you in advance."

Fame, camera, action.
9th March: Thanks to promoter Lee Child for letting us know about an opportunity for keen dragster racers from the North wanting to get extra media exposure:

"I am working with a production company that has an online motorsports programme. The focus for an up and coming show is tradional drag racing related cars. At the moment we require another two more vehicles to join one stunning street eliminator car confirmed already for filming on the 28th March. We have a celebrity guest presenter (5ft 9in tall) that we need to get in a rear engine dragster (with throttle stop options) so they can film a pass.

"The third vehicle just needs to be a pure race vehicle, Drivers wishing to be involved in this will be filmed and interviewed as part of the programme. The day will have full fire rescue, paramedics and medics, just like a full drag race event. The location was all set for Elvington airfield, where we were getting a great relationship with the airfield staff, however that location is no longer available. So we have now three other venues we can use in the areas of East Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber to give you an idea of the location".

Interested drivers or car owners please email Lee at with your contact details and a picture of your car.

Swift snippets
9th March: Happy Birthday for today to Engine Data Analysis head honcho and Outlaw Anglia racer Ben Rushforth, former Roarin' Rat racer Ken Brookes, former Super Twin racer Andy Watson and Top Methanol Funny Car crew and wife Iris Krivan. We hope you all have a great day.

As a warm up to the NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals, you can watch action from the nitro and Factory Stock Showdown testing on Monday to Wednesday free on Reports from testing can be seen on the NHRA website at these links for Tuesday and Wednesday (from our review of Monday, action consisted of a few test launches). Action from today including expat Norwegian Julie Nataas (Top Alcohol Dragster, from today at 21:00 GMT and tomorrow at 16:45) and Russian Dmitry Samorukov (Pro Modified, from tomorrow at 18:00 GMT) will be on to subscribers.

Also hot off the presses from the States, the Legends Nitro Funny Cars Series which will include 12 Nostalgia FCs, have a new website and have announced a points series, starting from the March Meet and now including nine racers of which three are NHRA National Events. Click on the link for more details.

March Meet Sunday and Monday gallery, results.
8th March:
Thanks to photojournalist Andy Willsheer for sending pictures from the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet at Famoso Raceway, California on Sunday, which was eventually rained off, and Monday. You can see Andy's pictures supported by Lucas Oil Products by clicking here. Apart from Top Fuel which will be run at the California Hot Rod Reunion in October, the race was run to its conclusion on Monday with results available on Competition Plus at this link. Congratulations to the winners.

A couple of notes, Herb Andrews, technology assistant to Andy, was drafted on to the crew of Clayton Zulim's unlown nitro A/Fuel dragster (pictured above with Herb in the background), with immediate results as Clayton who had qualified sixth, defeating longtime competitor Kin Bates with a 6.416/210.60, Clayton losing in the semi finals to Rick Ewen.

Also noteworthy was the Nitro Pro Comp class, run to a 5.90 index in which Keith Wilson in the Witch Doctor "transformer" AA/FA broke out by running an awesome 5.753/261.02, which we believe is a new PB for Keith, to give the event win to RED racer Elly Stafford.

For some cackle action at the March Meet, posted by Tony Thacker on Facebook, click on this link. Tony and colleagues cackled Dos Palmas, and talked to the car's engine builder and original driver from 1964 Arnold Chaves who was on hand. Tony also helped the Nitro Revival stand hosted by Steve and Cindy Gibbs.

SFI tour reminder.
8th March: A reminder to racers due to have parts inspected on the European SFI tour that the dates for the tour are fast approaching, as announced in the news on 25th January. The details are:

Stop 1, Netherlands (DHRA)
Thursday, March 16, 8:00am-12:00pm
Hotel Ibis Amsterdam Schiphol
Schipholweg 181
Bedhoevedorp 1171PK

Stop 2, Finland (FHRA)
Friday, March 17, 8:00am-12:00pm
FHRA Office
Teollisuustie 2
01800 Klaukkala

Stop 3, Sweden (ME Racing Service AB)
Saturday, March 18, 11:00am-5:00pm
ME Racing Service AB
Svetsgränd 10
781 72 Borlänge

Stop 4, England (Santa Pod, SPRC)
Monday, March 20, 9:00am-4:00pm
Santa Pod Raceway
Hospitality Suite
Airfield Road, Podington, NN29 7XA

SFI is unable to inspect Weld wheels due to the special equipment that is not portable, however, ME Racing Service in Sweden has been added as an inspection site for Weld wheels. More details may be found in the list of inspection items (click to download, pdf format). For each stop listed below, the host name can be contacted for pricing in local currency and to arrange parts delivery or attendance at each inspection day. ME Racing requires pre-registration, which may be found on their website.

Swift snippets.
8th March: Happy Birthday for today to British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Chair and member Lesley Wright, former UK Top Fuel racer and BDRHoF member Roz Prior, Street Eliminator racer Joe Stevens and former drag bike racer and future Super Comp crew chief Jerry Collier. We hope you all have a great day.

Swift snippets.
7th March: A very Happy Birthday to honorary member, SPRC official and Competition Eliminator racer Spencer Tramm, have a great day Spencer. Happy Birthday also to tuner and crew chief extraordinaire Karl Harrison, Danish Super Street Bike racer Mogens Lund, Supercharged Outlaws racer Nigel Rigden and Supercharged Outlaws racer in waiting Lee Merryweather. Have a great day all.

Videographer Terry Robbins has updated his Pod Wheels Youtube Channel with footage of Pro Modified at the 2022 European Finals which you can see by
clicking here.

Following our story on 9th February that Skye Collier will be racing the former S&K dragster this season, Jade Racing have updated their Youtube Channel with an entertaining video of collection of the car which you can see by clicking here. The team said "Plenty of videos to come of refreshing the car, so follow along. Skye will be competing in Super Comp. The car will be powered by a big block Chevy by Engine Data Analysis (EDA)." We look forward to seeing Skye on track soon.

Pioneer Stories: Age Machine through the Ages, Part 2.
6th March:
The latest in our third series of Pioneer Stories is part 2 of the story of Age Machine, which, after being raced by Pete Bennett, Roz Prior and Liz Burn (now Rowland), was run as a Pro Comp car, then had a Flathead engine fitted.

John Wright and John Sutton bought the former Age Machine from Olli Burns in 1974 and ran it to a best of 8.41 in 1976, after which Pete Hollingsworth bought it as a rolling chassis following an engine blowup. Pete installed the Flathead engine, re-engineering it, even getting Flathead legend John Bradley over from the US to give advice. Pete sold the car to Nick Anscombe who ran it as Pig Pen, then the trail went cold until news of the car's current owner Milton Homan at Dream Cars in Redhill reached Mick Gleadow, who took up the opportunity to view the car at its current home.

Part 2 of Age Machine through the Ages is at this link. You can see our list of pioneer stories at this link or by clicking on the link under News in the main menu. would particularly like to thank John Hunt, Nick Pettitt and Mick Gleadow who have been invaluable in the recording, transcribing, editing and providing illustrations for our stories.

Picture credit: Allan Currans, The Acceleration Archive.

March Meet Saturday gallery, Sunday rained off.
6th March: Thanks to photojournalist Andy Willsheer for sending pictures from Saturday's qualifying and first round of Nostalgia Funny Car at the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet at Famoso Raceway, California. You can see Andy's shots including one of historic gas dragster Dos Palmas, on display pits next to the Warren Coburn Miller AA/FD,.at this link, supported by Lucas Oil Products.

Sadly, Sunday was called after three of four pairs had run in the quarter finals of Nostalgia Funny Car, with a lot of sportsman eliminations still to be run. The remaining rounds, with the exception of Top Fuel, will be run today (Monday) starting at 17:15 GMT. If the mobile signal allows, a live stream will be transmitted on Facebook Live by Frankie Larrabee.

UK nitro tuner Herb Andrews who has kindly been serving as technology assistant to Andy, has been pressed into duty as crew on Clayton Zulim's A/Fuel injected nitro rail, and we wish him and the team well for eliminations.

Simon Rees.
6th March: We were very sorry to hear of the passing of NSA sprinter and drag bike racer Simon Rees. Keith Lee writes:

"I was so sad to hear the news today that Simon Rees had passed. Simon really enjoyed his sprinting, and he also relished the chance to ride at Dragstalgia on his two Triumphs, which he absolutely loved riding. His exploits on Pendine Beach, on board the Mouse, were also something he looked back on with pride. He was a true motorcycling enthusiast, and an accomplished engineer, who worked on some very interesting one-off projects over the years. His enthusiasm for riding was something which never diminished. He was one of those rare people who always took the trouble to ring up after an event, to have a chat. That is something I will miss - the sound of him unnecessarily saying ‘Hello, Simon here.’

"It was hard to hear from him, only fairly recently, that his condition was diagnosed as terminal, but I did not expect it to be so brutally soon. My condolences to Laura, Kelly, Paul, and all of the family, who will miss him massively. RIP Simon."

Private testing opportunity at SPR.
6th March: Private testing organiser and FWD racer Scott Lewry has announced that sign-ups of another 30 racers are required to make his next Yam Yam Racing Drag Club Private test day at Santa Pod Raceway viable:

"We currently have around half of the racers needed for Monday 17th April just to make the day go ahead. We need 30 or so more and now have six weeks until the day. For the next couple of weeks I will keep a close on eye on numbers and see what happens. As previous we could increase the costs if people were prepared to do that but that will be to be confirmed.

"All I can say is if you are interested in booking up, please do so ASAP." You can sign up by messaging Scott on Facebook or join the Yam Yam Racing Drag Club on Facebook by clicking here.

Julie wins Baby Gators.
6th March: Congratulations to expat Norwegian racer Julie Nataas who overcame a bumper field of 19 cars to win eliminations at the Baby Gators yesterday. Julie qualified no.4 with 5.248/279.44, then defeated Summer Richardson with a 5.251/278.06, Jackie Fricke with 5.255/280.49 and, in the final, Cody Krohn running low ET of the event at 5.202/280.89.

It was Julie's 25th career win and 12th in NHRA competition with Randy Meyer Racing. Julie has two races in the next fortnight with the Amalie Oil Gatornationals next weekend and another 19 car field, with Funny Car Chaos at the Texas Motorplex the following weekend with 54 Funny Cars entered, racing her A/Fuel injected nitro FC for the first time.

Swift snippets.
6th March: Happy Birthday for today to Super Gas racer Andy Harrison and former Wild Bunch racer Nigel Lane, have a great day guys.

Recent weeks have seen a number of top quality race cars added to our Jeff Bull Race Engines-sponsored Swap Meet. Two such vehicles have been added over the weekend, Joe Kellett's Chrome Worx Ultra Cars-built Super Pro dragster rolling chassis and Simon Fulton's 1960 Blitzkrieg Ford Falcon turnkey. You can see all the details of these race-winning cars by clicking here. As for the future plans for these racers, our lips are sealed...

Outlaw Anglia co-ordinator Colin Millar has kindly supplied a list of Outlaw Anglia competitors and personal best ETs and terminal speeds over the thirty year life of the class which you can see by clicking here (pdf format). If any racer wants to add or correct times and speeds, please send a PM to Colin, or write to and we'll pass it on.

Prize fund posted for 7.60 Heads Up.
5th March:
Jeff and Belinda Bull (pictured right) are excited to announce that Swap Meet sponsor Jeff Bull Race Engines, West Country Fencing Supplies, Transmission Specialties, BLP Racing Products and Doug Herbert at Herbert Cams will be sponsoring three rounds of 7.60 Heads Up for 2023 with a total £3000 prize fund up for grabs.

The rounds will be held at the Sportsman Nationals, Bug Jam and the Greenlight Nationals with a prize payout of £400 for event winner and £200 for runner up at each of the three events. The overall winner of three rounds of 7.60 Heads Up will receive £800 and the runner up will receive £400.

Entries for Sportsman Nationals, Bug Jam and Greenlight Nationals are available on the SPRC website at this link. Please note entries for 7.60 Heads Up at Bug Jam is currently limited to sixteen cars, please email Jeff at prior to submitting your entry for Bug Jam.

All three events will be MSUK sanctioned so all cars and drivers must comply with latest rules and complete the SFI/FIA Safety Certification Information form on SPRC entry forms. All cars must have a 7.50 or 6.00 second chassis tag and are liable to inspection at any time by the scrutineers.

The class regulations for 2023 are:
  • All cars must be capable of running quicker than 8.49 and have a chassis tag of 7.50 or quicker
  • Door cars with two functioning doors, no centre driving position allowed
  • Any engine and transmission/gear box combination allowed
  • Drag slicks only
  • No throttle stops
  • Weight breaks will not be implemented for 2023
  • Running under 7.60 in qualifying will not count for ladder position
  • Running under 7.60 in eliminations will be a disqualification for that car and driver
  • In a double break out the closer to 7.60 will take the win
  • Any car running under 7.50 throughout the event will be disqualified from further rounds at the said event
It is with thanks to all concerned at Santa Pod for their efforts in making these three events happen.

March Meet Friday gallery.
5th March: Many thanks to photojournalist Andy Willsheer for sending photos of Friday's qualifying session at the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet held at Famoso Dragstrip, Bakersfield, California. You can see the gallery, supported by Lucas Oil Products, at this link or by clicking on the top end photo of Rian Konno's Mustang.

The event, for which you can see some results and the top ten NFC qualifying runs on Competition Plus at their event page, was well attended and performances from the 50 or so nitro burning vehicles were impressive. You can see some footage from Facebook Live from Mark McCalla, however sadly no official live streaming of the event is available.

Eliminations will be taking place today and we recommend Competition Plus's event page, with more photos from Andy eagerly awaited.

Swift snippets.
5th March: Happy Birthday for today to Box of Frogs Funny Bike racer Roger Moore from daughter Lucy and all of us at Also Birthday wishes to Jonny Hines. We hope you have a great day.

Top Alcohol Dragster racer Julie Nataas will be racing in Eliminations at the NHRA Baby Gators at Gainesville Raceway today following a rain delay yesterday. You can follow the action on at this link starting at 13:00 GMT.

Drag racing historian Nick Pettitt has posted to his Youtube four more races from the 1990s, which are the 1996 Santa Pod Summer Nationals, 1996 NitrOlympX from Hockenheim, 1996 Santa Pod World Finals and 1996 Santa Pod International Doorslammers (click on each link to go direct to the respective race). All are Sky Sports productions presented by British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member John Price.

March Meet test and tune gallery and qualifying.
4th March:
The 2023 Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meeting got properly underway on Thursday with a test and tune session for nitro cars, and photojournalist Andy Willsheer was there to capture those that were making test hits. With the support of Lucas Oil Products, we have posted Andy's photos in a gallery which you can see by clicking here or going via News, then Features in the main menu.

On Friday, two qualifying sessions were held, and qualifying sheets are posted on Competition Plus via this link. After two sessions, Tim Boychuck led Nostalgia Funny Car qualifying with 5.692/248.61, Pete Wittenberg was the leader in Top Fuel with 5.820/227.46, with Dylan Winefsky leading Fuel Altered with 6.192/223.50.

Whilst 15 Top Fuel cars made passes, which is the largest at a March Meet for a decade, it appears that eliminations will be an eight car field as organisers required 18 cars to run a 16 car ladder.

Thanks to Andy for sending in pictures with the help of technology assistant Herb Andrews. You can see live action today from Famoso Dragstrip via the video stream provided by Frankie Larrabee, and Mark McCalla (Funny Car only).

Pictured: Kris Krabill driving the Bartone & Lebor '69 Camaro in new Darryl Gwynn tribute livery in recognition of Darryl's work for the Fund to cure paralysis, and his induction to the Motorsports Hall of Fame this coming Tuesday.

World Series of Pro Mod.
4th March: Action yesterday at the World Series of Pro Mod was late in starting as it was only 18:00 local time (23:00 GMT) by when winds abated sufficiently to hold two qualifying sessions during which an impressive 61 cars attempted to get into the 32 car ladder. You can see qualifying results at this link.

Whilst the eighth mile format, used in this competition for the first time, may not be to everyone's taste, the event has attracted a who's who of Pro Mod racers. All 32 qualifiers went over 200mph in the eighth and, after one session, the spread was less than a tenth of a second between #1 Johnny Camp (3.626/205.91) and #32 Randy Weatherford (3.701/205.19).

You can see live coverage and hightlights of Friday qualifying on FloRacing at this link (subscription required).

Swift snippets.
4th March: Good luck and stay safe to expat Norwegian Julie Nataas who qualified in fourth for Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Baby Gators at Gainesville Raceway with a 5.248/279.44, two tenths behind Matthew Cummings in #1 spot. You can see the final session of Baby Gators Top Alcohol qualifying on the NHRA Youtube channel by clicking on this link. Coverage continues today, free on and also on Youtube. We noted that whilst 19 TADs were attempting to get into the eight car field, only seven Top Alcohol Funny Cars signed on for the event with eight on the entry list for the Gatornationals the following weekend. Can the 54 car entry at Funny Car Chaos (plus 20 Fuel Altereds) at the Texas Motorplex in a fortnight's time, at which Julie will be racing her unblown fuel Funny Car, be a bigger draw?

We were sorry to hear from Nitro Revival sponsor Geoff Stilwell that Land Speed legend Craig Breedlove, who has been seriously ill, has been admitted to a hospice and send our very best wishes to Craig.

Pioneer stories: The Stones, part 2.
3rd March:
The latest in our third series of Pioneer Stories is part 2 of the story of 1970s and 1980s favourites of the sport in Britain, and members of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame, The Stones Drag Racing Team.

The Stones story is from an interview with Dave Stone and Gerry Andrews on 3 January 2015 by Simon Groves, and Dave Riswick to whom we are grateful for making arrangements and providing material.

The Stones team bought an Escort at the end of 1971 and set about re-engining it to a small block Chevy and training Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis to become its driver. Then in 1973 they bought the Hemi Hunter slingshot dragster and, with Gerry Andrews joining the team, campaigned it in Top Dragster and, from 1975, Pro Comp. The team expanded in manpower and in 1976 they bought the Stardust Funny Car previously campaigned by Don Schumacher and Allan Herridge, fitting a Big Block Chevy and, in 1977, moving to Rodeck equipment.

Part 2 of The Stones' story is at this link. You can see our list of pioneer stories at this link or by clicking on the link under News in the main menu. would particularly like to thank Dave and Gerry for telling their story in detail, and Dave Riswick for arranging the interview. The Pioneer stories are also presented with the help of John Hunt, Nick Pettitt and Mick Gleadow who have been invaluable in the recording, transcribing, editing and providing illustrations for our stories.

Trevor's appeal for Melbourne.
3rd March: Straightliners chief Trevor Duckworth has been in touch to bring us up to date with the appeal for developing Melbourne Raceway:

"Straightliners would like to thank all of those who attended our recent open day at Elvington airfield. We are grateful for your presence and we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!

"We are writing to you today to ask for your support. Melbourne Raceway, which has made fantastic progress in recent years thanks to your support, has now embarked on its next £5,000 tarmac fundraising target and we need your help to get there.

"Your contribution, no matter how big or small, will make a difference and allow us to continue to make improvements to the raceway. If you are able to donate, please click below to visit our fundraising page.

"If you are not able to donate at this time, it would mean a lot if you could help us by spreading the word on social media or telling your friends and family about our cause.

"Thank you once again to those who have supported Melbourne raceway’s journey so far. We appreciate your generosity, and we hope to see you at our next event."

To contribute to the Melbourne Raceway fundraising appeal, click on this link..

Dave Bartz's funeral arrangements.
3rd March: Thanks to Les Harris for forwarding details of the funeral arrangements for National Association of Supertwins racer Dave Bartz who sadly passed away in February. The celebration of Dave's life will be held at Seven Hills Crematorium, Felixstowe Road, Nacton, Suffolk, IP10 0FG on Friday 31st March 2023 at 12pm.

You can see detailed arrangements, with an opportunity to donate in support of Macmillan Cancer Support, at Dave's page at

Swift snippets.
3rd March: Happy Birthday for today to Competition Eliminator racer Kevin Jenkins, Gasser Circus racer Lee Pike, German Super Pro ET racer Jens Könnecke and German Super Twin Top Fuel racer Christian Jäger. We hope you all have a great day.

Videographer Simon Letkey visited the Malta Finals at Hal Far last November and the results of his visits can be seen at his Youtube channel Veedub Racing. There are three videos, for Thursday, Friday and Saturday (racing was cancelled on Sunday due to rain), and Simon introduces each video with a visit to Hal Far's hospitality facilities and an informative walk round the pits, chatting to the racers before extensive trackside footage. This is highly recommended viewing for all fans of Malta drag racing, conveying the excitement of the event.

(Re)introducing Sacrilege.
2nd March:
Those with exceptionally long memories may remember a cool pinstriped '67 SS350 RS 4 Speed Camaro built for show by the late Folkestone-based Mick Cooke in 1975 and named Silhouette. Although a show car for the first years of its life, with a chromium plated blower atop its 350ci engine, Mick took the car to Long Marston in 1978 and became a regular at the Midlands track. Subsequent owners were Russ Duce and Alan Livesey who kept it in show condition.

The car is now destined for street and strip action, following a thorough mechanical rebuild by Doomsday Garage who have a history of top notch builds, several of which have appeared on magazine covers. In case of fears that such a cool piece of U.K custom history will get wiped out, Doomsday Garage are at pains to retain the character of the original car which has just been de-customised a little. Proprietor and Doomsday Impala racer Dave Evans said "A purist cried "Sacrilege", hence the new name. The car is the product of wanting to bring the fun back into the sport for me, as Doomsday racing costs and breakages tested my enthusiasm."

The 1967 SS350 RS 4 Speed Camaro will retain its Silhouette paint job, although with removal of the stars and stripes in front of the hood. There will be a few paint touch ups to the trunk and hood but these photos show how Sacrilege will look. Changes have mainly been mechanical to improve the car's drivability. There will be a retrimmed interior and exhaust mufflers. The and side pipes will go as they were non-functional, the slot mag wheels and tyres have changed to steel wheels, the engine will be a stock 350ci, freshened by Doomsday Garage, with more power being considered for the future.

The planned debut at the track will be at the Melbourne Raceway May meeting, although a Santa Pod appearance is not yet planned. We're sure there will be some demand for it to appear in Nostalgia Superstock though.

The car that Doomsday Garage is best known for, the Doomsday Impala, is still for sale, the rolling chassis going for £30,000, the trailer and truck having been sold. Dave Evans says "Come, have a look, and make an offer. If it doesn't sell, then it may be back, a little slower but no less cool."

Show pic credit: Russ Duce from Blackpool 2017 show.

Motovation sale.
2nd March: Following the comprehensive article on the historic Motovation dragster published on the UK Drag Racing News & Nostalgia website by Jon Spoard, current owner Harry Joseph has announced the car is for sale:

Allan Herridge & the Beadle Brothers' iconic 'Glacier Bearing Special' formerly known as ‘Motovation’, built by Speed and Custom Parts, has now been restored to its 1970 condition and preserved for ever. It is up for sale and will be sold in the coming months.

The ‘Motovation’ Junior Fuel car is the only surviving drag car of only three built by Speed and Custom Parts in the 1960s. It is also rare in being perhaps one of only a few completely British built drag car to have survived fully intact from that era. Its status ranks with the similarly historic 1961 Chrysler dragster of Sydney Allard the father of British and European drag racing.

‘Motovation', an iconic U.K. dragster, is offered for sale as an investment opportunity for a committed and serious collector of historic drag cars. It holds a prized position in the foundation years of British drag racing as do its three creators Allan Herridge and the Beadle brothers. It was a standout performer in the early years of Santa Pod Raceway as the British Drag Racing Champion of 1968 and its successes on the track in the U.K. and Scandinavia are extensively documented online and in print. After 53 years away from the drag strips this sale represents a once in over a half century opportunity to own an absolutely unique piece of British drag racing history.

‘Motovation’ has been painstakingly returned to its end of 1970 season condition by meticulous reference to archive photos and video footage. It has been preserved for posterity rather than being returned to its ‘as-new’ condition which would have eradicated its battle scars, unique decals and metal flake paint scheme. Preservation began in 2019 but due to the pandemic only completed in late 2022. ‘Motovation' is being sold with several spares such as original new double clutch plate, injection jets, clutch alignment tool etc.

Expressions of Interest accompanied by an Opening Bid, by email only, are invited over £38,000 and should be forwarded to The closing date for opening bids is 31st March 2023. Please include all relevant background details of yourself with your offer. Only serious bidders will be considered.

Viewings in person by the highest four Open Bidders will take place shortly after the closing date to allow for Final Bids. The sale will be awarded to the highest Final Bid one week later.

More photos of the car can be seen at this link.

Hauser Racing vacancy.
2nd March: sponsor Geof Hauser has a vacancy for a full-time right-hand man or woman to work in the office at Hauser Racing.

The position will entail taking and processing sales calls, customer liaison, ordering from suppliers, and be generally involved with many aspects of the company’s function.

Candidates will need to have a good telephone manner, be computer literate, and have an understanding of race car/driveline systems. Hands-on experience in car building or maintenance is essential.

We are looking for someone who is organised, motivated and enthusiastic. Salary will be commensurate with ability and experience.

Send CV to or call 01933 682500 for more details.

Streaming feast - from today.
2nd March: Today starts 11 consecutive days of streaming from Gainesville Raceway as the relaunched covers the Division 2 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series from 2nd to 5th March, testing from 6th to 8th March and the NHRA Gatornationals from 9th-12th March.

Yes, has relaunched, with a new look. But we hope it is more than a makeover.'s new streaming partner, Endeavor Streaming, has a worldwide sports client base including NBA, NFL, Univision, UFC, Big Ten Network, English Football League, Sky Sports and others. To the European based NHRA user, paying $149 per annum, this means simultaneous access to live NHRA events cross-platform and, for the first time outside the US, utilising the app for smartphones. We also fervently hope that one of the biggest shortcomings with the previous provider, not being able to review the previous day's coverage until two days later, will be addressed. The days of buffering and picture breakdown during Top Fuel and Funny Car are long gone...

Those wanting NHRA highlights and background features without paying a subscription are directed to the NHRA Youtube channel, which also has the streams of some divisional events and promotional historic material.

An alternative to for doorslammer racing (and the Funny Car Chaos series) is FloRacing which is streaming no less than three events this weekend. The headliner from 3rd-5th March, is the World Series of Pro Mod, promoted by Wes Buck of Drag Illustrated with an invited elite 40 car field, racing for a winner takes all $100,000 prize. The NMRA Spring Break Shootout is on the same days, and no-prep fans can see the Bounty Hunters No Prep Nationals from 4th-5th March. On a laptop or using the FloRacing app, it is straightforward to switch between events.

The poor relation in this feast is sadly the March Meet from Famoso dragstrip. Budget restrictions mean that the event will not be streamed however you may catch some Facebook live videos at the pagse of Mark McCalla and Frankie Larrabee. After the event, we wait to see March Meet videos from Competition Plus Youtube channel.

Swift snippets.
2nd March: A very Happy 79th Birthday to Swedish Funny Car legend Leif Helander of Starkotter Racing, thanks to Magnus Larsson for notifying us! We wish a Happy Birthday to Santa Pod Racers Club official and awards evening organiser extraordinaire Yvonne Tramm, also to former Funny Bike rider and drag bike engineer Bob Brooks. We hope you all have a great day.

If you're looking to buy a Junior Dragster, Jade Durney has one for sale including trailer for £4000 or near offer. You can message Jade for more information on 07762 113742. As Jade kindly sent several photos, we have posted them with the support of Jeff Bull Race Engines at this link.

Fred Whittle.
1st March: We were sad to learn that British drag racing pioneer Fred Whittle has passed away. He was an extraordinarily gifted car builder as photos below of his own cars and others, such as Gonzo the Great Topolino, testify. Nick Pettitt writes:

Back in the early 60s Fred laid his hands on a copy of Hot Rod Magazine and decided he could build a Hot Rod himself. At first, he was going to build it for the street but then thought maybe the Bolton Constabulary would not be too happy with what he had in mind so changed his plans and began to build a Competition Altered based on a ‘32 Model B Ford Roadster with Chevy power.

He built a triangulated space frame chassis of his own innovation, fitted a stock 265 Chevy and hand built a beautiful aluminium replica of a Model B Roadster, built from photos in Hot Rod Magazine and sprayed in red Metalflake with ‘Shutdown’ sign written on the trunk.

Fred debuted Shutdown in 1968. A need for more speed saw him borrow from the John Woolfe Racing Team an Edelbrock XC-8 crossflow manifold and twin Holleys together with fuel injection heads off Dave Riswick's '57 Chevy. So impressed was Fred with the setup that he later purchased the complete 283 and goodies out of Dave’s '57 Chevy.

With the hot 283 fitted Fred was running mid 13s. Then he made a mistake on the line, dumping the clutch at low revs. The result was less wheel spin and a time of 12.01!

Above left: Fred waits to be scrutineered in his Shutdown Ford Roadster. Nigel Dodd pic. Above right: At Woodvale 1969. Andy Brough pic.

Fred continued to campaign the car till 1970 when decided to build his version of the popular American Fuel Altered, Pure Hell. It would again be called Shutdown with no expense spared to make it go as well as show.

Starting out with a 392 Chrysler Fire Power Hemi, it was filled with all the best speed goodies available at the time. Mickey Thompson rods and pistons, perfect circle rings, Isky cam and a Reath crank. Hilborn injection atop a 6-71 blower fed the nitro/methanol mix and it had a Schieffer clutch and Pontiac rear end with 4.11 gears. Rear boots were M&H Racemasters on polished American mags.

A chromed Allan Herridge tube axle was fitted with sparkling 12-Spoke American mags, the first we’d seen in the UK. BSA motorcycle springs held the front in the air, steered by a Standard 10 box.

The body was another work of art beaten out of aluminium, again using photos as reference. Fred created a perfect replica of an Austin Bantam Roadster and finished it off with another red Metalflake paintjob. Such was the accuracy of Fred’s Bantam, Fibreglass Applications man Pat Cuss took a mould off it to start producing glass bodies.

Above left: First time out for the Bantam with the front in the air. Tony Whitehouse pic. Above right: By 1972 the car sat level and went 180mph. Ken Robbins pic.

It was a good job that both Fred and his wife were drag racing fanatics as they stripped all the furniture and carpets out of their front room, installed lathes, jigs, etc, then built Shutdown before knocking down and rebuilding a wall to get their baby out.

The Shutdown Bantam debuted in 1971, became the first British Altered in the nines at the Internationals and finished the year with a 9.35/158mph.

Although the ‘front in the air’ stance looked great, Fred couldn’t see where he was going and by 1972 Fred had rebuilt the frame allowing the car to sit level. That year he ran 180mph becoming the fastest Competiton Altered in Europe.

Above left: At Silverstone 1973. Pete Blake pic. Above right: Tipping the can. Pete Blake pic.

1973 saw a new paint job and sponsorship from Auto magazine. At the end of the year Fred sold the car to Mike Hall, concentrating on building cars for other racers, all with the same immaculate attention to detail that he gave to his own race cars.

Our deepest condolences to Fred's family, Gladys and Brad in particular and his friends in the drag racing community to whom he gave much advice over the years.

Welcome Straight To The Point Racing.
1st March: Welcome to Straight To The Point Racing Ltd as a new sponsor for's Home and News Pages.

Based off the A52 Grantham Road in Whatton, Nottingham, Straight To The Point Racing is run by Ben and Aimee Chiarella and his team.

Services include:
  • Complete race car builds from start to finish;
  • Restorations and metalwork including body panels and lead work;
  • Bespoke race engine builds and refreshing;
  • Gearbox rebuilds for many types of Ford or Chevy transmissions, automatic and manual;
  • Fabrication of custom aluminium radiators, intercoolers, cold side piping and intake manifolds;
  • Exhaust fabrication in stainless, titanium and inconel;
  • Chassis and roll cage fabrication in CDS, Chromoly and T45;
  • Machining for historic, race, and classic engines as well as modern engines;
  • Supply of parts for performance engines including turbo applications, tuning tools, and gearboxes; and
  • Paint bodywork and refinishing.
Everything is done all under one roof at Straight To The Point Rracing, with their fabrication shop, engine machining, engine building and much more, even going into the paint shop for top tier paint work.

Track support is offered and STTP can tailor a track support program to suit a racer's exacting needs and specific budget. STTP offer everything from general maintenance at the track, race preparation before a race meeting, or the whole package when a driver arrives and drives. There is also secure storage facilities in the Midlands for storing and maintaining rare and historic vehicles.

Contact Ben on 01949 850 009 or by e-mail on and see more detail at their website

Swift snippets.
1st March: Happy Birthday for today to Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator competitor and Santa Pod Raceway marshal Antony Wilkins and superfan Kerry McCartney Jeyes, we hope you have a wonderful day.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Maltese Super Street Bike racer and tuner Simon Giordmaina who came off his Pikachu bike at the Hal Far Run What Ya Brung last weekend. Simon said "Thank you to ll the people, friends and competitors out there that reached out to contact me and my family to offer their support. Altough I have fractured toes, shoulder and lower back spine, and a lot of body scruffs and bruises, I have managed to make a couple of steps on my feet so fingers crossed I should be back with you guys very soon for sure, behind the keyboard but, as to riding, its too early to make a decision."

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