On the new track prep the car is definitely more touchy and finicky and not so consistent.
The story is brought up to date through the season, the hit TV show Driving Force , and the racing success of daughter Ashley Force and the entire John Force Racing team. Nearly photos accompany the story of this outspoken and outrageous mph folk hero. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? More than two million motorsports fans gather at 23 NHRA events around the country.
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Write a customer review. Showing of 31 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Enjoyable book with many excellent images and the intriguing story of John Force. Whether you know of, have met, or experienced this drag racing superstar this volume is a must for your library, or as a gift to introduce the uninitiated to the sport.
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The engine and gearbox are out for a winter rebuild! Paul will be experimenting with the nitrous system in and a new set of wheelie bars will be added.
Paul would like to thank all the Supercharged Outlaw posse and all of his family for the support and scares they provide. It will be contested over five rounds: The Fast Show 10thth May: The Retro Show 12th July: Dragstalgia Friday 13thth September: NSRA Hot Rod Drags For more information on joining in with your E, or if you just want to follow the action, then get in touch with Scott Collin or Sean Pop Doyle via the Modified Ford E Facebook page where you will also find merchandise available for what is looking to be an exciting group of cars.
Items to be discussed include the calendars for the UK Championships, rule changes, event entry fees, pitside power fees and prize funds, as well as Any Other Business.
If members have items for the agenda then please send them in writing to Ian at ir. Please note that if you wish to have your agenda item discussed then you must attend the meeting.
If you have any queries then you can call Ian on The Riders' and Drivers' Meeting will be followed at No races at York, refunds planned. After eighteen months of negotiations with the landowner at Melbourne Airfield, York Raceway has still not reached agreeable terms and the York Raceway management team now feel that they are not able to move forward in such a way which will see the promotion of a full season of racing in As such, York Raceway now considers it appropriate to refund all sponsorships and donations at this time.
The PDRC custodians of all monies donated by individuals have agreed that they will also be returning donations at this point. All monies raised through on-line crowd funding will be donated to drag racing-related charities as previously outlined.
York Raceway's solicitors have been engaged in negotiating terms for a lease which would ensure that drag racing continues at Melbourne Airfield for the next ten years. Although this has proved problematic, York Raceway are in receipt a Letter of Intent from the land-owners stating "We have provisions within our lease with TMD Friction UK Ltd to grant a sub-lease for the use of Melbourne Airfield as a drag racing venue" and that "We believe in the future of drag racing in the UK and that Melbourne Airfield can play a vital part of that future".
Negotiations with potential large investors are ongoing and the management at York Raceway remain confident that drag racing will return to Melbourne Airfield, just not within the timescales which were initially indicated. Chris Murty, Track Manager for York Raceway, said "We would like to thank everyone that has supported us in the last eighteen months, those who have worked with us giving their time and who have been and remain committed to securing drag racing at Melbourne in the future, all those people who donated what they could no matter how big or small, and all of our sponsors for their commitment to York Raceway and drag racing in the UK.
This week's category is Best Appearing Bike. The next voting category, to be posted next weekend, will be Most Professional Appearing Team. His name was Sparky Perry. I had no idea who Sparky was but he was Bill's right hand man! Sparky and Bill weere the nucleus of the Land Speed team. Their knowledge was just amazing and I stood in total awe of Sparky, who totally understood how to tune an Alcohol motor. We had numerous setbacks with the motor but he kept the faith, although I am sure he wondered how on earth he got involved in the project sometimes.
So confident was he about the motor that we never test-fired it. Just clicked it over a few times. We got to Bonneville and Sparky told me to get in the race car. The motor was turned to get oil pressure, then it burst into life. We all had tears in our eyes The motor sounded amazing. On the fifth pass he told me that I "Had to get after it", that is get my foot down in the early part of the run.
I went through the third mile at mph, and having already run mph and that meant I had the record at Little did any of us know that Sparky was actually quite ill.
Never once did he moan about it. But sadly at 7: Words just fail me, because I cannot find the right words to say "Thank you" to Sparky.
So on behalf of the Salt Shaker Land Speed team: Not only will you be missed, but so will your humour, your wit and your skills. God bless my friend. Drag Racing Unplugged XX. As has become traditional on our last pre-Christmas update, we have posted a page of quotes from this season's John Woolfe Racing -sponsored Eurodragster.
As well as the core team we have also asked our Off-Track Photographer Diana Macrae to choose her favourite. We are pleased to present Drag Racing Unplugged XX , the collection, which you can check out by clicking here , or by clicking on the John Woolfe Racing Event Coverage link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster. Anita's career points also passed Antti Horto moved up to 8 from 11 and also passed career points. Roger Johansson moved up to 4 from 5 and Eurodragster.
Tommy Leindahl and Magnus Pettersson have moved up to joint 10 from 11 and 12 respectively. You can check out the FIA Champions' Champions, Championship summaries, and analyses of qualifying results and round wins by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster.
Steve Venables moves up to 2 from 3 whilst Mogens Lund moves up to 3 from 4 and Erich Gruber to 9 from Daniel Donat Lencses passes career points. You can check out the FIM Champions' Champions, Championship summaries, and analyses of qualifying results and round wins by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster. Simon writes that scoring for the UK National Championships Champions' Champions is based on an event having to be completed for a win to be registered.
Race wins are ranked by number based on the driver or rider. Points however are scored and ranked on a team basis, as are numbers of Championships. For teams with multiple cars or drivers changing teams during or between seasons, the compiler's decision is final. It is certainly good news for the Championship that Santa Pod Raceway has taken over the running of these two rounds, so that the number of rounds for most car classes will go back to seven.
The bikes were treated to two Championship rounds in one weekend with the Redline Rumble; it is an interesting point, and possibly one for sports psychologists, that five of the six bike classes contested had repeat winners in the Sunday eliminations. We had first-time Champions in seven UK classes, compared with two last year and a record eleven in The number of back-to-back Champions was seven, compared with a record nine in For his achievements in the class and in construction of race cars, Andy was inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in , and joins a very select group of BDRHoF members who are still active in the sport.
Billy Gane enters the top twenty points tally for the first time. Lee Huxley added one event win to make his total thirteen over the last twenty years, more than twice as many as any other racer. Craig, with ten event wins during his time in the class, leads Geoff Cowley and Rick Denny who both have seven wins. Team Rainy City Lightning still lead the points aggregate, with Felicity Gibbs and Gill Medley entering the top twenty points scorers for the first time.
Stuart Doignie continues to break records as he won his fourth consecutive Super Gas Championship and his fourth double with Super Gas. No other UK Sportsman car racer has won more than three Championships on the trot, let alone in two classes.
Brian has most event wins with thirteen, and the most points over Pete Cresswell. Jon and Frank Mason both have twelve event wins in the period, whereas Frank continues to lead points scored.
Stuart Doignie won two events during the year in each of his two classes. Congratulations to Dave Cherrett on his first Super Street Championship, winning all three events completed. Leigh Morris continues to lead in all three categories with six Championships, twenty two event wins, and the aggregate points lead from Bob Lees.
Joe Kellett has the most Championships with three, Nick Mugridge continues to have the most event wins with nine, and Joe Kellett leads aggregate points over Billy Everitt. In Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator , congratulations to Joe Stevens who won his first title, with two event wins along the way; Steve Pateman still dominates the overall listings with five Championships, seventeen event wins the lead in aggregate points over Ian Hook.
You can check out the UK car class Champions' Champions by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster. Jake now equals Mick Winyard's tally of Championships won with three. In the UK National 9.
Rick leads the number of Championships won from Fred Furlong. Rick's twenty two event wins head Fred's eleven, and Rick continues with the overall points lead over Fred. Phil Pratt has won back-to-back Championships, an impressive achievement in a competitive and diverse class, and heads Gary Hester in event wins with seven compared to Gary's two, and also leads Gary in aggregate points.
Steve Woollatt scored his thirteenth ACU UK Top Fuel Bike Championship over the period covered the seventeenth overall , and his twenty nine event wins and aggregate points lead are unlikely to be challenged any time soon. Steve capped his season with a new ET record of 6. Neil Midgley continues to lead all three categories with five Championships, seventeen event wins and a sizeable points total. Ven continues to lead the number of Championships, has twenty seven event wins, and leads the points total by a substantial margin from The Daddy Graham Dance who still lies second in Championships won with four, and event wins with nineteen.
Scott Collier leads the total of Championships with four and event wins with ten. Scott also leads the points tally over Louis Davies. You can check out the UK bike class Champions' Champions by clicking here or by clicking on the Champions' Champions link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster. If you have any queries about the UK car or bike Champions' Champions then you can contact Simon at simon eurodragster.
No news update yesterday, not least because we were preparing and coding up today's update, so we were unable to say a big Happy Birthday to our good buddy Jerry Cookson. Hope you had a great day Jerry and we look forward to our slice of cake. Thanks to Mike Collins for sending us the usual preview of his column in the latest issue of Street Machine magazine, plus bonus material exclusively for Eurodragster.
Click on the images above for the PDF downloads. We will now be taking our Christmas break. Keep those news items coming to us at news eurodragster. In the meantime we have compiled our usual requests to Father Christmas, together with our New Year resolutions.
Top of Kirstie's Christmas list: A new Personal Best, hopefully into the 12s! Top of Simon's Christmas list: Any of my previous three Christmas present lists to actually happen. Top of Julian's Christmas list: A camera that nails the focus every time no matter how fast or erratic the subject, or how dark it is.
Top of Tog's Christmas list: First prize in a massive Norwegian, British Airways or Hertz give-away. Kirstie's New Year resolution: To wash the Camaro myself before an event. Simon's New Year resolution: To be careful what I wish for. Julian's New Year resolution: To stop giving Tog silly excuses as to why my pictures are fuzzy when it's obviousely the camera's fault.
Tog's New Year resolution: To continue to select whichever camera I please. Top of Diana's Christmas list: To reach for my dreams and achieve them all. Diana's New Year resolution: Maybe not drink so much at meetings, I never know if it's me that's blurry or my lens. I've had the most amazing first official year working for Eurodragster. I've met so many lovely people and had so many laughs.
Secondly a big Thank You to those that made last year's wishes come true Also a big Thank You to all the teams that supplied me with coffee over the year and to Cath and Tig for the alcohol.
Kirstie, Tog, Simon and Julian would like to wish all Eurodragster. Have a great time. SPRC would like to wish all members, racers, crew members, marshals, spectators and of course all of the Eurodragster. We look forward to seeing you all again during the race season, which will be here before we know it. This week's category is Best Appearing Car. The next voting category, to be posted next weekend, will be Best Appearing Bike.
Just months after opening a new state-of-the-art warehouse in the West Midlands, major motorsport distributor Old Hall Performance has been confirmed as a specialist partner to fuel technology expert VP Racing Fuels.
Since opening its doors in , Old Hall Performance has harnessed its market-leading knowledge of the motorsport and high-performance automotive market to create a compelling proposition for consumers. Miles Corrick, sales and business manager, Old Hall Performance, commented "The VP Racing range of consumer products complements our offering perfectly and enables us to offer an even wider choice to customers.
The VP brand is synonymous with quality and with success in motorsport throughout the world. We can now offer VP's fuel jugs, speciality products, and Madditives to customers, helping them really harness their performance. It's a real privilege to be representing the VP brand.
The reach and knowledge across retail at Old Hall Performance, combined with their logistics and warehousing facilities, gives us the perfect partner to service consumer demand in the UK and Ireland. We look forward to building a long-term partnership with the business, as we seek to bring our developing product portfolio to our customer base. Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mafe Rotherham, whose funeral took place yesterday. Today we sadly said goodbye to a great lady.
A larger-than-life character and a true free spirit. There are many involved in the sport who could write a tribute better than mine, testament to which were some of the faces who attended her funeral stretching from drag bikes to Fuel Altered pilots, Top Fuel owners and everything in between.
I was that young kid in the pits who remembers that smartly-dressed lady with a smile behind the wheel of that three-wheeled Morgan. Rest in Peace Mrs Rotherham x Thank you for all you did for our sport x Doorslammers entry open. There have been a couple of tweaks to the rules in some classes notably a change to the tyre ruling in True Street but fundamentally the popular format will remain the same.
There has also been an increase to the already impressive prize fund. The first couple of entries are already in, so please keep them coming and we look forward to the event being even bigger and better in ! Please note that although you're welcome to send entries through and pay via PayPal, we won't be able to process them until after the festive period, on Wednesday 2nd January, so don't panic if you don't receive an instant response. Entry forms, details and rules can be found at www.
If you want to know what you're letting yourself in for vis-a-vis The Doorslammers, or if you would like to get hold of nine other great drag racing DVDs in time for Christmas, then Wall art marks Tudor Rose 50th.
Further to last week's fiftieth anniversary of Eurodragster. Early on in this year Rex Sluggett contacted me to ask if I could help him to find a suitable artist to do a painting of Tudor Rose , as it was coming up to the fiftieth year since he broke the European speed record in the car: Rex always wanted a nice picture of the car and after all these years he felt it needed to be done.
Rick ran a successful illustration business in London, and remembering that he did paintings I managed to track him down in Bournemouth running an upmarket Bed and Breakfast. Rick doesn't paint any more, but did put me onto another well-known artist by the name of Terry Pastor up Norfolk way. The master copy was presented to Rex earlier in the year and holds pride of place on Rex's office wall at his home in Long Beach, California.
The wall art is 61 cm x 80 cm including the white surround. For the full story, and to order your copy, visit the John Woolfe Racing web site at www. This week's category is Most Promising Newcomer. James Cross , 9. The next voting category, to be posted next weekend, will be Best Appearing Car. Perpetual Award trophy return. Further to the above, current holders of the SPRC Perpetual Awards are asked to return their trophies as soon as convenient.
The DVD is indexed for qualifying and eliminations separately for each round. A wide variety of camera angles is utilised including the top end cameras on the gantry, Eurodragster. Most drivers are interviewed at each Championship round. This DVD is a very complete account of a Championship year which had its highs - new track records and PBs - and lows - Andy Robinson's devastating but thankfully non-injury crash in the last race of the Championship.
Commentary is by Darryl Bradford. There is a wide variety of interviews too, as each round attracts an international field of racers. Commentary is by Bryn Lucas. Four Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator rounds are also included. Car count in UK Nostalgia Superstock has increased whereas Street Eliminator has suffered some attrition between and , as well as new and returning entrants during the season.
Commentary is by Colin Theobald, who incidentally would be eligible to race in both of these classes with his Camaro Bruce , and Paul Venners. Here are over two hours of great track action. The Wild Bunch covers four of the five class Championship rounds held in Car counts were high at the two lifestyle events and competition was intense at both these and the two MSA Championship rounds.
There is also coverage of the Slingshot Showdown at Dragstalgia. Much detail and lists of special awards at each race is supplied by class organiser Claire Meaddows. Colin Theobald is the commentator, and there are also interviews with Steve Bingham, who describes the provenance of the historic chassis for the Sneaky Blinder Topolino, and Chris Manning in the Villain slingshot.
This is a wonderful presentation of the UK's original Nostalgia class. Despite the Nostalgia tag, there are actually many cars at this race which aren't at Dragstalgia, due to the hot rodding theme.
Knowledgeable commentary is provided by Graham Beckwith. This DVD is an hour and thirty seven minutes of hot rodding show and go.
The Doorslammers was one of the most exciting events, being new and attracting a diverse and quick field of door cars. On-line betting with Red Zone Sports and a big prize fund attracted a lot of radical machinery. Zeon's presentation is superb, and the sheer number of interviews with runners in every class is impressive.
It's a great chance to catch up with classes which are not usually seen in traditional Championship racing such as Front Wheel Drive, and racers loved running alongside vehicles which they wouldn't normally meet. It was also the first meeting at which Pro Mods ran on the new SPR track, and there was some heart-in-the-mouth action. As it's the first event of the year with little testing before, it's fascinating how the racers face their set-up issues during a Championship race, with some wild action the result.
There were plenty of PBs as well. This DVD gets the viewer much closer to the upper echelons of the sport and is highly recommended, even if the viewer has seen the Web TV coverage on YouTube, because of the off-track coverage and start line close-ups. Dragstalgia is perenially popular for close nostalgia racing, the social interaction, and the sheer variety of cars and bikes competing. Action from all three days is included, with the usual classes and Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike.
There was another Swedish Invasion and Kjell Andersson and Stefan Flodel show their enthusiasm for their Gassers and the event as a whole, then giving some amazing burnouts. Pike Murray talks about the development of the Willys Wars, which has expanded enormously over the years with over sixty cars registered.
The camera position at the top end only adds to the spectacle. And with coverage of the Funny Car parade, fire burnout and Cacklefest, this is a comprehensive survey of a wonderful event. Plenty of Mopars run at the event, and other makes are also allowed on the track. The Cruise is a largely Mopar domain though. Despite Sunday being rained out for racing, the burnout competition was still run, and there was enough footage to fill a one hour thirty minute DVD.
Here's to the next twenty five years, crew! So no Sportsman racing, but some very close Championship finals took place at this event, and interviews with the main contenders has them reflect on their season.
On track, the tight editing of the racing makes for a high adrenaline experience, ideal to keep one awake after all that turkey on Christmas day. At one hour fifty three minutes, this is a superb record of a wonderful season of drag racing. Commentary is by Colin Theobald. One thing apparent on all of these DVDs is how smart Santa Pod Raceway looks, with its new concrete surface and tidy spectator areas and gantry.
The production is, as ever, excellent with full qualifying lists and points standings after each race. Various deals are available for the purchase of multiple titles. You can view trailers and order on-line at www. The only exception to the above rule is for Snell K helmets which are still legal for Junior Stock Dragster only.
Happy 50th John Woolfe Racing! In the third instalment of his history of Eurodragster. However, an abundance of photographs, notes and articles, preserved in the John Woolfe Racing Archives, bring back into focus the true history of the day. In this interesting Grand Opening Day press photo, taken by the Hunts Post , we see pictured from left to right the year-old American import Dave Riswick, one of John's associates, David Knowles who is believed to be responsible for creating the famous John Woolfe Racing wolf head logo pictured below , and the man himself John Woolfe, cutting the ribbon with an appropriate pair of tin snips.
Just a week after the Grand Opening, John's wedding ceremony was held at Claridge's in London where he married Jane Burton of the tailoring family. Earlier on in this Grand Opening year John realised that he had many race vehicles to transport and when he was invited to Silverstone Circuit to do a feature for Motor agazine, he arrived in fine style with his newly-acquired Fiat Race Transporter.
John Woolfe was convinced that drag racing would take hold in a big way in the UK and was keen to contribute. At that crossroad of time, little did one know where one would end up.
John Woolfe was a striver and his inspiration set the pace for the next 50 years. Another award for VP. Motorsports journalists from the United Kingdom and Canada, tasked with identifying and discovering what new products are likely to succeed in their home countries, selected Stay Frosty.
With the help of this endorsement there's an even stronger probability Stay Frosty will do well in North America and overseas. With the extensive distribution network we have in place it will be very easy for racers and enthusiasts to keep cool and Stay Frosty when it counts. For more information about VP and its products for racers, enthusiasts, and general consumers visit vpracingfuels.
If you are considering getting your local race fan a copy of Keith Lee's excellent book Mister Six: The Story of Drag Racing Legend Dennis Priddle for Christmas - and we get the idea that there are as many excited adults than children this particular festive season - then it is worth getting your order in very soon to allow in-time delivery.
You can order at mistersix. You can check out trailers and order your DVDs at www. Malta puts out the red carpet. UK blown-alcohol altered racer Ian Merryweather says that the only downside was terminal damage to Banzai s t rusty old Hemi block: On Friday 26th October the cars were loaded into the truck and trailer, boarded the Isle of Man to Heysham Ferry and sailed over for us to pack into a container bound for Malta.
It is possible to fit two twelve-foot cars into a twenty-foot container. With the container arriving in Malta earlier than expected on 14th November, which was three days before the teams were due to touch down on the island, the Malta Drag Racing Association at Hal Far Raceway kindly sorted out placing the container unit in our pit area and secured it so it was ready for our arrival.
Team Banzai consisted of myself, Selena and Lee Merryweather. Special Guest Tom Dickie, a good friend of Peter's, also make the trip. After arriving at the seven-bedroom eighteenth-century country house Casa San Rocco in Ghaxaq ten minutes from the track , kindly booked by Peter, we quickly unpacked and headed off to check the container. All was well so we drifted off to the track bar.
However, as we would have to fully pack away after the one-day event we decided to spectate. It was an ideal time to stand back and get familiar with how the MDRA operated the track. We were impressed by how it was all run. The first eighth is all-new concrete for this year, however after their experiences at earlier events we were advised by many racers to be careful.
More on that later. The overall size of the facility is quite small with only one side to view the racing, a tight paddock area and one cafe-bar. However, as we were to find out through the meeting, it all works well. Notably entry to the event and the quality and price of the refreshments were both very reasonable. The spare days to kill before we unloaded and set up the pit, which was scheduled for Wednesday, were spent on retail therapy, museums, pubs and restaurants not necessarily in that order!
Unloading began on Wednesday by which time the team increased by a further two with the arrival of Helzapoppin 's engine builder Kenny and Bev Coleman from EDA. Kenny would also look after "his" engine for Helzapoppin' during the event. Signed on, scrutineered and with the cars ready for action we lined up side-by-side for our first experience of Hal Far, which was also the first run for Helzapoppin' after its rebuild.
An eighth-mile checkout pass for Helzapoppin' with "A Roy named Sue" at the wheel went to plan, however after a hard launch from Banzai the car veered sharply right! After snaking down the track a low nine-second quarter was recorded. It felt good to get our first run out of the way. With a change of lanes for both cars, Helzapoppin' launching in second gear ran the eighth in 5. Banzai was on a better run than the first with an 8.
After completing the first day of racing at Hal Far, the general opinion was that the track was as good if not better than Shakey ever was. Friday 23rd November, Open 6 qualifying: As very different cars from what is normally seen at Hal Far we were in the Open class, up against six-second rear-engined dragsters so we didn't really stand much chance of winning.
However we were there to put on a show and enjoy ourselves which is exactly what we did. We were having a blast! Roy at the wheel of Helzapoppin' was getting to grips with the car with it running quicker every run. There was a problem with a slight weep from the rear main seal but as the car has a full belly pan any oil was easily contained. Banzai on the other hand just could not get a handle on the launch. Picking the wheels up and carrying them past sixty feet was good for the crowd but the pull to the right each time left no option but to lift.
Saturday 24th November, Qualifying then the start of eliminations late in the day: With Banzai up against J Aquilina in his six-second dragster we did not expect to move into the next round, however his red light gave us the win. Banzai with a great launch, PBs of 1.
However at two-thirds the engine began to smoke from the right bank so I lifted early to a new PB 8. Back in the pits the problem was looking serious as the block wsa found to be cracked by a core plug. With the pan off there appeared to be no internal cracking so the team decided to clean and patch up the outer block with liquid metal in a vain attempt to continue racing. Helzapoppin' had also moved into the Sunday's eliminations. Sunday 25th November, Open 6 semi-finals: Helzapoppin' was up against Banzai.
With a patched up against the EDA-built Donovan there was really only going to be one winner. Both cars left well but instant smoke from the wounded Hemi gave me no option but to pull Banzai off the racing surface, coasting through to the finish in sixteen seconds. There was to be a twist in the tail as "A Roy named Sue" redlit putting Banzai into the final against another six-second dragster, the Borg Brothers who also run an EDA engine!
The final would be a bye run for the Borg Brothers as the damaged block in Banzai ended our dream. With everything packed back into the container the teams partied with the locals, said their goodbyes and headed off back for a well-earned rest.
The whole two-week trip lived up to all expectations with PBs, oodles of track time, meeting new friends and plenty of sunshine. We are indeed very grateful. Will we be back next year? Too right we will, if we can find the funds. It so happens that today Sunday is Ian's birthday so a very Happy Birthday to him. Have a great day Ian. We would like to say a big Happy Birthday and Grattis to our good, albeit fired, buddy Christer Abrahamson.
Have a great day Christer. Santa Pod Raceway are pleased to announce that entry is now open for invited classes at Dragstalgia on 12thth July , and that applications are also open for the Custom Car Invitational at that event. However, racers should note that there is quite a significant change to the entry procedure: This also applies to any other events at which Santa Pod run non-permit classes; the forms can be found on each of the relevant event web sites.
Applications are also open for the Custom Car Invitational. As in previous years, there is an application process in place for the class and so entries won't be processed for this section of the event until applications have closed on Monday 3rd June Spaces are limited in this section so unfortunately not everyone can be accommodated.
Santa Pod will be offering places to those applicants with vehicles best suited to the event as selected by the team at Custom Car magazine. To enter, to apply for the Custom Car Invitational, or to find out more, visit www. Anita collects her trophy.
Junior Stocks will not require silencers at present, however if a team are running a methanol-fuelled engine - effectively a de-tuned JM or JMA engine - to run in Junior Stock then they must also meet the dB requirement. Many Junior teams will have noted that Holley Marshall has been testing a JAC Race Exhaust item during to help us to simplify the transition to silenced engines. We saw a reduction in ET of only nine hundredths of a second over the eighth, but with increased consistency over the first feet and no detriment whatsoever to the running of the engine.
The engine was freshened by Hauser Race Cars at the beginning of this season, and then re-checked, again by Hauser Race Cars, at mid-season.
At the mid-season check there was no indication of any problem; the power levels and consistency of the car have continued to prove this right through the final test session at the end-of-year Flame and Thunder Show. Click here or click on the picture at right for the report compiled by Geof Hauser on the condition of the engine during the mid-season check.
We would recommend that Junior teams use a silencer of all-stainless steel construction, with stainless wadding. In early testing we used a fibreglass-filled silencer, but this failed due to the methanol causing a chemical reaction which hardened the fibreglass. The company which we used was: If you get in touch with JAC and tell them that you are looking for a Junior Dragster silencer similar to that used by Santa Pod Racers Club then they should understand. We suggest a support bracket to the rear of the exhaust to carry the weight of the silencer, rather than rely upon the four exhaust manifold bolts to take all of the weight.
You will need to cut down your existing exhaust to slip fit the silencer over the current shortened exhaust, and make sure that you make allowances for your EGT sensor to be retained on the exhaust. You will also need a turn-down part of the exhaust , and you will need to know the outside diameter measurement of your existing cut-down exhaust, over which the silencer will fit. Finally, although the JAC option is the route down which we chose to go, there is by no means a requirement to use JAC's silencer to the exclusion of others.
The JAC silencer is a very good piece of equipment, but if you have an alternative silencer which meets the decibel requirement then you can of course take your own route to achieve the same results. Overseas racers competing in the UK will be expected to meet the new requirements, as UK racers would be expected to do overseas.
We will post the usual review in due course but as ever the Zeon TV name guarantees quality so there is no real need to wait to order your copies at www. Nicholson seeks Pro Mod crew.
Working at the track and in between events is required, unfortunately this isn't a paid role but you will be fed and watered with free admission to the events with many laughs along the way helping a team and seeing the results, and a beer or two on an evening.
You can take a look at www. Seconded; have a lovely day Shelby. Wild Bunch honour winners. Many thanks to our long-standing MC Barry Bohannon who did a fantastic job as always, calling the winners and great ad-libs adding to the occasion.
Many Congratulations to Phil and the team! This was Phil's third victory in this Series, which is sponsored by Springbridge Direct Ltd to whom many thanks for the Series sponsorship and also the sponsorship of some of this season's event prize funds and trophies. Phil also won the Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series, and thanks very much to Roy for putting up prize money for the top four winners of this Series.
Many congratulations to Phil on the clean sweep, and to all those who finished in the top four and top ten the Wild Bunch. The Wild Bunch would like to thank Bob Hawkins of Springbridge and Roy Wilding for their longstanding and ongoing support, and our host of other event trophy and prize money sponsors this season: Presents were given to all the lovely ladies attending.
In addition, the winners of the Wild Bunch Special Merit awards were announced: They all demonstrate the true spirit of this award and the family spirit of the club. Big congratulations to the whole team, a very well-deserved win The shield was presented by last year's winners, Team Daddy Cool with Elaine Southworth pictured here with Phil and Rampage crewman Matt Lisley.
Well done also to son Carl, who often gives tuning advice and support from Malaysia, and to Phil's lovely wife Anna, who is a constant source of support. It was a very popular win, and Phil gave a lovely speech afterwards thanking his team, and the whole of the Wild Bunch for their support and encouragement.
Many thanks to Helen and David of Zeon TV for providing the fantastic Season Review DVD which was showing in the background, capturing so many highlights and special moments of the season. We also held a raffle to raise funds for the Club, so many thanks to all who donated prizes. The night was rounded out with champagne for some, dancing, and many hugs and cheers all round. Many congratulations to all our winners. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, dry, safe and quick New Year to all racers and teams, marshals and officials, track and safety crews, photographers, media, promoters, managers and of course the Eurodragster.
Thanks everyone for everything you do! As thoughts continue to turn towards Christmas and gifts for the race fan in your life, artist Paul Whitehouse has been in touch to offer prints and of course commissions. For details and prices of prints or paintings please contact Paul via www. Santa Pod confirm Autosport date. Santa Pod will be joined on stand once again by Lucas Oil Products UK who will have representatives on hand to explain the company's extensive range of automotive lubricants, treatments, additives and ancillary products, with a selection of products on sale.
Owner-driver Martin Hill and his crew will be on hand to explain the intricacies of the Pratt and Whitney J60 jet engine.
You will be able to find the Santa Pod Raceway stand in Hall 2, stand which is the show's new location for and which is on the Piazza side of the NEC. Thursday and Friday are trade-only days and Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.
We were sorry to hear from Dave Jones of the death of Lorna Barter after a long illness. A memorial Facebook page Raise a Glass for Lorna is now on-line. Our deepest sympathies to Lorna's family and friends. Ideally the skilled mechanic would live around the Benfleet or Basildon areas and be available on Saturdays throughout the year with additional sessions prior to race events.
No specific drag racing experience is necessary but a good working knowledge of engines, transmissions and vehicle components is essential. Mister Six book review. If you have a short attention span then take our word for it and go straight to mistersix. If not, then read on. Not only has he always come across as modest, but throughout his career Dennis preferred to remain a private person.
Never unapproachable - legions of fans can attest to that - just private, and that's not an easy thing to do when you consider that driving a Fuel car makes you public property to some degree. It is not within my purview to suggest who might have taken the double helping of ego on that day. Ultimately Dennis was swayed towards approval by the wishes of his wife and daughter, and by proxy his grandchildren, and by the chance to pay tribute to those who helped him.
That eventual acceptance must have been as much music to Keith Lee's ears as the book's announcement and the identity of its author were to all of ours. Dennis has at least received due credit, with induction into both the International and British Drag Racing Halls of Fame and indelible entries in UK and European history books, but Keith is one of a small but select group who have served the sport in various capacities for as long as one can remember but who have not received as much acclaim as they deserve, regardless of whether they seek it which Keith certainly does not.
You cannot be a fan of racing in the UK or Europe without having read something written by Keith or seen his photographs. If you like your nostalgia then open one of your old magazines and some of Keith's work will likely be looking back at you. If you are sufficiently advanced in years then you will have attended races at which Keith could be heard commentating, and of course at Dragstalgia every year he is a welcome visiting expert commenting upon and simultaneously photographing a contingent of bike legends in whose organisation he is involved.
Having been around the sport since the Drag Fests, having known Dennis forever, having been there during the classic Skilton, Herridge and other rivalries, and having such a high reputation for his photo-journalism, there was no-one more qualified than Keith to write this biography. Everything, but everything is in this book from Dennis' childhood through his racing career - every car and bike, every crew member, associate and sponsor, every race, every country and of course Tomorrow's World - and what he has been up to since.
The effort which Keith put into his research, and the effort which his wife Annie put into fact-checking and proof-reading, are evident on every page. So you either had to be there or wait for magazines or journals which eventually arrived some time after an event.
This makes Keith's race-by-race account of Dennis' career even more impressive. There is so much more besides, though, including workshop, war and travel stories, kitchen detail and opinions from Dennis' crew, contemporaries and friends.
That the book often reads like a print version of a Hall of Fame Bench Race is no bad thing and is, I think, exactly what a lot of nostalgia fans wanted. In his opening comments Keith makes it clear that the intention was not hagiography but warts and all, and it is equally clear that Dennis agreed, but upon reading the book it quickly struck Your News Editor that there is little reason to believe that Dennis kissed very many toads anyway. Laugh-out-loud and what most of us would consider merely typically-riotous racing stories abound, but even where there is controversy Keith has gone to great lengths to establish the facts.
With so much information in the book, a fair bit of it necessarily technical, one could be forgiven for fearing that the text might be heavy-going but in fact Keith's writing style is conversational, informative, interesting and so easy to read that the reader runs a serious risk of suddenly noticing that it is getting light again outside.
As things stand the book is only on sale for delivery to the UK but it has to be said that it has huge hit potential with racing fans elsewhere on the planet at time of writing a copy is destined for Finland via Rogerham Mansions since even if you don't happen to be able to read English then you would still feel that you had had more than your money's worth courtesy of the sheer number and quality of on- and off-track and behind-the-scenes pictures, both colour and black and white, featured on every page.
What also helps is the beauty of the vehicles which Dennis campaigned and the photographs stand as a tribute both to Dennis and his team who built them, and to those who painted them: Some pictures, such as the definitive shot of Mr Revell on the front cover which still makes Your News Editor gasp in admiration, are instantly recognisable from use in years gone by but Keith has gone deep into the archives to bring us previously-unseen photographs which are a revelation Your News Editor didn't know about the Avenger Funny Car in yellow , Dennis himself took some of the pictures and supplied others, and other photographers have allowed the use of their work, Roger Phillips' works of art being a notable example.
As if the photographs are not enough there are also line drawings, chassis blueprints and other technical illustrations. With Dennis' life covered in such detail and in so many chapters it is not easy to pick a personal highlight, but one of several chapters vying for favourite is that tracing the history, current location or fate of Dennis' own race cars and those which he built for others.
We are all aware of, and grateful for, the continued use of a Monza body of Dennis' on Phil James' Championship-winning Wild Bunch car but it is fascinating, and in a few cases heart-breaking, to read an authoritative account of the continued life, or not, of the rest of Dennis' kit.
With Christmas approaching, Mister Six: The Story of Drag Racing Legend Dennis Priddle would be the obvious present for the race fan in your life, if not for the fact that making someone wait another few weeks for this excellent book would constitute mental cruelty. You can order your copy at mistersix. Orders are currently only accepted for delivery in the UK but there is nothing to stop you ordering a copy to send overseas yourself.
How proud can a dad be? I bought this car from Pennsylvania in , already set up for Super Stock but it had never been down the quarter mile since being built some years ago. So we went into competition with this unknown vehicle and the story went like this: Marc was not used to a stick shift on the wrong side, also the LSD was only working now and again plus we were on a new track.
Marc won the meeting and took the trophy and money, how pleased could we be? But Pro ET was cancelled so that was that. Next time out it was Lee's turn at Rockingham for the No Prep race.
No lights just a torch start and we got to the final against Ian Brown's son Harrison in the Thatadoo Camaro and Lee won that one. The next meeting was the new Doorslammers on 19thth May and what a brilliant meeting that was with lots of wicked door slammer cars entered.
We were ecstatic and I must say at this point that the photo which Kirstie took of the team celebrating on the start line was absolutely brilliant, thanks Kirstie. We all celebrated on the way home with a slap up meal at McDonalds.
I got through two rounds and went out in the third round, Lee not so good but we tried. Next up was Hockenheim in very warm weather. Lee qualified seventh and did very well but got taken out by the eventual winner Will Clark.
We got a third place trophy though then we were runner-up at the last No Prep race at Rockingham. I got through two rounds before the Morrice boys turned up in the other lane and that was my day over. Lee on the other hand was on fire in Pro ET, cutting good lights when he needed to.
Lee got through to the final against the Browns' Camaro and it was a good close race against a well-established racing family, but Lee took the win. So what can I say, all in all a great season with a great team. Cam Auto Stick with Jordan. Thanks to Cam Auto Developments Ltd, the Corvette's Lifeline fire extinguisher has been serviced and we have now fitted the Goodridge hoses and fittings needed to complete the motor in its new single carb configuration.
We hope to be testing the engine on the ICE Automotive dyno within the next few weeks. You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the Features, Interviews, Tributes link on the left-hand side of any Eurodragster. It's getting towards that time when one's thoughts turn to Christmas presents for race fans and John Arnold has been in touch offering T-Shirts and Hoodies featuring the Top Fuel design at right. The screen-printed design comes on black Gildan heavyweight shirts available in sizes S-2XL.
You can get your discounted FoP tickets at www. Have a great day Phil. You can read more on Competition Plus by clicking here. BDRHoF do the honours. The Gala is one of the leading motorsport presentation events in the world and the BDRHoF would like to thank everyone who made it possible.
The evening, compered by writer and former NHRA Motorsports Museum Director Tony Thacker, included the induction of five new members of the Hall of Fame, presentation of the Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award and two Lucas Oil media awards for lifetime achievement in drag racing photo-journalism, and special surprise presentation for a drag racing legend who created and has run the legendary Pure Hell Fuel Altered for over fifty years.
The Lucas Oil Global Achievement Award, presented for global impact in the world of drag racing, was awarded to the SFI Foundation in recognition for raising safety standards in drag racing and motorsports in general. The SFI standards applied to drag racing and other forms of motorsport have undoubtedly saved lives.
Trophies were sponsored by the Santa Pod Racers Club. The session, which marked the publication of Keith Lee's book Mister Six: Thanks also to Shakespeare County Relics and Eurodragster. Pictures by Julian Hunt, Eurodragster. You can check it out by clicking here and for more about the theft, including what to do if you know anything, check out last Wednesday's news update. Hall of Fame Bench Race report. The Story of Drag Racing Legend Dennis Priddle and as well as Dennis himself the Bench Race panel comprised those who were there at the time and so had an association with him either on- or off-track: MC Graham Beckwith opened proceedings by asking Dennis on his thoughts about being the subject of a book.
My daughter put me seriously under pressure - she said I owe it to my grandchildren. It has been a long road; I can't believe the effort which Keith and Annie have put in. Annie put in so much time checking that the facts were right.
Keith made a list of all the things he wanted to ask me and over two years he asked me each question half a dozen times to check that I gave the right answers. I have always tried to be a private person, if I was a miserable bastard people would steer clear of me and it worked! Clive and I had an unwritten rule not to overdo it, to set limits to our nitro loads so that it didn't spiral".
It's first to the line! The tension has been lost. The commentator used to control the crowd but now it's the anticipation of the ETs. It's who crossed the line first! I had a marriage break down over it but I look back on it with great fondness. We bought cars off Dennis and we were in awe of him. Rune has learnt from Dennis, he's a miserable bugger!
Dennis and Clive and Bootsie were the leading lights. You can only aspire to be anywhere near Dennis. Dennis was my inspiration. I was able to buy one of his chassis and the engineering was superb. This book launch could not be better for someone in European drag racing I always aspired to be a Junior Dennis Priddle. If you started in the Junior ranks then you looked at who you wanted to be and that was Dennis.
We ran at a Firework meeting ans the instruction was "Put a show on". Go hard off the line and then click it off.
That wasn't going to happen! I got sideways and got off it then Bootsie was back on the throttle. When we got to the other end we were in hysterics. Bob Phelps told us "If you do that again you're not coming back here again! We had a lot of laughs, Dennis taught me what you could and couldn't do and the most important thing was never give up.
I'm proud to be his friend and to have crewed for him. We had a new clutch pack in the car. I did the burnout, came back and I screwed up - I didn't put it in low gear. It didn't do the new clutch a lot of good. We looked at the clutch and we would have given up but the deal with the promoter was that if I didn't do what I said I wouldn't get paid. So we put it back together and ran a five! Pelle's little daughter who must have been about seven went and picked a posy of flowers and after the race she gave them to me and said "I picked these to give to you because I thought you'd lose!
It was as close to America as you could come. When we were talking about marking fifty years of racing in Sweden at Tierp I wrote to Dennis and said we'd like to celebrate it.
The next day he replied that he had booked the flights and booked the hotel! People really enjoyed it, and now they want to know about next year for the fifty one-year celebration! Most of my memories are what went on after a race.
I remember run-ins with Tony Nancy and Jack Bynum who had a cracked block and blamed me for it! So many things went on". Graham asked Stu if he had ever had a go on the track. I had a go in the John Woolfe Racing Scout. Dave Riswick lent me his helmet and it was round the side of my head at half track and all the way round at the finish. I couldn't see but I didn't want to go into the corn field because Ernie Braddick would charge us for it.
There are a lot of characters, some with us and some not, and they just made the sport. They had problems in Sweden with moonshine and it got a but raucous at Anderstorp and they banned spectators at drag races for a number of years. The next time we went with Tor Line and we had assisted passage. This boat was much quicker, carried about eighteen hundred people like a mini cruise liner.
A trip to Sweden was an adventure, the majority of us got off the boat out of our brains!