This weekend's (15th-16th May) American Car World Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway is "Open to anyone with an extremely fast car", says organiser Lee Child. The annual American-themed event, which now incorporates the Doorslammer Internationals, is open to all and offers something for everyone including a unique meeting of the UK's three street-legal series.
|American Car World Nationals|
The American Car World Nationals features a track prepped to National event standard, and hosts a Run What You Brung open to all; Custom Car Street Eliminator, Street Machine Street Racer Series and the National Street Car Challenge all on the same facility at the same time for the first time ever; a Quick 32 for doorslammers; and a Burnout Contest. Exhibition action features Roger Goring in the Firestorm Jet Funny Car, which recently recorded a new best speed of 250.08 mph; the Supercharged Outlaws; and the Wild Bunch.
Off the track there is a Show and Shine with trophies for the top five cars, as well as the usual panoply of trade stands and catering. Trophies will also be presented for Best Club, Fastest Carburetted Car and Fastest Car with Electronic Fuel Injection.
Tickets are still available at a discount if you are quick, as the deadline for advance ticket sales is 10:00 pm tonight (Wednesday). Advance tickets are £12 each for Saturday and Sunday, or £20 for the weekend; to book call LA Performance Services' Credit Card Hotline on 01803 554308. Gate prices are £15 each on Saturday and Sunday or £25 for the weekend. Gates open for camping on Friday afternoon.
The strip will be open between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am and 5:00 pm on Sunday. Run What You Brung fees, for unlimited runs, are £15 per day or £25 for the weekend. A valid DVLC licence and a crash helmet must be presented when signing on. Details on Quick 32 entry will also be available at sign-on.
For more information about Shakespeare County Raceway including
a map check out the track's official web site for more details about the American Car World Nationals contact LA Performance Services on 01803 554308.
courtesy of Eurodragster
Day one of the Concrete Nationals have been a success with our dedicated band of workers and the sun on our backs.
|Day 1: Concrete Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway|
Split into three teams we went about our jobs.
Team 1 the Fairies & the Goblins set to cleaning Sharkman's garden.
Team 2 started on the new Marshals & Family building 'The Downtime Diner', painting and cleaning.
And Team 3 had their muscles and bellies out at the Concrete Nationals, filling in the holes from the medic's centre through to the pits. We even managed to cool down with a refreshing water fight, that left everybody soaked to the skin. Including our supervisor Ryan & The Jolly Green Giant.
And at the end of the day it was showers all round and beers on Anthony & Wendy - cheers! With entertainment from Nigel!
If anyone wishes to help out tomorrow, we are starting work at 9 - 9.30am, so please just turn up & help.
20/04/2004 Advance ticket bookings are now being taken for the Excitement Nationals
which take place at Shakespeare County Raceway on 1st-3rd May. The Excitement Nationals feature the first round
of the 2004 MSA British Nitro Funny Car Championship, the second round of the 2004 MSA British Drag Racing
Championship (for Top Methanol), the second rounds of the UK National and ACU UK National Drag Bike Championships
including Top Fuel Bike, and the first round of the Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship in all classes including
the first appearance of the Supercharged Outlaws as an Ultimate Power class. Custom Car Street Eliminator, the Wild
Bunch, Outlaw Anglia, the National Association of Supertwins and Junior Drag Bike also feature at the three-day
As if that wasn't enough fans will be further entertained by exhibition passes by Roger Goring in the
Firestorm Jet Funny Car and Mickey Moore testing in The Mob Fuel Altered.
Ticket prices for the Excitement Nationals are as follow; advance tickets are available until 10:00 am on
Wednesday 28th April:
"In 2004 we are aiming to continue to build on the success of the Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship",
says LA Performance Services' Lee Child. "We look forward to seeing you all
at Shakespeare County Raceway again for the Excitement Nationals - and if you are a fan of blown cars then stay tuned
because we're working on something you won't believe!"
The official Excitement Nationals entry list should be available via Eurodragster.com very shortly.
To book tickets, or for more information, call LA Performance Services' Credit Card hotline on
01803 554308 (outside the UK +44 1803 554308).
courtesy of Eurodragster
19/04/2004 In readiness for our first round of the Ultimate Power Championship, we are having one big work weekend this weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway (24th and 25th).
The jobs this weekend will consist of Armco painting, general track and startline tidy up, marshal building, and concreting pot holes.
If you can spare one day or both days that would be appreciated, lunch will be provided on the day and anyone who comes will be very welcome.
18/04/2004 Sadly, today's Club Day Test & Tune (Sunday 18th) at Shakespeare County Raceway has been washed away without a wheel being turned in anger. With rain threatening in the morning, and moving in towards noon, officials were left with no decision but to call the event.
APIRA and Shakespeare County Raceway would like to thank those who turned out for the weekend and to all the marshals for their time. The next event is in two weeks time (May 1st/3rd) for the Excitement Nationals, round one of the Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship. See you then.
Wild Bunch racer Alec Coe stopped by the SCR tower at the weekend to tell us that Jenny Archer, fiancee of son Tommy 'The Gun' Coe, is seriously ill in hospital. Alec and his fellow Wild Bunchers would like to take this opportunity in wishing Jenny well, and that goes for all of us here at APIRA and Shakespeare County Raceway.
|GET WELL MESSAGE FOR JENNY|
Although Tommy has decided to sit out his title defence this year, Alec is desperate to get 'The Gun' back into the saddle of the championship winning Rover slingshot dragster some time soon. A sentiment echo'ed by his fellow Bunchers and us here in the tower. "All we need really to get Tommy out again is a tow vehicle", says Alec.
Paul Marston Racing had a great start to the new season with their Drag Race Driving School Drag Racecar 'Grumpys Dodge', which will be campaigned by a majority of various guest appearances from graduated drivers. Sharing driving duties last weekend was Paul Marston and recent Drag Race Driving School Graduate Gary Springford. Gary not only completed his observed runs at the Easter Thunderball but also qualified 14th before entering three rounds in Pro ET, not a bad weekends work! Paul Marston takes up the story,
|PMR PLEASED WITH WEEKEND'S WORK|
"Gary Springford has been known to all of us at Paul Marston Racing for some time as owner of Jeep Club in Chigwell, Essex. Gary has always been very supportive of the Drag Race Driving School, donating time, facilities and equipment.
"Gary completed the Drag Race Driving School course late last year in the schools Chevrolet Vega 'Insanity' which he passed with flying colours. Due to Gary always being very busy work wise it has taken him this long to be able to fix a date to actually compete. Naturally by competing in Grumpys Dodge meant that licensed runs were required, which Gary completed perfectly on the Saturday.
"Sunday saw Gary starting to grow in his understanding on running off of a Sportsman Tree and to hone his reaction times in tune to Grumpys start line characteristics. Come Bank Holiday Monday Gary listened to what I told him and he did a great job, in the most difficult circumstances, winning his very first round in his first ever event.
"Come second round Gary did it again, and again for round three. This time Grumpy caught him a little unawares and Gary broke out, but hey this guy is a natural.To go three rounds at his first ever event is a major accomplishment. The whole crew at Paul Marston Racing Drag Race Driving School would like to congratulate Gary Springford at being our most successful graduate yet in competition - and it's just the first event of the season!"
When asked to comment Gary had these words to say. "I must thank Paul Marston and everyone in the crew at Paul Marston Racing, everyone was just great. They told me just what I needed to hear, when I needed to hear it. This allowed me to really concentrate on just the racing and doing my job, I really did not want to let them down. Sure, I was nervous, who wouldn't be? But Paul had mentally prepared me for how Grumpy would react and what it was like to drive; it's the fastest Drag Racecar I have ever driven by quite a margin. I felt quite at home really quickly, relaxed and I found myself really enjoying it, especially when I went three rounds. That part was a dream come true. Its a lot different to RWYB events, I think you will see me back soon"
Everyone at Paul Marston Racing would like to express their gratitude to all the fans who visited us in the pits during the weekend, we were very busy with Grumpys Dodge, what with running two classes and Grumpy being virtually a new racecar. So apologies to anyone who we did not get to speak to. Also we will in future bring more details and hand outs regarding the courses available.
Lastly thanks to all our sponsors and friends, Chrysler UK, MAC Tools, ATI Performance Transmissions, Black Box London 01708 377523, Disco Equipment Hire 0208 597 4575, Gary at London Road Tyres 01708 735355, Gary at Jeep Club 0208 501 4471 and our tireless crew at Paul Marston Racing, you were all stars, especially Gary Springford who once again should be congratulated, well done.
Paul Marston Racing now looks forward to the Excitement Nationals, Ultimate Power's season opener at Shakespeare County Raceway in two weeks, and round two of the National Event Trail. See you there.
Courtesy of PMR Racing
The man they call Mr Turbo, Ian Turburville has written in to say, "Since I couldn't make an impression on the Funny Bike class at the Thunderball, and you all made fun of me I have decided to set my mate on you lot and teach you all a lesson so Ronny Aasen is entered in Funny Bike at the Excitement Nationals at Shakespeare County in two weeks time. So there. Well you don't think I am going to let him race me in Supertwins do you?"
|EXCITING TIMES AHEAD FOR AASEN|
Outlaw racers Chris Round and Pete Ashworth, together with Super Pro rookie Rick Cook were the quickest drivers of the second spring training session at Shakespeare County Raceway's Test and Tune today with all three recording times in the eight second bracket.
|SPORTSMAN OUTLAWS HIT EIGHTS AT T&T|
Supercharged Outlaw driver Chris Round ran a very respectable low eight in his 355ci Chevy powered Rebellious Racing rear engine dragster. With help from British Top Methanol racer Lindsay Deuchar, a respected racer who's now all set to make a return at the Excitement Nationals in two weeks time, lined his driver up perfectly to the track to run a very strong sounding 8.069 at 169.81 mph.
Pete Ashworth ended the day posting his first eight of the season. Debuting an even bolder paint job than ever before, Pete pushed his 'Dayglo Twister III' to an 8.918 at 148.51. However in his opening ride, the vibrations from the back end un-clipped the drag chute release pin resulting in the chute deploying midway down the track.
Super Pro hot shot Rick Cook made several runs in the ex Talbot Racing dragster which resulted in an ever improving 8.814 at 135.14 despite and external oil filter problem slowing the car somewhat from its normal high revving potential in the first pass of the day.
Super Gas rookie Stuart Doignie made several passes in his BMW 3 Series in preparation for the next UK National Championship event at SCR in May. Starting the day with a 9.946, Stuart upped the game resulting in a near perfect 9.905 at 138.04. Pro ET regular Dave 'Tig' Napier ran a new personal best of 10.192 in his 528ci Chrysler powered '72 Dodge Challenger, and Bill Murffin, a regular test and tuner laid down a 9.921 with his big block Chevy Anglia 100E against Mark Pointer's ten second Mustang.
Wild Bunch racer Chris Hartnell was pulling some outstanding wheelstands in the four outings made by the 'Backdraft' slingshot dragster. With the sun beating down on the C&C Racing 10th anniversary paint job, Chris ended the day with a creditable 9.311/146.10. Rookie Bob Morgan made several licensing passes in the 'B'sting' Fiat Topolino. Now co-owned with Andy Murphy, and with guidance from former owner Paul Croston, Bob made his third pass count as he revved the 363ci Chevy powered altered to the cars best ever finishing speed of 107.91 on a 12.366 ET. Well done Bob and co.
On the bike front, Supertwin Gas rookie Les Harris debuted his new machine for 2004. Running with a virtually stock TL1000 Suzuki engine, Les made several runs resulting in a 10.437 against Mark Erray's Supertwin Street Honda. Team Lawbreakers Lee Baxter ran his 9.90 Suzuki Katana to a 9.891 at 144.69.
Save of the day belonged with Tony Wynne Jones at the wheel of the 'Welsh Raider II' Corvette. Approaching the mid-track timers at 70 mph, the car took an exceptional turn to the right but as Tony tried to correct the cars path the car made a move to the left missing the barriers on both occasions. Tony was out of the car straight away but as for a reason why it made the unscheduled moves is not known at present.
Throughout the day, the tracks timing crew were carrying out a few preliminary tests with the Portatree timing system which up until now is performing very well indeed. We hope to have a full rundown on the upgrades real soon.
With a second day still to come at the Warwickshire track, and with even more action promised from the Supercharged Outlaws, the Wild Bunch and the many drivers registered for the National Street Car Challenge, if your intending to come along the track opens for timed runs at 11.00am, but if you can't make it then check back soon for an end of day report.
Last October, racers converged on Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina for a double-header season finale. The result was a weekend filled with record-setting performances and the crowning of Hooters IHRA world champions. The drag racing circuit returns once again to Rockingham next weekend for the 34th Annual Spring Nationals presented by Advance Auto Parts and Castrol.
|IHRA SPRINGS INTO THE ROCK|
Three-time Top Fuel World Champion Clay Millican enters this race after a win at the Texas Nationals. Millican picked up two of his ten wins last season at Rockingham, winning the Spring Nationals and World Finals. In addition to holding the IHRA record for most career Top Fuel wins at 31 (a record formerly held by Don Garlits), Millican is an IHRA world record holder (4.566, 326.63), as well as Rockingham Dragway track record holder (4.566, 316.15).
Bruce Litton heads to Rockingham in a position he is all too familiar with: second place. He has finished runner-up to Millican the last two seasons, and is currently second in the point standings. However, Litton may have other things on his mind. During his semi final win against Grant Flowers at San Antonio, Litton wrecked after crossing the finish line, destroying his dragster. He was airlifted to the hospital and later released with a minor concussion, but missed his final round appearance against Millican.
Making their Rockingham debut in the Top Fuel category are the Nitro-Injected dragsters. After a decent showing at the Texas Nationals, these competitors look to improve on their programs to running quicker and faster times. Possible entries include Dave Hirata, Mike Bowers and Keith Stark.
In Pro Modified, Glen Kerunsky is the points leader after his win at the Texas Nationals from the number 16 qualifying spot. However, all eyes may be on former six-time world champion Scotty Cannon who returns to IHRA Pro Modified after pursuing a career in Nitro Funny Car with NHRA.
Reigning world champion Mitch Stott returns to Rockingham, hoping to regain his perch at the top of the class. Stott qualified number 9 in San Antonio, but lost in the second round to eventual winner Kerunsky. Others to watch for: Mike Janis, Harold Martin, Quain Stott and Shannon Jenkins.
Five-time Funny Car World Champion Mark Thomas will be in familiar territory at Rockingham. With his win against reigning world champion Rob Atchison at the Texas Nationals, Thomas finds himself number 1 in the point standings and carrying the momentum of the class. However, if Thomas wants to leave still with the points lead, he needs to remain focused and cut good reaction times. Atchison has the quickest car in the field by far. Thomas defeated him in the final round with a better reaction time.
In Sunoco Pro Stock, John Montecalvo opened the season with a win in Texas and comes to Rockingham with the points lead. Montecalvo will look to repeat at Rockingham, after having one of the quickest and most consistent cars during the opener. Trailing him in the point standings is fellow New Yorker John Nobile. Others to watch: Elijah Morton, defending world champion Brian Gahm and 2003 event winner Rick Jones.
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
15/04/2004 Racers who are intending to compete at the Excitement Nationals, round one of the Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship at Shakespeare County Raceway on May 1st/3rd, are reminded that the closing date for entries is Monday 19th April.
If you haven't entered yet and you need an entry form, these can be downloaded from this web site by clicking on the 'Download/Entry Form' button on the left hand side or the 'Race Entry' Advert from the home page.
Also, if you haven't already done so, racers are reminded to complete a 2004 Commentators Info sheet as soon as possible. These will be used at all SCR events in 2004, and can be downloaded from the 'Download/Entry Form' button and either returned by e-mail (see top of the form) or sent with your entry to Club & Race Secretary Wendy Talbot.
Besure to catch this weeks edition of 'Motorsport news' for a two page feature about 2003 FIA European Top Methanol Dragster Champion Dave Wilson's recent achievements in American at The Strip in Las Vegas.
|CHAMP FEATURES IN MOTORSPORT NEWS|
The American Car Imports team recently hosted the paper's 'Sporting Scene' editor Tim Redmayne who spent the duration of the event following Dave and the team around while contesting the NHRA Powerade race at The Strip. The article also takes a look at how the NHRA works, the other Shucey(!), and Tim chats to NHRA announcer Bob Frey.
The paper also has a report from the weekend's Easter Thunderball at Santa Pod, a drag racing explained item (again written by Tim), and a short news item concerning the decline of the MSA's top championship for the sport. Priced at £1.90 Motorsport news is available at all leading high street newsagents.
14/04/2004 Hampshire based Carolina Classics have launched a new web site specializing in American and British classic cars.
"We have a collection of 25 to 40 cars ranging from a 1950s push-button auto Dodge to a 800 bhp Mustang, writes Nigel Taylor of 'Blacktopper Racing' fame. "We sold 85 yanks last year and sold 35 this year. Our workshop is kept very busy with a lot of public coming by. Our indoor showroom is equipped with 2 ramps, 4 wheel tracking, gas emission tester, American diagnostic computers, welders and wheel balancing machines.
The new Carolina Classics web site is now on line at www.carolinaclassics.co.uk. There you will find items if interest including classic cars facts, cars for sale, advice together with an informative write up on drag racing at Shakespeare County Raceway. Nigel also says that the CC Race Team will be debuting a new Wild Bunch car at Shakespeare County in 2005, and that Carolina Classics are also proud sponsors of American Auto Club International.
Want to know more. Check out the latest issue of Classic American magazine or give Nigel a call on 01264 321170 or 07970 162725.
13/04/2004 Naturally we are all stunned to hear of the terrible top end accident involving Funny Bike rider Sarah Jane Head during yesterday's Easter Thunderball at Santa Pod. Although no immediate news has been released we understand that Sarah is being treated for multiple injuries.
Earlier this morning Eurodragster.com have posted a couple of Get Well messages. If you would like to send a message for Sarah then please direct them to email@example.com and they will do the rest. From all the officials and marshals of APIRA and staff at Shakespeare County Raceway, we're thinking of you, and partner Dave. Here's to a speedy recovery.
MSA British Drag Racing Championship co-ordinator Dave Alexander has been in touch to remind everyone that timing data together with a brief report from yesterdays opening round of the series at Santa Pod's Easter Thunderball is now online on the ETMRA web site at www.etmra.com Just click on the '2004 Race Results' page for access.
|TOP METHANOL DATA ON LINE|
The next round of the series is in three weeks time at Shakespeare County's Excitement Nationals (May 1st/3rd), and Dave has promised us a full preview in the days leading up to the event.
Congratulations to yesterday's winners in the first rounds of the UK National Drag Racing Championship, Nordic Drag Racing Series and the ACU UK Drag Bike Championships at Santa Pod's season opening Easter Thunderball.
|EASTER THUNDERBALL RESULTS|
Pro Fuel Shootout: Andy Carter (Dragster) 5.049/290.75 def. Lex Joon (Dragster) 5.046/280.85
Top Methanol: Rob Turner (Dragster) 5.635/242.07 def. Doug Ripley(Funny Car) 7.021/189.80
Super Modified: Rob Smallworth (Chevrolet) 8.030/172.89 def. Andy Kirk (Chevrolet) 8.328/160.03
Super Pro ET: Ian Tubb (Dragster) 7.806/154.10 def. Derek Flynn (Dragster) 8.643/143.39
Pro ET: Rick McCann (Chevrolet) 10.520/130.83 def. Carl Burton (Ford Sierra) 10.983/121.90
Sportsman ET: Matt Glassup (VX Golf) 14.156/98.29 def. Linda Platt (Chevrolet) 12.770/110.08
Super Comp: Paul Ingar Udtian (Dragster) 9.066/116.22 def. Colin Aldred (Dragster) 9.609/135.90
Super Gas: Conrad Stanley (Chevrolet) 9.970/120.30 def. Malcolm Francis (Chevrolet) 9.975/141.44
Super Street: Lee Huxley (Ford) 10.676/123.63, Mark Watkins (Datsun) DNS
Junior Dragster: Collin Morrice 9.107/71.32 def. Andrew Herron 15.248/40.31
Custom Car Street Eliminator: Andy Frost (Vauxhall) 8.459/166.09. Runner up not contested.
VW Pro: Ant Lockyer (Beetle) 12.907/102.25 def. Justin Aldred (Beetle) 11.315/108.72
VW Sportsman: Mick Geraghty (Beetle) 15.113/80.32 def. Amy Homewood (Beetle) 20.090/65.48
VW Alternate Engine: Spencer Tramm (Corrado) 9.222/137.92 def. Matt Attwood (Fastback) 13.259/101.58
Top Fuel Bike: Steve Carey (Puma) 8.155/156.26. Runner up not contested.
Funny Bike: Neil Midgley (Suzuki) 7.195/182.29 def. Paul Knapp (Suzuki) 7.267/182.23
Pro Stock Bike: Dave Beck (Suzuki) 7.517/148.05 def. Tony Clark (Suzuki) 8.053/163.10
Comp Bike: TJ O'Brien (Suzuki) 8.000/157.15 def. Vaughan Foster (Suzuki) 9.816/106.64
Super Street Bike: Graham Dance (Suzuki) 8.108/166.83 def. Mark Fisher (Suzuki) 8.446/171.89
9.90 Bike: Fred Furlong (Suzuki) 9.917/111.89 def. Paul Coombs (Suzuki) DNS
10.90 Bike: John Hackney (Suzuki) 10.790/117.11 def. Andy Bird (Suzuki) 10.464/123.64
For a more detail look at the weekend's coverage log on to Eurodragster.com and click on 'Event Coverage' on the left hand side of any Eurodragster page.
The next round for the UK National Drag Racing Championship and ACU UK Drag Bike Championship will be at Shakespeare County Raceway for the Excitement Nationals May 1st/3rd.
Sarah Howells from Wild Bunch DASH Racing has been in touch to let us know that if anyone wants to 'review' the photos included in Tony Smith's popular 'Guess Who' competition should visit the DASH Racing bus over the May Bank Holiday weekend (May 1st/3rd) at Shakspeare County where all the photo's will be on display together with a few more besides.
|IT'S A BUSY MONTH FOR PHOTOS!|
Sarah, editor of 'Against the Clock' - the official Wild Bunch newsletter, would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate winner Darrell Bennett. "Well done Darrell, well deserved. Clearly I'm not at all gutted (sob, sniff) that I didn't get to ride in Andy Frosts car, or hoist the trophy aloft. Oh well, there's always next year!" says Sarah. "Thanks very much Tony. We've had a right laugh doing the competition, but what are we going to do on a Tuesday and Friday now?"
Don't worry Sarah I'm sure that once the Wild Bunch season has kicked off this weekend there'll be plenty to do between races!
Bob Valdner, webmaster for the revamped web site, has been in touch to say that he has included seven pages of photos from the recent season opening Test & Tune at Shakespeare County Raceway.
|MORE TEST & TUNE PHOTOS AVAILABLE|
"I was up until 2.00am Friday morning working on our latest update of photos, says Bob. But as Anni gets used to her new camera, digital this time, its well worth it and the updates will be much quicker."
"Our new website is now up and running, so we hope you'll all like the new layout and especially the search function and hot linking. For this to become really useful we need as much information as we can get for each car/bike or whatever (for the search tool to search). The preferred method for posting this information is
via the “comments” feature under each photo which becomes available when you log in.
"Our new format now allows us to include more information on the pages, even down to individual photographs, so please use the same procedure as above for submitting your personal best ETs and speeds. Apologies to the bikers out there, we started adding comments with Top Fuel Dragsters and we’re working down the list but we’ve not got far down the bikes yet, it’s quite a time consuming process and we will get there," continued Bob.
Both Bob and Anni will be present at this weekend's Club Day Test & Tune (April 17th/18th), and with the excellent weather promised, its sure to be a busy two days for the hard working duo.
To check out the latest updates from Shakespeare County, log on to www.feel-the-noise.com and click on the RWYB button for access.
Dutch mad cap showman and jet fanatic Michel Kooij has announced on his Pyromaniac web site of a brand new project to be debuted sometime in the summer months. "It'll be a mix between a Top Fuel Dragster and a Land Speed Record car equipped with two giant jet engines," says Michel.
|ANOTHER PYROMANIAC IN THE MAKING!|
The new machine, named 'The Pyromaniac XXL' will be over 9 meters in length and will incorporated two rear axles and an aircraft style rear wing for added down force. "Visually the dragster will have the same dramatic fire display and if circumstances allow, some acceleration," Michel added.
Michel anticipates that it will take two years to learn how to deal with this new project, so there will be a lot of circuit testing which will undoubtedly be a crowd pleaser.
Michel has been involved with motorsport at the early age of 10 years old where he raced motocross, but a serious accident ended a promising career. A few years later Michel, along with two friends, built a Modified Pulling Tractor. His activities in the brutal world of Tractor Pulling lasted for 20 years with his most famous machine 'Miss Liberty' paving the way to five Dutch National Championships in the Two Wheels Drive class which he introduced.
At the end of his tractor-pulling career Michel started to develop a turbine system for fast interceptor boats capable of 90 mph and driven by a Rolls Royce jet engine. Currently the turbine business is at the core of his company, Liberty Racing, and part of the business is running Team Pyromaniac, as well as his homebuilt jet-quad, the famous “Pyromaniac”, a feature of drag race events at Santa Pod and Hockenheim.
And what of the future of Michel? “Sometimes I lie awake till the early hours of the morning. My mind goes nuts because of all the ideas I have to develop. I see a vertical water bike, a super dragster, something that hasn’t been done yet. Sometimes my own ideas drive me crazy. Recently I made a calculation, that I will be at least 436 years old by the time I have achieved all of my ideas”.
For further information about Michel's Pyromaniac Team, log on to www.pyromaniac.nl
11/04/2004 It is with deep regret that we have to report that Nobby Hills eldest daughter Jodie died on April 7th following a road accident.
In her young years Jodie was passionate about drag racing touring the UK and European tracks as well spending time with her other love of country music and line dancing. The Hills family has posted their own personal tribute to Jodie on the Nobby Hills Racing web site at www.nhracing.com.
I'm sure that the membership of APIRA and the staff at Shakspeare County Raceway will want to extend their condolences to Nobby, Anne and Katie at this sad time.
10/04/2004 With the thirtieth and final photo posted in Wild Bunch racer 'Guess Who' competition, the winner who correctly identified all 30 was Darrell Bennett. Darrell wins a ride along in Andy Frost's Custom Car Street Eliminator 'Red Victor II' during one of the qualifying cruises, and a trophy courtesy of Paul Bland and Avondale Composites.
Running a close second with 29 correct answers was British Nitro Funny Car Championship co-ordinator Jim Broome and fellow Wild Bunch racer Mark Coulsell (Limited Funz). Fourth was Sarah and Daryll Howells of DASH Racing with 27 and completing the top five with 24 answers was Mathew Seamarks. The rest is as follows: Jon Crawford (18); Tony Byng (18); Andy Marrs (15); Stuart Dempsey (14); Jeremy Cookson (13); Martin Curbishley (9), and Paul Bland also on 9.
"Thank you to all that entered and hope you enjoyed doing it," says Tony. "Here's to next time."
Tony and his 'Cunning Plan' Chrysler powered Minivan was also in test mode at the weekend at Shakespeare County, which was very much to his liking running new personel bests with the body on (11.62) and with the body off (11.33). You can catch up with the latest update on Tony's web site by logging on to www.cunningplan.net.
Former Wild Bunch Race Co-ordinator Peter Dickson has been appointed as co-ordinator for the in 2004. Among Peter's many duties on race weekends will be to keep the events officials up to speed with any news and changes as well as the track's commentators and media alike. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Peter all the best in his new role.
|DICKINSON APPOINTED OUTLAWS REP|
09/04/2004 Eurodragster's Tog has updated his own web site 'Togs Drag Racing Page' with a huge selection of photos taken from last weekends Club Day Test & Tune held at Shakespeare County Raceway. So why not spend some time and check out Tog's photo's .
Making the most of last weekend's Test & Tune at Shakespeare County was rookie Super Street racer Scott McCarthy. Testing the ex Mark Watkins Mazda 323 the young 21 year old made several passes in order to get himself familer with the car before this weekend's national event debut at Santa Pod's Easter Thunderball.
|YOUNG GUN McCARTHY ON TEST|
Purchased from Mark last year Scott's Mazda was striped completely to the last nut and bolt, The only parts that are original is the roll cage and a few suspension parts. Supercharged Outlaw racer Frank Griffin is responsible for building the kids 350 cubic inch Chevrolet power plant which is good to run 10.9s all day long. The Mazda's special feature is an electronicly controlled transmission which is the very same type of unit found on Leigh Morris' Super Street Jaguar E Type 'Green with Envy'.
Scott, a relative of the aforementioned 10.90 class racer, hadn't until now raced a car in anger before although when he was fourteen he was given a ride by Mark in this very same car at York Raceway when he competed in the Rover V8 series.
Looking more like a short circuit National Hot Rod with its low slung look, rear wing and front spliter, Scott brushed the Warwickshire quarter mile with an easy looking mid sixteen on Saturday before finishing the weekend with a 12.24 at 119 mph.
07/04/2004 Gareth Evans from UK1320.com has been in touch to say that he has posted the first of his photo specials from the weekend's APIRA Test & Tune at Shakespeare County Raceway. To view log on to www.uk1320.com and follow the link from the news page.
Besure to catch the May edition of Street Machine/American Car World magazine for a four page feature on last season's Doorslammer Internationals at Shakespeare County Raceway. The mag also carries a feature on SCR regular Phil Caswell and his ten second '78 Pontiac Trans Am 'High Tension', a workshop visit to Dave Powell's Performance Unlimited and a report from the NEC Classic Car Show. The mag also has details of next month's American Car World Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway as well as a host of other features. The May issue is available now priced at £3.40.
|HIGH TENSION FEATURES IN SM|
Celebrating 10 years of competitive drag racing, Wild Bunch racer 'Crazy' Chris Hartnell chose last weekend's Test & Tune event at Shakespeare County Raceway to debut a new paint job applied to his C&C Racing 'Backdraft' slingshot dragster.
|TEN YEARS OF BACKDRAFT BREAKS COVER|
Catching the occasional burst of sunlight, the dragster's metallic red and gold flamed paint certainly caught the imagination and approval from all who stopped by the team's pit during the weekend.
"It's our tenth anniversary year and I've always wanted a metalflake paint for ages but never got round to doing it", says Chris.
With the sixties panelling sprayed in sparkling red with a hint of gold flame Chris was really pleased with how the paint had turned out. "I would like to say a big thank you to Ian Caseley for the fantastic paint, and to Demonscream for cutting the stickers."
In addition, Chris has completely upgraded the dragster's alky injected 355 cubic inch SBC engine and transmission with all new parts. "We've got all new cylinder heads and rods as well as a rebuilt torque converter and gearbox, so we'll be going for eight seconds this year because I'm still after number one in the Wild Bunch," Chris added. "I have never done that before so I'll enjoy chasing it,"
The 'Crazy' ones first run of the 2004 season netted a time of 9.62 seconds at 138 mph, but in-between dodging the rain showers mid Sunday morning, the ring gear in side the starter motor chewed itself to bits preventing Chris from completing any further runs although he assures us that the problem will be fixed in time for C&C Racing's next outing in a weeks time (April 17th/18th) for the Wild Bunch season opener, again at Shakespeare County Raceway.
In the meantime you can check out C&C Racing's ten years worth of achievements by logging on to www.backdraftdragracing.co.uk.
As usual, our friends from Eurodragster.com will be on hand all weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway covering the season opening Test & Tune event.
|APIRA TEST & TUNE COVERAGE|
"We will be posting end-day summaries of the on track action on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Photo Gallery at the end of each day," says Tog. "The webcam will be on-line all day on both Saturday and Sunday, and is scheduled to broadcast a picture every two minutes."
To access the weekend's coverage, click on the 'Event Coverage' link on the left hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
To say that Wild Bunch racer Gareth Kent and the 'Daze Gone By' team had a busy year in 2003 would be something of an understatement! It was their first full season, and the first of many that was packed full of surprises from start to finish. So lets remind ourselves how Gareth and the team wound up in the top five of the Wild Bunch Championships with 'Against the Clock' editor Sarah Howells.
|HOT DOGGIN' ONE MORE YEAR|
The season got off to a good start with a second place at the first event. Next came the first MSA event, the Excitement Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway, and with it a whole new ball game. "These were steep learning curves for me and although qualified well I got knocked out in the first round for going too fast," said Gareth.
By the Allstar Nationals, Gareth was wound right up but the team were looking for a more consistent approach. "I didn't come down for weeks. It was a great boost for us," he says. "I was gutted not to be able to show up for the second event at York which later brought thing down to the National Finals at Santa Pod.
"It seemed like a huge task knowing that you have to qualify number one and win the overall event to get anywhere is a bit of a mountain, but we did it! My Altered was feeling a little under the weather so it took some great team work and a lot of determination to succeed."
That surperb performance put Gareth third in the Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship, third in the Real Steel Championship and the number two Wild Bunch plate for 2004. Last year also saw the birth of the youngest team member, Marcus Scott Kent together with his pending marriage to girlfriend Lou.
So what of 2004! Well its going to be a quieter year for Gareth's 'Hot Dog' altered, and possibly the last with the intention being to sell the car at season's end. How many people know of the car's family tree; first it belonged to American serviceman Freeman Rogers as was known as 'Ardvark', then it was Mike Kason's 'Kerbdozer' followed by Keith Potter's 'The Devil' and then Barry Sheavills 'Stage Coach III'. You couldn't ask for a better pedigree than that!
"Daze Gone By races as things were done in the sixties and seventies, experimenting and finding our way as the pioneers had done before us," says Gareth. "We have never wanted to 'blend in' but we have long term plans for the team. So lets hope we can get to where we want to be," concluded Gareth.
With the season barely old, Supertwin exponent and international biking scribe Ian 'Turbo' Turberville has been in touch to let us know that he's selling his nitro fuelled Harley drag bike at the end of the year. Reason: to make way for a new project that's on the go for 2005.
|INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NITRO FUN!|
"Everyone knows how much fun I had in 2003 with my entry level fuel bike, and it is the perfect introduction to nitro for anyone looking to step in this direction," says Turbo. "I will again be racing it this year and letting it go after the National Finals at a bargain price including starter and parts.
"OK, here's the deal. Anyone interested can put a deposit on it during this season then crew with us at any meets they want, I will pay the entry for up to two people, then they can learn how to run it with us and join in the fun. In October they can pay the balance, enter a practice and blast it down the track. They will then have the winter to make any changes, gather all the necessary bits and bobs and be ready to race in Supertwins, Funny Bike, Comp Bike, whatever! It is a reliable, well mannered bike which should provide no traumas, but then this is racing so there's no guarantee! Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for price and specs or it can be viewed on the 'Racing' page of my web site at www.turboville.com. You can't lose!
York Dragway's Press man Howard Holmes has written in with a further update about the forthcoming 0-60 Challenge event taking place at the home of the Pennine Drag Racing Club next month (9th May).
|ACCELERATION CHALLENGE GAINS MOMENTUM|
"Some of the UK's most diverse and quick street-legal cars have begun to start registering to participate in the 0-60mph Challenge to be held at York Raceway, " Howard reports. "Cars entering the competition range from heavy horsepower machines achieving 0-160mph in 8 seconds through to a Vauxhall Nova with nitrous oxide injection. The event has everything in place to be a remarkable and memorable day for participants and spectators alike.
"Trophies will be awarded for the Quickest Overall, Quickest V8, Quickest normally aspirated V8, Quickest 6-cylinder and Quickest 4-cylinder. There will also be trophies for the quickest and fastest 1/4 mile passes on the day, since all the timing equipment will be running for the quarter mile drag strip. Each lane at York Dragway has a shell grip surface to launch from as well as a conventional smooth surface -it's the competitor's choice.
"For those in the South or Midlands, we are making arrangements with the NASC for the event at Drayton Manor, Staffordshire that weekend. Competitors who would like to attend Neil's Springnationals will be able to form part of a static display on the Saturday, participate in the lunchtime cruise (if they wish) and drive over to York Saturday evening. Although admission for Neil's Springnationals will be free to 'qualifying' cars (i.e. 'NASC-spec' cars), but they will need to pre-enter.
Anyone who would still like to compete should email email@example.com as soon as possible.
01/04/2004 In addition to a huge range of collectable die-cast drag racing models stocked at Ian 'Turbo' Turberville's Baggy's Hog Shop in Nottingham, Turbo has a few pieces which are becoming very scarce already and are the absolute cream of drag racing collectables.
"If you haven't seen the new funny cars from Milestones you don't know what you are missing!!," says Turbo. "These are huge 1/16 scale cars with over 300 parts making them incredibly detailed, even the butterflies in the injector hats work!!! They have hand laid glass bodies and are individually numbered. This is the same company that made the Doug Vancil Top Fuel Harley, so you know the build quality, and with only one item available against each piece, its going to be first come, first served."
Turbo has on offer four examples of Scotty Cannon's nitro Funny Car; three examples from John Force, one each from Whit Bazemore and Tony Pedregon, and all are 1/16th scale. For bike fans you can treat yourselve to Doug Vancil's nitro Harley; GT Tonglet's V-rod, the memorial Hyabusa Pro Stocker from Dave Scultz and Antron Brown's Pro Stocker which includes rider and case. In the 1/24th range you can choose from Doug kalitta's 24K Gold Plated Top Fueler, John Force's 'King of the Hill' clear body Funny Car, and for nostalgia fans, Don Schumacher's 'Stardust' Barracuda; the very same raced in the mid-seventies by Dave Stone.
You can view pictures of the above models and survey the price and shipping list by logging on to Turbo's web site at www.turboville.com, or give him a call at 0115 940 1140.
Lee Child of LA Performance Services says that the National-standard track prep to be applied at this weekend's (3rd/4th April) APIRA Test and Tune at Shakespeare County Raceway is to become a regular feature of Test and Tune and Club Days at the Warwickshire track.
|TRACK PREPPED FOR TEST & TUNE THIS WEEKEND|
"We want to give racers a track on which they can use competition settings even at a test day", says Lee. "Darren Prentice will be starting work on the track on Thursday and by Saturday you will be able to put the power down! The track has been getting faster and faster, and I very much appreciated the compliments which we received last season. Racers have told me that they appreciate the consistency. It proves that our continued investment and commitment are generating results."
This weekend's APIRA Test and Tune is open to racers, car and bike clubs, sprint clubs, circuit clubs, the public, and anyone else wishing to test before the season starts.
Entry to Shakespeare County Raceway will be £15 on Saturday and Sunday, or £25 for the weekend. Another £15 per day, or £25 for the weekend, will buy as many runs as you can make down the track. A valid DVLC licence and a crash helmet must be presented to sign on, and racers should wear safety gear appropriate to their class.
The track will be open between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am and 5:00 pm on Sunday. For more details about Shakespeare County Raceway including a map check out the track's official web site at Shakespeare County Raceway.
Courtesy of Eurodragster.com
Clay Millican won the 3rd Annual Amalie Oil Texas Nationals Sunday at San Antonio Raceway. Millican ran the quarter-mile in 4.596-seconds at 311.49 mph during an uncontested final round. In round one of Top Fuel, Millican defeated Rick Cooper with a 4.583 ET at 320.36 mph. Millican held the track records for both ET and speed, and with this run, he reset both. Bruce Litton defeated Galveston's Mitch King in round one. King was late off the tree, and Litton made a solid pass: 4.790/297.48. Litton went on to defeat Grant Flowers in round two, but after crossing the finish line struck the wall. Litton was airlifted from the track and later released from the hospital.
|MILLICAN WINS TOP FUEL TEXAS SHOOTOUT|
After Litton's accident, the semifinal round between Millican and Todd Paton became the final round. Millican beat Paton off the line, both drivers lost traction at half-track, but Millican's recovery was more successful and he crossed the finish at 5.799-seconds. Millican came back and laid down a good run for the San Antonio fans.
In Pro Modified, Glen Kerunsky, who entered the day qualified No. 16, took out No. 1 qualifier Zach Barklage in round one with a 6.328/223.99. He then beat Mitch Stott, defending Pro Modified world champion, with a better reaction time and 6.286 ET. He advanced to the semifinals to face Steve Vick and defeated Vick with a 6.265. He met Harold Martin in the final round, taking the race with a 6.275/218.94.
Martin began the weekend hitting the wall Friday night, but came back Saturday and held the No. 1 qualifying spot for one round. He entered Sunday qualified second and defeated Pat Musi in round one with a 6.690, 208.49. Martin then faced former Pro Modified world champion Shannon Jenkins. In a rare move, Jenkins left early and lost the race with a red light. Martin advanced to the final round after Rick Distefano could not make the semifinal round.
Funny Car winner Mark Thomas met John Sullivan in round one. Thomas shook the tires but recovered to defeat Sullivan with a 5.850/240.00. His round two opponent was Ronnie Midyette. Midyette deep staged, but reacted too quickly and lost with a red light. Thomas blew off the blower belt, but snuck away with the win and advanced to the finals against defending world champion Rob Atchison. Thomas defeated Atchison with a 5.879/239.40, with the difference coming from Thomas' better reaction time.
Atchison took a free pass in round one, as Chris Foster couldn't make the call. The defending world champion made a good pass with a 5.861/238.85. In round two, Atchison defeated Terry McMillen. McMillen had the better reaction time, but Atchison ran a 5.849 ET for the win and advanced to the final round.
Sunoco Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier John Montecalvo met Bert Jackson in round one. Jackson had the starting line advantage and Montecalvo came close to the wall. He quickly recovered and drove around Jackson with a 6.580/213.03. In round two, he faced Frank Gugliotta. It was Montecalvo all the way with a 6.559. Brian Gahm, defending world champion, was waiting for Montecalvo in the third round. But again, it was Montecalvo with the starting line advantage and laying down his third consecutive 213 mph pass of the day. He took out John Nobile in the final round. Montecalvo used a starting line advantage to win, as both drivers ran 213 mph, and Nobile actually covering the quarter-mile in less time.
Nobile began the day qualified third and defeated Carl Baker in round one. Baker had a huge advantage at the starting line, but Nobile ran him down to take the win. He then defeated Pete Berner in round two and met Elijah Morton in round three. Nobile again trailed at the start, but caught Morton and ran around him to advance to the final round against Montecalvo.
The next event on the 2004 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series is the 34th Annual Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway on April 23rd/25th.
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
19 years old Zach Barklage took the top Pro Modified qualifying spot Saturday at the 3rd Annual Amalie Oil IHRA Texas Nationals at San Antonio Raceway, but staying on top was efending Top Fuel world champion Clay Millican after maintaining his top ranking from Friday, running a 4.631 second elapsed time at 309.77 mph. Other top qualifiers include Rob Atchison (Funny Car); and John Montecalvo (Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock).
|19 YEAR OLD BARKLAGE TOPS IN PRO MODIFIED|
During the final pass of the evening, Millican laid down the 4.631. He is the defending champion of this event and has the top speed and low elapsed time for the weekend. Humble, Texas-native Mark Kinsella qualified second, followed by Bruce Litton and Tim Cullinan.
Barklage jumped into the first number one qualifying spot of his career during the final Pro Modified session with a 6.208 second/229.16 mph run. The 19-year-old driver reset the track speed record with that run. Harold Martin, who nearly ended his weekend by hitting the wall Friday, is qualified second, followed by Rick DiStefano, Al Billes and Scotty Cannon.
Defending Funny Car champion Atchison kept his hold on the field, remaining number 1 qualifier while breaking the track elapsed time record with a 5.814. Mark Thomas, a five-time world champion, qualified second, with Ronnie Midyette and Chris Foster third and fourth.
Montecalvo ended Friday in the fourth spot but moved to number one during Saturday's second qualifying session with his 6.533 second/213.57 mph effort, resetting both ends of the track Pro Stock record. Elijah Morton, John Nobile and Rick Jones rounded out second through fourth, with the bump spot set at 6.643 by Bert Jackson. Jason Collins and Doug Kirk, both of whom won events during the 2003 season, did not qualify.
The eliminations kick off later today so stay tuned for a run down of the winners as soon as we get them.
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
28/03/2004 Following on from last Tuesday's news item and Outlaw Anglia racer Paul Wrights new Collector Card, we can now publish this years Outlaw Anglia Championship dates supported for a third year by aftermarket parts supplier and they are all exclusive to Shakespeare County Raceway.
May 1st/3rd Excitement Nationals
June 12th/13th Power Nationals
July 3rd/4th - NSRA Nostalgia Nationals
August 13th/15th - Bulldog Bash
August 28th/30th - Allstar Nationals
September 18th/19th - NSRA Hot Rod Drags
October 30th/31st - Halloween Showdown
For more details about the Outlaw Anglia's and a look at this season's event listing and driver line-ups log on to.
27/03/2004 Ever wondered what happened to Jim McGhee when he packed up Super Gas drag racing with the Nightmare GM Cavalier. Well, thanks to the April issue of Custom Car magazine you can find out what the popular Scotsman has been up to with a full colour spread on Jim's blown and injected 454ci motored '67 Corvette. What a stunner.
The mag also features profiles about the 2003 National Drag Racing Championship winners, a report on last month's Xtreme Wheels Show at Ally Pally and the Essen Show in Germany, and a look inside the new Rodline International premises with new proprietors John Grubb and Dave Matthews. And by the way, this month's 'On My Life' feature has Kev Elliott firing off questions to NSRA Chairman Dave Biggadyke together with some youthful photos of Dave when he was a young tearaway. The April issue is out now priced £3.20.
27/03/2004 Celebrating '30 years on the Street', the National Association of Street Clubs has published there list of events for 2004 which includes Gary's 26th Picnic to be held at Shakespeare County Raceway in May forming part of the American car World Nationals. The full calendar is as follows:
April 25th - 3rd National Swap Meet - Northampton Int'l Raceway
May 7th/9th - Neil's Springnationals - Drayton Manor Park, Staffordshire
May 15th/16th - Gary's 26th Picnic - Shakespeare County Raceway
July 16th/18th - Lakes Run #8 - Tattershall County Park, Lincolnshire
August 27th/30th - 30th Annual Street Rod Nationals - Suffolk County Showground
For more information on the above events together with any aspect about the NASC, log on to www.rodandcustom.co.uk or contact Mark Ashman on 01933 625183.
Defending Hooters/IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Clay Millican leads yesterdays opening day of qualifying at the Texas Nationals with a stunning 4.642/303.23 mph laid down in perfect conditions at the San Antanio Raceway. Mark Kinsella is second at 4.728 followed by Canadian Todd Paton (4.882), Mitch King (4.882), while Bobby Lagana Jr completes the top five at 5.035. Gene Davis sits on the bump spot at 5.134.
|MILLICAN LEADS TEXAS SHOOTOUT|
There are no less than 16 teams trying for a place in Sundays eight car eliminator. World number two Bruce Litton, Doug Foxworth, and the legendary 'Golden Greek' Chris Karamesines have yet to qualify.
In Pro Modified, Canadian Al Billes leads a 32 car field with his Quaker State '53 Corvette leading the way at 6.224 followed by Scotty Cannon's '53 Stude at 6.227. The Radiac Mainiac and current World Champion Mitch Stott holds down fifth place at 6.265. Top speed so far belongs to Cannon at 228.61 mph.
World Champion Rob Atchinson heads a seven car line up in his Pontiac Firebird Funny Car. A 5.853 at 239.53 only just fends off former champ Mark Thomas at 5.856/240.38 for second while Chris Foster and Terry McMillen complete the top four.
Rick Jones, driving the Ouarter Max Dodge Stratus leads the Sunoco Pro Stock field at 6.553 over Elijah Morton's indentical 6.553. It was only the elapsed times that seperated the drivers; 212.06 to 211.09 respectively. Brian Gahm took his Mustang into third at 6.559 followed John Montecalvo (6.572) and Tony Gillig at 6.578. Further qualifying at the Texas facility takes place later today.
For more qualifying news and pit stories from the Texas Nationals, head for the IHRA
web site .
Qualfying results courtesy of IHRA Communications
27/03/2004 Chris Blows, webmaster for the web site, has been busy over the past few days posting more pictures about the construction of Nobby's nitro fuelled Chevy Camaro Funny Car as well as updating the news page confirming details of the cars next scheduled appearance in May.
NHRacing are also pleased to announce details of another new partner to the team, JOR Performance Parts owned by NHRacing's new driver Junior Olley.
Following month's of planning and discussion between the ACU and the promoters at Shakespeare County Raceway and Santa Pod, ACU Championship Co-ordinator Ian King is able to confirm that the ACU Top Fuel Bike Championship will now be contested over five rounds taking in two additional events at Shakespeare County and Santa Pod in June and October respectively.
|ACU CONFIRM TOP FUEL BIKE DATES|
The complete calendar is as follows:
9th/12th April - Easter Thunderball - Santa Pod Raceway
1st/3rd May - Excitement Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway
12th/13th June - Power Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway
28th/30th August - AllStar Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway
2nd/3rd October - UK National Finals - Santa Pod Raceway
urtesy of King Racing
Subscribers to the Sky Sports channels had better tune into 'Race World' tonight (Thursday 25th March) for coverage of the opening round of the South African National Drag Racing Championships at 10.00 pm.
|SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AIR ON SKY|
With coverage spanning over twenty five minutes, the six round national championship started recently at the Westbank International Dragway and features all the sportsman classes from the low entry level street car and bike classes to the big bad blown Comp Eliminator dragsters and altereds.
American ProStar rider Ricky Gadson makes and appearance racing in the Super Street Bike category as a visiting team member of the Hewlett Packard Kawasaki Drag Bike Team, setting new national and track records in the process in the seven second bracket. Gadson also made a guest appearance over the weekend driving Micheal van Rensburg's Top Alcohol Dragster running a personal best of 7.539 seconds. Jets also make an appearance.
Race World producers Pro Active have promised that rounds two and three from Talton International and Westbank will also be featured in a later show.
So if you missed it at 7.00 pm tonight, you can catch it at 10.00 pm on Sky Sports 3 and twice tomorrow (Friday) at 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm on again on Sky Sports 3.
With a completion date for the 2004 National Street Car Challenge event calendar pending, organisers for the 8 round series, taking in events at Shakespeare County, Santa Pod and York, have so far received over 55 registrations.
|STREET CAR TITLE UNDER THREAT|
With the number one plate safely in the hands of seasoned veteran James Murray, this year is going to be as specially as tough with the likes of the current top five; Gary Leece, Mick Wilkes, Keef Bryant, and Ian Walley will all be trying to topple Murray's trusty Cortina Estate from the top of the pile.
24/03/2004 According to this week's edition of 'Motorsport news', owners of the EuroSpeedway Lausitz are to run a five round series of quarter mile races to help prevent the sudden outbreak of illegal street racing around the areas industrial estates from esclating.
Sponsored by Coca Cola's energy drink Burn, the series will use part of the Lausitzring road course situated just outside of the speedway's famous Indy Car oval. With full co-operation from the Police, orgainsers are confident that the 'Viertelmei len Cup' will be a success with spin offs in other parts of Germany.
Following yesterday's 'Swift Snippet' posted on Eurodragster's news page we were all anxious to hear more about the incident involving legendary UK photographer Andy Willsheer while on an assignment in the shut down area at Gainesville Raceway covering the Mac Tools Gatornationals.
|UK PHOTOGRAPHER INVOLVED IN TOP END INCIDENT|
A collegue and friend of Shakespeare County Raceway, it would appear that Andy was struck on the leg by a piece of flying debris from the Top Alcohol Dragster of Ashley Force during Saturday's final qualifying session. Andy suffered a broken leg and is now recovering in hospital.
Today (Monday 22nd) they posted a further update from US photographer Les Welch together with details about sending Get Well messages to Andy. In the meantime, from all APIRA officials, track staff at Shakespeare County, and especially from Press Officers Tracy Cowen and Jeremy Cookson, get well soon Andy and we'll see you at the track very soon.
Collectors of driver and race car Hero Cards had better look out for racer Paul Wright's new collector card in the pits at Shakespeare County this year.
|WRIGHT RELEASES COLLECTOR CARD|
With photos courtesy of UK correspondent for 'Gasser Wars' magazine Dave Dick, the double sided A5 handout features Paul's blown and injected 555ci Chevy powered '48 Anglia named 'Alco Pop' in full burnout mode captured in several different angles at Shakespeare County. The card also features Alco Pop's full technical spec as well as dates and important contact numbers and web site details for this season's Outlaw Anglia Race calendar which begins in May (1st/3rd) for the Excitement Nationals and ends in October (30th/31st) at the Halloween Showdown.
Australian Top Fuel racer Andrew Cowin took a resounding three for three race wins in last night's Nitro Challenge held at the Quit Motorplex. Competing against the nitro Funny Car of local legend Allan Dobson, Cowin piloting the Cowin family Rocketship was looking to eclipse Rachelle Splatt's year old track elapsed time record of 4.965 seconds. He was also looking for the track's speed record of 313.58 mph but that looked kind of out or reach as it was set late last year by little brother Johnny.
|COWIN BLITZ'S QUIT RECORD|
In the first of the evening's nitro festivities, Cowin blitzed the Perth quarter mile to new e.t. figures of 4.803 seconds at just 300.00 mph. In the second stand-off Cowin clicked the motor off just before the 1000 foot mark registering a 5.370 at 184.04 to Dobson's 5.743 at 278.63 to better his below par round one disappointment. In round three Cowin once again clicked it off early with a 5.256 at 188.67 over Dobson's 5.892 at 271.08.
Don't forget, you can catch the very latest Australian drag racing action from the ANDRA Summernationals held at the multi-million dollar Western Sydney International Dragway
20/03/2004 The 2004 Hooters Drag Racing Series kicks off at the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals next weekend, March 26 - 28 at San Antonio Raceway. Returning to the facility for the second consecutive year, IHRA drivers Clay Millican (Top Fuel), and Mitch Stott (Pro Modified) will look to repeat their performances from 2003. Both competitors left San Antonio with a win, and early season victories eventually lead each to world championships.
While Millican has dominated the Top Fuel field for the last two seasons, 2004 is an entirely different year for the Werner Enterprises-sponsored driver. Many will be taking charge at the three-time IHRA World Champion. Bruce Litton has finished runner-up to Millican for the past two seasons. Driving the Lucas Oil dragster, Litton has accumulated eight event wins in his career, yet only two in the past two years.
A new face to the Top Fuel field is former Top Alcohol driver Doug Foley. Fielding a dragster acquired from Litton, Foley earned his license mid-January in testing at Bradenton, Florida. Some may say Foley has a lot to learn, but he is no stranger to the educational process, operating a drag racing school in Atco, New Jersey.
A new facet to the Top Fuel category will be the presence of the Nitro-Injected dragsters running in the class. While the jury is out on how competitive these vehicles can be, the speculation alone has created talk throughout the industry. Possible entries include Dave Hirata, Mike Bowers and Pat Dakin.
In Pro Modified competition, all eyes will be on reigning champ Mitch Stott. After a hot start in 2003, Stott struggled, failing to qualify at two events, but held on to the points lead. He outlasted his brother Quain Stott and former champion Mike Janis. Mitch will again race his Radiac Abrasives Corvette, with an updated paint-scheme for the season.
A new face in the Pro Modified ranks will be a familiar one: Scotty Cannon. His last race with IHRA was his 1998 championship season. Six years later, after pursuing a career in Nitro Funny Car with NHRA, the winningest Pro Modified driver returns to IHRA with his Oakley-sponsored team to build on his six World Championships and 28 career event wins.
In addition to Cannon, former Funny Car World Champion Von Smith will race a full season in Pro Modified. Smith competed twice in 2003, and his pick for the driver to beat this year is 2002 champion Shannon Jenkins. This is a very stacked field.
After an off-season filled with celebrity dinners and appearances, defending World Champion Rob Atchison will return to Funny Car competition in 2004. The 28-year old who hadn't won an event heading into 2003, went on to win six races en route to his first championship. His success has since turned him into a national hero in his homeland of Canada, and the pressure is on to repeat. Atchison is looking for his first event win in San Antonio. The team missed the event last season as the hauler was snowed in. Challenging Atchison will be five-time World Champion Mark Thomas. Crew chief Jimmy Rector adds to Thomas' threat with two World Championships of his own.
Terry McMillen debuted a new paint-scheme for his Amalie Oil Funny Car at the San Antonio race in 2003. Featuring an alligator face on the hood, the car became a fan favorite and adopted the name "The Instagator." McMillen returns to San Antonio Raceway after finishing in the top ten the last three seasons.
While all of IHRA's professional classes raised the competition bar in 2003, none did so more than Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock. Brian Gahm will return as the two-time defending World Champion. With only one event win last season, he waited until the final race of the season to clinch his championship. Gahm also became the first Sunoco Pro Stock driver to break into the 6.40s in IHRA history when he did so at Grand Bend Motorplex.
With Speed Channel, the host television broadcaster on board with the IHRA in 2004, it is expected that all twelve rounds of the Hooters series will be broadcast in the UK on Granada's Men & Motors cable and satelite channel starting with next weekends Amalie Oil Texas Nationals.
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
20/03/2004 Dave 'Fuzzie' Mckenzie, crew chief and webmaster for the web site, has added the first of a series of photo galleries taken from last weekend's visit to the legendary Bakersfield March Meet. With several close up shots of the famed 'Winged Express' Fuel Altered, the Beebe & Mulligan AA/Fuel Dragster and the Nitro Thunder slingshot. Dave has promised to release further galleries next week.
Dave was accompanied by Supercharged Outlaw racer Johnny 'Mental' Hall as the duo picked up there new engine and trans for their soon to be released new fuel burning slingshot dragster to make its debut in May at Shakespeare County's Excitement Nationals.
Dave has also posted details about this years contingency programme with M&H Racemaster Tires to be run at all three Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship rounds at SCR.
Drag racing fan John Hutchinson has also been in touch with news about his published photos on the www.hotrodphotos.co.uk site. By clicking on 'Photo Album' you can view John's photos taken at the Petersen Museum, SEMA Show, California Auto Show and Beach Blast conducted at Cocoa Beach, Florida.
With only weeks to go before the first round of the Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship at Shakespeare County Raceway, Race Entry Forms are now available to download on-line.
|ENTRY FORMS NOW AVAILABLE|
These can easily be accessed via the link on the home page or the Entry Forms / D'Loads navigation menu on the left hand side.
Also when returning your completed Race Entry Forms can racers please complete and return, either by post of e-mail, a copy of the 2004 SCR Commentators Information Sheet. APIRA officials thanks you in advance for your time.
Wild Bunch teams 'The Dogs B*%$+^"s' and 'DASH Racing' have adopted a charity, The Meningitis Research Foundation for the 2004 season. Announced at the recent Wild Bunch AGM by DASH team member and 'Against The Clock' newsletter editor Sarah Howells, "the Meningitis Foundation was formed by a mutual friend of the team some years ago, and will very probably be adopted by the Wild Bunch during the season," says Sarah.
|DOING IT FOR CHARITY MATE....|
The Meningitis Research Foundation is a national registered charity established in 1989. From small beginnings, the Foundation has grown into an international charity at the forefront of fighting death and disability resulting from meningitis and septicaemia. Since the Charity's inception, thousands of people have become members of the Foundation, working together to help to achieve a vision of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.
"From our initial announcement we have come up with a few ideas for the start of the season with the purchase of decals for race and crew cars, quizzes, even a certain person(!) has volunteered to dress up as a Meningitis mascot. Fantastic."
Meningitis and septicaemia are life threatening diseases. Knowing the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, and acting quickly to get medical help, can save lives. So support the cause during the 2004 Wild Bunch season.
To find out how you can get involved contact Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org, and for more about the The Meningitis Research Foundation, log on to www.meningitis.org.
Courtesy of Sarah Howells
14/03/2004 Following coverage given to the Australian Nationals recently, Motors TV today (Sunday 14th march) aired the first of many repeat showings from this years Summernationals held at the multi-million dollar facility known as the Western Sydney International Dragway.
Today's show features Top Fuel with a full eight car field headed by Johnny Cowin, multiple champion Jim Read and American racer turned commentator Mike Dunn.
You can catch several repeat screenings on Monday 15th at
9.00am, Tuesday 16th at 8.00pm and Thursday 18th at 2.00pm and
11.30pm only on Motors TV. For more programming info on
Australian Sprint Cars, Speedway, and the NASCAR Busch Series
14/03/2004 Series organiser and webmaster for the National Street Car Challenge James Murray has published a provisional calender for an 8 round points series taking in events at Shakespeare County, Santa Pod and York raceway's. New for this year is a one off trial event at Crail Raceway, Scotland in June. If proved successful Crail maybe incorporated into 2005. The full calender is as follows:
April 17th/18th - Club Day Test & Tune - Shakespeare County Raceway
May 15th/16th - American Car World Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway
June 13th - Crail Raceway, Scotland (Trial event)
June 20th - Midsummer Mayhem - York Dragway
July 30th/31st - Mopar EuroNationals - Santa Pod Raceway
August 7th/8th - UK Northern Nationals - York Dragway (Double points round)
September 26th - UK Northern Finals - York Dragway
October 2nd/3rd - Halloween Showdown - Shakespeare County Raceway
Since going national in 2002, the NSCC is the UK's premiere street and strip series for the rod and custom scene, and attracts up to 30 to 40 cars per event with extra bonuses in the points race for attending cruises and shows.
"Whether your car is a 9-second car or a 19-second car, cost twenty grand or twenty quid, bring it out and have some fun with the friendliest, most laid-back competition in Britain," says James. "You can join in at any time during the season and attend as many or few events as you like. If's rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, has an MOT and tax and you are prepared to have some fun with it, you're in! No MSA race licenses necessary."
For further information, rules and competitor listing and registrations (which stands at 57 so far), log on to www.nscc.info or contact James on 0121 743 1622/07710 717941 or by e-mail at contact@info.
Mickey Thompson have signed a contingency sponsorship deal for this year's UK National Championship at Santa Pod and Shakespeare County Raceways.
|Mickey Thompson Contingency Sponsorship|
£50 will be awarded will be awarded to the winner and £25 to the runner-up in Super Modified, Super Gas and Super Street Bike starting at the Easter Thunderball at Santa Pod Raceway in April. To collect the prize money, racers must be using Mickey Thompson tyres and carry MT decals which will be available at both tracks together with full terms and conditions of the sponsorship deal.
"This contingency sponsorship programme was the result of a lot of hard work by Julian Baldwin, Roger Everson and Jerry Francis of Avon Cooper Tyres Ltd and Mickey Thompson", says Lee Child of LA Performance Services, who promote events at Shakespeare County Raceway. "This is the first joint sponsorship deal between Santa Pod Raceway and LA Performance Services for Shakespeare County Raceway, and Caroline Day of Santa Pod Raceway and I will be continuing to work together on sponsorship ventures."
For more information on the Mickey Thompson contingency sponsorship programme for the UK National Championship. call Lee Child at LA Performance Services on 01803 554308.
courtesy of Eurodragster
The UK Street Racers have this week issued dates for there highly popular series of Street Racer Saturdays held in association with Street Machine/American Car World magazine. The seven round series consists of:
|UK's FASTEST STREET RACERS HEAD FOR SCR|
March 27th - Santa Pod Raceway - Motech Strip Club
May 1st - Santa Pod Raceway - Big Bang
May 15th - Shakespeare County Raceway - American Car World Nationals
May 22nd - Santa Pod Raceway - Saturday Special
July 10th - Santa Pod Raceway - Motech Strip Club
July 31st - Santa Pod Raceway - Mopar EuroNationals
September 4th - Santa Pod Raceway - Saturday Special
Despite all the problems with rogue e-mails thrown at him this past week Wild Bunch racer Tony Smith has resumed his popular 'Guess Who' competition with the latest offering posted at his site on Friday. "I'm glad its all back up and running and can't wait to see who the winner is going to be," says Tony. "It's still very tight at the front."
|GUESS WHO BACK UP & RUNNING AGAIN|
Tony would also like to remind everyone that all competition answers and any other e-mails should be addressed to him at email@example.com and to say thanks for all the e-mails of encouragement from concerned fans of 'Guess Who'.
07/03/2004 Be sure to catch the April edition of Street Machine magazine for event coverage from the 2003 NSRA Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway and Santa Pod's UK National Finals. The magazine also has information for the forthcoming American Car World Nationals at SCR in May as well as a full listing of events for 2004.
On the feature car front, Super Gas stalwart Peter Lane has a four page profile about his 'Earsplittenloudenboomer' '78 Chevy Camaro, a street and strip Pontiac Beaumont belonging to Geoff Annis and a rather interesting story about Lars Svensson's 1964 Ford Galaxie NASCAR replica. There's also a free double sided poster as well. The April issue of Street Machine is available now at all high street newsstands as well as specialist stockists like American Auto Mags, Motor Books and American Auto Barn Ltd.
Mentioning American Auto Mags, Graham Rennie has just received the latest issue of 'Gasser Wars Magazine' from Stateside publishing concern, Morris Motorsports. Issue 34 carries features about the East & West Hot Rod Reunion's, Scott Cehowski's 'Dream Stude', a Hemi powered AA/GS 37 Ford of Ed Moss, and a Year In Review of the 2003 gasser season on the strips of the USA.
Issue 34 is now available from American Auto Mags priced at £3.75 or take a look.
06/03/2004 Since posting last Sunday's Prize Drive story, Supercharged Outlaw racer Roy Wilding has advised us that the date and venue for his car crushing attempt with Steve Murty's 'Big Pete' monster truck has been revised and is now scheduled to take place either in May at York Dragway's UK Open Nationals or the UK Northern Nationals in August. Whichever date is decided upon Roy has promised to keep us informed.
06/03/2004 Since the cars official launch on the Custom Car stand at Autosport International back in January, Nobby Hills Racing has officially launched a new web site to compliment the stunning looks of the new 'Houndog' nitro burning Chevy Camaro Funny Car.
Managed by Chris Blows, the new site is intended to provide the very latest team news, race reports from the 2004 British Nitro Funny Car Championship scheduled to take in rounds at Shakespeare County and Santa Pod, team appearances as well as providing fans with a merchandising outlet away from the tracks. Chris also looks after the very informative 'Walkin' The Dog' retrospective team web site which specializes in the history of the cars and the team's success' since the early sixties.
You can catch the Nobby Hills Racing web site at www.nhracing.com and for the team history site log on to www.houndogdragracing.co.uk.
29/02/2004 Following today's Wild Bunch Annual General Meeting held at The Bell Inn, Belbroughton, we can now reveal the nostalgia association's dates for the 2004 season taking in Shakespeare County, York and Santa Pod raceway's. The 2004 events consist of the following:
April 3rd/4th - APIRA Club Day Test & Tune - Shakspeare County Raceway (Trophies)
April 17th/18th - Club Day Test & Tune - Shakespeare County Raceway (WB1/RS1)
May 1st/3rd - Excitement Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway (UPC1/RS2)
May 15th/16th - American Car World Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway (WB2/RS3)
May 30th/31st - UK Open Nationals - York Dragway (WB3/RW1/RS4)
June 12th/13th - Power Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway (UPC2/RS5)
June 26th/27th - SPRC Summernationals - Santa Pod Raceway (RS6)
July 3rd/4th - NSRA Nostalgia Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway (RW2)
July 17th/18th - Club Day/Mini Weekend - Shakespeare County Raceway (WB4/RS7)
August 7th/8th - UK Northern Nationals - York Dragway (WB5/RW3/RS8)
August 28th/30th - Allstar Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway (UPC3/WB6/RS9)
September 18th/19th - NSRA Hot Rod Drags - Shakespeare County Raceway (RW4)
October 2nd/3rd - UK National Finals - Santa Pod Raceway (WB7/RS10)
October 30th/31st - Halloween Showdown - Shakespeare County Raceway (Trophies)
*WB denotes Wild Bunch Series; RW denotes Roy Wild Nostalgia Race Cars Series; UPC denotes Ultimate Power Championship and RS denotes Real Steel Series.
Chairman and racer Chris Hartnell confirmed that Real Steel (01895 440505), the automotive parts dealer based in Uxbridge, Middlesex had placed their continued support for this season's 10 round series. Chris also confirmed that the shortage of events for rear engined dragsters had increased to twelve and would be permitted to compete at all but two of the above listed events; NSRA Nostalgia Nationals and Hot Rod Drags.
29/02/2004 On Saturday (28th February), Supercharged Outlaw racer Roy Wilding came away from the Pennine Drag Racing Club's Annual Awards Presentation, held at the Novetel, Bradford with the ultimate prize drive of a life time, a ride in one of Steve Murty's Monster Trucks.
Roy won his prize drive as part of the evening's annual auction. "I was gob smacked," said Roy today at the Wild Bunch AGM. "I didn't think I would get it as I was nearly out bid by somebody else but he dropped out when the going got tough." Roy's drive will consist of several car crushing attempts in 'Big Pete', a high riding Peterbilt truck which will be conducted in May at the Modified Nationals at Billing Aquadrome. "Steve said he would take me through everything and then he's going to leave me to crush a few hot hatches!" Roy added.
Now Roy, who drives the 'Hemi Hunter' slingshot dragster can add monster trucks to his CV which already includes a drive in a Formula First single seat racing car and a ride in a hot air balloon.
Also from last night, Roy was intrusted in presenting at the Wild Bunch AGM, the PDRC's Best Turned Out Race Car to 'Crazy Chris' Hartnell for his 35 plus year 355ci injected Chevy powered slingshot dragster 'Backdraft'. Some of the older fans amongst you will probably remember the car from its formative years as the Malibu Express and then the Pink Panther before Chris got hold of it. Congratulations Chris, and to Roy from all the members of the APIRA.
The organisers of the first-ever International Historic Motorsport Show, held at Stoneleigh Park on 20th/22nd February, have declared the event "a resounding success".
|HISTORIC SHOW A RESOUNDING SUCCESS|
The event achieved exactly what was intended: to bring together under one roof all the major players in the business. Historic and classic event organisers, competition motor clubs, car preparation companies, and historic motorsport engineering and technical equipment suppliers were, for the first time ever, able to meet and do business with each other and with historic motorsport competitors, fans and media.
Space in the three main halls at Stoneleigh was completely sold out, with over 400 exhibitors, while 16,247 people attended the three days. The Show was also successful on a business-to-business level. Traders reported significant new contacts, both from within the trade and from among visiting enthusiasts. Several well-known engineering companies reported they exceeeded their expectations by close of business on the first day!
Within four days of the 2004 Show, over 70 exhibitors had already booked space for next February’s (25th/27th) 2005 International Historic Motorsport Show. We might even be able to get some nostalgia dragsters into the show!
Courtesy of CDWrite
While the rest of the UK shivers in the near artic conditions, Top Fuel owner/driver Andy Carter, wife Sarah and young son Albert will be relaxing somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, enjoying a well deserved rest. And anyone who thinks that the drag racing off-season is a quiet one for a Top Fuel Team should take a closer look at the schedule… it's fully loaded as PR guru John Andrews can now reveal.
|CARTER MOTORSPORTS IS FULLY LOADED|
"Following Autosport International and another visit to Webster Race Engineering, our first port of call was the Xtreme Wheels Show at Alexandra Palace. Once home to some of the capital's biggest rock concerts, this was going to be the wildest display of "heavy metal" the old building had witnessed in many years.
"The gotalk-sponsored machine was wheeled into the Great Hall early Thursday morning in preparation for the press presentation the following day. This was going to be an important occasion for the team as we were officially welcoming new associate sponsor Derek Flynn of Gold RV on-board for the coming season. Thanks to the brilliant organisation of show PR Dan Welberry, the moment came and passed like clockwork in front of the throng of national and local media.
"The next two days were spent meeting friends both old and new, and introducing the public to our sponsor's products and the awesome power of Top Fuel drag racing. For many, it was their first real opportunity to see the car up close and talk to the crew one-on-one. Our ace electrical specialist Paul "Guv" Wright was particularly in demand as he was also exhibiting his own car, the blown and injected, 180 mph, "Alco Pop" Ford Anglia. To say that the reaction was "enthusiastic" would be pure understatement. If championships could be won on fan support alone, we would have taken the trophy there and then! Thanks everybody, it really is appreciated.
"Carter Motorsport's commitment to defining the standards of presentation and conduct within the sport was further reinforced later in the week when Roger made a 5:00 am start to drive the transporter to the paint shop. The 65 foot unit is in for a total re-spray and will make its debut later this year in an all new metallic silver livery.
"Unfortunately, and due to race logistics, we will not be taking it to our next meeting at the Easter Thunderball Pro-Fuel Shootout. However, I can tell you this will be a truly auspicious occasion for the whole team… a new car, the first race of the season… We are ready to rumble, and to paraphrase Robert Duvall's immortal line from Apocalypse Now: 'We love the smell of nitro in the morning… Smells like victory'!"
Press Officer to York Dragway and the Pennine Drag Racing Club Howard Holmes has very kindly sent us the following list of confirmed events for the coming season at the popular Melbourne based quarter mile. They are as follows:
|YORK DRAGWAY CONFIRM 2004 SEASON|
11th April - StreetFighter Spectacular (Bikes only)
12th April - Super Street Shootout (Cars only)
9th May 2NZ 0-60 Challenge
30th/31st May - UK Open Nationals
20th June - Midsummer Mayhem
25th July - Ultimate Road Car Challenge
7th/8th August - UK Northern Nationals
29th August - GTi Hot Hatch Spectacular
30th August - StreetFighter Motorcycle Mayhem (Bikes only)
26th September - UK Northern Finals
10th October - Ultimate Run What You Brung Challenge
Courtesy of Howard Holmes
The nostalgia Wild Bunch Association will be holding there Annual General Meeting this Sunday (29th February). All members are invited to attend this meeting at The Bell Inn, Belbroughton, near Bromsgrove commencing at 12.00 noon. The meeting is due to take place in 'the barn'.
|DIRECTING THE WILD BUNCH!|
Any racer who is unsure where The Bell Inn is situated should use the following directions. Exit junction 4 from M5 and take the A491 towards Stourbridge. At the roundabout carry straight on and continue along the dual carriageway past the Shell station on the right hand side. At the traffic lights turn right signposted to Romsley. The Bell Inn is situated on the right.
Racers and race fans who use junction 15 of the M40 to get to Shakespeare County Raceway had better read the following. As from Monday 1st March 2004 major construction work around the traffic island is about to start by the Highways Agency, and will last approximately for the better part of 6 months till August. Temporary road closuers will effect the north bound exit slip and the south bound entry/exit roads of the M40 as well as the A429 Wellsbourne/Oxford road.
|M40 CONSTRUCTION WORK COMMENCES|
The work scheduled is to help eliminate some of the traffic problems encountered during busy rush hour periods by widening the lanes to three and possibly four of all approach roads, but it is advised that between now and end of August you find an alternative route to make your journey to the race track less stressful!
27/02/2004 Considered by some to be the true British Outlaws of motorsport - The Historic Oval Racing Association made there presence known at last weekend's Historic Motorsport Show held at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry.
Sporting some particularly early American and British iron, T.H.O.R.A. laid on a three car display which included David Taylor's 1958 Ford Popular, a 1951 Ford V8 Pilot of Roy Clarke and a 1938 Plymouth 5-window coupe restored by Julius Thurgood, the man behind the fledgling nostalgia stock car series and Top Hat Racing.
Very close to our own 1960s hot rodding and drag racing days, Thurgood and his bunch of racers have been booked to appear at several UK leading ovals in 2004 especially as it the 50th Golden Jubilee tour of BriSCA Formula One.
Thurgood's Plymouth is an ex Melvin Bradley/Tricky Toombes NASCAR regional championship winner racing extensively at the Mooers Field Speedbowl and Richmond Fairgrounds oval before recently rediscovered by archrival Bubba Tatum in 2001. Restored by Andy Dance of Modeltec and race prepared by Les and Leon Cole, the 'Red Ram Special' packs a 318ci Chrysler V8 and is without doubt the fastest prepared T.H.O.R.A. car in the pack.
David Taylor's 1958 Ford Pop is another well researched replica based on the Formula 2 regulations of 1961. Powered by a side-valve 10hp/1172cc Ford engine, these nimble British stockers would be just as quick as the big engined seniors like Roy Clarke's ubiquitous side-valve 'flathead' 51 Ford Pilot. A former racer in the early sixties, Roy undertook all the restoration and race preparation himself, and the finished results show just how effective one can build a replica close to the original cars of those pioneering days.
Based nearby to Shakespeare County Raceway in Leamingston Spa, the T.H.O.R.A. stock car team have appeared at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 40th Anniversary meet at Wimbledon, and last month's Autosport International where they demonstrated the raw energy of the pioneering stock cars to the informed commentary of Freddie 'The Mad Parson' Parsons - the first British driver to win a stock car final in the UK.
Breaking cover for the first time at last weekends Historic Motorsports Show at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry was a new Outlaw Anglia from John Sharp Engineering; a blown and injected Chevy powered '54 Ford Pop.
|SHARP'S INTENDED OUTLAW ATTACK|
"The body is mainly steel with a fibreglass flip front, rear wings and bootlid," says John. "The chassis is my own tube frame design manufactured from 15/8 C.D.S. fitted with shortened Capri Struts, narrowed Viva/Escort quick rack and fabricated bottom arms which are fully adjustable for camber & caster."
Although a long way off from completion John's choice of motive power comes from a bored and stroked 350ci small block Chevy giving a total engine displacement of some 383 cubic horses. "I have already bolted on a 6/71 B.D.S. supercharger and an induction system from four XR3i throttle bodies. Later I will be fitting an engine management system as well as 16 injectors; 8 above and 8 below the blower." John reckons this should help cool the intake charge and increase the power. The transmission will be a 2-speed powerglide and the rear axle will a fabricated case fitted with a 9 inch third member, 35 spline shafts, rear discs and a four link with wishbone locator, all fully rose jointed of course.
"Initially I intend to use the Pop on the road but I eventually want to run 9.9s at the strip, but with my engineering business its taken a lot longer than anticipated," as was evident at last weekends show with so many prospective customers and enthusiasts lining up to seek John's advice.
Specializing in rear wheel drive applications, John is prepared to take on all major engine swaps and rebuilds, axle and suspension modifications as well as brake conversions, body shell preparations, chassis and sheet metal work. John also does a nifty line in aluminum or stainless swirl pots and tanks to any customer size.
To find out more or if you happen to live in or near the Leicestershire area and your looking for someone to beefy up your chassis before the season starts, then give John a call on 07710 730967 or drop him an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. John also tells us that he is hoping to make several events at Shakespeare County Raceway this year so look out for him at the tracks trade area.
Lee Child of LA Performance Services has announced that this year's Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship Dinner Dance and Trophy Evening has been cancelled. The Dinner Dance was scheduled to take place in Coventry on Saturday 20th March, but lack of support has forced Lee to call it off.
|Cancellation of Ultimate Power Dinner Dance|
"We do understand that the Custom Car Street Eliminator, Wild Bunch/Supercharged Outlaws, and Santa Pod Racers Club Dinner Dances coming along at one a month is hard on the racer's budget" says Lee. "All cheques which I have received so far will be returned."
The 2003 Ultimate Power Champions will be presented with their trophies at the Excitement Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway in May.
Courtesy of Eurodragster
I understand you are all sitting out there asking “what’s going on at Shakespeare County Raceway?” I have been asked to fill you in with a brief news update on what the race track ‘elves’ and ‘fairies’ have been up to so far, prior to the new 2004 Race Season.
|Its all 'Elves' and 'Fairies' at SCR|
Our traditional work parties have started, but they have been of the selfish variety. The area where the marshal’s caravans occupy has become a complete shambles over the last few years and it was time for a sort out and a change. Some of our biker friend’s had nick named it Soweto! Over the past month we have been moving, clearing, weeding and generally making the area more habitable for our own comfort during the new 2004 season.
We have also spent time behind the wall in our preparation / car park area, clearing and tidying up. The progress has been excellent and I would particularly like to thank the dedicated few, who have given up their precious weekends and helped us to get as far as we did; you know who you are and you are all great!
We have for the moment finished in the preparation / car park area and next weekend the 28th /29th February 2004, we will be starting the area you are all interested in, race side! This is were we would like to ask your help; to all the marshals, racers and the constant race fans with your help over the next few weekends we can get the track side looking fabulous for the new 2004 season. There is a lot of work to be done, we have the equipment but not the bodies, and the more help we can get the more we can achieve. A selection of jobs for the 2004 race season include Armco to paint, buildings to move, general paint and repair, plus much more.
If you can spare us even a couple of hours at any of the work parties it will be most appreciated; please turn up and seek out myself, Ozzy or Annette and we will happily put you to work!
I’ll keep you posted on the progress over the next few weeks and look forward to seeing you all soon.
Work Party Dates:
28th-29th February 2004
13th – 14th March 2004
27th – 28th March 2004
Courtesy of Beth Satchell
Straight from the book shelves of Graham Rennie's American Auto Mags emporium comes the latest issue of 'Drag Racing Action'.
|HAVE WE TIME TO READ THIS!|
The March edition carries feature articles about Tony Pedregon's move in NHRA nitro Funny Car to join his older brother Cruz in a brand new team, The Best (and Worst) of 2003, profiles about IHRA's Summit World Champions, and a candid chat with Ashley Force - John Force's closest potege - daughter Ashley Force as she embarks on a career in Methanol Dragster under the guidance of Jerry Darrin.
In the tech department, the editors trace the history and the wonders of 1950s engineering - the Powerglide Transmission, a debate about V-belts versus cogs, and in the news department UK scribe and 'Dragster Australia' contributor Ivan Sansom has written his overview of the 2003 European season.
21/02/2004 Firestorm Jet Funny Car PR Manager and web site editor Helen Rusling has been busy over the past month updating the teams web site with news together with a revised calender of show appearance's for pilot Roger Goring and his state-of-the-art jet flopper for 2004.
Helen has also updated the site with a new feature called 'How It All Began' which traces Roger's ten year plus history with Jets, the ill-fated 'Northern Flame', and his present play thing - Firestorm.
So far for 2004, Roger and the team have been signed up to appear at both Shakespeare County Raceway and York Dragway together with the Straightliners event in the Isle of Man and the Sheffield Arena for the Performance Bike Show, Firestorm's next appearance on April 3rd/4th.
Following last weekends successful Xtreme Wheels Show held at Alexandra Palace, London webmaster Dan Whelberry has posted two photo albums courtesy of show visitors Mike Stokes and Richard Stirling. To vew the albums log on to and click the 'Updates' button on the left hand side.
|MORE XTREME PHOTO COVERAGE|
Richard has also posted his own personal report and photos on the Dragster World web site which can be viewed by clicking the '2004 Event Reports' button on the left hand side of any Dragster World page.
Although not drag racing but its nostalgia non-the-less, this weekend sees the first ever Historic Motorsport Show taking place at Stoneleigh Park Exhibition Centre near Coventry 21st/22nd February. Dedicated to all aspects of Historic racing, the show takes a looks every aspect of the industry as well as all the key race and speed organisations from the UK and Europe.
|HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS IN THE LIMELIGHT|
Special features include 'The Pioneers of Motorsport' which will pay tribute to those organisations involved in motorsport from its pre-1949 origins. Also represented, and a little closer to home, will be the 'Speed records Club'. Dedicated to Land Speed Record attempts on both four, three and two wheels, the club will have a stand charting the history of some of those record chasing attempts including, I suspect, a couple from drag racing. Also for the purists of classic thirties and forties V8 American classics, T.H.O.R.A - The Historic Oval Racing Association Stock Car Team will have some classic examples on display including a 1938 Plymouth, 1951 Ford V8 Pilot, 1958 Ford Popular and a 1939 Ford 'Blue Flame Special'.
Admission to the show is £15.00 for adults and £6.50 for
children and its open from 9.30am to 5.30pm on both days. For
more information take a look at the official web site.
20/02/2004 So far its been an busy month press wise for the American Car Imports Top Methanol Dragster team. Not only have they had features in this month's Custom Car, but also check out the March issue of Classic American magazine for staff writer Dave Smith's feature called 'Desert Storm'.
Late last season, Dave was invited by ACI director Anthony Cohen to spend a weekend with the team. Not here in the UK but in the States at The Strip; Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race was a regional NHRA sportsman event and was the ideal test before the season ending POWERade Finals at Pomona. Dave spent the days leading up to the race and charts what happen to the team during qualifying and eliminations.
The March edition also carries features on Steve Hatherway's '70 Dodge Charger, Classic American's new project car, Sarah Bradley's Roadrunner, and a profile about Country & Western star Willie Nelson. Heck, you can even win a trip to Las Vegas, but Dave Smith won't be there! Classic American is now available at all good newsstands priced £3.70. Also take a look at the magazine's web site for the latest event news.
Although the details have yet to be finalized, can now confirm that Paul Marston will be competing at Speed World, Orlando Florida at the Division 2 event at Orlando Speed World, Florida on 13th/ 14th March, the weekend prior to the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville.
|MARSTON TO RACE IN AMERICA|
Paul Marston takes up the story. "The deal came about through ex-pat Tony Morris who has drag raced all over Europe winning many events and numerous European Championships. Tony now lives with his wife Lynn in Florida and works at BLP (Bo Laws Performance), manufacturers of High Performance Carbs, Alcohol Systems, Fuel Pumps, Fuel Logs and a whole lot more from NASCAR to Drag Racing. Their products and service is second to none and are used by alot of UK racers.
"Tony is as hardcore as they come where drag racing is concerned. Last October I was lucky enough to accompany him to Gainesville for the Division 2 Race of Champions where his racing buddy Steve Deatheridge went six rounds in Super Pro. That was just awesome. So when Tony rang me and said that he was working on getting me a ride whilst I was over there in February, I was knocked out!
"Well the call came from Tony saying that it was 99% certain that there was an offer on the table and if I wanted it all I had to do was say yes. You already know the answer. Its truly a chance of a lifetime.
"Tony knew that due to the licensing structure the easiest class to compete in for a visiting racer is Super Street, so I will be driving a Pontiac Ventura. The racing will be really tough as all the Super Street racers who are due to race at Gainesville will be there at Orlando Speed World.
"I will without doubt be giving it my very, very best shot. I am a realist, these guys race all year round on this track. It's a tricky track so I am going to enjoy the experience to the full and have no illusions of doing any more than qualifying and making the first round. Yes its still drag racing, but its a whole new ballgame with much higher terminal speeds in Super Street than we have ever seen in England. Its going to be tough, but this is where you come to learn.
"After the Divisional Event at Orlando Speed World it will be time to pack up and head straight off to Gainesville and join the queue to get pitted for the Gatornationals. Tony Morris and Steve Deatheridge are both entered in Super Comp here and I will spend the event crewing for them, learning more and enjoying the spectacle that is an NHRA National Event from a racers perspective. Tony and his beautiful brand new Undercover Chassis Slip joint Dragster will be making their National Event debut, whilst Steve Deatheridge will be running the 4-Link Dragster in which he came so close to lifting the Division 2 Super Pro title last October at the Race of Champions. I'm going to have to get used to the crazy early starts the Sportsman classes are scheduled for. How about 7.00am on the start line?
"As you can probably guess it hasn't fully sunk in yet. Its like the advert. I'm just too excited about it all at the moment, but with so much to arrange and confirm with the airline, the NHRA, car rental, airport arrival and departure times, parts deliveries to arrange. It may be a month away but it sure will come around fast.
"Whilst over there I will try to keep everyone at home updated via our website of course covering both the Divisional at Orlando and the Gatornationals. I am sure that all the guys on the American Car Imports Top Methanol Dragster team will keep you abreast of their developments at Gainesville.
"The Hot news is that Gainesville should be faster than ever this year as work has just been finished on extending the concrete launch pad from the 330ft mark to past the eighth. Reports from the local racers are that it is faster and the rest of the track has been laser leveled and ground flat with a milling machine for extra smoothness.
"I must, at this point, thank everyone I work with at Black Box Production, London. Without their help and understanding none of this would be remotely possible, I owe you guys more than I can say. I must also thank all my outstanding crew at Paul Marston Racing for all their hard work in the past years and the hard work ahead during the 04 season.
"I am looking forward to seeing my friends Joe, Pam and everyone at BLP, Larry Nadeau (Pro Mod PT Cruiser) and all the guys I have been fortunate enough to meet whilst over there at the Drag strips. Lastly Tony 'Chunky' Morris as drag race commentator John Price used to call him when he used to drive Dave Gibbons' 'Rough Diamond' Altered. This, as you know is a dream come true for any non American drag racer, I thank you for this wonderful opportunity."
Courtesy of PMR
18/02/2004 Ian Turburville has written to tell us of his recent appointment as dealer for the superb Craft helmet range from Germany. "I raced in one last year and was so impressed I invested heavily in a product I truly believe in," says Turbo.
The new Craft 2004 range is extensive, ranging from carbon superlight Barracuda's to olive drab Mirage jet-fighter, helmets. "These helmets are incredible value, very light and strong due to the tri-layer, carbon-dyneema weave construction. They have click and lock strap systems (great when you are all suited up waiting with gloves on) unique air venting, removable, washable linings, hi-tech, optically correct, quick-release visors, in a lot of shades and tints. They are ECE 22.05 compliant, and they are all ACU
Gold Stamped for racing too. They are also considerably cheaper
than their equivalent competitors helmets. The new paint
finishes and graphics are truly stunning, including the new
black-chrome models, no cartoons here!" Most models in stock at
the shop now, but check out the helmets button for full details.
Turbo has promised he will place a pirce chart on the site as soon as possible, but in the meantime you can e-mail him at email@example.com or by ringing 0115 940 1140. "If you hadn't noticed we now take all major credit cars through the ultra secure PAY-PAL system."
18/02/2004 The March issue of our favourite magazine has just arrived on the newsstands. Packed, as usual with all the latest from the hot rodding scene, this month's edition carries reports and photos from last month's 'Autosport International Show at the NEC, last season's end of season Halloween Showdown at SCR, the National Street Car Challenge Finals (also from SCR), and the last two events from the NHRA POWERade tour in Las Vegas and Pomona.
The American flavour continues with features on the Sin City Spectacular - that's the SEMA Show in Las Vegas to you and I - the New England Summer Nationals and a retrospective look at the American Car Imports team assault on the NHRA regulars written at transatlantic scribe Andy Willsheer. The March issue is out now priced at £3.20.
Also new out this week, although a little later than planned, is the December issue of Drag news direct from Graham Rennie's American Auto Mags in deepest Cheshire. In this issue you will find reports from the aptly named Frostbite Nationals from Milan Dragway plus the Fall Classic, Oktoberfest and Doorslammer events from Ohio Valley Park.
For nostalgia buffs, celebrated historian Geoff Stunkard takes us through his collecting and editing days, and the ways of tracing history with todays modern technology. Geoff, who for a short time edited IHRA Drag Review, ran his own publication called 'Quartermilestones' but since the demise of paper to electronic print Geoff now runs his own web site located at and features many of the of his history making photos he has collected throughout the years.
18/02/2004 Wild Bunch racer Tony Smith has been experiencing a few web site and e-mail problems of late, and has decided to move his popular 'Guess Who' competition from his Cunning Plan site over to the following address at http://cgi.feelthenoise.plus.com/gallery/category.php.
"It seems my problem is with the cunningplan.net server," says Tony. "I have contacted the person concerned and it seems like I'm not the only one. Sorry for the inconvenience."
Tony also tells us that he has updated his 'photo album' page of the Cunning Plan site with more photos taken at last weekend's Xtreme
Wheels Show. There are over 130 to look at.
LA Performance Services have signed a sponsorship deal with parts manufacturer Federal Mogul for the 2004 Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship at Shakespeare County Raceway. Federal Mogul count amongst their brands such names as Champion Spark Plugs, Anco Windscreen Wipers, Moog Chassis Parts for US vehicles, Sealed Power Engine Components, Speed-Pro, Wagner Brake Products, Fel-Pro Gaskets and National Oil Seals.
|FEDERAL MOGUL LINK WITH ULTIMATE POWER|
"It gives me a lot of pleasure to announce another major American company as a sponsor", says Lee Child of LA Performance Services. "Federal Mogul's product list includes a large number of prestigious brands already used by UK National and Ultimate Power Champions. I am grateful to Federal Mogul for their support and look forward to a long and successful partnership."
Federal Mogul products can be purchased through LA Racing Parts
on 01803 554308 or through your local dealership of fellow Ultimate Power Championship sponsor Ampar Parts and Service Network. You can find the Federal Mogul web site at www.federalmogul.com.
Courtesy of Eurodragster.com
15/02/2004 Following last Saturday's AGM in Nottingham for the National Association of Supertwins, newly installed chairman and racer Don Irvine has issued the official NAST calendar of races for 2004. These are:
17th/18th April - Pre Season Test & Tune - Shakespeare County Raceway
1st/3rd May - Excitement Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway, Rd 1
7th/9th May - Speedfreaks Ball - Santa Pod Raceway
12th/13th June - Power Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway, Rd 2
26th/27th June - SPRC Summernationals - Santa Pod Raceway, Rd 3
17th/18th July - RWYB/Club Day - Shakespeare County Raceway, ET Bracket Racing & Mid-season Party
28th/30th August - Allstar Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway, Rd 4
2nd/3rd October - UK National Finals - Santa Pod Raceway, Rd 5
30th/31st October - Halloween Showdown - Shakespeare County Raceway, ET Bracket Racing & End Of Season Party
5th/6th November - Flame & Thunder - Santa Pod Raceway, ET Bracket Racing
On the subject of Twins, last weekends riders meeting of the European Top Gas Series held at the Eldagsen MC, Germany has revealed a 6 race championship visiting four different countries. Sadly, the UK round held at Shakespeare County Raceway for the past four years is off the calender.
|EUROPEAN TWINS MAINLAND TREK|
"14 teams from 3 different nations decided about the 6 races for 2004," says series organiser Angela Wittenzellner. "It's the first time that we don't have to drop a round in the points race so all six races will count for the championship."
The championship comprises of the following events:
7th/9th May - Groß Dölln, Germany - Free Practice
4th/6th June - Knebl, Czech Republic
11th/13th June - Drachten, Netherlands
2nd/4th July - Kunmadaras, Hungary
9th/11th July - Drachten, Netherlands
30th August/ 1st August - MZA Luckau, Germany
27th/29th August - Oscherleben, Germany
For more about the European Super Twins, check out the official site.
14/02/2004 With the Xtreme Wheels Show at Alexandra Palace now in full swing, why not check out some of yesterday's press and photo coverage courtesy of our friends at Eurodragster.com and uk1320.com.
As usual Tog and Sharkman have posted an excellent and informative report covering all of the drag racing exhibits present plus a selection of photos for you to drool over including the 'token floozie'. You can reach Eurodragster's coverage by the news page or by clicking the 'Events Coverage' link on the left hand side of any Eurodragster.com page.
Gareth Evans from uk1320.com fame has just posted two sets of photo specials covering 'Drag Racing' and 'Hot Rods and Modifieds'. To access these two great pages head for www.uk1320.com and clink on the news link.
American cable and satellite television broadcaster SPEED Channel has renewed as partner for the 2004 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series.
|SPEED CHANNEL INK IHRA DEAL|
"IHRA is once again pleased to find the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series home on SPEED Channel," said IHRA President Bill Bader. "SPEED Channel has quickly become the channel of choice for motor sports worldwide and we’re honored to share TV time with NASCAR, Formula One, Champ Car, World Rally Championship, Hooters Pro Cup and other great series on SPEED Channel. The network’s commitment is a testimony to our six years of growth, as well as the commitment Hooters has made as our series sponsor."
Events will be taped in two-hour blocks with Top Fuel and Pro Modified headlining the first one-hour broadcast and Funny Car and Sunoco Pro Stock the second. Race coverage will also feature results from national event Mr. Gasket Pro-Am Tour racing and the Summit SuperSeries World Championship airing 24 hours of original IHRA programming, with each broadcast replaying at least once. The deal brings the series a minimum of 48 hours of airtime.
As in 2003, it is expected that the UK's Granada Men & Motors channel will sign up to broadcast the same excellent coverage of the 2004 IHRA season together with Clear Channel's 'Monster Jam' programmes for Monster Truck lovers. The Hooters IHRA Drag racing Series kicks off next month for the 3rd Annual Amalie Oil Texas Nationals at San Antonio Raceway,Texas.
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
The Supercharged Outlaws have scheduled a Tech Meeting for tomorrow 14th February to clarify the rules for this season's MSA meetings at Shakespeare County Raceway. Anyone who is running or considering entering the Supercharged Outlaws are advised to attend. Details about time and venue can be obtained from Roy Wilding on 0121 552 7188.
|SUPERCHARGED OUTLAWS TECH MEETING|
While on the subject of the Supercharged Outlaws, web site editor Dave McKenzie has advised us that the 2004 Outlaws Registration form is now available for download direct from the site. Again, anyone who is running or considering entering Supercharged events this year is required to complete the form. Also, Dave would like to remind everyone that chassis tagging, a requirement for this years MSA events, can be obtained by attending a special Chassis Tagging Day on Monday 1st March at Santa Pod. For anyone who can't make the day they should get in touch with Geoff Martin on 01792 386307.
Dave has also posted this years provisional dates for the 2004 Supercharged Outlaws series all taking place at Shakespeare County Raceway. Rounds for the Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship will run separate to the main series. These include:
April 17th/18th Club Day Test & Tune - Round 1
May 15th/16th American Car World Nationals - Round 2
July 17th/18th Club Day/Mini Showdown - Round 3
October 2nd/3rd Club Day Test & Tune - Round 4
October 30th/31st Halloween Showdown - Round 5
Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship/Supercharged Outlaws
May 1st/3rd Excitement Nationals - Round 1
June 12th/13th Power nationals - Round 2
August 28th/30th Allstar Nationals - Round 3
For more information about the Supercharged Outlaws, or for a copy of the rules, call Roy Wilding on 0121 552 7188 or stop by the Supercharged Outlaw web site .
13/02/2004 This weekend's Xtreme Wheels Show at North London's Alexandra Palace will see the debut of Ian King's wild and wacky paint scheme of his 200 mph Top Fuel Drag Bike, a long with the Pro Stock machines of Richard Gipp and Martin Bishop, the new Think Pink Racing Pro Mod bike of Sandra Chaplain, the Super Street Bikes of Paul Pittourtou and Ian Berry who also has his Funny Bike on show as well.
If your going along, Xtreme Wheels is open from 10.00am to 7.00pm Saturday and 10.00am to 5.00pm Sunday. Admission to Xtreme
Wheels is £12.00 for adults and Children under 16 £6.00. Further
information is available from the official show web site.
13/02/2004 If your going along to Xtreme Wheels at Ally Pally this weekend (14th/15th February), don't forget to stop by the stand. "The NSRA will be well represented with an impressive line up of vehicles," says NSRA Chairman and Street Gasser editor Dave Biggadyke.
The stand features Keith Atkinson's 32 Roadster, the Bentley Mulsanne of Andy Saunders, BHRA's Maurice Takoor's Model T, the 'Honky Tonkin' 57 Chevy Gasser of Jerry Denning and Lee Pike, Steve Case's Pro Street Dodge Challenger, and Dave Brown's '48 Devon Van to name but a few. A vehicle which is synonymous with Ally Pally and the Custom Car Shows of old, is none other than 'Nykiloden'.
"We haven't forgotten our junior members either and the Tot Rods of Ryan Stacey, Paul Avis, Steve Baines, Elliot Garrard and Richard Coulter will be on display. Also Rodline have kindly completed this year's giveaway, a 1932 5-window body and chassis in time for the show, and this will form the centrepiece of the NSRA's separate 'Garage Scene' display.
Xtreme Wheels is open from 10.00am to 7.00pm Saturday and 10.00am to 5.00pm Sunday. Admission to Xtreme
Wheels is £12.00 for adults and Children under 16 £6.00. For
further information, and directions to Alexandra Palace, take a
spin over to the official show web site.
10/02/2004 Lee Child of LA Performance Services has announced that Ampar Parts and Service Network have renewed their sponsorship of the Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship at Shakespeare County Raceway. The 2004 contingency programme again offers cash awards to racers carrying Ampar decals, which will be available at the track.
Ampar, whose mission statement is 'Keeping American vehicles on the road', is a nationwide network of dealers stocking parts for American cars, vans and light trucks.
"Dave Riswick of Ampar was really happy to be involved with the Ultimate Power programme in 2003" says Lee Child. "I am very grateful to Dave for his support and enthusiasm, and I am very pleased to be associated with Ampar,
and with Dave, for another season."
Courtesy of Eurodragster.com
Lee Child of LA Performance Services has also announced that American Car World, which is incorporated in Street Machine magazine, is now the title sponsor of what was previously the Classic American Nationals.
|AMERICAN CAR WORLD BACKS NATIONALS|
The American Car World Nationals takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway on Saturday-Sunday 15th-16th May and incorporates the NASC Gary's Picnic and the Doorslammer Internationals. The event features Custom Car Street Eliminator and a Street Machine Street Racer Sunday, and includes a Quick 32, Run What You Brung, and Show and Shine.
"It's great to be working with Richard Nicholls and CH Publications", says Lee Child. "If American cars, doorslammers, or American Doorslammers are your thing then Shakespeare County Raceway is the place to be on 15th-16th May! I would also like to thank Classic American for their support in the last couple of years."
Courtesy of Eurodragster.com
Fred Furlong 9.90 bike champion and owner of Furlong Motorcycle Tyres is pleased to have been re-appointed the sole trackside distributor of Mickey Thompson dragbike tyres for the 2004 season.
|FURLONG GETS RE-APPOINTED|
As well as the Streetbike Shootout tyre sold last year, this year sees the introduction to the UK of the much acclaimed range of MT Slicks. Give Fred a ring at Yeovil on 01935 425888 or e mail furlongtyres@FSBDial.co.uk and he will be pleased to quote you whether collected from the shop or delivered to the track.
"Time is fast running out at Paul Marston Racing as the countdown to the beginning of the season continues. The off season sees a host of activities, with work continuing on every drag race car in the stable," writes Paul Marston.
|PMR RUSHED OFF THEIR FEET AGAIN|
"The updates and refurbishments on 'Grumpys Dodge' have become alot more than just comprehensive, only the original paint scheme will be left untouched. This is mainly due to the opportunities given to us to make so many more improvements whilst other work is carried out, which was not dissimilar to last year when we saw the Paul Marston Racing Drag Race Driving School 'Insanity' Chevy Vega go through a major refurbishment during the winter season.
"Grumpys Dodge sure is keeping us busy and we are loving every minute, completion should be within the next two weeks, then the interesting stuff - testing! Everyone is excited to see how Grumpy turns out, maybe answering the tantalizing question; will Grumpy be fast enough for Super Gas?
Alongside Grumpy is the PT Bruiser. With some major engine development taking place this, hopefully should equate to the crew enjoying a more manageable maintenance schedule whilst double classing in both Super Comp and Super Pro ET during 2004. The Jari Konola Pro Stock Motor has already been removed from the PT Bruiser chassis rails for a full overhaul. As with all development work, it will be done when it's done, so with the additional workshop resources being spent on Grumpy, the clock is ticking and time is starting to become a concern.
"With so much new equipment to test on the PT Bruiser there are real concerns as to weather it will be ready in time for the Easter Thunder ball. It would, after all, be naive to just assemble the PT Bruiser, roll up and expect either the new package to work perfectly first time or the weather to give us a break if we needed one, that just doesn't happen.
"With the level of competition and preparation expected from the teams currently competing in drag racing today, things will be alot tougher from the get go. To arrive at the first National Event of the 2004 season without testing would be foolish meaning eliminations day would be short and disappointing!
This scenario is possible despite the most monumental efforts currently being put in by so many people, like Jon Sleath for the initial chassis work. Thanks mate. Grumpys Dodge was delivered from Jon Sleath Race Cars directly to Gary at the Jeep Club (0208 501 4471) for the remaining work, which is comprehensive, not just the chassis work but the motor freshen too, plus of course Dave Corrigan from Paul Marston Racing who has been working on Grumpy fulltime since arriving from the Jeep Club. General Manager Dave Kalisz, has also been busy orchestrating the materials required and the arrival of new parts. And of course Paul Marston for making the tea, sorting everyones lunch and getting in the way! Whilst this continues Dave Gibbons, our intrepid 'Alien' Altered driver is carefully fabricating the new sheet metal intake manifolding for the PT Bruiser in his own workshop away from all the chaos!
"Compounding the situation even further is a very enticing offer received recently of a drive in America for Paul Marston early in the year. If that does happen it will mean there will be some tough decisions to be made, as we fully intend to be a force to be reckoned with in the 2004 National Championship Race.
So as you can gather it's busier than ever, but we are living the dream in our own little way and would not have it any different.
"However any of the above turns out, none of it affects the Paul Marston Racing Drag Race Driving School and Drag Race Passenger Ride Experience, which will open its doors as usual with a nicely upgraded 'Grumpys Dodge' and the 'Insanity' Chevy Vega as soon as the season starts. All the available 2004 season dates are on the website at www.paulmarstonracing.com. Bookings are coming in daily at the moment so if you are already signed up please call us at the office 020 8597 4575 to reserve your spot. For any new enquiries please check out the website or call the office or Paul on 07831 650230.
"Very special thanks must be said for all the Paul Marston Racing Crew, whose efforts are really second to none. Also to everyone at the Jeep Club (020 501 4471), Dave Gibbons, Disco Equipment Hire and Black Box London Limited, (020 597 4575), and all our sponsors, Chrysler UK, ChryslerCard, MAC Tools, Disco Equipment Hire, Black Box London, London Road Tyres and all our contingency sponsors; without your help and faith we would not exist."
Courtesy of Paul Marston Racing
08/02/2004 On behalf of APIRA we would like to thank all Marshals, Officials, Racers, Press and Non Members who attended today’s AGM. We are pleased with how well the AGM went and look forward to a very positive 2004 Race Season at Shakespeare County Raceway.
As discussed the pre season work weekends will be starting fortnightly from the 22nd February and lunch will be provided to those who attend. Please get in touch with Ozzy / Beth or alternatively e-mail Work Party for further details and your availability.
With the month of February tagged for AGM's, we have just received news that the Wild Bunch Nostalgia Drag Racing Association's meeting has been set for Sunday 29th February and will be held at The Bell Inn, Bellbroughton near Bromsgrove, junction 4 off the M5.
|WILD BUNCH ANNOUNCE AGM DETAILS|
It is anticipated that the Wild Bunch will be in action at 10 events at Shakespeare County Raceway in 2004 and with the added prospect of events taking place at Santa Pod and York Raceway, the 2004 calender looks likely to be another busy schedule for the UK's only nostalgia racers.
Items proposed for discussion by the membership can be submitted in writing to Wild Bunch AGM, 48 Mead Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8PS by no later than the Saturday 21st February or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and directions log on to the association's
official web site.
On the subject of the Wild Bunch, we have just received the first edition of 'Against The Clock'; the official newsletter for the Wild Bunch. Now in the hands of WB racer Sarah Howells, the first edition is well put together with lots of useful information to help promote the forthcoming season.
"We'll be reporting on a bi-monthly basis with a couple of special editions planned over the summer and autumn," says Sarah. If any Wild Bunch racer would like to contribute the usual news, profiles and photos, then you can e-mail them to email@example.com.
Stephanie Robertson has been in touch with the latest news release about this weekends 'Thrash' at the Scotish based drag strip.
|THRASH POWERS INTO FIRST PLACE|
"After a short winter break Crail Raceway kick starts its new 2004 season this Sunday (8th February 2004) and its expected to draw huge crowds from across Scotland after being voted the UK’ s best event by the country’s leading modified car magazine; Max Power," writes Stephanie.
"The Crail Thrash, which has beaten off stiff competition from a number of venues across the country to receive this accolade, is currently Scotland’s largest modified car event. The fortnightly car shows run at Crail Airfield has also been picked as part of the line up for the BBC’s popular ‘Ex S’ series, which is due for transmission on March 23rd on BBC1. The Glasgow based production company, Lion Television Scotland, is making a 30-minute documentary for BBC Scotland which will focus on the Crail Thrash and the country’s rapidly growing modified car scene."
Stephanie also reports that Fast Car magazine will be launching the 2004 season, along with some blazing action from the Jet powered Funny Car, Fireforce. The 6000 hp machine - the biggest space heater action Scotland has to offer – can deliver blistering speeds of 200mph down the quarter mile in under 6 seconds.
For those visiting the event for the first time, participants can take part in the run what you brung action on the quarter mile drag strip which takes place on the mile long runways of the 350 acre, WW2 air base. The only requirement to take part at Crail is a valid UK driving licence, £7 for admission and a £15 signing-on fee, which entitles participants to unlimited runs. At the end of the day personal performance print-outs showing reaction times, 60 foot, quarter mile, and top speeds will be given out. Gates open 9:30am where it will remain open till 4pm. Adults £7:00, children £3:00.
Be sure to take a look at this month's edition of 'Top Gear' magazine from BBC Publications. With the magazine and TV show coming in for a whole stack of criticism in November saying that drag racing was a boring sport, they have more than made up for their critical comments with a two page feature on FIA European Top Fuel Champion Smax Smith.
|SMAX BACK IN THE PRESS AGAIN|
With a studio photo set taken with the Santa Pod Top Fuel show car, Smax talks about the technical side of the sport, the dangers and how he won the most sort after accolade in the sport; the European Championship.
However, there's one line in the story written by Paul Walton that will set many fans teeth grinding, and that is 'despite its amateurish appearance in the UK, drag racing is still is still an expensive pastime thanks to it being motorsport's environmentally unfriendly discipline'. I'll let you decide on that one - fair or foul! The March issue is available now priced £3.50.
Smax also appears in this weeks 'Motorsport news' talking about his career, his quest for speed, and his ambition to secure a second FIA European title in 2004. Out now the February 4th issue is priced at £1.90.
03/02/2004 Doug Foley and Tim Lewis, co-owners of Foley & Lewis Racing announce their formation of a Top Fuel Dragster Team for the 2004 season. They have purchased a turnkey car from Bruce Litton Racing with plans on attending 9 IHRA events. The last time the guys were together the team finished nineth in Top Alcohol Dragster competition in 2003.
"This is a program we have wanted to put together for quite some time but felt we needed to accomplish our goals in the Alcohol Dragster ranks first," said Foley. "After winning several events last year and the recent changes to the class Tim and myself felt the time was right.
"We are especially grateful to Bruce Litton and his entire crew for providing us the building blocks and the guidance in putting this team together," said Lewis. "We have fully realized it will take time and patience to be truly competitive at this level, but we feel confident that we are starting with a solid foundation."
The team has hired Doug Kuch as their Crew Chief and recently tested and licensed the car at Bradenton, Florida where they making 4 successful runs in preparation for the season. Foley and Lewis plan to debut the team at the IHRA San Antonio race on 26th/28th March. Long time associate sponsors M&R Drywall and RCI have stepped up their programmes to enable the team to make this huge step forward.
Long time associate sponsors M&R Drywall and RCI have stepped up their programmes to enable the team to make this huge step forward.
For season updates and a chance to win, inconjunction with the IHRA a trip to the Doug Foley Racing Scholl to learn how to drive a dragster, you can refer to www.dougfoley.com or you can e-mail at Foley1301@aol.com.
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
02/02/2004 Australian Fuel Funny Car racer Ashley Bailey drove the Bailey Brothers 'Chemical Warfare' Chevy to a convincing two - one victory over Allan Dobson on Saturday night.
Competing in the third and final fuel coupe encounter of the season at the Quit Motorplex, Kwinana Beech, it was nearly a no show event for the famed Bailey duo when, after warming the rebuilt motor, it was discovered that a head had been damaged, and a 45 minute thrash ensued with everyone pitching to get the car back out on to the track. Pulling a .151 to Dobbo's .142, Bailey bashed out a 5.573/267.85 mph check out lap to Dobson's winning 5.449/282.13.
In the second stand-off, Bailey eased through with another consistent and conservative 5.569/273.55 as Dobbo's 'Greene Machine' pulled up with a busted drive train and a torn up diff.
The third and final match up saw Bailey nail Dobson to the tree with an excellent .106 reaction time. At the end of the quarter, Bailey shook down another mid five; 5.569 at 273.55. In the other lane Dobson lost out again, this time at the expense of a thrown blower belt.
A luckless John Buchanan had another misserable night with his Top Fuel dragster. Acting as a reserve the car was fired in the staging lanes but fell silent a few second later when a valve insert parted company.
While the whole of the UK gets battered in gale force winds this Saturday night, a force of another kind will be unleashed down under at Western Australia's Quit Motorplex when the Nitro Funny Cars return for their third and final match race series appearance of the season.
|NITRO FUNNY CARS FINAL ENCOUNTER|
After a disappointing loss to Allan Dobson's 'Greene Machine' the Bailey Brothers, Rod & Ashley, will be keen to reverse the 27th December outcome after fireballing the engine in the lights on there one and only win of the night on a 5.82 second pass. In the pre-race build up, the Bailey's are in no mood to lose two challenges in a row!
In the 'Greene Machine' camp, car owners Allan and Cheryl Greene and driver Allan Dobson were extremely pleased with the cars performance last time out that the teams are now firmly focussed on taking the title back for being the 'Quickest Nitro Funny Car outside of North America' from the UK's John Spuffard. That will mean that the car will have to run a 5.27 second pass or better! So check back later to find out the final outcome
31/01/2004 Will all APIRA Marshals please note that there will be a Marshal's Meeting next Saturday 7th February at 1.00pm. The meeting will be chaired by APIRA Chief Marshal Bev Batsford and will be held on site -Shakespeare County Raceway - at Janet & John's home.
There will also be a Working Party on the day to move, tidy and clear up the caravans; everyone who has a caravan in the lane are required to attend. Work will start at 10.00am and lunch will be provided
31/01/2004 With just seven days to the APIRA
AGM next Sunday, would all members please note that if you wish for an item to be discussed during the meeting, all submitted material should be with Wendy Talbot by no later than Monday 2nd February. You can e-mail Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AGM will held in the Canterbury Suite starting at 1.00pm prompt and ending at 4.00pm. The meeting will break for 15 minutes for Tea/Coffee at 2.30pm.
31/01/2004 Just a quick reminder that the 2004 UK Riders and Drivers Meeting is be held tomorrow in the Kimberley Suite of the Rushden & Diamonds Football Club, Nene Way, Irthlingborough. The meeting will commence at 1.00pm with a break for tea/coffee at 3.00pm. Topics for discussion include the 2004 National Championship, event entry fees and prize funds as well as Any Other Business.
Also, if you are a member of the Santa Pod Racers Club, the SPRC's Annual General Meeting will be held this Wednesday 4th February at the Ibis Hotel, Wellingborough.
Busy PR agent Dan Welberry has been in touch with the latest news line up on whose appearing at Alexandra Palace on 14th/15th February.
"Take a Ford 1923 fibreglass replica, add a Chevrolet 454 motor with Littlefield 8:71 blower, plus 2 x Holley 750 DP carburetors giving you a crazy 550 600 horsepower and...forget the wheels and add skis! That¹s exactly what our special guest Lars Erik Lindberg from Sweden did and you can see this amazing car at Xtreme Wheels. This vehicle has never been seen in the UK before and has to be seen to be believed! We would like to thank our sponsors, All Sports Logistics for making this appearance possible. All Sports Logistics can be contacted on: 01873 859500, for all you shipping requirements.
"As well as all these fabulous features, the wonderful world of drag racing will be represented by the following machines: Taking centre stage will be Andy Carter's, 'Go Talk' Top Fuel Dragster. Andy was the FIA European Top Fuel Champion in 2001. He has held a huge number of records over his career and is the current e.t. record holder having covered the quarter mile in a stunning 4.88 seconds! He also took part in Europe's first ever side-by-side 300mph pass where he recorded an awesome 303mph! During the show Andy will be exchanging contracts with new associate sponsor; Gold RV Sales & Service Ltd.
"2004 will see the return to the drag strips of fuel Funny Car legend Nobby Hills. The new 6000hp Chevrolet Camaro bodied nitro Funny Car is the latest in a long line of British built Funny Cars and Dragsters going back to Nobby's first competition car in 1963. The new car has been at the centre of much speculation and media interest, and promises to add some real sparkle to the British Nitro Funny Car Championship and the many shows and displays the team have planned for the coming season. It is hoped that during the show the Houndog team will be announcing a new sponsorship deal.
"Ian King's Top Fuel Bike has to be seen to be believed. It is an absolute monster and is capable of the following: 0-60 mph in 0.7 seconds , 0-100 mph in 1.1 seconds and 0-230 mph in under 6.5 seconds! Ian was 2001 European and British Top Fuel Bike Champion and is the current European Speed and e.t. Record Holder over the eighth-mile.
"The show will also see the official unveiling of a new Pro Modified car from Craig Gibbs. The car built by SID (Specialist in Design) is outstanding, featuring the very best of everything complete with its new ultimate race car paint job. Bob Glassup has been quietly putting together his all new Supercharged Outlaw machine which is set to make its strip debut this year. The car looks great with its Xtreme Wheels paint scheme and will feature as the main press vehicle."
Other show debuts include Gary Malin's new dragster and Ian Malcom's rear engined rail. "We are delighted to welcome Charles Berg with his crazy 'Twisted Sanity' rocket powered dragster and Roger Goring with the 'Firestorm' jet powered Funny Car. Additional Drag Racing machinery includes: Martin Gleadow - Lucas Oils Altered; Steve Pateman - CCSE GM Calibra; Paul Marston - Alien Altered; Martin Bishop - Suzuki Pro Stock Bike; Terri Lee - Pro ET Blown Escort van; Andy Robinson - Pro Modified Studebaker; Tony Smith - Wild Bunch Mini van; Paul Wright - Outlaw Anglia; Pete Ashworth - Outlaw Anglia and the Santa Pod Raceway Top Fuel show car. All this and the debut of a mystery slingshot Dragster to feature on the Tri-R-Us stand! More drag racing machinery is expected to be confirmed before the show.
29/01/2004 Be sure to tune into the Discovery Channel this Saturday morning for the American version of Scrapheap Challenge; Junkyard Wars. Although the task set for the two teams is to build a collapsable racer within 10 hours build time, the interest lies with the two team: the Wenches with Wrenches versus the Kustom Kruisers.
The Wenches with Wrenches are an all girl outfit who in real life campaign there own nostalgia Top Fuel slingshot which team captain Alicia Stirling has run a best of 6.9 seconds at 210 mph. Infact there's a few images of the car in action at Bakersfield included in the opening segment. The Kustom Kruisers consist of a bunch of San Fransisco based fifties hot rodders led by Canadian welder Bruiser.
We won't spoil the final outcome other than to say tune into the Discovery Channel (551 Sky; 212 Telewest; 500/130 NTL) at 9.00am Saturday 31st January. For more details on other programmes, screen times and available web sites click the 'TV Log' button on the left hand side of any APIRA web site page.
28/01/2004 Bob Valder has been in touch to advise everyone about some major changes taking place in preparation for a complete site rebuild. "Whilst the name server changes are propagated around the world there may be a period of time when you try to log on to the site it will fail to connect," warns Bob. "The downtime could be up to 48 hours but may well be a lot less.
"For those taking part in Tony Smith’s 'Guess Who' competition,
you can go directly to the existing front page where the required photographs will remain. Many non-racer sections have been removed to help with the move but they will be replaced when the new site is up and running. If any readers are interested in beta testing the new site, please e-mail me from the 'contact Us' link on the home page."
Bob says that the new site will be much more user friendly and lot easier for them to update. "It is up and running now with a few sample sections and some mock-up graphics. Our site will always be open to guests to browse. It will take most of the next two months to migrate all our photographs (probably over 7,000) but we will have it done by the start of the season."
Freelance drag racing and hot rodding photographer Richard Heeps has dropped us a line about his 'Man's Ruin' exhibition now taking centre stage at Wolverhampton's Light House Gallery until 27th February.
|HEEPS LIGHTS UP MIDLANDS GALLERY|
"The exhibition is a vibrant photographic portrail celebrating the fun loving, fast-living, rock 'n' roll guys and dolls who live all things 1950s," says Richard. "So slip on your shades and join us in a world of quiffs, hot rods and tattoos!"
The Gallery is open daily from 9.00am - 5.00pm and from 7.15pm -
8.30pm. Admission is free. You can find the Light House Gallery
at the Chubb Building, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT .
British drag racing addict John Hutchinson has been in touch to
say that you can now view his photos from the Petersen Museum. The site also has photos from last season's FIA Main Event and Euro Finals at Santa Pod, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, NASC and NSRA Nationals plus a rather tasty looking Pro Street Trabant on the 'Garage Scene' page and a 'Help' page dedicated to fixing your rod, not your computer! Check it out.
28/01/2004 Please note the room for the APIRA
AGM on Sunday 8th February has now been changed. The AGM will now be held in the Canterbury suite starting at 1.00 pm prompt and ending at 4.00 pm. The meeting will break for Tea/Coffee at 2.30 pm.
After scooping one of the most highly sort after trophies in British drag racing during the annual Wild Bunch Presentations last Saturday, the 'Don Garlits Spirit of Drag Racing' Shield, veteran racer Tony Smith has finally come off cloud nine and sent us the following notes penned early Sunday morning.
|A SUCCESSFUL BUT CUNNING PLAN|
"I knew I had four trophies lined up including fourth place in the Championship and the 2003 Best Appearing Team (again thanks to crew chief Dave Williams) for the new paint job and team shirts," says Tony. "But to cap it all, at the end of the presentations, we were presented with the biggest Wild Bunch trophy of them all, the 'Big Daddy' Don Garlits Spirit of Drag Racing Shield. Former winner Sarah Howells also presented Dave with a signed photo of the big man himself which she had taken while on holiday in the States last year. You always hope to get this trophy, but you are never ready. You would not believe the way that we felt when we realized after hearing our team name being read out. I follow the likes of Dorset Horn, Backdraft and Alan Smith (Avanti) to name a few. I would like to thank Claire Meaddows for this honour, and the rest of the Wild Bunch for your support, not only last year but for all the time we have been racing with the Bunch."
And that's not all, Tony also made it known on the night that his famed 'Cunning Plan' Minivan Altered would be appearing at next month's Show due to be held at Alexandra Palace (13th/15th February). "Being a big fan of custom cars and rods, I used to attend most of the big custom shows up and down the country during the seventies, including all the ones at Ally Pally. On Thursday evening I had a phone call from Terry Gibbs of Obsession Motorsports, to say that they had selected my car for the new Xtreme Wheels Show. If you had told me 20 years ago I would be part of one of these shows I would not have believed you, and if it wasn't for Dave, the car would not be in the condition it is in now. I would like to thank Dave for this, also Terry and Tina Gibbs and the rest of the Xtreme Wheels teams for giving me the opportunity to do something I would never of dreamed of."
In the next couple of days, Tony will be posting photos of the big occasion on his own personal web site together with further 'Guess Who' updates on his photo competition.
26/01/2004 Eurodragster.com's Perfect Light Award scheme is to run again in 2004 with backing from Speedflow Products, producers of high-performance hoses and fittings. The deal reunites Eurodragster with Fay and Paul Fischer, last seen on the track in Super Pro ET, who were Eurodragster's first-ever sponsors. The award scheme will now be known as the Eurodragster.com/Speedflow Perfect Light Award.
"We've missed our involvement with drag racing since we last competed, so we're delighted to join up again with our good friends at Eurodragster.com to present the Perfect Light Award", say Fay and Paul Fischer. "Speedflow has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years; we reckon that our aim to provide the right automotive plumbing parts, give good service and keep prices in check has been recognised by an ever-growing customer base. Within drag racing Andy Robinson, Rob Loaring, Kenny Coleman, Peter Knight, Jon Webster and too many other folks to mention all use Speedflow. Hopefully that says volumes about us."
"Eurodragster.com are very pleased indeed to be back in business with Speedflow", says Eurodragster.com news Editor Tog. "Fay and Paul Fischer gave us much practical help and support when we were getting Eurodragster off the ground back in 1998 and they have taken an active interest in our progress since then, both with moral and practical support and with sponsorship. The same commitment to their business is proven by the success of Speedflow and a long list of customers which includes several Champions and record holders. As with all of Eurodragster's sponsors please be sure to return their support and faith both in Eurodragster.com and in drag racing by using their products whenever possible."
The 2004 Eurodragster.com/Speedflow Perfect Light Award will run to the same rules as in previous seasons, with a cash prize being awarded to the first racer at an event to record a perfect Reaction Time, 0.400 or 0.500 as appropriate. The Award is open to all classes and is available during qualifying of eliminations but not open practice. The prize fund will start at £50 and will grow by £25 per event if not won; if the Award is won at an event then the prize fund will be reset to £50 at the next. The Eurodragster.com/Speedflow Perfect Light Award is available at any Championship event covered by Eurodragster, which in 2004 will be:
April 10th/12th - Easter Thunderball - Santa Pod Raceway
May 1st/3rd - Excitement Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway
May 28th/31st - FIA Main Event - Santa Pod Raceway
June 12th/13th - Power Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway
June 26th/27th - SPRC Summernationals - Santa Pod Raceway
Veidec Nitro Festival, Mantorp Park
August 28th/30th - Allstar Nationals - Shakespeare County Raceway
September 9th/12th - FIA European Finals - Santa Pod Raceway
October 2nd/3rd - UK National Finals - Santa Pod Raceway
"The 2004 season looks like it's going to be another great year for the quarter-mile brigade and we're excited to be part of the show again", say Fay and Paul Fischer. "Now is a good time to put something back and we're sure that Eurodragster.com and the Perfect Light Award is a great place to do it! So, all you start-line scientists, do your stuff...".
Courtesy of Eurodragster.com
Another excellent evening was had by one an all who attended last nights 8th annual Wild Bunch Trophy Presentation held at Drayton Manor Park, Tamworth. Over 200 attendees saw the crowning of new and past champions competing in the Wild Bunch nostalgia division as well as the Supercharged Outlaws and Outlaw Anglias. During the evening, special mentions were made to those who made it all happen in 2003. The presenation was brought to a climax by MC's Barry Bohannon and Ozzy Ewing with the announcement of this years winner of the prestigous Don Garlits Spirit of Drag Racing Shield. So, and in no particular order, are the evenings award winners:
|WILD BUNCH HONOUR 2003 CHAMPIONS|
Overall Wild Bunch Champion: Tom Coe
Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Car Series: Joe Stevens
Real Steel Series: Alec Coe
Ultimate Power Drag Racing Champion: Alec Coe
Fastest MPH of 2003 - Chev Charman-Osborne & Tara Nicholas - 143.31 & 142.86 mph
Best ET of 2003 - Dennis Hawkins - 9.231
Big Bang Trophy - Clayton Round - Rebel Racing
Best Newcomer - Sid Slattery - Destiny
Best Slingshot - Chris Hartnell - Backdraft
Best Altered - Dick Sharp & Bunt Willcox - Dorset Horn
Best Radical/Dragster - Dennis Hawkins - Wicked Lady
Best Turned out - Tony Smith & Dave Williams - The Cunning Plan
Best Achiever - Gareth Kent - Hot Dog
Perseverance Award - Dr Tony Wynne-Jone - Welsh Raider II
Daddy Cool Personal Achievemnet Award - Martin Holgate - Paranoia
C&C Sportsperson - Dr Tony Wynne-Jones - Welsh Raider
Derek & Brenda Annable Trophy - Roy & Angi Wilding
Lifetime Dedication to Motorsport Award - Derek & Brenda Annable
Don Garlits Spirit of Drag Racing Shield - Tony Smith and Dave Williams - The Cunning Plan
Outlaw Anglia Champion: Paul Hensher - Gas Attack
Rear Engined Dragster Champions - Chris & Clayton Round - Rebel Racing
Rear Engined Dragster Top Speed - Clive Bush - 177.17
8.50 Class Champion - Roy Wilding - Hemi Hunter
8.50 Class Top Speed - Roy Wilding 172.41
7.50 Class Champion - Pete Radcliffe - Burning Desire
7.50 Class Top Speed - Neil Townson - 183.67
Perseverance Award - Frank Griffin
On summing up on the evenings presentation we have received the following message from APIRA's Ozzy Ewing. "On behalf of myself and Barry Bohannon we would like to extend our thanks to the Wild Bunch and Supercharged Outlaws/Outlaw Anglias; for inviting us to their 8th Annual Trophy Presentation. It’s an honour to come to an event and meet all the racers off track and reward their hard work and effort during the race season. To all the winners we would like to wish them heartfelt congratulations and good luck for the 2004 race season. See you at a race track in the not too distant future."
Today (Saturday 24th) saw the first airing on Motors TV of the 2003 Australian Nationals from Willowbank Raceway. Featured in this fast paced 50 minute show was all the qualifying and race action from Pro Stock, Super Stock, Screamin Eagle Harley, Super Gas and Junior Dragster. But the icing on the cake was coverage from the Australian version of the Supercharged Outlaws for dragsters, altereds and doorslammers. One even tried to mount the wall in spectacular fashion.
|TOP AUSSIE ACTION ON MOTORS TV|
Today's show gets repeated several times this week, and timings and details can be found on the TV Log page along with other motorsporting programmes from ASA Stock Cars, AMA Dirt Trackers and repeat screenings from the FIA European Drag Racing Championships on Channel Five and Extreme Sports.
For more details on other programmes, screen times and available web sites click the 'TV Log' button on the left hand side of any APIRA web site page.
23/01/2004 The latest issue of American publication 'Gasser Wars' has just arrived on the shelves of Graham Rennie's emporium in deepest Cheshire..
Issue 33 has a full colour feature on the 2003 California Hot Rod Reunion, the Gas Coupe and Sedan Nationals held at Atco Raceway, profile's about Doug and Chris Barcey's Red Line Oil 2 Z Track '41 Willys pick-up, the East Coast Gassers, and a page on our own National Street Car Challenge racer and Shakespeare County Raceway regular Pete Jennings and his 351ci Ford powered '67 Ford Anglia van.
If your into nostalgia gassers get in touch with American Auto Mags now by calling 01606 558252 or take five minutes to stop by AAM's
comprehensive web site.
IHRA Pro Stock racer John Montecalvo last weekend became the first GM car into the 6.40's. In testing at Bradenton, Florida, Montecalvo ran an outstanding 6.490 at 214 mph using a Sonny's Automotive 814 cubic inch 'Next Generation' semi-hemispherical engine. At this early stage, and after extensive R&D work over the winter break, the 2004 unlimited IHRA Pro Stock competition is looking very competitive for Sonny's Automotive. Montecalvo was driving the Citgo/Montecalvo Ashpalt Cavalier.
|MONTECALVO HITS 40'S IN WINTER TESTING|
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
Top Fuel ace Andy Carter has today confirmed that he will be contesting the Pro-Fuel Shootout in his dragster at Santa Pod Raceway's Easter Thunderball. The race, which pitches Top Fuel Dragsters against Nitro Funny Cars, takes place over the Easter weekend, 10th/12th April, at Europe's premier drag strip.
|CARTER CONFIRMED FOR PRO-FUEL SHOOTOUT|
It will be two years since Carter last took the win at this event where he defeated John Spuffard's 'Showtime' Funny Car in a nail-biting climax to the meeting. On the green, Spuff was away with his 0.35 head start and Andy went into chase mode. At 300 feet the 'Showtime' FC turned hard right and at one point was up on one wheel, leaving everyone at the track wondering how on earth he kept it off the guardrail. Andy ran straight and true to a 5.46/236.71 victory.
Easter is known for many things, but in the world of drag racing the Thunderball meeting is typically known to be a difficult one for tuning. The track can be very cold, the weather very changeable, and there isn't much traction available.
"This will be a challenging race for everyone and that's the way we like it" says PR John Andrews. "We have a new car, some new crew and we are ready to race. We will be working hard to promote our sponsors, thrill the fans, and prove that Carter Motorsport is the team to watch during 2004".
Courtesy of Carter Motorsport
Curbishley Automotive have teamed up to post an additional award for Sportsman racers in 2004.
|EURODRAGSTER & CURBISHLEY AUTOMOTIVE JOIN FORCES|
The Eurodragster.com/Curbishley Automotive Perfect ET Award will be presented to the first racer at any event covered by Eurodragster to run to the thousandth either on their class index or on their dial-in as appropriate. As with the Eurodragster Perfect Light award, the Eurodragster.com/Curbishley Automotive Perfect ET Award will start at £50 and increase by £25 at each event if not won. If the Award is won then it will be reset to £50 for the next event.
The Eurodragster.com/Curbishley Automotive Perfect ET Award is open to racers in Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Junior Dragster, VW Sportsman, VW Pro, VW Alternate Engine, Wild Bunch, 9.90 Bike, 10.90 Bike and Junior Drag Bike and will be available at the following events:
April 10th/12th - Easter Thunderball, Santa Pod Raceway
May 1st/3rd - Excitement Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
May 28th/ 31st - FIA Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway
June 12th/13th - Power Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
June 26th/27th - SPRC Summernationals, Santa Pod Raceway
August 28th/30th - Allstar Nationals, Shakespeare County Raceway
September 9th/12th - FIA European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway
October 2nd/3rd - UK National Finals, Santa Pod Raceway
It is also planned to post the Award in the appropriate Nordic Drag Racing Series classes at the Veidec Nitro Festival at Mantorp Park; details will be confirmed in the near future.
"Curbishley Automotive are proud to be associated with Eurodragster.com", says Martin Curbishley whose customers include the 'Showtime' Fuel Funny Car team, Custom Car Street Eliminator racer Andy Frost, Super Modified racers Ian and Paula Marshall, and Super Pro ET racers Gary Malin and Paula Atkin. "We would like to wish everybody a successful and safe 2004 season".
"We are very grateful indeed to Martin Curbishley for his support and we feel privileged that a company which has presented so many stunning-looking race vehicles and has such a high reputation for professionalism has chosen to associate its name with us", says Tog of Eurodragster.com. "As with all of Eurodragster's sponsors please be sure to show your appreciation for Martin's support of Sportsman racing and of Eurodragster.com by approaching him if you are considering having your race vehicle painted."
If you are interested in having your race vehicle painted by Martin Curbishley then you can contact him by E-Mail at email@example.com or call him on 07812 942097.
Courtesy of Eurodragster.com
Further to last weeks announcements made by the Supercharged Outlaws, the blown guys have been busy yet again as news has just reached us from webmaster and crew chief Dave McKenzie that Roy Wilding of 'Hemi Hunter' slingshot fame is to sponsor all three of the Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship rounds at Shakespeare County Raceway to the tune of £300 (£75 to the winner and £25 to the runner up) through his chassis concern; Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars.
|OUTLAWS SECURE 3 RACE PRIZE FUND|
In addition to organising next weekends annual Wild Bunch Awards Presentation to be held at Drayton Manor on Saturday 24th January, Roy has spent the new year rebuilding his own car after the massive transmission explosion he encountered at Shakespeare County towards the end of last season. Top of his Christmas wish list was a new transmission and torque converter which he got and is ready to be fitted in time for the annual pre-season Test & Tune at SCR on 3rd/4th April.
For more information about the Supercharged Outlaws, or for a
copy of the rules, call Roy Wilding on 0121 552 7188 or stop by
the Supercharged Outlaw web site.
18/01/2004 For on-line pictures from yesterday's (Saturday 17th Jan) opening day of the Brentwood International Racing Car Show, log on and follow the Brentwood Show link. There you will find pictures of the drag racing display and Santa Pod's Top Fuel Dragster, along with the shows Contructors Provilion and oval racing formulas.
Following last weeks APIRA and NAST AGM details, the Pennine Drag Racing Club have released information about there forthcoming AGM and 2004 Dinner Dance.
|PDRC AGM & DINNER DANCE CALLED|
Set for the 28th February at the Novotel, Bradford, the meeting will start at 2.00pm prompt and will end at 4.30pm. If anyone has any comments to make or ideas to put forward relating to the PDRC and York Dragway, should be sent in writing to Mrs M. Lyon, Flaxfield, Thorne Leveis, Doncaster DN8 5TE before 14th February.
Tickets for the Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation are now available from the above address at £20.00 per person. The Novotel is once again providing rooms at a discounted rate of £49.00 by telephoning the Novotel direct on 01274 683683 and remember when booking a room please mention PDRC. The evening will be MC'd by the incomparable Graham 'Arkwright' Beckwith and the disco will be laid on by DJ Bobby Molden, driver of the 'White Noise' Pro ET Peugeot 205. There will also be an auction for some superb drag racing and motorsporting memorabilia.
On Thursday 15th January, competing NHRA/IHRA team Hartman Motorsports began to auction off pieces of there 2001 Fram Top Fuel Dragster on
ebay. The dragster, the team's back-up car, was involved in a high-speed crash at Brainerd International Raceway with John Smith at the wheel and oponent Gary Scelzi. Over 33 pieces of the car are available including the roll cage, parts of the chassis, side pods and body panels.
|FUEL CAR FOR SALE ON EBAY|
"We’ve housed the dismantled Dragster in our race shop as a memento of the devastating day," says Smith. "After reorganizing our shop and making room for both teams and two Dragsters, we decided to release the racing memorabilia to the public and give fans a chance to own a piece of drag racing history."
Race fans are encouraged to log onto www.ebay.com. Click on the icon titled, "browse for an item" and type in "sports." Scroll down to the "fan shop" category and click on the sub-heading titled "Racing–NHRA."
Smith, who recently underwent a fourth operation to gain mobility in his left leg, is now engauged in physical therapy in order to compete in pre-season testing for the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series tour.
17/01/2004 APIRA Officials today have announced that Sunday 8th February 2004 has been set aside for the associations Annual General Meeting to be held at the Hilton Hotel Coventry; the same venue for the following month's Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship Presentation.
The AGM will be held in the York Suite starting at 1.00pm prompt
and ending at 4.00pm. The meeting will break for Tea/Coffee at
In the meantime if you have any items open for discussion, these should be submitted in writing to the Club & Race Secretary Wendy Talbot, 121 High Road, Wortwell, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 0EN or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 2nd February.
16/01/2004 This weeks seven day TV Log has just been posted with programme information and timings for the major cable and satellite channels. This weeks must see programme comes from Channel Five at 8.00pm Monday night 'The Crashes That Changed Motor Racing'.
Other highlights this week include the latest rounds of the ASA American Speed Association's tour of the ovals from Madison Speedway and Berlin Raceway on Motors TV, reports from last weekends Autosport International Show also on Motors TV and Channel Four, as well as the FIA European tour on Extreme and Channel Five.
If you missed it the first time round, be sure to catch 'Dream Machine' on Discovery Home & Leisure where you'll find drag racing action as well as an interview with Custom Car Street Eliminator racer Sue Jackson filmed two seasons ago at the Spring Nationals held at Shakespeare County Raceway.
For more details on other programmes, screen times and available web sites click the 'TV Log' button on the left hand side of any APIRA web site page.
In a deal closed at Autosport International last weekend, Andrews replaces Dan Welberry to take charge of PR and Marketing for the sponsored team.
|MOTORGRAPHIC MOVE TO TOP FUEL|
The freshly-painted dragster made its first public appearance at the show in the distinctive blue and orange Go-Talk livery. "It was a great relief to get set up on the Santa Pod stand after all the hard work that has gone into preparing for this event", said driver Andy Carter. "It was a busy one I can tell you, and the dragster was totally surrounded all weekend. We had so many comments complimenting us on how great the car looked, I was really pleased".
While the crew gave out leaflets and talked with the public, Andy concentrated on the many business and sponsorship meetings that he had arranged for the weekend including one with the new PR. "Welcome aboard John, I know that you are really looking forward to the challenges ahead! Before I finish on this subject I must say a big thank you to Dan Welberry who did a fantastic job in the two-and-a-half years he was with us. Thanks Dan it's really appreciated!"
One of the hottest questions over the weekend was 'Why just a show car?' "Maybe we have given the wrong impression in some of our earlier news releases", said Andy. "But make no mistake; the Go-Talk Top Fuel Dragster has been built to the very highest standard and is bang-up to NHRA 2004 Spec. This is a serious race car and 90% ready to contest the Championship if we need it!"
The car was loaded onto the transporter Sunday night and driven straight to Webster Race Engineering in Rushden, where it was left for the final fitting of all the small bracketry that is needed on a Top Fuel Dragster. It will be collected in mid-February and go straight to the show at Alexandra Palace where the team will spend another weekend promoting their sponsors and introducing the public to the great range of products they are involved with, and of course… the great sport of Drag Racing.
Courtesy of Motorgrahic
16/01/2004 Paul Marston from PMR has been in touch to give us an update on what's in store for this weekends Brentwood Racing Car Show - January 17th/18th.
"We can now confirm that Santa Pod's show Top Fuel Dragster will definitely be attending the show along with the Santa Pod's Junior Dragster, says Paul. "This will indeed be the first time that a Top Fuel Dragster has been exhibited at Brentwood and it's a great opportunity to see one of these 6,000hp monsters up close and personal. This now means that the drag racing display will be the most comprehensive to be seen at this great show for years.
"All the drag race teams present will have their respective team members in attendance during the show and they will only be too happy to answer any questions. In addition Paul Marston Racing's Drag Race Driving School will also be in attendance with the schools 'Alien' Altered armed with information packs regarding the Passenger Ride Experiences and the Drag Race Driving School packages available for the 2004 season. The team will be only too pleased to discuss individual requirements and will have, hot off the press, 2004 date schedule for the forthcoming season.
"We can also confirm that Santa Pod will be in attendance with a stand and a limited range of merchandise and the all important 2004 calenders, information packs and goodie bags for the children. Also exclusive to the show will be an exclusive free ticket offer, subject to conditions for the Saturday at the Main Event 2004.
We will also be featuring video action from both Santa Pod's FIA 2003 video, which will be available from the Santa Pod stand together with strip action from Shakespeare County Raceway and the infamous Custom Car Street Eliminator 2003 DVD. On the subject of Shakespeare County Raceway 2004 calenders, featuring some new and exciting events, will also be available. So be sure to get your copy whilst at the show.
"This is of course along with all the usual features and attractions covering a huge variety of Short Oval and Saloon Car Racing that the Brentwood Racing Car Show has to offer and is internationally famous for. New features this year along with this expanded Drag Race presence is a Race Car Constructors Pavilion and a comprehensive Model Racing Car Display for both radio controlled and slot car racing. Last, but certainly not least the enormous variety of trade stands; covering everything a sportsman racer could need all at great show prices. The event also sees the return of Channel 4 who will be airing excerpts from the show later in the year.
The Brentwood Racing Car Show is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on both Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th January. Entry is £10 for adults and £5 for children and senior citizens. A Family ticket admits two adults and up to three children for £25. For further details call the information line on 01268 543330.
Courtesy of Paul Marston Racing
16/01/2004 Following Wednesday's announcements about 'Ultimate Outlaws' webmaster and crew chief for the UK Supercharged Outlaws Dave McKenzie has been in touch with a request concerning the appointment for a race co-ordinator this year.
"He or she would have to be present on race weekends and to liase with the tracks race director, commentators and, of course, with the race teams," says Dave. "The successful applicant must have knowledge of the sport and carry the same amount of enthusiasm for the Supercharged Outlaws as they do with any other class in drag racing. They will need to work in a close and friendly environment with Roy (Wilding), Johnny (Hall) and myself, and we would prefer someone who is not connected with any particular team."
The UK's Supercharged Outlaws are to compete at all three rounds of this year's Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship at Shakespeare County Raceway. After discussions between promoter Lee Child, Supercharged Outlaws Chairman Roy Wilding, and Supercharged Outlaw racers Johnny Hall and Dave McKenzie, the class will appear at the Excitement Nationals in May, the Power Nationals in June, and the Allstar Nationals in August.
|SUPERCHARGED OUTLAWS GET ALL ULTIMATE|
"The Supercharged Outlaws will be running as a new Ultimate Power class", says Lee Child of LA Performance Services. "This is a great example of a promoter and racers' representatives working together to mutual benefit. Roy and Johnny are very enthusiastic about building the class up. The Supercharged Outlaws will be brought to a larger audience and running at National events is something to give potential sponsors."
Supercharged Outlaws at Ultimate Power events will be open to all altereds, rails, slingshots and Funny Cars which have a blower and which are legal to run under MSA rules. Nitro, methanol and gas are all permitted as fuel. The class will run heads-up on a Pro tree, with a quickest permitted ET of 7.50 seconds. "The class will make an ideal springboard for racers to move up to Top Methanol or Fuel", says Lee Child. "It is also ideal for those racers who would like to come into the mainstream, yet do not want to go all the way down the SFI route which can be considerably more expensive."
"I am very pleased indeed with this positive development", says Supercharged Outlaws Chairman Roy Wilding. "We are very excited indeed to be invited to the Ultimate Power events and we would like to say a big Thank You to Lee Child who is easy to talk to and to work with. We feel that this will bring additional revenue to Shakespeare County Raceway and fresh blood into the sport. It shouldn't be a problem fielding an eight-car field this year; from talking to the Supercharged Outlaw racers they all want to run MSA legal - and believe me, I plan to lead by example!"
Courtesy of Eurodragster.com
14/01/2004 The National Association of Supertwins have formerly announced the date for its AGM - Saturday 7th February at the White Lion Pubic House, Beeston, Nottingham.
As you may or may not know, the man who has steered the club in the right direction for the past few years Ian 'Rush' Carruthers is standing down in order to resume his passion for racing as well as concentrating on his son Jake's career in Junior Drag Bike.
"Looking back I don't think we have lost the appeal that we have had over other classes in drag racing," Rush told 'Reaction Times', the NAST newsletter. "I believe that the club has continued to go from strength to strength. We are in the most part a little smarter in appearance, and no longer "the hairy arsed bikers tearing up the strip", but enjoying it all the less.
Rush would like to thank each person past and present personally, but the one person he would like to thank the most is Sue Beneke for all her hard work, drive, dedication and enthusiasm towards the club and its family of racers.
"I would like to thank you all, for the good times, and in some ways, even the bad because through them, we all grow as individuals, and as an organisation. I'm looking forward to racing again and through that, together with you, continuing to be an ambassador for the club," added Rush.
The NAST AGM has been arranged for a 3.00pm start at the White Lion Pub which can be found from junction 25 of the M1/A52 to Nottingham road. The pub can then be found on the Woolaton Road heading towards Beeston.
Angela Wittenzellner has posted a listing of proposed tour dates for the 2004 season which will be open for discussion at a forthcoming meeting in Germany on 7th February. Riders and teams will be asked to pick out there 5 favourite races and once the votes have been cast, it will be these that will form the European Top Gas Tour Championship for 2004.
|TOP GAS SERIES WAITS FINAL DECISION|
The proposed dates are:
23rd/25th April - Luckau, Germany
7th/9th May - Groß Dölln (free practise no race) Germany
4th/6th June - Oschersleben, Germany
4th/6th June - Knebl, Czech Republic
4th/6th June - Vandel, Denmark
11th/13th June - Drachten, Netherlands
2nd/4th July - Luckau, Germany
2nd/4th July - Kunmadaras, Hungary
9th/11th July - Drachten, Netherlands
29thJuly/1st August - Luckau, Germany
20th/22nd August - Hockenheim, Germany
27th/29th August - Drachten, Netherlands
27th/29th August - Oschersleben, Germany
"Who will turn out to become new champion? And will be the rookie in 2004," says Angela. "These are questions you can answer yourself if you come and watch the races. Don't miss these battles of speed."
The final race calender will be published a day after the meeting and will be
available on the European Top Gas web site.
12/01/2004 The popular Australia versus USA Jet Dragster Challenge held at Perth's Quit Motorplex reunited Gary Miocevich against Billings Montana based Chuck Haynes last Saturday night. In unbelievably hot temperatures which, at one stage caused all kinds of traction woes for the assembled Top Comp and Super Comp doorslammer brackets present, certainly fired up the crowd's imagination with one of the best fire shows ever staged at the 'plex.
Haynes, a regular visitor down under, had recently run into the 4.9's in the States, and had posted times in the 5.1 second bracket on his last visit to the Kwinana Beach facility back in April. But with the tremendous heat zapping the jets power Miocevich won the first confrontation in the ex Haynes 'Gravity Storm' jetster but could only post a 5.812/276.92 to Haynes quicker 5.718/262.39 riding' the all new 'Volcano' Jetster.
As the air began to cool off, the times began to improved, In the second encounter Haynes blitzed the new machine to a 5.643/283.01 at the expense of a red light after generously giving himself a .5 of a second handicap. Miocevich meanwhile, chalked up another win for the home fans as he stormed to a 5.710/279.50.
Hot lapping it one more time, Haynes fired off his jet down the Motorplex quarter mile to record an event best of 5.588/285.71 for the win over Miocevich's respectable but cherry dropping 5.642/283.91.
In the final of the Top Comp bracket, Mark Sheedan took the families small block AA/Dragster passed the blown Monaro doorslammer of Grant O'Rourke, 6.062/207.85 to 6.307/227.27. The Super Comp win went to Andrew Kostecki with an excellent 8.490/157.34 to set both ends of the national record.
12/01/2004 For the last couple of months Wild Bunch racer Tony Smith has been running his familer 'Guess Who' competition posted on the teams web site. So far 10 pictures, courtesy of Anni & Bob Valder's web site, have been posted and identified, and leading the league of answers with a full house of 10 is Wild Bunch team 'Limited Funz', British Funny Car Co-ordinator Jim Broome, Wild Bunch racers Sarah & Darrell Howells, and Darrell Bennett.
"With ten down and 26 to go I will have to throw in some hard ones to try and split up the top four. It could be anybody's race," says web master Tony. "Those who have dropped by the wayside have still got a chance, so come on and keep guessing."
The rest of the table so far consists of Tony Byng with nine correct answers followed by Cliff Gould, Darren Gould, and Jeremy Cookson all on seven, and on 6 correct entries are Jon Crawford, Matthew Seamarks and Stuart Dempsey.
Tony has also given us the first 10 correct answers in the order they were placed on-line: Lex Joon, Dave Baldwin, Ian Turberville, Trevor Capewell, John Ellis, Dave Beck, Peter Walters, Steve Wells, Steve Woolatt, and Tony Wynne-Jones.
Don't forget the winner by season's end will win a trophy presented by 'Hemi Hunter' crew chief Paul Bland, and a ride-along in Andy Frost's 'Red Victor II' CCSE racer during one of the many cruises planned for the 2004 season. You can find Tony's
web site. Good luck everybody.
As previously reported on Eurodragster.com last week, Paul Marston put out a call for drag race machinery to be displayed at the prestigious Brentwood Racing Car Show this weekend (17th/18th February) after being approached for help by the promoters of the event. Paul has now been back in touch to give us an update.
|BRENTWOOD'S ON SHOW AGAIN|
"Firstly I must thank everyone who took the time to contact me with offers of help, says Paul. "Your support is appreciated by everyone concerned.
"As usual this popular show features all kinds of Oval Racing formulas from a very broad spectrum (Stock cars, Hot Rods, Legends, Sprint Cars and more). Its also a must for any racer who is looking to pick up some bargain hardware, and with special show deals on an extensive ranges of stock, be it clothing, lettering, fibreglass panels, seats, tools, chassis parts, engines, suspension parts, videos, etc, you can virtually buy a whole car there. Along with a huge collection of currently competing race cars from all the different racing formulas being represented, drag racing had to be included.
"PMR's 'Drag Race Driving School' will have their Alcohol Injected Big Block Chevy Powered Altered 'Alien' on show; the very same school car that powered Dave Gibbons to a stunning 7.84/179 mph at Shakespeare County's Allstar Nationals last season. During the show the PMR crew will be performing some maintenance on the Altered, giving people a little insight into what's involved in maintaining a drag race car. The crew will also be on hand to answer questions about the Drag Race Driving School and Passenger Ride Experiences.
"Also on display will be the 'Twisted Sanity' rocket powered Dragster of Charles Berg. Anyone who attended the two VW shows at Santa Pod last year and the Halloween Showdown at Shakespeare County would have seen this unusual car run and witnessed their steady progress over the season. With a nice new paintjob and the crew in attendance for part of the weekend, it's well worth a closer look.
"Last, but by no means least, we have Sandra Chaplain and her 9.90 bike, which makes its debut with a stunning new paint job. Sandra will be attending the show and will be only to happy to answer any questions regarding how to start competing in the Greatest MotorSport on Earth."
The organisers have also confirmed Channel 4 will be in attendance covering the two day show for a new TV series dedicated to Juniors in motorsport. Also both tracks, Santa Pod and Shakespeare County will have the latest 2004 Event calendars available for free from the drag race display. Hopefully footage from the FIA 2003 championship as well as the Ultimate Power Championship will be shown too.
In addition to this, there is a possibility that Santa Pod Raceway will be able to send their latest acquisition; a Top Fuel Dragster and the Santa Pod Racers Club Junior Dragster. It is going to be a close run thing, but if we can pull it off it will be the first time that Brentwood has ever seen a Top Fuel Dragster. LA Performance Services Lee Child has also said that he will try and arrange for some representation on behalf of Shakespeare County.
This year the organisers have added an extra arena dedicated to
model collectors, together with two live action racetracks for
both slot cars and radio controlled cars. For more details just
look up the show details , and follow the links for the show details, or alternatively telephone 01268 543330.
"Regardless of weather its great that both Santa Pod and Shakespeare County are helping to further the sport is really appreciated, especially as the majority of the Brentwood Show is geared to short oval Stock Car Racing, and we are indebted to those racers who have already pledged there support. It all helps spread the word," Paul adds. We will of course keep you updated as it happens over the next few days.
The Brentwood Racing Car Show is held at the Brentwood Centre, J-28, M25, then take the Brentwood exit (A128), it's signposted from there off the Doddinghurst Road. Admission is £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for Children and O.A.P's. There are reduced rates for family tickets on request.
Be sure to catch 'Rev Bob's Torque Show' on Tuesday night for coverage of last season's 'UK Modified Nationals' from Shakespeare County Raceway.
Although its only a seven minute segment hosted by the world famous Kolaski Brothers, the coverage features some of the events best racing conducted by the events modded car nuts at what the Kolaski's call the '8th annual Cheesy Jacks/Lobster Balls Charity Race Off' held at the 'Salty End Straightway, North Carolina'!
You can catch Rev Bob's Torque Show on Men & Motors on Tuesday 12th February at 7.30pm or Wednesday afternoon at 1.30pm. For further TV timings and daily programme listings why not take a look at our TV Log page by clicking the link on the left hand side of any APIRA web page.
11/01/2004 Our friends at the National Street Rod Association have issued us with a list of dates for the 2004 hot rodding season which kicks off in March (7th) with the 15th annual Swap Meet at the Arena Essex Raceway. The reat of the season is as follows:
June 4th/6th - Billing Fun Run - Billing Aquadrome, Northampton
July 3rd/4th - Nostalgia Drags - Shakespeare County Raceway
August 6th/8th - Hot Rod SuperNationals - Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire
August 27th/30th - Reliability Run - Venue to be confirmed
September 18th/19th - Hot Rod Drags - Shakespeare County Raceway
October 31st - Swap Meet North - Rotherham, Nr Sheffield
November 14th - NSRA AGM - Venue to be confirmed
11/01/2004 PR man Dan Welberry has been in touch with further developments at the show everyone's talking about Xtreme Wheels taking place at London's Alexandra Palace on 13th/15th February.
"There is a genuine buzz as February 2004 approaches and this unbelievable collection of wild vehicles prepares to rumbles into the capital! The conception of the show came about due to the lack of indoor motor shows which highlight the world of extreme motors. Obsession Motorsports Ltd. recognised this need and has gathered together, under one roof a unique selection of vehicles from many backgrounds; drag racing, street/hot rods, hot hatches, and import vehicles have all been carefully selected for their ability to capture the imagination of all ages. This innovative mix will break down the barriers and invite the enthusiast to cross over from all sides and appreciate the craftsmanship and professionalism of the fellow modifier. Obsession have endeavoured to create something new for everyone but at the same time capture the magic of cars from previous years that used to attend shows back in the 70/80s era.
"Alexandra Palace with all its splendour lends itself to a show of this magnitude. London has never had such a variety of extreme machines in one place at the same time! The warm ambience of the refurbished halls with excellent facilities and parking has been the obvious choice to promote the show. Our experience in promoting motor events will hopefully shine through in bringing one of the best motor entertainment events to London.
"There will be unveiling of new machinery from the world of drag racing; Bob Glassup with his all new altered, Craig Gibbs Pro Mod '69 Camaro, Gary Malin with his Super Pro dragster, and the slingshot nostalgia dragster of Ian Aspley. From the world of hot rods Dan Boon's '32 Ford Roadster and new from Home Grown Hot Rods a '34 Ford Three Window and an all steel '32 Three Window Coupe. Imports will be represented with two new cars from Kream Developments.
"Further displays will include Andy Carter's Top Fuel Dragster in its all new Go Talk colours, Doug Ripley with his new Dodge Avenger Funny Car, the Top Fuel Bike of Ian King and the new Nobby Hills, 'Houndog' Fuel Funny Car. NSRA will be well represented with their top cars from 2003. Included within their display will be cars built by Nick Butler, Nykilodeon and Andromeda. Creations of Andy Saunders 'The Boat - Runnerground' and the Mini Claustro phobia will be seen again.
"Some of the biggest names in modifying will be showing off the finest hot hatch machines in the country and will be entertaining visitors over the weekend of the show. A number of clubs will have their own stands where they will be displaying the best machinery from their clubs.
Family visitors can see the show (by taking advantage of our family ticket at just £30.00 in advance), and visit the Ice rink for just £3.00! A model Drag Strip will also be available for visitors to test their reactions and nerve! Special guests 'Race Tin' will be in attendance with their fantastic radio controlled cars that literally 'come in a tin'. Their race track we believe will be a firm favourite for both young and old!"
Don't forget, the organisers are looking for some really nice street cars to become part of the show. So if you have that particular 'xtreme' set of wheels parked up doing nothing over the 13th/15th February weekend, contact the organisers Obsession Motorsports either by e-mail at email@example.com or telephone 01483 236262 during office hours. For further information about the show and ordering tickets in advance, log on to show's official web site.
Official booking forms and menu's for the Ultimate Power
Championship Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation, which takes
place at the Hilton Hotel Coventry on Saturday March 20th, can
now be downloaded via the January news page . Tickets are available for £25.00 per person. No disco-only tickets will be available.
|ULTIMATE CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTATION UPDATE|
Rooms at the Hilton are £80 for a double room or £60 for a single room; call Manjit
on 02476 841007 and quote Shakespeare County Raceway. If you require further information about the evening please contact Lee Child at LA Performance Services either by E-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01803 554308.
10/01/2003 The 2004 edition of Autosport International held annually at Birmingham's NEC is now up and running with its usual blend of F1, Karting, Oval Racing as much more besides to compliment the motorsports industry. Following two very hectic days of Press and Trade the show opens proper to the public this morning by BAR F1 star Jenson Button.
Drag racing is well represented by two stands, Custom Car (Stand 8031) and Santa Pod Raceway (Stand 11155) Already the CC stand has attracted a lot of attention with the debut showing of Nobby Hills brand new Camaro bodied nitro Funny Car along with Andy Kirk's 'Rat Fink' Super Modified Camaro and Wayne Allman's V8 powered Beetle 'Phunky Phantom. The stand also has a practice tree courtesy of Shakespeare County Raceway.
The Santa Pod stand, which will be situated in Autosport Oval part of the show will feature Andy Carter's 'Go Talk' Top Fuel Dragster, Martin Hill's 'Fireforce' Jet Funny Car, Steve Carey's Top Fuel Bike along side Ian Turberville's Harley. 2004 date calendars for both tracks can be picked up along with other drag racing merchandise.
If you can get along either today or tomorrow, the show opens from 9.00pm and admission is £14.00. If you can't get to the NEC then the next best thing is to stop by our goodies buddies at Eurodragster.com. Already Tog and Sharkman have posted a report and photos from yesterday's happenings, and the same will happen today. To access Eurodragster's
usual excellent coverage log on to the home page.
10/01/2003 This weeks TV Log is now on line with programme information and timings. Still not much on the drag racing front other than Channel Five Sports continued coverage of the FIA European Championships from Gardermoen Raceway, Norway, a repeat showing from last years Speedfreaks Ball at Santa Pod on Men & Motors, and for those lucky enough to receive French channel ABMoteurs the NHRA Auto Club Finals from Pomona gets a final airing all this week.
For Stock Car fans its rounds 8 and 9 from the American Speed Association series from Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park - the home of the NHRA U.S Nationals, and round 2 of the AMA Dirt Track races from the Springfield Mile all on Motors TV this week.
For more details on other programmes, screen times and available web sites click the 'TV Log' button on the left hand side of any APIRA web site page.
08/01/2004 If your planning on visiting Autosport International at the NEC Birmingham this weekend its not too late to grab a copy of the Custom Car Street Eliminator and Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship DVD/videos available direct from the Custom Car stand (8301 in Hall 8).
In the company of a bunch of truly awesome 100% race/street cars, 'Hardcore Street' follows all seven rounds of the 2003 Custom Car Street Eliminator series filmed at Shakespeare County and Santa Pod raceways. Throughout the 2 hours of ground pounding action, you'll be able to meet the drivers, find out in depth about their cars, hear there thoughts about previous races, and get trackside with some amazing camera work and expert commentary from series track announcer Lee Child.
The Ultimate Power Championship features a 90 minute 3 round season review from Europe's hottest new series. Filmed on location at Shakespeare County Raceway, the producers 'Powerpoint Communications' have captured all the very best action for Top Fuel and Funny Car through to the Superclasses and more. Interlaced with interviews from the championships leading racers, its a valuable review from a fantastic season of racing at SCR.
If you can't make the show and you still haven't got your hands on a copy yet, then head back to our home page and clink on the link. Alternatively you can view other great drag racing titles from Powerpoint Communications by stopping by. There you will find other DVD/videos for Bug Jam, Mopar Nationals, Ultimate Street Car, and Sprint and Modified coverage from America.
08/01/2004 British nostalgia drag racing association, the Wild Bunch are currently in need of a new editor for their newsletter. Outgoing editor and Dog Squad Team racer Mark Turton cites several reasons for his decision to hand over the reigns to someone else; 1) he's now running his own business and 2) he's getting married to Phillippa
later in the year. Any prospective candidates should get in
touch with the Wild Bunch via the web site.
Also in a couple of weeks time at Drayton Manor its the annual Wild Bunch Awards Presentation, which we will be attending, followed in February with the associations AGM - date and venue to be announced in due course.
Direct from Graham Rennie's emporium in deepest darkest Cheshire, the January issue of 'Drag Racing Action' has just arrived, and what an issue it is to start the new year off with.
|MORE WINTER READING - DRAG RACING ACTION|
Jammed with features and colour Stateside, the new issue concentrates on more nostalgia from the 2nd annual Funny Car Reunion held last season at Englishtown Raceway Park, the ever growing market of drag racing collectible's, and a salute to Shirley Muldowney - celebrating 30 years (1973 to 2003) of Top Fuel racing.
On the current scene Drag Racing Action talks to Pro Stock World Champion Greg Anderson and A/Fuel Dragster racer Morgan Lewis. There's the usual tech features on Rollout - a very misunderstood term, power tuning your tow vehicle, and fighting fire with carbon fibre - a new material that can save your life.
So why not give American Auto Mags a call on 01606 558252 or check out the web
site for more great titles. You won't be disappointed.
In front of 5000 screaming Australian drag fans, 23 year old Johnny Cowin stunned them into silence during the final of the one day National Open held at Willowbank Raceway last Saturday.
|COWIN REPEATS AT WILLOWBANK|
Piloting his father Graeme Cowin's 'Rocket Industries' Top Fuel Dragster, Cowin quite literally shot to the top of the qualifying list with a stunning 5.125/258.47 to push reigning National Champion Jim Read into second at 5.150/277.60.
With the likes of Terry Sanity, Bob Shepherd and visiting American Glenn Mikres pushed aside, the youngster took on the elder statesman in the twilight hours of the night and won by just four one hundredths of a second (5.163/215.61 to 5.208/221.24) to take the lead of the 2004 Championship and back-to-back victories at Willowbank - now his favourite track.
Earlier in a semi final match against Sanity, Cowin rocked the crowd with the only four of the event, 4.882/291.64. Mikres qualified fifth with a 5.57 but fell at the first hurdle to motor gremlins against Read.
In Top Alcohol Dean Oakey pushed his 485 KB powered dragster to the events final win against Dean McClennan's 500 cubed Funny Car, 5.968 to 6.297. Oakey started his victory run by taking out the Rodeck powered Dragster of Ken Lowe and the Funny Car of Steven Reed. Top qualifier Gary Phillips went out to Wayne Newby in the opening stand-off, 5.795 to 5.841.
Lee Child of LA Performance Services would like to remind everyone that bookings for the forthcoming Ultimate Power Drag Racing Championship Dinner Dance and Trophy Presentation on Saturday March 20th are still being taken.
|ULTIMATE POWER AWARDS NIGHT|
The evening, which honours the 2003 Ultimate Power Drag Racing Champions, takes place at the Hilton Hotel in Coventry, which is situated at Junction 2 of the M6 Motorway. Rooms at the Hilton are £80 for a double room or £60 for a single room; call Manjit
on 02476 841007 and quote Shakespeare County Raceway.
Tickets are available for £25.00 per person. No disco-only tickets will be available. For a booking form and menu either e-mail email@example.com, by telephone on 01803 554308 or by post at: La Performance Services, 60 Berry Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3OT.
03/01/2004 This weeks TV Log has just been posted. There's a treat for bike fans this week courtesy of Motors TV. This week the channel starts its coverage of the AMA Dirt Track Speedway series with the first programme coming from the short oval shale track at Daytona. Still on Motors TV, for Stock Car fans the American Speed Associations ASA series features rounds 6 and 7 from the little known ovals; Hawkeye Downs Speedway and I-70 Speedway, Missouri.
Not much for drag racing fans this week other than the qualifying show from the NHRA's season wrap up at Pomona on the French ABMoteurs channel and a round of the FIA European Championships from Mantorp Park late night on Channel Five.
For more details on other programmes, screen times and available web sites click the 'TV Log' button on the left hand side of any APIRA web site page.
The February issue of Street Machine & American Car World magazine has just hit the newsstands. Featured drag racer this month is 10.90 Super Street campaigner Dave Cherrett and his 1929 Model A Delivery Van 'Dark Revenger'. Written and photographed my ace lensman Mark Gredzinski the four page feature tells the story of how Dave became involved with the sport, the vans build up, and when he took on the might of the Scandinavian 10.90 warriors where he took on the Norwegian top gun and won.
|ON THE STREET WINTER READING|
The magazine also has features on the Goodwood Revival meeting, NSRA Nationals, a 100th anniversary Pony car, final round of the Street Racer Sunday at Santa Pod and more. Priced at £3.20 Street Machine is available at all good newsagents.
Mentioning the Street Racer Sunday series, the 2004 dates have just been released and for the first time the entire series will now run on Saturday's at Santa Pod Raceway to avoid the 'unbearable queuing situation'. Organised by the UK Street Racers (which you have to become a member) the 5 round series dates are: March 27th; May 1st; May 22nd; July 21st and September 4th. There are two classes; Quick Eights and Fast Fours with round points counting towards an overall champion. Last years winners where regular Shakespeare County RWYB's Ray Irish and his nine second Austin Devon pick-up and Mick Rogers and the Cossie powered matt black Ford Cortina.
01/01/2004 On behalf of all Officials and Marshals of APIRA we take this opportunity to wish our racers and fans a very Happy and race winning New Year.